Festival Incoming : The Great British Alternative Festival

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Its that time again guys n girls!

With most people putting their camping gear and wellies away, Festival season is over… Well, Not quite! Its just time for the Winter festival season!… And 1 of our favs, The Great British Alternative Festival is just around the corner – And the best news? You don’t even need the wellies!

For those un-aware of the festival, Just after the summer season has finished, Bourne Leisure – The company that owns the famous family holiday parks: Butlins, open their parks up for a little bit of a different crowd.

They host some of the best bands from around the world for one of the strangest but most comfortable festival experiences we’ve ever had.

Taking place at Butlins Resort Skegness over the weekend of October 6th to 9th 2017 the latest bands listed include;

SKIDS, THE EXPLOITED, FROM THE JAM, THEATRE OF HATE, RUTS DC, GBH, ANGELIC UPSTARTS plus many many more.

All details here including accommodation packages >>

Crowdfunding Campaign seeks help For Lemmy memorial statue

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A campaign to have a statue of Motorhead icon Lemmy created and placed in his home city of Stoke-On-Trent is seeking crowdfunding help to make the it a reality.

Lemmy, who died in December 2015, sat to have his measurements taken for the planned sculpture while on the road with the band in 2012 and had his full approval.

The project is the brainchild of Staffordshire University graduate Nile Plumb, who told the BBC: “There’s a lot of interest and people really want to get behind it. The musical genius of Lemmy is something for this community to celebrate.”

Former vice president of the Royal Society Of Portrait Sculptors, Steven Whyte, was chosen to create the statue. He was educated in Stoke-On-Trent and first saw Motorhead perform live when he was 14-years-old.

If crowdfunding is successful, the plan is to also ship multiple statues across the world to international fan club members. The campaign is looking to raise $60,000 over the course of the next two months.

For further information, visit the campaign’s IndieGoGo page

STREET SECTS PREMIERE SEVEN-MINUTE STANDOUT TRACK “IN PRISON, AT LEAST I HAD YOU”

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The song appears on their forthcoming Rat Jacket 12 inch, out October 6th from The Flenser

Austin, TX duo Street Sects have returned with a forward-thinking and uncompromising 12-inch record titled Rat Jacket. The 4-song release follows 2016’s critically acclaimed LP End Position, but if that album was a bullet to the head, then Rat Jacket is a knife in the back.
“Although all four songs on Rat Jacket touch upon some aspect of betrayal, ‘In Prison, At Least I Had You’ feels the most personal and specific as to what I was trying to say lyrically on this EP,” says Street Sects vocalist Leo Ashline.  Listen to the track now via Revolver Magazine.
While Rat Jacket is not exactly a follow-up to End Position, it still maintains the sample-based foundation that is the core of the band’s sound; the songs here experiment with melody and organic instrumentation. Thematically, the record deals with loyalty, trust, betrayal, paranoia, and the sadness and regret that comes with the acceptance of our own selfish nature. Rat Jacket represents a brief step to the side, an intentional detour from their previous output. 
The 4-song 12inch Rat Jacket is due out October 6 on The Flenser; catch Street Sects on tour this fall with hip-hop/noise pioneers Dälek:
STREET SECTS — ON TOUR:
September 27  Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
September 28  Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling Festival
September 29  Kansas City, MO @ TBA
September 30  St. Louis, MO @ Way Out Club
October 1  Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies
October 2  Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
October 3  Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse *
October 4  Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
October 5  New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys *
October 6  Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club *
October 7  Houston, TX @ Walter’s *
October 8  Austin, TX @ Lost Well *
October 10  Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
October 11  Tempe, AZ @ The Underground *
October 12  Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar *
October 13  Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident *
October 14  San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
October 15  San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
October 17  Denver, CO @ Marquis *
October 18  Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews *
October 19  Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen *
October 20  Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club *
October 21  Cleveland, OH @ Locker Room at Mahall’s *
October 23  Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck *
October 24  Syracuse, NY @ Sparks Art Space *
October 25  Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom *
October 26  Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *
October 28  Norfolk, VA @ Charlie’s American Cafe
October 29  Asheville, NV @ Static Age Records
 * w/ Dälek
Rat Jacket Track listing:
1.  Blacken the Other Eye
2.  Total Immunity
3.  Early Release
4.  In Prison, At Least I Had You
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MILBURN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘TIME’, OUT 29 SEPTEMBER

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  • BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘NOTHING FOR YOU’ IS OUT NOW

    Milburn will release their brand new record ‘Time’ on September 29th via Red Essential. The album is the first full length LP since the band’s 2007 release ‘These Are The Facts’.
    The first single to be taken from the album is, ‘Nothing For You, and is available now. Lead by a bouncy bass line and cutting guitars, the track is classic Milburn – and is sure to please the fans.

    YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE LATEST SINGLE HERE

    Last year the band returned to play a number of high profile shows in Sheffield and a subsequent sold out UK tour. Those comeback gigs served to whet the appetite not only of the fans but the band themselves, who had no doubt about taking on a 12,000 capacity, hometown show at Don Valley Bowl in June this year. Recorded and produced by Bill Ryder Jones of The Coral at Parr Street Studios, the album is packed full of highlights, with each track telling its own unique story in the Milburn tale. Previous single ‘Take Me Home’ evokes a guttural punch, whilst title track ‘Time’ has an almost cinematic, widescreen feel to it.
    Milburn will be on tour in the UK in November. Dates are listed below.
    November 9th – London, Electric, Brixton
    November 10th – Leicester O2 Academy
    November 11th – Manchester Academy
    November 16th – Glasgow O2 ABC
    November 17th – Leeds University Union

Steve Young at Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs

Artist: Steve Young 
Venue: Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs (London)
Date:  Nov 1
Review By: Flora Tremblay
Photo By: Sarah Houben

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Last month, I was lucky enough to be given a ticket for Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs TV nights in order to write a review about singer-songwriter Steve Young. As you can tell, I have written said review shamefully late due to falling ill the night after the concert, but of course, this had nothing to do with the music. On the contrary, listening to Steve Young’s original songs was just what one could wish for before being sent to bed for an entire week.

They give you a cozy feeling, perfect for the upcoming winter season but probably for beach campfires, too. Only using an acoustic guitar and his voice, his music moved between Americana and pop, and the lyrics often touched on the usual subjects such as love, friendship and dreams. However, the songs never sounded naff, but rather honest, heartfelt and straightforward. It’s the kind of stuff that you’d want someone to write for you. Or, if you just frowned upon my last sentence, let’s say that you at least wouldn’t mind if someone did. He also played a Pink Floyd cover which was a refreshing addition to his set.

It was not an easy spot to play, being the opening act in a room where the stage is sort of tucked away between the tables and the bar, where many people can’t see it and thus continue their conversations over the music. I couldn’t understand everything but I wanted to keep listening, which wasn’t always the case later in the evening. Whilst I can’t speak about the whole program of the night due to having to leave after a few sets, I found that Steve might have had the simplest set-up but was the most outstanding artist for me. The other sets sounded a bit generic to me, whereas Steve’s had more of a raw edge, as far as there is a raw edge for mellow acoustic guitar songs. That being said, it was only the last song of his set that was from the upbeat-clap-your-hands-category and even though I secretly didn’t clap my hands, if I missed one thing in the set, then it was more songs like that one. But then it says “always leave them wanting more”, so maybe this part of a cunning plan which now makes me listen to Steve Young on Spotify.

All in all, I wonder why I haven’t heard of Steve Young before. I’m not an expert when it comes to singer songwriters, but I do listen to my fair share of all-time UK favourites such as Ben Howard and all these acoustic Spotify playlists that serve as a musical tapestry for my kitchen. Steve Young has had airplay on BBC radio 2, which is probably nicer than being included in the soundtrack to which I cut carrots, but still – what I’m trying to say is that he deserves more attention.

His album “Troubadour” is out since July 1st and was crowdfunded via the platform Pledge Music. His 3rd single, to be released in January 2017, will be a double A with the tracks “In My Dreams” and “Garden of Love.” If you’re looking for him online, be aware that there are two artists with his name. He is the younger one with the beard, the cap and the checked shirt. Not the older one with the beard, the hat and the patterned shirt. Reading his biography later, I’ve found out that in the last years he has indeed played with well-known people and at well-known events, and I hope that he can continue to make a name for himself as a solo artist.