Iceland volcano continues to cause more acts to cancel Coachella appearances. Earlier we reported that the band “The Cribs” and “Frightened Rabbit” had to cancel their performances at Coachella due to the cancellation of all flights out of Europe caused by the volcano ash from Iceland. However, some bands such as Thom Yorke, Gorillaz, Muse, and Hot Chip, were fortunate enough to have made it over to the U.S. before the flights were cancelled. We thought the first series of cancellations were it for the weekend, but it looks like the volcano ash has seized to disappear and more acts have been compromised. The twitter for Coachella just tweeted the following statement, breaking more bad news to the weekend passholders. “we’re sorry to report that Talvin Singh, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Gary Numan won’t make it to the festival” Gary Numan shared the sad news with his fans on his website with the following post:“It is now 5PM here in the UK. A short while ago I received a message saying that both the San Francisco and Los Angeles shows had sold out which cheered me up no end. A few minutes after that I received another message saying that British Airways have cancelled our flights to the US tomorrow which brought everything straight back down again. We have called every transatlantic airline that operates from the UK and not only are they not flying, they are not currently accepting any new bookings, not until tuesday for many of them. So, even if they do allow planes to fly later on sunday or monday, and that’s a very big if at the moment, we can’t book seats on any of them. Even I have to admit that it’s not looking good. As soon as we know more I’ll update you all. I can’t tell you how disappointed we all are.”We hope that this is the end of cancellations for Coachella.
More festivals to go to: Beijing Pop Festival China, Bergenfest Norway, Bestival England, Byrn Terfel’s Faenol FestivalWales, Coke Live Music Festival Poland, Ireon Music Festival Greece, Live & Loud Malaysia , Pinkpop Netherlands, Rock’n Coke Turkey, Smooth Festival Poland Sunburst KL International Music Festival Malaysia, WesterpopNetherlands, Zelt Musik Festival Germany
Frightened Rabbit precede their 3rd full length studio album, ‘The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’ with a brand new single ‘Nothing Like You’ on February 22nd, backed with another new song, ‘Learned Your Name’. Furiously upbeat, ‘Nothing Like You’ s acoustic bustle is reminescent of The Cure classic, ‘Inbetween Days’ and mines the most uptempo aspects of Scott Hutchison’s songwriting. The new album follows on 1st March. Frightened Rabbit’s steady ascent is set to rise incrementally with the release of the new album, appetite for which has been whetted by the anthemic ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ teaser single. The March headline dates run as follows:
04/03/10 York Duchess
05/03/10 Manchester Club Academy
06/03/10 Aldershot West End Centre
08/03/10 Bristol Thekla
09/03/10 Oxford Academy 2
10/03/10 London Koko
12/03/10 Birmingham Academy 2
13/03/10 Sheffield Leadmill 2
14/03/10 Norwich Arts Centre
Frightened Rabbit is: Scott Hutchison (vocals, guitar), Grant Hutchison (Drums, vocals), Billy Kennedy (guitar, keys), Andy Monaghan (bass, keyboard, guitar), Gordon Skene (guitar, keys, percussion)
A fistful of Fandango is back for third year!! The hipsters and the whipsters behind Club Fandango are exceedingly pleased to announce that A FISTFUL OF FANDANGO 3 will be taking place at the 229 Venue on London’s Great Portland Street between Wednesday September 9th and Saturday September 12th. This four night stand will once again see Team Fandango take over the whole venue to deliver the good punters of London Town six acts a night, with the three bands on the main stage interacting skilfully with the three bands in Room 2 –this year hosted by the ever eclectic Converse and Artrocker Music collaboration ‘New Blood ‘, the stage will present THE best new talent before the masses have their hands on them. All this is sure to ensure that there is nary a pause for musical breath throughout the whole jolly evening.
Always delighted to blunder in blindly where other sensible types fear to tread, Club Fandango set up A Fistful Of Fandango on a wing and a prayer in the then unknown 229 venue in September 2007. Maps, Shitdisco, Operator Please, Friendly Fires, British Sea Power, Good Books and Pete & The Pirates were just some of the numerous highlights from that opening four-night stand. Fanfarlo, Absentee and Malcolm Middleton were pretty darned good as well.
And so it was that A FISTFUL OF FANDANGO indelibly stamped itself upon the indie mini-urban festival map, snuggling in at the tail end of the festival season just in between Reading / Leeds Festival and Bestival. Like a moderately disturbed distant cousin of the Camden Crawl A FISTFUL OF FANDANGO merrily contrived to mix together the freshest of leftfield faces with established alternative talents, and did so again in 2008 when the cuddly likes of Fionn Regan, Shout Out Louds, Camera Obscura and The Clientele rubbed shoulderpads with Red Light Company, The Ruling Class, Frightened Rabbit, Broken Records and other bands with a capital ‘R’ in their name. This obviously doesn’t include Slagsmalsklubben, but they were ace anyway.
And A FISTFUL OF FANDANGO 3 promises to be bigger and more berserk than ever before as the crack Club Fandango booking crew gets up to springtime speed. Launched on a dank evening in 2001 by a wag from Pointy Recordings and another wag from fierce panda records, March 3rd 2009 saw Club Fandango celebrate eight years of promoting shows at its flagship Tuesday night at the Dublin Castle. If our remedial mathematics isn’t letting us down again that’s roughly 400 shows in one venue, which if nothing else demonstrates a level of loyalty and consistency which should alarm the more fickle elements of the music industry. The fact that our tenure has brought forth early live appearances for the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Death Cab For Cutie, Keane and Kaiser Chiefs is simply the icing in an immensely stubborn cake.
Away from the delights of Camden Parkway the Fandango tentacles have reached out to encompass current live promotions at the 229, the Borderline, Dingwalls and the Wilmington Arms. The brand, if you will, has also expanded to feature a fanzine called Zine Fandango, a record label called Label Fandango and a musky aftershave called Eau de Fandango. One of these may or may not be true. And of course the widely praised www.clubfandango.co.uk continues to inform the gig-going public with a clarity and directness sorely lacking in rival venue’s online witterings.
So then. 1 venue: 2 stages: 4 nights: 24 bands: @ the 229. And all happening in six months time.
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