Rob da Bank launches UK’s Official Independent Charts Podcast

Rob da Bank launches Independent Charts Podcast

BBC Radio 1 broadcaster Rob da Bank has laubched a brand new, free, monthly podcast based around the UK’s Official Independent Charts.

Content will include guest appearances from iconic independent label bosses for interviews and song picks, live acoustic performances from the latest indie acts, profiling the best interesting new music as well as a monthly round up of the Official Independent Charts (as compiled by the Official Charts Company), highlighting key new entries and interesting stats.

Confirmed for the first instalment are music producer and Mute Records founder, Daniel Miller, an exclusive performance from British beatbox extraordinaire, Beardyman. Plus a live acoustic performance by the incredible Connan Mockasin, who is signed to Erol Alkan’s label.

The podcasts is available from with the first one available on Tuesday 15th February.  The podcast will be partnered exclusively by The Guardian and supported through their twitter feed, as well as being supported by Music Week, which publishes the Official Independent Charts every week.

Video content from the performances and interviews will also appear alongside the main podcast. The show plans to go fortnightly within six months.

Rob da Bank, who also founded and runs his own independent label, Sunday Best Recordings and the Bestival family of festivals, has pioneered the project with his manager Ben Turner, who felt there was an opportunity to shine a light on this valuable content and property owned by OCC.

It has been produced by Karen P and the team at Folded Wing, to bring focus back to the Official Independent Chart.  The free podcast will be a celebration of the indie sector’s vital part in the UK music industry.

Rob da Bank, said: “Looking back over the last 30 years of the Independent Chart makes me very nearly weep with how much good music I’ve lived through… and the most fantastic part is that it’s still going, we’ve all just forgotten it’s there, so I’m very proud to be drawing attention back to what I’ve always passionately believed in – independent music made by independent musicians for an independent label! Long live the Independent Chart!”

Official Charts Company Managing Director Martin Talbot commented: “More than 30 years after their launch, the Official Independent Charts remain the barometer of success for the smallest and most creative labels in the UK – and this new podcast is a fantastic way of highlighting the big new artists who feature in them every week. As a leader of independent festivals and one of Radio One’s most cutting edge DJs, Rob da Bank is the perfect face (and voice) for this.”

Julian Wall, BPI Director Independent Member Services, said: “The indie chart has always been an influential showcase for alternative and non mainstream music and the podcast is a great vehicle to carry it.”

About the Official Charts Company
The Official Charts Company is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association). The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.



Arcade Fire to headline at Exit Festival 2011 in Serbia

Arcade Fire to headline at Exit Music Festival 2011 in Serbia
Arcade Fire headline Exit Music Festival 2011

Launched 12 years ago as a student initiated protest against the communist Milosevic regime, Exit has proved that music is a universal language that can connect and bring people together to make the world a better place. Exit continues to evolve and bring like minded people together and although it gets bigger each year, the sentiment and unique vibe remains the same.

The first acts to be announced for Exit 2011 include Canadian art-rock outfit and music festival favourites Arcade Fire, who will be bringing their exceptional live show to Exit’s Main Stage. With three critically acclaimed albums under their belt, the most recent ‘The Suburbs‘ reaching #1 in seven territories including the UK and USA, they are as incredible live as they are enchanting, with multi-instrumentalist band members exchanging instruments throughout their performance. This is sure to be very unique and memorable performance set amongst the majestic walls of the Fortress.

Gearing up to take to the decks in the legendary Dance Arena for 2011 are; Canadian DJ and producer extraordinaire Tiga, head honcho of Turbo Recordings and a master behind the decks, get set to be wowed by his trademark injection of edgy electronic sounds and grooves. Also performing on the arena is Exit favourite – James Zabiela, who can forget his legendary 2006 closing set performance with an impromptu appearance from Goldie on the mic.

Proving to be one of James’ best sets of his life to date and one of Exit’s also, he has assured us that he will be doing yet another set of the spectacular! Local hero Gramophonedzie, another one of Serbia’s finest exports (the first being electricity) had an international #1 dance hit with ‘Why Don’t You‘ this summer and will throwing down some pure house tunes exhilarating his devoted fans.

The Dance Arena is renowned for being the best on the planet – by DJs and public alike – and the experience of dancing with 20,000 people as the sun rises over the fortress walls is truly mind blowing! 2011 is set to be another year of unadulterated electronic music of the highest calibre and these names are a taster of what’s to come.

Along the pebbled streets of the Fortress, new-rave band Hadouken!, will take to the Fusion stage, thrilling their fans with a dynamic performance that they are notorious for. Smashing the charts and the stages they perform on, with similarities to The Prodigy, Hadouken! are set to prove their worth with ease and great might!

Exit 2011 plays host to over 400 performances on 20 stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels – a walk through the mystical fortress is like a trip through a magical wonderland. Music ranges from rock, dance, indie, Latino, reggae, electronica, chill out and regional music, so there is no better festival in the world that brings you so much value and so much variety!

2011 will also see pre & post Exit events happening in the city of Novi Sad and Belgrade, so festival goers can spend longer in Serbia experiencing the warmth of the Serbian people whilst having fun and seeing new sights and cities. It’s an adventure and festival in one!

Exit Festival 2011 Tickets
The First Release tickets are still cheaper than any UK festival at only £89+booking fee but there is a capped number of them. Once the first release are all sold out, from then on Second Release ticket price will rise to £105.

Early Bird Tickets – All early bird tickets at last year’s prices are now sold out!
First Release – 4 day festival ticket – £89 + booking fee
Second Release – 4 day festival ticket – £105 + booking fee
Camping ticket – £25 + booking fee

You can buy Exit Festival 2011 tickets from

The Exit Music Festival is one of the most highly regarded festivals in Europe, being nominated for ‘Best Overseas Festival’ in the UK Festival Awards for the past 4 years, winning the coveted title in 2007 and runner up in 2010. In addition Exit has also been nominated for ‘Best Major Festival’ in European Festival Awards for 2 years running and has been shortlisted in the ‘Artists Favourite Festival’ Category.

See pictures from Exit 2010.

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New Year Travel and Accommodation offer:
Offer available until the Serbian New Year – 14th of January.

Return direct flight + local transport + Exit hostel accommodation + New Year’s present . Only £299 pp (+ service charge)



Its party night at The Playground – September 25th

The Playground @ 93 Feet East

The Playground presents its party night at 93 Feet East on Saturday 25th September, promising music for all tastes from 7pm until 1am.

IS TROPICAL DJ The critically acclaimed Electronica band from London will grace the decks with the very best of the Electro/Indie scene.

BABE SHADOW In a scene dominated by the musings of shoegazers and twittering electronics Tom Cawte, David Thornley, Mark Thorne and Sam Nadel strive to use no special effects and rely solely on their lovelorn, tropical sounding guitars and syncopated percussion.  After being nominated as NME Breakthrough Band of the Week and Miss Florence Welsh (Florence & The Machine) included as one of their Top fans you definitely won’t be disappointed.
“Babeshadow have been brightening up my pre-tour rituals with their open-hearted calypso-style beautiful pop songs.  Their jackets are also pretty smashing.”  Florence & The Machine.

ICE BLACK BIRDS This extraordinary Brighton-based band produce a unique sound that will guarantee you will be running to the dancefloor.  Drawing influence from 60s and 70s rock ‘n’ roll and a somewhat Bluesy essense, they have received much acclaim and have been tipped as the band to watch out for in 2010 by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.
“Like the Doors if they’d swapped taking acid in the desert for writing coherent rock songs. From Brighton, this band has the anthemic chops to be serious contenders.”  NME.

BOP SOCIAL Bop Social are an indie-electro pop 5-piece consisting of Bessel, Jonny, Tom, Colin and Piers from South London.  Their fresh take on the electro/alt.indie style blossoms into big songs and a sound that has been described as a ‘grittier version of Snow Patrol’.  The fierce rocking structures and sparky synth has lead to a successful release of their Debut EP and multiple radio play, including BBC Radio 6 with Tom Robinson.
“File under big anthemic electro indie AND lots of fun!”

WAYLAYERS London-based foursome Harry Lee, Alan Bryant, Jon Genet and James Bewley formed in the Summer of 2009, and with an EP already under their belt, this electronic-indie band are now ready to blaze the stage with their incredible musical musings that will leave you astonished and mesmerized, yearning for more.

VILLA COLA London based band, has hit the ground running. This threesome comprised of Ranya Dubé, Paul Bateman and Alex Watson have created an original, catchy sound, that will hook you from the moment you press play. Majorly influenced by the 80s, punk and rock n’ roll genres, Villa Cola has managed to fuse these sounds together creating music with deep punk roots, rock n’ roll vocal stylings and hard hitting synth beats.
“Startlingly Brilliant!”  NME

JEUCE Famed for the electrifying reworks and remixes of the popular musical stylings of Daft Punk and Mr Fogg, the tantalizing talents of London-based Dub DJs JEUCE will be joined by DJ OONEA and VISCIOUS CIRCLE to bring you a dedicated night of Dubstep and Dancing.

Friday 25/09/10
Time: 7pm – 1am
£6 Advance £7 On the Door
93 Feet East
150 Brick Lane London E1 6QL

Room 1:


Room 2:


The Big Chill Festival 2010 Headliners Massive Attack, MIA & Lily Allen

The Big Chill Festival 2010 Headliners Massive Attack, MIA & Lily Allen
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The Big Chill has come a long way since 1994 when Pete Lawrence and Katrina Larkin organised a series of parties at the Union Chapel in north London. The following it began life as an outdoor festival with an event in the Black Mountains of Wales.  The Big Chill Festival has also been held at other venues around the UK including Lulworth Castle in Dorset and Larmer Tree Gardens.

In 2009 ChillFest Limited went into liquidation after poor ticket sales and was bought out by Festival Republic, the organisers of Latitude, Leeds and Reading Music Festivals.

The Big Chill Festival 2010 takes place between Thursday 5th and Sunday 8th August at Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Malvern Hills, Herefordshire.

This year’s main stage (Deer Park Stage) headliners are Massive Attack, M.I.A. and Lily Allen with some top quality support including Thom Yorke, Roots Manuva, Paloma Faith, Magic Numbers, Newton Faulkner and personally favourites Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions.

The smaller Revellers’ Stage has some great acts too – Kruder & Dorfmeister, Layo & Bushwacka, Mr Scruff, Easy Star All-Stars as well as Kelis, Plan B, Tinie Tempah and Roy Ayers, among others.

Other personal highlights of interest appearing at one of the other 10 stages, tents or areas include The Hundred In The Hand, Liars, Caribou and London Elektricity.

Furthermore, there will be plenty of DJ sets including the likes of from Andrew Weatherall, Don Letts, Tom Middleton and Greg Wilson; and Peter Hook & Howard Marks, Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls & voice of The Simpsons) and Paul Morley discussing Michael Jackson in the Words In Motion Tent.

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The Playground presents 93 Feet East – a night of electro, alternative & indie music

The Playground presents a night of electro, alternative and indie music
The Playground presents a night of electro, alternative and indie music

The Playground presents a night of electronic, alternative and indie music @ 93 Feet East, east London on Saturday 31st July 2010.

Room 1:
La Shark
Pope Joan
Twelve Clay Feet

Room 2:
DJ Mason
Les Gillettes (Kitsune)

DJ Mason
DJ Mason is the stage name for Dutch music producer duo Iason Chronis and Coen Berrier.  After their track, Exceeder topping at number one on the UK Dance Chart in 2007 they have been touring the world and ripping-up the music scene with their Breakbeat-Electro stylings.

Les Gillettes
With a ‘raving’ alter-ego in place, the Swedish-born, London-based techno DJ Les Gillettes has come from the Indie Clubs of Helsinki all over the ‘Hip n Hot’ cities of Europe ready to grace the stage behind her decks with more of her Beastly beats and ‘Devil-dancing’ style that we know and love.

La Shark
Hailing from New Cross, South London the band-of-five consider their sound to be influenced from the music of the Bee Bop era, sort of ‘Plastic Pop’ with a bit of ‘..early 20th century pornography thrown in to add that spark..’ Whatever it is that appeals to you, you won’t be left disappointed.

“La Shark offer great beats, quirky lyrics, pretty harmonies, pandemonic circus-clown percussion and overall weirdness… makes for addictive listening.”  Time Out

Having only been together a year the New Wave/ Post Punk sound of this London-based foursome have already graced the stages of the Offset Festival and the Huw Stephens-curate Swn Festival, as well as recording live sessions for BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and Radio Diesel.  “..Fiction hit the rhythmic, Post Punk nail on the head on so many levels.  Fact!”  Loud & Quiet

Pope Joan
Pope Joan have clearly established themselves as part of the new wave of exciting and experimental British art-pop, with a sound that has been described a being somewhere within the realms of Les Savy Fav and early-era XTC along with the sonic spectrum of TV on the Radio, which has already played along-side the likes of New Young Pony Club, Shy Child and Danananankroyd to name but a few. “A colourful explosion of post punk adorned, effects laden guitar lines, quirky synth noises, elasticated bass lines and creative drum patterns topped off with an undeniable pop sheen.” Artrocker

“Brighton boys Pope Joan are a fantastic and quirky proposition indeed.” 

Delpic vs. Death From Above or Hot Chip vs. Daft Punk?!  East London’s Joe Boyle and Richard Williams make-up this Electro-Indie two piece, having formed from a curiosity and interest in fusing Dance with Rock music and have created such clash of sounds that the only way to describe their music is by cross-comparison.

Twelve Clay Feet
The Cambridge-based foursome have already showcased their Indie-Rock stylings along-side the likes of the Editors, Hard Fi and The Little Flames, and after having toured the country on the Radio 1 backed Transit Tour and making it to the Final of The Music League 2010 competition, the stage is set in anticipation for their urgent, beautiful and soulful musings.

The Playground presents
93 Feet East
150 Brick Lane London E1 6QL
Saturday 31st July 2010

Time: 7pm – 1am
£5 advance £7 door
tickets from