Macmillan Cancer Support will be taking over Brick Lane in East London on Thursday 13th August where its first ever large scale music event – Macmillan’s Brick Lane Takeover – will welcome 2000 music lovers from 12 noon with Frank Turner and The Chapman Family already confirmed to perform at the event.
The all-dayer kicks off at 12 noon and offers 12 hours of exceptional music entertainment from an eclectic mix of some of the best indie, electro, folk and punk rock bands around. One wristband will give fans access to live music from a host of established acts, in 7 of East London’s finest venues - 93 Feet East, Vibe Bar, Café 1001, Hoxton Bar + Kitchen, Old Blue Last, Cargo and Macbeth.
Macmillan Event Organiser Alex Blair says: `Macmillan’s Brick Lane Takeover is certainly one of the most ambitious and exciting events that Macmillan has put on! Thanks to the generosity of so many bands and venues, we hope to raise £30,000 to help Macmillan continue to provide vital support to people affected by cancer.`
After the sell out success of 2008, Festibelly have developed their boutique festival for another wonderful weekend this summer. Set in the peaceful surroundings of the New Forest, Festibelly provides a chilled day, party night time, camping and intimacy, with a capacity of only 1000 people.
2009 features musical performances from some of the most exciting talent to emerge from the indie, rock, pop, acoustic, and reggae scenes. After his astonishing 2008 performance, Festibelly welcome back `folktronica` wizard James Yuill as headliner.
The strong line up continues with Rough Trade signings Micachu & The Shapes, grime pop upstarts Man Like Me, critically acclaimed ensemble Laurel Collective and future-romantic pop group ColouringIN. They are joined by London`s favourite reggae party, Reggae Roast who will be `dubbing` it alongside live performances by Brother Culture and the heavyweight 9-piece brass band, Brass Roots.
For those of you who may not know, Melt! is a unique music festival on the Ferropolis peninsula set against a breathtaking backdrop of five huge hulking coal mining diggers that tower into the sky. Melt! effortlessly mixes guitars, beatboxes and vinyl grooves so perfectly; indie boys dance with raver girls while hip hop heads wave their glowsticks. And with such a great location and massive line up, Melt! is one of the `must do` festivals of the summer.
COMPLETE FESTIVAL LINE UP: !!! | Animal Collective | Amazing Baby | Aphex Twin + Hecker | A Critical Mass feat. Henrik Schwarz, Âme, Dixon (live) | Matias Aguayo | Baddies | Kasper Bjørke | Bloc Party | Bodi Bill | Bonaparte | Boy8Bit | Boys Noize + Erol Alkan | Brodinski | Buraka Som Sistema | Cajuan | Caribou | Channel X | The Cheapers | Philipp Cerfontaine | Cold War Kids | Crystal Castles | Deadmau5 | Delphic | Digitalism (live) | Dinky | Diplo | Jochen Distelmeyer | DJ Koze | DJ Phono | DJ Supermarkt | The Dodos | David Dorad | Drop the Lime | Andreas Eckhardt | Ellen Allien | Empro | Tim Exile | Fabiano | Fever Ray | Fieber Tanz | Filthy Dukes | Foals | Sascha Funke | Glasvegas | Goldie | Gossip | Daniel Haaksman feat. Deize Tigrona | Hell | Matthew Herbert (DJ-Set) | James Holden | Jazzanova Live! | Sven Jozwiak | Paul Kalkbrenner | Karrera Klub | Kassette Boys | Kasabian | King Kong Klub | Klute | Markus Kavka | Kiki | Klaxons | Kode 9 & Spaceape | LA Roux | Les Yper Sound | Luna City Express | Michael Mac (Club NME) | Magnetic Man feat. Skream & Benga (live) | MC Justyce | Mediengruppe Telekommander | Marcus Meinhardt | Metronomy | Mikroboy | Moderat (= Modeselektor + Apparat + Pfadfinderei live) | Hudson Mohawke | MSTRKRFT | Muff Potter | Mujava | Lars Christian Müller | ND Baumecker | The New Wine | Oasis | Passion Pit | Phoenix | Pilooski | Polarkreis 18 | Revolver Club | Radio Slave | Jesse Rose | Röyksopp | Scharrenbroich trifft Gunjah | Shir Khan | Simian Mobile Disco (live) | Skinnerbox | Luke Slater (live) | The Soundtrack Of Our Lives | Daniel Stefanik | Gunnar Stiller | Super 700 | Sweat Club DJs | Team Recorder | Anna Ternheim | This Will Destroy You | Thunderheist | Tiga | Tobias Thomas | Travis | Trentemøller (DJ-Set) | TRG | The Virgins | The Wedding Present | Markus Welby | The Whitest Boy Alive | WhoMadeWho | Patrick Wolf | James Yuill | Yuksek | Zander VT | Gisbert zu Knyphausen
Standon Calling 2009 are delighted to announce that Hawkwind will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a special performance.
They join the likes of Friendly Fires, Femi Kuti, Ladytron, Tony Christie, The Whip, Sun Ra Arkestra, Golden Silvers to name a few. What better place to see the pioneers of space rock than this space themed wonderland in the rolling Herefordshire countryside.
SINGLE OF THE WEEK Los Campesinos! - 'The International Tweexcore Underground' Strongly tipped for over a year now and still to break into the mainstream, LC! combine Young Knives
irrationality with bubble gum pop and a frantic chorus that sounds like The Arcade Fire on amphetamines.
Throw in an exchange about a mutual ignorance of each singer's favourite music (Henry Rollins and Ian
MacKaye vs Calvin Johnson and Sarah Records) and you have a record that celebrates what it is a part of.
With their first album soon in the can and their first full tour announced, Los Campesinos! will be one of
the bands of 2008.
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12 Stone Toddler - 'Candles on the cake' Combining vocals in the style of Faith No More at their most pop with an alarmingly tight guitar-riff,
peppered with hammond organ and 'friendly' metal, the new single from the long-awaited debut album 'Does It
Scare You?' deserves to take this band straight out of the moshpit and into your hearts.
!!! - 'Yadnus EP' Quicker than you can say, 'Look out Gary Glitter's coming', 'Yadnus' glam stomps its way from your
speakers to your brain to your feet. Already a standout track on this year's 'Myth Takes', to say it's
catchy is to say crack cocaine is 'mildly addictive'. Making up the release are a set of remixes for album
co-favourite 'Heart of Hearts'. DJ Kaos throws in a bleepin' techno monster while Scottie B takes a more
historical point of view lending his dirty stabs an old skool sensibility by way of that
ubiquitous early breakbeat.
LCD Soundsystem - 'Someone Great' Poor old James Murphy, not only was he very upset at the extremely early leakage of LCD Soundsystem's
second LP, because we all heard it so far ahead of time it feels like he's cheating us by releasing such
'an old song'. That said, if he'd released any of 'Get Innocuous!', 'Sound of Silver' or the still epic
album closer 'New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down' you'd hear no complaints from this camp.
Even in this new version, 'Someone Great' is at best an album track.
The Maccabees - 'Toothpaste Kisses' The point at which the Maccabees were transported back to the 1940s but took their electric guitar with
them. The end result is a song which disobeys the laws of verse-chorus-verse indie, choosing instead
wistful harmonies crooned, then whistled(!) over an almost calypso backing. In fact, you'd expect the
whole thing to turn up with Bob and Bing as a musical interlude in 'The Road to Maccabee' - wherever that
is. There is absolutely no denying though that this is the best thing the band has ever done.
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Myriad Creatures - 'The Hero' The sleeve tells me this was recorded, mastered and mixed in Cornwall, a place well known for it's
local mysteries and legends and this track about a 'hero with a thousand faces' is less remarkable for the
lyrical subject matter, but more for the heroic rediscovery of a production sound that has been all but
lost in the recent indie blueprint. Guitars are fuzzy, pedals are stamped on. You can actually hear the
bass and drums, and the whole package has an air of very early Coral duetting with very early Suede.
Prinzhorn Dance School - 'You are the Space Invader' Thankfully Prinzhorn Dance School's songs work better in isolation than on their insufferable recent
album. However, while thankful for the brevity and enticed by the lyrics especially the anti-'Rhythm is a
Dancer' ('You said white bread cancelled cancer / And there's no clean air in Hampshire') this
only just makes it into the 'listenable' category - still a triumph for PDS, but there you go.
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The Delta Fiasco - 'Paperhouse' Beginning with a Depeche Mode false start, 'Paperhouse' quickly builds into a combination of Editors
and The Killers i.e. The Bravery (if anyone remembers them). Not necessarily giving us anything new with
the single side, the band do give us something some of us have been crying out for for ages, some new
output from Ladytron. However, the mix is some way below the standard we expect from them and kudos is
only restored by the stomping Virgin Tears vs WhiteHEAT Remix that accompanies.
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Feist - '1234' Less than three months since its last release and outselling everything else just now off the back of
the latest iPod commercial, if you haven't heard this beautiful pop-folk song or seen the award winning
video yet then you clearly didn't deserve to in the first place.
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Orson - 'Aint No Party' The comeback single from the band whose singer replaced Jamiroquai as 'the biggest twat you can think
of who permanently wears a hat' let's us know that 'there aint no party like a party going on at his
house'. One can only hope bigger boys gatecrash, replace his diluted funk-pop with some breezeblock-sized
beats and nick his hat collection on their way out.
Take That - 'Rule The World' If you do find yourself being dragged along to the new big-budget fairy tale 'Stardust' then make sure
you make a quick exit before the end credits. If not you'll have to listen to Gary Barlow telling his girl
that if she stays with him they can 'rule the world'. A bit much Gary, you could have offered her a fair
share of the remote control or promised to do the washing up instead? Exiting the cinema early will also
mean you won't have to admit that this sounds almost identical to what Brett Anderson was writing just a
short while ago.
Bloodhound Gang - 'Screwing You on the Beach at Night' Due to some unrecorded fluke, the Bloodhound Gang recorded a well-deserved top 10 hit some years ago
with the impossibly catchy 'The Bad Touch'. On 'SYOTBAN' they've resurrected an almost identical backing
track, added some tougher beats and upped the level of puerility, with giggle-some references to 'boobs'
and 'toilet parts', to way beyond schoolboy level. As a result if you're over 16, have ever kissed anyone
and didn't spend the whole of last night playing 'World of Warcraft' you won't find anything to amuse you
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!!! (Chk Chk Chk), the band Spin magazine named `the hardest band in the world to google` - they`ve obviously never tried searching for The The!) are back with their third LP next March on Warp - the tantalisingly lispy `Myth Takes`.
They describe it as "an enhanced focus on incredible song writing with all the intricacy, freedom and sheer dance floor swagger." That may make them come across a little like Brandon `We`ve made the best album of the last 20 years` Flowers, but from these guys you`ll actually fucking believe it.
Guitarist Tyler Pope also has a new LCD Soundsystem (for whom he plays bass) album out in January (the excellent `Sound of Silver` which has had CDX heads bopping all week) so by rights he`s going to be knackered come the end of Spring.
Myth Takes Tracklisting 1. Myth Takes 2. All My Heroes Are Weirdos 3. Must Be The Moon 4. A New Name 5. Heart of Hearts (released as a single in February) 6. Sweet Life 7. Yadnus 8. Bend Over Beethoven 9. Break In Case of Anything 10.Infinifold