DECEMBER 2021 is a long time coming but the Human League believe in planning ahead.

The 80s synth-pop chart toppers are going back on the road to celebrate 40 years since the release of their mega-selling album Dare.

The Dare 40 tour will kick off on December 3 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds before going on to cities including Manchester and Newcastle.

Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley will be performing songs from the classic album as well as other hits from their back catalogue.

The spokesman said the Human League were one of the the most influential bands of the new wave/synth era.

She said: "They dominated the airwaves and charts throughout the 80s with their dark yet stylish post punk electronica, which remains as fresh, current and highly influential today as it did with the release of DARE on the October 16, 1981.

"On its release DARE instantly became a landmark album for the British music scene, spreading an exciting new sound to the US and Europe and helping give birth to a whole new era in music.

"With lyrics firmly embedded in the global politics of the day the band had an image that influenced fashion trends and their style, sound and message changed the face of early 80s club culture, paving the way for the decades of electronic music and clubbing that were to follow."

The band are widely regarded as leaders of the second British Invasion of the US music market and, to this day, remain one of the most highly played bands on MTV worldwide.

Dare contained four hit singles, including the number one Don’t You Want Me, along with Love Action, The Sound Of The Crowd and Open Your Heart.