Always listen to joncurtis. (If it helps Jon we wrote an album about this. No one heard it though. Oh well, whatever, nevermind etc.) Never give up.
Last night, my friend heard Billy Bragg speak to a lot of independent musicians. I love Billy Bragg, and I’m always interested in what he has to say, but the key thing that my friend took from what he said, what he remembers being the crux of his oration, both in a speech and during songs was:…
When we were younger and still had the hunger Oxford was the greatest place on Earth. Dreaming spires, clever girls in glasses, punts; Oxford had it all. Most importantly for those of us an hour up the M40, Oxford had music: Talulah Gosh, Swervedriver and f*cking RIDE - for two too short years, the biggest and best guitar band in the country.
We adopted their shoe-gazy shuffle, we tried to talk like Morse, some of us *might have* handed in a GCSE exam paper claiming RIDE and (wait for it) Ice T were going to change the face of music FOREVER. But we never dreamt for one second that we’d get to share a stage with the band’s iconic singer-songwriter Mark Gardener. Unbelievably, that’s what’s happening this Saturday the 31st of August at our fourth annual GREAT INDOORS festival at The Brixton Windmill.
Even more unbelievably there are a few advance tickets left at the time machine (Ride joke) price of just £6 (£5 for NUS / OAPs)
Click here to buy tickets
THE GREAT INDOORS isn’t only about grumbly old indie men reliving their youth (although that bit is really good - and I am asking Ice T to do it next year) it’s about THE YOUTH reminding us all how these things should be done, which is why this Saturday is being bossed by the gonzo glitch-punk racket of Her Parents, easily the best live band that you will see all year. It’s also why we’ve been demoted to the 6.30 post barbecue / sports report slot. All the kids we’ve booked are just too good.
Here’s the running order for Saturday (these times aren’t set in stone, so turn up early and leave late to avoid disappointment. I promise something great will be happening).
Drop the Needle DJs 2330
Her Parents 2245
Mark Gardener 2130
Sons of Guns 2030
Desperate Journalist 1930
The Winter Olympics 1830
Free Barbecue 1715
B.B. Manik 1630
main stage DJs: Adam (Mosquito Research Unit) and Animal Disco
The Great Indoors 4
Saturday 31 August 2013
2pm – late o’clock
The Brixton Windmill
22 Blenheim Gardens
Brixton, London SW2 5BZ
020 8671 0700
Tickets £6 in advance (£5 for NUS and OAPs)
More on the door (in the unlikely event that there are any left – Mark Gardener from Ride is on!)
Lots of love