|* OH MY BLATHERING BARNACLES! IT’S PANDAMONIUM ’12! *
* FIERCE PANDA LAUNCHES 18TH BIRTHDAY WITH NEW YEAR REVOLUTION!! *
* SECOND GIG ANNOUNCED FOR JANUARY 4TH 2012!!! *
The Thing: fierce panda & Club Fandango present PANDAMONIUM ’12 (day two)
The Bands: HEY SHOLAY + THE QUEENS ENGLISH
The Stardate: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4TH 2012
The Place: LONDON KENTISH TOWN BULL & GATE
(389 Kentish Town Road NW5)
The Doors: 7.45pm. The Damage: Ł5.00 from www.wegottickets.com/event/
The Truth: PANDAMONIUM is the fierce panda-endorsed annual live event which takes place in their back room, ie the Bull & Gate, in the New Year when the mince pies have lost their spice and the tinsel is all tattered. Y’know, that time of year when nobody goes out to gigs.
Well, we do, and so do heaps of other music lovers who are desperate to get out of the house and into the gigging groove. We should know - the first ever Pandamonium event was held in 1999 and featured some bunch of scamps called Coldplay propping up the bill. The last 2011 Pandamonium event was launched by Tribes, Various Cruelties and various other cool cats.
And now PANDAMONIUM ’12 is heading towards us at a rapid rate of nuts with a punchbag of panda-friendly bands and promoters joining us on our strange, slightly chilly journey between TUESDAY JANUARY 3RD and SUNDAY JANUARY 8TH 2012. Already the likes of Kyte, Wild Swim, Dingus Khan, Sissy & The Blisters, Hawk Eyes, The TenFiveSixty and Spotlight Kid have RSVP’d, as have this bunch of degenerates here…
HEY SHOLAY (onstage 10.15pm) are from Sheffield and play beamingly creative alternative rock music with pop hooks and progressive undercurrents. The sent us a demotape (a tape!) in fake bearskin (bearskin!!). Unsurprisingly we liked them so much in our gigantic communal penthouse office suite that Label Fandango released their 'Dreamboat' single in the autumn, and fierce panda will be putting out their frankly splendid debut album, called 'Clouds', in early 2012. www.myspace.com/heysholay
THE QUEENS ENGLISH (onstage 9.30pm) are based in Camden Town, where they wear unfeasibly tight trousers and write unceasingly propulsive British pop (not Britpop) songs which nod at The Jam, wink at The Smiths and add a tease of XTC’s pop panache. www.soundcloud.com/queensenglish