BIRTHDAY CARD ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE  ‘SHY AWAY’   RELEASED VIA NOTTING HILL ARTS CLUB RECORDINGS

BIRTHDAY CARD ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘SHY AWAY’ RELEASED VIA NOTTING HILL ARTS CLUB RECORDINGS

BIRTHDAY CARD ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘SHY AWAY’ RELEASED VIA NOTTING HILL ARTS CLUB RECORDINGS

On December 13th, Aylesbury-based five piece Birthday Card will release their new single ‘Shy Away’ – the latest offering from Notting Hill Arts Club’s new label, Notting Hill Arts Club Recordings.

Birthday Card’s sonic style (self-described as ‘melancholy pop’) is attributed to a variety of influences – from Kanye West to Kylie Minogue, The Streets to The Sugababes. Their performance at The Great Escape 2019 went down as one of the highlights from the weekend, the result of two years fine-tuning their live sound in the UK’s underground clubs and venues.

“It’s a complete privilege for us to be on Notting Hill Arts Club Recordings. The team behind it have worked with some really ground-breaking artists, so it feels really special to be part of this label,” says lead guitarist Conor Richards. “With ‘Shy Away’, we wanted to craft a modern day pop song that channels the anxiety and tension of its lyrics”,

“Shy Away” combines a pumping bass and drums flirting with groove-based synths and guitars with the shimmering, pitch-corrected falsetto vocals from Josh Saw. It’s another future summer anthem from the group, who are certainly ones to watch in 2020…

Notting Hill Arts Club is one of London’s most prestigious and pioneering venues. It has a longstanding dedication to championing up-and-coming musicians, having hosted global superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, The Libertines and more early on in their respective careers. 

The Notting Hill Academy of Music was also formed in recent years – a music business school that offers vocational courses to get young people in the door of the music industry. The academy has been a huge success with many alumni now working in their dream jobs within the music business.

Now the label is the next phase for the Arts Club in their ongoing efforts to providing the platform for the future stars of music. So far, they’ve released music from Grimm Twins and Birthday Card, with more to follow.


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Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jack Antonoff.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jack Antonoff.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jack Antonoff.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Jack Antonoff. 

Jack Antonoff is lead singer of Bleachers, founding member of Grammy Award winning band Fun and a prolific songwriter and producer who has collaborated with global superstars such as Taylor Swift, Lana Del Ray, Lorde, Pink, St Vincent and many others.

The four time Grammy Award winner will maintain an interest in the catalogue and work closely with Hipgnosis in the management of his songs.

With Fun., Jack Antonoff co-wrote their 2011 worldwide hit ‘We Are Young’, featuring Janelle Monáe, which reached Number 1 in 12 countries including the UK and US, where it was certified diamond, as well as winning the Grammy Award for “Song of the Year” whilst Fun. won “Best New Artist”. Jack Antonoff also co-wrote the Fun. singles ‘Some Nights’ and ‘Carry on’ which are certified 7x and 2x platinum in the US respectively. 

Jack Antonoff has collaborated closely with Taylor Swift co-writing and producing much of her last three albums. This includes three Songs on the Grammy Award winning ‘1989’ which reached Number 1 in 12 Countries including the US and UK and was the best-selling album of 2014 as well as becoming certified 9x platinum in the US and selling over 15 million copies worldwide. Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album ‘Reputation’, which Jack Antonoff co-wrote and produced five songs on, was nominated for the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Vocal Album”, is 3x platinum in the US and has over 5 million sales worldwide.

With Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff co-wrote the US Number 1 ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ by Zayn and Taylor Swift, which featured as the Soundtrack to the 2017 film ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. Both of these singles reaching 4x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK.

The Catalogue also includes Sara Bareilles’ 3x US platinum ‘Brave’, Lorde’s ‘Green Light’ which is certified platinum in both the US and UK and Rachael Platten’s US platinum certified ‘Stand By You’.

Jack Antonoff has received significant critical acclaim, being nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, winning his fourth for his co-writing on the title track of St. Vincent’s fifth studio album ‘Masseducation’.  “Masseducation” along with Fun’s “Some Nights”, Taylor Swift’s “1989”, Lorde’s “Melodrama”, and Lana Del Ray’s “Norman Rockwell” are amongst the most critically acclaimed albums of their time. 

The co-owned Catalogue comprises the worldwide publishing and writer share of performance income for 188 songs including Jack Antonoff’s award winning and multi-platinum work with Fun., Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles and Lorde amongst others. Hipgnosis’ share of the Catalogue will be allocated to the C Shares.

Jack Antonoff is represented by Tyler Childs at Forward Artist Management and Gillian Bar of Carroll Guido Groffman Cohen Bar & Karalian, LLP. 

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“I consider Jack to be amongst the most elite creators of our time. The songs he has co-created with Fun, Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent and Lana Del Ray are sublime and the very best in pop music with integrity.  It’s a great privilege to welcome Jack and Tyler into the Hipgnosis Songs family and we are very excited to be working together.”

Jack Antonoff and his manager Tyler Childs said:

“It’s an honor to partner with the Hipgnosis Songs family. Merck and his team have a great reverence for the craft of songwriting and have created a home where artistic integrity is at the forefront. We look forward to this new chapter.”

About Jack Antonoff:

Jack Antonoff is a four-time GrammyAward-winning singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, as well as the creative force behind Bleachers. After serving as lead guitarist in multi-platinum band fun., Antonoff launched his solo project Bleachers in 2014 with the critically acclaimed debut album Strange Desire. The album found him setting emotional meditations on anxiety, depression, and loss against a backdrop of earworm melodies and massive choruses on songs like the gold-certified “I Wanna Get Better” (which topped Billboard’s Alternative chart) and the #3 Alternative radio hit “Rollercoaster.” Antonoff toured the world for a year and a half in support of Strange Desire, building a cult fan base for his cathartic, suburban influenced anthems. In 2017 Bleacher’s released their critically acclaimed sophomore album Gone Now, via RCA Records.

In addition to his work with Bleachers, Antonoff is an in-demand songwriter and producer for other artists, including Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, St. Vincent, Zayn, Sia, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sara Bareilles, Tegan & Sara, Kevin Abstract, Troye Sivan and Grimes. He also founded and curated the annual “Shadow of the City” music festival, which takes place in Antonoff’s home state of New Jersey in the parking lot of the Asbury Park Stone Pony.

Antonoff is also a passionate advocate for Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ rights, having recently collected signatures from 142 high-profile artists, writers, and creators to deliver a message to legislators in Texas considering anti-LGBTQ laws. He is a co-founder of The Ally Coalition (TAC), which encourages allies of the LGBTQ community to take action for LGBTQ equality and support its causes. TAC has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last few years for local LGBTQ homeless shelters around the US.

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2019

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2019

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited (“Hipgnosis” or the “Company”) Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2019 

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce the Company’s interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2019.

Operational Highlights

  • As at 30 September 2019 the Company had invested approximately £319.4 million through the acquisition of 27 Catalogues on a blended acquisition multiple of 12.84x historical annual net income, resulting in interests in 7,475 Songs
    • 1,061 Songs have held Number 1 positions in global charts
    • 4,027 Songs have help Top 10 positions in global charts
    • 15 Songs have won Grammy Awards
  • During the period £192.6 million of gross equity capital was raised through secondary placings of Ordinary Shares
    • Post period end £231.0 million of gross equity capital was raised through our first issue of C Shares
  • In September, the Company transferred its entire issued share capital to the Premium Listing Segment of the Official List of the FCA and to the London Stock Exchange’s Premium Segment of the Main Market
  • Since the period end the Company has invested a further £186.1 million through the acquisition of 15 Catalogues taking the total portfolio to 42 Catalogues, comprising 11,225 Songs, with a blended acquisition multiple of 12.99x historical annual net income
  • Our Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, is currently in advanced stage discussions on an investment pipeline of over £1 billion

Financial Highlights

  • Operative NAV increased by 5.0% to 108.46p (31 March 2019: 103.27p)
  • Fair value of Catalogues, as determined by the independent valuer, increased to £344.6 million representing
    • A fair value increase of £16.6 million (5.0%) since 31 March 2019
    • A fair value increase of £25.4 million (7.9%) on acquisition cost, of which £15.6 million has been driven by like-for-like valuation increases excluding the impact of changes to USD:GBP exchange rates 
  • Net revenue from the portfolio increased to £22.6 million which was ahead of management expectations
  • Adjusted1 EPS increased to 3.55 pence per Ordinary Share and fully covered dividends declared in respect of the period
  • At 30 September 2019, total dividends paid since launch on 11 July 2018 is 3.5p per Ordinary share representing a Total NAV Return of 11.96%
    • Dividends of 2.5p paid during the period representing a Total NAV Return of 7.45% for the 6 month period
    • Hipgnosis remains on track to achieve target dividend2 of 5 pence per Ordinary Share for the full financial year
  • Since 30 September, a second interim dividend of 1.25 pence per Ordinary Share has been declared and paid

Portfolio Highlights

  • Hipgnosis co-own five of the Billboard Magazine’s recently announced “Top 10 Songs of the Decade”: 
    • Number 1 – ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars which was Number 1 in 19 countries and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, is certified 11x platinum in the US and has been streamed over 1.1 billion times on Spotify alone.
    • Number 3 – ‘Shape of You’ by Ed Sheeran which was the best performing song of 2017 and was announced as the most streamed song of the decade after becoming the first song to reach 2 billion streams. ‘Shape of You’ topped the singles charts in 34 countries including the US where it remained Number 1 for a record equalling 16 consecutive weeks and is certified diamond in 5 countries including in the US.
    • Number 4 – ‘Closer’ by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey which reached Number 1 in over 10 countries and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks. It also became only the second song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to spend 32 weeks in the Top 10.
    • Number 5 – ‘Girls Like You’ by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B which topped the charts in 17 countries including spending 7 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
    • Number 9 – ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a record equalling 16 consecutive weeks and became the first Latin song to be certified diamond in the US.
  • ‘These Days’ co-written by Jamie Scott received the Ivor Novello award for ‘Most Performed Work’.
  • At the 2019 Billboard Awards:
    • The Chainsmokers took home the “Top Dance/Electronic Album” for their album ‘Sick Boy’ and “Top Dance/Electronic Artist”.
    • Panic! At the Disco were awarded “Top Rock Song” for ‘High Hopes’ and “Top Rock Album” for their album ‘Pray for the Wicked’, which Sam Hollander wrote nine songs on.
    • ‘Girls Like You’ by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, which was co-written by Starrah, won “Top Hot 100 Song”, “Top Selling Song”, “Top Radio Song” and “Top Collaboration”.
  • At time of writing, ‘High Hopes’, co-written by Sam Hollander, has spent 75 weeks in the Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart, with 41 of those being at Number 1. It is also arguably the most synced song of 2019.
  • Nile Rodgers curated ‘Meltdown 2019’ where he performed songs co-written with Bernard Edwards as Chic. David A. Stewart also launched his live show “The Eurythmics Songbook” at Meltdown 2019 to a sold out audience.
  • Jason Aldean earned his 23rd career and fourth consecutive radio chart topper with ‘Rearview Town’ off his Number 1 album ‘Rearview Town’ which was produced by Michael Knox. His new album ‘9’, which was included in the Michael Knox deal, is currently the Number 1 album on the Billboard sales chart and Number 2 on the Billboard 200 which combines sales and streaming. In addition to the producer royalties it includes four songs we co-own written by Jaron Boyer.
  • In November, Journey and David A. Stewart were announced as nominees for the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic had an incredibly successful summer tour of the UK and Europe and now continue to tour the US with Cher performing numerous hits from our Bernard Edwards Catalogue.
  • Celine Dion’s new album ‘Courage’ – including our single ‘Lying Down’ by Giorgio Tuinfort – is currently Top 5 all over the world and has just been Number 1 in the US.
  • Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ movie (and album) includes more than 14 of our songs and in addition to being a massive success has just been nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award.
  • Shawn Mendes continues his world tour – one of the most successful of 2019 globally – performing all of the songs we co-own via several of his co-writers.
  • Adele’s album ‘21’, which includes ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ co-written and produced by Fraser T. Smith, has reached 2.5 billion streams on Spotify alone.
  • Eurythmics – David A. Stewart and Annie Lennox reunited for the first time in 14 years for Sting’s Rainforest Fund benefit playing 3 Songs from our Portfolio.

(1) Excluding £1.5 million of exceptional expenses relating to the Working Capital Facility and Migration to the Premium Segment of the London Stock Exchange.

(2) This is a target only and there can be no assurance that the target can or will be met and should not be taken as an indication of the Company’s expected or actual future results.  Accordingly, potential investors should not place any reliance on this target in deciding whether or not to invest in the Company or assume that the company will make any distributions at all and should decide for themselves whether or not the target dividend yield is reasonable or achievable.

A copy of the Interim Report and Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements has been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM. The Interim Report and Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements will also shortly be available on the Company’s website at www.hipgnosissongs.com/ where further information on the Company can also be found.

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jeff Bhasker

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jeff Bhasker

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Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jeff Bhasker

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from the 5 times Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bhasker.

Jeff Bhasker has collaborated on some of the biggest, most successful and most influential songs of the last 15 years including co-writing and producing the top song of the decade as recently announced by Billboard magazine in their “Top 10 Songs of the Decade” chart with ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. ‘Uptown Funk’ reached Number 1 on the singles chart in 19 countries including the US where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks. It also has been certified 11x platinum in the US and has been streamed over 1.1 billion times on Spotify alone.

In 2008 to 2012 Jeff Bhasker collaborated closely with Kanye West on his US Number 1 and platinum album ‘808s & Heartbreak’, his US Number 1 and 2x platinum album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and the Jay Z and Kanye West collaboration US Number 1 album ‘Watch The Throne’ which was certified platinum in the US. This included co-writing and producing Kanye West’s ‘All of the Lights’ featuring Rihanna, which was nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song”, and is certified 4x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK, ‘Run This Town’ by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West which won “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song” at the 2009 Grammy Awards as well being certified 2x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK where it reached Number 1 in the singles chart, ‘Love Lockdown’ by Kanye West which is 3x platinum certified in the US, ‘Power’ by Kanye West which is 2x platinum certified in the US, ‘Amazing’ by Kanye West featuring Young Jeezy which is platinum certified in the US, ‘Runaway’ by Kanye West featuring Pusha T which is platinum certified in the US as well as playing credits on the US platinum certified hit ‘Monster’ by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver.

Jeff Bhasker co-wrote and produced Fun’s 2012 album ‘Some Nights’, which was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including all three singles. The first single from the album ‘We Are Young’ featuring Janelle Monáe received three Grammy Award nominations, winning “Song of the Year” as well reaching Number 1 in 10 countries including the US and UK and being certified diamond in the US and 2x platinum in the UK. This was followed with the next two singles ‘Some Nights’ and ‘Carry On’ achieving 7x platinum and 2x platinum certifications in the US respectively. Jeff Bhasker worked again with Nate Ruess, lead singer of Fun, co-writing and producing the 4x US platinum and 2x UK platinum hit ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ by Pink featuring Nate Ruess which reached Number 1 in 19 countries including the US and on the US platinum hit ‘Headlights’ by Eminem featuring Nate Ruess.

Jeff Bhasker produced four songs on Bruno Mars’ US and UK Number 1 album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ which won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and is certified 4x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK. This included producing the Grammy Award nominated and US Number 1 ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ which is certified 7x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK and the US platinum singles ‘Young Girls’ and ‘Gorilla’.

In 2012, Bhasker co-wrote and produced two singles off Alicia Key’s US Number 1 and platinum certified album ‘Girl on Fire’ including the headline single ‘Girls on Fire’ which is certified platinum in the UK.

The Catalogue also includes Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’ which is 4x platinum certified in the US and 3x platinum certified in the UK and having been streamed over 1.3 billion times is the 13th most streamed song of all time, Drake’s ‘Find Your Love’ which is 3x platinum certified in the US, Harry Styles’ UK Number 1 ‘Sign Of The Times’ which is certified 2x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK, Cam’s ‘Burning House’ which is certified 2x platinum in the US and four songs on Lana Del Rey’s album ‘Born to Die’ which is 3x platinum certified in the UK and platinum certified in the US as well as songs with Beyoncé, Snoop Dog, The Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift.

In coordination with Bhasker’s management company Crescent Drive Productions and its Founder Neil Jacobson, Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Jeff Bhasker’s interest in his catalogue which comprises 436 songs. This Catalogue will be allocated to the C Shares

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“You would be hard pressed to name a creator of the last 20 years that is more important than Jeff. He has been an essential part of amongst the most culturally important and commercially successful recordings of our time with Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, Drake, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Pink, Eminem, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Ray and so many others he has rewritten the rule book on how art makes it to Number 1. I am ecstatic to welcome Jeff and Neil into the Hipgnosis family.”

Neil Jacobson said:

“Merck is an art collector with a keen eye for masterpieces rather than say a commodities guy who is just valuing income streams. I realize when you zoom out they probably are pretty close to the same thing but it makes a difference to me and to my artists to know that whoever is acquiring this great music understands it and loves it.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
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

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from  Fraser T. Smith

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Fraser T. Smith

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Fraser T. Smith

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from British songwriter and producer, Fraser T. Smith who has co-written, mixed and produced seven UK Number 1 and two US Number 1 singles, as well as contributing to 17 Number 1 albums.

Fraser T. Smith co-wrote and produced ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ from Adele’s 2011 album ‘21’ which was crowned by Billboard 200 Albums as the “Greatest of All Time” and is the best selling album of the 21st century. In addition to winning the Grammy Award for “Best Solo Pop Performance”, ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ achieved 13 Number 1s and 35 Top 10s globally including in the US and UK and was certified 4x Platinum in the US and 2x Platinum in the UK and has been streamed over 480 million times on Spotify alone. Fraser T. Smith was also co-writer and co-executive producer on Stormzy’s seminal UK Number 1 album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, which was “British Album of the Year” at the 2018 Brit awards and became the first grime album in history to reach UK Number one as well as achieving six Top 10 chart positions globally, including co-writing and producing the seminal Platinum certified single ‘Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2’.

Fraser T. Smith is also responsible for ‘Break your Heart’ by Taio Cruz, co-written and produced by Fraser T. Smith, which reached Number 1 in 4 countries including the UK and the US where it was certified 3x Platinum (167 million Spotify streams); ‘Broken Strings’ by James Morrison featuring Nelly Furtado which achieved four Number 1 chart positions globally (165 million Spotify streams); and ‘Number 1’ by Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz which was Number 1 and certified Platinum in the UK (31 million Spotify streams). He also co-wrote and produced on Jesse & Joy’s album ‘Un Besito Más’ which was nominated as ‘Album Of The Year’ in 2015 at the Latin Grammy’s and won for ‘Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album’ and ‘Best Latin Pop Album’.

The Catalogue also includes his collaborations with Kano, where he was a co-writer and producer on his 2016 MOBO Award winning album ‘Made In The Manor’; Sam Smith, on his 9x Platinum and Grammy nominated Number 1 album ‘In The Lonely Hour’. Fraser T. Smith has also co-written and produced for Dave, Plan B, Cee Lo Green and Craig David.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Fraser T. Smith’s worldwide writer share of performance income of his Catalogue which comprises of 298 songs.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“It’s an honour to welcome Fraser T. Smith and Sarah T. Smith to the Hipgnosis family. Every time I hear one of Fraser’s songs they always feel special. He writes and produces enormously successful songs that make popular music not only special but culturally important.”

Fraser T. Smith said:

“Merck’s pedigree as a music industry executive, manager and visionary is almost unprecedented – and above all, he truly realises the value of the song in popular culture. I’m excited to be part of the Hipgnosis family, and know that this part of my songwriting catalogue is in very safe hands.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
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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For media enquiries: 

The Outside Organisation: 020 7436 3633

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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

American Express presents BST Hyde Park announce Pearl Jam

American Express presents BST Hyde Park announce Pearl Jam

American Express presents BST Hyde Park announce Pearl Jam

American Express presents BST Hyde Park have announced another mammoth headliner for 2020, with US rock titans Pearl Jam set to play the festival on Friday 10th July. They will be supported by Pixies and White Reaper – more be announced.

Pearl Jam will take to Hyde Park in a UK Exclusive live performance for 2020. They are the second act to be announced and join the ultimate girl band Little Mix who will headline BST Hyde Park on Saturday 4th July.

Joining Pearl Jam are fellow US rock legends, Pixies. Formed in 1986, Pixies have inspired a wealth of bands since including Nirvana, Radiohead, two past BST Hyde Park headliners The Strokes and Blur – and even a future one, Pearl Jam. Renowned for their incredible live shows, fronted by the mesmeric Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago, David Lowering and newest member Paz Lenchantin, this your chance to hear ‘Debaser’, ‘Gigantic’, ‘Here Comes Your Man’ and ‘Where Is My Mind?’ in all their glory plus newer songs from their 2019 album Beneath The Eyrie.

Hailing from Louisville in Kentucky, White Reaper will bring the rock & roll to Hyde Park on 10th July. The early stage of their existence sprinkled bubblegum hooks and psychedelic weirdness over their short, energetic garage punk songs. Formed by singer/guitarist Tony Esposito and twin brothers Nick and Sam Wilkerson while they were still teens, the group released its first single in 2013 ‘Conspirator/The Cut’. Their latest album You Deserve Love was released last month. 

From 10am Monday 2 December until 9.30am Saturday 7 December 2019, eligible American Express®Cardmembers can exclusively purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Visit axs.com/bstpearljamamexpresale to book. T&Cs apply.

Formed in Seattle in 1990, Pearl Jam were one of the pioneers of the alternative rock movement that changed music forever. Lead by the superstar frontman Eddie Vedder, their breakout debut album Ten, released in 1991, had a lasting impact on the scene, achieving the group mainstream success. They’ve inspired countless bands with their hits, including ‘Black’, ‘Jeremy’, ‘ Alive’ and ‘Rearviewmirror’. 

They’ve also been hugely commercially successful with more than 85 million albums sold worldwide and they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, which was their first year of eligibility. 

Since 1990, they have cultivated a reputation for being one of the most incredible live acts of all time. From the very first time they performed in front of a live audience at the Off Ramp, Seattle in 1990, right up to today, they have set a bar of excellence that few are able to surpass. Rolling Stone listed them as one of the ‘Top Ten Live Acts Of All Time’ in its readers’ poll in 2011. Last year, the band performed two nights at the O2 Arena in London to rave reviews, with Classic Rock calling their last London show an “astonishing end-of-tour blow out”. 

Releasing their tenth studio album ‘Lightning Bolt’ in 2013, 2020 marks 30 years since the band’s formation and Hyde Park is going to be one hell of a celebration. 

Tickets are on general sale at 10am on Saturday 7th December with presale tickets also available before

Pearl Jam Amex & Fanclub presale will go on sale  Monday 2nd December at 10am

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Pearl Jam BST presale will open Thursday 5th December at 10am

Sign up here: https://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/pearl-jam-presale

Pearl Jam General sale will be Saturday 7th December at 10amTickets available here: https://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/10-july-pearl-jam

Dr. Feelgood turns 30

Dr. Feelgood turns 30

Dr. Feelgood turns 30

The world’s most notorious rock band, Mötley Crüe, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Dr. Feelgood – watch a teaser here. With charting hit singles including “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Without You,” “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” and “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.),” Dr. Feelgood has been the band’s biggest album to date. The record has sold more than six million copies in the U.S. alone going 6x platinum, is certified 3x platinum in Canada, Gold in the UK and in Switzerland and spent 109 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at #1. The band also earned Grammy nominations for “Dr. Feelgood” (1990) and “Kickstart My Heart”(1991) in the Best Rock Performance category and won Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album for the record at the American Music Awards (1991). 

In addition to being the biggest album of the band’s career, Dr. Feelgood has had a tremendous effect on pop culture. Inspired by Nikki Sixx’ near-death overdose, the autobiographical “Kickstart My Heart” dives into the band’s sobriety. Over the last 30 years, Sixx has used his platform to be a part of the drug awareness and recovery conversation, an issue which continues to be relevant today more than ever. 

Says Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx: “After feeling robbed of a #1 album with Girls Girls Girls, the band was hell bent on topping ourselves on every level. Bringing in Bob Rock to produce and push us musically and lyrically was just what the doctor ordered…..The band was clean, lean and sober and this album has some of our proudest work.”

Mötley Crüe has not only influenced musical trends, but have also played a key role in the fashion culture of the 80’s. Their iconic imagery continues to be a staple with rock apparel and fashion brands. In honor of its 30th anniversary, and in response to the frequent call from fans for more classic Mötley Crüe, an anniversary line of Dr. Feelgood apparel featuring the album’s iconic artwork will be available. Furthermore, on December 20th, a 30th Anniversary edition is being released featuring new CD and vinyl packaging as well as a deluxe edition including colored vinyl, three 7” picture discs, Dr. bag, deck of cards, prescription notepad and drumstick pens, pins, guitar picks, band aids, and more. For all offerings, please visit www.motley.com.

The big Dr. Feelgood anniversary comes on the heels of the band’s big comeback announcement #MotleyCrueIsBack.  Spurred on by the hugely successful Netflix biopic “The Dirt” which tells the cautionary tale of the world’s most notorious rock band, the comeback is for the new generation of fans created by the biopic. The movie they thought would never get made is confounding all of the critics, as Mötley Crüe finds a new audience, who have given “The Dirt” a 95% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “It’s great seeing another new generation discovering this classic album since our hit movie “The Dirt” on Netflix…” adds Sixx. The film is based on the band’s 2001 biography by the same name. After the movie launched earlier this year the book re-entered the New York Times Top 10 bestseller lists 18 years after its original release. 

Viewers of the movie took to Shazam, Apple Music, and Spotify to discover/re-discover Mötley Crüe’s catalogue. The momentum of the film caused rapid growth with Google Searches increasing by 4300% and sales going up by 2000%, with albums including The Dirt Soundtrack,Dr. FeelgoodToo Fast For Love, and Greatest Hits charting on iTunes since the release of the film.

Fans can also listen to The Dirt as an audiobook now for the first time. Like the movie, the book/audiobook gives fans glimpses into the band’s crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, roller-coaster drug addictions, and immortal music. The autobiography of Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars features the full spectrum of sin and success, as well as a cautionary tale about the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. 

Yusuf Islam Receives Lifetime Achievement Award For decades of service to humanity

Yusuf Islam Receives Lifetime Achievement Award For decades of service to humanity

Yusuf Islam Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
For decades of service to humanity

Last night, Yusuf Islam received the Lifetime Achievement Award at The TRT World Citizen Awards, hosted in Istanbul. The awards recognises incredible individuals from around the world who have been engaged in groundbreaking and remarkable work in service to humanity. Yusuf, who is widely known as his stage name ‘Cat Stevens’, has been awarded for his contributions to society through service and leadership. 

Yusuf says, “What’s going on all over the world right now, with street protests and disturbances everywhere, must wake us up. The unfair economic imbalance in the world, alongside the waves of deadly pollution enveloping our planet, are not sustainable. Thank God there are people – like those here – who are working against those powerful currents, to overturn the harm being done.

He has been involved consistently in remarkable humanitarian endeavors since he stopped performing in 1978 to focus on his philanthropic work. His timeless hits as ‘Cat Stevens’ in the 1970s that made him the voice of his generation – with songs such as ‘Wild World’, ‘Father and Son’ and ‘Peace Train’ connecting with people all over the world, just as his charity work does.

Yusuf gave a final performance under his stage name at the 1979 UNICEF International Year of the Child Concert, then auctioned off all his instruments to charity. His humanitarian work expanded with time. In 1985, in response to the famine and floods in Sudan and Ethiopia, he established an international aid agency. Soon it was assisting refugees in War torn Afghanistan and Palestine. When the civil conflict in Bosnia escalated in 1992, Yusuf was involved in delivering assistance to those displaced from their homes. This was just the beginning and from then to present day, Yusuf has worked tirelessly for humanity. 

In 2004, he was presented with the ‘Man of Peace’ award by Mikhail Gorbachev for “alleviating the suffering of thousands of children and dedicating himself to promoting peace.” Later that year, Yusuf travelled to Indonesia to set up offices and deliver aid to survivors after the tsunamis claimed over 250,000 lives in the region. 

Forward to November 2019, the first action of Yusuf’s Global Peace Train Project was announced. The Peace Train volunteers participated in the planting of 11 million saplings across 2,023 locations in Turkey. The event was part of the “Breath for the Future” campaign, a massive reforestation initiative that will be observed annually and highlights the country’s commitment to a greener future. 

The TRT World Citizen Awards’ attendees came from around the world in the fields of politics, academia, arts and entertainment, humanitarian aid, and business. The Director General of TRT, Ibrahim Eren, opened the night with a presentation on the work of TRT World Citizen during the last year. This was followed by a key speech by Turkey’s First Lady, Emine Erdogan, who also presented Yusuf with his award. 

Four awards were conferred in the categories of Education, Communication and Lifetime Achievement, and the special honour: “Citizen of the Year”. The night also included the three finalists of TRT World Citizen’s inSHORT Film Competition, which received over three thousand submissions of creative short films from 110 countries representing the plight of child refugees. 

TRT World Citizen is the philanthropic arm of TRT World highlighting global humanitarian issues, and individuals who are working tirelessly to make the world a better place.

For more information about the Forum, visit http://researchcentre.trtworld.com/forum/forum-201

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The Outside Organisation 
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EAST END LEGENDS IRON MAIDEN & WEST HAM UNITED UNVEIL FOOTBALL KIT COLLABORATION

EAST END LEGENDS IRON MAIDEN & WEST HAM UNITED UNVEIL FOOTBALL KIT COLLABORATION

EAST END LEGENDS IRON MAIDEN & WEST HAM UNITED UNVEIL FOOTBALL KIT COLLABORATION

Die With Your Boots On is the name of a unique collaboration between Iron Maiden and West Ham United. Named after the 1983 song of the same name and driven by die-hard West Ham fan and founder member of the band Steve Harris, this partnership brings together two institutions with shared origins in London’s East End.

Harris has been flying the flag for West Ham on stage for decades, with his bass guitar even featuring the club’s iconic logo. His love for the Hammers goes back to 1965, as he recollects, “I went to see West Ham play against Newcastle when I was 9 and my mate was 10. We jumped on a bus and went to the game, and they won 4-3 and that was it. I was hooked!”

Many Maiden fans around the world have embraced Harris’ passion for West Ham and taken up support for the club themselves, often appearing at concerts in Hammers apparel. Steve added, “When I’m up there playing and I see fans in the audience wearing West Ham stuff it gives me goosebumps.”

Tracey Stratton, Licensing Manager at West Ham, was aware of the phenomenon. “One weekend last summer our club shop was inundated with rock fans from all across the globe, and we realised that Iron Maiden were playing two sold out shows at the O2. It makes perfect sense to launch this collaboration, and with Steve’s passion for it and attention to detail it has been amazing.”

Harris is very proud of the tie up with West Ham and was deeply involved in the design process, commenting, “I think it’s brilliant. I really love that version and colour of the crest, and that old classic kind of kit. It’s a modern shape but with a retro design, and I like that. Up the Irons!”

A full home kit will be available to fans around the world, who can now show their love for both institutions with one unique homage to the Irons. Steve launched the kit with West Ham and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, who added, “Iron Maiden are a huge icon back home in South America and it’s great for fans of West Ham and the band to be able to show their support for both!”

The kit is available to order now from maiden.store/whu and www.officialwesthamstore.com. A limited number of shirts will also be made available in the West Ham store at the London Stadium upon release.

Nick Caley || Director of Corporate Communications

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SERINE KARTHAGE RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘RHONDA’

SERINE KARTHAGE RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘RHONDA’

SERINE KARTHAGE RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘RHONDA’

After a hiatus from the music scene due to a set-back, 24-year-old Serine Karthage returns with new single ‘Rhonda’ premiered on Complex. shortly followed by another new single next month and EP in January 2020.

Her uniqueness is a blend of her Tunisian heritage coupled with her London/Harrow Road upbringing where she was in a multicultural, streetwise environment merging a sound that is undoubtably the vibrations and movements of London, joined with the cultural sounds she has been surrounded by her whole life. A flamboyant character, she naturally draws you to her, it’s the unfiltered, cheeky, but kind-hearted soul that shines through her music.

‘Rhonda’ will be her second single following on from ‘Ruler’. It shows her off as an all-rounded artist with a full skill-set as a singer, songwriter, rapper and producer. The single shows a different side to her, where fans can get to know her a bit more personally. She shows a certain vulnerability, along with her strength and spirituality drawing you to her.

 Described as a ‘human cartoon’ the video for ‘Rhonda’ encompasses this set in 3D animation showing off her lyrics as well as her personality and how Serine is as a person, capturing the essence of her true self.

 “Rhonda was about finding my inner voice. Written 3 years ago now and during a period where I was homeless along with other songs written at the time such as ‘Ruler’, it was dedicated to fighting against people who would bring me to my demise during a time of vulnerability”.

Watch out for Serine Karthage’s next single ‘Fucked Up Today’.

 Watch Serine Karthage ‘Rhonda’ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KhzqAu3dkSM  

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MELODYVR TO RELEASE FOUR NEW EXTRAORDINARY SHOWS THIS THANKSGIVING

MELODYVR TO RELEASE FOUR NEW EXTRAORDINARY SHOWS THIS THANKSGIVING

MELODYVR TO RELEASE FOUR NEW EXTRAORDINARY SHOWS THIS THANKSGIVING

MelodyVR, the leading virtual reality music platform, has announced the Thanksgiving release of fantastic performances from The Head and the Heart, Zedd, Young Thug and Trippie Redd. All exclusively available in immersive 360° virtual reality via the MelodyVR app for smartphone or Oculus VR headset, these shows will be released on Thursday, November 28 via smartphones and VR headset. The MelodyVR app can be downloaded at on.melodyvr.com/App.

The Head and the Heart

The Sylvee, Madison, WI

Filmed at Madison, WI’s premier new concert venue, The Sylvee, The Head and the Heart perform fan favorites “Lost in My Mind” and “Rivers and Roads” as well as new hits “Honeybee”, “See You Through My Eyes” and “Missed Connection” from their latest album, Living Mirage. “It’s a pretty cool thing to be able to give anyone that hasn’t ever had a chance to see us live an opportunity to experience our show right up front, on the stage,” said the band. “And even for those that have traveled city by city with us, we hope that watching our show in VR will be a different, intimate experience.”

The Head and the Heart’s Living Mirage, the band’s fourth full-length album, was released on Warner Records/ Reprise Records to critical praise earlier this year. The album’s lead single “Missed Connection” went on to earn the #1 position on the AAA Chart, Mediabase and BDS alternative charts and Alternative Charts. This marks the band’s second #1 at Alternative, having previously landed the position for “All We Ever Knew” (Signs of Light), which also held the #1 spot at AAA for nine straight weeks in 2016. Initially self-released in 2011, The Head and the Heart’s self-titled breakout debut produced instant classics including “Rivers and Roads,” “Down in the Valley” and “Lost in My Mind” (#1 at AAA) and is now Certified Gold. Their last two albums, 2013’s Let’s Be Still and 2016’s Signs of Light, settled into Billboard’s Top 10 albums chart, with Signs of Light securing the #1 position on Rock Album Charts. They have appeared in Cameron Crowe’s Roadies, with music featured in countless other commercials, films and TV, among them Corona, Silver Linings Playbook and more. The band has established their status as a touring powerhouse, having landed prime time mainstage slots at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. In total, the band has performed 15 times on national television including appearances on Ellen, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Austin City Limits with more to come in the coming months.

WATCH “HONEYBEE” TEASER FROM THIS PERFORMANCE

Zedd

LA State Historical Park, LA

“Zedd In The Park was one of my favorite shows this year and I’m so excited for my fans to be able to experience it in such a cool way with MelodyVR,” said Zedd. Thanks to MelodyVR, Zedd fans can now be up close and personal at one of the most talked-about Zedd shows in recent memory. Viewers can choose their spot at LA State Historical Park and witness an anthem-packed performance-of-a-lifetime from the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer. A celebration of electronic music with spectacular visuals, it’s easy to see why Zedd described the now annual Zedd in the Park one-day festival as “The biggest show of my career.

Young Thug

Wireless Festival, London

The iconoclastic Atlanta rapper, whose influence helped birth a whole new subgenre of rap music, dominates this London festival stage in this famous performance. With MelodyVR, fans will find themselves front and center for a totally electric performance from one of the most exciting rappers of the decade.

Trippie Redd

Wireless Festival, London

Renowned for his horror movie visuals and emo-rap sound, this UK performance is one like no other. Fans can have fun spotting the KISS and Marilyn Manson punk-metal influences in the energy of this Ohio rapper’s festival set.

Rita Ora, Kesha and Zara Larsson join LITTLE MIX at BST Hyde Park

Rita Ora, Kesha and Zara Larsson join LITTLE MIX at BST Hyde Park

Rita Ora, Kesha and Zara Larsson join LITTLE MIX at BST Hyde Park 

This week, American Express presents BST Hyde Park announced the biggest girl band in the world Little Mix as the first headliner for 2020. The foursome, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall, are hitting the capital on 4th July! 
Now there will be even more girl power at BST Hyde Park, with special guests Rita OraKesha and Zara Larsson added to the line up, plus more to be announced. This is a bill that celebrates female artists by putting them at the centre.

With her soulful vocals and joyful energy, British-Albanian singer Rita Ora made her debut in 2012 when she appeared on number 1 single ‘Hot Right Now’ with DJ Fresh. She stayed at the top of the UK charts with her first album Ora and since then, Rita has become one of the UK’s most loved female talents for so many reasons. She wowed as the host for the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards when it took place in London and was celebrated as a judge on both ITV’s The X Factor and BBC talent show The Voice in 2015. Her last single ‘Let You Love Me’, taken from her triumphant sophomore effort Phoenix in 2018, was her 13th UK top ten hit. And then there’s the 1.3 billion streams her songs have enjoyed on Spotify alone…

LA singer Kesha is continuing the party on 4th July! She raced to the top of the charts with her 2009 debut single ‘TiK ToK’, along with other party anthems ‘We R Who We R’ and ‘Your Love Is My Drug’ – also bringing the best glitter-filled live shows of the 2010s. Seven years on, Kesha offered to the world Rainbow – an emotional and authentic album full of raw deep cuts. She’s now returned to her pop roots and earlier this month, released her celebratory new song ‘My Own Dance,’ the latest single off her upcoming album High Road.

Also joining the girls at BST Hyde Park is the Swedish phenomenon, Zara Larsson. Ever since she first broke out, at age 10, as the winner of a Swedish X-Factor style TV show, Zara has never been shy about her ambitions for superstardom. She’s been doggedly working her way toward global dominance since then, collaborating with everyone from BTS to Clean Bandit and David Guetta. At just 21, Larsson is a modern day music icon and provided the soundtrack to everyone’s summer with hits like ‘Lush Life’ and ‘Never Forget You’. Her most recent LP, So Good, was streamed over 3 billion times on Spotify.

Over the past 8 years, Little Mix have achieved the extraordinary – forming as a group on X Factor in 2011 and winning the series, to becoming genuine global stars. Now, they are headlining American Express presentsBST Hyde Park – a festival that has featured some of their biggest idols – in the city where it all began. In 2014, the group supported the legendary Tom Jones and now they return for their own show with the headliner status they deserve.

The news comes after the group’s triumphant European tour LM5: The Tour which included an incredible 5 nights at The O2 in London, with a surprise guest appearance from grime king Stormzy. Their latest album ‘LM5’ was released in 2018 and includes hit single ‘Woman Like Me’, and standout tracks ‘Strip’ and ‘Wasabi’.

Little Mix have grown into both pop superstars and incredible role models for their young fans since they formed in 2011. They have released 5 albums and array of pop smashes like ‘Black Magic’, ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, ‘Power’, ‘Touch’ and ‘Secret Love Song’, plus collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Stormzy, Missy Elliott, Jason Derulo and more. They have won 2 BRIT Awards, earned themselves 4 UK no.1 singles and their 2016 album ‘Glory Days’ spent an impressive 5 weeks at the top spot in the UK albums chart.

Next summer, Little Mix fans can come together to celebrate their biggest festival headlining show yet at American Express presents BST Hyde Park. More artists to be announced.

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.

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 Nationaland 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 sale now
Ticket prices from £65 +BF

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HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES ANNOUNCE 2020 UK TOUR

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES ANNOUNCE 2020 UK TOUR

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES ANNOUNCE 2020 UK TOUR

American rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires announce a UK tour for September 2020. Rock and roll royalty Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp and shock rock icon Alice Cooper tour in support of their critically acclaimed new studio album “Rise”.
 
Taking in Leeds, Glasgow, London and Birmingham, they will be tearing up a venue near you in September next year.  The three legends first came together to record in 2015, bonding over a shared love of their favourite songs and a desire to celebrate their ‘dead, drunk friends’ by playing the songs of the fallen heroes.  Riotous performances ensued around the world.
 
Alice Cooper, “This show has something for everyone.  I like to joke that The Vampires are the world’s most expensive bar band, but what a lot of people don’t realise is that this is a real rock band, not just some novelty.  I wouldn’t keep doing it if it weren’t such a great band.  Everybody gets along, the musical chemistry is as good as it gets and the show will be the highest energy hard rock shows you will see all year.  I never get tired of playing with these guys!”
 
Joe Perry, “I’m looking forward to be getting back on the road with the guys in the Vampires this summer. It’s going to be great to get to play a bunch of tunes from our new album as well as a few from our dead, drunk friends. The last tour we were firing on all cylinders and it’s because of the great support from our fans that we really push the pedal to the floor. You can expect much of the same in September. We can’t wait to get over and prove it.”
 
Joining Hollywood Vampires are special guests Primal Scream a band that has demonstrated a savvy for keeping themselves current throughout their 30-year career. Their latest album, Chaosmosis was a top 20 success, while their live performances show no signs of slowing down either. Frontman Bobby Gillespie continues to wield a striking presence, leading his iconic band through their extensive back catalogue from the Mercury Prize winning Screamadelica and Vanishing Point to XTRMNTR and the David Holmes produced More Light. 
 
Earlier this year, Hollywood Vampires completed a triumphant seven-city North American tour which included a sell-out show at the famous Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and were voted the “best performance” of 2018 at London’s Wembley Arena.
 
An exclusive glimpse behind the scenes on the road can be found in the video taken from the recent album “I Want My Now”.
 
The 16-track album “Rise,” produced by Tommy Henriksen and the Hollywood Vampires, is one of the purest, most unapologetic and enjoyable rock and roll albums of the year, made by masters of the craft and true fans of the form. Unlike their 2015 debut record, the new album consists mainly of original material, written by the band.

There are however, in the spirit of the Vampires’ original mission, three covers of songs originally written and recorded by legendary rockers who died far too young. “Rise” has been released on earMUSIC this June.
 
Hollywood Vampires ‘Rise’ UK tour 2020:
September:
Wed 2 – Leeds First Direct Arena
Thur 3 – Glasgow Hydro
Sat 5 – London O2 Arena
Sun 6 – Birmingham Arena
 
Tickets on general sale this Friday 29th November at 10am, with O2 Presale and SSE Rewards tickets on sale Wednesday 27th November at 10am. 
 
A limited number of VIP packages will be available starting Wednesday November 27th.  VIP packages may include a ticket in the first 3 rows, a personal photograph and meet & greet with the band and more.
 
AXS: http://www.axs.com/uk/series/10290/hollywood-vampires-tickets?skin=aegpresentsuk
 
AEG: www.aegpresents.co.uk/hollywoodvampires
 
GET THE ALBUM “RISE” HERE: 
https://HollywoodVampires.lnk.to/Rise
 
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Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited announce the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value has increased

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited announce the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value has increased

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited announce the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value has increased

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that, following the Company’s semi-annual valuation of its Song Portfolio by an independent valuer, the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value (‘Operative NAV’) as at 30 September 2019 has increased by 5.03% to 108.46 pence per Ordinary Share (31 March 2019: 103.27 pence).

The Group expects to announce its interim results for the 6 months ended 30 September 2019 on 11 December 2019.

At 30 September 2019 the Company had no C Shares in issue therefore the first NAV for the C Shares to be published, unless already converted, will be as at 31 March 2020.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“This is an excellent NAV result, and together with the dividends paid reflects a 7.45% Total NAV Return for our shareholders for the first half of the year and a Total NAV Return of 11.96% since Hipgnosis launched 16 months ago. This is a testament to the great power of not only our songs but music and proven songs in general and supports our thesis that songs are a new asset class to be taken as seriously as gold and oil. Our results are not only positive news for Hipgnosis and our shareholders but for all songwriters.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020 First headliner announced

American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020 First headliner announced

American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020
First headliner announced

American Express presents BST Hyde Park announce the biggest girl band in the world Little Mix as the first headliner for 2020. The foursome, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall, are hitting the capital on 4th July! 

Little Mix say: “We’re so excited to perform at BST Hyde Park. It’s such a massive gig with a huge crowd, so it’s definitely going to be one of our 2020 highlights. We’ve been to see acts at BST before and it’s always such a party atmosphere. We’ll be bringing that to our set next year for sure!”

Over the past 8 years, Little Mix have achieved the extraordinary – forming as a group on X Factor in 2011 and winning the series, to becoming genuine global stars. Now, they are headlining American Express presentsBST Hyde Park – a festival that has featured some of their biggest idols – in the city where it all began. In 2014, the group supported the legendary Tom Jones and now they return for their own show with the headliner status they deserve. 

The news comes after the group’s triumphant European tour LM5: The Tour which included an incredible 5 nights at The O2 in London, with a surprise guest appearance from grime king Stormzy. Their latest album ‘LM5’ was released in 2018 and includes hit single ‘Woman Like Me’, and standout tracks ‘Strip’ and ‘Wasabi’.

From 9am Monday 25 November until 8.30am Thursday 28 November 2019, 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.

Little Mix have grown into both pop superstars and incredible role models for their young fans since they formed in 2011. They have released 5 albums and array of pop smashes like ‘Black Magic’, ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, ‘Power’, ‘Touch’ and ‘Secret Love Song’, plus collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Stormzy, Missy Elliott, Jason Derulo and more. They have won 2 BRIT Awards, earned themselves 4 UK no.1 singles and their 2016 album ‘Glory Days’ spent an impressive 5 weeks at the top spot in the UK albums chart. 

They have always flown the flag for their LGBTQ+ fans and have been accoladed in the LGBTQ+ community, having won the ‘Changemakers’ category at the 2019 British LGBT Awards and receiving the ‘Honorary Gay Award’ at the Attitude Awards the previous year. 

Little Mix have just announced a brand new TV series for BBC One in 2020, Little Mix The Search. The series, made by ModestTV, will see the band creating bands and becoming mentors to a new wave of talent. The singers who make it into new bands will live together and gain access to Little Mix’s inner circle who have contributed to their phenomenal success, including vocal coaches, song writers, producers and stylists.

Next summer, Little Mix fans can come together to celebrate their biggest festival headlining show yet at American Express presents BST Hyde Park. More artists to be announced. 

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. 

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 Nationaland 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 sale Thursday 28th November at 9am

Ticket prices from £65 +BF

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Tiny Boost ‘Street Dreams’ Mixtape Out Now

Tiny Boost ‘Street Dreams’ Mixtape Out Now

Tiny Boost ‘Street Dreams’ Mixtape Out Now

Tiny Boost today releases his highly anticipated album ‘Street Dreams’ along with the title track/video released tonight on Link Up TV at 8pm. 

Peckham’s and SN1’s most coveted and respected lyricists showcases his ‘Street Dreams’ throughout this album with a smoother delivery than you’ve seen from him before whilst still packing the same heat. It maps out what it means coming from the street to having dreams that will take you away from the roads.

Tiny Boost displays his different styles, how he can command any beat and how he has perfected his craft. The ‘Intro’, a hard, street-laced track talks about survival and fighting for his music and introduces us into his world “I’m from the Narm may I remind you, Real shit in every line that I write you, I’m coming for the title”. Whilst ‘Street Dreams’ has a much smoother production laced with deep thoughts, ambitions and confidence. Ain’t Been Got’ featuring Giggs is a straight up road rap anthem, whilst ‘Chrome Pipes’ featuring another rap favourite, Snap Capone, let’s Boost take control of the beat, where he also goes back to back with Snap. ‘Peckham Krazy’ takes it to a drill anthem with Zone 2’s PS & Kwengface joining the wordsmith to add an extra layer to his exceptional talent and level of rap. 

This year has seen Peckham’s prince of rap feature on Rapman’s Blue Story soundtrack along with joining the Landlord Giggs on his UK leg on his tour from November 25th, finishing on Friday 6th December at the SSE Arena Wembley.

 Launching his music career in the mid 2000’s in PYG, he caught the attention of his mentor Giggs where they recorded a collaborative mixtape ‘Who Said Dat,’ and he also featured on his momentous debut album ‘Walk In Da Park’. The buzz around him grew dramatically, but an 8-year prison stint interfered with his plans. More driven and determined after his return than ever, Boost came back with his first mixtape ‘Strictly For The Streets’ and has now matured and upped his game even further with this project with gritty, real-life lyrics and intelligent bars, keeping his authenticity.

“Street Dreams is a summary of someone living the street life of what they go through to get to life of luxury, some of it good, some of it bad, some of it ugly.”
 

Street Dreams Mixtape – https://TinyBoost.lnk.to/StreetDreamsSo

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BANG BANG ROMEO Organise benefit show in aid of South Yorkshire ‘FLOOD HELP!’

BANG BANG ROMEO Organise benefit show in aid of South Yorkshire ‘FLOOD HELP!’

BANG BANG ROMEO Organise benefit show in aid of South Yorkshire ‘FLOOD HELP!’

Doncaster based band Bang Bang Romeo have set up a crowd funder for the South Yorkshire flood victims and will be hosting and performing at a benefit event this Thursday 21st November. Hoping to raise awareness and funds to repair the damage done to their town, the band will perform two live sets and have pulled together lots of help from their friends.

Having had a busy 2019 releasing their debut album ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ and performing at stadiums throughout the summer with P!NK, this week Bang Bang Romeo return home to play a humble village hall helping their neighbours and townsfolk.

The band have hired their local village community centre Coronation Club in Armthorpe and arranged to put on a full day’s benefit concert in aid of the flood victims of South Yorkshire and the band’s hometown Doncaster.

They will also be running an auction of memorabilia plus a host of other fundraising incentives including a raffle with gifts generously donated from the community.
They have been working on organising a fundraiser since their Christmas concert at Meadowhall a few weeks ago (7th November) was cancelled due to the start of the flooding that has devastated the region.

The band were moved to arrange this show which has been pulled together in just under a fortnight. Admission is open to all with a donation on entry and the band are urging people to give what they can.

Bang Bang Romeo will also be performing at another Flood Benefit show taking place at Doncaster’s The Dome on December 10th which is being arranged by BBC Radio Sheffield.

Speaking this week to Toby Foster for BBC Radio Sheffield’s breakfast show, Stars from Bang Bang Romeo said:
“It’s devastating, watching your hometown go through something like this, it’s genuinely awful.”  Guitarist Ross added These are our neighbours; we’ve got to pull together to help out. It’s tragic stories we’re hearing, people with kids that have got no homes coming up to Christmas!” 

Donate here:
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/doncasterfloodsbbr…

For more on Bang Bang Romeo:
Watch ‘Love Yourself ft. Example’ official video: 
https://youtu.be/PySUdfcIcJY
Watch ‘What’s Up’ official video:
https://youtu.be/1_H4GPo7gZ0
Watch ‘Cemetery’ lyric video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUYVzaKJTVE&feature=youtu.be
‘Bag Of Bones’ video: 
https://youtu.be/zLKCg6avsyI
Watch ‘Shame On You’ video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SAAgrOXf-E

Website:https://www.bangbangromeo.com/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/bbromeo/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/BangBangRomeo
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/bangbangromeo/

SARAH VALENTINE – Publicist
The Outside Organisation | mobile: 07825439010