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Live: Road to V: Bo Pepper, The Jubilees and Amy Bullman

By on Thursday, 17th May 2007 at 4:06 pm

Amy BullmanTuesday night saw the first of three London shows at the Islington Academy for the ‘Road To V’ competition. The 14 shortlisted bands are all unsigned and are fighting it out to be one of two bands to open V Festival in August.

First out was the judges reserve choice, Amy Bullman, who came out and did about 6 songs, all of which were very well executed. She coped very well when the backing track failed (she only had a guitartist on stage with her), and whilst nervous had a very strong voice, combining the cockney of Lily Allen and the abilities of KT Tunstall.

However, she really was nothing different. She’s perfectly competent, but doesn’t have a unique selling point that sets her apart from everyone else. The popular singer / songwriter genre is already full, and there really is no reason that Amy should be let in.

The JubileesNext up were The Jubilees, who had bought the largest crowd of the night down with them from Lincolnshire, and were very entertaining. Clearly nervous, they managed to get a good sweat going and were the most likely to do something in the future I think.

Their frontman was quite remiscent of Paul Weller, with their sound being very Jam-esque, lively, and great fun. Much better than I originally thought they would be, and whilst they’re not going to set the world on fire with innovation, they are a quality band that could go far with a bit of marketing and their fans.

Bo PepperFinally, Bo Pepper arrived. I thought they’d be the highlight of the night, going by their MySpace. I had visions of a Girls Aloud style band / Mika in band format, and whilst they undoubtably have the people to be successful (each person on stage had their own “persona” and air around them), their music live leaves a lot to be desired.

Lead female “Singer” has a great voice, and is very easy on the eye, however seemed to spend more time running her fingers through her hair than actually singing. Then she got picky about the sound levels, which we didn’t notice any difference in…. oh well. You win some, you lose some!

So a great evening, and free, which is always good. Tonight they have three bands who I think are slightly better going by their MySpaces: The Outside Royalty (who are my favourites, and I’ve covered before), Maxfield (think Groove Armarda style) and Dylan James (so-so). Give it a go – take a look at the official Road To V website here.


Eden Sessions

By on Friday, 20th April 2007 at 7:23 pm

The ever brilliant Eden Sessions have been announced, featuring many of this years biggest acts. The sessions have been moved forward from throughout August to now throughout July, which probably won’t make much difference to most people.

Monday July 2nd – James Morrison
Tuesday July 10th – Rufus Wainwright
Tuesday July 17th – Amy Winehouse
Wednesday July 18th – Lily Allen
Saturday July 21st – Bright Eyes
Sunday July 22nd – Pet Shop Boys

None of the bands are particuarly shite, but there aren’t any that I’d make the effort to drive for four hours for.

Tickets are on sale for all dates now, with the exception of Pet Shop Boys who go on sale at 6pm on next Tuesday, April 24th.


Somerset House Summer Series

By on Tuesday, 17th April 2007 at 11:42 am

As I mentioned yesterday, the rest of the Somerset house gigs have been announced, with an impressive lineup. I’d quite like to see most of these bands… but obviously I probably won’t get a chance.

Thursday 12 July Mogwai in surround sound
Friday 13 July Kasabian
Saturday 14 July Bert Jansch featuring Beth Orton and Bernard Butler
Sunday 15 July Guillemots
Monday 16 July Lily Allen
Tuesday 17 July Mika
Wednesday 18 July Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Thursday 19 July The Roots
Friday 20 July Amy Winehouse
Saturday 21 July Hot Chip

Presale is now available here


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