MOBO PARTNERS WITH NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT FOR 2ND SUCCESSIVE CAMPAIGN

MOBO PARTNERS WITH NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT FOR 2ND SUCCESSIVE CAMPAIGN

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“B POSITIVE” – A 60 STRONG CHOIR PROMOTES BLOOD DONATION TO RECRUIT YOUNGER DONORS AND THOSE FROM THE BLACK COMMUNITY

MOBO announced today the launch of “B Positive”, a ground breaking national campaign with a 60 strong choir at its focus, in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant as part of the MOBOvation Season countdown to this year’s MOBO Awards on 29th November.

 

The “B Positive” campaign, so named after a blood type that is more common in the black population, aims to drive registrations of much needed, lifesaving new blood donors, in particular targeting 17-35 year olds and those from Black communities, who are more likely to have genetic blood conditions, such as sickle cell disease, which requires regular blood transfusions.

 

Following last year’s hugely successful ‘Represent’ campaign headed up by MOBO 2016 Best Female winner Lady Leshurr, MOBO and NHS Blood and Transplant have teamed up for the second successive year. This time creating “B Positive” choir , a 60 strong choir comprised of individuals who either live with sickle cell or families, friends and supporters of those who are affected by the disease. The choir’s members have come from all over England and are led by Choir Master, Colin Anderson.

 

MOBO Founder and CEO, Kanya King MBE said “MOBO has always had a social and cultural responsibility to drive positive change, so we are proud to team up with NHS Blood and Transplant again to launch this vital campaign. “B Positive” has been created to raise awareness and encourage blood donation through the power of music and motivate a new generation to take action and get involved. We need more new donors from younger audiences and black communities to help ensure that patients can get the best possible treatment. “B Positive” is a positive rallying cry that we hope will win the hearts and minds of MOBO’s heartland audience, it really is about donating blood and saving lives.”

 

Those from the Black communities are more likely to have less common blood types such as B Positive and rarer subtypes such as Ro, and typically blood donations from those with a similar ethnic background are the best match. NHS Blood and Transplant desperately needs more donors and the aim is to get younger generations to sign up, so future patients have access to the blood they need, when they need it. NHS Blood and Transplant needs 200,000 new blood donors a year. Donating blood only takes an hour and can save up to three lives per donation.”

 

The choir will make their debut with an exclusive performance on the 20th November at the MOBO Pre Awards Show at Boisdale Canary Wharf, London, as well as performing at various events and locations, culminating in a rousing performance at the 22nd MOBO Awards itself, which will be held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 29th November. Music is no longer seen as just a form of entertainment but it is a driver for creative activities and social endeavours and its power should not be underestimated.  “B Positive” aims to harness this power to create a call to action: Give blood, Save lives.

 

 

Visit www.blood.co.uk to book an appointment to give blood or download the app by searching ‘NHS Give Blood’. 

 

The 22nd MOBO Awards 2017 will take place at the First Direct Arena, Leeds on Wednesday 29th November www.mobo.com

 

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The Facts:

  • 900,000 donors donate 1.6million units of blood to hospitals in England each year.
  • 6,000 donors are needed each day to treat patients in England.
  • Blood from donors with a similar ethnic background gives the best match.
  • The NHS urgently need 40,000 new black donors.
  • Sickle Cell is more common in Black communities.
  • Around 15,000 people in the UK have Sickle Cell Disease.
  • Each month hospitals in England request 3-4,000 units of red cells to treat patients with Sickle Cell.
  • Some blood groups such as B positive and RO are more common in black communities.
  • Non-fully matched blood in transfusions risks antibody production and can have long term negative effects on the recipient’s health.
BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS MICHAEL BUBLÈ AT BRITISH SUMMER TIME

BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS MICHAEL BUBLÈ AT BRITISH SUMMER TIME

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Barclaycard presents Michael Bublé at British Summer Time Hyde Park

Michael Bublé one of the globe’s biggest stars, multiple Grammy and Juno award winner in his only UK performance. 

The undisputed ‘King of Cool’ will be dazzling Hyde Park at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on Friday 13th July.

Michael Bublé’s classic voice, endearing charm and sheer panache have seen him compared with the great singers and entertainers.  He has carved a unique place in the hearts of fans around the world and lit 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’.

 

Michael Bublé says ‘I can’t wait to come over to see my fans in London and play BST Hyde Park for my largest ever UK show!  You guys have been patient and I can’t thank you enough for all your support. And for those of you that haven’t seen me live, well… I just haven’t met you yet!’

 

With 3 UK Number 1 albums and a classic ‘Christmas’ album to his name, he is an artist welcomed in every household.

 

Nobody But Me, his seventh major label studio album, was released in October 2016. The record debuted at #2 on the UK charts and went platinum in the UK in January.

 

Michael has toured the globe 5 times and his last trip in 2013 was witnessed by over 2 millions fans, including an amazing run of 12 sold out shows at London’s O2 Arena.

 

Now, Hyde Park proudly hosts one the world’s favourite entertainers, adding another legend to its roll of honour.

 

With three huge headliners announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 so far, music lovers can expect another phenomenal year from the award-winning festival, all in the heart of London.

 

On Friday 6th July, music icon Roger Waters will be bringing his Us + Them Tour to the UK for the first time ever. The Pink Floyd visionary is noted for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels and turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale. Waters will be showcasing highlights from his groundbreaking body of work, with songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, Dark Side of The Moon), along with tracks from his critically acclaimed new album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.

 

On Saturday 14th July, Hawaiian troubadour Bruno Mars will be performing fresh off the back of his ‘24K Magic World Tour’, which spans over 172 shows across five continents in support of his 2x platinum-selling album 24K Magic. The UK leg of the tour included four critically acclaimed shows at London’s O2 Arena. Now, Mars is set to return to the UK, taking to the stage at in Hyde Park with a dazzling visual production and a set-list crammed full of his chart-topping hits.

 

Embarking on its 6th edition, 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.

 

James King, Senior Vice President, AEG Presents comments: ‘I am thrilled to be able to welcome Michael Bublé to the Great Oak stage next year. July 13 is going to an amazing night for his fans.’

 

Roscoe Bowman, VP Senior Experiential Marketing & Partnerships Manager for Barclaycard, said: ‘We’re really excited to announce Michael Bublé as our third headliner at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018. With his charismatic stage presence and catalogue of hits, his only show in the UK next year will surely be one to remember. Barclaycard customers can get a head start with exclusive pre-sale ticket access from 9am on Monday 13th of November.’

 

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events, Filming and Commercial Development at The Royal Parks said: ‘We are very excited to welcome Michael Bublé to Hyde Park in what promises to be another unforgettable evening from a world class act. Since it began, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has been attracting the biggest artists on the planet and delighting sell-out crowds – which in turn has helped us to maintain this precious park.’

 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival:

 

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival 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

 

Barclaycard Presale: Monday 13th November 9am

Amazon Presale: Wednesday 15th November 9am

General Sale: Friday 17th November 9am

 

Ticket Prices

£65.00 Child 2-9yrs / Guardian Ticket (selling in pairs, 1 adult + 1 child)

£67.95 General Admission

£79.95 Primary Entry

£129.95 Gold Circle

£179.95 Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden

£229.95 The Terrace

£229.95 Diamond Circle

*general on sale prices may differ

 

 

 

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

BILLBOARD’S NO.1 U.S. STAR CARDI B, KREPT & KONAN, STEFFLON DON and YUNGEN ARE PERFORMING AT 2017 MOBO AWARDS

BILLBOARD’S NO.1 U.S. STAR CARDI B, KREPT & KONAN, STEFFLON DON and YUNGEN ARE PERFORMING AT 2017 MOBO AWARDS

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BILLBOARD’S NO.1 U.S. STAR CARDI B, KREPT & KONAN, STEFFLON DON and YUNGEN ARE PERFORMING AT 2017 MOBO AWARDS

Get ready for the MOBO Awards, the UKs biggest celebration of urban music and culture. International music sensation Cardi B is amongst the first names to be announced as a 2017 MOBO Award performer. The Bronx rap star became the first female rapper in 19 years to top the Billboard Hot 100 with a solo hit. Her breakout smash Bodak Yellow is the unmistakable rap anthem of the summer. This will be Cardi Bs first ever UK awards show performance. She is nominated for Best International Act alongside DJ Khaled, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Solange and Sza. 

Fresh from sending both their mixtapes 7 Days and 7 Nights straight into the UK Top 10, Krept & Konan are now set for a major return to the MOBO Awards stage in Leeds on 29 November. It was here at the First Direct Arena two years ago that the South London rap duo were crowned Best Hip Hop Act, the first of many career-defining milestones. Krept & Konan, who took home Best Newcomer at the 2013 MOBO Awards, recently peaked at #6 (for 7 Days) and #8 (for 7 Nights) on the UK Albums Chart, marking their simultaneous second and third Top 10 entry since 2015s monster UK #2 hit debut The Long Way Home.

One of the UKs most exciting new emcees, Stefflon Don, will be unleashing her sickening flow on the MOBO stage in less than three weeks. The Hurtin Me star, who just signed a million pound deal with Universal, is one of the most nominated talent in this years awards, up for the big gongs: Best Female, Best Hip Hop and Best Newcomer. Stefflon Don was tipped by Complex UK and BBC Music Sound of 2017 as one to watch and in the past few months alone, she has racked up a UK Top 10 hit with Hurtin Me and a Top 20 hit on Jax Jones Instruction with Demi Lovato.  

Yungens infectious hit Bestie with Yxng Bane, topped the Official Charts Official Trending Chart last month and has clocked over 25 million streams on Spotify to date  there is no stopping this multi-faceted star. The South London sensation will be bringing his blend of rap and R&B to the stage with Yxng Bane to cap off a hugely successful year that will no doubt leave listeners watching his next steps intently. Many more performers to be announced. Watch this space.

Stormzy leads the 2017 MOBO Awards nominations with a whopping five nominations for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album for Gang Signs & Prayer, Best Song and Best Video for Big For Your Boots. East London rapper J Hus picked up four nominations for Best Male, Best Album for Common Sense, Best Song for Did You See and Best Video for Spirit. Elsewhere, hotly tipped R&B singer Jorja Smith picks up three prestigious nominations for Best Female, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Newcomer, and Sampha earns nods for Best Male, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Album for his critically acclaimed debut Process.

MOBO Awards arena tickets are on sale now from www.mobo.com and www.firstdirectarena.com  Prices are £22, £35 and £45 excluding handling charges.

VIP packages can be obtained via VIPtickets@mobo.com

The Pre-MOBO Awards Show

The Pre-MOBO Awards Show

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The Pre-MOBO Awards Show

The third annual Pre-MOBO Awards Show will be held in London on Monday 20 November. The red carpet gala event, hosted by YolanDa Brown and China Moses, will be taking place at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, this year. A limited amount of tickets are now on sale through the Boisdale website. Ticket price includes a three-course meal. To book, please visit: http://bit.ly/2zp1R8V .

 

World-class performers confirmed to perform on the night include: neo-soul singer Floacist (one-half of Grammy-nominated duo Floetry), reggae artist Kiko Bun, award-winning French jazz pianist Tony Tixier, jazz/soul singer Zara McFarlane (who won Best Jazz Act in the 2014 MOBO Awards), R&B/soul singer Rachel Kerr (former MOBO Award winner for Best Gospel Act) and soul singer Josh Daniel (who appeared on the 2015 X Factor).

 

Rapidly establishing itself as one of the most eagerly anticipated nights in the calendar for fans of R&B, soul, jazz, blues, gospel music and reggae – The Pre-MOBO Awards Show, last year hosted by Lemar and China Moses, saw unforgettable performances by Ayanna Witter Johnson, Bill Laurance & Mike Aremu, Rumer, Guvna B, Moelogo, Temi Dollface, Volney Morgan & New Ye, and Shaun Escoffery. Highlights include Grammy Award-winning soul music legend Maxwell presenting the Best R&B/Soul Act award to Shakka.

 

The inaugural event in 2015 saw legendary artists like Courtney Pine, Mica Paris and Omar taking the stage. It is, quite unmistakably, an unmissable night for music lovers.

 

Winners for the 2017 MOBO Awards for Best R&B/Soul, Best Jazz, Best Gospel and Best Reggae acts will be announced in the evening.

 

This year’s nominees are:

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT

Supported by Mi-Soul

Craig David

Jorja Smith

NAO

Ray BLK

Sampha

 

BEST JAZZ ACT

Supported by Jazz FM

Cleveland Watkiss

Daymé Arocena

Moses Boyd

Mr Jukes

Terrace Martin

 

BEST GOSPEL ACT

Supported by Premier Gospel

Lurine Cato

Mali Music

S.O.

Triple O

Volney Morgan & New-Ye

 

BEST REGGAE ACT

Aidonia

Alkaline

Chronixx

Damian Marley

Popcaan

 

This year’s Best R&B/Soul Act category (supported by Mi-Soul) is teeming with outstanding world-class British talent. All eyes are on hotly-tipped R&B singer Jorja Smith, who is up for three prestigious nominations including Best Female and Best Newcomer; and Mercury Prize-winner Sampha who is also up for Best Male and Best Album for “Process”. As well as claiming a stake in this highly-coveted category, both Nao and Ray BLK are also nominated for Best Female Act. This is comeback king Craig David’s third nomination in this category – he won Best R&B Act in 2000.

 

This year’s Best Jazz Act category (supported by Jazz FM) is represented by a diverse set of innovative musicians. Critically acclaimed British vocalist and actor Cleveland Watkiss, who has performed with everyone from The Who to Stevie Wonder and Björk, earns his first MOBO nomination. Cuban pianist and singer Daymé Arocena, American producer/multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin, and Mr Jukes (aka Jack Steadman – frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club) also receive a nod. This is London-born Moses Boyd’s second nomination for Best Jazz Act – he previously won the award in 2015 as part of the drum-and-sax duo Binker & Moses.

 

The Best Gospel Act category (supported by Premier Gospel) sees strong competition from London-based vocalist Lurine Cato (who took home this award in 2013), Grammy-nominated singer Mali Music, Nigerian Christian rapper S.O, East London gospel rapper Triple O (who won this award in 2011), and the vibrant group Volney Morgan & New-Ye.

 

This year’s Best Reggae Act category sees strong competition from Aidonia, Alkaline and Chronixx battling it out against Damian Marley and Popcaan, who walked away with the coveted prize last year.

GREGORY PORTER PRESENTED WITH  MOBO OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD

GREGORY PORTER PRESENTED WITH MOBO OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD

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GREGORY PORTER PRESENTED WITH MOBO OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD

Critically acclaimed, American jazz singer-songwriter Gregory Porter has become the first MOBO Award winner of 2017, taking home the MOBO Outstanding Contribution to Music Award last night in front of an intimate audience at London’s Gresham Centre.

 

Gregory Porter said, “I am truly privileged to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award from the MOBOs. It is a great honour and I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my career so far. Nat King Cole was my earliest musical inspiration so it seems fitting that I dedicate this award to him.”

 

Widely recognised as one of this generation’s best male jazz vocalists, the California-born singer and adopted British national treasure has released five studio albums – three of which have been UK Top 10 hits. He won Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2013’s Liquid Spirit as well as his critically lauded album Take Me To The Alley, which became the first jazz record to break into the UK Top 5 in over 10 years in 2016.

 

Porter’s latest album Nat “King” Cole & Me is his highest charting success yet – debuting at No.3 on the UK Album Charts last week to become his third consecutive Top 10 smash in the UK. He was also announced as the biggest selling jazz artist of 2017.

 

He soon launches his new BBC Four TV series Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices with the first episode airing on Friday 17 November and focusing on his favourite vocal showstoppers, celebrating Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Prince, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey and featuring conversations with artists including Dave Grohl, Beck and Adam Lambert.

 

Ever since his debut in 2010, Porter has attracted a loyal and diverse range of admirers from the late Sir Terry Wogan to Disclosure, who collaborated with the singer on their 2015 chart-topping dance hit ‘Holding On’.

MORRISSEY ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE AND NEW LONDON SHOW

MORRISSEY ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE AND NEW LONDON SHOW

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MORRISSEY ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE , EXTRA TOUR DATE AT LONDON PALLADIUM AND FURTHER POP UP SHOP DETAILS REVEALED INCLUDING SIGNED TEST PRESSINGS

Morrissey is proud to announce the release of the second single to be taken from Low in High School. Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up On The Stage is available now on all DSPs and as an Instant Grat.

The 7” version of the single will feature a cover of the classic Elvis Presley track ‘You’ll Be Gone’, which Morrissey has been performing live on his current US tour.

The 7” is available to pre order via HMV and independent record stores.

It can also be revealed today, the previously announced 100 Test Pressings available at the album launch pop up shows, will be signed by Morrissey. They will be available on a first come, first served basis each day. (40 on Friday and 30 on Saturday and Sunday).

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Due to overwhelming demand, a new London has been announced at the London Palladium on 10th March. Tickets go on sale 10am, Friday 10th Nov

February 2018

16th – Aberdeen               BHGE Arena

17th – Glasgow                The SSE Hydro

20th – Dublin                   3Arena

23rd – Newcastle             Metro Arena Arena

24th – Leeds                   First Direct Arena

27th – Birmingham            Genting Arena

 

March 2018 

3rd – Brighton                  Brighton Centre SOLD OUT

7th – London                   Royal Albert Hall SOLD OUT

9th – London                   Alexandra Palace SOLD OUT

10th – London                  London Palladium

 

Tickets on sale here http://gigst.rs/morrissey

The two shops will be in London at Provender Building, Camden Market, NW1 8AH and will open at 8am on Friday 17th  Nov. Los Angeles will be at 8250 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

The shops will be the one of the only physical stores stocking all of the Language Edition coloured LPs and the 7” limited edition boxset. There will also be photo opportunities with special artwork backdrops.

Low in High School will be released digitally and in physical formats: CD, coloured vinyl and limited edition cassette.

Low in High School will be Morrissey’s first studio album since 2014 and his debut for BMG. The album will see BMG partnering with Morrissey on the new release and on the launch of his new label, Etienne Records. Low in High School was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios. The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (who has worked with Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck and The White Stripes to name a few).

Rising to prominence as frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey went on to forge an even more successful career as a solo artist, with all ten of his solo efforts landing in the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including 3 entries at the #1 position. Releasing his debut solo album Viva Hate back in 1988, he has since released a number of critically acclaimed follow-ups including Kill Uncle and Your Arsenal, and hugely successful comeback album You Are the Quarry after a five year hiatus in 2004.

In 2013, Morrissey published his record-breaking autobiography on Penguin Classics, immediately topping the best-seller list with literary reviewers hailing it a masterpiece in writing and prose.

ROB STRINGER, CEO SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, RECEIVES THE 2017 MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD

ROB STRINGER, CEO SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, RECEIVES THE 2017 MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD

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ROB STRINGER, CEO SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, RECEIVES THE 2017 MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD

Rob Stringer, global CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, last night (Monday November 6th) became the 2017 recipient of the highly prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award. Stringer, one of the most well-regarded, respected and successful executives in the worldwide music business, joined the ranks of previous honourees including Roger Daltrey CBE, Sir Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Sir George Martin, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE and Annie Lennox OBE.

 

In a London ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, hosted by BBC radio and television personality Jo Whiley, Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers – an artist and band Stringer signed in 1991 as they were starting out – presented Rob with the award. During the evening, the audience enjoyed performances by Harry Styles, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, George Ezra and Camila Cabello, all chart-topping artists who have worked with the executive during his career.

 

The esteem in which Stringer is held by the biggest names in music was further emphasised as guests viewed a unique tribute film, featuring contributions from such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Celine Dion, John Legend, Pharrell, Solange and Sade.

 

Attendees on the night included Simon Cowell, Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode), Ian Broudie (The Lightning Seeds), Kirsty Young, Steve Norman, Gary Kemp, Paloma Faith, Bring Me The Horizon, Mark Ronson, Laura Whitmore, The Script, Hozier, London Grammar, Damon Hill, Jeff Lynne, Manic Street Preachers.

 

Celebrating its 26th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to benefit great causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by Ingenious, PPL, SJM and Spotify.

 

A lifelong Luton Town Football Club fanatic, Rob started his career in London at CBS Records as a graduate trainee in 1985. Quickly rising through the ranks, he became Managing Director of Epic Records in 1992, and Chairman of Sony Music UK in 2001. During this time, he worked closely with top UK artists including The Clash, Manic Street Preachers, Jamiroquai, Sade and the late George Michael.

 

Stringer went on to be appointed Chairman of Sony Music Entertainment’s Columbia Records in the US in 2008, and can be credited with the label’s recent stratospheric rise. With a label roster boasting some of the world’s most iconic artists, notably AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Pharrell Williams and Bruce Springsteen, Stringer has overseen a number of the most ground-breaking releases of the last decade, including the record-shattering “25” by Adele, Beyoncé’s cutting-edge visual album “Lemonade” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and “Blackstar”, the final studio album by David Bowie, with whom Rob personally worked very closely.

 

Stringer’s most recent accomplishments include contributing to the monumental mainstream success of EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers and, more recently, nurturing Harry Styles’ breakout solo career. Rob was promoted to CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide in October last year.

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

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, in partnership with Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation, is pleased to announce the seventh annual MTV RE:DEFINE benefit, a world-premiere art exhibition, auction, and gala presented by NorthPark Center to take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 in their CenterPark Garden.

 

The evening, featuring an exclusive musical performance and live auction led by Simon de Pury, will be hosted by Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss, and chaired by Maxine Trowbridge and Brooke Davenport to benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Dallas Contemporary.  Often considered one of the most significant British contemporary artists, Tracey Emin is this year’s artist honoree.  She 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.

 

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, Enoc Perez, and Damien Hirst, 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, Francesco Clemente, and Enoc Perez, 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.

MICHAEL BALL AND ALFIE BOE  SMASH ALBUM SIGNING WORLD RECORD

MICHAEL BALL AND ALFIE BOE SMASH ALBUM SIGNING WORLD RECORD

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FIVE CITIES, ONE DAY, HUNDREDS OF SIGNINGS

Two of the nation’s favourite voices, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have received countless prestigious awards, record-breaking sales and chart successes. And now they can add a world record to the list.

 

In celebration of their new album ‘Together Again’, out today 27th October, the duo have journeyed across five UK cities to sign as many albums possible within 24 hours! The race against the clock began in Alfie’s hometown of Blackpool before they hit hmv stores in Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham.

 

To be certain they could smash the record, the pair flew into the capital in a ‘Ball and Boe’ helicopter. They then raced on motorbikes to hmv’s flagship store on Oxford Street, London, to be greeted by hundreds of cheering fans to see them complete their last signings.

 

Of claiming the record, Michael and Alfie said, “We are over the moon to have broken this world record. At one point when we got stuck in traffic near Glossop, and we didn’t think we’d make it!

What a way to spend our album release day. Meeting our brilliant and supportive fans along the way makes the journey 1000 times better.”

 

Michael and Alfie’s first album ‘Together’ was the biggest selling album released in 2016 and reached the coveted Christmas Number One spot that year. The album has reached double-platinum status, with over 600,000 copies sold in the UK. So in Ball and Boe style, the pair set themselves a brand new challenge for their second record.

 

As Ball and Boe reached five cities within 24 hours, they have claimed the record number of public appearances by musical group. The record was held by Irish boy band Westlife, who visited five cities in 36 hours in 2002.

 

The new record attempt comes on the release day of ‘Together Again’, which sees Ball and Boe bring the West End, Broadway and Movie classics back to life on ‘Together Again’. The record features a wealth of hits from a ‘West Side Story’ medley to ‘New York New York’, As If We Never Said Goodbye and Bring Me Sunshine.

 

Still packing an emotional punch, Together Again has a power and precision that’s hard to fault…” Daily Mail

 

“Classics from the screen and stage performed with the charm and charisma you’d expect.” The Sun

 

The second album arrives with the start of a new partnership with Decca Records as the label announced three new signings: Michael Ball joins as a solo artist, Alfie Boe returns as a soloist, and Ball and Boe reunite as a duo.

 

The pair will also be returning to screens for their own ITV Special ‘Ball and Boe Back Together’ on Sunday 29th October, following the huge success of their first special last year. These two vocal powerhouses will take to the stage to perform some of their favourite hits – showcasing their unique blend of extraordinary talent alongside their infectious humour. The show with feature guest appearances from award-winning singer Imelda May, and comedian, actor and singer, Jason Manford.

 

Ball and Boe will be taking their winning formula to arenas across the country later this year, starting in Cardiff on 30th November and concluding at London’s O2 Arena on 14th December.

 

Over his extraordinary 30 year career, Michael’s outstanding performances have made smash-hit box office history. He is a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist, top selling live concert performer and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter.

 

Alfie’s exceptional voice has made him Britain’s most popular and biggest-selling tenor, who has triumphed on theatre stages and in concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic. A Tony award winner, as accomplished in leading the cast of les Miserables as Jean Valjean, as he is stealing the show at the VE Day celebrations at Buckingham Palace or at the Metropolitan Opera House this year as Jimmy in Pete Townsend’s Classic Quadrophenia.

 

The relationship between Ball and Boe began 10 years ago after performing in Kismet at the London Coliseum. It was then that Michael Ball made history as the first musical theatre star to be given a solo concert at the BBC Proms, and asked Alfie Boe to join him. Their instant camaraderie and professional mutual admiration made for the perfect pairing and, to the delight of their hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe, came to fruition when Decca Records released ‘Together’.

 

The album’s double-platinum success is a testament to the popularity and talent of the UK’s finest voices and the momentum shows no sign of slowing with the release of ‘Together Again’.

 

Together Again Track List:

 

  1. West Side Story Medley
  2. As If We Never Said Goodbye
  3. The Prayer
  4. He Lives In You
  5. Evermore
  6. The Rose
  7. Bring Me Sunshine
  8. Some Enchanted Evening
  9. Hero
  10. Not While I’m Around
  11. Stranger In Paradise / This Is My Beloved
  12. You’re The Voice
  13. New York, New York
  14. White Christmas with Bing Crosby

 

DELUXE ONLY

 

  1. You’ll Be Back
  2. Once Upon A December

 

UK Tour Dates:

 

30 NOV – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

2 DEC – Brighton Centre

3 DEC – Bournemouth International Centre

5 DEC – Genting Arena, Birmingham

7 DEC – Manchester Arena

8 DEC – First Direct Arena, Leeds

10 DEC – SSE Hydro, Glasgow

11 DEC – AECC, Aberdeen

13 DEC – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

14 DEC – O2 Arena, London

 

To see the latest updates and videos from the duo please go to: ballandboe.com

ALFIE BOE | alfie-boe.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MICHAEL BALL | michaelball.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

‘Together Again’ is out now:

Signed Fan Edition | CD/DVD | CD

MORRISSEY ANNOUNCES UK TOUR

MORRISSEY ANNOUNCES UK TOUR

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Low in High School Reviews

“Consistently excellent – 4 Stars” Q

’glistening and richly textured beast…partisan powerful and controversial” MOJO

 

BBC 6 Music Live Reviews

“This hour-long set was a joy… Morrissey looked and sounded like a star” The Times ****

 

“It all suggested that next month’s new album, Low in High School, his first in three years, could be classic Morrissey: musically adventurous, witty and political” The Daily Telegraph ****

 

Morrissey is proud to announce his first full UK tour since 2015, giving fans the chance to hear tracks from Low in High School. Morrissey will also play the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

 

February 2018

16th – Aberdeen               BHGE Arena

17th – Glasgow                The SSE Hydro

20th – Dublin                   3Arena

23rd – Newcastle             Metro Arena Arena

24th – Leeds                   First Direct Arena

27th – Birmingham            Genting Arena

 

March 2018

3rd – Brighton                  Brighton Centre

7th – London                   Royal Albert Hall

9th – London                   Alexandra Palace

 

From 9.00am today, Friday 27th October 2017 until 11.59pm on Sunday 29th October 2017, Amazon customers can pre-order Morrissey’s new album to receive exclusive access to tickets for the UK tour before they go on general sale to the public.

ROY ORBISON RETURNS TO THE STAGE IN FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND WORLDWIDE  HOLOGRAM CONCERT TOUR

ROY ORBISON RETURNS TO THE STAGE IN FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND WORLDWIDE HOLOGRAM CONCERT TOUR

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After years of speculation and rumour, audiences around the world will soon be able to witness a true music legend coming back to life before their eyes. In a first-of-its-kind event, a holographic Roy Orbison will once again perform his biggest hits in top venues across the UK backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in this transformative live entertainment concert experience.

 

Roy Orbison In Dreams: The Hologram UK Tour is a mesmerizing touring event that will launch in April 2018. Presented through extraordinary theatrical stagecraft, Roy Orbison In Dreams will recreate the legendary Rock and Roll hall of fame icon through mind-blowing holographic imaging as he performs his greatest hits accompanied by a live symphony orchestra.

 

Alex Orbison, President Roy Orbison Music said “My Dad was one of the first people to combine rock and roll with orchestral sound so to see the full meal deal of having the big orchestra with my Dad is really a dream set up.”

 

Danny Betesh, founder and MD Kennedy Street and Promoter Roy Orbison In Dreams The Hologram UK Tour and who originally promoted shows with Roy in the 1960s said “I’ve been working with artists and live shows since the 60s and it’s immensely exciting to see Roy back on the stage in such a modern and creative way. His music never went away and now fans can enjoy seeing the live show and hearing all those much loved songs.”

 

Universally recognized as one of the great rock and roll legends Orbison’s catalogue includes such chart-toppers as Oh, Pretty Woman, You Got It, Only The Lonely, Crying, I Drove All Night, It’s Over and In Dreams. As Elvis Presley said “Roy was the greatest singer in the world.” Roy was an artist other artists aspired to – as Bruce Springsteen: put it “Most of all I wanted to sing like Orbison. Everybody knows that nobody sings like Roy Orbison.”

 

This tour will allow fans old and new to get the chance to experience one of the most iconic and revered figures in the history of music in a spectacular and thrilling new way as Orbison and his trademark three-octave range voice come back to the stage he commanded for decades.

 

Ahead of this tour, Sony Music will release the album, ‘A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ on November 3rd.

 

Tickets will go on general sale on Friday October 27th at 9am via www.ticketline.co.uk and the individual venues. The tour will then expand to include additional countries around the globe later in 2018.

 

The UK tour dates in April 2018 are:

 

8th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

9th  – Birmingham Genting Arena

11th – Manchester O2 Apollo

12th – Edinburgh Playhouse

13th – Glasgow SEC Armadillo

14th – Leeds First Direct Arena

16th – Nottingham Royal Centre

17th – Liverpool Echo 2

18th – London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

20th – Bournemouth BIC

ALAN EDWARDS INDUCTED INTO THE PR WEEK HALL OF FAME

ALAN EDWARDS INDUCTED INTO THE PR WEEK HALL OF FAME

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Alan Edwards, founder of leading PR agency The Outside Organisation was tonight (Wednesday October 18th) inducted into the PR Week Hall of Fame. Edwards is only the third recipient of this major honour and joins Matthew Freud and Lord Tim Bell as Hall of Fame members.

 

Long-term client Roger Daltrey of The Who presented Edwards with the accolade during the annual PR Week Awards, attended by industry peers from across the public relations world.

 

Roger Daltrey said “From sleeping on the couch in the office when he started work for the great Keith Altham, his enthusiasm and dedication to the job hasn’t changed in 40 years. He’s the guv’ner!”

 

In the course of his 40 year career Alan has represented an eclectic range of clients including the biggest music stars on the planet, corporations and brands, government, royalty, celebrities, charities, events and sports legends.

Alan Edwards said “PR people are storytellers but this is one narrative that I could never have envisaged. I’m proud and excited to receive this award in equal measure so thank you to PR Week and all the clients, colleagues, clients and journalists I’ve worked with across the years.”

 

The award follows Alan and The Outside Organisation having previously been named the Number 1 Entertainment PR Company by industry bible PR Week for an unprecedented third year in a row in 2017.

 

Alan became the only PR operator to exhibit at the prestigious V&A Museum when he staged a unique three week long event reflecting on the evolving role of PR in fashion, culture, media, entertainment, sport and politics.

 

 

From his days representing punk bands in the 70s to working with global superstars, brands and businesses today, Alan has always lived by an ethos of telling compelling stories for his clients in an honest, creative and impactful way.
PRWeek’s editor in chief, Danny Rogers said: “Alan defined entertainment PR in the modern era. He is consistently proud of being in PR and of the compelling stories he narrates for his clients. He forms longstanding relationships with high profile clients and media but, in person, remains relaxed and engaging. All these attributes only shine more brightly in today’s relentless digital age.”

MORRISSEY REVEALS VIDEO FOR SPENT THE DAY IN BED  AND ANNOUNCES ALBUM LAUNCH POP-UP SHOPS

MORRISSEY REVEALS VIDEO FOR SPENT THE DAY IN BED AND ANNOUNCES ALBUM LAUNCH POP-UP SHOPS

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Morrissey reveals the video for Spent The Day In Bed, the first single to be taken from upcoming album Low in High School.

Opening with a tongue-in-cheek scene, long-time fan Joey Barton is seen pushing a deadpan Morrissey around an old school social club in a wheelchair, the video also features the iconic performance artist David Hoyle.

Spent The Day In Bed was filmed at the 142 year-old Peckham Liberal Club and directed by prominent music video director Sophie Muller who has previously worked with Beyoncé, Kings Of Leon, Blur, The Killers and Annie Lennox. It’s the first time she has worked with Morrissey.

The track sees Morrissey slinging out advice to take on the media in classic fashion and recommending to “Stop watching the news because the news contrives to frighten you” suggesting swapping the daily grind commute for a day lying in bed instead.  It’s clear that in 2017 in a world of fake news and scaremongering politics that Morrissey’s voice and biting honesty is needed more than ever.

Morrissey has also today announced two unique pop-up shops to celebrate the release of Low in High School.

Giving fans the chance to ‘Spend The Day In Camden’, the first shop will be open in Camden, London on Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November.  There will also be a second shop on Melrose Ave, Los Angeles.

London will be at Provender Building, Camden Market, NW1 8AH and will open at 8am on Friday 17th  Nov. Los Angeles will be at 8250 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

There will be exclusive media and merchandise available at both stores. More details to follow..

Morrissey debuted tracks from Low in High School for 6 Music Live 2017 at Maida Vale Studios.

“This hour-long set was a joy… Morrissey looked and sounded like a star” The Times ****

“It all suggested that next month’s new album, Low in High School, his first in three years, could be classic Morrissey: musically adventurous, witty and political.” The Telegraph ****

Watch highlights HERE

More live dates to be announced soon…

The album will be released digitally and in physical formats: CD, coloured vinyl and limited edition cassette.

Limited vinyl formats and bundles will be available via the Mporium, with the vinyl in different colours with lyrics and sleeve notes in French (blue), Spanish (transparent orange) and Japanese (transparent yellow). The Mporium will also stock a limited edition 7” box set with clear vinyl.

There is also the opportunity for fans to purchase a limited edition transparent green vinyl from independent record stores and HMV. All vinyls come in gatefold packaging. A limited edition clear 7” vinyl of Spent The Day In Bed will also be available from 27th October and can be pre-ordered now.

Low in High School will be Morrissey’s first studio album since 2014 and his debut for BMG. The album will see BMG partnering with Morrissey on the new release and on the launch of his new label, Etienne Records. Low in High School was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios. The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (who has worked with Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck and The White Stripes to name a few).

Rising to prominence as frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey went on to forge an even more successful career as a solo artist, with all ten of his solo efforts landing in the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including 3 entries at the #1 position. Releasing his debut solo album Viva Hate back in 1988, he has since released a number of critically acclaimed follow-ups including Kill Uncle and Your Arsenal, and hugely successful comeback album You Are the Quarry after a five year hiatus in 2004.

In 2013, Morrissey published his record-breaking autobiography on Penguin Classics, immediately topping the best-seller list with literary reviewers hailing it a masterpiece in writing and prose.

 

“LOW IN HIGH SCHOOL” TRACK LIST

  1. My Love I’d Do Anything For You
  2. I Wish You Lonely
  3. Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up On The Stage
  4. Home Is A Question Mark
  5. Spent The Day In Bed
  6. I Bury The Living
  7. In Your Lap
  8. The Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel
  9. All The Young People Must Fall In Love
  10. When You Open Your Legs
  11. Who Will Protect Us From The Police?
  12. Israel
BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK ANNOUNCE BRUNO MARS

BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK ANNOUNCE BRUNO MARS

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park announces its second headliner for 2018. One of the biggest pop stars of the 21st century, the multiple Brit and Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars.

The multi-platinum superstar will be appearing at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on 14th July 2018, fresh off the back of his ‘24K Magic World Tour’, which spans over 172 shows across five continents in support of his double platinum album 24K Magic. The UK leg of the tour included four critically acclaimed shows at London’s O2 Arena. Now, Mars is set to return to the UK, taking to the Great Oak Stage in Hyde Park with a dazzling visual production and a set-list crammed full of his chart-topping hits.

Mars will be joined by special guest, Khalid. At just 19, he won the 2017 MTV VMA award for Best New Artist, and broke the internet with debut single ‘Location‘. The single, taken from his platinum selling debut album American Teen, amassed over 700 million streams across all platforms, lending to Khalid being Spotify’s most streamed artist in the world for 4 consecutive days. The breakout star recently supported Lorde across Europe with her ‘Melodrama’ tour, plus has announced his first UK headline tour for 2018.

UK reviews for Bruno Mars at The 02

“A full-stack entertainment storm” – The Guardian

“[Mars] has a range of skills that put almost all of his contemporaries and rivals to shame. He concocts supremely catchy, hook-laden hits and moves like a slickly choreographed street dancer” – The Daily Telegraph

“One of the greatest showmen in pop music right now” – London Evening Standard

Just the Way You Are’, the first track from his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, reached number one worldwide, holding the record for the longest-reigning debut format hit. ‘Grenade’ spent two weeks at number one on the UK charts, with ‘The Lazy Song’ becoming the album’s third consecutive single to reach the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Marry You’, has provided the soundtrack for many a marriage proposal, videos of which were quick to go viral via YouTube.

His second album Unorthodox Jukebox was the fastest selling album by a solo male artist in 2012 in the UK, and has sold over six million copies worldwide. Heartfelt lament ‘When I Was Your Man’ peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Elvis Presleythe only male to achieve five number one singles on the chart faster than Mars.

In February 2014, Mars was the first performer under the age of 30 to headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The Hawaiian troubadour returned to the world’s grandest stage in 2015, becoming the only artist to play two Super Bowl shows in three years.

Since his Super Bowl appearance, Mars has been unstoppable. His 2015 mega hit ‘Uptown Funk’ reigned at the top of the UK charts for six consecutive weeks, winning two Grammy Awards including Record of the Year. As of August 2017, it is the fifth most viewed video of all time on YouTube, with over 2.6 billion views to its name. His third studio album, the double platinum 24K Magic, spawned a whole new catalogue of hits, with title single ‘24k Magic’ and ‘That’s What I Like’ certified four times platinum. The 24K Magic World Tour is Mars’ first full-length tour since his 2013’s hugely successful Moonshine Jungle World Tour in 2013, an international blockbuster that sold two million tickets across 155 sold-out dates worldwide.

Mars’ shows are known for bright lights and a star with stellar performance skills and prowess, oozing charm and charisma – all the ingredients required for a spectacular show. When paired with his Mars’ roster of chart-smashing hits across a range of genres, Mars’ headline slot at British Summer Time is set to be one of the biggest shows of the year.

With two huge headliners now announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018, music lovers can expect another phenomenal year from the award-winning festival, all in the heart of London.

On Friday 6th July, music icon Roger Waters will be bringing his Us + Them Tour to the UK for the first time ever. The Pink Floyd visionary is noted for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels and turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale. Waters will be showcasing highlights from his groundbreaking body of work, with songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, Dark Side of The Moon), along with tracks from his critically acclaimed new album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.

Now in its sixth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is 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.

James King, Senior Vice President, AEG Presents comments: “Bruno Mars is unquestionably one of the best live performers of his generation and we’re incredibly excited to have him bring his full production magic to Hyde Park.”

Daniel Mathieson, Head of Experiential Marketing and Partnerships for Barclaycard, says: “It’s our pleasure to welcome Grammy Award-winning Bruno Mars to Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018. As one of the best-selling artists of all time and an amazing live performer, we look forward to seeing him entertain a huge crowd on what will surely be a memorable night. Barclaycard customers can get a head start with exclusive pre-sale ticket access from 9am on Tuesday 17th October.”

Alun MainwaringHead of Events, Filming and Commercial Development at The Royal Parks says: “Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park continues its momentum as the ultimate outdoor event of the summer by announcing another world renowned headliner to appear in this world famous park. Since it began, BST Hyde Park has been attracting the biggest artists on the planet and delighting sell-out crowds – which in turn has helped us to maintain this precious park.”

 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival:

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017

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

AEG/Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter’ at the UK Festival Awards 2016

 

TICKETS

Barclaycard Presale: Tuesday 17th Oct 9am

Amazon Presale: Thursday 19th Oct 9am

General Sale: Friday 20th Oct 9am

£62.50             Guardian Ticket (1 adult + 1 child)

£65.95             Launch General Admission

£75.95             General Admission

£89.95             Priority Entry

£129.95           Gold Circle / Premium View

£179.95           Launch Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden

£199.95           Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden

£249.95           The Terrace

£249.95           Diamond Circle

£429.95           Ultimate Bar Experience VIP Summer Garden

£499.95           Ultimate Bar Experience Diamond

 

*general on sale prices may differ

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SEAL ANNOUNCES 2018 UK TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM “STANDARDS

SEAL ANNOUNCES 2018 UK TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM “STANDARDS

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British soul legend Seal has announced UK tour dates for 2018 in support of his tenth studio album “Standards”. Backed by a big band, the multi-award winning star will be performing songs from the new album, alongside his classic hits ‘Killer’ and ‘Kiss from a Rose’.

In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars.

Standards” brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present. It is a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. “Standards” hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as ‘Luck Be A Lady’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ and ‘It Was A Very Good Year’), Ella Fitzgerald (‘I’m Beginning to See The Light’) and Nina Simone (‘I Put A Spell on You’). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on ‘Smile’ (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, ‘Love For Sale’.

The sound of Seal’s new album is also shaped by three renowned collaborators: Grammy-nominated British producer Nick Patrick (who has worked with luminaries including Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye and enjoyed huge chart success with his pioneering Elvis orchestral albums), multi Grammy-nominated arranger Chris Walden, and legendary engineer Don Murray.

Seal said: “It’s great being back in my home country, and touring with this album is going to be such an experience. We have a full big band – it’s going to be amazing.”

 

TOUR DATES 

February 2018

SATURDAY 10 EDINBURGH USHER HALL

SUNDAY 11 GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL

TUESDAY 13 GATESHEAD THE SAGE

WEDNESDAY 14  MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO

SATURDAY 17 BRIGHTON DOME

SUNDAY 18 BRISTOL COLSTON HALL

MONDAY 19 NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL

WEDNESDAY 21 BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

THURSDAY 22 LONDON PALLADIUM

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MICHAEL BALL AND ALFIE BOE ATTEMPT RECORD-BREAKING SIGNING ACROSS FIVE CITIES IN 24 HOURS

MICHAEL BALL AND ALFIE BOE ATTEMPT RECORD-BREAKING SIGNING ACROSS FIVE CITIES IN 24 HOURS

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Two of the nation’s favourite voices, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are setting themselves the ultimate challenge… to break a world record in celebration of their new album ‘Together Again’, out on October 27th.

 

As thousands of fans across the UK queue to get their hands on a copy, Ball and Boe will race across five cities to sign as many albums as they can in 24 hours! The race against the clock will begin in Alfie’s hometown of Blackpool before they hit hmv stores in Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham.

 

The pair will race across the finish line by flying into the capital in a ‘Ball and Boe’ helicopter, where they will complete their last signing in hmv’s flagship store on Oxford Street.

 

Their first album ‘Together’ was the biggest selling album released in 2016 and reached the coveted Christmas Number One spot that year. The album has reached double-platinum status, with over 600,000 copies sold in the UK. So in Ball and Boe style, the pair are back to achieve another tremendous record.

 

Of the record attempt, Michael and Alfie say, “We are ecstatic (and slightly nervous) to be taking on a new challenge, especially one that allows us to meet fans all over the country! What better way to celebrate the new album?”

 

If Ball and Boe are successful in reaching all five cities within 24 hours, they will claim the record number of public appearances by musical group. The record is currently held by Irish boy band Westlife, who visited five cities in 36 hours in 2002.

 

Access for fans will be granted on a first come first served basis with a purchase of ‘Together Again’ from hmv Blackpool, Manchester, Meadowhall, Nottingham or 363 Oxford Street on the day of the event. Access to each store will be limited and is time dependent.

 

For more info, head to www.hmv.com/hmvlive/michael-ball-alfie-boe

 

The new record attempt will be on the release day of ‘Together Again’, which sees Ball and Boe bring the West End, Broadway and Movie classics back to life on ‘Together Again’. The record features a wealth of hits from a ‘West Side Story’ medley to ‘New York New York’, As If We Never Said Goodbye and Bring Me Sunshine.

 

The second album comes with the start of a new partnership with Decca Records as the label announced three new signings: Michael Ball joins as a solo artist, Alfie Boe returns as a soloist, and Ball and Boe reunite as a duo.

 

The pair will also be returning to screens for their own ITV Special ‘Ball and Boe Back Together’ later this October, following the huge success of their first special last year. These two vocal powerhouses will take to the stage to perform some of their favourite hits – showcasing their unique blend of extraordinary talent alongside their infectious humour. The show with feature guest appearances from award-winning singer Imelda May, and comedian, actor and singer, Jason Manford.

 

Ball and Boe will be taking their winning formula to arenas across the country later this year, starting in Cardiff on 30th November and concluding at London’s O2 Arena on 14th December.

 

Over his extraordinary 30 year career, Michael’s outstanding performances have made smash-hit box office history. He is a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist, top selling live concert performer and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter.

 

Alfie’s exceptional voice has made him Britain’s most popular and biggest-selling tenor, who has triumphed on theatre stages and in concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic. A Tony award winner, as accomplished in leading the cast of les Miserables as Jean Valjean, as he is stealing the show at the VE Day celebrations at Buckingham Palace or at the Metropolitan Opera House this year as Jimmy in Pete Townsend’s Classic Quadrophenia.

 

The relationship between Ball and Boe began 10 years ago after performing in Kismet at the London Coliseum. It was then that Michael Ball made history as the first musical theatre star to be given a solo concert at the BBC Proms, and asked Alfie Boe to join him. Their instant camaraderie and professional mutual admiration made for the perfect pairing and, to the delight of their hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe, came to fruition when Decca Records released ‘Together’.

 

The album’s double-platinum success is a testament to the popularity and talent of the UK’s finest voices and the momentum shows no sign of slowing with the release of ‘Together Again’.

Rogers Waters Brings His Us + Them Tour to Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time!

Rogers Waters Brings His Us + Them Tour to Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time!

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Rogers Waters Brings His Us + Them Tour to Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, kicks off festival announcements for 2018 with another world-class headliner and the promise of yet another legendary night in the park.

Pink Floyd visionary Roger Waters becomes the latest in a long line of era defining artists to grace Hyde Park – one of music’s most spectacular showmen at the greatest outdoor venue in the world.

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.

At Desert Trip in 2016, in the Californian desert, Roger’s performance featured the biggest quadrophonic sound system ever built. His recent sell-out shows have seen some jaw dropping moments – the rising towers of Battersea Power station evoking the cover of the classic Pink Floyd album Animals, the iconic pigs floating over the audience and a Spitfire crashing into the stage.

This new tour 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.

Roger Waters – Us + Them will showcase highlights from Waters’ groundbreaking body of work, with songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, Dark Side of The Moon), along with tracks from his critically acclaimed new album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.

The tour title is derived from the 1974 track “Us And Them,” from the multi-million selling album The Dark Side of the Moon.

A full UK tour is also announced today, as Roger Waters – Us + Them marks Waters’ first European tour since The Wall Live (2010-2013), his sold-out world tour which was seen by more than 4 million fans globally at 219 shows and remains the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history.

After 63 sold out shows in the US and Canada in 2017, Roger Waters ‘Us + Them’ tour will visit Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK in 2018. Head to www.rogerwaters.com for more information.

MOBO Awards Return To Leeds

MOBO Awards Return To Leeds

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MOBO Awards Return To Leeds

The MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its 22nd annual celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday 29 November at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

 

This will be the second time MOBO has hosted the awards in Leeds, following the show in 2015, which was the fastest selling arena, show in recent years. The evening was glittered with highlights fitting of the leading urban music awards show.

 

FKA twigs gave a tantalising, rare performance with her troupe of dancers, Rita Ora collaborated with hotly-tipped South London rap group Section Boyz bringing on stage the Best Newcomer winners to an audience of thousands, Lethal Bizzle opened the show in pure style arriving in a Lamborghini, Best Female Act winner Ella Eyre stopped everyone dead in their tracks with a mesmerising, stripped back performance of ‘Even If’, while international music star CeeLo Green closed the show with a medley of his greatest hits.

 

Elsewhere there were unforgettable moments like Sir Lenny Henry’s breathless Paving The Way award acceptance speech – which swiftly went viral – and also from Leeds’ very own sports champion Nicola Adams, Idris Elba and the night’s big winner, Stormzy.

 

With preparations for the live show spectacular under way, Kanya King, MOBO Founder and CEO, commented: “We are truly excited to return to Leeds – we had an amazing experience here two years ago thanks to all our partners and a very enthusiastic and welcoming audience. I still have people coming up to me saying what an electrifying show it was. Looking at the list of musical talent this year, it promises to be another exciting celebration of the best in urban music”.

 

The MOBO Organisation was founded in 1996 to champion and elevate urban music genres in the mainstream music industry. Since its inception MOBO has consistently offered opportunities and mass media platforms to countless artists in the broadest range of genres including R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae, Grime and African music. As such, MOBO has played an instrumental role in the careers of UK artists like Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Krept and Konan, Stormzy, Kano, Ms Dynamite, Estelle, Emeli Sandé and So Solid Crew to name a few, giving them their very first big platform on their journey to international success.

 

A long list of international artists have also been part of the annual MOBO Awards celebrations over the years including Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson, P Diddy, Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, Dionne Warwick, Tina Turner, Jay Z, LL Cool J and Rihanna.

 

LeedsBID’s (Leeds Business Improvement District) Chief Executive, Andrew Cooper, said: “Following the success of 2015, LeedsBID is delighted to bring the MOBO Awards back to Leeds. This has been a demonstration of the powerful partnerships in Leeds, with businesses and public organisations coming together to amplify Leeds and its diverse cultural offer.”

 

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said: “We are delighted to welcome the MOBO Awards back to Leeds following a very successful event in 2015. It is hugely important that as we bid for European Capital Culture we find every opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity of the city on an international stage and MOBO Awards with its support for emerging artists and world wide reputation for championing music of black origin is a fantastic platform for this.”

 

MOBO Awards arena tickets will go on sale on Friday 29 September at 9:00am from www.mobo.com and www.firstdirectarena.com  Prices are £22, £35 and £45 excluding handling charges.

 

VIP packages can be obtained via VIPtickets@mobo.com

BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS: BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 2017

BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS: BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 2017

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Headlining the first sold out show was the legendary Phil Collins, opening to rapturous applause with “Another Day in Paradise”, followed by “Something Happened On The Way to Heaven” and a Genesis classic “Follow You Follow Me”. After playing what he described as his personal favourite “Wake Up Call” from the album Testify, Collins introduced his son and band drummer Nicholas to the Hyde Park crowd. The 16-year-old followed in his father’s footsteps, nailing the classic “In The Air Tonight” to the delight of the crowd. Ending on a high with “Sussudio”, confetti rained down over dancing revelers, bringing the incredible evening to a close.

Green Day stormed onto the Great Oak Stage to the raucous cheer from 65,000 fans. The Californian trio, made up of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist Mike Dirnt and fluorescent-haired drummer Tré Cool, opened with their thunderous hit “Know Your Enemy”. Billie Joe then handpicked a mega fan from the crowd to lead on vocals and stage dive into the audience.

Before the headlining show, 1980s punk veterans Rancid brought a slice of chaos to the festival. Fresh off the back of their UK and European dates on Green Day’s Revolution Radio tour, they drove fans wild with songs old and new, including “Track Fast” from their latest album Trouble Maker.

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Hyde Park welcomed the classic punk rock attitude of The Damned and Swedish rockers The Hives. They took to the stage to rapturous applause, before belting out classic hits such as “Tick Tick Boom” and “Hate to Say I Told You So”, whilst lead singer  ‘Howlin’ Pelle’ hurled himself into the crowd.

Day Three at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park saw the world’s biggest pop star Justin Bieber bring his phenomenal Purpose World Tour to London for the third sold out show of the weekend.

To the screaming crowds of 50,000 Beliebers, the Canadian superstar began with “Mark My Words” followed by a slick dance routine to “Where Are Ü Now”, taken from the international number one album Purpose. Justin then treated his fans to one of his earlier and most-loved hits “Boyfriend”. As fireworks exploded into the summer sky, Justin and his troupe of dancers burst into a rapid choreographed routine to Purpose hit “I’ll Show You”. With the sun beginning to set over Hyde Park, he told the crowds “Let’s slow it down a bit” and the whole park joined Justin for an acoustic rendition of “Love Yourself”.

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After a hugely successful sold-out first weekend, including headlining shows by Phil Collins, Green Day and Justin Bieber, Open House held their first ever MLB event, with over 20’000 people visiting the park.

The sporting extravaganza saw some of America’s biggest US baseball legends, including Carlos Peña, Cliff Floyd and Shawn Green take part in a quick-fire, big-hitting format of the sport which guest starred England cricket hitters Jos Buttler and Alex Hales.

Fans from across the capital swarmed in to witness the first ever MLB Battlegrounds takeover. Winning team, LA Dodgers were represented by Federico Celli, Shawn Green, Karla Claudio, England cricketer Alex Hales and captained by all-star Cliff Floyd.

Boston Red Sox team featured Gary Davidson, Julsan Karma, Taylor Hoagland, England cricketer Jos Buttler, and captained by Carlos Peña.Federico Celli was the star of the night and awarded the MVP due to his outstanding performance on the night. England cricket stars Jos Buttler and Alex Hales put in a respectful performance having picked up a baseball bat for the first time competitively, delivering a combined 15 home runs between them.

 

“We always aim to bring new and exciting experiences to our Open House events, and MLB knocked it out of the park.” said Jim King, Event Director of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

 

The fourth headline show at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has been a sizzling summer sell-out. Headlined by the iconic Kings of Leon, the line up was formed of rock legends and the hottest alternative bands alike. 55,000 people gathered in Hyde Park to watch the fourth sold out show of the festival.

Kings of Leon stormed onto the Great Oak Stage to raucous applause. The Nashville rock band, formed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew Followill, opened with “Over” from their most recent album Walls before taking it back to their early days with “Slow Night, So Long”.

Before the headlining act, the legendary Pixies turned up the heat with a set full of old classics like “Monkey Gone To Heaven”, “La La Love You” and “Here Comes Your Man”, along with more recent material from their latest record Head Carrier. And the band made sure to give the audience what they wanted with fan-favourite “Where Is My Mind”.

 Massachusetts’ finest rock trio Highly Suspect kickstarted the line up, followed by LA-based indie rockers Local Natives, who boasted a mellow set in the sunshine, including “Fountain of Youth” from their latest album Sunlit Youth.

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Almighty rock stars The Killers headlined the fifth sold-out show at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park today, channeling their megawatt energy to the crowd through an electrifying anthems-filled set. The unbeatable live music event saw 65,000 people gathered in Hyde Park to catch the festival’s fastest-selling show since The Rolling Stones in 2013.

Walking on stage to a blast of pink confetti, The Killers – one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, selling over 22 million records worldwide – made their London live show return tonight in Hyde Park with their first performance in the capital since 2013. Charismatic frontman Brandon Flowers called out to the adoring crowd, “Can you believe its been four years? We need to be reacquainted with each other.”

Critically-lauded Mancunian band Elbow led the crowd through their airborne hits, perfectly matching the cool change that swept through Hyde Park after sweltering summer’s day.

The band – who were accompanied by two violinists on stage – soared on ‘One Day Like This’ with singer Guy Garvey leading the crowd through a tender sing-along of their Ivor Novello-winning hit. Guy appeared to be living for every minute in front of 65,000-strong crowd, excitedly leading the masses into what he dubbed a ‘reverse Mexican wave’. “It’s a beautiful ripple of love,” he said beaming with pride.

 

The sixth and final sold-out show of this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park was headlined by the legendary American rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This was the band’s only European date of 2017, which came to London as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour. This was also only the second time Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have ever played in the UK in nearly two decades.

It was the show loyal fans in Europe have been waiting for, as the band lit up the stage performing massive numbers from their 40-year career, which has to date sold over 80 million records worldwide.

Tom Petty emerged on the Great Oak Stage with The Heartbreakers, embodying every bit of charisma expected of a true rock and roll patriarch. He told the Hyde Park crowd : “To be here on such a beautiful London summer is amazing. We are celebrating our 40th year together so we’re gonna look at this show like a giant record, and we’re gonna drop the needle all over it!”

With that, the band wasted no time launching into their extensive back-catalogue, blasting highlights to an ever eager crowd like, their signature hit ‘Free Fallin’, ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’, ‘I Won’t Back Down’, ’You Don’t Know How It Feels’, ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’, ‘Refugee’ and ‘Learning to Fly’. Much to the delight of festival goers, Tom brought out “honorary band member” Stevie Nicks for a special performance of ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’.

There were also fully-charged performances of newer material like ‘Forgotten Man’, from their latest album Hypnotic Eye, showing the band still has plenty of ammunition for the future.

It was a day for music lovers – delivering a credible mix of outstanding singer-songwriters, rock, folk, country and blues musicians unlike any other in the festival’s history.

The crowd erupted into deafening cheers when the iconic Stevie Nicks graced the Great Oak Stage. One of the most influential rock artists of our time, Stevie has sold over 140 million records worldwide as part of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist.

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