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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


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Old Floyd, Yeahs in China and much more

I’ve been away, but now I am back. I have a massive box of CD’s to review and mail account bursting at the seams with links and announcements. Better crack on I suppose..

Pink Floyd hit a little legal problem with the 40th anniversary edition of ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”. The booklet has a page just reading “This particular page has been left blank for legal reasons”, as they couldn’t get clearance for an image included in a collage by Syd. Not sure why you’d bother putting that in when you could just go on to the next collage? Anyway the high lords of prog have bundled a three CD reissue, one in stereo, one in mono and one with all the 1967 singles, some B-sides and previously unreleased versions of songs, with a little booklet containing some previously unseen notebooks from the late Syd Barrett.
The track listings are as follows for CD 1 and 2 (the stereo/mono versions of the same album remember):

1. Astronomy Domine
2. Lucifer Sam
3. Matilda Mother
4. Flaming
5. Pow R. Toc H.
6. Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk
7. Interstellar Overdrive
8. The Gnome
9. Chapter 24
10. The Scarecrow
11. Bike

While the bonus CD has the following,

1. Arnold Layne
2. Candy And A Currant Bun
3. See Emily Play
4. Apples And Oranges
5. Paintbox
6. Interstellar Overdrive (French Edit)
7. Apple And Oranges (stereo mix) Previously unissued
8. Matilda Mother (Alternative version) Previously unissued
9. Interstellar Overdrive (Take six) Previously unissued

Moving on now to something more recent. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing in China according to their MySpace blog at Also, in case you missed it, the band’s Ep “Is Is”, err, is out now with its five videos, one for each track, co-directed by KK Barrett (Sofia Coppola films) and Lance Bangs (video director – Sonic Youth, Nirvana and producer of Director’s Cut series of DVDs – Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham. See them in the media section at


Northampton based band called Bruises, fronted by guitarist (ex-departure) Lee Irons, have a single being realeased by a small independant label as a 500 run limited edition 7″ vinyl, followed by a small uk tour.  Check for details


The Go! Team are going to release their new album ‘Proof of Youth’ on September 10th – it is all streamed from they MySpace page – To help big it up they are playing 3 shows next week:

12 Sep 2007- Electric Ballroom – London
13 Sep 2007 – Ritz – Manchester
14 Sep 2007 – ABC – Glasgow, Scotland

Get tickets, Go see them, you won’t be dissappointed.


Siouxsie Sioux is going to play the Eiffel Tower as part of a set of gigs by Coke (cue cries of SELL OUT!!, etc) to big up the soft brown drinksmongers unsigned bands thingy. No mention of Banshees but there will also be The Magic Numbers playing Frikirkjan Church in Reykjavik. In both cases the support acts will be unsigned acts from the aforementioned ‘unsigned band thingy’ (Yes, I can’t be bothered to look at the coke site and find out. If you are interested go there yourself and find out).

The (very good IMHO) DAB radio manufacturers PURE, along with Marshall Amplification, Planet Rock and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy are going to turn it up to 11 in October by having a charity auction, called RockStarRadios ( You can bid for special edition DAB digital radios signed by rock stars old and new. The donors are…

{deep breath} Bill Wyman, Graham Coxon, Ronnie James, Dio, Andy Powell, Trivium, Guy Pratt, Steve Wilson, The Answer, Scott Gorham, Jon Lord, Liam Gallagher, Sandi Thom, Joe Walsh, James Dean Bradfield, Annie Lennox, Biff Byford, Nicky Wire, Mark Ronson, Bob Catley, Paul Weller, John Legend, Thunder, Steve Cradock, Ronnie Wood, Ian Anderson, Jim Davies, Mark Knopfler, Hawkwind, Alice Cooper, Jet, Phil Manzanera, Bruce Dickinson, Eric Clapton, Ray Manzarek, The Feeling, Dave Grohl, Toby Banks, Keane, Editors, Mike Rutherford, Queens of the Stone Age, The Proclaimers, Marillion, Peter Hook, Gene Simmons, Roger Hodgson, Noel Gallagher and Steve Hogarth {phew!}

One Night Only release their first single ‘You & Me’ on Vertigo on the 29th October and their debut album follows in January.

Press release

Formed in 2003 (which seems an awfully long time ago when you consider that singer George has only just turned 17), One Night Only started out as a bunch of school friends ‘just making noise’ in their rural hometown of Helmsley, North Yorkshire. They went on to spend the following two years tearing the vaulted roof off the local scene with unrefined gigs showcasing punk bastard pop way beyond their tender years. It was only a matter of time before One Night Only broke out of Helmsley. They knuckled down, wrote some songs and last October Steve Lamacq began spinning the demo of ‘You And Me’, prompting the band to really take themselves seriously. One Night Only signed to Vertigo, home of Razorlight and The Killers and then hit the road for months, supporting The Enemy, Milburn and The Coral and embarked on a jaunt around the nation’s Club NMEs.

Already a fan, Zane Lowe picked ‘You & Me’ as his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ this week and demo versions have already been played on Radio 1 and Xfm. One Night Only are also confirmed to do a session with Steve Lamacq on the 10th September. They have a busy Autumn ahead. They are currently in the studio with the legendary producer Steve Lilywhite (U2, Morrissey) putting the final touches to their debut album due for release in January 2008. One Night Only have been confirmed as support for The Pigeon Detectives UK tour, have a bunch of dates with The Rifles, more Club NME dates and a headline show at the London Barfly (full dates overleaf).

One Night Only are: George Craig (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Hayton (Guitar), Sam Ford (Drums), Dan Parkin (Bass) and Jack Sails (Keyboards).

Full live dates:

21st – Koko, Club NME, London
22nd – The underground, club NME, Stoke
25th – The Barfly, Camden, London
28th – Ku Bar, Stockton-On-Tees
29th – Empire, Middlesbrough

1st – Soundhaus, Northampton (with the rifles)
2nd – Brook, Southampton (with the rifles)
4th – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (with the rifles)
5th – Leadmill, Sheffield (with the rifles)
6th – QMU @ The University of Glasgow (with the rifles)
15th – -Lemon tree (with the pigeon detectives) – Aberdeen
16th – Raigmore (with the pigeon detectives) -Inverness
18th – Fat Sams (with the pigeon detectives) -Dundee
19th – B.A Club (with the pigeon detectives) – Fort William
20th – Village Hall (with the pigeons detectives) – Ullapool
21st – Arches (with the pigeon detectives) – Glasgow
24th -Union (with the pigeon detectives) – Durham
25th – University (with the pigeon detectives) – Newcastle
26th – Vivaz (with the pigeon detectives) – Scarborough
28th – Academy (with the pigeon detectives) -Manchester
29th – Empress Ballroom (with the pigeon detectives) – Blackpool
30th – SINGLE LANCH PARTY! -Fibbers – York
31st – Carling Academy (with the pigeon detectives) – Liverpool

November: (all with the pigeon detectives)
2nd – Embassy – Skegness
3rd – Octagon – Sheffield
4th – Cressett – Peterborough
5th – Waterfront – Norwich
6th – Rock City -Nottingham
8th – Central Station – Wrexham
9th – University – Bangor
10th – Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton
11th – University – Keele
13th – Union – Swansea
14th – Anson Rooms – Bristol
15th – Lemon grove – Exeter
16th – Pyramid Centre – Portsmouth
17th – Fire station – Bournemouth
19th – Hexagon – Reading
20th – Zodiac Oxford
22nd – Forum – London
23rd – Forum – London

RIP to keyboardist Jeffery Carter Albrecht of the New Bohemians. News reports are that he has been shot dead in an incident with a burgler. More here

Just in is news of The Rakes hosting their very own club event in London this autumn. Tickets officially go on sale on Wednesday 5th September at 10am. The event will run across four rooms featuring eight bands plus a room hosted by Adventures In The Beetroot Field DJs.

Friday 9th November, SeOne Club, St Thomas St London, SE1, 9pm – 3am

From the press release

So far confirmed to join The Rakes at the event are The Metros, We Start Fires and The Ghost Frequency with a secret special guest and more yet to be announced. The DJ room will be hosted by Adventures In The Beetroot Field DJs Crispin Dior and Casper C and will also feature Terry Hall (The Specials) and the Filthy Dukes.

Tickets will be priced at £17.50 and will be available from 0207 403 3331 and 24 hour CC Line 0871 2200 260 and

Alan Donohoe Singer from The Rakes added “Its a dream youre outside a club with all your friends, entering you discover the best DJs and the newest cool bands in the UK. You drink n dance and meet the boy/girl of your dreams. Its the perfect club and then The Rakes headline the whole lot. You wet your pants. Its not a dream. Youre at the best night ever, watching The Rakes holding hands with the lover of your dreams¦ and youve wet yourself.”

Finally, well done to Klaxons for the Mercury gong they picked up for “Myths Of The Near Future” last night, well done to Amy Winehouse for being able to perform and well done for the bookies for not losing a ton of cash on Bat for Lashes.