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Elbow (formed 1990) Elbow is a Manchester-based alternative rock band. The lineup of the band consists of Guy Garvey on vocals and guitar, Mark Potter on guitar and backing vocals, Craig Potter on keyboards and backing vocals, Pete Turner on bass and Richard Jupp on drums.
Formation & Early Years: Guy Garvey and Mark Potter met whilst they both attended Bury College. Potter was in a band with Richard Jupp and Pete Turner and asked Garvey to join the band as a singer. The band, at the time, was called Mr. Soft and later changed to simply 'Soft'. Mark's brother Craig joined the band shortly afterwards. The name changed once again, to Elbow and in 1997, they signed a record deal with Island Records.
Elbow recorded a debut album with Steve Osborne as producer. Soon after the recording of the album, however, Island Records was bought out by the Universal Group. A number of bands were culled from the roster during the buy-out. Elbow was one of them and the album was not released.
The band was not deterred by the setback and instead released The Noisebox EP on the independent Uglyman label. This was followed up by the release of The Newborn EP and The Any Day Now EP. The latter two releases received a great deal of airplay on BBC Radio 1.
Debut Album Onwards: Elbow's debut album was entitled Asleep In the Back. The album was released on V2 in 2001. The band was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize as well as a BRIT Award.
In 2003, Elbow released their second album, Cast of Thousands. The title comes from a moment during their Glastonbury 2002 performance, when they recorded the vast audience singing "We still believe in love, so fuck you." Elbow later used that recording on the song 'Grace Under Pressure'.
2004 saw Elbow touring Cuba, playing a number of clubs in the Havana area. Much of the tour was recorded by the documentary maker Irshad Ashraf. Although the film that he made was never released commercially, it was shown at a number of festivals during the summer of 2004. That same year, their song 'Fallen Angel' was featured on the soundtrack to the film 9 Songs, directed by Michael Winterbottom.
Elbow recorded a cover version of 'Independent Woman' by Destiny's Child that was featured on BBC Radio 1.
Elbow's third album was entitled Leaders of the Free World. The band produced the album themselves, at Salford's Blueprint Studios. A group of artists that worked under the name The Soup Collective produced a multimedia music and video VDV for the band. The album did not perform well commercially, though it received favourable reviews in the press. As a result, Elbow were released from their contract with V2.
Fiction Records soon signed Elbow to a new recording contract. In 2005, their track 'Snowball' was used on the War Child fundraiser album Help - A Day in the Life. They also contributed to another film soundtrack, when 'Beats For Two' was selected for the film Inside I'm Dancing.
The Seldom Seen Kid was Elbow's fourth studio album. Released in 2007, the album marked a new chapter in Elbow's career. The band produced the album themselves again and once more found one of their tracks on a film soundtrack. This time, 'Grounds For Divorce' was featured on the Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading, starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand. The Seldom Seen Kid also won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. It was the second time that the band had been nominated for the award, but the first time that they had won. Jools Holland presented the award to the band on the night.
In June 2008, Elbow released 'One Day Like This', one of the biggest hits of their career so far. The track was used on the BBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was also utilised in Channel 4's coverage of Big Brother.
Other Projects: Guy Garvey works as a radio presenter on the BBC's digital station 6Music, which also features the likes of Steve Lamacq and Adam & Joe.
Garvey has also produced I Am Kloot's debut album Natural History.
Garvey follows in the footsteps of artists such as David Bowie and Morrissey by curating the annual music event.
Elbow frontman Guy Garvey has been announced as the curator of next year’s Meltdown festival. Garvey follows on from this year’s curator, Talking Head’s David Byrne, while past hosts have included Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ray Davies and Morrissey.
Guy Garvey will curate next year’s Meltdown festival.
The festival, which happens annually at London’s Southbank Center, will be held next year from June 10th to 19th. The singer is no stranger to the event, having performed in 2008 when it was curated by Massive Attack.
Continue reading: Elbow Singer Guy Garvey To Curate 2016 Meltdown Festival
Ryan Adams has been added to the iTunes Festival line-up for 2014.
After selling out a string of UK gigs in September, the returning Ryan Adams has been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London joining the previously announced headliners Maroon 5, Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer. As well as Adams, Jessie Ware and Lenny Kravitz will play the ever-popular festival.
Ryan Adams at a Nike event in 2008 [Getty/Donald Bowers]
"I'm really excited about my new album, Strut, and playing the festival this year, as well as working with iTunes," Kravitz said in a statement. "Looking forward to seeing everybody at the show next month!"
Continue reading: Ryan Adams Added To ITunes Festival Line-up After Concerts Sell Out
Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
Continue reading: Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!
Tonnes of acts have been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival: is your favourite band in there?
After months of speculation, the official line-up has been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th June this year. The festival tweeted this year's snazzy line-up poster which listed a tonne of previously unconfirmed acts. Sadly, and despite the rumours, it doesn't look like Prince will be getting funky at Glasto but the appearance of Elbow, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, The Black Keys, and Jack White should make up for the Purple One's absence.
Kasabian Have Been Confirmed To Play Glastonbury Festival This Year.
Joining these four big name acts will be an intriguing and eclectic mix of acts of all sorts of genres. Skrillex, De La Soul, Ms Dynamite, Rudimental, Disclosure, Lil Louis and DJ Pierre will be bringing dance music whilst Kelis, Janelle Monáe, Jurassic 5 and M.I.A will be giving the festival a hip hop flavour.
We'll see you in line at this year's Record Store Day, bigger and better than ever.
The vinyl list has been released for this year's Record Store Day, which will be celebrated by 240 independent music shops throughout the UK with over 600 exclusive releases available. More big-name acts than ever before have lent their music to the unique event, which is designed to save the nation's record shops from the threat of online shopping and big corporations.
Californian Sister Trio Haim Are Contributing Vinyl-Based Music To Record Store Day 2014.
Placebo, Green Day, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Disclosure, Dinosaur Jr, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Richard Hawley, and Johnny Cash represent just a handful of the most high profile LP or EP releases this year with an eclectic range of genres for music fans to flick through.
Elbow's new album 'The Take Off and Landing of Everything' held off Paloma Faith to top the UK albums chart.
Elbow have topped the UK albums chart with their sixth effort, The Take Off And Landing of Everything. The record, described as a love letter to both New York and Manchester, fended off competition from Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction, which debuted at number two. Pharrell Williams' GIRL was pushed down to number three.
Are Elbow Headlining Glastonbury 2014? Photo: Tom Sheehan
Over on the singles chart, dance anthem Tsunami (Jump) for Canadian duo DVBBS and Miami DJ is the new number one. Featuring rapper Tinie Tempah, the song was first released in September last year. This time, it took the top spot and pushed My Love by Route 94 down to second place. Pharrell's Oscar-nominated track Happy was at number three, while Pixie Lott's Nasty could only settle for number nine.
Continue reading: Elbow Score No.1 Album, But Are They Headlining Glastonbury 2014?
Festival season is shaping up
The UK’s festival season is slowly clicking into gear as Hollywood’s award season recovers from a stinking hangover. On the weekend of August 16-17 in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, The Killers will preside the headline slot alongside Justin Timberlake.
"We're very excited to announce the V Festival line-up, and proud to bring headliners Justin Timberlake and The Killers, following on from their sold out Wembley Stadium show in 2013, with both headliners summer festival exclusives,” V Festival Directors Bob Angus, Simon Moran and Dennis Desmond said in a statement.
Continue reading: It's Indie Rock & Roll For V Festival: The Killers Headline Huge Bill
Elbow release their first official single from the forthcoming album 'The Take Off And Landing Of Everything', which depicts the simplicity of loving music and how the scene is lost New York City.
British rock band Elbow have released their new music video for the track 'New York Morning'. The song, that is five and a half minutes long, is off their sixth studio album 'The Take Off And Landing Of Everything' which is slated to hit the stores on March 3rd.
British rock band Elbow
Although this track is the studio set's official single, it is the second song to be available, 'Fly Boy Blue/Lunette' was released as a digital download earlier this month on January 15th.
There’s not much in the way of big hitters to shake Les Miserables off it’s spot at the top of the UK album charts this week. The remainder of the Top 5 is still looking like a ‘who’s who’ of 2012, with Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, Calvin Harris and Everything Everything filling the rest of the slots.
Straight outta leftfield this week is a new album from Adam Ant – a man plagued, in recent years, by a tarnished reputation. He initially announced the album title back in 2010 and then announced that it would finally be seeing the light of day back in September of last year. Entitled Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter, the album is being released on his own label, which he’s called Blueblack Hussar Records he’s previously described the album as “a live record that lends itself to performance,” which will feature “a kind of concept. It’s a very old fashioned, old school, step by step album.”
The album’s getting the deluxe release treatment, with a CD release, a gatefold vinyl release and to really appease the old school enthusiasts, a cassette release as well. Mixed reviews for the album have veered from a paltry 4 out of 10 from NME to an enthusiastic response from The Independent’s Simon Price – a long time Ant fan. It’s Ant’s first solo album since 1995’s Wonderful, so there’s a lot riding on this release in terms of his reputation and the sheer length of time it’s been in gestation.
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#TheGiftOfHearing sees @jomilne10 helping Bangladesh's deaf children. Thurs on @BBCTwo, 11.05pm or on iPlayer now https://t.co/neZZSXpUeN
'Love & Hate', the new album from elbow's @polydorrecords labelmate ,@michaelkiwanuka is out now. https://t.co/3Wzv4ZrPHT
.@meltdownfest ends with the free closing party on Sunday feat Guy, @nadineshah @nickmulveymusic @thisisjosephine and the Southbank Sinfonia
.@meltdownfest continues with @lauramarlinghq the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday. Support will come from @MarikaHackman .
.@meltdownfest curator @Guy_Garvey plays his own sold out show tonight at the RFH. @JescaHoop supports https://t.co/eZaXyN1S2J
@RichardHawley headlines the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday for @meltdownfest , with support from @fionnregan : https://t.co/qPh8sknvJ3
RT @Guy_Garvey: Connan Mockasin has announced that joining him tonight will be James Blake, Julian Barrett and Dave from The Invisible. Su…
.@ConnanMockasin performs at the Royal Festival Hall with @NZCALINES on Wednesday for @meltdownfest. https://t.co/UJJMarqubG
RT @Guy_Garvey: Get to @southbankcentre early enough to see Mark Potters @ThePlumedores open for @IAmKloot at 7:20 they've asked me to do…
.@meltdownfest continues on Tuesday with @thestaves supported by @JanelWeaver. Check out all events here: https://t.co/MvmLtZXct7
.@IamKlootClub play the Royal Festival Hall with the Millennia Ensemble for @meltdownfest on Monday: https://t.co/SdYwLRSkn8
Saturday @meltdownfest sees @thisisthekit play a rooftop show and @Femiakuti live at the Royal Festival Hall: https://t.co/JQCSoiY1HN
Guy Garvey's @meltdownfest gets underway with Helen Whitaker tomorrow lunchtime before @lifttoexp . Info: https://t.co/H7wdH5BCb7
Guy Garvey's @meltdownfest starts tomorrow, packed with workshops, circus shows, family events and world class music https://t.co/Wwnsfig5sF
Our friend @RufusWainwright will be performing June 16-17 at the legendary @carnegiehall for #RufusDoesJudy. https://t.co/A1OJVi569a
.@ThePlumedores announce EP and live shows for June. https://t.co/AvKeRW7n8m
Guy Garvey's new single 'Open the Door' is out now to download and stream. Details:: https://t.co/BS8OM6cQCG
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