[b]Cope[/b] also plays his first solo gigs in two years at the two-day event, featuring a host of his favourite bands...

Julian Cope marks his return to live performance at the beginning of April with his first solo London shows since February 1998.

A two day mini festival, billed as 'Julian Cope's Cornucopea', will take place at the London South Bank Centre over April 1 & 2.

Not only will Cope perform alone on both nights, but he will also unveil two of his new collaborative projects Braindoner and Queen Elizabeth on Saturday April 1.

Explaining the reasoning behind the shows and the line-up, an excited Cope told,

"A 'cornucopia' is a mythological 'horn of plenty', which is precisely what we have put together - a festival of plenty.

"Day 1 is Saturday April 1st. It will feature performances at the Purcell Room by the Universal Pansies and [/b]Tony McPhee[/b]'s legendary Groundhogs, alongside shows in the Queen Elizabeth Hall featuring Liverpool's Skyray, heavy glambient performances by Queen Elizabeth and my new bubble-gum metal trio Braindoner. In the huge triangular Foyer, which leads to both of these halls, there will be performances by Anal and Kid Strange... along with a solo set from myself."

An extra attraction is provided on the first night by what Cope describes as a "one-off Krautrock Colouring Competition".

Night two, in the [/b]Royal Festival Hall[/b], is something of a showcase for the type of left-field experimental artists who Cope is known to rever. Early electro pioneers, Ash Ra Tempel headline and will be joined by Coil (made up of sometime Throbbing Gristle and [/b]Psychic TV[/b] members) a band they are said to influence. Cope himself will open on the night performing on everything from a Mellotron to the Festival Hall organ.

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