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We’ve recently teamed up with those lovely people over at the 405 and today bring you the first of a (hopefully) regular series of guest posts from their team of amazing authors. Below is a review of Sigur Ros at Westminster Hall by Lois, which I really hoped I’d be able to get to, but didn’t. Enjoy.
So, Tuesday night Im surrounded by people in silence, watching this insane looking man go crazy whilst using a cello bow to conduct his orchestra of beauty.
I’ve never been to a gig where people have been so silent. It was all for Sigur Ros, to speak would have been to spoil what was happening.
The beauty of Sigur Ros’ music is almost never rivalled by the beauty of the venues they choose to play, Tuesday night was an exception. Westminster Methodist Central Hall played host to the night and was magnificent. The high ceiling and 60 ft organ poking out at the top made it so atmospheric Im sure God probably popped in to see the show.
The nicest thing about the venue minus all the decor was the fact even those sat right at the back were still intensely close to seeing this huge band that can sell out 5000 plus venues. Lucky for me I was stood at the barriers so I can literally say I have stood at their feet!
Support came from the trumpet player in Sigur Ros’ brass section Helgi Jonsson who sang 6/7 songs using a manner of instruments but most impressively his own voice. With eyes closed and in another planet you could be sat in Iceland in a field listening to this voice swirl around you. He mastered the crowd and recieved well earned praise.
8.30 lights went down, cheering and stomping began, lights wnet back on and everybody laughed. 8.35 lights went down, cheering grew louder, stomping got harder and Sigur Ros walked onto the stage and people fell quiet.
The set list went as follows;
* Sé Lest
* Ný Batteri
* Við spilum endalaust
* Með Blóðnasir
* Viðrar vel til loftárása
* Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
* Olsen Olsen
* Popplagið [encore]
* All alright [second encore]
Even if I wanted to I couldnt fault a thing, all musicians were on top form and so were the brass section and Amiina were all on form and looking lovely. The sound was fantastic, reverbs and acoustics were all spot on. During Olsen Olsen (my personal fave!) I saw three men crying, which made me cry, which made the girl next to me turn and hug her boyfriend, who in turn patted his friend on the back, who then hugged his girlfriend. I’ve never seen love spread so fast, but we were all watching something so special it made perfect sense.
I dont even think I can review it much further cause it was so dreamy that it doesnt seem real.
Photo is taken from James Welsh’s Flickr Stream under the creative commons license.
Rising star Lykke Li has announced a string of tour dates for October following the growing success of her debut album, Youth Novels.
Tickets are on sale now, priced between £8 and £11 each.
Monday 29th September – Sheffield The Plug
Wednesday 1st October – London Scala
Thursday 2nd October – Brighton Concorde 2
Sunday 5th October – Birmingham Glee Club
Monday 6th October – Bristol Thekla
Wednesday 8th October – Liverpool Academy 2
Thursday 9th October – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Friday 10th October – York The Duchess
Little Man Tate have announced a lengthy UK tour which sees them play 6 shows a week for almost four weeks in September and October.
They’ll start off the tour with three shows of B-sides and rarities, before doing a normal album tour in support of their forthcoming album, “Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy”.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at about £10 each for each date.
Monday 8th September – Birmingham Bar Academy – B-Sides The A-Sides
Tuesday 9th September – Manchester Roadhouse – B-Sides The A-Sides
Saturday 13th September – London Barfly – B-Sides The A-Sides
Tuesday 16th September – Bristol Thekla
Wednesday 17th September – Liverpool Academy
Thursday 18th September – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 19th September – Peterborough Park
Saturday 20th September -Northampton Roadmenders
Monday 22nd September – Bedford Esquires
Tuesday 23rd September – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 24th September – London Islington Academy
Thursday 25th September – Aldershot West End Centre
Friday 26th September – Harlow Square
Saturday 27th September – Stockton Ku Bar
Monday 29th September – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 30th September – Sage Gateshead
Wednesday 1st October – Glasgow Garage
Thursday 2nd October – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Friday 3rd October – Dundee Fat Sams
Saturday 4th October – Aberdeen Moshulu
Monday 6th October – Swansea Sin City
Tuesday 7th October – Colchester Arts Centre
Thursday 9th October – Leicester Charlotte
Friday 10th October – Sheffield Academy
My favourite electro indie popsters, Ladytron, have announced a shiny new tour for November around the UK.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £12.50 each apart from London which is £14.50.
Friday 14th November – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 15th November – Coventry Kasbah
Tuesday 18th November – Oxford Zodiac
Wednesday 19th November – Bristol Academy
Thursday 20th November – Bournemouth Old Fire Station
Friday 21st November – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Sunday 23rd November – Brighton Concorde 2
Monday 24th November – Manchester University
Tuesday 25th November – Sheffield Academy
Wednesday 26th November – Glasgow ABC
Friday 28th November – Aberdeen Moshulu
Following on from Razorlight, Kanye West and The Killers and a tonne of other A-list stars, Vodafone have announced the lineup for their August “TBA” secret gig.
N.E.R.D., The Streets and McFly will all play Brighton Beach on Sunday 10th August.
The rather mixed lineup will follow in the footsteps of Razorlight who played Brighton Beach in summer 2006.
Tickets are available only to Vodafone customers by texting ACTS to 61500. Winners will receive tickets for themselves and two friends and those not lucky enough to attend will be able to watch the gig on T4, hosted by the insufferable Dave Berry.
Vodafone have made the decision this year to move away from the one-artist regular gigs that they’ve had in previous years, instead choosing to make a “mini festival”. Whether this works out we’ll soon see!
Full info is available from here.
Remember when going to a gig left you feeling dirty afterwards? The sweat dripping off of you, your glasses knocked from your face, beer thrown around, and stinking like a cigarette factory? Well, tonight featured a return to those times (minus the cigarette smell) when I went to see Idlewild at ULU in London.
Choosing to save us the (occasional) torture of a support band, they decided to support themselves, playing two sets, first of all an acoustic set, before coming back to play a full electric set after “a little break in the room back there”, in lead singer Roddy Woomble’s words.
Their first acoustic set featured such crowd pleasers as “American English”, “No Emotion” and “El Capitan” as Roddy and the rest of the band warmed up, however quickly we realised that they were on top of their game, and we were in for a classic main Idlewild set. 15 minutes later the Scotsmen ambled back on stage for a set which was heavily B-sides and rarities based, which was great for the hardcore fans and not so great for the casual fan that had come out for a greatest hits set.
However, we did get some classics such as “Little Discourage”, “Love Steals Us From Loneliness”, “Out of Routine” and “Century after Century” along with one of the highlights by far of the evening, “Roseability”. The chorus call and response, “Gertrude Stein said ‘that’s enough’ / I know that that’s not enough now,” featured all 800-odd of the crowd yelling along, and the first of many crowd surfers, as the band returned to their harder sound of the first few records, before the folkier tinges of recent works.
Leaving a lot sweatier, and feeling like we’d just been trampled by a herd of elephants, Idlewild managed to show us that, even though they’re approaching middle age, they really are one of Scotland’s greatest bands.
After the jump: setlist and more photos
Continue reading Live Review: Idlewild at ULU – 3rd July 2008