At last you can stream Hard-Fi's brand new single 'Suburban Knights' by using your CD copy of Stars Of CCTV. Click here and follow the instructions, inserting your CD into your computer when instructed. Simple as that. You can watch the video for the new single on the official Youtube page at
Hard-Fi release their new single 'Suburban Knights' on 20th August (download from 13th August) and will come on 3 formats, including... CD Single 1. Suburban Knights 2. Suburban Knights (Steve Ingrosso & Sebastian Agnello Mix) 7'' 1 a. Suburban Knights b. You and Me 7'' 2 a. Suburban Knights b. Suburban Knights (DJ Wrong Tom's Delight) You'll be able to pre-order these very soon, so look out for how to get yours.
The Official Hard-Fi Mobizine is a magazine application for your mobile which you only need to download once to get very latest news from the band first and straight to your phone. A Mobizine is a super whizzy service for your mobile that you only need to download once to get up to date news from Hard-Fi straight to your phone. Get a dose of what the Hard-Fi boys are up to, latest on tour dates, gossip and reviews as soon as it hits the street, every Tuesday and Friday morning. The mobizine will also feature a weekly video update from the band on the progress of the new record available exclusively from the mobile site. To kick things off this weeks edition features a special new years message from the lads. Click here for a demo. Simply text MOBI HARD to 63333 to get the Hard Fi Mobizine. For more information click here
There's a new Blog direct from the studo from Kai. You can find it on the band's Myspace page. Click here to check it out. Enjoy!
Hard-Fi have released five top 20 singles, their Mercury nominated, number one debut album 'Stars Of CCTV' has sold over a million copies and led to two Brit Awards nominations and in May 2006, they joined Bob Dylan, The Clash, Massive Attack and The Prodigy as the only band ever to have played five consecutive nights at the legendary Brixton Academy.
Following the success of their debut video podcast, Staines' finest will now give fans an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes as they tour the globe, by continuing with a new set of monthly podcasts, 'Rockin' The City'.

Featuring never-seen-before footage of the band, the series kicks off with two podcasts covering Hard-Fi's legendary sold out five night residency at Brixton Academy and will include brand new interview footage of the band reflecting on an amazing eighteen months.

For a sneak preview click here

Subsequent podcasts in the series will feature Hard-Fi's recent Japanese and Australian tours while footage of Hard-Fi recording their highly anticipated second album will also be made available in future podcasts.Meanwhile, fans will be able to email questions, comments and suggestions to the band, which they will answer in the following month's podcast. For any fans who want to find out more about Hard-Fi's influences, probe even deeper into life on the road, or even have an input into the recording of the new album, this is the place to do it.

Simply email your question to [email protected] with the subject title 'Ask Hard-Fi'.

'Rockin' The City' is available now from iTunes by clicking here.

Subscribers to Hard-Fi's original podcasts 'Rockin' The City' podcast will receive the new part automatically.
The time has come for fans to vote for the Q Awards and for the NME best song of the last ten years poll.
For the Q Awards there are 5 categories to vote for :
This is how you vote.
To vote by text, text the Q code printed beside each category above (Q1, Q2 etc) along with your nominated band / artist to 88833. Eg, to nominate Hard-Fi for Best Live Act, text 'Q2 Hard-Fi' to 88833. Text messages are charged at the standard network operator rate.
To vote online log on to or or to vote.
To vote by email, email votes for the categories above to [email protected] Eg, 'Q2 Best Live Act - Hard-Fi'. Please include a contact telephone number.

Now for the NME!
NME is ten years old and as part of their anniversary celebrations, the website is asking readers to vote for the best song of the last ten years.
We want 'Hard To Beat' to be there so to vote, email 'Hard To Beat', plus your name, age and a short explanation of why you love it to [email protected]
A final chart will be released next month, with some of the chosen tracks getting played during a tenth birthday party at Camden's Koko on 12 September.
The band will setting off to Japan to play three gigs, the first being on September 21st in Tokyo (see gig guide for full dates and links). Then they on the 27th of September, the band will play their first ever gig in Australia!
The first Australian show is on the 27th in Melbourne (see gig guide for full dates and link). Hard-Fi are extremely excited to be playing Australia, and can't wait to see all the fans out there.
The band are currently in the studio demoing new material for the next album. Until there is more news on this, a new Podcast should be available very soon, so keep your eyes open.
A big thank you to all that donated money to the Cato Trust during our May/June Tour. We raised over £6000 for Kidney Research!
Cato Trust
Last night (June 13th), Hard-Fi appeared on the infamous U.S talk show The Jay Leno Show. They performed Hard To Beat and impressed the live audience and the millions watching at home. The show will be aired in the UK and Europe this Friday, the 16th of June on the CNBC channel.
For more information please follow the link below
CNBC Europe Jay Leno Show
Due to increased venue capacity, a small number of tickets have been released for the Hard-Fi show in Brighton this Friday (26th of May) with special guests Graham Coxon, Boy Kill Boy, and The Switches.
Extra Brighton Tickets
For all of you out there who have bought the new Hard-Fi In Operation DVD, there are some special features and message on there you may not know about!
If you go to the "Play All" option on the CCTV Videos section, the 3rd version of the Cash Machine video will be added to the playlist.
To gain access to special messages from the band, simply do the following -
For Richard's go to Track Selection Menu 2, select Stars of CCTV, press right then left.
For Ross', go to Bonus Features menu, the CCTV videos, press left and then right.
For Steve's, go to Set Up Menu, Stereo, press up and then down. And finally for Kai's, go to the CCTV Videos, select the Tied Up Too Tight video, press down and then up.
Enjoy all the extra's.
To celebrate playing 5 sold out nights at Brixton Academy, there is now a new section up in the gallery. Pictures from the first night, Sunday 14th, are up there now and picturs from the following shows will be added asap.
All photo's are by photographic supreamo Ray Kilpatrick.
The great English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has been invited by Hard-Fi to be the band's special guest on their five-date concert series at London's Brixton Academy. Hard-Fi have been long-time fans of Bragg's. Earlier this year lead singer Richard Archer told the NME: "I saw Billy Bragg play Reading and it has to be one of my all-time favourite shows. He held the crowd captivated: just him and an acoustic guitar. 'Tank Park Salute' leaves me in bits."
There is also a very special offer on Billy Bragg's website as a welcome to Hard-Fi fans. If they visit via this link below, you can purchase "Must I Paint You A Picture" which includes Billy's greatest hits (inc. "Tank Park Salute" and "Levi Stubbs' Tears", which has been recently covered by Hard-Fi) for just £6.99. There are also two full-length tracks to download for free.
Billy Bragg offer for Hard-Fi fans
Hard-Fi release their first live DVD, In Operation on the 8th of May. Featuring a full live performance, all the band's videos and exclusive behind the scenes footage, In Operation also comes backed with CCTVersions - an exclusive CD of alternative dub versions of tracks from the band's debut album.
Wanting to know who will be supporting Hard-Fi on their UK? Well here are the reason's for getting to the gig's early.
7/5 Manchester- Switches
8/5 Manchester - The Infadels & Switches
9/5 Edinburgh - The Infadels & Switches
10/5 Wolverhampton - The Infadels
11/5 Wolverhampton - The Infadels
14/5 Brixton -Professor Green
15/5 Brixton - Professor Green
16/5 Brixton - Sway
17/5 Brixton - Sway
18/5 Brixton - The Infadels
As well as all this, we are extremely happy to have the very special guest, BILLY BRAGG playing all 5 Brixton dates. This is going to be special! And of course we cannot forget the one and only WrongTom djing at all the gigs.
Billy Bragg
The Infadels
Professor Green
Are Hard-Fi "Who's Next"?
Hard-Fi joins the Mates of State, Youth Group, and Matt Costa in the Yahoo! Who's Next list. To vote for Hard-Fi to become top of the Who's Next list, simply follow the link.
Who's Next
Hard-fi have been forced to cancel some upcoming dates in North America due to a throat infection being suffered by Richard. "I am deeply frustrated by the problem and sorry for any inconvenience caused". Says richard. "We were looking forward to hitting the states at the end of the month and especially looking forward to playing Coachella."
The cancelled shows are.......
April 22 vancouver BC Plaza Club 24 seattle WA. Chop Suey 25 Portland OR. Berbatis Pan 27 Sacramento CA The Boardwalk 28 San Francisco CA Slims 29 Indio CA. Coachella
Sadly Hard-Fi will not be appearing at the T4 On The Beach event this summer. For other festivals and live dates, please check the gig guide.
The 5th single released from the Stars Of CCTV album, Better Do Better, has gone in to the midweek chart at number 7!
This is fantastic news, we could not be happier. So a massive thanks to everyone who has bought the single, and to those that haven't got a copy yet, go and buy one now and try to make this Hard-Fi's best selling single to date.
Hard-Fi are currently featured on the Myspace Music Videos section. You will see the Hard To Beat video advertised on the main myspace page or follow the link below an search for Hard-Fi.
Myspace Videos
Tickets are now on sale for the gig at the Ambassodor Theatre, Dublin on the 23/5/06. Check the gig guide for more information.
The brand new video for the new single, Better Do Better, is now up exclusively on NME.COM. Go check it out before its all over the music television.
Better Do Better Video
Hard-Fi are set to release their new single, Better Do Better on April 10th. Better Do Better is taken  from the Double Platinum #1 album 'Stars Of CCTV'

Better Do Better is available on 3 formats which are ECD, Limited Edition Numbered Shaped 7" and a Limited Edition Numbered Coloured 7 ". Each format includes bonus tracks.

The ECD also includes Umyx Software which lets you remix and add exclusive new parts to the massive anthem...Hard To Beat. The Shaped 7" contains Better Do Better and brand new track Polish Love Song, whilst the Coloured 7" includes Better Do Better and the Better Do Better WrongTom Wild Inna 81 Mix.
To buy all formats and grab the strictly limited signed 7", simply follow the link below.

Better Do Better single

Despite what may have been reported, Hard-Fi are not playing at this years SXSW in Texas. However, they are currently on the West Coast of America and will be playing The Jimmy Kimmle TV Show on Weds 15th March. The band will also be playing a number of live instore shows at the following record stores
3/14 Tower Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks CA 91403 7.30 start
3/16 M-Theory, 3004 Juniper Street, San Diego CA 92104 7.30 start
3/17 Amoeba Records, 1855 Haight Street, SF CA 94117 7.30 start
3/18 Music Millenium, 801 NW, 23rd Avenue (corner of Johnson), Portland OR 97210 3.00 pm start
3/19 Easy Street, 20 Mercer Street, Seattle WA 98109 3.00 pm start
You can now subscribe to the Hard-Fi Podcast!
Simply follow the link below and you can download an exclusive interview with the band, and some great footage that gives a real insight into what life is like when you are in Hard-Fi.
Pre-sale tickets for the U.S dates are now available for the online community only. Please follow the link below for more information and to purchase your tickets
U.S pre-sale tickets
Please click the link below to see a short message from Rich, Steve and Ross, to the fan's to say thank you for getting the album to number 1.
If the link does not work please try the real time links in the Visual section of the site

Hard-Fi thank you message

Now with 5 dates at Brixton Academy, 14th to the 18th May, Hard-Fi go down in history to be one of the few bands to play the Academy on 5 consecutive nights. The only other bands to have played there this many times are; The Clash, Bob Dylan, Massive Attack and The Prodigy, so the Fi are in good company. We would just like to thank all the fans out there for helping us create a little bit of history, thank you!
Due to the amazing response we've had for the new UK dates, nearly all of them are now sold out! We have added an extra date at Brixton Academy and an extra date for Manchester, plus Edinburgh has not got extra tickets allocated.
click here for tickets and dates
Check out the gig guide page for all the latest Hard-Fi live dates. Make sure you get in early, as we all saw from the last tour, the tickets sell out very fast.
click here to buy May 2006 UK tour tickets
As you know Hard-Fi are up for two Brit awards this year, Best British Rock Act and Best British Group.
You can vote by calling 09050 20 20 21 (cals cost 25p) or text KERRANG HARD to 87103 (25p per text) as well as online at You can only vote once per method from each phone.
Get voting now and be a part of Hard-Fi winning their first Brit Award.
Hard-Fi have been nominated for 2 Brit Awards in this years ceremony, held on Feb 15th.

The band are up for awards in the 'Best British Group' and 'Best British Rock Act' categories. Vote for Hard-Fi now by clicking the link below!

British group: Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay, Hard-Fi, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz

British rock act: Franz Ferdinand, Hard-Fi, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, Oasis.

Richard Archer told the BBC News website that he was "surprised" to find themselves in any category, even more so with the likes of Coldplay.

"Coldplay are the Manchester United , maybe Chelsea, and we are Brentford. We have a tricky fourth round draw against Premiership opposition - but we are on our way up, and they are on their way down,"
vote for Hard-Fi now!
Ordered the alternative x rated video for 'Cash Machine' ? As well as watching this on your phone you can also download it to your computer desktop to watch. Simply click the link below and enter the PIN code from your confirmation text message.
clcik here to download the vid
If you've ordered one (or several) of the live versions of Cash Machine recorded at Hard-Fi's December '05 tour you can now download them to keep forever. Simply have your PIN code to hand and click on the link below
clcik here to download Cash Machine live
Hard-Fi's new single Cash Machine is released on Monday Dec 26th. Available on:

Cash Machine
Cash Machine Roots Manuva remix

click below to order a lmtd signed 7"

2 track CD

Cash Machine
Cash Machine Acoustic

Cash Machine
Cash Machine Roots Manuva Dub
Cash Machine New Video
Cash Machine First Video
Making Of Cash Machine Vid

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Hard-Fi are releasing exclusive live versions of the new single Cash Machine recorded on each date of the current UK tour.

You can pre-order these great souvenirs from the tour by texting the codes below to 81330
For example, to get the live version of Cash Machine from Exeter University, text CASH EXETER to 81330

Exclusive, numbered and limited edition artwork will also be made available for each date of the tour. Each night will have different artwork which will be given out at the venue on the night of the gig. You can see all 14 different covers now in the 'live' section of the gallery

The versions will be made available to download from from 26th December.


Thurs 1st Dec
Exeter University

Fri 2nd Dec
Cardiff University

Sat 3rd Dec
Sheffield Octagon

Sun 4th Dec

Tues 6th Dec
Manchester Ritz

Wed 7th Dec
Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall

Thurs 8th Dec
Nottingham Rock City

Fri 9th Dec
London Astoria

Sat 10th Dec
London Astoria

Wed 14th Dec
Belfast Spring & Airbrake

Fri 16th Dec
Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

Sat 17th Dec

Sun 18th Dec
Oxford Brookes University

Mon 19th Dec
London Astoria

Download purchases cost £1.50 plus standard operator SMS charge.
Hard-Fi play the Hammersmith Palais on Feb 13th as part of the NME Shockwave tour. With support from Boy Kill Boy and The Duels.
Tickets can be ordered on the NME ticketline 0870 1 663 663 or online at You all saw how quickly the tour sold out, so get in quick!
If you have been to a Hard-Fi gig recently and wondered who was playing all the great music before the band go on, well that would be the one and only WrongTom, Hard-Fi's official tour DJ. Ann exclusive hour long mix by Tom will be aried on XFM's The Rinse show on December 30th. The show goes out between 1 and 3 am , so make sure you catch it. "Eff-ing superb" James Hyman (The Rinse presenter)
Hard-Fi break boundaries by being the first band to ever release a video exclusively for mobile phones.

This alternative x rated video for 'Cash Machine' features a completely new story to the regular vid and will be available to download to your mobile phone from single release date on 26th Dec.

To pre-order now simply text video cash to 81330
Xfm and Metro newspaper present Xfm's Winter Wonderland in aid of Shelter at Carling Academy Brixton Sunday, 11th December
Kaiser Chiefs
Maximo Park
The Dead 60s
Xfm Rock School winner

Tickets go on sale 9am this Friday, 11th November. They are £20 and available from the Xfm Xchange on 0871 222 1049,, the Brixton Academy box office 0870 771 2000  and all usual ticket outlets.

For more information, click the link below.
XFM Winter Wonderland
New t-shirt designs (including the Freedom For Staines design), lighters and badges, are now available through this site. Simply go to the BUY section to get your hands on merchandise previously only available at the gigs.
Check out the gallery for new photos of the band, including pictures from the Neighbourhood gig in London, Love Music Hate Racism gig, Ibiza, the Living For The Weekend video, and more. Check them out people!
Whilst work on the new album is coming along, we until recently were still looking for a recording studio to put down the "full band" takes. Having said that, when it comes to the full band stuff, none of the studio's we looked at had the right sort of vibe.
What our own studio (now legendary ex cab office "Cherrylips") lacks in creature comforts, it makes up for in atmosphere! Lucky for us, wether it was due to the constant noise or some other reason, the long suffering guttering company next door decided to change location.
So, The 'Fi sprang into action! Walls have been knocked down, soundproofing (here's hoping) has been thrown up, and a lot of mess has been made. The result? Cherrylips mkII.
You may have read recently that Coldplay have bought a house in swanky Hampstead, and turned it into a studio/office/all round HQ. Not wanting to be outdone, Cherrylips mkII will be all that and more, except more like £8 than £800,000. Pictures etc will be posted on the website when the dust has settled.
Now that we feel we're in the right place, it's time to move away from the "twiddling" period and into making some serious f**king noise!

P.S. Watch out for a new Podcast over the next week, the first of a regular run which sees us from May tour up to recording the new album. 3/10/06
End of an era? Start of a new one we reckon!
The 'Fi have just played the last gig of the last tour of our debut album. After a brilliant run of show's in Japan, we flew to our last uncharted territory, Australia.
It was strange to think that the last tour of "stars" would be in unfamiliar ground, but we were soon made to feel welcome down under.
Not having been here before, it was hard to predict what an australian crowd were like, but the first gig in Melbourne was like being in our backyard. Jetlag was quickly forgotten about, as the crowd made it easy for us by singing every song louder than we could. Shows in Sydney, Brisbane, and then a trek way out west to Perth for the final hurrah, followed after Melbourne. We had a laugh everywhere we went, and would like to say thanks to everyone who came down. In fact, we'd like to say thanks to everyone who's ever come down anywhere in the world. Since 2004, we've played nigh on 300 shows to promote the album, from 12 of our mates at the Fighting Cox, to selling out thousands in ten minutes in may.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone.

And now into a different kind of uncharted territory. The second album. We'll have to wait and see, but it won't be long until we'll be back on the bus, for another rollercoaster ride into the unpredictable world of the band on tour. We hope to see you (and your friends, sisters, brothers, mothers...) at the shows again next year. Until then, we'll be busy trying to make the best album ever.
Here goes! 19/9/06
The good ship Hard-fi is about to set off on it's final voyage overseas. Until the next album anyway. The new album has been put very briefly on hold, and the final tour of an album which has seen us rise from struggling nobody's in Staines, to multi platinum, sell out tour record makers, award nominated band of the people, in, err Staines still. Just in case you didn't know, we've loved every gig, on every tour, in every country we've ever played in, because of the support we've had from you lot. Lets hope this tour is as good as all the others!
Take it easy. We'll give you a shout when we're in Japan. 1/9/06
We are in the early stages of album no. 2 and the 'Fi must now also look to the final tour of stars of cctv. The tour will be a quick two weeks, and then straight back to the new album. Two continents, various time zones, a load of different planes, and probably one massive party to celebrate the last gig of "Stars" in Australia.
Looking forward to Japan after having such an amazing time there, but it seems strange that we'll play the last gig of the album in a country we've never been to before but knowing the Australians, we'll be made to feel very, very welcome.
For those of you who didn't see us on tour this year, we had our partner, and remix legend WrongTom on the decks before our set.  If you missed it, the James Hyman show on XFM will be playing a recording of one of the his Brixton sets this saturday 2nd September. The 30 minute 4 deck mix features a mash up of material from the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Donna Summer, Spank Rock, The Clash, LCD Soundsystem, PiL & Klaus Wunderlich to name a few. Checkit in London between 9pm and 1am on 104.9fm or if you're listening online.  16/8/06
For the last three or four weeks, the 'Fi have started to take baby steps towards the new album. In the early stages, there's a lot of sitting around, drinking tea, talking about football, and general twiddling. Sometimes, during this "twiddling" period, a change of scenery is a good idea. This weekend, the change will be the massive V festival. On the Friday, we're off to Holland, to headline the second stage at the Lowlands festival. After blowing away both the competition, and any possible cobwebs, we're straight back over to Stafford for the first day of V. This really will be the last chance to see us before the new album, so let's make it an event! As usual we'll be giving it everything we've got, and the louder the crowd, the further we go. None of you have let us down so far!
After V, its back to the twiddling stage, before the rather large interruption of a tour of Japan and Australia. Then, after that, album, album, album...
p.s Brixton podcast coming soon. 21/7/06
After after a brilliant day at T in the park, we have taken a bit of time to get our heads round starting the monster that will be album two. As you may already know, we have a good 35 songs written. These songs and ideas now need to be made into demo's and the like before we take them into the studio. There is a lot of scribbling and humming going on. Pretty much all the time before V will be taken up by the second leg of the Hard-Fi writing process. The V festival, and tours to japan, australia, and possibly america, will all come before we get into the studio proper. Don't worry though, we've thought of a few things to keep you interested while we make the "difficult" second album. There will be a couple of podcasts coming soon, and a few other sneaky bits and pieces for your viewing and listening pleasure.
With all the heat, Rich may find it hard not to write lyrics in keeping with such classics as Chris Rea's "on the beach", or Kiss's seminal "hotter than hell", but we'll have to wait and see.
We'll be in touch soon. 9/7/06
Yesterday at the oxegen festival in Ireland, Hard-Fi and a massive line up of bands, struggled to keep afloat as the weather turned nasty! After being in Rome for a couple of days, we got so used to the sunshine, that none of us even thought to bring a jacket. Don't get me wrong, we're not scared of a bit of rain, but this was hard work. All of us had problems on stage, with the wind and rain making everything a battle. Apparantly electrical devices don't like getting wet much. A member of the Strokes crew was sent to hospital after a lighting stack fell over on top of him. We had a nightmare at the start of our set when basically nothing worked!
We appreciate everyone baring with us while we got it all going. Even with the shit weather and problems, the irish were up for it, and sung all the way through our set. With more rain expected for T in the park today, let's not let the weather get us down. Make some fucking noise!!! 26/6/06
For the first time, Hard-Fi have embarked on what we believe is known as the European festival circuit. Up until yesterday, it had been going very well...
After playing a set in front of a very hot, but brilliant crowd at Germany's southside festival, we legged it to the nearest TV screen to watch England's first knock out stage match. Elbow and Maximo Park were there to give the whole thing a proper Brit's abroad feel.
We were so engrossed with the sheer terror of losing, that none of us spotted the huge storm approaching our feeble tent. As soon as the final whistle had blown, and we had all breathed a huge sigh of relief, the storm hit. The two stages were trashed straight away, and the redbull tent must have been given wings because it lasted only a minute or so until it upped and flew away. I must admit, of all the gig's we'd played between us, nobody could ever recall seeing an airborne drum riser. The rush of winning the football was soon crushed by the cruel defeat of mother nature! The festival was over. Still, no one was hurt, and unless a storm of truly biblical scales hits Belgium, we'll be there for the Werchter festival on Sunday. Hope to see some of you there. Make sure your tent is pegged down properly. Just in case. 26/5/06
14 - 18 Brixton Academy. 5 days in May we'll never forget. Where to start?
After the first 5 out of town dates of the tour being so good, we didn't know what to expect from Brixton. By the time we'd played the last show, we knew we'd taken part in something we'd remember for the rest of our lives!
Each gig felt like the best ever, the audience every day pushing to be the loudest. There are so many high points, they all jumble into one great big memory. Not only were we blown away to be playing five nights at the best venue in the country, but to have Billy Bragg playing before us every night was like a dream come true. After hanging around with him for five days, we all feel like we've known him for years. If our songs can stand the test of time, and we can still be full of the same youthful love for what we're doing in twenty years time like Billy, then we will be doing well!
As if one legend wasn't enough, we were lucky enough to be joined onstage by two of Britain's biggest. On the second night, the crowd couldn't quite believe it when Paul Weller walked out for the encore. I think most people thought we were joking when we introduced him, but when the crowd realised it wasn't a dirty trick, and yes we were playing a Town Called Malice with the modfather, the roar was literally deafening. On the last night, Clash legend Mick Jones appeared to play current tour cover favourite, and Mick Jones penned Big Audio Dynamite track E=MC Squared. We've met Mick a few times, but to step out on stage with him was something else, and what better way to wrap up 5 of the best nights in Hard-fi history!
After a day or two off, and a lot of calming down, we set off to Leeds to play our biggest gig yet in the Leeds millennium square. We were fortunate enough to be playing with the On/Offs, pals Boy Kill Boy, and honoured to be playing with guitar hero Graham Coxon. With a line up like that, even the damp weather and unfortunate football score couldn't ruin the spirits off the 6,500 people who turned up, and the gig was another belter.
With a few more shows to play yet on the tour, and headline slots at Hi-Fi, and the free Evolution festival in Newcastle, we're being kept quite busy before heading back to America for a run of radio gigs, and a slot on the huge Jay Lenno show.
No doubt we'll be in touch before then. Hard-Fi
P.S Look out for the behind the scenes UK tour podcast coming soon. Filmed by us on the road. You can almost smell the stale beer! 12/5/06
Five days in, the 'Fi prepare for Brixton. What a run of gigs, the may tour has started in style. What better place to start than Manchester, legendary music city, and birthplace of so many amazing bands over the years. After two raucous gigs at the Apollo, we headed north and over the border for the gig at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, where the notoriously noisy Scottish fans once again helped us out by singing all the words for us. After Scotland was another two dayer at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton. Beer soaked, sweaty, and no doubt hungover, after two massive midlands gigs, the 'Fi escaped back to Staines for a rest and a quick round of golf before launching into five nights at the academy. We really can't put into words how much we loved the reaction of the crowds at the first five shows, and how excited we are to get stuck into the next lot. Hope you're excited too.
See you there. 5/4/06
HARD-Fi stop traffic in New York!!!
Well sort of. On our way to the  Warsaw in brooklyn, the 'fi's tourbus became trapped in the small side streets downtown.  You can imagine the hundreds of yellow taxi cabs weren't impressed when the rather large tourbus attempted a 47 point turn in almost rush hour traffic. Several bridges, and many angry NYC drivers later, we arrived at the gig. I must say, we haven't played in many Polish national community centers before, but there's a first time for everything. It was nice to play somewhere other than manhattan for once. And good to see that along with a healthy smattering of British ex-pats, all the five boroughs were down and in good voice. After a gig in Boston we headed up to Canada, where we'll play our first show in Montreal. So far the roads look quite big. Thankfully. 25/3/06
Tour busses. You spend a long time on them in the states. 24 hour drives stopping only to eat wretched food in dodgy diners. The lively chatter soon turns into blank stares and looks of extreme boredom as the band and crew contemplate another ten hours of bus life ahead of them. As I've said before, america is big! Still, we arrive at the gigs ready to play in another undiscovered city. So far, only two gigs in on this tour, the 'Fi are currently on a southern leg. The next stop is miami. After our sunburn incident in LA, we'll be making sure we have some factor 40 in our bags before slowly heading north, back into the cold. The first show was in south padre island, texas, for spring break. Of course in true 'Fi fashion, we turned up a week after spring break had finished. Still, there were bungee jumps to have a go on, as many free condoms as we could carry, and in the end a decent crowd gathered see us do our thing. Hope to see you at the shows. 16/3/06
After what seems like a lifetime, our album "stars of cctv" has finally been released in America. We are out here again to promote it with a run of in-stores, radio sessions and gigs. After playing a number of in-store shows on the west coast, we are then going to get stuck into the gig's, starting in texas. It feels great to be back over in the US now the album is out, and the weather is a bonus too. After what seemed like an endless winter in the uk and around europe, the 'Fi were pleased to find the temperature in LA slightly more agreeable. We should have thought it through better though, as we'd only been outside for an hour or so before our pale english skin started to burn. Let's hope that on our debut TV performance on the Kimmel Show, our classic brit abroad beetroot complexion is not too noticeable on screen. Hopefully, as we're signing albums and stuff, we'll get to meet a few of you at the in-stores. See you then. 1/3/06
The 'Fi continue trying to take on the world! At the moment we're hopping about europe, getting far too used to doing a show then getting on the bus, getting up doing a show getting on the bus...These last 6 months we've seen more countries than we even thought existed! Surviving on the staple european tour diet of ham and cheese, we strive onwards through ice, blizzards, language barriers and the promise of sleep at the end of it all. As soon as the tour in europe is over, we haul ass to the states.
Once there, we are doing all manner of in-store performances, radio sessions, and the odd tv show. Followed by some gigs. Have a look at the gig lists to keep yourself informed (don't ask us, we're not even sure what day it is!.)
As usual it's a busy old time. Hope to see you somewhere on our travels. 20/2/06
Since returning home from America, the 'Fi have been busy as ever. Videos made, tv shows recorded, Brit awards attended, and many more tasks completed in the one week we had at home between america and our next excursion into europe. The Brit awards were a laugh. We were honestly chuffed to see our pals the Kaiser Chiefs do so well. We'll be back next year to take them to the cleaners! The Brits are a strange affair. It's not every day you share a cigar with Gillian Anderson, and spray the surrounding tables with pink champagne and not get thrown out. We have been sent a lot of dry cleaning bills from some very upset record exec types, who's expensive suits have seen better days. Oh well.
After the Brits, with no time to recover from crushing hangovers, we found ourselves back in a tourbus on a trip to our first destination in our new european odyssey, Denmark. The first gig of the tour was a blinder. Like we've said before, it always amazes us to go to a new country and find so many people into our music. Here's hoping all the other gigs go as well. Take it easy. We'll see you at the shows. 31/1/06
One thing we love about touring the states is the sheer size of the place. Driving across the country and watching the scenery and climate change before your eyes is like something from a Kerouac novel. When we landed in boston we were freezing our arses off. As we gradually moved south, the winter coats were dropped in favour of sweatshirts, and we're now all the way down to t's. After a couple of weeks on the road, the 'Fi have hit california. All the shows so far have been brilliant, but we have been looking forward to playing the troubadour in L.A again after playing here in the summer opening for the dead 60's. This time it's our show, and as it's been sold out for a couple of weeks, looks set to be a good one. After a stint around cali, we're stopping off at seattle and Portland, before heading back to Blighty to grab Kai, and shooting straight into a european tour. We had a wicked time in europe last year, and can't wait to discover virgin 'Fi territories like Spain and Italy this time round. No doubt we'll see some of you on our travels. Adios! 23/1/06
America. Land of rock n roll, endless amounts of fast food, and for the next few weeks, three quarters of Hard-fi.  So far the weather has been freezing, but the gigs have been hot! It's been fantastic to sell out shows in places we've never even been to before. There's a lot of ground to cover over here, but we're loving every little bit of it so far.
At 7am today, a very sleepy Hard-Fi found out that Stars of CCTV had gone to no.1 back at home.  We'd like to say thanks to everybody who has bought the album and supported us so far.  We're made up that we've got this far, but stick with us. Hopefully this is just the beginning. 16/1/06
Rested, and completely sick of turkey, the 'fi jump into '06 with a tour across the usa. What better way to start the year than getting back on the road in the home of rock! Touring america is what every young band dreams of, and having been over a couple of times before, we can't wait to get back over. Again, unfortunately we will be a man down. The impossible task of standing in for Kai Stephens will again be taken by our mate Nick, who has done a great job for us in the past. Hopefully, next time we go, a certain ex pest controller will be coming with us. Cheers to everyone who stood in the cold to watch us at the hogmaney in Edinburgh. It was a rather strange, but fun experience. We were overwhelmed by the amount of support, and it cemented our love of playing in scotland. We'll keep you up to date as we cross america. Until then 20/12/05
What a night. What a gig. What a year! The 'fi rounded off an amazing year last night by finishing the tour at the astoria on our home turf in london. The crowd, as with all the gigs this year, were amazing. Our confetti cannon made sure that everyone in there had a hard-fi white christmas! We can't believe that the tour is over. A year that has seen the 'fi discover sunglasses, the true meaning of tiredness, airport food and Rich appearing in "hunk of the year". It's all gone so quickly. Trying to look back on what has been the most mental time in our lives makes our heads spin. We couldn't have done any of it without you behind us. The band is nothing without it's fans, and we'd like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for putting us where we are now. Cheers. After such a great year, the 'fi find ourselves looking forwards to a year that will include tours of america, europe and more action in the uk, maybe another single, festivals all over the place, and at some point we'd better record the new album. What did I say about our heads spinning... Cheers again for all the support this year. Hope to see a few thousand of you in edinburgh on new years eve. Until then, merry christmas from Hard-fi. Here's to next year... 13/12/05
I know it sounds like we're saying the same old thing, but these recent gigs have been the best of our lives! Every show on the tour so far has been amazing, due to the unrivalled support we've been shown by you. We really can't emphasize enough what a difference it makes, playing to a crowd who are willing to lift the roof off. Arrived today in Dublin, and can't wait to see what the crowds over here are like. As always, I'm sure at least one person from staines has made it down. Six more shows to go before christmas. You do your bit and we'll definitely do ours! See you at the gigs. 5/12/05
"How the fuck are you doing Cardiff?!" - Kai Stephens (in Sheffield) After all the touring we've done this year, it seems some of the camp have gone quite mad! Sorry Sheffield. The gig will be memorable for other reasons too. Most beer thrown ever, and the only show we've ever played with riot police waiting outside. The other gigs so far have proved that while the venue's have got bigger, the crowd are no less supportive. Watching so many of you lot go mental every night makes everything worthwhile. Long may it continue! See you at the shows. 1/12/05
Life after Japan and the madness continues....... It was fantastic to be able to be involved in putting on a free "secret" gig even if the organisers don't believe in heating!  A big thanks to everyone who braved the indoors (yes it was colder inside the venue than out) and well done to those who found the off licence next door! We hope everyone enjoyed the show, good training for New Years Eve! On to The Chart Show Live for Radio One. A kind of live Top Of The Pops. Flattered to be asked to "represent" the band side of things and who'd have thought Hard-fi would be on a bill sandwiched between Charlotte Church and the Pussycat Dolls!  Certainly not us. The bill was weird, but the place was full of teenage girls, so we didn't complain too much. Technical faults with PA systems aside, thanks for the great reception we received. And now it's back on the road.  We had such a good time on the october uk tour, that this one has got a lot to live up to.  If you are half as good as you were last time, it'll be amazing!  Nice one, see you at the gigs. 18/11/05
"Am I losing my mind?"- Ross Philips The 'Fi have swept into Japan, and the only way to describe it is bonkers!  We have never experienced anything like this before. After landing and getting to grips with the first dreaded signs of jetlag, we were off to our first gig in tokyo. We'd heard stories about quiet, polite crowds, but when we got on stage the response was mental from the very first chord.  Osaka was the same vibe, and the crowd there were just as good. After the gigs, it has been a non stop rollercoaster of interviews, jetlag and sake. Acoustic guitars have been dusted off, and in-store sessions have been played, all infront of the most enthusiastic fans ever!  Much raw fish has been eaten, and an almighty amount of pictures have been taken with over excitable almost tearful girls.  Must dash, my sake is getting cold. 9/11/05
Bonjour, the UK tour was amazing. It was our first real chance to tour the album, and if every tour can be this fantastic, we will be very happy campers. Thanks to everyone who came down and made it so special. Still on a high from our last UK show in Brighton, the 'Fi slipped off to France, where we met up with fellow Brit bands the Kaiser Chiefs, Maximo Park and the Futureheads, for a series of mini festival gigs called "Festival les inrocks". So far the gigs have been electric, and we could not ask for a better bunch of blokes, or better bands to be on the road with. Next stop Tokyo 31/10/05
Just when we thought the crowds couldn't go any more mental, the 'fi hit scotland. The gigs up there have been amazing! In abeerdeen, people crowd surfing in cash machine, wearing white boiler suits like the ones we wore in the original cash machine video, was a nice touch! In glasgow, there was a guy with his leg on the barrier showing off his new cctv camera tattoo! After the gig in edinburgh, in football freindly fashion, the crew were seen swapping shirts with a group of female fans. I'm not sure if this is a trend that will carry on at all the gigs, but we'll see. Newcastle was fantastic as always, and so far they have the crowd surfing gold medal. See you at the coming up shows! 21/10/05
Life on the road... Just arrived in Nottingham after playing two absolute killer shows at the electric ballroom in London.  You were brilliant at both gigs, and were the loudest we've had on tour yet.  However, during Wednesdays gig, our dressing room was ransacked and wallets, phones etc. were nicked. So  if you see someone called K.Stephens trying to take out a copy of Sin City from Camden Blockbusters, he's an imposter! Pissed off but we didn't let it dampen our spirits too much.  The  following gig, security was replaced by  ex-russian special forces, and it sure didn't happen again the next night.  I would pity the fool that tried! Thursdays show seemed to attract more celebrities than wednesday. Sadie Frost with WrongTom in the dj booth! Jude Law, Clive Owen! All throwing some shapes, However Rich was far more excited to see brentford midfielder Jaytabb, who showed up with a brentford shirt signed by the team.
We are currently out on our UK tour, so far we have played Bristol, Bournemouth, Northampton and Oxford. It has to be said, we have the best fans out there, every show has been sold out, everyone knows the words, its been fantastic! It will be good to see if the crowds can get any louder, as the shows so far will certainly be hard to beat.

We just want to thank every single one of you who has made the effort to come out and see us play, you make all worth while.

We have just recently heard that Stars of C.C.T.V is number 3 on the Airplay charts Japan. This is excellent news, we cannot wait to get out there to meet everyone and play some shows.

A big shout out to our sound man Sam and his wife, who have recently had a beautiful baby daughter!

Congratulations, see you in London
The Hard-Fi live webcast from Camden's Electric Ballroom begins tonight (Thursday 20th Oct) at 8 pm. Click the link below to find out more or text hardfi to 60999 to order now. Live webcast plus 1 weeks unlimited viewing costs £3.
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Missed the chance to get tickets to Hard-Fi's current sell out tour? Don't despair as this Thursday we'll be bringing you a live webcast of the London Electric Ballroom show. Shot in glorious multicamera format the webcast will be watchable from 8pm this Thursday and costs £3 to watch live as well as for one week after the show. To find out more and register click on the link below.
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Hard-Fi's new single 'Living For The Weekend' is out today. Available on CD, ECD and 7". You can also download the track from iTunes, Napster, HMV and Virgin Digital and all other good download retailers. Full tracklisitngs in the News section. Enjoy!
The ECD contains a free download of 'Tied Up Too Tight' recorded at June's King's College London show. To claim your free download simply click on the link below and insert your ECD into your computer (please exit the video window that may open automatically).
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Due to massive demand Hard-Fi have announced a brand new nationwide tour in December, click on the gig section of the site for full venue dates and details of how to buy tickets!
Hard-Fi will be playing an exclusive set at the Love Music Hate Racism premiere of 'Who Shot The Sheriff' at The Scala on the 15th Sep. Show starts at 7.30, and to buy tickets for this one off event go to the gig section of the site. For more details on Love Music Hate Racism visit the site below
Hard-Fi's new single 'Living For The Weekend' , released 19th September will be available on 3 formats.
The limited ed. 7" features: Living For The Weekend
Living For The Weekend dub remix
The first 1000 people to pre-order online recieve a copy signed by the band.

CD1 features:

Living For The Weekend
a cover of The Stranglers 'Peaches'
Hard To Beat Axwell remix
The L4TW music video
a special link to download a live version of 'Tied Up Too Tight 'recorded at the king's College London show the night before Glastonbury.
CD2 Features:

Living For The Weekend
Unnecessary Trouble (live)

VENUE: Number 10 Outside Stage, Hazelwood Crescent (off Golbourne Road), LONDON DATE: Sunday 28th August TIME: 5pm ENTRY: FREE. Just turn up! DJ Support from Don Letts & Mark Ronson Pass it on!
Visit the 'exclusive' area of the website now to watch the brand new video for 'Living For The Weekend' Out September 19th!
We'll be shooting the hard fi video for LivingFor The Weekend on Monday 1/8/05. We will need fans from 8pm to Midnight. The location will be in West London. If you are interested please email a photo of yourself & your mobile number to [email protected] we will then get back in touch to book you in & give you location details. Please also state if you have your own transport. The band will not be there on the shoot day but they will appreciate you help. There is no money involved, this is for fans who would like to appear in the video.
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Pre-order Living For The Weekend now for the chance to receive your copy signed by Hard-Fi. Due to the limited nature of this offer, orders are restricted to one per customer.
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We're looking for hardcore Hard-Fi fans to help spread the word online, on radio and at shows - in return you'll earn signed/rare Hard-Fi prizes. To find out more, go to, click community and register your details.
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Hard-Fi's superb debut album 'Stars Of CCTV' has been nominated for the prestigious Nationwide Mercury Prize..the winner will be announced on September 6th.
Hard- Fi have announced new tour dates up and down the country and for dates in the US.. Check out the gig section for venues and booking information in the states and in good old blighty.
Check out the new Hard-Fi e-card by clicking below. It features a track by track preview of the new album 'Stars Of CCTV' as well footage from the recent Hard-Fi AOL session and the chance to win some limited edition artwork.
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New Tour Bus Top Ten's , Gallery photo's and full album lyrics have been added to the website. Visit each area to see for yourselves. You can also grab a free Hard-Fi wallpaper for your mobile, simply visit the mobile section to find out more...
Fan of digital music? Part of the new iPod generation? If so you can now buy a special version of the new Hard-Fi album 'Stars Of CCTV' from iTunes. The album features 4 extra tracks as well as the videos for Cash Machine, Tied Up Too Tight and Hard To Beat.
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Hard-Fi's special one off show to thank fans for all their support has now SOLD OUT. All 750 tickets were snapped up in under 3 days. Hard-Fi will be playing as well as DJing alongside long time collaborator WrongTom and special guests.
After the cancelation of Glastonbury and the Album launch in Staines due to tragic and unforeseen circumstances, Hard-Fi would like to give fans the opportunity to see them before embarking to the US and not returning until late summer. It's a special show until 2am with Hard-Fi re-mixer and DJ Wrong Tom and special guests. Tickets for the event are available from the gig section and will be priced at £10 (subject to booking fee) As an apology for all the fans who were unable to see them at Glastonbury, you can see Hard-Fi for a fiver! Take your ticket along to the show and you will receive a refund. Please note, the Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool instore performances are still going ahead but Virgin Megastore, London is unfortunately cancelled.
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Hard-Fi's debut album 'Stars of CCTV' is released this Monday 4th July. Available on CD and 12"vinyl the album features 5 brand new tracks not featured on the 'Stars' mini album as well as reworkings of the other modern classics. Full lyrics will be available from thiis website on Monday, you can order your copy now by clicking below and recieve an exclusive 7".
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To celebrate the release of the new album 'Stars Of CCTV' this Monday Hard-Fi will be performing instore at the following venues

Tuesday 5 July - 12.30pm - live set & signing - HMV Newcastle - 56 Northumberland Street, NEWCASTLE, NE1 7AE

Tuesday 5 July - 5.30pm - live set & signing- HMV Leeds - 1 Victoria Walk, Headrow Centre, LEEDS, LS1 6JD

Wednesday 6 July - 12.30pm - live set & signing HMV Birmingham - 38 High Street, BIRMINGHAM, B4 7SL

Wednesday 6 July - 5.30pm - live set & signing HMV Liverpool - 22 Church Street, LIVERPOOL, L1 3AW
Pre-order the album now to receive a free limited edition Hard-Fi remix 7" with your album. Subject to availability, while stocks last...
click here to pre-order your copy of "Stars of CCTV"
The new single from Hard-Fi is out from today, make sure you get your copy now!See below for format details and special offers.
Want to listen to 2 exclusive versions of Hard To Beat and Middle Eastern Holiday recorded at Hard-Fi's infamous Cherry Lips studio in Staines? Simply click on the link below, insert your ECD copy of Hard To Beat (the one with the videos on) and follow the on screen instructions.
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4 exclusive versions of Hard To Beat are now available exclusively online. These include a stripped down acoustic mix, 2 banging dancefloor mixes and a skankin' dub mix. Click on the link bleow to preview each track and order (using either text message or credit card). The acoustic and regular versions are also available from iTunes and the regular version from all good download sites
Click here to download exclusive Hard To Beat mixes
Our new single 'Hard To Beat' is out on Monday 20th June. Available on CD, enhanced CD and limited edition 7" you can now order all 3 formats for 5 quid. Click below to order
By using this link you can also get your hands on a signed copy of the 7" that features Hard To Beat and Better Dub Better. You'd better be quick as only the first 1000 are signed...

All 3 formats for £5 / Signed 7"
We're playing the Love Music, Hate Racism Stage with Baby Shambles at 10 pm on Saturday 25th at Glastonbury.
We've also been asked to support Green Day at their Milton Keynes shows on 18th and 19th June.
Also going to America to play the Lollapalooza Festival on the 23rd July.
For full details see the 'Gig Guide' section
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Watch out for us on Popworld and T4 in the coming weeks. We've also been added to the Radio 1, MTV and XFM playlists and are No 4 on the NME / MTV 2 chart. Keep voting to keep us off the dole!
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You can now vote for 'Hard To Beat' in XFM's music response chart broadcast daily at 7. To vote now and hear 'Hard To Beat' click here...

Vote for Hard To Beat on XFM's music response
We're Jo Whiley's Record Of The Week this week. Tune in to her morning show every day this week to hear 'Hard To Beat'
We've added a load more photos to our 'Gallery' section as well as some new tour dates to the 'Gig Guide'. Visit the sections now for all the latest
Due To Massive Demand, Hard-Fi have announced a new nationwide tour for December..Click on the gig guide section of the website for dates and venues.
10TH APR 05 - HARD-FI TOP 20
er.... like ..... whats going on??!!! looks like Hard-fi are gonna be Top20 on Sunday - big thank you to everyone who went out and bought the record, we were thinking it would go in with a bullet at no 74!!! (If you haven't got it yet what are you waiting for!!)

Crazy couple of weeks, sorry if we haven't been on letting you all know whats going on but getting online on the road aint as easy as you'd think, anyway what has been going on...

Ok another big thank you to everyone who came down to our video shoot for Hard To Beat last night we had a great laugh even if we'd had no sleep for the last 2 days - hope that explains the occasional erratic behaviour, it was really good to meet everyone - thanks again.

We had our first Jo Wiley Live Lounge session on Tuesday - don't believe the hype we were crapping ourselves it all went well though i think, and of course i have to mention Soccer Am - i hope you all witnessed my efforts in front of goal, the amount of texts from my mates pointing out what a jammy bastard i am was quite uncalled for....

Yet another thank you to everyone who's been coming down to the live shows, we had a blast on tour with Kaiser Chiefs and The Cribs, two great bands and also really nice fellas with it, if you haven't checked out the new Cribs single 'Hey Scenesters' make the effort - though i'll let you in on a secret the next one of theres is even better.

Wrestling for the accolade of best gig so far are the Belfast Limelight , Birmingham Academy and Liverpool Academy2 if you disagree let us know - and get down to the remaining shows and make one of those sneak in like a dark horse....
Our brand new single ' Tied Up Too Tight' is released this Monday 18th April. Make sure you get yourself a copy.

It's available in 3 different formats and the coloured, numbered 7" includes a limited edition collectors case. Scroll down to find out more on each of the different formats.

To pre order the CD, 7" or 10" click here...

You can also visit our brand new online Hard-Fi store or the latest Hard-Fi apparel.
You can now receive a limited edition collectors case to hold all the forthcoming Hard-Fi coloured vinyl 7" 's. Simply order the numbered, colour 7" of Tied Up Too Tight and you'll be sent the collectors case completely free of charge (no purchase necessary) To find out more and to order click here...