By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 4th July 2012 at 9:00 am
Following on from a massive UK tour in March and April, Juan Zelada has announced a short run of English dates for November, making stops in Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol. Tickets for these shows go on sale this Friday (6 July) at 10 AM.
Monday 19th November 2012 – Birmingham Academy 3
Saturday 24th November 2012 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 26th November 2012 – Bristol Louisiana
If you’re a music fan, there was a good chance you hit a festival on this past Jubilee weekend. There’s options ranging from Dot to Dot to Field Day and in one corner of west London, there’s Communion’s very own Bushstock. Shepherds Bush lays host to a diverse selection of acts in an even more varied selection of venues. Running is borderline mandatory.
Rae Morris opens the day’s music in an incredibly crowded Defector’s Weld pub. Coming out of an increasingly vibrant singer-songwriter scene in Blackpool (of all places!) her endearing and soulful piano music has seen her tour with Bombay Bicycle Club and even be featured on the most recent series of Skins and this afternoon she wins over any doubters. Her powerful voice over slow piano lines on tracks such as ‘Day One’ prove to be a stunning way to start the day.
Not too long after it’s over to the Shepherds Bar, where the lovely folk at Communion are handing out cupcakes to go with the day’s festivities. All this and Juan Zelada is about to take to the stage. A recent favourite of TGTF, Zelada’s friendly, sun-drenched sounds all the way from Spain make those present forget about the ominous looking clouds approaching London. Complete with live band, Juan brightens up everyone’s spirits with his energetic Nutini-esque tunes.
Following him on stage with a similar band set up, but a different way of using it is Ellen and the Escapades. It’s 21st century folk in its most summery form. Happier and fuller sounding than Marling but (thankfully) more reserved than Mumford, it dances delicately on the line of purist and folk-pop to the point that you’d enjoy it at Wimbledon. It’s not hugely exciting or day changing, but for early evening, it’s enough to keep everyone satisfied.
After a quick dash about Shepherds Bush, it’s underground into the converted public toilets of Ginglik. The room smells of incense and is lit by fairy lights. The stage is relatively bright though, as many would if they were covered in this amount of smoke and as Gabriel and the Hounds take to it, the mood changes greatly. The New Yorker’s sound is dark yet uplifting. Think the xx meeting We Are Augustines and you’ve probably not got anything like this band, but the similarities are there for the taking. Nevertheless, its’ dark down here so it’s off to church!
Tonight’s closing trio all come back to back at St. Stephen’s Church. Starting off are Newcastle’s finest in the form of Lanterns on the Lake. The setting is perfect and they do not disappoint. Playing from last year’s debut record ‘Gracious Tide, Take me Home’, they fill the room with a huge sound creating a thick atmosphere of beautiful music. It’s a standout performance of tracks with slow builds and epic climaxes that left many in the crowded church in a borderline state of comatose for the duration of the half hour set.
To follow this was difficult but the Irish spirit of Fionn Regan surely won him admiration from those present as the church descended further into a state of lucid dreams. Whilst Regan never lived up to Lanterns’ incredible sound, his three record back catalogue is enough to keep his strong and yet somehow intricate sounding tracks in check. It’s another performance that lacks the sucker punch, but given the setting, it more than fits the tone.
Closing the night are Communion and Bushstock favourites Daughter. Elena Tonra’s group is one of calm music performed in both a shy and masterful way as from the off there’s attention to detail in every chord. Whilst the equipment may decide to break at will, Daughter pull through with stories of rum nights and friendly conversation. Crowd favourites ‘Run’ and ‘Landfill’ feature early on and suit their placing as they draw a crowd who’ve opted against other choices around the festival in from the rain. The songs of heartbreak and lost days fill the old building as both crowd and band get into the flow of things and the hour long set seems to go far too quickly. As the last few powerful chords of ‘Home’ break through it’s all over and it’s been beautiful. Managing to catch a few minutes of Bastille en route to the train home; TGTF awakens from sleep and dances to ‘Flaws’ before reflecting on a day that seemed a bit like a strange dream. It wasn’t perfect, but it’ll more than do. Take that, Field Day.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 6:00 pm
Juan Zelada has an new video for the song ‘Barman’. Will it be Zelada’s ‘Piano Man’? Quite possibly. Have a watch of the video below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 8th February 2012 at 10:00 am
Juan Zelada‘s song ‘The Blues Remain’ is iTunes’ single of the week. Grab it for absolutely nothing through this link. You’re welcome.
Zelada heads out on a tour of the UK in late March that doesn’t finish until the end of April (details here); his album ‘High Ceilings and Collarbones’ just came out on Monday (6 February) on Decca.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 26th January 2012 at 9:30 am
Juan Zelada is heading out on a massive UK tour in March and April. Tickets go on sale on Friday.
Wednesday 28th March 2012 – Northampton Roadmender
Thursday 29th March 2012 – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms, Wolverton
Friday 30th March 2012 – London Bush Hall @ Shepherd’s Bush
Saturday 31st March 2012 – Cambridge Cornerhouse
Monday 2nd April 2012 – Sheffield Soyo
Tuesday 3rd April 2012 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 4th April 2012 – Leicester Musician
Thursday 5th April 2012 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 6th April 2012 – York Fibbers
Saturday 7th April 2012 – Newcastle Cluny
Sunday 8th April 2012 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Monday 9th April 2012 – Glasgow Berkeley Suite
Friday 13th April 2012 – Manchester Night and Day
Saturday 14th April 2012 – Liverpool Leaf on Bold Street
Sunday 15th April 2012 – Birmingham Yardbird Jazz Club
Tuesday 17th April 2012 – Reading South Street Arts Centre
Wednesday 18th April 2012 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Thursday 19th April 2012 – Oxford Jericho
Friday 20th April 2012 – Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 21st April 2012 – Gloucester Guildhall
Tuesday 24th April 2012 – Bournemouth Winchester
Wednesday 25th April 2012 – Hampshire George Venue, Andover
Friday 27th April 2012 – Portsmouth Cellars
Saturday 28th April 2012 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Sunday 29th April 2012 – Brighton Komedia
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 24th June 2011 at 6:00 pm
Juan Zelada, who Luke recently profiled as a Bands to Watch, recently filmed an official video for ‘Breakfast in Spitalfields’. What a lovely little tune. Reminds me of John Mayer but Zelada is actually good.
N’awwww, now I’m homesick for England. If you’re at Glasto this weekend or not…have a good one!