Steve Lamacq's Britpop Timeline
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.
Blur Girls and Boys
7th March 1994
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
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
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…
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
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.
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…
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…
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 at the LA2
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.
Lucy Recalls Radiohead Gig in 1993
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 Lamacq
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
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
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