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

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

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In Cinemas Worldwide - April 12th 2018

For one night only, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will share a show from their celebrated 2017 world tour on cinema screens worldwide.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ phenomenal tour started in Australia in January 2017, before continuing on to the USA and ending in Europe. Filmed at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017, Distant Sky captures an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Performing new album Skeleton Tree’s exquisite compositions alongside songs from their essential catalogue, the band’s first shows in 3 years provoked an ecstatic response in fans, critics and band alike, renewing profound and intimate relationships wherever they played:

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

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

★★★★★ “Tense and thunderous at times, tender and cathartic at others. It’s masterful.” The Independent


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).

Directed by award winning filmmaker David BarnardDistant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen will be distributed by Trafalgar Releasing, and shown in 500 cinemas worldwide for one night only on 12thApril.

Trafalgar Releasing CEO, Marc Allenby commented: “We are excited to be working with Nick Cave and his team for the third time with this amazing gig from Copenhagen from his most recent, highly acclaimed tour. We are big fans of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at Trafalgar and look forward to sharing the fruits of this collaboration with cinema goers and music fans alike around the world.”

Tickets are now on sale.

For the full list of cinemas taking part in this special one night only event and for ticket information, please visit http://www.nickcave.com/

Guests announced to join UB40 at Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall

Guests announced to join UB40 at Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall

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An evening celebrating the very best in British Reggae

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall is excited to announce that Hollie Cook, Three The Hard Way – Dennis Bovell, Brinsley Forde and David Hinds and special guest David Rodigan MBE will be joining headliner UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey on 19th March 2018.
For one night only, a legendary line-up of artists will transform the Royal Albert Hall to downtown Jamaica via London and Birmingham for a celebration of the very best in British Reggae.
 
Introducing the audience to the reggae vibe will be Hollie Cook, in support of  her third solo album, Vessel Of Love. The Martin ‘Youth’ Glover produced album, is currently #1 on the US Reggae Charts and Top 20 in UK Indie Charts, album of the day on 6Music along with support from Uncut, Q, Noisey and Pitchfork.
 
Hollie kicked off her career when she dropped out of school to join family friend Ari Up on tour with The Slits. Since then she has played with Jaime T and The Stone Roses at the personal request of Ian Brown and performed on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ , Hollie’s previous Prince Fatty-produced records, ‘Hollie Cook’, ‘Hollie Cook in Dub’ and ‘Twice’ all received critical acclaim across the board from both mainstream outlets and tastemakers alike.
 
Next up is Three The Hard Way – Legendary British Reggae lead vocalists Dennis Bovell, David Hinds and Brinsley Forde come together to form a UK reggae super group…Three The Hard Way. Each member of the Three The Hard Way team are the pioneers who put British Reggae firmly on the map. They have each fronted one the UK’s outstanding reggae outfits, Steel Pulse, Matumbi, Aswad and now come together for a unique and powerful performance.
 
Grammy winners and multiple nominations between them coupled with countless number ones and top ten hits either as musicians, song writers or producers give this group a wealth of credibility and worldwide respect. They have decided it is time to trail blaze once again to share their unique talents with the universe. Without question this unified project is certain to welcome in a new age of British Reggae.
 
Special guest for the evening is David Rodigan MBE. For over forty years the top dog in Britain’s reggae dance-halls, he is one of the leading authority figures of British Reggae.
 
Starting out in 1978 on BBC Radio London, before moving to Capital Radio in 1979 with his legendary ‘Roots Rockers’ show, his credibility was ensured when he began clashing with Jamaica’s champion DJ, Barry G. Topped off by winning the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in 2012 beating all the top Jamaican sound systems in the West Indies, USA and England.
 
Rodigan currently presents a weekly show on Radio 1Xtra and a summer season on BBC Radio 2, bringing reggae to the mainstream. In 2005 he was inducted into the Sony Radio Academy Hall Of Fame and has also won three Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards; in 2012 he was awarded the MBE for “services to broadcasting” at Buckingham Palace.
 
Completing this incredible evening is UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey. As founding members of Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40, singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue topped the UK singles chart on three occasions, selling over 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.
 
When UB40 embarked on their Labour Of Love series in 1983, they were keen to tell the world about the songs that they grew up with in Birmingham. They dug deep into the reggae and rock steady rhythms of yesteryear and ended up producing three Labour Of Love albums, spawning hit after hit including the global smash hits ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Cherry Oh Baby’. Now, with their new album ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ – to be released March 2nd on UMC – they shine a light on classic reggae tracks from the 1980s.
 
Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time, UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey together with their incredible eight-piece reggae band are proud to show their support for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Their latest record ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ (out March 2nd on UMC) is dedicated to long-serving trombonist John Johnson, who sadly passed away last year.
 
Ali says “We are showcasing the very best of British Reggae at the iconic RAH, for a wonderful charity TCT. Come and join us for an incredible evening.”
 
 
The full line-up for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert is: An Evening of Comedy hosted byRussell HowardNile Rodgers & CHICRoger DaltreyCourteenersKasabian and Def Leppard.
 
Over 235 artists and comedians have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall since 2000, raising over £27 million for young people with cancer. These 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. But for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. Every penny they raise goes towards their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.
 
2018’s impressive line-up adds to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing together for the first time ever 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.
 
Last year hit new heights with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall show, performed, of course, by The Who.  There were also incredible performances by Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a night of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, plus surprise guest appearances by Michael McIntyre and Noel Gallagher.
 
Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary front man of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.
 
This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.
 
Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio and Metro.

Jones and many more. And, of course, some of the greatest concerts of the past 20 years from The Who.
 
Last year hit new heights with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall show, performed, of course, by The Who.  There were also incredible performances by Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a night of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, plus surprise guest appearances by Michael McIntyre and Noel Gallagher.
 
Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary front man of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.
 
This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.
 
Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio and Metro.

Truck Festival First Wave Of Artists Announced!

Truck Festival First Wave Of Artists Announced!

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The UK’s longest running and best small festival Truck has just announced its first wave of artists for 2018 to ring in its 21st birthday. The festival, which formed two decades ago in 1998, will this year take place from 19th – 22nd July at Hill Farm in Steventon, Oxfordshire. 2018 will be the first time ever that the festival has opened its doors on the Thursday with the festival taking place over four days this year.

 

Heading up the festival on it’s opening Thursday are band of brothers Peace, with Mercury Prize nominated indie rockers Friendly Fires topping the bill on Friday and four-time Brit nominated and multi million selling singer-songwriter George Ezra headlining the Saturday. Sunday headliners to be announced in the next wave of acts very soon, George commented on what fans can expect from his set:

I’m so excited to be playing my first ever Truck Festival and over the moon that my debut gets to be as headliner.  It’s been on my bucket list for a long time. My new album Staying At Tamara’s will have been out in the world for a few months by then so I’ll be coming to beautiful Oxfordshire armed with a host of new songs and a few choice oldies, and can’t wait to get up and play. See you there!” – George Ezra

Festival Organiser Matt Harrap commented, “We’re extremely excited to announce our first wave of artists for this year’s show! Having artists of the calibre of George Ezra and Friendly Fires coming to headline the event after many years of asking is truly humbling and their sets will no doubt live long in the memory.

Returning heroes Peace will be the perfect way to kick off the festival with our first ever Thursday headliners. Personally I’m really thrilled to have the legend that is Gaz Coombes back at his favourite festival for the first time since 2013 as well as some brilliant up and coming local talent such as Low Island, Little Brother Eli and Kanadia. Mix in the likes of De La Soul, Jake Bugg and Everything Everything and the epic Switch takeover of Palm City then we’ve got a real party!

What’s even more exciting is this is only the beginning with a special Sunday headliner due to be announced very soon! With ticket sales ahead of this time last year, we really recommend not hanging around!”

 

The festival, which prides itself as the “anti major festival” has long championed local artists with Oxford’s own Gaz Coombes back this year, he commented

“Very excited to be joining the line up at Truck Festival this year. See you in the fields my lovelies!” – Gaz Coombes

 

As well as Oxfordshire based artists such as Kanadia, Little Brother Eli, Switch DJ’s, Low Island, I Cried Wolf, Leader and of course Oxford Symphony Orchestra, the festival has just launched its Band App which offers the chance for local bands to submit their music to Truck’s organisers and be offered a spot to play the festival. Truck Festival’s organisers personally listen to every single submission. Artists should upload their music to Truck’s website by 30th March – https://truckfestival.com/contact/band-app/

 

The line-up also includes emerging artists such as hotly tipped The Sherlocks, Pale Waves, Marika Hackman, Nervus and The Amazons amongst others.

 

The Amazons – who were originally tipped for stardom in the BBC Sound of 2017 and released their debut last year to great acclaim – have praised Truck for championing the local music scene and new artists:

“We remember playing Truck Festival in 2016. It was one of the craziest crowds we’d got at that point in our careers. Excited to be returning to a festival that’s a stone’s throw away from our home in Berkshire, and one that has been an excellent supporter of local music for the last few years.” – The Amazons

 

The line-up also offers plenty of artists performing a little further from home including New York hip-hop icons De La Soul and fellow Americans, indie rockers We Are Scientists who will be performing on the back of their much anticipated album ‘Megaplex’.

 

The full Truck Festival 2018 line up:

Friendly Fires, George Ezra, De La Soul, Jake Bugg, Everything Everything, Circa Waves, Peace, The Amazons, Rat Boy, Gaz Coombes, The Sherlocks, Moose Blood, We Are Scientists, Kurupt FM, Shy FX, Redlight, Holy Goof, Skepsis, Darkzy, Dimension, Macky Gee, Bru C, Switch DJ’s, MJ Cole, Barely Legal, The Magic Gang, Marika Hackman, Coasts, Blaenavon, Tom Walker, Pale Waves, HMTLD, Gengahr, Jaws, Black Honey, Dream Wife

Boston Manor, Turbowolf, The Night Cafe, The Orielles, Low Island, High Tyde, Anteros, Naaz, Girli, Stereo Honey, Whenyoung, Pink Kink, Bloxx

Bloody Knees, The Spook School, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Fang Club, Sorry

Sports Team, Lady Bird, Seagirls, Delta Sleep, Nervus, Happy Accidents, Bessie Turner, Gender Roles, Hotel Lux, Magique, Leader, Kanadia, Little Brother Eli, I Cried Wolf, DJ Elban, Mr Motivator, Reggae Aerobics,

Oxford Symphony Orchestra.

 

Tickets & Prices

 

Weekend ticket prices are £110.

Thursday add on passes are £25.

 

Watch Truck Festival’s 2017 aftermovie here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv80JsIUfpQ 

Y Not Festival 2018 Line Up Announced

Y Not Festival 2018 Line Up Announced

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Friday 27th July The Libertines / Saturday 28th July Catfish and the Bottlemen / Sunday 29th July Jamiroquai *UK Festival Exclusive*

Y Not Festival returns for its biggest year yet with an astounding three-day line up built for music lovers. Set in the heart of Derbyshire, the festival reveals its highly anticipated line up for 2018 – and does NOT disappoint.

 

Back for its 13th year this summer, Y Not will take place in Pikehall, Derbyshire from 27th-29th July.  Since 2005, when it began life as a house party spilling over into deepest Derbyshire, the event has remained home grown and true to its roots. With panoramic countryside views, a fully stocked bar of local ales, a mouth watering selection of food and more live music than you can shake a stick at…

Y Not is a whole weekend of good music, good food and care-free fun in the middle of the beautiful Peak District. Just bring yourself, some wellies and a killer fancy dress outfit.

 

Kicking off the weekend are modern rock and roll legends The Libertines. The Arcadian dreamers are one of the most important bands of the 21st Century, sound-tracking long rebellious summers for the stylish kids in the riot, their songs standing tall as some of the best guitar driven party tunes of all time.

 

Headlining Saturday night are fellow British rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen. The Brit Award winners have become essential festival favourites after gaining a massive following off the back of their UK Top 10 2014 debut album ‘The Balcony’ and Number 1 second album ‘The Ride’.  

 

And Y Not 2018 will be going out with a bang this year when Jamiroquai close the weekend with a UK festival exclusive! Lead by unconventional front man Jay Kay, aka the Buffalo Man, aka The Cat in the Hat, the band was crucial to nineties and noughties dance floors, fostering futuristic funk via 27 million album sales, plus Grammy and Ivor Novello Awards. They are now captivating a new generation of fans with latest album ‘Automaton’.

 

The rest of the bill is peppered with a heady mix of classic household names, the best of the new wave and local ones-to-watch.

 

National Treasures Manic Street Preachers, fresh from the April release of their hugely anticipated new album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ will lead the way, assisted by Leeds’ finest festival draw The Kaiser Chiefs. Fronted by the charismatic Ricky Wilson, the band have had a string of anthemic songs so Y Not festival-goers are in for a hit-packed performance.

The line-up also includes the irrepressible Fat White Family, blues icon Seasick Steve and exceptional English punks Buzzcocks whose career has spanned more than four decades!

 

Exciting emerging acts join them, including the most tipped act for 2018 – Pale Waves, plus The Amazons, Tom Grennan and Circa Waves. The Amazons who were tipped for stardom in the BBC Sound of 2017 and also released their debut last year to great acclaim have commented on the strong line-up  Really excited to return to Y Not Festival this year. The festival gave us one of our first main stage slots back in 2016, and we fell in love with the location. We’re looking forward to coming back and joining an amazing lineup of music.”

 

Y Not has a longstanding history of nurturing home grown talent and emerging acts, holding slots on the bill for the best in their local area. Returning this year after cutting their teeth at Y Not, South Yorkshire’s hotly tipped The Sherlocks are looking forward to getting stuck in, “We love this festival, one of the best in the UK,” say the band, “We are where we belong, on the main stage. It would be an honour to one day come back and headline!“

 

The full Y Not 2018 line up:

The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jamiroquai, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street, Preachers, Seasick Steve, The Levellers, Circa Waves, The Amazons, Fat White Family, Buzzcocks, Moose Blood, Reverend And The Makers, The Sherlocks, Tom Grennan, Shame, Coasts, Mr Motivator, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Tom Walker, Pale Waves, Lucy Spraggan, Jaws, Sam Fender, The Lancashire Hotpots, Turbowolf, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, The Orielles, Mullally, Everly Pregnant Brothers, King No One, When Young, Dead! and Bloody Knees.

 

Festival organiser Simon Mawbey – “We’re so happy to be back with our biggest line up to date. There are a lot of changes and improvements being made to make sure the festival is the best it’s ever been in 13 years and I’m excited that we can come back stronger than ever.”

 

Y Not recently announced that their new and improved site will be Aston Hill Farm, adjacent to the previous site on Mouldridge Lane. The festival will still take place in the unbeatable setting of the Peak District and the benefits of the location include clearer routes for festival-goers and improved access for service vehicles.

 

In addition to the site change, Y Not have continued their ongoing communications about improvements, following on from their 2018 Manifesto. This includes the site, staffing, security and traffic management. The updated pledges will ensure this year’s festival will set the highest standards for all Y Not customers.

 

Tickets are on sale now at www.ynotfestival.co.uk/tickets

 

 

Tickets & Prices

Adult Weekend Camping Tickets                          £109.50

Youth Weekend Camping Tickets (aged 13-17) £109.50

Family Weekend Camping Tickets                     £109.50

Child Weekend Camping Tickets (12 and under)           FREE

 

Thursday Upgrade                                                   £25 + £0.00 booking fee

VIP Upgrade                                                              £60 + £0.00 booking fee

Alan Edwards Explores The Phenomenon of The Band Reunion

Alan Edwards Explores The Phenomenon of The Band Reunion

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Alan Edwards explores the phenomenon of the band reunion in BBC Four’s Hits, Hype and Hustle: An Insiders Guide To The Music Industry.

“We’re putting the band back together.” It’s a phrase that’s been uttered more and more frequently over the last couple of decades as artists put aside their differences and reform for a whole new generation of fans. Plus it’s very big business, as PR guru Alan Edwards explains as he presents his BBC Four TV show Hits, Hype and Hustle: An Insiders Guide To The Music Industry, which closes the three part series.

 

Alan is the founder of leading PR company The Outside Organisation and one of only three members of the PR Week Hall of Fame. He cut his teeth during the punk era and finds himself transported back to the time during a visit to Blackpool for the Rebellion punk festival, meeting a group of punk fans who quiz him on those original, heady days. The punk flame still burns bright and Alan discusses this with Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock who rejoined the band in the mid 90s in what was a pioneering reunion tour.

 

Alan Edwards said “This was fantastic fun to do and in James and Lorna I had a great team to lead me through it. It’s brilliant to see music covered on TV in a really authentic way. There were some very special moments for me, especially the hours reminiscing with Chris, Clem and Debbie of Blondie as well as Glen from the Pistols. It reminded me that I was actually there at the time!”

 

Alan is himself no stranger to band’s reforming having represented Blondie since the late 70s when he was hired having turned up in the band’s dressing room at Dingwalls, Camden offering to be their PR! His close relationship shines through as lead singer Debbie Harry and drummer Clem Burke open up about what it takes to get back in the room to make new music and perform live with a 40 year legacy and tangled history behind them.

 

Finally, we see how a band can reform without actually ever having to be there. This can be through sound tracking West End Musicals like the hugely successful Bat Out Of Hell or in the case of artists who have passed away like the legendary Roy Orbison, soon to perform a full live tour as a state of the art hologram something that has never been done before …

 

 

 

 

Alan is a regular contributor to TV and Radio, frequently asked to comment on industry issues and the current music scene.  He fronted the BBC’s Music Moguls programme in 2016 looking at the way PR and music are intertwined and builds on that with this latest programme. Beyond music Alan was the resident PR advisor on BBC2’s Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? coaching prospective astronauts on how to deal with the media and public recognition.

 

Hits, Hype and Hustle: An Insiders Guide To The Music Industry airs on BBC 4 at 9pm on Friday 2nd February and will then be available on BBC iPlayer.

Paul Simon- The Farewell Performance

Paul Simon- The Farewell Performance

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Paul Simon - The Farewell Performance

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 is proud to announce that Paul Simon will close the festival on Sunday 15th July,
 
Joining the bill as special guests are James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt.
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Final Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall Headliners Announced for 2018

Final Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall Headliners Announced for 2018

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Final Teen Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall Headliners Announced for 2018

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall announce their final headline acts for 2018; Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, An Evening of Comedy hosted by Russell Howard, multi-Grammy-winning Nile Rodgers & CHIC, The Who star Roger Daltrey, and British rock legends Def Leppard.

 

As founding members of Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40, singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue topped the UK singles chart on three occasions, selling over 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.

 

When UB40 embarked on their Labour Of Love series in 1983, they were keen to tell the world about the songs that they grew up with in Birmingham. They dug deep into the reggae and rock steady rhythms of yesteryear and ended up producing three Labour Of Love albums, spawning hit after hit including the global smash hits ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Cherry Oh Baby’. Now, with their new album ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ – to be released March 3rd on UMC – they shine a light on classic reggae tracks from the 1980s.

 

Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time as a trio, UB40 Featuring Ali Astro & Mickey show their support for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Their latest record ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ is dedicated to long-serving trombonist John Johnson, who sadly passed away last year.

 

“We are honoured to be asked to support the Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall. The fantastic work that has been done over the years continues to pay dividends and support a cause that is so worthwhile. We look forward to a great show and seeing you all on the 19th March. Big love Ali, Astro & Mickey”.

 

Russell Howard will host an exciting evening of comedy, continuing the long tradition of the cream of British comedy joining forces for a unique and unforgettable night of laughs. The full line-up will be announced soon.

 

Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multi-Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music.

 

Rodgers formed CHIC 1976 alongside bassist Bernard Edwards. With an unrivalled catalogue of hits such as ‘Everybody Dance’, ‘Le Freak’, ‘Good Times’ and their on-stage chemistry, they are quite simply the ultimate party band. Not content with their own tracks, they have been sampled on Grandmaster Flash’s ‘Rappers Delight’, Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ and Captain Sensible’s ‘Wot?’. Disbanded in the early 1980s, the rhythm section provided instrumental back-up for Diana Ross’ self-titled album, selling over ten million albums internationally. CHIC reunited in 1989, and continue to be one of the best live acts in the world.
Born in Shepherd’s Bush on 1 March 1944, Roger Daltrey CBE first assembled the group that would become The Who in 1961 while at Acton County School, recruiting John Entwistle and subsequently agreeing to John’s proposal that Pete Townshend should join. In those days Roger, whose daytime job was in a sheet metal factory, even made the band’s guitars, and it was his energy and ambition that drove the

group   during  their     formative years.
Daltrey’s solo career outside of The Who, began in 1973 promoting the single ‘Giving It All Away’ which reached number five in the UK charts. Roger has appeared on stage away from The Who on many occasions, and his 1994 solo concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with The Juillard Orchestra, was the fastest selling event in the venue’s history.

Since 2000 he has been a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust. That year, ticket sales and revenue from a DVD and CD of The Who & Friends raised over £1.2 million, and as a result Roger was given a Humanitarian Award in 2003 from Time magazine. The Teenage Cancer Trust shows have now become an established and eagerly awaited annual event at the Albert Hall. In February 2005, Roger was awarded a CBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and good causes.

 

Roger says, “We’re now into our 18th year of Teenage Cancer Trust Shows at the Royal Albert Hall and in that time these concerts have raised well over £25 million, as well as giving the Teenage Cancer Trust a voice to educate the public about the special needs of this group within the NHS., “These incredible shows have played a vital role in making sure the charity can provide specialist support to young people with cancer across the UK, but for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. The artists who play these shows and the people who come along to see them will help the charity take big steps towards being able to support every young person who needs them.”

This year’s line up is as varied as ever with our good friends Kasabian making a welcome return as is UB40. Chic featuring the incomparable Nile Rodgers will be making their Royal Albert Hall debut, and Courteeners will be playing a one-off London show celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album. There will also be a special show from me and my band featuring Who hits as well as some songs the Who never played live. Rounding off the week will be Sheffield’s finest Def Leppard playing their first UK show in three years”.

 
Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) – continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that have sold over 100 million copies worldwide and set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.

 

Formed in 1977 in Sheffield, UK, the bands singles and albums have entered the fabric of contemporary music. Albums such as “Hysteria”, “Pyromania” and “Adrenalize” and singles like “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Animal”, “Let’s Get Rocked”, “Two Steps Behind”, “Make Love Like A Man”, “Armageddon it!”, “Slang” and “Photograph” have led Def Leppard to be dubbed “The UK’s greatest arena rock band”.

 

The bands all conquering 1987 “Hysteria” album alone produced seven worldwide hit singles. Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S.A.

 

In January 2018 Def Leppard’s full recording catalogue was made available online for the first time, making them one of the last multi-platinum selling acts to be added to streaming and download platforms. The response was overwhelming with the bands singles and albums entering the charts across the globe and introducing the music of Def Leppard to a whole new generation. On release the band had three albums enter the Top 10 of the iTunes chart.

 

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says, “When Def Leppard and The Who played together last October, Roger asked us if we’d like to contribute to the Teenage Cancer Trust shows this year. Having performed myself with Roger and The Who at the Shepherds Bush Empire back in 2014 solo it was a no brainer to say yes as a band. It is a privilege and an honour to be involved with such a worthwhile event”.

 

Previously announced for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall are Courteeners and Kasabian.

 

Over 235 artists and comedians have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall since 2000, raising over £27 million for young people with cancer. These 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. But for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. Every penny they raise goes towards their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.

 

2018’s impressive line-up adds to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing together for the first time ever 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.

 

Last year hit new heights with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall show, performed, of course, by The Who.  There were also incredible performances by Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a night of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, plus surprise guest appearances by Michael McIntyre and Noel Gallagher.

 

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary frontman of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.

 

This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.

 

Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio and Metro.

 

 

TEENAGE CANCER TRUST AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL IN ASSOCIATION WITH ALDI

Monday 19 March – Sunday 25 March 2018

 

Monday 19 March                   UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey

Tuesday 20 March                  An Evening of Comedy hosted by Russell Howard

Wednesday 21 March             Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Thursday 22 March                Roger Daltrey

Friday 23 March                      Courteeners performing St Jude

Saturday 24 March                 Kasabian

Sunday 25 March                    Def Leppard

 

 

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

Only use official ticket vendors:

www.seetickets.com

www.gigsandtours.com

www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION

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As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The Opera, School of Rock and Love Never Dies – to name but a few.

 

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four shows running on Broadway concurrently. Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom Of The Opera, with more returning to the UK this year.

 

In celebration of his 70th birthday this March, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION will be available March 16th through UMC / Polydor.

 

The collection is personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to include classics from his earliest work starting with 1968’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through his most recent School of Rock.

 

Of the new album, Lloyd Webber says,  “I owe everyone involved in putting this compilation together a huge thank you.  A vast amount of thought has evidently gone into selecting tracks from my almost fifty year old career.   This compilation brings back a heap of memories – it has made this ancient composer very happy.  I particularly love the new tracks and of course I love the orchestral suites.   There’s nothing a composer likes more than hearing their melodies played by a cracking orchestra.”

 

Newly recorded songs from superstar artists Nicole Scherzinger (“Memory”, Cats), Gregory Porter (“Light at the End of the Tunnel”, Starlight Express) and Lana Del Rey (“You Must Love Me”, Evita) add to the collection of his cherished works from the past five decades.

 

Of Lloyd Webber, Lana Del Rey says, “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream.”

 

Gregory Porter also expresses his admiration, “Andrew is an icon of not only musical theatre, but he’s an icon of music, our culture, and of our human experience.”

 

The Cats classic “Memory” by Nicole Scherzinger is available now as an instant grat track. Scherzinger says, “Andrew’s music absolutely influenced me as an artist. I grew up listening to his music. I grew up listening to Jesus Chris Superstar, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, you just know it’s his music when you hear the arrangements, when you hear the strings, the orchestra, the synths.”

 

The set also contains recordings by world-class performers such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, and released for the first time, Beyonce singing “Learn To Be Lonely” from the 2005 Academy Awards with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano.

 

The fourth disc encompasses a mix of overtures and showstoppers from Lloyd Webber‘s key works, as well as newly created orchestral suites. The five new orchestral suites have been specially prepared from existing recordings to give a précis to Lloyd Webber’s dearest shows, emphasising the grand orchestral aspects of his work. All CDs were mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

 

UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is available as 2 CD and 4 CD editions. The 4-disc version contains an exclusive 40-page book with a personally penned introduction from Lloyd Webber and more in-depth notes on each track, written by respected theatre critic and Lloyd Webber biographer Michael Coveney, together with personally written tributes from Barbara Streisand and Glenn Close among others.

 

As the most successful composer of musicals in history, Lloyd Webber’s productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera is the second longest-running show in West End history. Cats and The Phantom of the Opera are two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows. In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognised by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.

 

Also in celebration of his 70th birthday, Lloyd Webber’s new autobiography UNMASKED, will be released on March 6th by Harper Collins.  Written entirely in his own words, Lloyd Webber recounts his fascinating life and remarkable career. A natural storyteller, with his signature humour and self-deprecating tone, Lloyd Webber shares the details of his early personal and professional years, including his early artistic influences. He takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance, which brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.

 

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER ‘UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION’

TRACKLISTING:

 

CD ONE
01 SUPERSTAR • MURRAY HEAD & THE TRINIDAD SINGERS
02 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & MICHAEL CRAWFORD
03 OH WHAT A CIRCUS • ANTONIO BANDERAS & MADONNA

04 LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING • MICHAEL BALL
05 STICK IT TO THE MAN • ALEX BRIGHTMAN & THE BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
06 MEMORY* • NICOLE SCHERZINGER

07 NO MATTER WHAT • BOYZONE

08 WITH ONE LOOK • BARBRA STREISAND
09 BUENOS AIRES • GLEE CAST

10 DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA • JULIE COVINGTON
11 TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE • MARTI WEBB

12 I’M HOPELESS WHEN IT COMES TO YOU • JOANNA RIDING
13 LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL* • GREGORY PORTER

14 THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT • MICHAEL CRAWFORD
15 GETHSEMANE ( I ONLY WANT TO SAY) • IAN GILLAN

16 ANY DREAM WILL DO • DONNY OSMOND
17 AMIGOS PARA SIEMPRE • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & JOSÉ CARRERAS

18 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM • YVONNE ELLIMAN

 

CD TWO
01 AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE • GLENN CLOSE

02 THEME AND VARIATIONS 1-4 • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
03 UNEXPECTED SONG • SARAH BRIGHTMAN

04 YOU MUST LOVE ME* • LANA DEL REY
05 EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT • YVONNE ELLIMAN, IAN GILLAN & MURRAY HEAD
06 THE VAULTS OF HEAVEN • TOM JONES & THE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS
07 ANOTHER SUITCASE IN ANOTHER HALL • MADONNA

08 YOU’RE IN THE BAND • BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK

09 IT’S EASY FOR YOU • ELVIS PRESLEY

10 COLD • THE EVERLY BROTHERS
11 COME BACK WITH THE SAME LOOK • DENISE VAN OUTEN

12 I AM THE STARLIGHT* • MICA PARIS & GEORGE URE
13 MR. MISTOFFELEES • PAUL NICHOLAS

14 TELL ME ON A SUNDAY • MICHAEL CRAWFORD
15 THINK OF ME • EMMY ROSSUM & PATRICK WILSON

16 RAINBOW HIGH • ELAINE PAIGE
17 ALL I ASK OF YOU • CLIFF RICHARD & SARAH BRIGHTMAN
18 WISHING YOU WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN (LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL) • SIERRA BOGGESS
BONUS TRACK LEARN TO BE LONELY* (LIVE AT THE OSCARS) • BEYONCÉ & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

 

CD THREE
01 JACOB & SONS/COAT OF MANY COLOURS • JANET METZ, DONNY OSMOND, MICHAEL FLETCHER & THE CANADIAN CAST

02 CLOSE EVERY DOOR • DONNY OSMOND

03 HEAVEN ON THEIR MINDS* (LIVE – ARENA TOUR) • TIM MINCHIN
04 KING HEROD’S SONG • ALICE COOPER

05 SKIMBLESHANKS • KEN WELLS & THE ORIGINAL LONDON CAST OF CATS

06 MACAVITY: THE MYSTERY CAT • WENDY EDMEAD & DONNA KING
07 YOU’VE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD • STEPHEN WARD ORIGINAL LONDON CAST
08 I’D BE SURPRISINGLY GOOD FOR YOU • ELENA ROGER & PHILIP QUAST

09 EVERMORE WITHOUT YOU • MARTIN CREWES

10 I BELIEVE MY HEART • DUNCAN JAMES & KEEDIE
11 IF ONLY YOU WOULD LISTEN • THE BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
12 SING • MILITARY WIVES

13 HOSANNA • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LONDON CAST
14 HOSANNA • PLÁCIDO DOMINGO, SARAH BRIGHTMAN & THE CHOIR OF WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL
15 PIE JESU • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & PAUL MILES-KINGSTON
16 BY JEEVES • STEVEN PACEY, SIMON DAY & NICHOLAS HAVERSON

17 WHERE DID THE ROCK GO?* • FLORENCE ANDREWS

 

CD FOUR
01 PHANTOM PHANTASY† • ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA

02 MASQUERADE • ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE CAST
03 ’TIL I HEAR YOU SING • RAMIN KARIMLOO

04 LOVE NEVER DIES ORCHESTRAL SUITE† • ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA

05LOVE NEVER DIES•SIERRA BOGGESS

06THE BEAUTY UNDERNEATH*•BEN LEWIS & CASEY LYONS
07 VARIATIONS ON VARIATIONS† • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
08 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR OVERTURE • ORIGINAL JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ORCHESTRA
09 OVERTURE AND THE BEAUTIFUL GAME† • ORIGINAL CAST AND ORCHESTRA FROM THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
10 IF THIS IS WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR • JOSIE WALKER

11 CATS OVERTURE • THE ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA

12 THE JELLICLE BALL • CATS MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA

13 SUNSET SUITE† • ORIGINAL BROADWAY ORCHESTRA

14 SUNSET BOULEVARD • KEVIN ANDERSON

15 ASPECTS OF ASPECTS • ORCHESTER DER VEREINIGTEN BUEHNEN WIEN

16 SEEING IS BELIEVING • MICHAEL BALL & SARAH BRIGHTMAN

17 ANYTHING BUT LONELY • SARAH BRIGHTMAN

REWIND FESTIVAL 2018: 10 YEARS OF CELEBRATING THE BEST OF THE 80s

REWIND FESTIVAL 2018: 10 YEARS OF CELEBRATING THE BEST OF THE 80s

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REWIND FESTIVAL 2018: 10 YEARS OF CELEBRATING THE BEST OF THE 80s

Rewind Festival has announced the epic line up for their 10 year anniversary extravaganza with more acts on the bill and vibrant entertainment than ever before across nine days. Legendary acts confirmed to perform include The Jacksons, Kool & The Gang, Status Quo, OMD and Bonnie Tyler.

 

Ever since Rewind made its glittery debut at Henley-on-Thames in 2009, over 140 acts have graced the stage playing countless hours of hits that have soundtracked and shaped a generation. As of 2014, the hugely popular festival has expanded to three different locations, rapidly becoming the highlight of the year for thousands of devoted fans.

 

Rewind has celebrated the careers of beloved legends such as Rick Astley, Bananarama, Jason Donovan, Kim Wilde, Boy George, and many more. This year’s line up sees the return of the stars who graced the stage at the inaugural festival including Kim Wilde, Midge Ure, Nik Kershaw, Heaven 17, Billy Ocean, Howard Jones, T’Pau, Doctor and The Medics, and China Crisis.

 

Kim Wilde said: “I always look forward to the amazing Rewind audiences, still loving the 80s and making us all feel 21 again! Rewind have always made sure the audience comes first, and have created a safe and fun playground for families and people of all ages. The atmosphere at Rewind is the best I’ve ever experienced and I’m always so proud to be on stage singing with all the artistes who’s records I still have in my vinyl collection. Happy 10 Years Rewind, you’ve done us all proud!”

 

Nik Kershaw said: “I’ve loved being part of the Rewind family and am thrilled to be performing at this year’s 10th anniversary gathering on Temple Island Meadows. Happy birthday Rewind South. Let’s make it a big one!”

 

Francis Rossi of Status Quo said: “The band are big fans of the Rewind Festivals, there’s always a great atmosphere and a welcoming crowd, so we can’t wait to take to the stage at Rewind Scotland and play some of everyone’s favourite Quo classics! See you there!”

 

Toyah Willcox said: “There is nothing quite like Rewind. The atmosphere is electric every time. So many brilliant artists on one stage in front of the happiest, bopping festivalgoers. My favourite memories? Holly Johnson, Marc Almond, Jimmy Somerville, The Quo and many more. I’ve played many times and loved every moment, but Henley 2016 will always stick in my mind. On one of the rare occasions it rained, to witness 20,000 umbrellas pogoing up and down was a joy! Rewind proves great music is eternal.”

 

Carol Decker of T’Pau,said: “In 2009 I performed at the very first ever Rewind Festival in Henley on Thames. It was so exciting to help launch a new festival celebrating the fantastic era T’pau was so much a part of. I live locally so it was a very special, personal experience. My children aged 10 and 7 at the time came on stage with me and waved to their school friends and neighbours. I am delighted to take the stage again in 2018 and celebrate Rewind’s 10th anniversary.”

 

Howard Jones said: “I always look forward to playing the Rewind festivals. The fans give all the artists such a warm reception. I’ve seen so many brilliant performances over the years; The Boomtown Rats and Heaven 17 to name just two and I look forward to many more this year!”

 

The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics said: “Performing at Rewind is always phenomenal, but I have also been lucky enough to compere at a number of them. As compere, you get time to really know the crowd, crew, artists and everyone involved. The overwhelming feeling you get is one of togetherness with a unique energy and vibrancy that makes it very special to be part of. From the stage, the crowd presents an amazing spectacle; so much so that a new word has entered the English vocabulary… Rewinders! And I am proud to be amongst them. So come and Rewind with us!”

 

There is no decade like the 80s – the music, the fashion, the energy and spirit continue to influence every facet of popular culture. Its impact has never been more profound than now in the festival’s tenth year.

 

Event organiser, Katt Alexander at Broadwick Live says: “The Rewind team is really excited to stage the 10th edition of the festival, and celebrate our birthday up and down the country at all three festivals with our fantastic crowd. With a line up packed full of iconic artists proving that this music really is forever, 2018’s events promise to build on the huge popularity of the festival to date. Alongside favourite music, we will be taking the festival to new heights with more performances, entertainment and experiences than ever before.” 

LED ZEPPELIN Live Album How The West Was Won To Be Reissued With New Remastering Supervised By Jimmy Page

LED ZEPPELIN Live Album How The West Was Won To Be Reissued With New Remastering Supervised By Jimmy Page

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LED ZEPPELIN Live Album How The West Was Won To Be Reissued With New Remastering Supervised By Jimmy Page

Including The Album’s Debut Release On Vinyl And Blu-ray Audio, Along With Super Deluxe Boxed Set, CD, And Digital Versions

On September 7, 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant first took the stage together in Gladsaxe, Denmark. Then billed as “The New Yardbirds,” the band would assemble in the studio for the first time later that month to start recording their debut album as Led Zeppelin, and rock ‘n’ roll would never be the same again. Before the band’s 50th Anniversary celebration officially begins in September, Led Zeppelin will continue their reissue campaign with a new edition of their celebrated live album How The West Was Won, originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. Details of additional Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary releases and events will be announced later this year.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON will be released on March 23 in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song, including the first ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions (with the Blu-ray containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound).

  • CD – Remastered audio on three CDs.
  • Vinyl – Remastered audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs.
  • Blu-Ray Audio – 96kHz/24 bit 5.1 (DTS-HD Master Audio Surround) and stereo mixes (PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo).
  • Streaming & Digital Download – Remastered audio.

Super Deluxe Boxed Set

o   Remastered audio on three CDs and four 180-gram vinyl LPs.

o   DVD of album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery.

o   High-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit.

o   A book filled with rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concert locations, plus memorabilia and ephemera.

o   High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the three-CD and four-LP collections capture the band at the height of its formidable powers. Standouts include a 25-plus minute version of “Dazed And Confused” and a 21-minute medley based around “Whole Lotta Love.” The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album Houses Of The Holy, which would be released nine months later.

AEG PRESENTS LAUNCHES FIRST OFFICE IN FRANCE

AEG PRESENTS LAUNCHES FIRST OFFICE IN FRANCE

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AEG PRESENTS LAUNCHES FIRST OFFICE IN FRANCE

AEG Presents, the live music division of global entertainment company, AEG, announced today (Wednesday 24th January) the opening of their first office in France. The creation of an AEG Presents office in the country builds on their already impressive track record in the UK and marks a key expansion into one of Europe’s most important and vibrant markets for live music. Operating out of Paris, the team will be led by leading promoting executive, Arnaud Meersseman, who will report directly to the CEOs of AEG Presents London, Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope.

 

Meersseman’s career in live music promotion began in 2004 and has seen him work with some of the leading music promoters in France, staging shows for the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Ray, Major Lazer and A$AP Rocky. In 2016 he became Managing Director of the MIALA/Fimalac group. He begins leading AEG Presents France effective immediately with a remit to develop and grow a promotions business centred on the thriving French music scene, while at the same time actively supporting AEG’s international roster of touring artists.

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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, AEG has brought a new level of world-class talent and outstanding customer experience to this world-renowned central London location. The venue portfolio for AEG Presents includes the iconic Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith (jointly owned with partner, CTS Eventim). Through a multi-million pound refurbishment completed last year, AEG Presents continues to proudly deliver a level of excellence across the live event space in the UK to meet, and often exceed, the needs of today’s music fans.

 

The creation of AEG Presents France follows AEG’s significant investment in the Accors Hotel Arena in Paris, as well as the recent acquisition of the highly regarded Rock En Seine festival (jointly acquired with French media investment group, LNEI).

 

Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope, joint CEO’s AEG Presents said The live music scene in France is incredibly vibrant and one we very much admire and it’s a real privilege to be able to set up our Paris office. In Arnaud we have a highly experienced leader and look forward to achieving great things together.”

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Arnaud Meersseman, General Manager and VP of AEG Presents France said “I’ve worked with Toby and Steve since they became involved in Rock en Seine and I’m very proud and excited to become part of the AEG Presents team with this new venture. I have always considered AEG to be best in class in developing venues and festivals that both meet the needs of today’s consumers and in the development of the Hyde Park festival build something truly befitting of the London Park, I am looking forward to taking this passion for excellence into the French market and I’m confident we can do some excellent work with both international and French artists as the new office gets underway.”

 

For further information:

 

Nick Caley

The Outside Organisation

Y Not Festival Unveil New Site For 2018

Y Not Festival Unveil New Site For 2018

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Y Not Festival Unveil New Site For 2018

Y Not Festival are delighted to unveil its new location for 2018. The improved site will be on Aston Hill Farm, which is adjacent to the previous site on Mouldridge Lane. The festival will still take place in the unbeatable setting of the Peak District, and the benefits of the location include clearer routes for festival goers and improved access for service vehicles.

 

In addition to the site change, Y Not have continued their ongoing communications on improvements that are being made, following on from their 2018 Manifesto. This is regarding the site, the staffing, security and traffic management. The updated pledges will ensure this year’s festival will be at the highest standards for all Y Not customers.

 

Y Not Festival 2018 pledges are as follows:

 

“As part of our plans for the 2018 festival, we promised that we’d keep you in the loop with the changes and improvements we were making.

 

We’ve been working really hard to make sure that when you join us in July, it’s the best Y Not it can possibly be. And it seems like a good time to give you an update on everything.

 

The Site

First and foremost, Y Not will be moving…next door. The drive and route to the festival will be exactly the same. We’re still based in Pikehall in the beautiful Peak District, but the new site will be the field next to the old one.

 

The new site allows us to address some of the challenges of the previous site location.

 

The new position increases the suitability and improves the number of access points for vehicles. This means better access for service vehicles (when clearing waste), emergency and site vehicles, whilst also providing better access for festival goers arriving at the festival.

 

This move has also allowed us to think about the layout and position of campsites in relation to the arena. The new site will have very clear routes between the campsites and arena for all festival goers, ensuring that wherever you are camped; your journey into the arenas will be as quick and easy as possible.

 

We will be releasing further information and a full site map in the near future.

 

Traffic Management

The new site has car parks immediately accessible from the A5102, providing multiple access routes to improve the flow of traffic. More access routes will allow for traffic to be moved quickly and reduce ground stress on limited access points.

 

Security

As part of our ongoing improvement of general site security, we’re excited to be working alongside Showsec; an award-winning event and venue security specialist. We will also be implementing CCTV around the site.

 

We’re expanding our level of Steel Shield fencing for particularly exposed areas of the site. These are taller and stronger perimeters that make the campsites considerably more secure. Alongside this, we have increased roaming patrols around the perimeter of the festival.

 

Staff

This year, we will be increasing personnel and management structure on site so that there will be more staff than ever before. We are also reviewing the way the way that staff and volunteers are briefed, so that all staff representing Y Not are ready and able to assist to the best of their ability.

 

Once again, thank you all so much for your patience and continued loyalty. We’re really excited by the improvements to Y Not and will have more updates with you soon. And we promise to keep all of you in the loop throughout the year!

 

Love Y Not x

 

Of the site change and Y Not’s pledges for 2018, festival organiser

Simon Mawbey says, “We understand how important it is to keep the public informed every step of the way and so we hope they are reassured by the improvements being made for this year, including our new site at Aston Hill Farm.”

 

Y Not Festival will take place 27th-29th July. Y Not 2018 tickets will be back on sale in the coming weeks, along with their line up announcement. In the meantime, Pre-Payment plan tickets are still available on their website: http://www.ynotfestivals.co.uk/tickets/

 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO OPEN NBC’S SUPER BOWL LII

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO OPEN NBC’S SUPER BOWL LII

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO OPEN NBC'S SUPER BOWL LII

Carrie will open NBC’s Super Bowl LII on February 4 with a video filmed last year for her anthemic song, “The Champion,”. Underwood, who has been the face and voice of NBC’s Sunday Night Football show open for the last five seasons, co-wrote “The Champion” last year with Brett James, Chris DeStefano, and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris, who Underwood asked to collaborate on the event song produced by Jim Jonsin. NBC Sports will also incorporate “The Champion” into its coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
“When we met with Carrie last year to discuss the Super Bowl open, we each brought ideas. Carrie presented first. After she spoke, we looked at each other and said ‘that’s the one,’” said Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of NBC Sunday Night Football and the network’s Super Bowl LII presentation. “Later on, our Olympics producers listened to ‘The Champion’ and decided that it would be a perfect complement for our Winter Games coverage. We are excited to highlight ‘The Champion’ in two events on the global stage in February.”
“When we were writing ‘The Champion,’ our main focus was to celebrate athletes at the top of their game, but we also wanted the song to resonate with people in their everyday lives,” explains Carrie Underwood.  “We hope the lyrics will inspire people to push themselves beyond their limits to conquer anything they are trying to accomplish or overcome. There’s a champion in every single one of us!”
Ludacris says, “It was a pleasure to collaborate with Carrie for this inspirational song.”
MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE WITH THE RAYS OF SUNSHINE CHILDREN’S  CHOIR & FRIENDS  RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE

MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE WITH THE RAYS OF SUNSHINE CHILDREN’S CHOIR & FRIENDS RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE

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FEATURING AN ALL-STAR CAST: Miranda Hart, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford, Gareth Malone, Rays of Sunshine Children's Choir & many more…

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have rounded up some of the biggest names in showbiz to feature on their special charity single ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, to raise funds for children’s charity Rays of Sunshine. The song, originally by comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, will be released on Friday 15th December in conjunction with Decca Records and Universal Music UK, and will be in the running for the Christmas No.1 spot.

 

The all star group includes Miranda Hart, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford, Gareth Malone, Mel Giedroyc, Gregory Porter, Seal, Angela Rippon, Kelsey Grammer and many more. They are joined by the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir, made up of a group of children all living with a serious illness.

 

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity grants wishes for seriously ill children and teenagers across the UK. After getting to know the charity, Michael and Alfie have been so moved by their work that they wanted to do more, and so reached out to bring sunshine into the lives of desperately ill children this Christmas.

 

Decca will donate 100% of all profits, whilst committing to a minimum donation of 50p from the sale of each permanent download to Rays of Sunshine (Registered Charity No. 1102529) (England and Wales). The artists and producers will forgo any royalties due to them in connection with this charity single.

 

‘Bring Me Sunshine’ features on Ball & Boe’s recent hit No.1 album ‘Together Again’, which has reached gold disc status, selling 100,000 copies after just 3 weeks in the UK album chart

 

The No.1 album follows the runaway success of the duo’s debut record ‘Together’, which was not only 2016’s best-selling album in the UK, but soared to the Christmas No.1 album slot last year and has reached double-platinum status, with over 600,000 copies sold in the UK.

 

Ball and Boe are currently embarking on another major arena tour across the country, which concludes at London’s O2 Arena tonight (14th December).

 

About Rays of Sunshine

 

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity grants wishes for seriously ill children and teenagers across the UK. The charity was founded in 2003 and has since granted more than 6,000 wishes for brave and deserving children. Our work provides hope and creates lasting and precious memories for thousands of families across the UK. The charity receives no government funding, so proceeds will enable us to help more children who greatly need our help. Visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk

 

 

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe with The Rays Of Sunshine Choir & Friends are:

 

Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Al Murray, Angela Rippon, Aston Merrygold, Bryn Terfel, Calum Scott, Collabro, Danny O’Donoghue (The Script), Gareth Malone, Gregory Porter, Imelda May, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford, Kelsey Grammer, Lesley Joseph, Loose Women (Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha, Stacey Solomon, Linda Robson), Mark King, Mel Giedroyc, Miranda Hart, Ore Oduba, Pauline Quirke, Rick Wakeman, Seal, Shirley Ballas (Strictly Come Dancing), and the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir.

 

Text GET SUNSHINE to 84222 to order Michael Ball & Alfie Boe with The Rays Of Sunshine Children’s Choir & Friends  –  ‘Bring me Sunshine’ (T&Cs – Texts cost £1 + 1 standard rate msg. Help: 0333 0030 580. iPhone Compatible)”

 

To see the latest updates and videos from the duo please go to: ballandboe.com

ALFIE BOE | alfie-boe.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MICHAEL BALL | michaelball.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Links to album:

Signed Fan Edition | CD/DVD | CD

The Cure Live In Hyde Park

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The 40th Anniversary Celebration- 2018 European Exclusive

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 is proud to announce The Cure as our next headliner. An exclusive European concert for 2018, the band have chosen BST Hyde Park to celebrate their 40th anniversary at a very special show.

 

Formed in 1976 at school by a teenage Robert Smith in Crawley, Sussex, The Cure is one of Britain’s most influential and distinctive bands. They have helped shape the post punk musical landscape in the UK, bringing alternative rock to charts around the world. With more than 30 million combined sales of 13 studio albums and more than 40 singles, the band are both commercially and critically acclaimed.

 

At first called Easy Cure, they switched their name, played their first show and released their first single in 1978 as The Cure. Around 1,500 concerts later, 40 years of essential music making is a cause for great celebration at BST Hyde Park.

 

A reputation for melancholy, based on albums such as PornographyDisintegration and Bloodflowers, is belied by a remarkable catalogue of singles. Starting with ‘A Forest’ in 1980, the band has produced an astonishingly varied succession of pop hits, including among many others ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, ‘The Lovecats’, ‘Inbetween Days’ ‘Close To Me’, ‘Just Like Heaven’, ‘Lullaby’, ‘Lovesong’ and ‘Friday I’m In Love’.

 

The Cure has been credited as a seminal influence on whole musical genres, from post-punk to alternative rock, from gothic rock to emo, and the list of bands they have inspired is wide-ranging and far-reaching. Many of these bands will be joining Robert Smith (voice and guitars), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O’Donnell (Keyboards) and Reeves Gabrels (guitars) for the celebrations on July 7.

 

Interpol will be special guests at the show. The New Yorker’s blend of alternative rock and indie comes with a heavy dose of 80’s post-punk tinged darkness. The band have been celebrating this year, playing debut album ‘Turn On the Bright Lights’ in full at gigs to mark its 15th anniversary.  They also revealed new music for their next album due out in 2018.

 

The Cure will also be joined by fellow Brits Goldfrapp, the electro pop duo who have racked up five top ten albums since the early noughties, including ‘Ooh La La’, ‘Lovely Head’ and ‘A&E’.

 

With two platinum studio albums and several million combined sales of their five records to date, Editors have enjoyed chart and live success with dark indie guitar rock. The group has performed on some of the biggest stages across the world, from Glastonbury to Rock Werchter.

 

Ride made musical headlines this year when they released their first new material in 21 years with a brand new album ‘Weather Diaries’ charting in the UK Top 20. Via their sound and success, Ride paved the way for Britpop and were the first breakthrough for Alan McGee’s Creation Records, which subsequently spawned Primal Scream and Oasis.

 

Slowdive are honoured to join the bill, having previously cited The Cure as one of their influences when they formed in the late 1980s.  Slowdive reunited in 2014 and received a huge welcome for their return shows, resulting in a new album this year. Slowdive is their first in 22 years and a reminder of their own influence over a generation of artists.

 

Scottish trio The Twilight Sad was support band for all 76 dates on The Cure’s World Tour 2016. Robert Smith has long been a fan and supporter of the band, covering their song ‘There’s A Girl In The Corner’ for a 7-inch charity single release.

 

With five huge headliners announced for the 2018 event so far, music lovers can expect another phenomenal year from the award-winning festival, all in the heart of London.

 

On Friday 6th July, music icon Roger Waters will be bringing his Us + Them Tour to the UK for the first time ever. The Pink Floyd visionary is noted for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels and turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale. Waters will be showcasing highlights from his groundbreaking body of work, with songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, Dark Side of The Moon), along with tracks from his critically acclaimed new album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.

 

On Sunday 8th JulyEric Clapton is set to play a very special concert, continuing the legacy of all-time greats gracing the Great Oak Stage.

With a decades-long career and countless accolades to his name, Eric Clapton is also something of a local, having first played Hyde Park with Blind Faith on June 7th, 1969 alongside band mates Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech to a 120,000 strong audience – it was the band’s debut.

He returned to the Royal Park in 1996, recording a classic live concert that raised money for The Prince’s Trust, again in 2008 and has played over 200 times at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.  Amazing support comes from SantanaSteve Winwood and Gary Clark Jr. with more to be announced.

 

On Friday 13th July, Michael Bublé returns for his only show of 2018 and his biggest UK concert. The undisputed ‘King of Cool’ will be dazzling Hyde Park with his classic voice, endearing charm and sheer panache that has seen him compared with the great singers and entertainers. He has carved a unique place in the hearts of fans around the world and lit up pop charts since his debut album in 2005, bringing jazz standards to a new generation while scoring his own original hits including the unforgettable global smashes ‘Home’, ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’, ‘Everything’ and ‘Lost’.

 

On Saturday 14th July, Hawaiian troubadour Bruno Mars will be performing fresh off the back of his ‘24K Magic World Tour’, which spans over 172 shows across five continents in support of his 2x platinum-selling album 24K Magic. The UK leg of the tour included four critically acclaimed shows at London’s O2 Arena. Now, Mars is set to return to the UK, taking to the stage at in Hyde Park with a dazzling visual production and a set-list crammed full of his chart-topping hits.

 

Embarking on its 6th edition, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is now one of Britain’s biggest and best summer events, attracting some of the greatest names in music to the heart of London’s beautiful Hyde Park.

 

James King, Senior Vice President, AEG Presents comments: “The Cure playing at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park will be an incredible day where The Cure join the list of other global legends who have played the Great Oak Stage. On July 7th we celebrate the 40th anniversary of a truly iconic British band and it’s an honour that they have chosen to share this magical experience with us in Hyde Park.”

 

Roscoe Bowman, Senior Experiential Marketing & Partnerships Manager for Barclaycard, said: “We’re excited to welcome The Cure, one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. Over the past 40 years their music has helped to define countless musical genres from post punk to new wave, and we look forward to hearing their unique sound in what will surely be a great night in Hyde Park. General ticket sales will begin on 15th December but Barclaycard customers can get a head start with exclusive pre-sale ticket access from 9am on Tuesday 12th December.”

 

 

Alun MainwaringHead of Events, Filming and Commercial Development at The Royal Parks said: “The Cure choosing to play their exclusive 40th anniversary show here in Hyde Park tops off an outstanding first weekend for BST 2018. Flanked by Roger Waters and Eric Clapton, The Cure will play the Saturday night, making their Hyde Park return, having last played here in 2002. Since it began, BST Hyde Park has been attracting the biggest artists on the planet and delighting sell-out crowds – which in turn has helped us to maintain this precious park.”

 

 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival:

Nominated for Best International Festival at the Pollstar Awards 2017

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017

Best Hospitality’ award at the UK Festival Awards 2017

AEG/ Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter ‘ at the UK Festival Awards 2016

Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014

‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013

‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

 

 

Fanclub Presale:  Tuesday 12th December, 9am

Barclaycard presale:  Tuesday 12th December, 9am

BST / AXS / AEG Presale:  Thursday 14th December, 9am

General Sale:  Friday 15th December, 9am

 

Ticket Prices:

£62.95                   General Admission

£72.95                   Primary Entry – General Admission

£99.95                   Premium View

£149.95                 Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden

£199.95                 The Terrace

£299.00                 Ultimate Bar Experience VIP Summer Garden

£525.00 + VAT      Great Oak Premium VIP Hospitality – Terrace

 

 

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Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall  in association with Aldi

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First two headliners for 2018 Announced The concert series turns 18

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall turns 18 in 2018, with the first two huge headliners announced to celebrate a special birthday.

 

Manchester’s Courteeners are having one the biggest years of their life and return as headliners after supporting Noel Gallagher in 2010. They will play their debut album St Jude.

 

And one of the world’s biggest rock bands, Leicester’s Kasabian will return for the fourth time to continue their incredible support for Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

Since 2000, over 235 artists and comedians have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £27 million for young people with cancer. These 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. But for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. Every penny they raise goes towards their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.

 

2018’s impressive line-up adds to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing together for the first time ever 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.

 

Last year hit new heights with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall show, performed, of course, by The Who.  There were also incredible performances by Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a night of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, plus surprise guest appearances by Michael McIntyre and Noel Gallagher.

 

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary frontman of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.

 

Roger Daltrey:

“I’m really pleased to announce the first shows for The Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall next March. This will be the 18th year of these concerts for the charity.

 

Courteeners will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album St Jude by performing the album in full. They are doing one show in Manchester and we can’t thank them enough for choosing Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall as their London show. It’s going to be a very special night

 

“It’s great to be welcoming back Kasabian, they have been fantastic supporters of this charity since they first headlined for us back in 2007.”

 

Courteeners are Manchester’s own, having built a huge fanbase in their home city and beyond.  They led the city’s response to the Manchester Arena terrorist attack this year by going ahead with a triumphant homecoming gig at Old Trafford to 50,000 fans a few days later.

 

And frontman Liam Fray has been selling out his own acoustic tour, exploring the band’s back catalogue. So for us, they are reliving their celebrated 2008 debut, St Jude, performing the album for an emotional night for its 10th anniversary, before releasing it as an unplugged record – ‘St Jude Re:Wired’ – in April.

 

It’s a great honour and privilege to perform for such a brilliant charity at such a legendary venue,” says Liam Fray, “This will be the first and last time we’ll ever perform our debut album St. Jude in full in London and we’re really pleased to be doing it for a such a great cause.”

 

Kasabian are currently on a 12 date UK Arena tour, playing their latest Number 1 album (their 5th overall) ‘For Crying Out Loud’ for their masses of fans.  Formed in Leicester in 1997, they have become one of Britain’s biggest rock bands, taking on the Britpop mantle into the noughties, fusing club beats with rock n roll over six pulsating albums.

 

Classic hits ‘Club Foot’, ‘Fire’, ‘Shoot The Runner’ and the rest are jostling with new hits like ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’, making a night out with Kasabian a true 2018 date in the diary.

 

Kasabian singer Tom Meighan says, We love playing the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust.  It is a show we have come back to throughout our career for the special atmosphere and the amazing cause.  Our fans love it and we do too, it will be a highlight of 2018 for us.” 

 

This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.

 

Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio, BuzzFeed, and Metro.

 

 

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SEAL AND FRANK SINATRA DUET ON CHRISTMAS SINGLE ‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN’

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SEAL AND FRANK SINATRA DUET ON CHRISTMAS SINGLE ‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN’

British soul legend Seal has released a duet with one of the most iconic artists in history, Frank Sinatra. Performing the Christmas classic, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, the track will feature Seal and Frank, singing side by side, in perfect harmony, creating a unique, one-off single, just in time for the festive period.

The dream collaboration, granted by the Frank Sinatra Enterprises, is out today, ahead of Frank Sinatra’s birthday on 12th December. It will be accompanied by an exclusively commissioned video, showcasing both artists at their very best.

Seal said: “To play with Frank’s musicians on Standards was quite something, but to perform with the man himself is beyond words.”

Tina Sinatra said: “Dad’s Christmas recordings are as significant to his vast musical legacy as his signature saloon songs. The new Sinatra and Seal duet of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” is a joyous hoot and “sings” to the spirit of the season.”

Originally written by John Federick Coots and Haven Gillespie, the track was first performed in 1934 and over the years has been covered by over 200 artists, sold millions of copies, and gone on to become the archetypal Christmas standard, known the world over.

This single continues Seal’s recent affiliation with Ol’ Blue Eyes, following his album Standards, which featured legendary pianist Randy Waldman. The album also includes other legends, Chuck Berghofer (bass player with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drummer with Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder).

The songs were recorded in the famous Capitol Records (the very studio where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and many others have recorded), and United Studios, which was established by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

It’s a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. Standards hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as Luck Be A Lady, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on Smile (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, Love For Sale.

The sound of Seal’s new album is also shaped by three renowned collaborators: Grammy-nominated British producer Nick Patrick (who has worked with luminaries including Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye and enjoyed huge chart success with his pioneering Elvis orchestral albums), multi Grammy-nominated arranger Chris Walden, and legendary engineer Don Murray.

“Seal’s rich, luxurious voice remains a reliable thing of wonder” – LONDON EVENING STANDARD

“Seal sets new Standards with album of timeless classics” – DAILY TELEGRAPH

 

DELUXE EDITION TRACKLISTING:

 

  1. Luck Be A Lady
  2. Autumn Leaves
  3. I Put A Spell on You
  4. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
  6. Love For Sale
  7. My Funny Valentine
  8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  9. Smile
  10. I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
  11. It Was A Very Good Year
  12. The Nearness of You
  13. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  14. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)

 

SEAL “STANDARDS” UK TOUR DATES:

 

Saturday 10 February – Edinburgh Usher Hall

Sunday 11 February – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Tuesday 13 February – Gateshead The Sage

Wednesday 14 February – Manchester O2 Apollo

Saturday 17 February – Brighton Dome

Sunday 18 February – Bristol Colston Hall

Monday 19 February – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Wednesday 21 February – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thursday 22 February – London Palladium [SOLD OUT]

Friday 23 February – London Palladium [NEW SHOW ADDED]

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Punk, Politics and Protest in New Video ‘Doom Or Destiny’  Starring Debbie Harry and Joan Jett

Punk, Politics and Protest in New Video ‘Doom Or Destiny’ Starring Debbie Harry and Joan Jett

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Punk, Politics and Protest in New Video ‘Doom Or Destiny’ Starring Debbie Harry and Joan Jett

As the opening track on Blondie‘s already legendary album, Pollinator, ‘Doom or Destiny’ sets an agenda in true Blondie style. And with two icons of music involved –  Debbie Harry on vocals, with backing by fellow punk legend, Joan Jett (The Runaways, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) – teaming them up for a video proved too good to resist.

 

And the results are both provocative and outrageously funny, Director Rob Roth produces not only a politically-charged music video, but also a fierce and fun, female driven ode to the punk era.

 

Inspired by the current political landscape and social turmoil across the globe, the film sees Debbie and Joan taking over a news broadcast, featuring apocalyptic weather reports, feminist statements and a presidential sock puppet receiving comeuppance.

 

Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry calls the creation “The most openly political video Blondie has ever done.” She adds, “We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political ‘idiocracy’ we are watching play out in real time and create our own news channel that dealt with current issues such as the environmental collapse, fossil fuels, bee population decline, global warming, sexism, patriarchy, Trump and Russia, feminism, consumerism, the marketing of war and more.”

 

Chris Stein, Blondie co-founder and guitarist adds, “The current landscape of music videos has so little to do with true protest or some kind of social message. It can be truthful, but irreverent, fun and funny. The punk style protest is somewhat removed from today’s modern music.”

 

A long-time creative collaborator with Debbie Harry, Roth first started working with Blondie on their No Exit album in 1999 and has collaborated on various album covers, photography, design, live stage design and direction with Blondie since, including the recent Pollinator tour.

 

Rob Roth elaborates, “I wanted to represent a spectrum of female fierceness in this video, the many over the years such as, Severely Mame and Macy Rodman, Roxanne Edwards as well as Kitty Boots who styled the video. Of course, this is in addition to Debbie, who’s a dear friend and Joan, a Rock n’ Roll icon.

 

“We wanted Debbie and Joan to have fun with the idea of taking over a news channel – reprogramming the daily ticker with what we want to see. It’s a ‘fuck you’ to what’s going on in the world and a call to arms for women everywhere.

 

“I see advertising, news, politics and entertainment have fused together in a haze, like a Frankenstein monster, all sewn together, we need to look harder, work harder to know what is truth and not be afraid to call out bullshit when we see it. Especially for people who dont necessarily have a platform or a voice.

 

Joan Jett says, “Blondie  — Debbie, Chris, Clem and everybody have been my friends for more decades than I care to admit. They have their own style and were pioneers of the modern age of punk and rock.  I am so proud to have been invited to contribute to ‘Doom or Destiny’, I love the music and I love the message.”

 

With Harry’s vocals sounding stronger than ever, Jett injects raw energy to ‘Doom or Destiny‘. The track was written solely by Blondie co-founders Chris Stein and Debbie Harry and is frequently handpicked by critics as a favourite.

 

The Times – “Doom or Destiny is a pop song by New York bohemians who were as at home in the company of William Burroughs as they were with Donna Summer.” The Daily Mail called it “a tough, new-wave rocker that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Plastic Letters.”

 

Their 11th studio album, Pollinator (released May 5th on BMG), soared to Number 4 in the UK charts, making it the group’s first Top 5 entry in over 18 years.

 

Last month the band completed a sold out UK tour, which was praised by critics and proved that the Blondie live show is still an experience in itself, with the classic hits like ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Atomic’, ‘Tide Is High’, ‘Maria’, ‘Sunday Girl’, ‘Rapture’ and ‘Call Me’ naturally blending with Pollinator’s treasure trove of new songs including singles ‘Too Much’, ‘Long Time’ and ‘Fun.’

DANCE POP HITMAKERS GALANTIS & THROTTLE DEBUT ‘TELL ME YOU LOVE ME’ VIDEO

DANCE POP HITMAKERS GALANTIS & THROTTLE DEBUT ‘TELL ME YOU LOVE ME’ VIDEO

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DANCE POP HITMAKERS GALANTIS & THROTTLE DEBUT ‘TELL ME YOU LOVE ME’ VIDEO

Swedish dance pop hitmakers Galantis and Throttle have released the music video for their infectious banger ‘Tell Me You Love Me’.

 

Speaking of the track, Galantis says: “’Tell Me You Love Me’ is continuing what we started with ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ and ‘Love On Me’… the trilogy ends with ‘Tell Me You Love Me’. It’s a full-on, Motown-sprinkled, Jackson 5 banger”.

 

Throttle says: “So excited about the release of “Tell Me You Love Me”. It’s such a perfect mix of the Throttle and Galantis styles!”

 

The feel good video featuring dancers lost in the music in three different cities reflects the truly global DNA of “The Aviary”, which was created over two years while Galantis was touring the world.

 

The track has been a front-running fan favourite from Galantis’ hugely popular album “The Aviary”, which has been streamed over 1 billion times, and debuted in the Top 10 album chart in 23 countries – including making #1 on the dance album chart in 17 countries. The ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ remix bundle featuring cuts by Toby Green, Michael Feiner, DropGun, Pat Lok and more will be released on 15 December.

 

With three platinum-selling UK Top 10 singles under their belts and a growing string of high-rotation airplay hits, it’s easy to see why Galantis are the go-to remixers for pop royals Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine and Selena Gomez.

 

Billboard praised the Grammy-nominated songwriter-producers’ album as “the perfect kind of pop dance”. “The Aviary is a bright, bubbly glass of champagne. It’s luxurious and celebratory, the perfect kind of pop dance, and exactly what makes Galantis one of the most skilled songwriting teams in the current electronic game”. Stream/purchase “The Aviary” here: https://BigBeat.lnk.to/theaviaryPR

 

Aside from being skilled hitmakers in the studio, Galantis are also a beast in the global touring circuit. 2017 has seen them performing to thousands in the UK alone at V Festival, Creamfields, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and a headlining show at the O2 Academy Brixton. Watch highlights from the Brixton Academy show here. Galantis are due to kick off the UK and European leg of “The Aviary” tour in February with special guests CID and Pat Lok.

 

Feb 1 – Austria, Vienna – Gasometer

Feb 2 – Germany, Munich – Tonhalle

Feb 3 – Switzerland, Zurich – Halle 622

Feb 4 – Germany, Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Hall

Feb 6 – Belgium, Brussels – Ancienne Belgique

Feb 7 – Germany, Hamburg – Mehr! Theatre

Feb 8 – Netherlands, Amsterdam – Paradiso

Feb 10 – France, Paris – Elysee Montmartre

Feb 11 – Belgium, Brussels – Ancienne Belgique

Feb 14 – UK, London – Roundhouse 

Feb 16 – Italy, Milan, Fabrique

Feb 17 – UK, Manchester – Victoria Warehouse

Feb 18 – UK, Glasgow – SSE Hydro Arena **** SOLD OUT ****

Feb 19 – Ireland, Dublin – Olympia

 

Tickets available now via www.wearegalantis.com

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BUYS BERLIN BASED DJ BOOKING AGENCY

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BUYS BERLIN BASED DJ BOOKING AGENCY

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BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BUYS BERLIN BASED DJ BOOKING AGENCY

Blue Raincoat Artists announced today the purchase of leading Berlin based  DJ and electronic music booking and management agency Spar-ks. As part of the deal, founder and CEO of Spar-ks Katrin Schlotfeldt will join the Blue Raincoat team, bringing with her the full Spar-ks roster including Sonja Moonear, Barac, Matthew Dear/Audion, and Martin Buttrich.

 

Blue Raincoat Artists has already established a strong pedigree in managing electronic artists. On their roster are the legendary The Belleville Three (consisting of techno pioneers Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins), as well as Kevin Saunderson as a solo artist and for his timeless Inner City project. Under the stewardship of manager Jamie Smithson, the electronic music division of Blue Raincoat Artists also includes the internationally renowned DJ/recording artist Francesca Lombardo, as well as Infinity Ink, Delano Smith and South London Ordnance.

 

Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar, Co-Founders of Blue Raincoat Artists say, “We made a commitment right at the start of Blue Raincoat to represent electronic artists and DJs and we have the perfect person to drive this activity in Jamie Smithson. It was a natural fit for us to branch out into the agency business, and having got to know Katrin during the time when we both worked with Luciano, she was our number one choice. She has great experience in the DJ and electronic music world, and has worked with some of the biggest names in this field and has built an enviable client roster with Spar-ks. We are thrilled now to have a presence in mainland Europe and we welcome her to our company.”

 

Jamie Smithson said: “Myself, Jeremy and Robin have been trying to find a way we can work more closely with Katrin since we first met her. We feel with the industry growing and evolving, there is an opportunity for management that addresses full career development. The addition of Spar-ks with Katrin’s wealth of experience and expertise will help us build on that.”

 

Katrin Schlotfeldt said “I feel very honoured to be working with Jeremy, Robin, Jamie, and the whole team at Blue Raincoat Music. After working with them on Luciano I have always wanted to find a way to continue the relationship and grow with them. The electronic music industry is changing with some new and very exciting opportunities and we are already starting to look at ways we can explore new avenues.”