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Britpop Now: Lush, Sleeper, Space, SFA, and more

posted Feb 7, 2016, 9:12 PM by Vu Nguyen


When I first heard the news that Lush reformed in September 2015, I was super excited. I had heard the rumors as far as 2013 or 2014 when singer Miki Berenyi granted interviews with Under the Radar and other magazines, so I can’t say I was completely surprised.

Just for the record, in case you aren’t a Lush fan or keep track of these things, but the Shoegazing-turned-Britpop band broke up after their drummer Chris Acland’s suicide in 1996. We caught the band in 1994 and noted, “vivid memories of watching drummer Chris Acland with his mouth wide open throughout the set (and I thought that was really strange).”

I’ve said this before, but these shows are very special because not only are we getting Lush again with the original members (Miki, Emma Anderson, and Phillip King... and filling in for Acland will be Justin Welch, formerly of Elastica), but this will also be a nice reunion for the fans. Trust me, you’ll see plenty of people you haven’t seen in the last twenty years... and it’ll be great!

Lush tour dates are:

4/14/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
4/16/16 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/17/16 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
4/19/16 Portland, OR @ Crystal Room
4/20/16 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
4/21/16 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
4/23/16 Indio, CA @ Coachella
9/14/16 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
9/15/16 Boston, MA @ Royale
9/18/16 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
9/21/16 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9/22/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer


Guitarist Jon Stewart (not to be confused with actor/comedian/show host Jon Stewart), was on The StageLeft Podcast last month. As a big Sleeper fan, obviously I wanted to bring this to your attention.

Head over to, or click on the right.


Recorded at The Brighton Dome, The StageLeft Podcast is joined by our great influence, Senior Lecturer in Music Business Studies & Sleeper Guitarist - Jon Stewart.

Jon talks us through being centric to the whirlwind of Britpop, his role as Music Director on Kevin Spacey's Telstar: The Joe Meek Story and appearing on the Trainspotting soundtrack. Jon tells us the advice he gives the many musicians he's worked with in relation to dealing with the pressures of the public eye, the difficulties that arise when being in a band with a complex set of personal relationships and current projects Jon is embarking on in relation to helping recovering alcoholics.

- "The 'Fame' experience is a mental health condition... it's a form of mental illness"
- "The way I dealt with it was to drink and to take lots of drugs"
- "This feels like a bit of a therapy session..."

Jon also tells us about being on Richey Edwards final tour with the Manic Street Preachers, supporting REM & Radiohead, playing with KD Lang, and having his music covered by Elvis Costello.

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Space was a short-lived band from Liverpool. The most interesting thing about the band is that singer, Tommy Scott sounds like he's trying to be Mexican. You can hear it in the way he rolls his "R"s. …


Look, I love Space, okay? They are a silly little band from Liverpool with silly songs like “Female of the Species” and “Me & You Vs the World”, etc. If you listen to Spiders, it’s clear that these guys love cinema, particularly American cinema. I think for their first US tour, we caught the band in Los Angeles in 1997 (?). It’s been a long time, but it was their first LA gig from what I can recall.

The band broke up for a while, but came back to the music scene in 2011. Last year, the band announced a new single “Strange World” (read all about it on, taken from their fifth studio album Give Me Your Future (Mulu Records).

Space dates:

7th April 2016 The Brook, Southampton
8th April 2016 Academy, Bournemouth
15th April 2016 Academy, Oxford
16th April 2016 The Haunt, Brighton
23rd April 2016 Bellfield Tavern, Kilmarnock
29th April 2016 Academy Newcastle
30th April 2016 Arc, Stockton
6th May 2016 Empire Music Hall, Belfast
7th May 2016 The Grand Social, Dublin
13th May 2016 Fruit, Hull
14th May 2016 Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester
21st May 2016 Academy Birmingham
28th May 2016 Academy, Leicester
29th May 2016 100 Club, London
3rd June 2016 Fox & Goose, Southport
June 9th 2016 The Box, Crewe
10th June 2016 The Citadel, St. Helens
11th June 2016 The Exchange, Stoke-on-Trent
9th-10th July 2016 Frodsham Summer Festival 16
23rd July 2016 PKD Festival, Fife


I have seen Super Furry Animals at Coachella before... the only thing I can remember was that they were on early on the bill and that they dedicated “Mountain People” to the mountains.

They’ve been around for a long time, but, of course, every time they play in Minneapolis, either with the full band or as solo Gruff Rhys, I have been busy with another show or not available. Unfortunately, at this point, I don’t think they’re coming back here as a full band. I see that demands for them in Los Angeles is go good, they’ve added an additional date.

SFA is currently in the US again, but not promoting a new album. Oddly enough their 15-year-old album Welsh-only Mwng album got reissued by Domino Records recently... so expect some of those classic songs to make their way to their setlist.

Tour dates:

2/09 San Francisco, CA @ Great American
2/10 San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
2/11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
2/12 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
4/29 Austin, TX @ Levitation
4/30 Austin, TX @ Levitation
5/01 Austin, TX @ Levitation
5/03 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
5/04 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
5/05 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
5/06 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
5/07 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer


The lineup for Gigantic Indie All Dayer Vol 3: A Big, Big Love looks incredible. The music festival is taking place at Manchester Academy on 28 May 2016 and will feature headliner The Wonder Stuff... but personally, I am more interested in Bentley Rhythm Ace (aka “BRA”), S*M*A*S*H, and Frank and Walters.... oh and may Menswe@r (yes, they are still around!)


  • The Wonder Stuff
  • House of Love
  • Bentley Rhythm Ace
  • The Darling Buds
  • The Frank And Walters
  • BMX Bandits
  • Back To The Planet
  • Cud
  • S*M*A*S*H
  • The Telescopes
  • Menswe@r
  • Credit To The Nation
  • Bivouac & Jack Adaptor (The Family Cat)

    The after show will feature Mike Joyce (The Smiths), MCs & DJs Marc & Jason Jones (Indiecation & Planet X, Liverpool), and Andy Woods (Smile / Unknown Pleasures).

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