Aereogramme call it a day

Aereogramme call it a day

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Scottish four-piece Aereogramme have announced that they are to split up. The band, credited with crafting intelligent, innovative alternative/progressive rock for the past nine years, across four albums, are currently in the midst of a UK and European tour, with their last appearance to take place at the new Connect festival in Inverary. The band said of their decision: ‘Reasons are multiple and complex. It is however fair to say that the never ending financial struggle coupled with an almost superhuman ability to dodge the zeitgeist have taken their toll, ensuring that we just don’t have any fight left in us. We want to thank you all for listening to our music and coming to our shows over the years. You have given us a glimpse of something truly special.’

For details of forthcoming tour dates please see www.aerogramme.co.uk (AR)

• The award-winning online restaurant service, 5pm.co.uk has launched a new look website, which includes a new ‘people’s’ culinary review site. It is hoped that this service will help build a world class restaurant scene in Scotland as well as making it easier for visitors to make informed choices about where to eat out. The site, which already has more than 175,000 registered users, has expanded to include deals on relaxing spas and events such as cookery courses and cocktail classes plus tickets for various other events across the UK.

• The UK’s bustling festivals calendar has inadvertently spawned an innovative new environmental scheme. A Greener Festival has been set up in response to the perceived environmental impact of festivals, such as the £250,000 landfill bill created by Download Festival and Michael Eavis’ barn full of discarded welly boots at Glastonbury. The team behind independent website www.agreenerfestival.com have established a voluntary award scheme to acknowledge individual festivals’ commitment to environmentally friendly practices. Co-founder Ben Challis said: ‘We don’t expect festivals to be able to meet every single point on our check list but they need at the very least to have a coherent transport and travel policy promoting public transport; they must consider ways to reduce waste and pollution; they must have recycling on site and they must protect the environment and protect wildlife.’ For more information see www.agreenerfestival.com


(Picture: Henning Lohner, courtesy of Mode Records)

• A short season of films celebrating the life and work of US composer John Cage is to take place at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse from Thursday 21-Sunday 24 June. The programme opens with a screening of 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, a legendary series of theatre, dance, music and performances that incorporated new technology, presented at the New York 69th Regiment Armory in the Autumn of 1966. The innovative 1993 documentary, Revenge of the Dead Indians honours the composer and artist, and is structured according to the compositional methods employed by Cage, with contributions from Dennis Hopper, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, and musicians Frank Zappa and Yoko Ono. There will also be screenings of short films documenting Cage’s ambitious collaborations with the likes of choreographer Merce Cunningham (Variations V), and filmmaker Henning Lohner on Cage’s only feature-length film, One. Filmmaker Peter Greenaway’s documentary on the composer will be screened on Sunday 24 June, while the season is rounded off with the premiere of a new documentary on Cage’s landmark composition 4’33”, his best-known work, whose three movements take place without a single note being played. www.filmhousecinema.com

• There’s still a chance to catch the closing gigs of the annual Tigerfest music festival, organised by Edinburgh promoters Baby Tiger, which is showcasing the finest Scottish acts at venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dunfermline throughout May. Chemikal Underground signings De Rosa, whose album Mend has been gathering critical plaudits, are supported by Edinburgh’s angular new-wavers Private Jackson at the Loft (above Edinburgh’s Three Sister’s pub) on Saturday 26. www.tigerfest.co.uk

• Acclaimed UK band The Crimea have announced unprecedented plans to release their second album Secrets of the Witching Hour as a free download through their own label, Free, Two, One. While a CD version of the record will still be for sale in the conventional manner, the band are hoping the album will ‘stand as a lasting tribute to an audacious commercial and artistic move that will inspire other artists to think beyond the traditional record company model.’

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