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Wakestock at Woodstock

27th – 29th June / Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
4th – 6th July / Abersoch, North Wales

TICKETS ON SALE: Friday 29th February at 9am

Wakestock 2008, Europe’s largest and most successful wakeboard music festival, is proud to announce Groove Armada, The Streets, Supergrass, Funeral for a Friend, The Hoosiers, Hadouken, Young Knives, Metronomy, Jazzie B and Audio Bullys plus a load more are all confirmed to perform this year. Not only this, but Wakestock, sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink, have also announced a second date and a new prestigious location within the amazing grounds of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, from 27th – 29th June 2008. It is the first time that a contemporary music festival has been held within the grounds of Blenheim Palace and the Wakestock organisers are thrilled to have found such a fantastic venue for their second festival.

Now in its 9th sell out year, Wakestock Abersoch, North Wales (4th – 6th July 2008) and the new Wakestock Blenheim Palace promise to serve up a double helping of strong rip roaring music, world class wakeboarding, on-site camping and a weekend full of exhilarating on and off water entertainment. Better than that, whichever Wakestock visitors choose this year, the best scenery and the coolest festival sites are guaranteed.  Abersoch boasts stunning beaches with some incredible shore breaks, and the site at Blenheim Palace sits within the awe-inspiring Parkland next to the picturesque lakes.

Wakeboarding is the world’s fastest growing watersport with over 3 million participants worldwide. Wakeboarding began back in the 1970’s when surfers who were bored of waiting for the waves began pulling their boards behind a speedboat with a ski rope. The summer equivalent to snowboarding, wakeboarding has now grown hugely over the past 10 years and is no longer the little brother of the boardsports world. If you add on the wakeskating community you have a boardsports family that outnumber surfers by more then two to one.  The riding you see at Wakestock includes an elite selection of some of the world’s best riders, you get the opportunity to see them throw down massive tricks, and hit some of the biggest slider rails in any competition right in front of the crowds. The spectators are able to see every slide, every trick and every stack whilst standing only metres away from the action – wakeboarding at this level is an awesome spectator sport.

“2008 is going to be the Year of Wakestock!” says Wakestock Founder, Mark Durston. “We’ve built the festival up over the last 8 years in Abersoch to be a really cool mix of the world’s best wakeboarders, bands & DJ’s right at the forefront of the live music scene and a lifestyle that is unrivalled by any other festival! With the help of Stuart Galbraith, CEO of Kilimanjaro, to develop the festival and to add a second venue as stunning as Blenheim Palace was an opportunity we’ve relished. The grounds at Blenheim Palace, as a festival venue, are first class. Add to this a stunning lake sat right in front of the Palace and you have the perfect setting to showcase the coolest sport on water”.

The creator of Download and Wireless festivals, Stuart Galbraith, believes Wakestock represents the future of festivals: “Everyone knows the British festival calendar is getting busier each year and promoters need to deliver more than just a good stage line up. Wakestock combines this package with its programme of world class wakeboarding, music and full on entertainment that music artists have been keen to sign up to”

It’s the first time that Blenheim Palace has played host to such a unique event and Chief Executive, John Hoy, believes that the World Heritage setting provides an ideal backdrop for Wakestock “We are delighted to have the opportunity to add this exciting event to our calendar and to stage an event geared specifically for the younger audience who will attend. We are really looking forward to working closely with the organisers and to welcoming all visitors to the event”.

Tickets will officially go on sale on Friday 29th March at 9am with a “weekend” ticket priced at £85 and a “weekend with camping” ticket at £110 (booking fee and P&P not included)

Ticket master: Blenheim 0844 847 2437 Abesrsoch 0844 847 2439

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Rob da Bank launches indoor festival – Bandstand

Sunday Best and Bestival founder Rob da Bank and Vauxhall Corsa present an exciting new event to kick start summer’s live music calendar. Corsa presents Bandstand steered by Sunday Best is an eccentric, eclectic indoor festival, with much dressing up and letting down of hair. Centred around the sound and imagination of Sunday Best, one of the UK’s leading independent record labels and party organisers, Bandstand is truly individual, totally different and a celebration of British musical exuberance and fun the weather can’t spoil.

Bandstand started life as a reaction to British bandstands falling into disrepair, along with the success of the Bandstand at Bestival, itself a breeding ground for new music and talent. Now, thanks to a unique collaboration with Vauxhall Corsa, Bandstand has become a stand alone event in its own right with two shows, city focused, to take place this coming May. Bandstand launches in London’s Old Billingsgate, an incredible Grade 2 listed building right next to the Thames on the 3rd May and then travels up to Liverpool’s renowned Carling Academy the following weekend. With creative and programming from Sunday Best, together with Vauxhall Corsa they have developed a series of unique, truly British music and entertainment events.

Rob da Bank comments: “We love putting on outdoor festivals so we thought why not do one inside? In fact, let’s do two! Bandstand is a very British, eccentric celebration of music, comedy and performance taking you to another world. We hope this is the start of a series of landmark musical events for the UK.”

Bandstand is a celebration of Britain’s musical creativity and the emphasis is on booking British talent. Rob da Bank has brought together an exciting line-up of some of the UK’s finest live acts and DJ’s, both established and new. Headlining both shows is Mark Ronson. Grammy and Brits winner, London born, Mark Ronson’s top billing at Bandstand is a unique opportunity to experience not only Ronson’s critically acclaimed live show but also his lauded DJing skills. This is not to be missed. Joining Ronson at the Bandstand in both London and Liverpool will be the main man, Mr Bandstand himself Rob da Bank, The Cuban Brothers, who have been a fun element of  Sunday Best’s events for the last ten years, and Sunday Best’s resident DJ’s Sombrero Sound System.

In London, Radio 1’s Annie Mac is set to rock the floor and show Bandstand why she is one of the breakthrough DJ’s of the moment, the hotly-tipped youngsters Late Of The Pier perform live, while the inimitable Greg’s Greats will spin a DJ set of 78rpm records. There will be further additions to be made to this refreshingly eclectic line-up in the coming weeks.

A week later, the Bandstand party transforms the Carling Academy in Liverpool. The European Capital of Culture 2008 will party to the sounds of DJ Kissy Sell Out, and live sets from Liverpool’s very own hotly tipped newcomers The Troubadours and Sunday Best’s teenage rockabilly siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. Bandstand is set to reverberate to one of the first festival soundtracks around. Details about how you too could be on bill are to be announced very soon.

Rob’s better half, Josie da Bank is the creative director of Bandstand and she brings the same extraordinary level of production ingenuity and attention to detail that has made Bestival so special. Josie has even designed a special limited edition Corsa model car so you can put your car in its Sunday Best. The venues are to be transformed in the most unbelievable of ways to help make Bandstand a totally unique experience. In the Bandstand main stage arena, live acts and DJs perform in a traditional Bandstand setting surrounded by park benches, eccentric look-a-likes and paths leading off to different areas. Bandstand is bringing the outdoor experience indoors, so expect the unexpected.

In the Alice In Wonderland inspired room, CS Lewis meets a traditional English garden party with an upscale Mad Hatter’s Tea Party; taste the unique cocktails by the creators of the Bollywood Bar experience at Bestival and immerse yourself in the wonder of White’s Bar, inspired by the C’Mons character from the Corsa commercials. It will have a fancy dress funbox too (of course!), with lots of acting out of Alice In Wonderland themes. There is also the Time Machine Disco. A small and intimate party space with a DJ booth created from a time machine. DJs will make unannounced appearances, transporting you with nostalgic tunes. This is a room to keep your eye on, you never know what you may miss, what you may hear and who might pop in!

Mark Ronson comments: “I’m honoured to be asked to do the first ever Bandstand shows. I am a huge fan of all things Rob da Bank and Sunday Best, and if this indoor festival is a fraction as good as Bestival, it should be amazing.”

3rd May 2008 – London – Old Billingsgate
Mark Ronson (live & DJ set), Rob da Bank, Annie Mac, Late Of The Pier (live), The Cuban Brothers (live), Greg’s Greats, Sombrero Sound System. Hosted by Barry Peters

10th May 2008 – Liverpool – Carling Academy
Mark Ronson (live & DJ set), Rob da Bank, Kissy Sell Out, Kitty Daisy & Lewis (live), The Cuban Brothers (live), The Troubadours (live), Sombrero Sound System. Hosted by Barry Peters

Ticket Details:
Tickets are £25 each plus booking fee and are available from

Tickets go on sale on the 27th February. Tickets are to be released in phases. Register at for the latest news and ticket release details.

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Newton Faulkner needs something on 31st March

The UK’s most successful new singer-songwriter, Newton Faulkner, releases his brand new single ‘I Need Something’ on March 31st through Ugly Truth Records. ‘I Need Something’ is a wistful, passionate and throaty vocal twisted around a beautifully soulful melody captivatingly teased out of his acoustic guitar.

The release of ‘I Need Something’ follows the spectacular success of Newton’s Number One & Double Platinum debut album, ‘Hand Built By Robots’, which has so far spent two weeks at Number One on the UK album chart, as well as being a permanent fixture in the iTunes Top Ten since release (including six weeks at No1). Newton has just been nominated in the Best Male category of the 2008 Brit Awards.

Newton has also started spreading the word globally with his first North American and European live dates – a highlight being an especially exciting performance that took place in a hot air balloon high over the Swiss Alps for a radio broadcast.

A true DIY phenomenon (Myspace plays now well over 1.5 million) Newton has become a genuine grass roots success story as his sell-out EP’s, headline dates and support slots have gathered new fans and rave reviews alike. Newton is playing his biggest UK Tour to date through February and March 2008.

21st Feb Exeter University     01392 263 518
22nd Feb Portsmouth Guildhall     02392 824 355
23rd Feb Cambridge Corn Exchange     01223 357 851
24th Feb Birmingham Academy     0844 477 2000
26th Feb Newcastle Academy     0844 477 2000
27th Feb Aberdeen Music Hall     0870 169 0100
28th Feb Glasgow Barrowlands     0870 169 0100
29th Feb Leeds University     0113 244 5600
2nd March Manchester Apollo     0844 477 7677
3rd March Liverpool University     0870 320 7000
5th March London Roundhouse     0870 389 1846
6th March London Roundhouse     0870 389 1846
7th March Bristol Colston Hall     0117 922 3686


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The Courteeners vid for “Not Nineteen Forever”

The Courteeners video for Not Nineteen Forever is out.  You can watch it on YouTube.

The Courteeners live dates:

9 Apr Nottingham Trent University
10 Apr Liverpool Carling Academy
11 Apr Sheffield Leadmill
14 Apr Leeds Metropolitan University
15 Apr Newcastle University
16 Apr Glasgow QMU
17 Apr Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
19 Apr Manchester Academy 1
20 Apr Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
21 Apr Norwich Waterfront
22 Apr Cambridge Junction
24 Apr Bristol Bierkeller
25 Apr Southampton University
26 Apr London Astoria

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Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan return with ‘Sunday at Devil Dirt’

May 5th 2008 sees the return of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan with their sublime second album, ‘Sunday at Devil Dirt’ on V2 / Cooperative Music.

‘Sunday at Devil Dirt’ is the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed ‘Ballad of the Broken Seas’ which received a Mercury nomination in 2006.

Recorded between studios in the Catskills and Isobel’s native Glasgow, ‘Sunday at Devil Dirt’ is an album of dust bitten ballads and troubled wanderings, easily the equal of its predecessor. Again, Campbell and Lanegan complement each other beautifully, like silk on cracked leather.

While continuing to mine the same rich seam of alt-country, folk and blues of their debut, the new record also embraces a dusty southern gothic, while a sultry, jazzy feel is evident on a number of tracks. As with their debut, the album has been written, produced and arranged by Isobel Campbell, with Lanegan providing lead vocal duties.

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The Pigeon Detectives Emergency album and single

‘EMERGENCY’ is the brand new album from The Pigeon Detectives and is released on 26th May 2008 – exactly two days shy of a year after their debut Wait For Me came out.  It crashed into the charts at number three and has since achieved platinum status, a first for their independent label Dance to The Radio. A single ‘This Is An Emergency’ is released on the 12th May, which some fans may remember from their sell out dates last year.  The group, who recently opened the NME Awards Shows with a blistering headlining appearance at the Astoria, head out for a full UK tour in May which over 70,000 people have already snapped up tickets for.
The band (Matt Bowman – vocals / Ryan Wilson – guitar / Jimmi Naylor – drums / Oli Main – guitar / Dave Best- bass) recorded Emergency in Monnow Valley in Wales with producer Stephen Street and its currently being mixed by Cenzo Townshend with whom they worked with on the last record.
Emergency could describe the last 12 months. Its been fairly frantic, everythings been going at breakneck speed between gigs and touring and festivals. I think weve definitely written a record rather than a number of songs to play live, Matt Bowman
The Pigeon Detectives turned down several (lucrative!) offers from other labels after the success of their first record – which produced 4 hit singles – in order to re-sign with Leeds label Dance To The Radio.  After all, they got it right first time around ¦
live: (There are only a handful of tickets left for 4 shows UK tour)

3rd May – Leeds , Millennium Square SOLD OUT
4th May – Leeds, Millennium Square SOLD OUT
13th May – Dublin, Ambassador Theatre 0818719300 (23 Tickets)
14th May – Belfast, Mandella Hall SOLD OUT
16th May – Glasgow, Academy SOLD OUT
17th May – Glasgow, Academy SOLD OUT
18th May – Newcastle, Academy SOLD OUT
19th May – Lincoln, Engine Shed SOLD OUT
21st May – Sheffield, Academy SOLD OUT
22nd May – Manchester, Apollo SOLD OUT
23rd May – Manchester, Apollo SOLD OUT
24th May – Cambridge, Corn Exchange SOLD OUT
26th May – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135
27th May – Portsmouth, Guildhall 02392 824355
28th May – Bristol, Academy SOLD OUT
29th May – Plymouth, Pavilion SOLD OUT
31st May – Bridlington, Spa SOLD OUT
1st June – Birmingham, Academy SOLD OUT
2ndJune – Birmingham, Academy SOLD OUT
3rdJune – Brighton, Dome 01273 709709
5thJune – Newport, Centre 01633 656757
6thJune – London, Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
7thJune – London, Brixton Academy SOLD OUT