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Eels announce July UK tour dates.

Eels announce July UK tour dates.

Eels announce July UK tour dates.

Eels are set to embark on a three date UK tour this July around their appearances at T in The Park and Oxegen Festivals.

The dates follow last year’s massive 2010 world tour and the release of album ‘Tomorrow Morning.’ ‘Tomorrow Morning’ was the final installment of a trilogy that began with ‘Hombre Lobo’ (June 2009) and ‘End Times’ (January 2010).

Eels 2011 UK Tour Dates

Wed 06 July – Brighton Dome
Sat 9 July – Oxegen, Ireland
Sun 10 July ‘ T in the Park, Scotland
Mon 11 July – Newcastle O2 Academy
Tue 12 July- Leeds O2 Academy

Take That: Mark Owen is getting married.

Mark OwenEmma FergusonMark Owen to marry long-term love . The Take That star will wed long-term girlfriend Emma Ferguson – mother of his two children, Elwood Jack, three, and nine-month-old Willow Rose – in November at a secret venue in Scotland. The couple have sent out save-the-date invites and guests – who will include Mark’s bandmates Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Jason Orange – have been told to meet at a pick-up point, where they will be taken to the mystery location. A source said: “They have Continue reading →

Newest, Biggest, Ambitious Homecoming Festival Announces Launch and Line-Up!!

 snowpatrolThis 2 day entertainment extravaganza boasts 12 arenas in the midst of the beautiful Scottish Coastline, with each day running for 14 hours. The festival has already confirmed a prestigious line up of many big name, credible artists across numerous genre’s including; Tom & Gary (Snow Patrol see photo on the left). Babyshambles DJ set featuring Adam Ficek, Chris Geddes (Belle and Sebastian), Teenage FanClub DJ set ft Norman Blake, Utah Saints DJ set, Masters at Work, Taio Cruz, Lisa Lashes and Reverend and the Makers …to name just a few!

Kicking-off the festival season in glorious technicolor, Homecoming is your explosive springboard onto the UK festival calendar after a lengthy biting winter. One glance at the veritable smorgasbord of acts confirmed for Homecoming Festival, and you’ll see the cream of the beat-busting genre-crossing crop, all with one theme in common -’let’s boogie’. Whether you’re riotous rocker or raring raver, Homecoming is the place for you to party, get your rocks off and ‘ave it large.

High on the Homecoming agenda is eliminating the typical mud-drenched drudgery of normal festival protocol. Happy campers will be treated to the cockle-warming ‘Homecoming Village’ which includes a licensed bar, comedy tent, camping store, exclusive food vendors, ATM machines and a fairground, alongside toilets, shower and washroom facilities.

Homecoming festival will take place at the stunning setting of Irvine Beach Park, Ayrshire, Scotland, over the May Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 2 May and Sunday 3 May). May is one of the best months for weather in Scotland, giving the lowest rainfall and highest number of hours of sunshine all year. And… as the site is sand-based with every arena undercover, it can easily stand any rainfall and not leave big puddles –it’s a weatherproof festival!

Homecoming festival is easily accessible by air, road, sea and rail! Ryan air offer cheap flights to Prestwick, which is only two train stops away from site. It also has great links from Ireland. See website for full travel details.

Full line-up to be announced very shortly.

The Dykeenies free download and tour dates

the-dykeeniesThe Dykeenies, Brian (vocals/synth), Andy (bass), Steven (guitar) and John (drums), have been locked up in the studio for the past six months – recording new material and preparing to hit the road as a four piece after the departure of original band mate, Alan, earlier this year.

As Scotland’s best loved indie popsters are putting their finishing touches to their second album, which they are planning to release later on in the summer, The Dykeenies have announced that fans can get their hands on a new track for FREE! The exclusive version of Are You With Me Now can be downloaded from www.myspace.com/gofindthedykeenies.

The Dykeenies are also heading out on a 16 dates UK Tour in March.

Here are full dates:

10 March – Exeter – The Cavern
11 March – Brighton – Digital
12 March – Southampton – Talking Heads
13 March – Portsmouth – The Cellars
14 March – Coventry – Kasbah
15 March – Manchester – Moho Live
17 March – London – Underworld
18 March – Derby – Rockhouse
19 March – Leeds – The Cockpit
20 March – Glasgow – QMU – SOLD OUT
21 March – Liverpool – Carling Academy
24 March – Inverness – Ironworks
25 March – Aberdeen – Moshulu
26 March – Dundee – Fat Sams
27 March – Edinburgh – Studio 24 – SOLD OUT
28 March – Newcastle – Carling Academy

Tickets for the shows are available now by logging onto www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 08444 999 990.

The Dykeenies are an art pop four piece named after a phrase in the eighties fantasy film, “Willow”.

Hailing from the Glaswegian satellite town of Cumbernauld, they comprise of two brothers – Brian (vocals/synths), and Andrew Henderson (bass) – and two childhood friends, Steven Ramsay (guitar) and John Kerr (drums), all aged between 20 and 25. There were originally 5 members but Alan Henderson (guitar) left in December 2008.

Since they formed in the summer of 2005, The Dykeenies have played numerous sold out shows around Scotland, as well as supporting the likes of Maxïmo Park, The Fratellis and Mystery Jets.

The band got their big break when they played the “Your Sound” night – a platform for unsigned talent, at Glasgow’s legendary King Tuts, the venue where an unknown Oasis were signed on the spot by the then head of Creation Records, Alan Mcgee in 1993. The Dykeenies became the first signing to the King Tuts’ Recordings label, whose aim is to release one off singles by new bands with a view to bringing them to the attention of other labels.

The double A side single, “New Ideas/Will It Happen Tonight” was released in July 2006 and was a perfect showcase for their angular punk pop melodies. It did the trick. They have secured reams of glowing press from the Scottish media as well as a playlist on XFM Scotland and London. The single also brought them to the attention of Steve Lamacq, who supported the release and invited the band to do a live session.

The Dykeenies are now turning their attention south of the border. Having been championed by the New Music editor at NME after he received an early demo, they secured an opening slot on the NME Rock ‘n Roll Riot tour with The Horrors, The Maccabees and The Fratellis.

Now signed to Lavolta Records, The Dykeenies released debut EP “Waiting For Go”, on the label on November 27th. Written by the band, the eighties inspired lead track was produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys/Kasabian/Editors) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (New Order/U2/Kaiser Chiefs). The EP also features “Things You Cannot See”, “Feels Like Sleep” and “Dark Time”, which showcase the band’s unique brand of spiky, indie pop and flair for infectious choruses that whirl around your head long after the CD has left your stereo.

In April of 2007 the band released “New Ideas”, which debuted at #54 in the UK, whilst entering at #2 in Scotland. They have since embarked on two UK tours and have just released “Clean Up Your Eyes”, with the album “Nothing Means Everything” due for release in September 2007.

Never forget…The Dykeenies love you!

http://www.myspace.com/gofindthedykeenies

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