Nik Turner’s Brand New Space Ritual

Friday 21st October 2016, 7:00 pm | 11:00 pm curfew Buy Tickets Buy Tickets Tickets: £20.00

Really Live Music present…
The Borderline, Friday 21/10/2016, 7pm-10:30pm, tickets £17.50, £20 on door
London début of the former Hawkwind saxophonist & composer’s brand new outfit.

Nik Turner is best known as a powerful creative force behind veteran Space Rock band, Hawkwind. His brand new outfit promises to weld together the veteran musician’s wisdom and musical knowledge with a younger, more dynamic band that will explore Turner’s musical history.

Eccentric, innovative, enigmatic, Nik is full of surprises…

From circus orchestra M.D. for Gerry Cottle’s Circus to the esoteric mumbo-jumbo Jive of Sphinx. From the Space Jazz of Hawkwind, writing seminal anthems such as ‘Master of the Universe’, ‘Brainstorm’, and ‘D-rider’ as the driving force in the creation of the legend and mythology that created that band’s success, to 60’s Ska in Skastar. From the Pomp rock of the Imperial Pompadours to musical, political, satirical punk cabaret with Inner City Unit…

From busking cool groovy music on the streets of Cardiff and Mexico City to Nik Turner’s Fantastic All Stars, playing cool Latino Jazz…

Nik has guested and recorded with numerous bands, including The Damned, Stranglers, The Ruts, Spirit with Randy California, Utopians, Sham 69, Guillemots, and too many more to list…

Nik Turner was born in Oxford during World War II to a theatrical family. At the age of 13, they moved to the Kent seaside resort of Margate where he worked at the local funfair during the summer holiday season, befriending another seasonal worker Robert Calvert. His first influences were Rock ‘n’ Roll and the films of James Dean.

After taking an engineering college and a single voyage as a Merchant Navy seaman, Nik then set about travelling around Europe picking up menial jobs to fund his travel. It was during a stint as a roustabout in a travelling music circus in 1967 that he made the acquaintance of Dave Brock in the Dutch city of Haarlem. His two years of clarinet and saxophone lessons meant that when he encountered free jazz players in Berlin, Nik decided that he wanted to play saxophone in a Rock band.

Owning a van, Nik was originally a roadie to the newly formed Hawkwind. However, when his passion for the saxophone was discovered, he was offered a place in the band to add to the overall weirdness of their sound. He was soon an active and vocal member of Hawkwind, pulling in friends such as Dik Mik, Calvert and Barney Bubbles, and involving the band in community and charity projects, sometimes to the chagrin of other band members.

Nik Turner was a major creative force during Hawkwind’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed period, writing or co-writing some of their most popular songs, including ‘Brainstorm’, and ‘Master of the Universe’. However, he found himself sacked in November 1976.

During the recording of Choose Your Masques in 1982, Brock invited Nik to the recording sessions and to front the band for the subsequent tour. At the end of 1984, while preparing material for The Chronicle of the Black Sword album, Dave Brock sacked Nik once again.