One of the UK’s original boutique festivals is back this year for its 20th anniversary. Larmer Tree Festival, situated on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset, combines the best of live music, arts and crafts and hands-on fun for all. The 4000 capacity festival has sold out for the last 15 years running and has constantly rejected all notion of sponsorship, staying true to the original festival vibe.
This year’s event takes place from the 14th to the 18th of July. Artists set to feature are the stunning headliners Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, with Alison Moyet as a special guest and the fabulous reggae of Toots and the Maytals. The festival also includes many up and coming acts and sees 80 diverse artists spread over 6 stages. London bearded indie boys Goldheart Assembly – who have previously been described as the British Fleet Foxes – will certainly be ones to watch.
Experimental producer and DJ Flying Lotus has announced a string of dates next month in support of his forthcoming album, ‘Cosmogramma’, which will be released on May 3rd through Warp. The dates include a night curated by the man himself at Fabric, with Daedelus and Kode9 just some of the many names stellar playing.
Flying Lotus will also be performing at this year’s Bloc Weekend; an event that’s shaping up to be an essential date in any dance fan’s diary. If that wasn’t enough, he’ll also be playing at this year’s SXSW festival with Hudson Mowake, Born Ruffians & Pivot.
On the strength of his previous work, ‘Cosmogramma’ promises to be one the stand out dance albums of the year. For a sneak preview, head to one of the following dates:
March 2nd – Brussels AB Club, Brussels March 3rd – Paradiso, Amsterdam March 4th – Le Bellevilloise, Paris March 5th – Berghain, Berlin March 6th – Bios, Athens March 10th – Flying Lotus Presents Brainfeeder @ Fabric, London March 12th – Concorde 2, Brighton March 13th – Bloc Weekend, Minehead March 17th – Warp Showcase @ SXSW, Texas
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LA punk-funk purveyors Jump Jump Dance Dance are clearly a on a mission to make people take their name litterally. Their latest single ‘Show Me The Night’ recalls The Clash at their funkiest, with a chorus that morphs into hands in the air territory. Hailing from LA, the duo of Chris Carter and Simon Lewicki have already lent their remixing skills to the likes of La Roux, MSTRKRFT and Datarock but are now striking out on their own. ‘ShowMe The Night’ is released digitally through etc.etc. on 26th February with the band about to embark on an Australian tour later this month. For more info and tracks head to their MySpace.
With the last batch of artists announced yesterday, the San Miguel Primavera Sound festival has a superb line-up for its tenth anniversary, held from the 27th to the 29th of May in the Parc Del Fòrum of Barcelona.
The popular independent music event has been generating a growing buzz since both Pavement and Pixies were confirmed as headliners – thus putting two of the most eagerly anticipatedreunion tours of recent times at centre stage.
The organisers of San Miguel Primavera Sound launched a poll for fans to vote for past acts they would like to see play the festival again. The winners included the fore-mentioned Pavement and Pixies; Wilco; Shellac; Orbital and Panda Bear from Animal Collective. Other heavily influential artists such as The Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, Marc Almond, Les Savy Fav, The Slits, Sunny Day Real State and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry have also been confirmed. Added to this Low will be performing their classic album ‘The Great Destroyer’ in full and Charlatans will do the same with their LP, ‘Some Friendly’.
Formed in Venice, LA, California in 1981 Suicidal Tendencies have seen many incarnations and are regarded as the band responsible for giving Thrash music crossover appeal. ST have now decided to release their first ever DVD titled ‘Live at the Olympic Auditorium’. The 80 minute DVD contains 16 tracks including such classics as ‘War Inside My Head’ and ‘Possessed To Skate’ as well as an ‘intro/making of’ from the show’s promoter Dick Donato. Original band member, vocalist and mainstay of Suicidal, Mike Muir agreed to the show when hearing the Olympic Auditorium was about to be sold off; he comments, “The band started getting emails from some crazy guy that always said, ‘I know you’ll probably think that I’m crazy but I wanna book ST for a show and I got this idea’…”. To coincide with this year’s DVD release Suicidal will also play a live exclusive UK performance. The band are set to headline Hammerfest II in North Wales on March the 13th alongside the likes of Iced Earth and Skindred. It’s also looking likely a new ST album will available in September this year, a good year for all those Cyco’s out there!
Native New Yorkers Holy Ghost! have been getting plenty of plaudits from both the dance scene and indie fraternity since signing to the achingly hip DFA records in 2007. The band’s uniquely old school approach to producing disco influenced pop involves the use of plenty of dusty analogue synthesisers and even the hire of whole string sections just to get the sound right on certain tracks – something that probably dooms the group to financial disaster before they’ve even started.
Their latest project sees the group hook up with acclaimed British band Friendly Fires for a double A-side single where each band will cover the other’s songs. The effort from Holy Ghost! sees the band taking the raucous energy of Friendly Fires’ ‘On Board’ and slowing it down to a sleazy disco bump. Like the band’s previous track ‘Hold On’, produced by LCD Soundystem’s James Murphy, the Holy Ghost! version of ‘On Board’ mixes the up the cooler than cool production sound of DFA with a genuinely memorable vocal to great effect.
The split single will be released on March 8th and also includes a Friendly Fires version of ‘Hold On’. If you can’t wait till then you can purchase the original of ‘Hold On’ from iTunes by following this link.
Every year The Brit Awards line up to honour the biggest names in music. The event was hosted by comedian Peter Kay and featured performances from the likes of JLS; Lily Allen; Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga. The latter having the most fruitful evening, picking up awards for International Female Solo Artist; International Album and International Breakthrough Act. It’s yet another chapter in the singer’s successful rise to fame, however she did face some criticism by neglecting to perform any of her hits; choosing instead to sing new single ‘Telephone’.
A major talking point of the evening was Cheryl Cole’s emotionally charged performance of ‘Fight For This Love’. After recent press accusations regarding husband Ashley Cole alleged infidelities there were rumours of the singer cancelling. Liam Gallagher proved he’s not intending to grow old gracefully. On accepting the award for British Album of 30 Years for ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ the Oasis singer refused to acknowledge Noel Gallagher in his acceptance speech, before throwing his microphone and the award into the crowd.
In a move that has stirred conversation within Shazam HQ, the Outstanding Contribution To Music award went to Robbie Williams. There’s no doubt of the singer’s success over the past decade, but whether his work will go on to influence future generations is something that’s certainly up for debate. While Williams treated the crowd to a medley of his hits, arguably the performance of the evening came from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys with a storming rendition of ‘Empire State Of Mind’, read on to watch the performance and for the full list of award winners.