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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

www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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 www.bandstandevents.co.uk

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

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL 2007

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….

THURSDAY 17TH MAY AT THE AUDIO

FEAR OF FLYING

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.

THE KISSAWAY TRAIL

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.

THURSDAY 17TH MAY AT THE PAVILLION THEATRE

THE ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT

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.

THURSDAY 17TH MAY AT KOMEDIA UPSTAIRS (1 AM GIG)

GALLOWS

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.

FRIDAY THE 18TH MAY ON THE PIER (SECRET GIG)

FOALS

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.

FRIDAY 18TH MAY AT THE CORN EXCHANGE

THE HEIGHTS

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.

ART BRUT
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.

SATURDAY 18TH MAY AT THE BEACH

REVERAND AND THE MAKERS

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!

THE NOISETTES

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.

JACK PENATE

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!