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Dermot O'Leary

July 16, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Turin Brakes record lullabies for BBC Dermot O’Leary show

TB-studio5-12_credit_Andy_WillsherTurin Brakes have recorded a series of lullaby for Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show. Last Saturday, the first song “to help the nation’s toddlers go to sleep.”

Tune in here at 2 hours and 52 minutes to first here Red Moon (the EP version) and then the first lullaby at 2.55, a cover Somebody’s Calling My Name. Not sure whether these are made by Olly and Gale or the full band (since it’s mainly guitars and vocals on this one). The other two lullabies will be aired over the next weeks at the end of each show.

As far as I know the lullabies are exclusive to the show (Gomez and The Magic Numbers have also done them) and are not planned to be released anywhere else as yet. But one can hope… And if every lullaby is preceded by another Turin Brakes track, that’s great too ;).




turin brakes wakefield

June 24, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Turin Brakes play brand new Unity Works venue for charity

turin brakes wakefieldTurin Brakes are playing a brand new venue in Wakefield called Unity Works, with all profits from the show donated to The Wakefield Hospice. The multi-purpose music and arts venue, formerly known as Unity Hall, will be welcoming our favourite band on 14 November 2014.The building work for Unity Works is on track for completion by early September. Once it is ready, Unity Works will have three performance spaces, the 700 capacity major hall, the minor hall with a 150 capacity and the glass-fronted cafe for more informal performance.

Tickets cost 20 GBP. All details here.

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June 13, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes return to The Netherlands

Schermafbeelding 2014-06-13 om 17.59.03Turin Brakes are set to return to The Netherlands with a show at W2 in Den Bosch on Sunday 12 October 2014. This is the first time the country gets to hear songs from the We Were Here album and has at least one superfan completely excited that they’re playing less than an hour from his hometown (me!).

Last time the band played The Netherlands was in November 2010 for an exclusive show in Eindhoven. We’re hoping this show will be accompanied by another gig somewhere else in the country. The W2 does sometime livestream gigs via their website, so let’s hope that is the case this time for those of you abroad. :)

Tickets cost 14 EUR and are available from here - the gig kicks off at 8.30 PM.


June 10, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Turin Brakes return to Folk in the Barn in Canterbury

Good news, Turin Brakes return to the lovely Canterbury to play songs from We Were Herand some other ones too! Turin Brakes played several Folk in the Barn gigs during the pre-Outbursts era. Now they will play their Gulbenkian venue on 19 September 2014. Nick Harper will be supporting. Info here, tickets here. 20 GBP for regular folk, 18 GBP for students.

Kevin Pearce Dynamite

June 9, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Listen now: Kevin Pearce collaborates with Olly and Tom McRae

Well, I’m a little bit excited today because Olly and my favourite singer/songwriter Tom McRae have collaborated with Kevin Pearce, who supported Turin Brakes on the We Were Here tour last year. This marks the first time my favourite songwriter and band appear on the same track, called Bedlam, and Kevin Pearce made it all happen. Kevin’s new album Dynamite will be released in October, and presumably features this song too. Like Kevin on Facebook to keep up to date with his happenings. And for now, enjoy the song:


June 8, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

[Etherish] Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall (+ videos!)

I’ve been meaning to write about the recent gig I attended, so here it finally is… Early May I flew to the UK to see Turin Brakes play Queen Elizabeth Hall. It was about 6 months after the last time I saw the guys, in London and Brighton on the We Were Here tour. On the radio (XFM), Turin Brakes promised this would be a different affair from those shows and there would be some tricks up their sleeves. I’d say we were not disappointed.

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June 4, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

New interview with Global Texan Chronicles

In a recent interview with Global Texan Chronicles, Gale talks a bit about jamming with other artists and future plans:

How are you doing today? At the moment you´re taking a little break from touring. Are you giving yourselves a few moments of rest or are you doing other kinds of work?

We pretty much always have a gig lined up… gigs can be very fulfilling its the best bit really . We have started to do writing / jamming sessions with other upcoming artists. We used to always say no but these days I think of it as being a builder building a wall – you get to look back at the end of the day and see something that didn’t exist this morning , you might love it or not, it might be a very important wall that could end up building a house or it could just be a wall  but mainly it didn’t exist this morning and you could only have built it with those people there.

Let me ask you straight are you in the state of planning, writing or recording something new already?

I guess we’re  planning. We pretty much know when and how. There’s always stuff being written. We just have to pinpoint a final destination to aim at.

The whole interview by Claudia Price is worth a read :). So check it!


June 2, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

UK Green Film Festival ‘Musicwood’ screening features Turin Brakes set

Bringing an exceptional line-up of international award-winning films with an environmental theme to cinemas all over the country, the annual UK Green Film Festival is back to inspire and entertain a nationwide audience. Our favourite band, Turin Brakes, is playing a short acoustic set before the screening of documentary MusicWood, which features their music, on June 5 (my birthday ;)). This will be exclusive to the Hackney Picture House screening in London, but the great documentary will be screened in other locations as well.


Olly, Gale and Rob will perform a very short set before the screening of the documentary Musicwood, synopsis: “The world’s most famous guitar-makers are on a desperate mission to stop Native American loggers from devastating a primeval forest, threatening their own culture and the future of the acoustic guitar.”



May 23, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Turin Brakes play new Whisky Festival in Manchester (+ headline show)

The Whisky Sessions is a brand new music and whisky festival taking place at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on Friday 21 & Saturday 22 November 2014. Turin Brakes are playing on Saturday 22 November right before headliners Gomez. Featuring 24 bands, two stages, whisky tastings, specialist bars with a great range of whiskies, cocktails, beers & ciders, a street food zone, and a Whisky Hotel, The Whisky Sessions is a unique music experience with a whisky twist!

It sounds like a perfect evening to me ;). Other bands playing on the Saturday are: The Riptide Movement, Marcus Bonfanti, The Young Folk, Rainy Boy Sleep. On Friday the lineup is: I am Kloot, Admiral Fallow, Matthew And The Atlas, Treetop Flyers, Jon Allen, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo and Lisbee Stainton.

Tickets are on sale here and cost 35 GBP (55 GBP for VIP tickets). Each ticket includes a limited number of whisky tastings in the Whisky Hotel on site.

If you prefer to see Turin Brakes play a full headline show in Manchester, there’s a few weeks before in Academy 3 in Manchester. Tickets here.