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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 21st November 2012 at 6:00 pm
Earlier this month, Friendly Fires released the 30th edition of ‘Late Night Tales’, following in their own footsteps for ‘Bugged Out Presents Suck My Deck’ 2 years ago to curate a whole new collection of club music. This video is their cover of the 1981 song by Sting and Eberhard Schoener ‘Why Don’t You Answer?’, which sees the St. Albans trio flex their electronica muscle. Watch the video below.
Sunday at Beach Break Live 2012 provided solace from the rain at last, the sun reared its beautiful/overdue shining face midway through the morning and immediately it was time to hit the beach, for the first time.
The stage situated on the beach was a simple one, playing host to a variety of acoustic acts who all believed that they we going to all do an Ed Sheeran and become immensely popular. Sadly, the talent on show meant that if they were to do a Sheeran, it would take 100x as much luck as the ginger-haired ‘Lego House’ maker had.
The first highlight on the main stage were another TGTF favourite, Dry the River. While the audience may have just been using them as a bridging act before 90% of the crowds crush for Ben Howard, the Dry the River boys still knocked out a fantastic set, with astounding depth, especially from a band only 1 album old. ‘New Ceremony’ is an anthem soaring wildly above Pembrey, and on that track alone, it is easy to see why there is such a buzz about them in 2012. ‘No Rest’ was a joy to behold, and the boys left the stage with their heads held high. They’d won this fight. Onto bigger things, methinks!
One of the acts which everyone had been waiting in earnest for was up next. That “beautiful blonde man”, Ben Howard. Now, while I was told before how he had bullied a member of the crowd back at school for not paying attention, I watched on in amazement as from the first strum of his acoustic guitar he held crowds gaze with seemingly no effort.
Now while his set may have been cut short, meaning that the audience were starved of hit ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and popular fan favourite cover track ‘Call Me Maybe’, in the short set he was allowed, he pulled out all the stops to an audience who obviously held him in an extremely high regard. Track ‘The Wolves’ closed the set and with a casual howl, he left. I can’t say he won over anybody that day though, mainly because everyone around me knew every word and seemingly worshipped him. Screaming girls and all. Hardly Beatlemania, but Benmania seems like it’s taking off.
To help close the weekend, the English indie heavyweights the Maccabees strutted onstage. Now while their songs are brilliant, after the excitement and sense of unpredictability that Ben Howard created in his earlier set, the larger and more established Maccabees struggled to mirror it. Sure, the diehards at the front clung to every word, but by and large the audience were largely unreceptive to the band.
Friendly Fires were the final act of the weekend and with weights of expectations high, they delivered, with a cracking set covering both ‘Pala’ and their self-titled debut. ‘Hawaiian Air’ soared through the muggy Welsh breeze and their stylish, indie beats were the perfect end to a weekend of beer, dancing and fantastic music.
It’s looking like South Wales is heating up for this summer. No, you haven’t heard wrong, I’m talking about Beach Break Live and their newest announcement of bands.
The line-up for the seaside smash-up already looked pretty tasty and now look what they have done. They’ve only just gone and made all the more amazing and added the freakin’ Maccabees (pictured above), Dry the River (Bands to Watch here) and Eats Everything. These bands are joining the already formidable talents of Friendly Fires, Dizzee Rascal, Chase and Status and TGTF favourites Brother and Bones and Ben Howard (Bands to Watch here).
One thing is for sure, if you are looking for a good time after your exams, or looking for a blowout at the beginning of summer, then Beach Break Live is the place to go. Tickets are still left at full price and in my humblest of humble opinions should be snapped up. With an eclectic mix of dance/dubstep and old school rock ‘n’ roll, Beach Break is going to be the perfect way to kick off another bumper festival season.
You must be at least 18 years of age to take part. Early bird tickets are sold out, but regular student tickets (if you are either a current student or just graduated student) are £109 plus a booking fee. Non-student tickets are £129 plus a booking fee and are for “anybody who has not studied within an institute of “higher” or “further” education or has graduated more than 3 years prior to the 2012 event”. It’s a little confusing even to us, so we encourage you to read more information, including whether you are buying your tickets through a “rep” or not, on the official Beach Break Live Web site.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 23rd February 2012 at 9:00 am
Beach Break Live, now in its sixth year, has announced their line-up for their summer 2012 soiree. Billed as “the much loved UK student festival” (really, what better environment can you have to celebrate the end of the school year, the summer and great music than an actual beach?) and boasting sales of over 20,000 tickets in past years, this year’s event will take place the 14th to the 18th of June in Pembrey Country Park. The headliners will be Chase and Status (live) (Friday the 15th), Dizzee Rascal (Saturday the 16th) and one of our personal favourites here at TGTF, Friendly Fires (pictured above, to perform on Sunday the 17th). We would also recommend Nero (Friday), Brother and Bones and the Whip (Saturday) and Dry the River (Sunday) as those not to miss.
You must be at least 18 years of age to take part. Early bird tickets are sold out, but regular student tickets (if you are either a current student or just graduated student) are £109 plus a booking fee. Non-student tickets are £129 plus a booking fee and are for “anybody who has not studied within an institute of “higher” or “further” education or has graduated more than 3 years prior to the 2012 event”. It’s a little confusing even to me, so I encourage you to read more information, including whether you are buying your tickets through a “rep” or not, on the official Beach Break Live Web site.
After the cut: the weekend line-up as of 21 February 2012.
Continue reading Preview: Beach Break Live 2012
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 11th November 2011 at 6:00 pm
So you’re ready for the weekend and want to party (come on, it’s 11/11/11, isn’t it?) but let me guess, the cold winter temps are getting you down? No problem. We’ve got just the video for you: the new one from Friendly Fires for their track ‘Hurting’ from this year’s ‘Pala’ (review here). Any Friendly Fires fan worth their salt knows the key to enjoying them is to get down to the music, preferably with Ed Mac as the leader. This video lets you do just that. Have a great weekend, everyone!
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 17th June 2011 at 6:00 pm
I have to admit that the song ‘Hawaiian Air’ from Friendly Fires‘s latest album ‘Pala’ (reviewed here, then reconsidered after an in-person interview with Edd Gibson and Jack Savidge and their live performance in DC in late May) is a bit silly. But as such, the boys have made a rather silly video – the first video from any song on ‘Pala’ in fact – to go with the song, basically doing a bad job “advertising” the fictitious Hawaiian Air carrier. After a while, you have to sympathise with poor Ed Macfarlane. Even his bandmates are annoying him. He just can’t cut a break! But his perseverance is rewarded. You are left wondering how this man ended up being born in St. Albans instead of the tropics.
And what is up with rock stars getting their hair ruffled in music videos these days? We’ve got another video early next week on TGTF with something similar (though not with a little kid involved…)
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