Xtra Mile Recording artist Frank Turner will be playing his 1000th live show since September 18th 2004 this month. The event will be marked at the Strummerville Spring Session gig on April 21st at Hearn Street Car Park in East London. The event will be a real celebration of Frank’s prolific work ethic whilst raising money and awareness for a great cause.
Frank will then head out on a sold out solo tour of the UK in May, with a couple of summer festivals confirmed at the Download Festival where he will headline on June 12th on the Third Stage and another headline spot at Blissfields Festival on July 1st.
The folk punk poet has already been confirmed for an appearance on the main stage at the brilliant Leeds/Reading Festival this year and is currently preparing his brand new album England Keep My Bones for release later in the year.
The album track I am Disappeared can be heard below, as a brilliant teaser for what to expect on the new album.
Little Fish are a duo from the UK, featuring self taught guitarist and singer JuJu Sophie and Nez Greenaway on drums, the pair have just witnessed perhaps the craziest year of their life, culminating in the release of their debut album Baffled & Beat.
Legendary singer/songwriter Linda Perry was that impressed with the band’s demos that she flew over to the UK to see them perform, in a pub in Oxford. Perry signed Little Fish on the spot and took them to LA to produce their first album.
It was Perry who set new goals for the band, in particular in the song writing department where she pushed JuJu to new and unexpected heights by constantly pressuring her for new material.
Little Fish earned their stripes on a string of support dates, sharing stages and venues with the likes of Placebo, Them Crooked Vultures, Hole, Juliette Lewis and most recently Blondie.
The end result of an intense year or so is the album Baffled & Beat, a real gem of an album repaying the faith that Perry and others had shown in Little Fish from the start.
As much material as possible on the album was recorded live in the studio , capturing Little Fish’s amazing energy and enormous sound almost to perfection.
Little Fish seem predominantly a garage rock/ post punk band, but there is so much more to them and while JuJu plays the aggressive, articulate and loud front woman to perfection, her softer side on tracks like Sorry State, with the brilliant line ‘Why does misery like company’, Lucks Run Out and the title track prove that the girl really does have an incredible voice.
In fact it is the underlying melodies that set this album in a category of its own, given the chance Baffled & Beat has all the credentials to reach a mainstream audience while remaining true to the cult status that Little Fish currently enjoy.
The first single from Baffled & Beat is not the obvious choice for me, Whiplash gives a reasonable taste of what Little Fish are about, but there are other tracks that are more radio friendly, in my view. None the less the single Whiplash will be released on September 6th.
Little Fish will headline the BBC stage at the Reading/Leeds Festival this coming weekend and at the following venues in September:
8 Sep Proud Galleries Camden Town
18 Sep Southsea Festival The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
New Jersey based punk rock band The Gaslight Anthem have announced a European tour which will kick off a couple of months after their scheduled appearance on the festival stages of Reading and Leeds.
The Gaslight Anthem have been catapulted into the mainstream spotlight on the back of their third album release American Slang, reaching top twenty album status in the UK and USA and pretty much everywhere else that matters.
American Slang sees the band finding their own voice, the lyrics are perhaps more personal and introspective but singer Fallon’s raw throated vocals are stronger than ever, behind the bands driving dynamic force.
The Gaslight Anthem have continued to build on the success of 2009, which was a monumental year for the band, touring the world in support of their much acclaimed album The ’59 Sound and performing at all of the major festivals around the globe.
The Gaslight Anthem full UK and Eire dates;
21st UK London, Hammersmith Apollo
22nd UK Southampton, Guildhall
23rd UK Bristol, Academy
24th UK Wolverhampton, Civic November:
16th UK Nottingham, Rock City
17th UK Leeds, O2 Academy
18th UK Newcastle, O2 Academy
19th UK Edinburgh, Picture House
20th UK Manchester Apollo
21st IRL Dublin, Olympia
22nd N.IRL Belfast, Mandela Hall
The Reading & Leeds August bank holiday weekend festival has become one of the major rock festivals to be held in the UK, sharing a line up with its sister site in Leeds, the festival boasts probably the best roll call of rock/indie/punk and dance bands on the circuit.
Steeped in history the event has attracted the best artists that the music world has to offer in its many years of existence, names such as The Who, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, The Small Faces, T Rex, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple have all supported the festival over the years.
More recently Nirvana made their last UK appearance at the festival in 1992, Stone Roses played their last show together in 1996, and Metallica reached their full potential in 1997.
The headline acts at this years Reading & Leeds festivals include the return of Guns N’ Roses, Blink 182 and Arcade Fire, supported by Queens of the Stoneage, Paramore and The Libertines.
As with all music festivals it is not just about the headline acts and as usual at Reading & Leeds there is a stellar line up across all the stages at this years event.
LCD Soundsystem, Pendulum and Klaxons head up the NME/Radio1 stage, while Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion and Roots Manuva headline the Lock Up Stage.
Marina & The Diamonds, Ash and British Sea Power head the Festival Republic Stage, while the Alternative Stage will be home to comedians Emo Phillips, Stephen K Amos, Jason Byrne, Kevin Bridges, Russell Kane and Rufus Hound.
An incredible line up of support on all stages throughout the weekend is promised at Reading and Leeds and some forward planning may be required to fit in all your favourite acts.
As part of an agreement with Reading Borough Council made in 2009, to increase the capacity at the festival by 10,000 over three years, an extra 3,500 tickets for the Reading Festival were released for sale over the weekend.
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Due to popular demand Paramore have added two brand new dates to their November UK tour schedule, treating the good people of Nottingham and Manchester to their very own Arena shows.
Nottingham becomes the new start date for the much anticipated UK tour, kicking off on November 8th at the Trent FM Arena and Manchester will become the penultimate night in the UK for Paramore, on November 19th they will perform at the MEN Arena.
Tickets for the two new shows will go on sale this Friday (July 9th) at 9am through www.gigsandtours.com or from the 24hour credit card hotline at 0871 2200 260.
Paramore release the fourth single from their number one album Brand New Eyes on July 12th, it will be one of singer Hayley Williams live favourites, Careful.
Hayley says of the song: ‘So psyched to release Careful as a single. It’s one of my favourite songs to play at shows… Heavy, fast, and just a really intense song. Hope people get into it!’
Paramore – Careful
Paramore will be in the UK to headline at the Reading/Leeds festivals in August before they return for the Arena tour in November.