Snoop Dogg has announced rescheduled dates due to the global Covid-19 restrictions for his ‘I Wanna Thank Me’ UK and Ireland arena headline tour for February 2021.
The forthcoming tour sees the West Coast rap legend touring in support of his 17th album I Wanna Thank Me and documentary of the same name.
The album release and documentary celebrated 25 years of Snoop Dogg, a career that has seen the Doggfather cement his undisputed influence on music with chart-topping, multi-platinum records, while also solidifying his importance to wider culture as an actor, businessman and more across the board.
The tour reflects this and sees Snoop Dogg enlist a selection of his key collaborators from the breadth of his iconic music career including further West Coast hip hop royalty; Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, Obie Trice and D12. They will also be joined by the multi-million streamed Irish rap duo Versatile.
Tickets are onsale now via https://nvite.com/community/snoopdogg
Full tour dates can be found below:
SNOOP DOGG ‘I WANNA THANK ME’ FEBRUARY TOUR DATES
11th – Manchester, Manchester Arena
12th – Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
15th – London, O2 Arena
17th – Leeds, First Direct Arena
19th – Dublin, 3Arena
20th – Belfast, SSE Arena
FURTHER INFORMATION ON SNOOP DOGG
West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg has come a long way since being discovered by Dr. Dre in the early 1990. As impressive as he was when guesting on Dre’s The Chronic in 1992, few could have guessed he’d go on to global fame, tens of millions of record sales, and a career in movies and TV. And that’s only part of the story, from battles with the law to reinvention as a reggae artist.
He was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. in Long Beach, California, on October 20, 1971. His "Snoop Dogg" nickname came from his mother because she thought he looked like Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon. He played piano and sang at his local Baptist church, before starting rap in sixth grade. After graduating high school, Snoop was arrested several times for drug possession and spent time in prison. He was also associated with the Rollin’ 20 Crips Gang. He started making music as a way out of his troubles and recorded early demos with his cousin Nate Dogg and friend Warren G as 213. A track on one of these came to the attention of Dr. Dre who invited Snoop — then rapping under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg — to audition. From there they collaborated on a song called "Deep Cover" for the soundtrack of the film for the same name; and Snoop became the key rapper on Dre’s hugely successful first solo album, The Chronic, in 1992.
Snoop's first album, the Dre-produced Doggystyle (1993), climbed its way to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's hip-hop and Top 200 charts, based in part on the success of the singles "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" and "Gin and Juice."
Next came a short film called Murder Was the Case, the soundtrack of which went double platinum. Snoop's next album, Tha Doggfather (1996), also reached the top of the charts, despite the absence of Dre, who had left Death Row over a contract dispute. Snoop then left Death Row himself, falling out with label mogul Suge Knight and moving to Master P’s No Limit Records. He scored the top slot on the hip-hop charts with his next two albums: Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told (1998) and No Limit Top Dogg (1999). His last album for No Limit, The Last Meal, came in 2000 and sold over 2 million copies. By now his sound had become less "gangsta rap" and somewhat smoother.
Snoop continued to make music throughout the noughts, enjoying a big hit in 2004 with the chart-topping single "Drop It Like It's Hot," which sparked several fruitful collaborations with Pharrell Williams. He reunited with Warren G and Nate Dogg as 213 to drop the album The Hard Way in 2004. In 2007, Snoop became the first artist to release a track — "It's The DOG" — as a ringtone prior to its release as a single.
He also branched out into acting during the same period and appeared in several films, including Starsky & Hutch, The Wash and Training Day. He also made guest appearances on television shows, including The L Word and Weeds, and starred in his own E! reality show, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, in 2007. He was part of a sketch show, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, and participated in the Comedy Central Roast of the future president Donald Trump. He also uses his likeable laconic personality to good effect in a new venture for VH1, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, where he and Martha Stewart host dinner parties for various celebrities.
Outside of music, Snoop has made investments in the burgeoning cannabis business. In November 2015 he launched Leafs By Snoop, becoming the first A-list celebrity to brand a line of cannabis products. That same year he also launched a new digital-media venture called Merry Jane, which focuses on the latest marijuana news. In May 2017 Snoop dropped his fifteenth studio album Neva Left. He also released a gospel album titled Bible of Love in March 2018.
He is held in high esteem and affection by hip-hop fans worldwide, and is one of the most recognizable faces and voices of the whole genre, even to those who don’t listen to his music. He has the distinction for having the most Grammy nominations of any music artist— 17 to date — without having won one. But as Snoop Dogg shows few signs of retiring, don’t write him off just yet.
Following the success of their shows in 2018, iconic British band Soul II Soul will take their acclaimed Club Classics tour back on the road in spring 2021, paying tribute to their legendary debut album, ‘Club Classics Vol 1’.
The double Grammy Award winning and five-time Brit Award nominated band will play 14 dates in the UK in Feb,March & April 2021.
Regarding the tour Jazzie B says, "Who would have thought that after thirty-odd years later we’d still be on the road with this thing? It’s been a helluva journey – literally! – and I feel truly blessed. Now, I’m looking forward to going back to some of the familiar venues where we’ve made a lot of friends, I’m just as pumped about testing out places we’ve never been before but I'm seriously excited about playing the Royal Albert Hall. I want to thank to the fullness everybody who’s given their support up until now, and I’ll see you along the way – a happy face, a thumpin’ bass for a lovin’ race."
With huge hits including ‘Keep On Movin’ (which sold over a million copies in the US alone) and the UK number one single ‘Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)’, Soul II Soul progressed from being one of the leaders of the 1980’s warehouse scene to pioneering British black music around the world, and securing commercial success for themselves and the huge amount of artists they have influenced.
During the course of their stellar career the band have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and main man Jazzie B was awarded an OBE for services to music in 2008, as well as winning an Ivor Novello Award for Inspiration, as “the man who gave British black music a soul of its own”.
Club Classics Tour Dates
FRI FEB 19, 2021
Don't forget to check back regularly for further updates and to also be in with a chance to win pair of tickets.
Further details re this competition will be announced early in the new year.
‘Abolition of the Royal Familia’ released March 27th on Vinyl / CD / download / stream
On March 27th Cooking Vinyl present ‘Abolition of the Royal Familia’ – the 17th album by prolific electronic godfather Alex Paterson and his rotating roster of collaborative cohorts. It forms part two of a pair – a continuation of the same “anything goes” ethos as the previous, critically-acclaimed longplayer ‘No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds’.
This new offering marks the first with Paterson and Michael Rendall as main writing partners, with the new blood having risen-up-the-ranks from a member of The Orb’s touring band, to a studio engineer, and now graduated to half of the fully-fledged core duo. The pair also took over production duties from Youth, who corralled sessions for the last LP.
‘Abolition…’ features guest turns from Youth, Roger Eno, Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy (from Gong and System 7), On U-Sound’s David Harrow, Alex’s dog Ruby, a 17 year old trumpeter called Oli Cripps (who was working a Saturday job in Alex’s local record shop when the pair met), his cousin Leyton on whistle, real strings courtesy of Violetta, and a whole lot more (listed below).
With its provocative, mafia-alluding title, Hogarth/Chapman Brothers inspired cover by artist Pure Evil and a no-longer-present sample of Prince Charles (removed for litigious reasons), it’s clear that ‘Abolition..’ continues
The Orb’s recent run of records which protest against the establishment, albeit in their own roundabout and idiosyncratic way.
The album is in part inspired by and in retrospective protest of the royal family’s historical endorsement of the East India Company’s opium trade, which was hugely damaging to India and caused two wars with China in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Humour, samples, deep ambience, cerebral throbbing dub, classic house, the white island, hip hop, psych and heartbreakingly beautiful contemporary composition are recognisably present, as is, perhaps less expectedly, a proudly pop element:
The journey commences in light mood with the breezy Balearica of ‘Daze’, followed by the cowbell heavy, rude bass powered ‘House of Narcotics’ – both of which feature Andy Cain (of Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald’s house gems ‘I’m Your Brother’ and ‘A New Day’ fame). Incidentally, the House of Narcotics is apparently what other countries called our royal family, during the aforementioned opium years.
Having met Steven Hawking at a lecture and later being told that the legendary cosmologist used to listen to The Orb, the pulsing technotrance of ‘Hawk Kings’ is Paterson’s tribute, which he describes as “a monster of a tune, in a similar mood to ‘Assassin’ and ‘Toxygene’”. An embryonic version of ‘Honey Moonies’ went down a storm at Youth’s Space Mountain Festival in southern Spain, and with the finished article’s vintage deep sunrise house, it’s easy to see why.
An ironic juxtaposition (named as it is after a methamphetamine given to German soldiers in WW2), ‘Pervitin’ marks the first in a passage of epic ambient gems, which follows with the orchestral, WNBC radio referencing ‘Afros, Afghans and Angels’, and onto ‘Shape Shifters (in two parts)’, which segues from blue jazz beauty into pimped-out-funk-meets-dub.
Bass-heavy reggae vibes continue on the brass and melodica of ‘Say Cheese’ and onto the chugging, hip hop rubadub of ‘Ital Orb’. The warm happy glow of ‘Queen of Hearts’ nods to classic jungle and the ‘Weekend It Rained Forever’ is a 12-minute masterpiece of stunning ambient perfection. The album closes with ‘Slave Till U Die No Matter What U Buy’ – a cosmic overhaul of Jello Biafra’s ‘Stay In Your Home’.
Michael Rendall, Roger Eno, Youth, Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy, Nick Burton, Violeta Vicci, Gaudi, David Harrow, Roney FM, Sherman, Paul Conboy, Ollie Cripps, Andy Cain, cousin Leyton and Ruby the dog
‘Daze’ - Missing & Messed Up Mix
‘House of Narcotics’ - Opium Wars Mix
‘Hawk Kings’ - Oseberg Buddhas Buttonhole
‘Honey Moonies’ - Brain Washed at Area 49 Mix
‘Pervitin’ - Empire Culling & The Hemlock Stone Version
‘Afros, Afghans and Angels’ - Helgö Treasure Chest
‘Shape Shifters (in two parts)’ - Coffee & Ghost Train Mix
‘Say Cheese’ - Siberian Tiger Cookie Mix
‘Ital Orb’ - Too Blessed To Be Stressed Mix
‘The Queen of Hearts’ - Princess Of Clubs Mix
‘The Weekend it Rained Forever’ - Oseberg Buddha Mix (The Ravens Have Left The Tower)
'Slave Till U Die No Matter What U Buy’ - L’anse Aux Meadows Mix
2021 Live dates:
THE WHO UK TOUR 2021
Friday 5 March 3 Arena, Dublin.
Monday 8 March M&S Bank, Liverpool.
Wednesday 10 March SSE Hydro, Glasgow.
Friday 12 March Utilita Arena, Newcastle.
Monday 15 March First Direct Arena, Leeds.
Wednesday 17 March Resorts World Arena, Birmingham.
Monday 22 March SSE Arena, Wembley.
Wednesday 24 March Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham.
The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history has sold over 100 million records world including 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles.
They have played over well over 2000 gigs in a career spanning over 50 years including venues such as Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Glastonbury (twice), Hyde Park (four times), The Isle Of Wight (three times), Desert Trip, Shea Stadium, The Superbowl half time show and Live Aid to name but a very few.
The band is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the UK Music Hall Of Fame and has lifetime achievement awards from The Brits and The Grammys and in 2008 were the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.
Emerging in the mid-1960s as a new and incendiary force in rock n' roll, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music's most passionate followings, with the legendary foursome blazing a searing new template for rock, punk, and everything after.
Inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, the band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, placing 27 top-forty singles in the United States and United Kingdom and earning 17 Top Ten albums, including the 1969 groundbreaking rock opera Tommy, 1971's pummeling Live At Leeds, 1973's Quadrophenia and 1978's Who Are You. The Who debuted in 1964 with a trio of anthems “I Can’t Explain,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “My Generation.” Since then they have delivered to the world hits such as “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Pinball Wizard,” Who Are You,” and,” You Better You Bet.”
In 2008, they became the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The Who has performed all over the world including global music events for the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show in 2010 and closing the Summer Olympics in 2012. The Who continued their charity work by playing a concert in January 2011 to raise money for trials of a new cancer treatment called PDT. In December 2012 they performed at the Hurricane Sandy Benefit in New York.
Alongside his groundbreaking work with the Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK, in November 2012 Daltrey, with Townshend at his side, launched Teen Cancer America, $1 from each ticket sold for the 2019 MOVING ON! TOUR which each night features a full orchestra will benefit Teen Cancer America (www.teencanceramerica.org)
With both Roger and Pete delivering their own memoirs in recent years (Pete’s Who I Am was released to much acclaim in 2012, and Roger’s autobiography, Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite; My Story, was embraced by critics in 2018) it’s fitting that the two remaining WHO members have shared their incredible legacy in literary fashion, for few bands have have had a more lasting impact on the rock era and the reverberating pop culture than The Who.
ANNOUNCE ‘ADDICT TOUR’ 2020 UK DATES
NEW ALBUM: ‘ADDICT’ - OUT AUTUMN 2020
Due to to the Covid 19 outbreak the UK tour dates have now been rescheduled and current dates and venues are available at this link.
Following a SOLD OUT European tour, plus extensive Summer festival and winter tours last year, the venerable electronic/dub icons are preparing to get stuck into a series of UK shows loaded with the promise of some new material too.
Plotting a string of dates across the nation, the Pistols will be tearing-up stages from the 28th February to 24th April 2020, with confirmed appearances in Milton Keynes, Norwich, Leeds, Bristol, Southend and beyond. Full dates and details are as follows:
‘ADDICT TOUR’ 2020
Revised tour dates are at the link below
Dubbed ‘the hardest working man in showbiz’ by music industry peers, Barry has worked in music all his adult life. An Ibiza original who had his life changed by acid house, he started running club-nights in London and had soon formed a band, Deja Vu, who arrived during the Flowered Up/Happy Mondays ‘baggy’ era.
When Deja Vu split, Barry started DJing and the Dub Pistols formed out of some of these madcap DJ sessions. Releasing the first Dub Pistols album, ‘Point Blank’ in 1998, the last two decades have been a riot of storming shows, missed opportunities, big bad basslines, calamities and triumphs — with scarcely a dull moment in between.
Fast forward to 2020, and Barry Ashworth’s merry gang of outlaw reprobates are busier than ever and remain an unstoppable force in the UK’s alternative music scene. With a new album ‘Addict’ slated for release in the autumn (on Sunday Best), the premiere of a brand new band documentary and much more, 2020 promises to be off the chain for the Dub Pistols.
‘Addict’ — named after a soon-to-be-released new track ‘Addicted To The Bassline’ (featuring Cheshire Cat) - is the name of what we will soon know as the eighth Dub Pistols album. Already shaping up to be one of the year’s essential releases, the record promises a melting pot of dubwise sensibility, junglist riddims and feelgood party anthems.
Following directly-on from their Official UK Top 40 chart and UK Independent chart Top 5 album ‘Crazy Diamonds’, the Pistols’ upcoming LP will feature mic skills from 2-Tone heroine Rhoda Dakar, stalwart MC Navigator, long-term collaborator Lindy Layton, and foundation MCs the Ragga Twins, as well as permanent live vocalist of the past few years, Mr Seanie T. As Barry confidently confirms: “I think it’s the best album we’ve ever done”.
Whilst the record is guaranteed to be an electrifying, good-time listening experience as you might expect; it hasn’t arrived without its personal difficulties. During the recording process, the Dub Pistols tragically lost one of their most prominent members, Will Hensel. Whilst nothing will replace Will’s energy and influence, the album will aim to pay fitting tribute to the dearly departed Dub Pistol. “[Losing Will] was a real down-point” says Barry, “but we want to celebrate him in this album.”
Ahead of the new album, The Pistoleros will also premiere a music documentary that is set to put a spotlight on the band’s extraordinary career to date: ‘WCPGW?’. Standby for further details about the film’s release in due course.
Barry and crew are now preparing to debut their much anticipated new material at UK venues on their upcoming ‘Addict Tour’, before sizing-up a series major festival appearances across the globe such as Snowbombing (Austria), Tribal Gathering (Panama), Splore Festival (New Zealand), Electric Castle (Romania), plus UK stalwarts like Camp Bestival, Boomtown and more.
And as if there wasn’t enough on their plates already, the band will also be hosting their own: Mucky Weekender festival at a “Secret Location” in Sussex on the 11th-12th September 2020. So-named after one of their most popular live tracks, the festival is returning for the second time after a roaring SOLD OUT success in 2019 and will boast a hand-picked bill of their favourite DJs and performers including: Justin Robertson, A-Skillz, Uncle Dugs, Jon Carter, Too Many T’s, Don Letts, Doorly and many more; alongside a headline performance from Dub Pistols themselves.
Speaking about putting-on the Mucky Weekender, Barry says:
“I’ve always wanted to do my own festival, having come from a promoting background...God-knows if I’m just being an idiot, but I’ve been to enough festivals in my time to know what makes a good festival. I’ve helped so many people with their festivals, so it seems only natural to do our own thing now as well.”
Full line up and details of the Mucky Weekender can be found here: https://mucky-weekender.co.uk
Every bit the riotous collision of drum & bass, hip-hop, ska, dub and punk they’ve always been, Dub Pistols continue to push the boundaries with every release they put to their name. With a reputation as one of the most consistently exhilarating live acts on the touring circuit, don’t miss Barry and the band launching the irrepressible material of their new album ‘Addict’ from this Spring onwards...
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THE SLOW READERS CLUB ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM: ‘91 DAYS IN ISOLATION’
OUT 23 OCTOBER 2020PRE-ORDER / PRE-SAVE HERE
Manchester’s The Slow Readers Club have announced their fifth studio album, 91 Days in Isolation, out on October 23rd self-released via their own label, SRC Records. The album is available to pre-order exclusively on the band’s webstore, on very limited colour vinyl and CD, here: https://tsrc.ffm.to/91days.op
91 Days in Isolation swiftly follows their Top 10 album, The Joy Of The Return, released in March this year. Written during the UK lockdown, the album was created with the band all working remotely from home.
Speaking of the writing process for the album, lead singer Aaron Starkie said:
“This collection of songs was written remotely during the UK Covid 19 lockdown. With each band member sharing ideas over the internet, the songs were pieced together at home. When the lockdown lifted we took the songs to Edwin Street Recording Studios in Bury and recorded this album with our producer Phil Bulleyment. We are proud to present 91 Days in Isolation”.
Throughout the entirety of the lockdown, The Slow Readers Club consistently found creative ways of staying connected to their fans. These included exclusive lockdown videos including videos of fan-selected cover songs, ‘watch together’ sessions of previous shows, fan listening parties of their previous albums and an unforgettable acoustic session surrounded by 21,000 vacant seats in a hauntingly desolate Manchester Arena for the venue’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
The new record also sees the band become the first to announce a new album during a ticketed live-streamed concert. Performing live from The Met in Bury last week, the four-piece played a blistering set containing exclusive performances of some of the new songs from the upcoming album. You can watch the concert back by buying a ticket here: https://tsrc.ffm.to/veepsstream.opr
And it won’t be too long until audiences will be able to experience their unmissable live shows once again, with the band set to hit the road for their rescheduled run of UK and European tour dates in March and April 2021 - details as follows:
THE SLOW READERS CLUB – 2021 TOUR DATES
March 17th: Foundry, Sheffield, UK
March 18th: The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
March 19th: The Sage 2, Gateshead, UK
March 20th: Beckett University, Leeds, UK
March 21st: Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington, UK
March 23rd: Electric Ballroom, London, UK
March 24th: Rock City, Nottingham, UK
March 25th: The Globe, Cardiff, UK
March 26th : Thekla, Bristol, UK
March 27th: O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
March 29th: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK
March 30th: Chalk, Brighton, UK
March 31st: Junction, Cambridge, UK
April 1st: King George’s Hall, Blackburn, UK
April 2nd: O2 Academy, Liverpool, UK
New tickets are on-sale now here: https://tsrc.ffm.to/live.oprOriginal tickets remain valid for the new dates.
808 STATE - LIVE
MANCHESTER’S ELECTRONIC ICONS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER HOMETOWN SHOW AT O2 RITZ FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER 2020: 9PM - 2AM -
With support from :
AFRODEUTSCHE and JACKSON MASSEY & PORCHCRAWLER
808 STATE will return for a LIVE hometown show at Manchester’s O2 Ritz this Winter.
Sure to be the best pre-Christmas party of the year, tickets for the event are on sale now!
Following their phenomenal appearance at Manchester Academy in December 2018 and a mesmeric live set at Bluedot Festival and at the Warehouse Project last year, the Acid House originals - turned pioneering electronic icons are planning another late night pre-Christmas affair to see out 2020 with a resonant bang.
Taking place on Friday 18th December 2020, Messrs Graham Massey and Andrew Barker, accompanied by live drummer Carl Sharrocks, will play a full headline 808 State set, with support performances from Manchester-based Ghanaian/Russian/German DJ & producer maverick Afrodeutsche plus DJ sets from Jackson Massey + Porchcrawler.
“So many plans unravelled during the past few weeks, and for good reason. But looking ahead, today we are pleased to announce this Hometown Xmas bash, which will be a family affair with our very special guest Afrodeutsche. Hoping we can gather safely in the winter and emerge with a fresh perspective into 2021” – 808 State
Tickets are now on sale at the link below:
The show follows a surge in activity for 808 State since their last Manchester appearance; a period that most notably witnessed the release of their seventh album: ‘Transmission Suite’ in late 2019.
Recorded in the former nerve centre of the Granada broadcasting empire, ‘Transmission Suite’ became the band’s first new material since 2002’s ‘Outpost Transmission’ and arrived as a long overdue and enthusiastically welcomed addition to their catalogue. More stripped-back and conscious of space than the music that first made their name in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the new record draws a line between their home city and the original Detroit scene that birthed techno, and reflects on the pivotal roles they played in defining electronic music as we know it. Evoking the past, present and future, the album pays homage to the musical heritage of the genre 808 State continue to push the boundaries of, while confirming their own vital place within it.
Speaking about ‘Transmission Suite’ and the role Manchester especially has played in shaping the record, Graham Massey of 808 State says:
“We’re trying to make a future for other people to immerse themselves in, that’s always been a big part of 808 State: these kind of landscapes of futurism…. We’re at this moment now, when Manchester is starting to feel like Singapore or something… There are so many cranes. People come back and it’s like, ‘Wow - it’s all doubled’. Everything’s going vertical, and certain parts of history are being buried. It’s an interesting moment.”
Cementing their reputation as an essential act, both as scene forefathers and as torchbearers for boundless avant-garde electronica, the album was released to critical acclaim, with The Wire Magazine praising: “808 State’s music has lost none of its foreboding, finesse and power.”
Their upcoming gig at the Manchester O2 Ritz, promises to be an unmissable opportunity to hear the new material configured for the live stage and in the city of its creation for the very first time, alongside seminal cuts from their rich history.
Ghostwriter & Academy Events by arrangement with CAA presents…
808 STATE - LIVE! @ MANCHESTER O2 RITZ - 18 DECEMBER 2020
w/ AFRODEUTSCHE + JACKSON MASSEY & PORCHCRAWLER
Doors: 9pm - 2am
Tickets also available from:
Formed in Manchester in 1988, 808 State are widely recognised as one of the prime originators and shapers of UK dance music. Breaking out with singles such as "Pacific", "Cubik" and "In Yer Face", the band also became the first electronica act to craft longform dance music albums, well before the likes of Leftfield and Orbital with whom they are often compared.
In a career of intrepid exploration now stretching across five decades, the band have released genre defining LP's including "Ninety" characteristic of their early acid house era recordings, to indie-dance crossover classic "ex:el", plus a subsequent array of uniquely boundary-pushing albums such as "Gorgeous", "Don Solaris" and "Output Transmission". In the process, they have attracted the attention of major stars including Bjork, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, Elbow's Guy Garvey and more, who have all collaborated with them.
Continually experimenting with new forms and styles, from drum and bass and other elements to techno, whilst always seeking to move forward and create 808 State have amassed a remarkable and essential back catalogue. Its most recent instalment, ‘Transmission Suite’ was released in 2019 to critical acclaim.
As one of the very first fully live techno acts to hit the road, 808 State’s on-stage reputation has always preceded them and their sensational 30th Anniversary shows (‘808 State: 30’) in 2018 were a just reminder of why they remain one of dance music's best live acts.
Listen to Transmission Suite, the new 808 State album here:
Black Deer announces some exciting new additions to the 2021 line-up, including Lucinda Williams, Drive-By Truckers and Colter Wall, and reveal the 2021 day splits.
The stars of the Live Fire BBQ showcase, featuring Sam Evans & Shauna Guinn of Hang Fire Kitchen, BBC Food regular Genevieve Taylor, Ready Steady Cook’s Romy Gill and Countrywoodsmoke’s Marcus Bawdon plus many more have also been announced.
The three-day festival takes place on 18th-20th June 2021, returning to the historic Eridge Park, Kent featuring major artists including Wilco, The Waterboys, Robert Plant and The Dead South. Full weekend tickets and day tickets are on sale via: https://blackdeerfestival.seetickets.com/tour/black-deer-festival-2021?src=PR
Black Deer is looking forward to welcoming Americana living legend and three-time Grammy Award winning singer songwriter Lucinda Williams to Eridge Park in 2021, along with Southern roots rocking heroes Drive-By Truckers and their politically charged alt-country, and Canadian cowboy Colter Wall who is set to provide country fans with his popular brand of western swing and waltzes.
They’ll be joined by Midlands-via-Senegal modern soul singing sensation Jordan Mackampa, Philadelphia/L.A. vintage folk rockers Mt. Joyand critically acclaimed two-time Native American Music Award winner Samantha Crain.
The corner of Black Deer that is home to The Roadhouse is where you’ll feel the growl of the Americana counter-culture. Desertscene bring the best of underground psych and blues to the deer park and for 2021 ticketholders can expect more loud and heavy jams thanks to returning primal blues-rock duo The Picturebooks, Swedish rock’n’rollers Siena Root, the dark and hypnotic Indian Queens, the volume splitting riffs of Israeli three piece The Great Machine and psych rock exploration courtesy of Cheshire’s 1968.
Alongside the musical program, Black Deer Festival are once again cooking up a storm in their Live Fire Arena. Promising even more mouth-watering delights than were served up in 2019, Jon Finch and Ben Merrington - founders of Grillstock, the largest authentic BBQ festival outside of the US - are back curating the area, pioneering the Americana barbecue scene in the UK’s festival fields once again.
Set to transport Black Deer attendees to America’s deep south, Live Fire will see the very best chefs, pitmasters, butchers and woodsmen appear in their own fiery performance of cooking demonstrations and masterclasses that’ll both educate and inspire. For 2021,
Live Fire chefs include Caravan’s Group Executive Chef Matt Burgess, former River Cottage chef, author and TV authority Tim Maddams, CountryWoodSmoke’s Marcus Bawdon, Hunter Gatherer Cook’s Nick Weston, founder of DeliVita wood-fired ovens Joe Formisano, Hang Fire Southern Kitchen’s Sam Evans & Shuana Guinn, owner of Bristol Fire School, chef and acclaimed best-selling author Genevieve Taylor, charcoal guru Whittle & Flame’s Matt Williams, chef, food writer and latest Ready Steady Cook star Romy Gill MBE, world class BBQ competition team Bunch Of Swines, Game and Flames’ hunt specialist and chef Cai ap Bryn, and Weber BBQ’s Head Grill Masters Dan Cooper and Gyles Foster.
And there’s even more to celebrate about Black Deer 2021:
Jackson Social – New for 2021, Black Deer will be launching Jackson Social - an adult only members bar. For an additional fee, festival goers can enjoy an outside covered seating area, cocktail bar, lounge seating, all day food options, phone charging, fancy toilets, fire pit, and DJs plus exclusive acoustic performances. There will be limited tickets available.
Thursday Opening – Also new for 2021, Eridge Park is set to offer early entry to ticketholders from 4PM Thursday 17th June for an additional fee, whilst kids are able to go for free. This will offer access to the General Campsite with amenities, food and beverages available.
Committed to giving 1500 tickets to NHS Key Workers - With some members of the Black Deer team having been personally affected by the pandemic and having seen first-hand the incredible work and sacrifices made by so many, they have decided to show their gratitude and thanks by inviting 1,500 NHS and key workers as guests to Black Deer Festival 2021.
Black Deer Mercantile – Black Deer are creating a dedicated shop including Black Deer merchandise and collaborative designs to launch online on the 8th October with new merchandise being dropped throughout the year right through to the festival launch.
ABOUT BLACK DEER
Serving as Europe’s ultimate destination for Americana and Country fans, the multi award-winning Black Deer Festival will return to the stunning Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent in June 2021. Showcasing roots inspired music across multiple stages, exquisite live fire cooking, layers of custom motorcycle culture, a curated marketplace of artisans and makers, Black Deer is a family destination festival with a community spirit.
The Great Machine
The Felice Brothers
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
The East Pointers
The Great Machine
Black Deer Songwriter Session
Drive By Truckers
The Milk Carton Kids
Courtney Marie Andrews
The Secret Sisters
Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra
The Goat Roper Rodeo band
Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Lead Desert Blues
Black Deer Songwriter Session
Saving Grace Feat RP
The Dead South
Police Dog Hogan
The Lost Bothers
The Gospel Brunch feat. Powerhouse Gospel Choir
David Migden & The Twisted Roots
Black Deer Songwriter Session