FINALLY ! Petrol’s UK/Ireland dates in July 09

After the massive success of last year’s reunion dates and fresh from whipping up a storm at SXSW in Austin, Texas the band will finally be playing a tour and some festivals in the UK during the first two weeks of july with other dates/festivals in Ireland and Europe to follow.

First date to be definitely confirmed is at the Hop Farm Festival in Kent on July 5 – check this link to the official website:

More news as it happens!

SxSW slot – see you on Thursday.

We’ve been notified about our SxSW slot – it’s Thursday, March 19th at the Elysium.

We don’t know when we’re playing yet, as the lineup and bill haven’t been finalized. We do know a few of the bands we’re playing with, and couldn’t be happier. Let’s just say it’s a *really* strong bill, and I suspect a large number of people will be arriving early and staying all night.

The Elysium is on Red River, which is pretty much the center of SxSW festivities. It’s a goth club outside of SxSW, but don’t let that fool you. They’ve got a great PA system, so we’ll be able to be good & loud, heh heh heh.

All the arrangements are proceeding apace. Starting to get pretty excited…

2009 – Here we come!

Okay, I’ve been slacking off. Well, actually I haven’t, since I’m back in school and I have a million and one things to do. But I have been neglecting this site, and that’s not good. Time to get active again!

We’re working out the details for our trip to Austin in six weeks. Six weeks! Holy moly that’s not far away. Is anyone out there planning on coming to SxSW? We’ll let you know when we’re playing, which we should find out in the next week. We’re also trying to see if we can play anywhere else while we’re there, like a party or a radio station or record store – whatever.

If anyone out there has any ideas or offers, we’re all ears! Hook us up!

Electric Picnic 2008 Photos

UPDATE: Okay, I’m an idiot. I got my Daves mixed up. These are actually Dave *Mitchell’s* photos, not Dave Walsh. <sigh>

I’ll try to get Dave Walsh’s up as well, as they’re also super double fab. Sorry, Daves!

These photos are all up on flickr, but they’re so dang good I also want to feature them here.

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You can check out other photos by Dave Mitchell on his flickr pages.

SxSW 2009 – It’s On.

That’s right folks – international applications closed six days ago, and we’ve already heard back from our friends in Austin, TX. Is that a record? I think so. Someone alert Guiness! We’ve got another record for TPE!

BTW, sorry about the radio silence. We’ve been chatting internally about 2009, and we’ll be announcing more in the coming weeks. In the meantime we hope to start posting pictures and video from 2008. I’m back in school and it’s killing me, so I don’t have much time as I’d like to spend on the site.

London Gig Post Mortem

First – If you lost anything at the gig, please email PJ found a few things, so…

Second – wow. You guys are great. Seriously. That was one hell of a night. I must have lost a stone during the gig, and I know I’m not the only one. And you caught me when I fell backwards. Fantastic.

Finally, if you took any photos or video, let us know. We’re happy to post it here, or link to it on Flickr or YouTube or whatever. Hey, here’s an idea. If you post anything to Flickr, please tag it “TPE2008” so we can easily search for ’em.

With video, what I’d really like is a copy burned to DVD or CDR if you could. What I’ll do is take the master recording done last night and add the various bits of video together to make a DVD of the entire gig. Sound good? Sure it does.

Dundalk, here we come…

London Gig Details

Okay folks – last minute details.

Doors open at 8PM, and we’ll be going on around 9:30, so those of you who rely on public transportation should have no problem. See how good we are to you?

Here’s what I’ve got for the paid list – if I’ve left anyone off let me know in the comments or send me an email (

Eileen Fisher + 1
Mark Brady + 1
Maeve Manogue +1
Nigel Wilsher
Tony Cripps + 1
Paul Forrest-Jameson
Caroline Taylor
Justin Morrad
Jamie Blomfield
Steve Pryde
Jeff Prior
Gareth Knight
Greg Sharkey + 1
Darren Hudson + 1
Colm McWilliams + 1
Leigh Harris +1
Martin Smy + 1

Just finished our last rehearsal – I’ve gotta say it’s sounding bloody fantastic. Can’t wait to see you all.


Yer in.

That’s right. There are enough tickets for everyone who asked via the comments for the last post. Send me your names via email ( so I can put them at the door. Asked for the Petrols paid guest list.

Those of you who asked for two, you’ll be down with a plus one.

I’ll be in London as of Tuesday afternoon. Guess I’d better get to practicing, eh?

Tickets for London Show

Okay folks, now that I’ve got the T-shirts out of the way, I can move on to this.

Some of you did not get tickets to the show. I know. You’re not alone. We’ve held back a limited number of tickets for this exact purpose. We’ve decided to hold some of these specifically for you, our web site devotees.

There is a very limited amount. I’d say first come, first served, but some of you don’t check the site every day. So here’s what I’m going to do. Let me know if you need tickets in the comments below. These are going to be at the door, and non-transferrable, so don’t even think about touting/scapling them. You’ll pay at the door and go in.

If there are more of you than tickets, then I’ll randomly pick amongst you, and announce the results on Sunday or Monday.

Sound fair? I really hope we can sort you all out.