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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 21st July 2011 at 6:00 pm
Here’s the new promo video for ‘Switchblade Smile’ from those crazy cats Kasabian. And yes, they’re just a bit crazy in this one…you will see what I mean when you watch it below. (And it’s nothing like Coldplay‘s ‘Strawberry Swing’, which I initially typed out in this post. Oops.)
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 5th May 2011 at 9:00 am
Kasabian have announced a handful of dates as a warm-up to their summer of festivals. Tickets are £30 each and will be on sale tomorrow (Friday) at 9 AM.
Saturday 4th June 2011 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Sunday 5th June 2011 – Leeds O2 Academy
Tuesday 7th June 2011 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Wednesday 8th June 2011 – Manchester O2 Apollo
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 22nd July 2010 at 2:00 pm
Sunday. Day 4 of Roskilde. We’re in the homestretch now. It feels like I’ve been running a marathon for the last 3 days (complete with perspiration) and there is some relief that it will be over. But that is tempered largely by the thought that indeed, the festival will soon be over, which means my return to America. A sad thought.
I decide on a lie-in, a relaxing breakfast (as opposed to the semi-frantic protein bulk-up brekky of the day before), not traipsing over to the festival until mid-afternoon. The first act I see is Korean rhythmic group Dulsori, a swirling dervish of drum and stringed instrument players, both men and women. I feel terrible that they are in their traditional garb; they must be boiling. But the power and effort they use to put on a show seems unaffected by the freakishly hot temperatures. I didn’t think they would go down well with a Danish audience, but their performance concludes with loud cheers at Odeon.
Pavilion is close by to Odeon and quite near to what became my go-to food stall for sheer overall food size. (Slight hilarity that most of the food I ate at Roskilde came from a place called ‘Dixie Burger’ that served Southern-American style hamburgers.) And Pavilion is hosting the highly-touted Californian band Local Natives. Maybe it is because the festival is drawing to a close or I have seen so many great acts already, but I am not impressed by the band from Los Angeles. My ears perk up when I hear the riffs of ‘Flake’, a song by American surfer dude Jack Johnson that came out when I was in uni. I hang out with the tired festival-goers in the shade and watch Johnson from the Orange Stage jumbotrons. He was another act that I thought would get ‘lost in translation’ at Roskilde, but his low-key, ambling guitar pop seems to fit everyone here to a T.
After the cut: this review of day 4 continued with more photos.
Continue reading Roskilde Festival: Day 4 Roundup
Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive. From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.
Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.
It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.
Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.
The festival sold out within 90 minutes, so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!
Full lineup after the jump…
Continue reading Preview: T in the Park 2010
By Jess Grant
on Thursday, 25th March 2010 at 12:00 pm
We like a good festival here at There Goes the Fear, and as those anticipated summer months swiftly approach, we’re going to start having a nosey round at some upcoming music events across Blighty this 2010. So, to kick things off, grab your wellies, we’re heading off to V Festival!
All the action will be taking place across the weekend of Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd of August, at two major sites – Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex, and Weston Park, Staffordshire. Tickets for this year event sold out in record time – proof of the wide appeal of this varied festival.
As expected, the bosses at Virgin are serving up quite a commercial line up this year. While the two headliners, Kasabian and Kings of Leon, are certainly worth forking out for, how about the rest of the acts?
Well, erm, if Cheryl Cole, Chipmunk, Pixie Lott, Sugababes, Mika, Paloma Faith, Scouting for Girls and Paolo Nutini float your boat, then certainly, this fest is for you. However, if that’s not your kind of thing – never fear! There are some artists across the weekend set to salvage the festival from the prying hands of pop.
That husky voiced lot Stereophonics (pictured right) are the act on prior to Kings of Leon taking to the stage, as well as aging mod Paul Weller. Kasabian, meanwhile, will be following rave maestros, Faithless, and curly-haired indie kids, The Kooks.
Other acts appearing on the main stage at V include Editors, Madness, The Courteeners, Passion Pit and Skunk Anasie. Yay…
Headling the 4 Music stage this August is David Guetta and The Prodigy (who seem to have an inability to NOT appear at some sort of festival). Other acts appearing include Florence and the Machine, Calvin Harris, White Lies and The Temper Trap.
Meanwhile, The Arena shall be boasting of Pet Shop Boys, Groove Armada, Goldfrapp, La Roux, The Charlatans, Ellie Goulding and Imogen Heap. So at last we can all breath a sigh of relief that there is some decent music at this year’s V.
To conclude – while this festival may not be for musical purists out there, if you’re looking for a fun weekend out, V Festival will certainly prove a jolly good weekend.
Tickets have now sold out for the event, erm, not that I’m sure you mind after reading this, however.
By Jess Grant
on Tuesday, 22nd December 2009 at 4:00 pm
So, the curtain has near closed on 2009. It’s snowing, Rage Against the Machine are number one and Simon Cowell is left weeping in a corner – alas, all is generally well this December. Now time to look back over the past year and pick out some of our favourite albums of 2009.
Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
Arctic Monkeys returned this 2009 with a whole new sound to their name. Produced by the demigod that is Josh Homme, Humbug showcased a darker, more sinister side to the previously happy-chappy Sheffield quartet. Still brimming with Turner’s brilliant lyricism, the music is a whole lot more creepy, a lot more obscure in nature, and alas a lot more challenging to listeners.
Graham Coxon (pictured top)– The Spinning Top
Not content with merely reuniting with fellow Blur band mates this 2009, lo fi punk Graham Coxon also released his seventh solo album titled The Spinning Top this year. The 15-tracked record narrates the life and death of a man, all via a dreamy acoustic soundscape. Switching his typical power chords to finger picking folk pleased and amazed certain fans, but undoubtedly scared many others off.
La Roux – La Roux
The Jedward-haired electro pop starlet, complete without a smile, had a fantastic success of a year with her digital 80s beats tainted with heartbreak and pain. She put synths and oversized cameos back on the map, gaining hoards of fans with her gameboy hits such as ‘Bulletproof’ and ‘In for the Kill’. Undoubtedly one of the girls of the year.
The Boxer Rebellion – Union
The Boxer Rebellion scored themselves a number one hit over the pond on America’s iTunes alternative chart with second album Union, beating the likes of Kings of Leon and Coldplay while they were at it. Not bad for a band whos drummer used to give me music lessons. The album is truly immense, exploding with beautifully crafted, hypnotically gracious indie tunes.
Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
An exotic dalliance with 60s inspired psychedelia rightfully earned Kasabian a Mercury Music Prize nomination this 2009. From the stomping hit of ‘Fire’ to the trance-esque ‘Where Did All the Love Go?’, Kasabian at last confirmed themselves to be one of Britain’s biggest guitar bands this year.
The Horrors – Primary Colours
The Horrors lost the Elnett and gained immense critical acclaim in replace of it this 2009 with their brilliant second album Primary Colours. The Southend goth-punks drove their new record in a whole lot more serious of a direction, dropping the Dracula garage rock and instead reaching out for moody yet mature post-punk come new wave sound.
Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
Mumford and Sons recently showed wannabe folk artists how it’s really done this October with their rich, homely bluegrass. Warming banjos, dobros and double basses have thrown this hearty thud of a folk album into best of lists across the board.
The Dead Weather – Horehound
The greatest super group to spawn from 2009 (prior to Them Crooked Vultures), The Dead Weather, as led by Jack White and Alison Mosshart, caused a stomping furore this year. Their debut album, Horehound, is a sticky 45 minutes of dirty fingernail rock and roll at it’s absolute attitude-filled best.
White Lies – To Lose My Life
White Lies are a thrilling little trio who take tips from the throbbing darkness of Echo and the Bunneymen and Talking Heads to name but a few. The epic debut from the London-based band featured immense, stadium-worthy hits ala ‘Death’ and ‘Farewell to the Fareground’ and was certainly one of my personal highlights of 2009.