Robert Wyatt live and In Conversation

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Critically acclaimed musician Robert Wyatt returns to Canterbury to reignite the Canterbury Sound and talk to University of Kent Chancellor Gavin Esler about his 50 year career in music.

Live music on the night will be performed by Soupsongs.

Robert Wyatt himself has not appeared on stage for many years, but he and long-time musical collaborator Annie Whitehead have assembled this exceptional group of musicians to perform his work.

The event will take place on Monday 4 April at 6.30pm in the Colyer-Fergusson building on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus. Tickets cost £15.

Robert Wyatt hit the Canterbury music scene as drummer for The Wilde Flowers. In 1966, he founded Soft Machine. Punctuated by Wyatt’s distinctive drumming and vocals, the band attracted a massive following across Europe.

Two critically acclaimed LP’s followed with Matching Mole, before releasing his award-winning album Rock Bottom and two chart hits – his 1974 re-working of ‘I’m a Believer’, and the 1983 Falklands War indictment ‘Shipbuilding’ written especially for him by Elvis Costello.

He was curator of the Meltdown festival in 2001 and his 2004 album ‘Cuckooland’, featuring Paul Weller, Brian Eno and David Gilmour, was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize.

He was awarded an Honorary degree by the University in 2014.

In Conversation events are relaxed and informal discussions between Gavin Esler and his guest, with audience participation encouraged. Each event concludes with a Question and Answer session.

For tickets

There are a limited number of tickets available to a special after show dinner. Tickets to the In Conversation event plus dinner are £50 and available here

Proceeds raised from the proceeds of the dinner will go towards the Kent Opportunity Fund.