New-wave pioneers, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, colloquially known as OMD, first rose to prominence in the early 1980s with synth-pop classics such as ‘Electricity’ (1979) and ‘Enola Gay’ (1980).
The band’s success culminated in a contribution to the soundtrack of cult favourite Pretty in Pink (1986) with ‘If You Leave’ (1986), a song specifically written for the movie, charting at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
Despite splitting in 1996, OMD announced their reunion in 2006 and have remained a fixture of the British music scene ever since – with ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ (2017) charting at number four in the UK upon its release.
In support of their latest album, OMD are scheduled to perform at the Sage, Gateshead on Wednesday 22nd November. This isn’t the first time, either, that the band has performed in the North East in recent years – having also played the Sage in support of ‘English Electric’ (2013).
Located on the south bank of the River Tyne and managed by the North Music Trust, the Sage was designed to inspire and promote excellence through music. Since its opening, the venue has attracted a number of talented international acts and served as a reminder to all of the passion for music that exists in the region.
Despite the unflattering perception of the North East that undeniably exists in certain quarters, the talent keeps on flowing and the crowds don’t die down – having critically-acclaimed bands consistently returning to the region is proof enough of that.
The North East region is a hub of musical exuberance and it’s only a matter of time before people begin to notice.
Doors open at 7.30pm with tickets, priced at £38.10, available from sagegateshead.com.