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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.

 

Best Of 2008: Albums

 
By on Sunday, 28th December 2008 at 1:30 pm
 

It’s been a pretty amazing year for music around the UK, and following on from my top 10 of 2007, here is my top 10 of 2008.

Viva Stereo (roar lion roar album cover)10 – Viva Stereo – Roar Lion Roar
You’ve probably not heard much about this Scottish collective. However, their third album was a surprise favourite for me – anthemic, accessible, slightly My Bloody Valentine and yet still so gorgeous.

Read more about Viva Stereo here.

Favourite: Knee High Boots.

9 – Sigur RósMeð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
As ever, an amazing collection from the Icelandic group. More pop than previous albums, their songs sound all the more amazing. I caught them live at Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland, where they preceded Franz Ferdinand and blew them out of the water. As the sun went down, they soundtracked the festival for us, showing their sense of humour and making beautiful music that had more than a few grown men in tears.

Favourite: Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

8 – Ra Ra RiotThe Rhumb Line
Dark in places, Ra Ra Riot come from the same school of musical geekiness as Vampire Weekend, but with a bit more serious and a bit less money. Dark in places, the group are still recovering from the death of their drummer in summer 2007, which shows on tracks like “Winter ’05”.

Favourite: Dying is Fine

Continue reading Best Of 2008: Albums

 

Vampire Weekend / October UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 15th July 2008 at 12:44 pm
 

Vampire WeekendCurrent indie scenesters Vampire Weekend have announced a full UK tour in October.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 18th July, at 9am.

Monday 20th October – Birmingham Academy
Tuesday 21st October – Manchester Academy
Wednesday 22nd October – Sheffield Academy
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th October – London Forum
Tuesday 28th October – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 29th October – Glasgow Barrowlands
Thursday 30th October – Liverpool Academy
Friday 31st October – Bristol Academy

 

Monday Movies: 7th July

 
By on Monday, 7th July 2008 at 3:38 pm
 

Hopefully the first of a regular series of posts, Monday Movies aims to bring you a handful of recent music videos along with a blast from the past… enjoy!

Below: Hot Chip: One Pure Thought
[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eAev1ZjE3dI]

Below: Vampire Weekend: Oxford Comma
[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=P_i1xk07o4g]

Below: Stars: Bitches in Tokyo
[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6nwW_s16afw]

Below: The Libertines: Don’t look back into the sun
[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S-G5NtSYjkg]

 

Vampire Weekend / May UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 25th February 2008 at 9:37 pm
 

Vampire WeekendNew Yorkers Vampire Weekend have announced a string of dates for May ahead of going off on the festival circuit.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (29th February) at 9am.

Thursday 1st May – Bristol Bierkeller
Friday 2nd May – Birmingham Carling Academy 2
Saturday 3rd May – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Sunday 4th May – Glasgow Oran Mor
Tuesday 6th May – Newcastle Northumbria University
Wednesday 7th May – Leeds Cockpit
Thursday 8th May – Manchester University
Monday 12th May – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 13th May – London Electric Ballroom

 

Vampire Weekend / February UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 28th January 2008 at 4:22 pm
 

Vampire WeekendNew Yorkers Vampire Weekend have announced their own NME show at ULU, and five new UK tour dates.

Tickets reportedly go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday 29th January.

Thursday 21st February – London ULU (Shockwaves NME Awards Show)
Friday 22nd February – Wolverhampton Civic
Saturday 23rd February – Oxford Academy
Sunday 24th February – Brighton Audio
Wednesday 27th February – Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 28th February – Glasgow Classic Grand

 
 
 

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