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Gong UnConventional Gathering
a joyous full-moon conspiracy
Fri 3rd, Sat 4th, Sun 5th November
Press Release

GONG  The most eccentric psychedelic band of the late sixties and early seventies. The original classic Gong line-up returns for the first time since 1977 when Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy re-join daevid allen, Gilli Smyth, Mike Howlett, Didier Malherbe and Tim Blake on-stage as the climax of 3 nights of classic Gong-style entertainment spread over the two halls ('The Max' and the 'Old Hall') of Amsterdam's world famous Melkweg.
UnCon 2006  One of the exceptional highlights will undoubtedly be the first performance since 1979 of the illustrious and iconic Steve Hillage Band.
Friday 3rd:  The first night begins with daevid Allen hosting an 'unplugged' set with friends from more than 45 years of music making, continues with the exquisite jazz world of the Hadouk Trio with Didier Malherbe, followed by the feminine side of Gong represented by Mothergong, featuring Gilli Smyth, Didier Malherbe and drummer Orlando Allen, the space-moving sounds of the Glissando Guitar Ensemble, free festival powerhouse Here & Now and the gloriously iconoclastic Acid Mothers Gong featuring revolutionary drummer Yoshida Tatsuya and members of Acid Mothers Temple.
Saturday 4th:  On Saturday 'The Max' stage leads off with live sets from Slack Baba and Purusha, blasts through Eat Static and jams into the deep spiral grooves of System 7. Whilst the 'Old Hall' super-chills through a series of rare performances of Gong member's 'other' bands, culminating in an orchestrated jam session.
Sunday 5th:  Sunday in 'The Max' kicks off with House of Thandoy featuring Mike Howlett and guest Theo Travis, then daevid Allen's University of Errors, Kangaroo Moon, synthesizer legends Tim Blake and J-P Rykiel with the music of Crystal Machine, the Steve Hillage Band and then Gong. It all ends with the mightiest of full-on Gong jams.
Old Hall:  Throughout the three nights the 'Old Hall' will host stalls, impromptu music sessions, walkabout performers, rare films and memorabilia, a cafe and bar, jam sessions, a daevid Allen book launch, and much, much more.
son et lumiere:  Other delights include a Funktion-One Resolution 5 speaker system with Ambisonic surround sound installed especially for the event, along with custom lighting effects from Colour Sound Experiment and Antonio, and a unique Gong decor environment by Liquid Elf.

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