Sun, what have you done . . . Heavenly heads out for Summer festivals

Main Stage at the Port Elliot literary festival

As we hurriedly finish everything off that needs doing before we loon ourselves in a field for 4 days our bands are mostly 1 step ahead of us & are already down at Glastonbury languishing in the green carpet of field that is Worthy Farm for the most part of the year, hopefully the 169,995 people that will have arrived before us & the – is it, will it, wont it, yes it will – blah blah rain wont have churned the site into a battlefield before we’ve even started.

Here’s where our bands will be playing in the UK this Summer;

DOVES – ‘Doves lift us up where we belong’:
26th June – Friday headline – John Peel Stage  @ Glastonbury
5th July – Hop Farm Festival, Kent
11th July – Oxygen festival, 02 stage, co Kildare, Ireland
12th July – T in the Park, radio 1/NME stage, Scotland

18th July – Latitude festival , Suffolk

19th July – Lovebox, London

LOOSE SALUTE – Hopefully the lovely Lisa will still be sporting her  MOR US highway 78 era fringe & ting:

26th June – Friday 16.50 on the Q snug stage – Glastonbury

25th July – Saturday Port Elliot – 4.30 – Caught by the River Tent

MAGIC NUMBERS – will be sneaking in some new tracks off their forthcoming 3rd album:
27th June – Hyde Park Calling
28th June – Secret show @ Glastonbury, Sunday evening
25th July –  Port Elliot Festival

PETE GREENWOOD – Perfick way to start the weekend – in a field on a thursday :
26th June – Thursday @ Glasto, 4pm Snug stage beside Q stage

SAINT ETIENNE – Get the London look! they’ve been performing the whole of Fox Base Alpha recently, keep an eye out for a girl with a placard, she knows where its at :

July 4th – Wireless
July 19th – Sunday @ Latitude, Suffolk
August 15th – Summer Sundae, Leicester
August 29th – Beachdown festival, Brighton
August 4th – Mosely Folk Festival

June 28th – Sunday 3pm Park Stage – Glastonbury

SOFT PACK – Plug in, Tune out & drop in – ESSENTIAL!:
June 28th – 4.45pm – John Peel Stage – Glastonbury
August 29th – Leeds festival
August 30th – Reading festival


27th June – Glastonbury -11pm – 2am in the Q tent

28th June – Glastonbury – 11am – 1pm in the Guardian tent

17th July – Latitude – all day in between bands on the BBC Introducing stage

18th July –  2 – 4pm in the Rizla Arena – Lovebox

6-9th August – Rizla Arena – Big Chill

11 – 13th September – Rizla Areana -Bestival

Here’s the PADDED CELL disco noir reworking of DOVES ‘COMPULSION’ to download:



The Good, The Bad & . . . the not so photogenic – The Rockingbirds ride back in to town

The Rockingbirds Rough Trade instoreLast Saturday saw The Rockingbirds celebrate the re release of their classic – eponymous – album, with a performance in the basement of the Rough Trade record store in Talbot Road, West London.  The room was packed with ‘old’ faces who were treated to to a bunch of tunes from said album plus the debut live performance of new song ‘Man in the Moon’ (available on 7″ from our e bay shop)

The 2008 reunion prompted the re-mastering of this great, lost record, but more live dates and even fresh recording sessions are in the works as The Rockingbirds try their method on a new generation. To echo a line from ‘Gradually Learning’, being late is better than never.

14 April- St. Bonaventures – Bristol £11 Adv – Doors: 7.30 pm- Tel: 0870 4444 400 or here
15 April – Norwich Arts Centre – £9/£7 concs – Doors: 8 pm, Tel: 01603 660352
16 April The Musician – Leicester £ 10 Adv Doors: 8 pm, Tel: 0116 251 0080 or here.
Friday 17 April – The Engine Room Brighton £ 10 Adv Doors: 7.30 pm – Tel: 01273 728999 or here
18thApril–London –The Dome £12.50- doors 8.00pm