British Electric Foundation were formed in 1980, the brain child of Martyn Ware (The Human League and Heaven 17) the group showcases a variety of different musical artists performing classic songs with an electronic slant.
‘British Electric Foundation are proud to present a unique and exciting performance at the Rewind Festival featuring legendary artists.’
Martyn Ware has produced and performed Human league, Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation over a career spanning over 35 years. He has now assembled a stellar line-up featuring the full Heaven 17 band performing songs made famous by the stars themselves and cover versions in the inimitable BEF electronic pop style - featuring Glen Matlock, Claudia Brücken, Thomas Dolby, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, Mari Wilson, Jaki Graham, Kim Appleby, Joy Divisions Peter Hook, Jilted John, Rozalla, Owen Paul and The Farm’s Peter Hooton.
Singer/songwriter Kim Appleby was part of the sister duo ‘Mel & Kim’, two East London girls from Hackney who were loved for their cockney charm as well as their cutting edge style. In 1986 they set the charts alight with their first single ‘Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)’ which was followed by the international hit ‘Respectable’, a number one hit in the UK and worldwide. Other singles followed, such as ‘F.L.M.’ and ‘That’s The Way It Is’ and the album F.L.M went gold, selling 3.5 million copies worldwide. Mel & Kim were also nominated for a ‘Best Newcomer’ award at The Brits.
Tragically, Mel was diagnosed with cancer and lost her battle in January 1990. Kim returned as a solo artist, releasing her self-titled album, ‘Kim Appleby’ which featured the hit single, ‘Don't worry’ which was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award.
Kim now works closely with the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and has chaired the Ivor Novello Awards judges panel for ‘Best Contemporary Song’ for ten years, and previously the ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ for two years. She is also deputy chair of the Ivor Novello awards committee and currently sits on the Songwriters Executive Committee at BASCA and remains a keen champion of songwriter’s rights.
In 2015, Kim met Dominic King who has composed songs for Sister Sledge, Chaka Khan, Cher, The Three Degrees and many more. Together they decided to collaborate and out of this collaboration came an album of fresh songs. The first single is due to be released in spring 2017 with an album to follow in the summer.