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Solfest 2011

Posted on April 20, 2011
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THE STRANGLERS

THE DAMNED / THE SAW DOCTORS / CAST

KATE RUSBY / WILKO JOHNSON / CAMILLE O' SULLIVAN

LAU / UK SUBS / BOMBSKARE / KANDA BONGO MAN / PO’ GIRL
THE TRAVELLING BAND / SAD SOCIETY / MOSTLY AUTUMN / 3 DAFT MONKEYS
WASHINGTON IRVING / THE RAY SUMMERS / BIKINI BEACH BAND / PIKEY BEATZ
ROOM FULL OF OWLS / FALLING RED / COLT 45 / WITH LIGHTS OUT
I AM SPARTACUS / MINUS 27 / RED PERSONA

+ MORE ACTS STILL TO ANNOUNCE, INCLUDING DANCE LINE-UP

The first acts have been announced for Solfest 2011. Punk icons The Stranglers will be joined by fellow genre legends The Damned, cult Irish band The Saw Doctors and classic 90’s Britpop outfit Cast.

The Damned have specially chosen Solfest to celebrate 35 years since the release of their debut single ‘New Rose’, which landed in 1976.

Folk songstress Kate Rusby, Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, and a host of other folk, pop and rock bands will appear across the weekend, due to take place over August Bank Holiday Weekend in an idyllic setting near the Lake District.

Solfest is also very happy to welcome singer, actress, and all-round alternative entertainer Camille O’ Sullivan, who brings an element of burlesque to the festival for the first time.

Weekend Camping Tickets are now on sale for £89 via www.solfest.org.uk, following all 1,000 Early Bird tickets for this year’s festival selling out in record time.

Solfest is the definitive festival for music hungry families. Welcoming, inclusive, inventive and jam-packed with carefully selected chart-topping acts from across the decades; it’s one of North England’s best kept and beautiful festival secrets with a stunning family area, workshops and five stages packed with music.

Its unique setting allows you to park right next to your tent for the most effortless camping experience, while wood for campfires is provided free of charge for those wanting a classic outdoors adventure. Solfest also invites traders from around the world to sell goods, food and drinks around the site, so you’ll never be wanting for anything while on site.

The particularly family-friendly event, held between 26th – 29th August and located on the edge of the Lake District, is one of the more wonderful British music festivals, tucked between the Solway coast and the Cumbrian fells. It offers a very open-minded and all-welcoming atmosphere for fans of music and the great outdoors, with a quality music programme incorporating classic guitar noise, pleasing new beats and eclectically satisfying melodies that Solfest hope will be accessible to their entire audience.

This beautiful setting has been the host for the last seven years to a mix of both well-established and emerging artists from all over the world, as well as an interesting array of walkabout acts and local talent.

Previous acts to play the festival include punk, Britpop, dance and indie legends The Charlatans, James, The Wonderstuff, Supergrass, The Proclaimers, The Orb, Sham 69, The Bees, Buzzcocks, The Levellers, Utah Saints and The Magic Numbers. With more acts still to announce, 2011 looks to have the most diverse and exciting bill yet for Solfest.

Tickets are priced at £89. A young persons ticket (12-16) is £62. A Childs ticket (6-11) is £25, 5 and under tickets are priced at £1 (admin fee). No booking fee, P+P for internet sales apply.

Tarnside Farm, Tarns, Silloth, West Cumbria CA74NQ

Dates: 26th to 29th August 2011

Further Information: www.solfest.org.uk

 

Hot Water Music UK revival tour

Posted on April 15, 2011
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THE REVIVAL TOUR COMING TO UK/EUROPE Featuring Chuck Ragan, Brian Fallon, Dan Andriano, Dave Hause
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011

 

Los Angeles, Ca. (April 12, 2011) Folk music was born from a rich tradition of giving and openness-and no one has done more to bring that original spirit back to the genre in recent years than Chuck Ragan has with his Revival Tour. Ragan-who is well-known as both a solo artist as well as guitarist/vocalist for the legendary punk act Hot Water Music-conceptualized the idea for The Revival Tour in 2005, however it didn't come to fruition until 2008 when Ragan hit the road with Avail's Tim Barry, Lucero's Ben Nichols and a cast of revolving guests-including Against Me!'s Tom Gabel-for the tour's inaugural year.

This year the tour will hit the UK and mainland Europe. Joining Chuck will be Brian Fallon from The Gaslight Anthem, Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio and Dave Hause from The Loved Ones. Accompaniment by Jon Gaunt on fiddle and Joe Ginsberg on upright bass will round out the crew.

"The most important part of The Revival Tour is the camaraderie and the way people are drawn to each other whether they're playing a mandolin, singing, playing fiddle or there to see the show," Ragan explains. "We live and breathe this music and I think it's just a natural instinct for people who believe and live music to want to share that with other like-minded musicians," he summarizes.

The Revival Tour UK/Europe is:

Sep 27 UK Bristol, O2 Academy
Sep 28 UK Manchester, Academy 2
Sep 29 UK Dublin, Academy
Sep 30 UK Glasgow, O2 ABC
Oct 1 UK Newcastle, Northumbria Students Union
Oct 2 UK Nottingham, Rock City
Oct 4  NL Amsterdam, Bitterzoet
Oct 5 GER Hamburg, Günspan
Oct 6 GER Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg
Oct 7 AT Wien, Arena
Oct 8 GER Munchen, Backstage Halle
Oct 9 CH Zurich, Dynamo
Oct 11 GER Wiesbaden, Ringkirsche
Oct 12 GER Cologne, Gloria
Oct 13 GER Munster, Skaters Palace
Oct 14 B Antwerp, Trix
Oct 15 UK London, Shepards Bush
Oct 16 UK Cardiff, Uni Solus
Oct 17 UK Portsmouth, Pyramids

www.therevivaltour.com

When I Die I Want To Be A Record

Posted on April 13, 2011
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Andvinyly come up with the genius idea of pressing your ashes into records. You can even record your own personal message on the vinyl. How cool would it be to have a Ramones track playing at your funeral and then a message from you at the end saying "so long suckers, now party". That's how I'm gonna go!

You can even have up to 30 pressed to distribute via your friends and relatives!

Read on:

AndVinyly, the creation of English record label boss Jason Leach, offers the service for around $3500 so you can "live on from beyond the groove!"

Your ashes, or ashes of parts of you, are pressed into as many as 30 records, a process that Mr Leach said was not complicated.

Customers can supply audio, or choose music from the website's 'Raveyard', and then let their loved ones listen to a last message spinning around and around. Forever.

While all this might sound a bit on the nose, Mr Leachsaid the response had been "huge".

The inspiration came from "a desire to be immortal coupled with sadness at the decline in record sales and music you can touch back".

The nostalgia of vinyl is part of the appeal. It’s certainly not something you can do with an iPod.

Mr Leach came up with the idea after watching a TV program that showed an American having his ashes put into fireworks, which prompted him to wonder how he'd like to be remembered.

"It's a bit more interesting than being in a pot on a shelf," he told Wired UK.

A vinyl memorial was also more practical than scattering ashes, Mr Leach said. For example, there's no danger of a change in the wind sending the ash back over mourners, something that happened to his family at his grandfather's send-off.

To complete the package, the website offers unique artwork for the 'Rest In Vinyl' album sleeve. National Portrait Gallery artist James Hague can paint your portrait for the cover, with your ashes mixed into the paint.

Those wanting to share their memory with the world can even distribute the album through vinyl stores internationally.

The service is also available for pets.

 

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