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  1. March 1994

    Wednesday 26 March 2014, 15:10

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    Pulp appear in The Face magazine
    His name is Jarvis, his band is Pulp and he just might be the pop star to surface from the indie world's jingle-jangle Jacuzzi. Can this man bubble up better than Brett?
    Suede appear on the cover of VOX magazine
    3rd March 1994
    Shed Seven head out on a short tour supporting Compulsion at the Chelmsford Army & Navy Club
    5th March 1994 
    Blur appear on the Cover of the NME
    7th March 1994
    Blur release single Girls and Boys, reaching number 5 in the charts. It had its first radio play on the Evening Session on Radio 1.
    7th March 1994
    Shed Seven release first single Mark / Casino Girl (double A side) before embarking on another support tour, this time with Inspiral Carpets.
    10th March 1994
    Sleeper play the Army & Navy in Chelmsford; My life story are supported by Salad at London’s 100 Club and St Etienne begin a tour at Leicester De Montfort University.
    12th March 1994
    Kurt Cobain appears on the cover of the NME “Is this the end?”.
    14th March 1994
    Blur perform girls and boys on Top of the Pops.
    18th March 1994
    Oasis make the TV debut on Channel 4’s The Word.
    Hotly tipped London band Tiny Monroe play The Garage in Highbury.
    21st March 1994
    Pulp release singe Do you...

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  2. February 1994

    Wednesday 26 February 2014, 17:16

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    1st February 1994
    Out now, the latest edition of SELECT magazine (an early champion of the Britpop movement) features Justine Frischman from Elastica on the cover above the headline ‘This Is The Future’.

    Select Magazine Cover Select Magazine Cover

     2nd February 1994
    Echobelly Record Session for the Evening session.
    Tracks Perfromed: Taste of you, Father Ruler King Computer, Call me names, Give Her a Gun.

    5th February 1994
    The new issue of NME features a trio of Brat Award winners on the front: Brett Anderson, Justine Frischman and Thom Yorke

    NME front Cover NME front Cover

    8th February 1994
    Liam and Bonehead of oasis are detained on a cross channel ferry for fighting in a bar en route to a gig in Amsterdam.
    Transcript from infamous ‘Wibbling Rivalry’ interview

    Noel: The thing about getting thrown off ferries - blah, blah, blah - and getting deported is summat that I'm not proud about because...
    Liam: Well I am, la.
    Noel: Yeah, alright. Well if you're, right, well if you're, right, well if, if you're proud about getting thrown off ferries, then why don't you go and support West Ham and get the **** out of my band and go and be a football hooligan, right? Coz we're musicians, right? We're not football hooligans....

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  3. January 1994

    Tuesday 28 January 2014, 17:47

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    7th January 1994
    Following the release of their debut single at the end of 1993, SLEEPER start the year a with a gig at the Powerhaus in Islington supported by Casino.

    9th January 1994
    Oasis have a 12 inch promo single being plugged to radio stations of the track ‘Columbia’
    Oasis Columbia 12 Inch Oasis Columbia 12 Inch

    15th January 1994
    This week’s issue of NME presents their tips for 1994, hinting at the short-lived, prototype Britpop scene, The New Wave Of New Wave (the name based on the ‘70s rock movement The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.)  Among the bands on the approved list are Elastica, Smash, Shed 7, Compulsion, Tiny Monroe And Echobelly.

    NME Cover NME Cover

    To coincide with the above, the paper’s new band page presents a gig at London’s LA2 with Elastica, Echobelly, Compulsion And Smash

    Slepper play Sheffield Leadmill tonight, followed by the Duchess Of York in Leeds on the 21st, before heading off to support The Blue Aeroplanes and A House on a major UK tour.

    18th January 1994
    These Animal Men sign to Hut records

    These Animal Men These Animal Men

    20th January 1994
    Boo Radleys are live at Glasgow King Tuts

    22nd January 1994
    NME make CATATONIA’s early single ‘For Tinkerbell’ their Single Of The Week

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  4. December 1993

    Tuesday 28 January 2014, 16:34

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    1st December 1993
    Oasis begin a pre-Christmas tour at Birmingham Institute. Famously some promoters we’ve spoken to around the country managed to book the nascent Britpop legends for £50. Among the other dates on the tour are Glasgow on the 2nd and Warwick University on the 4th. It winds up at Liverpool Krazy House on the 16th.

    Review of the gig at the Birmingham Institute:

    “If Oasis didn’t exist, no one would want to invent them. For a start, they look and sound like they're long overdue product from a bankrupt Polymer Records Manc scally also-rans factory. Vaguely trippy guitar almost-tunes...

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  5. November 1993

    Wednesday 27 November 2013, 16:33

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    1st November 1993
    Elastica release debut single ‘Stutter’ on 7 inch only. The run was originally going to be just 1,000 singles, but in the end 1,500 were pressed due to advance demand from indie record shops.  See the video here

    8th  November 1993
    Pulp begin UK leg of their Lipgloss tour, including Sheffield Leadmill on 20th November

    Pulp Ticket Pulp Ticket Pulp at the LA2 Pulp at the LA2

    15th November 1993
    Pulp release ‘Lipgloss’ single & Echobelly release debut EP ‘Bellyache’ on Pandemonium Records.  See the video here

    20th November 1993
    Pulp play a hometown gig in Sheffield with Elastica as support.


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  6. October 1993

    Wednesday 27 November 2013, 16:03

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    2nd October 1993
    Blur begin autumn UK tour.  See the full dates here

    Blur Ticket Stub Blur Ticket Stub


    4th October 1993
    Blur release ‘Sunday Sunday’

     James release ‘Laid’

    Teenage Fanclub are back with new album ‘Thirteen’

    Thirteen Thirteen

    8th October 1993
    Sidi Bou Said supported by Drugstore at London’s Imperial College

    9th October 1993
    Radio 1 announce changes to their line-up, the first reshuffle of new boss Mathew Bannister’s regime. Steve Lamacq & Jo Whiley take over the Evening Session from 6.30-9pm and Mark Radcliffe gets the 10pm slot.

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    Matthew Bannister

    11th October 1993
    Blur issue their infamous...

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  7. September 1993

    Wednesday 27 November 2013, 15:09

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    3rd September  1993
    BBC Radio 1 broadcast an event from the Glasgow Barrowlands that saw Blur and Radiohead co-headline  a gig. To our knowledge, the only times the two bands played together – although we’re prepared to be proven wrong.  Lucy Brouwer is a writer, DJ and Radiohead superfan who dedicates a blog to her adventures travelling around the world watching the band. 
    Her third ever Radiohead gig was at the Barrowlands and she was able to recall for us the gig and even what Thom was wearing.

    3rd September1993

    BBC Radio 1 broadcast an event from the Glasgow Barrowlands that saw Blur and...

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  8. August 1993

    Wednesday 27 November 2013, 11:48

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    12th August 1993
    Elastica head to the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios to record their very first Peel Session.

    17th August 1993
    Elastica shake on singles deal with Deceptive Records in the Good Mixer pub in Camden.

    “Up to this point.  I’d met with Justine in a pub in Cambridge Circus in the west end of London, and there were obviously a lot of labels interested in working with them. But in the end they went with us. There was no contract at the start. We just spent the afternoon in the pub. I think they signed their publishing deal with EMI at the top of Primrose Hill in the same week.” - Steve...

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  9. June 1993

    Wednesday 25 September 2013, 13:55

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    3rd June 1993
    The month kicks off with Teenage Fanclub in session on BBC Radio 1’s Evening Session, hosted at the time by our good friend Mark Goodier. 

    3rd June 1993

    The month kicks off with Teenage Fanclub in session on BBC Radio 1’s Evening Session, hosted at the time by our good friend Mark Goodier.

    Teenage Fan Club Teenage Fan Club


    4th June 1993

    The next night Blur head to the capital in support of the Modern Life is Rubbish album, to headline the Astoria.


    Blur Astoria June 1993 Blur Astoria June 1993


    5th June 1993

    NME review Blur’s appearance last week in Leicester where they encored with ‘Advert’ and ‘Parklife...

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  10. May 1993

    Tuesday 24 September 2013, 17:15

    Lucy Cooke Lucy Cooke Presenter

    1st May 1993
    The line up for the first ever Phoenix Festival announced. The festival was held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon and was one of the first four-day festivals in Britain.

    The first year of the festival saw headline performances by Sonic Youth, Hole, Faith No More and The Black Crowes, Radiohead were billed as second-top on the second stage on the opening night, later pull out, but Pulp play the same stage, beneath Buzzcocks and The Family Cat.

    Phoenix Festival 1993 Phoenix Festival 1993


    10th May 1993
    The Auters release a single called ‘How Could I Be Wrong’. Also, gathering momentum...

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