The Charlatans

The Charlatans prepare to release their new single ‘Your Pure Soul’

The Charlatans prepare to release their new single 'Your Pure Soul'

The Charlatans prepare to release their new single 'Your Pure Soul'

The Charlatans prepare to release their new single ‘Your Pure Soul’.  Following the success of the release of their eleventh album and a sold-out UK tour, The Charlatans prepare to release their new single ‘Your Pure Soul’. The track will be released on November 29th 2011 on Frink Recordings through Cooking Vinyl. Despite proving to be a tough year for the band – drummer Jon Brookes collapsed on stage during a gig on tour in the US and was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumour – The Charlatans have again found the strength to carry on and keep doing what they do best, making and playing music. ‘Your Pure Soul’ is taken from their Youth produced eleventh studio album ‘Who We Touch’, released in September this year. During the summer festivals and the band’s own UK dates the track proved to be a live favourite. The Charlatansare currently on tour in Australia and the Far East with The Verve’s Pete Salisbury as temporary replacement for Jon whilst he undergoes treatment. More UK dates are currently being planned, details to be announced soon.

Get Ready for The Truths!

Get Ready for The Truths!

Get Ready for The Truths!

Get Ready for The Truths! The 29th of September will see the British alternative rock band The Truths releasing the debut album Above All… internationally on Aardvark Records. With an initial promotional music video for the song Everybody’s Crying Inside racking up thousands of views online and the single Miracle Drug’s addition to an ever increasing number of radio playlists – The Truths look set to put British rock music at its most visceral and emotional, back on the map . The band teamed up with the legendary producer Hugh Jones, whose credits include The Charlatans, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Bluetones and Gene. They also worked with respected producer/engineer Dare Mason, who has worked with the likes of Prince, Placebo, Tommy Tokyo and System 7. The album itself shows both the band’s chemistry as players and their ability to craft memorable and meaningful music. Also with front man Anthony Neale’s powerful vocal delivery and charismatic stage presence, the music will take you on an unforgettable emotional rollercoaster. The later is important since the songs were written by Anthony but developed by the band as a whole during live performance and touring – stretching and and re-configuring them into what has been described as ‘a sexy, aggressive wall of sound’. The album’s twelve tracks pretty much cover it all, dealing with life, love, relationships, rebellion and fighting for what you believe in. The songs range from arena sized anthems (Miracle Drug, Triptych, Against Perfection, Jumpcut and Hit The Streets) tempered by the intimate, almost ballad-like songs (Everybody’s Crying Inside, Moth to a Flame, Fear is the Key and Strangers). To listen to the album online, grab the official embeddable widget and view the latest promo videos, please visit: Aardvark Records

The Charlatans new album playback at Topman stores

The Charlatans new album playback at Topman stores

The Charlatans new album playback at Topman stores

The Charlatans new album playback at Topman stores.  Boasting a career that’s already spanned two decades alternative indie-rock band, The Charlatans are back with a new album – Who We Touch. Ahead of the official release date, on Friday 3rd September at 1pm Topman stores in London and Manchester will be amongst the first to play their 11th album in its full glory. Taking the exclusive playback home to the bands’ roots in the North West, The Charlatans fans in Manchester are in for a treat as the legends new tunes blast out amongst the latest fashion trends! Head to – Manchester Market Street, Manchester Arndale or Manchester Trafford Centre and not forgetting London, Topman Oxford Circus will be turning up the volume.   Due for release on 6th September, Who We Touch was produced by Youth and features 11 tracks of what is surely the bands boldest music to date radically broadening, in places, their aesthetic remit. It is; says vocalist Tim Burgess, ‘a soulful voyage’. Tim Burgess will be joining forces with Topman later this year for a very special Topman CTRL gig. Check out click here  for details and to see all the latest from September’s Controller Rob da Bank’s Bestival. Topman stores playback The Charlatans new album – ‘Who We Touch’. Friday 3rd September, 1pm

The Charlatans showcase at Q The Music Club Live at Hard Rock Cafe

The Charlatans showcase at Q The Music Club

The Charlatans showcase at Q The Music Club

The Charlatans showcase at Q The Music Club Live at Hard Rock Cafe. Tuesday 28th September sees Britpop survivors; The Charlatans showcase tracks from their Q-approved 11th studio album Who We Touch, 20 years after their era-defining debut Some Friendly hit the top of the charts. Expect the pick of their extensive back catalogue, too, at this exclusive show at part of Q The Music Club Live at Hard Rock Cafe. The Charlatans will perform this intimate gig exclusively for Q Magazine readers. Tickets for these shows can only be obtained by entering the competition on http://news.q4music.com/qmusicclub/. Each show stretches beyond one night at Hard Rock Cafe. You will be able to hear highlights and recapture the evening on Q Radio available on DAB in London, Virgin Media 878, Sky Digital Channel 0181 and can also stream Q Radio at Qthemusic.com  For more information on Q The Music Club Live at Hard Rock Cafe log onto www.qthemusic.com or listen to Q Radio.

Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V .  V Festival kicks off its 15th anniversary celebrations by announcing a world class line up for this year’s festivities on the 21st and 22nd August 2010 – to be headlined by Kings of Leon and Kasabian.  The summer spectacular, held across two sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, will be crammed with the hottest names in music. Joining the headliners over the weekend will be favourites Stereophonics, Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Cheryl Cole, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Paolo Nutini, and 2010 BRIT award winner Florence And The Machine. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 5th March and festival organisers are advising fans to purchase them quickly to avoid disappointment, but only from official outlets listed on www.vfestival.com.  Headliners Kasabian said: ‘We can’t wait. We feel it’s the right time for us to headline a festival. We’ve been playing so many festivals for so long, years and years. I think the moment is right. It’s just a wonderful thing to be doing.  ‘Our fans are going to love the show. They’ll really enjoy it.’

Fans will also experience sets from Madness, Editors, Mika, White Lies, Groove Armada, The Courteeners, Goldfrapp, The Charlatans, Scouting For Girls, Chase And Status, The Temper Trap, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, La Roux, Sugababes, Pixie Lott, Skunk Anansie, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Shed Seven, Imogen Heap and Plan B.

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 2009

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

Summer Sundae Weekender grows

summersundae 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

TICKET PRICES

Adult: £102
Adult + Camping: £109
Adult + Child: £136
Adult + child + Camping: £143
Adult + 2 Kids: £170
Adult + 2 kids + Camping: £177

Pendulum join GuilFest line-up

the-bosshossJoe Bonamassa, Pendulum, DJ Yoda and The BossHoss have all now been added to this years already announced star studded GuilFest line-up of Motorhead, Brian Wilson, Happy Mondays, The Wailers, Will Young, The Charlatans, Athlete, The Stranglers, Nouvelle Vague, Imelda May, The King Blues and Eat Static.

Joe Bonamasa will be headlining GuilFest’s Ents24 Stage on Saturday 11th July.

Australian Drum and Bass Kings Pendulum will be headlining the Funky End Dance Tent and
DJ Yoda will headline the Funky End on Sunday 12th July.

GuilFest 2009 welcomes back The BossHoss (see photo)!

Tickets still available www.guilfest.co.uk or call 08714 240050.

Human League to play Isle of Wight

the-human-leagueTHE HUMAN LEAGUE will headline the “campers only” first day of the Isle of Wight festival. The 80s Sheffield synthpop group will play the Big Top on Thursday night. Stereophonics, The Prodigy and Neil Young have already been announced as the main stage headliners of this year’s festival, which will also see performances from Pixies, The Charlatans, Ultravox and The Zombies.

More about the Human League

Synth pop’s first international superstars, the Human League were among the earliest and most innovative bands to break into the pop mainstream on a wave of synthesizers and electronic rhythms, their marriage of infectious melodies and state-of-the-art technology proving enormously influential on countless acts following in their wake. The group was formed in Sheffield, England, in 1977 by synth players Martyn Ware and Ian Marsh, who’d previously teamed as the duo Dead Daughters; following a brief tenure as the Future, they rechristened themselves the Human League after enlisting vocalist Philip Oakey. The trio soon recorded a demo, and played their first live dates; they soon tapped Adrian Wright as their “Director of Visuals,” and his slide shows quickly became a key component of their performances.
Signing with the indie label Fast, in 1978 the Human League issued their first single, “Being Boiled”; a minor underground hit, it was followed by a tour in support of Siouxsie & the Banshees. After a 1979 EP, The Dignity of Labour, the group released its first full-length effort, Reproduction, a dark, dense work influenced largely by Kraftwerk. Travelogue followed the next year and reached the U.K. Top 20; still, internal tensions forced Ware and Marsh to quit the group in late 1980, at which time they formed the British Electronic Foundation. Their departure forced Wright to begin learning to play the synthesizer; at the same time, Oakey recruited bassist Ian Burden as well as a pair of schoolgirls, Susanne Sulley and Joanne Catherall, to handle additional vocal duties.

The first single from the revamped Human League, 1981′s “Boys and Girls,” reached the British Top 50; recorded with producer Martin Rushent, the follow-up “Sound of the Crowd” fell just shy of the Top Ten. Their next single, “Love Action,” reached number three, and after adding ex-Rezillo Jo Callis the League issued “Open Your Heart,” another hit. Still, their true breakthrough was the classic single “Don’t You Want Me,” from the album Dare!; both topped their respective charts in England, and went on to become major hits in the U.S. as well. A tour of the States followed, but new music was extremely slow in forthcoming; after a remix disc, Love and Dancing, the Human League finally issued 1983′s Fascination! EP, scoring a pair of hits with “Mirror Man” and “(Keep Feeling) Fascination.”

The much-anticipated full-length Hysteria finally surfaced in mid-1984, heralding a more forceful sound than earlier Human League releases; the record failed to match the massive success of Dare!, however, with the single “The Lebanon” earning insignificant airplay. The group soon went on indefinite hiatus, and Oakey recorded a 1985 solo LP with famed producer Giorgio Moroder titled simply Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder. To the surprise of many, the Human League resurfaced in 1986 with Crash, produced by the duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; the plaintive lead single “Human” soon topped the U.S. charts, but the group failed to capitalize on its comeback success, disappearing from the charts for the remainder of the decade.

When the Human League finally returned in 1990 with Romantic?, their chart momentum had again dissipated, and the single “Heart Like a Wheel” barely managed to rise into the Top 40. The record was the band’s last with longtime label Virgin; now a trio consisting of Oakey, Sulley, and Catherall, they ultimately signed with the EastWest label, teaming with producer Ian Stanley for 1995′s Octopus. The album went largely unnoticed both at home and overseas, with the single “Stay With Me Tonight” issued solely in the U.K. A resurgent interest in synth pop and post-punk during the early 2000s enabled the group’s 2001 album Secrets considerable press coverage, which saw the group update its early sound. Four years later, they released Live at the Dome.

The Charlatans to headline Isle of Wight Festival Big Top

the-charlatansNot content with being one of the most iconic groups of the nineties, Tim Burgess and The Charlatans have invaded this year’s Isle of Wight Festival to take over the Big Top on Sunday 14th June, for what is sure to be a line-up to remember…so save your Sunday best! The band will not only headline the Big Top on Sunday night, but Tim will curate the entire day and have complete control over the artists and performances and who better to pick the cream of the crop than one of the UK’s most talented artists?

After appearing on the bill for the reincarnation of the Festival in 2002, and again in 2004, The Charlatans will take to the stage once more to headline the Big Top; and with ten studio albums under their belts expect back-to-back infamous 90’s anthems! 2008’s Cross My Path was the first ever album to be released online through a radio station and saw the boys return to their best, so expect nothing less at this years Isle of Wight Festival. The Prodigy and Basement Jaxx, among others, will join the Brit-Pop idols, to bring another explosion of different sounds to the iconic Isle of Wight Festival,watch space for further announcements.

‘I am proud to have been asked to curate the Big Top’s line-up at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday the 14th June with The Charlatans headlining the tent. I have already approached quite a few impressive new bands (some you will know, some you might not). The Isle of Wight Festival is a special festival to me so all up and coming bands, be on the look out – you could be taking the stage at The Isle of Wight !!’ Tim Burgess, The Charlatans

This is the Second year the Big Top has landed at the festival and with previous the success of Feeder, The Sugarbabes and The Stranglers, this year is set to be even bigger and better.

The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 12th – 14th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight. Watch this space for the Saturday and Sunday night line-ups. Tickets are on sale now, for tickets and more information check out www.isleofwightfestival.com.

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