A Hawk & A Hacksaw UK dates plus more Leaf Label artist news

The Leaf Label artists A Hawk & A Hacksaw arrive in the UK next week for the UK leg of their European tour which will see them joining label mates current and past, Wildbirds & Peacedrums and Efterklang at the Standon Calling Festival.

A Hawk & A Hacksaw will be performing tracks from their forthcoming fifth album during the tour where the core duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost will be augmented by regular collaborator Sam Johnson and newcomer Issa Malluf.

A Hawk & A Hacksaw will be performing at the following venues;

Tuesday 3 August
Cafe Oto, LONDON (with The Family Elan)
18-22 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
Doors 8pm
Tickets £12.50 adv / £14

Wednesday 4 August
The Kazimier, LIVERPOOL (with a.P.A.t.T and Trouble With Books)
4-5 Wolstensholme Sq, L1 4JJ
Doors 8pm
Tickets £6

Thursday 5 August
The Harley, SHEFFIELD
334 Glossop Rd, S10 2HW
Doors 8pm
Tickets £8

Friday 6 August
Standon Calling, STANDON (Crooked House stage)

Following their sold out show at Bishopsgate Institute, Wildbirds & Peacedrums will return to London for a low-key duo show in the week of release of their new album, Rivers (released Aug 23). The show takes place at The Lexington on Thursday August 26.

Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin released two limited edition vinyl-only EPs earlier this summer, Retina and Iris, and these have now been compiled into the double CD Rivers album.

The Leaf Label have prepared a special preorder bundle for Rivers in the Leaf Label shop, where £18 (plus p&p) will get you a CD, an instant download of the album (currently only available as part of this offer) while you wait for the CD, a ticket for the London show and a ‘Wildbirds & Peacedrums with Voices’ poster.

On August 23, Efterklang will release double CD Special Editions of their first two full-length albums, together with their accompanying mini-albums, in deluxe fold-out card packaging with new 16 page booklets containing sleeve notes written by the band.

The band’s 2004 debut, Tripper, comes with the band’s first release, the Springer mini-album, while Parades is augmented by the long out-of-print Under Giant Trees.

Both releases include two live recordings of songs from the relevant albums, and, for a limited time, Parades + Under Giant Trees also includes the full-colour poster that came with the original Parades CD. In addition, Leaf Label have re-pressed a limited quantity of the original Tripper double LP (the original Parades is still available on vinyl in limited quantities).

Wigan songstress Nancy Elizabeth has announced two full band shows, alongside Homelife and Denis Jones. The shows take place in Manchester (Sep 9) and at London’s King’s Place Festival (Sep 12).

An EP of specially recorded cover versions and remixes by the artists involved will be released by Manchester’s Humble Soul Records to coincide with the dates.

Actor Elijah Wood has compiled an album in aid of The Art Of Elysium, a non-profit organisation which brings musicians, artists and actors into hospitals to work with sick children. The album, entitled Elysium: A Benefit For The Art Of Elysium, features recent Oh No Ono single ‘Internet Warrior‘ alongside the likes of Sonic Youth, White Denim and The Kills. The album is available through iTunes.

And finally you can see the new tune Earth Crisis from Icy Demons below. The track was part of a session recorded for new website Giant System Chicago. Icy Demons are currently hard at work finishing the follow up to Miami Ice.

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Latitude Festival – The Horrors, The National, The XX, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, Temper Trap & more

Latitude Festival - The Horrors, The National, The XX, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, Temper Trap & more
Latitude Festival - The Horrors, The National, The XX, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, Temper Trap & more

Latitude Festival returns for an incredible 5th Edition on 15-18th July 2010 set in the beautiful countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast.

Latitude is dedicated to giving you only the best and most eclectic ensemble of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion and cabaret for three spectacular days and as ever, this focus has delivered a line-up like no one else.

As with all good festivals Latitude has a great and diverse range of music across several stages.  What I like best about Latitude is that it isn’t too large, like Glastonbury, but big enough to attract a great line-up.

So if you’re lucky enough to have tickets you might be thinking of which performances you want to see over the weekend.

The three headline acts on the main Obelisk Arena will be Florence & the Machine, Belle & Sebastian and Vampire Weekend.  None of those really take my fancy.  But when I look at other acts performing on the main stage there are a few I’m already looking forward to, including Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, Temper Trap and the wonderful Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Furthermore, there is plenty of music on the other music stages.  Highlights for me are The Horrors, The National, The XX, The Big Pink, Wild Beasts and Grizzly Bear all appearing at The Word Arena.  On the Sunshine Arena I hope to see the wonderful Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girls, Tokyo Police Club and a late night performance by the Gentleman’s Dub Club; while Beth Jeans Houghton will be performing on The Lake Stage.

In all there is no fewer than 17 stages offering music, dance, film, art, poetry, theatre and comedy.

Spread throughout the site, just waiting to be discovered, expect the highest calibre of art.  Building on its reputation as one of the most respected and highly anticipated events of the season, 2010 promises to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillating weekend; another spectacular slice of unadulterated cultural fun and adventure.

Celebrating its fifth year, Latitude continues to lead the way as a bold and pioneering festival cherry-picking the very best from the worlds of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion and cabaret and bringing them together for one glorious weekend. It is a place like no other; an intimate world away from reality that encourages you to be all that you’ve ever wanted to be whilst indulging in the spirit of exploration and discovery.

Latitude Festival is on Thursday 15- Sunday 18th July 2010.  Tickets are sold out.

Latitude Festival Sold Out – Just look at what you will be missing!

Latitude Festival 2010
Latitude Festival 2010

With artists still being confirmed on a daily basis for the fifth edition of the Latitude Festival, news has just arrived from the organisers Festival Republic that with two months still to go, all weekend and individual day tickets for the 2010 Latitude Festival have now sold out.

Expanding to 35,000 capacity for this, Latitude’s fifth edition, the success of this festival continues to grow and grow and with a line-up that boasts music headliners Florence + The Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend, as well as the very best from the worlds of comedy, literary, poetry, cabaret, theatre, film, art and dance – it’s easy to see why all these tickets have been snapped up so quickly.

With more acts across all arenas still to be confirmed, the fact that the festival has sold out with still so much to be added speaks volumes of Latitude’s reputation as an unrivalled, unique weekend away.

Starting out in 2006, Latitude’s big ideas of being an all-encompassing arts festival with each section of art taking equal prominence alongside the music bill has firmly established it as a cultural haven for the open-minded festival goer.

Year on year the festival has not only expanded in size, but also in breadth and quality of the line-up. As well as the designated arenas with programmes running all weekend, fun and laughter can be found round every corner, either on full display or hidden deep within the woods waiting to be discovered.

This is what you will be missing if you have not bought tickets for Latitude 2010: the comedy stylings of Emo Philips, Tommy Tiernan, Ardal O’Hanlon, Rich Hall, Phill Jupitus & Friends Improv Show and Richard Herring; literary musings  from the ever-popular Robin Ince’s Book Club with Kevin Eldon, Jo Neary, Robyn Hitchcock, Josie Long & Gavin Osborn as well as Bret Easton Ellis, Hanif Kureishi and Sebastian Faulks; poetry from Wendy Cope, John Cooper Clarke, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright and WordTheatre; dramatic performances courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, Bush Theatre and Sadler’s Wells to name but a few, cabaret performances from Rich Fulcher, Laura Solon and Idiots Of Ants; BAFTA return to the Film & Music Arena with Q&As and discussions with award-winning director Paul Greengrass already confirmed. The magical woods and forests are a place of discovery featuring Masked Balls, a Baccanalian Party, DJ’s and all night parties.

It really is a place like no other; an intimate world away from reality that encourages you to be all that you’ve ever wanted to be, whilst indulging in the spirit of exploration and discovery.

Mogwai to headline Invada Invasion ‘mini festival’ at Colston Hall

final_colston_hall_invada_night_flyersmallerScottish sonic noise architects MOGWAI have been announced as the perfect headliners for the Invada Invasion to be held in Bristol on 26 September, when Invada – the label run by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow – stages a one-day takeover of Bristol’s newly re-launched Colston Hall.

In Barrow’s words: “The lunatics are taking over the asylum…. There’s going to be lots of amazing noise and interesting things to stare at,” says Barrow, who promises to make the event “like a mini festival.”

Invada Invasion will see Invada recording artists invading Colston Hall and storming each of the venue’s three performance spaces with a winning line-up culled from the labels own roster and some like-minded individuals.

Representing Invada are Malakai, Joe Volk, Team Brick, Rosie Red Rash, Fuzz Against Junk, Gonga and Thought Forms plus a very special, one-off collaboration between neo-prog heroes Crippled Black Phoenix and Bristol string section The Emerald Ensemble with arrangements by Ben Salisbury and Elizabeth Purnell.  Salisbury has also contributed orchestral arrangements for Joe Volk.

Representing the label’s friends are local boys done good and all-round noise terrorists Fuck Buttons, who last played for Barrow at the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in 2007. Adding to the eclectic bill are Italian giants Zu and Zun Zun Egui with more acts to be announced. DJs for the evening include Invada DJs and Grumpyman.

In addition to the live performances there’ll be a high visual element to proceedings with special projections for the main hall acts by AV artist John Minton. The arty aspects will centre around a specially commissioned exhibition presented by Friend & Co, the Bristol-based underground art gallery and creative platform founded by Barrow and Tom Friend. The showcase will feature the work of Mr Jago, Byroglyphics, China Mike, Acerone, Mudwig, Asbestos, Paris, Eco, 45RPM and more TBA.

Tickets for the Invada Invasion cost £20, and are on sale now from Colston Hall Box Office (0117 922 3686, www.colstonhall.org).

Last chance for bands to enter Big Chill competition

blondie-high-copyA great opportunity for unknown bands to make their mark is  being offered in a free competition organised in conjunction with MySpace, The Big Chill Festival and RankinLive!

One musician or band will win the chance of a lifetime to experience the star treatment – Big Chill tickets, a shoot with the legendary photographer Rankin and an half hour set at the Big Chill Festival on Friday August 7th.

Opening on 1st July this is a money can’t buy chance to get your mug made beautiful by the man who launch Dazed and Confused and shot the likes of U2, Jarvis Cocker, Madonna, Oasis, Verve and Bjork.

How to enter:

Visit www.myspace.com/rankinlive • Add Rankin and The Big Chill to your top 8 MySpace friends. • Post a comment to RankinLive stating why you’d like to be photographed by Rankin and win a slot at The Big Chill festival. • Tip – make sure your photo is super-hot and you have your best tracks on your myspace page – this is how you’ll be judged! • The competition closes on 14th July 2009. • Winners will be announced shortly after 15th July on RankinLive’s myspace page.

Time is running out for this incredible competition, so act now!