Maximo Park’s Paul Smith announces UK tour and debut single. Paul Smith of Maximo Park will release ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ on 1st November, the first single from his debut solo album ‘Margins’. The single will be released on 7′ vinyl (with b-side ‘Loop for Becca’) and download (with a version of ‘A Little Lost’ by Arthur Russell). Written and recorded in less than 24 hours, Our Lady of Lourdes has a propulsive beat, lush echoing guitars and dream-like melodies. ‘The song is like a short story describing a sign language conversation. It also touches on how religion provides comfort to those who need it’, explains Smith of the mysterious lyrics. It’s one of the more electric songs on a record that also finds Smith exploring his love of acoustic and experimental sounds. Margins is released on 11th October on Billingham Records, run by Smith, the label on which Maximo Park’s first ever red vinyl was released. The album is a collection of personal and intimate self-penned songs recorded with friend and co-producer Andy Hodson (The Matinee Orchestra/Warm Digits) at Hodson’s home in Newcastle over the past four years. Field Music’s David Brewis plays bass on the record. Maximo Park, together with Smith, are currently writing new material. Smith, accompanied by a band, will take to the road in November. He says ”ve been waiting to play these songs live for a while now so that should ensure an excitable performance although the songs will require a different execution to those of Maximo Park; less frenetic movement but no less emotion or commitment.’
UK TOUR DATES
26/11 – Bodega – Nottingham
27/11 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
28/11 – Glee Club – Birmingham
29/11 – Thekla – Bristol
01/12 – Bush Hall – London
02/12 – Deaf Institute – Manchester
03/12 – Classic Grand – Glasgow
04/12 – Sage 2 – Gateshead
Saint Etienne headline The Apple Cart Festival . The Apple Cart Festival, one of the most exciting collaborative projects of the year, brings together some of the most forward thinking creative minds in the UK, with an agenda to enthrall and delight all your senses. The Apple Cart is proud to announce the only UK performance from headliners Saint Etienne. A true London musical institution, the band deftly fuse the English swing of sixties London with a post acid house backbeat and are responsible for classic anthems such as ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’, ‘Nothing Can Stop Us’, You’re In A Bad Way’ and ‘He’s On The Phone’. Expect Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs to charm the crowds with their grown up, stylish pop musings and sing along anthems. Next up is legendary DJ and widely acclaimed musical tastemaker Gilles Peterson whose eclectic musical selections will be a highlight of the inaugural festival. Fusing hip-hop, jazz and soul with newer musical genres, Gilles has garnered universal acclaim for his Worldwide show on Radio 1 and compilation albums of the same name. His DJ gigs have cemented a huge audience and his eclectic and vibrant set is certain to bring the carnival atmosphere to Shoreditch Park. Former front man of post punk outfit Orange Juice, Edwyn Collins is a welcome addition to the bill. The Ivor Novello winner who has influenced everyone from Franz Ferdinand to Maximo Park will be performing his soulful, heartwarming jangly pop tracks including international hit ‘A Girl Like You’. In support are Liverpool psychedelic rockers Clinic who are cult heroes for their unique and conceptual take on garage rock. Their visually arresting sets in surgical masks and Hawaiian shirts have become a classic trademark of their fun and experimental style. Expect a set of high octane, off-kilter carnival electronics, guaranteed to get the crowd going. Also on the bill is Steve Mason, one of the Britpop generations few genuinely brilliant and original songsmiths, Steve has delivered on the promise of The Beta Band’s ‘The 3 EP’s’ – the masterpiece that introduced his extraordinary talent to the world. He will perform tracks from his amazing new Richard X produced album ‘Boys Outside’, released on his new home Domino records in May, which is currently gaining strong radio play across the UK.
Arctic Monkeys have been blasted for their unfriendly attitude at the Reading Festival. The ‘Crying Lightning’ rockers – who headlined the music event on Saturday (29.08.09) – have come under fire for their insistence on a segregated backstage area and refusal to mix with other acts on the bill. A source told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper: “At festivals most bands take the opportunity to hang out with each other but the Monkeys demanded privacy. “They had their own area set up away from the other acts on the bill, which was guarded at all times by two security guards. “Now they’re on their third number one album they can make any demand they want and Continue reading →
Being a festival so epic in stature, you might think that Glastonbury would neglect cutting-edge dance music in favour of rock and indie. You’d be wrong. Glastonbury takes pride in providing its faithful crowd with a mix of the classic and contemporary, bringing some of the best talent—both established and up-and-coming—that dance music has to offer. As well as the Dance Village—an entire area devoted to Continue reading →
Maximo Park have just returned from a stupendous weekend at Glastonbury, where they made festival history by having the largest attendance for an opening act, with more than 60,000 fans flocking to the Queen’s Head Stage on Thursday, June 24. Their second set, on Saturday, June 26 drew massive crowds as well, with the audiences chanting along to songs both old and new. But then, they have had such a banner year already. Their third album, the critically acclaimed “Quicken the Heart” has debuted in the UK top 10, a special comeback show at Newcastle almost caused riots and made headline news, and they have since booked key slots at all the major festivals this summer, including Glastonbury, T-in-the-Park, Reading and Leeds and many more. Now, they are back to conquer the UK all over again with their own shows, playing songs off their new record. Maximo’s Paul Smith states: “Glasgow Barrowland has been a favourite of ours, as has Manchester Apollo; there’s a real history to these music halls. In London we had a think about places we haven’t played before that had a different feel and the Royal Albert Hall is a beautiful venue that appealed to us on a number of levels.”
Maximo Park October UK Tour:
7th Glasgow, Barrowland. Tickets: £19.50
8th Manchester, Apollo. Tickets: £19.50
9th London, Royal Albert Hall. Tickets: £19.50 / £22.50 / £25.00 / £29.50
As you may or may not already know, Maximo Park are officially opening Glastonbury Festival in high style this year. But what you probably didn’t realise is this: in a move that is certain to be a Glastonbury first, Maximo Park – one of the UK’s most cherished bands – are inviting fans to select the songs they want to hear by voting for the entire setlist that the band will play when they kick off proceedings at the legendary festival on 25 June. Playing at the Queen’s Head Stage at 4pm on Thursday, this set will be shaped and decided specifically by the fans themselves. So they can select whichever Maximo Park classics they want from the band’s three albums to date (and a few b-sides) and hear it played in the historic environs of Glastonbury on the opening day. This set will then be followed on Saturday night by another blazing set on the Other Stage which will boast songs from their brand new album “Quicken the Heart”, including their forthcoming single “Questing, Not Coasting”, to be released on 13 July. Frontman Paul Smith says “We were trying to decide what songs to play over the two sets and we thought why not let the public decide. We wanted the show to be fun and we don’t like to take ourselves too seriously. All of our songs were written for a reason, so we’ll be happy to play any one of them”. To vote and see how the set is shaping up, all fans have to do is visit the band’s facebook profile: www.facebook.com/maximopark. The voting ends at 5pm on Wednesday, 24 June, with the results to be unveiled on 25 June. In addition, to add even more of a sense of occasion to proceedings, there will be a flag competition on the day – fans should head down to the Queens Head stage early wearing Maximo Park T-shirts and carrying Maximo Park flags, and send photos of themselves in front of the stage backdrop to the facebook page to win an extremely special and secret prize. As if you needed any further excuse to get to Glastonbury one day early!
From 11 Jun 2009 – 14 Jun 2009
Top rock and indie names, legendary acts, and rising stars, on a large main stage or the smaller tented stage in a relaxed festival atmosphere. The dates for the eighth Isle of Wight festival are confirmed as from Friday 12th until Sunday 14th June 2009. The confirmed acts for 2009 include The Prodigy who headline on Friday, with Stereophonics, and Razorlight confirmed as joint Saturday headliners, and Neil Young headlining the Sunday. Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, Maximo Park, White Lies, The View, The Rifles, Pixies, Simple Minds, The Pigeon Detectives, and The Script are just some of the names confirmed to appear on the main stage. Tim Burgess of The Charlatans curates the Sunday of this year’s Big Top, and will headline it on the same day, as well as a full line-up there’s DJ sets from Tim Burgess, Rhys Webb, and The She Set. Also appearing there on the Saturday will be Australian Pink Floyd, Calvin Harris, McFly, Mercury Rev, Ultravox, and more. Friday is Ladies night with Bananarama, Ladyhawke, Alesha Dixon, and The Noisettes. For campers The Human League lead the entertainment on the Thursday night. For the line-up details, day splits, and rumours as available. Tickets are priced at £140 for an adult ticket with camping which includes entertainment in the campsite on Thursday night, and Â£70 for a child ticket (12 years and under). The price of an adult ticket without camping is Â£120 and Â£60 for children (12 years and under). Every person attending the festival must purchase a ticket. This includes babes in arms.
The original Isle Of Wight Festival will forever be etched in musical history after it housed Jimi Hendrix’s last ever performance, attracted the largest ever UK festival crowd and led to any future festivals being banned from the island after nearly half a million hippies turned the 1970 site into a chaotic free-for-all. However, since it was re-ignited in 2002, the festival has forged a new identity that differs from its predecessors. Big names like The Rolling Stones and The Police honour the spirits of greats like Dylan and The Doors as some 60,000 fans annually cross the Solent for the three-day bash. With one main stage and a big top the festival is predominantly about the music and a varied line-up means there is often something for everyone with The Cribs, Amy Winehouse and Sugababes performing recently. Onsite there is a funfair as well as a selection of food and drink stalls. Camping is available from the Thursday
The Fast Track to FIB Heineken competition kicked off in spectacular style this month as over 1000 bands registered and uploaded their music in an attempt to win a slot at this year’s Benicássim festival in Spain. For the second year running, Vince Power has partnered up with rapidly emerging youth music brand Supajam, to find Europe’s newest super-group, and so far the response has been phenomenal! The contest allows bands to submit their music online and a careful selection process follows (see below) before the final 5 bands battle it out at a live showdown in Piccadilly’s The Pigalle Club. Voting doesn’t officially start until May 16th but with so much interest in the upload stage of the competition, Supajam are preparing themselves for the inevitable onslaught from bands’ fans. Having already confirmed a monumental line up including The Killers, Oasis, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, Paul Weller (see photo) , Lily Allen, Glasvegas, Maximo Park, The Horrors, 2 Many DJ’s and Elbow fans have come to expect bands of the very highest calibre, so its no wonder that competition for a slot on the Benicássim bill is fiercer than ever. Last year’s winner JKLMNO have taken massive steps forward since taking home the ‘Fast Track to FIB Heineken’ crown. Since winning the contest they have recorded a live studio session for the BBC and seen their music featured as the ‘Windows Media download of the week’. Set to record a single for physical release in August with Manic Street Preachers producer Greg Haver in the Manics’ own private studio, many are tipping them as one to watch for 2009. Other finalists from last year were Doll And the Kicks who have since supported Morrissey on his European tour and Irish rockers CODES, who shared the stage with Keane on their UK tour. If you want a chance to perform the gig of your lifetime visit supajam now!
Maximo Park’s sold out uk tour which started last night with back-to-back shows at Newcastle Academy was marred by guitarist Duncan Lloyd having one of his favourite guitars stolen prior to the show. The guitar is a 1979 brown and gold Gretsch Country Gent. The guitar was purchased from Stella Barker from the 80′s pop band the Belle Stars and prior to this was played by Joe Strummer from The Clash.
Maximo Park are offering a significant reward for the return of the guitar and all information will be kept strictly confidential. Please email email@example.com
After releasing just two limited singles (‘Kiss With A Fist’ and ‘Dog Days Are Over’) the magnetic Florence & The Machine has built up a formidable following of fans and critics alike, even winning this years highly prestigious Critics Choice BRIT Award. Now with the impressive debut album Lungs Florence Welch looks set to exceed all hype and expectation, blowing her contemporaries out of the water. An insight into why the wonderful world of 22 year old Florence has mesmerized more than a few, the long player is an intoxicating mix of delicate fragility, dark humour and twisted Tim Burton style fairy-tales. Production duties come care of Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Jack Penate, Maximo Park), James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, The Klaxons, Last Shadow Puppets) and Steve Mackay (Pulp, M.I.A), who were all eager to work with the young newcomer. From the live favourite ‘You’ve Got The Love’ to the raw blues tinged ‘Girl With One Eye’ to the beautifully painful ‘Between Two Lungs’, the album is crammed with crowd pleasers. Also boasting fresh tracks like new single ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’, ‘Drumming’ – with its epic denseness, the terrifyingly brilliant ‘Howl’ and ‘Hurricane Drunk’ with it’s paradoxical charms of heartbreak, love and loss, Lungs promises to leave us wanting more of the insanely captivating Florence Welch.
1. Dog Days Are Over
2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
3. I’m Not Calling You A Liar
5. Kiss With A Fist
6. Girl With One Eye
8. Between Two Lungs
9. Cosmic Love
10. My Boys Builds Coffins
11. Hurricane Drunk
Bonus: You’ve Got The Love
CATCH FLORENCE LIVE IN THE UK:
22nd – 02 Academy, Birmingham
27th – Bloomsbury Ballroom, London
28th – Bloomsbury Ballroom, London
Acoustic set at Phonica as part of Island 50th
31st – Oran Mor, Glasgow
1st – St Phillips Church, Manchester
2nd – Concorde 2, Brighton
21st – Hurricane, Germany
26th – Blur support at Manchester M.E.N Arena
27th – Glastonbury (John Peel Stage)
3rd – Blur support at Hyde Park, London
4th – Hop Garden, The Isle Of Man
5th – Eurockness, France
11th – T in park, Scotland
12th – Oxygen, Ireland
18th – Lovebox, London
Dan Smith, Shingai Shoniwa, Jamie Morrison, playing ragged but energetic garage-influenced indie rock with the ferocity of punk but with a soulful, bluesy edge, the Noisettes were founded by guitarist Dan Smith and singer/bassist Shingai Shoniwa, who previously worked together in the band Sonarfly. While the pair already had a working relationship, in the spring of 2003 they began getting together to write songs, and their new project fell into place when they met drummer Jamie Morrison, whose manic approach matched Smith and Shoniwa’s brash, physical style but also left room for the latter’s diva-gone-wild vocals. Adopting the name the Noisettes, the trio started playing out in late 2003, and in 2004 went into the studio to record a four-song EP, The Three Moods of the Noisettes. In early 2005, the disc was released by the U.K. independent label Side Salad Records and attracted the attention of a number of well-known British acts, including Babyshambles, Bloc Party, and Muse, all of whom invited the group to tour with them. The disc also found appreciative ears at Universal Music, which signed the Noisettes to an international deal in 2006, releasing their material through Motown/Vertigo in Europe and Mercury in the United States. The group’s debut album, What’s the Time Mr. Wolf?, was released in February of 2007. The band returned in March 2009 with the single “Don’t Upset the Rhythm,” which introduced the Noisettes’ newfound pop polish and disco influences; later that spring the group’s second album, Wild Young Hearts, arrived.With Don’t Upset the Rhythm, London trio The Noisettes have brought the rhythm back to the dance floors and have even come close to topping the UK singles chart. The band’s breakthrough came when their song was featured in a car advert on TV. Now on their way to becoming household names, the trio are determined to make the most of their current success. Shingai and the boys have definitely set a great example for other young bands. During their last UK tour they even recruited local bands via their MySpace page to support them on stage. The Noisettes will be supporting Maximo Park on their tour next month with gigs across Europe and the UK.
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.