PINKPOP, Landgraaf, Holland, 30 May-1 June Rock festival Pinkpop celebrates its 40th instalment this year. Set in the town of Landgraaf, also home to the largest indoor ski piste in Europe and 134 miles from Amsterdam, thedemocratic festival invites its 100,000 guests to have a say on three of the acts. Booked to headline this momentous year are Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, The Kooks, Depeche Mode, Bruce Springsteen and Placebo and many more.
Festivalbus coaches depart the UK on 29th May, cross the channel on a late night ferry and arrive in the morning on the 30th, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to sort your camping area out before the music starts.
This year Festivalbus is running coaches to Pinkpop from Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, London, Manchester and Southampton so it’s even easier to get to Pinkpop!
Head over to www.festivalbus.co.uk/booking.asp to get your tickets
On Sunday May 27, Nottingham plays host to the third – and biggest yet – Dot To Dot Festival. We say biggest with good reason: as well as there being over 80 artists confirmed to appear at this year’s event, there will also be a couple of new venues – Nottingham Trent University and Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms – hosting performances alongside the more established venues such as Rock City, the Rescue Rooms, Stealth and the Social.
Additionally, this year the festival spreads its wings to accommodate a whole separate city: a day earlier (Saturday 26, then), Dot To Dot will be down the M5 in Bristol, where at least 40 artists are confirmed to play across three of the city’s main venues: the Thekla Social, Louisiana, Fiddler’s. For details on the Bristol line-up/s, click to here (and here for the Dot To Dot website).
DiS’s Nottingham contingent has been excited about the festival for many a month now, so without further ado, here’s Dom Gourlay’s guide on who he’s literally busting a gut to see…
Initially formed for a laugh by a bunch of media students at Nottingham University, their recent show with Hadouken! proved that their Beastie Boys via the Human League electro grime is here to shake things up. Anyone not taking them seriously does so at their own risk.
Yo! Chomsky play the Rescue Rooms at 2:30pm
Possibly the oldest band playing at this year’s festival, Blonde Redhead have been around for almost fifteen years now without ever really gaining the commercial recognition their complex and critically acclaimed noise-saturated arrangements merit. Thankfully, all that seems set to change if reviews of their most recent record 23 (See DiS’s review here) are anything to go by, and with their visits to the UK becoming more and more sporadic, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. They are one of the most genuinely intriguing bands in the world right now. Blonde Redhead play the main room of Nottingham Trent University at 10pm
We Are The Physics
Hailing from Glasgow and mixing Devo-style jerkiness with Albini-esque polemics, We Are The Physics are one of those bands who demand to be seen by as many people as possible, and to date, unless you hail from north of the border, chances are you won’t be one of the lucky few to have caught them thus far. Not to worry, as this is as good an opportunity as any…We Are The Physics play the upstairs room of Nottingham Trent University at 9:30pm
DiS has been raving about Chester-Le-Street-based five-piece Catweasels for a good few years now. Formerly prefixed by (The), Catweasels mix old and new wave sensibilities with a melee of sounds that occasionally winds up echoing the moan of Mansun being inappropriately manhandled by Interpol. Other times they just go for the jugular by composing grandiose pop a la XTC, the sort that you wouldn’t expect anyone with a DIY aesthetic to pull off. They manage it in pretty spectacular style. Again, this is their first show in this part of the world. Are we excited? You bet we are…
Catweasels play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 5:30pm
You Slut! might be the possessors of the best name at this year’s festival by a long shot, but that only tells half the story. One listen to their “Rifftastic-post-progressive-indie-power-rock-math-disco-pop warfare” – their words, not ours – should be enough to convince anyone that the East Midlands is alive and well and simply bursting with creativity, and is about to explode any time now. Go see, then tell all your friends how great You Slut! are. You Slut! play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 3:30pm
The full (provisional) timetable for Nottingham reads as follows:
Rock City Basement (14+ venue)
1:15-1:45 The Recovery
2:15-2:45 Furthest Drive Home
3:15-3:45 Sunset Cinema Club
6:15-6:45 The Scare
7:15-7:45 Drive By Argument
8:15-8:45 The Dykeenies
9:15-9:45 Lethal Bizzle
Rock City Main Hall (14+ venue)
2:15-2:45 I Was A Cub Scout
3:15-3:45 Help She Can’t Swim
4:15-4:45 Pull Tiger Tail
6:15-6:45 Kate Nash
7:15-7:45 New Young Pony Club
10:00-11:30 The Cribs
Nottingham Trent University Main Room (14+ venue)
2:45-3:15 Six By Seven
7:00-7:45 Architecture In Helsinki
8:30-9:15 Broken Family Band
10:00-11:00 Blonde Redhead
Nottingham Trent University Upstairs (14+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Love Ends Disaster!
4:30-5:00 Nova Saints
5:30-6:00 Olympus Mons
6:30-7:00 Candi Payne
9:30-10:00 We Are The Physics
10:30-11:00 The Thermals
Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms (14+ venue)
3:30-4:00 You Slut!
7:30-8:00 Karima Francis
8:30-9:00 Tom Mansi
The Social (18+ venue)
1:15-1:45 Grave Architects
2:00-2:30 House Of Brothers
3:00-3:30 Blood Red Shoes
4:00-4:30 Bobby Cook
5:00-5:30 The Changes
6:00-6:30 Sky Larkin
6:45-7:15 Emmy The Great
7:45-8:15 Emma Pollock
8:45-9:45 Moon Music Orchestra / Findlay Brown
10:15-11:00 Scout Niblett
11:30-3am Grimewatch with Boy Better Know and more TBA
Rescue Rooms (18+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Yo! Chomsky
3:30-4:00 Ratty Rat Rat
4:30-5:00 Mighty Roars
5:30-6:00 These New Puritans
6:30-7:00 Pete And The Pirates
7:30-8:00 Fear Of Flying
8:30-9:00 Laura Marling
9:30-10:00 Kid Harpoon
10:30-11:00 Late Of The Pier
12:45-1:30am Hot Club De Paris
Stealth live room (downstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-4:30 The Whip
5:00-5:30 Holy Hail
5:30-6:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
6:00-6:30 Thieves Like Us
6:30-7:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
7:00-7:30 La La Lepus
7:30-8:00 Mum (DJ set)
8:00-8:30 We Smoke Fags
8:30-9:00 Mum (DJ set)
9:00-9:30 Kap Bambino
9:30-10:00 Opticks (DJ set)
10:30-11:00 Opticks (DJ set)
11:00-11:30 Dolby Anol
11:30-00:15 TAPEDECK (DJ set)
00:15-1am Bonde Do Role
1-1:30am TAPEDECK (DJ set)
Stealth DJ room (upstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-6:00 Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand)
8:00-10:00 Riotous Rockers
12-2am Para One
2-4am Erol Alkan
For more information on the festival, visit the Dot To Dot MySpace.
Norway’s Hove Festivalen is proud to announce that The Prodigy will be smashing out their seminal hits as they take prime position at this year’s festival. The groundbreaking UK band have sold over 17 million albums since starting up in 1990, and are reckoned to be one of the pioneers in modern electronic dance music. Almost twenty years after the group formed, The Prodigy are back with a new album (#1 in the U.K) with their accompanying tour absolutely sold out. Invaders Must Die confirmed the bands position as one of the premier groups in the world, and contained, among other things, a special guest performance by Foo Fighter, Dave Grohl. This is probably the 20th festival they have done for me so they are clearly a favourite and this year they play Reading and Leeds as well as Hove. The band have come back stronger than ever, and the show will epitomize mayhem. Miss it at your peril! ‘ says Melvin Benn. Hove Festival takes place between 22nd and 25th of June 2009 at idyllic Tromøya on the Norwegian south coast. Confirmed acts so far include Faith No More, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Slipknot, Q-Tip, The Ting Tings and many others. For more information about Hove Festival visit www.hovefestival.com
Hot on the heels of Tommy Sparks’ killer debut single ‘I’m A Rope’ comes his out of the box smash hit ‘She’s Got Me Dancing’. Like Chic jamming with MGMT and Franz Ferdinand the forthcoming single is a brazen dancefloor assault, crammed with memorable hooks, bucketloads of fizzy energy and Tommy’s uniquely modern twist on classic new wave stylings. The video, directed by Eric Wareheim, is 3 minutes and 14 seconds of technicolour comedy genius. Wareheim is one half of the cult American comedian duo Tim & Eric, and Tommy – a huge fan – personally called him to request his creative magic. Their current TV show ‘Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job’ features guest appearances by Johnny Depp, John C Reily, Jeff Goldblum, John Mayer, Weird Al Yankovic, The Saturday Night Live Crew, Elisha Cuthbert… the list goes on and on. Eric very rarely directs videos but he recently helmed fellow fans’ MGMT’s first video ‘The Youth’.
Tommy Sparks’ debut album (produced by Mike Crossey: Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys and Foals) is out May 25th on Island Records.
By distilling the sounds of Franz Ferdinand, the Clash, the Strokes, and the Libertines into a hybrid of swaggering indie rock and danceable neo-punk, the Arctic Monkeys became one of the U.K.’s biggest bands of the new millennium. Alex Turner and Jamie Cook jumpstarted their careers in 2001 after receiving guitars for Christmas; two years later, they began performing shows around their native Sheffield with drummer Matt Helders and bassist Andy Nicholson. A series of demo recordings followed, and the Arctic Monkeys’ audience swelled as fans circulated those recordings via the Internet. The teenaged musicians soon found themselves at the center of a growing media circus, with such outlets as BBC Radio examining the band’s music and mounting hype.
By distributing their homemade material on the Internet, the Arctic Monkeys were able to build a rabid fanbase without the help of a record label, effectively circumventing the usual road to superstardom. They continued to buck tradition by signing with Domino Records in 2005, eschewing a major label’s help for Domino’s D.I.Y. mentality and hip roster (which also included Franz Ferdinand, a touchstone for the band’s sound). The smart moves paid off, as the Arctic Monkeys’ first two singles — “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down” — topped the U.K. charts. Critical reception was similarly favorable, but few could have predicted the whirlwind success of the band’s debut album, which ousted Oasis’ Definitely Maybe as the fastest-selling debut in British history (a record that was lost one year later to Leona Lewis’ Spirit). Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not sold 363,735 copies during its first week alone, transforming the Arctic Monkeys from underground stars into mainstream figures.
The Arctic Monkeys’ debut sold approximately 300,000 copies in America — enough to warrant more media coverage, but notably less than the album’s British sales during its first week alone. Nevertheless, the band’s success continued as they released a spring EP, Who the F*k Are Arctic Monkeys, and prepared for a stateside tour. Temporary bassist Nick O’Malley was brought aboard for the band’s American shows, while a fatigued Nicholson stayed at home. Nicholson then announced his official departure when the band returned home in June 2006, and O’Malley remained with the Arctic Monkeys as a permanent member. That Fall, the musicians received the 2006 Mercury Prize and donated the accompanying money to an undisclosed charity. Additional accolades included “Best British Breakthrough Act” at the Brit Awards and “Best New Band and Best British Band” at the NME Awards. NME also made a bold assertion by deeming the band’s debut one of the Top Five British albums ever released.
Released in April 2007, Favourite Worst Nightmare updated the the Arctic Monkeys’ sound with louder instruments and faster tempos. The bandmates had recorded the sophomore album quickly, wishing to return to the road as soon as possible, and the speedy turnaround between records only helped solidify the band’s popularity at home. Favourite Worst Nightmare sold 85,000 copies during its first day of release, while all 12 tracks entered the Top 200 of the U.K. Singles Charts. As Alex Turner briefly turned his attention to a side project, the Last Shadow Puppets, the Arctic Monkeys’ second album earned another Mercury Prize nomination and took home two titles at the 2008 Brit Awards.
TONY CHRISTIE has been added to this year’s Glastonbury line-up. The crooner will play the main Pyramid Stage on the Sunday afternoon of the three-day festival. Christie, who said he was “in awe” of the event, follows in the footsteps of Neil Diamond, Dame Shirley Bassey, Brian Wilson and James Brown, who have all played Sunday slots over the past few years. Fans can expect to hear him perform his number one hit (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, which spent seven weeks at the top 2005 after it was re-released for Comic Relief. Christie said he was “excited” about performing at the event and told BBC News: “I’m going to do some of the new album tracks and I’ve got to do my old stuff as well. “I did the V Festival three years ago but I think Glastonbury is the big one, so it’s a great honour.” Neil Young, Blur and Bruce Springsteen have already been confirmed as headliners at the festival, with Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen and Fleet Foxes among the other acts performing. The full line-up will be announced nearer the event, which takes place in Somerset from 27-29 June.
British balladeer Tony Christie proved the continued commercial viability of traditional pop in a post-psychedelic world, scoring a series of easy listening hits that spanned the 1970s. Born Anthony Fitzgerald in South Yorkshire, England, on April 25, 1943, at 18 he joined the popular local group the Counterbeats, later fronting his own combo, Tony Christie & the Trackers. After mounting a solo career, he cut his debut single, “Life’s Too Good to Waste,” in 1966, followed a year later by “Turn Around.” Upon signing to MCA in 1969, Christie teamed with the songwriting and production tandem of Mitch Murray and Peter Callender. Although their first collaboration, “God Is on My Side,” went nowhere, the 1971 LP Las Vegas proved the singer’s breakthrough, generating the Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield-penned smash “Is This the Way to Amarillo?” (a number one hit in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Spain), “I Did What I Did for Maria,” and “Don’t Go Down to Reno.” Christie remained a constant of the European charts for much of the decade via subsequent hits including “Avenues and Alleyways” (the theme to the television series The Protectors) and “The Queen of Mardi Gras,” selling more than ten million records during the Me Decade. He also hosted his own BBC variety series, and in 1976 played the role of Magaldi during recording sessions for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical +Evita.
In 1979 Christie paired with producer Graham Sacher for the blockbuster “Sweet September,” but his stardom waned during the decade to follow. He nevertheless maintained a demanding international tour schedule, and remained a regular presence on television as well. Upon teaming with producer Jack White, who previously masterminded hits for Engelbert Humperdinck and Baywatch heartthrob David Hasselhoff, Christie scored a massive comeback hit with 1990′s “Kiss in the Night.” However, he again spent a number of years on the cabaret circuit before enjoying a new wave of popularity and credibility via the 1999 single “Walk Like a Panther,” written for him by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. The single earned Christie his first appearance on Top of the Pops in a quarter century, and his newfound hipster cachet was further solidified when the smash comedy series Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights employed “Is This the Way to Amarillo?” as its theme song. In the spring of 2005, the single was re-released to raise funds for the charity Comic Relief, and spent seven weeks atop the U.K. pop charts. After cutting the theme for Kay’s spinoff series Max and Paddy, Christie closed out the year with a tongue-in-cheek big-band cover of Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody,” which fell shy of the British Top 40
BLOC PARTY were forced to scrap an performance in Miami after Kele Okereke fell ill with a throat virus. The singer contracted viral pharyngitis – an inflammation of the throat as they were due to play at the Ultra Music Festival on Saturday. The group apologised for the cancellation and assured fans they will return to Miami to play in the near future. A statement on their website said: “Kele has contracted viral pharyngitis and is unable to perform today at the Ultra Music Festival in beautiful Miami, FL. “We send our heartfelt apologies to all our fans and the Ultra Music Festival organisers. We hope to return to Miami, FL, at our earliest opportunity.”
Equally inspired by Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Cure, East London art punkers Bloc Party mix angular sonics with pop structures. Consisting of singer/guitarist Kele Okereke, guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist/singer Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong, the band was formerly known as Angel Range and Union before settling on Bloc Party. Okereke and Lissack met each other through mutual friends at the Reading Festival, and discovered that they had musical tastes as well as friends in common. Tong and Moakes soon joined their collaboration, and under the name Union, the quartet issued a demo in early 2003; later that year, they switched their name to Bloc Party.
The group’s demo and concerts began to attract attention from both the press and their peers; Okereke sent a copy of the demo to Franz Ferdinand, who invited them to play at the Domino tenth anniversary bash in fall 2003. Early the following year, the band released one of the demo’s tracks, “She’s Hearing Voices,” as a single on Trash Aesthetics. A few months later, Banquet/Staying Fat arrived on Moshi Moshi. That spring, Bloc Party signed to Wichita to release their full-length album in the U.K., and to Dim Mak for U.S. distribution. The band spent summer 2004 recording and touring. Late that summer, Bloc Party, which collected the band’s first two singles, arrived in the States. Their debut album, Silent Alarm, appeared early in 2005 and was released by Vice Records in the States to widespread acclaim. Later that year, Silent Alarm Remixed capitalized on the band’s burgeoning popularity, as did the 2006 EP Helicopter. A Weekend in the City, Bloc Party’s second proper album, followed in 2007. A Weekend in the City leaked onto the Internet months before the album’s street date, which inspired Bloc Party to issue their third album, Intimacy, online in late summer 2008; the album was released on compact disc that fall
Founded in the early 60s, Top of The Pops became one of British television’s most iconic shows. With its weekly chart run down, families across the nation would crowd round the television arguing the merits of that weeks performers.
Axed in 2006, the is only resurrected once a year for a Christmas special. However, this year there was considerable debate after the BBC seemed reluctant to bring the show back.
Pop mogul Simon Cowell offered to buy the show, claiming the entire industry wants the program brought back. Even the government got in on the act, with the Culture Secretary arguing for its reinstatement.
The one off instalment was filmed for Comic Relief, and featured Oasis playing their new single ‘Falling Down’. In the past Oasis were responsible for some classic TOTP moments, including being the first group since The Beatles to play two songs on the show.
Amongst the other highlights were U2 performing new single ‘Get On Your Boots’ and Scottish indie gentry Franz Ferdinand performing to a wild audience reaction.
Depeche Mode have announced that they will not play Glastonbury this year. Keyboardist Andy Fletcher has told Kerrang! Radio’s Emma Scott that the band will not be joining Bruce Springsteen, Franz Ferdinand and The Ting Tings at the Somerset festival, despite recent stories circulating the Internet. He said ‘That is a rumour and it’s not true. Unless our management is going behind our backs, as far as we’re concerned that is definitely not on.’
However, the synth legend may have slipped up during the interview by revealing that the band’s tour ‘is planned until February’ next year, even though their upcoming ‘World Tour of the Universe 2009’ is due to end in September.
After being quizzed if the tour had been extended, he told Emma Scott ‘I’ve given it away, you’re going to get me in trouble now. My manager’s going to come down on me heavy!’
There had been uproar that the upcoming World tour had just one UK date, leading to Emma Scott speculating that more UK dates will be released. Andy replied ‘We’re concerned about that; it’s likely that we will be doing quite a few more dates – maybe Birmingham. It would be nice to put our feet up after September but the fans are just going crazy, we might have to extend it. There could be riots!’
The already released tour dates will coincide with their 12th studio album, ‘Sounds Of the Universe’, released April 21. Andy said ‘We’ve only got actually a couple of albums left in us I think before we go decrepit. We’ve been saved by the Rolling Stones, they’re still going but it worries me that I could be doing this when I’m 60 odd – it’s something to worry about but you can’t stop this thing.’
He then told Emma ‘You were sneaky. Do you know the tour dates already?’
More about Depeche Mode.
Originally a product of Britain’s new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electro-pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era.
The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-based keyboardists Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher first teamed to form the group No Romance in China. The band proved short-lived, and by 1979 Clarke had formed French Look, another duo featuring guitarist/keyboardist Martin Gore; Fletcher soon signed on, and the group rechristened itself Composition of Sound. Initially, Clarke handled vocal chores, but in 1980 singer David Gahan was brought in to complete the lineup. After one final name change to Depeche Mode, the quartet members jettisoned all instruments excluding their synthesizers, honing a slick, techno-based sound to showcase Clarke’s catchy melodies. After building a following on the London club scene, Depeche Mode debuted in 1980 with “Photographic,” a track included on the Some Bizzare Album label compilation. After signing to Mute Records, they issued “Dreaming of Me” in early 1981; while neither the single nor its follow-up, “New Life,” caused much of a stir, their third effort, “Just Can’t Get Enough,” became a Top Ten U.K. hit, and their 1981 debut LP, Speak and Spell, was also a success. Just as Depeche Mode appeared poised for a major commercial breakthrough, however, principal songwriter Clarke abruptly exited to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet, leaving the group’s future in grave doubt. As Gore grabbed the band’s songwriting reins, the remaining trio recruited keyboardist Alan Wilder to fill the technological void created by Clarke’s departure. While 1982′s A Broken Frame deviated only slightly from Depeche Mode’s earlier work, Gore’s ominous songs grew more assured and sophisticated by the time of 1983′s Construction Time Again. Some Great Reward, issued the following year, was their artistic and commercial breakthrough, as Gore’s dark, kinky preoccupations with spiritual doubt (“Blasphemous Rumours”) and psychosexual manipulation (“Master and Servant”) came to the fore; the egalitarian single “People Are People” was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic and typified the music’s turn toward more industrial textures. Released in 1986, the atmospheric Black Celebration continued the trend toward grim melancholy and further established the group as a major commercial force.
After the superb single “Strangelove,” Depeche Mode issued 1987′s Music for the Masses; a subsequent sold-out tour yielded the 1989 double live set 101 as well as a concert film directed by the legendary D.A. Pennebaker. Still, despite an enormous fan base, the group was considered very much an underground cult phenomenon prior to the release of 1990′s Violator, a Top Ten smash that spawned the hits “Enjoy the Silence,” “Policy of Truth,” and “Personal Jesus.” With the alternative music boom of the early ’90s, Depeche Mode emerged as one of the world’s most successful acts, and their 1993 LP Songs of Faith & Devotion entered the charts in the number one slot. However, at the peak of its success, the group began to unravel; first Wilder exited in 1995, and then Gahan was the subject of a failed suicide attempt. (He later entered a drug rehabilitation clinic to battle an addiction to heroin.) After a four-year layoff, Depeche Mode — continuing on as a trio — released 1997′s Ultra, which featured the hits “Barrel of a Gun” and “It’s No Good.” A year later, the band embarked on a tour in support of The Singles 86>98 greatest-hits album. Depeche Mode played 64 shows in 18 countries for over a million fans. It also marked the end of a decade for the band. Each member took some considerable time off, and Depeche Mode would not regroup for another three years. Exciter, the band’s follow-up to 1997′s Ultra, was released in 2001. Singles such as “Dream On” and “I Feel Loved” did moderately well.
Two years later, Gahan issued his debut solo album, the dark and sultry Paper Monsters. Gore also followed suit by issuing his debut full-length, Counterfeit². Each member did respective tours of the U.S. and Europe; however, it wouldn’t be long until Depeche Mode came back together. Playing the Angel became a Top Ten hit upon release in October 2005, produced by Ben Hillier (Doves, Blur, U2, Elbow). With the success of the “Precious” and “John (The Revelator)” singles, Playing the Angel topped the album charts in 18 countries and went multiple platinum and gold in 20 countries. Depeche Mode went to on play to 2.5 million fans worldwide, and the special-edition three-disc set Touring the Angel: Live in Milan (2006) captured the essence of one of the band’s greatest shows.
In 2007, James Yorkston and Lisa Knapp performed together at the acclaimed ‘Tribute to Lal Waterson’ as part of the BBC Electric Proms. They are now reunited and are hitting the road in May for the Tune Up Tour throughout Scotland.
Mon 11th Perth Concert Hall tel: 01738 621 031
Weds 13th Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline tel: 01383 602 302
Thurs 14th The Rep Theatre, Dundee tel: 01382 223 530
Fri 15th The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen tel: 01224 641 122
Sat 16th Eden Court, Inverness tel: 01463 234 234
Sun 17th Buccleuch Centre, Langholm tel: 01387 381 196
Tues 19th The Picture House, Edinburgh tel: 0844 847 1740
Weds 20th Eastgate Theatre, Peebles tel: 01721 725 777
Thurs 21st The Tolbooth, Stirling tel: 01786 27 4000
Fri 22nd ABC2, Glasgow tel: 0844 847 2363
About James Yorkston is a Scottish folk musician.
A native of Fife, James Yorkston was an integral early member of the Fence Collective whose reach across contemporary music continues to lengthen: King Creosote, The Aliens, KT Tunstall, The Beta Band. Yorkston is primarily a singer-songwriter, although he also tackles a variety of traditional songs, learned from singers such as Anne Briggs, Dick Gaughan, Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Lal Waterson, John Strachan & Adrian Crowley. His quoted main influences are Anne Briggs, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Michael Hurley, Can, and the Malagasy D’Gary. Yorkston started out as bassist for punk band Miraclehead, who morphed into the band Huckleberry who recorded a number of independently released records.
James’ solo career began when John Peel played a demo of his ‘Moving Up Country, Roaring The Gospel’, proclaiming it had “The Song title of the year, no doubt”. This led to Bad Jazz Records scrambling for James’ details and releasing that track as James’ debut 7” under the name ‘J. Wright Presents’
At this time James had started to play solo gigs in Edinburgh – his debut supporting Bert Jansch in the Café Royal. Seeking more shows, James sent a copy of the single to John Martyn, asking John for a support slot on his forth coming Edinburgh date – and John Martyn responded by offering James all 27 dates on the UK & Irish tour. Whilst on this tour James was seen by Laurence Bell of Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand), who was so impressed he had a recording contract sent to James’ lawyer the following week. Subsequently he signed to Domino Records, recording music with a number of friends and associates credited as ‘The Athletes’ on his records. None of them, however, are actually athletes; indeed, the accordion player – the renowned Scottish musician Reuben Taylor – has been seen smoking a pipe. James recorded and produced his debut album for Domino – “Moving Up Country” which became Rough Trade Record Shops Album Of The Year for 2002. James also played at the inaugural Greenman Festival, to which he has been asked back every year since.
For James’ 2nd album, he asked Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) onboard as producer, and they made “Just Beyond The River”. This album was extremely well received all round, Pete Paphides of The Times wrote, “Yorkston has reached a state of grace that writers can spend for ever trying to attain: songs that sound not so much written as carefully retrieved from your own subconscious, played with an intuition bordering on telepathy. What more could you ask for?” James’ fan base continued to grow and he was offered tours with Beth Orton (USA), David Gray (UK & Ireland), Tindersticks (Europe), Turin Brakes (USA), Lambchop (Europe), Kathryn Williams (UK) as well as a slot on the prestigious Accelerator tour of Sweden.
The follow up, ‘The Year Of The Leopard’ was produced by Rustin Man, who had recently worked with Beth Gibbons (lead singer with the band Portishead) on their ‘Out Of Season’ record. Whilst promoting this, James was given the chance to play with Bert Jansch once more, this time in Paris – a nice turn of events. James also invited Martin Carthy to play and share a stage with him last year when selling out London’s Union Chapel. 2007 saw Domino Records release a “Best Of The Rest” collection – unreleased songs from his career so far- ‘Roaring The Gospel’ which led the NME to say “Yorkston has talent as deep as a mine shaft”.
More recently, James was invited to work as Musical Director with Oliver Knight and the Waterson Carthy clan for the BBC Electric Proms tribute to Lal Waterson. This was broadcast by the Mike Harding show, as well as by BBC3. Alongside Waterson Carthy, the acts involved included Alasdair Roberts, Kathryn Williams and Lisa Knapp. James’ involvement with the Fence Collective is also very much alive, he has toured extensively with King Creosote and contributes every year to the Fence Collective’s legendary Homegames – mini-festivals featuring guest performances by names such as The Concretes, Hot Chip & Super Shitbox. James also plays in the Fence Collective bands The 3 Craws, Pictish Trail & UNPOC.
His 5th album, When the Haar Rolls in was released through Domino Records on September 1st, 2008. Guests include Nancy Elizabeth Cunliffe, Norma Waterson & Mike Waterson. A special edition was released featuring an album of remixes and an album of James Yorkston covers by artists such as King Creosote, U.N.P.O.C. and Cathal Coughlan.
The INmusic Festival is on 24th and 25th June in Zagreb ‘the city with one million hearts’ Confirmed acts so far include; Franz Ferdinand, Kraftwerk, Moby, Art Brut plus world music acts – Rokia Traore from Mali and Sergent Garcia from France,more world class acts will be announced in due course.
This high profile event is Croatia’s biggest festival and held on an island ‘Lake Jarun’ in it’s fourth season this year , the festival boasts 5 open air live stages; Main stage, Nokia stage, Radio 101 stage, Night Stage and introducing a brand new addition; Tuborg Metal Stage…. the capacity of this event is 20,000 and past acts have included Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Prodigy, Hot Chip, Stereo Mcs, Serj Tankian, XX Teens, Sons and Daughters, Amadou & Mariam, Iggy Pop to name only a few.
The camping is free (included in festival ticket price) the cost break down is as follows;
Festival Ticket (2 days):
€ 48 – Feb 09 – Mar 01 2009
€ 55 – Mar 01 – May 01 2009
€ 62 – May 01 – June 15 2009
€ 68 – June 15 – June 24 2009
* € 75 at the festival box office
€ 62 – June 15 – June 25 2009
* € 62 at the festival box office
Please note that there will be a limited amount of FREE Tuborg tents available to campers (on a 1st come basis) in addition you will enjoy 4 days at the lake with swimming, sports, music, refreshments, trips to the centre of the city,all optional of course but sounds like an amazing holiday opportunity, and not just a festival to us! Croatia has an official holiday on the 25th June so prepare for lots of celebrations; big parties, local gastro foods such as ‘slavonian kulen’ and their tradition tasty wine ‘Peljesac’ will be flowing.
INmusic Festival official after parties follow the live music from 12 am until 4 am both evenings. Many more exciting acts and news will be announced on a weekly basis. Flights; direct flights to Zagreb from the UK are just over two hours – check low cost airline Wizzair (www.wizzair.com) and Croatian Airlines (www.croatianairlines.hr) for more information.
Currency; The Croatian Kuna (kn) although there are many ATMs it is advisable to exchange before reaching the festival.
Accommodation ; The hotels in Zagreb are plentiful but it is advisable to book in advance; try The Zagreb Tourist Board (www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr) if you decide not to camp under the stars!
Zagreb, the biggest city in Croatia offers a plethora of shopping, museums and galleries, bars, sports (everything from; swimming, running, biking, rolling, walking, skating, rowing!)
Jarun by night is set around a peaceful, leafy retreat of lakeside recreation and boasts the best clubs and bars in Zagreb, a hotspot for lovers, the local celebrities, movers and shakers and people in the know.
More about: Franz Ferdinand:
Glasgow’s art-damaged rock quartet Franz Ferdinand — named for the Austro-Hungarian Archduke whose murder sparked World War I — features bassist Bob Hardy, guitarist Nick McCarthy, drummer Paul Thomson, and singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos. In late 2001, Kapranos and Hardy had begun working on music together when they met McCarthy, a classically trained pianist and double bass player who originally played drums for the group despite no prior experience as a drummer. The trio had been rehearsing at McCarthy’s house for a while when they met and started playing with Thomson, a former drummer for the Yummy Fur who felt like playing guitar instead. Eventually, McCarthy and Thomson switched to guitar and drums, and the band switched practice spaces, stumbling upon an abandoned warehouse that they named the Chateau.
The Chateau became Franz Ferdinand’s headquarters, where they rehearsed and held rave-like events incorporating music and art (Hardy graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, and Thomson also posed as a life model there). The bandmembers needed a new rehearsal space once their illicit art parties were discovered by the police, and they found one in a Victorian courthouse and jail. By summer 2002, they recorded an EP’s worth of material that they intended to release themselves, but word of mouth about the band spread and Franz Ferdinand signed to Domino in the summer of 2003. The group’s EP Darts of Pleasure, which led some to label Franz Ferdinand “the Scottish Interpol,” was released that fall, and the band spent the rest of the year supporting groups such as Hot Hot Heat and Interpol. Franz Ferdinand’s second single, Take Me Out, arrived in early 2004. The single propelled them to greater popularity in the U.K. and laid the groundwork for the band’s debut album. Franz Ferdinand was released in February 2004 in the U.K. and a month later stateside. Franz Ferdinand’s success followed them across the pond; “Take Me Out” became a sizeable modern rock hit, in part thanks to the song’s cutting-edge video, which earned the Breakthrough Video award at that year’s MTV Music Video Awards. The group’s momentum continued with the release of the Michael single and their Mercury Prize win over such artists as the Streets, Basement Jaxx, and Keane. Franz Ferdinand released their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better in fall 2005
Benicàssim are proud to announce the latest additions to their 2009 festival line up… The Psychedelic Furs, White Lies, Friendly Fires, The Bishops and Boys Noize will all perform at this year’s festival, which has already sold more than 20,000 tickets.
Situated between Barcelona and Valencia, Benicàssim 2009 confirmed its place as Europe’s hottest festival when it recently announced performances by Oasis, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers and Paul Weller.
Backed by Vince Power (the founder of the Mean Fiddler and the man behind The Hop Farm Festival), the festival will take place from July 16th – 19th and has already proved extremely popular with the rising number of Brits, who are combining the festival experience with a holiday abroad.
The Psychedelic Furs will perform on the Green Stage on Sunday, July 19. The Butler Brothers and their band, one of the most important and influential in the late post-punk 70s, have confirmed for FIB Heineken 09. Along with them, White Lies, Friendly Fires, The Bishops and Boys Noize are among the newest additions to the line-up of the fifteenth edition of Festival, for which more than 20,000 tickets have already been sold!