WIN! Signed Django Django Albums!

The Kaje caught up with the lovely Django Django boys at Summer Sundae and experienced first hand how mind-blowing the London based quartet are in the live arena. However,what must never be forgotten is just how impressive their debut album is. In order that you, our readers, do not forget, the boys have kindly given us a couple of signed copies of the aforementioned stonker to giveaway. If you would like to get your hands on one, simply tell us where the boys met… Email your answers to jeremy@the-kaje.com by September 7th.

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The Kaje talks international acclaim to Django Django

Django Django have come a long way in the three years since their formation in 2009 at art school in Edinburgh, with the now London based quartet dominating the musical press worldwide. Having received universal praise for their long-awaited eponymous debut album, the boys (David Maclean, Vincent Neff, Jimmy Dixon and Tommy Grace) are currently loving the festival circuit and feeding off the positive response to their sound. With the boys on football break before their set at Summer Sundae, The Kaje crashed to chat potential global domination to the laid back lads.

It has been quite a manic year for you, would you be able to pin-point a highlight?

Tommy: We went to Japan and Australia a few weeks ago, that was the first time that we had experienced a massive Festival crowd. It just felt really foreign and a lot different to the UK and Europe. That was quite a cool thing.

Then we played New York back in February before SXSW, which was the first time we had been out of Europe. That was quite a momentous experience.You are going places and you don’t know how you will be perceived or received or anything. We got really good reactions, which was totally strange.

How have you found the crowds differ?

David: I think we have got quite a broad fanbase. I think we appeal to really old people as much as we do to toddlers. I think abroad it is much more teens to thirty age group, but in Britain it is really broad. We get a slightly older and slightly younger audience here.

Tommy: Everything seems to be going pretty well in all the regions, so we don’t really worry. We know in other places that we are getting radio play, but it is not until you get there that you realise that there are people wanting to see you play. It is bizarre to get 20,000 people in Japan. We did not know what to expect. It could have been a couple of hundred people and we would have been pretty happy.

David: I like the way we don’t appeal to a specific demographic. It is interesting to be like that.

Your success around the world has bought you the chance to perform on some massive stages. Do you miss the intimate spaces?

Tommy: When it works out, the big festival thing can be amazing. When it doesn’t it can be absolutely terrifying. Sometimes it doesn’t really take off the way you had hoped. That can just happen, whether it is the atmosphere or sound.

David: My favourite shows are sweaty midnight club gigs where everyone is drunk, and there is a really clubby soundsystem. Deep base is harder to recreate when there are big winds. It suits our music a bit better. It is hard to generalise, but those tend to be my favourite gigs.

Tommy: In Australia they have lots of sideshows, so we did our first club night in about 4 months. It was so surreal being that close up again as you get used to there being a barrier. People put cokes over your monitor or spill their drinks over your stuff, but that was the way we came up. It is still good to do that.

This year has seen the release of your album-how does it feel to have finally hit that landmark? Also, what do you prefer-the live or recorded?

Tommy: They are two different types of process. The recorded stuff leads to the live.

David: That is not normally the case, for most the live leads to the the recorded.

Tommy: That was what I was just about to say. That is how it has worked on this one. A lot of the songs were done in a bedroom, with people going in individually. It was only after that that we had to transpose it all to a live setting. The original has not been adhered to closely as we just couldn’t. They are too layered. We had to take the bare essence of what the song was, then do something with that.

David: There are some tracks which came a bit later that we sketched out in the studio then played them live, changing them slightly as to what worked and what didn’t, then took them back to the studio. But on the whole they were all songs already and we had to work out how to reproduce them live.

Were you expecting the immense commercial and critical acclaim you have received?

Tommy: I guess we didn’t really think what we were doing. We personally liked it. It was a personal achievement but we didn’t know where we would fit in. Certainly in London there are lots of other music scenes which were more popular. We live in East London and that sort of area does influence national music, but we don’t necessarily fit in there. For us it was just about doing parties and making them fun. It was about dressing up a bit and not taking it too seriously. It was about not making it super cool.

We went into the charts when the album came out and I didn’t even know that the charts still existed. I thought Simon Cowell was in charge of the charts. I thought he said what went in the charts. I don’t know how. I was almost a wee bit like I don’t even know if the charts are where I want to be.

David: We have just been so totally shocked by the general response to it. Really we are just really introverted and concentrated on getting it out. It wasn’t until we actually had the real physical thing that we stopped and went “Amazing!” Everything that has come after has just been an amazing bonus.

How do you think your success has changed the expectations of others?

David: I don’t think we care much about what other people want. It is good that we are going to have more time and resources to make something due to the way it was received. At the end of the day we are just trying to make things that interest us. It may sound cheesy, but that is the way it is.

http://www.djangodjango.co.uk

Interview and Photographs by Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Summer Sundae Full Line-Up Revealed!

SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER 2012

LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL & GARDENS

 FRIDAY 17TH, SATURDAY 18TH & SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST 2012

HEADLINED BY:

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED
KATY B
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE

Summer Sundae Weekender is back for its twelfth year in 2012 creating festival fields in the heart of the city. Set in the centre of Leicester only 10 minutes’ walk from the city’s train station and in the beautiful surrounds of De Montfort Hall & Gardens and Victoria Park, Summer Sundae provides the full festival experience with a lot less hassle.

Join us on 17th, 18th & 19th August 2012 on the Summer Sundae Safari! Grab a drink and sample some of the finest acts in our brand new music venue complete with two stages; Into the Wild and The Watering Hole.Enter if you dare into the jaws of the main arena’s Lion’s Den, or find some shade in De Montfort Hall’s Crocodile’s Lagoon. For this year only, The Garden will be transformed into a Jungle, densely packed with a full of range of interactive delights and a Bandstand Stage with storytelling, poetry and theatre as well as musical performances. As usual there will also be plenty of activities for cheeky monkeys and their families in The Garden and The Kidzone.

Connect with your wild side and discover your animal spirit be it as a roaring lion, a majestic gazelle, an imperial elephant or a cackling hyena. All are welcome in our Safari Park and fancy dress is most definitely encouraged!

Within our Safari Park will be 5 Stages of Music and Entertainment, featuring bills curated by Last FM, Drowned in Sound, The Musician, DBE & Superfly, Big Difference Company and BBC Introducing.From Dusk 2 Dawn will also be leading a special Secret Safari across the site. You’ll have to locate them through the madness or catch them on Twitter and Facebook to get involved. Expect the unexpected!

‘An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.’

Sir David Attenborough, Distinguished Honorary Fellow University of Leicester.

SUMMER SUNDAE 2012 MUSIC LINE UP

This year’s headline acts include British legends Public Image Limitedwho were formed in 1978 by John Lydon. PiL’s work is widely regarded as the most innovative music of the post-punk era.  Peckham lass and Rinse FM protégé Katy B took the country by storm in 2011 with her intoxicating blend of dubstep, R&B funky, house and UK Garage on her critically acclaimed debut album “Katy On a Mission.” Superstars Ocean Colour Scene’s story should already be the stuff of legends; a rip-roaring rock ’n’ folk odyssey set to a backdrop of 23 years of UK pop culture at its very best. The band have notched up nine albums, three of which went to top 5 as well as nine successive top 20 singles. They supported Oasis at their massive Knebworth shows and this summer they are coming to Summer Sundae Weekender for a Summer Midlands exclusive.

Amongst other acts we also have the incredible Adam Ant back with his new band The Good, the Mad & the Lovely Posse, one of Britain’s most exciting live bands Asian Dub Foundation, Indie RockersReverend and the MakersDeath in Vegas who has cut some of the most unusual records to hit the UK dance scene, Billy Bragg with a set devoted to folk singer Woody Guthrie, the wonderful Merrill Garbus akatUnE-yArDs, the incredible Patrick Wolf, soul sensation Lianne La Havas, and Mercury Award nominee Ghostpoet.

On the Last FM bill on Friday 17th August is Sway who has set the bar for clever and authentic hip-hop, King of folk Willy Mason, French singer-songwriter, musician and animator Francois and the Atlas Mountains, the mesmerising Bastille and Welsh surf rockers Y Niwl.

There will also be late night entertainment presented in association withDBE and Superfly on Friday 17th.  The line- up will include championed electro DJ duo Jack Beats and sets from Metronomy’s Olugbenga, plus DJ/ Producer Pasquale and Dub and DBE resident and Bass maestroJake Twell.

On the Drowned in Sound bill on Sunday 19th August Gold Panda will join ambient electronic outfit Stay+Django Django,Japandroids, post-rockers Her Name is Calla, Scottish Indie-rock bandThe Twilight Sad, Leicester locals Maybeshewill and five-piece Hey Sholay.

Joining the BBC Introducing bill on Saturday 18th August are a number of acts hailing from the East Midlands. Renowned rockers These Furrows, Nottingham youngster Jake Bugg, distinctive talent Mahalia,exciting Jazz infused Indie trio Kenworthy, alternative rockers Buenos Aires, acoustic-pop outfit The Daydream Club, infectiously groovy Park Bench Society and finally singer – songwriter with a voice to die for Nancy Dawkins.

Also at this year’s Summer Sundae Weekender, taking place atThe Watering Hole on the morning of Sunday 19th August is The Acoustic Café. This will feature performances from some of Leicester’s hottest local talent including the dramatic and mysterious Siobhan Mazzei, the free flowing, soulful vocals of Prash Gor, a dash of a cappella and barbershop from The Simpletones and the ukulele equipped Skunk Boy Project.

DAY BY DAY LINE-UPS

FRIDAY 17TH AUGUST:

ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION / BASTILLE / BOWERBIRDS / CHARLEE DREW / CLEAN BANDIT / CLOCK OPERA / DAN MANGAN / DATAROCK / ELIZABETH CORNISH / FRANCOIS AND THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS / GHOSTPOET / JACK BEATS / JAKE TWELL / KAPPA GAMMA / KATY B / KYTE / LONEY DEAR / OLUGBENGA (METRONOMY DJ) / PATRICK WOLF (ACOUSTIC) / SWAY / TINY RUINS / UNCLE FRANK / WALTER BOTTLE / WILLY MASON / Y NIWL

SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST:

ADAM ANT & THE GOOD THE MAD & THE LOVELY POSSE / AGNES OBEL / AKALA / BUENOS AIRES / CASHIER NO 9 / THE DAYDREAM CLUB / DEATH IN VEGAS / DOG IS DEAD / FRIENDS / GOODNIGHT LENIN  / HIP HOP SHAKESPEARE  / JAKE BUGG / JONATHAN RICHMAN / KENWORTHY / LIANNE LA HAVAS / LITTLE NIGHT TERRORS / LUCY ROSE / MAHALIA / MAN LIKE ME / MICACHU AND THE SHAPES / MOLOTOV JUKEBOX / NANCY DAWKINS / OCEAN COLOUR SCENE / PARK BENCH SOCIETY / THePETEBOX / RACHEL SERMANNI / SPEECH DEBELLE / THESE FURROWS / TIM EDEY & BRENDAN POWER / tUnE-yArDs / VOWS

SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST:

BELLAWAVE / BETH ROWLEY / BILLY BRAGG CELEBRATES WOODY GUTHRIE’S 100TH BIRTHDAY / THE BLACK SEEDS / COWBOY / DEER TICK / DJANGO DJANGO / FURIES / GOLD PANDA / GRACE PETRIE / HER NAME IS CALLA / HEY SHOLAY / JAPANDROIDS / JERSEY BUDD / JUAN ZELADA / KING CHARLES / LAZY LESTER AND FRIENDS / THE LEICESTER ALL SKA’S REGGAE BIG BAND / LEWIS FLOYD HENRY / THE MAGIC TOMBOLINOS / MAYBESHEWILL / MIDNIGHT WIRE / PRASH GOR / PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED / REVEREND AND THE MAKERS / THE SIMPLETONES / SIOBHAN MAZZEI / THE SKUNK-BOY PROJECT / THE STAVES / STAY+ / TEAM ME / THE TWILIGHT SAD

 

COMEDY AND CABARET LINEUP:

BIG DIFFERENCE COMPANY PRESENTS:

THE LAUGHING HYENA LATE NIGHT COMEDY & SHOW

COMPERED ON BOTH NIGHTS BY THE EVER-AFFABLE JIMMY MCGHIE

Brought to you by the people behind Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, the Laughing Hyena Late Night Comedy & Cabaret Show will take place on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th August at the Into The Wild Stage and will play host to some of the finest comics and cabaret acts from the UK and beyond.

FRIDAY 17TH AUGUST:

RICH FULCHER / TOBY / CARLY SMALLMAN

SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST:

DAVID MORGAN / JOEY PAGE / JOE BOR

AND CABARET FROM:

RICHARD GARAGHTY/ GORONWY THOM/JON HICKS AND MORE !

OTHER ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTS:

FROM DUSK 2 DAWN SECRET SAFARI • THE POETRY BROTHEL • STORYTELLER RACHEL ROSE REID • POET TALIA RANDALL • THEATRE FROM GALLI GALLI • TWYCROSS ZOO CONSERVATION STATION • CBBC DEADLY ART SAND SCULPTURE AND WORKSHOPS • THE ANIMAL OLYMPICS • JUNGLE FEVER TENT • GORILLA KNITTING • PEDESTRIAN GALLERY • INTERACT GALLERY • FROM DUSK 2 DAWN JAZZ ART CAR •LIVE SAFARI PHOTO SHOOT • FACE PAINTING • KIDZONE CURATED BY SPARK CHILDREN’S ART FESTIVAL • AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

The 2012 Summer Sundae site will be teeming with other interactive arts and entertainments for you to enjoy, all based around our wild and wonderful Safari theme.

Innovative local Arts Network & Magazine From Dusk 2 Dawn will be leading an interactive Secret Safari trail across the festival site. Expect music, dance, animal magic, fancy dress, and most of all expect the unexpected! Follow twitter and facebook or find them at their base camp in The Garden to get involved.

Hosted by Leicester based poet Mr Timothy Grayson, the Poetry Brothel will be bringing its wild and wonderful  carnival of artisans and offering ‘poetry whores’ providing one-on-one readings in their den of literary iniquity. This is sure to bring out your animal side!

Plus in Curiosity Corner and The Garden, you will find a veritable jungle of interactive delights. Get competitive in the wacky races at our Animal Olympics, show off your best fancy dress and face paint in our Live Safari Photo Shoot, find your animal spirit in our Jungle Fever Tent, or check out some crazy animal artefacts at Twycross Zoo’s Conservation Station. And there’ll be art and installations from Interact Gallery, Pedestrian Gallery and many more local and national artists and institutions. Plus workshops galore including that new craze everyone is talking about ‘Gorilla Knitting’!

The Bandstand will this year be moving to The Garden where it will host storytelling from ‘Queen of the New Wave of storytellers’ Rachel Rose Reid, poetry from the spellbinding Talia Randall, theatre from local Social Enterprise Galli Galli, BBC Radio Leicester live broadcasts, special musical performances and more!

And of course The Kidzone will have plenty to entertain the festival’s Cheeky Monkeys and their families. Including sand sculpture workshops from CBBC’s Deadly Art Presenter Nicola Wood, face painting, circus skills, jungle artwork, theatre and craft workshops and a whole lot more.

SUMMER SUNDAE CHOIR:

 Following the success of last year’s event, which saw amateur singers who had never met before give a near professional performance to a packed out audience, the Summer Sundae Festival Choir is back! If you love singing and are already in possession of a weekend ticket for the festival, email summersundaefestivalchoir@gmail.com  listing your name, contact and experience before 1st August 2012 to take part!

Led by choral conductor and vocalist Hannah Brine, rehearsals will take place on the Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, leading to a live performance on the Sunday on the festival’s Main Stage. This will be a very special performance and there might even be some animal magic involved here too!

NEWS: Summer Sundae Announce More Acts!

SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER 2012!
DE MONTFORT HALL AND GARDENS
17th 18th 19th AUGUST 2012
Presented by Coda and DMH

FIFTH WAVE OF ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SUMMER SUNDAE 2012 BILL:

MICACHU AND THE SHAPES/ MAN LIKE ME
JAPANDROIDS/ BETH ROWLEY
THE STAVES/ BASTILLE
HER NAME IS CALLA
CHARLEE DREW/ KYTE/ VOWS
COWBOY/ BELLAWAVE

 AND THE ACOUSTIC CAFÉ WITH:
SIOBHAN MAZZEI/ PRASH GOR/ THE SIMPLETONES/
THE SKUNK-BOY PROJECT

Summer Sundae Weekender are delighted to announce the fifth wave of artists on 2012’s line up, establishing the event once again as an essential date in the summer music calendar.

Micachu and the Shapes take pop into unchartered territory and have been known to take to the stage with an array of customized and homemade instruments. Amongst their musical inventions is a xylophone constructed from light bulbs, and a musical ‘Cloud Chamber’ made out of Pyrex dishes. Signed to Mike Skinner’s record label, Man Like Me is one of the most hotly tipped acts around. Their highly energetic mix of vibrant beats, cheap synths and strange sounds is intoxicating. Brit Award nominee Beth Rowley drifts seamlessly through many different musical styles, melding blues, country, folk, gospel and Latin American music into her own soulful sound. The Staves songwriting is striking and exquisite, a melding of still, bright English Folk and sublime West Coast pop that when performed live is capable of plunging an audience into awed silence. Bastille began as an alternative identity for Dan Smith whose ‘Flaw’ video went viral at the start of 2011. Since then Bastille has continued to soak up the spirit of revolution and change that his name connotes producing an array of mesmerizing noir ballads and infectious anthems. Leicester singer-songwriter Charlee Drew has acquired an impressive online following over the course of the past year. Having featured on Skepta’s album and joined him on tour he is now working on his anticipated debut album. Also added to the bill are Leicestershire locals Ktye who bring shimmering ambience to the world of pop, Cowboy who have have reformed and are back this year with their new EP and finally legends of the local music scene Bellawave.

Joining the Drowned in Sound stage are Japandriods. On a musical mission to be ‘maximal,’ The Canadian duo’s dynamic sound runs the gauntlet of rock & roll sub genres and could easily be interpreted as the output of five or more musicians. Post- Rockers Her Name is Calla have gained critical acclaim for their dazzling take on dynamic guitar music.

Also at this year’s Summer Sundae Weekender, taking place at The Watering Hole on the morning of Sunday 19th August is The Acoustic Café. This will feature performances from some of Leicester’s hottest local talent including the dramatic and mysterious Siobhan Mazzei, the free flowing, soulful vocals of Prash Gor, a dash of acapella and barbershop from The Simpletones and the ukulele equipped The Skunk-Boy Project.

TICKETS:

A limited number of 2012 Day Tickets are now on sale at 2010 prices!

Weekend and Camping Tickets also remain pegged back to 2010 prices.

For more ticketing information including live-in vehicle and camping tickets, please see our website www.summersundae.com/tickets

Please note that due to planned building work at Regents College, all camping for Summer Sundae 2012 will be on Victoria Park. We will still have family and quiet(er) areas at this campsite.

TICKET TYPE

FULL PRICE
Adult Weekend £105
Young Persons (14-17) Weekend £70
Child (5 -13) Weekend £35.00
Adult Friday £35
Young Persons (14-17) Friday £25
Child (5-13) Friday £12
Adult Saturday OR Sunday £45 each
Young Persons (14-17) Saturday OR Sunday £30 each
Child (5-13) Saturday OR Sunday £15 each
Child (0-4) Weekend or Day FREE with an Adult

DAY BY DAY LINE-UPS

FRIDAY 17TH AUGUST:

ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION / BASTILLE / BOWERBIRDS / CHARLEE DREW / CLEAN BANDIT / CLOCK OPERA / DAN MANGAN / DATAROCK / ELIZABETH CORNISH / FRANCOIS AND THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS / GHOSTPOET / JACK BEATS / KAPPA GAMMA / KATY B / KYTE / LONEY DEAR / OLUGBENGA (METRONOMY DJ) / PATRICK WOLF (ACOUSTIC) / SWAY / TINY RUINS / UNCLE FRANK / WALTER BOTTLE / WILLY MASON / Y NIWL

SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST:

ADAM ANT & THE GOOD THE MAD & THE LOVELY POSSE / AGNES OBEL / AKALA / BUENOS AIRES / CASHIER NO 9 / THE DAYDREAM CLUB / DEATH IN VEGAS / DOG IS DEAD / FRIENDS / GOODNIGHT LENIN  / HIP HOP SHAKESPEARE  / JAKE BUGG / JONATHAN RICHMAN / KENWORTHY / LIANNE LA HAVAS / LITTLE NIGHT TERRORS / LUCY ROSE / MAHALIA / MAN LIKE ME / MICACHU AND THE SHAPES / MOLOTOV JUKEBOX / NANCY DAWKINS / OCEAN COLOUR SCENE / PARK BENCH SOCIETY / THePETEBOX / RACHEL SERMANNI / SPEECH DEBELLE / THESE FURROWS / TIM EDEY & BRENDAN POWER / tUnE-yArDs / VOWS

SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST:

BELLAWAVE / BETH ROWLEY / BILLY BRAGG CELEBRATES WOODY GUTHRIE’S 100TH BIRTHDAY / THE BLACK SEEDS / COWBOY / DEER TICK / DJANGO DJANGO / GOLD PANDA / GRACE PETRIE / HER NAME IS CALLA / HEY SHOLAY / JAPANDROIDS / JERSEY BUDD / JUAN ZELADA / LAZY LESTER AND FRIENDS / THE LEICESTER ALL SKA’S REGGAE BIG BAND / LEWIS FLOYD HENRY / THE MAGIC TOMBOLINOS / MAYBESHEWILL / PRASH GOR / PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED / REVEREND AND THE MAKERS / THE SIMPLETONES / SIOBHAN MAZZEI / THE SKUNK-BOY PROJECT / THE STAVES / STAY+ / TEAM ME / THE TWILIGHT SAD

NEWS: Django Django Announce UK Dates

Fresh from the release of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut LP last month, Django Django are pleased to announce new single ‘Storm’, will be released on April 23rd. With its irresistible bass-line and pop stomp, Storm sums up everything that makes this band so special.

David Maclean (drummer and producer), Vincent Neff (singer and guitarist), Jimmy Dixon (bassist), and synth operator Tommy Grace make up the quartet, who met at art school in Edinburgh. Currently on  a sold-out tour of the UK, more dates have been added to their live schedule with a new tour for this Summer (full dates below).

Django Django’s story looks set to be a long and compelling one going by the overwhelming response to their debut record from the public and critics alike.

 UK TOUR –

Thu 31-May-12 The Cellar, Southampton
Sat 02-Jun-12 Field Day, London  
Tue 05-Jun-12 O2 Academy2, Oxford
Wed 06-Jun-12 O2 Academy2, Birmingham
Fri 08-Jun-12 No Direction Home @ Welbeck Abbey nr Sheffield 
Sat 09-Jun-12 Parklife Festival, Manchester
Sun 10-Jun-12 Rough Beats Clapham, Yorkshire
Mon 11-Jun-12 Fibbers, York
Wed 13-Jun-12 Doghouse, Dundee
Thu 14-Jun-12 Cockpit, Leeds
Fri 15-Jun-12 St Pauls Church, Cambridge
Wed 31-Oct-12 Heaven, London

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