Soft Cell return with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in 15 years

The track comes ahead of the duo's farewell show next month

Soft Cell have returned with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in fifteen years.

The synthpop icons, comprised of Marc Almond and Dave Ball, have released the new offering ahead of a farewell show at London’s O2 Arena next month.

In a press release, Almond described the track as “a celebration of our roots in northern soul.”


The track’s lyrics also reference the Northern Soul movement – complete with references to Stoke’s classic Golden Torch club and Manchester’s Twisted Wheel. Listen in full below.

The duo’s farewell show at the O2 Arena takes place on September 30, with Almond describing it as a “thank you” to fans. Remaining tickets for the show are available here.

“With Soft Cell I always felt something was unfinished,” said Marc Almond at the time of the show’s announcement in February.

“This last ever final show will be the best ever ending. It will be a real statement and send off, and thank you to every fan.”

Ball added: “We live in very interesting times, and 2018 promises to be a very special year.”


Soft Cell released five studio albums, with the most recent being 2002 reunion record ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’. They had ten top 40 hits in the UK.