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Video of the Moment #652: Goldfrapp

 
By on Saturday, 10th December 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Goldfrapp’s new video for track ‘Yellow Halo’ is a beautiful collage of some vintage-looking footage. The range is so wide it spans from tour diaries to nature interactions. The soothing-sounding track goes really well with the equally tranquil clips. Prepare yourself for a journey with Goldfrapp.

‘Yellow Halo’ will feature on the band’s new release ‘The Singles’, out on the 6th of February on Mute/Parlophone.

 

WIN / Tickets to see Goldfrapp in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle

 
By on Friday, 5th November 2010 at 11:00 am
 

We have two pairs of tickets for Goldfrapp‘s tour starting next week on the 9th in Bristol to give away to two lucky winners. Fancy your chances?

The tickets will be for their show at Birmingham O2 Academy (Sunday 14th November), Leeds O2 Academy (Tuesday 16th November), Manchester Academy (Wednesday 17th November) -OR- Newcastle O2 Academy (Saturday 20th November 2010) – winner’s choice. All you have to do is provide your name, which gig you wish to attend and your email address (so we can contact if you win). Entries to this contest must be received by Thursday 11 November, 5 PM GMT. Then we will choose two winners from the entries received. Good luck!

This competition is now closed. Winners will be contacted shortly.

 

Goldfrapp / November 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 12th July 2010 at 1:00 pm
 

Goldfrapp have announced details of a November 2010 UK tour.

Tickets will most likely be on sale on Friday (16th July) at 9am.

Tuesday 9th November 2010 – Bristol O2 Academy
Thursday 11th November 2010 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Saturday 13th November 2010 – Brighton Dome
Sunday 14th November 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 16th November 2010 – Leeds O2 Academy
Wednesday 17th November 2010 – Manchester Academy
Friday 19th November 2010 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Saturday 20th November 2010 – Newcastle O2 Academy

 

Bands To Watch #74: Sad Day for Puppets

 
By on Tuesday, 27th January 2009 at 9:55 am
 

Sad Day for PuppetsDon’t let the name put you off, Sad Day for Puppets are the latest chirpy indie band that know how to create a hit or two.  The band only formed three years ago and are already tipped for numerous accolades and awards. It may be a cliche in the music world but Sad Day for Puppets have something more and different to offer than your average indie group with a fantastic mix of genre, style and tone.

Goldfrapp like vocals from Anna Eklund, twangly guitar rhythms and super-smooth  melodic electric leads all help provide an exciting and enticing listen. They’ve supported MGMT and in fact sound like MGMT fronted by a woman. Each track Sad Day For Puppets have made is radio friendly and above all good enough to fill the charts with their hippy, daisy chain sound.

The band have a truly blossoming sound and the fuzzy haze that is applied on the material gives a timeless feel. As for tracks to look out for, just take your pick. ” Marble Gods” and “Big Waves” are two tracks which look likely to be used to thrust the group into the limelight but the band have good consistantcy with plenty of other solid tunes like “Hush” which as the title suggests is a gentle yet upbeat feel happy track.

This Swedish group are not yet an Abba but its not hard to imagine that in a few years, these guys will be at all the festivals pumping out cheer to the audiences. Don’t they know there is a recession going on? Obviously not.

 

Hydro Connect: The Complete Review

 
By on Sunday, 7th September 2008 at 5:41 pm
 

Hydro Connect Festival was my first proper music festival, and quite possibly one of the furthest away from home we could get. After a 9 hour drive leaving home at 5am on Friday morning, we arrived at one of the most beautiful festival settings I think you’ll find this side of Coachella.

After the horrible trek from car park to campsite (we were warned it was 20 minutes, but we’d suggest you double that if you’re carrying a tent), we set up our tent and went out to explore the main arena.

First up were Noah and the Whale and Ladytron on the Guitars and Other Machines Stage (otherwise known as the second stage for those of you who are Glastonbury / Reading / Leeds fans), before a wander around to see Amy MacDonald sporting a rather fetching kilt. I’ve never been a huge fan of her Radio 2 – lite tunes, but the Scottish crowd certainly loved the Glaswegian girl.

Manic Street Preachers were up next, and were on absolute fire as they did an amazing set. I’d heard people rave about them, but now I really can understand why – they were amazing. Kasabian headlined, but frankly were nothing on the Manics. Tom Meighan is an amazing frontman and certainly can whip everyone up some, but frankly they don’t have the tunes that the Manics do.

After an interesting night in the campsite, we slowly started our Saturday in the Speakeasy cafe on the sofas, listening to some amazing acoustic music. Quickly time rolled around and we had to amble back to the Media tent to catch a quick chat with Paul from Glasvegas and Kele and Matt from Bloc Party. After coming down from that little bit of excitement, we went to catch Friendly Fires on the Guitars and Other Machines Stage. We knew they were good having stumbled across them several times around the blogosphere, but weren’t expecting the amazingly high-energy set they provided us with. Black Lips disappointed, failing to energise the rather small crowd. Glasvegas had one of the biggest mid-afternoon crowds of the weekend, and provided the anthem of the weekend around the campsites.

A bit of food, and back to the main Oyster stage for the evening. We had high hopes for Grinderman, but simply didn’t appreciate Nick Cave’s new project, with it sounding largely inaccessible to us. Paolo Nutini I wasn’t holding out high hopes for, but he plain and simply blew me away, with his songs providing some great sing alongs. Oh, and his cover of Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? AMAZING.

We’d been excited about Bloc Party since their confirmation as Saturday night headliners, and with the announcement of their new album, Intimacy, just 10 days before the festival we were all the more excited. Kele and co didn’t disappoint, blasting through everything we’d hoped for and a bit more.

Somehow getting almost 6 hours sleep on Saturday night, we were woken by the pouring rain on Sunday morning, and took the decision to put our tent back in the car to prevent it from floating away in the increasingly boggy waters around our tent. Making the way back to the main arena we couldn’t decide who to catch, so caught snippets of a few different bands. Santagold looked rather out of place in a metallic blue dance suit compared to the muddy audience, but none the less was amazingly good, with her indenti-kit backing singers coupled with her backing band providing some surprisingly good tunes.

I’d heard about the Levellers from friends, but never actually caught them live. They were a true festival band, getting everyone moving, and really warming things up a bit. Elbow I’ve never been a huge fan of, however they again surprised me. Lead singer Guy Garvey was decidedly chatty, commenting that “this is my sort of weather – I don’t like the hot weather ‘cos people take off their clothes and it isn’t pretty from here! In Manchester just about every beer garden looks like it has about 2 dozen red eggs in it anytime there’s a mildly warm day!”

Goldfrapp were so-so. I’ve never been a huge fan of their stuff, on the basis lots of it is a bit too arty-farty for my liking. Plus, I was simply excited for Sigur Ros, who were next up and closing Hydro Connect 2008 for us. They didn’t disappoint.

With that, we left leaving Franz Ferdinand to do probably much what they did last time I caught them, and to make an exit from the car park (with the help of some amazingly nice girls who pushed us out of the mud).

What was hot:

  • Amazing setting
  • Great food at good prices
  • The lineup… simply amazing for a festival so young and small
  • The speakeasy tent with its comfy sofas and free newspapers
  • Friendly and helpful security

What was not:

  • Mobile reception was always hampered by “network busy” responses… if Hyde Park can cope with having upwards of 40,000 people all with mobiles, why can’t Connect? This was also the reason for a big lack of live updates from Connect – we didn’t take a laptop, and had been planning on there not
  • The hideously long trek to and from the carpark
  • A massive lack of toilets and washing facilities on the campsites.

Overheard:

“I now know where they let the oldies out to: we were by far the youngest in that tent!” (joked two mid-20 somethings on the walk back to the campsite)
“When you fail to perform, it really knocks your confidence… then you just can’t perform next time!” (overheard one morning at the campsite… you can only guess what it’s regarding!)
“This is SO overrated!” said by a guy completely covered in mud after wrestling his mate

Want more coverage?
Why not check out these Flickr Streams:
jjbuchan’s flickr stream
Taburetka’s flickr stream
Foofango’s flickr stream
Aaron Bassett’s flickr stream

… or these other reviews:
NME.com’s review
Sunday Herald’s review
The Lancashire Herald
The Independent
The Times

Thanks go to:
Lee and all at Burt Greener Communications for looking after us so well and sorting out the tickets.
Dan for the photos and putting up with me for a weekend.

Roll on Hydro Connect 2009 is all we can say!

 

Goldfrapp / Early Summer 2008 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd January 2008 at 1:43 pm
 

GoldfrappGoldfrapp have announced a string of dates for the start of the summer around the UK in support of a new album, and their marvellous new single, A&E.

Tickets for the below dates go on sale this Friday, 25th January at 9am.

Saturday 21st June – Bexhill-On-Sea, Da La Warr Pavilion
Sunday 22nd June – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Monday 23rd June – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 25th June – London Royal Albert Hall
Monday 30th June – Glasgow Concert Hall
Tuesday 1st July – Gateshead The Sage

 
 
 

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