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Orbital to return to Cambridge Corn Exchange

Pioneering electronic music duo Orbital – Sevenoaks-born brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll – are taking their critically-acclaimed new album Optical Delusion out on the road and will soon be back in Cambridge.

The tour follows the release, in February, of Orbital’s 10th studio album, which includes the BBC6 Music playlisted singles Dirty Rat (a collaboration with Sleaford Mods) and Are You Alive?, featuring Penelope Isles – plus Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song) featuring The Mediaeval Baebes.

The new album is the latest in a burst of renewed post-pandemic creativity for the brothers who’ve stayed at the top of their game longer than anyone from the post-1988 Class of Acid House.

Last year’s 30th anniversary package 30 Something – featuring reinterpretations of Chime, Belfast and more by fans ranging from Jon Hopkins to Anna to David Holmes, plus studio versions of Orbital live favourites – reintroduced Paul and Phil to a worldwide fanbase.

Reviews of Optical Delusion have been overwhelmingly positive, with Classic Pop calling it Orbital’s “best album since 1996’s In Sides” and DJ Magazine hailing the work as a “moreish album – their best in years”.

Orbital’s 2023 album Optical Delusion
Orbital’s 2023 album Optical Delusion

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Catch Orbital live at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Thursday, April 6. Tickets, priced £36, are available at cornex.co.uk. For more on the band, go to orbitalofficial.com.

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