Monday, 25 October 2010

Big Pink Cake Weekender

The Big Pink Cake Weekender takes place on the weekend of 5-7 November 2010 and is split between London (Friday 5 Nov) and Bristol (Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 Nov).

Bands playing over the weekend include The School, The Garlands, The Blanche Hudson Weekend, The Sweet Nothings, Standard Fare, Hong Kong In The 60s, The Sunny Street and loads, loads more.

We're delighted to be playing at the London night on Friday 5 November with The Garlands, The Electric Pop Group and The Kick Inside. It's at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon, London and the last time we checked there were only about a dozen tickets left. Information and tickets are available at:

This is the only gig we have in the diary at the moment, although Andy will be playing at MJ Hibbett's Totally Acoustic in London on Tuesday 21 December.

In other news, there's just a few days left of the HDIF label's October sale. This month, all their albums are just £5, including our debut and albums from Butcher Boy, Cats On Fire, Saturday Looks Good To Me and Antarctica Takes It!:

Hope to see you at one of the shows.

Andy, Daniel, Emma, Ian and Jonny x

Monday, 30 August 2010

Edinburgh Popfest

We'll be playing our first ever show in Scotland at the inaugural Edinburgh Popfest on Saturday 23 October.

There's some fantastic bands playing over the weekend, including Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Ballboy, Darren Hayman, Bearsuit, The Just Joans and loads more, and we're really looking forward to it!

The full line up for the weekend is as follows:

Friday 22 October @ The Wee Red Bar
Ballboy, Withered Hand, The Leg, Randolph’s Leap

Saturday 23 October @ The GRV
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, The Just Joans, Kid Canaveral, Internet Forever, Pocketbooks, Be Like Pablo, Red Shoe Diaries, Bearsuit

Sunday 24 October @ The Lot
Darren Hayman, The Bobby McGees, Bobby Baby, Eagleowl, Gordon McIntyre

Tickets can be bought for individual days or as a weekend pass (limited number only) and are available now from Avalanche Records in Edinburgh and online from WeGotTickets. You can also follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Berlin festival and summer shows

(The Kreuzberg Wasserturm. Photo: Beschty)

On the weekend of 3-5 September 2010, we'll be playing at the Indie Pop Days festival in Berlin, as organised by the city's fantastic Let's Kiss And Make Up club night. We're playing on Saturday 4 September night in the Kreuzberg Wasserturm, which is a water tower built in the style of a middle ages castle!

The festival's line up includes an ace selection of bands from across Europe including Lucky Soul, The Sunny Street, Labrador, The Felt Tips, Le Man Avec Les Lunettes, Labrador, Still Corners and Leaving Mornington Crescent.

Here's a selection of links if you'd like to find out more:
Let's Kiss And Make Up / Facebook /

We'll also be playing and DJing in London and Leicester this summer. Here's the details:

London - Saturday 26 June 2010
Scared To Dance
With guest DJs Emma and Ian from Pocketbooks
@ Kings Cross Social Club, 2 Britannia Street, London / Facebook

A first birthday party for this fantastic London indie pop club night, with our Emma and Ian DJing and a chance to pick up the Scared To Dance summer 2010 fanzine.

London - Thursday 22 July 2010
HDIF Presents...
Tender Trap + Shrag + Betty and the Werewolves + Antarctica Takes It! + Pocketbooks
@ Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London, SW9 2LH
Tickets / / Facebook / HDIF Presents

HDIF presents a pre-Indietracks spectacular to help raise money for Antarctica Takes It!, who are travelling from Santa Cruz to play at the Indietracks festival this year. Tickets are just £5.

London - Tuesday 10 August
Lucky Soul + The School + The Lodger + Pocketbooks DJ set + How Does It Feel To Be Loved? DJ set
@ Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Tickets /

Our Dan will be stepping up to the DJ decks at this ace Pic'n'mixx night. Don't forget to bring along a compilation CD to swap at the door.

Leicester - Friday 24 September 2010
Twesta presents...
Pocketbooks + The Gresham Flyers + The Screenbeats
Firebug, 1 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN
Twesta /

Our very first gig in Leicester, presented by our friends at Twesta.

Nottingham - Sunday 26 September
Nottingham Indiepop Weekender
Emma and Ian from Pocketbooks (acoustic set) + Scumbag Philosopher + tbc
@ Chameleon, 17 Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HL

Emma and Ian will be playing an acoustic set at the second day of this indiepop spectacular. Bands playing the previous day include Allo Darlin, The Pete Green Corporate Juggernaut, Horowitz and Betty and the Werewolves.

Hope to see you at one of the shows!

Andy, Daniel, Emma, Ian and Jonny x

Thursday, 22 April 2010

May and June 2010 shows

Sadly we didn’t make it to Copenhagen Popfest because the Iceland volcanic ash meant that our flights were cancelled. This means that our UK shows in May and June will be our first gigs in six months. We’ll definitely be playing some new songs, so please come along if you can.

Thursday 13 May - London

Scarlet's Well + Vatican Cellars + Pocketbooks
@ Bull and Gate, 389 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2TJ
Tickets /

This will be a first chance to hear lots of our new songs and possibly some neglected songs from our past. We’re dead excited to be playing with Scarlet’s Well, who are fronted by Bid from the legendary Monochrome Set. We actually played with them at our first-ever gig back in 2006 so this will bring back some memories. We’re on first, so please arrive early!

Saturday 29 May - London

Pic'n'mixx presents
Pocketbooks + Cola Jet Set + Foxes! + The Cavalcade
@ Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, London, N1 1RU
Tickets / Facebook /

This will be more of a Saturday night kind of set with more of our familiar songs and just a couple of upbeat new ones. The idea behind Pic’n’mixx is that you bring a compilation CD with you and swap it at the door for a different one. It’s an ace line up and their last night was really fun, so please come along and have a dance!

Saturday 19 June - Nottingham
A Layer Of Chips presents
Standard Fare + Allo Darlin’ + Pocketbooks + Mascot Fight
@ Chameleon, 17 Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HL
Info / Facebook /

We’re playing with this year’s two new indiepop sensations, Standard Fare and Allo Darlin’, plus the fantastic Mascot Fight. A perfect gig if you can’t wait for the Indietracks festival in July!

Hope to see you at one of the gigs.

Andy, Daniel, Emma, Ian and Jonny x

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Roadside Poppies and Pocketbooks in Copenhagen

Sadly, due to pesky volcanoes, a very disappointed Pocketbooks didn't make it to Copenhagen this weekend to play at the Popfest. We'd like to thank the lovely peeps behind it for inviting us, and we hope it was a fantastic weekend despite the disruption!

Special thanks to Roadside Poppies, who covered one of our songs, 'Cross The Line' in homage! Yes, that is our drummer Jonny on drums, who cleverly decided to travel to Denmark a few days ahead of us before the flight ban kicked in. As far as we know, he's still there!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Copenhagen Popfest

Edit (16 April): We're sorry to say that due to the Iceland volcanic ash flight cancellations we are unable to travel to Copenhagen for the popfest. We're really sad to be missing out and hope to make it over to Denmark soon.


We'll be playing at the first ever Copenhagen Popfest, which takes place from Friday 16 April to Sunday 18 April 2010.

The festival will be three days filled with international and Danish indiepop acts, and we can't tell you how much we are looking forward to it! The line up is as follows:

NoMoreHeroes, Labrador, Liechtenstein, The Electric Popgroup, Pocketbooks

Ampel, The Boombox Hearts, Gregory Webster Trio, Leaving Mornington Crescent, Death Valley Sleepers, Compute, Rose Elinor Dougall, Horowitz, Northern Portrait

Roadside Poppies, Tellus About The Moon, Iiris Viljanen, Cats On Fire

The Popfest will take place at RĂ¥huset - right in the heart of Copenhagen. More details will be unveiled shortly, and we'll post all the information up here. You can also keep up to speed with the festival through its various links: official site, facebook,, myspace, twitter.

Tickets are available from the following link: Copenhagen Popfest tickets
Hope to see some of you there!

(Last edited: 14 March 2010)