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New Album ‘Version Of Me’ Out October 21st


With her highly anticipated stunning seventh album ‘Version Of Me’ out this Friday on her own Red Girl Records label, Melanie C announces an exciting run of UK dates in April next year. Melanie will take ‘Version Of Me’ on the road to five major cities across the UK, including a show at Shepherds Bush Empire on April 8th.


Recorded in LA and London, ‘Version Of Me’ is a richly textured, lushly atmospheric, deeply personal album which lays bare her life over beats, shimmering synths, striking percussion and strings. It’s Melanie as you’ve always known her – adventurous, honest, infectiously pop – but as you’ve never heard her before.


Melanie C plays:


April 2017

Tue 4th                        GLASGOW, O2 ABC

Wed 5th                      LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy 1

Thu 6th                         MANCHESTER, O2 Ritz

Sat 8th                         LONDON, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Sun 9th                        BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute 1


Pre-sale tickets are available via gigsandtours.com from 10am on Wednesday 19th October. Tickets go on general sale Friday 21st October at 10am. VIP Packages will be available.


Since going solo back in 1999, Melanie C has enjoyed 2 number 1 singles, 6 Top 10 singles and over 3 million album sales. Melanie C launched Red Girl Records in 2004 and has released four albums to date on the label: 2005’s ‘Beautiful Intentions’, 2007’s ‘This Time’, 2011’s ‘The Sea’ and 2012’s ‘Stages’.





‘Legendary pioneer of the punk movement, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, is back on the road with his one man show of storytelling and acoustic performance. First showcased at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and touring by popular demand, Matlock takes time out from recording his new album to have a chat with his fans and play some tunes from decades of material that started at the tender age of 16 when rebellion ruled and West London embodied the spirit of rock n roll’  

Glen Matlock is one of rock’s most iconic figures, bass player, gentleman, founding member and songwriter for the iconic Sex Pistols firmly placed in the annals of rock n roll history for his part in the bands short, but meteoric rise to fame, the voice of a generation and a band that influenced and changed not just music, but life as we know it.

Glen’s contribution to the Sex Pistols, and thus culture itself, is well documented. Penning the anthem ‘Pretty Vacant’, arguably the most famous punk song ever, Glen wrote the music to all the Sex Pistols classics, including ‘Anarchy In The UK’ and ‘God Save The Queen’, creating the benchmarks for any aspiring rock band who followed in their wake. Periodic Sex Pistols reunions have allowed the world the chance to see Glen reaffirm his rightful position as the cornerstone of the band.

In the late 70’s Glen’s next band, The Rich Kids, a mini super group featuring Midge Ure (Ultravox/ Visage/ Band Aid) and Rusty Egan put out one of the most influential albums of that time, ‘Ghosts Of Princes In Towers’. A recent sold out reunion gig saw Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) join them on stage for a night of pure, nostalgic post punk rock.  Throughout the 80’s Glen went on to write and tour with Iggy Pop, keeping him musically sharp and much sought after by bands at that time.

In the 1990s Glen emerged as a solo force to be reckoned with. His album ‘Who’s he Think he is When he’s at Home?’ recorded for Creation Records, home of Oasis, was a full-on guitar album, blistering in its intensity, taking everyone by surprise. Not content to kick up his heels, the reinvention continued with a series of fine albums by his band project, The Philistines. Invigorated in the wake of the Pistols re-emergence, Glen continued to record songs to rival those on ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ for swagger and craft. ‘Open Mind’, ‘On Something’, & ‘Born Running’ were albums showcasing the full spectrum of Glen’s prowess.  it’s not just Glen’s solo work that sets him apart from the pack. Headhunted by artists from all backgrounds and styles, both in the U.K. and abroad, has seen him not merely contribute, but shape some of the coolest sounds around. Recent acclaimed cutting edge albums by Wendy James, Viv Albertine, and King Mob have been enriched by his input, while his own studio projects with Earl Slick (Bowie’s guitarist) & Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) show a continuing rich vein of inspirational song writing. Always in demand live, Glen has heeded the call from all corners of the musical world, whether it be the rockabilly of Robert Gordon or performing in the reformed Faces with Ronnie Wood.

Glen is a troubadour in every sense of the word. A storyteller and all round personable guy. Performed at Glastonbury and Montreux Jazz Festival this year, his solo shows involve as much conversation as music, with Glen informally narrating anecdotes his life, interspersed with his songs in an acoustic, rockabilly style.

An Evening With Glen Matlock – Tour Dates & Tickets

Nov 1stManchester, Gorilla

Nov 4thGloucester, Guildhall

Nov 6thRamsgate, Music Hall

Nov 7th – Brighton, Komedia

Nov 10th – Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre

Nov 11th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

Nov 12th Newcastle, Think Tank

Nov 13th –Glasgow, Broadcast

Nov 17thDerby, Hairy Dog

Nov 18th – Nantwich, Words & Music Festival, Crown Hotel.

Nov 22ndBristol, Colston Hall

Nov 23rdFalmouth, Pavillions




‘Iconic 60’s legends The Zombies, back on the road with a special homecoming concert at St Albans Cathedral, a guest performance at BBC London’s Children In Need Fundraiser & Vintage Tv’s Electric Dreams Weekender’

An extensive global tour, performances over two consecutive years at Glastonbury, appearances on Jools Holland, The Great Escape Festival and 6 Music firmly placed The Zombies on everyone’s Spotify playlists last year, with young and old, newcomers and fans alike celebrating a musical British institution. Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, once hailed in the USA as leaders of the British Invasion are as quintessential and immensely enjoyable as a great big bowl of glorious Eton Mess.

The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with sophisticated melodies, high hitting vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs with their 1960’s hit singles like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”.  Ironically, the group broke-up in 1968 just prior to achieving their greatest success – the chart-topping single “Time of the Season”, from their swan-song album “Odessey & Oracle” (recently ranked by Mojo, NME and Rolling Stone in their “Greatest Albums of All Time” lists) In the intervening years, while lead singer Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career (“Say You Don’t Mind”, “Misty Roses”), and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT (“Hold Your Head Up”), the legend of The Zombies took on a life of its own. Generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, including such artists as; Neko Case and Nick Cave (who have recorded “She’s Not There” for the popular HBO series True Blood), Paul Weller, The Vaccines, She & Him, Beck, Belle and Sebastian, The Black Angels, The Fleet Foxes, Beach House, The Temples and The Beautiful South.  

Blunstone and Argent reunited in 2000 with a new Zombies line-up, which came full circle in October 2015 with the critically acclaimed release of “Still Got That Hunger”, bringing the band back to the Billboard Magazine charts 50 years after their first singles. Their music continues to resonate today, whether being uniquely covered by Eminem on last year’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2”, or providing a haunting backdrop for Coco Chanel’s world-wide campaign with Keira Knightley.

The tour starts on October 21st with Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent of The Zombies performing a special homecoming concert at St Albans Cathedral. A rare acoustic piano and vocal performance by The Zombies’ founders, first experienced last year at a sell out show in London’s Union Chapel will be performed within the hallowed Nave of St Albans Cathedral.  Joined by a guest string quintet, this intimate evening of music will span the iconic musicians’ 5-decade careers, which originated in the historic city of St Albans.

St Albans looms large in The Zombies’ story…from the Blacksmith’s Arms Pub, where the five St Albans students first met to form a band…to the Cathedral itself, where keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent began his musical career as a boy chorister. With its stunning 11th Century Norman architecture, The Cathedral is the centerpiece of St Albans.

Taking in a further 7 dates, with Tour support from Fred Abbot (Noah & The Whale) the band will venture to Wales, Scotland, Newbury, Bath and Eastleigh. The tour will take in BBC London’s Children in Need event on 18th November and culminate in a sparkling, frosty Xmas shindig at Butlins, Bognor Regis on December 3rd. The gents will then be taking a break for the festive season, before some exciting news to be announced in 2017!

The Zombies – Tour Dates & Tickets

Oct 21st – A special evening with Rod & Colin – St Albans Cathedral.

Nov 1stAberystwyth Arts Centre with Fred Abbott

Nov 2ndAberdare Coliseum with Fred Abbott

Nov 3rd – Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury with Fred Abbott

Nov 9th – Bath, Komedia with Fred Abbott

Nov 11th Thorden Hall, Eastliegh

Nov 18th BBC London, Children In Need with Paul Carrack, Sophie Ellis Bexter & Shakin Stevens @ Maida Vale Studios.

Dec 3rd Butlins Bognor Regis & Vintage TV present: Electric Dreams Weekender with Orchestral Maneuvers in The Dark, Heaven 17, Holly Johnson, Go West, Marc Almond, Blancmange and many more.



‘Number 1 this Summer in Australian airplay and selected sales charts, Brisbane based troubadour flies into UK for a 6 date tour, to promote the UK release of his new album, ‘Home State’, playing London on October 18th, culminating in the North Dorset Folk Festival October 22nd

Newly wed, inspired by love and the intricate dynamics of domestic bliss, observations of tap dancing neighbours, Netflix addictions and a little apartment in Brisbane’s Red Hill, ‘Home State’ is the beautiful new creation from Jack Carty.

A year in the making,  ‘Home State’ is undoubtedly Carty’s most accomplished record to date, in a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed releases. From the catchy opening groove of All At Once’ (which captured the love of a Nation – shooting to number 1 in the Australian airplay charts) to the closing chorus of Wedding Song’, each line is considered, each melody evocative; an album full of warmth, playing with your memories, dreamy, questioning and familiar, just like the mind of the man who made it.

The driving rhythms and floating melody of ‘Kindness Is A Dying Art’ brim with beauty and tension. Berlin’ builds through narrative wit and This Is What It Feels Like To Die’ showcases Carty’s knack for a gorgeously devastating turn of phrase. If you listen closely, you’ll hear a choir of cicadas lend their charm to the stunning simplicity of A Way With Me’.  There is an underlying atmosphere of humility to this music, revealing a writer excited about the space he is inhabiting.

Impressively, Carty took on the duties of producing, recording and performing every instrument himself, except for the bass, which fell to longtime collaborator Gus Gardiner before the completed record was shipped off to Melbourne-based mixing magician Jimi Maroudas (The Avalanches). ‘Home State’ will be released in the UK via Blair Dunlop’s label, Gilded Wings through Absolute. Available to stream now, with a full release in the UK on 18th November and the opportunity for UK audiences to enjoy the delights of Jack performing it live throughout October.


Jack Carty – Tour Dates & Tickets

Oct 8th – The Railway Inn, Winchester

Oct 13th – Greystones, Sheffield

Oct 18th – Slaughtered Lamb, London

Oct 19th – Fat Lils, Witney

Oct 20th– The Convent, Stroud

Oct 22nd North Dorset Folk Festival, Marnhull













Following the announcement of his UK headline tour British Soul icon Billy Ocean has added a further two dates due to high demand. Billy will perform at Grimsby Auditorium on 6th April and Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on 28th April with tickets on sale 10am Friday 26th August.


With the release of his latest album ‘Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean’ soaring to number 4, Billy celebrated his highest charting album since 1989. The ‘Caribbean Queen’ star is Britain’s biggest selling black artist of all time, with a string of multiplatinum hits. Announcing a huge run of UK headline dates for 2017 Billy Ocean will perform all of his greatest hits from the new album and favourite tracks.


The 2CD set features a personal collection of Billy’s interpretations of songs which helped the young Leslie Charles become the Billy Ocean we all know today, alongside a career spanning celebration of his biggest hits.


Billy said: “I’m humbled by the success of this album am grateful that people continue to find joy in my music. I have so many people to thank, but I owe this one to my fans.”


Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean is available now on Amazon , iTunes and in stores.




Fri 24 March – Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre – Sold out

Sun 26 March – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Mon 27 March – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Wed 29 March – Plymouth Pavilions

Fri 31 March – Harrogate International Centre

Sat 01 April – Blackpool Opera House

Mon 03 April – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thu 06 April – Grimsby Auditorium – New date

Fri 07 April – Gateshead The Sage

Mon 10 April – Ipswich Regent

Sat 15 April – Southampton Mayflower

Mon 17 April – Salford The Lowry Lyric Theatre

Tue 18 April – Oxford New Theatre

Thu 20 April – London Palladium

Fri 21 April – Southend Cliffs Pavilion – sold out

Sun 23 April – Cardiff St David’s Hall

Mon 24 April – Brighton Dome

Wed 26 April – Bristol Colston Hall

Thu 27 April – Leicester De Montfort Hall

Fri 28 April- Nottingham Royal Concert Hall – New date


Tickets for the extra dates go on sale 10am Friday 26th August. All other dates are on sale now via www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051











“The greatness of these songs is undeniable” Q ****

“Timeless and cosmic music, buzzing with energy” Uncut 8/10

“…a cohesive, imaginative psych-rock record that grows with every listen” NME ****


The Coral have announced details of a headline UK Tour and new single, ‘Million Eyes’. The December tour, which takes in Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Manchester Academy and Liverpool’s Olympia, is the influential Hoylake quintet’s second headline UK tour this year and follows the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Distance Inbetween’, The Coral’s first new studio album since 2010. Tickets on sale from 10am on Friday 5th August from http://gigst.rs/thecoral


New single ‘Million Eyes’ is available to stream and download now and impacts on September 1st. ‘Million Eyes’ is the third single to be taken from ‘Distance Inbetween’, following ‘Miss Fortune’ and ‘Holy Revelation’, which were both A-Listed at BBC 6Music and added to Radio X’s Daytime Playlist.


The Coral are currently appearing at Festivals across the UK & Europe, having already headlined Liverpool Sound City and played festivals including T In The Park and Benicàssim.


The Coral UK Tour December 2016:

Thurs 8            Leeds O2 Academy

Fri 9                 Glasgow O2 Academy

Sat 10              Liverpool Olympia

Mon 12            Coventry Kasbah

Tue 13             Norwich Waterfront

Thurs 15          Bristol O2 Academy

Fri 16               London Shepherds Bush O2 Empire

Sat 17              Manchester Academy


Tickets on sale from 10am on Friday 5th August from http://gigst.rs/thecoral


Remaining festival dates

Sun 14 August            Lakefest, Ledbury

Sun 21 August            Beautiful Days, Devon

Sat 27 August             Victorious Festival, Portsmouth

Sat 3 September         Moseley Folk Festival

















 Main Stage Host:


We are T-minus 69 days and counting until Camp Bestival’s adventures in Outer Space begin! As lift off preparations get underway, we are very pleased indeed to unveil the latest astro-nutters and space cadets who will be joining us at Lulworth Castle this 28-31 July for some truly out of this world family fun at a castle campsite by the sea!

Rob da Bank says: “New music is always at the heart of our festivals and Camp Bestival proudly breaks loads of new acts. Were you there when Ed Sheeran played to 100 people in the Dingly Dell or when Lianne La Havas did a secret gig for about 50 people playing out of a garden shed?! These are the acts I tip for big things, so welcome Beaty Heart, Alice Jemima, Anne-Marie and Xylaroo. Add to that we all love a damn good rave up at Camp B, so I’m super chuffed to have Altern-8 and Shadow Child playing an old skool set. It’s what we’re all about!”

Launching us into a stratosphere of sound, there will be amazing live music from South London’s Beaty Heart, long-time Rudimental collaborator Anne-Marie, London Music Awards Rising Star Espa, Sunday Best’s soon-to-be not-so-secret weapons Xylaroo and Alice Jemima, and chap-hop don Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer. We’ll also have an intriguing collision between festival legend and horn-powered hip-hop when DJ Chris Tofu Meets Brass Funkeys and rowdy sing-along fun with Dorset Wrecks Sea Shanty Group.

Dancing out in space is very much encouraged, so we have even more stellar selectors manning the flight decks including Shadow Child who will be treating us to an old skool set, masked rave legends Altern-8, party machine Russ Cuban, and the world’s best, and, let’s be honest, possibly the only, skanking town crier, DJ Dapper Dan. There will also be sets from Dave Hornby, Feet to the Floor Vs Back To The Beat, Katie Wilson and our unmissable old friends the Mix It UP DJ KRU.

And there’s more. Hopefully rocking a spandex spacesuit, Mr Motivator will be helping us to stay limber during the weekend, while improv comedy genius Stephen Frost will be keeping things lively as our Main Stage host.

Summer is coming and tickets are flying. Don’t miss out. And keep on checking our website, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest sub space communications. 

Camp Bestival Festival Ticket Info:

Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Tickets are on sale now via: Ticketline / 0844 888 4410


Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Ticket Prices:

Adult Weekend Ticket – £197.50*

Student Weekend Ticket – £185

Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £118*

Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £93*

Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £45*

Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £15*

Babes In Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)*

All tickets include camping from Thursday or Friday.


*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions

Weekly Payment Plan:

Use our five-week payment plan to purchase your tickets meaning that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of around £42 per week over four consecutive weekly payments following your initial deposit payment. Book online via Ticketline only: select ‘Camp Bestival 2016 – Weekend Payment Plan’. Once you have signed up to the payment plan, which basically means giving your agreement by ticking the bank mandate form on Ticketline’s website, they will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. NB: Booking fees and a deposit (£27.50 per adult ticket) will be charged with your initial transaction.  More info here.

Car Parking – £20 in advance

Campervan Ticket – £85 per vehicle – please read Campervan T&Cs before booking

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £96 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent – no exceptions). Please read Caravan/Trailer tent T&Cs here.




The Heart Speaks In Whispers is the stunning new album from Corinne Bailey Rae. Released last Friday to an incredible reception around the world, it is a remarkable collection of songs that showcases one of Britain’s most mercurial and exciting musicians at the peak of her powers.

“’The Heart Speaks In Whispers’ is the sound of her getting it right again. It stands midway between ‘The Sea’’s bleakness and her debut’s friskiness… with added dollops of sultriness and life-affirmation”Q Magazine (4/5) 

“The sound of someone alive with renewal; a brilliant and very welcome return”
MOJO (4/5)

“Gloriously slick futuristic soul from Yorkshire’s finest”Uncut (8/10)

“An emotional soul-soaked record”Glamour (5/5)

“Corinne’s prodigious growth over only three albums has been remarkable. Few others could weave lush Minnie Riperton-esque chamber soul, Ellie Goulding-style power pop and the elemental spirit of Laura Nyro into such a ravishing tapestry. Outstanding”Echoes (5/5)

“…it’s the joy that shines through in the soul wonder’s comeback”
Daily Star (5/5)

“The Leeds soulstress sounds rhapsodic, sure of her powers. ‘Stop Where You Are’ and ‘Do You Ever Think Of Me?’ equal anything on Adele’s ‘25’” Evening Standard (4/5)

“…glowing third album. Gorgeous”Daily Mirror (4/5)

“Ms Bailey Rae is back with a funky, finger-clicking delight” Daily Mail (4/5)

“This lustrous, strikingly contemporary jazz-soul/R&B set throbs with emotional vitality”
Metro (4/5)

“On ‘The Heart Speaks In Whispers’, the beauty that flickered through her music has become a steady flame” Mail On Sunday (4/5)

“Bailey Rae at her funkiest”The Sun (4/5)

“Luxurious new album [which] dreams in technicolour”The Arts Desk (4/5)

“One of the most addictive voices in contemporary music” Drowned In Sound (8/10)

“’The Heart Speak In Whispers’ represents the best of Rae’s first two albums, connecting the understated charm of her debut with a fascinating listen. Her light permeates this record, leaving a shining example of strength and perseverance”Pitchfork

“A gorgeous piece of psychedelic soul” Daily Telegraph

“Her soulful vocals are given space to bloom over a billowing pop backdrop”
The Guardian 

“Rich with on-point retro-futuristic sounds”The Observer 

“This is a keeper”The Sunday Times

“A vibrant testimony of survival and joy”The Fader

“An incredibly moving listen”Stylist

The Leeds soulstress is currently on a headline tour in the USA and will be returning to the UK this summer to play Glastonbury Festival and heading out on an arena tour with Lionel Richie. She is also a special guest to Stevie Wonder at British Summer Time, Hyde Park as part of his Songs In The Key Of Life extravaganza.

As well as receiving rave reviews across the board, Corinne has appeared on BBC’s Later With Jools Holland, performed a live session on BBC Radio 2 and has received further widespread national UK radio play from her new singles ‘Been To The Moon, ‘Stop Where You Are’ and ‘Green Aphrodisiac’.

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  • Tribute is being paid to the fallen of the Battle of the Somme thanks to a limited edition run of Somme 100 Poppy Pins made using materials from the battlefield
  • The pins are crafted using British shell fuses fired during the battle, while enamel paint contains earth from the British front line, meaning each one contains a small part of the historic battlefield
  • 19,240 pins are being made in total, one for every soldier killed on the first day of the Somme – the heaviest loss of life in British military history for a single day’s fighting
  • The Somme 100 Poppy Pins are made by British company TMB Art Metal, specialists in working with provenance materials
  • Proceeds from the sale of the pins will go to The Royal British Legion, which provides care and support to the Armed Forces community, which includes Service men and women, veterans and their families


The fallen soldiers of the Battle of the Somme are being individually honoured in a touching and evocative series of Poppy Pins, made using materials recovered from the historic battlefield.


TMB Art Metal is creating a limited series of pins – 19,240 in total – one for every soldier killed on the opening day of the battle, 1 July 1916. A masterful combination of aesthetic and symbolic appeal, the Poppy Pins will form a fitting tribute to every son, brother and father who lost their lives fighting for their country. An official project commissioned by The Royal British Legion, the pins are being crafted to mark 100 years since the famous Battle of the Somme in Northern France. Each has been hand made in the UK in London and in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.


The materials used to make the pins are what make them truly special. They are crafted from brass taken from British shell fuses salvaged from the Somme battlefield. By taking these fuses and using them to create something of poignant beauty, the Somme 100 Poppy Pins are turning metal that was forged for the purposes of war into silent tributes commemorating the British soldiers who died at the Somme.


The bright golden coloured pins are finished by a spot of red enamel in the centre of the poppy, and this too pays tribute to every British soldier that lost their life at the Somme, as it contains a small amount of earth recovered from the 1 July 1916 British frontline, which stretched for 25 kilometres (18 miles) across the countryside.


As well as being a poignant tribute to the fallen, the beautiful Poppy Pins will also benefit modern day Service men and women, veterans and their families, as all profits will go to The Royal British Legion.


The pins are the creation of Christopher Bennett, the man behind TMB Art Metal. Christopher has experience of similar projects with TMB, having crafted pieces using materials from many historic vehicles and planes, including a Hurricane fighter that famously crashed in London in 1940 following a successful attempt to bring down a marauding German bomber intent on attacking the capital.


Creating the Poppy Pins is something he describes as an honour, saying: “While holding a piece of a legendary car or plane in my hand is fantastic and a privilege, it is truly humbling to hold a piece of profound history in the form of a shell fuse found on the Somme.


“To walk along the old front line and find these fuses linked to such an important event in our country’s history is what this project is all about. These men were loyal everyday volunteers, and none of them understood the situation they were going to be encountering, but all of them – the men who died and who lived – were heroes. This was very much a labour of love, and is a project that has meant a lot to me personally.


“This is the first poppy that honours the fallen of our World Wars that allows you to wear and carry a piece of history with you at all times. The annual Poppy Appeal is a wonderful tribute, but is very seasonal. The Somme 100 Poppy Pin is a subtle and tasteful tribute that can be worn by anyone, all year round. By crafting the pins by hand, I feel we have recognised the individuals in a way that anonymous factory mass production could never achieve.”


Christopher personally collected shell fuses and the earth from the Somme, with additional fuses coming from a recycling centre in the local area. These had been gathered by local farmers, unearthed whilst harvesting potatoes in the peaceful fields that now form the site of the former battlefield.


The metal from the fuses was melted down to remove impurities, before being cast, fettled and polished to create the miniature poppies. The finishing touch is a spot of red enamel paint in the centre of the poppy, which contains granules of Somme earth within.


The idea to add the earth came when Christopher was walking the front line during one of his visits. He knew that he needed to honour the very battlefield itself, by incorporating the ground the soldiers of 1916 fought upon, died upon and that many still lay at peace beneath.


The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising, Charles Byrne, said: “The Somme 100 Poppy Pin is a poignant tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of the Somme, one hundred years ago. There are very few UK communities which were unaffected by the terrible losses sustained at frontline in Northern France and, as the national custodian of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion has commissioned this special pin as part of a programme of activity to mark the centenary of the battle.”


The pins are available from mid-May through the Royal British Legion online Poppy Shop priced at £39.99, with all proceeds benefitting the charity.





Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio

To Play United Kingdom June 2016


Nashville – (March 11, 2015) – Stars of the hit series “Nashville” are set to play for audiences in England and Scotland during a first-ever international tour in June.  Launching June 13 in Manchester, England, the tour will feature cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, and Sam Palladio performing songs from the series and original material.  Later stops include Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol and London. All shows go on sale Friday, March 18. “Nashville” staged sold-out tours across the United States in 2014 and 2015.


“The ‘Nashville’ cast is comprised of individuals who excel as actors, musicians, songwriters, and performers,” said Steve Buchanan, President, Opry Entertainment. “Since the first night the series went on the air, the cast members have also become incredible ambassadors for our Tennessee home, connecting with viewers around the world via television. Everyone is thrilled about the opportunity to be face to face with our fans throughout the UK during these intimate, exciting performances celebrating the best of Nashville.”


All shows go on sale Friday, March 18 at 9am at www.gigsandtours.com; www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.axs.com.


6/13                 Manchester      Bridgewater Hall

6/14                 Birmingham     Birmingham Symphony

6/16                 Glasgow           Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

6/17                 Bristol              Bristol Colston Hall

6/18                 London            London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith


The tour is produced by Opry Entertainment.


“Nashville” airs on six continents and in more than 70 countries, including the United Kingdom, which will air season four this spring. During its third season in the U.K., the series beat the network’s primetime average by 22% and reigned as its #1 10 p.m. show for women 16+ as well as the #2 show at 10 p.m. for total viewers. Since its debut, the show has inspired seven “Music of Nashville” soundtracks as well as a Christmas album, which have collectively sold more than one million soundtracks and millions more single tracks to date.


About “Nashville”

Now in its fourth season, the critically-acclaimed series “Nashville” is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In “Nashville,” musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and doing everything in their power to stay on top.


“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad and Aubrey Peeples as Layla Grant. “Nashville” is executive-produced by Dee Johnson, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. Buddy Miller is Executive Music Producer and Frankie Pine is Music Supervisor. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment.


About Opry Entertainment

Opry Entertainment®, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP), is a producer of multi-media entertainment experiences with primary interests in location-based entertainment and television and stage production. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, its core business segments include the world-famous Grand Ole Opry®, the historic Ryman Auditorium®, and legendary radio station 650 AM-WSM.


About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses.  These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.


Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate’s The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.


Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com