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Festival Awards 2015


Last night, at the Roundhouse in London, Peter was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award at the 2015 Festival Awards. The award is in recognition of the special place that the WOMAD Festival continues to hold (after 33 years) in the summer festival calendar both of the UK and around the world. “I am… Read more »

The Power Of Story


WITNESS has announced a partnership with global media company Viacom and launched a collaborative campaign: WITNESS THE POWER OF STORY. Building on WITNESS’ expertise of inspiring action through video and Viacom’s history of using media to influence positive change, the two organizations are joining forces to support a new generation of visual storytellers for good…. Read more »

Society of Sound: November

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The November release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is an early preview of the forthcoming album on Real World Records by Sidestepper, entitled Supernatural Love. The stunning new album marks a radical change in direction for the acclaimed collective. Long acknowledged as the original progenitors of electro-cumbia, the cutting-edge blend of electronica and… Read more »

Eating With The Eyes


“Many people see Harry Pearce’s wonderful design work and have no idea of who he is or, for that matter, of any of his pro-bono work, work that our Human Rights organisation WITNESS​ has been the beneficiary of for many years now. His own art as a photographer has also been very little known and… Read more »

Society of Sound: October

The UK Pavilion by Wolfgang Buttress at Milan Expo 2015. Image Hufton + Crow.

The October release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is a fascinating and powerful soundscape entitled Be One. The music was initially created by Kevin Bales and Tony Foster (who’ve worked with Spiritualized, Julian Cope, Dave Gahan and Mark Lanegan, amongst others) to provide the soundscape for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo… Read more »

PG Wins Gold Badge Award

The 42nd BASCA Gold Badge Awards held at the Savoy, London on Tuesday 13 Oct. 2015.
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Earlier this week BASCA, in association with PPL, presented Peter with a Gold Badge Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to British Music. BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, is one of the largest professional associations for music writers. The BASCA Gold Badge Awards have been presented for over forty years and honour those… Read more »

Double LP Reissues Released

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The new double LP versions of Peter’s first four solo albums, plus his two German language albums are released on Friday 16 October in most countries. All the albums have been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM, across two heavyweight 180g LPs to deliver maximum dynamic sound range. They come in gatefold sleeves, utilising… Read more »

Peter Congratulates APC


The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) have been honoured at this years Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 2015 Pioneer Awards which took place last night (Thursday 24 September). Peter was involved in the formation of the APC in 1986 and below you can read his note of congratulations to all the APC team. Congratulations to Association… Read more »

Society of Sound: September

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The September release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is Youssou N’Dour et Le Super Etoile de Dakar recorded live in Athens in 1987 and is available now. The album is called Fatteliku and is being made available via Bowers & Wilkins in advance of its wider commercial release on Real World Records on… Read more »

Global Goals Campaign


The Global Goals campaign is aiming to reach 7 billion people in 7 days with news of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This unprecedented effort is supported by a variety of campaigns including action/2015, Global Citizen and Project Everyone. On 25th September at the United Nations, 193 world leaders will adopt the Global Goals, a… Read more »

Double Vinyl now 16 October


  Due to a minor manufacturing hold-up the release date for the Double Vinyl Half Speed Remasters of Peter Gabriel’s first four albums has moved from 2 October to a new date of 16 October 2015. All retailers will be moving to this date, even if their websites haven’t been updated as yet. We’re sorry… Read more »

Peter Festival Award

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It has been announced today that Peter will be the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award at this years Festival Awards 2015. Set to take place on November 26 at The Roundhouse in London, the 12th annual UK Festival Awards will comprise a wide array of accolades to acknowledge the various successes of… Read more »

Society of Sound: August

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The August release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from Sunderland-born singer/guitarist Marty Longstaff, better known as The Lake Poets, and is available now. The Lake Poets’ self-titled debut album was recorded in just three days in Nashville. That Longstaff recorded enough songs to seriously consider releasing a double album is testament to… Read more »

Peter Meets Arn


Earlier this year Peter met with Arn Chorn-Pond in London to discuss the work of Cambodian Living Arts and hear more about the scholarship that has been set up in Arn’s name. Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) was founded in 1998 by Arn and it runs four programs: Artist Development, Learning & Leadership, Network & Policy… Read more »

Double Vinyl Remastered


“I really wanted the first record to be different from what I’d done with Genesis so we were trying to do things in different styles. A bit of barbershop, which Tony Levin helped with, there were more bluesy things, a variety of songs and arrangements that were consciously trying to provide something different than what… Read more »

Society of Sound: July


In advance of her live performance on the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage at WOMAD on Saturday 25 July, the Society of Sound release for this month comes from Hannah Peel. Hannah Peel first came to recognition in 2010 with her mesmerizing, hand-punched, ‘music box’ EP Rebox (featuring covers of 80’s bands Cocteau Twins,… Read more »

Nelson Mandela Memorial


Amnesty International has today announced that International travellers passing through Cape Town International Airport will soon be greeted by a giant tapestry in memory of global human rights defender Nelson Mandela, The organisation, through its Art for Amnesty project, has commissioned acclaimed artist, Peter Sis, to design the giant memorial tapestry honouring Madiba. The tapestry… Read more »

In the studio


Here’s a small selection of images, taken in the studio over the last few months, as work on Peter’s new album continues. We’ll continue to add to them as things develop!

Vocal Chords Wins


The New York Festival Radio Awards took place at the end of last month and we’re delighted to announce that Vocal Chords: In Conversation with Peter Gabriel won silver in the category of Best Music Special. The interview, as we’re sure you will remember, featured Real World Records recording artist Iarla Ó Lionáird in conversation with Peter…. Read more »

Society of Sound: June

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The June release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is an exclusive premiere of the third album by the band Day One, entitled ‘Intellectual Property’ Day One consists of vocalist and lyricist Phelim Byrne, and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hardwidge who began collaborating in the mid ‘90s, blending the storytelling traditions of folk and hip hop… Read more »

Society of Sound: May


Available this week on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is the new album from John Metcalfe. Many of you will remember John from his work with Peter on the Scratch My Back and New Blood albums. John Metcalfe is a composer, producer, classical violist, guitarist, pioneering A&R man and arranger to a host of… Read more »

PG Mastered for iTunes


Peter’s back catalogue of studio, live and soundtrack albums has now been ‘Mastered for iTunes’ and launched on the iTunes Music Store this week. Overseen by the engineers at Real World Studios, the whole catalogue has been re-delivered to iTunes with files taken from the high-definition audio masters. To accompany the release of these Mastered for… Read more »

PG Mastered for iTunes


  Peter’s back catalogue of studio, live and soundtrack albums has now been ‘Mastered for iTunes’ and launched on the iTunes Music Store this week. Overseen by the engineers at Real World Studios, the whole catalogue has been re-delivered to iTunes with files taken from the high-definition audio masters. To accompany the release of these Mastered… Read more »

Vocal Chords Nomination


The Vocal Chords radio special, that was broadcast on RTE Lyric FM on Boxing Day last year, and featured Iarla O’Lionaird in conversation with Peter, has been nominated for a New York Festival Radio Award in the category of Best Music Special. A full list of the radio programmes that have been nominated for awards is here. The… Read more »

PG on Starmus Festival


It was announced last week at the Royal Astronomical Society that Tenerife will host the Starmus Festival for the third time. Due to take place on the island from June 27th – 2nd July 2016, the event will bring together the world’s leading space travellers, stargazers and astrophysicists for an interactive extravaganza, inviting the general public… Read more »

PG on Folk Awards success


9Bach pictured with award presenter Clare Teal Wednesday night proved to be a special night for Real World Records artists The Gloaming and 9Bach as they both picked up awards at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. “We are enormously proud of two big successes at the… Read more »

Society of Sound: April


Available this week on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is the album ‘Tambolero’ by Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores. Totó La Momposina’s entire life has been dedicated to representing the music of Colombia’s Caribbean coastline. As a singer, dancer and teacher she embodies that fertile place where Colombia’s African, indigenous Indian and Spanish… Read more »

Society of Sound: March


The March release from Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is an album called Undercurrents. It was recorded, especially for Society of Sound, at Real World Studios by The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. Will Gregory is a composer, producer, keyboardist and woodwind player. He worked with Peter (and Nick Ingman) on the orchestral arrangement for… Read more »

Peter receives Doctorate


On the eve of the 23rd WOMADelaide Festival Peter has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia. The University has honoured Peter as the co-founder of WOMAD and champion for world music and culture and in recognition of his commitment to creativity and its transformational power in building peace and understanding…. Read more »

Society of Sound: February


The Society of Sound release for February comes courtesy of the Chicago archive label the Numero Group and features the music of the Universal Togetherness Band. At the Universal Togetherness Band’s nucleus was Andre Gibson, a Chicago native who had gone from curious keyboardist to musical polyglot during his comprehensive musical education at Chicago Vocational… Read more »

Scratch My Back 5 years on


The making of Scratch My Back from Real World on Vimeo. Today is the fifth anniversary of the release of Peter’s first orchestral album Scratch My Back. Now, with a follow up New Blood, a live album and DVD and numerous live shows behind him, the idea of Peter performing with an orchestra seems natural…. Read more »

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With the recent performance and subsequent TV broadcast of Martyn Bennett’s GRIT from the opening ceremony of Celtic Connections 2015, there’s been a lot of attention on Martyn and his music in the last few weeks. But we couldn’t let today pass – the 10th anniversary of Martyn’s death – without marking the occasion. “Martyn… Read more »

PG contributes to ‘2 Unite All’


Peter has contributed a song to a new CD release entitled 2 Unite All, a benefit album for healing and peace in Gaza and the Middle East. Also featured on the album is a diverse group of famed musicians including The Police’s Stewart Copeland, Rick Allen of Def Leppard, System of a Down frontman Serj… Read more »

GRIT on BBC Two Scotland


Highlights from the Celtic Connections 2015 opening ceremony featuring the World Premiere of the Martyn Bennett’s GRIT will be broadcast tonight on BBC 2 Scotland at 21:30 and subsequently available on BBC iPlayer. The album GRIT, originally release in October 2003, was to be Martyn’s final masterpiece; a complex mixture of electronica, dance beats and… Read more »

Society of Sound: January


The January release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from renowned producer, multi-instrumentalist and artist Ethan Johns. Ethan began his career under the tutelage of his father, producer Glyn Johns, and since the 1990’s he has worked as a producer, engineer, mixer and occasionally touring musician for a number of artists including Ray… Read more »

Martyn Bennett’s GRIT live


Celtic Connections opens this week with the live world première of Martyn Bennett’s final masterpiece GRIT, entitled ‘Nae Regrets – Martyn Bennett’s GRIT’. GRIT, originally released in 2003 on Peter’s Real World Records label, is widely recognised as a towering landmark in contemporary Scottish music, and this year’s festival also coincides with the 10th anniversary… Read more »

Iarla Ó Lionáird interviews Peter


Peter will be the subject of a one-hour interview special entitled Vocal Chords: Iarla Ó Lionáird In conversation with Peter Gabriel that will be broadcast on RTE Lyric FM in Ireland (and online) on Friday 26 December at 7pm. You can listen again to the interview here. This special show is a precursor to a… Read more »

Society of Sound: December


Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is ending the year in some style with a release from the famed musical collective Radiophonic Workshop, best known for defining the use of sound effects and pioneering sound design across popular TV, film and music over the past 50 years. Having come to recognition as the founding members… Read more »

Collector’s Edition charity auction


Collector’s Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics, a new book by Stuart Tolley, brings together 180 examples of innovative graphic and product design created for special collector’s, limited or deluxe editions and features Peter Gabriel’s “Scratch My Back” Deluxe Edition. Author Stuart Tolley invited artists who feature in the book to draw, paint and decorate the… Read more »

PG’s Lyon show cancelled


Unfortunately we have had to cancel Peter Gabriel’s performance in Lyon tomorrow evening the 26th of November. This is due to illness – Peter has lost his voice. We are optimistic the tour will resume in Birmingham, as scheduled, on Friday 28th November. If you have tickets for the Lyon show please contact your ticket… Read more »

Society of Sound: November

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Real World continues to work with Bowers and Wilkins to bring outstanding music for members of Society of Sound.  Presented this month is award-winning Irish singer Cara Dillon with her album A Thousand Hearts. Produced and arranged by Cara’s husband Sam Lakeman the album features guests including Timothy B Schmit (The Eagles). The songs slip effortlessly… Read more »

Back to Front is back


The Winter 2014 leg of Peter’s Back to Front tour kicked-off in style last night in front of a sold out crowd at Palais 12, in Brussels. The show was the first of 18 performances that will see the tour also visit France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Ireland and the UK. On the morning of 7… Read more »

Back to Front: Encore Series 2014


The Peter Gabriel Encore Series will be available for the winter leg of Peter’s Back to Front European tour that takes to the road during November and December 2014.All orders made just before the first show kicks off at 20:00 (GMT) on 12 November, will also receive a FREE Encore Series 2-CD from one of the spring… Read more »

Society of Sound: October

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Each month Peter and Real World Records work with Bowers & Wilkins to curate the music for Society of Sound – a meeting place for people who are passionate about sound. Following hot-on-the-heels of the recent release ‘Mar De Leva’ a retrospective of the music of contemporary Colombia, this month’s release comes from a little closer… Read more »

PG live at Brandenburg Gate


It has been announced today that Germany’s Federal government will host a celebration, at the Brandenburg Gate on Sunday 9th November 2014, marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The motto for this celebratory gala event will be “Standing up for Freedom”. As part of the announcement it has also been… Read more »

Back to Front Winter tour


The Back to Front tour is back on the road in the UK and Europe during November and December. With dates across the UK as well as Ireland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, it promises to be a perfect way to beat the winter blues. Here, in their own words, Peter and the band give… Read more »

The Prog Awards 2014


Last month, Peter was given the “Prog God” Award at the Progressive Music Award’s ceremony in London. The award was presented to Peter by comedian Bill Bailey, who delivered a hilarious speech that had the audience in stitches. Watch Bill and Peter’s speech above.

The Peoples Climate March


“Like many folk, I first heard warnings about climate change a few years back and like many folk, I did very little. Recently, however, with a fast growing body of alarming evidence of climate irregularities, the growing consensus among scientists of the very real dangers, and irrefutable evidence of increasing air and water pollution, I… Read more »

Behind the Scenes on tour


The last chance to guarantee yourself the best seat in the house! Experience Peter’s spectacular Back to Front live show from closer than ever before as the Behind the Scenes packages guarantee you a Front Row (or Premium) seat for the show. But not only that, you also get to see Peter and the band – just… Read more »

Thanks for supporting WITNESS

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WITNESS are an organisation that trains and supports activists and citizens around the world to use video safely and effectively to expose human rights abuse and effectively fight for human rights change. We would like to take a moment to thank everyone for helping to spread the WITNESS name far and wide. A special mention… Read more »

PG wins Prog Music Award


Peter has been awarded Prog Magazine’s Progressive Music Award 2014. The award, which recognises prog innovators of the past 40 years, will be presented at this year’s ceremony in London on 11th September. Previous winners have included Rick Wakeman and Ian Anderson. Read more about the award

Genesis – R-Kive


Genesis will release the 3CD anthology collection ‘R-Kive’ on September 22nd on Virgin EMI / Universal Music Catalogue. Spanning 42 years, the 37-track set documents the band’s history with classic Genesis material compiled alongside selections from the solo careers of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford / Mike + The… Read more »