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28 May 2015

Blossoms to embark on a headline UK tour this autumn

Blossoms headline UK tour autumn

Blossoms to embark on a headline UK tour this autumn

Blossoms will embark on a 13-date UK headline tour this autumn. The tour will open at Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on 2nd October and includes a show at London’s Village Underground on 15th October. The tour will close on 23rd October in Manchester at The Ritz

Since releasing their debut single ‘Blow’ at the end of 2014, Blossoms have gone from strength to strength - selling out London’s Barfly and adding a third Manchester date due to popular demand and playing the BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Stage at SXSW. The band even reached No.7 in the UK’s first ever Vinyl Chart.

Lead singer Tom said: “We didn’t even know it was happening! We woke up and saw our names next to fucking Bowie and Noel Gallagher, I thought it had been a mistake!

The band are due to appear on the festival scene over the coming months playing at T in the Park, Festival No.6, Kendal Calling, Liverpool Sound City and more, before embarking on their own headline tour in October.
Full tour dates below:

OCTOBER 2015

FRIDAY 02                             GLASGOW KING TUTS WAH WAH HUT
SATURDAY 03                      NEWCASTLE RIVERSIDE
WEDNESDAY 07                  LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
THURSDAY 08                      SHEFFIELD THE LEADMILL
FRIDAY 09                             LIVERPOOL O2 ACADEMY2*
SATURDAY 10                      NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS
WEDNESDAY 14                  YORK FIBBERS
THURSDAY 15                      LONDON VILLAGE UNDERGROUND
FRIDAY 16                              NORWICH ARTS CENTRE
SATURDAY 17                       BIRMINGHAM THE INSTITUTE
WEDNESDAY 21                   PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS
THURSDAY 22                      BRISTOL THEKLA
FRIDAY 23                              MANCHESTER RITZ

*ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000

Strings and Things 3rd Birthday Event - Studio 2 Parr Street Liverpool

Strings and Things 3rd Birthday Event - Studio 2 Parr Street Liverpool

Strings and Things 3rd Birthday Event - Studio 2 Parr Street Liverpool

In June 2012 Stillhet Music was born out of the desire of its founders Ian Weller and Liam Adlen to put on events that were set up, promoted and operated with the artist at their very heart. Their idea was to run Stillhet as a musical co-operative with the acts that performed for them, to give them a quality stage to showcase their talents free from the pre-gig burdens of pay to play, with the simple deal that at end of the night every single penny taken goes only to the performers.

Over the last 3 years Stillhet Music has hosted performances by over 150 local, UK and international artists across its events 'Strings and Things', 'Midweek Melodies' and 'Stillhet Sessions'.  Ian Weller explains ''our events are all about diversity and curating a show that progresses with many different genres from punk to pop, folk to funk, rock to r&b to expose new audiences to music they may not have otherwise had chance to enjoy.  That’s how we landed on the name of our flagship event that any given show would be an exciting mixed bag full of strings….and many other things!''

They certainly have achieved this aim and their judgement in curation has been on point with so many of the artist going on to prominence on the music scene such as Frances, Anna Pancaldi and Alex Hulme.  Liam agrees ''nothing makes us more proud to have an artist play on our stage, often in their first full gig, to then breakthrough and make it in today's tough music industry''

Alex Hulme, currently on his UK Tour said ‘’Stillhet, like many event organisers promise great crowds and an amazing atmosphere and platform for new and established artists to show there stuff.  Unlike many of their rivals they truly deliver on these promises and to top it off they're a great bunch to work with.  I thoroughly enjoyed the shows I have done for Stillhet and would recommend their shows to Artists and music lovers alike’’

On Sunday 07 June at its Studio2 Parr St home Strings and Things turns 3 and they are having a special birthday show to celebrate.  Ian Weller explains ''we are being blessed with performances from old friends of Stillhet like Helena Johnson, Bowker and the Mersey Belles plus the rising stars of Far Flung Funk and Fabia…..and have special guests lined up too, not to mention cake!''  

Stillhet Music continues to be real success on Liverpool's burgeoning music scene welcoming hundreds of music lovers month after month always looking for the next artist and new sound that will set their stage alight.

The final word from Ian Weller ''you've got to remember Stillhet operates as a musical co-operative and we couldn't have reached 3 years without the commitment of all the artists we've worked with and the amazing support of our home venue Studio2 who share our passion for new music'.


Event: Strings and Things 3rd Birthday Party!

Date: Sunday 07 June 2015

Doors: 19:30 till 23:30 

Venue: Studio2, Parr St, Liverpool


Twitter: @stillhet_music

27 May 2015

Benjamin Booker extended music video and live dates - O2 Academy, Liverpool

 Benjamin Booker music video live dates - O2 Academy, Liverpool

 Benjamin Booker extended music video and live dates - O2 Academy, Liverpool

In a double-length video for two songs from his debut album, the punk-influenced blues singer struggles with civil rights issues that we can’t seem to settle. 

We've all got iPhones and are talking about taking people to Mars, but look at how much we haven't changed. The ‘future,’ a time when all this violence and hatred is looked at as barbaric seemed so far away to me.” – Benjamin Booker

In a new extended music video featuring the tracks “Slow Coming” and “Wicked Waters”, Benjamin Booker moves through a single day multiple times on a loop. Ann Powers at NPR Music describes the short film as “a kind of mash-up of Selma and Beasts of the Southern Wild, with Booker as an unwilling time traveler drawn into an incident of racist violence recalling both the segregated Deep South and current controversial police actions.”

Via NPR Music’s The Record you can watch the short film HERE and read the full QandA between Benjamin and Ann Powers about its themes.

"Contemporary issues that the video references are repetitions of events we have watched happen many times before," Director James Lees explained. "We seem unable, as a society, to break this loop."

Forthcoming Tour Dates
28th May – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
4th June – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam
5th –7th June  – New York, NY – Governor’s Ball
11th - 14th June – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
8th July – O2 Academy, Liverpool UK*

*ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000


Even More Names Announced For Reading and Leeds 2015

Reading and Leeds 2015 festival line up

Mariachi El Bronx, The Bronx, Shura, Young Thug, No Devotion, Sunset Sons, Bo Ningen, Baroness Twin Peaks and many more!


With a huge bill topped by festival headliners Metallica, Mumford and Sons and The Libertines plus a supporting cast of some of the world’s biggest names in music including Kendrick Lamar, Alt J and Bring Me The Horizon, the already bursting Reading and Leeds Festival lineup is now bolstered by even more incredible names.

MAIN STAGE
With the Main Stage lineup already providing a huge number of must-see acts across this summer’s bank holiday weekend, Mariachi El Bronx return to the prestigious opening slot to bring festival crowds their signature brand of traditional mariachi and feel good pop for a set that is sure to bring the sunshine. The LA punks, The Bronx, will also play The Lock up Stage.

NME/BBC RADIO 1 STAGE
Taking the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage on the Friday at Reading and Saturday at Leeds, The Struts will be making their RandL debut this year; treating crowds to their potent mix of indie and glam rock as found on last years ‘Everybody Wants’ LP. Having played support to The Rolling Stones last year, they are truly a world-class rock act.

Since forming in 2009 Chicago, Illinois natives Twin Peaks have continued to build on the buzz surrounding their furious brand of garage punk. Heading for Reading on the Saturday and Sunday at Leeds, theirs is a set not to be missed. 

To say that British songwriter and producer Shura has a bright future ahead of her would be a complete understatement. With standout headline shows under her belt and armed with tracks like the smooth electro-pop of recent Radio 1 championed single ‘2Shy’, expect huge crowds on Sunday at Reading and Friday at Leeds. 

BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
Dance music enthusiasts can once again rejoice as the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage once again brings only the finest acts from across the world together under one roof.
Joining this year’s lineup are Australian hitmaker Hayden James, German deep-house wizard Ferdinand Weber, a very special live set from DJ Fresh, Irish favourites Riptide Movement, live electronic duo Maribou State, pop starlet Petite Meller and The Six. 

THE LOCK UP/PIT STAGE
A host of exciting new names have been announced for The Lock Up/Pit stage, including The Bronx and Progressive metal legends Baroness. Japanese noise-mongers Bo Ningen will bring their visceral, undeniably unique sound to a mid-afternoon slot on Friday Reading / Saturday Leeds. Earlier in the day the gloriously destructive God Damn will be proving why so much hype has surrounded them in recent months. Vant will also be opening proceedings with Skinny Lister. Elsewhere throughout the weekend, No Devotion and As It Is join a mammoth lineup on Saturday Reading / Sunday Leeds, further proving why The Lock Up / Pit Stage is one of the festival’s most exciting, diverse areas on site.

FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE
The Festival Republic Stage remains the area of the festivals with a focus on both emerging and established alternative talent. Having appeared on the BBC Sound of 2015 longlist earlier this year, Sunset Sons‘ fresh brand of beachside indie has built a huge fan base who will no doubt pack out the tent Friday Reading / Saturday Leeds. Scottish synth-poppers Neon Waltz play Saturday Reading / Sunday Leeds having drawn critical acclaim from blogs around the world whilst Spring King fuse visceral indie with modern pop charm.
Seether and The Last Internationale complete the current announcement, rounding off an incredible stage lineup that features the best alternative talent the world has to offer.

BBC 1XTRA STAGE
Further proving the vital place of Hip Hop and Urban music at RandL, more names have also been added to the hugely popular BBC 1XTRA Stage. Bringing together 80’s pop hooks with a 60’s aesthetic, Brighton’s Remi Miles will open the stage Saturday Reading / Sunday Leeds.
Fresh after collaborating with Jamie XX, unlikely rap hero Young Thug will also be making a rare appearance Friday Leeds / Saturday Reading, bringing a barrage of hits that prove impossible not to shout along to.
Sibling production / DJ duo Star.One also join the lineup, perfectly encapsulating the diverse and groundbreaking nature of both the BBC 1xtra Stage, and Reading and Leeds as a whole.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for Reading and Leeds 2015 are on sale now.
Weekend tickets £205.00 plus £8.00 booking fee + postage ● Day tickets Friday / Saturday / Sunday £59.50 plus £7.00 booking fee + postage ● Early entry permits £20 ● Campervan permits £75.00 ● Lockers £16.00 ● Reading car parking £10.00 ● Camping is included with weekend tickets only

Securing your ticket is even easier with the £50 instalment plan. To save a spot at Reading and Leeds 2015, simply put down £50 to bag your place, then pay the balance in monthly instalments. 

Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card for those booking by telephone or online.

Credit Card line: 0871 231 0821
Calls cost 10p per minute plus standard network charges.

For a full list of national outlets, plus details of luxury camping options, please visit: www.readingfestival.com / www.leedsfestival.com

Children 12 and under are admitted free but MUST be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.
Please note there is no separate children's area at this event.

Arbitraire release free download of single Adapted Air

Arbitraire free download single Adapted Air

Arbitraire release free download of single Adapted Air

Arbitraire is formed by Andrea, Adrian and Genji, each one with different backgrounds ranging from classic, jazz, hip-hop to electronic music.

The common intention behind this project is that there are possibilities, but no need for a must within musical expression.

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MusicMafia presents Essex-based artist S J Denney

MusicMafia Essex-based artist S J Denney

MusicMafia presents Essex-based artist S J Denney 

S J Denney is an Essex-based artist with Britpop blood and a hard indie edge. He’s a familiar face on the London and festival scenes with a reputation for delivering powerful live performances.

S J’s songs are crafted with finesse and delivered with a punch that demands attention – this is not a passive soundtrack. Add to BrIndie the fusion of folk, grunge and shoegazing to get a real tour de force, captured on his new EP, The Waiting Room.

Support slots for Athlete, The Bluetones, the Inspiral Carpets and Modjo have been valuable stepping stones along the path that has built S J’s loyal fan base. The next 12 months will see the rest catching up and getting the message. And they’re going to like it. A lot.


Guti presents People Like Us @ Beachouse, Ibiza

Guti presents People Like Us Beachouse, Ibiza

Guti presents People Like Us @ Beachouse, Ibiza

After establishing numerous events in Berlin, London, Paris and Barcelona, People Like Us comes to Ibiza in 2015. Taking up a residency at Beachouse, the latest venue on the golden sands of Playa d’en Bossa, long time contributor Guti will be presenting the weekly events in June and September, curating a lineup of Ibiza favourites and newcomers alike, providing the perfect summer soundtrack to island life.

People Like Us is an infinite story. A story about young people and what they dream, sodden by smooth tape recorded music and a retro future mood. It is a story about fascination for electronic music and collaboration between like minded artists. We share the love of club culture, of the dancefloor, of beach life, of living life.

With early roots in the world of Jazz, Guti’s music crosses cultural borders. Curiosity, irony and creativity mark his fusion of musical genres and exploration into electronic music. It is this boundary blurring approach that brings the perfect musical harmony between Guti and People Like Us.

Summer 2015 is near. For People Like Us, People like you.


Event: Guti presents People Like Us
Dates: Every Wednesday in June (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th) and September (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th)

Time: 5pm - midnight
Venue: Beachouse,  de, Ctra. de Platja d'en Bossa, 2, Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza


Season Opening: 03rd June
Lineup:
Guti
Fur Coat
Julian Perez
WHO
Morgan
(free entry)

26 May 2015

Sound City Liverpool 2015 - Saturday Review

Sound City Liverpool 2015 - Saturday Review

Sound City Liverpool 2015 - Saturday Review 

A warm and sunny Saturday greeted us for the 2nd day of Sound City Liverpool. First up on the viewing agenda was Sun God Replica on the Kraken Stage. The band strike you, straight away, as a band very much influenced by the late 60s/early 70s and their music tends to solidify that assumption. Very heavy riffs with the emphasis on the music rather than bogging people down with too many lyrics. Guitar solos aplenty here. A great set that left your ears ringing.

Speaking of ears ringing, next up on the list for us was God Damn. This is a band we have featured here on MusicMafia a number of times and it was great to be able to see them in action at last. Very reminiscent of Royal Blood with two band members playing the music of 4/5 members, lead singer Thom and drummer Ash make you stop whatever you are doing and look on in awe at the huge solid tunes and the full on, in your face sound. In fact the sound was so intense that next to us, the plastic water container was shaking and moving due to the heavy bass. The set, unfortunately, was way too short and they could have easily entertained for an hour more.

Dutch Uncles on the Atlantic stage had drawn a good sized crowd for their set. The new wave group led by Duncan Wallis, entertained the audience with possibly the maddest dancing I have witnessed. This along with their catchy, toe tapping songs made for a very eccentric set. At times they reminded me of Talking Heads, both lyrically and musically, which isn't at all a bad thing. 

The Membranes  on the Baltic stage, led by the ever youthful, John Robb, provided a fierce and frantic set which consisted of a lot of their new material from the dark energy/dark matter album, engaged the audience from the outset. Forever the front man John Robb manages to make you feel as if you are part of the band. Encouraging and enticing the crowd to sing, stamp and holler as much as possible. 

We decided to move along to the North stage for a bit calm down after that to see the Israeli trio Garden City Movement and it was just what we needed. Standing in the sun watching on with a cool beer in your hand, is a much recommended recipe and bring into that the warm yet upbeat dance-floor tracks being played then you couldn't ask for a better interlude before the main headliner. Judging the reaction of the audience, they felt the same.

The Flaming Lips probably don't need much introduction. The band seem to bring a huge smile to anyone who mentions them and this was certainly evident to the thousands that had come to play witness to the giant spectacle. 
Lead singer, Wayne Coyne, emerged on stage with a giant inflatable turtle attached to his back and dressed in a green lycra suit, he looked more like a human-amphibian hybrid than the leader of a 30 year old strong band.

The Flaming Lips manages to make everything look so easy. Moving from one crowd rousing track to another, they never let the energy drop and never let the energy levels of the audience drop. They take them on a mystical space journey and they are only to happy to follow. 

Using visuals to full effect, including a giant "FUCK YEAH LIVERPOOL" inflatable thrown into the crowd, they leave nothing to chance. Light shows, ticker tape and giant alien creatures are all part of the ride. Even a giant Santa Claus made an appearance on stage much to the delight of the many. 

The highlight as always is Wayne Coyne getting inside his giant inflatable ball to surf across the people and sing whilst being held aloft by many numerous and willing hands. A site that you can never get tired of seeing.

An amazing and enigmatic set. One the likes of Sound City has never seen bodes well for the future. As previously mentioned in Friday's review, there are a lot of things which need rectifying in relation to the site and transport, but for the first time on a new site and with the line up they have managed to pull together, the future bodes well both for Sound City and Liverpool as a festival city on the whole.