Thursday, July 15, 2010

HAWKWIND Announce UK Tour; Band To Appear At Hawkfest 2010 In August

Legendary space rockers HAWKWIND will embark on a major UK tour in December 2010, in support of their new studio album, Blood Of The Earth.

The nationwide tour consists of 13 dates. Tickets are priced at £20, are available from the National Credit Card Hotline 0871 2301101 or can be ordered from The tour kicks off at the Holmfirth Picturedome on Friday, Decemeber 3rd. Support for all dates comes from UK rockers THE JOKERS.

For a full list of dates, head to this location.

In addition to the UK tour, Hawkwind will appear at Hawkfest 2010 next month, which returns to Afton Farm on the Isle Of White. Curated by the members of Hawkwind, Hawkfest takes place between August 27th and 29th. Hawkfest originally came about after the breakdown of the free festival movement in the mid to late 1980's. The band felt that major festivals had lost what made them great. Gone was the intimate, carnival atmosphere and the colourful characters, only to be replaced with huge-scale commercialism.

Wanting to get back to the roots of what made festivals so enjoyable, Hawkwind constructed a family friendly event where children could play and explore, whilst parents watched great music, safe in the knowledge that the kids would be safe.

Tickets are priced at £70, for further info visit

Plastic Head North America has confirmed August 10th as the North American release date for Blood Of The Earth, the new studio album from Hawkwind. The album contains eleven songs and features special appearances from violinist Jon Sevink (THE LEVELLERS), BBC personality Matthew Wright, and a posthumous performance from the band's late keyboardist Jason Stuart. It is the band's first new album in five years.

"Hawkwind are the greatest counter-culture band of all time," says Mojo Magazine editor Phil Alexander. "In a career that has spanned 41 years, they have survived psychedelia, prog, punk, post-punk, metal, rave, having an impact on music in all these phases while remaining a law unto themselves." During a June 10 ceremony in London, Alexander presented Hawkwind with 2010's Maverick Award (previous winners include Manic Street Preachers, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Jesus & Mary Chain). During the presentation he noted, "Hawkwind are mavericks in every sense of the term, with the ability to shatter genres and think differently."

Among Blood of the Earth's new selections, the album includes re-recordings of songs 'You'd Better Believe It' (originally appearing on 1974's Hall Of The Mountain Grill), and 'Sweet Obsession' (originally released on Dave Brock's 1984 solo album Earthed To The Ground). Guitarist Niall Hone recalls, "the creative process behind this album was an explosive concoction of technology and sheer human endeavor resonating in the mould of space rock legend." Bassist Mr. Dibs notes, "working on this album has been great fun and a massive learning curve for me in terms of technology. Keyboarding Tim Blake adds, "Hawkwind albums tell tales of places, time and people, and each one has its particular imprint. It's the same with Blood of the Earth."

Formed by Dave Brock in 1969, Hawkwind's legacy spans both decades and genres. Psychedelic '60's and hard rock '70's, the band's line-up has over time included Nick Turner, Robert Calvert, Simon House, Ginger Baker, Lemmy Kilmister, and Alan Davey. The English band has influenced decades of highly respected musicians and enjoyed years of international chart success. Hawkwind's unforgettable live performance has been seen at venues and festivals around the globe. Throughout their career, the band has supported numerous charities, participating in events from Greenpeace, Free Tibet, and Sea Shepard Conservation Society. The band's current line up features vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Dave Brock, drummer Richard Chadwick, with guitarist Hone, bassist Dibs and keyboardist Blake.

Confirmed track listing for Blood Of The Earth is:

'Blood Of The Earth'
'Green Machine'
'Inner Visions'
'Sweet Obsession'
'Comfey Chair'
'You'd Better Believe It'

Blood of the Earth will be available for North American fans on compact disc and limited-edition 180-gram, clear, double vinyl that includes a vinyl-only bonus track. Hawkwind are planning to tour later this year in support of Blood of the Earth.

Plastic Head North America is distributed in the United States via EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution and in Canada via EMI Music Canada.

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