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Live: The Thrills, Magic Numbers, Tiny Dancers + Crowded House @ AOL Summer Cooler

By on Friday, 29th June 2007 at 1:40 am

Dome“We’re proud to be able to play in one of Tony Blair’s legacies to the UK” David Kay of Tiny Dancers said of their chance to be one of the first bands to play the indigo2 at the former Millenium Dome.

One of the most state of the art venues in the UK Indigo2 is the smaller of two venues at the new O2 complex which comprises shops, bars and cinema as well as the 20,000 arena and the 2,500 capacity indigo2. A contender to the likes of Koko and Shepherds Bush, its small enough for it to be used as “club gigs” for big bands, and large enough for small bands to aim for.

Up in the balcony the venue looked distinctly like a cinema, with plush seats (complete with stewards to tell you to get them off the seat in front) and speakers throughout. However, it lacks the quirks of some older venues: Whilst the sound is simply superb, the place lacks some of the atmosphere that darker, dingier places like the Astoria have and makes them so loved.

For the first nights entertainment, AOL took it over for their “sessions”, which last night saw Tiny Dancers, The Thrills, Magic Numbers and Crowded House take to the stage. Tiny Dancers were first up, playing to a half empty venue, however soon got into the spirit of things, playing five songs. Highlight was “Hannah, We Know” which saw dancing lego people on the giant screens behind the stage.

The Thrills were next up, debuting new material from their forthcoming album “Teenagers” alongside old favourites “Santa Cruz”, “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?” and “One Horse Town”. Conor Deasy went into showman mode pretty quickly, getting everyone clapping along. Their new material is a natural progression from previous two albums, summery and Irish-American tinged.

In between sets AOL showed some of their previous sessions, with Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini and Ghosts all making appearances. In between The Thrills and Magic Numbers the crowd were treated to a backstage set from Siobhán Donaghy, which showed off her beautiful voice perfectly. However, being shown on video screens just made the entire audience feel detached from the experience.

Magic Numbers provided more summery tunes, with Michelle and Romeo seemingly a bit more used to the stage compared to when this Londonista saw them back in early 2005. Songs like “Forever Lost” and “Love Me Like You” sounded not at all faded, and performed with as much gusto as if they were written yesterday.

Finally, the guys most of the crowd had been waiting for, Crowded House. Hurtling through their set at a decent speed, they were chatty and genial to the crowd, with the Ozzies commenting that “It feels like I’m playing the Bowling Club Social” in regards to the number of summer hats floating around the crowd that were given out free by AOL. On their slower tracks, Neil Finn was clearly peeved with the amount of talking the balcony was doing, commenting “Listen you bastards! You can talk tomorrow!” which was a very fair point.

Four sets in four hours is a decent speed for any venue, however it’s just a shame it hasn’t got any of the soul some of London’s better venues have. The bands meanwhile overcame any issues they may have had with the venue by putting in a thoroughly entertaining show for all.

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The Verve / November / Tour

By on Tuesday, 26th June 2007 at 4:57 pm

Richard Ashcroft - The VerveThe Verve have announced that they’ll be reforming for a new tour and album in November this year. The band split acromoniously in 1999 when Richard Ashcroft and Nick McCabe fell out.

If only I was in the country I’d be there. A bit gutted that I’m not, as they’ll be awesome shows (if they’re still all on talking terms by then). It’ll be interesting to see what their new album is like, and if they can come out with anything anywhere near as good as Urban Hymns. They’ll play:

Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd November – Glasgow Academy
Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th November – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th November – London Roundhouse

Tickets are on sale NEXT Friday, July 6th at 9am.


Kasier Chiefs / Winter / Arena Tour

By on Tuesday, 26th June 2007 at 1:40 pm

Kaiser ChiefsKaiser Chiefs have announced a UK arena tour to cap off their year. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday morning at 9am via their ticket shop, or via usual sources at 9am on Friday.

Support for all dates comes from We Are Scientists and The Little Ones.

Wednesday 21st November – Exeter Westpoint Arena
Thursday 22nd November – Bournemouth BIC
Saturday 24th November – Cardiff CIA
Monday 26th November – Birmingham NIA
Wednesday 28th November – Nottingham Arena
Friday 30th November – Manchester MEN Arena
Monday 3rd November – Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
Tuesday 4th November – Hull Arena
Monday 10th December – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Friday 14th December – London Earls Court

Photo taken from Hi tekznologik’s flickr stream.


Kate Nash / Autumn / Tour

By on Monday, 25th June 2007 at 11:46 pm

Kate NashEveryones favourite Lily Allen wannabe, Kate Nash is on the road in October and November, going the whole hog round the UK. Catch her at:

Saturday 20th October – Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 21st October – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Monday 22nd October – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 24th October – Brighton Concorde 2
Thursday 25th October – Oxford Zodiac
Friday 26th October – Stoke Sugarmill
Sunday 28th October – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Monday 29th October – Glasgow Oran Mor
Tuesday 30th October – Newcastle Stage 2
Thursday 1st November – Cardiff Solus
Friday 2nd November – Nottingham Trent Uni
Saturday 3rd November – Northampton Roadmenders
Monday 5th November – Manchester Academy 2
Tuesday 6th November – Leeds City Varieties
Thursday 8th November – Liverpool Academy 2
Friday 9th November – Birmingham Irish Centre
Saturday 10th November – Bristol Anson Rooms
Monday 12th November – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 13th November – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Not sure when tickets are on sale, but they’re probably on Friday at 9am.

Photo from TobiasAC’s flickr stream.


Rufus Wainwright / October / Tour

By on Monday, 25th June 2007 at 7:36 pm

Rufus WainwrightEveryone’s favourite pop-opera guy Rufus Wainwright has announced a tour in October (well, lets face it, who hasn’t announced an October tour??). He plays:

Saturday 13 October – Gateshead The Sage
Wednesday 17 October – Liverpool Philharmonic
Thursday 18 October – Manchester Apollo
Friday 19 October – Sheffield City Hall
Sunday 21 October – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Monday 22 October – Cardiff Millennium Centre
Thursday 25 October – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Saturday 27 October – Harrogate International Centre
Tuesday 30 October – London Apollo Hammersmith

Tickets are 9am Friday.

Photo taken from Stinco di Porco’s flickr stream.


Athlete / Secret Gig / 5 July

By on Monday, 25th June 2007 at 5:52 pm

AthleteAthlete have announced that they will be playing a “secret” low key gig in South East London next Thursday, 5th July. Apparently the venue is easily accessibly by bus, DLR and British Rail. Full details of the location of the gig will be sent out with the tickets a few days before the event.

200 tickets will be available from their official website at 9am tomorrow (Tuesday 26th June).

Photo is taken from Narisa’s flickr stream

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