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Phoenix FM's 2nd birthday

Celebrating our second full year on air as a real permanent radio station, the Phoenix FM studios opened up to six bands on the day, all of whom played fantastic acoustic sets, which you can watch again if you missed any of them here.

You can click to play the videos on the page or double click to go to YouTube and see them in a bit more detail.

1 PM Our first set of the day came from singer/songwriter STUART KNOWLES, who took part in the Phoenix FM Live Sessions back in January 2008 as a member of local band The Straights, who are now no longer. Stuart played out three tracks including two tracks from his debut album which has just been released and is available on iTunes, Amazon and HMV.

   

You can visit his website here: www.myspace.com/stuartknowles.

2 PM The next band to visit was THE ART OF REBELLION who recently recorded a Creative Session for the station. The three songs played on the day were Miles, Superhero and Two Sides To A Penny.

   

The band's website is at www.myspace.com/artofrebellion.

3 PM Our next visitor was HAFDIS HULD, a former member of Icelandic early 00s indie/dance outfit Gus Gus who's now living the UK. We recently interviewed Hafdis at her gig at the The Slaughtered Lamb in London and she insisted on coming down to Brentwood and playing live in the studio, and who are we to get in the way of that?

Hafdis's second album is out later this year and we were treated to two songs from it - Boys And Perfume and Kongulo - as well as a Velvet Underground cover, Who Loves The Sun, which appears on her first album, Dirty Paper Cup.

   

We were then treated to a fantastically long and insane interview which had no chance of filling the allotted three minutes.

Her Myspace is at www.myspace.com/hafdishuld.

5 PM After a short break it was back to the live bands and Nathan Nicholson from THE BOXER REBELLION gave us three acoustic renditions of their recent work. Nathan and the band's drummer Piers Hewitt - who is of course Phoenix FM's Friday night presenter when he's not touring with the band - then had a chat with Steve Robertson on the sport show, no doubt to revel in the good fortune of Southend United's recent form.

The three songs played were Flashing Red Light Means Go, Soviet and We Have This Place Surrounded.

   

You can see more about the band and their recent record-breaking-download exploits at www.myspace.com/theboxerrebellion.

6 PM Dagenham band THE ONESEVENFOURS were the headliners at Phoenix FM's Live Sessions gig in 2008 when they played under the name Mannequins, and they'll be back at the Bitter End in Romford in April for a Phoenix FM Curveballs special show. The three songs the band played today were Walking Away, In The Rubble and Making Summer.

   

More about the band at www.myspace.com/onesevenfours.

7 PM The final band of the day are here, TOM ALLALONE AND THE 78s. Local boys, if by local you mean "people I can just see on the other side of the River Thames". A band getting a lot of airplay with us at the moment, they played a storming acoustic set with three of their Tex-Mex-tinged-rockabilly classics. The songs played were Crashland, Casillero del Diablo and Wounded.

   

Crashland is the band's next single, out next month, and you can find out more at www.myspace.com/tomallalone.

After that it was party time with Phoenix FM presenters, volunteers and guests packed into the studio while the computer played out songs on auto like Fantasy Island by Tight Fit and Excitable by Amazulu.

Thanks to Dave from Creative Studios for once again providing the extra equipment needed on the day, Bryan for sorting out the sound on the day, Mike and Steve M for helping with all the refreshing, Jules for the cake (you can't do anything on a birthday without cake, can you) and all the Phoenix FM presenters and volunteers who turned up on the day to help out, give moral support and enjoy the live goings-on.

Next birthday March 2010 ... put it in your diary!

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