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
Oh and massive thanks to the awesome people at DIY for partnering with us on this, and super super Jess Marshall for creating this WONDERFUL poster. How nice!?!
There’s nothing better when the festival season is tailing off, to bring it all back with a cute one nighter in some far flung old town… And lo, if Southsea fest wasn’t just the answer to all my prayers. So last Saturday myself, Miss PoP, Kev BSM and a load of other rambunctious individuals gathered in the satellite borough of Portsmouth (maybe) that is Southsea – and ripped it up. Boasting a fair phenomenal line up considering the very modest ticket price, I was gutted to find that Andy Cut the Blue Wire and Kev had manage to empty the free drinks bar – but we double fisted some pints and took to the lovely Paul ‘Meat Pie Promotions’ stage for a bit of Brontide, Tellison and most notably Sam Isaac.
It’s been while since the amiable singer had found his way to Alcopop shores, but the set was magical – an enraptured pub singing along with classic Isaac tunes, whilst new songs appeared suggesting that Sam’s prophecy that ‘this is the end’ was somewhat premature. We understand that ‘Sam Isaac’ as a project may be nearing its natural conclusion… But I feel pretty sure that 2010 will see the reemergence of something even more special. Watch this space…
The night continued with a masterful My First Tooth set (who had somehow wound up playing in THE most expensive bar in town), a sausage roll in a greasy chip shop that looked like it had been sat on by an extremely fat man – before hitting the beach with aforementioned MFT, naked alcohol fuelled night swimming (always a strong idea), jeep riding and more talk about the Gareth Amwel Jones (drummer from MFT) spoken word album which you should expect to see very soon *
Kev and I finally retired to our guesthouse at 5am via a group of white robed figures singing ominously on the beach, a private party on the pier where very awful people dance awfully to an awful covers band covering awful songs – and a French girl who was so shocked that My First Tooth had an ‘insignificant, leeetle girl’ playing bass that she almost cried with delight and started babbling on about PJ Harvey for hours.
All in all, a fine night… Thanks to the magnificent Tenspeed Photography for the pics of Sam Isaac, and Ross MFT for the other image who may not have excelled quite so much in photographic excellence but… In fairness, almost managed to hold the camera straight.. Good job Ross, good job!
*ps don’t ever EVER expect this….
What a night! Yesterday eve saw Alcopop bop through some killer, killer turf in London, taking in a whole host of drinking dens, have a good old natter with the wonderful My First Tooth (who opened a splendid night at the Wilmington Arms with some serious aplomb) – meet up with an exceptionally lovely potential new artist to work with (fingers crossed) – and generally bumble about on record label business whilst fuelling ourselves with a whole spectrum of coloured Alcopop beverages and, of course, the obligatory London KFC.
Waking up in the dark cold confines of Oxford’s central bus station after falling asleep on our majestic Oxford tube shaped carriage home wasn’t great – but otherwise highlights included arranging a pub sports date with a bouncer of a mystery club we’re now members of (god knows where it was), being interviewed about My First Tooth by BBC Radio Northampton (apologies to all BBC Radio Northampton listeners) and beating Kev at pool, despite barely being able to stand… For the first time. Ever! Score.
Meanwhile I’ve been recording a brief interview for a university radio station in Bournemouth about the resurgence of vinyl sales which was fun, and aim to spend a large proportion of my evening watching this – the latest video from those excellent video types at Beatcast TV. It’s Sam Isaac again, this time playing at The Fighting Cocks… Watch it and love.
Thursday’s the new Friday right? So what to do whilst nursing your hangover as this weekend dawns, having sat through a difficult day at work fending off tasks while bleak emails melt before your eyes? Well Channel 4 might just have the answer…
Back in November, you see Sam Isaac played a JD Set at the Cluny in Newcastle. The whole thing was filmed for Channel 4, and he did some interviews too. In the words of Sam himself “It’s going to be on TV. It’s really totally bizarre, but if you have your doubts (I do), it even says so on the Radio Times website! Please tune in and watch if you can!”
SATURDAY 07 MARCH, 1.10AM – 1.30AM, CHANNEL 4 (THAT’S THE NIGHT OF THE 6TH MARCH).
Meanwhile, a team of crack Alcopop-sympathising troops are busy plastering stickers across the UK which is awesome…. Already pasted – Kings Lynne, Oxford and the Isle of White I’m told. Many more to come. Keep an eye out. Ace!