17 December 2014

Vampire Diaries actor Michael Malarkey - New Single and Tour

Vampire Diaries actor Michael Malarkey New Single and Tour

Vampire Diaries actor Michael Malarkey - New Single and Tour

Born in the Lebanon, raised in the Midwest US state of Ohio and trained in London Michael Malarkey is an Atlanta-based musician and actor who’s versatile talent has seen him command both stage and screen and who currently features in hit CW drama, The Vampire Diaries

Singing in various punk and hardcore bands in his teenage home town of Yellow Springs Ohio, Michael became enthralled with teaching himself guitar and working on self-penned songs that eventually developed into his own style of story-telling, soul-searching alternative folk.

The debut five-song offering, Feed The Flames EP sees Michael combine honest and exposing insights to his relationships with love and commitment with a playful commentary on the world around him, all carried along by his knack for a catchy melody and intricately picked guitar playing. 

Through The Night And Back Again is the first single taken from the EP and features a sensitively plucked acoustic guitar that blends beautifully with Malarkey’s casually demanding vocal, tightly orchestrated harmonies and considered instrumentation. Throughout the EP his influences are clear and navigate their way through Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave and Jeff Buckley but ultimately stay true to Malarkey’s own distinctive hallmark of emotive and vivid imagery, merging his punk roots to narrative based acoustic songs that contain angst, humour, love and betrayal in equal measure.

With his acting career aggressively in the assent, Malarkey has simultaneously and relentlessly cultivated a body of music that will forge both creative worlds and establish him as a mainstay crossover talent, winning over audiences in both the music and acting arenas. Feed The Flames will be available to buy on 10” vinyl on the 8th of January 2015 and is available to download now …

Live Dates:
 8Th January 2015 – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Rival Sons to tour the UK in 2015 playing Liverpool O2 Academy

Rival Sons UK tour 2015 Liverpool O2 Academy

Rival Sons to tour the UK in 2015 playing Liverpool O2 Academy

Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS are currently winding up the UK leg of their European tour, and are delighted to announce they will be heading back in March and April 2015 which will see them headline the prestigious Roundhouse in London.  Tickets go on sale THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2014 – 10AM.

The band recently performed on Later With Jools Holland, following another TV appearance in the USA on the Late Show with David Letterman and a phenomenal performance at the star-studded Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards in LA.  They also fitted in a last minute support slot with Lenny Kravitz at Wembley Arena. 

With elements of psychedelia and more than a nod to soul, the new RIVAL SONS album 'Great Western Valkyrie' received rave reviews when it was released earlier this year. It was rated the No.1 album of 2014 by Classic Rock magazine as well as hitting the Top 20 albums of the year in Kerrang magazine. This, their fifth record in as many years saw the band yet again recording live in Nashville, using '50s gear borrowed from Sun studios, acknowledging their heritage, but always having their eyes and ears focussed on the 21st Century. 

There will be a new RIVAL SONS single in January 2015. ‘Good Things’ is a stroll through the land of possibilities that highlights the soulful melodies of enigmatic singer Jay Buchanan, shows off the signature guitar tones of Scott Holiday whilst the powerhouse rhythm section of Michael Miley on drums and the sultry grooves of Dave Beste on bass pin the whole song down. 

March 2015
Sat 28 Leeds O2 Academy, UK*      
Sun 29 Liverpool O2 Academy, UK*     
Mon 30 Glasgow O2 Academy, UK*     

April 2015
Wed 1 London Roundhouse, UK      
Fri 3 Nottingham Rock City, UK     
Sat 4 Southampton, O2 Guildhall UK

* tickets via / 0844 477 2000

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Jon Gomm Announces 2015 UK Headline Tour

Jon Gomm 2015 UK Headline Tour

Jon Gomm Announces 2015 UK Headline Tour 

Virtuoso guitarist, independent musician and viral success story Jon Gomm is happy to announce an extensive UK headline tour for March 2015 with a view to road-testing brand new material and giving recent converts the chance to experience a live performance of tracks from his latest album, the beautiful and critically acclaimed Secrets Nobody Keeps. The run of dates will be the first extensive UK tour since his mammoth 28 date sell-out headline tour in October 2013 (full dates below).

"Since the last UK tour I've been gigging Secrets Nobody Keeps on various continents (Africa and South America being my newest conquests) and played so many European festivals I lost count, including some big ones like Download and Electric Picnic” comments Jon on his hectic schedule throughout 2014 “My next plan was that I wanted to make sure my new post-Passionflower online audience got to hear my old tunes, so I gathered up my most requested songs, and I've filmed a new series of live-in-the-studio videos I'm calling Live In The Acoustic Asylum sessions, which I'm drip-feed releasing throughout 2015. I also have a few brand new songs I'm pretty excited about, which I'll be testing out on this tour."

Produced by Whiskas, founder of legendary DIY label Dance To The Radio, Secrets Nobody Keeps was 100% crowd funded in the short space of 4 weeks in a whirlwind PledgeMusic campaign that drew on the power of Jon’s millions of fans and viewers worldwide.

The album title itself is a nod to Jon’s gratitude for the power of social networks. Ever since the day a simple one word Tweet from Stephen Fry linking to Jon’s Passionflower video (7.5 million views and counting) started the snowball rolling on his career, he’s been an advocate of, in his own words, “having that private little moment of discovery on Youtube, then sharing the music everywhere.” Gomm’s list of high profile fans also includes the legendary Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan, Jon Anderson, David Crosby, Tommy Lee and Devin Townsend.

Tickets and information at

2015 UK Headline Tour Dates:
March 2 - WORCESTER - Marrs Bar
March 3 - CHESTER - Telfords Warehouse
March 4 - NOTTINGHAM - Glee Club
March 6 - BIRMINGHAM - Glee Club
March 7 - SITTINGBOURNE - Avenue Theatre
March 8 - NORWICH - Owl Sanctuary
March 9 - WAKEFIELD - The Hop 
March 10 - YORK - Fibbers
March 12 - HUDDERSFIELD - Bar 122
March 13 - EBBW VALE - Ebbw Vale Institute
March 15 - CARDIFF - The Moon 
March 16 - BRISTOL - Colston Hall
March 17 - SOUTHAMPTON - Joiners
March 18 - LONDON - Jazz Cafe
March 19 - MILTON KEYNES - Stables
March 21 - DEVIZES - St Marys Church
March 22 - DEVON - Kingkerswell Church
March 23 - CAMBRIDGE - Junction 2
March 24 - BRIGHTON - Komedia
March 26 - LIVERPOOL - Leaf
March 27 - MANCHESTER - Gorilla 
March 28 - NEWCASTLE - Cluny 2
March 30 - SHEFFIELD - Corporation
April 4 - LEEDS - Brudenell Social

Clean Bandit,Kaiser Chiefs and Underworld to headline Camp Bestival 2015

Clean Bandit,Kaiser Chiefs and Underworld headline Camp Bestival 2015

Clean Bandit,Kaiser Chiefs and Underworld to headline Camp Bestival 2015

It might be cold outside but things are really hotting up at Camp Bestival HQ! It’s all coming together for what is destined to be the wildest Camp Bestival yet, and boy do we have a gargantuan line-up announcement planned for early January. But because we’re just a bit too excited, and because it’s Christmas, we want to give you a tempting taster of what’s to come announcing two pretty special headliners and just some arts fun that will be gracing Camp Bestival Goes Wild this 30th July – 2nd August at Lulworth Castle on Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coast.

Rob da Bank says: “Here we go again, my wild and wonderful friends! It’s all getting pretty festive down at Camp Bestival HQ, and whilst we were sat in front of a blazing fire eating too many chocolates we thought why not spill the beans on just a smidgen of the acts that will play Camp Bestival 2015… So, without further ado, let’s intro Clean Bandit as our Friday night headliner who are gonna knock it out the castle with their string led electronic knees up, moving onto Saturday and our special guests will be the riotous Kaiser Chiefs and closing it all down in spectacular fashion one of my favourite acts of all time, Underworld, who are a blistering live act 20 years on from dubnobasswithmyheadman. Prepare to get Born Slippy and pretty wild! Have a fantastic Xmas all my Camp Besti buddies”. 

Yes indeed, the Caste stage will be bouncing this summer at our fest-holiday jamboree with a headline performance from techno gods Underworld who have recently been celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal dubnobasswithmyheadman release with what we can only describe as utterly mind-blowing live shows, and we just can’t wait to see them!

Underworld said of their show closing headline set: “We’re really excited to be making our debut at Camp Bestival in 2015. We'll be bringing a show for acid house veterans and festival first timers alike, so see you there next summer”.

Baroque pop giants Clean Bandit will also be playing a brilliant headline set for us! Fusing lush classical motifs with deep house and electro pop, they blew us away a couple of years ago, and now they’re back at the top of the bill to do it all again! Ace. And finally for now, we can announce our very special guests, the ultimate sing-along mob, Kaiser Chiefs! We predict a riot of mums and dads singing at the top of their voices on Saturday night. And don’t forget, there are a host of new acts, old faves, and way beyond still to announce!

There will, as ever, be a thrilling mix of theatre, shows, attractions, activities, poets, authors and talks for all the family, including some incredible new shows like The Cat in the Hat. Yes! We’re ridiculously excited to say that Dr Seuss’s best-loved creation will be rocking the tots (and let’s face it, everyone else) in Lulworth with us this summer. If you can find a more joyous and lively kids theatre show we’ll eat our hats! And back by extremely popular demand were delighted to say Dick V Dom Go Wild in the Ring will see our favourite duo unleashing their unstoppable madness for everyone to enjoy. Anyone who’s seen them before will know that they’re unmissable, so make sure you’re there! There’s so much more arts, theatre, shows and more to announce, from the most beautifully enchanting to the sublimely silly, so watch this space when we tell all in January.

And we’ll also have an adventurous mix of truly wild fun and games throughout the weekend, including Explore Your Inner Beast, which will be all about bushcraft, den building, foraging, survival skills and wild cooking, and Woodland Adventures, which will maximise the wild times with mud kitchens, campfires, nature hunts, mass sleep outs, daily picnics and falconry. There’s loads more Wild action happening, so look out for lots more info in the New Year, plus we’ll have the return of The Den and so much more. We can’t wait to tell you all about it!

If that’s whetted your appetite suitably then why not guarantee yourself a nature fuelled summer and treat your loved ones to some tickets with our amazing Camp Bestival Christmas offer? As well as entry to Camp Bestival, all tickets ordered before 19th December also get a super-festive and exclusive Camp Bestival Christmas card and a souvenir ticket.

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

12 December 2014

Liverpool's The Little Secrets Release Debut Single All I Need

Liverpool The Little Secrets Debut Single All I Need

Liverpool's The Little Secrets Release Debut Single All I Need

Liverpool’s The Little Secrets are Kevin Dixon and Stacy Jo.  Formed in 2010 after meeting at The Cavern, Stacy was singing with another band when Kevin spotted her and decided to ‘steal’ her for his new project.  After two years of writing together and experimenting with different line-ups and sounds, the pair hit on their infectious slice of pop, echoing the likes of Camera Obscura and BMX Bandits.  

We asked ourselves what kind of songs would we like to hear and set about writing them” Kevin explains. “The songs are written as a true partnership, both musically and lyrically. The initial idea can start from either one of us and is then crafted further towards the sound we are trying to create, infusing as many of our influences as possible.

Debut single ‘All I Need’, released on Edge Hill University’s The Label Recordings, has already received airplay on BBC Radio 2 from Janice Long who selected it as one of her ‘Janice Loves’ tracks, and can best be described as having sunshine poured into your ears!

Country/Pop/Broadway and TV star Rachel Potter releases new single

Country/Pop/Broadway TV star Rachel Potter new single

Country/Pop/Broadway and TV star Rachel Potter releases new single

Country/pop/Broadway and TV star Rachel Potter unveils the new single, "Zero To Sixty," from her forthcoming album, Not So Black and White. Potter became a household name on The X Factor and as the star of Evita and The Addams Family on Broadway, as well as the national tour of Wicked.

Rachel Potter’s musical style is colored by an eclectic mix of influences including her Southern upbringing, her rock-and-roll parents, her Baptist church, classical training and singing as princesses at Walt Disney World. Her debut EP, Live the Dream, was released in 2012, boasting flavors of country, pop and rock. Fellow Evita cast members, including Michael Cerveris and Ricky Martin made cameos in her music video for the title track, and Potter went on to become a Top 12 finalist on season three of The X Factor, earning praise for her rendition of Queen's "Somebody to Love," which has now reached over 19 million views on YouTube and will be featured on the forthcoming album.

Potter is currently putting the finishing touches on her first full length album, Not So Black And White, set to be released on 3/3/15. 

Liverpool songstress Jennifer Davies Reveals Silhouette Video

Liverpool Jennifer Davies Silhouette Video

Liverpool songstress Jennifer Davies Reveals Silhouette Video

Liverpool art-pop songstress Jennifer Davies has revealed the striking and beautiful video for ‘Silhouette’. The video premiered at Stereoboard who said, “Pop music always benefits from a sense of theatre and that’s just what Silhouette, the latest track from alt-pop newcomer Jennifer Davies, delivers. Along with a suitably massive synth hook, of course.”

A gigantic pop anthem-in-the-making that builds from its rich 80s influenced lo-fi electronica and gloriously inspired vocals, ‘Silhouette’ – written and produced by Jennifer Davies and Tord Kundsen – leaves a lasting shadow that shapes the movements of Britain’s soon-to-be newest alternative pop sensation.

Davies’ vision is both inspired and contemporary, born of a lineage that stretches from the pop perfection of Madonna to the ethereal beauty of Bat For Lashes. Her music has the disco, drama and imperious ice of Roisín Murphy and Alison Goldfrapp, while the Scandinavian influences of Röyksopp, The Knife and Robyn are merged with the radio-friendly attraction of Chvrches.

A passionate creative who is entangled in a myriad of artistic endeavours, Davies’ gorgeous songwriting and visual aesthetics – styled by fashion designer Nabil Nayal – are developed even further in the ‘Silhouette’ video, leading to a ghostly display of contemporary dance, directed by French choreographer Johnny Autin.

‘Silhouette’ follows the release of videos for ‘Lapse Of Time’ and ‘Choke’, all taken from the recently released Lapse Of Time EP through Davies’ own label STUDIIO/Universal. You can hear all the songs from the EP here:

The final video from the EP, ‘Disconnected’, will be revealed in January ahead of some huge plans for 2015, as Jennifer Davies continues to reveal her captivating creative flair and breath-taking arsenal of sparkling pop music.

Jennifer Davies plays live in Liverpool at the über-cool Club Evol on December 19th

Riverside Festival 2015 announces first acts

Riverside Festival 2015

Riverside Festival 2015 announces first acts

Following the huge success of last year’s Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival, leading event organisers in Glasgow - The Electric Frog and Pressure - have joined forces once again announcing the first batch of renowned artists confirmed to play The Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival 2015.

Acts including Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Siriusmodeselektor (live), Popof, Slam and Optimo will play the event, with many more to be announced in the coming weeks leading up to a top weekend of electronic music next summer.

Taking place on the 29th and 30th May 2015 – a new format of Friday and Saturday - event organisers released Super Earlybird tickets last week which were soon snapped up by excited fans. A fresh batch of tickets will go on sale at 1 PM on 11th December 2014 via Ticket Scotland and Resident Advisor.

The outdoor music festival will once again take place on the grounds of the iconic Riverside Museum, on the banks of the River Clyde. The 2015 event will be bigger than ever before, with the addition of the Sunset Stage allowing even more globally renowned talent to join the bill.

Sven Väth: is a man whose commitment has influenced electronic music all over the world. A global player, the DJ possesses the most legendary reputation imaginable. As the charismatic head of Cocoon, he is an enigmatic figurehead of the German techno scene, passionate DJ pioneer and one of the biggest names in global techno today.

Ricardo Villalobos: the Chilean electronic music producer and DJ is a massive favourite wherever he goes.  There isn’t a continent where Ricardo hasn’t played; his music is trendsetting for other DJs and fans alike and is well known even beyond the underground music scene. Ricardo’s inexhaustible creativity and innovation and his unfailing feel for the crowd make him an outstanding artist in the contemporary electronic world and a great addition to the 2015 event.

Popof: the French DJ and composer hailing from the rave party scene is a former member of the free-party underground collective ‘Heretik System’. He has now participated as a solo artist in countless cities around the world. The versatile artist explores various genres of music including the traditions of techno mixed with a sip of tech-house. In demand for his remixes, the impressive list of artists include Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Moby, Booka Shade, Vitalic, Tiga and Martin Solveig to name but few.

SIRIUSMODESELEKTOR: is a combination of Siriusmo and Modeselektor, who have rocked every corner on the surface of the planet throughout their career. All the hits will be played back to back, front to front and front to back. This collaboration is only touring once; it’s a Scottish exclusive that won’t happen again.

SLAM: 2014 is fast becoming one of the biggest years in the career of the dynamic Glaswegian duo, SLAM. With their fifth album, 'Reverse Proceed', heralded as one of the best electronic albums for years, the two legendary producers continue to demonstrate why they are such an important part of modern day electronic music.

SLAM instigated Glasgow's underground house music scene in the late 1980s, going on to be instrumental in the explosion of the UK Techno scene. Their quarter century of exploits have seen them travel far and wide, leaving scorch marks on dance floors everywhere while taking their uncompromising vision of Techno around the world.

Closer to home, since 1997, SLAM have curated the Slam Tent at Scotland's biggest festival T in the Park, with some of the world's best known DJs and live acts playing alongside underground cutting edge talent on their monumental stage. Their firmly established monthly club events in Glasgow – ‘Pressure’ at the Arches and ‘Return To Mono’ at the Sub Club - are ranked amongst the best nights out on the planet. Over the last two years, the pair have also developed Slam Radio, delivering some of the best DJs and music that techno has to offer to a massive and loyal weekly following.

Optimo: is DJ duo Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes, whose legendary Optimo night in Glasgow (and around the world) mixes up techno, electro, rock and other assorted records out of leftfield. Optimo started in 1997, though Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes had each been DJing separately for ten years. Both had started out playing different music - Twitch - electro, noisy rock and the eighties New York punk funk of Liquid Liquid (from who they borrowed their name) and Wilkes reggae, funk and jazz. Optimo have been one of the corner stones of the Electric Frog shows and festival organisers are delighted they will be performing on 2015.

Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival Promoter Dave Clarke said: “After the fantastic sold-out event earlier this year, we’re hugely excited to announce the first names on the line-up for next summer's Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival including the Scottish exclusive Siriusmodeselektor. We are delighted to be returning to The Riverside Museum, which is an outstanding location for our city music festival.”

Tickets are available via Ticket Scotland ( and Resident Advisor (