Rokit Giveaway: Star Shaped Festival Comes To Town
Turn the clock back 20 years as we prepare to give away 2 tickets for The Star Shaped Festival, with the likes of Britpop royalty Chris Helme, Shed Seven and The Bluetones set to take to the stage.
Words by Danielle Morgan
What is Starshaped Festival and should you be there? The event, hosted at the legendary Garage club, will play non-stop Britpop bangers with some major appearances from '90s Indie royalty that'll set your hearts all aflutter so short answer, yes. Yes you should be there.
It's like a festival but without the grotty toilet pits, mystery substances projectile vomited all up the side of your tent and overpriced shit lager, so really it's nothing like a festival. Hurrah! Whether you were there the first time round, or experiencing it all anew, the '90s will be brought well and truly to life.
Expect live sets from the likes of Shed Seven, The Seahorses' Chris Helme and a Dj set from Alan McGee; one night of riotous tunes that'll transport you back to 1996. In case you didn't know, the former were named after a small shed just outside York railway station labelled '7', whilst The Seahorses were John Squire's follow up band to the Roses, Chris recruited busking outside Woolworth's with some of their material co-written with Liam Gallagher, so the lads know how to keep things real. And well, Alan McGee basically signed Oasis in King Tut's Wah Wah Hut back in the early '90s so you know, he's kind of a big deal too. You can also look forward to appearances from The Bluetones, Britpop tribute bands and guest Dj's into the early hours.
The venue itself has been history in the making since it was opened in 1993, in the midst of the Britpop phenomenon. Since then, it has played host to main players Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, RHCP and of course, Oasis. In its day, The Garage was a rite of passage for up and coming rock and indie bands before they made it. With a capacity of only 700, avoid if you have serious intimacy issues, although we wouldn't have any problem being squished up against Alex Turner in a crowded room. Just saying.
With Star Shaped Club nights taking place across the country in Brighton, Leicester, Manchester and Birmingham, the boys are broadening their horizons. Already endorsed by some of the biggest names on the scene, TicketWeb Uk have named Star Shaped the 'biggest and best Britpop night in the country'. No pressure then.
If visions of Helme knocking out acoustic versions of bangers such as Love is the Law and Blinded by the Sun, or set after set chucking out Blur, Oasis and Black Grape classics till 4am float your boat, then there's nowhere else to be on Saturday 3rd September. In collaboration with Rokit, Star Shaped Festival will be giving away a pair of tickets and an exclusive fishbowl cocktail for the successful gruesome twosome. To enter, head over to our Facebook Page, comment on the post and tag a mate you want to take with you. Competition ends at midnight on Wednesday 31st August, with the winners announced the following day. Easy as peas. If you can't wait till then, you can grab the last few tickets here. Then all that's left to do is grab your bucket hats, lace up your Gazelle's and relax into that Manchester swagger. The beer might be cheap but the music certainly ain't.