Seminal electronic icons Orbital will finally make their
New Zealand debut at Splore Festival.
Brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll have crafted some of the most innovative yet accessible electronic music since their inception in 1989. At the same time they have garnered huge respect for their extraordinary live shows which pay equal attention to live mixing of visuals as well as sound.
It will be Orbital’s first ever show in New Zealand. The iconic group,made up of
brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll, has crafted some of the most innovative yet accessible electronic music since their inception in 1989 during the halcyon days of Acid House.
Orbital truly burst onto the international scene with their headline appearance at the 1994 Glastonbury Festival.Q Magazine classed it as one of the top 50 gigs of all time, and in 2002 included Orbital in their list of "50 Bands to See Before You Die".
Crucially, intensive TV broadcasting from the Glastonbury Festival in 1994 meant that Orbital's set reached a huge audience. Glastobury’s Michael Eavis noted that the Orbital gig marked dance music's appearance on the mainstream agenda. "What was previously underground made it on to one of the big stages, and there was no going back from there”.
Orbital delivers an improvisational element to live electronic music as the brothers mix and sequence their tracks on the fly, wearing their trademark head-mounted torches behind banks of equipment.
Their impressive longevity is firmly based on a sound that is uniquely Orbital.
Winners of numerous awards including “best live act” at Glastonbury Orbital are more popular than ever, playing sold out shows . Their first new album in six years, 'Monsters Exist' was released in September this year “Inspired by the Hartnoll’s early pre-rave, punk days to the tumultuous and tension-filled landscape of today.