A year ago, Bloc Party brought the love to Dundee. Today, the band were confirmed for this year's 'Big Weekend' festival in Preston, hosted by Radio 1!
Bloc Party will be headlining the 'In New Music We Trust' Stage on Sunday 20th May, performing after Maximo Park, those cheeky purveyors of fuzzy pop goodness, and at the same time as Kaiser Chiefs over on the Main Stage. (Boycott the Kaisers!)
Click the banner to read more about the event and find out how you can register for tickets...
I've just re-uploaded last year's set (thanks to Bec for the mp3s!), so click here to listen to Bloc Party's Big Weekend in Dundee!
In other festival news, Bloc Party have also been announced as headliners for the 'Best Music Poll 2007' festival in Boston, MA. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
Bloc Party have just announced three end-of-year arena shows, starting at Glasgow SECC on December 12th. These will apparently be the band's only other UK headline dates this year, so get booking!
12.12.07 - Glasgow SECC (£18.50) 13.12.07 - Manchester G-Mex (£18.50) 14.12.07 - London Alexandra Palace (£20.00)
Tickets will be available in a pre-sale to paid members of Marshals (Pioneers) from Thursday 26th April at 9:30am and go on general sale on Friday 27th April at 9:30am.
So, Bloc Party have moved up to enormodome status! How will they fare in the land of extortionately priced beer and dubious acoustics? Will they emerge from a giant inflatable fruit of some kind? Several thousand people singing along to the chorus of 'The Prayer' is sure to be a bit of an experience anyway...
And finally, probably the most successful mashup (and definitely the grooviest)...'The Prayer's floor-filling potential gets ramped up even further by obscure Canadian new wavers, Martha and the Muffins (mashed by Sam Flanagan):
[Download]'Beach Party' ('The Prayer' vs. Martha and the Muffins 'Echo Beach')
'I Still Remember' entered the Official UK Singles Chart at number 20 yesterday, making it Bloc Party's sixth top 20 single in a row (just). Also, 'A Weekend In The City' has been given a new lease of life, jumping up from 58 to 26 in this week's album chart. 163,250 copies of the album have now been sold in the UK since its release in February...huzzah!
The third single from 'AWITC' looks likely to be 'Hunting For Witches'...the band filmed the video for it last week, so keep posted for more info!
Bloc Party played two tracks on Jo Whiley's Live Lounge a couple days ago...an acoustic rendition of 'I Still Remember' and, in keeping with Live Lounge tradition, a highly improbable cover version.
A Nelly Furtado album track isn't one of the most obvious choices for a Bloc Party cover, but their version of 'Say It Right' could almost pass as their own work. Billowing chords? Check. Uber-uplifting chorus? Check. Hell, there's even a one-minute instrumental breakdown. Hopefully this means that Bloc Party will break their duck on the upcoming tour and add a cover to their setlist for the first time!
Bloc Party are performing in the Live Lounge on Jo Whiley's Radio 1 show this morning, sometime between 10:00 and 12:45 GMT. Listen to it on 97-99 FM or through the power of the internet here. If you miss the session, fear ye not...the show can also be streamed from the Radio 1 website for a week after it airs.
If you only download one of the new tracks, get 'Cain Said To Abel' and learn the bridge lyrics off by heart...pure genius!
Discipline, discipline, disappearing / Echoing, echoing, exiting / Disappearing, discipline, disappearing / Nothing there, nothing works, nothing matters / Every time, every time, I look over / Everything, everyone, every time / Family, family, shredded by / Liberty, liberty, literally
You can be, you can be, you can see / Eventually, literally, instantly / History, history, disappearing / Echoing, echoing, exiting / You look up, you look over, you can see it / Disappearing, disappearing, instantly / Literally, literally, telling them / They'll be different / They'll be special / They'll be better!
Maybe you love 'A Weekend In The City' so much that you need more versions of its songs. Or, just maybe you dislike 'A Weekend In The City' that you need it infused with grimey, guttural synths to make it work for ya. If this sounds like you, have a listen to the Remix Artist Collective's retooling of 'Hunting For Witches', which sounds something like the bastard child of Bloc Party and MSTRKRFT.
Missed Bloc Party's incendiary set at SXSW last month? Managed to attend said event but were too sozzled to fully grasp what was going on? Well, Bloc Party have today handily released an EP of highlights from the show, available to buy exclusively from URGE. Head over there now for five tracks of Bloc Party goodness!
1. The Prayer (3:52) 2. I Still Remember (4:05) 3. So Here We Are (3:47) 4. Banquet (4:00) 5. Helicopter (4:25)
Make your own video for 'I Still Remember' Calling every budding Michel Gondry...Bloc Party are inviting fans to make their own video for 'I Still Remember', the new single released on Monday 9th April.
Winners' clips will be edited together to create an exclusive new video and will also get a pair of tickets to the UK gig of their choice on the band's upcoming sold out tour.
Bloc Party close their U.S. tour in style, becoming the first rock act to perform at New York's prestigious United Palace theatre:
[Setlist, 31.03.07] Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Positive Tension / Hunting For Witches / Waiting For The 7.18 / Banquet / I Still Remember / This Modern Love / Little Thoughts / The Prayer / Uniform / So Here We Are / Like Eating Glass [encore] Sunday / She's Hearing Voices / The Pioneers / Helicopter