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Bicycle Tour in Normandy

What: A tour around France with instruments on bikes

When: 7-16 August

Where: Various locations around Normandy


This event is happening in a reduced form, but may not be accessible to the public.

The orchestra’s annual bike tour will this year take in the sights of Normandy/Brittany. There will be lots of small gigs along the way.

A Moon Shaped Paris

What: Radiohead’s Moon Shaped Pool in Paris!

When:  Please note this is postponed until further notice (Was Saturday 18th April)

Where: La Marberie, Paris

Tickets: TBC

It’s the Paris orchestra’s turn to play Radiohead! Possibly featuring musicians from Bristol too.



Mini album-launch at Rough Trade

What: Playing in a record shop

When: Monday 2nd March, 7.30pm

Where: Rough Trade, Nelson Street, Bristol

Tickets: Free / info here

In celebration of our recently released debut album, The Bear and Other Stories, the orchestra will be playing a short gig at Rough Trade, a record shop in Bristol. Entry is free but you are enthusiastically encouraged to buy the album while you’re there! See the Rough Trade website or the Facebook event for more information.

Album Launch – London

What: Gig for the FO album release, in London

When: Saturday 15th February, 8pm

Where: The Old Baths, Hackney, 80 Eastway, E95JH London

Tickets: £8 Early Bird / £10 Late Bird / £15 Door Birds

Following on from last year’s successful album launch at St George’s in Bristol, the orchestra will be playing at the Hackney Old Baths in London ahead of the album’s release.

The album ‘The Bear’ features an eclectic mix of music by diverse artists such as Sun Ra and Caetano Veloso, folk musician Richard Dawson, Brooklyn-based post punk duo Buke and Gase and electronic composer Disasterpeace, as well as local composers. Tickets are available from Fatsoma

Here is the music video for the album’s first single, Empty Boat:

From the Bristol album launch:

Album Launch – Paris

What: Gig for the FO album release, in Paris

When: Saturday 8th February, 7pm

Where: La Marbrerie, 21 rue Alexis Lepère, 93100 Montreuil, Ile-De-France, France

Tickets: 8.49€ Early Bird / £12.49€ Other birds

As well as the London launch, the Fantasy Orchestra’s first album, ‘The Bear’, is being launched near-simultaneously in Paris, by the Paris Fantasy Orchestra – in collaboration with guests from the Bristol orchestra.

Tickets for this special event are avilable  here

Here is the music video for the album’s first single, Empty Boat:

From the Bristol album launch:

Christmas Concert 2019

What: Our annual Christmas concert

Where: St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s St, Bristol BS1 1EQ

When: Friday 20th December

Tickets: TBA

Join us for our annual Christmas concert, at the lovely St. Stephen’s church, just off Corn Street in the centre of town. We will be playing a selection of Christmas music plus some favourites from the year.

Bad Maman’s Gin and Jam Sale

What: A street stall selling gin and jam, with orchestral accompaniment

When: Sunday 1st December, 2pm

Where: Hopetoun Road, St Werburghs, BS2 9YI

Tickets: Free, but do buy some stuff 🙂

Join us once again for the annual “nearly famous” gin and jam sale, in support of refugees and asylum seekers, on Hopetoun Road (opposite The Farm pub). This is part of / alongside St Werburghs City Farm Winter Fair.

The Fair Fayre at the Bristol Folk House

What: Part of Fair Saturday, a global movement to generate positive social impact

When: Saturday 30th September, 7.30 pm

Where: The Folk House, Park Street, Bristol

Tickets: £3 in advance / £4 door

The Fantasy Orchestra is joining forces with local wind orchestra Westerly Winds for an evening of music from cinema, musicals and theatre. This is part of the Fair Saturday, a celebration of artist and culture and promoting good in the world. Funds raised from this concert will help those who can’t otherwise afford it to attend courses at the Folk House.

For more information see the Folk House website

Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool

What: A performance of A Moon Shaped Pool in full!

When: Sunday 24th November

Where: St George’s

Tickets: £15 (£12 adv) – nearly sold out! Go to Headfirst or Bristol Ticket Shop or the < St George's website

The orchestra will be playing a lot of Radiohead, plus other songs, in this very exciting gig at the wonderful St George’s Hall.

The evening will consist of a musical journey from Duke Ellington to Radiohead, “Exotica, Electronica and the Retro Futuists”, featuring music by Les Baxter, Moondog, Stereolab and Tortoise amongst others, followed by a performance of Moon Shaped Pool in its entirety. Tickets are becoming very scarce so book now!