Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Murder Capital and Self Esteem amongst first acts announced for new Sheffield festival next May

In these troubled pandemic times it is brave to be launching any new enterprise, but Somewhere and Futuresound are putting their faith in 2021 being a better year than the present one, and announcing a new festival to be held in Sheffield next May.

Get Together will take place at The Sheffield University Students’ Union over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 1 - 2 2021, and aims to celebrate the best in music, food and drink over the course of the two days.

The first artists announced include The Murder Capital, Self Esteem, Working Men's Club, The Orielles, Walt Disco, TV Priest, Tim Burgess, Odd Morris, Coach Party, and many more to be revealed.

Line-up acts so far





Tickets at £27.50 per day, or £38.50 for a weekend pass, are on sale from Friday October 2 at 10am from SEETICKETS.COM / SHEFFTICKETS.COM and

‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ says Alfie Templeman on new track

Sarah Louise Bennett 

Words: Sam Geary 

Premiered last night (September 28) as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on BBC Radio 1, ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ is the first single from Alfie Templeman since the release of EP 'Happiness In Liquid Form' in July.

The funk groove and disco rhythms of the track belie the lyrics which tell a different story. 

“Some days I can’t stop thinking about how short life is and how you only have so much time to spend with the ones you love," says Templeman. "Deep, right? Honestly I’ve made so many songs with the titles ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ but this one felt the most meaningful. I’m still way too young to give anyone life advice but this track to me is about how I’ve noticed that the further away you are from your memories, the closer they are to your heart.”

Listen below.

Track Of The Day :: It's ‘Changes’ for Sam Johnson on new single

Words: Ellie Ward 

Following previous singles ‘The Kids Are Alright’ and ‘Peter Pan’, Sam Johnson continues to build momentum for his forthcoming EP ‘Are We There Yet?’ with the release of soaring new single ‘Changes’.

‘Changes’ sees him adopt a fresh, bold sound, filled with bright, euphoric and infectuous rhythms, that after the smooth piano-led opening quickly up the pace, and sees the singer-songwriter deliver one of his best vocal performances so far.

“This song was almost inevitable and a needed bit of closure to the ‘coming of age’ sentiment running throughout the EP," he says. "It starts with the realisation that a long distance relationship I’d had for 6 years wasn’t going to work out, but then beckons in the change that comes with that decision and the ramifications it will have on my life. Both exciting and daunting, this song really is, at its heart, an optimistic look to the future and all it might bring.

"Moving to London, falling in love again, and following my dreams in music are the real touchstones of this song rather than a mournful look back on what could have been. It can be summed up by a little clip of audio that I’d ripped from a video on my phone and placed deep within the song's emotive middle 8, where my girlfriend says 'You’ll be fine Sammy, you’re in safe hands'.”

Listen in to 'Changes' here.

Monday, September 28, 2020

2000Trees festival shapes up 2021 bill

Taking place between July 8 - 10 2021 at Upcote Farm in Gloucestershire,
2000Trees festival has now announced most of 2021's line-up.

The event includes the likes of featuring the likes of Creeper, The Amazons, Avalanche Party, Calva Louise, Lucia and the Best Boys, Lauran Hibberd, Hotel Lux, Orchards and many more.

Organiser James Scarlett says: "I’m absolutely stoked with our 2021 line up. if I had to pick a favourite day it would probably be the Thursday. What’s not to love about Jimmy Eat World being supported by the likes of Creeper and The Menzingers? It’s going to be such a great first day. Also Thrice playing Vheissu plus the hits is really going to be something very special closing the 2000trees Main Stage on Friday too.

"Sadly people will have to wait a little longer to find out who our Saturday headliner is, but I’m very happy to announce that they’ll be joined by a lovely mix of the heavy and the not-so-heavy. Saturday at 2000trees is going to go off!

"Given how bad 2020 has been for us all we wanted to give people something to shout about and get excited for, so this week we’ve gone massive with 110 bands being announced. Hopefully it also shows people how committed we are to 2000trees 2021 and our determination to see everyone at Upcote Farm in July. See you all then!"

Tickets - now on sale - and further information here.

The line-up so far:

Jimmy Eat World / Thrice (Vheissu + hits) / Creeper / The Amazons / Dinosaur Pile Up / The Menzingers / The Get Up Kids / Young Guns / Boston Manor / Dream State / Laura Jane Grace / Knocked Loose / The Regrettes / Stray From The Path / Anti-Flag / Lonely the Brave / Crossfaith / Stick To Your Guns / The Joy Formidable / Kneecap / Will Varley / Roam / Hundredth / No Devotion / Beach Slang / Royal Republic / Beans on Toast / Deez Nuts / The Wytches / Black Peaks / Ginger Wildheart / The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die / Airways / Saint Agnes / Nova Twins / Lady Bird / Puppy / Bob Vylan / Orchards / Vukovi / Chapter and Verse / Thrill Collins / Calva Louise / The Virginmarys / Ditz / Loathe / Higher Power / Press to MECO / Kid Kapichi / Hotel Lux / Avalanche Party / Lauran Hibberd / Lizzy Farrall / Phoxjaw / Black Futures / The St Pierre Snake Invasion / God Damn / Haggard Cat / Fangclub / Delair the Liar / Gnarlah / S.T. Manville / Fresh / Giver / Tom Jenkins / Ithaca / Ten Times A Million / Raiders / Lucia and the Best Boys / Panic Shack / Stake / Creature / Middle Distance / The Hara / Gaz Brookfield / Jonah Matranga / Isaac Holman / Svalbard / Holiday Oscar / Non Canon / Andrew Cushin / The Luka State / InTechnicolour / Grief Ritual / Superlove / Sapphire Blues / Lande Hekt / Katie Malco / Gloo / Cassels / The Winter Passing / Marisa And The Moths / Static Dress / Erica Freas / Chubby & The Gang / Nervus / Leeched / Bent Knee / Beachtape / We Never Learned To Live / False Advertising / Gatherers / LibraLibra / Dream Nails / Halflives / Rews / Wargasm / Zeb / Andy Oliveri / Dragged Under

Watch :: Lucia & the Best Boys share video for 'Perfectly Untrue'

Credit: Oli Erskine 

Words: Sam Geary 

Directed by Rianne White, Lucia & the Best Boys have shared the official video for 'Perfectly Untrue'.

Lifted from their upcoming EP The State Of Things', to be released on October 9 via Sweet Jane Recordings, the clip sees the Glaswegians link up with fashion designer Charles Jeffrey, with Lucia wearing his latest collection LOVERBOY.

"'Perfectly Untrue' was written a couple of weeks after I wrote 'Let Go', says frontwoman Lucia Fairfull. "This recording is in its original form, which Chris Greatti and myself powered on an all nighter till 4am, as I was leaving LA the next day.

"Its funny to listen to them both back to back as it shows the many mixed emotions I was going through during heart-break, feeling strong and capable one minute, then distraught and confused the next. The only way through seemed to be to pretend that everything was fine or perfect whereas in reality it was perfectly untrue'.

"I can definitely say now looking back that this is the worst solution ever, but also I know that it is just a coping mechanism that people use as escapism. When you are in a weird or dark headspace you see many versions of yourself that you didnt even know existed. 'Perfectly Untrue's 'happy go L
lucky' sound portrays the fake joy I pushed myself to feel in order to avoid the sad truth, which is displayed in the lyrics that are also coated in glitter and glamour - dressed up in gold and dance until I die."

Speaking about the new video, White said: “Lucia drives both the bravado and beauty of femininity across vignettes that contain an emotional distortion of reality. We see her transform between a striking contrast of manic caricatures and intimate states of purity and vulnerability.

“The story of Saint Sebastian is a metaphor threaded throughout the visual narrative - piercing Lucia through the chest with an arrow. This symbolic representation of Lucia wearing her emotional wounds as armour, paralleled with the posed smiles and theatrics of the clown, illuminates our own relationship with our need to perform to cope with emotional pain."

Coventry's Candid are playing the 'Numbers Game’ 

Credit: Garry Jones 

Words: Sam Geary 

Coventry quartet have just dropped live set favourite 'Numbers Game' as their new single.

Out now, the track has a dark undercurrent to its alt-rock coating, with lyrics detailing how the music industry treats artists as if they are just numbers.

“If I could be honest for a while / I could sit back and take my time / And move the fabrication, suffocating, years of waiting," sings frontman Rob Latimer, over a fuzzy backing that brings in a synth to offer the heavier instrumental components of searing guitars and resounding drums.

Tune in.