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Tuesday May 24, 2011

Hi all… you well?

Good. Lots of exciting stuff to get through today. We spent Sunday making a music video. It was a 17 hour marathon, and around half of this we spent in make-up. I’d rather not ruin the surprise as to the reason of this, but before you make a wisecrack this wasn’t because we’re total mingers and 8 1/2 hours is the minimum to stop us cracking the camera lens.

Talking of cameras (and possibly a tiny bit of make-up) we appear on Later with Jools Holland BBC2 Tonight (22:00) and Friday (00:20). They are the last shows in the series and we’ve got a couple of things up our sleeves to give the show grand finale. Also on the show is 60s folk music legend Donovan, who lived in Hatfield and learned to play guitar in St Albans, so we’ll be hooking up with him to go to Batchwood afterwards.

Today our new album Pala is released to the lucky people of USA and Canada! As you probably know we’re immensely proud of this record, so go and buy it and play it as loud as possible. You know the drill by now: its the one with the parrot on the front: iTunes | Amazon | Beggars Group USA

We also begin our tour of the Americas this Wednesday at New York’s Webster Hall- tickets are still remaining for some of these dates so if you move fast you can snap one up. We’ll be flying straight from our performance on Jools Holland’s show on BBC2 so I’m sure we’ll be ready to lose our minds on stage- this obviously could be a good thing or a bad thing, but deffo worth turning up for either way.

We can also announce the dates of our Autumn UK tour. Ticket go on sale at 9am tomorrow from this very site. Go to the Live page, here ;

Thu 10 Nov – Bristol, O2 Academy
Fri 11 Nov – Birmingham, O2 Academy
Sat 12 Nov – Southampton, Guildhall
Mon 14 Nov – Nottingham, Rock City
Tue 15 Nov – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Thu 17 Nov – Manchester, O2 Apollo
Fri 18 Nov – Glasgow, Barrowlands
Sat 19 Nov – Leeds, O2 Academy
Mon 21 Nov – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Tue 22 Nov – Lincoln, Engine Shed
Fri 25 Nov – London, Brixton Academy


FF x


  1. Please come back to Amsterdam soon – your show was awesome!

    — Natalia · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #


    Jayon · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  3. Australia boys!!! Love you live… look forward to your return and to see u guys rocking Pala live. Smashing the album atm – already called it to feature in Triple J Hottest 100 2012. x.

    — Kirsty B · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  4. Same here Jayon! Yeahhh!!! Cannot wait! (”,)

    — Soupy Sue · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  5. Beloved friends,

    I’ve been waiting a lot for listen and buy the new record. I love your lyrics, your music, your spirit. Unfortunately, any of the options suits to me because of the geographical restrictions. I live in colombia and i want Pala digital. PLEASE! Guide me, tell me what to do.

    Besides, I will love to watch you live. What would i have to do to see you in Colombia?

    Kisses of Love, Kisses of Life,


    Marcela · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  6. Brazil and all South America are waiting for you guys. I hope you guys come soon. <3

    Leonardo Guizzo · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  7. Aww why are you guys not coming to Wales? this is sad news! x

    — Lucy · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  8. Indeed, Amsterdam was awesome!
    Would be great if you come back another time soon.
    Have fun on your tour guys!

    — Margriet · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  9. No Dublin date? :(

    — Erica · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  10. Haven’t been to Batchwood for ages! Can just see you and Donovan throwing some shapes downstairs :)

    — calie · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  11. Please please please guys how about a Belfast date, For the sake of my sanity

    — William · Tuesday May 24, 2011 · #

  12. FF: Fantastic follow-up album! So crushed that you had to cancel Philly show. Really hoping you guys will make this up BIG TIME and soon. All the best <3

    — Patricia · Wednesday May 25, 2011 · #

  13. Hey guys, brilliant work on the new album! – lovin ‘show me lights!’ I went to see you for the first time in brighton last month! Wicked! Will defiantly book in for your gigs in November 2011 and can’t wait! – btw I accidentally walked into a couple of you at the BBC lol! I was a bit rude, I didn’t realize who you were! I was actually listening to your album, hence why I wasn’t concentrating! I’m a numpty! Lol – keep up the good work! ;)

    — Jason Leadbeater · Saturday June 11, 2011 · #



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