2015

The Culture Trip 

Top 10 Family Pubs in East London

Following the 2012 Olympics East London has had an overhaul of change. Arguably trying to find a local pub which caters for children and adults alike is something not to go by with the six weeks holidays already in full swing. Here are some of the best family orientated pubs in East London boasting a great atmosphere for adults to enjoy a drink and keep the kids occupied with games and greenery.

The Golden Fleece (Manor Park)

The Golden Fleece is a traditional old pub, situated in Manor Park, catering for customers of all ages. A beer garden with the use of a climbing apparatus and a great space of greenery opposite the pub, for long walks, with a guaranteed chance of seeing a game of football taking place.  Offering a friendly and welcoming setting for those who want to relax, this pub is the perfect place to let the kids play, whilst everyone enjoys this hidden gem of Manor Park.

Golden Fleece, 166 Capel Rd, London E12 5DB, UK

Cutty Sark Tavern (Greenwich)

The public house which is located alongside the river Thames, with stunning views of Canary Wharf and The 02, theCutty Sark Tavern offers great British food for all of the family. The pub, which is set across three floors, allows customers the chance to sit back and relax while letting staff members take care of you in this scenic atmosphere –perfect for a summer’s day.

Cutty Sark Tavern, 4-6 Ballast Quay, London, Greenwich SE10 9PD

Cutty Sark Tavern © Adrian Scottow/Flickr

Cutty Sark Tavern © Adrian Scottow/Flickr

Queens Arms (Walthamstow)

Walhamstow’s Queens Arms is one of the higher priced pubs featured on the list. Nevertheless the menu speaks for itself –salt marsh rump of lamb and 32 day aged Galloway ribeye steak is enough to leave customers coming back for more; while the choice of sticky toffee pudding and chocolate, and Frangelico torte will leave anyone’s mouth-watering. Friendly staff, great table service and a beautiful beer garden, this pub is brilliant for a family get together in the east end.

Queens Arms, 42 Orford Rd, London E17 9NJ

The Lauriston (Hackney)

The Lauriston, which is located in up and coming Hackney, is a lively go-to pub for after work drinks. However, on the weekend this pub is host to plenty of entertainment and events for all ages and members of the family to enjoy, including -karaoke, music and the good old juke box caters. The Lauriston is also a favourite for children’s menus, with their delicious and freshly made choices.

The Lauriston, Lauriston Rd, London E9 7EZ, UK

The Lauriston © Ewan Munro/Flickr

The Lauriston © Ewan Munro/Flickr

The Dove (Hackney)

The old fashioned building found in Hackney is great for their extensive menu that will definitely keep the kids happy -with gourmet burgers and mac and cheese being a firm favourite. Adults will be stuck for choice with the extensive beer choices, including- fruit, wheat and world beers available on tap, while also having the chance to try to partake in Belgian beer tasting. The Dove offers plenty of table games to keep children and adults alike occupied, while the weekly pub quiz will need adults to brush up on their trivia knowledge with the tough questions asked.

The Dove, 24-28 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

The Prince Arthur (Hackney)

Another popular choice, in family friendly Hackney, is The Prince Arthur. Each weekend the public house is dedicated to all things family orientated. Saturday, according to The Prince Arthur, is the ‘perfect day’ to sit at the local with the family, while Sunday offers their delightful roast dinner. If Sunday dinners are not your thing, then homely Shepherd’s Pie and fish and chips are recommended and available to enjoy.

The Prince Arthur, 95 Forest Rd, London E8 3BH

The Russet (Hackney)

The Russet is more of a café than a pub, but nevertheless still has the heart and warmth of a local pub. Live music, summer BBQ’s, and plenty of drink choices to keep the fun and friendly atmosphere alive. The Russet, which opened in 2011, has already gained a reputation for their connection and entertainment towards their customers with special events customised for families.  Events including- cabaret and workshops keep the children busy while the adults can relax and enjoy the outdoors, with their stunning beer garden.

The Russet, 17 Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT

The Vanbrugh (Greenwich)

Located in SE10, The Vanbrugh is Greenwich’s best-kept secret, and is renowned for keeping everyone amused. In August, the pub will be hosting garden parties with crafts for the kids, great BBQ food and live entertainment. Don’t forget to check out this hidden gem for yourself.

The Vanbrugh, 91 Colomb St, London SE10 9EZ

The Drum (Leyton)

Being one of the first ever Wetherspoon pubs, The Drum in Leyton would normally be associated with students for cheap drinks. However, their cosy and warm décor, alongside their great choice of desserts, is something not to be missed for those who wish to enjoy a nice weekend without having to break the bank.

The Drum, 557-559 Lea Bridge Rd, London E10 7EQ

The Britannia (Hackney)

Finally The Britannia, otherwise known as the People’s Park Tavern, is situated not far from Victoria Park in Hackney. This child friendly stop has a considerable beer garden with plenty of green and games to play, including table tennis! Inside the pub features plenty of toys and train sets to keep the children busy, while adults enjoy the retro pinball machines and outdoor cocktails served in a slush puppy inspired machine (including favourites frozen margarita and tequila colada) to quench the thirst on the hot summer days.

The Britannia, 360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT

The Britannia © Ewan Munro/Flickr

The Britannia © Ewan Munro/Flickr

 

 

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Get Wired for Wireless 2015!

New Look Wireless Festival is returning to Finsbury Park, following last year’s success at the North London venue, celebrating its 10th birthday this year. The 2015 line-up is set to be the biggest yet with headliners Drake, Avicii and David Guetta playing to the 40,000 a day capacity festival.

For the first time, Wireless festival goers expect to see karaoke, a tone ‘n’ tweak area and plenty of choice in the food court. In celebration of their 10th birthday though, here are Wireless’ best acts to see across the line up from this weekend.

Grandmaster Flash: The legendary hip hop DJ is playing the Sunday, following his recent appearance at last week’s Glastonbury, alongside Mark Ronson’s set. Expect to hear favourites from The Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Flash – we’re hoping for such hits as ‘The Message’ and ‘Freedom’ from the decade spanning career of the American recording artist.new-look-wireless-festival-2015-logo-636-220

Kendrick Lamar: Kendrick Lamar is hitting up Saturday before headliner Avicii. Expect to see the 25-year-old play material from his recent number one album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’; a record which sees a darker side to the rapper, and has been greatly received by both fans and critics.

Avicii: Headlining Wireless on the Saturday is Avicii. The Swedish songwriter and producer is expected to pull in one of the biggest crowds across the event. He’ll be bringing Las Vegas to London with lasers and pyrotechnics from his stage show along with a collection of hits we hope will include ‘Levels’ and ‘I Could Be The One’. Achieving monumental worldwide success with ‘Wake Me Up’ reaching the number 1 spot in 81 countries, this will be a rare UK appearance and a very special treat from Avicii for Wireless goers.

Drake: Following his headline slot at last weekend’s 10th celebration party for Wireless, Drake once again headlines the Friday of the event. The Grammy award-winner will no doubt win over fans with songs from his fourth album ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’.

A$AP Rocky: Having recently announced a European tour, A$AP Rocky bring his New York music to Wireless festival on the Friday playing before Drake’s headliner slot. Expect to hear music from his second album ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’ which was released earlier this year.

More: What else does Wireless 2015 have in store?

Wireless Festival takes place at Finsbury Park on July 3rd-5th 2015.

 

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The Best London Venues for Comedy 

Beyond the Pleasance, here are my favourite comedy venues for works in progress around London.

SOHO Theatre

Tucked away behind Tottenham Court Road station, the compact 140-seater has hosted prestigious acts such as Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding and Russell Howard. Featuring everything from comedy, cabaret and theatre, the Soho district caters for everyday live enthusiast.

There’s always a buzz around Soho Theatre – whoever the performer is – with a great atmosphere for comedians and audience alike.

Leicester Square Theatre

After reopening in 2008 with a 12 week run from late US comedienne Joan Rivers, the theatre has become a key stop for upcoming tours with special work in progress shows from the likes of Bill Bailey, Michael McIntyre and an annual season from Stewart Lee.

Situated in the heart of London, Leicester Square is fitting for a great, cheap night out while being able to explore the city at the same time.

Laughing Boy Comedy Club

The Laughing Boy Comedy Club is run by Off the Kerb Productions, who are one of the prominent comedy agencies in London, and have generated some of the best shows across London. For instance, they’re behind tha time I saw Alan Carr in 50-seater Herman Ze German, which is a German sausage shop in Covent Garden, (and no I’m not kidding). Then there was Jon Richardson at the beautiful, up-market Ham Yard Hotel near Chinatown.

What makes the club unique is the experience of is going to comedy gigs featured all across London – suitable for any comedy fan, wherever they live.

Bloomsbury Theatre

Located near Euston Square station, Bloomsbury Theatre plays host to comedians such as Katherine Ryan, John Bishop and Ricky Gervais. The 550-seater venue is a more traditional theatre setting compared to other comedy outlets.

Its relaxed atmosphere contrasts to the busy West End location, and has a global reputation for promoting up and coming talent – they are’t afraid to try new production and acts.

Hen & Chickens

North London’s Islington seems to be a hotspot for comedy talent and venues. The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar has featured the likes of The Mighty Boosh and Russell Brand.

It’s famous for a no-holds-barred approach to taking risks with its productions, and providing a diverse and risqué approach to the comedy form.

 

All Hail The Work In Progress

Booking my fourth comedy gig for the year, barely in the second month of 2015, it looks as if it’s going to be another busy comedy schedule.

But I’m not following comedians on their nationwide UK tours, playing night after night in a different city or town in a thousand seat arenas. Instead, I’m opting for much more low-key, intimate works in progress.

Being lucky enough to see top comedians such as Jack Dee, Alan Davies and Frank Skinner with only dozens of other people is something special for any comedy enthusiast.

Small theatres up and down the country play host to new material from mainstream and up and coming comedians. My favourite is the Pleasance Theatre on North London’s Caledonian Road, tucked away on a back street above a pub. The intimate atmosphere, purse friendly prices for shows and drinks guarantee audiences and comedians to keep coming back to the 20 year old theatre.

Works in progress are more spontaneous and unpredictable, with the comedian not knowing which topics will work well and which won’t ever see the light of day again. Comedians don’t yet have the ‘perfect’ set, so don’t expect to be laughing throughout the show at every joke – rather, you’ll see how the cog fits the wheel, and the audience’s reaction to new material.

Also, when people ask, “What did you get up to last night?” It’s rare to be able to say, “Me and 50 other people spent the night with Micky Flanagan.”

 

Culturefly 

MVOTW: Lover Come Back, City & Colour

City & Colour’s ‘Lover Come Back’ is our favourite music video this week. The track’s warm and soulful vibe is the perfect sound to ease us into New Year gently, so get it on your playlist for tomorrow morning.

Created by the acclaimed music video director Michael Maxxis, the video is a dance themed piece with a mixture of slow motion shots against a backdrop of beautiful locations in Southern America.

The track is laid back with gentle drums, soft guitars and earnest vocals from frontman Dallas Green. ‘Lover Come Back’ is featured on the blues-rock band’s new album If I Should Go Before You, which is out now on Dine Alone Records.

City & Colour are embarking on a February UK tour with sold out shows in London, Manchester and Cardiff in support of the album.

 

Culturefly’s Best Albums of 2015

Culturefly have featured my 2 favorite albums from 2015 on their best album list. The year saw great debuts to long-awaited returns from massive bands and artists. Both albums I chose fitted in one of those categories -including the debut from Wolf Alice and the return of Blur as a 4-piece.

Wolf Alice- My Love is Cool

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My Love is Cool by North London four piece Wolf Alice was released last summer, and it’s been getting more and more recognition since then. ‘Giant Peach’ helped make Wolf Alice well-known, proving they’ve got what it takes to be a successful young band on both sides of the Atlantic, while still having fun at the same time. The track is a raucous and confident introduction which sounds as if it’s performed by a much older, more experienced band. The vulnerability in tracks such as ‘Bros’ and ‘You’re a Germ’, with front woman Ellie Rowell’s soft, delicate vocals, has a grunge influence that will take listeners back to the 90’s when the genre was at the forefront of the music scene. Scuzzy guitars and head banging choruses help make this album the standout of 2015.

Blur-The Magic Whip

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Recorded in Hong Kong and London, The Magic Whip is the 8th studio album from Blur. The opening track, ‘Lonesome Street’, is classic Blur with its cheeky lyrics, upbeat guitars and a slick bass. The track eases listeners into an album that shows a change of direction for the four-piece band. With the chimes and keys in the introduction, ‘Pyongyang’ feels true to the Hong Kong recording. However, the highlight of the album is ‘Go Out’, a track more reminiscent of previous Blur songs like ‘Beetlebum’ and ‘Song 2’. The Magic Whip is a beautifully produced record, showcasing the band’s transition from 90’s kids to mature adults.

 

MVOTW: Chances, Sykes

Sykes’ Chances is our pick for music video of the week, bringing an upbeat mood to a gloomy mid-December.

With its use of black and white, there’s a distinctly cinematic feel to the Hollie Harrington directed video. The visuals feature the Ballet Boyz Dance Company, with performances from dancers Edward Pearce and Marc Galvez.

The video is all about taking chances in an urban environment, with frontwoman Julia saying: “We wanted the video to have the same movement and momentum that the song has along with a darker, mysterious undertone.”

The fun, electro pop track by the London three-piece combines high falsettos and synthesisers, giving listeners a heavy dose of nostalgia with its retro 80’s vibe.

Chances is described as a “tribute to London” and is the follow up to the band’s track Best Thing, which was a Radio 1 BBC Introducing play-listed single.

Sykes will be starting the New Year off in style with a gig at KOKO London on 15 January. For tickets click here.

 

MVOTW: The Jezabels, Come Alive

This week’s music video of the week comes in the form of the haunting single Come Alive, by Australian quartet The Jezabels.

The video – directed by Darcy Prendergast and Xin Li – sees the use of oil paint on glass alongside stop-motion technology to help create the backdrop for this powerfully emotive track.

The narration features an eerie animation of a manhunt – fitting in beautifully with front woman Hayley Mary’s poignant vocals. The heavy drums and instrumental intro to the track makes the video feel as if it’s a short movie, with a high quality production for both the audio and the visuals.

Come Alive is the first single to be taken from The Jezabels third studio album, Synthia, which is due for release early next year (12 February) through Caroline/Universal.

 

MVOTW: Music To Watch Boys To, Lana Del Rey

Our music video of the week is the sultry Lana Del Rey’s brand new track, Music To Watch Boys To.

The moody video, which features black & white alongside colour shots, gives the song a surreal, cinematic feel. Greyscale footage of Del Rey reclining in a lounger are interspersed with shots of swimsuit clad swimmers in vibrant blue water. If you’re a fan of Lana, you’ll love this latest video which is as cool, glamorous and stylish as the lady herself.

Music To Watch Boys To is taken from the 30 year old’s third studio album, Honeymoon, which was recorded between Los Angeles and New York. The track premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show earlier this month and showcases Del Rey’s breathy vocals.

Honeymoon is available on CD, vinyl and digitally now.

 

MVOTW: Demons, James Morrison

We’re already getting ready to say goodbye to September but we have one final music video of the week to go before the month is over. If you thought you’d heard the end of James Morrison, think again. This week’s selection is the British singer-songwriter’s most recent offering, Demons.

The video for Morrison’s latest track, which was directed by Greg and Lio, sees the singer step away from his usual melancholy balled style in favour of something more radio friendly. In keeping with the song’s title, the video follows Morrison in a reverse narrative as he witnesses people’s inner demons.

The single is taken from Morrison’s fourth studio album, Higher Than Here, which is set to be released on October 30.

In support of album, Morrison has announced a UK tour, kicking off in Edinburgh on November 16 with dates as fol

  • 16/11/2015 Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
    17/11/2015 Manchester, Albert Hall
    19/11/2015 Sheffield, Leadmill
    20/11/2015 Liverpool, Academy
    21/11/2015 Cardiff, St David’s Hall
    23/11/2015 Bournemouth, Academy
    24/11/2015 London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
    25/11/2015 Birmingham, Institute
MVOTW: Rousseau, Nerina Pallot

To mark the beginning of September our pick for music video of the week comes from Nerina Pallot with her enigmatic new single, Rousseau.

The video was shot around London and features Pallot in a slow motion, surreal journey through the city centre. Famous landmarks and masked beasts accompany the evocative and inspiring song, with Pallot ending her journey at the National Gallery in front of a Henry Rousseau painting.

Talking about the video, the British singer-songwriter said: “I wanted to make a simple, but visually sumptuous video that reflected the main inspiration behind Rousseau. So what better way than to take a journey through the city of London at dawn and end up in the National Gallery, in front of the Henri Rousseau painting, Surprised! that gave me the idea for the song in the first place.”

The single is taken from Pallot’s fifth studio album, The Sound and the Fury, marking a departure from her previous material with a bold and bluesy feel.

Pallot and her band will be playing London’s Scala on September 17, while Rousseau will be released through Idaho Records on September 11.

 

MVOTW: Revel In Your Team, Gunship

Gunship’s pixel art music video for Revel In Your Time is our pick for music video of the week.

Created by Jason Tammemagi, the video was built pixel by pixel, taking inspiration from 80’s cult classic films such asBlade Runner, The Warriors and Tron.

The theme also takes Gunship fans back to the retro gaming age as it pays homage to games such as Monkey Islandand Full Throttle.

Revel In Your Time is taken from Gunship’s new self-titled album, which was released on July 24 and features guest vocals from the likes of Charlie Simpson, Martin Grech and Lou Hayter.

Followers of the band will rejoice in the album’s cyberpunk spirit and cinematic style – listen out for a guest voice over from horror director John Carpenter too!

Gunship’s 13 track debut album is available through Horsie In The Hedge now.

 

MVOTW: Written in the Water- Gin Wigmore

Our first music video of the week selection for August comes from Gin Wigmore with her catchy new track,Written In The Water.

The video is a modern take on Bonnie and Clyde and is the closing instalment of a 2-part video for the single. Told in reverse from end to beginning, there’s a fun and rebellious spirit to the narrative as Wigmore and her husband, Letlive frontman Jason Butler, take on the lead roles.

Written in the Water is an upbeat and bluesy song that shows a new side to the New Zealand born artist. It’s taken from Wigmore’s self-produced third studio album, Blood to Bone, which is out October 2.

Wigmore collaborated with the likes of Charlie Andrew (the producer behind Alt J’s spectacular debut album) and DJ Khalil (who’s worked with Kendrick Lamar) on her new material, which finds her experimenting with shades of jazz and electro-soul. This refreshing sound will certainly please the singer-songwriter’s current fans and no doubt earn her some new ones.

Written In The Water is available through Island Records on September 11.

 

MVOTW: Ditmus, Mumford & Sons

The last music video of the week for a rainy July comes from Mumford & Sons with their new release Ditmas.

The picturesque video, which was directed by Alex Southam (Alt-J/ First Aid Kit), was shot on location in Kiev and takes inspiration from the city’s heritage. The narrative follows a character that has grown up in a Cossack community, with Southam explaining that he was “surprised to learn that there is a small but ardent population who keep the traditions going”.

Mumford & Sons wrote and demo’d much of their album material in Aaron Dressner’s studio in Ditmas, an artist friendly Brooklyn neighbourhood. Wilder Mind is the band’s third album, which reached number one in six countries and has gained critical acclaim worldwide.

Since the album’s release in May, Mumford & Sons have been touring the US and charming fans with their new music. UK fans needn’t fear as the band will be returning to the UK to headline this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival at the end of next month (28/29 August).

Ditmas is released on 11 September through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records.

 

MVOTW:Home, Little May

Our final music video of the week for June comes from Australian three-piece Little May with their black and white video for Home.

Produced by acclaimed videographer Tim Sessler, the video was shot at Future Past Studios, a converted nineteenth-century church in Hudson, New York. Mixed in with the studio footage are moments that portray the concept of home, something that has a different meaning for everyone. Delicate vocals give the single a haunting quality, whilst the emotive melodies blend perfectly with the honest, heartfelt lyrics.

The track is the first to be taken from the band’s hotly anticipated debut album, which was produced and recorded with The National’s Aaron Dessner. Little May describe the single as “an old song, revisited”, and there’s certainly a sense of nostalgia that seeps through. “It had been written three years prior, from a place where a sense of belonging was being constantly chased. I think we will always associate this song, and this whole album, with Hudson and the time we all spent there”, said the band.

Little May have received a vast fan base over the last year following the release of their debut EP. The all-female band have played sold out shows in the US, Europe and Australia, and they’ll be performing at Reading & Leeds at the end of August.

Home is available to download now.

 

MVOTW: I AM, AWOLNATION

Our selection for music video of the week is AWOLNATION’s hypnotic new release, I Am.

The video is a continuation of the band’s previous single, Hollow Moon, and is taken from their latest album,Run, which we reviewed earlier this year. It’s another theatrical and big-scale offering, with frontman Aaron Bruno singing into the camera before leading onto an uplifting and anthemic chorus.

The artistic video combines perfectly timed choreography with sweeping shots and lighting that reflects the track’s melody; the end result is a video that’s mesmeric. Since going live at the end of June, it has amassed over 400,000 views on YouTube and it’s not hard to see why.

The song is featured in the newest World of Red Bull campaign and is available to download now, alongside the entire Run album.

 

MVOTW: Like an Arrow, Lucy Rose

Our music video of the week comes from Lucy Rose with her charming new single Like an Arrow.

Shot in a single take in Spain last month, the video sees Lucy wandering through a remote forest before jumping off a cliff, stuntwoman style, into a beautiful waterfall. It’s totally different to the singer-songwriter’s previous videos, with Rose describing it as a mental and physical challenge. Talking about the cliff jump she said, “It expresses freedom, escapism and doing something that really makes you feel something, just like your favourite song does”.

Like an Arrow is a subtle and assured track, with Rose’s trademark soft vocals and melancholy tones the perfect accompaniment to a lazy summer afternoon. The single comes from the Warwickshire born artist’s upcoming album,Work It Out, which is released next month.

As well as releasing the new album, Rose will play at a number of festivals across the summer, including Truck Festival, Kendal Calling and Reading, before embarking on her own headline tour in the autumn. Tour dates and venues can be found below:

19/10/2015 Manchester, Academy 3
20/10/2015 Bath, Komedia
21/10/2015 Cardiff, Tramshed
23/10/2015 Norwich, Waterfront
24/10/2015 Wrexham, Central
25/10/2015 Carlisle, Brickyard
27/10/2015 Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
28/10/2015 Glasgow, Oran Mor
29/10/2015 Belfast, Empire
30/10/2015 Dublin, The Button Factory
01/11/2015 Leeds, University Union
02/11/2015 Exeter, Phoenix
03/11/2015 Southend-on-Sea, Chinnery’s
07/11/2015 Liverpool, 02 Academy
09/11/2015 Leicester, 02 Academy 2
10/11/2015 Northampton, Roadmender
12/11/2015 Newcastle, Riverside
13/11/2015 Warwick, Arts Centre
14/11/2015 Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
15/11/2015 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
17/11/2015 Stoke-on-Trent, Sugarmill
18/11/2015 London, The Forum
28/11/2015 Oxford, 02 Academy

 

Florence and the Machine to replace Foo Fighters at  Glastonbury

Foo Fighters pulled out of Glastonbury earlier this week after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg falling off stage in Sweden. The US rockers have also cancelled dates in London and Edinburgh following the injury.florence-and-the-machine-e1434573242389

Luckily the festival has a popular replacement lined up. Florence and the Machine were already set to play the five-day music event but festival organizer Emily Eavis has now confirmed that Florence Welch will take the Friday headline slot, alongside Kanye West on the Saturday and The Who on Sunday.

The slot will see Florence and her band play tracks from her recent US and UK number 1 album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

Stage times for Friday’s Pyramid Stage will be revised so that artists can play extended sets to fill the gap left by Foo Fighters.

Glastonbury takes place on June 24-28 with other confirmed acts across the weekend including Paul Weller, The Chemical Brothers, Phrarrell Williams, James Bay, Ella Eyre and Motorhead.

 

MVOTW: On and On, Charlotte O’Connor
 The sultry and emotionally charged video, directed by Hunger TV’s Creative Director Vicky Lawton, features O’Connor in a much darker light than we’ve seen her before. The stripped-back visuals are interspersed with images of animals including a scorpion, snake and crow, giving a dark and eerie quality to the song’s narrative.

On and On is a melancholy ballad taken from O’Connor’s Burning EP, which was released earlier this year through Polydor Records. With a reputation for putting on fierce live performances, O’Connor’s US and UK tour dates should see the singer gain an even bigger following.

Having previously played at The Great Escape, SXSW and Field Day, Charlotte O’Connor has announced a handful of dates across the summer:

06/06/2015 New York, Governor’s Ball, US
12/06/2015 Toronto, Bestival, Canada
13/06/2015 London, Bushstock, UK
04/07/2015 Across UK, Barn on the Farm, UK
10/07/2015 Trecin, Pohoda Festival, Slovakia
24/07/2015 Sheffield, Tramlines, UK
26/07/2015 Huntington, Secret Garden Party, UK
01/08/2015 Hertfordshire, Standon Calling, UK

MVOTW: Crystals, Of Monsters and Men

This week’s music video of the week is Of Monsters and Men’s enigmatic new release, Crystals.

The Arni and Kinski directed video was shot in Iceland and sees the band perform the anthemic song amidst a lair-like setting. Led by a dramatically made-up Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, the video stays true to the band’s usual magical and imaginative creative approach.

Talking about their latest video, the band said: “Working with Icelandic directors and an Icelandic crew was a new and enjoyable thing for us. Being able to communicate in Icelandic made this a relaxed experience.

Crystals has a mellow feel with an upbeat chorus and catchy melodies, ensuring that it will be a firm favourite across the summer festivals this year. The track is the first single to be taken from Of Monsters and Men’s upcoming second album, Beneath the Skin, which will be released on 8th June.

The Icelandic five-piece will play a one-off sold out gig at London’s The Forum on 16th July, returning to the UK for a full headline tour in November.

2015 UK Tour Dates:

  • 16/07/2015 London, The Forum
    18/11/2015 Manchester, Academy
    19/11/2015 Birmingham, 02 Academy
    20/11/2015 Bristol, 02 Academy
    23/11/2015 Glasgow, Barrowland
    24/11/2015 London, Brixton Academy
    26/11/2015 Newcastle, 02 Academy
    27/11/2015 Sheffield, 02 Academy

5 Bands to Look Forward to at Camden Rocks 2015

This year’s Camden Rocks festival is set to be the biggest yet with a cracking line-up featuring Skindred, New Model Army, Little Comets and Funeral for a Friend. Festival-goers can expect to hear everything from punk and rock to indie and metal at the single day, multiple-venue event which will take place on Saturday 30 May. As we count down the days until the end of the month, here are five acts you should catch live at this year’s Camden Rocks.

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5. The Twang

Camden Rocks is a hugely diverse music event, and this year will see indie band The Twang performing at the festival. Following the release of their latest album, Neontwang, indie rock fans will be able to sing-along to the Birmingham band’s catchy songs when they take to the stage on the 30th.

4. New Model Army

Post-punk band New Model Army are set to play the 420 capacity Jazz Café, with fans getting a chance to see the 1980’s band in an up-close and intimate venue. Expect plenty of head banging and frenzied mosh-pits at this New Model Army gig, so get there early to secure your place at the front.

3. Turbowolf

Following their brilliant performance at last year’s festival, Turbowolf are returning to Camden to put on another rocking gig. The band has had a fantastic year, with a recent support slot on the last Royal Blood tour. Frontman Chris Georgiadis will no doubt be jumping into the crowd and bringing his excellent showmanship to the stage again this year – don’t miss it.

2. The Graveltones

Another band already familiar with the festival are The Graveltones, who are set to delight fans with their blues-rock sound for another year running. The two-piece will be bringing a raw and energetic live set to Camden, playing new material from their soon to be released album, Love Lies Dying.

1. Sonic Boom Six

Our number one pick for this year’s Camden Rocks is five-piece Sonic Boom Six. One of the latest additions to the ever-growing line-up, these genre-mixing party-lovers know how to put on a show. This year, however, Sonic Boom Six will showcase a different side to their sound by playing a low-key set. The five-piece, fronted by singer Laila K, state that they will be featuring ‘a more stripped down version’ of the classic Boom songs.

Special Mention

The Camden Rocks 2015 secret headliner – which was revealed today – will be Bullet For My Valentine. If you’re a rock fan, that’s reason enough to grab a ticket for this year’s event. Tickets are available from thefestival website.

 

MVOTW: Regret, Everything Everything

Regret, from four-piece Everything Everything, is this week’s music video of the week.

The video was directed by frontman Jonathan Higgs, who described it as a “display of power”. It sees a charlatan and his supporters falling into madness and bedlam.

“It’s supposed to be a look into the minds of extremists and what if feels like to really believe something, regardless of how deep or dark it goes”, says Higgs of the video concept.

Regret is the second single to be taken from Everything Everything’s third album, Get To Heaven, which will be released June 15.

The band is heading out on a UK tour in November, with tour dates at venues in London, Manchester and Glasgow.

Everything Everything’s tour dates are as follows:

07/11/2015 Cardiff, Great Hall
08/11/2015 Bexhill, De la Warr Pavillion
09/11/2015 Portsmouth, Pyramid
11/11/2015 Nottingham, Rock City
12/11/2015 Glasgow, ABC
13/11/2015 Newcastle, Academy
14/11/2015 Birmingham, Academy
16/11/2015 Sheffield, Leadmill
17/11/2015 Cambridge, Junction
18/11/2015 Bristol, 02 Academy
20/11/2015 London, Brixton Academy
21/11/2015 Manchester, Apollo

MVOTW: Hamburg, Mt.Wolf

As the sun disappears behind the clouds once again, our listening habits go from sunny-pop to something a little more restrained. That’s why this week’s music video of the week is Mt. Wolf’s melancholy track Hamburg.

2015 marks a return for Mt. Wolf who took a hiatus last November when vocalist Kate Sproule announced her departure. However, the London band have bounced back with their Red EP – which was released on April 13 – and a comeback show at London’s Cecil Sharp House last week.

Hamburg traces the final deterioration of a fraught long-distance relationship. It’s filled with soothing hymnal vocals and acoustic elements layered with electronic beats. It’s the perfect track for a chilled Spring evening.

With music this good, we’re glad the band – which consists of members Sebastian Fox, Stevie McMinn and Alex Mitchell – has returned with more focus and a rejuvenated sound.

Mt. Wolf’s Red EP is available on iTunes now.

 

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Line-Up Announcement 

Muse and Foo Fighters will headline BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, which takes place in Earlham Park, Norwich on May 23 and 24.

Other acts who have been announced are DJ superstar David Guetta, BBC Sound of 2015 winners Years and Years, and hip-hop giant Snoop Dogg who will join the Devon trio Muse on the Saturday line-up.

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Fighters will be joined on the Sunday line-up by Olly Murs, Sam Smith and Imagine Dragons, with Taylor Swift already announced earlier this year for the free annual event.

50,000 tickets for the 2 day festival sold out in under 40 minutes, but with extensive coverage featured across BBC platforms including BBC Three, Radio 1 and online, nobody will have to miss out on the musical goodness.

 

MVOTW: Where You At, The Bohicas

Our favourite new music video this week comes from The Bohicas with their brand new track Where You At.

The video, which was directed by Chris Turner, sees the band perform their upbeat rock ‘n’ roll single with simple yet stylish visuals.

The fast paced and sharp edited video showcases The Bohicas’ raw energy, complete with slick guitars and frontman Dominic McGuinness’ forceful vocals.

Where You At was produced by Mark Rankin and will be featured on the band’s upcoming – and highly anticipated –  debut album, which will be released later on in the year.

This month sees The Bohicas play their first ever residency at The Deep Hum At The Heart Of It All club night at The Social on four consecutive Wednesdays (April 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th), before commencing with headline shows and festival appearances as we head into summer.

Where You At will be released through DOMINO on June 1.

 

Winters Island announce launch party for single Ares

Ares, the new single which is set to be taken from their debut album, will be launched at Soho’s The Borderline on April 21.

The single, which will be released through Deer Records on April 6, is captivating bringing frontman’s Andy Trimmer’s emotive vocals mixed with a heavier electronic chorus, providing a unique sound to 2015.

The electro-indie trio have recently released the accompanying video to the track premiered on The 405, which has a fun yet nostalgic narrative to the video, with a wrestling filled theme.

Winters Island are set to announce a string of shows around the country, following a support slot for Freddie Dickson at Camden’s KOKO earlier this year, with support from Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary praising their track Fire as well other radio DJ’s including Simon Raymonde and Charlie Ashcroft.

The single launch show for Ares will be held on April 21 at Soho’s Borderline.

 

MVOTW: SOS, Femme

Our first music video of the week for April comes from the colourful and sassy Femme with her brand new video for SOS.

The Andrew Morgan (Repeat Repeat Productions) directed video sees Femme – along with her Bullet Girls – showcase her feisty attitude by running wild with smoky flares.

SOS has a summery feel, with its fun and memorable sound having been written, recorded and produced by the singer-songwriter herself. The track also featured additional mixing from Grammy award winner Wez Clarke (Clean Bandit, Sam Smith).

Femme’s music has already received support from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Annie Mac following a recent tour with Charli XCX in the US. If you like bold and feisty singers, you’ll love Femme.

SOS will be released through ZTT on May 4.

 

MVOTW: Never Let You Go, Billy Lockett

Our music video of the week is a slice of indie-pop loveliness from Billy Lockett with his minimal and brooding video for Never Let You Go.

The video, which premiered at TMRW, combines grey-scale visuals with the emotion and vulnerability of Lockett’s lyrics, resonating with anyone who’s ever experienced lost love and the sentiments that come with it.

Never let You Go is the second track to be taken from Lockett’s Old Man EP, which entered the Top 40 iTunes Album Chart and also became a Top 5 hit in the Singer/Songwriter chart.

Along with the release of this new video, Lockett has also announced a UK headline tour towards the end of March, which will see him perform in Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and London’s Bush Hall. Click here for more tour details. 

 

Camp Bestival’s DJ LineUp is Announced

The DJ line-up for this year’s Camp Bestival has been unveiled with Ragga Twins, Balearic Brothers and DJ Faydz among the wild Bollywood announcements.

The three-day festival, which takes place on 30 July – 2 August at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, is the little sister of Bestival and is organised by DJ Rob Da Bank.

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The DJ line-up for this year’s Camp Bestival has been unveiled with Ragga Twins, Balearic Brothers and DJ Faydz among the wild Bollywood announcements.

The three-day festival, which takes place on 30 July – 2 August at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, is the little sister of Bestival and is organised by DJ Rob Da Bank.
The 2015 line-up will see the legendary Terry Hall (The Specials), Norman Jay (who will be bringing his set to the festival for the first time) and DJ Yoda (who will be returning) all performing.

Alongside the DJ’s will be silent discos, after-hour’s party tunes at the Clubhouse and a kid’s disco in Bollywood, catering for every festivalgoer.

This year’s Camp Bestival live headliners will be Clean Bandit (Friday), Kaiser Chiefs (Saturday) and Underworld (Sunday) with further announcements coming soon.

 

MVOTW: The Believer, The Luka State

This week’s selection for music video of the week comes from The Luka State with their new single The Believer.

The slow motion, black and white video sees the trio perform the track in a simple yet stylish and effortlessly cool way.

The Believer is released on 16 March through Project Records and it’s a traditional indie-rock track with catchy hooks and sing-along lyrics. The acoustic guitar intro gives the Cheshire band a raw and simplistic energy, which is further portrayed throughout the video.

The song will be featured on a 7 track mini album, entirely self-produced by the band with award winning producer Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Pixies) on the mix.

The Believer is available to download now.

 

Bestival Announce First Wave of Acts for 2015

The Chemical Brothers and Underworld have been announced as the first two headliners to perform at Bestival this year, with the Chemical Brothers playing on the Saturday night, while Underworld will take to the stage on the Thursday.

Other artists confirmed for the 50,000 capacity live music festival, which is curated by Josie and Rob Da Bank, include Tame Impala, Annie Mac and Lily Allen presents Funlord.

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The Jacksons and Duran Duran will both be making UK festival exclusive appearances at the event. Duran front man Simon Le Bon had this to say: “This year sees the beginning of a new Duran Duran live show. I couldn’t imagine starting it with more of a bang than an appearance at Bestival.

The festival will take place on Robin Hill, Isle of Wight between 10-13 September, with this year’s theme being Summer of Love.

Bestival 2015 will celebrate the festival’s 20th birthday and it’s sure to be one hell of a party with The Chemical Brothers in attendance.

 

MVOTW: Disconnected, Jennifer Davies

Our selection for music video of the week is Jennifer Davies’ Disconnected.

The video, which was directed by long-term collaborator Maxx Peter, features fashion pieces from designer Nabil Nayal and captures the defining moments of Davies’ career by using a snappy Polaroid picture format. It was filmed in the wind farms of Palm Springs in sunny California and  has a dramatic yet summery feel to it.

Disconnected is a punchy pop track showcasing Davies’ strong vocals. The single was inspired by an alternative take on Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream and is perfect for fans of Icona Pop.

The track is the final song from the Lapse of Time EP, which was released through Davies’ own record label STUDIIO/Universal. Davies is currently working with Chris Braide (Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears) and Tord Kundsen (The Wombats) on her debut album.

 

MVOTW: Reviver, Generationals

Generationals have unveiled the official video for Reviver (with Brooklyn Vegan), and it’s so lively and vibrant that we had to pick it as our music video of the week; anything to chase away these winter blues.

The video, which was directed by Daniel Kaufman, sees the two-piece band starring as motocross racers in a rally. It has a jubilant and sunny feel reminiscent of US festival Coachella.

From the catchy hooks to the cool vibe keyboards and synthesizers, this is a track that demands foot tapping. It’s a sound not dissimilar to the likes of MGMT and Tame Impala.

The American new wave band consists of Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner, who met at high school. The duo have just released their fourth studio album Alix, and are currently touring the US with festival stops in Mexico City and Savannah.

Alix was released through Polyvinyl Records and is available to buy now.

 

The Cribs Announce New Album -‘For All My Sisters’

The Cribs have announced the release date for their forthcoming album,For All My Sisters, which will be available on March 23, through Sony Red.

Making their announcement through their website and fan mailing list, the trio also previewed An Ivory Hand. The track doesn’t sound like a typical Cribs song with its heavy guitars and rawness, instead featuring a lighter sound and giving a taster of what to expect from their sixth studio album.

For All My Sisters is the follow-up to 2012’s In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, which was recorded in NYC and produced by Ric Ocask who has worked with the likes of Weezer and Hole.

The album includes six different bundle options available for fans to choose from including a super deluxe edition, featuring the release of the Cribsmas DVD. There is also a limited cassette edition, which is not available in stores.

The band will embark on a sold out UK tour next month, including a date at London’s Electric Ballroom in association with the NME Awards Show, with further dates for a full UK tour to be announced later in the year. They will also play two in-store shows at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on March 22 and at Kingston’s McClusky’s on March 26.

For All My Sisters is available to pre-order now.

 

Catfish And The Bottlemen Announce Biggest London Show To Date

Catfish and the Bottlemen are set to play London’s Brixton Academy on November 6.

Cannot express how excited I am for this announcement! #catfishandthebottlemen

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The Welsh band have had a successful year following the release of their debut album, Balcony. The album has had a great reception with the four piece recently performing on US chat show David Letterman.

The indie band are currently touring in Australia before embarking on a full UK tour in March and April. Tickets for the London show go on general release on Friday January 23.

Catfish and the Bottlemen Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

23/03/2015 Leeds, 02 Academy
24/03/2015 Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
26/03/2015 Newcastle, 02 Academy
27/03/2015 Manchester, Academy
28/03/2015 Birmingham, Institute
31/03/2015 London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
01/04/2015 London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
03/04/2015 Bristol, 02 Academy
04/04/2015 Sheffield, 02 Academy
05/04/2015 Liverpool, Guild of Students
07/04/2015 Belfast, Limelight
08/04/2015 Dublin, Academy
06/11/2015 London, 02 Academy

MVOTW: The One, Wolf Colony

This week’s music video of the week comes from anonymous singer-songwriter Wolf Colony with his stunning new track The One.

The video features real life couples doing normal and everyday things such as strolling, shopping and jogging. It’s a simple and sweet accompaniment to the catchy track.

In Wolf Colony’s own words, he wanted the video to be “all inclusive and universal”. He described the experience of making the video and getting to know the couples as “a beautiful experience”. Wolf took inspiration from the blogHumans of New York, which gives glimpses into the lives of New York City’s inhabitants.

Wolf Colony’s self-funded debut album, Unmasked, will be released digitally on March 3.