FAVOURITES TO SEE AT TRUCK FESTIVAL 2017

 Truck Festival is now just a matter of weeks away and it will see some huge acts take to the stage including The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand and The Wombats. We took a look at the lineup and picked some of our favourites to see over the course of the weekend.

Sundara Karma

Potentially the most exciting indie-pop band around at the moment, Sundara Karma released their debut album back in January and have since done a headline tour, and landed support with the likes of Two Door Cinema Club. The Reading lads take to the Truck Stage on the Saturday of the festival, never failing to put on a crowd moving set; you won’t wanna miss out.

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Sundara Karma @ Manchester Albert Hall | 16/2/17

The Wombats

Inevitably, The Wombats are one to fit in to your festival schedule. As the penultimate Truck Stage act of the Saturday, these will sure get you hyped up in time for headliners The Libertines. If you’ve seen them before you’ll know just how good of a show the Scouse trio put on; blasting out indie-anthems such as Let’s Dance to Joy Division, Moving to New York and Tokyo. 

Jaws

Synthpop quartet Jaws are an unmissable part of the Truck Fest lineup. Since forming in 2012 they’ve blessed our ears with two albums filled with dreamy tunes like Stay in, Gold, and 17. As one of the best live acts I’ve seen, these guys are definitely ones to look out for over the weekend.

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Jaws @ Sound Control | 30/11/16

The Big Moon

The London quartet who formed in 2014, released their debut album earlier this year; filled with numerous feel-good tracks. Anticipation to see their performance will certainly be high.

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The Kent quartet will headline The Barn stage on Saturday. Throughout their material there is an energetic theme with the lads describing themselves as ‘surf inspired pop’. Upbeat, breezy tracks like Pro Procrastinator and Teriyaki will give you that summer feeling.

Check out my Truck Festival Playlist filled with tracks from all of these acts, and more!

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Live Review: The Stone Roses (Hampden Park 24/06/17)

“Super Glasgow!” Ian brown walks onto the stage in a city that has always supported him and The Stone Roses. Glasgow Green in 1991, and again in 2013, this time Scotland’s national stadium hosted the band.
From their reformation; the famous 3 gigs at Heaton Park in 2012, The Roses have had their third coming. But with rumours of a potential split surfacing after dates at Belfast’s SSE arena, Wembley and two nights at Leeds Arena, the gig itself was to be far more iconic than first thought.

Supporting them, Primal Scream, the Glasgow rockers have been around a similar length of time to The Stone Roses, give or take a 18 years in the middle, but Bobby Gillespie has aged well. Bright red flares and a flowery top he is Hampden Park’s focal point, ‘Movin’ On Up’ sees him ask the crowd to replace the gospel choir on the recording. “Enjoy the Roses”, he says in his recognisable soft rock and roll voice. 

They look after their own in Glasgow, this was no Hampden Old Firm clash, the stadium is full to applaud Primal Scream off, and there’s barely anyone moving from their space in the front circle as the clock ticks towards nine. 

The resurrection of The Stone Roses has been somewhat soundtracked by one song in particular, and as the tones of The Supremes swirl around Hampden the band take to the stage, Mani first, then Reni. John tunes up for a final time, Ian enters from the left. Super Glasgow.


Then, Mani’s bass, and it comes as flares ignite in the crowd (not Bobby Gillespie’s). A sea of colour, adoo-oo-oo-red. An early highlight is ‘Elephant Stone’, the way the band have altered versions of their hits has been fascinating and this song sounds like the child of ‘Sally Cinnamon’ and ‘Fool’s Gold’ more than ever. The lyrics of ‘Where Angels Play’ are those that were featured on the original demo, a hell of a long time ago.


But something seems different, and as Ian monkey-mans across the stage during the set, he is not waving to the crowd like usual, but waving as if to say goodbye. Then he mutters a comforting few words.

“Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy it happened.” – Ian Brown

Exactly as I thought, the set grows more and more significant, each second of ‘Fool’s Gold’ is savoured. 2016’s ‘All For One’ is followed by 1994’s ‘Love Spreads’, then what will surely be a moment to remember forever, ‘Made of Stone’.


The Stone Roses are untouchable, and before I was born had already combatted any criticism that would ever follow. Ian’s voice? No new tracks? Split, rows, reunion, they remain the band I’ve always known, and since Ian sat at a press conference and said, “our plan is to shake up the world”, they have kept their legacy pristine and given so many like me that chance to enjoy moments like this. Should last night be the last night, they have bowed out in style.

‘This Is The One’, this is the one, the last one? The end of the song sees Ian Brown on a pair of African drums next to his microphone, an extended introduction to what may be the last song The Stone Roses ever play. It is an intro that has always been bittersweet, one the one hand you know you’re about to hear one of the best songs of all time, on the other, the set is coming to an end. The chorus is roared back to the stage, the bridges that cross the Clyde in the city centre shake, The Stone Roses are in their last seconds.

The final words that Ian Brown sung at the front of The Stone Roses are those from their final recorded tune, ‘Beautiful Thing’. If you know, you know. 


Mani takes a last look at the crowd and covers his face, his emotion has always been there, from walking onto Glasgow Green punching the air, his tears will be the image of the end of a band that has given so many so much.

As the stadium empties, the white floor of Hampden becomes visible, the June sky is still light, faces are still smiling, still singing. 

The Stone Roses may be no more, but they’re not gone, they never will be. They’re alive every time the needle drops on that debut record, every time ‘She Bangs The Drums’ comes on a pub jukebox, every time you remember climbing into a minibus or squeezing onto a MetroLink carriage on the way to Spike Island or Heaton Park or Glasgow Green. The Stone Roses might have come to an end, but they’ll never really be finished.


Pictures: Lewis Ridley

Who To See At Community Festival

As festival season begins to rear its big, beautiful head once again, it’s time to start planning who you’re going to see. Coming up on the 1st of July, Community Festival is offering a small but select line up of bands, from indie bread and butter like The Wombats to relative new kid on the block Rosborough. If you’re heading off to Finsbury Park this summer, make sure to check out these great acts.

Catfish And The Bottlemen

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An obvious choice, yes. But they’re the headliners for a reason. Having quickly established themselves as one of the rawest and punchiest live bands around at the moments, it’s guaranteed that their headline slot at Community will not be one to miss. If you’ve seen them before, you’ll know how good they are. If you haven’t, this is definitely not an opportunity to pass up.

The Wombats

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One of the founding fathers of indie pop, The Wombats are still going strong and are definitely set to be one of the best slots at Community this year. With old school tunes like Let’s Dance To Joy Division and newer hits such as Your Body Is A Weapon to play you through the summer sun, The Wombats are probably the most unmissable act of the festival. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the Liverpool three-piece.

Slaves

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If their 2015 Glastonbury set is anything to go by, Slaves are a band with stage presence for days. For just two people, the noise they create is immense and are also another unmissable act at Community. Whether you’re a fan of Are You Satisfied? or not, Slaves are very much a live band and a bona fide crowd pleaser. If you find yourself at Community, searching for a heavier, louder, angstier interlude, head to Slaves’ set – guaranteed not to disappoint. 

Fickle Friends

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Deffo a summer band if there ever was one! This Brighton quintet have been making waves since 2013 and are finally recording their debut album. No need to wait for that though, because their many singles are more than enough to put you into a full summer trance. Let the twangling guitars and HAIM style vocals of Brooklyn and Play elevate you to your best summer self. Make Fickle Friends a top priority for you at Community.

Darlia

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A fan favourite and a band who already has an impressive back log of big tunes and crowd-pleasers, Darlia should definitely be on your Community list! They’re cool, they’re catchy and they’re not going to disappoint this festival season. Well at home alongside other similar indie rock bands such as Catfish and Slaves, Darlia is helping Community to become one of the most unmissable festivals of the season.

Harriet x

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Top indie picks for Reading and Leeds 2017

With just a little over two months to go until the annual party kicks off, I’ve chosen what I think may be my five best indie highlights of Reading and Leeds festival 2017!

 

The Magic Gang

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The Brighton-based four piece have proven themselves to be one of the most remarkable bands in indie music this year, supporting Circa Waves back in April and also embarking on their own headline tour. The band broke through in 2016 with support slots with Wolf Alice and Swim Deep securing them a large fan base and a reputation as Britain’s best up and coming live band.

See them on the Friday at Reading and the Saturday at Leeds

 

VANT

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I was lucky enough to catch these guys supporting You Me At Six back in October. Their politically fueled lyrics promise to inspire thoughts on the general self-destruction of mankind and the issues affecting the majority of us today. VANT are definitely one to watch if you like some meaning in your music, coupled with killer vocals and an urge to jump in the moshpit.

See them on the Sunday at Reading and the Friday at Leeds

 

The Japanese House

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Amber Bain is some serious inspiration. The solo artist supported current indie legends The 1975 on their arena tour back in December. Since then I can’t get enough of Bain’s sparkling, shoegazey sound. The Japanese House is fairly enigmatic, inciting mystery around the meaning of the name and a possible collaboration with The 1975. If you’re into a more distinctive, individual vibe then The Japanese House is not one to miss.

See them on the Saturday at Reading and the Sunday at Leeds

 

Declan McKenna

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Its hard to find a bigger breakthrough act than Declan McKenna. The 18 year old sky-rocketed to fame after winning Glastonbury Festival’s emerging talent competition back in 2015. Despite his age, McKenna has amassed a huge following, fans admiring his raspy vocals and sharp-tonged stage humour. His songs feature potent deeper lyrical meaning, capturing the hearts of hundreds and thousands of teens worldwide.

See him on the Friday at Reading and the Saturday at Leeds

 

INHEAVEN

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I caught INHEAVEN supporting Circa Waves back in April and I have to admit, these guys are insane live. A combination of some killer guitar tone mixed with an overall gloomy indie-rock vibe – INHEAVEN are a haze of distorted guitars and are not one to miss this year.

See them on the Saturday at Reading and the Sunday at Leeds

 

Reading Festival will occur on the 25th to the 27th of August at Richfield Avenue and Leeds Festival at Bramham Park

Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.readingfestival.com/reading-festival-2017-tickets http://www.leedsfestival.com/tickets-0

(Cover image by Getty, Images of The Magic Gang, VANT, The Japanese House and INHEAVEN by Lucy Kingsford, Image of Declan McKenna by Meg Firth.)

This is what it looked like when Royal Blood rocked Cambridge!

Back in April, Brighton rockers Royal Blood announced an intimate four-date UK tour during May. The band look set to smash this year with the upcoming release of their second album How Did We Get So Dark? and a massive UK arena tour lined up later this year.

I headed down to the Cambridge Corn Exhange to join in with the hype

Personally, I find Royal Blood nothing short of remarkable, the band consists of only bassist, Mike Kerr and drummer, Ben Thatcher. However, despite only being a duo the band are able to create some seriously killer sounds which set Cambridge alight with the flames of pure and gritty hard rock.

This was reflected in the audience; a mix of the young, possibly attending their first concert and the old(er), proving that Royal Blood have managed to rack up a massive fan base in the mere 4 years they’ve been together. The atmosphere at the concert was wild with people relentlessly moshing and singing along to every lyric.

Royal Blood have succeeded in igniting immense anticipation in as to where the band will go next. I cannot wait to see what new heights the upcoming arena tours will bring to them!

Words and photos by Lucy Kingsford

Festival News: Hoyfest add local band Estrons to lineup.

Hoyfest is back for the second year running and they’ve revealed yet another act set to perform at the event.

Earlier today Hoyfest added local band Estrons to the main stage lineup. Many of Estrons tracks discuss wider issues in society, particularly shown in tracks such as She’s Here Now (Lyrics: “Just because I said I want it / Don’t mean you can call me on it / Listen close to what I’m saying / You’re not asking I am telling.”). Honestly, I only discovered them upon this announcement, however they were soon added to my playlist. If quirky bands with a punk kinda vibe take your interest, these are for you.

Other Acts

Taking the headline slot are Welsh four-piece Pretty Vicious. They’ve blessed our ears with massive tunes such as Cave Song and Are You Ready For Me. Their set is bound to be mega.

Sheffield lads Redfaces will also perform, having recently played a set at music festival Dot to Dot. Tipped to be one of the breakthroughs of 2017, their track Kerosene has racked up nearly 100,000 listens on Spotify alone since it was released last year.

You can also catch Swindon lads Misfires at the festival. The southern quartet make for a number of catchy tunes with dynamic vibes; sure to be a crowd starter. They’ve previously been championed by BBC Introducing, and quickly gained a following across social media after forming in early 2016.

Also set to play are: Himalayas, Vida, The Strawberries, Fossette, Palomino Party, Farebrother, Chroma, and The Americas. With more to be announced.

Talking about the future of the festival, the founder of Hoyfest told us: “My dream is a full weekend of camping in fields with loads of bands over several stages.”

Hoyfest have pulled some great bands out of the bag; and at just £15 a ticket, we certainly wouldn’t give it a miss. Grab your tickets here!

Keep up to date on future announcements: @hoyfest

New playlist- ‘Made in Hull’

If my last posts didn’t give it a way, I am a huge music lover from this years city of culture,  I am all about spreading the word about the great bands born and bred in good old ‘ull. Therefore, I have created the ultimate ‘Made in Hull’ playlist, a celebration of both new and old artists who are placing us on the map with bands such as LUMER, LIFE, THE HUBBARDS, THE HOUSEMARTINS and LA BETE BLOOMS. Check It out over on my Spotify!

Sarah

 

Live Review: The Courteeners (Old Trafford Cricket Ground 27/05/17)

Almost 2 years ago I reflected on watching The Courteeners at Heaton Park in Manchester, my review tried to express the overwhelming sense of pride I had watching the band that have defined my teenage years and beyond. I felt as if I had watched this band grow in front of my eyes. As part of that, I’ve spent countless nights in Manchester amongst Mancunians, in Mancunian rooms, beneath Lancastrian skies. It was those nights that were in my thoughts on Monday 22nd May. Ariana Grande is a far cry from the bands I have watched in the past, but what is identical throughout music is the expectation, the passion, the enjoyment and the love that oozes from the thrill of a live performance. On Saturday afternoon I arrived in Manchester with that same anticipation as ever, and this time the overwhelming sense of pride was rooted in once again being part of this community, once again being part of an unforgettable day.
Whilst The Courteeners are preparing to play to their biggest crowd ever, fellow Mancunian’s Cabbage open proceedings. They provide a unique musical take on the state of things, with Uber Capitalist Death Trade, their opening song, being indicative of their style. They are raw, and usually suited to a sweatbox stage, but their set is a sign that their festival slots over the summer have the potential to increase their reach. The stadium is far from packed but there are plenty people who’ve made the trip from the city centre early enough to catch them.

A band who know all about increasing their fan-base rapidly are Blossoms, they seem to have been the band of the hour for most of the past year. They will look at Old Trafford in aspiration, it is well within their sights to have their name at the top of the poster. Their new release, This Moment lacks the melodic pleasure of Charlemagne, but they have earned the right to experiment. The Charlatans took over Manchester’s Oldham Street on Friday with the launch of their new album Different Days, two songs from that album featured in their set. The LP has been received as their best work since their glory days, but those that would have rushed to get hold of it observed from afar. The youngest in the crowd are camped at the barrier, visibly less expressive on reception of Tim Burgess and co. As Sproston Green faded out, The Charlatans gaze at a full Old Trafford.

The time arrives, the moment of defiance that had been spoken of for the past week. The Courteeners’ warm-up shows in Halifax and Sheffield had featured tributes, and Ryan Williams’ poem had been shared around the country. It is that poem that opens their set, if you think you can beat us, you don’t know who we are. Liam Fray returns to the stage after the poem with Moores, Campbell and Cross. Are You In Love With A Notion lights up the stadium, “Good evening, Manchester!” Hello again, lads.

With that, Manchester is celebrating again, anxieties disappear into the evening skies. Bodies fall forward, smiling faces are 8 feet high on their mates’ shoulders to the sound of St Jude’s Cavorting and Acrylic – remember those nights in front of a few hundred? They flit between albums, from 2016’s Mapping The Rendezvous to 2013’s ANNA, when a headline set at Castlefield Bowl felt like the pinnacle. When Fray dons his acoustic guitar after Small Bones and The 17th, one of the most memorable moments of their live career is about to occur. During the week, at one of the many moments of memorial in the city, a group of people broke out into a rendition of an iconic Mancunian track. It is Old Trafford’s turn to sing Don’t Look Back In Anger, the sound of 50,000 voices can be heard across the city. I have watched videos of the cover countless times since Saturday, and my eyes have blurred every time. Truthfully, it was only then, upon looking 360 degrees that I realised how vital it is that music stands tall in the most heartbreaking of situations.

Similarly iconic, Not Nineteen Forever rekindles ecstasy at Old Trafford, and What Took You So Long closes the evening. Fireworks shoot into the air and the band take a bow, they’ve managed to conquer Manchester time and again but never to this amount of adoring fans. They will undoubtedly wonder how it can ever be topped, they have fulfilled dream after dream and given so many like me so many nights to remember, but tonight they stood for everything that is great about Manchester and that is great about music.

In the words of Ryan Williams,
“So, come at us again, and again if you must.
Time after time we’ll rise from the dust.

You’ll never prevail – not against us…

This is Manchester, our Manchester,

And the bees still buzz.”
God bless the band, God bless the 22.

Lewis x

NEW MUSIC: PLAY ME – BABY STRANGE

Glasgow trio ‘Baby Strange’ released their debut album ‘Want It Need It’ last year, and now they’ve just provided us with another taste of what’s to come with the release of their latest single, ‘Play Me’.

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‘Play Me’, the second single to be taken from the EP, has followed in the successful footsteps of ‘Motormind’, providing 2 minutes and 28 seconds of intense rock ‘n’ roll. The band seems to be looking to step things up, with new music due in July and some new shows on the cards.

‘Play Me’ brings all the essential elements together to make it a promising contender to be a brilliant live track. The electric riffs and underlying rumbling bass, combined with the punk-style vocals, creates a dynamic demonstration of everything this band has to offer.

‘Baby Strange’ possess an unmatchable ability to finish their tracks on such a sudden end that it simply leaves you wanting more. Previously observed on material such as ‘Want It Need It’ and ‘Distance Yourself’, ‘Play Me’ continues this trend.

Their fierce, punk attitude and raw talent, as well as their electric live performance, sets them up to be one of Scotland’s most exciting talents.

Catch them on their upcoming tour:

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Written by Harriet / @yellowdaffodilx

NEW MUSIC: YOUR LOVE – THE MAGIC GANG

Brighton four-piece, ‘The Magic Gang’, have recently released their latest single ‘Your Love’, premiered on BBC Radio 1.

The band only released one single in 2015 – ‘No Fun’ with its flip-side ‘Alright’ – but by nabbing a spot supporting the reputable ‘Wolf Alice’ and ‘Swim Deep’, they were helped in securing a place on the lists of ‘2016 ones to watch’.

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Since then, ‘The Magic Gang’ have embarked on their own headline tour, as well as supporting the incredible ‘Circa Waves’, arguably enlarging their ever growing fan-base even further.

Live, ‘The Magic Gang’ are phenomenal; capturing the attention of any audience as they put on a fun, upbeat performance.

‘Your Love’ was premiered on Mistajam’s BBC Radio 1 show on Tuesday night and since then has gained considerable support. The catchy chorus and somewhat relatable lyrics, combined with that little something that only the ‘The Magic Gang’ can bring, makes for an incredible track.

“Got a lot of things to do, like talk to you.”

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Their infectious feel-good alt-rock, reminiscent of bands such as ‘Blossoms’, is perfect music to kick back and relax to in the sunshine.

‘The Magic Gang’ are heading all over the place this summer, with festival appearances all over the place, and even one headline show. Catch them in the UK in:

July

  • 1st – Barn On The Farm
  • 12th – Tunbridge Wells, Forum (headline show)
  • 16th – Latitude
  • 22nd – Truck Festival
  • 23rd – Tramlines Festival
  • 28th – Y Not Festival

August

  • 23rd – Guildford, Boileroom (headline show)
  • 25th – Reading Festival (NME / BBC Radio 1 Stage)
  • 26th – Leeds Festival (NME / BBC Radio 1 Stage)

September

  • 10th – Bestival

Written by Harriet / @yellowdaffodilx