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June 2012

Tim will be on The Culture Show tomorrow, 27th June, 2012, on BBC2 at 10pm.

Miranda Sawyer chatted to Tim, initially in a VW Camper, (yes really) on the way to the Eden Project on Saturday and then backstage while he put his make-up on ready to wow the Eden Session crowds, divinely in a deluge.

They talked about Matilda the Musical, playing Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and his role of “coked-up rockstar” Atticus Fetch in the sixth season of Californication – but we’ll have to see what survived the edit! Hopefully they’ll be showing the first movement of ‘Confessions’ and a clip from Matilda the Musical too.

There are four chances to catch the programme, across the diferent regions and even in HD if you really want to see Tim’s touseled locks, pixie highly pixelated features and those piercing baby blues über clearly. Details here.

You also have the option to iPlayer it. It will be available shortly after it airs.

UPDATED to add the direct iPlayer link. Tim’s bit starts at 15:10.

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If you follow Tim on Twitter, you may remember this that he posted this after seeing Harry Oakwood (Millionaire) performing live: “If you have a chance to see @HarryOakwood play, take it. That is my directive for the day.

Well, if you’re heading to Tim’s Somerset House gig, now’s your chance to take his advice as the five-piece folk band have been personally requested to open the show! Here’s a bit more about them:

The Millionaire, Harry Oakwood, had a dream. He would build a band. A band of brothers who would serve him and act under his name. Harry Oakwood (Millionaire) are that band.

Not much is known about Harry. When probed on the subject the band reply in unison, “We are not at liberty to say”. “Just wait till you see his dog though!” adds the one holding a drumstick in his hand. They are more forthcoming about their influences though, citing The Band (first & foremost) along with Patrick Watson, Lowell George and Elliot Smith as inspiration.

What we do know is that Harry had a brief. All sing, check. All write, check. Great songs, check. Soaring harmonies, check. Barnstorming live shows, check. The criteria have been met.

Be sure to turn up early so that you can witness these guys in all their glory!

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Those of you coming to see Tim perform with his Large Band at the Eden Comedy Session this Saturday 23rd June 2012, please find the full running order for the day below.

If you’re now tempted but thought you’d missed out, fear not, you can still pick up a juicy apple tickets to see Tim play in paradise from the box office on 01726 811972 or online here.

14.00 – 14.30 Jack Wallen
14.45 – 15.30 George Montague
18.00 – 19.00 Anne Krierl & Suzy Bennett
20.15 – 21.00 Saturday Sun

15.00 – 15.20 Jamie Crowe
15.30 – 16.00 She Makes War
16.20 – 16.50 Tom James
17.10 – 17.50 Gaz Brookfield
18.10 – 18.50 Beans On Toast

18.00 – ARENA opens
19.00 – 19.30 Kola
19.30 – 19.45 -Interval-
19.45 – 20.15 Craig Campbell
20.15 – 21.00 -Interval-
21.00 – 22.30 Tim Minchin

Remember your ticket also gives you admission to The Eden Project on the day of the gig and the day after, so you can explore The Eden Project and the Biomes at your leisure.

All the other information you could possibly need for visiting The Eden Project during a Session can be found here, including accommodation, directions, car parking and a list of items you may not take onto the site – umbrellas, folding chairs etc.

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Belton House, Grantham

Ever wondered about what Tim’s toing and froing to America this summer is doing to the ozone layer? Well there’s some redemption as the Belton House gig tomorrow (to which you can till get tickets) is going to be very close to being carbon neutral!

The event will be powered by two generators running on 100% recycled vegetable oil. The oil is collected from the catering industry across the UK and then professionally filtered by a company based in Norfolk. Every aspect of the event, from the stage, the big screen, lighting, sound etc through to the food and bar providers will all be run off of these generators, as indeed will all the backstage elements including Tim’s dressing room.

The generators were brought in the week before the event and provide all the power while the event is being put together, so the only diesel used is by the four lorries bringing in the stage, the big screen, the marquees and the toilets.

Other eco steps taken are:

  • All event wristbands for staff, contractors, artists etc. are silicone based meaning they can be reused all week rather than a fresh band given each day.
  • All the waste from the event, including that produced by the public, is collected in two skips back stage after which it is taken to a recycling sorting plant.
  • Anything which can be recycled is separated out, while food waste goes to bio-fuel generator plants and anything else that can’t be recycled goes to high efficiency incinerators which produce electricity from the waste they burn.
  • So nothing goes into land-fill and even the gases produced by the incinerators is captured and filtered so nothing harmful goes into the air.


Somerset House, London

Now, we mentioned that there’d be a small, exclusive ticket release for this show, and true to our word, it has arrived! Tickets are very limited and will be restricted to two per customer. Given how quickly the main allocation sold out, we don’t anticipate these staying around for long, so grab yours here!

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Three of Tim’s summer gigs will see him performing with the Large Band: Trust in Comedy at Belton House, Lincolnshire; Eden Session near St Austell, Cornwall; and Somerset House, London. Exciting!

We can now confirm that this will involve a 12-piece band, including as usual Pete Clements and Brad Webb, who will be joined by guitarist Tristan Cassel-Delavois and a big horne section. One of the musicians played with Tim on the Heritage Orchestra tour and another, an old chum of Tim’s, Graeme Blevins played on the Timmy The Dog album, ‘Sit’ in 2001 and with Tim for his ‘Yuletide Half Hour’ for BBC Radio Two in 2007.

There are still tickets available for Belton House and Eden. You’ll find links to them via the Gigs page and… heads-up!… if you missed out on the now sold out Somerset House gig then look out for an update, on this site, with details of a small exclusive Somerset House ticket release next week. We hear Angry (Feet) might have more information soon about when they’re released…

At the rest of the summer gigs where Tim is listed as performing with a band, Pete and Brad will be joined by Tristan. Many of these have now sold out but you can still get tickets for Truckfest here and a few of the others via Gigs.

Have a wonderful music and comedy filled summer!

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