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Freedom from Torture Charity Show / December 2012

By on Friday, 9th November 2012 at 5:00 pm

Every year over 2,000 men, women and children are referred to UK nonprofit Freedom from Torture. These people have suffered unimaginable cruelty and horrific abuses of their human rights.

 Whether it be from systematic torture or abuse for their nationality, religious beliefs, sexual preferences or nothing at all, Freedom from Torture supports these survivors of torture and organised violence by helping them recover from their trauma and assisting them as they piece their lives back to together. This nonprofit offers services at five treatment centres around the UK and provides specialist help to these survivors that they desperately need. These needs go beyond the scope of any one doctor, lawyer, psychologist, or care professional, and it takes a concerted, coordinated and specialist team effort, often lasting years, to help them rebuild their lives.

An exclusive night of music has been organised in support of survivors of torture. As the climax of a series of concerts the charity has planned in London and Manchester around International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, Freedom from Torture will present an evening in London with Bombay Bicycle Club, supported by Trophy Wife and Dan Croll.

It’s a charity that all the bands involved feel strongly about supporting. Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club lead singer has said of their involvement: “We are really pleased to be part of this festival to support victims of torture and raise awareness of Freedom from Torture’s incredible work.” Kit Monteith, drummer of Oxford band Trophy Wife, said: “We’re looking forward to playing this gig at Koko with Bombay Bicycle Club for Freedom from Torture. We are extremely proud to support the charity and their work providing survivors of torture with the specialist help they so desperately need.”

The event will take place on Saturday the 22nd of December at London’s Koko. The show is 16+ and tickets are £20 each. Presale tickets can be purchased now from Gigantic. The general sale begins on Monday from the Freedom from Torture Web site. We also encourage to visit the main Freedom from Torture Web site for information on the other benefit gigs taking place throughout December.


Video of the Moment #1009: Tim Burgess

By on Wednesday, 17th October 2012 at 6:00 pm

Tim Burgess, frontman of the Charlatans, released a new solo album, ‘Oh No I Love You’, earlier this month on O Genesis. Now he’s released the artsy video for ‘A Case for Vinyl’.

Burgess begins a tour of the UK tonight, starting in York. All the details of the tour are below.


Wednesday 17th October 2012 – York Duchess
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Friday 19th October 2012 – Glasgow Oran Mor (sold out)
Saturday 20th October 2012 – Manchester Deaf Institute matinee show (sold out)
Monday 22nd October 2012 – Manchester Deaf Institute (sold out)
Monday 22nd October 2012 – Birmingham Glee Club
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 – Bristol Thekla
Wednesday 24th October 2012 – London Union Chapel
Friday 26th October 2012 – Dublin Workman’s Club
Saturday 27th October 2012 – Belfast Stiff Kitten
Monday 29th October 2012 – Liverpool Magnet
Tuesday 30th October 2012 – Hull Tower Ballroom
Wednesday 31st October 2012 – Newcastle University
Thursday 1st November 2012 – Scotland Dunfermline
Saturday 3rd November 2012 – Brighton Coalition
Sunday 4th November 2012 – Reading Sub 89
Thursday 15th November 2012 – Manchester Cathedral (Music for Cities charity gig with Peter Hook and the Light and others)


Preview: Oxjam Clapham 2012

By on Wednesday, 10th October 2012 at 9:00 am

The official festival season is over, and thousands of students, hippies and people with little else to do are once again left with nothing to look forward to except for that first pint on a Friday evening. But wait! Oxjam Clapham 2012 is here, fighting poverty and bringing some tasty new music to your ears.

The Oxjam concept began in 2006 and has grown and morphed into the ever sprawling mass of festivals UK-wide that it is today. Collectively, the festivals have raised over £1.75 million for Oxfam’s work in the UK and abroad: the equivalent of paying for 15,000 emergency shelters; 70,000 goats or 1050 classrooms. Have a think on that for a moment, if you will. Oxjam’s festivals raise money for worthy charities and you can participate simply by purchasing a wristband to this weekend’s event.

The best rock, pop and dance acts from around the Clapham area will be descending on six different venues including dub paradise The White House. Bands playing the festival include fun pop act Angry Vs the Bear, psychedelic rock act White Bone Rattle and South London DIY rockers The Deets, who are not to be missed if you want to have your socks blown off. For the full lineup, go here.

The event takes place this Saturday, the 13th of October, with wristbands for just £10 which gives you access to all of our venues from 12 PM to 5 AM the next day. More information on how to buy your wristband is here on the Oxjam Clapham Web site.


Live Gig Video: Van Susans play ‘Fireworks’ and ‘Cha Cha Bang’ at a pub in Biggin Hill

By on Friday, 29th June 2012 at 4:00 pm

I thought this post would be timed well, with Van Susans playing Leefest tomorrow, where I hear they will be selling limited edition tie-dye shirts. (Ooh.)

They band played a very short set for a charity gig in a pub in Biggin Hill, Kent, and I managed to film two of the songs they played: their most recent single, ‘Fireworks’, and the opening track of their ‘We Could Be Scenery’ EP released last year, ‘Cha Cha Bang’. Watch both below.




Festifeel 2012 Roundup

By on Tuesday, 19th June 2012 at 2:00 pm

The Queen has been on the throne for yet another year. This means we all get to go to festivals all weekend and no sooner had Bushstock, Field Day and the Applecart shut their dampened stalls had the Queen of Hoxton opened its doors for a day of frivolities in the name of breast cancer charity Coppafeel and Festifeel.

Dog is Dead: Image by Paul Hudson

The day starts early with a bright atmosphere in the dark basement as Dog is Dead take to the stage. It’s been a busy weekend for the group but they show no signs of fatigue and kick off the festival in winning style. Showing off both their sun-soaked tracks (fan favourite ‘Glockenspiel Song’ is a highlight) as well as their deeper side on set closer ‘Teenage Daughter’ shows they’re real contenders for act of the summer.

Following this come the disappointing ska meets indie Yes Sir Boss. TGTF hopes they have day jobs.  In stark contrast to this however, one lady who we hope doesn’t is rising star Kyla La Grange. Exuding both grace and grunge at the same time, the stylish singer shows she’s far more than an image with a short set of dark pop tracks from her forthcoming debut record. Her set is over far too quickly though, so TGTF goes for a wander about site.

Newton Faulkner

Laid out across three floors, the Queen of Hoxton is a peculiar yet logical place to put a festival. Today there’s a photobooth, popcorn, a huge barbeque and roof garden added to the bar and club aesthetic. A ukulele band roams about playing poorly enacted covers of ’80s tracks. It’s basically a normal festival in a bar! As with all good festivals, Newton Faulkner is present and his set on the roof garden is an enjoyable one. Completely unplugged, Faulkner teaches the crowd surrounding him lines and the tracks build from there. As such, he doesn’t get time to play many, but it’s certainly something to behold whilst the weather holds out.

It’s then back into the darkness for Slow Club. Having two records and preparing a third should make for an interesting set, but when you weight your half hour with zero tracks from the widely celebrated debut and sound shaky on the three new tracks given an outing, it makes for little short of disappointment. Still, ‘Two Cousins’ is always a highlight, so at least it’s not all a letdown.

Slow Club: Image by Paul Hudson

You get used to adjustments after a while but Lianne La Havas’ set being moved into the main bar (in which everyone moves between upstairs and downstairs, also, to the bar) was baffling to say the least, but once those having conversations were shushed and a microphone was found for Havas, her gorgeous tones shone through. The endearing nature of the young singer-songwriter took those assembled into a hushed admiration and the 20minute set ends with smiles all round, none more than Lianne herself.

Then it’s back up into the daunting clouds of the rooftop for two completely unplugged sets. First Jamie N Commons mixes his own material with covers from the likes of Pink Floyd, creating an atmosphere that brings people from the outskirts to sitting on the Astroturf infront of the London troubadour. Second comes one of the strangest, yet most enjoyable few minutes of the weekend as Angus Stone and his band take to the benches and play in a half hushed, half stunned silence. It would have felt like a lullaby had everyone not been stood up. Whatever it was, it was appreciated.

The View, you remember the View right? The band that did that song about jeans. Yeah, the View; they’re next down in the basement. The lighthearted join the ‘lads’ in the crowded space as the Scottish rockers power through 45 minutes without blinking. It’s energetic, but they’ve long lost their appeal. They didn’t even do that one song that everyone knows about jeans! That said, hearing a few hundred singing “the one I love the most has turned into a junkie” brought back some nostalgia in ‘5 Rebecca’.

Just like that, the weekend’s over. The Milk headline but fail to ignite as most people have already left. It’s been the strangest festival TGTF has ever been to, but that’s probably the appeal. Well done Coppafeel, Festifeel 2012 was a success.


Video of the Moment #836: The Joy Formidable (charity FilmAid video)

By on Friday, 8th June 2012 at 6:00 pm

Here’s a unique take on a music video: the Joy Formidable‘s ‘A Heavy Abacus’ has been filmed by FilmAid and features the experiences of award-winning filmmakers Paola Mendoza and Topaz Adizes, who volunteered as Visiting Teaching Artists for FilmAid in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. They filmed this video over 3 days, profiling the courageous Sudanese refugees they met during their month-long stay. Watch it below.

To find out more about FilmAid and to donate to the cause, go here.



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