Scratch My Back’ is expected in early 2010. Peter Gabriel is set to release an orchestral covers album featuring the likes of Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Elbow and Bon Iver. Entitled ‘Scratch My Back’ the album is reported to be a “song swap” with a host of “extremely legendary artists” set to cover each other’s material. “The songs are not simply covers,” Gabriel collaborator John Metcalfe told BBC 6 Continue reading →
Currently on its 35th series, BBC2’s later live with, Jools Holland remains the unmissable Tuesday night 10pm essential for music fans of all ages backgrounds and tastes. Coupled with its perfectly timed 11.35pm extended version on Friday nights, the show truly exists as the most visible and consistent champion of quality music on the nation’s TVs, a fifteen year institution that has become as valued a friend and resource to the artists and musician featured n the show as for the audience themselves. Like its TV counter-part, ‘Later Live 2, with Jools Continue reading →
Death Cab For Cutie, the Grammy nominated indie rock band from Bellingham, Wash., has scored the coveted lead single spot on the soundtrack for “New Moon,” the intensely anticipated second installment of the “Twilight” vampire series hitting movie theaters Nov. 20. “Meet Me On the Equinox,” a song Death Cab For Cutie composed and recorded specifically for the “New Moon” movie, will be unveiled Sept. 13 on MTV’s website during the Video Music Awards broadcast. The entire Continue reading →
Summer Sundae Weekender has always been about a holistic experience. Not just content with putting together one of the choicest music lineups of the year – an exciting, eclectic combination of the hottest established names (The Streets, The Charlatans, The Zutons, Bon Iver, Saint Etienne, Mystery Jets) and the best and brightest in upcoming talent (Dan Black, Micachu and the Shapes, Chairlift, Noisettes) – the festival also has, true to its family-friendly ethos, always taken pains to create an environment which looks to fully engage both youngsters and adults alike. And this year is certainly no exception, with a myriad of brand new features and old favourites, with a twist. Chief amongst the new additions: the festival has introduced The Garden, a beautiful family zone sanctuary in the middle of the grounds, surrounded by a floral display, hosted by a giant scarecrow and decorated with wild and fanciful creatures. A delightfully esoteric oasis of fun amidst the hubbub of the festival, it is the place to go to be amused and entertained, with a giant flower regularly coming to life, and even a giant Mad Hatter’s tea party – a lavish, interactive theatrical re-enactment of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ classic involving musical chairs, musical statues, cabaret dancers and games galore. Activities for the younger crowd will include weird science experiments, jewellery making, giant board games, drum and music workshops, storytelling and graffiti boards. Also new for 2009 is the Silent Disco, held from 9pm each night in the comedy tent, where punters will get a pair of headphones on entry and a choice of DJs to tune into – a sight in its own right. Meanwhile, come evening time the Phrased and Confused tent will be transformed into a wind powered film tent, The Phoenix Square cinema tent, which will run from 8pm to 1am each night. We are also proud to announce some returning favourites, chiefly the Phrased and Confused spoken word tent, which proved to be an undoubted hit in its freshman year, featuring a range of new collaborations, quizzes, talks and much, much more besides. The always popular eFestivals comedy tent returns for its fifth year as well, running all day till mid-evening and hosted by the Leicester Comedy Festival, while children will flock in droves to the magical, bespoke Kidzone, especially with its outer space theme this year. Besides all that, there is a multitude of delights to tantalise and entice visitors. Once again claiming its position as one of the greenest music festivals in the UK, Summer Sundae Weekender is not only encouraging people to arrive by bike but providing them with acclaimed, secure bike parking. There will also be a debut visit by Inertia flat landing bike displays (where you’ll witness amazing bike tricks with the wheels never leaving the ground), Amnesty yoga sessions, and a wide variety of food and drink, including the return of the Orange tree real ale and cocktail bar. Just a few more reasons why Summer Sundae Weekender is a destination festival this season. SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER, DE MONTFORT HALL AND GARDENS, 14/15/16 AUGUST 2009, PRESENTED BY DMH AND CODA in association with ONE LEICESTER
FRIDAY 14TH – THE STREETS/ MYSTERY JETS
IDLEWILD/ BEARDYMAN/DAN BLACK/ DANANANANAKROYD /FANFARLO /FILTHY DUKES /HORACE ANDY AND ASHLEY BEEDLE /KID BRITISH
OI VA VOI /QEMISTS /MY LATEST NOVEL
SATURDAY 15TH – THE CHARLATANS/ SAINT ETIENNE
NOISETTES/ 65 DAYS OF STATIC /THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT /BROKEN RECORDS /DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON /EMMY THE GREAT
FRANK TURNER/ FUTURE OF THE LEFT /JAMES YUILL /THE JOY FORMIDABLE /THE KABEEDIES /KARIMA FRANCIS/ MR HUDSON /YELLOW MOON BAND
SUNDAY 16TH – THE ZUTONS /BON IVER
JENNY LEWIS /NEW BEAUTIFUL SOUTH /BADDIES /CHAIRLIFT /DEVON SPROULE /THE DYKEENIES /FIRST AID KIT /FLASHGUNS /MICACHU AND THE SHAPES /MONOTONIX /OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL /PORT O BRIEN /WOODPIGEON
Adult + Camping: £109
Adult + Child: £136
Adult + child + Camping: £143
Adult + 2 Kids: £170
Adult + 2 kids + Camping: £177
On 15th & 16th March, the London based project will be in town to take over a classic London taxi that will play venue to some of New York’s greatest musical names. The trademark London backdrop featured in past sessions will be replaced with the skyscrapers, sidewalks and delicatessens that are indigenous to this wonderful city.
Back home in London, The Black Cab Sessions team have filmed over 80 sessions with some of the most respected names in music including Brian Wilson, Richard Thompson, Fleet Foxes, Death Cab For Cutie, Spoon, Bon Iver, Ryan Adams and many more. What started as a way to promote some of London’s upcoming acts in an intimate way, has snowballed into what The Times call ‘A global hit’ and The Observer say ‘it’s the hippest gig in town’. The sessions have been featured on ABC Nightline, Reuters, BBC and CBS news and named as one of the ‘Top 10 Music Websites of 2008’ by The Independent newspaper.
After New York, Black Cab Sessions will fly into Austin, Texas to sample some of the delights that South By Southwest festival has to offer. Again, they will be with their black cab filming some of the hottest upcoming talent from all 4 corners of the globe, this time with Austin as the backdrop.
Check out these great recordings at www.blackcabsessions.com