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Preview: Flow Festival 2015

 
By on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at 9:30 am
 

Florence and Machine, Major Lazer and alt-J are among the first acts confirmed for Flow Festival 2015.

Held in Finland’s capital Helsinki, the 12th Flow Festival will take place between 14-16 August 2015 and is set to showcase a range of local and international talent. Other artists confirmed for the 3-day festival include Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and Foxygen.

Headliner Florence and the Machine are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to the critically acclaimed album ‘Ceremonials’. In addition to Flow Festival, the indie rock band are also set to headline Oya Festival in Norway, as well as making appearances at Hurricane (Germany) and Rock Werchter (Belgium). Florence and the Machine has yet to announce any UK dates for 2015 (at the time of writing, at least).

Major Lazer is the dancehall electro project from American producer Diplo. Their hits include ‘Get Free’ (ft. Amber Coffman), ‘All My Love’ (ft. Ariana Grande) and ‘Pon De Floor’ (which was famously sampled by Beyonce in ‘Run The World (Girls)’).

Meanwhile, alt-J, who received the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012 with their album ‘An Awesome Wave’, are set to perform in Finland for the first time. The indie rockers recently announced that they would be performing at New York’s 18,200 capacity Madison Square Garden in March 2015.

Flow Festival takes place at the disused Suvilahti power station, which is just a short walk from the centre of Helsinki. Last year, the festival attracted over 60,000 people, with over 150 artists performing. Such acts included the likes of Of Monsters and Men, Kendrick Lamar and Disclosure.

Tickets for Flow Festival 2015 are on sale now, and cost €159 (approximately £130) for the three days. Further artists are expected to be added to the line-up in early 2015. You can find out more about Flow Festival on the official Web site.

 

(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) Album Review: Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

 
By on Friday, 25th January 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Foxygen coverThere’s an unwritten rule in music writing. Unless you write for The Sun, thou shalt not refer to anyone as either Lennon, McCartney or Jim Morrison. So when you first slip on Foxygen’s tasty little record ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic’, which sounds like Sergeant Pepper himself got in a fight with The Doors’ 1967 debut; you panic.

This, then, is Foxygen’s second full length record, one as influenced by the late 1960s than even the most Andrew VanWyngardens and Christoper Owenses of the world. As the first track, ‘In the Darkness’ starts to play you may as well be in Peter Blake’s iconic Beatles image, but as the record moves on, you realise that indie geniuses label Jagjaguwar haven’t just signed some wannabe hippies and thrown some money at them; they’ve found a revival. ‘On Blue Mountain’ for example, starts slow and builds into something that’s more than a product of The Doors’ crooning and Elvis’ ‘Suspicious Minds’, it’s the proverbial 2.0 of each. Is it better than either? No. Is it enjoyable, even with knowledge of all that’s come before? Heck yes.

As the record moves on, influences fly about the place, contained in Foxygen’s own little enclosure. They’re a time capsule to a time that many romanticise about, forgetting many of the underlying social and political issues of the time. The post-Cuban missile crisis, post-JFK, Vietnam-era America that was just coming to grips with the idea of racism was one that we’re all mostly behind; and whilst the global economy is in a crippling depression, society’s come a long way in 45 years. ‘We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic’, then, is all the ideology it claims to be on the packaging and as the likes of lead single ‘Shuggie’ (video below) leads to the dramatic sonar ending of ‘Oh No 2’, you’re left wondering if Foxygen could isolate themselves with the likes of Tame Impala and try for a Summer of Love this year. Overall, a solid record, if only it had come out when the sky was so bleak.

Foxygen’s second album ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic’ is now out on Jagjaguwar. The band will be showcasing at this year’s SXSW in Austin in March.

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