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Live4ever’s Best Of 2010s: The Tracks 25-1

Posted on 26 Aug 2019 at 8:17am

It’s the summer Bank Holiday in the UK today, and with mighty fine weather greeting it for once here’s part two of a playlist which might just add to the soundtrack for today’s activities.

50 of the best tracks to have been featured on Live4ever during the past decade have been picked out, this second installment featuring the likes of Idles, Kendrick Lamar, Laura Marling, Little Comets and A Tribe Called Red.

Check out the videos below, and find Part 1 right here.

The Sunshine Underground will bow out with Glasgow, Leeds gigs

Posted on 09 Sep 2016 at 9:04am

More dates have been added to The Sunshine Underground‘s farewell tour which will now end in December.

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The Sunshine Underground to split after last album, tour

Posted on 26 May 2016 at 12:44pm

A decade on from their debut album, The Sunshine Underground have said they will call it a day later this year.

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Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014: The Best Indie Albums

Posted on 22 Dec 2014 at 7:05am

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014 series comes to an end today with The Albums.

It’s been a year when albums have once again come under attack from the established order, described as ‘edging closer to extinction’ by George Ergatoudis. He of course being the man behind Radio 1’s lamentable playlists so a quick look at the state of the station’s output and its uncanny resemblance to the current Christmas singles chart shows just what he’s doing with an undue level of influence over mainstream music.

Fortunately, despite being shunned and undermined by those who could make a truly positive difference, the most traditional format of them all, vinyl, has only gone from strength to strength once again this year. With Pink Floyd offering up new music for the first time since 1994, Royal Blood concocting one of the most popular rock debuts of recent times, and high profile re-releases from the likes of Oasis and Led Zeppelin, sales on vinyl have raced past the one million mark for the first time since 1996 in the UK, justifying all the campaigns which have given a timely boost to long players since Record Store Day was first dreamed up in 2008.

Most importantly though, 2014 has also shown there’s still a mountain of soon-to-be classics out there to discover if you’re prepared to look hard enough. We’ve picked out just 20 of those for our final Essentials list of the year; a few you’re no doubt already familiar with, some you might want to re-visit, and perhaps others you’ll check out for the first time.

Catch up with Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014 in full at this link.

Review: Y Not Festival 2014 – White Lies, Frank Turner, The Sunshine Underground and more

Posted on 06 Aug 2014 at 8:09am

As a seasoned festival goer with a collection of heavily worn out wristbands gathered from trips to some of the UK’s biggest festivals – T In The Park, Leeds and Download alongside the godfather of all music festivals, – a visit to an altogether more humble venue in Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival resulted in a glorious reconnection with the grassroots of alternative music.

Y Not’s history is a brief yet wonderfully encouraging DIY story of how a small gathering of music aficionados from a school in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, gathered at a house party with only a couple of DJs for company, organically adapting through word of mouth during subsequent years until the first official Y Not Festival in 2006 heralded the beginning of a three day event now held at the start of August each year in Pikehall.

The carefree passion and jovial atmosphere of the festival’s origins was retained amongst a sell-out bill this year, showcasing a mixture of established artists and fresh faced acts from a range of alternative genres, seeing White Lies, Dizzee Rascal and Frank Turner as headliners above a packed daily line-up spanning four main stages.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening: The Albums Of 2014…So Far

Posted on 01 Jul 2014 at 6:07am

We’ve had veterans dipping into the solo world, seasoned mainstays releasing some of the best work of their career and, always most excitingly, brand new bands unleashing truly impressive debuts. 2014 has been undoubtedly another strong year so far, and Live4ever has once again picked out just a handful of albums for us all to revisit and reflect on as an all-too fleeting summer homes into view.

The variety is striking; from the ‘true joy and genius of great punk music’ found in OFF’s ‘Wasted Years’, to the ‘haunting, tragic air’ of ‘I Can Learn’, and the majestic under-the-radar first release from Vikesh Kapoor which dispays ‘the real America, its majesty and pride never so honestly depicted’. All this and much more is waiting in the latest edition of Live4ever’s Essential Listening series.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out albums of the year so far get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Review: The Sunshine Underground – ‘The Sunshine Underground’

Posted on 20 May 2014 at 6:01am

Majestic.

If it was possible, this review would end there. Not that there is nothing else to say about the new self-titled Sunshine Underground album, but more that sometimes saying it isn’t necessary.

The Sunshine Underground‘ is unlike anything the band have previously released; their dance-infused indie rock is gone, in its place is something not infused, or influenced, just what it is – a dance album.

Or more specifically an electronic album, as merely attaching the label ‘dance’ does what we have here no justice. Many bands have tried new directions, but rarely so bravely and successfully. In recent times ‘reinvention’ in music has become almost a dirty word, used cynically to garner new fans or shore up ailing careers, and invariably it amounts to nothing more than a new wardrobe.

The Sunshine Underground, though, have not reinvented themselves, they have reinvented their music, seemingly leaving nothing of what came before, but to what end? To let the music speak for itself.

It feels like the culmination of all their passions and ambitions, all their experiences and influences. Nothing is wasted and they bring all of this to bare over ten extremely focused tracks. It is a lean record, no filler, no wasted space, all the tracks are concise and clean. The influences are everywhere, but are so broad it is astonishing, almost like a lecture on the history of electronica.

Interview: The Sunshine Underground – ‘It was great to document our album with the people who care most’

Posted on 15 May 2014 at 5:39am

Live4ever recently met up with The Sunshine Underground to talk about the fascinating story behind their forthcoming self-titled album.

It’s been four years since the release of ‘Nobody’s Coming To Save You’, and so much has changed in that time for the band. The new record has been a true labour of love for both them and their fans, who have helped to fund its recording via a Pledge Music campaign. And to repay this support the band have focused on producing their most ambitious album to date. In doing so they travelled to Sheffield to work with widely renowned producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, MIA), set up their own label and after many hints and nudges, finally fully embraced their long-held passion for dance music.

We spoke to frontman Craig Wellington to discuss how all these changes have impacted on their already distinctive sound, and to find out what drove them to explore these exciting new directions.

The Sunshine Underground announce UK tour for October

Posted on 07 May 2014 at 10:08am

The Sunshine Underground head out on a tour of the UK this October in support of their imminent new, self-titled album.

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The Sunshine Underground – ‘Finally We Arrive’

Posted on 07 May 2014 at 10:06am

Track taken from The Sunshine Underground’s forthcoming self-titled new album

 

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