Jarvis Cocker to play one-off ‘Thunderbirds’ themed concert

Pulp frontman will team up with British conductor Charles Hazlewood and members of Portishead and Goldfrapp

Jarvis Cocker has announced plans to play a one-off gig featuring music from the The Thunderbirds.

The Pulp frontman will team up with British conductor Charles Hazlewood for the gig at Bristol’s Colston Hall on December 1 alongside Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory to celebrate the 50th anniversary year of the science-fiction puppet series. The show will also feature theme music from Gerry Anderson’s other 1960s television shows including Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. The collective will be accompanied by the British Paraorchestra, the world’s first professional ensemble of disabled musicians.

“We will be bringing back to life all the iconic hits of composer Barry Gray, in the 50th anniversary year of the launch of Thunderbirds,” said Hazelwood. “Expect high octane, big band-fuelled live renditions from this hit TV series, alongside timeless classics from shows including Stingray and Captain Scarlett. We even have Gray’s original Ondes Martenot, the old-school futuristic electronic instrument, which is the sound of the Mysterons.”


He continued: “Jarvis shares our passion for this music, and is as delighted as we are about putting it back on the map. He joins my All Star Collective and members of the British Paraorchestra in a unique musical adventure. From Stingray to Dangerous Game, these are pocket rocket British classics.”

The special concert is a one-off event, scheduled only to be performed to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations of Thunderbirds’ first transmission.

For more information head to colstonhall.org.