Sunday 23 October 2016

'We love mad Dublin', says Human League's Joanne Catherall

The Human League
The Human League

They've been touring for more than 30 years, but synth rock legends The Human League can't get enough of gigging for "mad" Irish crowds.

The British band, who became music royalty in 1981 with their classic hit Don't You Want Me, will play Leopardstown Racecourse next Thursday as part of the Bulmers Live series.

Speaking ahead of their hotly anticipated show, vocalist Joanne Catherall (52) said she has always had a soft spot for Ireland.

"We always love the trip to Dublin. Everyone is so friendly and mad," she told the Herald.

"I can't remember ever having a bad show in Ireland. It's like people come to a concert because they really want to enjoy it and as a band that's what you really want."

The Sheffield singer has been in The Human League since she was 18, after being spotted in a nightclub by the band's founder, Philip Oakley.

Despite enjoying the perks of fame at such a young age while the band took over the charts in the Eighties, Catherall said she prefers performing now that the band are older.


"It's been fabulous and I think it's even more fabulous now because we get to see all the places we go to and we get to walk about," she said.

"In the early days that wasn't an option because we were recognised everywhere we went.

"We were going to so many great places and didn't get to see them, really.

"We were almost taken out of it, staying in hotel rooms all the time. It was astonishing.

"When people say it's been 35 years, and I know in my head it's been that long, I always wonder where the time has gone. It feels more like only 10 years later."

While the group's last record, Credo, was released in 2011, Catherall hinted that The Human League may be back in the studio soon to work on a new album.

"At some point we will make new stuff. There's always something kicking about," she said.

"We prefer performing live, but every now and again you need to do something new to pep things up a bit.

"It's quite nice to have a bit of an edge."

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