30 August 2013

Psychedelic Warlords

40 years ago, 'cosmic rock' group Hawkwind released their live album Space Ritual. A double LP, requiring three changes of side, the album was an hour-and-a-half long.

The Psychedelic Warlords, named for the 1974 Hawkwind track The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear in Smoke), are in 2013 playing the whole album, live, at a number of smaller venues across the land. At the Llanfyllin Workhouse they were booked to appear the same weekend as the entirely separate, but appropriately hippy, Audio Farm festival.

The group is fronted by saxophonist Nik Turner, of the original 1969 Hawkwind line-up, and includes bass player Alan Davey, who played with Hawkwind in the 1980s.

Back in 1973 Stacia (Blake) featured with Hawkwind as an interpretive dancer. The Psychedelic Warlords features in like vein the belly and burlesque dancer Demolitia. Recommended.

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