• 21 January 2013

Band form


Bastille (formed 2010)
Bastille is a British rock band famous for their hit single 'Pompeii'.

Formation: Bastille began in London as a solo project of Dan Smith, before turning into a band with Chris Wood, William Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. The name comes from Bastille Day, which is celebrated on Smith's birthday. Bastille was signed to Virgin Records in 2010.

Musical career: Bastille's first single was 'Flaws'/'Icarus', independently released through the Young & Lost Club label. In 2011, they released their 'Laura Palmer' EP, the title track of which was re-recorded for 'The Sims 3: Supernatural'. After gaining much recognition, they appeared at UK festivals such as Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. Their debut single 'Overjoyed' was released in 2012 and was soon followed by their first chart entry 'Bad Blood'; the title track of their 2013 debut album which topped the UK Album Chart. The album was later re-released as 'All This Bad Blood' with additional tracks. In 2012, they toured alongside Emeli Sande and played their first headline tour 'Flaws Tour'. From 2012, they released a series of mixtapes entitled 'Other People's Heartache', as well as another EP entitled 'Haunt'. In 2013, they released the single 'Pompeii'. It went multi-platinum and reached number two in the UK. Other singles included 'Things We Lost in the Fire', 'Of the Night' and 'Oblivion', the latter of which appeared in 'The Vampire Diaries'. They were nominated for four Brit awards in 2014 and won one for British Breakthrough Act. They appeared on the Band Aid 30 rendition of Bob Geldof's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.

Neverworld 2018 Live Review

By Andrew Lockwood in Music Reviews on 08 August 2018

Neverworld brought out the bright and the beautiful over a sun-drenched three days on John Darling's Farm in Kent. In now the twelfth year of what was formerly known as LeeFest, Neverworld and its 'three immersive realms' played host to a plethora of acts in a variety of venues to the delight of a free-spirited and totally chilled out crowd.

The balance of headline acts and up and coming musical talent mixed with a sense of exuberant theatrical panache obviously appeals to everyone's need to let go, dress up and have some unadulterated fun. There were more mermaids and mermen spotted across the weekend than you'd expect to see at a Disney convention as well as the odd kilt, Banana Man, King Neptune and lots of crocodiles. There were hen parties, painted dogs in pirate outfits and pimped up kids' festival wagons all over the farm. Parasols were de rigueur, glitter a must, something neon a necessity and clothing, at times, seemingly just an optional extra.

The three day festival started on Thursday as people eased themselves into the weekend with an opening party topped out by a performance from Hollie Cook. There was a carnival atmosphere in the circus tent right from the get go with GIRLI giving a lively, somewhat haphazard, set that included new song 'Pink' as well as her better known songs 'Day Month Second' and 'Hot Mess'. Childcare were up next with Ed looking like he'd just stepped off a five-a-side pitch just in time to perform. An altogether tighter performance ensued from the London-based four-piece with a great delivery of 'Magazines' as well as the vaguely reggae infused 'Put Down Your Pen'.

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Dan Smith and Kyle Simmons of Bastille seen performing at Coachella Week 1 Day 2 - Indio, California, United States - Sunday 16th April 2017

Dan Smith Opens Up About Mental Health

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 17 March 2017


Bastille's Dan Smith doesn't want to have a ''false rock star image''.

Bastille's Dan Smith doesn't want to have a ''false rock star image''.

The 30-year-old British singer and songwriter - who makes up one quarter of the band alongside Kyle Simmons, Will Farquarson, and Chris Wood - has opened up about his battle with mental health and he wants to be ''honest'' about his anxiety because he doesn't want to give the perception he is someone who is not.

Speaking in an interview with Channel 4, which has also been reported in NME magazine, he said: ''[Mental health] definitely become normalised, but needs to be more so.

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Bastille seen on the red carpet entering The Brit Awards 2017 held at the O2 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Bastille arriving at the VO5 NME Awards 2017 held at O2 Academy, Brixton - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 15th February 2017

Dan Smith and the rest of Bastille perform at the SSE Hydro, SECC, Glasgow, Scotland - Sunday 18th December 2016

Dan Smith and the rest of Bastille perform at the SSE Hydro. The band are touring their new album 'Wild World' released in September - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Saturday 12th November 2016

Bastille Don't Want Fame

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 05 October 2016

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Bastille thinks it would be ''horrible'' if they had fame like Britney Spears.

Bastille don't want to be famous.

The 'Good Grief' hitmakers - comprised of Dan Smith, Chris 'Woody' Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons - have no interested in being in the limelight and would rather people just focus on their music rather than their private lives.

Frontman Dan, 30, said: ''We feel very lucky, we love making songs, but have no interest in being famous at all. It's great when we play festivals and then be anonymous.

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Lowlands 2015! We Have Good News And Bad News...

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 11 May 2015

Kendrick Lamar Hot Chip Paolo Nutini Chemical Brothers Interpol Tame Impala Courtney Barnett Passenger Bastille Rudimental Years & Years Mark Ronson Awolnation Christine And The Queens

The good news is the quality of the latest acts announced.

The 23rd edition of the Netherlands' Lowlands Festival sees yet another wave of incredible artists hit the bill ahead of the date this summer. Hot Chip and Kendrick Lamar are among the major new additions, with seventeen more acts also announced.

Following the enormous success of his worldwide number one third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', Kendrick Lamar is bringing his hip hop talent to the festival circuit with Lowlands just being the latest in a string of gigs this summer; he will also be playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Outside Lands and Reading Festival in the UK. Hot Chip will be supporting their own new album, 'Why Make Sense?', which is set to be released on May 15th 2015.

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Pinkpop 2014 Announce Headliners The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica Plus Many More

Posted on 12 March 2014


Coachella Festival 2014: Your Guide To This Year's Lineup

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 24 February 2014

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Coachella is litterally the hottest festival of the year, so if you're off to soak in the sun, here's 10 acts you really can't afford to miss.

The Coachella festival always manages to bring out the big names for its annual two weekend spectacular in April. This year, organizers have outdone themselves with a feast of big name acts that will take to Coachella’s sun soaked stage. From the relatively new wave makers like Lorde and Bastille to heavyweights such as Muse and of course the reunited Outkast there is something for everyone in the Californian sun. In order to really whet your appetite, we’re running down the 10 acts you simply cannot afford to miss at this year’s Coachella Festival.

Beck will be preforming at this year's Coachella festival


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One Direction, Justin Timberlake Rack Up Brit Awards Nominations

By Jaclyn Brandt in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 10 January 2014

Brit Awards Justin Timberlake One Direction Bastille David Bowie Lorde Lady GaGa Katy Perry

The Brit Awards jumped right into the middle of awards season by announcing their nominees, and there are plenty of artists from all over the world up for awards.

We are again right in the middle of awards season, and that doesn't just mean the Oscars. The Brit Awards have announced their 2014 nominations, and there aren't many surprises.

Bastille performs at Koko in London

The two leading artists are, as they should be, British acts. According to MTV, Disclosure and Bastille were each nominated for four awards, but the rest of the nominations were for artists all over the world.

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Hayley Fox's Top Albums Of 2013

By Staff Writer in Music / Festivals on 23 December 2013

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Hayley Fox tells us her top 10 albums of 2013

Darkside 'Psychic' - After an EP in 2011, Darkside released their debut album this year. The duo - the project of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington - gave as good as they got on 'Psychic', honing their talents as individual musicians. Wonderfully crisp textures ride over its entirety, creating a rich, confident ambience.

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Bastille - All This Bad Blood Album Review

By Joe Wilde in Music Reviews on 10 December 2013

Still riding high from the success of single 'Pompeii' and the ensuing success of debut album 'Bad Blood', indie-synth-poppers Bastille have ended a triumphant 2013 with the release of 'All This Bad Blood'. A deluxe version of the band's debut, released earlier this year; let's not forget how underwhelming that album was and, sadly, no matter how many songs they felt necessary to cram onto the end of it, 'All This Bad Blood' is another wildly underwhelming listen.

After tasting success on both sides of the Atlantic, it comes as little surprise to see Dan Smith's brainchild come out with another release just in time for Christmas and, ultimately, that is all 'All This Bad Blood' is; a quick cash-in on the Christmas market. All those stadium-baiting hits from 'Bad Blood' are already here, with added demo tracks, covers and some rips from old EPs. We do have some newer material on the second disc, nestled among the fodder, but the more recent tracks that do make it on to the additional side of the album are a shadow of even the worse parts we heard on the un-tampered 'Bad Blood'.

The first single taken from the disc 'Of the Night' is an embarrassing mash-up of Snap!'s 'Rhythm is a Dancer' and 'The Rhythm of the Night' by Corona and as bad as that sounds on paper, the end result is actually much worse. What we get is a confused mess of a song, with Smith's quieted singing blurted out over wannabe-Balearic house hums and misplaced xylophone taps. It's a real triumph just getting to the end of the song, with the end product being the musical equivalent of an empty roll of toilet paper: so irritating it make you want to cry. The verse tries its best to uphold some dignity, but ultimately fails miserably to conjure anything redeeming in this joke.

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Sony Music Announce 'BBC Top Gear Driving Anthems' Released November 18th 2013

Posted on 08 November 2013