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Starsailor's Page ~ Volume 5

Diary entries and photographs, from their travels in 2009.

The diary entries below were written initially on the band's official message board during their assorted travels, studio exploits and band adventures. The full collection will be mirrored here for posterity.

Happy New Year ~ by Starsailor
Friday 9th January 2009

  Hi All,

Happy New Year, we hope you had a brilliant festive period.

First things first - a radio edit of our new single is being uploaded onto our myspace site as we speak. Hope you like it, especially after hearing the numerous live versions on YouTube.

Our technical people are close to finishing a new site for us which we're hoping to launch late next week. We'll send another mail to let you know when it goes live.

Follow this link to watch the video for Tell Me It's Not Over. For those of you who haven't seen it - you can also watch a behind the scenes 'making of' here.

We're delighted to announce that we've added two new dates to our tour. Belfast and Dublin, as Boo has posted on the MB.

As we get closer to releasing Tell Me It's Not Over (23rd February) we're obviously hoping you'll hear us on the radio. Absolute, BBC Radio 2 and XFM have so far played the record. Next week we'll be live on BBC Radio 2 with Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie (Tuesday 13th January). The show starts at 8pm and we'll be playing 3 songs live to air. Please tune in.

That's all for now.

We'll be in touch shortly,

Ben, Baz, James and Stel  

Bono called heads and it was! ~ By Starsailor
Friday 16th January 2009

  Hello Again,

New Album Release Date:

Fair bit of news for you today. We were on Radio 2 with Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie the other night. They highlighted the fact that we're releasing All The Plans on the same day as U2 are putting out their new record. They suggested we call Bono and toss a coin for who moves their release date. He called heads and it was. Our album is now out on 9th March and Tell Me It's Not Over will be out on 2nd March. Sorry to make you wait a week longer. We hope it's worth it. To hear the show via BBC's listen again visit the BBC web site. The timings were kindly posted on the messageboard. Thanks QNick.

On The Radio:

Staying with radio, James went into Absolute to record some tracks and have a chat last week. This will be aired in two parts on Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show the first session on Monday the 19th January and the second part on Wednesday 21st January. You can listen and watch via their website.

UK Tour Support:

We're pleased to announce that support for the UK dates will be Pete Greenwood - and The Parlotones. Pete will also be playing guitar with us in our set you may have caught a glimpse of him in the Hard Rock London footage. The Parlotones are the South African band that looked after us so well on our recent visit there.

Vote for 'Tell Me It's Not Over':

Our new video will be a 'Hot New One' on the MTV2/MySpace chart as of Monday 19th January. Please vote for it through the MTV web site.

Album Pre-Order:

You can buy the deluxe version of the album via our site and receive a free download EP instantly. This includes the album version of Boy In Waiting and three exclusive non-album tracks. The deluxe version now has a confirmed tracklisting, including the brand new acoustic song, Merry Go Round.

New Website:

Last but not least, we're launching our new website today. There are bound to be a few teething problems but we hope you're happy with it.

There'll be more news next week, but for now we hope you all have a brilliant weekend,

Stel, Ben, Baz and James  

From Kilburn to Valencia; gigs in February ~ By Starsailor
Thursday 22nd January 2009

  Hello again,

Luminaire Show:

We're happy to announce we'll be playing at The Luminaire in Kilburn, North London on Wednesday 11th February. It's a lovely venue, but very small so you'll need to be quick to secure tickets. The good news is that they're on sale from 9am tomorrow (Friday 23rd January) and don't then go on general sale until Tuesday (should there be any left). Here's the link for the pre-sale.

MTV Winter Valencia 2009:

We've been asked to play at this event alongside Franz Ferdinand. It would obviously be rude not to. Details at present are a little sketchy, but its on the 24th February at the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Tickets will be available and it will be broadcast across MTV networks. We'll fill you in as soon as we have the relevant info.

That's all for now,

Barry, Ben, Stel and James  

New Single Formats and Album Chart Show ~ By Starsailor
Wednesday 4th February

  Hello Again,

New Single:

Tell Me It's Not Over, released 2nd March 2009. As you hopefully are aware, our new single, Tell Me It's Not Over is due to be released on 2nd March.

Here's a reminder of the formats that will be available:

  • CD: Tell Me It's Not Over, In Their World (new song, not on the album)
  • 7" vinyl: Tell Me It's Not Over, All the Plans (feat Ronnie Wood.)
  • Digital: Tell Me It's Not Over, Stuart Price Radio Mix and Thin White Duke Club Mix.

All of these songs will be available digitally (apart from In Their World) and all count towards the singles chart. A 3 format bundle (for only £3!) including exclusive signed artwork is available through our site.

The Album Chart Show - Monday 9th February:

We're pre-recording this on Monday and we'll be performing 3 songs live for transmission on either 13th February or 20th February. It's recorded at Koko in London. Anyone who'd like to come needs to fill in the form before 5pm on Friday. Unfortunately it's for 18s and over.

Other artists performing will include Seasick Steve, All American Rejects, The Wombats and Alesha Dixon.

Jonathon Ross - Radio 2:

We'll be playing Tell Me It's Not Over on the show this Saturday 7th February.

XFM London:

James will be playing acoustically on Dave Berry's show this Friday afternoon (6th February).

Luminaire Show:

The tickets for this show sold out within the hour. Fortunately some bright spark at our record company held some back. We're delighted that we can offer 5 pairs of tickets and a competition will be launched on the message board shortly.

Valencia MTV Show on 24/2 (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias):

It turns out that entry to this gig is absolutely free. Just walk straight in.

Thinks that's it for now,

Stel, James, Ben and Baz.  

Instores, thanks and more news ~ By Starsailor
Friday 13th February

  Hi All,

Luminaire thanks:

A big Thank You to everyone who came down to see us at The Luminare on Wednesday. Despite James suffering a throat infection we really enjoyed the show!

This Feeling gig:

James will be appearing at the This Feeling night in Camden on 27th February. It's going to be an amazing night to launch the single in style. More details to follow.

Album Chart Show:

We played a three song set at the filming of The Album Chart Show on Monday. Tell Me It's Not Over will be shown on the show on Friday 20th February - we'll let you know when the other two tracks are going to be aired.

Key 103:

James is doing a short acoustic set (probably 3 songs) at a free event in Manchester next Monday early evening (16th February).

The event, Down Your Street, is being hosted by Key 103 Radio as a re-launch of the Co-operative and on the same night that their much publicised 150 second Bob Dylan sound-tracked commercial will air on ITV1 at 7:40pm (during Coronation Street, taking the whole ad break) and will be previewed at the event.

The evening takes place at The Great Northern between 6:30pm and 8pm on Monday 16th February.

Instores:

To celebrate the release of our single 'Tell Me It's Not Over' and our album 'All The Plans' we are pleased to announce the following instores which will feature James playing acoustic.

  • Monday 2nd March at 6pm
    Banquet, Kingston
  • Tuesday 3rd March at 5pm
    Rapture, Witney
  • Monday 9th March at 7pm
    Sound Knowledge, Marlborough
  • Tuesday 10th March at 5pm
    Action, Preston

Pre-order the album:

We've added a clip of 'Black Limousine' to our myspace to tempt you further. It's part of the 4 track digital EP you receive immediately on ordering the bonus album via our site.

Speak next week,

Baz, Ben, Stel and James.  

Hard Rock Listening Party/Luminaire footage ~ By Starsailor
Monday 23rd February 2009

  Hi All,

Listening Parties & More:

Our friends at Hard Rock are holding some 'All The Plans' listening parties. There'll be posters, and other goodies as well as their usual hospitality. See this post for more details.

Pop along and give the album a listen.

Luminaire Footage:

The wonderful people at Flyposter captured some footage at the Luminaire gig. You can view it here.

This Feeling:

A reminder that James will be playing an acoustic set at This Feeling. Visit this message board post for details.

Instores:

James will be playing acoustically at the following record shops in the next few weeks.

Monday 2nd March at 6pm
Banquet, Kingston

Tuesday 3rd March at 5pm
Rapture, Witney

Monday 9th March at 7pm
Sound Knowledge, Marlborough

Tuesday 10th March at 5pm
Action, Preston

Pre-orders:

Finally, don't forget that you can pre-order our single through our shop here.

It's only 3 for 3 formats. There are limited pieces of signed artwork available so make sure you get your orders in now! Even Barry thinks it's a good deal.

You can also pre-order 'All The Plans' while you're in there. The bonus album comes with an exclusive 4 song digital EP which is made instantly available.

More next week,

James, Ben, Stel and Baz  

Tell Me It's Not Over Out Now! ~ By Starsailor
Monday 2nd March 2009

  Hi All,

Tell Me It's Not Over:

Just wanted to remind you all that our new single Tell Me It's Not Over is out NOW. There are some great digital deals on the 4 track bundle at Amazon, iTunes and 7digital. You can also order it via our site 3 for 7", CD and Mp3 here.

For those of you who bought the bundle via recordstore, the mp3 element is now available for download. Please download it this week to count towards our chart placing.

Janice Long BBC Radio2 TONIGHT:

James will be in the studio with Janice Long at Radio 2 on tonight, as well as performing a couple of Starsailor tracks he'll be picking some records that are important to him.

Visit this page of the message board for details on other upcoming appearances.

Acoustic XFM Manchester Show:

James will be playing an acoustic show at The Deaf Institute in Manchester on Thursday 12th March in association with XFM.

To find out more about the show, and how to win tickets visit here.

Listening Parties:

Our London Hard Rock Cafe listening party will now be on Weds 4th March now, not Thurs 5th!

*Hard Rock Cafe, London*
Wednesday 4th March - from 7pm, 150 Old Park Lane London W1K 1QZ
Tel. 020 7514 1700
*Please note, this is a change of date since originally published.*

*Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester* Thursday 5th March - from 9pm, Exchange Square Manchester M4 2BS
Tel. 0161 831 6700.

*Hard Rock Cafe, Cardiff*
Thursday 5th March - from 8pm 49 St Mary Street Cardiff CF10 1AD
Tel. 02920 373403.

*Hard Rock Cafe, Edinburgh*
Wednesday 4th March - from 7pm 18 George Street Edinburgh EH2 2PF
Tel. 0131 260 3000.

New Gadget:

The technical people at our label have come up with a new gadget previewing the album and linking to our videos, news and shop. Check it out here and grab it for your Social networks!

Pre-Order All The Plans:

If you like what you hear on the new gadget, please go ahead and pre-order the album here. The bonus version comes with a free digital EP that is immediately available. It also features a 7 song acoustic CD which has 6 album tracks (as they were written) and one brand new song.

Happy Listening,

James, Ben, Stel and Baz  

All The Plans - OUT NOW ~ by Starsailor
Monday 9th March 2009

  Hi All,

All The Plans - OUT NOW:

Our new album All The Plans is out now. Pick it up from your local record shop or buy it from any number of online retailers either physically or digitally. For full details of where to buy and prices, please see this page on our site.

Tell Me It's Not Over:

Thanks to everyone who bought our single Tell Me It's Not Over last week, we're really grateful for your support and hope you're enjoying the b-sides. Unfortunately it didn't trouble the high end of the charts, but great to see it in the Top 75.

Live Webchat with James:

James will be doing a live webchat on Gigwise.com at 4pm this Wednesday 11th March. If you want to join in and ask James any questions you may have, please visit Gigwise.com.

The Met Bar:

James is playing an acoustic show at The Met Bar in London on Tuesday 17th March. Unfortunately the gig is for Met Bar members, however we've managed to grab 10 pairs of tickets for you. Click here for details and an entry form.

Speak soon,

Stel, James, Baz and Ben  

We're really looking forward to our UK tour! ~ By Starsailor
Friday 20th March 2009

  Hi All,

A Big Thank You:

Thanks to everybody who bought the album. We hope you're enjoying it. We've had some positive feedback and good reviews which are really pleasing.

Win Gig Tickets!

We're really looking forward to our UK tour. It's just about sold out but we have a few pairs of tickets to give away here on the web site.

Artwork Answers:

We've had quite a lot of enquiries regarding the origin of the artwork for the single and album. They're pictures from the archives of Daniel Meadows. An amazing photographer in our opinion. Check out his web site.

Xfm Acoustic Show:

Xfm are airing James's acoustic performance from The Deaf Institute earlier this month, this Sunday between 8-9pm. Be sure to tune in 104.9 or log on to the Xfm web site and text in some positive comments.

Extra Live Dates:

We're hoping to announce some UK and European festivals in the coming weeks. Watch this space.

Cheers,

James, Baz, Ben and Stel  

The tour so far . . . ~ By Starsailor
Friday 17th April 2009

  Hi All,

Tour:

We're had a brilliant time on the road the last couple of weeks and want to say a massive thank you to those who have been down to see us, we've been really enjoying getting to play our new material and the crowds every night have been fantastic.

Crisis Hidden Gig:

We're going to be playing on Tues 2nd June as part of the Crisis Hidden Gigs series. The show takes places in London but the venue will remain a secret until 24 hours before to highlight the fact that most homeless people don't know where they'll end up sleeping each night. For tickets please visit crisis.org.uk and seetickets.com

Gaymers Grassroots:

We will be playing a small homecoming show in Wigan on Sunday 26th April as part of the Gaymers Grassroots Gigs series. Tickets for this intimate gig aren't on sale, so for a chance of winning a pair please click here but hurry up as the competiton ends on Sunday!!!

Festival announcements:

We're really pleased to confirm that we'll be playing at T in The Park, and the Indie Guitar Music Festival this summer - we're hoping to have even more festivals confirmed over the next couple of weeks. As soon as any get added to our schedule we'll put them on the website.

Phil Spector:

As many of you will have seen in the news this week, Phil Spector, who produced two of the tracks on Silence is Easy has been convicted of murder.

'Recording with Phil Spector was an amazing experience at the time. I had grown up with 'Imagine' and was just getting into the brilliant 'Born To Be With You'( the album Spector produced for Dion) when we got the call. The two tracks 'Silence Is Easy' and 'White Dove' were recorded in the first week of working with him. He then returned to LA and came back to England some weeks later a different character. The out going charismatic producer we had met previously had become withdrawn and hard to communicate with. We persevered as long as we could out of respect for the man and his reputation but eventually we had to call it a day. Some weeks later while the album was being mixed we heard he had been arrested for murder. It is hard for me to pass judgement on whether he is guilty or innocent. We certainly never saw an aggresive side to him while we worked with him but like everybody else we do not know exactly what went on inside that house.'

Twitter Song:

James recently posted a new acoustic song via his twitter page which is called Evermore. To hear the track just scroll back through James's enteries until you get to 10th April.

US Release:

All being well, our record will be available via itunes in the US in time for our appearance on the Jay Leno show - April 30th. We're playing at The Troubadour in LA on May 1st and there are a few tickets left. Watch this space as we're hoping to add more dates in the coming days.

All The Plans:

Our next single will be the album's title track 'All The Plans.' It will be available by download from 15th June.

Speak soon,

Baz, James, Stel and Ben 

Crisis Special Acoustic Gig ~ By Starsailor
Wednesday 27th May 2009

  Hi All,

Crisis Special Acoustic Gig

We're going to be playing a very special show in London on 2nd June for the Crisis Hidden Gig series, the venue will remain a secret until 24 hours beforehand to raise awareness of the fact that the homeless often don't know where they'll stay from one day to the next.

We'll be playing this gig as a full band acoustic show and think that the venue we're playing in is beautiful! Please come along for this special evening, you can buy tickets by clicking here and learn more about Crisis by clicking here.

Radio 2

We're going to performing on Dermot O' Leary's Radio 2 show on 6th June. As well as playing All The Plans we'll be doing a cover version we've not done on radio before.

Summer festivals

We've just confirmed some appearances over the summer, and hope to be adding more soon. Some of the dates we've added include Lokerse Festival in Belgium and Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park on the same day as Bruce Springsteen! For full details on these shows visit the gigs forum on the message board or our website.

Gaymers Live

This will be broadcast on 10th June on Channel 4, we don't have an exact time yet but it's likely to be around midnight.

Speak soon,

James, Ben, Barry and Stel  

European Tour/ Summer Festivals! ~ By Starsailor
Wednesday 10th June 2009

  Hi All,

Gaymers Grassroots

The Gaymers Grassroots program featuring our Wigan show and interview is being aired on Channel Four tonight at 00.30 don't forget to set the video if you can't stay up that late!

European Tour

We're really pleased that our European Tour is coming together, we're slowly announcing dates and so far have confirmed several shows in Germany as well as Amsterdam and Brussels. Check the calendar on the main website or this page on the message board for full details and more shows as they are announced.

Summer Festivals

We're really looking forward to playing some summer festivals this year, we've got some confirmed in the UK V2009, T in The Park, Hard Rock Calling as well as going overseas for Jisan Valley Rock Festival in Korea, Ejekt in Greece and Lokerse in Belgium. For more details visit the live page on our message board.

BBC Radio Listen Again

Our stripped back appearances are up on the BBC website where you can listen again until Friday night. For our Loose Ends show where we joined Stephen Fry in the studio visit the BBC Radio 4 web page and for our Dermot appearance visit his BBC Radio 2 web page.

New Single

All The Plans is released as a digital only single on June 22nd. It is now playlisted at Absolute and XFM. It is also receiving occasional plays on BBC Radio 2.

Speak Soon,

James, Ben, Barry and Stel  

Really looking forward to the summer dates all over Europe ~ By James Walsh
Wednesday 17th June 2009

  Hello Everyone,

I have a confession to make. I have neglected this fine website since the invention of 'twitter' (it's so easy!).

Anyway just wanted to say we are all really looking forward to the summer dates all over Europe (especially Hyde Park with Springsteen!!!). It's been a great summer so far. From our first gig in the Czech Republic to an unexpected trip for me to the Isle Of Wight festival! (It wouldn't be the same without at least one of us being there!).

Hope you all enjoyed the homecoming documentary. We certainly enjoyed making it. It was a great trip down memory lane.

Anyway the 2nd single 'All The Plans' is out in a few weeks. If any of you are experienced in making little videos for YouTube we'd love to see what you can do with the track. (Please avoid photo montages of the band etc).

See You Soon

James

P.S. If any of you want to read my pointless ramblings you can find me at http://www.twitter.com/jamesstarsailor  



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