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Hove Festival – Day Two

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Hove Backstage by boat

Hove Backstage by boat

Day two at Hove Festivalen and we kick off the morning with a little exploration of the festival Island and surrounding coast by jumping aboard a gorgeous motor boat and pootering along the coast. Our captain is more than happy to extol the virtues of the surrounding countryside, which is by now revealing itself to be so breathtaking it will undoubtedly be slapped with a government health warning sooner or later. Revelation of the trip though is perhaps that last year the captain played host to those lovely Kooks boys who were such models of British politeness that they left a lasting impression. Good to hear!

Musically the second day of the Hove Festival in Norway opened with exemplary exponents of the new Bergen Wave, The New Wine, who those of you in the know may have seen rammed into the top floor of the Lock Tavern last december or possibly whipping up a frenzy at Komedia stepping into Golden Silvers shoes at The Great Escape. Tonight in their home country they seem like a band where everything has been taken to the next level, commanding the stage with a mature confidence that belies their youth.
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Stag & Dagger: Round Up

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My lord, festival season is coming thick and fast already this year, and with Camden Crawl, Great Escape, turning Point and various other flashes of pre summer brilliance setting the standard high it is with a sense of delirious expectation that a night roaming Shoreditch courtesy of Stag & Dagger ganders into view. Fortunately those sensational chaps in their booking machines at Vice, and Adventures In the Beetroot Field know their music and have assembled a staggering line up that is bound to cause numerous heart attacks and spontaneous indie boy combustions as people try and master the simply impossible task of seeing every hot band on offer over the course of one manic evening.
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Sparrow & The Workshop @ The Fly

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Deep in the bowels of The Fly there is something special taking place. Ridiculously early on a Friday evening three figures are on stage, laughing and joking, tinkering before launching into a swirling song that builds and swoops, seeping out from the stage into the crowd, unfurling along the cracks of The Fly’s low basement ceiling. The crowd start to nod in appreciation as the music takes hold, and then Jill O’Sullivan starts to sing.

Sparrow and the workshop

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The Balky Mule – The Length Of The Rail (FatCat)

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The Balky Mule
The Length Of The Rail
Fat Cat

The Balky Mule trades in quirksome electrofolk numbers. The mule himself is non other than Bristolian multi-instrumentalist Sam Jones. Jones has now emigrated to Melbourne Australia, but ‘The Length of The Rail’ collects together works from over the last 5 years mostly created in Bristol.
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Written by Jonathan

March 9, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Storsveit Nix Noltes – Royal Family – Divorce (FatCat)

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Storsveit Nix Noltes
Royal Family – Divorce
Fat Cat Records

There are some universal truths about being Icelandic. You have probably seen Bjork and Damon Albarn stumbling around the capital, You almost certainly dislike bankers right now…and, far more importantly, you have been onto the shimmering beauty of ‘Royal Family – Divorce’, for nearly 2 years now.
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Written by Jonathan

March 9, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Beware (Domino)

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Beware
Domino

It’s the 10th anniversary of the first time mercurial songwriter and artist Will Oldham adopted the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy moniker on the sublime ‘I See A Darkness’. Oldham marks an industrious decade as the ‘Prince’ with ‘Beware’, an expansive and ambitious journey into the fractious nature of human connection and relationships that marks Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billys 7th full length outing.
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Written by Jonathan

March 9, 2009 at 3:57 am

Deathray Trebuchay/ Acoustic Ladyland @ The Borderline

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The best bands transport you into a whole new world, stretching forth their welcoming arms to coax and entice you into their unique universe. East London’s Deathray Trebuchay displayed themselves as grandmasters of this transportational wizardry whilst whipping up a rabid frenzy from the stage of the Borderline.
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Written by Jonathan

March 9, 2009 at 3:24 am