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26/04/2013: SONIC CAULDRON

A unique one-off curation of new material @ Left Bank Leeds
20, February 2013


Poster by Adam Nodwell.  Click to view it big-style.

Hello, everybody!  I’ve been very busy working on new material since returning from my tour in December.  I will play many of these new songs live for the first time at Left Bank Leeds on April 26th, my only concert of 2013.  These one-off interpretations will be performed with fellow Leeds musicians, including Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin & Wild Beasts) and Tom Evans (Vessels).  Surrounding the audience with an array of loudspeakers, guitar and bass amplifiers, ghettoblasters, and Leslie speaker cabinets, the cavernous space of Left Bank will become an instrument in its own right.

Here is a short teaser video, which should give you some insight into what exactly is going on here:


You should really click here to watch this video in HD
I’m very excited about this, to say the least.  Tickets are currently available online from Jumbo, Crash, and in person at the Brudenell for just £5 in advance.  Click on the links to buy now!  Woohoo!!!

Also, there is a Facebook event here.  Please feel free to share and spread the word.  Hope to see you soon!!!

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2012 IN SUMMARY

I’ve toured a lot.  What’s next…
15, December 2012


Photo by Djavanshir. N.

What a year!  I’ve played loads of great shows, amazing festivals, and just finished up a huge UK/EU tour.  Thanks to all the incredible people that helped make it happen, and to everyone who came out to a show along the way.  Hope you were able to make it to one.  I couldn’t have done it alone, even though I’m alone (if you know what I mean).  Gratitude!

I’m now trying to track down any photos, videos, or reviews from any of my shows from this year.  If you filmed, photographed, or reviewed anything, please send me an email and let me know!  And please keep your eyes on this page, as there will be some new live videos popping up very shortly.  Thanks a bunch!

Finally, I have returned from tour with very few vinyl.  If you still haven’t picked up a copy of Semicircle and would like one, head over to the Juffage Webstore ASAP.  They won’t last long!

I’m taking a break from doing any shows for a while to work on recording another album.  I will, however, do ONE show this year in Leeds, at the fabulous Left Bank.  I’m composing a special one-off ambisonic performance utilizing the enormous space of Left Bank, and way too many speakers and amplifiers to fill it.  There will be some very exciting supports announced soon, whom I’m not allowed to mention yet.  But rest assured, it’s going to be exciting.

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2012 TOUR STARTS TODAY!

ANOTHER YEAR OLDER, ANOTHER TOUR, AGAIN, AGAIN…
18, October 2012


Poster by Adam Nodwell. Click to view it big-style.

Hey internetters! My 2nd monster tour of the UK & Europe starts today in Newcastle, with 39 more exciting shows to follow. This will be my last tour for a very long time, and my last tour ever using my current equipment set-up, so don’t miss out! When I return, I’m going to start recording a follow-up to Semicircle, and reworking/tweaking some technical and performative elements of my live set. The future looks exciting. Get ready.

Have a look below or check out the gigs page the to see all the dates. See you soon!!!

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AUTUMN 2012: UK/EU TOUR DATES

MORE SHOWS COMING YOUR WAY (PROBABLY IN YOUR TOWN)
14, September 2012

I’m doing another big UK/EU tour this year (like a boss). Here are the dates:

SEP 29: Leeds – the Packhorse (Super Luxury single release party w/ Bearfoot Beware,
Magnapinna, Double Muscle, Yougoslavian Boys, Vasco de Gama, Two Trick Horse)
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OCT 18: Newcastle – Morden Tower (w/ ParaStatic, Lionhall)
OCT 19: Dundee – the Doghouse (w/ Esperi, Cara Mitchell)
OCT 20: Aberdeen – the Lemon Tree (w/ Three Blind Wolves)
OCT 21: Manchester – A Carefully Planned Festival @ Soup Kitchen [early stage time of 2PM!]
(w/ Tall Ships, Brontide, Dad Rocks!, Plank!, Ben Butler & Mousepad, Bilge Pump, etc.)
OCT 25: York – City Screen Basement (w/ Muttley, Mononoke)
OCT 27: London – Power Lunches (w/ Action Beat)
OCT 28: Brighton – the Cowley Club (w/ Stuart Warwick, Flash Bang Band)
OCT 29: Southampton – Avondale House (w/ Pivotal)
OCT 30: Cardiff – the Moon Club (w/ Shiny Tiger, Conformist)
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NOV 1: Rotterdam, NL – Le Sud - Afternoon Show
NOV 1: Maastricht, NL – Landbouwbelang
NOV 2: Groningen, NL – ORKZ Bar (w/ Karoushi)
NOV 3: Den Haag, NL – Rewire Festival (w/ Errors, Lichens, Lotus Plaza, etc.)
NOV 4: Haarlem, NL – Patronaat Café – Afternoon show (w/ Movie Star Junkies, Zun Zun Egui)
NOV 4: Louvain-la-Neuve, BE – Ferme du Biéreau (w/ Scattered Order)
NOV 5: Lille, FR – La Malterie (w/ Cheyenne 40)
NOV 6: Gent, BE – Minus One (w/ Coredyceps, Six Hands, Stories From the Lost)
NOV 7: Köln, DE – Baustelle Kalk
NOV 8: Berlin, DE - Antje Öklesund
NOV 9: Berlin, DE – Madame Claude (w/ Brome, Ondula)
NOV 10: Wien, AT – Arena (w/ Xiu Xiu)
NOV 11: Graz, AT – CuntRa la Kunsthure
NOV 12: Bagno di Romagna, IT – Cantina Diva
NOV 13: Livorno, IT – Teatro C
NOV 14: Latina, IT – Circolo Hemingway
NOV 15: Roma, IT – Dal Verme
NOV 16: Bucine, IT – Spectre Live Club
NOV 17: Faenza, IT – Clan Destino
NOV 18: Ferrara, IT – Zuni
NOV 19: Milano, IT – Gattò
NOV 20: Toulouse, FR – Les Musicophages (w/ Shelly Short)
NOV 21: Bayonne, FR – Kixkil Ostatua
NOV 22: Madrid, ES – La Faena II
NOV 23: Don Benito, ES – Rincón Pío Sound
NOV 24: Lisboa, PT – Lounge
NOV 25: Vitoria, ES – Ibu Hots (w/ Viva Bazooka)
NOV 26: Zaragoza, ES – La Lata de Bombillas (Bombo y Platillo)
NOV 27: Bordeaux, FR – Novo Local
NOV 28: Tours, FR – Bar Les Joulins
NOV 29: Caen, FR – L’Ubu Cafe (w/ Nuage Magique X Grorator, Mombu)
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APR 26: Leeds – Left Bank (A one-off multichannel ambisonic performance in one of Leeds’ finest acoustic spaces. Composed for Left Bank. With special guests. More details to be announced shortly.)

Hope to see you out there people!!! It’s going to be great!

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SUMMER 2012: GET EXCITED

Festival Dates, Futuresound Competition, Endless Touring
2, July 2012

I’m so excited about my upcoming European tour, I think I’ll just do this post in reverse chronological order.  First things first.  Last week, I just started booking another tour of Europe for November 1-30.  I plan to return to quite a few places I played last year, but am always open to new experiences/ideas.  If you are interested in having a Juffage concert in your city, please send an email to juffage [at] gmail [dot] com and hopefully we can work something out!

Next up, in August I’m playing this tasty shindig in the Yorkshire dales alongside tons of other great artists (I’m particularly excited about seeing Toots & the Maytals, Wild Beasts, Runners, and checking out the Noisey/Vice stage curated by Dirty Otter and Sexbeat!).  If you’d like some more info, check out the Beacons Festival Website.


I have a couple festivals lined up for July too.  Firstly, I’m going back to Sheffield for Tramlines Festival on Friday, July 20th, where I’ll be performing at the Cathedral Church of St Peter & St Paul (alongside Leeds-based bro’s Heart Ships, & lots more).  The following day, I’m heading up to Newcastle to play Narc. Fest (part of the Ouseburn Festival & hosted by Narc. Magazine).  More info about the event can be found at the Narc. Fest Facebook Page or Leave Me Here Gigs.

Finally, I’m playing the Futuresound Competition at the Cockpit on Tuesday, July 17th.  Also appearing that day are the bands Black Moth, Phonetics, and The World Service (full line-up here).  Just today, the gig was recommended by Drowned in Sound on their newest Drowned in Leeds column.  Most importantly, it will be the ONLY Juffage concert in Leeds until mid-October and, if you don’t know the drill, the winners of this competition go on to play Leeds and Reading Festivals this summer.  The winners are partially determined by audience vote, so please get down and show your support.  You can buy tickets for the gig on this very website (for only £4), and the tickets include a FREE download of my newest EP, ‘Small Fires’.  How cool is that!?!?!  For more info, check out the Facebook event here.

See you soon, somewhere!

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REIMS LIVE VIDEO ETC.

Videos, Videos, and More Videos to come
12, February 2012

Here’s a video someone filmed of me playing the song ‘Small Fires’ in a massive circus tent in Reims, France.  Click 720p to watch in HD (and why not in full-screen!?!), cause you’re worth it.  In the next few weeks, I’ll be doing some more filming with Tom Thiel, who now works for The Blind Club, and has done great work for the likes of Dinosaur Pile Up, Paul Thomas Saunders, and Dog is Dead.  So, keep your eye on this page for some quality live videos coming soon!  In the meantime, here’s two videos that Tom filmed back in late 2010 at the Ashwood Studio in Leeds:

In other news, I completed my recent (enormous) tour of the UK and Europe unscathed, with the exception of a broken van (see below), and had some really great times.  Hats off to all the great promoters who put me on, and all the great bands I played with along the way.  You know who you are, and are to great in number to mention all of you here.

Finally, I’ll be taking a break from shows for a while to work on recording, but will tour again at the end of the year.  However, I hear this year’s British Wildlife Festival has some *very special guests*…………………

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VAN WOES IN SPAIN

AKA How people are awesome
1, December 2011

On November 28th, I was on my way to a show in Madrid when my van broke down on the side of the highway.  I was hit with an enormous repair bill I was not expecting and had to be towed in to Zaragoza.  I sent out a couple of posts on Twitter and Facebook asking fans for donations or that if they bought a record, the money would go towards getting my van fixed.  I didn’t expect much, but I thought that even if 2 people donated €5, this would still be better than nothing.  However, in less than 48 hours I managed to raise €503.83 through merch sales and donations, only slightly less than I had to spend getting my van fixed.  This really is incredible and I am so grateful.  Your generosity is truly astounding.

Today, ‘little partner’ is back on the road.  I cannot begin to thank everyone enough.  It’s been an amazing (and long) tour so far, and now I am able to finish my last 6 shows and get back to Leeds with all of my equipment.

If anyone reading this has made a donation and would like digital copies of any of my records (or Manduo/MMOOTI!?! releases), please write to juffage [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know.  I’m happy to send anything.  Also, if you live in Leeds and made a donation, I will happily cook you dinner.

Sadly, as a result of this I had to cancel two shows in Madrid (at la Faena II) and in Lisboa (at the Lounge).  My sincerest apologies go out to the organizers of these two concerts and the people who were planning to attend.  I will come back!

Muchas Gracias!

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SMALL FIRES EP & UK/EU TOUR

New EP Details, FREE download, Enormous tour of UK & Europe October-December
24, August 2011

Hey people.  Today is pretty exciting.  My brand-new EP “Small Fires” is set to be released November 7th on Function Records, but you can listen to it online right now!  I’m also giving away the single for FREE for a limited time.

Head over to http://juffage.bandcamp.com/album/small-fires-ep to pick up your free download.

I’m going to have a limited run of CD versions of this EP available on my upcoming tour dates as well (see below for tour dates & details).  Should you wish to do so, you can also preorder a CD now from the juffage webstore!  All preorders will be shipped before the first week of November.  Check it:

I’m heading out in October to play my biggest rock tour since 2008.  This time I’ll be doing several European dates, and quite a hefty amount of UK gigs as well.  It’s going to be a blast, but it’s a lot of work.  Tour dates are as follows:
OCT 4 – leeds @ oporto (w/ sweet williams, magnapinna)
OCT 6 – edinburgh @ whistlebinkes (w/ esperi)
OCT 7 – aberdeen @ tunnels (w/ esperi)
OCT 8 – dundee @ drouthy neebors (w/ esperi)
OCT 9 – newcastle @ tyne bar (w/ invisible cities)
OCT 10 – york @ basememt (w/ where’s hollywood?, section 9, aboy)
OCT 12 – liverpool @ mello mello (w/ hope & social)
OCT 14 – bolton @ dog and partridge (w/ invisible cities)
OCT 15 – leeds @ brainwash festival – royal park cellars (w/ lite, kong, maybeshewill, etc.)
OCT 16 – manchester @ a carefully planned festival – gullivers (w/ bearfoot beware, invisible cities, douga, etc.)
OCT 17 – nottingham @ spanky van dykes (w/ satnams tash, lukewarm equation)
OCT 18 – derby @ victoria (w/ tellison, little courage)
OCT 19 – stoke @ the smithfield (w/ plank!, amateur assassins)
OCT 20 – milton keynes @ mk gallery (w/ fifteen sixteen)
OCT 21 – norwich @ karma kafe (w/ sam james hill, maesrk, etc.)
OCT 22 – ipswich @ kai bar (w/ magic panda, 3ee3a, etc.)
OCT 23 – london @ old blue last (w/ cats and cats and cats)
OCT 24 – brighton @ the cowley (w/ van coeur, perch)
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OCT 26 – mons, BE @ le cheminot
OCT 27 – paris, FR @ l’international (w/ geste, girl in trouble)
OCT 28 – reims, FR @ le chapiteau de la TRAC “Le Temps Des Cerises” (w/ theo, one man team dance)
OCT 29 – strasbourg, FR @ LE CEAAC (w/ balmorhea)
OCT 30 – nancy, FR @ le caveau du grand sauvoy
OCT 31 – liège, BE @ le tipi (w/ three trapped tigers)
NOV 1 – gent, BE @ kinky star
NOV 2 – lille, FR @ le ccl
NOV 3 – antwerpen, BE @ bar nadar
NOV 4 – maldegem, BE @ de walrus
NOV 5 – breda, NL @ mezz
NOV 6 – utrecht, NL @ pollination house show (w/ wave zero, container)
NOV 7 – jena, DE @ glashaus im paradies (w/ dosh)
NOV 8 – berlin, DE @ marie antionette (w/ dosh)
NOV 9 – leipzig, DE @ noch besser leben
NOV 10 – praha, CZ @ final (w/ noar+is+, hc tramp)
NOV 11 – brno, CZ @ boro club (w/ shield your eyes)
NOV 12 – wien, AT @ e.k. haus
NOV 13 – graz, AT @ sub (w/ stefan wieinegar is god)
NOV 14 – ljubljana, SI @ menza pri koritu-metelkova city
NOV 15 – maribor, SI @ gustaf hall pekarna
NOV 17 – riva del garda, IT @ lochness pub
NOV 18 – firenze, IT @ exfila (w/ gioacchino turù e giacomo laser, architectureoftheuniverse)
NOV 19 – faenza, IT @ clan destino
NOV 20 – ferrara, IT @ zuni
NOV 21 – itri, IT @ brigadisco’s cave
NOV 22 – roma, IT @ dal verme
NOV 23 – forlì, IT @ diagonal loft club
NOV 24 – carpi, IT @ mattatoio culture club
NOV 25 – pavia, IT @ spazio musica
NOV 26 – montpellier, FR @ up and down
NOV 27 – barcelona, ES @ kasal de roquetes (w/ zozobra)
NOV 29 – madrid, ES @ la faena
NOV 30 – lisboa, PT @ lounge
DEC 1 – don benito, ES @ rincón pío sound
DEC 2 – san sebastián, ES @ sala mogambo
DEC 3 – bordeaux, FR @ les lectures aléatoires
DEC 5 – périgueux, FR @ louvessiou (house show)
DEC 6 – tours, FR @ les joulins
DEC 7 – paris, FR @ le rigoletto
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DEC 12 – leeds @ the library (w/ monsters build mean robots, catscans, richard parker) – tour finale!!!

You are appreciated!  Hope to see you out there…

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INTERVIEWS ON THE INTERWEBS

Various recent interviews and Press
20, August 2011

I’ve been interviewed by some friendly people in the last couple of months and we talked about some stuff:

August 2011 Leeds Music Scene Interview by Kate Zezulka
June 2011 Vibrations Magazine Interview by Tim Hearson page 1 / page 2
July 2011 Beard Rock Interview by Sam Honch

Also, here’s what some other friendly people have been saying about ‘Semicircle’:

“Computer music never sounded so humane … an album to be surprised by, and maybe even love.” 7/10 – NME
“Compelling … a truly remarkable debut.” 8/10 – Loud & Quiet Magazine
“A triumph … the perfect balance between the accessible and the avant-guard.” 8/10 – Soundblab
“A highly personal, original work … you could well fall in love with this.” 4/5 – Beard Rock

Want to read more?  There’s lots more to read over here.

Finally, I’m announcing a boatload of tour dates in the next few days.  It’s looking pretty bitchin’ so far!

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SEMICIRCLE OUT TODAY

Free Shipping this week, Recent Reviews, Upcoming Summer/Festival Dates
6, June 2011


Photo by Joni Andrews

After all is said and done, playing a show virtually every day for a month is always going to have its ups and downs.  Fortunately, these past few weeks have been overwhelmingly positive; my car didn’t break, (most) of my gear didn’t break, I played with lots of great bands around the UK, and ‘Semicircle’ has already received some pretty positive reviews.  Here’s what some people have had to say about it so far:

“Computer music never sounded so humane … an album to be surprised by, and maybe even love.” 7/10 – NME

“Compelling … a truly remarkable debut.” 8/10 – Loud & Quiet Magazine

“A triumph … the perfect balance between the accessible and the avant-guard.” 8/10 – Soundblab

“A highly personal, original work … you could well fall in love with this” 4/5 – Beard Rock

Not convinced you need to own this yet?  How about FREE UK shipping to top it off!?!

Click to order your copy of ‘Semicircle’ L.P. (+ digital download & remix EP) and get FREE shipping in the UK (or £2 shipping in the rest of the world) before June 13th!

…And as if I haven’t had enough of driving around the UK, I’m headed out for a few dates and some festivals over the summer including Doubledotbash!, Tramlines, Beacons, & Leave Me Here Festivals.  Keep up to date on the Gigs page!

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SEMICIRCLE ALBUM LAUNCH

RELEASE DETAILS, UK TOUR DATES, ALBUM PREORDER & FREE SINGLE DOWNLOAD
19, April 2011

Two weeks from today will be the first gig of the ‘Semicircle’ Album Launch Tour (click this link or the ‘gigs’ tab above to see the dates).  To celebrate the coming of these 30-odd shows around the U.K., myself and the guys over at Function Records thought it would be a good idea to give away a free download of the first single from the record, and a staple of the Juffage live set so far, “My Weakness”.  This .mp3 download is free to mailing list subscribers who follow the link below.  If you have already signed up for the mailing list, just enter your address in again for the download (you won’t receive double mailouts, promise!).  Starting today, you can also preorder the album right here, from the Juffage Webstore, or directly from Function Records who are offering FREE SHIPPING during the preorder period as part of a huge sale.  Last but not least, free downloads of “My Weakness” are available from the Juffage Bandcamp Page here:

Click here to claim your free download of “My Weakness”

Click here to preorder your copy of the ‘Semicircle’ L.P.

In other news, I am pleased to announce the tracklisting for the album:

1. Semicircle
2. 120/240
3. Small Fires
4. Stop Making Music
5. Under Fanblades
6. My Weakness
7. HHV
8. Drone II

Vinyls will be available for purchase on all ‘Semicircle’ Album Launch tour dates.
Preorders will be shipped on the official release date, June 6, 2011, and will include a bonus download EP of remixes by Ampersand, 2n3904, RUNNERS, James Yates (the Pattern Theory), Blithe Field, Dream Drunk, & Mako Sica.  Digital downloads will also be available from this date but will not include download of the bonus disc.

That’s all for now.  Hope to see you on the road!

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NEXT GIG @ THE BRUDENELL/ BEACONS FESTIVAL

1 April, 2011

So this is pretty exciting; at the end of the month I’ll be doing a gig at the Brudenell w/ the amazing Talons, and then embarking on an album launch tour shortly thereafter.  Check out the GIGS page to see how it’s shaping up, and keep your eyes peeled for more tour dates and updates on the new record.  In other news, I’ve just been asked to play this:

I’ll be taking the stage on the opening night, Friday August 12.  Loads of great bands are playing and with early bird tickets at £50, you can’t really go wrong.  Head on over to the Beacons Festival Website for more information.

The next time I post on here, I’ll be revealing the tracklisting and artwork for my new album ‘Semicircle’, along with a bunch of tour dates for the period of May/June.  The test pressings should be arriving in just over a week so get ready!

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MUGS NOW IN STOCK!!!!

29 January, 2011

What better way to show your appreciation for the musical stylings of Jeff T. Smith than by ordering your own brand new Juffage Mug?!?  Good question!  Whether it’s a hot or cold beverage, you’ll be drinking in style with this mug’s spectacular wrap-around design (pictured here), printed in glorious full-color!  Invite your friends ’round and impress the pants off them by serving them a tea or coffee in a beverage container with unprecedented style and grace.

Pick one up today!!!!! Click the button to order >>>>>

Hi-res photos of mugs available here: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3.

Now available from the JUFFAGE WEBSTORE for a mere £8 or at future gigs.

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NEW ALBUM/VIDEO/ETC

A.K.A. “MY DAY TODAY”
24 January, 2011

Interestingly, this picture above has very little to do with what I did today.  It was taken about four months ago at 63 Lumley Road when I borrowed my friend’s synthesizer to record some parts for a song on my upcoming record.  Today, however, I went to use the monitors at Loom Studio to work on mixing that very song.  Unfortunately, I somehow managed to break the key off inside the door as soon as I got there and found myself stranded in the hallway.

Nevertheless, this incident marks a very momentous time.  Once I manage to get inside the studio and finish mixing, the album will be sent for mastering and will be released sometime in May on Function Records.

Keep your eyes on this page in the coming months for more news about the upcoming release.  I’ll be taking a break from doing shows for the time being (with the exception of the wonderful British Wildlife Festival) to finish preparing for the upcoming release, and to get ready for a large tour to follow.

In the meantime, you can check out some brand new live videos here: Horray!

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VIBRATIONS MAGAZINE

19 January, 2011

I recently opened up the latest issue of Vibrations Magazine (December 2010) to see a big blue picture of my face.  It had somehow completely slipped my mind that I had been interviewed a few months ago at the Brudenell Social Club, right before going to a show for the band Low.  You can read the interview by clicking the link below.  Absolutely!

Interview from December 2010 Vibrations Magazine by Tim Hearson

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JUFFAGE-DOT-COM IS REAL!

14 January, 2011

Hello World!

Welcome to the internet.  From here on in, this will be the first port of call for all Juffage-related events, merchandise, and informations until the inevitable date in the future when Google.com will automatically redirect to this website.  Thank you very much for you cooperation and valuable time.

Sincerely,

The Management

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