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JUNE 2015




seasick steve

headed for 02 guildhall


get ready for festival season

public service broadcasting blissfields bound

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Thanks for picking up the June 2015 issue of Southampton Music Magazine and the second of this year’s bumper festival specials! There’s a little something for everyone this month! We chat to everyone’s favourite irish crooners, Boyzone ahead of their huge concert at the Aegeas Bowl. We also have an interview with the legend that is Seasick Steve who is due to play Carfest this summer, we talk to folkrock heroes the Levellers who hit the 1865 this month and we catch up with instrumental duo Public Service Broadcasting who are at this year’s Blissfields. All this plus previews, listings and announcements for all of the best venues and events in the area. Don’t miss our three page festival round up and a chance to win a pair of weekend tickets to this year’s Victorious Festival!

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At the Three Monkeys Music Night at The Ar t House, you will hear no evil. What is “Three Monkeys”? Three acts on stage at the same time, performing six songs each, taking it in turns. This means those who come to hear one particular artist don’t all leave after their set finishes (leaving two people & the sound guy at end). Meanwhile, the audience gets a fast-moving mixture of material, and the musicians get to know each other, adapting their repertoire to complement what the last ‘monkey’ played. Sometimes they might join in together, and you could catch a whole band with its members playing as solo artists. It is a night for people who love music and want to support new talent, where the audience actually listens & often takes part (but with no-one chatting to their mates over the top of the acts) . Three Monkeys, now in it’s fifth year, is on the third Friday of the month. Check or the What’s On page of | Free entry, but a suggested donation of around a fiver is welcome.


Returning for its fourth year, the home of Hampshire Cricket welcomes The Ageas Family Festival on 1st August. Alongside fantastic family entertainment, the festival will feature the Royal London One-Day Cup – Hampshire v Middlesex, alongside a super special headline musical performance from none other than kings of the UK pop scene, Boyzone. “After the heroics of the Irish team in the Cricket World Cup, we’re glad to be bringing a bit of the Irish craic to the Ageas Bowl on August 1st. It will be the last gig of the Summer for Boyzone so we’re all looking forward to a great night.” Say the boys (now very definitely fully grown men). Fun for all ages, the popular festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. A whole host of family-friendly activities will be installed onsite and available for use throughout the day. Plus, alongside the exciting cricketing action, the Ageas Bowl will welcome the arrival of the Red Devils (British Army) who will parachute into the ground during the innings interval. Free activities for children will range from bouncy castles to climbing walls, laser quest to a fun fair, with cricket coaching also returning alongside an arts and crafts area for all, so there really is no excuse for not getting involved. Known for hits including ‘Love Me For A Reason’, ‘Words’, ‘No Matter What’ and ‘When The Going Gets Tough’, Boyzone are currently celebrating two decades in the music industry. Within these 20 years, the band have tallied up an impressive 5 Brit Awards, eighteen top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart, six No. 1 UK hit singles and five No. 1 albums, with more than 25 million records sold worldwide. They released their sixth studio album ‘From Dublin to Detroit’ last year, featuring their favourite songs from the Motown era, including renditions of “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” plus many more. Having taken time out since 1997 so they could all focus on their individual career paths, the Boyzone boys, all grown up (Menzone doesn’t have the same ring to it though, does it?) got back together in 2007 for another round but in 2009 the group suffered a tragic blow when Stephen Gately died unexpectedly from an undiagnosed heart defect at only 33 years old. In 2010 the lads emerged with a new album, ‘Brother,’ a tribute to Stephen and went back out on the road, following this up with 2013’s ‘BZ20’ album and subsequent tour. There is no understanding the dizzying heights of success that these Irishmen have achieved over the past twenty years but we were fortunate enough to spend some time with motor-loving, tattoo enthusiast Shane Lynch recently and we attempted to get a bit of an insight, but mostly ended up talking about beards…


We’ve actually met before, you played the Joiners in Southampton with your rock band, must be over 10 years ago now, do you still love rock music? Ah brilliant, yeah I think when it comes to music in general I kind of do different vanity projects, let’s call them haha, making music that I enjoy. So not necessarily rock specific but just good records y’know?! It’s no secret that you love cars. You’re actually successful racing driver now aren’t you? Yeah, I’ve enjoyed the lifestyle for a long, long time. I started around 2000 or 1999 just through opportunities from obviously being in Boyzone where people invited me to come and drive their cars and from there, it went really well. And today I currently drive for a team called Japspeed based in Manchester and I have my big sponsors Lexus Tyres and Monster Energy and I’ve been very lucky to be successful in motorsports, which is something I actually adore. I’ve been blessed for sure. What’s your dream car? You know my dream car was a 911 Porsche when I was a kid and I kind of got that when I was 19 and from that point on cars are something I love, but I don’t particularly have a dream car…because I’ve kind of had them all, y’know? I’ve been lucky enough to own and have them all. Being part of Boyzone must have opened so many opportunities for you. How does it feel to be that successful when you were so young? It’s a funny world. It’s a funny world of not knowing or understanding what you’re supposed to be doing, other than that you’re in this band and you’re called Boyzone and you’re going over here and doing this TV show and it’s a very enjoyable world. I think sometimes it got a bit confusing for me because there’s no particular reason why you end up being successful in music. There are

so many great bands out there, or great singers out there who will never see the world of fame but they’re far better than anyone ever is. You either get a lucky break or you don’t and I’ve just been really lucky in life. Do you still get just as much of a kick out of performing the songs live? Have they developed over the years? Yeah I get more of a kick I think now because, back in the 90’s all the great songs we did the ‘Love Me for a Reason’, the ‘No Matter What’s and all that stuff, we were so used to singing them all the time so there was nothing particularly special about it but the first time going back to the live gigs, there’s great memories of all those gigs. Y’know not only for the people who buy the records and came to those shows but for us too. It takes me back to the place where I was in the 90’s, travelling the road thanks to those records. And I wouldn’t give any particular one song as my favourite either, I just think that different songs take me back to different times and different places and different emotions. And I guess that’s what music is meant to do. You’ve been fortunate enough to play some of the world’s most legendary venues throughout your career, is there anywhere you’d still really like to tick off the list? I think when it comes to venues, we’ve played the greats. I think Wembley was one of them old school venues, to say you’ve played Wembley was pretty awesome and we did. I think when it comes to the new acts and bands, people dream of playing the O2 and we’ve played that more than enough times. And also the Royal Albert Hall, what a great venue and we’ve had the pleasure of playing that a fair few times. Yeah, I’m pretty satisfied with playing the awesome venues that we have! Your latest album is a collection of Motown covers, what prompted you to go back to covering classic songs? All the time when it comes to music, you and the record company have to strategise and you’ve gotta feel what you wanna do and they said this is something they’d really like for us boys to do. And yeah, I thought about it and I really like a lot of Motown stuff and when we started to go through the records just realized how many amazing, classic songs there are out there and it was a great idea for us to do. We loved making the album. Do you think there will be more themed albums from Boyzone in the future? When it comes to themes, it’s hard to get it right sometimes and we all have to be in the position of understanding what kind of music it is that we’re gonna make. I don’t think it’s something we would turn away from. It’s just opportunities and coming together with the record company and the band agreeing that something is a great idea. What’s it like being on the road with Boyzone, now you’re all older and you’ve got kids, etc? It’s nice, actually. It’s really, really nice. When it comes to backstage, when the kids are around it’s nice to see all those kids looking after mine. Y’know Keith Duffy’s kids one is 19 or 20, a big grown man and they go all the way

down to my little 2 year old so there’s a fair old stretch of 20 years of all the kids. It’s an interesting room and everyone’s well looked after, let’s put it that way… It must be quite a big family atmosphere backstage… It is! It’s great and it’s nice to know that all are kids are hanging out and doing their own thing. Do you think there’ll ever be a time when enough is enough for Boyzone? Enough is enough when people ain’t turning up and you’re standing on stage playing to yourself and that’s about it y’know? I think for a band like us, it’s not like we were ever the flat out singing, dancing, performing band. If you go to see New Kids on the Block or Take That, they’re always more energetic than we ever were. We’re more of a ballad type band and lucky enough I think now, 20 odd years later being a ballad style band allows you to continue being just that and we don’t have to come off stage all sore and stuff from leaping around! I mean every now and then it’s nice to throw in a routine that we used to do, but it’s always just a couple of signature hand movements – and the crowd love to see them and do them but we don’t have to jump around too much! You guys were just teenagers when things really went big for you. Do you ever look back at anything you wore / said / did and cringe? Yeah loads of things! But that’s just as people, I think when we go back to our family photos and you look and think ‘wow, you see how I had my hair that time? Wow, that’s interesting…’ and I think that’s nice because it shows growth, it shows movement. And yeah, there are some things out there where I think ah man, what a bad situation or why did I say that but when it comes to the clothes and stuff I don’t really mind because most of my stuff has always been a bit off the radar. Most of my looks in Boyzone days, I always liked to look different and still do, to be fair. I was going to ask you about that because you were recently sporting quite an impressive beard [yes, I admit it – HUGE beard fan – Zan]… Yeah I had a big old beard for a good year or so and I currently don’t have that. It has now left my face. More for a movie I was doing recently, I had to take it off so I was a little bit sad to see it go but nonetheless it’s gone and I’m fresh faced and blond now, so I change my look all the time. Well I’m sad to hear the beard is gone but at least you can grow a big, impressive beard… Oh really? Well I can! I really, really can! I always wanted to do it and I said to my wife about a year ago, right that’s it, I’m growing a beard and luckily for me, it happened to fall in and be uber-trendy at the time. So it all worked out perfectly to plan. Words: Zan Lawther

Catch boyzone live @ The Ageas Bowl | august 1



So it’s that time of year again, time to brush off the trusty tent, dig out the wellies and head to the fields or if camping isn’t your bag, maybe grab some real ale and take in an all-dayer at the local. Whatever your bag, we seek out the best of the fests in our 2015 FESTIVAL ROUND UP!

vicarage farm, woodmancott, nr. winchester july 3 - 4

larmer tree gardens, nr. salisbury july 14 - 19

Hampshire’s longest running, award winning, and incredibly intimate boutique music, comedy and arts festival. A beautiful setting, with a spacious campsite, excellent food and booze including plenty of real ales, a large family area, very late night licence and loads to do for all ages – this year’s theme is Somewhere in Time as the Blissfields team celebrate 15 years in the festival business.

After a whopping 25 fabulous years Larmer Tree once again returns to the fabled gardens this July. An all out family favourite they remain totally independent and sponsor-free, an intimate and extraordinary event with cracking bands, fancy dress, kid’s activities, comedians and loads more all wrapped up in a beautifully decorated environment.

Highlights include The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco, Public Service Broadcasting, Glass Animals, Ghostpoet, Grandmaster Flash, The Correspondents, Dub Pistols, Rhodes, Beans on Toast, Eton Messy, Cosmo Sheldrake, Matthew and Me, Shorebitch DJ’s and Subgiant .

So who’s playing? Returning for a second year, the mighty Tom Jones opens precedings, also announced are Rodrigo y Gariela, Jimmy Cliff, Levellers, Bill Bailey, Bellowhead, The Magic Numbers, The Shires, Show of Hands, The Beat, Molotov Jukebox, Andy Kershaw, Blair Dunlop, Winter Mountain, Pachango, Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids and loads more.

A weekend ticket will set you back £95 for an adult or £69 for a youth ticket (under 17). Kids under 10 go FREE!

lulworth castle, dorset july 30 - august 2 Bestival’s Dorset sibling, Camp Bestival is a full on fancy dress filled, family focussed festival with great live music, comedy, crafts and kids’ entertainment organised by husband and wife team Josie & Rob Da Bank. This year they’re focussing on GOING WILD with bushcraft, Bill Oddie’s birdwatch, Michaela Strachan and even the Cat in the Hat making an appearance. This year’s acts include Underworld, Clean Bandit, Kaiser Chiefs, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Kate Tempest, Bob Geldof, Soul II Soul, Ella Henderson, Level 42, Alison Moyet, Ella Eyre, Cymande, 808 State, Buzzcocks, DJ Yoda, Slaves, The Cuban Brothers, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Only The Young, George The Poet, Eliza Carthy. There’s comedy from Marcus Brigstocke, Matt Richardson, Rob Deering and lots, lots more to come!

See website for group booking deals and day tickets.

Tickets cost £174 for adults for the weekend, Youth £113, Kids £63. Day tickets also available.

How much? An adult weekend ticket is £195 with camping from Thursday. Check the website for teens and kids prices

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just outside wickham village august 6 - 9 Scenic rural setting close t o h i s t o r i c H a m p s h i re v i l l a g e, s p re a d o ve r 4 days with a family f r i e n d l y a t m o s p h e re, c r a f t s t a l l s, re a l a l e b a r s, a n i n t e r n a t i o n a l fo o d f a y re, c h i l d re n’s e n t e r t a i n e r s, a c h i l l - o u t z o n e, d a n c e d i s p l a y s s t a g e, t h e ‘G ro o v y M o v i e’ s o l a r - p o we re d cinema tent, Digital Fu n f a i r, p l a y b u s, l a s e r a re n a a n d m u c h m o re A n n o u n c e d s o f a r a re 1 0 c c, T h e Pro c l a i m e r s, B i l l y B r a g g, Wi l k o J o h n s o n , T h e S o u t h , S e t h L a k e m a n , S t e ve H a r l e y & Co c k n e y R e ve l, E l e z a C a r t hy B i g B a n d, A n d y Fa i r we a t h e r - Lo w, M o u l e t t e s, S h o w o f H a n d s p l u s l o a d s m o re t o c o m e. A we e k e n d t i c k e t ( 4 d a y s ) w i l l s e t yo u b a c k £ 1 5 0 fo r a n a d u l t o r £ 7 5 fo r a yo u t h ticket (under 16). Kids under 10 go FREE!

matterley estate, nr. winchester august 13 -16 Split into spell-binding make believe City Districts, there really is something for everyone at BoomTown – with 14 main stages and over 30 inner city mini venues there is so much on offer we suggest you just dive in and get lost in the beauty of it all. With a heavy focus on fancy dress and the weird and wonderful expect a full on sensation explosion! So who’s playing? Less than Jake, Streetlight Manifesto, King Prawn, Gogol Bordello, Squarepusher, Flogging Molly, John Butler Trio, Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley, Soja, Matisyahu, DJ EZ, Kate Tempest, Goldie Lookin Chain, Dreadzone, Noisia, Capdown, Infected Mushroom (old school live) and more DJ’s than you can possibly handle. A weekend ticket will set you back £155 – 12 and Under £20 under 6’s go free!

southsea seafront august 29 - 30 A relaxed ethos with festival goers treated now able to enjoy a whopping SEVEN stages of music, an alcohol free children’s area, street entertainers, boutique and creative markets and plenty of local produce food stalls to choose from as well as a real ale festival. Entrance to many of the seafront attractions, such as the D-Day Museum, Southsea Castle and the aquarium also come included in the ticket price. So far announcements have been made for The Flamin Lips, Tinie Tempah, Ray Davies, Basement Jaxx, Super Furry Animals, Texas, Johnny Marr, The Fratellis, Primal Scream, Mystery Jets, The Magic Numbers, The Subways, Ella Eyre, Cast, Hayseed Dixie, Grant Nicholas (Feeder), Peter Hook & the Light, and there’s loads more to come. £25 a day in advance – Kids £6 (under 5’s only £1)

Did you know the first Glastonbury festival, originally called Glastonbury Fayre was held in 1970? It cost one whole pound (with free milk included) and was held the day after Jimi Hendrix died. Around 1500 people attended, and it was headlined by T-Rex - stepping in for the Kinks who failed to show up!



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Every year an estimated 15million loo rolls are used overall by festival goers and festival staff. That’s about 5,000 miles or the distance between London and Rome! Lovely!

Winchester Hat Fair hits the streets of Winchester from 3 - 5 July. Showcasing a huge range of music, street theatre and outdoor arts and all performances are free – just put your donation in the hat! Lowde Fest returns to Hazeley Bottom on 4 July – 11 hours of non-stop music across two stages, over 70 real ales and ciders, what’s not to love? Basingstoke Live is a FREE two day event taking place in the heart of Basingstoke. The event showcases local artists alongside national and international performers. 2015 headliners have been announced as The Qemists and Mungo Jerry – 11/12 July. The Isle of Wight has become a central hub for festival season. This year the island boasts The I.O.W. Festival 11 – 14 June featuring headliners Blur, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys and the Prodigy, VDub Island, celebrating all things VW, 23 – 27 July and Bestival is back at Robin Hill 10 – 13 September with the likes of Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers and The Jacksons. We’ll leave you to decide which is your favourite! The Bridge Music Festival, organised by The Alex Lewis Trust takes place on Saturday 4 July at Stockbridge Recreation Ground, Stockbridge. Live music, a pop-up market and a children’s mini-me area are on offer. Two New Forest - based charities have joined together to set up a not for profit music festival exclusively for people of all ages with learning disabilities, their families and members of the care industry. New Forest Spectrum will take place from 10 - 12 July at Foxlease Estate in the heart of the New Forest and features over 40 bands including Kosheen, Fleetwood Bac and Wille & the Bandits.


Saturday 11 July Southampton Common once again opens its arms to music lovers for the 80s-tastic Let’s Rock. Featuring Kim Wilde, Jimmy Somerville, Jive Bunny and loads more!

Alright, it’s not really Hampshire but Truck Festival in Oxford is so good it’s worth travelling for. This year’s festivities take place 17 - 18 July and features an eclectic mix of rock, folk and indie music. The Curious Arts Festival returns for a second year and takes place from 17 - 19 July at Pylewell Park, Lymington. Music, comedians and writers abound! Charlton Park plays host to WOMAD again this year from 24 – 26 July. Music, Arts and Dance from across the globe congregate in beautiful grounds! GosFest is relocating this year (exact details still TBA) but will run somewhere in Gosport from 30 July - 2 August and is stepping things up a notch with a fantastic set of headliners just announced! Now in its 3rd year, The New Forest Fairy Festival happens on 15/16 August from 10am -6pm both days, at Burley Park, Burley. An alternative Festival which celebrates the essence of Fairies and Elves, with a massive line up of activities.

southampton MUSIC | JUNE 2015

festival round up


Public Service Broadcasting have been a hot ticket ever since the release of their debut album Inform-Educate-Entertain popped up in 2013. Using a unique blend of public service announcements, news clippings and samples from famous speeches they craft their electronic soundscape around the information being imparted to form a glorious concoction of well, education and entertainment. Having formed a strong relationship with the British Film Institute through their use of archive samples from England in the Blitz on their EP The War Room, for their latest offering, The Race for Space, the duo were granted unique access to historically important films from the BFI allowing PSB to go back in time and explore the period when the USA and USSR fought to gain the upper hand in a new frontier – space. The Race for Space features some firsts for the duo – lead single Gagarin features a 6-piece brass section and a 5-piece string section, a superhero funk tune for the most famous man in the world at the time. More surprisingly, the album opens with the celestial tones of a choir, recorded at Abbey Road Studios; and perhaps most unexpected of all is the addition of guest vocalists on one track. The clear picture is of a band that are constantly evolving and pushing the scope of their sound. Having wooed audiences at Blissfields in 2013, they’re back in Hampshire next month for another round so we took a few moments to chat with head of the chap pack and corduroy loving muso J. Willgoose to find out what the deuce all this space malarkey is about… You released The Race for Space earlier this year, what’s the reception for that been like so far? Pretty good I think, yeah. I’ve been pretty happy with how it seems to have gone down. It seems to have connected with people in the way that I wasn’t sure it necessarily would do. I hoped it would, but you can never be sure until it gets out there so yeah, I’m quite happy with how it’s gone down so far. How did you land upon space as the concept for the album? It was probably coming off the back of The War Room and looking for something along a similar vein and being slightly pragmatic about it and wanting something that I knew there’d be a lot of great footage and great stories about. And it’s something I’ve been personally interested in for, well, as long as I can remember and yeah just the scale and the scope of it just appealed to me because it means you can take a few more risks with the music as well.

And when you strike upon a piece of footage that inspires you, how do you then go about building the music around it? That’s not necessarily even the case. Quite often there’s music floating around anyway and it’s a case of finding something that you think will go with it so you can be looking for something in particular and if you find something that you think is going to work, that’s obviously a very satisfying moment. At least 50% of the time the music is kind of formed already and the music is in search of something rather than the other way around. It was probably about half and half for this album. But however it’s been generated, whether it’s hearing the speech first or writing the music first, when it comes to putting the songs together, the samples stay off it until the song is about 80% done. It’s always focussed on getting the music as strong as possible first and then seeing how you can weave the samples in and out of it to reinforce it. Can you remember the first time you became aware of sampling as a technique within music and what you first started playing around with? I’ve been personally playing around with it for ages, probably since about 2000 I think just on a keyboard that had a small whatever the precursor to the SD card was and I just loaded a few films onto it. I was probably inspired by The Holy Bible [Manic Street Preachers] as much as anything because I got started off on guitar music before weaving into all sorts of other genres and listening to basically everything today. So it was probably the Manics and the way they used samples on the Holy Bible that really kind of turned me onto using sounds in that way, which is a weird source to get your love of sampling from but it’s definitely one of the big ones for us. You worked with a full band on the single Gagarin, what was that like? Yeah, it was good. It’s always nice to work with more musicians and get more people playing on it, different sounds and characters and all that. It was a bit of a departure sound-wise for us so it wasn’t without a few nerves about how people were going to perceive it but ultimately it was something that we wanted to do so let’s just do it and hopefully people will like it. It was done with a view to proving that, in this case there were literally a few more strings to our bow and getting strings and brass involved. It goes back to the idea of ambition really and trying


to create something that matches the scope of the audio that you’re dealing with. And how will you transfer that over to your live show? We’re touring brass with us where we can and I think at Blissfields we’re going to do our very best to have brass with us but can’t say for sure yet though. We’ve expanded the core touring element to include a third musician as well as our visual artist and set designer Mr B so there’s four of us permanently on stage now which is nice and he’s playing a bit of bass, keys and percussion and playing a bit of brass himself so it’s all growing still. How do you present the video clips, etc within your live show? It all depends with festivals as to what time of day we’re on and what production is available on stage. We did a couple last year in daylight and our projections are no match for the sun sadly so we did them visual free but I think we’re on pretty late at Blissfields so we’ll either have our own TVs or possibly their screens, or possibly both. Your music is designed to teach audiences the lessons of the past through the music of the future. How do you think that propaganda has changed since the time of the footage you utilise through this digital age? I should first of all say that that sentence I wrote in 2010 to set me, cos it was just me back then, to set me apart from the 6000 other acts that were heading up with the Edinburgh Fringe so it was kind of an act of releasing a PR statement and not one to be taken 100% seriously. But I don’t know, I think people are slightly more savvy to it in general and working in more subtle and mysterious ways. It’s more about where you choose to get your news from. You could be basically receiving 24 hour propaganda which is a sad new development of the current age. You’d have been hard pushed to find that 50 years ago I’m sure. You mention the tongue-in-cheek element that features in quite a lot of your work. Do you think sometimes that message gets lost in translation? There’s always a risk of we do being perceived as being pretentious and having a horrifically didactic approach to music making and seeking to teach people stuff that we believe they don’t know about, which is definitely not the case. We’d never set out to portray ourselves as the fountain of all knowledge, it’s not about that at all. Possibly people do take it in a way that we wouldn’t like them to sometimes but I think that’s part of the deal of being out there I suppose. You can’t control what people think of you. Your image is often commented on, when did you start wearing corduroy and was it a conscious styling of the band? I must have been wearing it from an early age but it wasn’t as exclusive as it is now. I think the first gig was in summer 2009 and I remember me and the missus going to various charity shops and picking out the worst possible brown shirts we could find and corduroy jacket and trousers and putting it all together for as cheap as possible. It just kind of felt like the right look really. It felt like a 70’s geography teacher / 70’s BBC worker / Open University. Slightly fuddy-duddy but undercutting any kind of pretention that people might seek to attach to us. Words: Zan Lawther

See public service broadcasting @ Blissfields – july 3


Billy Bragg + Sean McGowan

Lemuria + Personal Best

Somahigh EP LAUNCH!

Andrew Jackson Jihad + Hard Girls

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes + Milk Teeth + Loom

2nd 4th 6th 7th 10th

Youth Man




+ Pink Wash

Shatter Effect




+ Genghar

The Sherlocks


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But that’s not going to be possible for a while, as Steve has a new album, Sonic Soul Surfer, ready for release and a sold out tour currently on the road, which saw him play to a captivated crowd at the O2 Guildhall last month and he’ll be returning to us for Carfest South in August (Chris Evan’s fantastic festival in Laverstoke Park). Sonic Soul Surfer was recorded in his front room at the little farm where he lives “The whole record is just me and Dan [drummer Dan Magnusson] sitting there drinking and playing,” says Steve. “There ain’t a whole lot of producing going on! But I know what I’m doing, and I know what I want - to me, it’s more like peeling the apple, trying to be as minimal as possible, yet give people their money’s worth, that’s how I feel about it: don’t get too fancy, but try to make it listenable.”

It’s New Year’s Eve 2006 and Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny presents us with a slightly grizzled, drawly older American man on a beaten up guitar. This is the UK’s first taste of Seasick Steve. His performance that night put him on the path to becoming the powerful live force that he and drummer Dan Magnusson have become today. The power of raw emotion, roughly sculpted into words and music, and conveyed with the minimum of complexity draws the listener in and captures them in his raspy world. The effect was immediate. His album Dog House Music, recorded live in his living room and released a month earlier, began selling steadily, and he quickly became a fixture on the festival circuit. Since then he’s sold out The Royal Albert Hall several times, and released 3 top 5 albums in the UK (one of which is now Platinum), with further chart successes around the world featuring hard-earned, homespun wisdom delivered via gritty boogies and reflective ballads. But where had he been hiding all our lives? It seemed like Steve had simply appeared one day and as he told stories of his colourful past, we built up the image of the character we wanted him to be “It made it sound like I was living under a bridge just before I went on the Jools Holland programme, negating 30 or 40 years of my life raising children,” he says. “Ever since then I’ve been trying to say, ‘Hey, I was just a normal guy’, y’know? Working normal jobs, just being a dad and a grandad.” But no matter where he came from, Steve is here to stay and his longevity and continued popularity keeps surprising him “After that Jools Holland show I thought, maybe I’ve got a job for a year or two, y’know? That was seven years ago, and I still play the biggest festivals in the world, and have just sold out the Albert Hall again: my thing has kept getting bigger and crazier, and that’s interesting - I can’t believe people are coming to see me, especially that young people want to see us do what we do. I did 22 big festivals last summer around the world. I just don’t know how to get off the road. I would like to have a summer off, just mow the lawn or something!” he says.


“I got really good, old equipment - all the stuff I use is from the ‘50s and ‘60s, old valve equipment and tape machines. If you know how to use it, it’s very easy to use. If I’m miking Dan’s bass drum and I don’t like how it sounds, I don’t go fooling with the EQ, I go move the microphone till it sounds right.” Steve tells us “It’s a real organic kinda process, it’s how old records were made, and I don’t know how to make a record any other way - I don’t know how to use a computer, I don’t know how to use auto-tune or whatever the fuck that is.” As is Steve’s wont, the album features a few new additions to his armoury of homemade instruments. Last time around, it was the hubcap guitar made out of 2 hubcaps from a 1930s Hudson car, a garden hoe, a rusty old barbecue spatula and his left over Christmas decorations. This time, the opening track ‘Roy’s Gang’ features the rasping sound of a one-string washboard. “I fitted a banjo neck to a washboard and put one string on it,” he explains. “It’s a diddley-wash, or a wash-bow! I use a thimble on my finger, so I’m scratching that across the grated surface, and tapping with my thimble as I’m playing.” The broad range of styles and approaches undertaken on Sonic Soul Surfer finally disproves the notion that Seasick Steve is just a bluesman, pure and simple. “I’m an old country folkie from way back,” he claims. “But back then, there weren’t so many different categories, blues and country and folk were all sort of intertwined a bit more. I swear, till I came over to Europe, I never thought of myself as a blues musician. And no-one else ever told me I was one, either. Well, no-one told me I was anything, really. I never reflected on it much, because when no-one’s asking what you do, you don’t need to have an answer. You just play, and you don’t think about what kind of music it is.” “Now, when I make a record, I try not to exclude things. I just want to put on it what I feel like. I don’t think about what other people think I should do, ‘cos I don’t have time for that bullshit: if a country song can sit next to a blues song, next to a bluegrass or a rock song, they all gotta go together in one collage, ‘cos I don’t have enough time to make all them records separately!” But thankfully, he did have time to make this one and it’s a cracker. Take our word for it and if you get the chance, go spend some time with Seasick Steve.

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In 1988, vocalist Mark met bassist Jeremy Cunningham in Brighton pub The Eagle, and bonded over mutual views on left wing politics as well as a shared love of drinking. Ignoring the fact that Jeremy was trying to crack onto Mark’s girlfriend of the time, the two formed a band with drummer Charlie Heather, adding violinist Jon Sevink and named themselves the Levellers; after the democratic faction of Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army. After releasing a couple of EPs (including the brilliant ‘Carry Me’ whose title track is still a firm favourite among the fans) they finally came together with guitarist Simon Friend in 1990 and they’ve been that way ever since. Throughout these troubled times, the Levellers have inspired people to question authority, to make a difference, and not to be kept in their place through their uplifting folk punk. Yet the perception that they are an angry band is very untrue, since a lot of their music is designed to rouse and uplift as well as incite. Nor are they necessarily a “political” group, in fact the band consider themselves to be “anti-political”, and believe in people power more than any form of ruling government.Last year The Levellers released their documentary ‘A Curious Life’, which charts the band’s phenomenal career; achieving huge international mainstream success, releasing a No. 1 album and more than 14 Top 40 singles, and performing to record crowds at Glastonbury. We were lucky enough to grab a few minutes with bassist and iconic red-dreadhead Jeremy Cunningham to learn a little more about how they’ve survived more than 25 years in the business…

How does it feel to have passed the 25 year milestone? Oooh, I don’t know, I mean we didn’t even have a 5 year plan, let alone a 25 year plan, so it’s good, it’s great! It means we don’t have to get a proper job – happy days! And you’ve maintained the same line up since pretty much the beginning, what do you think it is that keeps you all together? Basically because the noise that we make is bigger than the sum of the parts. It’s as simple as that. You’ve just released a film about the band and it’s told from your perspective. What made you decide to approach it like that? It was basically that we had Dunstan [Bruce, former Chumbawumba frontman], the director with us on the road a couple of years before that and he’d done a load of video blogs, doing a little film every day and he kinda liked the way that I was in front of the camera but the main thing was that at that particular point, Mark our singer was about to have a


baby. Our other singer Simon, his partner was sadly dying of cancer and so they couldn’t really do it so I was kind of there by default really because I had the time haha. What was the process like for putting the film together? Was it quite emotional looking back? Well putting it together was all Dunstan but yeah, to look at it, year it was. Especially seeing the early days because a lot of that footage, I didn’t even know had been taken so it was quite amazing. No one really seemed interested in the early days other than the people that were there, which was a very small group of people at the time so I suppose we were lucky that we had a lot of friends from art college who were making films about us for their projects and yeah, Dunstan managed to get hold of it which was great. Speaking of art, you do all the artwork for the Levellers don’t you? Is that always something you’ve been interested in? Yeah! Well I went to art college too. I’m trained as a painter haha and I’ve just done it since I was a kid. For better or for worse. If you hadn’t been in the Levellers, do you think that’s the path you would have taken? I would have tried! I was trying before I was in the band but it was f*cking heartbreaking. It’s even harder than being in a rock band because you’ve only got your health y’know, you don’t have anyone else around you when you’re there on the tube with your work being bent all around you by people. Yeah, I would have tried but things worked out differently… On your 2014 Greatest Hits collection you collaborated on some of your biggest hits with bands like Bellowhead , Frank Turner and Billy Bragg. What was it like sharing those tracks with other musicians and did it help to refresh them for you guys? Yeah, it was great. A lot of those songs, we’re quite funny that we don’t always play our biggest hits, we’re not that kind of band, so it was interesting. We just basically got people we’d met at festivals, apart from Frank who we’ve known for f*cking years, and said well, if you’re up for it, have a go at this song and you can arrange it however you like. We’ll be the backing band, we’ll all come into our studio in Brighton and just record it live and that’s what happened. So we got to look at the songs we’d written from a completely different angle and get to play them all again and it was so easy. I can’t tell you how easy it was recording all that stuff live with people who are that good and that focussed on what they’re doing. It was great.

Your live show is really where your music comes to life, how do you keep the shows exciting for yourselves after so many years of playing your hits? It’s really easy haha. We’re excitable people and as soon as we see anyone getting into it, we’re done for. That’s it. That’s us. It’s that reciprocal thing between band and audience, that energy, it’s all about that. Festivals, in particular, are a great place to catch a Levellers show. How did the idea to start your own Beautiful Days come about? It’s pretty much Mark’s idea. At that point, in the late 90’s we were doing loads of corporate festivals all over the world and we were getting really disillusioned with the whole thing and he kinda said ‘why don’t we try doing one ourselves? A small festival like the ones we used to go to when we were younger’ and I actually thought he was mental! But he had so much conviction that I thought, let’s do it and it wasn’t till it actually all happened, and it was a risky business y’know, we had to put everything on the line to do the first Beautiful Days, but f*ck me, he was right. It reminds me of the smaller old school festivals, where people are really friendly and everyone takes care of the site. You don’t get that these days at the big commercial festivals. Well those festivals are almost pointless now, they’re all on telly so why even bother going? I don’t want to sound like a boring old fart but back in the day we used to go to those festivals because it was to get something different and strange and something you’d go away from feeling a bit educated, even if you didn’t wanna be and see some bands and meet some weird people and see some strange things… But before you hit the festivals you’re warming up by swinging through Southampton, a place you’ve played many times over the years. Are you excited for a good show? Yeah, we’re doing Southampton before heading out to Bergen. We always like to do a smaller club show before heading out to the festivals so we’re at the 1865 and then we’re off to Norway so love it, should be great. Do you think that there will ever be a time when you say that’s enough and call it a day? Yeah, yeah of course there will. We can’t do this forever, our knees will give out haha! But at the minute it’s great. I can’t see that point happening, although obviously it will do at some point, either when people lose interest or we lose interest or none of us can do it with any dignity but at the minute, it’s all good. And finally, how long have you had your dreads for and do you have any tips for maintaining them? Well I’ve had them probably since I was 18 or 19, maybe a bit younger than that even, around that kind of time. Looking after them is just common sense! Mine just kind of behave themselves, keep ‘em clean and it’s all good. I do have to chop mine off though, I have to say, cos playing the guitar if they grow too long you can’t play cos they snag in the strings! You don’t wanna go for the big note and nothing come out – and that happens, I assure you. It’s a hard learned lesson! Words: Zan Lawther

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If you were Captain of a Ship, what would you name it? Look at me! I’m the captain of the ship! What was your best subject at school? I’m not sure. I don’t think I excelled at anything. If you could live in any place, where would it be? That’s easy. San Francisco. If you had to cover a nursery rhyme, which one would it be? Little boy blue, I’m gonna blow my top Dish ran away with the spoon. What’s that one called? Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a show? A couple years we played at the SFO airport. A gig’s a gig. That’s what they say. But I’m not so sure. But playing a the airport is an odd experience. Like standing on a chair in the middle of somebody’s living room singing your songs and they listen while they are going from the bathroom to the kitchen or something. Yeah, it was such a strange fucked up experience when they called the next year, I didn’t hesitate to say, “I’m in!” My mother somehow caught wind of it and over Thanksgiving dinner she’s like, “Honey, are you still working at the airport?”. And I said, “Mom, no I don’t work at the airport. Stop asking me that!” What colour brick would you rather be and why? Brick color. What’s wrong with brick color? Or Colour? What’s your favourite tipple? I’m not sure I know what that means other that how Ian Dury uses the word. Everything I know about British culture I learned from listening to Ian Dury. If you were a pirate, what would your name be? Arghh!!! What’s your favourite thing about festival season? I don’t know. Mostly I’m a big fan of the great indoors. If you could repeatedly say one word and never say another, what word would it be? This is stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid…! If you could be any creature from Greek mythology, what would you be? Teenage Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter What’s the worst thing about being in a band? E mail interviews! Yuck!!! Honestly, it’s pretty great. In fact, right now I have to ask myself, is there a simple pleasure that can compete with a three hour train journey with an Sunday paper on my lap, the sun on my face and a ham and cheese toastie? If it wasn’t for the fact that I have to grind out this e-mail interview, it would be a perfect day! What’s your favourite lyric from any song (yours or another’s)? My songs? Well, I enjoy singing Would You Love Me and Leave the Window Open. I also like the way they lay on the page. It’s not really about the lines. It’s never really been about the lines for me. Why should we come see your show at Joiners? If you like rock and roll and have your heart in the right place, we will take you there. With us, every night is a one night only kind of thing.

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Chuck Prophet is the ultimate road warrior, touring the world with the Mission Express, which includes his wife Stephanie Finch on keyboards and virtuoso guitarist James Deprato, who duels with Chuck in a manner that recalls Thin Lizzy or Wishbone Ash. He brings his rootsy swamp rock songs that are swimming with vintage guitars and lazy grooves to the Joiners this month and we can’t wait.





Americana anti-folksters

This Phoenix, Arizona outfit have built a significant cult following since their inception in 2004, one that knows just how heartbreaking, heartwarming and inspiring their shambolic songs can be, unusual as they are traditional. Raw and gentle, hummable yet abrasive and downright weird and wonderful. Recent album Christmas Island is a bit silly and a little bit serious, full of sad humor and hilarious pathos. FOR FANS OF: THE MOUNTAIN GOATS / THE FRONT BOTTOMS

Fire-breathing female fronted metalz

Kobra and the Lotus are one of the most successful and influential new metal bands emerging, led by front woman and powerhouse vocalist Kobra Paige. Known for their exceptionally strong live shows, they proudly carry the flag for all classic heavy metal fans with their all out, in yer face metal attack. FOR FANS OF: SAVAGE MESSIAH / ARTHEMIS / HUNTRESS




JUL 03 | FIREHOUSE Genre bending Philadelphia rockers

A marriage of big sounds and meaty songwriting, Restorations have taken every potential cliché and tossed them out the window to create their recent album LP3. We could call it postrock, punk, folk-rock, Americana, indie-rock, but that wouldn’t be doing this band justice. It’s powerful, anthemic stuff that builds through the clever use of lead singer Jon Loudon’s voice.

JUL 09| JOINERS FOR FANS OF: RED CITY RADIO / THE MENZINGERS / MOOSE BLOOD Modern rock with a vintage edge GRAVE PLEASURES Self-styled apocalyptic post punks Beastmilk, now called Grave Pleasures, were one of the most talked-about bands in recent times. Formed in Helsinki in 2010, their 2013 debut album “Climax” received rave reviews across the board. Metalheads, indie kids and gothic punks were all dancing to the funeral drum as the Finnish band spearheaded a new wave of rock music. FOR FANS OF: BARONESS / ELECTRIC WIZARD / PURSON





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Since bursting onto the scene in 2003, this Welsh post-hardcore outfit have been taking cues from 80’s metal bands and punk rockers to create their dark, melodic songs. Since then BFMV have established themselves as one of the biggest bands on the planet. There’s not a festival main stage they haven’t graced or an arena they haven’t filled, so don’t miss your chance to catch them at the O2 Guildhall.


Legendary singer songwriter’s last UK shows

He’s one of the most influential and celebrated artists in the history of popular music. Bob Dylan, folk troubadour and voice the people, has sold over 100 million records worldwide over a career spanning six decades. His poetic musical oddyssey saw him become the reluctant figurehead of the American anti-war and civil rights movement in the 60s and his anthemic folk hits remain popular 50 years on. FOR FANS OF: NEIL YOUNG / BRICE SPRINGSTEEN / LEONARD COHEN


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With strong classical overtones, Norwegian symphonic metallers Leaves’ Eyes are a powerhouse of drama. Fronted by the glorious Liv Kristine’s unique vocals that soar across trademark guitars, pummeling drums and the snarls and growls of Alexander Krull it’s the kind of music that should chase you through a forest in the dark. FOR FANS OF: SIRENIA / LACUNA COIL / WITHIN TEMPTATION

Manchester’s legendary Happy Mondays celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their classic album ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches’ with a UK tour starting with us on 5 November. Released on 27th November 1990, ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills…’ spent thirty-one weeks on the UK albums chart, peaking at #4 and the band will perform the album in its entirety, in addition to other hits. Sounds like a winner to us! FOR FANS OF: BLACK GRAPE / PRIMAL SCREAM / IAN BROWN




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The Rockney creators, better known as Chas & Dave are inviting everyone to have a dance and a laugh, with a live tour. The duo’s cockney accent and humorous lyrics will put a smile on everyone’s face. To see these British legends live is not an opportunity to be missed as you can’t help but get involved with the fast paced shenanigans!




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Tribeca, formally known as Half Cut Roses are a rising star in Basingstoke’s alternative rock scene. The four piece have so far played support slots for bands such as La Shark and JAWS as well as headlining their very own headline gigs at the Joiners and Guildford’s Boileroom and this month they’re back at the Joiners opening for indie rocksters The Bohicas. Having just celebrated their second year together, and with every band member still yet to turn 20, the future is bright and optimistic for these lads and they’re keeping themselves busy studying whilst they work on their first EP. We grabbed a few minutes with the boys to find out a little bit more…

If you could open for any band in the world, who would it be? We all said someone different: Billy - Prince Jack - Foals Sam - Royal Blood Max - The Maccabees

Tell us one thing about each of you that you think we should know… Billy - The name of his car is Raspberry Beret as he has an undying love for Prince. Jack - Has done many questionable things which has Who are you and what do you do in the band? Billy Ackland plays rhythm guitar and Jack Arnold plays earned him the nickname Jar Jar Binks. lead guitar, they both sing lead vocals. Sam is the low Sam - Has 52 unread text messages so don’t ever bother texting him. end of Tribeca while Max bangs the drums. Max - works as a trolley boy at Tesco. How did you get together? Max and Billy have been playing music since 2009. Billy What’s coming up for the rest of the year for knew Sam through rugby, he then joined the band a Tribeca? year later. We were in need of another guitarist, then a We have Lots of gigs dotted around the south and London in the coming months. We will also be year on we met Jack through college. releasing an EP and moving to our house in Brighton in the coming months. If the EP is a success then How did you choose your band name? maybe a mini tour? We weren’t really feeling our previous name and we had struggled to come up with a new one. Originally Why should we come check out your live show? we called the band Half Cut Roses but we felt that didn’t reflect the style of music we played so decided If you like a wild show then we are for you. to go by the new name of Tribeca. Sam had been on a There’s jumping, shouting and standing on amps. recent trip to New York where there is a district called Just complete chaos from the word go, always unpredictable as we never know what we want to Tribeca and we all thought that sounded cool so we play until the day. So worth a watch if madness is went with that. your thing! Who are your biggest musical influences? Catch tribeca live @ Joiners | june 3 Individually we all have different influences which makes our songs sound unique. However musical influence would be Foals, Royal Blood and Band of Skulls. What’s your biggest achievement as a band so far? Having the restraint not to kill each other. No, our biggest achievement will be when you finally hear your first recorded song. It’s a tough process but when you get to hear the final mix it’s all worth it. We are pretty stoked to be supporting the Bohicas at the Joiners on the 3rd of June too.



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Your one stop guide to the best music in the city and surrounding area. There’s a little something for everyone this month! We chat to ever...

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