The KLF return after 23 years for a mystery event

Words by: Ben Raven
Posted: 24/7/17 15:05

The KLF's return has been winding it's way around various newspaper and magazine articles for much of 2017. 

But now suspense around the art rave duo's next move has upped a notch with a poster posted online advertising their first show in 23 years.  



The show series sold out in three days and as with all things KLF is steeped in their own unique brand of mystical rave/punk folklore. The date will mark 23 years to the day since the band allegedly burned one million pounds in an art performance on the Scottish island of  Jura.  23 is a significant number in the KLF's history of obsession with numerology. The pair signed a contract banning them from talking about the burning of the million pounds for 23 years. Their debut single "All You Need Is Love" had the catalogue number: 'JAMS 23.' Cauty's Ford Galaxie police car pictured in music videos had the identification mark '23' on its roof. And in the lyrics to the song 'Next' from the album 1987: "23 years is a mighty long time."

But just what will this show entail? Liverpool arts magazine Bido Lito! posted the band's poster and outlined that the shows will take place over three days (23rd/24th/25th):

"The titles of each of these three days are:

Day One – Why Did The K Foundation Burn A Million Quid?

Day Two – 2023: What The Fuuk Is Going On?

Day Three – The Rites of MuMufication.


There will only be 400 tickets available. There are no guest lists. There are no press passes. Every one of the 400 ticket holders will be expected to be Volunteers." And even more mysteriously warning: "The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu in any of their various past, present or future guises will not be performing music."

The date will also mark the publication of KLF novel '2023." The book will be published by Faber & Faber on the 23rd August. 






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