Jabberwocky, the brand new arts, film and music festival taking place in London this August at the Excel Centre as just added 16 new acts to its impressive lineup, boasting Neutral Milk Hotel as its first headliner.
But joining NMH is last year’s Mercury Prize Winner, James Blake who will be sure to delight the crowd playing tracks from his acclaimed sophomore record ‘Overgrown’.
Exciting punk outfit from Cardiff, Joanna Gruesome will also appearing at the festival together with New York four-piece indie-rock group The Van Pelt who are regrouping this year and giving a special performance at the festival.
Jabberwocky proves with these acts and several more that they will be a unique experience and no other event this summer will be quite as unique.
Tickets are on sale now for Jabberwocky Festival at http://www.atpfestival.com/events/jabberwocky2014/tickets.php
FULL LINEUP SO FAR:
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL / JAMES BLAKE / CARIBOU / DARKSIDE / ELECTRIC WIZARD / CONNAN MOCKASIN / FOREST SWORDS
THEE OH SEES / SUN KIL MOON / THE BUG / KODE 9 / DEAFHEAVEN / THE EX / PISSED JEANS / FOREST SWORDS / PERFECT PUSSY / EARTH / ICEAGE / JESU / AMEN DUNES / SPEEDY ORTIZ / I BREAK HORSES / METZ / THE VAN PELT / PATTEN / EAUX / VATICAN SHADOW / PAUS / YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN / JOANNA GRUESOME / CHELSEA WOLFE / HOOKWORMS / THE GROWLERS / OSO LEONE / JOANA SERRAT
Reverend & the Makers are celebrating the release of their new album ‘Thirty-Two’ which is named that for a variety of reasons (we’ll get to that) and their cult following seems to have received it pretty well. Known for their enthusiasm, Reverend & the makers are a band that are important to many across the country. Frontman Jon took some time to answer some questions about the new record, touring and crazy fans.
Embrace are back, which will be a huge excitement to many. The post-britpop band have five albums under their belt, three of which went straight to the top of the UK Charts and have had many top ten singles to boot, with their highest, ‘Nature’s Law’ peaking at Number 2. This EP might not be the bang that some fans might have been hoping from Danny McNamara and co. after eight years away but still proves that the boys have got material in them.
Titular track ‘Refugees’ is reflective of each of the four tracks on here; each of them starts off on a more slow and rhythmic vibe than their previous work but ends up exploding in the last third of a track. This is of course a good thing as making a meteoric anthem is something this lot are certainly familiar with.
This is a fascinating album announcement to say the least.
Reptile Youth, an unsigned band from Copenhagen, have just unveiled the video for new single ‘JJ’ and it’s put simply, brilliant. Self-described as “pop anti-heroes” the duo look impeccably styled in this breathtakingly shot video by Rasmus Weng Karlsen.
The pair are seen sacrificing themselves to the icy seas and it makes for both compulsive viewing and listening; filled to the brim with a modern punk attitude, it’s clear that this is music to lose your mind to. But it doesn’t become overly aggressive or attack you. There are more relaxed undertones to the track that make you more aware of the awe-inspiring escapist atmosphere the duo have made.
Reptile Youth’s debut album ‘Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone’ is out March 10th.
Cage The Elephant are one of today’s most interesting indie bands from North America. There’s something so intricate and delicate about every one of their lyrics that they might seem out of grasp yet they all seem to come into focus imminently upon first listen. And of course sonically, their post-modern mix of psychedelica, punk and alt-rock is one of the most interesting sounds around today. Frontman Matt Schultz spoke with me on the phone whilst the band are in the UK supporting Foals on their nationwide tour. We chatted all about their new record ‘Melophobia’, art, bears and the possibility of them opening up their own studio.
With their early bird tickets selling out in just eight minutes, it’s clear that the demand for the festival is high this year to say the least. And I’d be willing to put a large amount of money on the demand becoming even larger with this line-up.
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Festival organiser, Simon Mawby has said, “We are so excited with our first announcement and are welcoming some of the biggest names we’ve ever had to our stages. The best part is this is just the beginning, with another headliner and hundreds more acts to come. It will truly be the best value Y Not ever.”
Riding high on the might successful year they had last year, CHVRCHES have just made the first signing to their new label Goodbye Records. She’s definitely a bit different to the synth-pop trio but equally as impressive.
It is slightly ironic that in an album that has the title ‘Red’ in it that the cover is drenched in blue; everything from the background to that shimmery dress. Well, her hair is red, but let’s ignore that because blue is most certainly the perfect colour to describe this album. Because in one regard, it is that shimmering dress; it’s full of sparkle, excitement and buzz. But on the other, it’s that blue feeling; the loneliness, insecurity and put simply, the sadness.
Beans on Toast has just unveiled new single ‘Keep You’ before he heads out to tour the UK with good pal and label-mate Frank Turner.
In typical Beans style, the track is a cute guitar song with honest and frank lyrics delivered in an equally humble fashion. Sure, some might find it shchmalzy but I’d opt instead to say that it’s all a bit cute. Perfect in the week before Valentine’s Day.