1973

May

[early] Roy Babbington replaces Hugh Hopper (but the news is only made official on the 17th)
[08] Liverpool, University
[10] Dundee, University
[11] Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
[12] St. Andrews, University
[13] Edinburgh, Caley Cinema
[17] Hamburg (Germany), Congresszentrum [guests: Hugh Hopper + Gary Boyle, Art Themen & Linda Hoyle]
Setlist (Soft Machine only): "Fanfare" / "All White", "The Soft Weed Factor", "Lefty", "37 1/2", "Riff", "1983" (with H.Hopper), "Down The Road", "Between", "Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album", "Chloe And The Pirates", "Gesolreut" (with G.Boyle & A.Themen), "EPV", "Lefty", "Stumble", jam (with G.Boyle), "L.B.O.", "Riff II"
[24] Toulouse (France) (cancelled)
[25] Bordeaux (France) (cancelled)
[26] Montpellier (France) (cancelled)
[27] Marseille (France) (cancelled)
[29] Paris (France), Bataclan (Pop 2) [excerpts - "Riff", "Down The Road", interview segment, "Gesolreut", "Chloe And The Pirates" - shown on the "Pop 2" TV show broadcast on June 30th]
[31] Paris (France), Salle Pleyel (cancelled)

June

[21] Bordeaux (France), Théâtre de l'Alhambra
[23] Le Grau-du-Roi [nr Montpellier] (France), Arènes
[25] Paris (France), Palais des Sports

July

[11-17] London, Columbia Studios (sessions for "Seventh")
[24-25] Granolles (Spain), Palacio delo Desportes
[26-27] Alicante (Spain), Il Paradiso
[29] Villerest [nr Roanne] (France), L'Arc-En-Ciel

August

[03] Milan (Italy), Nautilus Club
[04] Ravenna (Italy), Papagayo
[05] Santa Margherita Ligure (or San Benedetto del Tronto?) (Italy), Covo N.E.
[06] Rimini (Italy), L'Altro Mondo
[07]
Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy), Cinecity
[09] Ancona (Italy), Stadio Communale
Setlist: "Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album", "The Soft Weed Factor", "Lefty", "Down The Road", Bass Solo, "Nettle Bed", "Penny Hitch", "Day's Eye", "Block", Drum Solo, "Riff II", "Gesolreut", Jam
[10] Porto Recanati (Italy), Arena Beneamino Gigli
[11] St. Mauro Mare (Italy), Geo Club
[19] Bilzen (Belgium), Jazz Festival [also: The Troggs, Alquin, Colin Blunstone, Joe Henderson, Achie Shepp, Cecil Taylor...]

September

Planned US tour is cancelled
[08] Eichenring (Germany), Speed-Way Stadion (Scheeßel Rock Festival) [also: Nucleus, East Of Eden...]

October

[05] "Seven" is released
[12] Uxbridge, Brunel University (Refectory Building / Kingston Lane) [support: Sun Treader]
[18] Warwick, University [support: Sasafras]
[26] Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Lantaren
Setlist: "Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album", "Between", "The Soft Weed Factor", "Lefty", "Gesolreut", "EPV", "Down The Road", "37 1/2", "Riff II", "Chloe And The Pirates", "Hazard Profile"
[27] Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw
[30] London, BBC Maida Vale Studios (Top Gear) - "Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album", "Hazard Profile", "Sinepost" / "Down The Road" performed (broadcast Nov 20)

November

[04] London, Rainbow Theatre (Robert Wyatt benefit) [with Pink Floyd] (two shows)
[09] London, Goldsmith's College [also: Jackie Whitren]
[10-11] Ilfracombe (MU Workshop) [with special guest Allan Holdsworth]
[17] Leeds, University
[23] Edinburgh, University
[24] Glasgow, University
[29-30] London, BBC TV Studios (Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells") [Mike Ratledge (piano) & Karl Jenkins (oboe) perform as part of a large line-up comprising members of Gong and Henry Cow plus Jon Field, David Bedford, Ted Speight and Mick Taylor]

December

[07] Coleraine (Ireland), University [with special guest Allan Holdsworth]
[08] Belfast (Ireland), Queen's University [with special guest Allan Holdsworth]
Allan Holdsworth joins full-time
[23] London, Roundhouse (Christmas Party) [also: Arthur Brown, Mike Gibbs Band, Keith Christmas, Lol Coxhill, Ivor Cutler...]

1974

January

[03] Palermo (Italy), Teatro Biondo
[04] Catania (Italy), Teatro Ambasciatori
[07] Bari (Italy), Teatro Petruzzelli
[08] Rome (Italy), Teatro Brancaccio (two shows) [support: Perigeo]
[09] Naples (Italy), Palasport
[10] Ancona (Italy), Teatro Metropolitan
[11] Bologna (Italy), venue unknown
[12] Genova (Italy), Teatro Alcione (postponed to 14-01)
[13] Travagliato (Italy), Supertividi
[14] Genova (Italy), Teatro Alcione [support: Perigeo]
[15] Turin (Italy), Palasport [support: Perigeo]
[16] Treviso (Italy), Teatro Garibaldi [support: Perigeo]
[17] Florence (Italy), Teatro Astoria [support: Perigeo]
[28] Munich (Germany), Theater a.d. Brienner Straße
[29] Heidelberg (Germany)
[30] Saarbrücken (Germany), ATSV-Halle
[31] Dortmund (Germany), Westfalenhalle

February

[02] Hannover (Germany)
[03] Hamburg (Germany), Musikhalle Großersaal
[04] Göttingen (Germany)
Soft Machine embark on a North American tour encompassing the East coast of the USA and Québec
[14] Québec City (Canada), Union Hall
[15] Montréal (Canada), CEGEP de Maisonneuve [support: Maneige]
[16] Toronto (Canada), Victory Theater
[18] Cleveland, OH (USA), Smiling Dog Saloon (two shows) [also: Oregon]
[--] Cleveland, OH (USA), Agora Ballroom [also: LAW]
[21] Columbus, OH (USA), Agora
[22] Baltimore, MD (USA), Latin Casino
[25-27] Atlanta, GA (USA), Richard's (broadcast on WRAS/WREK-FM radio)

March

[05-06] Bryn Mawr [nr Philadelphia], PA (USA), The Main Point
[07] Elizabeth, NJ (USA), Liberty Theater [also: Quicksilver, Black Rabbit]
[11] East Lansing, MI (USA), The Brewery [also: The Flock]
[13] Syracuse, NY (USA), University - Crouse College
[--] Rochester, NY (USA), Nazareth Performing Arts Center
[--] Washington DC (USA), Kennedy Center [also: Larry Coryell's Eleventh House]
[18-19] Roslyn, NY (USA), My Father's Place
[20] Ottawa (Canada), Civic Centre [supporting The James Gang, also: Roy Buchanan]
[22] Upper Darby, PA (USA), Tower Theater [also: Argent, The Strawbs, Wishbone Ash]
[23] New York City, NY (USA), Howard Stein's Academy Of Music [also: Renaissance, Larry Coryell's Eleventh House]
[24] Boston, MA (USA), Harvard University

April

Soft Machine were initially due to embark on a tour of the US West Coast after a couple of weeks' break in England, but that second half of the American tour was eventually cancelled after CBS pulled their backing
[20] Portland, OR (USA), Paramount Theater (cancelled)

May

[11] Brighton, Sussex University [also: Isotope, Steve Ashby]
[12] York, University - Lyons Concert Hall (MU Rock Workshop)
[16] Jouy-en-Josas [nr Paris] (France), HEC (Festival Jouy-en-Josas - "Robert Wyatt Benefit") [support: Camel]
[17] Reims (France), ESC ("Robert Wyatt Benefit") [support: Camel]
[19] Mulhouse (France), Palais des Fêtes ("Robert Wyatt Benefit") [support: Camel]
[20] Stoke-on-Trent (MU Workshop) [R.Babbington & J.Marshall]
[21] Middlesborough (MU Workshop) [R.Babbington & J.Marshall]

June

[01] Walthamstow [London], North-East London Poly [support: Keith Christmas]
[03] Bern (Switzerland), Festhalle (1st International Festival) [also: Refugee, Tempest, Uriah Heep, Roy Harper, Babe Ruth, Black Oak Arkansas...] (SM cancelled?)
[10] London, BBC Langham Studios (Jazz In Britain) - "North Post" (drums/synthesizer duo) / "The Man Who Waved At Trains" (incl. "Peff") and "Plain Bob" [a/k/a "Hazard Profile"] performed (broadcast Aug 26)
[22] Crewe, venue unknown
[29] Newcastle (MU Rock Workshop) [afternoon]
[29] Newcastle, Guildhall [support: Steve Brown Band]
[30] Newcastle (MU Rock Workshop) [afternoon]

July

[04] Montreux (Switzerland), Jazz Festival [also: Billy Cobham's Spectrum, Art Ensemble Of Chicago]
Setlist: "Hazard Profile", "The Floating World" / "Ealing Comedy" (bass solo) / "Bundles" / "Joint" / "The Man Who Waved At Trains" / "L.B.O." (drum solo) / "Riff II" // "Lefty", "Penny Hitch"
[06] London, Olympia (Rock Proms) (SM appearance cancelled)
[12] London, Rainbow Theatre (cancelled)
[12] Maidstone
[mid] Liverpool, O'Connors Tavern (MU Workshop) [R.Babbington & J.Marshall + Derek Wadsworth, Geoff Castle and Ed Speight]
[16-18] London, CBS studios [sessions for "Bundles"]
[20] Arnhem (Netherlands), Stokvishal [support: Moonstone]
[21] Meerlo (Netherlands) (Midsummer Pop Festival) [also: Solution, Stackridge, Kevin Ayers, Tim Hardin...]
[22] Tournai (Belgium) (Rock Festival) [also: Nucleus, Magma...]
[23-26] London, CBS studios [sessions for "Bundles"]
[31] Nice (France), venue unknown

August

[04] Milano Marittima (Italy), Papagajo Club
[05] Bologna (Italy), Arena Dopolav. Ferrov.
[06] Miramare Di Rimini (Italy), L'Altro Mondo
[07] Iesolo Lido (Italy), Barbecue Music Hall
[08] Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy), Cinecity
[09] San Mauro Mare [Forli] (Italy), Geo Club
[10] Pescara (Italy), Piscine Le Naiadi
[11] Macerata (Italy), Arena Sferisferio
[12] Pesaro (Italy), Palasport
[13] Miramare Di Rimini (Italy), L'Altro Mondo
[14] Tirrenia (Italy), Campo Sportivo
[23] Tabarka (Tunisia)
[24-25] Jerba (Tunisia)

September

[23] Rome (Italy), Villa Pamphili Festival [also: Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, Biglietto Per L'Inferno, Sensation's Fix, Perigeo]

October

[08] Zurich (Switzerland), Volkhaus
[09] St. Gallen (Switzerland), Hotel Ekkehard
[18] Greenwich, Borough Hall [support: Scaffell Pike]
[22] Aberdeen, University
[23] Edinburgh, Usher Hall
[26] Manchester, University [also: Supertramp]
[27] London, Rainbow Theatre [support: Amazing Blondel]
[28] Cambridge, Lady Mitchell Hall
[29] Birmingham, University

November

[01] Bangor, University of Wales
[02] Bristol, University
[06] Swansea
[07] Barry, Memorial Hall
[09] Dublin, University College
[10] Belfast, Queen's University (Arts Festival)
[21] Paris (France), Fac de Droit d'Assas [support: Half-Human Band]
[23] Poitiers (France), Arènes [support: Nucleus]
[24] Lyon (France), Palais d'Hiver
[27] Metz (France), Palais des Sports

1975

January

[09] Nijmegen (Netherlands), De Verenging
[10] Enschede (Netherlands), Technische Hogeschool Twente
[11] Tilburg (Netherlands), Stadsschouwburg
[12] Groningen (Netherlands), De Oosterpoort
[13] Amsterdam (Netherlands), Theater Carré [support: Curved Air]
[16] Stuttgart (Germany), Gustav-Siegle Haus
[17] Freiburg (Germany), Audimax der Uni-GHS
[18] Saarbrücken (Germany), Audimax der Uni-GHS
[19] Mainz (Germany), Konzerthaus Elzer Hof
[21] Bensberg [nr Köln] (Germany), Schulzentrum
[22] Duisburg (Germany), Audimax der Uni-GHS
[23] Göttingen (Germany), Stadthalle
[24] Hamburg (Germany), Fabrik
[25] Weissenohe-Gräfenberg (Germany), Jugendzentrum
[26] Höxter (Germany), Mensa Universität
[28] Hildesheim (Germany), Sporthalle
[29] Bremen (Germany), Postaula [concert for Radio Bremen broadcast]
Setlist: "The Floating World" / "Bundles" / "Land Of The Bag Snake" / "Ealing Comedy" (bass solo) / "The Man Who Waved At Trains" / "Peff" / "North Point" (drums/synth duo) / "Hazard Profile" // drum solo / jam // "Song Of Aeolus" / jam

February

[01] Liège (Belgium), Salle de l'Emulation
[09] Barcelona (Spain), Palau de la Musica del Millet (two shows)
[10-11] Valencia (Spain)
[13] San Sebastian (Spain)
[17] London, Rainbow Theatre [support: Larry Coryell's Eleventh House]

March

"Bundles" is released
[16] Paris (France), Parc des Expositions (Fête du Parti Communiste)
[18] Bordeaux (France), Théâtre de l'Alhambra
[19] return from France
[21] Coventry, Lanchester Poly (Triumph Workers benefit) [support: Zzebra]
[22] Bristol, Colston Hall [support: Zzebra]
[23] Manchester, Free Trade Hall [support: Zzebra]
[24] Birmingham, Town Hall [support: Zzebra]
[25] Newcastle, Civic Hall [support: Zzebra]
[26] Edinburgh, Usher Hall [support: Zzebra]

April

Allan Holdsworth leaves. John Etheridge (ex-Darryl Way's Wolf and Global Village Trucking Co.) replaces him
[25] London, Southwark Cathedral (Shakespeare Festival) [feat. Karl Jenkins]
[26] Brescia (Italy), Teatro Francescarum
[28] Livorno (Italy), Teatro Goldoni
[29] Pordenone (Italy), Teatro Verdi

May

[01] Santhia (Italy), Sporting Club
[02] Genova (Italy), Teatro Aliseo
[04] Marmirolo (Italy), El. Patio
[06] Trieste (Italy), Politeamo Rossetti
[07] Lugo (Italy), Bacharach Club
[08] Oscasale (Italy), Diedrom
[11] Latina (Italy)
[12] Bari (Italy)
[13] Taranto or Lecce (Italy)
[15] Catania (Italy)
[16] Palermo (Italy)
[late] The band are forced to cancel the last seven gigs of their projected 22-date Italian tour

June

[03] Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail
[04] Dijon (France), Hall des Expositions
[06] Arles (France), Arènes
[05] Strasbourg (France), Hall Tivoli
[07] Nice (France), Théâtre de Verdure
[15] Breda (Netherlands), Turfschip (Summerpop '75) [also: Camel, Finch, Hank the Knife...]
[18] Langelsheim (Germany)
[19] Übach-Palenberg (Germany)
[20] Singen (Germany)
[21] Mosbach (Germany)
[22] Heidesheim-am-Rhein (Germany)
[23] Hagen (Germany)
[24] Münster (Germany)
[25] (Germany)
[27] Hamburg (Germany)
[28] Kiel (Germany)
[29] Hannover (Germany)

July

[29-] Brussels (Belgium), Morgan Studios (JM sessions for Pork Pie)

August

Soft Machine take part in the BTM-organised Startruckin' Tour, with Wishbone Ash, Caravan, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Climax Blues Band and others (including Ike and Tina Turner), playing festivals around Europe (As on each dates some bands played and others not, some of the dates on the list below may not have actually featured Soft Machine)
[05] Copenhague (Denmark), Falkener Theater (without SM?)
[07] Oslo (Norway), Château-Neuf (without SM?)
[09] Turku (Finland), Runsala Folk Park (without SM?)
[11] Stockholm (Sweden), Tivoli (without SM?)
[14] Leiden (Netherlands), Groenoordhal
[15] Bilzen (Belgium), Bilzen Festival [also: Earth & Fire]
[16] Ludwigsburg (Germany), Stadion Gelende
[17] Orange (France), Amphithéâtre (Festival d'Orange)
[18] Marbella (Spain), Plaza de Toros
[24] Reading, Richfield Avenue (Reading Festival)
[27] Zurich (Switzerland), Hallenstadion
[29] Vienna (Austria), Sporthalle
[31] Berlin (Germany)

September

[02] Hannover (Germany)
[05] Essen (Germany)
[06] Amsterdam (Netherlands), Jaap Edenhal [also: Wishbone Ash, Climax Blues Band]
[21] London, Tooting Bec Common (National Abortion Campaign Benefit) [also: Kevin Coyne, Ivor Cutler]
[27] Aberystwyth, University of Wales

October

[04] Colchester, Essex University
[08] Norwich
[10] Edinburgh, University
[11] Nottingham, University
([12] Nancy (France), Festival Nancy Jazz Pulsations [Centipede, feat. J.Marshall])
[17] London, Central London Poly [support: Raymond Tissier]
[22] Southampton, University
[25] Manchester, University
[31] St.Albans, City Hall [support: Raymond Tissier]

November

[01] Canterbury, Kent University
[16] St.Nazaire (France), La Soucoupe
[18] Brest (France), Vox
[19] Rennes (France), Le Royal
[21] Paris (France), Palais de Chaillot (Nuit du Festival de Paris)
[22] Douai (France), MJC
[23] Reims (France), Maison de la Culture André Malraux (Reims Jazz Festival) (two shows - 2.30 & 8.45pm) [support: Sartan]
[24] St.Etienne (France), Salle des Mutilés
[25] Annecy (France), Théâtre Municipal (or Grenoble?)
[26] Marseille (France), Cinéma Variétés
[27] Montpellier (France), Cinéma Le Régent
[29] Toulouse (France), Palais des Sports [also: Au Fond Du Couloir A Gauche]

December

[01] Bordeaux (France), Théâtre de L'Alhambra
[02] Poitiers (France), Arènes
[03] Orléans (France), Salle des Fêtes [support: Masal]
[04] Paris (France), Salle Wagram [support: Synchro-Rythmic-Electric-Langage]
[06] Colmar (France)

1976

January

[09-11] London, Abbey Road Studios (sessions for "Softs")
[13] London, Abbey Road Studios (sessions for "Softs")
[21-24] London, Abbey Road Studios (sessions for "Softs")
[29] London, Abbey Road Studios (sessions for "Softs")
Alan Wakeman joins after guesting on the sessions

February

[10] Bruxelles (Belgium), Auditorium P.E. Janson
[11] Anvers (Belgium), R.U.C.A.
[12] Louvain (Belgium)
[13] Marcinelle [Charleroi] (Belgium), Salle de la Ruche
[16] Milan (Italy)
[17] Reggio Emilia (Italy)
[19] Trieste (Italy)
[20] Vicenza (Italy)
[21] Venice (Italy)
[22] Modena (Italy)
[23] Rome (Italy)
[24] Bologna (Italy)
[25] unknown (Italy)
[27] Genua (Italy)
[28] Turin (Italy)
[29] Padua (Italy)
Typical setlist: "Hazard Profile", "Aubade" / "The Tale Of Taliesin", "The Floating World", "Bundles", "Ban Ban Caliban", "Out Of Season", "Song Of Aeolus"

March

[02] Vienna (Austria)
Mike Ratledge leaves
[08-09] London, DeWolfe Studios : sessions for "Rubber Riff" (library music composed by Karl Jenkins)
(Wakeman absent, Carol Barratt (Karl Jenkins' wife) doubles on keyboards; Ray Warleigh guests on flute)
[10-12] London, Abbey Road Studios (sessions for "Softs")
[18-19] London, Abbey Road Studios (sessions for "Softs")

May

([02] London, Maximum Sound Studios [Unity/Hanwell Band sessions, with R.Babbington])
([06-08] Munich (Germany), Union Studio (sessions for Charlie Mariano's "Helen 12 Trees") [J.Marshall, also Jack Bruce, Jan Hammer...])

June

[11] Hoenbroek (Netherlands), Luxor Pallas Theater
[12] Zwolle (Netherlands), Ijssehal [also: Noel Redding Band, Average White Band]
[22-23] Dublin, Liberty Theatre
[25] "Softs" is released
[27] London, Hammersmith Palais [also: Automatic Man, Ron Geesin]

July

Alan Wakeman leaves to join the David Essex Band, and is temporarily replaced by Ray Warleigh
[early] London (rehearsals)
[07] Manchester (filming for ITV programme "Rock Festival : So It Goes", broadcast August 7th/8th) ("The Tale Of Taliesin" performed)
[14] Pistoia (Italy)
[17] Castelfiorentino (Italy)
[19] Milan (Italy)
[21] Cittadella (Italy)
[24] Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) (two shows)
[25] Este (Italy)
[26] Miramare (Italy)
[27] Milano Marittima (Italy)
[31] Este (Italy)

August

[01] Este (Italy)
[02] Porto Recannatti (Italy)
[03] Cittadella (Italy)
[05] (Italy)
[06] Miramare (Italy)
[07] Lido di Jesolo (Italy)
[08] Trieste (Italy)
[10] Viareggio (Italy)
[11] Isola d'Elba (Italy)
[14] Vieste (Italy)
[15] Manfredonia (Italy)
[16] Paola (Italy)
[17] Salerno (Italy)
[31] Edinburgh, Playhouse [also: Kevin Ayers]
Roy Babbington & Ray Warleigh leave

September

Ric Sanders joins on violin
[late] Percy Jones (Brand X) joins as temporary bassist
Typical setlist: "The Floating World", "Bundles", "Land Of The Bag Snake", "Out Of Season", "Ban Ban Caliban", Violin Jam, "The Tale Of Taliesin", Drum Solo, "Hazard Profile", "Song Of Aeolus", "One Over The Eight"
[26] Munich (Germany), Deutsches Museum [also: Shakti]
[27] Saarbrücken (Germany), Kongresshalle [also: Shakti]
[28] Sindelfingen (Germany) [also: Shakti]
[29] Mannheim (Germany) [also: Shakti]
[30] Frankfurt-am-Main (Germany) [also: Shakti]

October

[01] Düsseldorf (Germany), Philipshalle [also: Shakti]
[02] Hannover (Germany), Niedersachsenhalle [also: Shakti]
[03] Berlin (Germany), Neue Welt [also: Shakti]
[04] Hamburg (Germany), Musikhalle [also: Shakti]
[06] Oslo (Norway) [also: Shakti]
[07] Stockholm (Sweden) [also: Shakti]
[08] Växjö (Sweden) [also: Shakti]
[09] Roskilde [nr Copenhagen] (Denmark) [also: Shakti]
[10] Arhus (Denmark) [also: Shakti]
[12] Dortmund (Germany) [also: Shakti]
[14] Eindhoven (Netherlands) [also: Shakti]
[15] Uden (Netherlands) [also: Shakti]
[29] Newcastle, University Theatre (Newcastle Jazz Festival)

November

[13] BBC TV and radio feature Soft Machine in a recording made at the recent Newcastle Jazz Festival

December

Steve Cook replaces Percy Jones on bass
[08] Orléans (France) [supporting Caravan]
[09] Lyon (France) [supporting Caravan]
[10] Montpellier (France)
[11] Bordeaux (France)
[13] Paris (France), Palais des Sports [supporting Caravan and Kevin Ayers]
[14] Reims (France)
[23] Amsterdam (Netherlands) (TV broadcast - no further details)

1977

January

[09] Basildon
[28] Valkenburg (Netherlands)
[29] Hoensbroek (Netherlands), Luxor Palace
[30] Dortmund (Germany), Westfalenhalle
[31] Koblenz (Germany), Rhein-Mosel-Halle

February

[01] Erlangen (Germany)
[02] Regensburg (Germany)
[03] Graz (Austria)
[04] Ljubljiana (Yugoslavia)
[05-06] Zagreb (Yugoslavia)
[07] Belgrade (Yugoslavia)
[10] Utrecht (Netherlands), Rasa [support: National Health]
[11] Vlaardingen (Netherlands), Stadsgehoorzaal [support: Oasis]
[12] Delft (Netherlands), Stadsdoelen [support: Oasis]
[13] Heerenveen (Netherlands), Schouwburg [support: Oasis]
[14] Louvain (Belgium) (cancelled?)
[15] Liège (Belgium) (cancelled?)
[16] Bruxelles (Belgium) (cancelled?)

March

[29] London, Shaw Theatre [The Blue Notes, with John Marshall on drums]

June

Allan Holdsworth briefly rejoins for a brief tour of Portugal
[03] Sexta-Feira (Portugal), Pavilhão dos Desportos de Cascais [also: Buck Clayton Quintet]
[--] Espinho (Portugal) (Festival Internacional de Jazz de Espinho) [also: Cecil Taylor]
[19] London, Alexandra Palace (People's Jubilee Festival) [also: Amalgam, Isipingo, Lol Coxhill, Aswad, Shakin' Stevens]

July

[06-09] Paris (France), Le Palace
London, Advision Studios (overdubs for live album)

August

[09] Lignano (Italy), Tenda Show
[10] Loano (Italy), Cabana Club
[11] Genoa (Italy), Teatro Ambra
[14] Tatti [nr Grosseto] (Italy) (benefit concert)
[15] Pescara (Italy), Stadio Communale
[16] Formia (Italy), Stadio Communale
[17] Rome (Italy), Tendastrisce
[18] Arenzano (Italy), La Bussola
[20] Venice (Italy), Cinema Drago

1978

March

"Alive & Well - Recorded In Paris" released

September

Planned Italian tour (with Alan Wakeman) is cancelled at the last minute
[11] Varese (Italy), Palasport (cancelled)
[13] Terni (Italy), Politeama Luciolo (cancelled)
[14] Firenze (Italy), Parterre (cancelled)
[15] Forli (Italy), Palasport (Villa Romiti) (cancelled)
[16] Genova (Italy), Palasport (Festival Unita) (cancelled)
[17] Cantù (Italy), Palasport (cancelled)
[18] Formigine (Italy), Picchio Rosso (cancelled)
[20] Rome (Italy) (cancelled)
[21] Naples (Italy) (cancelled)

December

The only concert of 1978, and Soft Machine's last gig until the 1984 reformation
Probable line-up is Jenkins, Marshall, Sanders, Cook and Allan Holdsworth
[08] Dortmund (Germany), Westfalenhalle (Sound & Musik Festival '78) [also: SBB, Colosseum II]

1980

June

[16-20] London, Pye and Riverside Studios (sessions for "Land Of Cockayne")
[23-27] London, Pye and Riverside Studios (sessions for "Land Of Cockayne")
Line-up : Karl Jenkins and John Marshall, with Allan Holdsworth, Jack Bruce, Ray Warleigh, Alan Parker, John Taylor
Marshall: "'Land Of Cockayne' was conceived primarily as a recording project. Management difficulties and lack of resources meant that gigs weren't possible"

July

[17-19] London, Pye and Riverside Studios (sessions for "Land Of Cockayne")

1981

March

"Land Of Cockayne" released

1984

July

Soft Machine reforms for a week of gigs at Ronnie Scott's Club, London, with a line-up of Karl Jenkins, John Marshall, John Etheridge, Ray Warleigh, Dave MacRae and Paul Carmichael (bass)
[30-31] London, Ronnie Scott's

August

[01-04] London, Ronnie Scott's

1999

September

SoftWhere (or SoftWare) is formed by ex-Soft Machine members Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper and John Marshall with Keith Tippett
[04] Augustusburg (Germany), Castle [SoftWhere]
Setlist: "Calyx" [P.Miller] / "Seven For Lee" / "Small Strides" / "Frankly Speaking" / "Dedicated To Mingus" / unknown / "Miniluv", "First Eleven" / drum solo / "Malachite" [J.Surman] / "You Think You Know Me" [M.Feza]

2002

June

SoftWorks is formed by ex-Soft Machine members Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, John Marshall and Allan Holdsworth
[05-07] London, Eastcote Studios (sessions for "Abracadabra") [SoftWorks]

August

[18] Seattle, Moore Theater (Progman Cometh festival) [also: University Of Errors with Kevin Ayers] [SoftWorks]

2003

August

[08-09] Tokyo (Japan) [SoftWorks]
Setlist: "Seven Formerly", "Alphrazallan", "Elsewhere", "Baker's Treat", "K-Licks" // "Kings and Queens", "Willie's Knee", drum solo, "Madame Vintage", "Abracadabra", "As If", "Facelift" // "First Trane"
[10] Tokyo (Japan) [SoftWorks]
Setlist: "Seven Formerly", "Alphrazallan", "Baker's Treat", "K-Licks", "Kings and Queens", "Willie's Knee", drum solo, "Madame Vintage", "Abracadabra", "As If", "Facelift" // "First Trane"
[11] Osaka (Japan) [SoftWorks]
Setlist: "Seven Formerly", "Alphrazallan", "Elsewhere", "Baker's Treat", "K-Licks" // "Kings and Queens", "Willie's Knee", drum solo, "Madame Vintage", "Abracadabra", "As If", "Facelift" // "First Trane"

2004

January

[29] Sarzana [nr La Spezia] (Italy), Jux Tap [SoftWorks]
[30] Marghera [nr Venice] (Italy), 041 [SoftWorks]
[31] Trento (Italy), Teatro Auditorium S. Chiara [SoftWorks]

February

[02] Forli (Italy), Naima Club [SoftWorks]
[03] Florence (Italy), Auditorium F.L.O.G. [SoftWorks]

March

[05] Mexicali (Mexico), Baja Prog Festival [SoftWorks]

October

First two gigs by a new variant of SoftWorks, the Soft Machine Legacy - Liam Genockey deps for Marshall who has ligament problems
[09] Eskisehir Jazz Festival (Turkey) [E.Dean-J.Etheridge-H.Hopper-L.Genockey]
[15] Usti nad Lebem Festival, Czech Republik [E.Dean-J.Etheridge-H.Hopper-L.Genockey]
Setlist: "Baker's Treat", "Facelift", "As If", "Gimlet Abides", "Strange Comforts" [Etheridge], "Wanglo Saxon", "Miniluv", "Willie The Knee", "Seven For Lee"

2005

April

[18] Poland [Soft Machine Legacy]

May

[10] Zaandam (Netherlands), De Kade [Soft Machine Legacy]
Setlist: "Seven For Lee", "Ash", "Wanglo-Saxon", "One Two One Two", "Baker's Treat", "The Grape Hounde" // "Grey Day", drum solo, guitar & drums duo, "Big Creese", "Kings And Queens", "As If" // "Facelift"
[12] Southampton, The Brook [Soft Machine Legacy] (cancelled)
[13] London, Mean Fiddler [Soft Machine Legacy]
[14] Deal, Astor Theatre [Soft Machine Legacy] (cancelled)
[15] Bilston, Robin 2 Club [Soft Machine Legacy]

June

[09] Marseille (France), Le Cri du Port [Soft Bounds - Jean-Michel Couchet replaces Elton Dean on sax]
[11] Les Lilas [nr Paris], Le Triton (Les Tritonales) [Soft Bounds] [guest: Jean-Michel Couchet]
[17] Frasne/Pontarlier (France), Festival Jazz En Franche-Comté [Soft Bounds] [also: Dondestan Tribute To Robert Wyatt]
Due to John Marshall suffering from hernia, he is replaced by Mark Fletcher and Liam Genockey on Soft Machine Legacy dates, and most of the projected Italian tour is postponed to September
[20] Barcelona (Spain) [Soft Machine Legacy - Mark Fletcher on drums]
[22] Glasgow, Spiegel Tent (Glasgow Festival) [Soft Machine Legacy - Mark Fletcher on drums]

July

[01] Mendrisio (Switzerland), Piazalle della Valle (Lugano Jazz Festival) [Soft Machine Legacy - Liam Genockey on drums]
[06-07] Paris (France), New Morning [Soft Machine Legacy - Mark Fletcher on drums]
[09] Perugia (Italy), Umbria Jazz Festival [Soft Machine Legacy - Liam Genockey on drums]
[11] Rome (Italy) [Soft Machine Legacy - Liam Genockey on drums]
[12] Ascoli Piceno (Italy) [Soft Machine Legacy - Liam Genockey on drums]
[14] Genova (Italy) [Soft Machine Legacy - Liam Genockey on drums]
[16] Olbia (Sardinia/Italy) [Soft Machine Legacy - Liam Genockey on drums]

September

[04-05] London, Eastcote Studios (sessions for album) [Soft Machine Legacy]

November

[12] Leverkusen (Germany), Jazz Festival [Soft Machine Legacy]

December

[12] Paris (France), New Morning [Soft Machine Legacy]
[15] Marseille (France), Montevideo Club [Soft Machine Legacy]
[16] Nice (France), Cedac de Cimiez [Soft Machine Legacy]

2006

February

Due to Elton Dean's declining health, Theo Travis replaces him (all subsequent SML gigs feature him unless otherwise stated)
[01] Wavendon, Theatre [Soft Machine Legacy]
[08] Elton Dean dies in London
[08-10] London, Pizza Express Jazz Club [Soft Machine Legacy]
[24] Rome (Italy) [Soft Machine Legacy] (cancelled)

March

[03] Exeter, Vibraphonic Festival [Soft Machine Legacy]

April

[30] Le Mans (France), Europa Jazz Festival [Soft Bounds with Simon Picard]

May

[04] Paris (France), Sunset Jazz Club [Soft Bounds with Simon Picard]
[09] London, 100 Club (Elton Dean Memorial Concert) [Soft Machine Legacy, also Keith Tippett...]
[18] Birkenhead, Into The Cool Festival [Soft Machine Legacy]
[25] Les Pennes-Mirabeau [nr Marseille] (France), Jas Rod (ProgSud Festival) [Soft Machine Legacy with Theo Travis]
[27] Les Lilas [nr Paris] (France), Le Triton (Elton Dean Memorial Concert) [Soft Bounds trio plus Pierre-Olivier Govin, Jim Dvorak & Patrice Meyer] [also: Pip Pyle's Equip'Out, Faton Cahen Trio, John Greaves & Sophia Domancich, Patrice Meyer & Didier Malherbe, The Wrong Object, All-Star Jam]
[29] Coventry, Jazz Festival [Soft Machine Legacy]

June

[14] Monza (Italy), Festival [Soft Machine Legacy] (cancelled)
[17-18] Kawasaki [nr Tokyo] (Japan), Club Citta [Soft Machine Legacy]
[25] Udine (Italy), Festival [Soft Machine Legacy with Paul Dunmall]

July

[06] Torino (Italy), Alessandria [Soft Machine Legacy with Paul Dunmall]
[15] Rostock (Germany), Zappanale Festival [Soft Machine Legacy]
[19] Berlin (Germany), Quasimodo [Soft Machine Legacy]
[20] Dortmund (Germany) [Soft Machine Legacy]
[21] Burg-Herzberg (Germany), Festival [Soft Machine Legacy]

August

[17-20] New York City, NY (USA), Iridium Jazz Club [Soft Machine Legacy] (cancelled)
[25] Malguénac [nr Pontivy] (France), "Arts des Villes, Arts des Champs" Festival [Polysoft] [also: Sextet de Lyon, François Tusques Sextet, Snake Oil, Pienza, Dr Knock]
Line-up: Pierre-Olivier Govin & Jean-Rémy Guédon (saxes), Emmanuel Bex (organ), Hugh Hopper (bass), François Verly (drums)
[28] Norfolk, Burnham Market [Soft Machine Legacy]

October

[10] Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre [Soft Machine Legacy]
[15] Marsden, Marsden Mechanics (Marsden Jazz Festival) (afternoon)
[Soft Machine Legacy]

November

[17] Cambridge, The Junction [Soft Machine Legacy]

2007

January

[11-12] London, Pizza Express Jazz Club [Soft Machine Legacy]

March

[22] Southend, Cliffs Pavilion Jazz Bar [Soft Machine Legacy]

June

[04] Fasano (Italy), Fasano Jazz Festival [Soft Machine Legacy]

July

[07] Treviso (Italy), Treviso Music Festival [Soft Machine Legacy]
[19-20] Tokyo (Japan), SBT139
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[22] Fukuoka (Japan), Gate1s 7
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[23] Osaka (Japan), Big Cat
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[24] Nagoya (Japan), The Bottom Line
[Soft Machine Legacy]

August

[25-26] London, Pizza Express Jazz Club [Soft Machine Legacy]

October

[03] Innsbruck (Austria), Treibhaus [Soft Machine Legacy]
[04] Prague (Czech Republik), Akropolis
[Soft Machine Legacy] [support: Floating House]
[05] Halle (Germany), Objekt5
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[06] Karlsruhe (Germany), Tollhaus
[Soft Machine Legacy] [support: Jeff Aug solo]
[07] Verviers (Belgium), Spirit of 66
[Soft Machine Legacy] [support: Floating House]
[08] Groningen (Netherlands), Grand
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[09] Enschede (Netherlands), Atak
[Soft Machine Legacy] [support: Floating House]
[10] Wuppertal (Germany), LCB
[Soft Machine Legacy] [support: Floating House]
[11] Hamburg (Germany), Fabrik
[Soft Machine Legacy] [support: Floating House]
[12] Hildesheim (Germany), Vier Linden
[Soft Machine Legacy] [support: Floating House]
[13] Worpswede (Germany), Musikhalle
[Soft Machine Legacy] [support: Floating House]

November

[08-09] Athens (Greece), Rodeo Club [Soft Machine Legacy]

2008

January

[29] Bonn (Germany), Harmonie [Soft Machine Legacy]
[31] Marcq en Baroeul [nr Lille] (France), Théâtre Charcot [Soft Machine Legacy]

July

[26] Malaga (Spain), Antequara Blues Festival (Roy Babbington on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]
[27] San Sebastian (Spain), Heineken Jazz Festival (Roy Babbington on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]

August

[09] Brecon (Wales), Jazz Festival (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]

September

[16] Verviers (Belgium), Spirit of 66 (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]
[18] Abertillery (Wales) (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]
[21] Wolverhampton, Robin 2 (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]
[22] London, Jazz Café (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]

November

[16] Teignmouth Festival (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]

December

[14] London, 100 Club [Soft Trio: Etheridge, Babbington & Marshall] [also: In Cahoots, Delta Sax Quartet, Domancich/Goubert Duo, Alex Maguire Sextet...]
[18] Leicester, The Y Theatre (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]

2009

February

[04] Rome (Italy), Stazione Birra (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]
[05] Trascore Balnearo / Brescia (Italy), Teatro Nuovo (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]
[06] Forli (Italy), Naima Club (Fred Baker on bass) [Soft Machine Legacy]

October

Roy Babbington formally replaces Hugh Hopper (who died in June) on bass
[13] Verviers (Belgium), Spirit of 66
[14] Dortmund (Germany), Musiktheater Piano
[15] Amstelveen (Holland), P60
[17] Flensburg (Germany), Roxy
[18] Oldenburg (Germany), Kulturzentrum PFL
[19] Halle (Germany), Objekt5
[20] Nurnberg (Germany), Hirsch
[22] Linz (Austria), Posthof
[23] Habach (Germany), Village
[24] Immenstadt (Germany), Rainbow
[25] Remchingen (Germany), Kulturhalle
[26] Zurich (Switzerland), Moods
[28] Mainz (Germany), Frankfurter Hof
[29] Stuttgart (Germany), BIX

2010

July

[18] London, Pizza Express Jazz Club [Soft Machine Legacy]

August

[08] Giarre, CT [Sicily] (Italy), Parco Giardino Macchia (Esonemea In Jazz) [Soft Machine Legacy]

2011

March

[30] Genova (Italy), Auditorium Porto Antico [Soft Machine Legacy]
[31] Rome (Italy), Jailbreak
[Soft Machine Legacy]

April

[01] Piangipane [Ravenna] (Italy), Teatro Sociale [Soft Machine Legacy]
[17] Sao Paulo (Brazil), Palco do Jazz (Virada Cultural Festival)
[Soft Machine Legacy]

May

[09] Vienna (Austria), Porgy & Bess [Soft Machine Legacy]
[11] Salzburg (Austria), Jazzi
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[12] Prague (Czech Rep.), Lucerna Music Bar
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[13] Poznan (Poland), Blue Note
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[14] Schwerin (Germany), Speicher
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[16] Hamburg (Germany), Downtown Bluesclub
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[17] Bremen (Germany), MS Treu
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[18] Leverkusen (Germany), Scala
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[19] Zoetermeer (Netherlands), Boerderij
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[20] Madrid (Spain), Sala Clamores
[Soft Machine Legacy]
[21] Granada (Spain), Teatro Isidoro Maiquez
[Soft Machine Legacy]

June

[17] Manchester, Band On The Wall [Soft Machine Legacy]

September

[04] Sant'Anna Arresi [Sardinia] (Italy), Piazza del Nuraghe (Sardinia Jazz Festival) [guest: Tony Levin (Chapman Stick)] [Soft Machine Legacy]

November

[05] Athens (Greece), Gagarin 205 [Soft Machine Legacy]