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Nero / November 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 at 8:00 am
 

London electro-dance trio Nero have announced a short tour of the UK for this November, following the recent release of their new album ‘Between II Worlds’ on MTA/Virgin EMI Records.  You can watch the video for the album’s lead single ‘Two Minds’ just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows are available now, except for the Brixton Academy show in London.  Details of the sale of the London show are yet to be announced, but you can sign up for early access to tickets via Nero’s official Web site.  Previous TGTF coverage of Nero can be found by clicking here.

Friday 20th November 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall
Friday 27th November 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 28th November 2015 – London Brixton Academy

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Beach Break Live 2012: Day 1 Roundup

 
By on Friday, 22nd June 2012 at 3:00 pm
 

Beach Break Live is in Wales, so I’m a fool to expect sun. But blissful optimism sometimes prevails in situations like this. However, THIS is not one of them. Day 1 at Beach Break Live 2012 started as it meant to go on. With some serious rain. Macs were donned and waterproof trousers put on in their thousands, before we ventured to the arena to see what the many stages and tents Pembrey had to offer.

First act of the day is an act that I became familiar with way back in 2006 at Guernsey’s very own Vale Earth Festival. Joe Driscoll is his name and catchy mix of beat driven, guitar rap is his game. However, since 2006, he has diversified and now tours with a man named Sekou Kouyate who has been quoted as saying of their collaboration: “He doesn’t speak any French, and I speak no English… but through music, we understand.” Their set is the perfect way to start of the day, with their signature track ‘New York’; stream it below. the crowd is eating out of the palm of their hands. Drinks are already flowing and what’s that? Young boys (possibly under the influence of LSD) are skanking at the front of the crowd. We have a winner here and it’s only 12:00 midday.

Clement Marfo and the Frontline are on the main stage next, so it’s a mad rush over to catch them and if any words to describe them were more apt, it’s ‘Mad Rush’. They storm the stage with a short set that has the crowd moving; with the rain falling and it being so early, such a great performance was a surprise to see.

Later on the main stage we have Delilah, who tried to warm the crowd up with some of her slow-burners. The crowd, though, were having none of it! They wanted something to move to, to jump around too. Sadly this wasn’t to come until the end of set with ‘Go’. But her set wasn’t exactly one of the biggest to look forward to, as there were some serious heavyweights on afterwards.

These first came in the shape of the fantastic Maverick Sabre, whose truly unique voice had the crowd being really receptive. The draw of the England vs. Sweden match wasn’t enough for some people as he amassed a serious crowd at the Dell main Stage. Hit ‘Let Me Go’ was saved until last and was performed with the energy you come to expect from a young performer in the prime of his career.

To finish up on the Main Stage were drum ‘n’ bass heavyweights Chase and Status (pictured at top). Or as I see them that band who started off a bit like Pendulum then became better and wrote better songs. What the crowd wanted wasn’t a set promoting a new album or a new direction. No they wanted a set jam packed with the big hitters and that is exactly what they got. From ‘Let Me Go’, to ‘Pieces’ every single charted track Chase and Status had was played.

It wasn’t your signature drum and bass set though, with a DJ and a hype man. Chase regularly donned a guitar and played like the rock stars they are starting to become. Special appearances from Delilah only added a bit of sheen to the already impressive set. By then, the crowd had already swelled to the largest of the day. And for good reason: Chase and Status well and truly smashed it.

But at Beach Break, the fun doesn’t start when the Main Stage closes. Nero were in the Merlin’s Forest tent, with a stage show to rival contemporaries like Daft Punk. The set did feel very like it could have been the French duo’s, with two DJs acting almost like robots. But they pumped the hits out with some ferocity and worked the crowd up to a serious frenzy.

As an end to the day though, there was nothing better.

 

Preview: Parklife Weekender 2012

 
By on Friday, 2nd March 2012 at 9:00 am
 

All the people…so many people and they all go hand in hand, hand in hand to their Parklife Weekender this 9th and 10th June. Well, at least they will be after a fantastic line-up for this year’s festival in Manchester, taking place again this year at Platt Fields Park. Main stage headliners the Flaming Lips will bring with them their fantastic live show, which always includes frontman Wayne Coyne’s zorbing over the crowd. It’s also been at least 2 years since we have been lucky enough to have Dizzee Rascal’s presence at a festival, so a return this summer at Parklife is sure to be a fantastic way to end your weekend of partying in the northern musical capital.

Joining these festival big hitters on the main stage are folk rockers Noah and the Whale (pictured above). And with the folk/rock genre picking up, with Ben Howard on the scene it won’t be a surprise if these guys draw a considerable crowd while warming up for the Flaming Lips. But if the main stage isn’t where you feel it’s going to be happening over the weekend, then have no fear as Nero will be headlining the Metroplex stage with a live set that is sure to get people moving at the end of the day. They’re joined by Pendulum (DJ Set), Justice and Radio1’s weeknight evening presenter Zane Lowe, so anyone with a love of electronic beats and dubstep will be sure to have it to their hearts at Parklife.

Full weekend tickets, for both Saturday and Sunday, are £64.50 including booking fee. Saturday or Sunday only tickets are £38.50 each including booking fee. For more information on tickets and more acts as they’re announced, visit the official Parklife Web site.

 

Leeds 2011: Day 2 (John’s Roundup)

 
By on Wednesday, 7th September 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Five minutes of rain was all the heavens had in store for us on Saturday at Leeds. On a day which promised to be the heaviest of the weekend, with acts like Bring Me the Horizon, Rise Against and headliners My Chemical Romance gracing the main stage, the weather held off and it was primarily dry.

To kick off the day of music were the Blackout, who brought by far the Welshest set of the weekend. ‘STFUppercut’ was loud and hit with the ferocity of a festival goer with a full bladder running to the loo. ‘Children of the Night’, which in my humblest of opinions is their most solid track, sounded weak and laboured, no matter how much front men Sean Smith and Gavin Butler bounced about the stage.

New Found Glory were up next and found themselves in a familiar position to last time they played in 2009 where they were 3rd on the main stage once before. They opened with easily their best offering ‘All Downhill From Here’ and well… It really was. Nobody was expecting a set full of hits, because the band doesn’t have any. ‘My Friend’s Over You’ simply sounded like the whines of an unwanted child and the rest of the set just isn’t worth explaining. Poor throughout. As expected.

The failure of the Main Stage bands to whet my appetite led me to fresher pastures. My first port of call was the Festival Republic stage, where acts like Franz Ferdinand have cut their teeth and gone on to headline. A band familiar to TGTF were next up; they played 2nd on the bill on TGTF’s stage at Brighton’s Great Escape this year. Foster the People are currently riding on the crest of a wave with their hit single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ that has been played to death on Radio 1. This has done them a world of good though, because as with all hotly-tipped acts on the stage the tent was bursting to the brim. For good reason, these boys were fantastic and thoroughly deserve all the plaudits being given to them by the press at the moment. Even with the briskly cold weather Foster the People managed to create a ray of sunshine in the tent.

Back to the Main Stage I ventured then. Up next was punk rockers Rise Against, who immediately came out with a mission, it was going to be mosh pit central and I don’t think we had a choice about it. To go from Foster the People to Rise Against was a bit of a culture shock, but festivals are about diversity in music and I think there can be few similarities seen between these acts. Rise Against’s set was frantic, with guitars roaring above the wind, with ‘Savior’ sounded positively epic in the Main Stage’s surroundings and ‘Prayer Of The Refugee’ had the entire crowd singing along.

Booze by this point was taking its toll on my body and my decision making capabilities, so it was to no surprise that I was convinced by my fellow festivalers that going to the Dance tent for some sweaty raving was a fantastic idea. Nero were playing a DJ set and with hits like ‘Promises’ and ‘Guilt’, they were going down an absolute storm in the confines of what the day before was the Lock Up Stage. It was the set afterwards that really, excuse the cliché, blew the roof off though. ‘Sub-Focus’ took the crowd in the palm of their hand and easily had people skanking to their will. The beats were infectious, dirty and the perfect mix for a bunch of booze infused teenagers with 90% attempting to pull.

With a quick dash/stumble across the site to the NME stage I was able to catch the spectacle that is Noah and the Whale. The nu-folk dealio had been done last year with Mumford and Sons, but while nobody can fully excuse Noah from being mainstream there was by far a more eclectic crowd gathered than for the heaving mob created by Marcus Mumford and co. The tracks from their new record didn’t seem forced upon the crowd: the masses received them with joy and while movement was low, the joy amongst the fans was apparent to all. They are a band on top of their game at the moment, playing beautiful music to fans who adore them.

Up next were gloom rockers White Lies. Opener ‘Farewell to the Fairground’s’ trademark drums got the people in the tent excited, and for good reason, as this was surely to be one of the sets of the festival so far. White Lies didn’t fail to disappoint; Harry McVeigh’s voice resonated among the punters with an eerie gloom, while the bass roared to life in the background. Set closer ‘Bigger Than Us’ for sure has to be nominated for the loudest song of the festival award, as I was surprised the people at Reading couldn’t hear the drum beat blasting along.

Headlining the evening was My Chemical Romance, another band with a troubled Reading and Leeds history. MCR were bottled off during their last visit to the Reading site in 2006 and vowed that they would never return to the festival unless they were headlining. Five years later and the emo pin-up boys had done it. They were headlining the Main Stage and wow, you could tell they loved it.
‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’ was greeted to roars from the crowd, as Gerard Way patrolled around the stage akin to a general directing his troops. The energy was frantic during the opener; you could tell the boys on stage were playing like their lives depended on it. It was paying off though; naysayers and MCR skeptics all about the Main Stage crowd surely were having their heads turn by the display of blasé rock ‘n’ roll on show in front of them.

If that wasn’t enough they followed it up with their now classic ‘I’m Not OK (I Promise),’ fists were already pumping all around the crowd, flares being lit left right and centre. The band powered through a set with all the hits and songs from their newest record, with the highlights including the glorious sing-along that is ‘S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W’ and a ferocious rendition of ‘Famous Last Words’. To finish the set though there could only be one song. The anthem that saw them loved my millions, yet tarnished by the brand of a suicide cult. ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ was everything it was meant to be though that night, a triumphant call to arms, awry with guitar solo’s that Queen would be proud off. A successful set then for MCR, one which can leave few doubting that this band deserves to headline bills like this.

 

Manchester Warehouse Project Announces Final Season of Line-ups

 
By on Thursday, 21st July 2011 at 2:30 pm
 

Today, Manchester Warehouse Project announced the line-ups so far for their last season of gigs under Piccadilly railway station. As reported last week, they’ve decided to call it a day and will close out their final season at Store Street with a marathon, 17-hour dance night. This penultimate Manchester WHP event to ring in New Year’s 2012 has already sold out, but a “very special guest” has yet to be announced. We wait with baited breath…

As should be expected, the line-ups for autumn and winter 2011 released earlier today include many noteworthy acts, including DJ Shadow (a headliner at this year’s Great Escape who will also be doing a London residency in early September – details here), Radio1’s Annie Mac, Dutch trance producer/DJ Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Cut Copy, Nero, Foals and many more. (Gasp!)

Special themed nights include an evening curated by the Horrors on Saturday 15 October, an R&S Records event featuring James Blake on Saturday 26 November (err…on my birthday…hmmm…) and a celebration of 20 Years of Pete Tong on Saturday 17 December. As if these weren’t enough, there will also be rare live appearances by Chic (Saturday the 12th of November) and Aphex Twin (Friday the 18th of November).

Fill your boots with these tickets, ladies and gentlemen, because being the final times you’ll be able to see Manchester WHP as we know it, you know these tickets will go fast. Visit their official site for more details on how and where to buy yours. I’ve noted that even the site design is much more sombre than in past years, favouring a black and grey scheme to no doubt reflect that the end of WHP is nigh.

After the cut: the full details of this final season of WHP line-ups (current as of today).

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Skins UK Tour / January 2011

 
By on Thursday, 23rd December 2010 at 9:30 am
 

We’ve just received word that there will be a Skins-themed tour next month. The eight towns that have been chosen for the gigs are the hometowns of each of the eight new characters in the E4 teen drama. You can get tickets from the Skins official Web site (you must be at least 18 to register for these). Bands participating in this tour include 10 for 2011 bands Mona and Trophy Wife (pictured above).

Wednesday 19th January 2011 – Bristol Syndicate (Morning Parade, Bombay Bicycle Club DJs, Wilder)
Thursday 20th January 2011 – Swansea Monkey Café (Katy B, Nero DJ, Jagga)
Friday 21st January 2011 – Hereford Saxtys (Kissy Sellout DJ)
Saturday 22nd January 2011 – Ashford Liquid Envy (Devlin)
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Edinburgh Caves (Kid Adrift)
Thursday 27th January 2011 – London Coronet (Pulled Apart By Horses, Mona, Midnight Beast)
Friday 28th January 2011 – Brighton Pier (Morning Parade, Beardyman, Doorly)
Saturday 29th January 2011 – Oxford O2 Academy (The Wombats, Trophy Wife, The Good Natured)

 
 
 

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