Nik played two dates in Tokyo and one date in Osaka with Brand New Space Ritual in October.
Nik performed with Jah Wobble and The Invaders of the Heart and Youth at the launch of the new Jah Wobble album Everything Is No Thing at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London, on 14th July.
They say that a smart man knows when he is being conned. They say that you can't kid a kidder. And if the patter sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So it's best to just keep your distance and stay clear of trouble.
Story and photos by Roger Neville-Neil
Inner City Unit returned to action in December 2013 with their unique brand of post apocalyptic space punk garage psychedelia, playing in Windsor and London. ICU also performed at the Judge Trev memorial gig at the Brunswick in Brighton and Hove and at Kozfest.
Thanks to all of you you came to see Nik on his US and Canada dates in support of the new Cleopatra CD Space Gypsy. Space Gypsy features guest appearances from Simon House and Steve Hillage alongside Nicky Garratt, Jurgen Engler and Jeff Piccinini from Nik's US touring band. Space Gypsy is available as a digipak CD, as a gatefold vinyl with bonus etched 7 inch single, and as a box set including a CD of rough mixes and additional flute and saxophone improvisations.
Nik has also released a single “Fallen Angel STS-51-L”, available digitally and as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl (only 500 pressed) on Cleopatra Records.
The Quietus features an excellent article about Hawkwind's Space Ritual by Joe Banks.
"Hawkwind at the height of their powers were as good as any of their German contemporaries...and they were at the height of their powers when they recorded the live album Space Ritual."
The complete Outriders of Apocalypse set from Alchemy is now available to listen to on SoundCloud.
Thunder Rider is featured in a new 15 minute film by Andrew Cross, featuring improvised saxophone performed in the landscape of Salisbury Plain.
Nik makes a guest appearance on a new album by Silverwing called Strange Daze Indeed.
We wish to send our sincerest condolences to all of Micky Farren's friends and family, and express our deepest sorrow at the news of Micky's death, albeit, on stage at the Borderline Club, and I'm sure he wouldn't have wanted it any other way, truly a poetic departure. We knew Mick over many years, and always knew him as an inspiring, innovative and creative writer and performer. Rest In Peace Micky, long may you be remembered with fondness and admiration, from Nik Turner and Space Ritual.
"Now here's something different! I just received the new release from The Fusion Syndicate. This band is made up of jazz, rock and blues superstars and the recording is all you could wish for in this format. Billy Sherwood, writer of all compositions and with a background of top bands as long as your arm played keys, guitars drums, synth and vocals throughout this recording. The opening track, Random Acts Of Science, has strong hints to the Mahavishnu Orchestra featuring Rick Wakeman (Yes) on keys, Jerry Goodman (Flock, Mahavishnu Orchestra) on violin, Nik Turner (Hawkwind) on sax and Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) on bass."
The classic Hawkwind track from Xin Search Of Space, co-written by Nik, is featured in a TV advert for Ford's B-Max.
A new interview with Nik has been posted on It's Psychedelic Baby.
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge and mourn the passing-on of our very good friend, the very talented musician and song-writer Mr Huw Lloyd Langton. He was an all-round lovely person and will be very sadly missed by all who knew him. May you rest in peace Huwey, God Bless You, with love from Nik Turner.
Dodson and Fogg is an acoustic/folk/rock project led by Chris Wade. The new Dodson and Fogg CD features a guest appearance by Thunder Rider on Crinkle Drive.
Nik is featured on two archive releases by Hawkwind from the classic seventies era.
Parallel Universe is a 3 CD compilation from the Liberty/UA albums (1970 - 74) and features unreleased versions of classic Hawkwind songs alongside two previously unheard tracks - Hog Farm and Take What You Can.
Leave No Star Unturned on Easy Action Recordings is a live recording from The Cambridge Corn Exchange in January 1972.
Nik features on the new album by The Moor called Memoirs of Rossum. The Moor is not music, it's a state of mind!
Nik Turner stars in a digital graphic novel of mystic mayhem!
Nik Turner's been captured and dragged down into Hades, where he's found and freed by those annoying Post Bros, a pair of interdimensionally infamous scoundrels. Can these bad boys from Bugtown protect Nik from a deadly army of the dead? Or will the Dark Lord force Nik to blow the Anubis Horn and summon Hell on Earth? To foil this diabolical scheme,they might need the help of Hiroshima, Bugtown's nuclear earth mother.
Watch a new interview with the Thunder Rider over at the Captain SIB Webzone.
Five brand new recordings by the Nik Turner Band have been uploaded to Nik's MySpace site - Hot Barbeque, Mellow Saxophone, Nickio, Shake Everything and Skankin. The tracks feature Nik, Dave, Gaz and Meurig, and were recorded by Jon Turner at Back Bedroom Studio in Cardigan.
All About Jazz has posted an extensive interview with Nik, which you can read here -
Many thanks to all of you who attended the Barney Bubbles memorial concert in London.
Nik played with a headline set of classic space rock with the Hawklords, featuring former members of Hawkwind.
He also played sets with Inner City Unit and the Imperial Pompodours. Both of these bands featured founder members Judge Trev and Dino Ferrari, alongside longtime bassist and Barney Bubbles collaborator Nazar Ali Khan.
The event also featured Quintessence, Gerry Fitzgerald and Lol Coxhill, the Pentameter Players and Trev & Kev.
Thunder Rider is currently recording an album of Mexican mariachi tunes at Back Bedroom Studio in Cardigan.
Nik Turner and Friends played the music of Robert Calvert at a memorial gig for Robert on Sunday 28th Sept at Kings Hall in Herne Bay, commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the death of the Hawkwind poet and vocalist.
Players from Pentameters Theatre performed two plays by Robert - "The Stars that Play with Laughing Sam's Dice" and "Cattle at Twilight".