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Subculture: Staffordshire band & gig news - July 2010
By Sam Ostrouchow

SubCulture summer bash guests
The SubCulture summer bash featured the cream of the crop

BBC Subculture has the latest news from the local band music scene in Stoke, Staffordshire & South Cheshire.

This is our page of July 2010 gossip, but, if you have any news and gig-announcements. even if it's further in the future, just let us know.

News in July included just what happened at the Bash, the roaring success of the Blitz Kids at T, Chapter Seven's win - and gigs!

Sam updates this page every Friday - so thanks to all of you for the supply.

Please keep the bits coming - via e-mail ...

Some gigs you might like to try

For websites for the venues mentioned, see our weblinks list on the right of this page.... and check them before you go out!

July 2010 NEWS (and Gossip)

Bashing success!

Friday 23rd saw our very own summer party featuring a outstanding collection of live performances from local artists Aggy Fro (a cultural super collaboration formed with numerous instruments, artists and local rap-extroadinaire Abe), local synth specialist Joee-T, NME fave's New Education and the sweet and successful Pegasus Bridge.

The line up boasted local talent and highlighted the flavour of what the Staffordshire music scene has to offer.
The performances mixed original material with eclectic summer classics.

Joee-T bagged daft punk with a twist to top the night followed by Pegasus Bridge's excellent rendition of Calvin Harris' I'm Not Alone which got everyone in the studio excited; and the grande finale was Aggy Fro joined by Joee-T for a bit of Nelly's Ride Wit Me …what a finish to an amazing night!

Did you miss it? Poor you...!

Blitz in the park

The Blitz Kids
The Blitz Kids took Scotland by storm - yee-ha!

Cheshire chaps Blitz kids stormed T-In the Park this month, joining the likes of Jay-Z, Eminem & Muse at the Scottish festival.
If you missed the festival don't panic! Watch the boys work their stage magic via the BBC coverage site

Meanwhile the boys are back in the studio recording their debut album…we wait in anticipation!

Want to be like a blitz kid?

Following on from the B Kids, do you too fancy a shot at one of the big festivals? Show us what you're made of!
Submit your music, whatever the genre, via the BBC Up-loader and it could be you at the UK's biggest festivals.

Gallagher brother tips local band as the best so far

Alan McGee
Alan McGee's Greasy Lips gave The Rivalry a great boost

July saw the debut Greasy Lips Club Night at The Underground in Hanley, hosted and set up by Alan McGee (this big cheese discovered Oasis, managed the Libertines and Primal Scream) and the Oasis sibling Paul Gallagher.

Also performing were local boys The Rivalry - described by Paul Gallagher as the "best band that's been on Greasy Lips so far". Check out Paul's interview on the boys on the Sentinel website . This hot review follows the news that Rivalry keyboardist Tim Bradshaw will be leaving the band to re-join David Grey on his US tour later in the year. No need to worry though Rivalry fans, their interview from the Underground with Subculture revealed he still will remain active in writing new material with the boys. Maybe we will see The Rivalry as main support to Mr Grey in the near future…

A new page for chapter 7

Uttoxeter band Chapter 7 are set to make an impact after winning first place in the 2010 Staffordshire Rocks competition. Judges at this year's competition voted their 'dynamic performance, musicianship and stage-presence' as worthy reasons to take first place out of a total of 9 acts, followed closely by The Elastics who were first runners up.

Congratulations guys! Keep an ear out for big things from both bands in the near future.

Fancy a trip to cloud 9?

We mean the festival of course… This year's Cloud 9 Festival line up has been announced and it is pretty sweet. Kid British, The Sport, Underground Heroes and DJ's including Xpress 2, More EC and Matthias Tanzmann will perform over 4 arenas.

The music event will host graffiti artists, painters and beat-boxers and will even caters the trusty hog roast. The shindig will take place on Saturday 7 August at Love Lane Farm, Sandbach. For more info and for tickets visit the Cloud 9 website .

July gigs you missed

3 July: This year's Piccadilly Circus Sanity Fair street festival in Hanley. The Sport (guaranteed to be messy) with The Fears, Mistaken For Strangers, Molotov Revival, Cut Out Dreamers and Dead Radio Society providing an excellent build up. For information visit the Facebook site .

3 July: Night Of The Dog 5 fest which is in a field in Lower Tean...

16 July: The Fears @ The Sugarmill

16 July: Troops of Mafeking, Electric Kools & Barely Civilised @ The Box, Crewe

17 July: Elastics @ The Sugarmill, Hanley

23 July: Sumofly, The Disappointments and DJ Sweet Jayne @ The Full Moon, Newcastle

23 July: Burntwood Unsigned Bands Festival - featuring Thieves Like Us, The Lean Yellows, Fountain of Youth and more @ Burntwood Rugby Club, South Staffordshire. For full line up visit the website

24 July: The Control @ The Sugarmill, Hanley

25 July: Sgt Wolfbanger @ The Sugarmill, Hanley. Last ever gig!

31 July: Penkhull Jazz and Blues Festivald will feature artists including House on Fire, Sarah Miller, Steve Hayes & Les Hunt and Paul Gibson. For the full line up and artist schedule visit Stoke Sounds . This year's supported charity is the Heart of Penkhull Appeal.

Reporting what's happening on the local unsigned bands scene is just part of what the SubCulture show does.

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