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.”

New Order: Decades A film by Mike Christie

New Order: Decades A film by Mike Christie

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New Order: Decades A film by Mike Christie

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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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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Twitter: @rewindfestival

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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GALANTIS RETURNS WITH TWO NEW SONGS AHEAD OF SW4 AND CREAMFIELDS FESTIVAL PERFORMANCESa

GALANTIS RETURNS WITH TWO NEW SONGS AHEAD OF SW4 AND CREAMFIELDS FESTIVAL PERFORMANCESa

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Chart-shattering Swedish electronic music duo Galantis are back with two new summery songs ahead of their return to the UK next month.

‘Satisfied’ (listen) is a bouncy, funk-flavoured bop featuring vocals by rising star MAX, who has enjoyed huge success in the US with his single ‘Lights Down Low’ (half a billion streams, reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100).

Galantis said: “We love this song! It is a true testament to Galantis’ ambition and drive to find that fresh, feel good music and continue to expand the Galantis soundscape on all levels! On top of that, MAX delivered a piece of pure vocal magic that we just could not resist. Put your dancing shoes on folks! Let’s go!”

Mama Look At Me Now’ (listen) leans closer to ‘classic Galantis’ vibes – anthemic with a wistful twist, dressed in throbbing synths and child-like vocals.

Galantis said: “Since the early days this has been an emotional journey for us, and in many ways this is a ‘thank you’ to those who always believed in us when no one else did.”

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.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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The Cure celebrate their 40th anniversary with a epic performance to a sold out Hyde Park

The Cure celebrate their 40th anniversary with a epic performance to a sold out Hyde Park

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Day  two  at  Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park saw The Cure celebrate their 40th anniversary with a epic performance to a sold out Hyde Park.

 

Robert Smith walked onto the stage, jokingly blocking the sunlight with his hands. “I honestly can’t talk until the sun goes down, it’s taking up all my energy not to dissolve into a pile of dust.”

 

Out came the sprinkling synths and shimmering guitar chords of “Plainsong” as The Cure burst into life, much to delight of the Great Oak Stage audience. Smith’s lush vocals filled the park with ease and they wasted no time leading into the other 1989 classic, “Pictures Of You”.

 

As the last rays of the evening sun shone down, the screens behind the stage quickly flicked over to display the sunset, right on cue, Smith and co exploded into their timeless track, “Push”, from the 1985 album The Head On The Door. Other hits included “Friday I’m In Love”, “Close To Me” and “Lovesong”.

 

 “40 years ago this weekend was the first time we played as The Cure”, said Smith. “It was in The Rocket in Crawley. If you asked me what I’d be doing in 40 years’ time, I’d be wrong”.

 

The final five of the set, “Boys Don’t Cry”, “Jumping In Someone Else’s Train”, “Grinding Halt”, “10.15 Saturday Night” and “Killing An Arab” were all songs that the band performed in their set in 1979.

 

Despite the 30° heat, Interpol arrived on stage suited and booted, with guitarist Daniel Kessler even sporting a tie. Dark shades were kept on throughout as the band treated the crowd to fan-favourites as well as brand new single “The Rover”, from their forthcoming album. Closing with “Evil” and “Slow Hands” (the band’s most iconic songs) left a lasting impression on all.

 

Goldfrapp erupted onto the Great Oak Stage with a jubilant shoutout to the England football team, followed by the throbbing synths of “Anymore” – the lead single from their recent LP, Silver Eye. Their disco-tinted classic “Ooh La La” was the standout moment, as Alison Goldfrapp’s echoed vocals transformed Hyde Park into a sun drenched dancefloor.

 

Editors got the crowd moving as they powered through their extensive back catalogue, including “Blood” and “Formaldehyde” – with each guitar solo more colossal than the last.

 

It’s been quite the renaissance for shoegaze pioneers Slowdive, who since releasing their 2017 self-titled album (their first for 20+ years), have stunned audiences around the world with their live sets. Their performance in Hyde Park was packed with the fuzzy, distorted guitar riffs and luscious soundscapes that have become synonymous with the band’s name.

 

Opening the Great Oak Stage was BBC Sound of 2018 nominees Pale Waves, who drew in a huge crowd eager to catch one of the UK’s most hotly tipped bands. The 1975’s Matt Healy watched on as lead singer / guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie shimmied throughout, before breaking into “My Obsession”. “It’s such an honour and pleasure to be here – thanks for having us. And enjoy The Cure!”

 

The Barclaycard Stage was kicked off by the enigmatic Pumarosa, who blended an intriguing medley of electronica, drone and industrial rock. Also featuring was the instrumental sounds of This Will Destroy You, The Twilight Sad, who declared “let’s get miserable in the sunshine”, the alt-folk tones of Lisa Hannigan and headliners Ride – who walked out to New Order’s “World In Motion” before performing to a jam-packed audience.

 

The Summer Stage welcomed the likes of Swedish band PG Lost, Icelandic three-piece punk outfit Kaelan Mikla and the dulcet tones of singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph.

 

Tomorrow will see the legendary Eric Clapton closing the first weekend. Next weekend welcomes headliners Bruno Mars, Michael Bublé and Paul Simon.

 

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Waters delivers stunning sound and vision experience at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time

Waters delivers stunning sound and vision experience at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time

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Today Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park kicked off the sixth edition of the festival with an exceptional line up of music from start to finish, accompanied by the glorious British sunshine!

 

Headlining the first day was Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, bringing his revered ‘Us + Them’ tour to a sold-out Hyde Park.

 

What followed was an epic 21 track performance spanning many Pink Floyd albums with classics such as “Breathe”, “Us & Them”, “Time” and “Wish You Were Here” –  resulting in a deafening cheer of approval from the audience, as well as several tracks from Waters’ solo record Is This The Life We Really Want.

 

A very clear political voice drummed throughout, seen during the performance of “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2”, with school children from the Grenfell community (specifically The Rugby Portobello Trust) taking to the stage dressed in Guantanamo Bay prisoner boiler suits, with t-shirts bearing the one word – ‘RESIST’.

 

This theme continued following the interlude. With Waters’ grandiose visuals projected on screens out from the stage, a series of images and quotes from President Donald Trump flashed across screen during “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, ending on the defiant statement, ‘TRUMP IS A PIG’. Also appearing was an inflatable pig parading through the crowd, Battersea Power Station chimneys extending above the stage, and even a ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ prism created from lasers.

 

Waters captured the essence of the set with his closing speech. “All of us here in this beautiful planet deserve equal human and civil rights. And these rights are irrespective of ethnicity or religion, so they would extend to my brothers and sisters in Palestine. That’s all I have to say.”

 

The show ended with a stupendous rendition of The Wall classic “Comfortably Numb” and a firework display.

 

The excitement for Waters was fuelled by Richard Ashcroft’s vintage performance taking place beforehand on the Great Oak Stage – featuring hits such as “Break The Night With Colour” from his 2006 album Keys To The World, and “This Is How It Feels” from 2016’s These People.

 

The former Verve frontman, sporting an impressive mirrorball jacket, offered a timely reminder of why he remains one of Manchester’s finest musical exports, and his sun-kissed closing rendition of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” will go down as one of the opening day’s most iconic moments.

 

Before Ashcroft was everybody’s favourite bearded blues singer, Seasick Steve – the opening act on the Great Oak Stage. Steve delivered a crowd pleasing set with hits such as ‘Barracuda  ‘68’ and ‘Summertime Boy’, even offering a glimpse into his anticipated forthcoming album.

 

In between swigs of wine, Steve charmed the audience, also emphatically thanking the UK for helping his career. “The people in the UK gave me this beautiful job. I’ll never forget that and I’ll always be grateful.”

 

Opening the Barclaycard Stage was London-based band ALLTHINGSMATA, treating the early festival goers with a headstrong rock-tinted set. Also performing was singer-songwriter Robert Vincent, rockers Slydigs and the all-conquering Squeeze – who commanded the packed crowd with their iconic back catalogue of songs.

 

The aptly named Summer Stage welcomed a host of talent, from the genre-hopping CC Smugglers to Colin Macleod – who treated the packed crowd to a number of tracks off his well-received debut album Bloodlines.

 

The  Friday  line up  attracted  stars  in  their  droves,  including Richard Gere, Damian Lewis, Kate Moss, Liv Tyler, Helen McCrory, Sadie Frost, Simon Cowell, Jeremy Clarkson and Michael Kiwanuka

 

Tomorrow welcomes The Cure’s in demand 40th anniversary celebration, also starring Interpol, Editors, Goldfrapp and many more. Closing the first weekend on Sunday will be the truly legendary Eric Clapton.

 

 

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FREE unique Yoga session with  lululemon is coming to OPEN HOUSE

FREE unique Yoga session with lululemon is coming to OPEN HOUSE

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FREE unique Yoga session with lululemon is coming to OPEN HOUSE

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 between 9-12th July.

Aspart of this year’s OPEN HOUSE you canjoin in and experience a Yoga session with lululemon on Wednesday 11th July (from 18:15).

Join the festival crowd and lululemon yoga ambassadors Sanchia LegisterSam Burrows and Steffy White for a free yoga class on the Great Oak Stage at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

From a badass hip-hop playlist, to superhuman strength, to a smile as big as the stage, these ambassadors will totally change your perception of what you thought yoga could be.

Teaching together for the first time ever, this is way more than a standard yoga practice. Set in the incredible surroundings of Hyde Park, the yogis will take the main stage to teach this one-off class. Sticking with the festival vibe, the music will set the tone for an energising vinyasa, followed by Animal Flow to tap into your primal side. A grounding flow and uplifting meditation will close the practice, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

To pre-book your FREE place visit www.bst-hydepark.com/openhouse

Also new to BST Hyde Park for 2018 is the BarclaycardPerk Park. Inspired by the shape of the main stage, Barclaycard Perk Park is an exclusive space for you to relaxand enjoy some true rockstar treatment – from panoramic views on the 11m terrace, to fast-track bars and free Wi-Fi.

Plus, this Summer, we’re giving you the chance to leap like a legend and complete your own stage dive. With the cameras rolling and a full band playing behind you, you’ll get to channel your inner rock starand leap into the mosh pit… (actually a pit of super soft springy foam – safety first).

Then all that’s left to do is shareyour video and watch your fans go wild.The Barclaycard Perk Parkwill be free to use for everyone attending BST Open House.

Already announced for OPEN HOUSE will be Movie Nights, Live Music & Entertainment, Street Food, PopUp Bars, Tennis Screenings, Free Aerial Circus, Free Comedy Bingo, Free Family Theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, Birra Moretti Presents TheGran Tour, and much more.

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

Here’s all the other amazing activities that OPEN HOUSE has in store… for full info visit www.bst-hydepark.com/openhouse

BIRRA MORETTIPRESENTS THE GRAN TOURMONDAY-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 OUTDOOR CINEMAMONDAY-THURSDAY (5.30PM AND 8.30PM)
Two films will be shown each evening at 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Entry is free on afirst-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 SCREENMONDAY-THURSDAY(12PM – END OF PLAY)

FREE LIVE MUSIC THE BARCLAYCARD STAGEMONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 10.30PM)
Monday 9th July – Mister Kanish, Daytoner
Tuesday 10th July – Freddie & Freeloaders, London Gay Big Band
Wednesday 11th July – London Gay Men’s Chorus, Temple Funk Collective
Thursday 12th July – House Gospel Choir, Old Dirty Brasstards

FREE COMEDY BINGO WITH BOGAN BINGO & HIP HOP BINGO@ CARNIVAL STAGE/ MONDAY-THURSDAY (7.45PM-8.45PM) 
For timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse

STREET FOOD MARKETAND POP UP BARSMONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

FREE AERIAL CIRCUS AND WORKSHOPS WITH UPSWINGMONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 9PM)
For info and full timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse

THE ROYAL PARKS SHOWCASE/ TUESDAY-THURSDAY

FREE FAMILY THEATRE WITH CHICKENSHED@ BARCLAYCARD STAGE/ TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY (10.30AM – 2PM)
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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Emin announces new single ‘Got Me Good’  With Controversial Trump Influenced video

Emin announces new single ‘Got Me Good’ With Controversial Trump Influenced video

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Emin announces new single ‘Got Me Good’ With Controversial Trump Influenced video

Russian pop star Emin Agalarov has unveiled his new single ‘Got Me Good’ with a sensational video that has already been causing a stir globally.

 

The video which features lookalikes for Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, Hilary Clinton, Stormy Daniels, Mark Zuckerberg, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner is a satire on the news of the past 12 months. It features the US President cavorting with Miss Universe contestants, playing poker with Hilary and exchanging briefcases of classified information with the Russian pop star whilst a pleased Kim Jong un watches with glee scoffing popcorn.

 

The tongue in cheek video was directed by London based Australian filmmaker Brett Sullivan who gives some insight into his ideas:

“It’s getting harder to tell fact from fiction. We have to dig deep to find reliable sources in a world where perceptions – whether true or false – quickly become ‘reality’. It is these ideas in the current global political landscape that we explore in satirical fashion in Emin’s ‘Got Me Good’.  Maybe we are all being ‘played’? Including Emin. Collusion seems circular between our cast of characters who are all out for themselves – yet don’t mind hanging out for a drink every now and then. ‘Does the truth even matter anymore?’ I certainly hope so. ‘Got Me Good’ seems the perfect title for our times. Enjoy with a wry smile.”  – Brett Sullivan (video director)

 

Emin chipped in: “Everything that I’ve been watching in the news in the past year has been so unbelievable, that we decided to do a video that questions some of the things that I’ve been accused of organising or being a part of.   It was all so far from the truth that we decided to put a little smile on everyone’s face with our take on ‘reality’.  I hope people take the video in the spirit in which it is intended.  Music is about fun, but pop music can be about satire and commentary, so I decided to have some fun mixing the two!

 

The single “Got Me Good” is a reference to this media savvy age where everyone is constantly under fire and accused of being “caught” doing something they haven’t, the constant untruths and blurring of reality which seem to be part and parcel of the digital age inspired the title as well as the incendiary video.

 

Donald Trump himself previously appeared in Emin’s video for ‘Another Life’ back in 2013, with that year’s Miss Universe contestants.
‘Got Me Good’ is the first single to be taken from Emin’s soon to be released, as yet untitled album.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cs4tKdiiI4

 

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

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

 

Carrie Underwood:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Distant Sky – Live In Copenhagen EP Release

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Distant Sky – Live In Copenhagen EP Release

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Distant Sky - Live In Copenhagen EP Release

For one night only in April of this year, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds shared a show from their celebrated 2017 world tour on cinema screens worldwide.

Now, they announce the release of a special EP of audio from that extraordinary show, Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen, available on Digital and 12” vinyl from September 28th.

The tracklisting of the EP (released on Bad Seed Ltd) is as follows:

Side A:
Jubilee Street
Distant Sky

Side B:
From Her to Eternity
The Mercy Seat

Watch a clip of Distant Sky performed with Else Torp HERE.

One of the most intense and exciting live acts on the planet, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are currently headlining festivals across Europe, before crossing continents to Latin and North America for 9 dates in October. Starting with Primavera in Barcelona and All Points East in London, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds continue to attract acclaim wherever they perform.

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.

Filmed at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017, Distant Sky captured an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Performing new album Skeleton Tree’s beautiful compositions alongside songs from their essential catalogue.
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), George Vjestica (guitar) and Larry Mullins (keyboards, piano).Latin/North America Tour:
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.
Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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