We were there for the 25th Anniversary of their seminal album ADVENTURES BEYOND THE ULTRAWORLD, which they were actually performing in full for the very first time.
It would take me weeks to explain how wonderful THE ORB are, but lets just say, with this album, they totally changed dance and electronic music forever. 1991 and all that, was full-on rave culture days and THE ORB brought us the post-rave chill-out of Ambient House. Multiple samples and layers and layers of chilled out tones aligned with a wicked sense of humour, was an unheard-of original mix.
But they could also rock! Thumping beats and crushing basslines gave you another dimension to their sound.
So in Brixton we were all there to celebrate and embrace a landmark point in British music.
Chief protagonist Alex Patterson was joined by the original cast of sonic creators that got together all those years ago, including Youth, Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy plus a special appearance by Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
The whole night was an absolute joy, I'm still too stunned to explain further!!!!!
So here are a few piccies instead ...
|Youth on the double bass.|
|Electronic giants Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy.|
|Love this shot of the crowd illuminated in dots!|
|Unfortunately we'd plonked ourselves in front of the double bass, so we only saw fleeting appearances of Alex Patterson, here on the right!!!|
|Really chuffed to see Paul Cook, a legend, but also an a really cool and understated guy. Hadn't seen him since the mad Sex Pistols reunion gig at Finsbury Park in 1996!|
|Psychedelic scene, and yes, that pesky double bass!!|
|The ever cool Thomas Fehlmann.|
|Great visuals throughout the night, including these vintage Japanese films.|
|Youth has acquired a friend!|
|Great finale with all the line-up.|