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Pet Shop Boys / December 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 18th June 2009 at 8:47 pm
 

Pet Shop Boys (side)The Pet Shop Boys have announced a series of four shows around the UK in December…

Tickets for the below dates go on sale tomorrow (19th June) at 9am, and are sure to sell out quickly.

Thursday 17th December 2009 – Glasgow SECC
Friday 18th December 2009 – Birmingham NIA
Sunday 20th December 2009 – Manchester Evening News Arena
Monday 21st December 2009 – London O2 Arena

 

News: Latitude Lineup is extended

 
By on Monday, 18th May 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

Marina and the Diamonds (side)We previewed the amazing Latitude back at the start of April, but since then they’ve added a few more amazing acts just to, well, make it even more amazing as far as the “alternative” festivals go. Joining the likes of Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds they’ve added some of TGTF’s favourite artists, including Regina Spektor, Passion Pit, Patrick Wolf, Mew, Marina and the Diamonds (pictured right) and Lisa Hannigan.

Huw Stephens (who has had some pretty amazing finds over recent months) has confirmed that he’s choosing all of the bands on the coveted Lake Stage, which features many of the bands we’ve tipped for the top here at TGTF along with some choice cuts from who will be big over the coming months. If we were fortunate enough to be attending, that’s where we’d be spending much of our time most likely. That’s not to say that the rest of the lineup is rubbish – no, far from it. Latitude is one of the best fully featured festivals we know – that is, it’s not just music. Oh no. It’s got some of the best talents from the theatre, literary and film worlds, including the amazing Dave Gorman performing in the comedy tent. Meanwhile, over in the literary arena there’s a pretty big scoop in the shape of fashion designer extrodinaire Vivienne Westwood. Let’s be honest, that’s gotta be worth the ticket price on her own!

Tickets are on sale now for Latitude 2009 – weekend tickets are £150 plus booking fees. Day tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday are £60 each plus booking fees. Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping – day tickets include car parking only.

Top photo comes from John Appleyard’s flickr stream.

 

Preview: Latitude Festival 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 1st April 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

Pet Shop Boys (side)Latitude may be a mere four years young this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s a small deal. Oh no. The family friendly festival features not only some amazing musical talents, but also a variety of theatre, comedy and literary guests.

Normally we’d comment on the headliners for a festival and that would be that. However, with Latitude it is so much more than just some headlining bands and artists lower down the lists. With the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and Simon Armitage joining Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, there is no clear highlight – it’s going to be a great weekend for both music fans and fans of the wider arts.

Along with the main Obelisk stage lineup, there are also some more left-field stages, such as The Lake Stage will be this year curated by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, providing a chance for budding young bands such as last year’s headliners Errors, Cheeky Cheeky & The Nosebleeds and The Wave Pictures to springboard from their early beginnings to great success. Joining the Lake Stage is the Uncut Arena, playing an eclectic line-up of alternative, leftfield music; a hotbed of genre-spanning artists all offering something unique, and the Sunrise Arena, the equivalent of a B Stage – home to tomorrow’s biggest stars.

Joining all of this will be the usual comedy, theatre, literature and family arenas providing something for everyone – and meaning you could have a whole weekend off from music by just going around every other arena if you wanted to.

Tickets are on sale now for Latitude 2009 – weekend tickets are £150 plus booking fees. Day tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday are £60 each plus booking fees. Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping – day tickets include car parking only.

Top photo comes from John Appleyard’s flickr stream.

 

MP3 of the Day #4: Lady Gaga vs Pet Shop Boys

 
By on Thursday, 19th February 2009 at 10:00 am
 

Love ’em or loathe ’em, we’ve got to admit that big companies have a lot of power in the music biz these days. However, they have the power to get some pretty amazing free giveaways, which is just what AOL are offering.

Last night Lady Gaga joined the Pet Shop Boys onstage at the BRIT Awards last night to perform ‘What Have I Done To Deserve This?’, the song PSB originally recorded with Dusty Springfield more than 20 years ago.

To celebrate this collaboration, AOL Music are offering a free download of Lady Gaga’s Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say), remixed by the legendary duo. Download and enjoy below.

MP3: Lady Gaga vs Pet Shop Boys – Eh Eh (nothing else I can say)

 

Pet Shop Boys / June 2009 UK Shows

 
By on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 8:39 pm
 

Pet Shop Boys - Yes (cover)The Pet Shop Boys have announced two large shows for June to celebrate their “Outstanding Contribution To Music” award at tonight’s Brits.

The 80’s duo have a new album out on 23rd March called Yes.

Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Friday morning (20th February), and are priced £30 a ticket.

Thursday 18th June 2009 – Manchester Apollo
Friday 19th June 2009 – London The O2

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The Brit Awards 2009 – The Nominations

 
By on Monday, 26th January 2009 at 4:42 pm
 

Coldplay's new album cover

Ahh…The Brits. Perhaps more famous for Jarvis Cocker’s stage invasion, or Arctic Monkey‘s drunken speeches rather than for it’s showcasing of the best of British music. Either way, every year it certainly proves an interesting watch and this 2009, the controversial show will be presented by disco diva, Kylie Minogue and Gavin and Stacey stars, Mathew Horne and James Corden. There will be performances from Kings of Leon, U2 and Take That to name but a few. You can catch all the action live on ITV1 on February 18th, but if you can’t wait till then, There Goes The Fear is here to tell you about the successful nominees that were announced earlier this week.

The artists leading the way with the highest amount of nominations this year are Welsh songstress, Duffy and Coldplay – both tallying up a total of four nods. Both artists had number 1 albums last year – Duffy with ‘Rockferry‘ and Coldplay with ‘Viva la Vida‘ (pictured right) – so are unsurprisingly up for Mastercard’s Best British Album alongside Elbow, Radiohead and The Ting Tings. Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ and Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ will also be going head to head in Best British Single category alongside the likes of Estelle‘s ‘American Boy’, Adele with ‘Chasing Pavements’ and the X Factor Finalists’ ‘Hero’.

Duffy also features in the Best British Female Solo Artist category alongside Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and MIA, while the nominees in male counterpart include Ian Brown, James Morrison, Paul Weller, Streets and Will Young. Best British Group has seen the nomination of the ever-popular Coldplay, Elbow, Radiohead, Take That and Girls Aloud.

New music recieving nods in this year’s Best British Breakthrough Act include Last Shadow Puppets and Scouting For Girls, while 2009’s Best British Live Act showcases everyone from Iron Maiden and The Verve, to Elbow.

Singer-songwriter, Florence and the Machine (who we featured here), is tracing the footsteps of 2008 winner Adele through gaining the coveted Critics Choice Award which recognises upcoming music talent. Meanwhile, Pet Shop Boys have been intriguingly awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award, following on from Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s win last year.

Band’s receiving nods in the international categories including Best International Group and Best International Album are Kings of Leon, The Killers, AC/DC, MGMT and Fleet Foxes. Solo artists featuring in the categories honouring oversea talent include Katy Perry, Gabriella Cilmi, Seasick Steve, Beck and Kanye West.

To see the nominations in full, check out the official Brits website.

 
 
 

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