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Wednesday 4 March 2015

Ware: My gigs are Sandie's last

Sandie Shaw is hanging up her mic after she performs at the BEF gigs in May
Sandie Shaw is hanging up her mic after she performs at the BEF gigs in May

Martyn Ware has revealed his upcoming gigs will feature Sandie Shaw's last ever live performances.

The founding member of The Human League and Heaven 17 said 1960s pop star Sandie would be hanging up her microphone after a guest performance at his British Electric Foundation (BEF) concerts.

Martyn, 56, was talking about the special guests he's got lined up, including Andy Bell and Kim Wilde, when he said: "And Sandie - these will be her last live shows ever.

"I didn't know, until she told me a few days ago that she's announced her live retirement. I was a bit shocked to be honest - that's a big, long, successful career. So anybody who's a Sandie fan should make an effort to get to these shows."

He also said his love of playing live was the driving force behind the gigs, which won't make him any money.

"We're like kids, we just adore it. Everybody enjoys each other's company and we all get on really well. We think BEF deserves a bit more attention and this is our opportunity to put it back on the map.

"The people who come to see us will have a fantastic time because the music's great, and every penny is going straight back into production. I'm not going to make a penny out of this - it's a labour of love."

:: BEF Music Of Quality And Distinction LIVE takes place at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on May 17, and Sheffield's O2 Academy on May 18.

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