The European festival season has just ground depressingly to a halt to make way for a few months of Netflix and chilly. That means it's time to look back longingly at the photos from those four days of music and sunshine you'll use to define 2017 in any social media end-of-year round-up.
If you were at La Route Du Rock in St Malo, you've already won the shallow one-upmanship battle, because there's no finer combination of seaside bliss, historic charm, epic scenery and perfectly curated festival lineup in your friends' feeds.
But this festival isn't simply style over substance. With a year-round role booking French tours for international artists, the team behind La Route du Rock are in a prime position to book one of the most eclectic and solid live bills of them all - this year as ever.
Continue reading: La Route Du Rock 2017 At Saint-Malo, France - Live Review
There's far more to Latitude Festival than its headline names!
Latitude Festival 2017 is nearly upon us! The line-up promises great sets from some great established names in the music business, with The 1975, Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes headlining and the likes of Fatboy Slim, Placebo, Two Door Cinema Club and Goldfrapp also on the bill.
However, Latitude does have an excellent reputation for boldness in selecting names that are a bit off the beaten track, and of promoting new talent to prestigious slots on the line-up.
So, here are ten recommendations of new and critically acclaimed acts off the beaten path to see at Latitude 2017!
Continue reading: Latitude 2017 Preview
From East Kilbride to East Sussex, from The Barrowland's Ballroom last week to Bexhill-On-Sea this, The Jesus And Mary Chain's biggest tour for decades played out its penultimate UK gig (until September) in the resplendence of The De La Warr Pavilion. Hot on the back of their seventh studio album release, 'Damage And Joy', and their recent BBC6Music Festival appearance The Jesus And Mary Chain played to an appreciative, sold out, crowd.
With their first new album out in twenty years, a bunch of well received live dates behind them in recent years and a cooling off of sibling fractiousness The Jesus And Mary Chain took to the stage of this Modernist master piece. The band book ended the gig with songs from 'Damage And Joy' and filled the space in between with a set list that rang out like a greatest hits call to arms.
The opening track of their latest album unleashed the band on the expectant audience. With a joyously devilish squall and a tectonic bass, 'Amputation', the first single lifted off the album, kicked in. The noise was immense and the experience of witnessing the Mary Chain at full tilt again was nothing short of incredible. They followed on by stepping back some thirty years to 1987 with Jim and William's highest charting single, 'April Skies'. With a trademark vocal nonchalance and sensational, ground breaking, guitar the brothers Reid set the gig up as if they'd never been away. Pixies favourite, 'Head On', 'Far Gone And Out' and 'Blues From A Gun' followed before the band returned to their new material.
Continue reading: The Jesus And Mary Chain - De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea 06.04.17
I think for me The Jesus And Mary Chain have always been more than just their songs. In many ways, although revered and critically acclaimed in many circles, they have had more of an influence and been more of an inspiration than most give them credit for. When they initially broke through their sound, such a magnificent mixture of feral guitar and retro harmonies, was unleashed on a largely unsuspecting public to great effect. They may have had their own influences to help them arrive at the sound they did but they were real pioneers and truly unique at the time.
Just like the band's cited influences that went before them, especially The Velvet Underground, The Jesus And Mary Chain have helped shape the musical landscape for a generation. It is not unjustified to say that the early work of the Mary Chain was both seminal and ground breaking. 'Psychocandy' is a work of genius and certainly one of the greatest debut albums of all time. What Jim and William Reid and Bobby Gillespie brought was raw, unfettered, wild and extremely passionate. They were utterly alone in their sound at the time (A time when Jennifer Rush topped the charts with 'The Power Of Love) and utterly convincing in their belief and performance.
Thirty plus years on from that initial excitement, and some nineteen years since their last studio album, there is still a genuine buzz and animated expectation around both the band and the new album. 'Damage And Joy', the Mary Chains latest album is a full fourteen tracks and fifty three minutes long; twice as long as many of their early gigs! It's true that some of the songs are not entirely new, but, it is nonetheless a real joy to see them return, evidently buoyed by their live performances since their reunion.
Continue reading: The Jesus And Mary Chain - Damage And Joy Album Review
The duo are hitting the road after 'Damage And Joy'.
The Jesus And Mary Chain are hitting the road once again this Spring with a series of North American tour dates to follow up the release of their extremely long-awaited seventh studio album 'Damage and Joy'. Tickets will be on sale this week.
The Jesus and Mary Chain are returning for a North American tour
The band - fronted by Jim and William Reid - will begin their tour at The Palace in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 9th 2017, before hitting cities the likes of Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland and Seattle, and concluding at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on May 24th. These shows will mark the first performances of several of the tracks from the new album.
The Dorset festival returns with a varied mix of americana, folk, indie and psychedelia.
The first acts have been announced for this year's End Of The Road Festival in Dorset. The end of summer bash will host headliners Father John Misty and Mac De Marco, who top an eclectic bill which includes the multi-Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, indie troupers Real Estate, Scottish rockers The Jesus And Mary Chain, Malian husband and wife duo Amadou & Mariam, glam rock protégés The Lemon Twigs, and much more.
Mac De Marco's slot will be his only UK festival appearance this year, while Father John Misty is set to make his UK festival headline debut at the event. Both acts are set to release new material this year, with Father John Misty's Pure Comedy set for release in April, and De Marco's This Old Dog due to come out in May. The final headliner is yet to be announced. Last year saw Joanna Newsom, Cat Power and Animal Collective head the event.
Continue reading: First Acts Announced For End Of The Road Festival 2017
It's their first release in almost two decades.
The Jesus And Mary Chain are returning with their first album in nearly 20 years, and first studio venture since their 2007 live reunion. The new record is entitled 'Damage And Joy' and will hit shelves next year with opening song 'Amputation' already available.
The Jesus and Mary Chain to release new album 'Damage And Joy'
'Damage And Joy' marks the band's seventh studio album and first in 18 years, following 1998's 'Munki'. It's also their first collaboration with producer Martin Glover aka Youth, the founding member of Killing Joke and producer for bands the likes of Embrace, The Verve, Alien Sex Fiend and Dido. He also played bass on the record. Frontmen Jim and William Reid, who are the only original members, explained that it's taken some time to agree on where to go with the album.
The festival brings some exemplary headliners to the Netherlands this Summer.
The Netherlands' Best Kept Secret Festival won't be a secret for long if they keep introducing stellar acts such as this each year! The first line-up announcement includes Alt-J, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Joining the third line-up for Best Kept Secret this June is some of the finest indie, rock, punk and electronic artists the world has to over, with 35 more acts yet to be announced. Alongside newly reunited headliners The Libertines on Friday, June 19th 2015 are alt-rock veterans The Jesus And Mary Chain, playing the full tracklist of their 1985 debut album 'Psychocandy'. Aussie chart topper Chet Faker will also make an appearance, with Alabama's St. Paul & The Broken Bones who are currently on their 'Half The City' tour.
It's May and festival season is upon us, which means it will soon be time for Primavera Sound 2013, arguably the pinnacle of Europe's increasingly popular schedule. Set in beautiful Barcelona and mainly based on the Parc Del Forum site at the heart of the Diagonal Mar area of the Sant Marti district, this year's event will be the thirteenth edition of a festival that first opened its doors in the summer of 2001.
As has been the norm in recent years, Primavera week kicks off with a series of fringe events starting on Monday 20th May. Sonic Boom's Spectrum headline the Sala Apolo venue, with the likes of Bo Ningen, Godflesh, Veronica Falls and Parquet Courts all playing there over the two nights. The main festival itself kicks off at the Parc Del Forum on Wednesday 22nd May, with The Vaccines and Delorean heading a bill that also includes hotly tipped US trio Guards and skatepunk duo The Bots.
The main event itself gathers momentum the next evening for the following three days, where over 200 artists will perform across eight different stages until the early hours of Sunday morning. However, as in previous years, that isn't where the fun ends, as there'll be a series of free shows on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May in the Parc De La Ciutadella featuring the likes of Merchandise, The Babies and Mac De Marco, while Sunday evening's closing ceremony at the Sala Apolo will see performances from Deerhunter, Come and The Orchids among many others.
Continue reading: Primavera Sound Festival - 2013 Preview