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Summer Series at Somerset House announced / July 2008

 
By on Monday, 12th May 2008 at 4:42 pm
 

Those nice folks over at Somerset house have announced details of their Summer Series 2008 events. This summer sees the likes of Fratellis, We Are Scientists and Justice all grace the old courtyard over the course of 10 days in July.

Tickets are available here on presale from Ticketmaster, and go on sale on Wednesday (14th May) at 10am.

Thursday 10th July – The Fratellis
Friday 11th July – Justice
Saturday 12th July – Unkle
Sunday 13th July – The Blue Nile
Monday 14th July – Lupe Fiasco
Tuesday 15th July – We Are Scientists
Wednesday 16th July – The Zutons
Thursday 17th July – The Feeling
Friday 18th July – Duffy
Saturday 19th July – Adele

 

2008 Forestry Commision gigs announced! (UPDATED)

 
By on Monday, 11th February 2008 at 7:17 pm
 

KT TunstallThe Forestry Commission has announced their artists for summer 2008’s summer series. This year sees KT Tunstall, The Charlatans, Crowded House and Status Quo all rock various forests around the UK. Full details are on their website. Catch the below acts at the dates below. All tickets are on sale now..

The Zutons

Thursday 5th June – High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Near Brandon, Suffolk
Sunday 8th June – Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Near Goudhurst, Kent
Friday 13th June – Delamere Forest, Near Linmere, Cheshire
Friday 20th June – Westonbirt – The National Arboretum, Near Tetbury, Glos
Saturday 21st June – Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Near Edwinstowe, Notts
Friday 27th June – Dalby Forest, Near Pickering, North Yorks
Saturday 28th June- Cannock Chase Forest, Near Rugeley, Staffs

KT Tunstall
(with support from Tom Baxter)
Friday 6 June – High Lodge, Thetford Forest Near Brandon, Suffolk
Sunday 15 June – Delamere Forest Near Linmere, Cheshire

Tickets are £27.50 and go on sale at 9.00am this Friday, 15th February

Crowded House

Friday 20 June – Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nr Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire
Saturday 21 June – Westonbirt, National Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Thursday 10 July – High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk

Tickets are £30 and are on sale now

The Charlatans

Sunday 29 June – Cannock Chase Forest, Near Rugeley, Staffordshire

Tickets are £26 and are on sale now.

James Morrison

Saturday 14 June 2008 – Delamere Forest, Linmere, Delamere, Cheshire

Tickets are £27.50 and are on sale now.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Saturday 7 June 2008 – Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest, Nr Goudhurst, Kent (with Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall)
Friday 18 July 2008 – The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire (with Gilson Lavis, special guest vocalist Marc Almond and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall)

Tickets are £30 and are on sale now.

Katherine Jenkins

Saturday 12 July 2008 – High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Santon Downham, Brandon, Suffolk
Saturday 19 July 2008 – The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

Tickets are £28.50 and are on sale now.

Status Quo

Saturday 7 June 2008 – High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Santon Downham, Brandon, Suffolk
Friday 27 June 2008 – Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire
Saturday 28 June 2008 – Dalby Forest, Nr Thornton Le Dale, N York Moors
Sunday 22 June 2008 – The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Tickets are £30 and are on sale now.

 

Beach House / UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 4th October 2007 at 8:35 pm
 

Beach House - press shotOkay, I’ll admit it – I didn’t know about Beach House until Drowned in Sound bought them to my attention, but they sound pretty amazing. That, or remarkably shite. I can’t decide.

Nonetheless, they’re on tour in mid November, so pop along and give them a go. They’re signed to Bella Union Records, who are a pretty good record label, so give them a whirl at the following dates. The London date is on sale through Ticketmaster, and the others, well, I’m guessing the local venues.

Saturday 10th November – Cambridge Graduate
Sunday 11th November – Leeds Faversham
Monday 12th November – Manchester Night & Day
Tuesday 13th November – Glasgow The Admiral
Thursday 15th November – Birmingham Glee Club
Friday 16th November – London Water Rats

 

Live: The Thrills, Magic Numbers, Tiny Dancers + Crowded House @ AOL Summer Cooler

 
By on Friday, 29th June 2007 at 1:40 am
 

Dome“We’re proud to be able to play in one of Tony Blair’s legacies to the UK” David Kay of Tiny Dancers said of their chance to be one of the first bands to play the indigo2 at the former Millenium Dome.

One of the most state of the art venues in the UK Indigo2 is the smaller of two venues at the new O2 complex which comprises shops, bars and cinema as well as the 20,000 arena and the 2,500 capacity indigo2. A contender to the likes of Koko and Shepherds Bush, its small enough for it to be used as “club gigs” for big bands, and large enough for small bands to aim for.

Up in the balcony the venue looked distinctly like a cinema, with plush seats (complete with stewards to tell you to get them off the seat in front) and speakers throughout. However, it lacks the quirks of some older venues: Whilst the sound is simply superb, the place lacks some of the atmosphere that darker, dingier places like the Astoria have and makes them so loved.

For the first nights entertainment, AOL took it over for their “sessions”, which last night saw Tiny Dancers, The Thrills, Magic Numbers and Crowded House take to the stage. Tiny Dancers were first up, playing to a half empty venue, however soon got into the spirit of things, playing five songs. Highlight was “Hannah, We Know” which saw dancing lego people on the giant screens behind the stage.

The Thrills were next up, debuting new material from their forthcoming album “Teenagers” alongside old favourites “Santa Cruz”, “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?” and “One Horse Town”. Conor Deasy went into showman mode pretty quickly, getting everyone clapping along. Their new material is a natural progression from previous two albums, summery and Irish-American tinged.

In between sets AOL showed some of their previous sessions, with Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini and Ghosts all making appearances. In between The Thrills and Magic Numbers the crowd were treated to a backstage set from Siobhán Donaghy, which showed off her beautiful voice perfectly. However, being shown on video screens just made the entire audience feel detached from the experience.

Magic Numbers provided more summery tunes, with Michelle and Romeo seemingly a bit more used to the stage compared to when this Londonista saw them back in early 2005. Songs like “Forever Lost” and “Love Me Like You” sounded not at all faded, and performed with as much gusto as if they were written yesterday.

Finally, the guys most of the crowd had been waiting for, Crowded House. Hurtling through their set at a decent speed, they were chatty and genial to the crowd, with the Ozzies commenting that “It feels like I’m playing the Bowling Club Social” in regards to the number of summer hats floating around the crowd that were given out free by AOL. On their slower tracks, Neil Finn was clearly peeved with the amount of talking the balcony was doing, commenting “Listen you bastards! You can talk tomorrow!” which was a very fair point.

Four sets in four hours is a decent speed for any venue, however it’s just a shame it hasn’t got any of the soul some of London’s better venues have. The bands meanwhile overcame any issues they may have had with the venue by putting in a thoroughly entertaining show for all.

Continue reading Live: The Thrills, Magic Numbers, Tiny Dancers + Crowded House @ AOL Summer Cooler

 

New festival for London: iTunes festival at ICA

 
By on Tuesday, 12th June 2007 at 3:24 pm
 

Imogen HeapThose lovely people at iTunes have set up their own “festival” in the centre of London to take place at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) throughout July, with a raft of the best in current bands playing each night.

iTunes will be recording each of the shows and are planning to make songs from the shows available via their music shop. The ICA holds about 350 people, making the shows exceptionally intimate.

The bands include, in date order:

Mika supported by Leon Jean-Marie (1)
Crowded House supported by Justin Nozuka (2)
Travis supported by The Hoosiers (3)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club supported by Nine Black Alps (4)
Groove Armada supported by Mutya Buena and Beardyman (7)
Ash supported by Ben’s Brother (8)
The View (9)
Imogen Heap supported by James Wolff (10)
Editors supported by GoodBooks (11)
Scott Matthews (12)
Athlete supported by Tiny Dancers (13)
Paolo Nutini (14)
Gianna Nannini (15)
Ludovico Einaudi supported by Dhafer Youssef (16)
The Bad Plus supported by Rebekka Bakken (17)
The Pigeon Detectives supported by The Rakes (18)
Beverley Knight supported by Raul Midón (19)
Stereophonics supported by Little Man Tate (20)
Jamie Scott & The Town (21)
Wir Sind Helden (23)
Amy Winehouse supported by The Rumble Strips and Remi Nicole (25)
Just Jack supported by Mr Hudson & The Library (26)
Jack Penate (27)
The Maccabees supported by Goldspot (28)
Duke Special supported by Tom McRae (29)
The Coral supported by Candie Payne (30)

Tickets will be given away free via radio, TV stations and band and fan websites. The specific details of which will be announced soon. Some tickets are already available from the itunes festival website.

Photo taken from Mteson’s flickr stream.

 

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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