GARY NUMAN CONFIRMED TO PLAY GUILFEST 2012
Gary Numan has been confirmed to play this years Guilfest on Saturday July 14th 2012. The festival takes place at Stoke Park, situated in the heart of Guildford. For further information, please click here.
GARY NUMAN CONFIRMED FOR HOP FARM FESTIVAL
Gary Numan has been confirmed to play the Hop Farm Festival on Saturday June 30th 2012. The festival takes place at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY. Other acts confirmed include Primal Scream and Maximo Park. For further information, please click here.
MACHINE MUSIC TOUR AND DVD UPDATE
A lot of work is going in to the Machine Music Tour now which starts on May 22 in Leicester. You may have noticed already a lot of features and interviews in various newspapers and magazines and also on radio. The media support has been extremely strong and positive and it’s kept me very busy. There have been lot’s of meetings with various people looking at the stage show and lighting, the projections that we will be using, sound systems and so on. Choosing the winners of our film competition was actually very difficult. If I’m honest I hadn’t really expected to get many things that were good enough and suitable but I was amazed at the quality of so many of the entries and they will be a very powerful and welcome addition to the projection element of the new show. We also have some stunning new lights that we will be trying out as the tour progresses.
The biggest task though has been deciding which songs to play. The set list includes many songs that haven’t been played for a long time. In fact the set is mainly made up of songs that we don’t usually play and that’s meant that the band are already at work learning things they are completely unfamiliar with. Going though the hundreds of tapes and files that I have in storage looking for those rare parts and sounds has taken a lot of time but we are determined to recreate those old songs the way they were made, the way you know them. It will be a radically different set to what we have been playing and I’m unlikely to play a set like it again for many years so it should be quite an interesting and exciting experience.
Going back to places we haven’t played for a while is always enjoyable. For example Leicester, at the very start of the tour, should be a great night,. Other places like Newcastle and Cardiff that we don’t visit as often as I’d like are also on the tour and it will be good to play there again. One of the most exciting things about this tour though is having ‘Officers’ as support. Officers are without doubt one of the best new bands around and are going to be massive. I’ve already recorded a track with them and I’m glad to be involved at this early stage of what will, I”m sure, be a fantastic journey for them.
We also have new merchandise designed specifically for the tour based around the DVD artwork and we will also have the Machine Music DVD itself available to view on screen and to buy.
I am told that the Bournemouth show will be my 600th concert which is quite a milestone. Also, we will be playing a tribute to Ced Sharpley each night and you can expect special guests to join us for that on some of the shows.
I think this tour is going to be quite special so I hope to see as many of you as possible in May and June, I’m really looking forward to it. GN
IT’S GARY NUMAN WEEK AT ARTROCKER TV
This week is Gary Numan Week at Artrocker TV. From Monday 30 April, the magazine is celebrating the forthcoming Machine Music Singles Tour and DVD with a full week exploring Numan’s four decades in music, including exclusive interviews, video blogs and brand new photos taken by Artrocker. Click here for daily updates.
‘FILMS’ COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
We are pleased to announce the winners of the recent ‘Films’ competition. All of the videos listed below will appear as stage projection visuals on the forthcoming Machine Music tour.
Dominion Day – Neil Pascoe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGEQNSukQNI
Bombers – Richard Herrero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5B-MbA6Sys
Berserker – Keita Lynch http://youtu.be/4p_3MC4ZdGw?hd=1
This Wreckage – George M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X89trWDTL7k&list=UUSqzDJL5_jUKE6bjLJneLwg&index=1&feature=plcp
Call Out The Dogs – Stefano Meneghetti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wdu3R5m-4k&feature=youtu.be
Some of the videos we received are so good, we’ve decided to use them as stage projection visuals for other songs in the set and to this end, we have asked second placed entrant, Cale Wilbanks to create a re-edit of his This Wreckage entry for We Are Glass. George M will also be re-editing some of his work for Crazier and RIP.
We would like to thank everyone that entered the competition for the time and effort they have put into creating some really great visuals for us and we very much look forward to seeing everyone on tour.
GARY NUMAN CONFIRMED TO PLAY BESTIVAL
Gary Numan has been confirmed to play this year’s Bestival on Thursday September 6th. The festival takes place at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight. For more information click here or to buy tickets click here.
REMIX YOUR WAY ONTO AN EXCLUSIVE GARY NUMAN ALBUM
Artrocker is pleased to team up with the legendary Gary Numan to give readers the chance to submit a track to a special remix edition of his fantastic Dead Son Rising LP.
The winner will be chosen by Gary Numan himself – and appear alongside the likes of Atari Teenage Riot’s Alec Empire, The Duke Spirit, Alessandro Cortini (SONOIO / Nine Inch Nails), Is Tropical, Teeth and more.
To enter, click here, then scroll down to download the complete stems to the song ‘When The Sky Bleeds, He Will Come’, whip your mix together then submit it using WeTransfer.com to email@example.com no later than 20 May.
The free download album will be available exclusively with a forthcoming special edition issue of Artrocker dedicated to Gary Numan.
EX-NUMAN DRUMMER CEDRIC SHARPLEY DIES
I’m so very sad to say that Cedric Sharpley, who as many of you will know played drums for me for many years, has died after suffering a heart attack last week. Ced was not only a truly great drummer but a gentle, fascinating and funny man to be around and he will be greatly missed. This has come as a great shock to so many of us. Rest in peace Cedric. GN.
EXCLUSIVE: MACHINE MUSIC DVD & TOUR
Gary Numan will release a new DVD, Machine Music: The Best Of Gary Numan on 11th June 2012.
This limited edition DVD will bring together for the first time promos and some TV appearances from right across his career, including the pioneering videos made for tracks such as ‘We Are Glass’ and ‘I Die: You Die’, right up to more recent promos ‘The Fall’ (from the 2011 Dead Son Rising album) and the Battles collaboration ‘My Machines.’
The DVD will initially be sold on the Machine Music Tour which runs from late May into early June and will feature a one-off set, based around Gary Numan’s singles over the last 33 years, and material from the recent Dead Son Rising album.
Numan will be supported by Officers at all the shows except for Dublin. Their ‘On The Twelve Thrones’ album was a personal favourite of Numan’s last year: “Great melodies, powerful, dark. I’ve been waiting quite a while for something this good”.
Fans and film-makers can participate in this unique event by making visuals to be projected during a selection of tracks on the tour. These songs are ‘This Wreckage’, ‘Bombers’, ‘Berserker’, ‘Call Out The Dogs’, ‘Warriors’ and ‘Dominion Day’.
We’re looking for ideas, however abstract, that illustrate the tracks via the on-stage projection screen as part of the show – please no images of Gary Numan – these are for the staging of the shows, not promo videos.
The format is 16:9 widescreen and HD. Gary will choose the best films to be screened at all the shows on the tour. If you wish to participate in this then please send links to your films to the management contact address on www.numan.co.uk Please don’t send us any files, as we won’t have time to look at them: we just want to see your ideas on a You Tube or Vimeo link.
Here are the confirmed ‘Machine Music’ tour dates:
Tuesday May 22nd 2012 – Leicester Academy
Wednesday May 23rd 2012 – Glasgow ABC
Thursday May 24th 2012 – Newcastle Academy
Friday May 25th 2012 – Sheffield Academy
Saturday May 26th 2012 – Dublin Button Factory
Monday May 28th 2012 – Bournemouth Academy
Tuesday May 29th 2012 – Bristol Academy
Wednesday May 30th 2012 – Cambridge Junction
Thursday May 31st 2012 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Friday June 1st 2012 – London The Forum
Saturday June 2nd 2012 – Cardiff Coal Exchange
Sunday June 3rd 2012 – Brighton Dome
For further information, including where to buy tickets, click here to go to the tour page.
MACHINE MUSIC GOLD VIP PACKAGE
We will be making Gold VIP packages available again on the forthcoming Gary Numan ‘Machine Music’ tour. They are available now by clicking here:
Each Gold package contains:
Signed copy of an exclusive promo-styled CD with a demo version of a brand new song.
Gold VIP laminate
Access to sound check
Meet and greet after sound check including photo opportunity.
* Please note all items must be collected upon arrival at the venue, including the VIP Gold Laminate. No physical ticket will be sent out but names will be collected and you’ll be met at the door in time for the sound check. We will write to you to let you know what time you need to arrive at the venue in due course.
Concert ticket is not included.