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!
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.
Introduction to the band:
Interview with The Blinders:
Columbia Library Archives:
Castle and Falcon, Birmingham concert review:
Thekla, Bristol concert review:
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!
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!
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/
The Red Ringer Wave Logo Shirt – AKA The Red Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40663
The Black Ringer Wave Logo Shirt- AKA The Black Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40664
The White Ringer Wave Logo Shirt – AKA The White Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=41044
The Red Logo shirt – AKA The Columbia Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40665
The Johnny Dream shirt can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=38134
The Black Wave Logo Jumper can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=41045
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 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:
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)
https://www.djbroadcast.net/article/142466/new-wave-festival-dooft-generatiekloof (Grauzone Festival, The Hague, The Netherlands – The Blinders featured on pictures)
http://www.tenementtv.com/news/gig-news-sailor-jerry-announce-three-scottish-shows-month/ (La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Sailor Jerry Presents)
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/fabulous/3939355/sailor-jerrys-sj-presents-gig-cocktail-giver-black-honey-blinders-she-drew-the-gun-march/ La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Sailor Jerry Presents)
http://launch.theaureview.com/music/here-are-all-the-uk-acts-playing-the-british-music-embassy-at-sxsw-2019/ (SXSW, Austin Texas, USA)
https://www.fatsoma.com/confessional/m3ch9qht/confessional-festival-2019 (Confessional Festival, Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn, United Kingdom)
https://herzmukke.de/news/uk-newcomer-konzertguide/ (German tour, general)
Interview for Madchester at Alphabet Brewery in Manchester:
Interview at SWG3 in Glasgow for DiscoveryMusic:
Interview with Toby Foster at Breakfast (BBC Sheffield, 31.01.2019)
The Blinders played two songs on the show: “Ballad of Winston Smith” (34:35 minute mark) and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Tin Man”(1:35:00 mark)
Interview with Michelle Hussey and Natalie-Eve Williams (BBC Introducing Manchester, 09.03.2019)
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Thanks to @theblinders popping in to see team @bbcintroducing at @bbcradiomanchester before their first trip Stateside to play @sxsw 🇺🇲 . . Special shout out to the @bbcintrosheff team for their support on the band's journey 🙌🏻 . . Listen back to full session via @bbcsounds 📱: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p071ttrx , #bbcintroducing #theblinders
The Blinders were interviewed before going to SXSW in Austin Texas plus they performed two songs on the show: “Brave New World” and “ICB Blues”. The interview starts at 1:06:09 mark).
You can listen to it at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p071ttrx
Or you can listen to our clip below:
Interview with Amy Smolcic of Wicked Child zine at SXSW (15th of March 2019)
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 (Alphabet Brewery, Manchester)
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)
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/02/the-blinders-c33s-hebden-bridge-trades.html (Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club)
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/03/sxsw-2019-feat-fontaines-d-c-black-midi-the-blinders-and-more/ (SXSW, Austin Texas, USA)
http://www.wickeddchildd.com/2019/03/live-review-sxsw-2019-night-four-ft.html (SXSW, Austin Texas, USA)
“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)
“When a festival as big as ESNS takes place in one single city, you constantly rush from one concert hall to the other to be able to see all the interesting acts. In many cases, you have to queue and you miss half of the performance trying to either get into the venue or to leave it. Besides the acts that we managed to see without interruptions, we would like to name 5 bands whose fragmented performances were of pure class. They are: The Blinders, Drahla, Ocean Wisdom, FEET and Whispering Sons. Also, a special mention goes to The Slow Readers Club, a band sharing the same label with The Blinders. We have seen maybe 6 minutes of their show but the riff and the chorus to ‘You Opened Up My Heart’ was the highlight of Eurosonic for us” – Bart Somers for IndieStyle (translation from Belgian)
“After the Shellac performance, The Smaller Gallery is filling up fast for the next act. The Blinders enter the stage accompanied by the soundtrack from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and a great dosage of smoke. Their set is composed of solid punk rock and indie music that is delivered with a lot of energy. As usual, the singer/guitarist Thomas, wears face paint that reminds us of black metal bands. Although we have seen The Blinders before (at ESNS), we truly enjoyed their gig.” – Frank De Jong & Marco Vlot at Grauzone Festival for 3VOOR12 (multimedia platform of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting VPRO for alternative and indie music) https://3voor12.vpro.nl/lokaal/den-haag/artikelen/overzicht/2019/februari/Grauzone-2019.html (translation from Dutch)
“Adding a handful of new and exciting bands to the line up was a smart move. The Blinders, Rendez-Vous, Snapped Ankles and German new wave act Lebanon Hanover need to be distinguished from the rest of the line up. Also, it was worth seeing the Graukunst by Genesis Breyer – P Orridge, a film about John Lydon (‘The Public Image is Rotten’) and of course, the famous record market and the DJ sets. Once again, Grauzone proved to be a varied festival that managed to sell out few days in advance” – Indiestad Magazine (Paradiso Club online magazine)
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=Etc%2FGMT (open calendar to non Gmail users)
Manchester Punks for West Papua – now completed
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
Before the event, the band recorded a short video explaining why they support this noble cause:
Avalanche Xmas Party – now completed
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!). The band performed their standards (“Brutus”, “Brave New World”, “Gotta Get Through” and “ICB Blues”) and two new ones “Lunatic with a gun” and ” Whiter”. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official website: http://www.captaincookinn.co.uk/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/300658990782027/
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
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
pic.twitter.com/R3RJiSkpvx – Santa at the Merch
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/videos/10157051450675680/ (Welcome to Columbia Intro)
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/videos/10157050065595680/ (Berlin Wall)
pic.twitter.com/mf2xejqReJ (Where No Man Comes)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrnEZRuAPvT/ (Gotta Get Through)
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.
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.
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”.
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/
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, \ 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!
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
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)
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.
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:
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
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsQQxHDnZA5/ (more than 5k likes!)
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!
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!
Official link: https://esns.nl/artist/the-blinders/
Official Spotify list: smarturl.it/esns19rock
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
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 at BBC page:
The Blinders were mentioned on popular ESNS podcast called SHARQ TALK! The presenters talked about not hearing about The Blinders before their show at Vera. However, they rated their performance as a good, very energetic show. They were not really convinced by the warpaint and thought the bassist (Charlie) looked a bit lost in thoughts, but paid many complements to their technical skills and abilities to make cool music. They also rated The Blinders as ready for the big European festivals such as Lowlands and Pinkpop. Again, massive interest of press and media was observed with presenters saying that more than 1200 people showed up to see the gig: inside the club (capacity 450) and outside! There were also 8 photographers and a cameraman. Thank you to Joep Coolen and Anke van der Voorn for their help with translation. The Blinders are mentioned exactly at 35:40 minute mark.
You can listen to the podcast on Youtube channel:
Pictures by Richard Postma (official pictures from VERA CLUB). Used with permission.
You can see the entire gallery here: https://www.vera-groningen.nl/fotogalerij/eurosonic-day-2-2/?lang=en
The Blinders’ concert at ESNS was filmed for WDR. Five tracks (“Brutus”/”Et Tu”/”Berlin Wall”, “Hate Song”, “Free The Slaves”/”ICB Blues” and “Where No Man Comes”) are now available for viewing on their website:
pic.twitter.com/cR70wOaftS (Hate Song)
Independent Venue Week – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge – now complete
Trades Club in Hebden Bridge is one of the most popular venues in Yorkshire that hosted many international and national superstars. The Blinders have played there before and each time, their gigs were sold out. On 31st of January, the band (along with their support act, The C33’s) arrived to The Trades Club to play for the Independent Venue Week, a week long celebration of music in support of those who run the grass root venues in the UK. As usual, the tickets to the gig were gone long time in advance (sometime at the beginning of December!) and many people frantically looked for any spares online. Those who purchased their passes earlier, gained entry to the venue at 4 pm. This allowed them to see a very interesting photo exhibition entitled “Cold War Steve” before anybody else. The rest of gig goers had to wait until 8 pm when the downstairs bar and a concert hall were finally made available to the public. By 8:30 pm, the place was tightly packed and the C’33’s entered the stage to showcase their talents. We have to say that the young band did fantastically well. Their 45 minute set was very pleasant to our ears, the songs were catchy (and some of them super radio-friendly!), they also had a great deal of energy and nice stage presence. We are giving them a year or two and the indie scene will have another very strong rock group! When it comes to the headliner, we think that The Blinders are incapable of playing a bad gig, as again, they were perfect! Matty and Charlie showed their incredible technical skills, Thomas sang like his life depended on it (and at one point ended singing surrounded by crowd), and the mosh pit was crazy! The concert was dedicated to the memory of Zoran, a close friend of the group who passed away just few weeks before the show at the age of 50. One of the speakers was decorated with Slovenian flag with words “Zoran, Keep The Faith” as a tribute to him. The band also prepared a special poster that was sold at the merch stand and all money collected were later given to Zoran’s family. The show started off with “Gotta Get Through” and then came the first surprise of the evening, a brand new version of “Wither” which may be the new fan-favourite song. So far “Wither” was only available in an acoustic version on Thomas Haywood’s personal Soundcloud account, but it sounds so much better with bass, an electric guitar and a powerful drum solos. “L’Etat C’est Moi” and “Brave New World” followed with “Hate Song”, “Ballad of Winston Smith” and “ICB Blues” filling the middle part of the gig. “Where No Man Comes” opened the second part and there was another surprise awaiting! Instead of the expected “Free The Slaves”, The Blinders pulled a blinder and played a brand new song, never heard before entitled “Fantasies”. Along with recently debuted “Lunatic With a Gun”, “Fantasies” are two brand new compositions that probably could end up on The Blinders’ second album which the group is very eager to record. The ending of the gig was very emotional and powerful with “Ramona Flowers”, “Rat In a Cage” and “Et Tu”, “Brutus” and “Berlin Wall” being played. The performance ended just before 11:00 pm. A small meeting with fans was also organized before the club was closed for the night.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNEzxPgnT_k (Et Tu)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06HRFVZ-o00 (Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvGyiHeAEzs (Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1VY3G-q5uo (Rat in a Cage)
Grauzone Festival, The Hague, the Netherlands – now complete
February took the Blinders over to the mainland Europe again as they performed on a popular festival in the Netherlands. GRAUZONE took place on 9th of February in The Hague and the line up included 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. Grauzone is one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals of music and counter culture in The Netherlands.
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@theblinders from Doncaster/Manchester are ''the fastest emerging UK band at the moment” according to the @bbc . Their live shows are stunning, spectacular and unforgettable, playing sold-out shows across the UK and big fests like Reading. Their debut album is named best album of the year 2018, together with Idles' last album. With a wide range of musical influences from Nick Cave, The Fall, Stooges, Dick Dale’s surf guitar, Killing Joke and John Cooper Clarke, The Blinders have created their own sound somewhere between punk and psychedelica. This young, promising act seems on the edge of great things to come and on the brink of a thrilling breakthrough! Go see them at Grauzone and see yourself! → Ticketlink in bio #theblinders #grauzonefestival2019 #grauzone #thefall #nickcave #bbc #reading #onemonthleft #thehague #seconddutchshow
Official website: https://www.grauzonefestival.nl/
The Blinders on the line up: https://www.grauzonefestival.nl/volition-immanent
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/177411213047008/
Tickets: The Festival is now officially SOLD OUT!
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!
Grauzone Festival review, this time by DJBroadcast (only in Dutch) with amazing photographs of Thomas Haywood at the top at the article!
You can read it at: https://www.djbroadcast.net/article/142466/new-wave-festival-dooft-generatiekloof
The Blinders played Kleine Zaal (The Smaller Gallery) at the Paard, some 300 meters from BillyTown (exhibition space). Their concert was set for 23:20 – 00:20 CET, between German punk rock legends, Pinks Turns Blue and The Cosmic Dead. It has been described as one of the best shows of Grauzone Festival. The Blinders played to a full, packed room despite being an unknown band in the Netherlands. Their show at ESNS received such positive reviews that the Grauzone festival organizers knew there would be a huge interest in the band. They were forced to put an official warning on their programme to let the public know to come to the venue earlier to secure a place! Fantastic achievement for a second show abroad (and their first ever in The Hague). There are no doubts – the band is on their way to establish themselves as a major player on the international rock scene! The Blinders started off with full Columbia introduction that British fans heard before each show on their Autumn tour. Dystopian propaganda talk by Patrick T. Davies mixed with “Power of Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory” was greeted by cheers from the audience. When the intro was done, “Gotta Get Through” sent the Dutch public jumping and head banging. Despite the set list being neatly displayed on the walls and the stage floor, the band didn’t pay any attention to it. “Wither” came second (with changed lines and shortened second chorus) and then “L’Etat C’est Moi”, “Brave New World” and “Hate Song”. It was only then that Thomas greeted the crowd with words “Good evening! We are the Blinders from…United Kingdom!” which brought a sew short laughs (probably from UK fans who recognized that he nearly said “from Doncaster”) and massive approval from the local gig goers. “Where no man comes” followed by “Free The Slave” and both sounded a bit different again. Thomas sang in a new, more toned down way where his voice was more natural and deep. “Free the Slaves” was also cut short a bit and “ICB Blues” had a longer intro allowing Matty and Charlie to jam on stage! “Swine” with its rhythmic chorus (there is no hope…) had the audience singing along and Thomas balancing on the edge of stage, almost like he thought of jumping into the crowd before he changed his mind. “Ramona Flowers” and “Rat In a Cage” had extended parts with Matty and Charlie again going into some sort of improvised loops and Thomas half whispering-half howling into the microphone. The ending was a surprise to long standing fans as a brand new intro have been introduced before “Et Tu”. It was long, almost over a minute and sounded a bit like some sort of alarm going off. It’s quite tricky to describe but we hope fans will be able to hear in on tour in April – it was a very interesting experiment! Another new element was a part of a poem or a lyrics just before “Martyrs enters the area” part. Thomas recited “Oh are we such fools to pretend that we do not fear the end” before returning to a well known routine. The monologue between “Brutus” and “Berlin Wall” (“the shadows filling Big Brother’s hall”) gave the technical crew a migraine headache when Haywood finally decided to leave the stage and mingle with the public. The guitar cable proved to be too short for a longer walk and the technicians threw themselves to the rescue before the loudspeakers stockpiled on top of each other were thrown onto the ground! Thomas finished the set among the crowd and Matty was forced to sing all by himself. As the band disappeared into the darkness, they were seen off by applause and long cheers.
After the show, fans were thrilled and vowed to see The Blinders again. Paard Club spoke to several of them and here is an example of an enthusiastic review:
“Gig goer, Maria Kleopatra said: ‘The Blinders were the coolest band I have seen today. Great music and a very enjoyable show. This is a music scene that really appeals to my taste. I feel at home here. It is dark and dark is fun!'”
Photos and quotes by Judith Zandwijk
Maria Kleopatra: https://www.facebook.com/maria.kleopatra
Judith Zandwijk: https://www.facebook.com/judith.zandwijk.5
Original article: https://www.facebook.com/PaardvanTroje/photos/pb.145332178830227.-2207520000.1549931299./2465090316854390/?type=3&theater
Grauzone Festival was super kind to The Blinders. They have been photographed by fans and professionals and we even there is even a real polaroid picture taken by the wonderful Pim Schrier! You can follow him at: https://www.instagram.com/pimschrier/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/passetti/sets/72157706690221234/with/40084558653/ – images taken by photojournalist, Rene Passet
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2040981542623223&type=1&l=334f400b57 – massive gallery of 150 pictures from the festival. 10 of them are from the Blinders’ gig.
Official video from Grauzone Festival. The Blinders are shown at 41 sec mark.
Official after-festival video also extensively features the band:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GD2yZHy_II (various songs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWLpKUUASD4 (L’Etat C’Est Moi)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaCnCYx6cUA (Ramona Flowers)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgDghsj-V1c (Hate Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLpZ7dw69vc (Brave New World)
Thomas Haywood solo performance (acoustic show) – now complete
The Blinders are preparing to hit the US in less than a month, but that doesn’t mean they have stopped spoiling their beloved fans. Thomas Haywood, the lead singer of the band, gave a very special acoustic performance on Sunday, 24th of February at The Burton Arms in Manchester. The recently renovated pub is located right next to the Band on The Wall in the Northern Quarter part of Manchester. It was closed down for many years until the owners of The Night People have taken it under their wings with intention of turning the derelict building into a cozy bar and a small hotel. It seems to be working very well as the place has already earned good reputation among the pub goers. Thomas Haywood’s acoustic performance was the first concert in a series of intimate shows that are going to showcase the best musicians from Mancunian scene. The gig was kept a secret until the last moment – it was only announced 2 days before the show, yet on Sunday evening, the entire place was packed and many visitors sadly had to listen to the performance standing outside. Thomas started his set with one of his favourite songs – Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man”. The Blinders’ followers can sometimes hear him play it as a warm up before shows or during the social gatherings, and we have to agree, it was the perfect opener. The set was divined into two parts: the first contained a mixture of The Blinders’ songs very well known from their debut album “Columbia” and the other was filled by covers and original material. We had a pleasure of hearing “Brave New World”, “Rat in a Cage”, “ICB Blues”, “Ballad of Winston Smith” and “Ramona Flowers” in their stripped, bare versions. Without the electric bas and drums, the songs sounded completely different but you could still appreciate the excellent song writing and their complexity. The covers included Townes Van Zandt “Waiting Around to Die” and The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “(David Bowie I Love You) Since I was Six” that was skilfully merged with an original song entitled “Visions of Anais (Across the Lake)”. Thomas’ original compositions drew the most attention and for a very good reason – they were bloody brilliant. He sang “Grave of the King” that was written during his stay in Paris in May 2018 after visiting the tomb of Jim Morrison and “Gift of Gold” that can be found on Haywood’s personal Soundcloud page. The Blinders’ fans were also incredibly happy to finally hear “Acid Bath”, the first ever song written for the band circa 2015, way before their first EP “Hidden Horror Dance” that was released in 2016. We now know that the full title of the song is “Acid Bath (Princess of the Dark)” and we absolutely love it. The show ended with Thomas being all smiles and giggles, waving to friends and fans, before disappearing in the Beer garden for a well deserved drink.
31 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ
tel: 0161 839 1514
Stage time: 21:00pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBdmEtp7zWo (Townes Van Zandt – “Waiting Around to Die” cover)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlIp8kxRq2g (“Ballad of Winston Smith”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJLB3DkWpj8 (A mix of “Visions of Anais (Across the Lake)”- Thomas’ original composition and The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “(David Bowie I Love You) Since I was Six” sang together with John McCullogh of Children of the State)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdO8_bUOBrk (“Grave of the King” – original composition)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUVjKB8uHU4 (mix of “Acid Bath (Princess of the Dark)” – original composition and “Ramona Flowers”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcadMvqaTkU (“Brave New World”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-WaZEwY-ZU (“Rat in a Cage”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWYx6fcviY (“Gift of Gold” – original composition)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBTZ_yl5ouA (“ICB Blues”)
South By South West (SXSW) – now complete
South By South West is the biggest music event in the world. It brings over 100.000 visitors to Austin in Texas and being invited is considered the biggest honour. The Blinders were chosen to participate and it only shows how good the band truly is. The band played four shows over a week they spent in America and we can honestly tell you that they made a big, big impression on the Land of the free.
If you’d like to review this year’s schedule for the Blinders, please click on the link below:
The news that The Blinders will play in Austin traveled faster than the speed of light. Within couple of days, several local BBC chapters informed their listeners about the happy news . You can listen to some of them below, they are very enthusiastic!
BBC Manchester (Natalie-Eve Williams & Michelle L Hussey on 16.02.2019 and 09.02.2019)
BBC Sheffield (Christian Carlisle on 16.02.2019)
A few great mentions for the band appeared on the radio during their stay at SXSW as well:
BBC Manchester (Natalie-Eve Williams & Michelle L Hussey on 16.03.2019)
BBC Sheffield (Christian Carlisle on 16.03.2019)
BBC Introducing Radio 1 (Huw Stephens on 17.03.2019)
SXSW Showcase number 1: Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar
The Blinders made their SXSW debut at a small showcase at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. This 5 star hotel is located in Downtown Austin, in prestigious location, just across the street from Austin Convention Center, and a short distance from 6th Street, University of Texas and the State Capitol! Their showcase took place on 12th of March at 7pm local time at Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar. It was 12:00 am on 13th of March GMT in London. The show was finished by 11:30 pm. It has to be said: this place is truly impressive with 23 large screens showing the best sporting events from all over the world. A huge stage is perfect for performances and the venue can accommodate up to 200 visitors. They are known for putting up acoustic nights that are very popular with tourists and local patrons.
As for the bands’ first American concert ever, it was a very good show. The bar was not fully packed but the crowd was very decent and what’s more important, everybody enjoyed it! Thomas wore a black coat and a pair of sunglasses and looked really cool! The show was also stripped back, Matty had no drum set, but those who have seen him previously know that if you give this man a tambourine, you will have a fully working rhythm section! Charlie played an electric bass, but it seemed to be a bit silent than usual. It wasn’t their usual in-your-face, full make-up, noisy affair, but rather a toned down, half electric, half acoustic performance. It reminded us of in-store visits The Blinders did last year before their Columbia tour. The band played for 40 minutes and they performed nearly an entire album. The visitors described it as “magical” and it truly was a spectacular set.
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/03/sxsw-2019-feat-fontaines-d-c-black-midi-the-blinders-and-more/ – beautiful gallery by by Sam Huddleston
SXSW Showcase number 2: BBC6 Music at Latitude 30
The second show the Blinders played at the conference was for the mighty BBC 6 Music and Steve Lamacq officially introduced the band to an American audience. The band had to wake up very early to do an interview with Steve before their evening gig and they recorded several acoustic tracks for him as well including “Brave New World”, “Rat In a Cage” and “Hate Song”.
You can listen to the interview (shared with Alex Edwards, the manager of Pip Blom plus the evening performance of “Rat In a Cage” at 1:16:52 mark. It was broadcast in the UK on 15th of March 2019:
We all know that Steve Lamacq is a big, big fan of the Blinders and it wasn’t a surprise that he asked them to headline his show at Latitude 30, a very well known bar located in downtown Austin. The entire showcase was held under the banner of “British Music Embassy” for BBC6 Music in association with AIM. The performance started at 8:00 pm on 14th of March and ended at 2:00 am on 15th of March CST (Austin, Travis County, TX is located in Central Time Zone). It was between 12:00 am and 7 am on 15th of March GMT time (London).
The Blinders’ gig took place from 06:00 am till 07:00 am UK time.
The British Music Embassy
512 San Jacinto Blvd (at E 5th St)
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: +1 512-472-3332
British Music Embassy links:
Official website: https://www.thebritishmusicembassy.com/
The Blinders entered the stage as the last band of the evening, after the Mercury prize nominated artist, Novelist. It was a huge accomplishments and the public was ecstatic to see the Doncaster trio. Their show lasted full 50 minutes and we could hear “Wither”, “Free The Slaves”, “Brave New World”, “L’Etat C’est Moi”, “Gotta Get Through” and of course the in(famous) “Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall” at the end. The band was described as “ferocious” and “in top form” by audience members. Steve was so pleased with them that he put them on the commercial advertising his entire stay at SXSW! It has been played every day on British radio multiple times. Do you know what he said about the performance? “A sound you can truly believe in.” Well said, Steve, well said!
By Kirsty Smolcic (https://www.instagram.com/wickeddkristysnaps/)
SXSW Showcase number 3: End of Trail at Valhalla Tavern
The Blinders didn’t have much time to rest at all. Their third show was at Valhalla Tavern on 15th of March 2018 (capacity of 400), a popular bar and live music venue located in Austin’s famed Red River District. The bar is pretty famous for its collection of vintage gaming devices such as pinballs, pool, shuffleboard, skeeball, foosball and air hockey. The stage wascurated by Kelly Munro and his wonderful team from End of Trail Creative record label.
The show started at 7:00 pm on 15th of March and ended at 2:00 am on 16th of March CST.
In the UK, it started at 01:00 am on 16th of March and finished around 8 am GMT time (London).
The Blinders’ performance took place from 05:00 am till 06:00 am UK time.
The schedule was as follows (CST time)
8:00 pm – Pip Hall
9:00 pm – Sam Eagle
10:00 pm – Rascalton
11:00 pm – AVALANCHE PARTY
12:00 am – The Blinders
01:00 am – Lucy Spraggan
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/316470412309649/
Address: 710 Red River St, Austin, Texas
Tel: +1 512-476-0997
End of Trail Creative:
Joined on the bill with their best friends, Avalanche Party and Rascalton, the Blinders played one of their best shows at SXSW despite numerous technical issues. It was again described as wild, captivating and unreal. Their set, again was clocked at 50 minutes and contained “Gotta Get Through”, “L’Etat C’Est Moi”, “Brave New World”, “Wither”, “Free the Slaves”, “I Can’t Breathe Blues”, “Swine”, “Hate Song”, “Rat In A Cage” and “Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall”.
“‘What REALLY knocked your socks off this week?’ was the question posed by my friend who sat next to me between sets at what was to be my last venue of SXSW 2019. ‘The Blinders! They were mad! The bass player threw his bass out into the crowd at the end!’ He said:’Do you want to see them again? They are playing a few doors down’. So I abandoned the nights’ plan and we ran down the road to the other venue! Before going to SXSW this year, I had a vague plan to see the Blinders. They were recommended to me by a friend in London, and I had checked them out on YouTube. I thought they looked interesting. I wasn’t sure if the makeup thing was a shtick, a gimmick, or what! For me, a bands’ live show makes or breaks them. I saw them for the first time at Valhalla on Friday, 15 March. I came out of that show exclaiming ‘Holy Hounds of Hell! What did I just witness?!!’ The moshpit was mad, but not the kind that are just a bunch of assholes getting their aggression out. These people were loving the band. Avalanche Party had played immediately prior at Valhalla, and they hung around to lend support, technically and morally, to the Blinders during the gig. Jordan was handing guitars and helping troubleshoot technical problems. Thomas, the singer, was focused and theatrical, without seeming fake or phony. He looks dramatic, with black smears around his eyes and down both sides of his face. He delivers his songs with intensity. He draws us in, almost Doorsian, shaman-like. The music to me also evokes a Doorsian, dystopian vibe. Charlie on bass has read the script and holds his bass up like he is pointing a machine gun at times. It doesn’t sound as dramatic as it looks when he does it, and he also delivers a focused performance. Matty, on drums, is a beast. He pounds the drums with all he is worth, and does not quit, whether being yelled out, or if the lights go out. The Friday venue was left in shambles. During the final song, “Brutus,” Thomas climbed on a speaker stack and his mic and all of the lights went off. It took some time to get a workaround, but we remained invested as an audience while we awaited the rest of the song. My theory about the mishap is that he pulled a plug out while climbing. They finished the song, the crowd pushed forward, thrashed around, went mad, and the aforementioned bass throwing happened. We wandered out onto the streets of Austin, stunned”.
Thank you so much Lori! What a description, we cannot add anything more to it.
SXSW Showcase number 4: Modern Sky gig at Beerland
The fourth and the last confirmed event for the Blinders at the SXSW took place at a popular rock place called Beerland on 16th of March. It was again located in the Red River neighbourhood, very close to super popular nightclub named Elysium. The pub opened in 2011 and hosted rock showcases for SXSW since 2015. Not a big place (capacity of 200) but it has great reviews and is considered one of the “coolest” venues to visit at the conference. There is a pool table, a life size bust of Elvis and a large patio. The Blinders performed there alongside Japanese rock group DYGL, their label-mates SPINN, The Mystery Lights (all the way from NYC) and an electro pop duo from Australia, GreenWave Beth among others. The entry to the club was strictly +21. It was the last showcase for The Blinders’ record label, Modern Sky UK at the conference.
The show started at 7:00 pm on 16th of March and ended at 2:00 am on 17th of March CST.
In the UK, it started at 12:00 am on 17th of March and finished at around 7 am GMT time (London).
The Blinders’ performance took place from 05:00 am till 06:00 am UK time.
711 1/2 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: +1 512-479-7625
Official website: http://www.beerlandtexas.com
Again we spoke to Lori, who came to witness another performance by The Blinders. Lori said that the band played exactly the same set as the night before. They started with “Gotta Get Through”, “L’Etat C’Est Moi”, “Brave New World”, “Wither”, “Free the Slaves”, “I Can’t Breathe Blues”, “Swine”, “Hate Song”, “Rat In A Cage” and finished with “Brutus”. She added: “The Blinders’ last show at Beerland was much more controlled. One of their songs, ‘Brave New World’ was dedicated to Avalanche Party, who were there giving guitar tech and moral support again. I was ready at the end of the show to video the bass throwing. But there was no bass throwing this time. Still a great and engaging show, but more controlled, not as mad. The crowd was invested, but not mental like the previous night. There were no major mishaps. to report”.
Luckily there was no technical problems this time and the band finished their first American visit on a high note. Then they had a few days of rest, had some fun and off they went back to our time zones again!
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).
Tickets are now on sale so please do your best and grab one: https://hitthenorthfestival.ticketline.co.uk/
Official website: https://hitthenorthfestival.co.uk/
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.
On 13th of February, it was announced that Scottish trio, The Ninth Wave will be supporting the Blinders on their tour. The band consists of Haydn Park-Patterson, Millie Kidd and Lewis Tollan. They were formed in 2016 in Glasgow and so far released several singles (“Reformation”, “Human Touch/Nothing Certain”) and “Never Crave Attention” EP on Destiller Records. 2019 is a breakthrough year for them – Ninth Wave will play SXSW with The Blinders and several concerts in NYC along with The Avalanche Party.
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).
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
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: The Ninth Wave and The Clause
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/324335001713317/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/O2InstituteBirmingham
02. Manchester – 27th of April
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
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2034835919936934/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/o2ritzmanchester/
03. Glasgow – 28th of April
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/
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/
04. London – 30th of April
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/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1210214052464571/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scalalondon/
Three shows in Germany are being organised by FKP Scorpio
05. Cologne – 7th of May
Address: Zülpicher Str. 10, 50674 Köln, Germany
Phone: +49 221 2404289
Time: 20:00pm-12:00am CET
Official website: www.mtcclub.de
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/201023990791844/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mtccologne/
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
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2260649520878576/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/molotowstpauli/
07. Berlin – 9th of May
Address: Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Friedrichshain
Phone: +49 30 47385949
Time: 19:00pm-11:00pm CET
Official website: https://cassiopeia-berlin.de/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/393779354496328/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiopeiaclub
Please be aware that more European shows will be added to this section!
After touring Germany, the band will come back to British soil to entertain their fans in Leeds. Gold Sounds is a festival dedicated to shoegaze, punk, psychedelia, noise and grunge. It will be held at Brudenell Social Club over two days in May. The show will start on 11th of May at 2 pm and will close at 2 am on the 12th. Previous guests include Yuck, Cabbage, Cloud Nothings, The Wytches, Homeshake, Turnover, The Big Moon, Merchandise & Cheatahs. Appearing at Gold Sounds 2019, besides The Blinders, are Fat White Family, Her’s, Pip Blom, The Beths, Viagra Boys, The Nude Party, Hand Habits, Just Mustard, Weakened Friends, Working Men’s Club, TRIXIE WHITLEY, Vulgarians, bdrmm, FEHM, LUMER and LYLO. Tickets cost only £35 for a weekend pass – it is a bargain for 25 bands and two stages! It has been announced that The Blinders will headline Saturday 11th of May but extended scheduling times are not yet available. We will be notifying you as soon as we know!
Official website: http://www.goldsoundsfestival.com
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/755273298172431/
Venue: Brudenell Social Club
Address: 33 Queens Road, LS6 1NY Leeds
Telephone: 0113 275 2411
Official website: http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/whats-on/gold-sounds1/
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.
Festival website: https://nbhdweekender.com/2018/11/1327/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1874191669547225/
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.
Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/beardedtheoryfestival/
Between 11th and 19th of June, The Blinders will again travel to The Netherlands to play at the independent Valkhof Music Festival. The festival takes place in Valkhof Park in the city of Nijmegen (Gelderland province, close to the German boarder). Nijmegen is a very beautiful market town that hosts a number of popular musical events and conferences throughout summer. Valkhof Festival is quite famous in Europe and brings thousands of fans of electronic, industrial, goth and indie music to town. It has 4 stages situated all over the park (one is in the ruins of medieval castle!) and 120 bands from all over the world are usually playing. Except for The Blinders, the festival’s line up includes Sudan Archives, Fontaines D.C., BO NINGEN, black midi, Jonathan Bree and Whispering Sons among others. Detailed time schedule is not available yet but the entry to the festival is free.
The Festival posted a very nice description for the band that reads: “The distance between Nijmegen and Manchester is about 760 km by car. It is far, but we are confident that The Blinders will give a splendid performance at the festival! These “Mancunians” as they are known, have the music in their DNA and their debut album ‘Columbia’ is a perfect example. The album is as raw as Sex Pistols, stubborn as The Fall and melodic as The Verve. Don’t forget the melodrama taken straight out of the records made by The Smiths! Their lyrics show inspiration drew from various sources – from Leonard Cohen, George Orwell to the mismanagement caused by Theresa May & Co. The band is just brilliant, aren’t they?”
Address: Kelfkensbos 59, 6511 TB Nijmegen, Netherlands
Official FB page for the Festival: https://www.facebook.com/
Official events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/227617564542485/
Official website: https://www.valkhoffestival.nl/programma/#/artist/the-blinders
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/valkhoffest
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/
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.
Official website: https://exeter.sundaysessions.net/lineup/
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
July and they are off to Europe again! This summer, The Blinders will get a lot of stamps in their passports. They have been booked to play KLIKO Festival in The Netherlands! What do we need to know? Patronaat is one of the largest and most prestigious independent venues in the Netherlands. It is located in Zijlsingel part of Haarlem, near the city centre. The venue has been operating since 1984 and hosted international and national stars of the highest calibre. Once a year, in July, Patronaat is also the home of KLIKO Festival dedicated to grunge, psychedelic and garage rock. This year, the indoor festival will take place on 13th-14th of July and at least 25 bands will play at three different stages from 19:00 pm till 06:00 am CET! It will be the loudest all nighter in the city and you don’t want to miss it. If you want some statistics (and we all love stats!!), the Main Hall is for 1000 visitors, second stage (called the Second Hall) is able to accommodate 350 guests and the smallest rock bar (named of course, The Third Hall) will be perfect for smaller gigs up to 120 people. Annually over 500 events are organized at Patronaat (at least 3 events per week) and 140.000 people are visiting its premises.
KLIKO Fest has been going on for nearly a decade now and receives fantastic reviews from the music press and its guests. 2019 edition will see Curtis Harding, JD McPherson, King Khan And The Shrines, Warmduscher, The Psychotic Monks, Crows, The Schizophonics, SONS and The Blinders performing. Early bird tickets are now sold out and the regular tickets are available for €35.
Official website: https://www.patronaat.nl/13-7-2019/kliko-fest-2019
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/474569083052902/
Patronaat, Zijlsingel 2, 2013 DN Haarlem
023 – 517 58 50 (office)
023 – 517 58 58 (box office/information)
KLIKO Fest gave the Blinders this beautiful recommendation on their official website:
“The Blinders are the band that is on everyone’s lips these days thanks to their spectacular indie rock shows. The power trio from Manchester released their long-awaited debut album ‘Columbia’ last September and it brings together the best of 60’s garage rock, Beat poetry and Orwell’s dystopia. After their steamy show at ESNS 2019, they are ready to leave a lasting impression on Kliko”. Book your tickets now!
On 15th-18th of August, The Blinders will be performing at The Beautiful Days festival in Devon. It is considered one of the best independent festivals in the UK. It is the Levellers’ independent family music festival organised by DMF Music which takes place at Escot Park in Devon and has been running for 16 years. The festival has several stages, amazing site art, a huge children’s area, comedy, theatre, family camping, real ale bars from Otter Brewery & a great choice of food and craft stalls. Beautiful Days has no sponsorship, branding and does not advertise. The festival won the Grass Roots Festival Award at the 2015 UK Festival Awards and Best Medium Festival in the FestivalKidz.com 2015 Awards. They were shortlisted for Best Medium Sized Festival at the 2016 UK Festival Awards. The festival also made it through to the final shortlists in the 2017 UK Festival Awards for 3 awards and won Best Medium Festival at the 2017 Festival Kidz Awards. The Blinders will join Skunk Anansie, Ziggy Marley, The Levellers, The Stranglers (Official), Sleaford Mods, Songhoy Blues, Peter Hook & The Light, The Black Seeds, Kate Rusby and at least 100 more acts that will be announced soon. The stage times are not available at the moment but we will be updating the diary!
Official website: https://www.beautifuldays.org/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/727444244267601/
You can purchase tickets at: https://www.beautifuldays.org/?fbclid=IwAR3Qx4XhR8xCubLlVCQcOwExfNCmo1oYSNCaA90hjYHN-ln-TvkTvXsVX8
Address: Escot Park, Nr Fairmile, Devon, EX11 1LU, Exeter, EX11 1LU.
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Rita and Malicia