BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS: BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 2017

BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS: BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 2017

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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MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2017: ROB STRINGER HONOURED

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
More special guests announced for Justin Bieber at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

More special guests announced for Justin Bieber at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

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More special guests announced for Justin Bieber at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Special guests have just been announced for Justin Bieber’s Hyde Park debut.

Joining the line up alongside EDM impresario Martin Garrix, unapologetic pop artist Tove Lo and Brit Award-nominated rising star Anne-Marie are: Naughty Boy, Jain, Mabel, Nina Nesbitt, Sheppard, Will Heard, James Hersey, Louis The Child, Anna of the North, Skinny Living, Dagny and Glowie.

Also headlining at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2017 is Phil Collins (30th June), Green Day (1st July), Kings of Leon (6th July), The Killers (8th July) and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (9th July). 

Now approaching its fifth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has been host to some of the biggest and best live acts since its debut in 2013. From The Rolling Stones to Carole King, The Libertines to The Who, Kylie to Stevie Wonder, Black Sabbath to Taylor Swift, music history has been written night by night.

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ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE SIGNING TO earMUSIC AND RELEASES NEW STUDIO ALBUM “PARANORMAL”.

ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE SIGNING TO earMUSIC AND RELEASES NEW STUDIO ALBUM “PARANORMAL”.

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ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE SIGNING TO earMUSIC AND RELEASES NEW STUDIO ALBUM “PARANORMAL”.

earMUSIC is proud to announce the worldwide signing of legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper.

“Paranormal”, Alice Cooper’s new studio album, his first in 6 years, will be released on July 28th, 2017 on earMUSIC as 2CD Digipak, 2LP, Limited Box Set and Digital.

The 12 track album has been recorded in Nashville with long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin and features a very special bonus CD – a mini-album consisting of three brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce alongside carefully selected live recordings.

“Paranormal” also features special guest appearances by U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover.

Alice Cooper will be touring extensively this year in support of “Paranormal”, visiting cities in the USA, Europe, Australasia.

His UK dates are his first headline tour in 5 years:

Alice Cooper With Special Guests The Mission and The Tubes

11/11/17  Leeds – FIRST DIRECT ARENA (UK)

12/11/17 Glasgow – THE SSE HYDRO (UK)

14/11/17 Birmingham – BARCLAYCARD ARENA (UK)

15/11/17 Manchester – Manchester Arena (UK)

16/11/17 London – SSE Arena at Wembley (UK)

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THE OUTSIDE ORGANISATION ANNOUNCES RAFT OF NEW CLIENTS INCLUDING IRON MAIDEN AND BOY BETTER KNOW

THE OUTSIDE ORGANISATION ANNOUNCES RAFT OF NEW CLIENTS INCLUDING IRON MAIDEN AND BOY BETTER KNOW

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THE OUTSIDE ORGANISATION ANNOUNCES RAFT OF NEW CLIENTS INCLUDING IRON MAIDEN AND BOY BETTER KNOW

Outside is pleased to announce we are now representing Iron Maiden, Boy Better Know at the O2, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Alfie Boe, The MITS Award and Fashion For Relief.

Outside has also curated part of the Pink Floyd ‘Their Mortal Remains’ exhibition at London’s V&A Museum.

CEO Dominic Mohan said: “This eclectic array of new business wins across music, the arts and charity are proof that The Outside Organisation is going from strength to strength, building on Founder Alan Edwards’ unparalleled 40-year heritage.

“We are delighted to be working with these clients who join our portfolio across the corporate, entertainment, sports, health, music and arts, events and charity sector.”

BOY BETTER KNOW ANNOUNCE O2 TAKEOVER

BOY BETTER KNOW ANNOUNCE O2 TAKEOVER

Boy Better Know Takeover with O2

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BOY BETTER KNOW ANNOUNCE O2 TAKEOVER

Boy Better Know will be taking over the entire of The O2 on August 27th, 2017. The London based grime collective will curate and impose their own agenda on the world famous site.
 
Featuring a full day of music, film, gaming, sport, food and London lifestyle, BBK will be using the various music venues and bars, the cinema, the restaurants and communal spaces to create another unforgettable moment of greatness in their home town.
 
Register for further information and a chance to access the pre-sale here
PRINCE’S PURPLE RAIN DELUXE AND DELUXE – EXPANDED EDITION SET FOR RELEASE ON JUNE 23

PRINCE’S PURPLE RAIN DELUXE AND DELUXE – EXPANDED EDITION SET FOR RELEASE ON JUNE 23

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PRINCE’S PURPLE RAIN DELUXE AND DELUXE - EXPANDED EDITION SET FOR RELEASE ON JUNE 23

NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records announce the 2017 release of Prince’s Academy Award® and GRAMMY Award®-winning, RIAA diamond-certified masterpiece ‘Purple Rain’ in new Deluxe and Deluxe – Expanded Edition formats on June 23, 2017.

A special fan pre-order is live now which unlocks an instant download of the previously unreleased ‘Electric Intercourse’.  Recorded in 1983 and heard only in its live incarnations, this marks the very first time fans will experience the studio version of this song.

Pre-order ‘Purple Rain Deluxe‘ and ‘Purple Rain Deluxe – Expanded Edition’ here.

Stars assemble for the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts

Stars assemble for the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London meets Roger Daltrey, Honorary Patron of Teenage Cancer Trust at Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Stars assemble for the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts

Teenage Cancer Trust returned to the Royal Albert Hall for their 17th Year and it was a very special event. The charity welcomed one of Britain’s biggest popstars, Olly Murs for the first time, Ed Sheeran performed to his faithful fans and Modfather and valued Teenage Cancer Trust supporter Paul Weller and the brilliant Pet Shop Boys with guitar legend Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, also graced the stage.

Teenage Cancer Trust’s legendary comedy night continued this year with some of Britain’s best-loved comedians – hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, with guests including Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Tom Allen, Russell Kane and Mike Wilmott.

And this year, the 100th show was played by the The Who and Teenage Cancer Trust’s ambassador Roger Daltrey, who performed a new acoustic presentation of ‘Tommy’.

As well as headline acts, famous faces such as Sadiq Khan, David Beckham, Dermot O’Leary and Sadie Frost showed their support for Teenage Cancer Trust, proving how magical and meaningful the shows really are.

Since 2000, over 225 bands and artists have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £24 million. Those incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country.

See what the Telegraph and Evening Standard had to say about the shows.

Blondie Releases third single from their forthcoming album

Blondie Releases third single from their forthcoming album

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Blondie Releases third single from their forthcoming album

Blondie have released ‘Long Time’ – the third single from their forthcoming album ‘Pollinator’ – which is available to stream and download now, after its exclusive debut on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show.

With the album being released on May 5th, this single follows the first two releases; the upbeat Studio 54-esque single ‘Fun’ co-written by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), and the dark, alluring track ‘My Monster’, written for the band by The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. 

As an extra celebration, 1000 7″ copies of ‘Long Time’ will be available to buy via participating independent record stores. This edition is backed with ‘The Breaks’, a brand new track written by Chris Stein and Debbie Harry in the album sessions at New York’s famed recording studio The Magic Shop, before its closure.

To stream or download the new single, click here.

Melanie C Performs at School of Rock

Melanie C Performs at School of Rock

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Melanie C Performs at School of Rock

Mel C surprised audiences by joining the cast of the West End hit School of Rock –  The Musical on stage for a live version of the Spice Girls classic hit Wannabe. Performing at the encore, the former Spice Girl joined the full cast to recreate the classic Girl Power anthem and give it a rock twist. To watch the video of the performance, click here. 

Alan Edwards and Outside named as No.1 Entertainment PR

Alan Edwards and Outside named as No.1 Entertainment PR

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Alan Edwards and Outside named as No.1 Entertainment PR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To read the full interview, click here.

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF  JIM STEINMAN’S BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JIM STEINMAN’S BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL

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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JIM STEINMAN’S BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL

The world premiere of the long-awaited Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will take place in London’s West End at the London Coliseum, opening on Tuesday 20 June 2017 which follows previews at Manchester Opera House from 17 February to 8 April 2017.

For the stage performance, the legendary and award-winning Jim Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, as well as two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.

The Musical is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland. Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost, has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical, ruler of Obsidian.

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

17 February – 8 April 2017

Opera House Manchester

3 Quay Street

Manchester

M3 3HP

Performances: Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm (no matinee on Sat 18 February)

Tickets: from £17.50

Box Office: 0844 871 3018 (subject to booking/transaction fees)

 

5 June – 22 July 2017

London Coliseum

St Martin’s Lane

London

WC2N 4ES

Performances: Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm (7pm on Tue 20 June; no matinee on Thurs 8 June; extra 2.30pm matinee on Tue 22 August)

Tickets: from £15.00

Box Office: 020 7845 9300

 

Website: www.BatOutOfHellMusical.com

Twitter & Facebook: @BatTheMusical

NEW ORDER LAUNCHES NEW ‘STRAY DOG’ BEER

NEW ORDER LAUNCHES NEW ‘STRAY DOG’ BEER

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NEW ORDER LAUNCHES NEW 'STRAY DOG' BEER

One of Manchester’s most legendary exports, New Order, have joined forces with Moorhouse’s Brewery of Burnley to launch an exciting new beer, set for release later this autumn.
 
The premium 4.2% beer, named Stray Dog (after a track on the band’s recent album Music Complete), is a refreshing and clean tasting golden ale with hints of citrus fruit and lychee, all balanced by a subtle bitterness.  Brewed using American Cascade, Centennial and Willamette hops, with the finest English Maris Otter malt, it was developed by head brewer Dan Casaru at Moorhouse’s new £5m state-of-the-art brewery after a series of tastings earlier this spring. 
New Order commented : “It’s been a pleasure to work with Moorhouse’s of Burnley on our first foray into the brewing business. Even more so that they’re celebrating their 150th anniversary, and have such a rich heritage in the north west” 
 
The beer will be available exclusively in Mitchells & Butlers pubs from August Bank Holiday weekend, ahead of national availability in September.
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A new BBC Sessions release for Led Zeppelin

A new BBC Sessions release for Led Zeppelin

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A new BBC Sessions release for Led Zeppelin

Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC Sessions, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band’s appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. This year, on September 16th, the band will unveil THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, an updated version of the collection that’s been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three that were rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969.

Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me,” and the only recorded performance of “Sunshine Woman.”

Also included are two unreleased versions of both “Communication Breakdown” and “What Is And What Should Never Be.” Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band’s rapid evolution over a short period of time.

Jimmy Page spoke about the band’s growth in an interview with Guitar World: “The BBC Sessions show in graphic detail just how organic the group was. Led Zeppelin was a band that would change things around substantially each time it played…We were becoming tighter and tighter, to the point of telepathy.”