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Live Review: Royworld at Oxford Zodiac 4th May 2008

By on Monday, 5th May 2008 at 2:08 pm

Royworld @ The Oxford ZodiacA half –full Zodiac at the Oxford Academy played host to up-and-comers Royworld last night as they embark on their debut full UK tour ahead of their album release next month.

Support came in the form of Oxford based band Cand Electric who were obviously nervous, having clearly just landed the biggest gig of their lives. Perfectly competent, they just lacked any oomph – they could play, but no personality or songs that grab you by the neck and say “LISTEN TO ME”. Quickly followed up by The Rushes who were much more capable of the supporting roll, dispatching hecklers with one-line put downs, and having tunes that with a bit of tweaking may get a couple of plays on late night XFM.

However, 9:15 and the main event soon rolled around, and Royworld unassumingly took to the stage. Opening up with recent single Elasticity they hammered their way through 45 minutes of material from their upcoming debut album. Usually, throwing in their new single and their old single in the first three songs would be a recipe for people walking out, having heard what they wanted. However, not tonight. Oh no. As the four of them get into their stride a bit more, it became clear that their singles are just the beginning of the road for these lads..

Smoke machines and extensive strobe lights gave the night a feel of a (slightly dodgy) 80’s pop video, however this more than complimented their rather unique brand of music – a sense of yearning for times gone by is immediately made clear, listening to their lyrics.

“Man in the Machine” was the last of the trio of songs that most of the audience had wanted to hear, before they closed with the duo of songs of “Tinman” and “Brakes”, showing off that Royworld are no one-trick ponies.

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Royworld / May UK Tour

By on Monday, 25th February 2008 at 11:25 pm

RoyworldI’ll be honest: I don’t know much about Royworld other than their immensly catchy single “Man in the Machine”. However, they’ve announced a country wide jaunt in May, so be sure to see what they can come up wit, and to make sure they’re not just a one hit wonder, by going along to one of their shows.

Tickets for the below dates go on sale on Wednesday (27th February) at 9am. Catch them at:

Saturday 3rd May – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Monday 5th May – Birmingham Bar Academy
Tuesday 13th May – Manchester Night & Day
Thursday 15th May – Norwich Arts Centre
Monday 19th May – London Borderline


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