• The Spanish festival unveils its most contemporary programme yet
• The Strokes, Rosalía, Thom Yorke, Suede, Brockhampton, Vince Staples, Princess Nokia, Idles, Nils Frahm, Hot Chip, Shame and many more artists announced
Bilbao BBK Live brings together present, past and future in their latest line-up announcement, which features many of the biggest artists from the national and international scene. Taking place from 11 – 13 July 2019, acts including The Strokes, Suede, Brockhampton, Rosalía, Idles, Thom Yorke, Princess Nokia and Nils Frahm are amongst the new acts unveiled today for the forward-thinking Spanish festival.
Joining the already announced Weezer to kick off their global comeback in Bilbao is The Strokes, the New York City band credited with resurrecting rock in the early noughties, breathing new life into the genre and leaving their mark on countless groups to date. Catalan artist Rosalía also stars. The flamenco artist is one of the most relevant artist to emerge from the Spanish scene in many years, revolutionising the scene and picking up a Latin Grammy Award in the process.
Thom Yorke brings his ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ tour to Bilbao. The Radiohead frontman will be joined by Nigel Godrich and video artist Tarik Barri to perform songs from a variety of his solo albums. Britpop pioneers Suede, now back with their eighth album The Blue Hour, are also set to bring their electrifying live show to the Kobetamendi Mountain in the heart of the Basque Country.
Other acts announced today include American rapper Vince Staples; musical collective Brockhampton; barrier-breaking Harlem rapper Princess Nokia; experimental Argentinian artist Nathy Peluso; Ms Nina, one of the prime exponents of Spanish reggaeton and trap; and Mueveloreina who fuse trap with tropical sounds and powerful lyrics.
Bilbao BBK Live 2019 also presents Idles, undoubtedly one of the bands of the year who, with their latest record, have broken onto the international scene and firmly established themselves as the official successors of authentic British punk. Joining the revered Bristolians are fellow Brits Sleaford Mods, Slaves and Shame, along with Stockholm’s punk collective Viagra Boys.
Alongside all of this, Kobetamendi holds much more in store, from the return of John Grant, who since the breakup of The Czars has remained one of the best voices in American indie music, to The Voidz, the side-project of one Julian Casablancas, as well as prime proponents of international pop and indie-rock Cut Copy, Khruangbin and Jonathan Bree.
Fans of electronic music can also look forward to performances from Nils Frahm, whose soundscapes have once more topped every best-of-2018 list, Hot Chip, Modeselektor Live, Nicola Cruz, Omar Souleyman, The Blaze, Yaeji and Kero Kero Bonito.
Rounding off the hefty roster of national and local artists are Vetusta Morla, Pony Bravo, Calavento, Uniforms, Serrulla, Olatz Salvador, EraBatera and Belatz.
All of these and many more acts will be performing live at the festival on 11, 12 and 13 July 2019 atop the stunning Kobetamendi Mountain, elevating the musical experience with a unique and unparalleled concert space. Bilbao BBK Live promises, yet another year, to be the place to be for an unmissable celebration of the best music of the moment. Book your 3-day festival pass now for just €125 at bilbaobbklive.com.
BILBAO BBK LIVE
11 – 13 July 2019
in alphabetical order:
BELATZ / THE BLAZE/ BROCKHAMPTON/ CALA VENTO/ CUT COPY/ ERABATERA/ HOT CHIP/ IDLES/ JOHN GRANT/ JONATHAN BREE/ KERO KERO BONITO/ KHRUANGBIN/ MODESELEKTOR live/ MS NINA/ MUEVELOREINA/ NATHY PELUSO/ NICOLA CRUZ live/ NILS FRAHM/ OLATZ SALVADOR/ OMAR SOULEYMAN/ PONY BRAVO/ PRINCESS NOKIA/ ROSALÍA/ SERRULLA/ SHAME/ SLAVES/ SLEAFORD MODS/ THE STROKES/ SUEDE/ THOM YORKE ‘TOMORROW’S MODERN BOXES’/ UNIFORMS/ VETUSTA MORLA/ VIAGRA BOYS/ VINCE STAPLES/ THE VOIDZ/ WEEZER/ YAEJI…
3 day pass: €125 + booking fee
3 day pass + camping: €140 + bf
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Toto recorded their personal interpretation of Weezer’s “Hash Pipe”. The smoking rendition of the song is a direct response to the run-away success being witnessed globally for Weezer’s covers of the hits “Africa” and “Rosanna.”
Toto’s guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We were blown away at the response Weezer got doing our old songs. They did a good job too, but we never saw hit records coming from it. It was all started by a sweet 15-year-old girl named Mary. Then the ball started rolling. They did two of ours and ‘Africa’ took OFF. It seemed only right that WE – Toto did a version of one of their songs so we started digging around, listening to a bunch of their music, which I have grown to like a lot. My 30 something kids were flipped over Weezer recording two of our songs as they are fans and we picked ‘Hash Pipe’. The irony that we were smoking hash before these guys were alive was not lost on us, and the other is it has a killer melody and a great groove. We wanted to do something that rocked. We give you our version – with a little of our thing on it like they did their ‘ thing’ to ours. It is an unlikely collaboration, but some of the best ones are unexpected. Thanks to Weezer, their manager Jonathan, and their fans as they have been really nice to us…and they didn’t have to be. Now I guess we have to do some crazy mash up live someday. In the meantime, continued success. Thanks to all and hope to meet someday. Gratitude to the fans for embracing this fun little accident. Ours drops Aug 10th, and I hear KROQ is getting thousands of requests from the teaser we recorded the other day – who knew? Kudos to Steve Porcaro for running with this as the Producer.”
Keyboardist Steve Porcaro offers, “Covering Hash Pipe was an absolute blast. When I asked my neighbor, a huge Weezer fan which record we should cover, he rattled off about five of their biggest hits, but then he smiled and said ‘but there’s nothing like driving down the freeway at 80 miles an hour with ‘Hash Pipe’ cranked’. That stuck with me when it came time to decide.”
Singer Joseph Williams cannot be reached at this time as he is too high on hashish, but previously when asked about “Hash Pipe” shared simply, “Yeah.”
From the moment of release, Weezer’s version of “Africa” was embraced overwhelmingly by the public and music industry. At iTunes, the recording peaked at #1 in sales and continues to show strong movement. At Spotify, the cover hit #1 on the viral chart. At radio, total plays have reached 6269 in The U.S., and is a hit at Alternative currently sitting at #1. The track is hitting Hot AC and Pop now making strong moves up the chart.
Los Angeles alternative juggernaut KROQ placed Toto’s recording of “Hash Pipe” on-air to break the story of the new track’s existence. On Friday, August 10, Toto’s rendition will be up on all music services, and delivered to radio for airplay globally. For more detail keep an eye on www.totoofficial.com.
Toto has partnered with Universal Music Germany on the release of “Hash Pipe”. The company will be spearheading the global release of the recording. Toto is currently touring North America in support of the band’s recent release 40 Trips Around The Sun.
The Wombats Release Macabre New Music Video for Single “Lemon To A Knife Fight”
PRESS HERE to watch via NME
New Album BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE out February 9, 2018 via Kobalt Music Recordings
North American tour kicks off January 8, 2018 + supporting Weezer and The Pixies on summer 2018 dates
“Grade A purveyors of electric live sets…blending pop, electro and rock sensibilities” – Entertainment Weekly
“…packed with anthemic hooks” – Pitchfork
“The Wombats have been in the game since 2007, but perform with the verve and joy of a band just starting out…” – SPIN
“…gripping” – Billboard
“…practically tailor-made for the airwaves”- Idolator
“A unique combination of electropop and post-punk styles” – Boston Globe
Liverpool trio The Wombats have unveiled a dark, cinematic music video for their new single “Lemon To A Knife Fight” –PRESS HERE to watch via NME. The visual puts a twist on the song’s exploration of a toxic relationship’s emotional rollercoaster with a sinister plot involving kidnapping and attempted murder, which finds the heroine turning the tables on her attackers thanks to a phantasmagoric transformation.
Director Finn Keenan shared, “The idea for this video came from the line in the brief ‘David Lynch meets Power Rangers’. I wanted to make something that started off dark, surreal and little bit disturbing but then flip it on its head with a big ole’ twist that led to a ludicrous ending. These hunters do this every month, but this time they picked the wrong werewolf.”
“Lemon To A Knife Fight” is The Wombats’ first release from forthcoming album BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE, out February 9, 2018 via Kobalt Music Recordings, and premiered via The Fader and as the “Hottest Record in the World” on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFEis available for pre-order now, PRESS HERE to pre-order and receive “Lemon To A Knife Fight” as an instant grat track.
In support of the album, the band will be embarking on a North American tour this January, as well as joining Weezer and The Pixies on their summer 2018 co-headline tour. Full tour routing is below and PRESS HERE to purchase tickets!
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE follows The Wombats’ 2015 LP Glitterbug, which garnered critical acclaim and debuted in the Top 5 on the UK Album chart and Billboard 100. Single “Give Me A Try” reached Top 20 at Alternative Radio, spent four weeks in a row at #1 on Alt Nation and, along with single “Greek Tragedy” has over 70 million combined Spotify streams. The band brought the singles – and their unforgettable live energy – to performances on
CBS This Morning, Late Night With Seth Meyers and more. The band’s magnetic live shows led a
fully sold-out North American tour, as well as unmissable festival performances at Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Firefly, Reading and Leeds and more.
Written from three corners of the globe – drummer Dan Haggis in London, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen nursing his new family in Oslo and frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy in Los Angeles –
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE was created over long distance writing sessions, supplemented by intense two-week in-person sessions in Oslo. Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice), the album finds The Wombats pushing the boundaries of alt-pop innovation with a lush, ultramodern indie soundscape that captures The Wombats’ unique pairing of irrepressible hooks and tragi-comic lyricism with a newfound maturity and moving emotional depth.
“Lemon To A Knife Fight” video:
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE track listing:
1. Cheetah Tongue
2. Lemon to a Knife Fight
4. Black Flamingo
5. White Eyes
6. Lethal Combination
7. Out Of My Head
8. I Only Wear Black
9. Ice Cream
10. Dip You In Honey
11. I Don’t Know Why I Like You But I Do
The Wombats tour dates:
*with Weezer and The Pixies
January 8 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
January 9 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
January 10 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
January 13 Boston, MA @ Paradise
January 15 Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
January 16 Atlanta, GA @ Centerstage
January 18 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
January 19 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
January 22 Denver, CO @ Gothic
January 23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Rockwell Room
January 25 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
January 26 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
January 27 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
January 29 Portland, OR @ Wonder
January 30 Vancouver, BC @ Venue
January 31 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
June 23 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
June 26 New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square*
June 27 Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion*
June 29 The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
June 30 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater*
July 6 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center*
July 7 Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
July 8 Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
July 10 Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*
July 11 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center*
July 13 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre*
July 14 Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage*
July 15 Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheatre*
The Wombats, credit Tom Oxley