Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird stopped by the Rolling Stone studio to perform a few numbers from his latest album, Break It Yourself, accompanied only by his violin. After the set, Bird chatted about building a studio in an old barn and recording the new album as casually as possible.
Head over to here to watch the wonderful footage of Andrew performing for Rolling Stone.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.