The ever-metamorphosing entity that is Gong launches, as ever, into unknown – and unknowing – territory with a new tour.
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!' Gong’s musically diverse world includes shades of psychedelia, space rock, jazz, avant-garde, krautrock and surreal soundscapes. Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £19* Venue: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds *Includes £1 booking fee This event is promoted by The Apex.