23 Apr 2014
Attention bands! This summer my show with Howard Monk on Amazing Radio, Festival Pass, is giving you the chance to play live at a wonderful festival on the banks of the river Wye.
Set across 11 days with 500 events How The Light Gets In is a joint philosophy and music festival where 180 speakers and some 300 acts will be performing live across 7 stages. The music line up is already looking very strong with the likes of Mr Scruff, Emmy The Great and Moulettes all set to play and YOU COULD TOO!
Posted by Ruth Barnes at 11:31
15 Apr 2014
|Sharon Van Etten|
On the last two shows on The Other Woman we’ve had a session track from London’s Sephine Llo, Marissa Nadler‘s beautiful single Was It A Dream, and something ‘banging’ from Germany’s Nina. We delved into the session archive for another track from Charlie Hinchcliff aka Dear Pariah too, as she readies her EP for release.
An old favourite of ours makes an appearance, the wonderful Brooklyn songwriter Sharon Van Etten. She's releasing her second album soon and Taking Chances, the first single, is an excellent taster. I also can’t wait to go and be a groupie at her forthcoming UK tour.
We’ve got new music from Smoke Fairies too, the endlessly prolific duo are rockin’ out on their new album. We’re dipping into some electro-pop with sisters Say Lou Lou and also Australian native George Maple, plus, we introduce you to Manchester’s Rachel Hillary.
Listen again here or join in the fun on Sunday from 9pm.
Posted by Ruth Barnes at 02:18
Ruth Barnes and Howard Monk are focusing their attention on two of London’s finest festivals in Meltdown at the Southbank Centre and Field Day in Victoria Park on Festival Pass.
To help us tell the story of these very different events we’ve enlisted the help Jane Beese from Meltdown and Tom Baker from Field Day, so if you’re interested in learning about the special relationships Meltdown cultivates with it’s curators or what it takes for a new band to play Field Day, this show is for you.
Festival pass is a run of special shows giving you access to the major players in the UK festival circuit, in the second edition we’ll be playing out music from bands appearing at both Meltdown and Field Day whilst also giving you the chance to win tickets to these two great events.
Posted by Ruth Barnes at 02:15
10 Apr 2014
BBC Radio 1 DJ, label boss and festival organiser Rob Da Bank gets things moving for my new run of shows entitled Festival Pass, on Amazing Radio, with agent and promoter Howard Monk (The Local).
Rob gives us a unique insight into the UK festival circuit, what it takes to be successful as an independent and how he decides his line-ups. Originally kicking off Bestival over a decade ago, the small festival went from strength to strength and even spawned a little sibling in the ever popular Camp Bestival. Don’t forget we’re giving you the chance to go for free!
We're also giving away tickets to all our upcoming featured festivals - this Saturday we feature Meltdown and Field Day, so you'll find tickets to those too here.
Posted by Ruth Barnes at 11:51
Described by Amanda Palmer as sitting somewhere between Cat Power, Nick Drake and Scott Walker, London based Bethia Beadman reveals her new video for Mary exclusively here on Amazing Radio. The new album Chinatown is soaked in Phil Spector-esque production and big, strong melodies. There’s no acoustic noodling here, this is the sound of a confident artist who is poised for greatness album number three.
Posted by Ruth Barnes at 11:12
7 Apr 2014
On first hearing Bird to Beast's single Elephant, you cannot help but break out into a joyful whoop and start singing along like a maniac. It's *that* catchy, it's *that* beautifully crafted and honed, it's worthy of the great pop masters, I reckon Lennon would have been envious. Married couple Sam and Hannah Hird are the talent behind Bird to Beast, and 2014 will be a special year for them, having already garnered radio and online attention - the only way is up for this pair. I snagged a session with them for Amazing Radio in 2013 that thought best to hang onto it until the single release - so here it is for your listening pleasure:
Posted by Ruth Barnes at 01:26
2 Apr 2014
I'm very excited to be putting on three fantastic bands in association with The Local. On April 27th - London experimental quartet Collectress headline, with a new album to plug, then using electronics, harp, cello and more there's TOW favourites Talk in Colour and taking a break from TV soundtracks and Levi's ad campaigns we also have Megan Wyler on the bill - all will perform at The Ace Hotel in London's Shoreditch. I'll be deejaying - it's FREE.
Posted by Ruth Barnes at 02:16
Over the next 6 weeks I'm hosting a new show on Amazing Radio with agent and promoter Howard Monk (The Local) - Festival Pass.
We're getting under the skin of our favourite festivals and asking the organisers how they do it, but more importantly how do YOU get to play on the bill. Do you need an agent? Do they actually listen to every last submission they receive?
As well as giving away tickets to Camp Bestival, Meltdown, Field Day, Barn on the Farm and The Great Escape - we're also running a competition where you and your band could play at How The Light Gets In.
All you need to do to enter is upload a killer track to your Amazing Tunes profile like this:
Artist Name - Track Titles (Festival Pass) ... and you'll be in the running.
Posted by Ruth Barnes at 01:39