BON IVER TO HEADLINE THE FINAL DAY OF  ALL POINTS EAST 2019

BON IVER TO HEADLINE THE FINAL DAY OF ALL POINTS EAST 2019

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All Points East returns for a stellar second year to Tower Hamlet’s Victoria Park, following a sold-out 2018 debut that established a new and essential music event in central London.

 

And after announcing The Chemical Brothers as the first headliner slot for Friday May 24th 2019, the festival makes its second big announcement for next year with more to follow.

 

2018’s inaugural year saw headline shows from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The National, LCD Soundsystem, Björk, The xx and Catfish and the Bottlemen with an astronomical supporting line up across two weekends of award winning music.

The latest headliner is the iconic Bon Iver, who will close out the second edition of All Points East on Sunday 2nd June – a performance that will be the band’s biggest ever headline show to date. Tickets will go on general sale this Friday at 9am.

 

Since the the cabin-in-the-woods isolation of 2007’s debut LP, For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver have established themselves as one of the most ambitious, creative and genre-defying bands around – with two Grammy Awards and several BRIT nominations to their name.

 

Each release has seen the group, spearheaded by Justin Vernon, reinvent their sound and style, most recently on 2016’s 22, A Million. The album received critical acclaim; frequently appearing on media’s ‘Best Of The Year’ lists, and proved for an equally riveting live performance – best highlighted via their epic eight-night residency at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo.

 

Accompanying Bon Iver on the bill is Mac DeMarco, bringing his trademark ‘jizz-jazz’ and notorious stage antics to Victoria Park. Since his debut LP, Rock and Roll Night Club, the affable Canadian has seen a meteoric rise, releasing three further albums (2012’s 2, 2014’s Salad Days and 2017’s This Old Dog). APE can’t wait to welcome his sun-scorched, laid-back breeziness that conjures up the kind of atmosphere that can only be found in the never-ending days of summer

 

It’s easy to forget, given everything that’s followed, that it was a self-uploaded cover version of a Fleet Foxes song that set Sweden’s First Aid Kit on their way. Quickly eclipsing that YouTube fame, however, the sisterly duo have gone on to record and release four beautifully rich and elegant records in the decade since that initial emergence. A pair of voices as pure as the Nordic air which shaped them.

 

Since the release of his 2010 LP Queen Of Denmark, American singer-songwriter John Grant has rapidly built up a cult following. As well as previous chart success (Grey Tickles, Black Pressure went Top Five in the UK), he’s been nominated for the Best International Male Solo Artist at the 2014 BRITS alongside Eminem and Justin Timberlake and even sung live with Kylie Minogue. Riding a wave of praise from his latest album, the infectious ‘Love Is Magic’ released last month, expect a captivating, poetic and synth-heavy set from the musician.

 

Swedish singer Kristian Matsson AKA Tallest Man On Earth has been regularly compared to Bob Dylan, and it’s easy to hear why – with his passionate, husky vocals bearing a striking resemblance to the legend. But this substantial comparison has not inhibited Kristian, and his new tracks are some of his most compelling to date.

 

Julien Baker first gained attention through her 2015 LP, Sprained Ankle, an album praised for its tender, candid and captivating songwriting that continues to enchant people around the world. Her performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert demonstrated her wonderful live credentials too.

 

Another bright-young prospect on the bill is Matador signee Snail Mail, who Pitchfork described as “emotionally wise, musically clear, and encompasses the once and future sound of indie rock.” Her debut album Lush has cemented her as one of 2018’s breakout stars, with a near sell out UK tour highlighting the hype and excitement for the singer this side of the pond.

 

Congolese collective, KOKOKO! fuse their love of electronic music with African and Arabic sounds, utilising self-designed string instruments and other percussive inventions made from recycled scrap material to produce their high-energy style.

 

East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosted a hugely popular 4-day community focused midweek event last year. Kicking off on the second Bank Holiday Monday, In The Neighbourhood is set to return across the half term week for 2019. Featuring free access to the All Points East site, In The Neighbourhood will host a vibrant programme of activities and entertainment, in collaboration with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. From free Outdoor Cinema, Live Music & Entertainment, Street Food to Pop Up Bars, Theatre, Arts, Sports & Wellbeing, Children’s Activities and much more.

 

A truly unique festival environment, an excellence in production, facilities, hospitality and customer service unlike anything seen before in Victoria Park will underpin the entirety of the 10 day event. From the team behind events such as Barclaycard presents British Summer Time, Hyde Park, and the world’s number one venue The O2, the highest standards will be stamped across every aspect of the event.

 

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Tickets

On sale Friday 16th Nov 9am

Available from – https://Apefe.st/tix
GA: £62.95
VIP: £109.95


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FIRST FRIDAY HEADLINER ANNOUNCED FOR ALL POINTS EAST 2019

FIRST FRIDAY HEADLINER ANNOUNCED FOR ALL POINTS EAST 2019

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Chemical Brothers First Headliner Announced For All Points East 2019

All Points East returns for a stellar second year to Tower Hamlet’s Victoria Park, following a sold-out 2018 debut that established a new and essential music event in central London.

 

Tickets will go on general sale this Friday at 9am.

 

2018’s inaugural year saw headline shows from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The National, LCD Soundsystem, Bjork, The xx and Catfish and the Bottlemen with an astronomical supporting line up across two weekends of award winning music.

 

This year will be kick started by The Chemical Brothers, one of the UK and the world’s biggest dance acts.  Following 2015’s number one album Born in the Echoes (a record sixth consecutive No.1 album for the band) and their recent sold-out weekend of acclaimed shows at Alexandra Palace, they have just released new single ‘FREE YOURSELF’. Already a live favourite, the duo’s first piece of new, original music for two years was also recently named Radio 1’s ‘Hottest Record’ by Annie Mac.

 

The Chemical Brothers live shows have always been legendary and with huge hit singles ‘GO’, ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’, ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ and expectation for even more new music soon, this is one not to be missed.

 

With their first festival announcement for 2019, Hot Chip were last seen celebrating the release of their acclaimed sixth studio album Why Make Sense in 2015, establishing the five piece at their creative peak, while taking their place as one of the UK’s best and most loved live acts. Known for their jubilant shows that sees a roll call of surprise guests join them on stage — including David Byrne, Caribou and Sinkane — their performance at next year’s All Points East is set to be a memorable one.

 

Joining the Chemical Brothers is Primal Scream a band that has demonstrated a savvy for keeping themselves current throughout their 30-year career, unlike many of their peers born out of that era. Their latest album, the mighty synth-pop laden Chaosmosis featured the likes of Sky Ferreira and Haim, while their live performances show no signs of slowing down either. Frontman Bobby Gillespie continues to wield a striking presence, leading his iconic band through their extensive back catalogue from the Mercury Prize winning Screamadelica and Vanishing Point to XTRMNTR and the David Holmes produced More Light.

 

Legendary space rockers Spiritualized returned this year with a new album, And Nothing Hurt, after a six year hiatus, shrouded in their usual air of mystery. The audacious and uncompromising band are revered for their transcendent live shows, with the ever enigmatic leader Jason Pierce’s performances at once poignant and defiant.

 

Swedish electronic adventurers Little Dragon have not only featured on some of the last decade’s best records from Gorillaz, Big Boi, De La Soul and SBTRKT, but are also highly recognised for their own work with 2014’s Nabuma Rubberband receiving a Grammy nomination.

 

All Points East is also thrilled to welcome esteemed hip hop ‘auteur’ Danny Brown to Friday’s line up, who counts Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt among his many collaborators and both appeared on his wildly acclaimed 2016 album Atrocity Exhibition. His cinematic approach to music makes for an intoxicating and atmospheric live show.

 

Tipped by Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z no less, the North London MC Little Simz self released her debut album in 2015. Regularly joined on stage by Kano and Stormzy, her All Points East set will be a hometown celebration.

 

And UK based collective described as “70s Nigerian highlife crossed with LCD Soundsystem”, Ibibio Sound Machine join Friday’s line up with a bang, bringing their diverse blend of electronic Afro-funk to Victoria Park.

 

East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosted a hugely popular 4-day community focused midweek event last year. Kicking off on the second Bank Holiday Monday, In The Neighbourhood is set to return across the half term week for 2019. Featuring free access to the All Points East site, In The Neighbourhood will host a vibrant programme of activities and entertainment, in collaboration with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. From free Outdoor Cinema, Live Music & Entertainment, Street Food to Pop Up Bars, Theatre, Arts, Sports & Wellbeing, Children’s Activities and much more.

 

Executive Vice President, Live Music at AEG Presents, Jim King comments:

“We are thrilled to be returning to Victoria Park for a second year with an artist bill as exciting as our first year.  We’re expanding our programme of free midweek entertainment and again working alongside some of the best local suppliers to produce an incredible ten days of entertainment with something for everyone.”

 

A truly unique festival environment, an excellence in production, facilities, hospitality and customer service unlike anything seen before in Victoria Park will underpin the entirety of the 10 day event. From the team behind events such as Barclaycard presents British Summer Time, Hyde Park, and the world’s number one venue The O2, the highest standards will be stamped across every aspect of the event.

 

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Reviews for All Points East 2018:

 

“All Points East is a love letter to London.” – Noisey

 

“We didn’t think London needed another festival. We were wrong.” – Huffington Post

 

“The inaugural All Points East was a seamlessly run and well-curated affair; it is surely a festival poised to become a significant new mark on the capital’s musical calendar.” – Drowned In Sound

 

“All Points East makes a thunderous debut as London’s new alternative festival.” – The 405

“London’s newest and most ambitious weekender… an onslaught of classic festival names as well as the hottest artists for 2018 filled a choc-a-bloc schedule.” – Clash

 

“Finally, London has its very own Coachella.” – NME

 

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Tickets

On sale Friday 9th Nov 9am

Available from – Apefe.st/tix

GA: £62.95

VIP: £109.95

 

Press Contacts

The Outside Organisation – chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk / jack.delaney@outside-org.co.uk / anna.mears@outside-org.co.uk

TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS RECEIVES MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS RECEIVES MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

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TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS RECEIVES MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

Emma Banks, Co-Head of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) London, tonight became the 2018 recipient of the highly prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award. Banks, one of the most successful and respected talent agents in the business, represents a host of major artists and has paved the way for women across the industry. 

With the award dinner hosted by BBC radio and television personality Alice Levine, the honour was presented to Emma by her long time client and close friend Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

During the evening, the audience enjoyed performances by Florence Welch, Beth Ditto and Texas – all artists who have worked with Emma over the years.

A unique tribute film, featuring contributions from such superstars as Tenacious D, Kylie, Florence Welch, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peter Mensch, Arcade Fire, Hozier, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, HAIM, Charlie Puth, Katy Perry, Kraftwerk, Mike Greek (CAA), Norah Jones, proved the high regard that Emma is held in.

Attendees on the night included Beth Ditto, Bobby Gillespie, Florence Welch, Adrienne Warren, Apl De Ap and Taboo, Nadine Shah, Naughty Boy, Emma Hatton, Sharleen Spiteri, Alice Levine, Mary Portas and The Script. 

Emma follows last year’s honouree Rob Stringer and joins the ranks of previous recipients including Kylie Minogue OBESir Lucian GraingeAhmet ErtegunSimon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE, and Annie Lennox OBE.
 
Celebrating its 27th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to benefit hugely deserving causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by Ingenious, PPL, SJM and Spotify.
 
Emma’s current roster of artists is second to none, including Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, Kylie Minogue, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lorde, among many others. Recent signings include Green DayMuseHAIM and Paramore, proving that even after nearly 30 years in the business, she is still a formidable force.
 
Beginning her career at Wasted Talent (later Helter Skelter), Emma and Mike Greek built the company into one of the premier music booking agencies in Europe, and she was subsequently named Managing Director.
 
On joining leading entertainment and sports agency CAA in 2006, Emma helped establish the agency’s London office and once again set about breaking exciting new talent.  One of Emma’s first signings at CAA was a young Florence Welch, who was playing small venues in London at the time, Florence + The Machine now regularly sell out festivals and arenas across the world.
 
Not content with breaking UK artists, Emma also represents US pop star Katy Perry. Working alongside Katy from her very first UK show at The Water Rats in London to global superstardom and beyond, Emma has played a pivotal role in building Katy’s extraordinary career.
 
In addition to her role at CAA, Emma is chair of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef committee.
 
Emma has received a number of accolades throughout her career, appearing on both Billboard’s Women In Music and International Power Players lists a number of times. She is a seven-time winner of Pollstar’s UK Agent of the Year AwardMusic Week’s Outstanding Contribution award in 2015, was honoured twice by the UK’s Woman of the Year Awards for the Music Industry and in 2015 received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the UK Women In Music Awards. 
 
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New Exhibition Announced For Supersize Art

New Exhibition Announced For Supersize Art

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New Exhibition Announced For Supersize Art

Supersize Art aka Morgan Howell has announced a brand new solo show in London this winter.

The exhibition will take place at Mason’s Yard, St.James’s, London from November  19th until December 1, where there will be new works or sale. Morgani will also be on hand, live painting a new piece whilst listening to old vinyl on some fantastic gear from Audio Gold – Rock up and EXPERIENCE.

Morgan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and in 2010 he was shortlisted and received display notices at The Royal Academy.

Morgan currently shows at Galleries in London and Manchester and his work hangs at BBC Radio 2 and at BBC Radio 6Music. His series of 45RPM paintings are unique, with each single only ever painted once. Many are now owned by the original artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Neil Diamond and Jerry Dammers as well as the music companies themselves.

BON JOVI  announce First UK tour in 6 years

BON JOVI announce First UK tour in 6 years

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BON JOVI announce First UK tour in 6 years

After thousands of sold out shows, it’s clear – Bon Jovi = One Wild Night.

 

One of the planet’s biggest rock bands, Bon Jovi announce their return to the UK, continuing a triumphant world tour that has visited the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile and will hit Japan and Australia later in 2018.  A huge year of 80 shows and counting has also seen them inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Their This House Is Not For Sale European Tour is set to be another blockbuster.

 

Bon Jovi will finish what they started by returning to Wembley Stadium in London, 19 years after they were the last band to play the old Wembley and 13 years since they almost became the first to play the new stadium – until overrunning building works put a stop to that.  ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home?’ as the Bon Jovi hit goes…….

 

Elsewhere in the UK, They will become among the first bands to play Liverpool’s legendary Anfield Stadium since 2008 in a city they last played during their seminal Slippery When Wet tour at the Royal Court Theatre in 1986.

 

They will end the tour at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, where the band performed in 2006 and 2008 to acclaim.

 

“Those huge shows, tens of thousands of people all together as one, that’s what we do,” says Jon Bon Jovi, “And we’ve got a few things to put right by playing Wembley Stadium.  We were so excited to be the first band to play that new Stadium, I would have helped build it myself to make it happen. So we have a new history to write there. We’ve had some great nights at the Ricoh too.

 

“Throw in Anfield as a new venue – OK that’s just us showing off!  We’re honoured to play there and the first thing I’m doing is getting that iconic picture under the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign.”

 

The success of latest album This House Is Not For Sale, which debuted at the top of charts around the world, was the culmination of a tempestuous period in the band’s 3 decade history. A defiant statement, launched in a series of intimate shows in 2016 (including a memorable night at London’s famous Palladium), the album became the jumping off point for a new era for Jon Bon Jovi and his band.

 

And that band has evolved since their last global trip. 2013’s Because We Can World Tour, was their third tour in six years to be ranked the #1 top-grossing tour in the world (a feat accomplished by only The Rolling Stones previously).

 

This will be their first UK tour since 2013 when the band played 3 epic hours to launch the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival and headlined the Isle Of Wight Festival.

 

They will be joined in all UK dates by special guests – Manic Street Preachers.

 

The band now features Bon Jovi originals David Bryan and Tico Torres alongside Jon, plus long time bassist Hugh McDonald, co-producer and co-songwriter John Shanks, multi-instrumentalist Everett Bradley and lead guitarist Phil X, who joined the band on that 2013 tour. All were on stage for an emotional set at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction to add to a momentous year.

 

“We’ve become a new, rejuvenated Bon Jovi,” says Jon, “A refreshed line up that kills every night. We sound better than ever and we’re enjoying every minute. We are out there as a band, feeding off each other and the fans, having the time of our lives all over again.”

 

This tour places the spotlight firmly on the music and the songs, the body of work that has propelled Bon Jovi to over 130 million record sales. The band is ready with a choice of around 95 songs that they can change up every night, but has also been playing all time classics like “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “It’s My Life”, “Wanted Dead Or Alive”, “Bad Medicine”, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”, “Keep the Faith”,  “Always”, “Have A Nice Day” and of course, “Livin’ On A Prayer.”

 

June 19 – Liverpool, Anfield Stadium

June 21 – London, Wembley Stadium

June 23 – Coventry, Ricoh Arena

 

Tickets: www.livenation.co.uk/artist/bon-jovi-tickets

 

 

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THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE 2019 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

May 2019

31 – Russia – Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium

 

June 2019

2 – Estonia – Tallinn, Song Festival Grounds

5 – Sweden – Stockholm, Tele2 Arena

8 – Norway – Stavanger, Viking Stadium

11 – Denmark – Sønderborg, Slagmarken

13 – Holland – Nijmegen, Goffertpark

19 – UK – Liverpool, Anfield

21 – UK – London, Wembley Stadium

23 – UK – Coventry, Ricoh Arena

 

July 2019

3 – Germany – Dusseldorf, Merkur Spiel-Arena

5 – Germany – Munich, Olympiastadion

7 – Spain – Madrid, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

10 – Switzerland – Zurich, Stadion Letzigrund

12 – Poland – Warsaw, PGE Narodowy

14 – Belgium – Werchter, TW Classic

17 – Austria – Vienna, Ernst-Happel Stadion

19 – Austria – Klagenfurt, Wörthersee Stadion

21 – Romania – Bucharest – Piata Constitutiei

An Evening With Eric Cantona

An Evening With Eric Cantona

An Evening With Eric Cantona

One of the most influential footballers of all time takes to the stage in October for a handful of selected UK dates.

From October 24th to November 2nd Eric Cantona plays ten dates only in London, Nottingham, Birmingham , Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin and Salford.

Eric Cantona is known not just for his skilful footwork and adept acting skills but also his timely utterances. He always has something to say – and he never disappoints.

Indeed, his reputation for the enigmatic bon mot has merely added to the lustre of the man that Manchester United supporters still call The King. (They even have their own Cantona song to regale him with whenever he visits the ground – and still regularly sing it when he doesn’t.)

To expect the evening to revolve round football and the inside stories from the clubs he’s played for will be par for the course.  Eric will discuss his favourite players and why, the reason he retired at the peak of his career and what it was about Manchester that he loved. He’ll talk about what it was like making the Ken Loach movie, Looking For Eric.

But Eric Cantona promises to deliver much more. He’ll spill the beans (he’s just not sure yet which ones) and then some. As the man himself says:

“I am really looking forward to coming to the UK to talk onstage. I have lots of stories to tell about my days at the greatest club of all, my beloved Manchester United with the best fans in the world.

 

You can expect a look back at my United career with a replaying of a few of my goals on the big screen and I’ll be sharing what they meant to me at the time.

 

I’ve also got a lot to say about my favorite manager Sir Alex and the five years we spent together, hard to believe it’s over 20 years ago.”

Generally considered to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s master signing, Eric Cantona is thought to be the missing link that transformed Manchester United into the best team of the premier league to date. He became the most popular United player of all time .

Many of his old football friends are expected to attend the shows – and Cantona says he can’t wait.

 

I hope to see many of my old friends while I’m there. And one thing I promise, every night will be a bit different – even I don’t know exactly what I will say.  It’s going to be fun.” 

 

It took five years for promoters A1 Sporting Speakers to persuade Eric to do some shows in February 2017. But now the star says he feels the time is right to return because he enjoyed last year so much.

 

Promoter Terry Baker of A1 explains “We tried to get Eric to do this for years and we were absolutely thrilled when he finally agreed last year. His career has been truly remarkable and we’re delighted to be able to bring him back to Britain this year and give fans the opportunity to spend time with the man himself. It will be a unique insight into one of the greatest players the game has ever known.”

 

With every performance taking the form of an hour’s informal interview each date promises to be informative, revealing and compellingly original – a must for football fans everywhere.

 

Tickets are available at various prices and on sale from all venues, details and standard ticket prices are as follows. (All tickets subject to admin fee.)

 

For all shows there is also a special VIP ticket available for £200 (giving a seat in the front few rows and the chance to have a photo with Eric) and a few very special VVIP experiences for £500. (Providing a front row seat, a champagne reception with Eric and a large professionally taken photo with him, signed and framed.)

 VIP and VVIP tickets are available from www.a1sportingmemorabilia.co.uk and 07973 387294

THOUSANDS OF PARTY-GOERS JOIN REWIND FESTIVAL’S SOLD-OUT 10TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS IN  HENLEY-ON-THAMES

THOUSANDS OF PARTY-GOERS JOIN REWIND FESTIVAL’S SOLD-OUT 10TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS IN HENLEY-ON-THAMES

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OMD, KOOL & THE GANG, KIM WILDE, JASON DONOVAN, JIMMY SOMERVILLE, SHALAMAR and many more stars performed

Twenty thousand people turned up each day of Rewind Festival‘s sold-out 10th birthday celebrations (17 – 19 August) at Temple Island Meadows in Henley-on-Thames, making this the biggest Rewind South yet. Colourful and costumed festival-goers arrived by the boatful to watch music icons like OMD, Kool & The Gang, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Somerville play back-to-back hits on the main stage.

Henley-on-Thames is the birthplace of Rewind. Many of the stars who performed at the very first Rewind returned to the stage this weekend including Midge Ure, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw,  Billy Ocean, Heaven 17, T’Pau, China Crisis, Doctor & The Medics and Toyah Willcox. Since its inception in 2009, the hugely popular 80s music festival has seen over 140 acts perform and grew to include Rewind Scotland in 2011 and Rewind North in 2014.

Funk and soul legends Kool & The Gang headlined Saturday night at Rewind South, getting people of all generations on their feet and dancing to their classics ‘Celebration’, ‘Get Down On It’, ‘Ladies Night’ and ‘Cherish’. Billy Ocean took a moment from his set to pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin with a rendition of ‘I Say A Little Prayer For You’. Screams reached fever pitch when 80s heartthrob Jason Donovan hit the stage to perform his pop hits ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ and ‘Especially For You’. Nik Kershaw is testament that great songs live forever, with ‘The Riddle’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ sounding just as good today as they did the first time we heard it. Nik brought out Chesney Hawkes to duet on ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ before Chesney led the crowd on a lung-busting sing-along to his signature tune ‘The One and Only’.

Midge Ure thrilled with killer performances of ‘Vienna’, ‘Fade to Grey’ and ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’ while Marc Almond took us back with ‘Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go’ and ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’. Shalamar brought a burst of R&B and disco into the mix with ‘A Night to Remember’ and ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, and Howard Jones served up great portions of synth-pop including ‘What Is Love?’ and ‘Like To Get To Know You Well’. Earlier in the day, From The Jam opened the main stage with an electrifying set, quickly followed by The Orchestra (former members of ELO) who got the crowd warmed up with classics like ‘Evil Woman’ and ‘Xanadu’.

On Sunday, Rewind South closed its 10th birthday celebration with a bang. Crowd favourites OMD blazed through a breathless hour-long set of all their best-loved records like ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Tesla Girls’, ‘Joan of Arc’ and many more. It was high spirits and even higher notes with Jimmy Somerville and the Rewind Big Band getting the crowd dancing to ‘Smalltown Boy’ and disco classics ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ and ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, which he performed with Sarah Jane Morris of The Communards. Pop-rock queen Kim Wilde was a force of nature, strutting across the main stage with ‘Kids in America’, ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ and ‘Pop Don’t Stop’ from her new album “Here Come The Aliens”. Roachford, China Crisis and Paul Carrack provided the perfect soundtrack to a summery Sunday afternoon. Carrack performed classics from his illustrious career including ‘Over My Should’ (Mike + The Mechanics) and ‘Tempted’ (Squeeze). Elsewhere Heaven 17, Roland Gift, T’Pau, Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Doctor & The Medics kept the hit machine going.

Ten thousand campers turned up to Temple Island Meadows for Rewind’s three-day celebration. The Riverside Stage was a popular hot spot with Neville Staple performing on Friday night, and The Best of Wham! and the Rock Choir on Saturday and Sunday. The Forever Stage hosted comedy by Milton Jones, Vikki Stone and David Morgan, as well as Rhythm of the 90s and a DJ set by Martin Kemp on Sunday night. Inside the Disco Den, the Ultimate Silent Disco, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, Musical Bingo, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco and Guilty Pleasures Presents! were also big hits.

The blissful weekend was compered by Toyah Willcox and The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics with DJ Massaoke keeping the tunes and sing-alongs going strong between the main stage performances, getting everyone hyped with some of the biggest 80s hits. Festival-goers also enjoyed a selection of local craft beers from the Ale Collective stand, merry tunes in the Cocktails & Keys piano bar, and yoga sessions in the relaxing Unwind zone.

Rewind Festival returns in 2019 at the following dates: Rewind Scotland (Scone Palace, Perth) 19 – 21 July, Rewind North (Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire) 2 – 4 August, and Rewind South (Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames) 16 – 18 August.

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THE JACKSONS, OMD, MARC ALMOND, BILLY OCEAN AND MANY MORE STARS BRING THE PARTY TO REWIND NORTH, CHESHIRE

THE JACKSONS, OMD, MARC ALMOND, BILLY OCEAN AND MANY MORE STARS BRING THE PARTY TO REWIND NORTH, CHESHIRE

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THE JACKSONS, OMD, MARC ALMOND, BILLY OCEAN AND MANY MORE STARS BRING THE PARTY TO REWIND NORTH, CHESHIRE

The Jacksons, OMD, Marc Almond, Billy Ocean and many more stars brought the party to Rewind North in celebration of the festival’s 10th anniversary. More than 15,000 people turned up to Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire over the weekend, rocking colourful and iconic looks from the 80s. This is the festival’s fifth year on the tranquil country estate with its biggest turn out yet.

Saturday night’s headliners The Jacksons showed why they are still the ultimate showmen, dazzling with great energy and even more dazzling jackets. The hit-filled set included ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Blame It On The Boogie’, ‘Rock With You’ and a nod to their late father Joe and brother Michael with an emotional performance of ‘I’ll Be There’. Elsewhere, the big hits kept coming with Marc Almond taking us back with ‘Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go’ and ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ – with a few fans spotted in the crowd rocking pink flamingo outfits. Billy Ocean, who was recently honoured with a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement, put on a joyous show with highlights such as ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car’, ‘Caribbean Queen’ and ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’.

The Undertones opened the main stage on Saturday with fiery energy, rocking out to ‘Teenage Kicks’ as the temperature soared. The afternoon continued with a diverse live music line up featuring Leo Sayer, Howard Jones, Kim Appleby, Tiffany, Captain Sensible, The Fizz and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel pumping out non-stop hits.

The North West’s very own synth-pop maestros OMD headlined the final night, bringing home wall-to-wall crowd favourites like ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Tesla Girls’, ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘Electricity’ and many more. Elsewhere, continuing the strong theme of electronic music icons, Midge Ure thrilled with killer performances of ‘Vienna’, ‘Fade to Grey’ and ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’, while Heaven 17 matched him with their equally beloved hits ‘Temptation’, ‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’ and their rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’.

The unstoppable force that is Bonnie Tyler led the crowd on a lung-busting sing-along to her epic hits ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ and ‘Total Eclipse of The Heart’. The seven-member group of Concert Signers, led by Jen Hughes, joined Bonnie on stage to sign along to her hit ‘It’s A Heartache’ for the deaf and hard of hearing. There was plenty of delectable soul and disco-funk tunes to soundtrack the Sunday afternoon, with Hue & Cry kicking off the main stage action with ‘Looking for Linda’ and ‘Labour of Love’ followed by Soul II Soul – led by Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler – taking Rewinders out of their euphoric throwback weekend and ‘Back to Life’. The blistering hot day in Cheshire was also soundtracked by rocking performances by The Boomtown RatsDoctor & The Medics and Wendy James of Transvision Vamps.

More than 6,000 campers arrived at Capesthorne Hall on Friday when Roachford took to the Forever Stage to perform. The Forever Stage, with its own dedicated bar, continued to host a variety of entertainment over the weekend, with comedy by Milton Jones, Mick Ferry and Mrs Barbara Nice, as well as Magic NostalgicRay Guns Look Real Enough, Rhythm of the 90s, Eight Ray Music Presents! and the Rock Choir. Inside the Disco Den, Norman Jay MBE treated party people to an irresistible Northern Funk and Soul set while the Ultimate Silent Disco, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, Musical Bingo, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco and Guilty Pleasures Presents! were also big hits.

The blissful weekend was compered by crowd favourite The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics with DJ Massaoke keeping the tunes and sing-alongs going strong between the main stage performances, getting everyone hyped with some of the biggest 80s hits. Festival-goers also enjoyed a selection of local craft beers from the Ale Collective stand, merry tunes in the Cocktails & Keys piano bar, Crazy Golf, and yoga sessions in the relaxing Unwind zone.

Rewind Festival completes its epic 10th anniversary celebration at Rewind South (17 – 19 August) at Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames. Kool & The Gang, OMD, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Somerville and more will be performing – with Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kempdoing a special 80s DJ set, and comedy by Milton JonesVikki Stone and David Morgan in the Forever Stage on Sunday. Tickets and full line up available at rewindfestival.com .

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Truck Festival’s 21st year was the longest and best yet

Truck Festival’s 21st year was the longest and best yet

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2018’s Truck Festival ended with a bang and applause as an impressive fireworks display lit up Hill Farm following an astounding performance from Sunday night headliners The Courteeners and a brilliant full weekend of music throughout the festival. The event celebrated its 21st anniversary in style with one of the most incredible lineups in the festivals history which saw Friendly Fires and George Ezra also pulling in the crowds topping the bill on the main stage Friday and Saturday.

It was also the first time in its existence, that the Oxfordshire festival opened its gates an extra day early to avid festival goers on the Thursday – offering an extra day of music and entertainment to kick off the event in style with Thursday headliners coming from Birmingham’s Peace, who took full advantage of their opportunity to be a part of Truck’s history with a scintillating performance in the Market Stage.

Elsewhere off the main stages The Barn which has been a Truck Festival stage since day one and is one of Hill Farm’s most prominent features was taken over by This Feeling one of the UK’s most popular rock’n’roll club nights. The dark, rustic confides of the venue perfectly complimented the raw, fervent acts on show throughout the weekend, a perfect breeding ground for the youthful crowd to continue dancing to the early hours, even Game Of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead Wright was spotted letting loose throughout the weekend. 

REWIND FESTIVAL’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS KICK OFF IN SCOTLAND

REWIND FESTIVAL’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS KICK OFF IN SCOTLAND

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STATUS QUO, OMD, BONNIE TYLER, UB40, THE BOOMTOWN RATS, KICK OFF REWIND FESTIVAL'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN SCOTLAND

Status Quo, OMD, Bonnie Tyler, UB40, The Boomtown Rats, and a host of beloved music stars kicked off Rewind Festival‘s 10th anniversary celebrations over a blissful, warm weekend in Scotland. More than 15,000 dedicated fans joined the party at the historic Scone Palace in Perth from 20 to 22 July, reliving the biggest hits and fashion statements from the 80s. This party continues this weekend at Rewind North in Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire from 3 to 5 August.

Electronic music maestros OMD headlined Rewind Scotland on the Saturday night, treating the crowd to massive tunes from their four-decade spanning career including favourites ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Electricity’ and ‘If You Leave’. Gipsy Kings brought their flavoursome blend of flamenco and pop sounds, sending hips swaying en masse to their 1987 smash ‘Bambeleo’.

There was no better act to kick off the weekend at Rewind Scotland than Fife punk rockers The Skids, who took to the main stage and got fists pumping to their fiery anthems like ‘Into The Valley’ and ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’. This is the band’s Rewind debut after releasing their first album in 37 years earlier this year. Frontman Richard Jobson took one look at the thousands of colourful ‘Rewinders’ and said, “We were going to wear some lycra but it wouldn’t fit over our stomachs”.

In one vibrant, genre-spanning Saturday afternoon, festival goers danced and sang their hearts out to hits by Howard JonesRoland Gift and TiffanyKim Appleby pumped out fluorescent Stock Aitken and Waterman-styled bangers like ‘Respectable’ and ‘Showing Out (Get Fresh To The Weekend)’. She told the crowd: “This is my first time singing our songs for Rewind. I have to make my sister proud and to bring you guys joy”. The Weather Girls’ Martha Wash kept the energy high with their disco hit ‘It’s Raining Men’, bringing with her a gust of the Highlands wind for added effects.

Legendary rockers Status Quo closed Rewind with a bang on Sunday night with a breathless set of unforgettable hits. 2018 marks 50 years since the release of The Quo’s debut album and they are going strong as ever. The band, who played Rewind Scotland for the first time, has clocked up over 60 UK chart hits – more than any other rock band. Francis Rossi led ‘Rewinders’ into a lively sing-along to anthems like ‘Whatever You Want’, ‘In The Army Now’, ‘Caroline’, ‘Something ‘Bout You Baby I Like’ and ‘What You’re Proposing’.

Adding to what is unquestionably one of the strongest and most musically diverse Sundays at Rewind Scotland yet were stellar performances by Bonnie Tyler, The Boomtown Rats, Midge Ure, UB40, Heaven 17, Hue & Cry, Imagination and The Selecter.

The unstoppable force that is Bonnie Tyler also made her Perth debut, letting rip with ‘Total Eclipse of The Heart’ and ‘Holding Out For A Hero’. The Boomtown Rats – led by Bob Geldof – dropped a fiery and politically-charged set that got the whole crowd jumping. Synth-pop icons Midge Ure and Heaven 17 thrilled with killer performances of ‘Vienna’, ‘Fade to Grey’ and ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’, and ‘Temptation’ respectively. Reggae pop hitmakers UB40 provided the perfect soundtrack to a warm summer’s day with ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ and ‘Kingston Town’ while The Selecter brought 2 Tone/ska to the mix. Scotland’s own blue-eyed soul icons Hue & Cry opened the main stage with crowd-pleasers ‘Looking for Linda’, ‘Ordinary Angel’ and ‘Little Man’.

Love was certainly in the air at Scone Palace with two official weddings and a marriage proposal taking place at Rewind Scotland. Michelle Slater and William Colville won a Rewind competition to have their wedding officiated at the hugely popular inflatable chapel while the biggest music stars of the 80s were on stage. On the Friday night, mere hours after Rewind opened its doors to weekend campers, Donna and Joe Milligan also tied the knot on site. On the Sunday afternoon between UB40 and Imagination’s set, Caroline Brown proposed to Christine Mowbray on the main stage. Caroline had convinced Christine that they had won a competition to watch performances from the side of stage when it was revealed that she would actually ask Christine to marry her (she said ‘yes’).

On the Forever Stage, Rewind hosted a comedy line up of Reginald D HunterDaisy Earl and Janey Godley. There was also roof-raising entertainment by HipswayMagic NostalgicRay Guns Look Real Enough, Rhythm of the 90s, Eight Ray Music Presents! and a Rock Choir. Inside the Disco Den, festival goers got involved with UV Ceilidh, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, Musical BingoUltimate Silent Disco, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco, and Guilty Pleasures Presents!.

Between live performances on the main stage, DJ Massaoke kept the crowd’s energy high with lung-busting sing-alongs to some of the biggest 80s hits. Festival-goers also enjoyed a selection of local craft beers from the Ale Collective stand, merry sing-alongs in the Cocktails & Keys piano bar, Crazy Golf, and yoga classes in the relaxing Unwind zone.

Rewind Festival continues its epic 10th anniversary celebrations at Rewind North this weekend (3 – 5 August) at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, and Rewind South (17 – 19 August) at Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames. The Jacksons, Billy Ocean, The Boomtown Rats, Bonnie Tyler, Leo Sayer, Soul II Soul and more will play Rewind North. Kool & The Gang, OMD, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Somerville and more will be playing Rewind South. Tickets and full line up available at rewindfestival.com .

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 Closes with the great Paul Simon

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 Closes with the great Paul Simon

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 Closes with the great Paul Simon

After six amazing days of music spanning from pop megastars in Bruno Mars to rock royalty The Cure, the final show of this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park was headlined by the great Paul Simon – performing the farewell date of his last tour, ‘The Farewell Performance’ (outside of North America).

 

The anticipation in the crowd was palpable. After an epic seven-decade career, Paul Simon was soon to play the last show in his farewell tour to a packed-out Hyde Park. The shaded figure marched onto the stage and struck the opening chords of “America” – one of the many iconic hits from Simon & Garfunkel.

 

Simon and his note-perfect band proceeded to play an inspiring 26-track set, ranging from Graceland’s “The Boy In The Bubble” and “Diamonds On The Sole Of Her Shoes” to Stranger To Stranger’s “The Wristband”. Each song seemed to top the last, with Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 track “Bridge Over Troubled Water” echoing back to the stage by the thousands of onlookers.

 

It was fitting that Simon closed his tour and our festival with a stunning “Sound Of Silence”, solo on acoustic guitar, the huge crowd hushed with emotion, breaking into deafening applause.

 

Gracing the Great Oak Stage before Paul Simon was fellow singer songwriter James Taylor – an American folk-rock hero with 100+ million records sold worldwide and five Grammys to his name. The gorgeously staged “You’ve Got A friend” received the biggest cheer of approval, closely followed by other classics including “Carolina In My Mind”, “Shed A Little” and “Shower The People”.

 

“I’m now going to play you a song I played for Paul McCartney and George Harrison”, said Taylor before performing “Something”. “The Beatles had just started their own record label and were looking for people to record – I just happened to be in the right place in the right time. It was an amazing stroke of good fortune as is everything that has happened since, certainly leading up to this amazing day in front of this amazing audience.”

 

Bonnie Raitt demonstrated why she is considered by many as one of the greatest singers and guitarists of all time as she delivered a heartfelt performance to a packed stage. “I love playing these club shows, Bonnie deadpanned, as she worked her way through her extensive back-catalogue.

 

“Woo! It’s aptly named this one”, she said with a chuckle before breaking into an inspiring rendition of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House”, one of the closing day’s defining moments.

 

Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit maintained the folksy vibes of the day with a stirring set on the Great Oak Stage, backed by mesmerising mushroom visuals. Frontman Flynn’s flawless vocals were the main attraction, as they worked their way through tracks from 2017’s Sillion as well as from Flynn’s other albums.

 

British country-pop duo Ward Thomas performed last year on the Barclaycard Stage, and sounded even more impressive on the main stage this time round, treating Hyde Park attendees to a sneak peak of some of their new music such as “No Filter” and well-known tracks like “Carry You Home”.

 

Opening the Great Oak Stage was South Coast rockers Wild Front. Their shimmering live rendition of “Rico” was the perfect way to kick off the final day of music, with the laidback, mellow harmonies appreciated by all the early festival goers soaking up the sun.

The final day at the Barclaycard Stage also impressed, with America’s Sarah Darling kicking off the proceedings, also featuring the melodious Jesca Hoop, three-time Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin and former Keane frontman Tom Chaplin – oozing class as he played tracks off his 2016 album The Wave as well as Keane favourites such as “Somewhere Only We Know”.

The Summer Stage welcomed the guitar-tinted sounds of Blueprint Blue, Dublin rock band Keywest, London quintet Night Flight and Callaghan – driving home an unmissable set with her stunning vocals and gripping songwriting.

 

Well known fans included – Daisy Ridley, Jimmy Carr, David Walliams, Dustin Hoffman, Pierce Brosnan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noel Gallagher, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Johnny Vegas, Tim Healy, Bob Geldof, Steve Diggle.

 

And with that, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 comes to an end.  Thank you to all the amazing artists, fans and media who enjoyed the music, sun and even football. See you next year!

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

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

 

Carrie Underwood:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.classicbrits.co.uk

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Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

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Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

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

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

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

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

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

Sound of Classical Poll 2018 Shortlist

1. Carly Paoli – mezzo soprano

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

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

2. Ember Trio – string trio

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

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

3. George Harliono – Pianist

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

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

4. Jess Gillam – classical saxophonist

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

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

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

5.  Sean Shibe – classical guitarist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.classicbrits.co.uk

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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The Outside Organisation

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