Stars turn out to celebrate Talk Talk and Mark Hollis

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 13:14

Tuesday 26 November promises to be a special night in our Royal Festival Hall as a host of musical talent joins us to pay tribute to the influential Talk Talk and their late frontman Mark Hollis. This remarkable roll-call of artists will perform songs from the band’s eclectic back catalogue, including the never previously performed live, Spirit of Eden (1988) and Laughing Stock (1991).

This one-off concert, put together in partnership with Eat Your Own Ears, sees founder member of Talk Talk Simon Brenner joined by the Spirit of Talk Talk band. Musical direction for the celebration comes from Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter and past Mark Hollis collaborator Phil Ramocon, whilst the band itself consists of former members Jeep Hook, Martin Ditcham and Rupert Black, alongside David Rhodes, Ian Curnow and guest bassist John Mckenzie. 


This celebration of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis is going to be a very special, one-off evening of magical music. It’s going to be an unforgettable and truly magnificent event.
Bengi Ünsal, Head of Contemporary Music, Southbank Centre

Joining Brenner and his band throughout the gig are a number of very special guest performers. Among them are musician, singer-songwriter and record label founder Tim Burgess, best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Charlatans, plus progressive pop singer, songwriter, musician, producer and label owner Jane Weaver. Not to mention the frontman of Hot Chip, Alexis Taylor.


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.
Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip

Also lined up to feature on our Royal Festival Hall stage are the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hayden Thorpe, formerly of the indie pop band Wild Beasts; founding members and songwriters of seminal four-piece Ride, Andy Bell and Mark Gardener. And American musician, singer-songwriter and producer Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman will also feature.


I was thrilled to be invited to contribute a song to the Spirit of Talk Talk tribute album and now I can’t wait to collaborate and perform at Southbank Centre for this special celebration of the life and music of Mark Hollis.
Joan As Police Woman

And remarkably, that’s still not everyone. The former frontman of Indie rock band The Maccabees and solo singer-songwriter Orlando Weeks is also on the bill, as too is singer and songwriter, formerly of ambient heavyweights Zero 7, Sophie Barker. My Brightest Diamond, the project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Nova will also perform, and we’re also set to welcome the hit band Turin Brakes, who are no strangers to a well-performed Talk Talk cover.


Turin Brakes: Ascension Day

It’s set to be a memorable night, and one that will also doubtless be full of emotion for those who knew and worked closely with Hollis in his life, and also for those who he connected with through his music and performances.



A Celebration of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis takes place at Southbank Centre on Tuesday 26 November.

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