By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 3rd July 2014 at 9:00 am
The superb Sivu has announced a short tour of the UK for mid-October. Tickets are on sale now.
His next single ‘Miracle (Human Error)’ will be released on the 28th of July on Atlantic. For all things Sivu on TGTF, go here.
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – London Oslo
Wednesday 15th October 2014 – Brighton Hope
Thursday 16th October 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Friday 17th October 2014 – Glasgow Glad Cafe
Folk pop quartet Keston Cobblers Club are set to release a new EP called ‘A Pocket Guide to Escaping’ on the 1st of September. In support of that release, they have announced a list of UK tour dates; tickets for the following shows are on sale now.
Read all our previous Keston Cobblers Club coverage here.
Wednesday 23rd September 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Thursday 24th September 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Monday 29th September 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 30th September 2014 – Birmingham Rainbow
Wednesday 1st October 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Saturday 4th October 2014 – Norwich Arts Centre
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Bristol Exchange
Thursday 9th October 2014 – London Dingwalls
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 at 9:00 am
Fresh off the back of their triumphant Sunday night headline slot on the Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury 2014, Kasabian have announced a UK and Irish tour for this coming winter. This campaign also includes 5 nights at London Brixton Academy. Tickets go on sale this Friday (the 4th of July) at 9:30 AM.
Their next single ‘Bumblebee’ is out on the 4th of August. For all of TGTF’s coverage including a live performance of ‘Eez-Zeh’ from Glasto, walk this way.
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Friday 21st November 2014 - Leeds First Direct Arena
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Birmingham LG Arena
Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Bournemouth International Centre
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – Brighton Centre
Friday 28th November 2014 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Monday 1st December 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Thursday 4th December 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 5th December 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Saturday 6th December 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Monday 8th December 2014 – Dublin O2
Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Belfast Odyssey Arena
Thursday 11th December 2014 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Friday 12th December 2014 – Manchester Phones 4U Arena
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 at 8:30 am
American girl rockers Warpaint have revealed a six-date UK tour for the end of November into early December. A presale begins today, Wednesday the 2nd of July, at 10 AM on the band’s Web site and on individual venue Web sites. General sale begins on Friday, the 4th of July.
For all things Warpaint on TGTF, go here.
Saturday 29th November 2014 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Sunday 30th November 2014 – Bournemouth Academy
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – Gateshead Sage
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – Glasgow Academy
Thursday 4th December 2014 – Manchester Apollo
Friday 5th December 2014 – Birmingham Institute
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 11:00 am
Tomorrow is the 1st of July. Another month, another great gig hosted by fashion house Original Penguin at the famed London venue the Hospital Club. Just like the one starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS a few short weeks back, this month’s show next Tuesday (the 8th of July) promises to be another great night of music. And we’ve blagged a pair of tickets to the intimate gig to give away to a lucky TGTF reader!
A band that really needs no introduction, Brooklyn-based We Are Scientists will be headlining the proceedings Tuesday night in London. It’s not enough that they write kick-arse songs that stay in your head forever and ever like ‘The Great Escape’, ‘After Hours’ and Rules Don’t Stop’. They’re also extremely funny guys and should you have the luck to win this pair of tickets, you’re in for a rib-tickling night with jokes a-plenty interspersed between the band’s cheeky brand of American rock.
Before We Are Scientists will be Glaswegian band Twin Atlantic, who have been wowing crowds all over the UK for as long as I’ve been involved with TGTF and we started writing about them in 2009 (probably longer). I can only say that their epic rock sound should sound amazing in the cramped confines of the Hospital Club.
Normally, the only way into this special show is if you sign up here at Original Penguin 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. Keen on winning? Ready, set, go!
First, please fill out your full name and your email address in the form below. Then to make sure you really want to go (and also to confirm you’re not a robot!), you’ll need to correctly answer this question: What band is supporting We Are Scientists on their headline shows in July? (Hint: Dig around We Are Scientists’ official Web site for the answer.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Wednesday the 2nd of July. 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 don’t want anyone to be disappointed). All duplicate entries will be discarded.
This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email.
With an acoustic gig down and a full blown electric fandango to follow, TGTF seized the opportunity to crack open a cold one (and, not the beer-y kind…) with horror punk five-piece Fearless Vampire Killers at Camden Rocks 2014. The bumpkins from Beccles turned bombastic ball busters with extra bite gave the low down on Katy Perry, festival fun times and inter band rivalry in the shires.
The theme of today is rock music. How important do you believe events like this are to the genre as a whole?
Kier Kemp (KK): Well, I guess I would have to say very important! Specific rock festivals are always important because it’s a genre that gets a lot of bad press, in the sense that everybody is always going on about dying all the time. “Oh, rock’s dead”! That guitar music’s dead, but it never is and just lives on. There are always people that don’t want to listen to fucking Katy Perry… Even though I love Katy Perry, actually. That was a bad example! But, [people who] don’t want to listen to something else rubbish. It is important to have something billed as rock. It’s like: “rock music together, man!”
Cyrus Barrone (CB): This festival is particularly good because it’s got the whole street. So many venues and so many different things going on. You can basically stumble into someone you haven’t known before. You hear something outside, like when we were playing earlier with all the windows open so everybody could hear it. It means that, even if you’re not at the festival, you’re still hearing that rock music’s alive and well in Camden. If I hear a snippet of something, I’ll think “I’ll need to check that out” – that’s the appeal of these types of festival.
How does it feel to be playing in Camden, with such a unique rock music heritage? Do you feed off that a little bit?
KK: It’s pretty cool. We live down the road so it’s not quite as exciting for us…
CB: We’re seasoned!
Laurence Beveridge (LB): We used to play here every month. We had our own club night at a place called Tommy Flynn’s. We played it every month and at the first three there weren’t people there.
KK: They charged 50p to get in. We didn’t want to make money, they just wanted people to come.
Drew Woolnough (DW): We used to flyer around Camden market. Well, not flyers but wax sealed envelopes inviting people to come to the gigs. It didn’t make any difference, but it looked fucking cool.
LB: Every band in London has played a million shit gigs in Camden – write that down!
DW: But, there’ll always be a gleaming gold one, like when we played The Underworld.
LB: Some our best gigs have been in Camden. The Barfly – we sold that out. The Underworld. Where else have we played?
CB: Purple Turtle!
KK: Camden is a place of highs and lows. It’s got that stigma.
LB: We used to be here every night, just trying to meet new people and bands.
What’s your favourite Camden venue?
KK: Of the bigger ones, Roundhouse is an amazing venue. The smaller ones, Barfly, now. It used to be shite but they put a new system in and it sounds good, so Barfly’s good now. That’s where we met our sound technician, actually.
What is it that makes a good Camden venue?
DW: It’s got to be grimy but also sound good. Sometimes you have grimy and run down, which is not good… But, then you’ve got grimy and it’s meant to be grimy. When you walk into The Underworld, you feel this stench – a wave of sweat comes over you, but you don’t mind because you know you’re going to have a good night. We don’t mind smelling of shit. It’s all about the vibes!
Urban festivals, or fun in a field?
KK: I’ve never been a massive purveyor of festivals, just because I’m a pansy and I don’t like being dirty. So, the only way I can survive is trying to be drunk the whole time, so I don’t realise I’m disgusting and horrible.
LB: I think the best festival to play and be at – definitely to play – is Takedown Festival, because it’s fucking brilliant! They just give you loads of booze, and – there’s booze everywhere. You can go anywhere with your booze. It’s all within the university, and it’s so easy to get to. There’s like five stages within three minutes’ walking distance. It’s just a walk through to another room. Just so easy, so relaxed.
CB: You feel so connected. You feel like you really get to talk to everyone. You get to meet all your friends, and talk to new bands.
LB: With most festivals, there’s always the fear of being run over. At a field festival, if you fall over then you just get a bit muddy. If you fall over here, you might get run over by a bus! I did once get run over at Glastonbury. I just wasn’t paying attention. There’s this one road that they’d kind of sectioned off – “This is where cars go”. I didn’t know this, and got run over. I say ‘run over’, he kind of nudged me out the way.
CB: But, you’ve never been run over at Camden Rocks…
Just to stick with the ‘rock’ theme; what inspired you to start making rock music in the first place?
KK: Something random, I guess. It’s kind of what you grow up with to a degree, isn’t it? My Mum was into the old punk stuff. She was a punk back when she was a kid and I just grew up on what they listened to. Then, I guess you just get naturally drawn to that kind of subculture, in a way, because if you’re not – and I hate to say mainstream – but, if you don’t fit in as a person, you often turn to things that also aren’t mainstream.
LB: At the time we were growing up, rock music was really popular. It was in every film – every thing. ‘American Pie’ had this punk rock soundtrack. ‘School of Rock’ had just come out. Everything was very rock orientated.
KK: We had pop punk, and then nu metal, and then emo all within the early years of our youth.
LB: Even hardcore was part of our youth.
CB: You get these massive albums like ‘American Idiot’ and ‘The Black Parade’; even The Killers. They were rock. Everyone had a bit of rock in them.
LB: This is what you did. If you didn’t play football, you were in a band. In our town, Beccles, there was a population of like 6,000. It’s not a big population and there were like fucking 20 bands – and we were all trying to get the same gigs. Even we were in rival bands. Half of the band… they’re two different bands.
CB: We’ve formed an uneasy alliance now…
So, there’s still some general suspicion?
CB: Oh yeah…
LB: Massive suspicion!