We’ve been told for years guitar music’s dead.
Where’s the next big band gonna come from?
They’re here, right here, right now…
In part one of our This Feeling Alive tour preview we spoke about headliners Bang Bang Romeo, The Shimmer Band, Blackwaters and the fantastic work the This Feeling team have done over the past eleven years. In the next series of gig previews, we are talking venues and special guests. As if the TF team hadn’t soothed our longing for the best guitar music in the coolest venues with the headliners, they have also invited the cream of the crop of special guests that we can’t not rave about too.
We start our next journey on the Alive tour in….
The O2 ABC is a nightclub and music venue on Sauchiehall Street, in the centre of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. The building was constructed in 1875, renovated many times in its lifetime and also largely rebuilt in the 1920s. The building has been used for numerous functions before being finally converted to its current purpose between 2002 and 2005. In 2009, the Academy Music Group took a majority stake in the venue, rebranding it the O2 ABC.
Hailing from Alloa, Scotland, Vida are a five-piece indie band consisting of Jamie Pollock, Nathan Evans, Craig Scobbie, Jamie Piggott and Greg Ballantyne. The fabulous Steve Craddock (Ocean Colour Scene) was involved in the production of their recent single Where We Came From and the boys are ging from strength to strength, joining This Feeling for the Glasgow gig. We were lucky enough to catch up with them and find out how preparations are going for their big night!
What’s your personal This Feeling story?
We’ve been playing This Feeling club nights since 2014/2015 in small venues across Glasgow, gradually working our way up the bill and this year has been class with regards to what This Feeling have offered us! It started with a gig in 2017 at the start of the year then progressed in to festivals across Britain and now it’s a nationwide tour. Get in!
Do you have a story we can share from a previous This Feeling tour or gig?
There’s been many a story to tell, but some not so appropriate for this. But the main one that sticks in our heads would be the Jack Rocks tent at TRNSMT, the atmosphere in that tent for our set was unbelievable!
What’s it really like being a part of the This Feeling family? What can we expect when we come and see a This Feeling show?
This Feeling as a whole is a fucking great family, all the bands are top class and we’ve made some good friends along the way. What’s not to like about it?! Expect a cracker of a night. Expect the discovery of bands you love that you’ve never heard of before and expect to be blown away. Every TF night is made up to bring the best of the Bataclan and they provide the goods! You should defo be at the Glasgow one – Scottish crowds are renowned for being the best. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that? We’re also big fans of This Feeling TV, music TV needs a reboot and This Feeling’s cracked it yet again. We’ve yet to appear in an episode but we can’t wait for the chance to be involved: we’ll need to practise our telly launching!
How do you prepare for a show like the This Feeling #Alive Tour & what’s it like being on the road with This Feeling bands?
Usually just graft in the practice room, get the set sounding as tight as a mouse’s waistcoat and then just go out and enjoy every minute of it. Touring, it’s top drawer every time. We love life on the road and it makes it even better when you’re surrounded by a top team! We’ve made some memories on This Feeling tours just in the last year, the Hot Scots tour was one to remember anyway! Can’t wait to see what next year holds for us and This Feeling!
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ALIVE TOUR TICKETS:
Oct 1 Thekla Bristol w/ YVES
Oct 2 Glee Club Cardiff w/ Chapel Row
Oct 3 O2 Institute Birmingham 3 w/ The Assist
Oct 5 Fibbers: Live Music Venue w/ SHEAFS
Oct 6 O2 ABC Glasgow 2 w/ Vida
Oct 8 Manchester Academy Club w/ Proletariat.
Oct 9 The Wardrobe Leeds w/ The Strawberries
Oct 10 Hull FRüIT w/ Mint
Oct 11 Glee Club Nottingham w/ The Ruffs
Oct 13 Sheffield Plug w/ Liberty Ship
Oct 14 London Electric Ballroom w/ Paves
Oct 15 Brighton Patterns w/ SONS
The following play all gigs, for more info http://northern-exposure.co/preview-this-feeling-alive-tour/
THE SHIMMER BAND
The Shimmer Band have only released three singles so far (‘Freedom’, ‘Sunkick’, ‘Jacknife and the Death Call’) but they’ve gained such a huge following in so little time doing serious damage at this summer’s festivals. The band make soaring euphoric electronica-infused indie with nods to late ’90s Verve, U2, Doves and Kasabian. Arenas await these lot but academy’s will get their roof well and truly blown off come October.
BANG BANG ROMEO
Bang Bang Romeo’s song ‘Johannesburg’ is the perfect introduction to rising Doncaster four-piece guitar band. A sound layered Hammond, brass, Ennio Morricone-esque warbly reverb and overarching magnetism of lead singer Anastasia Walker comes across like Shirley Bassey if she’s grown up on a diet of The Last Shadow Puppets, The National, and Fleetwood Mac. Anthemic, stadium ready new single ‘Chemical‘ is out now.
Formed at University in Guildford three years ago, indie rockers Blackwaters make clever, raw indie punk and are a perfect outfit to sit beside bands like The Libertines. The band currently only have a handful of singles online and with their Dead Kennedys-esque energy and Essex-raised singer Maximillion Tanner’s Jamie T-esque ear for pop hooks, the band are all set to explode.