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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Kasabian Promo Video for Vlad The Impaler

Kasabian - Vlad The Impaler
Kasabian - Vlad The Impaler

Kasabian launch into 2010 with their explosive highly charged new single ‘Vlad The Impaler’, taken from their No.1 album of the year ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’, which has sold over 500,000 copies so far.

The album is one of the biggest selling of the year and yielded the band ‘Best Album’ at this year’s Q Awards as well featuring highly in a whole host of magazine and newspaper’s album of the year lists.

Following Kasabian’s seismic November arena tour, which was preceded by a 20-date summer run and 9 massive stadium shows with Oasis, they resume touring duties in Australia for a series of New Year ‘Big Day Out’ gigs.

Wrtten by Serge Pizzorno and co-produced by Serge and Dan The Automator ‘Vlad The Impaler’ is one of many highlights on the record. A turbo-charged rock anthem and full on rant from start to finish sped along by Tom Meighan’s pulsing vocal, Serge’s bar-raising musical vision, Chris Edwards’ mesmerising basslines and Ian Matthews’ galloping drums.

“Vlad is a total chaos tune,” enthuses Serge. “It’s a call out to all our people, the ones who are tuned into our radio station.”

httpv://www.youtube.com/kasabiantour#p/u/3/DOiP5XE2cKI

Kasabian – Serge Pizzorno (Songwriter, Guitar, Vocals), Tom Meighan (Vocals), Chris Edwards (Bass) and Ian Matthews (Drums) have recently been announced as the headliners for T in the Park next year. It’s already set to be one of the musical highlights for 2010.

Best Albums of 2009…according to Terry Lane

And here’s another post in the ‘Best Albums of 2009‘ series; and this is my list.

There has been some great albums in 2009.  From the experimental sounds of Tempelhof to the retro sounds of Girls and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.  The industrial noise dancefloor of Fuck Buttons to the cheesy Euro electro pop of Little Boots. Heavy rock from the best supergroup, The Dead Weather to the lad-tastic indie rock of Kasabian, back to their best with West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

These albums include some of my favourite singles of 2009 too, including: Jay-ZEmpire State of Mind, Yeah Yeah YeahsZero, The Pains Of Being Pure At HeartCome Saturday, The Dead WeatherTreat Me Like Your Mother, SpiritualizedSoul On Fire, Fuck ButtonsSurf Solar, Jamie TSticks n StonesThe LongcutRepeated and Lust For Life & Hellhole Ratrace by Girls.

Best Albums of the Year 2009 according to Terry Lane

1.    Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiB-078lVJU&feature=player_embedded

2.    The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CllJKSlj3vQ&feature=related

3.    The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crD1gojekpM&feature=related

4.    Doves – Kingdom of Rust

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qipxRcTZmj4&feature=related

5.    Little Boots – Hands

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McdqerXrwXE

6.    Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd0Y1Sko7hA&feature=player_embedded

7.    The Dead Weather – Horehound

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrgLq-c_LJQ&feature=PlayList&p=8BFB55BA543043AC&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=8

8.    The Longcut – Open Hearts

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5meI0FyFfI4

9.    Tempelhof – We Were Not There From The Beginning. We Won’t Be There For The End

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHiv-6RdG7A

10.    Eddy Current Suppression Ring  – Primary Colours

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIX6YbpJ5wM

11.    Spiritualized – Songs in A & E

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuEOqzs76sE

12.    Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFbE3lHTcuo

13.    Jay-Z – The Blueprint III

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UjsXo9l6I8

14.    Girls – Album

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcqwfFKagH4&feature=related

15.    Jamie T – Sticks n Stones

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwh0Wn5vVwE

Camden Crawl 2009 – Full Line Up

The Camden Crawl - Friday 24th & Saturday 25th April 2009
The Camden Crawl - Friday 24th & Saturday 25th April 2009

The Camden Crawl – Friday 24th & Saturday 25th April 2009

2 Days • 40 Venues • 150 Ground-breaking Artists & Special Guests • One All-Access Ticket •
All venues in Camden, London

The main participating venues in this year’s Camden Crawl are:

THE ROUNDHOUSE * KOKO * ELECTRIC BALLROOM * JAZZ CAFÉ * DINGWALLS
UNDERWORLD * CUBAN BAR * BARFLY * DUBLIN CASTLE * THE MONARCH
EARL OF CAMDEN * THE ENTERPRISE * PURPLE TURTLE * BULLET * THE BLACK CAP

Kasabian, The Enemy and Madness join the star studded Camden Crawl 2009 roster which already includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Echo & The Bunnymen, The View, 808 State, The Maccabees, Billy Bragg, The Fall, Little Boots and Wire.

In addition to the festival’s sensational evening programme, the diverse afternoon line-up features highlights such as: BookSlam performances from the legendary Mr. Nice, Howard Marks, Kill Your Friends author John Niven and Scroobius Pip, the Island Records 50th Anniversary Boat party & BBQ complete top secrets guests, comedy from Edinburgh Festival promoters Underbelly and a whole host interactive activities and live music.

Advance weekend and Friday tickets still available from www.thecamdencrawl.com, but advance Saturday ticket are now sold out. Walk up tickets will be available from the Roundhouse box office each day of the event from 11:00 am while supplies last. The live music and arts programme begins at midday and runs through to 4:00 am each day.

Throughout the weekend, Camden Town will play host to over a mile and a half of fantastic new talent across forty venues, including the legendary venues Roundhouse, Koko, Electric Ballroom, Jazz Café, Dingwalls, and Dublin Castle. Upon arrival each ticket holder will be presented with an all-access wristband, programme guide, free magazine and download album to help plot his/her day’s adventure. In keeping with Crawl tradition and the spirit of discovery, the venue line-ups and stage times remain secret until each night and surprise guests may appear at any time and at any venue.

The Camden Crawl Line-up

Friday 24th April Only

Live at the Roundhouse: THE ENEMY * HOCKEY * THE VIRGINS * YEAH YEAH YEAHS

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN * IDLEWILD * WIRE
ART BRUT * FILTHY DUKES * THE VON BONDIES * THE WHIP
THE AUTHOR * BADDIES * THE BARKER BAND * BLEECH * BRAKES * CAPITAL * THE CHAPMAN FAMILY * CIRCLESQUARE

DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD * DE TROPIX * DINOSAUR PILE UP * DJANGO DJANGO * DRUMS OF DEATH

FOY VANCE * GOLDHEART ASSEMBLY * HELLACHOLLA * THE JIM JONES REVUE * JOUIS * THE JOY FORMIDABLE * KIDS LOVE LIES

KISSY SELL OUT LITTLE DEATH * MINI VIVA * NEW RHODES * OPENROOM * ROYAL TREATMENT PLANT * SELFISH C**T

SKIBUNNY * SKINT & DEMORALISED * SLEEPERCURVE * TEETH!!! * THE TEMPER TRAP * TO THE BONES * YOUR TWENTIES

Saturday 25th April Only

Live at the Roundhouse: KASABIAN * LITTLE BOOTS * THE MACCABEES * THE VIEW

808 STATE * BILLY BRAGG * THE FALL

FRANKMUSIK * HOT LEG * IPSO FACTO * KING CREOSOTE

ALAN POWNALL * AN EXPERIMENT ON A BIRD IN THE AIRPUMP * BANJO OR FREAKOUT * BLK JKS

BROADCAST 2000 * CHERBOURG * THE DEAD FORMATS * DIE! DIE! DIE! * ELVIIN * EUGENE MCGUINNESS

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING * GOLDEN SILVERS * GOLD TEETH * HEXES * INNERPARTYSYSTEM JOSH WELLER

THE LAUREL COLLECTIVE LION CLUB * NEWHAM GENERALS * OU EST * OUTCRY COLLECTIVE * THE PLIGHT

POST WAR YEARS *  SHITTY LIMITS * TELEVISED CRIMEWAVE * THREATMANTICS * TODDLA T * XRABIT & DMG$

Artists performing on both days:

THE BIG PINK * COUNT & SINDEN * DAN BLACK * FIGHT LIKE APES

KITTY DAISY & LEWIS * THE KING BLUES * VV BROWN

ALESSI’S ARK * CHEW LIPS * THE COMPUTERS * THE CORDELIER CLUB * DATAROCK * FLASHGUNS

GENERAL FIASCO * GOLDIELOCKS * THE INVISIBLE JAMES YUILL* * KASMS * MAN LIKE ME
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS * PEGGY SUE * PLUGS * PULLED APART BY HORSES * SPORTSDAY MEGAPHONE

S.C.U.M. * THREE TRAPPED TIGERS * TOMMY SPARKS * THE XX

The Camden Crawl Daytime Programme

COMEDY: Backstage Comedy, Falling Down With Laughter, Underbelly

LIVE MUSIC: Andy Ross Presents, Bonanza, Clerkenville West, Gigwise Indie Idle, Hawley Arms Sessions, Island 50 at the Crawl, Karauke, Red Stripe Busking Sessions, Turning Worm

SPOKEN WORD: Apples & Snakes, Bloody Awful Poetry, Bookslam

FILM, QUIZZES, CRAFTS & MORE: Bring & Share’s Musical Bingo, Feeling Gloomy Speed Dating, Future Shorts Live Re-score, Hunga Munga’s Camden Cocktail, I Predict A Pop Quiz, Moshi Moshi Pop Quiz, Who Killed Bambi?

For more information visit the website: www.The CamdenCrawl.com or the official MySpace site: www.MySpace.com/TheCamdenCrawl

Twisted Wheel – debut album review

Twisted Wheel - Self-titled debut album due out on 13th April
Twisted Wheel - Self-titled debut album due out on 13th April

With various influences dripping from every track Twisted Wheel release their impressive, powerful guitar-led self-titled debut album while creating quite a fuss.

With a growing fan club already including Noel & Liam Gallagher, Ian Brown, Kasabian and Paul Weller, Twisted Wheel look set for big things in 2009.

Following a gig at the Night & Day in Manchester the band gave Clint Boon (ex-Inspiral Carpets) a demo, who in turn passed it on to Paul Weller. The band were totally shocked when Weller then contacted them and offered his studio free of charge for recording.

Twisted Wheel’s music is full of the kind of enthused energy that is lacking in so much of today’s music.  Think punk like early Clash & The Jam; and 1960’s teenage angst of The Kinks and The Who.

The vocal delivery suggests  Steve Marriott and Paul Weller, and on the most explosive tracks such as the live favourite Lucy The Castle and Oh What Have You Done, the post-punk aggression of Jimmy Pursey (Sham 69) and Mensi of the Angelic Upstarts (remember them?). While on Strife Oldham-born singer/guitarist Jonny Brown‘s vocal delivery is more akin to other contemporary groups like The Arctic Monkeys and The View.

But aside from all these references, Twisted Wheel is a young lively band full of energy and spunk.

But not all Twisted Wheel’s songs are full of power and aggression. The slow and sublime track Bouncing Bomb is an acoustic lament in the spirit of That’s Entertainment by The Jam or The Kinks Dead End Street.

But mostly Twisted Wheel blast out anthemic powerful garage rock like Lucy The Castle, Let Them Have It All and We Are Us which prove British rock music is in safe hands.

The self-titled debut album by Twisted Wheel is due for release on 13th April 2009 on Columbia records.