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Live “Gig” Video: Glass Animals’ Dave Bayley sings ‘Agnes’ inside a human centrifuge

 
By on Friday, 4th August 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

I wasn’t sure where this new video from Glass Animals would fit on TGTF. It certainly seems to follow the thinking that some of us reviewer types have that ‘artists have to suffer for their art’. I think putting yourself in a human centrifuge qualifies for this. For those of you who unlike Dave Bayley and myself didn’t spend a lot of time in biology and chemistry labs, a centrifuge is a machine that spins in a circle and usually is used to collect the heavier particles in, say a glass tube, by the motion of the spinning.

Apparently there is a human-sized version of this and Bayley decided to subject himself to 18 spins of what he describes as something that looks “like something out of a bond villain’s lair.” During this ordeal, he manages to sing along to their track ‘Agnes’, which concludes the Oxford band’s 2016 album ‘How to Be a Human Being’ (read my review here). He says on the YouTube description of this promo that the song is hard for him to listen to, but this video may be hard to watch, or at least cause some minimal anguish to the viewer. That said, okay, artists suffer for their art, so to pay respect to Bayley suffering for his art, you can watch the video for ‘Agnes’ below. If you can’t stomach it, feel free to peruse our archive here on TGTF on Glass Animals (from way back in 2013!) by following this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhdtdUljThU[/youtube]

 

The Script / August 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Monday, 24th July 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Dublin megastars The Script have announced a series of live dates for the UK and Ireland next month. It’s all in anticipation of the release of their fifth album, ‘Freedom Child’, which is slated for release on the 1st of September on Columbia. Check out the first single from the album, the dancehall-flavoured ‘Rain’, after the tour dates below. A fans’ presale for this tour will commence on Wednesday, the 26th of July, with the general sale to follow on Friday, the 28th of July at 9:30 AM. It’s been a while since I’ve written on The Script (I wasn’t fond of their last two albums), but you can read my archive of posts from 2013 and before through here.

Monday 21st August 2017 – Dublin National Stadium
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 – Derry Millenium Forum
Thursday 24th August 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Friday 25th August 2017 – Swindon Oasis
Saturday 26th August 2017 – Plymouth Pavilions
Monday 28th August 2017 – Bridlington Spa
Tuesday 29th August 2017 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Wednesday 30th August 2017 – Blackpool Empress Hall
Friday 1st September 2017 – London Brixton Academy

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iA-MHxa8C8[/youtube]

 

WIN / Weekend and camping tickets to LeeFest 2017

 
By on Thursday, 6th July 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Camping festivals are pretty ubiquitous in England, and we’re not too far off now from one of our favourites. LeeFest 2017 (also known as the second installment of Leefest Presents the Neverland) is about a month off now on the summer event calendar, and the lineup this year is pretty smashing. The headliners reflect the strength of homegrown talent driven by social consciousness: Jake Bugg, Kate Tempest and Radio 1 personality Annie Mac will be gracing the main stage. You can read Steven’s past full feature on the event through here.

One better, the folks of LeeFest have given us a pair of weekend camping tickets (plus parking!) to enjoy the festival on them and us. Something for free? I’m sure you’re interested in entering our contest now, and we can’t have made it any easier. Just follow these steps:

1. Provide your full name and your email address. We’ll use these to contact you if you win.
2. We’ll need your postal address too, as the tickets are hard copy and we’ll need to post them to you if you are the lucky winner.
3. Then correctly answer this question: Of the choices we give you, which is a headliner at this year’s LeeFest?

We’ll go through all the correct entries and choose one winner at random. Please note: you must be a UK resident to enter, and all duplicate entries will be discarded. If you’d rather not chance it, you still have time to buy tickets through the LeeFest 2018 official Web site.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9lOBY6AwBM[/youtube]

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted soon.

 

Preview: LeeFest 2017

 
By on Thursday, 22nd June 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Of all the smaller festivals that have popped up over recent years, LeeFest (10-12 August in Edenbridge, Kent) is perhaps the best one. Somewhat a mini-Glastonbury-style festival, ‘The Neverland’ as it’s become known, is a place where fun and imagination are encouraged to run wild. Three separate sections are dedicated to different aspects of the lineup, with Skull Ridge being my personal favourite, where the pirates (yes, pirates!) roam free to the sound of punk, rock, grunge and grime. Last year’s lineup, including the surprise Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes set, was filled with some of the loudest and heaviest new acts around.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9XwFecNXyU[/youtube]

For those of you who aren’t into the same flavours of music as I, fear not: the full lineup for this year’s LeeFest has some great names from all across the spectrum. Topping the bill this year are two voices who will convey their outlook on current society with their own individual brand of lyrical poetry. Jake Bugg and Kate Tempest, one of the UK’s youngest and brightest songwriters and one of the UK’s most prominent spoken word poets, respectively. With them both at LeeFest, you can’t help but feel like things could get a little bit magical.

Slightly, ok, very away from that spectrum are Wild Beasts, who last year released ‘Boy King’, one of the funkiest and sleaziest – in a good way – honest! – albums we’ve ever heard. It’s amazing, and so are they, and this will be the perfect environment to see them live. LeeFest is a place that prides itself on being a real-life Neverland. You’ve already heard about Skull Ridge and its pirates, but there’s also The Neverwoods aka the main arena, where the Bangarang stage (YES) and Tootles Circus stage take pride of place. Completing the festival’s trio of sections is Mermaid’s Lagoon, or the dance arena, which includes hot tubs. That’s right. Hot tubs.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTvrv30b7C0[/youtube]

Steering away from hot tubs and mermaids of LeeFest, looking in on the lineup once more and the brightest names in UK music at the moment, and all stand out. Representing indie pop is Fickle Friends who never fail to compose a banger: latest track ‘Glue’ is a testament to this. For rock, Milk Teeth more than hold their own. The foursome are prepping to release a new EP in the coming months and with the incredible work that was their debut, ‘Vile Child’ in 2016, the future is bright for the Gloucestershire-based band. While Jake Bugg may be a well-known name in the songwriting world, a new up-and-comer is Tom Grennan. Against his soulful and often crushing tracks that radiate honesty, his sharply contrasting persona filled with confidence and swagger works incredibly well. You’ll have to catch him live to see what I mean.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMkIIvc-8J0[/youtube]

LeeFest is often likened to being a small, more accessible version of Glastonbury, and all of these claims are accurate. Seeing is believing, so get your tickets quick because the last bunch are on sale and these won’t hang around long. You can still get tier two day tickets, but full weekend tickets are now only available on the final tier. Go here to see all available ticket options at the moment.

You can read my coverage on it last year, including chats with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Everything Everything and Oscar, through here.

 

Preview: Reading and Leeds 2017

 
By on Thursday, 8th June 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Looking toward the end of summer and the culmination of this year’s festival season which, if you’re a UK citizen, means only one thing. Reading and Leeds Festival, taking place 25-27 August. The mammoth twin fests once again return to the North and South of England, and with a lineup that is going to have you bouncing all the way home on the Monday morning after.

The thing that makes Reading and Leeds so special is the eclectic mix of bands. (Err, bar Glastonbury’s Katy Perry supporting The National: that’s something else entirely.) The stages opt for a core representation, meaning if you head over to the Pit Stage you guaranteed to find a band thrashing the life out of their guitars, as opposed to the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage where, well, you’re more likely to find some thunderous beats and want to shake a tail feather. The one thing the stages all have in common is you’ll have a bloody good time at whichever you choose.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5iMgG-WJI[/youtube]

You’re going to need to bear with me on this one because this year, the line-up is so jam-packed with acts that you can’t miss out on, it’s hard to not just pop the poster up and circle the entire thing. Without a shadow of a doubt, the headliners this year are strong, though Muse could have chosen to take a break from the top slot for a while to give some new blood a chance, to be honest. Kasabian will really making the top of the bill theirs, with a formidable arsenal in the form of their back catalogue that will echo for miles around, especially post-show with all the chanting that follows. The one name on the bill that stands out is none other than Slim Shady himself. Eminem is returning to the UK after a prolonged absence. A man who needs no introduction, his set Saturday will be something you won’t forget for a long time.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVkUvmDQ3HY[/youtube]

Now that the headliners are out of the way, we can get into the gubbins of the lineup, the gems and the up ‘n’ comers. While we don’t have the stage splits yet, here’s who you should keep in mind for when that time arrives, based on the Reading location lineup:

Friday

Start your festival off nice and easy with SXSW 2016 alum Barns Courtney on the Festival Republic Stage. He’ll be spilling some blues rock that should soundtrack the (hopefully) sunny mid-morning perfectly. Of course, with it nearing the end of the festival season by the time we get to the end of August, you should make the most of being able to get a bit silly in a field with your friends, so head to the NME Stage where Chicagoans The Orwells will stir up a riot with their snotty punk attack. Stick around after their set to catch Declan McKenna. The fresh-faced singer/songwriter who also impressed at SXSW 2016 is on his way to becoming the soundtrack for a generation, and what better way to experience that than in a field full of kids who have just finished their exams.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FafAfiWtog[/youtube]

The Pit stage has one of the quickest up ‘n’ comers in the UK rock scene, Puppy, at the early end of the list while heading it up will be Billy Talent, who will instigate a surefire sing-a-long fest. The Festival Republic stage also has Toothless, a majorly strong contender for one of the albums of the year. Ex-Bombay Bicycle Club bassist Ed Nash has created a beautifully coherent indie record that is just as well executed live.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8WPIU8XJmY[/youtube]

Saturday

Now that you’ll be all warmed up for the festival, and Kasabian have got you well into the spirit of losing all inhibitions from their show the previous night, take that feeling and get involved in the ruckus that’ll be, once again, on the NME stage with Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes. After his main stage performance last year – quite literally surveying the crowd with one of the longest mic leads we’ve ever seen – all eyes will be on what madness can ensue this year. The main stage has a double run of blood, as in, you get the one-two punch of Scottish indie duo Honeyblood, then pop-punkers Moose Blood.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P1WIpgKqcA[/youtube]

Also playing the Saturday are Canadians Japandroids who, quite frankly, released one of the records of the year with ‘Near To The Wild Heart…’. They’ll be over on the Festival Republic stage. You can also catch the sweet summery sounds of Glass Animals, Sundara Karma and TGTF favourites Everything Everything all on the NME Stage too. Just prior to seeing Eminem, it’ll be a right throwback to the 90’s and early ’00s with Korn. What a time to be alive, I’m exhausted already.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRGrNDV2mKc[/youtube]

Sunday

Somewhat a more reserved day, which is quite possibly needed after the assault of the previous 2 days. Kick things off with Fickle Friends on the, you guessed it, NME Stage. More summery sounds that will soothe your assumed titanic hangover. But, since this is it, the last day, go have a riot in the Pit stage with Norwegian punks Slotface. Easily the band of the moment, their long-awaited debut should also be out by then! The main stage has some real treats in the form of UK punk spokes-band VANT, who then lead nicely into the current kings of the UK metal scene Architects.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GCSUSwcDwg[/youtube]

One name that’s being billed as an apparent exclusive, although it’s appeared on the Glasto lineup is none other than Liam Gallagher. Having completed a recent tour of a few small UK venues where he’s sounded back on top form, including one benefit show for his (and my) beloved Manchester, and is performing some classic Oasis tracks, excitement for his appearance is an understatement. Muse should surely bring a good show: spaceships, drones, lasers, you name it, they’ll probably bring it!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4ozdiGys5g[/youtube]

That’s a lot of information to go forth with, but the most important thing to do when experiencing Reading or Leeds Festival is have fun. It’s the blow-out fest, the last of the majors in the UK for the season, and is a beast in its own right.

Tickets are still available for both Reading (here) and Leeds (here).

 
 
 

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