No matter what you think of OFWGKTA’s lyrical content, this is concrete proof of how thrilling a prospect they are in the live arena.
Mainly because I’ve just been watching Donnie Darko, and it’s featured in the brilliant opening sequence. The video above however, is a almost/sort-of-cover of the song from the Manic Street Preachers’ gig in Liverpool last October (the best gig this writer has ever been to). Pretty special.
Well… nearly the entire line-up. The kind folks at NME (yes, they may be pushing Brother as the saviours of guitar rock, but 80% of the time they’re cool) have employed this new-fangled Thinglink thing to enable us festival-going rabble to listen to and watch the majority of the bill for Reading & Leeds. Pretty handy for those claiming it’s a godawful selection despite having only having heard of three bands. Also quite handy for experiencing how shite Beady Eye are, how exciting OFWGKTA will be and how The Joy Formidable will blow the entire audience away.
PS. If the poster below doesn’t work, which it probably won’t, here it is on NME.com
SONG OF THE DAY /// PULP - COMMON PEOPLE (LIVE AT GLASTONBURY 1995)
Another brief hiatus for me, I’m afraid. See, there’s this pesky thing called Leeds Festival that I’m on my way to right this second and living in a field for four and a half days sort of impedes on blogging. So I’ll leave you with this for now, the end to Pulp’s legendary 1995 Glasto headline set. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a bit of this on Sunday night.
A double header of Los Camp! news today. Along with the free download of “By Your Hand”, the seven piece have announced a ten date tour for this November. Taking in Britain, America and Japan, the tour will encompass the release of the band’s fourth album Hello Sadness.
The tour dates in full are:
- 7th November - LONDON - Kings College
- 8th November - BRIGHTON - The Haunt
- 9th November - CARDIFF - The Globe
- 10th November - GLASGOW - Oran Mor
- 11th November - LEEDS - The Cockpt
- 16th November - NEW YORK - Bowery Ballroom
- 17th November - BROOKLYN - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
- 18th November - PHILADELPHIA - Union Transfer
- 19th November -WASHINGTON DC - Black Cat
- 24th November -TOKYO - Unit Daikanyama
Five years ago, you’d never have believed that Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys would ever be a arena-filling Premier League rock band. Yes, it was clear to everyone who heard them that they were the best British band in years, but playing to stadia of 11,000+ people? Never. It’s a pleasure to report, then, that the four normal lads from Yorkshire have become swaggering rock stars in the best way possible.
The Vaccines provided ample support, with their short, sharp indie-disco staples warming the crowd up as well as managing to sound equally as home in a huge arena as they do in small clubs and venues. The band do tend to garner a fair amount of ill will for their simplistic approach to songwriting, but they’re the best at what they do right now. Hearing “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” live only helps to confirm its status as one of the best songs of 2011 and the band already seem very home playing to thousands of people. Expect them to be headlining these sorts of gigs in an album or two’s time.
Strolling on stage with a perfectly coiffed quiff and leather jacket to match, Alex Turner has come a long way from the shy polo shirt ‘n’ hoodie wearing teenager of 2006. Holding the crowd in the palm of his hand, Turner has become an actual frontman instead of seeming like he’d rather be anywhere than the spotlight; crowd singalongs, sucking up to the locals (“They said ‘where do you want to go on this tour Alex?’, I said ‘I don’t care just as long as you get me back to Liverpool’”, a line the cynic inside of me can’t help but believe has been used and tailored to every city the band has visited on this tour), even a few spins and twirls. Even the stage set is a little more extravagant this time around; previously the Monkeys had stuck to just a few backing lights, but now four big screens (one for each band member) are unveiled rather grandly as opening track “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” kicks into life.
From there on in, it’s an intense 21 song set from Turner & co, relying more on their heavier tunes with only a peppering of the pop classics in the back catalogue. The middle of the set is a white-knuckle ride of the biggest, loudest riffs at the band’s disposal, hitting “Brianstorm”, “The View From The Afternoon”, “…Dancefloor”, new b-side “Evil Twin”, “Brick by Brick”, “Pretty Visitors”, “This House Is A Circus” and “Still Take You Home”. “Pretty Visitors” in particular is a highlight, with Turner abandoning his guitar to prowl around the front of the stage, barking lyrics and staring out the audience like a rockabilly Nick Cave.
It speaks volumes about the band’s ability that they can revisit songs like “Still Take You Home” and “Teddy Picker”, which are far removed from their current lives and mindset and still make them seem fresh and vital. Of course the biggest reactions come for the earlier material, even if a good proportion of the crowd woud barely have been in double digits in terms of age when Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not was released (a scary thought for this writer), but that doesn’t mean songs taken from the newer albums were met with stern faces and crossed arms. “Suck It And See” was met with a huge cry and possibly the second loudest singalong of the night. The loudest you ask? Well that came in the encore, for a reworked version of “Mardy Bum” which, by the reaction it recieved, you’d think was the new national anthem.
The only thing that could hve possibly topped it off qwas an appearance from the hometown hero Miles Kane in his usual spot, guesting on closer “505”. But curiously, the part-time Last Shadow Puppet was nowhere to be found at the end of the set. Complaining about such a thing would be like complaining about not having ice cream after Christmas dinner; the Monkeys delivered a near perfect set in their own inimitable way, and, in my opinion, it can only get better.
The always wonderful Wild Beasts, not content with being on tour right this second have announced further dates for next spring. Continuing to support their third album Smother (currently in 8th place in the Hitsville Best Album of 2011 poll…), the Lake District foursome will be taking over the following places in March 2012:
- 11th - WARWICK @ University
- 12th - NORWICH @ Waterfront
- 13th - COLCHESTER @ Arts Centre
- 14th - EXETER @ Phoenix
- 15th - FALMOUTH @ Pavillion
- 16th - CARDIFF @ Coal Exchange
- 17th - LIVERPOOL @ Masque Theatre
A quarter of the biggest and best group of all time. Half of one of the greatest song writing partnerships ever. A musical and cultural icon. And the only 69 year old who can introduced a song in a cod-Jamaican accent whilst standing in front of a 30ft tall picture of Barack Obama. Yes, it’s Paul McCartney. Rolling up for the penultimate show of his world tour in Manchester, the ex-Beatle is in fine form. From this show alone, you wouldn’t think he’d been doing this for almost fifty years, let alones that he’s soon entering his eighth decade. Almost three straight hours without a single drink and only two brief breaks for the encores; it’s fair to say Macca is in the running for the title of Hardest Working Man In Showbusiness.
With a huge backcatalogue that keeps on growing, it would’ve be possible for Sir Paul for play a set made up of only his latter-day material. But then you’d be left with an arenaful of rather annoyed Mancunians, which is never a good thing. Thankfully, the classics are gleefully rolled out, touching on every Beatles era from the moptop years (“All My Loving”, “I’m Looking Through You”) to the hirsute Abbey Road days. Even the handful of Wings songs that get an airing sound fresh. The backing band sound tight and near flawless, as you might expect from a group that have been playing together for nearly ten years, with every riff and bear sounding exactly as should.
Throughout the night there are anecdotes and tales from Sir Paul’s incomparable career (including one particularly good one about Jimi Hendrix), alongside the usual stadium show patter. Obviously, with his level of experience, Macca knows exactly how to work a crowd but it still seems competely effortless. The heartwarming tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison before “Here Today” and “Something” respectively don’t seem rehearsed or trotted out (with some visible tears after the former).”Live And Let Die” is another song that takes on a whole new life live. The unmistakable riffs enhanced by the power of live guitars and further enhanced by the pyrotechnic spectacular used on stage. Fireworks, explosions and roaring flames aren’t usually what you’d associate with this Beatle, but they help transform the song into a rock monster.
Speaking of rock,the undoubted highlight has to be “Helter Skelter”. It may not sound quite as brave or original as it did back in 1968, but this rendition is brilliantly fierce and more than stakes its claim as the greatest rock song ever. Forget the Stones, this is the best rock ‘n’ roll show on Earth. There’s nothing quite like seeing Beatles songs performed by the one man who can actually play them as originals; you haven’t experienced the likes of “Yesterday”, “Blackbird”, “Back In The USSR” and “Paperback Writer” until you’ve heard them live.
You are now watching The Throne… or you will be, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket for Jay-Z & Kanye West’s upcoming UK tour. The rap monoliths are bringing their joint album to these shores for a three date jaunt, playing
- MAY 20TH - London O2 Arena
- JUNE 11TH - Manchester MEN Arena
- JUNE 13TH - Birmingham LG Arena
The rappers will play material from their joint album as well as tracks from their respective back catalogues. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9AM.
A summer of fun, frolics and festivals is less than six weeks away, and we here at Hitsville are a helpful bunch so we’ve compiled a list of tips and hints for you festival virgins (and those of you who’ve forgotten everything on getting through as many weekenders as you’re thinking of attending unscathed.
- Pack your bag at least a few hours before leaving. No one wants to be the person who turns up with their sunglasses and expensive camera, but without essentials like a tent, wellies, a sleeping bag, food, warm clothes or a brain.
- Make friends with the surrounding camps. You never know when you’ll need to borrow some extra alcohol or firewood. However, avoid that camp populated solely by snotty, posh kids who appear shocked at the notion of having fun and letting yourself go.
- If you see some bashing out Libertines/Bon Iver covers on an acoustic guitar, report them immediately, because that person is a dick.
- Never underestimate the deliciousness of greasy fast food from a burger van, especially at 9AM on a Sunday morning.
- You really think you’re all going to get up at 7AM on Monday morning to pack away those huge expensive tents, and avoid the rush to leave the site? Oh you poor deluded soul. Your best bet is to buy the second cheapest tent possible (the very cheapest probably won’t even last an hour) and inconspicuously leave it behind on the way home.
- Considering Mother Nature is an unpredictable madam at the best of times, don’t bet against the heavens opening at some point over the weekend. Just hope you packed that waterproof.
- Even though it’s summertime, festival nights are colder than conversations with a bitter ex. If you’re anything like me, you’ll end up wearing every item of clothing you packed just to stay remotely warm.
- Don’t act like a massive twat all day and expect people to let you use and borrow their stuff because you’ve used/ruined everything you brought. And mos likely a lot of what they brought too.
- Roll mats are useless. Gazebos are indispensable. Camping chairs too, unless you want a ridiculous game of musical chairs whenever you want to sit around camp.
- Dry shampoo is essential. Unless you wake up every morning with a pristine, perfectly coiffed barnet, in which case you’re not human.
- Don’t wander off to the bar any time there’s a band you don’t know playing. Stick around and you might discover something mindblowingly brilliant (or laughably terrible, but either way it’s something to talk about).
- Tweeting during sets is unacceptable… except in times of extreme boredom.
- Alternative stages and comedy tents are a must. In fact, make sure to check out everywhere that’s not the main stage. Keep an open mind, so open that you somehow end up at one of the hardcore stages when you only came to see Florence + The Machine.
- Nothing cures a hangover like more alcohol. Alternatively, two paracetamol with water or OJ do just fine too, if your liver can’t take it.
- Definitely take as many drugs as possible from anyone who offers, even if what they have doesn’t even look remotely drug-like. That way you’ll spend the entire weekend in a blurry haze listening to bands that sound like someone beating a violin with a cat, talking to electricity pylons, dancing to the sound of a hot dog van and wake up on Monday morning wearing nothing but nothing but a straw hat and a smile. Because why else did you pay £250 for a ticket?
- BRING MONEY! LOTS OF IT! With the price of merchandise, posters, arena alcohol, food and god knows what else, you’re gonna need a tentful of cash if you want to make it to Monday.
- If you’re planning on doing the no-pants dance over the weekend, use protection kids. Being a festival baby can’t be a nice thing. Also, make sure you’ve got an empty tent before stumbling back for some lovin’.
- For the hygienists out there, you’re gonna want a separate bag for all your miscellanea. Roll on deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sun lotion, face wipes… then again, you’re just going to end up getting sweaty and grubby the next day, so hygiene goes out the window.
- A torch is always useful, as is the superhuman, ability to dodge insanely-placed tent wires. Soon you’ll need to be a gymnast to avoid tripping over on the way back to camp after curfew.
- Parents gonna parent, so expect numerous texts throughout the days. On the subject of phones, bring at least eight spares with double that amount of fully-charged replacement batteries. I’ve learnt that strangers are surprisingly wary of being asked to use their phone.
- Boo bands who play the “playing up to the locals” card. No one likes a suck-up.
- You know that two-thirds full Strongbow bottle that’s been at your camp for the last few days, but you’ve yet to see anyone drink from? …yeah, that ain’t cider.
- If staying by the Main Stage all day and you’re not one for rushing down the front or being squashed by legions of sweaty teenagers, the perfect viewpoints are the fence in front of the TV camera tower or the one at the back of first crowd area. This way you’ve got a clear view of the bands and the screens with no dick’eds directly behind you, plus you’ve got somewhere to lean against, which is vital if you’re a lazy bugger like me
WHO TO SEE OVER THE SUMMER, AT…
- I’ll Be Your Mirror, curated by Mogwai - 25th -27th May
Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat
- Download Festival - 8th-10th June
- Isle Of Wight Festival - 22nd-24th June
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Noah And The Whale
- Radio 1 Hackney Weekend
- RockWerchter - 28th June-1st July
- Wireless Festival - 6th-8th July
- T In The Park - 6th-8th July
The Stone Roses
- 2000 Trees - 12th-14th July
Dry The River
Sonic Boom Six
Dog Is Dead
- Latitude Festival - 12th-15th July
Explosions In The Sky
- Benicassim International Festival - 12th-15th July
Bombay Bicycle Club
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
- Tramlines Festival - 20th-22nd July
Frankie & The Heartstrings
We Are Scientists
Future Of The Left
- Field Day - 6th August
- Pukkelpop - 16th-18th August
- Rock en Seine - 24th-26th August
Eagles Of Death Metal
- Reading & Leeds Festivals - 24th-26th August
The Black Keys
Pulled Apart By Horses
The Joy Formidable
- End Of The Road Festival - 31st August - 2nd September
Willis Earl Beal
- Bestival - 6th-9th September
De La Soul