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Jersey Live 2012 (Part 2)

By on Friday, 14th September 2012 at 2:00 pm

Chase and Status were an act who I always saw as a bit of a ‘Pendulum lite’, but with the formers now disbanded and forgotten, it seems only right that the heirs to the festival drum and bass throne can now step up and grasp the opportunity.

And they did, playing a hit-laden set dripping with their signature electronic hooks to close out Saturday at Jersey Live 2012. The MCs whipped up the crowd into a frenzy, with mosh pits breaking out all over the relatively small crowd. They’re no longer DJs; they’re a full-on festival band, more then capable of turning a placid muddy field into a swirling, sweaty arena of noise.

To top of their festival credentials they even tore through roaring cover of Rage Against the Machine’s protest anthem ‘Killing in the Name Of’. The roof (or lack of thereof, so maybe the clouds…) was suitably raised.

The Sunday was more for the golden oldies in us, with legendary acts like Primal Scream, The Stranglers and Noel Gallagher gracing the Main Stage.

The short skirted booze swilling teens disappeared to be replaced by an army of mid-life crisis mums doing that embarrassing dance which you only normally find at those awkward family gatherings that never end well.

The first notable act of the day though were New Yorkers Friends, who are riding on the popularity wave of their Lucky Number debut album ‘Manifest!’ And obviously revelling in every minute of it.

The crowd at Jersey Live weren’t interested though, as their rollicking set was met by little more than sombre applause and the even more offensive sitting on rugs and drinking of Pimms.

Singles ‘Friend Crush’ and ‘I’m His Girl’ were fantastic in their delivery, but the mid-afternoon crowd were simply uninterested, it seems. Kudos to the band for pulling out the stops though, as even with the poor reception, the band gave it their all. (7/10)

The Stranglers provoked an altogether different reaction, with a wave of nostalgia coming over the stoic Jersey Live crowd. Baz Warne fronted the band and was simply awesome, even if at times he did come across more akin to a drunk, embarrassing dad crooning at a wedding.

The hits were all there though, in their aged splendour and fans young and old alike joined forces in their approval of these legends of the scene. (8/10)

Next up the big guns came out, Primal Scream, who are witnessing some sort revival, so much so that they supported the Stone Roses at Heaton Park. Bobby Gillespie marauded around the stage with youthful swagger, looking more like a 21st century Mick Jagger than the ageing rock icon.

They smashed through the highlights of their bulging back-catalogue. Gillespie was the highlight of the show though; he ran the stage with his rock and roll personality and certainly got the crowds rocks off.

To close the festival though, we went from born again legend to bonafide legend, in the form of Noel Gallagher. We can talk about his High Flying Birds, but this set was all about the man himself.

He strolled on stage; resplendent in his long coat at proceeded to show Jersey the set of their lives. He was cool, calm and collected. He even engaged in a bit of banter with the fans, rebuking a fan in a vest for asking for a Liam song. Why bother? He’s music royalty, sit back and enjoy the ride.

As for the spider he brought along in his guitar case… Best to ignore that.


Preview: Jersey Live 2012

By on Monday, 6th August 2012 at 9:00 am

Want big bands, but without the classic British weather? Too poor for Benicassim or Heineken Open’er? Well then, Jersey Live (1-2 September 2012) is the festival for you.

Jersey Live started off in 2007 as a small festival on the Channel Island of Jersey and has grown into one of the most widely attended boutique festivals in the world. It’s already attracted some huge names for a festival still in its relative infancy, including dance rock titans The Prodigy, who I can personally admit brought one of the best shows Jersey has seen, as well as indie rockers Kasabian and kings of ska Madness. This year, the line-up yet again is not one that will disappoint, with headliners in the form of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and commercial dubstep heroes Chase and Status (pictured at top).

The headliners, though, aren’t the only attraction. While there may not be any camping, the small size of the island means that hungover morning sightseeing trips are popular, to attractions like the world-famous Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Jersey Zoo, or the island’s many beautiful sandy beaches.

The event has a capacity for 10,000 people, so don’t expect a barren festival site. Instead at Jersey Live, there is a variety to entertain, including a great silent disco and a dance tent which has year after year kept the party going long after the music stops.

The acts joining the headliner aren’t to be sniffed at either, with Brighton born Rizzle Kicks, Eminem lite Professor Green, veterans Primal Scream and crooner Maverick Sabre adding heft to the bill.

Tickets are still on sale, with £92 for a weekend ticket, £58 for a single day ticket, while hospitality tickets will set you back £205. There is discounted entry for concessions available. For more information on festival tickets, visit Jersey Live’s Web site.


Beach Break Live 2012: Day 1 Roundup

By on Friday, 22nd June 2012 at 3:00 pm

Beach Break Live is in Wales, so I’m a fool to expect sun. But blissful optimism sometimes prevails in situations like this. However, THIS is not one of them. Day 1 at Beach Break Live 2012 started as it meant to go on. With some serious rain. Macs were donned and waterproof trousers put on in their thousands, before we ventured to the arena to see what the many stages and tents Pembrey had to offer.

First act of the day is an act that I became familiar with way back in 2006 at Guernsey’s very own Vale Earth Festival. Joe Driscoll is his name and catchy mix of beat driven, guitar rap is his game. However, since 2006, he has diversified and now tours with a man named Sekou Kouyate who has been quoted as saying of their collaboration: “He doesn’t speak any French, and I speak no English… but through music, we understand.” Their set is the perfect way to start of the day, with their signature track ‘New York’; stream it below. the crowd is eating out of the palm of their hands. Drinks are already flowing and what’s that? Young boys (possibly under the influence of LSD) are skanking at the front of the crowd. We have a winner here and it’s only 12:00 midday.

Clement Marfo and the Frontline are on the main stage next, so it’s a mad rush over to catch them and if any words to describe them were more apt, it’s ‘Mad Rush’. They storm the stage with a short set that has the crowd moving; with the rain falling and it being so early, such a great performance was a surprise to see.

Later on the main stage we have Delilah, who tried to warm the crowd up with some of her slow-burners. The crowd, though, were having none of it! They wanted something to move to, to jump around too. Sadly this wasn’t to come until the end of set with ‘Go’. But her set wasn’t exactly one of the biggest to look forward to, as there were some serious heavyweights on afterwards.

These first came in the shape of the fantastic Maverick Sabre, whose truly unique voice had the crowd being really receptive. The draw of the England vs. Sweden match wasn’t enough for some people as he amassed a serious crowd at the Dell main Stage. Hit ‘Let Me Go’ was saved until last and was performed with the energy you come to expect from a young performer in the prime of his career.

To finish up on the Main Stage were drum ‘n’ bass heavyweights Chase and Status (pictured at top). Or as I see them that band who started off a bit like Pendulum then became better and wrote better songs. What the crowd wanted wasn’t a set promoting a new album or a new direction. No they wanted a set jam packed with the big hitters and that is exactly what they got. From ‘Let Me Go’, to ‘Pieces’ every single charted track Chase and Status had was played.

It wasn’t your signature drum and bass set though, with a DJ and a hype man. Chase regularly donned a guitar and played like the rock stars they are starting to become. Special appearances from Delilah only added a bit of sheen to the already impressive set. By then, the crowd had already swelled to the largest of the day. And for good reason: Chase and Status well and truly smashed it.

But at Beach Break, the fun doesn’t start when the Main Stage closes. Nero were in the Merlin’s Forest tent, with a stage show to rival contemporaries like Daft Punk. The set did feel very like it could have been the French duo’s, with two DJs acting almost like robots. But they pumped the hits out with some ferocity and worked the crowd up to a serious frenzy.

As an end to the day though, there was nothing better.


Update: Beach Break Live 2012

By on Wednesday, 18th April 2012 at 6:30 pm

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.



Preview: Download Festival 2012

By on Thursday, 1st March 2012 at 9:30 am

Now in its tenth year, Download Festival graces the hallowed soil of Donington Park for a three day extravaganza of the best in alternative music. From Friday the 8th to Sunday the 10th June 2012, more than 100 bands will play over three stages to thousands of metalheads, punks and rockers.

Headlining the Main Stage this summer are the dance-rock pioneers the Prodigy (pictured above), the thrash titans Metallica (performing The Black Album in its entirety), and the originators of heavy metal Black Sabbath. Download is the only show that Black Sabbath will be playing this year since it was revealed that guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with early stage lymphoma.

Supporting these living legends across the Main Stage are drum and bass enthusiasts Chase and Status, stadium rockers Biffy Clyro and grunge maestros Soundgarden. But it’s not just the headliners and support to come for, some of the biggest and hottest names in alternative music are heading to Donington for this amazing showcase. The likes of Machine Head, Tenacious D, Megadeth, Slash, NOFX, Billy Talent, Steel Panther, Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, Black Label Society and more!

Weekend tickets with camping are priced at £200 for 5 nights, £190 for 3 nights and just £165 without camping. Day tickets and RIP packages can also be purchased from the official Web site. TGTF will be there this year so come and throw the horns with us as ‘War Pigs’ rings out on Sunday night to 80,000 screaming metallers. Bring it on.


Preview: Beach Break Live 2012

By 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


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