Entries tagged with: Glastonbury
The Libertines have announced that their new album, the UK band's first in 11 years, will be titled Anthems for Doomed Youth and will be out September 4 via Harvest. That is the cover art above and you can check out its tracklist below. No music from it has been released yet, but the first single will be "Gunga Din" which they've been playing live. You can watch a video them performing it at last weekend's Glastonbury Festival, and one of them goofing off in Thailand, below.
The band haven't announced any US dates, but they'll be on this side of the Atlantic to play Mexico City in November. All dates are listed below.
Glastonbury 2015 (photo by @amandinechx)
The huge 2015 Glastonbury Festival went down over the weekend, and it was full of surprises. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon showed up twice, once during Kanye West's set and another time during The Staves. A guest came out during Patti Smith's set too, but not a musical one: it was the Dalai Lama. Though the Foo Fighters had to drop off due to Dave Grohl's broken leg, Florence and the Machine took over their headlining set and covered "Times Like These" as a tribute to them. (Much like The Killers did for Kings of Leon at Firefly the previous weekend, after lightning cancelled the latter's set.) The Libertines showed up to play a surprise set. And Lionel Richie played a hits-filled set to a huge crowd, stretching from Commodores faves like "Brick House" to "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "All Night Long."
On Justin Vernon's appearance with Kanye, NME writes:
A pink flare lit up the sky above thousands of fans as acoustic guitars marked the introduction of 'FourFiveSeconds', and the lack of both Paul McCartney and Rihanna for that song suggested that there would be no guests during the set, but Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) was revealed to be providing backing vocals when smoke cleared during 'Lost In America' and 'Can't Hold My Liquor'. Vernon, dressed in black t-shirt and baseball cap with headphones on, was introduced by West as "one of the baddest white boys on the planet."'Ye also led the crowd in a singalong of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and then called himself the "greatest living rock star" on the planet during his set, which The Who mocked during theirs. He also had some pretty hilarious subtitles of his lyrics on screen during BBC's broadcast of the festival:
As for Justin Vernon's appearance with UK folk pop band The Staves, he came out to sing "Make It Holy" off their 2014 album, If I Was, which he recorded and produced at his April Base Studios in Eau Claire. Watch a video of that, and a video of Kanye's full set (via Nah Right) below.
"China resolutely opposes any country, organization, body or individual giving any kind of platform to the 14th Dalai Lama to engage in anti-China splittist activities," Lu said. CONGRATULATIONS GLASTONBURY!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #dalailama #HHDL #glasto #pattismith #peoplehavethepower #enlightenment #freetibet
Part of Patti Smith's reason for bringing out the Dalai Lama was his 80th birthday. NME writes:
"We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet," she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury's Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. "I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday," said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.Video of Patti and the Dalai Lama, plus videos of the Libertimes, Florence covering the Foos, setlists and more, below...
The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it. "Thank you, thank you," he said. "Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people's expression of warm feeling." He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. "These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you - more active!"
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
also, watch Belle & Sebastian's entire Primavera set
Perfume Genius has been on tour this year, and just played what was reportedly his largest gig yet. It happened Wednesday (6/10) at London's 2,500-capacity Royal Festival Hall, and we've got pictures of it in this post. That show was not long after his set at Barcelona's Primavera Sound:
Hadreas and his band came out all in black, and, bathed in red and white lights. The disparity between Hadreas when he's singing and when he's speaking is half stunning and half funny. During the highlights of the set -- the brooding, electronic-oriented stuff like "Grid" and "Longpig" -- he swayed and thrashed, possessed. And then he'd sorta-bashfully say "Thanks y'all" in between songs, like he'd very briefly come back down to earth. I was going to leave early to make it to Sleater-Kinney, but I wanted to hear "Queen," one of the best songs of 2014. Hadreas wisely saves it for the end, where it functions as a closer that burns down whatever's left of the place. [Stereogum]You can watch some videos from that below. Soon, he plays another big festival on that side of the Atlantic, Glastonbury, where he annoyingly plays against Belle & Sebastian. B&S just played Radio City, and also played Primavera. Watch their full set from that below too.
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The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
We're very pleased to announce that soul icon Lionel Richie is the first artist to be confirmed for Glastonbury 2015. He will make his debut UK festival appearance in the Sunday teatime slot on the Pyramid Stage.Many more lineup announcements for the sold out UK festival still to come.
Said Emily Eavis: "We are over the moon. We've had some amazing performances in the Sunday teatime slot over the years, from Neil Diamond, Shirley Bassey, Paul Simon and many others. And, of course, Dolly Parton played an incredible set this year. So we felt very lucky to get the call from a true Motown legend asking to play next year. He's got so many amazing songs, to see him perform here on the farm is just going to be wonderful."
Standard tickets for next year's Festival sold out in just 25 minutes this morning (a new record). All 135,000 tickets for Glastonbury 2015 have now been sold - including the 15,000 coach + ticket packages sold on Wednesday night. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who's bought a ticket.The lineup will eventually be announced, but rumored bands include "Queen" and Fleetwood Mac (who are out on the road performing with Christine McVie back in the band).
We're humbled by the incredible numbers of people who would like to come to the Festival - and it's clear that demand once again outstripped supply this year. We're sorry that some of you have missed out, but there will be a resale of returned tickets in the spring (and your registration remains valid for future years).
Thank you all for your never-ending support for our Festival. [Glastonbury]
Tricky keep on ticky....
"Calling it Adrian Thaws is saying you don't really know me," says Tricky, explaining the title of his 11th album. "So many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place."Listen to the track with Francesca Belmonte, titled "Nicotine Love", below. Adrian Thaws will be out 9/8/2014 via Tricky's own label False Idols. That's the cover art above. The full tracklist is below.
It's typical of one of music's most unpredictable characters that the first album to bear his birth name is one of his least introspective. Adrian Thaws is a vivid, attention-grabbing set of songs which roam from hip hop to house, jazz to blues, rock to reggae. It was recorded in Tricky's home studio in London, where he's living again after almost two decades in New York, Los Angeles and Paris, and features an international crew of collaborators: Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Bella Gotti, Tirzah, Blue Daisy and Oh Land. It's designed to be played loud.
"I suppose this is my club/hip hop album," he says. "I've only heard my music a few times in a club but I grew up in clubs from when I was 14: blues parties, hip hop clubs, a few raves. I'm not known for doing club music but this album has some club tracks on it - well, what I would consider club music."
(btw, Tricky collaborator Oh Land plays Knitting Factory in NYC tonight - 7/7)
Meanwhile, Tricky's old friends Massive Attack are keeping busy with a handful of shows scheduled this year, including the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco in October, and two other California shows and one in Mexico during that same trip. They co-headline London's OnBlackheath festival in September, and they just announced Grace Jones will be joining them at that one! They just played Glastonbury and you can check out their setlist from that, along with their North American dates, the new Tricky track and more, below...
photos by Anne Terada
Yoko & Yo La @ Union Pool 6/17/2014
Yoko Ono is playing next weekend's Glastonbury Festival (along with unpopular headliners Metallica) and as a warm up for her performance, Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band played a secret gig at Brooklyn's Union Pool last night (6/17). The venue had nothing listed in their calendar. The Plastic Ono band, in this case, was actually Yo La Tengo (why weren't they called Yoko Tengo?) making it even more of an intimate thrill. Yoko's 10-song set touched on the entirety of her career, including way back to "Don't Worry, Kyoko" and "Why." Pictures and setlist are in this post.
by Bill Pearis
The Moles back in the day...
Richard Davies, who played shows as Cardinal a few years ago, is reaching back further into his past, reviving The Moles, the Australian band he fronted in the early-'90s. The group is getting a Brooklyn makeover for 2014, using fellow Aussie expats Free Time as his backing band, and working with Woods' Jarvis Taveniere on a new album to be released via Fire Records later this year. In the meantime a single, "Beauty Queen Of Watts / Chills," will be out June 23, marking the first new Moles songs in 21 years. The a-side is an ode to Davies days in Sydney:
Sydney is beautiful but is also the place that people were sentenced to from the British Isles. So, a very romantic, sad, but resilient, hopeful song, like a convict would write."Beauty Queen Of Watts" definitely has that jangle one associates with The Moles. Welcome back. You can stream it below. The band have some UK dates this summer, including Glastonbury 2014. Nothing for the US yet, but they all currently live in America, so hopefully soon. All dates are listed below.
Fire recently reissued The Moles' entire back catalogue as a set titled Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story of The Moles which you can stream via Spotify. Some of their early songs -- "Europe by Car," "Bury Me Happy," "This Happy Garden" -- are just terrific.
One wonders if the new Moles single's b-side, "Chills," isn't a nod to the legendary New Zealand group The Chills who were clearly an influence on The Moles and who also are now recording new material for Fire. The Chills' "Molten Gold" is out July 29 and its b-side is a new recording of what is arguably their most famous song, "Pink Frost." Martin Phillips give the track a new intro but otherwise doesn't mess with perfection too much. Superflous, but not bad. Stream the new "Pink Frost" and the original below...
By Ian Chainey
Metallica at Orion, 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The outrage over Metallica headlining the upcoming Glastonbury Festival has gone ridiculous to ludicrous speed, but at least one group is presenting a somewhat legitimate gripe. (And no, we're not talking about Mogwai, who were thrown under the social media bus by a shite-y headline.) And if you don't agree with legitimacy, at least it's a different cry than "because they suck."
Remove Metallica from GlastonburyFestival for their support of Bear Hunting, a Facebook group intending to do exactly that, was created on May 25 and has since accrued over 13,000 likes. The moderators of the page take issue with James Hetfield's long-held support of big game hunting, particularly his narration duties on the History Channel's The Hunt, a series detailing Kodiak, Alaska hunters bent on bagging brown bears. (Two of these things are true: Eight states allow bear hunting. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game offers 496 hunting tags a year, given out via a lottery system. Critics say The Hunt starts well, but soon turns into a load.) Per the offended:
James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica is a supporter and promoter of big game hunting. This does not represent the values of environmentalism that have come to be so important at Glastonbury.No word from the band or the festival yet regarding the Facebook page, but Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis hasn't been opposed to hunting in some instances.
However, Metallica have said they may open their set with Oasis' "Wonderwall." So, yeah, that'll calm everyone down.
If you're in a masochistic mood, you can stream a 30 minute episode of Metallica's tour diary, MetOnTour (not just the name for the method of your conception used by your Deadhead parents), below.
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.
No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.
As recently mentioned, Modeselektor will be back this summer as part of the Identity Festival that hits both Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center. According to the listed lineup, they will be playing "live" at those dates. Their most recent trip to North America also had them DJing. A full list of dates is below.
In October, we get a new album: "Monkeytown (most likely a ten-track album) features collaborations with a slew of special guests, including Thom Yorke on two songs, Busdriver, PVT, Anti Pop Consortium, and Miss Platnum. It will be released on September 30th in Germany, October 3rd in the UK, and October 4th in the USA. There will be no album pre-singles, however, there will be 3 or 4 singles following the album."
"Monkeytown" is also the name of Modeselektor's record label which has been releasing Siriusmo albums including a new one that collects 42 tracks that were released individually between 2000-2010. Siriusmo was also just here with Modeselektor when they played Mutek and Webster Hall as part of their "Modeselektion" nights. Modeselektion is also the name of a compilation series they're releasing on the label.
Speaking of Thom Yorke,
"The Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke played a secret DJ set after the band's surprise appearance at the Glastonbury Festival at the weekend.Thom also played "Kill Bill Vol. 4" by Modeselektor. Full list below...
The singer hit the decks alongside the band's long-time producer Nigel Godrich in the Shangri-La area of the festival site at Worthy Farm, Somerset.
Songs in their set included Major Lazer's 'Pon Da Floor' and 'Undoing The Laces' by Nathan Fake - you can see the rest below courtesy of Yorke." [Gigwise]
photos by Tim Griffin
DJ Shadow @ the Great Escape
Instrumental hip hop guru DJ Shadow is set to release his first LP in five years The Less You Know, The Better on September 5. He released the single "I Gotta Rokk" back in May. Check out the video for that track below.
DJ Shadow performed at Glastonbury this past weekend. According to @RadioRassilon, "DJ Shadow in the John peel tent at #Glastonbury - mind boggling. I'm boggled. Boggled flat." We don't have pictures from his set there but we did catch at the Great Escape, also in the UK, in May. As previously seen on the BV Facebook, pictures from that one are in this post.
Those fests were some of many performances Shadow has/had lined up this summer, which is largely being occupied by the touring electronic festival, IDentity Festival in August and early September. IDentity will be headlined by Kaskade, Steve Aoki (who was spotted at the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday), and Steve Lawler. It also includes live sets by Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, and Modeselektor. It hits PNC Bank Arts Center in Jersey on 8/14 and Jones Beach in Long Island on 8/21. Tickets are on sale for both.
Video, tour dates, more live pics and the IDentity Fest lineup and flier below...
Bono realizes he needs new shoes @ Giants Stadium in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, is launching the Take Off Your Boots campaign to collect shoes for the charity Soles4Souls, and giving away tickets to the U2 360 Tour to those who participate. From May through July, StubHub with the help of Hard Rock Cafe, will host events in Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle to collect new or gently used shoes. In exchange for donating a pair of shoes at these events, fans will receive a pair of U2 tickets.The Take Off Your Boots campaign will come to NYC on July 20 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the StubHub Last Minute Services Storefront on 40th and Broadway. The full list of cities with dates and locations is below.
Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, collects shoes and distributes them to people in need. Since 2005, it has given more than 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in over 125 countries.
"We are thrilled StubHub is making it easy for people in these cities to donate to our cause. We hope that as a result of the Take Off Your Boots campaign , Soles4Souls will be able to distribute thousands of pairs of shoes to those who are most in need," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls.
There is a limit of one pair of U2 tickets per person donating a pair of shoes at the Take Off Your Boots events, while supplies last. Shoes must be gently used or new to be accepted.
U2 played Glastonbury Festival this past weekend. Check out a video of that with their setlist and all tour dates below...
"Paul Simon, Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff play blinding sets at Glastonbury Saga stage. All over 70 Tony Benn oldest at 95 !" - James Osborn
"Best thing musically I saw at Glastonbury was probably SBTRKT on the Friday night ...quality stuff." - Joshua Saunders
Glastonbury 2011 (via Glastonbury.fm)
Glastonbury Festival took place in Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this past weekend. Tons of artists from all different backgrounds played the festival. The festival featured guest appearances, secret sets, and other interesting occurrences. Here are a few of the highlights.
Headliner Beyonce played a hits-heavy set with some pretty interesting cover song choices (King of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Etta James' "At Last"). But more even more interestingly, Tricky joined her on stage for a pretty inexplicable guest appearance on "Baby Boy." The trip-hop pioneer took a mic and uttered some sparse vocals as Beyonce and her backup singers belted the song. Video of the performance is below.
Speaking of things related to Massive Attack and Glastonbury, UK DJ Nick Warren, who would regularly DJ for Massive Attack in the '90s, said "My Highlight of Glastonbury Festival was James Blake live." James's set included the track "CMYK" off the 2010 EP of the same name in addition to tracks off his 2011 self-titled album. Some might say James's set was even explosive:
James Blake at Glastonbury
Festival attendees who were not part of the 75,000 watching Beyonce may have ended up at The Streets' set which took place at the same time. The show was apparently one of the Mike Skinner's last, who recently announced a breakup. Unfortunately, The Streets recently cancelled a trip NYC, but maybe they'll reschedule before saying their final goodbye. Video of The Streets' Glastonbury performance below.
This year's secret shows included UK Glastonbury vets Pulp and Radiohead.
It was Pulp's fourth Glastonbury appearance but their first for nine years and as they came on stage, frontman Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: 'We couldn't think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine.'Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.
After their set, which included some of their biggest hits including Disco 2000 and Common People, he added: 'Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it's been a very important place for us. When we played in '95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we're back home in one piece.' [Daily Mail]
Radiohead brought Portishead drummer Clive Deamer as a guest to play with Philip Selway. Their setlist was almost entirely made up of The King of Limbs and In Rainbows tracks, and recent non-album material, except for Amnesiac's "I Might Be Wrong." They also surprised fans of their earlier work by playing "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" as an encore. Video of "The Daily Mail" and "Bloom" and setlist below.
Cee Lo, unlike at Coachella, showed up on time for his set, which included a mix of his own material and Gnarls Barkley stuff. He also covered Black Sabbath twice. Big Boi got lost in London, but also ended up showing on time for his set. Like Cee Lo, he still embraces past projects and included a good amount of Outkast material. Big Boi-collaborator Janelle Monae played the festival too. Video of her performance of "Tightrope" below. Catch her and Cee Lo (but not Big Boi) for free at Afro-Punk in August.
Battles brought Matias Aguayo on stage to sing "Ice Cream," the song he recorded lead vocals for on their recently released Gloss Drop. Video below.
British folk/jazz legends Pentangle, who reunited in 2008 but have not been very busy since then, played the festival. Their lineup includes Bert Jansch who is currently a Drag City-recording artist and released The Black Swan on the label in 2006, over 30 years after Pentangle originally broke up. Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 interviewed the band. They talked about the resurgence of folk music and how Bert is a fan of Fleet Foxes (who also played Glastonbury). Video of the interview below.
SBTRKT at Glastonbury 2011 via facebook
SBTRKT, who visits NYC for the first time in July, played a live set (pictured above). His Young Turks labelmate Jamie xx (of The xx) played a set too. Jamie's "Far Nearer" single is on sale now. Pressings are limited. Check out a soundcloud stream of the track below.
Another UK post-dubstepper Jamie Woon played the festival. 3AM writes, "During my bum breaks, I caught Jamie Woon's set and it was fantastic. I've heard a lot about this chap, but haven't listened to his stuff before. Sitting in the middle of a field with a pounding head and cider was the perfect way to be introduced to Jamie's chilled but strong, powerful tunes."
Speaking of dubstep crossover, UK singer Katy B brought her dubstep-leaning pop to Glastonbury as well. She plays a private show in NYC tonight (6/27). It will be her first.
Little Dragon wowed the crowd, according to VH1 anyway:
For the UK at least, this performance of their new song "Ritual Union" is a real coming-out party for the band, who absolutely deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. It's really difficult to make smooth music work in the middle of the day at a big outdoor festival, but Little Dragon pulls it off in style.Video of that and their whole setlist is below.
UK anti-folkie Emmy the Great covered The Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind" with help from Tim Wheeler of the punky brit-poppers Ash. Full setlist below.
On a more negative note,
A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency has been found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury festival.---
Christopher Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.
His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where many celebrities and performers stay.
A story in the Mail on Sunday contained leaked sections of a strategy document Shale had drafted for David Cameron, in which he said the party can be perceived as "crass" and "always on the take".
Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the body of a man in his mid-50s had been found in the backstage area. A woman was seen being comforted by officers.
His body was found at 8.45am. An area between the Pyramid stage and the Other stage has been cordoned off. [Guardian]
Videos, soundcloud streams, setlists, and other stuff below...
HEY WE ARE PLAYING OUR ENTIRE CHEMCOM ALBUM ON NOV 5 IN BROOKLYN WITH SOME COOL SPECIAL GUESTS. OR ARE WE? -Fucked Up
Fucked Up @ Pool Party in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Yesterday in our FYF Fest post we wrote that hopefully Fucked Up would be playing an NYC show sometime soon. Then we noticed the above message. Are they playing 2008's The Chemistry Of Common Life on November 5th? If so, where? Todd P currently has a "venue tba" show happening on that date with the band Grass Widow (who will be in town for a few days that week). Brooklyn Bowl is occupied on that date, but Music Hall of Williamsburg is clear.
UPDATE: It looks like it's Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
F'd Up recently played a set of European (and other summer) festivals. Their set at Glastonbury, as captured on YouTube, had a number of highlights - Damian crowdsurfing, Damian climbing the scaffolding...the songs. Clips are posted below...
Jack White's Nashville-based Third Man Records will be opening a pop up store in NYC for a limited time. It will be located at 131 Chrystie Street (between Broome and Delancey) with retail hours from 10 AM-6 PM on July 16th and 17th only. Be sure to stop by to pick up your copy of The Dead Weather's highly anticipated debut album, Horehound, out July 14th, as well as other Third Man releases and merch.July 16 & 17 are also the dates of the NYC shows at Terminal 5.
If you're not in NYC or Nashville, you can pre-order your copy of Horehound from The Dead Weather webstore at http://thedeadweather.kungfustore.com/categories/76-music). Pre-order your double LP or CD prior to the July 13th (UK/Europe)/July 14th (US) release and receive one of two previously unseen live photos of the band, taken at the Roxy by photographer Nic Adler. The photo comes as a free download at checkout.
Live Dead Weather videos from Glastonbury (6/26), below...
Mutek banner in Montreal - May 27, 2009 (bneely)
Mutek, the electronic music festival celebrating its tenth year, is currently underway in Montreal. The five-day fest runs to Sunday, May 31st, and it's streaming online. Moderat, the Modeselektor & Apparat supergroup, performed at Mutek on Thursday, May 28th; the group plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, May 30th (the show was originally planned for Webster Hall). Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of parties up North this summer... three other biggies are Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8th-19th), Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 17-19th) and Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 23rd-26th). Each of those suitably transcend the "blues" and "folk" labels, hosting bands like The Dead Weather and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (in Ottawa), The Weakerthans and Rock Plaza Central (in Vancouver), and The Decemberists, Apostle of Hustle, Kid Koala and Akron/Family (in Calgary). Full lineup for the Calgary Fest (Ottawa in particular is much too massive to post) and ticket info below.
And don't forget about the previously reported Breeders-headlined Sled Island Fest in Calgary on June 24th-27th, Montreal's Osheaga, NXNE, and Toronto's Olympic Island Fest on July 11th, which will host Broken Social Scene and its Arts & Crafts cohorts.
Across the pond, UK's Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24th to 28th, has been sold out since February even though the full lineup wasn't announced until this week. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Blur will be joined by The Specials, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Spinal Tap, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Animal Collective and many others.
And finally in the States, Monolith Festival, which runs from September 12th to 13th at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, has announced its intial lineup, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, and The Walkmen included. The whole thing is posted below.
The weekend before Monolith, Bumbershoot will take place in Seattle (September 5th-7th). That fest's lineup has been updated too. New additions include Vivian Girls, Akron/Family, and Elvis Perkins. All new additions, with previously announced acts, are below. Tickets are still on sale.
In Michigan, the Rothbury Festival over July 4th weekend will feature the only summer fest performance by The Dead, as well as sets by Bob Dylan, String Cheese Incident, Broken Social Scene and more. A few more jam-friendly acts were also just added to the bill. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
Info on all the above fests, with ticket info, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Outdoor music fest fun...Woodstock '94
Tickets for the Austin City Limits festival - happening this year on October 2nd-4th in Austin's Zilker Park - go on sale today (Tuesday, April 7th) at 11am EST. That sale happens in advance of the fest's official lineup announcement, scheduled for April 28th.
Calgary festival Sled Island hasn't announced its lineup either. But Sled Island does have a pre-fest fundraiser planned for Saturday April 11th (tickets on sale). Headlining that show at Calgary's Royal Canadian Legion will be 2008 fest performer Fucked Up (video below). Sled Island itself takes place June 25th-28th. Curating this year's festivities will be Colin Newman from Wire (who also played Sled Island '08).
Camp Bisco, a three-night fest headlined by The Disco Biscuits, is happening on July 16th-18th in Mariaville, NY. The artists playing include Nas, Chromeo, The Orb, Dr. Dog and more (full lineup below). Tickets are on sale now.
Monolith Festival is happening again this year in September at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorodo. No acts or dates have been announced yet - but last year's lineup was pretty stellar with TV on the Radio, Justice, Band of Horses, and more playing.
Merge Records is running its own 20th-anniversary festival, XX Merge, on July 22nd-26th in North Carolina. The lineup has been partially announced - with acts like Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, and M. Ward confirmed. Five-day passes go on sale Wednesday, April 8th at 10am.
Glastonbury sold out its last batch of tickets this week. The UK festival, happening June 26th-28th, has confirmed acts that include Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, Neil Young, Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Emiliana Torrini, Doves, Franz Ferdinand, The Ting Tings, and Echo And The Bunnymen.
Other previously reported summer fests include:
Bonnaroo is happening too, from June 11th-14th in Manchester, TN.
There are more confirmed festivals, but I think that's enough for this post. In the unconfirmed department, Woodstock '09 is currently shoping for a venue.
Camp Bisco's lineup, video of Fucked Up at last year's Sled Island Fest and Green Day at Woodstock '94 below...
"I can reveal veteran rockers NEIL YOUNG and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN will join ageing Brit-poppers BLUR as bill-toppers at next year's event.Blur have also confirmed another show in the UK in July, and people are wondering if they will play Coachella. Bruce Springsteen is also rumored to play Bonnaroo. Neil Young recently played two nights @ MSG in NYC.
Ticket sales for the most recent bash were the slowest in years.
It was even feared that the event would not sell-out for the first time in its 38-year history.
Many people pointed the finger of blame squarely at the line-up, which was devoid of any truly legendary acts. But now it looks like Somerset native Eavis has come up with the goods in spectacular fashion." [The Sun] (thx Hiro)
Leonard and his audience (retrotravelbug)
Michael Eavis might have said his goal was to "get the young people back" at this year's Glastonbury Festival - but it was veteran singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen who most impressed the 72-year-old organiser at this year's bash.videos and set list below....
Speaking to 'The Independent' today (Tuesday July 1), Eavis, who watched Cohen's Pyramid Stage set from the side of the stage on Sunday June 29, hailed the entire festival as a success, but singled the 73-year-old Canadian legend out for particular praise:
"Leonard Cohen was so polite and such a gentleman. He took his hat off every time he finished a song, and bowed to the audience."
Predictably, the best-received song in Cohen's set was 'Hallelujah', the track which originally appeared on his 1984 album Various Positions, and gained a new lease of life when Jeff Buckley covered it on his acclaimed 1994 album 'Grace'.
Beginning the song just as the sun was setting, Cohen delighted the crowd by changing the lyric, "I told the truth, I didn't come here to fool ya" to "I told the truth, I didn't come to Glastonbury to fool ya". The crowd sang every chorus with Cohen, and gave him a massive ovation at the end. [UNCUT]
Neil Diamond @ Glastonbury 2008 (whiper)
There may or may not still be tickets left to one of the four shows Neil Diamond is playing in NYC in August. Check out the videos from his set at Glastonbury this weekend (Crystal Castles and Neil Diamond at the same festival. I love that.)......
DOWNLOAD: Alabama 3 - Woke Up This Morning (MP3)
Brothers Unconnected (SCG) @ Knitting Factory - June 22, 2008 (nana untel)
today in NYC & NJ
* FREE STUFF
* The Feelies @ Maxwell's
* 50 Cent @ Nokia Theater
* Alabama 3 @ Irving Plaza
* Pearl Jam @ Beacon Theater
* Type O Negative @ Starland Ballroom
* Death Vessel & Deer Tick @ Knitting Factory
Alabama 3. You're probably familiar with the song on the top of this post.
I went to see Type O Negative at Terminal 5 on Saturday. I've seen Type O Negative a lot and Saturday was not a great show - I think partially because half the crowd was there just to see Hatebreed who went on last and partially because frontman Peter Steele just doesn't seem to be doing so well.
Sonic Youth tickets will be available that morning.
Video of Lykke Li performing at Glastonbury below...