5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – Thunderbirds Are Go! with Jarvis Cocker

On Tuesday 1 December we get the party season underway with a “high-octane, big band” tribute to your favourite ‘60s TV theme tunes as Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective and very special guest Jarvis Cocker of Pulp celebrate the work of Barry Gray and Gerry Anderson in Thunderbirds Are Go! 50 Years On.

This glorious retro-futurist trip will take in theme tunes and songs from classic programmes such as Captain Scarlet, Stingray, Joe 90 and of course Thunderbirds, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

This one-off show is only taking place here in Bristol, being revived specially for the anniversary for the first time since being performed at Glastonbury Festival in 2014. As well as Pulp frontman and BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Jarvis Cocker, other guests include Adrian Utley of Portishead, Will Gregory of Goldfrapp and members of the British Paraorchestra.

Get in the mood with our playlist of the best Barry Gray tunes over at Spotify – including songs from favourite Gerry Anderson programmes:

Find out more about the show and snap up last remaining tickets:

Charles Hazlewood, Conductor and Artistic Director, explains his passion for the project:

“Barry Gray’s music is an iconic mix of 60’s pop, big band swagger, Hollywood sparkle and sci-fi noise. Jarvis Cocker is the perfect partner in delivering the songs which lie at the heart of Gray’s creation: brilliant, stylish, edgy and ironic little tunes which, once lodged in your head, do not leave easily.”

Watch the Thunderbirds intro for the Christmas episode – you can’t help but smile…

Charles continues:

“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 at Colston Hall on 1 December. From Stingray to Dangerous Game via I Wish I Was A Spaceman and Supercar, these are pocket rocket British classics.

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. Expect high octane, big band-fuelled live renditions from this hit TV series, alongside timeless classics from shows including Stingray and Captain Scarlet. We even have Gray’s original Ondes Martinot, the old-school futuristic electronic instrument, which is the sound of the Mysterons.”

Thunderbirds Are Go… and we can’t wait!

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