Hawkwind + John Etheridge
The Pad Presents crew are back with the mighty festival favourites HAWKWIND. Stalwarts of the UK festival scene Hawkwind return by popular demand with their unique brand of ‘Space-Rock’ to the Bedford Corn Exchange following brilliant shows back in 2010 and 2013.
Over the years Hawkwind’s live shows have become the stuff of legend since first forming in 1969… In 1970, the band appeared outside the perimeter fence of the Isle of Wight Festival as a protest to the admission charge. Jimi Hendrix was spotted in the audience. The same year they played at the first Glastonbury Festival. These activities helped establish them as the people’s band as well as being widely acknowledged with creating a brand new genre of music – space-rock. Although commercial mainstream success has never been the focus of the band they hit the charts only once in 1972 with the classic single ‘Silver machine’ featuring Lemmy on vocals who then later left the band and went on to form Motorhead.
Roll forward to 2014 the band still remain vital and committed to their own brand of music having 27 albums under their belt, their numerous festival headline shows and constant packing out of venues around the globe leave this band in their own league . With the original Overlord of space rock Dave Brock at the helm, ex-Gong synthesiser player Tim Blake on keys / Theremin, Mr Dibs on bass, long serving drummer Richard Chadwick, and Niall Hone on guitar their live show presents a stellar musical journey of crushing power and haunting beauty. The live 2013 show takes you on a sonic boom of a roller coaster ride with their choreographed dancers, stilt walkers, psychedelic lighting and projections a show that has inspired and remained popular on the rock circuit for over 40 years.
The band’s latest album ‘’Onward’’ was critically acclaimed receiving rave reviews in the rock music press proving the bands standing in British rock history is as important now as it was all those years ago.
Tickets are on sale from the box office priced £20 adv.
Special guest support: John Etheridge