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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.

 

Album Review: Turin Brakes – Outbursts

 
By on Tuesday, 9th March 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

One of the greatest things that folk duo Turin Brakes does superbly is create powerful, infectious opening songs to each of their albums. This also proves to be the case on their latest LP, ‘Outbursts’, an acoustic-laden album that sees the band – Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian – return to their organic roots and grow a very splendid piece of work.

With album opener and first single, ‘Sea Change’ a strumming acoustic tune paints the scene of a quaint, beachfront that is quickly disrupted by an uproar of a furious tide, bringing with it deep, orchestral layers and intense vocals. Quite simply, the song is so good that there is an overwhelming urge to hit repeat before moving onto the second track, Mirror, a track that challenges earth, and all the gods in it, to do their worst and see if the heart of humanity survives. And it’s songs like this that prove how Turin Brakes have endured after continue to slap out lovely acoustic riffs and beautiful harmonies.

An added bonus you get with this album is there are no filler tracks, unlike with the group’s two prior efforts, where it was evident that some lackluster/not-so-good songs tended to be thrown in the mix. The middle section of ‘Outbursts’, with songs like ‘Will Power’, ‘Apocolips’ and the awkward but catchy ‘Embryos’ has made up for that, however, testifying that the childhood friends have gone back to conjuring their old, but nonetheless original, tricks of trade.

Finally, maybe it just can’t be said enough – and with a sigh of relief – that the pair have definitely weaved their magic back in each song, be it with their wonderful crescendos, soaring choruses or the strumming of infectious folk melodies. Outbursts shows the band once again finding sacred key that created a universal fascination nearly a decade ago. Let’s hope they latch onto it this time.

Turin Brakes’ Outburts is out now. Order from Amazon here. Their UK tour starts tonight.

 

Turin Brakes / March 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd February 2010 at 11:00 am
 

Acoustic folk/pop duo Turin Brakes are set to do a March tour of the UK. Tickets are available now through alt-tickets.co.uk.

Turin Brakes’s album ‘Outbursts’ (their first album since 2007’s ‘Dark on Fire’) will be released on 01 March on Cooking Vinyl.

Tuesday 9th March 2010 – Birmingham Glee Club (18+)
Wednesday 10th March 2010 – Bristol St. Georges (14+)
Thursday 11th March 2010 – Oxford Academy 2 (all ages)
Saturday 13th March 2010 – Manchester Academy (all ages)
Sunday 14th March 2010 – York – Duchess (14+)
Tuesday 16th March 2010 – Gateshead Sage (all ages)
Wednesday 17th March 2010 – Sheffield City Hall (14+)
Friday 19th March 2010 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire (18+)
Saturday 20th March 2010 – Glasgow Classic Grand (18+)
Sunday 21st March 2010 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms (18+)
Tuesday 23rd March 2010 – Southampton Brooks University TBC
Wednesday 24th March 2010 – Milton Keynes Stables (all ages)
Friday 26th March 2010 – London Shepherds Bush Empire (all ages)
Saturday 27th March 2010 – Brighton Concorde 2 (14+)

 

Turin Brakes / Intimate UK tour

 
By on Wednesday, 12th September 2007 at 11:29 pm
 

Turin BrakesTurin Brakes have announced a quick intimate tour of some smaller and more bizarre UK venues, including St. Barnabas’ Church in London.

20th September – Malt Cross, 16 St James’s St, Nottingham
21st September – St Barnabas Church, London
22nd September – AUDIO, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton

To win one of twenty pairs of tickets to the London date and to get a free MP3 just click here. The other dates’ tickets are on sale at the below shops

Nottingham: Selectadisc, HMV Listergate and HMV Victoria Centre, Nottingham
Brighton: Resident, Rounder Records and HMV Brighton

 

Turin Brakes play intimate pub gig

 
By on Thursday, 2nd August 2007 at 7:19 pm
 

Turin BrakesTurin Brakes have announced that they’ll be playing a one off free gig at Camden’s Lock Tavern this Sunday (5th August).

Turin Brakes will be joined by Adele, the hotly tipped Londener garnering lots of publicity recently via the likes of NME and blogs. Stateless, The Concretes, Bobby Cook and Lisa Moorish will all be DJing as well (whoever they may be…).

Doors open at 1pm, with Turin Brakes on shortly before 10pm. What better way to enjoy your Sunday after the Innocent Festival than an evening in the pub with Turin Brakes? Precisly, I thought you’d agree, there isn’t a better way.

 

Turin Brakes / Tour / Spring

 
By on Friday, 20th July 2007 at 11:07 pm
 

Turin BrakesTurin Brakes have announced two dates as part of a fuller UK tour that is to be shortly announced (I believe). Tickets are on sale now from the usual places.

They’ll play:

Tuesday 2nd October – Manchester University
Thursday 11th October – London The Forum

Photo taken from Narisa’s flickr stream.

 
 
 

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