Artists and Bands

Post-hardcore heroism, festival updates and student radio news from a rather over enthusiastic UK chap!

Greetings from the UK!!!

Good evening rock and roll fans! It’s Ashley King from the other side of the pond with a long overdue update of what’s being happening music-wise in jolly old England.

First things first, Welsh post-hardcore heroes, Funeral for a Friend have announced details of a UK tour in June and July in support of forthcoming second album, Hours. The band, who shot to fame in 2003, claim their sophmore effort will be more “natural sounding” and have more bite than debut, Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation. I’ve got my ticket! Any who happens to be in the country at the time is advised to the same!

As reported in a previous post the headliners for the Reading/Leeds festivals will be Iron Maiden, the Pixies and Foo Fighters. Also playing over the three day festival will be Queens of the Stone Age, Razorlight, Dropkick Murphys, Roots Manuva, Jimmy Eat World, Transplants, The Killers and The Coral.

Weekend tickets cost £125, a day ticket will set you back around sixty pounds. Reading has virtually sold out, but tickets for the Leeds leg can be found here.

Speaking of festivals, perhaps the most legendary of the British festivals, Glastonbury, has sold out in just three hours. That’s right, all of the 112000 allocated tickets have been snapped up and are already being flogged on Ebay for over £600.

Headlining this year are garage rock gods the White Stripes, pint-sized pop princess Kylie Minogue, and Coldplay, who are on the brink of returning to the rock and roll world with highly anticipated third album, X&Y.

And lastly, but by no means least, for the past few weeks yours truly has been pumping up the jams on student radio station, Frequency 1350 AM/MW. Every Thursday 1600-1800 GMT you can hear “King for a Day”. I play all kinds of stuff: old, new, metal, hardcore, reggae, post-punk, rock, motown, indie, screamo, rap, emo, New Kids on the Block (just kidding on that last one) and all that jazz! You can also listen to the show online with this link and I regularly post tracklistings of my previous shows up on mylivejournal . Feel free to email me with any requests, shoutouts, bribes from young lusty maidens etc.

That’s your lot for now guys!