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Preview: Green Man Festival 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 10th June 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

Green Man is an annual music festival which takes place in Glanusk Park, Wales. Spanning across three days (Friday August 21st – Sunday 23rd August), it’s perhaps one of the greatest independent festivals going, and this 2009 looks set to be the best Green Man yet. Taking in everything from indie, to folk, to psych, the top three headliners this year are Animal Collective (Friday), Jarvis Cocker (Saturday) and Wilco (Sunday).

Joining this awesome trio across the weekend include the likes of Bon Ivor, British Sea Power, Errors, Noah and the Whale, Emmy the Great and Stornoway. Plus, on top of all the music, this green-friendly (as you may have guessed) festival will be offering up an exciting selection of art, literature, comedy, film and theatre fun for all the family. To learn more, head over to the festival’s website now.

 

Noah and the Whale / March 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd December 2008 at 7:49 pm
 

After a pretty sensational year, Noah and the Whale have announced another string of tour dates for early next year.

The 10 shows all have tickets on sale now, priced between £12 and £12.50 each.

Catch Noah and The Whale at:

Thursday 5th March 2009 – Norwich UEA (See Tickets, Ticketmaster)
Friday 6th March 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire (See Tickets, Ticketweb, Ticketmaster)
Saturday 7th March 2009 – Brighton St George’s Church (Ticketweb)
Sunday 8th March 2009 – Manchester Academy 2 (See Tickets)
Tuesday 10th March 2009 – Gateshead The Sage
Wednesday 11th March 2009 – Edinburgh Queens Hall (See Tickets, Ticketweb)
Thursday 12th March 2009 – Leeds Metropolitan University (See Tickets)
Friday 13th March 2009 – Birmingham Town Hall (Box office)
Sunday 15th March 2009 – Bristol Academy (See Tickets, Ticketweb)
Monday 16th March 2009 – Nottingham Trent University (See Tickets)

 

MTV Gonzo tour / Bloc Party / Kaiser Chiefs / Foals / October 2008

 
By on Monday, 8th September 2008 at 7:21 pm
 

MTV’s Gonzo has announced it’s annual round of birthday shows for October as they stop off at a series of Barfly venues over two weekends.

Tickets for the below dates go on sale on Friday (12th September) at 9am.

Friday 10th October – The Automatic and Iglu And Hartly at Liverpool Barfly
Saturday 11th October – Mystery Jets, Noah And The Whale at Birmingham Barfly
Sunday 12th October – Kaiser Chiefs and Late Of The Pier at London ULU
Friday 17th October – Foals, Esser at York Fibbers
Saturday 18th October – Glasvegas, Friendly Fires at Aberdeen Moshulu
Sunday 19th October – Bloc Party, Magistrates at Glasgow Barfly

 

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!

 

Hydro Connect: Day 1 review: Noah and the Whale

 
By on Saturday, 30th August 2008 at 9:38 am
 

First band up on our list to watch is Noah and the Whale over at the Guitars and other machines stage. Opening with “Give A Little Love” they drew a rather young crowd, who willingly sing along and give the feeling that the band are much bigger than their one top ten hit. Ending with “Five Years Time” and “Rocks and Daggers”, a proper festival moment ensued as girls on guys shoulders fell about the place, cheesy clapping and mass singalongs abound.

Photos are after the jump.
Continue reading Hydro Connect: Day 1 review: Noah and the Whale

 

Noah and the Whale / October and November UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 4th August 2008 at 6:36 pm
 

Noah and the Whale have announced a pretty impressive UK tour around the country as they promote their new album.

Tickets are on sale now priced around £8 – £10 each.

Monday 20th October – Oxford Academy
Tuesday 21st October – York Duchess
Wednesday 22nd October – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 24th October – Dundee Fat Sam’s
Saturday 25th October – Glasgow Stereo
Monday 27th October –Manchester Academy 3
Tuesday 28th October – Dublin Whelans
Wednesday 29th October Belfast Limelight
Friday 31st October – Liverpool Bumper
Saturday 1st November – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Sunday 2nd November – Exeter Phoenix
Monday 3rd November – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 4th November – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 6th November – London Koko
Friday 7th November – Brighton Concorde 2
Saturday 8th November – Coventry Kasbah
Sunday 9th November – Bristol Thekla
Monday 10th November – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 11th November – Birmingham Glee Club
Wednesday 12th November – Sheffield Leadmill
Thursday 13th November – Bournemouth Old Fire Station

 
 
 

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