By Phil Singer
on Monday, 8th September 2008 at 7:21 pm
MTV’s Gonzo has announced it’s annual round of birthday shows for October as they stop off at a series of Barfly venues over two weekends.
Tickets for the below dates go on sale on Friday (12th September) at 9am.
Friday 10th October – The Automatic and Iglu And Hartly at Liverpool Barfly
Saturday 11th October – Mystery Jets, Noah And The Whale at Birmingham Barfly
Sunday 12th October – Kaiser Chiefs and Late Of The Pier at London ULU
Friday 17th October – Foals, Esser at York Fibbers
Saturday 18th October – Glasvegas, Friendly Fires at Aberdeen Moshulu
Sunday 19th October – Bloc Party, Magistrates at Glasgow Barfly
By Phil Singer
on Monday, 8th September 2008 at 7:09 pm
Like your 90s music cheesy and boy-band like? Well, get ready to jump around your living room screaming, as New Kids on the Block have announced a UK arena tour for early 2009.
Tickets don’t go on sale until next Friday, 19th September at 9am, but they’ll be playing:
Friday 16th January 2009 – Manchester MEN Arena
Saturday 17th January 2009 – Birmingham NIA
Sunday 18th January 2009 – Glasgow SECC
Friday 23rd January 2009 – Nottingham Trent FM Arena
Saturday 24th January 2009 – London O2 Arena
Tuesday 27th January 2009 – Sheffield Arena
Wednesday 28th January 2009 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Thursday 29th January 2009 – Cardiff International Arena
By Phil Singer
on Monday, 8th September 2008 at 5:46 pm
Those Dancing Days, the amazingly hot and up-and-coming Swedish girls have announced a string of UK tour dates throughout late October and November.
Tickets are on sale now, priced between £7 and £8.50 each. Catch them at:
Tuesday 21st October – London KCLSU
Wednesday 22nd October – Manchester – The Deaf Institute
Thursday 23rd October – Cardiff Barfly
Sunday 23rd November – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 25th November – Leeds Cockpit
Thursday 27th November – Sheffield Fuzz Club
Friday 28th November – Lancaster Library
Saturday 29th November – Newcastle Other Rooms
Sunday 30th November – Glasgow Stereo
By Phil Singer
on Monday, 8th September 2008 at 3:46 pm
Glasvegas have announced their biggest UK tour to date to round off their incredibly successful year.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday (10th September) at 9am, and are sure to go incredibly quickly.
Friday 28th November – Bristol Ansom Rooms
Saturday 29th November – Swansea Sin City
Sunday 30th November – Cambridge Junction
Monday 1st December – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 2nd December – Nottingham Trent University
Thursday 4th December – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Saturday 6th December – Sheffield Plug
Sunday 7th December – Leeds Metropolitan University
Monday 8th December – Manchester Academy
Wednesday 10th December – Preston 53 Degrees
Thursday 11th December – Hull University
Friday 12th December – Newcastle Digital
Sunday 14th December – Dublin Whelans
Monday 15th December – Belfast Spring And Airbrake
Tuesday 16th December – Glasgow Barrowlands
By Phil Singer
on Sunday, 7th September 2008 at 5:41 pm
Hydro Connect Festival was my first proper music festival, and quite possibly one of the furthest away from home we could get. After a 9 hour drive leaving home at 5am on Friday morning, we arrived at one of the most beautiful festival settings I think you’ll find this side of Coachella.
After the horrible trek from car park to campsite (we were warned it was 20 minutes, but we’d suggest you double that if you’re carrying a tent), we set up our tent and went out to explore the main arena.
First up were Noah and the Whale and Ladytron on the Guitars and Other Machines Stage (otherwise known as the second stage for those of you who are Glastonbury / Reading / Leeds fans), before a wander around to see Amy MacDonald sporting a rather fetching kilt. I’ve never been a huge fan of her Radio 2 – lite tunes, but the Scottish crowd certainly loved the Glaswegian girl.
Manic Street Preachers were up next, and were on absolute fire as they did an amazing set. I’d heard people rave about them, but now I really can understand why – they were amazing. Kasabian headlined, but frankly were nothing on the Manics. Tom Meighan is an amazing frontman and certainly can whip everyone up some, but frankly they don’t have the tunes that the Manics do.
After an interesting night in the campsite, we slowly started our Saturday in the Speakeasy cafe on the sofas, listening to some amazing acoustic music. Quickly time rolled around and we had to amble back to the Media tent to catch a quick chat with Paul from Glasvegas and Kele and Matt from Bloc Party. After coming down from that little bit of excitement, we went to catch Friendly Fires on the Guitars and Other Machines Stage. We knew they were good having stumbled across them several times around the blogosphere, but weren’t expecting the amazingly high-energy set they provided us with. Black Lips disappointed, failing to energise the rather small crowd. Glasvegas had one of the biggest mid-afternoon crowds of the weekend, and provided the anthem of the weekend around the campsites.
A bit of food, and back to the main Oyster stage for the evening. We had high hopes for Grinderman, but simply didn’t appreciate Nick Cave’s new project, with it sounding largely inaccessible to us. Paolo Nutini I wasn’t holding out high hopes for, but he plain and simply blew me away, with his songs providing some great sing alongs. Oh, and his cover of Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? AMAZING.
We’d been excited about Bloc Party since their confirmation as Saturday night headliners, and with the announcement of their new album, Intimacy, just 10 days before the festival we were all the more excited. Kele and co didn’t disappoint, blasting through everything we’d hoped for and a bit more.
Somehow getting almost 6 hours sleep on Saturday night, we were woken by the pouring rain on Sunday morning, and took the decision to put our tent back in the car to prevent it from floating away in the increasingly boggy waters around our tent. Making the way back to the main arena we couldn’t decide who to catch, so caught snippets of a few different bands. Santagold looked rather out of place in a metallic blue dance suit compared to the muddy audience, but none the less was amazingly good, with her indenti-kit backing singers coupled with her backing band providing some surprisingly good tunes.
I’d heard about the Levellers from friends, but never actually caught them live. They were a true festival band, getting everyone moving, and really warming things up a bit. Elbow I’ve never been a huge fan of, however they again surprised me. Lead singer Guy Garvey was decidedly chatty, commenting that “this is my sort of weather – I don’t like the hot weather ‘cos people take off their clothes and it isn’t pretty from here! In Manchester just about every beer garden looks like it has about 2 dozen red eggs in it anytime there’s a mildly warm day!”
Goldfrapp were so-so. I’ve never been a huge fan of their stuff, on the basis lots of it is a bit too arty-farty for my liking. Plus, I was simply excited for Sigur Ros, who were next up and closing Hydro Connect 2008 for us. They didn’t disappoint.
With that, we left leaving Franz Ferdinand to do probably much what they did last time I caught them, and to make an exit from the car park (with the help of some amazingly nice girls who pushed us out of the mud).
What was hot:
- Amazing setting
- Great food at good prices
- The lineup… simply amazing for a festival so young and small
- The speakeasy tent with its comfy sofas and free newspapers
- Friendly and helpful security
What was not:
- Mobile reception was always hampered by “network busy” responses… if Hyde Park can cope with having upwards of 40,000 people all with mobiles, why can’t Connect? This was also the reason for a big lack of live updates from Connect – we didn’t take a laptop, and had been planning on there not
- The hideously long trek to and from the carpark
- A massive lack of toilets and washing facilities on the campsites.
“I now know where they let the oldies out to: we were by far the youngest in that tent!” (joked two mid-20 somethings on the walk back to the campsite)
“When you fail to perform, it really knocks your confidence… then you just can’t perform next time!” (overheard one morning at the campsite… you can only guess what it’s regarding!)
“This is SO overrated!” said by a guy completely covered in mud after wrestling his mate
Want more coverage?
Why not check out these Flickr Streams:
jjbuchan’s flickr stream
Taburetka’s flickr stream
Foofango’s flickr stream
Aaron Bassett’s flickr stream
… or these other reviews:
Sunday Herald’s review
The Lancashire Herald
Thanks go to:
Lee and all at Burt Greener Communications for looking after us so well and sorting out the tickets.
Dan for the photos and putting up with me for a weekend.
Roll on Hydro Connect 2009 is all we can say!
By Phil Singer
on Saturday, 6th September 2008 at 7:28 pm
Just before Sigur Rós took to the Oyster stage as the penultimate band of 2008’s Hydro Connect festival on Sunday, an enchanting must swirled around the mountain, perfectly setting the surroundings for the forthcoming musical extravaganza. The warm up music changed from the usual NME houseparty tape to something a bit mellower, and suprisingly quickly Sigur Rós wandered onto stage to rapturous reception.
Rumoured to be having pyrotechnics after having originally been asked to headline, they pulled out all the stops for their 75 minute display of beauty. There weren’t any substantial pyrotechnics other than glitter exploding from the stage halfway through the set, but they’ve never exactly been a band who needs a fancy stage set-up to get people to like them.
Lead singer Jónsi Birgisson was largely unchatty as I’d expected, however did speak a bit in Icelandic to a few dedicated fans who’d made the trek to Scotland from Iceland. Joined by a brass section wearing ‘See You Jimmy’ hats – a well known Scottish joke hat for songs early in their set, the certainly played like headliners, even if they didn’t have the billing.
Playing all the expected tunes, they gracefully marched their way through such modern classics as Hoppípolla, Inní mér syngur vitleysingur (inside me a lunatic sings), Festival and Gobbledigook, I felt like this was a band I could obsess over, follow around the world, and be amazed everytime at their beauty and elegance, whilst blown away by the aural noise they could make.
Hopefully my first time seeing Sigur Rós won’t be my last.
After the jump: big photos
Continue reading Hydro Connect: Day 3 review: Sigur Rós