CRABSTOCK UK - SOLD OUT!
You'd have thought we'd have learned our lesson with the Summer Fruits de Mer All-Dayer at the Borderline in London, but oh no.....
Sendelica staged a festival of psychedelia in their home town of Cardigan on the Welsh coast on April 26th and they invited Fruits de Mer, together with a crowd of FdM artists, to create 6 hours of music, plus lots of free CDs and exclusive vinyl goodies - all wrapped up in a thing we called 'Crabstock' (I wonder why). AND it was sponsored by Shindig!, who've always had good taste, while the local Mantle Brewery sold limited-edition bottles of 'Crabstock' best bitter
IF you're in the UK/Continental Europe, you can order the Mantle Brewery's special edition Crabstock bitter from
The Real Ale Company
Cardigan Bay's own micro-brewery - the Mantle Brewery - have produced a special edition of their best bitter to celebrate Fruits de Mer's Festival of Psychedelia - buying a crate of 12 from The Real Ale Co is the next best thing to being at the gig, where bottles were for sale from the bar - until we drank them dry!
the festival featured electric sets by:
plus acoustic sets from:
Wally Stagg spinning psychedelic sounds to 1am
There were free Fruits de Mer goodie bags for the first 100 people through the door (first-come-first-served) including an exclusive FdM compilation CD called 'Lobster Disque'...
...plus an exclusive promo CD copy of the soon-to-be-released new album from The Seventh Ring Of Saturn ('Ormythology'), an exclusive CD sampler from the excellent Mega Dodo label, a sampler CD from FdM featuring tracks from our May releases, a copy of Hi-Fiction Science's first album (courtesy of the band) AND the only CD copies of Schizo Fun Addict's new album 'The Sun Yard' available ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
AND a download card for an album of tracks by Sky Picnic AND a bag of Frishermans Friends!!!
...THAT'S A TOTAL OF SIX FREE CDs!!!
...AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT, the first 50 people through the door also got a CD album from the Rocket Recordings label's back-catalogue
There was even an exclusive Crabstock CD for sale for just £5, featuring all the acts playing at the gig (limited to 250 copies, first-come-first-served)
not to mention Fruits de Mer vinyl(such as white label copies of the November 2013 and March 2014 singles) - all £5 each - and exclusive vinyl items from the artists including:
Sendelica's new album
Yellow vinyl copies of Crystal Jacqueline's first FdM single
and a handful of signed copies of Crystal's new album 'Sun Arise' on the Megadodo label
...oh, and Crabstock t-shirts - and if they're good enough for Crystal Jacqueline...(the poster and t-shirt are designed by the amazing Mick Dillingham)
The gig might have looked a bit like this...
Here's a bit of background on the artists....
The gig was organised and headlined by Wales’ resident psych/space rockers Sendelica, Sendelica are Fruits de Mer regulars, featuring on many releases – from their stunning version of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Venus In Furs’ to a sidelong track on FdM’s recent ‘strangefish’ series of albums.
PROG magazine rated their new album in their top 5 strangest albums of 2013.
Earthling Society played a full electric set – they too have delivered a Fruits de Mer single as well as tracks on 2013’s strangefish set. Their latest album, ‘Zodiak’, was another of PROG magazine’s top 5 strangest albums...”if Primal Scream covered Hawkwind, they’d sound like this”. They now have Neil Whitehead, from Vert:x, as part of the band - talk about keeping it in the family.
James McKeown – who, as well as leading Bristol’s Hi-Fiction Science, is a brilliant solo artist in his own right, contributing wonderfully atmospheric guitar+electronics tracks to FdM’s strangefish box set; James has been played regularly by Gideon Coe on his BBC 6Music show.
Crystal Jacqueline – Jacqui’s forthcoming double 7” on Fruits de Mer features covers of songs by Curved Air, Mighty Baby and The Electric Prunes. Her latest album, ‘Sun Arise’ was voted one of Goldmine magazine’s best albums of 2013.
Jack Ellister – Jack came over from the Netherlands especially to open the festival (as he did for the Borderline event). Jack brings a new psych edge to songs by Syd Barrett, The Beatles and his own compositions. If you like Jacco Gardner, you’ll love Jack.
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...hear the tracks.. ..buy the vinyl.. ..smell the fish...