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Stornoway : Watch Stornoway - 'Watching Birds' Video; More Tour Dates Announced
30th July 2010

Stornoway have just posted their latest video online, a promo for the track ‘Watching Birds’, ahead of the track's release on August 23.

Directed by James Caddick (Warp Films) and filmed in London’s Tufnell Park Dome, the band bring the emerging sport of Chess Boxing to the public’s attention. Yes, it does exist. Band members Brian and Ollie slog it out as Notorious PhD and Steadmuffin, while Jon and Robert officiate proceedings. The result is a truly memorable music video and a victory by knock-out for... Well, you'll see.

Speaking about it’s filming, Brian says… “Obviously at the end of the day, the lads done well, but at the end of the day, it's a game of two halves and one of us was clearly the stronger lad. It was like 'float like a moth, sting like a nettle.' D'you know what I mean?”

Stornoway continue to tour and are playing two UK festival shows this weekend. One at Camp Bestival tonight in Dorset (5.15pm on the Big Top stage) and the other at The Underage Festival on Sunday in London (2.30pm on the Topman on the CTRL Stage). They have also just announced a whole raft of tour dates in Europe in addition to their UK tour in November. See below.

30 Camp Bestival, Dorset, UK

1 Underage Festival, London, UK
5 The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
6 Belladrum Festival, Beauly, UK
7 Hartlepool Tall Ships, Hartlepool, UK
11 Openluchttheater Rivierenhof, Antwerp, Belgium
12 Haldern Pop, Haldern, Germany
14 Summer Sundae, Leicester, UK
19 Pukkelpop, Hasselt, Belgium
22 Beautiful Days, Ottery St Mary, UK

5 Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Eire
11 Bestival, New Port, UK
17 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland
18 Leffingeleuren Festival, Leffinge, Belgium
19 Rotown, Rotterdam, Holland
21 Magnet Club, Berlin, Germany
22 Studio 672, Köln, Germany
23 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
24 Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany

2 Birmingham Institute The Library, Birmingham, UK
3 Anson Rooms, Bristol, UK
4 Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
9 O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
10 Manchester Academy 2, UK
11 Leeds Cockpit, Leeds, UK
13 Southampton University, Southampton, UK
14 Cambridge Junction, Cambridge, UK
15 Waterfront, Norwich, UK
17 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK


The band will also be performing a number of instores to celebrate the release, today at HMV's Oxford Street branch 18:00GMT and tomorrow (25/05) at Rough Trade on Talbot Road at 18:00GMT.

"Poignant and enduring" The Observer
"Stornoway tug at every emotional fibre in the body" NME
"Our new favourite band" The Guardian
"The first great album of the summer" The Times
"Truly billows the heart" The Telegraph
"It's hard not to be felled by the utter gorgeousness of this record" BBC
"Like a blast of sea air that hits you as you alight an overnight train" Mojo
"'Watching Birds' is surely the most vibrant song ever written" Financial Times