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Caitlin Rose / September 2013 UK Tour

By on Monday, 19th August 2013 at 9:30 am

Caitlin Rose will be playing a string of dates and festivals in the UK in September. Tickets are on sale now.

Miss Rose released her second album ‘The Stand-In’ in February, and you can read Carrie’s review of the album here.

Sunday 1st September 2013 – North Dorset End of the Road Festival
Monday 2nd September 2013 – Brighton Proud Cabaret
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 – Bristol Fleece
Wednesday 4th September 2013 – Oxford Bullingdon
Thursday 5th September 2013 – Nottingham Glee
Saturday 7th September 2013 – Leeds College Of Music
Monday 9th September 2013 – Glasgow ABC2
Wednesday 11th September 2013 – Gateshead Sage
Thursday 12th September 2013 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 13th September 2013 – Manchester Ritz
Sat 14th September 2013 – Portmeirion Festival No 6


Kodaline / November 2013 English Tour

By on Tuesday, 25th June 2013 at 9:00 am

Dublin’s Kodaline, whose debut album ‘In a Perfect World’ debuted at #3 on the UK albums chart this week (good work, boys!), have announced an English tour to take place in November 2013. Tickets are on sale this Wednesday (26 June) at 9 AM through a fan presale and on general sale Friday (28 June) at 9 AM. Tickets are priced at £11.50, except London, at £13.50 (not including booking fees).

Friday 8th November 2013 – Birmingham Institute
Saturday 9th November 2013 – Oxford Academy
Sunday 10th November 2013 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 13th November 2013 – Leeds Stylus
Saturday 16th November 2013 – Gateshead Sage 2
Monday 17th November 2013 – Manchester Ritz
Monday 18th November 2013 – Bristol Academy


Tim Burgess / September 2013 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 20th June 2013 at 9:30 am

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess is going on a solo tour of the UK in September. Tickets are on sale now.

Tuesday 17th September 2013 – Bedford Esquires
Wednesday 18th September 2013 – Falmouth Pavilion
Thursday 19th September 2013 – Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 21st September 2013 – Stoke Sugarmill
Sunday 22nd September 2013 – Sheffield Queens Social Club
Wednesday 25th September 2013 – Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre
Thursday 26th September 2013 – Inverness Ironworks
Friday 27th September 2013 – Shetland Mareel Centre
Sunday 29th September 2013 – Gateshead Sage (Hall 2)
Monday 30th September 2013 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club


Live Review: OMD at Gateshead Sage – 13th May 2013

By on Thursday, 30th May 2013 at 2:00 pm

All photos by TGTF Head Photographer Martin Sharman; see the full gallery of high-res photos from this gig here.

As the American editor of a UK/US music Web site, I hope this will become a more common occurrence in the very near future. But in general, it is a very rare treat for me to see a seminal ’80s band that I loved as a child in a venue as beautiful as the Gateshead Sage. When I took the train in from Edinburgh, I spied from out the carriage window a massive, hulking silver piece of architecture that I wouldn’t have been able to miss. Shortly after I’d arrived, I met up with Martin at the pub and he explained, “ah yes. That would be the Sage”.

Newcastle – and Gateshead for that matter – surprised me on many levels; maybe it was the fact that I arrived on a clear, sunny day and the skyline was breathtaking, but compared to the usual city suspects I visit in my travels (London, Manchester, Liverpool), the city feels very much like a younger, cleaner, smarter brother to all of those. The Sage, in all its grandeur as a posher place to see orchestras and rock bands alike, fits neatly into this description. It’s even better when you’re shown to your seat by a real live Geordie usher. Ah, North East accents, they’re adorable! (Somewhat related tangent: when I watched the Stoke vs. Sunderland match in a Glaswegian bar the previous Tuesday and was absolutely enthralled by O’Shea’s equalising goal for Sunderland in the second half, I got this Tweet from David Brewis of Field Music, and Martin’s attempt at recreating the sound of a Sunderland accent saying this made me chuckle.)

The ’80s band in question was, of course, OMD. Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys’ career in the UK hasn’t followed the same trajectory as in America, and this distinction was made starkly clear during this show in Gateshead. I think I can safely say among Americans that the most instantly recognisable song of theirs – and certainly the most played of theirs on MOR ’80s radio stations these days – all happened as the result of one ‘If You Leave’ being included as part of the soundtrack to Howard Hughes’ teenage angst film Pretty in Pink, starring then Hollywood teen heartthrobs Molly Ringwald and (one of my personal favourites, swoon) Andrew McCarthy. McCluskey himself acknowledged that this inclusion wasn’t very rock ‘n’ roll: “a long time ago we sold our souls to the devil…Well, to Paramount Pictures, and it made our drummer very rich!” They were one of the first then-current bands of the era whose British English spelling of their name sent me into rapture: “Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark”. So sophisticated!

In America, OMD owes this song a lot to their mainstream popularity; when we’d seen them 2 years ago at 9:30 Club, saying that the audience was entirely in rapture during its playing would have been an understatement. Interestingly, this is not the same reception the song received in Gateshead. I’ve never seen such a country-specific divide at a show before. I’m also wondering if the multimedia presentation with swiveling panels high above the stage will make it to America this summer, as I’m meant to see them again in July; Ringwald’s photogenic face projected on these panels made for a compelling visual, though I’m positive it would go over like gangbusters here in DC and have a far better reaction. For sheer crowd reaction, I’d say Britain’s ‘If You Leave’ is probably ‘Enola Gay’, another very worthy contender in the OMD oeuvre.

OMD Gateshead live 1

But let me start at the beginning. As readers know, OMD released their latest album ‘English Electric’ in April (my review here), and you’d be right in assuming the current set list takes full advantage of the new release; the show began with the confounding ‘Please Be Seated’ album intro, followed by the competent but not hugely anthemic ‘Metroland’. While it has its moments, I don’t find it a particularly strong record, so I was disappointed that the set didn’t include more from 2010’s ‘History of Modern’. That said, the evening’s set was a nice selection of back catalogue gems (‘Messages’, ‘Tesla Girls’, ‘The Pacific Age’ with Humphreys on lead vocal duties, ‘Maid of Orleans’) interspersed with the high tech whimsy of ‘English Electric’ (‘Kissing the Machine’, the absolutely dotty ‘Atomic Ranch’, the sure to be future classic ‘Dresden’). All the while, McCluskey’s style of inexhaustible somewhat dad-dancing style of interpretative dance was on display, to the well-dressed punters’ glee. (Yes: if you’re seeing in a show at the Sage and it’s a well-known band you’re seeing, expect to pay upwards of £30 per ticket.) The end of the night was capped off by a brilliant rendition of the first song the pair wrote as boys in the Wirral; ‘Electricity’ never fails to wow.

The best thing about the night? Martin had never seen OMD live before and afterwards, he revealed, “I quite enjoyed that!” Result! I was asked many times on this trip to Britain what spurred me on to become a music writer in the first place. Two reasons really: one, I wanted more British bands to be aware of the DC market and to stop skipping us in favour of Philadelphia (this is happening less, and I think this is because of my hard work), and two, to encourage folks to listen and try out music they might otherwise venture into themselves. Martin’s music taste is impeccable (of course it is, he writes for us ::grin::), so the fact that I turned him on to a band I really like, that is just icing on the cake.

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After the cut: the set list.
Continue reading Live Review: OMD at Gateshead Sage – 13th May 2013


Live Review: Roundhouse Rising at Sage Gateshead with Mausi, Eliza and the Bear, Death at Sea and Amy Holford – 17th February 2013

By on Wednesday, 27th February 2013 at 2:00 pm

The beautiful Sage in Gateshead recently played host to Roundhouse Rising, the first time the event has taken place in association with Generator, the UK’s leading music development agency based in the North East. Martin, our correspondent from that region, was in attendance as four acts vied for the attention of the audience assembled.

First up is Amy Holford. Last time TGTF caught up with her was at Evolution Festival last year, where her delicate strummings were drowned out by the boiling hormones of a thousand 14-year-olds. Tonight, her voice done justice by a proper sound system, delicate material laid bare before a respectful, silent crowd, her full potential is plain to see. The main attraction is a soul voice of such power that it could perform any Motown single from the 60s without breaking a sweat. It swoops and bends through microtones long forgotten in this age of production tricks, one moment honey-sweet, the next buzz-saw provocative, a reminder of how powerful and sensuous a barely-clothed female voice can sound.

Amy Holford Gateshead live

The problem is, she’s singing about her grandfather’s cancer. And how a long-gone, but clearly not forgotten, boyfriend didn’t text message her frequently enough. Imagine Amy’s current set distilling down into a pleasant acoustic interlude, bookended by some full band productions in whichever style she chooses – be that soul, electronica, or Tibetan nose flute ensemble – and it is to imagine a great voice put to good use. She might even bring in some writers to put together some material with broader appeal. The current songs are clearly close to her heart, and I wouldn’t for a minute suggest she abandon them altogether. But the next stage in her career surely demands a fuller sound to do justice to that wonderful voice.

Death at Sea Gateshead live

Death At Sea (pictured above) have very little time to make an impact, and their triple-headed guitar assault was always going to struggle on first listen. They’re like your little brother’s bedroom band, all earnest pop-grunge and Converse All-Stars, so they do have their niche, it’s just that it’s a rather densely-occupied corner. Nowhere near as innocent are Eliza and the Bear (pictured below). There is no Eliza, and no Bear, in their lineup; what there are is five astonishingly fashionable haircuts accompanied by 30 minutes of quite the most bland music one might ever have the misfortune to experience. From the “and the” nomenclature, through the formulaic loud-quiet-loud-trumpetparps-quiet-loud-aren’t-we-so-folky-even-though-we’re-all-from-Romford arrangements, to the vague, pseudo-deep-and-meaningful lyrics and can’t-be-arsed trendier-than-thou delivery, Eliza and the Bear seem on a mission from the Devil himself to rid music of any meaning or relevance at all. Take ‘The Southern Wild’, for instance – two chords, some twee, twinkly keyboards, loads of “oh-oh-ohs”, stop-starts all over the place, all drizzled with the pointless refrain “You’ve got a lion’s heart / you’ve gotta find it”. And that goddamn trumpet everywhere… somebody please stab me now. They are a photocopy of a successful sound – a cynical recipe made up of familiar tastes. Like the flavour factories that create the fast food experience, there’s no nutrition involved, nothing meaty, just the baubles that sound superficially like music but dissolve into emptiness in your brain.

Eliza and the Bear Gateshead live

Everyone’s last hope is for Mausi (pictured at top) to pull it out of the bag after such a patchy undercard – and, praise be to the Gods of music, they do not disappoint. A curious combination of Italian style leavened with North East party ethos, Mausi serve up a luscious plate of uptempo stompers and downtempo emotion, Daisy Finetto prancing around the stage like the coolest girl-next-door everyone hopes to bump into. Latest single ‘Move’ has the Sage bouncing, its verging-on-cheesy Europop a delightful guilty pleasure. Previous release ‘Sol’ brings a similar slice of summery dance vibes to a chilly February evening. No doubt favoured as headliner because of their ability with a groove, nevertheless Mausi do put in the most enjoyable and mature set of the night.


OMD / April and May 2013 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 9th January 2013 at 9:00 am

Synthpop titans OMD have announced a tour of the UK for April and May. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now.

Sunday 28th April 2013 – Margate Winter Gardens
Monday 29th April 2013 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 1st May 2013 – Nottingham Royal Centre
Thursday 2nd May 2013 – Ipswich Regent Theatre
Friday 3rd May 2013 – London Roundhouse
Sunday 5th May 2013 – Bristol Colston Hall
Monday 6th May 2013 – Oxford New Theatre
Wednesday 8th May 2013 – Sheffield City Hall
Thursday 9th May 2013 – Leeds Academy
Fri day10th May 2013 – Manchester Academy
Sunday 12th May 2013 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Monday 13th May 2013 – Gateshead Sage
Tuesday 14th May 2013 – Liverpool Empire


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