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Glastonbury 2016 : The Essential Anthems

Despite the traffic chaos and the mud, mud, mud (!) Glastonbury 2016 has arrived! Whether you’re braving it at Worthy Farm and watching from the comfort of your own couch, we have the 20 essential tracks from this year’s line-up . . . You’re welcome.

20. Bastille, “Pompei”

Having formed in 2010, Bastille are currently on the comeback trail with their forthcoming second album, “Wild World”, but it’s the signature anthem from their debut offering that will get the crowd going this weekend.

19. The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”

Fresh from basking in the success of second LP, “Cleopatra” which scored the band a number one album earlier this year, The Lumineers are part of Glastonbury 2016. Signature track, “Ho Hey” is guaranteed to generate a sing-a-long and a half.

18. Jess Glynne, “Hold My Hand”

Flying the flag for Brit females this weekend at Worthy Farm is Jess Glynne. A guest vocalist and singer in her own right, Glynne has enjoyed an incredible 12 months and this number one smash hit proves why.

17. ZZ Top, “Legs”

American rockers, ZZ Top are the token hairy men of the festival this weekend and their 1984 single, “Legs” is destined to turn Worthy Farm into a hoedown Texas would be proud of!

16. Chvrches, “Recover”

The Scots’ trio are riding the wave of their second LP, “Every Open Eye” which has seen them play gigs across the globe. “Recover” has always gone down a storm live and has even been covered by fellow Scot, Paolo Nutini.

15. Dua Lipa, “Hotter Than Hell”

A name you might know yet, but you will come the close of Glastonbury this weekend. Dua Lipa is a London-born, singer/songwriter who is set to drop her debut offering later this year. For now, “Hotter Than Hell” will give you a taste of one of Worthy Farm’s most exciting new faces.

14. Catfish And The Bottlemen, “Cocoon”

Van McCann and his band are basking in the glow of second LP, “The Ride”, which dropped last month. However, it’s signature single, “Cocoon” that is guaranteed to be the hit of their set this weekend.

13. James, “She’s A Star”

A band who are definitely not short of sing-a-long moments, James are set to spoil Glastonbury goers with their blend of indie rock this weekend. It’s hard to pick just one, but this 1997 gem will no doubt give festival punters a special moment.

12. Cyndi Lauper, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

It may be older than some of Glastonbury’s revellers, but “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is sure to go down a treat with fans both young and old this weekend (not to mention a serious cat-like sing-a-long).

11. Beck, “Loser”

American multi-talent, Beck is bringing his blend of funk rock to Worthy Farm this weekend. With a back catalogue like Beck’s, Glastonbury’s crowd are in for a good one, but it’s his hippy-soaked anthem, “Loser” that is set to be the hit of the set.

10. Squeeze, “Up The Junction”

Probably a favourite of your Mum and Dad, Squeeze’s 4 minute classic track takes you through the high and lows of working, getting married and having babies. A crowd pleaser for young and old.

9. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”

Despite being best known (and loved) for her bouncy pop anthems, you can put good money on her “Fifty Shades” moment being a very special moment at Worthy Farm this weekend. 

8. Coldplay, “Fix You”

Fresh from their stellar show at Hampden in Glasgow last week, Coldplay are headlining the closing night of Glastonbury 2016. Seven albums on, it’s hard to pick just one Coldplay track that could be considered “essential”, but their 2005 spine-tingler is set to create a unique festival moment.

7. The 1975, “Chocolate”

The 1975 have enjoyed an incredible 2016 and Glastonbury is set to be the cherry on the cake this weekend. Their second LP, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” has catapulted them to international success hitting number one on The US Billboard Chart, but it’s signature anthem, “Chocolate” that will get the crowd bouncing at Worthy Farm.

6. New Order, “Blue Monday”

Fresh from the enormous success of their 10th studio LP, “Music Complete”,  Glastonbury veterans, New Order are bringing their established synth-pop to Worthy Farm this weekend. With an impressive back catalogue full of hits designed to get the party started, it’s hard to pick just one essential track, but it doesn’t get much better than this . . .

5. Ezra Furman, “Lousy Connection”

You can always count on Glastonbury to pull something different out of the bag, and Ezra Furman is just that. A quirky singer/songwriter who is impossible not to love; “Lousy Connection” is proof of why he’s so great, and a perfect introduction if you haven’t heard of him.

4. Underworld, “Born Slippy”

Is it coincidence that Underworld take to the Glastonbury stage 20 years on from “Trainspotting”? Sure, there are heaps of other tracks that makes them great, but who can resist this when the beat drops?

3. Jake Bugg, “Two Fingers”

Having just dropped his third LP, “On My One”, singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg is not short of a setlist, but it’s this catchy track that made him and will get the Glasto punters singing (and strumming) along.

2. Adele, “Hello”

There is always ONE headliner who divides the nation, and this year, Adele is it. Love her or loathe her, should she be a headliner or not, there is no denying this girl has talent. “Hello” is destined to be that defining moment that could shush the critics and wow the fans.

1. Muse, “Supermassive Black Hole”

Muse are no strangers to headlining Glastonbury, and there’s good reason for that. One of the most impeccable live bands you could ever wish to see, it’s hard to choose just one track but “Supermassive Black Hole” is undoubtedly up there!

 

 

 

Gavin James Announces UK Tour

Irish singer/songwriter, Gavin James has announced a string of UK dates for October 2016, including a headline gig at Glasgow’s Oran Mor.

James, from Dublin, has previously supported Ed Sheeran, Kodaline and Sam Smith on tour.

The news of his 13 date UK Tour coincides with the release of new single, “Bitter Pill” on Friday 5th August 2016; the title track from his debut LP which was released in November 2015 and gained a Platinum certificate for sales in Ireland.

Gavin James’ UK Tour kicks off at The Haunt in Brighton on 2nd October 2016 before making stops including Shepherd’s Bush Empire (7th), Birmingham’s Glee Club (11th), Plug in Sheffield (16th), Beat Generator in Dundee (19th) and Glasgow’s Oran Mor (20th).

Tickets are available now.

“Bitter Pill” is available from Friday 5th August 2016.

 

Live Review : Fatherson, 02 ABC (04/06/2016)

Fatherson take to the stage clearly giddy with excitement, they make no attempts to “play it cool” or showcase any manufactured aloofness. Truthfully, they have every reason to be excited; playing a sold out 02 ABC on the cusp of only their second full length LP is an incredible achievement.  It has been no happy accident however, as the band are the furthest from an overnight sensation one could imagine. Well known both in their early days on the circuit in smaller pubs and clubs and more recently, as tour support for acts ranging from fellow countrymen Prides to even Enter Shikari. This show is the culmination of undeniably a lot of graft.

Commencing aptly with their new album’s title track, “Open Book”, their honesty and transparency shines through their brand of anthemic alt-rock. This is due, in large part, to the crisp vocals of Ross Leighton, which soar straight from the off. They next share five of their debut’s best from “Mine For Me” to “Cat Stevens”, and then follow up by bashfully and rhetorically querying over the mic, “How many people are here?” genuinely seeming as pleased to see the crowd as they are to see them. The favour is well returned as “Foreign Waters” contains the biggest clap along and singalong of the evening thus far.

They acknowledge the distance they’ve come and treat the long time followers of the band to early single, “First Born” which sounds not at all out of place and the reception is as good as any, illustrating how familiar those in attendance are with the full back catalogue either from familiarity with the band at the time of release or digging back through all the material available. After ending the set with one of the biggest songs from debut, “I Am An Island”, “I Like Not Knowing” they leave the stage and return for oddly a somewhat natural feeling encore with smiles set as wide as The ABC disco ball before them. They thank everyone for “being a part of this crazy journey” and reference the evening as “one of the most special nights of our lives,” and it’s clear they mean it.

The humility of the band shines through the encore of “An Island”, “Lost Little Boys” and “James”. The latter’s singalong, “just go home, sober up, take the weight off your feet and just chill . . .” wraps up the evening perfectly, both musically and lyrically. Tipping their hat both to those who have joined them and supported throughout their journey so far, and also their own hard work and well-earned rewards. They remove their instruments and come front of stage for a photo opp both of them and their audience. The audience in question then spilling back out onto Sauchiehall Street to perhaps heed the aforementioned advice to go home and sober up, but most likely not.

Gutter Gig Guide : 01/06/2016

Gigs This Week

Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band are scheduled to hit Hampden tonight (Wednesday 1st June 2016) in celebration of his fifth studio LP, “The River”, released in October 1980. Springsteen is set to perform the album in full as well as the best bits of his back catalogue; The Boss released his latest LP, “High Hopes” in 2014, his 18th studio album since his 1973 debut, “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J”.

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut play host to duo, Seafret tonight (Wednesday 1st June 2016). The pair, Jack Sedman and Harry Draper, are out in support of their debut album, “Tell Me It’s Real” which is available now.

Brooklyn-born band, Moon Hooch are scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 ABC tonight (Wednesday 1st June 2016). The band, who formed in 2010, are known for their saxophone based music and dance orientated percussion. Moon Hooch are out in support of their forthcoming third LP, “Red Sky”.

Glasgow’s Stereo play host to Joanna Gruesome tonight (Wednesday 1st June 2016). The band, from Cardiff, formed in 2010 and have released two LPs to date, the most recent being 2015’s “Peanut Butter”.

American sludge metal band, Jucifer are scheduled to play Glasgow’s Audio on Thursday (2nd June 2016). The duo, Gazelle Amber Valentine and husband, Edgar Livengood, hail from Athens, Georgia and have released seven studio LPs since forming in 1993.

Punk poet, John Cooper Clarke is playing live at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Friday (3rd June 2016). Salford born Cooper Clarke first found fame during the punk era of the late 1970s, and has released six studio albums to date, the most recent being, “Zip Style Method” which was released in 1982.

Glasgow’s Garage plays host to American singer/songwriter, Laura Stevenson on Friday (3rd June 2016). The Long Island born Stevenson is the former keyboard player of music collective, Bomb The Music Industry, and has released four studio LPs to date, the most recent being 2015’s “Cocksure”.

Scottish trio, Fatherson are scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Saturday (4th June 2016). The band, from Kilmarnock, are out in support of their forthcoming second LP, “Open Book”, which follows their 2014 debut, “I Am An Island”.

Former Long Blondes frontwoman, Kate Jackson is live at Glasgow’s Hug & Pint on Saturday (4th June 2016) with her new band, The Wrong Moves. Jackson released two studio albums alongside The Long Blondes; their 2006 debut, “Someone To Drive You Home” and 2008’s “Couples”. Jackson has been performing with The Wrong Moves since September 2015.

80s pop/punk pirate, Adam Ant is scheduled to play his former band’s iconic 1980 album, “Kings Of The Wild Frontier” at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Sunday (5th June 2016). Following the split of Adam & The Ants in 1982, Ant (aka Stuart Goddard) went on to enjoy a successful solo career; his latest studio effort, “Bravest Of The Brave” was released earlier this year.

Hampden Park plays host to Coldplay on Tuesday (7th June 2016). The band, who formed in 1996 and released their debut album, “Parachutes” in 2000, are out in support of their seventh studio effort, “A Head Full Of Dreams” which was released in December 2015.

Pop rock band, Big Deal are set to play King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Tuesday (7th June 2016). The duo consists of London born, Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood, who was raised near Yucca Valley in California. They shot to fame following the release of their second LP, “June Gloom”, which dropped in 2013 and the pair went onto support Depeche Mode on tour in 2014.

Just Announced

Homegrown heroes, The Jesus & Mary Chain have announced TWO gigs at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st August 2016.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday @ 9am

Psychedelic rockers, Kula Shaker have announced a date at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Sunday 18th December 2016. The band released their fifth studio album, “K 2.0” in February of this year; it was their first studio release in 6 years.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday @ 9am

 

 

The Fratellis Announce “Costello Music” Anniversary Tour

Home-grown talent, The Fratellis have announced plans to play a string of UK Dates later this year to celebrate 10 years since the release of their debut album, “Costello Music”.

The trio, from Glasgow, released their debut offering in October 2006; it includes the singles, “Chelsea Dagger”, “Whistle For The Choir”, “Henrietta”, “Baby Fratelli”, “Ole Black ‘N’ Blue Eyes” and “Flathead”, which featured in an advert for Apple iPod. The Fratellis picked up a Brit Award for “Best British Breakthrough” in 2007 and “Costello Music” was in The UK Top 100 for 83 weeks.

The band will play “Costello Music” in FULL across November and December 2016; the trio will kick off at Nottingham’s Rock City on 26th November, before stopping off for shows at UEA in Norwich (27th), Manchester’s Academy (29th), Liverpool’s 02 Academy (30th), Sheffield’s 02 Academy (1st December), 02 Academy in Bristol (3rd), Bournemouth 02 Academy (4th), University in Keele (5th), Oxford’s 02 Academy (6th), 02 Institute in Birmingham (8th), Newcastle’s 02 Academy (9th), a hometown show at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom (10th), 02 Academy in Leeds (12th) and concluding at London’s o2 Forum (13th).

Altogether now, “Duh, duh, duh, duh . . .”

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 20th May 2016 @ 9am

 

Live Review : The Smyths, O2 ABC (06/05/2016)

 

Apparently, The Queen Is Dead, and has been for 30 years . . .

Glasgow’s O2 ABC took us back to the golden era of indie with The Smyths, who paid homage to the legendary Mancunian band and their iconic 1986 album, “The Queen Is Dead”.

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Naturally, the title track kicked off proceedings; the nostalgia in the venue was so thick that you could taste it, and the dotted Smiths T-shirts amongst the crowd and the war-cry like cheering when the band took to the stage confirmed from the get-go that The Smiths may be long gone, but their legacy has lasted the test of time.

The setlist lifted pivotal tracks from The Smiths short (but sweet) career as well as the 10-tracks that shape their famous third LP; “Panic” created chaos, “Girlfriend In A Coma” saw the hundreds-strong crowd bob in perfect time, “Frankly, Mr Shankly” had middle-age men huddle and sing along, “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” provoked some moves that Morrissey would have been proud of, while “I Know It’s Over” brought the entire room together in mournful spirit.

The Smyth’s Morrissey, aka Graham Sampson, is every inch the controversial Smiths front-runner; Sampson is a more approachable Morrissey, perfectly executing the required flourishing that The Smiths frontman is known and loved for in the perfect balance of sophistication and narcissism, and if I had closed my eyes, no-one would have convinced me that it wasn’t Stephen Patrick Morrissey singing onstage.

I am human, and I need to be loved

The Smiths iconic track, “How Soon Is Now?” concluded the show, bringing the trip down memory lane to an end; most of the crowd lingered long after the band had vacated the stage suggesting that I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t ready to leave behind girlfriends in comas, double decker bus crashes, meetings at the cemetary gates and charming men.

The last word on a possible Smiths reunion came from Morrissey in 2014 when he claimed, “I don’t know anyone who would want a Smiths reunion”. Clearly, even Morrissey isn’t clued up on the legacy or impact on his former band 30 years on; for now, however, we have The Smyths who aren’t simply “the next best thing”, but the best we’ve got.

 

 

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