Press Release: Sonic Universe Concert – Rick Wakeman will be performing live on stage in Tenerife at the Starmus Festival


Sonic Universe Concert – Rick Wakeman will be performing live on stage in Tenerife at the Starmus Festival!

The Starmus International Festival dedicated to astronomy, space science, art and music returns to the Abama Golf & Spa resort in Tenerife from 22 to 27 September to address “Beginnings: the making of the modern cosmos.” It is a festival that is open to everyone, whether you are a beginner, amateur or professional.

Rick Wakeman the legendary keyboard player from the internationally renowned progressive rock band Yes will be headlining the Sonic Universe Concert at Starmus, which will be taking place on the last day of the Festival. It will be an unusual and innovative concert because he will be merging his unique sounds with actual sounds emitted by celestial bodies.

This music legend is not only known for being a member of Yes but also for participating in successful worldwide recording successes such as Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens, Space Oddity and Life on Mars by David Bowie, and for his collaborations with artists such as Donovan, Cilla Black, Marc Bolan, Black Sabbath, Lou Reed, Mary Hopkins, Dana, Al Stewart, Elton John and John Williams.

Both as a solo artist and with YES he has sold more than 50,000,000 albums. His connection with all things “Space” is well known. From the 1990’s onwards, much of his music has been sent up into space by NASA and he has produced 2 albums relating to Space. No Earthly Connection and Out There, with the latter being produced after much help from astronauts and friends at the Kennedy Space Centre.

The founders of the Starmus Festival have worked hard to create another unique event for everyone, at an affordable price of 300 Euros. Please note we have also introduced a special discounted rate of 200 Euros for Canarian Residents and Students. For more information on the festival please go to our website at

Starmus 2014 includes an opening cocktail reception, a three-day conference, an astrophotography and space art exhibition, a live broadcast of a roundtable discussion from the GTC Telescope in La Palma, a “Space legends” event and the “Sonic Universe” music concert. There are also optional extras such as a “Star Party” in the Teide National Park, a dinner banquet, and excursions to visit the observatories of Tenerife and La Palma.

The event is driven by its developer Garik Israelian, an astrophysicist researcher at IAC (Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands) and a scientific advisory board including Dr Brian May, astrophysicist and guitarist for the legendary rock band “Queen” and Alexei Leonov, the legendary Russian cosmonaut who made the first space walk in 1965.

The Festival is supported by the Canary Islands Government through PROMOTUR Turismo de Canarias, the Cabildo of Tenerife, the Cabildo of La Palma, International Astronomical Union and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC).