With tickets selling fast for their two shows at the Slaughtered Lamb next month, and with a much bigger London date currently being scheduled for June, THE LOW ANTHEM have just announced news of numerous UK festival appearances this summer. The Low Anthem will be performing at Glastonbury, Hard Rock Calling, Wireless, End Of The Road and Bestival, info below,
Wednesday 13 May – LONDON – The Slaughtered Lamb
Thursday 14 May – LONDON – The Slaughtered Lamb
Saturday 16 May – BRIGHTON – Horatios @ The Great Escape
Friday 26 June – GLASTONBURY – Glastonbury Festival (Q Stage)
Saturday 27 June – GLASTONBURY – Glastonbury Festival (Park Stage)
Sunday 28 June – LONDON – Hard Rock Calling
Saturday 4 July – LONDON – Wireless Festival
Friday 11 September – DORSET – End of the Road Festival
Saturday 12 September – DORSET – End of the Road Festival
Sunday 13 September – ISLE OF WIGHT – Bestival
THE LOW ANTHEM look set to be one of the success stories of 2009, Their sublime music ranges from evocative folk ballads sung in gorgeous falsettos to garage-roots rockers in a Tom Waits bar-room style, The Low Anthem are a folk rock trio from Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They formed in 2003 and consist of multi-instrumentalists Ben Miller, Jeff Prystowsky and Jocie Adams. The Low Anthem began as a contemporary folk duet from Providence, RI. Member’s Ben Miller and Jeff Prystowsky met playing in the wood-bat leagues of rural Connecticut in 2003. They began a collaboration with classical composer Jocie Adams in November 2007. Their landmark 2007 release “What the Crow Brings” was independently produced by the band and has received great acclaim from major press across the country. Their rapidly expanding fan-base spans all ages remarkably, as the duo appeals to hipsters, housewives and grandparents equally. Writers have typically drawn comparisons to Tom Waits, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, but you will hear strains in their music from remote Appalachia to the Delta; an urban immediacy, and a timeless grounding in the great American roots music traditions. Rolling Stone says the music on Charlie Darwin feels “homemade” and “solemnly beautiful,” and NPR Music called the song “To Ohio” a “tender stunner” in choosing it as a Song of the Day, saying, “At times languid and haunting, but with detours into Tom Waits-esque stomping and hollering, The Low Anthem’s music seems equally informed by Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Band and a late-night ride home in Joni Mitchell’s car.” The band recently performed six sets at SXSW, where the BBC called them “stunning” and said, “Expect much flowerier words of praise thrown on this band in the future; they deserve everything said about them.” Mojo describe their set as “heartbreaking” and called the band, “truly startling songwriters and instrumentalists. Theirs is a gloriously romantic vision of America that sits somewhere between Dylan and Waits.” The New York Times wrote: “At the Central Presbyterian Church, the Low Anthem, from Providence, R.I., harmonized on slow, sustained songs — often waltzes — using instruments like harmonium, clarinet, some kind of small euphonium and a set of metal
discs played with a bow for eerie high tones, perfect accompaniment for lines like “Oh, my God, the water’s all around.” Most of the music was stately and mournful, with lyrics contemplating faith, loss, destruction and self-destruction in visionary imagery: “They say the sky’s the limit/The sky’s about to fall.” Every so often, making the quiet songs sound even quieter, the Low Anthem played something electric, bluesy and distorted, but equally serene in its desolation.” The Low Anthem, which recently signed to Nonesuch, has shared the stage with Rachael Yamagata, Lisa Hannigan, Ray Lamontagne and Elvis Perkins in Dearland. This summer they will re-release Oh My God Charlie Darwin with Nonesuch and Bella Union in Europe, and will play Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Hyde Park festival in London with Bruce Springsteen and the Dave Matthews Band.
Music festivals continue to expand in number and size in the US. That’s a great deal for music fans. The opportunity to choose from over 100 artists on multiple stages in the larger festivals is a bargain and unique opportunity to explore performances you might not choose on your own. There are certainly many more worthwhile festivals to attend than simply these 10, but these will get you started with some of the biggest and best for pop music fans.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is now a 3-day annual music festival held in Indio, California. The festival first took place in 1999, was shut down for 2000, and was given a new lease on life in 2001. Since that point the event has grown in both size and acclaim currently reigning as the king of US music festivals. If a style could be identified it would be rock with an alternative edge. However, the dance tents also present cutting edge dance music artists. For the past 2 years, the Coachella Festival has taken place the last weekend in April.
2. Warped Tour
Warped Tour is a touring festival setting up shop often in parking lots or fields to entertain crowds ranging from 10,000 to 30,000. Sponsored by skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans, the Warped Tour has given national exposure for a wide range of rising pop punk, emo, and hardcore bands. The tour has operated each year since 1994 and most concerts take place in June, July, and August. A sister tour, A Taste of Chaos, was launched in 2004 and operates in the winter. Among the Warped Tour alumni are Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, and My Chemical Romance.
Lollapalooza began as a touring festival, much like Warped Tour. Organized in 1991 by Perry Farrell, lead singer for Jane’s Addiction, the first incarnation of Lollapalooza leaned to alternative music but deliberately included a wide range of musical styles. The festival tour folded in 1997, but it was revived in 2003 with only moderate success. It rose a 3rd time in 2005 as a 2 day event on the Chicago lakefront. The festival was successful enough it expanded to 3 days in 2006 and signed a 5-year contract with the City of Chicago beginning in 2007.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a 4 day event held 60 miles outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It began in 2002 and has quickly grown to be one of the country’s premier festivals. Traditionally the focus has been jam bands with a fair sprinkling of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock and pop. However, 2007′s Bonnaroo festival, held June 14-17 will feature the reunited Police as headlining act.
Ozzfest began in 1996 as the result of Lollapalooza organizers refusing to allow Ozzy Osbourne to join the tour. Ozzfest, operated by Ozzy’s wife Sharon Osbourne, quickly became the most respected festival tour for heavy metal and hard rock. The tour has been criticized at times for being too heavily focused on corporate profits. In a move that has generated controversy in the music establishment, Sharon Osbourne announced that the 2007 tour would be a free event. This decision is intended to make the festival accessible to all audiences.
6. Austin City Limits
An outgrowth of the venerated PBS television program Austin City Limits, the Austin City Limits Festival first began in 2002, and, in a very short period of time, has become one of the country’s top annual music events. Like its namesake show, the festival embraces a wide range of musical styles with the primary focus being rock. The 2007 event will take place over 3 days from September 14-16. The primary complaints about the Austin City Limits Festival have been that Austin can be hot, really hot, in September.
Summerfest is also known by the nickname “The Big Gig.” The event runs for 11 days along the Milwaukee, Wisconsin lakefront and attracts approximately 1,000,000 people. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Summerfest as the world’s biggest music festival. The event had its beginnings in 1968 and has been held in the same location each year since 1970. Performances take place on 13 different stages. Summerfest takes place every year in late June and early July always covering the 4th of July weekend.
8. South By Southwest
South By Southwest is both a film and music festival held in Austin, Texas for a week in March of each year. The event has taken place each year since 1987 and has grown to become the premiere annual festival for new and rising recording acts. Members of the music industry looking for the next big thing crowd the streets and clubs of Austin. The sheer number of performers is phenomenal. 2007 will boast over 500 musical acts.
9. Virgin Festival
The Virgin Festival is an outgrowth of the UK’s V Festival, one of the top UK musical events of the year. The inaugural Virgin Festival concerts took place in Toronto and Baltimore in 2006.
The HFStival is the East Coast’s largest annual music event and is hosted by radio station WHFS. The festival has been held each year since 1990 and for the past several years has taken place in May. Originally the event was held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, but HFStival moved to the Baltimore area along with the radio station in 2005. A wide range of musical styles are presented onstage ranging from mainstream rock to hardcore and rap.
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