Saturday, 28 February 2009

ALBUM REVIEW: The Prodigy, Invaders Must Die

Five years on from the underwhelming 2004 album ‘Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' the Essex trio are back with their fifth studio album ‘Invaders Must Die’, which sees the band make a welcome return to their earlier sound and what they do best: hard, aggressive dance.

The album starts with the onslaught of dark heavy granite-like beats and grinding guitar riffs of its title track followed by the thundering aggression of lead single, Oman.

Harking back to Out of Space is the heavy track, Thunder which features a sample of an earthy ragga vocal, while Colours is pure brutal punk with rock heavy riffs.

It’s only when you get to the middle section that this album definitely comes into its own with tracks like the fantastic ‘Take Me to the Hospital’ which sees the band return to their rave roots with high-pitched ear-piercing vocal stabs.

Throughout this album there are brief visits back to different stages of the bands career from the aggressive bassline and old skool sounds of ‘Warrior Dance’ to the crunching chords and manic drumming head banger that is ‘Run With The Wolves’.

There are a few let downs on the album such as the totally lacklustre ‘Piranha’, the nasty tinny sounds of ‘Colours’ and the misplaced closing track ‘Stand Up’.

Although this album fails to sustain its quality throughout it seems to me that the Essex trio are back on form.

Track listing:

1. Invaders Must Die
2. Omen
3. Thunder
4. Colours
5. Take Me to the Hospital
6. Warrior's Dance
7. Run with the Wolves
8. Omen Reprise
9. World's On Fire
10. Piranha
11. Stand Up

Friday, 27 February 2009

Kraftwerk and Massive Attack for Bestival 2009

Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Klaxons and MGMT have been added to the line-up for this year’s Bestival.

This year's event will be held at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight from the 11th to 13th September and will feature a new site layout.

Massive Attack will headline on the Friday (September 11th) and German electro pop veterans Kraftwerk will headline on Saturday, (September 12th).

The line-up also includes Fleet Foxes, Seasick Steve, Friendly Fires, Florence and the Machine and Goldie Lookin Chain. More acts are still to be announced for the festival.
Each Bestival is themed and fans are encouraged to dress up. The theme for this year’s event is Outer Space.

Other acts at the 14 stages include the Beat, Squarepusher, Future Sound Of London, Florence & The Machine, Little Boots, Friendly Fires, Passion Pit, Hockey. This year's fancy dress theme for the festival is 'outer space.'

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Snow Patrol – SECC, Glasgow – 24th February 2009

As far as venues go I have never been a fan of the oversized halls of the SECC, however, I was still looking forward to the gig, especially since they announced the support acts would be White Lies and The Ads.

Glasgow band The Ads kicked things off and even although I wasn’t too familiar with their stuff I was really impressed, these guys were fantastic. I can’t believe I haven’t heard more about them, they definitely deserve a bit more recognition. Can’t wait to hear more of their stuff and I will definitely go and see them again.

Next up was White Lies, again didn’t know too much about them but what I have heard I do like. Their set was quite short but they didn’t really impress me, they were ok. However I don’t think this was entirely down to the band, I think it was more down to the venue.

When Snow Patrol came onstage Gary Lightbody started declaring his love for Glasgow, the city he calls his second home, and its weather!?

They opened the set with their new single, If There’s A Rocket, Tie Me to It, following with a personal favourite of mine and one of their biggest hits, Chasing Cars, with the crowd singing along to the chorus.

They belted out hits such as Spitting Games, Chocolate and Crack the Shutters and the crowd loved it. Lightbody then mingled amongst the audience before choosing a random couple to sing an acoustic version of Run to with the crowd joining in.

Although the band was brilliant it wasn’t the best Snow Patrol gig I’ve been to but it was never going to be, due to the chosen venue. Snow Patrol is a band that really needs to be seen and heard in a smaller venue with a more intimate setting for the beauty of their music and lyrics to be truly appreciated.


Monday, 23 February 2009

Official Line-Up Unveiled For T In The Park 2009

The line-up for this year's T in the Park festival has been unveiled.

Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen, Manic Street Preachers, Bloc Party and the Ting Tings are among the new additions to this year's T in the Park festival line-up, due to be held at Balado, Kinross, from 10th to 12th July.

They will join previously announced headliners Blur, Kings of Leon and The Killers.

Other newly confirmed acts for the event include Keane, James, Paulo Nutini, The Script, Mogwai and Simian Mobile Disco. Many more acts are still to be confirmed.

The T in the Park line-up so far:

Kings Of Leon
The Killers
Snow Patrol
Franz Ferdinand
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
The Specials
Bloc Party
Paolo Nutini
The Script
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Lily Allen
Manic Street Preachers
The Ting Tings
Katy Perry
Maximo Park
Seasick Steve
James Morrison
Peter Doherty
White Lies
Jason Mraz
The Mars Volta
Bjorn Again
Felix Da Housecat
Dave Clarke
Airborne Toxic Event
The Gaslight Anthem
Simian Mobile Disco (live)
Claude Von Stroke
Silicone Soul

45,000 tickets have already been sold for the event so far, with a further 40,000 tickets due to go on sale at 9.00am this Friday, 27th February.

The Boss to Headline Glastonbury Festival

It has been confirmed that US rocker, Bruce Springsteen will headline this year's Glastonbury festival.

After months of rumour and speculation, Glastonbury organisers announced today (23rd February) that ‘The Boss’ will be the Saturday night headliner at this year’s festival, which takes place from the 26th – 28th June.

“I’m so pleased that Bruce Springsteen has agreed to come to Worthy Farm for the first time. He’s one of the all-time rock legends and I’m confident that this will be one of our best shows ever.” Said Festival founder Michael Eavis.“I’m knocked out that we’ve managed to get Bruce to play. It’s the icing on the cake of this year’s bill, which I’m sure will take everyone’s breath away when we announce the full details.” adds Michaels daughter Emily Eavis.

Neil Young and Blur are also rumoured to be the other two Glastonbury headliners.
Tickets for this year’s festival have now sold out. Although a very limited number of cancelled tickets and returns will be sold from 9am (GMT) on Sunday 5th of April.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Marilyn Manson and ZZ Top Set to Play Download

Controversial shock-rocker Marilyn Manson and legendary Texan blues-rockers ZZ top have been added to the 2009 Download festival line-up.

American metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage, have also been added to the bill.

The summer rock festival, now in its seventh year is held on 12th – 14th June 2009 at Donnington Park will also see performances from the likes of Limp Bizkit, The Prodigy, Slipknot and Motley Crue.

The list of bands playing Download so far is:

Def Leppard
Killswitch Engage
Limp Bizkit
Marilyn Manson
Motley Crue
The Prodigy
ZZ Top

Many more acts are still to be confirmed for this year’s event. For more information go to:

Final Batch of Tickets for T in the Park, On Sale Next Week

The last batch of tickets for this years T in the Park festival will go on sale next week, at 9am on Friday the 27th February.

The Scottish festival, which won Best Line-up at last year's UK Festival Awards, takes place at Balado near Kinross from the 9th – 12th July 2009.

The Killers are the latest act to be confirmed for this year’s festival, they will headline the main stage on Saturday 11th July.

They will join acts such as Blur, Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon who have already been confirmed as headlining at this summers event.

Other acts also confirmed include Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Razorlight, Elbow, White Lies and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s.

Tickets will be available from the festivals official ticket outlet, Ticketmaster at or by calling 08444 999 990

More acts are still yet to be confirmed for this summer’s event. To keep up to date with all the news go to

Friday, 13 February 2009

Homecoming – Scotland’s Newest Music Festival

An Ayrshire beach will be the setting for Scotland’s newest music festival, Homecoming, which will take place at Irvine Beach Park, over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May.

It is one of a series of events being held to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

Snow Patrol, Pendulum, Taio Cruz and DJ Tim Westwood are among acts lined-up to perform at the event.

Grant Ruxton, the events organiser said the event was part of a five year plan to develop the music festival. He said: "West central Scotland is possibly the only area in the UK that does not stage a major high quality outdoor music festival.

"Yet smaller population areas, to the east, north and over in Northern Ireland, have managed to create, develop and sustain such festivals, bringing enormous economic advantages to each area.

"In the year of Homecoming, it is appropriate to put this right and create such a festival, with high aspirations and the full-on festival flavour, right in the middle of Burns country. We expect that Rabbie would have approved..."

Other artists joining the line-up include the Pigeon Detectives, Lisa Lashes, and Armin van Buuren, Dimitri from Paris, Krafty Kuts, Utah Saints, Dumb Blonde, Yves Klein Blue, and Kate Lawler.

The festival will play host to 12 arenas over two days, each day will run for 14 hours, finishing at 2am.
Tiesto's label Black Hole, Twice as Nice, We Love, RemixFM, Helter Skelter, and A State of Trance will host arenas. Glasgow music venue The Box will have a 'New Talent Stage' offering unsigned acts the chance to play at The Box and the festival.

Many more acts are still to be announced.
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Razorlight Added to T in the Park Line-up

Razorlight have confirmed today that they will play this year's T in the Park festival.

The Mercury Music Prize winners will be making their fourth visit to the Scottish music festival in Balado this summer.

The band said: "We are really looking forward to be making our way back to Balado for a fourth visit.”

"The T in the Park crowd is always up for it, and we're up for it this year."
Fellow Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow will be returning for their second visit, having played King Tut's Wah Wah Tent in 2001, while Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who have become famous for the quality of their live shows, make their debut.

Today's confirmations join reunited headliners Blur, Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon at the Balado by Kinross site.

Blur played at the very first T in the Park back in 1994 and this year's return is their first gig there since 1999.

Other acts to be announced for the event, which takes place from the 9th – 12th July, include Drum n Bass kings Pendulum, West London trio White Lies and ex-Libertines frontman Pete Docherty.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Glasvegas Win Radio Award for Their Debut Album

Glasgow rockers, Glasvegas have been named the winners of Xfm's New Music Award for their self-titled debut album.

Xfm listeners voted in their thousands for their favourite British debut albums of 2008. Then it was down to a panel of judges to choose the winner out of the final ten.

The judging panel included The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things musician Carl Barat, Snow Patrol Frontman Gary Lightbody; Joy Division and New Order bass guitarist Peter Hook; and music producer John Leckie, the man behind albums by bands such as the Stone Roses, Radiohead, Muse and the Verve.

Leckie said: "It's a first class debut album in that it is memorable, passionate and well formed.

"Every track is a winner, leaves you wanting more and wondering what will come next ... I wish I'd produced it."

As well as winning the title, Glasvegas are also offered their own Xfm residency and will select tunes later this year.

The shortlist for this year’s New Music Awards was as follows:

The Courteneers - 'St Jude'
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - 'Angles'
Foals - 'Antidotes'
Glasvegas - 'Glasvegas'
Laura Marling - 'Alas, I Cannot Swim'
The Last Shadow Puppets - 'The Age Of The Understatement'
Noah & The Whale - 'Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down'
One Night Only - 'Started A Fire'
The Ting Tings - 'We Started Nothing'
You Me At Six - 'Take Off Your Colours'

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Glastonbury Festival 2009 Sells Out

Organisers of Glastonbury have announced that the 2009 festival is now sold out.

A limited number of tickets were made available yesterday (2nd February) after the deadline, for those who had paid a £50 deposit, to pay the full amount for tickets passed on Sunday (1st February).
Back in October 2008, organisers of the festival launched a deposit scheme which saw the majority of the tickets for this year's weekender snapped up.

All tickets for the 2009 festival have now been sold. Only cancelled tickets will now be available to buy, with a limited amount set to go on sale on Sunday 5th of April.

In a statement Emily Eavis said: "We're chuffed to bits that we've managed to sell so many tickets so far ahead, especially when you look at the weather outside."

The organiser added: "Thanks to everyone for keeping the faith; it's certainly shaping up to be another vintage year for Glastonbury Festival, with a brilliant line up to be unveiled in June."

The line up is yet to be confirmed, however, it is heavily rumoured that Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Blur and The Specials will play headline slots.
Other acts strongly rumoured to be appearing include The Ting Tings, Franz Ferdinand and Lily Allen.

The festival will take place 26th–28th June.

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Monday, 2 February 2009

ALBUM REVIEW: The View, Which Bitch?

Following the huge success of their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, Hats Off to the Buskers, the band toured extensively before getting back in the studio to record album number two.

This latest offering from the young Dundee band reveals some adventurous and ambitious intent to move forward as they experiment, taking strides in different musical directions with second album, Which Bitch?

Which Bitch? the album’s title has been explained tactfully by frontman Kyle Falconer as to be taken in the sense of "which bitch am I singing about in which song?"

The album is a bit chaotic with a real mixed bag of styles which sees the lads revisit the frantic, indie-rock that defined their debut in tracks such as 5Rebeccas, Jimmy's Crazy Conspiracy and Double Yellow Lines.

Most bizarre but fun is One Off Pretender, which contains a most embarrassing and ill-advised white-boy rap. Covers is a foot tapper with jazzy sax featuring vocals from fellow Scot Paulo Nutini.

The accompaniment of violins bring melancholy to the beauty of Unexpected a string-led melodrama that captures Falconer in rare contemplative mood, singing about the death of his father.

For those expecting to see the View back with more of the same you will be surprised by this album and some may even be shocked by this brave attempt at pushing boundaries. Which Bitch? confirms the View are a band with a vibrant imagination and an abundance of ideas and for that they must be commended.

Track Listing:

1. Typical Time 2
2. 5Rebbeccas
3. One Off Pretender
4. Unexpected
5. Temptation Dice
6. Glass Smash
7. Distant Doubloon
8. Jimmy's Crazy Conspiracy
9. Covers
10. Double Yellow Lines
11. Shock Horror
12. Realisation
13. Give Back The Sun
14. Gem Of A Bird