SPACE ROCK ENSEMBLE GONG ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES FOR ‘THIS IS THE MOMENT AND NOW IS THE TIME’ UK TOUR.
SPACE ROCK ENSEMBLE GONG ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES FOR
‘THIS IS THE MOMENT AND NOW IS THE TIME’
UK TOUR. (KScope Records)
WHAT THE MEDIA SAYS ABOUT GONG
“This reincarnation of Gong have rejuvenated the spirit of the band so successfully that this was the fifth time I’d seen the band in less than 3 years” – Canterbury Scene.com
“Staccato riffs, thoughtful, provocative lyrics and time-signature hopping, genre-defying blend of jazz, rock and funk are all present and correct.” – Echoes and Dust
GONG – The Elemental (KScope)
Earlier this year, GONG announced an extensive run of UK tour dates, all of which have now been rescheduled for May 2021.
Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong have delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory and mind-expanding side of the music.
The ever metamorphosing entity that is GONG launches, as ever, into unknown – and unknowing – territory with a fresh batch of tour dates rescheduled for 2021, destined to be talked about, discussed, and argued over, up and down the land (once more).
Gong’s musically diverse world includes shades of psychedelia, space rock, jazz, avant-garde, krautrock and surreal soundscapes and the quintet will be bringing their unique show back to venues in May 2021.
Kavus (lead vocals and guitars) says this about the rescheduled dates.
“Postponing our November (2020) tour was the mother of all drags,” confesses Kavus Torabi. “We promised the transformation of utilitarian rooms across the country into shimmering psychedelic temples, bursting with radiance one and all, only to find ourselves all blindsided by an unprecedented metamorphosis.
Gong had no time for the old normal, so now in 2021, let us unleash THE NEW ABNORMAL!
There’s a revolution coming and, by the gods, it’s going to need a soundtrack. Let us congregate, sing praises to the moon and love, love, love.”
GONG – ‘This Is The Moment And Now Is The Time’
MAY 2021 DATES
Mon 3 COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Tue 4 NORWICH Arts Centre
Wed 5 BRIGHTON Komedia
Thu 6 READING Sub 89
Fri 7 STROUD Sub Rooms
Sun 9 BRISTOL Thekla
Mon 10 EXETER Phoenix
Tue 11 SOUTHAMPTON 1865
Wed 12 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
Thu 13 NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Fri 14 YORK Crescent
Sat 15 HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club
Sun 16 MANCHESTER Gorilla
Mon 17 BURY St. EDMUNDS The Apex
Wed 19 CARLISLE Brickyard
Thu 20 NEWCASTLE Cluny
Fri 21 STOCKTON Georgian Theatre
Sat 22 HITCHIN Club 85
Thu 27 RAMSGATE Music Room
Fri 28 LONDON Subterania
The band have added shows at Carlisle Brickyard on Weds 19 May, Stockton Georgian Theatre on Fri 21 May 2021 and Hitchin Club 85 on Sat 22 May 2021.
Harpenden Public Halls originally scheduled for Fri 6 Nov 2020 will not be rescheduled. Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.
Shows scheduled at Wigan Old Courts on Sun 8 November 2020, Bethedsa Neuadd Ogwen on Monday 9 November 2020 and Cardiff Earl Haig on Monday 23 November are still to be rescheduled and new dates will be announced shortly.
Glasgow Oran Mor has been rescheduled to Friday 17 September 2021.
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 (via Kscope, 2019).
Signed-up members of the precariat, GONG have never played it safe.
Cheb Nettles – Drums
Dave Sturt – Bass
Fabio Golfetti – Guitars
Ian East -Saxaphone, Flute
Kavus Torabi – Lead Vocals, Guitars