Synthpop legends Blancmange move Brighton gig to Worthing

Posted On 21 Nov 2022 at 11:03 am

Blancmange live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 17.11.21 (pic Andy Sturmey)

Synthpop legends Blancmange have strangely decided to not only move venues for their local up and coming Sussex concert, but also to move towns as well. Their 27-date UK tour titled ‘Private View’, after their new album, was to return to the Concorde 2 on Friday 9th December 2022, where they last performed on 17th November 2021 (Read our review HERE).

Blancmange’s new album ‘Private View’ on orange vinyl

However, they have switched to Worthing and will now play ‘The Venue’ instead, which is located at 55B Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1EE. It has also been known as St. Paul’s and is a lovely building. You can purchase your tickets if you so wish HERE and HERE.

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Neil Arthur (centre) from Blancmange with son Kincaid (right) and yours truly (left) (pic Nick Linazasoro)

Blancmange is spearheaded by Neil Arthur who has been coming to Brighton for many years. I even grabbed ticket number 001 when I saw them live back in 1982 at the New Regent, which used to be down West Street. Back in those days Blancmange was Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe and they achieved Top 10 singles status with 1982’s ‘Living On A Ceiling’ ‘Blind Vision’ (1983) and ‘Don’t Tell Me’ (1984) and their second album ‘Mange Tout’ (1984) also hit the Top 10 albums. However, their debut ‘Happy Families’ debut album is an absolute classic! A must for every synth music fan! It’s included as part of this special ‘Blanc Tapes Vinyl Boxset’.

My cherished Blancmange ticket from 40 years ago (pic Nick Linazasoro)

Sadly Stephen Luscombe is no longer a part of Blancmange due to ill health, but their sound remains true to what it always was. In fact if anything, it’s a tad meatier these days, with the 2020Mindsetand 2018 ‘Wanderlust’ albums being classic examples.

Stephen Mallinder (top left to bottom right) with Simon Raymonde at Bella Union, performing with Wrangler in Hove, with Benge and yours truly, and with Wrangler in Hove (all pics Nick Linazasoro)

Support for the Worthing concert date will be none other than ex-Cabaret Voltaire co-founder Stephen Mallinder, who is now also in Wrangler with John Grant, Benge (from John Foxx & The Maths) and Phil Winter (from Tunng).

Find out more about Blancmange visit www.blancmange.co.uk

Tour flyer

  1. Chris Reply

    “strangely” – no not really – train strike and anti-car policy of BHCC would mean low attendees. Go to Worthing – top venues, parking nice pubs.
    (a Brighton resident)

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