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CHVRCHES / February 2019 UK/Irish Tour

By on Tuesday, 17th July 2018 at 9:00 am

Scottish synthpoppers CHVRCHES have announced a new UK and Irish tour for next February. By then, they’ll no doubt be super familiar with their most recent album ‘Love is Dead’, their third studio LP effort that dropped on on us in May on Glassnote Records. Special presale tickets go on sale tomorrow, the 18th of July, at 9 AM through links on their official Web site. The general sale commences on Friday, the 20th of July, at 9 AM. These UK and Irish dates follow the American and European legs of a massive world tour this coming autumn and winter.

Thursday 7th February 2019 – London Alexandra Palace
Saturday 9th February 2019 – Birmingham Academy
Tuesday 12th February 2019 – Bournemouth Academy
Thursday 14th February 2019 – Manchester Victoria Warehouse
Saturday 16th February 2019 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Monday 18th February 2019 – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 19th February 2019 – Belfast Ulster Hall
Thursday 21st February 2019 – Dublin Olympia


Video of the Moment #2833: CHVRCHES

By on Friday, 27th April 2018 at 6:00 pm

Scottish synthpop trio CHVRCHES, led by frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, are gearing up to release a new album in May. ‘Love is Dead’, which follows sophomore effort from 2015 ‘Every Open Eye’, will be released right before the second May bank holiday on the 25th of May on Glassnote Records. Ahead of ‘Love is Dead’, this week they’re treating us to a taster from the upcoming LP. ‘Miracle’ stars Mayberry in this unique video that was filmed in a single, continuous take in what nearly looks like a war zone. Watch and listen to ‘Miracle’ below. For more on our coverage on CHVRCHES, go here.


(Charity!) Live Gig Video: CHVRCHES unveil new version of ‘Down Side of Me’ for Planned Parenthood box set

By on Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 at 4:00 pm

When smart artists get mad, they channel that energy and turn it towards creative pursuits. Under our current president, it’s unclear if nonprofit organisation supporting women’s health and reproductive rights Planned Parenthood will lose all government funding. No matter what happens, many artists in America and beyond have decided to chip in artistically to help fund the organisation and their life-saving and life-changing work.

CHVRCHES is just one of the acts helping out with a contribution to the ‘7-inches for Planned Parenthood’, a curated series of 7-inch vinyl records and digital downloads to benefit the nonprofit. The Scottish electrop trio are offering up a new live version of ‘Down Side of Me’, which appears on the group’s 2015 second album ‘Every Open Eye’. You can read Carrie’s review of the LP through this link. The new live version also has a music video filmed by Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, which you can watch below. You can catch up on TGTF’s past coverage on CHVRCHES by following this link.



Reading 2016: Friday Roundup

By on Tuesday, 30th August 2016 at 2:00 pm

It’s that time of year again, when British youths have their GCSE results and they all descend upon either the city of Reading, or its Northern counterpart for this weekend, Leeds. Reading and Leeds festivals are a coming of age experience for the UK’s youth, and they use this opportunity to let go. Luckily for them, Reading and Leeds always have a lineup that fits this criteria, and this year is no different.

The Friday at Reading was opened by Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls on the main stage, which is the perfect way to kick off any festival. No-one encapsulates what a festival atmosphere should sound like more so than Turner, with his acoustic blend of heartfelt tales and punk rock ethos. The shining sun only cemented this feeling and for the rest of the day.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes once again proved that festivals really are their thing. Being the first time he’d come to play the main stage at Reading, Carter made sure to make the most of this opportunity by making his way into the crowd, then leading around over 100 members of the audience on a chase around the sound desk and back again. Carter is never one to disappoint, and he did more than deliver this time.

Over on the Festival Republic stage, The Sherlocks and their soon-to-be tour mates Blaenavon both delivered fantastic sets that were met with great reception by the packed out tent, both revelling in the afternoon crowds’ welcome. At the same time, grime supergroup Boy Better Know were on the main stage proving why grime is currently one of the UK’s most promising and domineering genres. Flames included.

CHVRCHES took to the main stage as the sun began to set, and their performance could not have gone on at a more apt moment. Being the third time the band had played the festival, yet the first time on the “big boy/girl stage” as singer Lauren Mayberry put it, it was a moment that was enjoyed and surely to be remembered by both fans and band. The crowd by this point were fully into their weekend fun, so the reception CHVRCHES got was joyous and enthralled. Their early single ‘The Mother We Share’ ended the set on a particularly highest of highs.

Continuing the main stage festivities, Disclosure absolutely dominated the capacity crowd, drawing the largest crowd of the day so far. With a set filled with floor fillers and anthems, they were the perfect warm-up for what was to come from co-headliners Foals. At the same time, at The Pit tent, American rockers Thrice gave a performance that was heartfelt and connected with the modest audience like no other did during all Friday.

Being the Reading leg of the twin festivals, Foals were the final headliner on the first night. Even before they took to the stage, this was bound to be a momentous occasion for the Oxfordians, surely an act you should simply not miss out on when given the chance. It’s worth noting that Sunday’s co-headliners at Reading were Biffy Clyro, who first made their way to the upper echelons of the lineup back in 2013, proving that it’s not a feat that happens just once. Foals debut Reading headline slot not only delivered, but completely proved they’ve rightly earned their place as top billing at one of the countries most sought after slots.

From their early position as indie newcomers with their debut ‘Antidotes’ back in 2008 to now headlining Reading festival, Foals have been on a continuous meteoric rise. A set that included ‘Cassius’, a rare treat in their UK headline set after being removed from constant rotation back in 2010, along with fan favourites ‘Inhaler’ and ‘What Went Down’, it was a moment in history for the Foals timeline, and they made sure that it was remembered that way. Ending with ‘Two Steps, Twice’, for which co-headliners Disclosure also made an appearance, along with pyrotechnics, crowd surfing and fans’ complete devotion, this was Foals’ moment. They seized it, ran with it, and now the future is theirs. In the now immortalised words of frontman Yannis Phillippakis, it was “pretty fucking magic”.


Video of the Moment #2021: CHVRCHES

By on Monday, 22nd February 2016 at 6:00 pm

Scottish electropop band CHVRCHES released their second album ‘Every Open Eye’ last autumn. (You can read Carrie’s review of the long player, now available from Virgin EMI / Goodbye Records, through this link.) The trio now have a new promo for ‘Clearest Blue’, which Carrie named as a standout track on the album.

If you’ve been following the progression of their recent videos – from ‘Leave a Trace’, to ‘Empty Threat’, to the one we’re showing you today – they seem to like to go from one extreme to the other, then back again. While ‘Empty Threat’ showed the sunnier side of life for young goths, ‘Clearest Blue’ takes CHVRCHES back to the darkness, with frontwoman Lauren Mayberry inexplicably wearing armour for this promo. Watch it below.

For all things CHVRCHES on TGTF, go here.



Video of the Moment #1961: CHVRCHES

By on Saturday, 21st November 2015 at 4:00 pm

CHVRCHES released their second album ‘Every Open Eye’ back in September on Virgin EMI / Goodbye Records; you can read Carrie’s review of the LP here. Unlike the video for ‘Leave a Trace’ that focuses on Mayberry getting, err, wet, the new promo for ‘Empty Threat’ doesn’t the feature the band at all. Perhaps the alternate title of this video should be ‘Suburban Goth Kids in a Sunny Land Wanna Have Fun Too’. Watch the new video below. All past coverage of CHVRCHES on TGTF can be found through this link.



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