2000trees Ticket Giveaway

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2000trees
is back this year with another superb lineup. We’re namely excited for some of our favourite acts in, Oliver Wilde, Slaves, DZ Deathrays and Turbowolf, but as ever there’s a host more to be excited about.

Taking the headline duties are Brighton heavyweights Blood Red Shoes along with Band Of Skulls and Frightened Rabbit.

We’re going to be giving away a ticket to this, you can enter by simply letting us know which act you’re most excited to see. Get in touch by tweeting us here or alternatively dropping our facebook page a line here. Winners announced early June.

In the meantime check out a slice of Turbowolf here:

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M+A Win Glastonbury Emerging Talent Final

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London and Italian duo M+A won themselves a mainstage slot at Glastonbury Festival last weekend (5th) along with a £5000 prize from PRS Music.

The night saw many impressive acts take to the stage, with stand out names including The Black Tambourines, Hero Fisher and Izzy Bizu, but the ruthless nature and unconventional voice modulation of the winners helped bowl over both the crowd and judging panel.

Check out a video of the winners doing their thing here:

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GLASTONBURY EMERGING TALENT LONGLIST REVEALED

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Glastonbury Festival have announced a longlist of 120 unsigned acts who could get the chance to take a mainstage slot at this years event.

The list chosen by forty of the top UK’s bloggers will now be whittled down to a final eight, who will then be invited to play the live final at Pilton Working Men’s Club next month.

Furthermore as a judge we’re delighted to announce our three selections, Hero Fisher, Bloom and Hurdles.

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ONES TO WATCH: 2014

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A brand new year, and everybody’s wondering which bands are going to be the Tom Odell, the Chvrches or the Sam Bailey of 2014. Only joking, I’m sure nobody cares who wins X-Factor these days; I even had to do a google search for the purposes of that opening line. Anyway, digression over, here’s the acts we believe will have a great 2014 (without the aid of a grotesque talent show).

Findlay

Findlay is a stripped back, hard hitting, rock and roll extravaganza from Manchester, we should all check out this young lady in the coming year. Despite possessing a vocal style reminiscent of Karen O, I dare say that Findlay’s style is more visceral than even the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s raucous first album.

With an E.P, ‘Greasy Love’, out last year and a stonking Reading Festival performance behind her, we suspect Findlay could be coming to a sweaty gig near you.

Standout song – Your Sister (warning explicit!)


PAPA

PAPA hail from that most plastic of all the American cities, Los Angeles. So where does this very British sound come from? Maybe this has something to do with drummer/vocalist, Darren Weiss’ fascination with the Clash, in particular their positive relationship with American culture. I guess these guys are like the opposite of the Clash then.

Confession time, we have cheated a little bit. PAPA released their first album, ‘Tender Madness’, last year. So even though they’re a bit of a 2013 band but we think there’s still more to come from the lads this year. Their sound is subtlety anthemic and perhaps we could see them illuminating the unsettling darkness of the UK charts in the next 12 months?

Standout song – I Am the Lion King


Catfish and the Bottlemen

Without question the busiest band on our list. During the last 12 months Catfish and the Bottlemen have been touring their brand of explosive and honest indie rock all over Europe. And making a name for themselves the good old-fashioned way, by spending outrageous periods of time living in their van playing to anybody who will listen anywhere.

It’s paying off and their van/house will be rolling into Bristol in late February for a gig at the Louisiana and we predict they could be moving into a more spacious van/house very soon.

Standout song – Pacifier


Well there it is. These are the three bands we’ve somehow chosen from the plethora of talent that are sure to have a great 2014. Even if these guys don’t have such a great year, they’re still sure to sell more records than Sam Bailey next Christmas.

Words: Chris Bilko - http://www.bristolbeatsclub.com

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GLASTONBURY LAUNCHES ETC COMPETITION

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Once again Glastonbury Festival are offering new and unsigned artists from across the UK and Ireland a chance to play a mainstage slot at Worthy Farm this Summer.

The entry window will be open for a week only, from January 20th until the 27th and applicants will be able to enter through the official Festival website here. With previous winners including Stornoway, The Golden Silvers and The Subways, the saying ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ has never sounded more apt.

We can further announce that Charming Man will be helping sift through the initial entries alongside 40 of the UK’s top music writers. This will form a longlist of 120 acts, from which Michael and Emily Eavis will face the difficult task of making a shortlist of eight, who will be invited to a live final at Pilton in April.

Check out a video from 2013′s winners Bridie Jackson & The Arbour here…

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CRUSHED BEAKS UNVEIL NEW SONG

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Crushed Beaks have dropped a live version of new song ‘History’, along with the news that the duo will be heading out to Rome to record their album next month. The track doesn’t derail from the nasally sound heard on last years EP Tropes, but it is certainly enough to keep us biding our time in wait for that album.

Get listening here..

 

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LIVE: WHITE DENIM

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Words: Juliette Motamed

Swirling, mesmerizing jams, psychedelic bluesy riffs, a bassist with fingers faster than a flash of lightning, who else could it be but White Denim? Fresh off the back of album release number six – the jazzy “Corsicana Lemonade” – I stood waiting in a sold out crowd at the Fleece to see this hypnotic band in action. Before the support act had even begun, a duo next to me began a heated discussion, both of them enthusiastically affirming that White Denim as a band have one of the tightest instrumentals they had ever experienced live. I privately raised an eyebrow and decided to judge their brash claims after I had seen the band play.

The support were a band called “Syd Arthur” playing a short, technically complex set, laced at intervals with an electric ukulele solo. Although obviously skilled musicians, there was something slightly too twee about the band, and so I was left (slightly impatiently) waiting for White Denim to make their appearance. And appear they did. White Denim opened their set with a swagger and a bang, starting off with the summery, upbeat rhythms of “Anvil Everything” a perfect choice, immediately putting a hazy smile on the faces of the majority of the crowd. This was immediately chased by the building, funky tempo of “I Start To Run”, which was then followed by the heavier riffs of “Corsicana.” White Denim’s set was characteristic of their musical style, with experimental jams in almost every song, which although made for a fantastic musical texture, was perhaps slightly too dense at some points, leading me to become slightly distracted. My attention was however, recaptured with the more brawny tracks such as “Shake shake shake” and crowd pleaser “Pretty Green”.


The skill with which they handled their impressive back catalogue of six albums, made for a confident set, and brought me back to the insistent conversation of the duo I mentioned earlier. The tightness of the band as a musical unit really was striking, with almost every single song being delivered with the precise blow of music exactness that left me stunned. As a live band, White Denim really do go for the jugular. It goes without saying that White Denim are skilled performers, but there was something that left me wanting more after the gig, almost as though the excessive jamming in the middle of each song alienated the audience and prevented any kind of musical closure. Regardless, White Denim’s technical brilliance means that despite these drawbacks they are forgiven. It truly was a gig as captivating as their music.

7.5/10

Check out more from Juliette right here.

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