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GoGo Penguin
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Background information
GenresAcoustic, Electronica, Jazz
Years active2012 (2012)–Present
LabelsBlue Note Records (France)
MembersChris Illingworth (Piano)
Nick Blacka (Double Bass)
Rob Turner (Drums)
Past membersGrant Russell (Double Bass) [1]

GoGo Penguin are a band from Manchester, UK, featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner.


  • 1 Music style
  • 2 Critical reception
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 References

Music style

They are known for their skittering break-beats, infectious and minimalist piano melodies,[2] powerful and propulsive basslines,[3] electronica-inspired drums[4] and anthemic riffs.[5] They compose and perform as a unit,[6] there is no leader, instead each of them shares ideas and themes from each other. Their music defies the one label categorisation, incorporating elements of electronica, trip-hop, jazz, rock and classical music [5] to carve out a unique sound that is wholly their own.[7]

Their ‘acoustic electronica’ sound draws from a broad range of inluences from Aphex Twin to Squarepusher,[8] Massive Attack to Brian Eno,[9] alongside modern classical composers such as Shostakovich and Debussy.[10]

Critical reception

The band has received critical acclaim since they released their debut album Fanfares in 2012[11] and their follow-up album v2.0 in 2014.[12] In September 2014, v2.0 was shortlisted for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year, and received a special 'Album of the Year' trophy awarded to all shortlisted nominees.

In 2015, GoGo Penguin signed to Blue Note Records (France).[13]


  1. ^ All About Jazz - Review of GoGo Penguin - v2.0 (2014)
  2. ^ Music OMH - Review of GoGo Penguin - v2.0
  3. ^ Mercury Prize Recommends - v2.0
  4. ^ "GoGo Penguin - Low Four". lowfour.tv. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  5. ^ a b Igloo Magazine - Review of GoGo Penguin v2.0
  6. ^ Crack Magazine - Interview with GoGo Penguin
  7. ^ Adrian Pallant - Review of GoGo Penguin v2.0
  8. ^ Spellbinding Music - Review of GoGo Penguin v2.0
  9. ^ The Jazz Mann - Review of GoGo Penguin v2.0
  10. ^ Manchester Evening News - Interview with GoGo Penguin - Mercury Prize
  11. ^ BBC Music - Review of GoGo Penguin - Fanfares
  12. ^ Review of GoGo Penguin - v2.0
  13. ^ Blue Note Signing Announcement
  14. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/gogo-penguin-mn0003004998/discography

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GoGo Penguin has 29 upcoming shows:

Pukkelpop (Hasselt, Belgium)Buy Tickets
Into The Great Wide Open (Vlieland, Netherlands)Buy Tickets
Boulder Theater (Boulder, CO)
Kino Šiška (Ljubljana, Slovenia)Buy Tickets
The Sugar Club (Dublin, Ireland)Buy Tickets
Cambridge Junction (Cambridge, United Kingdom)Buy Tickets
Kulturzentrum dasHaus (Ludwigshafen Am Rhein, Germany)Buy Tickets
Arts Club (Liverpool, United Kingdom)Buy Tickets
ACCA (Brighton, United Kingdom)Buy Tickets
Southampton Turner Sims (Southampton, United Kingdom)Buy Tickets
JazzNoJazz (Zurich, Switzerland)Buy Tickets
Roundhouse (London, United Kingdom)Buy Tickets
St Georges (Bristol, United Kingdom)Buy Tickets
O2 Ritz Manchester (Manchester, United Kingdom)Buy Tickets
Bi Nuu (Berlin, Germany)Buy Tickets
De Oosterpoort (Groningen, Netherlands)Buy Tickets
De Roma (Antwerp, Belgium)Buy Tickets
LantarenVenster (Rotterdam, Netherlands)Buy Tickets
Theatre Maurice Novarina (Thonon-Les-Bains, France)Buy Tickets
Théâtre de Villefranche (Villefranche Sur SaÔne, France)Buy Tickets
L'Heure Bleue (La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland)Buy Tickets
Paul B (Massy, France)Buy Tickets
L'ouvre-boite (Beauvais, France)
Espace Carpeaux (Courbevoie, France)Buy Tickets

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