Robyn Hitchcock & Steve Kilbey – ‘Insects & Stars’ Tour

unnamed-34ROBYN HITCHCOCK (The Soft Boys)
& STEVE KILBEY (The Church)
With Special Guest Dave Mason (The Reels) in Melbourne & Sydney

“I thought: pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language.” Muriel Barbery

“A naked lunch is natural to us, we eat reality sandwiches. But allegories are so much lettuce. Don’t hide the madness.” – Allen Ginsberg – ‘On Burroughs’ Work’

Robyn Hitchcock and Steve Kilbey were both born in England, a year and twenty five miles apart. Both were influenced by the sixties icons (Beatles/ Dylan/ The Archies) and took great inspiration from the British psychedelic movement. Robyn and Steve have never met… until now.

Steve Kilbey moved to Australia at the age of three and 15 years later formed the best band in the world (The Church), leaving his eponymous competitors sitting in the shadows. Robyn Hitchcock stayed in London and formed The Soft Boys, embarking upon a career of musical eccentricity. Between them they have released over a hundred albums. Both have suffered major disappointments in their lives – Steve Kilbey wanted to swallow showbiz itself and Robyn Hitchcock was really only interested in time travel. Upon discovering these things were impossible they gave up on the world and turned inwards to the only realities that made any sense … art and music.

With a thousand or so songs to choose from and armed only with their guitars, Robyn Hitchcock and Steve Kilbey promise an unforgettable evening of whimsical wordplay and psychedelic nursery rhymes. Come and watch time vanish like melting snow on the twin peaks of these mountains of wit and wondrous songcraft.

Melbourne and Sydney music lovers will be spoiled with an additional treat when Dave Mason graces the stage for a very rare performance. ‘Quasimodo’s Dream’ has been recognized as one of the top ten Australian songs of all time by the Australian Performing Rights Association, and the chance to experience Dave showcasing some of his finest work should not be missed.

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” – W.H. Auden

“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.” – Dylan Thomas

Friday April 25th The Gov, Adelaide (special Anzac Day show)
Saturday April 26th Fly By Night, Fremantle
Saturday May 3rd Melbourne Arts Centre Playhouse (with special guest Dave Mason)
Saturday May 10th The Metro, Sydney (with special guest Dave Mason)
Friday May 16th New Globe Theatre, Brisbane