Pavement to play Norway’s Øya Festival with Big Boi, Gaslight Anthem

Norway festival

Pavement is really taking this reunion tour seriously. The band will headline Norway’s Øya Festival, which goes down August 10-14 in Olso’s Medieval Park. Joining the reunited indie rockers will be Outkast rapper Big Boi, dancehall stalwarts Major Lazer, and hardcore giants Converge (brief band descriptions are tough, OK). The festival boasts over 200 bands during its five-day run, so there’s something for everyone. Personally, I’d just want to catch my favorite band and look at the beautiful Scandinavian women.

To recap, Pavement has also confirmed dates at festivals such as Primavera, Roskilde, All Tomorrow’s Parties and Sasquatch in 2010. They might just play your friend’s birthday party if you ask nicely.


Pavement expands reunion tour

After opening their 2010 reunion tour with dates in Australian and New Zealand, Pavement will spend a month in the U.K. and Europe. The lucky countries include France Italy, Germany, Czech Repbulic, and Ireland.

Here’s how the tour is shaping up:

Pavement 2010 Tour Dates
03/01 – Auckland, NZ @ Auckland Town Hall
03/04 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre
03/06 – Victoria, AU @ Golden Plains
03/07 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton Theatre
03/08 – Perth, AU @ Metro City
03/10 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli
03/12 – Melbourne, AU @ The Palace
05/04 – Dublin, IE @ Tripod
05/05 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
05/07 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
05/08 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
05/10 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/11 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/12 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/13 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/14 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/15 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/16 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/18 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
05/19 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
05/20 – Prauge, CZ @ Palac Akropolis
05/21 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
05/22 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
05/24 – Rome, IT @ Atlantico Live
05/25 – Bologna, IT @ Estragon
05/27 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/29-31 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
09/21 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
09/22 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
09/23 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
09/24 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage

As of this point, my concert in New York City on September 24 is the last stop on the tour. I really hope it remains that way.


Pavement might release best-of compilation

Pavement guitarist Spiral Stairs recently spoke with NME about the possibility of a best-of Pavement compilation. As previously reported, the band will tour for the time since their breakup in 1999, including stops at various festivals across the globe.

Most Pavement crazies already own all of the band’s available material, so it’s nice to know that this prospective compilation will contain previously unreleased radio sessions.

The guitarist, real name Scott Kannberg, told NME.COM that the album would be likely to feature outtakes as well as the band’s best-known songs, and be released around the same time of their reunion gigs next year.

“There’s talk of doing a best of, with some really cool outtakes on that,” he explained. “The very first radio show that Pavement ever did has never been released. I don’t think anyone’s heard it, so we’ll put that out there sometime.”

The Pavement deluxe reissues are incredible. Each package contains the standard album, b-sides, outtakes, and live performances. For a price hovering around 16 bucks, it’s a great deal. I didn’t think Pavement would be the type of band to release a best-of, but I’m game if we get to hear an ancient radio session. The compilation will coincide with the reunion tour, so I guess it’s good to a have a new release out there.

They should just make an album of original material and be done with it. I’m sure they’ll get the itch later in life, but fans won’t want to hear Stephen Malkmus waxing nostalgic. We want their strange brand of rock and we it now!


Pavement hysteria continues, will headline Primavera Fest


When I told my friend that Pavement was going to tour next year he said, “I bet you they play Coachella.” While they haven’t been confirmed for the gigantic festival in the California desert, they will definitely be the main attraction at Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

The recently reformed US band will top the bill on the opening day of the festival, which runs from May 27-29 2010.

It is the group’s first confirmed date in mainland Europe as part of their worldwide reunion tour.

As previously reported on Gigwise, Pavement will also play two dates in London on May 11 and 12.

All is according to plan. They haven’t announced any shows taking place after their dates in New York City. I’ll be attending their show on September 24 in Central Park, which I hope is the final date of their reunion tour.

Below is a video of Pavement’s frontman, Stephen Malkus, performing solo at last year’s Primavera Sound.


Pavement to dominate All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in England


As previously reported, Pavement will reunite and tour next year. Their dates at New York City’s Central Park were announced last month, but now there’s news that Pavement will both headline AND curate the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead, England May 14-16.

The festival expanded to the U.S. in 2002 and earlier this year debuted in Australia. So far, the only other announced ATP festival will take place May 7-9 and have another curator.

I went to an All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in 2002 at UCLA. My buddy asked me to go on a whim and I agreed. I wish I had known more about the bands at the time as I just went to get out of the house. Sonic Youth and Stereolab played that night. Yep. Now I listen to those two bands all the time.

Next year belongs to Pavement.


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