Oxegen 2010

Doves at Oxegen 2009 Picture RTE.ie

Just a heads up for those of you attending Oxegen in Ireland. Doves are playing the Vodafone stage at 9:30pm on Saturday. Doves are returning to Oxegen after a successful set last year.

BBC 6 Music Top 40 of 2009

6 Music is looking to chart the top 40 songs of 2009. Doves Kingdom Of Rust is featured in the 100 short listed tracks. The top 40 will be played by Steve Lamacq on New Year’s Eve.

NME Lists

Hailed as one of the first great debut albums of the millennium – NME

The NME has rated Lost Souls as the 8th best record of 2000. Personally I’d put it a bit higher, but I suppose I’m biased!

Q has released its best albums of the year list. Kingdom Of Rust is number 11.

Info thanks to Kalman over at doves board.

Jersey Live Video

The Jersey Live Festival have just uploaded a video of the band performing Black And White Town on the main stage. Its pretty good stuff, well worth a look..

Manchester Xmas Show

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Doves will play Manchester Central (formerly G-MEX) Friday December 18th. Tickets on sale Friday September 11th 9am.

Cois Fharraige festival

Doves have been confirmed to play the Cois Fharraige festival located in Kilkee, Co. Clare on the West Coast of Ireland. The festival takes place over the weekend of September 11-12-13th.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday.

California Chronicle Mercury Prize Article

The California Chronicle takes a wild stab at predicting the Mercury Music prize winner:

Mercury Win Will Fuel ‘Kingdom’ Sales If and When Doves Fly

Goodness, the bookies are already offering odds on who will be on this year’s Mercury Music Prize shortlist for the best British and Irish albums of the last 12 months. The list of the 12 nominated acts isn’t released until next Tuesday, but it’s safe to assume that this will be the year of the solo female artist. Expect Little Boots, La Roux, Bat for Lashes, Florence and The Machine and even Lily Allen to be there or thereabouts next week.

It seems odd to be predicting a winner even before the nominations have been announced, but I’m going for Doves and their Kingdom of Rust album. The Manchester band began as a dance act (Sub Sub), but when their studio burnt down they mutated into indie-prog under their current name.

Like Elbow, Doves are an unremarkably blokeish-looking band who don’t really chase media exposure. Both acts have been allowed to develop over a series of albums unburdened by a huge “hit” or label expectations. And both have that sort of wind- and rain-swept melancholia at their musical core.

What perhaps has held Doves back is their guilt-by-association with prog rock. Expect all that to change come Tuesday, when the music media (always easily led) will begin a sudden love affair with indie prog.

In Doves’ favour, Kingdom of Rustis, despite being a quality work from the first note to last, largely unheralded. It is still there to be “discovered” by music buyers, just like The Seldom Seen Kidlast year.

Like almost everything in the music industry, it’s all about perception. And the perception of Doves at the moment is of a band on the sidelines waiting for their “come on down” call into the spotlight.

Doves will begin their slow march next week. And if you haven’t already got Kingdom of Rust, best go out and get it this weekend before the bandwagon takes off at speed.

Only time will tell. I seem to remember doves all but had the award in the bag back in 2002 for the Last Broadcast. Of course it never quite turned out that way, with Miss Dynamite taking the award. We shall see, The prize this year is awarded September 8th.

Doves For White Air Festival

The White Air Festival has confirmed doves are to headline. The event which takes place on Brighton Beach, falls on the weekend of September 18-20th.

Visit the White Air website for ticket details and further info.

Kingdom Of Rust Japanese Lyrics

Click images for large view to read lyrics.

More N.Y.C. Reviews & Photos

Here’s a couple more reviews of the Terminal 5 show on June 5th, alongside a great set of photos from music site, The Trip Wire.com

Doves at Terminal 5

To view the rest of The Trip Wire’s photos (and a cute haiku), click here.

WTSR 91.3fm

…the Manchester trio played NYC’s multi-leveled Terminal 5 last night, and not only did they play it, they sold it out, at $37 per ticket, no less. The fact it was their first local show in four years surely helped, but the resounding success of their layered, atmospheric indie rock remains: Doves are a force to be reckoned with.

To read WTSR 91.3’s full review, visit this page.


The encore, which included the melancholy ‘Last Broadcast’ and the sweet lullaby-like ‘There Goes the Fear’, kept people riveted until the very last moments… and made for some very clogged exits at the end of the night, as no one appears to have been able to sneak away early from the gorgeously hypnotic set.

To read the rest of EMI.com’s review and see a few more photos from the show, click here.