Monday, 22 March 2010

Review of Example at Echos (Loughborough)

This will be in the next Label, after Easter break, and is just a quick, cheeky review of the night, mainly bigging up my mate, Danny's company who booked and set this thing up, and are hoping to book some more acts and stuff..sounds pretty kushty to me:

Example – Echos Thursday 4th March

Echos is not usually the venue in Loughborough you expect you would associate with live music acts you’ve heard of, but thanks to Danny Trevatt and Andy Rothwell, the duo who make up Spaced Out Promotions, all this looks like its about to change. Spaced Out Promotions hosted Example live at Echos on Thursday 4th March. Example has recently achieved chart success with singles ‘Watch The Sun Come Up’ and Wont Go Quietly’. His sound has progressed from jokey rap to a more electro-pop sound; a sell out that has gained him access into the mainstream. Taking time off touring with Tinchy Strider, Example treated the Loughborough crowd to a set in a packed out Echos. The mosh-pit was fierce and unruly (I had an ear ring ripped out of my ear); a setting scene for a dirty rave, rather than a gig. With a variety of tracks from albums, and mixtapes, Example pleased a hungry crowd, especially with closing track ‘Hooligans’; fitting for such a mob. Dub-boro DJs were on hand to provide the music before and after Example, a fitting choice. If it means we are going to get some more live music here, then I look forward to it.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Music Events

Just a brief round up of January - June for Label

Music Events 2010 – First half of the year
New year, and another music packed year to look forward to. First up, on January 31st is the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, with BeyoncĂ©, Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga dominating nominations. Following the theme of award shows, is the Brit Awards on February 16th at Earls Court. With no nominations released yet, we can only wonder if someone will clear up like Duffy did last year, or leave empty handed, like a multiple nominated Craig David in 2001. Following on from their amazing awards tour of The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Pink and The Drums, is the NME Awards Show on February 24th. Hailing the best in indie and alternative music. Renowned for special one off collaborations, and exclusives, like last year’s Blur reunion; this is a special night, that’s not to be missed.
March 17th – 21st sees the SXSW (South by South West) festival in Austin, Texas. With over 1,400 performers in about 80 venues over four days, this proves to be one of the biggest, and underrated festivals. Some bigger names over the past few years being Morrissey, Bloc Party and last year’s stand out act, The White Lies. At the beginning of May (1st and 2nd) is the Camden Crawl. Spreading across Camden Town, north London, in all venues big and small, the Camden Crawl gives the opportunity for bands, big or small to perform to audiences in over 15 different venues. It is notorious for bigger acts, playing small venues, pubs, to a smaller intimate audience.
Confirming the start of festival season on the 11th June is the Isle of Wight Festival, bringing the long awaited return of The Strokes, headlining the Saturday night. Along with Jay Z confirmed headliner for the Friday. This proves to be a big, explosive start to a summer of sweet music, booze and sunshine. Following on from this will be the Loughborough tradition that is Freefest, renowned for its variety of local bands. Perhaps the biggest festival of all, fully confirming the festival season with hopes of sunny weather, on 23rd – 27th June is the one and only Glastonbury. Being its 40th anniversary, this is going to be big! With headliners for the Friday night, U2, already confirmed, we can only wait impatiently to see who else will be revealed.