Sun 17th Sep
Beyond The Tracks
@ Eastside City Park, Birmingham
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Beyond The Tracks: Editors, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Wild Beasts, Slowdive, Peter Hook, Nadine Shah, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, Eera, Blackash, Goodnight Lenin, Victories At Sea, Dorcha
Beyond The Tracks is a brand new, three day, green field festival taking place at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park in September. Featuring some of the most revered names in UK music and the brightest new stars, the festival is a welcome addition to the musical offering of the UK’s second city.
See www.facebook.com/bttfestival/ for further information.
This Birmingham-based quartet have enjoyed a rapid rise to success since they met at college in Staffordshire in 2003. An intense sound influenced by iconic bands such as Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen and Interpol, their success story began when their 2005 debut album 'The Back Room' reached no. 2 in the UK, selling over half a million copies. Meanwhile 2007's 'An End Has A Start' and 2009's 'In This Light And On This Evening' both reached the no.1 position, while 2013's 'The Weight Of Your Love' and 2015's 'In Dream' also hit the top ten. No mean feat for a band still considered to be 'alternative'. The band return in 2018 with 6th album 'Violence'.
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Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus & Mary Chain, most famous for albums such as Psychocandy and Honey's Dead, who changed the face of alternative punk during the eighties and early nineties.
Though the supporting players drift in and out of focus, the heart of the Mary Chain remain vocalists and guitarists William and Jim Reid, Scottish-born brothers heavily influenced not only by underground legends like the Velvets and the Stooges but also by the sonic grandeur and pop savvy of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.
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Four piece pop group, Wild Beasts are a mix of many different styles with songs that sound as different from each other as possible, with some almost operatic style vocals. They dare to be different, not wanting to be pigeon holed or conform to any norms, which is reflected in their unusual choice of musical arrangements, vocal styles and lyrics.
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Late 80s/early 90s Shoegaze outfit Slowdive were darlings of the NME and were signed to the legendary Creation label, back in the days when Indie really was Indie! Releasing three albums and a string of EPs between '91-'95, they were more productive in that short period than My Bloody Valentine have been in their entire career!
After a gap of 19 years since their last live performance, Slowdive returned for live shows and hopes of recording new material. Talking about the influence of the band and the shoegaze resurgence in recent years, Slowdive's Rachel Goswell says: 'The fact that the music we made still stands up today and is influencing new bands says a lot and that makes me feel very proud of what we did. There seems to be a lot of love out there for Slowdive, which is nice'.
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Best known as the bassist from Joy Division and New Order. Peter decided to honour the outstanding work of his first band and the undoubted genius of the late Ian Curtis by giving people the opportunity to hear past Joy Division albums performed live and in their entirety. Backed by his band The Light, Hooky first played 'Unknown Pleasures' at the Factory club in Manchester in 2010, and has continued to tour the back catalogue ever since.
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British born by way of Norweigan and Pakistani parentage, Nadine Shah is a vocalist/pianist from a small North East town called Whitburn over looking the waves and jagged rocks of the North Sea.
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'Taking their moniker from the notion of ‘Liberation Upon Hearing In The Between’ from the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation’ took little time to make their mark on the wider world, brandishing a radiant sound that stands effortlessly apart from the increasingly staid and often paradoxically predictable world of modern psychedelia.
Having already been nominated for a Swedish Grammy with their debut EP, Diamond Waves, their full-length 2015 debut on Rocket Recordings, Horse Dance marked out a territory in which beguiling repetition could sashay with sweet pop suss, melodic flourishes with experimental intensity, and it was summarily rapturously received on arrival, making new fans like 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and earning them appearances at Roskilde Festival and Eindhoven Psych Lab.'
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Formed in the autumn of 2009, Goodnight Lenin’s songs are reminiscent of the singer songwriters of the 1960s & 1970s, whilst still being relevant to the modern day listener. Inspired by Dylan, Young and Simon & Garfunkel, they constantly strive to deliver honest, experience based lyrics that flow along into their carefully crafted sound that seamlessly crosses genres.
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Venue: Eastside City Park
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