1999 Tour Diary
31st Dec - Cream Liverpool, England
16th Oct - Brazil
15th Oct - Brazil
25th Sep - Homelands Ireland
28th Aug - Pukkelpop
27th Aug - Lowlands
22nd Aug - V99
Chelmsford, England
21st Aug - V99
13th Aug - Flux Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
10th Aug - Total Eclipse
Festival - Plymouth, England
24th Jul - Long Beach Con
Center - California , USA
23rd Jul - Bill Graham Civic Aud - San Francisco , USA
22nd Jul - House of Blues, Las Vegas, USA
21st Jul - Del Mar Fairgrounds - Del Mar , San Diego, USA
20th Jul - Club Rio, Tempe, Phoenix , USA
18th Jul - Brady Theatre, Tulsa, USA
17th Jul - Bronco Bowl, Dallas, USA
16th Jul - Austin Music Hall, Austin , USA
15th Jul - State Palace Theatre , New Orleans , USA
14th Jul - Tabernacle Atlanta , USA
13th Jul - Fairgrounds Jacksonville , USA
11th Jul - Electric Factory, Philadelphia , USA
10th Jul - Palladium Worcester , USA
09th Jul - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York , USA
08th Jul - Crane, Pittsburgh , USA
07th Jul - Nautica Stage Cleveland , USA
06th Jul - State Theatre, Detroit , USA
04th Jul - Congress Theatre , Chicago , USA
02th Jul - Roskilde Denmark
26th Jun - Glastonbury, England
19th Jun - Madrid Stadium, Spain
17th Jun - Sonar 99, Barcelona, Spain
11th Jun - Prague Castle, Prague
29th May - Drum Rhythm Festival , Amsterdam
24th Apr - Peel Session - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
15th Apr - Amsterdam
14th Apr - Paris , France
03rd Apr - Espárrago, Spain
31st Mar - Dublin, Ireland
30th Mar - Dublin, Ireland
28th Mar - Brixton Academy , London, UK
27th Mar - Brixton Academy, London, UK
26th Mar - Brighton , UK
24th Mar - Southampton, UK
23rd Mar - Cambridge , UK
22nd Mar - Wolverhampton , UK
21st Mar - Glasgow , UK
20th Mar - Manchester , UK
18th Mar - Sheffield , UK
17th Mar - Newcastle , UK
16th Mar - Leeds , UK
15th Mar - Bristol , UK
14th Mar - Exeter , UK
8th Mar - Mass , London (Cancelled)
TOURS - 24th March - Southampton Guildhall - Southampton - England - UK

Review Contribution #1 - Ingmar Collinson
Review Contribution #2 - Keith Spragg
Review Contribution #3 - Gary and Debbie
Review Contribution #4 - Mark Ashall
Set List - Loopz

Set List - (intro - Clockwork Orange), Way Out, Spare Parts Express, Impact (The Earth is Burning), Know Where to Run, An Fhomhair, Halcyon (with Belinda Carlisle and Bon Jovi samples) ,I Dont Know You People, The Box, Nothing Left (Parts 1 and 2), Style, Bigpipe Style, Satan, Open Mind (F.A.Mix) (with the new intro - vocoder fallout samples) , Doctor Who and Chime.

Review #1
- Ingmar Collinson
The Wednesday 24th Guildhall gig was my first Orbital experience. I know, terrible huh? But it's the first time that I've actually lived near anywhere they've performed, that being my excuse.

I dunno what i was expecting with Plaid, I'd never heard of them before seeing them on the tour adverts. Suffice to say, that what I heard was damn good funky stuff and I'll have to see what I can hunt down in HMV / Virgin. I just feel kinda' sorry for them in that whilst they were a pretty good support band, everyone was just itching for the arrival of the Hartnoll brothers too damn much.

(And was it just me or do they look like they're operating out of briefcases...?)

Anyway. On to Orbital. As I said, it was my first live experience of them... And they blew me, and a packed Guidhall, away. The visuals were fantastic, the 'Satan' Stealth Bombers etc seeming very ironic with the whole Kosovo situation... I'd heard rumours about what they bring on tour with them, and in a nutshell it was a visual feast.

So far as the new stuff, I could only really recognise what I'd heard on Radio One and the Style CD's - ie. An Fhomnhair, Know Where To Run, I Don't Know You People and a Style / Bigpipe Style mix. They all went down great.

It was just so fantastic watching the brothers play (I deliberately stayed about 1/3rd back into the crowd so I could get the full fill of the visuals). They just seemed to be having so much fun up there, dancing like mad things and conducting the crowd like an orchestra, feeding off the rebounded vibes.

Highlights for me were: Impact, Style, Doctor Who and Chime. But that's lying, I guess, because EVERYTHING was the bomb. I can't wait for the new album now!!!

The new stuff seemed to go down great, it just took everyone a few moments to grasp the beat & melody before carrying on dancing. ...And so far as dancing, I pretty much did not see a stationary person on the floor of the Guildhall.

I could go on for ages... But to sum it up simply - the best gig I've seen yet.

Review #2 - Keith Spragg
I went to see Orbital at the Southampton Guildhall last night! Boy did they rock! I have to confess that Ive not been following your webpages until now - The joys of foresight, eh? :)

I thought that the set really rocked, and that the new stuff really did work well - Allthough, it was most definatly the older stuff that made Southampton rock. The sound was really crisp right up until Doctor Who - then they crancked the bass up to the max - it was like being in a massive pulsating room - A lot of people realised instantly what the track was - but no-one seemed to take it seriously until it did its massive kick-in - I think it was really obvious that it was going to do it - but I think it still took me buy surprise, quite how vicious it really was! Satan and Chime however were exemplory - Satan did get a little mashed in the middle (you lost the excellent gitar riffs that they were playing at times) - but the Graphics were excellent.. Its just a shame they havent sorted anything out graphics wise for Chime... it was left to the lights to do the work - but it would have been nice to see something going on other than the much used Occiloscope.

Id say the only dissapointing thing was that they quit the stage after BigPipe a little quickly - and it seemed obvious that they were going to come back on - and rather than give us more because we deserved it - they seemed as though it was all rehearsed - I think it would have been brilliant if they had taken a swift break after BigPipe, then carried on with Satan and open mind, before going off - and if we had deserved it, then come back on and played Dr Who and Chime - not that Im complaining that we got them - it just seemed wierd that we had gone that mad for them to come back - but they just played what they were going to anyway.. Still, Im critzing a really good gig for small points :)

Hope the website keeps going well, and I promise to check it out a little more frequently!

Review #3 - Gary and Debbie
well what can i say.....fucking brill........from start to finish it was loud and proud and from the last time we saw them (Tribal Gathering) they have just got better and better..... with the samples from belinda and bon jovi it made the track 'halcyon' sound even louder and better as before.......even Doctor Who sounded cool with a little help from the boys... What more can i say but CANT WAIT FOR THE NEW ALBUM......... Could anyone give a track listing for this gig...please..- (Yes - Check the top of the this page for the set list - Loopz)

Review #4 - Mark Ashall
We arrived at the Guildhall at about 7.50pm, where there were plenty of people hanging around outside, the atmosphere was electric as everyone was talking about Orbital's first UK tour for 3 years.What struck me most about the place was how small it was, the stage seemed miniscule compared to Manchester the previous weekend, even the two outer projection screens had to be turned in slightly so that they would fit onto the stage .

As ever Plaid's set was well received, and what made it better, was that they were given more use of Orbital's on stage lighting, which made the set look all the more impressive. 9pm came and two quick flashes of a torch from the stage door to the mixing desk, signalled it was time to get the show on the road, that I had travelled 300 miles to see.

Phil and Paul emerged from the right of the stage wearing their now famous light glasses to rapturous applause, even though the balcony was half empty ( where I was ), it still sounded great. The opening two bars of " Way Out" started, with a stray drum machine in there !!, everything halted and the crowd roared as Phil raised his hand in acknowledgement of a mistake, but the lads composed themselves and this time they were ready to deliver the goods, and deliver they did, from the start of "Way Out ", into "Spare Parts Express", and I have to say my current favourite track of the set is "Know Where To Run", everything was so well put together and each track flowed into each other superbly. The crowd were up for this, even though everyone upstairs in the balcony never flinched a muscle all night ( except for me and my friend, who thoroughly enjoyed the gig by the way). I can't understand people that come to a gig, and don't react to the music that is being played, they have paid to see Orbital perform, so why not enjoy it ???. Anyway, I can't believe how well "Dr.Who" is being received at the gigs, and "Satan" was the loudest song again by far, I particularly enjoyed the intro to the song because 1999 was being projected onto the screens, then suddenly it inverted to read 666 !, very effective indeed.

Tonight was the fourth time that I had seen Orbital in concert, and I don't think I have ever seen Phil dance about so much, he really let his hair down !!. I personally thought that this gig was better than Manchester, due to the fact that it was a smaller venue, and the sound quality was superb as well as the lighting, it all went down very well with all the fans that had travelled to see the band. The old addage goes "Things get better with time", and this is certainly true of Orbital's live sets.
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