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New roads (to tour) for Helicon?

The mighty Helicon is back on the road with local heroes Magic Seas as support. Furthermore, both bands will be involved in a workshop to help young adults gain an understanding about how a venue stages shows.

Helicon (Glasgow) are back on tour and play Chelmsford’s Hot Box this Tuesday, 14 June 2022. Both headliners and the support band host a workshop before the gig.

The band last played Chelmsford a year ago, to promote their brilliantly acerbic single, ‘I’m more English than you, you cunt’, featuring the inimitable Will Carruthers on vocals.

Video credit: Sophie Barrott and Jordan Diggle @Happy Daze.
The one and only Mr Will E. Carruthers.

The Glasgow drone rockers embarked on a mini-tour to promote its release, which provided a welcome return to action for one of the UK’s best undiscovered bands. Groovy and trippy, with sitar upfront for many tracks, they are a mesmeric live act you are urged to see live.

To find out more, check out the EXCLUSIVE video below with Helicon vocalist/guitarist John-Paul Hughes. He told us how thrilled he was to collaborate with one of his musical heroes, how much airplay he thought the single will receive!, the upcoming tour, and the band’s musical plans.

John-Paul Hughes talks exclusively to Even Butterflies Make A Sound.

On this new tour, the band will no doubt be keen to give an airing to their newer material including the ‘Freakquency’ single, which was reported in these pages. Read about that release here.

Soundcheck Sessions: Helicon/Magic Seas

Furthermore, the venue, and Helicon and local support Magic Seas, is providing an opportunity for local schools/colleges to attend the Hot Box and learn the behind-the-scenes goings-on when presenting a live show. Two sessions are planned. Students aged 14+ have the opportunity to enter the venue before the gig at approximately 16:30. They will be shown the preliminary work and gain first-hand experience of how a show is organised from an empty stage to the doors opening for the gig.

The sound, lighting, and photography staff will be on hand to explain what they are doing and why. Interested students will have an opportunity to ask questions about the various roles at a working venue. Free tickets are available exclusively on SEE tickets and give access to the gig afterwards. Students require an accompanying adult but one adult can cover a group of young adults; accompanying adults do not require a ticket.

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