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SPACE rock legends Hawkwind came together in London in 1969 and have visited many far off galaxies in their 40-plus year existence.

Their intergalactic log book contains entries for prog, funk, new wave, heavy metal, ambient house, techno - you name it.

Through it all, the band has remained true to the trance-like, metronomic pulse it pioneered at the dawning of the space age in the late Sixties.

So what keeps them going after all this time? “Well, I suppose because we like doing it, really,” says singer and guitarist Dave Brock. “It’s fun, we meet a lot of people we’ve known over the years when we go out and play live, and we always try to put a different show on every year.

“Changing it around is what keeps it interesting, he adds.”

One of his favourite cities, Brock is looking forward to returning to Edinburgh. “I really do love it there,” he smiles. “We’ve been to Edinburgh quite a few times over the years - it’s a very nice place.”

Hawkwind, Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, Saturday, 7pm, £20, www.thequeenshall.net

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