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Live Review: Friendly Fires at London’s Roundhouse – 15th July 2009

 
By on Thursday, 16th July 2009 at 2:15 am
 

Friendly Fires side live iTunesApple’s iTunes festival is now in its third year, each outing seeing it attracting bigger names at better venues. This year, they’ve filled 31 nights at the Roundhouse, and I caught the fifteenth night, with Friendly Fires and Magistrates. The best bit about the gigs? All the tickets are given away to competition winners, which makes everyone even more up for it than normal.

Magistrates, fresh from playing the NME Radar tour in May, opened things up, playing a captivating set that had everyone dancing and the first crowd surfers of the evening going over. After a short break, Friendly Fires came to a smoke filled set, blasting through their entire debut album and new single “Kiss of Life”.

Lead singer Ed Macfarlane was dripping in sweat from the first song, as he gave his best dad-dancing to the packed Roundhouse. However, they were clearly aware of the carnage in the pit, asking everyone to “just dance, none of this moshing” that had seen 20 crowd surfers flung over. Sounding as fresh as they did when I first saw them last August, it’s surprising considering just how hard they’ve been touring of late (and partying, if you believe The Sun).

Closing out with the customary extended version of “Ex-Lover”, all too soon they were done, and it was time to go, watching some very drunk Camden-ites air-drumming the finale.

After the jump: setlist and photos.
Continue reading Live Review: Friendly Fires at London’s Roundhouse – 15th July 2009

 

Little Boots / October 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd June 2009 at 3:55 pm
 

Currently the toast of the national press, Little Boots has announced an October tour (just like everybody else it seems).

Catch her at the below dates. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday morning (25th June).

Wednesday 21st October 2009 – Northampton Roadmender
Thursday 22nd October 2009 – Brighton Concorde 2
Friday 23rd October 2009 – Sunderland Uni
Sunday 25th October 2009 – Edinburgh HMV Picture House
Monday 26th October 2009 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 27th October 2009 – Liverpool O2 Academy
Thursday 29th October 2009 – Cambridge Junction
Friday 30th October 2009 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Saturday 31st October 2009 – Bristol University

 

Airborne Toxic Event / November 2009 UK and Ireland Tour

 
By on Thursday, 18th June 2009 at 9:01 pm
 

Californian rockers The Airborne Toxic Event have announced a series of 7 UK and Ireland tour dates for November 2009 around the UK.

Tickets are on sale now, priced between £8.50 and £11.50 each.

Catch the guys at:

Friday 6th November 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 7th November 2009 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 8th November 2009 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Tuesday 10th November 2009 – Glasgow ABC
Wednesday 11th November 2009 – Dublin Olympia
Thursday 12th November 2009 – Manchester Ritz
Saturday 14th November 2009 – Oxford Academy

 

Mumford and Sons / September and October 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 16th June 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Mumford and Sons have announced a string of new UK tour dates for September and October around the UK.

Saturday 12th September – Glasgow, King Tuts
Sunday 13th September – Nottingham, Bodega
Monday 14th September – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
Tuesday 15th September – Bristol, Thekla
Wednesday 16th September – London, Scala
Friday 18th September – Aberdeen, Café Drummonds
Satyrday 19th September – Inverness, Loopalu
Monday 21st September – Newcastle, The Clunt
Tuesday 22nd September – Hull, Adelphi
Wednesday 23rd September – Leeds, Cockpit
Thursday 24th September – Sheffield, The Plug
Tuesday 29th September – Birmingham, Glee Club
Wednesday 30th September – Oxford, Bullingdon
Friday 2nd October – Norwich, Arts Centre
Saturday 3rd October – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Sunday 4th October – Cambridge, Junction 2
Tuesday 6th October – Brighton, Komedia
Wednesday 7th October – Bath, Moles
Thursday 8th October – Southampton, Talking heads
Sunday 11th October – Northampton, Roadmender

 

Live: Friendly Fires Pitch Black Gig in London – 15th June 2009

 
By on Tuesday, 16th June 2009 at 2:31 am
 

Friendly Fires (Pitch Black)We’ve had Silent Discos, so where next for novelty music events? Well, as we mentioned a few weeks back, Sony Ericsson has come up with the concept of a gig in the dark, and the first band to try it out? Why, only one of my favourite bands of late, Friendly Fires.

After some issues finding the secret, unmarked venue just a bit south of the Thames, I went in to find that the space under some railway arches had been turned into an amazing gig space. Not that we could see much when the lights went out though!

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think at first that FF were the best band to do a show in the dark – they’re more of a lively, carnival style bright colours sort of band. However, they pulled out all the stops, making each track in their hour long set into a celebratory fusion of funky disco tunes, complete with brass section. You are forced to listen that little bit more to the tracks, notice the little quirks, the layers you don’t hear on the radio. After plunging through “Lovesick” and “Jump on Board” in quick succession Ed welcomed everyone saying “I think this might have been one of the most surreal moments in a while… Do sing along so we know you’re there”.

It certainly was an unreal time for us in the audience too – genuinely not being able to see anything is both weird and great fun, and means that you can dance (in your seat) as bizarrely as you want. A few people even took the opportunity to sing as bizarrely as they could, seemingly forgetting that we could still hear them. Oh well.

Halfway through, the band were revealed, all looking very ghost like being lit up with only UV light, just to prove that they were actually there and not just 200 people listening to a CD very loud. Closing with the sublime double header of “Paris” and “Ex Lover”, confetti streamed from the ceiling, looking like snow with the UV light. The brilliant Eddie Temple Morris closed things out, a perfect end to a great evening.

You can catch some edited highlights of the gig on Sony Ericsson’s new Pocket TV in a few weeks time, and on their Myspace shortly.
Continue reading Live: Friendly Fires Pitch Black Gig in London – 15th June 2009

 

The Rifles / October 2009 UK and Ireland Tour

 
By on Monday, 15th June 2009 at 8:00 am
 

The Rifles have recently had quite a busy time – their second album went top 10 on iTunes, they’ve had sell-out shows at Shepherd?s Bush Empire, The Roundhouse, Brixton Academy and a sold out German tour. So it’s no surprise that they’ve gone and announced a pretty sizeable October UK Tour.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £12.50 for all dates except London which is £16, Dublin which is €13 and Belfast which is £10.25

Thursday 15th October 2009 – Leeds Met Academy (See Tickets)
Friday 16th October 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy (Ticketweb, See Tickets)
Sunday 18th October 2009 – Liverpool O2 Academy (Ticketweb)
Monday 19th October 2009 – Coventry Kasbah (See Tickets)
Tuesday 20th October 2009 – Belfast Speakeasy (Ticketmaster)
Wednesday 21st October 2009 – Dublin Academy 2 (Ticketmaster)
Friday 23rd October 2009 – London Coronet (Ticketweb, See Tickets)

 
 
 

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