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Live Review - Bastille at Koko for Virgin 40

Carly Wilford | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carly Wilford

Playing the last date of their recent tour before hot stepping to Europe and America next, Bastille have grown and so has their music. It's crazy that in just nine months since first meeting them that things have come so far.

Bournemouth, Folkestone Exeter & Out.

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

Peter was a little worse for wear by the end of the show that night. His favourite drink is a cocktail called 'The Brucie Special'. Throughout the set he seemed bent on downing as many as he could. There's a certain slapstick quality to watching poor old Brucie double tasking between drum teching and being Pete's bartender.

Molly Naylor and the Cambridgeshire Crime Wave

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

A day or two later we read in the paper that £25,000 worth of mobile phones are stolen during the performance. That explains the crowd chant of "where's my f*cking phone gone" that goes up towards the end of the set - not surprisingly it utterly mystifies us at the time.

Loveless and the Leicester Lurch

Drew McConnell | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

Leicester. This town instantly makes me think of two things. The first is a patented dance manoeuvre, known only within limited circles as The Leicester Lurch©. Invented onstage during a Babyshambles gig in Leicester circa 2006.

Barbarians of Birmingham

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

During soundcheck Adam is keen to run any tunes I think Peter could surprise us with -this has happened a few times already on the tour- so we fire through A'Rebours and French Dog Blues. The Birmingham Academy is a cavernous old room, and soundchecks here are notoriously unhelpful.

Meet Jai, the Merchandise Guy

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

Today is Jai's birthday. Who is Jai, you ask? Well, if you've been to one of the shows this tour, you may remember the handsome devil behind the merch stall. What you didn't realise as you perused the fine selection of quality products on offer, is that Jai is one of Peter's oldest and best pals.

The Hatfield Bop

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

This was the one everybody was curious about. Reading down the list of dates on the tour, every show was in a well-trodden town except this one. No one I spoke to had played here either, indeed few had even heard of it. Turns out it's a newish venue, built on the University of Hertfordshire campus.


Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

We played pretty well, a touch rusty perhaps after a short gap since Paris. It didn't matter though; the crowd were determined to make it an incredible evening. Every so often an audience shocks you with their reaction- Sheffield were just such an audience this first night back on the road, they went berserk from start to finish. The Steel City embracing some London Troublemakers, what?

Promo: "Can You Go On a Cookery Show?"

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

The first bit of promo was pretty surreal. We actually have a really great team in Parlophone France, and we trust them to book us for promotional performances appropriately. On this occasion however we arrived at the TV studio to discover we had been booked to play a cookery show. Ok, why not?

Plumbing Conundrums and Rhododendrons

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

The show tonight was ace. A game of two halves; the main set was solid, but we really came to life during the encore. After a good run of consecutive shows, we can now follow Peter's wilder 'band direction' with ease.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 7 Oct - 13 Oct 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

We're fairly confident that we've ticked all the new music boxes in this week's round-up of unmissable gigs.

How Bastille Went From Smuggling Themselves Into Festivals to Headlining Them

Freya Bromley | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

I interviewed Bastille as they headlined Redfest on how they got their break and what advice they would give to bands trying to make it.

You Need To Hear This: Featuring Emerging Icons Longfellow, The Dark Lights, Mr. Smith and Neotropics

Kat Jackman | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

The sun is shining, and the weather is sweet. A wise man once noted how it made him want to move his dancing feet- so we've taken it upon ourselves to put together a bunch of brilliant new artists for you to have a summery groove to this week.

Local Music Talent Coming To The City Of Southampton

Paige Hiley | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Paige Hiley

There is always that moment when you listen to a band and you can't think for the life of you what their name is.... Ohhh, it's um... Ahh, I know this?!?! Well for these lucky bands, hopefully after this article and after you take a listen, you'll know their names due to the pure talent that they dish out.

Notable Bands from Northern Ireland: How Many Can You Name?

Michael Macaroon | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Anyone who’s had a night on the town in Belfast will be struck by the energy of the live music scene. Every night of the week, week in week out, cou...

You Need To Hear This Featuring Emerging Icons The Flight, Lizo, Tiger Bite Fever, Familiar Creatures and Bela Takes Chase

Kat Jackman | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

This week we've got some electronic genius, a few old faces in new guises, some quirky folk and the latest contender to take the pop kingdom by storm. Sound good? You wait til you hear the tunes...

Little Big Adventure - The Adventure Begins...

John Carlon | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Carlon

FRESH on the scene and raring to go - Little Big Adventure are five musicians from Oslo and Bergen who are setting out to show the Norwegian scene just what they can do.

The Fears of a Support Act

Tom Hickox | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Hickox

Most musicians are notoriously nervous of playing support gigs, as how the crowd will respond is such a huge unknown. It's pretty important that the headliner and support are matched musically in a way that at least suggests that they might have listened to one or two of the same records.

How Music Festivals Have Changed in the Last Twenty Years

Geoff Ellis | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Geoff Ellis

Festivals have changed dramatically in this time - when the first T in the Park took place in 1994 the only other UK festivals were Glastonbury, Reading and WOMAD - now there are literally hundreds all over the country and they have gone from just being a place where you watch bands outdoors, to an entire four day experience or a long weekend away.

My Bloody Valentine - Oh God... It's Not Bad, Actually It's Pretty Good... Wait, I Love It!

Dudley Colley | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dudley Colley

The stunning production belies itself immediately, studios of the 90s just couldn't capture sound this well, and from the get go, beneath the maelstrom, the voices have that slight weathered thinness that age brings.

The Trams!

Scott Hutchison | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Scott Hutchison

Permutation upon permutation of exasperated expletives have been thrown at the now infamous Edinburgh Tram project. Each time I return to the city after a length of time on tour I expect the fervent dissing of the tram works to have quietened a little, that the city's drivers and pedestrians will have accepted the situation and moved on to another subject of complaint.

The Underrated Side-Projects You Should Know and Love

Tom Ward | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Ward

Here are four side-project gems that you need to be aware of. If you don't have at least one record by one of these bands in your collection, you need to take a long look at yourself and think about the direction your life is going in.

The Jam - Album Box Set

David Spencer | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Spencer

It's a chance to listen to the remarkable progression from 1977 to 1982 over six increasingly impressive albums.

I Am Kloot

Pete Jobson | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pete Jobson

Signed 500 limited edition seven inchers this morning. I felt very like Muhammad Ali. He used to sign 1000 photos of himself every morning before breakfast and dispatch them forth quipping, "Yeah, I was pretty", safe in the knowledge that the bills were covered for the day.

A Day is a Long Time in Politics a Week is Quick in Rock'n'Roll

Dave Sanders | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dave Sanders

Has it really been a week since the first show of this tour? The time has just flown by... And it's been as amazing as we hoped - no, scratch that - it's been better. Great gigs, great crowds, great responses, oh and the odd comedy moment!