The Chemical Brothers to host virtual listening party

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  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

Tom Rowlands (left) and Ed Simons of British electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers perform during the 41th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival, July 2007. — AFP Relaxnews

The British electronic duo threw a listening party for their 1995 debut album, Exit Planet Dust, earlier this April.

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons announced the exclusive event on Twitter, inviting fans to the accounts of collaborators Steve Dub, Robin Turner, Beth Orton and Tim Burgess for "reflections and memories of making the album".

Following the success of their Exit Planet Dust listening party, the Manchester duo will host a similar event for their 1997 sophomore album, Dig Your Own Hole.

The virtual listening party will take place on April 24 at 9pm BST (April 25,4am Malaysia) on the Chemical Brothers' social media.

Like for their previous digital event, The Chemical Brothers will be joined by Tim Burgess, Steve Dub, Robin Tuner and Beth Orton, who will discuss the 11 songs of Dig Your Own Hole on Twitter.

Orton was one of the two guest artists featured on The Chemical Brothers' sophomore full-length, appearing on Where Do I Begin while Noel Gallagher contributed to Setting Sun.

More recently, The Chemical Brothers released a previously-unheard rendition of Tim Buckley's I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain featuring Orton.

"We must have recorded it around the same time as I made Central Reservation; The Chemical Brothers would have just released Dig Your Own Hole. Sometime in 1998 possibly. I imagine the track got put to one side, slotted into that book that I told myself I'd read someday & never did and the track got forgotten. Found by chance last year but released with every intention I hope you enjoy this offering," the English songstress said of the collaboration on Twitter.

In addition to hosting virtual listening parties, The Chemical Brothers are set to headline the 2020 edition of Electric Picnic alongside Rage Against The Machine, Snow Patrol and Lewis Capaldi.

The three-day festival is scheduled to return to Ireland's County Laois between Sept 4 and 6, although the global Covid-19 pandemic casts a shadow of uncertainty over the sold-out event.

"It is five months away. I would be optimistic that Electric Picnic will happen but of course we are in uncharted waters here," Dennis Desmond, who is the managing director of Ireland's MCD concert promoter, recently told The Irish Times.

"I've no doubt that there will be a relaxation of the restrictions in place but it will probably be some time before we can have 20,000 people in a stadium or in a field," he added. – AFP Relaxnews

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