The ever metamorphosing entity that is GONG launches, as ever, into unknown – and unknowing – territory with a new tour for 2022, destined to be talked about, discussed, and argued over, up and down the land.
From its beginnings in a French commune in 1967, through the Virgin Records years, mismanagement, court cases, break-ups and rejoinings, deaths and rebirths – there has always been a continuous thread of beautiful, dangerous and extraordinary music.
The current holders of the flame have come together over the last eight years; sinuous bass player Dave Sturt joined just as the album 2032 was shown to the world; Ian East (Sax, Flute) was the next to blow in through the portal; Fabio Golfetti brought his guitars from Brazil (after working with Daevid Allen for many years); Kavus Torabi (lead vox and guitars) appeared to Daevid in a vision; Cheb Nettles (drums) just sort of turned up.
In 2015, Daevid Allen passed away. His influence and legacy were honoured on the band’s subsequent album, Rejoice! I’m Dead! (2016). Over the past year GONG has performed with Steve Hillage Band (himself a former member of the 1970s GONG line-up) and released the critically acclaimed album The Universe Also Collapses (2019).
Kavus Torabi takes up the story: “Having ended 2019 by actually levitating The Paradiso in Amsterdam, 2020 will see the radiant vehicle of Gong play shows in Brazil and Japan, visit Chile for the first time and perform in fields across Europe, before returning to the UK for a headline tour.
“November 2020 will be the most extensive UK tour of this Gong chapter thus far. We will be performing an immersive, expanded and transformative set which promises, at the very least, to affect the complete dissolution of ego and sense of self.
”Gong’s musically diverse world includes shades of psychedelia, space rock, jazz, avant-garde, krautrock and surreal soundscapes.
WARNING THIS IS NOT A DRILL... We are not DEVO, but we are We Are Not DEVO!
On Saturday 19th May 2018 Mike Hadfield, lead singer, had a VIP ticket to the sound check prior to the James gig at King George’s Hall Blackburn. During the question and answer session Mike grabbed the microphone and asked the band their thoughts of him setting up a tribute band to honour their music. After deliberating as a band, Saul spoke for them saying “Go for it!” and Tim Booth gave his blessing. Mike set to work gathering the troops to create a band of fans for fans: Laid - a tribute to James.
Laid have hit the tribute scene with lightning pace, receiving high praise everywhere they play. Bookings all over the country have come in thick and fast and the band have marked their territory as the leading tribute to one of the best bands to come out of Manchester. Playing all the hits including “Sit Down”, “She’s a Star”, “Tomorrow”, “Come Home” and “Laid” they are destined for great things.
The only tribute name-checked by The Chief himself....AKA Noel Gallagher, The UK's leading Noel Gallagher/Oasis tribute act returns to The Old Courts.
In March 2015, the second Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds album, "Chasing Yesterday" was released, & after years of deliberation, Matt put together a band of musicians to recreate the former Oasis leader's songs & shows, and fulfil a long held dream of playing a whole set of Noel's songs.
The band started gigging in November 2015 at pubs & bars in the North West of England, & have since played to thousands of people at festivals, music venues, bars & pubs across England. When Noel released “Who Built The Moon?” in November 2017, the band immediately added the stand out tracks to their set.
Approx. stage times:
support tbc: 20:00 - 20:40
AKA Noel Gallagher: 21:00 - 23:00
"They're Really Good" - Paul Heaton
With an unrivalled, energetic, soulful and, at times, playful show, The Southmartins play the hits and bits of The Beautiful South and The Housemartins and have carved themselves a unique niche in the world of tribute acts.
With a voice as close as you could hope for to Paul Heaton plus a band of lively musicians and a healthy irreverence for the songs and arrangements, often taking the songs off in unexpected directions whilst staying true to the spirit of the original bands their gigs are becoming the thing of legend with mass singalongs and unpredictable occurrences a regular feature.
With a choice selection of bona fide British pop hits such as Happy Hour, Caravan of Love, Perfect 10, Good as Gold, You Keep It All In, Song For Whoever and many more their gigs promise to leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
The band formed in late 2009 and have been playing across the UK ever since to increasingly large crowds who often follow them across their tours and travel great distances to catch them. From initial forays into pubs and clubs to dedicated music venues, festivals and having the distinction of being the first tribute to be invited to play at Paul Heaton's Salford venue, The Kings Arms, on the eve of Paul and Jacqui Abbott's "comeback" album 'What Have We Become' the band have acquired high praise indeed with Paul himself endorsing them on BBC Radio 2 saying "they're really good".
Space embark on the UK 50 date “Music for Pleasure Music for Pain Tour” in July 2021 followed by the album of the same name in late 2021.
China Crisis were never your run-of-the-mill 80s pop band. Formed in Liverpool by singer Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon, they distilled their love of David Bowie and Steely Dan into an exquisitely melancholy post-punk sound that saw them win their just chart rewards. Has there ever been a more wistful Top 10 hit than the charming Wishful Thinking?
Their hero Walter Becker – of Steely Dan fame – was so impressed he even became a band member back in 1985, producing and playing on Top 10 album Flaunt the Imperfection, and returning for 1989’s hugely acclaimed Diary of a Hollow Horse. And, all the while, the hits kept rolling in… Christian, Black Man Ray and King in a Catholic Style all made their way into the UK Top 20
Merseyside hero Ian Prowse is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and frontman of Amsterdam and previously the frontman of indie cult band Pele.
They have rocked the UK – delivering the legendary sound, spirit and attitude of one of the world’s greatest rock bands – and now THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE head to Wigan.
COURT AND SPARK – the Joni Mitchell Songbook will take you on a musical journey that will probably mirror your own journey through life, from Ladies of the Canyon, Clouds, For the Roses, Blue and Court and Spark, to the cool, evocative sounds of Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira, Mingus and Turbulent Indigo.
First set: 20:00 - 21:00
20 min interval
Second set: 21:20 - 22:20
"Not like any other love. This one is different, because it's us".
" NOBODY DOES IT BETTER The biggest and best and most in Demand Gn'R tribute in Europe"
It does not get any closer than this people. Gn’Re have the only singer able to deliver the exact same unique vocal style and stage show synonymous with Classic Axl Rose.
Gn’Re have the only tribute band guitarist OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED by MARSHALL AMPS, just like the legend SLASH himself.
Together with 4 other Gn’R clones, these guys deliver a sound and look that is unequalled by any other band.
Since their very first gig the Guns N' Roses Experience train has been rolling at an incredible pace, visiting various Middle Eastern countries, mainland Europe, Cyprus, Ireland and all of the major venues in the UK.
With a true GN’R sound and stage show, In a bone-crushing two hour set all the essentials are covered with breathtaking accuracy including Welcome To The Jungle, November Rain, Sweet Child O' Mine, Paradise City, Mr. Brownstone, You Could Be Mine, Nightrain, Rocket Queen, Knocking on Heaven’s Door and so much more...
Don’t miss the chance to see the most authentic live Guns ‘N Roses experience touring today.