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Toro Y Moi / July 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 11th June 2010 at 8:30 am
 

South Carolinan act Toro Y Moi (aka Chazwick Bundwick) is known in America as one of the pioneers of the chillwave movement. (According to Wikipedia, chillwave is a musical genre closely associated with synthpop, shoegaze, ambient and psychedelic sounds. To me it sounds like relaxed electronic music – think compressed synths – with a bit of hip hop.) He and his band will embark on their first tour of the UK in July. They will also play Lovebox and Field Day Festivals.

Monday 12th July 2010 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Saturday 17th July 2010 – London Lovebox Festival
Sunday 18th July 2010 – Brighton Freebutt
Monday 19th July 2010 – London Camp Basement
Wednesday 28th July 2010 – Sheffield Harley (DiS Presents)
Thursday 29th July 2010 – Glasgow Captain’s Rest
Friday 30th July 2010 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Saturday 31st July 2010 – London Field Day Festival at Victoria Park

 

Live Review: Lovebox 2009 – Saturday 18th July

 
By on Sunday, 19th July 2009 at 2:41 am
 

Dan Black (side live)Now in its 7th year, Lovebox has firmly established itself as a key fixture of the London summer festivals. I was fortunate enough to be invited along to check out the first day of this year’s two day event, catching the likes of Dan Black, Frankmusik, Florence and the Machine and Friendly Fires.

After a hideously long journey, I only just made it in time to pick up my tickets, which meant that I’d missed such great bands as The Temper Trap, VV Brown, Rumble Strips and tommy Reilly, all of which I was quite keen to catch. Diving straight in with a trip to the Gaymers stage (or the “other” stage to you and I), I caught Dan Black.

I’ve been raving about Dan for a while now, really loving his unique, accessible electro-pop, so I was keen to finally catch him in the flesh. Ploughing through a tonne of material from his new album, ((un)), both him and the crowd really enjoyed his set, with most people knowing the words to the bigger tunes. After “Symphonies”, Dan joked “right, I’ve done something intellectual – now time for something for your inner thug!” before launching into “I Love Life”. Playfully batting a giant inflatable apple around the crowd, Dan finished his set with “Alone”, commenting that “normally people can’t clap in time to that – I guess you’ve all done music GCSE!”. Well received,

Next I took a trek over to the main stage to catch Florence and her Machine. In fine form, she was doing her usual trick of keeping the security on their toes, running down front of the crowd, and giving it her all. When the heavens opened, she was anything but dampened, if anything it just gave her more energy as the umbrellas came out.

Flitting back to the Gaymers stage, I caught Frankmusik who I last saw supporting Keane at the O2 in London back in February. He’s moved on a fair bit, more comfortable with his songs, more banter – even offering to re-create the video to “In Step” if anyone had a hula hoop he could borrow. Short and sweet, his tunes are perfect pop bliss – danceable yet still fairly intelligent, just how I like my music.

Gang of Four were up next, and frankly I wish I hadn’t stayed for them. A bunch of past-it oldies who think they are still cool led to 50 minutes of shambolic dad-rock. Definately the odd ones out of the festival.

Finally, Friendly Fires headlined the Gaymers stage. My plan was to catch Friendly Fires and then wander over to check out Duran Duran for their last hour. However, yet again Friendly Fires blew me away, with an amazing light show to boot. The crowd was much nicer than the Roundhouse one of a few days ago, lots of dancing and no moshing, which was appreciated by this ageing 21 year old! “Kiss of Life” sounds bigger each time I hear it live, however the highlights are undoubtably Paris and Jump in the Pool, and I think they will be for some time to come.

After closing with Ex-Lover, I dashed over to see Duran Duran. After a so-so rendition of “Ordinary World” that seemed to appeal to the fans of reminiscing, and a front-man that tries a bit too hard to be cool in the shape of Simon Le Bon, I called it a night and headed back to the tube.

After the jump: some setlists, some photos.

Continue reading Live Review: Lovebox 2009 – Saturday 18th July

 

Preview: London’s Lovebox Weekender

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd March 2009 at 3:00 pm
 

Lovebox 2009 sideLast week, There Goes The Fear gave you the low-down on all upcoming summer festivals, one of which was Lovebox. The eclectic festival – which takes place over Saturday July 18th to Sunday July 19th in Victoria Park, London – has just confirmed this year’s super headliners.

80’s legends, Duran Duran, will be the main act taking to the stage on Saturday night, while Groove Armada (the band who actually founded Lovebox) will be claiming the top slot Sunday evening. Duran Duran will see support coming from Pharrell William’s rock-rap troupe, N.E.R.D – while other hotly tipped talent gracing Saturday’s bill include TGTF-favourites, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Furthermore – Simian Mobile Disco and the awesome Ladyhawke are just two of the acts that will be rubbing shoulders with Groove Armada on the Sunday.

Lovebox side 2DJ’s and electro acts, such as Horse Meat Disco and Secretsundaze, will be setting aboard the Container Arcadia to bring Lovebox revellers awesome dance sets. Meanwhile, The Gaymers Stage – a mystical tree house that provides a stunning bird’s eyes view of the festival site – will be showcasing live acts in a more intimate setting.

Need some pampering amidst all the partying? No problem! Just head over to Heavenly Healing – a tented village set amongst the Lovebox site providing massage and other complimentary therapies for those looking for a bit of ‘me-time’. Had enough of the music? Then have a stroll around thelondonpaper Sourced Market – the largest farmers market to be visiting any festival this year! And if that’s not enough, why not check out the “entire field of family-friendly stage shows, sideshows and freak shows – all inspired, programmed and produced by some of London’s most thrilling theatre and production outfits.” – to quote the terribly exciting press release!

Music! Theatre! Farmers! What more do you need! Grab a ticket for The Lovebox Weekender now!

Tickets cost £42.50 + Booking Fee per day ticket. amd £75.00 + BF per weekend ticket. Top Photo was taken from garretkeogh’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

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Festival Guide 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 25th February 2009 at 3:30 pm
 

Hydro Connect MudWebsites crashing from traffic overload… frustratingly engaged phone lines…eventual resortment to eBay – ah the fun that is purchasing festival tickets. If you’re still not sure as to who’s mud you want to tread in your wellies this 2009, check out our summary below detailing all major festival line-up news to be announced so far!

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What? Isle of Wight Festival
Where? Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
When? Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, The Ting Tings, The Charlatans
Rumoured? Elbow, Paul Weller
Tickets? Available now, £140 for full weekend camping.

What? Download Festival
Where? Donington Park, Leics
When? Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Slipknot, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Korn, Motley Crue, Limp Bizkit
Rumoured? Biffy Clyro, New Found Glory, Enter Shikari
Tickets? Available now, £135 for full weekend camping

What? Glastonbury Festival
Where? Worthy Farm, Somerset
When? Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Franz Ferdinand and Bruce Springsteen
Rumoured? Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs, Neil Young
Tickets?Sold Out sadly.

What? Lovebox Festival
Where? Victoria Park, London
When? Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2009
Who? Confirmed: Duran Duran, N*E*R*D, Friendly Fires, Florence and the machine, Groove Armarda, Ladyhawke, Simian Mobile Disco
Tickets? On sale now, £42.50 for each day, or £75 for both days.

What? Wireless Festival
Where? Hyde Park, London
When? Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th July ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascall, The Streets
Tickets? On Sale Now. £40 a day.

What? Heavenly Planet Festival (Brand new and free!)
Where? The Promenade, Reading
When? Friday 10th – Saturday 11th July ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Sharon Shannon Big Band, The Wonder Stuff
Tickets? FREE!

What? T in the Park
Where? Balado, Scotland
When? Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Blur, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Katy Perry, Snow Patrol, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Rumoured? Bloc Party, The Ting Tings, The Specials
Tickets? On sale THIS FRIDAY (27th February) at 9am.

What? V Festival
Where? Hylands Park, Chelmsford / Weston Park, Staffordshire
When? Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd August ’09
Who? Nobody as yet has been confirmed.
Rumoured? Oasis, Bloc Party, Kasabian, Keane, The Killers
Tickets? On sale on Friday 6th March at 10am.

What? Reading / Leeds Festival
Where? Little Johns Farm, Reading / Bramham Park, Leeds
When? Friday 28th – Sunday 30th August ’09
Who? Nobody as yet has been confirmed.
Rumoured? Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, White Lies

 
 
 

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