Monthly Archives January 2016

Catfish and the Bottlemen announced as Sound City 2016 headliners

Catfish and the Bottlemen announced as Sound City 2016 headliners

Sound City 2016

Stunning new Freeze partnership brings some of the World’s leading Electronic Music names including Leftfield live, Hot Chip (DJ Set), Floating Points Live, AME Live, Henrik Schwarz, DJ Koze, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Many More

UK Festival Awards crowned Sound City the Best Metropolitan Music Festival of 2015 and Sound City is going for gold yet again with a 2016 line up that’s bigger, better and even more diverse than ever.

Having already announced The Coral as a headliner, the festival has today revealed that Catfish and the Bottlemen is the second headliner.  The festival is also declaring an exciting new partnership with hugely innovative dance music promoters Freeze who will bring Hot Chip (DJ set) and Leftfield (Live) to one of the UK’s most vibrant and c...

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LIMF 2016 announces The Wombats, Sigma, Lianne La Havas and more

Liverpool International Music Festival

LIMF 2016 

The first wave of acts has been announced for Liverpool International Music Festival.

The festival returns for its fourth outing earlier this summer – Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th July 2016.

The free shoes in Sefton Park continue with the LIMF Summer Jam featuring The Wombats, Lianne La Havas, Sigma, Kwabs, Netsky, Ms Dynamite, Maverick Sabre, a very special Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Friday evening performance.

The recent national award winning LIMF Academy stage will return to showcase tomorrow’s stars, which alongside the its Liverpool stage, which showcases past, present and future homegrown talents.

There will also be five commissioned projects and performances, including a live show by BBC 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson called From The Soul – a celebration of Liv...

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LCD Soundsystem, MØ, Chvrches & More For Roskilde Festival 2016

LCD Soundsystem, MØ, Chvrches & More For Roskilde Festival 2016

Roskilde Festival 2016

The reunited LCD Soundsystem will grace the stage at Roskilde Festival this summer and Danish popstar MØ will play an exclusive show on the iconic Orange Stage. Other announcements today include Tame Impala, Ghost, Chvrches and Destroyer.

With today’s additions, 53 acts of a total of 175 have been announced, revealing more of the already diverse line-up of headliners and the stars of tomorrow from all over the world.

New Order, PJ Harvey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wiz Khalifa and Tenacious D are just some of the acts already announced for Roskilde Festival 2016. They will be joined by LCD Soundsystem, , Tame Impala, CHVRCHES, Savages, Destroyer, Ghost, Floating Points and many more.

LCD Soundsystem back after five years

2015 ended with rumours of a possible reuni...

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The Chemical Brothers release new video for ‘Wide Open ft Beck’

The Chemical Brothers release new video for 'Wide Open ft Beck'

The Chemical Brothers

Directed by their long-term video collaborators dom&nic – previous visuals include the legendary ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’ and ‘Setting Sun’ videos –  The Chemical Brothers release the stunning new video for ‘Wide Open ft Beck’.

Taken from their number 1 album ‘Born In The Echoes’, the video centres on the evocative dance of a young woman whose body transgresses from flesh to another form throughout the course of the songs haunting vocals and delicate but powerful production.

Dom&nic’s vision was to merge the mechanical and organic, having been inspired by procedural cellular structures;  their VFX Team created a full CG model of the dancer, Sonoya Mizuno, comprising of 107 individual anatomic rigs, as well as bespoke tools to allow the seamless transformation which hap...

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Nina Nesbitt returns with the ‘Modern Love’ EP. Released on 5th February

Nina Nesbitt returns with the ‘Modern Love’ EP. Released on 5th February

Nina Nesbitt

Nina Nesbitt returns with the ‘Modern Love’ EP. Released on 5th February on Island Records, the feisty lead single ‘Chewing Gum’ introduces us to a 21-year-old Nina. Her forthcoming live dates sold out in under 30 minutes.
In February 2014, a 19-year-old half Scottish, half Swedish Nina Nesbitt released her debut album ‘Peroxide’. It hit the mid weeks at No.1, charting at No.11 in the UK and No.1 in Scotland. Top 40 singles ‘Stay Out’ and ‘Way In The World’ were both playlisted by Radio 1 and helped take her total combined YouTube and VEVO views to over 30 million.
Nina has spent the last two years growing from a youthful singer-songwriter into a bona-fide pop star...
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GIT AWARD 2016 – Judges revealed ahead of Buyers Club launch

GIT AWARD 2016 - Judges revealed ahead of Buyers Club launch

GIT AWARD 2016

Internationally renowned record label bosses, leading industry brands and acclaimed UK journalists are among the judging panel to preside over Merseyside new music prize The GIT Award 2016.

For the second successive year, The GIT (Getintothis) Award panel features founders of three iconic record labels and for its fifth edition is bolstered by figures from industry cornerstones including VEVO, the Unsigned Guide and BBC Radio 6 Music.

Returning for the 2016 edition are ex-Cocteau Twins member  Simon Raymonde, founder of Bella Union Records who signed acts such as Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes and The Walkmen;  Rich Walker, General Manager of 4AD Records, home to critically-acclaimed Grimes and Bon Iver; and founder of Heavenly Recordings (Doves, Saint Etienne) Jeff Barrett.

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Big Ups to perform at Gullivers, Manchester as part of UK Tour

Big Ups to perform at Gullivers, Manchester as part of UK Tour Big Ups to perform at Gullivers, Manchester as part of UK Tour

Big Ups

Big Ups are pleased to announce the follow-up to their breakout 2014 debut album, Eighteen Hours of Static. The New York four-piece – comprised of Joe Galarraga (vocals), Amar Lal (guitar), Carlos Salguero Jr. (bass), and Brendan Finn (drums) – will release their second full-length, Before a Million Universes, on March 4th in the UK via Tough Love and Brace Yourself Records, andExploding in Sound in North America.

Following on from the record’s first teaser ‘Capitalized‘ (which appeared online before Christmas alongside plans for a spring UK/EU tour – more details on that below), the band have also shared a second taster of Before a Million Universes in the guise of the angular cyclone that is ‘National Parks‘: the album’s emotional and musical core, a song that Galarra...

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SubSound presents the “Bombstrikes Block Party” in Liverpool

SubSound presents the “Bombstrikes Block Party” in Liverpool

SubSound

SubSound is back ­ joining forces with Bombstrikes Records to host the “Bombstrikes Block Party” in 24 Kitchen Street on 20 February 2016. True originals bringing the best in

Bass, Funk and Party starting beats, Bombstrikes, founded in 2004, is a scene defining, dancefloor smashing record label run by Mooqee and Beatvandals.

We are hyped to be bringing the global legends Utah Saints back to Liverpool but best of all ­ they are doing a very special one­off Bass, Beats and D&B just for us and our party faithful! Utah Saints legendary status goes without saying and their list of achievements is enormous...

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Fourty Four Hours release their adventurous debut EP ‘Only Just Holding On’

Fourty Four Hours release their adventurous debut EP ‘Only Just Holding On’

Fourty Four Hours

This week sees the release of the adventurous debut EP from Manchester born Brit-pop rock trio FORTY FOUR HOURS. Ahead of its release this Friday the EP is now streaming exclusively with Punktastic.com.

Last week the band unveiled the stunning video for their next single to be taken from the EP, ‘Pressure and Sleep’.

FORTY FOUR HOURS head out on tour this month to showcase their new material, with new single ‘Pressure and Sleep’ being a welcomed taster of what to expect from the new EP.

Live dates:
January
24th – Head Of Steam, Newcastle
25th – Rebellion, Manchester
26th – The Flapper, Birmingham
27th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
28th – Komedia, Brighton
29th – 2 Pigs, Cheltenham
‘Only Just Holding On’ is self-released on the 22nd January 2016.

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HUMM announce release of new track ‘Pummelling A Monk’

HUMM announce release of new track 'Pummelling A Monk'

HUMM

From the West Midlands rises the heavy laced Rock of HUMM. When the music starts, dark Victoriana bursts into apoplectic rock ’n’ roll, fizzing with a fun kind of fury. Guitarist Ebony Clay and bassist Jack Thomas smash out brawny, off-time riffs that evoke the darker moments of Led Zep IV. The space they and rampant drummer Sam Jenkins create offers singer Andy Teece room to spit rhythmic vocals that suggest a super-charged Tom Waits is front and centre.
After the success of “Savannah” HUMM’s first single, the band are set to release there second single, “Pummelling A Monk” through Sound Hub Records on March 5th. Followed by Tours across the UK through March & April.
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