25 March 2015

FKA twigs joins Bestival's Summer of Love 2015

FKA twigs Bestival's Summer of Love 2015

FKA twigs joins Bestival's Summer of Love 2015

Things are really starting to hot-up in the Bestival bunker, as our Summer of Love draws ever closer, and we unveil news of yet another stellar act joining our jamboree. One of the most exciting stars to have emerged in the past couple of years, we are absolutely thrilled to announce that FKA twigs will be crossing the Solent to blow us all away this September 10-13, at Robin Hill Country Park.

Rob da Bank says: “I picked up a white label record by an artist called twigs in 2012 and started playing it on my Radio 1 show, with no idea who or what was creating this fantastic sound… Three years on and it’s exciting to see FKA twigs breaking through, still forging such a leftfield sound and winning! We can’t wait to welcome her to Bestival’s Summer of Love 2015… and I’ve still got that white label!” 

The consummate polymath, FKA twigs has recently announced her video-directorial debut for Glass and Patron, the lead track taken from her forthcoming EP, which moves the story on from where her Mercury Prize nominated LP1 left off, exploring her stunningly unique brand of slo-mo RandB and sylphlike vocals. With a truly astonishing live presence, her Bestival show is a guaranteed must-see event, alongside unmissable appearances from The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Duran Duran, Tame Impala, The Jacksons, Annie Mac, Jungle, Jurassic 5 and lots more.  


Super Furry Animals, De La Soul And More For Inaugural Forgotten Fields Festival

Super Furry Animals, De La Soul Forgotten Fields Festival

Super Furry Animals, De La Soul And More For Inaugural Forgotten Fields Festival


Tickets available to those who have pre-registered - Thursday 26th March 9AM
General Ticket Sale – Friday 27th March 9AM

Ticket prices Tier 1 Early Bird £90, Tier 2 £95, Tier 3 £99, Tier 4 £105
Eridge Park, 7 – 9 August 2015 / #Forgottenfields 

The creative minds behind Kendal Calling bring you Forgotten Fields, a ground breaking new festival at Eridge Deer Park in Sussex.

Celebrating 10 years of Kendal Calling, the Cumbrian team are launching a show in the South of England their vision that captures the heart and spirit of the original festival, and condenses it for an intimate audience of just 4000 party goers. Much like its Lake District counterpart, Forgotten Fields brings together unrivalled atmospheric charm and a quality line-up of emerging and established talent that spans the genres, all in a stunning location at a fantastic price.  Those 4000 festival fans who snap up tickets will share in the good times this beautiful little festival will offer and cherish them for years to come.

Re-formed, psychedelic rockers, Super Furry Animals return to the fray after a 6 year hiatus and bring a huge back catalogue of incredible tracks to Forgotten Fields.  The band are one of the most imaginative and powerful acts the UK has produced and there appearance is sure to be a stand out summer festival moment.

Basement Jaxx will headline the Friday night of the festival, bringing their genre-defining sound to the Main Stage, with hits like 'Where's Your Head At?', 'Romeo', 'Red Alert' and countless others set to feature.  Saturday will see the south coast’s favourite sons and festival favourites, The Levellers top the bill with a set full of folk-rock sing along anthems. 

The Horrors look set to provide a suitably immersive performance from across their critically acclaimed back catalogue, hip hop pioneers De La Soul will be showing exactly why they’ve stood the test of time and Public Service Broadcasting will perform their incredible new album The Race For Space.  British Sea Power played the first ever Kendal Calling festival and fittingly perform at the inaugural Forgotten Fields alongside American indie rockers Augustines. Hip Hop turntablist and cut n’ paste maestro DJ Yoda and The Breakfast Of Champions will showcase his unique style with many more acts still to be announced across the two main stages.

Other acts performing include Skinny Lister, Sam Brookes, Coco and the Butterfields, Beans On Toast, Wooden Arms, Tom Williams, Get Inuit and many more.

Three other stages will provide a different musical focus. The Gypsy Disco will be a must-visit for fans of Ska, Balkan, Swing and immersive theatre, whilst the House Party stage will provide the perfect setting for ground breaking comedy. Arguably one of the most exciting areas of the festival, The Horizons stage will host the hottest new bands and artists, the type of acts you'll expect to see storming up the festival bills in years to come. 

For fans of the finer things in life there is world-class gourmet food available on site as well as a dedicated real ale bar, and those averse to the idea of camping can enjoy a multitude of bespoke accommodation options.  There will also be extravagant site art, festival games, fancy dress frolics, boutique stalls and camp fire tales all set in the picturesque English Countryside.

Forgotten Fields is perfect for families and revellers alike, with The Prickleback Urchin Kids Area built for the younger party animals in your group and The Late Night Cinema sitting as the ideal alternative to the wealth of musical options available across the site.

Needless to say, Forgotten Fields looks set to further cement Kendal Calling's outstanding cultural legacy. 

More details will be revealed soon
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The Weeknd To Headline Lollapalooza music festival 2015

The Weeknd headline Lollapalooza music festival 2015

The Weeknd To Headline Lollapalooza music festival 2015

It was announced today that The Weeknd will headline this year’s Lollapalooza music festival joining the likes of Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence + the Machine. The Grammy nominated artist will also be closing this year’s Coachella Valley Music Festival Saturday dates.

In addition to the major festival news, The Weeknd’s “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” was officially the #1 Shazamed song in the world according to the music discovery app’s official charts having been Shazamed more than 2.3 million times. The single has been in the Top 5 on Shazam’s for over 4 weeks and claimed the top spot this week. In addition to this accomplishment, the single also recently achieved platinum status as certified by the RIAA. “Earned It” was the first song released from the chart-dominating and critically praised Fifty Shades of Grey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack—out now via Republic Records.

Purchase it HERE.

Since its release, “Earned It” quickly took on a life of its own and seduced millions around the globe along the way. It’s been a mainstay in the Top 5 of iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and Spotify’s streaming chart and is now Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. With this The Weeknd grabs his second Hot 100 top 10 and first solo as "Love Me Harder," with Ariana Grande, reached No. 7 in November. The international story is also impressive with “Earned It” certified Platinum in Canada, Gold in Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Sweden and recently hitting the Top 5 on iTunes in 68 markets including 35 #1’s. In the UK it was in the Top 5 at the Official Singles Chart for three consecutive weeks and it has been holding the #1 spot on the Shazam chart for six consecutive weeks.

At radio, “Earned It” is also seeing success becoming the most added track at Top 40 and Urban. The video for the single is a theatrical event in its own right having been directed by Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring the film’s lead actress Dakota Johnson. Since its release less than two months ago it has amassed nearly 40 million views.

The Weeknd is currently readying his third full-length album for release later this year under the partnership between XO and Republic Records and is set to close out the Saturday night dates of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The Weeknd also recently picked up two Juno Awards from his home country of Canada. He first grabbed the Award for RandB/Soul Recording of the Year for "Often", which he released last summer, and ended the night winning Artist of the Year. In addition to taking home two trophies, The Weeknd also graced the Juno stage by performing "Earned It".

Liverpool newbies Waster Release Debut Single and Video For Graveyard Shift

Liverpool Waster Debut Single Video Graveyard Shift

Liverpool newbies Waster Release Debut Single and Video For Graveyard Shift

When we started the band we were all in a situation of waking up every morning, going to work, coming home and going to sleep,” recalls Sammy Clifford, vocalist with Liverpudlian newcomers Waster, recalling the origins of his band’s blunt moniker; “It felt like we were just wasted space and not really doing much with our lives other than working. To be honest, that situation hasn’t really changed other than now we’re really broke due to band commitments, which is where the EP name, ‘SKRWD’, came from. But, this band has given us all something to do, and to be proud of; like, we aren’t prepared to just settle for a boring, generic lifestyle anymore and we’ve decided to do something about it.” 

A creative outlet born from lack of options, a cathartic escape from the norm… these tropes lie at the heart of many a band’s origin story, but few fresh faced acts come out of the blocks as accomplished as Waster.

Completed by guitarists Danny Swift and Kieren Alder, drummer Kieran McVeigh and bassist Alex Tobijanski, Waster grew up on “the ‘original’ mainstream pop punk bands, like Blink, New Found Glory and Sum 41,” and the quintet make no bones about being the product of their influences. “I think our music reflects the music we love, yet it’s got an edge to it that doesn’t distance itself from what the genre has evolved into today,” opines Sammy; “It’s a good blend of the bands that drew us to playing instruments in the first place and the bands we listen to on a daily basis today. We're fully prepared for the onslaught of comparisons that will no doubt be thrown our way, but honestly we just make music that sounds good to us, and that’s all we care about. If people dig it, sick! If they don’t, that’s totally cool!

Produced and recorded by Seb Barlow at Celestial Recordings (Neck Deep, Homebound, ROAM), Waster’s debut E.P ‘SKRWD’ is a full force introduction to the band’s keen ear for instantly familiar hooks and head bobbing grooves, showcasing more savvy and swagger than many bands with ten times their experience. But whilst their music might be serious, the members are far from, as their tongue-in-cheek music video for lead single ‘Graveyard’ might suggest. “Remember at school everyone was split into ‘sets’? And there’s a set that all the class clowns get thrown into... imagine they formed a band - that’s us!” laughs Sammy; “We like to act (and dress) up a lot, and don’t take ourselves too seriously at all. We want to be different, and want to stand out by showing that. For example you will never see a boring video from us; we will just not allow that to happen, and we can make that promise from day one. And something we feel everyone should also know is that everything we wore in the ‘Graveyard Shift’ video is genuine attire. We wear that shit on a daily basis, corpse paint and everything.”

Skrwd is released on May 25th 2015

Currently Confirmed UK Dates
May 2nd - Pinky Swear Records Festival @ Sound Control, Manchester
May 3rd - Fury Fest @ Arts Club, Liverpool
May 17th - Empire Festival @ The Hop, Sheffield
May 22nd - Central Station, Wrexham
27th June - Jump On Demand Festival @ Maguire's Pizza Bar, Liverpool

Keep updated with Waster:
Skrwd is released on May 25th 2015

God Damn Announce split 10" single with Baby Godzilla for Record Store Day

God Damn 10" single with Baby Godzilla Record Store Day

God Damn Announce split 10" single with Baby Godzilla for Record Store Day

Wolverhampton based heavy-weights God Damn can announce this week that they will be releasing a special split single with their friends, chaos-merchants Baby Godzilla for Record Store Day this year. Released April 18th and available through One Little Indian Records on limited edition 10" grey vinyl, it features the God Damn track 'We Don't Like You', culled from their forthcoming debut album 'Vultures', coupled with the Baby Godzilla romp 'Greedy Pete', described by the band as being "a minute and a half of anger overlaying a minute and a half of smash."

"It's great to have the opportunity to do a special release for RSD with our buddies Baby Godzilla!," claims drummer Ash Weaver. "They are one of the craziest live bands I've ever seen, and they definitely have the tunes to match, this is no exception."

Both God Damn and Baby Godzilla are playing at Left For Dead Records in The Custard Factory in Birmingham on 18th April as a special appearance for Record Store Day using the same venue as the incredible Supersonic Festival with an outdoor stage set up. God Damn will then head over to Reading to play the Are You Listening Festival.

God Damn's debut album 'Vultures' follows on May 11th through One Little Indian Records.

'Vultures' is available to pre-order now on CD / Vinyl / DL with instant downloads of 'Horus' and 'Maladie Melodie'.

Catch God Damn at the following dates. More dates to be announced soon.

April (supporting Therapy?)

3rd Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht

5th Hedon, Zwolle

7th Underground, Cologne

8th Bi Nuu, Berlin

9th Knust, Hamburg

18th Record Store Day Performance outside Left For Dead Records, Custard Factory, Birmingham

18th Are You Listening Festival, Reading


1st The Sugarmill, Stoke on Trent

2nd Handmade Festival, Leicester (w/ Slaves, Blood Red Shoes & Bo Ningen)

5th The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

6th Shacklewell Arms, London

9th Chameleon, Nottingham

13th The Louisiana, Bristol

16th Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

18th Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

20th A Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds

21st Picture House Social, Sheffield

30th Camden Rocks Festival, London


12th Download Festival, Derby

Catch Baby Godzilla at the following dates. More dates to be announced soon.


18th Record Store Day Performance outside Left For Dead Records, Custard Factory, Birmingham


2nd Festivile, Corporation, Sheffield

3rd Bad Math 3rd Birthday Party, Green Door Store, Brighton

21st Opium, Edinburgh

22nd Cathouse, Glasgow (with Gallows)

23rd Slamdunk Festival, Leeds

24th Slamdunk Festival, Hatfield

25th Slamdunk Festival, Wolverhampton

26th The Garage, London (with Gallows)

27th Sound Control, Manchester (with Gallows)


11th Nass Festival, Shepton Mallet

17th Truck Festival, Steventon

God Damn are:

Thom Edward - guitar/vocals

Ash Weaver - drums

James Bay Releases Debut Album Chaos And The Calm

James Bay Debut Album Chaos And The Calm

James Bay Releases Debut Album Chaos And The Calm

Critically acclaimed UK troubadour JAMES BAY has released his much anticipated full-length debut album, Chaos And The Calm [Republic Records] today. You can purchase the album HERE.

BAY has also released the official music video for his hit single “Let It Go” which you can view below.

BAY kicked off his U.S. headline tour in New York City with a SOLD OUT show at the Bowery Ballroom. The tour continues on April 27 at Mod Club in Toronto and will wrap at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 14. Full tour routing can be found below.

2015 has already been a breakout year for the internationally acclaimed UK singer and songwriter. At the end of December, he hit the stage at Late Night with Seth Meyers for his first-ever stateside television performance and was recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the SXSW festival.  BAY has been profiled by tastemakers such as Spotify, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, BlackBook, Mashable, The Guardian and Q Magazines as an “Artist to Watch” in 2015 and he recently received the high honor of the BRIT Critics Choice Award, joining the ranks of past winners Sam Smith, Adele, Florence + the Machine, Jessie J, and more, and was also a finalist on BBC Sound of 2015.

In addition, James has been selected as VH1’s You Oughta Know” Artist for April which has traditionally introduced predominant artists on the rise and served as a barometer for what’s hot in music today. Past You Oughta Know artists have included Ed Sheeran, Adele, Lorde, Sam Smith, and Mumford and Sons.

BAY hails from the tiny town of Hitchin, but he cut his teeth performing at London’s iconic venues including opening for The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, opening for two sold out tours with Kodaline, John Newman and Tom Odell. It was at one of these very performances that a fan filmed his set and shared the video on YouTube. The video quickly caught the attention of Republic Records who ended up flying BAY to New York and signing him on the spot. Last fall, he was selected to perform at the Burberry’s Prosum Spring/Summer Fashion Show and the iTunes Music Festival. BAY will soon be embarking on 3 sold out UK tours including 2 nights at London’s famous Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Tour Dates 
Monday March 16, 2015 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
Monday April 27, 2015 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON, Canada (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday April 29, 2015 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY, USA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday April 30, 2015 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA, USA (SOLD OUT)
Friday May 01, 2015 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC, USA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday May 03, 2015 - The Trocadero Theatre - Philadelphia, PA, USA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday May 05, 2015 - Metro - Chicago, IL, USA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday May 07, 2015 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO, USA (SOLD OUT)
Friday  May 08, 2015 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT, USA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday May 10, 2015 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA, USA (SOLD OUT)
Monday May 11, 2015 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR, USA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday  May 12, 2015 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA, USA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday May 14, 2015 - The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, USA (SOLD OUT)

Rosie and the Goldbug release Running in the Dark video and EP

Rosie and the Goldbug Running in the Dark video and EP

Rosie and the Goldbug release Running in the Dark video and EP

Cornish purveyors of hectic electronica Rosie and The Goldbug are roaring into 2015 with a new record deal, a UK tour and a brand new single; 'Running In The Dark'. 

Drawing on the vintage eccentricities of Alison Goldfrapp and Kate Bush and dripping with insanely catchy pop hooks, 'Running In The Dark' is released on May 4th via Public Recordings. 

The brainchild of lead singer and keyboard player Rosie Vanier and named after an Edgar Allen Poe story, Rosie and The Goldbug first came to the nation's attention whilst still in their teens, with the release of their critically acclaimed debut, 'Rosie and The Goldbug' in 2008. 

Throughout Spring the band will be taking their new songs on the road. Catch them live in the following towns: 

March 8th: The Ship Inn, Porthleven, Cornwall
March 13th: South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes
March 19th: Mr Wolf’s, Bristol
April 17th: The Carriers Inn, Bude, Cornwall
April 18th: The Harbour Moon, Looe, Plymouth
April 25th: Porthleven Food Festival, Porthleven Harbour, Cornwall
May 2nd: The Masked Ball, Porthleven, Cornwall
May 8th: What’s On Cornwall Awards, Eden Project, Cornwall
May 31st: Acoustic Set, Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth, Cornwall 

For tickets and further info please visit

Edwyn Collins joins Wayne Coyne as keynote speaker at Liverpool Sound City 2015

Edwyn Collins and Wayne Coyne keynote speaker Liverpool Sound City

Edwyn Collins joins Wayne Coyne as keynote speaker at Liverpool Sound City 2015

Sound City is adding to an unparalleled line-up of inspirational music figures for this year’s conference with a key theme of The Unsung Hero, focusing on the mavericks and mayhem makers who have helped shape the face of rock and roll.

Joining experimental rock pioneer Wayne Coyne as keynote speaker is Orange Juice legend and accomplished solo artist Edwyn Collins

Edwyn will be in conversation with his love and ally, Grace Maxwell.  He will explore his long and influential career including how his life and music changed following a cerebral haemorrhage in 2005. The conference will also feature an exclusive live performance and a screening of his acclaimed new film “The Possibilities are Endless”; the title being a reference to one of only four phrases he was able to speak during his neurological rehabilitation. 

Edwyn said: "I'm delighted to be in Liverpool for Sound City, I've always felt an affinity for the place. Back in the Orange Juice days we were regulars in the city playing at places like Eric's. I've always had great support from Liverpool and I always look forward to coming back." 

Sound City is also revisiting its popular In Conversation programme hosted by DJ and presenter Dave Haslam. 

As well as performing at the festival this year The Vaccines’ Justin Young and Freddie Cowan will also appear In Conversation at this year’s conference. The Vaccines’ growth has been hugely successful; from uploading a home studio recorded demo of If You Wanna to Youtube in 2009 to releasing their debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines in 2012 which went straight to platinum, their rise is as impressive as their energetic pop-rock live sound. 

The Vaccines came third in BBC’s the Sound of 2011 along with multiple nominations across different awards and won Best New Band, Emerging Talent and New Music Award. They also have an extremely dedicated fan base that has led them to appearing at over 40 festivals each summer since their debut album. A real conference highlight for any songwriter, musician, artist, social media promoter or events manager - The Vaccines boys are not to be missed!

Jane Weaver - Liverpudlian singer, guitarist, songwriter and record label executive - will also feature In Conversation. Jane’s career has been rich and varied from time with groups Kill Laura and Misty Dixon and her solo career that began in 2001. 

Jane self-produced her most recent album The Silver Globe released in 2014, with contributions from Cyptron, David Holmes and Badly Drawn Boy. A vocal sample from the track Silver Chord was used on Another Arms from Coldplay’s Ghost Stories. 
For 20 years Jane has dedicated herself to her independent micro-industry, producing conceptual pop LPs through her label in Manchester. As a creative and inventive musical figure, Jane has plenty of expertise to share at the 2015 conference with any solo artists, musicians, producers, songwriters, promoters and label executives.  

Returning for the third year is Sound City’s vast programme of How? Sessions.  As ever they will explore an array of practical issues and hot topics spanning the music, digital and creative industries.

They’re a great opportunity for delegates to learn from industry professionals from many different backgrounds to discuss a huge range on burning issues frankly and openly, and to answer questions in depth.

Amongst the many music biz luminaries taking part in this year’s How? Sessions is Everything Everything. Interviewed by Gabby Sanderson the band will talk about their career to date covering songwriting style, their fearless crossing of genres, how they survive in the music industry, and how they’ve received both critical acclaim and adoration from fans. Delegates will also have the chance to ask the band questions in the Q&A forum after their talk.

Sound City are delighted to announce Edge Hill University as Industry Connection Partner for the 2015 Festival and Conference. This will be the third time that Edge Hill, the UK University of the Year, will partner with Sound City. This year Edge Hill are stepping up their involvement to become the official sponsor of the Marketplace at the Sound City Conference, as well as hosting a showcase of its not-for-profit record label acts. Award winning dance company EdgeFWD will be premiering a new dance piece for the site, and students will be taking part in real life work based activities at both the Festival and Conference. 
Taking place in the magnificent Rum Warehouse at The Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock from 21- 22 May, the now legendary international music conference will debate, discuss and highlight key issues with the contemporary music business on – brought to you by some of the leading figures in the global industry.

Other speakers already announced for Sound City conference include:

Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) • Julian Cope  
Viv Albertine (The Slits) • Danny Fields • James Barton (Cream)
Mark E Smith (The Fall)  

Along side the conference, Sound City has announced an incredible line-up of live acts for the festival with more acts still to be revealed: 

The Vaccines • The Flaming Lips • Belle and Sebastian
Roni Size Reprazent • The Thurston Moore Band • Gaz Coombes
The Cribs • Peace • Swans
Fat White Family • Everything Everything • George the Poet
F*cked Up • Evian Christ • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger • Dum Dum Girls • Cymbals Eat Guitars
Spector • Iceage • Stormzy
Stealing Sheep • Dutch Uncles • Slaves • All We Are
Bill Ryder-Jones • The Bohicas • Neon Waltz
Honeyblood • Real Lies • Blossoms • Aquilo
Jane Weaver • Dave McCabe and The Ramifications • The Tea Street Band
Loyle Carner • Serpent Power • The Sundowners 
Moon King • Clarence Clarity • Formation • The Griswolds • Astronomyy
Bad Breeding • Single Mothers • Bad Meds 
YAK • KOF • Gulf • R Seiliog • Moats
Barberos • The Vryll Society • Strange Collective
Sekuoia • Okkyung Lee • M.O.
Thabo and The Real Deal • Prose

Liverpool Sound City Conference takes place on the 21 and 22 May ‘15 
Liverpool Sound City’s music festival takes place 22-24 May

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