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Midge Ure playing Hampton Pools concert
Live Aid legend and a musician with multiple bands, Midge Ure is looking forward to performing in the scenic grounds of Hampton’s open air pools.
The multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter will be the penultimate act of the summer series, now in their 11th season, of concerts organised by Hampton Pool Trust.
The father-of-four spoke to the Richmond and Twickenham Times from his home in Bath and said audiences could look forward to a mix of material from his career, which spans more than 35 years.
He says: “It’s a kind of potted history of the entire picture. I go back as far as early Ultravox and Visage but I don’t do anything before that as before then I didn’t really have any control over what I was doing.
“In those days I turned up in the studio and people told you what to do.”
The Glasgow-born performer co-wrote and produced Band Aid’s iconic Do They Know It’s Christmas? with Bob Geldof and was instrumental to the Live Aid concert that helped raise £8m for the starving in Africa.
He says: “It happened by accident, like all of these things do. I had known Bob for a few years and we inhabited the same kind of circles.
“We were no good for anything at all other than writing music. That’s what we do. Then of course the whole thing went ballistic.”
Ure describes Live Aid as a “magnificent flash” and, although it may be the public highlight of his career, he values quieter moments meeting and making music with other artists.
He says: “All the magic moments are behind closed doors. But on a public platform of course it’s up there, for the sheer exhilaration.
“Every concert is different. If you think of yourself as a musician first and foremost it doesn’t matter if you are playing on your own, in a pub round the corner or to thousands. It’s all the same principle.
“Just being a musician is the joy. I have been fortunate not to have been called out of it.”
Ure says his fan base has changed and he was surprised to see a totally new audience when he reunited with Ultravox band mates four years ago.
He says: “It’s totally bizarre. I think it’s something to do with electronic music which had a huge resurgence recently.
“People realise that some really, really good music came out.
“Also the way that young people can find music is not the radio, it’s on the internet. They will find something and send it to all their friends.
“So as a result of that there’s a whole new audience. It’s nice to look out and see people thinner than you.”
Profits made from the concert season will go toward safeguarding the future of Hampton Pool and developing the treasured facility.
Ure says: “I think the cause is fantastic. The little nuggets of British English eccentricity have got to be conserved.”
Hampton Pool summer concert series. Hampton Pool, High Street, Hampton. From July 12 to 27; various times. Tickets £15 to £28.50. Visit hamptonpool.co.uk.
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