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Friendly Fires are an English indie rock band, hailing from St. Albans in Hertfordshire. The band is signed to XL Recordings, home of The White Stripes and Vampire Weekend.

The Story: The members of Friendly Fires (Ed Macfarlane, Jack Savidge and Ed Gibson) met at St. Albans School. As teenagers, they formed a band named First Day Back, playing post-hardcore style rock music. This band continued until the members left to attend university.

Ed Macfarlane, the singer of Friendly Fires, made his own electronica, which he released on the revered electronic music labels, Skam (home to Boards of Canada) and Precinct Recordings. Once the members of Friendly Fires had left university, they formed another band - this time inspired by dance music, citing Carl Craig, the Kompakt record label and Prince among their biggest musical influences.

In 2007, Friendly Fires appeared on Channel 4's music programme, Transmission. They were the first unsigned band to appear on the show. When they released their single, 'Paris', it became Single of the Week in both NME and The Guardian.

The following year, the Friendly Fires song 'On Board' was selected to soundtrack TV commercials in North America for Nintendo's Wii Fit. The same song is also played in the commercial for Gran Turismo, the PlayStation 3 game. Their song 'White Diamonds' was played in the background of an episode of Gossip Girl, the US TV series.

Friendly Fires were chosen to appear in the NME Awards Tour 2009. Playing a number of large university venues and 'Academy' venues, the tour also features Florence and the Machine, White Lies and Glasvegas.

Record Releases: Friendly Fires' debut EP was released on People In The Sky Records in November 2006, entitled 'Photobooth EP'.

In June the next year, People In The Sky Records released the 'Cross The Line EP', followed by 'The Remix EP' in October 2007.

Moshi Moshi released 'Paris' in December 2007. The track was later re-released in 2008, when it reached number 13 in the UK Indie Charts.

Friendly Fires debut, self-titled album was released in 2008.

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LateNightTales - Friendly Fires Album Review

Late Night Tales has been spinning us the finest funky throwback tunes for some years now and the artists the series has offered the opportunity to curate to us over time have always been interesting, surprising, and varied from the likes of The Flaming Lips to Groove Armada and even Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys). As the series reaches its 30th, St Alban's intellectually toe-tapping Friendly Fires have the perfect combo of head, heart, and feet to lead us into our dreams. 

LateNightTales - Friendly Fires Album Review

While the trio have always nicely fit into the 'band' label their records clearly demonstrate an affinity towards the forces that drive dance and techno as well as current guitar band trends. Their status as one of the great crossover bands of modern times was confirmed upon the release of 2011's Pala which saw their influences from bands like Talking Heads blended with the technical dance of Boards Of Canada and the pristine production standards of modern heavyweight Timbaland. As such then their Late Night Tales outing is packed full of classic disco romps such as Dennis Parker's 'Like An Eagle', the lo-fi modern dub of SBTRKT who offers us the most recognisable track here in the form of 'Hold On' and that's not to forget all the bombastic, out-there pop that's clearly been a massive stimulus in the direction of Friendly Fires' sound. 

As it says on the tin, this is a record to be played as your night winds down and, coming in at an impressive 78 minutes, it's an LP worthy of the name. Not to subdue you too early then, the first third of the record focuses on this disco element with the likes of Joe Simon's 'Love Vibration', some Dutch disco from Renee and of course the funky 'Carry On Turn Me On' by Space. It's a great heated start to get the blood pumping when you return post-rave to your cold living room with eight people you don't know who are chewing their cheeks furiously. As the conversation inevitably turns madly theoretical the music too morphs into some of today's finest art-poppers (Bibio - 'Don't Summarise My Summer Eyes') and then into the warm fuzzy blanket of the shoegaze scene and the likes of the Cocteau Twins' haunting pop number, 'Cherry Coloured Funk'. What's so good about compilations like Late Night Tales is it gives lost classics, up and comers, and songs you've simply never heard before the chance to plant their seed in you thanks to a band you already have some sort of trust in.

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Benedict Cumberbatch's Week In Music: Friendly Fires And The Beatles

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The well spoken Sherlock Holmes hunk, Benedict Cumberbatch, is having a rather brilliant week; in two music driven stories, Cumberbatch has collaborated with Herfordshire's preeminent inditronica band Friendly Fire, and will be starring as the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein in the upcoming biopic. 

The Friendly Fires collaboration will be appearing on their Late Night Tales compilation album. Late Night Tales is a platform for the world's biggest and best loved bands to share their own great musical loves, by compiling an album entirely of their own choosing. Zero 7, The Cinematic Orchestra and Belle and Sebastian have all already done their own compilations. As a part of the FF's Late Night Tales they requested Cumberatch do a recording for them to appear on the album. On the album he performs a spoken-word piece, "Flat of Angles", by Simon Cleary. 

The Brian Epstein biopic is another collaboration, between Cumberbatch and the director for his BBC Sherlock series, Paul McGuigan. If the Sherlock's anything to go by it'll be fantastic! Currently the title is set to be The Fifth Beatle. According to the Hollywood Reporter the film's producers are describing it as the story of "the man who threw the biggest party of the 1960s but ultimately forgot to invite himself."

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Lovebox Festival At Victoria Park - Day 2

Friendly Fires Saturday 16th June 2012 Lovebox festival at Victoria Park - Day 2

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Tinie Tempah And Skrillex To Perform At Globalgathering

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Tinie Tempah, Chase and Status, Skrillex and Friendly Fires have been confirmed for GlobalGathering 2012.

The UK dance festival has announced a huge line up for July 27 and 28, involving artists from many genres of electronic music including Maverick Sabre, Nero, Labrinth, Magnetic Man and Afrojack.

Chase and Status said: ''GlobalGathering was one of the best festivals we played last summer, and I'm sure this year will be no exception. The crowds at Global are always crazy and we can't wait to bring our live show back this July.''

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Globalgathering 2012 Line-Up Announced

Posted on 15 March 2012

Globalgathering 2012 Line-up Announced

Lana Del Rey Joins Lovebox Line-up

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Lana Del Rey has joined the LoveBox line-up.

The 'Video Games' singer will play on the final night of the annual London festival, which takes place in Victoria Park, east London from June 15 -17.

Other acts already announced for the event include Hot Chip, Kelis, Friendly Fires, Holly Johnson and Emeli Sande.

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The NME Awards 2012 Held At The Brixton Academy -Arrivals

Friendly Fires and Brixton Academy - Ed Macfarlane from Friendly Fires Wednesday 29th February 2012 The NME Awards 2012 held at The Brixton Academy -Arrivals

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Kasabian Named Best British Band At Nme Awards

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Kasabian were named Best British Band at the NME Awards tonight (29.02.12).

The 'Rewired' group beat off competition from Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Foals and Muse to land the prize - and singer Tom Meighan used their acceptance speech to pay tribute to The Monkees lead singer Davy Jones, who died from a heart attack earlier today.

He said: ''Thank you, thank you, thank you. Listen before I go any further we lost a legend tonight Davy Jones from The Monkees died tonight - 66. This is for Davy Jones.''

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Ed MacFarlane Of The Friendly Fires Performing Live At Brixton Academy.

Friendly Fires and Brixton Academy Thursday 24th November 2011 Ed MacFarlane of the Friendly Fires performing live at Brixton Academy. London, England

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Friendly Fires and Brixton Academy
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Friendly Fires and Brixton Academy
Friendly Fires and Brixton Academy

Friendly Fires Scrap U.k. Shows

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British rock/dance band Friendly Fires have cancelled three dates on their U.K. tour after frontman Ed Macfarlane fell sick with laryngitis.

The band axed a gig in Southampton, England on Saturday night (12Nov11) after the singer was deemed too sick to perform and they have now also scrapped shows in Nottingham and Newcastle on Tuesday (14Nov11) and Wednesday (15Nov11) to allow the star time to recover.

A statement from the band reads, "With deep regret we are having to postpone our Nottingham and Newcastle shows this week as Ed's voice is still recovering from laryngitis. Again, sorry to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us. We are in the process of rescheduling these dates as soon as possible."

Friendly Fires are due back on stage in Manchester, England on Thursday (17Nov11).

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Beyonce Battling U2 For UK Festival Awards Crown

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Beyonce, U2, Foo Fighters and Muse are battling it out to be named Headliner of the Year at the UK Festival Awards.

All acts who headlined festivals in the UK in 2011 are in the running for the awards - including Linkin Park, Pulp The Eagles and Prince - and the public have now been urged to vote for their favourite.

Pulp reformed for a run of festival shows across Europe this summer, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Wireless, T In The Park, Reading and Leeds in the UK, and said they were spurred to reunite for their first shows since 2002 by the death of a friend who was close to the band.

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Linkin Park Cover Adele

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Linkin Park covered Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' at the iTunes Festival last night (05.07.11).

The US rockers performed a set of their biggest hits - including 'Numb', 'Faint', 'Crawling' and 'One Step Closer' - before surprising fans with their version of the soul singer's huge hit during their encore at Camden's Roundhouse in London.

Before they performed the track lead vocalist Chester Bennington teased the audience, saying: "We're going to do something really special for you guys, this is something we don't usually do. We're going to play a song by a local artist."

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Friendly Fires Refuse To Record In Studios

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British rock/dance band Friendly Fires have recorded their new album in their frontman's garage - because they refuse to upgrade to a "lavish studio".

The musicians worked on their 2008 self-titled album in an outbuilding at Ed MACfarlane's house, and despite the record's subsequent success, they have rejected music bosses' offers to move the recording of the follow-up to a professional studio.

Guitarist Edd Gibson says, "We are in Ed's garage, where we did the first album, trying to write new songs. We haven't moved on to some lavish studio, we're back where it all began. It's nice we are still doing it that way, we're our own bosses. There are birds tweeting (in the garden), it's really nice. I don't think we are ready for the high gloss studios yet. We haven't really changed anything apart from the gear that we are using."

The BRIT Awards 2010 - 30th Anniversary

Friendly Fires - Ed Macfarlane Tuesday 16th February 2010 at Brit Awards London, England

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The 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards Held At The Brixton Academy.

Friendly Fires and NME Wednesday 25th February 2009 The 2009

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