Celebration – Chariot

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Listen to CHARIOT from the band’s upcoming album, Albumin, due August 18th.

Pre-order the album direct from the Bella Union store and you will receive an eggsellent game designed by Katrina. Watch the eggstructional video below…

Catch the band live in the UK:
30th August – End of the Road
2nd September – The Shacklwell Arms (FREE SHOW w/Landshapes)

Watch: Ballet School – Lux

Friday, August 1st, 2014

With the release of their much-anticipated debut album The Dew Lasts An Hour just over a month away on Bella Union, BALLET SCHOOL have revealed a visually striking and stylish video for new track ‘Lux’.

Directed by Nova Dando and currently premiering on Noisey, the video can be viewed here….

Philip Selway reveals video for ‘Coming Up For Air’

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

With anticipation mounting around the release of his sophomore LP Weatherhouse in October, Philip Selway has today unveiled the video to ‘Coming Up For Air’, the first single to be released from the album. Directed by the acclaimed Spanish film collective NYSU, the video features a montage of arresting images which incorporate classic 60s zooms, changing from real situations to dream sequences.

Philip Selway comments: “Good videos can make you rethink the song that you’ve written. They also shine a light on what makes the track tick. NYSU have made a visually rich and intriguing piece for “Coming Up For Air” which stands up in its own right, yet feels in tune with the track.

Listen to Marissa Nadler’s cover of ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings’

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Earlier this month Bella Union announced a very special split 7” release between two of its much-loved label-mates, Marissa Nadler and Father John Misty, as part of the annual Independent Label Market, and on Monday 4th August this one-off vinyl pressing will become available in all good record stores and also digitally here.

Marissa works her Southern gothic charms on ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings’ (from Father John Misty’s 2012 debut album Fear Fun), while FJM cruises through a beautiful rendition of ‘Drive’ (from Nadler’s LP July).

Marissa Nadler will be visiting these shores at the end of August to play End Of The Road Festival before embarking on a UK and European Tour. Those dates below…

UK dates -

Saturday 30 August – LARMER TREE GARDENS – End Of The Road Festival
Sunday 31 August – BIRMINGHAM – Moseley Folk Festival
Monday 1 September – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 2nd September – LONDON -  Dingwalls
Wednesday 3rd September – MANCHESTER  – Soup Kitchen
Thursday 4th September – GLASGOW – Broadcast
Friday 5th September – DUBLIN – Button Factory

European dates -

Sunday 7th September – Deep in the Woods, Belgium
Monday 8th September – Bad Bonn, Dudingen, SWITZERLAND
Tuesday 9th September – El Lokal, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Wednesday 10th September – Treppenhaus, Rorschach, SWITZERLAND
Thursday 11th September – L’Usine, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Sunday 21st September – Incubate Festival, Tilburg. NETHERLANDS
Monday 22nd September – TRIX Centrum voor Muziek, Antwerp, BELGIUM
Tuesday 23rd September – Jubez, Karlsruhe, GERMANY
Wednesday 24th September – King Georg, KOLN, GERMANY
Friday 26th September – Hana–Bi, Ravenna, ITALY
Saturday 27th September – Palazzo Del Governatore, Parma, ITALY
Sunday 28th September – Anfiteatro del Venda, Padua, ITALY
Tuesday 30th September – The Rowing Sessions, Turin, ITALY
Friday 3rd October – VillaManuela 2014, Madrid, SPAIN
Saturday 4th October – Amplifest, Porto, SPAIN
Sunday 5th October – ZDB, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
Tuesday 7th October – La2, Barcelona, SPAIN
Wednesday 8th October – Six Dogs, Athens, GREECE
Saturday 11th October – BLA, Oslo, NORWAY
Monday 13th October – Vienna Arena, Vienna, AUSTRIA

2:54 sign to Bella Union

Monday, July 28th, 2014

2:54 – aka sisters Hannah and Colette Thurlow – have unveiled ‘Orion’, the first taste of their highly–anticipated second album, which will be released worldwide later this year on their new label home Bella Union. The epic track, streamed and accompanied by enigmatic moving image artwork, was posted this morning by the band across their social networks, as they confirmed they’ll be releasing their second album later this year.

2:54 have also announced their live return, with a slew of dates starting in September with a showcase for Bella Union at the Union Chapel, as a part of AIM’s Labelled With Love series. They will then embark on a full UK tour throughout November, most shows of which will be on sale Wednesday 23rd at 9am. Dates/info below:

Monday 8 September – LONDON – Union Chapel (Bella Union Labelled With Love showcase)

Friday 7 November – RAMSGATE – Ramsgate Music Hall
Wednesday 19 November – LONDON – St. Pancras Old Church
Thursday 20 November – SHEFFIELD – The Harley
Friday 21 November – GLASGOW – The Broadcast
Saturday 22 November – MANCHESTER – Soup Kitchen
Monday 24 November – NOTTINGHAM – The Corner
Tuesday 25 November – BRISTOL – The Louisiana
Wenesday 26 November – BRIGHTON – The Hope

Having achieved much acclaim with their 2012 eponymous debut album, touring with The XX, Wild Beasts and Warpaint, it’s a welcome return for the Irish-born, London-based sisters, with full album details promised imminently.

Bella Union night at Union Chapel

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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TINY RUINS / 2:54 / ARC IRIS / BERNARD+EDITH
Union Chapel
September 8th

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M. Ward plays Islington Assembly Halls TONIGHT

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

M Ward ends his recent jaunt to Europe with a rare solo performance at Islington Assembly Halls tonight. Expect some treats and new songs… and special guest Alessi’s Ark to boot.

Sound and Vision x Philip Selway

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Northern Film & Media (NFM) have joined forces with award winning independent record label Bella Union (Beach House, Fleet Foxes, John Grant) and international arts and film curators Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival to launch a unique £4k commission to make the official music video for world renowned Radiohead drummer and solo recording artist Philip Selway’s new track ‘It Will End in Tears’.

This will be the sixth edition of Northern Film and Media’s flagship music and film project, Sound + Vision, which has previously seen collaborations with artists including SBTRKT and Bill Ryder-Jones. Sound + Vision: Northumberland will encourage creative collaborations through music and film by pairing a recognised UK music artist and a national film maker, working in the visually stunning landscapes of Northumberland.

NFM have teamed up with Selway’s record label Bella Union to provide this rare opportunity to work with one of the UK’s most respected creative artists. Filmmakers will produce a 1-2 min DIY music video or visual show reel inspired by Selway’s current track ‘Coming up for Air’. Five filmmakers will then be shortlisted and interviewed by a panel that will include representatives of NFM and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, as well as Selway himself. One winning filmmaker will be awarded a production budget of £4,000 and will make the official music video for ‘It Will End in Tears’: the second track from Selway’s album ‘Weatherhouse’.

The winning candidate or company will be supplied with a budget of £4,000 to shoot the final music video in Northumberland, as well as being supported to use of crew and other supporting services from Northumberland.

The final film will be premiered at a live showcase event featuring a performance from Selway on Saturday 20th September at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

How to Apply: Applicants must create a 1-2 min DIY music video/ visual showreel based on the track ‘Coming up for Air’, available by contacting jen@northernmedia.org . Please submit your video and completed application form to apps@northernmedia.org by Tues 22nd July 2014.

Sound + Vision: Northumberland is a national scheme open to filmmakers based within the United Kingdom. Applicants must be over 18 and not in full-time or undergraduate education.

Deadline for submission of ideas is noon on 22nd July 2014.

Ideas will be shortlisted by Northern Film & Media, Philip Selway and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

If your music video is selected you will need to have a rough budget in place for the final video. The budget for the video is up to £4,000.

The final music video must be produced within Northumberland and utilize regional crew and services.

To find out more click here

Sound + Vision is an initiative delivered by Northern Film & Media in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Bella Union and funded by Northumberland County Council.