Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are delighted to announce an exclusive one-off show at the Museum of Liverpool.

The special show will take place on Saturday 1 November in the Museum’s 550-capacity Atrium. The set will include greatest hits, tracks from 1983’s Dazzle Ships album and one song which has never ever been performed live.

This is the first time the Museum of Liverpool has hosted a gig by a major music act. On the night OMD will consist of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys and Martin Cooper. 

OMD’s iconic and influential fourth album Dazzle Ships was inspired by the painting Dazzle Ships in dry dock at Liverpool by Edward Wadsworth. Now that there is once again a Dazzle Ship in a dry dock in front of the Museum of Liverpool, it is appropriate that the band commemorate the event with a concert.

Tickets for the performance will also allow fans to hear the missing parts I, IV, V & VI of OMD’s Dazzle Ships musique concrète composition from 1983. 

As an added bonus, a unique music artefact which is usually on display in the Museum’s Wondrous Place gallery, will be involved in the show. The special reel-to-reel tape recorder known as ‘Winston’ – used by OMD during their very early gigging days – will grace the stage again for the first time in three decades.

More details and information about tickets will be announced shortly at the Liverpool Museum site, www.omd.uk.com and www.facebook.com/omdofficial .

OMD frontman Andy McCluskey said: “We can’t wait to play at the Museum. The space for the concert is fantastic and very intimate. The museums and galleries in this city have had a major influence on me so it’s nice to come back and do a unique concert at the Museum of Liverpool.”

All proceeds from the gig are going back into supporting National Museums Liverpool. 

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting a concert by OMD, a major Liverpool group who have gone on to have success around the globe. The Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the city’s rich and fantastic music heritage. To bring that story to life with a concert by OMD should be very special indeed.” 

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And so we pass yet another milestone on Facebook. 300,000 likes!

Many thanks for all the support. Watch out for a special concert announcement before the end of July. 

Andy

 HAPPY MACHINES IN THE GHOST BOX GUEST SHOP

Public Information’s marvellous compilation picked from 30 years of electronic cues from the Standard Library label, is available now in a gorgeous double LP package in the Ghost Box Guest Shop.

Public Information say,

“Unofficial sequel to our Parry Music compilation from 2012, here again we step into the world of library. With official permission granted from the label itself we have selected 31 tracks from UK library music institution Standard Music spanning 30 years of electronic play, this is Happy Machine.

Standard Music Library was established in 1968 as a partnership between independent music publisher David Platz and London Weekend Television. Themes and incidental music for hit LWT shows like Black Beauty, Upstairs, Downstairs, On the Buses and The Professionals, were written under Standard’s wing. A breathtaking who’s-who of musicians recorded under the Standard banner, pressing up records that are now found in the rare as hens-teeth zone; Brian Eno, Delia Derbyshire, John Gregory. Those who feature on Happy Machine include… Brian Hodgson, John Kongos, Richard Thair, John Keating, Mike Vickers, Marco Pirroni and none other than Beatles producer George Martin jamming out on a Moog…..These characters and more are nestled comfortably here on Happy Machine as we try to make sense of our favourite electronic moments from this incredible library.

We trip from desolate Radiophonic ambient, to cute bleep-idents, to stark contemporary drone to jagged electronic scorch. There are moments of square-Italo groove, freaky electroid-psych and early 70’s Beat. Moog-heavy workouts sit nervously aside unsettling concrete. Harsh science-fiction drama bristles against gentle Romantic interludes. This is electronic library music laid bare in all its wonderful diversity; sounds for a thousand images, scores for myriad backdrops.”

OMD | English Electric Tour Photo

As we approach a year on from the sudden end to the English Electric tour we thought that we should celebrate Malcolm’s continuing improvement by reminding ourselves of how great last year was. 

Here is the whole band on stage at Tempodrome Berlin, May 24th. Many thanks to Karen Buxton for the photo.

Andy