The Southbank Centre to honour Mark Hollis and Talk Talk with special performance

Mark Hollis died

A one-off performance at the Southbank Centre will honour the late musician’s work and legacy.

Former members of Talk Talk, alongside an ensemble of special guests, will pay homage to Mark Hollis with a performance at the Southbank Centre later this year. According to a press release, founding and former members Simon Brenner, Martin Ditcham, Rupert Black and Jeep Hook, as well as bassist John Mckenzie will come together as the Spirit of Talk Talk for the concert. Hollis, the former lead singer and chief songwriter of Talk Talk, passed away in February, aged 64.

Bengi Ünsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer at the Southbank Centre, said: “We are honoured to be holding this beautiful event. [We] were talking about staging a celebration of Talk Talk even before Mark passed away. When he sadly died, it became inevitable for us, the fans, and for all the artists who adore the band to pay tribute to them and appreciate the indelible mark they left on music. This is a product of love and admiration – our way of saying thank you to Mark Hollis and Talk Talk.”

The full line-up for the show has yet to be announced, however, a press release promises a selection of “very special guests… all of whom have been touched by Talk Talk’s music and inspired by Hollis.” A Celebration of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis takes place on 26 November, tickets go on sale this Friday (2 August).

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