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The Pineapple Thief
The Pineapple Thief's 'bittersweet' sound has had them compared to Radiohead, Sigur Ros and Elbow and has entered the consciousness of audiences across Europe. The live show has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting sounds around, delivered with a seemingly impossible level of energy and passion by the British 5-piece.
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Caravan are considered by many to be the undisputed, unsung heroes of the British Prog movement. Often quoted as being one of the most formidable acts to emerge from the '60s progressive rock scene, over the years they have managed to achieve cult status and have maintained a passionate and diehard following. Originally formed in Canterbury in 1968, Caravan were at the heart of the 1970s burgeoning Canterbury rock movement, and produced their own brand of "superior pop music, full of taste, craftsmanship and hard work" (NME) and packed venues worldwide. The current Caravan line-up includes Pye Hastings (1968 founding member: guitar, lead vocals), Geoffrey Richardson (joined 1972: viola, guitar, flute, vocals), Jan Schelhaas (keyboards), Jim Leverton (bass, vocals) and Mark Walker (drums, percussion).
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From its beginnings in a French commune in 1967, through the Virgin Records years, mismanagement, court cases, break-ups and rejoining, deaths and rebirths – GONG has always been a continuous thread of beautiful, dangerous and extraordinary music. The current holders of the flame have come together over the last seven years; sinuous bass player Dave Sturt joined just as the album 2032 was shown to the world; Ian ‘Eastwinds’ East was the next to blow in through the portal; Fabio Golfetti brought his guitars from Brazil (after working with Daevid for many years); Kavus Torabi appeared to Daevid in a vision; Cheb Nettles just sort of turned up. GONG's musically diverse world includes shades of psychedelia, space rock, jazz, avant-garde, krautrock and surreal soundscapes.
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Canterbury prog-rockers, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. Featuring three of the group's 70s era members: guitarist John Etheridge, drummer John Marshall and bass player Roy Babbington. They're joined by sax, flute and keyboard player Theo Travis.
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Born in 1978, out of the ashes of the Sonic Assassins, Hawklords was the brainchild of the late, great Robert Calvert, The Hawklords re-emerged in 2009 with a memorial concert in London for legendary British artist, the late Barney Bubbles, graphic designer for many of Hawkwind's early 1970s albums. Since 2009 Hawklords have consistently toured Europe and the UK, released two official live concert performances on DVD and have produced seven albums of original music, the most recent being 2018's 'Brave New World', which entered the UK Official Top 40 Rock and Metal Chart at number 12.
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During 1980, Inner City Unit played a month long residency at London's Marquee Club, Hawkwind's Robert Calvert was the support act for each show, members of ICU would don masks and become "Krankschaft". 20 years after Robert's death, Krankschaft recorded an album of his songs as a tribute; "The Flame Red Superstar". This lead to live shows, some with Nik Turner as a reconstituted Inner City Unit. They are now operating as a trio of Steve Pond, Alex Tsentides and Kevin Walke. Since 2015 the group have recorded two official studio albums, one special album (composed of music made to poems submitted online by fans) and two live albums.
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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
- Shepherds Bush Green
- W12 8TT
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