In November 2005, I put on a show at The Star Inn in Guildford with a shitty PA in the crap back room. The lineup included Get Cape, Frank Turner, Tellison and Tanaou. 11 people came. Put on a show at the newly re-vamped venue, to a much larger crowd last night. Stagecoach release their debut album today, wonder what the next 8 years will hold for this lot? #stagecoach #music (at The Star Inn - Shepherd Neame)
Our Lost Infantry killing it in Guildford last night #guildford #live #music (at The Star Inn - Shepherd Neame)
Solovation Bill opening the Stagecoach show last night. (at The Star Inn - Shepherd Neame)
This is just under 2 weeks away. Really looking forward to working with the newly-refurbished Star Inn again - we put on some of our first shows there, back when we promoted under the name Highland Cow Promotions.
I think given the quality of the bill, the ticket price is excellent and it’s a really nice cross-section of local talent. If ever there were a gig that screams “support your local scene”, then this is it. Please re-blog and spread the word x
Banquet Records: Retail is detail - my thoughts on HMV -
BANQUET RECORDS -
more thanstill your local record shop
Well, its been a long time coming. We were talking about this for a little while. Even as long as five years ago when people were talking about how indie stores were folding left right and centre, we were very vocal to point out…
Worth a read.
This happens at @newslangclub on Thursday 1st Nov #halloween #gig #thistownneedsguns #ttng #kingston #london #livemusic #26isdancier #freeentry #fancydress (at New Slang)
Poster for Raein in Glasgow in January 2013. Good friends at tiob.co.uk putting it on. Cannae wait.
I have such talented friends. I hope these are printed up and made available. If not…. SEND ME THE JPEG LIZ :)
YEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH. Yes please in my ears.
SHOES AND SOCKS OFF & SOMEONE DIED - MEGA FRONT MAN TOUR
16 – The Lamb – Devizes
17 – The Pav-Tav - Brighton (with Joe Tubelord)
18 – The Grey Horse – Kingston (with Katie Malco)
19 – Nation of Shopkeepers – Leeds
20 – The Castle - Manchester
21 – The Pilgrim – Liverpool
22 – The Chameleon Arts Café - Nottingham
24 – The Old Blue Last – London (with Ross Secondsmile)
Final SASO tour!
poster by arran gregory
The Kingston show is now at The Cricketers, with The Front Bottoms headlining and Katie Malco opening. Radsauce.
Banquet Records: New Slang is moving back to McClusky's! -
Well, this is something that I never thought I’d be saying 2 and a half years ago, but New Slang is moving back to McClusky’s.
There’s no massive drama here. There hasn’t been a falling out and we’re still involved with The Hippodrome, but New Slang, as a part of what Banquet…
so I’ve heard a fair few people complaining about BT’s service over the years, but as most of you will know I just moved into a sweet little flat in Raynes Park, and top of my shopping list was a broadband connection.
As much as I wanted to go to VirginMedia (having always been with them at our family home, as far back as when they were NTL), I was advised by an employee, over the phone, that it would be cheaper and less hassle to go through BT, as they owned the line that already existed in my flat. Cool, at least he’s being honest, I thought. Well, he was wrong.
Dealing with BT has been the most hassle I’ve ever had to endure, much like fighting with a dog that just won’t give up its toy, or trying to stop a baby crying, or trying to play a hockey match with a dead leg. Combined.
I first made the call to BT in the first week of November. I didn’t make a note of the date, as I didn’t think it would be relevant (nor would I need a point of reference in a blog 1 and a half months down the line) but they assured me that depsite the fact that my address (a year-old build) didn’t seem to exist on the postal system, as there was an existing line into my flat, they should be able to make a connection quite easily. No sweat.
They said they would send out an engineer on the 24th November, much to the chagrin of my girlfriend, who spends a HUGE amount of time writing for one of the UK’s largest and best-respected beauty blogs, and has had to decamp to the local Starbucks on an alarmingly regular occasion simply to be able to do her work. I’m sure you can imagine she’d far rather do it from the comfort of her own, new, home.
Anyhow, the weeks passed and on the 23rd November, I received a text from BT (a text!!) simply saying that they would not need to send an engineer out the following day, as I could simply install the broadband gear myself, which they were going to post out anyway. Fair enough, thought I, being as I am something of a network wiz (I installed a full wired network in the offices for my dad’s business a few years ago, hand-crimping each wire myself), and thought nothing of it.
I received the package, got home from work and proceeded, in a very un-manly way, to follow all the instructions to the letter. It said that once the power, internet and broadband lights had all gone blue, that i should run the installation program on my laptop. I didn’t get that far however, as the broadband light never lit up. I checked online (on my phone) and the obvious answer was that it wasn’t yet midnight on my activation day, hence it wouldn’t connected. I went to bed, and retried in the morning. No change. Hmmm.
I went to and from work, then tried again, thinking that might solve the issue. A quick phone call to BT later, and their customer services rep uttered the immortal words, “Oh, what will have happened is that we need to send out an engineer to your flat.”
HEAD. WALL. The earliest they could send an engineer? December 7th. Frustrating. So a month after I initially ordered it, and I’m still waiting for working broadband. To his credit, the guy arrived at 8am sharp, just before I left for work. Despite being told on the phone that I could go to work and leave him to work in my flat, he was adamant to the contrary. Luckily, he didn’t have a long enough ladder so had to wait for a supervisor to come out and help him - fortunately, coinciding with my lunchbreak. I made myself some pasta while they drilled holes in walls, acted very professionally and then said, “We’ve done everything we need to in here, so what we’ll do is we’ll leave the cable coiled up outside, and get a line engineer out to connect it up to the network; he’ll come either today or tomorrow.”
Which was fair enough. Anyway. That was last Wednesday. It’s Tuesday now. Still not connected, I’ve spent way too much time on the phone repeating the same things over and over again and I am FUCKED OFF with it all. Another engineer is coming out on Thursday to finally fix that cabling, and if they haven’t, I’m probably going to firebomb the exchange.
IF I CAN’T HAVE INTERNET NOONE CAN.
Merry Xmas, BT.
I confirmed that we will be DJing at Camden Barfly on the 28th and 29th December. So if you’re in north London and at a loose end, post-Xmas… you know what to do.
Saturday 26th November - Tangled Hair, Love Among The Mannequins, Outatbero, Abel Archer @ The Fighting Cocks, Kingston - £5 advance
Tuesday 4th December - This Is Not Revolution Rock DJs @ Camden Barfly - 9pm-1am, FREE ENTRY
Monday 12th December - Franz Nicolay (ex-The Hold Steady), Chris T-T, James Page @ The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch - FREE SHOW
Thursday 15th December - Earthtone9 + The Safety Fire + more TBC @ The Peel, Kingston - £10 advance
Friday 16th December - This Town Needs Guns, Shoes And Socks Off + more TBA @ The Fighting Cocks, Kingston - £7 advance
Tuesday 20th December - This Is Not Revolution Rock DJs XMAS SPECIAL! @ Camden Barfly - 9pm-1am, FREE ENTRY
Friday 23rd December - This Is Not Revolution Rock Xmas Party! - Killington Fall, Anison, The Brilliantly Simple @ The Fighting Cocks, Kingston - £5 advance (tickets available soon)
Saturday 7th January 2012 - Tubelord, Olympians + more TBA @ The Fighting Cocks, Kingston - £6 advance (tickets available soon)