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Bands to Watch #166: Victoria and Jacob

By on Tuesday, 16th March 2010 at 12:00 pm

There Goes The Fear are so super duper excited to be hosting their first official gig this coming Saturday (March 20th), we could actually, explode… Blog Off! will be taking place at the Roundhouse studios in Camden Town, London. You can grab all the details, such as ticket prices and starting times here.

Among the act’s playing on the night include indie synth superstars, Starlings (who we first introduced earlier in the year), as well as infectious electro pioneers Jazica.

We’re are also proud to be featuring upcoming duo Victoria & Jacob, on the bill.

Hailing from London, Victoria & Jacob are a robotic pair, making glacier electro with an ice creamy edge. The slow paces of the tin-foil synths have an edge of drowsy melancholy to them. The fairytail, bouncy vocals meanwhile (which NME quite correctly compared to a drunken Joanna Newsom!) allow for a silky contrast, resulting in an atmospheric morse-code mass of sound which is both ambient as well as eclectic (listen out for the temper-fuelled screams of Megadeath, if you don’t believe the latter choice of word!).

And remember to check out Victoria & Jacob, as well as Jazica and Starlings, live at Blog Off! this coming Saturday at the Roundhouse Studios, London. It’ll be ace.


Blog off – Jazica and Starlings to play first TGTF gig night

By on Sunday, 7th March 2010 at 8:00 pm

So, over the past few years There Goes The Fear has slowly grown and grown from nothing into a sprawling monster of music news and reviews. Seems there’s now over 15,000 of you that read us every month, so we thought “hmmm, why not meet some of you?!”. So with this in mind, we’re bringing three amazing new bands together for one night only so you can catch them in the flesh shortly before they have a stratospheric rise to fame and fortune.

It all takes place at London’s Roundhouse Studios in Camden on Saturday 20th March 2010.

First up will be the rather fantastic Victoria & Jacob who only came to our attention earlier this week. Needless to say we got right on the phone and booked them up to open the night up. Lo-fi electro pop duo Victoria & Jacob hail from London Town and make sweet sweet noise via the power of voice manipulation & synthetic sounds. Having already established themselves with BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, debut single “With No Certainty” is due for release on 5th April on Voga Parochia.

Following on their coat tails will be Southerners Jazica, who we caught supporting Delphic and Two Door Cinema Club last October. They’ve been championed by BBC Radio 2’s Steve Lamacq and BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson, and quite honestly I can’t get enough of their music at the moment.

Closing things off will be one of Sheffield’s finest rising stars, Starlings (pictured left), who Jess introduced at the start of the year. Mixing beats, synths and strings to come up with electric gold floor fillers, Oxjam and BBC Radio Sheffield love them & you will see why.

So, what else do you need to know? Doors are at 7:30pm on 20th March 2010 and tickets are on sale now for those of you that like a discount and planning ahead – they’re just £5 now and will be £6 on the door.

You can order your tickets now on the Roundhouse’s website, or join the Facebook event.

As I’m sure you can work out, this is a massive undertaking, and all the complicated logistics are being sorted out by the (rather lovely) people at CIFD. They are the new generation of creative event & broadcast producers based at London City University and the iconic Camden Roundhouse. They’ve been given the opportunity to stage their own events in the Studio Theatre of the Roundhouse and in May will be taking it one step further by putting on a major live music event in the Main Space of the Roundhouse.

So, what are you waiting for? Go book your tickets, catch three ace bands and we’ll dance around or just jiggle bits. Yes.


Live Review: Friendly Fires at London’s Roundhouse – 15th July 2009

By on Thursday, 16th July 2009 at 2:15 am

Friendly Fires side live iTunesApple’s iTunes festival is now in its third year, each outing seeing it attracting bigger names at better venues. This year, they’ve filled 31 nights at the Roundhouse, and I caught the fifteenth night, with Friendly Fires and Magistrates. The best bit about the gigs? All the tickets are given away to competition winners, which makes everyone even more up for it than normal.

Magistrates, fresh from playing the NME Radar tour in May, opened things up, playing a captivating set that had everyone dancing and the first crowd surfers of the evening going over. After a short break, Friendly Fires came to a smoke filled set, blasting through their entire debut album and new single “Kiss of Life”.

Lead singer Ed Macfarlane was dripping in sweat from the first song, as he gave his best dad-dancing to the packed Roundhouse. However, they were clearly aware of the carnage in the pit, asking everyone to “just dance, none of this moshing” that had seen 20 crowd surfers flung over. Sounding as fresh as they did when I first saw them last August, it’s surprising considering just how hard they’ve been touring of late (and partying, if you believe The Sun).

Closing out with the customary extended version of “Ex-Lover”, all too soon they were done, and it was time to go, watching some very drunk Camden-ites air-drumming the finale.

After the jump: setlist and photos.
Continue reading Live Review: Friendly Fires at London’s Roundhouse – 15th July 2009


Aviv Geffen / October UK Show and competition

By on Thursday, 2nd October 2008 at 5:04 pm

I’ll be honest… my knowledge of Israeli rock singer-songwriters is lacking at best.

However when I got a press release earlier today introducing me to Aviv Geffen, I was intrigued – he’s got over 14 albums released over 15 years, and seems to be rather a big deal in the Middle East.

And now he’s coming to the UK.

He’s playing an exclusive London gig on 10th of October at London’s Roundhouse in preparation for releasing a single and album in the UK for the first time.

In the same press release, the F-Gen competition was announced, which sees Aviv opening the doors for video directors, stylists and artists to completely design the look and feel for the upcoming video’s, artwork and tour costumes ahead of a full UK tour and single release next year reportedly.

So, if you fancy something a bit different why not pop on down to London’s Roundhouse to catch Aviv next Friday… tickets are £8 each from the Roundhouse Box Office.


Morrissey / January 2008 Residency

By on Sunday, 18th November 2007 at 7:32 am

MorrisseyFresh off of his New York residency, everyone’s favourite moper, Mr. Morrissey, has announced a short residency at the Roundhouse in London next January.

His six night stint at the end of January will see him play his first UK dates since May 2006, and are sure to sell out quickly – there will be around 10,800 tickets (1,800 a night).

Tickets go on sale on this Friday (23rd November) at 9am. Catch him at the Roundhouse on the following dates:

Monday 21st January
Tuesday 22nd January
Wednesday 23rd January
Friday 25th January
Saturday 26th January
Sunday 27th January


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