Monthly Archives: June 2009

White Lies – Farewell to the Fairground

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I know, I know.

It confused me too. At first you think it’s Joy Division – because it looks exactly like Joy Division – but then the music chimes in and knocks you for six. The Shed 7 style jangling juxtaposed with the sombre stylings of Ian Curtis (and an exact replica of his haircut) really jars, mentally. The messy coupling makes your spine jangle in its slot as you try to balance the two sides of your brain.

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The DT Festival Guide

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Festivals Music Downtuned

Finally, the sun is shining, which means it must be festival season. All across the land, students are updating their FB status to tell you just how AMAAAAAAAZING Download is gonna be because NIN are on, only to change it to inform you how awesome Def Leppard were when they get back. Bestival go-ers are packing their pickernick baskets, and the interminable hordes of morons who spent £100 on a Glasto ticket BEFORE THEY ANNOUNCED WHO WAS PLAYING are polishing their finest paisley patterned wellies.

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Rock N’ Roll Reality: True Facts About Your Favourite Bands!

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This Week: Iron Maiden!

1: Despite being a professional pilot in his spare time, Iron Maiden’s diminutive frontman Bruce Dickinson actually suffers from a crippling fear of heights. “I just don’t like looking down, that’s why I never grew taller” said the pint-sized air raid siren.

2: Maiden’s legendary manager Rod Smallwood is actually the proud owner of a small wood. After buying several hundred acres of the New Forest in 2001, Rod had every single pony driven out or shot. “I’ve never trusted their long faces” Said the grumpy impresario.

3: The South American leg of Maiden’s mammoth 1980’s ‘Somewhere In Time’ took a turn for the worse when the band stopped at a roadside stall to buy some Strawberries. Unfortunately they ended up blowing the next month’s tour budget when an accounting error left the band not realising that Ecuador’s exchange rate is the wrong way round, meaning each punnet cost nearly £30,000!

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Tommy Sparks – Camden Barfly

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Tommy Sparks

A pre-LadyHawke show for Tommy Sparks, and it seems that the forthcoming fame has gone to their collective heads, with a late arrival on stage and a short set. Fortunately for those braving the chilly evening and that unique toilet smell that pervades the venue, it’s a short shot of bouncing, savant-guarde pop that goes down a storm with the jaded Barfly crowd.

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