Womad, now in it’s 37th year, saw temperatures rocket to 38 degrees on the Thursday as we arrived from Brighton in several traffic jams to Wiltshire at the hottest part of the day, the trees were still and not one cloud gave us hope of shelter from the relentlessly burning sun. After the rather sweaty process of erecting our tents we celebrated with a beer and a seat under the awning and took in the surroundings made uniquely distinctive and beautifully enhanced especially for Womad by the hundreds of flags made by Angus Watt for 25 of those years.
Brighton's brilliant record store, Resident, have announced a couple of juicy in-stores coming in the next few weeks.
One of the great survivors of the British dance music boom, brothers Paul and Phil Hartnell have had their differences, their relationship breakdowns and splits, but at the end of the day they know that it is only working under the name Orbital that they can truly thrive.
With the Orbital brothers, Paul and Phil Hartnoll, still having ties in Brighton, a big old party at Brighton Racecourse, on top of Whitehawk Hill, was more than enough to get the city excited. What made this show doubly as exciting, was that this tour was to celebrate the release of their ninth studio album, Monsters Exist, giving us a chance to hear the new material for the first time ahead of its September 2018 release.
Along with Leftfield and Underworld, Orbital were (and still are) masters of the dance universe. An act that not only made mind-blowing progressive dance-techno fusion, but who could properly do it live on stage, helped immeasurably by their improvisatory flair, and of course that distinctive torch on headgear look.
In celebration of the tenth birthday of the Ride-to-Work scheme, Evans Cycles and the British Heart Foundation have teamed up to mark the occasion with the release of ‘Heartwork’, an experimental track created by Paul Hartnoll of Orbital, based entirely on the heartbeats of Britain’s cycling commuters.
Cyclists from up and down the country took part, with data from over 20,000 rides to work analysed to create a fast-paced track produced to inspire UK commuters to shun their cars, buses or tubes and ride their way to a healthier heart.