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.

Hartlepool Tall Ships

Looks like Doves will be playing part of the Hartlepool Tall Ships celebration:

Hartlepool will be centre stage between Saturday 7th and Tuesday 10th August when it hosts the magnificent Tall Ships fleet. The Hartlepool Tall Ships Celebration will be one of England’s biggest free events in 2010 with up to one million visitors expected from Friday 6th until Monday 9th August 2010 at Hartlepool Marina.


Acts include Doves, Echo and The Bunnymen, Ocean Colour Scene, Sheelanagig, Stornoway, Goldheart Assembly, Golden Animals, The Woven Project, The Dave Moseley Band, Lithium Speed Dementia, The Standards, The White Negroes, and The Runwells.

Music Promoter Andy Kelly, who has been working with the Tall Ships team to secure the bands, said: “It’s great to have Ocean Colour Scene confirmed, they’re one of the best live bands in the country! Echo and The Bunnymen are still as effortlessly cool as ever!”

For more info, visit the Tall Ships website.

Mayrhofen Review #2 & Best Of Album Sales

Another short review of Doves set at the Snowbombing festival, this time from the Independent.

Crowd size had no bearing on the quality of the acts. Doves’ set, though sparsely attended –perhaps the band’s thoughtful and melancholic indie did not appeal to the ravers’ party vibe –was a highlight. With a “best of” album on the shelves, the trio provided a set spanning their 20-year career, including “Kingdom of Rust”, “There Goes The Fear” and the Motown pounding of “Black and White Town”. Doves are used to playing in the UK to crowds 10 times the size of this one, so perhaps Jimi Goodwin could have been forgiven for thinking they were performing for Austrians who had no idea who they were. “I can sing that in German”, he said, unaware that the majority of Snowbombers are British.

Don’t forget, you can catch Doves live on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show later this morning. Doves will be playing a couple tracks acoustic, then will do an interview. Expect to hear Doves around 11am-12 noon.

Finally, some sales stats for the Best Of album..

The Best Of Doves: The Places Between is this week’s highest new entry debuts at number 12 selling 9,714 copies.

Gaga’s album sold a total of 25,211 copies to stay at number one, the lowest sale for a number one artist album since The Last Broadcast by Doves topped the list selling only 22,437 copies eight years ago next month

Quite revealing figures, I’m sure you will agree. Apparently they are blaming the weather for the poor sales… I should point out that those sales figures for the Last Broadcast, was for its second week at number one. It sold over 52,000 copies first week.


doves have been confirmed to perform at this year’s RockNess.

RockNess director Jim King said: “We’re delighted with the RockNess line-up this year, the best we’ve had to date, and we’re particularly looking forward to having BBC Radio 1 on board as our official radio partner.

“We have some really great indie bands lined up with The Strokes, Doves and Ian Brown and there’s still more bands to add.

The festival takes place weekend of June 11-13th. Doves will perform on the Sunday night, as they are elsewhere on Friday/Saturday. Tickets are on sale now.

Dubai Sound City

Doves performance at Dubai Sound City’s Irish Village has been moved a day earlier to November 5th. Sharing the stage with the likes of The Farm, Futureheads & The Human League among others. Tickets still available at the festival website.

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..

Cois Fharraige 2009 Reviews

doves on stage at Cois FharraigePicture by Limerick Leader

Here’s a review & setlist from indielimerick blog.

Then on stage came the festival weekend highlight in the form of “Doves”. I really cant say much more about their new album “Kingdom of Rust” , It’s a serious record and will finishing highly in peoples top albums list of 2009. Go out and get it! I was really looking forward to these guys has I hadn’t seen them before and they were on my list of bands to see before I die.

They hit straight into my favourite song of their new album “Jetstream”. The lead singer doesn’t really portray a lot of emotion up on stage put the music throughout the set was flawless. 3 songs in they played the crowd favourite “Pounding” and the tent went suitable nuts! They boast a great back catalogue and what we got that night was a serious greatest hits set.

It truly was a magic gig played by them. The final song “The Fear” ended in the band all taking to a percussion instrument and leaving the crowd in a daze of brilliants. If I had gone home after Doves I would have been quite content with the festival


Winter Hill
Almost Forgot
Greatest Denier
Kingdom of Rust
Black & White Town
The Outsiders
Caught By The River
Encore :
Cedar Room
Here It Comes
Last Broadcast
The Fear

For more, visit the IndieLimerick Blog.

Review from Limerick Leader:

the gig of the weekend followed from Manchester band Doves, who opened with the excellent ‘Jetstream’ from their latest album Kingdom of Rust and never let the momentum drop throughout their near 20 song set.

“It’s great to be on the West Coast, what a beautiful day eh?” said lead singer Jez Williams, who was earlier seen wandering down main street in Kilkee. Final song There Goes The Fear, from excellent second album The Last Broadcast, was simply stunning and drew a huge reaction from the crowd that stayed to hear it.

Review & Picture from Limerick Leader

Doves at Bestival

Doves on stage. Picture found on twitter, taken by user @Geeklawyer

Back On The Road

The band returns to the live stage this weekend after taking a wee deserved break. On Saturday, its the short trip over to Bingley for a headline slot at the Myrtle Park music festival. The music will finish up 9:30pm sharp.

Currently there are no tickets left for Saturday. Tickets will not be on sale at the festival site.

On Sunday the band head over to the Channel Islands to play the Jersey Live festival. Tickets are still available to buy for Sunday, at the usual outlets.

If you are attending either of these shows, then as per usual we would love to hear from you. Email in your pictures/reviews etc to this address.


This festival has been cancelled by the organisers, confirmed by doves management. A statement from the festival organisers reads:

NI Free Newspapers Limited owner of thelondonpaper and MAMA Festivals have cancelled the 2 night, multi-venue live music event, thelondonpaper HEADLINERS that was scheduled for 16 and 17 September 2009 in central London.

Both parties felt it would be inappropriate to go ahead with the event in light of thelondonpaper’s imminent closure.

It is with great regret that we have reached this decision however investing in an event of this scale when the paper is due to close the following day would be an irresponsible move. Obviously, this will be disappointing for readers who have purchased tickets but refunds will be offered and customers should contact the ticket agent from which they purchased their tickets to be reimbursed.