19 November 2014

Jessie J Invites Fans To Co-Create On Her Latest Music Video

Jessie J Fans To Co-Create On Her Latest Music Video

Jessie J Invites Fans To Co-Create On Her Latest Music Video

Grammy nominated artist Jessie J is giving fans the chance to be featured on her YouTube channel alongside her official music videos thanks to a partnership with Sympler – the new video-mixing app.

Fans are encouraged to remix the music video for Jessie’s latest hit single Burnin’ Up using instrumentals and acapella vocal samples from the video, which also features 2 Chainz. Entrants of all skill levels can take part as the app is easy and fun to use – requiring no more than some rhythm and the desire to play.

The contest runs from November 18th until December 8th when one of the videos will be chosen at random to be rewarded with a special place on Jessie J’s official YouTube channel and its creator and two runner-ups will also receive a signed CD, official “Sweet Talker” t-shirt and poster from the singer.

All qualifying video entries will be hosted at the website where fans can view and vote for the one they like most.

To enter fans just need to download the Sympler app from iTunes where they will find re-mixable samples of the video and instrumentals of the track. Qualifying entries must use the correct Burnin’ Up music.

Sympler is video editing platform developed to alleviate the barrier-to-entry for video editing, empowering people to make engaging video content on their phone by simply tapping along to a beat.  The platform harnesses people’s natural instinct to play, making the whole process intuitive and fun. Users can make a Sympler in 4 easy steps:

Remix or Select your own Content: Shoot or select up to six clips from your phone, or remix another user’s finished video

Choose Your Beats: Choose a song from your music library

Create Your Video Flow: Tap on the clips to the beat like drum pads. This records your mix in the background.

Review & Share: Once satisfied add a caption, decide if other users can remix it and publish final product to the Sympler feed and socially on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or email

Details of the contest, the app and prizes can be found at  And the Sympler app can be downloaded from iTunes here.

Bipolar Sunshine announces brand new single Daydreamer

Bipolar Sunshine new single Daydreamer

Bipolar Sunshine announces brand new single Daydreamer

Bipolar Sunshine will kick off 2015 with the release of a new single 'Daydreamer' released on 25th January followed by a UK headline tour in March and April.

Bipolar Sunshine is the Manchester raised alternative pop sound of Adio Marchant. With an eclectic new-age ambient soundscape and melancholy soulful lyrics, he conjures up the romance of escapism, drawing inspiration from life's wonders and imperfections.

He has built an avid following through the release of two EPs and a collection of singles, most recently with 'Deckchairs on the Moon' and 'Future (Part 1)' ft. Goldlink, and with live shows, including support dates with the likes of A$AP Mob, London Grammar, Rudimental and Bastille, along with his own packed out headline shows and festival appearances.

New single 'Daydreamer' incorporates everything Bipolar Sunshine has become so known and so loved for. An atypical pop track, which blends both the despondent and the upbeat with intelligent and unique lyrics and a vast, all-encompassing chorus. The song is a collaboration with SBTRKT and was produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Sam Smith)

Currently finishing work on his debut album, set to be released next summer, Bipolar Sunshine is heading out on his biggest UK headline tour to date in March and April next year. The headline tour will kick off on 26th March in Dublin and will include a show at London's Heaven before a final night hometown show on 17th April at Manchester's The Ritz. Full live dates are as follows:


Thu 26th Dublin Whelans

Fri 27th Belfast Limelight

Sat 28th Edinburgh Electric Circus

Sun 29th Glasgow Oran Mor

Tues 31st Newcastle Think Tank at Riverside


Wed 1st Leeds Belgrave Music Hall

Thu 2nd Liverpool Kazimier

Fri 3rd Nottingham Rescue Rooms

Tues 7th Leicester The Scholar

Wed 8th Birmingham The Library at The Institute

Thu 9th Oxford O2 Academy 2

Fri 10th Cambridge The Junction

Sun 12th Bristol Thekla

Mon 13th Brighton The Haunt

Tues 14th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Thur 16th London Heaven

Fri 17th Manchester The Ritz

Indie-rock quartet Bernaccia announce free download single

Indie-rock Bernaccia free download single

Indie-rock quartet Bernaccia announce free download single 

Blues-rock four-piece Bernaccia are pleased to announce their new EP, ‘Light //-// Dark’, set for release on 24th November.

Following the success of their widely praised ‘Cinema’ EP, the Newcastle-based collective return with an explosive anthology of hard-hitting blues, rock and folk – a combination that has already seen them win the hearts of The Crack and Louder Than War, amongst others. Taking influence from the likes of The Doors and Johnny Cash, the foursome create a riveting sculpture of atmospheres, rhythmic slavery, and melodic seduction – one that is simultaneously expansive yet intimate.

Opening track ‘Street Life’ commences with a lone organ, before thumping drums and tremolo-laden guitars take centre stage. Reminiscent of American psychedelic rock group The Black Angels, this blues-licked blockbuster aptly displays Bernaccia’s ability to create dark, woozy soundscapes. Vocalist Jonny Noble’s menacing gravelly vocals cut through the fierce backbone of the track, before a cutthroat harmonica brings the track to a powerful climax.

Darkness Walks’, a riff-heavy offering, ups the ante with pulsing Royal Blood-esque melodies throughout. As the title suggests, this is a dark and deadly beast, with a thunderous bassline leading the charge. Noble orchestrates proceedings with his Jim Morrison-like vocal sitting hauntingly over the procession of jangling guitars and thrashed cymbals, while the thunderous finale ebbs into an eerie ending.

Next on the agenda is ‘Manifest’, a powerful blues melody greeted by spaghetti western-esque whistles that is currently being offered as a free download –via their Soundcloud page. Noble drives the affair in characteristically dominant fashion, before being joined by the enchanting voice of guest vocalist Ellen Chetcuti, whose serene trill provides the perfect contrast in this downtempo serenade. Rumbling drums and spacey guitars are a signature of Bernaccia’s sound, and ‘Manifest’ encompasses these features exquisitely, before a lone whistle defiantly returns, elegantly transitioning into the concluding number.

Closing track ‘Blue Man’ opens with a chorus of gospel-licked hums, greeted by dainty swung drums and swirling acoustic guitars, before reverb-charged vocals enter the frame. Chetcuti again shares the stage on the concluding track, adding an Americana feel to this already Deep South-inflected number and leading the EP to a rousing finish.

Having recently shared the stage with the likes of Royal Blood and Wolf People, Bernaccia are taking both the North East and the rest of the UK by storm with their unique take on blues-rock. A show-stopping appearance at Evolution Emerging 2014 demonstrated the group’s telling ability to work a crowd, and ‘Light //-// Dark’ looks set to prove them as a real force to be reckoned with. 

Stargroves and Abigail Breslin release Within Me a Lunatic Sings

Stargroves and Abigail Breslin Within Me a Lunatic Sings

 Stargroves and Abigail Breslin release Within Me a Lunatic Sings

Academy Award nominee and singer Abigail Breslin joined Stargroves new album adding her voice to "Within Me a Lunatic Sings"

"Within Me a Lunatic Sings" plays like a Pinterest board of '00s indie rock greatest hits: Stars, Sigur Ros, and Freelance Whales are shot through the group's sound, revealing themselves as the track transitions from jittery boy-girl keyboard pop into a dramatic piano and string section. The new band s the project of 21-year-old Teddy Watson, who spent a few months in Sigur Ros native Iceland earlier this year for inspiration before bringing the band together. 

He didn t stop there, tapping Freelance Whales producer Jeremy Sklarsky to work on Stargroves debut album. Nothing crazy about doing your homework though giving away a track like Within Me a Lunatic Sings for free might be a l il nuts, but we ll take it considering tis the season. Grab it before the band blows up and starts charging Taylor Swift iTunes money.

Listen or download HERE

The Wombats announce headline tour and third album

The Wombats headline tour and third album

The Wombats announce headline tour and third album

As The Wombats prepare to launch their third album next Spring – the follow-up to their #3 Gold-certified hit ‘This Modern Glitch’ – the trio can now confirm details of a major UK tour that includes a substantial London show at O2 Academy Brixton as well as a homecoming date at Liverpool’s O2 Academy.

Having recently announced a January warm-up tour which includes intimate dates in London, Liverpool and select North American cities, The Wombats’ full European tour is scheduled as below:


13th – Paris, Cigale
15th – Antwerp, Trix
16th – Amsterdam, Melkweg MAX
18th – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
19th – Bremen, Aladin
21st – Odense, Posten
22nd – Oslo, Rockefeller
23rd – Stockholm, Debaser Strand
25th – Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit
26th – Berlin, Astra
27th – Munich, Tonhalle
29th – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
30th – Cologne, Ewerk
31st – Zurich, Xtra


2nd – Rome, Orion
3rd – Milan, Fabrique
5th – Vienna, Arena
8th – Bristol, O2 Academy*
9th – Manchester, Academy
10th – Birmingham, O2 Academy*
11th – Sheffield, Leadmill
13th – London, O2 Academy Brixton*
15th – Oxford, O2 Academy*
17th – Glasgow, Barrowlands
18th – Liverpool, O2 Academy*
19th – Newcastle, O2 Academy*

Tickets for the UK gigs go on sale from 9am on Friday November 21st (?), priced at £19 for London and £17 for all regional dates.

‘This Modern Glitch’ saw The Wombats build on the initial success of their debut album as it became their highest charting album and also became their biggest international album to date – most notably in Australia where it peaked at #2 as it reached Platinum status.

In addition, ‘This Modern Glitch’ also launched some of their most popular singles so far such as ‘Techno Fan’, ‘Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)’, ‘Jump Into The Fog’ (a Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Alternative Songs charts) and ‘Anti-D’. They subsequently headlined Lovebox and Wakestock, and were also a highlight of numerous other festivals including Glastonbury, V, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Rockness, as well as a packed tent at Coachella and an arena tour of Australia.

The first taster of the band’s new album came when the track ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’ was released as a free download for their ever devoted fanbase. Premiered by Zane Lowe at Radio 1 and later included in his 100 Hottest Records of the Year, the track demonstrated their continuing popularity with over 2 million plays split between YouTube and SoundCloud.

In addition to continuing work on their third album, 2014 has also seen The Wombats tour extensively with numerous festival dates in Australia and mainland Europe including Rock Werchter, Hurricane Festival and Field Day.

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Jaws to join The Enemy + The Twang for December Tour

JawsThe Enemy The Twang December Tour

Jaws to join The Enemy + The Twang for December Tour

Fresh from their performances at London’s “British Summer Time” in Hyde Park, The Enemy and The Twang join forces to announce details of a 12 date UK Christmas tour. The line-up for the upcoming live shows now gets even better with the addition of very special guests, JAWS. The hotly-tipped, Birmingham four-piece have smashed the local Digbeth ‘B-Town’ scene alongside fellow Brummie bands Peace and Swim Deep, and are now making waves outside of their hometown with support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and their tracks featuring on national TV shows, Made In Chelsea and Match Of The Day.

JAWS frontman Connor Schofield said on being added to the line-up: "We're super happy to be a part of the tour. It’s going to be fun to play in places we've never been and try to win over some new fans. Looking forward to it! "

Phil Ettheridge, The Twang, praised JAWS’ debut album, ‘Be Slowly’, adding: “One of my most played records this year... if you haven't heard ‘em yet, you're about to discover your new favourite band.”

Kicking off in Bristol on Thursday 4th December, the Midlands boys will finish the tour with what will be THE party of 2014 at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Saturday 20th December.

After three top 10 albums, of which The Enemy’s debut “We’ll Live and Die in These Towns” shot straight to #1 in the UK album charts (2007) and numerous chart single successes, The Enemy have ripened into something special. Three young musicians who are in it for their love of music, their latest mini-EP ‘Magic’ is their first new material in over two years as they head towards releasing album number four later this year.

This is the perfect way to round off a great year of touring and a good opportunity for us to prepare for the next chapter of music next year” says The Enemy’s Tom Clarke.

The Twang continue their triumphant return to form with their brand new fourth album “NEONTWANG” which was released earlier this year. The core trio of Phil Etheridge, Saunders and bass player Jon Watkin remain, with the creative additions of drummer Ash Sheehan and new writing partner and guitarist, Jon ‘Simmo’ Simcox.

We’re really looking forward to getting back out on the road” says Phil Ettheridge. “Playing shows is what we’re all about… It’s gonna be chaos… organised chaos!

Their debut record, ‘Love It When I Feel This’ (2007) clocking in excess of 200,000 sales and hit #3 in the album charts, featured hits “Either Way” and “Wide Awake”. Their second album, ‘Jewellery Quarter’ (2009) delivered fan favourite, “Barney Rubble” and their third “10:

Tickets on sale now at 0844 477 2000
£20.00 adv (all dates) + STBF

Thursday 4th - Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday 5th - Leicester, O2 Academy
Saturday 6th - Liverpool, O2 Academy
Tuesday 9th - Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Wednesday 10th - Oxford, O2 Academy
Thursday 11th - Leeds, O2 Academy
Saturday 13th - Middlesbrough Empire
Sunday 14th - Sheffield, O2 Academy
Wednesday 17th - Glasgow, O2 ABC 
Thursday 18th - Newcastle, O2 Academy
Friday 19th - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 20th - Birmingham, O2 Academy

17 November 2014

Ariana Grande Announces 2015 UK 'Honeymoon Tour' Dates

Ariana Grande 2015 UK 'Honeymoon Tour' Dates

Ariana Grande Announces 2015 UK 'Honeymoon Tour' Dates

Ariana Grande has announced she'll be playing a couple of dates in the UK next June.

Grande will visit Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, along with a special London show at The O2 on June 1st. Tickets go on sale this Friday (November 21st) at 9am.

Those dates are as follows:

Monday June 1 – The O2, London
Thursday June 4 – Manchester Arena
Monday June 8 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Tuesday June 9 – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Slipknot and Judas Priest announced for Download Festival 2015

Slipknot and Judas Priest Download Festival 2015

Slipknot and Judas Priest announced for Download Festival 2015

The first four acts for Download Festival 2015 have been announced.

Masked metal giants Slipknot have been revealed as the Friday night Main Stage headline act.

The band will follow their Prepare for Hell tour and release of  ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ by returning to the festival for their fifth appearance (and third headline slot).

Also confirmed to be treading the hallowed grounds of Donington Park on Friday 12th June are Brummie heavy metal legends Judas Priest, who returned with the UK album chart-bothering ‘Redeemer of Souls’ earlier this year, and Las Vegas bruisers Five Finger Death Punch.

Rounding off the first announcement are Friday's Second Stage headliners Black Stone Cherry, who have just finished a run of dates unleashing their Kentucky fried riffs on UK arenas.

The thirteenth Download Festival takes place at Donington Park from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2015.

Stay tuned for more big name artist announcements in the coming days!

Tickets go on sale via at 9am on Thursday 20th November.