Christened by John Cooper Clarke, The Blue Orchids formed in 1979 when Martin Bramah left The Fall after recording the debut album ‘Live At The Witch Trials’. They signed to Rough Trade Records in 1980 and were championed by the late great John Peel, before touring with Echo & The Bunnymen and then The Velvet Underground’s Nico, serving as both backing group and support act. Over the years Blue Orchids have included in their line up members of The Smiths, The Durutti Column, The Fall and Buzzcocks. Martin Bramah reformed the band in 2012 for John Peel Day, releasing the album The Once and Future Thing in 2016. Their terrific new album Speed the Day is released May 25th 2021 and they are heading off to do some dates with the rejuvenated Nightingales, which should be a very special tour indeed! The Blue Orchards played the 3rd Futurama in Stafford in 1981 so it’s another 40-year anniversary we are delighted to share at the festival. It’s going to be quite a celebration.
“There is an economy of love and yearning in every chord, vocal or instrumental that breaks from the aching heart of the Blue Orchids’ sound” – Barney Hoskyns