After 25 years at the forefront of electronic music — from house to rave to festival mega-techno, to international dance stardom to the 2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony — Orbital brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll announce that they’re hanging up their iconic torch-glasses and parting ways for the final time.
“We’ve had our ups and downs, and it’s not always been easy, but I’ve loved my time with Orbital,” says Paul Hartnoll. “It’s been brilliant that we’ve been able to take our music to so many places, from local clubs to headlining Glastonbury to playing massive events across America, Australia, Japan… It’s been fantastic.
“It was particularly nice to get such a lovely reception when we got back together a few years ago. We made the Wonky album specifically to play live and these shows over the past few years have been a real high point in many ways. The shows and the audiences have been amazing.
“But nothing lasts forever and it's time to stop. Since finishing the soundtrack with Flood & PJ Harvey for the BBC One television show Peaky Blinders, I’ve now got my own new project, ‘8:58’ which I'm really excited about. It's a continuation of my work from the past 25 years but with a new vitality taking me on to something fresh, mixed with the best of what I've put into Orbital. Expect some live shows soon where I will be playing a mixture of my new music alongside my Orbital favorites.”
Phil Hartnoll is focusing on his DJing career, which has seen him traveling around the world. Most recently he’s played for fans in Thailand, Japan, Korea, Dublin and private parties in New York, France and London. "I am really enjoying playing a mixture of my own exclusive Orbital remixes mixed with some great new dancefloor tracks. I have also been discovering so much talent along the way and look forward to potential collaborations. Orbital has been fantastic, but like the Bond movie - "Never Say Never Again".
Having broken up in 2004, the Hartnolls reunited to play the Big Chill to celebrate 20 years of their DIY techno classic ‘Chime’ in 2009. Massive demand from fans who’d grown up with Orbital’s groundbreaking live shows led to a triumphant, ever-extending tour, culminating in an appearance before millions at the opening of the Paralympics with Professor Stephen Hawking on vocals.
For more info on Paul’s projects, please visit: eightfiftyeight.com
For more info on Phil’s projects, please visit: facebook.com/philhartnoll
Paul Hartnoll is involved with Luke Losey's 'One Last Dance' project.
Visit their KickStarter page HERE for more information and to pledge.
Orbital are disappointed to learn that the 1 World Music Festival in Singapore this weekend has been cancelled.
For more information and ticket refunds, please visit the 1 World Music Festival official website which is linked below.
Deborah Bull selected 'Chime' as one of her 'Desert Island Discs' on the BBC Radio 4 program.
To listen back, CLICK HERE.
Paul Hartnoll of Orbital recently created the music for the advert of Channel 4's 'Mating Season'.
To celebrate the release of Orbital's original score for Pusher, download the track 'Pusher Theme' for free on Soundcloud.
'Pusher Theme' is taken from the Pusher soundtrack which available on iTunes, CD and vinyl 8th October – Pusher in cinemas 12th October.
If you missed Orbital's interview on the Radcliffe and Maconie show [12/09/12] , you can listen back on the link below.
Orbital's performance of 'Where Is It Going?' with Professor Stephen Hawking at this years Paralympic opening ceremony can now be viewed on YouTube.
To watch the clip, click HERE.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Orbital's original San Francisco show at the Regency Ballroom is cancelled. A full refund can be obtained from point of purchase.
We are pleased to announce that a new San Francisco date has now been added, with Orbital performing at 'Beyond Wonderland' festival on 29th September.
Head over to the live section here for tickets.
If you missed Orbital’s appearance on the channel 4 documentary ‘Idris Elba's How Clubbing Changed the World’, you can watch it back on 4od by following the link below;
Orbital's latest single 'Where Is It Going?' (taken from the new album Wonky) is available to buy on iTunes now.
To purchase the single along with remixes, follow the link below.
Orbital are pleased to announce that Nathan Fake will be the main support for all dates on the December 2012 UK tour.
Visit Nathan's official website HERE
Orbital are pleased to announce further USA dates in September, including San Francisco, Vancouver and Portland.
Follow the link below to the live section where more details and ticket links can be found.
A selection of photos from Orbital's performance at Electromar Festival, Alicante 2012 can be found over on the official Orbital flickr page. Link below:
A selection of photos from Orbital's performance at Creamfields, Andalusia 2012 can be found over on the official Orbital flickr page. Link below:
A selection of photos from Orbital's headline show at Lokerse Festival, Belgium are now up on the band's official flickr page.
Check out this interview Orbital did for Clash before Open'er Festival, Poland in July 2012.
Orbital have been announced to play Nocutrnal Wonderland in San Bernardino on September 22nd. More details and tickets can be found on the link below.
A selection of photos from Orbital's headline show at Secret Garden Party are now up on the band's official flickr page.
Unfortunately due to matters out of our hands, the organisers of Bloc festival have cancelled todays event.
Please see the link below for an official statement from the festival organisers.
Orbital's performance at the Heineken Open'er festival 2012 is to be streamed live on YouTube.
Tune in at the link below at 1:30am CET tonight to watch the stream.
The entire Wonky Remix EP can now be listened to on the official Orbital YouTube page.
The EP contains remixes from The Plump DJ's, The Japanese Popstars, Concept Dub and CSY & Stripes.
To access the playlist, click the link below.
Given the turbulent political times that Greece is currently going through, Spicy Entertainment have decided to postpone Orbital’s headline performance at UTOPIA 12, previously scheduled for June 23rd , until further notice.
We kindly ask ticket buyers to hold onto their tickets until a new announcement is made within the following days.
Orbital recently played the opening party at Space, Ibiza. The band's entire set can now be viewed online via the 'BE@TV' widget on the official Orbital facebook page, or clicking the link below.
The video of 'Wonky' live from Manchester academy can now be viewed on YouTube.
To watch the video, click HERE.
To view 'Beelzedub' live from the Manchester Academy, click HERE.
Orbital have been announced to headline the opening Fiesta at Space, Ibizia.
The even takes place on the 27th May 2012. More information and tickets can be found below.
Photos from the Royal Albert Hall show on the 10th April 2012, have now been uploaded to the Orbital Flickr page.
Orbital have been announced as headliners for UTOPIA 12 in Athens, Greece.
The event takes place on the 23rd June 2012 at the Gazi Music Hall (formally known as Entertainment stage).
Unfortunately the Orbital show scheduled to take place at Adelaide HQ on 3rd May is cancelled. Refunds are available from point of purchase.
Also the Orbital show on 4th May has been moved from The Palace to Billboard. Original tickets are valid for the new venue.
Orbital feature on the front cover of the latest edition of Artrocker Magazine.
Avaliable to buy in shops now as well as digitally online (information avaliable on the link below).
A 'behind the cover' video can also be found below.
Orbital have been announced to play ZÜRICH OPENAIR 2012. The festival takes place on the 23rd-26th August 2012.
For tickets and more information, please follow the links below.
Orbital new album “Wonky” will be released exclusively via iTunes, in America and Canada on the 17th April.
The tracklisting will be as follows:-
1. One Big Moment
2. Straight Sun
4. New France (feat. Zola Jesus)
6. Stringy Acid
8. Wonky (feat. Lady Leshurr)
9. Where Is It Going?
1. Lush (Live In Australia)
2. Impact (Live In Australia)
3. Satan (Live In Australia)
4. Belfast (Live In Australia)
5. Chime/Crime (Live In Australia)
Orbital have been announced to play at Belgrade Calling Festival in Belgrade, Serbia on Wednesday 27th June 2012.
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We have received a lot of emails and discussion about the French DJ set in Paris, on the 20th April 2012. The Nouveau Casino venue is too small to take on the full new live production, but the sound system will be Orbital DJing on Ableton and will feature new tracks from Wonky, along with old classics.
Orbital have been announced to play at T In The Park 2012. The band will headline the Slam Tent on Sunday 8th July 2012.
Check out Orbital's recent interview for ChinaShop mag below....
Orbital have been confirmed to play Berlin Festival 2012, on Septermber 7th.
Orbital are pleased to announced a series of shows in Australia for May 2012.
Details and ticket links below. (Tickets go on sale Friday 16th at 9am AET ).
Thurs 3rd May
HQ, Adelaide - 18+ - www.venuetix.com.au
Fri 4th May
Sat 5th May*
The Metro, Sydney - Licensed All Ages – www.ticketek.com.au
(*late show, onstage 12am)
Sun 6th May
The Tivoli, Brisbane - 18+ – www.ticketek.com.au
Orbital have been announced to play at Electric Picnic festival on 1st September 2012.
All festival and ticket info can be found right here : Electric Picnic Festival 2012
Orbital will be performing a very special live gig at a 'secret' Brighton location on Wednesday 4th April. To celebrate the release of their new album, 'Wonky' on 2nd April 2012 HMV have 70 pairs of tickets for this show to give away. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets simply pre-order Orbital's new album 'Wonky' from the HMV website, right HERE. Good Luck!
3 versions of Orbital's forthcoming new album 'Wonky', are available to pre-order now.
Orbital - Wonky (Standard CD)
Orbital - Wonky (Deluxe x2 CD)
Orobital - Wonky (Vinyl LP)
The album can be pre ordered from the following online stores:
Orbital will release the 'New France' EP on 19th March 2012 which will include 3 remixes of the track. All can be found below:
Orbital will be appearing at Rock For People festival which takes place on 4th/5th/6th July 2012.
The Japanese Popstars will be the support act on the April UK tour. For more info, please visit www.thejapanesepopstars.co.uk
New France featuring Zola Jesus will be released as a single track digital download on Monday 27th February.
Orbital will be performing at BBC Maida Vale studios on Friday 16th March in celebration of 6 Music's 10th birthday. The set will be live on the Lauren Laverne show and details of how to win tickets will be announced soon. For more info visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/events/6music-celebrates-lauren-live
Orbital will be doing a DJ set at the Mixmag offices on Friday 10th February. It will be streamed live from 4pm GMT at mixmag.net plus there will be an interview with the band afterwards.
For more info visit: http://www.mixmag.net/music/dj-lab/the-dj-lab
'New France' featuring Zola Jesus will be the first single from the Orbital album, 'Wonky'. Pitchfork are premiering the track over on their web site.
Orbital will release their new album, 'Wonky' on the 1st April in the UK. The first studio album for eight years features vocals by Lady Lesurr and Zola Jesus.
Wonky was recorded in a small studio in Orbital's Brighton home base, then mixed in London with help from internationally acclaimed producer Mark 'Flood' Ellis, whose stellar list of previous collaborators includes PJ Harvey, U2, Nine Inch Nails and The Killers. Paul credits Flood with giving the album a more rounded, holistic sound.
'I mostly remember Flood from all the electronic stuff like Cabaret Voltaire, Depeche Mode and Renegade Soundwave,' Paul says. 'One of his first and greatest loves is electronic music. He's actually got a bigger synthesizer collection than us. He also has a good structural overview of music, because he's not just a dance producer, he comes from a more holistic song viewpoint, which is how we like to approach it. I didn't want to work with just a dance producer because I don¹t think this is a dance album, it¹s an electronic album.'
Orbital have confirmed they will headline at the following UK festivals this summer including The Secret Garden Party and Bestival.
The Beat-Herder Festival: 30th June
Event is 29th June – 1st July
Sawley Brow, Lancs
Bloc: 7th July
Event is 6th–7th July
London Pleasure Gardens, Royal Victoria Docks
The Secret Garden Party: 21st July
Event is 19th–22nd July
Bestival: 9th September
Event is 6th–9th September
Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Orbital will be performing their soundsystem show in Paris and Lille in April. They will perform at LE NOUVEAU CASINO in Paris on April 20th and AERONEF in Lille on April 21st in support of the release of their new album 'Wonky'.
Paris, 20th April
Lille, 21st April
Orbital today announced a six date UK tour to take place in April 2012. These dates are:
05 Manchester Academy
06 Leeds O2 Academy
07 Glasgow O2 Academy
08 Liverpool O2 Academy
09 Cambridge Corn Exchange
10 London Royal Albert Hall
Click here to buy tickets