The Bloogs
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The Bloogs

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""A real chill and feelgood sound. Instant smileability!""

A real chill and feelgood sound. Instant smileability! - Gary Alan - Leisure FM

""A great and imaginative pop/rock album.""

Sounds like a great and imaginative pop/rock album to me...even a bit crowded house with other influences including byrds, jayhawks and even neil young (my worlds in a mess)

tunes like a species apart ship sails on and freezing rain sideways sound like hits to me

very nice work bloogs - Max Reinhardt - BBC Radio 3

""That (Sideways) is the best song I've heard in a long time...superb.""

That (Sideways) is the best song I've heard in a long time...superb. - David White - BBC Radio Cornwall

""New Wave band The Bloogs were the surprise package of the day.""

HATS off to Sam Allison, the 24-year-old behind the Lively Bird Festival in Burton Joyce at the weekend. Organising a new music and spoken word festival in the suburbs is no mean feat and one heck of a risk, even with the backing of the local parish council. He and his team all have experience of working at festivals but this was their first self-contained production. And it was a tremendous success. Poplars Sports Ground, set behind Burton Joyce railway station, is surrounded by lovely countryside, a setting made all the better for the beautiful weather. Such hot temperatures required on steady supply of refreshment and that came courtesy of Magpie Brewery, with a range of excellent beers, plus a line of quality food outlets. As the organisers had hoped, the majority who'd turned out for the inaugural festival were families, children catered for by a bouncy castle, fire stunts and magic. The Spoken Word tent featured The Mouthy Poets, an infectiously enthusiastic group who kept the nomadic audience happy with banter and humour. But the main event was the music and there were an array of covers bands, rising stars such as Derby's Miss 600 to the headliners Toploader. Opening act Di'Zain, from Surrey, were brilliant, setting a high bar in terms of material and performance. Addicted To You and Switching You Off were highlights. The John Scott Set produced a superb version of I'd Rather Go Blind and other roistering jazz turns. Nottingham's We Are Avengers delivered a funky set, while Nu Soul Revolution lifted the mood even more, with I Heard It Through The Grapevine segued into Car Wash, then Lady Marmalade. New wave band The Bloogs were the surprise package of the day with Freezing Rain and the lively Sideways getting a few on their feet. Blu Jaks gave a rolling mix of James Brown and Jackie Wilson and by the end of Proud Mary, it seemed that the whole village was up on its feet. The sparkly lead singer of Miss 600 enjoyed splendid musical backing on Crazy and their own Twist, as heard on Radio 2. Fleetwood Bac paid tribute with aplomb, including The Chain, Little Lies and Need Your Love So Bad but the biggest crowd-pullers were, predictably, Toploader and we were literally Dancing In The Moonlight, to their biggest hit, which followed a tight set of old and new material. A large garden party to tickle all the senses. Next year? Play it again, Sam.

- Nottingham Evening Post


Still working on that hot first release.



Song-driven New Wave band The Bloogs are based in London UK. So how come they’re originally from Nottingham, Wokingham, Lisbon, Hornsea and Stamford Brook? Fate and osmosis. They’re the furthest flung band in the world.

Together since early 2011, their debut EP received great reviews and they’ve been played regularly on BBC Radio Cornwall, Xstream East London, Leisure FM and KSK Radio Brazil. They’ve recently finished recording their first album, The Bedside Book of Birds.

The Bloogs’ singer is ex-builder and Royal Ballet dancer Ross Brown, guitarist/producer Stu Walton is a founder member of Indians in Moscow, bassist Tom Burden turned down the Ministry of Defence to join the band, singer-songwriter Chris Guard has starred in Dr Who and met the Queen Mother and Gustavo Aires Mateus escaped the clutches of the Pope and ran naked through an enchanted cork forest to prove his undying commitment to The Bloogs.

Bloogs gigs are a mix of energy, harmony and chaos. Their favourites so far were The Half Moon, London and The Pearl, Nottingham. Coming up are The Good Ship, Kilburn, London, The Comedy, London W1, The Waterfront, Norwich and a Dr Who Convention in Liverpool.

The word ‘Bloogs’ comes from a story called Oh, The Things You Can Think. They are flying creatures that look like a cross between fish and anenomes. Cunningly, we added a 'The'....