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Spectacular 90s dance revivalists move indoors
Irish dance collective King Kong Company will tour indoor venues in the UK for the first time, including a show at Birmingham's Actress & Bishop on November 3, 2017.

King Kong Company, Mark Graham, Mark White, Alyn Aylward, Colin Hoye, Tom Stapleton, Trish Murphy, Lofty, Actress & Bishop Birmingham

The band has performed at a host of festivals during the past six years, including Glastonbury, Boomtown, Nozstock, Shambala and Beautiful Days, but indoor shows have a whole new vibe, says vocalist, drummer, percussionist and trombonist Mark Graham.

"Our show goes down really well on large festival stages. When we condense that and bring it to indoor venues, the atmosphere is always more intense, especially when you're up close and personal with an audience. We're ready to blow the roof off some clubs and make some new friends!''

King Kong Company, Mark Graham, Mark White, Alyn Aylward, Colin Hoye, Tom Stapleton, Trish Murphy, Lofty, Actress & Bishop Birmingham

The band's live show combines instrumentations, electronics and visual performance pieces in a spectacular mash-up of drum and bass, dirty dub, hard house and heavy rock. To celebrate the tour, King Kong Company is releasing the single Scarity Dan, an all-horns-blazing electro-dub banger. Take a look at the video which is a slightly sinister look at a man who has come to the end of his tether at work:

King Kong Company was conceived by guitarist Mark White and bassist Alyn Aylward. They recruited fellow students at Waterford Institute of Technology but the band was put on hold when members left college. It was resurrected in 2011 with the aim of releasing one music video per month for a year on YouTube.

The plan was 12 tracks and one gig - then everyone would go back to their day job. More than 140 gigs, 14 music videos and one self-titled album later, the band is still going strong, with no signs of going home. Joining the two Marks and Alyn in the current line-up are trumpeter Colin Hoye, keyboardist Tom Stapleton, dancer and choreographer Trish Murphy and artist/ VJ Lofty.

Earlier this year King Kong Company also released their signature beer, Commotion Lotion, a collaboration with Irish brewer Yellowbelly Beer.

King Kong Company UK 2017 Tour Dates:

Oct 31st London, The Waiting Room;
Nov 1st Southampton, The Joiners;
Nov 2nd Bath, Moles;
Nov 3rd Birmingham, Actress & Bishop;
Nov 5th Leeds, Lending Room;
Nov 6th Glasgow, The Garage (Attic);
Nov 7th Newcastle, Think Tank?.
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Why? First UK tour by Irish dance collective
When: Touring the UK from October 31, 2017
Phone: 0121 236 7426
Where: Actress and Bishop, Ludgate Hill, Birmingham, and touring
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