Foals (formed 2005)

Foals are an alternative rock band formed in Oxford, UK consisting of five members: Yannis Philippakis (Lead singer and guitarist), Jack Bevan (Drummer), Jimmy Smith (Rhythm guitarist), Walter Gervers (Bassist), Edwin Congreave (Synth, Keyboard). They are best known for their tracks 'Olympic Airways' and 'My Number'.

Formation: Yannis and Jack started writing music from an early age when playing with Lina Simon in their first band 'The Edmund Fitzgerald', but later disbanded due to things becoming "too serious". Walter and Jimmy were also part of a small Oxford band early on called 'Face Meets Grill', which disbanded after playing Truck Festival in 2004 on account of the members wanting to pursue different paths. Once Foals had formed, every member of the group (apart from Jimmy) dropped out of university to focus on the band after having been signed with Transgressive Records - even Yannis, who abandoned an Oxford degree in English Literature. 

Musical career: Foals are known to have developed and transformed their sound over the course of the seven year period since their first record was released in summer 2008. Their debut album 'Antidotes' peaked at number 3 on the UK album charts, with popular singles like 'Cassius' and 'Red Socks Pugie' being included on the track list. The ambiguous lyrics and high-pitched indie guitar riffs were exchanged for some deeper sounding synth and experimental rhythms with 2010's 'Total Life Forever' - an album which was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize and included the popular 'Spanish Sahara' that was used in TV shows such as 'Misfits' and 'Skins'. Foals' third album was released in February 2013 entitled 'Holy Fire' - consisting of much heavier, more versatile and more honest tracks such as 'Inhaler' and 'Providence'. Foals fourth and latest album 'What Went Down' is set to come out on the 28th August 2015. Known as one of the greatest live bands in the country and having previously headlined festivals such as Parklife, Bestival and Latitude, Foals last UK tour ended with two sell-out gigs at Alexandra Palace in February 2014. In 2013 Q awarded Foals with the Best Live Act award whilst 'Inhaler' became NME's Best Track of 2013. 'Holy Fire' was also the NME reader nominated 'Best Album of 2013'. Socially frontman Yannis has mirrored the image of musicians like Thom Yorke in denouncing the music streaming service Spotify. He's proved himself to be controversial at times and not afraid to state his views and opinions, exemplified in 2013 when he called David Guetta's music, 'bulls**t. It is an abomination.'

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Glastonbury Festival Reveals First Line-Up Poster

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Glastonbury has unveiled its first line-up poster for the annual festival, which will take place this year from June 22nd to 26th at Worthy Farm. The newly confirmed acts will join already announced headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay, with a further 800 acts to be announced on a second poster in the coming weeks. 

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Foals Delivered To Brit Awards By Pizza Driver

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The group's drummer Jack Bevan revealed he and his bandmates were left stranded in a gridlock on the other side of London's River Thames from the venue holding the event, the O2 Arena.

However, Jack said the Best British Band nominees' evening was saved when a passing takeaway driver picked them up and speedily delivered them to the British music prizegiving.

"On the way to the Brits the other day our cab took us the wrong way and we were stranded North of the river in gridlock traffic", the drummer wrote on

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2016 BRIT Awards

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BRIT Awards 2016 - Arrivals

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The Brit Awards 2016

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The NME Awards 2016

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Wolf Alice And Foals Triumph At 2016 Nme Awards

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Wolf Alice entered the O2 Academy Brixton event with six nominations, and walked away with double honours for Best Live Band and Best Track for Giant Peach.

Meanwhile, show openers Foals scored the Best Album honour for their 2015 release What Went Down, The Maccabees were named Best British Band, and Boom Clap singer Charli XCX claimed the Best British Solo Artist accolade.

Pete Doherty's reunited band The Libertines, which also started the night with six nods, only emerged victorious in one category, Music Moment of the Year, for their secret set at the Glastonbury festival in June (15).

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Foals Perform At The SSE Hydro

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Chloe Dobinson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

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10. Drake - If You're Reading This Then You're Too Late
Making an impromptu release of his 4th studio album Drake made a return proving why he is one of the most in demand rappers. Highlights of the album include opening track Legend -which features a long instrumental introduction with background vocals giving a harmonic feel to the track. Track Energy sees keys help make the track come alive with the Canadian rapper pushing himself as an artist and pushing the boundaries in the rap industry.

9. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
Released in September The Libertines marked a return to the music scene following their 2004 self-titled album. A decade on the band proves their songwriting skills never went away with tracks such Gunga Din a racous, fun indie track making fans of The Libertines feels as if they never went away. Athems for Doomed Youth is a softer album from a band who is constanlty in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Heart of the Matter is a highlight of the album catchy, light and will become a firm favorite when the band play summer festival next year.

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Australian Music Festival Relocated Due To Bush Fires

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The Falls Music & Arts Festival was due to kick off in Victoria on Monday (28Dec15), but organisers decided to move it to another location after a devastating blaze broke out in the area on Christmas Day (25Dec15) and destroyed around 100 homes in Wye River.

Organisers faced a race against time to get a permit for the new site, but they managed to get the paperwork sorted in time for the start of the festival.

"It's been a huge effort... thanks to the support of the community but especially the Government, (which) has been incredible, with the emergency services and really all of their resources to put together a new festival permit," festival founder Simon Daley tells Australian radio station 774 ABC Melbourne. "We've really had to rebuild from scratch. There was certainly a concern, at a state level, people would end up all over the state in a really difficult fire period, and camping, and it's much better to have everybody in one place that we can look after them."

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Andy Peterson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

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10. King Midas Sound ft. Fennesz- Edition #1
Kevin Martin (AKA The Bug), poet Roger Robinson and singer Kiki Hitomi joined forces with Viennese avant garde composer Christian Fennesz to chart almost certainly the most enveloping travelogue of the year. The journey itself proved deep and magical.

9. Gengahr - A Dream Outside
One of the features on 21st century music is how 2nd and 3rd generation disciples of truly great bands - in this case golden oldies like the Beach Boys and Teenage Fanclub - are managing to make their inspirations sound so cool. London quartet Gehgahr replaced the now departed retro-future outfit Avi Buffalo in our hearts, to great effect.

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Foals Pull Out Of South American Tour


The My Habit singers cancelled a radio station performance in the U.K. at the start of September (15) as Yannis feared he had "snapped" his larynx.

Foals began their South American tour in Colombia last week (ends04Oct15) but Yannis' vocal cords suffered during the shows, so they axed their concert in Peru on Monday (05Oct15) to allow the singer to rest.

The remaining six dates of their tour have now been scrapped too, and Yannis took to to apologise to fans.

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Nominees Announced For Q Awards

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Florence + The Machine, Foals, Ed Sheeran and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds lead the nominations at the upcoming Q Awards.

The artists scored three nods each in the audience voted categories ahead of the prestigious annual awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Christian O'Connell on October 19, 2015.

Blur, who released their surprise album 'The Magic Whip' this year, scored two nods and will battle it out against their former Oasis rival's latest band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds for Best Album and Best Act In The World Today.

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Foals Pull Out Of Live Performance After Frontman's Vocal Injury


The My Habit hitmakers were scheduled to perform a Live Lounge session for BBC Radio 1 but the group announced they would not be appearing.

In a post on, Philippakis writes, "Think i snapped my larynx," while the band's official account contains an apology and states they will "be back soon to smash it".

Bandmate Jack Bevan elaborated on the singer's vocal problems on, writing, "Sorry to anyone who was listening. Old mate is off to the doctors now. Hopefully we'll be back in the live lounge again soon. Xxxx".

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Foals Play Surprise Reading Festival Set

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The band shared the news on that they would play the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage at 1.40pm, which came as a surprise to ticket-holders who had no idea the rockers would be performing.

In an intense six-song set, frontman Yannis Philippakis thanked the huge crowd crammed into the tent for coming to see them, and added that the festival "feels like our home".

In the vacant slot between Twin Peaks and Slaves, the Brit rockers kicked off their secret gig with My Number, before launching into Mountain At My Gates, Inhaler, Spanish Sahara, Red Socks Pugie, and finishing the set with What Went Down from their new album.

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