It seems almost incomprehensible that it’s now 25 years since Alex Paterson took his first giant steps under the banner of The Orb. Caught in the escalating rush of acid house and armed with dream-realising new technology, Alex, and whoever else was on his flight path at the time, started pumping their inherent sense of mischief into panoramic soundscapes with heavyweight beats, taking the live electronic experience to new levels.
A quarter century later, the world is a much different place after technology progressed further, changing the way music was created and heard as the next century got under way. By then, The Orb had already charted a fearlessly wayward course, while unleashing one of the most uncompromisingly innovative bodies of work of the last century, no sound too extreme or source too cheeky.
The Orb - History of the Future box set celebrates 25 years of the hits which made them a commercial success, the remixes which kept the underground happy, and some of the amazing videos which accompanied the singles. Pre-order here.
Stream their recent live performance of Little Fluffy Clouds below.
10th Oct Brighton The Haunt
11th Oct Reading Sub 89
12th Oct Manchester Academy 2
13th Oct Dundee 20 Rocks
16th Oct Wolverhampton Civic Centre
17th Oct Great Yarmouth The Oakwood
18th Oct Bath Komedia
19th Oct The Forum, London Forum, Kentish Town
20th Oct Newcastle Warehouse 34
6th Nov Gloucester Guildhall
8th Nov Bridport Electric Palace
9th Nov Nottingham Marcus Garvey Centre
10th Nov Holmfirth Picturedrome
13th Nov Exeter Pheonix
14th Nov Bournemouth Old Firestation
15th Nov Hebden Bridge Traders
16th Nov Dublin Button Factory
17th Nov Buckley Tivoli Venue
24th Nov Cambridge Corn Exchange