FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR

FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR

(20 January, 2020) – Today, BASE Hologram and the Estate of Whitney E. Houston give fans all over the world the first sneak peek behind the scenes of ‘An Evening With Whitney’ – the eagerly anticipated Whitney Houston hologram tour. Coinciding with news of Whitney’s induction into the illustrious Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the tour is a celebration of Houston’s music, transcendent impact and influence.

Presented through state-of-the-art proprietary holographic technology and combined with unmatched Broadway theatrical stagecraft, a live band, back-up singers and dancers set to digitally remastered arrangements of her classic songs, the production will be helmed by acclaimed choreographer Fatima Robinson (“Dreamgirls,” “The Academy Awards”). Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment,” Robinson is known for her work choreographing massive events and directing multiple award-winning music videos working with such names as Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige.

More than just a groundbreaking technological experience, the tour will be enhanced by live dancers accompanying Houston’s hologram with new choreography. In this first look behind the scenes, hundreds turned up to dance auditions in Los Angeles held by acclaimed director and choreographer Fatima Robinson alongside collaborative partner Adrian Wiltshire. The BTS video provides a first look at dance auditions, exclusively previewing what die-hard Whitney fans can expect when the tour commences. 

Whitney’s timeless 1987 hit ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ beams as the footage’s soundtrack as Fatima and Adrian run through the choreography that will accompany the digitized icon on stage. True to Whitney’s essence as performer who boasted a combination of technical precision, soul and personality, Adrian highlighted the need for dancers to have a healthy balance of all three to do the show and her iconic hits justice.

Robinson, who famously worked with the incomparable legend on set of the ‘I’m Every Woman’ video, confesses she wanted to get involved with the production as a chance to curate a singular experience where fans across the globe can once again bask in the presence and spirit of Whitney’s once in a lifetime talent.

Fatima says: “There is only one Whitney. No one will ever have that voice. Her music touched every generation. We’re going to take some movie magic and add it into our live performance. It’s going to be incredible.”

‘An Evening With Whitney Houston’ is produced by BASE Hologram, the leading live event producer of cutting edge holographic live entertainment tours and attractions worldwide, in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston.

Kicking off in Sheffield, the twelve date UK & IRL tour will also expand throughout the globe with stops planned across Europe and in Mexico and North America. The show will include all of the singer’s iconic hits including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”

“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” said Brian Becker, Chairman & CEO, BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram.“What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic. When she performed there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it – that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”

“A hologram show is all about the imagination and creating a “wow factor” that extends to an incredible experience to enjoy for years to come,” said Pat Houston, Whitney’s former Manager and President and CEO of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston. “Whitney is not with us but her music will live with us forever. We know we made the right decision partnering with BASE because they understand how important it is to produce a phenomenal hologram. They also know that engaging her fans with an authentic Whitney experience would resonate worldwide because of the iconic status that she created over three decades. Her fans deserve nothing less because she gave nothing less than her best.”

The only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 Album Charts at #1 and the only artist with eight consecutive multi-platinum albums, Whitney Houston redefined what it meant to be an iconic superstar. Certified by The Guinness World Records as “the most awarded female artist of all time” with over 400 awards including 6 GRAMMYS, 22 American Music Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, two Emmy nominations and one win, Houston also had success on the big screen with starring roles in “The Bodyguard,” “Waiting To Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”

“Whitney was a musical trail-blazer and I’m extremely honored to have this opportunity to help craft this show in her honor,” said director and choreographer Fatima Robinson“I always enjoyed watching this magnificent woman and voice on stage and to be able to play a role in recreating that and helping others have those same emotions and experience is special.”

“There is a reason why it is so hard to cover a Whitney Houston track, she really was one-of-a-kind,” said Marty Tudor, BASE Hologram CEO of Production. “What we are doing with this tour is to celebrate her incredible life and to do that we have to get every detail right. It would be a disservice to her, her family and her fans if we weren’t anything other 100% authentic. We are privileged to have been entrusted with this responsibility and hope audiences are able to come, enjoy and get lost in the music of the industry’s most talented performers.”

An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour will join BASE Hologram’s current touring shows “Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour” and “Callas in Concert.”

Tickets on sale now. To purchase tickets or to find more information, please visit ticketline.co.uk or the venues direct.

Tickets priced £45 – £70

AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR DATES:

Tuesday, 25 February, Sheffield, UK @ City Hall

Thursday, 27 February, Liverpool, UK @ M&S Bank Arena

Friday, 28 February, Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo

Saturday, 29 February, Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena

Sunday, 01 March, Glasgow, UK @ SEC Armadillo (Clyde Auditorium)

Tuesday, 03 March, Dublin, IE @ Bord Gais Theatre

Wednesday, 04 March, Birmingham, UK @ Arena Birmingham

Thursday, 05 March, Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre

Friday, 06 March, Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena

Saturday, 07 March, Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre

Monday, 09 March, Nottingham, UK @ Royal Concert Centre

Tuesday, 10 March, London, UK @ Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

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ALL POINTS EAST ANNOUNCES THE KOOKS & THE WOMBATS FOR 2020

ALL POINTS EAST ANNOUNCES THE KOOKS & THE WOMBATS FOR 2020

Following on from the previous announcements – Tame Impala (Saturday May 23), Kraftwerk (Friday May 29) and Massive Attack (Sunday 24 May) – All Points East can reveal the quadruple-platinum band The Kooks and revered award-winning The Wombats are next to hit the stage on Saturday 30 May.

Spanning a career of 15+ years, The Kooks are one of the UK’s most celebrated indie acts. Now, five albums in, the BRIT nominated band are bringing their host of hits to All Points East on May 30.

It’s been 14 years since their debut record, Inside In/Inside Out, which sold two-million copies and featured indie club anthem ‘Naive’ plus classics ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ and ‘Ooh La’. This was followed by the no.1 2008 sophomore album Konk; ten years before The Kooks’ most recent offering. 2018’s Let’s Go Sunshine merges dreampop, retro funk and indie rock, and is seen as one of their best releases since their debut and brought in a brand new young fanbase.

The Kooks have stood the test of time by releasing five albums across two decades and are now a household name in their own right. Recently the band have been in the studio so, there could be some new material around the corner. The Kooks say, “We’re so excited to be performing at All Points East this summer! Can’t quite believe it! It’s one we have wanted to play for a long, long time. Just crazy how good the line-up is, we are so honoured to be part of it and we’ll be putting on our finest glad rags and pulling out all the old tunes along with some new ones. Get yourself over to Victoria park, it’s gonna be a big night!”

Forming in Liverpool back in 2003, The Wombats are now one of the UK’s beloved indie rock bands. It wasn’t long before they became the chart-quashing champions of the early noughties, with massive singles including ‘Moving To New York’, ‘Kill The Director’ and the signature hit ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, which won them an NME award for Best Dancefloor Filler. Their platinum-selling debut record, A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation, arrived in 2007, and was just the beginning for The Wombats.

Their follow-up album, This Modern Glitch, dropped in 2011, which brought another Top 40 hit for the band in the form of ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’. Then came Glitterbug, with lead track ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’ premiered as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record on BBC R1. The album charted at no.5 in the UK and was also The Wombats’ first album to chart on the US Billboard 100.

In 2018 The Wombats dropped their latest album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, which amassed over 250 million streams and achieved Gold status in the UK. Since the release, which included the popular single ‘Lemon to a Knife Fight’, The Wombats have teased fans with hints of new projects in 2020. Expect the classic Wombats’ hits, and perhaps some unheard songs, when they take to the stage at All Points East on May 30.

All Points East also welcomes Tom Walker, the winner of the BRITs British Breakthrough Act 2019, to the festival this year. His certified platinum single ‘Leave a Light On’ put Walker on the path to stardom, and he took the charts by storm with the release of his no.1 debut album, What A Time To Be Alive. Walker’s unique voice, together with the hope and optimism found in his song lyrics, prove him popular with fans around the world. Currently on tour in the UK and Europe, and with nearly 10 million monthly Spotify listeners, Walker is only just getting started.

Jake Bugg returned to the airwaves in late 2019 with the single ‘Kiss Like the Sun’, a promising sign that album number 5 was on the way. The record is rumoured to drop this year, his first since 2017’s Hearts That Strain, so there’s a possibility of brand-new music from Bugg onstage at Victoria Park. Bugg propelled himself into the limelight back in 2012 with his no.1 debut album, Jake Bugg, with a particular focus on the standout single ‘Lightning Bolt’. Bugg’s songs manage to pair weathered romanticism and a working-class swagger in a way that not many artists can achieve, making him a firm favourite with indie fans everywhere. The BRIT award and Mercury Prize nominee is on a UK tour this March, warming up for what is bound to be an explosive All Points East performance from the Nottingham-born showman.

Joining the All Points East 2020 bill are Australian indie rockers and ARIA Award winners, Gang of Youths. Entering the industry back in 2013, the band’s first single ‘Evangelists’ was met with instant praise. This led to their 2015 debut album, The Positions, which peaked at no.5 in the ARIA album charts and was praised worldwide for its sincerity; lead singer Dave Le’aupepe wrote the record after suffering some personal trauma, which is hugely reflected in the lyrics. Their second album, Go Farther In Lightness, arrived in 2017 and included ‘Let Me Down Easy’ which became their first top 50 single in Australia. Expect big things from Sydney’s hottest indie band when they play Victoria Park this May.

Gabrielle Aplin, once a YouTube star, now an established artist with three albums to her name, heads to All Points East this summer. Aplin was revealed as 2012’s John Lewis Christmas ad soundtrack artist, covering Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’, reaching no.1 in the single charts. A year later, Aplin released her debut record, English Rain, which peaked at no.2 and is now certified Gold. Fast-forward to January 2020, Aplin presented her latest album, Dear Happy, described by the Independent as “expertly engineered for pop virality”. Expect to hear gentle tones from her early days of indie folk, as well as the edgier synth-pop vibes of her recent work – a perfect combination for a festival day in Victoria Park.

Also performing are BLOXX, indie-pop’s answer to a really great time. BLOXX fuse grungy undertones with alt-rock melodies, creating a unique sound which in turn makes for a massively fun live show. Praised by media and fans alike, they’ve been touring all over the UK and were a huge hit on the festival circuit last year; BLOXX are well on their way to becoming the next big indie sensation.

Featuring too are The Lathums, whose latest single ‘Fight On’ came out last month, prior to a support tour with Blossoms in March; this young band from Wigan are definitely ones to watch and All Points East is the place to catch them. Additionally, Lauran Hibberd heads to Victoria Park this May. Lauran is the rising star from Isle of Wight, bringing a charismatic and infectious sound to whatever stage she’s on. Currently on a UK tour, and with various support slots under her belt, this is just the start for this emerging indie elite.

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All Points East is also excited to announce further names for Saturday 23 May, headlined by Tame Impala:

Joining the bill is LÅPSLEY, the UK singer-songwriter with an electronica sound that’s full of soul. Her 2016 debut, Long Way Home, gained widespread praise, followed-up by 2019’s EP, These Elements. Expect a strong emotional performance from LÅPSLEY in Victoria Park this May.

Also supporting are renowned recording artists, The Avalanches. The Australian electronic geniuses created one of the best albums of the 2000s, their debut record Since I Left You, which laid the foundations for the future of sample-based music. Sixteen years later and their follow-up arrived in the form of 2016’s Wildflower, also met with worldwide critical acclaim. 

Watch out for fantastic sets from Yellow Dayssir WasCrumb, TOPS, Faye WebsterOTHERLiiNE and Jessy Lanza as well, on 23 May at All Points East.

These incredible acts join an already massive line-up including CaribouGlass Animals, Whitney, Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverKelly Lee Owens and Holy F.

Last year, All Points East built on the success of year one, bringing huge headliners together with brand new artists, the hottest buzz acts on the planet, multi genre innovators and the Victoria Park community, for 10 days of discovery.

The event gave first festival headlining opportunities to Christine And The Queens and Bring Me The Horizon, brought The Strokes to the UK for the first time in 4 years, celebrated Chemical Brothers’ new album and saw Mumford & Sons triumph before Bon Iver closed the festival, exclusively debuting two new tracks from his now released new album i,i.

Incredible headliners were just part of the story with the quality of artists running very deep indeed – Primal Scream, The Raconteurs, Hot Chip, Rina Sawayama, James Blake, Kate Tempest, Metronomy, Snail Mail, Mac DeMarco, Maribou State, Jarvis Cocker, Toro Y Moi, Dizzee Rascal, Jade Bird, Ezra Furman and Run The Jewels were just some of the many guests performing across the stages at All Points East.

Q Magazine awarded All Points East 2019 ‘Festival Of The Year’.

2018’s debut established this essential new event as one of the best festivals in the UK.  Winning Festival Of The Year at the Music Week Awards, All Points East 2018 boasted headline sets from LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The National and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosts a hugely popular 4-day community focused midweek event each year. Kicking off on the second Bank Holiday Monday, In The Neighbourhood, in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council, hosts a vibrant four day programme of activities and entertainment, in collaboration with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. Last year had something for everyone – eco-friendly creative workshops, free yoga sessions, street food, open air movie nights, themed drag shows, film panels, an exploration of the history of grime music and East London with Rich Mix’s Generation Grime:Back2Bow. Everything is free and 2020’s programme will be announced soon…..

A commitment to sustainability and accessibility goes hand in hand with the community elements and All Points East is proud to have been awarded Silver on Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for our commitment to Deaf and disabled music fans.

All Points East continue to work each year with local charity the Tower Project to give volunteer opportunities to young people with learning disabilities and autism on site at the festival, as well as providing education and performance opportunities to the students of nearby ELAM arts and music school. Committing to 100% renewable energy, working towards eliminating single-use plastic from all serve ware and programming up cycling workshops for children during In The Neighbourhood are further examples of the commitment to the local community and the park.

Local businesses are given opportunities to provide, food, drink, merchandise and more so that the local community benefits as much as possible… Click for more information

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Reviews for All Points East 2019:

“All Points East might only be in its second year, but it has already made a name for itself as one of the very best in the capital.” – Evening Standard

“All Points East is a ten-day cultural expo” – GQ

“London’s biggest and best music festival” – Q

“If you’re a Londoner with your finger on the pulse, you’ll already know about All Points East” – Time Out

“Festivals were the original musical algorithms introducing you to something similar which ‘you might also like’.  All Points East operates on a similar principle…. Like a cleverly constructed symphony, each of the six days bring forth intriguing variations on a loose stylistic theme” – Metro

“In a city drenched in music festivals, nobody thought that we needed one more. All Points East is proving everyone wrong for a consecutive year” – Notion

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Two further headliners announced for the Teenage Cancer Trust 20th anniversary gigs at the Royal Albert Hall

Two further headliners announced for the Teenage Cancer Trust 20th anniversary gigs at the Royal Albert Hall

Two further headliners announced for the Teenage Cancer Trust 20thanniversary gigs at the Royal Albert Hall

Teenage Cancer Trust has announced two further acts set to headline its annual fundraising concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in 2020, which take place from March 23rd to March 29th.

John Bishop will be on hand to provide all the laughter during this year’s comedy gig. One of the UK’s biggest names in comedy, Bishop has achieved huge success with a number of comedy and documentary shows that have been broadcast across BBC One, ITV and Sky1. His best-known shows include ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking’‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC1) and ‘John Bishop: In Conversation With…’. John has headlined numerous sell out UK arena tours. His 2015 tour, ‘Supersonic’ was watched by more than 500,000 people. His show at the Royal Albert Hall was recorded for release and became the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history.

The Who’s headline slot this year is certainly one for the books as they played the very first Teenage Cancer Trust show back in 2000 – marking one of the first times they had played together in over 15 years.

With over 100 million records sold in a career that spans across five decades, The Who are widely considered to be one of the most influential and important bands of the 20th century. Emerging as one of the frontrunners during the British Invasion of the 1960s, they quickly became one of Britain’s most exciting prospects, searing a new template for rock, punk, and everything after. The band’s magnum opus ‘Tommy’ has regularly been named as one of the most significant releases in the history of rock, with the album later being developed into a feature film, pioneering the ‘rock opera’.

Across their career, The Who have played over 2000 shows, gracing some of the world’s greatest stages including Woodstock, Monterey, Glastonbury, Hyde Park, Live Aid, The Superbowl and even the 2012 Olympics. Infamous for their lively performances, Rolling Stone magazine named the guitar-smashing incident at the Railway Hotel in 1964 as one of the “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

2020 marks the 20th year of Teenage Cancer Trust’s  phenomenally successful series of music and comedy events at The Royal Albert Hall, which were started by Roger Daltrey CBE, making this year all the more special  The gigs will also help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Some of the biggest names in entertainment have now raised more than £30 million for Teenage Cancer Trust’s specialist nurses, hospital wards and support teams that help young people through the toughest times of their lives.

Over the past 20 years, audiences at Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual gigs have witnessed some extraordinary, once in a lifetime shows, from Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing together for the first time ever in 2013, Sir Paul McCartney in 2012, plus the likes of Oasis, Muse, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine and many more.

Other headliners previously announced so far are: Stereophonics featuring very special guest Paul Weller (25thMarch), Groove Armada (26th March), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (27th March) and Nile Rodgers & Chic (29th March). 

For additional line-up and ticketing information visit teenagecancertrust.org/gigs

Roger Daltrey CBE, Teenage Cancer Trust Patron, said: 

“When we were asked to play the first Teenage Cancer Trust concert back in 2000, we would never have dreamed that we’d be headlining again in 2020…or could have possibly imagined the huge difference these shows would have for the charity and, on the lives of thousands of teenagers and young people with cancer.

“All the acts have given up their time for free, and this year the artists are absolute legends. It’s also incredible to have three artists who were at the very first gig – Kelly Jones, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher – join us as headliners in our 20th year. 

“It is an honour to be a patron of this charity, and to have helped raised millions that have paid for Teenage Cancer Trust nurses, support teams and special hospital wards right across the UK.

“I’d like to dedicate this 20th anniversary gig to the incredible people who care for young people with cancer each and every day.”

Before Teenage Cancer Trust was established in 1990 there was no specialist cancer care for teenagers and young adults.   Those aged 13-24 were being treated on adult wards, or in children’s wards, and this could cause additional stress and trauma. Many felt alone and isolated, as it was likely they’d never meet another person their age with cancer.        

Today, around half of all young people with cancer are treated on 28 Teenage Cancer Trust wards across the UK, by specialist nurses and youth support teams. Almost every young person with cancer can get support from specialist Teenage Cancer Trust nurses wherever they live.

As Teenage Cancer Trust celebrates 30 years, the charity is focused on driving up survival rates for young people with cancer, championing their needs to ensure they have equal access to vital care and expanding its own services to be there after treatment ends, as young people rebuild their lives after cancer.

Kate Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Teenage Cancer Trust, said: 

“We’re so proud that The Who are playing this year, and to have the support of so many other amazing bands and artists for our 2020 shows. 

“We can’t thank Roger enough for organising all of our gigs over the past 20 years and for his patronage of our charity. Thanks to his passion and dedication, Teenage Cancer Trust nurses and support teams have been able to help and guide young people with cancer through some of the toughest times imaginable.”

Around 100 young people who’ve been supported by Teenage Cancer Trust will enjoy the charity’s Ultimate Backstage Experience during the 2020 gig series.  Thanks to support from The Royal Albert Hall’s Education and Outreach Team, this will see them write and perform their own song, backed by a live band.  Then as part of an unforgettable night, the young people will meet with performing acts and appear on stage alongside Roger Daltrey, and other stars, to thank audiences for their support.   

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Love Classical at the Royal Albert Hall

Love Classical at the Royal Albert Hall

Love Classical

Love Classical at the Royal Albert Hall

London’s most iconic venue the Royal Albert Hall welcomes its fourth year ofLove Classical, the spectacular concert series between 17th April – 6th May.Sir Bryn Terfel will headline and return to the iconic stage on Friday 17th April.

The Welsh bass-baritone – whose stellar 30-year career has seen him win two GRAMMYs and four Classic BRIT Awards – will draw on his extensive and celebrated repertoire as he performs alongside stars of stage and screen. This is his first headline show at the Royal Albert Hall since his memorable 50th birthday concert in 2015. He will be joined by the conductor Paul Bateman and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, plus a host of special guests to be announced.

Meanwhile, the talented classical stars Isata Kanneh-MasonEldbjørg HemsingPeter Holder and Moritz Gnann will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary on 18th April with a specially-curated concert featuring two of the composer’s most indelible works alongside music from those he influenced.

Plus the Royal Albert Hall’s own organ custodian Michael Broadway will play his 1914 Pianola in the Elgar Room. To accompany on this unique instrument requires the same musical skills as any ensemble music making. The Pianolist interprets the music with the same flexibility and empathy, and is able to control his playing to accommodate his musical partners just as any accompanist playing an ordinary piano would do. Michael Broadway’s skill as an accompanist has been received with much critical acclaim and his live performance on Friday 17th February will show us why.

And the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will spotlight choral classics by Verdi, Handel and Mozart with help from the City of London Choir.

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sir Bryn back to the Hall for another headline show, following his spectacular 50th birthday show in 2015. This one-off concert promises an evening of magnificent entertainment in the company of one of the world’s best-loved voices.

“Love Classical is also about providing a platform for the next generation of classical stars – and we’re bringing together four of today’s finest young musicians for a unique celebration of Beethoven to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth.”

The event, BeethovenMendelssohn and Saint-Saëns, will feature Beethoven’s Egmont Overture conducted by Moritz Gnann, before Kanneh-Mason – a protégé of Elton John – takes centre-stage with the Piano Concerto No. 3. In the second half, Eldbjørg Hemsing will play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and the current Westminster Abbey sub-organist, Peter Holder, will perform Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3.

Beyond the auditorium, the season features theatre, intimate recitals and family events. Already confirmed are the children’s show, I Piano – an interactive adventure running the gamut from Beethoven and boogie-woogie – and JS – The Life and Passion of Bach, a mixture of drama and recital from writer-director Tama Matheson and musician Davina Clarke.

Sir Bryn Terfel has appeared at the Hall 46 times. His 50th birthday celebration in 2015 was his fourth headline performance and saw him appear alongside special guests Sting, Michael Sheen, Danielle de Niese and John Owen-Jones.

Tickets for the season are on sale now via www.royalalberthall.com. Love Classical is in association with Cunard.

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American Express presents BST Hyde Park announce Post Malone for 2020

American Express presents BST Hyde Park announce Post Malone for 2020

American Express presents BST Hyde Park announce Post Malone for 2020

American Express presents BST Hyde Park is bringing an incredible BST first for 2020. The triple platinum superstar Post Malone will headline his show on Thursday 2nd July – with special guests to be announced. 

Post Malone gained worldwide acclaim for his distinctive voice and innovative blending of hip-hop, pop and trap. His debut album Stoney catapulted him into the spotlight in 2016 and he spent a whopping 77 weeks in the top 10 of US Billboard charts.

Following the instant success, Malone released ‘Rockstar’ with 21 Savage and ‘Psycho’ with Ty Dolla $ign, two singles that amassed over 2 billion combined streams and went 13-times platinum. ‘Rockstar’ became one of the year’s biggest songs on both sides of the Atlantic. It held the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks and No.1 in the UK charts for 4 weeks.

To date, Malone has been nominated for six Grammys, and this year had his first BRIT award nomination for International Male Solo Artist. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music – from working with Kayne West on his The Life Of Pablo album to opening for Justin Bieber on his Purpose World Tour – all before he even released his first album!

In 2018, Post Malone released his biggest selling record, Beerbongs & Bentleys. This earned him an American Music Award for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop album, where he also picked up a prize for Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist. The album smashed Spotify records for ‘most streams of songs on an album in the US’, racking up nearly 48 million plays in the US on the first day.

Post Malone makes his debut at BST Hyde Park this July, his biggest UK festival show since his headline sets at Reading and Leeds festival in 2019. Get ready for newer hits ‘Goodbyes’ ft Young Thug and ‘Circles’ from his latest album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, the unforgettable Grammy nominated track ‘Sunflower’ and perhaps some unheard material, after Malone hinted that he may have a new record out this year.

With incredible UK chart success and more global hits under his belt than we can count, Post Malone is one of the hottest artists of 2020 and BST Hyde Park is the place to catch him. 

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American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020 is back for another year of unique shows and unforgettable music moments, for the 8th edition. It has become THE place to be in the London summer, a date in the diary for hundreds of thousands of fans every year.

Already announced for 2020: Little Mix on 4th July, Kendrick Lamar on 5th July, Pearl Jam on 10th July and Taylor Swift on 11th July.

Last year continued the tradition of must-see experiences that has seen The Rolling Stones return to Hyde Park, Carole King play her classic album ‘Tapestry’ in full for the first time ever, comebacks for The Strokes and The Libertines and many more.

There was Celine Dion slaying, Stevie Wonder stunning with a greatest hits set, Barbra Streisand charming fans and critics alike in a rare show, Florence + The Machine bringing a host of female performers to their day as well as co-headliners The National and finally, Robbie Williams royally entertaining a sold out Hyde Park.

And of course, Open House will return, the FREE 4 day event between the two weekends of music, offering amazing events and activities for everyone – free vibrant live music & entertainment, sensational open-air cinema nights, live sport showings, street food, pop up bars and loads for the family too, including the delightful Chickenshed Children’s theatre.

Alongside bringing fans the superstar artists they deserve, is a real commitment to Accessibility, Community and Sustainability that American Express presents BST Hyde Park is very proud of…. and strives to improve year on year.

In 2019, the event was awarded Gold on Attitude Is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for its facilities for deaf and disabled fans – including accessible viewing areas, roaming drinks vendors, lowered counters, dedicated accessible entrances with shuttles from car parking, British Sign Language interpreters for all acts on The Great Oak Stage, accessible toilets at every toilet block, Hearing Induction Loops, free Personal Assistant tickets for all ticket types.  American Express presents BST Hyde Park is one of the few festivals that allows and provides facilities for guide dogs.

Community initiatives do not stop with our midweek programme either, it also includes interns from local colleges working with the team, local schools performing at Open House and much more.  And sustainability is at the heart of the festival with a green team advising fans on recycling, fuel from 100% renewable resources, 100% biodegradable food packaging, compostable paper cups across the site.  Artists are even advised on greener riders.  Real time monitoring in 2019 helped reduce energy use by 25% and we continue to find ways to be more and more environmentally friendly. 

American Express presents BST Hyde Park is an award-winning festival:

Shortlisted for Best Festival at the Q Awards 2018

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the Festival Awards 2018

‘Best Live Act’ The Cure @ BST Hyde Park at the Live UK Magazine Awards 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are on sale from 9am, Friday 14 February.

Ticket prices start at £65 + booking fee

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ROCK EN SEINE ANNOUNCES RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

ROCK EN SEINE ANNOUNCES RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

ROCK EN SEINE ANNOUNCES RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE 

It has to start somewhere, It has to start sometime, What better place than here, What better time than now…
10th Feb 2020 – Rock en Seine have announced Rage Against the Machine as the first headliners for 2020, returning to the festival for the first time in 12 years.

Joining Rage Against the Machine on the line-up will be El-P and Killer Mike collaboration Run The Jewels, with other artists to be announced soon.

Last November RATM announced they were reforming and playing dates in the USA. The group made the announcement by publishing a photo of last October’s demonstrations in Chile, proving their political commitment is as strong as ever. Values that are shared by the spirit of Rock en Seine, a festival that has its foundations in liberty and civic responsibility.

From the very start, the festival has shown its independence through its artistic programming choices, line ups that stand out from the crowd and an innovative artistic range.

Rock en Seine have always worked hard to preserve and protect its location. Every year, even more environmental measures are put in place, from preserving the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, managing energy consumption, reducing waste and regulating recycling.
The festival welcomes non-profit organisations who educate our festival-goers about the important causes of our times and organise events that promote debate on societal issues that go beyond music. Plus, every year the festival strives to be even more accessible to all, making Rock en Seine a place for meeting, sharing and commitment.

The theme of the 18th edition of Rock en Seine is Rock Your Body! Celebrating all bodies, each and every one, no matter what its gender, age or morphology.

A fitting theme as on 1 September thousands of energised bodies will be moving, jumping, sweating and dancing to the sound of Killing in the Name or Guerrilla Radio

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A Jewellers Launch New Flagship Store In Hatton Garden With A Celeb Filled Bash

A Jewellers Launch New Flagship Store In Hatton Garden With A Celeb Filled Bash

A Jewellers Launch New Flagship Store In Hatton Garden
With A Celeb Filled Bash

Weds 5th February saw the launch of A Jewellers beautiful new flagship store in Hatton Garden. The Mayor of Camden was present to cut the ribbon to officially open their new premises in the heart of the London’s jewellery quarter and the centre of the diamond trade.
 
For the past decade, founder and director Abtin Abbasi has grown his brand to become the go-to jewellers for A listers, rap and grime scene artists  (AJ Tracey, Aitch, Headie One) and top footballers, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. 
 
The glamorous shop opening and afterparty was attended by a mixture of celebrities including music artists, footballers, and reality TV stars and some of his most loyal customers, friends and family such as Krept & Konan, AJ Tracey,  Patrick van Aanholt, Draya Michelle, Anna Vaili, Jack Fowler, Francesca Allen, K Trap and more.
 
A Jewellers launched in 2008 with the company launching an Instagram account in 2010, and then their first office in Hatton Garden in 2014, establishing itself as the jewellery company for celebrities across Europe. The expert team provides craft custom luxury watches, along with diamond jewellery and pieces crafted from precious mental and stone.
 
The opening of the new shop will see A Jewellers expanding and solidifying their spot in Hatton Garden.
 
Mayor Of Camden “I’m delighted to come along and celebrate the opening of 46 Hatton Garden. This is a day of celebration, I want to congratulate my friend Abtin who has put in so much time and effort getting this venture off the ground. I wish him every success.”


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Justin Bieber Announces special intimate London fan show and new single

Justin Bieber Announces special intimate London fan show and new single

Justin Bieber Announces Special Intimate London Fan Show And New Single

Superstar Justin Bieber has announced an exclusive fan event in London to celebrate the release of his 5th studio album “Changes” – released via Def Jam / Virgin EMI Records on 14th February 2020.

He has also confirmed that new single “Intentions” featuring Quavo will be released tomorrow (Friday February 7th).

The one off event will be held at London’s Indigo at The O2 on 11th February and is an evening with Justin featuring acoustic song performances and Q&A.

Fans can get exclusive access to be in with a chance to buy tickets to the event by pre-ordering the new album from his official store before 4PM GMT on Saturday 8th February.

Tickets go on sale via AXS on Monday 10th February at 9AM GMT.

More details can be found on his official store here

CHANGES – already receiving early buzz as “futuristic R&B/pop,” “trap-soul jams,” and “a new vocal plateau” – is available now for pre-order/presave with the new track “Get Me” featuring Kehlani,and will be released to all DSP partners on February 14th. 

In step with the premiere of the “Justin Bieber: Seasons” YouTube Originals docuseries (which set a new record as the most watched first week premiere on the YouTube Originals platform, with 32.65 million views of Episode 1 alone),  Justin is once again ruling the airwaves and dominating the charts.  He made radio history when his new single “Yummy” netted the highest number of official adds ever in a debut week. The track has now surged to over 300 million streams globally.

Over the course of his career, Bieber has amassed over 50 billion streams and over 60 million album equivalent sales worldwide. Justin’s Grammy Award®–winning 2015 album Purpose has sold over 21 million copies worldwide. The Purpose Tour sold out 64 U.S. and 52 international tour dates, thrilling fans around the world with Justin’s dynamic, must-see live performance.

SECOND ANNUAL NILE RODGERS BRIT AWARDS VIEWING PARTY TO BENEFIT THE BRIT SCHOOL AND WE ARE FAMILY FOUNDATION

SECOND ANNUAL NILE RODGERS BRIT AWARDS VIEWING PARTY TO BENEFIT THE BRIT SCHOOL AND WE ARE FAMILY FOUNDATION

SECOND ANNUAL NILE RODGERS BRIT AWARDS VIEWING PARTY TO BENEFIT THE BRIT SCHOOL AND WE ARE FAMILY FOUNDATION 

The legendary multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers,  will host the second annual Nile Rodgers BRIT Awards Viewing Party at London’s Historic The Ned on February 18, 2020.  The exclusive party will be limited to 400 people and will kick off at 6:30 pm with a reception hosted by Nile which will then be followed by food and drinks – lots of drinks! – while viewing the BRIT Awards telecast from 8 pm to 10 pm. The culmination of the evening will be a special performance by Nile Rodgers & CHICand special guests before everyone heads for the after parties at midnight!

The party is held to celebrate and in aid of the incredible work of The BRIT School and

We Are Family Foundation. 

The BRIT School welcomed Nile back last autumn to thank him for the incredible financial support he and his manager, Merck Mercuriadis, made possible for the School from the inaugural BRIT Awards Viewing Party – which raised over £258,000 – as well as the guidance and opportunities he has given many students, which included inviting them to perform last summer at the critically acclaimed Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. 

To acknowledge Nile’s efforts on their behalf the BRIT School unveiled the naming of the Nile Rodgers Music Wing on their campus.

Nile Rodgers and his manager Merck Mercuriadis said, “We are delighted to be bringing our friends from music, film, entertainment and the city together again to celebrate The BRIT Awards at The Ned.  Last year’s inaugural party was launched with our friends in the City in mind. In our work with our Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd we’ve learned that there is a tremendous passion for music in the square mile and this is our way of being able to give everyone access on music’s biggest night of the year while supporting the important work of The BRIT School and We Are Family Foundation”.

Tickets are available here:  https://link.dice.fm/nile-rodgers-brits-viewing-party

Y Not Festival 2020 Line Up Announced

Y Not Festival 2020 Line Up Announced

Y Not Festival 2020 Line Up Announced

Y Not Festival returns in full force for 2020! With a mix of music’s newest stars and treasured legends, this year’s bill is set to go down in Y Not history. Brighton-based rock duo, Royal Blood will take to the stage on Saturday 25th July. They smashed onto the scene in 2014 with their iconic self-titled record, including hit single Figure It Out, and have since gone on to win multiple BRIT Award, Kerrang! and Q Awards. Bring it on!

The legendary Richard Ashcroft is our Sunday headliner and will be bringing 30 years’ worth of hits to the Y Not stage. Rising to prominence in the early 90s as frontman for the seminal band The Verve, Ashcroft has since carved out a very successful solo career. To date he has scored five top 10 albums and he’ll bring a mix of new and old on the final day of Y Not – including his latest album ‘Natural Rebel’. 

Flying the flag for R&B and UKG lovers is none other than renaissance man Craig David. His resurgence over the last 5 years has shown no signs of slowing down. Armed with a bevy of classics like ‘Fill Me In’ and ‘7 Days’ in addition to more recent hits ‘When The Bassline Drops’, Y Notters can expect an energetic TS5 DJ set combining everything from dance anthems, 90s R&B to Garage and Bashment bangers. 

Bombay Bicycle Club continue their reunion activity this summer for their debut Y Not appearance. Having just released ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’, their first album in six years, hardcore fans are in for an exciting treat. After a period of time focusing on solo endeavours, the band is returning to the live circuit where they will no doubt smoothly pick up where they left off. Welcome back, lads!

Rag’n’Bone Man shot to success in 2016 and has the fastest-selling debut album by a male artist of the 2010s. With a cracking voice that gives classic soul belters a run for their money and an eclectic sound, fusing rock, blues and Hip-Hop, Rag’n’Bone Man is the definition of an authentic artist. His rise to prominence has been epic, earning three BRIT awards and praise from Gorillaz and Calvin Harris along the way. 

The iconic names on the bill are endless – from rap royalty Eve to the universally acclaimed indie outfit Sundara Karma, the euphoric Annie Mac, punk veterans Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and the quirky Lucy Spraggan. They are joined by Shed Seven, The ZutonsDJ Fresh, DJ Yoda, Dinosaur Pile Up, Jade Bird, Futureheads, Terrorvision, Dream Wife and many more to round out one of the biggest music festivals in the North. More artists to be announced, including Thursday and Friday headliners. 

Y Not organisers have said “It’s officially Y Not time again! Each year, we have found that the atmosphere and line-ups have continued to get bigger and better. This year is hands down going to be one for the books.”

They add, “This year, in order to help the planet and the beautiful Peak District, we’re planting a tree for everyone who attends Y Not Festival, and that includes our fantastic 2020 line up! 

We’re delighted to announce Richard Ashcroft and Royal Blood as headliners by giving them their own trees – plus we have Bombay Bicycle Club, Rag N Bone Man, Levellers, Eve, Annie Mac and many more. 

The thousands of trees planted will help us develop a more sustainable future – and now, these amazing acts are rooted in Y Not’s history in more ways than one.”

Entertaining adults and children of all ages, Y Not Festival has established Derbyshire as a musical hub of its own, hosting acts from all genres since 2005. An environmentally conscious festival too, Y Not works to implement initiatives helping the planet, planting trees for every person who attends as part of their #TeamTrees initiative. This year, they have named a select few after the 2020 artists! Read more about #TeamTrees here: https://ynotfestival.com/teamtrees/

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Adult Weekend Camping Tickets                                           £104.50 + booking fee                         

Youth Weekend Camping Tickets (aged 13-17)                    £104.50 + booking fee     

Family Weekend Camping Tickets                                        £104.50 + booking fee     

Child Weekend Camping Tickets (12 and under)                  FREE

Thursday Upgrade – £30

VIP – £70                                                         

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JANET JACKSON, LOUISE & ADAM KAY  SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AT  THE GATSBY GALA: IN AID OF PREMATURITY RESEARCH AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

JANET JACKSON, LOUISE & ADAM KAY SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AT THE GATSBY GALA: IN AID OF PREMATURITY RESEARCH AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

JANET JACKSON, LOUISE & ADAM KAY 
SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AT 
THE GATSBY GALA: IN AID OF PREMATURITY RESEARCH AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

The Gatsby Gala was held at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London; an all singing, all dancing charity ball to help raise vital funds for premature birth research at Imperial College London. Special guests included Janet Jackson, Louise and Adam Kay – who all wowed on the red carpet as they arrived to show their support for the vital cause.

The art-deco venue, home to the London Cabaret Club brought their Gatsby Band to the event to immerse guests in the 1920s theme.

Pioneering health professor and obstetrician Prof. Tiong Ghee ‘TG’ Teoh hosted the sensational charity gala. TG is one of the best in his field – and was even on the specialist team for the birth of the Duchess of Cambridge’s three children, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte. He is also a close friend of Janet Jackson, and delivered her son Eissa in 2017. TG had her support as a guest of honour on the evening.

On Janet attending the gala to show her support, TG said, “It’s amazing to have the support of Janet Jackson. I was looking after her when she was pregnant, and it developed into such a great friendship.”

The evening helped raise money towards a succession plan for TG and partnering professor Phil Bennett, so research can continue beyond their eventual retirement. Prematurity is the leading cause of death in under fives globally and one million children die every year from preterm birth complications. Therefore this research is vital and requires £2.5 million to cover all costs to continue the prioritisation of research.

The event kicked off with a sensational set from Louise, playing smash singles including ‘Stay’, ‘Hurt’ from her new album ‘Heavy Love’, and finished with everybody getting on their feet and dancing to ‘Let’s Go ‘Round Again’.

When on stage, Louise shared her support for the charity; “Being a mum, I know how much having children has changed my life. It’s an honour to be here and support something I believe in.” 

A moving presentation was given by Professor TG, who was joined on stage by a former patient, Michelle Dillenseger. Michelle was personally affected by prematurity with the birth of her daughter, Faye, and so she shared her touching experience with guests. Michelle named her second child Tommy George, TG for short, after the doctor. She said, “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”

James Knight of Bonhams hosted a show stopping auction with incredible prizes, including a generous donation from Richard Branson; flights and a cruise on his new liner, The Scarlet Lady.

The penultimate set of the evening was a side-splittingly funny routine from ex-doctor and former student of TG, Adam Kay, the award-winning comedian and bestselling author of ‘This Is Going To Hurt’ and ‘Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas’, who showed immense support for the charity. 

The evening drew to a close with an Americana Twist from duo Broken Bones Matilda, bringing a captivating set and the perfect ending to the night. With the funds raised from this evening, Imperial College London will be able to continue the prioritisation of research into this issue that affects so many families, and will benefit countless lives.

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TRUCK FESTIVAL FIRST NAMES ANNOUNCED

TRUCK FESTIVAL FIRST NAMES ANNOUNCED

TRUCK FESTIVAL FIRST NAMES ANNOUNCEDF

From July 30th – August 2ndTruck Festival will once again return to its beloved Hill Farm in Steventon for the 23rd edition of the UK’s longest running and most cherished small festival. 

This year Truck is thrilled to have Bombay Bicycle Club gracing the main stage. The Mercury Prize nominees recently returned for the first time in three years, after announcing their hiatus in 2016, to much anticipation from fans and industry alike. The comeback track ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)’ was certainly worth waiting for, and offered an exciting glimpse into the sonic palette on new LP Everything Else Has Gone Wrong – described by The Independent as an album that upholds Bombay Bicycle Club’s position as one of indie music’s most inventive bands .

2019 also saw the band’s iconic album I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose turn 10 years old; they took to the road and played the album in full on a short UK tour to celebrate, with all shows selling out in seconds. Bombay Bicycle Club will play on Friday night, this being their first ever appearance at the festival – they’re a headliner you won’t want to miss.

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 The Kooks and the forever requested Bombay Bicycle Club coming to headline the event after many years of asking is truly humbling. Their sets will no doubt live long in the memory. And over the moon to have indie heroes Catfish and the Bottlemen return to Truck to close off Sunday night! I’m also thrilled to have Shame back in 2020 after being unable to perform last year, La Roux closing our Market Stage and, of course, indie royalty The Pigeon Detectives in the Nest.”

Truck’s recent tradition of opening its doors on this Thursday will continue to this year, with even more artists on bill. Headlining the Market Stage on the opening night are Truck festival favourites Blossoms, who release their third album, Foolish Loving Spaces, on 31st January. Also featuring are indie-rock turned psychedelic-pop outfit Swim Deep and up-and-comers The Lathums.

Saturday will see The Kooks headline the main stage, performing tracks that span over their 16-year career, from 2004’s debut two-million selling album Inside In/Inside Out, the no. 1 2008 sophomore record Konk, to 2018’s Let’s Go Sunshine. The quadruple-platinum band got together in Brighton when they were still in school, and signed a record deal a mere three months after forming. They’ve since been a household name for indie rock fans, standing the test of time by releasing five albums across two decades – now the MTV Europe Music winners and BRIT nominees play Truck for the first time. Expect to hear indie club anthem ‘Naive’ as well as classics ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’, ‘Always Where I Need To Be’ and ‘Ooh La’. The band say: “We’ve been waiting a long time for this one… What an immense party it’s gonna be. Truck Festival is where we belong.”

Closing Truck Festival 2020 are one of the biggest indie bands the UK has to offer. Catfish and the Bottlemen have ruled over the scene since they released their debut album The Balcony in 2014. Over the past six years they’ve picked up a BRIT Award, had a no.1 album with their second release The Ride, had The Balcony go platinum and travelled all over the world for shows and festivals. They’re the band from Wales who catapulted themselves to global stardom and they’re not slowing down any time soon, with their third album The Balance out just last year and receiving 2.4 million Spotify listeners each month. Catfish headlined Truck back in 2016 and fans have been begging for them back every year since; it’s bound to be a set they won’t forget in a hurry.

Also performing are a hand-picked selection of some of the best acts from the UK and beyond including: Grammy winner and synth-pop star La Roux, NME Under the Radar winners Pale Waves, Mercury Prize nominees The Big Moon, BBC Sound Poll runners-up Easy Life, sporting success Sports Team, South London five-piece Shame, platinum-selling band The Pigeon Detectives and many more.

It wouldn’t be Truck Festival without support for local acts; As ever we have great up and coming local talent including the absolutely brilliant Rhys Lewis. With ticket sales 4 times ahead of this time last year, we really recommend not hanging around!” says festival organiser, Conor Burns. Truck’s Band App, where artists can directly apply to play the festival, will open very soon.

First announced acts for Truck Festival 2020 as follows:

Bombay Bicycle Club, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Kooks, Blossoms, Sundara Karma, DMA’S, La Roux, Pale Waves, The Big Moon, Easy Life, The Pigeon Detectives, The Hives, Swim Deep, Shame, Sports Team, The Magic Gang, , Dinosaur Pile Up,  The Lathums, Matt Maltese, The Hara, The Snuts, Chappaqua Wrestling, Fickle Friends, The Murder Capital, Lazarus Kane, Lauran Hibberd, Vistas, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Orielles, Kawala, Genghar, Working Men’s Club, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Rhys Lewis, The Pale White, Noisy, Lola Young, The Goa Express, Aaron Smith, Abbie Ozard, Mr Motivator, Barryoke presented by Shaun Wiliamson and The Oxford Symphony Orchestra.Tickets & Prices
Weekend ticket prices are £120+bf
Thursday entry add-on passes are £25+bf 
Watch Truck Festival’s 2019 after movie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk5PoJ1KqqI

Massive Attack to headline All Points East – plus Nils Frahm, Young Fathers, Neneh Cherry and more

Massive Attack to headline All Points East – plus Nils Frahm, Young Fathers, Neneh Cherry and more

Massive Attack to headline All Points East – plus Nils Frahm, Young Fathers, Neneh Cherry and more

Following on from the previously announced headliners – Tame Impala (Saturday May 23rd) and Kraftwerk (Friday May 29th) – All Points East can reveal the latest headliner joining the bill is iconic Bristolian group Massive Attack, who will close out the opening weekend on Sunday May 24th.

“An extraordinary collaboration connecting the dark, intense music and visual work of Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack with the thought-provoking vision of documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis.” – Massive Attack

Joining Massive Attack is German producer and composer Nils Frahm. Nils’ unconventional yet distinctive approach to the piano, played contemplatively and intimately, and on a mesmerising scale through his vast stage shows, has seen him garner support from across the globe. 2018’s stunning album All Melody released via Erased Tapes showcased why he is held in such high regard – and followed this up last year with All Encores, a stripped-back, introspective sibling to the aforementioned LP. Nonetheless, it was another celebrated release, with Loud & Quiet stating, “this is no companion piece, but a thoughtful progression all its own.”

Young Fathers have a close relationship with headliners Massive Attack – having previously toured together and also collaborating on the track ‘Voodoo In My Blood’, off Massive Attack’s 2016 EP, Ritual Spirit. Like the headliners, their music is filled with political and humanitarian messages, most recently showcased on the critically acclaimed album Cocoa Sugar, which was named the Scottish Album of the Year. This will be a worldwide exclusive performance for 2020 – and their first UK date since their epic, sold-out Brixton Academy show back in December 2018.

Another artist who has worked closely with Massive Attack is Neneh Cherry. She was part of Massive Attack’s journey right at the start, featuring on their iconic debut LP, Blue Lines. More recently, Massive Attack’s 3D co-produced (alongside Four Tet) Neneh’s dubbed-out protest song, ‘Kong’, off her 2018 album, Broken Politics. Her debut album, Raw Like Sushi, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, so expect to hear iconic hits like ‘Buffalo Stance’ and ‘Manchild’ amongst more contemporary numbers.

Also featuring is Sevdaliza, an autodidactic singer, songwriter, director and composer from Iran. Her music has been described as a fusion of trip hop, experimental pop, and alternative R&B, while incorporating influences from various other sources. Her debut full-length LP, ISON, perfectly showcased her eclectic sonic palette and was described by Pitchfork as “an album that gets under your skin and lingers in your thought”. Her first single for 2020 ‘Oh My God’ comes out this week, and expect more to drop in the buildup to the festival.

Gaika Tavares, better known simply as GAIKA, is a British artist and writer from South London, signed to Warp Records. Named “Britain’s most vital rapper” by Guardian, GAIKA combines his Jamaican and Grenadian heritage with a sonic blend of grime, dancehall, garage, hip hop and R&B. With harsh and urgent vocal flows roaring, he explores ideas on contemporary black British music and reinterprets the sounds of South London in fearless and futuristic manner.

Skinny Pelembe is quickly become a festival-favourite, partly due to his relentless touring schedule combined with his dazzling musical prowess. It was Future Bubblers, a Gilles Peterson / Brownswood, Arts Council-supported programme for unsigned artists, that provided the platform for his rise. His debut LP Dreaming Is DeadNow came out last year via the aforementioned indie imprint, described by The Line of Best Fit as “purposefully flawed diamonds drawn from the world of soul and psychedelia.”

Hailing from Portsmouth and now based in South-London, Hotel Lux are part of an exciting and thriving post-punk scene bubbling away in London. Like fellow contemporaries Shame, Black MIDI and IDLES, their music encapsulates the gritty, raw and often bleak city surroundings, combining this with clever (and often humorous) wordplay. With their debut EP Barstool Preaching coming later this year, expect to hear a whole bunch of new music during their anticipated performance in Victoria Park.

A disciple of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor was at the forefront of dub reggae’s second generation of talent. Simultaneously drawn to electronics and music, he grew up building radios, reverb units, and mixing boards. In his early twenties (1979), he opened a four-track studio from the living room of his South London apartment. Since this, he’s gone on to work alongside some of the most exciting and unpredictable names in music, such as Sade, The Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode and headliners Massive Attack – remixing their second LP No Protection in its entirety.

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Last year, All Points East built on the success of year one, bringing huge headliners together with brand new artists, the hottest buzz acts on the planet, multi genre innovators and the Victoria Park community, for 10 days of discovery.

The event gave first festival headlining opportunities to Christine And The Queens and Bring Me The Horizon, brought The Strokes to the UK for the first time in 4 years, celebrated Chemical Brothers’ new album and saw Mumford & Sons triumph before Bon Iver closed the festival, exclusively debuting two new tracks from his now released new album i,i.

Incredible headliners were just part of the story with the quality of artists running very deep indeed – Primal Scream, The Raconteurs, Hot Chip, Rina Sawayama, James Blake, Kate Tempest, Metronomy, Snail Mail, Mac DeMarco, Maribou State, Jarvis Cocker, Toro Y Moi, Dizzee Rascal, Jade Bird, Ezra Furman and Run The Jewels were just some of the many guests performing across the stages at All Points East.

Q Magazine awarded All Points East 2019 ‘Festival Of The Year’.

2018’s debut established this essential new event as one of the best festivals in the UK.  Winning Festival Of The Year at the Music Week Awards, All Points East 2018 boasted headline sets from LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The National and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosts a hugely popular 4-day community focused midweek event each year. Kicking off on the second Bank Holiday Monday, In The Neighbourhood, in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council, hosts a vibrant four day programme of activities and entertainment, in collaboration with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. Last year had something for everyone – eco-friendly creative workshops, free yoga sessions, street food, open air movie nights, themed drag shows, film panels, an exploration of the history of grime music and East London with Rich Mix’s Generation Grime:Back2Bow. Everything is free and 2020’s programme will be announced soon…..

A commitment to sustainability and accessibility goes hand in hand with the community elements and All Points East is proud to have been awarded Silver on Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for our commitment to Deaf and disabled music fans.

All Points East continue to work each year with local charity the Tower Projectto give volunteer opportunities to young people with learning disabilities and autism on site at the festival, as well as providing education and performance opportunities to the students of nearby ELAM arts and music school. Committing to 100% renewable energy, working towards eliminating single-use plastic from all serve ware and programming up cycling workshops for children during In The Neighbourhood are further examples of the commitment to the local community and the park.

Local businesses are given opportunities to provide, food, drink, merchandise and more so that the local community benefits as much as possible…. Click for more information

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Reviews for All Points East 2019:
“All Points East might only be in its second year, but it has already made a name for itself as one of the very best in the capital.” – Evening Standard
“All Points East is a ten-day cultural expo” – GQ
“London’s biggest and best music festival” – Q
“If you’re a Londoner with your finger on the pulse, you’ll already know about All Points East” – Time Out
“Festivals were the original musical algorithms introducing you to something similar which ‘you might also like’.  All Points East operates on a similar principle…. Like a cleverly constructed symphony, each of the six days bring forth intriguing variations on a loose stylistic theme” – Metro
“In a city drenched in music festivals, nobody thought  that we needed one more.  All Points East is proving everyone wrong for a consecutive year” – Notion

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Bananarama announced as final headliners for Kew the Music 2020

Bananarama announced as final headliners for Kew the Music 2020

Bananarama announced as final headliners for Kew the Music 2020

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew announce Bananarama as the final headliner for Kew the Music 2020. They will be joined by legendary vocalist Gabrielle and X-Factor alumni Rebecca Ferguson on Tuesday 7th July – making Kew the Music the ultimate night out in London this summer!

Headliner Bananarama say, “We’re incredibly excited to share that we’ll be performing at the iconic Kew Gardens! In honour of the occasion, the audience can definitely expect a fun packed show from us. We can’t wait to bring that warm nostalgia with everyone’s favourite songs, as well as some tracks from our new album In Stereo”

With over 30 million copies sold worldwide, multiple BRIT-Award nominations and an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most chart entries by a female group with 32 Top 40 UK hits, Bananarama are an era-defining group whose legacy and influence continues to endure.

Originally formed as a trio in 1981, Bananarama became an omnipresent staple of the British pop music scene in the 80s consistently producing hit after hit. Timeless classics including ‘Shy Boy’, ‘Cruel Summer’ and ‘Really Saying Something’. Their staying power would ultimately be solidified when they released ‘Venus’ which topped the US charts in 1986.

Since their transition to a duo in the early 90s, Bananarama have shown no sign of slowing down, releasing a further six studio albums with their most recent project ‘In Stereo’ arriving in 2019. 

Famed for her raspy tones, Gabrielle redefined what a female pop star in the 90s could be. Using her sweet vocals and gift for songwriting as an anchor, Gabrielle has been responsible for some of the UK’s most pre-eminent hits. ‘Dreams’ and ‘Out Of Reach’ still resonate with audiences worldwide today. 2020 marks 20 years since her iconic record Rise. Plus, her UK shows this year follow the release of her sixth studio album Under My Skin, which was released last year, her first in 11 years. 

Best known for her appearance on the seventh series of the X-Factor in 2010, Rebecca Ferguson and her vintage vocal stylings has released four critically-acclaimed albums, all reaching the UK Top 10 and receiving praise for their modern spin on soul, blues and jazz.

Rebecca says, “I’ve wanted to play at Kew gardens for so long I’m really excited to see you all there”

Gabrielle adds, “I can’t wait to perform at the beautiful Kew Gardens this year. With it being the 20th anniversary of ‘Rise’ this year, I can’t imagine a better time to get on that stage and take fans on a journey celebrating all the incredible songs we’ve shared together”

Bananarama, Gabrielle and Rebecca Ferguson will be bringing a night of fun and nostalgia to Kew Gardens with their biggest and best hits – so music lovers… get ready to sing your heart out!

Kew the Music 2020 headliners are: Bananarama (7 July), James Blunt (8 July), Jack Savoretti (9 July), Will Young + James Morrison (10 July), DJ Spoony (11 July)  and Gipsy Kings (12 July). 

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink, or to enjoy refreshments at the open-air bars and tasty street food stalls. For music lovers of all generations, a sensational summer awaits.

For exclusive BBQ/VIP Hospitality dining experiences visit kewthemusic.org. Ready-made Picnic Hampers are available to collect on the night.

Tickets and booking information:

General On sale 10am Friday 31st January

Go to kewthemusic.org for full event and ticket information.

Tickets from £47.00. Booking fees apply.

24-hour ticket hotline: 0844 871 8803 or book online at kewthemusic.org

Discount for children aged 1-16 (inclusive) is £18.

Under 12 months free entry and no ticket required.

Disabled tickets: Carer goes free.

For media enquiries, contact The Outside Organisation

Suzie Fellows – Suzie.fellows@outside-org.co.uk

0207 436 3633

TRUCK FESTIVAL RAISES OVER £100,000 FOR CHARITIES AT 2019 EVENT

TRUCK FESTIVAL RAISES OVER £100,000 FOR CHARITIES AT 2019 EVENT

TRUCK FESTIVAL RAISES OVER £100,000 FOR CHARITIES AT 2019 EVENT

2019 was a vintage year for Truck Festival. The sellout event, basked by the glorious UK sunshine, welcomed back Oxford’s finest in Foals, who first performed at Hill Farm back in 2007 – plus a whole host of other fantastic acts including Wolf Alice, Two Door Cinema Club, Slaves, Lewis Capaldi and many more. And now, Truck can reveal it raised a record breaking £103,000 for charity, smashing 2018’s figure by £30,000!

Each year, Truck works alongside the local community to raise vital funds for Oxford-based charities as well as those internationally. The money goes towards a number of different causes, from covering the cost of the Darby & Joan Club’s (the village social group for seniors) Christmas dinner to the Steventon Church Bell Fund Appeal, with Truck making a substantial contribution to having the bells rehung.

The majority of this figure was raised by the numerous charities that work in the Feel Good Food Tent, which brought in an amazing £89,000. These food stalls, which help cater the event with a delicious assortment of food and drinks, are run by volunteers and donate 100% of its profits to charity.

It now means that Truck Festival has raised over £350,000 for local, national and international charities in the past six years. Speaking on Truck’s increasing success, farmer Richard Binning said: The charities that have raised money at Truck include Steventon Church and Preschool to the Batemans Trust, a charity based in Chennai, India, aiming to transform the lives of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are rebuilding a school and a new site – Truck Festival is one of the major fundraising events for this project.”

Festival organiser, Conor Burns, also added: “Supporting charities has always been at the centre of Truck since the beginning; 2019 was an unforgettable year and to raise over £100,000, it’s amazing. Truck is one of a kind and we’re full steam ahead for 2020.”

See full list and further information about the charities helped by 2019’s event below:

Truck Festival 2020 will take place on 31st July – 2nd August.
Tickets are back on sale from 27th Jan, available from https://truckfestival.com/tickets/.

Kendrick Lamar To Headline American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020

Kendrick Lamar To Headline American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020

Kendrick Lamar To Headline American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020

Festival line ups don’t get any bigger than this. American Express presents BST Hyde Park makes its fourth announcement for 2020. US songwriter, producer, poet, musician, multiple Grammy Award winner and hip hop royalty – Kendrick Lamar will close the first weekend on Sunday 5th July. Kendrick is joined by Mercury Prize-winning James Blake and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard – more names to be announced. 

Kendrick Lamar is regarded by both critics and fans as one of the most skilled and successful recording artists of all time. He is also the world’s most decorated; receiving 173 awards from 390 nominations, including 13 Grammy Awards, six Billboard Music Awards and the ASCAP Vanguard Award for his work as a composer. Kendrick is an innovator in every sense of the word and broke new ground when he received the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2018, as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

From his explosive magnum opus To Pimp A Butterfly to Pulitzer Prize-winning DAMN., Kendrick’s dexterous lyrical prowess has secured his place on the world stage like no other artist before him.

From 10am Tuesday 21 January until 9.30am Friday 24 January 2020, eligible American Express® Cardmembers can exclusively purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Visit  axs.com/bstamexpresale to book. T&Cs apply.

Raised in Compton, California, Kendrick embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment. By 2012, Kendrick released his first two albums Section.80 and Good Kid, M.A.A.D City which received critical acclaim. To Pimp A Butterfly and DAMN., released in 2015 and 2017 respectively, garnered more global attention with tracks ‘The Blacker The Berry’, ‘Alright’, ‘HUMBLE.’ and ‘LOYALTY.’. 

Between the release of his increasingly iconic albums, Kendrick has regularly teamed up with international superstars as well as emerging artists, lending his distinctive rap to a wide range of musical styles. He’s worked with Dr Dre, U2, James Blake, fellow BST headliner Taylor Swift, Sia, Travis Scott and SZA – who featured on the hit ‘All The Stars’ for the Black Panther soundtrack in 2018, which Kendrick co-produced. 

Aside from his acclaimed albums, Kendrick’s live show has also progressed – best highlighted via his iconic and politically charged 2018 Grammy performance, making his headline show at this year’s BST Hyde Park all the more exciting. An opportunity to witness one of the greatest modern day musicians at the peak of his powers.

Also on the bill is James Blake – one of the most prolific artists of this decade. He’s a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, who’s collaborated with the biggest names in hip-hop – Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Drake, Chance the Rapper and Jay-Z. Last year, Blake was up for two Grammy awards in rap categories, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Future for their track ‘King’s Dead’, taken from the Black Panther soundtrack. And he’s even been called “Hip-hop’s favourite Brit” by The Guardian. His fourth and most recent album Assume Form was lauded by critics, as are his awe-inspiring live shows. 

Those not privy to her solo work will recognise Brittany Howard as the peerless voice and guitarist of Alabama Shakes. As a soloist, Brittany masters any genre she is drawn to; from ramshackle hip-hop, spoken word and gospel to funk, jazz and neo soul. Her critically acclaimed debut album Jaime was released last year and proved that Brittany loses none of the magic by stepping out on her own. 

American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020 is back for another year of unique shows and unforgettable music moments, for the 8th edition. It has become THE place to be in the London summer, a date in the diary for 100s of 1000s of fans every year. 

Pearl Jam now SOLD OUT

Already announced: Little Mix (4th July), Pearl Jam (10th July) and Taylor Swift (11th July). 

Last year continued the tradition of must-see experiences that has seen The Rolling Stones return to Hyde Park, Carole King play her classic album ‘Tapestry’ in full for the first time ever, comebacks for The Strokes and The Libertines and many more.

There was Celine Dion slaying, Stevie Wonder stunning with a greatest hits set, Barbra Streisand charming fans and critics alike in a rare show, Florence + The Machine bringing a host of female performers to their day as well as co-headliners The National and finally, Robbie Williams royally entertaining a sold out Hyde Park.

And of course, Open House will return, the FREE 4 day event between the two weekends of music, offering amazing events and activities for everyone – free vibrant live music & entertainment, sensational open-air cinema nights, live sport showings, street food, pop up bars and loads for the family too.

Alongside bringing fans the superstar artists they deserve, is a real commitment to Accessibility, Community and Sustainability that American Express presents BST Hyde Park is very proud of…and strives to improve year on year.

In 2019, the event was awarded Gold on Attitude Is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for its facilities for deaf and disabled fans, the highest award available. Industry leading facilities include accessible viewing areas, roaming drinks vendors, lowered counters, dedicated accessible entrances with shuttles from car parking, British Sign Language interpreters for all acts on The Great Oak Stage, accessible toilets at every toilet block, Hearing Induction Loops, and free Companion passes for all ticket types.

Community initiatives do not stop with the midweek programme either, it also includes interns from local colleges working with the team, local schools performing at Open House, local food traders and much more. Sustainability is at the heart of the festival with a green team advising fans on recycling, fuel from 100% renewable resources, 100% biodegradable food packaging, and compostable paper cups across the site.  Artists are even advised on greener riders.  Real time power monitoring and innovative hybrid and battery solutions in 2019 helped reduce energy use by over 25% and the festival continues to find ways to be more environmentally friendly.  This year the event is partnering with Energy Revolution to help visitor balance their travel emissions.

American Express presents BST Hyde Park is an award-winning festival: 

Shortlisted for the Greener Festival Award at the 2019 Festival Awards

Shortlisted for Best Festival at the Q Awards 2018

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the Festival Awards 2018

‘Best Live Act’ The Cure @ BST Hyde Park at the Live UK Magazine Awards 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are on general sale Friday 24 January 10am

Ticket prices start at £65 + Booking Fee

For media enquiries: 

The Outside Organisation: 020 7436 3633

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Line up for 20th year of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at Royal Albert Hall announced as charity celebrates 30th anniversary

Line up for 20th year of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at Royal Albert Hall announced as charity celebrates 30th anniversary

Line up for 20th year of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at Royal Albert Hall announced as charity celebrates 30th anniversary

Teenage Cancer Trust has announced four of the acts set to headline its annual fundraising concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in 2020, taking place from March 23rd to March 29th.

Headlining the 20th edition is renowned electronic duo Groove Armada, Welsh rockers Stereophonics plus a special acoustic performance from Paul Weller, Manchester-based Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds and funk aficionados Nile Rodgers & CHIC with more special guests to be announced soon.

Kicking off proceedings at the Royal Albert Hall is Stereophonics who performed at the first ever Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall back in 2000 and return this year for the twentieth anniversary shows. With unparalleled longevity and continued success, Stereophonics are a band woven into the fabric of popular music. With new album ‘Kind’ Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters with an ability to sketch and capture truth and beauty from everyday observations as well as delving into his own life experiences. Having achieved 7 number 1 albums, 10 top 10 albums, 23 Platinum Sales Awards, over 10 million albums sold worldwide, 5 BRIT nominations and 1 BRIT Award win, and still headlining arenas and festivals to legions of dedicated fans, Stereophonics stand as undeniable giants of the current music scene.

Also featuring with the Stereophonics for an acoustic set is very special guest Paul Weller, another one who was part of the first Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall. With a career spanning releases that traverse the sounds of blue-eyed soul, new wave, punk rock and the mod revival, Paul Weller is a musical chameleon who proudly marches to the beat of his own drum. Introduced to the world as a member of bands The Jam and The Style Council before establishing a well-received solo career, he has become one of Britain’s most enduring musicians and cultural figures.

From their humble beginnings as London club night promoters, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay aka Groove Armadahave solidified themselves as one of electronic music’s most innovative, influential and recognisable acts. Storming onto the scene with their seminal debut album Northern Star, the duo quickly carved out their niche in the downtempo alcoves of dance music, garnering several GRAMMY and BRIT Award nominations along the way.  

Last year saw the duo perform as a live act for the first time since 2013, featuring their full original band and touring setup. The shows naturally amazed audiences across the UK and expect an equally unmissable performance come March 26th. The band will be releasing a brand new studio album this summer and will announce further UK shows soon.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released their eponymous debut album in 2011 on Sour Mash Records. The album went double platinum in the UK and has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. The second album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ was released in March 2015 – the first album to be produced as well as written by Noel. The third album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ followed in 2017 debuting in the UK at Number 1 and achieving gold certification in less than 2 weeks after its release – making it a hat trick of Number 1 solo albums for Noel. ‘Who Built The Moon?’ was also a record-breaking 10th consecutive chart-topping studio album in the UK for Noel – no other artist has achieved such a feat.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release their ‘Blue Moon Rising’ EP on 6th March 2020 which features the recent single ‘Wandering Star’. The EP, which is available to pre-order now, features new songs as well as remixes of the title track and will be available digitally and on limited edition vinyl formats. ‘Blue Moon Rising’ is the third EP of new music from Noel to be released in less than a year – ‘Black Star Dancing’ was released in June 2019 followed by ‘This Is The Place’ in September.

With over 500 million copies cumulatively sold as the mastermind behind seminal disco/funk band CHIC and a songwriter/producer for Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and Daft Punk, few artists have a resume as impressive as Nile Rodgers. His pioneering and indelible contributions to music have earned him three Grammy Awards and inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and the honour of being a chairman for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. More recently, Nile has been appointed as the first ever Chief Creative Advisor for the legendary Abbey Road Studios and was included in “festival best” performances at both Glastonbury and Coachella that resulted in the BBC nominating the band for the BBC Music Awards as “Best Live Performance”.


Nile Rodgers & CHIC are set to perform what will be a fittingly upbeat and euphoric show to close out the 20th edition of Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. 

For additional line-up and ticketing information visit teenagecancertrust.org/gigs

2020 marks the 20th year of the charity’s phenomenally successful series of music and comedy events, which are curated by The Who frontman and Teenage Cancer Trust Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, and raise funds to support young people with cancer.    The gigs will also help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Ever since The Who reformed for the first Teenage Cancer Trust Royal Albert Hall show in 2000, the annual events have witnessed some extraordinary, once in a lifetime shows  from Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing together for the first time ever in 2013, Sir Paul McCartney in 2012, plus the likes of Oasis, Muse, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine and many more.

Some of the biggest names in entertainment have now raised more than £30 million for Teenage Cancer Trust’s specialist nurses, hospital wards and support teams that help young people through the toughest times of their lives. 

Roger Daltrey CBE, Teenage Cancer Trust Patron, said: 

Once again we’ve got some incredible artists on the bill for 2020 and I can’t thank them enough for giving up their time for Teenage Cancer Trust. Since the first gig back in 2000 audiences have raised millions to fund Teenage Cancer Trust nurses, support teams and special hospital wards that have helped young people cope with some unimaginably hard times. Without Teenage Cancer Trust these specialist services would simply not be there.

“I’ve seen first-hand the difference this support makes to so many young people with cancer over the years and I’m beyond proud to be a part of the Teenage Cancer Trust team. Everyone who’s helped us achieve this is a hero in my book, and I’d like to thank everyone who has got us this far.

“Teenage Cancer Trust started out 30 years ago to change everything for young people with cancer. And that’s exactly what we’ve done. But we want a world where cancer doesn’t stop young people from living their lives-there’s so much more we need to do.

“This age group deserves these facilities and programmes in our NHS, but without your support for this charity they would not exist.

By buying a ticket to these shows you will be helping this great cause do exactly that.” 

Before Teenage Cancer Trust was established in 1990 there was no specialist cancer care for teenagers and young adults.   Those aged 13-24 were being treated on adult wards, or in children’s wards, and this could cause additional stress and trauma. Many felt alone and isolated, as it was likely they’d never meet another person their age with cancer.        

Today, around half of all young people with cancer are treated on 28 Teenage Cancer Trust wards across the UK, by specialist nurses and youth support teams. Almost every young person with cancer can get support from specialist Teenage Cancer Trust nurses wherever they live.

As Teenage Cancer Trust celebrates 30 years, the charity is focused on driving up survival rates for young people with cancer, championing their needs to ensure they have equal access to vital care and expanding its own services to be there after treatment ends, as young people rebuild their lives after cancer.

Kate Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Teenage Cancer Trust, said: 

“The leap forward in care that Teenage Cancer Trust has been able to provide to young people facing cancer over the past 30 years has only been possible thanks to our generous supporters – including our Royal Albert Hall artists and audiences.  But much more needs to change, and we can’t wait another 30 years for that to happen.

“That’s we’re incredibly grateful for the amazing support from the artists getting involved in our 2020 gigs. It’s going to be an unforgettable experience and will help us support every young person with cancer who needs us.”

Around 100 young people who’ve been supported by Teenage Cancer Trust will enjoy the ‘Ultimate Backstage Experience’ during the 2020 gig series. As part of an unforgettable night, the charity offers them the chance to meet with the acts, write and perform their own song, and to appear on stage alongside Roger Daltrey to share experiences and thank audiences for their support.

For line-up and ticketing information visit:

www.gigsandtours.com

www.ticketmaster.co.uk

www.royalalberthall.com

@teenagecancer 
#teenagecancergigs

KRAFTWERK 3D 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT ALL POINTS EAST

KRAFTWERK 3D 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT ALL POINTS EAST

KRAFTWERK 3D 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT ALL POINTS EAST

All Points East’s announcements continue with a special celebration of one of the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking pioneers in musical history.

Kraftwerk will celebrate 50 years since their debut release at East London’s Victoria Park on May 29, a UK exclusive and another unmissable show after Tame Impala were announced as the first headliner for May 23. 

The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf, Germany. They set up their legendary electronic Kling Klang Studio where they composed produced and recorded all their Kraftwerk concept albums.

Since the late 60s they have been closely connected with the Düsseldorf Contemporary Art Scene and after an early experimental phase, Kraftwerk achieved international recognition in 1975 with their first concept album Autobahn.

With their futuristic music and technical innovations Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. Over five decades their compositions, using new studio techniques, pristine melodies and synthetic voices, computer sounds and robotic rhythms, have had a global influence across an entire range of music genres and musicians. From electro to hip hop, house to techno, synth pop to industrial and ambient to EDM, it is hard to ignore just how much impact Kraftwerk’s music has had.

The man-machine Kraftwerk will present their legendary live show from the main East Stage combining digital surround sound with breathtaking 3-D animations and robotics. And in true All Points East style, a stellar bill of acts will accompany them on the day in Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr, The Orb, Chromatics, Anna Calvi, Kim Gordon, Grandmaster Flash, Jehnny Beth and John Maus with more to be announced.

Iggy Pop was making music in the same Berlin studio with David Bowie where the latter recorded that tribute to Kraftwerk. Soaking up German music, and especially Kraftwerk’s Radio-Activity, Iggy produced his debut solo album The Idiot then Lust for Life with Bowie and Tony Visconti. 

Originally associated with garage rock from industrial Detroit, Iggy’s identification with Kraftwerk’s Düsseldorf modernist music perhaps made sense. From Iggy and the Stooges’ Raw Power laying the groundwork for punk, to his latest jazz influenced record Free released this year, Iggy has become a cultural touchstone as famous for his acclaimed BBC6 Music radio show as he is for his incendiary live shows.

Johnny Marr is among the most influential and greatest guitarists ever produced by the UK. His work as songwriter and chief sonic architect with The Smiths has cemented his place in music history while his solo career goes from strength to strength (he released Call The Comet in 2018). He has been a member of the Pretenders, The The, The Cribs and formed Electronic with New Order’s Bernard Sumner – with the latter mentioned group even collaborating with former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos on their 1996 album, Raise The Pressure.

One group whose sonic influence from Kraftwerk is easy to hear is The Orb. Their debut LP, Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, (in particular hit single ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’) provided the soundtrack for the ambient alcoves of 90’s clubbing – with their psychedelic live shows combining downtempo melodies with a dazzling array of kaleidoscopic visuals. Their recent release No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds was the duo’s fifteenth studio album no less, a gorgeous myriad of electronic, dub and ambient styles.

Chromatics returned this year with Closer To Grey, their first studio album since 2012’s Kill For

Love. Described as “darkly glamorous pop” by The Guardian, it was another fine example of the band’s distinctive Italo disco-influence sound that has garnered them widespread support from both critics and fans alike. Their recent UK show (their first for 6 years) was similarly unmissable, a multi-sensory masterclass led by American record producer, composer, visual artist and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel.

Anna Calvi is quickly gaining the fans and reputation to put her in the conversation of greatBritish artists. With 3 Mercury Prize nominations, including for 2018 album Hunter, she was asked to score the latest series of Peaky Blinders and recently released ‘You’re Not God’, an original song she wrote for it. Now, she returns to Victoria Park after offering one of the standout performances in 2018.

With a career spanning almost four decades, Kim Gordon is one of the few who can match the longevity of Kraftwerk. Originally the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist in the alternative rock band Sonic Youth, Kim has gone on to shine in both the fashion and acting world. It was only this year however that she released her debut solo LP, No Home Record, described by Pitchfork as an “ingenious fusion of sound and idea”

Also featuring is Grandmaster Flash, legendary American hip hop artist and DJ extraordinaire. He is widely considered one of the founding fathers of hip hop, and in 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – becoming the first hip hop act to be honoured. His DJ setup has remained the same since the 80’s, two turntables and a load of records. Yet despite this, none can match the innovator’s ability and energy behind the decks.

Jehnny Beth is one of the most exciting and unpredictable musicians of the modern day. As the fierce and unfiltered frontwomen for Savages, they released one of 2016’s standout releases in Adore Life, receiving 5 stars from several publications such as The Telegraph. The French singer has continued her fine form with a stirring selection of solo material. Most recently she joined fellow act Anna Calvi on the Peaky Blinder’s soundtrack with ‘I’m The Man’ – a dark, brooding, punk-tinged song that offers the perfect snapshot into her enthralling sonic world. 

John Maus will also be joining the bill, whose music combines elements of 1980s synth-pop, post-punk, and Medieval music. His 2018 record Addendum (released via Domino) was described by Crack Magazine as “a surprising collage of not-quite-disparate influences and a whole that nearly sums up Maus’ eclecticism, esotericism and singular vision”.

Eligible American Express® Cardmembers can take advantage of priority booking from 10am Tuesday 3 December until 9.30am Friday 6 December. Visit axs.com/apeamexpresale to book. T&Cs apply.

Last year, All Points East built on the success of year one, bringing huge headliners together with brand new artists, the hottest buzz acts on the planet, multi genre innovators and the Victoria Park community, for 10 days of discovery.

The event gave first festival headlining opportunities to Christine And The Queens and Bring Me The Horizon, brought The Strokes to the UK for the first time in 4 years, celebrated Chemical Brothers’ new album and saw Mumford & Sons triumph before Bon Iver closed the festival, exclusively debuting two new tracks from his now released new album i,i.

Incredible headliners were just part of the story with the quality of artists running very deep indeed – Primal Scream, The Raconteurs, Hot Chip, Rina Sawayama, James Blake, Kate Tempest, Metronomy, Snail Mail, Mac DeMarco, Maribou State, Jarvis Cocker, Toro Y Moi, Dizzee Rascal, Jade Bird, Ezra Furman and Run The Jewels were just some of the many guests performing across the stages at All Points East.

Q Magazine awarded All Points East 2019 ‘Festival Of The Year’.

2018’s debut established this essential new event as one of the best festivals in the UK.  Winning Festival Of The Year at the Music Week Awards, All Points East 2018 boasted headline sets from LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The National and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosts a hugely popular 4-day community focused midweek event each year. Kicking off on the second Bank Holiday Monday, In The Neighbourhood, in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council, hosts a vibrant four day programme of activities and entertainment, in collaboration with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. Last year had something for everyone – eco-friendly creative workshops, free yoga sessions, street food, open air movie nights, themed drag shows, film panels, an exploration of the history of grime music and East London with Rich Mix’s Generation Grime:Back2Bow. Everything is free and 2020’s programme will be announced soon…..

A commitment to sustainability and accessibility goes hand in hand with the community elements and All Points East is proud to have been awarded Silver on Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for our commitment to Deaf and disabled music fans.

All Points East continue to work each year with local charity the Tower Project to give volunteer opportunities to young people with learning disabilities and autism on site at the festival, as well as providing education and performance opportunities to the students of nearby ELAM arts and music school. Committing to 100% renewable energy, working towards eliminating single-use plastic from all serve ware and programming up cycling workshops for children during In The Neighbourhood are further examples of the commitment to the local community and the park.

Local businesses are given opportunities to provide, food, drink, merchandise and more so that the local community benefits as much as possible…. Click for more information

American Express presents BST Hyde Park adds another massive headliner for 2020

American Express presents BST Hyde Park adds another massive headliner for 2020

American Express presents BST Hyde Park adds another massive headliner for 2020

American Express presents BST Hyde Park adds another massive headliner for 2020 – the world’s biggest pop artist – Taylor Swift. Lighting up the London stage on Saturday 11th July, Taylor is the third act to be announced and joins the ultimate girl band Little Mix who headline on Saturday 4th July and US rockers Pearl Jam on Friday 10th July. 

Having just released her latest album Lover to critical and commercial success, Taylor is the hottest artist on the planet. The album was her fourth UK Number 1, making her the female star with the most chart toppers this decade, and was the top selling album in the US in just 48 hours of release. Lover had the highest first week sales for any album in the US since her 2017 release, reputation

And she is equally famed for her live extravaganzas. When Taylor came to BST Hyde Park in 2015, she was riding high on the success of her 1989 album and performed a landmark concert to 65,000 fans. All the hits, an incredible show, famous friends joining her on stage – she made London her own.

From 9am Tuesday 3 December until 8.30am Friday 6 December 2019, eligible American Express® Cardmembers can exclusively purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Visit  axs.com/bsttayloramexpresale to book. T&Cs apply.

5 years later, Taylor has become one of the defining artists of a generation. Named as Artist of the Decade by the American Music Awards, the Lover album has received universal plaudits and spawned its own festivals – Lover Fest East and Lover Fest West in the USA. 

Her legendary shows are pop spectacles of the highest order – from huge guests that have ranged from Camilla Cabello to Mick Jagger over the years, to amazing stage sets including Reputation Stadium Tour’s giant inflatable snake. 2015 saw her soaring over the Hyde Park crowd on a giant rotating bridge!

Her rich catalogue of songs have defined a decade – massive hits like ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, ‘22’, ‘Shake It Off’, ‘Blank Space’, ‘Bad Blood’, right up to recent smashes ‘Me (ft. Brendon Urie)’, ‘You Need to Calm Down’ and ‘Lover’.

Taylor was the first woman and one of only two female solo artists, along with Adele, to win Album Of The Year twice at the Grammys for her solo recordings. She won the award for 2010 for Fearless and again in 2016 for 1989.

This month, Taylor surpassed another milestone – she won six American Music Awards, taking her all-time total to 29. Taylor is the most awarded artist in AMA history. 

Now Taylor returns to London, a city that has become a second home for her, which she immortalised in the track ‘London Boy’ on the new album. 

Welcome home, Taylor!

American Express presents BST Hyde Park is back for another year of unique shows and unforgettable music moments, for the 8th edition. It has become THE place to be in the London summer, a date in the diary for 100s of 1000s of fans every year.

Last year continued the tradition of must-see experiences that has seen The Rolling Stones return to Hyde Park, Carole King play her classic album ‘Tapestry’ in full for the first time ever, comebacks for The Strokes and The Libertines and many more.

There was Celine Dion slaying, Stevie Wonder stunning with a greatest hits set, Barbra Streisand charming fans and critics alike in a rare show, Florence + The Machine bringing a host of female performers to their day as well as co-headliners The National and finally, Robbie Williams royally entertaining a sold out Hyde Park.

And of course, Open House will return, the FREE 4 day event between the two weekends of music, offering amazing events and activities for everyone – free vibrant live music & entertainment, sensational open-air cinema nights, live sport showings, street food, pop up bars and loads for the family too.

Alongside bringing fans the superstar artists they deserve, is a real commitment to Accessibility, Community and Sustainability that American Express presents BST Hyde Park is very proud of…and strives to improve year on year.

In 2019, the event was awarded Gold on Attitude Is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for its facilities for deaf and disabled fans – including accessible viewing areas, roaming drinks vendors, lowered counters, dedicated accessible entrances with shuttles from car parking, British Sign Language interpreters for all acts on The Great Oak Stage, accessible toilets at every toilet block, Hearing Induction Loops, free Personal Assistant tickets for all ticket types.  American Express presents BST Hyde Park is one of the few festivals that allows and provides facilities for guide dogs.

Community initiatives do not stop with our midweek programme either, it also includes interns from local colleges working with the team, local schools performing at Open House and much more.  And sustainability is at the heart of the festival with a green team advising fans on recycling, fuel from 100% renewable resources, 100% biodegradable food packaging, compostable paper cups across the site.  Artists are even advised on greener riders.  Real time monitoring in 2019 helped reduce energy use by 25% and we continue to find ways to be more and more environmentally friendly.  

American Express presents BST Hyde Park is an award-winning festival: 

Shortlisted for Best Festival at the Q Awards 2018

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the Festival Awards 2018

‘Best Live Act’ The Cure @ British Summer Time Hyde Park at the Live UK Magazine Awards 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are on sale Friday 6th December at 9am

Ticket prices start at £65 + BF

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Kew The Music announce another heavyweight act for 2020

Kew The Music announce another heavyweight act for 2020

Kew The Music announce another heavyweight act for 2020

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew announce another heavyweight act for Kew the Music’s 2020 line-up. The godfather of garage is heading to the capital for DJ Spoony presents Garage Classical with a host of surprise special guests.  

Of his headlining show, DJ Spoony says, “The challenge for Garage Classical is to keep on raising the bar, raising the roof. Well I’m so happy to say it’s going to be impossible to do the latter at our next show as Garage Classical goes open air at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Expect another majestic performance from the Garage Classical crew. Ignition Orchestra are ready, Katie Chatburn is ready and I cannot wait.”

Garage Classical began in 2017 with the seamless partnership between DJ Spoony and composer Katie Chatburn. After a string of successful live shows in the UK, the combination of classical and garage music made its way to the mainstream.

Fast forward to October 2019, DJ Spoony stunned the nation with the release of album Garage Classical, teamed with Chatburn and the 36-piece Ignition Orchestra. The same month, he brought his high-octane Garage Classical show to London’s iconic venue, The Royal Albert Hall, in a celebration of the garage era.

Packed full of re-imagined classics such as ‘Flowers’, ‘21 Seconds’ and ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’, Garage Classical features vocals from iconic artists such as Sugababes, Paloma Faith, Lily Allen, Emeli Sandé, Raleigh Ritchie and many more.

The popularity of garage since its inception over 20 years ago, when it swept over the airwaves, clubs, charts and streets of Britain, has stayed strong. DJ Spoony is one of the key players, keeping the genre alive and inspiring a new generation of garage artists.

Now, DJ Spoony Presents Garage Classical is coming Kew Gardens, bringing music fans a high-energy show and a re-ignited passion for garage, but with a classical twist…

Already announced for Kew the Music 2020 are James Blunt (8 July), Jack Savoretti (9 July), Will Young + James Morrison (10 July) and Gipsy Kings (12 July). The final headliner for 7 July is to be announced.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink, or to enjoy refreshments at the open-air bars and tasty street food stalls. For music lovers of all generations, a sensational summer awaits.

For exclusive BBQ/VIP Hospitality dining experiences visit kewthemusic.org.  Ready-made Picnic Hampers are available to collect on the night.


Tickets and booking information:
General On sale 10am Fri 6 December
Go to kewthemusic.org for full event and ticket information.
Tickets from £47.00. Booking fees apply.
24-hour ticket hotline: 0844 871 8803 or book online at kewthemusic.org
Discount for children aged 1-16 (inclusive) is £18.
Under 12 months free entry and no ticket required.
Disabled tickets: Carer goes free.

For media enquiries, contact The Outside Organisation
Suzie Fellows – Suzie.fellows@outside-org.co.uk
0207 436 3633