Mark your calendars for some upcoming concerts and performances…
The ongoing Covid crisis has had a big impact on live performances this year. Despite this, here’s a select guide to some of the forthcoming performances from bands that TEC has championed, as well as links to other events which we feel might be of interest to TEC readers. Click on each individual listing for full details.
Please note that with the current Coronavirus crisis, many scheduled concerts are either being postponed or cancelled. Check with the venue or ticket sellers for details closer to the scheduled dates.
Founded by Edgar Froese in 1967, Tangerine Dream were one of the major forces behind the introduction of electronic music and the synthesizer to popular culture. Throughout the past 5
Founded by Edgar Froese in 1967, Tangerine Dream were one of the major forces behind the introduction of electronic music and the synthesizer to popular culture. Throughout the past 5 decades the band's countless incarnations created more than 100 studio albums, some 60+ film scores such as the US blockbuster movie soundtracks Thief with James Caan or The Sorcerer with Roy Scheider.
Tangerine Dream got 7 Grammy nominations over the years. Since Froese's passing in 2015 the line-up consists of remaining musicians Thorsten Quaeschning (2005 to now), Hoshiko Yamane (since 2012) and Ulrich Schnauss (since 2014).
TD's most recent album Quantum Gate (Kscope) became their best-selling record since 1987 and marked a welcome return to the UK and European album charts - contributing the score to Rockstar Games' record-breaking Grand Theft Auto V as well as a number of high profile Syncs (Stranger Things, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Homecoming etc.) have further enhanced a resurgence of interest in the The Dream's evocative soundscapes.
Subsequently the band's done some extensive touring across Europe in 2018 and 2019 - reintroducing the sequencer-driven sound for which Tangerine Dream became known in the 1970s.
Highlights included appearances at the Dekmantel Festival Amsterdam, Oya Festival Oslo, a sold out show at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and a sold out headline show at the Barbican Hall in London. Every performance is backed by a fantastic light and visual show.
Towards the end of every concert a 30+ minute real time composition/improvisation is being performed - turning every concert into a unique experience and promising yet another captivating live electronic music performance. Tangerine Dream will release a new studio album on Kscope in June 2020 and will start to tour the world right after that with a new light and visual show.
October 26 (Monday) 7:30 pm - November 26 (Thursday) 11:00 pm
Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8EH
The first Wirral show from Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark since 1979 is the first show announced for the new Near Future venue in Birkenhead. “This Pop-Up Venue from Future
The first Wirral show from Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark since 1979 is the first show announced for the new Near Future venue in Birkenhead. “This Pop-Up Venue from Future Yard offers an opportunity for the creative kids on Wirral to test their dreams out in reality, like OMD did 41 years ago,” said OMD’s Andy McCluskey.
The electronic pioneers – who were labelled “Wirral’s Kraftwerk” by The Guardian in a review of their York Barbican show as part of their 40th anniversary tour – will take the opportunity to revisit the material they performed at their last show on the peninsula; at West Kirby Youth Club in August 1979.
The 10th October performance will feature a selection of tracks from the band’s debut album, songs that McCluskey and co-founder Paul Humphreys showcased on that night in 1979. The show will also be a two-man performance, mirroring the original show.
Andy McCluskey: “We would like to celebrate as much as we can about the fact that the last time we played on Wirral, we were still a two-piece and we hadn’t even made our first album. We’d just been made an offer, we were about to go on tour with Gary Numan. Our world was about to change, but this was the closing of chapter one. So it will be nice now to reflect upon that moment again… ‘who would have known, 41 years later?’”
Support on the night comes from two of the most exciting emerging artists in Wirral in 2020. MiG-15‘s electric waves of feel-good indie-pop are the hallmarks of the quartet’s groovy enigma; and Alex Teleko inhabits a world soundtracked by 80s melodies while convulsing to the maddening beats and bleeps of the contemporary era.
This show is now SOLD-OUT.
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Avec Sans are Alice Fox and Jack St James, an independent pop band from Manchester and Trinidad, now living in London, UK. They are well known for their energetic live shows.
Avec Sans are Alice Fox and Jack St James, an independent pop band from Manchester and Trinidad, now living in London, UK.
They are well known for their energetic live shows. Jack plays light shows across his three hacked and tilted Novation launch pads and has been active in working with Novation to demonstrate and launch new products.
Avec Sans supported Ladyhawke on her 2016 UK tour and have played alongside acts such as Betty Who, Little Boots, Capital Cities & Bright Light Bright Light. The band signed to US independent label Beverly Martel in 2016 and their debut album Heartbreak Hi subsequently charted in the top 50 on iTunes.
2020 saw the band join forces with multi-instrumentalist and producer, Willow Sellers (Rihanna, Lewis Capaldi) for forthcoming album Succession, which was heralded by the energetic pop of 'Altitude'.
To celebrate the release of new album Succession Avec Sans are playing an exclusive album launch show Friday 21 May 2021 at The Grace, London.
Tickets on sale 5th Oct at 10:00: https://myticket.co.uk/gigs/avec-sans-london-2021-05-21-19-30
(Friday) 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
20-22 Highbury Corner, Highbury East, N5 1RA