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Steve Hackett Launches ‘Circo Inferno’;

Third Single From New Album

‘The Circus And The Nightwhale’

Photo credit: Tina Korhonen

Legendary rock guitarist Steve Hackett is set to release his new studio album ‘The Circus And The Nightwhale’ on 16th February 2024, via InsideOut Music. A rite-of-passage concept album with a young character called Travla at the centre of it, ‘The Circus And The Nightwhale’s’ 13 tracks have an autobiographical angle for the musician who says about his 30th solo release: “I love this album. It says the things I’ve been wanting to say for a very long time.”


With just a week and a half to go till the albums release, Steve has launched the track ‘Circo Inferno’, and you can now listen to it here:

Steve said of the track: “Circo Inferno is the most frenzied point in this album’s narrative… A plea for rescue within the maelstrom of a Dantesque circus, involving swirling Phrygian runs, insistent sax, full on vocals and blistering guitar…”


The albums opening track ‘People of the Smoke’ was released in December. Watch the video here:

Watch the video for ‘Wherever You Are’ HERE:

The new album is available to pre-order on several different formats, including a Limited CD+Blu-raymediabook (including 5.1 Surround Sound & 24bit high resolution stereo mixes), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180g Vinyl LP & as Digital Album. All feature the stunning cover painting by Denise Marsh. Pre-order now HERE.


Steve will celebrate the release of his new album with two HMV instore events in London & Birmingham, where he will be taking part in a Q&A and signing albums. Find out more details on those HERE.


‘The Circus And The Nightwhale’ is Steve’s first new music in over two years. Recorded between tours in 2022 and 2023 at Siren studio in the UK – with guest parts beamed in from Sweden, Austria, the US, Azerbaijan and Denmark, the line-up for ‘The Circus And The Nightwhale’ includes some familiar faces alongside Steve on electric and acoustic guitars, 12-string, mandolin, harmonica, percussion, bass and vocals. Roger King (keyboards, programming and orchestral arrangements), Rob Townsend (sax), Jonas Reingold (bass), Nad Sylvan (vocals), Craig Blundell (drums) and Amanda Lehmann on vocals. Nick D’Virgilio and Hugo Degenhardt return as guests on the drumstool, engineer extraordinaire Benedict Fenner appears on keyboards and Malik Mansurov is back with the tar. Finally, Steve’s brother John Hackett is present once more on flute.

The full track-listing is as follows:

1. People Of The Smoke

2. These Passing Clouds

3. Taking You Down

4. Found And Lost

5. Enter The Ring

6. Get Me Out!

7. Ghost Moon and Living Love

8. Circo Inferno

9. Breakout

10. All At Sea

11. Into The Nightwhale

12. Wherever You Are

13. White Dove


Summing up ‘The Circus And The Nightwhale’, Steve says: “It’s a lovely journey that starts dirty, scratchy and smoky and becomes heavenly and divine. How can you resist it?”


Steve Hackett & band will tour the world extensively in 2024, including a brand-new UK tour ‘Genesis Greats, Lamb Highlights & Solo’ (dates below), which will see him return to the legendary Royal Albert Hall. He will also return to North America early this year, with European shows booked in for the Summer.  For the full list of dates, click HERE.


Steve Hackett - Genesis Greats, Lamb Highlights & Solo UK tour dates 2024:

Wed 2nd October Aylesbury Friars Waterside

Thurs 3rd October Portsmouth Guildhall

Sat 5th October Bristol Beacon

Sun6th October Cambridge Corn Exchange

Mon 7th October Birmingham Symphony Hall

Wed 9th October Liverpool Philharmonic

Friday 11th October Cardiff Utilita Arena

Sat 12th October Guildford G Live

Sun 13th October Stoke Victoria Hall

Tue 15th October York Barbican

Wed 16th October Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Fri 18th October Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 19th October Gateshead Glasshouse

Sun 20th October Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Tue 22nd October Reading Hexagon

Wed 23rd October London Royal Albert Hall

Tickets available from HERE.





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