Spiritualized add to their list of unusual gig venues when they chill out at their planned night-time outdoor shows in Spitzbergen, Norway...

Spiritualized continue their predilection for unusual gig venues by staging two shows under the Northern Lights in Spitzbergen, Norway in August.

Jason Pierce revealed the plan to NME when Spiritualized played on the 105th floor of the World Trade Centre in New York two weeks ago. “There’s a guy in Norway who’s promoting a show about 500 miles inside the Arctic Circle. The idea is to go up there for a week and do shows with the Northern Lights as the backdrop.”

Pierce says that the band also intended to play the Sears Tower in Chicago, the tallest office building in the world. “We’ll probably wind up doing it now that we’ve started. The idea was initially to do a tour of these buildings, but the CN Tower (Toronto) was the one that made most sense to me.”


Spiritualized are also planning to collaborate with contemporary classical composer Steve Martland at this year’s Flux Festival. The Flux takes place in Edinburgh during the city’s arts and culture festival in the first two weeks of August. The venue and date is being finalised. The collaboration came about after Jason Pierce met Martland at the benefit show for avant-garde composer Lamonte Young at the Barbican Centre last October, which featured performances from Pulp, Nick Cave and Spiritualized.

Meanwhile, Spiritualized have been forced to cut two versions of the video for their new single ‘Come Together’. A scene depicting Jason Pierce bleeding profusely after being shot has been deemed too graphic for daytime viewing by UK watchdog TV ITC (Independent Television Commission).