New ‘The Mighty Boosh’ exhibition to showcase unseen tour photography and Noel Fielding illustrations

The live version of the cult comedy show is the subject of an upcoming London exhibition

The Mighty Boosh are to be the subject of a new London exhibition, featuring previously unseen photography and illustrations from the live tour of the cult comedy show.

Co-created and starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, the show was renowned in its TV format, airing for three years between 2004 and 2007 and earning acclaim for its surreal brand of fantasy. The show then first headed out on tour in 2006, with the 2008 ‘The Boosh Live’ tour breaking the world record for seven consecutive nights at Brixton Academy, beating off the likes of Iron Maiden, The Clash, The Prodigy, Bob Dylan and The Sex Pistols in the process.

A new exhibition at The Book Club in Shoreditch – a part of London that was often featured in the Boosh‘s storylines – will feature unseen photography from designer, photographer and cast member Dave Brown (who played the anthropomorphic gorilla Bollo) as well as tour illustrations from Fielding.

The exhibition, which opens on October 29 and runs until January 29 2017, is being held to celebrate the tenth anniversary since their first UK tour. Brown has spoken on the significance of the anniversary, and how it first felt to tour the Boosh.

“It’s been 10 years since the five of us jumped on a tour bus for the first time and ventured out of London to see if anyone else in the UK liked or had even heard of The Boosh,” Brown said. “That 2006 tour, after the first two series had gone out on TV, was probably the first time we all realised how popular the show was. I remember the look of shock, fear and joy on Noel and Julian’s faces when those curtains went back for the first time in York, the noise and reaction was incredible and the insane crush of screaming fans at the stage door after was a sudden realisation of the size of this strange, beautiful beast they’d created.”

Fielding, meanwhile, has said that he may produce some new artwork for the exhibition.

“I can’t believe its 10 years since our first live tour! It will be great to see some ’On Tour’ photographic nuggets all together in one show. Dave’s pictures are like beautifully composed snap shots from an amazing time in my life where my feet hardly touched the floor and I felt like the luckiest girl/boy on earth. It’s also gonna be great to see some of the other art created for the show by our extended Boosh family. I’m gonna dig out some of my sketches and may even do a new watercolour to celebrate!”

A number of events will also be held at The Book Club, including a Boosh Halloween Party (Oct 29) and an Artist Lock-In (Oct 30).

Barratt and Fielding revealed back in April that they’d reunited to work on a new project. Speaking to the Radio Times, Barratt commented: “We always have good chemistry when we get back together. It’s like [Noel’s] a brother, basically. So you may have times when you fall out but he’s always there.”
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