Despite a relatively quiet summer for music in Lancaster, city venues are gearing up for the autumn season with lots of gigs planned for the next few months.
Some of the district’s bands and artists are putting out singles as well, with Sound Assembly, The Heartbreaks and The Art Club are all releasing new tracks this month and next.
And Glasgow’s talented psychedelic folk quartet Trembling Bells play the Yorkshire House on Bank Holiday Monday night, with support from Lancaster’s Dan Heywood’s New Hawks, Ponies and Mikey Kenny.
Dreamy bedroom pop band The Art Club are launching their new single Let’s Start Again at The Yorkshire House, on August 25.
They’ll be supported by Manchester indie-pop band Scuttlers and new lo-fi Lancaster band Two For Joy.
The band appear again at The Yorkie on September 4, this time for Lancaster arts collective Totally Wired, alongside Bleach, Chalk and Two For Joy.
This could be the last chance to see some of these bands for a while, as various members leave the north west in September for universities and colleges around the country.
Doors open at 8pm and entry is £4. For more information visit www.totallywired.org.uk.
Morecambe darlings The Heartbreaks’ new single Polly is out on September 3.
The band have just returned from Japan, where their single Delay, Delay has been a hit, resulting in the band selling 10,000 copies of their debut album Funtimes so far.
They received a warm welcome home when they played to a packed and sweaty audience at Smokey O’ Connor’s in Morecambe at the weekend.
A spokesman for the band said: “It’s definitely a case of Big In Japan, which we can’t complain about.
“They played an amazing show at Fuji Rock to 6,000 screaming fans alongside The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Ray Davies and then the Osaka – Meet The World Beat Festival.”
The band are going back out to Japan to do more shows in December, but you can see them at Dirty Entertainment in Morecambe’s Arndale Centre on Saturday, August 18, from 3pm.
Lancaster electro-swing outfit Sound Assembly also release their first single, Electric Kinda Love, next month.
Vocalist Sally Bloomer said the track would be released as both an original and dub version.
The band, which also features Jude Sebastian and Kevin Sharkey, has signed a deal with Rocstar Recordings to release it.
Sally said: “We’re equally excited and nervous about the release – we’ve been working on achieving this for so long – Jude and I started writing together back in December 2008.
People have been really supportive of us and love our work so far – and I think this is the best work we have done to date, so fingers crossed all our supporters will love it as much as we do.”
The Dukes kicks off its new season of music on September 1, with four-piece band Dead Belgian, inspired by Belgian musician Jacques Brel.
With influences from European folk to progressive rock, their debut album – Love & Death: The Songs of Jacques Brel – was released this summer.
Dead Belgian’s sound features vocals which have been compared to those of Edith Piaf, Anthony Hegarty and Nico.
Support comes from Lancaster’s own Ottersgear founded by Liverpool-born singing fiddle player, Mikey Kenny, and featuring Dan Haywood on guitar and banjo; guitarist Andrew Raven and Charlotte Weatherill on accordion.
The new album Quest for Rest sees Mikey use his American as well as Celtic influences to conjure up images of his time spent in the Trough of Bowland.
Doors open at 7.30pm, for an 8pm start, and tickets are £8, from The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or www.dukes-lancaster.org.
Contemporary folk musician James Yorkston performs at The Dukes on September 14, and Trio Libero return to the city for Lancaster Jazz Festival, on September 22.
September 7 sees the return of female fronted punk band Vice Squad to the Yorkshire House, with support from Sanity Clause (tickets £6, or £8 on the door), and on October 20, Ian McNabb, of Icicle Works fame performs with support from Lancaster’s The Long Lost Band.
Plans are also taking shape for Lancaster Music Festival, which takes place on the weekend of October 12 – 14, but more on these latter dates as we approach them.