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So you’re heading to a festival but wondering “What the hell do I need to take with me?”. Well the first option is nothing – just take yourself and a bottle full of dreams. But if you’re interested in having a great time and being prepared then here’s a festival checklist.
Mobile Phone & Camera
Most people have a mobile phone nowadays, for those who don’t then a camera is the way forward to remember the amazing bands, the friends made, and the drunken antics that will fade in to non-existence after a few days away.
A great addition to festivals is that most of them have a stall here you can leave your phone with them for an hour and they’ll charge it up for you. This is a cracking service, especially seeing as all IPhones and Android phones run out of battery in about 12 hours!
For a weekend (friday to Sunday) you’re going to need a bit of dosh. You can try and bring a lot of your own food and drink, but you’ll be watching bands all day and therefore need plenty of food and drink. £150 should be enough, it gives you £50 a day for food, drink, rides and souvenirs!
A kick-ass playlist!
Like it or not, you’re going to get stuck in traffic at some point. But why is this a negative thing? When you have a kick-ass playlist! Spend a few days finding some new music from bands at the festival you’ve not heard before, along with some classics and a few surprises. Last year we were blaring “I am a real American!” from the car.
After a few festivals you will learn that wet wipes are your friend. Be sure to bring a toothbrush and toothpaste as well, some toilet roll, and if you’re interested in not smelling fowl after two days I’d bring some shower gel and extra water. What I’ve done in the past is had a makeshift shower at the car each morning. It revives you after an hour or two of sleep, and makes you smell just peachy!
Wellies are an absolute essential if it’s anything but clear skies. Due to the amount people walk around even a little bit of rain can make any festival site a hub of mud, lost trainers, and crazy people covered from head to toe in the stuff.
Be sure to take some wellies with you just in case. I picked up a pair from George in Asda for just over a fiver last year.
Changes of Clothes
Let’s face it… you’re going to get dirty, and with the English weather being about as predictable as whether or not Guns n Roses will show up, a variety of clothes are needed.
Some shorts/cropped jeans always go down nicely – even when it’s muddy – and the wellies/shorts combo is a look that many pull of at festivals throughout the UK. It also beats wearing soggy trousers all day.
Be sure to wrap up warm as well, it can get chilly at night!
If you’re camping you’re going to need a tent! Make sure to bring spare pegs, as it can get bloody windy!
Food and Drink
Bring food and leave some in your tent, and leave a lot of it at your car to save money. Sandwiches/pasta/etc can be a lifesaver when you’re feeling a bit skint. A trip back to your car before can take 10 minutes, but allows a replenishing of food, and a couple of cheap cans of lager!
You can normally take drinks with you to your tent as well, but often they don’t allow bottles, so we sure to take cans if possible.
A positive attitude!
You’re about to see some kick-ass music and experience a really fun weekend. So don’t fret, you’re now well prepared for whatever may happen, so just go there and enjoy it.
Please let it be hot! Well on the off chance the sun comes out you’re going to be in it all day, so take some sun cream with you. Definitely a necessity if the forecast is sunny.
Hopefully the checklist has helped prepare you for a wicked weekend!
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Mixing country, folk and mainstream pop, Dwayne Jones creates an original sound with just the right twang of recognisability.
His new song Miles & Hours is very good – in fact the first time we listened to it, we listened to it 3 times in a row: it’s a song that you feel an instant connection to.
But enough talking, have a listen below!
ON CHANNEL 4 NEWS TONIGHT – FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS INTERVIEW WITH JON SNOW RE MANCHESTER GOTH HATE CRIMES.
Following the recent headlines about police recording attacks on youth sub-culture groups Fearless Vampire Killers will share their thoughts on the subject with Jon Snow on C4 News @ 7pm tonight. Fearless Vampire Killers have recently come off the Kerrang Tour after winning Best Newcomer @ the Kerrang Awards last year. Despite their musical success they have come across prejustice & abuse for their extravagant clothes & make-up.
“At the end of the day a crime is a crime. If you were assaulted on the way home today would it ease the pain knowing that their motive was your shirt or your choice of make-up? I think not. The sentence should be equal”
Kier. Fearless Vampire Killers
Fearless Vampire Killers ‘Diamond Dust & Crimson Reign’ Out April 22nd
Fearless Vampire Killers’ new single,The Prince: Diamond Dust And Crimson Reign is released with accompanying music video on February 25th2013.
The song is taken from the band’s latest release, Exposition: The Five Before The Flames (March 11th), which is a five track literary exposition and a prequel to their debut album, Militia Of The Lost.
Exposition takeslisteners back to the band’s fantastical and fictitious concept world of Grandomina in a unique way. Each of the five songs on Exposition has been written by a different band member and gives them a platform to explain the story behind theirfictional, Grandominan characters.
The Prince: Diamond Dust And CrimsonReign is the closing track from Exposition, and has been written by Co-lead vocalist and resident author, Laurence Beveridge. The narrative of the song continues directly on from the climax of Militia of the Lost and leaves the story ready to be picked up in their second album, expected later this year.
In The Prince: Diamond Dust And Crimson Reign, the now united five: the Fearless Vampire Killers, convene with the Duke of Hearts at the Manse du Miroir to embark on a reckless assault against the still smouldering ruins of the palace in search of the Cardinal. There, the Prince searches fruitlessly through the palace for his lost love, only to find a casket with her name etched on its front and her ashen remains inside…
Fearless Vampire Killers will be embarking on their first headline tour of the UK in April. The 11 date Diamonds And Disgrace Tour features support from the new incarnation of former My Passion members, Fort Hope.
A Full list of forthcoming tour dates are below, including a number of festival appearances and recently announced support shows with both Yashin and The Misfits. Catch FVK @ Download later this year
This is free promotion for all unsigned bands out there in the UK. Katherine Robinson is a graphic design student who wants to offer this great free promotion for those who want it. This is what she has to say:
This is a Graphic Communication end of year project that will source UK unsigned bands and artists of any genre to promote within a design for a fictitious music magazine and digital space. This is a great opportunity for people seeking free promotion as the project is exhibited in Bury and London when complete!
Be quirky, interesting and sell yourselves as the best thing yet! Make people want to get to know you more and keep your fans interested.
All you have to do is send over some information, photographs, music and videos that can be used within artwork for a music magazine that will promote you, the rest is up to me!
Deadline date is the 21st of April 2013 unless requested and authorised otherwise. Information and supplies can be added to throughout the project anytime before the end of April.
With regards to the magazine design, some interests will be made as page spreads and others as small article advertisements. If you want to request a certain sized space please contact me as soon as possible, these spaces are subject to availability. Space will be available to advertise other people interested within the music industry community, whether it is a record label, reporter, photographer,lyricist or fanatic. If you know anyone that may suit this role please pass on details.
Brighton based, alternative folk band, Stark are rapidly becoming one of this lively city’s finest live acts. Having played extensively at venues and festivals up and down the UK over the last two year, they have built a strong following and gained a reputation for their superlative musicianship. Jamie, Evan and Rusty bring all their individual influences together – fusing blues, rock, country and folk – to create Stark’s distinctive and exciting sound. Having already released a self-titled debut, Stark has moved on to a darker and more mature sound. Their latest EP, ‘Where the Grey Slates Meet’, offers just this.
Jamie Francis, on guitar and lead vocals, is influenced by American blues artists such as Kelly Joe Phelps and Dan Tyminski. He started gigging at 12 and has supported several big names in the blues world, including Matt Schofield, Ian Siegal and Marcus Bonfanti.
With a background in samba and progressive rock, Evan Carson (on drums and vocals) brings a modern slant to proceedings. Influenced by percussionist Damien Manning and renowned session player Craig Blundell, he has toured Europe with a number of musical productions and bands.
Bassist Josh ‘Rusty’ Franklin has always taken great pleasure in performing, writing and producing music. Brought up in a musical family on a diet of Stevie Wonder, Motown and funk and soul artists, Rusty now applies his years of experience to Stark, filling out the bottom end with unique melodic flair.
‘Where The Grey Slates Meet’ is available now on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/album/where-grey-slates-meet-single/id578702675
Location: New York, USA
Genre: Singer Songwriter / Acoustic
Melody Rose is a vocalist from Long Island. Melody has been fortunate to many prestigious opportunities, such as touring Europe on two occasions, performing the Montreux Jazz Festival, and having performances of her own solo career.
Melody Rose is working on her debut album. She is always eager to take on more projects, whether it be collaborating with other musicians,writing, recording, performing, or participating in ensembles.
Melody Rose – Dressed to Kill
Dressed to Kill is a beautiful song, mixing a a catchy tune with a powerfully soulful voice. Soul is definitely one thing that Melody has no shortage of, and you’ll be sure to listen again and again to gain an insight in to this young up-and-coming artist.
Melody has a great future in front of her. Be sure to check out her facebook page for more info!
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FRIDAY 22ND MARCH
ROSES GABOR, EMERGENCY ROOM, SHEZAR
This event is strictly 18+ and proof of ID will be required
The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH
LoveDough club nights are about delivering a show and with that an experience. This is accomplished through an acute attention to detail and identifying how to make a party different through the incorporation of a whole plethora of talent from street magicians to beatboxers. This combined with some plain old-fashioned showmanship through the use of quality production and unique touches.
Since its inception LoveDough has spread it’s wings from London to Ibiza, from Lebanon to Abu Dabi and now the US. It has showcased some of the biggest names in the scene from A$AP Rocky, Labrinth, Tinie Tempah, Ms Dynamite, Professor Green, Delilah and Maverick Sabre to Old Skool legends, Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, De La Doul’s Maseo, Tony Touch, Prince Paul and DMC legend DJ Ca$h Money.
No matter the city or the names involved one constant has always remained: the whole LoveDough ethos and experience. In the coming months we will be pushing the brand to even greater heights, including more international events and performances.
The Great Escape Convention announces its DIY strand featuring Billy Bragg and Korda Marshall
The Great Escape Convention, the UK’s premiere music conference held in Brighton across 16-18 May, today announces details of its DIY programme for 2013. Comprised of a strand of workshops, panels and conversations, the inspired programme, supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts, is specifically aimed at future music industry talent and the grassroots music community, including managers, promoters, songwriters, producers, self-releasing artists and music business entrepreneurs.
This year’s DIY programme will take place on Saturday 18 May, the third day of the convention, and will include practical workshops on getting started as an artist, how to build up the buzz for your band, managing an online presence and tips for pursuing careers in the music business, plus panels offering invaluable insight from industry experts.
The Great Escape Convention is also thrilled to announce that Billy Bragg will address the DIY audience, offering advice and encouragement for the next generation of artists and music business talent. Now adopting a DIY approach himself, Billy will explain why now is one of the most exciting times to be an artist, while offering some advice on how to tackle the challenges faced by every DIY act.
Billy says: “Although I’ve been working in the industry a long time, I have adopted an increasingly DIY approach since my last record, producing my own merchandise and CDs to be made available via my website and at gigs. I’m currently immersed in the process of applying that principle to releasing a proper album. These are exciting times for musicians and I look forward to sharing some of the insights I’ve gathered trying to negotiate the record industry, whilst retaining both my rights and my ability to earn a living”.
Also addressing attendees as part of the DIY programme is Korda Marshall, founder of Infectious, the label that is home to the likes of Local Natives, Drenge, The Temper Trap and Alt-J. A veteran of both the major and independent label systems and one of UK music’s greatest A&Rs, Korda will offer advice to artists looking to form label partnerships, and for those interested in pursuing their own music ventures.
Korda says: “Right now is an incredibly exciting time to be a music entrepreneur, with so many of the old business models finally approaching their last breath. There are such a wonderful mix of new and different approaches being tried and tested, capitalising on new methods of income, and the amazing ease of access we now have to the worldwide marketplace is changing the way we work. I’m really looking forward to being part of this year’s Great Escape and sharing both my positive and negative experiences of DIY, and explaining how to spot and avoid the many pitfalls that can trip up artists, labels and start-ups in the world of independent music”.
The DIY programme will be one of three themed strands at The Great Escape convention this year. The other strands include DATA & DISCOVERY and MUSIC MARKETING with more details to be announced soon. The DIY programme is open to all delegates of The Great Escape convention. Delegate passes are now available at the early bird rate of £145 from http://mamacolive.com/thegreatescape
Convention and Festival background
The Great Escape presents the UK’s premiere music business convention, a place for music industry professionals from across the world to exchange knowledge, ideas, contacts and business.
The convention offers delegates an extensive programme of panels, conversations, parties and networking sessions, enabling them to better tackle the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities that exist in the modern music industry.
Delegates also have priority access to The Great Escape festival, Europe’s leading festival for new music, presenting over 350 exciting new artists and bands in over 30 venues across Brighton. First confirmed artists include BILLY BRAGG*, LITTLE GREEN CARS, THE EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER, THE STRYPES, BΔSTILLE*, TOM ODELL, KING KRULE and CHVRCHES. Full line up can be found at http://mamacolive.com/thegreatescape
*A small number of shows will take place at The Dome in Brighton. The first and second 2013 Dome Shows to be announced are BΔSTILLE and BILLY BRAGG. To gain access to a Brighton Dome Show, attendees can top up their festival wristband for only £7 per show, or purchase a separate gig ticket at http://mamacolive.com/thegreatescape
THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL
BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX, UK
16-18 MAY 2013
3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKETS (EARLY BIRD) £45 (limited availability)
3-DAY DELEGATE TICKETS (EARLY BIRD) £145 (limited availability
BΔSTILLE – TOP UP (BRIGHTON DOME SHOW) £7
(Top up a 3-day festival ticket to ensure guaranteed access to BΔSTILLE show)
+ support from JAY BROWN
THURSDAY 21st MARCH
8 – 1
68 Rivington Street
London, EC2A 3AY
Puzzle – the people behind the event – are taking on a different kind of week night soiree, tonight they welcome bath punk rockers, Francobollo for a Thursday night where dancing shoes are essential and pints of liquid gold a’plenty.
Francobollo blend punk rock, live drum sampling and dirty hooks. That, along with loud and lairy, humble lyrics, the guarantee of semi nudity on stage and sprinklings of synth provide you with a night to remember. Hailing from Scandinavia and now calling London home, Francobollo are a cheerful addition to this clouded isle.
Joining them, their friend Jay Brown brings along her guitar for a set of ska, pop n reggae. She likes skateboarding and her music is bloody good.
Puzzle invites you to yet another night of quality, quirky music with free entrance and good vibes.
for more information on what’s going on in London please visit: http://www.latenightlondon.co.uk/