Thomas Dolby: Time Capsule Tour


The Time Capsule
In the wake of his critically acclaimed album A Map of the Floating City, and the groundbreaking transmedia game he co-designed, Thomas Dolby will embark on a 26-date North American tour this March, with a rather unusual vehicle in tow (pictured).

The Time Capsule is a chrome- and brass-plated road trailer that seats three. With handcrafted leather and wood fittings, and complex electrical wiring that could have been designed by Nikola Tesla, it resembles a Jules Verne/HG Wells-inspired time-travel machine. Inside is a high-tech video recording suite that allows a music fan or guest artist to upload a personal video message to the Future. The Time Capsule will be parked in the street outside each venue on Dolby's month-long North American tour, and in front of select local radio and TV stations. It will capture hundreds of 30-second clips over the course of the tour, assembling them into an online video montage.

Fans will be able to walk up and step into the Time Capsule to make their own fully produced and effected digital 30-second video clip. The clips will then be automatically uploaded and viewable on a brand-new YouTube channel ( along with the individual user's own Facebook and Twitter pages. The most viewed clips will win prizes. Dolby's label Lost Toy People Records is in discussion with several potential sponsors for the project.

The Time Capsule Tour kicks off at SXSW in Austin, TX March 12-17, and will take in 24 U.S. cities and two in Canada. A full list is below, while news, merchandise and additional perks are available at the Flat Earth Society fan club at Anyone joining before January 31, 2012 will earn a free download of an exclusive three-remix Thomas Dolby EP entitled Return to Oceanea.

Thomas Dolby Tour Dates

  • Fri. March 16 AUSTIN, TX SXSW
  • Sat. March 17 NEW ORLEANS, LA Tipitinas
  • Sun. March 18 ORLANDO, FL Social
  • Mon. March 19 BIRMINGHAM, AL Workplay (Seated)
  • Tues. March 20 ATLANTA, GA The Loft
  • Wed. March 21 GREENVILLE, SC Handlebar
  • Fri. March 23 ANNAPOLIS, MD Ram’s Head
  • Sat. March 24 PHILADELPHIA, PA World Café
  • Sun. March 25 ALEXANDRIA, VA Birchmere
  • Wed. March 28 SELLERSVILLE, PA Sellersville Theater
  • Thurs. March 29 NEW YORK, NY Canal Room
  • Fri. March 30 NORTHAMPTON, MA Iron Horse
  • Sat. March 31 RIDGEFIELD, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
  • Sun. April 1 MONTREAL, QC L’Astral
  • Mon. April 2 TORONTO, ON Mod Club
  • Wed. April 4 DETROIT, MI Royal Oak
  • Thurs. April 5 CHICAGO, IL Park West
  • Fri. April 6 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural Center
  • Tues. April 10 VANCOUVER, BC Rio Theatre
  • Wed. April 11 SEATTLE, WA Showbox at the Market
  • Fri. April 13 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Red Devil Lounge
  • Sat. April 14 SACRAMENTO, CA Harlows
  • Mon. April 16 SAN DIEGO, CA Anthology
  • Tues. April 17 LOS ANGELES, CA Largo

    Thomas Dolby Tour Dates :: Thomas Dolby News


    [Published on: 1/11/12]

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