GuilFest 2011 - Lineup

Razorlight

Razorlight are a UK rock'n'roll band who came together in London in 2002. Johnny Borrell (vocals/guitar), Carl Dalemo (bass), Bjorn Agren (guitar) and Skully (drums) quickly became one of the key guitar bands of the following decade, selling 4 million albums, playing sold out arena tours, headlining festivals and appearing on the cover of magazines from NME to Vogue.

heir debut album, ‘Up All Night’, was released in the United Kingdom in June 28 2004 and reached number three in the UK Album Chart. The critical reception was highly positive, receiving good reviews from NME, Q magazine and Billboard. The album included the single, ‘Somewhere Else’, which peaked at number two on the UK singles chart. Singer Johnny Borrell fast became the subject of intense media scrutiny becoming a contradictory presence known for outspoken quotes and famous girlfriends, while also committing himself to humanitarian campaigns ranging from Nelson Mandela's AIDs charity to Live 8 and anti-global warming group FOE.

Razorlight released their second album, Razorlight in July 2006 and it debuted at number one in the UK. The lead single from the album, ‘In The Morning’, peaked at number three in the UK and follow up 'America’ went straight to number one, while turning the band into an international phenomenon with airplay success across Europe and beyond. In 2007, Razorlight were nominated for two BRIT Awards - one for 'Best British Band' and the other for 'Best Song' for ‘America’ They were also nominated for two NME Awards for 'Best Band' and 'Best Album'. 

The band released their third album, Slipway Fires, in November 2008 with the lead single ‘Wire to Wire’ which went to number five in the UK charts. At home they headlined O2 Arena and played before The Killers headline slots at some of the summers' major festivals. In Germany ‘Wire To Wire’ was the sixth biggest chart hit of 2009 and the album went Gold. 

December 2009 saw the digital release on Babelgum of 'Rock'n'Roll Lies' a documentary on Razorlight made by acclaimed UK film director Charles Henri-Belleville. Through 2010 the band played shows out of the UK, supported U2 and began to write for the fourth album. A show in an East end Oxfam shop and a mini-tour of indie rock clubs finished off the year with the band playing a new set of wired, upbeat rock’n’roll songs.

The summer release of the fourth album will remind that they’re one of the most compelling, maverick guitars bands to have emerged from the UK.


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