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The Comet is Coming

28 January

Apocalyptic space-funk
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
Meriton Festival Village
Hyde Park North
Entry near Archibald Fountain

28 January at 7.30pm

75 mins
General Admission Standing
Now half price: $20 (originally $40)
+ booking fee


The Comet Is Coming are a creative jazz trio along with being 2016 Mercury Prize nominees. But these mavericks think of their sound as ‘apocalyptic space funk’ - a comet that ‘travels through distant galaxies exploring musical concepts’.

The London-based group are at the forefront of a nascent movement creating new music steeped in history by incorporating dub, post-punk, 70s sci-fi, afrobeat and psychedelic electronica. Think erupting synth basslines, organ swells, ecstatic sax and tribal rhythms. Or as NME proclaims, “the sound of the future…today”.

The Guardian
calls them the “true heirs” of Sun Ra - and saxophonist Shabaka is a member of Ra’s enduring Arkestra (Sydney Festival 2014). You may find yourself questioning more than just the borders of genre in the face of this cosmic annihilation. Of course, you’ll also find yourself dancing much too hard to the music to care what they call it.

Note: The Meriton Festival village is a licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Photo: Fabrice Bourgelle

A playful, exhilarating collision of space-age jazz, ground-shaking funk and shimmering electronica
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