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ATP: TV on the Radio

We booked on a bit of a whim to go to the TV on the Radio-curated ATP last weekend. There’s something so deliriously surreal about pitching up to an out-of-season family holiday park that’s definitely seen better days with a bunch of musicians that most people have never heard of and a few thousand other music fans for a weekend. Throw in a desolate beach, no phone signal let alone 3g, one hourly bus out of the place, no other entertainment except a really rubbish arcade, bars which basically only stock vodka VKs and Carlsberg… and you get the idea.

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What’s really great is you’re all lumped in the middle of nowhere staying in these hideously dated and depressing little chalets and the bands all stay there too so you’ll spot the artists wandering round around, watching the bands with you and visiting the local attractions. It’s now your last chance to experience the spectacular weirdness as after this year there’ll be no more holiday park ATP festivals, so grab some tickets for the June or November events while you can.

Here are some photos of my favourite acts from this time round.

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Efterklang gig photos

Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13

Some photos from an intimate Efterklang gig at The Lexington last week. It was a semi-secret gig under the pseudonym Black Summer – the day after they supported Foals at the Royal Albert Hall, quite a change in pace I’d imagine… They were on top form, the addition of a female singer giving an even more ethereal edge to some of their songs, with the usual charming patter from lead singer Claus between songs.

Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13

Gig photos often come out weird colours because of the stage lights, so I tried making some of my shots black and white to counteract it. I added a touch of grain too for a filmic kind of atmosphere. I’m pleased with how they turned out.

Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13

Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13
Efterklang, Lexington, 29/3/13

Bowerbirds

Bowerbirds
Bowerbirds

I don’t go to nearly as many gigs these days as I used to – must be getting old as it always seems like way too much effort. But I always make sure I go see Bowerbirds on their too-rare visits to London. They’re probably my consistent favourite band of the last 5 years, with three albums of folky songs inspired by their upbringing and lives in rural Midwest America – have a listen to a couple of tracks below. I took my new 45mm lens along to their show at Cargo last night and was pleased to find it’s a great gig lens – sharp, fast and the perfect focal length.

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Bowerbirds
Bowerbirds
Bowerbirds



Primavera Sound

Primavera 2011

I had a fabulous few days in Barcelona for the Primavera Sound festival. The weather was kind and the festival site is right next to the sea, so it all felt very holidayish.

Primavera 2011

The music didn’t kick off until the evening, so we got to spend the days in town, eating plenty of tapas (separate blog post to come..) and hanging out on the rooftop pool of the hotel. Apart from losing my phone and getting epic blisters on my feet, it was a pretty ideal holiday!

Here are my music highlights and photos:

Primavera 2011 - the Walkmen
Primavera 2011 - the Walkmen

The Walkmen

Primavera 2011 - Caribou
Primavera 2011 - Caribou

Caribou

Primavera 2011 - Baths

Baths

Primavera 2011 - Tennis
Primavera 2011 - Tennis
Primavera 2011 - Tennis

Tennis

Primavera 2011 - the National
Primavera 2011 - the National
Primavera 2011 - the National
Primavera 2011 - the National
Primavera 2011 - the National

The National

Primavera 2011 - Pulp

Pulp

Primavera 2011 - Yuck

Yuck

Primavera 2011 - Mercury Rev
Primavera 2011 - Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev

More photos on Flickr.


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Best Coast -Crazy For You.. and cats

Into cats and dreamy stoner scuzz-pop? I suggest you stop whatever you’re doing and go watch Best Coast’s new video, premiering on icanhascheezburger (where else?).





They’re also running a caption competition on Best Coast’s own lolcat pic to win tour tickets (USA only).


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