Stockton Calling

Written by Aidy.

Stockton's fast becoming our little home away from home and we're back up there again this weekend for Stockton Calling playing alongside the likes of Pigeon Detectives and Laura Gibson. We'll be playing at The Vault and we'd like to thank our manager Matt Speight for getting us this one, especially since we're all massive Bluetones fans and we're on right before the legendary Mark Morriss, so as you can imagine we're really looking forward to this one!

You can get tickets here: http://www.stocktoncalling.co.uk

 

Beeb@30

Written by Aidy.

If there's one thing I love it's wallowing in nostalgia and learning about the pioneers of the industry of which I'm proud to be a part of and this Sunday I got to do both of those things. I was lucky enough to attend Beeb@30 which celebrated 30 years of the BBC Micro and the Computer Literacy project. Hosted at the ARM offices in Cambridge by The Museum of Computing History, this was a real treat, especially since I grew up with both the BBC Micro and the Acorn Electron. The fastest thing I can still type to this day is word 'chain' thanks to the people that were in that room. I even got my photo taken with Chris Curry, the man who's cinematic counterpart uttered the words "We could've been the British IBM" in Micro Men. Great days!!

The Iain Lee Pocket Radio Show

Written by Aidy.

The Iain Lee Pocket Radio Show

As Chris Curry said in Micro Men "We have to advertise on TV like IBM and Commodore!" well our budget doesn't quite stretch as far TV (yet) but we've managed to get a bit of a cheeky plug on the excellent Iain Lee's Pocket Radio Show podcast. We're all really pleased about this as we're massive fans of his radio antics, the 11 O Clock show and of course the epic retro gaming documentary Thumb Candy.

We're mentioned on episode 4 and can find the podcast on iTunes or just head here:
Ian Lee's Pocket Radio Show 
 

UK Tour Coming Soon!

Written by Aidy.

Dave, Paul and myself are still working hard on the new album and we're also looking to tour upon it's completion. We had a lot of fun touring last year and we're all pretty keen to get back there to play our new material. We've already got a couple gigs sorted but if anyone out there is interested in booking us you can drop me an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We'll be on the road from Saturday 28th July to Saturday 4th August, we'll update you as the dates come in.

Not just a drummer!

Written by Paul.

Oscar PikeAlongside being a drummer, I am also a playwright and this year I am back at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to see my own work performed for a sixth year. This time it's slightly different because I aim to take two shows up there with my trusty cast (because clearly taking just the one production isn't stressful enough) and this weekend the whole fundraising shenanigans begin. I often get asked why I keep going back to the fringe; my reasons are long-winded and not suitable for a blog such as this. But in short – it is the most inspiring and exciting environment any artist can be a part of, just one stroll down The Royal Mile during August and it is impossible not to feel excited.

It is often talked about as being the place where performers/writers/directors get 'spotted' and whisked off to be mega-famous but it really isn't about or like that at all – it's about the opportunity to perform at the greatest arts festival on the planet in front of an audience who will appreciate it, whilst being surrounded by hundreds of other performers/writers/directors who are completely on the same page as you are. I also often get asked why I am a drummer and a playwright, because these two passions aren't commonly associated. But to me it's completely logical why it works; putting a cast together, working on material as a team and then performing this work on stage is remarkably similar to being in a band, rehearsing songs and then playing them at a gig. They are both wonderful things, but I do wonder what the Edinburgh Fringe equivalent is for live rock bands.

Maybe it's Glastonbury? Maybe it's South By Southwest? Either way, I'm sure we'll find out soon. In the meantime those fringe fundraising shenanigans I mentioned...one of the events is a very unique gig on Saturday 3rd March at The Cornerhouse in Cambridge titled '100 Songs In 5 Hours' – the clue is very much in the title. Aidy, Dave and I will be contributing at least 6 or 7 of those 100 live songs if you're about, it starts at 7pm and entry is £5, would be good to see you there.