BPREVIEW: All Years Leaving Festival ’15 @ Hare & Hounds 23-4.10.15

All Years Leaving Festival '15 @ Hare & Hounds 23-4.10.15Words by Ed King

This weekend sees the return of the two day band fest, All Years Leaving – as This is Tmrw programme another 48hr (kinda, sorta) lesson in ‘Things for Ears’.

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All Years Leaving Festival comes back to the Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath), running from 6pm on Friday 23rd Oct and 4pm on Saturday 24th.

Day tickets are priced at £15 (advance) and at/by the time of all the Early Bird and Weekend tickets had been snapped up, so this may be heading for a sell out – in a fiscal sense at least. For more direct info & links to online ticket sales, click here

So who’s on? A fair enough question. This veritable smorgasbord of Garage, Indie, Math, Alt, Kraut, Synth, Glitch and other genres I’m only 50% confident I’m using correctly, has been an excellent introduction to those ‘on the up’ and generally worth some attention.

So, listing it roll call style… click on each name for more direct information.

Friday 23rd Oct / The Wytches, Speedy Ortiz, Chastity Belt, Kagoule, The Mighty Young, Mutes, Yr Friends, Hoopla Blue + DJ sets from Killer Wave, PNKSLM, DIY

Saturday 24th Oct / East India Youth, MONEY, Spring King, KINS, Free School, Chartreuse, Dorcha, Tom Peel, The Bank Accounts, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam + DJ sets from Victories at Sea, Our Friends Eclectic.

N.B. At 2pm on the Saturday there will be a talk from East India Youth’s manager, Andy Inglis – giving his own ‘honest and uncompromising exploration of tour management’ and some insight into international territories. Tickets are £10, or £20 with entrance to the full Saturday schedule thrown in. For more info on the Andy Inglis lecture, visit http://bit.ly/alecturewithandyinglis

This is Tmrw - logo transAnd breathe… But whatever piques your dirty little interest from the lists above, This is Tmrw are pretty reliable with their bookings so anyone on the bill would be worth a stop, look & listen. You might not like them, you might love them, you might steal the bass player’s kidney and the lead singer’s boyfriend, but for 1xbrown + 1xblue it’s not too much of a hardship to stick around and find out.

And for a little more on This is Tmrw, read Birmingham Review’s interview with Messers Hopkins & Beck, click here

But if you just can’t think about thinking, or have crippling repetitive strain injury from too much… Minecraft, here’s Ed’s Pick from each day to get you started. Enjoy. Or not. But go along and find out.

Friday 23rd October / Speedy Ortiz

Speedy OrtizThe bast*rd/brainchild of guitar/vocalist Sadie Dupuis, Speedy Ortiz delivers the raw self expression of a threatened Liz Phair, with the cloying drawl of Kristin Hersh drowning in a bathtub of opiates and Tequila. And I like it. If I was younger, from the other Northampton, and still pretending to skateboard, this would probably be on my Walkman. iPod. Choose your era.

But 2 ½ albums in and Speedy Ortiz are well worth some time, with All Years Leaving Festival ’15 being a good window to catch them on their autumn European tour. It is quite staggering who you can find on the Hare & Hounds‘ stage these days…

For more on Speedy Ortiz, visit http://www.speedyortiz.com/


Saturday 24th October / East India Youth

East-India-Youth---Culture-of-VolumeThe headline act for a reason. He’s f*cking awesome. And if you’ve been to any festival this summer you probably know what I’m talking about.

Now on XL Recordings, East India Youth has been basking in the well deserved glory of his sophomore album, Culture of Volume – a ten track dream that was (possibly literally) written to stick on your headphones and wonder around to.

Plus it’s the kind of mélange that fits well into the All Years Leaving programme; constant, challenging, build ups, breaks, beats & guitars. Worth the ticket price on his own.

For more on East India Youth, visit http://eastindiayouth.co.uk/                                         

All Years Leaving FestivalHare & hounds (Kings Heath) returns to the Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath) on Fri 23rd & Sat 24th October, with each day costing £15 (advance). Weekend tickets are now sold out. 

For more on All Year’s Leaving Festival ’15, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/447561108782831/

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For more from the Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath), including full event listings and links to online ticket sales, visit http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk/