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Thanks for picking up the November Issue of Southampton Music Magazine, your one stop guide to the best music in Southampton and the surrounding area. This month we talk to thinking man’s hip-hopper Akala and catch up with veteran troubadour Billy Bragg ahead of his 30th anniversary tour. We also meet soon-to-be-huge UK rockers Mallory Knox, chat comedy with Ed Byrne and ask some seriously dumb questions to US industrial-metallers American Head Charge. All this plus listings and previews from all the best venues in the region and a chance to win tickets for both Tinie Tempah and Billy Bragg. Crikey, next thing you’ll be saying this great mag is free - wait, hang on!

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Billy Bragg

Dare we say that Billy Bragg is the ‘godfather of political pop’? Yes we dare say we do. Famously quoted as saying ‘I’m not a political songwriter, I’m an honest writer’, Billy has forged a very long and successful career, far beyond that of many of his peers, from writing honest and heartfelt songs. The fact that much of his material is inspired by his political views is neither here nor there really, all great artists have their muse after all. The fact is that 30 years on he’s still standing in there, able to shout from the rooftops, able to reach willing audiences and get his messages across - testament indeed that great music can and does out live changing economics, politics, and government and social reforms. With the 30th anniversary rerelease of his 1984 top 30 album ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy VS Spy’ and a 14 date tour across the UK in a few weeks we thought we’d like to have a chat with Billy, to see if anything has actually changed much since the 80’s, and what he thinks of music today. And can we just say what an absolute gent the man is. You’ve always had very strong views on politics and the UK government, If you hadn’t got into music would politics have been a path you’d have been tempted to go down? No, I don’t think so, but I’d probably be ranting on a street corner somewhere or writing a blog. That’s who I am. Do you think that we, as the public in 2013, still have the ability to get fired up about politics, or do you ever feel like a bit of a lone voice while the rest of us sit on our lazy asses and watch XFactor? Well it was like that in the 80’s, during the miner strikes - plenty of people sitting on their asses watching Coronation Street. It’s always been like that. It’s just now fewer people believe that politics can have a meaning in their lives. Capitalism isn’t an enemy, cynicism is. Cynicism is a much bigger enemy. What do you think of Morrissey’s autobiography being a Penguin ‘classic’? I couldn’t give a monkeys! He could have put it out on a Digestive biscuit for all I care!

Do you think the music scene has changed much in the last 30 years? It’s still similar; people are buying music, just in a different way, and wanting to go to see bands live. There’s a ‘communion’ vibe at live shows that you only get at live shows. What do you think about the whole Miley Cyrus debacle, and the fact that someone so well respected as Sinead O’Connor got involved by writing her a public letter? Do you think that was a waste of time? Well it was rather a waste of time, but she’s had experience and is aware of all the pitfalls of the industry. The industry is sexist, and it’s hard seeing someone being used...male directors telling her ‘get your kit off’, exploiting the fact she’s a young impressionable lady. If I saw a young person being exploited I’d be tempted to tweet advice too. Your 30th anniversary edition of ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy VS Spy’ was released last week (21st October). What’s new on it? The original album is 17 minutes long; I sometimes used to play it in its entirety as an encore at shows, so this re-release also includes the live version of that ‘encore’. You say ‘sometimes’, is your set list unplanned? Well the sets are planned but with room for change. It depends on the vibe at the shows. If I’ve already played those songs as part of the set it might not happen. Every night can be different though, and encores are usually spontaneous. What does Billy Bragg stand for in 2013? Billy Bragg stands for the fight against cynicism...on the internet, in politics, in society. It’s about growing up, because as we get older we have less and less time for those people. If a young Billy Bragg was starting out today I’d be worried about him. What can we expect to see on your upcoming UK tour? Anything new happening? I have a full band with me on this tour, something a little different as I often go out on my own. Having a large back catalogue and lots of solo material as well means I can change things up at the shows, mess things around a little MARIANNE HARRIS bit. I’m looking forward to it!

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At the beginning of your career you’d label your singles with messages like ‘pay no more than...’ as a stand against consumers being ‘ripped off’. How do you combat that 30 years on? Well nobody buys records any more, it’s all digital - buy them off the internet, buy them on iTunes, buy them from Amazon. Times have changed. We can’t control the market any longer. You can’t print a price on the front of an MP3. The room for independent thought has been closed down. In an age of vacuous pop is it still important for music to have a political voice, and can it have an effect? Well it can’t change the world, but there is room for music to say ‘something’. Look at Ed Sheeran, he wrote a song about a prostitute who takes drugs and dies, and it became a worldwide hit. The video has had over 60 million hits, so people are still making a connection with messages in music.

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FEATURE Akala is a label owner and social entrepreneur who fuses rap/rock/ electro-punk with fierce lyrical storytelling. Born Kingslee James Daley, Akala has been making waves on the UK hip hop scene since his MOBO win in 2006. Raised in London and little brother to Miss Dynamite you might be interested to know his first chance to shine came through football, having appeared in the youth teams for both West Ham and Wimbledon. However, injury changed the course of his career and Akala is now an ambassador for not only hip hop music but the English language, black history and the arts. We caught up with him ahead of his forthcoming show at the Cellar this month to find out more….

Where did the name Akala come from? The name Akala is a British term, it means ‘immovable’ but I’ve since found out that in Phillipino it means ‘I thought’, in Sanskrit it means ‘eternal’, in an aboriginal language it means ‘a parrot’ so it has a whole range of meanings and feels like it’s kind of a word that chose me rather than I chose it. You clearly come from a musical family, what are your biggest musical influences? Some of my biggest musical influences are Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, The Wu-Tang Clan, Radiohead. I really grew up on soul and reggae but then as I’ve got older my tastes have expanded and I’ve had other influences. How do you view modern music in general? Are the best days over, or is there hope for the future, for which you are a part? Well, I would say that the best days are over because my personal favourite music is the music of the 70’s but I think that’s partly me being nostalgic about a time before I was born. But that said, there’s great music everywhere still today but a lot of that great music just isn’t being supported in the same way that a Jimi Hendrix or a John Lennon or Bob Marley, as revolutionary artists of their time were supported on that kind of level. So, you are a world class MC, you run your own record label AND a music theatre production company. When do you have time to fit it all in!?! To be honest with you that’s down to my team. I am lucky enough to have a very small team of very skilled people involved with the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company and involved with my personal stuff and really, without that team it would not be possible to complete the volume of work that I do and the amount and type of work that I do because they really organise my entire life for me so big them up! You work extensively with young people and students. Explain to us the concept of ‘Edutainment’ For me the concept of Edutainment is not a new one. KRS-One had an album called that, as people know and it’s really a concept he pioneered in the hip hop world at least and he was one of the early influences on me. One of the first people I saw giving a lecture and seeing a rapper give a lecture was really quite an enlightening thing to see, right. So for me, Edutainment is about education and entertainment. It’s about using storytelling, using art forms, using music, which has been done from ancient times to spread education; to spread a particular message; to get people engaged. This idea that

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education should be boring and should be irritating and something that people don’t want to do is nonsense, you know, whatever can get people engaged in a really significant way with things that are gonna better their life i.e. education, which is the only way to transform your circumstances really. Whatever is going to get people involved in that is a positive thing from my perspective. You’re clearly an intelligent man, how do you come up with fresh ideas to engage your audience without weighing them down with facts and lectures? (our particular favourite of Akala’s tools is the Shakespeare vs Hip Hop game where Akala says a line and the audience has to tell him whether it’s Shakespeare or a rapper – genius!) Most of that comes from what I read. I read quite extensively and quite a wide range – from fiction to science to history, poems and so general life; my life experiences, the things that I’ve been through, the things that I’ve seen combined with exposing myself to as wide an array of influences as possible – musical influences but also, particularly the written word is really where a lot of my ideas come from. The Thieves Banquet was inspired by Ngugi’s ‘The Devil on the Cross’ and Doublethink was inspired by George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and that’s something I take really seriously is opening myself up to be inspired by different things. The hip hop Shakespeare game is an extension of those ideas. You know, from reading Shakespeare and looking at hip hop lyrics I came up with this game to challenge people to see whether something is hip hop or Shakespeare and invariably, people can’t tell the difference between a one line quote or metaphor or lyric and that shows us what we always knew, that rappers are just as intelligent as any other great writers. If you’re a great MC it takes the same level of quality as it does to be a great poet.

Lauryn Hill is definitely one of the artists still alive that is, for me, possibly the greatest artist of our generation still, based on ‘The Miseducation’, based on the unplugged album, based on what she did with The Fugees. I think she’s already done enough to solidify that legacy as not just one of the great singers but one of the great rappers, which people never really talk about so she’s someone I would love to work with. Obviously people that are not alive; Bob Marley, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix are people I would have loved to collaborate with. What can we expect from new album ‘The Thieves Banquet’? That album has been out since June and has been really well received. It’s really an album of political satire and it’s the first album I’ve done totally with a live band. It’s the album I’m most pleased about and I’m touring it in November and December and am looking forward to coming to Southampton. And finally, with such a busy schedule when you do find time to unwind, what’s your favourite thing to do? My favourite thing to do to unwind, ironically, is work out! I do a lot of training. Body weight training, fitness circuit training, etc. I really love that. Aside from that, it’s getting massages! For me, unwinding and having a nice massage, getting some herbal tea and taking care of your health are core areas of being able to work at the capacity I work at. You really have got to take care of yourself. ZAN LAWTHER

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In 2008 you founded the ‘Hip Hop Shakespeare Company’ which has attracted collaboration and endorsement from many prominent figures within the arts. How important do you think it is for celebrities to get involved with initiatives like yours? The word ‘celebrity’ is a strange word. To me a celebrity really is someone who is famous for no good goddam reason and is someone who is well known for having zero talent. But people in the public eye, people that are well known for their art or their talent will naturally be involved in initiatives that reflect their artistry and so some of the people that we’ve collaborated with and who have come on board with the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company is a reflection of their artistry and I think any true artist will be involved in some kind of initiative and recognise their responsibility as an artist. You’ve toured with everyone from Jay-Z, Nas & Damian Marley, M.I.A. and Christina Aguilera to Siouxsie Sue and Richard Ashcroft. Is there anyone you’d really like to work with in the future?

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Hello Mallory Knox. How are you today? Hello there, we are very well thank you. What a nice & polite way to start an interview!

songs back down to what they were when they were first written. As for a full album i’m not sure, probably not at this moment in time but who knows for the future.

The band is named after a Serial Killer from the film Natural Born Killers, what cereal could you murder in the morning? These days i’m not so much of a cereal man, in fact i’m not that much of a breakfast man which is pretty terrible really but i’ve sometimes enjoyed Frosties now & then on the rare occasion.

We read in a recent interview Mikey jokingly said he had auditioned for Harry Potter. If you could be any film character who would it be & why? I’d probably be that guy from Transformers. I mean who doesn’t want to have friends from another planet that are these huge giant machines & save the world & get to make out with Megan Fox every day for like a year!

Which social networking site is your favourite & why? We know Dave likes using Vine. Dave does like Vine! I think it’s because he craves attention so is loud pretty much all the time & that allows people to watch him whenever he needs to feel loved i guess. I would say twitter for me though. I like how simple it is & you can follow who/what you want & follow your favourite celebrities/football teams/bands. It’s just a great way to keep up to date with whats going on in the world & anything that’s relevant to you. I don’t tend to watch the news anymore because twitter will keep me informed! It’s also a great way to communicate with people that care about our band too. Things have moved extremely quickly for you these last 12 months or so, how do you guys feel about that? It’s been an amazing year. We are all very very grateful for what we’ve been able to achieve, we’ve done some things this year we never thought 5 years ago would have been possible. Saying all that though it still very much feels like it’s only the beginning. Obviously we’ve been a band for 4 years now but this year i guess has kind of felt like the start! How did it feel opening the Main Stage at Reading & Leeds this summer? I really don’t think there is any other way to put it other than saying it really was a dream come true. It’s that show you dream about playing as a kid. I mean my favourite band of all time Blink-182 headlined it a couple of years back. I’ve said it before but if you asked all the bands in the world what stage would they dream of playing a lot of bands would say Main Stage Reading & Leeds. We had all of our family come down, alot of people came to watch us, alot of people having seen us play to 50 people through the years at random shows. It was a special moment & one we will remember for the rest of our lives i’m sure. What have been your other highlights of 2013? I think having our debut album Signals make the Top 40 in the official Album chart. People say facts & figures don’t matter and all that but for 5 lads who live in the ass end of nowhere out in the sticks it’s something we were very proud of. It was one of those things when i was 14 and you told me i’ll be in a band that has a debut album that will hit top 40 on it’s week of release i would have said you’ve got the wrong guy mate.

What has been your favourite album so far this year? Cor, there has been a few but i reckon i’d have to say The 1975 record. I haven’t looked forward to an album coming out that much for years and once i had it i didn’t stop listening to it straight for a month. Do you guys ever play practical jokes on eachother? Got any great stories you can tell us? I think if we didn’t on tour we’d lose our minds. Our humour is very much based on taking the mick out of each other. If we are all together i guarantee at least 1 of us will be being laughed at by the rest of us. It’s not so much a practical joke but i remember touring a few years back, it was one of our first because we were doing the whole sleeping in the van thing & it had rained all day & we had wound Dave up somehow and me & Mikey were out of the van having a chat. Dave was talking to himself under his breath, obviously annoyed at how much we’d been laughing at his expense. Next thing you know he’s trying to get all his sleeping stuff ready for the night & he ends up dropping his only pillow in a puddle and all i remember is him screaming swear word after swear word. I think i laughed so hard i cried. Whats the plan for 2014. New album perhaps? It’s gonna be a busy one i hope but yes a new album is in the works. We are still in the demoing stage right now but we are hoping to have it all ready to record at some point next year! You’re heading out on a headline UK tour in November, what can your fans expect from these shows? Yes we are & i can’t wait. It’s definitely the longest tour we’ve done and some of the biggest venues we’ve ever headlined so it was all a bit daunting but we are so excited about it. It’s going to be the perfect way to end this year, i guess every show is almost going to be a celebration in that sense. We always give it 100 percent & as the crowds get bigger we seem to thrive off it more. So yeah the shows will definitely be longer, but hopefully bigger & better too!

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PREVIEWS NATIVES

Nov 15 | Joiners

Catchy pop rock from local lads

Natives burst onto the UK rock scene early in 2012 from the ashes of one of the Southampton area’s biggest local acts. They have since released a trio of well received, anthemic singles. With their forthcoming debut album (produced by multi-platinum selling LA producer John Feldmann) on the way, you’d be foolish to bet against the Hampshire rockers. FOR FANS OF: KIGH / MALLORY KNOX / DON BROCO

Just So You know…..they’re BACK!

Having survived many trials over the past decade, American Head Charge are RESURRECTED. Bursting onto the scene in 2001 with debut ‘The War of Art’ their music is aggressive, strange, cathartic, dangerous and, perhaps most importantly, different - blending industrial grind with tripped-out melodic experimentation, it’s heavy AND you can sing along! FOR FANS OF: MUSHROOMHEAD / COAL CHAMBER / DRY KILL LOGIC

CEREBRAL BALLZY

Nov 26 | Joiners

Ballz out punk rock on the NME Radar Tour

FOR FANS OF: THE COMPUTERS / TRASH TALK / CEREMONY

The ability of lead vocalist Tyler ‘Telle’ Smith to simultaneously emit both screamed and clean vocals together with a clever and effective use of synths prevent The Word Alive from blending in with every other post-hardcore band around. Honest and heartfelt, they’re not trying to be the next big thing……but we think they just might be! FOR FANS OF: MISS MAY I / ATTACK! ATTACK! / MEMPHIS MAY FIRE

Dec 01 | Talking Heads

Nov 23 | Unit

With one of the most exciting and unpredictable frontmen in rock, and their live performances heralded by NME as ‘life-affirming and brutally energetic’, Cerebral Ballzy’s unique stage presence make this tour an unmissable experience. Support comes from Glasgow’s rock’n’soul band The Amazing Snakeheads.

Innovative metal from Phoenix, Arizona

UK SUBS

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE

THE WORD ALIVE

Dec 01 | The Cellar

The Godfathers of the UK punk scene

Formed in 1976, the UK Subs combined the energy of punk and the rock and roll edge of the then thriving pub rock scene. Having survived numerous line up changes, UK Subs are still going strong. Switching between politically charged material and party-hearty rockers, dust off your military boots and get ready to pogo to the punky beats and holler-along choruses. FOR FANS OF: THE VIBRATORS / COCKNEY REJECTS / EXPLOITED

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PREVIEWS PURSON

Dec 07 | Lennon’s

Beautiful theatrics with a 70’s vibe

Exploring the world of proto-metal, Purson weave together influences like Cream, Deep Purple and Jethro Tull into a quasi-mystical pastiche of psychedelic wonder featuring fuzzed up guitars and Wurlitzer organs. Fronted by the betwitching theatrics of Rosalie Cunningham let them cast a spell over you with their catchy grooves. FOR FANS OF: NAAM / CREAM / JETHRO TULL

Relentlessly heavy UK metalcore

Heart and passion, grit and determination are the ingredients that make up midlands based 5 piece Dead Harts. This is metalcore in it’s purest form so expect crushing riffs, unforgiving drums and growling vocals. Demoraliser’s vocalist James ‘Dex’ Dexter’s venom fuelled barks smother the band’s infectiously catchy, yet relentlessly heavy onslaught.

DEAD HARTS / DEMORALISER

FOR FANS OF: FEED THE RHINO / DESOLATED / HEIGHTS

YEARS & YEARS

Dec 14 | Lennon’s

Dec 11 | Joiners

Electro-pop to indulge your inner hipster….

This five piece from London combine synth and electronica with drums and guitars to provide a soundscape for achingly tender vocals to dance over. Encompassing soaring lyrical lifts, delicate guitars and beats you can still shake your hips to, don’t miss your chance to see them in this intimate setting. FOR FANS OF: YOUNG LIARS / MGMT / BASTILLE

Emotionally charged electro-indie funsters

With the recent release of new EP ‘If You Don’t Believe It Can’t Hurt You’ electro-indie outfit Nothing But Thieves are set to make waves over the coming months. Beautifully crafted with soothing vocals that are exceptionally heartfelt we can only imagine their live show is going to be a rather magical experience. FOR FANS OF: BEN HOWARD / THE RAMONA FLOWERS

JOHN NEWMAN

Jan 27 | O2 Guildhall Southampton

NOTHING BUT THIEVES

Dec 21 | Lennon’s

Yorkshire soul with a smooth attitude

Best known as a featured artist for Rudimental’s number one single ‘Feel the Love’ and top 20 hit ‘Not Giving In’ jump on board the party train and get involved with John Newman’s soulful vocals and upbeat songs. His motown and soul influences are clearly visible and it’s a polished sound from the 23 year old. We guarantee you will come away singing. FOR FANS OF: RUDIMENTAL / PLAN B / NAUGHTY BOY

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Wed 27 Nov • £27.50

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Russell Brand

John Newman

Messiah Complex World Tour 2013

2014 UK Tour + Special Guests

Fri 29 Nov • £12

Tue 07 Feb • £20

Lucy Spraggan + Special Guests Sat 02 Nov • £2 12pm -5pm

The Vintage Fair Vintage fashion & homeware, tea party & beauty salon Sun 03 Nov • £25 Show 8pm. No U16’s

Jimmy Car Gagging Order Tues 05 Nov • £9.50 / £7 Concessions

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Tom Odell + Special Guests Sat 30 Nov • £9 / £15 / £17 / £20 Concessions Apply Doors 6.30pm Concert 7.30pm

Mon 02 Dec • £20

Thurs 07 Nov • £20

The Tooth & Nail Tour + Special Guests. Seated show

The Hampshire Festival Of Remembrance Wed 13 Nov • £3 / £2.50 Members 12pm-4pm

Afternoon Tea Dance Sequence & Ballroom

Billy Bragg

Tue 10 Dec • £13 / £14 / £15 Concessions Apply Concert 7.30pm

Royal Marines Band Concert In Aid Of Seafarers UK

The Kerrang! Tour 2014 Featuring Limp Bizkit +

Crossfaith & Nekrogoblikon Wed 19 Mar • £22.50

Franz Ferdinand Mon 01 Apr • £27.50 £20 Students + O60’s Concert 8pm

Tues 29 Apr • £26 / £30

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Show 7.30pm 12yrs +

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Sequence & Ballroom

Afternoon Tea Dance

Championship Professional Boxing Tues 26 Nov • £27.50

On The Road

The Bootleg Beatles In Concert

Wed 18 Dec • £3 / £2.50 Members

Doors 6pm First Bell 7pm

King Davidson, Tony Hill + more

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Mon 10 Feb • £23

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Phantom Of The Opera

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Psychic Sally

Southampton Film Week - Silent Movie With Organist Richard Hills

Fri 08 Nov • £10 / £8 Concessions

Killswitch Engage / Trivium

Southampton Philharmonic Choir Mendelssohn: Elijah + SU PHIL

Editors + British Sea Power

U14’s with adult

Concert 7.30pm

New Year Johann Strauss Gala Tue 12 Jan • £19.50

No Support Start 7.30pm

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson In Concert Sat 17 May • £10 5pm-11pm 18yrs +

Southampton German Beer Fest 2014

Russell Brand

Lamb Of God

Messiah Complex World Tour 2013

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NEWS Last month Southampton Guildhall, one of the South’s largest multi-purpose entertainment venues, was renamed O2 Guildhall Southampton in a deal that sees the Grade II Listed Building become the sixteenth venue in the partnership between Live Nation and O2 Telefónica. O2 Guildhall Southampton, is owned by Southampton Council and operated by Live Nation UK. The partnership between Live Nation and O2 Telefónica, in place since 2008, already encompasses 15 venues, including O2Academy Brixton, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the Live Nation owned and operated O2 Apollo in Manchester. Speaking on the latest addition to the O2 partnership, Paul Latham, COO, Live Nation said: ‘This is a fabulous example of how we at Live Nation work with our respective partners to deliver a great offering to our customers. In this instance, we are combining the heritage and civic pride of our partner at Southampton Council with the vision and talent of our marketing partners at O2, to deliver enhanced facilities and engagement opportunities.’

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The beautiful, neo-classical Southampton Guildhall was opened in 1937 and is located in the heart of the city at the centre of the new Cultural Quarter. Truly versatile, the venue plays host to a wide breadth of entertainment including Rock, Pop, Comedy, Classical Orchestras and Family entertainment. Councillor Matt Tucker, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Leisure Services for Southampton City Council comments:’Having this landmark building, as an O2 venue, represents a massive step forward in the establishment of the city’s Cultural Quarter. This new relationship will help ensure that O2 Guildhall Southampton remains one of the most important event venues on the South Coast, encourage more visitors to the city and provide value for the people of Southampton.’ The O2Partnership provides an array of benefits to fans at all 16 O2 venues, including 48 hour Priority Ticket access to shows and a Priority queue. Speaking on behalf ofO2 Telefónica, Mark Stevenson, Head of Sponsorship and Priority, O2, said; ‘At O2 we know how much our customers love music and we’re proud to be adding this iconic building to our O2 Academy portfolio, and to bring benefits such as Priority Tickets to music fans across the Southampton area.’

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FEATURE

Ed Byrne - Roaring Forties Ed Byrne says he’s a miserable old git. He didn’t celebrate his 40th birthday last year and his new show, Roaring Forties, is partly about the many things in life that annoy him. But in the flesh he’s smart and funny, and as for being a party pooper... Well, not really – he’s planning a celebration in November when his tour reaches Glasgow, the city where his career began 20 years ago after he had studied horticulture at the University of Strathclyde.

The Irish observational comic, who grew up in Swords in Dublin, started re-evaluating his life after that landmark birthday, as you do, and it gave him the idea for Roaring Forties, which is his trademark mix of one-liners and extended anecdotes, and covers a range of subjects from fatherhood and friendships to vasectomies and driving awareness courses . “It’s about getting older,” Byrne says, “about being at an age where you’re not really that old but no one thinks you’re trendy anymore.” Byrne has embraced middle age and reached the conclusion that on the whole people annoy him. “It’s like a spring-clean of my life,” says Byrne, “and I’ve come up with reasons why you can’t be my friend. There are seven billion people on the planet and I only have the time to be friends with 10 of them and so I have to choose carefully.” What are his rules? “It’s the little things that annoy me,” he says. Such as? “People who don’t indicate on roundabouts, people who uses the phrase, ‘Touched a nerve there’, or ‘I’m just making conversation’...” The list runs on.

“But my wife and my family are really funny and Claire understands what goes with the job. Actually she comes off very well and people say our relationship – very sparky, very joshing - comes across. I can’t think of a time when she’s said you can’t use this, but if she did, I’d not use it. “As for the kids, any stuff I do about them I seriously doubt in years to come they’ll hate me for and make me pay for their therapy,” he says with a laugh. “Although I am aware that there’s an age at which you have to be sensitive to their wishes and not embarrass them, but that’s some years off.” Talking of sensitive matters, Byrne finds the funny about having a vasectomy, but he was also under the surgeon’s knife recently when he tried to move a compost bin in his garden and gave himself a hernia. Fans may have seen him exposing his midriff on Graham Norton’s BBC programme to show off his war wounds, but they’re healed now. “It’s all fine, and I’m stronger than ever before,” he says. The Irishman is actually super-fit; a keen hillwalker, he recently climbed Mont Blanc and bags Munros in Scotland. As he is about to mark 20 years in the business, has he noticed any differences in his performances over that time? “One thing that has changed is that I now don’t pretend to think something for the sake of a joke. I mean there’s always comic exaggeration and embroidering a story to make it funnier, but it’s more true to my life now. I used to say I hated kids, for example, and it wasn’t true – I’ve always loved kids and wanted to have them, but that wouldn’t have fitted with the style of comic I was earlier in my career.

“I think being truthful makes it more chancy, but if I take an opinion and try to find a way to make it funny How flexible is he? Could we negotiate if I forget to – even if people don’t agree with me - I think it pays indicate just the once, for instance? “I don’t have time off because audiences know what’s authentic.” for you! If we have to get into a debate about it, then no,” he says, laughing. His fanbase is, he says, “pretty broad” - people of his own age and above, and teenagers who know Being the married father of two young sons (with him from his Mock the Week appearances, while his publicist wife, Claire) has given him lots of new some of his audience is drawn from from his TV things to talk about on stage, but do Claire and his advertisements and occasional acting roles. family, who often appear in his material, ever object? “It’s something that most comics experience,” Byrne Byrne may do more acting as he has some ideas replies. “People know what you do for a living and bubbling away for a sitcom – no doubt one about a then they complain when you mention them in the miserable middle-aged git one of them - and who act, and I’ve certainly had at least one girlfriend in knows if we’ll lose him to the small screen. the past who objected. Catch him live while you can.

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What are the best and worse things about being on tour? The best thing about being on tour is the time spent on stage. I know that sounds trite or showbizzy but I genuinely enjoy myself while I’m doing stand up. The stuff you’re paying for when you buy your ticket is stuff like the time I spent writing the show, the time I spend sitting in the car, the evenings spent in hotel lobbies eating lousy sandwiches. Also, as a father of two young boys, I quite enjoy getting to have a guilt free lie in. worse thing about being on tour – Traffic. What kind of music do you listen to on the road? Ben, my support act is a bit of a mod and also bit of an ageing punk so bands like The Jam and Wire will get a look in. I’m more of a grunge fan so Pearl Jam and Soundgarden get a regular airing. We also both really enjoy Public Service Broadcasting who are a great new band. Mainly, though we listen to a lot of Radio 4 comedy that I’ve bought like Fags Mags and Bags, Down the Line and The Bob Servant E-mails. All very funny stuff. Do you enjoy working on the festival circuit and why? Do you have a favourite festival? Since becoming a family man I don’t go to the festivals as much as I used to but I used to love feeling like part of a massive global travelling band. You’d do comedy festivals in Montreal, Edinburgh, Kilkenny, Adelaide, Melbourne, Auckland and you’d be bumping into the same faces. Not just the same comics but the same stage crew and promoters too, so you sort of feel at home everywhere. I think Edinburgh would have to be my favourite festival. Can you recommend Farming Simulator 2014? It’s not for everyone, and I have to admit I have now succumbed and bought a copy of Grand Theft Auto V so the ploughing has taken a backseat for now.

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Where did the name American Head Charge come from? I stole it from Adrian Sherwood’s band “African Head Charge”. If you think that’s bad, consider that I could have called it “African Head Charge B.C.” or something equally horrific. If you could head charge anyone in history who would it be? Adolph Hitler...although that’s an easy out, even if they did have the best apparel. Can I choose the American government in it’s entirety from 1938 onwards? Which member of the band would make the best girl? I hate to say it, but myself. I’m entirely too narcissistic and borderlineperfectionist to not be. I hate spiders, spend too much time on preshow eye makeup, and have handled WAY too many used tampons in my day...that last one being a sexual proclivity, of course...but you get the idea. What’s your least favourite day of the week and why? Whichever day I have to wake up before 3pm not on my own terms. Luckily, that only consists of 1 or 2 days out of the week. When do you think was the best era for music? The 70’s, without a fucking doubt. I don’t even need to go into some long diatribe about how music, ACROSS THE BOARD, sucks now. I would hope that it’s a given, although with the state of what fans of mine post on Facebook, most people haven’t received the memo yet. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? Japanese food, sushi in specific. I don’t think I’d ever tire of it. If you were a car, what make and model would you be? A garbage truck from the early 70’s that somehow still does it’s job well and looks good doing it. When Justin shaved off his eyebrow did he ever worry it would grow back weird? You’d have to ask him personally, but when I shaved my eyebrows off for a US tour in 2007, they grew back just fine. If you could get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why? I wouldn’t get rid of any states. As non-political as I am, and as much as I hate the state I live in right now, we are what we are, for better or worse. If you could tour with any other band, who would it be and why? At one point I would have said KISS, but we all know it’s the 50% show at this point. I’ll have to go with Ministry (still.............) or Public Enemy; undeniable musical legacies that changed the face of music in their genres. And both still going strong, I might add. If you had to come up with a new genre to describe your music, what would you call it? Hehe...I just don’t care anymore. Genres? Sub-genres? Sub-sub-genres? Who knows anymore? Let’s call it “Rock” and be done with it. If you replaced all the members of the band with sweets (candy) what would you be? Cameron: Black licorice, Chad: Kit Kat, Justin: A high-end dark chocolate with, like, some sort of rare, Himalayan pear bits in it. Chris: Laffy Taffy Karma: Is hydrochloric acid considered a candy? Ted: A Hershey’s bar If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing? A lot of unsightly, nefarious shit, that’s for sure. So, uh...do you have an alarm system at your house?

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So, who are you and what do you do in the band? I’m Tim, and I play bass! If you had to invent a new genre that describes your music, what would you call it? Latetothe08’partycore Where have your biggest influences come from? Everyone in the band takes difference influences, however as a whole it’d probably be The Amity Affliction, Killswitch Engage, and Funeral For A Friend.

Our Hollow, Our Home are a 5 piece metalcore band from Southampton. In just their first year they have opened the biggest local rock festival and supported a band they cite as a major influence. Since forming in late 2012, OH,OH have been working restlessly, recording a 2 track double A side, and video for single ‘Rest Assured’, completing their debut UK tour, playing shows across the UK including ‘Takedown Festival’, ‘RAWFest’, ‘Messtival’, ‘Burn Out Festival’, and playing their hometown with Australian heavyweights ‘The Amity Affliction’. The band has also just recorded their debut EP ‘//REDEFINE’ at Studio 6 in Swindon, which is currently being mastered by Fredrick Nordstrom, and will be releasing in Spring 2014, with 2 new music videos. They will be looking to hit the road again in 2014, in both the UK and Europe.

The music industry is getting more and more difficult for up and coming bands. Are there any particularly important lessons you’ve learned so far? You will get nowhere without working hard. We love this band, and will do everything we can to play for everyone who wants to hear us. Money is a massive issue, as there are so many undisclosed costs, and it does take over your life a bit, affects relationships, friendships, but we do it with a smile on our face, because when you’re that passionate about what you do, you won’t let anything stand in your way. If you suddenly became the biggest band in the world, who would you get to support you? Metallica and Iron Maiden? They’re the biggest metal bands ever right, so why not! Or something like The Amity Affliction, ADTR, Parkway Drive, BMTH.. there are far too many bands we love right now to choose from. Personally I’d love to become a massive band and come back to a tiny venue and play with our local boys Seasons In Wreckage and The Obsolete just to have a party! Do you have any other hidden talents, other than your musical skills? I have none. We’re all pretty untalented as far as anything outside of music goes. I don’t know if Xbox counts as ‘talent’... Josh has a talent for picking up girls, but that’s usually not a good thing after a few pints... What’s been your biggest achievement as a band so far? We’ve been around just a year, but managed to achieve a lot we are proud of within that time. The obvious highlights would be Takedown Festival, or our UK tour, we had so much fun on both, but the real thing that’s made my year is just seeing the amount of support we’ve received from all over, from people listening to our tracks on Youtube to people coming down to our shows, getting involved, buying merch.. it’s made this year the most fun any of us have ever had in a band, and just made us more determined to make 2014 huge! Who has the worst habits in the band and what are they? Tuckey dances and screams lyrics loudly at sound checks, in front of other bands, anywhere he can... that’s pretty lame. Oh, and he cried listening to Volumes, that was pretty embarrassing for him. Josh has a tendency to eat things that don’t agree with him. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination... And finally….why should we come check out your show? It’s like a family holiday to Butlins.. there’s fun for all the family. We go nuts so you don’t have to. But you should too. ZAN LAWTHER

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