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Who knew that Chester was a happening place? Chester Live – a multi-venue, musically-diverse three dayer set for June – serves the precise purpose of putting the city out there and showing there’s more to Chester than Hollyoaks.

Unlike the high-profile city festivals, Chester Live is less about big-name headline draws and more about showcasing up-and-coming talent, with a strong emphasis on artists from the region. With 12 venues featuring genres spanning folk, rock, acoustic, metal, and electronic music, there’s no shortage of variety, or quality.

Brass Band legends, The Hot 8 Brass Band and UK alt-rock standouts Allusondrugs join Welsh alt-psych act HMS Morris, and Steph Carter’s post-Gallows band The Ghost Riders in the Sky, as well as local (and regional acts) including: Hollows, Peaness (pictured), Campfire Social, Sustinere, Shot Of Hornets, Alx Green, Damon Jacs and Indio’s Dream as a selection of the first acts announced for Chester Live 2017.

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Chester Live returns for its third year in 2017 with a plethora of cross-genre acts from in, and around the Chester area, performing in venues across the city alongside national and internationally acclaimed bands.

As with previous years, Alexander’s Live, The Live Rooms, The Cornerhouse, The Piper and Telford’s Warehouse will host shows, while St Werbergh Centre will also host a number of artists. In addition, Chester Live 2017 will feature the Chester Live Street Festival taking place on Brook Street, bringing live music into the city, and directly to the people of Chester.

Chester Live 2017 will take place from 22-25 of June.

For full listings, across various stages visit: http://chesterlive.co.uk

Tickets available from: http://chesterlive.co.uk/buy-t ickets

 

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We don’t normally replicate press circulations wholesale, but this… well, this is huge It just had to be shared, and requires no input from us here at AA:

‘WHERE DOES A BODY END?’ is the first-ever authorized documentary of the band Swans. A Kickstarter fundraising effort is being launched to raise production funds and help see the project to fruition.

The film will not only focus on the various historical stages of the band’s career but also investigate band founder/leader Michael Gira’s vision and determination, which have been the powerhouse that has fueled this group’s run of unprecedented, explosive art for 35 years, a burden shouldered by him for better or worse the entire time.

The aim of the documentary is not to be just a traditional music documentary about a band but more of an artistic piece to help put the band and its music in their rightful place in the annals of cultural history. Marco Porsia, the filmmaker, has gained great personal insight into the band by filming them live since 2010.

…and collected hundreds of hours of never before seen archival video and photographic documentation of Swans from 1982 to 1997.  This will capture the intensity of the band throughout the years and will be supported with interviews from past and present band members and journalists, as well as importantimportant musical figures of the music industry – Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, JG "Foetus" Thirwell, Karen O, Amanda Palmer, Kid Congo Powers, Daniel Miller (Mute), Jehnny Beth (Savages), and Jarboe among them.

Consistently at the vanguard of music, as Swans in its current incarnation approaches its ‘end’ with a final album and tour, it is important to capture one of the most influential, unique and powerful bands in history at its peak.

35 years of perseverance, creativity and self reliance has seen the band Swans maintain a unique position in modern music.  From its inception as a NYC ‘noise experience’ to its current maelstroms and intensely focused grooves, Swans have not only survived the music industry, they have transcended musical preconceptions by consistently delving into new musical territory.  This is a band of collaborators, linked by one man, its leader, Michel Gira.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1000942931/where-does-a-body-end-a-documentary-on-the-band-sw

Ahead of the two sell out dates at The Black Heart in March, Raging Speedhorn are set to join ragga metallers Skindred on their upcoming February tour, following on from the success of their earlier tour in late 2016.

 

Guitarist Jim Palmer had this to say of the upcoming tour: “After the fun we had last year, it’s a huge honour to hit the road once again with Skindred and finish what we started! Skindred have grown into such an

incredible band so it’s an honour. It’ll be like stepping right back to those days in the early 2000’s when we last shared a stage. Bring on the party!"

 

Raging Speedhorn will appear on the following dates with Skindred:

Jan 31st – Brighton – Concorde 2

Feb 2nd – Derby – The Venue

Feb 3rd – Edinburgh – Liquid Room

Feb 4th – Inverness – Ironworks

Feb 5th – Carlisle – Brickyard

Feb 7th – Liverpool – O2 Academy

Feb 8th – York – Fibbers

Feb 9th – Holmfirth – Picturedrome

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Ritual Festival, which aims to be bring the best in doom and death metal to Leeds will return on 8th April 2017. Following the success of this year’s festival which boasted the likes of 40 Watt Sun, The Body, Conan, Venom Prison and Full of Hell, Ritual have announced that Norweigan black metal pioneer Ihsahn will headline next year.

Alongside Ihsahn, the lineup so far is looking pretty strong to say the least, and includes Misery Index, The Afternoon Gentlemen, Crepitation, Corrupt Moral Altar, Conjurer, Serpent Venom and Groak.

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The first 100 early bird tickets are on sale now priced at just £25 rising to £30 from here: http://ritualfestival.bigcartel.com/

Alongside two rooms of live music, the festival will also feature art exhibitions, a wealth of merchandise, as well as local food vendors. 

More information about the festival and venue can be obtained from the following links:

www.ritualfest.co.uk/

www.facebook.com/RitualFestivalUK

www.canalmills.com/

Cinema Cinema, the full-throttle, experimentally-inclined rock duo from Brooklyn,  are getting ready to undertake their latest European tour (dates below). They are currently preparing to maser their fourth full length album, their second with Martin Bisi producing at BC Studios in Brooklyn, NY. In finishing the work they’ve overcome obstacles that included the studio – and much of their equipment being stolen from the recording studio.

Cinema Cinema first met Martin Bisi in 2012 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Bisi, whose BC Studios was located just a few blocks away from the band’s rehearsal studio, was walking through the streets overwhelmed by the destruction he encountered when he came upon guitarist Ev Gold and drummer Paul Claro clearing ruined instruments and amps from the remains of their practice space. The three immediately struck up a friendship and kept in touch thereafter.

Soon after that incident, the band experienced an amazing outpouring of sympathy and support from their friends, fans and fellow musicians who donated money and equipment, bought records and merchandise. This allowed Cinema Cinema to refurbish and replace equipment, and – with a bit of borrowed gear – and start playing live again within two weeks. In 2013, the duo would wind up performing some 75 shows, including  a handful of dates opening for Black Flag, as well as their first European tour, opening for Bisi.  Martin had kept in contact and they shared bills in Brooklyn shows which led to the European touring and then producing A Night At The Fights.

 

 

 

 

 

European tour dates are as follows…now if only they’d come to the UK!

SAT 20 AUG
@ Rock The Station Open Air
Leitersdorf AT

SUN 21 AUG
@ Funktown Chill Festival
San Leonardo IT

MON 22 AUG
@ TBD
Vienna AT

TUE 23 AUG
@ Stajenka Pegaza
Poznan PL

WED 24 AUG
@ Frappant
Hamburg DE

THU 25 AUG
@ Schokoladen
Berlin DE

FRI 26 AUG
@ Gangeviertel Festival
Hamburg DE

SAT 27 AUG
@ Gurtel NightWalk Festival
Vienna AT

Beacons Metro have revealed the latest acts taking part in this autumn’s invigorating music programme. Having announced Local Natives, Roots Manuva, Hookworms and Anna Meredith earlier last month, this next announcement sees Beacons firming up their forward thinking curatorial muscles.

Leading the announcement is American Alt-Rock and Grunge pioneers Dinosaur JR, who will be performing at the Beacons Metro opening party at Leeds University Stylus on October 26th, joining the Massachusetts titans are Canadian Post-Hardcore heroes Fucked Up who will be performing their highly acclaimed debut ‘Hidden World’ in full at the Belgrave on October 27th joined by one of the brightest lights of Nashville’s thriving DIY rock movement, the quad guitar’d chaos of Diarrhea Planet.

The 27th of October will also see Boxed In, the project of songwriter & producer Oli Bayston descend on Headrow House, hot on the heels of their most recent single, the punchy and electronic ‘Jist’. The reigning Queen of UK hip-hop Lady Leshurr will be returning to Leeds to lay waste to the Belgrave Music Hall, elsewhere Cats Eyes, consisting of the Horror’s Faris Badwan, Italian-Canadian soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira and a huge supporting cast of musicians will perform at the beautiful Howard Assembly Rooms on November 2nd. Leeds’ own Krrum returns to Headrow House on 3rd November and finally, New York based Singer Songwriter Margaret Glaspy who is quickly establishing herself as an exciting and forward thinking songwriter, will be making her Leeds debut at Headrow House on the 6th November.

Head Booker, Ben Lewis says:
‘‘We are really proud of this new batch of artists we’re announcing. Building on our eclectic first announcement we’re bringing together huge names from the indie rock world; Dinosaur Jr and Fucked Up, alongside Grime Queen Lady Leshurr and freak folk, head turning teenagers Let’s Eat Grandma. It’s going to be a very exciting, very busy week, and with a few more top names still to come at the end of the month, it’s only getting stronger”.

A limited number of Season Pass tickets priced at £50 are on sale now via the link below. This gives you access to all the Beacons Metro show with a significant discount.

 

 

Tickets, full lineup, and more at http://beaconsmetro.com/

Christopher Nosnibor

Punk never died, and while many of the old garde got fat and bloated and / or faded into obscurity and insignificance, many of the artists who defined that short yet incendiary period thatredefined music for all time are still going srong and are as essential as ever. Others simply have too many classic songs to let go, and are still performing them with the same energy of 40 years ago. I’m basing that on footage I’ve seen from back in the day, of course, having only been born in 1975. But that means that the music of the punk era has been an integral part of the backdrop to my entire life, and its fair to say that the music of the last 40 years would have been very different and infinitely poorer without the historical rupture that was punk.

Rebellion Festival – running August 4th – 7th at the Winter Gardens in Backpool – clebrates all things punk, and the 2016 lineup is a belter. With 300 band across seven stages, it’s a packed-ot bill, but The Buzzcocks, The Damned and Stiff Little Fingers are obvious draws, each being legendary in their own right.

But then, the history of punk is packed with bands renowned for a single clasic album or a clutch of killer singles, and Slaughter and the Dogs, The Dickies and Anti Nowhere League are all intgral to the bigger picture of what made punk in the late 70s and early 80s.

Jello Biafra is a legend in his own right, while The Ruts stand as one of the most innovative acts to have emerged from the first wave of punk, not only incorporatin elements of reggae in their sound butfully embracing the dub sound later in their career. They’re also as good a live act as you’re likely to see / hear, anyplace, anytime, and new single ‘ Psychic Attack’ shows they’ve lost none of their edge.

Chuck in classic acts like Chelsea, Angelic Upstarts, the band painted on more leather jacets than anyone on the planet has had hot dinners The Exploited, Jilted John, GBH, not to mention Dag Nasty, Vice Squad Subhumans, UK Subs, Goldblade, The Membranes, TV Smith of Advrts fame, and The Dwarves and you’ve got the makings of a raucous, riotous and incredibly fun weekend in prospect.

 

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