A brand new music festival is launching in Birmingham this May. The Sound Station Festival 2006 will be the first UK festival to offer equal weighting to the live and dance music genres.
Birmingham’s first city centre festival will take place at the newly created Eastside Park – a major part of the second city’s ongoing urban renaissance, and only minutes from New Street station and the new Bullring.
Event Organiser Nick Morgan said: “The format of Sound Station is a ground-breaking collection of styles with a clear focus on new, exciting indie/rock talent and credible, leftfield dance Djs and acts. We are delighted to be holding this event in Birmingham and feel we have an incredibly strong line-up of up-and-coming bands and leading-edge Djs on the bill.”
The headline act on the Live Stage is ex-Blur guitarist and indie enigma, Graham Coxon. Other brand spanking new acts confirmed at the time of going to press include, from Hollywood California, the musically, lyrically and visually talented Orson, the unique folk-punk-rock band The Crimea and anthemic pop rockers Boy Kill Boy. More bands to be announced in the coming weeks.
The BACARDI B-LIVE arena will include special collaborations by world-class musicians, vocalists and live percussionists performing together to create a unique BACARDI Rum vibe. Look out for three-time Grammy nominated Kenny Dope (MASTERS AT WORK) who will be keeping the crowds entertained with his fusion of house, hip-hop, Latin jazz, soul and broken beats. He will be joined by jazz beatster Mr Scruff from Ninja Tunes, as well as deep funklegend, Quantic. All star broken beat DJs, Bugz in the Attic will also be gracing the stage at the BACARDI B-LIVE arena performing live sets throughout the day.
With an expected attendance of around 7,000 the inaugural Sound Station Festival is set to revolutionise the festival scene and provide a fantastic launch pad for the 2006 festival season.
Adam Regan of Leftfoot fame, co-festival organiser and Dance Arena programmer said: “Expect to hear anything from New York hip-hop and house, Ska and reggae to broken beats, soul and jazz. The overarching theme of the BACARDI B-Live Arena is credible, leftfield and quirky – a real antidote to commercial dance music.”
Sound Station Festival tickets are priced at £25 plus booking fee and are available from www.bigcatshop.co.uk, 0870 754 1772, Old Skool Daze, 08707 544 445 or www.theticketsellers.co.uk. A limited number of reduced price £20 tickets will be released on Thursday 30th March at 9am on www.bigcatshop.co.uk.
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Notes to the Editor
Sound Station Festival 2006 takes place at the brand-new 1.4 hectare Eastside Park opposite Millennium Point, Birmingham on Sunday 28th May, from 2pm to 11pm.
Tickets are released on Thursday 30th March at 9am on www.bigcatshop.co.uk. Normal price is £25 plus booking fee. A limited number of £20 tickets will be available online only.
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Live Stage Acts (confirmed so far)
Graham Coxon – indie enigma, reformed hedonist and guitar hero of every twenty-something who lived through the onanistic musical excesses of the Britpop era. As the guitarist for Blur he was the inscrutable yin to Albarn’s garrulous, mockney yang; a man who let his guitar do the talking whilst his band mate indulged himself in the narcissistic conceits of the media circus.
Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon won great critical acclaim for his last solo album “Happiness in Magazines” and he hopes to follow this on with his new album “Love travels at illegal speeds”. The lead single is the track “Standing on my own again”. “Standing on my own again” is a single man’s song about love, so there are no jingly jangly Stevie Wonder moments here.
Boy Kill Boy – Record Company – Mercury / Vertigo Records. This brand spanking new band from East London have been causing quite a stir these days. Their first single Suzie was released last May on Fierce Panda Records, and since then has helped the band gain the notoriety they deserve. Boy Kill Boy are anthemic pop rock at its finest. The band infuses keyboard sounds in a way that is similar to the Killers or the early days of Supergrass, with their own flair. They toured last summer with Hard-Fi, and aced their very first stint at the UK festival circuit.
Orson – Mercury Records. From Hollywood California.Orson play what their singer Jason Pebworth calls simply “two-guitar power-pop”, or, equally simply, “rock and roll that girls can dance to.” The first song that Orson released to the public, No Tomorrow, was the most downloaded iTunes Single Of The Week in Apple’s history. Radio 1 played No Tomorrow and hailed Orson as “the missing link between The Rolling Stones and The Scissor Sisters.” Orson ooze a quality alien to most amateur acts: elegance. Musically, lyrically and visually, they have a single-minded poise and atmospheric sense of scale that would make Bowie and Ferry proud.
The Crimea. Unique folk-punk-rock band formed from the ashes of the Crocketts. Their single, ‘Baby Boom’, reached number 8 in John Peel’s Festive Fifty. They’ve played with the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen, Kings Of Leon, Dashboard Confessional, Travis and Stereophonics. Evocative of artists such as the Flaming Lips and Pavement, yet with a unique personality of its own, the carnival-lope ride of ‘Lottery Winners On Acid’ is one of the most remarkable moments of the spectacularly inventive ‘Tragedy Rocks’ set. In the US, The Crimea have won a successive of great support tours following a sensational performance at SXSW. As well as a recent tour with Billy Corgan, The Crimea have also hit the road with Ash, The Bravery, Keane and Dashboard Confessional.
Dance Stage Acts (confirmed so far)
Mr Scruff. Initially inspired by the 2 Tone sound, the now legendary Ninja Tune DJ is famed for his awesome hip-hop sound, his epic six-hour sets and his sense of the comic. France Telecom (the French equivalent of BT) were suitably impressed and used his single “Get A Move On” as part of their national advertising campaign – the Scruffy one didn’t see it as something to get excited about. And he’s got more fans. Most notably, Madonna recently said in Mixmag of music she was playing at home, “And Mr Scruff I love, that weird little album (‘Keep It Unreal’) that’s got so much personality”. Mr Scruff was characteristically unimpressed.
Kenny Dope. For the last decade Kenny Dope has had his hands full releasing literally thousands of tracks, remixing hundreds of singles, and globetrotting to DJ all over the world. In his production work, Kenny consistently shows his distinctive ability for programming superior beats while blending a myriad of music styles to deliver the ultimate mix. With his long-established reputation as a DJ extraordinaire, Kenny showcases a melting pot of house, jazz, funk, soul, and hip-hop while keeping the show colourful, energetic and soulful.
Bugz in da Attic. The Bugz are one of the finest and richest musical collective’s around, having remixed everything from Macy Gray to Victor Duplaix, and started countless labels, offshoots, projects and collaborations and of course cemented the Broken Beat / London Boogie scene into the wider dance music tapestry.
Quantic. Eclectic, jazz n funk influenced, dance music. Will “Quantic” Holland is the kind of bloke who deserves gushing titles of the music press’ “hardest-working-man-in-dance” variety – the kind normally (wrongly) attributed to Mylo or whoever else is flavour of the month. Quantic mixes of the likes of Rosie Brown, UFO and Awa Band demonstrate that Holland’s production talents stretch across and beyond the board.