NEWS: BEACONS FESTIVAL – FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED

Following a hugely successful 2013 which featured Django Django, Bonobo, Local Natives and more, Beacons Festival returns for 2014 over the weekend of 7th August to 10th August. Beacons Festival is pleased to reveal the first acts for 2014. New York opulent disco / astral funk duo Darkside, ethereal and intimate yet mountain-range massive sounding London trio Daughter and the elegantly crafted electronica tunes of Jon Hopkins will headline the festival. The... Read More

NEWS: TOY – UK TOUR IN FEB

TOY, who released their second album, Join The Dots, on Heavenly Recordings on in December 2013, have announced details of a U.K. tour in February 2014. This includes their biggest U.K. show to date, at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in April. FEBRUARY 2014 18th Brighton – The Old Market 19th Bristol – Thekla 20th Southampton – Talking Heads 21st Birmingham – The Rainbow 22nd Nottingham – Bodega 23rd Leeds –... Read More

NEWS: TOY – ‘JOIN THE DOTS’ VIDEO + NEW LP

Following the announcement of the release of their second record, ‘Join The Dots’, released on Heavenly Recordings on Monday 9 December 2013, TOY unveil the first video for the title track from the new album. The video is directed by James Henry who animated the original album artwork by David Chatton Barker. ‘Join The Dots’ follows their self-titled debut album, which was released in September 2012, and was again recorded with Dan Carey in... Read More

LIVE: TOY – 28/10/2012

- THE RUBY LOUNGE, MANCHESTER - When Joe Jean & The Jing Jang Jong – the band more memorable for their name than their records – finally split up after a year of empty hype in 2009, you might have assumed that their members would spend their time in exile from the music industry ever after. What you wouldn’t have guessed is that three of them would resurface two years later as the best new band in the UK – for real this time. Tom Dougall,... Read More

IN-DEPTH REVIEW: FESTIVAL NO. 6 – DAY 3

As we all know, all good things must come to an end, and not only is Sunday the last day for Festival No 6, but also the dry weather has decided to pack up a day early and head elsewhere. The rain isn’t leathering it down, but it’s enough to warrant that the waterproof coat and wellies make an appearance. The festival site is pretty much set out into three areas. There’s the village in the middle, the main arena/camping to one side and then... Read More

ALBUM REVIEW: TOY – ‘TOY’

Googling Toy was a fruitless task at the start of the year. There was a certain buzz around the band after a successful support slot with The Horrors, but internet presence was otherwise non-existent. Their headline tour in spring attracted many curious enthusiasts who had their ear to the ground, and they were very much rewarded for their diligence. Toy are an East London based 5-piece prog. krautrock psychedelic pop goth indie band of sorts, with... Read More

NEWS: TOY – HEAR THE NEW ALBUM IN FULL

TOY’s much anticipated self-titled debut album, heralded by Mojo as ‘British Alt Rock’s finest debut of 2012, will be released by Heavenly Recordings on Monday 10th September. The album will be preceded by the release of a new single, Lose My Way on Monday 3rd September 2012. The 7” single, features the B-Side Bright White Shimmering Sun, a live favourite which does not appear on the album. Both tracks were recorded during the spring of 2012... Read More

NEWS: TOY – LISTEN TO THE NEW SINGLE ‘LOSE MY WAY’

‘Lose My Way’ is the third single proper from TOY, released through Heavenly Recordings on Monday 3 September 2012. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut album, set for release on 10 September. Released as a 7″, ‘Lose My Way’ features the B-Side ‘Bright White Shimmering Sun’, a live favourite which does not appear on the album. Both tracks were recorded during the spring of... Read More

LIVE: BRITISH SEA POWER – 03/08/2012

- THE RUBY LOUNGE, MANCHESTER - Krankenhaus Mankenhaus! British Sea Power take the fun and frivolity of their monthly Brighton residency on tour as they venture north for the first Krankenhaus to be staged outside of East Sussex. The intriguing line-up includes a DJ set from Duncan of Dutch Uncles, a ventriloquism act from locally based BBC 6 Music radio hero Marc Riley, and a raffle. Previous support bands for this series include the red hot... Read More

FREE DOWNLOAD: TOY – ‘MOTORING’ (PEAKING LIGHTS REMIX)

Peaking Lights are Aaron and Indra, a musical duo from Wisconsin who came to prominence last year with their debut album ‘936’. It’s an awesome listen, taking in sun-soaked reggae sounds, minimalist electronica, woozy, dreamy synths and some beautiful vocals to make your heart melt. Don’t be fooled though; there is nothing soppy or soft about this band. Their music might make you want to float away but their beats still maintain... Read More

NEWS: TOY – LIVE SESSION VIDEO OF NEW SINGLE B-SIDE ‘WHEN I WENT BACK’

TOY release their second single, Motoring, on Monday April 23rd 2012. It will be available on 7” vinyl and download through Heavenly Recordings.  Read More

LIVE: TOY – 10/04/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Having never entered the basement of the Soup Kitchen before I am pleasantly surprised! I get in very early and there is about ten people inside, which makes the room look huge. I decide to leave and come back when the bands are due to start. As I walk down the stairs for the second time, support act Golden Glow has just started. The place is absolutely packed and it looks like a different venue from half an hour ago. Pierre... Read More

NEWS: TOY – NEW SINGLE/VIDEO ‘MOTORING’

TOY release their second single, Motoring, on Monday April 16th 2012. It will be available on 7” vinyl and download through Heavenly Recordings. Motoring follows their debut 12” only double A-side release, Left Myself Behind / Clock Chime, which is now on its 4th re-pressing. Having supported the Horrors at the end of 2011, they recently completed a sold-out 4-week residency at the Shacklewell Arms in London. Their first UK headline tour... Read More

COMPETITION: WIN TICKETS TO SEE THE ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE AT DEAF INSTITUTE

The good people at Manchester’s Deaf Institute have given us a pair of tickets to give away for this Friday’s The Electric Soft Parade gig. After supporting Noel Gallagher’s High flying bird at The O2 Apollo, The Electric Soft Parade return to the city as headliners at the ever popular venue, a favourite with fans and bands alike. This is somewhat of a comeback, with a 4 year break between their 2007 album ‘No Need To Be... Read More