24 May, 2017

One to visit: Southside Festival

As you have probably seen on our blog and social media channels we have an active team based in Germany covering bands, gigs and festivals from the European mainland. One of our upcoming festivals has been amongst our favourites for a number of years now - if you're looking for a festival in Central Europe look no further!

Germany's Southside Festival transforms Neuhausen Ob Eck's former military air-base into a frenzy of 60.000 festival-goers from all over Europe. This year's event will see bands such as Alt-J, Green Day, Future Islands, Lorde, Royal Blood, Editors and many more perform alongside German-speaking acts such as Bilderbuch, Casper, Frittenbude and OK Kid.

This list contains all bands performing at this year's Southside Festival.

Green Day, Linkin Park, Casper, Blink-182, Die Antwoord, Imagine Dragons, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Alt-J, Mando Diao, A Day To Remember, Royal Blood, Rancid, Clueso, Flogging Molly, Editors, SDP, Wolfmother, Halsey, Jennifer Rostock, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Jimmy Eat World, Gogol Bordello, Bilderbuch, Lorde, Milky Chance, Kontra K, Passenger, Boy, 257ers, Future Islands, Danko Jones, Maximo Park, Xavier Rudd, Die Orsons, Joris, Kakkmaddafakka, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Haftbefehl, Callejon, SSIO, Antilopen Gang, Archive, Of Mice & Men, You Me at Six, Gloria, FrittenbudeOK KidSeasick Steve, Baroness, Irie Révoltés, Heisskalt, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Die Kassierer, Kodaline, Kensington, LP, Twin Atlantic, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, Fatoni, Neonschwarz, SXTN, Disco Ensemble, Montreal, Red Fang, The King Blues, Moose Blood, Nothing But Thieves, The Smith Street Band, Ho99o9, Skinny Lister, Highly Suspect, Counterfeit, JP Cooper, Erik Cohen, Alex Mofa Gang, Louis Berry, Tall Heights, The Dirty Nil, K.Flay, Stu Larsen, Amber Run, Leif Vollebekk, Pictures, Smile And Burn, Ace.Tee & Kwam.e, Mikroschrei, Rebels Of The Jukebox, Tuesday Night Project, Luke Noa & The Basement Beats

Tickets for the three-day festival are still available and can be purchased online: www.southside.de/en/

Photos by Matthias Rhomberg

23 May, 2017

[LISTEN] Otherkin - Enabler

Dublin's very own punk-rockers, Otherkin, have shared their brand new track "Enabler". The song comes as the second song lifted from the band's forthcoming début album which is set for release later this year. The song is a fully charged rock song with screeching guitars, prominent vocals and has a drive that will keep you nodding your head well after it's finished.

You can listen to it via The Hyve below.

Sarah Walk covers "High And Dry" by Radiohead for DistillerTV

Sarah Walk has popped down to DistillerTV to perform a cover "High And Dry" by Radiohead, and it's one of those where you have to just sit back and immerse yourself in, it's one of the best Radiohead covers we've heard so far!

22 May, 2017


Like your music to sound big and bold with lots of atmosphere? Well OUTLYA's brand new track "Heaven" would be right up your street! They're a trio originating from East Anglia and have this stunning track for your ears, think of them in the same regards as Eliza and the Bear, Bastille and Mumford & Sons.

"Heaven" sounds like it is destined for the big stages, with a big and bold opening paving way for Will's commanding vocals. There is a sense of Weezer here tinted with some Surf-esque fuzzed out guitars. To sum it all up OUTLYA are simply just a brilliant new act with a stunning set of songs that are just ready for the summertime, head on down below and check out "Heaven". The track is out now via Harbour Masters.

26 - Manchester, Dot To Dot
27 - Bristol, Dot To Dot
28 - Nottingham, Dot To Dot
9 - Pumphouse Festival
10 - Bushstock Festival
21 - London, Brixton Electric
30 - Barn on the Farm
1 - Barn On The Farm
15 - Latitude Festival
28 - Standon Calling
29 - Y Not Festival
30 - Kendal Calling
25 - Leeds Festival
27 - Reading Festival

20 May, 2017

Muse return with new track "Dig Down"

After a long tease, Muse are back with a monstrous new track, "Dig Down", and it's their first new music in over two years.

Matt Bellamy says - "When I was writing this song, I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in; that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to."

Watch I See Rivers cover "Budapest" by George Ezra for Mahogany Sessions

Mahogany Sessions is by far one of the most established live music YouTube channels going, and recently I See Rivers have performed a very good cover of "Budapest" by George Ezra. Sweet harmonies, delicate guitars and keeping that slight folk feel to it just gives you a lasting impression. If you like their cover check more of their work out!

Fickle Friends announce UK tour for October

Fickle Friends have announced their biggest ever headline UK tour in October, ending in London at the O2 Kentish Town Forum on October 26th. This news comes fresh from supporting The Kooks on sold-out headline tour in May and the release of their most ambitious single to date "Hello Hello".

Fickle Friends UK Headline Tour
06 Plymouth, Hub
07 Bristol, Thekla
08 Southampton, Engine Rooms
10 Dublin, Academy 2
17 Leeds, Wardrobe
18 Newcastle, Riverside
20 Sheffield, Plug
21 Birmingham, Academy 3
24 Manchester, Gorilla
25 Nottingham, Recue Rooms
26 London, O2 Kentish Town Forum

18 May, 2017

Glastonbury 2017 - What To Do On Thursday

Since the Wednesday edition of this post was a hit, I've decided to put up one for Thursday, and to be brutally honest - there is a whole lot more going on on the second full day of the festival than the first, so with that in mind here is our 'What to do' list for Thursday!

1 - If you haven't got a sore head, wake up nice and early and treat yourself to some cooked breakfast, they do Emu sausages, Ostrich egg omelettes and all sorts of herbal tea.

2 - William's Green is where it's all at - usually the TBA/TBC bands are 'Indie' bands, previous years include Wolf Alice, Drenge, The 1975 and Metronomy, Alt-J. So it's always worth a shout,

3 - BBC Introducing - Check out the stars of tomorrow play on the BBC's flagship festival stage for new music. The line-up is smaller compared to Friday to Sunday, however they do have a few class acts from all over the UK, so if you're at a loose end watching an up and coming band is always a good shout!

Hozier performing a secret set in 2014

4 - Check out some new and fresh Electronic music and some great artists from further afield at La Pussy Parlure Nouveau (in the Silver Hayes area) - in recent years I've seen MØ, London Grammar, Garden City Movement, Balthazar and Fenech-Soler there.

2014's Line-Up, note they're not afraid to mix it up a bit!

5 - Take in the view from the top of the Ribbon Tower in The Park (photo of the Tower below) - although you may have to pay to up it.

6 - Go to Shangri-La - there are clubs for every music scene there, from 80's Rock to Trance via Pop and Jungle! It's a mind blowing place.

7 - Do a lap of the site, start off at The Pyramid, work your way to Williams Green, then off to the Green Field and Healing Field, then off to The Park and back to The Pyramid via The Other Stage. This'll help you get use to the site, and if you've been before there's always little tweeks to the site layout. It could even help you find some sweet short-cuts too!

8 - Beat Hotel - head to the Beat Hotel, grab a drink, climb the steps outside of it if you're not too drunk and enjoy the music! Some pretty sweet DJs make appearances there and it's close to a lot of campsites, so head on down!

9 - "The World-Famous Thursday Piss Up", organised by the Glasto Chat Facebook page. Look out for a horde of pink umbrellas by the big tree in the Pyramid field on Thursday around 1pm onwards.

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell dies aged 52

Chris Cornell - the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave - has died aged 52, according to his representative. In a statement issued to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery said Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit, with the death was called "sudden and unexpected", a cause of death currently being unknown.

He leaves behind two children and a wife, his family has asked for privacy in this difficult time.

17 May, 2017

Royal Blood announce European and UK arena tour for late 2017

Royal Blood have announced a lengthy European and UK arena tour for late 2017, which will take in the sights of Lisbon, Milan and Paris alongside some dates spread all over the UK.

The UK dates include a massive show at Ally Pally as well as a show at Reading's Rivermead Complex - so if you can't get a ticket for the London show go to that one, it's a small venue compared to the other UK shows.

Tickets go on general sale on the 26th of May at 9am - so set your alarms!

Royal Blood European & UK Tour
28 Lisbon Campo Pequeno
2 Milan Fabrique
3 Zurich Halle 622
9 Paris,Zénith
10 Amsterdam AFAS Live
11 Antwerp Lotto Arena
13 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
14 Reading Rivermead
16 Manchester Arena
17 Leeds First Direct Arena
18 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
20 London Alexandra Palace
24 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
25 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
26 Dublin 3Arena
28 Bournemouth BIC
29 Brighton Centre

[GIG REVIEW] Skinny Lister @ The Talking Heads, Southampton, 9th May 2017

Skinny Lister's Southampton gig sold out back in February (3 months before the event) and it was apparent at The Talking Heads that there is a dedicated following for this band most of whom were wearing the band's t shirts! Skinny Lister are often described as a punk/folk band but that's an inadequate label. If it's necessary to put a 'genre' against the band it has to be a new one. I'd go with the 'Skinny Lister Genre' because they're truly unique.

When the band walks out their appearance is a mixture of 50s/60s styles with the very watchable Lorna Thomas and Dan Heptinstall fronting the band. What you don't expect is the barrage of high energy loud and raucous music to blast through the venue.  For a band to write such clever songs mixing punk/indie/country and folk is genius.   The Talking Heads gig date was towards the end of the band's UK tour named 'The Devil, The Heart, The Fight' after their most recent album. Skinny Lister began with the first tracks from that album 'Wanted' before and 'George's Glass' from their 2015 album 'Down On Deptford Broadway'.

Skinny Lister sang, danced, clapped (there might even have been some line dancing at one point) through 20 tracks from both albums. If ever a band knows how to work a crowd it's Skinny Lister. They mixed slow, story telling folk songs with lairy punk/pop music. Even when it was impossible to hear the words over the stomping and clapping it didn't really matter! Local Southampton singer/song writer Sean McGowan (who has just completed his own headline UK tour) joined Skinny Lister on stage to sing  'John Kanaka Sea Shanty' and the room erupted into one massive Irish party complete with accordion.

Skinny Lister is heading off on a massive European tour in June dropping back to the UK for a couple of festivals. Highly recommended!


[LISTEN] Avalanche Party - I'm So Wet

‘I’m So Wet’ by Avalanche Party, arrives via the Leeds-based indie label Clue Records - also home to Allusondrugs, Team Picture and Forever Cult. Mixed by Tarek Musa of Spring King (also behind Van Zeller, Gengahr and Trudy & The Romance), this is the follow-up to 2016’s ’Solid Gold’ – a track championed by the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and 6Music’s Steve Lamacq. Following support slots with VANT, Public Enemy and The Amazing Snakeheads, the band will tour the UK and Europe throughout May and June to support the single release, taking in a date at London’s Camden Rocks festival on June 3rd.

Speaking about the single, frontman and guitarist Jordan Bell says: “Along with Leonard Cohen, Frank Sinatra & Etta James - we are highly decorated students of the University of Love, and so we bring to the world our ‘Suzanne’, our ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, our ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’. Forged from a desire for a hot opening statement – a throbbing, pulsating, slinking, rhythmic tour de force."

Stream 'I'm So Wet' below:

Make sure you catch Avalanche Party's live at their next UK dates:

1st June - Paris, France // Supersonic
3rd June - London, UK // Camden Rocks
11th June - Darlington, UK // Music Box Festival

Words by Cole Samson

[LISTEN] Common Tongues - Pioneer [IAI PREMIÈRE]

Stretching out their sound, Common Tongues have taken elements indie-rock, folk and electronic-music to new sonic boundaries. Their latest single ‘Pioneer’ thrives with guts and personality, as the single progresses in adventurous structure. Common Tongues use intricate harmonies, searing violins & bubbling electronics to create absorbing live experiences and records that reveal immersive arrangements and lyrical themes of conflict, decline and rebirth.

Their upcoming debut record ‘Divisions’ was recorded with producer Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, Kings of Leon, Paulo Nutini, The Editors). It sees the band growing out of their folk roots by experimenting with sound and rhythm whilst keeping the honest poetry of their lyrics and journey-like structures. Get listening to this now.

Stream 'Pioneer' below:

Catch the band at their next shows:

May 19th - The Alternative Escape, Brighton - Cafe Plenty

June 18th - Daventry Weekender, Daventry

June 26th - The Finsbury, London

Like ‘Common Tongues’ on Facebook

Words by Cole Samson

16 May, 2017

[LISTEN] No Vacation - Yam Yam

Sometimes if you're after new music you have to look for it, and while I was on Soundcloud today I headed to the 'Indie' section, and No Vacation's new track "Yam Yam" was sitting high in the 'new tracks' section, as even now after listening to the track a few times I'm simply blown away.

Their music is dream-pop infused with some surf vibes, I guess being from San Francisco gives your music that sort of flavour, if it's a bit gloomy where you are stick this on and it'll brighten your day in an instant!

Superfood plot UK tour for October

Superfood - who have recently signed to Dirty Hit - have announced a string of dates in the UK for October. The band last week revealed a new track in the form of "I Can't See" - see it below - and will be performing from Bristol to Glasgow via London.

Head on down to check out the dates and the new track too.

Superfood UK Tour
4 Bristol Thekla
5 Southampton Joiners
6 London Garage
9 Newcastle Think Tank
10 Glasgow King Tut’s
11 Birmingham Mama Roux’s
12 Nottingham Bodega
13 Leicester Dryden Street Social

Royal Blood unveil video for "Hook, Line & Sinker"

If there was a lazy way to describe Royal Blood's new track it would be, err, hook line and sinker. But in all seriousness it's a thunder-charge of a track with a crunching chorus, keeping to their roots and giving the fans what they love, big guitars/bass and commanding vocals. It is lifted from their second album "How Did We Get So Dark" which is released on June 16th.

You can check the video for it below.

HAIM perform "Little of Your Love" on SNL

HAIM headed down to SNL last week and performed "Want You Back" alongside a live debut of their new track "Little of Your Love". The track is lifted from their forthcoming album which is due out July 7th - with the band performing at Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds Festival over the summer.

They also revealed the full track-listing for the album which is below.

Haim - Something To Tell You
01 Want You Back
02 Nothing’s Wrong
03 Little of Your Love
04 Ready For You
05 Something To Tell You
06 You Never Knew
07 Kept Me Crying
08 Found It In Silence
09 Walking Away
10 Right Now
11 Night So Long

15 May, 2017

[LISTEN] Sundara Karma - Explore

"Explore" is the first of three brand new songs to be added to a new version of their debut album "Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect". You will also be able to hear the remaining tracks, "Lakhey" and "Another Word For Beautiful" when the album is released on 7th July on Chess Club/RCA.

But for now you can sink your teeth into "Explore", enjoy!

LANY perform "ILYSB" Live on Late Night with Seth Meyers

LANY are going from strength to strength with every song they release, and "ILYSB" is lifted from their forthcoming album, and to help push that out to more people it means they do onto national TV. Now the band have recently appeared on none other than Seth Meyers' late night show!

You can check out the performance below.

PVRIS announce Autumn European and UK tour

After the recent sold out tour, which included two stunning performances at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, PVRIS are excited to announce a 22 date EU and UK tour this November. The shows will see them make their debut at the prestigious O2 Brixton Academy on 30th November.

General sale live 10am 19th May

PVRIS European & UK Tour
2nd Backstage Halle Munich
3rd Dynamo Zurich
4th Magazzini Generali Milan
6th Flex Vienna
7th Lucerna Music Bar Prague
8th Huxleys Berlin
9th Docks Hamburg
11th Pumpehuset Copenhagen
12th Fryhuset Stockholm
13th Rockefeller Oslo
15th Live Music Hall Cologne
16th Den Atelier Luxembourg
17th Tivoli Ronda Utrecht
18th Elysee Montmartre Paris
19th Trix Antwerp
22nd o2 Academy Bristol
23rd o2 Academy Birmingham
24th The Academy Dublin
25th Mandela Hall Belfast
27th o2 Academy Glasgow
28th Apollo Manchester
30th o2 Brixton Academy London