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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.

Editors confirm Bingley Music Live

editorsEditors have been confirmed as the Sunday headline act for this year’s Bingley Music Live festival with Doves set to headline the Saturday night slot.  The festival – on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of September in the Yorkshire town of Bingley’s Myrtle Park – is in its third year and looks to sell out across the dates.   Calvin Harris, The Zutons, White Belt Yellow Tag, VV Brown, The Futureheads, Howling Bells and Detroit Social Club are amongst those also confirmed for the weekend.  Tickets are just £25 and available now from

Glastonbury pays tribute to Jackson

michael_jacksonTributes have been paid to Michael Jackson at the Glastonbury Festival where news he had died spread within minutes last night.  Revellers were left stunned as the news of his death from a heart attack at the age of 50 began to break.  Once his death was officially confirmed, festival goers paid their respects and tributes, with some people sporadically singing his sings while food stalls and tents began booming his greatest hits.  Emily Eavis, daughter of festival founder, Michael, said: “I am shocked. This is such a tragic moment. We haven’t got anything official to say yet but what I can say is there are tributes all over the site.  “Everywhere you go you can hear Michael Jackson’s music. I am sure the artists will pay tribute in their own ways. In the coming days everyone wants to pay their respects.”  Writing on her Twitter page later, she added: “So sad to hear the news about MJ. There will be tributes all over the site all weekend. A truly great artist. Emily.”  Dave McCabe, singer with The Zutons, told the BBC that some cover versions by the artists performing this weekend were inevitable:  He said: “Hopefully, ‘cos he’s got good songs and it’s always a winner.”

The Jonas Brothers talks about influences, their sound and the Obama girls

the_jonas_brothers-rtvThey’ve got hit records. They’ve starred in movies and on TV. And they’ve got perfect hair.  Ah, life is good for the Jonas Brothers. And on Sunday, the Pied Pipers of squealing ’tweener girls will be back in Tacoma, headlining the Tacoma Dome with cuts from their brand, spankin’ new album, “Lines, Vines and Trying Times.” Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas held a conference call shortly after the tour was announced. And, from the transcript, here’s some of what they had to say about their new sound, having fans in the White House and getting ‘dissed on “South Park”: Nick on musical influences: Some of our biggest influences in the writing process are people like Elvis Costello, Prince and Johnny Cash, and Neil Diamond is a new one. Also, the Zutons out of the UK and Kings of Leon.  We’ve been working on trying to use metaphors, in a way, to kind of mask a literal thing that happened to us. I think that, personally, Elvis Costello is excellent at doing that. And (we’re) listening to his music and trying to, you know, do our best to imitate that gift that he has of being able to tell a story with using metaphors.  Joe on the new album’s sound: It feels like just a good growth in our music, and it has a lot of more kinds of horns in the record and a lot more strings. Also, there’s more to the music rather than just a typical kind of relationship song.  We had the opportunity to write the songs for our new television show and that kind of helped us as writers kind of think out of the box. And so with our new record we kind of wanted to do the same, and that’s exactly what we are doing.”  Nick on “Poison Ivy”: “Poison Ivy” is a song that we wrote with our bass player, Greg Barbowsky, who we wrote the song ‘Tonight’ with on our last album. And ‘Poison Ivy’ is really cool. It’s a metaphor for various things that have happened to us about maybe a relationship you can’t get out of or something that you’ve gone back to, even though it might not be the best thing in the world for you.  Joe on having Sasha and Malia Obama as fans: You know I’m sure if they would like to come we would be fine with them having tickets, for sure. And I’m sure they could probably get their own tickets without even – just magically. By July 13, actually, we’re going to be in Washington, D.C., doing a concert, so hopefully the family will come out to watch the show. I mean, they’re always invited and we’re very excited for the summer tour to make its way over there.  Nick on jamming with Stevie Wonder at the Grammys: Performing with Stevie Wonder was an experience that we’ll never forget and we’re very thankful. We know that we’re young guys and that that was really, truly an honor and we’re so thankful to him and his team for making it happen.  Kevin on secondary ticket brokers: We sell directly to our fans. You know, we have an initial presale straight to our fans to our fan club, and that comes straight, you know, to our fans. We want to do everything possible (to ensure) these tickets go directly to the people that want to see the show, no people that are just trying to profit from reselling a ticket.  Nick on being lampooned on an episode of “South Park”: I think we always like to, you know, be open to make fun of ourselves, you know, we’ll be the first to. We did it on “SNL” and it was kind of fun. But I think for us we’re so focused on what we’re doing with this tour and our album and everything that we didn’t have too much time to see it .

Jonas Brothers: it’s a new ball game for us

jonas-brothersAfter a disappointing box office for their 3-D concert movie and low ratings for their TV show, JONAS, Disney Channel-bred teen-poppers the Jonas Brothers are looking to bounce back with their fourth disc — the awkwardly titled Lines, Vines and Trying Times, which hits stores Tuesday — and their first world tour, the North American leg of which launches June 20 in Dallas.   The global franchise power of the siblings — who have sold more than eight million albums in the past four years, were nominated for a best new artist Grammy this year and won an American Music Award for best breakthrough artist — was recently called into question by the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. But if the three Jonas brothers — 21-year-old Kevin, 19-year-old Joe and 16-year-old Continue reading →

The Maccabees and Starsailor return to their roots

 the-maccabees21Gaymers Grassroots Gigs hits the screen again this summer as Channel 4 airs a new set of shows which see The Maccabees, Starsailor, The Holloways, The Rumble Strips, The Twang and The Zutons all revisit their roots. The six shows are a collaboration between Channel 4, Gaymers Cider and Warner Music Entertainment and feature exclusive, intimate footage along with live performances.

Each programme will follow a band as they head home to play a special Gaymers Grassroots Gig for an intimate crowd of local fans. The shows will feature interviews with the band in and around their old stomping ground as they recall the faces and places that shaped them. Interviews are interspersed with tracks from a buzzing live local performance in front of a packed crowd of fans.

The first programme, to air on Wednesday 3rd June, will get up close and personal with The Maccabees as they head back to Brighton and perform to a full to capacity Pavilion Theatre during the 2009 Great Escape Festival.

Subsequent programmes will be aired each week on Wednesdays at around midnight. The full line up includes Starsailor in Wigan on 10th June, The Holloways in London on 17th June, the Rumble Strips in Exeter on 24th June, The Twang in Birmingham on 1st July and The Zutons in Liverpool on 8th July.

Henry Clarke of The Rumble Strips, says: ‘Having spent most of the last year away from home, touring round Europe and The States and working on our new record with Mark Ronson in New York, we’ve really looked forward to getting back down to Devon and visiting some of our old haunts. As teenagers, playing in Exeter was a big deal for country boys like us, and The Cavern particularly, holds lots of great memories.’

‘The gigs are a fantastic window on the lives of some of the biggest bands on the UK music scene right now,’ added Colin Fay, executive producer of Gaymers Grassroots Gigs.
‘It’s great to be able to showcase behind-the-scenes footage of the bands as they go back to the places that really mean something to them, and each documentary offers a real insight into the individuality and characters of the musicians involved.’

Repeats of last year’s Gaymers Grassroots Gigs series will be broadcast on Saturday nights on Channel 4 from Saturday 16th May until Saturday 6th June 2009.

The Twang join Gaymers Grassroots Gigs

the-twangGaymers cider is proud to announce that Birmingham favourites, The Twang, are the final band to join this year’s line up of Gaymers Grassroots Gigs, a series of exclusive money can’t buy gigs which bring fans up close and personal with some of the most exciting bands on the British music scene.  Now in its second year, Gaymers Grassroots Gigs sees six bands head back to their hometowns to perform an intimate one-off set in a local venue close to their heart.  On the 29th May, Gaymers Grassroots Gigs will see The Twang return to Birmingham, for an exclusive performance which will include old favourites such as ‘Either way’ as well as tracks off their forthcoming new album, ‘Jewellery Quarter’. The album is named after the historic area of Birmingham where the band are now based. Fans can expect to hear tracks steeped in soul as well as some which reflect the band’s love of the dancefloor.  Other acts in the Gaymers Grassroots Gigs series include The Zutons, who will be playing as part of Liverpool Sound City festival, The Holloways who returned to Camden, Starsailor who performed a special set in Wigan, The Maccabees who will be performing in Brighton during The Great Escape festival and The Rumble Strips who will be returning to Exeter.  For a chance to win tickets to these exclusive and intimate gigs simply log onto and enter your details.  If you’re not lucky enough to win a ticket, you can catch it all and more on and, which will feature exclusive videos from the gigs, interviews with the bands and other behind the scenes photos and content.  You’ll also be able to watch the gigs on Channel 4 in a 6 part series shown from June onwards. Each show will feature interviews with the bands and footage from the gigs, as well as an intimate look at the people and places that inspired the bands to get where they are today.  The first new track, Another Bus, from The Twang’s forthcoming album, ‘Jewellery Quarter’ is available now as a free download, at

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





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

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