Monthly Archives May 2017

Review : John Cale – The Velvet Underground and Nico – Liverpool Sound City 2017

Review : John Cale - The Velvet Underground and Nico - Liverpool Sound City 2017

The second day of SoundCity brings on of the most highly anticipated shows in its 10 year existence. It’s been 50 years since the Velvet Underground released their debut album and to celebrate this, John Cale has assembled a host of artists to join him on stage to bring it to life.

Clarence Dock was heaving with over 11,000 people. All drawn together to witness a one-off event. People from all over the country had travelled to marvel and be enamoured by a legend and he didn’t disappoint.

Although 30 minutes late than originally billed, John Cale came on to a rousing reception and without further delay went straight into Waiting For The Man and White Light White Heat with guest vocalist, Alison Mosshart from The Kills, lending her excellent vocal skills to the songs.

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REVIEW: The Human League at Soundcity Liverpool 2017

REVIEW: The Human League at Sound city Liverpool 2017

Sound city Liverpool music festival kicked off its 10th anniversary celebration at the new Clarence Dock location with a trip down memory lane in the form of The Human League.

Supported by A Certain Ration and the Art of Noise and with the sun beating down on the site, no one could have asked for a better start to the 4 days that are to follow.

With The Art of Noise, there may not have been much in the way of stage presence but in playing their hits Close to the Edit, Beat Box and Moments in Love amongst others it allowed a nostalgic trip and created the right atmosphere to sit back, relax and watch the sun set in the distance.

Following a one minute silence in tribute to the horrific events at Manchester’s MEN Arena earlier in the ...

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DJ Edu, Andy Kershaw and Esa Williams head up packed DJ line-up at Africa Oyé

DJ Edu, Andy Kershaw and Esa Williams head up packed DJ line-up at Africa Oyé

Africa Oyé are set to welcome back a host of familiar faces to DJ at their 25th Anniversary festival in June.

The main stage duties will be taken up by Oyé regulars, BBC 1Xtra star Edu and South Africa’s own Esa Williams, whilst broadcasting legend Andy Kershaw heads up a packed line-up of DJs who will showcase their sounds across the wider festival site.

This year, DJs will not only take residence in the Trenchtown area of The Oye Village, but also in the brand new Freetown, which features a second bar and a bus that hosts a vintage shop as well as the area ever-popular with the younger festival-goers; the Afrobeats Zone. Expect afto-centric sounds and global beats from a variety of DJs based in Liverpool and guests from across the UK


Photo: Mark McNulty

Playing a major role in fuelin...

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The Kills announce Echo Home Non-Electric EP and Shepherd’s Bush Empire gig

The Kills announce Echo Home Non-Electric EP and Shepherd's Bush Empire gig

The Kills – Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince – will release the Echo Home – Non-Electric EP digitally on June 2nd, with a limited edition 10” vinyl release available for pre-order today: http://smarturl.it/EchoHomeEP

Both the physical and digital versions of the Echo Home – Non-Electric EP will feature audio from a stripped down session the band captured recently at Electric Lady Studios in New York. Alongside “Echo Home”, the EP features Ash & Ice track “That Love”, a cover of Rihanna’s “Desperado” (which the band originally played as part of a Sirius XMU session), and the song “Wait”, off the band’s first ever release, Black Rooster EP, which celebrates it’s 15 year anniversary on May 28th.

The Black Rooster EP was originally released on Dim Mak in 2002 an...

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Village People to headline opening of ‘Children of the 80’s’ in Ibiza

Village People to headline opening of ‘Children of the 80’s' in Ibiza

The legendary ‘Children of the 80’s returns to Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza on 2 June kicking off its weekly fun-filled party which brings eighties vibes to the outdoor stage every Friday night from 7pm until midnight.

The opening event on 2 June will be headlined by the one and only kings of disco, the Village People, promising party-goers a one-of-a-kind 80s style extravaganza with scores of catchy classics including ‘Macho Man’, ‘In The Navy’ and ‘Y.M.C.A’.

The American disco group rose to fame in the late seventies, known for their on-stage costumes depicting masculine US stereotypes and sing-along tracks...

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The Shelters announce Tom Petty produced single and Royal Blood support shows

The Shelters announce Tom Petty produced single and Royal Blood support shows

Los Angeles based four piece The Shelters today unveil debut single ‘Gold’ – a sun-drenched hit of psychedelic tinged garage rock and roll. Listen below

Co-produced by the legendary Tom Petty, the band’s shimmering soundscapes gradually seep into the listener’s’ consciousness. Filtered with guitars, eerie synths, mellotron strings and a shifty percussion that effortlessly melds classic The Byrds harmonies with MGMTs contagious psychedelic melodies.

The Shelters conjure a sound that is dotted with some notable avant-rock icons (The Velvet Underground) whilst weaving together a thrillingly contemporary forward looking sound. Formed in 2015 The Shelters had only just banded together when Petty heard them and instantly recognised their raw potential...

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Victorious Festival announces Jerry Williams, Kassassin Street, The Slow Readers Club

Victorious Festival announces Jerry Williams, Kassassin Street, The Slow Readers Club

Victorious Festival has added another wave of artists to their already brimming line up! The recent additions are packed full of exciting up and coming, unsigned, self-releasing artists to add to your radar for the weekend.

Indie Pop Singer Jerry Williams is swiftly taking over the South Coast music scene with her self-released singles. Williams’ insightful, catchy songs are a brilliant blend of megastar singer songwriter Taylor Swift and 1980s indie inspired by her life growing up and the lives of others around her.

With a string of achievements from her latest Single ‘I’m Not In Love With You’ recently gaining the accolade of BBC Introducing Track of the Week, an award winning EP ‘Let’s Just forget it’ which won best produced release of 2016 at the Unsigned Music Awards and over 6 m...

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Reggae star Max Romeo added to Africa Oyé’s 25th Anniversary festival line-up

Reggae star Max Romeo added to Africa Oyé's 25th Anniversary festival line-up

Africa Oyé has added roots reggae legend, Max Romeo to their 25th Anniversary festival line-up this June.

The Jamaican star, who has had top 10 hits across Europe and has been sampled by the likes of Jay Z and The Prodigy, will join the Sefton Park celebrations following the news that Julian Marley has sadly had to cancel his European dates this year following a car accident.

Max Romeo’s storied career took off when he signed a contract with Bunny Lee, one of the biggest producers of his time in Jamaica in the 60s. Hits such as Chase The Devil lead to international success and to performances across the world.

After joining forces with producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Romeo’s style evolved from a typically Jamaican ska towards to a more “pop” reggae that he still delivers at present.

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MusicMafia presents South Wales Rock band, Chapel Row

MusicMafia presents South Wales Rock band, Chapel Row

Rock band Chapel Row are creating a consistent buzz in their hometown of Merthyr, South Wales. The four piece indie/rock band now release their incredible EP “Lockdown” with tracks that batter you with a canorous, unabating sound. “Lockdown” is an incredibly thought provoking and heartfelt account of hardship and real life situations that have encroached on this part of the world over the past few years. Although the band members have a mean age of just 19, the lyrics and storytelling are saturated with maturity, angst and experiences. With each track the lyrics are delivered in a gutsy and temerarious manner, sung over an labyrinth of guitars and drums.  “Lockdown” is an impressive, intoxicating and intrepid release that exudes promise.

Chapel Row are a classic British roc...

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Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 Announces Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag and more

Fireball - Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 Announces Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag and more

Academy Events in association with Fireball are extremely pleased to announce the line-up for the second annual ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire’ Tour.

Hitting the road throughout October 2017, the run of dates will feature a star studded line-up of the best in punk and ska, headlined by Huntingdon Beach, California’s legendary ska punk outfit Reel Big Fish, with support from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania punks Anti-Flag and Solvang, California-based ska punks Mad Caddies.

Yet again, tickets are eye-wateringly cheap at just £10 each and go on general sale on Friday 26th May with O2 priority tickets on sale at 10am on Wednesday 24th May.

Following the huge success of the inaugural 2016 leg featuring Less Than Jake, The Skints, Mariachi El Bronx, KEMURI and The Bennies – which sold nearly ...

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