BRISTOL BASED OPUS TALENT SOULUTIONS LAUNCH _NOLOGY CAMPAIGN

BRISTOL BASED OPUS TALENT SOULUTIONS LAUNCH _NOLOGY CAMPAIGN

BRISTOL BASED OPUS TALENT SOULUTIONS LAUNCH _NOLOGY CAMPAIGN TO ADDRESS THE UK’S TECH SKILLS GAP CRISIS

Opus Talent Solutions, a leading end-to-end talent consultancy and recruitment firm today announced the launch of the _nology programme – www.nology.io – a campaign that aims to fix the tech skills shortage.

The scheme will do this through training as well as busting the myth that careers in tech are only for STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) specialists, engaging a broader audience and addressing the lack of diversity in tech – with only 15% of tech specialists being female and 1% black.

The problem is at epic proportions and the government last year estimated that the shortfall costs the economy £63bn a year. Deloitte’s Digital Disruption Index says just 12% of executives think school leavers and graduates have the right digital skills.

_nology have initially partnered with the Southwest’s biggest universities as well as Bristol City Council with further expansion planned. The scheme is the brainchild of Opus Talent Solutions CEO Amy Golding, the youngest female CEO of a $100,000,000 turn over company. Opus have their head office in Bristol and others in London, Europe and the US

_nology will have its first candidate intake in October in their quest to create the next generation of tech talent. By taking candidates through a 12-month development scheme it will help companies find the most suitable raw talent and enable career conversions for those from any background. As part of this the three month Tech Conversion scheme – unique to _nology  – teaches the basics and builds on them over the course. Just as a law conversation course is now seen as standard, _nology will do the same for tech.

Across the remaining year, candidates will learn broader tech and business skills, gaining proper experience delivering tech projects before they start work. There is a guaranteed role at the end of it and the programme ensures people are armed with the tech skills that are currently lacking.

Amy Golding said “ We work with over 2000 clients from Uber through to Burberry finding the right people for tech roles but we know there is still a huge tech skills gap and so we want to do something more radical about it.  That’s why we’re launching _nology. To create the next generation of tech specialists we need to go beyond the current talent pool and the stark statistics show this needs to happen now.”

PIXIE LOTT INVITES HER FANS AND MELODYVR TO SIT IN ON THE CREATION OF A BRAND NEW SONG

PIXIE LOTT INVITES HER FANS AND MELODYVR TO SIT IN ON THE CREATION OF A BRAND NEW SONG

PIXIE LOTT INVITES HER FANS AND MELODYVR TO SIT IN ON THE CREATION OF A BRAND NEW SONG

 

It’s not often you can stand next to a major pop star as they write a brand new and never before heard song. But that’s exactly what Pixie Lott and MelodyVR have teamed up to do in an exclusive Virtual Reality session available for free on the MelodyVR app.

Join Pixie for an intimate writing session as she collaborates with her producer through the composition of a brand new track – Rhythm of the Rain. Featuring just Pixie and her producer at the piano, the session gives a behind the scenes look at the creative song writing process and the chance to witness the song in its very earliest stages.

Pixie said; “It’s so amazing as an artist to give my fans the experience of joining me on the journey I go through when i’m writing my music! MelodyVR can get fans closer than ever before to the artists they love and I can’t wait for them to try it!”

The full experience is available free on Oculus Go and Samsung GearVR. Previews are available at MelodyVR.com or via the iOs app.

Virtual Reality platform MelodyVR offers people access to the world’s largest library of immersive and interactive virtual reality music experiences from the world’s biggest artists such as Imagine Dragons, Rag N Bone Man,Wiz Khalifa, Fall Out Boy, Niall Horan and The Chainsmokers.

MelodyVR delivers a unique and world-class set of original experiences, captured from multiple points-of-view from on stage with the lead singer to in the middle of the crowd It’s better than the best seats in the house.

An Evening With Eric Cantona

An Evening With Eric Cantona

An Evening With Eric Cantona

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

The Proposition Original Soundtrack by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

The Proposition Original Soundtrack by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

 

The Proposition Original Soundtrack by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Released on vinyl for first time

 

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis‘ soundtrack for 2005 film The Proposition will receive a first vinyl release on November 2nd.

The now modern classic ‘western’, written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat, starred Guy Pearce, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and John Hurt in a violent epic set in the arid outback, based on bushrangers – the outlaws of nineteenth century Australia.

The score was the first collaboration for film between Cave and Ellis, a member of The Bad Seeds and Grinderman, as well the frontman of instrumental rock trio The Dirty Three.  They have since created soundtracks to ‘The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford’, ‘Dias de Gracia’, ‘Lawless’ ‘Loin des Hommes’, ‘Hell Or High Water’, ‘Wind River’ and ‘Kings’.

The soundtrack features Ellis’ violin to the fore, evoking the folk sound of the film’s 1880s setting, plus fragments of church hymns and abstract avant-folk drones, haunting ballads, soft chamber pieces, whispered laments.  There are also more traditional songs including ‘The Rider Song’ and ‘Clean Hands, Dirty Hands’ which lend a note of healing musical balm to the film’s bittersweet, blood-spattered finale.

With music intimate and epic, stark and rich, it is a score that works both as a standalone record and evocative sonic landscape to a screen gem.

“I always heard it musically, and I guess it’s written rhythmically as well,” Cave explained in 2005, “It’s very similar to the way my band operates.  There are moments of intense violence and there are also moments of long, lyrical, quiet sadness.”

The Proposition OST will be released on special gold vinyl in a gatefold sleeve via Mute / BMG.

Available to pre-order: https://nickcaveandwarrenellis.lnk.to/ThePropositionLP

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ALFIE BOE  Celebrates the Golden Era of Music ‘As Time Goes By’

ALFIE BOE Celebrates the Golden Era of Music ‘As Time Goes By’

ALFIE BOE Celebrates the Golden Era of Music ‘As Time Goes By’

For the first time in four years, Alfie Boe returns to the solo spotlight with the release of his vibrant and instantly classic album As Time Goes By. A record that celebrates the golden era of music from the 30s and 40s, a time that is often overlooked – sandwiched as it is between the roaring twenties and rock ‘n’ roll.


Alfie is one of the best-loved vocalists of his generation and a hugely successful, multi-platinum selling artist. He has triumphed on theatre stages and in concert halls around the world and has two recent UK #1 albums under his belt for albums ‘Together’ and ‘Together Again’, made with his great friend Michael Ball. The duo also won two Classic BRIT Awards earlier this year for ‘Best Album’ and ‘Group of the Year’.
 
The record boasts Alfie’s voice at its strongest, alongside a full band, led by Grammy award winner Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band. It journeys through the defining songs of the era – from the full force of “Sing Sing Sing” – a song strongly identified with big band and swing, through to slower, smoother numbers “The Way You Look Tonight” and “As Time Goes By”. And on the Cab Calloway 1931 classic “Minnie the Moocher” – using an arrangement inspired by Bobby Darin’s cover – there’s a guest appearance from Frasier star Kelsey Grammer.
 
The recording sessions took place at the celebrated Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, where Frank Sinatra made so many of his vintage albums. Musicians such as Sinatra and Gene Krupa were the pop stars of their day and during this time, a network of ballrooms sprang up to cater to young people looking for thrills and excitement. 
 
“Stompin’ at the Savoy”, one of the tracks on the new disc, was a 1934 homage to that Harlem landmark, The Savoy Ballroom. The atmosphere of these venues springs back to life with the band and Alfie’s raw energy on vocals. 
 
Alfie had a specific sound in mind for his new album: “I kept saying to the players in the studio, ‘Please don’t play clean, please make it dirty.’” When he decided to revisit classic songs from the 1930s and 40s, it would have been simple to create a clean-cut swing session that has become a rite of passage for many a best-selling entertainer. He had bigger ambitions. Instead of politely tipping his hat to the great songwriters and musicians of the past, he creates the excitement and visceral passion of a period, which saw the birth of modern pop music. 
 
As Alfie explains: “You had Louis Armstrong blasting out songs, Gene Krupa hammering on the skins. Cab Calloway was as wild a performer as you could possibly get. There were all these musicians who know how to play with emotion. What we’re also trying to do is to show how it all came together and how it influenced the music scene in the UK. You could say it was like a revolution.”
 
This record goes deeper for Alfie – it is the music that was part of the soundtrack to Alfie’s childhood in Lancashire. In a way, the new project is homage to his parents, who – along with their passion for tenors and sopranos – introduced him to the glories of big bands and classics by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.
 
“They were really into the big bands – Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie,” Alfie recalls, “I remember a story my mother told me. When she was pregnant with me she was watching a TV show and Gene Krupa came on and started the drum solo from Sing Sing Sing. She had a cup of tea on her tummy, and immediately she felt me kick and the tea went up in the air. She always told this story and it made me realise I was connected with music even before I was born.”
 
The story of the golden era of music is largely forgotten and long overdue revisiting. On ‘As Time Goes By’, Alfie imbues it with passion and personal history. Alfie is an artist who has effortlessly broken boundaries via his love of music – and with this record, he continues to do so. 
 
As Time Goes By Track List:

  1. La Vie En Rose
  2. Moonlight Serenade
  3. Sing Sing Sing
  4. Stompin at the Savoy feat. Kara Tointon
  5. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square feat. Brennyn Lark
  6. The Way You Look Tonight
  7. Minnie The Moocher feat. Kelsey Grammar
  8. As Time Goes By
  9. My Funny Valentine
  10. Ain’t Misbehavin’
  11. Mood Indigo
  12. I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance

 
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New Order Announce Only UK Show of 2018

New Order Announce Only UK Show of 2018

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New Order Announce Only UK Show of 2018

New Order are proud to announce their only UK show of 2018. The band will play London’s Alexandra Palace on 9th Nov before heading off on a short tour of South America.

 

Preceding this show, and almost forty years to the day of Joy Division’s TV debut, “New Order: Decades” will air on Sky Arts on Sat 22nd September at 9pm. Part concert, part documentary, the film follows the band’s preparations in the re-staging of their acclaimed collaboration So It Goes.. with the artist Liam Gillick and the 12-piece synthesiser orchestra that captured the headlines during Manchester International Festival 2017.

 

With full access to New Order and their collaborators, the film is an unprecedented and intimate celebration of their story and their music. Through personal interviews with the band members and close collaborators including Gillick and art director Peter Saville, ‘New Order: Decades’ offers a rare chance to enter the band’s private world, understand the visual philosophy of their aesthetic and design, and witness their collaborative, creative processes first hand.

 

Tickets for London go onsale Friday 07 September at  09:30 via www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

 

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9th         London, UK, Alexandra Palace

18th       Mexico City, Mexico, Corona Capital 2018

21st      Santiago, Chile, Teatro Caupolican

28th       Sao Paulo, Brazil, Espaco das Americas

30th       Uberlandia, Brazil, Sabiazinho Arena

December

2nd        Curitiba, Brazil, Live Curitiba

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ONE TO WATCH: POP NEWCOMER AND ACTRESS TARA LEE LAUNCHES DEBUT SINGLE ‘BOYZ’

ONE TO WATCH: POP NEWCOMER AND ACTRESS TARA LEE LAUNCHES DEBUT SINGLE ‘BOYZ’

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ONE TO WATCH: POP NEWCOMER AND ACTRESS TARA LEE LAUNCHES DEBUT SINGLE ‘BOYZ’

Dublin-born pop newcomer and actress Tara Lee is already making waves for her stand-out roles in critically-acclaimed films and prime time television, but her music now takes centre stage with the arrival of ‘Boyz’ – her debut single.

Hailing from a musical family with a film composer father and music producer brother, performing has long been Tara’s life blood. The 23-year old trained as a dancer in the Performing Arts College in Dublin but her creative inquisition soon led her into singing and songwriting, where she effortlessly found her style of fusing raw, emotional ballads with a contemporary pop twist.

Boyz’ is an atmospheric slice of noir-electro pop about an intoxicating fascination with the wrong kind of men. She co-wrote the track with producer Justin Broad (Emeli Sandé, Izzy Bizu) and Paul Herman. Tara’s influences – David BowieMassive Attack, Blondie and Nick Cave – may flavour the track but it is her bewitching vocal performance that steals the spotlight.

A formidable live performer described by Dublin Concerts as “modern, with genuine popstar stage presence”, Tara supported Hurts on tour in December 2017 and performed at Live Nation’s ‘Female Artists to Watch For in 2019’ showcase along with Alice and Maeve earlier this month in London. Tara will also be supporting Drama at Waiting Room in London on 5 September. Tara was immediately signed up by BMG Chrysalis publishing following her performance at the International Music Industry Awards, where she played in front of legendary songwriter Diane Warren. She is currently writing and recording with Swedish pop producer Jonas Quant (Hurts, Kylie Minogue), Blair MacKichan (Paloma Faith, Sia) and Justin Broad.

Alongside her music, Tara is a rising star in the film and television world. She has starred alongside Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in the successful BBC drama The Fall and appeared in two critically-acclaimed films in the past year: Moon Dogs (which picked up a slew of international awards) and A Date For Mad Mary (IFTA Award for Best Picture). Tara also recently starred in a lead storyline on the popular BBC drama Eastenders, playing the mysterious newcomer Jessica.

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ONE TO WATCH: KIM PETRAS LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE ‘ALL THE TIME’

ONE TO WATCH: KIM PETRAS LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE ‘ALL THE TIME’

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ONE TO WATCH: KIM PETRAS LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE 'ALL THE TIME'

One of pop’s most promising new talents, Kim Petras is rounding off an epic summer of live shows with a new single: ‘All The Time’. Described by The Guardian as “defiantly hedonistic”, Kim’s latest offering is every bit as catchy as its predecessors ‘Heart to Break’ and ‘I Don’t Want It At All’.

Since her debut last summer, Kim Petras has racked up over 40 million streams and played a string of shows across the UK, Germany and North America – including a sold-out gig in London in May. Kim will be supporting Troye Sivan on his “The Bloom Tour” in North America from September. For dates, please visit kimpetras.com.

Hailed by Charli XCX as “the future of pop”, Kim is quickly proving herself to be a must-see live performer with a growing catalogue of bangers. The rising singer-songwriter has been tipped as one to watch by the likes of The Guardian, Noisey, NME, FADER, Music Week, i-D, Dork, Gay Times, The New York Times, and many more.

A budding fashionista with her own twist on 80s and 90s references, Kim recently graced the cover of PAPER Magazine’s Pride issue and was announced as the face of Opening Ceremony’s latest campaign.

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. In the past year, she has released a string of singles independently: ‘I Don’t Want It At All’, ‘Faded’ (featuring Lil Aaron), ‘Heart to Break’, ‘Hillside Boys’, ‘Slow It Down’, ‘Hills’ featuring Baby E, ‘Can’t Do Better’, and a live acoustic cover of The Killers’ ‘Human’. Kim also featured on Charli XCX’s POP2 track ‘Unlock It’ with Jay Park.

Born in a small town outside Cologne, Germany, Kim grew up obsessed with music icons Freddie Mercury, Cyndi Lauper, and Madonna, which had a profound influence on her songwriting finesse. Kim saved up enough money to relocate to L.A. – the heart of the industry’s pop factory – to pursue her dreams. She subsequently landed a management deal with Larry Rudolph, who has guided the careers of mega stars Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AEG PRESENTS PROMOTES SIMON JONES TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT LIVE MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

AEG PRESENTS PROMOTES SIMON JONES TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT LIVE MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

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AEG PRESENTS PROMOTES SIMON JONES TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT LIVE MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

AEG Presents, the live music division of global entertainment company, AEG, announced today (Thursday 16th August) the appointment of Simon Jones in the newly created position of Senior Vice President Live Music International.

The creation of the role further builds on AEG Presents global presence and follows the opening of their Paris office at the start of 2018. Jones will report directly to the CEOs of AEG Presents London, Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope.

Jones will head up the international promoting operations for AEG Presents UK, expanding the companies’ international touring footprint, working closely with the AEG offices in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With AEG Presents ever growing network of partners across the world, he will promote a broad range of artists from intimate club gigs through to stadium shows.

Since entering the UK market more than a decade ago, AEG Presents have built a strong presence across concert touring, festivals and venues. In 2017 alone, AEG promoted over 800 live events in the UK. Through festivals such as Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park and the newly created All Points East, AEG has brought a new level of world-class talent and outstanding customer experiences.

Jones currently has a series of major shows taking place this year and into 2019 including Shawn Mendes European tour, the Ed Sheeran South Africa Stadium tour, Asian tours for Khalid and Calum Scott, Rodriguez across Australia and New Zealand and UK tours for Anne-Marie, Jess Glynne, Tom Odell and The Vamps.

Recent successes both in the UK and internationally include Ed Sheeran in Asia and the Middle East (2017/18) and his three sell out stadium shows in Glasgow (2018), Justin Bieber UK tour (2016/2017) Craig David’s arena tour (2017), London Grammar, and Father John Misty UK tours as well as the annual established BRITs Week series of shows.

Jones began his promoting career early. From the age of 20 he was running gigs across his native Kent and whilst he was a student at Greenwich University he answered an advert for interns to work at a brand new arena – The O2 – which was in the process of being built and was part of the small team that launched the venue. Since that time Jones has risen through the ranks as a promoter and senior executive, taking him to his current role.

Simon Jones said “I’ve enjoyed building the international touring arm of our UK office in recent years; it’s a major passion of mine and I’m excited to continue and expand on this even further, with some incredible shows and tours to announce soon.  What we have achieved since AEG Presents launched in the UK has been phenomenal and I’m certain we can keep upping the ante both here and around the world.  The artists that work with us are always at the core of our thinking when planning tours and shows and that is reflected in the calibre of artists and their teams that we work with”

ALEXANDRA PALACE PARTNERS WITH MELODYVR

ALEXANDRA PALACE PARTNERS WITH MELODYVR

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ALEXANDRA PALACE PARTNERS WITH MELODYVR

Alexandra Palace Trading Ltd (APTL) and MelodyVR have announced a ground-breaking partnership which sees the technology company granted exclusive rights to capture concerts across the Palace and Park in virtual reality.

It was from Alexandra Palace that the BBC launched the world’s first high-definition television service in 1936, whilst the medium was still in development. It is in this spirit of innovation that Alexandra Palace looks to the next leap in entertainment platforms with MelodyVR, where viewers can already experience The Chainsmoker’s sold-out concert at the venue.

Technological innovation has been a central part of the Palace’s story. From the spectacular stage machinery in the soon to reopen Theatre, to the advent of cinema and up to the present day. Alexandra Palace continues to embrace technology to find new ways to share its fascinating stories and explore how it remains relevant and welcoming to audiences today and in the future.

APTL is the wholly owned trading subsidiary of Alexandra Park and Palace Trust – the charity responsible for restoring and maintaining the much-loved North London venue. Revenue generated by the trading company through partnerships, events and ticket sales is reinvested back into the charity to ensure the Park and Palace remains open for all to enjoy.

Virtual Reality platform MelodyVR offers people access to the world’s largest library of immersive and interactive virtual reality music experiences from the world’s biggest artists such as Imagine Dragons, Bebe Rexha, Wiz Khalifa, Fall Out Boy, Niall Horan and The Chainsmokers.

Whatever the barriers are that prohibit someone from being at a show – whether they’re on the other side of the world, the show is sold or the show already happened – MelodyVR uses this new, immersive format to offer truly unique viewpoints and give music lovers an unobtainable experience.

As part of this partnership, MelodyVR will live stream real-time concerts via VR 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.

The concerts, as well as virtual tickets, will be available to purchase via the MelodyVR app, on Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets.

Lucy Fenner, Commercial Director of APTL, said:

“We are proud to be continuing our legacy of innovation by partnering with MelodyVR. In the last 12 months we’ve seen a record-breaking growth in concert attendances but now, through this partnership, even more people will be able to experience the magic of a gig at Alexandra Palace as well as introducing this iconic venue to new audiences around the world”

Steven Hancock COO and Co-founder of MelodyVR, said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Alexandra Palace, to establish another milestone in their story, delivering unique live and recorded VR experiences from one of the most important venues in British entertainment history.”

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BRINGS TWO NEW MANAGERS INTO THE FOLD

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BRINGS TWO NEW MANAGERS INTO THE FOLD

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Blue Raincoat Artists have announced that LA based artist manager Darin Harmon has joined the company. He brings with him renowned artist Phoebe Bridgers whose album Stranger In The Alps was cited in many critics polls on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the albums of 2017. Phoebe has also received three nominations for the AIM Awards 2018.

Harmon will have a dual role within Blue Raincoat Music. As well as artist representation, he will also oversee the Chrysalis Records catalogue in the US on the company’s behalf. Artists on the roster include The Specials, Sinead O’Connor, The Waterboys, Ten Years After, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Steve Harley, Fun Boy Three, Ultravox, Generation X and the Two Tone label.

Harmon began his career in A&R at labels including Capitol Records, Reprise / Warner Bros Records, Grand Royal Records and Nettwerk Records, before moving into artist management at Nettwerk. He left to become co-founder of 3D Management who counted amongst their clients Coldplay, My Chemical Romance, Jenny Lewis, Anthony and The Johnsons and Scissor Sisters. He went on to become a senior manager at Bill Silva Management working with Linkin Park and most recently spent time at CAM/Artist Nation where he managed All American Rejects and Breaking Benjamin.

The deal marks a further expansion by Blue Raincoat Artists into the alternative music world, which began last year with Ed Harris joining the company along with Cigarettes After Sex. With Harris based in New York and Harmon in LA, this further strengthens the company’s standing in the US, giving them a bi-coastal presence.

In further news, Josh Fisher has also joined BRA to further bolster the company’s electronic music management arm. Fisher comes from a club background, having been events manager at legendary Ibiza venue Space. Josh and brings with him the internationally renowned Mexican techno DJ Hector.

Blue Raincoat Music last week received seven nominations in the AIM Awards spread across three of their artists – Let’s Eat Grandma, Cigarettes After Sex and Phoebe Bridgers – making it the independent company with the most nominations this year.

Jeremy Lascelles, CEO Blue Raincoat Music and Chrysalis Records said “Bringing Darin on board demonstrates the ambitions we have at BRA in the world of artist management. Not only does he carry with him a wealth of experience across records and management, he brings us Phoebe Bridgers, one the most genuinely talented and exciting artists to emerge in the last couple of years. The first time I heard her was one of those seminal moments when you knew you were listening to something genuinely extraordinary. Who she is as an artist embodies everything we believe in at BRM.

I am also delighted to welcome Josh to the company, where he will work alongside Jamie Smithson in continuing to grow and develop our exciting roster of DJ’s and electronic music artists”.

Darin Harmon said “I’m always telling artists to align themselves with individuals who have plenty of experience, a good reputation and strong relationships. In partnering with Jeremy, Robin, Ed and their team, I’m taking my own advice. We have big ambitions to combine our strengths and build a home for artists on a global level.”

Further Information:
Nick Caley – The Outside Organisation 07711 081 843

New Order: Decades A film by Mike Christie

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Almost forty years to the day of Joy Division’s TV debut, “New Order: Decades” which will air on Saturday 22nd September at 9pm on Sky Arts is a unique and timely feature-length film about one of the UK’s most original and truly iconic bands.

 

Part concert, part documentary, this film follows the band’s preparations in the re-staging of their acclaimed collaboration So It Goes.. with the artist Liam Gillick and the 12-piece synthesiser orchestra that spectacularly captured the headlines during Manchester International Festival 2017.  The complexities extend beyond the technical and logistical: this is a band that rarely looks backwards, yet for this project they had to reflect on – and de-construct – the band’s history, in order to create something very new.

 

With full access to New Order and their collaborators, this film is an unprecedented and intimate celebration of their story and their music. Through personal interviews with the band members and close collaborators including Gillick and art director Peter Saville, ‘New Order: Decades’ offers a rare chance to enter the band’s private world, understand the visual philosophy of their aesthetic and design, and witness their collaborative, creative processes first hand. The full-length New Order and Joy Division song performances featured in the film – captured from the spectacular concert, designed by Gillick and augmented by the synth orchestra – look and sound simply incredible. They also serve as a perfect cross section of the musical journey the band have undertaken in their incredible career over the last four decades, and the perfect soundtrack to this very special film.

 

New Order: Decades

A film by Mike Christie

Featuring
∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival,
OGR Torino and Wiener Festwochen.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Press contact – Outside Organisation

David Lim – david.lim@outside-org.co.uk

Corinna Ingram – corinna.ingram@outside-org.co.uk

Bat Out Of Hell Announces Sing-a-Long performances

Bat Out Of Hell Announces Sing-a-Long performances

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Bat Out Of Hell Announces Sing-a-Long performances

The producers of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical are delighted to announce five special performances when the audience will be able to sing along with the cast to the classic hits.  These performances will take place on Tuesday 28 August, Tuesday 25 September, Wednesday 31 October, Tuesday 27 November and Monday 31 December.  On Halloween (31 October) and New Year’s Eve (31 December), the audiences will also have the option to come dressed as their favourite character from the show or from one of Meat Loaf’s iconic videos.  The best dressed audience member on each night will go home that evening with a Bat Out Hell – The Musical poster signed by Meat Loaf himself.

The show is providing a surtitle screen that will allow everyone who wants to, to sing along with the show.

Nick Evans, the Associate Director of the London and German productions, said, “Bat Out of Hell – The Musical has brought the legendary music of Jim Steinman to the heart of the West End.  It’s become clear just how much these songs mean to people.  Our Singalong Nights will be a celebration of that; a chance for our energetic, passionate audiences to be a step closer to our talented cast.  These unique performances promise to become very sought after ….a night at the theatre, a party and a rock concert all in one!”

The winner of the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical 2017 began previews at the Dominion Theatre on Monday 2 April, with a gala performance on 19 April 2018.  It is now booking through to 5 January 2019.

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical wowed critics and public alike when it played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2017, and has been seen by over 650,000 people to date.  A new production opens in Toronto for a three-week engagement this autumn as the first stop in a multi-city North American tour.

In April 2018, Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical announced a wide-ranging global partnership to support the Invictus Games Foundation, the governing body of the Invictus Games, a global sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans.

Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide.  16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which contained the massive hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

For the stage musical, 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.

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – 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.

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography by Emma Portner, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Jon Bausor and Meentje Nielsen, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, casting by David Grindrod CDG, fight direction by Stuart Boother and musical direction by Robert Emery.

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox & Tony Smith.

Website:  www.BatOutOfHellMusical.com

Twitter & Facebook:  @BatTheMusical

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical

 

Dominion Theatre

268-269 Tottenham Court Road

London W1T 7AQ

Performances:  Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Wed & Sat matinee at 2.30pm (N.B.  Performances will be at 2.00pm & 8.00pm on Saturday 8 September)

 

Tickets:  from £15.00

Box Office:  0845 200 7982

Current Booking Period:  to 5 January 2019

Running Time:  2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)

Christmas 2018/19 Performance Schedule

Mon 17 December – 7.30pm

Tue 18 December – 7.30pm

Wed 19 December – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Thurs 20 December – 7.30pm

Fri 21 December – 7.30pm

Sat 22 December – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

 

Mon 24 December – No Show

Tue 25 December – No Show

Wed 26 December – 7.30pm

Thurs 27 December – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Fri 28 December – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sat 29 December – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

 

Mon 31 December – 7.00pm

Tues 1 January – 7.30pm

Wed 2 January – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Thurs 3 January – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Fri 4 January – 7.30pm

Sat 5 January – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

 

 

For press enquiries, please contact:

 

 

Outside Organisation

020 7436 3633

info@outside-org.co.uk

Chris Goodman

Sarah Valentine

JAMES Release NEW ALBUM  “Living In Extraordinary Times”

JAMES Release NEW ALBUM “Living In Extraordinary Times”

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JAMES Release 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’ – “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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GALANTIS CELEBRATE GLOBE-TROTTING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS IN ‘MAMA LOOK AT ME NOW’ MUSIC VIDEO

GALANTIS CELEBRATE GLOBE-TROTTING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS IN ‘MAMA LOOK AT ME NOW’ MUSIC VIDEO

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GALANTIS CELEBRATE GLOBE-TROTTING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS IN 'MAMA LOOK AT ME NOW' MUSIC VIDEO

Last week, Galantis dropped two brand new summer anthems ‘Satisfied’ (feat. MAX) (watch here) and ‘Mama Look At Me Now’. Today the chart-shattering Swedish electronic music duo unveil the official music video for ‘Mama Look At Me Now’, featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the global success story of Galantis.

Cherry picked from hundreds of hours of b-roll footage captured since the beginning of their career in 2013, Galantis takes us through their acclaimed, over-the-top performances; to cruising around in golf carts backstage; to traveling in style on private jets; skateboarding through hotel suites; to epic games of chess played in exotic locations around the world. We have a feeling their mamas are pretty proud! Watch the video here.
 
Following the release of their 2017 album “The Aviary” (stream), which scaled the Top 10 in 23 countries, Galantis returned with a new track in May: ‘Spaceship’ featuring Uffie (listen). Hailed by CLASH as “an impactful, exciting return” and by MTV UK as “a relentless dance anthem that is bursting with euphoria”, ‘Spaceship’ racked up over 6.5 million streams in the last month alone thanks to radio and playlist support worldwide.  
 
Galantis show no signs of slowing down any time soon with tour dates spanning the entire globe announced through to the end of August – including the UK where they play Creamfields and SW4 on 25 August. For tickets and all live dates visit wearegalantis.com

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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