Building fearsome reputation for himself in the 70s and 80s, Steve Hillage is perhaps the most revered name in prog rock. From the sheer diversity of his studio recordings to the blissed-out brilliance of his live performances, he’s always concentrated on pushing his craft ever forwards. Whether he’s offering tripped-out hippy rock with his band Gong, or delighting ravers with the ambient/techno/dance/rave culture aboard System 7, his output has always been compelling and brilliantly inventive.
This British music legend now heads to Brighton’s Concorde 2 on Sun 2 April, lifting the lid on his many guises and welcoming some very special guests. A virtuoso guitarist, techno futurist, prog visionary, sonic wizard: From acid rock to acid house, Hillage has been on an incredible, transcendent journey for the past 50 years. He also worked in the 80s and 90s as a producer for a number of diverse artists, including Simple Minds, It Bites, Murray Head, Nash the Slash, Real Life, Cock Robin, Tony Banks, Robyn Hitchcock and The Charlatons.
He is a mainstay of the Canterbury scene, where he’d attended university, befriending local bands Caravan, Kevin Ayers (with whom he toured in 1971) and Spirogyra and occasionally jamming with them.
The list of major artists he’s performed and recorded with in various bands and forms is legendary in itself and he has worked in experimental domains since the late 60s. This is including collaborations with his long-term partner Miquette Giraudy with whom he formed the ambient outfit System 7 and plays on all his solo studio albums.
Steve Hillage will be joined on stage by Gong, who perform onstage as the Steve Hillage Band, alongside support from Utopia Strong playing cuts from his cherished solo albums Fish Rising, L, Green and Motivation Radio – plus a few surprises and never before played live tracks taken from Steve’s illustrious catalogue.