Preview: Ozric Tentacles / Gong

Ozric Tentacles are heading to Epic Studios
Ozric Tentacles are heading to Epic Studios

by Adam Aiken

It’ll be a night of psychedelic and space rock heaven when Ozric Tentacles and Gong play Norfolk later this month as part of their joint tour.

The two genre-leading bands will be at Epic Studios, Norwich, on Wednesday, November 30.

The trippy Ozric Tentacles released their 15th studio album, Space For The Earth, a couple of years ago after having a period of downtime.

The band has had about 30 members since its formation in 1983, although guitarist Ed Wynne – who was joined in the original line-up by his brother Roly – has been an ever-present.

The other current members are Silas Neptune and Balázs Szende.

Gong are playing Norwich later this month
Gong are playing Norwich later this month

Gong, who began life in Paris in 1967, have had even more members and are something of a Trigger’s broom. With about 50 musicians having been through its revolving door, all five of the current line-up have signed up since 2007.

Singer Kavus Torabi joined Gong in 2014 as a guitarist, taking over vocal duties the following year after founder member Daevid Allen died. Allen had expressed his wish that the band continue without him after his death.

Fellow founder member Gilli Smyth died in 2016.

Gong’s most recent studio album was The Universe Also Collapses, which dropped in 2019. They put out a live record, Pulsing Signals, earlier this year.

The current joint headlining trek marks the first time the two bands have shared the bill on a full UK tour, and it’s the first full-band Ozric Tentacles tour in eight years.

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