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Patti Smith / June 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 11th April 2012 at 9:30 am
 

This isn’t really a full tour. But it is three gigs the legendary Patti Smith will be putting on in June, so we had to post about it. Tickets are on sale now.

Monday 25th June 2012 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Tuesday 26th June 2012 – Cardiff Coal Exchange
Thursday 28th June 2012 – Bath Forum

 

WIN / See Patti Smith in Conversation with Author Geoff Dyer, in London

 
By on Tuesday, 11th January 2011 at 11:00 am
 

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see Patti Smith, legendary American singer/songwriter, in conversation with award-winning author Geoff Dyer. The event takes place on Tuesday, the 25th of January, at the Royal Geographical Society in London. She will be discussing her life, work and passions and no doubt will touch upon her 2010 memoir, ‘Just Kids’.

To be entered for this competition for the pair of tickets, simply leave your name and email address (so we can contact you if you’ve won), and answer the question, “what is the name of Patti Smith’s long-time guitarist who accompanied her at a special opening ceremony at Roskilde Festival in 2010?” (If you need help with the question, have a read of our Roskilde coverage from last year.) This contest is now closed and the winner will be contacted shortly.

For more information on this event, visit this page.

 

Roskilde Festival: Day 1 Roundup

 
By on Monday, 19th July 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Roskilde Festival this year was my first big festival, and everyone who’s heard of it here in America has been like, ‘nooooo, you went to Roskilde? Really?’ (The most humourous/cool? A clerk at the local guitar shop who looked at me incredulous, saying, ‘I just watched a Metallica DVD and there was Roskilde footage on there from ages ago. You were there?’) Yesterday I finally cut my wristband and took it off my right wrist after showing it off, victorious, to friends Friday night. It is now safe in a box with my other festival souvenirs.

It’s been over a week since I got back from Denmark, so I’ve had some chance to reflect on the whole Roskilde experience. Physically the site is much more massive than you can possibly imagine. (Except of course if you’ve been to Glasto, as Roskilde is often referred to as ‘Northern Europe’s Glasto’.) The main festival goes on for 4 days, and at first glance, the schedule does not look all that daunting. But after drinks and walking around a lot for those 4 days, you’d be surprised to find that after a while you get lazy and don’t want to move on to the next band you have circled on the schedule because you can’t find your legs. Somehow I managed 28 bands in 5 days (2 on Wednesday the 30th of June at Pavilion Junior, part of the festival warm-up period before the main event).

The first day was the calm before the storm. I think everyone was at the opening ceremony featuring American punk icon Patti Smith and her guitarist Lenny Kaye, and rightly so, because this being the 40th year of the festival and 10 years on from the horrible accidental deaths of 9 young male punters at Orange Stage during a Pearl Jam set, those lives were celebrated as well as the continuance of the festival for all these years. I didn’t see too many bands the first day because there really weren’t too many bands playing. American emo rockers Paramore was playing at Arena, the second-biggest venue on-site and in the far southeast corner of the property, but after all the trouble of getting to Orange Stage for Patti Smith, I really did not feel like going in that direction, only to have to turn around again.

Instead I headed over to Cosmopol stage to wait for LCD Soundsystem. In the intervening time I caught Electrojuice, a Danish electronic duo, and Tim Sweeney, a New York City DJ signed to James Murphy’s DFA Records label. But it seemed like everyone had come far and wide for LCD Soundsystem. It wasn’t so cramped at the start, but then it got really rammed. This performance on Thursday the 1st of July was just 2 days before they headlined Wireless in London and this as just a taster for Murphy of things to come. At the start he was uneasy by the crowds but soon got into the groove with numbers like ‘Drunk Girls’, ‘Daft Punk is Playing at My House’, and ‘I Can Change’. Claustrophobia set in and I just had to escape, and escape I did back to Orange Stage, hoping to get a good spot to watch Gorillaz.

After the cut: this review of day 1 continued with more photos.
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Preview: Roskilde Festival 2010

 
By on Friday, 16th April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

For sure, Roskilde Festival in Denmark is special not only as being the biggest summer rock music festival in Northern Europe. You might think that they could get really lazy and bring in a bunch of Scandinavian acts. But no – you can count on them offering the most eclectic line-up around, choosing artists from all over the globe. The festival also has a conscience: the Roskilde Festival Charity Society makes sure every year the profits from the festival are donated directly to humanitarian and cultural purposes, and the event strives to be as green as possible as well, with volunteers on site helping to raise awareness of how we can help the environment.

The line-up for this year’s festival was announced yesterday with the headliners for this year’s Roskilde Orange Stage being Gorillaz, Jack Johnson, Muse, Nephew, the Prodigy, Patti Smith and her band and Them Crooked Vultures (pictured above). A surprise: Vampire Weekend has been relegated to the middle tier of bands and will not headline this event: I thought they might, since the quartet from New York City will be headlining both Rockness and T in the Park. Our picks for the must-sees at this festival? LCD Soundsystem (with James Murphy’s announcement that ‘This is Happening’ will be his last album), Kasabian, the Temper Trap and ex-Joy Division/ex-New Order Bernard Sumner’s new band Bad Lieutenant.

You might be wondering why I, as an American blog editor, am suddenly so keen on a festival that will take place over 4,000 miles away. Well, I’ll tell you. I’m going this year as one of seven bloggers chosen by the festival organisers themselves. To be honest, I’m very excited (I nearly fainted when I heard the news I’d been picked from scores of applicants) but also a bit anxious as I imagine I will be one of the few American punters (or possibly the only one who’s not in an American band or associated with one?) at the event. I’ve been trying desperately to learn basic Danish from a Berlitz CD but I’m expecting to embarrassed multiple times with my strange sounding accent. If you are attending this year, come and say ‘hej!’ (And that would mean ‘hello’ in Danish.)

The festival will take place Thursday 01 July to Sunday 04 July, plus what they are calling a ‘warm-up period’ starting Saturday 26 June. Tickets are on sale now at the official festival Web site or through Seetickets. A ticket for the warm-up plus all 4 days of the festival runs 1675 DKK (approximately £198) + booking fee, and single day tickets are 850 DKK (approximately £100) + booking fee. Parking, tent and caravan fees are extra.

After the cut: the current line-up as of 15 April 2010. Because the dates of performance haven’t been announced yet, I’ve arranged the list of acts scheduled to appear by billing from top down (by size of the fonts on the poster), then alphabetically. This listing in no way indicates Roskilde’s or even my personal feelings about each band and their merits – I didn’t think it would be useful to throw all the acts together alphabetically!

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