Keane announce club dates. After selling out their entire six-date June 2010 forest tour, Keane have announced plans to intersperse the tour with shows at club venues in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Dublin. Says Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley: “The forest shows we’re playing in June will be big, glorious singalongs, but we wanted to play some more sweaty and intimate gigs along the way.” He added, “We figured out the other day that we haven’t played in Birmingham since February 2007. Birmingham was one of the first cities to really embrace Keane – in fact, we think it was the scene of our first sold out show – so it’s about time we got back there.” Tickets for the new shows will go on sale at 9.30am on Wednesday April 14th, via Keane’s official website, www.keanemusic.com .
The full June tour is now as follows:
FOREST 10th June – Thetford Forest, Suffolk SOLD OUT
FOREST 11th June – Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent SOLD OUT
CLUB 15th June – The Roundhouse, London
CLUB 16th June – Academy, Birmingham
FOREST 18th June – Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire SOLD OUT
FOREST 19th June – Sherwood Pines Forest, Nottinghamshire SOLD OUT
CLUB 21st June – Barrowlands, Glasgow
CLUB 23rd June – Olympia, Dublin
FOREST 25th June – Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire SOLD OUT
FOREST 26th June – Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire SOLD OUT
Keane announce ‘Night Train EP’ tracklist.
Following the success of their third consecutive Number One album, Perfect Symmetry, Keane are pleased to announce the tracklisting of their new eight-song EP, Night Train, which will be released globally on 10th May 2010.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. House Lights
2. Back In Time
3. Stop For A Minute (feat K’Naan)
4. Clear Skies
5. Ishin Denshin (You’ve Got To Help Yourself) (feat Tigarah)
6. Your Love
7. Looking Back (feat K’Naan)
8. My Shadow
The EP was recorded in various studios during the Perfect Symmetry world tour that saw the band playing to packed arenas in 28 countries, from Australia to Norway, Colombia to South Korea and Lebanon to Switzerland. It takes its title from the band’s favoured mode of transport during the tour.
Highlights include Keane’s genre-busting collaborations with Somali/Canadian rapper K’Naan, the irrepressible Stop For A Minute and the Rocky-inspired Looking Back. “I think those tracks show us in a completely different light,” says Keane frontman Tom Chaplin.
Other definite standouts include Ishin Denshin (You’ve Got To Help Yourself), an addictive electro-pop number which features Japanese baile funk MC Tigarah; the gorgeous, 80s-flavoured Your Love, which hangs around a rare lead vocal from the band’s Ivor Novello-winning songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley; and fans’ live favourite My Shadow.
Following the worldwide success of their third consecutive Number One album, ‘Perfect Symmetry’, Keane have announced details of a new eight-song EP and a tour of English forests. ‘The Night Train’ EP will be released on 8th May 2010. It features eight powerful new tracks which were written and recorded during the Perfect Symmetry world tour that saw the band playing to packed arenas in 28 countries, from Australia to Norway, Colombia to South Korea and Lebanon to Switzerland. The EP takes its title from the band’s favoured mode of transport Continue reading →
Currently on its 35th series, BBC2’s later live with, Jools Holland remains the unmissable Tuesday night 10pm essential for music fans of all ages backgrounds and tastes. Coupled with its perfectly timed 11.35pm extended version on Friday nights, the show truly exists as the most visible and consistent champion of quality music on the nation’s TVs, a fifteen year institution that has become as valued a friend and resource to the artists and musician featured n the show as for the audience themselves. Like its TV counter-part, ‘Later Live 2, with Jools Continue reading →
Kicking off on August 28th, the Rock Festival en Seine is one of Paris’ biggest music events and features a stellar line-up of music acts from around the world. The three-day event takes place just outside the city centre, in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, and is within easy reach of dozens of Paris Hotels. Situated just five minutes away from the venue, the Boulogne – Pont de Saint-Cloud metro station is the closest public transport hub. Some of the acts set to perform this year include Oasis, who will take to the stage on the first day of the festival, Amy Macdonald, Just Jack, Keane, Calvin Harris, The Prodigy, Macy Gray and School of Seven Bells. Tickets covering all three days are priced at 99 euros (GBP85), while one-day passes are priced at 45 euros. Entrance is free for those aged between six and ten. Parents are advised not to bring children under the age of six to the festival. As well as attending Rock Festival en Seine, those heading to French capital next month will find plenty of other events taking place. Highlights include Fete de Ganesh, Paris’ version of the Notting Hill, and the annual Pianissimo Jazz Festival, which gets underway on August 1st. LateRooms.com has a variety of over 385 hotels in Paris ranging from Luxury to boutique to well discounted hotels. Below are some handpicked hotels. The Villa Royale Montsouris is located close to the Parc des Expositions – doubles can be booked at this 4 star hotel from 86GBP a night. Located in the heart of the most exclusive district of Paris, the Hotel Astra Opera rated 4 stars has rooms sleeping up to 2 adults from 110GBP a night. Editors notes LateRooms is one of the UK’s leading online accommodation sites offering late availability deals in over 22,000 properties worldwide, ranging from bed and breakfasts to five star luxury hotels. LateRooms offers customers a saving of up to 70 per cent off the normal room rate for a variety of independent and branded hotels. Customers can book by phone or online 24/7, whether booking 12 months or 12 minutes in advance – whatever time, whatever day. LateRooms arm the customer with information to help them choose the right hotel. Users can read from over 350,000 true hotel reviews, written by customers who have booked through LateRooms and actually stayed at the hotel. LateRooms is the first online site to use VisitBritain’s official national classification system to rate its hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses. This ensures customers know the standards of quality they can expect when making a reservation. For further editorial information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 0161 831 1000 Source: Late Rooms Website: http://www.laterooms.com/en/k12835253_paris-hotels.aspx
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.
With a line-up already crammed full of fans’ favourites OXEGEN 2009 is shaping up to be the music event of the summer. The great and good of Rock ‘n’ Roll are coming from all over the world to play for you this July. Today, we are delighted to announce the latest star players to be added to the musical team sheet. Turntable-maestros 2 Many DJs have been added to Friday’s line-up. Renowned for pioneering the mash-up scene, the Belgian duo have recently been busy working with the likes of Daft Punk and Gorillaz.
Fans can also look forward to the soulful and bluesy vocals of James Morrison. Still only 24, he’s already been compared to the likes of the mighty Otis Redding and Van Morrison. Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai bring their own wall of sound to Friday. This critically acclaimed 5 piece always deliver an outstanding, often deafening live show. Regina Spektor is a unique singer songwriter that cannot be pigeonholed. Her undoubted talent embraces influences as diverse as folk, punk, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Check out a virtuoso at work on Saturday. With 18 top 20 singles including classics such as ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘The Riverboat Song’, Ocean Colour Scene will need no introduction to the OXEGEN masses on Friday. It’s a big welcome back to Maximo Park who last rocked out in 2007. Their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Quicken the Heart’ is due out on May 11th and OXEGEN is the place to experience it live on Saturday. The Hours have an enviable music pedigree, with members Antony and Martin having worked with Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape and UNKLE. Now they have teamed up with their pal artist Damien Hirst on his new label,check out their cracking new single,’Big Black Hole’, due out today. A big, fresh sound for Friday night. Fresh from starring at SXSW and riding their ever-growing wave of buzz, You Me At Six will bring their provocative punk metal sound to the up for it OXEGEN crowd on Sunday. Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Fawn and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth. Catch them on Saturday. Having supported Kings of Leon and The Killers on tour M83 come highly recommended. Jump into their dream pop sound on Friday. Described by The Guardian as an ‘Irish Outkast’, the Republic of Loose define themselves without any reference to anyone else other than a respectful nod to James Brown and The Rolling Stones. Nominated for 2 Meteor Awards this year, they add their funk-filled sound to Friday’s line up. BBC Sound of 2009 hot tip La Roux will go ‘In For The Kill’ on Sunday this year. Following their current support slot on Lily Allen’s UK tour and the forthcoming headline gig on NME’s 2009 Radar Tour, the annual new talent showcase will lead them nicely into their summer slot at OXEGEN.
OXEGEN artists announced so far:
FRI 10TH JULY
Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Eagles of Death Metal, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane, 2 Many DJs, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene, The Hours, M83, Republic Of Loose
SAT 11TH JULY
Kings of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, The Saturdays, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism, Gary Go, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Maximo Park, Crystal Castles, La Roux
SUN 12TH JULY
The Killers, Razorlight, Nine Inch Nails, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live), Hudson Mohawke, Wallis Bird, You Me At 6
Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 price freeze of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.
City Showcase announces the first round of acts chosen to play at this year’s festival on May, 7th, 8th and 9th. London’s premiere new and emerging music festival, City Showcase, has announced the first round of artists confirmed to play at this year’s festival and confirmed the event will be free!! The first acts announced include Sky Larkin, White Belt Yellow Tag , My Toys Like Me , Swound , The Telegraphs , Hunting The Minatour , The Screaming Lights and The 9000 who will all play free shows at City Showcase’s prestigious Xfm sponsored nights at the Borderline on May 7th,8th and 9th.
The above nights will be hosted by Xfm’s DJs Jon Hillcock and Ian Camfield while all the events and acts chosen will receive around the clock coverage across the station. This year the City Showcase Rock Night on May 8th will also be sponsored and supported by Rock Sound magazine who has also been involved in the selection process for the evening.
Keep a look out as City Showcase will also be announcing more cutting edge acts to be playing at some exciting and interesting venues and stages across London over the course of the next few weeks.
Acts to have previously played at City Showcase’s prestigious Xfm sponsored rock, Indie and electro nights have included Razorlight , Keane, Gallows, We are the Ocean , Scouting For Girls, Hot Chip and many more and City Showcase hopes that this year’s event will also help bring similar industry awareness to more great new and emerging artistry .
2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. To mark this milestone the label is entering into the world of book publishing. May 21st ’09 will see the publication of ‘KEEP ON RUNNING – THE STORY OF ISLAND RECORDS’ edited by Chris Salewicz (acclaimed author of recent best-selling Joe Strummer biog ‘Redemption Song’ as well as books on The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and many others) and produced by Universal Island Ltd. and The Island Trading Company Ltd.
‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ is a 226-page full-colour hard-cover commemoration of Island Records, started by Jamaican Chris Blackwell in 1959, the most illustrious record label that the British music business has ever known. Illustrated by copious rare images, including original artwork and photographs from the Island Records archives, ‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ will tell the story of this extraordinary label, its art and its artists, in a series of twelve essays by celebrated writers such as Paul Morley, Jon Savage, Sean O’Hagan, Vivien Goldman, Lloyd Bradley, David Katz, Robin Denselow, Sylvia Patterson, Richard Williams and Joe Boyd. Chapter headings include Out of Jamaica, The Pink Label, Season of the Witch, Glitterball, Roots-Rock Reggae, Singular Voices, The Tuff Gong, Globalisation, From Africa & Beyond, Re-birth Of The Cool and The New Millennium. Photographers include Anton Corbijn, Adrian Boot, Gered Mankowitz, Keith Morris, Andy Earl, Lawrence Watson, Maria Mochnacz, Jean-Paul Goude and Neville Garrick.
The book will be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Island Records in May ’09: these include a large-scale, month-long exhibition of Island artwork and memorabilia in London’s Soho; a week of concerts by key artists at Shepherds Bush Empire; a 90 minute TV documentary about the label; a Radio 2 documentary; and deluxe re-releases of many iconic Island albums, which will continue throughout 2009.
Chris Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 with capital of just £1000. Relocating to London in the early 60s Blackwell built the most diverse and enviable back catalogue of any independent record label in history. From Island’s early Jamaican roots in ska and rock-steady, through the label’s expansion to become the cutting edge of progressive rock in the late 60s, and then on to the signing of such international superstars as Bob Marley and U2, Blackwell brought to Island a unique vision and passion which still informs the label’s approach to this day.
The Island label has been responsible for the careers of some of the biggest stars in music including U2, Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, Traffic, Free, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Toots & The Maytals, John Martyn, Marianne Faithfull, Aswad, Tom Waits, King Sunny Ade, Third World, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, the B52s, Sly & Robbie, Melissa Etheridge, The Slits, Steel Pulse, Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Pulp, Baaba Maal, Tricky, Talvin Singh, and latterly Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, DJ Shadow, Sugababes, Keane, The Fratellis, Scott Matthews, Paul Weller, The Feeling, Portishead and Florence & The Machine.
A-HA – Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar are back with an arena tour in November 2009 coming to Birmingham NIA on Monday 2nd, Manchester MEN Arena on Tuesday 3rd and London O2 Arena on Wednesday 4th.
The band last toured the UK in 2005 to over 60,000 fans in support of their return to the Top 10 with the single ‘Analogue’ and the album of the same name. In the same year they played the Live 8 concert in Berlin, made history in Oslo with 120,000 turning up to their Frognerparken show and were awarded the prestigious ‘Q Magazine Inspiration’ award at a star-packed London ceremony and had everyone from U2, Coldplay, Morrissey and Keane citing them as influences on their career.
‘Analogue’ also marked exactly 20 years since a-ha topped the Billboard Hot 100 and conquered the pop globe with ‘Take On Me’, before setting out to show that was merely the top layer in a complex and sophisticated collective.
A-ha will release their ninth studio album later this year.
To see A-Ha perform tracks from their new album and a wealth of hits live:
Monday 2nd Birmingham NIA 0844 33 88 000
Tuesday 3rd Manchester MEN Arena 0844 847 8000
Wednesday 4th London The O2 Arena 0844 856 0202
Shortly after releasing their first singles, ‘She Left Me’ and ‘Made Up Stories’ on Epic Records in the summer of 2008, Go:Audio parted company with the label to release their material independently.
Since then, they have been nominated for Best Newcomers at the Kerrang! Awards 2008 and written yet more material for their Andy Green (Keane) produced debut album. They’ve also sold an unprecedented number of tickets for their live dates, making them arguably the biggest unsigned act in the country.
Go:Audio have built up an enviable online following by engaging their MySpace community in crucial decisions, such as polls to determine the selection of their b-sides and artwork, and have now built up an overwhelming base of people power.
‘Drive To The City’ is a typically anthemic single from the band, mixing up disco synths with a do-or-die pop-rock chorus. Produced by the band’s keyboardist Josh Wilkinson, it’s destined to be sung along to with dizzy abandon when the band head out on the road.
They rose to fame by building an initial fan base using their myspace page and touring small venues round the UK, their first single/EP Woodchuck was released in March 2008 (though scheduled for February), followed by Made-up Stories, and She Left Me in August, their first album was originally to be released at the end of January 2009, taking the name of their second single Made-up Stories. It has been delayed to an undisclosed time later in 2009, as the band wished to record a few more songs to add to the album. A new single is expected to be released before the album itself. The original 10-track album has been leaked onto a few torrent sites such as Isohunt and Mininova.
Go:Audio’s music style has been described as an emo rock-pop mix, with a hint of synth.
The have toured with and supported many big bands such as: Sherwood, Say Anything, Hellogoodbye, The Blackout, Bowling for Soup, My American Heart, Scouting for Girls and Kids In Glass Houses. Due to an injury to his knee, guitarist Zack had to pull out from the remainder of The Blackout’s tour, and cannot play for the remainder of Scouting For Girl’s tour. He was also unable to play their first headline show at the Bar Academy, Islington, with Casiokid and Lights Action supporting. Go:Audio’s Third headline tour is due to go ahead in April. They have also recently announced that a third single will be released in April, however it is unknown what it will be yet.
The band’s forthcoming tour is rapidly selling out, and will stop at the following venues:
1 April Nottingham Rescue Rooms (sold out)
2 April Cambridge Junction
3 April Oxford Academy (sold out)
4 April Manchester Academy 2 (sold out)
6 April Glasgow, QMU
7 April Newcastle Academy
8 April Birmingham Academy
9 April London Electric Ballroom
11 April Dublin Academy
12 April Belfast Limelight
The band will record the live session at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios, the home of The Beatles historic first ever satellite broadcast, and will feature live mixed graphics from world renowned digital artists D-Fuse.
3D glasses will be available from keanemusic.com, and all retailers with the 7′ of the new single ‘Better Than This’.
The audio from the gig will also be simultaneously broadcast live on-air on newly launched national station Absolute Radio and in it’s full 3D video glory at www.absoluteradio.co.uk.
Keane release Better Than This taken from the album Perfect Symmetry, on 16th March, through Island Records.
More about Keane.
Vocals: Tom Chaplin / Piano: Tim Rice-Oxley / Drums: Richard Hughes
Keane formed in 1997 at a Hastings Secondary School.
In 2002, following several years of experimenting and honing their sound, Keane decided that they needed to get out and play live. They booked two acoustic gigs, one at the 12 Bar Club, another at the Betsey Trotwood. Fierce Panda mini-mogul Simon Williams caught the Betsey Trotwood gig, and asked Keane to put out a single on his label.
They chose ‘Everybody’s Changing’, a sweeping, majestic ode to feeling utterly lost when everyone else seems to know the score, which was recorded for zero pence. “The recording session was a little rough and ready – the song was literally made in a room in someone’s house,” Tom laughs. “And we had to go round to a different house to mix it, because the speakers broke.” It would be difficult to find origins more desperately indie, yet ‘Everybody’s Changing’ sounded like a Number One chart hit before you even got to the chorus, and it immediately began turning heads. Steve Lamacq decided that it was one of the best singles in Fierce Panda’s entire history – not bad for a label, which housed early releases from Coldplay, Idlewild and Supergrass. He declared that Keane were “somewhere between a scuffed Coldplay and a frankly bewildered Beautiful South”, hammering the single on his show and eventually calling the band in for a session on BBC 6Music. Xfm were on the case, too, with Clare Sturgess requesting a session from the band, while a Sunday Times profile noted that Keane were responsible for “three and a half minutes of pure pop loveliness”. NME wrote that ‘Everybody’s Changing’ was “indisputably mighty” and compared Keane with “‘Kid A’-era Radiohead covering A-ha”.
What all these people spotted – and what the rest of the world will shortly find out for themselves – is that despite the reference points, Keane’s beguilingly beautiful music really isn’t like anything else that’s out there right now. “Our songs have universal themes and are emotional,” Tim nods. “People want emotion. But that seems like quite a rare thing these days. I don’t think there are many bands who are making music which actually means anything. There’s nothing to identify with.”
Things, at last, were beginning to gather pace. Keane’s first UK tour saw Tom, Richard and Tim performing at venues up and down the country to audiences of between five and 300 people. They didn’t look like many other bands – there was no guitarist, a factor which might send some purists screaming into the hills but, Richard says, really wasn’t a conscious decision.
By the time spring 2003 rolled around, the boys were out on the road again, and labels were already putting offers on the table. “All we were after was the opportunity to make the right record with the right people,” Tom shrugs – which is where Island stepped in. “We’ve never wanted to be a small, cult band,” Tom adds. “We want to get our music heard by as many people as we possibly can, because that’s why we’re making it.”
Throw in a startling appearance in the New Bands tent at the Reading and Leeds Carling Weekend, more plaudits for the boys’ second single ‘This Is The Last Time’. And, once again, it sounds like all the bands who’ve ever meant anything to anyone, but at the same time it only sounds like Keane.
“People often say that they wish they’d been around in the 60s,” Tom says. “But we’re happy just where we are. We love rock’s back catalogue, and now we’ve got a chance to add to it. After all, tunes never go out of fashion.”