THE BLINDERS will headline the BBC Introducing Stage at this weekend’s Reading & Leeds Festivals. The hotly tipped Manchester-based trio will play Reading Festival on Friday 24th August (stage time 7.20pm), and Leeds Festival on Saturday 25th (stage time 7.10pm). Ahead of these sets, they will headline the Festival Republic Stage at Leeds Festival on Thursday 23rd (stage time 10.15pm), and they will complete a packed weekend by supporting The Wombats at Inner City Live in Hull on Sunday 26th (Zebedees Yard, stage time 6.35pm).
Prior to Reading & Leeds, The Blinders will perform an exclusive live set & interview for Beatstream today at 7pm. Focusing of upcoming talent and local live music, Beatstream is the only music streaming platform that streams events live as they happen, connecting music lovers with the music they love when it’s not possible to be there person.
The Blinders recently unveiled the video for new single Brave New World, a coruscating anthem about the distorting impact of hyper-capitalism, referencing everything from Trump’s Presidency to Aldous Huxley.
Brave New World is taken from The Blinders debut album Columbia, which will be released on September 21st and is available to pre-order. The album also includes the singles L’Etat C’Est Moi, which was a Huw Stephens Tune Of The Week on Radio 1 and playlisted at 6Music, and Gotta Get Through, which spent five weeks at No.1 on Amazing Radio.
Loosely based around the concept of Columbia as “an alternate world informed by reality”, on the album The Blinders display a ferocious intelligence, as informed by history, literature and art as they are by Britain’s current political and economic woes. The striking cover of Columbia shows singer/guitarist Thomas Haywood in the tribal warpaint he wears for live shows, where he assumes the fearless persona of Johnny Dream. Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Sherlocks, Goldblade), the album sees 21 year-old childhood friends Haywood (vocals, guitar), Charlie McGough (bass) and Matt Neale (drums) follow Johnny Dream on his spiritual awakening, from the coruscating swagger of the opening Gotta Get Through to the raw, beautiful and ultimately redemptive finale Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska).
The Blinders have been picking up specialist radio support since their first DIY releases from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel P Carter, Radio X’s John Kennedy, and 6Music’s Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq, who recently had the band on his show for a BBC Music Introducing Session.
The Blinders will follow Reading & Leeds with a headline set at the Tim Peaks stage at Festival No.6 on September 9th, and will embark on a 22-date UK headline tour throughout October and November.