UK dance music duo, Groove Armada, recently announced their return to the live stage, with four intimate capacity UK shows this winter. The shows, their first since terminating touring as a live act in 2013 to pursue DJ-only appearances, will feature the full original band and touring setup performing their biggest tracks and selections from their career that now reaches a 21st anniversary.
From the big tents of the ‘90s to some of the world's most underground DJ booths, Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay and Andy Cato have roamed freely and inimitably through dance music. Having met in 1994, the pair possibly helped shape club culture since the release of their debut album ‘Northern Star’.
Speaking on the return of the live show Andy Cato said: “The live show is what defined us. Refining a genuinely live dance music experience became an obsession, from minute sonic details to the number of sides on the laser glitter ball. The reward was a lawless and electric 15 years on the road; runs at Brixton so long it felt like we lived there, the loudest ever recorded cheer at Lowlands, taking over Centennial Park in Sydney, Saturday nights in Barrowlands, air traffic control on the phone to the Other Stage at Glastonbury, once you start… We did all this with the best on and off stage crew ever assembled. The vibe in the camp was special and radiated. Behind the scenes, from cooks to truckers, we’re always asked if we’ll get the gang back on the road? If we’re going to do it one more time, it’ll be when we’re 21.”
A combination of performance and electronics, the live show took electronic music out of the clubs and on to main stages at festivals all over the world. From Glastonbury to Sydney, the shows, packed with tracks like ‘I See You Baby’ and the Grammy nominated ‘Superstylin’’ were defined by their display of live instrumentation, visuals and guest vocal performances.
The 21st Anniversary UK Tour kicks off at Bristol’s newest live music venue The Marble Factory on 29 Nov before heading to Scotland to recently refurbished Galvanisers Yard / SWG3 the following evening 30 Nov. One Dec sees Electric Brixton host their capital show before the tour bus embarks for Manchester’s The Warehouse Project on 2 Dec.