ROVO and SYSTEM 7 Bring Phoenix Rising Tour to the UK: March 2014


ROVO and SYSTEM 7 - phoenix risingJapan’s popular progressive-rock jamsters ROVO, featuring guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto (of Boredoms fame) will join forces with British electronica outfit SYSTEM 7 to recreate their phenomenal album PHOENIX RISING, live. Four very special tour dates have been announced; Manchester Ritz (7 March), London O2 Islington Academy (8 March), Brighton Concorde 2 (9 March) and The Leamington Assembly Rooms (10 March).

Tickets are available by clicking here, and includes 5-track EP Hintori for free! Check out the video at the end of the article to hear the title track.

The tour has been masterminded by progressive rock / electronica guitarist Steve Hillage from System 7, who was recently given the The Visionary Award at the Progressive Music Awards 2013.

For those unfamiliar, ROVO features two drummers, funky bass and innovative keyboards and are fronted by guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto and masterful electric violinist Yuji Katsui. SYSTEM 7 is the dance music project of Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy that presents a unique combination of tech-house beats and live musicianship. The band has had a strong influence on the development of psychedelic ambient and electronica.

PHOENIX RISING live is a combined show of System 7 and ROVO playing together, utilising the techno beats as the rhythmic basic and live drums, seamlessly morphing into each other.

Book tickets now.

VIDEO GAMES LIVE Returns to England: November 2014


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Hold on to your joysticks, VIDEO GAMES LIVE is about to return to Blighty! Two dates have been confirmed; the musical extravaganza will hit Manchester for the first time on Saturday 1 November 2014 at the O2 Apollo, and then return to London on Sunday 2 November 2014  at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.

According to the event’s homepage, VIDEO GAMES LIVE is “an immersive event created by the game industry featuring the best game music performed by top orchestras and choirs combined with synchronised lighting, video, live action and audience interactivity. The first and most successful video game concert tour in the world.”

Pre-sale on the tickets begin from Wednesday 12 February 2014, and will be available by clicking here, with general sale beginning from 9am on 14th February 2014.

In the meantime, the soundtrack is also available now on CD and MP3, and includes familiar sounds from Tetris, Kingdom Hearts, Halo and Castlevania amongst others. Here’s a trailer to get an idea of what to expect:

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