Music Network presents jazz trio GoGo Penguin on tour 25 October – 1 November 2015

17 September 2015

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

"…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

Acoustic electronica trio GoGo Penguin tour Ireland for the first time, presented by Music Network, from 25 October – 1 November. An exhilarating jazz-infused salvo of spacey chords, stuttering break-beats and killer riffs, the group creates a brave new sound that is wholly its own. Making live music happen across the country, Music Network provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices, funded by the Arts Council. Details here.

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.

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: Chris 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.

Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country.  Single tickets for Dublin are available from €15 and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online here.


GoGo Penguin on tour 25 October – 1 November
Chris Illingworth, piano
Nick Blacka, double bass
Rob Turner, drums

For more details, please see here.