Thomas Dolby's U.S. Time Capsule Tour announced

Article Contributed by conqueroo | Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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. “If you had 30 seconds to explain to an alien visitor what went wrong with our civilization, what would you say?” said Thomas Dolby. “Our species may not be around on this planet much longer, so you might as well leave a welcome message for the next guys!” The Time Capsule Tour kicks off at SXSW in Austin, TX April 12-17, and will take in 24 U.S. cities and two in Canada. A full list is at, while news, merchandise and additional perks are available at the Flat Earth Society fan club. Anyone joining before January 31, 2012 will earn a free download of an exclusive three-remix Thomas Dolby EP entitled “Return to Oceanea.”--Tour Dates:Fri., March 16  AUSTIN, TX SXSWSat., March 17  NEW ORLEANS, LA  TipitinasSun., March 18  ORLANDO, FL  SocialMon., March 19  BIRMINGHAM, AL  Workplay (Seated)Tues., March 20  ATLANTA, GA The LoftWed., March 21  GREENVILLE, SC  HandlebarFri., March 23  ANNAPOLIS, MD Ram’s HeadSat., March 24  PHILADELPHIA, PA  World CaféSun., March 25  ALEXANDRIA, VA  BirchmereWed., March 28 SELLERSVILLE, PA  Sellersville TheaterThurs., March 29  NEW YORK, NY  Canal RoomFri., March 30  NORTHAMPTON, MA  Iron HorseSat., March 31  RIDGEFIELD, CT  Ridgefield PlayhouseSun., April 1  MONTREAL, QC L’AstralMon., April 2  TORONTO, ON Mod ClubWed., April 4  DETROIT, MI  Royal OakThurs., April 5 CHICAGO, IL  Park WestFri., April 6  MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural CenterTues., April 10  VANCOUVER, BC Rio TheatreWed., April 11  SEATTLE, WA  Showbox at the MarketFri., April 13  SAN FRANCISCO, CA  Red Devil LoungeSat., April 14  SACRAMENTO, CA Ace of Spades / HarlowsMon., April 16  SAN DIEGO, CA Belly Up Tavern / AnthologyTues., April 17  LOS ANGELES, CA  Largo