Venue Talk: Orla Gartland on Vicar Street, Dublin

I spoke to Orla Gartland about her fave live music venue, and she chose Vicar Street in Dublin. Check out her latest single ‘Why Am I Like This?’ below, and then keep reading to find out about Vicar Street.

Why is Vicar Street your favourite?

“It’s the perfect room – wide and not long, big enough to feel exciting, small enough to feel intimate.” “As well as music they host a lot of comedians & podcast events – it’s a really versatile space.”

Have you ever played there before?

“Not yet but I will next month!”                                                                                                    “I’ll be supporting my friend dodie there on Paddy’s day (!) and the day after, so 17th & 18th. I’m so excited to finally get up on that stage & also to bring the band ‘round my city after the show.”

Who else have you seen there?

“Wallis Bird, Villagers, Hudson Taylor, Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan. Also the live show for a podcast called ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’ – which everyone needs to listen to.”

Vicar Street Facts

  • The Venue Opened in 1998
  • Acts such as Bob Dylan, Lana Del Rey, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ed Sheeran and First Aid Kit have all played at Vicar Street in the past.
  • Erasure and Neil Young have recorded live material from Vicar Street.
  • The venue has upcoming shows from dodie with Orla Gartland, Sharon Van Etten and Stereolab.

Go to Vicar Street’s website for all info on the venue, and check out Orla on Twitter and Instagram.

Info and tickets for all of Orla’s upcoming shows are here.

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Say Hello To: PLYA

Alt-pop trio PLYA have just released their latest single, Dynamite. Check it out below, and read on to find out a bit more about them!

Where did your band name come from?

We wrote a lot of our music in LA and were lucky enough to stay with a friend of ours right on the beach whilst recording.  We thought PLYA (taken from the Spanish word “playa” for beach) fitted our sound perfectly.
Is there a favourite venue of yours in your hometown and why do you like it?
Our favourite venue in London is Omeara. The sound is great, it still feels intimate and it’s only 10 minutes form our studio.
What is your favourite gig you have played so far?
Our favourite gig so far has to be our debut headline show at Camden Assembly.  We sold the venue out and Kris even had a cheeky stage dive at the end of the set.
If you had to describe your own sound, how would you put it?

We sound like the ocean swallowing the chaos of the city.  Think; dreamy electronic textures, driving guitars and anthemic melodies.

Which act would you love to support?
We would love to support Banks. She’s amazing.

Say Hello To: Elephant Trees

Manchester four-piece Elephant Trees have just released their latest single ‘4100’. Check the experimental indie cut out below, then find out a bit more about them in WYM’s Q&A.

Where did your band name come from?

“A group of trees in our home town that look like an elephant, they are the first signal of home after we’ve been away. ”


 
Is there a favourite venue of yours in your hometown and why do you like it?

“Personally, it’s got to be Guiseley Theatre. I grew up doing shows there and my brother got married there. There is so much history in this building and we always have fun playing it. ”


What is your favourite gig you have played so far? 

“Definitely Leeds Pride, it was the biggest crowd we’ve ever played to and the best, everyone just wanted to dance and so did we. “


If you had to describe your own sound, how would you put it? 

A chaotic sad disco party


Which band would you love to support?

“Florence and the Machine! Girl power and ginger power!”


Elephant Trees are playing the Brudenell in Leeds on the 28th Feb supporting Larkins, and Wakefield’s Weightless Festival on the 3rd August. You can check them out on Twitter at @theeletrees and instagram at @theelephanttrees

Venue Talk: Polo on Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

I spoke to Leeds based trio Doe about their favourite live venue, which is Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club. They recently released catchy new single ‘On My End’; read why they like the Brudenell so much below!

Why do you like it so much?

Intimate, pretension free atmosphere with the best sound, the best selection of up and coming music and a great selection of beer.  Always has a friendly and engaged crowd, and its universally considered one of the best venues in the country. 

Have you ever played there?

Yes, we’ve played there a few times, always a treat. Leeds is our home town and we’ve had the chance to support some incredible bands there, plus host a few of our own shows. There is a new, second room there now too, which sounds just about as good. Although you can’t beat the Brudenell main room…
Who else have you seen there?
We have seen a great selection of bands there, a few of our favourites being Porches, Japanese Breakfast, Mitski and Big Thief.
 

Facts About The Brudenell:

  • The Social club was established December 8th, 1913
  • Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs, Four Tet and The Fall have all played at the Social Club.
  • It is a community ‘non profitmaking’ venue, that holds charitable status.
  • Photography, Film and even Origami groups meet up at the Brudenell.

The Social Club have upcoming shows from Andy Burrows, Queen Zee, Doe, She Drew The Gun and The Orielles. Visit http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/whats-on to see all of their upcoming events!

Venue Talk: Doe on Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

I spoke to the indie trio Doe about their favourite live venue, which is Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club. The band are building up to the release of their second album ‘Grow Into It’ on the 28th September. Check out their latest single ‘Labour Like I Do’ below, and read what they had to say about the social club.

“After careful consideration, Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.”

“Leeds is generally a lovely place to play with a great music scene (special s/o to also excellent Wharf Chambers), so the audience is always really mixed and responsive. The sound at Brudenell is always good, the toilets are clean (extremely important) and there’s loads of space to chill / chat / hang out so you’re not cooped up in one intense gig space.”

Have you ever played there?

“Yes we’ve played there a few times on tour and are playing there again in October with Speedy Ortiz.”

Who else have you seen there?

“Only really the other bands we’ve played with because we’re not from Leeds, but they were all GREAT.”

Brudenell Facts:

  • Upcoming shows at the Brudenell include Albert Hammond Jr, Mitski and Teleman.
  • The Social club was established December 8th, 1913
  • Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs, Four Tet and The Fall have all played at the Social Club.
  • It is a community ‘non profitmaking’ venue, that holds charitable status.
  • Photography, Film and even Origami groups meet up at the Brudenell.

You  can pre-order Doe’s album here, and check out upcoming events at the Brudenell here.

Venue Talk: Gengahr on The Astoria

I chatted to John from Gengahr about his fave live music venue. He chose the late Astoria in London. Watch Gengahr’s video for ‘Before Sunrise’ below, then check out the interview.

“Can I choose one that no longer exists? The Astoria. Saw so many great bands there, it was the perfect size and if you found the right spot it sounded great either downstairs or upstairs.”

“You could sit down upstairs if you were knackered. Also it was twinned with the Mean Fiddler and after many years we worked out how to get downstairs to the separate venue without anyone seeing so you could get two gigs for the price of one. This was only useful once when there was a great support band downstairs and a great headline act upstairs.”

“Unfortunately I didn’t make any music anyone would want to hear before it got torn down. The gap by Tottenham Court Road station still makes me sad.”

“I got to see loads of stuff there. A lot of US rock stuff as well as U.K. Indie. I think the last gig I went to was Rancid. I saw Death Cab For Cutie and my mate fell asleep upstairs on the chairs, entirely apt for that band. Saw Biffy Clyro at there last London show before they signed to a major and changed a fair bit.

“I saw a UK band called Seafood that was great, the album ‘when do we start fighting’ is worth looking up. I saw Regina Spektor there before she got really big, I think it was the only time she had a full band and she did some truly awful dancing, probably why she sat behind the piano the rest of her career. The video for Radioheads ‘my iron lung’ is shot there (I’m pretty sure), I wish I was around for that gig.”

Venue Facts

  • The Astoria originally opened as a cinema!
  • It was sadly closed in 2009.
  • Richey Edwards had his last live performance with the Manic Street Preachers in the Astoria.
  • Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Feeder and The Cranberries all had live albums recorded at the Astoria.
  • Nirvana, The Strokes, Prince, Blur, Bowie, Madonna and Oasis all played the Astoria.

Gengahr’s second album, Where Wildness Grows, is out now (and its bloody good.) Buy it here or stream it here.

Venue Talk: Studio Killers on Ruisrock Festival

I spoke to Studio Killers about their favourite live music venue. The European electro-pop trio made up of Cherry, Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink chose the place that they made their live debut, Ruisrock Festival in Finland.

Where is your favourite live venue?

“Ruisrock festival in Finland.”

Why is it your favourite venue?

“We love it so much because it’s located in a beautiful area by the sea. The vibe at the festival is fantastic!”

Who else have you seen perform there?

“We saw Disclosure there in 2015 and thought they were great!”

Have you ever played there yourself?

“Yeah we’ve played there twice before, in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 festival was our first ever live show!”

Festival Facts

  • Ruisrock festival is split into two areas, the beach and the meadow.
  • The Festival was founded in 1970
  • The Clash has their last ever live performance at Ruisrock.
  • This year’s lineup includes Tyler The Creator, First Aid Kit, Skepta, Dua Lipa and N.E.R.D.

Find more information about Ruisrock here: http://www.ruisrock.fi/