REVIEW: The Human League at the BIC by Marian Feltham

LAST Friday night saw the hit 80’s band The Human League playing at the BIC in Bournemouth. Their style of electro pop doesn’t always lend itself to a dynamic live performance, but a simple and striking stage set was the perfect backdrop to the hour and a half of all their greatest hits. Despite it being several decades since they broke onto the music scene, Phil Oakey’s voice remains as strong and resonant as ever.

His distinctive sense of theatre has evolved as he appeared in a succession of stylish futuristic outfits with Kate’s taken from the Far East.

The audience, as expected, was made up principally of baby boomers but everyone was up and dancing from the first song Mirror Man as they blasted out many of their classics, Love Action and Keep Feeling Fascination.

The set ended, of course, with Don’t You Want Me with the entire audience joining in at full volume. Their appeal and performance levels have not diminished over time and they did not disappoint, a great nostalgic evening.