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HARVEST SUN's plans for NYE 2011
It's been another good year for the dudes at Harvest Sun Promotions, playing host to another range of excellent shows over the past 12 months. Working alongside several other promoters in the city (Sound City, Liverpool Music Week, Evol, Samizdat, Mean Fiddler et al), they have helped to enrich Liverpool's music palate this year, bringing us some great gigs. Harvest Sun are working with us and Static Gallery to bring you a special New Year's Eve Extravaganza show to send 2011 out on a high, details of which you can find below. While we had them there we thought we'd find out if the boys were feeling festive. Here's what they had to say...
Bido Lito!: Season's greetings Harvest Sun, are you feeling festive?
Harvest Sun: We're right in the swing of things over at Harvest Sun HQ. We've even been to town and helped our girlfriends with their bags. Elf has been on the telly & the Christmas tree is up.
BL!: Before we get in to all that Christmassy stuff, we’ll have a quick look back at the year gone by. 2011 was another great year for shows for you - Wooden Shjips, Roddy Frame, The High Llamas and the Graduale Nobili Choir stood out for us - did you felt as though you moved on in terms of what shows you put on? What were your highlights?
HS: I think we carried on from where we left off. Just a lot more shows than 2010. All the bands we put on are bands that we want to see. We're selfish like that. But we'd have to say Wooden Shjips and Gruff Rhys in particular stood out.
Wooden Shjips by Jennifer Pellegrini Gruff Rhys by John Johnson
BL!: Looking ahead to next year, you've got some great stuff already booked for 2012 - The War On Drugs at The Kazimier (23rd Feb) and Veronica Falls (8th March) are ones we're particularly looking forward to. Looks like you'll be starting 2012 with a bang.
HS: We've got a few nice gigs booked in, haven't we? Josh Rouse stands out on a personal level. We've been trying to get him on since day one.
BL!: Pick 3 bands/artists that, in an ideal world, you could put on in Liverpool in 2012 that would make the year perfect.
HS: This is a tough one this... The same three keep cropping up... Neil Young, Fleet Foxes & Shack.
BL!: Ahead of all this though, you've got a great show at Static on New Year's Eve. Who is playing?
HS: We've got Loved Ones, The Sundowners, Endeci, It's Murder Beams & Grand Lunar who'll be keeping the masses entertained for the duration and CntMxWntMx, Bido & our good selves Deejing in between the bands and into the long hours. For £6, you'd be mad to go anywhere else this New Year's Eve.
BL!: You’d have to be stark raving mad to miss that one! It looks like a bit of a 'Class of 2012' line-up: are these ones to definitely keep an eye on for next year?
HS: We'd so say so, yeah. As well as a whole host of other great bands that the city has been churning out for the past year or so.
Wild Palms / Loved Ones / The Bido Lito! Podcast by Bido Lito!
Wild One / The Sundowners / The Bido Lito! Podcast by Bido Lito!
BL!: Last year's NYE party at Static was amazing, and answered all those 'what to do at New Year' conundrums. Is going to a great gig the best way to see in the New Year?
HS: New Year's Eve is always a bit 'meh' isn't it. Waiting at the bar for hours, getting elbowed by once-a-year drinkers, prices shooting through the roof. There'll be none of that at Static. Live music until the early hours, bliss. Basically it's up to people how they see in their New Year but on a personal level I couldn't think of anything better to do.
BL!: Finally, a little bit about the festive season: are you planning on overindulging on food and mulled wine while watching Escape To Victory?
HS: Open prezzies (5 pairs of slippers), see family, Christmas dinner, Queen’s Speech, fall asleep in front of the telly... typical Christmas day in our house.
BL!: Give us two songs that'll be on your record player while you're eating your mince pies and opening your prezzies.
HS: Just one - The Wonderfulsound Libraries: 'Sounds like Christmas'
It's Christmas innit, so we thought we'd remind you of the competition that the dudes at Harvest Sun are running with us at the moment. They are giving one lucky Bido reader a pair of tickets to FOUR of their early shows of 2012 - now that's some prize, especially when you see what's coming up! LANTERNS ON THE LAKE (19th January), JOSH ROUSE & THE LONG VACATIONS (26th January), THE WAR ON DRUGS (23rd February), and COLD SPECKS (24th February) are the shows that make up this special festive bundle. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is answer the following question:
Beardrock.com interviewed Lanterns On The Lake about beards, day jobs and childhood dreams. What did Lanterns' guitarist Paul say was his childhood dream?
A) To play for Tranmere B) To be a fighter pilot C) To design Lego models
Send your answer to email@example.com, and clear your diary for those dates! The closing date for entries is Christmas Day. The first ten correct answers will be placed in a big pink Santa hat, the winner drawn at random and notfied by email. Good luck!