Carling WEEKEND: Carling Stage NEWS!!!

It's The Carling Stage at The Carling Weekend! Bands include Albert Hammond Jr, Hot Hot Heat, The Hold Steady...

Chay Woodman

Date published: 22nd May 2007

THE CARLING STAGE returns to the festival for the 9th year and will again host the best collection of up and coming talent. The Carling Stage has become a stepping-stone for many bands as they make their way to the top. Historically the Carling Stage has seen Muse, Kaiser Chiefs, Ash, Kasabian and many others make their first festival appearances and has continued to prove that this is the starting place for the talent of the future. Last year saw The View entertain the crowds from the Carling Stage whilst fans of Klaxons were bursting out of the side of the tent; both bands this year are on the bill for the Radio 1/NME stage.

Matt Helders from the Arctic Monkey’s suggests it could be fate……

"When we played on the Carling Stage there was a bit of a buzz around us but we had no idea what would happen. Until then we’d only played to audiences of 300-800. Six thousand came to the Carling tent. People said it was like when the Foo Fighters first played. It’s not a foolproof plan that on filling the Carling tent you become famous, but it has happened quite a bit."

With the stage hosting nearly all of NME’s recommended new bands of the summer festival season over the three days alongside some exclusive performances from some of the most interesting names in alternative rock, organisers Mean Fiddler are proud to announce the following names for this year.

Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
Plus more TBC
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
ALBERT HAMMOND JR has been to these parts before with his daytime job The Strokes, but last year saw the release of his debut solo album ‘Yours To Keep’ to great critical applause with NME proclaiming it "an intimate, frequently beautiful and consistently surprising record that gets better with every listen". Despite the inevitable questions over his band’s future that the album raised, The Strokes are very much still a going concern whilst Albert’s foray into the solo world has proved that he is a songwriting talent in his own right. These shows will be a very special headlining moment for both Albert Hammond Jr and the audience.
PATRICK WOLF is one of the most unique artists to emerge from UK shores in recent years. Releasing his debut album ‘Lycanthropy’ to huge critical acclaim in 2003 following several years of performing and busking, Wolf followed this up with 2005’s ‘Wind In The Wires’ to further sensational reviews before 2007’s ‘The Magic Position’ saw him heralded by all and sundry. Wolf is a beguiling performer and you would do well to catch these performances.
JACK PENATE is fast becoming an irresistible force. His recent, debut release for XL Recordings – the single ‘Spit At Stars’ – wowed many and showcased to the nation a genuine, exciting raw talent for the first time. New single, ‘Torn On The Platform’, looks set to continue to make Jack a name for the rest of the year.
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
HOT HOT HEAT emerged on the uber hip Sub Pop label in 2003 with the single ‘Bandages’, to this day a sure fire floor filler in indie clubs across the country. The debut album from which the single was taken, ‘Make Up The Breakdown’, saw the band elevated in the UK to front cover status and a slew of great singles followed. 2005’s ‘Elevator’ saw the band score another Top 20 single in the UK in the form of ‘You Owe Me An IOU’ and a transfer to major label status. Currently finalising their third album ‘Happiness Ltd’ for a September release, these shows will be the first opportunity for UK fans to hear what comes next.
One of the fastest emerging names in their native US, THE ACADEMY IS… come to the twin sites on the back of a Butch Vig produced second album in the form of ‘Almost Here’. With a huge buzz on the band stateside following a sold out tour with support from Panic! At The Disco and Hellogoodbye and a main stage slot on the Warped tour, this is an early chance to see what could be another legendary Reading / Leeds performance in the years to come.
With an NME single of the week for their recent ‘Atlas’ release, BATTLES are fast becoming a name to drop by those in the know. The band’s second album, ‘Mirrored’, was described by The Guardian as "uniquely enticing" and has found favour across the critical spectrum.
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
THE HOLD STEADY seemingly came from nowhere in the last few months to become one of the most talked about bands of the year. As with many US bands, the truth is somewhat different with two albums, 2004’s ‘Almost Killed Me’ and 2005’s ‘Seperation Sunday’ having already garnered them rave reviews in their home country alongside a place on the cover of Village Voice in May 2005, the first band to achieve that feat in 15 years. Current album, ‘Boys and Girls in America’, has seen the US success and critical acclaim transferred to the UK and a recent UK tour led to rave reviews that are well deserved for a band that really know how to thrill a crowd.
PETER, BJORN AND JOHN’s ‘Young Folks’ was one of the brightest songs of last year, emerging in August to make itself a genuine feel good hit of the summer. With Victoria of The Concretes on vocals, the song was a great introduction to the band’s ‘Writer’s Block’ album released in the same month and a UK tour confirmed the Swedes as purveyors of melody and style par excellence.
He played with Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker, hung around Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s, hooked up with Modest Mouse years later, and still found time to be a hobo, a tramp, and a bum. SEASICK STEVE is a genuine phenomenon and has found modern admirers in the form of Lily Allen and The Kooks, who watched his performance on Jools Holland’s 2006 Hootenanny in awe.
The rest of the bill is a who’s who of all the bands you have heard tipped for greatness over the last few months.
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
CAJUN DANCE PARTY - by their fourth ever gig, a jubilant affair at the now-legendary West London club night Way Out West, they had a manager. By their sixth, they were fending off an A&R scrum. In a review of their eighth gig in front of 600 frantic fans (and as many locked outside the venue), NME called them "a sensation".
With a sell out hometown show at the 1000 capacity PLUG venue whilst unsigned, a support slot with fellow Sheffield lads Arctic Monkeys and now a deal with Wall of Sound, REVEREND AND THE MAKERS is a name to check.
1990’s have been name checked by everyone from Beth from The Gossip, Love Foxx from CSS, The Long Blondes, Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand whilst The Guardian just settled for describing them as "utterly brilliant".
The Anglo-Swedish duo at the heart of ALBERTA CROSS have, in mini-album ‘The Thief And The Heartbreaker’, found the point between alt country and 70’s classic rock with devastating effect.
Once a member of the much missed Million Dead, FRANK TURNER is now carving out a highly regarded solo career with debut album ‘Sleep Is For The Week’ garnering acclaim on it’s release in January.
Hotly tipped for big things in 2007, Brighton's BLOOD RED SHOES are currently on the NME New Music Tour and release a new single "It's Getting Boring By The Sea" on June 11th. The future looks very bright for this dynamic duo.
Though MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA has only been a proper band for a year and a half, this young quintet (with an average age of 19) has crafted an album in ‘I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child’ that sounds more aware and travelled than many of its more aged peers.
While several members of Be Your Own Pet have been finishing high school and watching TV, guitarist Jonas Stein (19) and drummer John Eatherly (17) continued to rock around the clock, and recorded an album of their side-project duo, TURBOFRUITS, coming on August 6th on Ark Recordings. Joining the duo on stage for extremely limited and exclusive shows will be the mysterious Turbo Max, a bassist reportedly even skinnier than the members of BYOP.
RIPCHORD’s incessantly catchy pop has seen the young band mentioned as one of this year’s brightest hopes and as part of a new wave of Midlands band that also numbers The Twang and The Enemy.
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB may just be out of school but their debut ep (out later this summer) ‘The Boy I Used To Be’ has won them many admirers including producer Jim Abbiss who worked with them on that debut. Definitely one to watch this year, get there early for these shows, you won’t regret it.
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
Already earning a strong following in America with Top 5 entries in the Heatseekers, Independent Albums and Modern Rock charts, SILVERSUN PICKUPS release their debut album ‘Carnavas’ in the UK on May 28th and look all set to replicate that US success in the UK.
The sound that SHINY TOY GUNS deliver is unique but best described in their own terms as "rock music made with machines". Crashing guitars and thumping frenetic drums are augmented by keyboards, synthesisers and samples whilst considered, intelligent lyrics are sung over the top.
TOKYO POLICE CLUB slam Sonic Youth guitar chords against soaring synth riffs and are picking up huge attention following the release of their debut mini album, ‘A Lesson In Crime’, in February of this year.
COBRA STARSHIP are the brainchild of ex Midtown frontman Gabe Saporta. Their inclusion on the soundtrack to ‘Snakes On A Plane’ was the springboard for what is fast becoming his second taste of pop stardom.
FOALS recent performances have seen the NME describe them as "rocking like The Knife, Fugazi and The Rapture battered on ginger-rum cocktails" which goes some way to explaining their minimalist collision of dance, electro and indie.
Hailing from the Dublin village of Malahide, DIRECTOR’s music is pop simplicity at its best; boisterous energy mixed with melodic sensibility.
Having sold 1500 copies of their demo in late 2006, KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES then went on to win Zane Lowe’s ‘Fresh Meat’ new music competition by a landslide and support Lostprophets whilst Kerrang named them one of the 10 Hottest New Bands On The Planet at the start of 2007.
LOSTALONE have been described by Disorder as delivering the "kind of frantic rock hysteria that Muse once excelled at" whilst Kerrang adore their "awesome epic rock dynamics with a slurred punk edge".
EISLEY return with a new album, ‘Combinations’, just before the festival - the follow up to 2005’s ‘Room Noises’. Having toured with Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Hot Hot Heat over the last two years, this is a band that are sure to be talked about this year.
Sprouting from the fertile pastures of Reading, bright, young commanders of a unique Englishness, PETE AND THE PIRATES blend spiky, punk and Spector-esque pop to startlingly immediate effect. They head into this summer's festival season as one of the most exciting and hotly tipped new bands in the country.
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
With her second album, ‘The Deep Blue’, CHARLOTTE HATHERLEY has continued to build on the critical and commercial success of her debut solo album ‘Grey Will Fade’. Whilst that debut was made during her time with Ash, Charlotte’s decision to leave the band in early 2006 has meant that her music is now her sole concern and these shows will emphasise her unique talent and show stopping abilities.
Switching between keyboards and acoustic guitar, KATE NASH’s sharp observational lyrics describe the thoughts of an angry, sad and disappointed youth - kinda like Lily Allen switching reggae for scratchy anti-folk.
LITTLE ONES theory is "if a song made us move our feet -literally- then it was good" and set about combining the rhythmic zip of Os Mutantes, the exuberance of The Go! Team and the cosmic wonder of the Flaming Lips.
Formed from their wreckage of their former band (North East England’s much beloved Parklandsway) - and forged from a mutual love of Idlewild, Mogwai, Fugazi, At The Drive In, Primal Scream and Sigur Ros – KUBICHEK! are a band for anyone who ever believed in the clang of the electric guitar, the rasp of a tattered voice, and a bellyful of bright, bold, guitar skewed pop songs.

Hailing from Australia’s Gold Coast, OPERATOR PLEASE have taken giddy excitement to new levels, making music that makes your feet move, your heart pound, and your head spin.

I WAS A CUB SCOUT make pummelling punk rock pop disco. It’s part Minus The Bear, part ‘digital ash’- era Oberst, but most importantly they are a fresh take on star gazing, dreamy, indie electronica.
Formed at the end of 2003, the only thing that STALKERS do better than making a mess is write rough- edged but insanely catchy three-minute pop songs.
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JOE BANANAS - Buy all your camping gear online...pick it up at the festival!
Joe Bananas are the summers festivals top suppliers for camping equipment.

Does your tent leak? Forget to wash your sleeping bag? Airbed got a puncture? Leave it to the Joe Bananas crew - these lovely people offer you the opportunity to purchase all you need to live in style at most of the festivals, and all without the hassle of carrying anything as the JB stall will be already onsite with your order in stock!

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