It’s safe to say Deaf Havana have had an intense few months: playing Reading and Leeds, supporting Bruce Springsteen at the annual Hard Rock Calling festival and being featured for the second time as Zane Lowe’s “Hottest Record In The World” with Boston Square. Following the release of Old Souls in September, their most successful album yet, entering 9th into the UK album chart, the boys have gone back to their touring roots and taken to the road on an 8 date UK tour – their largest headline tour to date.
The six piece alternative rock band from Hunstanton and Kings Lynn returned to Rock City on the 6th leg of their tour, with support from Charlie Simpson (yes, that’s Charlie from Busted) and Big Sixes. I had the pleasure of going to see a band that, I think, are going to be a regular feature on the main stages of festivals in the not so distance future.
The Big Sixes warmed up the growing crowd with an enthusiastic set. The lead singer created some laughs through crude banter, which was well received to the beer induced audience. Lighters flew into the air for their slower offeringSwallowing Flies.
Next to take the stage was Charlie Simpson, whose eyebrows were prominent as ever. The crowd received his new matured sound well and he had everyone clapping along by the second song of his set. The folky undertones and upbeat rhythm of Down Down Down got the crowd dancing and set the energetic tone of the rest of the night, whilst affirming that Charlie’s new sound is one bound to go down well with critics and fans alike.
Finally the stage was being set for the main event, as sound checks were taking place the crowd buzzed with anticipation. A cheeky glimpse of James and the boys were off. The set started with an unusual choice – a cover of Elvis Presley’s Teddy Bear, which was covered in typical Deaf Havana style before launching into a host of seamless tracks from both Fools and Worthless Liars and Old Souls. From Old Souls, the crowd was loving Everybody’s Dancing and I Want to Die singing back the lyrics and moshing to their hearts content. The encore was intense; Deaf Havana made the fans wait, but eventually caved to the demands of “We want more!” The lads returned to the stage keeping the crowd lively with I’m A Bore, Mostlyand Mildred. By now everyone was pushing the curfew but the crowd wouldn’t leave without one last song from the passionate band. James pulled at the heart-strings saying thanking the fans with “This is all thanks to you…I never thought we’d get to play a venue like this” before launching into Fifty-Four, a final and memorable effort during which the whole crowd relished in the boys genuine awe at playing Rock City.
Overall the show was as visually appealing as it was musically, with great use made of the lighting and the energy of the crowd. Deaf Havana’s stage presence was spot on and took the gig up a notch, whilst comic elements, such as drummer Tom throwing his socks into the crowd at the end, reminded us of the lads down to earth nature. The intimate feeling of the gig was maintained, despite the sheer mass of fans in the crowd, and this added to the feeling of pride at what Deaf Havana have achieved. Expect to hear more and more from Deaf Havana this year and onwards. With a North American tour already lined up supporting Ash for 2014 the boys have proved that Deaf Havana are ready to rock, they’re damn good and they’re only set to get better. Good luck lads!
by Cara Preece
If you have preordered the album from Bring Me Horizon's official store on their main site already then you will receive a unique Ticketmaster code that will give you the chance to buy tickets to these exclusive and limited shows. If you’d like to be in with a chance of getting into these shows, but haven't pre-ordered the album yet then the only way to do so is to pre-order it here, and you'll be given a secret access code for the ticket-buy as well.
Please note, tickets are subject to strict limited availability and a code does not guarantee entry to these shows.
Tickets will go on sale exclusively to code holders only on 25th March, at 9am. Codes will go out earlier to everyone who has ordered any product from the store.
Dates are as follows:
01/04/2013 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
02/04/2013 Leeds Cockpit
03/04/2013 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
04/04/2013 Bristol Thekla
Dry The River // Benjamin Francis Leftwich // Lucy Rose // The 1975 // Chapel Club // Little Green Cars // Wave Machines // MØ // Wolf Alice // Bo Ningen // PINS // Teleman // Golden Fable // Only Real // Black Books // SKATERS // Satellite Stories // Night Engine // Gavin James // The Bots // Story Books
Now in its ninth year, Dot To Dot Festival is established as the UKs best festival for unearthing the hottest new talent around, alongside established acts from all over the globe. Touring Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham, three of the UKs more savvy music cities, from the 24th to the 26th May, Dot To Dot’s ever eclectic line-up, crossing numerous genres is set for its biggest and best year to date.
Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood (Of DHP Group) said: ‘At Dot to Dot Festival we pride ourselves on bringing you the very best in emerging talent. 2013 is set to be no exception with Dry the River, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Lucy Rose leading the charge. Stay tuned for many, many more exciting artists to be announced.’
First up for line-up announcements is Dry The River. With their critically acclaimed record ‘Shallow Bed’ the Stratford-based five-piece produced one of 2012’s greatest bodies of work and played countless sold-out gigs throughout the UK. They are set to work on their new record and will surely be one of the highlights of this year’s festival. One of the events finest acts in 2011 makes a welcome return in the shape of Benjamin Francis Leftwich. The singer-songwriter delivered one of the most intense performances in Dot to Dot history. Darling of the NME and Radio 1 Lucy Rose also joins the bill. The indie-folk starlet has wowed crowds all over with her finely crafted, emotive songs that reveal a unique talent for storytelling.
With a sold-out UK tour under their belt recently a band on everyone’s lips are The 1975. Radio 1 A-listers are riding a wave of success spear-headed by the massive single ‘Chocolate’. They are joined by the return of pop noir five-piece Chapel Club. Little Green Cars are one of the most exciting acts from the BBC Sound of 2013 poll and their live performances have drawn heavy-praise from The Guardian, NME and more. Critically acclaimed electronic, pop-funk act Wave Machines have created one of the albums of the year in debut ‘Pollen’ and are an exciting addition to the festival. London-based acid punk band Bo Ningen will also be bringing their incredible live show to the proceedings. Danish sensation MØ is certainly not to be missed. Her layered, gloomy output has had music journalists falling over themselves to sing her praises. Another hyped band on the first wave of acts is Wolf Alice, whose shoegaze inspired songs have received avid support from Huw Stephens amongst others.
Some of the other rising-stars on the bill are New York City’s best new indie band SKATERS, Irish folk-popster Gavin James, hotly-tipped post-punk act Night Engine, Finnish upstarts Satellite Stories, Marc Riley-championed indie band Teleman, brooding Bella Union-signed four-piece PINS, Californian punks The Bots alternative-indie band Story Books and folk duo Golden Fable.
Previous Dot to Dot line-ups have seen performances from The xx, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Beach House, Jake Bugg, SBTRKT, Ed Sheeran, Laura Marling, Wild Beasts, The Cribs and many, many more. With the emphasis on showcasing the hottest new talent on the planet there will be lots more exciting additions to be announced for Dot To Dot’s 2013 line-up. Make sure you keep checking the website
Tickets are now on-sale at £20
Artist of the moment Jake Bugg has been announced today as the headliner for Nottingham’s summer music festival Splendour. Fresh from playing sell out tours around the UK and gigs in Europe and America, the singer-songwriter is relishing the opportunity to play in front of a huge home crowd in Wollaton Park on July 20.
Jake said: “"It's great to be headlining Splendour in my hometown and it'll be my biggest crowd to date. It's hard to believe I was playing the courtyard stage two years ago! Thanks to everyone in Nottingham for their support.”
Excitement is already building for this year’s festival staged by music promoter DHP - working in partnership with Nottingham City Council – as the last 12 months have seen the Nottingham music scene go from strength to strength. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly once they go on sale on Feb 22.
KT Tunstall, Squeeze and Maximo Park are also in the family friendly line up, with several other up and coming local artists playing over the three stages to be announced in the coming months.
DHP and Nottingham City Council are once again teaming up with NUSIC.org.uk, which helps young Nottinghamshire musicians get exposure and experience within the music industry, with a competition for a local act to take the opening slot on the main stage at Splendour.
DHP has supported Jake over the years from his first proper gig aged just 15 to playing Splendour on the courtyard stage and an afternoon main stage slot in previous years, so this year’s festival is a great opportunity to spot the next breakthrough artist.
DHP’s George Akins said: “Jake is literally the hottest new artist in the country by a mile at the moment so it’s a real coup to have him headline the biggest gig in his home city this summer. The whole of Nottingham will be turning out in their thousands to watch the most successful musician we’ve ever had play his homecoming gig at the Splendour festival.”
Aged just 18, Jake has gone from playing an intimate gig at the Acoustic Rooms, the weekly slot for budding amateur artists at the Rescue Rooms, to becoming the first Nottingham artist to sell out the iconic Rock City with his gig tonight (Feb 15) in the space of months. Now Jake is set to bring his precocious talent to the city’s biggest stage in front of tens of thousands at the Splendour festival.
DHP’s Rescue Rooms promoter Ben Ryles remembers booking Jake for that first gig; “It was late 2009. He was 15, so I had to accompany him and make sure he didn't drink anything alcoholic! It was obvious even then that he was an incredible talent.”
Jake went straight to no1 in the album charts with his self titled debut released last year, sold out two UK tours and supported Noel Gallagher and The Stone Roses. He’s playing Reading and Leeds festivals this summer and is also nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at The Brits. Jake signed to Mercury in 2011, and is described by the label as the most exciting new singer and songwriter in the UK.
To get the latest line-up announcements and festival updates go to www.splendourfestival.com or like www.facebook.com/splendourfestivalUK or follow @nottm_splendour on twitter.
The Nottingham-born actor spent his early years in vintage shops and ancient pubs, and still visits regularly for Campari cocktails and live music. From a castle-turned-art gallery to the very best arthouse cinema in town, he reveals his favourite haunts in 'the Rose of the Midlands'.
Rock City, Rescue Rooms and Stealth
These three gig venues, which are all connected to each other, have a lot of music heritage. All the big bands play here. I’ve seen David Bowie, Radiohead and the Chemical Brothers at Rock City and I still go now; I’m seeing Foals play next month. Inside Rescue Rooms, there are walls of vinyl and books and exposed bulbs hanging from the ceiling. I spent a lot of time there as a teenager. We used to go down every Thursday night and see how many girls we could kiss. Every May, there’s a great music festival that takes place across all three venues – the Dot to Dot festival. There’s a great atmosphere – I’ll definitely be there.
Mathew Horne guest stars in BBC One's Caribbean crime series, Death In Paradise, on Tuesday 19 February at 9pm on BBC One. He also appears in Playhouse Presents…Hey Diddly Dee on Sky Arts 1, Thursday 14 March at 9pm