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Interview: Huw Stephens at Propaganda Lincoln

By on Wednesday, 23rd January 2013 at 11:00 am

Photo above of Huw Stephens holding court at SXSW 2012‘s UK Trade and Investment showcase at Latitude 30 – 17th March 2012

After our lengthy discussions about the BBC Sound of 2013 acts, it only seems right that TGTF spoke to one of Radio 1’s big hitters to find out who they ‘really’ thought was going to make musical inroads this year. Luckily for me, one of those just happened to pitch up on my doorstep, if only briefly. Huw Stephens, the youngest DJ to ever have had a slot on Radio 1 at the time, popped into Propaganda Lincoln at The Engine Shed last Saturday night (the 19th of January).

So we know what he tells the airwaves what he enjoys, but what would he tell me? “There’s a band called The 1975 [who we’ve written quite a lot about! – Ed.] that I really rate very highly who didn’t make the Sound of 2013 list, and there’s a band called Bastille [who popped up at #2 on the TGTF 10 for 2013 poll – Ed.] around at the moment that should do quite well.”

Being tipped by a Radio 1 DJ, though, can often be enough to properly make it in the big bad world of modern music. But Huw argues that while being on the BBC Sound of… list mat be a good start, it depends on a variety of factors whether you can hit it big.

“It depends on how commercial they can sound and if they are going to end up scaring people away by doing that. There are some bands on the Sound of… list who might find it difficult to sell records, but who are really good. But I am really enjoying at the moment The 1975 and they aren’t on the list. I also just bought an album by a guy called Matthew E. White, which is something I am really enjoying at the moment. He’s kind of a very soulful guy from America and he’s made a really good record.”

While Huw may spend a lot of his time scouting out and championing new music, sets like the one he played at Lincoln’s Propaganda aren’t really the place for the new tunes.

“Well, at nights like Propaganda, you’ve got the fact that it’s Saturday night, people want to have a good time. I’ve tried playing some of the new stuff before and it doesn’t always go down well. It’s great on the radio playing the more innovative new stuff, and it’s great at live gigs if that’s what you’re going for. But Propaganda is famed for like the big indie hits so I try and keep it to that.
“Obviously a few bands do make it into the playlist.”

So with Huw aiming to take the crowd by storm in Lincoln, I popped the question, what’s his biggest Propaganda banger?

“I always play ‘Song 2’ by Blur, and ‘Fat Lip’ by Sum 41 always makes an appearance along the line.


The Enemy @ Propaganda / February and March 2013 UK/Irish Tour

By on Monday, 14th January 2013 at 9:00 am

The Enemy will be appearing at Propaganda clubs across the UK and in Dublin in February and March. The price? A mere 5 pounds in the UK and just 5 euros in Dublin. What are you waiting for? Tickets are on sale now.

Straight after this tour, the band will head out to America, first to New York to play New York Sound City (the American arm of Liverpool Sound City) on the 11th of March, and then to Austin to showcase at this year’s SXSW.

Friday 1st February 2013 – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 2nd February 2013 – Edinburgh HMV Picture House
Friday 8th February 2013 – Sheffield Academy
Saturday 9th February 2013 – Dublin Academy
Saturday 16th February 2013 – Leeds Academy
Friday 22nd February 2013 – London Islington Academy
Saturday 23rd February 2013 – Oxford Academy
Friday 1st March 2013 – Birmingam Academy
Saturday 2nd March 2013 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 8th March 2013 – Northampton Roadmender


Propaganda Offers Up Dream Club Promoter Job in Sydney, Australia

By on Friday, 5th August 2011 at 11:00 am

Like going to clubs? Are you a master socialiser? Are you between the ages of 18 and 30 and live in the UK? Are you imaginative and clever? Well then, Propaganda has the job of a lifetime for you. The company that you no doubt have heard of by their many club properties across the UK is running a contest this month to find the right person to represent and promote the Propaganda Sydney club and to oversee the World Bar – yes, down under.

Take a look at this rather exciting description of the position from the press release: “This dream professional socialite and front-line party soldier job will not only give one lucky winner the chance to work with the fantastic team at Propaganda and the World Bar, they’ll also get to circumnavigate the globe courtesy of round-the-world flights, party at Australia’s best festivals and enjoy holiday packages to take in the sun, surf and snow of Australia and New Zealand.” Bloody hell. I wish I could enter!

The paid position is for a full 12 months starting in October 2011 and will include once in a lifetime work experiences that you could only get in a posh position like this in Australia. Other perks include:

· Round the world flights (London-Bangkok-Sydney-Auckland-LA-New York)
· First 2 months’ accommodation in Sydney
· AU$250 weekly hospitality schmoozing allowance at the World Bar Sydney
· Surf trip to Byron Bay courtesy of Mojo Surf (FYI: Byron Bay is near the Splendour in the Grass music festival held every July)
· Festival tickets for Future Music and Summadayze
· Kiwi Experience trip around New Zealand
· Queenstown holiday package courtesy of Mojo Snow

Keen? Head on over to the official entry form on Propaganda’s Web site for more information. Note: DO NOT ENTER YOUR DETAILS ON TGTF; entries will only be collected on Propaganda’s Web site. Good luck!


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