Normally it’s all such good news on the Pop site. We have new bands, cool things for sale, Velociraptors lurking in the background and such… But just occasionally some really sad, bad and dangerous to know news rears its ugly head and makes everyone feel sad for a while… And there is little worse than some fine PoP heroes splitting up..
But it’s happened – and this week, Jumping Ships have announced that they are to be no more. I won’t go into the reasons, save to say it’s all terribly amicable and you won’t have seen the last of any of these boys yet – but as a truly special act who have been with us for almost two years now, I’ll personally be really sad to see them go…
…Because not only were they truly great musicians, massively exciuting to watch live (anyone who saw Kai rampage off a speaker into a thrilled crowd at TGE will bear testament to that) – but Jumping Ships kinda sum up a lot about what it takes to make a great band. They worked so hard, took all the knocks and difficulties along with all the awesomely good stuff that happened too – and basically were an absolute pleasure to work with from the off.
We were lucky enough to put out an EP and single with them (not to mention a pretty rad Tee) and see them all over the country playing at loads of pop shows. With massive support from the good people at Kerrang and Rock Sound, as well as plenty of others – it all looked like it was gonna fly, but some things are not to be.
So the self-styled ‘Feel Good Event of the Summer’ is back, in stereo – at Brixton Windmill on the 7th July with a line-up of joy. Truly, after 3 years of trying the erstwhile Sam Isaac is BACK! For one show (perhaps ever) to serenade you for a final time. How cool is that….!
The full line up reads something like right out of my dreams – with Stagecoach, Lexi (JoFo), Stephen (Tellison), Jumping Ships, GFT, Katie Malco, Dexy and even the criminal inclusion of yours truly (Jack PoP) all on the bill with another couple TBC. Get your cheap tickets in advance for £6.66 and enjoy a FREE BBQ and beachball tickets on arrival (literally, physical tickets in the form of a big inflatable beachball to advance buyers only though). Yup – Brixton-on-Sea here we go! Buy from our shop just above with other nice things, or the cracking chaps at wegottickets
We’re all going to the SEASIDE! To play the Dolphin Derby and watch some bands. We might even indulge in an ice cream or two, and we’d bloody love for you to come join us. So we’ve got together with our pals at BSM and 7 Bit Arcade to put on a little free show at the Royal Pavilion Tavern as part of the Alternative Escape on Friday 11th May!
If you were there last year (pictured), you’ll well remember that it was an understated tea party style affair, completely suitably for all the family – very polite, and not at all a debauched boozefest which ended with insane stage diving, chandaliers being ripped from the ceiling and yours truly being threatened with expulsion from the venue for ‘inciting chaos’. Put simply, it was bloody amazing – and you should TOTALLY come down this year too. We kick off at 1 in the afternoon, bands on till 2am (13 hours – yup!) with the 405 DJs till 6am. This could be the party of the Spring!
Check out the line up, remember it’s free and get there early. Last year it was one in one out from 5pm…
Katie Malco 1.15 – 1.45
Delta/Alaska 2.00 – 2.30
Glow Kit 2.50 – 3.20
Gunning for Tamar 3.40 – 4.10
Big Success 4.30 – 5.00
LightGuides 5.20 – 6
Jumping Ships 6.20 – 6.50
My First Tooth 7.10 – 7.40
Shoes and Socks Off 8.00 – 8.30
The Social Club 9.00 – 9.30
Stagecoach 10 – 10.30
Hymns 11 – 11.30
Johnny Foreigner 11.50 – 12.30
Tall Ships 1.00 – 1.40
Exactly what it says on the tin. Two of our lovely lots of champs are out on tour together. And while Gunning for Tamar have been touted as one of the bands set to slay 2012 by Rocksound who brandished there new track ‘a phenomenal statement of intent from a very promising band’… Jumping Ships were featured across the board at the tail end of last year, Katie at Kerrang calling them ‘An addictive blend of danceable, jangly rock songs topped with British punk attitude’, whilst Rocksound suggested ‘Standard Bearer is a launching platform for these guys to do some serious commercial damage’….
Ahhhh no more talk, lets just you and me decide which of these shows we’re gonna go to – and rock the f**k out! In?
Welcome to the online home of Alcopop! Records, a UK based independent label born from - and dedicated to - the finest indie pop the world has to offer! Have a look around the site, buy some CDs, come to our gigs, send us emails and make friends with us on Facebook.
What’s in store
Vs Everything – Vinyl £18 BUY NOW