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Preview: Chazzstock

By on Friday, 4th May 2012 at 9:00 am

Chazzstock is a brand new festival with a great cause behind it. As a non-profit festival which is organised in memory of Charles (Chazz) Haddon, the frontman of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, hence the festival’s name. All of the festival’s profits will go to a charity, The Prince’s Trust. It is also his family and friends’ effort to put together a festival of Charles’ own, as it was his dream to put on something like this

Chazzstock will take place at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Sunday the 10th of June 2012. A special thing about the festival is that there will be big acts such as the Vaccines, the Horrors (pictured at top) and Tribes (who were great friends with Charles) sharing the stage with more local and relatively unknown bands. Chazzstock Festival also aims to promote some up-and-coming talents. It is a shame that the festival had to shorten its length from a 2-day event to a 1-day one, but I’m sure the amendment won’t minimise the festival’s awesomeness.

Besides the three big names, other great bands on the line-up include like I Dream in Colour, Safari and more. The festival is also open to young folks, with an age limit of only 14+. Tickets are £25 each and can be purchased here. For more information, please visit Chazzstock’s official site.

After the cut: the current line-up as of 4 May (according to the red banner on the top of the page).
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Video of the Moment #287: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

By on Monday, 28th June 2010 at 6:00 pm

Seemingly taking a leaf out of Kele’s book with the video direction for this, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool‘s shiny new single for “Jackson’s Last Stand” is pretty impressive. Watch and enjoy below.



Ou Est Le Swimming Pool / October 2010 UK Tour

By on Friday, 11th June 2010 at 9:00 am

TGTF favourites Ou Est Le Swimming Pool have announced details of their debut UK headlining tour… catch them at:

Saturday 9th October 2010 – Cambridge Anglia Ruskin University
Sunday 10th October 2010 – Bristol The Croft
Monday 11th October 2010 – Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Wednesday 13th October 2010 – Nottingham Bodega Social
Thursday 14th October 2010 – Newcastle – The Other Rooms
Saturday 16th October 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Sunday 17th October 2010 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 18th October 2010 – Birmingham Rainbow
Tuesday 19th October 2010 – London Camden Barfly


Live Review: La Roux and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool at Bristol O2 Academy – Monday 10th May 2010

By on Monday, 10th May 2010 at 11:07 pm

It’s almost exactly a year since I first caught La Roux, when they were headlining the Oxford O2 Academy 2 on the NME Radar tour. Tonight I caught La Roux playing the bigger Bristol branch of the O2 Academy, where she’s certainly grown the production up a bit.

Opening up was the pretty much amazing Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, and have long been TGTF favourites, from our first introduction last September to DJing at our first ever gig night in March via our top 10 bands to watch in 2010, so it was nice to finally catch a half hour set from the guys who were every bit as good as I’d hoped at warming up a Monday night crowd. From the slower “The Key” to the all-out dance marathon of “Dance The Way I Feel”, they more than deserve to be the next big thing.

Very soon after Ou Est had left the stage it was time for the main act, La Roux. Having postponed this date from November last year, Elly immediately apologised for the delay after opening with “Tigerlily”. Their songs had all the more resonance now the whole crowd knew all the words, though I must admit I wasn’t a massive fan of the Rolling Stones cover of “Under My Thumb” and Elly’s self-indulgent guitar moment on “(Finally My) Saviour”. However, aside from the mid-set slow down, Elly knew that she was there to do, and even if the quiff was slightly smaller than last time (perhaps due to record company issues if The Sun is to be believed… (though it is the Sun we’re talking about here…)) she was every bit the show-woman she was last time.

Joking how she loved watching the “Butch guys dancing around” during crowd favourite “Cover My Eyes”, it seemed that the Bristol crowd lapped up the fiery tongued starlet every little bit. Closing with smash hit “Bulletproof”, Elly grinned as she bounced around in a gold lamé jacket and everyone screamed back the words. Exactly what a pop gig should be. I overheard some people complaining that it “was too short”, but if we’re honest she played every track from her debut album and a cover – what more could she have done?

With a bigger production and a theatrical set, I can’t help but wonder where La Roux will go from here and what the new stuff will sound like – it’s going to be a hard act to follow their debut collection, but going on the basis of tonight I have every confidence in it being an absolute corker of an album.

After the jump: setlist

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Video of the Moment #245: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

By on Monday, 29th March 2010 at 6:00 pm

Ahh, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, how we love you. They gained a tonne of plaudits last year for their genre defying “Dance The Way I Feel”, and now this is their fantastic new single that’s out today.

A massive dance-floor anthem laced with a tiny spec of melancholy keeps this band as one of our favourite bands to watch of 2010. Their full album will be out in early summer we’re told.

Watch, listen and enjoy.



Live Review: Blog Off!? with Starlings, Jazica and Victoria and Jacob at London’s Roundhouse Studios – Saturday 20th March 2010

By on Monday, 22nd March 2010 at 8:55 pm

Saturday night saw the first ever TGTF gig night take place at an absolutely rammed London’s Roundhouse Studios. So many of you braved the rain and all round miserable conditions to dance your socks off in the hot hot underground vaults, and for that we want to say a massive “thank you”. If you were there, you already know what happened. If you weren’t there… well, here’s what you missed:

First up were Victoria and Jacob, who were the perfect openers – quiet, chilled out and slightly eerie in the underground vaults of the Roundhouse, the two of them created some lovely tunes full of dreamy swirls and ghostly bips and bleeps. Halfway through their 25 minute set we were treated to a fantastic cover of The Church’s “Under the Milky Way” (not sure you’ve heard it? No, neither was I – but take a listen to the Donnie Darko soundtrack and you’ll catch it playing on the car radio just before the first encounter with “Grandma Death”). Forthcoming single “With No Certainty” sounds amazing live, the vulnerability and innocence of Victoria’s voice mixed with the sounds created by Jacob’s synths and samples making them a band to watch at the moment.

After a short break, the hyperactive Jazica bundled onto the stage, fronted by the ball of energy that’s Frankie. They were pretty amazing last October supporting Delphic, but on Saturday night they had enough enthusiasm to bring the house down. Songs like opener “Arp Attack” and “Illusions” start to sound like fully fledged pop anthems that the likes of Klaxons could only dream about for their second album. Chris Smallwood, their crazy-haired guitar, synth and electro beats maestro kept things going along nicely, clearly enjoying himself and looking every part the rockstar with shapes being pulled like no tomorrow whilst Kev on drums and Nick on bass kept everything together.

Finally, just after 10pm Starlings (pictured right) started off their set. Fresh from the news that they’ll be heading to the studio next week with Richard Norris (from 90’s legends The Grid), they were on top form bringing the temperature up quite significantly, bouncing away. Plenty of fists in the air moments that show how the band should be massive at this summer’s festivals if they play their cards right. They’ve got the sound that will appeal to fans of more laddish indie rock (The Automatic, Hard Fi etc) as well as those conneseurs of electro dance like Delphic thanks to the abundance of synthy goodness that has been growing in popularity of late. Their set passed by in a blur of sweat, anthems and jokey banter between songs from the guys.

Massive thanks should also go to Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Miss Happ for DJing between sets, and keeping the tunes on rolling throughout the night.

The whole gig was filmed, and hopefully we’ll have some videos and glorious pictures to share with you shortly.

Live photos from Alison Monk
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