The Human League live @ Sheffield Arena review

The Human League played at Sheffield Arena’s Steel Hall Stage on 3rd December 2016 with support from Ekkoes and Blancmange.

Ekkoes were the opening act on the night:

 

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Blancmange were the main support on the night, surprising me with how good they were, and the crowd’s response to them. Starting off with one of their biggest hits ‘The Day Before You Came’ it was clear that singer Neil Arthur still has the voice that made Blancmange popular the first time around. ‘Living on The Ceiling’ got the crowd moving as much as it did for The Human League.

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The Sheffield crowd light up their phones for Blancmange

This was a hometown show for The Human League, and you could tell, with the arena’s Steel Hall stage being completely sold out. Kicking off their set with ‘Being Boiled’ and ‘The Sound Of The Crowd,’the show went from hit to hit, making you realise how many big songs they have had in their career.

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I was pleasantly surprised by Phil Oakey’s voice, still sounding the same as it did when they first broke into the charts, and the rest of the band were very tight, making for a very enjoyable show, for the whole arena.

The band had a simple but impressive stage setup; at first Phil emerged solo infront of big zig-zag screens on the stage and sang alone, but then the screens split in half, revealing the band.

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Phillouette

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The Human League ended the show with a string of about 7 big hits in a row, including Love Action, (Keep Feeling) Fascination, Mirror Man, Don’t You Want Me and The Things That Dreams Are Made Of, leaving their hometown of Sheffield very happy indeed. At the end of the show Phil said “as long as you keep coming, we will always play here.” I’m pretty sure that they’ll keep coming.

4.5/5

The Human League Setlist was:

  1. Being Boiled
  2. The Sound Of The Crowd
  3. Sky
  4. Heart Like A Wheel
  5. Filling Up With Heaven
  6. Open Your Heart
  7. Soundtrack to a Generation
  8. Seconds
  9. The Lebanon
  10. One Man In My Heart
  11. Human
  12. Louise
  13. Stay With Me Tonight
  14. Love Action (I Believe In Love)
  15. Tell Me When
  16. (Keep Feeling) Fascination
  17. Mirror Man
  18. Don’t You Want Me

Encore:

19. The Things That Dreams Are Made Of                                                                                                20. Together In Electric Dreams

 

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