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Gong Live

Live Review

Venue: Highbury Garage, London

Nights like this make you hanker for the days when a thick fug of stinkweed might cloak the crowd, but the dry ice isn’t a bad replacement and PsiGong are barely visible through the haze.

They come from the ‘make it up as you go along’ school of space rock, and while their meandering might initially seem to lack a purpose – the gentleman to my left describes it as being like “the middle bit in Dazed And Confused” – lift‑off is finally achieved late in the set as the momentum gathers, the keyboards squelch and swoosh, and everything dissolves into a squall of bleeps and bass.

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