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The Polyphonic Spree Celebrate 15th Birthday With UK Tour


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The Polyphonic Spree will be celebrating their 15th anniversary with an eight day tour of the UK in September 2015, where they will be performing material from their debut album - 'The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree' - in full plus a few extra surprises.

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With their latest high profile show having been the last Dallas NYE party, a free concert at the American Airlines Center, the Texas alternative orchestra will arrive at London's Electric Ballroom on September 3rd, before wrapping up their brief excursion in Sheffield at the O2 Academy 2. They'll be celebrating the signing of their very first album release, which was taken on by Dallas' Good Records in 2002 after the band was formed by frontman Tim DeLaughter in 2000 from the ashes of his ill-fated previous band Tripping Daisy.

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The Polyphonic Spree - Hold Yourself Up [Live]


Choral rock band, The Polyphonic Spree, have released a recording from their live performance of 'Hold Yourself Up', written by frontman Tim DeLaughter and former member Julie A. Doyle. The song featured on their fourth studio album, 'Yes, It's True'.

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Review


If there's something to take away from this year's Isle of Wight Festival, it's probably sunburn. Unlike the mud bath of two years ago, 2014 will be remembered for serving up one of the hottest weekends I can remember for a festival, along with some crowd-pleasing performances. While not every act managed to capture their moment in the sun, all the major names delivered in spades.

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Review

But it wasn't just the music that made the weekend for many; a real sense of celebration seemed to erupt across the site. Partly fuelled by anticipation over the World Cup and partly because of the good weather, thousands of smiling faces could be seen everywhere. Sunflowers seemed to be an essential festival accessory and many opted for as few clothes as possible with t-shirts looking like they'd gone out of fashion altogether. I've even had to make a note in my diary that it's international flip-flop day on June 20th, just one of the many things I learnt around Seaclose Park this year.

The highlight of Friday afternoon should have really been local boy Tom Odell on the main stage. But his piano led ballads took some time to win the crowd over despite his number 1 album 'Long Way Down'. By the time he'd finished though, the reaction showed that he'd justified his place on the main stage billing.

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Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Preview


With just hours until thousands of people flock to Portsmouth and Southampton for their annual ferry trip to the Isle of Wight Festival, it's time to look ahead to the first big event in the summer festival calendar.

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Preview

Twelve years since the festival was resurrected, organiser John Giddings has steered Isle of Wight from strength to strength. With around 60,000 punters travelling to the Island, it's not just Seaclose Park that's transformed for the weekend, there's a real community spirit that's evident as buses wind their way towards the festival site. Past years have seen a surprise appearance from Kanye West for Jay-Z's headline set, rock royalty like Jagger, McCartney and Neil Young take to the main stage, and bands such as the Foo Fighters casually chatting to fans on the car ferry. This year looks like it will live up to the festival's reputation without a repeat of 2012's well-publicised mud bath. Although there's perhaps not many surprises on the line-up, there's still plenty to look forward to.

The top twelve to watch from June 12:
Boy George PerformingBoy GeorgeIf you're arriving early, the former Culture Club front man is headlining the Thursday night festivities. But far from a nostalgia act, George is touring his first album of original material in 18 years. He's embraced DJ culture and is likely to put on an impressive show whether he's behind the turntable or the microphone.

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Bestival 2013 - Live Review


Q: What do you get if you leave 55,000 people on the Isle Of Wight for four days in September?

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A: Possibly the messiest weekend of excess on the UK's summer festival calendar.

Having become the official closing party to the summer's festivities that started back in May at Brighton's Great Escape, Rob De Bank's Bestival shindig has developed a life of its own in recent years. Growing to over five times the size of its inaugural 2004 event, Bestival can boast at being one of the few music festivals where the line-up is often secondary in the eyes of many revellers. Described as a "boutique Glastonbury" by some, it's become one of the most prominent names on the calendar, which is testament to its creator and his team of organisers in building and maintaining such a prestigious gathering.

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Richard Hawley And Grandmaster Flash Among Camp Bestival 2013 Highlights [Photos]


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Richard Hawley plays one of his many splendid guitars.

Camp Bestival 2013 took over the weekend (August 2nd - 4th) at Lulworth Castle in Dorset last week, with some superb live headline and DJ sets each day. 

It was an eclectic line-up of artists both legendary and newly emerging and ranging from the underground cult favourites to the more chartworthy pop stars. Richard Hawley, formerly of Britpop band Longpigs and Pulp, played an awesome headline set on day one with an array of different electric guitars. He shared the stage with 'I'm Gonne Be (500 Miles)' hitmakers The Proclaimers as well as reggae veteran Max Romeo, Manchester trio I Am Kloot and folk punk activist Billy Bragg.

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Camp Bestival 2013

The Polyphonic Spree - Camp Bestival 2013 held at Lulworth Castle - Day 3 - Lulworth Castle, Dorset, United Kingdom - Sunday 4th August 2013

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The Polyphonic Spree - Running Away


The Polyphonic Spree, The Fragile Army Album Review


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