Hawkwind were formed in 1969, originally as ‘Hawkwind Zoo’ by former London busker Dave Brock, although there have been numerous line-up changes throughout the years, he remains at the helm today and is known affectionately by many of the fans as the Captain of the ship.
The band played at the first Glastonbury Festival and established themselves as ‘the people’s band’ as well as being widely acknowledged with creating a brand new genre of music – space rock.
Following the success of Silver Machine in 1972, the band went on tour with the mind blowing Space Ritual, which set the precedent for all future Hawkwind shows. The band’s wealth of creative talent, including contributions from the likes of sci-fi author Michael Moorcock, poet and visionary Bob Calvert, designer ‘Barney Bubbles’and lighting engineer ‘Liquid Len’ created the world’s first truly multimedia touring roadshow. The barrage of light, sound, dance and theatrics has since become a hallmark of all subsequent Hawkwind shows, making each gig a unique and spectacular event, rather than ‘another standard rock concert’.
Recently the band has picked up numerous accolades and toured major festivals across Europe (and staging their very own ‘Hawkfest’ on the Isle of Wight). Joining founding member Dave Brock in the line-up is Buxton based bass player and vocalist Mr Dibs, who has been long-time collaborator with the band.
Plus special appearance by Hawkwind Unplugged