A band best known for their swirling noise and sweeping psychedelia are set to play an acoustic show in Margate,
Ride, who signed to the legendary Creation label in 1989, finish 18 months of new music, sold-out shows and festival appearances with a show at Dreamland. One of only five acoustic shows the band are playing, it marks the 30th anniversary of this revered Oxford quartet.
Ride were known for their gloriously noisy sound, first as part of the ‘shoegaze’ indie scene and then on the psychedelic fringes of Britpop. The idea of an acoustic tour came after a night in April this year, when Ride played at St Paul’s, a former church now used as an arts centre in Worthing.
Ride performed an entire acoustic set, mixing in recent songs from the acclaimed ‘Tomorrow’s Shore’ EP and ‘Weather Diaries’ album with tracks from Creation-era classics ‘Nowhere’, ‘Going Blank Again’ and ‘Carnival Of Light’. Even playing acoustic, the set sounded totally psychedelic and retained the magic of the full electric set up. So much so, it seemed like a good idea to do it again.
The band says: “These shows will explore and span old and newer songs giving us a chance to play some tunes we rarely get to perform along with more familiar tunes in a different way.
“We’ve been loving all the shows we’ve been playing since our reunion and we look forward to these”.
Ride play the Hall by the Sea at Dreamland on Friday, November 30. Known as a rock venue in the 1960s, the more recent incarnation of the hall has hosted the likes of Super Furry Animals, Bat For Lashes, and more recently Hawkwind.
Tickets to Ride are on sale now. Prices start from £22.50 plus booking fee in advance.
This is an all ages event, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
By Dan Thompson