You Me At Six have been forced to postpone their Dublin and Belfast dates on their upcoming UK tour due to illness.
The Dublin Olympia Theatre date, due to take place on March 15th, has been rescheduled to April 7th, and the Belfast Ulster Hall date has been reschduled from March 14th to April 8th.
Check out a statement from the band and vocalist Josh Franceschi below.
Snapshot Symphony’s Rachel caught up with John and Jared from The Maine ahead of their show at Dublin’s Academy 2 on January 11th! The guys talked about releasing Pioneer, touring world wide and a lot more.
Stay tuned for the second half of the interview!
The Maine is a band, a quintet from the Grand Canyon State, that play rock music. The band, who’ll celebrate their 5th anniversary on January 21st, are a band that have grown up vastly since their founding by bassist Garrett Nickelsen, drummer Pat Kirch and vocalist John O’Callaghan back in 2007. The band, which also includes guitarists Kennedy Brock and Jared Monaco, poke fun at their original style, their cover of Akon’s I Wanna Love You, and indeed their early music, all in good humor. A lot has changed in five years for the band. Through numerous haircuts, changes in musical style, dedication to their fans and the boys overall pride in their work, they’ve become known as a band, not just five, well, haircuts. The Maine has become known as one of the bands on today’s music scene with lasting power that put on a great live show. On January 11th, that show rolled into Dublin’s Academy 2.
The Maine are no strangers to Ireland, affectionately calling it “The Motherland”, having played 2 shows here in March 2011. This show, however, takes place in a much different surrounding to their previous headliners. They played in the Academy 2, a venue which is essentially a basement with couches and a bar. The venue isn’t one of my personal favourites, having been there before, so I was a little anxious when the AZ boys announced their venue of choice for this one-off headlining show. With a capacity of just over 250 people, it was an intimate show to say the least.
Kicking off the night’s proceedings at 7:45 were local Dublin pop-rockers Search the Skyline. Clad head to toe in Glamour Kills, Macbeth and Hurley, they’re a pop-punk advertisers dream. Made up of members from the now defunct Dublin band Downhill, the band kicked off their set with nothing but high energy and fierce melodies. Interacting with members of the audience in the front row, having a few jokes and not overly plugging their upcoming music video for their current single, Clouds, was one of the things that made this an enjoyable set. While the music was most definitely not in everyone’s favour and their set went on longer than most would have preferred, they were tolerated, and made a decent predecessor for what was to be one of the best shows played in Dublin’s Academy 2.
The Maine attractions (hahahaha) were due on stage at 8:30. Everyone in the crowd counted down the seconds during the changeover, and the atmosphere of the room itself was alive with anticipation. Bodies were packed like sardines in front of the barrier, and the room buzzed with laughter, sing-along and general banter. At 8:29, the band’s Maineiacs began counting the seconds until the lights dimmed and their heroes graced the, very cramped, stage. The high pitched screams of every girl and guy in the room could have collapsed the ceiling once The Maine stepped on stage. Girls, and some guys, flailed a little too much over John wearing suspenders, and just being in the presence of these five guys overall.
After a successful year of touring following the release of their fourth album ‘Hope’, The Blackout are a band that are only becoming bigger and better. Hailing from Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, this sextet are set to wave goodbye to 2011 with a string of shows in the UK and Ireland.
Snapshot Symphony’s Rachel got the chance to catch up with vocalist Gavin Butler and guitarist James “Bob” Davies to talk about their upcoming Irish shows, how they plan to follow up to ‘Hope’ and their Snapshot perfect moment.
SSP: You’ll be playing Dublin’s Academy on December 17th, and in Mandela Hall in Belfast on the 18th, if you could pick any song in the world to describe how excited you are for these shows, which would you choose?
James Davies, Guitar: Exit Music (for a film) by Radiohead.
Gavin Butler, Vocals: Cyndi Lauper - Girls just Wanna have fun.
Do you have any interesting plans for these shows seeing they’re so close to Christmas?
JD : We’re gonna try and bring as much production from the Hope tour as we can. Maybe we’ll knock up some other surprises. You’ll have to come along to find out!!
GB: We may dress Snoz up as Jesus or Santa depending on how busy the fancy dress store is. Also because we can’t afford a present for everyone we’ll play pass the parcel, then in between every song who ever has it has to try and tear the package open. It’s gonna have to be a small present in a lot of packaging.
Describe what fans who head to see you in Ireland can expect from your live show in two words?
JD: Party Time.
GB: LOUD NOISES!
You released ‘Hope’ back in April this year and have been touring near-constantly since it’s release, have you had fun on the touring run for this album?
JD : This has probably been the best album cycle for us, from a live perspective. We’ve had a blast playing the UK and Ireland. As well as Australia at the beginning of the year. We’ve just got back for Europe and those shows we’re crazy as well. The show at London Roundhouse on Nov 6th is probably the best show we’ve ever played.
GB: We always have fun touring, it’s what the band was born to do. We never expected to release albums we just wanted to play live. The shows we’ve played since the release have been some of our biggest and best.
There’s a good few covers on the deluxe version of Hope, will we be hearing a full cover album from The Blackout any time soon?
JB: I doubt it! We like doing some covers in now and again, we like playing songs we all love or get us pumped. I think if we did a full record of covers the novelty would wear off a bit.
GB: We’ve always done a few covers when we needed to. Basically for b-sides or for a laugh. With all the covers we’ve done we could probably put a compilation together but there are no plans.
The Maine have announced a headlining show in Dublin, Ireland on January 11th! The show will take place in The Academy, with tickets available from Ticketmaster at 9am on October 5th for €15.
The line up for the 2012 Kerrang! Relentless tour has been unveiled after weeks of speculation. New Found Glory will co-headline the 10 date tour with Sum 41, with letlive. and While She Sleeps also on the tour! Tickets for the tour are on sale now from all ticket outlets.