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Summer Series at Somerset House announced / July 2008

 
By on Monday, 12th May 2008 at 4:42 pm
 

Those nice folks over at Somerset house have announced details of their Summer Series 2008 events. This summer sees the likes of Fratellis, We Are Scientists and Justice all grace the old courtyard over the course of 10 days in July.

Tickets are available here on presale from Ticketmaster, and go on sale on Wednesday (14th May) at 10am.

Thursday 10th July – The Fratellis
Friday 11th July – Justice
Saturday 12th July – Unkle
Sunday 13th July – The Blue Nile
Monday 14th July – Lupe Fiasco
Tuesday 15th July – We Are Scientists
Wednesday 16th July – The Zutons
Thursday 17th July – The Feeling
Friday 18th July – Duffy
Saturday 19th July – Adele

 

Live Review: Tom McRae + The Hotel Cafe tour – London KCLSU

 
By on Thursday, 1st May 2008 at 1:08 pm
 

Tom McRae @ The Hotel Cafe tour in London at KCLSU“These shows are always far too short” moaned Tom McRae as he brought down the curtains on almost 3 hours of non-stop music that, frankly, would put most lesser artists to shame. In those 3 hours, we’d seen beard shaving, mass-singalongs, surprise special guests and more off-the-cuff jokes than most comedians manage in a year. All for a mere £15 too.

This was the second time that the Essex-based singer/songwriter had bought over his motley crew of artists from the US to play the Hotel Cafe tour, named after the famous venue in LA which plays host to a range of a wide range of artists for a cabaret-like performance where anything can happen. As they showed, anything really can happen when they decided to shave the beard of lead organiser Jason, live on stage towards the end.

Each playing one or two songs, Tom introduced each one with amusing tales, and before 9:30 had even swung round we’d already hurtled through three Tom McRae songs as well as songs from Catherine Feeny, Brian Wright, Jim Bianco, Cary Brothers, and Greg Laswell. Poor Greg hobbled around after spraining his ankle in Brighton whilst drunkenly chasing a fox, much to the amusement of the audience.

Part of the tradition of the Hotel Cafe shows are special guests – two years ago we got Aqualung, this time round Turin Brakes played previous single “Dark on Fire” and old favourite “Pain Killer”.

Tom then came back, joined by the rest of the performers for a rousing version of “Dose me Up”, which was quite amazing to hear everyone looping round the haunting chorus of “So dose me up / Once is not enough / I can still see the ground / And from this high rise view looking down on you / Im not the one wasting my time”. Personally, that was my highlight, but with time getting on the performers got back into the swing of things with renewed passion – Jim Bianco’s “striptease” routine provided a moment of amusement as his “smoky backroom” voice fitted the setting perfectly. Greg told us stories of his family, with tales of his Mum and Dad’s worries about him, and Catherine just played amazing songs whilst adding a sexy element to the male-dominated proceedings. Brian, well, what more can I say. The man can play. And has facial hair that would make lesser men weap, it’s so thick. Cary Brothers was the musical genius that needs more credit – amazing songs, he should be able to tour the UK more.

All too soon 11:30 had rolled around, and with one more sing along to “Silent Boulevard”, they were gone – too quickly for my liking, but still – £15 for 3 hours of brilliant entertainment – amazing.

After the jump: A video of Cary Brother’s “Ride” and pictures. If you want large versions of any of the pictures, just yell and I can sort that out for you 🙂

Continue reading Live Review: Tom McRae + The Hotel Cafe tour – London KCLSU

 

The Envy Corps / UK Tour NEXT WEEK

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd April 2008 at 6:25 pm
 

Nothing quite like a bit of last minute tour action. Envy Corps have announced a string of dates starting on Saturday around the UK for two weeks – be sure to catch them, as frankly they deserve to be massive by the end of the year. Their new album, Dwell is out on Monday – read my review here.

Tickets are on sale now, priced around £5 – £6.

Saturday 26th April – London Astoria (with the Courteeners)
Sunday 27th April – Birmingham Bar Academy
Wednesday 30th April – London 229
Thursday 1st May – London 229
Friday 2nd May – Bath, Moles
Sunday 4th May – Brighton Freebut
Tuesday 6th May – Oxford Jericho Tavern
Wednesday 7th May – Bristol Fleece
Thursday 8th May – Cambridge Barfly
Friday 9th May – Peterbrough Met Lounge
Saturday 10th May – Tunbridge Wells, Forum

 

Idlewild / July UK Shows

 
By on Friday, 18th April 2008 at 6:30 am
 

IdlewildIdlewild have announced their first tour since last October, playing three tiny shows in early July. Hopefully they’ll add some more venues to the list shortly!

Tickets go on sale at 9am this morning, 18th April.

Wednesday 2nd July – Birmingham Glee Club
Thursday 3rd July – London ULU
Friday 4th July – Manchester Ruby Lounge

 

Ben Folds / June + July UK Dates

 
By on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 at 11:21 pm
 

Ben FoldsOne of my favourite ever artists, Mr. Ben Folds has (thankfully) announced a string of UK shows for the summer, in between the major European festivals.

Tickets go on presale for his headlining shows today (Wednesday 9th April) at 9am from here, and on general sale on Friday (11th April) at 9am.

PLEASE NOTE: The Bristol date has just been changed from Monday 7th July to Sunday 13th July.

Tuesday 24th June – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 25th June – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 27th June – Glastonbury Festival
Tuesday 8th July – Sheffield Academy
Wednesday 9th July – Liverpool Academy
Friday 11th July – Oxegen Festival
Saturday 12th July – T in the Park
Sunday 13th July – Bristol Aademy

 

Death Cab For Cutie / July 2008 UK Dates

 
By on Monday, 7th April 2008 at 8:32 pm
 

Death Cab For CutieDeath Cab For Cutie have announced a trio of dates around the UK for the summer, almost exactly two years since their last trip over the Atlantic.

Tickets are on sale now for all dates, but expect them to go quickly as they sold out Brixton Academy last trip over here. Prices are £16 for Birmingham and Manchester, £17.50 for London.

Tuesday 15th July – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 16th July – Manchester Apollo
Thursday 17th July – London Brixton Academy

 
 
 

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