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Preview: LeeFest Presents: The Neverland 2016

 
By on Tuesday, 17th May 2016 at 9:00 am
 

This year’s LeeFest marks the 10th anniversary of the independent arts festival, which started in 2006 in founder Lee Denny’s own back garden. Dubbed LeeFest Presents: The Neverland, the festival’s motto this year is “Never grow old”, and it promises a “stunning musical lineup” along with a host of other wide-ranging entertainment opportunities. The exact location of The Neverland’s new secret venue and campsite near Tunbridge Wells, about an hour southeast of London, will only be revealed to ticket holders near the time of the event, which is scheduled to take place on the 28th-30th of July.

What we already know about LeeFest 2016 is that its strong live music lineup presents an enticing mix of established artists and up-and-coming acts. Headliner Lianne La Havas could possibly fall into either category, after her breakthrough 2012 album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?” She is currently supporting Coldplay on their ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ world tour and is scheduled to open for fellow soul singer Leon Bridges on his September and October dates in America. La Havas released a new EP ‘Blood Solo’ back in February, providing solo interpretations of tracks from her second full album ‘Blood’, as well as the delicately haunting new track called ‘Fairytale’, which you can hear just below.

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In contrast to La Havas’ soulful folk stylings, Liverpool rockers Circa Waves join the LeeFest headline bill in the midst of their own summer festival circuit. They recently appeared at Live at Leeds 2016 and will grace their hometown stage at Sound City 2016 at the end of this month. Circa Waves have been quiet so far in 2016, but their emergence back onto the live scene, including a handful of upcoming headline dates around the UK, might be a hint that something new from the band is forthcoming. In the meantime, you can get in the festival spirit with their video for ’T-Shirt Weather’, which featured on their 2015 debut album ‘Young Chasers’.

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The LeeFest 2016 docket features a wide array of other artists previously covered here at TGTF, most notably 2015 Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet.  The LeeFest lineup also includes a lengthy list of our SXSW 2016 alums: Manchester art-rockers Everything Everything, dance pop duo Formation, Liverpool’s own Clean Cut Kid, indie pop wunderkind Oscar, Kent ‘dirty-pop’ bangers Get Inuit, Sheffield rock duo Nai Harvest and Tunbridge Wells native Will Joseph Cook.

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Newer acts like London all-female quartet The Big Moon and Belfast alt-rock duo exmagician (pictured above) hope to build their reputations on LeeFest’s stages as part of their summer festival tours as well. Given that LeeFest’s past lineups have hosted such heavy hitters as London Grammar, Jack GarrattYears & Years, and Clean Bandit, it seems like a safe bet that if you’re not already familiar with the names on this year’s list, you will become so in very short order. (On that note, stay tuned to TGTF for our pre-LeeFest interview with exmagician, which will post in the coming days.)

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The live music portion of the festival will also include DJ sets from Submotion Orchestra (pictured above), The 2 Bears, Midland and Horse Meat Disco. Aside from the musical festivities, LeeFest also offers a variety of other entertainment categories comprising Comedy, Spoken Word, a generic Performance classification, and the very curiously-titled Sillyness. Divided among three so-called “realms”, The Neverland aims to provide “immersive adventures at every turn”, even including a Family category for arts enthusiasts with young children.

As a preview of the main event, LeeFest: The Neverland is partnering with the Tunbridge Wells Forum for a free festival launch party featuring a surprise headliner starting at 6 PM on the 3rd of June. Keep your eyes on LeeFest’s official Facebook page and Twitter feed, which are being updated with further details as the 2016 festival approaches.

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Video of the Moment #1949: Lianne La Havas

 
By on Wednesday, 4th November 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Guess Lianne La Havas doesn’t think broken mirrors bring bad luck. She’s released a brand new promo video for her song ‘Green & Gold’, which appears on her current album ‘Blood’, out now. La Havas has also announced an Albert Sessions show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on the 14th of March next year. Tickets go on sale Friday, the 6th of November.

For another take of this song, you can watch this previous Live Gig Video of La Havas and her band performing the song in Hamburg this past summer.

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Live Gig Video: Lianne La Havas performs ‘Green & Gold’ at Grünspan in Hamburg

 
By on Wednesday, 30th September 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Presumably to talk up her current North American tour – she played the Royale in Boston last night – Lianne La Havas has revealed this live video from a performance in Germany this past summer. In it, the BBC Sound of 2012 alum (a vision of loveliness in green leopard print) and her band perform ‘Green & Gold’, a pretty chill track from her current album ‘Blood’, at Grünspan in Hamburg. Watch the live performance below.

The singer/songwriter’s second album ‘Blood’ is available now from Warner Brothers. You can catch all of TGTF’s past coverage of Lianne La Havas through this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URJwZ9HDDhE[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1840: Lianne La Havas

 
By on Tuesday, 30th June 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

If you’re thinking to yourself it’s been a while since Lianne La Havas‘ debut album was released, you’re right. (It was in 2012.) Whether the delay has to do with her lack of prolificness in writing songs, Real Life rearing its ugly head or any of a multitude of reasons, you might be pleased to learn that the follow-up to the mega successful ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’, ‘Blood’, will see the light of day on the 31st of July.

‘What You Don’t Do’ is a teaser from the upcoming Warner Brothers album; on it, La Havas croons over a jazzy piano tune and driving drums. There’s no mistaking in this video who you’re supposed to be fixated on, it’s almost a joke in that respect. I hope it was the label and not the artist herself who wanted a promo like this? Watch the video for the song below.

Past coverage on Lianne La Havas on TGTF is here.

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Live Gig Videos: Alessi’s Ark, The Crookes and Lianne La Havas perform acoustic sessions for Tramlines 2013

 
By on Friday, 26th July 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

In what’s like a bunker – an acoustically sound bunker – at this year’s Tramlines, the festival hid a couple acts away to record some really lovely acoustic sessions for all of us to savour.

First, Alessi’s Ark, aka London singer/songwriter Alessi Laurent-Marke, performs a stripped back version of ‘The Rain’ from her album released this year on Bella Union, ‘The Still Life’.

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Next, we’ve got local boys the Crookes performing ‘American Girls’, one of the singles off their 2012 Fierce Panda album ‘Hold Fast’. The choice of song seems rather appropriate given this Tweet from them yesterday! (Mmm yes indeed. The American half of our writership is very excited about this touring prospect.)

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Finally, we have Lianne La Havas (pictured at top performing at Alexandra Palace in 2012) all by her lonesome with her acoustic guitar, playing ‘Tease Me’.

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(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) Video(s) of the Moment #1136: Lianne La Havas

 
By on Sunday, 24th February 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Lianne La Havas is getting ready to take America by storm. She’ll be having her first official showcasing at this year’s SXSW in Austin in March; we profiled her in the UK pop acts chapter of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2013 a couple weeks back. This will be followed by a massive North American tour, where she will be supported by Jamie N Commons. For now though, we’ve got the 2-part video ‘film’ for ‘Elusive’ and ‘Gone’, both off her 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’. Watch them below.

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