Jean Michel Jarre is touring the UK for the first time in six years.
The French electronic music pioneer, who rose to fame with his 1976 album ‘Oxygene’, plays The O2 in London on 7 October 2016 as part of a national arena tour.
Jarre is well known for staging audio-visual spectacles, including his two Destination Docklands concerts on London’s Victoria Docks in 1998, each attended by 100 000 people. He performed to over 2.5 million people in Paris and 3.5 million in Moscow to celebrate the city’s 850th birthday.
The new tour coincides with the release of his two-part album, ‘Electronica’. ‘Volume 1: The Time Machine’ broke into the top 10 in over 25 countries on its release in 2015 and will be followed by ‘Volume 2: The Heart of Noise’ on 6 May.
The likes of Pet Shop Boys, Primal Scream, Julia Holter, Gary Numan, Peaches, Yello, The Orb, Sebastien Tellier, Hans Zimmer, and Cyndi Lauper join Jarre on the album which is a tribute to Luigi Russolo, the Italian composer who, in 1913, predicted the arrival of electronic music.
“I’ve wanted to tell a story for a while regarding electronic music history and its legacy from my point of view and experience, from when I started to nowadays,” says Jarre. “So I planned to compose for and collaborate with an array of artists who are, directly or indirectly linked to this scene, with people I admire for their singular contribution to our genre, that represent a source of inspiration for me over the last four decades I have been making music, but who also have an instantly recognisable sound.”
Jarre’s UK arena tour will see him perform selections from the new albums as well as classics from his back catalogue including ‘Équinoxe’.