THE COURETTES hit London tonight, fresh from tearing a strip off the Red Rooster festival at the weekend. And in celebration, they’re premiering a new video with Vive Le Rock!
‘Daydream’ is taken from their new Back In Mono – B-Sides & Outtakes 10” and CD which is out now on Damaged Goods.
“‘Daydream’ is a living picture of our state of mind in the last couple of years,” says singer/guitarist Flavia Couri. “We are now on a current 138 concerts tour in 2022, we´ve been to so many amazing places, met so many incredible people, travelled so many miles… It’s like living ten years in one, which is absolutely awesome. But what keeps us sane and safe in this madness is that secret place in our heads where mind games and dreams are made, it’s where we find refuge anywhere and anytime and where we get the inspiration for writing songs – or just to keep moving on.”
The Courettes continue their tour tonight at The Moth Club, Hackney with support from The Shadracks.
Remaining dates are….
8 June London The Moth 9 June Brighton The Albert 10 June Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club 11 June Glasgow McChuills 12 June Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Ballroom 14 June Newcastle The Cluny 15 June Liverpool Zanzibar 16 June Manchester Night & Day 17 June Folkestone Chambers 18 June Southend The Moonraker
MEMBERS legend J.C. CARROLL has announced an intimate London solo show.
The show takes place on Sunday 19 June at The Garden, Covent Garden Studios, Great Newport Street.
J.C.’s solo show is an adaptation of his successful pandemic streaming show Solitary Confinement in the Suburbs. A mixture of nailed-on punk and New Wave classics “the Hits” from his days on Stiff and Virgin and a bit of Chanson, Music Hall, Murder Ballads and his own not inconsiderable catalogue of songs… Expect the Unexpected… some special guests dropping in and some great stories.
“This is such a special show for me because it feels like I haven’t done a proper solo show in the West End ever,” says J.C. “I’ve done hundreds of shows over the years but none just me and my guitar in a beautiful small theatre. I’ve learnt so much over the pandemic and I’ve learnt that people love some of the songs I don’t play with the band so I’m going to play them all tonight. All the complicated chords all the weird lyrics about nursing homes and suicides, apathy in the UK , Robin Hood in reverse , New English blues part one and two.”
The 14th edition of the international new music and city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) took place last week, 4th – 8th May, in both the Estonian capital Tallinn and the border city Narva. A unique cross-country experience celebrated collaboration and solidarity and Tallinn’s first year as a UNESCO City of Music.
A total of 192 artists from 28 countries performed at the TMW 2022 music festival. Some of the highlights of the festival in Tallinn on 5th – 6th May included a collaboration of Swedish composer Maria W Horn and the Tallinn University of Technology Academic Female Choirin St. Catherine’s Church, Naapurivisa Night at D3 Club that reunited the legendary Estonian and Finnish indie bands Röövel Ööbik and 22-Pistepirkko, a showcase of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 and production house Ö Studio in Uus Laine club, and the PopSpot Stage at Vaba Lava Tallinn that featured Estonia’s biggest popstars nublu and WATEVA with the hottest acts from the South African Republic. International collaborations included a Made in Canada showcase and a night of experimental music curated by the Latvian festival Skaņu Mežs.
192 music festival performers from 28 countries 974 PRO delegates/music industry representatives 103 conference speakers 30 music showcase events 229 team members and volunteers in Tallinn 122 team members and volunteers in Ida-Viru County and Narva 3 warm-up events across Ida-Viru County in Jõhvi, Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe 17,425 festival visits, 10,735 in Tallinn and 6,904 in Narva
“We felt that Tallinn Music Week was much needed this year,” comments Helen Sildna, Founder and Head of TMW. “The desire for optimism, the desire for spending time together – dancing, talking, celebrating – was felt strongly, both by the Ukrainian community, present at our festival events, and our own people in Tallinn and Narva, as well as the international music community.”
The next edition of TMW is scheduled to take place on 10th – 14th May 2023. TMW 2023 passes are now on sale at the TMW webshop. TMW 2023 artist applications via TMW homepage.
Tickets are selling fast for the return of the Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender this July!
Now in it’s fourth iteration, the two-day event is back at The Lexington in Islington with a bill bursting with some of the best powerpop bands from the UK, Europe and the USA.
Headlining the first day on Saturday 2 July are Norway’s YUM YUMS. They’ll be joined by fellow Norwegians CAROLINE & THE TREATS, Italy’s RADIO DAYS, POGY ET LES KEFARS from France and THE SPEEDWAYS and AMOEBA TEEN.
Sunday 3 July’s bill is topped by returning New Yorkers BABY SHAKES (pictured), along with fast-rising Italian lasses SMALLTOWN TIGERS (ahead of their Autumn tour with The Damned), ex-Boys bassist DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, Last Great Dreamers guitarist SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS, France’s AVILDA and opening the batting EMPEROR PENGUIN.
“We’re really excited about this year’s Pump It Up! which promises to be the best one yet,” says Simon Drowner from promoters Some Weird Sin. “We’ve got bands flying in from all over the place; Norway, (Friday’s headliners the Yum Yums playing their debut UK gig) France, Italy, and even the US (Baby Shakes who headline the Sunday). The Speedways and Duncan Reid & The Bigheads will be representing the UK – it wouldn’t be a powerpop weekender without them. We can’t wait to bring everyone together for a great weekend at The Lexington. See you at the bar.”
Remaining weekend and day tickets are available here.
The revived JOBOXERS finally make good on their return when they set out on their reunion tour this month, playing their first live shows in 35 years.
The ‘Just Got Lucky’ hitmakers were originally scheduled to tour last year, but the dates were inevitably postponed due to Covid.
Formed in 1982 out of the ashes of SUBWAY SECT, the band still features the original line-up of Dig Wayne (vocals), Rob Marche (guitar), Dave Collard (keyboards), Chris Bostock (bass) and Sean McLusky (drums). To celebrate their return the band are issuing a brand new ‘best of’ collection Essential Boxerbeat.
Released on 24 June through Cooking Vinyl, it’s available to pre-order here.
Full tour dates are…
23 Jun – Guilford – Suburbs At The Holroyd 25 Jun – Leeds – Lets Rock Festival 28 Jun – Bristol – Theckla 29 Jun – Brighton – Komedia 30 Jun – London – 100 Club 1 Jul – Little Hadham – Sign Of The Times Festival 2 Jul – Exeter – Lets Rock Festival