Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark announce second ship-themed gig at Museum of Liverpool

By Culture24 Reporter | 29 August 2014

OMD will become the first band to play National Museums Liverpool in a part-homecoming which has led to a second date being added

A photo of a man standing in front of an enormous museum under a bright blue sky
OMD co-founder Andy McCluskey in front of the Museum of Liverpool, where his band will play in November© Museum of Liverpool
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the electro-pop band whose fourth album, Dazzle Ships, was inspired by an Edward Wadsworth painting of the dry dock at Liverpool, have announced two gigs at the Museum of Liverpool.

Formed on the Wirral and celebrating their 35th year, the group – who will appear as a trio, with Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys and Martin Cooper – have added a second date in response to high demand following the announcement that they would become the first band to play at the museum last week.

A photo of a man crouching in front of an ancient reel-to-reel tape in a museum case
Winston, a reel-to-reel tape deck on show at the museum, will move from display case to stage for the special pair of gigs© Museum of Liverpool
“As soon as we announced the concert the feedback we received from fans was phenomenal, so it was very clear that we had to do a second gig,” said McCluskey, adding that the band would play a greatest hits and present the missing parts I, IV, V and VI of their Dazzle Ships musique concrète composition from 1983, available to hear through pre-booked, timed access to the Dazzle Ship docked in front of the venue.

“We can’t wait to play at the museum. It is a fantastic space and very intimate, so it will be a great show.

“The space for the concert is fantastic and very intimate. The museums and galleries in this city have had a major influence on me so it’s nice to come back and do these unique concerts at the Museum of Liverpool.”

During the shows, a reel-to-reel tape recorder known as Winston, used by OMD during their earliest gigs, will shift from the museum’s Wondrous Place gallery and appear on stage for the first time in three decades.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the concerts by OMD, a major Liverpool group who have gone on to have success around the globe,” said Janet Dugdale, the Director of the museum, which will organise a programme of films themed around the ship in its special theatre during the weekend of the shows.

“The Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the city’s rich and fantastic music heritage. To bring that story to life with music from OMD should be very special indeed.”

All of the proceeds will support National Museums Liverpool.

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