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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.
Following a rather triumphant Glastonbury set, Kasabian have announced a November UK Tour.
Tickets go on sale on Friday (3rd July) at 9am, priced at £25 for all dates (plus booking fees). Catch the guys at:
Tuesday 10th November 2009 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Wednesday 11th November 2009 – Aberdeen AECC
Thursday 12th November 2009 – Glasgow SECC
Saturday 14th November 2009 – London Wembley Arena
Monday 16th November 2009 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Wednesday 18th November 2009 – Nottingham Trent FM Arena
Thursday 19th November 2009 – Birmingham NIA
Friday 20th November 2009 – Manchester MEN Arena
Sunday 22nd November 2009 – Cardiff International Arena
Monday 23rd November 2009 – Sheffield Arena
By Jess Grant
on Wednesday, 17th June 2009 at 12:00 pm
I admit. I’m a fan of Kasabian. I originally fell in love with the band way back in 2004 when they released their self-titled debut album, er, ‘Kasabian’. Bounding with trippy, epic numbers such as ‘L.S.F’, ‘Reason is Treason’ and ‘Club Foot’, I admired their swagger, and I liked their psychedelic tunes. Two years later, the band returned with a foot-stomping second album in the form of ‘Empire’. Fierce tracks such as ‘Shoot the Runner’ unsurprisingly took this more rock and roll lead album straight to the number one slot. In October of the same year, I caught the band live in Camden, where they also went on to prove to me they’re definitely one of the best live acts going at the moment.
But enough of me bigging up Kasabian. Let’s get back to the details. Sunday (14th June) saw the band score their second number one album with their third release, ‘West Ryder Lunatic Pauper Asylum’ (…and breath). The band have been calling it their best material yet and this week, I grabbed a copy to check out whether ‘West Ryder’ really does live up to all the hype.
Album opener, ‘Underdog’, begins slowly amid fuzzy, bubbling electronics. Fifteen seconds in and bam! in kicks an epic riff, loudly announcing that Kasabian are back with a vengeance. “Kill me if you dare!” frontman, Tom Meighan, spits out with a cocky furore to the backing of distorted guitars and a pulsating beat. ‘West Ryder’ then continues to nicely slip into ‘Where Did All the Love Go?’, a trippy disco number which undoubtedly harks back to the band’s earlier material.
The effortless swagger continues into tunes such as ‘Fast Fuse’, where Meighan’s speedy vocals contrast well with guitarist, Serge Pizzorno’s beautifully psychedelic chants of “Cool lightning in the skyline”. Pizzorno continues vocal duties in ‘Take Aim’, a slower, contemplative number which could be described as a little limp.
The music of the 60s has had a clear influence on ‘West Ryder’. The uber-jolly ‘Thick as Thieves’ is like a modern-day Kinks number, while ‘Secret Alphabets’ sounds as if it could have been freshly plucked from a psych album of said era. Indeed, the whole album is certainly pretty trippy. ‘West Ryder Silver Bullet’ is an stunningly exotic number, which features a duet between Meighan and Sin City actress Rosario Dawson. Sounding like something from a Tarantino film, the mystical instrumentation featured on the track is down-right epic.
The roaring, distorted guitars and in-your-face vocals of ‘Vlad the Imapler’ continue to inject real power into the record, while the slowly-galloping verses of debut single ‘Fire’ fantastically explode into a frantic chorus which sees the band cry-out “And I’m on fireeeeeee!!”. ‘West Ryder’, however, is ultimately brought down to a slower pace come the end of the album. ‘Happiness’ is another Serge-led tune. Sunny and uplifiting, the Primal Scream-esque song happily makes use of gospel choirs and hand claps throughout. Admittedly, this final track is a little distant musical-wise from the rest of the album, but it’s still a joyful number and end’s the album on a warming note.
To conclude, ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ is a pretty much awesome album from start to finish. The band have really knuckled down and reduced the filler on the record to near zero. ‘West Ryder’ mixes the psych of debut ‘Kasabian’ with the boisterous rock of ‘Empire’, along with a whole new added layer of exotic intrigue, certainly making this album a deserving number one this week.
Kasabian‘s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is out now.
By Jess Grant
on Wednesday, 22nd April 2009 at 2:00 pm
Looking for a review of the Saturday of the Big Weekend? Click Here.
BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend is an annual musical festival with bit of a twist. Every year, the 2 day event takes place in a different town, with past locations including Dundee, Preston and Maidstone. This 2009, Radio 1 will be bringing their Big Weekend to Lydiard Park, Swindon, on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of May. Tickets to the event are free, and are obtained through a random lottery on Radio 1′s website (registration has now closed). Lucky winners will blag a pair of tickets to their selected day (Saturday or Sunday), with Swindon residents receiving allocation priority in order to make the event more accessible to locals.
Every year the event has boasted an impressive line-up (past artists include Madonna, Muse and Foo Fighters), and this 2009 is absolutely no exception. Snow Patrol (pictured top), Kasabian (pictured right)and Dizzee Rascal will be headlining the ‘Main Stage’ on Saturday, while Lily Allen, Akon and Franz Ferdinand will be taking over the top slots on Sunday. Other artists who will be featuring within the main arena over the weekend include The Script, Calvin Harris, The Wombats, The Saturdays, Scouting for Girls, Ne-Yo, Alesha Dixon and N-Dubz.
Meanwhile, headline acts hitting the smaller ‘In New Music We Trust Stage’ on Saturday include Basement Jaxx, Doves and Jack Penate, while Sunday will be tastily offering up The Enemy, Maximo Park and Gossip. Further impressive artists appearing on this stage across the May weekend include Friendly Fires, Florence and the Machine, Fightstar, Enter Shikari, Ladyhawke and White Lies.
Should you fancy checking out some new music while at the event, why not head over to the ‘Introducing Stage’, where you can get up and close with a range of upcoming talent including Stornoway, The Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, Thee Vicars, Gallop and Marina and the Diamonds. And if that’s still not enough, you can catch a wide-range of top DJs spinning the decks over at the ‘Outdoor Stage’, with Radio 1 favourites including Chris Moyles, Annie Mac, Tim Westwood, Zane Lowe and Rob da Bank all making an appearance.
Registration for tickets to the event has now closed, but never fear, as the BBC will be broadcasting highlights of the festival on Radio 1 and BBC Three across the weekend. You’ll also be able to catch footage online, as well as on your trusty red button. If you’d like more information on the event, along with a full line-up, head over to the Big Weekend’s website now.
Top photo comes from Radio 1′s Flickr Stream.
We’ve had a bit of a Kasabian based 24 hours here at TGTF – enjoy this, the new video for Vlad the Impaler.