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Van der Graaf Generator A44A69

SHOW INFO:

Kilimanjaro Live Presents Van der Graaf Generator

  • Thursday 7th May 2020
  • Box Office: 6:30pm / Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm

OVERVIEW:

Van der Graaf Generator 2020 are Peter Hammill (vox, gtr, kbd), Hugh Banton (organ, bass) & Guy Evans (drums, percussion), the three surviving members of the original group formed in 1968.

Darker and wilder than most of their contemporaries VdGG were known for sprawling, dense and complex songs on six albums recorded for the Charisma label between ‘69 and ‘76. Their unique sound was based on organ, sax, driving percussion and declamatory vocals. Constantly touring, they achieved their greatest success in Italy with the album “Pawn Hearts” in 1971.

After warping into a powerful violin/bass/guitar set-up in 1976 the band finally split in 1978.

After a gap of nearly thirty years the “classic” four-piece line-up reappeared in 2005 with a triumphant reunion concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London and a new recording, “Present”. They continued to surprise European audiences with the vigour and dynamism of their live performances for the remainder of the year.

In 2006 the saxophonist David Jackson left the group. The trio have continued to surge forward, first playing a series of live shows and then recording the albums “Trisector” (2008) and “A Grounding in Numbers” (2010). In 2012 they released “Alt”, a collection of experiments and improvisations. Their last studio album “Do not Disturb” was released in 2015.

In live performance, as in the studio, they strive to look forward rather than back and as much of their repertoire is taken from the new albums as from the old ones. They’ve also made it a point to bring back to life some surprising - and rarely performed - pieces from the past, both from the VdGG catalogue and from Peter Hammill’s solo works. Whatever the source, songs have been firmly imprinted with the DNA of the modern trio.

For their tour in June 2013 the band revisited two long-form pieces. “Flight” and “A Plague of Lighthouse-Keepers”, the side-long piece from “Pawn Hearts”. Enjoyable as this experience was, for the forthcoming shows they will not be playing these pieces, instead assembling constantly varying sets of shorter works, ancient and modern.

The intention here, as with all the material, is not to attempt to recreate the exact sound and style of the original but rather to tap into its spirit and reinvent it in a twenty-first century form.

Clearly, VdGG continue to push forward, acknowledging that they’re a group with a certain history, but also stating the case that they’re an emphatically modern one.


BOOKING INFO:

Tickets: £32.50 / £37.50 (+ Booking Fees) 

  • Please Note: Under 16's to be accompanied by an adult 18+
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  • Audience members may be encourage to get up and dance, please be aware when booking seats in the first five (5) rows of the Stalls (AA - D).
  • Box Office is open on performance days approx. 1 hour prior to the performance for purchasing and collecting tickets. 
  • Patrons wishing to purchase tickets in person at the Box Office (cash only) are advised to check availability in advance by contacting the Venue (01225 443 114) or Ticketline (0844 888 9991).
  • There is a lift for wheelchair users from Reception to the Lower Foyer with access to the Stalls.
  • There is second lift with access to the Upper Foyer and Ballroom bars.
  • The Balcony is stair access only. 

Wheelchairs can be accommodated next to the end of row seats of rows F to K in the Stalls only. Wheelchair companion seats are located in the last seat of the relevant row directly next to the wheelchair spaces. Also available are Disabled Carer tickets to accompany Registered Disabled patrons who are not wheelchair bound. Please contact the Call Centre to book on 0844 888 4420. Calls cost 7p/minute plus your phone company's access charge.

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