T in the Park 2010

T in the Park is the largest music festival to be held in Scotland, and along with Glastonbury, V Festival, the Reading and Leeds festivals attracts big crowds and top artists from around the world.  It is one of the undisputed UK music festival highlights of the summer; and so it comes as no surprise to know that tickets for the festival have all sold out.

T in the Park has three main stages and a dance tent; and there are great headline acts booked for them all to offer something for every music taste.

Main Stage
Main Stage headliners for this year’s T in the Park are Muse, Eminem and Kasabian. While Muse and Kasabian are regular UK music festival favourites, this will be Eminem’s first UK music festival headlining show and follows the success of Jay-Z’s controversial Glastonbury headline show in 2008.

Muse headline Friday night with support coming from the likes of trance dance favourites Faithless, Paloma Faith and The Big Pink. On Saturday, Eminem will headline the main stage with performances throughout the day from the likes of Stereophonics, Paolo Nutini, Vampire Weekend and the ever popular Proclaimers.  While on Sunday, Kasabian headline the main stage for the first time and receive great support from Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro and Dizzee Rascal among others.  What a climatic high that will be!

Radio 1 / NME Stage
Headline acts on the much coveted Radio 1 / NME Stage are The Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy and Madness.  On Friday Black Eyed Peas will be supported by Florence & the Machine, Jamie T and The Temper Trap, with more to be confirmed.  On Saturday, T in the Park festival favourites, The Prodigy will no doubt out-strobe and out-stare everyone else and get support from the likes of 30 Seconds to Mars, The Courteeners, The Black Keys and Shed Seven.  While on Sunday, the festival will no doubt be in a party mood when Madness headline with support from Groove Armada, The Cribs, Baby Shambles, among others.

Dance Tent
This year the dance tent acts will have to compete with rappers Jay-Z and Eminem among others playing on the main stages on Saturday and Sunday.  But with Plastikman, Four Tet and Tricky all playing a live sets and a great line-up of A-list DJ’s including Carl Cox, Sven Vath, Erol Alkan, Dubfire, Adam Beyer, Greg Wilson and Andrew Weatherall among others playing anything and everything from techno to dub, the only problem will be how punters will manage to seee all their favourite acts!

T in the Park will be held at Balado in Kinross-shire between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th July.

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Levi’s Ones To Watch Plans Another Great Escape

Levi's® Onestowatch® Plans Anoher Great Escape
Levi's® Onestowatch® Plans Anoher Great Escape

Following two incredibly successful years at The Great Escape, Levi’s® OnesToWatch® returns to the Brighton Festival this May with another line-up of live and acoustic bands, DJ’s, a secret show, and some not so-secret after parties.

Once again Levi’s® takeover the entire Audio nightclub for the three days, bringing some of the best up and coming acts to their stage. Levi’s® will host a series of afternoon terrace parties with super-cool French four-piece Kid Bombardos, electro-poppers Fortune and Canadian indie-kids Young Rival, who’ll be rocking the party in the summer sun. You’ll need special wristbands for entry to these sessions and these will be available exclusively at The Levi’s® Store in Brighton’s Churchill Square, every day from 9th – 15th May. Also watch out for Levi’s® one-off secret gig that you won’t want to miss…

Evenings will be a not-to-miss affair with some the industry’s top talents performing to a packed out house. Thursday’s headliner will be British art-rock powerhouse These New Puritans with support from hot dance-floor property that is Fenech Soler, and Icelandic duo Feldberg.

On Friday Vancouver Garage Rock band Japandroids lead the way with a little help from west Londoners Goldhawks, and self proclaimed ‘mad studio scientists’ North Atlantic Oscillation.

Summer Camp top the bill with their dreamy summer anthems on the Saturday, supported perfectly by the retro pop sounds of Frankie & The Heartstrings, and the psychedelic art-pop of Djanjo Django.

As the night draws in, Audio will play host to three Levi’s® After Parties which will featuring Alex Metric from Radio 1’s In New DJ’s We Trust, Primary One and Joe and Will Ask who will be supplying the soundtrack to the evenings proceedings.

The Levi’s® OnesToWatch® at The Great Escape Festival 2010 confirmed line-up:

Thursday 13th May
Levi’s® Kid Bombardos – Afternoon terrace set with Levi’s® 5.01
Levi’s® Feldberg
Levi’s® Fenech Soler
Levi’s® These New Puritans
Levi’s® After Party: TBC & TBC

Friday 14th May
Levi’s® Fortune – Afternoon terrace set with Levi’s® 5.01
Levi’s® North Atlantic Oscillation
Levi’s® Goldhawks
Levi’s® Japandroids
Levi’s® After Party: Alex Metric (Radio 1) & Primary One

Saturday 15th May
Levi’s® Young Rival – Afternoon terrace set with Levi’s® 5.01
Levi’s® Django Django –
Levi’s® Frankie and the Heartstrings
Levi’s® OnesToWatch® Summer Camp
Levi’s® After Party: TBC & Joe and Will Ask

Audio, Brighton, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL

These New Puritans

A British Art-Rock outfit from Southend-on-Sea, These New Puritans are influenced equally by hip-hop, synth pop, alt rock and classical music.  Their live show often includes a variety of instruments and sounds, from bassoon to taiko drums.  The band first came to prominence through series of high profile live appearances alongside the likes of The Kills and Klaxons, and their 2008 debut album, Beat Pyramid which was hailed by the music press.  Latest album Hidden incorporates elements of dancehall, electronica and pop, with songs that set them well apart from their guitar contemporaries.

Japandroids (AKA Jpndrds) is a two-piece band from Vancouver, Canada, conceived in 2006 as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intended to be a trio, the boys decided to forgo the logistical nightmare of having a ‘lead singer’ and do it themselves. As a consequence, Japandroids are 1 guitar, 1 set of drums, and 2 vocalizers.  They call it garage rock.  They don’t care what you call it, as long as it’s not minimal. Japandroids are maximal – a two-piece band trying to sound like a five piece.

Summer Camp (Headline)
Started almost by accident as a clandestine musical project by Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley (their first ever track was a haunting, fuzzed out take on The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You”), Summer Camp create the kind of utterly mesmeric, sepia-toned dream pop which seems predestined to form the perfect soundtrack to first kisses and adolescent crushes; romance and yearning. The melancholic “Ghost Train”, for instance, sounds not unlike girl groups from the 60’s wrapped in a warm blanket of lo-fi gauze and dusted lightly with pure pop sugar, while the cinematic “Montgomery Avenue 1984”, like a snippet from a classic film, manages to evoke an entire universe of love and longing in its brief running time. Their single, out on Moshi Moshi this month, signals the arrival of a new and most unusual talent in the pop firmament, while also serving as an utterly spellbinding introduction to the slanted and enchanted world of Summer Camp.

Fenech Soler
Fenech-Soler are hot dancefloor property right now, having recently collaborated on Groove Armada’s remarkable Paper Romance and remixed the latest Marina & The Diamonds single Hollywood into a club and blog sensation.  New single Stop And Stare, released on Moda Music on 19th April, once again taps the band’s gift for radio-friendly hooks and peak time floor filling.
Originally conceived as a studio project by brothers Ben and Ross Duffy, with child hood friend Dan Soler – whiling away the hours of a sleepy existence in provincial Cambridgeshire – the trio combined with drummer and studio partner Andrew Lindsay to create an unlikely production powerhouse and a formidable live act. Brewing their own brand of fantasy pop, they were first spotted by French dance don Alan Braxe, who released debut single The Cult Of Romance on his Vulture label last summer. Introduced to London via Paris, the band have picked up plays from Pete Tong, Kissy Sell Out, Eddie Temple Morris, and Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and daytime Radio 1.

Named after the street where brothers Bobby and Jack Cook grew up, west London five-piece Goldhawks are a band with ambition, clearly demonstrated by the sheer depth and breadth of front-man Bobby’s vocal range and charisma. A new band that have already got fans blogging like crazy about their semi-legendary live shows that are more like revivalist meetings than gigs, their debut single Running Away features giant opening guitar riffs, and Bobby breathing fire and brimstone, swaying to the beat, tearing the songs from his soul.

Frankie & The Heartstrings
Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, Florence & The Machine), Frankie & The Heartstrings’ new 7” single Tender & I Want You Back (released on Popsex in April) is a recording of pure retro-pop class.  Currently working on their debut album, due for release at the end of the summer, the band have racked up performances at the NME Award show, Radio 1’s In Music We Trust and support slots with fellow North-Easteners The Futureheads.

Featuring the bluesy, soulful sound of vocalist Rosa Birgitta Isfeld, Icelandic duo Feldberg create music, which is a combination of electronic, acoustic, folk and percussion elements, whilst maintaining a pop sensibility.  The track Dreaming from their forthcoming album Don’t be a Stranger will be featured on the much-coveted 2010 Kitsune Maison compilation set.

North Atlantic Oscillation
Often compared to the likes of Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd and Sigur Ros, Edinburgh-based three piece North Atlantic Oscillation cite influences that range from Blur, to Orbital and Chick Corea, melding timeless rock moves with sequencing, and the latest laptop technology.  An ever-evolving entity, mad studio scientists who prefer to conduct their sound experiments on stage, NAO have shared stages with the likes of Explosions In The Sky, Everything Everything, Stardeath and White Dwarfs. Debut album ‘Grappling Hooks’ is a subtle yet powerful kaleidoscope of purring electronics, atmospheric layers and hook-laden melodies – out now on Kscope.

Django Django
Django Django are a four piece that met at Art School in Edinburgh, they sport a unique sound, almost impossible to put into words, perhaps best described as Psychedelic Art pop focusing on cadence and mixing live instrumentation with electronic sounds.  Buzzed by the music press, this band is gaining a strong following thanks to their great live show.

Kid Bombardos
Their average age may only be 19, but this four piece; hailing from Bordeaux in France have already made their mark on the uber-cool French music scene.  Comprising of three brothers – Thomas, Vincent and Simon Martinelli, along with childhood friend David Loridan, the band have appeared at a number of festivals including Le Printemps de Bourges, Garorock, Francofolies of La Rochelle, and Garden Nef Party in Angoulême. Influenced by New York rock acts such as The Strokes, the candor of British pop, and Velvet Underground, the band have opened for the likes of Hushpuppies and Vampire Weekend.

Picked and mixed from a variety of genres, from classic pop to electro and disco, Fortune write dance-floor-ready youth-anthems, which still manage to retain a ferocious rock dynamic.

Young Rival

Canadian indie-rockers Young Rival describe their sound as combining the subtlety of The Zombies with the brashness of Arctic Monkeys, and have toured with the likes of Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians.

The 13th annual Melt! Festival, Ferropolis, Germany in July 2010

melt festival
melt festival

The unique Melt! Festival is held is held on the Ferropolis peninsula in Germany, set against a breathtaking backdrop of five huge hulking coal mining diggers that tower into the sky, creating  spectacular night time imagery.

A true industrial rave experience is guaranteed for the thousands of visitors to the festival which marks its 13th edition in 2010.

And once again there are some massive acts lined up for Melt!, none more so than the legendary trip hoppers Massive Attack who will surely have the diggers vibrating to the heavy bass of their Bristol based sound.

The XX may not be the noisiest of indie bands with their soft vocals and sparse music, but they do provide a perfect fit for the unique backdrop of the Melt! festival.

Booka Shade in contrast to The XX promise plenty of physical action and sweat on stage when they present their latest album More!.

Kings of Convenience, Goldfrapp and Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke have recently been added to a top line up for Melt, there will be plenty of top indie artists performing at this years festival including The Shout Out Louds, Yeasayer, Jamie T, Midlake, Delphic, Friendly Fires, Johnossi, Health and The Big Pink. The Dirty Projectors will make their only appearnce in Germany this year at the Melt! Festival.

The Melt! Selector stage is complete: Modeselektor feat. Bonaparte live (Visuals: Pfadfinderei), Jamie XX, Black Rose (Jesse Rose & Henrik Schwarz live), Martyn vs. Kode 9, Mala, Jackmaster and Skate will present new stuff.

The full line up to date is:

1000 Robota | A-Trak | Matias Aguayo & Band | Ellen Allien | An Horse | Ata | The Big Pink | Black Rose (Henrik Schwarz & Jesse Rose live)  | Blood Red Shoes | Booka Shade | Bonaparte  | Boris | Bratze | Chromeo | Carl Craig feat. Mike Banks | Chris Cunningham | Clues | Crookers | Danger | Darwin Deez |  Delphic | Marcel Dettmann | Dirty Projectors | dOP | Douster | Edu K | Egotronic | Fake Blood | Fred Falke live | Marcel Fengler | Roman Flügel | Foals | Four Tet | Frittenbude | Friendly Fires | Sascha Funke | Get Well Soon | Goldfrapp | Daniel Haaksman | Health | Hemmann & Kaden live | Hercules And Love Affair  | Holy Ghost | Nick Höppner | Hurts | Ja, Panik | Jackmaster | Jamie T | Jamie XX | Jamaica | Johnossi  | Markus Kavka | Kele | Kings Of Convenience | Ben Klock | Oliver Koletzki | Kode 9 vs. Martyn | Monika Kruse | Jamie Lidell |  Lindstrøm & Christabelle | Mala | Massive Attack | Midlake | Miike Snow Modeselektor feat. Bonaparte live | ND Baumecker | Norman Nodge | Pantha Du Prince | Ewan Pearson  | DJ Pete | Popof live | Post War Years | Prosumer | Riton | Saalschutz | Schlachthofbronx | DJ Shadow | Shed live | Shout Out Louds | Sinden | Skate | Steffi | Die Sterne | Tama Sumo | Tiefschwarz  | Tommie Sunshine |  Matthias Tanzmann | Tobias Thomas | Tiga | Tocotronic | Martina Topley Bird | Two Door Cinema Club | The Very Best | Ricardo Villalobos | Joris Voorn live | Wareika | WhoMadeWho | Yeasayer | The XX

Having unofficially opened the festival in previous years, Melt have this year invited the Audiolith Crew to officiallly open proceedings this year.

Saalschutz, Egotronic, Bratze, Frittenbude and, of course, the DJs of the Hamburg cult label are going to take over the Melt! Klub on 15th of July. The capacity for the pre-party is limited to 3,000 people, so there will be a charge of  5,- Euro (including fees) for entrance.

Part of that fee will be donated to local social projects. Tickets are only available as etickets via www.meltfestival.de/tickets. A part of  the revenues will be donated to a concert, organized by the anti-fascist movement, in memory of Alberto Adriano, who was killed by neo nazis,  to be held on June 12th in Dessau.

industrial rave
industrial rave

16th – 18th July 2010

3-day ticket valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
EUR 94 zzgl. plus pre-sale fee and EUR 5 garbage deposit

2-day ticket valid for Friday and Saturday:
EUR 74 zzgl. plus pre-sale fee and EUR 5 garbage deposit

The ticket price includes camping and parking (from Thursday 15th July 01:00pm until Monday, 19th July 03:00pm).

Tickets are available from the Melt Festival English page.

The Playground presents Gary Numan and much more in April & May

the playground presents..
the playground presents..

The Playground at London’s Scala and 93 Feet East is promising some rare events during April and May, starting with a return to the ‘live’ stage for electronic pioneer Gary Numan who will be performing for the first time in years, ahead of a busy schedule of festival dates.

Numan will be playing at The Playground at London’ s Scala on April 13th as a warm up for his appearance at the Coachella Festival in California and other dates along the West Coast in La and San Francisco.

Seemingly as popular as ever, Numan recently broke all records at the BBC when 1.3 million viewers watched his collaboration with Little Boots for BBC 6Music via the interactive ”red button”.

Numan will feature at The Playground at 93 Feet East on May 8th when he will headline alongside Ade Fenton in an eclectic alternative East London night out that runs until 4am.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Larry Tee and Punx Soundcheck to name but a few, will be supporting Numan and Fenton in a party that will spread throughout all 3 rooms within 93 Feet East, for what is sure to be an epic event.

Between the two Gary Numan appearances, on April 24th The Playground presents yet another night of epic proportions at 93 Feet East, featuring Django Django-Dj, These Monsters, Kong and Turbowolf, who will be ably supported by a cast of upcoming bands Bull See Red, Subsource (single launch) and Jumping Ships, plus much more.

Tickets for Gary Numan performance at The Scala in London on April 13th are available from ticketground.

Information for The Playground @ 93 Feet East events:
Gary Numan & Ade Fenton
Saturday 8/05/10
Time: 7pm – 4am
£ 10 advance £12 door
Free drink on entry
Tickets from www.ticketground.co.uk
93 Feet East
150 Brick Lane London E1 6QL

Django Django & These Monsters
Saturday 24/04/10
Time: 7pm – 1am
£ 6 advance £7 door
tickets from www.ticketground.co.uk
93 Feet East
150 Brick Lane London E1 6QL

New Junk Culture album

West Coast album artwork, by Junk Culture
West Coast album artwork, by Junk Culture

West Coast by Junk Culture will be released on 22 March on Illegal Art

Illegal Art is a backstreet home for Okapi, Tank Girl, Steinski and The Bran Flakes, creators of spray-painted soundscapes and gritty, sampled pleasures. A perfect fit then for Junk Culture, the label’s newest inhabitant.

Deepak Mantena has spent almost a decade operating under the Junk Culture banner, capturing sonic snapshots on a budget, hand-held recorder and melding them into synapse-searing collages. On his debut ep, West Coast, Mantena mixes old-skool hip-hop beats, found sounds from the streets of America or TV commercials and snatches of songs by artists including Animal Collective, Aphex Twin and Patti LaBelle.

The result is a compact lysergic lullaby, flitting between fast-paced flashbacks and brief passages of respite. Mantena says he is more interested in evoking certain moods or feelings than perfecting fidelity and on opening track, West Coast, you can hear why.

Beats brake and accelerate under a late-night, neon glow as the pre-dawn fallout from underground clubs stumble with a swagger. Unfathomable signposts flash by, all pointing to the inevitable comedown on a beguiling road to nowhere. And the AM station tunes in and out to the spectral sounds of Jazzmatazz and DJ Shadow.

Containing nine tracks and clocking in at 17 minutes, the West Coast ride is all too brief. But it’s a journey well worth taking. The album’s longer compositions give you just enough time to take in the brain-waved vistas while the off-road short cuts in between offer freeze-frame glimpses; lasting for just 28 seconds, the squelching sidewalk strut of Watson’s Glassy Stare shakes a leg in the direction of the fractured pastures frequented by ambient-techno artist The Field.

The thought of a night with Junk Culture in a small, sweaty, projection-lit club is a tantalising one, with staccato beats breaking in front of strobe-lit faces. However, in living room isolation, chose your moment carefully; this west coast trip is best experienced with the promise of a DIY, dusk-slung adventure on the horizon.

Junk Culture has just finished a US tour. No further live dates published at the moment.

Fore more information visit www.myspace.com/nojunkculture