Coves Announce 2014 UK Live And Festivals Dates, Including The Great Escape

Coves Announce 2014 UK Live And Festivals Dates, Including The Great Escape

Coves will be releasing their critically acclaimed debut album Soft Friday on Monday (31st March), followed by a special Record Store Day 12" release of 'No Ladder' remixed by  TOY.

Currently touring the UK with Band of Skulls, Coves look set to spend the summer on the road supporting the release of their debut album. Following a string of live dates in April and a headline London show at The Lexington on 1st May, they have just announced that they will be playing on theNME stage at this year's The Great Escape Festival, supporting Charlie XCX, as well as slots at Secret Garden Party, Boardmasters Festival and Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, with plenty more announcements still yet to come.

Their debut album Soft Friday is currently streaming online one week before it's release on Nettwerk Records.

Coves have spent the last 24 months quietly acquiring critical acclaim and support. Their scuzzy cover ofChris Isaak's haunting classic 'Wicked Game' peaked at No. 1 on the Hype Machine chart last year and has since been used to advertise The White Queen drama series across BBC's networks. They have toured with Echo and the Bunnymen, Dutch Uncles and Eugene McGuinness. In September they signed with Nettwerk Records and in November they released 'Beatings', the first single to be taken from their debut album Soft Friday, which is released on 31st March 2014.

The world of Coves is a classic psych-garage aesthetic vacuum-sealed forever in one time, one space. The space is Castle Grayskull, the live-in studio that musical mastermind John Ridgard helped build in a disused office in Leamington Spa and where their debut album was recorded.

John, a Manchester-born 60s aficionado,  first got to know Leamington native and northern soul fan Beck Wood when she worked in the ticket office of the local music venue he was assistant managing. In mid-2011, when she heard he wrote music and played in bands, she volunteered her vocal services. John prepared some tracks for her; edgy, brooding garage clatters with the Velvets, The White Stripes and The Kinks pulsing like endorphins through their veins. Beck turned up at Castle Greyskull with wine and lyric sheets and the two would spend hazy evenings piecing her woes and vitriol around his acidic pop melodies.

28/03  - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (w/ Band of Skulls)
29/03 - Rock City, Nottingham (w/ Band of Skulls)
23/04 - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
24/04 - Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
25/04 - Oakford Social Club, Reading
26/04 - The Pad, Bedford

01/05 - The Lexington, London
10/05 - The Great Escape Festival, Corn Exchange, Brighton
24/07 - Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire
27 /07 - Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire
09/08 - Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
26/09 - International Festival of Psychedelia, Liverpool
27/09 - International Festival of Psychedelia, Liverpool

Credit: Steve Gullick