A huge announcement for any Talk Talk fans has arrived as the imperiously brilliant Southbank Centre in association with Eat Your Own Ears announces a very special event to celebrate the work of Talk Talk and the late Mark Hollis with the help of some very special guests on 26th November. The night will act as a tribute to the singer who sadly passed away earlier this year.
A Celebration of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis will bring together founding member of Talk Talk Simon Brenner alongside the Spirit of Talk Talk band. There’s an extraordinary list of guests who will perform songs from across the band’s eclectic catalogue, including their groundbreaking final records Spirit of Eden (1988) and Laughing Stock (1991) neither of which have ever before been performed live. The event follows the death of Mark Hollis, the band’s lead singer and chief songwriter, in February 2019.
The Spirit of Talk Talk band includes former members Jeep Hook, Martin Ditcham and Rupert Black alongside David Rhodes, Ian Curnow and Johnny Turnbull, and guest bassist John Mckenzie. Musical direction is from Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter and past Mark Hollis collaborator Phil Ramocon.
There’s also an incredible array of guest speakers who will be sharing their thoughts and times with Mark Hollis and the band. With Alexis Taylor, Andy Bell, Hayden Thorpe, Jane Weaver, Joan As Police Woman, Mark Gardener, My Brightest Diamond, The Maccabees’ Orlando Weeks, Sophie Barker, Tim Burgess and Turin Brakes.
Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor says: “Mark Hollis and Talk Talk were masters of creating atmosphere, drama and tension on beautiful sounding, original, expansive and, sometimes, very sparse recordings. They carried on a tradition started by the likes of Can and Miles Davis, in terms of editing down long takes of improvisation to create masterpieces that live on forever as long-playing records. It will be an honour to pay tribute to their music and share the stage with some of the musicians involved in making these wonderful recordings.”
This event coincides with the release of The Spirit of Talk Talk, a full colour book celebrating the music and art of the legendary band, compiled by Toby Benjamin. The book includes a preface by founder member Simon Brenner, interviews with Paul Webb and Lee Harris, contributions and tributes from musicians, friends and fans, plus a heartfelt afterword honouring founder and leader Mark Hollis.