Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Biffy Clyro – SECC, Glasgow – 20th December 2008

Having seen the Ayrshire trio perform at T in the Park quite a few times over the years I wasn’t sure if the SECC was the best choice of venue for them to play their largest headline show (not counting festivals). However, Biffy Clyro proved that they can play any venue and are more than capable of handling the big ones.

They kicked off in explosive fashion with Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies performed through a curtain with the crowd only seeing their silhouettes before the sheet dramatically dropped as they finished before they blasted straight into Saturday Superhouse.

They seamlessly performed tracks from their last release, Puzzle and previous albums which were all well received by the crowd. Several tracks had such a grand feel due to the accompaniment of an all-girl string quartet, although the lads were still able to show their tender side on other tracks.

Simon performed a touching acoustic version of Folding Stars, the song he wrote following the death of his mother. The trio then went straight into Machines, another heartfelt number which had the crowd singing along to every word.

The strings accompaniment, especially on Nine Fifteenths was haunting and really set Biffy apart from other rock bands.

The tempo was raised again with Glitter and Trauma and Mountains had the crowd singing again before 57 and Now the Action Is on Fire finished off the night.

The guys looked amazingly comfortable as they delivered ninety minutes of pure excellent rock music; these guys were born to do this.

Set List:

Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies

Saturday Superhouse

A Whole Child Ago

Get Fucked Stud


The Ideal Height




Convex, Concave

Folding Stars Acoustic


Glitter and Trauma


Love Has a Diameter

Who's Got A Match?

Only One Word Comes To Mind



Now I'm Everyone

As Dust Dances


Now The Action Is On Fire!

Reviewer: Starlet

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

The Fratellis – SECC, Glasgow – 21st December 2008

Well, what a night! Considering it was the last night of their tour, the Glasgow trio were so full of energy and looked as though they were enjoying it as much as we were. When I first heard about the venue change I was a little concerned that there would be a lack of atmosphere in the SECC’s Hall3, however, The Fratellis proved me so wrong.

Their standards for the night were set when they kicked off with the best version of ‘Cuntry Boys 'n Girls’ that I’ve heard them do. They romped through old and new tracks with gusto, boosting the excitement in the crowd as they went. The energy levels onstage were more than matched offstage, the atmosphere was electric. Although at one point I thought I’d had it as I was getting knocked about by the boisterous Glasgow crowd.

Their rendition of ‘Stragglers' Moon’ was stunning with a psychedelic backdrop that added to the eerie guitar work. The crowd calmed down a bit when ‘Whistle for the Choir’ and ‘Vince the Lovable Stoner’ prompted a mass sing-along.

The pace picked back up again with the rowdy ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and also when the guys started rocking out with ‘Dog In a Bag’ and ‘Tell Me a Lie’ allowed the band the opportunity to get real heavy and one track followed another with the crowd clearly enjoying the pace, the variety and the sheer quality of the music.

Ending the gig with ‘Milk and Money’ provided a fantastic ending before the band returned to the stage for an encore, playing ‘Mistress Mabel’, ‘Acid Jazz Singer’ and ‘Baby Fratelli’ which whipped the crowd into a frenzy once more. Finishing what had been an absolutely brilliant night on a definite high…What a way to start Christmas!

Cuntry Boys and City Girls
My Friend John
Vince The Loveable Stoner
Look Out Sunshine
A Heady Tale Doginabag
Tell Me A Lie
Whistle For The Choir
Stragglers Moon
Chelsea Dagger
Lupe Brown
Ole Black 'N' Blue Eyes
Got Ma Nuts From A Hippy
Milk And Money
Mistress Mabel
Acid Jazz Singer
Baby Fratelli


Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Iconic London Music Venue, The Astoria, to Close for Good

London music venue, The Astoria, is set to close its doors for good in January.

The celebrated venue, a converted cinema, in the heart of the West End has announced that Ibiza's ‘Manumission club’ will host its final night on the 15th of January.
The venue will be knocked down to make way for a new railway station as part of the Crossrail project that will install a new line linking the east and west of the capital. Fellow central London music venue, Metro, will also be demolished as a result of the building developments.

The Astoria’s closing night sees Manumission return to England, for the first time in 15 years. The full line-up will be announced in the New Year for ‘Manumission Comes to London’.
Manumission is set to start a world tour of clubs, after playing the Astoria's closing night.
It is not clear what will happen to other gigs scheduled to take place at the venue after the 15th of January yet, although they are expected to be moved to other venues.

Monday, 22 December 2008

Warner Pulls Music Videos From YouTube

Warner Music Group has told video sharing site, YouTube to remove all music video clips by its artists from the site, after they failed to reach an agreement on how the label should be compensated for music videos.

As a result, Google is forced to remove thousands of videos from YouTube.

Furthermore, YouTube's agreement with the major labels applies to official videos as well as unofficial videos. Therefore users, who have uploaded videos with a Warner Music Group song as the soundtrack, have received or will receive a takedown notice from the label.

Users will get the chance to keep their videos online if they agree to swap the music. YouTube offers its Audioswap feature. This allows users who have uploaded a video clip which uses Warner's music, to select new music for their video.

The original deal made in 2006 allowed Warner's material to be used legally on YouTube in return for advertising revenue. It was hailed as a landmark agreement paving the way for deals with other music publishers.

However, the music company is now asking for its all videos, official and unofficial, to be removed from the website as it was not happy with the revenue-sharing equation.

Warner said in a statement that the company is “working actively” with YouTube to find a resolution on licensing its content to the top online video site. "Until then, we simply cannot accept the terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide."

In a statement on the YouTube blog, the company, which is owned by Google, said:

"Every day we work with the music community to license your favourite music for you to use on YouTube. But music licensing is very complicated.”

"Sometimes, if we can't reach acceptable business terms, we must part ways with successful partners. For example, you may notice videos that contain music owned by Warner Music Group being blocked from the site."

The video sharing site added that its ultimate goal was "to treat everyone fairly".

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Biffy Clyro to Headline RockNess 2009

Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro will headline the final day of next summers RockNess festival. Other acts already confirmed to play are The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx and Dizzee Rascal.

RockNess 2009 offers more than ever before with a headlining act on the inaugural Friday night with an extended performance from the Main Stage.

Headlining on the Main Stage on Saturday 13th June, in their first festival date for two years, is the unstoppable sonic force that is Basement Jaxx with support from Dizzy Rascal.

Sunday 14th June, promises to be a memorable end to the Highland festival as The Prodigy and Biffy Clyro will take to the stage to bring the Scottish gig to a close.

RockNess 2009 will feature Nesstival, back again with The Black Isle Pub, The Bollywood Cocktail Bar, The Rock Ness Farm Café, organic food stalls and the best Ceilidh bands in the Wrongness Arena.

RockNess 2009 takes place from 12th June to 14th June 2009, in Dores, Scotland next summer. More acts to be confirmed.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Glasgow’s New Festival, Hinterland April 2009

2009 sees the launch of an exciting new two day multi-venue festival in Glasgow. Hinterland, the first single ticket multi-venue art and music event, runs from 30th April to 1st May 2009.

Launched to celebrate Glasgow's UNESCO status as a world centre of music, the new festival aims to showcase the finest upcoming and established Scottish talent.

Plans for the festival include live music, DJ sets and visual arts projects. More than 80 bands from different genres will take part in the two day event and organisers want around half of them to be Scottish.

Hinterland founder Mike Oman said: "The interest in Hinterland from the industry has been phenomenal, I'm very proud that 20 of the first 30 bands we have confirmed are Scottish."

Acts Confirmed so far:

85 Bears
Brother Louis Collective
Come on Gang!
Copy Haho
Danananan aykroyd
Edie Sedgwick
Findo Gask
Geordi La Force
Hudson Mohawke
Lesser Panda
Manda Rin
Mitchell Museum
My Tiger My Timing
Oh, Atoms
Pearl & the Puppets
Pulled Apart By Horses
Punch & The Apostles
Remember Remember
The Xcerts
These Monsters
Three Trapped
Tommy Reilly
We Have Band
We Were Promised
Zoey Van Goey

Tickets on sale now priced at £42 for 2 day ticket and £23.50 for 1 day ticket. For more information visit

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Glastonbury Looking for New Talent for 2009

Glastonbury has run a competition for the last four festivals to give up-and-coming bands a shot at indie stardom and 2009 sees the return of the emerging talent competition (ETC).

The competition website is open until the 26th January 2009 for artists and bands to upload two of their best tracks. The top 12 Acts will go forward to a series of live finals in March 2009.

The winner will get the opportunity to play on one of the main stages at the world renowned Festival in June 2009.

The competition will be judged by a team of music experts including organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and music journalists from Q Magazine.

For the first time, the public will also be able to decide one 'wild card' entry into the finals.

That act, voted for online, will then be guaranteed a slot at the Queen's Head venue at the festival as well as having a chance to win a slot on the Pyramid or Other Stage.

Glastonbury's emerging talent competition is open to musicians not signed to a major label, based in the UK and Ireland.

For more information & details on how to enter go to:

Amazon’s New Music Store Undercuts itunes

Online retail website Amazon’s UK site has launched a music download service offering tracks from 59p each and albums for £3. The new store appeared on its website overnight with no pre-launch publicity, substantially undercutting the prices of Apple.

The new music store offers more than 3 million songs from the four major labels SonyBMG, Universal, EMI and Warner, as well as independent labels such as Beggar's Banquet and Cooking Vinyl.

The move puts Amazon in direct competition with Apple for a stake in the growing market of online music sales, which in the UK alone was worth an estimated £163m in 2007.

Unlike Apple’s iTunes store, the music available from Amazon will be DRM-free which means once users download a track, they are able to load and play it on any device: personal computers, mobile phones, and portable media players, including the iPod.

The current number one album in the music charts, The Circus by Take That is priced at £3 by Amazon whereas Apple are selling it for £8.99. The Amazon shop’s price of 59p per track also undercuts Apple's iTunes Store by 20p.

Apple may have known about the launch as they have cut the price to just £4 for a limited period only, on a selection of popular albums, including Fleet Foxes, Coldplay and Oasis.

Music Industry sources said it was a "reasonable assumption" that Amazon's service was a loss-leading venture similar to its American store launched last year.