BST HYDE PARK FULL FIRST WEEKEND LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

BST HYDE PARK FULL FIRST WEEKEND LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park completes its first weekend of music with special guests added for Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7th July) and Eric Clapton (8th July).

Pink Floyd visionary Roger Waters is famous for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels, turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale. His 2018 Hyde Park performance promises to be no exception, following months of meticulous planning and craft, it will inspire crowds with its powerful delivery to take the audience on a musical journey.

Joining Waters on Friday 6thJuly are American rock trio X Ambassadors, who have produced hits including “Jungle”, “Renegades” and “Unsteady” and worked alongside the likes of Bebe Rexha, Machine Gun Kelly and Eminem. And Mancunian rock quartet Slydigs, who have previously supported The Who on their ‘Back To The Who Tour 51!’ Tour. Also joining the first day of the festival is singer-songwriter Colin MacleodCC Smugglers and Lil & Ollie. Already announced are Richard AshcroftSeasick Steve and Squeeze.

The Cure have chosen Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park for a truly unique celebration of their 40th anniversary. With more than 30 million combined sales of 13 studio albums and more than 40 singles, the band are both commercially and critically acclaimed. They have helped shape the post punk musical landscape in the UK, bringing alternative rock to charts around the world.

Added to the bill for Saturday 7thJuly is Irish indie-folk artist Lisa Hannigan, a Mercury Prize nominee who achieved critical success with her 2016 album ‘At Swim’, and English goth-poppers Pale Waves, who recently scooped the NME Under The Radar Award 2018 and have since gone on to dominate headlines across the country.

Also joining the day is experimental rock trio This Will Destroy You and Scottish singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph. Already announced on the line up are InterpolGoldfrappEditorsRide and Slowdive.

With a decades-long career and countless accolades to his name, Eric Clapton is also something of a local, having first played Hyde Park with Blind Faith on June 7th, 1969 alongside band mates Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech to a 120,000 strong audience – it was the band’s debut.  He returned to the Royal Park in 1996, recording a classic live concert that raised money for The Prince’s Trust, again in 2008 and has played over 200 times at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Eric Clapton to close the first weekend is legendary Italian singer Zucchero, whose career spans more than three decades with sales of over 60 million records worldwide.

Pop rock duo Chas & Dave have had eight Top 40 hit singles, their major breakthrough being “Gertcha” in 1979. The duo stole the show with their last British Summer Time Hyde Park performance last year, with huge crowds swarming the Summer Stage to watch the cockney legends perform the hits. Their new album ‘A Little Bit Of Us’ is out today, their first album in three decades to feature brand new Chas & Dave songs.

Chas says, “We are very much looking forward to returning to British Summer Time Hyde Park this year. Especially as we’re supporting our mate, Eric!  This lot are in for a treat as we’ll be performing a few songs from our new album – which includes our first new material to be released in 30 years“.

Also added are rock group Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, London folk-pop quartet The Wandering Hearts, Tennessee-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Ryan Kinder, Los Angeles rock & roll trio The Americans, American country singer Eric Paslay and americana pop country artist Kelly McGrath. Previously announced on the line-up are SantanaSteve Winwood and Gary Clark JR.

With many more guests announced for the second weekend, the headliners for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 are: Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7th July), Eric Clapton (8th July), Michael Bublé (13thJuly) Bruno Mars (14th July) and Paul Simon (15th July).

Tickets for Roger Waters (6thJuly) The Cure (7thJuly) and Eric Clapton (8thJuly) have now SOLD OUT

Tickets for Michael Buble (13th July), Bruno Mars (14th July) and Paul Simon (15th July) are on sale now.

Ticket prices from £65.00

Embarking on its sixth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is now one of Britain’s biggest and best summer events, attracting some of the greatest names in music to the heart of London’s beautiful Hyde Park.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival: 
Nominated for Best International Festival at the Pollstar Awards 2017
Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017
Best Hospitality’ award at the UK Festival Awards 2017
AEG / Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter’ at the UK Festival Awards 2016
Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014
‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013
‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

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KIM PETRAS BRINGS TO LIFE HER POP PRINCESS FANTASY IN ‘HEART TO BREAK’ VIDEO

KIM PETRAS BRINGS TO LIFE HER POP PRINCESS FANTASY IN ‘HEART TO BREAK’ VIDEO

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KIM PETRAS BRINGS TO LIFE HER POP PRINCESS FANTASY IN ‘HEART TO BREAK’ VIDEO

Kim Petras has launched the music video for her latest single ‘Heart to Break’. This delectable pop fantasy sees Kim reimagined as a modern day Disney princess finding her dream man. The video is directed by Nick Harwood, who has collaborated with SOPHIE and Blood Orange, as well as Kim on her last video ‘Faded’ (featuring Lil’ Aaron), which has over 1.2 million views to date.

 

Kim has clocked up over 23 million streams on Spotify since her debut last summer with the infectious, bubble-gum pop anthem ‘I Don’t Want It At All’ (#1 on Spotify’s Global Chart). Her latest offering ‘Heart to Break’ has amassed over 5 million streams so far and continues to earn her new fans. She has been tipped as the pop force to watch for by the likes of Noisey, NME, FADER, Music Week, i-D, Gay Times, The New York Times, and many more.

 

Kim has also just announced her first UK show at Courtyard Theatre, London, on 25 May. Tickets go on sale tomorrow 9am BST via livenation.co.uk . She will also be performing at Birmingham Pride’s main stage on 26 May and G-A-Y Heaven, London, on the same day. Kim was invited by Charli XCX to perform at her New York show last month, where she hailed Kim as “the future of pop”. The pair recently collaborated on Charli’s track ‘Unlock It’ with Jay Park, taken from her POP2 mixtape.

 

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 ‘I Don’t Want It At All’, there is: ‘Faded’ (featuring Lil Aaron), ‘Hillside Boys’, ‘Slow It Down’, ‘Hills’ featuring Baby E, and a live acoustic cover of The Killers’ ‘Human’.

 

Born in a small town outside Cologne, Germany, Kim grew up obsessed with pop music icons Britney Spears, Spice Girls, Cyndi Lauper and Boy George, 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.

NAOMI CAMPBELL RETURNS TO CANNES WITH FASHION FOR RELIEF CATWALK FUNDRAISER

NAOMI CAMPBELL RETURNS TO CANNES WITH FASHION FOR RELIEF CATWALK FUNDRAISER

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In support of Save the Children and Time’s Up Sponsored by CHROME HEARTS®, Place Vendome and Bumble

Naomi Campbell will be returning to Cannes to host her charity fashion gala event Fashion For Relief on 13 May 2018, following the amazing success of last year’s event which raised vital funds for Save The Children. Guests in attendance for that event included Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Leonardo Di Caprio, Donatella Versace, Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Heidi Klum and many more. Exciting names for this year’s event to be announced in coming weeks.

 

Fashion For Relief was founded in 2005 and has raised millions, supporting amongst others the fight against Ebola and relief after disasters such as the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and child refugee crises. FFR has staged shows in London, New York, Cannes, Moscow, Mumbai and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

 

This year’s Fashion For Relief theme is Race To Equality, which focuses on education, health and culture. FFR will support this year amongst other charities Save the Children and Time’s Up.

 

An international children’s charity, Save the Children fights every single day for children’s futures, making sure they survive, get protected, and have the chance to learn. Naomi worked with Save The Children last year when she went on a trip to the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 80,000 refugees, 50 per cent of which are made up of children.

 

Time’s Up is a unified call for change from women in entertainment and culture for women everywhere. This campaign addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.

 

Sure to be the jewel of the Cannes Film Festival calendar once again, Fashion For Relief is a charity event like no other – set in the picturesque Cannes Mandelieu Hangar and attended by over 1,000 VIP guests. The evening features Naomi and her celebrity friends hitting the catwalk, dressed by the most prestigious fashion houses, and a special live music performance.

 

The Fashion For Relief show will precede a gala dinner and live auction featuring special items donated by influential artists, designers, celebrities and brands who Naomi has personally asked to help.

 

New Innovations in Accessibility from BST Hyde Park

New Innovations in Accessibility from BST Hyde Park

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ACCESS FOR ALL AT BST HYDE PARK!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park are passionate about their event providing the best experience possible for all fans and continue to update their accessibility across the site.
 
Whether music lovers want the ’24K Magic’ of multi-platinum superstar Bruno Mars or to see the final European concert of Paul Simon, we want everyone to enjoy the world famous superstars in Hyde Park.
Roger WatersEric ClaptonMichael Buble and The Cure complete the headliners for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018, marking another huge year for the festival and tens of thousands of fans.
 
In 2013, BST Hyde Park was proud to be awarded the Silver Level of the Charter of Best Practice by Attitude is Everything, a charity that improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.  This is the first time a UK event has received the award in its first year.  Since then Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has worked to improve accessibility year upon year.
 
The latest updates for 2018 come in the form of a more efficient booking system, continuous improvements to the operation of viewing platforms, improvements to BSL (British Sign Language) provision, and newly announced, Ticketing Without Barriers coalition launched by Attitude is Everything to make sure we continue to lead the way.
 
Revised Booking System
As of 2018, ticket holders have the opportunity to provide their evidence of disability in advance. The advantages of this are that people will not need to bring their private documents with them on the day and it will also enable the festival to build a database of accepted evidence so that they don’t need to resubmit in future years. The closing date for submitting evidence is Friday 8thJune 2018. You can download the Supporting Document Form here
 
In Attitude is Everything’s State of Access Report 2018 – Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park was one of the listed venues/events that were praised by customers in their Access Booking Servey.
 
Viewing Platform Improvements 
Following customer feedback, the Barclaycard Stage Viewing Platform is now in an improved location and has an improved access route as well as better access to nearby accessible toilets. Roving vendors for drinks service on Main Stage viewing platform will continue after last year’s trialled success.
British Sign Language (BSL) 
This year Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has improved its BSL provision. Taking last year’s feedback on board, they will be improving the visibility and quality of the screen-in-screen display, as well as making the interpreters more visible at the side of stage.

Hearing Impairments
Promoted for 2018 is a Typetext service for those with hearing impairments who wish to contact a member of our customer service team by phone. This can accessed be via our dedicated Typetext number 18001 0203 481 55 06. A text relay assistant will relay the phone conversation between you and the person you’re calling or who is calling you.
Ticketing Without Barriers
AEG Presents are proud to be a founding member of the new Ticketing Without Barriers coalition launched by Attitude is Everything. We pledge to work together on industry-leading solutions to ensure an equal ticketing experience for Deaf and Disabled Audiences. For more information please click HERE.

Festival Director, Jim King says, “We are proud to be the first UK event to receive the Silver Level of the Charter in their first year, and we further this progress by announcing that we are a founding member of the new Ticketing Without Barriers with Attitude is Everything. We hope to continue to make events inclusive to everyone.”
 
British Summer Time Hyde Park caters for all access requirements. Guests are able to enjoy three accessible viewing areas over two stages and exclusive wandering vendors, all of which can also be enjoyed with a friend or family member with the use of an interchangeable, free Personal Assistant Pass. Expanding upon the ‘Quiet Space’ facility, one of the main objectives for 2018 is to make sure that the festival is inclusive for those with invisible disabilities. British Summer Time Hyde Park are maintaining their award winning accessibility services with their Accessibility route video, Hearing induction Loops, Accessible toilets with hoist and British Sign Language Performance Interpreter for all Great Oak Stage performances when requested.
More Special Guests Announced For BST Hyde Park

More Special Guests Announced For BST Hyde Park

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More Special Guests Announced For BST Hyde Park

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park builds its sensational second weekend line up as very special guests for Paul Simon (15th July), Bruno Mars (14th July) and Michael Bublé (13th July) are announced.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has a monumental show lined up for Sunday 15th JulyPaul Simon will close the festival for 2018, which will also be the final UK show of his last ever tour, ‘The Farewell Performance’.

Johnny Flynn is a folk singer, guitarist and poet. Since rising to the spotlight, Flynn has four successful albums under his belt with his band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit. They’ve been on the road and collaborated with artists such as Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling. Johnny is also a familiar face in the acting world, best known for his lead role in Channel 4 and Netflix rom-com series ‘Love Sick’.

Tom Chaplin fronted pop-rock band Keane, before making waves as a solo artist with his striking vocals on debut album ‘The Wave’ in 2016, he has since headlined his own national tour. Hyde Park is in for a treat.

Also on the line up for 15th July is BST favourites Ward Thomas, three time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin, Callaghan, Night Flight, Sarah Darling, Jesca Hoop, Blueprint Blue and more to be revealed. Previously announced are James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.

One of the biggest popstars of the 21st century, multiple BRIT and Grammy Awards winner, Bruno Mars is taking to the Great Oak Stage on Saturday 14th July, fresh off the back of his 24K Magic World Tour.

Heating up the stage for Bruno Mars is DNCE. Assembled by frontman Joe Jonas in the summer of 2015, DNCE have shot to success with their debut single “Cake By The Ocean”. Since then, they have become one of the world’s most buzzworthy acts, winning ‘Best New Act at MTV Video Music Awards in 2016 and releasing their self titled double platinum album the same year.

The legendary Charlie Wilson (A.K.A Uncle Charlie) is a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, multiple Grammy nominee and the former lead vocalist of The Gap Band hailing from the states. He received the BET ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2013 and his star pals include Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake, for whom he featured on the summer anthem ‘Signs’ in 2004. Hyde Park can’t wait to welcome such a superstar.

Also joining the mega line up for Bruno Mars is cool trombonist and singer Trombone Shorty, London rapper Yungen, gravel-voiced singer-songwriterTom Walker, New York based duo Sofi Tukker, pop poet Liv Dawson, soul singer songwriter Alex Hepburn and DJ Rashida. This line up promises an entire day of funk, soul and summer tunes. Already announced is Khalid.

Michael Bublé’s classic voice, endearing charm and sheer panache have helped him carve a unique place in the hearts of fans around the world. His Hyde Park show is a UK exclusive performance of 2018.

Joining Mr Bublé on Friday 13th July will be fast rising Irish pop-country star Catherine McGrath, who is making a welcome return to Hyde Park after her outstanding performance last year, and Country-pop trio The Adelaides, who have gone from strength to strength since wowing a hardcore country audience when they played at the Country Music Fest show in October 2017.

Also added to the bill is TOWIE turned Country music star Megan McKenna, Nottingham-based singer songwriter Rob Green, alternative folk duo Gypsyfingers and Indie Brit-pop trio The Tailormade.  Already announced on the line up are Van Morrison, Bananarama, The Feeling and The Shires. 

With many more guests to be announced for the first weekend, the headliners for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018are: Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7th July), Eric Clapton (8th July), Bruno Mars (14th July) and Paul Simon (15th July).

Tickets for Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7thJuly) and Eric Clapton(8thJuly) have now SOLD OUT

Embarking on its sixth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Parkis now one of Britain’s biggest and best summer events, attracting some of the greatest names in music to the heart of London’s beautiful Hyde Park.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival: 
Nominated forBest International Festival at the Pollstar Awards 2017
Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017
Best Hospitality’ award at the UK Festival Awards 2017
AEG/ Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter’ at the UK Festival Awards 2016
Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014
‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013
‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

Tickets for Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars and Paul Simon are on sale now

Ticket prices from £65.00 

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Amazon Tickets is an official ticket partner of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

Samantha Johnson hosts Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game Series

Samantha Johnson hosts Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game Series

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SAMANTHA JOHNSON hosts Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game Series

SAMANTHA Johnson is a well known broadcaster who’s TV career has gone from strength to strength. She’s currently working as an anchor and correspondent on Beyond the Game for TRT World (an international English-language multimedia news organisation based in Istanbul).

 

Samantha has been announced as a host of the upcoming Raise Your Game national conference at the Emirates Stadium on 16th April 2018.

 

She is a journalist and mentor with both creative skills and experience in production.

In the past year, she has produced a series of self-sourced, groundbreaking and innovative pieces on a variety of topics, from shining a light on depression in football, Irish sport and racism to securing exclusive interviews. One such interview, for example, with Premier League manager, Claudio Ranieri, has had over 1 million views online and received worldwide coverage on CNN, Fox Sports, MailOnline, The Telegraph and The Guardian.

 

Samantha is a tremendous ambassador for women working in sports broadcast and was named in the 2016 Football Black List – a list that recognises and celebrates influential figures in football – and featured in the 2014 PowerList  “Top 20 list of Britain’s Most Influential people Under 40” for her achievements in the media.   The Kick It Out ‘Raise Your Game’ is a free mentoring event, supported by the Premier League and will see hundreds of individuals aspiring for a career in the football industry provided with the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from professionals across several aspects of the game.   The Raise Your Game series is Kick It Out’s unique programme, which helps provide opportunities for people who aspire to work within the football industry.   Samantha will join the likes of Manish Bhasin, Reshmin Chowdhury, Max Rushden and Clarke Carlisle in hosting the national conference on behalf of football’s equality and inclusion organisation.   Samantha has a compelling life story as a young single woman who uprooted from the UK to Istanbul, a city undergoing political upheaval, and has made a great life for herself there. With good looks, versatility and the likeability factor – Samantha’s career is going from strength to strength and therefore wants to help others to do the same.

 

Samantha is a highly regarded journalist with a conscience, helping young people through mentoring and public speaking and highlighting injustices, and campaigning with focus on race and gender issues. Samantha is a huge believer in giving back and inspiring the next generation. Because of her knowledge and experience in her field she has chaired, mentored and featured on panels at the Houses of Commons, Wembley Stadium and The Etihad, as well as countless Universities and schools throughout the UK.   Samantha said: “I have long admired Kick It Out’s efforts on many fronts within the game. Helping to create opportunities and career pathways for people who aspire to work within the football industry is another important tranche of their work that I’m proud to support by hosting this year’s Raise Your Game conference.”

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds  North and Latin America Tour 2018

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds North and Latin America Tour 2018

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have announced live dates in North and Latin America.

One of the most intense and exciting live acts on the planet, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds will be headlining festivals across Europe this summer, before crossing continents to Latin and North America for 9 dates in October.

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.

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, drums), George Vjestica (guitar) and Larry Mullins (keyboards, piano).

They will be joined by special guest Cigarettes After Sex for their shows in Los Angeles, Washington DC and Toronto.

Tickets www.nickcave.com

São Paulo on sale April 13, 9am BRT
Latin America wide on sale April 14 (visit nickcave.com for timings)
North America on sale April 19, 10am local time

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.

2017 UK show reviews:

“Joyous and unexpectedly triumphant” The Guardian *****

“An extraordinary response to the unimaginable” The Telegraph *****

“Tense and thunderous at times, tender and cathartic at others. It’s masterful.” i *****

“A triumphant performance charged with tragedy” The Evening Standard *****

“Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds used to be a great live act. Tonight, they are phenomenal.” The Line Of Best Fit

“A sense of awe rings around the O2 as the Bad Seeds leave the stage, lifetime Cave fans shocked at quite how magnificently the band have mutated.” Loud & Quiet

2017 US show reviews:

“There was murder, bloodshed, weeping and betrayal in these songs, many of which explored the tension between control and the furious abandonment of it. And yet there was hope, and an unfettered adoration and belief in the ideals of romantic love.” Los Angeles Times

“It could be said that Cave himself gets right down to people’s souls—more-so than any artist of recent memory. To meet a Nick Cave fan is to meet a disciple. To see a Nick Cave concert is to witness a kind of musical sacrament.” LA Record

“The pain [Nick Cave]’s voice conveys on [Skeleton Tree] is almost too much to bear, but shared with 6,000 disciples experiencing the same feelings it becomes life af- firming…His shows have become true art. And like all great art it is an experience that will transform you and stay with you for years to come.” Forbes

“The people in the pit felt his breath, had their hands guided to his heart, and were often relied on to hold him from the ground. Near the stage, it was the most baroque hardcore show ever conceived. The audience was part of the show. Everything was interactive.” Consequence Of Sound

WORLD PREMIER OF CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S NEW SINGLE ‘CRY PRETTY’

WORLD PREMIER OF CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S NEW SINGLE ‘CRY PRETTY’

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WORLD PREMIER OF CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S NEW SINGLE ‘CRY PRETTY’

Multi-Awarding winning Carrie Underwood releases ‘Cry Pretty’ her first single, co-produced by David Garcia. The song was co-written by Carrie herself and Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna, also known as Love Junkies.

 

Carrie says: “The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back. It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life. It’s emotional. It’s real. And it ROCKS!”

 

You can view Carrie’s full blog post about the single release and upcoming album HERE

 

Carrie Underwood will be performing ‘Cry Pretty’ live this Sunday at the 53rd ACM Awards on CBS at 7pm Central Time/1am GMT.

 

To download ‘Cry Pretty’ click HERE

 

To view the full lyric video visit YouTube HERE

 

 

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THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018

THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018

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THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GOSS-MICHAEL FOUNDATION AND DALLAS CONTEMPORARY HONORING TRACEY EMIN CBE RA

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, in partnership with Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation, is pleased to announce this year’s MTV RE:DEFINE benefit will feature contemporary art donations by celebrated British icons Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and others, which will be auctioned at the world-premiere art exhibition gala. The evening, presented by NorthPark Center, takes place on Friday, April 13, 2018 in their multi-million dollar art installation space: the CenterPark Garden.

 

Tracey Emin is this year’s artist honoree at MTV RE:DEFINE benefit. Often considered one of the most significant British contemporary artists, Emin is best known for her autobiographical and confessional works that span a variety of media including painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture, neon text and sewn appliqué. Emin’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in America, Japan, Australia, Germany and Holland. Most recently, she unveiled a new permanent public commission in Sydney, “The Distance of Your Heart” (2018).

 

Emin will be donating to the live auction: Its different when you are in love (2016) – a neon text art installation (127 x 39 x 1 inches) – and three gouaches: Dreaming That you were There (2011) 23.23 x 30.71 inches, I wanted to be carried by you (2011) 10 x 13.98 inches, and Thank you (2011) 10 x 13.98 inches.

 

Singer-songwriter Arlissa is also confirmed to perform at this special benefit. The German-born and London-bred artist is best known for her global viral hit ‘Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie’ with Jonas Blue, which was touted by Idolator as “the first big banger of 2018”. The single has to date racked up over 9.8 million streams on Spotify. Arlissa’s effervescent soulful vocals saw her earmarked in the highly influential BBC Sound of 2013 alongside HAIM, The Weeknd and CHVRCHES early in her career, and opened the door for a collaboration with Nas. A rising star in her own right, Arlissa has also co-written for K-pop giants BTS and even had Nelly Furtado cover her single ‘Sticks and Stones’.

 

The evening will also feature a live auction led by Simon de Pury, and chaired by Maxine Trowbridge and Brooke Davenport to benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Dallas Contemporary.

 

Since 2011, MTV RE:DEFINE has been recognized as a premiere exhibition and auction in Dallas, TX, raising over $10 million for HIV prevention through MTV Staying Alive, and the Dallas arts community through Dallas Contemporary. This has been made possible thanks to contributions from many of the world’s leading artists including Marc Quinn, Michael Craig Martin, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Nate Lowman, Sterling Ruby, Damien Hirst, Sarah Morris, Theaster Gates and Kenny Scharf among others.

 

This year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of MTV Staying Alive Foundation and the 40th anniversary of Dallas Contemporary. The exhibition will feature over 50 works, including pieces from some of the world’s foremost contemporary artists: Tracey Emin, Richard Phillips, and Francesco Clemente, amongst others.  Selected works will be on view to the public at NorthPark Center the week before the benefit.  Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director of Dallas Contemporary, remarked: “MTV RE:DEFINE is always the best extravaganza for great food, the best contemporary art, and iconic rock n’ roll – it’s a Dallas event like no other. Tracey Emin will push the limits of cool Britannia and the event’s electric vibe.”

 

“The Dallas community has been such a huge supporter of MTV RE:DEFINE over the years, and we’re thrilled to bring MTV RE:DEFINE back to Dallas again as part of MTV Staying Alive’s 20th anniversary celebrations,” said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

 

“For the past four years, NorthPark Center has been honored to support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation through MTV RE:DEFINE.

We are thrilled to extend our involvement this year by hosting this premier art auction at NorthPark Center in our CenterPark Garden.  It is certain to be an incredible evening, featuring the fabulous work of Tracey Emin and raising much-needed funds for HIV prevention and arts education,” said Nancy A. Nasher, Co-owner of NorthPark Center with her husband David Haemisseger.

 

Tickets to MTV RE:DEFINE 2018 are available at www.mtvredefine.com. For sponsorship information contact Joyce Goss, redefine@gossmichaelfoundation.org.

Shayne Ward’s George Michael Tribute ‘A Different Corner’ Is Out Now

Shayne Ward’s George Michael Tribute ‘A Different Corner’ Is Out Now

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Shayne Ward's George Michael Tribute 'A Different Corner' Is Out Now

Following his performance on the season finale of Jane McDonald and Friends last night on Channel 5, Shayne Ward has released his rendition of George Michael‘s ‘A Different Corner’ as a tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter. All proceeds of the recording goes back to a George Michael charity.

The two-track single ‘A Different Corner’ – which features the live version performed on Jane McDonald and Friends – is available to download now from iTunes and Amazon, followed by all other digital and streaming outlets.

Shayne Ward said: “Thank you all so much for the amazing response to my performance on ‘Jane McDonald and Friends’. George Michael is one of my heroes and will always be one of the world’s biggest vocal losses. We miss him! I hope I did ‘A Different Corner’ justice in honour of him.”

NEW BST HYDE PARK NAMES ANNOUNCED!

NEW BST HYDE PARK NAMES ANNOUNCED!

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Special guests announced to join Michael Bublé

One of the globe’s biggest stars Michael Bublé is returning to the stage this summer for a UK exclusive at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. Today some very special guests are announced for 13th July – Van Morrison, Bananarama, The Feeling and The Shires.

Multiple-Grammy award winner Van Morrison is a legendary musician, rising to prominence in the mid-60s as lead singer of Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded garage rock hit “Gloria”. Morrison went on to release his major solo hit “Brown Eyed Girl”, which remains a rock staple to this day. It is one of the most downloaded and most played songs of the entire 1960s.

Morrison’s solo career blossomed with the success of 1970s Moondance, his first million selling record and staple in ‘greatest albums of all time’ lists.  A string of acclaimed albums throughout the 70s followed, including Tupelo Honey, which produced hit single “Wild Night”, and Saint Dominic’s Preview, released in 1972, which spawned hits such as “Redwood Tree” and “Jackie Wilson Said I’m in Heaven When You Smile.”

In 1993, Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and took home the BRIT award for Outstanding Contribution to Music the following year. He received an OBE in 1996 and in 2003 was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Morrison’s whopping 39th solo album You’re Driving Me Crazy is out 27th April, so he’ll be bringing hits new and old to Hyde Park this summer.

Bananarama are essential to the soundtrack of the 80s, with tunes “Shy boy”, “Help”, “It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way You Do It” and the iconic “Venus”. They wowed fans with their huge reformation last year, performing a UK-wide sold out tour.

A pioneering pop girl group, the trio’s 1987 Wow! spawned one of their biggest UK hits “Love in the First Degree”, and by 2002, Bananarama had sold 40 million records worldwide. The trio (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward) have since gone on to cement their name in the Guinness World Records as the girl band with the most chart entries in history.

Bananarama’s Siobhan Fahey says, “British Summer Time at Hyde Park has become such an important part of the year. To be included in this year’s line up along side so many wonderful acts is just joyous!”

British band The Feeling first broke onto the music scene with “Fill My Little World” in late 2005, which went on to become one of the year’s biggest hits. Their most recent record The Feeling, was the group’s fifth studio release before a short hiatus, ending less than a year later when the band made a surprise return to perform live on BBC Radio 2.  British Summer Time Hyde Park is one of their first shows in nearly two years!

The biggest selling British Country duo Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes are The Shires. The pair have been making waves in the Country music scene and beyond since their debut album “Brave” entered the UK Top 10 in 2015, making them the first home-grown country music act in history to score a top ten album in the UK. The Shires have continued to make the history books, being the first British act to win the prestigious Country Music Award in Nashville. Following their UK tour this year and the release of their highly anticipated third album “Accidently On Purpose”, they’ll be bringing their massive country-pop choruses and emotive words about their whirlwind journey to Hyde Park.

With a delightful mix of rock n roll, jazz, pop, country and indie – Michael Bublé and guests will offer something for every music fan this summer.

Michael Bublé’s classic voice, endearing charm and sheer panache have helped him carve a unique place in the hearts of fans around the world, lighting up pop charts since his debut album in 2005, bringing jazz standards to a new generation while scoring his own original hits including the unforgettable global smashes “Home’, ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’, ‘Everything’ and ‘Lost’. His Hyde Park show is a UK exclusive performance of 2018.

With many more guests to be announced, the headliners for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 are: Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7th July), Eric Clapton (8th July), Bruno Mars (14th July) and Paul Simon (15th July).
Tickets for The Cure (7th July) and Eric Clapton (8th July) have now SOLD OUT

Embarking on its sixth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is now one of Britain’s biggest and best summer events, attracting some of the greatest names in music to the heart of London’s beautiful Hyde Park.

Classic BRIT Awards Returns in 2018!

Classic BRIT Awards Returns in 2018!

Mylene Klass launches the Classic BRIT Awards 2018. The ceremony returns for the first time since 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13th 2018. The awards celebrate music from the world of classical, film, television, theatre and games.

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Celebrating Music from the world of classical, film, television, theatre and games

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.

These musical genres are now enjoyed in more ways than ever before and 2018’s Awards will pay tribute to the brightest and the best, celebrate our classic legends and look firmly to the future.

Announced today for the show on 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall are hosts Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.  Both are presenters on Classic FM and musicians in their own right and this will be Myleene’s 7th Classic BRIT Awards.  Alexander is welcomed for the first time and is also one of the genre’s most popular acts with 2 top 10 albums to his name.  Apple Music is the official music service for this year’s awards.

The first performers for the Royal Albert Hall event are also announced today, proving that this music gives rise to global stars, national treasures and exciting new talent.

Andrea Bocelli is Classic BRIT Awards’ royalty. 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’ and has a very special performance in mind for this year’s ceremony.

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe are two great modern voices who came ‘Together’ for 2016’s best-selling album in the UK, achieving the Christmas Number 1 record.  In 2017, their second album ‘Together Again’ went straight to Number 1 and two sold out arena tours cemented their position as two of Britain’s best loved entertainers and pushed their record sales over 1 million within a year.

The Classic BRIT Awards will welcome back one of our great classical music performers. Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel is a regular star of the world’s most prestigious concert stages and opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Opéra National de Paris; Teatro Alla Scala and Zürich Opera. A Grammy, Classic BRIT and Gramophone Award winner, Sir Bryn received a knighthood for his services to music in 2017.

Tokio Myers is part of a new vanguard of classically trained artists, a supremely talented musician who won Britain’s Got Talent 2017 with his musical mash-ups incorporating classical music elements.  State school educated and trained at the Royal College of Music, he is proof that this music is open to everyone.

The UK Music Industry is proud to announce that Dame Vera Lynn will be the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Classic BRIT Awards.

National treasure and original “Forces’ Sweetheart”, Dame Vera, who this week celebrates her 101st birthday, was one of the biggest-selling female artists of last year after releasing her latest album ‘Vera 100’ which charted at No.3. Dame Vera continues to make music history by being the only recording artist in the world to span the charts since they began to the present day! The singer famously boosted the nation’s morale during the darkest days of World War II, and has been honoured countless times for her services to entertainment and charity. Her latest accolade came in the Queen’s 2016 birthday honours list when she was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour – the first person from the field of popular entertainment to do so. Over the decades, Vera Lynn’s popularity has never waned and she remains perhaps the most beloved of all British female vocalists.

The future is very much on the Classic BRIT Awards agenda with the launch of The Sound Of Classical poll to promote the best emerging artists and ones-to-watch in classical music. Aged 30 or under and tipped for a great future, the winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The first entrant is Jess Gillam, 19 years old and from Cumbria, who made music history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016.  She is already becoming recognised as an international ambassador for her instrument – exploding the audience’s understanding of what a saxophone can do.

“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Sound of Classical Poll,” says Jess, “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.“

 

Entries are open from today until May 20th. Find more information at classicbrits.co.uk .

From concert halls to video games, film soundtracks to radio and from festivals to TV ads, classical music has never been heard in as many ways as it is now.  Since the last Classic BRIT Awards in 2013, digital technology and streaming have transformed how people engage with classical music, making the genre a welcome part of everyday life.  That change is now accelerating.

Whether it is Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s eye-catching sales, or 18 year old Nottingham cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason taking his critically acclaimed debut into the top 20 of the pop charts, this music is scoring success after success.

 As radio media partner, Classic FM will be promoting The Classic BRIT Awards to its 5.7 million weekly listeners on-air, on ClassicFM.com and on social media, with exclusive artist performances and video interviews recorded backstage. From 9am on the day of the awards show, Classic FM will broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall, giving listeners unrivalled access to this spectacular classical music event.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said: “We want to celebrate outstanding British music in all its forms, so I am thrilled that we can announce the return of the Classic BRITs to its home at the Royal Albert Hall in partnership with ITV and Classic FM. The Awards are coming back with a new format that will not only honour outstanding classical artists and exceptional new talent, but will pay tribute to classic music from a wide range of genres.

“Classic music is fast-growing its reach on streaming services and on radio, with exciting new stars such as Sheku and Tokio Myers bringing in new fans. It is the perfect time to be relaunching the Classic BRITs to celebrate the contribution this wonderful music makes to our lives.”

Myleene Klass says, I am incredibly excited and honoured to have been invited to host the Classic BRITs again. Classical music is my world. I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t in my life. It’s wonderful to see this genre of music getting the platform it deserves and important the new generation of artists coming up through the ranks are represented too alongside the more established artists we all know and love.”

Alexander Armstrong says, “It is wonderful to host the Classic BRIT Awards and celebrate such an amazing array of talent, with so many people watching at home.  This is music that people love and I know our enthusiasm will come through loud and clear.”

Classic Facts:

 

  • The Official Charts Company reports that classical music streams have risen 52% in the first 2 months of 2018 alone, surpassing 10 million streams every week except one.

 

  • Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical station has 5.7 million people tuning in every week and over 500,000 of those listeners are aged 25 and under, a 43% increase year-on-year. More than a million listeners are under-35. Classic FM also has more than 2 million social media followers and, in 2018, has a higher level of social media engagement than any other UK radio brand.

 

  • The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recently reported that 62% of British adults want to broaden their music horizons, with 22% wanting to learn more about orchestral music, beating folk, rock and jazz as the top genre. The age group most likely to want to learn about classical music was the under 25s.

 

  • Apple Music reports that a quarter of its subscribers listen to the genre.

 

Video game soundtracks have also become an important route to classical music for younger listeners.  Classic FM’s most streamed show ever championed music from video games, with its popular series ‘High Score’. Figures like leading film composer Hans Zimmer have become famous with a new generation of fans, Zimmer having written the soundtrack to hit game ‘Call of Duty’.  Game soundtracks are performed by famous orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, who recorded the music for ‘Final Fantasy XV’ at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London, now the ‘go-to’ location for many other ambitious projects.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s Managing Editor, said: “The Classic BRITs shares our mission to make classical music relevant to everyone, so we’re excited that this celebration of world-class talent is back. As the UK’s most popular classical music station, Classic FM is the perfect partner for the prestigious event and, with more than half a million listeners aged 25 and under tuning in each week, we’re continuing our vision to champion new talent through The Sound of Classical poll. The Classic BRITs comes at a very exciting time for classical music in the UK with growing and younger audiences. It’s set to be a fantastic night!”

The glittering ceremony will take place on 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall, London with a night packed full of some the greatest musicians in the world.  Hosted by Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, it will be broadcast later that week on ITV.

 

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are on sale now.

Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00

Available from: Phone Number 020 7589 8212 and website http://po.st/ClassicBRITs18

 

www.classicbrits.co.uk

How I landed the part of ‘Rhonna’ in the new Duncan Jones movie ‘Mute’ by Nikki Lamborn

How I landed the part of ‘Rhonna’ in the new Duncan Jones movie ‘Mute’ by Nikki Lamborn

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How I landed the part of ‘Rhonna' in the new Duncan Jones movie ‘Mute’ by Nikki Lamborn

It all started with a mysterious phone call out of the blue around four years ago. The person on the end of the line introduced himself as Duncan Jones, said he was a film director and had worked on the movie Moon which at that point I hadn’t seen.

 

He asked me if I could act; I said that in a way I acted when playing with my band Never The Bride. The songs I write with my band-mate Catherine Feeney are very passionate, about real life: people that we see every day, places we’ve been, relationships, friendships, love, loss etc. I told him I’d done a few odd plays for friends but wouldn’t really call myself an actor. He thanked me, hung up and that was that. I just got on with life.

 

Then in August 2016, I got an email from casting director Manuel Puro asking if I’d be interested in auditioning for a movie by Duncan Jones called Mute, it was a complete surprise.

 

Straight away I Googled Duncan Jones. There he was, and there were his parents, David and Angela Bowie. I couldn’t believe it.

 

I read through some of what he’d achieved and was blown away by this man’s talent – he was already a BAFTA-winning director, had worked with some of the biggest actors on the planet, and now he was asking for me. I’m thinking, why me?

 

It turns out that Duncan had seen me on a TV programme thirteen years before. The way he tells the story, after the show he turned to his girlfriend and said, “That girl is gonna play Rhonna in my new movie.”

 

The TV show he was talking about was called Faking it, which was about taking a person out of their natural workplace and training them up as something completely bonkers. For instance, one episode was about a ballet dancer to wrestler, then another vicar to car dealer or even a sheep shearer to hairdresser. These people would be trained up over around a week or two and then have to perform in front of professionals as well as the public. The idea was, could they fool the professionals or would they get found out?

 

My episode was Cambridge Choir Girl to Rock Chick. I am also a vocal coach and was asked to coach and get the choirgirl ready to fake. This Faking it show was Episode 23 in Series 5, 2004, so that’s how long ago Duncan knew I would be Rhonna.

 

Meanwhile, back in the land of auditions, we finally settled a date. I was sent lines to learn and off it all went.

 

To say I was terrified doesn’t come close! I had no clue what to expect. Who was Rhonna? What was the film about?

 

I met up with Manny (Manuel Puro, the casting director) in London’s West End to audition with him just one-to-one. We went into a square white room with two chairs and a table. He set up a small camera on a tripod and sort of said, “Okay, when you’re ready” Talk about completely thrown in at the deep end. There’s me thinking there might be some props and some kind of vibe of Mute but no, it was what looked like a padded cell.

 

Manny couldn’t have been a nicer, kinder person. He nurtured me, gave me direction, and gave me chances to try different ways of saying the lines. Then afterwards he thanked me and said he’d be in touch and to expect someone to contact me either way in a few days, those days dragged and dragged.

 

Eventually, an email arrived saying that Duncan and Manny could see something in me that they liked and wanted me to see an acting coach to teach me more, take me through my lines and get me ready for another audition. So, almost immediately I had a crash course in acting!  I saw a coach three mornings in a row, and on the third afternoon, I went for my second audition.

 

Then I waited for around two weeks for any word.  Of course, now I really want to do this, so these two weeks of waiting were torture. Every time the phone rang or an email pinged in, or a buzz or beep sounded anywhere, my heart was in my mouth!

 

I was in Norway on tour. I’d just turned out the lights in my hotel room and after a long travel day and snuggled down for a nap before the evening’s performance. I was just dozing off when the phone rang; it was Manny, saying that the powers that be were still making their minds up, so there was no news. He’d called to say just that: “There is no news”! I could understand as this was a big movie and I was Nikki Lamborn, a little unknown actor-to-be –until then I’d been in my own world of music. Anyway, no news was good news as they say so I was still in with a chance! With great difficulty I had to try to close my eyes again, try to stop thinking about it all, as what was important now was singing and tonight’s show.

 

It was just a few days later when I finally got the heads-up, I’d got the part. I could hardly believe it. This was totally surreal; I was going to be in a movie with BAFTA-award-winning director Duncan Jones, together with award-winning A-list actors, Alex Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux and even a cameo appearance by Sam Rockwell.

 

Days later, I’m on a plane to Berlin where Mute is being filmed.

 

It wasn’t until then I was told how Duncan really wanted me to be there with this incredible cast playing Rhonna it would be true to say he stuck his neck out to get me in Mute.

 

So on my first day of filming in my life there I was, at the world-famous Babelsberg Film Studios where Fritz Lang made the movie Metropolis, about to work with all these amazing people: actors, crew, caterers, drivers, set builders, what an experience.

 

I even had a trailer with my name on – Rhonna – this is stuff that dreams are made of. Don’t wake me up!

 For more about Nikki Lamborn visit www.neverthebride.com

FURTHER COMEDY HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED FOR TCT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

FURTHER COMEDY HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED FOR TCT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

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DARA O’BRIAIN, SARA PASCOE & DESIREE BURCH JOIN THE LINE UP FOR AN EVENING OF COMEDY HOSTED BY RUSSELL HOWARD WITH GUESTS GREG DAVIES, PAUL CHOWDHRY AND MO GILLIGAN

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall returns for the event’s 18th year and is set to be another special one. As well as welcoming some of the UK’s biggest music stars, Teenage Cancer Trust also welcomes some of Britain’s best-loved comedians for an evening of laughter.

 

We are delighted to reveal that Dara O’Briain, Sara Pascoe and Desiree Burch have been added to the line up, alongside comedy heavyweights Greg Davies, Paul Chowdhry and Mo Gilligan.  

 

The comedy night host, Russell Howard, will guide the audience through an exciting evening of comedy, continuing the long tradition of the cream of British comedy joining forces for a unique and unforgettable night of laughs.

 

Since 2000, numerous well-known comedians have performed for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall raising over £27 million for young people with cancer. 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.

 

Russell Howard is one of the UK’s most successful comedians, with over 3.2 million Facebook fans and 1.2 million Twitter followers. This will not be Russell’s first time at the Royal Albert Hall, as during his 2017 world tour, Russell broke the record for the most consecutive nights performed at the venue, selling out ten shows in a row. The tour, which culminated in Russell’s Netflix Special, Recalibrate, ran for 81 dates across 12 countries. Russell is also the host and writer of his own hit show, The Russell Howard Hour, on Sky One. Previous to this, Russell appeared in 96 episodes of Russell Howard’s Good News, which was BBC Three’s best ever performing entertainment show and last year, the first series of Russell’s travelogue series, Russell Howard & Mum: USA Road Trip, became Comedy Central UK’s highest rating original commission.

New addition to the bill is Dara O Briain, who will be performing an exclusive set at the Teenage Cancer Trust comedy night. Dara is best known for hosting BBC’s Mock the Week, Robot Wars, Stargazing Live, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Dara & Ed’s Great Big Adventure and Three Men In A Boat and Dara O Briain’s Go 8Bit. Dara has released five best-selling DVD’s with Universal Pictures and his new show ‘Voice of Reason’ will be touring the world in 2017-2019.

Joining Dara is comedian Greg Davies. Greg is the writer and star of the hit Channel 4 sitcom, Man Down. He first became known as the infamously psychotic Head of Sixth Form, Mr Gilbert, in The Inbetweeners (Channel 4), and as Ken in Cuckoo (BBC3) – which earned him a BAFTA nomination. Greg is also the host of Taskmaster (Dave). Taskmaster was both BAFTA and Emmy-nominated in 2017, and won Best Entertainment Show at this year’s Broadcast Awards. Greg’s debut stand-up show, Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog, was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award. He returned for another sell-out tour, The Back of My Mum’s Head, in 2013 – which was followed up with a best-selling DVD. Greg has just finished the extension leg of his biggest-ever tour, You Magnificent Beast, which will be released as a Netflix Special later this year.

 

Over the last year multi award winning Sara Pascoe has starred on Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief (making it to the Final); adapted Pride and Prejudice for the Nottingham Playhouse/ York Theatre Royal; filmed a solo stand up special for TV: Sara Pascoe Live from the BBC; hosted an episode of Live at the Apollo and appeared as a weekly guest on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order. Sara has appeared on television shows ranging from Have I Got News For You, QI and Travel Man and filmed and co-stared in the most recent WIA series. Sara is currently writing her second book, Sex Power Money, and has a radio series The Modern Monkey on BBC Radio 4. Following sold out runs in the West End and the Edinburgh Festival, Sara will tour her live show, LadsLadsLads this autumn.

 

Star of Taskmaster, Stand Up for the Week, and Live at the Apollo, Paul Chowdhry, will also be gracing the stage on 20th March. Paul embarked on his Live Innit tour in Autumn 2017 and huge demand for tickets led to the entire run selling out, and Paul becoming the first British Asian stand-up to sell out the 10,000-seater SSE Wembley Arena. The performance was voted into the SSE Live Awards’ Top 10 events of 2017 and Paul’s tour was then extended into Spring 2018, and has since stretched further into 2018 to meet demand – with a further 36 dates added so far. With success across Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, Paul’s video posts frequently receive over a million views – with some reaching over 5 million views.

 

Desiree Burch is a comedian, writer, solo performer, actor and NY-to-London transplant. She has appeared on ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC), ‘Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy’ (BBC), ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4) and ‘Before the Morning After’ (NBC/SeeSo). Radio wise she has appeared on ‘The News Quiz’ (BBCR4) and voiced Pamela Winchell on #1 international hit podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’, as well as featuring on other podcasts, ‘The Guilty Feminist’, ‘Made of Human’, ‘Dumb White Guy’, ‘Friends Like Us’ and ‘Writing Excuses’. Her past two solo Edinburgh Shows ‘This is Evolution’ and ‘Unf*ckable’ have been sell out hits.

 

Mo Gilligan will also be performing on the night. He is the UK’s fastest rising social media star with an online reach running into the multiple millions. With his high-energy style and stunning physicality, Mo creates his own shortform comedy content across a range of platforms. His sketches regularly go viral and he has collaborated with the likes of The BET Awards, Disturbing London, Unilad, Wall of Comedy and Link Up TV, to name a few. Mo’s debut Coupla Cans Tour sold out in minutes, including Birmingham’s 1000 seater O2 venue. In 2017 he also appeared as a brand ambassador for Adidas alongside Stormzy, sent Instagram into a meltdown when international superstar Drake quoted one of his catchphrases, hosted Tinie Tempah’s Ibiza closing party performing to over 10,000 people and consistently hit well over a million views for every new sketch offering he has released on social media.

 

2018’s impressive line-up adds to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime comedic performances from the likes of Jo Brand, Russell Kane and Michael McIntyre.

 

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary frontman of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.

 

This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.

 

Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio and Metro.

 

 

TEENAGE CANCER TRUST AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL IN ASSOCIATION WITH ALDI

Monday 19th March – Sunday 25th March 2018

 

Monday 19 March                   UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, supported by Hollie Cook, Three The Hard Way – Dennis Bovell, Brinsley Forde and David Hinds and special guest David Rodigan MBE

 

Tuesday 20 March                 An Evening of Comedy hosted by Russell Howard, feat. special guests: Dara O’Briain, Greg Davies, Sara Pascoe, Paul Chowdhry, Desiree Burch and Mo Gilligan

 

Wednesday 21 March           Nile Rodgers & CHIC

 

Thursday 22 March               Roger Daltrey

 

Friday 23 March                     Courteeners performing St Jude

 

Saturday 24 March                Kasabian

 

Sunday 25 March                  Def Leppard

Lana Del Rey ‘You Must Love Me’

Lana Del Rey ‘You Must Love Me’

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ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION OUT MARCH 16TH

As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express and Love Never Dies – to name but a few.

 

In celebration of his 70th birthday this March, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION will be available March 16th through UMC / Polydor.

 

The next instalment of his collection is available to listen to now – Lana Del Rey‘s mesmerising take on “You Must Love Me” from Evita.

 

Of the newly recorded version, Andrew Lloyd Webber says, “Lana Del Rey sings beautifully, and with a haunting echo, over the simple piano accompaniment. Singer and song express neediness, devotion, bravery and command, all at once, a clever, seemingly effortless trick of Rice’s syntax.”

 

The song became a reality when Alan Parker reunited Andrew and Tim Rice for the song he wanted for his Evita movie, over the sad scene of her retreat in a wheelchair to her last resting place in her bedroom. It’s a plaintive and moodily exact ballad and it deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

 

Lana Del Rey notes, “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream. I especially love this particular song, You Must Love Me, because of how unique the melody is. I’ve been incredibly inspired by all of Andrew’s work from Phantom of the Opera to Evita.

 

“Unmasked: The Platinum Collection” is personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to include classics from his earliest work starting with 1968’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through his most recent School of Rock.

 

In addtion to “You Must Be Love” by Lana Del Rey, newly recorded songs from superstar artists Nicole Scherzinger (“Memory”, Cats), Gregory Porter (“Light at the End of the Tunnel”, Starlight Express) add to the collection and are available now.

 

The set also contains recordings by world-class performers such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, and released for the first time, Beyonce singing “Learn To Be Lonely” from the 2005 Academy Awards with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano.

 

UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is available as 2 CD and 4 CD editions. The 4-disc version contains an exclusive 40-page hardcover book with more in-depth notes on each track, written by respected theatre critic and Lloyd Webber biographer Michael Coveney, together with personally written tributes from Barbara Streisand and Glenn Close among others.

 

The fourth disc encompasses a mix of overtures and showstoppers from Lloyd Webber‘s key works, as well as newly created orchestral suites. The four new orchestral suites have been specially prepared from existing recordings to give a précis to Lloyd Webber’s dearest shows, emphasising the grand orchestral aspects of his work. All CDs were mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

 

As the most successful composer of musicals in history, Lloyd Webber’s productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera is the second longest-running show in West End history. Cats and The Phantom of the Opera are two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows. In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognised by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.

 

Also in celebration of his 70th birthday, Lloyd Webber’s new autobiography UNMASKED, will be released on March 6th by Harper Collins.  Written entirely in his own words, Lloyd Webber recounts his fascinating life and remarkable career. A natural storyteller, with his signature humour and self-deprecating tone, Lloyd Webber shares the details of his early personal and professional years, including his early artistic influences. He takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance, which brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.

 

 

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER ‘UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION’ formats and track listing:

 

PHYSICAL FORMATS: 2CD

 

TRACKLISTING:

 

CD ONE
01 SUPERSTAR • MURRAY HEAD & THE TRINIDAD SINGERS
02 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & MICHAEL CRAWFORD
03 OH WHAT A CIRCUS • ANTONIO BANDERAS & MADONNA

04 LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING • MICHAEL BALL
05 STICK IT TO THE MAN • ALEX BRIGHTMAN & THE BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
06 MEMORY* • NICOLE SCHERZINGER

07 NO MATTER WHAT • BOYZONE

08 WITH ONE LOOK • BARBRA STREISAND
09 BUENOS AIRES • GLEE CAST

10 DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA • JULIE COVINGTON
11 TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE • MARTI WEBB

12 I’M HOPELESS WHEN IT COMES TO YOU • JOANNA RIDING
13 LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL* • GREGORY PORTER

14 THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT • MICHAEL CRAWFORD
15 GETHSEMANE (I ONLY WANT TO SAY) • IAN GILLAN

16 ANY DREAM WILL DO • DONNY OSMOND
17 AMIGOS PARA SIEMPRE • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & JOSÉ CARRERAS

18 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM • YVONNE ELLIMAN

 

CD TWO
01 AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE • GLENN CLOSE

02 THEME AND VARIATIONS 1-4 • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
03 UNEXPECTED SONG • SARAH BRIGHTMAN

04 YOU MUST LOVE ME* • LANA DEL REY
05 EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT • YVONNE ELLIMAN, IAN GILLAN & MURRAY HEAD
06 THE VAULTS OF HEAVEN • TOM JONES & THE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS
07 ANOTHER SUITCASE IN ANOTHER HALL • MADONNA

08 YOU’RE IN THE BAND • BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK

09 IT’S EASY FOR YOU • ELVIS PRESLEY

10 COLD • THE EVERLY BROTHERS
11 COME BACK WITH THE SAME LOOK • DENISE VAN OUTEN

12 I AM THE STARLIGHT* • MICA PARIS & GEORGE URE
13 MR. MISTOFFELEES • PAUL NICHOLAS

14 TELL ME ON A SUNDAY • MICHAEL CRAWFORD
15 THINK OF ME • EMMY ROSSUM & PATRICK WILSON

16 RAINBOW HIGH • ELAINE PAIGE
17 ALL I ASK OF YOU • CLIFF RICHARD & SARAH BRIGHTMAN
18 WISHING YOU WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN (LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL) • SIERRA BOGGESS
BONUS TRACK LEARN TO BE LONELY* (LIVE AT THE OSCARS) • BEYONCÉ & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

 

CD THREE
01 JACOB & SONS/COAT OF MANY COLOURS • JANET METZ, DONNY OSMOND, MICHAEL FLETCHER & THE CANADIAN CAST

02 CLOSE EVERY DOOR • DONNY OSMOND

03 HEAVEN ON THEIR MINDS* (LIVE – ARENA TOUR) • TIM MINCHIN
04 KING HEROD’S SONG • ALICE COOPER

05 SKIMBLESHANKS • KEN WELLS & THE ORIGINAL LONDON CAST OF CATS

06 MACAVITY: THE MYSTERY CAT • WENDY EDMEAD & DONNA KING
07 YOU’VE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD • STEPHEN WARD ORIGINAL LONDON CAST
08 I’D BE SURPRISINGLY GOOD FOR YOU • ELENA ROGER & PHILIP QUAST

09 EVERMORE WITHOUT YOU • MARTIN CREWES

10 I BELIEVE MY HEART • DUNCAN JAMES & KEEDIE
11 IF ONLY YOU WOULD LISTEN • THE BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
12 SING • MILITARY WIVES

13 HOSANNA • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LONDON CAST
14 HOSANNA • PLÁCIDO DOMINGO, SARAH BRIGHTMAN & THE CHOIR OF WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL
15 PIE JESU • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & PAUL MILES-KINGSTON
16 BY JEEVES • STEVEN PACEY, SIMON DAY & NICHOLAS HAVERSON

17 WHERE DID THE ROCK GO?* • FLORENCE ANDREWS

 

CD FOUR
01 PHANTOM PHANTASY† • ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA

02 MASQUERADE • ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE CAST
03 ’TIL I HEAR YOU SING • RAMIN KARIMLOO

04 LOVE NEVER DIES ORCHESTRAL SUITE† • ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA

05LOVE NEVER DIES•SIERRA BOGGESS

06THE BEAUTY UNDERNEATH*•BEN LEWIS & CASEY LYONS
07 VARIATIONS ON VARIATIONS† • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
08 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR OVERTURE • ORIGINAL JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ORCHESTRA
09 OVERTURE AND THE BEAUTIFUL GAME† • ORIGINAL CAST AND ORCHESTRA FROM THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
10 IF THIS IS WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR • JOSIE WALKER

11 CATS OVERTURE • THE ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA

12 THE JELLICLE BALL • CATS MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA

13 SUNSET SUITE† • ORIGINAL BROADWAY ORCHESTRA

14 SUNSET BOULEVARD • KEVIN ANDERSON

15 ASPECTS OF ASPECTS • ORCHESTER DER VEREINIGTEN BUEHNEN WIEN

16 SEEING IS BELIEVING • MICHAEL BALL & SARAH BRIGHTMAN

17 ANYTHING BUT LONELY • SARAH BRIGHTMAN

Led Zeppelin Announce First Ever Record Store Day Release

Led Zeppelin Announce First Ever Record Store Day Release

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Limited Edition 7-Inch Single, Produced By Jimmy Page, To Be Released On Record Store Day Featuring Unreleased Versions Of “Rock And Roll” And “Friends”

In advance of Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary celebration, slated to commence this September, the band will whet fan’s appetites with their first ever release for Record Store Day on April 21. The limited edition 7-inch single is produced by Jimmy Page and pressed on yellow vinyl.  The single will feature two previously unheard studio mixes, handpicked by Page to appear on the release: the “Sunset Sound Mix” of “Rock And Roll” b/w the “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends.”

 

The previously unreleased version of “Rock And Roll” provides an additional peek into the fabled “Sunset Sound Mixes” of Led Zeppelin IV. Only two previous “Sunset Sound Mixes” have been released, the first being the version of “When The Levee Breaks” on the original album and the second the “Stairway To Heaven” mix that debuted on the 2014 deluxe edition. The previously unheard “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends” is a stripped-down version, without the orchestration of the final mix, offering a true fly-on-the-wall feel from the band’s recording sessions for Led Zeppelin III at Headley Grange.

 

Additionally, Led Zeppelin will release a newly remastered version of their classic live album How The West Was Won in multiple formats on March 23 including the first ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions (with the Blu-ray containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound). The collection captures performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the three-CD and four-LP collections capture the band at the height of its formidable powers.

The Muppets Take The O2

The Muppets Take The O2

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog are seen at the o2 ahead of their 'Muppets Take The o2' shows at The O2 Arena on February 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images for AEG - The o2)
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It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights…..

The Muppets announce their most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational, full-length live show for the first time ever in Europe!

Inspired by their hit 1980s variety TV show The Muppet Show, this magical event will be headlined by Kermit The Frog, leading an all-star cast of pigs, bears and whatevers in….

The Muppets Take The O2

Live on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July, The Muppets will be lighting up The O2 for 2 evenings and 1 matinee, so everyone can share in the mayhem, the music and laughter of a one-of-a-kind live Muppet performance!

Tickets go on sale on 9am on Wednesday February 28th HERE

Following a hugely successful trio of sell-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl last year, this exclusive European show is the first time The Muppets have ever performed their full live extravaganza outside of the USA.  The O2 will become a place where Muppets and humans can come together to share a special connection.

“We’re thrilled to bring this first time ever live performance to all our fans in the UK,” says Kermit, “There’ll be music, comedy, incredible surprises, plus total and complete chaos. In other words: It’s the Muppets! Yaaaay!

“We’ve wanted to do a show like this for a long time, and now—after finally getting all Miss Piggy’s luggage through customs — we have the chance to appear live at The O2 arena!”

Miss Piggy adds, “I can’t wait to be there to entertain, astonish, dazzle and otherwise gobsmack all moi’s fabulous fans! Wear socks, sweetie, cause I’m gonna knock ‘em off.  I will amaze everyone with this first-ever live performance….and, of course, for the official renaming of ‘The MOI 2’ arena.”

Long time Muppet watchers and critics, Statler & Waldorf also have a view:
STATLER: “This is gonna be the ultimate  ‘Don’t Miss It’ event….”
WALDORF: “Yeah, if you don’t go to it, you won’t miss it.”

Kermit and the ultimate diva herself – Miss Piggy will be joined by very special celebrity guests for musical performances, sketches and more. Highlights of the show include the fabulous Miss Piggy in a show-stopping musical extravaganza, a rocking musical jam by The Muppets’ legendary house band Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, with legendary drummer Animal.  Plus the debut of all-new original chapters of those classic Muppet Show sketches – Pigs in Space, Veterinarian’s Hospital and Muppet Labs and many, many more extraordinary surprises.

To celebrate this special weekend of Muppet fun, The O2 will be rolling out the green carpet for Muppet movies, street food, live music, best costume competitions and a whole host of celebrations for Piggy, Kermit and the gang.

Since 1965, Kermit the Frog and The Muppets have been entertaining the world. In movies, on television, on the internet, and now live on stage, The Muppets have done just what they set out to do: sing, dance and make people happy.

Under the often times steady, but frequently frantic leadership of Kermit the Frog, The Muppets have made eight theatrical motion pictures, countless television specials and appearances and, of course, that international mahna-mahna…. excuse us, we mean “phenomena”….The Muppet Show.

With a cast of characters headlined by the inimitable, yet exasperating Miss Piggy, the hilarious Fozzie Bear, the inexplicable Great Gonzo and the extremely-loud Animal, The Muppets remain as beloved and befuddling entertaining as ever. So, please stop reading this — because if you’re here then you probably already know all this stuff – and join the aforementioned entertainers – plus Sam Eagle, The Swedish Chef, Pepé the King Prawn, Lew Zealand, Rowlf and so many more! It’s time to get things started. This is what we call The Muppets Take The O2.

And while this is the first ever live show for The Muppets in London, they are honorary citizens of the UK’s capital….

  • The Muppet Show – their original 1976 TV show – was filmed at Elstree Studios, London
  • In their second feature film The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Muppets must travel to London to stop a jewel heist…..
  • In 1992, their fourth film, The Muppet Christmas Carol, was an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic book and is based in London. This film starred possibly one of London’s most famous sons – Sir Michael Caine
  • Jim Henson’s Creature Shop which created some of world’s most memorable characters and was a fundamental part of films like The Muppet Christmas Carol was based in Hampstead and then Camden in North London until 2005
  • Muppets Most Wanted, their most recent film starring Ricky Gervais, ends with a heist at the Tower of London. London was also the backdrop to much of the film with buildings like Holborn’s Freemasons’ Hall doubling as a Spanish art gallery
Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen

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

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In Cinemas Worldwide - April 12th 2018

For one night only, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will share a show from their celebrated 2017 world tour on cinema screens worldwide.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ phenomenal tour started in Australia in January 2017, before continuing on to the USA and ending in Europe. Filmed at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017, Distant Sky captures an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Performing new album Skeleton Tree’s exquisite compositions alongside songs from their essential catalogue, the band’s first shows in 3 years provoked an ecstatic response in fans, critics and band alike, renewing profound and intimate relationships wherever they played:

★★★★★ “An extraordinary response to the unimaginable” The Telegraph

★★★★★ “Joyous and unexpectedly triumphant” The Guardian

★★★★★ “Tense and thunderous at times, tender and cathartic at others. It’s masterful.” The Independent


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).

Directed by award winning filmmaker David BarnardDistant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen will be distributed by Trafalgar Releasing, and shown in 500 cinemas worldwide for one night only on 12thApril.

Trafalgar Releasing CEO, Marc Allenby commented: “We are excited to be working with Nick Cave and his team for the third time with this amazing gig from Copenhagen from his most recent, highly acclaimed tour. We are big fans of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at Trafalgar and look forward to sharing the fruits of this collaboration with cinema goers and music fans alike around the world.”

Tickets are now on sale.

For the full list of cinemas taking part in this special one night only event and for ticket information, please visit http://www.nickcave.com/

Guests announced to join UB40 at Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall

Guests announced to join UB40 at Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall

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An evening celebrating the very best in British Reggae

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall is excited to announce that Hollie Cook, Three The Hard Way – Dennis Bovell, Brinsley Forde and David Hinds and special guest David Rodigan MBE will be joining headliner UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey on 19th March 2018.
For one night only, a legendary line-up of artists will transform the Royal Albert Hall to downtown Jamaica via London and Birmingham for a celebration of the very best in British Reggae.
 
Introducing the audience to the reggae vibe will be Hollie Cook, in support of  her third solo album, Vessel Of Love. The Martin ‘Youth’ Glover produced album, is currently #1 on the US Reggae Charts and Top 20 in UK Indie Charts, album of the day on 6Music along with support from Uncut, Q, Noisey and Pitchfork.
 
Hollie kicked off her career when she dropped out of school to join family friend Ari Up on tour with The Slits. Since then she has played with Jaime T and The Stone Roses at the personal request of Ian Brown and performed on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ , Hollie’s previous Prince Fatty-produced records, ‘Hollie Cook’, ‘Hollie Cook in Dub’ and ‘Twice’ all received critical acclaim across the board from both mainstream outlets and tastemakers alike.
 
Next up is Three The Hard Way – Legendary British Reggae lead vocalists Dennis Bovell, David Hinds and Brinsley Forde come together to form a UK reggae super group…Three The Hard Way. Each member of the Three The Hard Way team are the pioneers who put British Reggae firmly on the map. They have each fronted one the UK’s outstanding reggae outfits, Steel Pulse, Matumbi, Aswad and now come together for a unique and powerful performance.
 
Grammy winners and multiple nominations between them coupled with countless number ones and top ten hits either as musicians, song writers or producers give this group a wealth of credibility and worldwide respect. They have decided it is time to trail blaze once again to share their unique talents with the universe. Without question this unified project is certain to welcome in a new age of British Reggae.
 
Special guest for the evening is David Rodigan MBE. For over forty years the top dog in Britain’s reggae dance-halls, he is one of the leading authority figures of British Reggae.
 
Starting out in 1978 on BBC Radio London, before moving to Capital Radio in 1979 with his legendary ‘Roots Rockers’ show, his credibility was ensured when he began clashing with Jamaica’s champion DJ, Barry G. Topped off by winning the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in 2012 beating all the top Jamaican sound systems in the West Indies, USA and England.
 
Rodigan currently presents a weekly show on Radio 1Xtra and a summer season on BBC Radio 2, bringing reggae to the mainstream. In 2005 he was inducted into the Sony Radio Academy Hall Of Fame and has also won three Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards; in 2012 he was awarded the MBE for “services to broadcasting” at Buckingham Palace.
 
Completing this incredible evening is UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey. As founding members of Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40, singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue topped the UK singles chart on three occasions, selling over 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.
 
When UB40 embarked on their Labour Of Love series in 1983, they were keen to tell the world about the songs that they grew up with in Birmingham. They dug deep into the reggae and rock steady rhythms of yesteryear and ended up producing three Labour Of Love albums, spawning hit after hit including the global smash hits ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Cherry Oh Baby’. Now, with their new album ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ – to be released March 2nd on UMC – they shine a light on classic reggae tracks from the 1980s.
 
Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time, UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey together with their incredible eight-piece reggae band are proud to show their support for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Their latest record ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ (out March 2nd on UMC) is dedicated to long-serving trombonist John Johnson, who sadly passed away last year.
 
Ali says “We are showcasing the very best of British Reggae at the iconic RAH, for a wonderful charity TCT. Come and join us for an incredible evening.”
 
 
The full line-up for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert is: An Evening of Comedy hosted byRussell HowardNile Rodgers & CHICRoger DaltreyCourteenersKasabian and Def Leppard.
 
Over 235 artists and comedians have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall since 2000, raising over £27 million for young people with cancer. These 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. But for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. Every penny they raise goes towards their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.
 
2018’s impressive line-up adds to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing together for the first time ever in 2013, Sir Paul McCartney in 2012, plus everyone from Muse to The Cure, Tinie Tempah, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Sir Tom Jones and many more. And, of course, some of the greatest concerts of the past 20 years from The Who.
 
Last year hit new heights with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall show, performed, of course, by The Who.  There were also incredible performances by Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a night of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, plus surprise guest appearances by Michael McIntyre and Noel Gallagher.
 
Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary front man of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.
 
This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.
 
Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio and Metro.

Jones and many more. And, of course, some of the greatest concerts of the past 20 years from The Who.
 
Last year hit new heights with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall show, performed, of course, by The Who.  There were also incredible performances by Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a night of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, plus surprise guest appearances by Michael McIntyre and Noel Gallagher.
 
Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary front man of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.
 
This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.
 
Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio and Metro.

Truck Festival First Wave Of Artists Announced!

Truck Festival First Wave Of Artists Announced!

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The UK’s longest running and best small festival Truck has just announced its first wave of artists for 2018 to ring in its 21st birthday. The festival, which formed two decades ago in 1998, will this year take place from 19th – 22nd July at Hill Farm in Steventon, Oxfordshire. 2018 will be the first time ever that the festival has opened its doors on the Thursday with the festival taking place over four days this year.

 

Heading up the festival on it’s opening Thursday are band of brothers Peace, with Mercury Prize nominated indie rockers Friendly Fires topping the bill on Friday and four-time Brit nominated and multi million selling singer-songwriter George Ezra headlining the Saturday. Sunday headliners to be announced in the next wave of acts very soon, George commented on what fans can expect from his set:

I’m so excited to be playing my first ever Truck Festival and over the moon that my debut gets to be as headliner.  It’s been on my bucket list for a long time. My new album Staying At Tamara’s will have been out in the world for a few months by then so I’ll be coming to beautiful Oxfordshire armed with a host of new songs and a few choice oldies, and can’t wait to get up and play. See you there!” – George Ezra

Festival Organiser Matt Harrap commented, “We’re extremely excited to announce our first wave of artists for this year’s show! Having artists of the calibre of George Ezra and Friendly Fires coming to headline the event after many years of asking is truly humbling and their sets will no doubt live long in the memory.

Returning heroes Peace will be the perfect way to kick off the festival with our first ever Thursday headliners. Personally I’m really thrilled to have the legend that is Gaz Coombes back at his favourite festival for the first time since 2013 as well as some brilliant up and coming local talent such as Low Island, Little Brother Eli and Kanadia. Mix in the likes of De La Soul, Jake Bugg and Everything Everything and the epic Switch takeover of Palm City then we’ve got a real party!

What’s even more exciting is this is only the beginning with a special Sunday headliner due to be announced very soon! With ticket sales ahead of this time last year, we really recommend not hanging around!”

 

The festival, which prides itself as the “anti major festival” has long championed local artists with Oxford’s own Gaz Coombes back this year, he commented

“Very excited to be joining the line up at Truck Festival this year. See you in the fields my lovelies!” – Gaz Coombes

 

As well as Oxfordshire based artists such as Kanadia, Little Brother Eli, Switch DJ’s, Low Island, I Cried Wolf, Leader and of course Oxford Symphony Orchestra, the festival has just launched its Band App which offers the chance for local bands to submit their music to Truck’s organisers and be offered a spot to play the festival. Truck Festival’s organisers personally listen to every single submission. Artists should upload their music to Truck’s website by 30th March – https://truckfestival.com/contact/band-app/

 

The line-up also includes emerging artists such as hotly tipped The Sherlocks, Pale Waves, Marika Hackman, Nervus and The Amazons amongst others.

 

The Amazons – who were originally tipped for stardom in the BBC Sound of 2017 and released their debut last year to great acclaim – have praised Truck for championing the local music scene and new artists:

“We remember playing Truck Festival in 2016. It was one of the craziest crowds we’d got at that point in our careers. Excited to be returning to a festival that’s a stone’s throw away from our home in Berkshire, and one that has been an excellent supporter of local music for the last few years.” – The Amazons

 

The line-up also offers plenty of artists performing a little further from home including New York hip-hop icons De La Soul and fellow Americans, indie rockers We Are Scientists who will be performing on the back of their much anticipated album ‘Megaplex’.

 

The full Truck Festival 2018 line up:

Friendly Fires, George Ezra, De La Soul, Jake Bugg, Everything Everything, Circa Waves, Peace, The Amazons, Rat Boy, Gaz Coombes, The Sherlocks, Moose Blood, We Are Scientists, Kurupt FM, Shy FX, Redlight, Holy Goof, Skepsis, Darkzy, Dimension, Macky Gee, Bru C, Switch DJ’s, MJ Cole, Barely Legal, The Magic Gang, Marika Hackman, Coasts, Blaenavon, Tom Walker, Pale Waves, HMTLD, Gengahr, Jaws, Black Honey, Dream Wife

Boston Manor, Turbowolf, The Night Cafe, The Orielles, Low Island, High Tyde, Anteros, Naaz, Girli, Stereo Honey, Whenyoung, Pink Kink, Bloxx

Bloody Knees, The Spook School, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Fang Club, Sorry

Sports Team, Lady Bird, Seagirls, Delta Sleep, Nervus, Happy Accidents, Bessie Turner, Gender Roles, Hotel Lux, Magique, Leader, Kanadia, Little Brother Eli, I Cried Wolf, DJ Elban, Mr Motivator, Reggae Aerobics,

Oxford Symphony Orchestra.

 

Tickets & Prices

 

Weekend ticket prices are £110.

Thursday add on passes are £25.

 

Watch Truck Festival’s 2017 aftermovie here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv80JsIUfpQ