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Gruff Rhys with the London Contemporary Orchestra at the Barbican

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Time 19:30
Date 12/09/18
Price £17.5
  • Price £17.50 - £25 + £3 booking fee
  • Get ready for further intrigue to Gruff's beautifully offbeat compositions.
  • Bring along a Tower of Babel t-shirt.
  • Surf to book tickets.
  • See you at Barbican

Best known for his work with Super Furry Animals, the relentlessly inventive Welshman performs his new record Babelsberg with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Babelsberg was originally recorded in 2016, but the songs were put into hibernation until additional scores were added by composer Stephen McNeff and performed by the National Orchestra of Wales, eighteen months later. The result is an album bathed in lush strings and ebullient horns, underpinned by Rhys’s signature Welsh drawl and droll lyricism. The record focuses on misplaced optimism with Rhys noting the Tower of Babel as an inspiration, stating of his thought-process ‘people building towers to reach an idea of heaven (but maybe creating a kind of hell)’.