Orbital have announced a very special headline tour, The Green Album – Live – 2024, celebrating the hugely influential electronic duo’s seminal 1991 debut album.
The tour takes place next April and May and includes dates in London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Bristol and beyond.
Full dates are below, tickets on sale now.
Speaking about the tour, Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll says:
“I’ve always been sceptical about going back but when we thought about playing The Green Album live I rolled the idea around for a bit, how could this work? The way we perform is always free and full of improvisation in production and arrangements. This approach will give us a chance to take these fabulous old tracks, written by young versions of ourselves, and perform them with a modern sensibility. Intrigued, I gathered all the original gear, set it up and switched on…
“As I dusted off the old floppy discs, samplers, and an Atari ST computer (Google it), I discovered the ghost of my past in the machine. It was like collaborating with my 22-year-old self. As the songs broke free from their original form, it quickly became clear that I really did want to take these songs on the road, many of which have never been played before.
“We love playing live, the most exciting thing is to take a whole bunch of music we haven’t played before and discover how to play it, to see how people respond to it and shape it as we go along together.
“To play The Green Album live will be a wholly new experience for us and you, it’ll be a bit of an adventure. This will be new territory that I can’t wait to explore. As the saying goes…
“There is the theory of the Möbius, a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop, and when we reach that point, whatever happened will happen again. That time, it would appear, is now.”
Originally released on 30th September, 1991, Orbital’s self-titled debut album later became known as ‘The Green Album’ to distinguish it from their 1993 second album, also self-titled, which is known as ‘The Brown Album‘. The Green Album includes the seminal Orbital track “Belfast” and a live version of “Chime”, the landmark dance track that launched their career in 1990.
Earlier this year, Orbital’s critically acclaimed 10th album, ‘Optical Delusion‘ gave them their UK Album Chart Top 10 album since 1999’s ‘Middle Of Nowhere’.
ORBITAL – THE GREEN ALBUM – LIVE – 2024
April 24 Exeter, The Great Hall
April 25 Southampton, O2 Southampton Guildhall
April 26 Birmingham, O2 Institute Birmingham
April 27 London, Troxy
April 28 Nottingham, Rock City
May 2 Bristol, Bristol Beacon
May 3 Glasgow, The Barrowland Ballroom
May 4 Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
May 5 Dublin, Vicar Street
Tickets on general sale now