Saturday, 31 July 2010

WolvesCivic Cup 10: Joshua Radin V Job for a Cowboy

First, well done to Arch Enemy (25th Nov - tickets) who beat Crystal Castles (11th Oct - tickets) in the 9th bout of the WolvesCivic Cup

Now it's time for another ill-matched duel with 2 unlikely contenders - pitching METAL against FOLK

get voting now:

Job for a Cowboy


Joshua Radin

Friday, 30 July 2010

Road to Wolves: Family Force 5, Ian Watkins, Peter Murphy, Vanity of Kings and Out of Sight

Vanity of Kings have had a bumpy start to their UK tour. Seems the first night went well, and was pretty "messy" by all accounts - here's what they said on their Twitter account "Mart was sick, Greg got himself a new sofa. And the rest of passed out". Unfortunately the band were unable to play their show in Stoke after their van broke down. The guys play The Slade Rooms on Saturday night - tickets here

Twilight: Ecplise fans and old-school goths both getting very excited about the arrival of
Peter Murphy at the Slade Rooms on Sunday (tickets here). The former Bauhaus singer - who features in the hit vampire movie - will be peforming his solo work - wonder if he'll throw in any Bauhaus classics?
Sounds like Out of Sight had a great night at the Kerrang Awards - nominated for Best British Newcomer. Sadly they were pipped to the post by Rise to Remain. Catch them at the Slade Rooms on Wednesday (tickets here)

And finally definitely worth getting your tickets for
Family Force 5 if you are planning on coming along on Thursday (tickets here). Supported by Ian Watkins (Lostprophets) DJ outfit L'amour La Morgue some of the other dates on the tour are already sold out.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

WolvesCivic Cup 9: Arch Enemy V Crystal Castles

Congratulations to
After a VERY close fight from the start, Korn (9 Oct tickets here) just edged it through to victory and now go through to the next round of the WolvesCivic Cup!

For the past few weeks we've been choosing our favourite bands who are playing in Wolverhampton soon!

So this time it's the battle of the female fronted bands - but 2 very different ones ...

Arch Enemy


Crystal Castles

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

3 Daft Monkeys are coming to The Slade Rooms

We're very excited to announce that 3 Daft Monkeys are comeing to the Slade Rooms on 3rd November

Tough to classify, this lot - but think rousing vocals, frenetic fiddling, 12-string guitar, dancing bass and foot drum

The band have been busy this year writing and recording a new album, which is titled "The Antiquated and The Arcane" and are now sorting a release date!!

Tickets also available from Midland Box Office: 0870 320 7000

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Monday, 26 July 2010

36 Crazyfists interview - pt 1 - the new album!

36 Crazyfists release their new album "Collision and Castaways" today! (July 26th). Here is part 1 of an interview with Brock Lindow!

They play the Wolves Wulfrun Hall in November along with Roadrunner labelmates Devildriver

Sunday, 25 July 2010

WolvesCivic Cup 8: Korn v The Human League

First, big congratulations to Cheap Trick (8th Nov tickets) who thoroughly trounced the Magic Numbers in the latest WolvesCivic Cup vote.
They go through to the next round.

Just joined us? No idea what the WolvesCivic Cup is?

Every 3 days we pitch 2 bands against each other and let everyone pick their favourite - we're in the preliminary rounds so far, then the later rounds will follow!

So, todays' new vote is now live and it is ..



The Human League

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Comedian Simon Munnery to play Slade Rooms

Comedian Simon Munnery has confirmed a show at the Slade Rooms on 12 March

Children of the 70's and 80's may remember him as Alan Parker Urban Warrior (check out the video clip below), Since then he's been getting a Perrier Award, and done 6 years in a row at Edinburgh Fringe with "Simon Munnery’s Annual General Meeting at the Edinburgh Fringe (a rag-bag of unrelated yet brilliantly conceived jokes, ideas and sketches famously described as “the closest comedy is to being modern art” and regularly as “a Fringe institution”)

And now he brings his "Self Employed" show to the Slade Rooms

More at his website

Tickets priced £10.00 are available from Midland Box Office: 0870 320 7000 or online at

Thursday, 22 July 2010

WolvesCivic Cup 7: Cheap Trick V The Magic Numbers

Well the WolvesCivic Cup continues ... where YOU vote to choose the best band playing the Wolves Civic this year!

Already some big names have gone through - including Feeder, Fun Lovin Criminals and Carl Barat.

The latest vote pitched City of Fire (Burton C Bells other band) against Hayseed Dixie and the winner was


(Playing 24th Sept - tickets)

Congratulation to those guys -they go through to the next round!

The next vote is now LIVE ... here goes ..

(Sun 3rd Oct - tickets)


(Mon 8th Nov - tickets)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

UB40 approve of this band: Kid British THIS Friday

One of the most exciting bands around at the moment, Kid British, are playing the Slade Rooms on Friday night!

If you like Jamie T, King Blues as well Blur, The Specials and ska-punk then you will love this lot!

Check out some of their tunes in the video slideshow below, and CLICK HERE for more information on the show and to buy tickets - do NOT miss out!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The Road to Wolves 9: You Me At Six, Kid British, Plan B,Paloma Faith, Feeder and The Magic Numbers

You Me At Six premiere their new video this week, for the single Stay With Me - head to their Youtube page (here) tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5ish to see it. The band head to the Wolves Civic for TWO dates in December (139 days to go - tickets here)

A few of our upcoming artists have been on the PR trail this week, popping into various radio stations to record sessions and interviews

Kid British stopped off at Radio 2 for an acoustic set (3 days to go - tickets here), whilst The Magic Numbers were interviewed by 6Music. (75 days to go - tickets here)

Plan B's also been busy - he's posted an interview - with himself - onto his Facebook page (here) - check it out here - it's great - we find out about his inspiration from the Prodigy and more ...(226 days to go - tickets here)

After a short stint out on the road Feeder have got their heads down and are back working in the studio. We can only presume they're working on B-sides, as their brand new album only came out recently! 97 days to go - tickets here

And finally disappointment for Paloma Faith - no Mercury nomination today but she HAS vowed to go for it next time and - bless her - has send her congratulations to the short list! aww - 104 days to go - tickets here

Monday, 19 July 2010

WolvesCivic Cup 6: Hayseed Dixie V City of Fire (feat Burton C Bell)

Well after being neck-and-neck at first, Fun Lovin Criminals eventually took the victory in the latest battle of the WolvesCivic Cup, beating fellow 90's legends Reef.

They go onto the next round - along with Feeder, Family Force Five, Carl Barat and The Wedding Present - but who goes through next?

This time it's the heavy sounds on Burton C Bells "other" band, City of Fire, against country and western covers band Hayseed Dixie ...

Hayseed Dixie
(24 Sept tickets here)


City of Fire (Burton C Bell)
(3 Oct tickets here)

Sunday, 18 July 2010

The Doors: your favourite song?

Tonight a very special show is coming to Wolverhampton ...An Evening with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (details and tickets here) we ask you:

What is YOUR favourite Doors song?

Saturday, 17 July 2010

The Wedding Present ... the feedback

Sounds like sold-out show by The Wedding Present on Thursday 16th was a stormer with a lot of people saying very nice things about both the band and our venue The Slade Rooms:

Via Facebook Claire Edwards said: "Brilliant, just as you said lol. Great venue too, i loved the little civic, shame it closed, but hey, you still have chandeliers!"

Also - a nice short clip of the gig here - recorded on an iPhone, but sounds great

Tom Fellows was the lovely chap DJing that night - he took some great pics - here

If you took any pics, comment below with the link, let us all have a look!

Oh, and as you're online - why not find us on some the social networks?

Youtube Playlists - all kinds of goodies in here!

Friday, 16 July 2010

WolvesCivic Cup 5: Fun Lovin' Criminals V Reef

Well first BIG congratulations to Carl Barat ...

The Libertines / Dirty Pretty Things guitarist safely beat Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus fame - tickets) to win the latest WolvesCivic Cup battle. He goes through to the next round. (buy tickets for Carls solo show)

So this time it's the battle of the 90's alternative legends ... and I cannot even being to guess who might win this one!
We want a clean fight guys, plenty of LIKING and Retweeting on the social networks and tell everyone about this vote -it's a massive one!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

The road to Wolves 8: Feeder, Plan B, Sepultura, Tigertailz and Kid British

Tigertailz have parted company with drummer Matt Blakout. It all sound pretty amicable, with the rest of the band wishing him well with his future projects AND they want to assure us that the date at the Wolves Slade rooms is definitely still ON 93 days to go (tickets here)

Congrats to Sim from Kid British - he and his lovely lady Char had a baby boy in the week -we're told both mum and baby are fine and the rest of the band are keen to get him learning an instrument asap!! - cue cute baby pic here . 8 days to go (tickets here)

We've been sent the details about Feeders new single, Renegades. It's the title track from their new album (their 7th) and is out on the 30th August. Formats-wise, it's being released digitally AND on 7" red vinyl via their label Big Teeth Music. Check out the album too, it's been getting some great reviews -"Renegades is not just a terrific album, but a charismatically intriguing, odd, alluring and unusual one as well" Kerrang! 102 days to go (tickets here)

Sepultura have now started their UK tour and sounds like they're having some fun with their music. According to a recent tweet the band said they were considering jamming a Def Leppard track at their show in Sheffield - lets hope they do something similar when the come to Wolves. Tweet the band and ask them - click here and don't forget to put @wolvescivic in your message 2 days to go (tickets here)

And you check out a rare version of Plan B performing Prayin' acoustically - HERE 231 days to go (tickets here)

UB40: the big news ...

In case you missed the announcement yesterday, BIG news from the UB40 camp.

To help celebrate their 30th anniversary, the band are heading out on the road to play their legendary d├ębut album, Signing Off, IN FULL and they've picked the Wolverhampton Civic Hall as one of the venues.

The date for the diary: 27th October - tickets on sale on FRIDAY 9am here

Originally released in August 1980, this is considered one of the greatest British reggae albums of ALL TIME and it spent 71 weeks in the charts, and went to number 2.

The band will also do a second set of the rest of their classic songs ... Have a listen to some of the songs from the album below

"2010 marks UB40’s 30th anniversary, three decades since we started this incredible journey. We had to ask ourselves “How can we celebrate? How can we say thanks to the fans for their unconditional support?” We decided to go back to where we started, downtown to the heart of the cities and the venues where we played our first gigs, then perform our first album ‘Signing Off’ in its entirety, something we have never done before. Of course, there will also be some surprises, but we’ll save them for the night.” UB40 saxophonist Brain Travers

Oh, and if your copy of the album is either buried in the loft, or has worn out, the record label are releasing a remastered version, with a bonus DVD .. enjoy!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

WolvesCivic Cup 4: Carl Barat V Peter Murphy

A week or so ago we launched our WolvesCivic Cup - to find the most popular band playing at the Wolves Civic over the next few months

The first round is underway, and already Feeder and The Wedding Present are through ... and for the last few days fans have been choosing between Family Force 5 and Kid British to join them

The winner, in a very popular battle, was eventually

Family Force 5


The next vote is now underway - and it's the battle of the men - formerly in well known bands, now going solo ...

Carl Barat (ex Libertines)


Peter Murphy (ex Bauhaus)

Start voting NOW!!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Korn play in mysterious crop circle

Nu-metallers Korn are playing that wierd gig tonight - inside a crop circle!

The band, who are due to play the Wolves Civic on 9th October 2010 (tickets here) will be setting up inside the design, which is 920 feet long anf 350 feet wide ...

Check it out here tonight -let us know if you watch it!

The bands new album Korn III - Remember Who You Are’, is out today , with first single, ‘Oildale (Leave Me Alone)’ is available now

Here's what the band have to say about it:

"The setting and the mood took us into a totally new direction musically. We took the opportunity to stretch out and experiment with the performance. I don't think we'll ever be the same," Jonathan Davies

"I felt like we were on some new frontier musically for Korn. This is definitely going to add a new dimension to our live shows."Guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer. "

Sunday, 11 July 2010

The road to Wolves 7: Plan B, Devildriver, Dweezil Zappa, Peter Murphy & Fun Lovin Criminals

First up, Plan B - who's been confirmed for the Pub Landlords Southbank Jukebox in London ... it's a charity event showcasing the best British comedy and music - so congrats to him for that - and don't forget to get your tickets for the Wolves show - 235 days to go (tickets here)

As previously reported here on The Road to Wolves, Devildriver have put together a documentary, which they are releasing bit by bit over the internet. Well, Chapter 2 is available to view now - click HERE for details 121 days to go (tickets here)

Do you fancy owning a big of goth history? Well Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy is selling off some of the bands rare Cd's etc ... it's all happening on Ebay - search "Bauhaus CLearance" on the auction site and see what you can pick up! 21 days to go (tickets here)

Dweezil Zappa's been uploading new songs to his profile HERE - there are already a host of tracks on there so hop along and get a taster of this talented guy. Plus it's a nice intro to him before he get here playing his dads back catalogue - 12 days to go (tickets here)

Talking of new music - The Fun Lovin Criminals have not some new music out, "Mister Sun" - watch the video and find out where to buy it HERE - big thumbs up from us here at the WolvesCivic. The band have also been spreading the word about a charity currently working out in Malawi. Called Temwa, they work with communities there - who could resist this picture - 69 days to go (tickets here)

Friday, 9 July 2010

Wolves Civic Cup 3: Kid British V Family Force 5

Thank you to everyone who voted in our latest poll - aka our little version of the World Cup

Every 3 days we put 2 bands against each other and YOU get to vote on which is your favourite!

The vote closed a few minutes ago and it was a very close run thing ...

The winner, eventually, was

The Wedding Present

So congratulations to them, they go through to the next round, along with Feeder - but who will join them?

We predict that this one is going to be a closely fought battle as we have

Meet Gundogs ... playing tonight!

Some great West Midlands talent playing the Slade Rooms tonight ...


The band have promised to make the night a bit of a tribute to Stuart Cable, who's band Killing for Company should have been supporting them.

A feisty 4-piece hailing from across the West Midlands check out a bit more of the band on their Myspace site

Gundogs ARE:
  • Leila Antony (Vocals / Rhythm Guitar)
  • Raven (Bass / Backing Vocals / Guitars / Keyboards)
  • Maria Rodriguez (Vocals / Lead Guitar)
  • Alex Reynolds (Drums)

Thursday, 8 July 2010

The Road to Wolves 6: Korn, Sepultura, Fun Lovin Criminals, The Magic Numbers and Feeder

A chance to see Korn in action before they get to Wolverhampton. They're doing a special webcast on Sunday night at 8pm EST. The very grandly titled "Korn Live: The Encounter A Concert for Korn III: Remember Who You Are" (phew) gets worldwide premiere on Monday 12th July via their Myspace site (link here). 93 days (tickets here)

Great news for Sepultura - they've sign to Nuclear Blast Records, and say they are currently working on a new album to release in 2011. 9 days (tickets here)

Fun Loving Criminals
have uploaded some new tracks onto their Myspace site. The songs, "Mister Sun", "How Low" and "WE, The Three" can be found by clicking here 72 days to go (tickets here)

The Magic Numbers are branching out into radio presenting. They've launched their OWN show called Magic Transistor Radio. Each week we'll play some of their favourite songs: CLick on the link here to find out more and have a listen 87 days to to (tickets here)

And finally it's been a busy week for Feeder. Their new album came out on Monday and there in the middle of a load of live festival shows, but they've still found time to film the video for their next single, Call Out - check out some new pictures from them on their Facebook -109 days to go (tickets here)

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Wolves Civic Cup: 2: The Wedding Present v Tigertailz

Well the first match in the WolvesCivic Cup is done and dusted!

were the winners beating Sepultura fairly squarely and will now go through to the next round ...

But WHO will be joining them in the next round? Todays vote is now LIVE ... and it's a bit of a retro vibe to it

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

The Road to Wolves 5: You Me At Six, The Blackout, The Wedding Present and Kid British

First, lets just confirm that You Me At Six have NOT been involved in a bus crash in the States. Apparently over the weekend some little rascals started spreading the rumours all over Twitter (not funny!). The band say they are alive and well and continuing their dates with the Warped Tour (more here). Meanwhile sticking with You Me At Six, and The Blackout have been confirmed as the support band for their UK tour this December - more on this here. You Me At Six play the Wolves Civic in December: 153 days to go TICKETS HERE

The Wedding Present are busy putting together their own festival this summer. The Edge at The Sea Event is happening down in Brighton and all the bands have now been confirmed - click here for the details. 10 days to go until Wolverhampton show TICKETS HERE

And finally Kid British have released a hilarious backstage video - apologies for any naughtiness - you know what these guys are like! 17 days to go TICKETS HERE

Q: Who's supporting You Me At Six on their UK tour?

A: The Blackout

Yes, the band have announced that Welsh outfit The Blackout will be joining them on their UK tour later this year, and may be drafted into the Irish dates as well.


Here's a crash course in The Blackout:

  • post-hardcore 6-piece from Merthyr Tydfyll, South Wales
  • Band members: Sean Smith (vocals), Gavin Butler (vocals), James "Bob" Davies (guitar, backing vocals), Matthew Davies (guitar, backing vocals), Rhys Lewis (bass guitar), Gareth "Snoz" Lawrence (drums, backing vocals)
  • BIG mates with fellow Welshies Lostprophets (in fact the band invited 'Prophets frontman Ian Watkins to sing on their track It's High Tide Baby (video below)
  • Releases: mini album The Blackout! The Blackout! The Blackout!, full album "We Are The Dynamite" (2007) "The Best in Town" (2009)
  • Currently workin on album #3 (working title Dog Porn, according to a recent Kerrang! Podcast)

Monday, 5 July 2010

The road to Wolves 5: Feeder, Carl Barat, Peter Murphy and The Wedding Present

Well it's a big week for Feeder .... their new album Renegades is released today. They played at the Wakestock festival in north Wales over the weekend - check out the footage of them in action ... (112 days to go - (tickets here)

Libertines fans are getting VERY excited about the bands reunion at this year Reading and Leeds festival. Carl Barat recently announced he'd written some new songs for the band ... now we're being told to expect fireworks during the performances - read more from Carls bandmate Pete Doherty 112 days to go (tickets here)

Former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy is writing some new material. He's currently holed up in Oxford and says Lettie, who'll be supporting him on his UK tour, will be working on some with him. 27 days to go (tickets here)

And The Wedding Present have introduced us to their support band - The Container Drivers ahead of their UK tour starting. Labelled the Bizarro Tour, the band reckon they can't "contain themselves" ... not to be missed ... 11 days to go (tickets here)

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Wolves Civic Cup: Round 1: Feeder v Sepultura

We thought it might be fun to have our own version of the World Cup right here at the Wolves Civic.

Every 3 days we'll be putting 2 bands up against each other ... YOU vote on which one is YOUR favourite

We have 16 rounds to start then quarter and semi finals - the the big final.

Keep watching, tell your mates and make sure your favourite band doesn't get stuffed by an unlikely opponent!

This week - metallers Sepultura (playing 17th July - tickets here) against brit-rockers Feeder (playing 25th October - tickets here)

Saturday, 3 July 2010

The road to Wolves 4: Gaslight Anthem, The Wedding Present, Feeder, Devildriver, Crystal Castles

Tickets went on sale this week for Gaslight Anthem. The band have also released some interesting video clips of them talking about their new album American Slang - watch them here 113 days to go TICKET HERE.
The Wedding Present
were the subject of a 6Music documentary the other night, a 30 minute special on these 80's legend - listen to it again here.
Meanwhile David Gedge has been on Twitter answering fans questions - including this one: "hi David,cant wait for the gig in the slade rooms wolverhampton. But who is the support? DLG : It's The Container Drivers (check them out here)" 13 days to go TICKETS HERE
Feeder's new album is out on Monday -but the band gave an exclusive listen to The Sun - check out some of the tracks here and let us know what you think. 114 days to go TICKETS HERE

DevilDriver have decided to release a DVD but let the fans watch it online (great idea!!) Check out part 1 of "You May Know Us From The Stage" here There will be 25 parts in all, we probably won't be giving you a heads up about all of them - so we suggest keeping an eye on for the next in the series. Also head to their Myspace blog to check out the latest blog posts as the band continue their current touring 129 days to go TICKETS HERE
And finally today Crystal Castles have uploaded some new songs (called xxzxcuzx me and Seed) on their Myspace - head over there now for a listen 100 days to go TICKETS HERE

Friday, 2 July 2010

Gaslight Anthem - video diaries Part 2

Part 2 in our series of video clips featuring Gaslight Anthem

Tickets for their show at the Wolves Civic on 24th October go on sale this morning at 9pm (CLICK HERE)

In these clips we hear various members of the band talking about the making of the new album American Slang .. enjoy and see you at the gig in October

Part 5 – Ted Hutt (Producer)