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May 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm£ 15
After far too long, post punk band Fischer-Z are back to tour the UK !
With support from The Blackheart Orchestra.
John Watts aka Fischer-Z’s 40-year career includes 20 albums and over 3000 concerts worldwide with success spanning continental Europe. Peter Gabriel, Steve Cropper and Dexy’s Midnight Runners have all contributed to recordings. In terms of shows, John’s band Fischer-Z have performed to crowds of 167,000 alongside James Brown in East Berlin and toured with both The Police and Dire Straits.
2017 saw the release of ‘Building Bridges’ and thanks to its success, Fischer-Z played to crowds reminiscent of the 79′ – 82′ hay day. Selling 10,000 tickets in Germany this autumn as well as selling out both De Roma (1800) in Antwerp (photo below) and the Paradiso (1500) in Amsterdam.
As a result, Fischer-Z go into 2018 stronger than every with tours booked across Europe and an exciting multimedia project to be released soon !
Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
One of the must-see bands of 2018, the pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk.
Fusing acoustic fragility and electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ or ‘laboratory’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” Rock Society Magazine
“The band’s fresh new sound is delicate and fragrant” PROG Magazine
“Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” Steve Hackett, Genesis