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Fd Up return to UK shores

Fd Up return to UK shores

Fd Up return to UK shores

F****d Up return to UK shores in July as they take on a series of festival dates and headline shows.  These will be the Toronto sextet’s first British shows since releasing January’s Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009, a 25-track, two-disc compilation of songs previously only available as limited 7 and 12-inch singles. The group’s last album proper, The Chemistry of Common Life clinched last year’s Polaris Prize (Canada’s equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize), joining past winners Caribou, Patrick Watson and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallet of Arcade Fire).The band are currently recording material for the follow up to The Chemistry of Common Life, previews of these tracks can be heard at the bands blog.

TOUR DATES:
15th July – The Barfly, Cardiff
16th July – Guilfest (Rocksound Stage), Guildford
24th July – 1234 Festival, London
25th July – Truck Festival, Oxford
6th August – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
7th August – Hevy Festival, Kent
8th August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
9th August – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London

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Field Day announce full line-up

Victoria-ParkThe gates of Victoria Park open on August 1st for their third annual outing, Field Day are pleased to announce the full stage-by-stage breakdown of stellar acts playing this year’s event, including some amazing new additions. Plus, there will be a brand new Guardian Tea Room Tent and Do You Come Here Often, a spankingly fresh art happening area from Time Out, plus, for the dedicated party hardcore, there’s some very special warm up action to be had.   Adding their not inconsiderable presence to this year’s the line up will be the sensational, Huw Stephens championed, Gaggle who will be showcasing their mind-blowing 22-piece ‘choral riot grrrl’ skirmishes between bands on the Eat Your Own Ears mainstage, ones definitely not to miss. JD Twitch, one half of Glaswegian leftfield supremos Optimo will be throwing down his own inimitable brand of eclectic festival shakers and the esteemed Frank Tope will be donning his Wild Geese guise to unleash some super-slamming House and continental Disco grooves to keep you cutting the rug.
STAGE LINE UPS:

Eat Your Own Ears Main Stage
Eat Your Own Ears DJ’s / Errors / Fennesz / Final Fantasy / First Aid Kit / Gaggle / Jon Hopkins / Mogwai (Only English Summer Festival Show) / Santigold / Skream / The Horrors / The Temper Trap

Adventures In The Beetroot Field Stage
Mystery JetsAllez Allez / Crispin Dior (AITBF) / Devil Made Me Do It / Four Tet / King Charles /
Micachu And The Shapes / Mystery Jets / Plugs / S.C.U.M / Sian Alice Group /
Stopmakingme (AITBF) / The Big Pink / The Invisible / Wild Beasts

Village Mentality Stage
Fanfarlo / James Yorkston / Juana Molina / Malcolm Middleton / Mumford And Sons / The Thing / Toumani Diabate / Wet Paint / Woodpigeon

Bugged Out! Stage
Aeroplane DJs / Audion (Live) / Delphic (Live) / Erol Alkan / Fake Blood / JD Twitch (Optimo) / Little Boots (Live) / Wild Geese DJs

Bloggers Delight Stage
Casper C (AITBF/Bloggers Delight) / Drums Of Death (Live) / Greco-Roman Soundsystem /
No Pain In Pop DJs / Rusko (DJ Set) / Skull Juice (Bloggers Delight) / The Xx /
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / Work It

This year will also see a brand new Guardian Tea Room Tent joining the myriad delights of Field Day. Perfectly positioned to cast your eyes over the ever-amusing goings on in Village Mentality, the Guardian Tea Room Tent will offer a touch of refinement to proceedings with lashings of freshly brewed tea and home-made cakes to help you recharge your batteries whilst perusing the paper.

Little Boots, The Horrors and Mystery Jets join Field Day

little-bootsLittle Boots, The Horrors and Mystery Jets all join the Field Day line-up along with dancehall queen Santigold playing one of just two exclusive UK dates all summer, the other being Field Day’s ‘little brother’ Underage Festival.  Juana Molina also confirms her spot. Field Day is London’s quintessential festival with a line up that will be hard to find elsewhere. Keep your eyes peeled for future line up announcements and for the latest news visit – www.fielddayfestivals.com

FULL LINE UP SO FAR:

MOGWAI , TOUMANI DIABATE , FOUR TET , EROL ALKAN ,JAMES YORKSTON , APES AND ANDROIDS , FINAL FANTASY , MALCOLM MIDDLETON , AEROPLANE , FENNESZ , ERRORS , SKREAM , S.C.U.M , FIRST AID KIT

FIELD DAY 2009
VICTORIA PARK, GROVE ROAD, TOWER HAMLETS, LONDON, E3
SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST
11.30 – 10.30PM

PRICE – £29.50 + BOOKING FEE

Canadian Final Fantasy announces one-off London show

aka-owen-pallettCanadian musician Final Fantasy (aka Owen Pallett) has announced a new London headlining show in May 2009, his first since February 2008.

Playing at the beautiful Union Chapel, the Arcade Fire collaborator will play old and new material. Owen is a fantastic performer and his live shows are noted for his technique of expertly looping violin parts to create complex and interesting sounds and songs. Supports will be announced at a later stage.

Tickets for the show are priced at £12.50 and are available below as of 9AM, Friday 13th March 2009.

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28th Union Chapel, London

About Final Fantasy. Some “Fun Facts”, if you will.

1. Final Fantasy is the music that is produced when Owen plugs his violin into a looping pedal.

2. Final Fantasy songs are all about ghosts, romance, cooking, fantasy fiction and guilt.

3. Final Fantasy–the band–is named in humble tribute to Final Fantasy–the game. Lawsuits have not yet arisen, but when they do, you’ll be the first to know. Final Fantasy, to us, is a great amalgam of capitalism, swords, melodrama and Japan.

4. “Final Fantasy” is far more suitable than “Owen Pallett” because “Owen Pallett” is a Welsh-y name that suggests leeks, projects and ‘I’m the only gay in Aberfynn-Weldy.’ So Final Fantasy it is.

5. Final Fantasy has two members. Leon Taheny is the other one, he does engineering and drumming. There are other people as well who you might meet.

Pallett’s father is an avid church organist who provided a background in solely classical music until early preteens. From toddler age, he studied classical violin and composed his first piece at age 13. A notable composition includes some of the music for the game Traffic Department 2192, to scoring films, to composing two operas while in university. Apart from the indie music scene, he has had commissions from Bang on a Can, the Vancouver CBC Orchestra, and Fine Young Classicals.

He believes his work is implicitly influenced by his sexuality, saying, “As far as whether the music I make is gay or queer, yeah, it comes from the fact that I’m gay, but that doesn’t mean I’m making music about the sexuality specifically”. Pallett received an Honours Bachelor of Music for Composition from the University of Toronto in 2002.

Patrick Borjal, Pallett’s boyfriend, began working as his manager in 2006, and formed the management company Boyfriend Management

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