Two man orchestra bring soundtrack of 70s back to life in Newcastle

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is perhaps the most unlikely smash hit record ever to be released. The show heads to Newcastle’s iconic Fort Scratchley on Saturday Jan 31.

The iconic progressive folk rock album TUBULAR BELLS by Mike Oldfield was first released on May 25th 1973. The music was famously used for the soundtrack for the horror movie The Exorcist and was used in the 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The beautiful and sprawling progressive Celtic – folk -rock opus shot to number one in album charts around the world during 1973 and 74, throwing its young composer into the international spotlight and kick-starting Richard Branson’s Virgin empire.

The performance is intricately choreographed and rehearsed to present the work true to the original recording with all its multi-layered madness and subtle beauty intact. Over twenty instruments, brings at times scarily hectic moments as instruments are frantically juggled to bring this influential masterpiece to life.

Following sell out seasons at the Sydney Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival and the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells was the unexpected smash-hit at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 & 2013 – Winning a Herald Angel Award and garnering several five star reviews.

There’s pianos, organs, electric guitars, acoustic and spanish guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, tuned percussion, drums, glockenspiel, loop pedals, synthesizers, and, of course, tubular bells.

WHAT: Tubular Bells For Two
WHERE: Fort Scratchley
WHEN: Saturday Jan 31

Written by Newcastle Live

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