Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Words: Ellie Ward
Returning in October, Manchester's Neighbourhood Festival has announced its first wave of acts for the one day event which will take place on Saturday October 7 across 11 city venues.
Over 100 artists will be participating, with the first round of names just released.
Headlining are live favourites Peace and Rat Boy along with Billie Marten, Black Honey, The Amazons, Superfood, Cabbage, The Blinders, The Vryll Society and The Orielles. See full list below.
Tickets go on sale at 10am this Friday, May 26, via:
www.gigsandtours.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.neighbourhoodfestival.com.
More artists to be announced soon.
LINE UP ANNOUNCED SO FAR:
PEACE / RAT BOY / BILLIE MARTEN / BLACK HONEY / CABBAGE / JAWS / THE AMAZONS / SUPERFOOD / THE STRYPES / ALICE JEMIMA / BABYTEETH / BAD SOUNDS / BLOXX / BROKEN WITT REBELS / CLAY / DARLIA / DAN CAPLEN / DEMOB HAPPY / ESTRONS / FLYTE / HIGH TYDE / HMLTD / THE HOWL AND THE HUM / IDER / INHEAVEN / JOE FOX / JOEL BAKER / JORDAN MAX / LEO STANNARD / LITTLE HOURS / THE LUKA STATE / MABEL / MARSICANS / OUTLYA / PHOEBE GREEN / RORY WYNNE / SINK YA TEETH / THE BLINDERS / THE ORIELLES / THE PALE WHITE / THE VRYLL SOCIETY / STEREO HONEY / TEN TONNES / TORA / TRASH / TREVOR SENSOR / WITCH FEVER / XAMVOLO
The Albert Hall / O2 Ritz / The Union MMU / Sound Control / Gorilla / Dog Bowl / Deaf Institute / XOLO / The Zoo / Revolution Oxford Road / Factory / Underdog
Further information, click here
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Words: Sam Geary
Out this Friday (May 26),
Savages bassist Ayşe Hassan and her fellow bassist partner Kendra Frost, who form Kite Base, are streaming their debut nine-track album 'Latent Whispers' in advance of release.
The post-punk electronics outfit's record includes their 2015 debut single 'Dadum'.
London's Camden Rocks starts rockin the streets of Camden on Saturday June 3.
If you still haven't got around to working out just who to see, we will be suggesting a few names we are banking on over the next 10 days.
Yungblud, aka Doncaster-based Dominic Harrison, blew us away at The Great Escape this past weekend with his two incendiary sets. His debut single 'King Charles' is a no-holds-barred track that blends catchy, sharp lyrics delivered with intensity, alongside break-beats and driving guitar in a passionate rage against the system who he feels have ignored his generation. He may be just 19, but he surely knows how to whip up a crowd and get everyone rockin. Expect an equal performance to ensue in Camden Town.
Camden Rocks - this your first time 'rocking Camden'?
It is. Camden Rocks virgin right here!
Do you have any special treats planned for your festival fans on the day?
I do indeed… megaphones, tambourines, fireworks, dancers the whole shabang!…well maybe not for this one, but I do have a megaphone!
Do you have a different focus playing festivals to a standard gig?
There is definitely a different vibe in the crowd and it's fun/weird playing in daylight, but I don't think the focus changes - I just do my thing!
Where will you be playing and time?
4PM at The Good Mixer.
What is your favourite song in your set?
Probably my latest release 'King Charles'. Get my dance moves out.
What do you like best about festival gigs?
At a festival everyone is surrounded by music constantly: you literally have no choice but to get 100% involved. Hostility gets thrown out the window and that's sick!
Ever had a festival disaster?
Not as of yet, but I think that’s keeping me on my toes!
Can you remember the first festival you ever went to as a punter?
For sure - it was Download and I was 11-years-old. Changed my life.
Before or after the crowds catch your set at Camden Rocks, who else would be your festival must-see tip?
Carl Barat and the Jackals, The Coral and The King Blues.
Who else will you try and see on the day?
As above. I was a big fan of them growing up.
For tickets and further information about Camden Rocks, head here.
Credit: Milo Belgrove
Words: Sam Geary
Released last week (May 18) on Havana Affair, Brighton's psych-infused rockers White Room return with another in their arsenal of woozy psych anthems, ‘Take Me Away’.
One side of a double AA-side release (with ‘Stole The IV’), the opening trippy guitar riffs and Jake Smallwood's are addictive enough before percussion is introduced and the track gradually builds towards its big kiss-off psychedelic finale that brings it in just under the four-minute mark.
Summer festival dates
03 – Camden Rocks, London
10 – Isle Of Wight Festival
07-09 – TRNSMT Festival
27 – Y Not Festival
29 – Kendal Calling
11 – Boardmasters Festival
25-27 – Reading Festival
Monday, May 22, 2017
Animated by Wobbly Lobster, check out the video by Australian duo - singer-songwriter Jacob Pearson and multi-instrumentalist / producer Jonathan Bowden - PLGRMS for their single 'Dream You Up'.
Showing a darker, more brooding sound compared to previous singles, 'Dream You Up' stands up to its name, both in its sound and lyrics. Jonathan’s skittering electronic production marries together seamlessly with singer Jacob’s warm vocals.
"We’ve always been really keen to do an animated video," say the pair. "‘Dream You Up’ seemed the perfect song to do it. Working with Stephen Smith (of Wobblylobster in the UK) has been great. He has really captured the mood of the song visually, taking the viewer on an abstract journey where make-believe is reality."
A song that appears to be about exploring dreams, travelling through various conscious states and frames of mind, ‘Dream You Up’ marks an impressive return for the duo.
Brighton’s sonic rockers Demob Happy share the video for ‘Dead Dreamers’, their Tom Dalgety-produced new single, out now via Atlantic Records imprint Taste And Tone.
Speaking about the clip, directed by Old Swiss and featuring the band in puppet form, frontman Matt Marcantonio says: “It’s the fruit of a long weekend and three spare puppets to mess with. We grew up watching Jim Henson films like The Dark Crystal, that was our childhood, and it’s the sort of idea you conjure up but never think you’ll do. Then we ended up with these spare puppets and we couldn’t afford actors so we got all our friends together and made it over a lost weekend. We just fucked around till we got something good.”
Live dates (with Gang Of Youths)
25 Manchester, Sound Control
28 Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
30 Brighton, Green Door Store
31 London, Camden Assembly