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Best of the Rest 2018

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Best of the Rest 2018

Posted on 28 December 2018 by Dorian

We’ve already published our list of the best albums we heard in 2018. We could easily fill a top 10 list of tracks from 2018 from the top 5 albums alone, it was a string selection. But there were lots of other albums and songs released this year that we loved that didn’t quite make it into that chart.

So here, presented in no particular order with no comment, are 10 of may favourite tracks from other records that came out this year.

Eyelids – Maybe More

Steve Mason – Stars Around My Heart

The Breeders – Nervous Mary

Stephen Malkmus – Middle America

Swearin’ – Grow Into A Ghost

Teleman – Cactus

Superchunk – What A Time To Be Alive

David Byrne – Every Day Is A Miracle

Gaz Coombes – Walk The Walk

Menace Beach – Black Rainbow Sound

Compiled by Dorian Rogers

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Together The People, Preston Park Brighton (3rd and 4th September 2016)

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Together The People, Preston Park Brighton (3rd and 4th September 2016)

Posted on 04 October 2016 by Dorian

Together The People has already announced that it will return to Brighton in 2017, so what did we make of the event this year and what do we hope for next time around?

Last year we were impressed by the first Together The People festival and we were delighted to see the two-day event return for a second year. We were even more delighted to see that Brian Wilson was bringing his 50th anniversary Pet Sounds show to Preston Park as the events Saturday evening headliner.

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Saturday

When we arrived at the site it was pleasing to see that some of the issues from the first year had been addressed. The site was bigger and the stages had been rearranged to deal with the sound-bleed issues between the main stages. Additionally there seemed to be more stalls, outlets and attractions around the site to complement the bands.

In many ways the whole of the Saturday was an extended build-up to the Pet Sounds performance. Many people had purchased tickets on the strength of that set alone and the you could feel the excitement of seeing a legend perform a bona fide classic across the site.

However, there were plenty of other musical attractions prior to Brian and friends taking the stage and a few local legends amongst them. First of these that we settled down to enjoy was former Supergrass front-man, and former local resident, Gaz Coombes. His most recent album, Matador, was a big surprise and showed a more downbeat and subtle side to his songwriting. These songs made up the bulk of his solo set on the main-stage, a set that he played without the aid of a backing band.

I have a lot of respect for someone who can stand up and play confidently on a big stage without anyone else to share the audience attention. Coombes played well and the audience responded well, but he did seem lost at times. The newer tracks are quite sparse and needed a bigger sound to carry them in the open air of the park. A couple of Supergrass songs thrown in to the set fared better, possibly due to their wider resonance but it was a competent rather than enthralling set.

The rest of the Saturday afternoon is a bit of a blur as we spend most of the time funding appropriate places to shelter from the downpour that hits the site. This does mean that the main stage is neglected and the young local talent on the BIMM stage get more attention than was previously planned. The bands sound pretty good though and Atlas Wynd certainly make an impression on what is likely to have been their biggest audience to date.

Another band that benefit from the rain is Turin Breaks, an odd choice of headliner for the “new bands” stage. The tent was overflowing, I peered in from the back, and the veteran band played a storming show as we sheltered from the storm. I was surprised by how many of their songs were familiar to me and they played them all brilliantly. As much as I’d enjoyed the BIMM bands there is really no substitute for experience when considering a band’s stagecraft.

Al Jardine

Al Jardine

Years of experience is something that Brian Wilson and his assembled band have in abundance. His backing band have been with him for years  now and fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine stands along-side him as the only other original Beach Boy on stage.

The set started with a series of Beach Boy’s favourites and the crowd was on-side from note one of the first song. These songs are so familiar, and so well-loved that they couldn’t fail to bring some sunshine to a dark and wet Saturday. The highlight of this segment had to be mid-70s collaborator Blondie Chaplin hitting the stage and singing ‘Sail On Sailor’, the 1973 single on which he sang the original lead vocals.

What everyone had come for though, the main event of the day, was the band playing through the whole of Pet Sounds. This isn’t just the best Beach Boys album, but one of the best albums of all time and the crowd were enthralled from start to finish. Rumours have circulated that this may be one of the last times that Brian Wilson will tour, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to see him sing the songs I’ve known as long as I can remember.

Sunday

The Horrors

The Horrors

Sunday may not have had quite such a legendary headline act, but the overall line-up was looking good and the weather was certainly kinder. As a result of the more clement weather we settled in front of the main stage for the bulk of the day.

First up was M Ward, and his Dylanesque set was a very enjoyable way to start the afternoon’s proceedings. He definitely rocked harder than I expected and got beyond my lack of familiarity with his songs.

Songhoy Blues were next and they did their best to get the slightly sedentary crowd moving with an uptempo guitar driven set.  they proved to be pretty successful and lived up to their reputation as one of the festival acts to watch out for.

Peter Hook & The Light are a slightly odd proposition. The band play the hits of Joy Division and New Order with the elephant in the room being the other members of New Order existing quite happily, and very successfully without Hook’s involvement. With that in mind, and with Hook’s rather cabaret delivery style, it is a bit like being at a tribute how with a very good look-a-like on the bass. That said, the versions of most of the songs are pretty good and the crowd response is as positive as for any band of the weekend.

In the smallest tent, the Sopabox Stage, a small crowd is treated to one of the sets of the weekend, a low-key solo set by local troubadour Chris T-T. He opens with an unaccompanied song from his AA Milne interpretations before playing a number of songs from his catalogue, with a focus on tunes from his 9 Green Songs album. His set is thoughtful, political and delivered well-played, perhaps the most engaging set of the weekend.

Less engaging, but a lot more polished, are The Horrors. They look good, the lighting is great and the crowd is big but I can;t get beyond their lacklustre songs. They sound like the Psychedelic Furs and I have nothing more to say about them. A drink, some food and a ride on the ferris wheel is a much better way to spend the time that they are on stage.

Suede

Suede

Full disclosure time, I have never been much of a fan of Suede, they irritated me intensely first time around and I wasn’t delighted to see them on the bill in comeback mode. I’ve never owned a Suede record and this was the first time that I’ve ever seen the band live. With this in mind it was to my surprise just how much I enjoyed the set, probably more than any other set of the weekend.

the whole band, and Brett in particular, know how to play a show, that is without a doubt based on this performance. Plenty of rock star posturing, note perfect playing and a set that focused on keeping the hits flowing.  Even though the band recently released an album we don’t get loads of new songs, the bulk of the set coming from their debut and the hit-filled Coming Up album. They know what the punters want and that is what they give us.

It was also of real note just what a good guitarist Richard Oakes is. He has been in the shadow of Bernard Butler, but given this showing (and my one experience of seeing Butler play) I think that he is the easily the match of the revered original guitarist.

Perhaps Brett threw one too many Jesus poses into the mix, and didn’t need to enter the crowd quite so often but these are minor quibbles of a pretty excellent live performance.

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson

What next?

The great news is that Together the People has already been confirmed for 2017, and has already sold out of their first tier of Early Bird tickets, so the future of the festival looks bright. I’m already looking forward to what they do next year and hope to be there to see it.

There are still some improvements that would make the festival that bit better, the second stages could be a bit bigger and the quality higher throughout the bill. Hopefully having two successful weekends under their belts will make the organisers a bit bolder with some of the line-up choices, and give a bigger budget for acts.

With tickets (at the time of writing) available for just £65 for the weekend it is a risk worth taking. If it is anything like as enjoyable as this year then it would be worth it at twice the price.

Go to www.togetherthepeople.co.uk to see details and buy tickets.

Words: Dorian Rogers | Pictures: Nic Newman

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Preview: Together The People 2016

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Preview: Together The People 2016

Posted on 23 August 2016 by Dorian

In less than two weeks Brighton holds the sophomore Together The people festival in Preston Park. The two-day event is similar to London’s Field Day, taking place in a city park without fields and campsites associated with most festivals.

Neon Filler attended the 2015 event, and the enjoyed range of music on offer from the fledgling festival, with Brakes, Public Service Broadcasting and the Super Furry Animals being amongst the highlights.

We’re even more excited about this year as a genuine musical legend, Brian Wilson, will be descending upon the park to play Pet Sounds in full! It is worth noting that the beach Boy’s legends other UK shows are either sold out (London) or cost as much for a ticket as the whole Saturday at the festival (Southend-On-Sea).

Together The People

Sunday brings another act that, although whippersnappers next to Wilson, have been around for 27 years; Suede. The band may officially hail from London but singer Brett Anderson and bassist Mat Osman hail from West Sussex making this something of a homecoming gig.

Across the weekend a wide range of interesting acts are set to play with Gaz Coombes, Songhoy Blues, M. Ward and local favourite Chris T-T being top of our must-see list. Another interesting act, albeit one we approach with some trepidation, is Peter Hook & The Light. The recent works by New Order have been a surprise success so we will see what the bearded bass-player brings to covers of his former bands back catalogues.

Families are well catered for (Lazytown Live is top of our list) and a range of food stalls and other attractions are promised across the site.

Visit the official website at http://www.togetherthepeople.co.uk/tickets/ to get day and weekend tickets.

By Dorian Rogers

 

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Together The People 2016

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Together The People 2016

Posted on 10 May 2016 by Dorian

Together The People launched in Brighton last year and we had a great time enjoying the 2015 festival with Brakes, Public Service Broadcasting and Super Furry Animals being amongst the highlights. The festival is back for 2016, in the same location in Brighton’s Preston Park, and promises to be bigger and better whilst offering the same great mix of music, food, film and arts.

The first wave of artists have been announced with Gaz Coombes, The Horrors and Songhoy Blues being amongst the eclectic mix of acts confirmed so far. Most exciting of all is that the event has bagged Brian Wilson’s only UK festival appearance this year as he and his band play the Beach Boys’ 1966 classic Pet Sounds. Brian’s band also includes fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine and the show is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the classic album.

Together The People takes place on the 3rd and 4th September and full details can be found at www.togetherthepeople.co.uk

See below for the full line-up so far.

Together The People

 

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Gaz Coombes To Headline Field Day Festival

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Joe

Ex Supergrass man Gaz Coombes has joined shoegazing royalty Ride and the legendary Patti Smith as headliners at this year’s Field Day Festival.

Coombes will be playing material from his new Matador album and will doubtless drop in a few Supergrass classics as well.

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Spread over two days at London’s Victoria Park, they will join acts such as Mercury prize nominees FKA twigs,  Hookworms,  Savages and Tune yards . At the event Patti  Smith will be performing her groundbreaking 1975 debut ‘Horses’ in full.

More acts are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

Field Day takes place over 6-7 June. Tickets are on sale at www.fielddayfestivals.com. Early bird weekend tickets cost £78.

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More Acts Announced For The Great Escape

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More Acts Announced For The Great Escape

Posted on 03 April 2012 by Dorian

The Great Escape Festival, Brighton’s answer to SXSW, has announced a whopping 141 new artists to the bill of the city wide festival to be held this May. In keeping with the festival’s commitment to breaking new music most of the bands are not household names, but acts like The Black Belles, Body language, The Front Bottoms, Haim, Pond and Wild Belles all arrive hotly tipped. Amongst the new bands announced are some better known names such as S.C.U.M, We Are Scientists, We Were Promised Jetpacks and former Supergrass front-man Gaz Coombes.

Also announced is The Temper Trap, who join Maximo Park and Africa Express Sound System as the final act for the Dome Shows being held during the festival (tickets for which can be purchased separately or as a £7 top-up for those with festival tickets).

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes to Play The Great Escape

One very interesting feature about this year is that the festival has linked up with the Institut Ramon Llull as its lead International partner for the 2012 festival, presenting Catalan Sounds – music from Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. The festival will be welcoming Catalan bands and artists such as Seward, Me and the Bees, Ferguson, Mujeres and new additions Oso Leone, Ninette and Goldfish, Suicide of Western Culture and Amics de Bosc.

Vicenç Villatoro, Director of the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), said:

“The Great Escape is a great platform for the IRL to promote Catalan talent on an international stage given its reputation for showcasing raw, lesser-known talent. By supporting the involvement of eight fantastic bands from Catalonia and The Balaeric Islands at this year’s festival the IRL are very proud to be injecting a shot of Catalan culture into the eclectic line-up.”

The full list of new artists just announced to play the festival is below:

BASS DRUM OF DEATH / ST LUCIA / PORCELAIN RAFT / GAZ COOMBES / JETHRO FOX/ FILMS OF COLOUR / TREETOP FLYERS / HANNAH COHEN /CLOUD NOTHINGS / AMONG BROTHERS / BODY LANGUAGE / RETRO STEFSON / THE BLACK BELLES/ BLACK MOTH/ WE WERE EVERGREEN / WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS / DROP OUT VENUS / TALL SHIPS / FOSSIL COLLECTIVE / I AM OAK / NOVIKA / BUENO BROS / HANS CHEW / GABRIEL AND THE HOUNDS/ ADMIRALL FALLOW / TINY RUINS/ /FACE + HEEL / DAUWD  / ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE/ REDINHO / LAPALUX / JAM CITY / PAULA & KAROL / DEVIN / SOLAR BEARS / REVEREND AND THE MAKERS  / THE BARR BROTHERS / OSO LEONE / JODIE MARIE / CROWNS / THE NATURALS / WE ARE AUGUSTINES / ABI WADE / DOPE D.O.D / JACK SAVORETTI / TWILIGHT SAD /  RIZ MC / [ME] / JONAS RATHSMAN / RANDOM IMPULSE / EJ / WILD BELLE / DALEY / REVERE / ENJOYED / SWISS LIPS / LUCY ROSE / KARIMA FRANCIS / HATCHAM SOCIAL/ KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES / NEGATIVE PEGASUS  / JAPE / SAVOIR ADORE / THE BIG SLEEP / NICOLE ATKINS / THE FRONT BOTTOMS / THE CHEVIN / BWANI JUNCTION / MILK MUSIC / MAYBESHEWILL / ODONIS ODONIS  / CERCUEIL  / AMATORSKI / MMOTHS / REGAL SAFARI / BLANCK MASS / THRONE / PROPER ORNAMENTS / VIRALS / HALLS / CAVE PAINTING / PAUL THOMAS SAUNDERS / PETE PHILLY / ALBY DANIELS / JIMMY EDGAR / WE BARBARIANS  / FEVER FEVER / SEAMS / SYKUR / SX / ALEXANDRE / DESILETS / MISTEUR VALAIRE / THE SUICIDE OF WESTERN CULTURE / OSO LEONE / AMICS DEL BOSC / NINETTE AND THE GOLDFISH / LAUREL / NEW BUILD / GEMMA HAYES / WE ARE SCIENTISTS / AKING / FARRYL PURKISS / MATTHEW BOURNE  / S.C.U.M. / POND / SOME / COMMUNITY / JAKE BUGG / CYMBALS / FANZINE / CLOCK OPERA / THE BOXETTES / THE SHEEPDOGS / O CHILDREN / HEY SHOLAY / I.R.O.K. / NOVELLA / CITIZENS! / I CHING / CHET FAKER / THE KILLGIRLS / WHITE ARROWS / ANOTHERS BLOOD / FRENCH FILMS / BORN GOLD / DEAF CLUB / SLEEP THIEVES / THEME PARK / WE CUT CORNERS

These new acts join an already impressive line-up that features Neon Filler favourites The Twilight Sad, Django Django, Dry The River and Revere amongst the hundreds of bands scheduled to play.

The full list of all bands now booked to play can be found on The Great Escape website.

Cheap early-bird tickets are still available for the festival until the 11th April. Tickets can be purchased through See Tickets here.

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