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SONGBOOK - THE SINGLES, VOLUME ONE - 30/07/2004

from nme.com

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS are to issue a greatest hits collection this autumn - and they'll mark the release with a one-off LONDON event called LIGHTNING FRYDAY, NME.COM can reveal.

'Songbook - The Singles Volume One', released through Sony on October 4, contains 21 tracks, including 17 UK Top 40 hits. A limited edition version will contain exclusive artwork.

There will also be a DVD featuring all the group's videos to date, as well as a previously unseen 40-minute on-the-road documentary.

The band will precede the compilation by releasing a 20-minute live version of their classic 'The Man Don't Give A Fuck' on September 20, though the 'normal' version will appear on 'Songbook'. The live version was recorded at London Hammersmith Apollo on the band's last UK tour.

The full tracklisting for 'Songbook' is:

'Something 4 The Weekend'
'It's Not The End Of The World?'
'Northern Lites'
'Juxtapozed With U'
'Slow Life'
'Fire In My Heart'
'The Man Don't Give A Fuck'
'Hermann Loves Pauline'
'Play It Cool'
'Ice Hockey Hair'
'Do Or Die'
'(Drawing) Rings Around The World'
'God! Show Me Magic'
'Ysbeidiau Heulog'
'Demons'
'Golden Retriever'
'The International Language Of Screaming'
'Hello Sunshine'
'Hometown Unicorn'
'If You Don't Want Me To Destroy You'
'Blerwytirhwng?'

The Lightning Fryday event will take place on October 1 at London's Royal Festival Hall. Described as one of the band's most ambitious live events yet, Lightning Fryday will see the band take over the venue for the evening with a live performance, SFA activities and special guests in several rooms, extending beyond the RFH boundaries to nearby landmarks. Reappearances from some of the bandís old acquaintances are rumoured.

Ticket details will be anounced shortly.

Before all that the band perform at a number of summer festivals, including the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds, where they headline the Radio 1 Evening Session Stage at Reading on August 27 and Leeds on August 28.

BRECON VENUE SWITCHED - 28/07/2004

from bbc.co.uk

The venue for a gig at Brecon Jazz Festival by Welsh rock band the Super Furry Animals has been switched.

Objectors living near the planned site had signed a petition earlier this month in protest at the event.

The concert will now go ahead at the town's 850-seater market hall instead of in a marquee on Watton Field.

Powys County Council's Brecknock committee considered an application for a public entertainment licence for the marquee on Wednesday.

A council spokesman said when the application came up the committee made a suggestion for a venue change and it was accepted.

Residents living near the field claimed earlier this month that the concert had been "sprung" on them, although festival organisers denied there would have been problems.

"There was no real debate about the concerns, the committee just suggested the market hall and Brecon jazz accepted," said the council spokesman.

"The market hall already has a public entertainment licence so, unlike the marquee, there was no need for the festival to apply for a licence once it had accepted the market hall as a venue.

"Councillors were aware there had been considerable debate about this issue, but the concerns by local people didn't really come into it. A suggestion was made and it was accepted."

Lee Collins, the festival's marketing manager, said: "We can confirm that SFA will not appear in the marquee but in the market hall.

Unrest

"We thought that a live band under canvas would have sounded great, but it transpires the marquee isn't suitable.

"There were reports of unrest in the town regarding the concert so that would have played its part."

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Local resident and town mayor Mike Gittins said: "I'm pleased for the town the band is coming here and I'm pleased the concert will be at the new venue."

Watton Field is surrounded by homes inhabited by senior citizens and there were concerns they would find the noise intimidating.

The Super Furries are regarded as one of the most creative of the modern Welsh bands.

They will kick off the 21st festival on 12 August.

Among the other headlining acts this year are Brit-nomiinated Amy Winehouse, Jane Monheit and Claire Martin.

Two veterans of the British jazz scene, Humphrey Lyttelton and George Melly, will appear once again at the festival.

SFA TO PLAY CARLING WEEKEND WARM-UP GIG - 26/07/2004

from nme.com

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS are to play a one-off show in OXFORD as a warm-up for their headlining appearances at the CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS.

As previously announced on NME.COM, SFA will co-headline the BBC Radio 1 Stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds. They play Reading on Friday August 27 and the following day in Leeds. The band have now revealed they will play the Zodiac in Oxford on August 26.

The band are currently working on the follow-up to 2003's 'Phantom Power' on the Costa Brava. Mario Caldato Jr, who produced the last LP, is once more twiddling the knobs.

But SFA will return play the Brecon Jazz Festival on August 12. The show is in a 1,000 seater marquee, and acts as a 'warm-up' for the festival, which opens officially the next day.

The band will then support Air at the Cornwall Eden Project on August 13.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Super Furry Animals are the Saturday night (August 14) headliners at this year's Summer Sundae Festival in Leicester.

For ticket availability, click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

The full list of dates is as follows:

Brecon Jazz Festival (August 12)
Cornwall Eden Project (13)
Leicester Summer Sundae Festival (14)
Oxford Zodiac (26)
Carling Weekend: Reading (27)
Carling Weekend: Leeds (28)

A reissue of material recorded by SFA frontman Gruff Rhysí and drummer Dafydd Ieuanís first band Ffa Coffi Pawb is released on August 2. 'Am Byth' makes available most of the band's recordings, which were made between 1986 and 1992.

More Super Furry Animals activity is promised for later in the year - NME.COM will have details shortly.

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