Ozric Tentacles & GONG have announced they will embark on a headline tour of England in November - the first time the two iconic groups have shared a bill on a tour as well as the first full-band Ozric Tentacles tour in eight years.
Ozric Tentacles are regarded as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK’s festival scene, formed during the solstice at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983 going on to become psychedelic staples at Glastonbury and other festivals. The creative vision of multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne, the Ozrics’ uniquely trippy soundscapes connect fans of progressive rock, psychedelia and dance music culture. After a prolonged hiatus the band released the 2020 album Space For The Earth.
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. GONG recently performed with the Steve Hillage Band (himself a former member of the 1970s GONG line-up) and released the critically acclaimed album The Universe Also Collapses (KScope, 2019). Gong’s musically diverse world includes shades of psychedelia, space rock, jazz, avant-garde, krautrock and surreal soundscapes. Gong have recently released a stunning new live album Pulsing Signals (KScope, 2022) drawn from their 2019 UK tour.
Kavus Torabi - Gong:
“Gong and Ozric Tentacles have a long history together, but this is our first fully fledged, psychedelic double-dip, joint headline tour. Ever since The Ed Wynne Band played with Gong on our 2019 tour, we all agreed what a wonderful partnership this would make. I'm so happy that this will see fruition in November 2022. You can expect an outpouring of radiance and joy from both bands, it can't come around soon enough.”
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Ed Wynne - Ozric Tentacles
“I recently toured with Silas Wynne as an Electronic version of the band, but the opportunity to put together a full live again band after such a long hiatus is both daunting and exhilarating. One thing’s for sure though, this tour will be an amazing experience to share with all our fans.”
Wednesday 16 November - LEICESTER, 02 Academy2
Thursday 17 November - BRIGHTON, Concorde 2
Friday 18 November - SHEFFIELD, 02 Academy2
Saturday 19 November - LIVERPOOL, 02 Academy2
Sunday 20 November - BRISTOL, Trinity
Wednesday 23 November - LONDON, Electric Ballroom
Thursday 24 November - OXFORD, 02 Academy2
Friday 25 November - LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 26 November - MANCHESTER, Academy 2
Sunday 27 November - GLASGOW, Garage
Tuesday 29 November - BIRMINGHAM, 02 Academy2
Wednesday 30 November - NORWICH, Epic Studios
Thursday 1 December - CAMBRIDGE, The Junction
Friday 2 December – EXETER, The Phoenix
Saturday 3 December - FALMOUTH, Princess Pavilion
Sunday 4 December - BOURNEMOUTH, The Old Fire Station