Big Country

Big Country, Jon Fratelli, Roddy Woomble and Twin Atlantic join T in the Park bill

Jon Fratelli,

Jon Fratelli,

The T in the Park bill is being tipped as the bill to beat this summer and festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager are pleased to announce a proud army of Scottish acts in the form of Big Country, Jon Fratelli, Roddy Woomble, Twin Atlantic, Emma’s Imagination, The Phantom Band, Found and Jack Townes – set to descend upon Balado on the weekend of 8th ‘ 10th July 2011.

Making their T in the Park debut on the 30th anniversary of the band are Scottish rock giants Big Country. The band has enjoyed phenomenal success with number one albums, Grammy nominations, sold out European tours and millions of record sales worldwide. They’ve shared stages with Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and are one of the truly great live outfits to have survived the roller coaster ride of the Eighties. Their star continued to shine until 2001 when frontman Stuart Adamson sadly passed away. It took until 2010 before the band felt ready to perform again as Big Country with Jamie Watson and singer Mike Peters leading the band back to glory to perform at T in the Park 2011.

The band said: “To be able to play at T in the park is a perfect opportunity for us to really celebrate our 30th anniversary in Scotland. Because the band was basically born in Fife, T is a fitting place to return to for this occasion. Stuart would have appreciated this, and we’re all looking forward to it.”

Jon Fratelli will appear solo on stage in Balado for the first time with brand new songs from his debut album ‘Psycho Jukebox’. Chock full of the kind of solid gold easy action that makes you want to smile broadly, chant loudly, dance wildly, sing sweetly, grapple sweatily, drum manically, scream breathlessly and shout raucously, it’s perfect T in the Park material.

Jon said: “T in the Park was the first major festival I ever played and the first time I’d played in front of a circus tent full of people, that first time is still etched in my memory. I’m really happy to be going back to T, it’s always a highlight’.

Roddy Woomble, frontman of legendary Scottish alt-rock act Idlewild will woo the T in the Park crowd with dreamy lyrics and fully charged folk foot stompers from his latest solo album ‘The Impossible Song & Other Songs’. He paints a picture of his beloved western isles with layers of tuneful instruments that complement a voice full of soul. Known to treat fans to a travelling story or two between songs and with the chance of some Idlewild classics thrown into the mix, Woomble’s performance is set to shine.

Glaswegian boys Twin Atlantic are poised for greatness – the group of fans who once held them as their little secret is growing rapidly and this number is set to multiply when they appear at T in the Park this year. Word of mouth buzz about their intense live shows has built a rock solid base and the band has scored a sellout gig in Glasgow’s Barrowland this Friday 6th May. Ambitious debut mini-album, ‘Vivarium’, is packed with enormous sweeping riffs, moods that flit from light to shade, and impassioned vocals dripping with gorgeous Scottish vowels.

Emma Gillespie AKA Emma’s Imagination has rarely done things the conventional way ‘ she’s had two singles in the top ten at once, then shortly after, she signed her first recording contract. This summer she’ll make her debut at T in the Park to play to thousands of fans who voted her the winner of Sky One’s talent show ‘Must Be the Music’.

Elusive Glasgow outfit The Phantom Band released their debut album ‘Checkmate Savage’ in 2009 and recently released current album ‘The Wants’. Fans can expect to hear a myriad of different genres and hits from both during their much anticipated slot at Balado.

Also appearing at T in the Park this summer is Edinburgh based band Found. Recently signed to the Scottish musical institution that is Chemikal Underground, the group began life as an experimental arts collective putting on many weird and wonderful events in art galleries, warehouses and even storage containers. Their unusual mix of garage rock, melodic pop and glitchy electronica has propelled them to the forefront of Scotland’s alternative music scene.

Teenage rock gods in the making Jack Townes were snapped up by record label giants Columbia on the merit of just one song and already have a tour with The View under their belt – good going for a band who have been together less than a year. The teenagers will join a roll call of legends and idols when they appear in Balado this summer.

Big Country, Jon Fratelli, Roddy Woomble, Twin Atlantic, Emma’s Imagination, The Phantom Band, Found and Jack Townes will join fellow countrymen Primal Scream, The View, KT Tunstall, Calvin Harris, Slam and Silicone Soul as well as Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Foo Fighters and a whole host of mega star talent on a knock out bill and the good news is – there’s more to come.

At the heart of T in the Park is the music and atmosphere that continually unites the crowd and creates a weekend of memorable moments that will last a lifetime. Brit Award and Grammy winners, multi-million selling artists, the best breakthrough talent, new music icons and legends..T in the Park 2011 has them all. Bring it on Balado.

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Big Country announce more dates

Big Country announce more dates

Big Country announce more dates

Following their recent string of sell-out comeback dates, legendary Scottish rock band Big Country have confirmed a new run of UK tour dates for April 2011. The first show Big Country played with new lead singer, Mike Peters, from fellow Celtic rockers The Alarm, took place on New Year’s Eve at the ABC in Glasgow. It was a hugely emotional night, with the sell-out crowd giving Mike their full support on his Big Country debut. At the end of the show Peters said to the crowd, ‘Thanks for looking after me.’

Approaching their 30th anniversary, the run of confirmed dates for April will continue to mark a period of celebration that will not only embrace Big Country’s illustrious past but also honour the life and times of original lead singer, guitarist and co-founder Stuart Adamson, who passed away so tragically in 2001.

With Big Country fans wholeheartedly embracing the first set of tour dates, the national press were quick to follow suit, with News of The World delivering the ultimate accolade by declaring, ‘Stuart Adamson would have approved.’

“I first met Stuart on stage at a U2 concert in Hammersmith Palais back in 1983″, says Mike Peters. “Bono introduced us to his audience as being “part of the new breed” and Stuart was literally passed up onto the stage by the fans and I shook his hand as I handed him a guitar – an unforgettable entrance. The last time I saw him was also on stage with Big Country at Glasgow Barrowlands for the last night of the Final Fling tour in 2000, when we sang Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ together. When Bruce Watson called and asked me to sing for Big Country it was something I didn’t need to think twice about. It’s been an incredible honour getting to know the music of Big Country intimately and a pleasure to be around such great musicians and fans alike. I find singing the lyrics of Stuart Adamson very life affirming’

Co-founder member Bruce Watson added, ‘Both Jamie and I had a blast playing with my old mates Tony and Mark. Mike brings so much to this band and is the hardest working man I know. I am convinced he wears a superman costume under that jacket’.

The new line up consists of:

Tony Butler – Bass Guitar and Vocals
Mark Brzezicki – Drums and Vocals
Mike Peters – Vocals and Guitar
Bruce Watson – Guitar and Vocals
Jamie Watson – Guitar

The tour dates for April 2011 are as follows:

Friday 8th * PORTSMOUTH Pyramid 0239 282 4355 –
Saturday 9th * MANCHESTER Academy 2 0161 832 1111 –
Sunday 10th * OXFORD O2 Academy1 0844 477 2000 –
Monday 11th * CAMBRIDGE Junction 01223 511 511 –
Tuesday 12th * NORWICH Waterfront 01603 508 050 –
Thursday 14th * BRISTOL O2 Academy1 0844 477 2000 –
Friday 15th * LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000 –
Saturday 16th * LEEDS O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 –
Sunday 17th * SHEFFIELD O2 Academy2 0844 477 2000 –
Tuesday 19th * DUBLIN The Academy 011 353 1 877 9999 –
Wednesday 20th * BELFAST Spring & Airbrake 028 9032 7007 –
Thursday 21st * EDINBURGH Picture House 0131 221 2280 ‘
Friday 22nd * MIDDLESBOROUGH Empire 01642 253 553 –
Saturday 23rd * NOTTINGHAM Rock City 0871 310 0000 –

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