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Live Gig Video: Maximo Park share ‘The Hero’ from Manchester Albert Hall show

 
By on Tuesday, 17th October 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Back in May, North East veteran band Maximo Park toured the UK, ending their jaunt around the country at Manchester Albert Hall. They were out on the road promoting ‘Risk to Exist’, their sixth album out now, released in April. You can read my review of the long player through here. In this live performance filmed by Luke Thompson at the Albert Hall, the group perform ‘The Hero’, which I described in my review as having “a Saturday Night Fever vibe”. While Paul Smith isn’t the elastic Gumby we are used to seeing in this video, it’s still worth watching these greats of indie rock from the Noughties who are still going. You can get ‘Risk to Exist’ now on Daylighting / Cooking Vinyl. To read more about Maximo Park through our past coverage here on TGTF, use this link.

 

TGTF Spotify Playlist: May 2017

 
By on Thursday, 1st June 2017 at 11:00 am
 

After our lengthy April playlist, which was full to the brim with music from SXSW 2017 showcasing artists, May might seem to be a lean month around TGTF. We’ve bounced back with several new releases and live performance videos, and even though we took last week off, our May 2017 playlist is teeming with the latest tunes from emerging artists and old favourites alike. This month, we revisited familiar names like Ghostpoet, Fleet Foxes, To Kill a King, Sivu and Sweet Baboo. We also took a first look at several up-and-coming artists, including soul-pop singer Chess Galea and indie pop band Ivy Nations, as well as giving an in-depth listen to Northern Irish singer/songwriter Joshua Burnside.

If you’re not already following our monthly playlists, this month is a good time to ease your way in without making a lengthy time commitment. And if you like what you hear, you can peruse our previous playlists, all the way back to June 2016. You can subscribe to the TGTF Spotify account by plugging “spotify:user:tgtftunes” (no quotes) into the search bar and clicking the Follow button. Don’t forget to share with a fellow music lover!

 

Live Gig Video: Robocobra Quartet share performance of ‘You’ll Shrug’ ahead of The Great Escape 2017

 
By on Wednesday, 17th May 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Robocobra Quartet are a band that can perk up the ears of a wide-ranging audience. Their vast array of influences, including jazz, hardcore punk and classical music mixed with a no-holds-barred approach to music, has also gained them support slots with Melt Yourself Down, Girl Band, El Ten Eleven and Get the Blessing, as well as being featured on BBC 6 Music and Daniel P. Carter’s Radio 1 rock show. The band will be performing in Brighton twice this Friday the 19th during The Great Escape 2017: 3:30 PM at the Hope and Ruin, followed by 10:30 PM at the delegates’ home base for the weekend, the Queens Hotel.

The Belfast band released a live video of their track ‘You’ll Shrug’ 2 weeks ago, which excellently encapsulates their incredible live performance. The song is built primarily on a lengthy dynamic and textural build, both sonically and visually, lead by Ryan’s stirring performance on drums and vocals showcasing his immense control and fluidity within both roles to lead the band. Bassist Ryan Burrowes lays down a hypnotic, melodic chord based bass line matched by a swaying stage presence, acting like the physical representation of the music. Usually, a bass player carrying the melodic interest of the music is seen as uncommon, but when it comes to the Belfast quartet, uncommon is common. Together, Ryan and Burrowes lay a solid foundation with the odd shred of experimentation, allowing Tom Tabori and Thibault Barillion on soprano and tenor sax to coat the track in tastefully improvised lines, which fall in and out of sync with Ryan’s expressive vocal projection.

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Despite the heavy use of improvisation, which can create a sense of uncertainty within the music in the wrong hands, Robocobra Quartet are an incredibly tight and solid band with a micro-analytic attention to detail. From their live performances, it’s easy to feel the immense amount of passion the band have for music while they demonstrate an astonishing level of dynamic control and musicality. In addition to their Great Escape appearances on Friday in Brighton, Robocobra Quartet so far have a small list of summer shows throughout the UK and Ireland, which you can find here. To read our past coverage here on TGTF on the Belfast group, including Carrie’s coverage of them at the Music from Ireland full Irish breakfast showcase at SXSW 2017, follow this link.

 

Preview: Dot to Dot Festival 2017

 
By on Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 11:00 am
 

As the months of the smaller festivals are now upon us, it’s time to look at which are worth going to. We’ve already given you the lowdown on The Great Escape, but there’s another one that is equally as worth your time. Dot to Dot Festival, which started back in 2005 in Nottingham, is now a 3-day touring wonder. There’s the main festival lineup, a plethora of bands playing over the 3 days in the three different cities – Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol – plus local acts making each day’s lineups unique.

Metropolitan festivals are still on the rise as people look to cheaper options for that “festival feeling”. The giants will always be giants, but the smaller festivals tend to be gems that appeal to those who can’t afford £200+ for a weekend away. Also on the rise are touring metropolitan festivals. Taking their lineups around the UK to strategic North, South and Midlands locations to give everyone a chance to catch their show, but the fact Dot to Dot makes sure to specifically highlight local acts, making them a first of their kind.

Heading up this year’s core festival lineup are Sundara Karma (pictured at top at SXSW 2017), who released one of the debuts of the year back in January, ‘Youth is Only Fun in Retrospect’. Powerful, contagious indie rock filled with spirit, the group led by Oscar Pollock are a necessity for not only the new generations but the old. They’re the quintessential festival band you need to see. Another band you can catch on all 3 days of Dot to Dot are Scottish indie duo Honeyblood. Having released their highly-anticipated sophomore album ‘Babes Never Die’ at the tail end of last year, they’ve been on tour since and they’re simply captivating live. So far, so good: Dot to Dot seems to be delivering well on its lineup.

It would simply be rude to not have a deeper look into these local acts. It’s a rare opportunity for a fairly large chunk of the respective music scenes to come together and show off their homegrown talent.

Manchester

There will always be a strong, vibrant music scene in Manchester. Its musical history is quite literally littered with iconic names and faces that are known throughout the world, but who’s stepping up to the plate and coming up the ladder? The name highest up the bill for the local bands is The Slow Readers Club, and it’s easy to see why. Everything about their sound is Mancunian, from the dazzling indie guitars to the marching beat that echoes back to Joy Division. You’ve also got PINS, the punk foursome who are kicking asses and taking names, especially with their latest release, ‘Bad Things EP’ that features none other than punk godfather Iggy Pop. None too shabby, eh?

Bristol

Another one of those spots around the UK where creativity shines. Filled with a surplus of differing genres and talent songwriters, Bristol has a pretty special lineup, and one of those names is Willie J Healy. Crafting indie pop songs that are filled with his quirky mind workings, Willie is one of the brightest new names coming through the ranks. Van Zeller is an even fresher band, but they’re slowly taking over the DIY live circuit down in Bristol. Raucous and riotous: two of the music’s most important aspects.

Nottingham

Perhaps not quite the same musical melting pot as the other two locations, though it certainly has had its moments, Nottingham has a few treats in store in its lineup that are definitely looking to change that mindset. Kagoule have been making a few waves in the British scenes for a little while now, their debut came out back in 2015, but it’s still as fresh as it was then. Though he’s not actually Nottingham based, Tom Lumley is a name that needs to be mentioned, plus he’s on the Notts poster. A songwriter from Cambridgeshire, his tracks are as new as they are old. Flavours from the rock spectrum dot his songs, bringing out a modernity that’s often missing from other artists, so his repertoire doesn’t feel.

So there you have it. A brief glimpse into the wonders that await the landscape of the UK with Dot to Dot festival. Go forth and roam the country with some bright newcomers and find some local talent. Tickets are still available for all 3 days of this festival, which stops in Manchester on Friday the 26th of May, Bristol on Saturday the 27th and Nottingham on Sunday the 28th. Before booking fees, Manchester tickets are £12, while Bristol and Nottingham’s are £20 each, a real bargain. Buy your tickets through here.

Editor Mary Chang contributed to this preview.

 

Preview: The Great Escape 2017

 
By on Thursday, 11th May 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Now May is upon us, and 2017’s festival season is beginning to rear its beautifully sunburnt and rain-soaked head. Before all the festival giants appear later in the summer, your Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, etc., it’s the turn of the smaller gems, including The Great Escape. A festival noted for both its industry focus and incredible ability to highlight those new acts worth following, The Great Escape is now a rite of passage for those in, around or outside the industry. We’re sure you’re more than aware of The Great Escape and all it offers, but just in case, think SXSW just far less warmth and people: this isn’t Texas, after all. It’s filled with industry-based conferences, which may or may not be your thing, it appeals to movers and shakers as well as opportunists, all with a lovely seaside setting in Brighton.

For its twelfth outing, the 400 act-strong lineup is littered with the best and brightest from around the world, including Spotlight shows at the Dome with Brit-punk duo Slaves, current household name Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, as well one at the Old Market by grime forefather Kano. There’s a little something for everyone spread out over the 3 days and 30-odd venues, from hip-hop to indie, and everything in between.

It would be amiss for us to not give you a little help on deciding who to see, so here’s a few of our choice picks, starting with the ridiculously funky and impossible not to dance to Artificial Pleasure. With echoes of Bowie and Talking Heads – a winning combination if there ever was one – the foursome create true earworms and are definitely ones to watch. Getting things a bit punkier are Norway’s Sløtface. At the forefront of the new class of punk, they support equality and aren’t afraid to call out bullshit with ridiculously catchy melodies and choruses you’ll be singing for months after. Considering they’re four college students, they’ve already made waves bigger than the English Channel, including a successful trip over to SXSW. We also suggest nine-member Canadian jazz group Busty and the Bass. A fusion of jazz, hip-hop and electro-soul, this group will give you a guaranteed good time filled with beats and breaks that will have you reeling for days.

As with all events like this, you never know quite what could happen. Bands pop up all around the vicinity doing last-minute shows, collaborations between new and old friends. Like we mentioned in last year’s preview piece, Brighton is already a melting pot of creativity and arts: The Great Escape is just more fuel for the fire. So get yourself down to The Great Escape next weekend for a few days of sea, sun (hopefully) and music. Throughout this little festival, it’ll be impossible to not find an act you like. It’s a special, vibrant time that’ll guarantee you a good time.

Only 3-day festival passes are currently available. Passes for 18+ festival-goers are £65; a cheaper alternative giving 16- and 17-year olds access to the venues they can enter is available for £32. While Slaves and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Spotlight shows at Brighton Dome are now sold out, you can register here to enter the giveaway for tickets to their shows and Kano’s show at the Old Market. Full delegate badges giving access to both the convention and the festival showcases are still available for £250; convention-only badges are sold out. Watch an early trailer for the festival below. To read more of our coverage of past editions of The Great Escape, go here.

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WIN / Tickets to see Mew in May in Manchester -OR- London

 
By on Monday, 24th April 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Danish indie favourites Mew have going for an incredible 2 decades. Twenty years! They have a brand new album out on Friday on PIAS, ‘Visuals’, which they’re previewing with the hauntingly beautiful track ‘Carry Me to Safety’, streaming just below this paragraph. If you’re a Mew die-hard – and probably too even if you’re a fair weather fan of theirs – you know they don’t tour all that often, and so the fact that they’ve got three shows in England next month to support the record is good news. Even better news? We’ve got a pair each to the Manchester and London stops on their gig calendar, and we want to give them to two lucky readers. How do you win them? Glad you asked…

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You’ll need to fill out the contest form below completely. We need to know your name, email address and which show you want to win tickets for, Manchester or London. Then answer this question correctly: what is the name of Mew’s lead singer? To be eligible for this contest, you’ll also need to be following us @tgtf on Twitter, so please provide your own Twitter handle too. As we’re expecting a lot of entries to this contest, you can increase your chances of winning by reTweeting a Tweet that will be coming out on our Twitter tomorrow, Tuesday 25 April. It will have the hashtag #TGTFwinMew and reTweeting that Tweet will count as an additional entry.

Be sure to enter before the contest closes on Thursday, the 27th of April, at noon BST. These tickets will be at will call, so therefore are nontransferrable. I’ll select a winner at random for each show out of all the correct entries received. Good luck to all! If you’d rather buy tickets to one of the three shows Mew will be performing in England, the shows are all listed below.

Sunday 21st May 2017 – Bristol Trinity
Monday 22nd May 2017 – Manchester Ritz
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

This contest is now closed.

 
 
 

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