‘The Universe Explained’ – a very special gig featuring The Membranes, a selection of scientists and artists explaining the universe…








A very special gig..

The Membranes  very special gig in conjunction with Mancunian artist Micahel Trainor and top scientists…is on at Gorilla in Manchester on Saturday July 20th.

The gig has sold lots of tickets but you can still pay on the door.


It’s £12.00 on the door.


Doors open at 18.00…event starts at 19.00. Event ends at 22.00.

A night of post punk music, in depth in conversations with scientists, experiments, art and poetry that will explain the universe, dark matter, the end of time, wormholes and all kinds of universe madness and science…tickets are selling fast..


The Membranes will be performing with Steve Hanley (ex Fall bassist). here is a rough clip of a recent rehearsal with Steve…



Saturday July 20th

Manchester Gorilla


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‘We aim to blow your mind AND explain everything you needed to know about the universe in one incredible gig…’

The Universe: Explained is a very special event that combines science, art experiments, writers, poets and legendary post punk band, the MEMBRANES. It’s an event unlike any other that will both explain the complex ideas about the origins of the universe and blow the minds of the audience with brilliant music, film and conversation.

There will be live interviews with key scientists about the latest theories on the universe that attempt to explain how it began,  how it will end and all the bits in between. There will be talk of wormholes, dark matter, the Big Bang theory, the billion universe idea  and the Higgs Boson particle.

Not enough? – There will be a series of performances and experiments that will explain the complex in simple ways – a bit like one of those science lectures on TV at Christmas but with live art installations, poetry, particle ping pong and the Membranes playing a brand new set of songs to a specially commissioned film about the universe.

The best gig since the beginning of time (in this universe, anyway).

full bill for the event…

FULL LINE-UP For The Universe: Explained Sat 20th July, Gorilla, Manchester
1. JUST ANNOUNCED: Prof. John Ellis – leading theoretical physicist from the Large Hadron Collider in CERN will talk supersymmetry and dark matter (plus Q and A)
2. Dr. Radmila Topolovic – Royal Observatory Greenwich explains how we are all from the stars.
3. Dr. Stuart Clark – Astronomer, author and cosmology consultant for The New Scientist discusses the science behind his hugely popular fiction.
4. Jonathon Keats – Artist and Experimental Philosopher from San Francisco will be presenting (via skype) his ‘Pornography for God’ and ‘Microbial Academy’ installations.
5. Suzie Shrubb (Just Announced) – composer and musician makes music from pulsars with 16 musicians live on stage.
6. Chella Quint (Just Announced) – performs ‘It’s Not You. I Just Need Space.’ (Interplanetary letters of love and rejection)
7. The Membranes – post-punk legends perform a rare gig with John Robb and featuring Steve Hanley (ex –bassist of The Fall)
8. Michael Trainor – artist and writer turns the entire audience into sub-atomic particles and invites them to interact with his homemade Small (cheap) Hadron Collider.
9. Maurice Riordan – professor of poetry at Sheffield Hallam University reads from Dark Matters: Poems of Space
PLUS experience the end of everythingin a coffee cup in Alix Poscharsky’s film, a philosophical animation of the universe by Sergio Lombardo, dance and cosmological events collide in performer Natalie Savva’s atmospheric short film AND find out what the public actually know about the universe. Additional Universal sounds from DJ Dave Booth…

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