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Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Tour Dates and Upcoming Concerts

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On tour Yes
Followers 175,847
Category Rock
Concerts
Apr
20
Arena Wien
Wien
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Apr
24
Orpheum Graz
Graz
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Sep
27
The National Stadium
Dublin
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Sep
29
Troxy
East London
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Sep
30
Barrowland Ballroom
Glasgow
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Oct
01
O2 Ritz Manchester
Manchester
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Oct
02
Marble Factory
Bristol
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Oct
03
Empire Coventry
Coventry
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Oct
06
Le Trianon
Paris
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Oct
10
Volkshaus
Zürich
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Oct
11
Les Docks
Lausanne
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Oct
12
Zoom Frankfurt
Frankfurt
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Oct
14
Huxleys Neue Welt
Berlin
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Oct
16
Ancienne Belgique
Brussels
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About Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (formerly punctuated Godspeed You Black Emperor! and abbreviated to GY!BE, GYBE, or just Godspeed) is a Canadian post-rock band based in Montreal, Quebec. Formed in 1994 in Montreal, Canada, the band have been highly influential within the post-rock genre. Working with orchestrated arrangements, the nine-piece group created tracks with wide dynamic ranges, a highly evocative use of instrumentation and sounds and uncompromising long form compositions. Their engrossing use of art and visuals in both album packaging and live performances create an enigmatic aura. Godspeed You! Black Emperor took their name from a little known 1976 Japanese black-and-white documentary by director Mitsuo Yanagimachi, which follows the exploits of a Japanese biker gang, the Black Emperors. They are most commonly classified as post-rock, but are just as well recognized outside any established scene and take influences from a range of styles including progressive rock, post-punk, classical music, soundtrack composition and the avant-garde. Each release usually consists of an entire piece divided into movements, mostly between 15 and 25 minutes, sometimes eponymously specified in the liner notes. GY!BE formed around 1994 with three members and had as many as fifteen members but tended to have a core group of nine. Their instrumentation varied with the lineup but the music is mostly based around electric and bass guitars, as well as a strings and a percussion section. Other instruments such as the glockenspiel or the French horn have made occasional appearances. The music on some of their releases is accompanied by spoken word samples recorded by the members across North America, including: an apocalyptic street preacher from Vancouver, BC, Canada, an announcement at a gas station, a group of children talking and singing in French, as well as many recordings taken from shortwave radio. Most of the members are also anarchists. GY!BE members have in the past been reluctant to submit themselves to the traditional self-publicizing interviews, and have openly expressed their distaste for popular culture (and its trappings of high profile record stores, iTunes, etc.) despite the wide availability of their music in easy-access mainstream. This proliferated outsider status has given them a reputation as shadowy, even unfriendly figures, and not a great deal is known about the individual histories of band members. However they became considerably better known after appearing on the cover of British music magazine the NME in 1999. Efrim Menuck is the most commonly identified participant in the press process, which has resulted in him being commonly mis-labeled as the frontman. He has thus repudiated this label, maybe due to the spirit of the group, which discourages the notion of having a leader. Members of the group have formed a number of side-projects, including A Silver Mt. Zion, Fly Pan Am and Set Fire to Flames. GY!BE contributed the song "East Hastings" from their debut album to the soundtrack of the UK film 28 Days Later; however, it is not available on the soundtrack album as the band refused to take part in the "mainstream, corporation-owned music industry" which they have a great distaste for. The band released the CD versions of its first two albums on the Kranky record label, and released the LPs through Constellation Records. The LP and the CD of Yanqui U.X.O. were produced by Constellation after their contract with Kranky ran out. In 2004, long-time guitarist Roger-Tellier Craig left the band on amicable terms to devote more time to Fly Pan Am. The band has often played an unrecorded song entitled "Albanian" when touring. Efrim has said that when the band reforms they will record it for their next release. Another unreleased song, "Gamelan," may also be recorded. However due to the band's open taping policy, both these songs are available as high quality audience recordings. It has frequently been the case that new material is released through the fans before its official recording. Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced an indefinite hiatus in the summer of 2003, and had no plans to reconvene in the immediate future. On August 24 of 2006, at a Silver Mt. Zion appearance, Efrim responded to a question about Godspeed's Hiatus by saying that he "[does not] believe that anyone has given up on the group, but it's very complicated." The group was in one instance misconstrued as being a band of terrorists. After stopping at a local Sinclair gas station in the small town of Ardmore, Oklahoma, for fuel during their 2003 tour of the United States, the station attendant working that day believed the group of Canadians to be terrorists. She quickly passed a note to another customer also getting fuel to call the police. When the local police appeared, the group was held until they could be questioned by the FBI. When no incriminating evidence was found in their various vehicles and background checks were run, the ensemble was released from custody and continued on their way to their next show in St. Louis, Missouri. Interestingly, Efrim Menuck later spoke to the crowd about what happened to them during their appearance in Missouri and said, if they were of any other race than white, they would have been detained much longer than they were originally, hinting heavily toward the suspicion of racism in the police force. The incident was mentioned in Michael Moore's book, Dude, Where's My Country?. On the 8th February 2008 in an interview with the music website Drowned In Sound, Efrim Menuck stated that Godspeed You! Black Emperor were no more. Efrim claimed that an "existential freakout" relating to the Iraq War was one reason for the extended hiatus but also hinted at several personal issues between members of the band adding; "On a personal level I now find (Godspeed) to be inappropriate. There's a complicated back story. I reached a point whereby I was no longer willing to contribute to the steering of the ship; it was like, 'Okay now, someone else point the direction, I love you all, but I need to ride shotgun for a while'. I think that bands do have a short shelf life." In a statement by Efrim's A Silver Mt. Zion publicist, this was later said to be a misquote adding that Godspeed You! Black Emperor had not officially disbanded as such, but were still very much on indefinite hiatus. Members Efrim Menuck Mauro Pezzente David Bryant Aidan Girt Thierry Amar Bruce Cawdron Norsola Johnson Sophie Trudeau Former members Roger-Tellier Craig Mike Moya
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What fans are saying
Brenton
4 / 5
A gorgeous second GY!BE show for me, though again, I saw them in a venue with bad sound, and from a balcony in the back (with Sean and Trev with his broken leg). Nevertheless, what a spellbinding group. Can't wait until next time!
McMenamins Elks Temple Tacoma, WA
Sep 14, 2023
Chris
4 / 5
Unbelievable. The kind of show where you can turn to a complete stranger and say Holy Shit and they get it. Small narrow standing only club so arrive early and get up close if you want the best sound a good view.
Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Apr 20, 2022
Ice
4 / 5
Great show. Set was a good hour +30 mins. They played MLADIC and fam/famine bosses hang bringing down a luciferian tower Moya and BBF3. I filmed part of MLADIC and BBF3 in its entirety. You can see them at www.youtube.com/ryanOzirk
Mr Smalls Theater Pittsburgh, PA
May 18, 2018
Christopher
5 / 5
Wow, what a show. The sound put out by this band is out of this world. 1st time seeing them live, been a fan for over 20 years. They did not disappoint. Cannot wait to see them again.
Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Jan 18, 2023
Brenton
4 / 5
My first GY!BE show. Me, Trev, and Randall. Was just about everything I could have expected it to be, though the sound at Neumos is never the best. Watching the projectionist's film spools was spellbinding.
Neumos Seattle, WA
Sep 14, 2023
zed's
5 / 5
I had the opportunity to be near the projectionist during the show. It was cool to see how she manipulated the loops of film on three different projectors. The band was amazing as always.
State Theatre Portland, ME
Nov 23, 2022
wes
5 / 5
amazing to finally see them live! elsewhere was an awesome place, and i couldnt ask for a better setlist. seeing them improv at the end on the looped instruments was awesome
Elsewhere Brooklyn, NY
Dec 23, 2022
Jason
5 / 5
They’re fantastic, the band sounded amazing. This is my 2nd Godspeed show this year, Philly then AC. The venue was tiny and great, parking was close by and cheap.
Anchor Rock Club Atlantic City, NJ
Sep 14, 2023
Harrison
5 / 5
I never have seen them live, and could never finish a whole song. I just didn’t get it. Bug I get it now, you’ve gotta see it live.
Roseland Theater Portland, OR
Mar 10, 2022
John
5 / 5
Since there was no dancing or moshing, and even the young ones were looking tired, seating as has been used earlier this season would have been great.
Higher Ground South Burlington, VT
Nov 24, 2022
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Tour Cities
Bristol, United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom Paris, France Coventry, United Kingdom Berlin, Germany Brussels, Belgium Graz, Austria East London, United Kingdom Frankfurt, Germany Manchester, United Kingdom Wien, Austria Dublin, Ireland Lausanne, Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland

Frequently Asked Questions About Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Concerts & Tour Date Information

Is Godspeed You! Black Emperor on tour?

Yes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is currently on tour. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming Godspeed You! Black Emperor concert, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. The Godspeed You! Black Emperor tour is scheduled for 14 dates across 14 cities. Get information on all upcoming tour dates and tickets for 2024-2025 with Hypebot.

How many upcoming tour dates is Godspeed You! Black Emperor scheduled to play?

Godspeed You! Black Emperor is scheduled to play 14 shows between 2024-2025. Buy concert tickets to a nearby show through Hypebot.

When does the Godspeed You! Black Emperor tour start?

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s tour starts Apr 20, 2024 and ends on Oct 16, 2024. They will play 14 cities; their most recent concert was held in Wien at Arena Wien and their next upcoming concert will be in Glasgow at Barrowland Ballroom.

What venues is Godspeed You! Black Emperor performing at?

As part of the Godspeed You! Black Emperor tour, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is scheduled to play across the following venues and cities:

2024 Tour Dates:

Apr 20 - Wien, Austria @ Arena Wien
Apr 24 - Graz, Steiermark @ Orpheum Graz
Sep 27 - Dublin, 8 @ The National Stadium
Sep 29 - East London, United Kingdom @ Troxy
Sep 30 - Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Barrowland Ballroom
Oct 01 - Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Ritz Manchester
Oct 02 - Bristol, United Kingdom @ Marble Factory
Oct 03 - Coventry, ENG @ Empire Coventry
Oct 06 - Paris, 75 @ Le Trianon
Oct 10 - Zürich, Zürich @ Volkshaus
Oct 11 - Lausanne, VD @ Les Docks
Oct 12 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom Frankfurt
Oct 14 - Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys Neue Welt
Oct 16 - Brussels, Brussels @ Ancienne Belgique
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