Monthly Archives December 2015

Threshold Liverpool Announce First Six Acts For 2016 Festival

Threshold Liverpool 2016 Festival

Threshold Liverpool

With less than 4 months until Threshold Festival 2016 takes place in Liverpool, organisers have revealed the first six acts set to light up the Baltic Trangle’s stages in April.

Making a welcome return to the festival are genre-busting 13-piece The Destroyers as well as Threshold favourite Natalie McCool, along with first-timers Baba Soul & The Professors of Funk and local funk/dance/hip-hop purveyors, Galactic Funk Militia. Completing the first wave of artists are folk duo Gilmore & Roberts and Brighton’s finest psychadelic outfit, The Slytones.

The grassroots festival, which celebrates emerging music and arts from Liverpool and beyond is now in its sixth year and co-founder Chris Carney is looking forward to what he promises will be the biggest event in Thresh...

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Craig David’s TS5 Pool Party Residency at Ibiza Rocks Hotel

Craig David's TS5 Pool Party Residency Ibiza Rocks Hotel

Craig David’s TS5 Pool Party

As the end of a phenomenal 10th Birthday year for Ibiza Rocks approaches, plans are well underway for 2016 and for a brand new pool party residency from the platinum album-selling pioneer of UK Garage and RnB, Craig David. The glorious revival of one of the UK’s finest talents is more than enough reason to celebrate so in keeping with the sun-soaked party vibes created at his home in South Beach Miami, Craig David’s TS5 is Balearic bound for a daytime pool party residency at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel every Sunday from 17th July to 4th September (1-8pm).

TS5 started out as the most exclusive pre-party in Miami hosted by Craig at his penthouse home where he went from playing to 10 friends to hundreds as word spread, the party organically grew and the TS5 brand we...

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ATP Festival curated by Stewart Lee: New line-up additions

ATP Festival Stewart Lee line-up additions

ATP Festival

Roky Erickson is the founder and frontman of the legendary 13th Floor Elevators, a band widely regarded as being the originators of psychedelic music. Their influence on psychedelia and underground music as a whole is undeniable; so many bands who have played ATP Festival are in some way indebted to the sound and attitude of 13th Floor Elevators. Having performed with the Elevators at Levitation festival this summer for the first time in 45 years, this will be Roky’s first ever solo performance of an entire set of 13th Floor Elevators’ music.

Sun Ra Arkestra — originally founded by pianist, band leader, and improvisor Sun Ra — are characterised by a preoccupation with space travel: Sun Ra proclaimed he came from another planet...

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IOW Festival to celebrate 40 years of Punk – Iggy Pop, Adam Ant, Buzzcocks and more

IOW Festival Iggy Pop, Adam Ant, Buzzcocks and more

IOW Festival

Punk turns 40 next year, and in celebration of four decades of this exciting and at times controversial music scene, The Isle of Wight Festival, the first major festival of the summer, today adds Iggy Pop, Adam Ant, The Damned, Buzzcocks, The Godfathers and The Sex Pissed Dolls to what is an already incredible line up for 2016. The six new acts will all joinQueen + Adam LambertStereophonics and Faithless to perform over the weekend of 9th-12th June in Seaclose Park, Newport.

1976 is widely seen as the year that punk was born. The Sex Pistols signed to EMI Records, and started to generate significant press coverage – not least for their infamous interview in December of that year with Bill Grundy...

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Rah Rah announce European and UK tours and new single

Rah Rah announce European and UK tours and new single

Rah Rah

After a successful export of bands like Arcade Fire and Half Moon Run, Canada yet again distributes their latest musical pride to the world in the form of Rah Rah. Rah Rah quickly became the masters of slacker-power-pop by being voted Canada’s Best Alternative Band, as well as having their previous album put forward for the 2013 Polaris Prize. Now the band are finally ready to release their much anticipated new ‘Vessels’ LP with the hope it will outshine its predecessor.

Be Your Man is an edgy opener that swiftly whizzes the listener straight into the realm of quality music topped with the flawless 50s/60s-esque female backing harmonies. Different parts of the song make one reflect upon the works of Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan as well as Razorlight or The Lumineers...

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Foals Receives BBC Music Award Nomination And Four NME Award Nominations

Foals Receives BBC Music Award Nomination And Four NME Award Nominations

Foals

Foals have received a BBC Music Award Nomination for ‘British Artist of the Year’. The band joins Ed Sheeran, Years & Years, Jamie XX, Florence and the Machine, and Adele on the shortlist for the prestigious prize. The band was also nominated for four awards at the 2016 NME Awards, including ‘Best British Band’, “Best Live Band’, ‘Best Album’, and ‘Best Track’. The BBC Music Awards will take place on December 10th at Birmingham, England’s Genting Arena. The NME Awards winners will be unveiled on February 17th at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. These nominations follow the band’s second Q Award win for ‘Best Act In The World’ earlier this fall.
Today the band also released a Clint Mansell remix of their song “Give It All” which is available to stream via FADER.
Foals’ current album
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Muse Nominated For Best Rock Album Grammy Award

Muse Best Rock Album Grammy Award

Muse

Muse was nominated for a Grammy Award today for the 58th Grammy Awards. The band received a nod in the Best Rock Album Category for their heralded seventh album Drones, which was released on June 8, 2015 by Warner Bros. Records. The album debuted at Number One in 21 countries around the world and marked the band’s first number one album in the United States selling 84,200 units in its first week.
Rave reviews for Drones include ROLLING STONE: “Muse get back to the fiery rock that they do best, laced with new passion and principle.”  USA TODAY: “The trio stays on track, both thematically and musically.” KERRANG! 5* “A claustrophobic classic that sharpens the focus of what is possible in the name of high-minded rock.”  NME:  “A bombastic neo-classic prog record...
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Watchet Festival 2016; dates confirmed, early bird tickets now on sale

Watchet Festival 2016; dates confirmed, early bird tickets now on sale

Watchet Festival 2016

WATCHET LIVE C.I.C, the organisers of WATCHET LIVE FESTIVAL have announced that specially discounted Early Bird tickets for their 2016 event – the West Somerset Festival’s 10th Birthday Party – are on sale now until the end of February.

During this special Early Bird Period, a family of two adults and two youths can enjoy three days of camping, a multitude of activities and some of the best live bands to be found anywhere in the country for just £180. Adult weekend camping tickets are an exceptionally reasonable £65, and under 12’s remain free.

With last year’s event selling out in record time (the festival’s fifth successive sell-out year), and legendary performers such as Sir Bob Geldof, The Selecter, Seth Lakeman and Big Country all taking to the stage, last ...

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Craig Finn returns to the UK in December for shows with Mariachi El Bronx

Craig Finn returns to the UK in December for shows with Mariachi El Bronx

Craig Finn

Craig Finn, who will appear as special guest on Mariachi El Bronx’s UK shows this month, has also confirmed a solo headline at Ramsgate Music Hall on 11th December. Finn, who recently performed a string of low-key dates, released his new album ‘Faith in the Future’ through Partisan Records in September.
Thurs 10th December – Ruby Lounge – Manchester w/Mariachi El Bronx

Fri 11th December – Music Hall – Ramsgate – solo show

Sat 12th December – Brooklyn Bowl – London w/Mariachi El Bronx

Josh Kaufman produced the record ‘Faith in the Future’ in the cosy, rustic confines of Woodstock’s The Isokon recording studio and helped Finn stretch the boundaries of his songwriting with confidence, invention and ambition to realise what will be a defining moment in his career.

At tim...

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Joanna Newsom to play at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Joanna Newsom Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Joanna Newsom

The announcement of Divers and the release of its first single, “Sapokanikan,” articulated masterfully with a video by Paul Thomas Anderson, was as monumentally significant as an otherworldly visitation; what’s more, it signaled the beginning times for a calculated meteor shower of Joanna Newsom headlines that will cosmically alter the life as we know it on this Earth!

What’s one to do but sit tight and experience the ride through Divers’ sci-fi sea-shanties right along with Newsom in all capacitites? Further along and down the road apiece from where she took her leave of us, Joanna Newsom plays on, for the first time within Divers’ sphere, live in Liverpool.

Get your tickets and get a move on now, breathe deep and equalize your today-ears to the new world of not only Diver...

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