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THE HOLD STEADY Extended UK tour in May to follow SXSW and DVD/Live Album ‘THE HOLD STEADY are the best live band on the planet, no contest’ – Keith Cameron, Q ‘A proper, huge-sounding, feel-good rock’n’roll band… with a sold-out venue shouting back every word,.You’d be advised to invest in all their albums.’ – Jody Thompson, SUNDAY MIRROR ‘The gig of the festival. Joyous rock ‘n’ roll performed with unfettered glee to a stupidly excited crowd that stretched for miles’ – Laura Barton, THE GUARDIAN THE HOLD STEADY have added some extra dates to their tour of UK and Europe in May. The band have just finished an Australian tour, just started an extensive tour of the USA including SXSW and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (17 April).
Sun 3-May Koln, DE Luxor
Mon 4-May Rotterdam, NL Ahoy*
Tue 5-May Groningen, NL Liberation Festival
Thu 7-May Belfast, UK Odyssey Arena*
Fri 8-May Dublin, IE o2 Arena* Sun 10-May Glasgow, UK SECC*
Mon 11-May Manchester, UK Manchester Evening News Arena*
Wed 13-May Birmingham, UK NIA*
Thu 14-May London, UK Wembley Arena*
Sat 16-May Cardiff, UK Cardiff Arena*
Mon 18-May Bournemouth, UK BIC*
Tue 19-May Leeds, UK Cockpit
Wed 20-May Cambridge, UK Junction
Fri 22-May Falmouth, UK Pavilion
Sat 23-May Bristol, UK Dot to Dot Festival
Sun 24-May Brighton, UK Centre*
* supporting Counting Crows
The Hold Steady release ‘A Positive Rage’, a double disc package featuring a documentary on DVD and their first-ever live album on Rough Trade Records in the UK on 6 April.
British Sea Power, Fightstar and Frank Turner will perform alongside around 60 acts at the event, which takes place on July 17 and 18.
Also lined up for the main stage are Danananaykroyd, Rolo Tamassi, Wild Beasts, Amplifier, The Chapman Family, Imperial Leisure, Six Nation State, Baddies, Sucioperro, Diagonal and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man.
While the Leaf Lounge will see The Epstein, The Brute Chorus, Babel, Orphans and Vandals, Sailorette, Sandra and the Memory Machine, Wojtek Godzisz, Stanton Delaplane, The Master Chaynjis, Jim lockey, John Crampton, Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band, Randall Stevens, Sara Schiralli and Dan Heaver.
Early entry passes are also available for just 500 festival fans for a ‘Special Guests Night’ of live music – and a prime camping spot – on July 16.
More acts are still to be announced.
The festival sold out last year and won the ‘A Greener Festival Award’ – for raising awareness of green issues and demonstrating its commitment to sustainability by recycling 78 per cent of waste among a host of eco-friendly measures. It was also shortlisted for Best Small Festival in the UK Festival Awards 2008.
It was born out of the organiser’s general disillusionment with the mainstream music festivals they had been attending for the last decade. Six friends increasingly frustrated with ever spiralling costs, poor facilities and pursuit of profit at all costs.
They were determined to set up an event with less commercial emphasis; and instead be about a love of live music and having a great time in a relaxing, affordable and inspiring environment.
Tickets cost £47 and early entry passes for July 16 cost £7. For more information visit www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk
More about British Sea Power .
British Sea Power are a four-man indie rock band based in Brighton, England, although three of the band hail originally from Kendal in Cumbria. Their style encompasses sweeping and often epic guitar pop with more visceral, angular and esoteric noises and instruments. Critics have likened their sound to a variety of groups, from The Cure to Pixies. They have released three albums and a number of EPs (most on Rough Trade) since they formed in 2000. The band is currently comprised of:
Yan (Scott Wilkinson) – Vocals, guitar
Noble (Martin Noble) – Guitar
Hamilton (Neil Wilkinson) – Bass, vocals, guitar
Wood (Matthew Wood) – Drum
Yan, Hamilton and Wood are school friends from Kendal in Cumbria. They were in a number of bands together while at school, but after finishing his exams Yan moved to study at Reading University, where he met guitarist Noble. A few years later Hamilton and Wood moved down to join them and form a band.
They played some gigs and produced a 4 track demo in Reading as British Air Powers, before relocating to Brighton in search of a more vibrant music scene. “British Sea Power” was actually the name of one of these demo tracks, and was eventually reworked into Carrion. In Brighton, BSP amassed a strong local following, due mainly to their own club night called “Club Sea Power”. The club nights featured many different support bands, and other forms of entertainment such as a 1930s fashion show, and were most frequently hosted at the Freebutt and the Lift (the latter has now closed down).
Their debut single, Fear of Drowning, was issued in limited numbers of their own Golden Chariot label. The artwork for the B side “A Wooden Horse” borrows heavily from the dust cover of the 1950 book “The Wooden Horse” that details the escape of Allied POWs during WWII. Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records saw the band live and in September 2001 signed them to his label. A number of singles were issued on the label, and Eamon (Eamon Hamilton) was recruited to play live keyboards in autumn 2002.
The Decline of British Sea Power, the band’s debut album, was released in June 2003 to critical acclaim. A single from the album, “Carrion”, became the band’s first Top 40 single. The album only charted in the lower reaches of the UK Album Chart, but turned out to be a word of mouth success, shipping well over 60,000 copies over the following two years and allowing them to play sell-out UK tours to venues of over 1,000 people.
The follow-up, Open Season, was released in early April 2005, and also enjoyed wide critical praise. It showcased a more accessible, produced sound and charted at #13 in the UK Albums Chart. Lead single It Ended on an Oily Stage charted at #18 in the UK Singles Chart a week earlier.
British Sea Power have a reputation for elaborate and well-thought out live shows and won the 2004 Time Out London Live Band of the Year award. The stage is often decorated with foliage and plastic birds and sets generally finish with a semi-improvised song called “Rock in A”, which sometimes lasts for over 20 minutes. Various members often climb riggings and tear down the foliage, Eamon walks around the audience beating his marching drum, and a ten-foot bear, Ursine Ultra, occasionally makes an appearance – often taking a beating from various band members. This has become one of the signatures of the band. Their tours often include unusual venues such as the Scillonian Club on the Isles of Scilly, Grasmere Village Hall, the St. John Boste Social Club in Kendal, Cumbria and Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall.
The band have built up an eccentric image in interviews and press releases; some of which is based on fact, other times merely whimsical building of outward personas. This has included giving journalists grid references at which to meet them, and expressing obsessions with Field Marshal Montgomery and bird watching.
The band has a fiercely loyal and devoted hardcore fanbase, sometimes referred to as the Third Battalion.
At the beginning of 2006, it was announced that Eamon had left British Sea Power to concentrate on his own band Brakes. The group spent part of late 2006 working on new material in Montréal, and are preparing a DVD.
In 2007, American Laundromat Records announced that British Sea Power would record a version of the Pixies’ “Caribou” for an album called “Dig For Fire – A Tribute To Pixies.”
In October 2007, the band went on tour throughout the east coast of America to showcase their new 5-track EP, Krankenhaus Ep. In November 2007, they toured a variety of unusual locations in the UK including a seaside cafe in Saltdean, East Sussex; a ferry across the River Mersey, Liverpool; the Tan Hill Inn, the UK’s highest inn; All Saints Church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and White Mischief, an indoor festival mixing live bands with unusual vaudeville acts.
Their Krankenhaus? EP was released digitally for purchasable download in October 2007 and was released on CD and vinyl on November the 20th. Their third album, Do You Like Rock Music? was released on 14th January 2008 in the U.K. and scheduled for release on 12th February 2008 in the U.S. Prior to their tour in support of Do You Like Rock Music? (visiting Ireland, UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany and US), Wood injured his back and had to be temporarily replaced by Tom White of Electric Soft Parade and Brakes fame.
In January 2008 the keyboard and cornet player ended up in hospital after being knocked unconscious when he attempted a stage dive. The crowd at Leeds Irish Centre failed to catch Phil Sumner, who jumped off a 12-foot PA system landing head first. The press department at Rough Trade Records reported “The impact knocked him out. Thankfully an ambulance was quickly summoned and he was whisked away, bloody and unconscious and despite a concussion, a broken molar and a maze of stitches in his chin, a very groggy Phil is expected to make a full recovery.” In spite of this, he returned to the stage with the rest of the band a day later in Kendal.
In February 2008, the band appeared on Later with Jools Holland, playing Waving Flags, Canvey Island and No Lucifer. They were ably accompanied by a small number of the London Bulgarian Choir and a display of Cumbrian wrestling. The band are also scheduled to play at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Latitude, T in the Park and Bestival.
The Hold Steady announce the release of ‘A Positive Rage’, a double disc package featuring a documentary on DVD and their first-ever live album. The 2-CD set will be released on Rough Trade Records in the UK on 6 April.
‘A Positive Rage’ captures the excitement and high spirits of both the band and their fans in the days surrounding the release of their third full-length, ‘Boys and Girls in America’, and ensuing world tour in 2006 and 2007.
With an album on the Billboard Charts, The Hold Steady abandon their day jobs and light out for the territories. But roaming that ribbon of highway isn’t all autographs and beer nuts. Here’s a rock and roll group grappling with their success, always on the brink of collapse – in love with the road, but praying to make it home in one piece.
The 53-minute documentary begins with The Hold Steady’s first ever London headline performances in Feb 2007 with never-before-seen live footage, back stage interviews with the band members, fan commentary and the original, raw audio. Cameras follow the band as they return to the US for a 24-date tour that culminates on screen with an especially poignant performance at First Avenue in Craig Finn’s hometown, Minneapolis.
The live album was recorded on October 31, 2007 and includes seventeen songs that Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Galen Polivka, Franz Nicolay, and Bobby Drake performed on the second of their two-night sold-out stand at the Chicago Metro venue – scene of a legendary early Oasis live album recording. The enhanced Hold Steady album will also feature five bonus studio tracks: ‘Ask Her For Adderall’, ‘Cheyenne Sunrise’, ‘Two Handed Handshake’, and the previously unreleased tracks ‘Spectres’ and ’40 Bucks’. The booklet features personal photos and the band’s memories of the tour.
A Positive Rage live album track listing:
1.Intro/ 2. Stuck Between Stations/ 3. The Swish/ 4. Chips Ahoy!/ 5. Massive Nights/ 6. Ask Her For Adderall/ 7. Barfruit Blues/ 8. Same Kooks/ 9. You Gotta Dance (With Who You Came With)/ 10. Lord, I’m Discouraged/ 11. You Can Make Him Like You/ 12. Your Little Hoodrat Friend/ 13. Southtown Girls/ 14. Citrus/ 15. First Night/ 16. Girls Like Status/ 17. Killer Parties
The Hold Steady are just about to start a tour of Australia, then its back to America for an extensive US tour including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on17 April. The band tour the UK in May.
THE HOLD STEADY on tour in UK:
May 10 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC #
May 11 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Evening News Arena #
May 13 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA #
May 14 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena #
May 16 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff Arena #
May 18 – Bournemouth, UK @ BIC #
May 19 – Nottingham, UK @ Royal Centre #
May 21 – Brixton, UK @ Academy #
# – supporting Counting Crows
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