Tickets for legendary electronic duo Orbital go on sale this Friday

Tickets for legendary electronic duo Orbital go on sale this Friday

Posted on: 13 Dec 2022

Made up of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll, the electro-punk two piece will be heading to Bristol next year to celebrate the release of their upcoming album, Optical Delusion.


Orbital will play O2 Academy Bristol on Friday 31 March 2023.


The two-piece will be releasing their tenth album, Optical Delusion, on Friday 17 February with the 90s staples set to embark on a UK tour throughout March and April. They have so far released two singles from the record, ‘Dirty Rat’ and ‘Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)’.


Tickets for Orbital’s Bristol show go on sale on Friday 16 December at 10 AM.





Known for their pioneering approach to electronic music, exploring the likes of ambient, punk and much more, Orbital have come a long way since they recorded their debut single ‘Chime’ in a cupboard at their family home in 1989 for less than a fiver.


Less than ten years later, Phil and Paul firmly established themselves as electronic giants; redefining what dance music could do and the space it could take within popular culture. 


As a result of this, Orbital have influenced massive artists including Björk and Bicep and collaborated with minds as disverse as Madonna, Kraftwork, Aphex Twin, Doctor Who actor Matt Smith and legendary physicist Professor Stephen Hawking.



The duo’s iconic live performances arguably reinvented the idea of live dance shows, turning rock and punk fans alike towards the hypnotic beauty of electronic music. Indeed, Orbital’s monumental set at Glastonbury in 1994 is often mentioned amongst the greatest gigs of all time - see below.


In 2004 the brothers went on a brief hiatus, reuniting in 2008 to continue recording and performing all over the world, showcasing their acclaimed sound to a whole new generation 


This story that has been immortalised in Orbital’s ’30 Something’ celebrations earlier this year with the campaign featuring reworkings of seminal tracks by massive contemporary DJs as well as the duo’s 2022 refresh of Satan.



On top of this, Orbital will release their tenth studio effort Optical Delusion in February. The album has been proceeded with singles ‘Dirty Rat’ (featuring Sleaford Mods) and ‘Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)’ (featuring Mediæval Bæbes).


The record’s release will be followed by a nine date UK tour that will see Orbital play O2 Academy Bristol on Friday 31 March 2023. Tickets for the gig go on sale this Friday, 16 December at 10 AM – buy yours HERE.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.