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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 4th December 2014 at 4:00 pm
The Rag Factory in Brick Lane, East London, is a pretty special performance space. It opened in 2006 “to provide affordable space for people working in the creative industries, whether performance-based, such as theatre, film, dance, music and fashion or visual arts such as painting, sculpture, photography, installation and graphic design”. As we all know, this business is becoming increasingly difficult to make a living from, so any space designed to be used by creative types regardless of the money in their pockets is something we all should get behind.
Woman’s Hour, whose Secretly Canadian debut album released this year is already appearing in top albums of 2014 lists around the blogosphere, recently filmed this live performance of ‘Her Ghost’. And you can watch it below.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 4th December 2014 at 9:00 am
Liverpool-based trio All We Are have announced a massive European tour for the first three months of 2015, and that includes UK and Irish dates in March. Dates are detailed below, and tickets are on sale now.
The band have also revealed the promo video for ‘Keep Me Alive’, from their self-titled debut album that will be released on the 2nd of February 2015 on Domino Records / Double Six.
Monday 9th March 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 10th March 2015 – Brighton Green Door Store
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – London Corsica Studios
Friday 13th March 2015 – Cork Cyprus Avenue
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Dublin Workman’s Club
Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Glasgow Broadcast
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 at 11:00 am
Ah yes, it is really December. But before your heart gets too cold, those hip folks over at fashion house Original Penguin are putting on another one of their amazing Plugged In sessions at the famed London venue the Hospital Club on the 10th of this month. As we did for the show in June starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS, July’s with Twin Atlantic and We Are Scientists and the one in October featuring Peace and Tigercub, we’re very happy to have a pair of tickets to give away to this month’s event.
The December Original Penguin show will star Southampton’s Wild Smiles and London band Citizens. Whether you’re just up for a gig or planning on gifting these to your beloved as an early Christmas present (and you can never be too early, am I right?), you can enter our lucky draw below. Normally the only way into these special Original Penguin shows is if you sign up here on their Web site to put your name in for the company’s lucky draw. But as I mentioned before, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away and we want to give them to a deserving TGTF reader.
In the form below, please fill out your full name and your email address. Then to make sure you really want to see this show (and also to confirm you’re not a robot!), you’ll need to correctly answer this question: What’s the name of Wild Smiles’ debut album released this year? Get your entries in by noon British time on this Friday, the 5th of December. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received and contact him/her by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get themselves to London for the show, and the winner and guest must be 18+ or you will be turned away at the door (and we wouldn’t want anyone to be disappointed). All duplicate entries will be discarded.
This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 at 9:00 am
Dundee’s The View have revealed a UK tour for March and April 2015. Tickets are on sale now.
They’re finishing up their fifth album, which can be preordered on their PledgeMusic page, where you can also buy tickets. The LP, whose name is still unknown, has an expected release date of spring 2015.
Friday 27th March 2015 – Glasgow Barrowland
Saturday 28th March 2015 – Aberdeen Garage
Sunday 29th March 2015 – Inverness Ironworks
Wednesday 1st April 2015 – Manchester Club Academy
Thursday 2nd April 2015 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 3rd April 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 4th April 2015 – Liverpool Academy
Sunday 5th April 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Wednesday 8th April 2015 – London Koko
Thursday 9th April 2015 – Leicester Academy 2
Friday 10th April 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 at 8:00 am
Welsh band The Blackout will be calling it quits after a string of dates in March 2015. The tour ends in their home town of Merthyr Tydfil on the 28th of March 2015. The band wrote the following letter for their fans:
There’s no point in dancing around the subject, so we’ll cut right to the chase. We regret to announce that ‘Wolves’ will be the final release by The Blackout. Unfortunately we have come to the conclusion we are unable to sustain this band anymore, and we feel the time is right to bring it to a close. This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make as a band, and although we do it with heavy hearts, we also do with our heads held high. We are all extremely proud of Wolves, and are eternally grateful to each and every one of you who helped it get made. We said that it would not exist without your support, and we honestly mean that.
We achieved more than we ever dreamed of when we started this band, and we take with us memories, relationships and friends that will last the rest of our lives. We have always said that we’d be nothing without the people who came to the shows, who stood out in the rain, who camped out overnight and we want to thank you, all of you, for making the last ten years so special for us. Whether you came to one show or one hundred, your passion and support has been humbling and life changing.
We play our farewell shows in March 2015, these will be the last shows we will play as a band. Unfortunately, these shows will only be in the UK. There are no plans for anything more for The Blackout, so we hope you would like to come and party with us for the final time.
Once again, thank you for helping us live out our dreams.
The tickets to this final tour are on sale today at 9 AM.
Monday 23rd March 2015 – Birmingham Asylum
Tuesday 24th March 2015 – London Koko
Wednesday 25th March 2015 – Manchester Academy 3
Thursday 26th March 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Saturday 28th March 2015 – Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre
Recently signed to Xtra Mile Recordings (the label home of Frank Turner and To Kill A King), six-piece folk-punk outfit Skinny Lister are set to release their second studio album ‘Down On Deptford Broadway’ next spring, just after their scheduled appearance at SXSW 2015. Along with the album release information, the band have also unveiled the video for ‘Trouble on Oxford Street’, which will feature on the new LP. Directed by The Film Smith and Wild Stag Studio, the high energy video includes live footage from a sold out Skinny Lister headline show at London’s 100 Club in October 2014.
Previous TGTF coverage of Skinny Lister, including their recently announced UK tour dates for next spring, can be found here.
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