Who: Akala, I Was A Cub Scout, We Start Fires, Eight Legs, Talk Taxis, Assembly Now, Dega Breaks + guest DJ's
What: Club COG presents? 'The Birthday Bash'
Where: Camden Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB. Nearest tube (Camden)
When: Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th June 2008.7:30pm – 2am
Price: £8 advance/£10 on the door/£15 for both nights www.seetickets.com
MOBO Award winner Akala and indie duo I Was A Cub Scout will headline 'Club COG presents...The Birthday Bash' at Camden's famous Dingwalls in the first week of June.
The double-header, on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th June, marks one year since the debut of the phenomenally successful Club COG, the flagship live music night of www.checkoutgigs.com.
Check Out Gigs put on their first Club COG show in the upstairs room of a London pub at the beginning of the summer of 2007, and it has since become the most popular up-and-coming live music night in the capital.
As well as 'Club COG', a twice monthly night at Blow Up Metro on Oxford Street and new night 'Once Bitten...', on the first Thursday of every month at the Hoxton Bar & Grill in Shorditch, Check Out Gigs have also confirmed that they will run a stage at independent festival Kendal Calling this August. The festival line-up will feature well-known acts such as Dizzee Rascal and Super Furry Animals.
Best Hip Hop MOBO Award winner Akala headlines the Wednesday 4th June edition of The Birthday Bash. The popular rapper, known to his fans as 'the modern-day Shakespeare,' has toured as far afield as Vietnam and Nigeria, and performed with artists as diverse as Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera and Richard Ashcroft. His second album has been hailed as 'dazzling' by Mojo magazine and 'startlingly effective' by The Guardian.
Alongside him on the bill are Darlington outfit We Start Fires, called 'gratifyingly aggressive, winningly pop' by The Times newspaper, as well as popular London bands Talk Taxis and Dega Breaks.
I Was A Cub Scout, who have followed an acclaimed support tour with Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly with their own sell-out tour, headline The Birthday Bash on Thursday 5th June, supported by the much-hyped Eight Legs, Assembly Now and special guests.
"We're very excited about The Birthday Bash," said Rob Davies of Check Out Gigs. "Combining acts as popular as Akala and I Was A Cub Scout with excellent local talent embodies what Club COG has been about from the beginning, so there could be no better way to celebrate our first birthday."
Wednesday June 4th
The modern-day Shakespeare already has a Best Hip Hop MOBO award to his name, and has toured as far afield as Vietnam and Nigeria, performing with artists as diverse as Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera and Richard Ashcroft. Excellent second album. Dazzling. Evocative - Mojo.
Startlingly effective - The Guardian.
**** - Q.
We Start Fires
Darlington's finest, rightly acclaimed by NME as one of the very best up and coming bands in the country.
Sludge-sleek with spiky guitars and ear splitting noise freakouts. Ones to watch - The Guardian
Gratifyingly aggressive, winningly pop – The Times
Fast but gentle - like the ex you wish you still talked to – Talk Taxis will drive you wild. If you'll pardon the pun.
Black and white disco punk that will delight fans of Blondie, The Cure and Depeche Mode alike.
Thursday June 5th
I WAS A CUB SCOUT
After acclaimed performances in support of Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly and ¡ForwardRussia!, 2008 has seen IWACS step out of the shadows and headline their own sell-out tour as probably the hottest band of the summer.
Songwriting that makes life that little more liveable – NME
These are epic-minded songs - The Guardian
Make you feel like something magical is happening in your ears and in your heart. – DrownedInSound.
& special guests..
Take everything good about indie from the last year and squeeze it through a juicer. Eight Legs will come out the other side.
Eight Legs might be living, strumming proof that guitar music is fashionable – NME
Once a Thief