Gorillaz will return to live perfomance for the first time since 2018 with the SONG MACHINE LIVE virtual concerts, the group announced on Thursday. The livestreamed concerts will see the animated band, led by Damon Albarn, debut the songs written for its collaborative online series, Song Machine.
Since launching back in January, the Song Machine series has found the virtual band collaborating with Robert Smith, ScHoolboy Q, Octavian, Tony Allen and Skepta, Peter Hook, Georgia, Fatoumata Diawara, slowthai, and Slaves throughout the series’ six episodes. Earlier this month, Gorillaz announced that the singles will be released as a compilation dubbed Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez on October 23rd.
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The livestream will air three times for different time zones from December 12th–13th. The show, presented through LIVENow, will air for Asia, Australia, and New Zealand at 8 p.m. JST on December 12th; in North and South America at 4 p.m. PST on the 12th; and in the U.K., Europe, and Africa at 7 p.m. BST on the 13th.
SONG MACHINE LIVE will feature Gorillaz’ resident animator Jamie Hewlett on visuals and a live performance by Albarn, also known as the band’s animated frontman 2D. The stream will see him united with his virtual bandmates; guitarist Noodle, bassist Murdoc Niccals, and drummer Russel, as well as the Gorillaz live band and a selection of artists featured in the Song Machine series.
“We are really proud to work alongside Gorillaz to create something truly special for fans all around the world,” LIVENow director Marc Watson said in a statement. “‘SONG MACHINE LIVE’ will raise the bar on what to expect from live-streamed concerts. It demonstrates our commitment to creativity and innovation as we build LIVENow into the world’s leading destination for live-streamed content.”
For more information and to order the stream, visit Gorillaz’ website. Watch the announcement video below.
Gorillaz – SONG MACHINE LIVE Announce