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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

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MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 is honoured to announce more incredible performances to complete their line-up for 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall.

In true BRITs tradition, these are world exclusives, once-in-a-lifetime events and never to be forgotten collaborations.

In a Classic BRITs exclusive, mezzo-soprano superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE returns to the stage for her first television performance since the happy news of the birth of her second child. One of Britain’s most popular singers, she was recently crowned the Number 1 selling ‘Classical Music Artist of the Last 25 Years’ by Classic FM.

Katherine will perform the beautiful ‘Never Enough’ from the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far – the runaway success that is the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman.

Also nominated in our new Soundtrack Of The Year category, The Greatest Showman OST has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

Katherine Jenkins said, “The Classic BRITs have always been a special, memorable and loved event for me and so I’m delighted to have been chosen to return and perform at this year’s awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s hugely important that we continue to honour and recognise the talent and work of the Classical Music world and I wish all the nominees the best of luck on the night!” 

In addition, Classic BRITs will present a celebration of the remarkable career of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber in what is a landmark year for the great musical theatre legend, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

Lloyd Webber recently celebrated his 70th birthday and the Classic BRIT Awards is honoured to present this very special performance for this year’s ceremony.

Simply the most successful composer of musicals in history, his repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated shows, selling 330 million tickets; ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘Cats’, ‘Aspects Of Love’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Evita’, ‘Starlight Express’, ‘The Phantom of The Opera’, ‘School of Rock’ and ‘Love Never Dies’ – to name but a few.

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four shows running on Broadway concurrently. Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom Of The Opera, in addition to sell out tours across the US of The Phantom Of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies, and numerous other productions being enjoyed by audiences across the world.

Beatrice Rana is the classical world’s piano sensation. The 24 year old is one of the most sought after performers on the planet, appearing at every major concert venue and collaborating with the world’s greatest conductors. The Italian’s album of Bach’s Goldberg variations sees her nominated as Female Artist of the Year.

Rana’s next album is due to be released this August as part of the Bernstein Symphonies project with Sir Antonio Pappano and will feature Bernstein’s Symphony No 2 (called “The age of anxiety” for piano). Catch her at the Classic BRIT Awards, a world-class performer with the world at her fingertips.

Alexis Ffrench and Pretty Yende are at the forefront of whole new generation of exciting classical artists and together they make an irresistible and inspirational duo. We showcase a unique collaboration between these supremely talented artists who are lighting up the classical scene.

As one of Britain’s most gifted modern composers and pianists, Ffrench’s love of classical music alongside R&B and the likes of Kendrick Lamar has enabled him to create a sound all his own.  His beautiful, modernist and accessible compositions have seen him rise in the digital music world, attracting over 50 million streams.

Especially for the Classic BRITs, he teams up here with Pretty Yende – one of the most exciting opera voices in the world today, whose story has been likened to a modern fairy tale.

A soprano born in the small town of Piet Retief, South Africa, she was inspired to learn to sing having seen by chance a British Airways advert that featured the ‘Flower Duet’ from the opera Lakmé. She has gone on to grace the great opera stages from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, to Paris Opera and Milan’s La Scala.

We cannot wait to see the results of this exciting collaboration.

In 2003, two of the world’s great operatic voices, Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel performed together at the Awards and this year, they will join together again for us. Already announced as solo performers, this will be an extra special moment.

Tokio Myers will perform with the full Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is sure to stamp his own style on a classical template, drawing on his Royal College Of Music training and out of this world talent that has taken his career into the stratosphere.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 

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GALANTIS RETURNS WITH INTERGALACTIC SUMMER ANTHEM: ‘SPACESHIP’ FEATURING UFFIE

GALANTIS RETURNS WITH INTERGALACTIC SUMMER ANTHEM: ‘SPACESHIP’ FEATURING UFFIE

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GALANTIS RETURNS WITH INTERGALACTIC SUMMER ANTHEM: ‘SPACESHIP’ FEATURING UFFIE

Swedish electronic music giants Galantis are back with a new intergalactic summer anthem ‘Spaceship’ featuring Uffie – out now via Atlantic/Big Beat. The single is a hedonistic mix of classic, electro-house with slinky synths and warped, child-like vocals that have become almost signature to Galantis. The track features American-French singer and DJ Uffie, who previously collaborated with Charli XCX and Justice.

 

Galantis said: “After The Aviary World Tour, we were so pumped to get back out there with new music for the dance floor. ‘Spaceship’ takes us to the core of Galantis and our love for dance music. We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Uffie. The first time we heard ‘Pop The Glock’, it blew our minds… and since then, Uffie’s music has always stuck with us.”

 

Uffie said of the single: ‘Spaceships and summer are like milk and cookies… it’s just so right! I am thrilled to collaborate with the very talented Galantis duo on a track I love so much. It leaves me pining for the dance floor every time.”

 

The action-packed music video for ‘Spaceship’ was shot in Japan with Galantis and Uffie racing around a multi-faceted and ever-changing cityscape.

 

Galantis has amassed over 3 billion streams to date with a string of global, platinum-selling singles including: ‘No Money’, ‘Runaway (U & I)’, ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ and ‘Love On Me’ (with Hook N Sling). The Grammy-nominated duo is widely recognised as one of the most in-demand dance music acts on the planet, with Billboard ranking them at #25 on their Dance 100 Artists of 2018 list.

 

‘Spaceship’ is the first of a string of new tracks Galantis will be releasing this year, following 2017’s The Aviary, which hit the Top 10 album chart in 23 countries (including #1 in Japan). Galantis returns to the UK this summer to play Creamfields and SW4 on 25 August. Tickets are available now via wearegalantis.com .

 

Ever since their live debut at Coachella in 2014, Galantis have played some of the biggest music events in the world including Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Creamfields, V Festival, SW4 and BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend. They have also performed sold-out headline shows across Europe, North and South America – including Brixton Academy in London.

 

 

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Stevie Van Zandt Announces 2018 European Tour

Stevie Van Zandt Announces 2018 European Tour

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Soulfire TeachRock Tour Europe 2018

Stevie Van Zandt, a principle architect of the “Jersey Shore” sound and a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, returns to Europe this summer, including dates in Ireland and the UK for the Soulfire TeachRock Tour 2018, following an immensely successful run of European shows last year.

 

The tour will see Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven) and his powerful 14-person band, The Disciples Of Soul, kick off the tour on June 28 in Dublin. They will perform shows in Liverpool, Whitley Bay, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain and Norway, before the finale at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on July 27.

 

I can’t get back to Europe often enough. I love it all,” says Van Zandt.

 

The landmark live tour will also benefit The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock programme. Established by Dr. Van Zandt (he received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Rutgers University), the Foundation creates education materials that use the history of popular music to create engaging, multicultural lesson plans for history, social studies, language arts, music, and science classrooms, all of which are available to educators at no cost.

 

This marks the first-ever rock tour specifically geared towards addressing this crucial societal needAt each stop of the tour, The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is also hosting free TeachRock Professional Development Workshops, with educators who attend receiving a complimentary ticket to that evening’s concert.

 

As Van Zandt explains, “Music will forever be humanity’s most effective and consistent source of inspiration and motivation, and we have learned, music turns out to be our most solid common ground for establishing communication between teachers and students which is where education begins.”

 

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul returned to the UK stage for the first time in 25 years in 2016 at BluesFest. Returning to the UK in 2017, to the delight of fans, Stevie brought on stage longtime friend Sir Paul McCartney during his sold out show at the Roundhouse in London, as well as surprising fans with a secret set at Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club with fan queuing down the street to hear The Beatles inspired set.

 

The return of inimitable Van Zandt came in support of Soulfire – his first solo album in almost 20 years. The release was named by Rolling Stone as one of the best records of 2017. The album saw the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer revisiting songs that spanned the length of his career as an artist, performer, producer, arranger, and songwriter with the focus directly on the hugely influential “soul horns-meet-rock ‘n’ roll guitars” approach he first pioneered on Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ classic first three albums.

 

As well as news of his 2018 tour, Van Zandt will release a new live album entitled Soulfire LIVE! available digitally April 27.

 

Tickets for the Soulfire TeachRock Tour 2018, including VIP Soundcheck Meet and Greet packages, are available now, visit http://littlesteven.com/

 

Ireland & UK

THU JUNE 28 – DUBLIN, IRELAND – BUTTON FACTORY

SAT JUNE 30  – LIVERPOOL, UK – O2 ACADEMY

MON JULY 2  – WHITLEY BAY, UK – MOUTH OF THE TYNE FESTIVAL

FRIDAY JULY 27 – LONDON, UK – SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE

 

Europe

WED JULY 4 – COLONGE, GERMANY – E-WERK

FRI JULY 6 – AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – AMSTERDAMSE BOS

MON JULY 9 – PARIS, FRANCE – ALHAMBRA

WED JULY 11 – MADRID, SPAIN – NOCHES DEL BOTANICO

THU JULY 12 – VIGO, SPAIN – CASTRELOS

SAT JULY 14 – LIMBURG, BELGIUM – BLUES PEER

TUE JULY 17 – ROME, ITALY – VILLA ADA FESTIVAL

WED JULY 18 – CORTONA, ITALY – CORTONA MIX FESTIVAL

FRI JULY 20 – MALMO, SWEDEN – KB CLUB

SAT JULY 21 – TELEMARK, NORWAY – WRIGHTEGAARDEN, LANGESUND

MON JULY 23 – HAMBURG, GERMANY – GROSSE FREIHEIT 36

WED JULY 25 – KARLSRUHE, GERMANY – ZELTIVAL

JAMES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

JAMES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

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JAMES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM “Living In Extraordinary Times”

James are proud to announce the release of their new album Living In Extraordinary Times. Released on 3rd August, the album is produced by Mercury and Brit Award winner Charlie Andrew (whose previous work includes alt-J and Wolf Alice) and rising star Beni Giles.

 

Living In Extraordinary Times follows the release of their recent Better Than That EP, the band’s first new music since their hugely successful 2016 album ‘Girl at the End of the World’, which debuted at number two in the UK album charts, second only to Adele – their highest debut entry in nearly twenty years.

 

This is the band’s 15th studio album, and delivers the same vigour and urgency as its predecessors, a fusion of social commentary and personal reflection, covering everything from the current political climate in America in frustration-charged ‘Hank’ – “This crack heads tiny fingers, Accusing you of what he’ll do, White fascists in the white house, More beetroot in your Russian stew” – to lonesome Father’s Day in heartfelt ‘Coming Home (Pt. 2)’, the latter of which also features keyboard from long-time collaborator Brian Eno.

 

Tim Booth said: “We knew something was up when Leicester city won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It is as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.”

 

The album started life during jam sessions at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studios and finished recording at Iguana Studios in Brixton. Beni was already working with the band on creating a new rhythmical approach when Charlie joined the project after being blown away by the band live. “This album is full of big tunes,” Andrew states. “Tim and the guys are all very good at writing huge hooks. There’s some really big, energetic tracks and some nice, chilled ones. There’s some monstrous tracks, like ‘Hank’, which is just vast with layers and layers of drums.”

 

The striking album artwork was created by contemporary artist and former Vivienne Westwood designer Magnus Gjoen. Gjoen draws inspiration from street and pop art aesthetics, juxtaposing them with fine art. His work challenges preconceived notions of objects, exploring the stark contrast between power and fragility – something which is potentially extremely destructive can be made into beautiful yet fragile objects of art, tying in with the themes of the album by exploring the space between politics and tranquillity.

 

Living In Extraordinary Times will be available as a CD, download, cassette, and heavyweight double vinyl plus a hardback booked deluxe CD featuring 4 extra tracks – 3 demos plus 1 track from the album sessions. HMV and indies will also stock a limited grey gatefold package featuring double magenta coloured vinyl.

 

Exclusive signed bundles and a limited yellow gatefold package featuring double white coloured vinyl are available via the artist store.

 

Preorder the album HERE.

 

‘Better Than That’ and ‘Hank’ from the album are now available to stream/download/purchase HERE.

 

STANDARD EDITION TRACKLIST

  1. Hank
  2. Coming Home (Pt.2)
  3. Leviathan
  4. Heads
  5. Many Faces
  6. How Hard The Day
  7. Extraordinary Times
  8. Picture Of This Place
  9. Hope To Sleep
  10. Better Than That
  11. Mask
  12. What’s It All About

 

HARDBACK CD EDITION TRACKLIST

  1. Hank
  2. Coming Home (Pt.2)
  3. Leviathan
  4. Heads
  5. Many Faces
  6. How Hard The Day
  7. Extraordinary Times
  8. Picture Of This Place
  9. Hope To Sleep
  10. Better Than That
  11. Mask
  12. What’s It All About
  13. Backward Glances (bonus track)
  14. Moving Car (demo)
  15. Overdose (demo)
  16. Trouble (demo)

 

Today sees James embark on a seven-date sold out UK tour, re-visiting intimate venues across the country, performing tracks from Better Than That EP and the forthcoming album plus a selection of well-known hits. The tour starts at Llandudno’s Venue Cymru on Wednesday 16th May followed by Warrington, Blackburn, Halifax, Middlesbrough and Oban, ending at Scunthorpe’s Baths Hall on Friday 25th May.

 

The band are then set to play a string of shows in the summer, starting with Common People Festival, co-headlining the Southampton event on Saturday 26th May and headlining Oxford on Sunday 27th May before going on to perform at a handful of festivals across the UK, as well as playing European festivals including Bilbao BBK Live in Spain on Saturday 14th July.

 

MAY TOUR (Support from Lanterns On The Lake)

WEDNESDAY 16th MAY                           Llandudno, Venue Cymru – SOLD OUT

THURSDAY 17th MAY                               Warrington, Parr Hall – SOLD OUT

SATURDAY 19th MAY                               Blackburn, King Georges – SOLD OUT

SUNDAY 20th MAY                                    Halifax, Victoria Theatre – SOLD OUT

TUESDAY 22nd MAY                                 Middlesbrough, Town Hall – SOLD OUT

WEDNESDAY 23rd MAY                          Oban, Corran Hall – SOLD OUT

FRIDAY 25th MAY                                      Scunthorpe, Baths Hall – SOLD OUT

 

FESTIVALS

MAY

SATURDAY 26th MAY                               Common People – Southampton (co-headlining)

SUNDAY 27th MAY                                    Common People – Oxford (headlining)

 

JUNE

FRIDAY 29th JUNE                                      Rock In Rio Festival – Lisbon

 

JULY

FRIDAY 13th JULY                                       Latitude Festival – Suffolk (headlining 2nd Stage)

SATURDAY 14th JULY                                Bilbao BBK Live – Spain

FRIDAY 27th JULY                                       Kendal Calling – Cumbria (main support)

 

AUGUST

SATURDAY 11th AUGUST                        Party at the Palace – West Lothian (headlining)

THURSDAY 30th AUGUST                        Electric Fields – Dumfries and Galloway (headlining)

CLARA AMFO TO APPEAR ON CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF

CLARA AMFO TO APPEAR ON CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF

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The Outside Organisation client, Clara Amfo is to appear on Celebrity Masterchef this summer, alongside a host of famous names.

Clara will be battling it out to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2018 alongside actors Keith Allen, Chizzy Akudolu, Lisa Maxwell and John Partridge; TV reality star Spencer Matthews; international award winning artist and actress Stella Parton; TV presenters Michelle Ackerley and Jean Johansson; TV presenter and furniture restorer Jay Blades; comedian Zoe Lyons; former international rugby player and TV presenter Martin Bayfield; World Champion Paralympian and broadcaster Stef Reid; recording artist and model Josh Cuthbert; singer songwriter Carol Decker; TV presenter and singer Frankie Bridge; England cricketer Monty Panesar; actress and singer Anita Harris; professional dancer and TV personality AJ Pritchard and TV star Gemma Collins.

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

The Classic BRIT Awards announces the official partners for this year’s ceremony on Wednesday 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall.

Apple Music, Classic FMPPL and Royal Albert Hall are backing the first Classic BRIT Awards in 5 years and all represent the multi-faceted, diverse event it has become. With a commitment to championing classic music in all its forms, each plays a vital role in bringing it to the public and supporting artists. And they are showing their commitment to its future by becoming our official partners in 2018.

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

And a new audience is discovering classic music via platforms old and new.

As the UK’s biggest classical music radio station and one of the biggest commercial radio stations in the UK, Classic FM is a long-term partner and huge supporter of the Classic BRIT Awards.

With a weekly audience of 5.7 million people, Classic FM has more than one million listeners aged under 35. The station is partnering on the ‘Classic FM Album Of The Year’ Award, voted for by its listeners, and providing significant exposure for the Sound Of Classical Poll – a competition for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June, and Classic FM will feature nominees ahead of the ceremony, providing an incredible platform for new classical talent.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “Like the Classic BRITs, we’re passionate about making classical music accessible and relevant to everyone, so it’s fantastic to be part of this celebration of world-class talent. Supporting emerging artists is particularly important to us, and we’re thrilled to be providing a platform to showcase young performers through the Sound of Classical Poll. We’re very much looking forward to what is set to be a great night.”

Music streaming continues to grow in popularity and has reached scale; classical is no exception. According to the Official Charts Company classical music streams rose 52% in the first 2 months of 2018 alone, surpassing 10 million streams every week except one. Apple Music is home of the world’s most complete catalogue of classical music available to stream and download. We are delighted to have Apple Music as the official digital music service for the Classic BRIT Awards 2018. This year’s Critics’ Choice Award will be in association with Apple Music.

PPL licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to its performer and record company members.  These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.  PPL now has tens of thousands of performer and record company members, many of which will feature in or support the Classic BRIT Awards.

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer commented: “We are pleased to see the return of the Classic BRITs to the historic Royal Albert Hall on 13 June and to sponsor the Breakthrough award, championing the most exciting emerging artists.  The ceremony will champion a diverse range of talent, including many individuals from within our record company and performer community, and we look forward to being part of an event that recognises music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games.”

The Royal Albert Hall is an iconic venue for music of all kinds but as the home of the BBC Proms, the Love Classical festival, Films in Concert and the Classic BRIT Awards it is synonymous with orchestral music. A uniquely historic venue, it is the perfect backdrop to a glamorous evening.

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director of the Royal Albert Hall, said“It’s a real honour for us to welcome the Classic BRITs back to the Hall next month. We’re committed to making classical music accessible to all, both through high-profile events and Education & Outreach initiatives, and these very special awards do an incredible job of raising the profile of the genre, as well as celebrating some of the most extraordinary artists working today.”

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:  “We value the tremendous support of our Classic BRITs partners – Classic FM, Apple Music, PPL and the Royal Albert Hall as well as our record label members – and thank them for their commitment in helping to bring The Classic BRITs back after a 5-year hiatus.  Their shared passion for classic music in all its diverse and exciting new forms is not only providing support to an extraordinary new wave of talent, it is also helping to broaden the appeal of classic music among the next generation of music fans.”

Hosted by musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, performers announced so far include the incredible Andrea Bocelli, Britain’s favourite duo Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, opera legend Sir Bryn Terfel and pianist Tokio Myers.

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

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13th. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

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

www.classicbrits.co.uk

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Barclaycard presents  British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2018!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2018!

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2018!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE returns for a wonderful week of free summer activities, in-between two weekends of huge musical line-ups.

 

There will be Free Movie Nights, Live Music & Entertainment, Street Food, Pop Up Bars, Tennis Screenings, Free Aerial Circus, Free Comedy Bingo, Free Family Theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, Birra Moretti Presents The Gran Tour, and much more.

So come on down and enjoy the host of free activities bringing a true taste of summer to your week, all at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park!

 

Here’s what the OPEN HOUSE has in store….

 

FREE OUTDOOR CINEMA / MONDAY-THURSDAY (5.30PM AND 8.30PM)

 

Following the ever-growing demand over the past five years, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is hosting four evenings of themed movie nights at one of the biggest outdoor screenings in London. Whether you fancy a night of sing-along musical tunes such as ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Grease’, or are a Wes Anderson fan, or maybe want to reminisce with an 80s classics like ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’, Hyde Park has got you covered.

 

Two films will be shown each evening at 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Entry is free on a first-come-first-served basis and headphones are provided!

 

MONDAY = FAMILY FAVOURITES

5.30pm: The Lego Movie (U)

8.30pm: Matilda (PG)

 

TUESDAY  = MUSICALS

5.30pm: Grease (PG)

8.30pm: The Greatest Showman (PG)

 

WEDNESDAY = CRITICS’ CHOICE

5.30pm: Lion (PG)

8.30pm: The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

 

THURSDAY = 80S CLASSICS

5.30pm: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (PG)

8.30pm: Flash Gordon (PG)

 

 

FREE TENNIS SCREENINGS @ WIMBLEDON SCREEN / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – END OF PLAY)

 

Want to watch the tennis outdoors this summer without the hassle of a crowded bar? Join us for FREE Wimbledon Championship screenings from 12pm onwards during Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE. Just bring a picnic blanket, grab a spot on the grass and you’re ready to catch all of the action.

 

 

FREE LIVE MUSIC @ THE BARCLAYCARD STAGE / MONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 10.30PM)

 

On the Barclaycard Stage from 4pm – 10pm, let ITV’s Arielle Free host your FREE evening of live music at OPEN HOUSE. Scottish TV Presenter and Radio DJ Arielle Free is one of the industry’s rising stars. With her passion for new music and music festivals, Arielle spends most of her summers hot footing between the UK’s biggest festivals including live hosting at Glastonbury and Bestival to name but a few.

 

Monday 9th July – Mister Kanish, Daytoner

 

Kicking off the festivities and new to OPEN HOUSE is Mister Kanish, a band who mix 90s style hip-hop with Mumford and Sons folk, UK garage with rock riffage. An unstoppable force on the party scene since 2008 smashing sets all over the UK with their unique arrangements of all your favourite songs.

 

Up next, Daytoner’s 6 piece line-up of baritone & tenor sax, flute, keys, bass, drums and DJ, fronted by the soul powerhouse that is Lucy Richards always fills the dance floor.

 

 

Tuesday 10th July – Freddie & Freeloaders, London Gay Big Band

 

Freddie & Freeloaders have achieved national acclaim for their live shows and interpretation of golden era Soul & Motown modern soulful dance and pop classics. They’ve worked alongside acts such as Sly and The Family Stone, Roy Ayres, De La Soul, Guru, Chase and Status, to perform regularly at Glastonbury Festival – and this year they’ll be gracing Hyde Park for OPEN HOUSE!
BST Hyde Park is delighted to welcome back the London Gay Big Band to OPEN HOUSE. The band, founded in the summer of 2011, is a sensational twenty piece jazz orchestra made up of predominantly – but not exclusively – LGBT musicians and vocalists. They’ll be bringing their fresh and fabulous vibe back to the midweek festivities!

 

 

Wednesday 11th July – London Gay Men’s Chorus, Temple Funk Collective

 

Britain’s biggest boy band, The London Gay Men’s Chorus return for a fourth year to entertain and inspire through their diverse and impressive repertoire. With music including Britney Spears, Rag’n‘Bone Man and Eric Whitacre, gems by Sondheim and Sia and vibrant settings of work from Brel to Björk, the concert promises to be another unique LGMC experience in Hyde Park.

 

Temple Funk Collective are new to British Summer Time Hyde Park. The New Orleans-style 8-piece brass band riot take their lead from Louisiana legends, adding gypsy, jungle and hip hop. With a rapidly growing fan base they are becoming one of the UKs top New Orleans Brass Bands now mixing upbeat originals into a set of classic covers, with both clever and cheeky arrangements Temple Funk are a band you can watch over and over again and still spot something new.

 

 

Thursday 12th July – House Gospel Choir, Old Dirty Brasstards

 

Also new to the midweek festivities is the House Gospel Choir. Even when the midweek is drawing to a close, there will be no slowing down with HGC’s electrifying House meets Gospel experience that never fails to get audiences singing, dancing and raving along!

 

Old Dirty Brasstards are a 10-piece drum and brass outfit made up of some of London’s top freelance Brass and percussion musicians, playing an eclectic mix of tunes from the Beatles through to Lady Gaga and Basement Jaxx by way of En Vogue. ODB aims are quite simple; to leave audiences smiling, singing and make them dance – get ready, Hyde Park!

 

 

FREE COMEDY BINGO WITH BOGAN BINGO & HIP HOP BINGO @ CARNIVAL STAGE / MONDAY-THURSDAY (7.45PM-8.45PM)

 

Strap in and prepare to experience the simmering chaos of the comedy gameshow, Bogan Bingo. An undeniably unique night of entertainment mixing classic 80s anthems, spectacular prizes, appalling choreography and two mulleted Aussie bingo callers – all tentatively held together by an eye watering version of the classic game of bingo.

 

Forget everything you know about bingo, as The Carnival Stage will also be bringing you Hip Hop Bingo! Hosted by the charming New Yorker Grandma Flash and her 87 year old lover, they call the numbers and drop the beats old school style in this brilliantly fun night out.
Expect phat prizes, lip sync battles, dance offs and gold plated everything all wrapped up in a night of bingo, breakin’ and booty shakin’.

 

For timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse

 

STREET FOOD MARKET AND POP UP BARS / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

 

Whether you are a pizza lover, prefer a sushi wrap or have a sweet tooth for a chocolate brownie, the OPEN HOUSE street food market has it all. You will be spoilt for choice with the finest traders on offer all week long. You can also cool off in the summer sun with a draft & craft beer, wine, spirits or event a cocktail at OPEN HOUSE’s pop up bars – serving from 12pm onwards.

 

BIRRA MORETTI PRESENTS THE GRAN TOUR / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

 

Back for a second year at British Summer Time Hyde Park, Birra Moretti Presents The Gran Tour will once again be serving up the very best in Italian culture. Join us to make time for what matters, traditional Italian beer, authentic Italian food all enjoyed with your loved ones.

 

During OPEN HOUSE, we’ll take you on a taste tour of Italy. Try your hand at creating some regional Italian light bites to be shared with your chosen family. Savour the tastes of each region and learn how they have inspired the Birra Moretti range. If you aren’t hungry you can try your hand at Bocce, take in some live music and dance to our DJ as the sun goes down over Hyde Park.

 

FREE AERIAL CIRCUS AND WORKSHOPS WITH UPSWING / MONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 9PM)

 

Have a go at aerial and acrobatics with Upswing… if you dare! Aerial circus company Upswing arrives at BST Open House to share how they blend aerial circus, theatre and dance together in a wonderful jumble that’ll have the audience gasping. Come along to see our free performances throughout each evening, then have a go in one of the free open workshops with professional circus artists.

 

For full timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse

 

THE ROYAL PARKS SHOWCASE / TUESDAY-THURSDAY

 

Summer is perfect time for budding and experienced gardeners alike to get their green fingers out, and OPEN HOUSE is the perfect place to do so.  The Royal Parks Showcase features a plant sale manned by horticultural experts, visitors will be able to get tips and advice as well as buy flowers and plants grown at the on-site Hyde Park Nursery. There will be daily talks including ‘Growing food in London’s small gardens’, educational activities for all the family, a photography display which features the winners from the Parks’ 2018 competition and a summer games area. There will also be opportunities to support The Royal Parks charity by signing up to run, cycle or swim in major events such as the London Marathon.

 

FREE FAMILY THEATRE WITH CHICKENSHED @ BARCLAYCARD STAGE / TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY (10.30AM – 2PM)

 

Returning to the festival, Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed continues to grow and grow. This year will be the biggest performance of them all as Tales is teaming up with Brit School’s Community Arts Practice students who, as part of their course, study Chickenshed’s inclusive approach to theatre making

 

This collaboration will make the music livelier, the dance more spectacular and the acting considerably. Taking the whole experience to another theatrical level. The show will incorporate stories, both traditional and original told using puppets, full body suits, physical theatre and with constant input from the audience. This approach means no show will ever be the same, meaning it will be a truly unique theatre experience in a unique. And what’s more amazing is that it’s free!

 

Let’s tell some Tales as the Shed door is ready to open.

 

Timings

Tuesday 10th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)

Wednesday 11th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)

 

Each show lasts 50-60 minutes

 

OPEN HOUSE timings

Monday 9th July (12pm – 10pm)

Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th July (8am – 10am / activities running from 12pm)

 

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WORLD’S FIRST DEDICATED VIRTUAL REALITY MUSIC PLATFORM NOW AVAILABLE

WORLD’S FIRST DEDICATED VIRTUAL REALITY MUSIC PLATFORM NOW AVAILABLE

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WORLD’S FIRST DEDICATED VIRTUAL REALITY MUSIC PLATFORM NOW AVAILABLE

MelodyVR, the world’s first dedicated virtual reality music platform that enables fans to experience music performances in a revolutionary new way, is now available.

 

The revolutionary MelodyVR app offers music fans an incredible selection of immersive performances from today’s biggest artists. Fans are transported all over the world to sold-out stadium shows, far-flung festivals and exclusive VIP sessions, and experience the music they love.

 

What MelodyVR delivers is a unique and world-class set of original experiences, created with multiple vantage points, to give fans complete control over what they see and where they stand at a performance. By selecting different Jump Spots, MelodyVR users can choose to be in the front row, deep in the crowd, or up-close-and-personal with the band on stage. They can stand alongside KISS amidst an explosion of confetti, catch the London Symphony Orchestra from the middle of the action or steal a moment alone with Sigrid as she plays catchy choruses under clear blue skies. These are truly unobtainable experiences – better than the best seats in the house.

 

With fresh performances rolling out weekly, the MelodyVR app is now available in the UK and United States – initially via Oculus Go and Samsung GearVR devices – and offer users an extraordinary selection of pre-recorded performances, original content and curated Journeys to choose from and purchase. As such, it will undoubtedly revolutionise the way fans connect with artists and experience music. Over the coming months, MelodyVR will live stream concerts via Virtual Reality and offer virtual tickets to sold-out shows with the biggest artists, enabling an unlimited number of fans to attend in-demand concerts around the globe.

 

Earlier today, MelodyVR and its parent company EVR Holdings, announced a fundraise of $30 million dollars, taking total funding to over $70 million to-date. The additional capital raised today will be used to fuel corporate expansion globally and to launch the MelodyVR product in additional international markets.

 

As the only licensed VR music platform, MelodyVR has secured partnerships across the industry, including major and independent labels and publishers, and teamed up with a remarkable array of international artists including 2 Chainz, Rag‘n’Bone Man and Niall Horan to build the world’s largest library of immersive and interactive virtual reality music experiences.

 

 

 

With standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Go now available at an extremely accessible price point ($199), the already vibrant VR market is set to grow exponentially over the coming years. Current market forecasts suggest over 350 million users by 2021 and last year saw $3 billion invested in virtual and alternative reality.

 

“As an artist you’re always trying to break down the barrier between you and your fans. MelodyVR takes this to a whole new level.” – Niall Horan

 

“We had this great opportunity to work with Melody VR on our European Tour which was very exciting because we put a lot of work into our show and production. We travel with videographers year-round capturing our show but the footage they were able to get and angles is unlike anything we have ever seen and we are in the show ourselves.” – Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers

 

“In 1971, Pete Townshend wrote a science fiction musical called Lifehouse about a future where people didn’t have to leave home to get real life experiences from outside their four walls, we thought it was mad! But he proved to be right and MelodyVR have managed to bring this to life.”

– Roger Daltrey of The Who

 

“MelodyVR was founded to deliver new and amazing ways for music fans to connect with the artists they love. We’re thrilled to have launched our platform in the US and the UK and we look forward to launching globally over the coming months,” says MelodyVR founder and CEO Anthony Matchett. “We’re hugely excited to provide music fans across-the-globe with amazing, immersive VR performances from the world’s most recognisable and loved artists.”

 

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2018 Classic BRITs Nominations Announced

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2018 Classic BRITs Nominations Announced

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 announces nominations for this year, with a new category and recognition for a phenomenally diverse range of incredible artists. 101 year old Dame Vera Lynn leads the accolades with two nominations to add to her Lifetime Achievement Award.

There are multiple nominations for actress and musical theatre star Sheridan Smith after a stunning yearas well as Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, who sold over a million copies of their two blockbuster albums ‘Together’ and ‘Together Again’.

Classic BRIT Awards co-host Alexander Armstrong also receives two nominations and The Greatest Showman, one of the biggest albums on the planet right now, receives recognition in the brand new ‘Soundtrack Of the Year’ category.

Tina Guo represents the new wave of classical artists finding younger audiences via soundtracks and video games and is nominated for Female Artist Of The Year. Last year, she released an album of video game music – ‘Game On!’ – establishing her as the pre-eminent force in a growing genre.

Hans Zimmer, perhaps the Classic BRIT Awards’ most-listened to nominee, garners 3 nominations in the new ‘Soundtrack Of The Year’ category for his work on BBC series ‘Blue Planet II’ (alongside Jacob Shea and David Fleming), and blockbuster films ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (alongside Benjamin Wallfisch)and the extraordinary ‘Dunkirk’. The score received praise for its use of the ‘Shepard Tone’ that Zimmer describes as a ‘musical trick’ used to create ever-increasing intensity.

“The category also includes the phenomenon that is the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ movie (the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far).  The album has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

Olafur Arnalds’ score for hit ITV show ‘Broadchurch – The Final Chapter’, completes the category, recognising a hugely popular genre where the public hears incredible, newly composed music.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:

“The nominations for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards have captured the essence of classic music in all its exciting and diverse forms. From operatic traditions to contemporary classical and from film and games soundtracks to musicals, all forms of classic music and the artists that bring it to life will be celebrated at this year’s awards. I am also thrilled that British music legend Dame Vera Lynn is honoured as our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.”

Elsewhere, the nominations continue the theme of extraordinary and varied talent.

With Tina Guo, the Female Artist Of The Year category boasts Dame Vera Lynn, a national treasure whose album ‘Vera Lynn 100’ became the biggest selling album released by a woman in 2017. They are joined by 24 year old classical pianist and phenomenon Beatrice Rana, opera legend Renée Fleming and Sheridan Smith.

In the Male Artist Of The Year category, opera’s leading man, tenor Jonas Kaufmann brings the classical star quality, alongside modern composer Max Richter, famous for his own work on screen and stage alongside his acclaimed recordings. Our Classic BRITs host Alexander Armstrong is nominated, a renaissance talent, if ever there was one as host of popular daytime TV quiz ‘Pointless, a celebrated comedian and classically trained baritone with 2 top 10 albums to his name.

Completing the category are two young men with the world at their feet, both educated at state schools, illustrating a new accessibility for classical music. Tokio Myers is a supremely talented musician who won Britain’s Got Talent 2017 with his musical mash-ups incorporating classical music elements. After his reworking of ‘Jerusalem’ for the Official Commonwealth Games anthem last month, he will also be awarded the Classic BRITS Breakthrough Artist Of The Year Award.

Sheku Kanneh- Mason is a 19 year old cellist whose debut album ‘Inspiration’ broke into the Top 20 in the Official UK Album Chart and was also No.1 in the Classical Chart, applying for the job as the classical sensation of a new generation. His covers of Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen sit alongside Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 on the record, illustrating his diverse musical taste.

Group Of The Year sees young Scots, the Ayoub Sisters competing against Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, whose recent partnership has cemented them as among Britain’s most popular entertainers. Sensations 2CELLOS join the category alongside Jools Holland & Jose Feliciano’s album collaboration ‘As You See Me Now’.

The latter receive a further nomination for Classic FM Album Of the Year, the award voted for by listeners of Classic FM.  The worldwide best-seller Andre Rieu is also a strong contender for that category, alongside more nominations for Dame Vera LynnMichael Ball & Alfie BoeTokio MyersAlexander ArmstrongSheridan Smith and Sheku Kanneh-Mason among others.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Classic BRITs once again, and to host the voting for the Classic FM Album of the Year. With 5.7 million listeners, Classic FM is the UK’s biggest classical music radio station, and we’re looking forward to reflecting all the excitement ahead of what’s set to be a great night.”

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

Hosted by musicians and presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, performers announced so far include the incredible Andrea Bocelli, Britain’s favourite duo Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, opera legend Sir Bryn Terfeland pianist Tokio Myers.

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

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

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

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

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

BST HYDE PARK FULL FIRST WEEKEND LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

BST HYDE PARK FULL FIRST WEEKEND LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ticket prices from £65.00

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Kim is one of a few artists championed by Spotify’s exciting emerging artist program RISE, designed to identify and break the next wave of music superstars through Spotify’s unmatched cultural influence and 140+ million music fans. In the past year, Kim has released a string of singles independently. In addition to ‘I Don’t Want It At All’, there is: ‘Faded’ (featuring Lil Aaron), ‘Hillside Boys’, ‘Slow It Down’, ‘Hills’ featuring Baby E, and a live acoustic cover of The Killers’ ‘Human’.

 

Born in a small town outside Cologne, Germany, Kim grew up obsessed with pop music icons Britney Spears, Spice Girls, Cyndi Lauper and Boy George, which had a profound influence on her songwriting finesse. Kim is also transgender and made headlines around the world when she became the youngest person to ever undergo gender reassignment surgery at age 16.

NAOMI CAMPBELL RETURNS TO CANNES WITH FASHION FOR RELIEF CATWALK FUNDRAISER

NAOMI CAMPBELL RETURNS TO CANNES WITH FASHION FOR RELIEF CATWALK FUNDRAISER

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

New Innovations in Accessibility from BST Hyde Park

New Innovations in Accessibility from BST Hyde Park

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ACCESS FOR ALL AT BST HYDE PARK!

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

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

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

More Special Guests Announced For BST Hyde Park

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More Special Guests Announced For BST Hyde Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ticket prices from £65.00 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

2017 saw the band play sell out shows in Australia, Europe and North America, stunning audiences with an incredible, emotional live experience and picking up some of the best reviews of an already decorated career.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ seven-piece touring line-up features Nick Cave (vocals, piano), Warren Ellis (piano, keyboards, violin, tenor guitar), Martyn Casey(bass), Thomas Wydler (drums), Jim Sclavunos (vibraphone, percussion, piano, drums), George Vjestica (guitar) and Larry Mullins (keyboards, piano).

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

Tickets www.nickcave.com

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

2 Oct – Pepsi Center WTC – Mexico City, Mexico
5 Oct – Teatro Caupolicán – Santiago, Chile
8 Oct – Teatro de Verano – Montevideo, Uruguay
10 Oct – Estadio Malvinas Argentinas – Buenos Aires, Argentina
14 Oct – Espaço das Américas – São Paulo, Brazil
21 Oct – The Forum – Los Angeles, CA*
25 Oct – The Anthem – Washington DC*
26 Oct – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
28 Oct – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Canada*

*With special guest Cigarettes After Sex.

2017 UK show reviews:

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 US show reviews:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

To download ‘Cry Pretty’ click HERE

 

To view the full lyric video visit YouTube HERE

 

 

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THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018

THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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