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Preview: Latitude 2010

 
By on Wednesday, 7th April 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Believe it or not, the beloved summer season is just around the corner. This usually means a lot to most people. For music and art lovers, it’s a significant time to embrace such wonderful mediums, and this year’s Latitude Festival is looking to be loveable. Now is a good time to start scrutinizing that budget of yours. Those pennies you save will indeed be worth the oozing joy you’ll feel July 15-18 at Henham Park.

Having entered its fifth season, the Latitude Festival sure knows how to pack a mighty punch. If eclectic styles have been a festival highlight in years past, than this season will go beyond satiation. Ears will be filled with wonder, eyes will be filled with curiosity and mouths will be filled with, umm… food of course.

As in years past, Latitude will take place across four stages: The Obelisk Arena, The Uncut Arena, The Sunrise Arena, and the Huw Stephens curated Lake Stage. Some wonderful elements of comedy, poetry, theatre, literature and cabaret will supply culture and enlightenment to festival goes. Perhaps the most exciting feature, however, is the excellent line-up of performing musical acts.

Do we really need to justify our excitement that Florence and The Machine will be a headliner? And how about indie “twee” (yes, sorry, it is an outdated label) Belle and Sebastian also showing up as a headliner? This will prove to be an indisputable treat, given that a new album is in the works with this Scottish band. Now, come to find out, this will all be topped off with the generally loved Vampire Weekend. Sounds like a heavenly day to me, despite what the weather forecast has in store.

The plethora of excellent music doesn’t stop there, either. Fronted by the bald headed Tim Booth, Mancunian indie heroes, James, will be making an appearance. They’ll no doubt awe festival goers with their stand by classics like “Sit Down” and “Laid” but also probably pull some new songs from one of their upcoming mini albums, The Night Before.

Several American bands will also be wowing the crowds, like the rockers from deep down in Texas, Spoon; former jazz students, Midlake; the Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors; and the universally adored Yeasayer. I ask how could you really say nay to any of these groups? Let it be known that I’m just scratching the surface of some bands performing at Latitude, by the way. Many other spectacular bands and artists are filling the Latitude slots as I type.

As mentioned above, there are other venues of interest to behold at the three day festival. There will be poetry reading by popular authors like Wendy Cope and John Cooper, while comedians such as Ardal O’Hanlon and Emo Phillips will provide a laugh fest. Still, those interested in theatre and dance productions should take notice that productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Opera House will grace the stages with their extraordinary skill and talent.

The list of great acts, from music legends to film experts, literally go on and on. Check out the ongoing list if you’re still not convinced that Latitude will again delight just about everyone this year.

Tickets are selling out rapidly, but there are a few still on sale priced at £155 for a weekend ticket with camping.

 

Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival August 2010

 
By on Monday, 29th March 2010 at 7:15 pm
 

After Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals are the granddaddy of all music festivals. Some of the best bands, the biggest exclusives and best lineups all come together for three massive days over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Last year they “played it safe” with a lineup of Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, but this year they’ve gone for a bit more interesting selection, returning to their rock roots.

This year, The Libertines are going to be the big news of the festival, with Pete Doherty and Carl Barat putting their differences behind them to play the festival, supporting Reading’s Saturday night’s headliners, Arcade Fire. Meanwhile, Blink 182 and Guns ‘n’ Roses also headline the main stage.

If we were going this year, the NME stage looks pretty good, with LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons and Band of Horses all set to play what is our pick of the stages so far. Kele from Bloc Party is also playing, intriguingly billed already higher than The Drums and he hasn’t even released a track yet.

The Festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend – Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August 2010. Tickets are on sale now at See Tickets. Tickets are £180.00 for the weekend, or £75 per day ticket.

Catch the full lineup (so far) below…

Continue reading Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival August 2010

 

Javelin / February 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 28th January 2010 at 11:00 am
 

Javelin, a electronic duo from Brooklyn by way of Providence, Rhode Island, will be dropping their mad beats in the UK next month, touring with Yeasayer. I caught the duo and their engaging live show here in Washington at DC9 and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, and you can catch them in a venue near you.

Tuesday 16th February 2010 – Birmingham Academy 2?
Wednesday 17th February 2010 – Glasgow Oran Mor?
Friday 19th February 2010 – Dublin Academy
Saturday 20th February 2010 – Belfast Speakeasy
Sunday 21st February 2010 – Manchester Academy 3
Monday 22nd February 2010 – Leeds The Faversham
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 – London Heaven (NME Shockwaves show)?
Thursday 25th February 2010 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 26th February 2010 – Brighton Digital

 

Shockwaves NME Awards Shows 2010 Announced

 
By on Thursday, 26th November 2009 at 9:00 pm
 

Every year NME takes over London’s best gig venues to put on some of the best names in the world, live. The month of gigs, which takes place every February in the run up to the awards ceremony itself – to be held this year on February 24 at the O2 Academy Brixton. These are just the first names announced – normally the gigs fill the 28 days of February, often with multiple clashes around different venues.

Tickets for these shows go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning (27th February). We’ll add to this list as we hear of more gigs.

Tuesday 2nd February 2010 – Miike Snow at London Scala
Wednesday 3rd February 2010 – Hadouken! at London Scala
Saturday 20th February 2010 – Simian Mobile Disco at London matter (pictured top)
Monday 22nd February 2010 – New Young Pony Club at London Islington Academy
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 – Yeasayer at London Heaven
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 – Girls at London Scala

 

Yeasayer / November UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 4th October 2007 at 8:55 pm
 

Yeasayer album coverYeasayer have announced a full UK Tour throughout November stopping at just about everywhere you’d expect them to. The Brooklynites have an album coming out soon, and are sure to bring a bit of summer to the UK with their jangly pop tunes.

Some of the larger dates have tickets on sale now from See Tickets, whilst the rest are available from the local venue. Catch the band at:

Wednesday 7th November – Brighton Barfly
Thursday 8th November – Nottingham Tuned @ Rock City
Friday 9th November – London Barfly
Saturday 10th November – Exeter The Hub
Sunday 11th November – Cardiff Buffalo Bar (Swn Festival)
Monday 12th November – Liverpool Barfly
Tuesday 13th November – Manchester Jabez Clegg
Wednesday 14th November – Edinburgh The Hive
Thursday 15th November – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 16th November – Bristol Bar Academy
Sunday 18th November – Birmingham Bar Academy
Thursday 29th November – London Koko with Electrelane

 
 
 

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