Juanita is touring the UK and Ireland in support of her new album "America":
July 2017 8th – Bluedot Festival, (headlining 2nd stage) Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire 9th – British Summer Time with Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers – Hyde Park, London 23rd – Deer Shed Festival, Yorkshire 29th – Cambridge Folk Festival – Cheery Hinton Hall, Cambridge
September/October 2017 Sun 24th Sept – Actress & Bishop – Birmingham Mon 25th Sept – King Tut’s – Glasgow Tue 26th Sept – Tunnels – Aberdeen Wed 27th Sept – Cluny – Newcastle Fri 29th Sept – Headrow House – Leeds Sat 30th Sept – Buyers Club – Liverpool Sun 1st Oct – Gulliver’s – Manchester Mon 2nd Oct – Portland Arms – Cambridge Weds 4th Oct – Fred Zeppelin’s – Cork Thurs 5th Oct – Strange Brew @ Roisin Dubh – Galway (Free Show) Fri 6th Oct – Grand Social – Dublin Sat 7th Oct – Kasbah Social Club – Limerick Mon 9th Oct – Crofters – Bristol
I had the privilege of catching Juanita's set at Bluedot this Saturday. For me it was one of the weekend's highlights and probably the most 'real' feeling set out of all that I took in. Firstly the setting was incredible - the Roots Stage is situated outside of the arena, open air, in the gardens of the Discovery Centre, opposite a bar and near the festival entrance and the campsites, in the early evening sun it was kind of magical and felt as far away as it gets from your average tent in a field! Juanita performs with her own full band, with Glenn on drums and a couple of fellas who are new to me - Todd and Max - on guitar and bass (although sadly I forget who was playing which)... She opened with "Florence" and I found myself instantly lifted away, feeling like this was a song I have known and loved all my life. Crazy. The whole set was captivating, Juanita's voice is as much a wonder to behold as ever and the songs and structure of the music all work so well in complimenting her. Her guitarist's solo work is more mellow and is more compliment than counterpoint, it's brilliant and really adds dimension. We were treated to one Howling Bells song, a rendition of Broken Bones which felt lighter and warmer than the Howling Bells sound, which I really enjoyed, alongside numerous other songs from Juanita's forthcoming album, all of which have taken on a whole new light to me having seen them performed live. I'm sure this is music that is as much written with the stage in mind as the studio. Balanced, deep, meaningful. I dont know what else to say other than go see her and buy her album!
On a side note, I was pleased to find Juanita featured on as one of Saturday's Highlights on the festival program - photo below:
Going off topic, as for Bluedot festival as a whole, it really is a lovely set up and atmosphere, solid infrastructure, good food, the crowd was pretty laid back and mature and there were many families. I really would recommend it, even if just for a day visit. Aside from music, there are a plethora of science talks, with an emphasis on Astrophysics which I spent the afternoons pretty much glued to...
Photos don't do justice to the sheer scale of the Lovell telescope, which towers over everything from the centre of the site. It was awe-inspiring to think of the things this machine has taught us over the years, also they had a fantastic light show visually projecting data onto it. Here's a shot of the Pixies and the telescope... surreal...
Juanita Stein supporting The Killers - Leeds - Sunday 19th November 2017
Courtesy of Juanita's ticket giveaway I had the privilege of attending the show last week, for which I'm very grateful. It was completely awesome. It was cool to see Juanita in such a large venue, kind of surreal and dreamy...
I'm not entirely sure who the musicians in her band were, for as clearly as I could see it was a slightly different line up to the recent UK headline tour and she was complimented by a lead guitarist.
The set comprised mostly songs from Juanita's debut album; but also The Night is Young (which was awesome!).
I get the feeling Juanita's being very much herself with her music, which to me is the most important thing there can be in music... Anyway being a support set it was short and sweet and I could have happily have sat transfixed for a good while longer.
As for The Killers, I can't believe how much I enjoyed myself, they put on a spectacular show, and I genuinely had this feeling of warmth as if they had brought the Las Vegas heat with them along with the glitz and the spectacle... I'm particularly familiar with the first two albums which I listened to endlessly many years ago; the songs and my love for them are still etched in my mind like it was yesterday, it was wonderful to finally see this band in the flesh!