Orbital, David Holmes & DJ Helen Featuring Mike Garry share 'Tonight In Belfast'

Pictured: Orbital (left) // Mike Garry (right)

“Tonight In Belfast” is a piece of electronic music perfection, with DJ Helen blending David Holmes’ remix of “Belfast” with Manchester street poet Mike Garry’s track “Tonight”. Mike’s spoken piece brings a heartfelt human connection to the original’s uplifting ambience, resulting in a passionate swirling rhythm of thoughts and emotions.

The new single from Orbital, David Holmes & DJ Helen featuring Mike Garry, “Tonight In Belfast”, is available on 2nd February through London Records. This brand new track re-interpolates their 1991 classic “Belfast” and heralds the start of a new campaign celebrating Orbital’s eponymous debut album (known as the ‘Green Album’), set for reissue across multiple formats on 19th April ahead of a headline UK tour, which will see the pioneering duo perform the seminal album in its entirety for the very first time.

Speaking about how the collaboration came about, Mike Garry explains:

“I met DJ Helen in 2019 in my capacity as an educationalist. She told me she thought my poem ‘Tonight’ would sit beautifully over Orbital’s ‘Belfast’. I wasn't familiar with the track, so she played it to me and I did the poem silently in my head, and she was right - it sat really well.”

“But then I discovered the David Holmes' remix and I thought it worked even better. Helen went to work: mixing, chopping, slicing and splicing magic wands with highly sophisticated ears. The result was ‘Tonight in Belfast’.”

DJ Helen continues: “The tune goes on such a journey which complements the emotion and story in 'Tonight' perfectly. I'm honoured to have connected with such established artists.”

Orbital are in agreement: “Like all good collaborations of this nature this one changes the whole landscape and creates so much more than the sum of its parts.”

David Holmes adds: “It was a beautiful surprise to hear the dulcet tones of Mike Garry waxing lyrical over my remix of Belfast. Pure Joy.”

Watch the video for "Tonight In Belfast" - BELOW:

Some 33 years after its initial release, and over ten years since it was last pressed on Vinyl, Orbital will reissue ‘The Green Album’ on 19th April on a 4LP Box Set, 4CD Box Set, Black and Coloured 2LP, 2CD, and Cassette.

Fans will be able to purchase the album ahead of ‘The Green + Brown Album Tour’, which will see Orbital revisit and reinterpret the album and its successor, the so-called ‘Brown Album’, in their entirety, including performing several of the tracks live for the very first time.

Since reuniting with London Records, Orbital has released the 2022 compilation ’30 Something’, which contained reworks, remakes, remixes and re-imaginings of their landmark tracks, and last year’s critically acclaimed new studio album 'Optical Delusion', which gave Orbital their first UK Album Chart Top 10 album since 1999’s ‘Middle Of Nowhere’.

Orbital UK + Ireland Dates
April 24 Exeter, The Great Hall
April 25 Southampton, O2 Southampton Guildhall
April 26 Birmingham, O2 Institute Birmingham
April 27 London, Troxy
April 28 Nottingham, Rock City
May 2 Bristol, Bristol Beacon
May 3 Glasgow, The Barrowland Ballroom
May 4 Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
May 5 Dublin, Vicar Street

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Mike Garry UK Dates
Tuesday 12th March - London Palladium*
Saturday 15th March - Wolverhampton Civic **
Monday 18th March - Cardiff New Theatre **
Friday 22nd March - De Montfort Hall, Leicester **
Sunday 24th March - The Lowry,Lyric Theatre**
Wednesday 27th March - Venue Cymru, Llandudno**
Friday 29th March - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall**
Sunday 31st March - The Lowry, Salford **
Wednesday 3rd April - Blackpool Opera House**
Thursday 4th April - Leeds O2 Academy**
Saturday 6th April - The Glasshouse, Gateshead**
Sunday 7th April - Sheffield City Hall**
Wednesday 10th April - The Alhambra Theatre, Morecambe**
Friday 12th April - Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh**
Saturday 13th April - Queen’s Hall Edinburgh**
Wednesday 24th April - Scunthorpe Bath Halls**
Thursday 25th April - The Lowry, Salford**

*with Linton Kwesi Johnson
** w/ John Cooper Clarke

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