Monthly Archives February 2017

Isle of Wight Festival add The Pretenders, The Kooks, Melanie C and more to line-up

Isle of Wight Festival add The Pretenders, The Kooks, Melanie C and more to line-up

Today, The Isle of Wight Festival 2017 announces 18 new acts to be added to the bill: The Pretenders, The Kooks, Imelda May, Razorlight, Alison Moyet, Starsailor, Space, Melanie C, Scouting For Girls, Tom Chaplin, Alex Francis, Lucy Spraggan, Bang Bang Romeo, Paradisia, Wild Front, The Slow Readers Club, Showhawk Duo and Victoria.

They join headliners Arcade Fire, David Guetta, Run DMC and Rod Stewart as well as recently announced acts Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Bastille, Kaiser Chiefs, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit, The Vamps and The Amazons. 

Of the exciting new additions to the bill, John Giddings says: “This makes it one of the best line-ups we have ever had.  Roll on June!

Legendary English-American rock band The Pretenders are fronted by the unstop...

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Africa Oyé announces first acts for 25th Anniversary festival

Africa Oyé announces first acts for 25th Anniversary festival

Africa Oyé 25th Anniversary Festival
Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017
12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: FREE

Funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council

Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park this summer for an extra special occasion; celebrating 25 years of bringing the best talent Africa and the Diaspora have to offer to the UK. To mark the occasion, Oyé have invited an eclectic mix of top artists from over the years to return to Liverpool for an unforgettable weekend of music and culture.

Leading the anniversary celebrations in June will be festival alumni Dizzy Mandjeku & Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars, Jupiter & Okwess International and Mokoomba.


Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars

Led and conducted by guitarist and living legend Dizzy Mandjeku (fo...

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Brian Wilson and Gary Numan announced for 50 Summers of Love, Liverpool

Brian Wilson and Gary Numan announced for 50 Summers of Love, Liverpool

It’s been exactly 50 years since the famous Summer of Love and the city at its epicentre – Liverpool – is celebrating with 50 Summers of Love, a season of over 60 specially curated cultural, artistic and musical events featuring two newly announced shows: Gary Numan and Brian Wilson.

These two prestigious shows take place back to back at the brand new state of the art Exhibition Centre Liverpool on Thursday 27 & Friday 28 July.

Headlining Thursday is the father of British synth-pop Gary Numan. Having torn up the pop rulebook with the Tubeway Army, it was the launch of his seminal album The Pleasure Principle and Numan’s solo career that really pioneered the UK electronic scene inspiring a new wave of artists across the globe to experiment and embrace a radical new sound.

Having ju...

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Insane Clown Posse announce first UK tour in 14 years

Insane Clown Posse announce first UK tour in 14 years

Wednesday 15 November – Glasgow, O2 ABC
Thursday 16 November – Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday 17 November – Manchester O2 Ritz
Saturday 18 November – Birmingham, O2 Institute
Sunday 19 November – London, O2 Forum Kentish Town

Detroit’s controversial multi-million-selling hip hop duo, Insane Clown Posse is set to return to the UK for the first time since 2003 for a five-date UK tour in November, including a headline show in London at O2 Forum Kentish Town. Opening for Insane Clown Posse on all dates will be Ohio’s Mushroomhead.

Over the course of almost three decades, several Gold and Platinum albums, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dopehave shared their Dark Carnival mythology with the world, through their lyrics, some philosophic to the humorous and their outrageous live shows (their most i...

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Line-up announced for Subterranean: A new indoor rock and indie festival

Line-up announced for Subterranean: A new indoor rock and indie festival

The line-up for the first ever Subterranean Festival, a brand new indie and rock festival in the heart of Cambridge which takes place on Saturday 23 September, has just been announced.

Headlining the Underworld stage are Scottish three-piece rock band The Amorettes who will be bringing their distinctive style to the Festival.  Since they exploded onto the music scene with the release of their album Game On, they have toured extensively, garnering huge critical and popular acclaim and will be on tour this spring as official support to Black Star Riders.

Indie band PINS will be headlining the Labyrinth stage. Their ‘tightly-honed melodies’ and ‘performances filled with energy and drama’ (Guardian) have won them legions of fans and praise from critics...

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Chester Live returns for 2017 with Hot 8 Brass Band and Allusondrugs

Chester Live returns for 2017 with Hot 8 Brass Band and Allusondrugs
Brass Band legends, The Hot 8 Brass Band and UK alt-rock standouts Allusondrugs join Welsh alt-psych act HMS Morris, as well as local (and regional acts) including: Hollows, Peaness (pictured), Campfire Social, Sustinere, Shot Of Hornets, Alx Green, Damon Jacs and Indio’s Dream as a selection of the first acts announced for Chester Live 2017.
Chester Live returns for its third year in 2017 with a plethora of cross-genre acts from in, and around the Chester area, performing in venues across the city alongside national and internationally acclaimed bands.
As with previous years, Alexander’s Live, The Live Rooms, The Cornerhouse, The Piper and Telford’s Warehouse will host shows, while St Werbergh Centre will also host a number of artists...
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Eminem announced for Reading and Leeds festival 2017

Eminem announced for Reading and Leeds festival 2017
Reading and Leeds have confirmed Eminem as the final headliner for this year’s festivals, taking place on 25 – 27 August 2017 at Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds.  Tickets are available here.
Consistently seen as one of the greatest rappers of all time, Eminem is not only a titan in hip-hop but in modern culture itself. One of the biggest selling artists of the 21st century, his razor-sharp wit and impeccable larger than life anthems continue to defy boundaries, with the likes of ‘Lose Yourself’, ‘My Name Is’, ’Not Afraid’ and ‘The Monster’ all storming charts and record collections around the world...
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Festival No 6 announce first wave of artists The Flaming Lips, Mogwai and Bloc Party

Festival No 6 announce first wave of artists The Flaming Lips, Mogwai and Bloc Party

Multi-award winning Festival No.6 (7-10 September) has today announced the headliners for this year’s festival – The Flaming Lips, Mogwai and Bloc Party.

Topping the bill is a band that needs no introduction – The Flaming Lips. Following critical acclaim for their 14th studio album – Oczy Mlody – the psychedelic adventurers will be treating the No6 audience to a plethora of quirky hits from their incredible 30 year career and an unparalleled live show. Will Wayne’s new muse and collaborator Miley Cyrus be accompanying? You’ll have to wait until September…

Also headlining with a UK festival exclusive is Mogwai...

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bluedot 2017 announces Goldfrapp, Vitalic, Hawkweed and Mr. Scruff

bluedot 2017 announces Goldfrapp, Vitalic, Hawkweed and Mr. Scruff

Taking place 7-9 July, bluedot – the unique festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory that fuses music, arts and culture – has added a second wave of artists to its already impressive bill.

Announced today is art-electronic duo Goldfrapp. Fronted by ethereal chanteuse Alison Goldfrapp their show heralds a return to live performances with the promise of new material from the eagerly anticipated seventh studio album Silver Eye.

French electronic maestro Vitalic also joins the bill. Known for his genre-busting blend of techno, electro, house and disco and a hatful of critical acclaim for new album Voyager that evokes John-Michel Jarre, Moroder and the dawn of the French electronic movement, his set will be a voyage into the delicious depths of old-school techno, euro-disco and beyond.

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Jesca Hoop Returns To The Magnet, Liverpool This April

Jesca Hoop Returns To The Magnet, Liverpool This April

Jesca Hoop returns to Liverpool on her US/UK tour this spring, following the release of her ‘compellingly unique’ album ‘Memories Are Now’. Known for her playful live performance, Hoop will bring her mischief to The Magnet on April 5th.

Hoop’s songwriting thus far has earnt her some respectable fans; her early encouragement came from none other than Tom Waits himself. Since her break-through airplay on L.A.’s KCRW, she has appeared on NPR and 6 Music, collaborated with the likes of Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and worked alongside Elbow’s Guy Garvey.
Swiftly picking up the ‘Guardian Album of the Week’ upon release, ’Memories Are Now’ reflects upon Hoop’s Mormon upbringing, the struggles we encounter in modern society and the timeless theme of heartbreak...

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