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New ITV2 Show: FM

By on Monday, 23rd February 2009 at 12:00 pm

FM (side)There Goes The Fear is primarily a music blog as many of you can probably work out by our rantings and ravings. However, every so often there comes along a film or a TV show that we just have to talk about – last month we raved about MTV’s great Pete Doherty documentary. For February, we reckon you should check out FM, a new show on ITV2 next Wednesday evening.

The series follows a London based radio station and a group of fame-hungry friends who run a daily “indie” show. Chris O’Dowd (who you’ll know from The IT Crowd) and Kevin Bishop (from, errr, The Kevin Bishop Show and also Star Stories) play the DJs Lindsay Carol and Dom Cox, who, let’s face it, would be sacked if they were on most radio stations. Whilst Nina Sosanya (from the amazing Teachers) plays their producer, Jane Edwards, with the up-tight portrayal she does so well of someone responsible for the whole show.

It’s a sort of hybrid of “The Office” and “Peep Show” – both hilarious and eye-wateringly embarrassing at the same time. Whilst it’s pretty good in its own right, the special “Live lounge” style performances and real-life celebrities are what take the show from good to great. They’ve got the likes of Guillemots, Ladyhawke, Wombats, The Charlatans, The Subways, all performing or as a guest on the show oh, and Justin Hawkins (who has a new album out, funnily enough).

Some of the show is hilarious (the dating exploits of all members of the team are absurd and all the better for it), some of it is musically great (Guillemots all around a piano, playing the same piano) whilst other bits are quite cringing (Ladyhawke’s laptop going “missing”). Either way, it’s captivating viewing, and looks set to be (just about the only) good reason to tune in to ITV2.

FM is like “2 pints and a Packet of crisps” (the cult BBC3 show) – it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure show, simple enough to dip in and out of without missing too much. I must admit, not usually an ITV watcher (let alone ITV2), however this could be one to catch on ITV Player one hangover-filled Sunday afternoon.


FM is on ITV2 Wednesdays at 10:30pm. Catch the official website here, and myspace here.


Best of 2008: Live

By on Tuesday, 30th December 2008 at 10:22 am

Idlewild @ ULU - 3rd July 2008

10. Idlewild at London’s ULU (3rd July)
First time catching the indie rockers, blown away. So much so that I caught them again in Bristol just a month later, they were that good. They showed just how they’ve managed to be so successful for the past decade, with energy and great songs.

9. I’m From Barcelona at London Scala (25th November)
I know I said I’d write a review and then didn’t, but things were kinda hectic with university stuff at the time. Still, I’m From Barcelona provided one of the best nights of entertainment I’ve had in a while – chaotic, crazy, they had so much energy I was finding bits of ticker tape for days after.

8. Bloc Party at London’s Apple Store (10th October)
My second Bloc Party experience of the year, hot and sweaty in the Apple Store. I was expecting a bland, boring performance but we got anything but – chaotic, Kele was on top form, crawling over the crowd, standing all over the place. I’d hate to have had the job of cleaning up the next morning!

7. Friendly Fires at Oxford Zodiac (5th October)
My second time seeing Friendly Fires, they were even more intense than the first time. Loud, energetic, and slightly chaotic – we forgot it was Sunday night and danced like it was 3am. Just immense. Watch them become huge in 209.

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Music Movies: Wednesday 13th August

By on Wednesday, 13th August 2008 at 2:48 pm

No sooner than I put up the three videos on Monday than three more come along in quick succession.

Muse and The Streets: Who Knows Who
I love Muse, as you may have guessed. I used to hate The Streets but since I saw Mike Skinner at Wembley I’ve changed my views of them… so what better than the two of them together in a breakdancing video? Sounds crazy I know, but it just works. (Disclaimer: I receive a small payment for every one of you who watches this video)

The Coral: Being Somebody Else
Who doesn’t love these scousers? Exactly. Watch their new single below.

The Subways: I Won’t Let You Down
Old school style video for The Subways new one. Bitterness coming through from them? No, of course not!


The Subways / September and October UK tour

By on Tuesday, 1st July 2008 at 10:12 pm

The Subways

Those rather nice Subways have announced a new tour for October around the UK.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, 4th July at 9am. Fun. If you REALLY want tickets, presale details are on their official website.

Monday 29th September – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 1st October – Norwich UEA
Thursday 2nd October – Oxford Academy
Saturday 4th October – Keele University
Sunday 5th October – Leeds Stylus
Monday 6th October – Glasgow ABC
Wednesday 8th October – Birmingham Academy
Thursday 9th October – Southampton Guildhall
Saturday 11th October – Newcastle Academy
Sunday 12th October – Manchester Academy
Tuesday 14th October – Bristol Academy
Wednesday 15th October – London Brixton Academy


Subways / Early Summer 2008 UK Tour

By on Monday, 7th April 2008 at 2:23 pm

SubwaysThe Subways have announced a string of UK tour dates in late May and early June around the UK.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £11 apart from London which is £13.50. Catch them at:

Sunday 18th May – Wrexham Central Station
Tuesday 20th May – Preston 53 Degrees
Wednesday 21st May – Coventry Kasbah
Saturday 24th May – Sheffield Foundry
Monday 26th May – Peterborough Cresset
Tuesday 27th May – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 30th May – Leicester University
Sunday 8th June – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 10th June – Reading University
Wednesday 11th June – London KOKO


The Subways / Spring UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 23rd January 2008 at 2:03 pm

SubwaysThe Subways have announced a spring UK campaign to coincide with the release of their second full length album, which they finished recording last Autumn.

Tickets are on sale now,  priced at £10 each with the exception of London which is £12.50 a ticket.

Tuesday 25th March – Falmouth Princess Pavillion
Wednesday 26th March – Bristol Thekla
Saturday 29th March – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Sunday 30th March – Tamworth The Palace
Tuesday 1st April – Dundee Fat Sams
Wednesday 2nd April – Glasgow Garage
Friday 4th April – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 5th April – Manchester Academy 3
Monday 7th April – Brighton Concorde
Tuesday 8th April – Southampton Brook
Thursday 10th April – London ULU
Friday 11th April – Colchester Arts Centre


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