one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stuns a sold-out Hyde Park

one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stuns a sold-out Hyde Park

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one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stuns a sold-out Hyde Park

Day five of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park saw one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stun a sold-out Hyde Park with one of the festival’s most spectacular performances.

 

As soon as the curtain dropped from the ceiling, Bruno and his backing band The Hooligans stood proudly on stage, receiving a deafening roar of approval before breaking into the first bars of his recent high-energy hits, “Finesse” and “24K Magic”.

 

It was a true pop performance that had it all – a dazzling frontman, a silky-smooth backing band, grandiose visuals / fireworks and, of course, an impressive array of hits from album 24K Magic. The LP dominated the 2018 Grammys, picking up the prestigious Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”) awards, and he swaggered his way through most of the record’s tracks, including “Perm”, “Chunky” and “Versace On The Floor”.

 

Bruno took a brief pause from the impressive choreographed performance to address the euphoric Hyde Park crowd. “We saved London for last. I want you to know that. Cos we know London’s gon’ sweat with us, dance with us, have fun with us.”

 

This was the European finale in an epic 19-month tour and even before Bruno launched into his last song, the crowd broke into the chorus of “Uptown Funk”, Mars’ global hit alongside Mark Ronson.

 

Before Bruno was Khalid, one of the hottest names in R&B – who created a buzz on stage with his charismatic performance. His debut album American Teen seamlessly blends elements of modern soul and dance, and Khalid (accompanied by several lively cheerleaders), dazzled the Great Oak Stage audience with his live renditions of “Winter”, “American Teen”, “Angel”, “Silence” and closing number, “OTW”.

 

DNCE brought their funk-influenced pop to a packed crowd at the Great Oak Stage. Their eccentric sonic style was matched by their equally extravagant outfits, with lead singer (and former Jonas Brother, Joe) donning a sharp, patterned suit. Jonas also gave a shoutout to his famous brothers in attendance, before breaking out into a mashup of Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did It Again” and Spice Girl’s “Wannabe” – watched on by Emma Bunton. “I got my brothers today in support. That’s Kevin on the right and Nick on the left. I feel like it’s only appropriate to play this song because we love the UK”.

 

Charlie Wilson got the crowd moving and singing along with an energetic set soaked in the hot British sun. Wilson and his band, dressed in an assortment of bright colours, worked their way through a number of hits, including “There Goes My Baby” – letting each member of the band shine on the track with an epic solo.

 

The husky-voiced Alex Hepburn released her latest EP If You Stay just yesterday and the singer worked her way through several numbers off the release, including the title-named track, “Solid Gold” and “High Roller”. Hepburn also delivered a soul-drenched rendition of Blackstreet’s 1996 hit “No Diggity”.

 

Opening the Great Oak Stage was DJ Rashida, a US turntablist who’s opened for the likes of Prince, Kanye West, John Legend and recently for headliner Bruno Mars. She wasted no time getting the crowd moving, working her way through a number of soul, hip hop and funk grooves, chopping up classics such as Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” with more modern, bass-heavy numbers.

 

The Barclaycard Stage welcomed a wealth of talent in actress and singer Naomi Scott, rising star Liv Dawson, Scottish singer Tom Walker, electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker, brass maestro Trombone Shorty and Yungen – who closed the stage with an exhilarating show as the sun began to set over Hyde Park.

 

Fans flocked to the Summer Stage to catch top-notch sets from Norway’s metal act Ark, singer-songwriter Etham, R&B collective The Fedz and Belle Mt – whose cinematic brand of alt-pop left all in attendance in awe.

 

Beverley Knight, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Moyles, Alan Carr, Leigh Francis, Emma Bunton, Adam Lambert, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Sophie Turner and Andy Jordan were some of the famous names who came to enjoy the fifth day of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

 

Tomorrow will see Paul Simon’s farewell UK show closing the festival.

 

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Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé

The fourth sold out day of Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé – who put on a historic performance to start the second weekend of the festival.

 

As the grandiose opening chords of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” chimed out, Bublé emerged onto the sparkling stage, receiving a deafening cheer from the packed crowd. With barely a pause for breath, the Canadian heartthrob and his orchestra rolled straight into “Just Haven’t Met You Yet”, one of the star’s most cherished tracks.

 

Walking down the platform towards the audience, he deadpanned: “This is exactly how it was in my mind! It’s been two years since I’ve been on stage, and like any human of course I worry that whatever I had at one point might have gone. But after two songs, I’m even better than before.”

 

There was even a shoutout for ITV phenomenon, Love Island. “This isn’t a concert, this is Love Island…. and just like Love Island, incredibly sophisticated people are going to come together to connect, to meet…. and maybe do it in a swimming pool.”

 

The flickering rain only added to the spectacle, as Michael skipped, strutted and paraded along a ramp extending into the audience, covering music from the likes of Ray Charles, Otis Redding, James Taylor, Bobby Darin and Van Morrison – of who Bublé commented: “He’s been a huge part of my romance with music. It meant so much to me today to be here and share a stage with him” – and also treated the Hyde Park audience to several tracks from his anticipated forthcoming LP, as well as classics such as “Everything”, ’Home”, “Nobody But Me” and “Cry Me A River”.

 

During his performance, Michael Bublé passed the microphone to his four-year old son Noah to finish off a track from movie The Greatest Showman, a film they’d had watched multiple times together.

 

“There are no words for how much love, affection, gratitude, that I have in my heart on behalf of myself, my family, for your love, for your prayers, for your support. I want to thank you not only for tonight, but for every night, for everything you’ve done for me. Each one of you has made such a difference in my life.”

 

It was only fitting that warming up for Michael Bublé was his musical icon Van Morrison, who treated the packed audience to an inspiring set from his extensive back catalogue – alternating between his timeless voice, the punchy tones of the saxophone and the rich nuances of the harmonica throughout the set.

 

Van Morrison’s band of bass, guitars, horns, drums, strings, percussion and backing singers also impressed, in particular during the iconic 1970 track, “Moondance” and crowd favourite “Brown Eyed Girl”

 

Bananarama brought the 80’s nostalgia to the Great Oak Stage to Hyde Park with their sequinned outfits and girl group dance routines. This was their final ever London show as a trio and they received a rapturous reception toclassics including “It Ain’t What You Do It’s the Way That You Do It” and “Robert De Niro’s Waiting”.

 

They referenced the bright sunshine and scorching heat before performing summer anthem “Cruel Summer”, stating The great British summer at last! It’s very rare this song about a hot summer rings true!”

 

The Feeling opened their set with “I Want You Now” – one of the many hits from their 2006 album, Twelve Steps And Home. The colourful artwork of the aforementioned LP was projected behind them as they powered through several others off the debut including “Fill My Little World” and “Sewn” – the closing track. They also treated the sun-blushed audience to an array of tracks from their 2016 self-titled album.

 

Country’s newest star Megan McKenna kicked off the proceedings on the Great Oak Stage, running up and down the main stage’s ramp in her glittering outfit. In between tracks, Megan spoke to the crowd about her whirlwind year in which her two debut singles (“Everything But You” and “History”) smashed the iTunes chart and racked up millions of plays via Spotify, also speaking about her stint on popular UK reality TV show, The Only Way Is Essex.

 

The Barclaycard Stage was kicked off by a spellbinding performance from Jazz Morley, also welcoming country pop’s The Adelaides, the dulcet tones of Catherine McGrath, rising jazz musician Zara McFarlane and The Shires – who thanked the thousands of “troopers in their ponchos” who braved the rain for their epic closing performance.

 

Elsewhere, the Summer Stage hosted a series of crowd-pleasing artists including UK indie outfit The Tailormade, ethereal folk-rock band Gypsyfingers, singer-songwriter Nathan Ball and ROB.GREEN – who demonstrated to the packed audience why he has been dubbed the “Soul Prince of Nottingham”.

 

Tomorrow will see bonafide superstar Bruno Mars headlining, followed by Paul Simon’s farewell UK show closing the festival on Sunday.

 

 

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GALANTIS RETURNS WITH TWO NEW SONGS AHEAD OF SW4 AND CREAMFIELDS FESTIVAL PERFORMANCESa

GALANTIS RETURNS WITH TWO NEW SONGS AHEAD OF SW4 AND CREAMFIELDS FESTIVAL PERFORMANCESa

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Chart-shattering Swedish electronic music duo Galantis are back with two new summery songs ahead of their return to the UK next month.

‘Satisfied’ (listen) is a bouncy, funk-flavoured bop featuring vocals by rising star MAX, who has enjoyed huge success in the US with his single ‘Lights Down Low’ (half a billion streams, reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100).

Galantis said: “We love this song! It is a true testament to Galantis’ ambition and drive to find that fresh, feel good music and continue to expand the Galantis soundscape on all levels! On top of that, MAX delivered a piece of pure vocal magic that we just could not resist. Put your dancing shoes on folks! Let’s go!”

Mama Look At Me Now’ (listen) leans closer to ‘classic Galantis’ vibes – anthemic with a wistful twist, dressed in throbbing synths and child-like vocals.

Galantis said: “Since the early days this has been an emotional journey for us, and in many ways this is a ‘thank you’ to those who always believed in us when no one else did.”

Following the release of their 2017 album “The Aviary” (stream), which scaled the Top 10 in 23 countries, Galantis returned with a new track in May: ‘Spaceship’ featuring Uffie (listen). Hailed by CLASH as “an impactful, exciting return” and by MTV UK as “a relentless dance anthem that is bursting with euphoria”, ‘Spaceship’ racked up over 6.5 million streams in the last month alone thanks to radio and playlist support worldwide.

Galantis show no signs of slowing down any time soon with tour dates spanning the entire globe announced through to the end of August – including the UK where they play Creamfields and SW4 on 25 August. For tickets and all live dates visit wearegalantis.com

Galantis has amassed over 3 billion streams to date with a string of global, platinum-selling singles including: ‘No Money’, ‘Runaway (U & I)’, ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ and ‘Love On Me’ (with Hook N Sling). The Grammy-nominated duo is widely recognised as one of the most in-demand dance music acts on the planet, with Billboard ranking them at #25 on their Dance 100 Artists of 2018 list.

Ever since their live debut at Coachella in 2014, Galantis have played some of the biggest music events in the world including Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Creamfields, V Festival, SW4 and BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend. They have also performed sold-out headline shows across Europe, North and South America – including Brixton Academy in London.

Eric Clapton delivers a timeless performance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time

Eric Clapton delivers a timeless performance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time

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Day  three  at  Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park saw Eric Clapton deliver a timeless performance, bringing a perfect close to a sold-out first week at Hyde Park.

 

The legendary rock and blues guitarist and singer-songwriter from Surrey walked on the Great Oak Stage for his first Hyde Park performance in 10 years and uttered the three words that has been reverberating through England in the past week: “It’s coming home”.

 

Plenty of Clapton fans through the generations turned up sporting tour T-shirts from his various career-spanning shows. The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee wasted no time, launching with ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ complete with full-bodied guitar solos that he is famed for before hitting a hearty rendition of the blues classic ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’.

 

Where the acoustic section of the set, with Clapton seated to deliver his biggest hits ‘Layla’ and ‘Tears in Heaven’, remains a clear focus point – it is ‘Got To Get Better In A Little While’ and the Cream hit ‘Crossroads’ that the singer shows us his fighting-best vocals.

 

In ‘Lay Down Sally’ and ‘The Core’ from 1977’s “Slowhand” – one of Clapton’s most critically successful albums – he brought out Marcy Levy (Shakespeare’s Sister) who co-wrote the songs with him. For the grand encore, Clapton brought out Carlos Santana for ‘High Time We Went’ with Paul Carrack on vocals.

 

Santana made it impossible for the crowd to stand still with his rhythmic, musically sumptuous set. Carlos Santana called out, “I know it has been a long day in the sun but now is the time to go Santana bananas!”

 

Opening with visuals of Woodstock soundtracked by ‘Soul Sacrifice’, the award-winning musician brought a flavoursome set weaving blues-rock, jazz fusion and Latin and African percussion rhythms. Much loved classics like ‘Oye Como Va’ and ‘Maria Maria’ sent the crowd wild while ‘Smooth’ still reigns as Santana’s most iconic hit, sounding every bit as delectable as the first listen 19 years ago.

 

Steve Winwood made his monumental return to Hyde Park for the first time in 49 years. The last time he performed here was in 1969 as part of Blind Faith – Winwood’s blues-rock band with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech.

 

Winwood’s distinct soulful vocals still rings clear and strong as ever, giving us the perfect soundtrack to a summery Sunday afternoon, a particular highlight being his signature hit ‘Higher Love’ which got the crowd on their feet and swaying along. The Great Oak Stage screen was emblazoned with record artworks from his genre-shifting discography.

 

Winwood, performing with a full band including a saxophonist and flautist, alternated between the organ and guitar in a set filled with songs from his bands: Blind Faith (‘Can’t Find My Way Home’), Traffic (‘Pearly Queen’) and Spencer Davis Group (‘I’m A Man’).

 

Acclaimed blues-rock and soul musician Gary Clark Jr. brought the vibe of a smoky blues nightclub to the Great Oak Stage with a muscly set that mingles his rendition of Muddy Waters’ ‘Catfish Blues’ with high-energy electrifying rock songs like ‘Ain’t Messin’ Around’, and slow burning ballads that really gives him a chance to shred. It is in these guitar solos that the Grammy-winning artist really loses himself and goes in a trance-like state with his eyes rolled back, conjuring the spirit of Hendrix in front of a spellbound Hyde Park crowd.

 

Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real opened the Great Oak Stage. With the sun high and gentle breeze carrying their roots-rock songs across the green park, there really could not have been a more perfect scene-setter for a day of incredible live music.
Elsewhere, the Barclaycard Stage hosted a string of crowd-pleasing artists including Italian singer-songwriter Zucherro, English national treasures Chas and Dave, folk-Americana band The Wandering Hearts and country soul heartthrob Ryan Kinder. ‘Rockney’ faves Chas and Dave came on stage to a rapturous applause before swiftly leading the audience into big sing-alongs for ‘Gertcha’, ‘London Girls’ and ‘Margate’ while The Wandering Hearts served up honeyed harmonies on tunes from their debut album “Wild Science”.

 

Plenty of music lovers were happy to seek refuge from the 30 degree heat under the lush oak trees in Hyde Park and enjoy delicious world-class foods near the Summer Stage where a host of country and folk musicians played. Roots rockers The Americans, Nashville breakout stars Eric Paslay and Kelly McGrath, and London-based folk duo Ferris & Sylvester gave stellar performances to a receptive crowd that clapped, cheered and swayed along to their new music discoveries.

 

Bill Nighy, Dustin Hoffman, John McEnroe, Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones, Bernie Ecclestone, Cassidy Janson, Laura Whitmore, Paul Whitehouse and Suzi Perry were among the stars who turned up to watch Eric Clapton’s set.

 

Next week welcomes headliners Michael Bublé on Friday 13th July, Bruno Mars on Saturday 14th July, and Paul Simon on Sunday 15th July.

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The Cure celebrate their 40th anniversary with a epic performance to a sold out Hyde Park

The Cure celebrate their 40th anniversary with a epic performance to a sold out Hyde Park

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Day  two  at  Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park saw The Cure celebrate their 40th anniversary with a epic performance to a sold out Hyde Park.

 

Robert Smith walked onto the stage, jokingly blocking the sunlight with his hands. “I honestly can’t talk until the sun goes down, it’s taking up all my energy not to dissolve into a pile of dust.”

 

Out came the sprinkling synths and shimmering guitar chords of “Plainsong” as The Cure burst into life, much to delight of the Great Oak Stage audience. Smith’s lush vocals filled the park with ease and they wasted no time leading into the other 1989 classic, “Pictures Of You”.

 

As the last rays of the evening sun shone down, the screens behind the stage quickly flicked over to display the sunset, right on cue, Smith and co exploded into their timeless track, “Push”, from the 1985 album The Head On The Door. Other hits included “Friday I’m In Love”, “Close To Me” and “Lovesong”.

 

 “40 years ago this weekend was the first time we played as The Cure”, said Smith. “It was in The Rocket in Crawley. If you asked me what I’d be doing in 40 years’ time, I’d be wrong”.

 

The final five of the set, “Boys Don’t Cry”, “Jumping In Someone Else’s Train”, “Grinding Halt”, “10.15 Saturday Night” and “Killing An Arab” were all songs that the band performed in their set in 1979.

 

Despite the 30° heat, Interpol arrived on stage suited and booted, with guitarist Daniel Kessler even sporting a tie. Dark shades were kept on throughout as the band treated the crowd to fan-favourites as well as brand new single “The Rover”, from their forthcoming album. Closing with “Evil” and “Slow Hands” (the band’s most iconic songs) left a lasting impression on all.

 

Goldfrapp erupted onto the Great Oak Stage with a jubilant shoutout to the England football team, followed by the throbbing synths of “Anymore” – the lead single from their recent LP, Silver Eye. Their disco-tinted classic “Ooh La La” was the standout moment, as Alison Goldfrapp’s echoed vocals transformed Hyde Park into a sun drenched dancefloor.

 

Editors got the crowd moving as they powered through their extensive back catalogue, including “Blood” and “Formaldehyde” – with each guitar solo more colossal than the last.

 

It’s been quite the renaissance for shoegaze pioneers Slowdive, who since releasing their 2017 self-titled album (their first for 20+ years), have stunned audiences around the world with their live sets. Their performance in Hyde Park was packed with the fuzzy, distorted guitar riffs and luscious soundscapes that have become synonymous with the band’s name.

 

Opening the Great Oak Stage was BBC Sound of 2018 nominees Pale Waves, who drew in a huge crowd eager to catch one of the UK’s most hotly tipped bands. The 1975’s Matt Healy watched on as lead singer / guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie shimmied throughout, before breaking into “My Obsession”. “It’s such an honour and pleasure to be here – thanks for having us. And enjoy The Cure!”

 

The Barclaycard Stage was kicked off by the enigmatic Pumarosa, who blended an intriguing medley of electronica, drone and industrial rock. Also featuring was the instrumental sounds of This Will Destroy You, The Twilight Sad, who declared “let’s get miserable in the sunshine”, the alt-folk tones of Lisa Hannigan and headliners Ride – who walked out to New Order’s “World In Motion” before performing to a jam-packed audience.

 

The Summer Stage welcomed the likes of Swedish band PG Lost, Icelandic three-piece punk outfit Kaelan Mikla and the dulcet tones of singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph.

 

Tomorrow will see the legendary Eric Clapton closing the first weekend. Next weekend welcomes headliners Bruno Mars, Michael Bublé and Paul Simon.

 

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Waters delivers stunning sound and vision experience at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time

Waters delivers stunning sound and vision experience at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time

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Today Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park kicked off the sixth edition of the festival with an exceptional line up of music from start to finish, accompanied by the glorious British sunshine!

 

Headlining the first day was Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, bringing his revered ‘Us + Them’ tour to a sold-out Hyde Park.

 

What followed was an epic 21 track performance spanning many Pink Floyd albums with classics such as “Breathe”, “Us & Them”, “Time” and “Wish You Were Here” –  resulting in a deafening cheer of approval from the audience, as well as several tracks from Waters’ solo record Is This The Life We Really Want.

 

A very clear political voice drummed throughout, seen during the performance of “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2”, with school children from the Grenfell community (specifically The Rugby Portobello Trust) taking to the stage dressed in Guantanamo Bay prisoner boiler suits, with t-shirts bearing the one word – ‘RESIST’.

 

This theme continued following the interlude. With Waters’ grandiose visuals projected on screens out from the stage, a series of images and quotes from President Donald Trump flashed across screen during “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, ending on the defiant statement, ‘TRUMP IS A PIG’. Also appearing was an inflatable pig parading through the crowd, Battersea Power Station chimneys extending above the stage, and even a ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ prism created from lasers.

 

Waters captured the essence of the set with his closing speech. “All of us here in this beautiful planet deserve equal human and civil rights. And these rights are irrespective of ethnicity or religion, so they would extend to my brothers and sisters in Palestine. That’s all I have to say.”

 

The show ended with a stupendous rendition of The Wall classic “Comfortably Numb” and a firework display.

 

The excitement for Waters was fuelled by Richard Ashcroft’s vintage performance taking place beforehand on the Great Oak Stage – featuring hits such as “Break The Night With Colour” from his 2006 album Keys To The World, and “This Is How It Feels” from 2016’s These People.

 

The former Verve frontman, sporting an impressive mirrorball jacket, offered a timely reminder of why he remains one of Manchester’s finest musical exports, and his sun-kissed closing rendition of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” will go down as one of the opening day’s most iconic moments.

 

Before Ashcroft was everybody’s favourite bearded blues singer, Seasick Steve – the opening act on the Great Oak Stage. Steve delivered a crowd pleasing set with hits such as ‘Barracuda  ‘68’ and ‘Summertime Boy’, even offering a glimpse into his anticipated forthcoming album.

 

In between swigs of wine, Steve charmed the audience, also emphatically thanking the UK for helping his career. “The people in the UK gave me this beautiful job. I’ll never forget that and I’ll always be grateful.”

 

Opening the Barclaycard Stage was London-based band ALLTHINGSMATA, treating the early festival goers with a headstrong rock-tinted set. Also performing was singer-songwriter Robert Vincent, rockers Slydigs and the all-conquering Squeeze – who commanded the packed crowd with their iconic back catalogue of songs.

 

The aptly named Summer Stage welcomed a host of talent, from the genre-hopping CC Smugglers to Colin Macleod – who treated the packed crowd to a number of tracks off his well-received debut album Bloodlines.

 

The  Friday  line up  attracted  stars  in  their  droves,  including Richard Gere, Damian Lewis, Kate Moss, Liv Tyler, Helen McCrory, Sadie Frost, Simon Cowell, Jeremy Clarkson and Michael Kiwanuka

 

Tomorrow welcomes The Cure’s in demand 40th anniversary celebration, also starring Interpol, Editors, Goldfrapp and many more. Closing the first weekend on Sunday will be the truly legendary Eric Clapton.

 

 

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FREE unique Yoga session with  lululemon is coming to OPEN HOUSE

FREE unique Yoga session with lululemon is coming to OPEN HOUSE

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FREE unique Yoga session with lululemon is coming to OPEN HOUSE

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE returns for a wonderful week of free summer activities, in-between two weekends of huge musical line-ups between 9-12th July.

Aspart of this year’s OPEN HOUSE you canjoin in and experience a Yoga session with lululemon on Wednesday 11th July (from 18:15).

Join the festival crowd and lululemon yoga ambassadors Sanchia LegisterSam Burrows and Steffy White for a free yoga class on the Great Oak Stage at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

From a badass hip-hop playlist, to superhuman strength, to a smile as big as the stage, these ambassadors will totally change your perception of what you thought yoga could be.

Teaching together for the first time ever, this is way more than a standard yoga practice. Set in the incredible surroundings of Hyde Park, the yogis will take the main stage to teach this one-off class. Sticking with the festival vibe, the music will set the tone for an energising vinyasa, followed by Animal Flow to tap into your primal side. A grounding flow and uplifting meditation will close the practice, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

To pre-book your FREE place visit www.bst-hydepark.com/openhouse

Also new to BST Hyde Park for 2018 is the BarclaycardPerk Park. Inspired by the shape of the main stage, Barclaycard Perk Park is an exclusive space for you to relaxand enjoy some true rockstar treatment – from panoramic views on the 11m terrace, to fast-track bars and free Wi-Fi.

Plus, this Summer, we’re giving you the chance to leap like a legend and complete your own stage dive. With the cameras rolling and a full band playing behind you, you’ll get to channel your inner rock starand leap into the mosh pit… (actually a pit of super soft springy foam – safety first).

Then all that’s left to do is shareyour video and watch your fans go wild.The Barclaycard Perk Parkwill be free to use for everyone attending BST Open House.

Already announced for OPEN HOUSE will be Movie Nights, Live Music & Entertainment, Street Food, PopUp Bars, Tennis Screenings, Free Aerial Circus, Free Comedy Bingo, Free Family Theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, Birra Moretti Presents TheGran Tour, and much more.

So come on down and enjoy the host of free activities bringing a true taste of summer toyour week, all at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park!

Here’s all the other amazing activities that OPEN HOUSE has in store… for full info visit www.bst-hydepark.com/openhouse

BIRRA MORETTIPRESENTS THE GRAN TOURMONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

Back for a second year at British Summer Time Hyde Park, Birra Moretti Presents The Gran Tour will once again be serving up the very best in Italian culture. Join us to make time for what matters, traditional Italian beer, authentic Italian food all enjoyed with your loved ones.

During OPEN HOUSE, we’ll take you on a taste tour of Italy. Try your hand at creating some regional Italian light bites to be shared with your chosen family. Savour the tastes of each region and learn how they have inspired the Birra Moretti range. If you aren’t hungry you can try your hand at Bocce, take in some live music and dance to our DJ as the sun goes down over Hyde Park.

FREE OUTDOOR CINEMAMONDAY-THURSDAY (5.30PM AND 8.30PM)
Two films will be shown each evening at 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Entry is free on afirst-come-first-served basis and headphones are provided!

MONDAY = FAMILY FAVOURITES
5.30pm: The Lego Movie (U)
8.30pm: Matilda (PG)

TUESDAY  = MUSICALS
5.30pm: Grease (PG)
8.30pm: The Greatest Showman (PG)

WEDNESDAY = CRITICS’ CHOICE
5.30pm: Lion (PG)
8.30pm: The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

THURSDAY = 80S CLASSICS
5.30pm: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (PG)
8.30pm: Flash Gordon (PG)

FREE TENNIS SCREENINGS @ WIMBLEDON SCREENMONDAY-THURSDAY(12PM – END OF PLAY)

FREE LIVE MUSIC THE BARCLAYCARD STAGEMONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 10.30PM)
Monday 9th July – Mister Kanish, Daytoner
Tuesday 10th July – Freddie & Freeloaders, London Gay Big Band
Wednesday 11th July – London Gay Men’s Chorus, Temple Funk Collective
Thursday 12th July – House Gospel Choir, Old Dirty Brasstards

FREE COMEDY BINGO WITH BOGAN BINGO & HIP HOP BINGO@ CARNIVAL STAGE/ MONDAY-THURSDAY (7.45PM-8.45PM) 
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STREET FOOD MARKETAND POP UP BARSMONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

FREE AERIAL CIRCUS AND WORKSHOPS WITH UPSWINGMONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 9PM)
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THE ROYAL PARKS SHOWCASE/ TUESDAY-THURSDAY

FREE FAMILY THEATRE WITH CHICKENSHED@ BARCLAYCARD STAGE/ TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY (10.30AM – 2PM)
Timings
Tuesday 10th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)
Wednesday 11th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)

Each show lasts 50-60 minutes

OPEN HOUSE timings:
Monday 9th July (12pm – 10pm)
Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th July (8am – 10am / activities running from 12pm)

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Emin announces new single ‘Got Me Good’  With Controversial Trump Influenced video

Emin announces new single ‘Got Me Good’ With Controversial Trump Influenced video

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Emin announces new single ‘Got Me Good’ With Controversial Trump Influenced video

Russian pop star Emin Agalarov has unveiled his new single ‘Got Me Good’ with a sensational video that has already been causing a stir globally.

 

The video which features lookalikes for Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, Hilary Clinton, Stormy Daniels, Mark Zuckerberg, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner is a satire on the news of the past 12 months. It features the US President cavorting with Miss Universe contestants, playing poker with Hilary and exchanging briefcases of classified information with the Russian pop star whilst a pleased Kim Jong un watches with glee scoffing popcorn.

 

The tongue in cheek video was directed by London based Australian filmmaker Brett Sullivan who gives some insight into his ideas:

“It’s getting harder to tell fact from fiction. We have to dig deep to find reliable sources in a world where perceptions – whether true or false – quickly become ‘reality’. It is these ideas in the current global political landscape that we explore in satirical fashion in Emin’s ‘Got Me Good’.  Maybe we are all being ‘played’? Including Emin. Collusion seems circular between our cast of characters who are all out for themselves – yet don’t mind hanging out for a drink every now and then. ‘Does the truth even matter anymore?’ I certainly hope so. ‘Got Me Good’ seems the perfect title for our times. Enjoy with a wry smile.”  – Brett Sullivan (video director)

 

Emin chipped in: “Everything that I’ve been watching in the news in the past year has been so unbelievable, that we decided to do a video that questions some of the things that I’ve been accused of organising or being a part of.   It was all so far from the truth that we decided to put a little smile on everyone’s face with our take on ‘reality’.  I hope people take the video in the spirit in which it is intended.  Music is about fun, but pop music can be about satire and commentary, so I decided to have some fun mixing the two!

 

The single “Got Me Good” is a reference to this media savvy age where everyone is constantly under fire and accused of being “caught” doing something they haven’t, the constant untruths and blurring of reality which seem to be part and parcel of the digital age inspired the title as well as the incendiary video.

 

Donald Trump himself previously appeared in Emin’s video for ‘Another Life’ back in 2013, with that year’s Miss Universe contestants.
‘Got Me Good’ is the first single to be taken from Emin’s soon to be released, as yet untitled album.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cs4tKdiiI4

 

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

One of country music’s biggest global superstars, Carrie Underwood, has been confirmed for a brand new music and lifestyle festival The Long Road, which takes place in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018. Underwood joins a long list of acts from across the country, Americana and roots spectrum already confirmed for the 3-day event including The ShiresLee Ann WomackBilly BraggAngaleena Presley Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, Una Healy, Ward Thomas, Joshua HedleyCharlie WorshamElizabeth CookDanielle Bradbery and many more.

 

Carrie Underwood:

 

I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting new festival that celebrates the heart and soul of country music on a global stage!”

 

Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film and propelling her to international stardom. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote.  She will release her new studio album, Cry Pretty – which features the hit lead single of the same name – on 14th September, a few days after her performance at The Long Road.

 

Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018, and curated by Tennessee-born country music specialist and radio presenter Baylen Leonard, The Long Road will present one of the UK’s largest, most authentic celebrations of country, Americana and roots music featuring five stages of live performances, authentic down home cookin’ and a wide range of themed outdoor activities.

 

The festival has also partnered with an array of organisations including BBC Music Introducing, who will host a stage fronted by presenter of BBC Radio 2’s weekly country show Bob Harris showcasing a selection of up and coming country and Americana acts. Harris will also broadcast tracks from the festival on his weekly country show, which airs every Thursday at 8pm on BBC Radio 2. The Birthplace of Country MusicThe Bluegrass Situation (BGS)The Americana Music Association UK, and independent UK label Loose Records, will also all be involved in bringing artists to the festival to showcase an array of international talent.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Distant Sky – Live In Copenhagen EP Release

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Distant Sky – Live In Copenhagen EP Release

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Distant Sky - Live In Copenhagen EP Release

For one night only in April of this year, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds shared a show from their celebrated 2017 world tour on cinema screens worldwide.

Now, they announce the release of a special EP of audio from that extraordinary show, Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen, available on Digital and 12” vinyl from September 28th.

The tracklisting of the EP (released on Bad Seed Ltd) is as follows:

Side A:
Jubilee Street
Distant Sky

Side B:
From Her to Eternity
The Mercy Seat

Watch a clip of Distant Sky performed with Else Torp HERE.

One of the most intense and exciting live acts on the planet, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are currently headlining festivals across Europe, before crossing continents to Latin and North America for 9 dates in October. Starting with Primavera in Barcelona and All Points East in London, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds continue to attract acclaim wherever they perform.

2017 saw the band play sell out shows in Australia, Europe and North America, stunning audiences with an incredible, emotional live experience and picking up some of the best reviews of an already decorated career.

Filmed at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017, Distant Sky captured an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Performing new album Skeleton Tree’s beautiful compositions alongside songs from their essential catalogue.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ seven-piece touring line-up features Nick Cave (vocals, piano), Warren Ellis (piano, keyboards, violin, tenor guitar), Martyn Casey (bass), Thomas Wydler (drums), Jim Sclavunos (vibraphone, percussion, piano), George Vjestica (guitar) and Larry Mullins (keyboards, piano).Latin/North America Tour:
2 Oct – Pepsi Center WTC – Mexico City, Mexico
5 Oct – Teatro Caupolicán – Santiago, Chile
8 Oct – Teatro de Verano – Montevideo, Uruguay
10 Oct – Estadio Malvinas Argentinas – Buenos Aires, Argentina
14 Oct – Espaço das Américas – São Paulo, Brazil
21 Oct – The Forum – Los Angeles, CA*
25 Oct – The Anthem – Washington DC*
26 Oct – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
28 Oct – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Canada*
*With special guest Cigarettes After Sex.
Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

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Double Wins for Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 put on the show of the year at London’s Royal Albert Hall tonight. Hosts and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong presided over stunning exclusive performances and worthy winners, showing off the breathtaking diversity of this music and talent on one iconic stage.

Celebrating music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games, The Classic BRIT Awards returned for a year in which sensational new young classical performers have emerged, alongside the world’s biggest soundtracks and huge stars from musical theatre.

And with a new audience discovering classic music via platforms old and new, it was a multi-generational, multi-genre, multi-talented night.

This was summed up by a Lifetime Achievement Award for Dame Vera Lynn at 101 years old and 2 awards for Male Artist of the Year and Critics’ Choice Award for 19 year old Sheku Kanneh-Mason. 2 Awards for irrepressible duo Michael Ball Alfie Boe proved that superstars past, present and future were relishing the occasion

Dame Vera Lynn, national treasure and original “Forces Sweetheart” was honoured by the UK music industry in her 101st year.

“It’s humbling to receive accolades and I’m delighted that people still enjoy my music all these years later,” said Dame Vera, “I never really considered what I’d be doing at this stage of my life. However, it was definitely a wonderful surprise to be honoured by the Classic BRIT Awards this year.”

The brand new Soundtrack of the Year award went to 2018’s chart phenomenon, The Greatest Showman OST. The soundtrack to the hit film has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

In a Classic BRITs exclusive, mezzo-soprano superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE returned to the stage for her first television performance since the happy news of the birth of her second child. She sang the beautiful ‘Never Enough’ from the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far.

And a celebration of one of the world’s greatest entertainers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, marked his 70thyear, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

He received the Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education, with the Classic BRIT Awards paying tribute to his tireless work both in supporting music education and speaking out against the funding cuts that threaten its future.

But that immediate future burns bright, with the Awards highlighting vital new artists who are bringing new audiences and sounds to this music.

After a remarkable year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason won both Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music.  The 18 year old from Nottingham is a ground-breaker, becoming the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician Award in 2016.  Last year, he released his debut album ‘Inspiration’ which broke into the Top 20 in the Official UK Album Chart and was also No.1 in the Classical Chart, effortlessly covering Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen alongside Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 on the record.  He starred at the Royal Wedding in May and is fast becoming the face of the modern classical world.

Another state school educated artist taking classical music into the future, Tokio Myers won PPL Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  The North London artist has risen via the Royal College of Music before winning Britain’s Got Talent 2017 with his musical mash-ups incorporating classical music elements.  Currently working on his second album, this Breakthrough is clearly just the beginning as he proved by performing his genre busting cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bloodstream’ coupled with Debussy’s ‘Claire de Lune’ with the complete Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I’m honoured to have won this Breakthrough award,” said Tokio, “It means a lot to me to be recognised in this field and to receive a few nominations. It’s incredible to be grouped with talent such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jonas Kaufmann and Max Richter for Male Artist Of The Year. I hope that in some way I can inspire young people through what I do to pick up an instrument and to explore a side of music they might not normally listen to for themselves.”

In a truly stand out year in and outstanding career, Renée Fleming won Female Artist of the Year. The American lyric soprano was already one of the world’s most revered voices before she took on Broadway for the first time in a smash hit revival run of ‘Carousel’.

In opera, Renée brought her acclaimed portrayal of the Marschallin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera and shone at the Oscars, featuring on the soundtracks of Best Picture and Best Soundtrack nominee films – ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, and ‘The Shape of Water’.

Andrea Bocelli was awarded the Classic BRITs Icon award and rarely can an artist be more deserving.  Perhaps the most well known classical artist of the past 20 years, Bocelli has lit up global classical and pop charts, capturing the imagination of millions. The biggest selling classical artist of all time, he has performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes and the Royal Family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup.  Known for opera and global crossover hits including ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, he recently scored a worldwide Number 1 with Ed Sheeran on the song ‘Perfect Symphony’.

Bocelli performed twice tonight, including a world exclusive performance of  ‘Quaicoasa Piu Dell’ora’ (‘If Only’) from his forthcoming album.

Andrea Bocelli said, “18 years. A lot has happened since the very first time the Classic BRITs paid tribute to my music. It’s been a relationship of mutual respect and now it has reached 18 years of age, it’s a relationship that I live with great joy because it’s the measurement of the benevolence your country has shown me. To celebrate my gratitude for the Icon Award and for these 18 years of music which made us connect over time, I would love to present to you as a world premiere, my next single If Only, from my forthcoming album. This is a song which is particularly close to me, because it’s a hymn to love, meaning the energy without which life would have no meaning; but also because it bears the signature of the same relationship which gave life to ‘A Time To Say Goodbye’.”

He also teamed up with great friend with British opera legend Sir Bryn Terfel, reviving their rousing duet of Bizet’s ‘Pearl Fishers’.

Sir Bryn followed with ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, reprising his acclaimed role as Tevye in the classic musical.

Group of the Year went to the inimitable Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, two great modern voices who came ‘Together’ for 2016’s best-selling album in the UK, achieving the Christmas Number 1 record.  They also won the popular vote for Classic FM Album of the Year, voted for by the radio station’s listeners, for their second record ‘Together Again’ which went straight to Number 1. Two sold out arena tours cemented their position among Britain’s best-loved entertainers, pushing their record sales over 1 million within a year. For the awards, they performed a medley from West Side Story, a nod to Leonard Bernstein’s centenary celebrations and a bravura showcase for their consummate, seemingly effortless skills.

And the Sound of Classical Poll, in its first year, named saxophone player Jess Gillam as its inaugural winner. Calling on classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future, Jess and 4 other shortlisted finalists, Carly Paoli, Ember TrioGeorge Harliono and Sean Shibe were all featured on a special Sound of Classical Poll week on Classic FM.

From Cumbria, 20-year-old Jess Gillam made music history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician 2016.  She has recently been announced as the youngest ever female performer for the Last Night Of The Proms and the first ever classical saxophonist to be signed to Decca Records.  She is already becoming recognised as an international ambassador for her instrument – exploding the audience’s understanding of what a saxophone can do.

More performances on the night came from British composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, who teamed up with remarkable South African soprano Pretty Yende.  Alexis began with his composition ‘Bluebird’, joined by his ballet dancer daughter Savannah before Pretty weaved traditional South African song Shosholoza with Bluebird and Rossini’s Una Voce Poco Fa in a perfect musical marriage.

24 year old Italian classical piano sensation Beatrice Rana took to the stage to recreate her breakthrough album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  Praised for her incredible handling of such a complex and famous piece, she proved why she is considered the future of classical piano to a stunned and appreciative audience.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:
“We congratulate all The Classic BRITs winners on their deserved awards, which reflect classic music in all its diversity. It’s wonderful to see great icons such as Dame Vera Lynn and Andrea Bocelli being rightly honoured but also very encouraging to witness a new wave bristling with talent such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Tokio Myers and Sound of Classical Poll winner Jess Gillam breaking through. With such exciting new artists, classic music is evolving and embracing the opportunities that the streaming era offers to connect with new fans.”

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ACCLAIMED ‘POP’ ARTIST TO HAVE BEATLES ARTWORK ’YESTERDAY’ EXHIBTED AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION

ACCLAIMED ‘POP’ ARTIST TO HAVE BEATLES ARTWORK ’YESTERDAY’ EXHIBTED AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION

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MORGAN HOWELL, ACCLAIMED ‘POP’ ARTIST TO HAVE BEATLES ARTWORK ’YESTERDAY’ EXHIBTED AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION ALONGSIDE WORKS BY TRACEY EMIN, BANKSY, WOLFGANG TILMANS & DAVID HOCKNEY

Hugely acclaimed ‘pop’ artist Morgan Howell, best known for his extraordinary, giant, hand-painted 3-D facsimiles of classic paper sleeve 45s, is to have a very special Beatles piece exhibited at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

 

The 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, its 250th that has over 1300 pieces in it chosen by Grayson Perry and a committee of fellow Royal Academians opens to the public on Tuesday 12th June.

 

The piece of Morgan’s that has been selected is ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles on the Capitol imprint. It is a hand painted 3D object on canvas and paper with a 27” vinyl disc measuring 82cm square in its bespoke box frame and has the catalogue #485.

 

‘Yesterday’ is in Room 5 at the Royal Academy and was hung by the eminent sculptor Prof. David Mach RA. All the pieces he has selected sit in relief off the wall in some way or are objects rather than traditional paintings or prints.

 

Morgan commented about the honour “Previously I was shortlisted and received display notices, but I have never made it to the wall. It seems fitting that I am now there with a piece inspired by the most covered song of all time which was #1 in the USA the day I was born”.

 

‘Yesterday’ was painted in 2015 and was on loan to Capitol Records and hung in their iconic Capitol Tower in L.A. before featuring in Morgan’s DTLA show in 2016 with five other Beatles pieces. It then came back to London where it also spent time on display at The Barbican.

 

The song is undoubtedly one of the best-known tunes of all time but was infamously never actually a single in the UK having been vetoed by the other band members, as it was a McCartney composition with strings by George Martin. It was however released in the US on the Capitol label and was number 1 hit for the band. Morgan consulted with the renowned Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, about which piece to paint and take to Los Angeles to hang in the Capitol Tower and both concluded that Yesterday was the most fitting.

 

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2018

 

About Morgan Howell FRSA

 

Known for his giant, hand-painted 3-D facsimiles of classic paper sleeve 45s Morgan creates a one-off unique supersized painting of each single. The natural wear incurred by the treasured disc is duly rendered in paint, making for a desirable artwork and consciousness portal for vinyl junkie music heads everywhere. Howell’s attention to detail is fastidious, down to the authentically distressed and creased canvas that doubles as up-scaled paper sleeves and the tiny imperfections round the edges of the labels of the 27” vinyl records. He additionally offers prints and also takes commissions as long as the song hasn’t already been painted.

 

Howell’s original paintings are attracting a cult following amongst musicians and music industry moguls. His painting of David Bowie’s ‘The Jean Genie’ sits proudly on the wall at Sony Music, ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles was displayed at the iconic Capitol Building in L.A. and famous owners include Ozzy Osbourne, Hans Zimmer, Neil Diamond, Lord Lloyd Webber, Don Letts, Jerry Dammers, Ian Brown of The Stone Roses, The Kinks Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Johnny Marr.

 

Examples of his work are a permanent feature of the Radio 2 Green Room alongside Elton John’s piano, and when the BBC interviewed The Rolling Stones in London’s Dorchester Hotel in the run up to their concerts at the 02 in November 2012, three of his supersize Rolling Stones singles formed the backdrop.

 

Howell’s passion has always been his art. In 2005, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and in 2010, he was shortlisted and received display notices at The Royal Academy.

KIM PETRAS DEBUTS POWER POP SINGLE:  ‘CAN’T DO BETTER’

KIM PETRAS DEBUTS POWER POP SINGLE: ‘CAN’T DO BETTER’

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KIM PETRAS DEBUTS POWER POP SINGLE: ‘CAN’T DO BETTER’

Fresh from announcing she will be supporting Troye Sivan on his major “The Bloom Tour” in North America, future pop princess Kim Petras has unleashed a stadium-sized power pop single: ‘Can’t Do Better’.

‘Can’t Do Better’ shows a different side to the promising singer-songwriter’s palette while bringing out her strongest vocal performance yet. The distinct 80s music influence is a nod to an era where so many of Kim’s pop idols emerged, such as Queen, Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, and Madonna.

The rising star – hailed by Charli XCX as “the future of pop” – played her first sold-out headline show in London last month, where she performed ‘Can’t Do Better’ for the first time and heard the crowd sing the chorus back to her within minutes.

Kim has achieved over 30 million streams to date, powered by her infectious pop singles ‘Heart to Break’ (which has racked up over 6.7 million Spotify plays and over 2 million views on YouTube), ‘I Don’t Want It At All’ (#1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart) and ‘Faded’ (featuring Lil Aaron). She has been tipped as the pop force to watch for by the likes of Noisey, NME, FADER, Music Week, i-D, Dork, Gay Times, The New York Times, and many more.

Kim is one of a few artists championed by Spotify’s exciting emerging artist program RISE, designed to identify and break the next wave of music superstars through Spotify’s unmatched cultural influence and 140+ million music fans. In the past year, Kim has released a string of singles independently. In addition to ‘Heart to Break’, there is: ‘I Don’t Want It At All’, ‘Faded’ (featuring Lil Aaron), ‘Hillside Boys’, ‘Slow It Down’, ‘Hills’ featuring Baby E, and a live acoustic cover of The Killers’ ‘Human’. Kim also featured on Charli XCX’s POP2 track ‘Unlock It’ with Jay Park.

Born in a small town outside Cologne, Germany, Kim grew up obsessed with pop music icons Britney Spears and Spice Girls, which had a profound influence on her songwriting finesse. Kim is also transgender and made headlines around the world when she became the youngest person to ever undergo gender reassignment surgery at age 16.

Kim was recently unveiled as one of the faces of H&M’s first Pride-themed capsule collection Pride Out Loud, alongside Gus Kenworthy, Aja, Shaun Ross and more.

 

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Andrew Lloyd Webber To Receive Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

Andrew Lloyd Webber To Receive Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

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Andrew Lloyd Webber To Receive Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

A very Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education, will be presented to Andrew Lloyd Webber in a landmark year for the great musical theatre composer.

The Classic BRIT Awards is proud to both celebrate one of Britain’s finest modern talents and support his incredible work to keep music at the heart of British education.

Lloyd Webber recently celebrated his 70th birthday and we are delighted to be marking this at the Classic BRIT Awards, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

But it is also his tireless work both in supporting music education and speaking out against the funding cuts to music education that the Classic BRIT Awards wishes to acknowledge.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “Now that I am 70 I look back and think how lucky I have been.  You are very lucky if you know what you want to do in life.  I am doubly lucky that I not only have made a living out of my passion but a hugely rewarding one.   I hope through my Foundation that I am able to give something back to the profession that has been so good to me.  I am a passionate believer in the importance of the arts in schools, particularly music, which transcends all languages, shades of politics, race and creeds.   In our increasingly dangerous and fractured world, the arts have never been as vital as they are today and they should be free.”

Classic BRIT Awards co-chair Rebecca Allen, “Our business is built on exceptional artists, without exceptional artists we are nothing. It is our responsibility, our duty to seek out and support these artists, and without music being supported in schools, our bloodline stops. The work Andrew Lloyd Webber and his team do to support music in schools is significant and we as an industry must acknowledge and applaud this, for without support like this in schools, our industry will falter.”

Since 2010, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded over £19m to support emerging artists and the provision of music education, performing arts training, and heritage skills across the UK.  The Foundation has awarded £2.4m to the Music in Secondary Schools Trust, enabling more than 6500 children across London to receive free classical music instruments and lessons as well as access to high profile performance opportunities.

He has been vocal about cuts to music education in schools that are leaving many children without access to music lessons in the UK.

By calling the cuts a “national scandal” Lloyd Webber has often raised the subject via media interviews to highlight the value that music education brings to the nation.

A recent study by the University Of Sussex found that music is losing out to English and Maths due to the government introducing the English Baccalaureate in 2010.  The number of schools offering GCSE Music are falling, compulsory music lessons were in 84% of schools in 2012-13, falling to 62% in 2016-17. In 30% of secondary schools, the music department consisted of just one teacher.

When Sunset Boulevard joined School of Rock,Cats and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway in 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently. Other musicals he has composed include Aspects of LoveJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatJesus Christ SuperstarEvitaStarlight Express and Love Never Dies.

In addition to recognizing Lloyd Webber’s inspirational work, the Classic BRIT Awards are supporting the London Music Fund, donating tickets so 20 of their scholars can attend the awards.

Through their Scholarship programme, over 9,000 young musicians have been given the opportunity to develop their potential, through 4-year Scholarships and with project opportunities to learn from and perform alongside professionals.

And showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll is looking for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM– to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games. Our hosts are musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 
Available from: 020 7589 8212 and www.royalalberthall.com

www.classicbrits.co.uk

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Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

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Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

High profile legendary American activist and campaigner the Reverend Al Sharpton was in London for a brief visit this week. In between meetings he attended a dinner at The Groucho Club arranged by Simon Woolley of The Operations Black Vote organisation on Wednesday evening.

 

The event was attended by a number of high profile guests including singer Beverley Knight, vocalist Pauline Black from the legendary two-tone group The Selecter, CEO and founder of MOBO Awards Kanya King MBE, and British actor Colin Salmon who starred as Charles Robinson in three James Bond films.

 

Sharpton, whose career in politics began in the early 70s, has been a consistent defender of his community and supporter of civil rights. He was recently described in the New York Times as the “Martin Luther King of the North.”

 

Sharpton also has an impeccable showbiz pedigree. He began his career as the tour manager for the incredible James Brown. During that period dealt with Donald Trump who was a promoter at the time. The Reverend went on to become a special advisor to Barack Obama, so doubtless one of the hot topics at the intimate dinner was his take on the current president.

 

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SPANDAU BALLET RETURN WITH NEW SINGER ROSS WILLIAM WILD

SPANDAU BALLET RETURN WITH NEW SINGER ROSS WILLIAM WILD

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Spandau Ballet have made a rapturous return to the stage introducing their new singer Ross William Wild at a very special club show at London’s Subterania to prove that as the song goes they no longer ‘find it hard to write the next line’.

The band fronted by Ross’s sensational voice powered through a hit-strewn set featuring classics such as Only When You Leave, To Cut A Long Story Short, Through The Barricades, Highly Strung and many more as well as spine-tingling versions of True and Gold with an energy reminiscent of their earliest days playing The Blitz Club.

Singer Ross William Wild was first introduced to the group when he starred as Elvis Presley alongside Spandau bassist Martin Kemp in The Million Dollar Quartet in 2016, Martin told the band that “He gave me goosebumps every night he sang” and when the time came to re-group it was clear after one rehearsal that his voice and their music fitted together perfectly.

Of the chemistry within the revitalised band Spandau’s songwriter Gary Kemp says ‘Ross’s great talent and passion has given us the confidence to continue playing the music we love. To quote one of our own songs, “There’s power in his voice and it makes us feel so sure…”’. Multi-instrumentalist Steve Normancommented ‘Ross not only has the technical ability to cover Spandau’s songs but he’s already introducing his artistic creativity to the fold. On top of that he’s a right nice bloke. We struck lucky’.

Drummer John Keeble ‘I bonded with Ross over our mutual love of rock music, he may have come up through the theatres but he loves bands like Tool’ and bass player Martin Kemp says that ‘I first heard Ross when We did Million Dollar Quartet together last year. He is an incredible talent, I’m so pleased his now part of Spandau Ballet! Ross is a perfect fit for Spandau, and brings a new younger energy to the band that we are all enjoying!

On joining the band Ross William Wild says  ‘Spandau’s music is so current. Having listened to it from a young age and then getting back into it recently, this stuff is still so valid. That’s why it’s important that they keep going. Spandau Ballet isn’t about one person. It isn’t just about the boys that are there now. It’s not about me. It was a movement. If it wasn’t for Spandau so much stuff wouldn’t have happened. They are pioneers. To be at the helm now with pioneers like Spandau feels just ridiculous!

The band has announced a special one-off UK show at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on October 29th a venue that the band have never played before. Tickets are on sale now from http://www.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13336447

ROGER DALTREY  ‘AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU’

ROGER DALTREY ‘AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU’

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THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM NOW

‘As Long As I Have You’ the critically acclaimed new album from legendary Who frontman Roger Daltrey is released today.

 

During his career spanning five decade Daltrey has sold over 100 million records including 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles. He’s played over well over 2000 gigs in a career spanning over 50 years including venues such as Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Glastonbury (twice), Hyde Park (four times), The Isle Of Wight (three times), Desert Trip, Shea Stadium, The Superbowl half time show and Live Aid to name but a very few.

 

Roger has raised tens of millions of pounds for charity all over the world and was awarded a CBE for his work with The Teenage Cancer Trust and is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the UK Music Hall Of Fame and has lifetime achievement awards from The Brits and from The Grammys

 

‘As Long As I Have You’ was produced by Dave Eringa, best known for his work with the Manic Street Preachers and on Roger and Wilko Johnson’s album ‘Going Back Home’ and features Pete Townshend’s inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council) and Sean Genockey on lead guitar who has worked with Suede, Shame and The Proclaimers).

 

Work on ‘As Long As I Have You’ was started shortly after the top 5 gold selling ‘Going Back Home’ was released and continued during breaks on The Who’s record breaking 50th anniversary tour ‘The Who Hits 50’.

 

The album is a mixture of self-penned tracks such as Certified Rose and the soulful ballad ‘Always Heading Home’ along with songs that have inspired Daltrey over the years including Nick Cave’s ‘Into My Arms’, ‘You Haven’t Done Nothing’ by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills’ ‘How Far’, ‘Where Is A Man To Go’ which is Daltrey’s variation on Dusty Springfield’s ‘Where is A Woman To Go.’ and the title track originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964; the year that Daltrey, Townshend, Entwistle and Moon changed their name from The High Numbers and became The Who.

 

Roger Daltrey on ‘As Long As I Have You’ “This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That’s what we were, a soul band. For a long time, I’ve wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won’t have heard before. It felt like the right time. It’s where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment”

 

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  10. The Love You Save
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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 announces the shortlist for the first ever Sound Of Classical Poll.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll called on classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 13th June. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

With closing date for entries ending last week, a Classic BRITs panel convened to consider all the entrants and perform the difficult task of deciding a top 5.

As radio media partner of the Classic BRIT Awards, Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, will broadcast a special Sound of Classical week, starting on Monday 4thJune. On air, Classic FM will highlight the five nominated artists and share their journeys with the station’s 5.6 million weekly listeners, with lots more content and information available on ClassicFM.com.

Sound of Classical Poll 2018 Shortlist

1. Carly Paoli – mezzo soprano

“Nothing fills me with greater joy than being able to share my love for music, and I hope it can inspire more young people to follow their dreams in the same way I was inspired by my predecessors as a child. So being nominated for such a prestigious musical award means EVERYTHING to me.”

Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, 29 year old Carly was inspired by the great operatic voice of Maria Callas but also classic musicals. Her Italian heritage saw her spend summers in Puglia, her mother’s hometown where her love of music grew into a passion and she trained at the Royal Northern College of Music before being spotted by producer David Foster. In 2016, she sang for HRH The Prince Of Wales at Windsor castle alongside opera legend Jose Carreras who returned the favour by duetting on her 2017 debut album ‘Singing My Dreams’.
https://carlypaoli.com

2. Ember Trio – string trio

We are so proud to be nominated for the Sound of Classical 2018 award. It’s amazing that the Classic BRITs are shining a light on independent classical talent. We are truly grateful that in such a short space of time we’ve managed to make a connection through our social media performances (which now have over 150 million views) and are going some way to make classical instruments more appealing to a younger online audience.”

The London based trio consists of 2 cellos (Tom and Chris) and a violin (Elliot) and have been picking up fans online with their innovative videos, putting a classical twist on electronic pop covers.  Featuring tracks by the likes of Aviici, Major Lazer and Sia, their videos have logged over 150 million views.  Modern and original, they met while playing a string session at Abbey Road studios for Pink Floyd.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFvVfKk4mg9dVvCm1I5-4Q

3. George Harliono – Pianist

“I feel so honoured to have been nominated for this award, the Classic BRITs is such a cool event, it is so great that they are back!!”

Born in Hackney, 17 year old pianist George was invited to make his first one hour long, solo recital at the age of nine, making his concerto debut at 12. He is a regular performer with orchestras including The Russian State Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Sladkovsky. He recently performed to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall with Lang Lang and in Moscow alongside eminent Russian pianist Denis Matsuev. Aged just 16, George began studying at The Royal College of Music on a full four-year scholarship for a BMUS Degree, one of the youngest students ever to be accepted onto this course. Underlining his status as one of classical music’s brightest young prospects, world-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev last year invited George to perform Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra. He is the youngest British pianist ever to have been asked to perform with Maestro Gergiev. Upcoming engagements include concerto performances in Spain, Japan, the US and at the Berliner Philharmonie in Germany. He will also give an open air performance at the Jurmala Festival in Latvia, where he will appear alongside Aleksandrs Antonenko.

4. Jess Gillam – classical saxophonist

“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Sound of Classical Poll. The saxophone is such a versatile and expressive instrument and is not recognised as widely as other instruments in the classical world so it’s a real honour to be a part of such a fantastic event. To give a platform for young artists to show their talent to a wider audience is a great idea and I hope it inspires more young musicians.”

From Cumbria, 20 year old Jess Gillam made music history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician 2016.  She has recently been announced as the youngest ever female performer for the Last Night Of The Proms and the first ever classical saxophonist to be signed to Decca Records.

She is already becoming recognised as an international ambassador for her instrument – exploding the audience’s understanding of what a saxophone can do.
http://www.jessgillamsax.co.uk

5.  Sean Shibe – classical guitarist

The Classic BRITs have always celebrated the scope of classical music as a genre; I’m amazed to be shortlisted for an award this year, knowing past winners and their household names.”

This 26 year old Scot has been referred to as the foremost classical guitarist of his generation and his 2017 debut solo album ‘Dreams and Fancies’ was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine and BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Choice. His project softLOUD premiered at East Neuk and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, juxtaposing Jacobean lute music for classical guitar and was called ‘uncompromisingly monumental’. Constantly creating, he commissions and performs new works for his instrument, performing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and has appeared with BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestras. softLOUD will be released on Delphian Records this September.
http://delphianrecords.co.uk/product-group/softloud-music-for-acoustic-and-electric-guitar/

Classic BRIT Awards co-host and Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass says, “Classical musicians know the dedication needed to master their instrument and often the expense. It’s not always easy to come by music education in schools at the moment either. We want to show support for the great young talent in this country.”

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games. Our hosts are musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 
Available from: 020 7589 8212 and www.royalalberthall.com

www.classicbrits.co.uk

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TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS TO RECEIVE  MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS TO RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

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TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS TO RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

Emma Banks is to be awarded the 2018 Music Industry Trusts Award in recognition of her huge contribution to the music industry in a career spanning over 25 years. Co-Head of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) London, Emma is one of the most successful and respected talent agents in the business, representing a host of major artists and paving the way for women across the industry.

 

Emma’s current roster of artists is second to none, including Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, Kylie Minogue, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lorde, among many others. Recent signings include Green Day, Muse, HAIM and Paramore, proving that even after nearly 30 years in the business, she is still a formidable force.

 

In addition to her role at CAA, Emma is chair of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef committee.

 

David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, said: “Emma’s innate ability to work with artists, build relationships and of course spot the talent in the first place makes her quite unique. A trailblazer for women in the industry from the outset, she is hugely respected by promoters, colleagues, artists and competitors alike. Coupled with a drive and enthusiasm rarely seen after nearly 30 years in the business, Emma is the deserving recipient of the 2018 Music Industry Trusts Award.”

 

The award will be presented on 5th November at a ceremony held in aid of the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. Emma follows last year’s honouree Rob Stringer and joins the ranks of previous recipients including Kylie Minogue OBE, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE, and Annie Lennox OBE.

 

Beginning her career at Wasted Talent (later Helter Skelter), Emma and Mike Greek built the company into one of the premier music booking agencies in Europe, and she was subsequently named Managing Director.

 

On joining leading entertainment and sports agency CAA in 2006, Emma helped establish the agency’s London office and once again set about breaking exciting new talent.  One of Emma’s first signings at CAA was a young Florence Welch, who was playing small venues in London at the time, Florence + The Machine now regularly sell out festivals and arenas across the world.

 

Florence Welch says: Emma Banks has been a constant source of support and wisdom throughout my career. Her strength, kindness, and intuition are an inspiration to me, and many other women in the music industry, EMMA WE SALUTE YOU, Thank you for everything x”. 

 

Not content with breaking UK artists, Emma also represents US pop star Katy Perry. Working alongside Katy from her very first UK show at The Water Rats in London to global superstardom and beyond, Emma has played a pivotal role in building Katy’s extraordinary career.

 

Emma has received a number of accolades throughout her career, appearing on both Billboard’s Women In Music and International Power Players lists a number of times. She is a seven-time winner of Pollstar’s UK Agent of the Year Award, was honoured twice by the now defunct UK’s Woman of the Year Awards for the Music Industry  and in 2015 received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Music Week Women In Music Awards.

 

Emma Banks says “I am overwhelmed at being honoured at the MITS this year.  I am rarely lost for words but when David Munns rang me to ask if I would accept the award I was honestly dumbfounded.  The MITS ‘roll of honour’ is packed with people that I admire and respect – I never expected to be added to that list but will do my very best to be worthy of it!  I am looking forward to a great night and to raising lots of money for the two fantastic charities that the event supports – Nordoff Robbins and the Brit Trust.  See you there!”

 

Celebrating its 27th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to benefit hugely deserving causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by Ingenious, PPL, SJM and Spotify.

 

www.mitsaward.co.uk

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For more information please contact:

The Outside Organisation

Jack Delaney: jack.delaney@outside-org.co.uk

MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

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MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 is honoured to announce more incredible performances to complete their line-up for 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall.

In true BRITs tradition, these are world exclusives, once-in-a-lifetime events and never to be forgotten collaborations.

In a Classic BRITs exclusive, mezzo-soprano superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE returns to the stage for her first television performance since the happy news of the birth of her second child. One of Britain’s most popular singers, she was recently crowned the Number 1 selling ‘Classical Music Artist of the Last 25 Years’ by Classic FM.

Katherine will perform the beautiful ‘Never Enough’ from the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far – the runaway success that is the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman.

Also nominated in our new Soundtrack Of The Year category, The Greatest Showman OST has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

Katherine Jenkins said, “The Classic BRITs have always been a special, memorable and loved event for me and so I’m delighted to have been chosen to return and perform at this year’s awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s hugely important that we continue to honour and recognise the talent and work of the Classical Music world and I wish all the nominees the best of luck on the night!” 

In addition, Classic BRITs will present a celebration of the remarkable career of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber in what is a landmark year for the great musical theatre legend, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

Lloyd Webber recently celebrated his 70th birthday and the Classic BRIT Awards is honoured to present this very special performance for this year’s ceremony.

Simply the most successful composer of musicals in history, his repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated shows, selling 330 million tickets; ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘Cats’, ‘Aspects Of Love’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Evita’, ‘Starlight Express’, ‘The Phantom of The Opera’, ‘School of Rock’ and ‘Love Never Dies’ – to name but a few.

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four shows running on Broadway concurrently. Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom Of The Opera, in addition to sell out tours across the US of The Phantom Of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies, and numerous other productions being enjoyed by audiences across the world.

Beatrice Rana is the classical world’s piano sensation. The 24 year old is one of the most sought after performers on the planet, appearing at every major concert venue and collaborating with the world’s greatest conductors. The Italian’s album of Bach’s Goldberg variations sees her nominated as Female Artist of the Year.

Rana’s next album is due to be released this August as part of the Bernstein Symphonies project with Sir Antonio Pappano and will feature Bernstein’s Symphony No 2 (called “The age of anxiety” for piano). Catch her at the Classic BRIT Awards, a world-class performer with the world at her fingertips.

Alexis Ffrench and Pretty Yende are at the forefront of whole new generation of exciting classical artists and together they make an irresistible and inspirational duo. We showcase a unique collaboration between these supremely talented artists who are lighting up the classical scene.

As one of Britain’s most gifted modern composers and pianists, Ffrench’s love of classical music alongside R&B and the likes of Kendrick Lamar has enabled him to create a sound all his own.  His beautiful, modernist and accessible compositions have seen him rise in the digital music world, attracting over 50 million streams.

Especially for the Classic BRITs, he teams up here with Pretty Yende – one of the most exciting opera voices in the world today, whose story has been likened to a modern fairy tale.

A soprano born in the small town of Piet Retief, South Africa, she was inspired to learn to sing having seen by chance a British Airways advert that featured the ‘Flower Duet’ from the opera Lakmé. She has gone on to grace the great opera stages from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, to Paris Opera and Milan’s La Scala.

We cannot wait to see the results of this exciting collaboration.

In 2003, two of the world’s great operatic voices, Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel performed together at the Awards and this year, they will join together again for us. Already announced as solo performers, this will be an extra special moment.

Tokio Myers will perform with the full Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is sure to stamp his own style on a classical template, drawing on his Royal College Of Music training and out of this world talent that has taken his career into the stratosphere.

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games. Our hosts are musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll is looking for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 13thJune. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 

Media enquiries
The Outside Organisation                
chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk
T: + 44 (0)20 7436 3633