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Roxy Music / January and February 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 19th July 2010 at 8:30 am
 

In a move that many people thought would never happen, Roxy Music have announced details of a string of 2011 UK tour dates.

Tickets are on pre-sale now.

Tuesday 25th January 2010 – Newcastle Arena
Thursday 27th January 2010 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Friday 28th January 2010 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sunday 30th January 2010 – Manchester MEN Arena
Monday 31st January 2010 – Birmingham LG Arena
Wednesday 2nd February 2010 – Nottingham Arena
Monday 7th February 2010 – London O2 Arena

 

Preview: Lovebox 2010

 
By on Thursday, 13th May 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Lovebox Festival, serving Londoners tasty musical goodness since 2002. A TGTF favourite, the epic city event was started a whopping seven years back by Groove Armada and has grown in size, and well, awesomeness ever since.

Held in Victoria Park, and taking place across Friday 16th to Sunday 18th of July, the jam packed three day event is showcasing yet another almighty selection of bands to follow on from last years Duran Duran, Doves, N.E.R.D and the Armada themselves.

Headlining the Main Stage on Friday is crowd pleaser Dizzee Rascal. Saturday, meanwhile, boasts the legendary Roxy Music and finally Sunday offers us the goddess that is Grace Jones.

Featuring alongside Dizzee on the 16th include Chase & Status, Noisettes, Ellie Goulding, The Maccabees, Mystery Jets and Chew Lips. Saturday will see Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, Wild Beasts, Codeine Velvet Club, I Blame Coco, Empire of the Sun, Yeosayer and These New Puritans making an appearance alongside the ‘Love is the Drug’ legends. Meanwhile taking to the stages pre Ms. Jones include Hot Chip, Peaches, Hurts, New Young Pony Club and Silver Columns.

Lovebox also has a number of stages dedicated to dance and DJ acts, ala the ‘Relentless’ arena, where you can catch the likes of Crookers, Booka Shade and DJ Oliver M.

Tickets for the event are pretty darn cheap (£45/£80/£99) and you can choose whether you want a day, two day or three day pass. Learn more about this eclectic bundle of music fun over on their website now.

 

Preview: Electric Picnic 2010

 
By on Friday, 7th May 2010 at 4:00 pm
 

Electric Picnic has been regarded by some as Ireland’s answer to Glastonbury. Judging by the line-up released on Wednesday, I’d argue it might have a more interesting bill than Glasto this year. ’70s glam rockers Roxy Music will play their first Irish festival performance ever at Electric Picnic, after having reformed long after we diehards had assumed they’d never play together ever again. I think seeing Bryan Ferry croon his way through ‘Love is the Drug’ and ‘Avalon’ is worth the price of admission alone.

However, if Roxy isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other wonderful acts to ring your bell. London electronica act Leftfield have decided to come out of hibernation to play selected festivals this year, including a headlining set at Electric Picnic; Bristol’s Massive Attack (pictured above) will also headline. Expect an epic dance party with these two along with sets by Booka Shade, Hot Chip, the Bloody Beetroots, LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid, Friendly Fires and the Big Pink. Indie rock will also be well represented by appearances by the Fall, the National, the Horrors, Eels and Modest Mouse.

This year’s festival will take place at Stradbally Hall, County Laois, Ireland, on 3-5 September 2010. Weekend camping tickets are €240 (approximately £206) per adult (up to two children under the age of 14 are allowed to attend per paying adult, and all children must be pre-registered through the festival Web site). Please note that except for children who are pre-registered this way, the festival is 18+ and photo ID may need to be presented on-site. Camper van tickets are €60 (approximately £52). Tickets for the festival can be purchased from Ticketmaster.


Catch the full lineup (so far as of Wednesday 05 May) after the cut…

Continue reading Preview: Electric Picnic 2010

 

In the Post #20: Hockey

 
By on Thursday, 20th August 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

I first heard of Portland new wave band Hockey through their single ‘Too Fake’ that got a lot of play on BBC 6music, back when the Mid-Atlantic air was still cold and snow was on the ground. (Admittedly, my ears perked up further when I heard they were the support act for a Friendly Fires UK headlining tour.) It’s only now, in the middle of the sweltering summer, that they’ve started to make waves in America – oddly enough, in a television advert for J.C. Penney (an American department store), in which the Shoes remix of ‘Too Fake’ plays while high school students turn the school cafeteria into their own fashion catwalk dressed in supposedly ‘school hip’ duds from the store. I’m too old and cynical to buy into this but to young, impressionable teens of America, good tunes usually translate to thoughts of, ‘oh yeah? This song is cool! I need those clothes!’ Leading to the sounds of ringing cash registers all over the nation. (Isn’t capitalism grand?)

I’m really excited that an indie band I only knew about from a radio station across the pond is finally getting some love in our own country. Whether mainstream exposure and association with a middle America department store will help or hurt the band’s profile is unclear. But one thing’s for sure: the adverts are certainly getting the band noticed stateside, and for an indie band, that is always a good thing. And hopefully it won’t take too long for the next single to show up on American radio.

‘Song Away’ is the third single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Mind Chaos’. It’s bouncy and bright upon the first listen, just as fresh as ‘Too Fake’ was to my Hockey-virgin ears back in the winter. Listen to a couple more times, and the lyrics are humourous as they are memorable: “this is believe me music / this is forget me music / this is who can love me you know / this ain’t no Roxy Music“. I give props to any band who can crowbar the name of Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno’s old band into a song, because you know if the song gets popular, kids will inevitably investigate who that Roxy Music is (which I think you will agree is better than kids not ever hearing ‘Love is the Drug’ or ‘Virginia Plain’.) If the official video can be believed (see it below), this song should be tearing up homecoming dances this autumn.

[myspace]http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=61862633[/myspace]

Hockey’s debut album ‘Mind Chaos’ will be released on 24 August in the UK. Hockey’s ‘Song Away’ single drops on 14 September.

 
 
 

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