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The Sad Song Co. / February 2018 English Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Perhaps best known in his role as drummer for Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Nigel Powell is soon to release his fourth solo album as The Sad Song Co. Powell’s new LP, titled ‘Worth’, is due out on the 9th of February, following hot on the heels of his late 2016 release ‘In Amber’. The lead track from ‘Worth’ is called ‘What You Make of It’, and you can decide for yourself “what you make of it” by watching the animated lyric video streaming below.

Just ahead of the album release, Powell and collaborator Jason Moulster will play two supporting shows, one for Frank Turner’s solo gig on the 18th of January at the Tunbridge Wells Forum, and one for El Morgan and The Divers on the 7th of February at Manchester’s Castle. Immediately after the release of ‘Worth’, The Sad Song Co. will play eight headline shows in England, including dates in Bristol and London. Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s previous coverage of Nigel Powell’s The Sad Song Co. project is right through here.

Saturday 10th February 2018 – Aldershot West End Centre
Sunday 11th February 2018 – Southampton Joiners
Tuesday 13th February 2018 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 14th February 2018 – Bristol Exchange
Thursday 15th February 2018 – London Thousand Island
Friday 16th February 2018 – Devizes Lamb
Saturday 17th February 2018 – Oxford Museum of Modern Art
Sunday 18th February 2018 – Tunbridge Wells Forum Basement

 

The Wytches / February, March and April 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 6th February 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Brighton band The Wytches released their second album ‘All Your Happy Life’ last autumn on Heavenly Recordings. Want to read Steven’s review of the long player? Head this way. They’ve announced a long series of dates for the first half of this year, comprising both headline dates and spring music festival appearances from late February through to April. Tickets are on sale now to the following dates. You can watch their behind-the-scenes video for ‘Bone Weary’ just below the tour date listing. You can catch up on TGTF’s past coverage of the Watches through here.

Monday 27th February 2017 – Hull Polar Bear
Tuesday 28th February 2017 – York Crescent
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Leicester Cookie
Friday 3rd March 2017 – Sheffield Outlines Festival
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Scunthorpe Café Independent,
Monday 3rd April 2017 – Guilford Boileroom
Tuesday 4th April 2017 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Wednesday 5th April – St. Albans Horn
Thursday 6th April 2017 – Reading Face Bar
Friday 7th April 2017 – Manchester Sound Control
Saturday 8th April – London Flying Vinyl Festival
Sunday 9th April 2017 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Wednesday 19th April 2017 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 20th April 2017 – Preston Ferret
Friday 21st April 2017 – Stockton on Tees Georgian Theatre
Saturday 22nd April 2017 – Liverpool Wrong Festival
Sunday 23rd April 2017 – Southampton Joiners
Monday 24th April 2017 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

 

The Sherlocks / February and March 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 16th November 2016 at 8:00 am
 

Sheffield rock band The Sherlocks have announced a new UK and Irish tour for the new year, their biggest one yet. And it’s pretty massive, seeing the group performing nearly every single night in February and the first half of March. Tickets are on sale this Friday, the 18th of November, at 10 AM. The group had a star turn at the BBC Introducing / PRS for Music Foundation showcase Wednesday night at this year’s SXSW. To have a read through TGTF’s archive on The Sherlocks, use this link.

Wednesday 1st February 2017 – Inverness Mad Hatters
Thursday 2nd February 2017 – Dundee Busker
Friday 3rd February 2017 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Saturday 4th February 2017 – Dunfermline PJ Molloys
Sunday 5th February 2017 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Tuesday 7th February 2017 – Newcastle Academy 2
Wednesday 8th February 2017 – Middlesborough Empire
Friday 10th February 2017 –
Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday 11th February 2017 – Liverpool Academy
Sunday 12th February 2017 – Dublin Grand Social
Tuesday 14th February 2017 – Belfast Voodoo
Wednesday 15th February 2017 – Stoke Sugarmill
Thursday 16th February 2017 – Birmingham Institute 3
Friday 17th February 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Saturday 18th February 2017 – Swansea Sin City
Sunday 19th February 2017 – Cardiff Cwlb Ifor Bach
Tuesday 21st February 2017 – Plymouth Hub
Wednesday 22nd February 2017 – Southampton Talking Heads
Thursday 23rd February 2017 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 24th February 2017 – Reading Sub89
Saturday 25th February 2017 – St. Albans Horn
Monday 27th February 2017 – Southend Chinnerys
Tuesday 28th February 2017 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Peterborough Met Lounge
Friday 3rd March 2017 – Sheffield Foundry
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Hull Welly
Monday 6th March 2017 – York Fibbers
Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Preston 53 Degrees
Wednesday 8th March 2017 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 9th March 2017 – Cambridge Junction 2
Friday 10th March 2017 – Milton Keynes Crauford Arms
Sunday 12th March 2017 – Oxford Bullingdon
Monday 13th March 2017 – Frome Wheatsheaf
Tuesday 14th March 2017 – Guilford Boiler Room
Wednesday 15th March 2017 – Tunbridge Wells Forum

 

Fickle Friends / November and December 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 6th September 2016 at 8:00 am
 

Brighton’s Fickle Friends have announced a November and December 2016 UK tour, culminating in a show at London Heaven on the 1st of December. Back in late July, the Southern group released their newest single ‘Cry Baby’. You can read Rebecca’s thoughts on the release through here; watch the accompanying part story / part performance promo video for ‘Cry Baby’ that dropped last week at the bottom of this post.

Last we heard, they were still working on the details to their debut album with producer and past Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975 collaborator Mike Crossey in Los Angeles. But we do wonder, given the timing of the live UK dates, if the LP is set for a release either before or after these shows in mid to late November. In any event, the tickets for this tour are on sale now, and they’re all listed in a handy graphic from the band below. To read more about Fickle Friends on TGTF, go here.

Fickle Friends November 2016 tour dates

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LeeFest Presents: The Neverland 2016 Roundup

 
By on Friday, 5th August 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

When you think of Neverland, you consider the following synonymous: timelessness, youthful vigour and a certain transcendence. In the middle of a forest in Kent, near Edenbridge, Neverland became a reality through the help of Lee and his homegrown festival Leefest 2016. Though the weather was not quite ideal upon first landing, it was far from an issue. The moment you wandered into the main arena, it was clear the only thing that would stop a good time being had would be those adult thoughts that should’ve been, at this point, relegated to the outside world. Neverland’s sole purpose over these 3 days was to be a vehicle for your removal from society and instead to provide you a good time.

Split into three main sections, The Neverwoods (main arena), Mermaids Lagoon (rave central) and Skull Ridge (rock city), you were never far from some form of entertainment. The introductory day, Thursday, saw the smallest of the lineup but definitely the strongest. With only Tootles Circus, your average festival tent, operating as a stage, all four acts were nice and accessible. Peluche and Loyle Carner eased the gaining crowd in, but it was the main attractions of Everything Everything and Ghostpoet (pictured at top) who garnered in the big numbers. With Everything Everything, they perfectly stoked the crowd’s fire and brought their unique blend of rapturous choruses and genre bending music. Conversely, Ghostpoet gave the tent a dark atmosphere with his blend of hip-hop-cum-rock-assault.

Friday brought forth the first full day affair, with Peluche once again kicking proceedings off, but this time on the main stage, aka the ‘Bangerang’ stage. The overall setup of the main arena was easily navigated but with the two stages being centrally located, sound spill was inevitable. Fortunately this didn’t happen frequently, though it’s a dangerous game to play. Highlights from the second day included Corey Fox-Fardell and his brand of songwriter electro melding, which was a particularly pleasant listen whilst grazing in front of the Bangerang stage. Little Simz proved why she is one to watch in the UK hip-hop game, leading the enthusiastic crowd through numerous chants as she dominated the beats surrounding her. In a similar fashion, Roots Manuva brought domineering and commanding beats that just reinforced the entire notion behind LeeFest: you can be who you want, and listen to what you want, as long as you have a good time. Rockers, hip-hoppers and the like were all moving and shaking to the sounds that flowed from the Bangerang stage.

Current London-based pop troubadour Oscar provided his blend of melodic darling instrumentation and baritone vocals. One thing’s for sure, you can’t not have a good time at an Oscar show, no matter the crowd size or venue. Dinosaur Pile-Up sat on top of the kingdom of chaos and noise after a headlining set at the Hook Rock stage in the Skull Ridge. It’s was a venue reminiscent of small clubs, where the noise cascades from all orifices and you’re able to lose yourself in the darkness amongst your other perspiring peers. Barrelling through their grunge/punk hybrid hits, the volume was overbearing at the front. We recommend you watch from a safe distance if you’re stupid enough to forget ear protection (a particular note to self).

The final day started off in stereotypical British style, with grey clouds and intermittent rain, but this didn’t affect the atmosphere. Hannah Lou Clark was a particular highlight: sans band, she used both her pure talents and an iPod to create a wonderfully relaxed and charming environment. Everybody’s favourite indie twosome We Are Scientists provided a particularly raucous set that included singer Keith Murray venturing deep into the crowd during ‘Textbook’, where he proceeded to enlist the help of a particularly fluorescent orange Poseidon who was amongst the crowd. Following these shenanigans was current electro-indie darling Shura, having released her debut album ‘Nothing’s Real’ in July. Delivering a captivating set that never failed to both strike you emotively and melodically, the biggest draw of Shura live is the fact she is clearly there because of the sheer love and devotion for her art. She knows what she likes to dance to and fortunately, we do too.

Originally announced to take place on the Thursday, after a mishap with the programs and the cat being let out of the bag early, the not-so-secret secret set from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Saturday evening was the perfect climax to this weekend of escapism and release. The pure fury that comes with any Frank Carter show is cathartic enough to make sure you leave with a weightlessness, one that can only be achieved by taking part in both a circle pit and storming the stage, two things this fortunate writer was seen doing.

After all is said and done, the aforementioned sole purpose of LeeFest was achieved. With pirates and lost boys running around shooting each other with water pistols and climbing aboard the decorative dens around the stages, it was impossible to not get lost in the affair. A festival that catered to both families and those of all ages looking to simply cut loose, the promise this event holds is even grander than its current fasthon. Considering this was Leefest’s largest year yet, the sky’s the limit. And with the lead lost boy at the helm, LeeFest could very well be a major player for years to come.

 

Preview: LeeFest Presents: The Neverland 2016

 
By on Tuesday, 17th May 2016 at 9:00 am
 

This year’s LeeFest marks the 10th anniversary of the independent arts festival, which started in 2006 in founder Lee Denny’s own back garden. Dubbed LeeFest Presents: The Neverland, the festival’s motto this year is “Never grow old”, and it promises a “stunning musical lineup” along with a host of other wide-ranging entertainment opportunities. The exact location of The Neverland’s new secret venue and campsite near Tunbridge Wells, about an hour southeast of London, will only be revealed to ticket holders near the time of the event, which is scheduled to take place on the 28th-30th of July.

What we already know about LeeFest 2016 is that its strong live music lineup presents an enticing mix of established artists and up-and-coming acts. Headliner Lianne La Havas could possibly fall into either category, after her breakthrough 2012 album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?” She is currently supporting Coldplay on their ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ world tour and is scheduled to open for fellow soul singer Leon Bridges on his September and October dates in America. La Havas released a new EP ‘Blood Solo’ back in February, providing solo interpretations of tracks from her second full album ‘Blood’, as well as the delicately haunting new track called ‘Fairytale’, which you can hear just below.

In contrast to La Havas’ soulful folk stylings, Liverpool rockers Circa Waves join the LeeFest headline bill in the midst of their own summer festival circuit. They recently appeared at Live at Leeds 2016 and will grace their hometown stage at Sound City 2016 at the end of this month. Circa Waves have been quiet so far in 2016, but their emergence back onto the live scene, including a handful of upcoming headline dates around the UK, might be a hint that something new from the band is forthcoming. In the meantime, you can get in the festival spirit with their video for ’T-Shirt Weather’, which featured on their 2015 debut album ‘Young Chasers’.

The LeeFest 2016 docket features a wide array of other artists previously covered here at TGTF, most notably 2015 Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet.  The LeeFest lineup also includes a lengthy list of our SXSW 2016 alums: Manchester art-rockers Everything Everything, dance pop duo Formation, Liverpool’s own Clean Cut Kid, indie pop wunderkind Oscar, Kent ‘dirty-pop’ bangers Get Inuit, Sheffield rock duo Nai Harvest and Tunbridge Wells native Will Joseph Cook.

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Newer acts like London all-female quartet The Big Moon and Belfast alt-rock duo exmagician (pictured above) hope to build their reputations on LeeFest’s stages as part of their summer festival tours as well. Given that LeeFest’s past lineups have hosted such heavy hitters as London Grammar, Jack GarrattYears & Years, and Clean Bandit, it seems like a safe bet that if you’re not already familiar with the names on this year’s list, you will become so in very short order. (On that note, stay tuned to TGTF for our pre-LeeFest interview with exmagician, which will post in the coming days.)

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The live music portion of the festival will also include DJ sets from Submotion Orchestra (pictured above), The 2 Bears, Midland and Horse Meat Disco. Aside from the musical festivities, LeeFest also offers a variety of other entertainment categories comprising Comedy, Spoken Word, a generic Performance classification, and the very curiously-titled Sillyness. Divided among three so-called “realms”, The Neverland aims to provide “immersive adventures at every turn”, even including a Family category for arts enthusiasts with young children.

As a preview of the main event, LeeFest: The Neverland is partnering with the Tunbridge Wells Forum for a free festival launch party featuring a surprise headliner starting at 6 PM on the 3rd of June. Keep your eyes on LeeFest’s official Facebook page and Twitter feed, which are being updated with further details as the 2016 festival approaches.

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