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Duveaux Kickstarter appeal

Upon the oft laid back landscape of the Isle of Wight many local musicians have been content to settle into a well worn routine, treading the boards of regular pubs and night spots. For that reason it is refreshing to witness occasions when the glass ceiling is given a prod by those with steeper ambitions.

Dan Duveaux 4

Signals got the ball rolling earlier this year with a couple of successful UK tours, while fellow Platform One graduate Claydon Connor was among ten nominees for a UMA Best of British Unsigned gong.

Rock quintet Duveaux could be the next to cast their net beyond surrounding shores, with plans to tour the South Coast and Midlands already in the works.

The band need to raise £2000 in order for the tour to take place and to accelerate the release of a new EP, and have chosen to try and raise this dosh via the medium of Kickstarter. Progress has been pleasing, but could do with (ahem) a kick start after stagnating a tad in recent days.

Of course there are many questions that may jolt through your mind’s eye at this point, so we at Kureen will attempt to do a Derren Brown and answer a few of these.


How can we help?

Duveaux, like many musicians, are not in a position that makes these lofty aspirations financially viable. They only earn enough to pay the rent and scrape cold baked beans out of a can every now and again to sustain them.

With a small donation (link at the bottom of the page) you can assist in making dreams come true. The pentad have paid their dues by now and after two years of blood, sweat and broken strings it would be great to see that endeavour rewarded.


I’ve never heard of them, so why would I want to help anyway?

Click the link below to see and hear them in action. The boys are straight out of Compton… Bay and have a dynamic stage presence that stands out from many of the crowd. Think rock theatre with a pinch of gypsy-jazz thrown in for good measure.


How much have they raised so far?

At last view the guys had raised £343 and given away a beautiful coat. With departure from the Isle now costing a fair chunk of change, that’s probably enough to get a couple of ferry tickets across to the other side of the Solent, but that’s about it.


What’s in it for us though?

Duveaux are offering rewards on an incremental scale on their Kickstarter page, culminating with the saintly donation of  £400+, for which they’ll turn up at your house or party and play a personal gig!

Not listed on the site is that should you donate the full remaining balance of £1657, then not only will Duveaux play at your house or party, but the entire band will take turns to go on speed dates with you.

Please donate to Duveaux’s Kickstarter campaign —> here <— and click ‘like’ on their Facebook page —> here <— 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Highlights. Part One: Local Bands.

The Isle of Wight Festival kicked off the 2014 summer season of live music with a posturing, strutting cocktail which catered for everyone who entered Seaclose Park during the course of the four days. Dom Kureen and photographer Sophie Robinson were present to check it out.

Ellie Price of Signals

Following last year’s disappointing ticket sales and mixed feedback, Isle of Wight Festival promoter John Giddings knew that he had to flip a Royal Flush this time around in order to mend the reputation of a previously highly regarded event.

In 2014 Giddings and his fellow organisers got it right, providing a fully warranted spotlight for a burgeoning crop of local talent that is the most exciting in decades, whilst cramming the main stage headline slots and under card with an eclectic menu that surely had something to satiate even the airiest hipster.

Local Highlights

The “Platform One” and “Kashmir Cafe” stages in particular promoted the cream of Isle of Wight talent, allowing groups from the area pleasingly extensive exposure.

Fresh from their Bestival competition success, Ba.Dow hit the P1 stage three times over the course of the weekend, their catchy guitar riffs accompanied by Beth Ditto-esque vocal interpretations that resonated courtesy of lead singer/drummer Jodie Amos and ensured that they once again confirmed their status as one of the five most promising bands on the island.

Signals excelled in their final set of the weekend inside the Kashmir Cafe, despite front-woman Ellie Price suffering from a bout of laryngitis.

The four-piece, who have only recently returned from a successful UK tour, had the packed venue leaping around incessantly with a memorable rendition of the uber uplifting “Square Wheels” with bass guitarist Alex Vanblaere in his element within the crammed venue, upping his usual ferocity to compensate for Price’s enforced throaty reticence.

Ska practitioners The Ohmz engaged spectators with their customary high-tempo unpredictability and their place upon the “Life’s a Beach” stage was undoubtedly one of the booking masterstrokes of the entire festival.

Dan Duveaux
Dan Duveaux

Pleasurade disappointingly opted to call it a day, announcing they were set to go their separate ways following a conclusive gig at the festival.  It brought the curtain down on a four year stint that had gradually gained the talented quintet a decent following in local circles.

Their adieu wasn’t all sunshine and lounge chairs, with Adam Gaterell’s guitar refusing to play ball for the band’s send-off, fortunately he had a replacement in tow!

Others who stood out from the local acts were Duveaux who were booked to play a mammoth six times, yet still managed to attract hefty crowds until the end and Floella Grace, whose emotional recital left a lasting impression upon everyone who was there to enjoy it – she’s one to watch in the next couple of years.

On a broader level, Platform One and those who come from its conveyor belt have evolved massively during the past few years.

Where in the College’s infancy the output was diluted by a host of wannabe Nirvana tributes, there’s no doubt that the contemporary artists all have the potential and originality to thrive on grander stages.

This was the first Isle of Wight Festival that truly showcased the magnitude of local talent on offer, for that John Giddings and his motley crew should be commended.

Check back for part two, where Dom will be looking at the ‘big names’ who performed at the 2014 Isle of Wight Festival!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.