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nik at the inn on the green

Eccentric, innovative, enigmatic, Nik is full of surprises.

From big band 'Janet Juve and the Red Hot Daddies' to soul bands 'Maurice Traveler and the Starting Handles' and 'Soulfinger'.

From circus orchestra M.D. for 'Gerry Cottle's Circus' to the esoteric mumbo jumbo jive of 'Sphynx'.

From the space jazz of 'Hawkwind', writing seminal anthems such as 'Master of the Universe', 'Brainstorm', and 'D-rider' as the driving force in the creation of the legend and mythology that created that band's success, to 60's ska 'Skastars'.

From the pomp rock of the 'Imperial Pompadours' to musical, political, satirical punk cabaret with 'Inner City Unit'.

From busking cool groovy music on the streets of Cardiff and Mexico City to Nik Turner's 'Fantastic All Stars' playing cool Latino jazz.

From equally fantastic Nik Turner's 'Galaktikos' playing big funk Latino hot grooves, to the 'Nik Turner Band' playing some of all that and more.

Guested and recorded with numerous bands, including 'Sham 69', 'The Damned','Stranglers', 'Ruts', 'Spirit' with Randy California, 'Utopians', 'Guillemots' etc.

Photo by Birdman Dave Easthope

Ouriders of Apocalypse at Alchemy Festival 2011

Bands

Project 9

Project 9, formed by Nik in 2011, plays an amalgam of (more or less) all the bands Nik has formed in his musical career, past, present and future.

Nik 'Thunder Rider' Turner (sax, flute, vox)
Gary 'Slapper' Smart (bass guitar)
Meurig 'D.W.' Griffiths (drums and percussion)
Steve Jones (guitar)

Outriders of Apocalypse

The Outriders of Apocalypse, formed by legendary saxophonist and founder member of Hawkwind Nik Turner, take their musical inspiration from South American culture dating from 10,000 BC to 2,012 AD, relating aspects of this culture to the typical themes and characters of world mythology. Like Darth Vader orchestrated by Gil Evans, the Jazz Space Funk of the Outriders pulls together the music that has inspired Nik over the years, further shaped by his journeys to ancient sites in Mexico, Egypt, and the lands of the Celts.

Nik 'Thunder Rider' Turner (sax, flute, vox)
Nazar Ali Khan (space bass)
Gary Smart (bass)
Meurig Griffiths (drums)
Steve Jones (guitar)
Beverley Crome (trumpet)
Suzi Owen (trombone)
Chris Purdon (electronics)

» outriders on facebook

Space Ritual

Space Ritual was formed 2001AD, coalescing through time and space by populace demand, and psychic desire and need, to revive the lost magic, the true original spirit of 'Hawkwind', of which the band were all part, and 'keepers of the flame'. The band play modern space/ rock/ jazzy/ dancy/ science/ fictional/ fantasy/ spiritual music, to heal and raise spirits, consciousness and awareness, promoting communication and good times, getting high without drugs, using multimedia sound/light/visual imagery to create extremely wild, whacky, mind boggling/blowing experience, each performance truly a happening.

Nik 'Thunder Rider' Turner (sax, flute, vox)
Mick Slattery (guitar)
Thomas Crimble (keys)
Terry Ollis (drums and percussion)
Meurig Griffiths (drums)
Gary Smart (bass)
Sam Ollis (turntables)
Chris 'Mekon' Purdon (electronics)

» space ritual website