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A short review of the Hatfield Forum gig appeared in today’s Welwyn & Hatfield Times:
The Mancunian three-piece kicked off a series of great gigs lined up for the University of Hertfordshire’s new £38m entertainment venue with a blistering 90-minute set.
Before opening with most recent single Winter Hill, lead singer Jimi Goodwin announced: “Welcome Hertfordshire!”
The twice Mercury-nominated group then proceeded to play tracks from their latest studio album, Kingdom of Rust, as well as classics from chart-toppers The Last Broadcast and Some Cities, and debut single The Cedar Room.
To read the full article and view the picture gallery, click here.
In an interview with BBC
Picking up on the sombre mood around Glastonbury Jez admitted that the news about Jackson’s death had shocked them all and revealed to 6 music how the Thriller singer would be remembered by the band:
“The Jackson 5 you know, incredible and unique with a dangerous groove, he had his groove on you know.”
He added: “he was a super talented guy, you cant take anything away from him – full stop really.”
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Here’s a couple more reviews of the Terminal 5 show on June 5th, alongside a great set of photos from music site, The
To view the rest of The Trip Wire’s photos (and a cute haiku), click here.
…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.
Better late than never! Here’s a few reviews from Doves’ recent performance at Philadelphia’s Trocadero.
Overall, I couldn’t hear Jimi Goodwin’s bass, but his distinctive vocals were consistently spot-on all night. Also, the band’s sequencing (controlled by the mysterious man crouching behind the drums?) was a little off, leaving some parts to come in at the incorrect time or not at all. (Or again, maybe I just couldn’t hear them?) Still, Doves soldiered through and seemed in good and gracious spirits.
Click here, to read the full review at kevchino.com.
Not until the third song into the show did Goodwin’s vocals warm up and the way he belted his voice throughout the venue was simply astounding. Every nuance while he was singing was similar, if not better, than any of his work done in a recording studio; seeing the Doves live was turning out to be quite an unexpected treat.
With songs such as “Pounding” and “Black and White Town“, the crowd was soon singing along, swept off their feet with each song that was played. Their title-track “Kingdom of Rust” was another favorite from the new album and the addition of keyboardist Martin Rebelski made his impact known. Rebelski certainly fit right in as well, practically hidden behind the mounds of keyboards and sound equipment in the far back right corner of the stage.
Click here, to read MusicUnderFire.com’s full review.
Oddly enough, most of their upbeat rockers, aside from “Black and White Town,” never really reached any point of combustion. This may have been a problem to do with improper sound leveling, but “Pounding,” didn’t emphasize much change in drum dynamics. “The Outsiders,” almost completely hid the bassline in the first verse that takes as much of the lead melody as the guitar. This song sounded superb on their performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, so one has to wonder what went wrong if it sounded good on a cheap tinny TV. In this respect, their studio production wins outright.
To make up for these blips that, for the most part, didn’t seem to be judgment errors on the side of the musicians, Doves outperformed any notion of high expectation on almost every other song. They played 17 songs, and I would say that 10 of them could have been the high points of the show.
To read the full review at Phrequency Blog (and view a great gallery of pictures), click here.
Music Festival listings site, Virtual
After the success of its inaugural year in 2008, The Hop Farm Festival is set to return in July as an extended three-day event. The event will be held on The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge in Kent, which is less than an hour from London and is set to bring the festival back to basics. With acts like Paul Weller, Pigeon Detectives, Florence & The Machine, Editors, Doves, Noah and the Whale, 2 Many DJs, Super Furry Animals, The Fratellis. It’s set to be an amazing 3 days of pure festival feeling, with no sponsorship, VIP areas or registration.
The closing date of the competition is June 25th. Click here to enter the competition. You will need to register at the site, prior to submitting your entry.