We’re a little shaky on isolation details for Aliens from outer space, but we do know that the fun vibes from the live shows of the Alien Ravers that are Henge shows are contagious – in the good old fashioned way. And that’s top news as they embark on a new mission to spread peace, love and joy across the UK with their 2021 ‘ExoKosm’ tour.
On top of this, they have a brand new single Goldilocks. “If you don’t already know of Henge then you really need to reassess your priorities but they sit somewhere between Soulwax, Primal Scream, the Orb and the Chemical Brothers but with better outfits than all of those put together,” says Listen With Monger in his review of Goldilocks.
As Dame Maggie Aderin Pocock has taught us, the Goldilocks Zone is, in the words of the Henge peeps, the habitable region around a star where the temperature is just right for life to evolve.
Goldilocks is discoverable HENGE’s magnificent second album: ExoKosm.
Picking up, according to the blurb, where their acclaimed debut ‘Attention Earth!’ left off, ExoKosm is once again an exploration into the sacred alien art form known as ‘Cosmic Dross’. Although there are currently no human words that adequately describe the art form, it features thundering drums, clothes-shredding bass, whacked-out synths and singing that lays bare the joy of life.
While ‘Attention Earth!’ saw the band deliver a message for Earthlings to lay down weapons of war in favour of space exploration, ExoKosm prepares humans for the voyage into the unknown.
Hope for humankind
“With ExoKosm we offer a message of hope for humankind, a soundtrack for the joyful exploration of space,” says Henge frontman Zpor. “Turn your gaze to the stars and you will experience the thrill of discovering new worlds beyond your solar system. In doing so, you will also learn to cherish the sacred soil of Planet Earth.”
Among its 7 tracks are singles Get Outta Ma House, and Exo, which features a video made entirely from Henge fan-art submitted by their dedicated ‘ravelings’. The drawings were swapped for an official Henge comic as part of an innovative art exchange.
Henge came to Earth 6 years ago, and in 2018 were honoured with the accolade of ‘Best Live Act’ at the 2018 Independent Festival Awards.
Talking of live, here’s a list of their gigs with Henge landing in Devon and the South West a number of times.
14th – Arts by the Sea – Summer Season – Bournemouth
20th – Beautiful Days – Devon – SOLD OUT
21st – Just So Festival – Cheshire
28th – Shambino – Northamptonshire
29th – Solfest – Cumbria
4th – Audiofarm – Kidderminster
15th – The Junction – Cambridge
17th – Spectacular Beast: Mabon Festival – Somerset
18th – Pig’s Nose Inn – Devon
19th – Balter Festival – Chepstow
23rd – Hare and Hounds – Birmingham
24th – Chalk – Brighton
26th – Trades Club (Matinee) – Hebden Bridge – SOLD OUT
26th – Trades Club (Evening) – Hebden Bridge – SOLD OUT
28th – Colchester Arts Centre – Colchester
29th – Village Underground – London
30th – Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth
1st – The Junction – Plymouth
2nd – The Old Bakery (Matinee) – Truro
2nd – The Old Bakery (Evening) – Truro
3rd – Trinity Centre (Matinee) – Bristol
3rd – Trinity Centre (Evening) – Bristol
7th – Bodega – Nottingham
8th – FOCUS WALES – Wrexham
9th – Foundry – Sheffield
10th – New Continental – Preston
14th – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
15th – The Crescent – York
16th – Stroud Shindig – Stroud
17th – Foxlowe Arts Centre – Leek
22nd – Room 2 – Glasgow
23rd – Brewery Arts (Matinee) – Kendal
23rd – Brewery Arts (Evening) – Kendal
24th – O2 Academy – Oxford
26th – The Globe – Cardiff
27th – The Phoenix – Exeter
28th – Albert’s Shed – Shrewsbury
29th – Future Year – Birkenhead
30th – Academy 2 – (Matinee) – Manchester
30th – Academy 2 – (Evening) – Manchester
5th – Cobalt – Newcastle
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