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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The UK tour dates in April 2018 are:

 

8th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

9th  – Birmingham Genting Arena

11th – Manchester O2 Apollo

12th – Edinburgh Playhouse

13th – Glasgow SEC Armadillo

14th – Leeds First Direct Arena

16th – Nottingham Royal Centre

17th – Liverpool Echo 2

18th – London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

20th – Bournemouth BIC

ALAN EDWARDS INDUCTED INTO THE PR WEEK HALL OF FAME

ALAN EDWARDS INDUCTED INTO THE PR WEEK HALL OF FAME

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ALAN EDWARDS INDUCTED INTO THE PR WEEK HALL OF FAME

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

URBAN POP ARTIST’S NEW COLLECTION “LHOUETTE BEYOND”

URBAN POP ARTIST’S NEW COLLECTION “LHOUETTE BEYOND”

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Luton-born artist Lhouette unveils his stunning new Beyond collection this week. His visually arresting and anarchic artworks have been attracting attention worldwide.

 

Lhouette’s rise has been nothing short of phenomenal since he first began to explore the world of visual art: he has exhibited at the Houses of Parliament, signed a management deal with Outside Organisation (who have represented the likes of David Bowie, Spice Girls, The Who and Blondie) and earlier this year was hand-picked by Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake to exhibit his Post Urban Glamour collection at one of London’s foremost art venues, 45 Park Lane.

 

Lhouette’s designs have even caught the eye of the Hollywood elite – Antonio Banderas recently snapped up the Mach 5 creation from the new Lhouette Beyond collection. Other famous fans include the Khayami Family, Ronan and Storm Keating and Formula One engineering genius Adrain Newey OBE.

 

Having recently moved into a new studio in the Bedfordshire countryside, Lhouette has been working on the exciting new limited edition boutique collection Emergency Credit as part of his Beyond collection consisting of 20 prints and 5 artists proofs which are heavily embellished by the artist with aerosol and diamond dust, set in hand painted frames, each unique in colour, with 24 carat gold gilded inner trays.

Original and sculptural works amongst this collection include Tokyo Dreaming, Drop The Bomb and Mach 5.

 

Lhouette’s distinctive artwork is built around a series of juxtapositions – with trademark fusions of urban street art and pop culture iconography. Lhouette first drew inspiration from East London’s street art scene, appreciating the culture as a self-taught art form. Elements and references to Lhouette’s childhood and travels can be seen in the new collection with the use of bold images intertwined with everyday images and symbols such as the use of cartoon characters and the ‘Happy Shopper’ motif. The striking binary between the old and new and the raw and the refined, is the major juxtaposition inherent to Lhouette’s work.

 

Lhouette said of the new collection: “My techniques originate from self-taught graphic design & stencil practices. I have tried to retain that essence as I’ve developed the Lhouette Beyond collection and I’m extremely proud to announce the first published print edition entitled ‘Emergency Credit’ as well as images of new original works. The reaction we have already had to the new work has been fantastic and I look forward to further exciting projects we have coming up in the not so distant future”.

 

With Lhouette showcasing some of his best work in the new collection, it is without doubt that the young Luton native has become one of the most exciting figures on today’s art scene – whose potential knows no limits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch highlights HERE

More live dates to be announced soon…

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

“LOW IN HIGH SCHOOL” TRACK LIST

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

BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK ANNOUNCE BRUNO MARS

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

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

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

UK reviews for Bruno Mars at The 02

“A full-stack entertainment storm” – The Guardian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014

‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013

‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

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

 

TICKETS

Barclaycard Presale: Tuesday 17th Oct 9am

Amazon Presale: Thursday 19th Oct 9am

General Sale: Friday 20th Oct 9am

£62.50             Guardian Ticket (1 adult + 1 child)

£65.95             Launch General Admission

£75.95             General Admission

£89.95             Priority Entry

£129.95           Gold Circle / Premium View

£179.95           Launch Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden

£199.95           Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden

£249.95           The Terrace

£249.95           Diamond Circle

£429.95           Ultimate Bar Experience VIP Summer Garden

£499.95           Ultimate Bar Experience Diamond

 

*general on sale prices may differ

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MUSIC GATEWAY ANNOUNCES HOST OF NEW FEATURES AND GROUNDBREAKING PARTNERSHIP WITH proTunes

MUSIC GATEWAY ANNOUNCES HOST OF NEW FEATURES AND GROUNDBREAKING PARTNERSHIP WITH proTunes

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MUSIC GATEWAY ANNOUNCES HOST OF NEW FEATURES AND GROUNDBREAKING PARTNERSHIP WITH proTunes

Music Gateway (www.musicgateway.net), the first all in one digital management tool for the music industry, has partnered with global music services giant proTunes. Concurrently, the Music Gateway website enters a new chapter with a host of additional features and digital innovations.

 

Music Gateway allows members to manage their music projects in one place. Singers, musicians, songwriters, advertising agencies, music supervisors, labels and publishers can collaborate, connect, pitch and license work. Founded by music industry veteran Jon Skinner, the company counts Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics) amongst its investors and board members.

 

Currently, the music industry is working with tools that were not purpose built and switching between multiple methods. Music Gateway will change that by offering

 

  • A file storage system built specifically to meet the needs of the music industry, with bespoke tools including metadata management

 

  • An Audio Library view making it easy to search and find music to pitch

 

  • An app allowing members to manage their projects on the move

 

proTunes global sync platforms provide solutions to the music and advertising industries for music discovery, licensing and royalty tracking. The proTunes platform, MusicLink, is exclusive to the Omnicom Group, which accounts for over 22% of the world advertising market. Music Gateway members get automatic access to all proTunes platforms and thus global advertising opportunities.

 

Jon Skinner, Founder and CEO Music Gateway said, “We are here to grow and nurture the careers of our members through this partnership and the Music Gateway service as a whole. Our new features will make mean our members have more time to be creative and more opportunity to connect with the right people.”

 

Dave Stewart said “It’s all about opportunity and access to people that can really make a difference to someone’s career. It’s great to be on board and see how Music Gateway helps the industry thrive.”

 

Bobby O’Reilly, CEO proTunes said, “We are delighted to welcome Music Gateway on-board. Jon and his team have reinvented the wheel and made it better. Their digital management tools provide much needed solutions for creatives in a very competitive marketplace. We look forward to bringing opportunities to Music Gateway members.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

TOUR DATES 

February 2018

SATURDAY 10 EDINBURGH USHER HALL

SUNDAY 11 GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL

TUESDAY 13 GATESHEAD THE SAGE

WEDNESDAY 14  MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO

SATURDAY 17 BRIGHTON DOME

SUNDAY 18 BRISTOL COLSTON HALL

MONDAY 19 NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL

WEDNESDAY 21 BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

THURSDAY 22 LONDON PALLADIUM

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roger Waters is famous for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels, turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale.

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

This new tour promises to be no exception, following months of meticulous planning and craft, it will inspire crowds with its powerful delivery to take the audience on a musical journey.

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

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

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

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

MOBO Awards Return To Leeds

MOBO Awards Return To Leeds

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

VIP packages can be obtained via VIPtickets@mobo.com

THREE SUPERSTARS OF THE WEST END COME TOGETHER FOR A SPECIAL ALBUM OF MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSICS

THREE SUPERSTARS OF THE WEST END COME TOGETHER FOR A SPECIAL ALBUM OF MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSICS

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Direct from the West End comes a unique union of three celebrated queens of musical theatre: Amber Riley (“Dreamgirls”), Beverley Knight (“The Bodyguard” and ”Memphis”), and Cassidy Janson (“Beautiful”). This is Leading Ladies.

The trio has announced “Songs From The Stage” – an album of unforgettable songs from great musicals like “Hamilton”, “Cats”, “Rent”, “Dreamgirls”, “Funny Girl”, “The Bodyguard”, “Memphis” and “Beautiful” and many more. “Songs From The Stage” will be released on 17 November 2017 through East West Records (Warner).

 

Amber, Beverley and Cassidy had become friends after seeing each other’s shows, so it was no surprise that the three performers leapt at the opportunity to do an album together. The creative journey was nothing short of a joyous and bonding experience for the ladies when they caught up to share their favourite songs and the personal stories that coloured them.

 

The Leading Ladies said: “We all knew we’d have so much fun making a record like this. Every track means something to us – whether it had been from a show one of us had done or from musicals we love. There were so many beautiful songs to choose from, it was near impossible to shortlist to one album. We have absolutely enjoyed singing together and hopefully, you will be able to see us together on stage soon.”

 

“Songs From The Stage” is produced by Grammy Award-winning British producer Brian Rawling, who has worked with chart-topping artists such as Cher, Tina Turner and Lionel Richie.

 

“Songs From The Stage” tracklisting

  1. One Night Only (“Dreamgirls”)
  2. Seasons of Love (“Rent”)
  3. I’m Every Woman (“The Bodyguard”)
  4. You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman (“Beautiful”)
  5. Wind Beneath My Wings (“Beaches”)
  6. Helpless (“Hamilton”)
  7. Memory (“Cats”)
  8. Somebody to Love (“We Will Rock You”)
  9. Falling Slowly (“Once”)
  10. Love Will Stand (“Memphis”)
  11. Raise The Roof (“The Wild Party”)
  12. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (“Beautiful”)
  13. Don’t Rain On My Parade (“Funny Girl”)
  14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (“Meet Me in St. Louis”)

 

Each of the Leading Ladies are accomplished stars of stage, music and screen in their own right.

 

Amber Riley – already a globally-renowned star from her six-year stint in the hit TV musical series “Glee” – made her transformation into a bonafide theatre star in November last year with her West End debut. Her portrayal of Effie White in “Dreamgirls” earned her Olivier and What’s On Stage awards for Best Actress in a Musical this year. Amber also has a Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones in “Glee” and has starred in stage productions of “Hair” and “Cotton Club Parade”.

 

Beverley Knight, Britain’s Queen of Soul, is a three-time MOBO Award-winning recording artist with platinum and gold-selling albums under her belt. Over the past four years, Beverley has locked down the West End with headlining roles in “The Bodyguard”, “Memphis The Musical” – which earned her an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in A Musical in 2015 – and “Cats”, playing Grizabella. Beverley made her journey back to Memphis last year to record her eighth studio album “Soulsville”, which went straight into the Top 10 of the album charts last summer and celebrates the sounds and legacy of the city that gave us music greats like Al Green and Aretha Franklin.

 

Cassidy Janson is no stranger to the West End having recently wrapped her glorious two-year stint playing Carole King in the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning musical based on her life: “Beautiful”. The leading role also earned Cassidy a chance to duet with Carole King on stage at the legendary songsmith’s sold-out show at British Summer Time Hyde Park in 2016. Prior to that, Cassidy had played the iconic Elphaba with the original London cast of “Wicked”.

MASTERS OF DANCE-POP GALANTIS ARE BACK

MASTERS OF DANCE-POP GALANTIS ARE BACK

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Masters of dance-pop Galantis are back with their highly anticipated new album, “The Aviary” – out now via Atlantic / Big Beat.

“The Aviary” follows Galantis’ 2015 debut album “Pharmacy” which yielded two platinum-selling UK hits, ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ and ‘Runaway (U&I)’. In 2017, the duo continues to go from strength to strength with over 1.2 billion Spotify streams to date. ‘No Money’ is now the duo’s biggest hit to date – platinum certified with over 600 million streams globally, 288 million YouTube views and iTunes Top 10 positions in 43 countries. Their recent smash ‘Hunter’ became their highest streaming debut to date, with over 1.2 million UK streams in its first week, swiftly going on to racking up over 68 million streams.

 

With certified bangers ‘No Money’, ‘Love on Me’, ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ and ‘Runaway (U & I)’ all on BBC Radio 1’s A-list high rotation, Galantis is set to continue their hitmaking streak with “The Aviary”.

 

It is no surprise that Galantis have quickly become recognised worldwide for their ability to craft solid pop melodies, the duo boasts a unique DNA that sets them apart from their peers. Between the Grammy-nominated songwriting and production pair – Christian Karlsson (Bloodshy & Avant, Miike Snow) and Linus Eklöw (Style of Eye) – they have collaborated with top artists like Madonna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Lykke Li and Sky Ferreira to name a few. All up, Christian and Linus have written and produced over 10 UK #1 hits.

 

Christian (Bloodshy) was behind Britney Spears’ mega hit ‘Toxic’, which earned him a Grammy and Ivor Novello award, and Linus (Style of Eye) co-wrote and produced Icona Pop and Charli XCX’s global smash ‘I Love It’, which has sold over 4.3 million copies worldwide.

 

“Pretty much every Galantis song is a ballad before we turn it into house music,” they say of their ‘song first’ approach.

“Within dance music, there are not many producers that write the way we do. Most people start with a track and then a top liner comes in. We usually start with the chord progression and melody, then we move on to do the lyrics before we start dressing the song up to become a dance track.”

Galantis show no signs of slowing down, recently performing to huge shows at V Festival, Creamfields, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and a headlining a sold out gig at the O2 Academy Brixton before kicking off their “The Aviary” tour in North America this month, with European dates to be announced shortly.

 

The band toured relentlessly across the globe while making “The Aviary”, hitting Europe and welcoming crowds in Canada, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

 

For Karlsson and Eklöw, the key to their artistry’s evolution on “The Aviary” came in embracing change. Karlsson points to an epiphany he had whilst visiting an aviary in Hong Kong that helped inspire the new album’s namesake: “This is what we feel like when we are trying to write songs in the studio. Our minds are like an aviary, we just have to go in and find that beauty in there.”

 

“The Aviary” sees Galantis take their tour-de-force of dance-pop to a whole new level, featuring collaborations with a handful of new-generation hit-writing talents including ROZES (Chainsmokers), Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry), Poo Bear (Justin Bieber), and Wrabel (Ellie Goulding).

 

 

“Galantis sends crowds soaring with reliably mammoth melodies”

The New Yorker

 

“When it comes to cool pop-house hooks, Galantis is one of the best sounds around.”

– Billboard

 

“Everything Galantis touches is gold”

NYLON

 

“A shining example of dance pop crossover at its finest, a solid body of work designed to thrill mainstream fans.”

– Dancing Astronaut

 

“THE AVIARY” TRACK LIST

  1. Galantis—True Feeling
    2. Galantis—Hey Alligator
    3. Galantis & ROZES—Girls On Boys
    4. Galantis—Salvage (Up All Night) feat. Poo Bear
    5. Galantis & Throttle—Tell Me You Love Me
    6. Galantis—Hello
    7. Galantis—Hunter
    8. Galantis—Written In The Scars feat. Wrabel
    9. Galantis—Call Me Home
    10. Galantis & Hook N Sling—Love On Me
    11. Galantis—Pillow Fight
    12. Galantis—No Money
ICONIC SINGER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM OF TIMELESS CLASSICS

ICONIC SINGER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM OF TIMELESS CLASSICS

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British soul legend Seal returns with his new album, ‘Standards’ – combining his unique voice with some of the greatest jazz standards and swing classics ever written. An artist who’s been at the top of his game throughout his 30-year career, Seal’s 10th studio album breathes life into iconic hits, paying tribute to legends including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. It will be released on 10th November through Decca Records / Virgin EMI

Seal said: “This is the album I have always wanted to make. I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream. It was a true honour to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favourite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made – it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.”

 

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

 

The unmistakeable richness of ‘Standards’ is largely down to Seal’s choice to collaborate with the very same, legendary musicians who have performed with Frank Sinatra: Randy Waldman (pianist who toured with Sinatra and Paul Anka), Chuck Berghofer (bass player, who had performed with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drummer who also performed with Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder).

 

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

 

The making of ‘Standards’ became a real pilgrimage for the Grammy Award-winning artist. The songs were recorded in the famous Capitol Records in Los Angeles (the very studio where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and many others have created some of the most treasured music of our time), and United Studios, which was established by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, where the latter recorded It Was A Very Good Year.

 

In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars. His new album is full of musical gems which glisten when brought to life with his stunning voice.

 

“Seal’s rich, luxurious voice remains a reliable thing of wonder” – Evening Standard

 

STANDARD EDITION TRACKLISTING:

 

  1. Luck Be A Lady
  2. Autumn Leaves
  3. I Put A Spell on You
  4. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
  6. Love For Sale
  7. My Funny Valentine
  8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  9. Smile
  10. I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
  11. It Was A Very Good Year

 

 

DELUXE EDITION TRACKLISTING:

 

  1. Luck Be A Lady
  2. Autumn Leaves
  3. I Put A Spell on You
  4. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
  6. Love For Sale
  7. My Funny Valentine
  8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  9. Smile
  10. I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
  11. It Was A Very Good Year
  12. The Nearness of You
  13. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  14. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS: BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 2017

BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS: BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2017: ROB STRINGER HONOURED

MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2017: ROB STRINGER HONOURED

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CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide Rob Stringer is to be honoured with the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the music industry. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has undoubtedly become one of the most respected and admired people in the business.

David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, said: “Rob’s extraordinary perception of how talent and artistry develops has brought him to the pinnacle of achievement in the music business. He is acknowledged and admired by colleagues, peers and competitors alike, while artists around the world value his integrity and support. This is what we aim to recognise every year with the Music Industry Trusts Award, and there’s no one more deserving of the honour than Rob”.

The award will be presented this November, at a gala ceremony held in aid of the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. Rob Stringer will follow in the footsteps of previous recipients including Sir George Martin, Sir Elton John, Sir Lucian Grainge CBE, Michael Eavis CBE, Simon Cowell and Annie Lennox OBE. 

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

Stringer went on to be appointed Chairman of Sony Music Entertainment’s Columbia Records in the US in 2008, and can be credited with the label’s recent stratospheric rise. With a label roster boasting some of the world’s most iconic artists, notably AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Pharrell Williams and Bruce Springsteen, Stringer has overseen a number of the most ground-breaking releases of the last decade, including record-breaking “25” by Adele, the cutting-edge visual album “Lemonade” by Beyoncé and “Blackstar”, the final studio album by David Bowie, whom he personally worked very closely with. Stringer’s most recent accomplishments include contributing to the monumental mainstream success of EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers and more recently nurturing Harry Styles’ breakout solo career. Rob was promoted to CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide in October last year. 

Rob Stringer said: “With its longstanding history in recognising British talent in the music industry, and continued support of two brilliant charities, The BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, it is a true honour to join such illustrious company and be given the MITS Award this year”.

WORLD PREMIERE OF GERI’S NEW SINGLE ‘ANGELS IN CHAINS’ – IN HONOUR OF GEORGE MICHAEL – CONFIRMED

WORLD PREMIERE OF GERI’S NEW SINGLE ‘ANGELS IN CHAINS’ – IN HONOUR OF GEORGE MICHAEL – CONFIRMED

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WORLD PREMIERE OF GERI’S NEW SINGLE ‘ANGELS IN CHAINS’ – IN HONOUR OF GEORGE MICHAEL – CONFIRMED

The exclusive world premiere of Geri’s new single ‘Angels in Chains’ is confirmed for Monday 19 June on BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Chris Evans Breakfast Show’, from 8:00AM BST. 

Following the first play, ‘Angels in Chains’ will be released worldwide through East West Records UK (Warner). The single was written by Geri in loving memory of her late friend George Michael who sadly passed away in December last year. Geri is donating her profits from the sale of this single to one of George Michael’s favourite charities: Child Line. Geri will play her first UK solo gig in 10 years on Saturday 24 June – a day before George Michael’s 54th birthday – at G-A-Y Heaven in London. She will be performing the new single for the first time as well as some of her best-loved hits.

‘Angels in Chains’ is produced by Chris Porter, who has worked with George Michael for over 30 years (from Wham through to ‘Jesus to a Child’), and also with Elton John and David Bowie. The single also features the wonderful contribution of George’s ‘music family’ who has performed alongside the music legend for many years: Chris Cameron (George Michael’s music director), guitarist Phil Palmer (who has played with George for 30 years), Shirley Lewis (backing singer, who has worked with George throughout his solo career), Lucy Jules and Jay Henry (who have performed with George since 25 Live).

The heartfelt ballad, written by Geri, is coloured with lyrical references to George’s most cherished songs, which will not go unnoticed by his biggest fans. Sonically, ‘Angels in Chains’ shows a more vulnerable and soulful side to Geri’s pop songwriting repertoire, carrying a beautiful, healing message for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.

Geri said: “When I first heard the sad news of his passing, I was nine-months pregnant with my son Monty and I was full of emotions. I didn’t know quite what to do with my feelings so I put it in a song, which became ‘Angels in Chains’. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work on this record with Chris Porter and the same team George had hand picked for his own projects.

I am first and foremost a George Michael fan, so to be in the same studio with these amazingly gifted artists who have put their stamp of so many of my favourite records was a real privilege for me.

In the process I found how healing making this record had been not only for me but also for everyone involved. This is our way of saying goodbye to our friend and music idol, and I hope George’s fans enjoy this as much as we have making it.”

Dan Chalmers, President, Rhino, East West, ADA UK said: “Geri has written a brilliant and poignant track in memory of her friend George. It’s great to be working with her on new music and I look forward to fans’ reaction to ‘Angels in Chains’.”

‘Angels in Chains’ is Geri’s first global music release in 12 years. Geri has to date sold over 85 million records worldwide with the Spice Girls and notched up 11 UK #1 hits (four of which were her own solo singles: ‘Mi Chico Latino’, ‘Lift Me Up’, ‘Bag It Up’ and ‘It’s Raining Men’). Geri has released three solo albums to date – Schizophonic (1999), Scream If You Wanna Go Faster (2001), and Passion (2005) – that have collectively sold over four million copies worldwide. 

SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: THE WORLD STANDS TOGETHER WITH ARIANA GRANDE AND FRIENDS AT “ONE LOVE MANCHESTER” BENEFIT CONCERT

SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: THE WORLD STANDS TOGETHER WITH ARIANA GRANDE AND FRIENDS AT “ONE LOVE MANCHESTER” BENEFIT CONCERT

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SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: THE WORLD STANDS TOGETHER WITH ARIANA GRANDE AND FRIENDS AT “ONE LOVE MANCHESTER” BENEFIT CONCERT

We stand together tonight with Manchester. Millions of viewers around the world tuned in to the One Love Manchester benefit concert at Emirates Old Trafford headed up by Ariana Grande and friends in honour of victims and families who were tragically affected by the Manchester attack.

The concert, which sold out within minutes, was attended by 50,000 people who saw the biggest music acts on the planet rally together in less than one week to put together a spectacular live show. Tonight’s performances were nothing short of a blazing show of solidarity in the face of recent attacks dominating the news.

Massive cheers greeted Mancunian pop supremes Take That as they got the crowd going with ‘Shine’, immediately moving everyone to sing along and wave their arms. The trio performed a trinity of hits before bringing on stage Robbie Williams who updated the lyrics of his song ‘Strong’ with an anthemic chant of “Manchester – we’re strong! We’re strong”. The night was not without its emotional moments, particularly when Ariana joined the Parrs Wood High School Choir for a moving performance of her single ‘My Everything’.

Elsewhere, there were surprising unions on stage with Ariana joining Black Eyed Peas for an especially poignant rendition of the band’s hit ‘Where Is The Love’ and Pharrell pulling in Miley Cyrus to help uplift the audience with his feel-good hit ‘Happy’. Ariana also performed a special cover of Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back With Anger’ with Chris Martin. After much speculation during the week, Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance on stage to perform at the benefit concert.

The entire cast of One Love Manchester came on stage for the finale to join Ariana in performing ‘One Last Time’, which she re-released this week as a charity single in aid of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

One Love Manchester Executive Producer Scooter Braun said during the show: “Manchester, your bravery is our hope. Because of you, we can now represent through this as a worldwide community, that we will be ready, we will be fearless and we will be great.”

All net ticket proceeds go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up by the Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, in aid of grieving families and victims of the horrific attack. Ticketmaster had offered 14,000 free tickets to fans who were at Ariana Grande’s Manchester show.

The British Red Cross confirmed that over £10 million have been raised for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund so far – £2 million alone were raised in 3 hours of the benefit concert through text and online donations.

One Love Manchester was streamed live online and broadcast on television to over 50 countries across five continents. Millions are expected to have tuned in around the world through several online platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Apple, MTV, Bell Media (Canada), Rogers (Canada), iHeart Media, ABC, BBC and TMC France.

The concert was broadcast live on BBC One, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC World Service and BBC Radio Manchester, and Global Radio throughout the United Kingdom as well. The BBC were the host broadcaster for international television networks, airing in over 50 countries across five continents – including United States, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Caribbean Islands, Australia, New Zealand and many others.

Ariana Grande and the organisers of the One Love Manchester concert would like to thank:

· Greater Manchester Police and all the emergency services

· Manchester City Council

· Trafford Council

· Transport for Greater Manchester

BLACK EYED PEAS, LITTLE MIX and ROBBIE WILLIAMS JOIN ARIANA GRANDE AND SUPERSTAR GUESTS FOR  “ONE LOVE MANCHESTER” BENEFIT CONCERT

BLACK EYED PEAS, LITTLE MIX and ROBBIE WILLIAMS JOIN ARIANA GRANDE AND SUPERSTAR GUESTS FOR “ONE LOVE MANCHESTER” BENEFIT CONCERT

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BLACK EYED PEAS, LITTLE MIX and ROBBIE WILLIAMS JOIN ARIANA GRANDE AND SUPERSTAR GUESTS FOR “ONE LOVE MANCHESTER” BENEFIT CONCERT

Three more massive international acts have joined the One Love Manchester benefit concert headed up by Ariana Grande on Sunday 4 June. Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas are now confirmed to perform alongside Ariana, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That and Niall Horan at the Emirates Old Trafford to honour and raise vital funds for the victims and families who were tragically affected by the Manchester attack.

Statement from Ticketmaster: Ticketmaster was unsurprisingly met with remarkable demand for One Love Manchester tickets we had on sale this morning – 140,000 fans were on the website and our call centre was buzzing.  

With over 450,000 searches on our site for One Love Manchester over the last 24 hours, demand was always going to be extremely high.

We are happy to report that there are thousands of fans who successfully purchased tickets during the general onsale.

We understand that there are a number of fans who didn’t receive an email this morning with regards to free tickets for One Love Manchester. We worked through the night and verified thousands of original bookings although there were some we could not verify. 

We want to give all fans who were at the show, regardless of where they bought their tickets, every opportunity to register for One Love Manchester, so we have opened up the registration again today, until 2pm.  

To help us verify that fans were at the show, they must register on this link https://manchester_benefit.ontouraccess.com/ and provide their booking reference and information about where they bought their ticket, including the venue box office, or primary and secondary ticketing websites. 

We would like to reassure any fans that were at the show, that they will receive a free ticket for One Love Manchester, provided we can verify their initial booking. We thank fans for their patience as we continue to process the registrations.

The BBC One and BBC radio coverage will be broadcast from 18.55 – 22.00, and also simulcast on Capital Radio Networks. The BBC will be the host broadcaster for international television networks. The show will also be streamed with a digital partner worldwide, to be announced soon.

All net ticket proceeds of the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which was set up by the Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, in aid of grieving families and victims of the horrific attack.

ARIANA GRANDE AND FRIENDS UNITE FOR “ONE LOVE MANCHESTER” BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VICTIMS OF THE MANCHESTER ATTACK

ARIANA GRANDE AND FRIENDS UNITE FOR “ONE LOVE MANCHESTER” BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VICTIMS OF THE MANCHESTER ATTACK

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ARIANA GRANDE AND FRIENDS UNITE FOR “ONE LOVE MANCHESTER” BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VICTIMS OF THE MANCHESTER ATTACK

Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester to headline a special One Love Manchester benefit concert on Sunday 4 June to honour and raise vital funds for the victims and families who were tragically affected by the Manchester attack after her show last week. The concert will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. General admission and hospitality tickets will be on sale through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.co.uk/arianagrandemanchester) from Thursday 1 June 2017 at 10:00AM BST.

Ariana Grande has called on the biggest international names in music to join her for this unforgettable evening, including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, Niall Horan, and others. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Television, and on BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks. The BBC will be the host broadcaster for international television networks. The show will also be streamed with a digital partner worldwide, to be announced soon.

All net ticket proceeds of the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which was set up by the Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, in aid of grieving families and victims of the horrific attack.

Ariana is offering fans who were at the Manchester show on Monday free tickets to this benefit concert. Customers who would like to attend will need to follow this link (http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/arianagrandemanchester) and register before Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 4:00PM BST. Ticketmaster will be in touch via email within 36 hours of registrations with instructions on how to process your free ticket.

Ariana Grande said, in an open letter posted on her social media accounts:

“My heart, prayers and condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones. There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”

She continued: “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win… Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”

“Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”

The attack – which took place after Ariana’s Dangerous Woman concert at Manchester Arena on Monday 22 May – killed 22 people, seven of whom were children, and injured hundreds of others.

ONE LOVE MANCHESTER

LOCATION: Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Stretford, Old Trafford M16 0PX

For speed of entry, we are requesting that concert-goers do not attend with bags. 

For more information on travel and arrival – please visit: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/arianagrandemanchester

DATE: SUNDAY 4 JUNE 2017

GATES OPEN: 6:00PM

SHOW STARTS: 7.15PM

SHOW ENDS: 10.15PM

Ariana Grande and the organisers of the One Love Manchester concert would like to thank:

  • Greater Manchester Police and all the emergency services
  • Manchester City Council
  • Trafford Council
  • Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Manchester United, the Michael Carrick Foundation and Michael Carrick, in particular, as the kick off for his testimonial match has been moved to accommodate the concert.
  • Live Nation, who are underwriting the cost of the event and producing it through Festival Republic in association with SJM Concerts.
  • Lancashire County Cricket Club and Emirates Old Trafford, who are hosting the event