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2011 Event Media Release - UNKLE

  Issued Wednesday 9 February, 2011

Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
Monday 9 May, 2011

  “There’s an abundance of heaven here” BBC Music

Sydney Opera House will present electronic luminaries, UNKLE, for one spectacular live performance accompanied by strings, in the Concert Hall on Monday, 9 May 2010.

In what promises to be an incredible live show, founder James Lavelle and a full live band will perform a selection of hits plus new material from UNKLE’s 2010 release, Where Did the Night Fall. Spinning between soaring rock and sexy electronica, this record finds UNKLE navigating new, psychedelic territory. The Concert Hall is the perfect backdrop to experience this band’s cinematic scope, pulsating beats and extraordinary sounds.

Renowned for their enviable collaborations and evolving sound, UNKLE have traversed the musical spectrum from trip-hop to kraut-rock since forming in Britain in 1994. James Lavelle is a genuine veteran of British dance music and founder of the seminal Mo’Wax record label. Over the last 15 years, he has worked with some of the most respected artists in the world. UNKLE’s debut release Psyence Fiction (1998) set a benchmark for the crossover of alternative music and the hip-hop aesthetic. The album included guest vocals from Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft and Ian Brown amongst others.

For their second album, Never, Never Land (2003), Lavelle partnered with Richard File, and a further selection of guest vocalists and collaborators including 3D from Massive Attack, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Jarvis Cocker, and Brian Eno, to name but a few – on an amazing set of electronic soul songs including the huge club hit ‘In A State’. Their third album War Stories (2007) employed The Cult’s Ian Astbury, The Duke Spirit, Autolux, Eagles of Death Metal and Twiggy of Marilyn Manson fame. War Stories saw the return of Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Massive Attack’s 3D. The album also featured James Lavelle’s vocal debut.

UNKLE’s latest epic release Where Did the Night Fall (2010) draws influences as diverse as kraut-rock, psychedelia, techno, afro-beat and their grassroots sample sound. The album began its life on a tour bus during the Big Day Out festival in early 2008, where Lavelle and long-term collaborator Gavin Clark wrote “The Healing” while on the road in Australia. The album was finally completed earlier this year and the result is – in Lavelle’s own words - “an upbeat, more optimistic record”.

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Helene Fox, Publicist, Sydney Opera House
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