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WIN / See Arcade Fire at MEN Arena on 31 August

 
By on Friday, 1st July 2011 at 11:00 am
 

Last night, Grammy award-winning Canadian band Arcade Fire played a massive show at London’s Hyde Park, playing to an estimated 60,000 punters (their largest headlining show ever in the UK). If (like me) you weren’t lucky enough to see them play at this momentous occasion and (unlike me) you live in Britain and have the means to get to Manchester, you just might be in luck. We’ve blagged a pair of tickets to see the Canadian group at MEN Arena on Wednesday the 31st of August, and they may have your name on them. If you enter our simple contest, that is.

To be in the running for this incredible prize, leave us your name and email address in the form below. Then answer this simple question (well, simple if you’re an Arcade Fire fan): what Canadian city are Arcade Fire from? A winner will be selected at random from all the correct entries. Good luck! This contest is now closed, and the lucky winner will be contacted by email soon.

 

Preview: Coachella 2011

 
By on Friday, 28th January 2011 at 11:00 am
 

Coachella, America’s second music festival of the year (after Ultra in Miami in March), will be taking place 15-17 April 2011 this year in its usual spot in Indio, California. The line-up was announced last week, with mixed reactions from fans and music reviewers alike. The headliners will be Kings of Leon (Friday the 15th of April), Arcade Fire (Saturday the 16th, pictured above), and Kanye West and the Strokes (Sunday the 17th).

Far more interesting are some of the bands in smaller type. Take for example the reunited Suede (well, the second incarnation of the Britpop group, anyway) and the return of Duran Duran, minus Andy Taylor. Then consider the acts that are well known in the UK but will be debuting (if I’m not mistaken) in the States, at most definitely in front of their largest American audiences to date: Magnetic Man and Beardyman on Friday; Scissor Sisters and the Joy Formidable on Saturday; and Tinie Tempah, Plan B on Sunday.

Tickets for the 3-day event cost $281 (approximately £178 at the time of this writing) before shipping and handling, and includes a $3 charity fee and a $9 facility fee. For more information on tickets, visit the official Coachella Web site. For the complete line-up, you can read the official Coachella line-up poster.

 

MP3 of the Day #234: The Drums

 
By on Thursday, 9th September 2010 at 10:00 am
 

The Drums‘s profile has jumped by leaps and bounds since the time I first featured their then-new video for ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ a year ago. How far they’ve come.

Recently, they recorded a live cover of Arcade Fire‘s current single ‘We Used to Wait’. The first thing that came to my mind hearing this? The Cribs. At least the Cribs before ‘Housewife’. I guess it’s the jangly guitars and the slightly snarly vocals.

The Drums will begin its biggest tour of North America to date (spanning over a month!) on Saturday in Providence, Rhode Island, co-headlining with fellow Americans Surfer Blood. The Drums will return to the UK in November.

 

Video of the Moment #336: Arcade Fire

 
By on Tuesday, 31st August 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

Arcade Fire have released a special interactive video to go with their latest single, ‘We Used to Wait’. Their newest – and now major hit – album ‘The Suburbs’ is the theme of the video but not how you might expect it. You input the location of where you grew up and the site wil generate a tailor-made video for you with ‘We Used to Wait’ playing in the background.

Because my childhood neighbourhood is not all that exciting, I tried this with Paris, Manchester and the City of Westminster. Pretty stunning. Try it here.

Arcade Fire tours the UK in December, as previously reported here on at TGTF.

 

Arcade Fire / December 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 10th August 2010 at 8:00 am
 

Those cool indie kids Arcade Fire have announced details of a full UK tour (a quite sizeable one too) for December.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday. Catch them at:

Catch them at:

Wednesday 1st December 2010 – London O2 Arena
Thursday 2nd December 2010 – London O2 Arena
Wednesday 8th December 2010 – Birmingham LG Arena
Thursday 9th December 2010 – Cardiff Arena
Saturday 11th December 2010 – Manchester Central
Sunday 12th December 2010 – Glasgow SECC

 

Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival August 2010

 
By on Monday, 29th March 2010 at 7:15 pm
 

After Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals are the granddaddy of all music festivals. Some of the best bands, the biggest exclusives and best lineups all come together for three massive days over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Last year they “played it safe” with a lineup of Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, but this year they’ve gone for a bit more interesting selection, returning to their rock roots.

This year, The Libertines are going to be the big news of the festival, with Pete Doherty and Carl Barat putting their differences behind them to play the festival, supporting Reading’s Saturday night’s headliners, Arcade Fire. Meanwhile, Blink 182 and Guns ‘n’ Roses also headline the main stage.

If we were going this year, the NME stage looks pretty good, with LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons and Band of Horses all set to play what is our pick of the stages so far. Kele from Bloc Party is also playing, intriguingly billed already higher than The Drums and he hasn’t even released a track yet.

The Festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend – Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August 2010. Tickets are on sale now at See Tickets. Tickets are £180.00 for the weekend, or £75 per day ticket.

Catch the full lineup (so far) below…

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