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London Popfest details

Thursday February 26th sees the start of the first LONDON POPFEST, a gathering of indiepop fans, bands, clubs and labels. Over the weekend more than 20 international bands will be playing in 4 venues, London’s finest indie clubs will be spinning the tunes, stalls will be selling the best of up and coming (and already up and come) POP music, and there’ll be a whole lot more besides

THE BANDS

· Action Biker (Sweden) – sweet melancholy from Swedish electro pop princess
· Betty and the Werewolves – all girl (apart from the boy) headrush garage pop on Damaged Goods
· Colin Clary and friends (The Smittens) (US) – bright, cheerful pop tunes by America’s indiepop wunderkind
· Comet Gain – semi-shambolic rambling Kill Rock Stars stalwarts playing a greatest hits set
· Help Stamp Out Loneliness – Siouxie glamour coupled with poppy Stereolab tunes
· Julian Henry (The Hit Parade) – the first Hit Parade set in over 15 years from the Sarah records star
· Liechtenstein (Sweden) – all-girl Mo-dettes-inspired pop with killer tunes
· The Middle Ones – gigglesome and utterly charming anti folk from heirs to Marine Girls crown
· Milky Wimpshake – love songs for punk rockers… think Buzzcocks, Undertones, etc
· Pocketbooks – girl/boy harmonies, joyful handclaps from the new Belle and Sebastian
· The Pete Green Corporate Juggernaut – jangly catchiness and intense railway enthusiasm
· The School – girl-fronted 60s influenced sugary jangles from Elefant records stars
· Tender Trap – the legendary Amelia Fletcher and band play punk rock for girls
· Gregory Webster (Razorcuts) – acoustic set from Byrds and Buzzcocks loving indie legend
· Harvey Williams – ex-Another Sunny Day frontman gets ready to murder everyone again
· Zipper (Spain) – The Spanish intweesition strikes again. If you like Heavenly, you’ll love this band
· Allo Darlin’ - Uke-wielding indie-folkster plays indisputable girl-pop masterpieces

… with more to be announced.


Action Biker


THE VENUES

The POPFEST is happening over four days at different venues around London:

* Thursday 26 February | Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London SW9 2LH

* Friday 27 February | The Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, London N1

* Saturday 28 February (alldayer) | The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, London N1 6LP
* Sunday 1 March | The Salmon & Compass, 58 Penton Street N1 9PZ (corner of Chapel Market)

THE POPFEST TRADITION

The first TWEEFEST took place in New York in 1995, headlined by the MAGNETIC FIELDS, this metamorphosised into POPFEST two years later with January shows in both New York and Los Angeles. These were organised around an online community, rather than any local or national scene, and so gathered together an international crowd, who knew each other well, but more often than not had never met. The last 12 years have seen POPFESTS spring up all around the US each one an intimate event that people travel miles and miles to attend, and be a part of something

So here we are with our first little London POPFEST: four days of running around this brilliant city celebrating some amazing bands, meeting some old friends for the first time, swapping records, tapes and fanzines, drinking, dancing and, well, you know… doing what people do at festivals. Roll on February! We can’t wait to meet you all.

THE HARD SELL

POPFEST passes give you unlimited and priority entry to all four days of the London POPFEST

Buy your passes now from www.wegottickets.co.uk

There is a limited number of £20 passes available now, and once these are sold out the remaining tickets are £25.

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