The Blackheart Orchestra need your help!

The Blackheart Orchestra
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Manchester prog duo The Blackheart Orchestra have been struck with the worry of their 15-years old mixing desk breaking down irreparably at the beginning of their current UK tour, forcing the band to seek help from the prog community.

"Friday was not the start of the tour that we had wished for… just 48 seconds into our first song, our wonderful Dynacord mixing desk of 15 years and 1500 gigs gasped her last breath. So, we are left with a bit of a problem," the band have said.

"With 24 dates to go we need to find a staggering £3121 for a new mixing desk. A few of you lovely folks have already asked if you can help, and as a totally independent band sometimes we have to swallow our pride with a cup of camomile tea and accept help with enormous gratitude."

Anyone wishing to help the pair, Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington have come up with some novel suggestions. The band's next gig is at Liverpool's Zanzibar on March 9.


1. £ Any amount. Everyone who donates will have their name in the thank you section of our next album.

2. Buy a knob! There are 209 beautiful knobs on the Dynacord Powermate 1600 and we are offering you the once in a lifetime chance to have a knob named after you. We’re offering any knob for just £25. Your knob will be named after you for eternity.

3. Go further and we will name a channel fader after you for just £50 or for the biggest fans buy the entire channel of your favourite instrument for only £100. Imagine next time you come to a gig, say hello to your very own knob or fader. Invite your partner to meet your knob and take selfies to show your friends!

No matter how much or how little you feel you can donate we want you to know how much we love you and appreciate your contribution. Every single penny is massively appreciated.

Fans can make donations of any amount here.

The Blackheart Orchestra are currently on the road with Foxpalmer and Autumn Dawn Leader. You can view all the tour dates below.

The Blackheart Orchestra

(Image credit: Press)

The Blackheart Orchestra Spring tour dates

Mar 9: UK Liverpool Zanzibar
Mar 14: UK Milton Keynes The Stables *
Mar 16: UK Farnham Maltings
Mar 22: UK St. Leonards Kino Teatr
Mar 23: UK Sutton Sound Lounge
Mar 30: UK Abingdon Northcourt
Apr 5: UK Hull Adelphi
Apr 6: UK Gainsborough Trinity Arts Centre
Apr 12: UK Leamington Spa Temperance *
Apr 13: UK Lichfield The Hub At St. Marys
Apr 19: UK Helmsley Arts Centre
Apr 20: UK Barton Upon Humber Ropery Hall
Apr 21: UK York Fulford Arms *
Apr 25: UK Corsham Poun Arts Centre
Apr 26: UK Crediton Arts Centre
Apr 28: UK Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre
May 4: UK Irvine Harbour Arts Centre
May 10: UK Newcastle Cluny
May 18: UK Swindon Arts Centre
Jun 2: UK Peterborough Key Theatre
Jun 14: NED Zoertemeer De Boerderij
Jun 15: NED Weert Poppodium de Bosuil
Jun 16: NED Uden De Pul

* with Autumn Dawn Leader

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.