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3 days to Ticket Sales for Glastonbury

Only 3 days to go before tickets go on sale and once those tickets are in your hot little hands it is officially countdown time again.

Yes for me it’s not until I have actually bought a ticket that it starts getting real and you can start thinking about how you are getting there, what you are taking, who else is going, will you meet up with people from last year.

Those and many other questions can start to be answered.


Band of Skulls – Queens Head – 8.00pm – Saturday

The day starts to get a bit hazy around this time. Which is a bit disappointing because it is Band of Skulls that we have seen 3 other bands at The Queens Head to see. Of course sitting in the shade has been an added bonus and easy access to a bar also another bonus.
Band of Skulls are a rock band and it is good to see an out-and-out British Rock band. There aren’t to many of them.
Like a lot of people I switched on to them when iTunes gave their single away for free.
Did I enjoy them? Yes. Were they memorable? Not really.
Would I go see them again? At a festival yes.

Positive thoughts but cloudy memories

3 out of 5


ALBUM RELEASES FOR WEEK 27 SEPT 2010

Nothing really gets me going this week, so will be looking back on my wish list for my album of the week, and like last week have settled on a band who I have been waiting to buy their album for a while, so I am going for We have Bands debut offering.

We have Band won the emerging band contest at Glastonbury 1 year and I have seen them 3 times over the last 2 years.

The album gets my full review on Sunday.

Anyway this weeks releases are,

Ben Folds & Nick Hornby – ‘Lonely Avenue’
Deerhunter – ‘Halcyon Digest’
Fenech-Soler – ‘Fenech-Soler’
Jimmy Eat World – ‘Invented’
Killing Joke – ‘Absolute Dissent’
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – ‘Record Collection’
Neil Young – ‘Le Noise’
No Age – ‘Everything In Between’
Sia – ‘We Are Born’
Tricky – ‘Mixed Race’


MONDAY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Another photo of one of my favourite bands at Glastonbury 2010. Two Door Cinema Club


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – FRIGHTENED RABBIT – THE WINTER OF MIXED DRINKS

A busy week in my life and one where listening to music took a back seat, so for these reasons , I finally took the opportunity of getting the latest offering from Frightened Rabbit.
I spent a lot of time listening to the record on the long trip to Glastonbury. This was because we only had about 4 cd’s and the IPod fm receiver lived up to its reputation and was crap.
So after 2 further run throughs I can confirm my original observations that this is a superb album from a confident band on the rise.
Obviously the swim song is a standout but by no means the last and as a complete whole matches the Arcade Fire record for power and honesty.
I look forward to many more listens and will be buying their next record the day it comes out, not waiting 6 months, and that is as high a compliment you can pay a band.
Well it’s pretty high.


Future Glastoburian

After a few days of trying, we finally had Lily Harper Mclaren, she arrived on Wednesday at 12.34am .

Hopefully she will be a future Glasto goer, with the rest of the family.

Things are getting back to normal so should be able to start the blog up as usual from tomorrow


Baby Due

Just a quick note to say my posts will be a bit sporadic this week as the Wife is in Hospital trying to give birth.
Baby is not that keen to come out at the moment, hoping to be today but could be tomorrow. 10 days overdue now.
I’m starting a months leave from work, so although there maybe some sleepless nights there is always a silver lining.


MONDAY PHOTO OF THE WEEK – 20TH SEPT 2010

Photo of girl and guy in a band called My iluminaries.  They played the Queens  Head on Thursday.

Tip from Greg, don’t call your band a name that can’t be easily spelled.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – FOALS – TOTAL LIFE FOREVER

Like The National, I missed the Foals at Glasto and  I am devasated that I did.
The first time I really heard them was at The BBC introducing stage where in between bands they were playing a real wicked song. We shazamed it and found out it was Cassius by the Foals. Ever since then I have been wanting to get their albums but hadn’t got round to it. This week I finally bought the second. Record Total life Forever and I wish I had done it sooner.
Now don’t get me wrong I love the XX but this is nearly as good and must have been a close run thing for winning the Mercury Prize award.
The album starts off slowly building it’s way up until it hits it’s stride with 3 absolute belters in tracks 4,5 and 6 and Spanish Sahara is definitely one of the tracks of the year.

This is a stunning second album that I implore everyone to get. Currently only 5.99 on itunes


Avalon Cafe

Over in the Green Fields the Avalon Cafe is as the name suggests a Cafe with a stage in a tent.  Definitely worth heading over to grab a bite for lunch have a seat and listen to some tunes.

Mik Artista is one of the regulars that graces the stage and is fun to see with his comedy music offerings.

Some of the highlights last year were Punk originals The Members and Dan Mangan bearded Canadian singer songwriter.