Bedford Park 2021 Preview

Finally after waiting almost 2 years since the last show at Bedford Park there is 4 amazing dates with some of the world’s best musicians.

On Thursday 9th September Bedford welcomes 90s British rock band Ocean Colour Scene with special guests Dodgy and more support from Marquis Drive and Bedford very own rockers The Wholls who performed at Bedford Park a few years ago.

On Friday 10th Septmber there is pop icon Olly Murs and support from Scouting For Girls who are famous for their single ‘ She’s So Lovely’ and female artist Katie Kittermaster.

Saturday 11th showcases Cafe Mambo Ibiza in the Park once again with an awesome lineup with a Faithless DJ set, Danny Howard, Pete Tong, Hannah Wants and Riton. You can definitely party late into the night!

Sunday 12th is a much more relaxed event with the 25th Anniversary of the Bedford Proms which will have the magnificent Wynne Evans who we all know as the Go Compare man. Also there is Victoria Joyce and Joe Bygraves who is a local singer.

For more information and tickets you can visit the Bedford Park Concerts site below! Have a fab time!

https://www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk/

Slam Dunk 2021 Preview

After being cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic and then being postponed till September 2021, Slam Dunk is finally just a month away from hosting a brilliant weekend of music. The festival is held at Leeds TempleNewsam on the Saturday 4th September and Hatfield Park on Sunday 5th.

Headlining the festival is Sum 41 and Don Broco. Also appearing will be NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Waterparks, Funeral For A Friend and many more. At Summer Festival Guide we have picked out a few bands that you may want to check out which are below

Wargasm

Crown The Empire

Normandie

Hacktavist

Doll Skin

Hopefully you like the bands we picked out and have a fabulous and safe time at Slamdunk.

For tickets and more information visit the official Slam Dunk site https://www.slamdunkfestival.com/

Standon Calling 2021 Preview

With just under a month to go till all restrictions are lifted we can look forward to getting back to festivals. One of the first is Standon Calling set in Hertfordshire on 22nd -25th July.

Headlining the event is Bastille Reorchestrated, Hot Chip and Primal Scream.

Also playing over the weekend is Arlo Parks, Jake Bugg, Craig David presents TS5, Griff, De La Soul, Mystery Jets, Everything Everything and many more. Also there will be an aray of activities for all the family like a dog show, hot tubs, costume parade and much more.

Summer Festival Guide like to give you a few bands that we think you should check out.

Griff- Main Stage Friday

Everything Everything- Laundry Meadows Friday

The Cuban Brothers- Main Stage Saturday

Talk Like Tigers- Laundry Meadows Sunday

Arlo Parks- Main Stage Sunday

Pigsx7- Laundry Meadows Saturday

For more information and tickets visit the Standon Calling site!

https://standon-calling.com/

Truck Festival 2021 Preview

After the past year with being in lockdowns and a worldwide pandemic we all look forward to getting back to some normality. One of the best things of 2021 is the return of festivals. A firm favourite of Summer Festival Guides is Truck Festival, located on Hill Farm in Steventon, Oxfordshire. There has been 2 announcements on who will be performing. This year has a fantastic line up with Bombay Bicycle Club, The Kooks and Royal Blood headlining the weekend as well as Blossoms headlining the Thursday night before the weekend kicks off. Truck has got bigger and bigger every year with such a great variety of bands and artists. The weekend will see the likes of Idles, Fontaines DC, Arlo Parks, Circa Waves, DMAs, Shame and many more. Also there will be morning exercise with Mr Motivator and even and Oxford Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for the weekend have SOLD OUT. Before the event they shall release the band app in which you can check out times for the weekend and plan what you want to see PLUS more bands.

Every year we like to give you a few bands or artists that we think you should check out over the weekend. Below are a few of them.

For more information about the festival you can visit their site https://truckfestival.com/

Kiefer Sutherland @ Cambridge Junction 26/02/2020

Wednesday February 26th (a rather chilly evening), well known venue Cambridge junction welcomed Canadian musician and actor Kiefer Sutherland. Sutherland is extremely well known for some major movie roles as well as playing the unforgettable role of CTU agent Jack Bauer in the very popular TV series 24.  However he isn’t just known for his acting career. As you may or may not know, he is also a dedicated and talented musician with many of his songs relating to his personal experiences in his lifetime. His musical style is primarily that of traditional country music however there is a great mix of rock and roll too.  

Of course¬†that evening,¬†he wasn‚Äôt the only act to perform¬†in J1. The night of music was kicked off by¬†the country music¬†all female trio The¬†Adelaides.¬†The band is made up¬†of¬†¬†Paris¬†Georgia, Alicia Alba & Abi Phillips and are originally from¬†Birmingham, UK. They¬†are gaining more and more recognition and¬†growing their fan base¬†with each performance¬†ever¬†since their first tour with The Only Way Is Essex¬†beauty¬†turned country star Megan McKenna¬†back in 2017.¬† The¬†ladies¬†took to the stage around 8pm¬†¬†looked¬†radiant dressed in somewhat stereotypical¬†but fabulous¬†boho/country chic¬†attire including the infamous¬†‘cowboy hats¬†as they performed¬†their hits while playing their own acoustic instruments.¬†¬†

The ladies had a great stage presence as they interacted well with the audience as they flew through their set. During their time on¬†stage they performed a number of their singles including¬†their first release ‚ÄúLeave‚ÄĚ as well as their latest record ‚ÄúI‚Äôd Do It Again‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúSweet Temptation‚ÄĚ (which was actually recorded in¬†Nashville,USA, the home of country music)¬†and not forgetting the song that had me in hysterics with its memorable lyrics,¬†‚ÄúJelly Baby‚ÄĚ which by the way is the perfect song to listen to after a break up to see the funny side of things during a difficult situation.¬†The¬†Adelaides¬†also performed a number of cover songs which included ‚ÄúHit¬†The¬†Road Jack‚ÄĚ,¬†‚ÄúSweet Dreams‚ÄĚ and the infamous ‚ÄúJolene‚ÄĚ which we all know from the ultimate country queen Miss Dolly Parton.¬†¬†

These Birmingham country sassy lasses are definitely worth checking out.  

As expected after the finale song of the first act of the night there was a short interval where ticket holders were left to mingle and keep their cups topped up. Speaking of cups, the venue has recently moved to a more eco friendly option when it comes to purchasing from the two bars in the room. Attendees are encouraged to purchase a plastic refillable drinking cup for a small fee to save on waste and more than likely finances too. A lot of music venues and festivals have now adapted to this idea, so it’s great to see that Cambridge Junction have jumped on board too rather than using single use materials for beverages.  

Around 9pm¬†the lights dimmed, instrumental music played and band members walked onto the stage.¬†The last person to make their appearance was of course the night’s main act. Kiefer Sutherland!¬†

The actor/musican was hidden for most of his opening song by his wide brimmed hat, however that really didn’t matter. The music was great, the lighting was colourful and the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement. Now I knew that the man had stamina going by his numerous acting roles that I had previously seen him in but I really didn’t expect as much energy as I had seen from him that evening. Just amazing! The musician performed a wide variety of genres, country, rock and heartfelt ballads. Before he performed each song of the night he would take a few moments to tell the audience a story or a history of just how the song came to be. I’ve not seen an act with such great communication with their audience as much as Kiefer showed during his show. He would often talk to the fans in front of him as if he had known them for years, he had also shared many personal stories about himself and his family. One of the most prominent ones was about his mother becoming incredibly unwell and him rushing to be by her side only to arrive and find her happy and filling the room with her lovable humour. It was definitely a story that tugged on the heartstrings. He also expressed his fondness for country music legend Johnny Cash.  

The¬†recording artist performed his hits¬†‚ÄúShirley Jean‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúGoing Home‚ÄĚ,¬†¬†‚ÄúI‚Äôll Do Anything‚ÄĚ,¬†¬†‚ÄúSaskatchewan‚ÄĚ and many more. He finished the evening with the energy fused¬†‚ÄúAgave‚ÄĚ where Sutherland was seen regularly interacting with his band and making good use of the space on stage while¬†generally just rocking out like the awesome¬†guy¬†you‚Äôd expect him to be.¬†¬†

On a personal note, this is the first live music event I had attended in the last year due to the fact I was expecting my second child. Now here and being rather sleep deprived I was apprehensive about feeling too tired to go to this show despite desperately wanting to go.¬†Honestly¬†I am so, so glad that I¬†did. Not only did I get to stand in the same room as Jack Bauer (being a total¬†’24‚Äô¬†fan)¬† which¬†was awesome in itself but the music I heard that night was¬†definitely what I needed to hear to introduce myself back into the writing game. If you ever get the chance to see either The¬†Adelaides¬†or Kiefer Sutherland live then I highly recommend that you take up such an opportunity.¬†¬†

Review by Kimberley-Anne Simmons

Photos by Kane Howie

 

SlamDunk announces final artists!

SlamDunk 2020 has added its final artists to the lineup.

STAND ATLANTIC, WITH CONFIDENCE, ROAM, WARGASM, STATIC DRESS, I AM THE AVALANCHE, VUKOVI, YOURS TRULY, SLEEP ON IT, THE BOTTOM LINE + 30H!3 + DJ JACKY P

 ACOUSTIC STAGE ADDITIONS

DEREK SANDERS (MAYDAY PARADE) + VINNIE CARUANA (I AM THE AVALANCHE) + ELDER BROTHER

Also the stage splits have been announced which can be seen below.

Make sure to grab your tickets now!!

 

https://slamdunk.seetickets.com/tour/slam-dunk-festival-2020?_ga=2.80017630.837356112.1582784763-1581542569.1582784763

 

The Hu @ Electric Ballroom 11/02/2020

A few years ago, one evening I started browsing through music videos on YouTube and came across Mongolian rock band The Hu. I remember thinking how different these guys were and that I doubt they would ever tour the UK, but i was proven quite wrong. In 2019 they played in the UK and then announced a Spring European and UK tour for 2020. All the shows had sold out.
I was lucky enough to attend their show at the legendary Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on Tuesday 11th February. It was a cold evening in which I was warmed up when entering the venue to a packed out room with eager fans awaiting for the music to start.

Up first was support act , the American heavy metal band, Fire From The Gods who put on a great performance full of energy and built up the crowds anticipation for The Hu. Fire From The Gods will be performing Download festival this year on The Dogtooth Stage so make sure you check them out.

During the interval the crowd were mingling, drinking and loudly chanting ‘HU! HU! HU!’ When the time had come for The Hu to enter the stage the four main band members stood along the front of the stage with a backing band behind. The band had initially formed back in 2016 and have since gained a huge following online with 624k subscibers on Youtube alone! The members are Jaya, Gala, Temka and Enkush. The band were dressed in Mongolian attire with leather and top knots.

The traditional Mongolian instruments were amazing to see with the horsehead fiddle, Mongolian guitar, Jaw Harp and the Monglian flute. The craftsmanship on the instruments were quite incredible. The band bring together traditional Mongolian music with their throat singing and combine it with heavy metal.

The opening song is Shoog Shoog followed by other songs off their debut album The Gereg. The band also performed Black Thunder which has become widely recognisable after being featured on the hugely successful 2019 Star Wars game Jedi: Fallen Order.

The members didn’t appear to have a good grasp of the English language knowledge apart from “Thank You”, but honestly it really didn’t matter as the audience could still relate to the band during their set.

They are one of the most intriguing bands I had ever seen as they have created such an unusual yet enjoyable style of music based on throat singing. They put on a great show and I can highly recommend checking them out if you have not already.

Review and Photos by Kane Howie

Todd In The Hole Announce Lineup

TODD IN THE HOLE RETURNS FOR YEAR THREE WITH A
ROYAL INTERNATIONAL LINE UP

Todd in the Hole is back for its third year and is proud to announce tribute acts ‚ÄėThe
Killerz‚Äô, ‚ÄėMused‚Äô and Australian legends Queen Tribute ‚ÄėKiller Queen Experience‚Äô.

The Hertfordshire based festival has found great success in years one and two, and prides itself on providing entertainment for all ages, making a name for itself for its nostalgic headliners and local talent, catering for all.

As well as the musical entertainment, the festival has fantastic catering, family entertainment and kids area and a stunning range of local stalls for all the festival gubbins you might want or need.

‚ÄúThank you for an amazing weekend full of great music, all of the bands were awesome, lots of fun & laughter with beautiful friends & family, it really was just perfect & I loved every single minute of it‚ÄĚ – 2019

For more info and tickets visit http://toddinthehole.co.uk

Slam Dunk 2020 Adds More Bands!

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2020 ADDS:

WHILE SHE SLEEPS + CODE ORANGE + THIS WILD LIFE + DOLL SKIN + CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! + SPUNGE + A + POPES OF CHILLITOWN

 

COMPLETING THE PUNK IN DRUBLIC STAGE:

ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES + THE SUICIDIE MACHINES

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
(VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT)

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL NORTH ‚Äď SATURDAY 23RD¬†MAY – LEEDS, TEMPLE NEWSAM

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH ‚Äď SUNDAY 24TH MAY ‚Äď HATFIELD, HATFIELD PARK

For tickets visit https://slamdunk.seetickets.com/tour/slam-dunk-festival-2020?_ga=2.87683995.201166505.1580502909-386817345.1579339390

Truck Festival 2020 Lineup Announcement

Truck Festival have announced their 2020 lineup. The festival takes place at Hill Farm in Didcot, Oxfordshire on 31st July-2nd August.

Bombay Bicycle Club, The Kooks and Catfish & The Bottlemen are headlining the event with Blossoms as the Thursday night headliners.

You can buy tickets for the festival at  https://truckfestival.com/tickets/