Indieterria Review – The Blinders at Thekla in Bristol

Event poster at Thekla

Gum Soul, White Room, The Blinders 
Thekla
Bristol
11/11/2018

11th of November 2018 was surely a day to remember. At that time each year, we celebrate National Independence Day in Poland and The Remembrance Day in the UK. This time however, for music fans, it was also the last day of the Blinders’ October/November tour supporting their debut album “Columbia”. Jokingly nicknamed “The Last Battle of Bristol” this date was hugely anticipated for several reasons. The Blinders haven’t played Bristol since their This Feeling days (February 2017 at The Stag & Hounds) and in the interviews, the band was adamant that the Johnny Dream and The Codeine Scene personas will be permanently gone. Expecting a bloody send off, fans quickly  grabbed offered tickets. The gig was not a sold out event but not many tickets remained at the door and it is safe to say that Thekla was nicely packed.  We arrived around 6:30 pm as the doors opened and we had to stand in a long queue to get inside. If you have to wait for the admission, it is a good sign that the concert will be a success.

The venue from the outside

It is a common knowledge that Thekla is one of the most unusual venues in the country. It is actually a real boat turned into music venue and when you see it for the first time, it can look really strange. Not Upside-Down strange, just strangely strange if you know what we mean. Yet, you quickly start appreciating the facilities they have: two bars (one long on the ground floor and one upstairs), upper deck with quiet seating section and a balcony, large toilets, bands quarters, rehearsal rooms, cloakroom and a large secured smoking area in the back. There is also an outside sitting area on the main deck that must be really pleasant in the summer, but it was too cold for us to go there although some locals were brave enough to sit there with cold drinks wearing nothing but shorts and a vest. To each their own as the song goes…

Johnny Dream poster exhibited at the lower bar

Better shot of the same poster – this is how A0 format looks like. Its huge!

The view of lower deck as seen from the upper bar

After leaving our bags and jackets in the cloakroom, we entered the main concert space with large scene and merch stands on the left. Previous reviews mentioned already that The Blinders selection was much smaller than on previous gigs but there is no reason to complain about it. The band sold out their vinyl records, CD’s and most of their tees and we were really happy to hear their tour manager repeating himself saying “Sorry, this is our last date, we are sold out!”. We wish all the bands we have seen this year could say the same. There were many signed posters and badges for fans to grab so nobody left the shop empty handed.

The Lower Bar

The door to the green room

Stage times

On the evening, The Blinders were supported by two bands: Gum Soul and The White Room who replaced Calva Louise for the second leg of the tour. We haven’t seen any of them playing live before, so we were looking forward to their performances, especially after reading very enthusiastic reviews. Gum Soul were the first ones to hit the stage, some 45 minutes after we arrived. Their music can be classified as college rock/grunge that is fused with typical British indie. This is a very good mix and the band played a proper, strong 30 minute set. We had a chance to quickly speak with them after their show and we learnt that they are based in Bath but they play regularly in Bristol and managed to develop a healthy fan following. It was visible as once they started playing, the first few rows were populated by their fans who knew lyrics to each of the five songs they played (“Empty Room”, “Sour”, “In & Out”, “Scratch Ignorance” and “The Knees”). We liked “Sour” the most – it is their leading single and a very good track to play live. Gum Soul have formed only in February this year, but they seem to already have a distinctive sound and they know which direction they want to go. We will be keeping an eye on them in 2019 as the band is promising new material. If you have a chance to see them play locally, please do.

The White Room are described as a psychedelic pop, a marriage of convenience between The Sparks and early David Bowie, with art rock and shoe gaze influences. They are a five piece from Brighton, known for their flamboyant sense of fashion (Simon Le Bon meets David Byrne) and stage theatrics. Their lead singer, Jake Smallwood is very charismatic and he knows how to be in the centre of attention. He grabs the microphone with both hands, walks to the edge of the scene and pushes himself as far into the audience as possible, sometimes singing mere centimetres from the gig goers’ faces. This literal, in-your-face approach, seems to be working like a charm – the girls are mesmerized, the blokes are stretching their hands to pat him on his back and shoulders. With his platinum blonde hair and  jade green shirts, Jake looks more like an actor than a musician but oh boy he can sing. His voice is crystal clear and again balances somewhere between Bowie, Le Bon and Mark Hollis. Except for Smallwood, the rest of the band comprises of Jacob Newman on guitar, Tristan Sava on keyboard, Hen Sava on drums and Josie McNamarra on bass. They have just released their double EP “Eight” and we had the pleasure of hearing all the best tracks from it: “Tomorrow Always Knew”, “Circles”, “Stole the I.V.” and “The Blue”.  The band has been around for nearly two years and they have a large and dedicated fan base. they will be on tour in the late winter/early spring of 2019, so please keep your eyes open as they might come to the (independent) venue close to you.

White Room in action

This band needs to be seen live to understand what an incredible act they are

Just like in Birmingham, once the support acts were gone and the lights dimmed, the atmosphere changed rapidly. With the headliner about to come on the stage, fans grouped tightly on the main floor and on the balcony. In certain moments, the pushing and showing in darkness got so bad that the security had to calm down  some of the most eager of fans. We sadly won’t remember the gig too well as we had to leave after the third song due to medical emergency but it was good to see the band in fantastic shape again. The show started very similar to their London gig, with Gene Wilder’s “Pure Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” movie that quickly blended into Columbia style propaganda monologue by Patrick T. Davies. And once the monologue was finished, “Gotta Get Through” smashed our eardrums and sent the crowd into frantic pogo. “Brave New World” followed without break, only to slow down with “Where No Man Comes” and then turn into the poetic declamation of “Free The Slaves”.  We have not seen the rest of the gig but we were told that Thomas Haywood, sat on the floor among the audience singing his mantra “There is no hope” during “Swine”, Charlie McGough battered his bass with intensity not seen previously and Matty Neale nearly broke his drum set with powerful blows. Was it a great send off to Johnny Dream and a proper good bye after 22-day tour? The answer is yes.

Even if it was our first time seeing The Blinders live, those three songs would be enough to turn us into believers. This band is going places, and this is not a secret. This is the truth. They have been predestined for the greatness and they will never settle for anything else.

After all, they’ve got the divine right.

The merch stand

Merch stand

Setlist:

Gotta Get Through
L’etat C’est Moi
Brave New World
Where No Man Comes
Free the Slave
I Can’t Breathe Blues
Swine
Hate Song
Rat In a Cage
Ramona Flowers
Et Tu
Brutus/Berlin Wall
Orbit (Salmon of Alaska)

“Columbia” is available on Modern Sky UK
https://theblindersofficial

The Upper Balcony at Thekla right before The Blinders gig

Audience patiently waiting for the Columbia transmission

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We often try to photograph and film some part of performance to make sure our review is as close to the experience as possible. It it also to give our readers a chance to see how the event unfolded. Please find below some galleries for your enjoyment.

Photo gallery: Gum Soul


Photo gallery: White Room (soundcheck)


Photo gallery: White Room (performance)

 


Photo gallery: The Blinders

We have been writing extensively about the Blinders on our blog Indieterria, so please have a look if you want to know more.

Introduction to the band:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/indieterria-presents-the-blinders/
Interview with The Blinders:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/indieterria-meets-the-blinders/
Columbia review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/indieterria-review-columbia-by-the-blinders/
Columbia album performance blog:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-library-archives/
Columbia Tour blog:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-tour/
Beyond Columbia Tour:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/the-columbia-tour-continues-anno-domini-2019/
The Blinders at Castle and Falcon in Birmingham review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-castle-and-falcon-in-birmingham/

Again, our thanks go to the band and the crew for allowing us this extensive coverage.

And we are not done yet! We have seen The Blinders few weeks later in Manchester – so another blog will soon be up. Stay tuned.

Mal+Rita

Indieterria Presents Punks for West Papua

Dear Readers,

Rock and roll has always been political. The biggest legends in music business such as Bob Dylan, Jim Morison, The Boss, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and others are known for their commentary about social changes, human interactions and connections. They were harsh critics of wars or aggression, callers for peace and observers of the political currents for many decades. Without their strong condemnation, many of the atrocities committed all over the world, would never seen the light of the day. Songs such as “Bizzare Fruit” by Billie Holliday, Donovan’s “The War Drags On”, “We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band or Dylan’s famous “Times, They Are-a-Changing” became synonymous with the term “protest song” and touched on women’s suffrage, human rights, civil rights, anti-war movement, sexual revolution, gay rights, animal rights and environmentalism. We can easily say that each of these songs changed many minds and made the world a better place.

Punks for West Papua logo

Punk rock (especially the original movement born in 1970`s and 1980’s) has been particularly interested in politics. Sex Pistols, The Clash and Billy Bragg led a cultural revolution in the UK, attacking governmental war on trade unions, far right ideology and relentless commercialization and wasteful consumption. The German scene called for Berlin Wall to be demolished, demilitarization of divided capital and the end of Cold War. French groups called for unity on the international scene and American punks (with Black Flag, The Pixies, And The Ramones) led a successful crusade against Ronald Reagan, homelessness, corrupted police and austerity measures that affected poorest communities.

Our current punk scene is proudly carrying on the tradition of standing against injustice and on the 1st of December, members of The Membranes, The Blinders, Witch Fever and MFU (Modern Family Unit) will join activists from Manchester chapter of MCR Punks For West Papua to bring to your attention one of the worst genocides of our times, that of the ingenious population of West Papua.

The official press release for the event reads:

Punks For West Papua Australia was first launched in 2016 as the brainchild of Jody Bartolo from the punk band Diggers With Attitude to shine a light on the threat of eco-cide from resource extraction, human rights abuses against the people at the hands of Indonesian security forces, and to inspire others to stand in solidarity for West Papuan independence.

“Indonesia is not going to continue getting away with the slaughter of the indigenous rightful owners of West Papuan land” says Ash Brennan co-founder of Punks For 4 West Papua, Australia. The Australian punk rock community created a no-holds barred Australian wide benefit, involving over 50 bands in 7 cities around the country, making Punks For West Papua the biggest, and no doubt, loudest punk rock showcase in the nation’s history. “Australian punk is loud, very loud. Pernicious resource extraction in West Papua has also been hazardous to the environment and is a major contributor of Climate Change. But the world is now watching” says Brennan.

Official poster

According to Punks For West Papua Manchester co-founder Gary Hilton of Gas Music: “Little known Melanesian country West Papua has been subjected to a media black out for over 50 years. But with more than 500,000 indigenous people murdered to loot West Papua’s gold and other vast natural resources – time’s up.”

To send a thunderous message to the United Nations to intervene in West Papua, MCR Punks will challenge a world drumming record in the Summer of 2019. We invite drummers, musicians, activists, media and volunteers! If you can hit a drum you can help be part of the world record attempt to change the world for the better. To get involved in the world record drumming attempt please contact us at office@freewestpapua.org.

The launch of MCR Punks for West Papua is scheduled for December 1st because it is a historic day in West Papua. It marks the 57th anniversary of the first raising of West Papua’s symbol of independence, the Morning Star Flag. It is illegal to raise the Morning Star in West Papua. Doing so can bring charges of treason and a 15 year jail sentence. On December 1st people in West Papua, and all over the globe, will be participating in a Global Flag Raising to show their solidarity.”

One of the organizers of the event, John Robb, editor of Louder Than War  magazine and member of The Membranes says: “Punk rock was always more than three chords. It was a force of empowerment and an energy of hope. It always thought it could change the world. Maybe it’s now finally making that change.”

Young stars of Manchester scene are also vocal, giving their time and guitars to the noble cause. The Blinders and Witch Fever recorded short videos explaining why charity concert and fighting for justice is important in the modern world:

Saturday event times:

6.00 Doors
6.30 Gary Hilton from Gas Music & Modern Family Unit
7.30 Musicians Against Homelessness Speeches
8.50 Georgina Robinson & Joesy Lowesy
8.00 WITCH FEVER
8.45 John Robb speech on behalf of MCR Punks 4 West Papuas & The Membranes
9.45 Punks speech Richard J Hillgrove VI
10.15 The Blinders
11.00 Close DJ Dave Sweetmore from Revolution 96.2 & MadChester

Address:
Alphabet Brewing Company
99 North Western Street, M12 6JL Manchester, United Kingdom

Tickets:
Few tickets are still available at: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Alphabet-Brewing-Co/MCR-Punks-4-West-Papua-w-The-Blinders–Membranes/13372499/

Official website: 
http://www.punks4westpapua.com/

Punks 4 West Papua Australia Trailer:

Amnesty International Reports: 
https://www.amnesty.org/download/Doc
uments/ASA2181982018ENGLISH.PDF

Press release by Benny Wenda, Chairman of the United Liberation Movement For West Papua (ULMWP), statement issued on September 21, 2018:
https://www.freewestpapua.org/2018/09/21/benny-wenda-releases-statement-warning-of-danger-to-west-papuans-during-unga-session/

Punks for West Papua (Manchester):

https://www.facebook.com/MCRPunks4WestPapua

More information:

https://louderthanwar.com/punks-west-papua-australia-opens-chapter-angry-manchester-uk-sonder-festival-2018/
https://www.freewestpapua.org/2018/11/04/mcrpunks4wp/

Official Spotify List for the event:

https://open.spotify.com/user/grrrt/playlist/71RqBGOCq6yltnFY2HLJ1j?si=xIhykdT5QimMvXPk_AJ9zQ 

Please join us!
We will see you in Manchester to prove that music can be a weapon in a fight against corruption and murder.

Best regards
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

The Columbia Tour Continues – Anno Domini 2019

Dear Comrades!

So the October/November, 22-date Columbia tour is now a history. Another page in the book is now turned and we are looking towards the future, remembering the amazing music, new friends we made and places we went to. It was a bit of a blur, we have to admit. First the preparations, album release, the visits to record stores, then the gigs and now we find ourselves back to square one!

The Blinders are watching you! Picture copyright by Modern Sky UK

What does that mean? First of all, the well deserved rest for the band, management and the technical crew who worked like house elves over the last few months. Then of course, it is the writing of the new material, recording session for the second album sometime next year and even more gigs! The Blinders’ booking team is working really hard to satisfy the demand to see them play live. The band already have multiple shows booked for December 2018 and the beginning of 2019. We will be putting them all here, in one separate blog as it is easier to keep an eye on everything that will be happening soon.

If you’d like to read some of the previous blogs about The Blinders, please use the links below.

Are you ready for the 2019? Picture copyright by Modern Sky UK

Introduction to the band:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/indieterria-presents-the-blinders/
Interview with The Blinders:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/indieterria-meets-the-blinders/
Columbia Review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/indieterria-review-columbia-by-the-blinders/
Columbia Tour:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-tour/
Columbia Library Archives:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-library-archives/ 
Castle and Falcon, Birmingham concert review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-castle-and-falcon-in-birmingham/
Thekla, Bristol concert review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-thekla-in-bristol/

Alongside the newly added tour dates, this blog will include everything else that our other posts have taken into account: interview, articles, reviews, press mentions, newsletters, videos and pictures etc. We will try (again) to prepare some sort of an encyclopedia containing all data, sources and information that should give you a clear picture of what is happening on the road. This post will be growing as new dates are added, as new materials are found – if we miss something, please kindly point us in the right direction and we will add the missing links or pictures. If you’d like to contribute something – that’s even better! We always love hearing from other fans and since it is impossible for us to be at every gig, we welcome any help in documenting the Blinders’ journeys. Each section is clearly marked so please check them as the time goes by – you will find new information being added!

Visualization videos:
The Blinders are working closely with Sam Crowston and Nasty Men Creations to bring you the best visualizations for their tour. All  videos will be added one under the other. We already have few available for your viewing pleasure!

 

Merch:
The band has listened to their fans and a new merchandise selection has been added to their official store. Right now you can choose among seven different types of tees, bags, badges and many more items. The merch can be ordered through the band’s official website, but also will be available at the gigs. If you like anything, grab it!

Official store can be accessed at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/

New t-shirts available in the official store

Another update of the stock!

And even more goodies

The Red Ringer Wave Logo Shirt – AKA The Red Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40663

The Red Blinder

The Black Ringer Wave Logo Shirt- AKA The Black Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40664

The Black Blinder

The White Ringer Wave Logo Shirt – AKA The White Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=41044

The White Blinder

The Red Logo shirt – AKA The Columbia Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40665

The Columbia Blinder

The Johnny Dream shirt can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=38134

The Johnny Dream shirt

The Black Wave Logo Jumper can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=41045

Black Wave Logo Jumper

The Red Barbed Wire Grey T-Shirt – AKA The Wire Blinder shirt can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=41046

The Wire Blinder

Newsletter:
The Blinders have a lovely newesletter that is being send out each month. If you’d like to be on top with all news, views, reviews and gigs or read the archived entries, please subscribe at: https://mailchi.mp/b25c7d36fed6/were-taking-columbia-to-europe?e=0d5ce7e9eb

The newsletter sent on 30th of November lists all announced gigs, so please take a look at the screenshot we took for you:

Newsletter 30th of November 2018

Articles:
https://www.stereoboard.com/content/view/221228/9  (European tour)
https://www.rgm.press/the-blinders-announce-christmas-special-hometown-show-on-19th-dec (Christmas Show in Doncaster)
https://www.radiox.co.uk/artists/noel-gallaghers-high-flying-birds/2019-tour-dates-tickets-support-info/ (Sunday Session in Exeter)
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/noel-gallaghers-high-flying-birds-2291547 (Sunday Session in Exeter)
https://www.musikblog.de/2018/12/musikblog-praesentiert-the-blinders  (German Tour)
https://www.palatinate.org.uk/the-punk-manifesto-the-rebirth-of-rock (general, The Blinders mentioned)
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/01/live4ever-interview-the-wytches-kristian-bell-on-influences-inspiring-new-bands-and-album-3/ (general, The Blinders mentioned)
https://blog.ticketmaster.nl/muziek/nieuwe-muziek-op-esns-cassia-sarah-klang-en-meer-5083  (ESNS, Groningen, The Netherlands)

Interviews:

Interview for Madchester at Alphabet Brewery in Manchester:

Interview at SWG3 in Glasgow for DiscoveryMusic:
https://www.discoverymusicscotland.com/blog/interview-the-blinders-swg3-glasgow-22-12-18

Reviews:
https://louderthanwar.com/music-weapon-mcr-punks-west-papua-live-review/ (Alphabet Brewery, Manchester)
https://www.tellmeliesaboutmanchester.co.uk/2018/12/music-is-weapon-mcr-punks-for-west.html
http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2018/12/the-blinders-the-membranes-witch-fever-and-more-alphabet-brewing-co-manchester/ (Alphabet Brewery, Manchester)
https://dianewordsworth.com/2018/12/20/review-the-blinders-social-bar-doncaster/ (Social, Doncaster)
https://louderthanwar.com/in-the-flesh-swg3-glasgow-live-review/ (SWG3 In the Flesh!, Glasgow)
https://www.discoverymusicscotland.com/blog/gig-preview-baby-strange-more-22nd-december (SWG3 In the Flesh!, Glasgow)
https://www.discoverymusicscotland.com/blog/gig-review-in-the-flesh-swg3-glasgow-22-12-18 (SWG3 In the Flesh!, Glasgow)
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/01/everything-everything-the-blinders-and-more-live-at-victoria-warehouse-manchester/ (Kendal Calling NYE, Manchester)
https://poppedmusic.co.uk/2019/01/09/live-review-kendal-calling-nye/  (Kendal Calling NYE, Manchester)
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/01/the-blinders-secs-carnival-club-big.htm (Night People NYE, Manchester)
https://www1.wdr.de/fernsehen/rockpalast/events/the-blinders-eurosonic-neunzehn-100.html (ESNS Groningen, The Netherlands Photo Review)

International Reviews:
“The Manchester based trio, The Blinders play each of their songs as it was their last. The intensity of their performance is enormous but it works surprisingly well creating a psychedelic garage rock genre. Punkrock meets shoegaze guitars, droning bass beat and grinding drumming, leads to an unusual combination. Live shows are something everyone has to see – the band gives everything they have to the audience: warpaint, sweat and bloodied instruments. This is pure frenzied performance influenced by Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and The Fall. The BBC has had them on their radar for a couple of years now and called them a ‘Must-See band'”  – WDR.DE after ESNS performance at Vera Club in Groningen (translation from German)
https://www1.wdr.de/…/bands/ueber-the-blinders-100.html

TOUR:
Concerts, festival appearances and other gigs are slowly filling up the band’ schedule. 2019 seems like a very busy year as it will take them to mainland Europe and all over the UK again. To make it easy for you to keep an eye on all booked events, we decided to create a calendar! It is easy and very efficient. Of course, we will be updating the blog as the shows happen so each section you see below, will be extended. Each entry in the calendar contains full description for the event, address, links and other useful information. If the stage times or a place has not been fully confirmed yet, it is market as TBA (to be announced). The calendar will also be updated as more details are revealed.

You can also access the calendar by clicking on the link below:
https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=dmFuYWRpYW5hdmVudWVAZ21haWwuY29t (requires you to log into Gmail)
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=vanadianavenue%40gmail.com&ctz=America%2FNew_York (open calendar to non Gmail users)

December 2018:

Manchester Punks for West Papua – now completed

Drumming for Freedom poster

The first (post-Columbia tour) confirmed gig took place on 1st of December 2018 in Manchester at Alphabet Brewery. It was a charity performance aiming to collect funds to help the native people of West Papua. The Blinders were joined on the bill by The Membranes, John Robb, Mancunian all-girl grunge punk revelation Witch Fever  and MFU (Modern Family Unit). This was more of an industry meeting that a normal “concert”, with networking space, talks and speakers. We will review it in a separate blog entry as so much was happening, it is hard to describe everything in few sentences
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2197782957176595/
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/MCRPunks4WestPapua
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156089498812725
https://www.facebook.com/566671270/posts/10156667226406271/
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156886723767856&id=690587855
https://www.facebook.com/malcolm.burke.3/posts/2020532861357466
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=255582881777209
pic.twitter.com/GSiWVDPJbv
pic.twitter.com/MXsYMcE00U
pic.twitter.com/GSiWVDPJbv

Before the event, the band recorded a short video explaining why they support this noble cause:

 

Avalanche Xmas Party – now completed

Avalanche Xmas Party ft very special guests poster

Gig number 2 took place on 8th of December. For several reasons, it was one of the most unusual concerts that The Blinders played. First of all, it was organized by the headliner – The Avalanche Party and it was their personal, open to the public, Christmas Party.  Secondly, the show was free entry, first come – first serve basis. Thirdly – it took place in the picturesque North Yorkshire sea village of Staithes that has a strong connection to the famous captain, James Cook. Avalanche Party and The Blinders were joined by Strange Bones and The Black Lagoons and the party started at 8:30 pm sharp. There were no reservations, tickets available only at the door and yet the place was packed tight. The venue, Captain Cook Inn, is very small and has about 80 people capacity and all of the tickets were sold out in just two days. What was happening you may ask? Well, according to reports, the show was absolutely stunning. The mosh pit was everywhere, shirts were removed quite early on and it was a blissfully sweaty affair, with singers being carried in the air by the crowd, gas masks were worn and the after party was a good old rock and roll history in the making. During the Blinder’s set, Johnny Dream took a day off and Thomas Haywood stepped in (the make up was gone!). Many fans are now calling for a full tour to be organized and we think this is a brilliant idea. Every venue would be sold out – this is not a marketing drill or “fake it till you make it” technique. This is a true fact. Each of those bands play a fantastic set, they also have their dedicated audiences, they play music that fits together and they never tourd the UK in this line up before. Since we posted information about this gig on our blog, at least 20 people contacted us asking if there will be future shows. Ladies and gents in the management for each of those killer acts – can we ask for at least several shows next year? Dear Santa, we have been very good this year!

Venue: The Captain Cook Inn
Address: 60 Staithes Lane, Staithes, North Yorkshire, TS13 5AD, tel. 01947 840200, email: thecaptaincookinn@gmail.com
Official website: http://www.captaincookinn.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecaptaincookinnstaithes/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/300658990782027/
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/thecaptaincookinnstaithes/posts/2270653563005560

https://www.modeldphotography.co.uk/proofing/avalanche-party-staithes-08dec18
Videos:
https://www.facebook.com/thecaptaincookinnstaithes/videos/1974955859476975/ (Strange Bones)
https://www.facebook.com/david.hayhoe1/videos/10218038686987402  (Strange Bones)
https://www.facebook.com/david.hayhoe1/videos/10218038226735896/ (The Black Lagoons)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/videos/10156755092904847/ (The Black Lagoons)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/posts/10156755161334847 (Avalanche Party)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/videos/10156755160964847 (Avalanche Party plus Thomas Haywood on guitar)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/posts/10156755123954847 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/bob.wallis.75/videos/pcb.10214390486330620/10214390431689254/ (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/bob.wallis.75/videos/pcb.10214390486330620/10214390439809457 (The Blinders)

The Blinders at Social in Doncaster – now completed

Doncaster poster

Number three show in the Blinders’ December calendar was their annual pilgrimage to their place of origin, aka Doncaster. The band played their beloved Social Club on 19th of December in their home town and Calva Louise acted as their support. Tickets were available only in person from the venue and as you may correctly guessed, it was another sold out show for the band. The doors opened at 7:30, by 8:00, Calva Louise were on stage and The Blinders rocked the crowd at 9:00. This was a very special show with massive mosh pit (loads of girls in the front we are happy to report!) and two new songs. The first one, performed as a second during their set, was actually a brand new version of a song written by Thomas Haywood about 3 years ago and was titled “Wither”. You can listen to its very, very early version on Thomas’ personal Soundcloud account: https://soundcloud.com/thomas-haywood-141688445/wither
The second new song “Lunatic With A Gun” was played as the 10th song in the set. It was premiered for the first time nearly a month earlier at the charity gig in Manchester and confused a lot of people when it suddenly stopped. This time, the public was prepared so the band didn’t have to explained it was the end of the track! The band’s set was also significantly longer than usual: it contained 14 songs and one encore “Swine”. The show lasted over an hour and 10 minutes and the order of the songs was completely new – the fans loved it. Oh, and the war paint was back so Johnny Dream survived Thekla and the Last Battle of Bristol.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/socialdoncaster/
Venue address: Lazarus Court Bradford Row, Bradford Row, Doncaster DN1 3NF, England
Opening hours: 7:30-11:00pm (gig), after party till 4:00am
Tickets: £8
Pictures:

pic.twitter.com/DhWoJZNHsz
pic.twitter.com/2TdX7oBnVQ
pic.twitter.com/3rkv6zvEQH
pic.twitter.com/ygMzsLqVnx
pic.twitter.com/eTxhTsdwE9
pic.twitter.com/R3RJiSkpvx – Santa at the Merch
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/posts/10157050184715680
Videos: 
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/videos/10157051450675680/ (Welcome to Columbia Intro)
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/videos/10157050065595680/ (Berlin Wall)
 (Where No Man Comes)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrnEZRuAPvT/ (Gotta Get Through)

IN THE FLESH! Glasgow at SWG3 Festival – now completed

Baby Strange presents In The Fresh – poster for Glasgow show

Poster number 2

Additional poster with time schedules

Fourth event booked for 22 of December was the IN THE FLESH! mini festival in Glasgow. It was a large show with two different venues inside the massive SWG3 Studios and Warehouse. The doors opened exactly at 3 pm and the first band to perform on Stage 1 was the The Vanities (they played between 4:00 and 4:30). They were followed by Walt Disco (5:00-5:30), then Rascalton (6:00-6:30) with Neon Waltz, headlining from 7:00 till 7:45. The Stage 2 was the main stage and their programme was longer and more varied. CRYSTAL started at 4:30 till 5:00 pm, followed by Voodoos, (5:30-6:00), LUCIA (6:30-7:00), then The Blinders took the stage  for a full 45 minute set (8:00-8:45) and the evening was finished by an excellent performance from BABY STRANGE. Curfew for the show was 10:00 pm. Tickets were priced at £15 and you needed to be +14 to enter.

What can we say about the show? It was another Christmas party and it went very well. Less than 100 tickets remained at the doors and the venue was filled tightly. The band gave a full performance, the set list was almost identical to the one from Doncaster with the exception of “Wither” that was replaced by “Swine”. The Blinders had a fantastic time and so did the audience who praised the trio’s energetic performance and technical abilities.

More information about the event can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/299129417484166/
https://www.facebook.com/SWG3glasgow/ 

Pictures:


https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtLcZ1gQmf/ 
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtUGVBAany/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Brs-n0-nVfJ/
Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtV5XqFee0/ (Berlin Wall)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtTDeInuXg/ (pictures and Brave New World video)
https://twitter.com/discoverymusic_/status/1077272579537281026 (Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4GGWSTRCEc (ICB Blues)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPw4nWYUe_U (L’Etat C’est Moi)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSgT-9NOPEw (Hate Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HdMd5l4kKs (Et Tu/Brutus/Berlin Wall)

Kendal Calling New Year’s Eve, Manchester – now completed
If you didn’t know where to go to celebrate the NYE, but you wanted to see the band, you had the chance to catch them twice in one night in their (adopted) hometown of Manchester. And it was not just any other regular night – it was the New Years’s Eve! The first opportunity to see The Blinders on stage was at Kendal Calling New Year’s Party. Andy Smith and his team organized a special show to celebrate not only the beginning of 2019, but also to thank all those who attended the festival in the summer.

Kendall Calling New Years’ Eve Extravaganza!

Victoria Warehouse is a large venue and several hundred people partied hard to the music of Everything Everything, Tom Greenan, Felix Hagan and The Family, and two large DJ sets from The Hacienda legend Dave Haslam and Howling Rhythm. Doors were opened at 6:30 pm, the show started exactly at 7 pm and finished around 2 am. This was one of the rare occasions to see Dave Haslam returning to the DJ booth and re-creating a true Hacienda Rave party. As you can imagine, this line up managed to attract quite a crowd. The Blinders played as a second act of the evening, right after the truly enjoyable set by Felix Hagan and The Family. Their set was 30 minute long between 20:00 and 20:30 pm. As usual, they started off with “Gotta Get Through” that merged into “Brace New World”. A strong and aggressive beginning allowed the public to jump and dance and it was good to see the Blinders on a full scale, stadium-like stage. “Where no man comes” and “ICT Blues” followed and the set was closed with “Brutus”.

Promo videos:

 

Official website: https://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/nye
Follow Kendal Calling on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KendalCalling
Follow Kendal Calling on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kendalcalling/
Kendal Calling NYE event: https://www.facebook.com/events/350487972161091/

Pictures:

You can see a massive gallery taken by Gary Lambert at
https://lightroom.adobe.com/shares/2e28eb87245b4a9ca6cd0a7e656b7fdc

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsEMJUsjzSQ/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGbMNUAced/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsF0kx7AzdD/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsEKYg6Ahj_/
pic.twitter.com/5LaDIRMDRb

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsEH_uPDPGD/ (Gotta Get Through)

Night People New Year’s Party, Manchester – now completed
After finishing their duties at Kendal Calling, The Blinders made their way to Night People to play a second show of the evening. They have been the mysterious headliner advertised on the posters, probably the worst kept secret in the entire Kingdom of Mancunia as everyone knew who that headliner was. Just look at the posters below (by the way, the event has amassed 4 different promotional graphics, which is quite something) and count the question marks. Very clever, isn’t it? The New Year’s Party at Night People was in fact a small festival. 8 bands were booked to play, but sadly at the last minute, Naked Six had to cancel due to illness. The doors were opened at 7:30 and the first band to play was The Big Peach (20:45-21:15). The quintet describes themselves as “5 rock n roll outlaws making Manchester their own 1960’s wild west frontier – they sound quite interesting so please give them a spin. Carnival Club were next with their slot lasting 30 minutes (21:30-22:00). Nicknamed as “Patron Saints of Rock and Roll”, the quartet has made quite an impressions on the locals and will play a large tour in 2019. Things started getting really interesting when the third band appeared on stage. SECS were advertised as Manchester’s first super group and all we knew before the show was, it was formed by members of The Blinders, Calva Louise and Strange Bones. Once SECS started playing exactly at 22:20 (a bit fashionably late), the mystery of who exactly was in the band was revealed. Jess Eastwood of Calva Louise took the role of main vocalist and guitarist, Bobby Bentham of Strange Bones sang backing vocals and played lead guitar and Matty Neale of The Blinders filled his usual post as a drummer. A real surprise was to see The Blinders’ frontman, Thomas Haywood joining them on stage as a…bassist! SECS set was brilliant (but of course), energetic and the group had so much fun playing together. they played several songs including “Easy”, “I Know” and “Hang on”. We hope that they will be playing more often but this seems rather unlikely as this year will be very busy for their main bands. At 23:00 pm, The Blinders took to the stage. While playing with SECS, Thomas wore a white shirt, he was all smiles and seems relaxed. When he returned to the stage as Johnny Dream, his face was very focused, the warpaint back on. Yet during the gig, and when the sweat started washing the make up away, his smile returned, he greeted and saluted the crowd and exchanged short laughs with Charlie and Matty. It was good to see them enjoying playing for their friends and families – a much different call than when they are on tour in unfamiliar places. They played “Gotta Get Through”, “L’Etat C’est Moi”, “Hate Song”, “ICB Blues”, “Et Tu/BerlinWall/Brutus”, “Brave New World”, “Rat in a Cage”, “Ramona Flowers”, “Wither” and “Swine”, although not in that particular order 🙂 The set finished several minutes before midnight and it was the time for John Hall to do the honours and count down to announce the new year. Saytr Play, one of our discoveries in 2018, played next, the first band to rock 2019. They started with “Don’t Go East”, with “VCR”, “To Be The One”, “L.I.F.E.”, “Mother’s Love”, “Fragile”, “Band Average” and “Everyday Since” forming the rest of their set. After 1:00 am, alternative duo (and first cousins) Sly Antics appeared to entertain the public with quite an impressive concert consisting of “Motion”, “Bin Juice”, “B-Side”, “Roads”, “Choose Your Words”, “Fresh Bites”, “Reality”, “Lights Go Down” and “Sunday Fear”. Please take a closer look at them if you have a chance, those guys are really something else! Replacing Naked Six, Octoptus finished the live music for the evening with their set nearly at 02:45am. The party went on til 6 am with several DJ sets, but that’s a different story!

Official poster for the NY all night party

Stage times for the party

Alternative poster

Official website: http://www.nightpeoplemcr.com/event/nye-2018/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1843706492331714/

Gallery:

Pictures:
pic.twitter.com/xpu1e0x8oK  – The Blinders
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2246623788996281&set=a.1382457755412893&type=1&theater – SECS
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2246623872329606&set=a.1382457755412893&type=1&theater – SECS
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg6xnIrTDCw – SECS (Easy)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZuQlofzcxk – SECS (Hang On)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIXF_NkLjaw – SECS (I know)
pic.twitter.com/eAz1cxM9uv – SECS (Easy)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsLNltAAN_M/ – SECS + The Blinders (Swine)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGNbl8BxaE/  – The Blinders (Swine and pictures)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/videos/10156808675499847/ – The Blinders (Brave New World)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGw0nmALXW/  – The Blinders (Columbia Intro + Gotta Get Through)
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/posts/10157081631140680 – The Blinders pictures and videos (Et Tu/Brutus/Berlin Wall, Rat in a Cage, Hate Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCV3bZ2jd_k – The Blinders (Gotta Get Through)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90QLQSOl0qw – The Blinderds (L’Etat C’est Moi)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyNALiVVGTg – The Blinders (Swine)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltTFN7SKMO0 – The Blinders (ICB Blues)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfomOud_um4 – The Blinders (Rat in a Cage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaWUMmyxd0s – The Blinders (Ramona Flowers)

2019 tour

First TV performance and interview at Soccer AM (Sky1), London – now complete
The new year started like a Hitchcock’s thriller – first the earthquake and then the tension slowly started rising up. On January 2nd, The Blinders announced that they would appear on national television for the first time in their career! They have been invited for an interview and performance to the popular Saturday morning program, Soccer AM on 5th of January! Just moments after the news appeared on the official social media channels, the Columbia I-net went into some soft of an overdrive. Fans bombarded the band with questions, exclamation marks and congratulations.

Soccer AM announcement!

And a reminder – do not miss this kids!

Just look at the comments posted online – the Blinders have the most loyal fans

The Blinders spent entire day on Friday recording the program alongside Liam Ridgewell (defender and the captain of Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers) and Ceallach Spellman (actor and TV presenter). They performed “Brave New World” live in the studio, answered a lot of questions (favourite football teams, how it felt to play two gigs on New Years Eve, what is Columbia and who is Johnny Dream) and even had a chance to shoot penalties. Thomas and Charlie sadly missed, but Matty showed the world that he is not only a skilled drummer, but can kick the ball like a pro. He also sent kisses left and right after scoring a goal. The show was broadcast on Sky1 on Saturday exactly at 10:00 am and finished at 11:30.

The performance can be seen on Soccer AM Facebook page:

Penalties:

The interview:

After the videos and performances were uploaded online, the band basically went viral. The video to Brave New World has been viewed nearly 30.000 times in less than 12 hours. We have been monitoring the rising statistics  for the entire day and Malicia did a nice post to sum it all up. But of course the numbers keep on growing and will continue to grow so please hang tight, it is going to be a nice ride! So far we managed to count: 30.000 views for their performance on Facebook, 23.000 on Twitter, Matty’s goal scored nearly 30.000 views as well. Nearly 1000 likes, over 700 comments across the band’s social channels…Amazing!

Official website: https://www.skysports.com/watch/tv-shows/soccer-am
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoccerAM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoccerAM/

Pictures:
pic.twitter.com/3jKsXkuBku
pic.twitter.com/0tspWrCELh
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsQQxHDnZA5/ (more than 5k likes!)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsP4-B-hg1U/
Videos:
https://twitter.com/SoccerAM/status/1081532012660289537 – Matty’s goal (43k views so far!)
https://twitter.com/i/status/1081505591132966912  – Brave New World performance (26k views on Twitter)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsSk2hKAz6Q/ – The Blinders on the field, goal cam (9k views)

ESNS Eurosonic Noorderslag, The Netherlands – now complete
Eurosonic Noorderslag (abbreviated ESNS) is one of the biggest music conference in Europe. It is an equivalent of South by South West and each year thousands of people travel to the city of Groningen to participate. There are hundreds of concerts in 47 different venues, meetings, talks and panels regarding every part of the music industry – from mech and touring to PR, legal advice and international recording deals. Every genre (from metal to folk music) was represented and everybody could find something that would make them tap their feet or dance. ESNS 2019 took place on 16th-19th January and it was The Blinders’ first international festival! More than 300 acts were confirmed, from every European county. The Blinders joined Boy Azooga, Fontaines D.C., Bülow, Pip Blom and many other established acts. Plus, the festival added them to their official Spotify list! You could say that the first trip to mainland Europe was a success even before the band landed in the Netherlands!

ESNS logo

When The Blinders were booked to play at ESNS in the summer last year, the news of their appearance at the festival caused a huge anticipation among media and gig goers. The demand to see them live grew even further after the word of their sold out Columbia tour traveled abroad. The concert at VERA Club (one of the biggest venues in Groningen) took place on Thursday 17th of January between 23:45 and 00:30 CET. The band performed alongside Any Other (Italy), Fontaines D.C. (Ireland) and Scúru Fitchádu (Portugal) to fully packed venue. Tickets to the show were sold out weeks in advance and at least 100 people were left standing outside the club and sadly could not get in! We were lucky that riots have not started in the streets! The trio played their entire 50 minute set that English fans already know from their autumn tour, but the European fans were mesmerized! They started with “Gotta Get Through”, followed with “Brave New World”, “Free the Slaves”, “ICB Blues”, “Where No Man Comes” and of course they closed their set with the murderous marathon of “Brutus”, “Et Tu” and “Berlin Wall”.  The audience gave them a long ovation after they left the stage. It will be a night the band and the public will never forget! We have to mention one thing – for the first time we had a chance to see the entire band playing in the matching clothing. Thomas Haywood took on his usual persona of Johnny Dream (black trousers and black bohemian loose shirt plus warpaint), but Charlie and Matty also wore only black. Charlie is usually dressed in dark suit with white shirt underneath (resembling Nick Cave) but this time wore only black silky shirt and dark trousers. Matty wore a dark short sleeve shirt and elegant dark trousers as well, instead of his preferred attire composed of a grey tee and a pair of jeans. One journalist jokingly described them as Men in Black!

The Blinders page on ESNS website

Official link: https://esns.nl/artist/the-blinders/
Official Spotify list: smarturl.it/esns19rock
Twitter: https://twitter.com/esns
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esnsfestival/
VERA Club: https://www.vera-groningen.nl/events/eurosonic-2019-day-2/?lang=en
VERA Twitter: https://twitter.com/veraclub
VERA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veragroningen/posts/2419375654795708
Article: https://www.allthingsloud.com/festival-news-123-new-names-eurosonic/?fbclid=IwAR1Zz8D6luCGEJK9L1BkciTrrkLQI2JfckWzYtV6z_uD25YSMWh8iP039XI

The Blinders photographed by Joep Coolen

The Blinders – official ESNS portrait

Schedule on ESNS with the band’s profile

At ESNS The Blinders were recorded by several radio stations. The first one to broadcast their song from the conference was BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens. On 20th of January 2018 in his show, he played “Brave New World” giving the band a splendid review. You may notice that the song was performed in a new style! Thomas perfected his singing technique and his voice sounds much stronger and more mature.
You can listen to the Mp3:
You can listen to it online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00022tg?fbclid=IwAR0F9kwYGsmW0GdZid-0oYYb9IZKhs_xBuBJ_nlwvO_pxlSXWQf7bbKOVb8 

Pictures:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsxiVC5gYiX/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsxiCifgIs_/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BswONsolqOz/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BswhFz4FnBh/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BswNCDPnr2L/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BswMnVHnqXR/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsxhs7fn9IS/
Video:
pic.twitter.com/cR70wOaftS (Hate Song)

 

Playing internationally is great but the domestic market is important as well and The Blinders will be super busy next year. Their UK schedule is starting to fill out quickly so keep your eyes open as this section will be growing longer and longer with each week. At some point, it will probably evolve into a new blog post but for now, all the tour announcements will be kept here.

The first show announced for 2019 is at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge and it will take place on 31st of January 2019. The show is now fully sold out – it took only 4 days for all tickets to fly out of the door. It is part of the Independent Venue Week 2019 and The Blinders will be supported by punk/garage/rock 3 piece called The C33’s.

Independent Venue Week – Trade Club poster

Trades club poster

If you were not successful in securing tickets for January, don’t despair, there is a rumor on the world wide web that maybe a second date will be added? If you’d like to keep a finger on the pulse, please check the venue’s official Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tradesclub/events/

February will take The Blinders over to the mainland Europe again as they will be performing on a popular festival in the Netherlands. GRAUZONE will take place on 9th of February in The Hague and the line up includes Blixa Bargeld of Einstürzende Neubauten, Sonic Youth‘s Lee Ranaldo, Pink Turns Blue, The Messthetics (Fugazi members), The Cosmic Dead, Nik Void, Sink Ya Teeth and an exclusive exhibition featuring the works of Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals of music and counter culture in The Netherlands.

GRAUZONE poster

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsfw7fyhNJo/

The Blinders will play at the BillyTown, on the second stage called Kleine Zaal (The Smaller Gallery). Their set is between 23:20 – 00:20 CET.
Address: Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3
2512 ZB, Den Haag
The Netherlands
info@billytown.org
http://www.billytown.org/
https://www.facebook.com/billytownartistrun/
https://www.instagram.com/_billytown/

You can see the time table on the screen below or use the link to see it in digital form:
https://www.grauzonefestival.nl/timetable-1

Festival Timetable

Official website: https://www.grauzonefestival.nl/
The Blinders on the line up: https://www.grauzonefestival.nl/volition-immanent
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Grauzonefestival
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Grauzonefest
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grauzone_festival/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/177411213047008/
Tickets:
https://www.grauzonefestival.nl/tickets 
https://www.paard.nl/event/grauzone-festival-2019/?fbclid=IwAR21R1-pEXpB_sMyPY9sFIerHHTz0hzZjUUYT3XgVe4mb_x5-PkSSV5sGv0

The last link not only let you to buy the tickets (which are only €35 by the way) but also gives this sweet introduction to the band:

GRAUZONE Festival introduction for The Blinders

Translation: “English band, The Blinders, hailed by their domestic press and the BBC as ‘savers of the rock ‘n roll’ (together with Idles and Shame) comes exclusively to The Hague with their frenzied, obsessive live show, a madness-bordering experience that you must see. The band already plays in England to sold-out halls and big festivals and their debut album Columbia has been called ‘album of the year’ by many”. Now this is what we call a love letter to the band!

If everything goes well, March will be HUGE for the trio! For 10 days each year (it will be between 7th -17th of March in 2019), Austin in Texas turns into the biggest musical conference in the world. It is of course South By South West (SXSW) and each year about 200 best bands in the world are invited to play. And The Blinders were invited! Going to America with equipment, technical crew and management is a great expense that not every lucky band can afford. On top of plane tickets and insurance, there are also visa costs that can be frankly egregious. But let’s keep our fingers crossed! Going to Europe one month and then  going to USA will be a fantastic adventure and we are beyond proud of the band! Schedule is not available at this stage, but we will be updating you as more details are released. With the Blinders going over the Pond so soon, Trump can forget about building any walls!

South By South West – The Blinders are going to the States!

The Blinders were added to the official SXSW Spotify list!

Official website: https://schedule.sxsw.com/2019/artists/2006595
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SXSWFestival/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sxsw
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sxsw/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/1270297457

May is traditionally the beginning of the festival season. On May 5th in Newcastle, The Blinders will attend the Hit the North Festival. 120 bands will play on 12 stages across the town and more than 40.000 people are expected to attend. The Doncaster trio will be joining Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan and the “Wonder” and “Psycho” songstress, Lauren Aquilina on stage to rock you and me (and even the Salmons of Alaska).

Hit The North Festival in Newcastle

Tickets are now on sale so please do your best and grab one: https://hitthenorthfestival.ticketline.co.uk/
Official website: https://hitthenorthfestival.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hitthenorthfest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HitTheNorthFestival
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hitthenorthfest/ 
Article: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/jake-bugg-confirmed-hit-north-15351917

April and May are simply massive for the Blinders! This is when their proper tour starts and they will be travelling to Germany to play in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin! They also have a handful of domestic gigs announced as well.

April/May UK and European tour

The tickets are already available for all the shows and we even received a nice newsletter telling us about it! The prices range from £12.00 (Birmingham) to £15 (Glasgow and London). The European tickets are priced at €17.50 (Cologne) and €20.00 (Berlin).

See Tickets Newsletter

The dates are so far:
01. Birmingham – 26th of April
02. Manchester – 27th of April
03. Glasgow – 28th of April
04. London – 30th of April
05. Cologne – 7th of May
06. Hamburg – 8th of May
07. Berlin – 9th of May

01. Birmingham – 26th of April

Birmingham poster

Venue: O2 Instititute2
Address: 78 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Official website: https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2institutebirmingham/events/1239564/blinders-tickets
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/324335001713317/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/O2InstituteBirmingham
Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-blinders/o2-institute2-birmingham-birmingham/1289646 

02. Manchester – 27th of April

Manchester poster

Venue: O2 Ritz
Address: Whitworth Street West, M1 5NQ Manchester, United Kingdom
Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Official website: https://academymusicgroup.com/o2ritzmanchester/events/1239656/blinders-tickets
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2034835919936934/ 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/o2ritzmanchester/
Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-blinders/o2-ritz-manchester/1289817 

03. Glasgow – 28th of April

Glasgow poster

Venue: Saint Luke’s & The Winged Ox
Address: 17 Bain Street, G40 2JZ, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Official website: http://www.stlukesglasgow.com/events/the-blinders/ 
Supports: TBA
More information: https://tickets-scotland.com/events.html?event_method=viewevent&event_id=9b64124e-ee71-11e8-9211-22000b754a1f
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/StLukesGlasgow/events/
Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/36005574DF079D45 

04. London – 30th of April

London poster

Venue: Scala
Address: 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 9NL London, United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Official website: https://scala.co.uk/events/the-blinders/
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1210214052464571/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scalalondon/
Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-blinders/scala-london/1289818 

EU tour banner

Three shows in Germany are being organised by FKP Scorpio
https://www.fkpscorpio.com/de/bands-archiv/the-blinders

05. Cologne – 7th of May
Venue: MTC
Address: Zülpicher Str. 10, 50674 Köln, Germany
Phone: +49 221 2404289
Time: 20:00pm-12:00am CET
Official website: www.mtcclub.de
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/201023990791844/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mtccologne/
Tickets: https://www.eventim.de/tickets.html?affiliate=SNK&fun=evdetail&doc=evdetailb&key=2344295$11394911 

06. Hamburg – 8th of May
Venue: Molotov SkyBar St. Pauli
Address: Nobistor 14, 22767 Hamburg Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 40 310845
Time: 19:00pm-11:00pm CET
Official website: https://molotowclub.com/programm/programm.php
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2260649520878576/ 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/molotowstpauli/
Tickets: https://www.eventim.de/the-blinders-tickets-hamburg.html?affiliate=EVE&doc=artistPages/tickets&fun=artist&action=tickets&key=2344295$11393153

07. Berlin – 9th of May
Venue: Cassiopeia
Address: Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Friedrichshain
Phone: +49 30 47385949
Time: 19:00pm-11:00pm CET
Official website: https://cassiopeia-berlin.de/
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/393779354496328/ 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiopeiaclub
Tickets: https://www.eventim.de/the-blinders-berlin-tickets.html?affiliate=TUG&doc=artistPages%2Ftickets&fun=artist&action=tickets&key=2344295%2411395061&jumpIn=yTix&kuid=562571&from=

Please be aware that more European shows will be added to this section!

Saturday, 25th of May, will see The Blinders performing in Warrington at the Neighbourhood Festival! The band will be joining George Ezra, Primal Scream (headliners), You Me at Six, Nothing But Thieves, Tom Grennan, The Hunnas, Embrace, Pale Waves and Gaz Coombes (of Supergrass) among others. We don’t have the stage details or time schedule yet but once it is announced, you will find it all here.

Line up for Saturday 25th of May

Festival website: https://nbhdweekender.com/2018/11/1327/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1874191669547225/
Tickets: https://nbhdweekender.com/?fbclid=IwAR1K_ILGKZXO_6ZR0WKemWpdD5PbRldqzPEOGc9Il1L34mBV8Ged-5opIGY

Day later, on Sunday the 26th of May, the Blinders will also participate in Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering Festival in Catton Hall in Derbyshire. The line up this year looks amazing. Suede are the headliners, Reef, Justin Sullivan of New Model Army and The Wildhearts are all making glorious come backs. The trio will be in great company so again, grab tickets while they are still here – the festival is rather small and it sold out last year. We are sure the history will repeat itself in 2019.

Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering poster

Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/beardedtheoryfestival/
Website: https://beardedtheory.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beardedtheoryfestival/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/beardedtheory
Tickets: https://beardedtheory.seetickets.com/event/bearded-theory-2019/catton-hall/1265022#op1

Another show announced was the mini festival with the Blossoms, The Coral, Cabbage and the Fuzzy Sun. Bad news, it is sold out again, this time in a record time of 30 minutes. Those lucky ones who were able to buy the tickets, will enjoy the great show at Stockport  County FC stadium in Edgeley Park on Saturday 22nd of June 2019. You can see more info on Blossoms page: https://www.facebook.com/blossomsband/

Stockport County Football Club grounds poster

A week later, on 30th of June, the band will travel to Exeter to visit the beautiful Powderham Castle to participate in Sunday Sessions Exeter. The Blinders will join a fantastic line up including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Charlatans, Reverend And The Makers and The Loft Club among many other acts. Stage times are not available yet, but we will update this entry as they are announced.

Banner for the Sunday Sessions

Sunday Sessions poster – Exeter

Official website: https://exeter.sundaysessions.net/lineup/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sunday-Sessions-Exeter-274347229930652/
Tickets go on sale on Friday 7th December at 10am.
You can purchase them from: https://sundaysessions.gigantic.com/sunday-sessions-tickets/exeter-powderham-castle/2019-06-30-12-00 

The tour will be updated constantly.
Keep your eyes open and check the latest news on:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/theblindersband/events/

Please come back daily as this blog will be growing more and more with each passing day!

Thank you!
Rita and Malicia