Dance duo make it second time lucky for open-air extravaganza
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.ticketmaster.co.uk/ 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