Vena Portae are an Anglo-Swedish alt-folk band, comprised of singer songwriter Emily Barker, songwriter Dom Coyote, and Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Ruben Engzell.
Vena Portae’s eponymous debut album is one that is well worth checking out and there are also some live dates;
15 August - Stroud, The Goods Shed
16 August - Dermot O'Leary - live Radio 2 session
17 August - Beautiful Days Festival, Devon
21 August - Southsea, Square Tower
22 August - Marlborough, Sound Knowledge FREE INSTORE SHOW
23 August - Lewes, Union Music Store FREE INSTORE SHOW
23 August - Bexhill, Music's Not Dead FREE INSTORE SHOW
24 August - Purbeck Folk Festival, Dorset
25 August - Winchester, Swiss Cottage
26 August - Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe
27 August - London, Green Note
29 August - Durham, Old Cinema Launderette
30 August - Manchester, Castle Hotel
31 August - Stoke (Folk in a Box @ AppetiteStoke)
6 September - The Sound of Bronkow Festival, Dresden
Slowdive have confirmed two shows in London at the Forum in Kentish Town. The shows on 19th and 20th December are their only upcoming UK dates and follow the band's return to London where their first official shows in twenty years took place in May.
Our review of the Village Underground show is HERE
Tickets for the Forum shows are available on pre-sale HERE today.
Following last year’s UK tour supporting Caitlin Rose, country singer Andrew Combs is due to return to the UK for his own headlining tour in September. Kicking off with a return to End Of The Road Festival on the 29th August and ending on the 9th September at London’s Green Note.
In March, Andrew signed up with Loose Music who are due to release his second album later in the year. The as yet untitled follow up to 2012 debut album ‘Worried Man’ is currently being recorded in Nashville.
You can see Andrew perform two new songs in this exclusive session, filmed for American Songwriter:
Tickets are available now for the End of the Road Festival and the following shows on Andrew's website
29 Aug END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL
01 Sep BRIGHTON, The Prince Albert
03 Sep LEEDS, Oporto
04 Sep BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds
05 Sep OXFORD, Art Bar
07 Sep LINCOLN, Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall
08 Sep NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
09 Sep LONDON, Green Note
Who will win Green Man Rising? With over 500 entries from bands and artists around the country, the festival say that "every single one has been listened to, with a selection of the UK’s most respected music bloggers ranking and rating their favourites to select the live finalists who will play at The Dublin Castle in Camden on Wednesday 23rd July".
The finalists are:
Entry to the Green Man Rising Live Final is absolutely free from 6.30pm on Wednesday 23rd July. One lucky winner will win a gig of a lifetime opening the Mountain Stage at Green Man 2014.
The final decision rests with our expert judging panel...
Harriet Gibsone (Guardian), Jane Abernethy (4AD), Phil Alexander (Mojo), Mike Diver (Clash), Jack Shankly (Domino), Will Cook (The 405) and Ben Coleman (Green Man)
The festival is ONLY 5 weeks away Tickets are selling VERY fast, so grab yours now!
Two years in the making, 'We Resonate' is the latest LP released by Rachel Dadd on 29th September via Talitres
'We Resonate' sees Rachael joined by Laura Marling’s sideman Marcus Hamblett, experimental Japanese multi-instrumentalist ICHI, Alessi Laurent-Marke of Alessi’s Ark, Rozi Plain, Emma Gatrill of Sons of Noel and Adrian, and Thomas Heather of Woodpecker Wooliams.
Following shows at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, Rachel heads to Cumbria this week for the Fell Foot Sound festival then hops on the ferry to the Island of Eigg for Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling were hopefully we will catch her set.
Remaining summer dates in full:
18 Cumbria - Fell Foot Sound Festival
20 Isle of Eigg - Lost Map's Howlin' Fling
1 Verona (IT) - Malalido Festival
9 Lake Garda, Arco (IT) - Mandstock Festival
6 Bordeaux, AQU (FR) - Festival Ouvre La Voix
7 Rivières, (FR) - Baignade -encore- Interdite Festival
"What The Hell Are You Doing?” Is a Full Time Hobby Tenth Anniversary Compilation which is released on 13th October 2014
The party mood also means that the label invited a generation of artists from their family to perform some special shows below:
Full Time Hobby 10th Anniversary Shows:
14th Oct: Timber Timbre @ Shepherds Bush Empire Tickets
16th Oct: Tunng & Diagrams @ Purcell Room Tickets
17th Oct: Erland & The Carnival @ Purcell Room Tickets
19th Oct: The Leisure Society perform The Sleeper & Smoke Fairies @ QEH Tickets
These shows are dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Curtis (Sept 23, 1978 – Dec 29, 2013)
Full details are HERE
Great news to report the return of Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards who will release their new album ‘Distance’ through The State51 Conspiracy on 18th August, with ‘Burning Hearts’ being the first single out on the 4th August.
An impressively quick follow up to last year's ‘Blindspot’, Dan Michaelson returns to a full-band sound on what he describes as a ‘misleadingly upbeat’ first single from the LP. A romantic tale of two lovers dancing their way towards the end of the world.
Produced and mixed by Ash Workman, the album was written in Montauk, Long Island NY and recorded in sunny Hackney in London. Joining Dan in the studio were Magic Number Romeo Stodart (bass), Henry Spenner (drums), Laurie Earle (guitar and piano), Horse (guitar and pedal steel), Gabriel Stebbing (cello) and Johnny Flynn (violin).
So that is something to look forward too next month!
A day for good news, now we also some dates announced by The Boxer Rebellion in Manchester and two London shows where they will be playing their four albums in full:
Gorilla, Manchester Wed, 01 Oct
Cyprus Avenue Cork Fri 03 Oct
Dublin Academy, Dublin Sat 04 Oct
Songs From Exits And Union @ Scala, London Tue 07 Oct
Songs from The Cold Still + Promises @ Scala, London Wed 08 Oct
Great news has arrived to say that Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl will be playing some UK dates in September.
A 'must see' band at SXSW, they also appeared in our 'best of 2014 (so far) list'
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Wed 03 Sep
The Ruby Lounge, Manchester Mon 08 Sep
Dingwalls, London Wed 10 Sep
Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton Thu 11 Sep
Tickets are HERE
Band Website HERE
Sad news to hear that Crazy Horse bassist, Billy Talbot, has suffered a mild stroke. This means for the first time ever Billy will miss a Crazy Horse tour with Neil Young. The good news is that "Talbot's doctors expect him to make a full recovery," the group said in a statement but, "They have advised Talbot to sit this tour out and recover his strength."
Billy's place will be ably filled by Neil Young's long time bassist Rick Rosas and Mahogany Blue's Dorene Carter and YaDonna West will also join the tour, filling in for Billy's backing vocals.
Neil and Crazy Horse had to cut short their Euro tour last summer because of an ongoing injury to guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro's hand.
Like all our heroes (and ourselves), none of us are getting any younger .. so if you want to see the great Neil Young and friends in concert, here are the European tour dates;
July 07, Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavík, Iceland
July 10, Live At The Marquee, Cork, Ireland
July 12, Hyde Park, London
July 13, Echo Arena, Liverpool
July 15, KüçükÇiftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey
July 17, Yarkon Park, Tel-Aviv, Israel
July 20, Münsterplatz, Ulm, Germany
July 21, Collisioni Festival, Barolo, Italy
July 23, Wiener Stadthalle, Wien, Austria
July 25, Warsteiner Hockeypark, Mönchengladbach, Germany
July 26, Filmnächte am Elbufer, Dresden, Germany
July 28, Zollhafen - Nordmole, Mainz, Germany
July 30, København Forum, København, Denmark
August 1, Bergenhus Festning - Koengen, Bergen, Norway
August 3, Stockholm Music & Arts Festival - Stockholm, Sweden
August 5, Lokerse Feesten, Lokeren, Belgium
August 7, Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival, Monaco, France
August 8, Foire aux Vins de Colmar, Colmar, France
Ásgeir first came to our attention via his collaborations with John Grant and we have been captivated with his voice since. Following the release of his widely acclaimed Top 40 debut 'In the Silence', Ásgeir is now set to release a new single, 'Was There Nothing' from the album on 28th July via One Little Indian records.
Last in the UK for a sold out April tour that culminated with a show at the Union Chapel, he next returns to the UK to play the 6Music tent at the Latitude Festival and also plays his own previously announced headline show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 26th November. Full details HERE
Sheffield’s finest Reverend and The Makers return with a new single ‘The Devil’s Radio’ on 7th July and the band are also playing some UK summer festivals with appearances at The Libertines’ British Summer Time, T in the Park and Camden Rocks before preparing for their 10th year anniversary Sheffield’s shows.
These shows will be at the O2 Academy where the band will play 'The State Of Things' and 'French Kiss in The Chaos' in their entirety on 24th October followed by '@Reverend_Makers' and 'Thirty Two' on 25th October.
So all you have to do is get a ticket, oh and the band have collaborated again with Thornbridge Brewery to produce the Reverend American Brown Ale which was launched in tandem with the new album, ''Thirty Two'.
5th July British Summer Time Hyde Park London
12th July Triumph Live 2014 Warwickshire
13th July T in the Park Kinross
19th July Splendour Nottingham
26th July Blackthorn Music Festival Stockport
27th July Stockton Weekender Stockton
9th August Strawberry Fields Leicester
17th August Beautiful Days Devon
23rd August Summerjam Festival Bradford
24th October O2 Academy Sheffield
25th October O2 Academy Sheffield