We are delighted to announce that Dundonian rockers The View are set to headline the Friday night of Loopallu 2009! The View make a welcome return to the festival 3 years after their last appearance when still relative unknowns. Three years on, and they have two top 5 albums under their belts including 2007’s number 1 smash ‘Hats Continue reading →
On Sunday May 27, Nottingham plays host to the third – and biggest yet – Dot To Dot Festival. We say biggest with good reason: as well as there being over 80 artists confirmed to appear at this year’s event, there will also be a couple of new venues – Nottingham Trent University and Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms – hosting performances alongside the more established venues such as Rock City, the Rescue Rooms, Stealth and the Social.
Additionally, this year the festival spreads its wings to accommodate a whole separate city: a day earlier (Saturday 26, then), Dot To Dot will be down the M5 in Bristol, where at least 40 artists are confirmed to play across three of the city’s main venues: the Thekla Social, Louisiana, Fiddler’s. For details on the Bristol line-up/s, click to here (and here for the Dot To Dot website).
DiS’s Nottingham contingent has been excited about the festival for many a month now, so without further ado, here’s Dom Gourlay’s guide on who he’s literally busting a gut to see…
Initially formed for a laugh by a bunch of media students at Nottingham University, their recent show with Hadouken! proved that their Beastie Boys via the Human League electro grime is here to shake things up. Anyone not taking them seriously does so at their own risk.
Yo! Chomsky play the Rescue Rooms at 2:30pm
Possibly the oldest band playing at this year’s festival, Blonde Redhead have been around for almost fifteen years now without ever really gaining the commercial recognition their complex and critically acclaimed noise-saturated arrangements merit. Thankfully, all that seems set to change if reviews of their most recent record 23 (See DiS’s review here) are anything to go by, and with their visits to the UK becoming more and more sporadic, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. They are one of the most genuinely intriguing bands in the world right now. Blonde Redhead play the main room of Nottingham Trent University at 10pm
We Are The Physics
Hailing from Glasgow and mixing Devo-style jerkiness with Albini-esque polemics, We Are The Physics are one of those bands who demand to be seen by as many people as possible, and to date, unless you hail from north of the border, chances are you won’t be one of the lucky few to have caught them thus far. Not to worry, as this is as good an opportunity as any…We Are The Physics play the upstairs room of Nottingham Trent University at 9:30pm
DiS has been raving about Chester-Le-Street-based five-piece Catweasels for a good few years now. Formerly prefixed by (The), Catweasels mix old and new wave sensibilities with a melee of sounds that occasionally winds up echoing the moan of Mansun being inappropriately manhandled by Interpol. Other times they just go for the jugular by composing grandiose pop a la XTC, the sort that you wouldn’t expect anyone with a DIY aesthetic to pull off. They manage it in pretty spectacular style. Again, this is their first show in this part of the world. Are we excited? You bet we are…
Catweasels play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 5:30pm
You Slut! might be the possessors of the best name at this year’s festival by a long shot, but that only tells half the story. One listen to their “Rifftastic-post-progressive-indie-power-rock-math-disco-pop warfare” – their words, not ours – should be enough to convince anyone that the East Midlands is alive and well and simply bursting with creativity, and is about to explode any time now. Go see, then tell all your friends how great You Slut! are. You Slut! play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 3:30pm
The full (provisional) timetable for Nottingham reads as follows:
Rock City Basement (14+ venue)
1:15-1:45 The Recovery
2:15-2:45 Furthest Drive Home
3:15-3:45 Sunset Cinema Club
6:15-6:45 The Scare
7:15-7:45 Drive By Argument
8:15-8:45 The Dykeenies
9:15-9:45 Lethal Bizzle
Rock City Main Hall (14+ venue)
2:15-2:45 I Was A Cub Scout
3:15-3:45 Help She Can’t Swim
4:15-4:45 Pull Tiger Tail
6:15-6:45 Kate Nash
7:15-7:45 New Young Pony Club
10:00-11:30 The Cribs
Nottingham Trent University Main Room (14+ venue)
2:45-3:15 Six By Seven
7:00-7:45 Architecture In Helsinki
8:30-9:15 Broken Family Band
10:00-11:00 Blonde Redhead
Nottingham Trent University Upstairs (14+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Love Ends Disaster!
4:30-5:00 Nova Saints
5:30-6:00 Olympus Mons
6:30-7:00 Candi Payne
9:30-10:00 We Are The Physics
10:30-11:00 The Thermals
Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms (14+ venue)
3:30-4:00 You Slut!
7:30-8:00 Karima Francis
8:30-9:00 Tom Mansi
The Social (18+ venue)
1:15-1:45 Grave Architects
2:00-2:30 House Of Brothers
3:00-3:30 Blood Red Shoes
4:00-4:30 Bobby Cook
5:00-5:30 The Changes
6:00-6:30 Sky Larkin
6:45-7:15 Emmy The Great
7:45-8:15 Emma Pollock
8:45-9:45 Moon Music Orchestra / Findlay Brown
10:15-11:00 Scout Niblett
11:30-3am Grimewatch with Boy Better Know and more TBA
Rescue Rooms (18+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Yo! Chomsky
3:30-4:00 Ratty Rat Rat
4:30-5:00 Mighty Roars
5:30-6:00 These New Puritans
6:30-7:00 Pete And The Pirates
7:30-8:00 Fear Of Flying
8:30-9:00 Laura Marling
9:30-10:00 Kid Harpoon
10:30-11:00 Late Of The Pier
12:45-1:30am Hot Club De Paris
Stealth live room (downstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-4:30 The Whip
5:00-5:30 Holy Hail
5:30-6:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
6:00-6:30 Thieves Like Us
6:30-7:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
7:00-7:30 La La Lepus
7:30-8:00 Mum (DJ set)
8:00-8:30 We Smoke Fags
8:30-9:00 Mum (DJ set)
9:00-9:30 Kap Bambino
9:30-10:00 Opticks (DJ set)
10:30-11:00 Opticks (DJ set)
11:00-11:30 Dolby Anol
11:30-00:15 TAPEDECK (DJ set)
00:15-1am Bonde Do Role
1-1:30am TAPEDECK (DJ set)
Stealth DJ room (upstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-6:00 Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand)
8:00-10:00 Riotous Rockers
12-2am Para One
2-4am Erol Alkan
For more information on the festival, visit the Dot To Dot MySpace.
The 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.
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!
New single ‘Talk About You’ released 24th March through Xtra Mile Recordings and tour dates with The Rifles and The Dykeenies. The Maybes?, Britain’s premier tour de force live act, are set to release ‘Talk About You’ on 24th March 2008 through Xtra Mile Recordings.
‘Talk About You’, a powerful driving anthem of modern day relationship breakdown, is the first single to be released from their incredible forthcoming debut album ‘Promise’, due out in the Summer. Working with internationally revered producer Head (PJ Harvey, Therapy? and Massive Attack) the band have created an album that showcases their immense musical diversity and ability to deliver a view of the human condition through contemporary British song-craft. A sonic assault to excite the senses and invigorate the psyche, a beautiful vision that does not adhere to any here-today-gone-tomorrow scene.
‘Talk About You’ will be released on 24th March as a download-only single through iTunes and other major DSPs.
The band support the release of the single with a national tour featuring support slots with The Rifles and The Dykeenies. Already established as one of the country’s best live acts, European Capital of Culture’s finest have come to educate!
12th – Stoke Sugarmill
13th – Leeds Halo Club (NME)
14th – Carlisle Brickyard
17th – London 93 Feet East (supporting The Dykeenies)
18th – Leeds Cockpit (supporting The Rifles)
19th – Dundee Fat Sams (supporting The Rifles)
20th – Newcastle Academy (supporting The Rifles)
21st – Liverpool Barfly (supporting The Rifles)
24th – Cambridge Portland Arms * (venue change)
25th – Brighton Barfly
26th – London 229 (Fandango)
27th – Nottingham Bodega
28th – Cardiff Barfly
29th – Exeter Hub (NME)
5th Manchester, Urbis Museum
26th Liverpool, Nation