This year’s DV8 Festival takes place this weekend in York, and the fact that the other two night managers at The Duchess are involved in the festival in one way or another does leave me somewhat obligated to be at work the entire time. Unfortunately, I can’t say I’m a fan of most of the music – if I enjoy more than a couple of bands (The Chapman Family and O.Children specifically) it’ll be a pleasant surprise. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against goths – despite their often outlandish appearance, they’re mostly pretty nice people, at least if working during DV8 last year is anything to go by. If you’re in or near York (or fancy a weekend away) and like that sort of thing, knock yourself out – details and tickets can be found on their website. As for me, there are more than a few things I’d rather be attending over the weekend…
ATP Presents I’ll Be Your Mirror
The inaugural UK I’ll Be Your Mirror festival will take place on the 23rd & 24th July at Alexandria Palace in London. Curated in conjunction with Portishead (who play both nights), the festival also features PJ Harvey, Grinderman, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Caribou, Beach House, Factory Floor, Liars, S.C.U.M and many more playing across the weekend. For more details, head over here.
Not only is Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival totally free, they’ve got some cracking bands playing over the weekend. Los Campesinos!, Johnny Foreigner, Dananananakroyd, The Futureheads, The Duke Spirit, Hot Club de Paris, Islet, Three Trapped Tigers and Tall Ships are highlights amongst a frankly ridiculous number of bands. The festival runs from the 22nd – 24th July in Sheffield – find all the details here.
Ok, so their third album wasn’t as good as the first two, but Maxïmo Park are still a fantastic live band. They’re playing an intimate show at The Cluny in Newcastle tomorrow (Thursday 21st July), and tickets will only be available from the venue from 12pm on the day itself. I’d suggest turning up a bit earlier than that though… check out The Cluny’s website for more details. All proceeds from the gig will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
If you’re looking for some non-goth musical entertainment in York this weekend, you can find those cheeky indie-popsters The Blueprints playing at The Basement on Friday 22nd July, with Jonny Dobbs, Ryan Lauder and Daisy B also appearing. The band also have a few copies of their ace (and free!) Neon Sketches EP left, so pick one up if you do head down to the gig. There’s also a brand spanking new all-ages night called Wrong Side Of The River happening at Bar Lane Studios on Saturday 23rd July. I’ll have a more in-depth post on that up tomorrow, but the most important detail regarding this first event is that the excellent Burning Fences are headlining, with support from Manscream.
So, that’s what I’m not doing this weekend. Why not tell me what you *are* up to?