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Preview: 6 Music Festival 2016

By on Tuesday, 15th December 2015 at 5:00 pm

BBC Radio presenters Steve Lamacq and Mary Anne Hobbs announced this afternoon during Lammo’s drivetime programme the first details of 6 Music Festival 2016. Next year’s event, taking place over Valentine’s Day weekend in February (12-14 February 2016), will be heading south, setting up camp in the trip-hop capital of the world, Bristol. (The last two festivals in 2014 and 2015 took place in Manchester and Tyneside, respectively.) Venues scheduled to take part in the festival include Bristol Academy, Basement 45, Colston Hall, Motion and Trinity.

If the first wave of artists announced is any indication, 2016 will see another strong year for 6 Music Festival. Primal Scream, who will be releasing their new album ‘Chaosmosis’ on the 18th of March 2016, will be performing new material from the effort for the first time in Bristol. Seeing that all of their currently announced shows in March and April except for a few tickets to London Palladium on the 1st of April are sold out, you can expect tickets to the evening Primal Scream play in Bristol will be snapped up quickly. Local DJ hero Roni Size, along with DJ Krust and Dynamite MC, will be offering the first official showcase and live broadcast from the city. For the art-rock fans out there, the festival has you covered: The Blue Aeroplanes, who appeared on Lammo’s show this afternoon to play a few tunes, are also scheduled to perform at the event in their hometown.

It will be a gig homecoming for Tricky: having not played in Bristol since 2012 at the Academy, his reappearance will no doubt be welcomed as he shows off new material from his upcoming album ‘Skilled Mechanics’, which drops in January. BEAK>, starring Geoff Barrow of Portishead, will also be making an appearance, playing brand new material alongside tracks from their ‘BEAK> <KAEB’ split EP. Dubstep purveyor DJ Pinch will also be giving Bristol one of his legendary live sets at the festival; this afternoon’s announcement dovetails nicely with the fact that Mary Anne Hobbs was one of his early champions.

The final line-up for 6 Music Festival 2016 will be announced on Tuesday, 19 January 2016, the same day tickets will go on sale. The line-up for 6 Music Festival by Day – the station’s presentation of spoken word, poetry and performance events on the Saturday and Sunday of the event – will follow on Tuesday 26 January.


Live Gig Video: Noel Gallagher and band perform ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ for Radio 2 In Concert

By on Thursday, 10th December 2015 at 4:00 pm

The Mancunian loudmouth we love to hate – or is that love to love? – Noel Gallagher was the In Concert star Monday night on Radio 2, performing with a backing band semi-acoustically. In addition to more recent material from the crotchety Northern singer/songwriter, naturally he trotted out an Oasis classic, and arguably what will be his legacy, not his contentious relationship with baby brother Liam, is ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’. It’s definitely my favourite Oasis song, and I explored the lyrics of the song on Music in Notes earlier this year.

In case you missed Monday night’s performance, the BBC have made available the song being played live to everyone on YouTube. (If you’re in the UK, you’re in luck: you’ve got 27 days to watch the entire set live on BBC iPlayer.) For more on Noel Gallagher and his post-Oasis band Noel Gallagher and His High Flying Birds, head this way.



Live “Gig” Video: U2’s Bono explains and recites lyrics to new Paris attack-inspired song ‘Streets of Surrender’ to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria

By on Wednesday, 9th December 2015 at 4:00 pm

Header photo by Paul Neill

This isn’t exactly a gig video (hence the double quotes in the title) but it’s worth sharing after the events of last month in Paris.

Bono has been in the news and remembered more in the last 2 years less for U2‘s music or his humanitarian efforts in Africa with (RED) than for freak accidents. In November 2014, he was involved in a cycling accident in Central Park that resulted in cancellations of live appearances due to his surgery and rehabilitation. Shortly after in the same month in an unusual turn of events, he was a passenger in a private Lear jet whose rear door fell off midair, though thankfully no-one aboard the flight was injured.

As with many of the artists we know and love, he was able to shake off these bizarre incidents and forge ahead with what he does best, songwriting. His latest announced work is a song he began to write for Italian pop singer Zucchero but he changed the lyrics to after the Paris attacks last month. In this interview with CNN host Fareed Zakaria on Sunday, Bono explains how U2 want to be “useful” to the world at large, and he recites the new lyrics to the Christmas-themed ‘Streets of Surrender’. Watch below.



Live Gig Video: exmagician share live performance of ‘Place Your Bets’ at Millbank Studios, Belfast

By on Friday, 4th December 2015 at 4:00 pm

exmagician – ex-principal band members of Cashier No. 9 – just released their debut EP last month. The four-track ‘Kiss That Wealth Goodbye’ EP includes ‘Place Your Bets’, and the duo comprised of Danny Todd and James Smith have now unveiled a live studio performance of the second track on the EP, recorded last month at Millbank Studios in Belfast with a drummer and an additional guitarist, just prior to the EP’s release in mid-November.

Filmed in black and white without any bells and whistles visually, it emphasises the duo’s desire to have the music speak for itself instead of the pop music standard of image being king. Have a listen and watch of the live performance below. I’m definitely looking forward to more from exmagician in 2016! Grab the ‘Kiss That Wealth Goodbye’ EP now from Bella Union.



Live Gig Video: Foy Vance performs an acoustic version of ‘She Burns’

By on Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 at 4:00 pm

Mustachioed Northern Irish songsmith Foy Vance has just unveiled a live acoustic video for his smouldering new track ‘She Burns’. Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Jacquire King (James Bay, Of Monsters and Men), the song is slated to appear on Vance’s highly anticipated next album, which is due out early next year. Vance has recently signed to pop superstar Ed Sheeran‘s label Gingerbread Man Records, which launched back in August with the signing of singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson.

Vance and Sheeran are longtime friends and collaborators, having toured together back in 2013 as well as contributing to each other’s recent studio work, Vance supplying vocals and songwriting assistance on Sheeran’s Grammy-nominated album ‘X’ and Sheeran appearing on Vance’s previous album ‘Joy of Nothing’. Vance previews his follow-up to that album with the video for ‘She Burns’, which he also performed live on his most recent tour of America.

The acoustic version of ‘She Burns’ featured in the video below is a slow-burning ode to the feminine mystique, presented here in a bare arrangement for two voices and guitar. Though this rendition of the song is far more restrained than what I might have expected from Vance, he still bares his very soul in the vocal delivery, especially the chorus lyric “I’m burning, I’m burning so deeply just breathing hurts.’


If you like what you hear in the video, you can download the acoustic version of ‘She Burns’ on Foy Vance’s official Web site, in exchange for adding your e-mail address to his mailing list. While you’re on Vance’s Web site, you can also find a list of live dates and ticket information for Vance’s current Australian tour, where he is opening for Ed Sheeran and Elton John. TGTF’s full archive of coverage on Foy Vance can be found right back here.


Live Gig Video: Editors perform ‘Ocean of Night’ at Dublin Olympia

By on Tuesday, 1st December 2015 at 4:00 pm

Editors‘ latest music video, like those for ‘No Harm’, ‘Marching Orders’ and ‘Life is a Fear’ that precede it, was conceived, directed and edited by Iranian-born photographer Rahi Rezvani. It was also filmed in black and white. Unlike those past promos, however, ‘Ocean of Night’ stars scenes of fans in the 1,600-capacity Dublin Olympia Theatre on Dame Street in the Irish capital, as well as pensive moments pre-show of Tom Smith and the band in the opulent red velvet covered and gilded venue when the band performed there in October. (It’s truly a beautiful sight to behold in person in full Technicolor, as I had the pleasure to when I saw the Staves perform there back in May.)

While the video lacks the physical presence of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell (notably the first time an Editors track has featured a voice of someone from outside the band), her ethereal harmonising vocals that appear on this song and several others on Editors’ current album ‘In Dream’ (Carrie’s review here) still manage to be evocative, despite this minimalist treatment. Watch the new video for ‘Ocean of Night’ below. ‘Ocean of Night’ will be released as a single on the 11th of December on PIAS; ‘In Dream’ is available now. For past coverage of Editors on TGTF, go here.



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