Band Of Skulls
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
O2 Shepherds Bush Green, London, London, W128TT
Book Tickets: To purchase tickets in person, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire Box Office is open for cash ticket sales from 4pm-6pm on show days only, and 6.30pm-9.30pm please see venue listings for opening times. Tickets are also available from O2 Academy Islington 12pm-4pm, Monday-Saturday and O2 Academy Brixton 2 hours before door times on show days only. Please see venue listings for opening times (No booking fee charged on cash transactions). Public holidays may vary Local outlet: Stargreen 020 7734 8932or www.stargreen.com Disabled Bookings: Call Box Office Manager on 020 8354 3300 between 10am and 6pm (Monday-Friday) Age Restrictions: Gigs: The minimum age is 8 unless with written permission from venue management. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Clubs: Strictly over 18s (Photographic ID may be required) About O2 Shepherds Bush Empire was hailed "Best Venue" for the fifth time at the Music Week Awards 2005 and was shortlisted in 2008 and 2009. The O2 Empire has been a live entertainment venue for over 100 years and is a favourite within the industry, often chosen by artists for its extraordinary level of intimacy and historic importance on the touring circuit. With a capacity of 2,000, performers can get up close and personal with their most dedicated fans. Architecturally the venue is stunning, still retaining its original design with the grandeur of its early years. Contact Us Box Office: 0844 477 2000 (24 Hr) Email: email@example.com Tel: 020 8354 3300 For recruitment, visit Academy Music Group For press please email firstname.lastname@example.org For marketing and partnerships please email email@example.com Access The O2 Shepherds Bush Empire is an Edwardian Theatre designed over 100 years ago. It has many different levels and balconies. In Conjunction with Attitude Is Everything we have taken best endeavours to enable access to all customers and are constantly looking to make improvements. Due to licensing requirements and Health & Safety assessments, we regret that the number of wheelchairs admitted per show at this venue is limited and all patrons are treated on a first come first served basis. We recommend that customers with access requirements arrive prior to door opening times. Once performances have started it is likely admittance will not be possible. Please be aware that there is no access to a smoking area once inside.
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Booking Tickets To book tickets for O2 Shepherds Bush Empire:Call the Box Office Manager on 020 8354 3300 between 10am and 6pm (Monday-Friday). Spaces are sold on a first come first served basis. Our venue has a designated area for disabled patrons which can be limited and can sell out on some shows. Bookings not made through the venue cannot be guaranteed access to disabled facilities due to space limitations. You can also contact the box office through text relay by 18002 020 8354 3300 should this be Once you have been in contact with the venue you will be sent a letter of confirmation that should be brought with you when you attend the event. Companion/Carer Ticket The venue offers one free companion ticket which can be booked by contacting the venue directly. These can be limited in availability so please ensure you contact the venue as soon as possible to arrange. Companion/carer ticket holders should be able to meet the needs and assist the person they are accompanying in the event of an emergency. Braille Braille information sheets are available on request please email mail@o2Shepherdsbushempire.co.uk or call 020 8354 3300. Arriving at the Venue We recommend arriving at the venue 10-15 minutes prior to the doors opening. The door time will be stated on the tickets or confirmations. Please try to arrive at the venue no later than 60 minutes after the doors open. On arrival please go to the stage door. A member of security will be there to assist. Please be aware that entry to the venue once the performance has started cannot be guaranteed as the accessible entry point is through external doors which need to be opened and a ramp set up which can disturb the performance. Accessible Area & Facilities There are 4 wheelchairs spaces in the stalls area, these are situated three quarters of the way towards the back, on a raised area. Access is through a side door to the building which security will direct customers to and entrance is via a temporary ramp. There is a disabled toilet in the stalls area which is accessed via radar key. Non Wheelchair disabled bookings are usually for level 1. Unless it's a reserved seated show, level 1 is sold as Unreserved seating/standing. There is lift access to level 1 if stairs are not suitable. Please be aware that there is no access to the smoking area once inside the building due to the location of the accessible viewing area, and layout of the building. Bar Service The bars do not have lowered sections. 2 of the wheelchair locations are next to bars where staff can assist the third is a short distance away with level access although there are no lowered counters. Box Office Due to the building age the box office is not accessible and there is no induction loop at present. Security will assist when arriving at the venue from the front of the building. All tickets/confirmations will be sent out prior to the show. Merchandise The main merchandise counter is in the foyer which is not accessible to those who are unable to use stairs. There is a smaller merchandise counter in the stalls area near the viewing platforms which is not of an accessible height and is open most of the time however there are times when this is not in use. Staff are happy to assist with customers who want to purchase merchandise when available. Strobe Lighting & Effects Events may use strobes, stroboscopic lighting, smoke effects & pyrotechnics. On such shows signs are displayed. On shows with a higher than usual amount/level of this effect extra signage is displayed. Transport & Other Local Information The nearest tube stations are Shepherds Bush (Central Line), Goldhawk Road (Hammersmith and City Line). These are not accessible. The over ground line at Shepherds Bush does have a lift for access. For further information please go to www.tfl.gov.uk The nearest car park is situated at Westfield shopping centre which is approximately 10 minutes away. Information on parking here can be found on uk.westfield.com Details of nearby accessible hotels, bars and restaurants can be found on: www.directenquiries.com
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot issue refunds to under 14s who are not accompanied by an adult.
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When Southampton’s Band Of Skulls played a sold-out gig at London’s Forum in October 2010, it was a performance befitting a band honed by two years of constant touring, their sun-kissed melodies sweeter than ever, their riffs heavier and dirtier.. “In our minds, our first album [2009’s debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey] was quite an intimate little record,” says singer/guitarist Russell Marsden from behind his trademark bug-eye shades, “But it turned into this huge rock thing in venues across the world.”
The Forum gig marked the end of one chapter in this young band’s life. Late in 2010, faced with the prospect of beginning work on their as-yet untitled second album, they stole away to a remote studio in rural Norfolk with nothing but each other, their instruments and some strong red wine for company. “It seemed like a good way of decompressing everything that had happened to us, all the adventures we’d had, but it was like a big, dramatic therapy session,” says Marsden. “It was desolate, lonely and bitterly cold. We were on our own in a room playing the same four chords at each other.” After weeks of isolation, heavy snow started falling. “We all had a massive panic attack about getting snowed in and so we bolted,” says Marsden. “It was like a prison break.”
January brought a new perspective and a new location – the trio returned to the cradle of their first album, their home studio in Southampton. “It’s a tiny little room, but there’s something about it,” says the drummer. “If you can make something sound good in there, it’ll sound good anywhere.”
The creative juices soon started flowing, and the three songwriters – Marsden, Hayward and Richardson – were collaborating more fully than ever before. Scraps of melodies, lyrics and riffs fell into place, and complete songs began to emerge: the slow-burning album opener Sweet Sour, rockers Lies and The Devil Takes Care Of His Own. The results were designed for bigger crowds. “We wanted to write material that’s primed for where we’d got to,” says Marsden. “Beefier songs for bigger stages.”
By the time they reached Rockfield, the legendary residential studio in Wales, the band were primed to road-test the new material, playing a handful of US dates in a break from the album sessions. The response was electrifying: at the Beachside Festival in San Diego, one over-zealous fan rocked out so hard during new track You’re Not Pretty But You’ve Got It Going On he was Tasered by the police. “I guess he was having too much of a good time,” shrugs Richardson. “It felt like a real moment”.
Later, a performance at the Bonnaroo festival went on to shape the album’s character. “The new songs went down so well there we decided to incorporate some of the mistakes and mishaps into the studio versions,” says Marsden. “We had Ian [Davenport, returning Baby Darling… producer] jumping on top of our Fender amps to recreate one bit where the reverb was crackling and making weird noises. All the gear still had the dust and mud on it from the festival, so the dirt was there – a bit of filth from the road that made it onto the record.”
At the other end of the spectrum, tracks such as Hometowns, look closer to the band’s Southampton origins for inspiration. “A lot of the songs reference coming back home, realising how important it is to have that base,” says Richardson. Three years ago, they couldn’t wait to get away…
Marsden and Haywardhave been making music together since the latter was 12. “When me and Russ started playing together, dad wouldn’t let us play a gig until we were good enough,” says Hayward. “By the time of our debut gig we were the most over-rehearsed school band in England.”
Richardson, who designs all of the band’s artwork, was drawn in after meeting Marsden at art college in Winchester, despite having never before picked up a bass. Naming themselves Fleeing New York, there followed a long period of frustratingly gradual progress, during which the threesome took jobs working in venues around Southampton. “We always had odd jobs, but always with the mentality that it was going to happen for us one day,” says Hayward. “Pulling pints in music venues was frustrating because you’d see these bands coming through and you’d be like, For fuck’s sake, I so badly want to do this.”
The band’s fortunes changed when they launched their own monthly shindig – Club Skull – at Southampton’s Talking Heads venue, where they hosted artists including Anna Calvi, Thomas Tantrum and Jim Jones Revue and saved the headline slot for themselves. “It ended up being the local hang for all the bands,” remembers Marsden. “People would make up there, break up there… get pregnant!” It gave the trio a platform and a name: it’s here that Band Of Skulls were born.
The feverish responseto Band Of Skulls in America, Australia, across Europe and elsewhere has happened as a result of a few things. Getting a global iTunes Single Of The Week with I Know What I Am helped (and as a result, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey was rush-released to meet demand). Their appearance on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack in 2009 helped too, though the band claimed at the time to be oblivious to the phenomenon – they’d missed the first film and they’d not read the books, but if it was good enough for the quality of band’s included, it was good enough for them. The effect was short lived, they now say: “For a period of a couple of months we saw younger people turning up to shows in Edward Cullen T-shirts, but they sort of disappeared again,” says Richardson. The Mustang ad which ran across prime time US TV had more effect and elevated Light of The Morning into a stand out live track recognised by all the crowd.
With the attention afforded to them from audiences in far away places, the UK eventually caught up too. “You can do something so close up to the eyeball of England that you can be overlooked at first,” says Marsden. “It’s only when you go away and do something of note elsewhere that you’re given a hearing.” And that’s exactly what happened – they’re soon to headline Camden’s Roundhouse, where they’re set to unleash their fresh arsenal of songs. “That’s how we see it,” says Marsden. “Songs are your weapons. You might walk into somewhere and it’s got a barbed wire-fronted stage, so you hit the crowd with your heavy rock stuff. Sometimes the vibe is quite delicate, so you play the quiet stuff. We can do both. We’re the Swiss Army Knife of bands.”
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