ABC ARE back on the road and will play Bournemouth Pavilion this Friday.

The 80s band will be joined by the Southbank Sinfonia and will perform The Lexicon Of Love in its entirety, plus the band’s greatest hits and tracks from their new album The Lexicon of Love II.

ABC were formed in Sheffield in the early 1980s when they decided they wanted to fuse the world of disco funk with their own unique post-punk vision.

This year’s release of The Lexicon Of Love II comes a mere 34 years since the release of one of the landmark albums of the 80s. Sonically doffing its cap to the original, The Lexicon of Love II features 10 brand-new songs from the pen of ABC kingpin Martin Fry abetted by various musical cohorts.

It might take a less innocent, more experienced view on affairs of the heart than its million-selling predecessor, but it still concludes that all you need is love.

Martin Fry said: “We performed a show at the Albert Hall a couple of years ago to mark the 30th anniversary of The Lexicon of Love. It struck me there and then that it was time to make a sequel. To explore those themes once again and to look at love through the eyes of a man in later life.”

Martin adds: “Now the years have passed, my perspective on life and love has changed. I wanted to make an album that reflected that.”

Foremost among Fry’s collaborators on the new album is Academy Award-winning musician and composer Anne Dudley, who arranged the strings on the original Lexicon and has been the long-standing conductor on ABC’s critically acclaimed sold-out orchestral shows.

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