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I know what you're thinking: experimental music doesn't work Louis, but in this case you are wrong people! Gong, a terrific experimental band that haven't stopped creating brilliant music since 1967! And they've conjured up another album this year 'I See You.' They is so much beyond this band that makes them mysterious, crazy, scary but contagious. You can't help but wanting to know their exact movements: you always want to know what they're going to do next. But I'll let you in on a secret...you can't do that, it is impossible! I've tried!

Gong even possess mythology, I mean not many bands can say that! With elements of Buddhism bringing the band a new dimension of mystery to their game, Gong are a unique assembly of musicians playing all kinds of music. They fuse together rock, jazz, funk! They use a variety of instruments to spark up a genre classified as 'space rock,' all of this combining together to make progressive psychedelic rock!

And their live sets have gone down in history! They've been gigging for nearly 50 years and the energy that erupts from them is still as big as ever. Check them out performing songs such as 'Magdalene' and 'You can't kill me' and you'll be amazed at what you're witnessing. The lead singer Daevid Allen is an ancient gem!

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The Performance was excellent! Heavy and full on,so much that I kept thinking that they were capturing the original Gong performances back in the day. Master builder was my highlight! ( i think most people that were there would agree), someone tweeted that they blew the roof off :). The new vocalist (I'm sorry as I do not know his name) did an excellent job. I feel the band really did Davaed proud!!!

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‘It was a combustible mix’ ... Gong in 1974

Flying teapots and electric Camembert: the story of Gong, prog's trippiest band

Formed in the 1960s and still touring today, Gong didn’t just create far-out jams, they invented an entire interstellar mythology. They revisit their world of tree echo, space whispers – and run-ins with the French police

‘I was 23, playing under an Arab moon, by the sea,” says Mike Howlett, recalling a high point of his time with Gong, when the cosmic rockers played a Tunisian festival, in June 1973. That sounds magical – but then the acid they’d taken triggered flashbacks to a trip Gong had jointly experienced weeks earlier involving the hallucinogen datura.

Among the plant’s deranging effects are making things appear that aren’t there – such as the dead – and making things that are there disappear. When frontman Daevid Allen ’s guitar vanished out of his hands, he took this as a sign that he wasn’t supposed to be on stage and wandered off, leaving the rest of Gong to improvise a singer-less set. “About 45 minutes in, though, Daevid rematerialises at the front of the audience – he’s leaning on the stage right in front of me, still in his crazy makeup and Gong-symbol headpiece, and he’s making all these weird wincing expressions, like he’s analysing and judging each note I’m playing. That freaked me out – I felt I was hanging by my bass strings over an infinite abyss, and if I got a single note wrong I’d be plunging down.”

Gong have been through many incarnations since Allen founded the band 50 years ago, an anniversary marked by a 13-disc box set, Love from Planet Gong, which focuses on their early-70s prime when they were signed to Virgin. Before Gong, Allen was a central figure in Soft Machine , who were second only to Pink Floyd in the London psychedelic underground.

Allen left his native Australia in 1960, a precociously long-haired beatnik and Sun Ra fan. After a stint in bohemian Paris, he arrived in England and became a lodger in a free-and-easy Canterbury house owned by the journalist Honor Wyatt. Her 16-year-old son, Robert , fell under Allen’s influence, as did young Wyatt’s friend, Kevin Ayers . “I was seen as the beat poet from Australia who scandalised the neighbourhood and led the schoolboys astray,” is how Allen remembered it.

He and the schoolboys formed Soft Machine. But Allen’s involvement was cut short when, following a 1967 tour of Europe, he was refused re-entry to the UK. So he returned to Paris, living in a barge on the Seine owned by girlfriend Gilli Smyth and getting caught up in the May 1968 riots. His contribution was antic rather than insurrectionary. Prancing between the students on one side and police on the other, he sang absurdist ditties in a crazy costume, and rather than hurl paving stones at the gendarmes, he handed out teddy bears.

The classic Gong sound assembled itself bit by bit as recruits joined the amorphous, ever-shifting ensemble. On the 1969 debut, Magick Brother, and Camembert Electrique (1971), there are echo-laden “space whispers” from Smyth and flute and sax from Didier Malherbe , a French jazzman Allen discovered playing in a goat herder’s cave behind the poet Robert Graves’s Mallorca home.

Daevid Allen in 2008.

By 1973’s Flying Teapot – the first instalment of a Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy recorded for Virgin – Steve Hillage ’s spectacular Hendrix-influenced guitar entered the fray along with synth swoops from Tim Blake. Then for Angel’s Egg (1974) – after his astrologer girlfriend calculated that Gong’s star sign lineup required a Taurean bassist – Motown fan Mike Howlett arrived to push the sound in a groovier direction, meshing with the precision hyper-syncopations of new drummer Pierre Moerlen .

In addition to contributing lead vocals, Allen developed a unique style of “glissando guitar” using a metal bow. But in many ways, says Hillage, “mythology was the main instrument Daevid played. Didier played sax, Daevid played mythology.” The Gong mythos was a fantastical sci-fi narrative involving the peaceful Planet Gong, its small green inhabitants, the Pothead Pixies, and their healing gurus the Octave Doctors. The Pixies had propellers on their heads that doubled as aerials tuned into the telepathic transmissions of Radio Gnome Invisible (an interstellar pirate radio station) and they travelled by “glidding” in flying teapots (a stoner-friendly joke on flying saucers).

Allen extended this whimsical fantasy not just through lyrics but line-drawings daubed over the record sleeves. “Gong originally grew out of experiments that Daevid and Gilli did in Paris around 1967 or 68, and at that time in France there was a huge boom for bandes dessinées – what we call graphic novels,” says Hillage. “Daevid’s drawings really came out of that comic-book style.” They also parallel the artwork done by Pedro Bell for Parliament-Funkadelic and by Barney Bubbles for Hawkwind – contemporaries who similarly wrapped an allegory of cosmic liberation around their music.

Gong were visually potent as a live experience, too. Capering in his wispy, gingery beard and pointy hat, the singer resembled Catweazle (from the children’s TV series about an 11th-century wizard). Hillage’s arrival as lead guitarist allowed Allen to concentrate on what he called “audience connection and ritual theatrics”. Another focal figure on stage was Smyth, who, recalls Howlett, “wore fantastic costumes and projected this earth-mother-slash-witch trip. She couldn’t really sing, but with the ‘space whispers’ she developed this whole new style of vocal that didn’t exist before. She’d incant poetry and spin out certain words with long echo, using a special switch on her microphone.”

For much of the early 70s, Gong lived communally in a run-down hunting lodge in the middle of a French forest. “There was this fantastic large room we called le grand salle that became our permanent practice place,” recalls Hillage. Angel’s Egg was recorded there, with some members of the group playing out in the surrounding woods, experimenting with “tree echo”. Much of the time the group were writing and recording in altered states.

Ritual theatrics ... Gong in 1974.

Although the locals tolerated the hairy oddball visitors, the druggy escapades indirectly led to Gong losing the house. “We had a raid, but it wasn’t the police, it was the customs, looking for carnet infringements, equipment we’d shipped over,” says Hillage. “But they found some drug paraphernalia. It all got a bit difficult.” So Gong moved to another communal setup in Oxfordshire, near Virgin’s Manor studio, where they recorded You, the final instalment of the Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy.

Released in October 1974, that album sold more than 100,000 copies. Gong were on the verge of becoming the Grateful Dead of Europe, a trip band who could play sell-out concerts and appear high on the bill of commercial and free festivals alike, catering to a surprisingly large constituency of “freeks” who – even on the eve of punk – were carrying on like 1967 never ended. But then things fell apart.

“We were all very strong personalities, with very different ideas, and when it worked we made a whole that was greater than the sum of its parts,” says Hillage. “But it was a combustible mix.” A schism formed between the “lyrics” faction and those who wanted to pursue an instrumental, jazz-rock direction. The latter, led by the classically-trained percussionist Moerlen, wanted to jettison what they deemed to be the distracting frivolousness of Allen’s mythology. Allen and Smyth left abruptly in April 1975, retreating to their cottage in Deya, Mallorca. Hillage didn’t stick around much longer. Howlett stayed for the slick fusion of Shamal, supplying vocals and lyrics in a vain attempt to preserve some of the old Gong, before bailing out.

“I missed Daevid greatly when he left. It was a big shock for me,” recalls Hillage. “I had great admiration for the way he blended quirky humour with philosophy and spiritual seriousness.” Hillage carried on flying the freak flag in his solo career, then produced Simple Minds, and in the 90s immersed himself in rave culture, collaborating with the Orb and forming his own techno outfit, System 7 . Howlett reinvented himself as a leading new wave producer, working with OMD and A Flock of Seagulls among others.

A more recent Gong lineup from 2017, with Steve Hillage third from left.

Gong reconfigured and reunited many times over the ensuing decades. Allen was still fronting a version of the group when he died in 2015. That incarnation, which contains no original members, continues to release records and tour. “It was Daevid’s absolute adamant dying wish that the band he’d been playing with carry on,” says Hillage. According to Howlett, “Daevid saw Gong as an institution, not dependent on any person. People could join, contribute, move on – but the institution would abide.”

“Institution” is an odd word to describe anything to do with an instinctive anarchist like Allen – someone whom Howlett remembers setting fire to a £20 note to make a point. “He was the founder of Gong, but not the leader - none of us liked the concept of leaders, and especially not Daevid,” says Hillage, who describes Allen – 15 years his senior – as more like an older brother than a father figure. Howlett concurs: “What I liked about Daevid was that he was an anti-guru. He had that charismatic force of personality, a powerful stage presence, such that people would be in awe of him. But he did a lot of things to undermine any kind of hero worship – which he could easily have exploited. He thought being cool was the stupidest thing to want to be, so he would be deliberately uncool – even embarrassing.”

In that sense, Daevid Allen and his madcap troupe were the original daft punks.

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Gong in 2023 features the longest running line-up of this legendary international psychedelic band, comprising members hand-picked by founder Daevid Allen, intending that his mystical vision continue, constantly evolving and expanding its core sound.

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  • Oct 1 Reggie's Rock Club Chicago, IL
  • Oct 2 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
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  • Oct 6 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
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  • Nov 15 The Parish Huddersfield, UK
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Back in the 1970s, being a ‘freak’ was a way of showing your individuality, and Gong were one of the freakiest and most original bands of the decade. Formed by Soft Machine founder member, guitarist and vocalist Daevid Allen, the Anglo-French musical commune blended jazz, psychedelia and progressive rock into a unique musical mix, which incorporated quirky songs and elongated space-rock excursions. Gong were typically clad in flamboyant hippy garb – including hats with propellers – and went by assumed names like Hi T Moonweed and Bloomdido Bad De Grasse, while Allen’s surreal lyrics charted out the story of the mythical Planet Gong. But beneath these rather goofy trappings, Gong were also inspired and formidably talented musicians.

When Allen, an Australian national, was refused entry back into the UK from France in 1967, his tenure in Soft Machine had effectively ended. He formed a new group, Gong, and the first album under that name was Magick Brother , released in 1970. Allen and his partner, the poet Gilli Smyth, intoned their pithy observations and countercultural calls-to-action like ‘Change The World’, over an organic stew of largely acoustic instruments and percussion. Didier Malherbe ( aka Bloomdido Bad De Grasse) – who would go on to become one of the group’s longest-serving members – featured on sax and flute.

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But the story really starts with  Camembert Electrique . The album was in a more psychedelic and progressive vein and saw the first mention of Radio Gnome Invisible and its broadcasts from the Planet Gong. The album was originally released on the French label BYG Actuel in 1971, but the newly formed Virgin Records acquired the rights in 1973. And in a move that gained the group considerable exposure, Virgin sold it for £0.49, then the price of a single. Gong came to the notice of John Peel and recorded sessions for his influential radio show.

Allen let his imagination run riot on  Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1 – The Flying Teapot , also released on BYG and later leased to Virgin. This first instalment of the Radio Gnome trilogy features the adventures of Zero The Hero and the Pot Head Pixies in shorter songs set alongside lengthy, trance-like instrumental sections. Guitarist Steve Hillage, who had played in Egg and Khan, was drafted into the band along with synthesiser player Tim Blake ( aka Hi T Moonweed), adding a more ‘cosmic’ feel to the music.

Angel’s Egg , recorded later in 1973, was more eclectic than its predecessor. It included elements of be-bop and gallic sounding chanson but rendered in a peculiarly Gong style. The music was further enriched by the arrival of extravagantly gifted, conservatoire-trained drummer Pierre Moerlen, along with brother Benoit and Mirielle Bauer on vibraphone, glockenspiel and marimba.

This dazzling soundworld was explored more fully on  You , the final instalment of the trilogy, released in 1974. While Allen offered fewer but still telling, vocal and lyrical contributions, the band’s collective playing had reached new heights. Hillage, particularly, was on stunning form, adding searing solos to the full-throttle space-rock of ‘Master Builder’, and the majestic, synth-led instrumental ‘A Sprinkling Of Clouds’.

Allen left after  You , but the group carried on, playing old favourites and selections from Steve Hillage’s recent solo album  Fish Rising  in concert. The guitarist then took his leave, but guests on  Shamal . The 1975 album, produced by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, is a beguiling, exotic set, which displays middle and far Eastern influences. Bass guitarist Mike Howlett – who would go on to become a top producer in the 1980s – took over on vocal duties.

Gong’s next album,  Gazeuse! , released in 1976, saw a major reshuffle. Bass player Francis Moze, who had played on Flying Teapot , rejoined, but the main difference was the arrival of guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth, who had recently worked with The New Tony Williams Lifetime and Soft Machine. Gong were now ostensibly under drummer Pierre Moerlen’s direction. He wrote the majority of the music, which was now completely instrumental and full of supple, jazz-tinged grooves. Bauer and Benoit Moerlen’s tuned percussion provided the melodic patterns.

Fashioned along the same lines,  Expresso II  was bolder, with funkier elements. The drumming and percussion work is phenomenal throughout and this incarnation of Gong still sounded unlike anyone else. The guest musicians included former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and Darryl Way on violin, formerly of Curved Air. The pick of this post-Allen era is captured on the 11-track Best-of,  Wingful of Eyes . A Retrospective ’75-’78.

In 1977, Virgin had released the compilation album  Live Etc .  Despite its perfunctory title, this was a treasure trove for Gong fans, consisting of unreleased music from 1973-75. It comprised a John Peel session from early 1974, live sets and out-takes, including previously unheard material.

After   Expresso II , Moerlen was keen to clearly delineate the difference between his recent musical venture – Pierre Moerlen’s Gong – and the original band. Similarly, Allen had been recording under a number of aliases, including Planet Gong, New York Gong and Gongmaison.

But in 1992 the story was made a little more straightforward with  Shapeshifter , recorded simply as Gong, which found Allen reunited with saxophonist and flautist Malherbe. This wide-ranging set explored all points between tabla rhythms and banging techno. It even resurrected the Radio Gnome mythology at its most cranky, with Zero The Hero flying in an aeroplane for nine months and living on airline food, before dying in Australia. Even that was not the end of him, as on  Zero To Infinity  (2000) his spirit lived on.

On  Acid Motherhood  (2004), Allen drastically changed tack, collaborating with guitarist Kawabata Makoto and synthesiser player Cotton Casino from super-heavy Japanese psych-rockers, Acid Mother’s Temple.

And just when it seemed that Gong might have faded out, the group returned in 2009 with another strong set,  Gong 2032 . The line-up again included Howlett, Malherbe, and Steve Hillage on guitar and production duties. And if some of it is idiosyncratic to the point of baffling, that has always been part of the fun with Gong.

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April 2024 Tour

Ozric Tentacles are embarking on an extensive European tour in April 2024 focussing on a route through Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Eastern Europe and the Balkans to Greece and back via Germany.

Silas & Saski (Silas Wynne and Saskia Maxwell) will be the opening act on all of the tour dates.

April 3 – Casino Conzertsaal, Sint-Niklaas, BELGIUM (SOLD OUT) April 4 – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS April 5 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS April 6 – Capitol, Langethal, SWITZERLAND April 8 – Hiroshima, Torino, ITALY April 9 – Magnolia, Milano, ITALY April 10 – Crazy Bull, Genova, ITALY April 11 – Spazio Rossellini, Roma, ITALY April 12 – TPO, Bologna, ITALY April 13 – Capitol, Pordenone, ITALY April 14 – Klub Kotac, Pula, CROATIA (SOLD OUT) April 15 – Club Mochvara, Zagreb, CROATIA April 16 – A38, Budapest, HUNGARY April 17 – Control Club, Bucharest, ROMANIA April 18 – Singles, Sofia, BULGARIA April 19 – Fuzz Club, Athens, GREECE April 20 – Mylos, Thessaloniki, GREECE April 22 – Transtation Subart, Kranj, SLOVENIA April 23 – Klub Kotac, Pula, CROATIA (SECOND SHOW ADDED) April 27 – Kulturzentrum Das Rind, Russelsheim, GERMANY April 28 – Forum, Bielefeld, GERMANY

More dates on this tour TBC.

Please keep checking social media and Live Shows listings.

In the meantime, Ozric Tentacles head out for the third and final tour with labelmates GONG through March 2024.

Ozric Tentacles return with their new excursion into the worlds of the magical and brilliant with another aural treat in the form of ‘Lotus Unfolding’ out now via Kscope.

Lotus Unfolding is the new release from UK based instrumental intergalactic travellers Ozric Tentacles. Six new tunes have been added to the Ozric universe, conceived, written and recorded in their own ‘Blue Bubble’ studio in Fife.

Ozric Tentacles’ aural synapses buzz throughout the album to channel the band’s limitless creativity, making Lotus Unfolding the perfect conduit of the spiritual and the physical. It’s an essential addition to the band’s catalogue.

Lotus Unfolding is available on CD Digipak, Limited Marble LP with limited die cut sleeve, Blue LP also with limited die cut sleeve, Black LP and available digitally.

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Alongside the first four official studio albums released by Ozric Tentacles - Pungent Effulgent, Erpland, Strangeitude and Jurassic Shift - and Live Underslunky, Travelling The Great Circle offers a collection of rare content from band members old and new, personal artefacts from close associates of the band, and new Erpmen drawn by Ed Wynne. The 80-page Hardback Book Edition also features liner notes by Dominic Blake, rare photographs and hard to find audio and visual material. The bonus disc Demos & Rarities was hand-picked and remastered by Ed Wynne. 

This edition also includes a DVD featuring the band performing to a sold out crowd at Brixton’s Fridge in 1991, along with various TV appearances from the era.


"Ozric Tentacles still inhabit that part of the sonic landscape where Gong rub shoulders with Jean-Michel Jarre." The Arts Desk

One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK's festival scene, Ozric Tentacles 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.


Gong and Ozric Tentacles announce joint co-headline tour

Space proggers Gong and Ozric Tentacles will tour England and Scotland in November and December

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UK space proggers Gong and Ozric Tentacles have announced their very first joint headline tour. Both bands join forces to head out on a tour of England and Scotland in November and December. At the same time it will be the first full-band Ozric Tentacles tour in eight years. 

“Gong and Ozric Tentacles have a long history together, but this is our first fully fledged, psychedelic double-dip, joint headline tour," says Gong mainman Kavus Torabi . "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.”

“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," adds Ozrics Ed Wynne . "One thing’s for sure though, this tour will be an amazing experience to share with all our fans.”

Gong and Ozric Tentacles co-heqdline tour dates: Nov 16: Leicester O2 Academy 2 Nov 17: Brighton Concorde 2 Nov 18: Sheffield O2 Academy 2 Nov 19: Liverpool O2 Academy 2 Nov 20: Bristol Trinity Nov 23: London Electric Ballroom Nov 24: Oxford O2 Academy 2 Nov 25: Leeds Brudenell Social Club Nov 26: Manchester Academy 2 Nov 27: Glasgow Grange Nov 29: Birmingham O2 Academy 2 Nov 30: Norwich Epic Studios Dec 1: Cambridge The Junction Dec 2: Falmouth Princess Pavilion Dec 3: Bournemouth The Old Fire Station

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General onsale begins on friday, april 19 at 10 am local via marleybrothers.com.

Today, The Marley Brothers – Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Ky-Mani and Damian – announce The Marley Brothers: The Legacy Tour , their 22-date run produced by Live Nation which historically marks their first outing together in two decades . The tour will commence on September 5, 2024 at Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park in Vancouver, BC then continues across the U.S. and Canada through the fall.

Bob Marley’s music endures as a beacon of strength, hope, and unity, attracting a growing global fanbase. For over three decades, his sons have each established themselves as renowned solo artists and collectively boast an impressive count of 22 GRAMMY® Awards , with Julian securing 2024’s win for “Best Reggae Album.”

Now reunited on The Marley Brothers: The Legacy Tour , they’ll honor their father’s worldwide impact by performing both individual hits and classic Bob Marley songs during a momentous year for the genre. As the world nears what would have been Bob Marley’s 80th birthday in 2025 , there’s no greater homage than experiencing his music live through his sons, who carry on his enduring influence across popular culture.

Tickets will be available beginning with artist pre-sales on Tuesday, April 16 . Additional presales including a Citi presale (details below) will run throughout the week. The general on-sale starts on Friday, April 19 at 10 AM local time via MarleyBrothers.com .

Citi is the official card of the The Marley Brothers: The Legacy Tour . Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 16 at 10 AM local time until Thursday, April 18 at 10 PM local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com .

VIP PACKAGES:  The tour will also offer a variety of immersive VIP packages and experiences for fans to take their concert experience to the next level. Fans can also purchase VIP Packages, which may include premium tickets, invitation to the pre-show soundcheck with the Marley Brothers’ band, access to the pre-show VIP lounge, specially designed VIP gift item and more. VIP package contents vary based on the offer selected. For more information, visit VipNation.com .

Additionally, on April 20th, Bob Marley: One Love will expand its screenings , inviting audiences to celebrate alongside one of the most influential icons of all time. Coming off the heels of a worldwide record-breaking theatrical run and the 40th anniversary of Marley’s revolutionary album , Legend , this tour further underscores his enduring impact on the cultural landscape.


9.05 | Vancouver, BC | Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park

9.06 | Ridgefield, WA | RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

9.08 | Auburn, WA | White River Amphitheatre

9.10 | Concord, CA | Toyota Pavilion at Concord

9.11 | Chula Vista, CA | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

9.12 |  Phoenix, AZ | Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre

9.13 | Albuquerque, NM | Isleta Amphitheater

9.15 | Austin, TX | Germania Insurance Amphitheater

9.16 | Dallas, TX | Dos Equis Pavilion

9.18 | Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center

9.19 | Clarkston, MI | Pine Knob Music Theatre

9.22 | Queens, NY | Forest Hills Stadium

9.23 | Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center

9.25 | Bridgeport, CT | Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater

9.26 | Mansfield, MA | Xfinity Center

9.27 | Bristow, VA | Jiffy Lube Live

9.29 | Toronto, ON | Budweiser Stage

9.30 | Laval, QC | Place Bell

10.02 | Wilmington, NC | Live Oak Bank Pavilion

10.03 | Atlanta, GA | Lakewood Amphitheatre

10.04 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp

10.05 | Miami, FL | FPL Solar Amphitheatre


About Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley is an eight-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, musician, producer, activist and humanitarian who has cultivated a legendary career for close to 40 years.  The eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, Ziggy has hewed his own path as a musical pioneer, infusing the reggae genre with funk, blues, rock and other elements through mindful songcraft.  Equal parts master storyteller and motivational guide, he deftly explores issues from environmental awareness to self-empowerment, social injustice to political inequity, while returning again and again to the transformative power of love. And over the past 15 years with his own companies, Tuff Gong Worldwide and Ishti Music, Marley has complete control of his masters and publishing; alongside his charity URGE – benefiting the well-being of children in Jamaica, Africa and North America.

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About Stephen Marley

Stephen “Ragga” Marley is a world-renowned singer, songwriter, and producer whose work has earned no fewer than eight Grammy Awards. Born into a musical family, Stephen is the child of reggae legends Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He began singing professionally at 6, touring the world with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon, and Cedella in The Melody Makers. In 2008, he released his first solo album, Mind Control, which won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. His subsequent solo albums include Mind Control Acoustic, Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, and Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life. Stephen’s first new full-length album in more than seven years, Old Soul, was released on September 15 via Tuff Gong Collective/UMe/Ghetto Youths International. The new album is a departure from his previous Reggae repertoire, showcasing more of his bluesy, acoustic soul side, as evidenced by the first single, “Old Soul.” Stephen is also an acclaimed producer, working closely with his brother Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley on the massive crossover hit Welcome To Jamrock. In addition, Stephen continues to champion charitable endeavors centered in Jamaica as a co-founder of the Ghetto Youths Foundation, along with his brothers Damian and Julian Marley.  In 2017, Stephen established Kaya Fest, the annual music festival, which features special guests and rare family performances, all with the larger purpose of raising awareness around the benefits of cannabis, guided by the mantra “Education Before Recreation.”

About Julian Marley

Julian Marley, born in London, England on June 4, 1975, to Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder, embraced a musical upbringing, mastering various instruments as a self-taught musician. Mentored by reggae greats in Jamaica, he released his debut album “Lion in the Morning” in 1996, followed by international tours. He contributed to Lauryn Hill’s Grammy-winning album and collaborated on a Stevie Wonder tribute. His sophomore album, “A Time and Place,” showcased a fusion of reggae and jazz. Julian spearheaded the ‘Africa Unite’ performances and performed at the 2008 Olympic Games. His Grammy-nominated album “Awake” in 2009 garnered acclaim, winning ‘Best Album of the Year’ at the IRAWMAs. Julian, deeply rooted in Rastafarianism like his father, remains committed to spiritual and global messages in his music, embodying a conscious movement in reggae.

About Ky-Mani Marley 

Ky-Mani Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Anita Belnavis, is a Grammy-nominated artist who burst onto the scene with his 1996 debut album “Like Father Like Son,” blending reggae with hip-hop. Born in Falmouth, Jamaica, he has a diverse discography including “Many More Roads” (2001), “Maestro” (2015), and a collaboration with Gentleman titled “Conversations.” Beyond music, Ky-Mani has showcased his acting skills in films like “Shottas” (2002) and “One Love” (2003). With his soulful voice and powerful lyrics, he upholds the Marley legacy while forging his own distinctive path in entertainment.

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About Damian Marley

Multi-Grammy winning talent, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is a highly acclaimed Jamaican singer, songwriter and producer.  He is the youngest son of the revered legend, Bob Marley. His musical style fuses reggae with elements of dancehall, hip-hop, R&B, and rock, crafting a fresh and modern sound that is uniquely his own. Damian was the first ever Reggae artist to win a GRAMMY AWARD® outside of the Reggae category. The acclaimed 2005 breakthrough disc, Welcome To Jamrock , won a GRAMMY AWARD® for Best Reggae Album, with the New York Times naming the track “the best reggae song of the decade.” In 2010, Marley teamed up with Nas and brother Stephen Marley for his Distant Relatives project, and went on to partner with Skrillex for their groundbreaking track “Make It Bun Dem,” which Rolling Stone called “a monster mash-up of dubstep and dancehall.” Which went platinum with over 1 Million copies sold in the United States alone. Following the track’s success, the reggae superstar released his fourth studio album, Stony Hill , resulting in his third GRAMMY AWARD® for Best Reggae Album. In September of 2022, Marley produced the studio album, The Kalling, for Kabaka Pyramid which won Best Reggae Album at the 65th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS®. Most recently, “Jr. Gong” released his rendition of the famed George Harrison track, ‘My Sweet Lord.’. The track got the stamp-of-approval by George’s beloved wife, Olivia, as well as the George Harrison Estate. Damian is the co-founder of the renowned Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, which is gearing up for its 9th annual.


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Gong UK Tour 2022

Well, fellow travellers of the cosmos, sadly the inevitable has happened and we have had to postpone and reschedule our UK tour yet again, to March 2022. Revised dates will shortly be published on https://www.gongband.com/shows/ and https://www.planetgong.co.uk/ and https://www.eventhorizonlive.co.uk/gong .

Please note Harpenden Public Halls originally scheduled for Fri 6 Nov 2020 will not be rescheduled and tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase. Shows scheduled at London Subterania on Friday 28 May 2021 Wigan Old Courts on Weds 15 Sept 2021; Cardiff Earl Haig on Sun 19 Sept 2021 are still to be rescheduled and new dates will be announced shortly.

Hang in there, stay safe and as we look towards 2022, let us join together in unleashing THE NEW ABNORMAL!

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Gong Tour 2021 – Announcement!

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The November 2020 UK Tour is now rescheduled to May 2021.

Postponing our November (2020) tour was the mother of all drags. 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.

• We have added shows at Carlisle Brickyard on Weds 19 May 2021, 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 Tickets for all shows are available from:  www.eventhorizonlive.co.uk

Gong + Steve Hillage Band – Autumn tour

Oh me Oh my! The November dates! ☀ Tickets here:- http://gigst.rs/TSHB

The shows will again see Steve performing tracks from his classic 70s albums, joined onstage in the Steve Hillage Band by his synthesiser playing partner Miquette Giraudy and the members of Gong. Gong will also be playing their own separate set.

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Steve Hillage Band

As in the 70’s Gong will be the backing band of The Steve Hillage Band! https://www.loudersound.com/news/steve-hillage-band-to-play-uk-shows-next-year

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GONG announce new live dates in China and Scandinavia

Good news …..Gong gigs galore …

Our first appearance in China is now confirmed:

May 20th – Tomorrow Festival, Shenzhen, China https://www.facebook.com/ tomorrowfestivalchina/

Then, a return to Scandinavia for three exclusive gigs:

May 31st – Oslo, Cosmopolite (plus special guest Steve Hillage) June 1st – Gothenburg, Truckstop Alaska June 2nd – Sala, Rockland

All gigs will also feature Fruit Salad lights.

And there’s more … I know we just keep on giving …. here’s a vid of Rejoice from our Bonn show a few months ago …

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