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Apocalyptic space-funk trio The Comet is Coming have had a good year so far. Their album, Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery received rave reviews and their out of this world performance at Glastonbury caught the attention of music fans everywhere. On bank holiday Sunday (25th August), they bring their unique brand of music, that draws influence from the likes of Sun Ra, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix, to The Georgian Theatre, Stockton. We had a quick catch up with sax master Shabaka Hutchings to find out more.

How did The Comet Is Coming and it’s brand of ‘Apocalyptic Space Funk’ come into existence?
We were born through the combustion of disparate elements. What the elements are isn’t particularly important, only the fact of the flame and the drive to keep it burning.

Who were some of creative influences growing up?
My mother and Don Byron 

Describe your songwriting process.
Communal, chaotic, joyous and a miracle 

You’ve had a very busy year with some real high profile shows around the world (Glastonbury, Roskilde Festival, etc) Do you have any stories from your travels that you can share with us?
Because of the heat, Glastonbury was really difficult and I nearly fell over on stage!

What can the crowd expect from your show at The Georgian Theatre on Sunday 25th August?
Fire and fury

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