Beth Gibbons

Clarion Call

Clarion Call

Featuring the voices of Beth Gibbons, Elizabeth Fraser, Elaine Mitchener, Melanie Pappenheim, Cherise Phillips and guidance from Shirley Collins.

Over the 11 days of SPILL Festival, this large-scale outdoor sonic artwork will ring out from the Ipswich waterfront into the town’s public spaces at dusk for eleven minutes each day.

The voices of women and girls call to the setting sun in daily incantations, broadcast with audio technology employed for emergency and control, repurposed as a mechanism for public ritual.

Devised by Melbourne based artists Byron J. Scullin, Hannah Fox and Thomas Supple, Clarion Call stands as an ephemeral monument to the aftermath of wars past, present and future.

Clarion Call was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Pacitti Company for the SPILL Festival of Performance and developed with the support of Dark Mofo

Location: The skies of Ipswich 

Cost: Free 

Dates & Times

Oct 25 – 5.40pm 

Oct 26 – 5.38pm 

Oct 27 – 5.36pm 

Oct 28 – 4.34pm

Oct 29 – 4.32pm 

Oct 30 – 4.30pm 

Oct 31 – 4.28pm 

Nov 1 – 4.27pm 

Nov 2 – 4.25pm

Nov 3 – 4.23pm 

Portishead - SOS


"We have far more in common than that which divides us.”
Jo Cox


Portishead live dates 2015

Portishead live dates 2015

Montreux Jazz Festival July 10th

Portishead are playing Montreux Jazz Festival's Stravinski Hall


Latitude July 18th 

Portishead will be playing at Latitude


Benicassim July 19th

Portishead will be playing at Benicassim inSpain

Beth Gibbons and Krzysztof Penderecki perform Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki’s Symphony No.3

Beth Gibbons and Krzysztof Penderecki perform Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki’s Symphony No.3

Beth Gibbons of the British band Portishead and Krzysztof Penderecki in a joint performance of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 3

Beth Gibbons, vocalist, songwriter, producer and co-founder (together with Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley) of the band Portishead, will sing the solo part in Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Op. 36 composed by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The artist will perform with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Krzysztof Penderecki. After projects with Aphex Twin and Jonny Greenwood, this is yet another spectacular collaboration of the Polish composer witha contemporary music artist.

The concert was originally planned for 1 December 2013, but was rescheduled to 29 November 2014 due to alterations to the programme. The works by three great composers Penderecki, Lutosławski and Górecki will be performed on stage on that day, both interpreted and re-interpreted by the younger generation of musicians associated with the alternative scene.

The concert will feature the previously announced premiere performance of the piece inspired by Witold Lutosławski’s music and composed especially for the National Audiovisual Institute by Bryce Dessner -New Yorkbased composer and guitarist of Polish descent commonly known as a member of the indie rock band The National.

The audience will also be able to experience the unprecedented musical dialogue between Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood - composer, multi-instrumentalist and Radiohead guitarist for whom the works of Krzysztof Penderecki have been a long standing inspiration. This dialog began at the European Culture Congress inWrocław.

The National Audiovisual Institute is the originator and organiser of the concert.

Filip Berkowicz is the concert curator.

Dummy 20 years on

Dummy 20 years on

Dummy – 20 years on

To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of "Dummy" in August 1994, Portishead have re-issued the album as a gatefold pressed on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. 

There is no additional material on the re-issue, with the songs remaining exactly as recorded on the original release. The Limited Edition Blue Vinyl is sold out but you can order the heavyweight black vinyl (then put a link to the Portishead site - this one might work if you cut and paste but might not  Each album will contain a download card of “Dummy”.  



PS22 Chorus


The PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York). It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg.

Portishead 2014 Tour Dates

Portishead 2014 Tour Dates

05/07 - BEAUREGARD FESTIVAL - Normandy, France

11/07 - ATP - Iceland

13/07 - ILOSAARIROCK FESTIVAL - Joensuu, Finland


18/07 - PALACIO DE DEPORTES - Madrid, Spain

19/07 - MARES VIVAS FESTIVAL - Gaia, Portugal

20/07 - MELT FESTIVAL - Berlin, Germany

15/08 - ROUTE DU ROCK FESTIVAL - St Malo, France

16/08 - PUKKELPOP - Belgium

17/08 - LOWLANDS - Netherlands

20/08 - ISTANBUL - KucukCiftlik Park, Turkey

23/08 - ROCK EN SEINE FESTIVAL - Paris, France

30/08 - ELECTRIC PICNIC - Ireland


Aurora - Save the Arctic March

Aurora - Save the Arctic March

Beth recorded a "glacial roar" for a giant polar bear that Greenpeace used to lead a street protest in London on Sunday 15th September 2013.

The double-decker bus sized polar bear puppet called Aurora, featured a giant sound system in its head to play the sounds of ice cracking, Arctic wildlife, and other roars donated by members of the public.

The march was part of a global day of action to demand that the Arctic be protected from oil companies planning to drill in its waters.

"The Arctic is an incredible place, home to polar bears like Aurora as well as millions of people,” said Beth, "What does it take to make large corporations, financially driven like Shell, to stop and consider their responsibility? The irreversible damage they cause knowingly is morally wrong. Aurora’s parade will be an amazing expression and one I am pleased to have lent my voice."

Low Cost Festival

Low Cost Festival

Welcome to Benidorm, kitsch capital of Spain

Celebrate with us the 5th Anniversary of the Low Cost Festival, one of the best venues for festival-goers on the peninsula, and enjoy the most spectacular line up of our history.

From Portishead, there only concert in Spain of 2013, to Two Door Cinema Club, Belle and Sebastian, Love Of Lesbian, Lori Meyers! (chk chk chk) and many more.

If you do not already have your ticket, you can get it here.

Grab your backpack, take your shoes, your sunglasses and your collest bathing suit, and get ready for the summer of your life 'Beniyork'.



Beth signs to Domino Records

Beth signs to Domino Records

We're pleased to announce that Beth has signed to Domino Records for her next LP.

Beth says, "It's great to be with a British Independent and I love working with Laurence (Bell)".

Portishead on tour

Portishead on tour

Portishead Tour Dates in full

11/06 - Norway, Oslo - Sentrum Show

14/06 - Sweden, Hutsfred Festival

16/06 - Denmark, Northside Festival

18/06 - Germany, Berlin - Zitadelle

19/06 - Czech Republic, Prague - Tipsport Arena

21/06 - Germany, Hurricane Festival

22/06 - Germany, Southside Festival

23/06 - Holland, Best Kept Secret Festival

25/06 - Poland, Krakow

28/06 - England, Glastonbury

27/07 - Low Cost Festival

War Child and music go way back

War Child and music go way back

To 1995 and the Balkans bloodbath happening on our doorstep. Whilst politicians did nothing, musicians like Oasis, Radiohead, Sir Paul McCartney and Paul Weller came together and did something remarkable.
They recorded the 'HELP' album in just three days. It's the charity record that all others are compared to.
Since then, War Child has enjoyed a special relationship with some of the most legendary artists and hottest new acts.
There albums and gigs have raised money and awareness for War Child's vital work. They've pioneered using the power of the music itself as a tool for therapy and for taking our message to a mass audience.

About War Child


War Child Channel 4 special


JJDoom Collaboration

JJDoom Collaboration

The upcoming DOOM/Jneiro Jarel collaboration-- under the name JJ DOOM-- will apparently feature Damon Albarn and Portishead's Beth Gibbons on a track. "Just did a song with Beth of Portishead and Damon Albarn!", Jarel tweeted this weekend, as Consequence of Sound points out. The album, called Keys to the Kuffs, was originally scheduled for a May release through Lex Records, but that seems unlikely at this point.



Beth guested with Neil Hannon & Scott Matthew for Rodrigo Leao. Performing 'Resolve'.

Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a way to feel better, and move in a more relaxed and comfortable way... the way nature intended.

An Alexander Technique teacher helps you to identify and lose the harmful habits you have built up over a lifetime of stress and learn to move more freely.

The Alexander Technique is for you if you are ready to feel more comfortable in your own body.

The Alexander Technique can also help you if:

  • You suffer from repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • You have a backache or stiff neck and shoulders.
  • You become uncomfortable when sitting at your computer for long periods of time.
  • You are a singer, musician, actor, dancer or athlete and feel you are not performing at your full potential.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

We are a campaigning organisation; it's what we do. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.

We work on lots of issues. Right now our priority campaigns are Women's Human Rights and Poverty and Human Rights.

Neil Young


The Tempest

The Tempest

“Beth came to mind because she has this incredible – she feels like Helen [Mirren]  to me; she has the vulnerability and the power, simultaneously. So the song was written with Beth in mind; there was never any question of anyone else, and we were very proud that we could show her the film and she said ‘Yes’ when she saw it. And we’ve actually had some people think that it’s Helen singing, but Helen will tell you that she doesn’t.”

Prospera's Coda


Music from the 2010 Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Composed by Elliot Goldenthal

The Tempest is an American action film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, featuring Helen Mirren in the principal role of Prospera, David Strathairn as King Alonso, Djimon Hounsou as Caliban, and Russell Brand as Trinculo. The film is directed by Julie Taymor and premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2010.

Sing 5th Anniversary


Annie Lennox - Sing

Mysteries on Film

Mysteries on Film

Russian Dolls is a 2005 French-British film, the sequel to L'Auberge espagnole (2002).
'Mysteries' is used ont he soundtrack.

Palermo Shooting

Palermo Shooting

A Wim Wenders film from 2008 featuring Beth's song 'Mysteries' and Portishead's 'The Rip'

After the wild life-style of a famous young German photographer almost gets him killed, he goes to Palermo, Sicily to take a break. Can the beautiful city and a beautiful local woman help him calm himself down?

Jane Birkin - My Secret

Jane Birkin - My Secret

Beth’s second collaboration with Jane Birkin.

Hear My Secret


Sing for HIV awareness

Sing for HIV awareness

Riders on the Storm


Gainsbourg revisited

Gainsbourg revisited

Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited is a tribute album to the works of late French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. First released on Virgin Records in 2006, it consists of English language cover versions of Gainsbourg songs, performed by a diverse array of contemporary artists.

City of Bristol

City of Bristol

L'Annulaire Soundtrack

L'Annulaire Soundtrack

L'Annulaire is a French film released on June 8, 2005. It was written (based on a novel by Yoko Ogawa) and directed by Diane Bertrand.[1] The film is referred to as The Ring Finger.



Killing Time


Bod Min Soul

Bod Min Soul

Beth wrote the track 'Killing Time'.



Lonely Carousel


Rodrigo Leão is a Portuguese musician/composer who became known for his musical compositions and participation in portuguese bands such as Madredeus and Sétima Legião.

Birkin and Beth Clip


Strange Melody

Strange Melody

Beth’s first collaboration with Jane Birkin, providing distinctive backing Vocal.