Dance to the Radio

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Dance To The Radio
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Founded 2004
Genre Indie rock
Alternative rock
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location Leeds
Official website

Dance To The Radio is an independent label in Leeds.

It was named after the refrain of the Joy Division song "Transmission". The label launched with the release of a compilation album 'Dance To The Radio: Leeds' at an eponymous launch event in Leeds in March 2005.[1]

The label subsequently released some highly sought after 7" singles by the likes of iLiKETRAiNS, The Pigeon Detectives, Yes Boss, Napoleon IIIrd, This Et Al and ¡Forward, Russia!. They have been featured a number of times in NME and in Artrocker for being a notable success of the DIY ethic in the indie music scene at the moment.

Their first full scale single release was Twelve by ¡Forward, Russia! which reached number 36 in the UK Singles Chart. Their second release, again by ¡Forward, Russia!, was a re-release of limited edition debut single "Nine" which also became a top 40 hit. Since these, three more ¡Forward, Russia! singles have been released; "Eighteen", "Nineteen" and "Don't Be A Doctor" the latter of which was a limited White Label Release.

The label has also gone onto achieve great success with The Pigeon Detectives whose debut album Wait for Me entered the UK charts at number 3 and has since gone platinum, selling well in excess of 300,000 copies. On top of this the band have had 3 consecutive top 20 singles since March 2007. In 2008 the label released the band's second album Emergency taking the band to further success.

Other releases include singles from Yes Boss, Sky Larkin, Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames, Bobby Cook and Grammatics.

They have released EPs for bands like iLiKETRAiNS and Napoleon IIIrd, six compilations as of 2009, and numerous albums, including Give Me a Wall by ¡Forward, Russia!, "Wait For Me" & "Emergency" by The Pigeon Detectives, Look Busy by Yes Boss & the self-titled debut album by Grammatics.

In 2009 the label launched a new series of compilation 12" records entitled 4x12". Amongst the bands appearing on this series of records include Pulled Apart by Horses, Das Racist, Paul Thomas Saunders, Holy State, Bear Hands & Suckers. The 3rd in the series received critical acclaim from NME and Artrocker.

Dance To The Radio Stage at Leeds Festival[edit]

Since 2007 Dance To The Radio have hosted a stage at Leeds Festival. Held on the BBC Introducing Stage band who have played the stage include Wild Beasts, Blood Red Shoes, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Pigeon Detectives, Bear In Heaven, Chickenhawk (now Hawk Eyes), Spectrals, Young Knives, Dog Is Dead, Dutch Uncles, Hookworms, ¡Forward, Russia!, Sky Larkin and more. The stage is hosted on the Thursday evening and is the only stage with live music on this day. Each year Ali Tant has compered and DJ'd the stage.

2007 Line Up

¡Forward, Russia!, Shut Your Eyes and You'll Burst Into Flames, Sky Larkin, The Wallbirds, Grammatics

2008 Line Up

Grammatics, Broken Records, The Pigeon Detectives (Secret Set), The Wallbirds, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Wintermute

2009 Line Up

Blood Red Shoes, Wild Beasts, Bear Hands, Airship, Holy State

2010 Line Up

Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Bear In Heaven, Chickenhawk, Spectrals, The Neat

2011 Line Up

Young Knives, Dog Is Dead, We Are Losers, Runaround Kids, Blacklisters

2012 Line Up

Little Comets, Various Cruelties, Scars On 45, China Rats, Likely Lads

2013 Line Up

Dutch Uncles, Hookworms, The Crookes, Black Moth, Menace Beach

2014 Line Up

TOY, Superfood, Honeyblood, Fryars, Post War Glamour Girls

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leeds Music Scene

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