The 2 Bears return to active service with a twelve week residency at one of London’s best underground clubs, XOYO – beginning at the start of April. Ahead of a new record, Joe and Raf have put together a killer line up that includes Four Tet, Daphni (Carobou), Henrik Schwarz, Rob da Bank, Andrew Weatherall, Pachanga Boys and many many more. Of special interest – the 10th May Hot Chip takeover…
Hot Chip’s phenomenal recent Paris show (as part of the Pitchfork Festival) is now available online to view in its entirety. Setlist looks something like this:
How Do You Do?
Boy from School
Don’t Deny Your Heart
One Life Stand
Night and Day
Over and Over
Everything She Wants (cover)
Ready for the Floor
Let Me Be Him
Pale Blue Eyes (cover)
No Fit State
I Feel Better
Quick bit of 2 Bears news. First up, Joe and Raf will be playing the main room at Fabric this weekend. Also playing are Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Goldie and the Greco-Roman Soundsystem. Advance tickets available here, more on the door. For a taste of what they’re playing at the moment, there’s a 45 minute Boiler Room set online now – click here to watch. A new 2 Bears record is due in the new year on Southern Fried. The band recorded in Mark Ralph’s studio over the summer – expect New Jersey screamers, distorted house and possibly Raf Daddy in a Daryl Pandy style glittery number.
Hot Chip play their last European shows on the year this weekend. On Friday (Nov 1st), the band play Manchester’s Warehouse Project for a Bestival party that also features Chic, 2 Many DJs, Toddla T, Horsemeat Disco, TEED and Rob da Bank. On Saturday (Nov 2nd), they head to Paris to play as part of the Pitchfork Festival at the Grande Hall de la Villette. Hot Chip take the stage at midnight; the all day and night bill also includes Panda Bear, A-Trak, Todd Terje, Yo La Tengo and Omar Souleyman.
Hot Chip have announced a one-off autumn gig as part of the Warehouse Project 2013 line up. Joining the phenomenally good Bestival bill on November 1st, the band will play next to Chic, 2 Many DJs, Toddla T, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Horse Meat Disco, Aeroplane, Rob da Bank and many, many more. Tickets are £25 or £28.50 and are on sale now.
Hot Chip‘s summer schedule has been coming together on the site for the last couple of months now. In case you’ve missed any gig announcements or want to check whether the band are swinging by your town/country, here are all this year’s summer festival dates – now updated with ticket links.
25/05 – Primavera (Parc del Forum, Barcelona, Spain)
01/06 – Ahmad Tea Music Festival (Hermitage Garden, Moscow, Russia)
13/07 – Ilosaarirock (Joensuu, Finland)
20/07 – Latitude Festival (Southwold, UK)
21/07 – Longitude Festival (Marlay Park, Dublin, Ireland)
27/07 – Blue Balls Festival (Luzern, Switzerland)
02/08 – Lollapolooza (Grant Park, Chicago, USA)
03/08 – The Grove Music Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, On, Canada)
04/08 – Osheaga Festival (Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal)
15/08 – Paredes de Coura (Porto, Portugal)
17/08 – Route de Rock (St Malo, France)
31/08 – Popoganda Festival (Stockholm, Sweden)
As well as Hot Chip live dates, there are various DJ dates by most band members taking place across the whole summer – the live pages were fully updated with all available dates last week, check there for details.
Currently playing festivals and packed out headline shows across the States, it’s fair to say Hot Chip have blown a fair few minds. The Guardian’s Tim Jonze tweeted that last weekend’s set at Coachella was the best of the weekend and added in a review online “Hot Chip have been steadily building themselves a reputation as one of Britain’s best pop bands and the same can be said for their live show, a set almost scientficially engineered to thrill a giddy festival crowd”. Meanwhile, across the other side of the country, the Village Voice reviewed the band’s earlier sold out New York Roseland Ballroom gig as “an unstoppable, endlessly gratifying 80 to 90 minute party.”
The band’s U.S. dates continue this week with a show in Las Vegas on Thursday (with support from Four Tet) and a second Coachella set on Saturday evening (4/20). After that, the band begin an all out assault on the summer festival circuit, playing shows in Spain, Russia, Switzerland, Canada, France, the US and the UK. As always, all dates can be found in the live section of this site.