Mercury Prize 2014 nominees, Go Go Penguin are set to bring their distinctive jazz sound, fused with electronic and classical elements, to Independent, Sunderland on March 5.
Mercury Prize 2014 nominees, Go Go Penguin are set to bring their distinctive jazz sound, fused with electronic and classical elements, to Independent, Sunderland on March 5 – reinforcing the venue’s ability to secure high profile gigs that offer North East crowds the opportunity to experience sounds from some of the UK’s most talented artists.
Describing their sound as ‘acoustic-electronica’, the highly acclaimed band have continued to go from strength to strength, gaining rave reviews from BBC Music and the Guardian and even earning support from the likes of Mike Chadwick and Giles Peterson.
Featuring band members Chris Illingworth on piano, Nick Blacka on double bass and Rob Turner on drums/percussion, the Manchester based trio are renowned for their exhilarating live performances that draw upon an eclectic mix of influences including Massive Attack, Aphex Twin and Shostakovich.
Chris Illingworth, Go Go Penguin said: “We’re really looking forward to playing at Independent in Sunderland. We’ve heard great things about the city and about the venue and we can’t wait to bring our music to the North East again. We recently played in Gateshead, where it went down a storm.”
The talented Mancunian band were also nominated for Best Jazz Album at the World Wide Awards – testament to their unique ability to seamlessly synthesise and develop each other’s melodic and harmonic ideas, in order to create a compelling and distinctive sound.
Having emerged as rising stars on the UK Jazz scene, the talented trio have a loyal fan base worth shouting about. With fans such as Jools Holland, Gilles Peterson and Jamie Cullum making no secret of their admiration for the lads’ work, Go Go Penguin have already made an impressionable mark on the music industry.
Ben Wall, Independent said: “The tickets for the gig are already selling like hot cakes and we are expecting it to sell out – we’re telling people to grab their tickets quick.
“We’re huge fans of Go Go Penguin and, if you’re a fan of Jazz, Nu Jazz and Fusion etc, this is a gig that you won’t want to miss.”
Nestled in the heart of Holmeside, Independent is fast becoming a go to venue for music fans from across the North East – providing a stage for some of the music industry’s most established and up and coming names alike.
In recent months, Sunderland’s only dedicated live music venue has welcomed acts such as The Lake Poets, Galaxians and The Altered Hours – proving why it has played a crucial role in shaping and contributing to what is fast becoming a hub of music and creative activity in the city.
This time it’s no different as they prepare to welcome a critically acclaimed three piece that are set to bring their unique sound to Sunderland.
With their ability to push the boundaries of conventional jazz and their memorable stage presence, crowds can expect an evening of enthralling sounds that are testament to the bands ability to connect with audiences through music.
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