GoGo Penguin

GoGo Penguin

Acoustic electronica trio GoGo Penguin, an exhilarating jazz-infused salvo of spacey chords, stuttering break-beats and killer riffs, create a brave new sound that is wholly their own.

Tour Dates

25 Oct, 8pm, €20 / €18 Triskel Christchurch, Cork
27 Oct, 8pm, €20 / €15 The Sugar Club, Dublin 2
28 Oct, 8pm, €12 / €10 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
29 Oct, 8pm, €16 / €14 Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
30 Oct, 8pm, €18 / €16 Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
31 Oct, 8pm, €15 / €12 Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
1 Nov, 6pm, €15 / €12 / €7.50 The Model, Sligo

Packing the dance floors with an infectious combination of frenetic break-beats, irresistible piano melodies and subtle electronica, GoGo Penguin first came to prominence in 2014 after their album, v2.0, was named a Mercury Prize Album of the Year in 2014, alongside offerings from the likes of Damon Albarn.

Undoubtedly one of the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene, this Mancunian piano trio is equally at home playing to clubbers and dyed-in-the-wool jazz fans, drawing on a range of influences from Aphex Twin and dubstep to The Bad Plus, Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Debussy. Conventional jazz soloing plays little part in GoGo Penguin’s world – their highly personalised, genre-free sound comes from the interplay between the three musicians: Illingworth’s flowing bebop-inspired piano riding over Nick Blacka’s pulsing bass lines and Rob Turner’s skittering drum grooves. With a three album deal with Blue Note Records under their belt, and a recent win at the Jazz FM Awards (for Jazz Act of the Year), this is a band not to be missed.

Chris Illingworth, piano
Nick Blacka, double bass
Rob Turner, drums


Read more about the tour here.

Buy a season ticket to all four Dublin concerts in Music Network's Autumn touring season.

25 Oct Triskel Christchurch, Cork 8pm, €20 / €18 021 4722022 In partnership with Triskel Christchurch & Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
27 Oct The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 8pm, €20 / €15 01 4750224 Music Network
28 Oct Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny 8pm, €12 / €10 074 9120777 (An Grianán) Regional Cultural Centre
29 Oct Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 8pm, €16 / €14 094 9023733 Linenhall Arts Centre
30 Oct Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire 8pm, €18 / €16 01 2312929 Pavilion Theatre
31 Oct Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge 8pm, €15 / €12 045 448327 Riverbank Arts Centre
1 Nov The Model, Sligo 6pm, €15 / €12 / €7.50 071 9141405 The Model and Sligo Jazz Project

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Ian Patterson, of AllAboutJazz, wrote the programme notes for GoGo Penguin's tour in October/November 2015. Read them here.

At the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards

Garden Dog Barbecue Live Session

Last Words

"…techno, hip-hop and dubstep are glimpsed here, but for all the looping motifs and dance floor vibes, this is the work of three sure-footed improvisers with deep jazz roots..."

- The Guardian

"A stirring re-evaluation of what a piano trio should sound like in the 21st century."

- Barclaycard Mercury Prize