It's hard to start anywhere other than Field Day this week - extended to a two-day event and with the Pixies headlining the inaugural Sunday, it's sure to be the event of the summer.
We've also included comedy from Tim Key and John Thompson and loads more great music - with Stephen Malkmus, Neko Case, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Night Beds, and the Lanzarote Xmas Party with Jacuzzi Boys, Night Beats and more. Listen to them all in this week's playlist.
DEC Philippines Appeal
Every year we run a Christmas campaign for a charity close to our hearts, but this year we started early - responding to the tragedy unfolding in the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan was 300 miles across when it struck the Philippines on the 8th of November and one of the most intense tropical storms to ever make landfall anywhere in the world. It brought torrential rain, sustained winds of over 195mph and a storm surge of up to 30 feet that devastated coastal areas.
There are millions of people who have been affected, including hundreds of thousands who have been forced from their homes. There are countless dead. Those who have survived now need urgent help including emergency shelter, clean water and food.
Please consider making a donation to the appeal when buying tickets.
Field Day 2014 - Two-day event headlined by Pixies
After another hugely successful and unforgettable event last summer, we are thrilled to announce one big change for Field Day 2014: For the first time ever, Field Day is expanding to a two day event and will be held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of June 2014. With the rest of the line-up still to be confirmed, the inaugural Sunday event will be headlined by the Pixies - so get those earlybird and first release tickets now!
London Victoria Park on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th June tickets/info
Welcome to the sound of Winston Yellen (aka Night Beds), who, with stunning debut album 'Country Sleep' has shown that there is plenty of life left in the world of American music if you have the voice, the songs and the gift to touch hearts and souls. Think of a space between Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon), Gram Parsons and the dreamier side of My Morning Jacket; a heavenly place of pure country soul, touched by an endearing innocence and honesty that can only come from someone still in their early twenties.
Brighton The Haunt on Monday 2nd December tickets/info
London Scala on Tuesday 3rd December tickets/info
Oxford DHP @ O2 Academy2 on Thursday 5th December tickets/info
Leeds The Brudenell Social Club on Sunday 8th December tickets/info
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Having got through the Pavement reunion tours relatively unscathed, at least in terms of credibility - Malkmus clearly didn't take much satisfaction from the nostalgia trip - slacker rock's equivalent to Bob Dylan has since released 'Mirror Traffic' and will follow with 'Wig Out at Jagbags' next year. Hailed as his best records for some time, the two mark a return to his playful songcraft of yore and showcases one of the greatest talents of our age. Playing live in Leeds, Malkmus brings his Jicks along for a show that's sure to sell out. Get your tickets now!
Leeds The Brudenell Social Club on Monday 13th January tickets/info
John Thomson is a familiar face from The Fast Show, Coronation Street and Cold Feet amongst many others. His many TV and comedy sketch show appearances over the years make him a firm favourite with audiences, and with bucket loads of experience, he's sure not to get cold feet (groan!) at these shows.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Originally put together by Efrim of post-rock marvels Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and built around a core of musicians either from or associated with that act, it took a while for Silver Mt. Zion to come out of the shadow of that particular behemoth, but in the last few years they've become just as popular. Their music is both beautiful and crushing, and is accompanied by their trademark haunting group vocals. This is music that has to be seen live to be understood and I implore you to get tickets now.
London Koko on Sunday 23rd February tickets/info
Tim Key: Single White Slut
Key wades back into Soho, climbs into his poetry clothes and leans against his mic stand for another hour. He will recollect simple tales of love, gaze dead-eyed at the ladies, recite verse and do basic talking. A lot of fairly grubby water's sloshed under Key’s bridge of late so he'll be churning that up. Developed as a 'work-in-slutgress' at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, 'Single White Slut' is the brand new show from the Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Time Out Comedy Performer Of The Year, and star of 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa'.
Lanzarote Xmas Party
Jacuzzi Boys, Night Beats, Gang Colours, Paradise
Sailor Jerry and Lanzarote Events will be celebrating Christmas early with a late night mini festival across two rooms at Corsica Studios, featuring a choice selection of their favourite bands and DJs until 2am. Miami trio Jacuzzi Boys headline the six band bill featuring Seattle’s garage psych stalwarts Night Beats, experimental producer Gang Colours, Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy Vu's solo project Sisu, tropical electronic duo Paradise, along with the kosmiche kraut stylings of Sexbeat label artist Moon Gangs.
London Corsica Studios on Thursday 5th December tickets/info
There's a special challenge to being an artist in this increasingly fractured cultural age; a delicate balancing act, between being of your time, and striving for timelessness. Few contemporary artists even try, but Neko Case is an exception. Both as a solo star and member of successful indie-rock group The New Pornographers, Case's creative evolution has made for an impressive story - and she has written the most remarkable chapter with the release of her sixth album, 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You' earlier this year.
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