BUSTED TO SUPPORT ED SHEERAN AT TEENAGE CANCER TRUST CONCERT

BUSTED TO SUPPORT ED SHEERAN AT TEENAGE CANCER TRUST CONCERT

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BUSTED TO SUPPORT ED SHEERAN AT TEENAGE CANCER TRUST CONCERT

It has been announced that Busted is supporting Ed Sheeran at his Teenage Cancer Trust Concert gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London on March 28th.

After splitting in 2005, James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson put the band back together in 2016 and subsequently released a new album, ‘Night Driver’, in November of that year.

James, Matt and Charlie first broke onto the music scene in 2002 and within two years became the biggest band in the country, with four number one singles, two triple platinum albums, a total of five million records sold, and over 750,000 ticket sales including and a record-breaking run of thirteen Wembley Arena shows.

For more information on the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert, click here.

DAVID BOWIE ‘RECORD STORE’ DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASE

DAVID BOWIE ‘RECORD STORE’ DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASE

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DAVID BOWIE 'RECORD STORE DAY' EXCLUSIVE RELEASE

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the annual ‘Record Store Day’ on April 22nd, Parlophone will be releasing two special limited edition David Bowie albums –  ‘Cracked Actor (Live In Los Angeles 1974)’ and the ultra rare Hunky Dory era promo album BowPromo1.

The former is the first official release of this ‘Philly Dogs Tour’ show from September 1974, some of which was featured in the BBC documentary ‘Cracked Actor’. The full live show is documented on a triple vinyl five-sided album. The latter was originally pressed in very small quantities in 1971 and features alternate versions of songs that would later be heard on the ‘Hunky Dory’ album.

Record Store Day, supported by BBC Music, was set up to celebrate and champion independent record shops and now has over 200 stores over the UK celebrating their unique culture, annually.

 

New Order to Perform at MIF17 IN COLLABORATION WITH LEADING VISUAL ARTIST

New Order to Perform at MIF17 IN COLLABORATION WITH LEADING VISUAL ARTIST

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New Order to Perform at MIF17 IN COLLABORATION WITH LEADING VISUAL ARTIST

It has been announced that New Order will take over Stage 1 of Manchester’s Old Granada Studios for MIF17 – Manchester International Festival – for a series of intimate performances created in collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick.

This MIF world premiere will see New Order deconstructing, rethinking and rebuilding a wealth of material from across their career for audiences of just 1200 a night. Inspired by this reinvention of the band’s catalogue, Liam Gillick will be transforming the historic space into an immersive environment, creating a stage set that responds dynamically to the music.

Also at MIF17 is True Faith, a major new exhibition celebrating the legacy of Joy Division and New Order through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired.

The band will play alongside a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music with Mancunian composer Joe Duddell conducting and providing the orchestrations.

The gigs will take place on Thursday 29 June, Saturday 1, Thursday 6, Thursday 13 and Saturday 15 July 2017 at 8pm. For more information, click here.

Alan Edwards and Outside named as No.1 Entertainment PR

Alan Edwards and Outside named as No.1 Entertainment PR

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Alan Edwards and Outside named as No.1 Entertainment PR

The Outside Organisation and its founder Alan Edwards, have been named the No.1 Entertainment PR for PR Week’s Powerbook 2017.

Along with iconic brands and companies such as Chelsea Football Club, Merlin Entertainments, Ryanair and McDonald’s, Outside have now been named the No.1 Entertainment PR by PR Week 3 years in a row.

To see who else was included in the Powerbook, click here.

Ronan Keating on BBC Radio 2

Ronan Keating on BBC Radio 2

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Ronan Keating was interviewed on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show where he talked about the upcoming film, ‘Another Mother’s Son’, in which he stars. Accompanied by lead actress Jenny Seagrove, Ronan Keating plays the concerned brother to Seagrove’s character who takes in an injured Prisoner of War on the Nazi occupied island of Jersey.

Based on a true story, the film premiers on April 16th in London at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square. To listen to the interview (from 01.08 onwards) click here.

Blondie’s Debbie Harry Features on Beat’s Cover

Blondie’s Debbie Harry Features on Beat’s Cover

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Blondie's Debbie Harry Features on Beat's Cover

Blondie’s Debbie Harry is featured on the cover of Beat magazine for their first issue of 2017. As one of six covers, Debbie Harry was photographed in New York and the magazine also features a further photoshoot and full interview with the singer.

To see more about the shoot, click here.

Red Bull Racing Team Boss Christian Horner Talks F1 with CITY AM

Red Bull Racing Team Boss Christian Horner Talks F1 with CITY AM

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Red Bull Racing Team Boss Christian Horner Talks F1 with CITY AM

Christian Horner, boss of the Red Bull Racing team, was exclusivly interviewed for the London business-focused newspaper City AM, discussing the future of the team and the world of Formula 1 racing.

Talking to Deputy Editor Julian Harris at the team’s headquarters near Milton Keynes, Christian talked about his 13 years as head of the team, its progress as well as the future of Formula 1 under its new owners.

To read the full interview, click here.

Stereophonics Kelly Jones Joins Paul Weller at Teenage Cancer Trust Concert

Stereophonics Kelly Jones Joins Paul Weller at Teenage Cancer Trust Concert

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Stereophonics Kelly Jones Joins Paul Weller at Teenage Cancer Trust Concert

The Teenage Cancer Trust Concert has announced that the Stereophonics front man Kelly Jones will be supporting Paul Weller on stage for a joint performance on Friday 31st March at the Royal Albert Hall.

Although the Paul Weller show is now sold out, the Teenage Cancer Trust will be releasing a very limited number of seats at 9am on Friday 3rd March to give more supporters and fans a chance to experience this unique stage partnership.

This is not the first time Kelly Jones has performed at the annual concert. Involved in the very first shows in 2000, by joining The Who for ‘Substitute’, and has been an avid supporter ever since, bringing his band to headline in 2004, 2009 and 2015, as well as joining Roger Daltrey and Paul Weller for a special evening in 2012.

For extra-release tickets for the Paul Weller and Kelly Jones evening, click here.

LONDON CABARET CLUB’S TRIBUTE FOR AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION

LONDON CABARET CLUB’S TRIBUTE FOR AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION

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LONDON CABARET CLUB’S TRIBUTE FOR AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION

It has been announced that the The London Cabaret Club is to celebrate the life of the late Amy Winehouse and raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation on March 10th 2017.

The event, at London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom, will see the Zebra One Gallery auction one-off artworks and photographs by celebrated artists including Mason Storm, Dan Pearce, Dain, Dom Pattinson and Finn Stone.

Additionally, The London Cabaret Club’s The Best of British Pop special, inspired by Amy, will feature renditions of her greatest hits performed by their award-winning cast and orchestra as well as artists from the foundation’s Amy’s Yard. All of the money raised from these one-off pieces will go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation.

To buy tickets for the event, as well as VIP packages, please click here.

Blondie Announces One-Off London Gig

Blondie Announces One-Off London Gig

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Blondie Announces One-Off London Gig

To celebrate the release of their new album “Pollinator”, Blondie have announced a one-off gig on May 3rd 2017 at the iconic Roundhouse in London’s Camden Town. The album itself will be launched on May 4th 2017.

Blondie last appeared at the Roundhouse for a rapturous Apple Music Festival performance in 2014 but their iconic 1978 concert there is remembered as a show that helped catapult the band into the music mainstream.

Tickets are on sale now here.

 

Blondie’s Debbie Harry Graces The Cover of Wonderland Spring 17

Blondie’s Debbie Harry Graces The Cover of Wonderland Spring 17

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Blondie's Debbie Harry Graces The Cover of Wonderland Spring 17

Blondie’s Debbie Harry covers the Spring Issue of Wonderland ahead of their show at the Roundhouse and the release of new album, ‘Pollinator’.

For her Wonderland cover story, shot by Pierre-Ange Carlotti and styled by Wonderland’s Nicco Torreli and Warren Leech, Debbie Harry wears Vetements x Alpha Industries, Vetements x Manolo Blahnik and Gucci. Within the issue, the icon discusses Blondie’s upcoming album ‘Pollinator’ as well as her love of fashion and Studio 54.

Read more about the cover shoot and story here.

DAVID BOWIE WINS TWO BRIT AWARDS

DAVID BOWIE WINS TWO BRIT AWARDS

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DAVID BOWIE WINS TWO BRIT AWARDS

David Bowie has won both British Male Solo Artist and Mastercard British Album Of The Year for Blackstar at the BRIT Awards 2017 ceremony at London’s O2 Arena.

The British Male Solo Artist award was collected by American actor Michael C. Hall after being presented by DJ and broadcaster Zane Lowe. Towards the end of the evening, Noel Gallagher announced the Mastercard British Album Of The Year, with the following: “And the winner is, the King, David Bowie, Blackstar.” He then introduced “David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones”, to accept the award.

DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL REINCARNATION EDITION 2019

DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL REINCARNATION EDITION 2019

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DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL REINCARNATION EDITION 2019

On Monday 20th February at The Groucho Club in London’s Soho, music industry press, agents and managers gathered to celebrate the announcement that the legendary Doctor Music Festival will return in 2019. Announced by Neo Sala, CEO and Founder of the event, he confirmed it would run from 12th-14th July 2019 in the Escalate, Vall d’Àneu, in the Catalan Pyrenees, Spain.

Mr Sala was joined by Albert Adria, renowned worldwide gastronomic giant and founder of Barcelona’s Michelin stared tapas bar Tickets, who for the very first time, will temporarily close his restaurant and bring his team and kitchen to the festival. On the night, tapas and cocktails created by the Michelin starred chef.

The Doctor Music Festival site will occupy more than 140 hectares, containing 5 stages, VIP camping and general camping zones, ready for a minimum of 40,000 people.

For more information and forthcoming tickets visit, click here.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Featured on BBC Two

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Featured on BBC Two

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation Featured on BBC Two

On Monday 20th February, BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire topical morning programme featured ‘Amy’s Place’ – the UK’s only dedicated women-only recovery centre for addiction for those under 30. Set up and ran by The Amy Winehouse Foundation, and instigated by Amy Winehouse’s step-mother Jane Winehouse, the programme is the first to explore the work the foundation is doing to help women of all ages to overcome both alcohol and drug addictions.

Mrs Winehouse, interviewed for the feature, said: “For a lot of them, all they could think about was, ‘If I have to go back to where I was before, I’m just not going to stand a chance.”

Set up in partnership with the housing provider Centra, in the London house each of the 16 occupants gets her own flat, paid for using housing benefit, where they can stay for up to two years. There is a strict policy of no drugs, no alcohol and no overnight guests and they must agree to random drugs tests. Additionally, the women must take part in activities outside the house that can help them stay clean and prepare them for living by themselves.

To see the full feature, click here.

Ed Sheeran Announced for the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert

Ed Sheeran Announced for the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert

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Ed Sheeran Joins Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall has announced that worldwide superstar Ed Sheeran has joined the already stellar line up of acts to perform at legendary Royal Albert Hall on 28th March.

With his 2017 UK tour already sold out, this is the perfect opportunity to catch Ed in concert in this one off gig. Ed’s hotly anticipated third album titled ‘÷’ (divide) will be released on 3rd March and with his Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall just weeks later, this show is one not to be missed.

“It’s an honour to be asked back by the Teenage Cancer Trust for their fundraising week of live gigs,” says Ed, “It’s such an important cause and one that I’m extremely proud to be a part of. See you on March 28 and let’s raise loads of money for young people with cancer!”

Completing the full line up for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust week are The Who, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with Johnny Marr, Olly Murs, plus an evening of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan – with special guests Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Russell Kane, Mike Wilmott and Tom Allen.

Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 17 February, and the event can be followed on social media with the following:

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David Bowie Sweeps Five Awards at the Grammys

David Bowie Sweeps Five Awards at the Grammys

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David Bowie Sweeps Five Awards at the Grammys

David Bowie’s Blackstar album collected the full five categories it was nominated for at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night. The album title track won Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, whilst the album won the Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) categories. This collection of Grammy awards brings the late artists collection to seven, after winning Best Music Video in 1985 for Jazzin’ For Blue Jean and a lifetime achievement award in 2006.

Speaking to BBC News, recording engineer Kevin Killen, who worked with Bowie on the album, expressed his relief backstage. “It’s kind of startling it’s taken that long for an artist who’s been so magnificent throughout his whole career,” he said.

BBC London interviews Lhouette at his 45 Park Lane exhibition

BBC London interviews Lhouette at his 45 Park Lane exhibition

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BBC London interviews Lhouette at his 45 Park Lane exhibition

After a successful launch of his ‘Post Urban Glamour’ exhibition at 45 Park Lane, artist Lhouette was recently interviewed by Brenda Emmanus at the hotel to discuss the inspiration behind his latest works.  While showing the presenter his pieces from the exhibition, Lhouette also shared thoughts of his past Navy career and how that influences some of his creations today.

Watch the interview with BBC London here.

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MORE ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE COMEDY NIGHT OF THE YEAR

MORE ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE COMEDY NIGHT OF THE YEAR

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MORE ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE COMEDY NIGHT OF THE YEAR

An Evening Of Comedy for Teenage Cancer Trust is now jam packed with even more of the finest comedians the UK has to offer.

We are excited to announce that Seann Walsh, Russell Kane, Mike Wilmot and Tom Allen will be joining Romesh Ranganathan at The Royal Albert Hall this March, to complete an unbeatable line up of laughter.

The evening is already sold out, but a very limited number of choir seats to the left and right of the stage will be released to give more fans a chance to join in the fun. 

Already confirmed to support the amazing Romesh are two longstanding, stand up legends, Jo Brand and Kevin Bridges.  This is the event’s 17th year and it is set to be another special one. And, as ever, as well as welcoming some of the biggest music stars, Britain’s best-loved comedians join us for an evening of comedy in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Since 2000, numerous comedy stars have performed for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, helping to raising over £24 million. Those incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country. This year is shaping up to be one of the best yet with an amazing comedy line up that will add to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances.

As well as welcoming comedy’s finest, Teenage Cancer Trust also brings you some of Britain’s biggest music legends: Alongside two special shows from The Who (March 30th and April 1st), Olly Murs, will perform for us for the first time (March 27th), Modfather and valued Teenage Cancer Trust supporter Paul Weller returns (March 31st) and the brilliant Pet Shop Boys (April 2nd) with guitar legend Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra complete the line up of British music legends. 

For tickets, please click here.

Special guests announced for Green Day at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Special guests announced for Green Day at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

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Special guests announced for Green Day at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Just when you thought a date with Green Day at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park couldn’t get any better, eight mega bands have been announced, completing the essential rock line up of the summer. 

Rancid will be hitting Hyde Park in continued support of Green Day’s massive Revolution Radio world tour. Founded by 1980s punk veterans Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, Rancid is often credited, along with Green Day, for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock during the mid-1990s.

Also joining Green Day is New York’s wildest Gypsy punk group, Gogol Bordello. The band rose to mainstream fame in 2005 with the release of their thunderous track Start Wearing Purple, taken from the their third album ‘Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike’. The band’s latest album ‘Pura Vida Conspiracy’ was released in 2013. Its title derives from a Spanish slang phrase for “pure life”, a theme that undoubtedly resonates with the band. Known for their theatrical stage shows and the immense force of energy that is Ukranian front man Euguene Katz, Gogol Bordello are guaranteed to set Hyde Park alight.

Sweden’s coolest garage band The Hives will be warming up the crowds for Green Day on 1st July. Hailed as one of the best live rock bands of the 21st century, The Hives stormed to stardom in 2000 with the release of album  “Veni Vidi Vicious”, including infectious hit Hate To Say I Told You So. Hot off the heels of their European and UK tour this spring, howlin’ lead singer Pelle Almqvis, plus Nicholaus Arson, Vigilante Carlstroem, Chris Dangerous and The Johan and Only will make their debut Hyde Park appearance this summer.

Australian punk rockers The Living End will also be taking to the stage in support of Green Day. The trio is gearing up for Hyde Park with a tour of their homeland in March before bringing fresh material to the UK from their brand new album “Shift” (out May 13th). Crowds can expect exciting new tunes to combine with classic fan favourites Prisoner of Society and Roll On.

Beach Slang first made their mark on the scene with hit Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? and have continued to produce punk rock anthems ever since. Known for their unrestrained and even more unapologetic onstage presence, Beach Slang’s set is guaranteed to bring the right amount of chaos to Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park this summer.

American punk rockers SWMRS have taken influence from the Beach Boys, The Ramones and everything in between to form their very own brand of rock n’ roll. With a series of profound releases since their formation in 2004, this year will see their latest record Drive North hit the UK in March and then on to the London’s Hyde Park in July. 

From their beginnings in drummer Jacob Faber’s basement in Brooklyn, Sunflower Bean have come a long way. Having rounded off 2016 with a UK tour in support of their debut album “Human Ceremony”, the trio are making a welcome return to London to give us one hell of a show.

Last but not least, new kids on the block Public Access TV have been creating a buzz on their musical journey so far – and for good reason. Having released their debut album in September last year, the band has kick-started 2017 with a US tour and will no doubt be ready to land in London and show us what they’ve got!

For tickets for the festival, please click here.

Release date for Blondie’s new Album ‘Pollinator’ is revealed

Release date for Blondie’s new Album ‘Pollinator’ is revealed

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Release date for Blondie's new Album 'Pollinator' is revealed

Blondie lights up 2017 with the release of their 11th studio album ‘Pollinator’ by BMG on May 5th. An incredible new record and a modern take on the classic, vintage sound of one of the world’s most influential and legendary bands. 

From the new album comes the lead single “Fun” which is available to stream and download now. 

“Fun” co writer and TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek, perhaps more a descendent of Blondie’s New York post-punk legacy, returns them to a 21st Century Studio 54 with the new single. With Debbie Harry and the band sounding better than ever, Blondie’s euphoric new track plays like the best party ever thrown, and captures that unique combination of their enviable cool and sheer melodic joy. 

Blondie’s classic writing duo of Chris Stein and Debbie Harry are at the heart of Pollinator’s creation – with “Doom Or Destiny” and “Love Level”, while keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen’s two tracks (“Already Naked” / “Too Much”) prove the band continues to evolve almost song by song. Blondie’s founding drummer Clem Burke provides the unmistakably thrilling propulsion throughout.  

Pre-order ‘Pollinator’ here.

Listen and download ‘Fun’ here.