Polar Bear On The BBC
Published 1 April 2010 by BWL

It's a busy old time for Polar Bear. April sees a flurry of appearances on the BBC, both on the radio and, most excitingly, TV!

The big news is that, on April 16, Polar Bear become the first ever Leaf artist to perform on 'Later... with Jools Holland'. You can find this programme on BBC 2 and via BBC's smashing iPlayer (if you are lucky enough to be able to access it):

The show will be recorded on April 13, and you can apply for tickets to the recording at the same link. Join us!

Next Monday (April 5), Radio 3's Jazz On 3 will air the recording of the band's show at The Garage, London, from last month. The programme runs from 11.15pm (UK time) and more info can be found here:

The following night, April 6, Jamie Cullum kicks off a new series of his Radio 2 show with a session and interview with Seb Rochford's band. The hour long show begins at 7pm:

On the same night as the Later... broadcast, April 16, another session will be aired on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show. The show runs from 7pm-9pm:

Finally, not strictly a BBC related story, but we have uploaded two live videos of Polar Bear from their gig at Coventry's Taylor John's House from April last year. Here's 'The Love Didn't Go Anywhere':

And you can find the segued 'Goodbye'/'Appears, Moves and Sails' here:

Efterklang Perform Parades In Amsterdam
Published 6 April 2010 by BWL

Efterklang have announced that they will be 'Performing Parades' on June 19 at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. Metropole Orkest, who have played with the likes of Burt Bacharach and Anthony & The Johnsons recently, join the Danish collective for this performance.

A live video and audio recording of Performing Parades was released at the end of last year which was captured in the band's hometown of Copenhagen along with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra in September 2008. Find out more here.

Efterklang have just released their third studio album, Magic Chairs, on their new home 4AD and are busy touring around Europe at the moment. See all the dates and find out about the new record here:

Polar Bear On BBC 2 Tomorrow
Published 8 April 2010 by BWL

Further to our post earlier this week on Polar Bear's appearances on the BBC, we are delighted to confirm that Polar Bear will be performing on The Review Show tomorrow night, Friday April 9. The line up has been whittled down to band leader Seb Rochford and tenor sax player Pete Wareham and they will perform an improvised piece at the end of the show which runs from 11-11.45pm on BBC 2. Find out more here.

Polar Bear Announce Autumn UK Tour And Appear On Later Tonight
Published 16 April 2010 by BWL

Sebastian Rochford's Polar Bear are on tonight's opening programme of BBC 2's Later... with Jools Holland. This is very exciting for us, not least because it is the first appearance of one of artists on the show, and appropriately in our 15th year (Leaf XV). The programme runs from 11.45pm tonight and will be available on BBC's iPlayer for those who will be tucked in by that point. More info here.

As a warm up to this, you can listen to Polar Bear's live session on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show which runs from 7-9pm. Find out more here.

On a more unusual note, both Seb Rochford and Mark Lockheart from Polar Bear have been nominated for Jazz Musician Of The Year at the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The awards take place at the House of Commons next month when there may well be a new government in office! Read more here.

The London based jazz band have just announced an appearance at this year's Great Escape festival in Brighton and a UK tour this autumn. All the dates are below:

Friday 23 April Ether, Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, LONDON (free show - 5.30pm)
Monday 26 Apr 2010 Jazz Club, Katowice, POLAND
Sunday 2 May Camden Crawl, LONDON
Monday 3 May Cheltenham Jazz Festival, CHELTENHAM (6pm)
Thursday 13 May Rescue Rooms, NOTTINGHAM
Friday 14 May Great Escape, Komedia (upstairs), BRIGHTON (10pm)
Monday 17 May Cafe Wilhelmina, Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
Thursday 20 May Hnita Jazz, Heist-op-den-Berg, BELGIUM
Friday 21 May Recyclart, Brussels, BELGIUM
Saturday 22 May LVC, Leiden, NETHERLANDS
Sunday 30 May Assembly Rooms, DERBY
Monday 21 June Glasgow Jazz Festival, GLASGOW
Saturday 3 July Mostly Jazz Festival, BIRMINGHAM
Sunday 29 August Aeon Festival, DEVON
Saturday 18 September Richmond Jazz Festival, RICHMOND (N. Yorks)
Thursday 30 September The Wardrobe, LEEDS
Friday 1 October Band On The Wall, MANCHESTER
Saturday 2 October Colston Hall, BRISTOL
Saturday 9 October E.M. Forster Theatre, TONBRIDGE
Sunday 10 October Warwick Arts Centre, COVENTRY
Friday 15 October Norwich Art Centre, NORWICH
Saturday 16 October Kazimier, LIVERPOOL
Sunday 17 October The Tunnels, ABERDEEN
Monday 18 October The Voodoo Rooms, EDINBURGH
Tuesday 19 October Town Hall Crypt, MIDDLESBROUGH
Wednesday 20 October The Duchess, YORK

Check out Polar Bear's brand new website and follow the band on twitter at the following links:

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