With festival season almost upon us we have been planning our schedules carefully. One festival on our radar is Nozstock The Hidden Valley.
Now in it’s 17th year this summer, it is one of the uk longest running festivals based on a working farm in the Herefordshire hills from 24th – 26th July. Now firmly established as one of the country’s leading boutique festivals with range of artists from pop, ska, folk, funk, soul, indie, drum and bass, psytrance and house.
This years theme is the sci-fi inspired Nozstocker’s Guide to The Galaxy, and already having Wu Tang Clan, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Beardyman they have just announced the next wave of artists including Neville Staple Band, Mouse Outfit ft Dr Syntax & Sparkz, By The Rivers, The Computers, Will Joseph Cook, Clarence Clarity and 1883 favourite Will and The People.
Tickets are £105 adults and £80 for under 18 and can be purchased at www.nozstock.com
Tonight the 1883 crew are gearing up for one of the most exciting FabricLive line-ups we’ve seen in a long time, featuring a grime, garage and drum ‘n’ bass infused roster that is not to be missed. So make sure you kick off your bank holiday weekend with an unforgettable injection of bass.
Room One will be welcoming back the Tropical gang who’ll be infusing the energetic prospect of what they do with all the style and panache they’ve displayed here time and time again. Look at that lineup: JME, Preditah, Plastician, Logan Sama, Slimzee… the list of performers and DJs is already impeccable and there are still special guests to be announced. Watch this space.
Fabric also welcome back the Levelz collective from Manchester in Room Two, though this is probably the first time they’ve all been here at the same time and performing under their collective banner. Dub Phizix & Strategy will appear alongside Marcus Intalex and DRS, there’s a live performance from the astonishing Levlez crew themselves (which’ll boasts a list of emcees a little too long to list) and sets from Chimpo, Biome, Metrodome, Jonny Dub and Rich Reason.
Stripes will host our third space for the first time with Barely Legal topping the bill that also boasts sets from Kinzy, Monkey Wrench, MYSTRY, Spoils, Sukh Knight and True Tiger.
The ninth edition of Field Day will be held at Victoria Park, in the heart of East London on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015.
Field Day are delighted to reveal the new line up additions that will be joining the likes of Caribou, FKA Twigs, Django Django, Run The Jewels, Hudson Mohawke, SOPHIE, Chet Faker and Nina Kraviz on the FieldDaySaturday6th June bill.
2014 Mercury nominees Jungle will be hosting their very own DJ bandstand at Field Day this year. They’ve hand-picked some of their favourite artists in order to curate an eclectic line up of fantastic DJ sets, which so far includes Jungle, Beaty Heart, Django Django, Oceaán, Shura, Tei Shi, XL DJs and more special guests still to be announced.
FD are also very excited to have partnered with the new music-discovery platform Tradiio for the Tradiio in association with The 405 stage, which will play host to the most successful new artists on the platform. First up are tropical polyrhythmic multi instrumentalist Tropics, London based Hip Hop artist Antix, as well as Cholombian, who will bring his coalition of striking cinematic soundscapes and hip-hop inspired beats to Victoria Park. Also confirmed for this stage are hazy R&B and industrial pop producer Luka, post art-rock band Yossarian, as well as dreamy newcomers Wild Echo.
New additions for Field Day Sunday 7th June: Beach Baby / Gengahr / Inheaven / Jacco Gardner
Leopold and his Fiction / Matthew E. White / Nimmo / Yak
Virginian soul maverick Matthew E White, who recently released his brilliant second album ‘Fresh Blood’ via Domino, will be performing alongside the likes of newly reformed seminal shoe-gazers RIDE, as well as the iconic
PattiSmith&herband (performing her 1975 ground-breaking album Horses), Savages, Mac DeMarco, Gaz Coombes, Hookworms, Allah-Las, Viet Cong, DIIV, Eagulls and many more.
FD have also announced a brand new stage for Sunday. Confirmed for the Verity stage are the multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner with his sixties’ baroque pop and toy town psych, hazy indie four-piece Genghar, vintage rockers Leopold and His Fiction, London psych rock trio Yak, as well as the buzzy club-pop act Nimmo and apathetic alternative-pop four-piece Beach Baby.
Field Day takes place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015 at Victoria Park in East London.
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BAZ LUHRMANN’S 1996 ROMEO & JULIET: SCREENED OVER 3 NIGHTS IN A BEAUTIFUL CANDLELIT LONDON CHURCH ACCOMPANIED BY A LIVE CHOIR
THURSDAY 28TH MAY // FRIDAY 29TH MAY // SATURDAY 30TH MAY DOORS OPEN AT 7PM – FILM STARTS AT 8PM ST MARY’S CHURCH, WYNDHAM PLACE, YORK STREET, LONDON, W1H 1PQ TICKETS: £20 // £28 // £65
This May Backyard Cinema are giving you the chance to relive the excitement you felt the first time you watched Baz Luhrmann’s moving Romeo & Juliet, but with a twist. Screened in the beautiful ST MARY’S CHURCH near BAKER STREET, a live choir will accompany your screening, and amongst the candle lit surroundings, create a real hairs on the back of your neck moment as they perform some of the movie soundtrack classics, including Everybody’s Free and Kissing You. This exclusive short run of shows will only be available for three nights, and will give you the choice of comfy sofa seats, relaxing deck chairs or traditional balcony seating to watch from.
Tickets to this enchanting event are priced from £20 for traditional balcony seats and £28 for the main seating area which will be made up of comfy sofas and relaxing deck chairs. Or try something special for £65 (for two) for a front row double beanbag, complete with blankets and cushions for the perfect date. For tickets and more information, head to www.backyardcinema.co.uk and be a part of the action.
Dominic Davies Founder of Backyard Cinema said:“It is really exciting for us to be showing such an iconic film of so many of our teenage years. It was almost an institution for English classes around the country and I have no doubt the main reason any of us started to understand and appreciate Shakespeare. A beautiful church inspired by the final scene of the movie is the perfect setting to screen it and upon hearing the choir perform those iconic 90’s anthems, it really does become something special. We can’t wait to show people”.
Alcoholic and soft drinks will be on hand along with top quality snacks before the show, including local luxury ice cream, CREAM & COUNTRY and Backyard Cinema’s popular posh and unusual flavoured popcorn.
Doors open 7pm – Show starts at 8pm – No Late Admittance All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.
If you love this film, or have never seen it, there is no better way to experience those romantic and heart wrenching moments with its iconic soundtrack.
Time and again we have seen underground UK sounds and the artists that epitomise them struggle to break through in the US. Take grime for example, it’s taken nearly two decades to make any headway. But now Drake is tweeting old freestyle videos and Kanye is bringing half the scene out for his Brits performance.
But what happens when the tables are turned and American underground acts attempt to break the UK?Step up ODESZA; the combination of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, aka CatacombKid and BeachesBeaches. Since conception in 2012, they have accrued 64 million Soundcloud plays, sold out multiple tours and have been a mainstay of festival line ups in the US, including Coachella and SXSW.
Their sound combines the ambience of Bonobo with the big-beat ethics of newer artists like Flume and Purity Ring; it’s a wonderful flurry of twee vocals, epic hip-hop breakdowns and uplifting melodies. It’s electronic pop at its most palatable. It’s easy to feel that their success may be attributed to the current explosion of the American EDM wave, however it is that positioning and the negative connotations that the “EDM” pigeonhole carries outside of the US that poses a challenge when crossing the channel. Luckily they completely swerve the homogenous chord assaults that recall images of fist-pumping, muscle-laden frat bros. Instead they produce tasteful, well-crafted boom bap; a vibe that is more at home on an Eton Messy playlist or as a Majestic Youtube channel upload. With more and more people finding and consuming their music by these channels, suggesting a growing demand for this sound, it’s no surprise that they’re having no problems finding global appeal.
They arrived in London half way through a European tour for a sold out gig at The Laundry in London Fields last week. The crowd were an odd mix of American expats, groups of hyped students and the usual club wall huggers and yet the excitement is palpable – it’s a crowd ready to get lost in the gleeful melodies without judgement. On stage the pair exudes energy as they bounce their way around a plethora of pads and keys. Both band and audience are having too much fun to get caught up in the contrived coolness many electronic music events suffer with. Judging by this evening, they will do just fine. And with growing attention from UK radio tastemakers like Annie Mac, it’s only a matter of time before they’re drawing 3000 instead of 300.
Words by David March
For more information on Odesza and tour dates visit: odesza.com
In this drawing series we will delve into the minds of new musical talent by getting them to sketch their thoughts with a question.
We asked New Zealand’s youth crusader duo Two Cartoonsto draw what their reality looks like. Now London residents with garage tunes that’ll have you dreaming of that summer, Two Cartoons are artists in every sense of the word.
When I first heard Tandem Felix, I was transported back to Tennessee at dusk. But my eyes should have settled closer. Just across the way in Dublin four Irishmen have been honing in their craft. With glistening southern guitars and soft folk melodies, we’re very excited about the release of their debut EP Comma. We asked the guys about their current mood, and they answered in true Irish fashion.
Recreating American Southern cuisine seems to have become an olympic sport in London Town of late. Chef’s are clamouring over pulled pork smothered in BBQ sauce with a side of triple fried chicken. Flights to Atlanta Georgia must be at a premium following this messy obsession. We decided to take a trip to the Dirty South, well, Kentish Town (the clean North) and try a piece of Joe’s Southern Kitchen. After launching in Covent Garden, the kitsch kitchen has become renowned for it’s “Prison Plate” and “Night in Jail Cocktail”.
We sat al fresco and a flaming cocktail appeared. “You just have to blow out the fire,” said the waitress. The absinthe in the “Night in Jail” cocktail was indeed alight. One sip and your brain starts to feel like the very prison cell you might end up in later on. Slurred speech and overeating check.
The starter of Buttermilk fried chicken unfortunately failed to fly, and the popcorn shrimp wasn’t the crispy calamari I was expecting. But if you want something really greasy, the deep fried short rib meat loaf will fill your arteries. With goodness.
For mains you can order a Joe’s whole crispy fried chicken (feeds 2-3 people). Can you ever eat too much chicken? Perhaps. We opted for the “Big Plates”. I have never seen Shrimp and Grits on a menu in the UK before. Grits, the porridge like substance, is a difficult one to understand. I’ve tried it with eggs and Bacon at Waffle House on a motorway in the middle of Georgia, but even immersed in all that authenticity, I don’t get it, and I don’t think UK eaters will. But it’s an experience none the less.
Joe’s loves a bit of prison lingo, and for £13.95 you can have your very own “Prison Plate”. But you’re more likely to feel like you’re back in your school dining hall – granted after Jamie Oliver has come in and revamped the menu. Slow cooked pulled pork, beans, slaw, grits and pita; it’s all the heart you need in a meal.
If you’d prefer a more sophisticated approach, the 8 hour slow roast beef short rib with spicey slaw is your best bet. Simple yet raging with flavour, this dish goes perfectly with the gloriously cheesy Mac’n Cheese side.
If you haven’t already exploded from all the feeding, the dessert menu will be the ‘wafer thin mint’ Monty Python knows about. From the Southern Pecan Pie to the Peanut Butter Fudge pie, you’ll feel like you’re riding a Southern sugar wave. Danger is ahead.
If you want to gorge to your heats delight and think you’re living that Hotlanta life – look no further than Joe’s. America would surely be proud.
If you were to ask your 10 year old self what a ‘Field Day‘ was, you would hear tales of school trips to the local sea-life centre, packed lunches filled with warm Capri-Suns and that one time the weird kid pooed himself on the coach home. Fast forward past the awkward puberty, the degree you don’t use and the job that has you living for the weekend. Now ‘Field Day‘ has a whole different meaning.
Field day is one of the most inspired festivals in the London calendar with an eclectic and boundary pushing booking approach. The roster includes an incredibly curated selection from the leading edge of electronic music through to the folk legends of yesteryear. We list 5 artists you may or may not be familiar with and why we’re itching to see them grace Victoria Park.
Yung Gud He is the underrated beatsmith behind the emotionless drawl of Yung Lean and the Sad Boys movement. Beginning his journey playing around with old cheesy trance samples, Yung Gud has grown into a promising producer by pioneering the cloud rap/vapourwave/codeine-infused beats scene. It’s only a matter of time till we see him working with some bigger rappers, if he hasn’t already. Kanye-sense tingling.
Tracks we want to hear: My Partner, Gatorade (Ft. Yung Lean), Forever 2001.
Ratking The voice of the main lyricist, Wiki, may take a little getting used to for some. But give it time and you will discover some of the grittiest, rawest and most intelligent bars coming out of America right now. These guys are redefining the NY rap sound.
Tracks we want to hear: Snow Beach, So it Goes, Canal.
Mumdance By no means a newcomer but after a string of huge releases featuring microphone prodigy Novelist, Mumdance has taken the grime sound into new alien worlds. We were lucky enough to see his performance at the launch night of his FabricLive.80 Compilation. Needless to say there was all-out carnage when he brought Riko Dan and Novelist on stage.
Tracks we want to hear: One Sec, Take Time, Truth, Wut It Do.
SOPHIE An elusive and somewhat anonymous character, SOPHIE’s releases have managed to split opinions more than any other; post-ironic genius or mindless cheese-pop? All we know is that his sickly sweet melodies and pitch shifted vocals sugar coat some hefty bass weight. His set last year at Oval Space was reminiscent of a high fructose-laced cheerleading competition scored by Dr. Robotnik.
Tracks we want to hear: Lemonade, BIPP, Nothing More to Say, Hard.
Nina Kraviz It seemed a lot of techno heads had their doubts about Nina Kraviz at first: the voguing between transitions, the Hugo Boss ads and THAT bathtub interview. However after endless touring, setting up her own label and releasing a dark and disturbing DJ-Kicks Compilation, it seems she has smashed through any preconceptions her audiences may have had. It’s taken way too long to getting round to seeing this Russian acid banshee.
Tracks we want to hear: We’re hoping for set filled with an arsenal of techno and acid stompers.
Props to Field Day for their booking selections. See you in Victoria Park!
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There’s a new pizza place in town! Last week Hoxton Square welcomed a new eating establishment, the Circle Pizza Co, into its fold.
Joined to the music venue the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, this new place brings a food dimension into the equation– perfect for those in need of a hassle-free night out.
The Circle Pizza Co prides itself on its third generation sourdough yeast starter, which is used to make the dough. The menu is not extensive but focuses on a few key ingredients, Italian specialities such as the smoky caciocavallo cheese or Bresaola from Lombardy. The real star though is the homemade fennel sausage (if you’re into meat that is), which adds some subtle bursts of flavour to some of the pizzas.
Aside from the good old Margherita, none of the usual pizza classics are in sight, which makes a refreshing change. The usual Napoletanas and Quattro Formaggi’s make way for new flavour combinations such as the spicy Diavola and its scotch bonnet chillies. The Capo’s is for those in want of a meat feast, but there’s also a balanced quantity of veggie options including the ‘Dark Side of the ‘Shroom’, a cheesy mushroom medley.
Like the food menu, the drinks menu also focuses on a few key beers and wines, so you won’t be faced with the awful dilemma of what to choose.
With its select but balanced offering, the Circle Pizza Co is the place to go for a decent bit of pizza. It’s as simple as that.
Open every day 12pm – 10pm / 2 – 4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
From The Smiths to Sankeys, Manchester’s rich musical heritage spans a myriad of different genres. However, the demise of Madchester and the subsequent downfall of venues like the Hacienda have left somewhat of a vacuum in recent times. The rise of Warehouse Project and Parklife as a subsection of the institution’s efforts has gone some way to filling this void. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a better location for a festival showcasing the elite in local and international talent.
Parklife 2015 differs somewhat to previous years in a decided focus on artist-curated stages; following from Warehouse Project’s successful return to Store Street. This is sure to facilitate a real sense of coherence across the weekend, while creating a genuine sense of community within the often-homogenized festival scene.
This festival season you’ll be sure to hear Parklife’s line up described as inherently ‘eclectic’, a buzzword that may actually occur with good reason. Balancing crowd pleasers like headliners Disclosure and Rudimental alongside more niche acts has continually been Parklife’s ambition. Such an approach has always produced dividends for the festival, so much so that the desperate scramble for tickets has enabled weekend tickets to sell out in record time this year.
Highlights across the weekend include festival mainstays Jamie XX and James Blake taking to the ‘Now Wave’ stage, illustrating the more ethereal and experimental acts on offer. While Wu Tang Clan’s inclusion and Nas’s performance of his masterpiece ‘Illmatic’ represent Parklife’s continued efforts to not simply consign hip-hop to the sidelines.
Indeed it would be easy to simply reiterate the sheer quantity of great artists performing in 2015, with Julio Bashmore, critically acclaimed Caribou, bass and techno heavyweights Joy Orbison B2B with George Fitzgerald playing to name just a few. After purveying the line-up a frankly unnatural amount of times, just about the greatest problem of this year’s Parklife is deciding which stage to go to, attendees have surely been left spoilt for choice. That the greatest grievance with Parklife is the lack of camping at Heaton Park says a lot. The fevered pilgrimage to Heaton Park will surely merit one of the highlights of the year; this one is going to be special.
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