British Sea Power
So far this year the V Festival, sponsored by Virgin Media, have unveiled a stellar line-up and are now announcing a whole host of further acts to appear on the Virgin Media Union stage. Showcasing some of the hottest up and coming artists alongside several established acts, this years line up promises to get new music fans’ pulses racing! Taking place over the weekend of 22nd-23rd August at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire this year’s V Festival will be seeing previous V stars including Goldie Lookin’ Chain and Seth Lakeman as well as newcomers Gary Go and Vagabond grace the stages at both sites.
Line-up so far:
PETER DOHERTY , BRITISH SEA POWER , PHOENIX , THE TWANG , THE SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND , MYSTERY JETS , HOWLING BELLS , JENNY LEWIS , GARY GO , PETE MURRAY , SETH LAKEMAN , GOLDIE LOOKIN’ CHAIN , JOE LEAN & THE JING JANG JONG , VV BROWN , VAGABOND , ONE ESKIMO , KID BRITISH , RAY GUN , IAIN ARCHER , WALLIS BIRD , THE GAY BLADES , LIGHTS , EXIT CALM
* PLUS,STRONGBOW BOWTIME BAR & BACARDI B-LIVE LINE-UPS REVEALED
An exciting batch of new additions have been confirmed for the Award-winning Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival to add to its already diverse and bulging line-up. Best known for their global hit ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ and their hugely successful debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka’, the recently reformed Toploader have been confirmed for an appearance at the festival this August. Glasgow fight pop stars and one of the UK’s hottest bands of the moment Dananananaykroyd make their first appearance at Belladrum fresh from the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Hey Everyone’. The mesmerising Official Secrets Act will also be bringing their highly infectious brand of indie/new wave/pop to the table. With a song already featuring on Vodaphone adverts in the southern hemisphere and a support slot with Elton John this summer, we are delighted to announce the addition of Pearl and the Puppets who are sure to be one of 2009’s breakthrough acts. Also confirmed for this year is Blue Roses whose new single ‘I am Leaving’ is currently Radio 2’s record of the week. With a tasty shank of old school ska and dancehall, a generous twist of indie, a light splash of reggae, and garnished with a juicy slice of electro pop the infectious Kid British join us along with Newcastle Alternative pop darlings Little Comets. They join Headliners Editors and Ocean Colour Scene. Other acts already confirmed include, The Saw Doctors and Shed Seven, both making their first appearances at Belladrum, and the latter making Belladrum their only UK festival appearance of the summer, as well as quirky indie artists British Sea Power, Seth Lakeman, Alabama 3, Sons & Daughters, and Squeeze frontman Glen Tilbrook with his band The Fluffers. London indie folk outfit Noah and the Whale make their first Highland appearance, along with Edinburgh’ finest Broken Records, folk rock in the shape of Babel, rising alternative stars Healthy Minds Collapse, sweet pop music the way it should be from Magistrates, two great Nashville based Singer-Songwriters Tommy Womack and Phil Lee, Surf Folk Rock act Sparrow and the Workshop, the wonderful Hatcham Social and Jo Hamilton who recently released her gorgeous album Gown, Glasgow indie artists The Phantom Band, Levellers’ favourites 3 Daft Monkeys, festival veterans Edward II, The Wallbirds, Kid Carpet, Sam Isaac, The Lost Brothers and reformed local heroes Scooty & The Skyhooks are all set to appear. Peatbog Faeries, Lau and Treacherous Orchestra are in the vanguard of the Celtic representation at the event. Transglobal Underground will hot things up on the main stage, teenage sensation Tommy Reilly follows up on his recent hugely successful debut tour and winning of Orange Unsigned, whilst gypsy punk specialists De Votchka are over from the US for a one-off Scottish festival appearance.
British Sea Power, Fightstar and Frank Turner will perform alongside around 60 acts at the event, which takes place on July 17 and 18.
Also lined up for the main stage are Danananaykroyd, Rolo Tamassi, Wild Beasts, Amplifier, The Chapman Family, Imperial Leisure, Six Nation State, Baddies, Sucioperro, Diagonal and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man.
While the Leaf Lounge will see The Epstein, The Brute Chorus, Babel, Orphans and Vandals, Sailorette, Sandra and the Memory Machine, Wojtek Godzisz, Stanton Delaplane, The Master Chaynjis, Jim lockey, John Crampton, Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band, Randall Stevens, Sara Schiralli and Dan Heaver.
Early entry passes are also available for just 500 festival fans for a ‘Special Guests Night’ of live music – and a prime camping spot – on July 16.
More acts are still to be announced.
The festival sold out last year and won the ‘A Greener Festival Award’ – for raising awareness of green issues and demonstrating its commitment to sustainability by recycling 78 per cent of waste among a host of eco-friendly measures. It was also shortlisted for Best Small Festival in the UK Festival Awards 2008.
It was born out of the organiser’s general disillusionment with the mainstream music festivals they had been attending for the last decade. Six friends increasingly frustrated with ever spiralling costs, poor facilities and pursuit of profit at all costs.
They were determined to set up an event with less commercial emphasis; and instead be about a love of live music and having a great time in a relaxing, affordable and inspiring environment.
Tickets cost £47 and early entry passes for July 16 cost £7. For more information visit www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk
More about British Sea Power .
British Sea Power are a four-man indie rock band based in Brighton, England, although three of the band hail originally from Kendal in Cumbria. Their style encompasses sweeping and often epic guitar pop with more visceral, angular and esoteric noises and instruments. Critics have likened their sound to a variety of groups, from The Cure to Pixies. They have released three albums and a number of EPs (most on Rough Trade) since they formed in 2000. The band is currently comprised of:
Yan (Scott Wilkinson) – Vocals, guitar
Noble (Martin Noble) – Guitar
Hamilton (Neil Wilkinson) – Bass, vocals, guitar
Wood (Matthew Wood) – Drum
Yan, Hamilton and Wood are school friends from Kendal in Cumbria. They were in a number of bands together while at school, but after finishing his exams Yan moved to study at Reading University, where he met guitarist Noble. A few years later Hamilton and Wood moved down to join them and form a band.
They played some gigs and produced a 4 track demo in Reading as British Air Powers, before relocating to Brighton in search of a more vibrant music scene. “British Sea Power” was actually the name of one of these demo tracks, and was eventually reworked into Carrion. In Brighton, BSP amassed a strong local following, due mainly to their own club night called “Club Sea Power”. The club nights featured many different support bands, and other forms of entertainment such as a 1930s fashion show, and were most frequently hosted at the Freebutt and the Lift (the latter has now closed down).
Their debut single, Fear of Drowning, was issued in limited numbers of their own Golden Chariot label. The artwork for the B side “A Wooden Horse” borrows heavily from the dust cover of the 1950 book “The Wooden Horse” that details the escape of Allied POWs during WWII. Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records saw the band live and in September 2001 signed them to his label. A number of singles were issued on the label, and Eamon (Eamon Hamilton) was recruited to play live keyboards in autumn 2002.
The Decline of British Sea Power, the band’s debut album, was released in June 2003 to critical acclaim. A single from the album, “Carrion”, became the band’s first Top 40 single. The album only charted in the lower reaches of the UK Album Chart, but turned out to be a word of mouth success, shipping well over 60,000 copies over the following two years and allowing them to play sell-out UK tours to venues of over 1,000 people.
The follow-up, Open Season, was released in early April 2005, and also enjoyed wide critical praise. It showcased a more accessible, produced sound and charted at #13 in the UK Albums Chart. Lead single It Ended on an Oily Stage charted at #18 in the UK Singles Chart a week earlier.
British Sea Power have a reputation for elaborate and well-thought out live shows and won the 2004 Time Out London Live Band of the Year award. The stage is often decorated with foliage and plastic birds and sets generally finish with a semi-improvised song called “Rock in A”, which sometimes lasts for over 20 minutes. Various members often climb riggings and tear down the foliage, Eamon walks around the audience beating his marching drum, and a ten-foot bear, Ursine Ultra, occasionally makes an appearance – often taking a beating from various band members. This has become one of the signatures of the band. Their tours often include unusual venues such as the Scillonian Club on the Isles of Scilly, Grasmere Village Hall, the St. John Boste Social Club in Kendal, Cumbria and Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall.
The band have built up an eccentric image in interviews and press releases; some of which is based on fact, other times merely whimsical building of outward personas. This has included giving journalists grid references at which to meet them, and expressing obsessions with Field Marshal Montgomery and bird watching.
The band has a fiercely loyal and devoted hardcore fanbase, sometimes referred to as the Third Battalion.
At the beginning of 2006, it was announced that Eamon had left British Sea Power to concentrate on his own band Brakes. The group spent part of late 2006 working on new material in Montréal, and are preparing a DVD.
In 2007, American Laundromat Records announced that British Sea Power would record a version of the Pixies’ “Caribou” for an album called “Dig For Fire – A Tribute To Pixies.”
In October 2007, the band went on tour throughout the east coast of America to showcase their new 5-track EP, Krankenhaus Ep. In November 2007, they toured a variety of unusual locations in the UK including a seaside cafe in Saltdean, East Sussex; a ferry across the River Mersey, Liverpool; the Tan Hill Inn, the UK’s highest inn; All Saints Church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and White Mischief, an indoor festival mixing live bands with unusual vaudeville acts.
Their Krankenhaus? EP was released digitally for purchasable download in October 2007 and was released on CD and vinyl on November the 20th. Their third album, Do You Like Rock Music? was released on 14th January 2008 in the U.K. and scheduled for release on 12th February 2008 in the U.S. Prior to their tour in support of Do You Like Rock Music? (visiting Ireland, UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany and US), Wood injured his back and had to be temporarily replaced by Tom White of Electric Soft Parade and Brakes fame.
In January 2008 the keyboard and cornet player ended up in hospital after being knocked unconscious when he attempted a stage dive. The crowd at Leeds Irish Centre failed to catch Phil Sumner, who jumped off a 12-foot PA system landing head first. The press department at Rough Trade Records reported “The impact knocked him out. Thankfully an ambulance was quickly summoned and he was whisked away, bloody and unconscious and despite a concussion, a broken molar and a maze of stitches in his chin, a very groggy Phil is expected to make a full recovery.” In spite of this, he returned to the stage with the rest of the band a day later in Kendal.
In February 2008, the band appeared on Later with Jools Holland, playing Waving Flags, Canvey Island and No Lucifer. They were ably accompanied by a small number of the London Bulgarian Choir and a display of Cumbrian wrestling. The band are also scheduled to play at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Latitude, T in the Park and Bestival.
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