Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
Das Wanderlust + The Retro Spankees + Lardpony + Life With Bears
Guest DJ: Simon Aurell (Fanfarlo)
plus Fortuna POP! DJs playing indiepop, punk rock, 60s psych, northern soul and more
Advance: £4 from We Got Tickets/Door: £5
Since January 2006, when they were invited down to London to record a session by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Das Wanderlust picked up fans in the likes of Phill Jupitus, Rob Da Bank, Everett True, Clint Boon, John Kennedy, Marc Riley and many more – as well as making appearances in Plan B, NME & Artrocker, being invited to play at Latitude Festival in July, and record further sessions for XFM and BBC 6music. In September they released their debut 7” single ‘The Orange Shop’ which Marc Riley recently named as his single of the year!
It all seems a long way from the day two summers ago when Laura first met Natalie in a crap nightclub in Middlesbrough, and wooed her to join an embryonic band from afar by posting her a 4-track cassette of her demo recordings and a handful of teabags. They walk the line between being obtuse and not being pretentious, don't do guitar solos, and are definitely *not* cool! Melody and chaos are their twin leaders and they write short songs to be played too fast.
“Like, I dunno, a furious Kenicke with the synths of Helen Love and the energy of The Banana Splits. Pow!” (Plan B)
THE RETRO SPANKEES
Already making a name for themselves in their hometown of Northampton with their blend of eccentricity and melodic alternative pop music, live they are accompanied by Old Mac Monkey The White Sock Monkey, various cuddly toys, and a cardboard tractor. Their debut album 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' is out now via Kooky Records. They are currently touring and working on their follow-up album.
“For fans of The Fall, Raincoats, Ballboy, Dr John, Julian Cope, Bearsuit, The Liars, Coin-Op and Kaito” (music-dash.co.uk)
Lardpony are from Derby and they play pop music influenced by Hefner, Pulp, Grandaddy, Flaming Lips, Queen, Sonic Youth, Boo Radleys, Justin Timberlake, Devo, Pavement, Kraftwerk and The Unicorns. They are currently putting the finishing touches to their second album, "the greatest invention ever".
“The East Midlands’ premier POP outfit… a fully fledged, popcore behemoth” (Sandman)
LIFE WITH BEARS
The Bears first discovered their love of music while dancing round their bedroom to 'Happy Hour' by The Housemartins. It was an epiphany. And yet strangely enough it was to be eighteen years until the joyous pop of Life With Bears started to make it onto record. The bears could not be happier with their chosen path as pop stars o' the future. They embrace the pressure and challenges that come with being the best band since The Human League and they still spend more time then is strictly neccessary dancing round their bedroom to 'Happy Hour'.
“Cabaret Voltaire-style synthetics, cheap drum machine, fake robotic vocals, awkward, wonky new wave funk, electronic handclaps and everything.” (Nightshift)