The Rakes

The Rakes split up and cancel tour

The Rakes splitupThe Rakes have split up, Alan Donohoe, Matthew Swinnerton, Jamie Hornsmith and Lasse Petersen  announced the immediate break-up of the band. Both their October UK tour, which was due to kick off at Leeds Cockpit on October 26, and American dates have also been cancelled. Full refunds will be given to ticket holders.  A statement from the band explained that their hearts just weren’t in it any more. “The Rakes have always been very Continue reading →

Beachdown Festival to celebrate King of Pop

Beachdown FestivalBeachdown Festival will also be celebrating what would have been the King of Pops 51st Birthday on the 29th August with a medley of artists covering their favourite Michael Jackson songs. Full line-up: Grace Jones, Ocean Colour Scene, The Zutons, Laurent Garnier (live), Super Furry Animals, The Rakes, Saint Etienne, Grandmaster Flash, Prince Buster and the Delroy Williams Junction Band, The Fall, Ida Maria, Terry Callier, Alice McLaughlin, Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics, Quantic and his Combo Barbaro, James Hunter, Acid House Brass, Band, Secret Affair, Joey Negro and the Sunburst Band, The Blockheads, James Taylor Quartet, Dreadzone, Gilles, Peterson, Jazzanova, The Apples, Snowboy and the Latin Section, Jazz CoTech Dancers, Lack of Afro, Nostalgia 77 Octet, Laura Izibor, Belleruche, The Impellers, Funkshone, The Fantastics!, Jah Shaka Sound System 3 day residency, Favela Chic Arena of Stupidity 4 day residency ft Radio Favela, Belleruche (Live), Swap-A-Rama, Zeep Acoustic, Renegade Cinema, The Wheel of Bestune compered by Gringo Da Parada, Ross Clarke, Clek Clek Boom ft Tchiky and Monsieur Boo, Savoir Faire Soundsystem, Sofrito Sound System, Vibes Unlimited, Healer Selecter, Spiegel Tent, Super, Cinema, Cool Cabaret, Postonove Madness, Baile Beats, Samba Stupidity.

Club nights: Blah Blah Blah, Dub Pressure, Slackers Convention ft Pav Luquas and Dirtbomb, Go Bang!, Shameless vs Pop Musik with special guests The Food Fighters and The Justice Force 5 plus Tatoo Parlour, Face Painting, Dance Offs and Competitions, Spellbound, JFB and Ed Solo present Multijam, Bust the Box and Tekkitangwan Sound System presents the Boogie Beach Hut, Playgroup ft Manjinga 7, Kalakuta Millionairs, AK/DK, The Devils Way, Bad Sandwich, Beatabet Band, The Resonator Plus DJ¹s Shamblin Sexton, Baca Maraca, Chiv, Dad Disko, Somewhere in the Universe, Stick it On, full line up TBA, Roots Garden Present Nation Vibration Sound System ft Manasseh, MC Kenny Knots and Leroy Horn, Supercharged ft Cagedbaby, Stero:Type and Sneaky, Ocean Rooms presents Our Friends Electric with very special guest, JP presents Return of The Funky Man, Grace Jones After Party with Wild Fruits Jon Byrne and Dulcie Danger, Tru Thoughts ft Rob Luis, Natural Self and Kinny, Mufflewuffle, Balearic Jukebox ft Trevor Fung.

DJ line-up: Youth ft Zoe, Dub House Disco ft Greg Wilson, Derrick May (& Jim Masters), Soft Rocks and Weirdo Police (live), Wayne Hemingway, Ben Balafonic, DJ Farmer Palmer!, Kliks ft Dan Bell, A Guy Called Gerald, Mia, Alex Smoke, Lee Smith and Mark Lerman, Breakin Bread ft DJ Skeg, Nealy Wheely and Natural Self, Good Times ft Norman Jay, Dave Lee, Craig Woodrow, Hospitality ft High Contrast, Skream, London Elektricity, Ed Rush, Cyantific, Caspa, Break, Randomer, Rod Azlan, MC Wrec and Script, Skints Damian Harris and Andy Mac, Gordon Kaye.

Sky Larkin announce London date

sky-larkinFresh from playing The Great Escape Festival, touring with The Rakes and headlining their own tour this month, Sky Larkin have announced they will be playing a special one off show at The Lexington on Friday 24th July. As well as it being their first stand alone headline show since the ICA in January, the Leeds trio will be playing new material for the first time at this intimate White Light gig.  Antibodies – Sky Larkin’s latest single, was released earlier this month on limited edition C60 cassette through Wichita Recordings. The single contains 4 remixes of different album tracks & 3 exclusive new songs each curated by a different band member. As with this single’s artwork & the release of previous single Beeline as a wristwatch, Sky Larkin are a band who always strive to offer their fans something unique and unforgettable. Their live show is no different.

The Rakes hate Lady GaGa

ladygaga1THE RAKES frontman Alex Donohoe said Lady GaGa looks like a prostitute.  The rocker said he hated the pop star, calling her “ugly” and “trash”.  Currently promoting his band’s new album Klang, he told the Daily Star that stars like Leona Lewis had much more class.  He said: “I can’t stand Lady GaGa. She is basically selling crap to kids. I think she’s terrible and really ugly. I hate her.  “Leona Lewis seems dull but nice. She has standards, nice skin and can sing. Whereas Lady GaGa is trash and dresses like a prostitute.”

The Rakes have announced a UK tour for April.

the-rakes8a2e62The Rakes have announced a UK tour for April. It is their first since March 2007.

The tour will coincide with the release of the bands long awaited third album, KLANG, on Monday 23rd March through V2. A single, taken from the album, entitled 1989, will be released digitally one week earlier on March 16th.

The album was recorded at Planet Roc Studios in Berlin and produced by Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen, Passion Pit).

The Rakes decided they wanted to record in a fresh and exciting new environment, so they relocated to an industrial area in the old Communist part of Berlin. “The London music scene is so dull – it’s like wading through a swamp of shit. We just wanted to be somewhere more inspiring,” said Rakes singer Alan Donohoe. “Someone suggested Berlin. It didn’t take long for everyone to agree, we packed our bags and moved here just like that. We love it.’ They lived and recorded in the grounds of a Bauhaus-designed, Soviet radio station that had been converted into a studio.

On working with producer Chris Zane, Alan Donohoe adds: “The album is raw, playful, exciting, complex and schizophrenic – much like the personality of Berlin itself. It couldn’t be more of a fitting place to record it.’

KLANG is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed albums Capture/Release (2005) and Ten New Messages (2007). The Rakes will be announcing UK & European tour dates shortly.

The dates are as follows


Tue 21st Brighton Concorde 2 £11.00 01273 673311
Wed 22nd Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms £11.00 023 9286 3911
Thu 23rd Manchester Club Academy £11.00 0161 832 1111
Fri 24th Dublin The Button Factory 13.50eu 353 8187 19390
Sat 25th Glasgow Oran Mor £11.00 0844 999 990
Sun 26th Newcastle The Cluny £11.00 0191 230 4474
Tue 28th Nottingham Rescue Rooms £11.00 08713 100 000
Wed 29th London Koko £13.50 0871 2200 260

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