This rare live appearance will be Green Gartside's first full headline show under the name Scritti Politti for over four years.
Formed in 1978 in Leeds, Scritti were initially a left-wing-inspired post-punk group that later developed into a mainstream pop music project in the early to mid-1980s, and enjoyed significant success in the charts in the UK and USA. The group's most successful album, Cupid & Psyche 85, was innovative in its use of sampling and MIDI sequencing and produced hit singles including Perfect Way, The Word Girl, Wood Beez and Absolute.
Following this period of fame, Gartside became disillusioned with the music industry and retired to the South Wales of his childhood for nearly a decade. He returned to music-making in the late 1990s, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums in 1999 and 2006. The success of the Mercury Music Prize-nominated White Bread Black Beer LP in 2006 was a major comeback for Gartside, who toured the UK, Ireland, USA and Japan in the same year - his first live performances in over 25 years.
Scritti Politti have since slimmed down to a 4-piece, with Green playing alongside Dicky Moore, Rhodri Marsden and Rob Smoughton. The show will feature songs from both the past and the present; it marks a proper return to live work for the band, with a handful of festival appearances scheduled over the summer.