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WIN / Tix to see Sounds of the City at Manchester Castlefield Bowl starring Guy Garvey

By on Tuesday, 31st May 2016 at 11:00 am

The weather has turned warmer, the sun has made more than a few brief appearances, and hooray, it’s summer! For yet another year, Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl will play host to a series of fantastic gigs at the start of July as part of the ongoing Sounds of the City series (formerly known as Summer in the City). Ushering in the five-pack of shows at the outdoor music and entertainment venue – which includes appearances by mega stars James Bay and Catfish and the Bottlemen on the 6th and 8th of July, respectively – is a hometown hero who really needs no introduction, Guy Garvey.

Last year, Garvey embarked on a solo career away from his usual buddies in Elbow, releasing debut album ‘Courting the Squall’ last autumn. On Friday the 1st of July, the Garvinator will be ringing in this year’s Sounds of the City, headlining the first night of the concert series. Joining him on stage will be fellow Mancunian Badly Drawn Boy and ex-Beta Band founder Steve Mason, who himself released a new album, ‘Meet the Humans’, in February. We’ve got incredible news: we’ve blagged two pairs of tickets to the big show on 1 July, and we want to give them to two lucky TGTF readers!

How does one go about winning a pair of these golden tickets? Well, my dear reader, you’ll need to fill out our form below and send it along tout suite. Give us your full name, your email address (so we know you’re a living, breathing human being), and your postal address (so we can post you the tickets if you’ve won). The clincher? You’ll need to tell us what brass instrument Guy Garvey play live in the Elbow song ‘Starlings’. If you’ve seen Elbow live before, this should be a piece of cake. If it’s not, have a search through Wikipedia and you shall find it.

That’s it! We’ll keep this contest open until 12 noon BST this Friday, the 3rd of June. The two lucky winners will be contacted by email. To make this fair, all duplicate entries will be discarded. Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only and you must be able to get yourself and your guest to the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester. Please also note that all under 14s must be accompanied by an adult (these are the venue’s rules, not ours, and TGTF won’t be held responsible if you’re turned away at the door for being underage and not meeting the venue’s age requirement). Good luck!

If you’d rather not chance it and would like to buy tickets to this Guy Garvey show in advance, visit this Gigs and Tours page. Many thanks to our friends there for ‘lending’ these tickets to us for this great giveaway.

This contest is now closed. Winners will be contacted by email shortly.


Video of the Moment #1928: Guy Garvey

By on Wednesday, 30th September 2015 at 6:00 pm

In case you missed it – and if you have, I guess you don’t listen to BBC 6 Music much! – Elbow’s beardy frontman and all around cuddly Mancunian teddy bear Guy Garvey announced earlier this month that he will be releasing a solo album next month. ‘Courting the Squall’ is due to drop on the 30th of October on Polydor Records.

‘Angela’s Eyes’ was the first taster of Garvey’s solo work that was released to the wild, and Carrie reviewed it for us here on TGTT last week. The single now has an accompanying promo video that is every bit as smoky and bluesy as the song itself. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting this direction at all from The Garvinator, but I suppose he wanted to do something different! Watch the video for ‘Angela’s Eyes’ below.

Who knows where Guy Garvey’s solo career will go, and it will take some time before we build up an archive of posts on him solo here at TGTF. In the meantime though, you’re welcome to peruse our pretty massive back archive of posts on Elbow here.



Single Review: Guy Garvey – Angela’s Eyes

By on Thursday, 24th September 2015 at 12:00 pm

Elbow frontman and BBC 6Music radio presenter Guy Garvey has recently announced the details of his highly-anticipated debut solo album ‘Courting the Squall’. He describes the album as “purely a vanity project”, orchestrated with an assembly of his musician friends from outside the Elbow brotherhood. The result, at least on the album’s lead single ‘Angela’s Eyes’, is a very different sound to what Elbow fans have become accustomed to over the band’s 20-plus years, and a refreshing change of pace for Garvey himself.

Here, Garvey has removed himself from the self-conscious, classically-oriented subtlety of Elbow, displaying a raw visceral energy that carries through from the very beginning of the track straight through to the end. ‘Angela’s Eyes’ opens with a heavy, tribal sounding drum beat and a dirty guitar riff that are akin to the more rhythm-centered style adopted by Jez and Andy Williams when they separated from Doves to form side project Black Rivers. The song’s pounding beat is staggered and uneven, but in an organic and instinctual sort of way, as opposed to the deliberately off-kilter rhythm in Elbow’s recent track ‘And It Snowed’. The brash opening guitar riff punctuates the song’s aggressive lyrical tone, growing to a primitive wail between the verses and in the faintly jazz-tinged harmonies of the instrumental coda.

Along with shaking off the elegant self-restraint of Elbow’s typical fare, Garvey has apparently also shaken off the mantle of writing about his recent lost love, which was the thematic focus of Elbow’s 2014 LP ‘The Takeoff and Landing of Everything’ and continued onto their recent ‘Lost Worker Bee’ EP. ‘Angela’s Eyes’ speaks of salvation through a new love, as Garvey spits the rapid-fire lyrics of its first chorus, “tried faith in humanity, no no no no no / but it sure made a man of me, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah / I was headed for an early grave until I washed up on the tide / yes, I believe in Angela’s eyes”. His voice is as silky smooth and velvety soft as ever, but he seems less concerned with its lyricism as he delves into inspired improvisation near the end of the track.

With ‘Angela’s Eyes’, Garvey has shed the image of the scholarly composer, ripping his shirt open (figuratively!) and baring his unbridled passion in a way that he never could have done within the refined context of Elbow’s celebrated oeuvre. This track is a tantalising first taste of what has the potential to be a remarkable debut solo effort, albeit one more than 20 years in the making.


‘Angela’s Eyes’ is the lead single from Guy Garvey’s upcoming solo album ‘Courting the Squall’, which is due for release on the 30th of October via Polydor Records. Garvey will support the album release with a December tour of the UK and Ireland.


Guy Garvey / December 2015 UK and Irish Tour

By on Wednesday, 23rd September 2015 at 9:00 am

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey has recently announced a solo tour of the UK and Ireland in support of his upcoming debut solo album ‘Courting the Squall’.  The album is due for release on the 30th of October via Polydor Records.  Its lead single ‘Angela’s Eyes’ received air play last week on BBC 2 with Chris Evans and on BBC 6 Music with Garvey’s on-air colleague Shaun Keaveny.

Tickets for the following shows are available now, except for the predictably sold out shows in Garvey’s hometown of Manchester.

Tuesday 1st December 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 4th December 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall (sold out)
Saturday 5th December 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall (sold out)
Monday 7th December 2015 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 8th December 2015 – Glasgow ABC


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