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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 –

Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Monday, 16 May 2011 07:37
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Weekend tickets for the Parklife Weekender 2011 now SOLD OUT

Saturday and Sunday day tickets still available Sat 11th & Sun 12th June 2011 Platt Fields, Manchester

All full weekend tickets for Manchester’s start to the summer, the Parklife Weekender, have now SOLD OUT. Those wishing to join the party can still get in on the action as individual day tickets for Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June are still available for only £35 per day.

Boasting a line-up packed with the best selection of electronic, indie and crossover artists you can find in this year’s festival calendar, it is no surprise that all full weekend tickets for the Parklife Weekender have been snapped up. From the award-wining swagger of Two Door Cinema Club to the dubstep hits of Chase & Status, music-lovers and festival-goers have flocked in their thousands to ensure they will be amongst the lucky ones enjoying the Parklife Weekender’s expanded two-day party in 2011.

There is still time for fans to purchase tickets individually as a small number of both Saturday and Sunday day tickets are still available for only £35 each. Those purchasing one for each day can redeem both at the same time on Saturday 11th June, receiving a weekend wristband which will save them valuable partying time on Sunday and spare them a second round of queuing for entry.

Two individual tickets only comes to £10 more than the full weekend  ticket price making the Parklife Weekender one of the summer’s best value for money festivals.

With over 90 artists also including electro-pop outfit Metronomy, NY-disco collective Hercules & Love Affair and remixer of the moment, Jamie xx, to name but a few - this is an essential date in the festival calendar.

The Parklife Weekender takes place Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2011 in Platt Fields Park, Manchester.
Remaining tickets, priced at only £35 per day, are available from Ticketline (0161 832 111,
and Skiddle (0844 884 29 20, For more information visit up party info & tickets
Saturday 4th June
• Now Wave at The Apollo
Star Slinger
Now Wave DJs
+ more
20:00 – 02:00
£20 Early bird, limited availability / £22.50
Location & Tickets
The Apollo
M1 2GH
Box office:


Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Monday, 16 May 2011 07:23
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Soundwave Croatia Festival announces its 10 boundary pushing boat parties and 10 curators over 5 amazing Sun-splashed days.

Soundcrash & New Bohemia present...














Get a taste of what’s in store here: /  /


“All the quirks of a Bestival but in a far more beautiful and sunny setting” THE GUARDIAN

“Perhaps the summer’s most beautiful site” TIME OUT

Soundwave Festival Croatia is lauded by those in the know as Croatia’s best kept secret and THE must do under the radar festival on the European calendar, Organised and promoted by the UK’s most boundary pushing promoter collectives Soundcrash and New Bohemia, the festival showcases the most in-demand leftfield artists of our time all set on the Adriatic Coast in the beautiful 900 year old white wash walled Croatian fishing village of Petrcane.

Soundwave offers a wonderful alternative to the UK’s rain soaked festivals and is a lot cheaper and much less commercial than any UK festival.  Beach bars, boat parties, an outdoor Amphitheatre and nightclubs offer an array of all day entertainment. With Sunshine guaranteed Soundwave is the perfect combination of summer holiday and music festival all at a price cheaper than a train ticket to Glastonbury!

With an already top heavy line up including the likes of Bonobo live with full nine piece band, Roots Manuva, Little Dragon, Hexstatic, Stuart McCallum and many more, Soundwave now announces its superb boat party and curator line-ups for the fun filled three-day festival.  The boat parties have become almost as infamous as the festival itself, this year sees collaborations of only the Soundwave kind as festival goers get the chance to get out to Sea on a choice of ten unique boat parties curated by the likes of Hyponik, Hoya Hoya, Doctors Orders, Eglo Records, Riot Jazz, Channel One Soundsystem, Kerb Darge and Soundcash and friends.

Soundwave Croatia is THE summer festival of 2011 not to be missed…

 Full listings information for Soundwave Croatia Boat Parties 2011:


Boat parties commence the day before the festival starts and finish the day after festival finishes. All boat parties cost £15 + booking fee


Boat 1

Thursday 21st July - Hyponik presents: Soundwave opening party with Kidkanevil, Eliphino & Part Time Heroes


Boat 2

Thursday 21st July - Heducation vs. Mindonfire vs. Taste The Difference


Boat 3

Friday 22nd July - Doctors Orders with DJ Format, Mr Thing & Spin Doctor


Boat 4

Friday 22nd July - Hoya Hoya with Illum Sphere, Krystal Klear, Jonny Dub, Chunky


Boat 5

Saturday 23rd July - Soundcrash vs. DOP with Bonobo, Kutmah, Cheeba, Soundcrash DJs


Boat 6

Saturday 23rd July - Eglo Records - Alexander Nut, Floating Points, Fatima, Funkineven & Olivier Daysoul


Boat 7

Sunday 24th July- Sunday Reggae Vibes - Nice Up, Channel One Soundsystem & Friends


Boat 8

Sunday 24th July - Riot Jazz Brass Band on a boat


Boat 9

Monday 25thJuly - Keb Darge & Friends, Rockabilly, Funk & Soul


Boat 10

Monday 25thJuly - Soundwave Friends & Family Festival Closing Boat Party












Tickets are £89 for a 3-day pass available NOW at these National ticketing outlets: // // //




Soundwave would like where possible for everyone to consider the eco-friendly, fun alternative travel options below instead of flying.


Run To The Sun - The Soundwave Rally:


Full routes for hitching for group’s and carshare, party stop over’s, accommodation suggestions, travel tips and instructions can all be found at:


The Soundwave Sunshine Bus:


UK departures full details can be found on the website.

Tuesday 19th July, 7pm – Manchester

Tuesday 19th July, Midnight – London, Epping

Arriving in Petrcane Thursday Morning

Departure date from Petrcane

Tuesday 26th July: Return to London & Manchester arrives Wednesday evening


Eurostar to Soundwave:


You can travel by Eurostar to Northern Italy and then take a train through Slovenia into Croatia, although we advise that buses in Croatia are much quicker than the trains. See the sites below for more details //



Flying to Soundwave:


Flights are available to Zadar via Ryanair, Split via Wizzair and Zagreb via Easyjet and Wizzair from most major UK Cities


Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Tuesday, 05 April 2011 18:49
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Newton Faulkner has received critical acclaim for his unusual style and sound, with his first album reaching number one back in 2007. He has since undergone reconstructive surgery on his hand after an accident and subsequently released his second album Rebuilt By Humans last year that marked another top ten album for the young dreadlocked lad from Surrey. Newton was kind enough to spend a few minutes with us before his set at the Big Chill this year.

For those that don’t know your musical style how would you describe it?

I don’t really know anymore I confuse myself these days. Its kind of acoustic based stuff that kind of spans a lot of genres and I play in quite a strange way. I do the percussive ‘tappy’ stuff that’s really fun. Just songs and stuff!

You have a very unusual technique, especially how you tap and slap the guitar, could you tell us how you developed it?

That’s been around well before I was. Michael Hedges was doing it, and has its roots in flamenco and a lot of that going further back. Also when I was at ACM, (Academy of Contemporary Music) Eric Roche, head of guitar was there, and Thomas Lee were both doing similar things and I just really got into it. Especially because I was gigging on my own at that point it just made sense to try and see how much I could push it, and every time I brought things in I got the same thing, ‘it’s really good but I prefer it on its own.’ And I figured out that the only thing that worked is a string quartet I got in and that worked really well and properly classy and it felt very grown up!

How did you deal with the news of Eric Roche’s passing?

Yes it was horrible we were really good friends and had kept in touch. It was hard. I’ve got one of his guitars that I play with every now and then; it’s a lot of responsibility playing one.

Has that relationship had any influence in terms of your song writing?

Oh definitely, I have written about it, so much is completely about Eric’s influence on my playing.

There’s been quite a lot of success with your first album.

Yes but there was four years work that went into that album before it came out so it didn’t feel unnatural, it did what it did. The setup to the first record was really carefully planned. The second one we had to rush a little bit and chuck it out really fast, a bit mental!

You’ve recorded a great cover of Massive Attack’s Teardrop, what made you choose that song?

A; its an amazing piece of music, B; its made of predominantly four parts which at that time was the most parts I could do at one time. I could do a drum beat, a baseline, a melody and a vocal. I was just listening to it and thinking that should be doable and I had three days to piece it all together before I played it on the radio and I didn’t sleep for three days, three days with the metronome going constantly.

Have you got any plans to cover anything else?

I’m always messing around with stuff, I’m really enjoying ‘No Diggity’ by Blackstreet, that’s worked pretty well and I’m working on Regulate by Snoop Dog and Warren G. (Newton impresses us with a quick rendition on request!). I’m doing Bohemian Rhapsody at the moment and I’m wanting to do something in the same kind of area as that. But I will take requests obviously! F

inally, with many rumours about having names such as Deuteronomy and Battenberg can you clarify the situation for our readers?

Yea that was on Wikipedia for a little while, not for very long but long enough for everybody to write it down! My full name is Sam Newton Battenberg Faulkner; Battenberg is my mother’s maiden name.

Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Tuesday, 05 April 2011 18:39
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Take one part UK doodler and one part German art anarchist, give them a keyboard and a ukulele and sit back in wonderment at the music of Anxieteam.

This was the second time we were meeting up with Nottingham-based illustrator Jon Burgerman but the first time under the pretext of discussing his new venture, a band with pARTner in crime Jim Avignon, an artist and musician that believes in free art for everyone; we knew it would be entertaining.

We had an insight into Jon’s work last year when he designed our cover artwork with what is still the most popular cover to date and it was a pleasure to find out about his musical talents and to get to know Jim, a German-born New Yorker who has form in both the art world and the music industry.

Jim’s unorthodox approach to the art market has seen him giveaway 800 pieces of his art in a lottery at a museum that was covered in his paintings.  He even gatecrashed Germany’s Documenta exhibition and spent three weeks outside the building painting three meter canvasses before jumping through them, getting motorcycles to drive through them and otherwise destroying the art.  It was, as Jim puts it, ‘focussing on how the art market and the art world are connected, how the price of artwork creates the importance of the work.’  His aim was to create the art, let people take photos for posterity and then take away the value of the piece by its destruction.

It was art that brought Jim and Jon together in a Brooklyn exhibition that Jon was originally scheduled to do as a solo project.  However, after emailing Jim they agreed to do the exhibition together despite having never actually met previously.  “It could have gone terribly badly, we decided that it wouldn’t be a joint exhibition where one wall would be Jims work and the other wall would be my work, that we would paint on each others paintings; a proper collaboration.  It was a really fun week, we worked really hard but it was a pleasure to do so, who wouldn’t love to do that for a week, paint and draw and talk about things and listen to music, it was a real fun time.”

While Jon admits he hasn’t gone to ‘some of the extreme lengths that Jim has done’ when it comes to art anarchy, he does like to keep his work accessible – something our cover artwork is testament to.  Jim is of a like mind and explained, “In my opinion art should be made for everybody; everybody should be able to afford it.”  This was no more so in evidence than in 2009 where Jim drew portraits of people at a Hamburg exhibition from his home in Brooklyn via Skype.  “I could see people sitting in a booth. I did a drawing, a three minute portrait, and scanned it and sent it and they printed it out and took it home for free.”

Art collaborations developed into music collaborations when Jim pitched the idea of forming a band to Jon who, after some deliberation, recorded the vocals in Nottingham, sent them to Jim in Brooklyn who put a song together and played it at a New York gallery’s closing event. Jon tells us, “people seemed to like it and it went down quite well, so the next time I went to New York, I met up with Jim again and we just started doing stuff.”

Although Jon insisted explaining their sound was a difficult question, he immediately gave us a pretty comprehensive description. “It’s sort of low-fi electronic noises with erm, a smattering of ukulele, but we’re very crafted, simple with catchy melodies underpinning it all.  We try and keep things simple but er, very melodic and colourful in its music.  I think we listen to lots of different genres of music and rather than taking something sonically from those as inspiration. I would say we get inspired by bands that leave you in a good feeling or that have a nice sort of quality to them rather than like ooh, try and make it sound like this or that.  I mean, I’m not a super proficient, technical musician at all so I don’t analyse music in a way that I try and replicate a certain technical element of it. I’d rather have a song that is memorable and you hum it to yourself or you enjoy listening to it, and it gives you a pleasant kind of experience for the short while you’re listening.”

With songs about eating Soya and being a cat combined with unusual musical arrangements, we asked if there were similarities between Jon’s art and the music. Was the music an ‘audio doodle’?  “Yea, definitely, stylistically, it’s like a sonic representation of the way that I would work in a drawn manner, but it’s a little different whereas I might do a drawing and it might take a minute, songs just by their nature, composing something and having a structure, it’d be misleading to call it a doodle. It’s not like something’s just plonked out and there it is, it might have a light feel to it but it’s actually very meticulously planned and honed and polished and you know, made to work, which you don’t necessarily have to do with an illustration, you can do a drawing quite quickly and it might magically just work.  We definitely want the music to have a nice effortless quality, we don’t want it to sound laboured, but actually behind the scenes they’re very much honed.”

We knew the time was coming we’d have to ask the inevitable questions of choosing between music and art.  “I get asked that a lot”,  Jim explained, “the art is the one thing I’m kind of guaranteed to make a living from, but the music is the one that has my soul inside so er, sometimes people ask me if I’d prefer to be blind or deaf…”  Jon interrupts by suggesting being poked in one eye and blocking up an ear as some kind of compromise which helped lighten the severity of Jim’s revelation. 

“Personally I would lose more if I couldn’t do the music,” he went on to clarify,  “doing the art is more like doing some kind of work, doing the big works is more like, I have to work now.  So it’s like, get up early, do the work.  But with music it never feels like work, I always enjoy it.  It’s like you’re looking for something, you don’t know what it is and it’s that moment you find it.  It could be a tune, some weird arrangement idea, I really enjoy that process of finding it.”

Jon’s response was less surprising given what we know about him, “I love listening to music but playing it live and creating new songs with someone is fairly new to me.” Given just how unfamiliar it was to be a musician and lead singer in a signed band, we asked just how scary it is to play live to people. “It is scary, I’m not a performer, I’m not a singer or a dancer or anything so to do that is very scary, but that’s exciting.  It’s nice actually to do both, to have a period of time doing music and enjoy that and get excited about that and then you forget about some of the work of painting, you forget about some of that hard drudgery, and so when you go back to it it’s fun again for a bit. So it’s been good this year doing a little bit of each.

“I like the real time aspect of it, I’ve done a lot of live painting and I guess it’s a similar kind of thing where you’re creating something in front of people and that’s exciting because every time it’s a bit different and their reactions will influence how it goes, and that’s nice to have that feedback, to see people’s reaction to your work immediately, you don’t get that so much when you have a painting on the wall… unless you stay in the gallery all day watching people’s faces…”

“I think if you sing and stand on stage you learn something new about yourself,” added Jim. “I think that’s also a reason why a lot of artists started in music as well. It’s a different way of expressing what’s going on with you or what you want to say. 

Before we let the guys get ready for their gig we asked them to tell us how they came up with the name for the band.
Jim begins the story. “Before we became a band we did an exhibition together in Brooklyn, and for that exhibition he suggested the name Anxiety Room because Jon is a very anxious person, he sees dangers everywhere, and he thought from knowing my art I would be the same, but it turns out I am blind to any possible dangers (both laugh) so we did that exhibition about anxieties and it turned out to be not a very scary exhibition, it rather turned into a funny thing.”  Jon explained it was due to their view that a lot of anxieties are ridiculous when you anlayse them and the anxiety theme was making fun of himself, and of modern day anxieties. 

“When we came up with the idea to have a band we thought we’d stay with that theme and we played around with words and we liked the combination of anxiety and team like to present us as Jon’s the Mr Anxiety and I’m the Mr Team, or like er, staying together and fighting anxieties, I don’t know, it sounded good, we liked it, we took it.”



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