Bella Union at End of the Road

This year August 31st, Bella Union’s day takeover at End of the Road festival, couldn’t come soon enough. It’s practically Christmas for us! We are excited to announce a raft of additional bands performing on our day:

The Acorn, Concrete Knives, Lawrence Arabia, Leif Vollebekk, Marques Toliver, My Sad Captains, Peggy Sue, Still Corners, Van Dyke Parks and Zun Zun Egui

These artists join the following previously confirmed acts:

Alessi’s Ark, Beach House, Cashier No. 9, Dirty Three, Hannah Cohen, I Break Horses, John Grant, Jonathan Wilson, Lanterns on the Lake, The Low Anthem, Midlake, Mountain Man, Our Broken Garden, Poor Moon, Roy Harper and Veronica Falls

Bella Union is curating all stages and all artists across the whole festival on Friday August 31st. Our bookings come in addition to End of the Road’s, who have booked bands such as Grandaddy and Grizzly Bear to perform sets during the rest of the weekend.

Full lineup and tickets here.

Feist / Mountain Man / M Ward – Royal Albert Hall

Feist at Royal Albert Hall
w/ M Ward

Yesterday, we were lucky enough to get tickets to see Feist headline a show at Royal Albert Hall. Not only that, but M Ward was supporting and Mountain Man sang with Feist throughout the show as backing singers.

M Ward sounded magnificent opening, performing old favourites as well as tracks from his forthcoming album, A Wasteland Companion.

Feist was absolutely fantastic; an utter delight from start to finish. The musicianship of the band, and her showmanship and magnetism as a frontwoman, was spellbinding. The setlist was heavy with Metals tracks, but the band also performed older songs such as Mushaboom and a handful from The Reminder, including the infectious I Feel It All. Most of all it just seemed like she was having a great time performing – getting a crowd at Albert Hall to sing along, get up and dance and do Mexican waves is not an easy feat, but Feist handled it NO PROBLEMO! Highlights included the two encores – one of which she invited the audience to join her on stage to slowdance to her classic track Let It Die, which many audience members were only too happy to oblige in:

See more here.

Utterly joyous, right?! Mountain Man were terrific singing back up and had a spotlight moment performing one of their own tracks, which obviously went down like a cake delivery to a fat kid’s birthday. Ie: brilliantly.

The encore also saw a duet with M Ward on a cover of Jesus and The Mary Chain’s Sometimes Always.

Truly a brilliant show.

I Break Horses / Scala show + PRIMAVERA competition

This Sunday, April 1st, I Break Horses will perform a headline show at London’s Scala. Support comes from Man Without Country, and tickets are available to buy from ATP here.

In 2011, we were thrilled to release I Break Horses’ debut album Hearts. The band had only played a handful of live dates, including a short December UK tour culminating in a sell out show at London’s Cargo. This Sunday’s show will be their first UK performance since that date and promises to be an awesome show indeed.

I Break Horses – Winter Beats by Bella Union

CSLSX & I Break Horses – Violent Sea by Bella Union 

*VERY SPECIAL COMPETITION*

We are excited to offer a very special prize to a fan attending Sunday’s show. I Break Horses (amongst many other fantastic artists, including a bunch of Bella bands) will perform at Primavera Festival in Barcelona. We’d love you to have the chance to watch the band again at the festival, so we have a pair of tickets up for grabs. All you have to do is come to the merch table on Sunday and leave your name and contact details on the ‘Primavera’ list, and we’ll draw a name at random and alert the winner on the following Monday. Switswoo, what a great prize!

So, to enter, make sure you a) come to the show on Sunday and b) leave your name and email on the list at the merch stand.

TICKETS TO SUNDAY’S SHOW HERE!

Hope to see you there, and GOOD LUCK! May the force be with you etc etc

I Break Horses – Hearts (Tom Rowlands RAR Mix) by Bella Union

Bella Union Record Store Day Releases

We at Bella Union are celebrating Record Store Day 2012 in style, with special releases from: Andrew Bird, Beach House, Lanterns On The Lake, M Ward, Xiu Xiu, Jonathan Wilson and The Czars.

Details on the releases below!

Andrew Bird
The Crown Salesman/So Much Wine
10 inch – Orange vinyl

Side A
1. The Crown Salesman
2. So Much Wine

Side B
3. Tarrytown Mess

Beach House
Lazuli
7inch – Blue opaque vinyl

Side A
1. Lazuli

Side B
2. Equal Mind

M Ward
Primitive Girl
7Inch – White vinyl

Side A
1. Primitive Girl

Side B
1. The Twist
2. Roll Over Beethoven

Lanterns On The Lake
Low Tide
12 inch – White Vinyl

Side A
1. If I’ve Been Unkind (Man Without Country Remix)
2. Ships In  The Rain (Laurel Halo Remix)
3. Not Going Back To The Harbour (Dauwd Remix)

Side B
4. Ships In The Rain (Sun Glitters Remix)
5. You’re Almost There (Young Montana Remix)
6. Tricks (Damu Remix)

Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches
Always/Tu Ne Dis Rien
7 Inch – Olive Green Vinyl

Side A
1. Always

Side B
2. Tu Ne Dis Rien

Jonathan Wilson
Pity Trials And Tomorrow’s Child
12 Inch

Side A
1. Isn’t It A Pity

Side B
2. Trials Of Jonathan
3. Tomorrow’s Child

The Czars
Sorry I made You Cry
12inch – Heavyweight Baby Blue Vinyl

Side A
1  Black is the Colour
2  Angel Eyes
3 Where the Boys Are
4 My Funny Valentine
5 For Emily
6 Leavin’ On My Mind

Side B
7 You Don’t Know What Love Is
8 I’m Sorry
9 I Fall To Pieces
10 Strange
11 Song To The Siren