VIDEO: Heaven 17 legend Martyn Ware calls for Sheffield Music Trail

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Heaven 17 electro legend Martyn Ware is calling for a Sheffield Music Trail to highlight the city's global contribution to the industry.

It would include blue plaques at venues, recording studios and birthplace landmarks which have put the city on the world map.

One could be on the former site of the demolished Monumental Studios - where Heaven 17 and The Human League recorded their iconic debut albums, Penthouse and Pavement and Dare.

It's now a small car park opposite the National Emergency Services Museum on West Bar roundabout.

The trail would mark places of musical significant interest, like the clubs and bars where Sheffield's world famous bands started out, the likes of Def Leppard, ABC, Arctic Monkeys, Reverend and the Makers and Bring Me The Horizon.

Sheffield producer Eliot Kennedy's Steelworks studio has been the recording venue for massive hits by the likes of The Spice Girls, Bryan Adams, Take That and Donny Osmond.

Martyn, aged 60, a founding member of Heaven 17 and The Human League, was speaking ahead of The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce President’s Annual Dinner which celebrated the economic impact the arts, heritage and culture have had on the city.

The Temptation hitmaker - who at the dinner also performed greatest hits with Glenn Gregory and their Heaven 17 band - said: "I think there is more of an appreciation now of Sheffield's place in musical history.. I am lucky to be associated with this nationally. Wherever I go they know Sheffield.

"It's a fantastic hook on which to drive tourism.

"Sheffield should make a bit more of it than it does. It could have a trail of famous venues or places where things were made.

Heaven 17 and The Human League founder Martyn Ware

Heaven 17 and The Human League founder Martyn Ware

"In fact we just drove past West Bar roundabout, where there used to be the building we called Monumental Studios. It was the leat monumental thing on Earth and it's a car park now. But that's where we wrote Penthouse and Pavement and a lot of The Human League stuff too. That's where the Human League wrote Dare. This was like a derelict vet's house, with only one habitable room.

"It was horrific, frankly, but that's where it all happened. There should be a blue plaque."

Heaven 17 celebrated another first as they played at the black tie dinner - marking their debut performance inside Sheffield Cathedral.

"The last time I was there was when I was 12-years-old in the choir from King Ted's. Its one of the few venues we've never played in Sheffield," said Martyn, who will return with Heaven 17 and BEF guests for a 35th anniversary performance of 1981's Penthouse and Pavements, at Sheffield City Hall on October 25 - for ticket details CLICK HERE.

Chamber President and fan Jillian Thomas said: “The arts have always played a significant backdrop to my life. My adopted home town of Sheffield became the soundtrack to my youth - from my front row seat I watched the birth of electronic music, Sheffield Theatres created my passion for musical theatre, and the Sheffield Arena allowed me access to international artists I previously only dreamed of seeing.

“It would be remiss of me not to use my Presidency to recognise those who have given so much to me personally, but also the economic and financial impact the arts, these groups and the facilities have had, and continue to provide to the region."

* Which Sheffield music landmarks would you included in a trail? Email suggestions to graham.walker@jpress.co.uk, with Sheffield Music Trail in the subject field, and include the address and brief details of why it is of significant interest.

Heaven 17 debut album Penthouse and Pavement was made in Sheffield

Heaven 17 debut album Penthouse and Pavement was made in Sheffield

The Human League debut album Dare

The Human League debut album Dare

Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17

Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17