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Nov
09

 

NEW SINGLE ‘POWERFUL PEOPLE’ IMPACTS DECEMBER 16TH 

 

DEBUT ALBUM ‘LOOK AT THE POWERFUL PEOPLE’ FOLLOWS ON MARCH 3RD

AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW

 

Newly announced headline tour includes London show at XOYO on March 21st

 

“Master crafters of sweaty, hook-filled, cowbell-clanging dance-pop tipped for great things.” – FACT

 

“A thumping, politically-charged range of tracks bursting with ferocious energy and tales of a despondent youth.” – Notion

 

“A band able to whip punk, pop, disco, guitars and a hi-tempo live edge into a repertoire of genuine songs.” – Mixmag

 

“Channelling Bowie and Iggy for their house-y freestyles.” – NME

 

“One of pop’s brightest prospects in yonks.” – DIY

 

“They tap into the avant-funk action of Dinosaur L, Liquid Liquid and their postdisco/no wave ilk.” – The Guardian

 

“London twins fashion politically charged post-punk grooves.” – Q

 

 

Formed by brothers Will and Matt Ritson, FORMATION’s life-affirming blend of disco grooves, punk attitude and vehement social insight builds towards its ultimate statement as the new single ‘Powerful People’ (impacting December 16th) previews the release of their eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Look At The Powerful People’ on March 3rd.

 

The news comes shortly after FORMATION completed a UK tour as guests to Jagwar Ma.

 

‘Powerful People’ burns with a foreboding atmosphere as hypnotic loops, swooping synths and boisterous percussion all build towards a climactic finale.

 

“’Powerful People’ is about wanting to connect with people,” explains Will Ritson. “It’s a call to the masses from an alienated young man who is seeing all the people in the same situation as myself – the outsiders , the lost and the hopeless. It’s about wanting to unite all these people and encourage ourselves towards something better with a positive outlook.”

 

Produced by Leon Vynehall and Ben Baptie, ‘Look At The Powerful People’ demonstrates that FORMATION’s forward-thinking sonics have evolved to reach their full potential. In addition to the new single, other highlights such as ‘On The Board’ and ‘A Friend’ capture FORMATION’s irrepressible and bass-heavy cocktail of dirty dance rhythms which pound with the fiery energy of their live performances. At the other extreme, ‘Blood Red Hand’ is an understated, slow-burning anthem and the closing track ‘Ring’ offers something entirely different with a dreamy, piano-orientated approach closing the album on an upbeat high.

 

In addition to the new tracks, the album also features fresh new productions of some of the key singles from FORMATION’s journey to date in the shape of ‘Pleasure’ and ‘Drugs’.

 

“The album title refers to the moment when everyone has realised the secret power we have when we’re all together,” reveals Will. “For me, it’s a power that relates to the security that I found when I was young and hanging with my outsider friends. We had no money and no scene but we didn’t care because we had each other. We began to ask questions of the world and started to rebel about what we could or couldn’t do or say.”

 

Inspired by artists as diverse as  Sly and the Family Stone, John Maus, Fugazi, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Herbie Hancock, Theo Parrish, Beastie Boys, Pantera and Ornette Coleman, FORMATION have built a cult following as well as exponential critical acclaim including a nomination for Best Newcomer at the NME Awards.

 

‘Look At The Powerful People’ will be released on digital and CD formats. In addition, Rough Trade will stock an exclusive vinyl format which will be signed and hand-numbered by the band. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of ‘Pleasure’, ‘Drugs’ and ‘Powerful People’.

 

The ‘Look At The Powerful People’ album tracklisting is:

 

  1. ‘Drugs’
  2. ‘Pleasure’
  3. ‘Powerful People’
  4. ‘Back Then’
  5. ‘On The Board’
  6. ‘Gods’
  7. ‘Buy and Sell’
  8. ‘A Friend’
  9. ‘Blood Red Hand’
  10. ‘Ring’

 

Formation’s live band – which adds Johnny Tams (bass), Sasha Lewis (keys) and Kai AkindeHummel (drums) – have delivered ferocious performances as guests to Foals, Happy Mondays and Jagwar Ma, and have also left an indelible impression following festival sets including Glastonbury, Field Day and Way Out West. They’re set to tour in support of the album in March with a series of dates which includes their biggest London headline show to date at XOYO:

 

March

 

20th – Brighton, Green Store Door

21st – London, XOYO

22nd – Bristol, The Exchange

24th – Manchester, Night and Day

25th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (games room)

 

Tickets are available now from www.frmtn.com or www.gigst.rs/form.

 

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Nov
09

Classics, Collectables and Licenses Dominate the Dreamtoys 2016 list

A new app is launched to enable consumers to easily discover the whole list

LONDON 9th November 2016: The 2016 Dreamtoys Top Toy list predicts the biggest selling toys this Christmas and it’s a mixture of well-loved brands and the increasingly popular collectable ranges that dominate the must-have list this year.

“The 2016 Top 12 list is incredibly diverse, with familiar names appearing alongside some clever innovations that will ensure these toys will be on Christmas wish lists up and down the country. It’s also great to see that, in these uncertain times, this is a very affordable DreamToys list,” commented Gary Grant, Chair of the DreamToys selection committee.

Grant added, “The one unifying thing that I see in the DreamToys selection this year is a sense of real family fun at the heart of many of the toys represented. I’m sure that’s what many families are looking for this year, great value toys and games that all the family can play.

To make things easier for consumers this year we’re launching the Dreamtoys app, so everyone can find the perfect toy from the whole list with the swipe of a finger. It couldn’t be easier.”

Decided by a panel of leading toy retailers in the UK, DreamToys is the most accurate and authoritative predictive list available, and provides consumers with expert insight into what will be the most popular toys this Christmas.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire and Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage bring familiar names to the list while film and TV licenses are represented by Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Sky-High Bridge Jump, Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter and Paw Patrol Air Patroller.

The recently launched Hatchimals and Snuggles My Dream Puppy highlight the increasing creativity within the growing interactive toy market while Shopkins Chef Club Hot Spot Kitchen highlights the collectables, a driving force for the toy market.

Lego is also represented by the Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster whilst the SelfieMic from Worlds Apart will satisfy all the budding talent show hopefuls of tomorrow.

Finally, Speak Out and Silly Sausage, provide family fun and will bring laughs to the dinner table this Christmas.

Frederique Tutt, global industry analyst for The NPD Group confirms: “Analysis of the top selling toys this year shows the sheer variety of concepts driving the sector – from low-priced collectables to entertainment-driven hot toys. We’re forecasting a very merry Christmas for the toy industry – expecting annual sales to reach 400 million toys for the first time ever which will potentially see the industry achieve an all-time record high in 2016, going over the £3.3bn mark.”

The full Top 12 list is as follows: (in no particular order; all prices quoted are RRPs)

Shopkins Chef Club Hot Spot Kitchen Flair Leisure Products 24.99

Snuggles My Dream Puppy Character Options 49.99

Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire Hasbro 49.99

Speak Out Hasbro 19.99

Silly SausageJoSilly Sausage19.99

Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster Lego 89.99

Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter Lego 69.99

Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage Mattel 89.99

Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Sky-High Bridge Jump Mattel 99.99

Hatchimals Spin Master Toys 59.99

Paw Patrol Air Patroller Spin Master Toys 39.99

SelfieMic Worlds Apart 19.99

Nov
01

 

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On Friday 7th April 2017, catch one of Britain’s most popular sopranos who comes to Liverpool’s St George’s Hall for one night only as part of her latest UK tour.  An Audience with Lesley Garrett will offer a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat from this beloved performer.

The event will give a behind-the-scenes look at the CBE honoured opera singer and musician as she regales audiences with stories and anecdotes giving a unique insight into her life on the stage, plus performances of her most loved songs from a prolific career that has spanned over 30 years.

Lesley has performed on the opera and concert stage both in the UK and internationally. She performs regularly with all the major UK orchestras including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and has worked with some of the most renowned opera companies including English National Opera and Royal Opera.

She has also recently starred in Opera North, Carousel and The Sound of Music, appeared on television shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Loose Women and has performed with artists as diverse as Michael Ball, Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel and Lily Savage.

Lesley has received huge critical acclaim and won countless awards for her stage and recording career, releasing an incredible fourteen solo CD’s to date and has enjoyed one of the most successful and distinctive careers of any modern-day, classically trained soprano. Book your tickets early as this promises to be a night not to be missed.

St George’s Hall Manager, Alan Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome Lesley Garrett to the Concert Room at St Georges Hall, it will be a wonderful night of music and entertainment and audiences will get a real insight in to the life and career of one of our Nations favourite performers and personalities.”

 

EVENT DETAILS

Clive Conway presents An Audience with Lesley Garett

Date: Friday 7th April 2017

Time: 7:30pm (Doors 6:30pm)

Tickets: £27 (excluding booking fee)

VENUE DETAILS

St George’s Hall, Concert Room, St George’s Place, Liverpool L1 1JJ

BOOKING DETAILS

Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, Online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk or on 0844 800 0410.

 

BRITAIN’S MOST POPULAR SOPRANO TO ENTERTAIN AUDIENCES OF LIVERPOOL

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On Friday 7th April 2017, catch one of Britain’s most popular sopranos who comes to Liverpool’s St George’s Hall for one night only as part of her latest UK tour.  An Audience with Lesley Garrett will offer a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat from this beloved performer.

The event will give a behind-the-scenes look at the CBE honoured opera singer and musician as she regales audiences with stories and anecdotes giving a unique insight into her life on the stage, plus performances of her most loved songs from a prolific career that has spanned over 30 years.

Lesley has performed on the opera and concert stage both in the UK and internationally. She performs regularly with all the major UK orchestras including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and has worked with some of the most renowned opera companies including English National Opera and Royal Opera.

She has also recently starred in Opera North, Carousel and The Sound of Music, appeared on television shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Loose Women and has performed with artists as diverse as Michael Ball, Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel and Lily Savage.

Lesley has received huge critical acclaim and won countless awards for her stage and recording career, releasing an incredible fourteen solo CD’s to date and has enjoyed one of the most successful and distinctive careers of any modern-day, classically trained soprano. Book your tickets early as this promises to be a night not to be missed.

St George’s Hall Manager, Alan Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome Lesley Garrett to the Concert Room at St Georges Hall, it will be a wonderful night of music and entertainment and audiences will get a real insight in to the life and career of one of our Nations favourite performers and personalities.”

 

EVENT DETAILS

Clive Conway presents An Audience with Lesley Garett

Date: Friday 7th April 2017

Time: 7:30pm (Doors 6:30pm)

Tickets: £27 (excluding booking fee)

VENUE DETAILS

St George’s Hall, Concert Room, St George’s Place, Liverpool L1 1JJ

BOOKING DETAILS

Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, Online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk or on 0844 800 0410.

 

Nov
01

 

 

Due to a recent vocal cord condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the majority of King King’s November 2016 UK tour dates with special guests Broken Witt Rebels, have been re-scheduled to January, February, March and May 2017. The news follows the release of the band’s first ever live album ‘King King Live’ that went to #1 in Amazon’s Best Sellers Blues Rock Chart, and the upcoming release of their radio remix of their new single ‘Waking Up’. Click here for the official online press page announcement – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/kingking/november2016uktour.htm.

 

King King will honour four of the original November date that include Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall (Friday 25 November), Chester’s The Live Rooms (Saturday 26 November), Clitheroe’s The Grand Venue (Sunday 27 November), and London’s Islington Assembly Hall (Tuesday 29 November).

 

Says King King’s frontman, Alan Nimmo, “I’ve seen my ENT specialist. He put a camera down my throat to look at what condition my vocal cords were in. Unfortunately, there’s still a good bit of inflammation and redness. I’ve been working with a vocal coach to build strength and stamina to aid my recovery.

 

“We will be re-scheduling most of the dates on the UK tour to January, February and March, however, we will commit to the remaining four shows on the November UK tour, beginning at Edinburgh’s The Playhouse (25 November), continuing through to the Live Rooms in Chester (26 November), The Grand Venue in Clitheroe (27 November) and wrapping up in London at Islington Assembly Hall (29 November).”

 

King King with special guest Broken Witt Rebels / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898, www.thegigcartel.com

 

EDINBURGH QUEEN’S HALL                        FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2016 CHESTER LIVE ROOMS                                   SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2016

CLITHEROE GRAND                                         SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2016

LONDON ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY               TUESDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2016

 

Re-scheduled 2017 UK Tour Dates

 

CARDIFF THE GLOBE                                       FRIDAY 13 JANUARY 2017

FROME CHEESE& GRAIN                             SATURDAY 14 JANUARY 2017 NORWICH WATERFRONT                             FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2017

SOUTHAMPTON 1865                                    SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2017 EXETER PHOENIX                                             SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2017

BRIGHTON OLD MARKET                              FRIDAY 3 MARCH 2017

BILSTON ROBIN 2                                             SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2017

ABERDEEN LEMON TREE                               SUNDAY 14 MAY 2017

 

Nov
01

 

 

This Christmas season English National Ballet presents its acclaimed production of o short tour of Nutcracker opening at Milton Keynes Theatre 23 – 26 Nov  before returning to the London Coliseum for Christmas.

2015 saw English National Ballet’s most successful Nutcracker run on record, when over 73,000 people made a performance at the London Coliseum part of their holiday celebrations. This year’s tour of Wayne Eagling’s version continues the Company’s tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production every year since 1950, its founding year.

On a  Sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger.  As the air grows colder Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins,

This year, Nutcracker sees debuts from Rina Kanehara in the role of Clara, Emilio Pavan in the role of Nephew, Aitor Arrieta in the role of Nephew and Nutcracker, and Guilherme Menezes in the role of Nutcracker.

Further Principal casting sees Alina Cojocaru, Tamara Rojo, Fernanda Oliveira, Begoña Cao, Laurretta Summerscales, Crystal Costa, and Katja Khaniukova in the role of Clara, and Isaac Hernández, Yonah Acosta, Alejandro Virelles, Cesar Corrales, James Forbat, Junor Souza, Fernando Bufalá and Ken Saruhashi in the role of Nephew.   Casting varies according by venue please visit www.ballet.org.uk  for up-to-date casting

Based on a concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, Nutcracker has choreography by Wayne Eagling and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic, with design by Peter Farmer and lighting by David Richardson.

From the sound of the live orchestra tuning up to the final bows, Nutcracker is an unforgettable enbnutcracker300x240treat. Book your tickets today at Milton Keynes Theatre Box office 0844 871 7652 www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

Nov
01

 

CABBAGE

THE SHIMMER BAND // APRIL

FEBRUARY 2017

Tickets on sale 9am Friday 4th November

www.neighbourhoodfestival.co.uk

 

Earlier this month Neighbourhood Festival brought together 100s of the most impressive artists and bands from around the world for its inaugural launch in Manchester.

 

Following its critical acclaim and sell out success Neighbourhood is branching out on tour across sixteen major UK cities in 2017 showcasing three of the UK’s best new bands Cabbage, The Shimmer Band and April.

 

Manchester five-piece Cabbage are one of the most hotly tipped bands right now and have just released their ‘Necroflat In The Palace EP’ on James Skelly’s Skeleton Key Records, the original home of Blossoms and home of She Drew the Gun. The four track EP is the second in a series of three monthly EP’s and follows the release of ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade EP’ in September. Championed by the likes of Radio 1, BBC 6Music, Radio X, The Guardian, NME and i-D Magazine, they serve up an idiosyncratic, satirical attack in the form of discordant neo post-punk and will headline each night of the tour. The guys are currently on their own extensive headline tour which included a sold-out hometown show at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge.

 

Psychedelic power-rockers The Shimmer Band represent Bristol’s ever growing live music scene. Following on from the anthemic BBC 6Music favourite ‘Freedom’, they returned this summer with their third single ‘Sunkick’. Having already played storming sets this year at Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape, Isle of Wight and Y Not festivals, with The Stereophonics and The Vaccines at Cardiff City Football Stadium, The Shimmer Band embark on a massive UK tour this autumn.

 

April are teenage sensations who found a mutual outlook on modern life. Hailing from the South Midlands, they have been touring the live circuit for a few years and have been dubbed as one of the best emerging guitar bands. Having just premiered their second single ‘Open Mind’ with Clash Magazine and had the track debut with BBC Introducing Coventry and Warwickshire, April are a definite one to watch this year.

 

Neighbourhood on tour will guarantee the best hotly tipped home-grown talent and artists from across the globe and will take place in some of the UK’s coolest small and independent venues.

 

Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 4th November and will be available at www.gigsandtours.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.neighbourhoodfestival.co.uk

 

UK TOUR DATES 2017

 

Wed        01 Feb 17      Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

Thu         02 Feb 17      London The Lexington (BBC Introducing Presents)

Fri           03 Feb 17      Sheffield Picture House Social

Sat         04 Feb 17      Leicester The cookie

Wed        08 Feb 17      Nottingham Bodega

Thu         09 Feb 17      Birmingham Hare & Hounds2

Fri           10 Feb 17      Liverpool EBGBS

Sat         11 Feb 17      Manchester Gorilla

Wed        15 Feb 17      Oxford The Bullingdon

Thu         16 Feb 17      Reading Purple Turtle

Fri           17 Feb 17      Southampton Joiners

Sat         18 Feb 17      Bristol The Thekla

Wed        22 Feb 17      Newcastle Think Tank

Thu         23 Feb 17      Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Fri           24 Feb 17      Scunthorpe Café Indiependent

Sat         25 Feb 17      Glasgow Stereo

 

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Facebook @NBHDFestival / Twitter @NBHDFestival / Instagram @NBHDFestival #NBHD17

 

Nov
01

 Luxury metal crafter TMB Art Metal has created a set of quite
remarkable cufflinks in honour of one of British comedy’s most
loved characters: Captain George Mainwaring of Dad’s Army
 Stunning set takes the shape of the platoon commander played
by Arthur Lowe in the original comedy series. Mainwaring was
later portrayed by Toby Jones in the 2016 movie remake
 Lowe starred as Mainwaring for nine years from 1968-1977 and
was one of the most recognisable faces on television
 These special-edition cufflinks are the perfect keepsake for any
Dad’s Army enthusiast looking to honour a comedy icon
London, 1 November 2016 – Luxury metal crafter TMB Art Metal
has used its talent to pay tribute to one of the greatest British
comedy characters of all time, Dad’s Army’s Captain Mainwaring.
It has created a stunning set of cufflinks depicting Arthur Lowe’s
character from the long-running comedy series that hit British
screens from 1968 to 1977 and kept the world entertained ever
since.
In fact, Dad’s Army may well be the series that has dated less and
aged better than any others, so perfect are the characters, stories,
scripting and acting.
Mainwaring was the platoon commander for the local Home Guard
in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on- Sea druring World
War Two, with his quick wit and pompous personality earning
endless plaudits and admiration.
Lowe’s portrayal of Mainwaring is also widely recognised as one of
the best British sitcom performances, and you can honour both
character and actor thanks to TMB Art Metal.
Measuring 28mm high, the cufflinks are the perfect keepsake for
any Dad’s Army fanatic and a real presence on your sleeve.
Fully three dimensional, the cufflinks are an amazing portrayal of
Captain Mainwaring wearing a suitably disapproving frown, the kind
he’d adopt after saying “you stupid boy!” to Private Pike. They are
crafted using WW2 or pre-WW2 dated British .303 brass cartridges.
The cufflinks are meticulously engraved on one side of cufflink arm
“CAPT. GEORGE MAINWARING” and on the other "THE MAN AND
THE HOUR" – the title of the very first Dad’s Army pilot episode,
originally aired in 1968. The heads are cast hollow and the backs
are finished wonderfully with ruby red enamel.
The cufflinks come in a wooden presentation box accompanied by a
fictitious Captain George Mainwaring Home Guard Identity Card.
Tributes have been paid to Captain Mainwaring around the country
– including a statue in Thetford, Norfolk – but TMB’s creation is the
first time the iconic character has been transformed into a stylish
accessory.
Dad’s Army recently hit headlines after the sad passing of creator
Jimmy Perry, who was 93 years of age.
It was Perry’s genius that brought Captain Mainwaring to life, with
memorable scenes and lines that captivated Dad’s Army’s millions
of viewers around the world.
Christopher Bennett, TMB Art Metal founder, said: “I’m immensely
proud of the Captain Mainwaring cufflinks, which capture the legend
of the fantastic Dad’s Army character perfectly. Dad’s Army remains
one of my favourite British sitcoms and one I can watch over and
over again and still find funny.
“I remember watching Dad’s Army as a youngster with my father
when it first came out – I was hooked from the start as it fitted in
with my own personal fascination with WW2 and all things that went
bang! To this day I still thoroughly enjoy watching it, now with my
own son, Oscar. I think part of its beauty is its naivety, innocence
and total exclusion of anything remotely offensive – even to the
Germans!
“It is, therefore, with special pride that I announce TMB’s
forthcoming Captain George Mainwaring cufflinks – the first in what
will hopefully become a series featuring some of the key Dad’s
Army characters.
“Jimmy Perry’s passing marks the end of an era for British comedy.
He made the world a brighter place with excellent characters such
as Captain Mainwaring, but his brilliance will live on.”
The cufflinks are priced at £250 and are available by contacting TMB
directly.
Notes to Editors
TMB Art Metal is based in London, and specialises in producing
sculptures, cufflinks and other items from donor and otherwise
unwanted materials from important historical artefacts.
Established in 2004, the first part of the company’s name comes
from the letters on the side of the Hurricane P2725 TM-B that
founder Christopher Bennett located and uncovered in 2004. The
‘Art Metal’ element comes from the name of a factory that appeared
in a photograph, which was instrumental in pinpointing the exact
location of the buried Hurricane.
As well as the original Hurricane sculptures, TMB Art Metal has
worked with such iconic vehicles as the Spitfire, Concorde, Bugatti
Type 35, Jaguar D-type and the Flying Scotsman train.
TMB is also working with the Royal British Legion to honour the
fallen British soldiers from the Battle of the Somme with a special-
edition poppy. Marking 100 years since the start of the conflict, the
golden poppies are made using materials recovered from the
battlefield. The original 19,240 pins proved phenomenally
successful, with The Legion selling out the full run and receiving
more than 30,000 more expressions of interest. TMB Art Metal is
now honouring the rest of the soldiers killed at the Battle of the
Somme, with a new run of poppy pins.
Oct
18

 

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’.

 

Oct
12

 

 

‘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

Oct
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THE ZOMBIES

WINTER TOUR 2016

‘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.