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Echo Festival Croatia 2013 Line Up

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Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:52
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It was a mixed bag for our first ever Soundwave festival in Croatia.  Some real highs and some unfortunate lows - mostly due to the weather.

In a part of the world that has consistently dry summer months, the last full day of the festival was hit by a storm for almost the entire day that led to all the outdoor stages being closed due to safety concerns. Fortunately, the sun made an appearance in time for Roots Manuva to engage the crowd with a fitting headline set. 

The country is beautiful, the venue is excellent and all in all it beats UK festivals hands down.  We'll be posting our reviews and interviews along with photo galleries over the coming days so check back for updates.


Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Tuesday, 05 July 2011 23:30
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The man is quite frankly bordering on musical genius.  Effortlessly combining beats, instruments and vocals with his mouth, while playing guitar and tapping loop pedals with his feet and loop pads with his hands, it’s just a mind blowing performance.

Freeq magazine caught up with THePETEBOX backstage after the Manchester leg of his first UK mini tour.

Pete explained how he was moving away from the type of shows he has done so successfully in the past, that focussed more around drum and bass and pure beatboxing, and is gradually incorporating more of his own songs and his own influences in the performance.  “That was only about the fourth or fifth gig I’ve used the guitar.” He said before contemplating getting a second guitar to make the switch between tracks smoother.  “It felt like I was taking ages between songs.”

Although Pete stressed that his ‘top secret’ long term plan was just that, we have a sneaky suspicion that you’ll be hearing a lot more of his own work and less of the covers over the coming months and years.  It would be a shame to lose, for example, the Nirvana and MGMT tracks, if that’s the direction Pete takes, as they serve to fully demonstrate just how clever the performance is, but he has a very determined air about him and judging by the tracks he has produced so far, it will be exciting to listen to what else he creates when his album launches later this year.

We asked if he feels like he has any contemporaries or does he regard himself as a pioneer in how he has combined beatboxing and a complete musical performance.  “There are beatboxers using the loop pedals and the technology, some are known for doing a show one way and some are known for doing it another way.  I want to be known for doing it this way.”

Pete also sees a rosy future ahead in terms of the mass appeal of transcending beatboxing, moving away from what people might think, just drums and beats, and to actually creating full songs.  “I think it will appeal to more people.  Those that like the beatboxing and those who appreciate the songs.”

We certainly feel THePETEBOX has a promising future.  Four years ago at the Freeq magazine launch party we were blown away by his set.  Tonight, we were taken to a whole new level.

Visit for more information and latest gig and album news.

Written by Paul Hinchliffe & Susan Luya Saturday, 25 June 2011 21:15
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glasto2011_wellyhengewebWelly art!  Wellyhenge.  And it's right by the coolest stage in Glastonbury - Cubehenge! This is the famous British spirit mixed with the unique Glastonbury vibe that means even in a field in the middle of nowhere covered in two feet of mud, we still have a sense of humour and creativity will never…
Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:53
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glasto_1a_2011Rain? What rain? It's that time of year again and come rain or shine we'll be backstage bringing you all sorts of news and updates from the world's biggest music and arts festival. First up just to whet your appetite (excuse the pun) we can announce a new venue this year; The Beat Hotel. Think Hawa…
Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Sunday, 19 June 2011 18:13
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Nottingham Splendour Festival 2011

This year Splendour is set to be bigger and better than ever before with headline acts the Scissor Sisters, Blondie and Eliza Doolittle ready to entertain Nottingham with an eclectic mix of rock, pop and punk.

Splendour returns for its fourth year on Sunday 24 July at Wollaton Park with three live music stages, a comedy stage, kids’ zone, fairground, bars, stalls, food and a fabulous setting. Also confirmed for the main stage line up is 90s rock band Cast, Justin Currie (from Del Amitri), Sam Duckworth and Nusic* competition winners - the chance for a local band to take the opening slot on the main stage. All Nottinghamshire artists wanting to enter the competition can do so at

Performing on the other two stages are:

Jagameister stage
The Bluetones
Dog Is Dead
The Virgin Marys
Royal Gala

Courtyard Stage
Scott Mathews
The Petebox
Cecille Grey
Allie Moss
Luke Bingham
Gallery 47
Jake Bugg

Splendour has a particularly strong local line up this year. Dog is Dead, Swimming, Cecille Grey, Jake Bugg, Gallery 47, Harleighblu, the yet to be announced Nusic competition band and Royal Gala are all Nottingham based, adding credence to the latest news that Nottingham has one of the best live music scenes in the UK, according to the Performing Rights Society.

Making us laugh on the comedy stage this year will be:
Compere: Nick Page
Andy White
Wes Zaharuk
Roger Monkhouse
Patrick Monahan
Dan Evens

Tickets are still on sale, but selling fast! Buy yours now at or at the Rock City box office on Talbot Street or the Royal Centre. You can also buy tickets at any Nottingham City Council leisure centre. Discount tickets are available for City of Nottingham residents with a valid Citycard. Prices are: £20 per discount Adult ticket (City residents only) £15 per discount child ticket – 11-17year olds only – (City residents only) £20 per child ticket – 11-17 year olds only – (with NG postcode) £35 per standard ticket Children under 11 can get in free and do not need a ticket. More information is available: or You can also get all the latest including competition news by ‘liking’ the official Splendour Facebook page –


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