Archives for July 2008

Cheeky Cheeky and The Nosebleeds in the studio!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 17:22 UK time, Friday, 25 July 2008


After their amazing performance at last weekend's Latitude Festival, Suffolk's Cheeky Cheeky and the NosebleedsMyspace joined me on my show last Wednesday...

We played some of their set from Latitude which went down a storm with the crowd - check out the video:

53 crowd-surfers in total!

And aswell as a giant gobstopper (see pics below!) they brought in some records they're loving at the moment like Social Group from NorwichMyspace
and TC Myspace.


Listen again to the show at

Gideon Conn's Latitude sketches

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 17:06 UK time, Friday, 25 July 2008

Kate Goes...on the lake!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 20:27 UK time, Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Latitude 2008 - The review!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 20:11 UK time, Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Ah, Latitude. Third year of the festival and it's grown into one of the finest out there. The site is great, so much to do, a proper feast for the ears. The Introducing Stage was wicked, thousands of people were lounging around and discovering the bands for the first time, some straight down the front for their favourite new group. i had a wiked weekend, each night grooving to the dj's on the stage.

On Friday, Kyte made new friends with their moody and uplifting shoe-gazery, before Mathew Sawyer and the Ghost, label mates of Let's Wrestle and Pete and the Pirates, mellowed everyone out. It Was costume a-go-go then when Norwich's Bearsuit took their off kilter indie-pop onstage and huge gold balloons spelling their names. North Wales based Derwyddon Dr Gonzo stormed it with their up-beat afro-funk tunes, with a giant banana running about onstage too. a.p.a.t.t make odd, experimental pop that was intruiging and surprising. Only at Latitude!

Ross Noble, performing in the nearby comedy tent ran past Jonquil with a few thousand people following him. Check the madness on youtube here.
Gideon Conn played one of the best i've seen him do, and Johnny Foreigner's agit-riff tunes sounded mighty fine before James Yuill's electro-voyage. His new single is No Pins Allowed, but judging by the amount of swigging there was at the fest i was surprised he didn't rename it Pimm's Allowed. All was in place for a great Errors gig, swaying with their instrumental epics.

There were a few rock-mosh crowd-surf moments with Nottingham's Lovvers and Brighton's This City onstage. But it was a total of 52 crowdsurfers for local boys Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds. Not band for a band who is only one single old. Another local band, Kabeedies were one of my highlights; it was a huge crowd for them and their spiky indie-pop tunes which were perfect.

Luckily i didn't confuse A Line with Island Line while compering onstage, both sounding so lovely with their chilled tunes. Rod Thomas took his songs and sang one in the crowd on Sunday afternoon, resulting in a mass singalong. Cardiff bands The School (sweet, sweet tunes) and Truckers of Husk (dark, dark tunes) were excellent too, with the former brining multi-coured ballons onstage and the latter getting practically everyone in the crowd on to sing with them. Luke Leighfield with Tim and Sam from Tim and Sam's Tim and Sam band had an invasion too and their set was luscious.

Kate Goes theme for the gig was Kate Goes to the Stone Age and shouted 'ugg' between every song which was very amusing, and the Swanton Bombs played a snappy set at their first festival gig. Melodies were aplenty when The Beep Seals and Wave Machines were on, both definite highlights.

Paul Hawkins and thee Awkward Silences stood in for a cancelled Elle S'appelle and proved a huge success, whille The Voluntary Butler Scheme and The Cock n Bull Kid have very different pop tunes from each other, each gloriously individual. The weekend ended with the Wave Pictures who warmed the cockles of my heart. What a band.

Latitude Gratitude; Thanks to all who played and all who came to support the bands. Ta to Moshi Moshi, Sleeveface, Vinyl Vendettas, Huw Evans, Kruger Mag, Ex Boyfriends records, Gary Twisted, DJ Felson for djing all weekend. Kevin and the stage crew. Melvin and Jon for having us. It was so much fun; check the music on this week's show's - Wed 23rd June.

The Best of BBC Introducing - 9-10pm
Huw Stephens Introducing in England - 12-2am
Introducing in Wales with Bethan Elfyn - 12-2am

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