A Celebration of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis

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About this event:

Created by Naila Scargill

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

[26.11.2019] Southbank Centre, in partnership with Eat Your Own Ears, announces the full line-up for a special one-off night paying tribute to the pioneering and hugely influential 1980s British pop and rock band, Talk Talk, and their late frontman Mark Hollis, at Royal Festival Hall.

A Celebration of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis brings together founding member of Talk Talk Simon Brenner alongside the Spirit of Talk Talk band. With an extraordinary roll-call of guests they 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.

Special guests on the night are:

  • Frontman of legendary UK band Hot Chip Alexis Taylor
  • English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hayden Thorpe, formerly of the indie pop band Wild Beasts
  • Progressive pop singer, songwriter, musician, producer and label owner Jane Weaver
  • American musician, singer-songwriter and producer Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman
  • Founding members and songwriters of Oxford seminal four-piece Ride, Andy Bell and Mark Gardener
  • My Brightest Diamond, the project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Nova
  • Former frontman of Indie rock band The Maccabees and solo singer-songwriter Orlando Weeks
  • British singer and songwriter, formerly of ambient heavyweights Zero 7, Sophie Barker 
  • English musician, singer-songwriter and record label founder Tim Burgess, best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Charlatans
  • The ever evolving hit band Turin Brakes 

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. The book will be available for purchase on the night. Buy tickets here

Naila Scargill
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Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.

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