Isle Of Wight organiser John Giddings has echoed the recent sentiments of Glastonbury supremo Michael Eavis by claiming the current UK summer festival season is overly saturated with events and is now unsustainable.
Speaking to the BBC after reports of over 30 festival being cancelled in recent months, Giddings outlined his belief that more smaller-scale festivals will suffer in the future.
Musicians including members of the Kaiser Chiefs and singer-songwriter Kate Nash are out on the streets of London today to join hundreds more in a clean-up operation following three nights of trouble across the city.
Since violence first flared last Saturday night (August 6th), cars, buildings and businesses in various areas of London have been targeted, leaving some communities devastated.
Everybody knows ‘Sophia‘. Never mind if you haven’t heard the song yet; we all know this girl. Everyone who’s ever fallen out of love has met her, hated her, wished terrible wrongs upon her. Laura Marling has found a way to voice those dark, jealous thoughts, to throw the windows open wide and let the light in on them.
The remarkable thing is that she expresses these thoughts with such eloquence. Her deceptively joyful arrangement takes the lion’s share of the credit for this. From the fingerpicking pattern whispers that open ‘Sophia’, to the brisk, impassioned pace at the heart of the song, there’s an odd comfort to how Marling makes it all so understandable.
The Flaming Lips were performing at the Brady Block Party when the weather took a turn for the worse, prompting their crew to cover the equipment in a bid to preserve any damage.
But when a stronger gust of wind swept through the arena, the band’s video projection screen took a dramatic tumble.
With debut album ‘Stars Of CCTV‘ in 2005, Hard-Fi joined a wave of homegrown guitar bands, led by the runaway of success of the Arctic Monkeys, who enjoyed a bumper few years on the British charts.
However, like many of their contemporaries, they struggled to replicate the glory with their follow up release, and were instead subjected to strong criticism from some quarters for their approach to the promotion of ‘Once Upon a Time In The West‘.
As a result, the band’s frontman Richard Archer has told the Daily Star expectations are much lower this time round, and how they are looking to re-establish their fractured reputation.
“We’re sitting here now and don’t expect for one minute to waltz back out to a number one album or sold-out arena shows. It’s not that easy,” he said.
“We know that we have to let people know what we have to offer and how good we are. But it’s quite exciting cos it’s almost like trying to break the band again – we’ve got some good tunes.”
“We did have this golden moment in 2005-6 with this bumper harvest of bands. That was pretty unreal and we’re kinda back to reality now, which is that pop acts have millions of pounds spent on them.”
“The X Factor is on TV every week. If you had to pay for that TV advertising, you’d have to be a billionaire. It’s all kinda there, bubbling under and waiting to break through.”
‘Killer Sounds’ will be released on August 19th, and is preceded by the singles ‘Good For Nothing‘ and ‘Fire In The House‘.
Irish rockers Ash will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of their third studio album ‘Free All Angels‘ with a trio of UK gigs in October.
The band will be re-joined for the short tour by former guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, who left the group in 2006 to focus on solo projects.
The tour will be launched at the HMV Institute in Birmingham on October 20th, before moving on to Manchester’s Ritz venue on the 23rd. The final date will come at the London Forum on October 25th. Ash plan to perform ‘Free All Angels’ in its entirely during the shows, and will also air various other tracks from their back catalogue.
Originally issued in April 2001, ‘Free All Angels’ winning brand of pop-tinged guitar anthems pushed the record to the summit of the UK Album Chart upon its release, thanks primarily to the hit singles ‘Burn Baby Burn‘ and ‘Shining Light‘.
Tickets for the mini-tour will go on sale from this Friday (August 12th), at 9am.
HMV Institute Birmingham (20)
HMV Ritz Manchester (23)
HMV London Forum (25)
Chambers, best known for his writing credits with Robbie Williams, has worked on two songs set to feature on Cardle’s debut album, and believes the latest product off the Simon Cowell production line can match the guitar-led trio’s achievements.
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