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Image: The Comet Is Coming by Fabrice Bourgelle. Edit and graphics by Veil Projects

It will be almost exactly five years since their last Newcastle gig when The Comet Is Coming hit the stage at The Boiler Shop on Wednesday 1st March. In that time, they’ve signed to legendary jazz label Impulse!, released three new albums including last year’s remarkable Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam (which earned them some of their best reviews yet) and have grown in status and reputation. Meanwhile, frontman sax player King Shabaka (Hutchings) has wound down his stunning jazz outfit Sons Of Kemet and kicked off a promising solo career, while Danalogue (Dan Leavers) and Betamax (Maxwell Hallett) have been doing great things with Soccer96, including their remarkable I Was Gonna Fight Fascism release with Alabaster dePlume.

This kind of jazz fusion can easily go awry, but with Shabaka’s fierce sax riding the inventive, pummelling rhythms created by the electronics and drums, The Comet Is Coming always come correct – pounding sounds for your brain and your feet. Live they’re an absolute blast and they’re bound to take the roof off the Boiler Shop. So don’t miss out.

The Comet Is Coming play The Boiler Shop, Newcastle on Wednesday 1st March.


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