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The Sunshine Underground / May 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Sunday, 15th February 2009 at 4:33 pm
 

Sunshine UndergroundThe Sunshine Underground have announced a massive tour for May this year around the UK. The Leeds based quartet are finishing off recording their new album, before heading out to play some new tunes.

To get you in the mood for the tour, download the free track below. It doesn’t appear on the new album, but it sounds mega – if this doesn’t make the cut, imagine what the whole album will be like!

MP3: The Sunshine Underground & FC Kahuna – From The City To The Sea

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10 for all dates except London which is £12.50 a ticket.

Saturday 2nd May 2009 – Brighton Digital
Sunday 3rd May 2009 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Monday 4th May 2009 – Gloucester Guildhall
Tuesday 5th May 2009 – Oxford Academy 2
Thursday 7th May 2009 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 8th May 2009 – York Duchess
Saturday 9th May 2009 – Barrow The Canteen
Sunday 10th May 2009 – Dundee Dexters
Tuesday 12th May 2009 – Dunfermline Velocity
Wednesday 13th May 2009 – Glasgow King Tuts
Thursday 14th May 2009 – Carlisle Brickyard
Friday 15th May 2009 – Hull University
Saturday 16th May 2009 – Manchester Moho Live
Monday 18th May 2009 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 19th May 2009 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Wednesday 20th May 2009 – Bristol Cooler
Thursday 21st May 2009 – London Scala
Saturday 23rd May 2009 – Leeds Metropolitan University

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Friendly Fires / April and May 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 10th February 2009 at 11:48 am
 

Friendly Fires (side)One of our favourite new bands of 2008, Friendly Fires have just announced their biggest UK Tour to date.

We caught them twice in 2008 – the first time at Hydro Connect, then at Oxford Academy.

Tickets for all dates go on sale at 9am on Friday (13th February).

Catch the talented dance rockers at:

Friday 24th April 2009 – Eastbourne Festival
Saturday 25th April 2009 – Bristol University
Monday 27th April 2009 – Manchester Academy 2
Tuesday 28th April 2009 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun
Wednesday 29th April 2009 – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 30th April 2009 – London Forum
Friday 1st May 2009 – Southampton University
Saturday 2nd May 2009 – Brighton Digital
Sunday 3rd May 2009 – Birmingham Custard Factory
Tuesday 5th May 2009 – Leeds Met University
Wednesday 6th May 2009 – Edinburgh Studio 24
Thursday 7th May 2009 – Glasgow QMU

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Live Review: Bloc Party live at Wolverhampton Civic (Sunday 1st February 2009)

 
By on Monday, 2nd February 2009 at 2:30 am
 

Bloc Party live at Wolverhampton Civic Hall (side)I was expecting a lot heading into tonight’s show by Bloc Party. They’d done a so-so cover of Girls Aloud’s “Call the Shots” on Radio 1, and I’d heard talk on the grapevine of something sensational with an acoustic guitar.

It takes a lot to keep me happy, and when the snow meant that we arrived almost an hour after doors, I was not in a good mood. We’d missed the first support, Wet Paint, however managed to sneek our way into the downstairs bit instead of our boring balcony seats to catch Tommy Sparks, who immediately cheered me up, with his great 70s style pop. A surprising choice to support Bloc Party, but then Matt was quoted recently as saying they may well be turning their back on indie.

Then the main act… the last night on their short tour meant all guns were blazing, banter between songs at its best. Every time I catch them, Kele seems to be chattier and chattier, tonight joking about topics  ranging from his dislike of Klaxons’ legacy (the throwing of glow sticks), Matt’s new pearl necklace, and the random objects thrown on stage (shoes, condoms, dirty (guy’s) underwear). Oh yes, they were chatty compared to that first night in Southampton over 2 years ago.

The songs? Well, we got the usuals. Positive Tension’s deafening finale, Song For Clay segueing perfectly into Banquet, Kele’s front-row walkabout for Mercury. All well and good, perfect as ever. However, where were those “gig defining” moments? The ones you remember for a looooong time? Well, to be honest the first one I felt was a let down – Letters to My Son featured an acoustic guitar, which was great but not amazing – I was hoping for a reworked “So Here We Are” or, a la Placebo, a slowed down version of an old classic.Still, as Matt commented after, “I never knew when we wrote that song that we’d see a circle pit going!” Indeed they did. It seems it really is true – Sunday night is the new night to party!

However, for the encores the double drums made a more than welcome return with “Sunday” from “A Weekend in the City” being wheeled out for Gordon to go head to head with Matt. Encores? Not encore? Yes, you read me right. Everyone’s filing out as Kele, Russell, Matt and Gordon sneek back on to plunge into Girls Aloud’s “Call the Shots”. It’s far better than their version on Radio 1, bringing the energy right back to how it was at the first song – everyone ready and up for it. Flux closed the evening, but not before Matt did a quick run around the stage in some fetching fluorescent undies. Needless to say, as we trudged out into the newly fallen snow, shared smiles said it all. No words were needed, and it more than made up for the painfully slow drive home.

Yes, I love Bloc Party in an unashamedly fan-like way instead of my usual head-screwed-on music blogger kind of way. However, they really are one of the brightest hopes for today, when everything’s topsy-turvy, Kele’s lyrics and Matt’s driving drums give us something to be happy about, and something to think about. Haven’t seen them yet? They’re playing two shows at London’s Olympia on Easter weekend, and will be back for a winter UK tour most likely. As ever, keep an eye on TGTF for the latest news.

Finally, in true fan-boy style, enjoy a shaky, dodgy quality video of “Call the Shots” from last night.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIXbDpIYOI8]

After the Jump: full setlist and some pictures. Fun.

Continue reading Live Review: Bloc Party live at Wolverhampton Civic (Sunday 1st February 2009)

 

Esser / April 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 8th January 2009 at 9:04 pm
 

Esser (side)Ben Esser (who we first introduced to you here) has announced a headlining tour for April around the UK.

The Essex lad will be bringing his electro-pop-ska beats to the best of the UK’s dingy toilet circuit venues throughout the end half of April.

Tickets are on sale for the below dates now, priced between £4 and £9 each.

Catch him at:

Thursday 16th April 2009 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 17th April 2009 – Glasgow King Tuts
Saturday 18th April 2009 – Middlesbrough Empire
Sunday 19th April 2009 – York Duchess
Tuesday 21st April 2009 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Thursday 23rd April 2009 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 24th April 2009 – Southampton Joiners
Saturday 25th April 2009 – Exeter Cavern
Monday 27th April 2009 – Brighton Komedia Basement
Tuesday 28th April 2009 – Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 29th April 2009 – Norwich Arts Centre
Thursday 30th April 2009 – London ULU

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