Nik Turner’s New Space Ritual @ Borderline, Friday 29/12//2017

Borderline début of the former Hawkwind saxophonist & composer’s brand new outfit.

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Nik Turner is known as a powerful creative force behind Hawkwind. His brand new outfit promises to weld together the veteran musician’s wisdom and musical knowledge with a younger, more dynamic band that will explore Turner’s musical history.

Nik Turner was born in Oxford in August 1940 to a theatrical family. At the age of 13, his family moved to the Kent seaside resort of Margate where he worked at the local funfair during the summer holiday season, befriending another seasonal worker Robert Calvert. His first influences were Rock n Roll and the films of James Dean.

After taking an engineering college and a single voyage as a Merchant Navy seaman, Nik then set about travelling around Europe picking up menial jobs to fund his travel. It was during a stint as a roustabout in a travelling music circus in 1967 that he made the acquaintance of Dave Brock in the Dutch city of Haarlem. His two years of clarinet and saxophone lessons meant that when he encountered free jazz players in Berlin, Nik decided that he wanted to play saxophone in a Rock band.

Owning a van, Nik was originally a roadie to the newly formed Hawkwind. However, when his passion for the saxophone was discovered, he was offered a place in the band to add to the overall weirdness of their sound. He was soon an active and vocal member of Hawkwind, pulling in friends such as Dik Mik, Calvert and Barney Bubbles, and involving the band in community and charity projects, sometimes to the chagrin of other band members.

Nik Turner was a major creative force during Hawkwind’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed period, writing or co-writing some of their most popular songs, including Brainstorm, and Master of the Universe. However, he found himself sacked in November 1976.

During the recording of Choose Your Masques in 1982, Brock invited Nik to the recording sessions and to front the band for the subsequent tour. At the end of 1984, while preparing material for The Chronicle of the Black Sword album, Dave Brock sacked Nik once again.

Eccentric, innovative, enigmatic, Nik is full of surprises…

From circus orchestra M.D. for Gerry Cottle’s Circus to the esoteric Mumbo-Jumbo Jive of Sphynx.

From the Space Jazz of Hawkwind, writing seminal anthems such as Master of the Universe, Brainstorm, and D-rider as the driving force in the creation of the legend and mythology that created that bands success, to 1960s Ska in Skastar. From the Pomp rock of the Imperial Pompadours to musical, political, satirical punk cabaret with Inner City Unit.

From busking cool groovy music on the streets of Cardiff and Mexico City to Nik Turners Fantastic All Stars playing cool Latino Jazz.Nik has guested and recorded with numerous bands, including Sham 69, The Damned, Stranglers, The Ruts, Spirit with Randy California, Utopians, Guillemots, and several more too cool or esoteric to mention…

Nik has guested and recorded with numerous bands, including Sham 69, The Damned, Stranglers, The Ruts, Spirit with Randy California, Utopians, Guillemots, and several more too cool or esoteric to mention…

Doors open 7 pm, Nik Turners New Space Ritual onstage at 7:45 pm

The Borderline,
Orange Yard, Manette St,
Soho, London
W1D 4JB

Buying Tickets

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Tickets will probably be available to buy on the door from 7pm, priced at £20.00, but this cannot be guaranteed. The only way to make sure of tickets is to buy them in advance. So, come on down and see Space Ritual play live at the Borderline in 2017.

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