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By Phil Singer
on Thursday, 4th September 2008 at 3:53 pm
Dizzee Rascal has announced a string of tour dates for November around the UK.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday 5th September, at 9am apparently.
Saturday 1st November – Sheffield Plug
Sunday 2nd November – Liverpool University
Monday 17th November – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 18th November – Southampton Guildhall
Wednesday 19th November – Leeds Academy
Thursday 20th November – Lincoln Engine Shed
Saturday 22nd November – London The Forum
By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008 at 7:32 pm
Now I’ll be the first to admit – the prospect of Paolo Nutini supporting Bloc Party at Hydro Connect on Saturday wasn’t one that initially filled me with excitement. However, I’ll grudgingly accept that he was far better than I expected, even if he did choose to do the (slightly strange) choice of playing a lot of new material.
His debut album was mostly full of typical chart singer/songrwriter stuff, which didn’t rub many people up the wrong way, and had enough pull that grannies and tweenies loved him along with people in their 20s and 30s, but his new stuff sees him get a bit Johnny Cash and 60’s/70’s US rock on us. This is no bad thing and certainly shows us that the local lad is more than a one trick pony.
Perhaps the highlight of the set wasn’t the hits being wheeled out at the end, or the tales of growing up, instead an inspired choice of cover. It took me a moment to realise, but the call-and response of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was perhaps one of the undoubted highlights of the day, possibly the weekend.
Rounding off with “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty” he certainly had won me around, and it looked like the whole crowd were then swooning for the local Paisley lad. Look out for his new album – it looks set to be a corker.
After the jump: Photos
Continue reading Hydro Connect: Day 2 review: Paolo Nutini
By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008 at 7:16 pm
The Music have announced a string of tour dates mostly in Scotland for a weeklong tour of the UK in October.
Tickets go on sale on Friday (5th September) at 9am. Catch them at:
Wednesday 22nd October – Inverness Iron Works
Thursday 23rd October – Dunfermline Kinema
Saturday 25th October – Dundee Fat Sams
Sunday 26th October – Aberdeen Moshulu
Monday 27th October – Edinburgh Picture House
Wednesday 29th October – London Roundhouse
By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008 at 6:16 pm
The View have announced quite possibly one of the biggest tours this year as they embark on a 35 date UK tour this October and November.
Lets hope they don’t wear the same jeans throughout, else come Dundee they’ll be able to walk home on their own.
Tickets are on sale now. Catch them at:
Thursday 16th October – Dunfermline Velocity
Friday 17th October – Inverness Raigmore
Saturday 18th October – Forres The Loft
Sunday 19th October – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Tuesday 21st October – Newcastle Academy 2
Wednesday 22nd October – Hull Welly Club
Thursday 23rd October – Manchester Moho Live
Friday 24th October – Nottingham Bodega
Sunday 26th October – Wrexham Central Station
Monday 27th October – Swansea Sin City
Tuesday 28th October – Shrewsbury Buttermarket
Thursday 30th October – Falmouth Princess Pavilion
Friday 31st October – Brighton Old Market
Saturday 1st November – Reading After Dark
Sunday 2nd November – Gloucester Guildhall
Tuesday 4th November – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 5th November – Milton Keynes Woughton Centre
Thursday 6th November – Colchester Arts Centre
Friday 7th November – Stoke Sugarmill
Sunday 9th November – Norwich Arts Centre
Monday 10th November – Sheffield Plug
Tuesday 11th November – Carlisle Brickyard
Wednesday 12th November – Glasgow King Tuts
Sunday 16th November – Middlesbrough Cornerhouse
Monday 17th November – Leeds Faversham
Tuesday 18th November – Liverpool Barfly
Wednesday 19th November – Oxford Academy
Friday 21st November – London Astoria
Saturday 22nd November – Bristol Thekla
Sunday 23rd November – Cardiff The Point
Monday 24th November – Leicester Charlotte
Wednesday 26th November – York Duchess
Thursday 27th November – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Saturday 29th November – Kirkcaldy Ocean
Sunday 30th November – Dundee Fat Sams
By Phil Singer
on Tuesday, 2nd September 2008 at 10:04 pm
Glasvegas drew one of the biggest mid-afternoon crowds of the festival over on the Guitars and Other machines stage, as legions of fans came out in support of the NME darlings.
Earlier in the afternoon we were lucky enough to get a chat with their bassist, Paul Donoghue by a very fragrant portaloo, when he talked to us about their debut self-titled album, which is out next Monday (8th September). He’d received the first complete copy with artwork and case and everything just 2 hours prior to talking to us, and was clearly chuffed how things were coming together.
“It took almost 8 weeks for us to record the album in New York, though it only took me two days to record my parts”… asked what he did for the rest of the time, he mentioned his fondness for drinking and watching the football. “There were two football TV Channels in the hotel room.. one showing English football, the other Spanish… I was slowly learning Spanish from the commentary!” he joked. Caroline’s drums took 2 weeks to get right “which is all the more surprising when you consider I was the least experienced!” he smiled.
As for the rest of the lineup, Paul was hoping to catch Spiritualized over on the mainstage. We joked that we weren’t that impressed with Paolo Nutini playing before Bloc Party, to which Paul commented that he caught him playing acoustically earlier in the year, and thought he was “out of this world”, which certainly put us in our place! He joined just about everyone we’d spoken to in commenting that the setting was just gorgeous, and wishing he could have stayed longer.
After our chat we went to catch Glasvegas on the Guitars and Other Machines stage, and needless to say were blown away. By far one of the largest mid-afternoon crowds had gathered, and blasted through a short yet triumphant set. Geraldine, Flowers And Football Tops and Daddy’s Gone all prove that frontman James Allan has a genuine lyric-writing gift, but at times the feedback-drenched sound was just a bit too much My Bloody Valentine for my liking.
Closing with current single and Radio 1 favourite “Daddy’s Gone”, the chants of “He’s gone, he’s gone, he’s go-one, oooh-oh-oooooh-ohh” could be heard for much of the rest of the day and much of Sunday, easily one of the anthems of the festival. Watch out for them next year – once they’ve played their tour this month, there will be no stopping them. Scotland’s Oasis? No, they’ll be bigger than that.
After the jump: some big photos.
Continue reading Hydro Connect: Day 2 review: Glasvegas
By Phil Singer
on Tuesday, 2nd September 2008 at 9:35 pm
Now, I’d heard of Friendly Fires before the festival, but didn’t know much about them, and having realised that they played during a lull in the afternoon’s proceedings (and after our little chat with Bloc Party), we decided to check them out – and they were amazing.
Playing the vast majority of their debut album (which came out yesterday, 1st September) throughout their set, they slowly drew in more and more people with their Klaxons / Killers hybrid and managed to make everyone dance much more than many of the previous bands on Saturday afternoon. Lead singer Ed Macfarlane danced around the stage like a slightly younger Klaxons, playing disco-rock whilst thrusting ecestatically.
“Jump in the Pool” received one of the biggest receptions of the set, as everyone danced like loons, even attracting those of the crowd who were easily old enough to remember rave the first time round, before it even became “nu-rave”.
After the jump: More big photos
Continue reading Hydro Connect: Day 2 review: Friendly Fires