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Latest Bong News

Below is our complete Bong news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

'Kin Hell Fest Details Announced

A new 3 day festival has hit the scene in the shape of 'Kin Hell Fest, which will be happening in Leeds, UK on April 26th - 28th at The Templeworks. The new festival brings together 35 bands, currently with Winterfylleth, Man Must Die, and Rompeprop (playing an exclusive one off UK show, from Holland) as the three headliners.

The full lineup can be found below, and further info is available at the festival's website or Facebook page. The organizers of the event also commented:

"There will also be one room dedicated to some immense distros and all the bands' merch stalls and art stalls, good choices of well priced drinks, food to suit vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters, a big chill out area, all within just a few minutes of the train and bus stations.

"There are 4 more cracking bands to be announced, word on that soon, full weekend tickets and individual day tickets are available right now on the website and selling very well, so don't miss out, 500 capacity gig room." More...

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Bong Posts Live Tracks Online

Bong has posted a live set online for streaming from a performance at The Chameleon Cafe Bar in Nottingham. You can check out the live songs in the player below. The set list includes the songs "Dreams Of Mana Yood Sushai" and "Trees, Grass and Stones."


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Bong Reveals New Album Artwork

Bong has unveiled the artwork for the new album "Mana-Yood-Sushai," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Mana-Yood-Sushai is the brand new album from BONG which will see the light of day in May. In the coming weeks will be announcing more specific album information, meanwhile Ritual Productions and Rarely Unable PR are pleased to share the tracklisting and artwork which is an image from a painting by Nicholas Roerich entitled 'Mount of Five Treasures', feast your eyes on it below. Be sure to catch us on tour when we play one of the following dates which also includes a performance at the Afterburner event at this years Roadburn Festival."

The track listing is as follows:

Track 1: 'Dreams of Mana-Yood-Sushai'
Track 2: 'Trees, Grass and Stones'

Bong has these upcoming live shows:

11/03/12 The Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
15/03/12 Plugged Inn, Sunderland
15/04/12 Bong @ Roadburn 2012, O13, Tilburg, NL
17/05/12 Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex
27/05/12 Trillians, Newcastle-upon-Tyne More...

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Bong Streaming Out Of Print Releases

U.K. act Bong has posted a series of the band's out of print releases online via Bandcamp. Check out "Bethmoora," "Bong Live January 2008, the "Bong/Sex Wound Split" and "Live at Tyneside Cinema 2009" at this location. You can also listen to all three mammoth, 20+ minute tracks from "Bethmoora" in the player provided below.

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Bong Recording New Album

Ritual Productions has announced that Bong has been busy in the studio recording a brand new album which will be called "Mana Yood Sushai." Greg Chandler of Esoteric and owner of Priory Studio (where the album was recorded) states:

"It was really great to record an album live in the studio with BONG, whose heavy, droning, psychedelic improvisations unfolded like a lucid, transcendental journey. Great vibe to the session with these guys, and a real pleasure to work with. I really enjoyed the session, was cool to work with a band that can just get in and do their thing with a completely no nonsense approach!"

Bong is in the process of confirming tour dates in support of the record, with the following confirmed so far:

14 January – The Cluny, Newcastle
15 April – Roadburn Afterburner, Tilburg, Holland
17 May – Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester

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Documentary Footage From Roadburn Available

Last year, Amsterdam-based filmmaker Mark Bakker from Super 208 Productions and his filmmaker partner Ebabeleba roamed the 013 and Midi Theatre halls, foyers, corridors, backstage, areas and everywhere in between to record the sights and sounds of Roadburn 2010. The video clips for days 1 and 2 can be viewed below. Details on the upcoming 2011 Roadburn, which will include Pentagram, Today is the Day, Winterfylleth, and many more, can be found here.


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Bong Announces "Beyond Ancient Space" Release

English label Ritual Productions has issued the following announcement about releasing Bong's "Beyond Ancient Space" album:

"Ritual Productions is proud to announce the release of 'Beyond Ancient Space' from Bong, a band who have cut their teeth on the live circuit, as well as releasing a plethora of splits, live records and studio recordings for over five years now.

"As with all their music be it live performance or studio recordings, Beyond Ancient Space follows the same ritualistic path, that is to say the songs are all mesmerizing meditative jams centered around an unfurling guitar riff and gelled by spaced-out drum beats, the occasional crashing cymbals and Dave Terry's distinctive vocal style. Once again Bong are shunning any overdubs and keep the postproduction to a minimum. The resulting sound is as deeply hypnotic as ever before and presents Bong at their most prolific, particularly on songs such as 'Across The Time-stream' and 'Onward To Perdóndaris' which surpass even the highest of expectations.

"Slow, chanting vocals and spoken-word sections are drawn from the lands of Lord Dunsany, Clark Ashton Smith and other dreamers‘ tales from the early 20th century, mirroring their stories of hashish-induced sojourns to outer worlds. Musical influences include 1970s psychedelic rock groups (especially Parson Sound) and doom staples such as Come My Fanatics - era Electric Wizard and Sleep‘s Jerusalem. More...

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