The countdown is on, with less than two months to go before you can dance beneath the giant mirror balls and industrial diggers in the City of Iron once again. Taking place from 19-21 July, Germany's Melt! Festival is set to play host to one of the biggest line-ups to date. Acts already announced include The Knife, Atoms For Peace, Azealia Banks, DIIV, James Blake, Alt-J, Chvrches, Disclosure and iamamiwhoami. And today, they have reveaedl another wave of acts set to light up the stage.
Organisers of Greenbelt are excited to announce that the final day of Greenbelt 2013 will climax with a very special headline set from the very special Duke Special – performing complete with his full band and the wonderful Greenbelt Orchestra.
With three months to go until the irrepressible BoomTown Fair returns for four days and nights of mind-blowing festivities and paradoxical parties, there are now less than 20% of tickets left and the festival is looking to sell out faster than ever! Taking place over 8th – 11th August in Matterly Estate, Winchester, BoomTown Fair presents the very best names in ska, dub, reggae and bass-heavy beats including; Toots and the Maytals, Ozomatli, Arrested Development, Mad Caddies and Parov Stelar Band. As well as over300 purveyors of proper party tunes and skank-tastic rhythms, there are also more brand new venues to announce: Chai Wallahs, Boomtique Village, the Boomin’ Styles Banquet and the Tribe of Frog Psy-Trance zone! As well as a multitude of distinct districts celebrating ye olde worlds, other worlds and make-believe worlds, all rolled into the unstoppable beast that is BoomTown Fair!
More live acts and DJs announced for Camp Bestival, the family friendly festival. The special guest will be Take That's Mark Owen joins the Saturday line-up, plus Valerie June, Cherishport, Red River Hogs, The Nextmen, Venum Sound, MC Wrec.
Bearded Theory 2013 returns to the marvellous setting of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire on Friday 17th May with a superb line up including Levellers, Reverend & The Makers, Asian Dub Foundation, Seth Lakeman, The Farm, The Quireboys, and Goldblade.
The much anticipated Friday night headliner for Bestival 2013 will be Fatboy Slim AKA Norman Cook. Norman was one of the very first headliners at the inaugural Bestival in 2004, so it's a real coup for them to have him aboard HMS Bestival in his rightful place once again, helping to celebrate our spectacular tenth anniversary. Playing an exclusive set for the festival, which he's dubbed 'Fatboy Slim's Bestival Birthday Bash', it’s guaranteed to be a monumental appearance, with outrageous onstage birthday party antics galore and some very special surprises which will be revealed on the night!
Only 5 weeks until Barnsley’s very own metropolitan music festival take's place on Saturday 22 June across 11 venues in the town centre between 12:00hrs and 21:30hrs...and it’s all FREE. Ninety nine bands have been confirmed to play the festival and the following have been confirmed as headliners in the following 10 venues.
Tennent's Vital has announced that Jason Mraz has also joined the bill for Day 2 of Tennent’s Vital on Thursday 15th August. The internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter will join headliners Snow Patrol, Kodaline and Foy Vance on the line-up for Day 2 of Tennent’s Vital at Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields on 15th August.
US singer and songwriter Jason Mraz’s breakthrough hit I’m Yours (from the multi-platinum We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things) surpassed 21 million sales worldwide and set a record for the longest-running song in the 51-year history of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with 76 weeks on the chart. He released his fourth studio album Love is a Four Letter Word last year to major critical acclaim, and scored a massive international hit with I Won’t Give Up. The recipient of two prestigious Grammy Awards (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Make It Mine and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for Lucky feat. Colbie Caillat), his epic, soaring anthems are sure to go down a storm at Tennent’s Vital this August.
The announcement comes the day after organisers confirmed Snow Patrol as headliners of Day 2 of Tennent’s Vital. Speaking about the gig, Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody said: “We are delighted to be playing the Tennent’s Vital festival and playing once more in our home city of Belfast. The Belfast crowd is the best in the world. Can't wait for the 15th of August.”
Last month organisers revealed that US rock giants Kings of Leon will headline Day 1 of the festival (14th August), with more top acts set to be revealed by organisers in the coming months.
FFA were delighted to speak to Andy Cooper, one of the organisers of Off The Tracks, a true FFA favourite festival over many years. Situated near Donington Park in Derbyshire, the festival is a real delight and a rare find. Held amongst a permanent camping site and converted farm buildings, which include a real pub and diner with the main stage occupying the farmyard; it really does offer a festival with a difference. Not only that – they spoil you with TWO events a year!
Croissant Neuf Summer Party is to host acts chosen from the national singing competition Open Mic UK at the multi-award winning, totally solar powered festival that takes place from the 8 – 11 August 2013 near Usk in Monmouthshire.
Latitude media partner BBC 6 Music have today announced that Bobby Womack, will be Latitude’s Special Guest at Sunday Lunch Time on The Main Stage at Latitude. Other Music acts to be added include Glenn Tilbrook, James Rhodes, Coves, Gabriel Bruce as well as comedian Eddie Izzard.
Green Man has added a Comedy Stage to this years festival aptly named The last laugh Comedy stage. Featuring over 40 stand-up on stage every night between 7pm and 2am including Mock The Week star Josh Widdicombe and many more.
Farmfestival known for championing new music are offering the prize of a slot at the festival to anyone who can come up with a spark of lyrical genius this summer. Your task to win the prize is to write and film a song which includes farm/farmfest/farmfestival in its title or lyrics. This can take the form of a cover, twisted to fit the brief or a totally original piece – the more inventive and relevant to the festival, the better! Entries need to be filmed and uploaded to youtube/vimeo and posted to Farmfestival Somerset on their Facebook page by June 24th. Judging will be based on inventiveness with the theme, and songwriting. Social media interaction, comments and plays will also come into consideration, as a sign of fan engagement.
Snow Patrol return to Tennent’s Vital this summer to play a massive homecoming showon Thursday 15th August, the organisers also revealed that Kodaline and Foy Vance have been added to the bill for Day 2 of Tennent’s Vital.
Attendees of this summer’s Willowman Festival are being encouraged to don top hats, Victorian costumes, monocles and goggles to participate in the Steampunk fancy dress theme. Two girls who have got into the spirit of things early are 29 year old Zainatron Bot, who hails from New Zealand, and 20 year old Yorkshire lass Stevie Groves.
Hideout has today announced yet more tantalising parties to their already epic line-up. A massive total of Thirteen stand alone Pool Parties will take place throughout the festival set on the stunning Zrce Beach from 3rd - 5th July. Featuring David Rodigan's Ram Jam, Jamie Jones' very own Hot Creations and Jackmaster's Numbers their Boat Parties SOLD OUT in record time.
Communion Records have announced the final line-up for this year's festival taking place across Shepherd's bush at four different venues. Line up includes Dutch Uncles, Ethan Johns, Bear's Den, Thumpers, Serafina Steer, Theme Park & many more performing live. The London-based label has also announced details of the debut EP from former Portico Quartet founding member, Nick Mulvey. 'Fever To The Form' which will be released on the 17th June. Tickets for this event are £27.50 and on sale here.
Kendal Calling today released details of The Academy, a brand new initiative in association with the University of Cumbria. The Academy will consist of a series of masterclasses, talks, Q&A’s and ‘open surgery’ style sessions with a variety of music industry professionals and luminaries in the fields of music, art, journalism, creative writing, and photography. The Academy will provide a platform for festival goers to learn from the best in the industry in an informative and entertaining fashion.
The Big Noise Festival is set to take place at the Bussey Building/CLF Arts Cafe in South London on Saturday 8th June 2013. This fantastic new arts and music festival will showcase, promote and celebrate diverse and exciting artists: high profile acts will perform alongside local and emerging artists, transforming the venue into a hive of entertainment, creativity and festival atmosphere and exploring the notion that homelessness can impact anyone.
Rhythms of the World has grown at a rapid rate over the last five years to become one of the UK’s biggest and best-value world music festivals. Listen to some of the acts on their rotwpresents soundcloud here....
Xtra Mile Recordings has today announced that it will perform a takeover of the GreenHouse stage at this years 2000trees Festival. The stage will feature numerous Xtra Mile acts playing special acoustic sets on Friday 12th July.
Worcester Music Festival has today announced over 40 bands for its line up from around the county and beyond. Applications to play at the festival closed last week with a whopping 844 acts to choose from.
We the LLAMA team are deeply disappointed but have decided that, as there is no guarantee we will be able to cover all our costs this year, we have no choice but to cancel the Festival now so that the many people involved can make alternative plans. Please accept our sincere apologies.
Today sees the announcement that 3 more acts are joining the line up for this year’s Tatton Park Picnic Concerts 2013. Howard Jones 80’s superstars and Toyah Willcox will be joining Saturday’s headliners The Human League. Classical four-some Amore will be joining Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 21 July. Tickets are available NOW HERE for both these outstanding evenings. Tatton Park Picnic Concerts 2013 take place at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, betweenSat 20th to Sun 21st July 2013.
A short film portraying a day in the life on the road with the Daring Dynamos. Produced by Bear Jam Productions, friend and sponsor of the Daring Dynamos. — at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Nkhata Bay, Lake Malawi.
On Saturday 25th of May at The New Bradford Playhouse Bradford’s radical cultural legacy is reignited in ‘The Angel of History’, a series of surrealist encounters by The Café Despard Cabaret (est. 1980). The event includes live performances by members of post punk legends The Mekons (performing as mini-mekons), Sheffield’s answer to Magma and Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, The Orchestra of The Upper Atmosphere and paganistic performance artists Alchemy/Schmalchemy.
Live From Jodrell Bank is delighted to announce a very special performance by the Hallé on Saturday 31 August, Stephen Bell will conduct a concert inspired by the stars, including Jupiter and Mars from Holst's The Planets. The Halle will also perform classics from Strauss, Mozart and John Williams, as well as a selection of out-of-this-world film music from blockbusters such as: Star Wars, Independence Day, E.T., Apollo 13, Close Encounters and more.
The Rhythmtree World Music Festival have announced that the legendary drummer Ginger Baker has just agreed to join the main stage line-up in July. He will be performing with his newly formed quartet, the Jazz Confusion, and also guest with Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Orchestra for the Rhythmtree's tribute to the music of Fela Kuti on Sunday 21st July.
A best selling Suffolk author and a leading local radio star have been named as the compares at this year's festival. Stephen Foster, who hosts BBC Radio Suffolk’s flagship drive time programme will compare day one of the two-day Live and Kicking Music Festival in Sudbury, Suffolk. Mr Foster has a big following and is known for his knowledge of the music scene through his role as editor of the popular local music magazine The Grapevine.
Hideout Festival has today release a limited number of re-sale tickets due to a small number of deposit tickets having not been claimed. They have been released in order to give others a chance to experience the festival of a lifetime in stunning Croatia. At only £114 including a sort after Hideout programme, organisers advise fans that tickets will go very quickly, available from Here.
Tramlines has just released further additions to this year’s line up, including electro-pop sensations Fenech Soler and Shangaan Electro, who will be bringing their South African dance party to Sheffield for the first time!
Knockengorroch have announced this year's fancy dress theme and want you to Dress to impress, light up the night, shake your tail feather on the dance floor, sparkle and shine with your flight of fancy.
Today Open'er has announced another round of acts added to this year's line up including Crystal Castles, alongside worldwide renowned Grammy Award winning minimalist composer Steve Reich. Also confirmed is Crystal Fighters along with controversial rising star of hip-hop and reggae; Matisyahu and one of todays most important polish installation and mixed media artists Pawel Althamer.
We are offering you the chance to win a pair of Adult Weekend tickets including Camping for Willowman 2013. Willowman Festival takes place at Hillside Rural Activities Park, Knayton, Thirsk, North YorkshirebetweenThu 20th to Sun 23rd June 2013.
Alongside a top notch musical line up which includes the likes of Edwyn Collins, House of Love and Darwin Deez, as well as mechanical merry-go-round of a theme for 2013, Deer Shed Festival true to form, have upped the ante for this year’s arts programme!
UNABASHED musicians from across the county are gearing up to bare all for a naked band calendar with only their instruments to protect their modesty for Worcester Music Festival and its chosen charities for 2013. The calendar will include everyone from a punk metal band to a classically-trained violinist which will go on sale in July.
Embracing the festivals theme ‘Kendal Calling Goes To The Movies’ and taking it to the moon and beyond is one of the festivals best-loved areas Riot Jazz. This year, Apollo Riot Jazz is blasting off into outer space, destination: Planet Moon Dog. Riot Jazz cordially invites you to join them on this epic Sci-Fi adventure in our quest for “The Cosmic Disco”.
LEE DENNY’S master plan to safeguard the independence of LeeFest was to set up a Kickstarter campaign. The #growLeeFest campaign was handed over to the public who succesfully raised it's target of £50,000 pledged with 600 ‘backers’. View the project on crowd funding website Kickstarter.
If your on the hunt for some fresh music at the festival this year then look no further, as the ‘Replay with Rob da Bank’ stage will be returning.! With 10 fields of wonderment filled with amazing music, insane sideshows and magical happenings, Bestival’s spectacular 10th birthday bash this September 5th-8th will have something for just about everyone
The Beat-Herder Festival has today announced its final acts for 2013, including Saturday night headliners and Portuguese party starters Buraka Som Sistema with their inimitable brand of African kuduro infused beats, and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, who are newly confirmed alongside previously announced headliners Groove Armada and Jimmy Cliff. Undisputed godfathers of disco, Chic have been making waves this year thanks to Nile Rodgers’ involvement in one of the most anticipated releases of the year, Daft Punk’sRandom Access Memories. True pioneers of the disco sound, and one of the most influential bands to emerge from and continually endure the last four decades, they are certain to deliver an incendiary live set packed full of classics such as Le Freak, Good Times,Everybody Dance and I Want Your Love.
The multi award winning Live From Jodrell Bank has today confirmed the support acts for a very special show with The Australian Pink Floyd. The Australian Pink Floyd will be performing a celebration show to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the seminal Pink Floyd album, The Dark Side Of The Moon and this spectacular show is a never to be repeated opportunity to catch the ultimate tribute act at the University Of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory.
The Love Supreme Jazz Festival has today revealed more acts added to their 2013 line up. Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will bring their critically acclaimed performance to the main stage of the inaugural festival on Saturday 6 July 2013. An additional eight acts, including Terence Blanchard will also join the phenomenal weekend bill at this stunning location. Taking place on 5, 6 and 7 July, at Glynde Place, near Brighton, the Love Supreme Jazz Festival is proud to highlight local talent across the weekend, curated by The Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton.
After the headliner announcement Fans were left in awe by the news that Hip Hop legend Nas was making a rare UK appearance at NASS 2013. Today ses's another big announcement that joining this already insane 2013 line-up will be NME award winner and girl of the moment Katy B.
A unique new production concept the Godskitchen Fusion Cube is set to take the GlobalGathering experience to a whole new level this summer. The Godskitchen Fusion Cube will play host to some of the biggest DJs on the planet including Ferry Corsten, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz, Aly & Fila and Paul Oakenfold over the weekend.
BBC Introducing have carefully selected 3 acts who will perform during the weekend at Lechlade Festival, bringing the best in the West to the festival stage. Bristol-based acoustic artist George Ezra and contemporary folk “troubadour” Sam Brookes will perform along with folk rock band Hot Feet, who hail from Stroud.
Nestled in the heart of the Eastern Electrics Festival will be their very own very own custom built pub. Taking inspiration from promoter Rob Star’s successful pub Group (The Star of Bethnal Green, Star of Kings and Star by Hackney Downs).
There has always been a flamboyant air around Bestival. With a cheeky touch of chichi style and a knowingly arched brow, they have played host, over the years, to some of the most outrageous turns around, from the finest alternative cabaret to some deliciously debauched club action. So, with their 10th birthday fast approaching from September 5th-8th, they have lined up the biggest and the very best array of ostentatious entertainment you’re ever likely to see, as Bestival goes cruising!
This year’s Playground Festival will bring together many of the godfathers/ innovators of house, techno and electro music alongside those making a significant rise on current underground scene to create a truly retrospective festival experience.
Boardmasters have so far confirmed a whopping 70 artists for what is shaping up to be the festival of the summer. With more acts yet to be announced they add to this spectacular showcase with their latest offering who will join the likes of Ben Howard, Basement Jaxx, Tom Odell, Everything Everything and Grandmaster Flash for the newly extended 3 day event in August.
SummerTyne Americana Festival has announced today that Martha Wainwright has been added as a headline act for the festival on Saturday 20th July. Opening for Martha will be Vermont born folk singer Sam Amidon on the back of his debut release “Bright Sunny South” for Nonesuch records. Another powerful and distinctive new voice, Sam has recently collaborated with Bill Frisell, Nico Muhly and Beth Orton and performed with Martha Wainwright in NYC.. Opening for Matthew E. White will be Nashville’s finest gospel group, The McCrary Sisters on Friday 19th July.
Organisers behind the music holiday brand Snowboxx, which took place in Andorra in March, have been celebrating the success of the brand's inaugural year. 1,000 tickets sold out a staggering ten weeks in advance of the event proving that customers are demanding more from their holiday experience.
T in the Park have today announced that Texas, Logic, AlunaGeorge, Laura Mvula, Deap Vally, Jagwar Ma, Ruen Brothers, MS MR, Brooke Candy and Josephine will all be joining the line up for this years 20th year celebrations.
Some of Britain’s sharpest and funniest writers will be joining this years Cornbury Music Festival for what looks to be the summer’s most entertaining literary festival. The brains behind the popular BBC QI series have joined forces with groundbreaking publisher Unbound to create the first Festival of Words which will run alongside the Cornbury Music Festival at Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire from 5-7 July.
Misty Miller will release her second EP, ‘Next To You,’ on 19th May, the follow up to her debut EP ‘Girlfriend’ that was released in February, featuring two lead tracks ”Next To You” and “Anything For You.”
The festival wants you to explore the far flung reaches of your imagination with over 100 jaw-dropping performances, from live comedy, music and theatre to walks, talks and interactive installations – all set across three sustainably powered stages.
Red Rooster has today announced an exclusive UK Festival performance from the mutli-award-winning blues legend Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins. At the age of 74, she has in six decades of performing, never played in the UK.
Due to exceptional demand from local residents, and those less willing or able to camp Bearded Theory Festival have announced that a limited number of day tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday have been made available. The festival being one of the first weekend camping festivals of the season, taking place at Kedleston Hall Park, Kedleston Road, Derby, Derbyshire, betweenFri 17th to Sun 19th May 2013.
Hard Rock Calling released details of a further 14 artists joining the weekend lineup. Deaf Havana, Dark Horses, Temperance Movement, Twin Forks, The Weeks and more will all join Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
Festival organisers for this year's festival have confirmed that Day tickets for the popular Shrewsbury Folk Festival have all but sold out.
The hit festival, which this year includes an appearance from The Be Good Tanyas and an exclusive performance from The Carolina Chocolate Drops, has already sold its allocation for Friday August 23rd, Saturday August 24th and Sunday August 25th with just a handful of tickets left for Monday August 26th. There are still adult and family weekend tickets, which take in all four days, available.
Organisers of the event at the West Mid Showground in Berwick Road have organised a number of exclusives just for Shrewsbury in a bid to offer visitors something different to this year's average festival.
This year's EXIT festival will be featuring a festival within a festival for the first time in its history. EXIT R:Evolution grows stronger day by day, promising one of the best festival editions ever!
Download Festival have released a further 25 acts to this year’s line up, including Thunder, Kvelertak, Devin Townsend, We Are The Ocean, Zico Chain, Blood Command, Black Moth, The Howling, Page 44 and Fierce Wounds
Larmer Tree Festival today released details of its comedy line up for this years event, the dealiners will be the ‘The Oscar Wilde of Comedy’ Dylan Moran, the Nation’s favourite impressionist Alistair McGowan and Rich Hall's Hoedown bringing a mixture of music, comedy, liquor and ‘spent dreams’
Glastonbury Festival confirmed today that soul legend Bobby Womack headline the West Holts at this year's Festival. Joined by The Bravest Band (featuring Damon Albarn and Richard Russell), the Sunday night performance is Womack’s only scheduled UK festival appearance this year. Alongside his new material, Glastonbury goers will get the chance to hear a greatest hits set with his full US band.
Camp Bestival have announced their biggest and best literary programme yet with an inspirational selection of over 50 speakers, authors, poets, journalists, scientists, philosophers, kids’ writers, illustrators and foodies including Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, Jo Whiley, Trevor Phillips OBE, Charlie Brooks, Howard Marks, Scroobius Pip, Kate Tempest, Adele Parks, Lily Vanilli and many more.
They played the very first T in the Park back in 1994 in their former incarnation Glass Onion, headlined in 2000 and 2005, and now the mighty Travis are set to return to Kinross to play T in the Park’s 20th year celebrations in what is set to be a poignant homecoming show for the band and audience alike. Other artists added to the Hurts, Johnny Marr, James Skelly, Jack Savoretti, Willy Mason, Foy Vance, Steve Mason, Milo Greene and DIIV joining the festival line-up over 12th – 14th July.
‘Baron of Techno’ Dave Clarke, eccentric electro DJ Kissy Sell Out, break beat icon Elite Force and the internationally acclaimed Justin Robertson top the bill at the Wickerman Festival’s Bass Camp dance village this year. Featuring the renowned Em-It and Skiddle tents and the Vinyl Frontier outdoor stage, dance fans can party until 5am each morning to an electrifying mix of progressive house, techno, electro and rave beats.
Leeds & Reading Festivals today released details of another tranche of artist for this years Festival, including Skindred, Gallows, Chvrches, British Sea Power, Fenech Soler and many more, details of all new artists below:
The Secret Garden Party is set to present a cornucopia of indulgent fun and games this summer, which includes everything from naked trampolining to casting spells or debating with David Icke. Here is a random list of what's on offer.
Farmfestival are looking for some fresh talent to add to their already stella DJ line-up for 2013. They are giving you the chance to win a set in the main dance tent at Farmfestival, plus T-shirts and weekend tickets for you and 3 mates.
Electric Daisy Carnival London looks set to make this Summer of Love an extra special one. The final wave of acts joining the line-up are Burns, Chris Lake, Chuckie, Deniz Koyu & Danny Avila, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dirty South, Feed Me, Flux Pavilion, Jack Beats, Mat Zo, Nero, NERVO, Sub Focus and Tom Staar.
Legendary Californian bluesman Seasick Steve is to join the party to celebrate Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival’s tenth anniversary (Beauly, Inverness-shire; 2nd and 3rd August 2013). Also announced are indie rockers Pigeon Detectives and Celtic artist Julie Fowlis making her first appearance at the event.
Bestival have been busy working on their most ambitious and largest project on site since they began. The Port is a landlocked harbour with HMS Bestival as its centrepiece surrounded by a pier, nautical sideshows and all the action of a bustling port…in a festival!
Brownstock Festival today released details of its first headliner The Fratellis plus Mark Ronson, The Pigeon Detectives and Doorly, who join the previously announced, The Cuban Brothers, Roni Size, Benga ft Youngman and DJ Yoda
Back in 2012 we chatted to Rich Bryan, organiser of Bearded Theory, about his background and the motivation behind this great event. You can read what he had to say HERE. We were duly fascinated and sent an FFA Reviewer along to discover if the festival was half as good as it sounded on paper …. Our guys actually found it twice as good! Read our review of the fabulous 2012 festival HERE.
Frontman Jesse Leach had this to say: “We are super excited to be on Hevy Fest this year! With a long list of punk, hardcore, and metal bands to do this in the past it is an honour! From what we have heard this year has a killer line up so again we are all excited for this! This is really my kind of festival with the diversity of bands and what seems to be a more down to earth atmosphere than your run of the mill fest. Looking forward to bringing the rage in August!”
In addition to showcases, Nova Scotia Music Week will host a VIP Networking Brunch for TGE Delegates at the Blind Tiger Club on Friday, starting at 12PM, and Alberta Music, Manitoba Music and SaskMusic will host a Prairie BBQ from 11:30AM on Saturday.
Following the VIP activities, the doors open to general admission for the Canadian showcases. The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) will present an Ontario Showcase on Thursday 16 May. Nova Scotia Music Week will host a showcase on Friday 17 May and Alberta Music, Manitoba Music and SaskMusic will combine for a Prairie BBQ Showcase on Saturday 18 May.
Hop Farm Music Festival is pleased to showcase a mixture of emerging and established talent from both the UK and around the world. Liverpool band The Lightning Seeds formed over two decades ago as ‘the perfect pop project’ and enjoyed a string of hits including ‘Pure’, ‘The Life of Riley’ and World Cup anthem ‘Three Lions’.
Greenbelt have today announced more additions to the music programme including jazz legend Courtney Pine, singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore, emerging folk sensation Blair Dunlop, “musical butterfly” Eska, agit-prop attitude from Grace Petrie, the final gig by funny acoustic hip-hoppers The Austin Francis Connection, and try your hand at soulful Sacred Harp Singing.
Last week witnessed the 40th act to be announced for South West Four 2013, in the form of second Sunday night headliner Knife Party. They take to the main stage just before Example and help bring their 10th Anniversary to a phenomenal close. Knife Party concluded the second phase of the lineup announcements, but with a further 30 acts still to be revealed.
Since BoomTown Fair’s upgrade to city status in 2012, not only has the population of the city expanded but so has the amount of mini venues throwing open their doors to get down and dirty with BoomTown’s annual Fair! Across the City’s six districts, over 30 shops, buildings and residential houses halt their usual business for four days and nights, allowing all BoomTown residents to enjoy and witness the hidden magic behind the winding streets of the Fair! These venues host a range of deranged temporary party worlds for the amusement and delight of each and every town resident! There is so much to see and do it’s hard to know where to start, but start they must, and here is a mini guided tour around all the magic, mayhem and mystery BoomTown Fair has to offer within its paradoxical mini venues...
Nas has today been announced as a headliner for this year's Nass. The only other events he will be playing outside the USA this year are Glastonbury and Wireless. Nass takes place at The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, between Thu 11th to Sun 14th July 2013 tickets on sale here.
Today Beacons festival has announce another batch of acts that will be playing at the festival this summer. The festival takes place at Funkirk Estate, Skipton, North Yorkshire betweenFri 16th to Sun 18th August 2013 and there is still at least another 10 acts to be announced.
T in the Park has today added another 9 acts to the line up for their 20th year celebrations. The acts added are Ke$ha, Little Mix, Lawson, Gabrielle Aplin,James Arthur, Diana Vickers, Lucy Spraggan, Bo Bruce and Josh Record.
Having been voted the ‘Best Small Festival’ at the European Festival Awards 2012, Tauron Nowa Muzyka is arguably the best underground electronic music festival you’ve never heard of. Shying away from predictable bookings, TNM pushes the boundaries of this genre to showcase those that innovate within it from special live performances, A/V shows, new collaborations, label showcases and DJ sets. Inhabited in the beautiful Katowice disused coalmine in the Upper Silesia Region of Poland, the area formerly used for industry has been transformed into a real mecca for contemporary music lovers. The old production halls, warehouses, carpentries and the amazing pressure tower prove to be the ideal acoustics for showcasing anything from instrumental nu-jazz to the dark sounds of minimal techno.
Takedown has revealed more details about their Aftershow party, hosted by Uprawr in association with Monster Energy.
Tek One, and Kerrang! Radio djs Alex Baker and Tommy Noble will be spinning some decks along with resident Uprawr djs, across 2 rooms in the Cube section of Southampton University's Student Union complex with music for everyone's club taste from dance music to dubstep. There will also be giveaways from Big Deal Clothing.
Anyone already familiar with the Uprawr club nights will know just how lively they usually are, and this will be no different. The ultimate party night is guaranteed!
Promoted as a standalone event, tickets can be purchased along with Takedown tickets, or seperately via here for the measly sum of £6.
With previous electronic headliners Modeselektor, Justice, Moderat, Audion, Carl Craig’s 69, SBTRKT, Richie Hawtin and Jamie xx, this year’s Field Day continues to welcome the cream of the electronic crop, including the likes of Disclosure, Daphni, Four Tet, Seth Troxler, Julio Bashmore, Jacques Greene, Todd Edwards, TNGHT…
Basingstoke Live announced the headline artists for 2013. Saturday night sees Bashy and CJ Beatz. Bashy is one of the most celebrated rappers in the new sphere of UK Hip Hop, earning a MOBO award nomination for his album ‘Catch Me If You Can’. Alongside Bashy in 2013 is BBC Radio 1xtra’s CJ Beatz. Having played numerous shows and festivals through out the UK and internationally with the likes of Ms Dynamite and Chipmunk, CJ is fast becoming the BBC 1xtra DJ to watch.
End of the Road's comedy stage is a big favourite, and this year's promises to be the funniest and most lovable lineup yet. Here's the full bill, with notes by the festival's comedy creator Sarah Bennetto.
Wakestock has confirmed Glaswegian rockers TWIN ATLANTIC as one of the latest additions to the line-up. Also announced is DJ JAKWOB who will be bringing his full live show to Wakestock this summer. Other acts added are DOG IS DEAD & London’s newest band THE HOWLING.
This year Shambala will become the UK's first bottled-water-free festival. Shambala has won multiple awards for its environmental and sustainability policies over the years and is one of a handful of truly pioneering green festivals. Festival goers are being asked to bring a reusable bottle which they can refill with free filtered water available at all of bars on site, reducing waste by an estimated 10,000 plastic bottles.
Today sees the announcement that Pete Tong, The Cribs, Tom Odell, Netsky, Zeds Dead, Doctor P, Dusky, Craig Charles, Hot Since 82, Waze & Odyssey, Russ Chimes, Kanka & Count Sizzle have all been added to this years line up. Jersey Live Festival 2013 with JT this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
My Bloody Valentine, Trash Talk, FIDLAR and The Virginmarys are the latest artists to join the T in the Park bill, and will be performing in Kinross over 12th – 14th July. T In The Park 2013 takes place at Balado Activity Centre, Kinross, Angus, between Fri 12th to Sun 14th July 2013 and this year celebrates it's 20th anniversary.
Indietracks announce Helen Love, The Wave Pictures and The Lovely Eggs are among 26 bands that have been added to this year's line-up for Indietracks. Also joining the bill are Haiku Salut, Monnone Alone, Alpaca Sport (Sweden), Anaesthetics, Big Wave, The Brilliant Corners, Cars Can Be Blue (USA), EXPENSIVE, The Fenestration, Finnmark!, Jupiter in Jars, Lardpony, Making Marks (Norway), The McTells, The Middle Ones, The Mini Skips, Northern Spies (Sweden), Pale Spectres (France), Seabirds, The Soulboy Collective (Germany), Tunabunny (USA), Without Feathers and Woog Riots (Germany).
Osfest is in full swing with only 5 weeks to go, this time operating as Break for the Border 2013. The Osfest team prepares to deliver its most exciting line up to date. This year the festival falls on bank holiday 24th – 27th May at its usual location of Oswestry Showground, Shropshire.
South West Four which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013 anounced its second Sunday headliner Knife Party who will join the lineup of world class DJs, live acts, UK festival exclusives and never before seen back to back sets.
Destroy Everything and Hype Clothing are very excited to announce their summer dates featuring I DIVIDE, ATTENTION THIEVES and WE ARE FICTION. With an equal billing, each band will headline their home town show and promise to deliver one of the hottest rock packages this year.
Leeds five-piece The Pigeon Detectives have recently released their first album in 2 years, ‘We Met At Sea’ via Cooking Vinyl records and are proud to announce a headline tour this Autumn. The tour takes in 14 dates around the UK, including London’s KOKO.
“We’re a live band. That’s where we cut our teeth, that’s where we’re most comfortable, that’s where we have the most fun. That’s where we made our name.” says the The Pigeon Detectives singer Matt Bowman.
Two years on from the release of his Mercury nominated debut, ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’, Ghostpoet releases his second album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ through Play It Again Sam. Having completed a series of headline European shows, Ghostpoet has announced Typesun as support on select dates of ‘The More Light Tour’ in the UK (see below).
King Krule @ Fred Perry SubSonic: Continuing their incredibly successful series of SubSonic shows, Fred Perry bring you the hottest acts via intimate sold-out shows. The most recent to perform was the much lauded King Krule.
King Krule is South East London’s rough jewel. A very talented young man, his unexpected deep and mournful baritone is disappointment and disillusionment personified. His first UK tour was a sell out and his status as ‘one to watch’ was cemented with an inclusion in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll. Global recognition has already started to spread, and this performance of 'Rock Bottom' shows why he's making such an impact.
Deaf Havana will be undertaking an 8 date UK tour in October to promote their eagerly awaited new album ‘Old Souls’ which sees them tug at the heartstrings of classic rock with gut-busting heft, slicing up their sound into 12 pieces of emotionally-driven songwriting. Prior to the tour Deaf Havana will be supporting Bruce Springsteen at Hard Rock Calling and performing at the Slam Dunk Festivals
Having enthralled rock fans across the UK and their infamous Download Festival slot, letlive are finally set to headline their very own 12 date tour of the UK and Ireland. The trek ends with a show at legendary rock venue The Underworld, the scene at which the band first played in London town as openers for Your Demise back in 2011.
Named after the famous Manx summit, where legend says the ancient Celtic God Manannan Mac Lir stalked his mighty fortress, Barrule fuses three distinct musical forces – Mabon frontman and accordion wizard Jamie Smith, gifted 20 year-old fiddle-player Tomás Callister and versatile accompanist Adam Rhodes (Mabon and King Chiaullee) on bouzouki. Together this compact but versatile acoustic unit create a powerful and wholly distinctive sound to put the small island in the Irish Sea firmly on the map.
Rituel, the house alliance formed by Christophe Monier (The Micronauts) and Thomas Regnault (Dew Town Mayor), is about to release their second EP, appropriately titled “Deux”. It features two brand new songs, “Club Zanzibar” and “Nirvana Dance”, each in your choice of club, radio and instrumental mixes.
John Mayer recently announced that he would be touring for the first time in nearly 3 years after a break due to vocal problems. Now back on the road to tour his acclaimed album ‘Born and Raised’ John has announced a performance at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday 20th October and now an additional performance at Wembley Arena on Saturday 26th October. John Mayer Wembley tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 17th May.
Suede have today announced the release of ‘Hit Me’ on 27th on May 2013, the second single to come from their new album ‘Bloodsports’. Brett Anderson said: “I think 'Hit Me' sounds the most like something off Coming Up. It’s got that kind of sort of fizzy, sort of pop-y thing going on.”
Ray Jackson, original front-man with the North-East’s favourite chart toppers from the 1970s, had today announced that LINDISFARNE are back......permanently. In 2014 Ray Jackson’s LINDISFARNE will be touring UK cities, appearing at concert halls and music festivals.
Grammy nominated and multi million selling three-piece Paramore have announced today that they will be returning to the UK and Ireland for 6 shows in September 2013. This will follow on from the band’s appearance at this year’s Radio 1 Big Weekend in LondonDerry/Derry.
The new single from Roll Deep, features Wiley, Manga, J2K, Brazen, DJ Target, Scratchy and Lauren Pope with the official video due to be released on Thursday 16th June. Filmed at The Sugar Hut in Essex and featuring non other than Towie's own Lauren Pope, here's the teaser!!
Cornwall born Matt Woods is set to release his first video 'Wash Me Clean', and announce his upcoming new EP. Hotly tipped by BBC Introducing and having been in the studio with some of the industry's most influential tastemakers, Woods' sound is refreshing with a raw and poetic edge.
Rituel formed by Christophe Monier (The Micronauts) and Thomas Regnault (Dew Town Mayor), has announced the release of their second EP, appropriately titled “Deux”. It features two brand new songs, “Club Zanzibar” and “Nirvana Dance”, each in your choice of club, radio and instrumental mixes.
One of the most diverse and exciting musical collaborations is finally set to be released on a double CD: Tangerine Dream announces the eagerly awaited release of STARMUS – SONIC UNIVERSE featuring Brian May. The result of a very special set, at the Starmus Festival in Tenerife.
Hard Rock International called on aspiring musicians around the globe to rock out for a chance at stardom through this year’s Hard Rock Rising, the world’s largest global battle of the bands competition. The Carnabys, from Hard Rock’s hometown of London, answered that call beating out more than 12,000 competitors in this international battle!
The Wanted, have today announced details of their first single of 2013. ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ is to be released in the UK on June 23rd. The new track was co-written and produced by the legendary Dr Luke who has previously worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Britney Spears.
Omar since first breaking through to worldwide renown all the way back in 1991 with his first releases on Gilles Petersons seminal Talking Loud label, and going onto work with all manner of musical legends including a certain Stevie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Syreeta Wright, Common, and Carleen Anderson. With willing, enthusiastic and supportive collaborators like that, it's undeniable that Omar maintains his reputation as a soul music Don par excellence.
Ahead of the release Ahead of the release of their debut album 'Sistrionix' on June 24th, Deap Vally have unveiled the video for their new single 'Baby, I Call Hell' (out June 17th) on Vevo/ YouTube over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Wilder was the second and final album by The Teardrop Explodes, originally released in November 1981 and a radical, post-punk classic that’s ripe for reappraisal. Ambitious, colourful and catchy and with more ideas at play than most groups could conjure up in a lifetime, like so many great albums, it simply confused people in its audacity.
At the start of the year, ‘Reward’ had given the Teardrops their only Top Ten hit but amidst all the publicity that always surrounded the group, Wilder reached only a disappointing 29 in the charts. The first extracted single ‘Passionate Friend’, despite two appearances on Top of the Pops, barely scraped into the Top 30. Within a year of Wilder’s release, the group had split up.
This new edition features the original album in all its glory, plus a second disc compiled and sequenced by Julian Cope containing all the related singles, b-sides and BBC radio sessions. Cope also provides a track by track while Dave Balfe, the Teardrops’ original keyboard player, foil and sometime nemesis to Cope, along with guitarist Troy Tate provide further notes; Balfe’s essay is a particularly honest and revealing account of the recording process.
Disc two is effectively an alternative version of the album, the BBC sessions presenting many key songs in a noticeably different form, closer to how the group used to play them live. One the eve of recording Wilder, bassist Alfie Agius and keyboard player Jeff Hammer (both of whom play on the radio sessions) were jettisoned, leaving only Cope, ever-faithful drummer Gary Dwyer and guitarist Tate. Dave Balfe then returned, whereupon he and Cope proceeded to rearrange virtually every song with a much greater emphasis on synths and experimentation, and with a far more downbeat complexion than the well-crafted psychedelic pop that was their trademark.
The radio sessions also include songs which didn’t make it on to the album; Cope’s take on John Cale’s ‘I’m Not The Loving Kind’ and the powerful ‘Screaming Secrets’, a live tour de force which the group never nailed in the studio. Cope would eventually record it for St Julian.
Disc two also rounds up the b-sides to the three singles taken from Wilder: the infectious ‘Passionate Friend’, the punchy, brass-led ‘Colours Fly Away’, and the exquisitely plaintive ‘Tiny Children’, plus the non-album single ‘You Disappear From View’, a last-ditch reversion to the ‘Reward’ formula, released in 1983 after the group had split up. It’s a rich and varied selection including the more challenging ‘Christ Vs Warhol’ and ‘Window Shopping For A New Crown Of Thorns’, the charming, atypical ‘Rachel Built A Steamboat’, ‘Suffocate’ (a re-recorded version of the song which only appeared on the US version of Kilimanjaro) and a full-on, live ‘Sleeping Gas’, recorded at Club Zoo.
Amidst the disbelief and surprise at Wilder’s poor showing, Club Zoo was an outrageously excess all areas six week stint at the tiny Pyramid Club in Liverpool featuring the Wilder line up of Cope, Balfe, Dwyer and Tate plus new bassist Ronnie Francois. Designed to break in the new band, it was more a dress rehearsal for the American tour that followed - a fraught, drug-fuelled disaster which saw the group unravel to a point from which they never really recovered.
Few groups promised as much as the Teardrop Explodes in those heady post-punk days, even fewer groups scaled the same dizzy creative heights. Wilder was their mountain top.
CD1 – Original Album
1. Bent Out Of Shape 2. Colours Fly Away 3. Seven Views Of Jerusalem 4. Pure Joy 5. Falling Down Around Me 6. The Culture Bunker 7. Passionate Friend 8. Tiny Children 9. Like Leila Khaled Said 10. … And The Fighting Takes Over 11. The Great Dominions
CD2 – B-Sides and BBC Sessions
1. Christ Versus Warhol (B-side ‘Passionate Friend’) 2. Rachael Built A Steamboat (B-side ‘Tiny Children’) 3. Suffocate (B-side ‘You Disappear From View’) 4. Window Shopping For A New Crown Of Thorns (B-side ‘Colours Fly Away’) 5. Ouch Monkeys (B-side ‘You Disappear From View’) 6. East Of The Equator (B-side ‘Colours Fly Away’) 7. Sleeping Gas (Live from Club ZOO, December 1981) (B-side ‘Tiny Children’) 8. The In-Psychlopedia (B-side ‘You Disappear From View’) 9. You Disappear From View 10. Soft Enough For You (B-side ‘You Disappear From View’) 11. Pure Joy Wins Out Again (BBC Session, Peel Plus, 1981) 12. Like Leila Khaled Said (BBC Session, Peel Plus, 1981) 13. I’m Not The Loving Kind (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981) 14. The Culture Bunker (BBC Session, Peel Plus, 1981) 15. …And The Fighting Takes Over (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981) 16. Better Scream / Make That Move (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981 17. Bent Out Of Shape (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981) 18. Screaming Secrets (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981)
Pitbull is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales exceed 5 million albums and 40 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has had #1 hits in more than 15 countries and his videos have been viewed more than 3 billion times. Not to mention he’s sold out concerts in the USA, Latin America, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe.
Mark Owen will release his fourth solo album entitled The Art Of Doing Nothing on 10th June via Polydor. It will be his most collaborative to date and his first since Take That reunited in 2006. It is, says Owen, an album about each everyone’s “massively significant, tiny little speck life”.
The record fills the gap where Owen was supposed to be putting his feet up. When Take That finished their record-breaking Progress tour in 2011, they agreed to take a break for a year. Except, contrary to his new record's title, Mark Owen isn't very good at doing nothing. He had to be doing something. So he sat in his garden and did some sketches for an animation, then some painting. When Ben Mark and Jamie Norton, his long-time songwriting partners turned up, what he's done for most of his life naturally became the focus. “I’ve been making songs for 20 years now and I don’t really know what else to do,” he says, “it’s my hobby and my day job all in one." Gradually, the trio's chats developed into a concept: The Art of Doing Nothing. It was a notion of creating by not forcing things, by just letting the moment take over. “We didn’t think too hard about the songs,” says Mark. For the obsessive Owen, this was a new approach.
Rituel, the house alliance formed by Christophe Monier (The Micronauts) and Thomas Regnault (Dew Town Mayor), is about to release their second EP, appropriately titled “Deux”. It features two brand new songs, “Club Zanzibar” and “Nirvana Dance”, each in your choice of club, radio and instrumental mixes.
Fehrplay delivers his hotly anticipated 4th release for Pryda Friends, coming back with the huge anthem "Phantom." With its massive piano line, driving drums, rolling bass and percussion, we will undoubtedly be hearing this light up the dance floors worldwide, starting at Miami music week where he'll be spinning at Space alongside Eric Prydz, Pete Tong and Joris Voorn on the 22nd March. Originally premiered in demo form on a Fehrplay guest mix for Above & Beyond to massive response, the finished version packs a huge sonic punch so expect huge support on radio and from the Dj fraternity.
Travis seal their comeback with a sublime new single ‘Where You Stand’, the title track from their seventh album, out August 19th. Released on their own relaunched label Red Telephone Box via Kobalt Label Services.
Driven by piano, acoustic guitar and Fran Healy’s incomparable voice, ‘Where You Stand’ is “the most emotional track on the record”, according to the band’s Andy Dunlop and extols the virtues of loyalty at all costs. It was co-written by Travis’s Dougie Payne, Fran Healy and London singer-songwriter Holly Partridge and was produced by Michael Ilbert (The Hives/The Cardigans/The Wannadies).
The song’s stoical tone is undercut by an unforgettable video of trademark Travis wit, as Fran Healy is intrepidly subjected to what Dougie laughingly calls “slapstick torture” – the result of a whole day spent shivering in a freezing cold Glasgow warehouse as he was pelted with “as many outrageous, messy things as possible.” It was both conceived and directed by Fran Healy and you can watch it here...
Well I Never ….. With Wigan Athletic at Wembley for the FA Cup Final the first time in history, local Wigan folk-rockers Merry Hell just felt as though they had to do it - record a cup final song. It's not something they ever imagined doing but sometimes you just have to seize the opportunity. The track is called Roberto's Revolution, which will give some of you a clue as to which song has been partially re-written to do this.
Please download the track and if you like it please make a donation to the Christie Hospital.(the World-leading cancer treatment and research centre).
Bruno Mars has announces another 4 additional UK dates to ‘The Moonshine Jungle World Tour’. On the 21 November he will be playing a third date at The O2 Arena, London followed by dates in Nottingham on 22 November, Liverpool on 24 November and Newcastle on 25 November.
Babyshambles are set to play an autumn tour spanning two months, these are their first UK dates since November 2010. They will head out to Glasgow Barrowlands on September 4th, and the O2 Academy Bournemouth on 21st October, the band will play London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 14thSeptember.
Dublin duo Last Days Of 1884 have just revealed their new single "Lost Hearts", courtesy of the fine folks at Pitchfork. A winding, explorative with darker undertones than we are used to from this duo, "Lost Hearts" serves as a wonderful teaser of what is to come from this duo.
The 1975 have announced they will release their debut album on September 9th, through Dirty Hit/Polydor. Co-produced by Arctic Monkeys collaborator Mike Crossey, the album is set to cement their status as the breakthrough band of the year. Details of their self-titled album come with the announcement that the acclaimed four-piece have added more dates to their September UK tour and will headline O2 Academy Brixton and Manchester Academy in January 2014.
‘Major Lazer’s second album ‘Free The Universe’ has a new confirmed release date of April 15 via Because Music for the UK/EU. You can pre-order the album from today and also grab the third single ‘Watch Out For This (Bumaye)’ which features famed dancehall artist Busy Signal, along with The Flexican & FS Green.
The group issued a statement on the postponement below:
"Our fans are the most important part of what makes Major Lazer what it is. It is with that consideration that ‘Free The Universe’ will not be released this month as previously scheduled. We never want to disappoint our supporters but circumstances out of our control have made us unable to keep the intended date. For anyone disappointed, we are truly apologetic and we promise that this hiccup has only made what we have planned for the album stronger. We tried extremely hard to keep the date but it was ultimately decided that rushing the album would have been unfair to you and everyone who worked so hard on it. There will be information soon about the album pre-order and we are working with everyone to be able to deliver you a few songs prior to the release."
‘Watch Out For This (Bumaye)’ is free when you pre-order the album over at iTunes here.
In the meantime, Major Lazer are embarking on a world tour that takes in four UK shows. You can also download the free remix EP, Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 1, below.
DOWNLOAD LAZER STRIKES BACK Vol. 1 VOLUME 1
1. Major Lazer & Flux Pavilion - Jah No Partial (Jack Beats Remix) 2. Major Lazer - Get Free feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors (Cris Cab Cover) 3. Major Lazer - Original Don feat. The Partysquad (DGRC Remix) 4. Hot Chip - Look Where We Are (Major Lazer Extended Remix)
MAJOR LAZER UK SHOWS 2013 Tickets 1/5 The Plus, Sheffield 2/5 O2 Academy, Oxford 3/5 O2 Academy, Bristol 4/5 The Roundhouse, London
FFA caught up with a very busy Blair Dunlop, burgeoning singer/songwriter and Albion Band member, to discover a little about his solo career and collaborations, The Albion Band, and what the future may hold for this young talent….
The Fallows are a four piece acoustic/folk/rock band from Coventry who feature accessible self written material. This year they are playing at numerous festivals and today we can confirm dates booked so far.To read more about them and listen to their music click here
FFA were delighted to chat with one of the scene’s most amiable characters, Bob Kettle of Merry Hell. We discovered what makes him and the band tick, including some surprising influences - Leonard Cohen, Marx & Engels, and Littlewood’s Catalogue all play their part! Now read on ……
Celebrity cameos in the video include Charlie Sheen,NFL’s Chad Ochocinco Johnson, Dez Bryant, and Dwayne Bowe, basketball player Tristan Thompson, All-American Rejects’ Tyson Ritter, rapper Shaggy, singer-actresses Adrienne Bailon, Keana Texeira, Miami-based DJ Irie, and more.
Vintage Trouble are set to release a brand new single “Pelvis Pusher” on the 8th July 2013. The single is the perfect showcase of the band – driving rhythms, overlaid with the guitar work of Nalle Colt and the unique vocal style of the explosive front man Ty Taylor. The band recently performed the song live on Jay Leno’s Show in the USA. See the performance here....
A slew of European dates this coming autumnhave today been confirmed. For those unable to catch them on May 27th at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, you can now buy tickets for their shows on September 9 at London’s Brixton O2 Academy, September 11th at O2 Academy Birmingham, September 12th at Manchester Academy.
Following his critically acclaimed new album Thank You Mr Churchill, and his successful 35th Anniversary Tour of his live album Frampton Comes Alive!, Grammy®-winning guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton will play a rare UK concert at the London Camden Roundhouse on Tuesday 5th November.
Crystal Fighters have unveiled another new track from their forthcoming second album 'Cave Rave'. The song 'You & I' premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show last night and the stunning video is now available on the band's YouTube channel here....
Tom Odell has added a second night for London’s Shepherds Bush Empire this Autumn. He will play the legendary venue on the 22nd and 23rd of October. News of this second headline date comes just days after Tom was announced as one of the special guests supporting The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park this summer. Tom plays the second of the two huge shows on July 13th. Tickets here.
M People have announced a UK tour in celebration of their 20th anniversary since release of acclaimed seminal album ‘Elegant Slumming’ and as a full live band, including a date in Glasgow at the Clyde Auditorium on Thursday 24th October!
Mercury prize winners M People emerged out of the club scene in Manchester in the early nineties and became one of the world’s biggest dance acts selling more than 11 million records. With the unmistakable voice of Heather Small joining Paul Heard, Shovell and founder Mike Pickering,M People released 20 Top 40 singles, including 10 Top 10s including inspirational national anthems like "Moving On Up", "Search For The Hero" and "One Night In Heaven".
M People's first album the acclaimed ‘Northern Soul’ was released in 1992 and was hailed as one of the best dance albums of that year and spun their first top 10 single ‘How Can I love You More’. It wasn’t until the band’s line up was complete in 1993 with the addition of percussionist Shovell that M People went onto win a Brit Award and the prestigious Mercury Music Prize with their second album ‘Elegant Slumming’.
M People’s third album, 1994’s ‘Bizarre Fruit’ stayed in the UK chart for two and a half years and saw the band win another Brit Award. A few years later the band produced fourth album ‘Fresco’.
This October will be M People’s first full tour in eight years following their Ultimate Collection arena dates in 2005 and sees Heather Small, Paul Heard and Shovell take on 14 dates across the country including a massive show at Manchester Arena. Heather said:
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road with the guys again. It’s been 8 years since we last toured together and we always have such fun, you can expect a big party on that stage!”
M People are quite simply THE ultimate feel good band, and this 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits tour will show just why they hold a long-standing reign of popular dance music.
Tickets for their date at Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on Thursday 24th October go onsale Friday 26th April at 10am
October 2013 Thursday 10 Manchester Arena Friday 11 Bristol Colston Hall Saturday 12 Bournemouth International Centre Monday 14 Guildford G Live Tuesday 15 Ipswich Regent Wednesday 16 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall Friday 18 Sheffield City Hall Saturday 19 Wolverhampton Civic Hall Sunday 20 Liverpool Empire Theatre Tuesday 22 York Barbican Wednesday 23 Newcastle City Hall Thursday 24 Glasgow Clyde Auditorium Saturday 26 Southend Cliffs Pavilion Sunday 27 London Theatre Royal Drury Lane
WatchTheDuck are musical innovators, groundbreakers and scene-changers who are poised to take the music they love to people and places they would never have imagined possible. This is evolution in action; ingenuity on a roll. “Poppin’ Off,” their debut single set for release June 23rd via Relentless Records, reflects their broad musical history—a history that embraces soul, dance, trap, rap, hip hop and dubstep with something fresh, new and exciting that’s aimed at a much broader crowd. The results are revolutionary.
Heartsrevolution are back with a refreshing burst of pop rock dance music and a healthy dose of social commentary as the cherry on top. Signed to Kitsune and Skrillex's label Owsla, their musical evolution includes additional mixing resources from legendary hip hop producer Just Blaze. While putting the finishing touches on their Swarovski-covered crystal ice cream truck (a method of transport which also serves as the Heartsrevolution tour bus) which will be unveiled this May at a festival in NYC. Heartsrevolution are set to release an EP later this Spring.
Formed in 1969, Mott The Hoople went on to become one of the best loved and most influential rock groups of all time. Their string of hits started with the David Bowie-penned “All The Young Dudes”, after which the band’s legend was written with original classics such as “All the Way From Memphis”, “Roll Away The Stone”, “Saturday Gigs” and “The Golden Age Of Rock N Roll”.
Sleeping With Sirens with two full lengths and an EP under their belts, have sold in excess of 260,000 albums to date. Their YouTube channel has now had over 95 million views and they have had numerous sold out tours in both the US and most recently the UK.
Rebelution, will head to Europe in June to perform at the Glastonbury and GoldCoast Festivals, headline shows in London, Brighton, Bristol, Southampton and Milton Keynes as well as a performance at the Sumol Festival in Portugal. This will be Rebelution’s first trip back to Europe after their 2010 tour supporting 2009’s “Bright Side of Life” album.
Misty Miller is set to release her second EP, ‘Next To You,’ on 19th May, the follow up to her debut EP ‘Girlfriend’ that was released in February, featuring two lead tracks ”Next To You” and “Anything For You.”
Melbourne’s finest genre-busting, multi-platinum collective THE CAT EMPIRE have today announced their biggest world tour to date, which will see them play almost 70 shows across three continents in celebration of the release of their fifth studio album “Steal The Light”.
Bedfordshire’s finest, Don Broco, today release their single Whole Truth via Search And Destroy Records. The track, laden with pop hooks is taken from their debut album “Priorities,” which topped the UK rock chart when it was released last year. The band were also iTunes Best New Rock Act of 2012.
After two year's away Shed Seven have today announced that they will be touring and performing their greatest hits and a selection of fan favourites this December. The tour will see them play the ever popular hit singles such as ‘Going For Gold’, ‘Disco Down" and ‘Chasing Rainbows’.
Following on from their successful appearance on ‘The Big Reunion’ earlier this year, and a forthcomingsold outshow at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 3rdMay,Blueare back on the road visitingNorwich, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow, BirminghamandLondonin October.
After storming the UK charts once again with latest single ‘White Noise feat AlunaGeorge’, Disclosure have announced their debut album, ‘Settle’, out June 3rd on PMR Records. It will be preceded by their new single ‘You & Me’, available from April 28th.
Deap Vally will be heading to the UK for live dates around the release of 'Sistrionix', including a recently announced headline show at London’s Scala and UK festival appearances atGlastonbury, The Great Escape, Dot To Dot and Reading & Leeds. Currently on tour in the US, following recent tours with Muse, The Vaccines and Mumford & Sons, the band follow scorching sets at Coachella with US dates with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and will be appearing at all the major US festivals this summer.
Following from the release of 2010’s debut album ‘Astro Coast’and 2011’s‘Tarot Classics’ EP, Floridian Powerpop quartet Surfer Blood return with their eagerly anticipated new album ‘Pythons’ set for release on 17th June on Sire Recordsvia ADA Music.
Ultraísta are pleased to announce the release of new single ‘Smalltalk’, due April 22nd through their own label I Am Fortified. Taken from their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, ‘Smalltalk’ is backed by remixes from Four Tet, Matthew Dear, Sasha and Whomi,
The Outcast Band has won The Bearded Theory band competition, well done guys. They will play on The Tornado Town stage at Bearded Theory Festival on Sat 18 May 13. Over 100 bands entered, 14 finalists were chosen and The Outcast Band won by over 100 votes. The band are currently working on a new album and lining up more festival slots.
There was a time of vinyl, record stores and waiting up to two weeks for your favourite import to arrive. Now music is instant with MP3’s, downloads and album's less likely to sell as people are more likely to cherry pick individual songs.
America's West Coast has never really been the hotbed of electronic music that has the East. Until Culprit took control that is. It's a label run by production and DJ trio Droog (aka Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin & Justin Sloe) that releases music from the likes of M A N I K, Burnski, Lee Foss and Soul Clap. Ahead of them playing Somewhere at Club Warehouse on Saturday April 20th with Richie Ahmed we caught up with them ahead of the show. tickets
Dead Can Dance have announced the winner of the competitionto make a video for their new single, 'Children Of The Sun'. The winner, Jerónimo Albornoz (Ecuador) describes the video as, “Being reborn by your inner spirit. A huge force that drives us through life.”
A diverse and exciting musical collaboration is finally ready to hit your speakers on double CD: Tangerine Dream have announced the eagerly awaited release of STARMUS – SONIC UNIVERSE with guest guitarist Brian May.
Heaven’s Basement currently on tour with Black Veil Brides in Europe, before returning to play Download in June, have just confirmed a run of UK headline shows in July. The 12 date tour starts in Norwich on July 2nd and culminates on Thur 18th at London’‘s legendary 100 Club.
Nokia and La Blogotheque today announce the second leg of their Lumia Live Sessions tour with an intimate gig on 2nd May 2013 fronted by British electro pop band Fenech-Soler, who will perform in a mixed martial arts caged arena in Leeds to an audience of approx150 people.
Two additional arenas and even more superstar DJs have been announced for this year's Global gathering festival. The names include....Afrojack, James Zabiela, Dada Life, Mark Knight, Eats Everything, Dusky, George FitzGerald, MK plus many more!
2013 has already proved to be a busy year for Jackie D Williams. In January he self-released his first EP “Unite With Me” reaching No.4 on the RnB iTunes charts and Top 100 on the main charts and at the end of January performing his first ever headline SOLD OUT show at Camden’s Barfly. Since then Jackie D has been doing a handful of supports for Delilah, Daley & has just finished supporting Bluey Robinson on his UK tour whilst busily working on the follow up EP to Unite With Me.
Washington Modest Mouse over the last decade have become the indie rock standard and one of the few bands capable of treading the narrow path where massive popularity is possible without sacrificing their long-time fans.
Returning to Channel 4 next week with a new series featuring some of the UK’s hottest live acts. The 2013 run of shows includes stunning live performances and insightful backstage interviews from Suede, Palma Violets, Laura Mvula, Tom Odell, Bastille, Johnny Marr, AlunaGeorge and Primal Scream – all filmed at The Hospital Club Studio in London.
Always relied upon to deliver a stellar line up of genre pushing, ground breaking bands at the forefront of the hard-hitting music heavy-weights of this world and now in its 7th year, Avocado Booking are excited to present the line-up for the Impericon Never Say Die Tour! Tour 2013 and continue to bring audiences an un-miss-able tour. Tickets go on-sale 9am on Thursday 16th May.
Propaganda has announced that Josh Franceschi, from You Me At Six, will DJ at Propaganda Norwich on 31st May. Expect huge tunes and a rocking dance floor as the You Me At Six front man takes to the decks for this one off show.
James Jacob AKA Jakwob, began making music aged 10 and as a multi-instrumentalist he has been involved in many bands. Starting out in jazz but moving on to death metal and folk, his style is now notable for transcending genres and its relative accessibility given the dubstep genre.
Hospital Records, one of London’s leading independent record labels and long term purveyors of all things Drum & Bass, has today announced the opening of the world’s first ever pop up Hospital Shop at Boxpark in Shoreditch between 13th May and 24th June 2013.
Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso (two thirds of Swedish House Mafia) have now confirmed they will be coming together to bring a new concept to Ibiza this summer. Fresh off their sell out world tour and with a No. 1 single and album under their belt, DEP/\RT\/RES begins 19th June and returns every Wednesday until it touches down for the final time on the 11th September.
De Montfort Hall has announce further details of their summer music event taking place on 27th and 28th July at De Montfort Hall and Gardens. The event forms part of the Hall’s centenary celebrations and will be headlined by indie rockers The Young Knives. Further performances will come from Jersey Budd and By The Rivers with much more still to be announced.
Grammy nominated songstress behind the biggest global song of 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Sky Blu the lyrical mastermind of LMFAO are the latest additions to the stellar line-up heading to Singapore for the Social Star Awards.
Pacha Ibiza celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and reveals Pachaʼs DJ and club night line-ups for the 2013 season. With a solid base of credible, underground and superstar DJ talent, and four new weekly parties. This is how summer 2013 will sound at Ibizaʼs most famous nightclub.
Revolution Harmony, the brainchild of British music lecturer/journalist Ray Holroyd, has announced the July 18th release of its debut All-Star charity single, 'We Are.' The song features vocals from Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) and Ihsahn (Emperor), as well as guitar solos by Devin Townsend.
Robbie Williams, The Saturdays and Jamie Cullum have been confirmed to perform live at the 31stSony Radio Academy Awards. The UK’s leading radio awards ceremony, organised by The Radio Academy, will be held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday 13th May and is hosted by Chris Evans.
'Arrival' is London's Premiere Hip Hop night put together by DJ Semtex and the Mama group, bringing the newest and exciting names in HipHop to the UK first. Previous shows include; Pusha T, Joey Badass, Riff Raff, Dyme A Duzin, and the next episode features Atlanta's hottest up and coming MC, Trinidad James.
Dates for this year’s Open Mic UK singing competition have been announced, and with over 9,000 entrants last year, the 2013 competition is set to be the biggest yet! The search for the UK’s best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists starts this August!
Punch Record’s Youth Music Venture, Music Potential; is a project funded by Barclaycard and Global Radio specifically to connect with young people not in employment, education or training. The video is of the event which was recently staged at Wembley arena.
Three more dates have been added for The Big Reunion Christmas Party due to phenomenal demand. Featuring 5ive, Atomic Kitten, B*witched, Liberty X, 911 and Honeyz the new dates include matinee shows to be added to the tour in London and Manchester, as well as an additional Nottingham date. The full tour dates are as follows:
With last week showing the music world just why every single Artist, Manager, A&R and music fan knows there is only one place to be on a Friday. This week see's LoveDough resident Melody Kane take to the stage with some of the feistiest female artists around.
Cream Mallorca return's to BCM to take up their exclusive residency for the Summer. Boasting some of the biggest and best electronic acts in the world including Calvin Harris, AVICII, Axwell, Alesso, Nicky Romero, Burns plus many more yet to be announced.
HebCelt is urging it's fans not to throw all their rubbish away and is one of eight venues in Scotland to host innovative schemes where people are given incentives for recycling glass, aluminium and plastic drinks containers.
A free gig was attended yesterday in Manchester's Gorilla by hundreds of 16 and 17 year olds from around the U.K. The event saw sets from chart toppers Rudimental and Manchester’s very own The 1975 which was part run by six teenagers who won the chance to ‘Run The Show’.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a 2 weekend affair - identical line-ups for each weekend. Unlike the British festivals it's pretty normal to stay offsite in motels or hotels (for the after parties), although apparently the camping experience (in the desert?! no thanks) is something that "should be done".
Winner of Green Parent magazine’s Green Festival award in 2012, Sunrise festival has long been recognised as one of the UK’s most family-friendly festivals, and this year, under the new Sunrise: Another World “festival micronation” format (30th May till 2nd June) in the nature wilds of Thoulstone Park, it promises to offer more magical and fun adventures for kids than ever before.