Star Scene: Clint Boon, INSPIRAL CARPETS

Clint Boon chats to Mary Boukouvalas about lyrics, life and the Inspiral Carpets’ upcoming tour.

You forget how many great songs they have in their catalogue and as they pump them out the crowd is in rapture” (LOUDER THAN WAR)

Cool as **** Legendary Manchester band INSPIRAL CARPETS are reuniting for a Greatest Hits Tour of Australia and New Zealand in July / August. An integral part of the Madchester scene along with the Stone Roses, Charlatans, Happy Mondays and James this will be their First Time in Australia since 1993 and their First Time ever in New Zealand!!!

The INSPIRAL CARPETS formed in Oldham in the late 80s and by 1990 their stunning debut album Life peaked at #2 on the UK albums chart and produced several Top 20 singles including ‘This Is How It Feels’ and ‘She Comes in the Fall’.

Follow up album The Beast Inside went Top 5 and featured favourites ‘Caravan’ and ‘Please Be Cruel’ whilst 92’s Revenge Of The Goldfish album featured indie-dancefloor bangers ‘Dragging Me Down’ and ‘Two Worlds Collide’.

The next album, Devil Hopping (1994), reached number 10 in the UK album chart, with ‘Saturn 5’ and ‘I Want You’ (featuring Mark E Smith) as top-20 hits.

INSPIRAL CARPETS reunited in 2003, playing to sellout crowds on tour and releasing the single ‘Come Back Tomorrow’ (recorded in 1995) and a number of new compilation records, most notably the Cool As box set.

The band went on indefinite hiatus after the sudden death of much-loved band mate, drummer Craig Gill in 2016.Now the Carpets, (who Noel Gallagher once famously roadied for), say the “time is right” to head back on tour to celebrate their music – while paying tribute to Craig Gill.

“It will be a celebration of the music we created, which has brought so much joy to people over the last 34 years” 


INSPIRAL CARPETS Greatest Hits Australian

and New Zealand Tour Dates

Jul 29th Perth – Rosemount Hotel
Aug 3rd Brisbane – The Triffid
Aug 4th Sydney – Manning Bar
Aug 5th Melbourne – Croxton Bandroom
Aug 8th Wellington – San Fran
Aug 9th Auckland – Tuning Fork

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About Mary Boukouvalas 1614 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos,,,, She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.