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Audley End, 11th Aug 2023

SOFT CELL performing live in an exclusive outdoor concert, with very special guests OMD and HEAVEN 17, with legendary DJ's, READERS WIFES getting the party started from 3pm!

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11th Aug 2023

Audley End

SOFT CELL will perform live in an exclusive outdoor concert in the stunning grounds of Audley End in Saffron Walden, Essex on Friday 11th August 2023, with very special guests ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK and HEAVEN 17. Legendary DJ's, READERS WIFES, will get the party started from 3pm!

Celebrating the most defining music of the 80’s, this seismic synth-pop spectacle brings a line-up of three acts who continue to release ground-breaking new music.

On the show, Heritage Live Organiser Giles Cooper said:

“It’s been an ambition of us all at Heritage Live to stage a show for the legendary Soft Cell, but to also have them joined by the iconic OMD and Heaven 17, will make this concert so unique within such a spectacular setting, that it’ll undoubtedly make this a night to remember for many years to come. We can’t wait!”

Having met at Leeds Polytechnic University in the late 70’s, Soft Cell (Marc Almond and Dave Ball) released four UK Top 20 albums between 1981-1984, spawning hits such as Memorabilia’, ‘Torch’, ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’; and of course their boundless, era-defining No.1 hit ‘Tainted Love’.

The duo performed to a sold-out crowd at The O2 in London in 2018 for what was intended to be a farewell concert, but in the intervening years spawned a brand new album ‘*Happiness Not Included’, as well as recent UK and North American tours celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album, ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) were formed by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys in the late 70s, and are known for their trademark electronic sound, achieving hits throughout the 80s including ‘Souvenir’, 'Joan of Arc', ‘If You Leave Me’, and the anti-war anthem ‘Enola Gay’.

Formed after a split from The Human League, Heaven 17 were formed in 1980 in Sheffield, and achieved chart success with hits including ‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’, ‘Play To Win’, and ‘Temptation’, cementing their status as one of the most forward-thinking bands of the decade.

Formed in London in 1994 the Readers Wifes, AKA Kim Phaggs and Chelsea Kelsey, were among the forerunners of the kind of clubbing eclecticism we take for granted these days. DJs at London’s now legendary ‘Duckie’ their 5 hour long sets mixing ‘80s electro, glam, punk, ska, Motown and Kate Bush were a truly revolutionary proposition back then in a clubland awash with wall-to-wall digital house and samey E-pop – twenty eight years on the club is still rammed to the rafters every Saturday night.



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Audley End

Saffron Walden, Essex

Audley End is one of the most culturally important estates in the UK - once one of the grandest houses...

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Useful info


Reserved seating is available to purchase directly in front of the stage, in Blocks A-D.

Please purchase all Golden Circle reserved seating via AXS Ticketing.


Take advantage of a VIP Ticket (purchased on top of your concert ticket) which entitles you to the facilities of the VIP GUEAT AREA.

> VIP toilets, VIP Bar (cards only), unreserved additional relaxed seating areas, plus picnic benches scattered on the grass within the VIP compound, plus 'street artist' entertainment.

> VIP ticket holders will also have early access to the concert arena, when possible.


Please note that car parking tickets can be purchased in advance when you book your concert ticket, via our many ticket agents. Car parking tickets can also be purchased on the night for £10 per car (card or cash). Please be aware that the road infrastructure surrounding Audley End is very limited, so please allow plenty of time for your journey to and from the venue. Please be patient and respectful to our staff and neighbours and please allow up to 90mins for entering and leaving the car parks. For more information, please refer to the GETTING HERE section of AUDLEY END.


For discounted Accessible tickets, please purchase your tickets online at AXS Ticketing. Please note that if you also require a space on our Access Viewing Platform (AVP) and/or a space in our disabled car parks, you MUST book this option when buying your concert tickets via AXS Ticketing. Spaces on the AVP and within the Disabled Car Parks cannot be booked separately, or at a later date. Please note these tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

Access Toilets will be provided in the main arena and within the AVP compound.

In addition, ‘Vehicles for Change’ will be providing one of their vehicles for individuals who require either a changing bench and/or hoist or where more space for wheelchair users to access the toilet is needed. The vehicle has either a tail-lift or side-lift with large opening doors which enable the wheelchair user to move straight into the toilet and washroom space. Inside, there is plenty of room for carers or family members who may need to assist or accompany the user. There is a sink at wheelchair height, a toilet with drop down grab rails at either side, a full sized (6 ft) free standing and height adjustable changing bench and an electric ceiling tracked hoist which is compatible with all loop slings. They all have heating and consumables such as wipes and disposable gloves and a bin for waste will be provided.

Picnics, Camping Chairs & Alcohol

Please note that small picnics are permitted with small camping chairs. Alcohol and other drinks must be purchased on site and will be confiscated upon entry if found in your bag. There will be an abundance of bars and food outlets on site.


Access to the Audley End concert site via road on concert days will be very busy - we recommend setting off early and being prepared to wait for parking. Leaving the site will also take a considerable time due to the limited road infrastructure surrounding the estate. We request that customers please be patient and respectful to our staff and neighbours when leaving the venue. Please allow a maximum of 90mins to enter and to leave the car parks.

There is plenty of car parking space in the grounds of Audley End for the Heritage Live concerts but we do advise purchasing a parking ticket in advance - whilst purchasing your concert tickets you will be offered the option to also purchase a parking ticket (priced at £10 per car) to give you fast-track entry into the car-parks upon arrival. It will also be possible to purchase a car park ticket (cash only) on the evening of your chosen concert.

1 mile west of Saffron Walden on B1383 (M11 exit 8 or 10)
Sat Nav Postcode: CB11 4JF


Children aged 14 and under may purchase a Child Ticket (proof may be required upon entry). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Under 5’s free (no ticket required


Please download your E-tickets to your mobile phone (or print them off) before leaving for the concert, as Wi-Fi and 4G signals are very limited onsite.


> Alcohol and soft drinks must be purchased on site and cannot be brought into the concert arena. Prohibited items will be confiscated upon entry.

> You are welcome to bring a camping chair, rug and small picnic

> Please note that a picnic in a small rucksack is permitted. No alcohol, soft drinks, plastic water bottles or knives are permitted within the bag. To reduce waste at the site we strongly discourage single use plastics being brought in. There will be a wide variety of bars and artisan food traders on site.

> All tickets purchased for the Golden Circle are reserved seating directly in front of the stage. All tickets purchased as 'General Admission', are standing / sitting on grass. Deck chairs will be available to hire on the evening at £10 each.

> Single-use plastics are prohibited

> Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

> There is plenty of car parking available at, charged at £10 per car (cash or card), but please allow plenty of time for your journey to and from the venue as the local road infrastructure is very limited and there are likely to be some delays. We request that customers please be patient and respectful to our staff and neighbours when leaving the venue. Please allow a maximum of 90mins to enter and to leave the car parks. Car parks will open from midday (concert arena will open at 3pm).

> Please do not set-off to the concert without having first arranged how you are going to get home.

> Please download your E-tickets to your mobile phone (or print them off) before leaving for the concert, as Wi-Fi and 4G signals are very limited onsite.

Please note that the promoter has the right to change the supporting line-up.