DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL REINCARNATION EDITION 2019

DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL REINCARNATION EDITION 2019

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DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL REINCARNATION EDITION 2019

On Monday 20th February at The Groucho Club in London’s Soho, music industry press, agents and managers gathered to celebrate the announcement that the legendary Doctor Music Festival will return in 2019. Announced by Neo Sala, CEO and Founder of the event, he confirmed it would run from 12th-14th July 2019 in the Escalate, Vall d’Àneu, in the Catalan Pyrenees, Spain.

Mr Sala was joined by Albert Adria, renowned worldwide gastronomic giant and founder of Barcelona’s Michelin stared tapas bar Tickets, who for the very first time, will temporarily close his restaurant and bring his team and kitchen to the festival. On the night, tapas and cocktails created by the Michelin starred chef.

The Doctor Music Festival site will occupy more than 140 hectares, containing 5 stages, VIP camping and general camping zones, ready for a minimum of 40,000 people.

For more information and forthcoming tickets visit, click here.

Ed Sheeran Announced for the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert

Ed Sheeran Announced for the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert

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Ed Sheeran Joins Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall has today announced that worldwide superstar Ed Sheeran has joined the already stellar line up of acts to perform at legendary Royal Albert Hall on 28th March.

With his 2017 UK tour already sold out, this is the perfect opportunity to catch Ed in concert in this one off gig. Ed’s hotly anticipated third album titled ‘÷’ (divide) will be released on 3rd March and with his Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall just weeks later, this show is one not to be missed.

“It’s an honour to be asked back by the Teenage Cancer Trust for their fundraising week of live gigs,” says Ed, “It’s such an important cause and one that I’m extremely proud to be a part of. See you on March 28 and let’s raise loads of money for young people with cancer!”

Completing the full line up for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust week are The Who, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with Johnny Marr, Olly Murs, plus an evening of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan – with special guests Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Russell Kane, Mike Wilmott and Tom Allen.

Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 17 February, and the event can be followed on social media with the following:

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David Bowie Sweeps Five Awards at the Grammys

David Bowie Sweeps Five Awards at the Grammys

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David Bowie Sweeps Five Awards at the Grammys

David Bowie’s Blackstar album collected the full five categories it was nominated for at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night. The album title track won Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, whilst the album won the Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) categories. This collection of Grammy awards brings the late artists collection to seven, after winning Best Music Video in 1985 for Jazzin’ For Blue Jean and a lifetime achievement award in 2006.

Speaking to BBC News, recording engineer Kevin Killen, who worked with Bowie on the album, expressed his relief backstage. “It’s kind of startling it’s taken that long for an artist who’s been so magnificent throughout his whole career,” he said.

Special guests announced for Green Day at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Special guests announced for Green Day at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

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Special guests announced for Green Day at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Just when you thought a date with Green Day at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park couldn’t get any better, eight mega bands have been announced, completing the essential rock line up of the summer. 

Rancid will be hitting Hyde Park in continued support of Green Day’s massive Revolution Radio world tour. Founded by 1980s punk veterans Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, Rancid is often credited, along with Green Day, for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock during the mid-1990s.

Also joining Green Day is New York’s wildest Gypsy punk group, Gogol Bordello. The band rose to mainstream fame in 2005 with the release of their thunderous track Start Wearing Purple, taken from the their third album ‘Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike’. The band’s latest album ‘Pura Vida Conspiracy’ was released in 2013. Its title derives from a Spanish slang phrase for “pure life”, a theme that undoubtedly resonates with the band. Known for their theatrical stage shows and the immense force of energy that is Ukranian front man Euguene Katz, Gogol Bordello are guaranteed to set Hyde Park alight.

Sweden’s coolest garage band The Hives will be warming up the crowds for Green Day on 1st July. Hailed as one of the best live rock bands of the 21st century, The Hives stormed to stardom in 2000 with the release of album  “Veni Vidi Vicious”, including infectious hit Hate To Say I Told You So. Hot off the heels of their European and UK tour this spring, howlin’ lead singer Pelle Almqvis, plus Nicholaus Arson, Vigilante Carlstroem, Chris Dangerous and The Johan and Only will make their debut Hyde Park appearance this summer.

Australian punk rockers The Living End will also be taking to the stage in support of Green Day. The trio is gearing up for Hyde Park with a tour of their homeland in March before bringing fresh material to the UK from their brand new album “Shift” (out May 13th). Crowds can expect exciting new tunes to combine with classic fan favourites Prisoner of Society and Roll On.

Beach Slang first made their mark on the scene with hit Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? and have continued to produce punk rock anthems ever since. Known for their unrestrained and even more unapologetic onstage presence, Beach Slang’s set is guaranteed to bring the right amount of chaos to Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park this summer.

American punk rockers SWMRS have taken influence from the Beach Boys, The Ramones and everything in between to form their very own brand of rock n’ roll. With a series of profound releases since their formation in 2004, this year will see their latest record Drive North hit the UK in March and then on to the London’s Hyde Park in July. 

From their beginnings in drummer Jacob Faber’s basement in Brooklyn, Sunflower Bean have come a long way. Having rounded off 2016 with a UK tour in support of their debut album “Human Ceremony”, the trio are making a welcome return to London to give us one hell of a show.

Last but not least, new kids on the block Public Access TV have been creating a buzz on their musical journey so far – and for good reason. Having released their debut album in September last year, the band has kick-started 2017 with a US tour and will no doubt be ready to land in London and show us what they’ve got!

For tickets for the festival, please click here.

Release date for Blondie’s new Album ‘Pollinator’ is revealed

Release date for Blondie’s new Album ‘Pollinator’ is revealed

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Release date for Blondie's new Album 'Pollinator' is revealed

Blondie lights up 2017 with the release of their 11th studio album ‘Pollinator’ by BMG on May 5th. An incredible new record and a modern take on the classic, vintage sound of one of the world’s most influential and legendary bands. 

From the new album comes the lead single “Fun” which is available to stream and download now. 

“Fun” co writer and TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek, perhaps more a descendent of Blondie’s New York post-punk legacy, returns them to a 21st Century Studio 54 with the new single. With Debbie Harry and the band sounding better than ever, Blondie’s euphoric new track plays like the best party ever thrown, and captures that unique combination of their enviable cool and sheer melodic joy. 

Blondie’s classic writing duo of Chris Stein and Debbie Harry are at the heart of Pollinator’s creation – with “Doom Or Destiny” and “Love Level”, while keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen’s two tracks (“Already Naked” / “Too Much”) prove the band continues to evolve almost song by song. Blondie’s founding drummer Clem Burke provides the unmistakably thrilling propulsion throughout.  

Pre-order ‘Pollinator’ here.

Listen and download ‘Fun’ here.

New support acts announced for British Summertime Hyde Park

New support acts announced for British Summertime Hyde Park

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New support acts announced for British Summertime Hyde Park

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park adds three major acts to its line up for one of the biggest shows of 2017. On Friday June 30th, Phil Collins will be taking to the stage in Hyde Park as part of his Not Dead Yet: Live tour – one of his first onstage appearances in nearly a decade.

Joining Collins on this momentous day in Hyde Park is one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, Blondie. With pioneering front woman/songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist/conceptual mastermind Chris Stein and powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, along with newer band mates Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen, the band are sounding stronger than ever.

During a career spanning four decades, Blondie have delivered a lifetime of smash hits including Heart of Glass, Dreaming, Tide Is High, Maria, Sunday Girl, Hanging on the Telephone, Rapture, One Way or Another, Call Me… the list goes on. Since their New York beginnings in the 70s, Blondie have dominated the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, selling over 40 million records in the process. Their chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 

With their much-anticipated new album due this year, Blondie are set to debut brand new songs for their 2017 tour dates, and show festival-goers why they belong at the top.

Supporting his former band mate is fellow Genesis star and longtime friend Mike Rutherford, with his supergroup Mike + The Mechanics. Since their formation in 1984, the band has sold over 10 million records worldwide. Their major hits include; Silent RunningAll I Need Is A Miracle, Word Of MouthAnother Cup of Coffee and the unforgettable Over My Shoulder – to name a few….

Starsailor burst onto the scene in 2001 with their smash hit single Fever, earning them a Brit Award for ‘Best New Band’ the same year. The band has released four studio albums since; scoring ten Top 40 hit singles in the UK. Following a five-year hiatus in 2009, Starsailor (James Walsh, James Stelfox, Ben Byrne and Barry Westhead), returned for a triumphant world tour. This year, the Indie-rock quartet will have crowds singing along to the hits including Good Souls and Silence Is Easy, all in the wonderful summer setting of Hyde Park.

Also headlining at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2017 is Green Day (1st July), Justin Bieber (2nd July), Kings of Leon (6th July), The Killers (8th July) and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (9th July).

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park reveals the final headliner for 2017

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park reveals the final headliner for 2017

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park reveals the final headliner for 2017

Rumours of their return have been simmering for months. Now, The Killers can give fans something HUGE to look forward to this year with the news of a 2017 UK festival exclusive.

The Las Vegas group’s summer return will give fans an early glimpse of material from their hugely anticipated new album, alongside their much-loved classics, all in the unbeatable setting of Hyde Park.

The Killers stormed into the UK with their 2004 debut, “Hot Fuss”, which went on to become one of that decade’s biggest selling albums and has since been hailed as one of the greatest debut albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Since then, each of the band’s four studio records (Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008) and Battle Born (2012) has topped the UK charts, the band clocking up over 20 million album sales and headlining festivals and arenas the world over, notably joining the rarified ranks of Wembley Stadium headliners with a sold out show there in 2013.

With an immense catalogue of hits, including “Mr Brightside”, “When You Were Young”, “Human”, “Read My Mind” and “Runaways”, festival goers will welcome The Killers back with open arms on 8th July.

Joining The Killers will be Mancunian rock group, Elbow. The band shot to fame with their iconic single “One Day Like This” in 2008. The same year, they scooped up the Mercury Prize for “The Seldom Seen Kid”. Their impressive last album “The Take Off and Landing of Everything” received rave reviews across the board in 2014, and brand new record “Little Fictions”, their 7th studio record, is released on February 3rd.

Also making a welcome return to the spotlight is mega pop group Tears for Fears. Over the past three decades, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith have sold over 30 million records worldwide. They will be bringing all their hits to London for the first time in 12 years, including the #1 songs “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, “Shout” and “Mad World”.

Completing the final killer line up is the dark-edged London trio, White Lies, who will no doubt be bringing anthems from their 2009 debut album “To Lose My Life” to the park. Fans will also be treated to soaring choruses from “Friends”, the new album released late last year, including the upbeat single “Morning in LA”.

For tickets to this great event, click here.

“THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE” DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD 200

“THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE” DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD 200

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“THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE” DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD 200

Atlantic Records’ “THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE” has made a groundbreaking debut atop the Billboard 200, entering the overall chart at #1. The 23-track collection also sat atop Billboard’s “Top Soundtracks” & “Top Rap Albums,” along with iTunes “Top Soundtracks.” The unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is available now in stores and via all digital retailers and streaming services.

Executive produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Craig Kallman, Riggs Morales, and The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson & Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, “THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE” was an immediate sensation, rocketing to #1 on the iTunes Store’s “Top Albums” chart on its first day in release. “THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE” sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of a kind collection include Sia, Usher, Common, Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, The Roots, Regina Spektor, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Miguel, Ben Folds, Queen Latifah, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Kelly Clarkson, Jill Scott, and Jimmy Fallon. “THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE” further includes three previously unreleased HAMILTON demos, “Valley Forge” and “Cabinet Battle 3.”

The winner of the 2016 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Musical Theatre Album,” “HAMILTON (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING),” is available now in stores, DSPs, and streaming services. The 2x RIAA platinum certified album made a stunning arrival on the Billboard charts upon its initial digital release, coming in at #1 on the “Top Broadway Albums” chart, #3 on the “Top Rap Albums” chart, and #9 on the “Top Current Albums” chart. This impressive debut stands as the biggest first week sales for a digital cast recording and the second biggest first week sales ever for any cast recording, behind only “RENT” in the Nielsen SoundScan era.

Listen to THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE here

ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR with The Mission and The Tubes

ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR with The Mission and The Tubes

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ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR with The Mission and The Tubes

With Alice having just ended his more than 90 show 2016 tour with a final night at the legendary Pantages Theatre in Hollywood – joined for a celebratory by rocker Butch Walker and fellow Hollywood Vampire Johnny Depp, new dates have now been announced for Alice’s UK tour for 2017. 

For the tour, Alice is bringing 2 bands with him to reflect two of his best sides – outrageous theatrical controversy and the darker, gothic rock that Alice influenced.

The Mission were formed by two members of Sisters Of Mercy in 1986, Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams.  Songs like Wasteland, Tower Of Strength and Deliverance became classics of the 1980’s goth rock scene and beyond.  The band were heroes of alt rock, headlining Reading Festival twice and, on one tour, selling out 7 consecutive nights at London’s legendary Astoria Theatre.

“I remember during the summer of 1972 being on scout camp and hearing this new song on the radio that absolutely mesmerised me. School’s Out by Alice Cooper. Loved it, still do,” said The Mission’s Wayne Hussey. “Fast forward to 1987 and our first headline spot on the Friday night at Reading Festival. Headlining the Sunday was Alice Cooper. And now we’ve been invited by Alice to join him on his UK tour next November.”

The Tubes come from the same art school, shock rock background as Alice Cooper and, originally, the same city (and actually the same schools) – being formed by Phoenix, Arizona natives and appalling some of the same UK cities in the 1970s.

They made their name in psychedelic San Francisco however, honing their satirical act, concept albums and ambitious stage shows that showed an Alice level preference for self made props and costumes.  Frontman Fee Waybill’s characters – like addled British glam rocker Quay Lewd caused outrage in the UK, as did their bondage gear. 1977 saw their show banned in many British cities but the music cut through with the seminal White Punks On Dope defining their sound and they are still going strong with latest album Mondo Pulp. 

Alice Cooper, plus The Mission and The Tubes presented by AEG live in the UK:

November 2017:

11th – Leeds – First Direct Arena

12th – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro

14th – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena 

15th – Manchester – Manchester Arena 

16th – London – The SSE Arena, Wembley

Alice Cooper fan Pre-sale: 9 AM Wednesday 14 December

Tickets on general sale here: 9 AM Friday 16 December

General admission ticket prices*

£40.00-£47.50

*excluding VIP packages

VIP:

Alice is offering several VIP packages at www.alicecooper.com, including meet and greet and a backstage tour.

AEG Live are offering pre-show packages, available here

Justin Bieber announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Justin Bieber announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park announces the biggest pop star of the 21st century as its fourth headliner, the global sensation and multiple BRIT and GRAMMY Award winner… Justin Bieber!

For his UK Festival exclusive and only London show of 2017, Justin Bieber will follow in the footsteps of the biggest headliners in the world, who have made Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park THE music experience of the summer. Now approaching its fifth year, the festival has been host to some of the world’s greatest artists since its debut in 2013. From The Rolling Stones to Carole King, The Libertines to The Who, Kylie to Stevie Wonder, Black Sabbath to Taylor Swift, music history has been written almost night by night. 

Justin Bieber’s debut Hyde Park show comes as part of his huge Purpose World Tour, which is running in support of his global #1 album – with over 10 million sold worldwide – PURPOSE.

The UK leg of the tour came to a close this year with two sellout shows at the London’s O2 Arena. But for all the Brit Beliebers out there, Justin will be returning to the UK with a full set of all the hits as well as his incredible full stadium production stage set next summer.

Before heading to Hyde Park, Justin will perform at Cardiff Principality Stadium on Friday 30th June. For both of these sensational summer shows, fans will be treated to a dynamic show with hit after hit, including ‘What Do You Mean?’, ‘Sorry’ and ‘Where Are Ü Now?’ as well as treasured pop classics ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Baby’.

Supporting Justin at Hyde Park is fellow teen superstar turned global sensation Martin Garrix. Swedish singer, Tove Lo. and rising star, Anne-Marie. 

Presale tickets will be available to fan club members, for more info on the dates, click here.

GENERAL ON-SALE: TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 16TH DECEMBER.

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CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE

CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE

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CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE

To honour David Bowie’s 70th birthday, Bowie band members, friends, and a massive ensemble of top recording and touring musicians from around the world are getting together for a one-time only series of global goodwill concerts, in aid of local charities, called Celebrating David Bowie.  

The London concert takes place in David’s birthplace in South London at O2 Academy Brixton, on what would have been his 70th birthday on 8 January, with proceeds from the show benefitting the ‘Children & the Arts’ charity (http://www.childrenandarts.org.uk/).

The concerts, announced sporadically, all take place in cities that have a strong connection with David Bowie and his work. All feature the core 30 musicians travelling, plus another 40 or more local musicians, to create a sound like no other.

The concept grew out of two informal large ensemble shows last spring with over 70 musicians in Los Angeles and San Francisco including Gary Oldman, Seal, Ewan McGregor, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, and Bowie band alumni from Space Oddity to the latest Blackstar album. Then came the unforgettably moving tribute to David at The BRIT Awards 2016 where his touring band performed with Lorde to cover ‘Life On Mars’.

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Tickets for the show on Sunday 8 January 2017 are available from ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000 . 

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Chrysalis Records releases a tribute single for the late MP Jo Cox

Chrysalis Records releases a tribute single for the late MP Jo Cox

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Chrysalis Records releases a tribute single for the late MP Jo Cox

A unique protest single is to be released by a group of music stars and MPs as a tribute to the late MP Jo Cox and her outstanding public service. Under the name ‘Friends of Jo Cox featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray,’ the single will be the first to be released on the iconic Chrysalis Records since the label came back into independent ownership earlier this year.

Sales from the song, a cover of the Rolling Stones classic ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ will raise funds for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation established after her death. The song was chosen as it called for multiple singers and choirs, reflecting a message of togetherness. During a time of growing worldwide political upheaval and uncertainty, the song marks the need for unity and tolerance.

It will be released on December 16th.

As well as the four artists, Kevin Brennan, Sir Greg Knight, Pete Wishart and Ian Cawsey from cross-party parliamentary band MP4, recorded their vocals for the track to show their support. Members of the Parliament Choir and the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus also joined the stars in the studio to complete this inspiring round up.

Renowned producer Robin Millar, who has worked with countless artists including Sade, Big Country and Everything But The Girl produced the single.

Robin Millar said “This is essentially a protest record as we believe a piece of music can still make a statement. We wanted to create something to show that Jo Cox’s hugely selfless and energetic campaigning must live on through greater unity. 16 MPs from across the political spectrum took part alongside our artists to reflect Jo’s campaigning for Better Together. I hope by making this record we can both honour Jo and help work continue through the Foundation.”

Steve Harley said “I am not really a political animal. But Jo Cox was a cut above and her legacy should be celebrated. Mrs Cox was a truly special person, and the more I learn about her life and work, the more deeply I admire her.”

David Gray said “In an era of public disenchantment that has seen politics discredited by corruption scandals and characterized by political campaigns driven by hateful and divisive language, Jo Cox was that rare thing – someone you could believe in. A dedicated politician working at the heart of her community who believed in a politics of compassion and in building a fairer world. Her violent and untimely death was a tragedy for us all.”

KT Tunstall said “With Jo she was so obviously an incredibly bright light. It’s about coming together and doing something very celebratory in Jo’s honour.” 

Kevin Brennan MP said “MPs from all parties realise we should all try to be a bit more like Jo. The fact that so many people have given up their time for this project to support the causes she cared about shows that she leaves us all a legacy of hope for a better World.”

New acts announced for Teenage Cancer Trust 2017

New acts announced for Teenage Cancer Trust 2017

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New acts announced for Teenage Cancer Trust 2017

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall returns for the event’s 17th Year and has a host of special acts to help celebrate. As well as The Who performing on March 30th, Olly Murs, Teenage Cancer Trust supporter Paul Weller and the iconic Pet Shop Boys (April 2nd) with guitar legend Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, complete the 2017 line up.

Teenage Cancer Trust’s legendary comedy night will also take place with some of Britain’s best-loved comedians – hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, and will include guests Jo Brand and Kevin Bridges, plus more big names to be announced soon.

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

The 100th show will be played, adding to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn sharing a stage in 2013, Sir Paul McCartney in 2012, plus everyone from Muse to The Cure, Tinie Tempah, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Sir Tom Jones and many more. And, of course, some of the greatest concerts of the past 20 years from The Who.

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Monday 27 March: Olly Murs

Wednesday 29 March: An evening of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan – with special guests Jo Brand and Kevin Bridges, plus more names to be announced

Thursday 30 March: *100th Show* – The Who Play Tommy

Friday 31 March: Paul Weller

Saturday 1 April: The Who Play Tommy

Sunday 2 April: Pet Shop Boys with Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

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Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd December from:

gigsandtours.com – 0844 811 0051

ticketmaster.co.uk – 0844 844 0444

royalalberthall.com – 0845 401 5030

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Kings of Leon to headline at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Kings of Leon to headline at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is once again announcing the line up for next summer, with some of the finest rock royalty in the world set to play on the Great Oak Stage. 

Kings Of Leon the Grammy Award-winning band, will headline on July 6th showcasing tracks from their recent # 1 album ‘WALLS’ alongside their huge cannon of hits from right across their 7 albums. 

Since their debut in 2003, Kings Of Leon have sold over 18 million albums and 24 million singles worldwide. ‘WALLS’ is their sixth consecutive album to have reached #1 in the UK and the band have won four Grammys, three NME Awards and two Brits. 

Joining Kings Of Leon are fellow US rock legends Pixies. As one of the most influential bands of all time, the group released their latest album ‘Head Carrier’ earlier this year and to celebrate, Pixies will be playing their biggest London show to date. 

Also playing on 6th July, is the inimitable Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats who will return to the UK after a run of successful dates this month. Since releasing their debut album last year on the legendary Stax Records, Nathaniel & The Night Sweats have toured extensively, picking up new fans across the world with their modern take on soul and R&B.   

To buy tickets (available from 9am on Wednesday 30th November), click here.

AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES GLOBAL COVER CONTEST

AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES GLOBAL COVER CONTEST

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AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES GLOBAL COVER CONTEST

Fans are invited To recreate classic ‘Back to Black’ Songs to Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album release.

Island Records have launched new original lyric videos for Back to Black, Rehab, Tears Dry and Just Friends from Amy Winehouse’s 2006 masterpiece Back to Black. Available through the official Amy Winehouse Vevo channel and each video features a link to download the backing track.

The original instrumental backing tracks and lyric videos will offer fans the chance to film and upload their own versions of Amy’s iconic songs to YouTube. Amy’s longtime collaborators and friends Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi produced the songs and are now patrons of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. They will be judging the entries and picking a winner who will have their performance recorded and filmed in a studio and premiered on the official Island Records YouTube channel.

Island Records and Vevo will all be donating funds from the campaign to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Since her tragic passing in 2011 the charity, created in Amy’s name, aims to help vulnerable young people facing a variety of complex issues such as homelessness, drug & alcohol addiction, mental health conditions and unemployment.

For full details of the charity fund raising and the competition entry form, please visit:

www.amywinehousefoundation.org

Visit the official Amy Winehouse Foundation Vevo Channel: www.youtube.com/AmyWinehouseVEVO

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

17 February – 8 April 2017

Opera House Manchester

3 Quay Street

Manchester

M3 3HP

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

Tickets: from £17.50

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

 

5 June – 22 July 2017

London Coliseum

St Martin’s Lane

London

WC2N 4ES

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

Tickets: from £15.00

Box Office: 020 7845 9300

 

Website: www.BatOutOfHellMusical.com

Twitter & Facebook: @BatTheMusical

THE WHO PERFORMS AT DESERT TRIP FESTIVAL

THE WHO PERFORMS AT DESERT TRIP FESTIVAL

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THE WHO PERFORMS AT DESERT TRIP FESTIVAL

From the makers of Coachella, Desert Trip was the one unmissable festival that crowds flooded to from across the globe.  Set in Indio, California, rock greats such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan performed to many generations of fans that wanted to experience the musical magic from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Who were also billed for Sunday 16th October and their performance alone was the highlight for many fans and press alike.

“You’ve come to watch old people dance,” Pete Townshend said to 70,000 people, as he took to the stage with the band.  He later honoured the Who’s late bassist John Entwistle as a man “who died of complicated sexual and drug problems” and their even later drummer Keith Moon as “a fantastic wanker. Who said you can’t speak ill of the dead?” 

Catch a clip of The Who’s performance at Desert Trip here.

MORE NEW ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE MOBO AWARDS 2016

MORE NEW ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE MOBO AWARDS 2016

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MORE NEW ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE MOBO AWARDS 2016

One of the UK’s brightest music stars LADY LESHURR is set for a powerhouse performance at the 21st anniversary celebrations of the UK hottest night in music – the MOBO Awards in Glasgow. The Birmingham MC who counts US comic Dave Chappelle and Estelle as fans is universally known for her viral ‘Queen’s Speech’ freestyle series and this year she is up for the prestigious MOBO Award for Best Female Act.

Also joining the larger-than-life line up with CRAIG DAVID, LAURA MVULA, TINIE TEMPAH, CHASE & STATUS, CLEAN BANDIT and ANNE-MARIE is 2015 recipient of the first MOBO Paving The Way award, WILEY. He returns to the MOBO stage for the first time in four years with his dance outfit ESKIMO DANCE. This unforgettable performance promises to go down as a moment in history with a special feature from GHETTS and others soon to be revealed.

Jamaican dancehall king POPCAAN will also be making his MOBO stage debut this year, in one of the rare few UK performances thus far in his impressive career. The 2015 MOBO Award winner for Best Reggae Act – who counts Drake as a fan – is guaranteed to raise the roof in Glasgow. Popcaan is once again up for Best Reggae Act this year, facing fierce competition from Alkaline, Kranium, Protoje and Spice.

After he was discovered by his idol Vybz Kartel, he quickly proved himself as one of the island’s most talented artists with a string of international hits from ‘Only Man She Want’ to ‘Ravin’. Popcaan has to date amassed over 40 million views on VEVO and is the first dancehall artist since Sean Paul to have his track playlisted on the BBC. He has also featured on two prominent UK Top 40 hits to date: AlunaGeorge’s ‘I’m In Control’ and Melissa Steel’s ‘Kisses For Breakfast’. 

For tickets to this year’s Mobo Awards, click here.

PHIL COLLINS ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR

PHIL COLLINS ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR

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PHIL COLLINS ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR

One of the great British musicians is back, returning to the stage since his last performance, 10 years ago.

In June 2017, Phil Collins will perform a 5 night residency at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, as well as shows in Paris and Cologne.

With 100 million record sales to his name, Number 1 albums the world over and songs that have soundtracked millions of lives, Phil Collins is a legend whose work has received growing acclaim as a new generation of artists have discovered and been inspired by an incredible career.

Phil made his live return at an event for his own Little Dreams Foundation last year, before performing two of his biggest hits at the opening of the US Open tennis in New York in August, inspiring him to announce his first headline tour in a decade.

“I thought I would retire quietly,” says Phil of his return, “But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It’s time to do it all again and I’m excited.  It just feels right.”

As well as this new tour announcement, Phil Collin’s long awaited memoir Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography will be published this week by Penguin Random House and after reissuing all of Phil Collins’ studio records throughout this year, a career-spanning selection of hits ‘The Singles’ will be available on 2 CD, 3 CD, 4 LP and digital download from Atlantic Records on October 14th.

Phil Collins – Not Dead Yet: Live – June 2017

UK:

4th – London – Royal Albert Hall

5th – London – Royal Albert Hall

7th – London – Royal Albert Hall

8th – London – Royal Albert Hall

9th – London – Royal Albert Hall

Germany:

11th – Cologne Laxness Arena

12th – Cologne Laxness Arena

France:

18th – Paris Accor Hotels Arena

19th – Paris Accor Hotels Arena

Tickets go on sale on October 21 at 9am.

THE WHO RELEASES ‘MY GENERATION’ SUPER DELUXE EDITION

THE WHO RELEASES ‘MY GENERATION’ SUPER DELUXE EDITION

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THE WHO RELEASES 'MY GENERATION' SUPER DELUXE EDITION

In the half century since it’s original release, The Who’s debut album ‘My Generation’ has lost none of it’s raw visceral power and still stands as the ultimate musical declaration of teenage rebellion. The title track alone has been covered innumerable times by the likes of Oasis, Green Day, Patti Smith, Bill Joel, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden amongst many more.

The new, spectacular 79-track five disc super-deluxe edition of ‘My Generation’ features unheard songs as well as unreleased demos, unreleased alternate mixes, new remasters and a stereo remix which was created using new overdubs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. For this mix Pete used exactly the same guitars and amps as the original album and Roger used same type of microphone. 

The super deluxe edition also features a stunning 80-page colour book with many rare and unseen period photos, candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend and period memorabilia. 

Of the super deluxe box set Pete Townshend commented “Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it’s wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two years ago to listen to. I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!”

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THE WHO ‘BACK TO THE WHO TOUR TOMMY AND MORE’ 2017 DATES:

March 30th –  Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, London

April 1st – Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, London

April 3rd – Liverpool Echo Arena

April 5th –  Manchester Arena

April 7th – Glasgow SSE Hydro

April 10th – Sheffield Arena

April 12th – Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

Get your tickets for this 2017 tour here