“Tubular Bells” Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Fortitude Music Hall

Mike Oldfield’s groundbreaking album “Tubular Bells” is set to come alive on stage at the Fortitude Music Hall on August 11, 2024 as part of its 50th Anniversary tour. The iconic instrumental work follows a successful sold-out run in the UK and Europe.

The concert, presented by DRW Ent & Future Factory, will feature an expansive live group led by Robin A Smith, Mike Oldfield’s long-term collaborator. Smith, who has worked with Oldfield for over 25 years, has arranged the performance to showcase the album in its entirety.

The History of Tubular Bells

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“Tubular Bells,” released in 1973, was Oldfield’s debut studio album, composed when he was just 17 years old. The album gained worldwide recognition when its opening theme was used in the horror film “The Exorcist,” propelling it to become the highest-selling instrumental album of all time.

The Brisbane show will not only include a full performance of “Tubular Bells” but also feature other Oldfield compositions such as “Moonlight Shadow,” “To France,” “Family Man,” and excerpts from “Ommadawn.”

Robin A Smith, Mike Oldfield’s long-term collaborator

Photo Credit: Robin A. Smith

Smith, whose impressive resume includes collaborations with artists like Rod Stewart and Andrea Bocelli, expressed his enthusiasm for the project: “The wonderful thing about Tubular Bells is that it never seems to age. It takes you on a journey through progressive rock and electronica, blues, folk, jazz, and classical and along the way evokes such melodic beauty and drama.”

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The concert is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM, with doors opening at 7:00 PM. It’s important to note that the event is restricted to those 18 and over, and while Mike Oldfield himself will not be present, the performance promises to capture the essence of his pioneering work.

Tickets for this reserved seating event are now on sale, offering fans a unique opportunity to experience this landmark album live, half a century after its original release.

Published 1-July-2024