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Staffordshire unsigned bands & gig news - August 2010
By Sam Ostrouchow

Corporation One
The Corporation (One) could be this year's unsigned big ones

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

Here you'll see what we were reporting in August 2010, but, if you have any news, even if it's further in the future, just let us know.

August news included a plea for Ozzy to come home, Corporation One at the Unsigned finals, a punk fest, and no more Lies - plus gigs!

Sam Ostrouchow updated the news every Friday.

Thanks to all of you for the news snippets that you send in. Please keep the bits coming - just send us stuff via e-mail .

NEWS (and Gossip) in August 2010

No more lies

The Lies
The Lies won't be telling untruths anymore. Sadly.

Local boys The Lies had their last ever gig at the Underground on Friday 13 August. Seems a good date...
The split seems to be due to the fact that the band members are now living all across the country making time to practice and record almost impossible.

Do not fear though Lies fans! Each member will be getting involved in a new project and when they do you will be the first to hear it on Subculture!

Giro junkies do Dylan

Yet more local music winners! Whoop!

Congratulations to local-ites Giro Junkie whose competitiveness has won them a place performing at the Bob Dylan Festival in Manchester on Friday 27 August.

When asked how he felt front man Rich Bloor replied: "...we are really keen to be involved in the event, both as a tip of the hat to the great man, and a chance to begin putting Giro Junkie in front of a new audience in Manchester.' Catch them at the m19 Bar , Levenshulme Village. For the full line up visit the Bob Dylan Festival website

Cameleonz show their armpits - to the crowd's acclaim

Stoke talent to hit seaside resort

An array of talent from Stoke on Trent is heading to Rhyl's Fun in the Sun music bonanza festival on Saturday 28 August.

The line up features the Stoke on Trent duo Cameleonz - who have been praised by loadsa people including Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams' dad -, Stoke's Got Talent 2009 winner Sue Anagib, Michael Tremble, Amity, and Martin and Cole from Leek's Got Talent.
Big hitters Bay City Rollers and China Crisis will also be appearing alongside the Staffordshire artists.

Local band make it to the 02!

Hats off to Stoke's own The Corporation - aka Corporation One - who have made it to the regional (Midlands) finals of the Surface Unsigned battle of the bands. The indie/rock four piece have been selected from over 1200 artists to appear as one of the final 64 at the 02 Academy, Birmingham on 29 August.

I am sure I among many wishing them the best of luck!

Trevor and Cathy Golton
Pub owners invite Ozzy Osbourne for lunch

Calling Ozzy Osbourne

Owners of a village pub are urging Ozzy Osbourne to return home. Trevor and Cathy Golton own the Hand and Cleaver pub in Ranton Green, near Stafford, which is only a few yards away from Ozzy's former cottage on Butt Lane.

The pub has been referred to by The Black Sabbath frontman as a 'place of inspiration' within his Sunday Times column 'ask Dr Ozzy' and has had numerous mentions in his autobiography.

Trevor and Cathy are not shy of feeding rock stars. Their previous establishment in Suffolk was within minutes of Radio 1 DJ, the late John Peel's home, whose session bands were pub regulars.
Owner-chef Trevor thinks it is time that Ozzy made a revisit to refresh his memory.

Skinless Finger single launch

Skinless Finger
Skinless Finger are starting out on the lonely road to fame

The latest single from Skinless Finger has been unveiled. The band performed the new track at their EP launch party at Debees, Winsford in early August.
Check out their latest single 'Outta Here' on their Myspace .

Leeds and Reading Introducing stage

The BBC Introducing stage line up at Leeds and Reading 2010 has now been announced!
Unfortunately there is no Staffordshire talent on the bill this time, but there will be plenty of future opportunities so keep them songs coming in via the BBC Uploader!

New record label

Staffordshire based independent record label Thus Records are launching their first release, 'Building Bridges'.

Ian and Lisa Jervis (from the band Risen from Ruins) front the label which promotes artists 'who are struggling to get exposure through the major Christian labels'. The compilation album showcases award winning Pilipino artist Kichie Nadal, Vlada from Switzerland, Claudia Santiago from Canada, Lebanese band Beatraid and various other international artists.
Featured British acts include Andi Oakes, Throne Room, Liz Clarke, Risen from Ruins, Joseph Beggs and Lisa Donnelly.

Lost Scenes
Lost Scenes have a new scene - check the site

Lost Scenes find new music

Local boys Lost Scenes have a new look website, new gig dates and have added some new music for fans to digest. Check out their new sound via their MySpace page

Lady Gaga in Northwood Park?

Stoke Pride at Northwood Park, Stoke-on-Trent is one of a number of festivals taking place on Saturday 14 August.
The Lady Gaga themed Stoke Pride 2010 will commence at 2pm featuring street performers, dancers, live music, food, drink and face-painting (got to love the face-painting). The follow up party is at The Club from 9pm onwards.

The line up includes Phoenix, Jade Wilkinson, Hollie Lucas and Steven Ayres on the community stage; and Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga and Boy George tribute acts on the main stage. Entrance is free! For further information and the detailed line up visit the website .

Summer Jam logo
We all love summer jam, don't we? But make ours REALLY sweet

Subculture team to help present Leek Summer Jam

Leek Summer Jam hosts its second yearly event on Saturday 14 August with our very own Subculture BBC Introducing team presenting the main stage! As Rob and Scotty fight over the mic, our very own in house DJ Mark Askew will be spinning decks on the sidelines.

The main stage will host This Machine is Off, The Ritzz, The Sport and Tequila Lips. There will also be a dance tent and an acoustic stage featuring Sliphouse Fairies, Stoned Soul Soundsystem, Audiomill, Kayleigh Knight (check her out if you missed her at Wilkestock in July) and Fetch the Witches. Advanced tickets and further information are available via the website.

Gervais supporting oatcakes

Celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Derren Brown, Face from A Team, Kate Nash and Flight of the Conchords have been been papped supporting Oatcake Day!
The event takes place on 8th August at The Sugarmill, Hanley, in order to raise money for a local children's charity.

Local acts Friends of Ken, Sworn to Oath, Hello Big World and Round in Circles will be showcasing at the event and you can even grab your own oatcake to munch whilst enjoying some darn good music! For more info check out the Facebook site or visit the official website where you can check out the impressive line up of celebs supporting Oatcake Day, though, unfortunately not everyone looks as tantastic as David Dickinson…

Stafford talent revealed

The Metrognome
The Metrognome have chosen the Gatehouse on their way to world domination

This year's Gig at the Gatehouse takes place on 16 August at the MET Studio, Gatehouse Theatre Stafford.

The confirmed line up features Emily Heath, Dan Cropper and Regards (who have played alongside The Holloways and Mystery Jets). The evening also features The Metrognome who devised the gig as an opportunity for local talent to strut their musical stuff in front of a large audience.
Last year was a sell out so grab your tickets from any of the artists or from the Gatehouse Theatre.

Cheshire's got talent!

If you're aged between 11-18 and fancy proving yourself as the next big thing in music then get involved with the Upbeat Music Campaign.

Across Cheshire this summer holidays Cheshire Police are encouraging any wannabe solo singers and groups to write, perform and record an original three minute song based on any topic listed on the Upbeat website . The winners can lap up the fame with the chance to live a day as a rock star, a session in a recording studio, airtime on selected radio stations and a photographic album cover design. All entries will be posted on the Cheshire Police Youtube site so what have you got to lose? All entries need to be entered by 16 August and can be emailed to upbeat@cheshire.pnn.police.uk or posted on DVD/CD via the address listed on the Upbeat website .
Good luck!

Gigs you missed

1 August: Wilkestock at The Wilkes Head, Leek. Michelle Martin, Tequila Lips, El Vino, The Woolley Jumpers, Kayleigh Knight and Zombie Economy are amongst many performing at the all-day festival.

6 August: Grand Final of the Tamworth Battle of The Bands

7 August: Complete Stone Roses with support from The Targets and Blunderbuss Benefit @ The Box, Crewe.

8 August: Six Towns Carnival in Hanley Park. The headlining act is Julian Marley, son of the late great Bob himself

Cloud 9 Festival poster
Cloud 9 - what a way to start August off...

7 August: Cloud 9 Festival with Kid British, Underground Heroes, The Sport & Xpress 2 @ Love Lane Farm, Sandbach

8 August: Oatcake Day! @ The Sugarmill, Hanley, featuring Hello Big World and Friends of Ken and yummy yummy oatcakes

13 August: The Lies @ The Sugarmill, Hanley

13 August: The Fears and Sort Code @ The Full Moon, Newcastle

13 August: Indie band Bromheads (previously Bromheads Jacket) play with support from Stoke's own Vellocet, Crewe's own The Variets and Winsford's The Scoundrels @ The Box, Crewe

14 August: Leek Summer Jam featuring The Rittz, This Machine is Off, and Tequila Lips @ Leek. Stoned Soul Soundsystem will take over the dance tent into the hours of darkness. There are over 100 acts confirmed so far with more to follow. For more information visit the website

17 August: The King Blues with The Fortunas @ Sugarmill

21 August: Cry Baby and The Hoochie Boys (rhythm and blues) @ The Full Moon, Newcastle

21 August: Long Time Dead @ The Sugarmill, Hanley

21-22 August: V-Festival 2010 featuring Kasabian, Paul Wellor, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics & Faithless @ Weston Park, Staffordshire. It's sold out, but you can still see photos from previous years

23 August: Undiscovered Soul @ Fat Cat Café Bar, Hanley

25 August: Kids in Glass Houses @ The Sugarmill, Hanley

27 August: Rock & Indie Night at the Nantwich Civic Hall in South Cheshire - to help raise money for the charity Whizz Kidz with The Retrospectives, The Lockdown, The Acoustic Trio, The Escape and The Sunday Afternoons.

SoT Punk Festival poster
The city's punk festival sees Vice Squad headlining

28 August: 2010 Stoke-on-Trent Punk & Ska Festival from 12pm at The Green Star in Smallthorne in Stoke-on-Trent. The line up includes Vice Squad, Superyob, Wasted Life, The Rough Kutz and The Noise Agents with many more.

28 - 30 August: The Eclipse @ The Full Moon Festival, Newcastle. RoughKutz will play the Saturday with Bleached Wail on the Sunday.

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

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