January 21, 2010
So, first off, the Sunday line-up is now complete with the addition of one-man-band extraordinaire, White Town. Yes, so you might remember them from their 1997 No.1 ‘Your Woman’ – but Jyoti Mishra isn’t all about that, you know. He’s written some rather wonderful indiepop songs and has charmed and delighted audiences in Sweden (particularly) in the last few years. We are ever so happy he’s agreed to play!
The complete line-up for Sunday is now on the bands+schedule page and it looks awesome. Tickets are limited for this and you can buy them for only £6 here (unless, of course, you have a popfest pass).
As for Saturday, the mighty mighty Plouf! (albeit version 2.0) have been added to the line-up of our all-dayer. They are now a duo consisting of tonieee (formerly of Velodrome 2000 and The Parallelograms – can you tell that it’s the same person behind all these websites…?) and Elodie, and this is going to be their first show as v.2.0 which is rather exciting. Plouf!
We’re nearly there. I could do with a drink now.
February 24, 2009
Comet Gain’s David Feck made this one specially!
Tickets for the Saturday all-dayer can be bought for £10 here.
February 19, 2009
It’s nearly here! Four brilliant bands to see us through a wintery Thursday night and warm things up for a long weekend of ace indiepop. Tickets are available here and they’re only £6 if you buy in advance. Tralala!
Poster by Camila WeePOP!
February 13, 2009
What’s in that box? There will be a cd mix swap on Popfest Saturday and everyone is invited – nay, strongly encouraged – to participate. The way it works is simple: you make a mix cd (do your best, go on!), drop it in the swap box at the Macbeth (it’ll be somewhere obvious, like the record stall or even the entrance), get a ticket in return and then come back towards the end of the night, when the box is good and full from everyone’s contributions, to pick up another cd at random. Yay! We have asked the bands to participate as well, so you never know what you might end up with.
Quick ticket update: there are now only a handful of popfest passes left so please be very, very quick! You can also buy individual tickets for Thursday 26 Feb and Saturday 28 Feb now. Details here.
February 12, 2009
Two weeks to go until the first London popfest today. Eeeeeeeee! Here are the final line-ups for each day:
Thursday 26 February @ Jamm (Brixton)
Pelle Carlberg (Sweden)
Let’s Whisper (US)
DJ: How Does It Feel to Be Loved?
Friday 27 February @ The Buffalo Bar (Islington) (only for popfest pass holders)
Betty and the Werewolves
DJs: Fortuna Pop! and Cosy Den (Sweden)
Saturday 28 February @ The Macbeth (Hoxton)
Help Stamp Out Loneliness
(most of) The Smittens (US)
Action Biker (Sweden)
The Pete Green Corporate Juggernaut
DJs: Spiral Scratch, Half My Heart Beats (Glasgow) and more!
Sunday 1 March @ The Salmon and Compass (only for popfest pass holders)
Julian Henry and Harvey Williams (playing songs by The Hit Parade and Another Sunny Day)
The Middle Ones
DJs: The Hangover Lounge (Tim, Ben, John)
February 4, 2009
The last batch of 4-day popfest passes are up for sale now here: http://www.wegottickets.co.uk/f/576.
(UPDATE! Only 25 passes left now and then that’s it!)
Entry to the Friday and Sunday events will be available to people with 4-day passes only because of limited capacity.
We’re almost sorted with the final line-ups. We need to finalise a few details with Thursday and Sunday but here are the line-ups for Friday and Saturday:
Friday 27 February – The Buffalo Bar
Tender Trap, Zipper, Betty and the Werewolves, Allo Darlin’
Saturday 28 February – Popfest all-dayer – The Macbeth (doors at 3pm)
Comet Gain, Milky Wimpshake, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, Colin Clary (The Smittens) and friends, Action Biker, The Loves, Leichtenstein, The Pete Green Corporate Juggernaut (this is not the order they’re playing!)
Day tickets for Saturday can be bought here for £10 advance : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/43627
Remember, you’ll need a 4-day pass to attend Friday and Sunday and ensure entry to the film screenings and the pop quiz (more on those soon).
Thanks for being so patient with us!
January 18, 2009
There are thousands of festivals around the world and, y’know, fine, I’m not going to kick up a fuss about it – but indiepop fans around the world have been trying for years now to make their favourite music count in ways that the Glastonburies of the world will never know: a bunch of people getting together out of sheer enthusiasm to create an event that will make their friends go “yaaaay!” and travel miles and miles to be there and be part of something special, something as removed from the commercialism of mainstream festivals as anything could ever be. Jump around, make new friends, marvel at the spirit of indiepop shining bright forever.
Popfests came out of the Indiepop mailing list and you can find a short history of them here. They started as humble meet-ups for people on that list and grew to be much-anticipated events that popfans from all over put a lot of effort in. Things have changed, of course, and Popfests are no longer closely related to the Indiepop list but it’s still an important inspiration. For us the inspiration was a trip to the New York popfest in 2008, when after four days of unbelievable fun and warmth (in every sense) and joy, after a lot of drinks and on our way to a veggie dinner, we said it was time for London to raise its hand and say “Yay pop!”. A London Popfest almost happened in 2004 but since then there have been no talks about anything similar. We are lucky here because we’ve got the miracle that is Indietracks to keep us smiling, but a popfest is quite a different proposition – hence the unusual winter timing.
So here we are with our little London popfest at last: four days of running around this brilliant city celebrating these amazing times for indiepop with our friends. Roll on February! We can’t wait to meet you all.
January 17, 2009
Hello popkids! The first London Popfest is finally happening and it’s less than five weeks away. Yay! Please look on the left there for some important information you need to know and make sure you subscribe or keep checking this site for updates and all the latest news.