A tribute to the work of Mark Hollis...

London's Southbank Centre is set to host a special celebration of Talk Talk.

The band's journey from synth pop stardom to left field mavericks resulted in some truly incredible music, driven by the passion of Mark Hollis.

The songwriter sadly passed away at the start of 2019, with the Southbank Centre now set to host a tribute to his work.

Spirit Of Talk Talk is a one off celebration, featuring founding and former members of the band, Simon Brenner, Martin Ditcham, Rupert Black and Jeep Hook, as well as bassist John Mckenzie.

A number of special guests have been lined up, with Grammy- and Ivor Novello-award winning songwriter Phil Ramacon acting as musical director.

Bengi Ünsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer, Southbank Centre, said: "We are honoured to be holding this beautiful event. Tom and I were talking about staging a celebration of Talk Talk even before Mark passed away. When he sadly died, it became inevitable for us, the fans, and for all the artists who adore the band to pay tribute to them and appreciate the indelible mark they left on music. This is a product of love and admiration - our way of saying thank you to Mark Hollis and Talk Talk.”

Tom Baker, Eat Your Own Ears, said: “Ever since hearing the subtle delicate musical build of Talk Talk’s magnificently produced track ‘Happiness Is Easy’ from the 1986 released album The Colour of Spring, I fell in love with the band. I have been playing their music again and again for the last 20 years or so. Their effortless unique, emotive sound is uplifting yet beautifully melancholic, and just draws you in. I’ve always wanted to put together a special event to celebrate the brilliance of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis, so finally here it is...”

Spirit Of Talk Talk takes place on November 26th at the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre Members on Thursday (August 1st) and to the general public on Friday (August 2nd).

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