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  • Hall or Nothing :: News :: The Ultimate Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend Is Back
    weekend FOR MORE INFORMATION www ianbrown co uk Following the success of their debut album St Jude which scooped the Guardian s debut album of the year at the close of 2008 THE COURTEENERS were one of the musical success stories of last year The bands live shows are already legendary and have rightly earned comparisons with The Smiths Stone Roses and Oasis With new tracks in the pipeline these shows are all set to mark another stage in the story of the Mancunian boys FOR MORE INFORMATION www thecourteeners com Famously achieving huge status without the help of any record label ENTER SHIKARI have progressed from being the poster boys of the label less new world to making huge strides towards becoming a massive band Having played huge shows across the world in the last two years they come to the dual sites all set to steal the show FOR MORE INFORMATION www entershikari com The EAGLES OF DEATH METAL come to the festival this year stirred and served chilled in a tall glass of class The band have rocked their way round the world since their inception in 1998 and their festival appearances are of legend this year we expect nothing short of legendary their sole purpose in life is to bring sexy back FOR MORE INFORMATION www eaglesofdeathmetal com Sunday 30 th August at The Reading Festival Saturday 29 th August at The Leeds Festival If there were an award for fan s favourite at Reading and Leeds then BLOC PARTY would be likely favourites at the bookies The subject of many pleas for an appearance at this year s festival on the chat rooms and blogs their sets are sure to be rapturously received by massive crowds at both sites With a well deserved reputation for never sitting on their laurels each of Bloc Party s three albums has its own distinct character whilst live the band have gone from strength to strength now more than capable of holding the huge crowds that are sure to gather for these sets FOR MORE INFORMATION www blocparty com YEAH YEAH YEAHS are back back BACK The New York City trio are poised to release the follow up to 2006 s Show Your Bones an album described as a slow burning masterpiece by Observer Music Monthly and one of the albums of the decade by NME in the shape of It s Blitz With lead single from that album Zero hogging the airwaves and looking to be a sure fire bet for their biggest single yet and with a well deserved reputation for incredible live shows these look like the shows that send the NYC band stellar FOR MORE INFORMATION www yeahyeahyeahs com VAMPIRE WEEKEND s debut eponymous album was one of the highlights of 2008 With a charm all of its own and a nod to African high life and American rock n roll in equal measure the preppy image saw the band described as brainy party music Live the good time feelings are there for all to enjoy and these shows are guaranteed to put a smile on the faces and a shuffle in the feet that will no doubt be packing in the crowds from front to back FOR MORE INFORMATION www vampireweekend com Over three albums BRAND NEW have carved a niche for their intelligent hard edged pop sound As frontman Jesse Lacey said We just want to play songs that you want to listen to over and over again and that kids relate to and that you can t get out of your head With a new album in the pipeline and an awesome live reputation expect a set full of unforgettable hooks FOR MORE INFORMATION www fightoffyourdemons com THE NME RADIO 1 STAGE For Friday 28 th August at The Leeds Festival Saturday 29 th August at The Reading Festival we are very proud to announce GOSSIP and GLASVEGAS as co headliners for this day The rise of GOSSIP to international prominence is a story that goes far beyond music In Beth Ditto the trio have a frontwoman who seemingly commands attention and who is prepared to use shock tactics to make good points Her naked NME cover shoot may well have provided a short window of incredulity in certain quarters but made a clear stand against the size zero fashion prevalent at the time Possessed of a true blues voice and backed by a truly innovative guitarist in Brace Paine and fluid drummer in Hannah Blilie their soon to come Rick Rubin produced new album is sure to be a massive hit by the time these co headline shows come round FOR MORE INFORMATION www gossipyouth co uk From winning the NME Philip Hall Radar Award in 2008 GLASVEGAS have risen at such speed that it seemingly defies gravity Not only are they daytime radio candidates but their first US appearances were greeted with similar rapture on the other side of the pond In debut album Glasvegas the quartet demonstrated an ability to meld heart rending lyrics to wall of sound production to create a new soul sound for the 21 st century With new tracks in the pipeline these co headline slots are where Glasvegas will come of age FOR MORE INFORMATION www glasvegas net In addition to these co headliner a very special headliner playing a long awaited UK appearance will be announced soon Other bands confirmed for the weekend on the Radio One NME Stage include Currently working on the follow up to the Mercury nominated Panic Prevention JAMIE T is fast proving himself a worthy successor to his musical inspirations Joe Strummer and Billy Bragg Having bagged the NME Award for Best Solo artist in 2007 the return of Jamie to the live stage is sure to see a packed tent at both sites FOR MORE INFORMATION www jamie t com Having built one of the most loyal fanbases in rock AFI broke to the overground on their

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  • Hall or Nothing :: News :: Heaven - The Album
    hold in your hands Mobius Band and Editors first met on Editors debut US tour and as bass player Russell Leech explains it wasn t quite love at first sight The opening band rolled up and I think managed to insult pretty much everybody within 24 hours of meeting us all We thought that we had chosen badly A few days later and after a great gig in Toronto we went out drinking with Mobius Band We still didn t know how to take them they had this intelligent sadistic humour that was witty and quick It took time to come round and to click but after 3 more weeks on tour we were all great friends That friendship led to a growing admiration from the four Editors for their new found friends music As the band s early EP s and debut US album release The Loving Sounds Of Static 2005 underwent heavy rotation on the Editors tour bus discussions began about how Editors could use their position within the UK as platinum artists to get this music out to the public Then they heard Heaven and the plan became increasingly urgent as Russell remembers When Heaven was released the record blew us away Our favorite track would change from week to week and we had to have the band come play the album to our fans in Europe They went down superbly well and sold more CD s on the road than they had in total previously It made sense for us to help out further and to put the record out Which is how you come to have this album in your hand Fuelled by a dual love of the dynamic of pop songs and the possibilities of experimentation shot through with sounds developed from Noam s

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  • Hall or Nothing :: News :: New album Better Than Heavy - details revealed
    musical artists who want to say something about the world they live in and be free of the merry go round of make record release make record release Attached to the old fashioned notion that its cool to care about the world you live in made popular by the punks and the 60 s counter culturalists before them we got together and made a record from our own pockets to make a stand and put our sword in the dirt Bringing together people from different parts in the world of different musical styles Mongrel merges the UK indie music scene with a hip hop community ignored for the large part by the wider media Tackling themes shied away from by mainstream musicians Mongrel was mixed and dubbed by Adrian Sherwood of ON U SOUND Made in the backdrop of London at a time when the BNP were on the increase and a man who calls Black People picaninnies is the mayor Mongrel is a celebration of everything that is good about Britain at the same time as pointing out its flaws A coming together of different culture s to form a common cause Mongrel release their debut album Better Than Heavy on 9 th March 2009 on Wall of Sound and single Hit From the Morning Sun on 16 th February The band who consist of vocalist Lowkey Andy Nicholson ex Arctic Monkey bassist Drew McConnell Babyshambles guitarist and vocalist Jon McClure and keyboard and horns man Joe Moskow both from Reverend and the Makers are joined by some of the finest names in the UK hip hop scene on various tracks including 16 rappers joining Jon and Lowkey on one track alone MONGREL BETTER THAN HEAVY Released 9 th March 2009 Mongrel on tour 2009 1 February NORWICH Waterfront

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  • Hall or Nothing :: News :: Madness – The Liberty of Norton Folgate, New album May 18th 2009
    2 2008 November 3 October 1 July 1 February 3 January 1 News 12 February 2009 Madness The Liberty of Norton Folgate New album May 18th 2009 On 18 th May Madness release their first studio album since 1999 s Wonderful The Liberty Of Norton Folgate comprises fourteen tracks of quintessential Madness subversive expansive British pop music at its finest as you would expect from one of the country s most successful and enduring bands As with all previous Madness albums The Liberty Of Norton Folgate features songwriting contributions from across the band and is a timely reminder of the ability of this unique act to turn their hand to multiple musical styles The band s home town is the star of the show from lead track We Are London through to the closing 10 minute finale of the title track celebrated for its diversity and characters and as the backdrop to the tales of lives lived Few bands have come close to soundtracking London in the way of Madness and The Liberty Of Norton Folgate is an audio guide to the greatest city on earth The title is inspired by one of those wonderful quirks of British law Norton Folgate is a small area of East London distinct from the surrounding borough in terms of local government an original libery drawing its administration from the people of the area Originally the haunt of actors and artists including Christopher Marlowe Norton Folgate is symbolic of the spirit and independence of London and its people a city built on innovation and adventure The Liberty Of Norton Folgate sees a full return to the music world for the seven members of Madness following last year s Christmas tour which culminated in a sold out celebratory home town show at the O2 The

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  • Hall or Nothing :: News :: The Brighton Port Authority Biography
    1980s although since the tapes are unmarked it s unclear when each one dates from Norman Cook meanwhile was certainly the driving force behind the BPA but when confronted on the subject he usually becomes extremely cagey This is just a load of bollocks he notoriously once replied when asked about it by Sir Melvyn Bragg who was researching a potential South Bank Show Special However approached more recently by a local newspaper he took a very different tack stating There was so much potential then From what little I can remember it was such an interesting time Simon played me some of the tapes and I m amazed at the quality The BPA was a great lost era for Norman and numerous other musicians explains Dr Seal They were experimenting with all kinds of concepts Iggy Pop was over in the mid 70s he was really out there The BPA were having some kind of warehouse party testing synthesizers shooting fireworks across the bay Iggy just had to get involved He recorded a version of The Monochrome Set s debut single He s Frank four years before The Monochrome Set wrote it It was an incredible time The BPA s modus operandi appears to have been to convene for sessions at times pre agreed according to astrological principles laid out by their guru Baba Ganoush sadly now deceased On auspicious dates they would gather and jam Some of these sessions listened to in the cold light of 2008 are classic notably a song called Local Town sung by Jamie T some time in the late 70s Lots of other artists crossed paths with the BPA although many now deny ever having had met them The vocal on a catchy number called Toe Jam is patently David Byrne despite his reticence on the subject and at some point during the BPA s mauve spell when Cook and Thornton both insisted they could only record on equipment painted mauve Martha Wainwright stopped by and laid down the vocals for a dubbed out track called Spade Most of the material on the tapes dates from some time in the 70s but there s the odd thing that has been recorded since X Press 2 s Ashley Beedle is one of the few who acknowledges his presence at BPA sessions the results being the rock steady Should I Stay Or Should I Blow which he says speaks for itself When questioned further he simply gives a wry wistful smile and ventures Good days but that s all I can remember The names of many players in the long running BPA saga have been lost to history but local cornet player and roadie Charlie Stains was occasionally asked to the studio You never knew what to expect from one day to the next recalls Arthur I remember they went through a stage when Simon insisted that television sets if tuned off channel were receptors for alien messages I went into the studio one day

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  • Hall or Nothing :: News :: I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat
    the seafront HQ of the Brighton Port Authority originally styled the Brighton Phonographic Authority chairman Norman Cook later to find international fame under a variety of guises and cohort Simon Thornton were at the hub of a set of recordings that inadvertently created the roots of punk acid house trip hop and many other now accepted genres That this underground gang never achieved recognition for their efforts is as much to do with the lack of focus in those heady days as the somewhat puzzling situation whereby Jamie T recorded a track before his conception and Iggy Pop on a stop over from recordings in Berlin with the Thin White Duke covered The Monochrome Set s He s Frank a full four years before the band actually wrote it As for the creation of the artist known as Martha Wainwright originally found on a beach and taught to speak English with an American accent by the chairman in exchange for her contribution well things just get weird at that point So many years on and following the slow disbandment throughout the 80 s of the BPA in a series of half remembered recriminations and long forgotten fall outs 2008 saw the tapes re appear during construction of luxury flats on the Brighton sea front What is revealed is an album that was and still is light years ahead of not just its time but the times in which we now live Across the 12 tracks now immediately recognisable names such as David Byrne Dizzee Rascal Ashley Beedle and Justin Robertson join a host of new up and comers from the later sessions to create an album bursting with diversity but held together by a sheer exuberance in the joy of creating and a willingness to discard the straightjackets of genre

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  • Hall or Nothing :: News :: Elbow - Biography
    album being their biggest selling and highest profile release To understand this is to understand Elbow a unique musical force that is built on the traditions and seemingly destined to emulate the grand points of progressive music with such touchstones as REM Massive Attack and Pink Floyd That Elbow s debut award was The Nationwide Mercury Music Prize more widely known as The Mercury is apt given that the prize is awarded to the most accomplished and musically valid record of the year Given that previous winners of the prize have been the subject of heated debate as to their merits or lack of them it says much about the perception of Elbow that there was a universal chorus of approval for their triumph Coming as it did some five months after the release of The Seldom Seen Kid the award catapulted Elbow into the big leagues and the album back into the UK Top 5 The October UK tour became the biggest lap of honour in recent memory with critics joining in the celebrations and the NME going so far as rejoicing in finally seeing Elbow reaping the rewards they deserve The more astute observer would have seen this coming though as tracks from the album spent the summer soundtracking both the Olympics and the European Football Championships whilst Grounds For Divorce trailed Burn After Reading the recent Coen Brothers release on cinema and television screens across the globe That this was then followed by a BRIT Award for Best British Band and an NME Award for Outstanding Contribution To British Music that were applauded from all corners and once again propelled The Seldom Seen Kid into the UK Top 5 serves to demonstrate the depth of affection for this most unique of bands Elbow have always believed that music has a redemptive power that their compositions should affect people in the deepest way possible that their music will achieve if it touches their audience The five have seldom if ever been concerned about sales patterns and chart placings preferring the evidence of the public and critical reaction to their releases over the well worn road of hits and column inches Elbow remain the only band in NME history to secure four consecutive 9 10 album reviews another unique achievement and a further testament to their ability to transcend the vagaries of musical fashion and trends The Seldom Seen Kid is a distillation of what makes Elbow such a musical force The strength of Mark Potter s guitar and the rhythmic muscle of Richard Jupp s drums shine through Grounds For Divorce producer and keyboard player Craig Potter s widescreen delicacy illuminates The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver and the playful yet experimental mindset of all five delivers the trumpet stabs that arrest the listener on album opener Starlings This is a band unencumbered by genre that can accommodate the Bacharach and David like The Fix and the hyper anthemic One Day Like This on the same album

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  • Hall or Nothing :: News :: Dig Out Your Soul
    demands your attention from the opening note Recorded quickly it basically is the demo according to Noel the track is a first taste of the sense of freedom and new ideas that burst through the album Add Liam s trademark vocal and you have that adrenaline surge that characterises the best of Oasis from Rock n Roll Star to Acquiesce and beyond The album opens with the Noel penned Bag It Up a psychedelic excursion that finds Liam telling us that the freaks are rising up through the floor Noel delivers his vision of the Roses doing The Stooges on The Turning whilst the hypnotic Falling Down spreads the influences further and is hailed by Noel as the kind of song I ve wanted to write for years Liam s songwriting abilities move on yet again with his contributions to Dig Out Your Soul First up of his three tracks is I m Outta Time described by Noel as deceptively brilliant a piano led ballad of devastating simplicity Ain t Got Nothing is a furious sonic assault whilst album closer Soldier On is a reverb heavy communal groove embellished with a white out melodica outro With Gem Archer adding his stream of consciousness groove heavy To Be Where There s Life and Andy Bell upping the psychedelic ante with The Nature Of Reality Dig Out Your Soul achieves an immediacy that is a testament to Noel s ambition to make the album we ve been leading up to since Gem and Andy joined the band Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with producer Dave Sardy and mixed in Los Angeles Dig Out Your Soul is available on four physical as well as digital formats including a special edition digipack RKIDCD51X with bonus DVD disc containing 40 mins of footage including exclusive behind the scenes making of the album and video for The Shock Of The Lightning Dig Out Your Soul will also be available on double heavyweight vinyl RKIDLP51 and standard single CD RKIDCD51 formats and for the first time ever Oasis are releasing a collectors edition box set RKIDBOX51R A strictly limited quantity of these box sets will be available through the band s web site at www oasisinet com and at selected retail stores The superbly packaged set weighing in at a hefty 3 7 kilos is the only place fans can get all the songs remixes and audio visual material recorded for Dig Out Your Soul It includes The album on CD Bonus track CD with 9 tracks and remixes a DVD featuring 40 mins of footage including exclusive behind the scenes making of the album and video for The Shock Of The Lightning 4 x heavy weight vinyl records containing the album and bonus tracks a deluxe 24 page hardback book plus an Mp3 download of the album oasisinet only Fans can see the boxset on YouTube www youtube com oasisinetofficial Dig Out Your Soul will also be available in two separate formats for download purchasers In

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