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Kent electro-dance duo Phil and Paul Hartnoll, better known as Orbital, are announcing a huge return to the music scene with a gig on the concourse at Sage Gateshead on 11 August.

After a barnstorming live reunion, which saw Orbital play to ecstatic audiences across Europe throughout 2017, Britain’s giants of electronic music announce they’re back for good, with new music and an upgrade of the legendary live show that transformed festivals across the world. It will feature new material alongside classics like Chime, Belfast and Impact.

They will be supported by Plaid & The Bee (Warp), Man Power and Antony Daly (586 Records).

A mainstay of the 90s rave scene, Orbital found a huge fan base through their sample-heavy tracks, their complex arrangements, and their stance as activists. Never ones to shy away from political or environmental commentary, the duo have released tracks inspired by catastrophic world events and controversial subjects, such as genetic engineering. They headlined Glastonbury in 1994, introducing their unique music style to a wider audience.

The new single, Tiny Foldable Cities, is out now, with their first new album in five years, Monsters Exist, out 14 September. Monsters Exist is a more classically structured Orbital album than their previous release, Wonky, drawing inspiration from the international political landscape, from their pre-rave squat-punk roots right up to the volatile tensions and erratic rhetoric of today.

Among the tracks is a cosmic piece featuring an address for the possible end of the world by Professor Brian Cox. “It’s Brian being emo,” says Paul. “Brian Emo”.

“The master plan for this one,” says Paul, “is to make a bloody good album. And then see what happens.”

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