All 50,000 tickets sold in three and a half hours. Fucking get in.
Turner Hall were extremely proud that two of their acts won major gongs at the Q Awards last week (sorry it’s taken us this long to post about it – hangover just subsiding). Underworld took Track of the Year for Bells & Circles (the first track on their collaborative EP with Iggy Pop) and the mighty Ian McCulloch who won the Icon Awards (presented by Shaun William Ryder). Also in attendance – Courteeners‘ Liam Fray who presented best solo artist to Noel Gallagher and Gaz Coombes who presented best new act to the staunchest band around, Idles.
Helped the mighty Gruff Rhys out with a recent one-off track recorded specially for the National Theatre Wales’ NHS70 Festival. The Guardian ran a piece by Gruff spelling out why we need to fight to save this most beloved yet beleaguered British institution.
The above headline is from Prog‘s review of the recent 21st anniversary reissue of Mansun‘s incredible debut Attack of the Grey Lantern. Elsewhere, it was the Sunday Times ‘must have reissue of the week’, where it was described as “Absurd, compelling and testament to reckless ambition”. Mansun’s Paul Draper hits the road for an acoustic solo tour later this year.
Gaz Coombes‘ third album World’s Strongest Man was released this month to some pretty heavy praise…
“His best album yet” The Sun 4.5*
“Continuing proof that Gaz Coombes’ best work is happening in the here and now” Mojo 4*
“Each track feels completely different from the next, without ever feeling fractured, or out of sorts…. it’s nothing short of excellent” The Independent 4*
“As has been the case with both Matador and his debut solo album Here Come the Bombs, the magic of World’s Strongest Man lies in its details, the things that don’t reveal themselves until you’re listening to the album loudly for the third, fourth, fifth time. Whether he’s the world’s strongest man or not, Gaz Coombes is still one of Britain’s strongest – and perhaps underrated – songwriters” The Arts Desk 4*
“Olympian” Q 4*
“A timely deconstruction of masculinity for the #metoo era, World’s Strongest Man is a stunning platform for his skills” The Mirror 4*
“A haunted past, slightly nerve-inducing future, easily recognisable fears and hard to fathom, ambigious ones… Coombes can handle it all” Record Collector 4*
“A veritable melting pot of genre-bending songs… an adventurous and exciting record” Loud & Quiet
“Here’s an album by a male songwriter who feels deeply affected by the conversations happening around men and masculinity right now in light of #MeToo, Time’s Up and gender inequality in all its forms. Gaz Coombes isn’t congratulating himself on having these thoughts, he’s just trying to be more like the man he wants himself and other men to be. There’s room for a lot more of those” NME 4*
“Refined… intriguing… fierce… this rooster’s definitely mansize now” Classic Pop 4*
“Bold, brisk, rather beautiful” Uncut 8/10
“This is a dazzling thrill ride worth taking over and over…you’ll want to listen to World’s Strongest Man again and again” Mother Jones
“Welcome to a world in which beans or spaghetti or perhaps even pineapple are sealed in unopened cans like some kooky version of Schrodinger’s cat experiment, but at least the labels clearly state, “May contain beans or spaghetti or perhaps even pineapple”. Welcome to the World of Underworld” Electronic Sound
Underworld talk with Electronic Sound magazine about past, present and shining future and map out the geography of their ongoing, ever-growing World of Underworld project.