Free State of Avalonia (web-site)
[posted Sat 20 Nov]
Gong : pre September 2010 Tour publicity [updated Thr 13 Jan]
Zen Lemonade v System 7 [posted Sat 07 Aug]
Haiti Appeal Project triple CD track Dream Me A River (Arc of Darkness Dub mix).
New Hawkwind music [posted Sat 07 Aug]
Steve Hillage: Manuel Göttsching Event [posted Sat 31 Jul]
Tim Blake: Hawkwind Mojo Honour [posted Wed 23 Jun]
daevid allen: Bananamoon Obscura Sale
[posted Tue 04 May]
Mirror System: Reflector CD - updated Fri 18 Jun '10
daevid allen: ORTF Studios, Paris 1968 - published 04 May '10
System 7 : Japan : Beltane
Universal Sounds of Orchestra present System 7 in Tokyo this Saturday, May 1st - quick, engage - teleport now - tuneful, colourful You Tube advert.
In Japan Beltane coincides with Sakura, or the Cherry Blossom season. Apparently due to the cold Winter the Cherry Blossom forecast here in Europe is better than it has been for years. I hope you are seeing evidence of that near you right now!
All the gig info…presented in a wizzy Japanese/techy stylee
Local Poet Keeps Clothes On
Mirror System : 'Reflector' CD Launch Party
[posted Mon 12 Apr]
Inspiral Lounge - Saturday, 24th April. The CD will be released June 21st - the Summer Solstice - and will be available to pre-order here at Planet Gong as soon as possible.
In other Steve and Miquete news : A great bouncing psy-trance System 7 remix track with some distinctively Hillageian guitar lines appears on the Liquid Soul album, Cocktails, which was released on Jan 5th of this year. Hunt it down. As the alert among you may remember Mr L. Soul did a rather fabulous remix of Space Bird on the System 7 12" of the same name. A nice productive example of "I'll remix yours if you remix mine…".
Gong 2010 dates [updated Wed 19 May]
Birmingham's HMV Institute on Monday 20th September has just been added to the list of UK Gong dates this year. A bit of a late surprise, but a very pleasant one. It's over 30 years since the band have played what used to be known as the Digbeth Civic Hall. So most pleasingly a heart of England gig joins the three other favourite locations in hosting the Gong/Space Ritual extravaganza. Just click on the image above to order tickets (yes I know Birmingham not listed there yet).
It's 10 years since Gong played Glasgow, a city justifiably renown for hosting some of the most vibrant gigs - must be the water. Manchester Gong gigs are always very hearty affairs, it's almost a second home. Last year's gig sold out 3 months in advance so to avoid any disappointment this year the Gong/Space Ritual event will be in the larger of the Academy venues. Finally the Forum, home of the Gong 25th party in '94 and many other memorable capital city Gong extravaganzas over the years. What the Bataclan in Paris has always been to Gong the Forum has clearly become in London.
This will be the UK's first chance to experience Ian East, newest recruit to the cause in the ever revolving Gong whirligig. He was amazing on the European tour last year and is a very humorously creative sax and flute player ideally suited to Gong's particular quirks. For any of you prone to fret - please don't, saxist extrordinaire, Theo Travis has not vanished, nor has Dr Howlett, they are just very busy chaps and are rightly surfing their own personal waves for now. Also on board this season is Dave Sturt on bass. He too slotted perfectly into last year's European (and a couple of the UK Festivals), and then took it further. Everything bubbles along in a way we all find most stimulating and pleasurable. We trust that you will find it likewise.
Gong's Italian dates in July have now been finalised. Joining the Rome gig on Thursday 8th is one in Asti, between Turin and Genoa, on the Monday 5th and Imola, near Bologna, on Tuesday 6th. All three are in stunning locations, a Park, a Piazza and the grounds of a Renaissance Castle.
And….we are possibly not quite finished with the Gong gig schedule for 2010. There is a chance that a futher European gig may appear in the September schedule.
Hugh Hopper Relief Fund - published 23 Mar '10
Hugh's wife Christine and daughter Rosa are in temporary but pressing need of money. Christine has very recently come out of hospital, and for complex reasons (compounded by the glacial pace of estate law, following Hugh's passing) is desperately low on funds. If you are able to help, please contribute - either here, or at Chris Cutler's ReR Megacorp.
Additionally, all proceeds from sales of the Brainville 3 CD - both at ReR and Planet Gong - are dedicated directly to aid High's family.