John Cale is many things. The enigmatic Welshman is best known as the co-founder of The Velvet Underground, where he helped change the future of popular music. Yet it is with his solo work – both challenging and alluringly expansive – that he’s taken his music even further.
At every stage of his career he’s proven himself to be an uncompromising artist, always ready and willing to embrace diverse musical approaches. So he’s both a classical composer and a pop genius, an experimental drone artist and a raucous rock’n’roller.
His live shows straddle all of these worlds, showing the enormous scope of his ambition and his talent by weaving them all together – with songs from the Velvet Underground through to The Dream Syndicate. As with each step of his career, it’s best to expect the unexpected.