28 July 2014

Marmozets And Lonely The Brave Team Up For The Big Cheese Tour 2014

Marmozets Lonely The Brave The Big Cheese Tour 2014

Marmozets And Lonely The Brave Team Up For The Big Cheese Tour 2014

Big Cheese Magazine is proud to present two of the fastest rising young UK bands, teaming up for The Big Cheese Tour this October. Yorkshire angular alt-rockers Marmozets and Cambridge anthemic melodic rockers Lonely The Brave join forces to co-headline. Support comes from Leeds-based psychedelic grunge rock quintet Allusondrugs.

Commenting on the tour, Mo from Lonely The Brave is “Absolutely stoked to be on this tour with a band that we've been fans of for ages. Can't wait to share a stage with them every night.

Marmozets comment that “After Warped Tour in the US we’re unbelievably excited to be back touring in the UK with the excellent Lonely The Brave and our friends Allusondrugs. They’re both great bands and this is not a tour you want to miss! It’s gonna be loud, heavy and chaotic. Can’t wait for everyone to hear the tracks from the new album. See you there!

Allusondrugs follow by adding “We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this tour. We love Big Cheese Magazine, the line-up is amazing and it’s going to be a pleasure to play alongside our friends Marmozets and Lonely The Brave”. Their new self-titled EP is available now via Clue Records.

The thirteen date UK tour begins in Manchester on October 1st and runs through to October 16th. It includes a show at London Scala (October 10th). Full tour dates listed below.

THURSDAY                  2          GLASGOW KING TUTS
FRIDAY                        3          LIVERPOOL O2 ACADEMY2
SATUDAY                     4          CARDIFF CF10
MONDAY                      6          BRIGHTON KOMEDIA
WEDNESDAY               8          TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM
THURSDAY                  9          SOUTHAMPTON TALKING HEADS
FRIDAY                        10         LONDON SCALA
MONDAY                      13         SHEFFIELD CORPORATION
TUESDAY                     14         NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY2
WEDNESDAY               15         BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY3
THURSDAY                  16         NORWICH OPEN

The Big Cheese Tour tickets go on-sale 9am on Wednesday 30th July priced at £9 regionally and £10 in London (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from  or or

OpenLab Mondays @ The Basement - Sankeys Ibiza

OpenLab Mondays the Basement - Sankeys Ibiza

OpenLab Mondays @ The Basement - Sankeys Ibiza

OpenLab Radio
 plays the very best in new, alternative, electronica and experimental music, across the Balearic Islands in FM and online to the world.

Founded and curated by electronic music pioneer Robert Miles, the station has recaptured the eclecticism for which Ibiza was originally famous and re-imagined it for the 21st century.

So successfully that in the 18 months since its first broadcast, and programming only new music, OpenLab
 has become the official alternative music partner of the Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS) and the destination of choice for the most discerning new music fans around the globe.

This summer OpenLab further cements its place at the heart of Ibiza’s new underground scene with OpenLab Mondays a weekly residency at the Basement, Sankeys Ibiza - part of Sankeys’ 20th Anniversary celebrations.

It’s an ideal partnership as Robert Miles explains:

Sankeys and OpenLab both have similar values even though we execute them in different ways. We both focus on featuring the best possible music and on pushing the envelope with what we do.

“In many of the other events on Ibiza there’s too much focus on presentation and not enough on providing good, credible music. Even now, in its 20th Anniversary year, Sankeys is raw, like clubs used to be in the late ‘80s and early’ 90s. They have that orginal Ibiza spirit and that suits OpenLab very well.

Across a 13 week season (closing party September 29th) OpenLab Mondays’ resident DJs will be Robert Miles and Alex Wolfenden, joined by special guest DJ’s as the weeks unfold.

Also very much in evidence will be the breathtaking visual art that is a signature feature of OpenLab. 

As with OpenLab Radio we’re aiming to bring a breath of fresh air to Ibiza with OpenLab Mondays,” says Robert “and a major aim of that is showcasing music that’s a bit more forward-thinking and original.”

At the core of OpenLab‘s multi-faceted activities is a philosophy celebrating the best of the new – in music, art and ideas – that in under 18 months has drawn together a nascent movement spanning countries and continents. Currently numbering half-a-million people and increasing every day.

To provide a focus for this trans-continental community of forward-thinkers, and augmenting its radio and digital operations, OpenLab plans to open physical centres - OpenLab Hubs - in Ibiza, London and Berlin. The first of which, set in the unspoiled countryside of northern Ibiza, is scheduled for 2016.

Ambitious? Certainly. Globalist? Absolutely. Forward-thinking? Defiantly. As were the international travellers who discovered Ibiza in the first place, back in the 1970s.

Meanwhile, back in the present, there’s a party going on next Monday. So join us at OpenLab Mondays for a glimpse into the future and the best underground music to be found anywhere on Ibiza today.

OpenLab Mondays @ The Basement, Sankeys Ibiza

VENUE: The Basement, Sankeys Ibiza [Address: Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza; Website:]
DATES: Every Monday from July 7th to September 29th, 2014 (inclusive).
LINE UP - Robert Miles and Alex Wolfenden + special guests.
TIMES: 00:00 – 06:00 [DJ sets: 00:00 – 03:00 Robert Miles; 03:00 – 06:00 Alex Wolfenden]
TICKETS: €45.00


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Liverpool calling 2014 - Bombed out church review

Liverpool calling 2014 - Bombed out church review

Liverpool calling 2014 - Bombed out church review

Liverpool Calling, Now in its 2nd year, has boosted its venues and acts quite considerably. With the likes of the Kazimier and the Bombed out Church alongside The Zanzibar, Sound food and drink and studio 2, theres plenty to whet your appitite this time around.

First up for us though was the outside stage at the Kazimier with Rufus Hok. A bit of a strange setting amidst the benches and boxes but, in a rustic way, it worked. Rufus had his guitar in hand and went through his set with ease and entertained the crowd with his wit and charm which was in abundance. Meanwhile in the main room of the Kazimier Low Winter Sun set upon their brooding and dark set. Don't get me wrong, it isnt all moody and melancholy, there are upbeat moments during the set and the band themselves convey themselves well but it was all very reminiscent of the joy division era and although as a band they gel well and the songs are very tight and nicely paced it wasn't something I would readily go to see.

The bombed out church on berry street was another venue that had been stamped with the Liverpool Calling moniker and one which kept us there till the end. The vibe was happy and a mixture of music lovers and families sat on chairs and on the grass watching The Sundowners. This 5 piece from Liverpool, lead by singers Niamh Rowe and Fiona Skelly. Their energy and vibrancy shone through the already sunny light to exhilarate the crowds. Tracks like If wishes were horses and Hunter kept the audience on their toes whilst Hummingbird brought the vibe down only enough to be able to unleash again on the audience. I got the feeling of Fleetwood Mac from the band but Fleetwood Mac if you pumped 500 volts of electricity through them and set them loose with wild abandonment. A glorious set.

The good music kept on coming though from the bombed out church as Jetta took to the stage. The Liverpool born/London living singer boasts quite a repertoire of vocal talent. With songs like her debut single Start a Riot and Feels like coming home she almost blew the walls of the bombed out church apart. A wonderful and confident stage presence the set was far too short than I would have liked (possibly due to late running times) but hopefully we will see and hear more of her soon.

Finally it was time for the headliners Space. The venue by this point had filled up nicely but still prompted Double bass member Phil Hartley to ask them to move forward as they weren't about to play a garden party. 

Tommy Scott along with the other band members, were all on top form, ripping through the new songs from Attack of the mutant 50 foot kebab along with the classics  Neighbourhood and Female of the species, and so popular were these 2 tracks they played them again at the end of the set for an encore which ramped the crowd into a frenzy. Dare I say it but the band seem a lot now happier and relaxed since Jamie Murphy left and this was a big coup for Liverpool Calling and one that paid off 20 fold. 

Liverpool calling 2014 - The Kazimer review

Liverpool calling 2014 - The Kazimer review

Liverpool calling 2014 - The Kazimer review

The second venue on a multitude of venues for Liverpool Calling that we decided to plant ourselves in was The Kazimier and we weren't disappointed either. Like the bombed out church, every act that took to this stage was unique and overwhelming.

The Jackobins from Liverpool are a 5 piece rock band fronted by Dominic Bassnett whose voice would put the likes of Tony Hadley to shame. Powerful and ferocious you are almost bowled over with its intensity and the passion of him as a performer. That's not to take away anything from the other band members who were equally as impressive. With songs like their new single The Otherside and Prussia blowing the roof off the Kazimier. I highly recommend seeing this band.

From one storming band onto another and Dexters are another force to be reckoned with. With catchy tracks and almost anthem like tunes, they certainly moved the audience up a level again.

Lead singer Tom Rowlett is a formidable force on stage and with tracks like Shimmer Gold and Recover you can see why these guys are hotly tipped to go places. With a November UK tour already in the offing they seem to a busy band and I can see why. The guys return to Liverpool in November so if you get the chance go along.

The Repeat offenders next. And although they seemed to have brought half of Buckinghamshire with them, their set seemed a little lack lustre. The band seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely as did the audience but I found it a little bit of come down after the previous two bands. That's not to say they aren't as accomplished and talented as the other bands, I just wasn't left with the same feeling of awe as with the previous two. Maybe this was due to their place in the line up as possibly following The Jackobins would have worked a little better.

The Rifles from London though had no problem with their set. In fact I think they could have just stood there and let the crowds, of the now fully packed Kazimier, sing for them. Their following seems to be pretty large and from the first song through to the end The Rifles had them jumping, chanting and screaming for more and I can see why Paul Weller endorses them so much. This was the band that should have been headlining and thank god they were as they brought a close to a thoroughly enjoyable festival that I look forward to seeing again next year.

23 July 2014

Andy Bell releases solo album Torsten The Bareback Saint

Andy Bell solo album Torsten The Bareback Saint

Andy Bell releases solo album Torsten The Bareback Saint

Erasure pop legend Andy Bell has announced the release of his fourth solo album Torsten The Bareback Saint, a groundbreaking musical concept available from 28th July 2014 through Strike Force Entertainment (Cherry Red Records).

The theatrical 22 song-cycle tells the poignant stories of semi-immortal polysexual Torsten, cursed to love many and get close to none, as his age-defying nature condemns him to watch all his friends and lovers grow old and die before him. Ultimately he must leave them all to avoid their uneasiness in witnessing that Torsten himself does not age as evenly. Torsten sings deeply affecting expositional songs that incrementally illuminate the extraordinarily mysterious life of a man disconcerted by his own bizarre experience of the nature of passing time. “The songs are like a set of lyrical postcards from the hotspots of memory”, Andy himself explains.

An eternal teenager throughout most of the 20th Century, a growth spurt in the late 80s brings Torsten to the age of 42, then stops again. Despite the strength of the body, its the spirit that suffers, getting old and tired as the drive and need to achieve gradually abandon him. The lack of emotional ties torment his soul, having no choice but to leave all of his many lovers, one by one, before they discover the reality of his anomalous condition.

Following the album release, Torsten the Bareback Saint will be performed exclusively at the Edinburgh Festival Assembly - Venue 1, George Square from the 5th to 16th August.  Andy Bell’s performance in this highly dramatic one-man show delivers heart-rending musical missives direct from the pulpit of his outsider life. “Torsten is a semi-immortal polysexual sensualist and I love playing him” says Bell - “It’s the most challenging role of my career so far.” The cutting-edge show is not however a closed narrative: subsequent shows will feature different songs and events in Torsten’s life, allowing the audience to discover more about his complex character and surreal experiences.

Andy Bell rose to fame in the 80s as the lead singer of famed synth-pop duo Erasure with Vince Clarke, which went on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide - 5 of which were No.1 in the UK; they have also had 17 Top Ten UK singles so far in their career. Personally, Bell took part in several charity recordings – many supporting AIDS related projects – and sang the role of Montresor in the opera The Fall of the House of Usher in 1991. He released his first solo album Electric Blue in 2005, followed by a second, Non-Stop, in 2010. He recently collaborated with dance duo Shelter; the result, album ‘iPop’, is released this month. Flamboyant dance-pop icon Bell is openly gay and publicly announced being HIV positive in 1998. 

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor releases new single The Deer andThe Wolf

Sophie Ellis-Bextor new single The Deer andThe Wolf

Sophie Ellis-Bextor releases new single The Deer andThe Wolf

Following the release of ‘Love Is A Camera’, Sophie Ellis-Bextor will release live favourite ‘The Deer andThe Wolf’, the fourth single from her silver certified album ‘Wanderlust’, on 25th August. 

Singles from the album so far have included the emotive ‘Young Blood’ and upbeat ‘Runaway Daydreamer’, along with ‘Love Is A Camera’, all of which have received A-List support from Radio 2. 

‘Wanderlust’, which is Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s fifth studio album charted at number 4 and gave Sophie her first top 10 record since 2007’s ‘Trip The Light Fantastic’. The record has gone on to spend the last 6 months in the UK Chart. Co-written, produced and arranged by acclaimed singer-songwriter and good friend Ed Harcourt, ‘Wanderlust’ was recorded in just two weeks in a London studio with other tight-knit musician friends and was released on Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s own label EBGB’s. It features 11 powerfully understated songs showcasing a newfound maturity both lyrically and musically. 

Along with a recent sold-out tour of the UK, Sophie Ellis-Bextor continues to perform at festivals this summer including Glastonbury, T in the Park, Bestival and Hop Farm.  An Autumn headline tour follows in September.

Full live dates are as follows:


Sat 2nd             Dorset, Lulworth Castle                              Camp Bestival

Sun 3rd            Yorkshire, Oulton Park                                 Carfest North

Sat 16th           Chelmsford, Hylands Park                           V Festival

Sun 17th          Staffordshire, Weston Park                         V Festival

Sun 23rd          Southsea                                                        Victorious Festival

Sun 24th          Hampshire, Laverstoke Park Farm             Carfest South


Wed 24th        Cambridge                                                     Junction

Thu 25th         Norwich                                                         Waterfront

Sat 27th           Holmfirth                                                       Picturedome (SOLD OUT)

Sun 28th          Edinburgh                                                      Queen’s Hall

Mon 29th         Milton Keynes                                                The Stables


Wed 1st           London                                                           Shepherd’s Bush Empire

22 July 2014

Lancashire band Sunken Monkey to release new album Party Scars

Lancashire Sunken Monkey new album Party Scars

Lancashire band Sunken Monkey to release new album Party Scars

Sunken Monkey are a pop punk/alternative/rock band from Lancashire, England. They are currently promoting their forthcoming album "Party Scars", due for release in October.

Sunken Monkey were originally formed in the early noughties, and draw influences from the likes of NOFX, The Menzingers, Rise Against and Four Year Strong.

The line-up of the band has chopped and changed over the years, but the theme has always remained the same - a bunch of friends with a story to tell.  The formula for Sunken Monkey has always been short, catchy tunes that back true anecdotes from the bands personal lives. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but always relatable. 

Having released their self titled debut album in 2009, after extensive gigging and at last settling on their current line-up, the band took some time out to write their second album. 

Due for release in October of 2014, the new material has already gained a positive response from their loyal local following as well as those being won over after seeing them for the first time. The overwhelming response can also be attributed to Sunken Monkey's energetic and memorable live performances, since this is where the band feel most at home.

The band is proud to be part of the British music scene, and this can be heard in our songs. We don't conform to the stereotype of singing punk rock in fake American accents, having silly hairstyles or worrying about our image, we just get on with doing what we love. Recording and performing music we love and hope listeners can relate to.

Ice Cube debuts single 'Drop Girl' and announces 10th Solo Album

Ice Cube single Drop Girl 10th Solo Album

Ice Cube debuts single 'Drop Girl' and announces 10th Solo Album

Multi-Platinum and Award Winning Hip-Hop Icon Ice Cube makes his highly anticipated return to the mic with the worldwide video premiere for his debut single, ‘Drop Girl’ featuring Redfoo and 2 Chainz, today on  Directed by Will Kendrick, the fun and contagious video featuring special visual effects is the perfect compliment to the uptempo club banger produced by Multi-Platinum, Grammy nominated producer and featured artist Redfoo.

With the streets buzzing since last year through early online video releases to tease fans for ‘The Big Show,’ ‘Sic Them Youngings on Em,’ ‘Sasquatch,’ along with the visual for the album title track ‘EVERYTHANGS CORRUPT,’ the countdown to Cube’s 10th solo album dropping on October 21st on Lench Mob Records / Caroline officially begins.

As his popularity and record-breaking box office success continues to grow through movies, Cube remains committed to the foundation of his career: hip hop music. Quick to emphasize that he is and always will be a B-Boy, dedicated to writing vivid rhymes, delivering stellar stage performances and making dope hip-hop records, EVERYTHANGS CORRUPT is poised to be another high point in Ice Cube’s mission.

Following the 2010 release of the critically acclaimed, I Am The West, which debuted at #2 on the R&B/Hip Hop US sales chart and in the Top 10 of the Top 200 US sales chart, making it one of the years most successful independent releases in hip hop, the West Coast’s Greatest Rap Lyrist is back again.

‘Drop Girl’ ft. Redfoo and 2Chainz is available now at iTunes and all digital retailers worldwide.