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By The Sea Festival - Dreamland, Margate, Kent 30th September/1st October 2016


On the South East coast of England, in the once resplendent seaside resort of Margate, By The Sea Festival took up residency in the re-imagined heritage pleasure park, Dreamland. After the success of Foals and Hot Chip in its inaugural year By The Sea returned to a resurgent Margate to blend the established with the up and coming in an environment like no other. Amongst the helter skelter, big wheel, carousels and coasters the various artists took to the stages (and decks) in the wonderfully evocative Roller Disco, down at the dodgems or in the newly restored Hall By The Sea. With Kiss Me Quick cocktails and enough locally brewed cider to entice The Wurzels the amassed throngs were in for a very entertaining weekend.

By The Sea Festival - Dreamland, Margate, Kent 30th September/1st October 2016

Wild Beasts ("They're so f'ing sexy"-Blaine Harrison, Mystery Jets) got off to a cracking start in the Hall By The Sea with a pumped up version of 'Big Cat' and an impromptu birthday celebration for "ideosynchratic drummer" Chris Talbot before launching into a sizemic, shape shifting and floor shaking rendition of 'He The Colossus' and a wonderful working of 'Wanderlust'. The Kendal foursome sounded on top of their game, channelling circa '82 Simple Minds, ahead of their upcoming live set on 6Music.

In the shabby chic surroundings of the kitsch come cool Roller Disco, Mystery Jets got joyously playful with 'Flash A Hungry Smile'. After the initial grief imparted in 'Telomere' they ramped up the tempo and asked the assembled masses, "do you feel like dancing?" A blinding rendition of their single, 'Bubblegum', ensued. Taken from the band's latest album, 'Curve Of The Earth', it easily got the biggest interaction of the night so far. The Middlesex quartet followed up with another crowd pleaser, 'Young Love', and quite bizarrely another birthday shout-out, this time for Gary who did all of the MJ's art work! With apparently "too many tracks for just one album this year" the band took to a highlight off their new 5 track E.P, 'The Whole Earth', 'The World Is Overtaking Me' sounded spectacular, with front man Blaine and his three cohorts synched in tight unison, delivering a belting track replete with (Tubeway Army era) Numan esc keyboard loop, they sounded awesome; full of passion and presence as well as full of love for their fellow performers, especially The Big Moon, Wild Beasts and Meilyr Jones (at one time late on in his set striking a quick Bowie pose whilst teasing us with an all too brief classic Bowie riff) Mystery Jets pitched it perfectly in the Roller Disco with a short, sharp very entertaining set that left you just aching for a little more.

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Wild Beasts - Get My Bang


Wild Beasts, make a welcome return with their new single Get My Bang which is just as sleazy as it is sultry. This is the first single from their new album 'Boy King' wich will be released through Domino records on 5th August 2016. The video for Get My Bang was directed by Olivier Groulx who directed the video for Arcade Fire's Black Mirror.

Wild Beasts - Single Review


Having first garnered critical acclaim with their second album release, 'Two Dancers', British art-pop band Wild Beasts have steadily leaked into mainstream conciousness over the past five years. Their latest album, 'Present Tense', is their best selling yet reaching number ten in the UK Album Chart. 'Mecca' is the second single from the new release and truly shows why Wild Beasts are ever growing in popularity.

Wild Beasts - Mecca Single Review

'Mecca' kicks off with extended, spiritual sounding synth notes while, underneath, another synth chimes deeper, lonely notes, overall giving an otherworldly effect but at the same time delivering a sense of humanity that Wild Beasts have become particularly adept at conveying. As vocalist Hayden Thorpe croons the first half of the chorus in near silence, you gear yourself up for a sudden huge explosion of electronics. However, all that happens is a straightforward drum beat coupled with ethereal building synths, giving off a not unpleasant sense of unpredictability. Aside from the bridge, which veers off into a minimal, twinkly guitar solo, this really is all 'Mecca' is; the same synth tone, a steady drum beat and consistent vocals. Even so, it somehow feels like so much more, which is quite an achievement. It could be due to how these different elements are so wisely arranged; the power evenly distributed as opposed to just all working together to make the biggest sound possible.

The lyrics on 'Mecca' paint a picture of desperately wanting to feel a certain way again, though ultimately revealing that this feeling is always inside us - we just need to convince it to come out. It's a mature way of looking at human emotions, rather than exploring how our environment and relationships effect the way we feel.

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Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions Series To Air On Channel 4 Ft. Kelis, Lykke Li And More

Posted on 13 May 2014

Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions Series To Air On Channel 4 Ft. Kelis, Lykke Li And More

Free Download Of Wild Beasts 'Wanderlust - The Field Remix' [Listen]

Posted on 12 March 2014

Free Download Of Wild Beasts 'Wanderlust - The Field Remix' [Listen]

150 Artists Join The Great Escape 2014 Line-Up Wild Beasts And These New Puritans Plus Many More

Posted on 26 February 2014

150 Artists Join The Great Escape 2014 Line-up Wild Beasts And These New Puritans Plus Many More

End Of The Road Festival 2014 Flaming Lips And Wild Beasts Confirmed In 52-Act Lineup Announcement

Posted on 19 February 2014

End Of The Road Festival 2014 Flaming Lips And Wild Beasts Confirmed In 52-Act Lineup Announcement

Unknown Croatia 2014 Announces Over 50 Acts Including Chvrches, Wild Beasts, Mount Kimbie And More

Posted on 10 February 2014

Unknown Croatia 2014 Announces Over 50 Acts Including Chvrches, Wild Beasts, Mount Kimbie And More

Field Day, Victoria Park, London. 6th August 2011 Live Review


As one-day music festivals go, London's Field Day stands out from the crowd as being the most ambitious and forward-thinking certainly in terms of its booking policy. Concentrating on the more hip end of the spectrum along with legendary artists of yore, the Eat Your Own Ears curated event has hosted the likes of Wild Beasts, Laura Marling, Foals, The Horrors and Bat For Lashes at very early stages in their artistic development since its inaugural bash in 2007. Situated in Victoria Park just a stones throw away from Mile End tube station in the capital's east side, this year has seen Field Day expand its number of stages to seven, with the Do You Come Here Often? and joint venture between the Lock Tavern and Shacklewell Arms each hosting line-ups for the first time.

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Wild Beasts - Bed Of Nails


Wild Beasts' new single 'Bed of Nails' is available to download in an exclusive postcard format from the band's record label, Domino Records. 'Bed of Nails' is taken from their third album, 'Smother', which was released earlier this year in May and peaked at number 17 in the UK Album Charts.

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Wild Beasts - Tuesday 3rd August 2010 at Kendal Calling Kendal, England

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Wild Beasts - Hayden Thorpe (L) and Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts Tuesday 20th July 2010 at Mercury Music Prize London, England

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Wild Beasts - We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues


We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues video from Wild Beasts

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Wild Beasts - All The King's Men


Watch the All The King's Men video from Leeds based Wild Beasts.

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Wild Beasts, Two Dancers Album Review


Review of Wild Beasts album Two Dancers released through Domino Records.

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Wild Beasts - Saturday 1st August 2009 at Field Day London, England

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Wild Beasts at Live At Leeds Wild Beasts performing live at Josephs Well as part of Live At Leeds 04/05/09 Photo by Tom Martin.

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Wild Beasts, Limbo, Panto Album Review


Review of Wild Beasts debut album Limbo, Panto released through Domino Records.

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Wild Beasts, Assembly Single Review


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