STAGE ONE (Upstairs)
3.15 – 3.45 – AUGUST ACTUALLY
August Actually are an Indiepop/folk band from Nottingham who formed in March 2011 to play songs from a sea-gazing concept album which frontman Alex wrote over the month of February. They played their first show in May 2011 supporting The Wave Pictures. Since then they have recorded and released a 5 song EP, added drums to their line-up and played shows in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Hull, on line-ups featuring Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures, Bearsuit, Standard Fare, MJ Hibbett & the Validators, Evans the Death and many others.
4.05 – 4.35 – GREAT BRITISH WEATHER
‘Their sound has blossomed…into a post-punk indie rock behemoth of exceptional proportions.’ – Drowned in Sound
‘Brand new demo, out of nowhere – really, really feeling it.’ -Nusic
‘It’s worth seeing this band live before the hype catches up with them…it’s clear they’ve got the potential to transcend the bosom of the Nottingham music scene which has nurtured them. ‘ – Oxfam
4.55 – 5.25 – PARANOID TRAVELLERS
Paranoid Travellers are a four piece rock outfit from Nottingham. They blend their passion for psychedelia, blues and heavy rock to create their own unique sound and style. Described as a ‘modern day mix of early Black Sabbath, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and Queens of the Stone Age’, the band create an exciting and intense vibe at their live shows.
5.45 – 6.15 – KILL CHAOS
Kill Chaos are a 3 piece alt_rock band from Sheffield/Mansfield/Nottingham in equal parts.
Kill Chaos have played relentlessly around the UK, wowing gig-goers with energetic and unstoppable performances. Combining musicality and an ear for hooks, Kill Chaos are living proof that guitar music in the UK isn’t dead.
6.35 – 7.05 – PRACTICAL LOVERS
Scuzzed up 80′s drum loops, distorted punk tinged basslines and cheeky analogue synths form a backdrop to lovelorn stage theatrics. Heartache and introversion for the bedroom generation.
7.25 – 7.55 – BOOTS BOOKLOVERS
“The Captain of The Ship EP owes a debt of gratitude to the likes of Morrissey and The Long Blondes, as well as an endorsement from fellow kitchen sink dramatists The Heartbreaks” – Drowned In Sound
“The signs are already clear: this is a band with a future.” – Nottingham Post
“Very worthy finalists in our competition to support Dog Is Dead at Rock City… Loud indie pop reminiscent of Elvis Costello & The Attractions.” – Nusic
“’Time Has No Sleep’ turns up at the door dripping like a wet cat with song-writing nous; and with some deep-seated guitar-pop sensibilities and endearing duck-and-weave stage moves they impress with consistency.” – Nottingham Live
8.15 – 8.45 – WIDOWS
Formed in 2008 , WIDOWS play music you can raise a beer and swing a fist to, and they do it hard, fast, and loud!
Influenced by the likes of Down, Kyuss, and Clutch they’ve been gathering pace and adding weight to their live sets with new songs and an ever more solid wall of sound since the release of their debut EP ‘Raise the Monolith’ in 2010.
9.05 – 9.35 – LONG DEAD SIGNAL
Beautiful Music About Terrible Things
“We begin with a piece of music that is the perfect storm of brilliance, but even more than that, even more than being a fantastic stand alone track, this is a sign post to a distant place where the word greatness is painted in 12 feet tall letters.” This Reality Podcast
“With sharp cheekbones and an even more piercing jolt of fiery, spiked guitars blended amidst a cloud of dreamy post-rock, there’s something immediately bewitching about the sound of LDS. This is the perfect setting for the gothic burlesque dancers that twirl around the stage – sensual and dazzling. Carrying the spirit of Jeff Buckley to great heights with an enthralling sense of Muse’s operatic melodrama and a dash of Ennio Morricone’s atmospheric soundscapes, their set is an impressive exercise in eclecticism and raw-nerved talent” Left Lion
9.55 – 10.25 – JIMMY THE SQUIRREL
Nottingham’s own reggae/ska rudeboys. Having sold the Maze out last year at their album launch show, the Squirrels go from strength to strength with big name slots at gigs and festivals around the UK and rave reviews of the debut recording ‘Whatever the Weather’ out now on Do The Dog Records.
10.45 – 11.15 – THE SMEARS
Unashamedly influenced by the heavyweights of pop, punk and grunge, the Smears have stamped a stiletto heel right through the heart of it, added louder guitars, driving bass lines, pounding drums and venomous vocals.
Through out this time, the Smears have taken the UK by storm, never leaving an audience unsatisfied. Their fearless ability and unapologetic attitude grips the audience from beginning to end and leaves them begging for more.
With the imminent release of their album ‘Hell in High Heels,’ the girls are stepping it up a notch and are more than ready for it. Are you?
“The Smears will kick you in the teeth and rip your heart right outta your chest. Throw Patti Smith and the Shangri La’s into a blender with the Northwest ferocity of Mudhoney and you’re coming close…” – Sonic Dirt Records
11.35 – 12.05 – BABY GODZILLA
“Combining the noise and energy of punk, hardcore and heavy rock and delivering it in chaotic fashion that sees band members throwing themselves around the stage and amongst the audience” – LeftLion.
“if blues met and was subsequently raped by thrash, it may well produce a noise similar to this.” -Hilling Moon.
“they produce a noise that is so mind-numbingly magnificent” – This reality.
“The brutal sound of bluesy hardcore screams, mammoth guitar riffs and general extreme noise is gloriously beautiful.” – Tom Hadfield, Platform Magazine
“blindingly bright, Molatov cocktail of power-punk attitude and thundering volume”
“Industrial strength anarchy, the riffs don’t so much perforate your ear drums as smash you in the face with a crowbar” – Nottingham live
12.35 – end – HALLOUMINATI
The Hallouminati have been maturing since the primitive months of 2010 AD, with the intention of creating a tapestry of Balkan and Greek-inspired tendencies mixed with elements of punk, ragga and more pumping, sweat-inducing genres. A sound adaptable to everything from the midnight guerilla dancefloors to the soundtrack of a champagne-doused ballroom soiree. With a collective age of 182 and an instrumentation of drums, guitars, accordians, percussion, saxophone, bass and trombone, they evoke a party atmosphere that has some left either stroking their beards, yelping for more or smashing plates up on the floor…