Orbital have announced a headline tour in celebration of the electronic duo’s 1991 self-titled debut album which became known as The Green Album.
Orbital originally released the album on 30 September 1991. It became known as The Green Album to distinguish it from their 1993 second album, also self-titled, which is known as The Brown Album.
The album includes the tracks Belfast and a live version of Chime, the dance track which launched their career in 1990.
Speaking about the album and touring it more than 30 years after its release, Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll said, “I’ve always been sceptical about going back but when we thought about playing The Green Album live I rolled the idea around for a bit, how could this work? The way we perform is always free and full of improvisation in production and arrangements. This approach will give us a chance to take these fabulous old tracks, written by young versions of ourselves, and perform them with a modern sensibility. Intrigued, I gathered all the original gear, set it up and switched on…
“As I dusted off the old floppy discs, samplers, and an Atari ST computer (Google it), I discovered the ghost of my past in the machine. It was like collaborating with my 22-year-old self. As the songs broke free from their original form, it quickly became clear that I really did want to take these songs on the road, many of which have never been played before.
“We love playing live, the most exciting thing is to take a whole bunch of music we haven’t played before and discover how to play it, to see how people respond to it and shape it as we go along together.
“To play The Green Album live will be a wholly new experience for us and you, it’ll be a bit of an adventure. This will be new territory that I can’t wait to explore. As the saying goes…
“There is the theory of the Möbius, a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop, and when we reach that point, whatever happened will happen again. That time, it would appear, is now.”
When do Orbital headline at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse?
Orbital headline at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse on 4 May 2024. The Manchester gig is one of nine UK and Ireland shows they have announced:
24 April – Exeter, The Great Hall
25 April – Southampton, O2 Southampton Guildhall
26 April – Birmingham, O2 Institute Birmingham
27 April – London, Troxy
28 April – Nottingham, Rock City
2 May – Bristol, Bristol Beacon
3 May – Glasgow, The Barrowland Ballroom
4 May – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
5 May – Dublin, Vicar Street
When do tickets go on sale for Orbital’s UK and Ireland tour?
Tickets for Orbital’s UK and Ireland The Green Album – Live – 2024 tour go on sale at 10am on Thursday 19 October.