Gloucester Guildhall Presents Underground Festival

Gloucester Guildhall Presents

Underground Festival

For an unsigned/emerging bands festival, many of the bands seem to have already emerged, or been snapped up by record labels.  Nice work.

Big things are happening with Gloucester Guildhall’s Underground Festival in September. Clash Magazine have just offered to sponsor Gloucester Guildhall’s first two day indoor festival and both headliners of the festival (Chapel Club and The Joy Formidable) are going out on the NME Radar tour the next day. Bands previously playing the NME tour include Coldplay, The Killers and La Roux.  So we really could be seeing a huge name on the brink of stardom.

On top of this, recently confirmed Pulled Apart By Horses have released a self-titled debut album to critical acclaim and Futures have just signed to Mercury Records with their debut due out next year.

BAD NEWS (but good news really!)
The Shimmer have unfortunately pulled out of the festival due to their untimely demise. Instead of just booking a like for like replacement, Gloucester Guildhall thought it might be nice to offer a local band the chance to open the main stage in their place. So they are doing just that.

If you want to be in with a chance of opening the festival, here’s what you’ve got to do:

1)Email a link to to your Myspace/website, or somewhere they can hear your music (Please please please DO NOT email MP3s, as that’ll clog inboxes and make people upset, and you won’t win).

2) Please include as much info about the band as poss – any supports you’ve had, press, radio play etc. (make it relevant though, they don’t want to know what your gran’s cat is called)

3) They will then pick SIX bands to perform at a Battle of the Bands type affair at Gloucester’s Cafe Rene on Thursday 23rd September, two days before the festival.

4) The band that they decide is best on the night will open the main stage at the festival on Saturday 25th September.


As you should already know the main stage will be in the Guildhall’s 400 capacity theatre,  showcasing some of the best upcoming bands in the country.  Just the other side of the bar is the Cinema Stage, which will feature acoustic talent with the odd bit of electronica thrown in. On top of that a lounge is being set up the art gallery, with performances curated by Risk and Consequence fanzine. This is mainly for local acts, and there are still slots available on this stage, so if you’re in a band, please get in touch!

The Band line up so far includes:

Chapel Club
The Joy Formidable
Egyptian Hip-Hop
Pulled Apart By Horses
The Xcerts
Morning Parade
Japanese Voyeurs
Little Fish
Plus Many MANY more.

On top of this Gloucester Guildhall have lined up some of the nations hottest indie labels to man the DJ decks for the weekend. Oh, and one of the biggest Rock magazines too.

Saturday will see Pip from Friends vs. Records (The Joy Formidable, Dinosaur Pileup, Rogues, Canterbury, Soft Toy Emergency etc.) playing a solo set.

Sunday will see a four-way tag-team match, with Kev from Big Scary Monsters (Kevin Devine blah) and Jack from Alcopop! (The Candle Thieves, Stagecoach, Elephants, Aspen Sails, My First Tooth) going up against Alex from Holy Roar (Rolo Tomassi, Throats, Maths, Holy State) and Ben from Rock Sound magazine.

So to summarise….

Saturday: Friends vs. Records
Sunday: Big Scary Monsters + Alcopop! vs. Holy Roar + Rock Sound

Full details  Twitter Feed – @undergroundfest

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th September 2010 // Tickets £25 for the weekend, £15 for each day

For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at

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