Gong reschedule November 2020 UK Tour to May 2021

Gong 2021 poster
Earlier this year, Gong announced an extensive run of UK tour dates, all of which have now been rescheduled for May 2021.

Tickets for rescheduled dates remain valid for 2021 minus Harpenden Halls, which will not be rescheduled. More info below.

Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong have delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory and mind-expanding side of the music.

The ever metamorphosing entity that is Gong launches, as ever, into unknown – and unknowing – territory with a fresh batch of tour dates rescheduled for 2021, destined to be talked about, discussed, and argued over, up and down the land (once more).

Gong’s musically diverse world includes shades of psychedelia, space rock, jazz, avant-garde, krautrock and surreal soundscapes and the quintet will be bringing their unique show back to venues in May 2021.

Tickets can be bought here.

Kavus (lead vocals and guitars) says this:
“Postponing our November (2020) tour was the mother of all drags”, confesses Kavus Torabi (lead vocals and guitars) about the rescheduled dates. “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”.

UK Tour Dates  2021:
Mon May 3 COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Tue May 4 NORWICH Arts Centre
Wed May 5 BRIGHTON Komedia
Thu May 6 READING Sub 89
Fri May 7 STROUD Sub Rooms
Sun May 9 BRISTOL Thekla
Mon May 10 EXETER Phoenix
Tue May 11 SOUTHAMPTON 1865
Wed May 12 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
Thu May 13 NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Fri May 14 YORK Crescent
Sat May 15 HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club
Sun May 16 MANCHESTER Gorilla
Mon May 17 BURY St. EDMUNDS The Apex
Wed May 19 CARLISLE Brickyard
Thu May 20 NEWCASTLE Cluny
Fri May 21 STOCKTON Georgian Theatre
Sat May 22 HITCHIN Club 85
Thu May 27 RAMSGATE Music Room
Fri May 28 LONDON Subterania

Please note:
• The band have added shows at Carlisle Brickyard on Weds 19 May, 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.

From its beginnings in a French commune in 1967, through the Virgin Records years, mismanagement, court cases, break-ups and rejoinings, deaths and rebirths – there has always been a continuous thread of beautiful, dangerous and extraordinary music.

The current holders of the flame have come together over the last eight years; sinuous bass player Dave Sturt joined just as the album “2032” was shown to the world; Ian East (Sax, Flute) was the next to blow in through the portal; Fabio Golfetti brought his guitars from Brazil (after working with Daevid Allen for many years); Kavus Torabi (lead vox and guitars) appeared to Daevid in a vision; Cheb Nettles (drums) just sort of turned up.

In 2015, Daevid Allen passed away. His influence and legacy were honoured on the band’s subsequent album, “Rejoice! I’m Dead!” (2016). Over the past year Gong has performed with Steve Hillage Band (himself a former member of the 1970s Gong line-up) and released the critically acclaimed album “The Universe Also Collapses” (via Kscope, 2019).  

Signed-up members of the precariat, Gong have never played it safe.

Cheb Nettles - Drums
Dave Sturt - Bass
Fabio Golfetti - Guitars
Ian East -Saxaphone, Flute
Kavus Torabi - Lead Vocals, Guitars