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Preview: T in the Park 2010

By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 12:00 pm

Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive.  From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.

Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.

It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.

Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.

The festival sold out within 90 minutes,  so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!

Full lineup after the jump…

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Preview: Glastonbury 2010

By on Friday, 23rd April 2010 at 12:00 pm

Surely I don’t need to explain to you what Glastonbury is – it’s simply LEGENDARY. Even as an American (though, admittedly, an Anglophile), every year I drool over the lineup, despair at not being able to attend and then scour the internet for pictures and videos when it’s over. Each summer, the enormous site at Worthy Farm (about a mile and a half in diameter) turns into a mini-city for the  largest greenfield festival in the world. Since the first Glasto was held 40 years ago in 1970, the festival has come to be known for its truly amazing lineup, and this year is no different.

One of the perks of being the biggest festival around is that you can get the biggest artists around. This year, the Pyramid Stage will be graced by some of the most recognizable names in music. On Friday night, Irish rockers U2 are headlining, with support from Dizzee Rascal, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Saturday night sees headliner MUSE share the stage with the likes of Scissor Sisters, Shakira and Jackson Browne. And on the final night, legend Stevie Wonder tops the bill, closing out the festival after performances from Paloma Faith, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and guitar legend Slash.

But it’s not only the main stage that’s worth visiting. Punters will get quite a workout running between that and the other 12 stages, of which the Other Stage, the John Peel Stage and the Park Stage look the most promising. Over the course of the weekend, the Other Stage lineup reads like the index page of NME: The Flaming Lips, Florence and the Machine, La Roux, Hot Chip, Phoenix, the Courteeners, the Cribs, Kate Nash, Editors, Two Door Cinema Club, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, We Are Scientists, Temper Trap, the Hold Steady and more.

Originally called the “New Bands Tent,” the John Peel Stage features a mix of old and new favourites. Friday night sees Groove Armada share the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding and Bombay Bicycle Club. Saturday night is jam-packed with bands we’ve featured here on TGTF, like the xx, Foals, Marina and the Diamonds, Delphic, Wild Beasts and Field Music. And Sunday night remains epic with sets by Ash, Julian Casablancas and the Drums.

All the way across the site, the Park Stage will play host to buzz bands like the xx, Broken Bells, the Big Pink, Midlake, Laura Marling, Stornoway, Beach House, Frankie & the Heartstrings and Dirty Projectors, ending with a headlining set by Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun on Sunday night. And at the risk of making your heads explode by listing even more bands, at the other stages festival-goers will be treated to performances by Mos Def, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Turin Brakes, Imelda May, DJ Fatboy Slim, Crystal Castles, Good Shoes, Fanfarlo and Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip.

If you’re not already overwhelmed by the sheer massiveness of the festival, then you can click here to view the complete lineup. But if you don’t already have tickets for the sold out spectacular, then be warned, it will turn you green with envy.

Glastonbury 2010 is completely SOLD OUT. It will be held from Wednesday, 23rd June to Sunday, 27th June 2010 at Worthy Farm, Pilton.


Live Review: The Temper Trap and Florence and the Machine with the Kissaway Trail at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. – 6 April 2010

By on Monday, 12th April 2010 at 2:00 pm

The Washington, D.C. branch of TGTF were lucky enough to have tickets to the sold out Florence and the Machine / The Temper Trap double-header this past Tuesday at the 9:30 Club, and it was unforgettable night. For three bands that each have their own distinctive sounds and even come from different countries (Florence is British, the Temper Trap is Australian and opener The Kissaway Trail is Danish), having them on the same bill worked surprisingly well. Some of the audience was clearly there for only one band (there was a noticeable shift in the crowd between Florence and the Machine and the Temper Trap’s sets), but the majority of the crowd stayed throughout the whole show and enjoyed it immensely.

Danish indie band The Kissaway Trail opened the show with a short, 6-song set. Most of the crowd seemed unfamiliar with them, but by the end of their set were really getting into it. The band combined keyboards, drums, guitars, bass and tambourine to create a very rich sound without once sounding jumbled or too heavy – quite a feat, in my opinion, with that many musicians. One of the highlights of their set was “61,” a powerful track from their 2007 debut album, which had a gorgeous  5-part harmony. “New Year” was also very impressive, especially the long and intricate breakdown. Switching between different instruments and jumping around the stage, their energy and their passion for the music really showed, and that’s what won the audience over. They closed their set with single “SDP,” a song from their new album, “Sleep Mountain,” which they pointed out wasn’t coming out for a few more weeks in the US (it’s already out in the UK), but they had for sale anyway.

After their set, there was a palpable buzz in the air as the crowd eagerly anticipated Florence and the Machine’s set. To match her flowery backdrop, flowers were added to everything: amps, Florence’s mic, and even a drum they set up for her to play. When she finally came out in a black romper and a sheer glittery cape, the crowd went wild. Everything about her set was incredibly dramatic. Between her flaming red hair, her outfit, the fog and the flashing lights, she was captivating to watch. She used her cape and a shawl as props, taking them on and off throughout the set, and used careful hand and arm gestures for emphasis while she sang. Despite this, nothing came off as too stiff or too planned – she used dramatic poses when they suited the song, but was just as often running and jumping around the stage and encouraging the crowd to join in.

But while Florence Welch is stunning, people don’t go to her gigs to see her, they go to hear her. Her distinctive voice is very powerful and expressive live, somehow even more so than on her album. I never understood before what people meant when they thought her album was over-produced, but hearing her perform the songs live, it became obvious that her voice could easily carry the songs with half as many frills on top. Often the crowd would go silent listening to her sing, which was preferable to the times they tried to mimic her singing, a feat they obviously couldn’t pull off. But Florence didn’t seem to mind when the crowd butchered her songs, she was very touched that on her first time in America, on only the second night of the tour, people were singing along to all the songs. She didn’t speak much between songs, but when she did it was almost always to thank the audience for being so amazing. One of the most impressive things about her set was how well-planned the set list was: she started with less-known tracks like “Howl” and worked her way through more and more popular tracks, so that by the time she closed with her three best-loved songs, “Dog Days Are Over,” “You’ve Got the Love” and “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up!)”, the crowd was going crazy.

Because there was a noticeable shift in the crowd after Florence’s set, I was worried the crowd wouldn’t be as into the Temper Trap. And while a few overzealous Flo fans shouted her name when she came out onto the guest balcony with her band to watch, for the most part the crowd was loving them. While people were standing in awe a lot for Florence, they were grooving a lot more to Temper Trap. Lead singer Dougy’s soulful falsetto voice is also very distinctive, but in a completely different way to Florence’s. He had a lot of stage presence, shimmying and dancing as he played, and you could tell he put a lot of passion into his performance, as did the bassist. Several girls near the front seemed to find the band incredibly sexy no matter what they did, but I’d say the sexiest song of the night was the slowly building “Soldier On,” which they played in the middle of their set. In the beginning, the backing was minimal and it really showcased Dougy’s voice, but by the end they had built it up into something absolutely massive. Another song they slipped into the middle of their set was their best-known track, “Sweet Disposition.” It caught the audience off-guard and they went mental – absolutely everyone was singing along. “Resurrection” was also very popular. They brought out another drum for Dougy and put it in the middle of the stage. He then poured a bottle of water into it so that water splashed up really high when he played it. It looked incredible, and had the added bonus of being very refreshing for those of us in the front row. For the encore, they played a slower new song called “Rabbit Hole,” which went over well, and their most recent single, “Science of Fear,” which a lot of the audience seemed to know.

Coming out of the gig, my overall impression was how incredibly talented this group of musicians was. They used tricks and props to add drama, but it was all really about the music. To not only see such a diverse and talented group together, but to have them enjoy each others’ company so much and really enjoy touring together was a pleasure to watch.

Behind the Cut: Set Lists and Photos!

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2009 XFM Winter Wonderland Announced: Razorlight + more

By on Wednesday, 11th November 2009 at 3:58 pm

Local Natives (side)The lineup for the 2009 XFM Winter Wonderland in London has been announced.

Razorlight, The Temper Trap, The Big Pink, Bombay Bicycle Club, Local Natives (pictured right), Goldhawks and Cassidy will all play the gig, taking place at the O2 Academy in Brixton on Wednesday 16 December 2009 – just over a month away. With that many bands I doubt there will be much of the usual “standing around looking bored”, which is what we like to see.

Don’t be at all surprised if there are some top-secret “special guests” as well… we might well be wrong, but it’s always possible…

Many of the live sets will be broadcast on XFM.

Tickets are available to purchase for just £25 from the Xfm Xchange 084547 83936 or at See Tickets

Meanwhile the Manchester leg of the Christmas shows has sold out, featuring Delphic, Frank Turner, The Cribs and Echo & The Bunnymen.


The Temper Trap / April and May 2010 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 28th October 2009 at 1:07 pm

The Temper Trap have announced a new tour for mid 2010 to continue their meteoric rise to stardom here in the UK.

Tickets are on sale now for all of these dates. Catch the Melbourne guys at:

Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Wednesday 28th April 2010 – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 29th April 2010 – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 1st May 2010 – Cardiff University
Monday 3rd May 2010 – Nottingham Rock City
Tuesday 4th May 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Wednesday 5th May 2010 – Norwich UEA
Friday 7th May 2010 – Liverpool O2 Academy
Sunday 9th May 2010 – Manchester O2 Academy
Monday 10th May 2010 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Tuesday 11th May 2010 – Leeds O2 Academy
Thursday 13th May 2010 – Glasgow ABC
Friday 14th May 2010 – Edinburgh HMV Picture House


Live Review: The Temper Trap at Bristol Thekla – 22nd September 2009

By on Wednesday, 23rd September 2009 at 1:40 am

The Temper Trap at Bristol's Thekla (side)The Temper Trap‘s debut album, Conditions, has been a slow burner of my summer. Gorgeous anthems that just stink of summer romances, I knew I had to catch them again after I was introduced to them at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Swindon.

Taking to the stage at Bristol’s Thekla (a gorgeous floating nightclub that used to be a boat) at 9:30 sharp, they ploughed through the entirity of their debut album, full of energy and looking like they were just starting out (and hadn’t been on the road for almost a year). Things started off strongly but rather tepid with “Rest” and “Fader”, before the big hits were rolled out towards the end.

Banter was kept to a minimum from the band apart from the usual “Hello”‘s and “Thank You”‘s. Lead Singer Dougy Mandagi also took the time to introduce Jeff, a 6-foot something afro’d guy who has been at numerous Bristol gigs I’ve been to, for giving them “so much support with all that jumping”.

Closing out the main set with the triple header of “Sweet Disposition”, “Resurrection” and the “Drum Song”, they knew just what their strengths were. The pop-tastic anthemic nature of Sweet Disposition had everyone jumping to rock the boat, screaming at the top of their lungs “A moment, a love, a dream, aloud, so stay there, cause I’ll be coming over”. Sweetness indeed. Resurrection maintained this, whilst Drum Song gave everyone a chance to rock out, strobes galore, jumping all over the shop, hair flying around the place. This is what music should be – fun, memorable, and meaningful. Amazing.

After the jump: Photos and setlist
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