past event

GoGo Penguin

Forum Melbourne

Opening Act: The Tamil Rogeon Electric Band

“Powered by fluttering, junglist drums, slithering bass lines and an increasing bank of Eno-esque digital manipulations. Hypnotic stuff.” – The Guardian

In what is sure to be sweet news for long-time fans, UK instrumental trio GoGo Penguin will make their long-awaited maiden voyage to Australia for an electrifying performance that is guaranteed to thrill audiences and convert even the staunchest jazz non-believer.

The self-described “cinematic break-beat trio” have garnered a cult-like following for their rare combination of dance-friendly production, anthemic melodies and virtuosic jazz instrumentation. Fusing jazz, classical and electronic influences (amongst others) with a thirst for innovation, they’ve enjoyed success matched by precious few instrumental groups post-millennium.

GoGo Penguin’s music has always defied categorization. In their sound, there have been detectable traces of latter-day developments in jazz, such as Sweden’s free-thinking Esbjörn Svensson Trio (EST), or minimalist classical composers like Steve Reich, John Adams, even Erik Satie. Yet, all in their mid-30s, you can hear that they have grown up in the golden age of electronica, with echoes ranging from the rarefied styles of Aphex Twin and Massive Attack through to Roni Size’s jazz-infused drum ‘n’ bass.

As perennial festival favourites, GoGo Penguin have long been known for delivering a high-energy, high-production live experience — taking audiences on a voyage from the rhythmic and ethereal to danceable and downright banging.

Set Times:

8:00PM – Doors

8:25PM – The Tamil Rogeon Electric Band

9:30PM – GoGo Penguin

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