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Preview: Bestival 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 8th April 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Bestival (side)Bestival is a three-day, action-packed music festival held every year at Robin Hill Country Park on the beautiful Isle of Wight. The bash is well-known for being one of the final music festivals to be squeezed out of the last of the summer months, and this year Bestival will be taking place appropriately late – between Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September.

The festival initially started out 5 years ago and has grown in both size and popularity since then. The brainchild of Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank, Bestival is renowned for both it’s diverse line ups as well as it’s super fun atmosphere.

Headliners confirmed for this year’s event include Elbow, Massive Attack and Kraftwerk. Other quite simply amazing acts taking to the stage this 2009 include (and we stress, include!) MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Doves, Seasick Steve, Klaxons, Lily Allen, Friendly Fires, Florence and the Machine, Little Boots, Esser, Passion Pit, Chew Lips, La Roux and Jack Penate.

Meanwhile, DJs who’ll be spinning the decks at the Isle of Wight bash this year include Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe and the boss himself, Rob da Bank.

Yet this is only a minuscule look into the massive selection of artists and DJs confirmed for this year’s event. You can grab the complete line-up over at Bestival’s website by hitting this link.

But music, no matter how impressive the line up may be, isn’t completely what this festival is about. Bestival is also a celebration of fun, and this year looks set to be one hell of a party.

Every year, for example, the festival has a fancy dress theme, and this 2009 the theme is ‘outer space’! So why not visit ‘The Dressing Up Area’, complete with a ‘Pimp My Outfit Booth’ to adorn yourself in such clothing wonderment while at the festival?

If fancy dress isn’t your thing, how about you check out ‘Heavenly Healing’ or ‘The Pamper Lounge’, two beautifully relaxing retreats providing festival-goers with a range of therapeutic treatments between their sweaty head banging sessions.

Other delights you can experience while at this dreamy festival include the tasty treats of ‘Buttercupcakes Afternoon Tea Hut’, the dizzying heights of the ‘The Big Wheel’, the jam-packed ‘The Village’ (complete with a farmers market and sushi stall!), ‘The Kids Garden’ for wee festival goers, and the famous ‘Inflatable Church’ should you fancy getting married along the way!

Wow! So, to learn more about this rollercoster of a festival, check out Bestival’s website. An adult weekend ticket for the event costs £140, and this includes camping. Tickets are still available for the fest and can be purchased from most ticket outlets. Check out the site for more information on where to purchase yours. Have fun!

Top photo is taken from alex_lee2001’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

 

Preview: London’s Lovebox Weekender

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd March 2009 at 3:00 pm
 

Lovebox 2009 sideLast week, There Goes The Fear gave you the low-down on all upcoming summer festivals, one of which was Lovebox. The eclectic festival – which takes place over Saturday July 18th to Sunday July 19th in Victoria Park, London – has just confirmed this year’s super headliners.

80’s legends, Duran Duran, will be the main act taking to the stage on Saturday night, while Groove Armada (the band who actually founded Lovebox) will be claiming the top slot Sunday evening. Duran Duran will see support coming from Pharrell William’s rock-rap troupe, N.E.R.D – while other hotly tipped talent gracing Saturday’s bill include TGTF-favourites, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Furthermore – Simian Mobile Disco and the awesome Ladyhawke are just two of the acts that will be rubbing shoulders with Groove Armada on the Sunday.

Lovebox side 2DJ’s and electro acts, such as Horse Meat Disco and Secretsundaze, will be setting aboard the Container Arcadia to bring Lovebox revellers awesome dance sets. Meanwhile, The Gaymers Stage – a mystical tree house that provides a stunning bird’s eyes view of the festival site – will be showcasing live acts in a more intimate setting.

Need some pampering amidst all the partying? No problem! Just head over to Heavenly Healing – a tented village set amongst the Lovebox site providing massage and other complimentary therapies for those looking for a bit of ‘me-time’. Had enough of the music? Then have a stroll around thelondonpaper Sourced Market – the largest farmers market to be visiting any festival this year! And if that’s not enough, why not check out the “entire field of family-friendly stage shows, sideshows and freak shows – all inspired, programmed and produced by some of London’s most thrilling theatre and production outfits.” – to quote the terribly exciting press release!

Music! Theatre! Farmers! What more do you need! Grab a ticket for The Lovebox Weekender now!

Tickets cost £42.50 + Booking Fee per day ticket. amd £75.00 + BF per weekend ticket. Top Photo was taken from garretkeogh’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

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Florence and the Machine / May and June 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd February 2009 at 7:41 pm
 

Florence and the MachineHotly tipped Florence and the Machine have announced a string of new tour dates after their slot on the current NME Shockwaves tour.

We first introduced Florence last November, and she looks set to be a huge success this year.

Tickets are on sale now, but seem to be going crazily fast.

Catch Florence and her crazy machine at the below dates:

Friday 22nd May 2009 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 27th May 2009 – London Bloomsbury Ballroom
Thursday 28th May 2009 – London Bloomsbury Ballroom
Sunday 31st May 2009 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Monday 1st June 2009 – Manchester St Phillips Church
Tuesday 2nd June 2009 – Brighton Concorde 2

needtickets.com logoTo find tickets, we suggest you try using Needtickets. Needtickets.com offers you the most comprehensive ticket service in the UK. With one click you can search every nationwide online ticket agent and as a result you can find tickets for any live music event that can be booked online. Every ticket is 100% guaranteed as Needtickets.com only offers links to official agents.

 

The Brit Awards 2009 – The Nominations

 
By on Monday, 26th January 2009 at 4:42 pm
 

Coldplay's new album cover

Ahh…The Brits. Perhaps more famous for Jarvis Cocker’s stage invasion, or Arctic Monkey‘s drunken speeches rather than for it’s showcasing of the best of British music. Either way, every year it certainly proves an interesting watch and this 2009, the controversial show will be presented by disco diva, Kylie Minogue and Gavin and Stacey stars, Mathew Horne and James Corden. There will be performances from Kings of Leon, U2 and Take That to name but a few. You can catch all the action live on ITV1 on February 18th, but if you can’t wait till then, There Goes The Fear is here to tell you about the successful nominees that were announced earlier this week.

The artists leading the way with the highest amount of nominations this year are Welsh songstress, Duffy and Coldplay – both tallying up a total of four nods. Both artists had number 1 albums last year – Duffy with ‘Rockferry‘ and Coldplay with ‘Viva la Vida‘ (pictured right) – so are unsurprisingly up for Mastercard’s Best British Album alongside Elbow, Radiohead and The Ting Tings. Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ and Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ will also be going head to head in Best British Single category alongside the likes of Estelle‘s ‘American Boy’, Adele with ‘Chasing Pavements’ and the X Factor Finalists’ ‘Hero’.

Duffy also features in the Best British Female Solo Artist category alongside Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and MIA, while the nominees in male counterpart include Ian Brown, James Morrison, Paul Weller, Streets and Will Young. Best British Group has seen the nomination of the ever-popular Coldplay, Elbow, Radiohead, Take That and Girls Aloud.

New music recieving nods in this year’s Best British Breakthrough Act include Last Shadow Puppets and Scouting For Girls, while 2009’s Best British Live Act showcases everyone from Iron Maiden and The Verve, to Elbow.

Singer-songwriter, Florence and the Machine (who we featured here), is tracing the footsteps of 2008 winner Adele through gaining the coveted Critics Choice Award which recognises upcoming music talent. Meanwhile, Pet Shop Boys have been intriguingly awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award, following on from Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s win last year.

Band’s receiving nods in the international categories including Best International Group and Best International Album are Kings of Leon, The Killers, AC/DC, MGMT and Fleet Foxes. Solo artists featuring in the categories honouring oversea talent include Katy Perry, Gabriella Cilmi, Seasick Steve, Beck and Kanye West.

To see the nominations in full, check out the official Brits website.

 

Daily Roundup: 5th December

 
By on Friday, 5th December 2008 at 10:32 pm
 

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.

First up, following on from Mike‘s posts about his tips for BBC’s Sound of 2009 competition (part 1 here, part 2 here), they’ve announced the longlist, which features no less than FIVEartists we have already featured on TGTF. The longlist sees Dan Black (who we featured here and here, and is pictured, right), Florence and the Machine (who we introduced here), La Roux (who we introduced here), White Lies (who we gave details of their tour here).  VV Brown has also been tipped in comments around the site too. On the longlist, they’re joined by:The Big Pink, Empire of the Sun, Frankmusik, Kid Cudi, Lady GaGa, Little Boots, Master Shortie, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit and The Temper Trap.

Phew, there’s a lot of new music there! To conteract the newness of those, we bring you an oldie but a goldie: Tom Jones, but as you’ve never seen him before….

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If that’s not some clever CGI, I don’t know what is…

Our friends over at Gig Junkie have pointed out that they have a lot of pretty amazing competitions going at the moment – if times are tight for you, pop on over and enter a competition or two – they have the chance to win tickets to see Kings of Leon, VIP style.

It seems rather a lot of you love Nickelback (pictured, right, and who incidentally are on tour next year… see my seamless link there?), so you might want to check out some exclusive tracks they played in the USA recently. I’ve had “Gotta Be Somebody” stuck in my head recently, and got to admit that slowly they’re getting under my skin!

Our friends over at Winston’s Zen have just posted their new monthy Zen list of all things great and free in MP3 land – check it out and have a listen.

Right, I think that’s it for tonight… I’m off to have a listen to those of the BBC Sound of 2009 longlist nominees that I don’t know much about, and Winston’s Zen’s new MP3s….

 

Shockwaves NME Awards Tour with Glasvegas, Friendly Fires and friends / January and February 2009

 
By on Tuesday, 11th November 2008 at 9:30 am
 

NME have announced their annual NME awards tour next January and February.

The frankly amazing lineup sees Glasvegas, Friendly Fires, White Lies and Florence and the Machine all take to the road together for what is surely going to be one of the most epic tours known to mankind.

The tour culminates in the NME Awards show at Brixton Academy on Wednesday 25th February.

Tickets go on sale from 9am tomorrow, Wednesday 12th November.

Catch the tour at:

Thursday 29th January – Liverpool University
Friday 30th January – Glasgow Academy
Sunday 1st February – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 3rd February – Sheffield Academy
Wednesday 4th February – Birmingham Academy
Friday 6th February – Manchester Academy
Sunday 8th February – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 10th February – Lincolnshire Engine Shed
Wednesday 11th February – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 12th February – Norwich UEA
Saturday 14th February – Cardiff University
Sunday 15th February – Bristol Academy
Monday 16th February – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 17th February – Oxford Academy
Thursday 19th February – Portsmouth Pyramid
Friday 20th February – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 21st February – Brixton Academy

Wow.

 
 
 

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