Canterbury Faire - Spaceritual.net Live 2002 and 2003
Great event in the spirit of Barney Bubbles and Robert Calvert! 2002 Guildford Music Festival in Stoke Park,
spaceritual.net and Tractor/The Way We Live live at the Glastonbury
Greasy Truckers 2002 Party (30th Anniversary Events)
Raise the Bones of Ollis
Canterbury Fayre - Friday, 22nd August, 2003 - Spaceritual.net
A great 3-day festival that Spaceritual.net played last year, this year's event is on 22nd-23rd-24th August!
Featured bands this year include:
Robert Plant, Incredible String Band
Greasy Truckers Party 2002-2003
...featuring SpaceRitual.net, Tractor,
The Theory, Guitar George Borowski, Richard Kid Strange (from The Doctors
To order from X-Shop
Jo-Ann Greene reviews Greasy
Truckers Party 2003 in her regular A Broad Abroad column!
"Greasy Truckers Party 2003 is an
exhilarating listen — the Strange cuts, which feature two songs from the
second Doctors album, Figments Of Emancipation, plus an excerpt from their
singer’s autobiography, are especially welcome, while Tractor are still
churning up as much magic as they ever did."
The three people from the legendary 1978 Deeply Vale Free Festival - back together again 25 years later, in 2003! Left to right: Nik Turner, who was at the 1978 Festival with Sphynx; Chris Hewitt, one of the founders of the festival in 1976 and production manager 76-78; and Steffi Sharpstrings [guitarist of Gong and Here and Now] who was at the festival with Here and Now in 1978 and 1979.
Browse new live photos of Spaceritual.net
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Legendary SpaceRitual.net and ex-1970s
Hawkwind member Del Dettmar of the In Search of Space line-up of
Hawkwind will be joining SpaceRitual.net's UK tour within the early days of the tour!
He should hopefully be with the band by the Southampton date when he arrives over from Canada to do signal generators and noises for the tour.
Nik Turner - sax and flute, Terry Ollis - drums and his son Sam Ollis on drum kit No.2, Dave Anderson - bass, Mick Slattery - guitar, Thomas Crimble - guitar, Del Dettmar (if he arrives on time) - signals and noises, Alice Rhubarb (male) - vocals, Jaki Windmill - djembe, Thomas Hewitt - guitar, John Greves - synths
Plus Tractor - 1970s original line-up - launching the 30th Anniversary issue of the classic Dandelion Records' Tractor album: Jim Milne - guitar and vocals and Steve Clayton - congas and drums/percussion.
22nd February 2003
Space Ritual featuring Del Dettmar + The Theory, Exeter, Phoenix Arts Centre
Nik's words: "This is the first time I've been back in Exeter since the court case", said clearly with a wry grin on his face, as it would seem that Space Ritual were obviously having a good gig. And it was! For over an hour and a half, the audience was treated to some great renditions of such classics as Ghost Dance, Born to Go, Brainstorm, D-Rider, Master of the Universe, Orgone Accumulator, Shouldn't Do That, Children of the Sun and Silver Machine, linked by synthy swirls and poetry pieces (the Black Corridor being one of them), and also the fab Inner City Unit song, Watching the Grass Grow. A great treat was the new songs, one by Michael Moorcock called Sonic Savages and another written about Timothy Leary when Nik visited him in a mental institution. Both these new works were instantly memorable and are promised on the new forthcoming studio album.
At one point, there were nine musicians on stage, and you really had the feeling that this could have been the Roundhouse in 1971, complete with oil wheels and bubble machine.
Coming from the right place, and if you can get to see them, then do! A great band on form and having fun. What it's about really. The Line up: Nik Turner - sax, flute, vocals; Terry & Sam Ollis (Terry's son) - drums; Mick Slattery - guitar; Dave Anderson - bass; John the Ghost - keyboards; Del Dettmar - synth-axe; Alice - percussion and vocals; Thomas Hewitt - guest guitar.
Brianzero (Global/Invisible Opera)
Saw you at The Brook and was priviledged to meet all of the band
backstage. That gig has to be the best I have ever seen or heard, you and the band have captured the essence of what Hawkwind were, are and should be. Spaceritual.net is the perfect name for the band. What a pleasure it was to see 11-12 muscians/singers/people on stage enjoying every minute of what they are doing as much as we, the audience, were!
Your choice of songs was beyond belief, even now I am still on a high, so you must return to Southampton before I come down off the high; my 2 oldest kids want to come and see you all and enjoy the experience.
Well must leave now in search of space for magnu.
All the very best & hear from you soon, I hope.
Roadhawk Marc Hamilton
Saw you and the group at Brighton and I have to say was impressed. I have been into the Hawks since the Hawklords days and thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the crowd you pulled were a very easy-going and genuine bunch, a lot less hassle than some of the lairey lot you come across, the aggressive ego-pumping buggers normally in the smoke. Well worth the drive from Folkestone & stop-over. Some of the music was very trippy and I thought the Masters... was the best I have heard in 20 years! Objective evidence - I was enjoying myself!
Always thought you were the pick of the bunch - keep doing it, a lot of people are surprised!
On Sunday, I set off with my brother to Brighton to see how things go with Spaceritual.net.
I had seen them before but my brother has not. He is not a Hawkwind fan as such but does like their music and would go and see them live within reasonable distance. He did go and see Hawkwind end of last year at the same venue.
His verdict after the gig was: Spaceritual were better! He thought Hawkwind were really good last year, better than the 2001 Brighton gig but this was better! More authentic. He is not on the internet so has never read nor has any interest in which group has the claim to the name, etc. but he did feel it was closer to early Hawkwind than Hawkwind themselves.
In many ways I agree with this. Every song Nik's lot did was long and the solos rambled slightly. The big advantage now is that they actually know how to play the songs!
If you like short and to-the-point songs then this is not for you. I personally love Hawkwind and the stuff they do but do love the rambling solos like Nik's lot do.
Del Dettmar was on stage but I couldn't hear him. Could he hear himself? I do wonder as I was standing at his side of the stage. Very audible was the keyboard player John Green.
As usual, Nik came along through the crowd. The crowd wasn't as big as at the Hawkwind concert but I was at the front so I could be wrong. After the long intro of Nik's coming through, they went into Born To Go.
This was followed by Watching The Grass Grow and then Sonic Savages. The latter was really good and wouldn't sound out of place on an Inner City Unit album. Then they did D-Rider and an instrumental from Del/John. All of this took about 45 minutes, and that was followed by Ghost Dance. I also liked the song about the Mental Hospital thingy.
Other highlights included Children Of The Sun and Brainstorm. They even did Blue Train which I like. Sadly, no You Shouldn't Do That and not much spoken word. Songs done by Hawkwind last year also done by Spaceritual.net were: Master Of The Universe, Ejection and Silver Machine.
People have been complaining that they have too many people on stage but I disagree with this. I think the two drummers are perfect. Whilst Sam didn't play on every song, he did play on most of them. The double drumming could really be heard in places and it did sound very fusion/space-rock-like. Then, at times, when Sam wasn't playing, you had the bongo player and it still sounded like two drummers!
The bass could have been quieter and Thomas Crimble needed to be much louder. On the guitar, the one thing lacking was the powerful guitar riffs. The guitar solos were fine though. Besides, just because Mick Slattery left Hawkwind back in '69, doesn't mean he has to be rubbish - and he's not. I actually did wonder
about this previously but have been converted fully to the fact that he is good. Any one care to disagree?
Nik didn't play the flute too much and when he did they didn't always bring him up loud enough in time. He allowed room for the other musicians rather than playing over them. Del couldn't be heard so I just had to accept the fact that I can see him doing stuff but not hear it. If I hadn't thought like that I would not have enjoyed the concert. I had hoped it would only be Del at the gig so I could just hear the sounds he makes. He played his axe and kept moving pegs on what must have been his EMSA synth. He also turned a few deals on that and some other equipment now and again.
There was a certain amount of electronic stuff between songs but they still had some gaps and the songs ended rather than fading out into a mess. That is something both bands miss that early Hawkwind had.
Thomas Hewitt played guitar every so often, and they had the two dancers. They managed to fit everyone on stage which was great, and I went home very very happy.
The support act, The Theory, were okay in places. Some songs were good and others great only in places. The rest were not good. More work required.
So, all in all, very happy. Concert ended at around 11: 30/40 pm after at least 2 hours. Something like 2 hours 10 minutes.
Just have to say what a brilliant gig last night. It was done in the true sprit of what Dave should be doing now, Nik and his guys played for the audience. And as for being played out at the end by the theme from the Pink Panther, well what can you say... just pure entertainment from start to finish!
The last time I saw Hawkwind was at the Leascliffall, Folkestone, some years ago (I only recognised Dave Brock) and the show was pretty dismal. I was talked into going to the Spaceritual gig at Brighton and I'm glad I went.
It seems the original band were all there (minus Dave) and what a show! They have really captured the early Hawkwind scene performing the old favourites such as Brainstorm, Master Of The Universe, Silver
Machine, Children Of The Sun as well as some Calvert material (Ejection) and other songs that I didn't recognise. The light show also captured the moment to perfection.
The dancers were great and for a minute I thought I was looking at Stacia (remember her?) but the other two (Alice and the conga player seemed a bit superfluous).
Was Del Dettmar there for show or was he really playing? When he stopped to smoke (I assume) a joint, the electronics and synths continued regardless. Nik Turner fronted the band in his old inimitable style and, all in all, the show was a total mind-blowing experience I haven't seen since the '70s!
I recommend any fans of the early Hawkwind to see them, it was a totally deja-vu-like recreation of Hawkwind at their best. Keep it up, guys.
Really enjoyed the concert. Thought it was absolutely brilliant. Please don't let the disappointingly small crowd put you off coming back to Northampton. I'm really looking forward to seeing the band again.
Quotes from www.nikturner.com
"...numbers like watching the grass grow/brainstorm/masters of the universe were just inspired ...great to see you and the guys play for the paying punter ...capture more of what its all about to us fans - maybe the tribal feel of it - or just a feeling of the music belonging to us all... being played out to the pink panther theme was surreal in itself ...thanks for a great night's entertainment and see you around on the next turn..." - Steve from Worthing
"...have to say was impressed... been into the Hawks since Hawklords days and thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the crowd you pulled were a very easy going and genuine bunch... Well worth the drive & stop-over. Some of the music was v trippy... Masters was the best I have heard in 20 years! ...always thought you were the pick of the bunch - keep doing it, a lot of people are surprised." - Harry Hooter
"Fantastic set... superb, best gig I've seen for ages... hope the tour continues in the same fashion..." - Peter
"...thanks to you and your crew for a fantastic fun evening... so freekin' happy that I went ...a real treat to see people enjoying themselves so much, the picture of you grinning like mad at the end of the gig will stay forever. - wobblenut
"...really enjoyed it, thanks. You could probably tell everyone had a good time, it was a great atmosphere. My friend described it as a 'life affirming experience', so, uh, there you go. It was great that Del could be there, and I hope 'Miss Debbie' becomes a permanent feature!" - Andy R.
"...priviledged to meet all the band back stage... gig has to be the best I have ever seen or heard, you and the band have captured the essence of what Hawkwind were, are and should be.
What a pleasure it was to see 11/12 muscians/singers/people on stage enjoying every minute of what they doing as much as we the audience were.
Your choice of songs was beyond belief, even now I am still on a high, so you must return to Southampton before I come down off the high, my 2 oldest kids want to come and see you all and enjoy the experience." - The Waylander
"...fabulous, groovy, wild, psychedelic... thoroughly enjoyable. ...the spirit and the atmosphere on the night was what it should be. ...do please come back to The Brook with Space Ritual... Many colours and smiles" - Tony Rainbow
Nik turner offers the hand of friendship to Dave Brock at Exeter Court and Dave accepts as there are no winners in this fight amongst current and ex-members of Hawkwind except the people being paid in the legal system!
All references to any dispute are systematically being removed from all websites related to Nik Turner.
A message from Nik:
All hail, beings of another cosmos!
You'll be happy to hear that Nik and Dave have managed to sit down and settle their mess amicably, trying to cut through the crap and act like big people, shaking hands even, in order to promote goodwill and limit the damage in a situation where the only people that score are the legal professionals.
Nik says there is talk of a 'joint' concert to raise money for their costs. What do you think? So let's make a fresh start, and let bygones be bygones, in the spirit of progress and brotherly love.
Nik has agreed not to use the name Xhawkwind.com or exhawkwind or ex-Hawkwind since Dave has trademarked the name Hawkwind, and is the only one allowed to use it or give permission for the use of it, and the use of these names may infringe on Dave's rights.
Spaceritual.net is a pretty cool name anyway, in the right spirit. Nik wants to thank everyone for their support and vision, the fans, the band, the dancers, the crew and Mr. Chris Hewitt for their continued help and support, and Blaiddwyn - for his impartial temperance.
Nik also mentioned that the Spaceritual.net are performing a concert at Wrexham Central Station this Friday, November 29, so be there!
Make sure you see Spaceritual.net on their tour and also see Hawkwind on their tour!
Tractor's 30th Anniversary Album!
This new 30th Anniversary Edition of the Tractor "Tractor" CD (Ozit
CD 217) contains 6 bonus tracks, including a brand new track featuring
Nik Turner on sax and flute, as well as a track
("Siderial") recorded live at Glastonbury Festival, 2002. Available from
LATEST REVIEWS IN THE PRESS:
Record Collector, October 2002
"Spaceritual.net treated us all to slabs of cosmic rock in the late afternoon served up with a suitable side salad of bizarre costumes, dancers and weirdness. Hawkwind faves Brainstorm and Orgone Accumulator were the highlight of a set that was powerful..."
Classic Rock, November 2002
"Spaceritual.net - a motley collection of former Hawkwind members plus bongo players and idiot dancers (including a brickie wearing a negligee and DM's - Alice Rhubarb) momentarily enticed the sunshine with Brainstorm, Masters Of The Universe and Orgone Accumulator…"
Canterbury Fayre newspaper review
"Although Fish headlined on Friday with a jovial performance, Spaceritual.net was one of the most entertaining acts. All 12 members, including quite a few ex-members of Hawkwind, played a baffling set that was more Space Oddity than Spaceritual. They were certainly one of the more colourful acts on the show."
Michael Moorcock joins Spaceritual.net as a member and collaborator!
On 16th July, Michael Moorcock has confirmed to Nik Turner that he is joining
Spaceritual.net. The band are really looking forward to working with Michael on future releases and some live appearances later on this year and beyond.
Read Mick Slattery's own account of the legendary Group X gig at All Saints Church in
has been put together by Nik Turner, and features several members of the original
Hawkwind line-up. Core members of the group are Nik Turner (sax, flute, vox), Mick Slattery (guitar), Thomas Crimble
(rhythm guitar), Dave Anderson (bass), and Terry Ollis (drums).
"forget what you know, or how many times you've seen the "realhawkwind" do their usual set, the thunder rider and the xpeople provide a serious nights cereberal entertainment -
they are the spirit of the age!!!" - from our guestbook
- Nik Turner's homepage
www.tractor-ozit.com - for Ozit-Morpheus records, and Tractor/The Way We
www.silvermachine.net - Hawkwind tribute band Silver
Original site photos by Joe the Hat, Melissa, and Chris Hewitt