2000 Trees add 20 more bands to the line up!

Since teasing us yesterday on social media with the announcement of 20 bands to be added to the Cheltenham based 2000 Trees line up, they have finally revealed the latest additions.

Some of the names added include Frightened Rabbit, My Vitriol and Blood Red Shoes will be joining previously announced acts like Enter Shikari, At The Drive and tons more that have previously been added to this stellar line up. This announcement has been so closely followed that it has already crashed the 2000 Trees website with everyone wanting to know who is joining next.

Acts also joining the lineup:  And So I Watch You From Afar, Black Honey, Vukovi, Bloody Knees, Queen Kwong, Dead!, Blood Command, Brutus, Funeral Shakes, Nova Twins. Gloo, Muskets, P D Liddle, No Violet, Phoxjaw, Warshy and Sœur.

All this and we can still expect more announcements coming soon from 2000 Trees as their third and final headline act is still yet to be announced so definitely keep an eye out for that one!

The latest poster:

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LIVE REVIEW: Tom Walker + The Beach live at Norwich Arts Centre

Singer-songwriter Tom Walker, with support from The Beach, blew the roof off of Norwich Arts Centre last night at a sold out show.

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The night began promptly with a supporting set from The Beach. A decent amount of people had arrived in time to catch his set, which is always nice for the support act that already has the tough job of warming up the crowd.

He performed a variety of his original tracks, which on occasion echoed that of Ben Howard, especially in his recently released single ‘Toxic Love’ – which he performed with such effortless grace.

His stage presence seemed natural, and his conversation with the audience came with ease, often managing to get the audience laughing.

The set was completed with popular single ‘Thieves’ which had the crowd cheering and clapping along as the track picked up pace. As it drew to a close, he was met with substantial applause which he absolutely deserved.

Having heard a few of The Beach’s tracks previously, it was fantastic to see that the artist behind the name is equally as talented live. Personality is equally as important, and it’s fair to say that through a combination of his music and stage presence that he’s an extremely likeable and relatable musician which will undoubtedly see him go far.

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After a short break between sets, it was time for Tom Walker to take to the stage. It wasn’t long before the interval music and lights dipped and the band took to the stage starting up before Tom himself walked out met by cheers from his eager fans.

The set was opened with ‘Be Myself’. We were thrown straight into his performance as this punchy, guitar driven song pounded out of the speakers. Tom was on immediate form, despite having suffered from food poisoning the night prior, bopping from side to side and belting out the lyrics to this song.

This fed seamlessly into ‘Heartland’, an equally irresistible track that you just couldn’t help but dance to. With the support of another guitarist, a keyboardist and a drummer, it was impressive how easily they packed such a huge sound into such a small and atmospheric venue.

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Throughout the rest of the night we were treated to more of Tom’s singles, such as ‘Blessings’, ‘Sun Goes Down and ‘Play Dead’ whilst also being treated to some new songs like ‘Cry Out’ and ‘Dominoes’.

The set was expertly put together; transitioning from the upbeat tracks into some more laid back and relaxed songs. His raspy vocals pulled off every song with ease, only improving on the studio versions of his songs, bringing to the table something special that just can’t be found through listening to his music online.

Throughout the gig, he seemed completely blown away by the fact that it was sold out, thanking the crowd throughout, stating how even food poisoning wouldn’t stop him from playing the show.

Tom is a really humble musician, which only makes him more likeable to his fans. Seeing his face light up every time fans applauded and shouted praise just made it that much more special.

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If you’re in doubt about whether Tom Walker is going to make it, which if you’ve seen him live or heard his music you shouldn’t be, then you just need to take a look at the fans in the audience. They sang back all the lyrics to his songs adoringly, even lighting up their phones for his encore song ‘Angels’.

Despite not having the largest back catalogue of music, his repertoire is packed full of songs that are well composed, thought provoking and either catchy and upbeat or super relaxed and laid back.

If you haven’t seen or heard of Tom Walker yet, then you should take a few minutes out of your day to give his music a listen, or even go down to one of his shows. Already having been spotted by the likes of BBC Radio 1, it’s only a matter of time before he’s performing on much larger stages.

Review by Danielle Booden.

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LIVE REVIEW: Fickle Friends + Swimming Girls + The Islas at Waterfront Studio

With palm trees on stage, a combination of the synth pop sounds ready to ring out and the neon lights illuminating the stage, Fickle Friends were finally in town at the Waterfront Studios for their rescheduled show. Originally called off due to illness, Fickle Friends made the trip back to round off their debut album tour You Are Someone Else.

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The Islas

The first support act to take to the stage was Norwich’s very own The Islas, who brought their upbeat rhythms and delicate melodies to kick start the evening’s events with a decent crowd turning out for them.

It’s clear to see that they have great chemistry together as they showed they where loving it on stage and song by song they caught the audience’s attention with their experimental guitar sounds. Lead singer Nathan Baverstock’s stage presence caught the eye as he showed his comfort on stage, with each song from their set coming with ease that echoed throughout the studios.

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Swimming Girls

The second support came in the form of alt-pop four piece, Swimming Girls, who brought new wave synths and haim-esque sounds to the stage.

A surprise support act for the evening’s events, the Bristol based four piece made for a good lead in for the headliners with their individual sound that goes between dwelling in the dark and brooding sounds with the warmth and nostalgia of 80’s and 90’s pop to inspirations from a variety of sources like Cyndi Lauper and vocal inspiration coming from the likes of The Cranberries.

A band that I can say plenty of the audience will be checking out after the gig, developing their live performances naturally, their song ‘Taste Like Money’ was a particular high point that went down very well to the almost sold out venue!

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Fickle Friends

After a strangely longer than usual layover after the Swimming Girls set, it was time for the headliners of the evening. As the lights dimmed, Fickle Friends came on stage to get straight down to business.

The night showcased everything this five piece act has to offer from lead singer Natti Shiner’s witty personality and the band’s collection of steamy basslines, classic synths and with the stage decked out with palm trees for the vibrant show.

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The subject of the cancelled show was brought up by Shiner apologising for having to postpone and interacting with the crowd asking if anybody went to Epic Studios with some people replying ‘yes’; this got plenty of laughs from the crowd as Shiner went on to  quickly reminisce about the group’s last visit to The Waterfront Studios.

Formed in 2013, the band showcased that they have plenty of songs in their repertoire  from many of their debut album songs, hitting it off with the crowd to older tracks like ‘Swim’ and ‘Play’ getting strong reactions with the crowd, with many singing along throughout.

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Once in full flow the band were strutting and bouncing all over the stage which symbolized the joy and appreciation that this band have when they are on performing and enjoying every moment with their eagerness to engage with their fans with genuine warmth coming from each member.

 

 

 

WWE NXT and 21 more bands added to Download’s stellar line up!

As each day rolls on the excitement for the upcoming Download Festival just gets that little bit more.

Well as a treat to help us get through the week, Download have announced the WWE’s NXT will be returning to the hallowed grounds at Donnington Park with names like Adam Cole, Aleister Black, Kairi Sane and more all set to make an appearance at the metal festival. Not many festivals put on wrestling shows as big as WWE to go alongside music line up so this is something not to be missed.

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That was not all to come from Download this morning though as 21 bands have been added to the line up, taking up places on stages across the festival. The metal circus has arrived as Avatar will be featured on the main stage for the first time. The Zippo Encore stage will be getting ready to party hard as Andrew W.K have also been confirmed to make an appearance and joining them is noughties post hardcore mavericks Hell is for Heroes.

The full list joining the Download line up:

Avatar, Andrew W.K, Hell is for Heroes, CKY, Nothing More, Bad Religion, Black Foxxes, A, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Culture Abuse, Lawnmower Deth, Starcrawler, Ded, Being as an Ocean, Ecca Vandal, Igorrr, Loathe, Kaiser Franz Josef, Helpless, Cellar Darling and Anchor Lane.

Check the full festival poster here:

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LIVE REVIEW: The Wombats + The Night Café + BLOXX at UEA

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It’s been just over a decade since The Wombats released their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation’ and not much has changed since then as a relentlessly energetic crowd danced and screamed their way into the UEA in Norwich.

The Liverpudlian trio are now halfway through a trip around the UK and Ireland for their new album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.

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The opening act of the night was the female-front four piece Bloxx who pulled a decent crowd for early doors with a set of fresh sounding tracks that captured the spirit of 2000s indie/alt rock.

They are known for their grungy undertones with classic indie-influenced melodies to create their unique and familiar indie sound. They had great stage presence and played a strong set to lead into the night with an aura of confidence necessary for any band opening the show and a mix of grunge bass and guitar riffs filling the room. Lead singer Ophelia commanded the stage and helped set the tone  for the night ahead.

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The Night Café 

Up next was Liverpool four piece The Night Cafe who brought their effortless and laid back style to the UEA as their music seemed all the more mellow as the riffs and melodies went around the room setting a slow build as the platform for The Wombats to break out onto the stage.

They looked absolutely passionate and clearly appreciating every moment on stage, creating a relaxed atmosphere during their set. They played their latest single ‘Turn’ and one thing that caught my eye the most was frontman Sean Martin who had a look of serious concentration on his face throughout.

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The Wombats

The headliners took to the stage and dove straight into the new material, opening with ‘Cheetah Tongue’ before turning back the clock a little for ‘Give Me A Try’ and ‘1996’.

With the adrenaline-fueled crowd waiting for more, this was a set-list not just designed to showcase their new album, but also playing big hits like ‘Kill The Director’ which got big fans of the band moving and singing along!

Their new album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ was a good listen and got plenty of praise since it’s release, and after seeing the songs played live it was easy to see why as most of the tracks translated well to the live scene, with the band keen to impress and sparing no effort on the production, with big screens lining the back of the stage displaying illustrations fitting for the songs.

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Bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen was one of the biggest highlights of the evening with his energy as he encouraged jumping and clapping which was infectious for everyone to see, and energy levels quickly rose around the room because of his presence on stage!

One minor note that hampered them was some dead air between songs which lasted a little too long to seem on purpose, but thankfully the band was able to bring out the best of the enthusiastic crowd as they played with energy and power to get fans from the casual to the enthusiastic, enjoying the show.

Levellers, Therapy? and Feeder all feature in this week’s Noisy Playlist!

The Noisy Playlist is back for another week where we feature music from some of the bands we featured on our website last week!

We kick the playlist off with a few of the names that we featured in our LeeStock ’18 story, that will be appearing at the festival from The Pigeon Detectives to Feeder, who are probably one of the hardest working bands this summer.

The Levellers and Gogol Bordello feature in this week’s playlist after they were announced to be performing at Beautiful Day’s festival who revealed most of their line up last week.

The Stranglers and Therapy? make an appearance after we covered their show at Norwich’s LCR this past week.

Also featuring in this week’s playlist are Milk Teeth and Sun Arcana who were recently announced to be playing at The Great Escape festival in May.

Listen to the full Noisy Playlist below:

LOCAL REVIEWS: Smart Alex / Shark Party / Paper Champ / Con-Party

It was a night of local punk and hardcore at the Smokehouse with all the bands playing their own brand of music and each stamping their mark on the evening with a different musical style from acoustic guitars to outlandish vocals that I will be surprised if anybody quite caught a word of.

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Con-Party

Up first were Con-Party, a hardcore punk band local to Ipswich.  Straight from the get go they kicked the night off screaming with their hardcore punk sounds that would get anyone’s attention. It was a confident display and although they had someone else filling in on drums, it didn’t stop them from bringing the night to a raucous start.

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Paper Champ

Sadly, although this gig is the last for the band as Paper Champs, and not to say there was a bad set on display though, for me, they put on the set of the nigh. The most melodic of the punk bands, they were extremely likeable bringing on a fine display. Regardless of the odd false start to a couple of songs, it was handled well even with the crowd not being shy to voice their opinions.

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Shark Party

With inflatable sharks on display it was time for Shark Party,  punk rockers from Kent. It wasn’t quite the Shark Party everyone had come to expect, with acoustic guitars in hand, they displayed a different side to themselves, treating everyone to the sound of acoustic guitars and honest vocals that worked very well together, and was a nice change of pace for the evening.

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Smart Alex

Last but by no means least was Smart Alex, a combination of some of East Anglia’s most pure punk rockers to come together and bring forward their old school punk vibes that would make any punk fan smile. The passion and energy from the band was evident in their music, putting on a display of classic punk rock that is so rarely heard in 2018!