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Live-Music-Scene: 2007 - 2014

by Jodie Humphries


After a lot of consideration and thought, Live-Music-Scene will be retiring at the end of February. We will gradually be winding things down over the next month to bring you as much content as possible before we stop publishing.

Over the last seven years we’ve worked with some amazing people and heard some fantastic music and we will all miss running and working for the site, discovering new music.

Deciding to end the site was not an easy decision for me; as many of you know, Live-Music-Scene has been part of my life for nearly seven years and it will be strange to see it go. As we get older though, times change and it is time to move on from running Live-Music-Scene.

I want to thank everyone for all their help over the years; I really couldn’t have done it without you. From the bands, to the PRs, venues and writers, you’ve all been part of a site that has meant the world to me.

You’ll still see me and everyone else round at gigs, there’s no getting rid of us from the scene.

Thanks again

Jodie and the team at Live-Music-Scene


Cars On Fire Official Statement

by Cars On Fire

Cars On Fire

It is with heavy hearts and tired hands that we write this message, Cars on Fire has come to its natural end.

After many discussions over the past few months it has become clear to all of us in the band that our lives have become busier and busier over the last two years, and as a result we are no longer in a position to give this band the commitment and passion that it deserves.

Whilst it pains us to write this, we all feel that the end of the band is the best thing for all of us as none of us are in the same frame of mind that we were when we started this, and we do not want to continue with some false sense of excitement. To carry on would be a half hearted thing, and those of you that know us will understand that we only ever give everything we have whether it be at a live show or on a record. We have also grown increasingly tired of the music industry and no longer wish to be part of all the bullshit and business, we have met some lovely people along the way but also a lot of grade A assholes whom quite frankly can fuck right off.

Needless to say we (COF) remain, and always will remain the closest of friends. We will all continue to create music in some way, whether it be together or as individuals, this is just the end of one chapter.

The good news is, we will be playing one very last show. This will be at the Fleece in Bristol, Saturday 2nd November and we plan to make it our most insane show ever.

We will also be making our full length album ‘Black Hearts and Bloody Hands’ available for free as of Saturday 19th October at – if you don’t have it already go get it!

Thank you to everyone whom has helped us out along the way, too many people to mention here, but you know who you are…you are diamonds in the rough.

Lastly thank you to everyone who listened to, bled to, moshed to, crowed surfed, pitted to, sang along to and lost their shit to our music…we love you all. If it wasn’t for you guys none of it would have been worth it, and none of it would have mattered.

We hope to see you at our last show, come rage with us.


Ali, Mikey, Nurse, James.x

ArcTanGent Success

by Jodie Humphries

Well done to James, Si and Goc, the team behind Bristol's new festival ArcTanGent which has gona fantasically well.

Us at Live-Music-Scene hope to see it return next year for more great fun and fantastic bands.

Well done guys!

REDFEST 2013 Preview



This month sees the return of one of the UK’s best loved small festivals - REDFEST on July 26th / 27th.

Back in 2007 and despite a difficult birth, the first ever Redfest kicked off as a one day live music event with The Ordinary Boys topping the bill and support from Newton Faulkner, Laura Marling and The Silversun Pickups.

The 2007 event turned out to be more difficult than organisers could ever have imagined. The heaviest rain fall seen in living memory caused floods that closed all the train lines in the area as well as the M25 and M4. Laura Marlings House ended up two feet underwater, but her mum and dad braved the journey to drive her down and she put on an amazing show.

Fast forward to 2013 and the festival is still going strong and has played host to some awesome bands - Enter Shikari, Hadouken, Twin Atlantic, Ed Sheeran, Modestep, We Are The Ocean, Lower Than Atlantis, Young Guns, Mallory Knox, Kids In Glass Houses, Deaf Havana to name just a few!

This years line up is possibly the best yet!

The Blackstar Amps main stage will be hosting a huge variety of acts including:

Dry The River, Dub Pistols, Arcane Roots, Bastille, Lucy Rose & Sharks.

Over on the hard-hitting ‘Hype’ stage the line up includes the cream of heavy music, with highlights being:

Bury Tomorrow, Feed The Rhino, Heart In Hand, Turbowolf, Hacktivist, Zico Chain, and Idiom.

The ‘Boileroom’ third stage will be showcasing some of the best new bands who are currently rising up the ranks on the live music scene, and 2013 also sees the inclusion of a silent disco on both nights as well as the ‘Afterdark Club’ which will see a mix of burlesque, cabaret and comedy.

Live-Music-Scene will of course be there to bring you reviews of the bands throughout the two day festival.

Tickets for REDFEST are still available at

Frank Turner Secret Show

by 2000trees

Frank Turner has told fans he will perform a ‘secret’ solo set alongside his full band headline slot at 2000trees Festival – and he may appear more than once.

His website confirmed a Thursday ‘Early Entry’ gig at Gloucestershire’s 2000trees, which organisers today said they were planning to keep a secret.


Rumours suggest he may also show up on stage with friends like Beans on Toast and Jim Lockey, plus at a popular punkrock campfire known as Camp Reuben, in the heart of the main campsite, where he performed at the very first 2000trees in 2007.

Frank was given the chance by organisers to pick 10 of his favourite bands to add to the bill and his record label, Xtra Mile, is bringing a host of acts for a series of special performances across the weekend, including a takeover of the GreenHouse acoustic stage.

Early Entry tickets for 2000trees sold out last week, but since Frank Turner announced his extra show organisers have been inundated with requests for tickets. So they have agreed to release 100 extra for Thursday night, which will go on sale on Monday (June 24) at 7pm. Tickets for the main weekend are also available at

Organiser Andy Rea said: “Everyone is very excited to see Frank Turner perform at a more intimate event. It’s his only small festival appearance of the summer and with so many of his friends performing we’re very excited to see what happens!

“We were keeping Thursday a secret - we wanted to give fans something special to remember - but now that Frank has spilled the beans we will put the extra Early Entry tickets on sale.”

Frank Turner will headline the main stage on Friday night and Mystery Jets will headline on Saturday night. Other acts set to perform include Stornoway, King Charles, Future of the Left, And So I Watch You From Afar, We Are The Ocean, Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, Dry the River and Funeral for a Friend.

Frank Turner said: “2000trees is a truly unique experience, it’s my favourite UK festival, so getting the chance to ‘book’ my favourite bands and to play an extra solo set on Thursday makes it extra special.

“It’s just an intimate, friendly, fun event and the organisers do it for the love of music, there’s nowhere else with the same atmosphere, I can’t wait to perform there again.”

2000trees organiser James Scarlett says: “We’ve always seen Thursday as a night of fun for our fans and we’ve always tried to book acts that have appeared at 2000trees before, making it a kind of reunion.

“Fans can arrive early, get the best camping spot and enjoy the festival weekend to the full, so we’re delighted that these tickets have sold out, it’s going to be a superb night.”

Tickets and more information are available from

Dodgy Announced as Figure 8 Headliners

by Figure 8 Festival

Indie veterans Dodgy will headline this year’s Figure 8 Festival, which takes place at Bristol Trinity Centre on Saturday September 28.

The trio whose hits include the catchy ‘Staying Out For The Summer’, ‘Good Enough’ and ‘If You’re Thinking Of Me’ returned with a bang last year - with their critically acclaimed album ‘Stand Upright In A Cool Place’, which was likened to Midlake, John Grant and Wilco.

Figure 8 Festival

The group is currently on the road with an acoustic hits set, and it is this set which they’ll be playing at Figure 8 Festival. A firm favourite at festivals, Dodgy are known for providing feel good sets of singalong songs from the 90s as well as showcasing their newer, well-received material.

Dodgy are joined at this exciting charity festival by the likes of Brighton-based folk artist Chris T-T, Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling collaborator Pete Roe and Leeds rockers ALASKA as well as former King Blues member Josie Ghost, London singer/songwriter Katie Malco and Northampton’s answer to Damien Rice, Joel Harries, the man behind Men Diamler, Richard Abberline, Mat Motte’s new band Shock Horror and up and coming Camden indie kids Velveteen.

There is also a strong Bristol contingent on the bill - including The St Pierre Snake Invasion, She Makes War, MyOwnFlag, Oliver Wilde, Goan Dogs and Sarah Proudfoot. The acts will be spread across two nights; a festival pre-party at The Birdcage, Bristol, on Friday September 27, from 7pm - late and at Trinity Centre on Saturday September 28, from 2pm until 2am - both with DJs taking to the decks after the main acts finish.

Once more, proceeds raised from the volunteer-led event go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year’s inaugural event in Dorset, raised a whopping £5,000 for the UK-based cancer charity. There will also be a raffle, cake sale, market, food stalls and more.

Tickets now on sale, priced £18.50adv + bf, via Bristol Ticket Shop, TicketWeb and select Bristol retailers - see website for details.

More information at or find us on Facebook by searching ‘Figure 8 Festival’ and follow us on Twitter @figure8festival

Final Bands Announced For ArcTanGent

by ArcTanGent

ArcTanGent has today added another 13 bands to its incredible line up of leftfield UK guitar music. Joining the post-rock and math-rock hordes are recent chart-botherers PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING and veteran progsters AMPLIFIER, plus Delta Sleep, Vessels, Nordic Giants, UpCDownC, Cleft, Fat Goth, Theo, Howard James Kenny, Charlie Barnes, Non-classical DJs and BIMM band Memory of Elephants.


ArcTanGent organiser James Scarlett: “I’m so excited about the latest bands! I’ve been a huge fan of Amplifier for years and Public Service Broadcasting are on a big roll after their album debuted on the UK charts at number 21 last week”

“A lot of blood, sweat and a few tears have gone into putting this line up of 70 odd bands together and I can honestly say I’m a very happy man when I look at the poster. If you like mathy, post-rock or just interesting, progressive music in general then our line up should make you very happy!”

Featuring 72 acts in total, plus a Silent Disco, ArcTanGent is headlined by 65daysofstatic and Fuck Buttons and also features Future of the Left, Rolo Tomassi, And So I Watch You From Afar, Three Trapped Tigers, Bo Ningen, Earthtone9, Tall Ships and Turbowolf.

The festival takes places from 29th – 31st August at a farm location 10 miles south of Bristol. Tickets are strictly limited to 5,000 and are on sale now priced at £59 (including two nights camping).

For more information visit

Live-Music-Scene Turns Six

by Jodie Humphries

Live-Music-Scene will be turning the grand old age of six in April, so we're putting on another birthday gig! This year we have moved to the Exchange and will be taking over both stages.

Live-Music-Scene Turns Six

Doors are 4pm, first band are on at 4.30pm.

Tickets are £5 in advance, £6 on the door!

The Exchange is an 18+ venue.

Coming along to help us celebrate, are;

Full Line-up:


To The Bones


Cars On Fire


Black Elephant


Oxygen Thief



Upstairs Line-up:






Downstairs Line-up:

To The Bones

Cars On Fire

Black Elephant

Oxygen Thief


You'll be able to get food from the Stag and Hounds, and if you're attending the gig you will be able to get veg chilli and rice for just £3!

Damnation Festival To Curate Stafe At ArcTanGent

by ArcTanGent


Seminal British metallers EARTHTONE9 will headline a stage dedicated to some of the UK's heaviest and most experimental bands as a 'Day of Damnation' is hosted at ArcTanGent.


The minds behind the country's most uncompromising day of metal, Damnation Festival, have teamed up with the organisers of England's newest weekender, ArcTanGent, to curate a stunning and diverse bill on Friday, August 30.

Liverpool's ungodly wall of noise DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT, the soundscapes of re-formed BOSSK, post-metal brilliance of DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL and atmospheric black metal of WINTERFYLLETH will also feature on the hand-picked bill of talent with HUMANFLY, MANATEES and ASTROHENGE setting the standard by opening proceedings on the day.

The Day of Damnation will compliment an awe-inspiring bill at the Bristol event, with past Damnation favourites; Rolo Tomassi, Blacklisters, And So I Watch You From Afar, Maybeshewill and Talons also lining up alongside headliners 65daysofstatic and Fuck Buttons.

Damnation organiser Gavin McInally: “ArcTanGent is already shaping up to be one of the best weekends of the summer and we're delighted to host a Day of Damnation at its inaugural event - handpicking eight acts who have previously graced our stages and left carnage in their wake.

“Although Damnation is predominantly a metal festival, we do venture into the world of post-rock, progressive and experimental music too so there is a natural crossover with ArcTanGent.

“And with Damnation camped in a cold Leeds each November and ArcTanGent enjoying a sunnier weekend in Bristol this August, the events will complement each other and we hope fans will make it along for both festivals.”

Gavin added: “We are looking forward to digging out our tents - if ArcTanGent is run as smoothly as its sister festival, 2000trees, with the line-up it now has in place – it's going to be incredible!”

Other acts confirmed to perform at ArcTanGent include Future of the Left, Three Trapped Tigers, Islet, TTNG, The Pirate Ship Quintet, Bo Ningen, Tall Ships, Gallops, Johnny Foreigner, Turbowolf, Arcane Roots, Castrovalva, Brontide, That Fucking Tank and The Physics House Band.

ArcTanGent co-founder James Scarlett, said: “A few of us went to Damnation Festival for the first time last year and thought it was truly awesome. The quality of their line up and the atmosphere of the whole festival was top class, so I’m bursting with excitement that we’ve been able to organise this partnership.

“ArcTanGent is all about giving festival goers something a bit different and pushing more leftfield, experimental music, so this announcement with Damnation fits perfectly with our ethos but brings a new, heavier edge. Bring on the summer!”

ArcTanGent takes places from 29th – 31st August at a farm location 10 miles south of Bristol. Tickets are strictly limited to 5,000 and are on sale now priced at £59 (including two nights camping).

For more information visit

Mystery Jets to headline 2000trees

by 2000trees

Mystery Jets to headline 2000trees

New and underground British music

11-13 July 2013 – plus Early Entry tickets available for Thursday 11 July

Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham, GLOS. GL54 4BL

Mystery Jets will headline this summer’s 2000trees festival, delighted organisers have revealed.


Also unveiled are King Charles, Stagecoach, Gunning for Tamar, The Crimea, Rat Attack, Andy Oliveri, The Arteries, Axes, Black Art, Bermuda Ern, Cauls, The Cadbury Sisters, Casimir, Velcro Hooks and Hot Feet.

They join an excellent list of already announced bands including: Stornoway, Funeral for a Friend, And So I Watch You From Afar, We Are The Ocean, InMe, Adebisi Shank, Stealing Sheep, Nine Black Alps, Fight Like Apes, Hilda May, Childhood, Beans on Toast, Cold Crows Dead, Brontide, Sky Larkin, Park Bench Society, Bovine, Wot Gorilla?, The Family Rain, Emperor Yes, Portasound, The Physics House Band, Her Name Is Calla, John J Presley, Bats, Hot Feet, Gnarwolves, The Retrospective Soundtrack Players, Empress, Black Moth, Crash of Rhino's, Landscapes, Wet Nuns, Grappler, Bear Cavalry and WOAHNOWS.

Thursday’s Early Entry night includes Future of the Left, The Xcerts, Gallops, Max Raptor, Freeze the Atlantic and EMPIRE, but tickets are almost sold out for this extra evening of fun and music.

Today organisers promised that news of their biggest ever Friday night headliner, another 20 acts and something special that will only occur at this year’s 2000trees will all be announced soon.

Organiser James Scarlett said: “Mystery Jets have proven their mettle as live performers and developed a huge following as a result of being great to watch, we’re sure they will give us a great finale to Saturday night on the main stage.

“Last year they sold out the 5,000 capacity Brixton Academy so are a seriously huge band for a small festival like 2000trees. We are really pleased and hope that everyone enjoys them as much as we are going to.”

2000trees gives 5,000 music fans the chance to discover the very best new and underground British bands on four stages – plus comedy, DJs, quality food and drink and much more – in the picturesque Cotswolds.

According to organiser Andy Rea: “2000trees brings together the very best live performers from a wide range of genres, which makes it a genuinely exciting, eclectic line-up each and every year.

“We still have more than 20 acts to announce – including our Saturday night headliner – so we cannot wait for the summer to start.”

Tickets – including a limited number of Early Entry passes - are available from

The website also has line-up links to hear all the acts.