Interpol to play London & Manchester shows in the new year

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Interpol have announced they will be embarking on a three date UK and Ireland tour in January and February 2015.

The American rockers announced plans to perform sets in London, Manchester and Dublin on their official website to promote upcoming fifth studio album ‘El Pintor’.

Before coming to the UK and Ireland Interpol will be embarking on a European leg with seven dates scheduled; but if it were up to singer Paul Banks there would be less touring on the books.

Speaking about Interpol’s upcoming release Banks said: “I would love to not fucking tour, man. I would love to put out three records a year if I didn’t have to tour…I mean, I would tour, but all artists now have to spend less time in the studio and more time on the road because there’s no money any more in records”.

We’re glad you’re still touring Interpol, where else would we get to release our inner teenage angst?

Pre-sale tickets for the UK and Irish dates (see below) will be available to mailing list subscribers at interpolnyc.com on Thursday (17 July) at 9am and via general sale on Friday (18 July).

February 6 – London, Roundhouse
February 8 – Manchester, Albert Hall
February 10 – Dublin, Olympia

Published on Electric Banana.

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T Break Stage – 5 Acts to Check Out

Scottish trio Biffy Clyro are gearing up to headline this years T in the Park but did you know their first performance was on the T Break Stage back in 1999? Dedicated to unsigned Scottish talent the T Break Stage was launched by TITP founding partners Tennents Lager to help aspiring Scottish musicians reach larger audiences. Showcasing the musical talents of our fair country, the T Break Stage has been the starting point for many famous Scottish acts including Paisley lad, Paolo Nutini.

Selected by a panel of judges, 16 acts are chosen to perform during the T in the Park weekend held in Balado (11th – 13th July). The T Break Stage is a great chance for you to not only discover new music but possibly your new favourite band. Here are five acts we think you should check out during your TITP adventures:

Blood Relatives
Glasgow based folk-pop quartet, Blood Relatives are refreshing faces amongst the likes of Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men. Including two members from rising rockers Prides in their line-up, Blood Relatives bring summer to Glasgow with their blend of folk, pop and dance all rolled into one lovely package.

Fat Goth
Describing the band as ‘metal in denial’ Fat Goth are a trio from Dundee with a killer edge making them one of Scotland’s most exciting bands. Voted as Breakout Act on XFM Scotland’s Drivetime show, expect killer riffs and early Queens Of The Stone Age vibes from Fat Goth.

We Came From Wolves
Originating from Perth and residing in Glasgow, We Came From Wolves closely mirror headliners Biffy Clyro. This similarity could be seen to help or hinder the quartet over the weekend with their, not so original, blend of indie rock anthems. If you’re a fan of Biffy and Twin Atlantic you’ll probably adore WCFW.

Tisoki
A different sound is welcomed to the T Break Stage from 19 year old, Edinburgh based Tisoki, or Bradley to his friends. The only electronic act on the line up, Tisoki will bring dubstep beats and synths to Balado for all those festival goers eager to dance to some fresh and energetic house.

Tuff Love
Comprised of two girls and one boy, Glasgow pop trio Tuff Love will bring their dream like interpretation of indie pop to T in the Park. Take a break from going crazy at the main stage and listen to the lovely sounds of Tuff Love performing tracks from their debut, Junk EP.

 

Scotland is bursting at the seams with undiscovered talent so head over to T Break Stage and you might get to see a future TITP headliner before all your mates.

 

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Guide

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Festival season is well and truly here, finally! The sun has even started to make an appearance and it’s making the prospect of a summer filled with friends, livemusic and sun even more exciting. Thursday (12 June) will mark the start of the Isle of Wight festival at Seaclose Park, and boy is it an exciting one to kick off the summer. The four-day festival, which returned in 2002 after a 32-year break, has an exciting line up that is not to be missed.

Isle of Wight is not the most talked about festival in the UK but it is arguably the most prestigious with former headliners including Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan gathering crowds of 600,000 people in 1970.This led to the government passing the Isle of Wight Act in 1971 banning all gatherings of more than 5,000 people without a licence. That’s rock and roll eh?

The rock and alternative festival not only has amazing acts performing over two stages but there is other entertainment available too. Make sure you keep the weekend going after the headliners leave the stage by heading over to Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane for more entertainment available until the small hours of the morning.

With killer headline slots it’s going to be tough to decide who to see, that’s why we’ve come up with our top five acts not to be missed this year.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The American rockers will perform a headline slot on Saturday (14 June) and this will be their only UK date of 2014. This is definitely not one to be missed with classics such as Can’t StopCalifornication and By The Way set to impress the Isle of Wight crowds; there is nothing better to do during the weekend than watch what will no doubt be a memorable performance.

Biffy Clyro
Already set for a summer of festivals, the Scottish trio are opening the Isle of Wight festival. Sharing the bill with Calvin Harris and Rudimental this will be the first headline slot of the summer for Biffy Clyro. If all their other live performances are a taster of what they’ll have on offer then you do not want to miss the bearded trio and their infectiously catchy rock anthems.

Kings Of Leon
Returning to the Isle of Wight, Kings Of Leon are set to close the festival with their only UK headline slot of the summer. We can expect classic tracks such as Use SomebodyThe Bucket and Sex On Fire alongside tracks from their UK number one sixth album Mechanical Bull.

The 1975
Still flying high from the release of their self-titled debut album The 1975 will be performing their blend of indie rock alongside The Pretty Reckless and Red Hot Chili Peppers on Saturday (14 June). Make sure you don’t miss Matt Healy and co. rocking out to The CityGirls and Chocolate giving you something to jump along to.

Fall Out Boy
The faces of emo have returned with a more mature and versatile new album, Save Rock And Roll and you best make sure you appreciate one of the most anticipated returns in the world of pop punk. Get your dancing shoes ready for classics including Dance Dance and This Aint A Scene, It’s An Arms Race.

 

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Welcome to the Vinyl Revival

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Who doesn’t love a faded memory jumping straight back into the spotlight questioning why you ever forgot it? This particular memory is the humble vinyl that is currently having a more successful reincarnation than Gary Barlow’s return to the spotlight.

A statement collectors piece for all music lovers, vinyl was overshadowed by the ever popular digital download making it a mere memory or relic hidden away in the dusty corners of record stores. Increasing interest in digital music saw the closure of multiple independent record shops in the UK with 540 store closures in five years and little to no interest in the once popular vinyl. What a turnaround it has had in the past couple of years with record sales more than doubling in 2013 and the release of David Bowie and Daft Punk’s LPs generating such a buzz vinyl sales reached a ten-year high.

Since it’s introduction by Columbia Records in 1948 vinyl has had a great following thanks to the alternative sounds and character an LP has to offer. Vinyl lover and collector, Robert Nelson said the rise in record sales is due to both the artwork and sound quality that has revived the vinyl appeal, he said: “to own a vinyl record really means something, from the artwork on the sleeve, to the lyrics printed on the booklet, the vinyl record is special, it is a relationship.”

Dan Lurinsky, manager of music store Rubadub agreed and stated: “I wouldn’t want to just sit in the house with a big hard drive and have nothing to look at. I like having something to look at and flicking through things and finding things by accident.”

There is no denying that the annual Record Store Day events, held in April, have helped to propel vinyl sales and raise awareness introducing people to the wonder of physical music; music that you can see, touch and smell whilst admiring the craft that goes into pressing a record that can be cared for, making it a loyal purchase. Record Store Day has helped music lovers to appreciate not only vinyl but their local music stores as Robert said: “it encourages people to go into their local music stores and look at what is available. In most cases, these small independent stores are a treasure trove of old vinyl that will appeal to the collector.”

Similar to all good things, Record Store Day can be seen as a bit of a hindrance. What we have to remember is that independent stores, like Rubadub, are pressing records all year round and have deadlines to meet but with Record Store Day it makes it hard to meet deadlines due to a backlog at pressing plants with companies re-releasing products, as Dan explained: “it’s a lot of big weighty companies trying to cash in on it.”

Held annually I wondered if making Record Store Day more than a once a year event would encourage more people to discover records but like all good things, less is more. Having one day to value a time tested musical relic in a fun filled day of music is better than having multiple events where people can lose interest because it’s the same thing happening over and over again. Record Store Day is arguably a great event, minus some inconveniences to independent stores, for music lovers to come together to talk to like-minded people having a good time. Dan stated: “every day is Record Store Day for us, but the actual day and the build to it is one of the best days of the year. It’s just an absolute laugh, all the staff really enjoy it, all the customers who come in all year round love it, we have DJs playing all day and we get the beers out –  it’s just a good day.”

Rubadub experienced one of the busiest Record Store Day’s this year thanks to the increasing interest in vinyl and the growing appreciation of spending time in independent stores browsing through LPs and finding treasures. With the store packed when the doors opened it’s great to see more people getting involved in a fun event highlighting a statement object for every music fan, Dan said: “I think it’s the most fun we’ve had on Record Store Day, in here anyway, it was a bit of a drunken weekend after that.” That’s how you celebrate one of the greatest methods of listening to music. Long live the vinyl revival.

 

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Music Fans: Quick Survey

I am a fourth year journalism student carrying out this short survey for my Honours dissertation.

This ten question survey is to discover how people consume, listen to and discover music.

I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to complete the survey and pass it along to anyone you know. A great understanding of the music industry is not necessary and all answers will remain ANONYMOUS but will help me greatly to complete my dissertation.

Thank you for your time if you wish to take part click here!

 

Run-up to Reading and Leeds

The coveted Reading and Leeds festivals start in just four days (23 August 2013) and it’s time to get the wellies, ponchos and merriment packed up for the most exciting weekend of music in the summer calendar.

Acts performing at this years festivals include HAIME, Frightened Rabbit, Nine Inch Nails, Jake Bugg among a wide range of others waiting to show R+L revilers the time of their lives. Even without extra acts on the bill this years headliners have set the bar high enough with a mix of rap, rock and punk on offer.

Green Day

Returning to the main stage after a less than stellar year, Green Day are returning to Reading, and Leeds this year, after their impromptu performance in the NME tent last year. After lead singer Armstrong spending months in rehab, less than fantastic reviews from their three album release, the so called Kings of pop-punk will follow the drunk bunny to perform tracks from their most recent albums and old fan favourites from 1994’s Dookie, covers of some great classic songs and show festival goers that the Bay Area’s finest still know how to rock the stage.

Biffy Clyro

Scottish giants Biffy Clyro will take the main stage at this years King and Queen of music festivals. After years of working hard to get themselves known the trio have worked their way to having a headlining spot. The release of Opposites, the sixth studio album from Biffy, earlier this year cemented the band in the music industry with their blend of progressive rock and ridiculously catchy songs. The only British band headlining this years festival it would seem there is a lot to prove, but Biffy Clyro will prevail. 

Eminem

The Real Slim Shady is back and probably as good as he ever was! The release of his latest single ‘Survival‘ proves that Eminem’s return after 2010’s Recovery is going to be the biggest yet. Closing the Leeds festival fans can expect nineties nostalgia with favourites including ‘Lose Yourself’ and some of the Detroit rappers latest hits – for all we know Marshall Mathers might surprise the crowd with some special guests.

This is arguably the biggest R+L lineup so far with a wide mix of performances available: dance, rock, alt rock, folk and hip hop, silent discos and comedy, if the sun stays shining it could be the best festival of the summer.

HOLLAND: Bikes, Bols and Business

A wee article I wrote for our student magazine, The Edit about my internship and trip to the Netherlands!

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The first location that comes to most people’s mind when they think about Holland? Amsterdam. Great clubs and pubs, cool sights including the infamous Iamsterdam sign, sex shops and just a couple of totally discreet and tucked away coffee shops draws thousands of tourists into the heart of the capital every year; but what about the rest of the Netherlands?

Half an hour outside Amsterdam is the idyllic, and totally stereotypical, city of Leiden. If seeing the more touristic side of Holland is what you want then Leiden is your first stop. Working as a PR Intern here for the past three months I’ve seen my fair share of windmills, clogs, markets and bikes…bikes everywhere. You can’t expect to go to the Netherlands and not ride a bike, or in my case ride face first into a row of shrubbery after one Heineken too many.

The weather can come and…

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