Ladyhawke and Hard-Fi called in to design Beck’s label

ladyhawke-rtvBeck’s takes its ongoing collaboration with cutting edge artists to a new level this year as Ladyhawke and Hard-Fi are invited to redesign the iconic Beck’s label. Beck’s has a heritage in art dating back more than 20 years, championing the artists of tomorrow and giving support to new creativity in the boldest way possible, handing over the aesthetic control of the brand label. Others to work on Beck’s labels in the past include Gilbert & George, Sam Taylor-Wood and Tatsuo Miyajima.  Titled ‘Music Inspires Art’ the project will see two designs from the music artists appear on Beck’s bottles, launching in late summer. At this stage only early concept drawings have been released, but these indicate that the new Beck’s Art Labels are set to be as raw, creative and thought provoking as previous art labels. Hard-Fi are known for their iconic album art and have been inspired by the their own covers to create something for the Beck’s label and Ladyhawke has taken inspiration from her own music, a song called Magic. To Continue reading →


isle-of-wight-festivalFrom 11 Jun 2009 – 14 Jun 2009 
Top rock and indie names, legendary acts, and rising stars, on a large main stage or the smaller tented stage in a relaxed festival atmosphere.  The dates for the eighth Isle of Wight festival are confirmed as from Friday 12th until Sunday 14th June 2009.  The confirmed acts for 2009 include The Prodigy who headline on Friday, with Stereophonics, and Razorlight confirmed as joint Saturday headliners, and Neil Young headlining the Sunday. Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, Maximo Park, White Lies, The View, The Rifles, Pixies, Simple Minds, The Pigeon Detectives, and The Script are just some of the names confirmed to appear on the main stage.  Tim Burgess of The Charlatans curates the Sunday of this year’s Big Top, and will headline it on the same day, as well as a full line-up there’s DJ sets from Tim Burgess, Rhys Webb, and The She Set.  Also appearing there on the Saturday will be Australian Pink Floyd, Calvin Harris, McFly, Mercury Rev, Ultravox, and more. Friday is Ladies night with Bananarama, Ladyhawke, Alesha Dixon, and The Noisettes. For campers The Human League lead the entertainment on the Thursday night. For the line-up details, day splits, and rumours as available.  Tickets are priced at £140 for an adult ticket with camping which includes entertainment in the campsite on Thursday night, and £70 for a child ticket (12 years and under). The price of an adult ticket without camping is £120 and £60 for children (12 years and under). Every person attending the festival must purchase a ticket. This includes babes in arms.

The original Isle Of Wight Festival will forever be etched in musical history after it housed Jimi Hendrix’s last ever performance, attracted the largest ever UK festival crowd and led to any future festivals being banned from the island after nearly half a million hippies turned the 1970 site into a chaotic free-for-all.  However, since it was re-ignited in 2002, the festival has forged a new identity that differs from its predecessors. Big names like The Rolling Stones and The Police honour the spirits of greats like Dylan and The Doors as some 60,000 fans annually cross the Solent for the three-day bash.  With one main stage and a big top the festival is predominantly about the music and a varied line-up means there is often something for everyone with The Cribs, Amy Winehouse and Sugababes performing recently.  Onsite there is a funfair as well as a selection of food and drink stalls. Camping is available from the Thursday

Hop Farm Festival announces The Twang and more.

the-twangPaul Weller, Editors, The Pigeon Detectives, Doves, and 2manydjs, are some of the first names announced for the Hop Farm Festival which this year has expanded to a two day event with camping.  The initial line-up for Saturday includes The Pigeon Detectives, Echo and the Bunnymen, Etienne De Crecy, Florence & The Machine, Noah And The Whale, Howling Bells, Dr.lektroluv, D.I.M, Jape, The Twilight Sad, Let’s Wrestle, and The Good The Bad.

Sunday’s line-up features Paul Weller, Editors, Doves, 2manydjs, Super Furry Animals, The Twang, (see photo)  Mystery Jets, Ladyhawke, Scratch Perverts, The Rifles, That Petrol Emotion, Alex Cooper, 65daysofstatic, Dananananaykroyd, Burn The Negative, and R.S.A.G.. With more acts still to be announced.

The Hop Farm Festival which is held at the Hop Farm Country Park, Kent for two days from Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July is run by Vince Power, who founded Mean Fiddler (now Festival Republic) before selling it to Live Nation and MCD.

The festival was held as a one day festival last year with one stage and headlined by Neil Young. The day before the site was used by The Mighty Boosh Festival, also run by Power.

Tickets are priced at £125 for a weekend ticket including camping and parking, day tickets are priced at £65 for either day. Career tickets are also available at half price but must be purchased in pairs.

2 Many DJs and James Morrison added to Oxegen 2009

miss-kittin-and-the-hackerWith a line-up already crammed full of fans’ favourites OXEGEN 2009 is shaping up to be the music event of the summer. The great and good of Rock ‘n’ Roll are coming from all over the world to play for you this July. Today, we are delighted to announce the latest star players to be added to the musical team sheet.  Turntable-maestros 2 Many DJs have been added to Friday’s line-up. Renowned for pioneering the mash-up scene, the Belgian duo have recently been busy working with the likes of Daft Punk and Gorillaz.

Fans can also look forward to the soulful and bluesy vocals of James Morrison. Still only 24, he’s already been compared to the likes of the mighty Otis Redding and Van Morrison.  Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai bring their own wall of sound to Friday. This critically acclaimed 5 piece always deliver an outstanding, often deafening live show.  Regina Spektor is a unique singer songwriter that cannot be pigeonholed. Her undoubted talent embraces influences as diverse as folk, punk, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Check out a virtuoso at work on Saturday. With 18 top 20 singles including classics such as ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘The Riverboat Song’, Ocean Colour Scene will need no introduction to the OXEGEN masses on Friday.  It’s a big welcome back to Maximo Park who last rocked out in 2007. Their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Quicken the Heart’ is due out on May 11th and OXEGEN is the place to experience it live on Saturday.  The Hours have an enviable music pedigree, with members Antony and Martin having worked with Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape and UNKLE. Now they have teamed up with their pal artist Damien Hirst on his new label,check out their cracking new single,’Big Black Hole’, due out today. A big, fresh sound for Friday night.  Fresh from starring at SXSW and riding their ever-growing wave of buzz, You Me At Six will bring their provocative punk metal sound to the up for it OXEGEN crowd on Sunday.  Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Fawn and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth. Catch them on Saturday. Having supported Kings of Leon and The Killers on tour M83 come highly recommended. Jump into their dream pop sound on Friday.  Described by The Guardian as an ‘Irish Outkast’, the Republic of Loose define themselves without any reference to anyone else other than a respectful nod to James Brown and The Rolling Stones. Nominated for 2 Meteor Awards this year, they add their funk-filled sound to Friday’s line up.  BBC Sound of 2009 hot tip La Roux will go ‘In For The Kill’ on Sunday this year. Following their current support slot on Lily Allen’s UK tour and the forthcoming headline gig on NME’s 2009 Radar Tour, the annual new talent showcase will lead them nicely into their summer slot at OXEGEN.

OXEGEN artists announced so far:

Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Eagles of Death Metal, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane, 2 Many DJs, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene, The Hours, M83, Republic Of Loose

Kings of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, The Saturdays, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism, Gary Go, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Maximo Park, Crystal Castles, La Roux

The Killers, Razorlight, Nine Inch Nails, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live), Hudson Mohawke, Wallis Bird, You Me At 6

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 price freeze of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.

Underage Festival get Santigold exclusive

patrick_wolfSantigold announce their exclusive UK date at Underage Festival. Just confirmed we have The Horrors / Patrick Wolf / Mystery Jets / Flash Guns / Lion Club / Lo-Fi Culture Scene / Underground Heroes Also confirmed:

The Pigeon Detectives / LadyHawke / Hadouken! / Metronomy / Rolo Tomassi / Esser / Tinchy Stryder / Kissy Sell Out/ Caspa (DJ) / First Aid Kit / JME / Marina and the Diamonds / Plastician / Pull In Emergency / Rosie and the Goldbug / Rusko (live) / The Chapman Family / The Whip / The XX / Tomb Crew / Tommy Sparks / Video Nasties


Following two hugely successful sold out events, Underage returns to Victoria Park for its third year. Founded by Sam Kilkoyne (now 17) the Underage Club and Underage Festival are the original and most revered under 18’s events in the world. Critically acclaimed by the media and much loved by its enthusiastic, adolescent audience Underage has captured the imagination of a nation and tapped into a vibrant and buoyant scene set by Britain’s youth.

Around the world in 20 festivals: SXSW

The next 20 days we are giving you “Around the world in 20  festivals!
sxsw2009muThe music industry favourite, with all the bands causing a storm at the festival becoming next year’s hot tips. Now in its 23rd year, and with more than 1,800 musical acts of all genres from around the globe playing 80 stages in downtown Austin, SXSW is the place to spot trends and future hits. The Decemberists will preview their entire upcoming fifth album on the opening daywhile you can also catch Ra Ra Riot, Friendly Fires, Primal Scream and hip breakbeat act Buraka Som Sistema. The festival has launched a social networking site for festival-goers to interact beforehand. For thosewho like combining action with their festival-going – and those who don’t do camping – you can’t beat the 10-year-old Snowbombing, which takes over a ski resort with 625km of slopes. The exciting line-up, performing on mountain stages and at the forest arena, caters to the needs of rock and dance lovers, with a leaning on grooves and beats with Fatboy Slim, Reverend and the Makers, Ladyhawke, DJs Grandmaster Flash andMylo, and some snowboarderfriendlydrum’n’bass, courtesy of Fabio and Grooverider and up-andcoming hipsters Chase & Status. Show off your skills at the pro snowboard competition. More merriment at the igloo parties and fancy dress bash, and those in need of serious TLC can unwind at the four-star spa hotels.

Stag & Dagger festival returns

STAG & DAGGER, the first one-ticket-gives-access-to-all music event to launch across London’s East End in May 2008 is excited to announce its return in 2009 – bringing with it a bigger line up, more bands and DJs, more venues, and two additional national dates, this time taking the festival on the road to LEEDS and GLASGOW.

Following an all-out successful first year which attracted over 4,500 music fans to East London’s best live music and club venues for one evening of high octane new music, DJs and partying, which featured over 120 acts including Diplo, Archie Bronson Outfit, Hot Chip, ladyhawke2Ladyhawke, Duke Spirit, Jay Reatard, Operator Please, Ed Banger, A Trak, The Metros and Filthy Dukes, the 2009 Festival takes place across the three UK cities on 21, 22, 23 May.

Early Bird Ticket offer available now for all 3 cities at £10 per ticket.

LONDON VENUES (more tbc):
St. Leonards Church, Cargo, Old Blue Last, Macbeth, Vibe Bar, Vibe- First Floor, 93 Feet East, Bar Music Hall, Catch, The Legion, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, Electricity Showrooms, Horse & Groom, Café 1001, Herbal, Last Days of Decadence, Favela Chic, Queen of Hoxton

LEEDS VENUES (more tbc):
The Faversham, TJ’s Liberal Club, Upstairs at The Library, The Packhorse, Brudenell Social Club, Joseph’s Well

GLASGOW VENUES (more tbc):
Stereo, Classic Grand, The Admiral, The Arches, Barfly

Tommy Sparks bags Ladyhawke support slot

tommy-sparksAfter successful support slots with both Bloc Party and The View, Tommy Sparks heads out on tour with Ladyhawke.

The sold out tour this May is bound to be a show-stopping event and will see the newcomer perform songs from the stunning forthcoming album (released May 11thon Island) including the soon to be HUGE new single ‘She’s Got Me Dancing.’

The video for the single was recently shot in LA by acclaimed comedian Eric Wareheim (of cult Tim & Eric fame).

‘She’s Got Me Dancing’ is out May 4th on Island Records. The self titled debut album ‘Tommy Sparks’ will be released May 11th on Island Records.

15 May QMU Glasgow w/Ladyhawke
16 May Cockpit Leeds w/Ladyhawke
17 May Academy 2 Manchester w/Ladyhawke
19 May Digital Brighton w/Ladyhawke
20 May O2 Academy 2 Birmingham w/Ladyhawke
21 May KOKO w/Ladyhawke

21 Apr White Heat @ Madame JoJo’s London
24 Apr Camden Crawl London
25 Apr Camden Crawl London
1 May Live At Leeds Leeds
8 May Push @ Bar Rumba London
14 May Smash & Grab @ Punk London
26 Jun Queens Head Stage Glastonbury Festival (5:30pm)
4 Jul Wireless Festival London
25 Jul Global Gathering Stratford Upon Avon
2 Aug Underage Festival London

Paul Weller joins Island 50 festival

paul-weller2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. 

To mark this milestone the label is collaborating with Island founder Chris Blackwell to arrange the Island 50 festival. The Island 50 festival will kick off in May 2009 with ‘ISLAND LIFE’ – a week of live shows by Island artists past and present, which will take place at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire week commencing 25th May ’09.

The line-up confirmed so far is as follows:

28th May – CAT STEVENS/YUSUF and friends, BAABA MAAL

Fans who sign up to the mailing list at will be able to take part in the exclusive ticket pre-sale from 9am on Thursday 12th March. Tickets go on general sale on and other agents from 9am on Friday 13th March.

Cut Copy

cut_copyIn the Australian music scene Cut Copy has gone from pioneers to elder statesman with just three EPs and two LPs, spanning a miniscule seven years. The vessel for this stellar feat has been their innovative brand of rock and dance or as it’s often labelled electro-crossover. When Cut Copy broke on JJJ back in 2001 with their debut single Rendezvous they stuck out like a sore thumb. At the time no one else in this country was taking the sensibilities of dance and its technology and applying it to more traditional song structures – not dancey enough for the rave heads and too faggy for the rock-dogs, Cut Copy had a hard road ahead of them turning a scene that was still salivating over Limp Bizkit. Yet through sheer musicality and directions in groove Cut Copy became a festival staple and had crowds from the Big Day Out to Meredith shimmying like they were extras off the set of Xanadu – sans the roller-skates.

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