DJ Harvey (All Night Long) Thursday 23rd October 2014

Forming a further part of our 15th Birthday celebrations, Red Bull Music Academy has announced that DJ Harvey will be steering his disco-fueled road trip straight into Farringdon on Thursday 23rd October. Fresh from receiving the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award at this year’s Ibiza DJ Awards, Harvey’s unfaltering commitment to the beat continues with a tour that sees him perform shows here at fabric in London ahead of dates in Manchester and at Simple Things Festival in Bristol.

After delivering his signature, hypnotic blend of disco, Balearica, rock’n’roll and electro-funk at RBMA stages at Lovebox and Bestival, the allegiance continues with this 3-stop road trip. Kicking off here Harvey inaugurates the tour with an ‘all night long’ special, taking to the decks for five hours of unadulterated Bassett grooves.

Never one for resting on his laurels, Cambridge-born, Hawaii-dwelling Harvey Bassett is a man of many talents. Be it bringing legendary New York DJs such as Larry Levan, Kenny Carpenter and Francois Kevorkian to British ears at his ‘Moist’ night in London; remixing prowess for the likes of Jamiroquai, The Police, Ian Brown and more; his now cult-followed Sarcastic Disco nights in Los Angeles; or his latest venture, a new album under the alias Wildest Dreams, a more instrument-led output inspired by the ‘landscape of L.A.’ and featuring his own vocals.

A long-standing supporter of Red Bull Music Academy, Harvey was an early lecturer at the 2005 edition of the Academy in Seattle. In 2012, after a self-imposed exile of over ten years, he made his UK comeback with RBMA at London’s Oval Space and as part of the Warehouse Project Series in Manchester, blowing away the crowds at sold-out shows, and affirming his near-mythical status with yet another flawless feat of DJ endurance, echoed shortly afterwards with a stellar headline set at the RBMA stage at SonarDome.


Thursday 23rd October 2014
RBMA presents: DJ Harvey
doors: 10pm – 3am
price: £20 advance

DJ Harvey (All Night Long)


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Napoleon IIIrd’s Sound Installation at Union Chapel

As part of Union Chapel’s Open House Weekend, acclaimed solo artist Napoleon IIIrd is to produce a brand-new site-specific sound installation.

The installation will be produced from scratch in the run up to the Open House Weekend on the 20th and 21st September, and will run throughout the weekend. It will draw upon both the experience of those who regularly use and rely on and Union Chapel, and the fabric and history of the building itself.

The work will incorporate recorded words of people involved with the Margins Project – a homeless and crisis charity based at the chapel – as well others who attend and perform at Union Chapel, collecting their views, thoughts and feelings about their relationship with the building. These words will then be used as impetus for a composition, combined with music and sounds inspired by and created in the Union Chapel.

On the 21st, live music will be performed using the chapels unique Henry Willis organ, which has been recently restored, amongst other instruments. Collaborators include includes Tom Rogerson (Three Trapped Tigers) and artist Joanna McCormick.

Many people who regularly attend concerts at Union Chapel are completely unaware of the service and support that The Margins Project provides for people facing homelessness, crisis and isolation in the local community and beyond. The purpose of this installation is to connect the experience of Margins Project participants with the public visiting the building throughout the Open House Weekend, serving to increase public awareness of this important work. Charitable donations will be collected at the site.

Further information on the Margins Project can be found here.

Further information on Napoleon IIIrd can be found here; follow his new album and future projects on Facebook and Twitter.

He is currently working on the follow up to his widely acclaimed second album “Christiania” (pure inspiration” – Sunday Times, “perfect” – NME, “rich, complex and beautiful” – MOJO).

Neon Neon announce UK debut live date

Fabric – 20th March

Neon Neon, debut UK live date
Welsh musical maverick Gruff Rhys and LA based electronic/hip-hop producer Boom Bip will be lighting up London on 20th March with their first ever Neon Neon UK live date.  The headline performance takes place at the capitals Fabric nightclub and with Chrome Hoof, Erol Alkan and Four Tet also on the bill the event promises to be a cracking start to the Easter weekend.

Stainless Style album, out 17th March
Neon Neons Fabric showcase comes 3 days after the release of their debut album, Stainless Style – a highly creative slice of conceptual power-pop inspired by the incredible life of the worlds first playboy engineer, John DeLorean.  Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip are joined on the record by a host of talented guests, including; Fab Moretti from The Strokes, Yo Majesty, Har Mar Superstar, The Magic Numbers and Spank Rock.  The end result was recently described as a terrific collaboration [4 out of 5] by Q magazine, has caused the NME to forewarn their readers to miss it at your peril, and been awarded 4 out of 5 reviews by both Uncut and The Observer Music Monthly.

I Lust U single, out 24th March
Neon Neons fully polished Stainless Style album will be closely followed by the release of their I Lust U single.  An ice cool duet between Gruff and guest vocalist Cate Le Bon, I Lust U is a lovelorn-lament underpinned throughout by Boom Bips stylish, snyth-lead production.  The song can be heard here, and the video viewed here.

Neon Neon are also performing at this years SXSW festival in Austin Texas, and further releases and Neon Neon UK live dates will be announced soon.

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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

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.


Betweenplanets was lucky enough to send Ryan, our roving reporter, to cover this years Great Escape Festival, here is what he found out for you….



Fear Of Flying are a three piece from London. They are made up of three young upstarts. They were playing downstairs at Brightons Audio. I was a bit sceptical about these young lads, although as soon as they entered the stage they proper got into it. They were just banging through their top classy tunes that were amazingly catchy. I was surprised that they were unsigned – they should be! They completely nailed their set – Got the crowd jumping to proper alternative new wave pop. These lads were well worth seeing they deserve their chance.


Well this Danish band are a 5 piece and a 5 piece too many. Trying to imitate Arcade Fire but going severely wrong somewhere! It was always going to be hard to follow such an amazing set after Fear Of Flying but this was truly shocking. The crowd were split 50/50 but the severe heckling from some of the audience must have had an affect on their performance. Altogether it was a poor set and largely disappointing.

THE 1990S

Cookies A fantastic three piece from Glasgow. I had heard a lot of good stuff about this band and Im pleased I stayed to watch them – they were awesome! For me the best tune they played was the brand new single see you at the lights. They had the crowd singing back their tunes and any new band that can make that happen deserves total respect. Well worth seeing and I would encourage anyone to go get their album Cookies released on Rough Trade.



So bad you barely noticed they were playing. Didnt seem to get much appreciation from the crowd. They had no stage presence or crowd interaction. The only thing that stood out from this band was a beast of a hairy beard on the singer.



I had been hearing good things about Gallows and after seeing the massive queue outside I knew they would live up to my expectations. Not the best of starts for the band as Frank Carters brother Steph split his head open after getting smashed round the head with his guitar during the first song. Steph disappeared to get his head sorted and for the next five minutes the band barracked with the crowd – highly amusing! Once Steph returned the band completely kicked arse – this gig was going to be intense. The highlight was the single abandon ship. To me this was an immense brutal gig. Gallows went down a storm.



This was a secret gig in a pub on the pier. I had heard one song by Foals and loved it. The sound was a bit on the dodgy side but considering the venue I think you can let that issue go. They certainly got a crowd through the door. The likes of Preston from the Ordinary Boys and the Maccabees were hanging out watching the band. Poor ole Preston thought he was going to get a fair bit of attention instead of Foals ¦¦but no one cared about his presence, people were fixated on this banging live set from Foals.



From Wales via London. If you like you classic 1990s Indie bands, such as Embrace, then these are pretty good. However, boring to watch and slightly tame for me. They just didnt really stand out enough. The crowd seemed to like them ¦.just not for me.

Bang Bang Rock & Roll
THE best gig I have ever been to!! It was Bang Bang Rock & Roll. Young Eddy Argos came on stage in a very retro 70s shirt, trousers and socks. A band that begin every song by saying, Art Brut¦ GO and just oozing confidence. They played loads of songs – old and new. He jumped into the crowd who all worshipped this icon. This was not just a gig¦.. this was a lesson in life! Absolute amazing !! Makes you want to form a band¦¦ Art Brut did just that.



Really catchy little tunes. The beach crowd were loving The Reverend. He came across as slightly arrogant and I was unsure if this was part of the act! Respect though, he was meeting people after and giving them the time of day, unlike one other solo artist playing at this venue a bit later that evening!


Whats The Time Mr WolfThe LOUDEST band I have ever seen – I thought my eardrums were going to bleed. Starting out at the very front I quickly retreated to the back of the venue where I could then fully appreciate these awesome performers – sporting amazing haircuts and dishing out catchy heavy tunes. People go on about Beth from the Gossips powerful voice¦.. but sorry, Shingai Shoniwa voice is a truly powerful voice with soul AND body. An ace gig.


This Young shy bloke from London left me disappointed. His sound is possibly more radio friendly but as a live performer he appeared lifeless! His repertoire for me was far too weak and all sounded the same. Hit or miss¦..miss!