Dance duo make it sec­ond time lucky for open-air ex­trav­a­ganza

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CARO­LINE WIL­SON

DANCE leg­ends Or­bital say they can’t wait to play an ex­clu­sive open-air show in Glas­gow af­ter be­ing turned down for a pre­vi­ous date a West End venue.

The Brighton-based duo, best known for the 90s an­them Chime, will play the city’s George Square on Au­gust 10 as part of the cul­tural fes­ti­val for Glas­gow 2018 Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships, with 3000 tick­ets up for grabs.

Brothers Phil and Paul Hart­noll said they have been in talks for a num­ber of years about play­ing a gig in the city, re­veal­ing they were dis­ap­pointed to be turned down for a gig at Kelv­in­grove Band­stand.

Phil said: “We’ve been talk­ing about com­ing about up to Glas­gow for a while, it’s been go­ing back and for­ward for a few years.

“You’ve got a park up there which has been done up with a band­stand? The coun­cil can­celled it, say­ing ‘we don’t want that type of mu­sic.’

“It was a shame but then this came up and we were re­ally pleased.

“We’ve had some amaz­ing shows in Glas­gow. I’ve got quite an at­tach­ment to the Bar­row­land, we’ve played there sev­eral times but I just love that place. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but I just love it.

“The se­cu­rity guys, it’s al­ways been the same guys. They just laugh at you, they are great. Scot­tish crowds are al­ways good. “

Or­bital have remixed Madonna and turned an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of indie/ rock fans on to techno with their ap­pear­ance at Glas­ton­bury in 1994, which Q mag­a­zine rated one of the top 50 gigs of all time.

How­ever, they have been off the radar for a while, mainly due to broth­erly ten­sions, ac­cord­ing to Phil.

He said: “Paul has been off do­ing his solo thing and I’ve been DJing. We didn’t think we were go­ing to get back to­gether again but last year we started talk­ing again so that was good.

“I was just happy, that we were talk­ing again, that was job done for me, any­thing else was a bonus.

“We didn’t know if there was go­ing to be an al­bum but it’s just gone bet­ter and bet­ter. Every­thing is great.”

“We are not do­ing the same dance mu­sic we did, it’s de­vel­oped. We are still here. I’m re­ally happy with it, that’s all I can say.

“The set in we are do­ing, three new tracks from the new al­bum. A bit of old and a bit of new.”

The new al­bum, Mon­sters, fea­tures a col­lab­o­ra­tion with celebrity physi­cist Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox, based on The Pale Blue Dot, the re­flec­tions of as­tronomer Carl Sa­gan.

When the Voy­ager 1 probe was 3.7 bil­lion miles from Earth, Sa­gan asked NASA to turn it around to snap a quick pho­to­graph.

The re­sult was a faint im­age of Earth sur­rounded by the vast­ness of space, which the late as­tronomer used to share his re­flec­tions on on mankind.

Paul said: “It came up right at the last minute which was re­ally in­ter­est­ing. It’s a bit of fun... but also it’s not.”

For tick­ets go to www.tick­et­mas­ glas­gow2018fes­ti­val

We are not do­ing the same dance mu­sic we did... it’s de­vel­oped

Brothers Phil and Paul Hart­noll are dance duo Or­bital and they’re on their way for a con­cert in the city

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