28 January 2015

Bars and Melody announce UK Tour 2015

Bars and Melody UK Tour 2015

Bars and Melody announce UK Tour 2015

Breaking onto the music scene and hailed as the UK’s hottest new boy duo the future looks set to get faster, brighter and International for music sensations Bars and Melody. Charlie and Leondre found each other posting Music Covers on Facebook and decided to join forces and enter The UK’s hottest TV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. This organic, and incredibly fast moving duo are without doubt a hot contender for the No.1 spot for years to come.

Britain’s Got Talent rocketed Bars and Melody straight into international fame with maybe a little extra help from the No. 1 talk show host in the world, ‘Ellen Degeneres’. Talk show host Ellen was so touched by the boys performance on  BGT that she flew them to the USA to perform on her very own talk show. Now with a fan-base growing by the thousands each day the remainder of 2014 looks set to soar for Bars and Melody. Managed by Blair Dreelan the founder of Union J, these boys have acquired over 30 million hits on YouTube for their video ‘Hope’, the Faith Evans and Twister cover they performed on Britain’s Got Talent. Bars and Melody’s version of ‘Hope’ touched hearts all over the world with its “Anti Bullying” message. Young Rapper ‘Leondre’ experienced a string of bullying growing up in Wales and turned to the mighty pen and began to write lyrics sharing his thoughts and feelings through rap.

Leondre Devries (13) and Charlie Lenehan (15) originate from Wales and Bristol but due to huge demand from their fans, they have all re-located to Berkshire where they have been working around the clock on their debut album.

Speaking of their Britain’s Got Talent success the ’BAM’ boys as they are also known said:

It is absolutely insane! Two months ago we were at school dreaming of being able to get into the music industry now we can’t even walk down the street without getting stopped for pictures. Britain’s Got Talent has been the most amazing journey for us. We have been in the papers, magazines and even went to America to perform on The Ellen Show. Simon Cowell changed our whole lives in a single golden buzzer”.

Bringing their own fresh take on pop music and smashing onto the music scene get ready to hear a lot more from Bars and Melody!

Tickets on general sale Friday 30th January at 9am from 0844 477 2000

O2 customers can get PRIORITY tickets now  

Sunday 29th March – O2 Academy2 Birmingham
Monday 30th March – O2 Academy2 Oxford
Tuesday 31st March – O2 Academy Islington
Tuesday 7th April – O2 Academy2 Liverpool
Wednesday 8th April – O2 Academy2 Sheffield
Thursday 9th April – The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
Friday 10th April – O2 Academy2 Leicester

More acts announced for Camp Bestival 2015 including Professor Green, Wretch 32 and more

Camp Bestival 2015 Professor Green, Wretch 32

More acts announced for Camp Bestival 2015 including Professor Green, Wretch 32 and more

We are massively excited once again to be able to announce a bill-topping slot from the man, the legend, Mr Tumble. A true force of nature, the utter hysteria surrounding a Mr Tumble performance at Camp Bestival makes Beatlemania look like a Black Lace come back. The wildest high jinx are guaranteed from the number one kids’ clown, so whatever you do, don’t dare miss Mr Tumble when he assumes his throne at Lulworth Castle!

Joining our three previously announced headliners, we’ll have loads more brilliant live music from the likes of Hackney’s finest, Professor Green and lyrical gymnast, Wretch 32, who commented “I’m extremely excited to be coming to play for my fans at Camp Bestival, expect a special show! See you in the summer!”

We’ll also have Mercury Prize nominee and long-time Camp Bestival favourite Kate Tempest, world famous philanthropist and sometime Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof, legendary dance machine Soul II Soul, 80s pop powerhouse, Level 42, incredible chanteuse Alison Moyet, the silky voiced Ella Eyre, funk and rare groove legends, Cymande, proper Manchester rave crew 808 State, original punk-pop geniuses Buzzcocks, turntable maestro DJ Yoda, and funny funkers, The Cuban Brothers.

Bringing new meaning to the word campfire, we’ll also have all out action from psychedelic warriors The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, in your face duo Slaves, bubble gum upstarts Only the Young, BBC Sound of 2015 finalist George the Poet, folk royalty Eliza Carthy, and Australian male vocal group The Spooky Men's Chorale. Plus we’ll have raucous times with Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Ekkah, The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, Weymouth Ukeleleans, Sinful Maggie, Folk Idol and Reggaerobics.

Back on board and chomping at the bit to go wild with us, we have a host of Camp Bestival favourites with brand new shows, including the Insect Circus, West End Kids, BRIT School, Royal Albert Hall Albert’s Band and the award winning Funky Little Choir. We’ll have wild workshops aplenty from BRIT School, West End Kids and Workshop Patrol. And brand spanking new for 2015, prepare to be amazed by The Chrysalis Garden, our fabulous new spa and well-being area, and The Train Trip, an astonishing mini carnival on the right side of the tracks, plus there will be truly Wild Adventures with our biggest, bestest and wildest activities yet!

Helping you to kick back, relax and enjoy finer festival things there will, as ever, be an incredible choice of premium camping and hospitality options with great family facilities and hot showers, including Lucky Cat Hospitality, Camping Plus Premium Camping, Breastival Mother & Baby Chill Out, Airstreams, Tipis, Yurts and much, much more.

And look out for even more news about The Greatest Tent on Earth, Guardian Literary Institute, The Feast Collective, The Den, Comedy, Caravanserai, Oberon’s Observatory, Camp Bestival Bluecoats, Morris Dancers, and loads more amazingly wild things coming soon!

Tickets for Camp Bestival 2015 (July 30th to Aug 2nd) are on sale now via: Ticketline / 0844 888 4410

Franz Nicolay announces UK Tour March 2015

Franz Nicolay UK Tour March 2015

Franz Nicolay announces UK Tour March 2015

The irrepressible Franz Nicolay is celebrating the January release of his latest album To Us, The Beautiful – out on Xtra Mile Recordings on CD, clear and blue splatter vinyl, and download - in his ever-inimitable way with a substantial UK tour in March 2015.

With a surging and eclectic new rock record to perform for the masses, as well as a back catalogue of his esoteric but joyous and twisted anthems, there’s sure to be parades of dancing shoes and a chorus of voices at every show.

To Us, The Beautiful is Franz’s fourth solo full-length and his second with Xtra Mile Recordings, and provides newcomers with a refreshing burst of elegant, eccentric and elegiac songs with a deliberate rock bent. Long-term fans will find a more straightforward chapter in Franz’s story, still gleaming with banjo twang and his distinctive theatrical voice, so they won’t be lost among the distortion and melodic drive.

See Franz live in March 2015
13 - Perth @ The Twa Tams (w/ Jon Shoe, Broken Stories)
14 - Dundee @ Buskers (w/ Jon Shoe, Broken Stories)
15 - Glasgow @ 13th Note (w/ Broken Stories)
16 - Belfast @ The Bar With No Name
17 - Edinburgh @ Banshee Labyrinth  (w/ Broken Stories)
18 - Huddersfield @ HDM Beer Shop
19 - Leicester - Soundhouse
20 - Manchester @ Star and Garter
21 - Peterborough @ Met Lounge
22 - Norwich @ Owl Sanctuary
23 - Plymouth @ Underground
24 - London @ Brixton Windmill (w/ Jon Shoe)
25 - Exeter @ The Cavern (w/ Jon Shoe)
26 - Bristol @ The Exchange (w/ Jon Shoe)
27 - Southampton @ Joiners (w/ Jon Shoe)

27 January 2015

Watchet Festival 2015 - First Acts Announced

Watchet Festival 2015

Watchet Festival 2015 - First Acts Announced

WATCHETLIVE C.I.C, the organisers of WATCHETLIVE FESTIVAL have announced the first set of acts to be confirmed for 2015.

Fronted by the infamous Sir Bob Geldof, The Boomtown Rats have been storming festivals since the ‘classic’ line up of Bob Geldof, Simon Crowe, Garry Roberts and Pete Briquette re-formed in 2013. With a huge back catalogue of Top 10 hits including Rat Trap (the first UK No.1 by an Irish band), Someone’s Looking At You, Banana Republic and of course the ubiquitous multi-million selling I Don’t Like Mondays, this is set to be the biggest Saturday night performance that Watchet Live Festival have ever hosted.

Sunday night’s headliners are the magnificent Big Country. Formed in Dunfermline in the early 80’s the band went on to have a string of hits and four Top 10 albums, including 1984’s Steel Town, which went to Number 1.

Also headling the billing are 80’s New Wave legends The Blow Monkeys, the always-entertaining Dr and The Medics, double-necked guitar wizard John Otway along with long-term collaborator ‘Wild’ Willy Barrett, Merry Hell, Tankus The Henge and many many more – and there are still 2 major main stage headliners yet to be announced!

Once again taking place on the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Friday 28th – Sunday 30th August, Watchet LIVE Festival will showcase the very best music, food and entertainment from the Westcountry and beyond.

Camping and Campervan option early-bird tickets are on sale at Early Bird prices until 31st March 2015, when the remaining headliners will be announced. 

Watchet LIVE is a not-for-profit family-friendly festival with amazing views of the stunning West Somerset coastline and beyond. Three live stages will host more than 50 live acts, bringing a wide range of high-calibre musical acts not normally found performing in West Somerset, at a very affordable price.

Following the success of last year’s sold out event (the festival’s third in a row), Watchet LIVE Festival has made financial donations to local groups including The Children’s Hospice South West, West Somerset Brass band, and the local “Stand Against Speed” young driver’s awareness campaign.

2015 will see a doubling of the camping and car parking space available in previous years. There will again be even more emphasis on youth-oriented daytime and evening entertainment and workshops. A shuttle bus from the main town to the festival site in the afternoon and evenings on each day has been introduced.

Alongside a wide variety of high quality food stalls, the extensive in-house Cider and Real Ale Bar prices are always kept as low as possible, providing one of the best-value refreshments offerings to be found at any event in the UK.


Early-Bird Ticket Prices (valid until 31st March 2015)

Weekend Tickets (includes camping)
£60 (Adults 16+), £40 (Youths 13-15)
A Family Weekend Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Youths is just £140. Campervans £20, Cars £5
Accompanied Children aged 12 and under can attend for free. No advance ticket required.

Weekend Tickets (no camping)
£40 (Adults 16+), £30 (Youths 13-15)
A Family Weekend Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Youths is just £110

Day tickets (no camping)
£20 (Adults 16+), £15 (Youths 13-15)
A Family Day Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Youths is just £50

Tickets subject to booking fees. Buy online and full T&C’s at

The Charlatans to headline Brooklyn Bow London

The Charlatans Brooklyn Bow London

The Charlatans to headline Brooklyn Bow London

The BPI has today announced that The Charlatans are topping the bill at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday 20th February as part of BRITs Week 2015.

This one-off gig will give music fans a great chance to see one of the UK's most enduring home-grown rock acts in what is an already exciting week for British music in the capital in the lead up to The BRIT Awards 2015.

Tickets priced at £20 will go on sale 9.00am Wednesday 28th January from and from A contribution from all tickets will go to War Child. Support comes from We Are The Ocean and Superfood.

BRITs Week, a joint partnership between the BPI and AEG and made possible with support from London First, is an exciting series of special one-off gigs and events taking place in London in celebration of the most prestigious night in the UK music calendar, The BRIT Awards 2015. George Ezra, Royal Blood and Take That are among the other music acts taking part in BRITs Week to ensure everybody knows that the BRITs are coming! BRITs Week 2015 is in association with Heineken.

The Charlatans, fronted by Tim Burgess, are celebrating 25 years since their debut album was released in 1990 with their 12th studio album Modern Nature which is out this week. The band, known for classics including 'The Only One I Know', 'Telling Stories' and 'One From Another', will be sure to put on an amazing show in one of London's best new live music venues.

The BRIT Awards 2015 take place at The O2 in London on Wednesday 25 February and will be broadcast live on ITV.

Aliki Chrysochou performing at Liverpool charity music event at The Everyman Playhouse

Aliki Chrysochou Liverpool charity music event The Everyman Playhouse

Aliki Chrysochou performing at Liverpool charity music event at The Everyman Playhouse

Greek singer Aliki Chrysochou (who was a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent!) is performing at the Awakening’s concert in Liverpool, at The Everyman Playhouse on the 22nd February.

The concert is part of World Encephalitis Day, a day that aims to educate the world on a devastating condition. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain, there are around 6000 new cases in England alone each year, with 500,000 globally – that equates to the population of Edinburgh been stuck down by a condition that most people have not heard of. Between 10% and 30% of those contracting it will die.

The concert is for an incredible cause and the night will be fantastic.

Tickets are available online at​ for just £20. 

The Lovely Eggs return with new album and two tours

The Lovely Eggs new album tour

The Lovely Eggs return with new album and two tours

The oddball D.I.Y punk rock pair, The Lovely Eggs, have been selling out venues across the country without the help of management, booking agent or record label support. And true to form they return with their fourth self-produced and self-recorded album, This is Our Nowhere, a title which sums up their celebration and love of a scene which doesn’t exist in the eyes of the manufactured mainstream. 

The Lovely Eggs have been relative outsiders to the music industry since 2006 with their unrelenting touring, single and album releases. But their “fuck it” attitude and DIY punk rock spirit has won the hearts of many fans, gaining them an increasingly loyal live following as well as huge support from DJs at BBC 6 Music, Radio One and XFM where they have recorded sessions for all three stations.

This Is Our Nowhere (recorded at a disused factory in their home town of Lancaster) cements their reputation as one of the most exciting, innovative and genuine bands on the Great British Underground scene.

With songs firmly set in the hum drum of everyday life, The Lovely Eggs turn normality on its head, squeezing it through their peculiar surreal mincing machine and blending it with fuzzed out guitar and crashing drums.  For Holly and David being in a band is a way of life. And they approach it in a unique way laughing in the face of life's absurdities. They are a rallying point for anyone that sees life for what it is.  A mess. A wonderful, car crash of experiences, greeting each new chance with a cheeky grin, a sneer and a big fuck you to the pricks.

Released on the band's own label Egg Records on May 4th (with a special  black and white coloured vinyl limited edition release for Record Store Day on April 18th) This Is Our Nowhere  brings an essential addition to an already impressive discography, with lead single ‘Magic Onion’ providing a raucous punked up psyche trip of nonsensical perfection. 

The band will head out on a 10 date UK tour on March 19th before embarking on another set of UK dates at the start of May. 

March tour dates:
Thursday 19th March: The Continental, Preston
Friday 20th March: The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Saturday 21st March: Green Room, Stockton-on-Tees
Sun 22nd March: Fibbers, York
Tuesday 24th March: The Lomax, Liverpool
Wednesday 25th March: The Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa
Thursday 26th March: LP, Bury St Edmunds
Friday 27th March: The Lexington, London
Saturday 28th March: Soup Kitchen, Manchester

April dates:
Friday 3rd April: Wales Goes Pop Festival, Cardiff
Saturday 18th April: In-store performance at Spillers Records, Cardiff for RSD

Hakkasan Group signs Calvin Harris to exclusive three-year partnership

Hakkasan Group  Calvin Harris

Hakkasan Group signs Calvin Harris to exclusive three-year partnership

Global hospitality company Hakkasan Group today announced an exclusive three-year partnership with GRAMMY Award-winning artist Calvin Harris. The international DJ, writer and producer will hold residencies at three Hakkasan Group venues and split his time at Hakkasan Nightclub and WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to open this Spring.

In addition to his residency deals, the collaboration will involve Harris acting as music consultant for the group's renowned Hakkasan brand, refining and curating its global sound as it moves from restaurants and nightclubs into the hotel space. He will also be working closely with the senior team at Hakkasan Group to develop entirely new experiences and event concepts over the next three years.

Neil Moffitt, CEO of Hakkasan Group, commented: "We are excited to continue our partnership with Calvin Harris as he extends his exclusive residencies with Hakkasan Group. He is a truly sensational artist and we look forward to what he will bring to our most acclaimed venues over the next three years".

Calvin Harris commented: "Hakkasan Group's heritage in part goes right back to the '90s golden era of dance music and I am excited to be able to play a part in this next chapter of its story. Its venues are some of the best in the world for dance music and the opportunity to be part of the wider group as it develops into other markets and sectors is a really exciting prospect for me as an artist. We have some great ideas up our sleeves."

Coming off an extremely successful year, Harris' 2015 accolades include: being awarded Best Electronic Artist at the MTV EMA Awards, breaking world records by reaching over one billion streams on Spotify with his single "Blame," (which reached the No. 1 spot globally in only three days), and releasing his fourth studio album Motion in November 2014.