So, those gigs…

And for once, just for once, you get some warning :) This is it kids, like a Michael Jackson finale, finis, dead and gone, but not forgotten. Hopefully no one dies before these ones though. Fingers crossed, then. Comment if you’re going – organise a meetup or just reminisce.

The Jazz Cafe Logo12th July 2013 (that’s next Friday, folks) – 2000 Trees Festival, Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire.
Details at – they play the Main Stage, relatively early (third band) on .

30th July 2013 – The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London.
Home page at, doors at 7pm but, you know, I think timing may be thrown out the window more than any other show. Hit more to see what the Jazz Cafe guys have to say about the gig, but expect tears, goodbyes, thankyous, and possibly even some songs if the lads can fit them in between. Hopefully someone will bring a decent camcorder, I think the iPhone will be staying somewhat pocketed for this one. And then that’s it. Well, mostly. There is that small issue of an orphanage to be built…. ;)

Jazz Cafe


Tuesday 30th July 2013, 7:00 pm
Tickets: £10 Adv

“Husky soulful vocals and a mixture of lazy, hazy-day summer songs, bursts of heart-string yanking nostalgia and slow bittersweet melodies.” NME

“A new album is building buzz on music blogs for its upbeat sound and wistful lyrics” Wall Street Journal

In 2002, when The Crimea – singer, guitarist Davey Macmanus, bass player Joe Udwin, keyboard player Andrew Stafford and drummer Owen Hopkin – began piecing together their debut album Tragedy Rocks in anEast Londonbedroom, they began a journey that would see them quietly trailblaze their way around the world and into the history books.

Legendary DJ John Peel was the first to pick up on the debut album’s narco-folk genius when he played all eleven of the band’s demos in one week. They became a staple of his annual Festive Fifty, ensuring a major label bunfight after scraping together return flights to 2003’s South By Southwest inAustin,Texas. Admiration from Billy Corgan, Jimmy Eat World, Ash, Snow Patrol and the nascent Kings Of Leon materialized into world-tours, with chart success following the release of the single, Lottery Winners On Acid.

With the music industry being radically reshaped by the internet, The Crimea were among the first to see the potential and opportunities afforded by this fresh new landscape. Six months before Radiohead and Prince, the band decided to release their second album, Secrets Of The Witching Hour, as a free download in 2007. 100,000 downloads in three days resulted in a huge worldwide news story that included interviews on Channel 4 News, The Wall Street Journal and The Hindu Times. At the end of the year, Q Magazine labeled the move as one of the top 5 moments that changed music history.

Their newly forged global profile allowed the band to become one of the first Western acts to successfully tourChina, including two headline slots at the country’s biggest rock festivals. And then? It all went a little quiet…

Work on third album Square Moon began in fits and starts in 2008 with progress mired by brushes with a few well-worn rock’n’roll clichés. It was a slow and painful gestation period by anyone’s standards, but redemption and a fresh perspective arrived following Davey’s eighteen-month stint in the orphanages ofEastern Kenya. Motivated and re-invigorated by the experience, the album finally came together. For a band used to taking the road less travelled, Square Moon emerged as a double album, brimming with The Crimea’s characteristic musical inventiveness and Davey’s lyrical genius.

Having forged a record deal with similarly forward-looking friends at the innovative Alcopop and Lazy Acre record labels, The Crimea are now set to continue their quietly trailblazing journey with Square Moon’s release on 29th July and a nationwide tour in the summer, including festival appearances and a headline show at The Jazz Café.

Info from The Jazz Cafe listings, 3rd July 2013.

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