Monthly Archives October 2015

Threshold Six: Alchemy – First Details Released For April 2016 Festival

Threshold 2016 Festival

Threshold 2016 Festival

As with every year, the creative side of Threshold Festival will be driven by a theme and the event’s organisers are very proud to reveal this to you today:

“Alchemy in its basic definition is the obsessive pursuit of something greater, turning base metal into gold or creating the elixir of life. To us, it’s a chance to get back to our true multi-arts roots. More than ever before we will be combining music, arts, performance and film in each of our venues, mixing all styles together and producing an immersive creative event.”

Over the 3 days of Threshold 2016, the festival will bring you the very best in grass roots music and arts from Liverpool and beyond.

Last Chance to Vote

Threshold has been nominated in no less than 4 categories in this year’s UK Festival ...

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Altitude 2016 Announces First Wave of Acts

Altitude 2016

Altitude 2016

The mountainous joy of Altitude 2016 is going to blow you away with a cavalcade of the world’s greatest comics lined-up, guaranteeing you five days of peak time hilarity! So forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go clowntown as the Get Comedy crew celebrate a decade of Altitude taking the piste with a gargantuan tenth birthday cast of world renowned jokers and up-and-coming wisecrackers that’s a veritable who’s who of comedy. Don’t miss the chance to grab your tickets now and catch stadium-filling stand-up greats and the next big things, all up close and personal this coming 11-15 January in the breath-taking surrounds of one of Europe’s most beautiful ski resorts, Mayrhofen, Austria.

I can’t believe we’ve reached our 10th Birthday...

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Summer Days Festival Launches with Simply Red

Summer Days Festival

Summer Days Festival

Summer Days – a brand new UK festival – has today named it’s dates, ticket prices and first of three major headliners.

Taking place on 6, 8 & 9 July 2016 in the grounds of the historic Clitheroe Castle, Summer Days Festival has revealed soul and pop legends Simply Red as the first headline act on Wednesday 6 July.

Buoyed by the excellence of new album ‘Big Love’ released in June 2015, the world-renowned Simply Red – made famous by a string of massive hits including Money’s Too Tight (To Mention), Stars, Holding Back The Years, and If You Don’t Know Me By Now – are back on the road next year including the headline slot at Summer Days Festival.

I like an anniversary, and this is a big one,” says Mick Hucknall. “30 years! It’s incredible...

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Imbium announce Headline tour for recent EP release, Part One: The Radioactive Club

Imbium

Imbium

After releasing EP number one, Part One: The Radioactive Club, which is the first in a series of three, to much applause from world-wide music fans, IMBIUM are heading out an a UK tour to show off what they created.

In a review of the EP by Anthem Review, it was said: “The Radioactive Club does produce a sturdy foundation for the band’s upcoming album. It demonstrates a will to experiment, stark ability to create, and the talent and invention needed to begin a lasting career.”

The three-piece from Worthing plan on doing just that – carving out a lasting career using their skills of mixing together rock, punk and jazz influence with distant 70s sounds, so they can create more of that unique b-movie genre they have become so well-known for.

But, for those few that still have to hear o...

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Lovebox, DIY, Transgressive, Oki-Ni, Time Out And Hunger TV Announced For The Woods

The Woods Shoreditch

The Woods

The Woods is a new,130 capacity, free entry, late night bar for Shoreditch that will bring key cultural influencers together to host a brand new night every Friday, simply called –  CRATEDIGGERS.

First opening its doors this month The Woods’ emphasis is on great drinks, incredible atmosphere and expertly curated music from a variety of musical tastemakers. Having already played host to the eclectic tastes of Field Day, Eat Your Own Ears, Moshi Moshi Records and By The Sea Festival and with Sunday Best, The Malcontent and Drowned In Sound’s 15th birthday still to come in October the guests for November and December have now been announced.  

NOVEMBER:

6th Lovebox

13th DIY

20th Transgressive Records

27th Oki-ni (offering 10% discount to all attendees)

DECEMBER:

4th Time Ou...

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Eska nominated for The Mercury Music Prize 2015 and UK tour

Eska

Eska 

When ESKA’s self-titled debut album was released in April 2015 on Naim Edge Records, the BBC Radio 6Music tastemaker Gilles Peterson proclaimed ESKA “the finest UK singer”, The Guardian dubbed her “enchanting… inventive” and The Independent called her “one of the most idiosyncratic and original talents”. The Zimbabwe-born, London-raised musician and songwriter took five years to make her album – “a mind-bending gem” (The Observer) – but it was worth the wait.

Speaking to Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 Music today (16/10/15), on the announcement of her Mercury Prize nomination, Eska admitted to having “butterflies in the stomach” going on to say “It is really overwhelming actually and it’s a wonderful feeling...

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Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran amongst British male songwriters up for Song of the Year – BMI London Awards

BMI London Awards

BMI London Awards

Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Latch’ are both in the running to be crowned ‘Song of the Year’ at the upcoming BMI London Awards alongside Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’ and ‘Don’t’. ‘Fancy’ (Iggy Azalea ft Charli XCX), ‘Rather Be’ (Clean Bandit) and ‘Sky Full of Stars’ (Coldplay) are also among the songs in contention for the highly coveted award for the most played song of the 2014 on radio and TV in the US, which will be presented in London on Monday, October 19th by BMI,  the global leader in music rights management.

Sheeran was nominated last year for his work on Taylor Swift’s track ‘Everything Has Changed’. However, he missed out on the 2014 award which was taken by Daft Punk’s global hit ‘Get Lucky’.

Breaking the US marke...

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Take That unveil brand new single Hey Boy

Take That

Take That

Take That today announced their brand new single ‘Hey Boy’ which will be available from October 16th and released through Polydor Records. The new track is an exciting addition to the 2015 Edition of their Number One hit album “III” out on November 20th.

‘Hey Boy’ ventures into new ground for Take That with chunky 80s synths and and a huge chorus that will be sure to get a similar reaction from fans of their upbeat Number One hit ‘These Days’. The track was produced by Greg Kurstin whose previous work includes production credits for Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey and most recently Beck’s epic ‘Dreams’.

The band unveiled ‘Hey Boy’ on an exclusive performance on TFI’s series opener on Channel 4 from 8pm.

Alongside the new single, Take That – III – 2...

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The Slow Readers Club Plot November UK Tour Dates and new single

The Slow Readers Club

The Slow Readers Club

After festival slaying performances at Isle of Wight, Ramsbottom Festival and Tramlines over the summer, THE SLOW READERS CLUB are plotting a series of live dates across the country this November.

For many, Manchester is a city synonymous with guitar-driven indie with a rich musical heritage that is hard to ignore. It has arguably given us as many seminal bands as London, whilst also producing producing plenty that feel all too familiar in comparison to others; stale even. Something which makes The Slow Readers Club even more crucial to the city’s musical landscape.

Forgoing the arrogant guitar-based swagger of so many of their contemporaries, The Slow Readers Club are making waves with their own brand of brooding electro-indie...

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Crossover sorpano singer Camilla Kerslake returns with her spellbinding new single 'Come Home'

Camilla Kerslake

Camilla Kerslake

Following a turbulent few years that saw Camilla Kerslake stepping out of the spotlight to become a full time carer to her mother subsequent to a breast cancer diagnosis, the twenty-seven year old soprano returns triumphant with her comeback single ‘Come Home’.

Camilla is best known as Gary Barlow’s protégée and she returns with a startling and stunning new sound inspired by Kate Bush, Maria Callas and Patsy Cline. Powerful, commanding and passionate, ‘Come Home’ unveils Camilla’s novel sound, based on a fusion of both country and classical tones.

Her distinctively smooth soprano voice and deft ability to hit even the highest notes means it is not hard for Camilla to set herself apart from her contemporaries...

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