The Ramsgate Hovercraft releases smartphone app

The new Hovercraft app creates a unique personal musical experience by tracking your GPS location. The app contains around nine hours of new, original Hovercraft loops. Each loop is tagged with a location somewhere in Ramsgate so that as you approach it becomes louder and as you get further away it becomes quieter and disappears – so as you walk around Ramsgate you are accompanied by a brand-new, ever-changing Hovercraft mix.

For the next week the app is free in celebration of the Ramsgate Festival of Sound. Currently only available for Android, you can find it on Amazon Appstore. An iPhone version of the app is expected to be ready in two to three months.

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The Ramsgate Hovercraft – Dithyramb now on Amazon, iTunes

The band’s latest album, Dithyramb, is now available for download on Amazon, iTunes and other online music sites such as Google Play, thanks to the efforts of our friends at record label sp8kauf. And don’t forget you can still hear the album on streaming services such as Spotify, and buy the limited-edition double vinyl album from Bandcamp.

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The Ramsgate Hovercraft performing tracks from Dithyramb at Ramsgate Music Hall, February 2017

Ramsgate Music Hall named UK’s Best Small Venue

Many congratulations to our good friends at Ramsgate Music Hall, named by NME this week as the UK’s best small venue. Bands and music lovers have consistently praised the venue for its friendly atmosphere and superb sound system and the award is fitting recognition of the dedication, commitment and hard work of the team. We love you guys for what you’ve given to Ramsgate – and the UK!

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The Ramsgate Hovercraft live – pictures

The Hovercraft arrived at Ramsgate Music Hall on Saturday night with a brand new show featuring new musicians and new music with brilliant support from Maggi Swallow’s Really Free Dance Ensemble. The evening started with a thirty-minute improvised dance accompanied by Mark, Paul & Kit from the Hovercraft providing improvised electronic ambient backing. Later the full band hit the stage and rocked sounds new and old until late in the night. As usual the venue couldn’t have been better and the crowd full of Hovercraft love.

Incidentally if anyone in the audience didn’t get their card with details of the free Hovercraft EP download please contact us so we can sort you out – info@theramsgatehovercraft.com

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Photos by Susan Kennedy

The Ramsgate Hovercraft live at Ramsgate Music Hall, November 21st

nov-15-rmh-flyerThe Ramsgate Hovercraft will be performing live at Ramsgate Music Hall on Saturday 21st November. The line-up will include ace drummer Paula Frost and keyboard wizard Paul Naudin and the band will be joined by special guest Claire Dugué on hurdy-gurdy. The band will be performing tracks from their LPs Arcane Empire and Cinéma Vérité as well as new material. And we can’t wait to see Maggi Swallow’s Really Free Dance Ensemble who will be opening the show. And as if that wasn’t enough entry includes a free download of the band’s new EP Driftbreaker containing all new material. Tickets are available online and from Vinyl Head Café, Ramsgate.

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Paul Naudin and Paula Frost in rehearsal

The Ramsgate Hovercraft live – new video

Here is the latest video of The Ramsgate Hovercraft, joined by Ray Gun drummer Paula Frost, performing live at Ramsgate Music Hall on 28th February 2015. The medley consists of If Then Else and Enceladus (from the album Arcane Empire) followed by A Complex Dream (from the album Cinéma Vérité). Camera work by Andy Barrett and Margot Bandola.

And don’t forget that the band will be appearing live on 25th April when they will be headlining An Extraordinary Expedition at The Ballroom Canterbury – tickets available here.

Record Collector magazine loves The Hovercraft’s Cinéma Vérité

Record Collector magazine has given four stars to The Ramsgate Hovercraft’s new album Cinéma Vérité in a review in the current edition, describing it as “a sumptuous feast that not only soundtracks the deepest layers of the human condition, but serves as a wonderful reminder that music can take you places you’d never even dared imagine”. Read the full review here. Buy the album here.

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