Space Ritual (band)

Space Ritual (Band)

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Space Ritual are a British space rock band, formed in 2000 fronted by Nik Turner, and composed principally of former Hawkwind members. They play a mix of early Hawkwind material and their own compositions.


The Hawkestra event took place on 21 October 2000 at the Brixton Academy which featured nearly all past members of Hawkwind, but disagreements between various participants led to any restaging of the event being unlikely. Turner did, however, stage another event under the banner The Greasy Truckers Party, featuring members of the Hawkestra on 21 October 2001 at the London Astoria which, despite being invited, all of the then members of Hawkwind refused to participate.

A loose band formed from this event performing further gigs and eventually went by the name of An appearance at Guilfest in 2002 led to confusion as to whether this actually was Hawkwind, sufficiently irking Dave Brock into taking legal action to prohibit Turner from trading under the name Hawkwind, a case which Turner lost.

Turner then chose to name the band Space Ritual, after Hawkwind's 1973 live album The Space Ritual Alive, despite having previously used this name during the mid 1990s for a North America tour.


Principal members

  • Nik Turner - vocals, sax, flute (Hawkwind 1969-77, 1982-84)
  • Mick Slattery - lead guitar, vocals (Hawkwind 1969-70)
  • Thomas Crimble - keyboards (Hawkwind......

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