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.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Guy Garvey and the other members of Elbow perform live onstage at Usher Hall - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th March 2017

Elbow, Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner
Elbow, Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner
Elbow, Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner
Elbow, Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner
Elbow, Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner
Elbow, Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner

Elbow seen performing live in concert at the BIC - Bournemouth, United Kingdom - Wednesday 8th March 2017

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Elbow and Guy Garvey
Elbow and Guy Garvey
Elbow and Guy Garvey
Elbow and Guy Garvey
Elbow and Guy Garvey

Elbow - Little Fictions Album Review

On 2008's "The Seldom Seen Kid", a solemn Guy Garvey sings 'love you, mate', on "Friend of Ours" - a heart-rending tribute to his late friend, Bryan Glancy. "One Day Like This" reminds us how love can (weirdly) make us act like complete tools. On 2017's "Little Fictions", love has become a many-splendoured thing. Garvey has metamorphosed from Philip Larkin into Pop Larkin and his new, blissed-out incarnation sounds as contented and close to 'perfick' as it could possibly be.

Elbow - Little Fictions Album Review

Garvey's marriage to Rachael Sterling and the departure of drummer Richard Jupp have changed Elbow's dynamic. Jupp's absence led to a more experimental percussive approach, with more recorded loops, like the cowbell hypnosis of "Gentle Storm" or the antsy, excitable drums on "Trust the Sun", where Garvey avows, 'I just don't trust the sun to rise/ When I can't see your eyes'. "Magnificent (She Says)" is a widescreen cinematic Elbow anthem, with bass, drums and strings pattering out insistent rhythms, whilst Garvey narrates a young girl, 'throwing both her arms around the world', showing the childish innocence that we need to rediscover ourselves. Doves-like "All Disco" wryly sings of love and laughter at 105 as two 'perverted old-timers', promising 'I'll feed you one-liners'.

More familiarly grizzled fare is still filtered through love somehow. "K2" portrays a hectic Brexit Britain sh*tstorm and love is our anorak. After a silky lounge jazz opening, a dense shower of echoing vocals breaches the peace, shirtily bemoaning 'I'm from a land with an island status,/ Makes us think that everyone hates us', and savaging the 'villains on the tiller' who 'gambled the farm for a headline'. 'I'm squeezing my words like I'm icing a bomb' over shivery piano on "Montparnasse" and 'We protect out little fictions like it's all we are' on the title track recognises that we often argue most dangerously and disingenuously with those we love dearest. "Head for Supplies" is grateful for the salvation of love and, it seems, the advent of a mighty fine drinking companion.

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New Albums To Look Forward To In 2017

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Every new year brings speculation as to which musical legends might be returning, and which pop heavyweights are due to release a new record. Here are six significant artists who are definitely, or widely expected to be, releasing new music in 2017.

LordeLorde's new album will surely arrive in 2017

It feels like forever since Lorde broke through into the mainstream at the precociously young age of 16. Indeed, the release of her signature song ‘Royals’ is approaching its fourth anniversary. In the meantime, she's provided the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and performed a David Bowie tribute at the Brit Awards.

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Elbow Singer Guy Garvey To Curate 2016 Meltdown Festival

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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 GarveyGuy 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.

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Shots of the British band Elbow as they gave a live performance on stage at the Apollo in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 10th February 2015


Ryan Adams Added To ITunes Festival Line-up After Concerts Sell Out

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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 SummerAs well as Adams, Jessie Ware and Lenny Kravitz will play the ever-popular festival. 

Ryan AdamsRyan 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!"

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Elbow - NOS Alive (Optimus Alive) Festival 2014 - Day 1 - Performances - Lisbon, Portugal - Thursday 10th July 2014


Elbow and Mark Potter - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 2 - Elbow - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Friday 27th June 2014

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Elbow and Mark Potter
Elbow and Mark Potter
Elbow and Mark Potter

Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!

Pukkelpop Festival Tomorrowland The Garden Festival Roskilde La Route Du Rock Rock Am Ring Melt! Festival Sziget Pinkpop Festival Open'er Festival Off Festival Exit Festival Primavera Sound Festival Benicassim Festival Sonar Festival Ibiza Rocks Rolling Stones Arcade Fire ASAP Rocky Arctic Monkeys Prodigy Lana Del Rey Black Sabbath Slayer Iron Maiden Nine Inch Nails East India Youth Metallica Flaming Lips Elbow The Pixies The Libertines Haim Alice Cooper

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.

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- 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.

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Glastonbury Line-Up Confirmed: Elbow, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Jack White...And Who Else?

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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.

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It's Indie Rock & Roll For V Festival: The Killers Headline Huge Bill

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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.

V Festival 2014 Logo

"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.

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Elbow Unveil Music Video For Official Single Off Their Sixth Studio Album 'New York Morning' [Watch]


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.

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Out Now - UK Albums Releases: Adam Ant Returns, I Am Kloot Buoyed By Mancunian Chums, Bad Religion Fierce As Ever

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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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Elbow, Asleep In The Back [Deluxe Edition] Album Review

Review of Elbow's album Asleep In The Back [Deluxe Edition]

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