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Blaenavon are a relatively new band, but they've already got industry types excited following their debut 'Koso' E.P. While at Live at Leeds, I decided to check them out while I had some time in my schedule to spare. And it seems like I wasn't the only one. Arriving at trendy Leeds restaurant cum gig venue, the Nation of Shopkeepers, just as they were halfway through their opening song, the room was packed. The trio appear borderline hipster, and in their track 'Prague', there is clear influence of The Maccabees 2009 album 'Wall of Arms'. Later, a switch in styles leads in to the more harrowing Wu Lyf-esque E.P tracks. The emotive and endearing 'Gods' and 'Wunderkinds' switch up the atmosphere to a more mysterious air. Its a short but impressive set, leaving you wanting more. Hopefully new material isn't far away. NME have already featured this Hampshire based three piece as a band to watch out for on their Radar pages, and after seeing them perform live, I can see why.

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The venue we saw them at had nasty security who didn't let a large number of us in as we didn't have ID (which it didn't state we needed) One of us tweeted the band, and they replied asking if we are okay. The venue manager let us in after the first support act, but we where only allowed in the balcony. I had stood in the cold for two hours to be at the front so I was upset. By this point I wanted to go home, then Blaenavon came on, and they where so phenomenal I forgot the whole dilemma. Ben paid special attention to us on the balcony, their performance was amazing. After the show Ben came up to see us all after the ordeal we went through, that's really considerate and I will definitely be seeing them again. The best gig, performance wise, I've been to, despite the troubles.

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Amazing gig. Venue was perfect, super intimate but still lively and great vibe. Blaenavon were great, so good live and lovely to chat to - so appreciative of people enjoying their music. All the fun of a big gig (crowd surfing, moshing, and all) but with the benefit of a tiny venue and contact with the band. Support band, FUR, were brilliant too. All round best gig I've been to.

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So amazing! The three of them are super talented! At such an intimate venue we were able to talk to them before, during and after the gig, it was like watching them at a jamming sesh; so dope! Really recommend seeing them :))

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Was a sick gig and they got the energy in the room ready for the wombats which made it such a good gig, they are amazing at playing the guitar and they put so much energy and love into their performance and it really showed!

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  • Mon 29 Jun Online / Streaming Events La Blogotheque Stay Away Show - Everybody Cares: An Elliott Smith Stay Away Show Francis Lung, Blaenavon, Marissa Nadler, Marika Hackman, Ben Langford Biss (Bleak Soul)…

August 2019

  • Thu 22 Aug ➙ Sun 25 Aug Reading Festival Reading Festival 2019 The 1975, Royal Blood, The Wombats, You Me At Six, Juice WRLD…
  • Thu 22 Aug ➙ Sun 25 Aug Leeds, Bramham Park Leeds Festival 2019 Foo Fighters, A Day To Remember, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Distillers, Lil Uzi Vert…
  • Sun 30 Jun London, Finsbury Park Community Festival 2019 The Kooks, Blossoms, Don Broco, The Hunna, Kate Nash…
  • Sat 18 May Tunbridge Wells Forum Blaenavon
  • Thu 16 May Brighton, Chalk Blaenavon
  • Wed 15 May Southampton, The 1865 Blaenavon
  • Tue 14 May Plymouth, The Junction Blaenavon
  • Sun 12 May Cardiff, The Globe Blaenavon
  • Sat 11 May O2 Academy Oxford Blaenavon
  • Thu 9 May O2 Academy Leicester Blaenavon
  • Wed 8 May Nottingham, The Rescue Rooms Blaenavon
  • Mon 6 May Sheffield, Leadmill Blaenavon
  • Sun 5 May Hit The North 2019 Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, Blaenavon, Catherine McGrath, Lauren Aquilina…
  • Fri 3 May ➙ Mon 6 May Liverpool, Baltic Triangle Liverpool Sound City 2019 Mabel, Loyle Carner, Louis Berry, The Magic Gang, Our Girl…
  • Thu 2 May Belfast, McHugh's Bar Blaenavon

January 2019

  • Wed 23 Jan London, Omeara Blaenavon

October 2018

  • Fri 19 Oct Guildford, The Boileroom Blaenavon
  • Thu 18 Oct Norwich Arts Centre Blaenavon
  • Tue 16 Oct Coventry, Arches Venue Blaenavon
  • Mon 15 Oct Worcester, Marrs Bar Blaenavon
  • Sun 14 Oct Chester, The Live Rooms Blaenavon
  • Sat 13 Oct Hull, The Welly Club Blaenavon
  • Fri 12 Oct Edinburgh, The Mash House Blaenavon
  • Wed 10 Oct Middlesbrough, Teesside University SU Blaenavon
  • Tue 9 Oct York, The Crescent Blaenavon
  • Sun 7 Oct Bridgend, Hobos Blaenavon
  • Sat 6 Oct Manchester, Various Venues Neighbourhood Festival Everything Everything, Sundara Karma, Temples, Swim Deep, Blaenavon…
  • Fri 5 Oct Gloucester Guildhall Blaenavon
  • Thu 4 Oct Cambridge, Storey's Field Centre Blaenavon
  • Wed 3 Oct St. Albans, The Horn Blaenavon

August 2018

  • Fri 3 Aug ➙ Sun 5 Aug Twycross, Gopsall Hall Farm 110 Above Festival Fickle Friends, Circa Waves, Peace, Blaenavon, The Magic Gang…
  • Fri 20 Jul ➙ Sun 22 Jul Topcliffe, Baldersby Park Deer Shed Festival 9 Drenge, Nadine Shah, Blaenavon, Mush, Goldfrapp…
  • Thu 19 Jul ➙ Sun 22 Jul Steventon, Hill Farm Truck Festival 2018 Friendly Fires, De La Soul, Circa Waves, Lewis Capaldi, Coasts…
  • Sat 26 May ➙ Sun 27 May Warrington, Victoria Park Neighbourhood Weekender Courteeners, Jake Bugg, Kodaline, Circa Waves, Miles Kane…
  • Sat 5 May Various Venues Leeds Live At Leeds 2018 The Vaccines, Circa Waves, Peace, Ash, British Sea Power…
  • Sat 5 May ➙ Sun 6 May Hit The North Rat Boy, The Horrors, Marmozets, Tom Grennan, British Sea Power…

December 2017

  • Fri 1 Dec Bristol, Thekla Blaenavon

November 2017

  • Thu 30 Nov Birmingham, The Rainbow Venues Blaenavon
  • Wed 29 Nov Liverpool, Arts Club Blaenavon
  • Tue 28 Nov Nottingham, The Rescue Rooms Blaenavon
  • Mon 27 Nov Glasgow, Saint Luke's Blaenavon
  • Sun 26 Nov Newcastle upon Tyne, NX Newcastle Blaenavon, The Night Café, Jade Bird
  • Fri 24 Nov London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Blaenavon
  • Wed 22 Nov Manchester, Gorilla Blaenavon
  • Tue 21 Nov Leeds, The Wardrobe Blaenavon
  • Mon 20 Nov Sheffield, Leadmill Blaenavon

August 2017

  • Wed 23 Aug ➙ Sun 27 Aug Leeds, Bramham Park Leeds Festival 2017 Muse, Liam Gallagher, Blossoms, Giggs, Architects…
  • Wed 23 Aug ➙ Sun 27 Aug Reading Festival Reading Festival 2017 Kasabian, Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, Jimmy Eat World, Circa Waves…
  • Fri 4 Aug ➙ Mon 7 Aug Twycross, Gopsall Hall Farm 110 Above Festival Little Comets, Black Honey (1), Haus, Childcare, Sundara Karma…
  • Thu 27 Jul ➙ Sun 30 Jul Lowther Castle & Gardens Kendal Calling Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Tinie Tempah…
  • Fri 21 Jul ➙ Sun 23 Jul Various Venues Sheffield Tramlines 2017 The Libertines, Twin Atlantic, Liberty Ship, Primal Scream, Toots & The Maytals…
  • Wed 10 May Blaenavon Workmen's Hall Blaenavon, Blaenavon Male Voice Choir
  • Fri 7 Apr London, Heaven Blaenavon
  • Thu 6 Apr Bodega Nottingham Blaenavon
  • Wed 5 Apr Birmingham, Hare & Hounds Blaenavon
  • Tue 4 Apr Liverpool, Parr Street Studios Blaenavon
  • Mon 3 Apr Glasgow, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut Blaenavon
  • Sun 2 Apr Newcastle upon Tyne, Think Tank? Blaenavon
  • Sat 1 Apr Leeds, Brudenell Social Club Blaenavon
  • Fri 31 Mar Manchester, The Deaf Institute Blaenavon
  • Thu 30 Mar Leicester, The Big Difference Blaenavon
  • Tue 28 Mar Oxford, The Bullingdon Blaenavon
  • Mon 27 Mar Bristol, The Louisiana Blaenavon
  • Sat 25 Mar Southampton, The Joiners Blaenavon, The Night Café
  • Fri 24 Mar Brighton, Komedia Blaenavon

February 2017

  • Thu 16 Feb Manchester, Albert Hall Sundara Karma, Blaenavon, The Night Café

October 2016

  • Fri 14 Oct London, Scala Blaenavon
  • Sat 8 Oct Manchester, Various Venues Neighbourhood Festival Circa Waves, Blossoms, White Lies, Twin Atlantic, Liam Fray…
  • Wed 5 Oct London, O2 Forum Kentish Town The Hunna, Blaenavon, The Night Cafe
  • Tue 4 Oct O2 Academy Birmingham The Hunna, Blaenavon, The Night Cafe
  • Mon 3 Oct Manchester Academy The Hunna, Blaenavon, The Night Cafe

September 2016

  • Mon 26 Sep Bristol, Thekla The Hunna, Blaenavon, The Night Cafe
  • Thu 22 Sep Nottingham, The Rescue Rooms The Hunna, Blaenavon, The Night Cafe
  • Wed 14 Sep Nottingham, The Rescue Rooms The Sherlocks, Blaenavon
  • Thu 8 Sep Bristol, Thekla The Sherlocks, Blaenavon
  • Tue 6 Sep Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach The Sherlocks, Blaenavon, The Cradles
  • Fri 2 Sep ➙ Sun 4 Sep Bingley, Myrtle Park Bingley Music Live 2016 Anne-Marie, Kloe, Espa, Rews, Vanessa Maria…
  • Fri 2 Sep ➙ Sun 4 Sep Electric Picnic 2016 LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, The Chemical Brothers, New Order, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds…

August 2016

  • Thu 25 Aug ➙ Sun 28 Aug Leeds, Bramham Park Leeds Festival 2016 Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy, The Vaccines, A$AP Rocky, Five Finger Death Punch…
  • Thu 25 Aug ➙ Sun 28 Aug Reading Festival Reading Festival 2016 Foals, Disclosure (2), CHVRCHES, Boy Better Know, Die Antwoord…
  • Sat 13 Aug ➙ Sun 14 Aug Sedgefield, Hardwick Hall Down To The Woods Primal Scream, Chase & Status (Live), Catfish and the Bottlemen, Echo & the Bunnymen, Kwabs…
  • Fri 5 Aug ➙ Sun 7 Aug Tunbridge Wells, Eridge Deer Park Estate Forgotten Fields Kodaline, Band of Skulls, Hudson Taylor, Sundara Karma, Dizzee Rascal…
  • Fri 15 Jul ➙ Sun 17 Jul Steventon, Hill Farm Truck Festival 2016 Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, Coasts, Clean Cut Kid, The Amazons…
  • Thu 14 Jul ➙ Sun 17 Jul Southwold, Henham Park Latitude Festival 2016 The Maccabees, Beirut, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, British Sea Power…
  • Thu 30 Jun ➙ Sat 2 Jul Winchester, Vicarage Farm Blissfields 2016 Everything Everything, Swim Deep, Honne, Melt Yourself Down, Frances…
  • Fri 17 Jun ➙ Sun 19 Jun Twycross, Gopsall Hall Farm 110 Above Festival Vaults, Young Kato, Youth Club, Estrons, Anteros…
  • Fri 3 Jun Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge Blaenavon
  • Thu 2 Jun Leicester, The Big Difference Blaenavon
  • Tue 31 May Glasgow, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut Blaenavon
  • Mon 30 May Newcastle upon Tyne, Think Tank? Blaenavon
  • Sun 29 May Dot To Dot Festival 2016 - Nottingham Mystery Jets, Augustines, The Temper Trap, Rat Boy, Sundara Karma…
  • Sun 29 May Newcastle upon Tyne, Think Tank? Blaenavon
  • Sat 28 May Bristol, Various Venues Dot To Dot Festival 2016 - Bristol Mystery Jets, Augustines, The Temper Trap, Rat Boy, Sundara Karma…
  • Fri 27 May Manchester, Various Venues Dot To Dot Festival 2016 - Manchester Mystery Jets, Augustines, The Temper Trap, Rat Boy, Sundara Karma…
  • Thu 26 May London, Dingwalls Blaenavon, Babeheaven
  • Wed 25 May Bath, Moles Blaenavon
  • Mon 23 May Oxford, The Bullingdon Blaenavon
  • Sun 22 May Southampton, The Joiners Blaenavon, Babeheaven
  • Thu 19 May ➙ Sat 21 May Various Venues Brighton The Great Escape Festival 2016 808ink, A J Tracey, Actor, Aisha Devi, Albin Lee Meldau…

Transgressive Records

Blaenavon were three boys who had taken the music world by storm. Having played with the likes of Foals, Bloc Party and Warpaint to name a few, the band released two EPs on Transgressive Records and their debut album, with singer Ben Gregory starring in Burberry's New Faces campaign.

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Having released previous singles ‘Into The Night’ and ‘Denim Patches’ on Transgressive imprint paradYse, Blaenavon followed up with debut EP Koso in September 2013, through Transgressive Records. The four-track offering encompasses everything good about a young band with a very bright future, flowing seamlessly from delicately picked verses to euphoric sections of soaring vocals and powerful guitars.

In October 2015, the band released the follow up to Koso with their ‘Miss World EP’. The release was accompanied by shows with the likes of Songhoy Blues and Foals, as well as a performance of ‘Dragon’ for Burberry Acoustic. 2016 has seen the boys continue to perfect their live show, with tours supporting The Sherlocks and Sundara Karma as well as their own headline tour in May, along with appearances at Glastonbury, Truck, Latitude and Reading & Leeds to name but a few across the summer. They also released two singles from their debut album, ‘I Will Be The World’ and ‘Let’s Pray’- watch below.

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Hampshire’s Blaenavon have wasted little time in making an impression. All three members are only 20, but the band have been turning heads in the US and Europe, landing high-profile festival bookings and support slots with the likes of Foals and Bloc Party, while recording a debut album that looks set to further up the ante.

The band, who initially formed to play a school talent show, were only 15 and still studying for their GCSEs when they signed to the Transgressive label, and have since gone on to become one of the most talked about emerging indie acts in the UK, with slots at this summer’s Latitude and Reading & Leeds festivals in the diary.

Lead track from 2015’s Miss World EP, Hell Is My Head caught G&B ‘s ears with its soaring dynamics,   sweet, shimmering Strat rhythm guitar part and euphoric, angular leadlines. They’ve impressed BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe too – he asked for the band’s permission to play I Will Be The World, the lead single from their forthcoming new album, before it was mixed and mastered after seeing them perform at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The song has huge atmospherics, a menacing bassline and some haunting volume fades from guitarist/vocalist Ben Gregory’s Strat. Fans of At The Drive-In, Idlewild and Blaenavon’s label-mates Foals are highly likely to dig it.

Having played together for six years, the band’s music has inevitably gained in maturity, as bassist Frank Wright, who started out as a drummer,   reflects: “We’ve definitely evolved over the time, as our music tastes have changed and we’ve got better at saying what we want to say. I listen to loads of different jazz and world music, Ben is really into singer-songwriters like Elliott Smith and 70s bands like Television and The Electric Prunes, and Harris [McMillan, drummer] is the biggest Radiohead fan I know. We try to make it as eclectic as possible. We try to keep it super-dynamic, and it’s very vivid because of the way we approach it.”

The album sessions, marshalled by Grammy-nominated producer Jim Abbiss – whose CV includes work with Arctic Monkeys, Adele and Bjork – proved initially daunting: “We finished recording at the end of January, and it’s just finished being mixed. We’re really happy with the end result,” says Wright. “I was a bit nervous when we went in to start because the producer was a bit daunting and we didn’t quite get on with him, but after a couple of days we got on really well. He’s obviously got a lot of experience in taking young bands and helping them realise their musical vision.”

Wright and Gregory have well-stocked pedalboards, with the bassist running his 90s Japanese Fender Jazz bass through a Boss Bass Chorus, Ibanez Phat-hed and Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff into his Ashdown head and cab. Gregory uses a Fender Strat and Twin Reverb, with an EHX Epitome (multi-effect combining Micro Pog, Stereo Electric Mistress and Holy Grail Plus), Marshall Jackhammer and Big Muff, employing the Epitome’s freeze function to delicious effect.

The band’s live shows, characterised by their high-octane feel, have seen them build an enthusiastic following across Europe, and they return to the continent for a headline tour later this year. “We’ve played in Europe quite a bit in the past – in 2013 and 2014, we did a lot of gigs in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland,” says Wright. “There was a time in our career when we did very well in Europe so we went there more than we played in the UK. Hopefully, those people won’t have forgotten about us.”

Blaenavon won’t be compromising the frenetic feel of those live shows in order to adapt to larger festival stages. “We play even the smallest of gigs in a stadium-rock way,” laughs Wright, “so I’m not sure we’ll change our approach. We’ve never been to Latitude, but we’ve heard it’s an amazing   festival. We just give it our all every time.”

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Blaenavon play The Lake Stage at Latitude Festival on Friday, July 15. Latitude takes place at Henham Park, Suffolk from 14-17 July. For more information and ticket details, go to www.latitudefestival.com

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Hampshire, U.K.-born indie pop trio Blaenavon (pronounced bline-av-un) combine vibrant melodies and rhythms with darker lyrics and themes. Ben Gregory (vocals), Frank Wright (bass), and Harris McMillan (drums) met midway through secondary school, where, upon discovering their musical talents, they quickly formed a band. At first it was just for fun, until they won a talent contest in 2013 with a cover of Muse's "Knights of Cydonia." With a newfound drive -- and a freshly inked recording deal with Transgressive -- they released their debut EP, Koso, all while juggling their studies and finishing GCSE exams. Over the next two years, the band prioritized their education, and although they performed on a semi-regular basis, they spent most of their time studying for their A Levels. As soon as they finished the exams they reunited on a full-time basis, releasing their second EP, Miss World, by the end of 2015. By the beginning of 2016, Blaenavon's popularity was on the rise, paving the way for a busy touring schedule; their 2016 tour culminated in a string of festival appearances, including shows at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Latitude, and SXSW. They spent the latter half of the year recording with Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Björk, Adele), and their debut full-length, That's Your Lot, saw release in early 2017. ~ Liam Martin

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Jennifer Machuca from Music, Why Not! caught up with indie band from the U.K known as Blaenavon in Chicago – just before their first gig of their North American tour with Circa Waves. The charming trio, with a lot to say- released their album That’s Your Lot in early April of this year. It sounds […]

Jennifer Machuca from Music, Why Not! caught up with indie band from the U.K known as Blaenavon in Chicago – just before their first gig of their North American tour with Circa Waves. The charming trio, with a lot to say- released their album That’s Your Lot in early April of this year. It sounds like an album that came straight off the shelves of the New Wave era category at a record store back in the day. New Wave first became popular back in the late 70’s. Bands like The Cure and The Velvet Underground played a key role in this musical movement. Blaenavon does not fall flat at all. Their music tells stories and the catchy- yet clean instrumentals capture you at every second of every song in the album. Check out our interview with the indie trio as we discuss how they got their band name, their favorite songs, the blood cell of Chicago, and more!

MWN:  Hello guys! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a couple questions for us out here in Chicago. We are stoked about this, so I guess lets get started. We will start off simple so a really important aspect of becoming a band is the name. How did the name Blaenavon come about?

Blaenavon: It’s a name of a lovely Welsh Town, and we saw it written down somewhere and thought it was a beautiful word and really didn’t know what to make of it so we wanted people to see our band’s name and think “hmmm I wonder what that is” and maybe give it a listen.. And feel.. Inspired.. Inspire Curiosity..

MWN: That’s very pretty, did I say it right?

Blaenavon:  Bla-no-vin? Bleyen-ah-vin.

MWN: Ohhh…

Blaenavon:  Don’t worry about it, that’s everyone in the whole world. It sounds a bit like Bryan Adams.

MWN:  Haha! Alright makes me feel a little better. So why did you guys name the EP Let’s Pray? Can you guys tell me a little more about your EP?

Blaenavon:  The Let’s Pray Ep was just named after the song Let’s Pray which is called that because it’s a song about feeling really dissatisfied with yourself and praying for it all to end. Which is quite sad really isn’t it? But in the end ya know there’s a bit of a hopeful resolution I think.. Wanted to name the EP after that song.

MWN:  That’s a cool way to put it. So, that was the whole creation process of it then?

Blaenavon:  Yeah, it was like while I was writing it, I was feeling bad about how bad I am at writing songs at that time… so yeah.. I wrote a song about being bad at writing songs..

MWN:  Well, but now you’re here though.

Blaenavon:  Yeah it’s nice here, we’ve been quite lucky, we’ve been all over.

MWN:  I’m glad to hear it! When writing music do you guys write your parts together or separately?

Blaenavon:  I’ll make a little demo at home, or an acoustic thing, or a garage band crappy sounding thing and send it to the guys, and then we’ll spend hours in our HQ and smashing it out together until it sounds good, and we’re happy with it and get it all sorted.

MWN:  Sounds like you’ve got a system going on. Actually one of my favorite songs that you guys have released is on Let’s Pray and it is called “Something Boring.” I love the instrumentals and how soft the vocals sound. To me it conveys a feeling of nostalgia. The song has this back and forth feeling of softness in the start and roughness close to the chorus. Is there any story behind this?

Blaenavon:  It was recorded in um.. We recorded it ourselves actually a while ago, like just after we finished college and that was kind of one of the first things we did when we left school and we were doing the band.. I guess.. We set up our own studio on a floating house on the lake and like stayed there for two months and this was the first song we recorded there.. Yeah it started off, the demo of it, was just all of the soft stuff, then I took it to the band and we were like “yeah this is kinda pretty but it needs like some edge” so we added a big ole guitar bit and the rest came along.

MWN: I feel like as time passes we evolve as individuals. True or not true?

Blaenavon:  Oh that’s the question? Oh yeah very true. What would any movie be without any character development. That definitely goes within the band or else we’d drive each other nuts.

MWN:  Haha well with that in mind, as you create your pieces, how would you guys particularly say your music evolved since you first began playing music together versus where you are now ?

Blaenavon:  Umm the lyrics are way more considered, probably the most important thing for me. Spending a lot of time going over it and fixing bits rather than singing whatever I wanted to sing and kind of leave it there. It’s kind of a tough, but frequent process for me.. The songs have developed into characters as well like each one on the record has a very individual kind of style or feel to it which is cool. And the record is like our greatest hits of songs of over five years and I think that shows our character development of songwriting and making tunes. There are so many different types of songs in there.

MWN:  That’s really cool. Lyrics are a big part of why I love music. Glad to hear they are important in the process of the band! Thus far what would you guys say has been one of your favorite gigs and why? It can be either here in the U.S. or in the U.K. or both?

Blaenavon: So headline shows really, cuz it’s kind of the culmination of everything we’ve been working towards for the last six years or whatever. Like we play to a thousand of our own fans as they sing along the words and stuff.. It’s like quite an obvious choice but really cool. We had some really good shows here as well. In New York, we had two headlining shows out there, we didn’t know what to expect, but people seemed really crazy and came from all over to see us, that was great. Actually SXSW every year. Like we’ve never really had a bad show at SXSW it’s always either really crazy or really tight and cool.

MWN:  That sounds awesome. Gigs in the U.K always look so much fun. I am glad the states have been welcoming! Alrigh,t so these are some Fire Round Questions… Ready?

Blaenavon:  Yaaaay !!!

MWN: For me there are artist I wish I could have been able to see perform live- such as John Lennon or The Doors. So for you guys are there artist you would liked to see to see that are dead?

Harris :  They’re not dead, but she’s never gonna play another show live, but I would’ve liked to see Joni Mitchell

Bend:  I would’ve liked to see Elliot Smith or Pavement because they promised to get back together

Frank: Michael Jackson

MWN: Kurt Cobain

Blaenavon:  Fair… One Direction

MWN: Haha, I saw them actually once

Blaenavon:  WOW.

MWN: Yeah my brother spent his scholarship money on me so I could be seventh row. He secretly wanted to see them too.

Blaenavon:  Aww. Amazing, wow.

MWN:  Yeah- It was pretty cool. So what are your top three favorite songs of all time?

Harris:  Oh wow.. That’s a tough one. I know it’s a quick fire! Ummmm: Oh Comely by Neutral Milk Hotel, Idioteque by RadioHead , and Carrie by Joni Mithcell.

Ben:  A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity To Be Free [organ demo version] by Elliott Smith,  Fillmore Jive by Pavement Umm.. and.. Ahh I actually can’t think of any other songs.. Umm what was the other?? Ohhh umm I don’t know like, Mr. Brightside by The Killers.

Frank:  Hammond Song by The Roches, Familiar Ground by The Cinematic Orchestra but the Solid Steel Version version on the Ninja Tune compilation.

MWN:   Haha that last one! So, how do you pass the time between gigs? Well, here’s one way right now.

Harris:  Ah ha, well you just caught us coming back from Chi-pott-tal.

MWN: Chipotle?

Harris:  Hahaha, It’s a regional dialect thing. That’s how you say it in New York

Ben:  Normally we drive a lot. We just killed some time here we went to the Lake, Lake Michigan that was fun.

MWN: Ah, did you see the bean?

Frank:  Ummm what’s the name?

Ben:  Where’s it?

MWN: Cloud Gate. If you’re from Chicago you call it the Bean. If you’re a tourist you call it Cloud Gate.

Ben:  It’s the big mirrorey blood cell kinda thing right?

MWN: Yeah the blood cell.

Harris:  What’s that?

Ben: It’s a Chicago thing.

MWN: It’s near where you’re playing for Lollapalooza.

Ben:  Alright sick, We’ll check it out.

Frank:  Very Shiny.

MWN: Alright, so how are you guys prepping for when you go on tour?

Ben:  We rehearse, we say goodbye to our loved ones. Take a really long bath and wash my hair because I know I’ll never get the stank off from tour.

Harris:  Kiss my momma on the cheek.

Frank:  Just do it!

MWN: Stoically! Alright, as we finish the interview is there anything you would like to tell all your supporters?

Ben:  Respect what you do.

Harris:  Oh I’ve got one, this is, in Frank’s words : Take Care, Take it Easy , and always look after numero uno.

Frank: Yeah those are my words, and actually like thank you loads, because like some people from America fly in from wherever to come and see us cuz we don’t have many fans out here yet, so it’s really nice just to have some people out here who really care.

Harris:  And also brush your teeth and practice your scales.

Ben:  Clean your teeth.

Harris:  Actually floss as well.

MWN: Haha well there you have dental hygine is a must! But in all sincerity you guys are such gems thanks so much! This was such a pleasure.

Blaenavon:  Thank you!

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NEW DATE ADDED: Paul announces 2024 dates for the 'Got Back' tour

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⁠PAUL ANNOUNCES  GOT BACK TOUR 2024 Paul and the band will visit Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru this October TICKET INFORMATION HERE!

Tuesday 1st October - Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, URUGUAY ⁠Saturday 5th October - River Plate Stadium, Bueno Aires, ARGENTINA ⁠*NEW DATE* Sunday 6th October - River Plate Stadium, Bueno Aires, ARGENTINA ⁠Friday 11th October - Estadio Monumental, Santiago, CHILE ⁠Wednesday 23rd October - Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba, ARGENTINA ⁠Sunday 27th October - Estadio Nacional, Lima, PERU

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Paul will bring his acclaimed Got Back Tour to South America later this year!

Fulfilling his promise to 'get back', Paul will return to Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru. His first show of 2024 will take place on 1st October in Montevideo.

With songs like ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Band on the Run’,  ‘Let It Be’ and so many more, the Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show: hours of the greatest moments from the last 60 years of music – dozens of songs from Paul’s solo, Wings and of course Beatles catalogues that have formed the soundtracks of our lives.

Paul will return for his first live performance in Montevideo in ten years. He has previously performed in Montevideo twice (2012, 2014) and this will be his third time at Estadio Centenario. This will mark his first live performances in Bueno Aires in five years - in 2019 he played at Campo Argentino de Polo. For fans in Córdoba the wait has been even longer as it has been eight years since Paul visited the city. Paul played his first solo show in Argentina in 1993 and has played eight shows there since. Santiago will see him return after five years - he has previously performed in the city four times, starting in 1993. And lastly, Paul will return to Lima after ten years, and this will mark his third time performing in Peru and his second visit to the Estadio Nacional.

Paul launched his Got Back tour in 2022, completing 16 huge shows across the US before performing what the British Times newspaper described as the “ best gig ever ” with his history-making set at Glastonbury in June 2022. In 2023 Paul performed 18 incredible shows as the Got Back tour rocked through Australia, Mexico and Brazil.

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Michigan high school choir to sing with Foreigner during band’s final worldwide tour

  • Updated: Jun. 11, 2024, 11:06 a.m. |
  • Published: Jun. 10, 2024, 5:00 p.m.

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Varsity Voices, Hudsonville High School's top student choir, has been selected to sing on stage with the band Foreigner during its Tuesday, June 11 concert at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. (Photo provided to MLive by Julie Snider) Julie Snider

HUDSONVILLE, MI – A Michigan high school choir has been invited to sing on stage with Foreigner when the iconic ‘80s rock band performs in Grand Rapids as part of its final worldwide tour .

Hudsonville High School’s top choral ensemble, Varsity Voices, will perform with Foreigner at the band’s Tuesday, June 11 concert at Van Andel Area. The students will join the 2024 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees on stage to close out its set with the hit 1984 song, “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

The choir of 25 high schoolers won a contest hosted last month by WGRD radio station , which offered one West Michigan choir a chance to perform with Foreigner during its Grand Rapids concert. Five local school choirs entered the contest, and Hudsonville won over 50% of the vote, said choir director Deb Andre.

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Hudsonville junior Ella Neifert, 17, said she is honored to be able to perform alongside Foreigner, describing the show as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. With Van Andel Arena having a capacity for over 12,000 people, the concert will be the biggest crowd Neifert has ever performed in front of, she said.

“It’s kind of crazy, getting to go on stage with this group that’s very prevalent, a group that when I say, ‘My choir is gonna be singing with Foreigner,’ people are like, ‘Whoa,’ and they actually know who that is,” the 17-year-old said. “It’s incredible to be on the stage with someone me and a lot of my choir friends idolize as well, as performers.”

Andre said the choir learned “I Want To Know What Love Is” for its audition in three rehearsals and recorded its winning audition video in just one take. While Foreigner was topping music charts five decades ago, Andre said she was amazed that the band’s music still resonates with teens today.

“The kids were surprisingly familiar with their music,” Andre told MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. “They knew the song and they had heard other songs... One of my kids was even able to sing like, word-for-word with some of their other songs.”

The entire Hudsonville school community quickly rallied to help Varsity Voices win the WGRD contest, with hundreds of students, teachers and parents casting their votes and sharing the poll on social media, Andre said.

Teachers were showing the choir’s audition video during class at school, with some even making it an assignment for students to vote for the choir in the contest, she said.

“To see the kids at school rally around the choir has been so heartwarming, and such a lift not just for this choir that is singing but for all the choir kids,” Andre said.

Andre said Hudsonville won the contest in a “landslide,” receiving over half of the nearly 8,000 total votes cast. The four other schools that entered the contest were Allendale High School Choirs, Grand Rapids Public Museum Advanced Choir Small Ensemble, Milwood Middle School and Hastings High School Varsity Singers.

Varsity Voices will have a crowd of their own fans at Tuesday’s show, Andre said. Nearly every teacher and staff member from Hudsonville High School has bought a ticket to attend the show, and many will be wearing matching t-shirts with the choir to show their support, she said.

“I think that this feels like a giant hug from the community and the school, and we just appreciate our staff and our students and our community and our parents for rallying around us for cheering us on, and this opportunity wouldn’t be possible without them,” Andre said.

Foreigner has welcomed other high school choirs at concerts to sing “I Want to Know What Love is” at recent tour stops as part of its ongoing tour. Selected choirs also receive $500 from the band to use as they wish.

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Andre said she is going to use the $500 reward to take the choir out for dinner and karaoke this summer, to celebrate one last time as a group with this year’s graduating seniors.

“We’re all part of each other’s family, and so when they leave it’s hard to let them go, and to have this be a culminating event for us is really special,” she said.

Varsity Voices will arrive early to Van Andel Arena on Tuesday for a soundcheck, and then the students will sit in the audience for the concert until its their chance to perform. The choir will come on stage to sing the second-to-last song in Foreigner’s set, and then Styx will perform for the second half of the concert.

Foreigner is currently touring with Styx as part of its final worldwide tour, which kicked off in 2023. While this is the final touring curtain call for one of the biggest rock bands of the last five decades, Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen said the band will continue to do limited concert appearances from time to time.

“The plan was a two year farewell tour and the plan was not to disappear off the face of the earth,” Hansen recently told MLive . “The plan was just to not tour nine months out of the year anymore and have much more limited appearances.”

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You can still buy tickets to see Foreigner and Styx at Van Andel on Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel box office or online at Ticketmaster.com. John Waite is opening the show.

The two bands are also performing another Michigan show at Pine Knob on Saturday, June 15. You can find tickets here .

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Blaenavon’s Ben Gregory: ‘I felt like I lost a year’ – how mental health struggles inspired majestic single ‘Catatonic Skinbag’

The band are preparing to return with their second album, 'Everything That Makes You Happy'

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Even in an age when mental health is no longer a taboo topic, it isn’t always easy to talk about what’s going on inside your head. Props, then, to Blaenavon frontman Ben Gregory [pictured above, centre, with his bandmates], who last week shared a frank and honest letter with the band’s fans detailing the circumstances surrounding a stress-induced breakdown he’d suffered in 2017. It led to him being hospitalised for a month but his recovery took much longer than the time he was resident on a ward in Homerton hospital.

“I spent most of 2018 trying to come to terms with it and learning how to look after myself, doing what I needed to do for me and not spreading myself so thinly,” Ben says, sat on a sofa in the Transgressive Records office a few days after sharing his story online. He speaks slowly, considering every word, and the conversation is characterised by minute-long pauses but also sardonic comments and laughter.

Ben chose to speak about what happened to him because he’d realised his lifelong habit of bottling things up hadn’t helped him in the past. Blaenavon fans already knew he’d been in hospital – the trio cancelled their US tour supporting the Wombats in January 2018 because Ben wasn’t well enough to perform – but didn’t know why. “I think I relate to those young people so much and I feel like they relate to me,” he says of their fanbase. “We’ve attracted such a set of caring, devoted people that understood what the music’s about. It’s all about looking after each other – if it makes one other person more comfortable with what they’re dealing with then it’s a positive thing.”

A letter from Ben 14.01.19 pic.twitter.com/CUNENk8xI4 — blaenavon (@Blaenavon) January 14, 2019

It’s a pertinent point, not least because he cites one of the causes of the breakdown as being not reaching out for help sooner, as well as the stresses of maintaining the life of a touring musician and unhealthy relationships in his life. “Often people find it difficult to talk about these things when they’re musicians because we all understand we’re very lucky to be in these kinds of positions,” he explains. “It’s amazing – being able to make music all the time and play to lots of people who care so much. But it’s a job and it’s a passion that, if you’re not careful, can consume you in a negative way because you’re putting so much of yourself out there to so many people on a regular basis.”

Given that the ups and downs of being on and off tour contributed to what you’ve been through, how do you see yourself coping with being back on the road this year?

Ben: “We eased ourselves back into the music [last year]. We did a few little festivals, which were quite emotional to be back on stage for the first time. We did a small tour of the UK as well. I took it very easy and tried to be as open as possible about how I was finding it. I stopped drinking. It was a few weeks and it was really positive. It wasn’t difficult at all because it was seeing all these people that adored our music and cared about us so much as people, and were so excited that we were back and had been so worried about me, which was a strange feeling.”

You said in your letter you had to rebuild your life from scratch. What did that look like?

“I had to move home and not do music for a long time and not see people for quite a bit. It was a thing that everyone in my circle found out about – that was always going to happen. I sometimes found it a bit tricky seeing people cos I felt a bit like the vibe was, ‘We know but does he know we know, can we say anything about it?’ That’s fine – obviously, people are going to be delicate – but it meant I didn’t really know where I stood with people. So, for a while, I isolated myself and spent most of my time with my parents or my best friend Scott and then had to move forward step-by-step.

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“If I’m really honest with you I was pretty scared of being on trains and walking around. When you’ve been in the safety of your own home for so long, coming back somewhere as busy as this can be quite intimidating.”

Did you find you were able to make music during this period?

“I wrote loads of music really quickly and then I found it difficult for a bit, which, to be honest, was devastating cos it’s how I’ve dealt with everything for years. I had to work out if I wanted to do music anymore, if it was healthy for me and if I could make it work. It became very clear that I did and I really needed to, and it was a really useful outlet. I felt like I lost all of last year. It makes me sad quite a lot – I was 21, 22 and I lost a lot of time. We managed to make a record, do the tour, do some shows. I did have some good times but it’s easy to think, ‘Oh, that year is supposed to be one of the best years of my life and I didn’t really get to have it.’”

“I had to work out if I wanted to do music anymore, if it was healthy for me and if I could make it work” – Ben Gregory

How hard was making the record while you were still recovering?

“It was really hard for all of us. It’s a really strange one for me cos a lot of the songs were written before that happened to me but a lot of them were – sometimes deliberately, sometimes sub-consciously – hinting at the kind of situation I worry this life is leading me to. So then to come out of hospital and reflect on the music I was making before, it was a bit shocking. But I’m very, very proud of the songs and the songwriting and, even being less than myself at the time, I never had any doubt about the songs.”

Was ‘Catatonic Skinbag’ one that you wrote before or after being in hospital?

“[laughs] God, it’s just a funny name for a song and we’ve all got used to it and lived with it. Now hearing everyone say it is… fair enough. I wrote that midway through 2017. I guess that’s trying to make light of that type of situation. It’s a fun song – I think “ I’m the last man I’d ever date ” is quite a funny lyric. I don’t really think about that until I have to write out the lyrics for things and then I’m like… ‘Legend.’ [laughs]”

It seems like there’s a dark humour to the album, e.g. in ‘Catatonic Skinbag’ and ‘Fucking Up My Friends’, which starts: “ Here I go again/Fucking up my friends ”.

“Yeah, that’s always been my vibe. I take everything I do really seriously but also not seriously at all. There’s stuff on the first album [‘That’s Your Lot’] that I thought was funny that people didn’t really point out. Writing a song about not being able to get out of bed, drinking red wine, and watching Gossip Girl over and over until you know every word of it just to have some consistency and keep your life as basic as possible is quite funny .”

Do you think there’s an element to your songwriting, perhaps sub-consciously, of you hoping someone will ask if you’re OK when they hear the songs?

“Absolutely, that’s something I’ve been doing my entire life. I actually wrote a song about that particular feeling, but it’s not on the record. Unfortunately, sometimes these things can be cries for help and people are often quick to make jokes out of these things. It’s much easier than dealing with it and talking about it. People handle it quite differently – I write songs about it and I’m lucky enough that people are like, ‘Right, are you OK ? Is this something we need to talk about?’”

The assumption when you hear someone’s written an album about something like a breakdown is that it’s going to be quite slow and sad.  Your second album, ‘Everything That Makes You Happy’, seems quite the opposite though.

“I thought about that when I published the letter – I thought people are probably expecting something that’s super down. But the main thing is overcoming this stuff and looking out for each other. I just want to make cool songs and make people happy. I also make some songs that make people sad but I hope it’s a melancholy sadness that’s about self-reflection. I never want to sound pitiful.”

One song, ‘The Song’s Never Gonna Be The Same’, is this big, grand, string-laden track, which is something new for you.

“It was important for all of us and Catherine [Marks, producer] that nothing sounded less accomplished than it should. I’m really proud of that song and for me, it was either going to be an acoustic song or try and make it huge. The lyric of the chorus is particularly poignant because it’s ‘ Sanity’s calling, he knows I’m sitting proud on the edge .’ That’s one of the things that shocked me a bit – when I wrote that song I was very in love and very positive about the future, but maybe slightly manic. I get very overwhelmed by emotion quite easily, which is a bit what that song is about. I’m a very emotional person and sometimes I feel quite fragile and like I might fall over the edge, but it’s OK. Upon reflection, it was maybe the way the prelude to my situation was highlighted most succinctly.”

You also said in your letter you think talking therapy could benefit a lot of people – what did it do for you?

“I’ve had it on and off and I think in these situations when you’re feeling like this, it can be easy to unload a lot of stuff on people who also have their own stuff to deal with. When they’re devoted and loving friends, they obviously do everything they can for you and I was really lucky to have a lot of people who really looked out for me. But it’s a difficult job for them and it’s not what they are experienced in doing and it’s not what they’re there for exclusively. I suppose I started to lean on people a bit too much, maybe. If everyone had the time and it was a perfect world we would all have the opportunity to talk to someone about what’s going on and seek advice on it. It’s just a really great thing to be able to talk.”

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R.E.M. performs together for first time in nearly 20 years

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R.E.M. 's still got it.

The group — comprised of frontman Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bass player Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry — had a surprise onstage reunion at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York on Thursday, performing their 1991 hit "Losing My Religion."

The performance marked the first time all four members of the indie band took the stage together since their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

R.E.M. slowly dissolved after Berry left the band in 1997 after suffering a double brain aneurysm. The band continued on as a trio until 2011, but never quite found their groove without their drummer.

In their speech, Stipe spoke about their latest accolade on behalf of his bandmates.

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"Writing songs and having a catalogue of work that we’re all proud of that is out there for the rest of the world for all time is hands-down the most important aspect of what we did," he said. "Second to that is that we managed to do so all those decades and remain friends. And not just friends, dear friends."

The frontman also noted that even amid the band's difficulties, they were united.

"We are four people that very early on decided that we would own our own masters and we would split our royalties and songwriting credits equally," he said. "All for one and one for all."

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The "Everybody Hurts" band's reunion comes the same day their " CBS Mornings " interview aired where they discussed their breakup and joked it would take a "comet" to get them together onstage again.

"At that point, there wasn’t anything we could agree on really, musically — what kind of music, how to record it, are we gonna go on tour," Buck said of when Berry left R.E.M. "We could barely agree on where to go to dinner. And now we can just agree on where to go to dinner."

He added: "I think we quit at the right time. This is a really good place to finish, you know – great tour, great album, go home."

When asked if they would ever consider a reunion, Buck said, "It'd never be as good."

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Jimmy Buffett performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2022.

Jimmy Buffett has been gone for just less than a year, but the legendary singer’s name will live on for years to come.

And his memory will be kept fresh this summer by the guys in his Coral Reefer Band because they announced they are going to play a trio of dates in tribute to him.

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“Hard to overstate how pleased we are to announce these 3 summer dates,” a post on Buffett’s official X, formerly Twitter, account read on Monday. “On Sale Friday June 14th — mark your calendars! A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett featuring the Coral Reefer Band in concert.”

Hard to overstate how pleased we are to announce these 3 summer dates! On Sale Friday June 14th - mark your calendars! A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett featuring the Coral Reefer Band in concert. #keepthepartygoing The Wharf Amphitheater Orange Beach, AL Thursday, August 1 Cadence Bank… pic.twitter.com/HQJwM0C35H — Jimmy Buffett (@jimmybuffett) June 10, 2024

The post use the hashtag “keepthepartygoing.”

It feels like something Buffett would love.

The dates are slated for Aug. 1 at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, Alabama; Aug. 2 at the Cadence Bank Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia, and Aug. 4 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Fans seemed happy to see the announcement.

“Yes!” one person responded. “Just as I hoped would happen. Let’s all get out and support the band and keep our decades-long party going!”

If there was one complaint it was that the band isn’t playing enough dates.

“Glad they are keeping the party going!” one person wrote. “Hoping for a full blown tour soon.”

Buffett died Sept. 1, 2023. He was 76-years-old.

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