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Getting Ready for Leeds Fest With Mike Mitchell

Leeds Festival, Bramham Park, 26th – 28th August 2011

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, at the idyllic and grandiose setting of Bramham Hall, the Lane Fox family are playing host to the Leeds Festival press conference, at this point it is hard to imagine that by the end of August they will have opened their gates (for the 9th time) to 75,000 people attending the Leeds Festival in the grounds of Bramham Park.

Fronting the press conference was event organiser Melvin Benn who brims with enthusiasm at what is about to happen and what he has already achieved with the help of a team that he so readily acknowledges.

Melvin chose to focus his attention away from the headline acts and concentrate on the up and coming bands appearing on the BBC Introducing Stage, “Leeds Festival is at the forefront of new music, these bands sum up what the festival is all about” stated Melvin.

Mike Mitchell talks to the Simon Pollard Band, who you can catch on the BBC Introducing Stage.

The Introducing Stage is making it’s 4th appearance at Leeds Festival which has given a strong platform in the past to bands such as Everything Everything, Florence and the Machine, Pulled Apart By Horses and Dinosaur Pile Up.

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DIY or Die goes LIVE!

diyordieBCB has a whole new show! From the the minds of Katie and Jen, former presenters of The Show, comes DIY or Die – a monthly look into the world of DIY music and culture in Bradford and beyond.

We have our own extra-special blog at because we have so much stuff we want to tell people about – there’s also a zine in production that will be available for you look at online and in hard copy.

On our first ever show, we spoke to Jeffrey Lewis about the wonder of Crass, discussed the upcoming EqualFest happening at the 1 in 12 Club and found out about food foraging…

These are the musical selections we made –

MEN – Who Am I? (new single, featuring Anthony from Anthony and the Johnsons)

Jeffrey Lewis – ‘End Result’

Crass – ‘End Result’

Joe Tilston – ‘A Song For Old Friends’

Random Hand – ‘I, Human’ (from 2009 album Inhale/Exhale)

Autonomads – ‘Dubbin’ Up The Downfall’

Etai Keshaki
– ‘Propaganda of the Deed’ (new exclusive track!)

Trash Kit – ‘Cadets’

Family Elan – misc live track.

Amanda Palmer
– ‘Map of Tazmania’

DIY or Die goes out once a month on Saturdays at 5pm, and is repeated the following Monday at 10am and Tuesday at midnight. Thanks to the magic of the BCB website, you can also listen again. So no excuses.

The Show – Saturday 26th November, 6pm and again on Tuesday at 1pm

This week on The Show, Jen and I offered you more of our mildly sarcastic opinion and attempts at wit. I reviewed M.I.A’s gig at the O2 Academy, we annihilated a song we found in BCB Towers and left you with the new single by Show fave, Chilly Gonzales. We talked about M.I.A’s controversial video for her song, ‘Born Free’ which we thought may no longer be banned on You Tube….looks like it still is, so you’ll have to settle for XXXO –
[embedding not seeming to work today, so just posting a link to the video – ed]


M.I.A – Bamboo Banga (from the album Kala, released 2007 on XL Records)

Deerhoof – The Merry Barracks (available now as a free download)

M.I.A – XXXO (from the album /\/\ /\ Y /\, released July 2010)

Wilder – Skyfull of Rainbows (2010, Rough Trade)

Chilly Gonzales – Never Stop (Released on 20/12/2010, Delabels)

The Show – 02/10/2010 and again on 05/10/2010

Hello blog world!

This week, Katie and Jen of The Show spoke to Rory from bright young thingies, The Kabeedies. He was very tired and in a miscallenous Travel Lodge (oh, the trappings of fame). We mostly talked about Twitter, which is always entertaining as neither Jen nor I really ‘get it’. The Kabeedies are playing at the trend central venue that is Nation of Shopkeepers in Leeds on Thursday 7th October – they are a most excellent live band with enough energy to keep a medium sized town (perhaps Ipswich) alight for at least 2 hours, i.e they are rather good.

sometimes they wear more clothes

sometimes they wear more clothes

We also talked about the AMAZING Constellation Festival happening over 2 days at Leeds Uni on 13th and 14th November – excellent line-up featuring Local Natives, Liars, Fout Tet and Broken Social Scene.

Here is what we played –

– Kap Bambino – ‘Red Signs’ (Single, 2008)
– Musuem of Bellas Artes – ‘Watch the Glow’ (Single, 2010)
-Kabeedies – ‘Palindromes’ from the EP ‘Ten Animals I Slam in a Net’ (2008)
-Broken Social Scene – ‘World Sick’ from the Album ‘Forgiveness Rock Record'(2010)
-Young Blood Brass Band – ‘Nuclear Summer’ from the album ‘Is That A Riot?’ (2007)
-Kabeedies – King Canute’ from the EP ‘Ten Animals I Slam in a Net’ (2008)

The Show goes out at 6pm on Saturdays, is repeated on Tuesdays at 1pm and will see you soon.

The Show – 5th June (and then Tuesday 8th) – Violets, Shapes, and some Punky Reggae…

Greetings from the show!

This week in fun show-land, Norwich 2-piece Violet Violet were the extra-special co-hosts ahead of their support slot with The Slits (words like legendry etc fit in here) at the Brudenell Social Club on the 3rd. There was much fun and giggling and Cheri&Fliss played 2 acoustic songs – both from their new EP entitled ‘Ebony and Ivory’ which will be out in July on NRone Records. You can view their ace (but slightly disturbing) video for their last single here –

The two acoustic tracks will be up on this here blog in the next few days…

The Show goes out at 6pm on Saturdays and is then repeated for further audio fun at 1pm on Tuesdays. Next week on The Show – The Return of Jen Fox, our continuing feature – ‘The Next Song We Play Will Be One We Found on a Table in BCB’, and a preview of Bradford Zine Fair.

Fun times 🙂 xx