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50th Anniversary Concert
English space rock band Hawkwind have announced a 50th Anniversary tour for Novembe 2019. This follows on from an incredible 2018 which saw them tour their groundbreaking production In search of Utopia – Infinity and beyond to sellout audiences all over the UK.
Founded in 1969, Hawkwind are regarded as one of the founders of and most influential bands of the genre. However, various influences ranging from hard to progressive rock were incorporated into the band’s sound over the years as it went through numerous personnel changes.
These days, Hawkwind are most closely associated with their only remaining founding member, the singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Brock. In his 50-year long career, Dave Brock has worked with notable musicians including Lemmy Kilmister, Ginger Baker and Huw Lloyd-Langton. Hawkwind actually scored their biggest hit in the UK in 1972 with the single Silver Machine, featuring Lemmy on bass.
Brock’s band continues to perform and record new material, including their 2018 effort, Road to Utopia. This 31st album features a band that is as quirky, charming and versatile as ever.
With the legendary Lord of space rock Dave Brock at the helm, ex-Gong synthesiser player Tim Blake on keys and Theremin, Mr Dibs on bass, long serving drummer Richard Chadwick, and Niall Hone guitar, Hawkwind bring their unmissable and spectacular stage show featuring dancers, stilt walkers, psychedelic lighting and projections to the road.
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The Blackheart Orchestra
"Taking the more muted moments of Florence + The Machine, a more accessible Portishead and Ellie Goulding’s angrier little sister and mixing it in a sparse little electro sound-lab has created something particularly enthralling. The beats gently lurch forwards while the electric melodies pulse and sparkle in the shadows allowing Mostyn’s voice to take centre stage in all its breathy elegance." Listen with Monger blogspot. The Blackheart Orchestra are a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo comprising long term collaborators Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington. The band blend musical styles in a non-conformist way seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create their unique, highly individual, emotion-drenched music. One moment their sound is minimalist and fragile, weaving melodies and atmospherics with silence to create ethereal musical landscapes that leave audiences and critics describing their work as haunting, enchanting and captivating. Other times the pair create a mountain-like wall of sound using ancient synthesisers, electronic drums, acoustic, electric and bowed guitars and bass to create vast energetic symphonic climaxes. The band have drawn comparisons to Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding, London Grammar, Pink Floyd, Steve Reich and Ludovico Einaudi. The Blackheart Orchestra have toured extensively in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and are touring with 60s legend Melanie Safka before embarking on a headline tour of Europe in November. “A great band” Aled Jones BBC Radio 2 “Beautiful and powerful. Their music is inspiring.” Steve Hackett, Genesis “Their music gives me the chills! So beautiful.” Melanie Safka “Utterly magical” John Gilmore, BBC “Absolutely beautiful” Good Morning TV (New Zealand) “They take their audience from heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song” Western Star (Australia) “The Blackheart Orchestra remind us why music lifts us up” Dalton Delan, American Public Television (USA) “The pair sound like an 8 piece band, incredible” Sally Naden, BBC Radio “Supremely gifted” Nottingham Post “Stunningly beautiful, this duo are on the fringe of true greatness” Kensington and Chelsea Today, London
See 4 tour dates featuring The Blackheart Orchestra
Bristol SU Live
- 105 Queens Road
- BS8 1LN