The Rainband return again to Italy in November to support legendary Swedish punks The Hives in Milan. Hosted by the beautiful setting of Fabrique in Milan, SpazioRock.it Festival will offer an unmissable event dedicated to international Rock!
On Friday 29th September The Rainband will support one of the UK’s most iconic vocalists and performers, Tony Hadley at Blackburn’s King Georges Hall. Hadley was a global superstar in the 1980’s fronting Spandau Ballet. The band conquered the world with numerous chart topping singles such as “Gold”, “Only When You Leave”, “Lifeline”, the epic “Through the Barricades” and of course the international number one “True”.
It promises to be a night to remember with The Rainband also performing new material from their forthcoming second album, along with all singles to date. Tickets are selling fast so make sure you don’t miss out on this.
The Rainband will join Maximo Park, Billy Bragg, Mo from The Voice, Eliza and The Bear plus loads more at RIVFEST 2017 in September.
RivFest, the event set up by the family of the late Viola Beach guitarist River Reeves will take place on Saturday 2 September at Priestly College in Warrington, the home town of the band who died in a tragic car accident last year.
The four members of Viola Beach – Reeves, Kris Leonard, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin – and their manager Craig Tarry were all killed when their car fell off a bridge in Sweden in February 2016.
The River Reeves Foundation has the ambition to help young people realise their dreams as actors, writers, artists, directors and musicians through grants, donations and other payments. We aim to provide the financial support that ensures passionate, talented young men and women can dare to dream about their futures within the arts.
The Rainband’s new album material made an early appearance this summer during the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon 2017. New track ‘New York’ featured on multiple historic and iconic moments from SW19. From Arthur Ashe’s victory over Jimmy Connors in 1975 (incidentally the year The Rainband we’re truly born!) through to Nadal beating Federer in the dark in 2008, the sound of The Rainband’s uplifting, jangly summer vibe served up (sorry!!!) a perfect backdrop.
It’s been a while, but the band have been busy in the studio this winter finalising tracks for their second album. The album is scheduled to be released this Autumn. Live favourite ‘Gimme Love’ is ear-marked to be the first single release in May. All together 20 new tracks have been recorded. Titles include; Gimme Love, Outta Sight, Otherside, New York, Andy Warhol, Is This What You Get, Realise, Heading South, Blink Of An Eye, Back To You and Hourglass.
You can catch the band live in Manchester, London and Glasgow in May with a short promo tour for single ‘Gimme Love’. They play the Dublin Castle, London on Friday 5th May, Manchester’s Deaf Institute on Saturday 6th and Glasgow King Tuts on Friday 19th May. Tickets are available online from out ‘Tour’ page.
Earlier this year The Rainband were asked to write an exclusive Christmas song for Virgin Radio in Italy. Love Not War was born during the balmy late Indian summer in the North-West of England.
Recorded early in September in Manchester, the band quickly arrived at the decision to involve a local children’s choir to really add a Christmas vibe to the track. With the help of St Monica’s School Choir the track just felt right. The video was recorded in December 2016 in the school hall (we couldn’t confuse children that Christmas is in September!). Enjoy the song and video, Have a wonderful and hopefully peaceful Christmas. We’ll see you all in the New Year for album number 2 and the Gimme Your Love tour in the spring!
The track can be purchased on the Virgin Radio compilation Xmas Rock 2 from the following link:
Rainband feature on Virgin Radio Italy’s compilation ‘Xmas Rock 2’ with new Christmas song ‘Love Not War’
The Rainband were invited by Virgin Radio to write and record an exclusive Christmas song for their festive compilation release ‘Xmas Rock 2’. The album features 14 previously unheard tracks and features an host of artists including Glenn Matlock of The Sex Pistols.
Virgin Radio added ‘There’s strength in all the songs on this Xmas in Rock 2 compilation: all have been created exclusively for Virgin Radio, and all, except for the cover, contain the quote “Virgin Radio” in the lyrics.
The Rainband’s ‘Love Not War’ features vocals from St Monicas School Choir in Manchester. The track is available on CD in Italy and to download worldwide from Amazon music.
Here’s the full tracklist:
1. Glen Matlock – Virgin Radio Is Comin’ To Town
2. Lacuna Coil – Naughty Christmas (Virgin Radio Version)
3. Matthew Lee – Shout Out Christmas
4. Marky Ramone feat. Andead – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
5. Jaselli – The Coldest Night
6. Shtevil – Christmess
7. Ekko Park – Christmas Is Home
8. Rhumornero – Sotto Le Stelle
9. The Rainband – Love Not War
10. Down To Ground – Xmas Lights
11. Jack Savoretti – In The Bleak MidWinter (Live@Virgin Radio)
12. Joe Bastianich – Blue Christmas (Virgin Radio Version)
13. Plan De Fuga – It’s Xmas Right?
14. Shine Black Anthem – Do You Remember? (Santa Claus Version)
Final rehearsals are under way for The Rainband’s upcoming show at the Scarperia Festival in Italy on May 21st. It’s the bands fifth year playing the festival which occurs at the time of the Italian MotoGP in at the Mugello Circuit.
This year promises to be something spectacular as Italian TV network Rai, Virgin Radio and Rolling Stone Italia will be broadcasting from the event.