31 July & 1, 2, 3 August 2014
CHERRY HINTON HALL GROUNDS, CAMBRIDGE
The finishing touches are being put in place at Cherry Hinton Hall as the Cambridge Folk Festival gets ready to celebrate its golden anniversary.
The 50th Cambridge Folk Festival has been sold out for several months, highlighting its rip-roaring success and popularity. No tickets will be available for purchase at the gate over the Festival weekend so the general public are advised not to travel to the Festival if they don’t have a sought-after ticket.
If the disappointment of not having a ticket is all too much, you needn’t fear – you will still be able to listen to a live BBC Radio 2 Festival broadcast with presenter Mark Radcliffe on Saturday 2nd August between 3pm and 6pm. Not only this, but a follow up show of highlights from the brilliant event will also be broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe on Wednesday 6th August between 7pm and 8pm.
As well as these BBC Radio 2 broadcasts, folk fans will be able to catch up on all the activity at the Festival by following the event’s social media feeds and official website (www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk) which will be broadcasting exclusive backstage performances, gossip and interviews from all the artists at the Festival.
About the Cambridge Folk Festival:
Held annually in Cherry Hinton Hall, the beautiful tree lined park in Cambridge, the four-day outdoor Festival has been hailed as one of the ‘most prestigious’ in the world. It started in 1965, and has homed many globally established artists, including Paul Simon, KT Tunstall, The Waterboys, Mumford & Sons, Buddy Guy, Jools Holland, Noah & The Whale, Emmylou Harris, Joe Strummer, Jake Bugg, Ray Davies, Jimmy Cliff, The Proclaimers, Levellers, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Billy Connolly, James Taylor & The Pogues amongst many others. This year, the festival is celebrating 50 years of folk brilliance and so is welcoming Van Morrison and Newton Faulkner to name but a few.
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Röyksopp and Robyn premiere their ‘Do It Again’ video on VEVO.
‘Do It Again’ is the first single to be taken from the critically-acclaimed ‘Do It Again’ mini-album out now on Dog Triumph via Wall of Sound and Cooking Vinyl.
Watch ‘Do It Again’: here
‘Do It Again’ tracklisting:
3. Do It Again
4. Every Little Thing
5. Inside The Idle Hour Club
The video for ‘Do It Again’ shot In Mexico by award-winning Danish filmmaker Martin de Thurah incorporates a short film called ‘Our Hearts’ Desires’. It tells the story of desire, rebellion and forbidden love and is hugely emotive and simply unforgettable. As the director said himself, “‘Do It Again’ feels like it’s an unstoppable pop mantra of something out of hand. A spiralling hypnotic maelstrom. The video touches our hearts’ desires: deep passions; revolutions full of hope and excitement; a dream of freedom; obsession; the ecstasy and escapism; the darkness. And it ends in a mix of violence and laughter, freedom and the loss of free will. All of this somehow ends on a note of hope through struggle. Something worth fighting for.”
Read more about the collaboration between Martin de Thurah, Röyksopp & Robyn on Dazed Digital.
‘Do It Again’ tracklisting:
3. Do It Again
4. Every Little Thing
5. Inside The Idle Hour Club
‘Do It Again’ tour dates below:
August 8 Øya Festival (Norway)
August 9 Way Out West Festival (Sweden)
August 10 Flow Festival (Finland)
August 15 Pukkelpop (Belgium)
August 20 Pier 97 (New York, NY, US)
August 21 Wolftrap (Washington, DC, US)
August 22 HB Pavilion (Boston, MA, US)
August 24 Pritzker Pavilion (Chicago, IL, US)
August 25 Echo Beach (Toronto, ON, Canada)
August 27 Red Rocks Amphitheater (Denver, CO, US)
August 30 Zurich Open Air (Switzerland)
“… electrifying.” **** The Observer
“… a stunner” NME, 8/10
“… crying on the dancefloor brilliant” The Independent
“A Scandipop dream team” The Guardian
“Truly inspiring… disco art-pop acid heaven” Esquire
“A towering edifice of electronic brilliance…beautifully impassioned music” This Is Fake DIY
“… a shuddering gem” **** – Mail On Sunday
“… sparkling, thumping pop” **** – Metro
“Pop heaven… ‘Do It Again’ will be the sound of your Summer.” Grazia
“Unstoppable forces of Scandianvian cool.” Rolling Stone
Röyksopp and Robyn’s mini album Do It Again is out now on Dog Triumph via Cooking Vinyl/Wall Of Sound. Buy it here.
The worlds biggest music battle returns to the UK!
Find out more about the Culture Clash on their site: http://cultureclash.redbull.co.uk/
A full list of this years line up will be announce next week. So stay tuned for that!
Emotional single begins the run up to a debut album release
Available from September 22nd, ‘Stars’ is the new single from acoustic singer-songwriter Jessie Lowes. Based in Northumberland and specialising in a delicate mix of clear vocal and guitar picking, Lowes is a songwriter not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her music. The single ‘Stars’ was written for her mother who passed away in 2008 from Cancer, and the song is a tribute to their close relationship:
It’s hard to believe that a song this delicate is the work of an ex-cage fighter and club level rugby player – the light touch and subtleties of her music covering a tougher background than most, a childhood that music played a huge part in.
It comes as little surprise to learn that Jessie grew up around music, often using it as an escape. Her Uncle Tony Raine was a famous jazz pianist working with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Julian Slade, Judy Garland and Diana Ross, and had his own TV show in the 60s called MusicBox. And it is from this solid pedigree that Lowes’ musical pedigree was borne.
And now, with further singles and an album due before the end of this year, Jessie Lowes is set to take her love affair with music to the next level.
‘Stars’ will be available from September 22nd.
Also, get an Idea of when Jessie will be performing and how you can get updates on her work:
Environmental issues inspire new LP and awareness raising promotional event on July 18th
An Essex based singer-songwriter who writes with a mainstream British indie music feel, Vali Ohm is an experienced musician who has been playing and writing since before one of his earlier bands supported Oasis before their big Brit-pop era breakthrough in 1993.
More recently, in the run up to the release of his second album, Ohm has found himself studying environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trust, Sea Shepherd, Animals Asia, UK Honey Bee Conservation Society and Greenpeace – all of which have served as inspiration for his latest, environmentally minded album ‘Fragile Earth’.
His second solo album, every track is based around environmental or animal welfare issues which Vali Ohm has found close to his heart. And it is not only in his lyrics that he is hoping to draw attention to the cause.
In an album release event on the 18 July, Ohm will be releasing promo copies of the album into the sky attached to helium balloons from outside the Head office of Greenpeace at Canonbury Villas, London and then onto Sony Music Head Office in Derry Street. Joined on the day by members of The Wildlife Trust, Sea Shepherd, Animals Asia, UK Honey Bee Conservation Society, Friends Of The Earth and Greenpeace, the day is designed to draw attention to the album and the issues that lie within.
The album is arguably some of Vali Ohm’s finest work and sees him at his most confident as a songwriter. Working with Frank Arkwright (Blur, Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division, Snow Patrol, Primal Scream) in Abbey Road Studios last year, the big name producer compared his music to the likes of Coldplay and Manic Street Preachers – fine company for any aspiring songwriter.
London duo’s six track release set for late July
After a chance shuffling of desks in an Old Street office, Harry and Luca formed The Fireflies. They release their glittering debut EP in late July.
Having cast off suit, boot and tie for a career in the music industry, Harry (vocals, guitar) and Luca (guitar) are busy building their fast growing fan-base. They have already flown high with top quality recordings, a gig at the 2014 Trinity Cambridge May Ball and busking to huge crowds on London’s South Bank.
Voice, woven guitars and poetic lyrics are the trademark of The Fireflies’ debut six track album. Check out their first release, ‘Silver Leaflets’ :
Writing and performing is in The Fireflies’ DNA. Nephew of legendary actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Harry turned heads of record execs from Universal Music after an impromptu cover of ‘Superstition’ with The Noisettes at his uncle’s film premiere after party. He then opened for The Sugababes, and performed solo at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Oxford’s Big Band. Harry’s former harmonies group were crowned world runners up at ICCA (collegiate A Cappella), to a packed Lincoln Centre in New York, with his rendition of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’. Following that, the group sold out three runs of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Already flying high, The Fireflies’ path is set to burn bright with the release of their new EP at the end of the month.
Future headline gigs:
The Troubadour on 24 July
The Bedford on 14 August
Clare Island Seafood Festival in Ireland on 22 August
Barfly Camden on 10 October