Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Plus Walt Disco
After the recent announcement of their forthcoming new studio album, synth pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) reveal details of their return to the stage, with the band taking to the road next year.
The new album, Bauhaus Staircase, sees the band at their most explicitly political and is the crowning achievement of their desire to be both Stockhausen and Abba – born from the impetus to kickstart new explorations during lockdown. A broad, electronic, sonic masterpiece that lyrically tackles the topics of the future, it was predominantly written, recorded, and mixed by both McCluskey & Paul Humphreys.
By rights, OMD should be in semi-retirement, performing classics like Enola Gay and Maid Of Orleans on the nostalgia festival circuit like so many peers. Instead, they’ve created a landmark album worthy of their finest work. If real life meant OMD were happy to get help, Bauhaus Staircase remains unmistakably the work of a duo who are still perfectly in sync 45 years after their first gig at legendary Liverpool club Eric’s.
Presented by AEG
Format: Reserved seating, standing in stalls
Age: Under 14s accompanied by an adult 18+
Start time: 19.30
All timings are approximate and subject to change
“Sonically adventurous [and] some of the most enduring songs of the ’80s. McCluskey’s golden voice [is] the sound of our youth – dancing just before us, yet now out of grasp.”
The Glaswegian six-piece have captivated audiences around the world with a thriving musical mutation of post-punk and modern art-pop combined with theatrical embellishments and an unpredictable affinity for sonic exploration, constantly challenging archaic notions of the gender binary in favour of encouraging discussion of self-exploration and love in the digital age.
Released in 2022, their thunderous debut album ‘Unlearning’ showcases Walt Disco at their very best – a brilliantly unique brew of captivating songs that not only make you dance, but make you listen.
About Beacon Hall
Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon
at Bristol Beacon
Getting to the venue
Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.
Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.
Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.
Bristol Clean Air Zone
Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.
Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.
Spaces for wheelchair users are in:
- row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
- row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
- rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)
Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.
A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)
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