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Hove Festivalen – Day 1

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Hove's second stage

Hove's second stage

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The 3rd annual Hove Festivalen opened to glorious sunshine on the south Norwegian coast yesterday as 12,000 revelers made the journey to attend the festival that the likes of Jay Z, Franz Ferdinand and the Ting Tings have declared “the best festival on earth”.

Franz Ferdinand headlined the main stage yesterday and treated the crowd to a raucous set that ran the full gamut of their hit laden back catalogue as well choice cuts from their third album ‘Tonight’. In supremely relaxed mood the Scotsmen got particularly rapturous reactions for ‘Take Me Out‘ and ‘Ulysses’ . The band had spent the afternoon cruising the coastline and then grilling their fresh catch on the backstage BBQ, so it was no wonder that the band were in benevolent form when they hit the stage in the quasi twilight of Norwegian high summer.
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Mothlite @ Twisted Licks Preview

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This saturday sees an extra special version of the Macbeth’s hottest monthly event, the superlative Twisted Licks. This months installment features an appearance from rising avant jazzsters Chik Budo as well as a rare outing from multi instrumentalist and one man renaissance Daniel O’Sullivan’s Mothlite project.

O’Sullivan is a London based composer and multi instrumentalist who will be known to may through his prolific CV which includes work with the likes of Æthenor, Guapo, SUNN O))), Ulver, Miasma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses, The Big Pink and Grumbling Fur.
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Written by Jonathan

June 18, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Isle Of Wight Festival – Day Two

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The second day of the isle of White festival saw temperatures soar on and off stage. Following friday nights storming headline set from the Prodigy the weather decided it needed to follow suit raising temperatures to skin blistering heights.

Enjoying the vibe were the likes of Paolo Nutini and The View who treated the assembled crowd to high octane versions of ‘5 Rebeccas’ and ‘Temptation Dice’ in a set showcasing the highlights of their Which Bitch album. Over on the Big Top stage The Maccabees followed up a successful jaunt in Europe with a celebratory set that saw the crowd spilling out of the massive tent. Lead singer Orlando capped off a performance of ‘Precious Time’ by declaring “I am so pleased for you with the weather, you couldn’t of had it better could you?!” The band capped their performance with a version of ‘Love You Better’ off of their sophomore LP Wall Of Arms with guitarist Felix noting, “it’s been great to be a part of the Isle Of Wight Festival, we didn’t expect so many people, it means a lot”. The band will be heading out on a headline UK tour in October where alt-folk legend Adam Green is expected to support after the band talked with him at this years Great Escape Festival.
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Festival Preview: Hove Festival

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Hove3Hove Festivalen 2009
22-25 June 2009
Hove, Norway
Headliners: The Killers, Slipknot, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand

There can be little doubt that Norway is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Sharing the kind of breathtaking geography of other global extremities such as New Zealand, it’s glacial fjords and 24/7 summers lend it an otherworldly vibe.

Into this already stunning setting the Hove Festival thrusts the very best of world musical talent onto an intoxicating Norweigan coastline for 4 days of music, nature, beaches and camping every June. Like many european festivals it boasts an incredible line up of bands that it’s increasingly hard and costly to see in the UK, with this years line up offering the perfect excuse to take the week off work and get yourselves up to the good north.
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Rock A Rolla: Issue 20

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New issue of Rock A Rolla, for whom I am lucky to scribe, is in the shops now, you should check it out for the following reasons!
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Dananananaykroyd – Black Wax single 18/04/09

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So the world and his wife is in SXSW, including my new housemate so naturally I am seething with Austin based jealousy. No matter, there’s actually some pretty decent stuff coming up in good ole blighty to look forward too in the upcoming months. Not least of which is a full tour and album by Glaswegian sensations Dananananaykroyd.

Despite the fact the chancers are also at SXSW indulging no doubt in BBQ overdosing and late nights they are sneakily releasing their new single ‘Black Wax’ over here and it’s a veritable corker…

You can read what I thought about it in Spoonfed’s weekly singles round up here.

Jx

Written by Jonathan

March 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Josh Weller – new song teasers off Push Ep

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The extremely talented Josh Weller has put up some new songs on his MySpace, including a snippet of the title song from his forthcoming EP ‘Push’, which is due for a May 4th release. There’s a May 6th release party at Bardens Boudoir…so get ye to your diaries.

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Josh is one of the most innovative and genuinely exciting voices working in London today. If you haven’t already wrapped your cochlea’s around his songs you need to get to sorting that right now!

You can here the new songs here!

Also check out a few words Josh kindly shared with me for Who’s Jack Magazine last month here…

Jx

Written by Jonathan

March 11, 2009 at 2:45 pm