MVOTW: Ghosts, Laura Welsh
Laura Welsh’s Ghosts is not only our music video of the week, but it’s also our first video pick for 2015.
Starting with the background sounds of city life, this simple yet beautifully shot video switches between footage of New York’s cityscape and Welsh singing.
In keeping with the song’s title, the video mixes black and white visuals with an eerie overlay effect, giving an almost ethereal feel.
Ghosts, which is set for release on January 19 through Polydor, showcases Welsh’s powerful and captivating vocals. The track will be featured on the Staffordshire born singer’s debut album, Soft Control, which is also released on the same day.
Welsh announced that she would be performing at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters on Thursday 15 January.Tickets are on sale now.
MVOTW: Chase You Down, Joel Peter
Christmas is just around the corner but we’re not ready to submit to all-out festive music just yet.
This week’s music video of the week comes from Joel Peter with Chase You Down.
Chase You Down is a delicate, unique and memorable track, bringing a “summery feel back during the winter chill”. The track features catchy guitar riffs and lead singer Joel’s subtle vocals, giving Chase You Down a cool and contemporary feel.
The video sees the Brighton band performing in a field to a group of fun-loving people who are dancing amidst colourful smoke.
Joel Peter take inspiration from the likes of Paul Simon and Bombay Bicycle Club, with the latter’s sound particularly noticeable in Chase You Down.
The single is available to download now and is taken from the band’s current EP, Play The Colour.
MVOTW: Run -San Cisco
This week’s music video of the week is San Cisco’s bold and colourful Run.
The fun-filled video was created by filmmaker and photographer Matt Sav, who also produced an unofficial version. It features stock-footage, lots of shiny lycra and a bit of casual exercise, resulting in a multidimensional video that has trippy retro feel.
Inspiration for the video came when Sav was driving one day and was blinded by the sun. “In a split second, I saw it. A man with round sunglasses wearing a shiny golden unitard, not moving much, but looking majestic. Like a lion”, Sav said of his idea. Having got on board with the idea, the band bravely feature in custom made unitards.
Sav sent out a brief to provide 15 seconds of footage, which could include animation, to several filmmakers who he admired or knew. The finished video is compiled from footage sent from all over the world.
Run is taken from San Cisco’s highly anticipated second album, which is due for release in early 2015.
Lionel Richie To Play Glastonbury 2015
Lionel Richie has been announced to play the Sunday teatime slot at next year’s Glastonbury festival.
The singer, who is set to follow in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Shirley Bassey and Neil Diamond, is the first big name confirmed for Worthy Farm.
The festival slot will mark the 65-year-old’s first time appearing at the 135,000 capacity event and his first UK festival appearance. The Sunday slot attracts one of the biggest audiences across the entire weekend, and guarantees audiences a chance to sing-along and dance to the former Commodores member’s set.
Richie, who has sold over a 100 million records, will embark on a European tour next year before arriving in the UK in February, with a date at London’s 02 Arena on March 1.
There has been a lot of speculation as to who will fill the headline slot at Glastonbury 2015, with Foo Fighters, Fleetwood Mac and The Libertines all rumoured to be in the running, but with no confirmation from the festival’s organizers.
The full line-up set to be announced in Spring 2015.
MVOTW: Please, Don’t -Leo Stannard
Our pick for music video of the week is Leo Stannard’s Please Don’t, which is the lead track from his NotionsEP.
The music video was filmed across one day in central London on the rooftop of Old College Campus at Saint Martins. It sees Stannard playing the track during sunrise, evening and nighttime, with the lighting changing to reflect the time of day.
The simple cinematography complements Stannard’s folksy and acoustic sound, allowing the listener to focus on his lyrics without distracting visuals.
Stannard has racked up hundreds of thousands of views online including his recent cover of Alt-J. Last April he played a sold out tour while juggling his A–levels but since recording his second EP, Notions, his main priority has been the music.
Stannard has announced a special intimate unplugged event in London on Dec 4, following his sold out show with The Intermission Project on Dec 3 at the Waiting Room.
The Notions EP is available to download on iTunes now.
MVOTW: From Eden -Hozier
This week’s music video of the week is Irish musician Hozier’s single, From Eden, which is released through Rubyworks/Island Records on December 1.
The video syncs beautifully with the song, which is heavy on blues influences and showcases Hozier’s powerful voice. It sees Hozier team up with Merlin actress Katie McGrath to become criminals, breaking into houses and holding people at gunpoint.
Hozier has achieved a vast amount of success with his previous track, Take Me To Church, which has reached over 20 million views on youtube. His debut album reached the UK top 5 and the Billboard US Top 200 at number 2 upon release.
Hozier continues to tour with sell out shows in the UK, US and Ireland.
Hozier Live (UK/Ireland):
|04/11/2014 Dublin, Olympia Theatre|
|05/11/2014 Kilarney, INEC|
|06/12/2014 Cork, Opera House|
|16/12/2014 Oxford, 02 Academy|
|17/12/2014 Birmingham, The Institute|
|20/12/2014 Castlebar, Royal Theatre|
|21/12/2014 Belfast, Ulster Hall|
|31/12/2014 London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire|
|01/01/2015 London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire|
MVOTW: Climbin (Piano Version) -Shadow Child
This week’s pick for music video of the week is Shadow Child’s Climbin (Piano Weapon).
The Cry Wolf directed video follows one man’s tiring journey to become a half-decent Ping-Pong player in order to gain the female champion’s attention.
Co-written with Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and producer MNEK, the song premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac Show and has also gained recognition from the likes of Zane Lowe and Pete Tong.
Climbin is a lively and upbeat dance track that is sure to be played across clubs as we head into next year. Having recently supported Groove Armada at London’s XOYO, Shadow Child will be returning to the iconic London nightclub for New Year’s Eve, where they’ll be playing alongside Karma Kid and Mak & Pasteman.
You can pre-order Climbin here.
MVOTW: I Won’t Let You Down. OK Go
Aiming to top the cleverly choreographed video for Here It Goes Again, OK Go have released the new video for their latest single, I Won’t Let You Down, which premiered at the end of October on NBC Today.
The video continues the band’s signature style, filming in one single shot using futuristic UNI-CUBs on loan from Honda. If you were hoping to get your hands on the unique omni-directional driving wheel system after watching this video, you may be disappointed because they’re currently still in the development stage.
The alternative band filmed the video in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture in August this year, with band members Damian Kulash and Kazuaki Seki directing it in collaboration with creative director Morihiro Harano (of Mori Inc.)
I Won’t Let You Down is taken from the band’s fifth studio album, Hungry Ghosts, which will be released in the UK in February 2015 to coincide with the LA band’s one-off UK show. OK Go will be performing at London’s Koko on 13 February, with tickets available now from http://po.st/OkGoKoko.
MVOTW: Do It Again, The Ting Tings
pick for this week’s music video of the week comes from pop duo The Ting Tings, with their upbeat and effortlessly cool single, Do It Again. The track is featured on the band’s forthcoming album, Super Critical, which will be released Oct 27.
The Andrew Daffy directed video continues the disco vibe of summer single Wrong Club, featuring big hair, shiny gold shorts and a snazzy split screen effect. It’s like something straight out of the 70s/80s.
Do It Again is a riff heavy number that’s about lightening up and doing the things that make you feel good, and we definitely get that from the track. This is the perfect club record, getting people off their feet and onto the dance floor.
The Ting Tings recently headlined the Oxjam launch party at London’s Ace Hotel and they’ll be touring the UK this November. See the full live dates below:
|30/10/2014 London, XOYO|
|23/11/2014 Brighton, The Haunt|
|24/11/2014 Bristol, Thekla|
|25/11/2014 Newcastle, The Cluny|
|26/11/2014 Glasgow, King Tut’s|
|28/11/2014 Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall|
|29/11/2014 Manchester, Deaf Institute|
|30/11/2014 Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms|
MVOTW: Amsterdam -Gregory Alan Isakov
Our music video of the week comes from Gregory Alan Isakov and his brand new video for Amsterdam.
The charming video was directed by Laura Goldhamer and filmed over the course of six weeks, using stop-motion animation, dioramas and live shadow puppetry. It was made at the farm that is home to the musician himself, further aiding the collaborative and organic nature of the video’s creation.
Amsterdam is taken from Isakov’s recent album, The Weatherman, and is inspired by his time in The Netherlands (in case the name didn’t give it away). It’s a melancholy and gentle folk track, with hushed vocals and heart-felt lyrics.
Isakov will be returning to the country that inspired the song as part of his nineteen-date European tour, with five UK dates starting in Brighton tonight.
Upcoming UK Live Dates:
|17/10/2014 Brighton, Komedia|
|18/10/2014 Bristol, Louisiana|
|19/10/2014 Glasgow, King Tut’s|
|20/10/2014 Manchester, Gulliver’s|
|21/10/2014 London, Bush Hall|
MVOTW: Texas -Magic Man
This week’s music video of the week comes from US band Magic Man, with their debut UK single, Texas.
The track, which will be released through EPIC records on October 20th, is a refreshing and bouncy number from the Boston five-piece. The colourful music video features Little Miss Sunshine actress Abigail Breslin and has a undeniable summery feel to it, which will hopefully help to keep the chill away as we move into frostier months.
Magic Man consists of childhood friends Alex Caplow (vocals) and Sam Vanderhoop Lee (guitars and keyboards), along with Gabe Goodman (bass), Justine Bowe (keyboard) and Joey Sulkowski (drums). They played their first London gig on Wednesday October 1st at New Shapes, Notting Hill Arts Club, where fans were able to get a taste of what to expect from the band’s debut album, Before the Waves, which is due for release in early 2015.
Before the Waves is available to pre-order now, with fans receiving an instant download of Texas and Out of Mind.
MVOTW: White Lightning- Raglans
Our music video of the week comes from Dublin band Raglans and their brand new single, White Lightning.
The fun, stop-motion video by Finn Keenan is the perfect accompaniment to the upbeat and raucous song, which will be released on October 26.
Lead singer Stephen Kelly said of the track, “The song is not about Cider! It’s about being away from someone and thinking a lot about it, how and where it began which is usually always the best part.’
The four-piece band, consisting of Kelly, Rhos Horan, Conn O’ Ruanaidh and Sean O’ Brien, have had a busy summer with appearances at Latitude, Redfest and British Summer Time with The Libertines. This autumn will see the band support US pop-rockers The Fray across Europe.
Raglans debut album is available to download now.
MVOTW: Chasing Rubies- Hudson Taylor
This week’s music video of the week comes from Hudson Taylor, with their brand new single Chasing Rubies.
The video, which is the follow-up to Battles, sees the duo perform with their acoustic guitars by the seafront.
Hudson Taylor, who hail from the outskirts of Dublin, stick to their established folk-pop genre with their catchy single. The track will be released on October 5 and has already gained attention from BBC Radio 1 with the likes of Huw Stephens, Fearne Cotton and Greg James being fans of the Irish duo.
The brothers will play their largest headline show to date at London’s Electric Ballroom following a support slot with fellow acoustic musician Jake Bugg on his national UK tour next month.
MVOTW: Creatures of the Night –Janet Devlin
Our music video of the week is Janet Devlin’s Creatures of the Night, the follow up track to her debut single,Running with Scissors.
The quirky, animated video, from rising director Gary Dumbill, is inspired by Janet’s love of cartoons and features psychedelic colours and strange hybrid creatures.
Creatures of the Night was co-written by folk singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner and his brother, Toby. Starting off acoustically, the song builds up to a feel-good, folk-driven pop song that will please fans of Devlin’s debut album. Speaking about what it was like working with Faulkner, Devlin said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Newton for years. To work with him was great; terrifying, but great! As soon as I got over the shock of meeting him it was straight to work“.
Janet will embark on her ‘My Delirium Tour’ across the UK in December, with tickets and tour information available from her website.
MVOTW: Creation- The Pierces
Our music video of the week is The Pierces’ video for Creation, a new track taken from the duo’s forthcoming album, which is due for release on September 1st.
The video for Creation, directed by Nick Frew of Dirty Robber, sees the sisters “play tormenters to a man who eventually discovers his own power and fights back to free himself”. Cat Pierce explained that the song is about “…how we sometimes suffer from our own invented misery and forget to just enjoy the experience of being human.”
The single sees a change in direction for the band, with a more free-spirited and bohemian feel inspired by the sisters’ move to California. There’s a soothing and melancholy sound to the track, which shares the melodies of their previous work yet feels more mature and sophisticated.
In support of the duo’s fifth studio album, The Pierces have announced a UK headline tour. Kicking off in Edinburgh, the band will play 10 cities across the UK with an appearance at London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on September 23rd.
The tour dates are as follows:
|16/09/2014 Edinburgh, Queens Hall|
|17/09/2014 Gatehead, The Sage|
|19/09/2014 Bristol, Trinity Centre|
|20/09/2014 Sheffield, Leadmill|
|21/09/2014 Manchester, Academy 2|
|23/09/2014 London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire|
|24/09/2014 Birmingham, Glee Club|
|25/09/2014 Cambridge, Junction|
|27/09/2014 Liverpool, 02 Academy|
|28/09/2014 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms|
Influential Book Covers: From Old Classics to to Modern Favorites
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (Recommended by Chloe Dobinson)
Discovering that A Clockwork Orange was banned, while the film had been described as gruesome, grotesque and garish, only tempted me to read and judge the book for myself.
The numerous printed versions of the Anthony Burgess novel have featured many illustrations, with my own personal copy – a penguin edition – displaying a striking white against orange cover with the words ‘Banned Books’ sprawled across it. My favourite cover, however, is the ‘Modern Classics’ edition, which features a simple glass of milk. This image is both intriguing and appealing because it doesn’t give any hints as to what the story might be about, and it doesn’t try to influence the reader with fancy illustrations or words.
MVOTW: I am Dust -Gary Numan
This week’s music video of the week is Gary Numan’s I Am Dust. The track is taken from his EP of the same, and is also featured on Numan’s twentieth studio album, Splinter.
Chris Corner, the mastermind behind audio-visual project IAMX, directed the video for I Am Dust, which captures Numan’s huge stage presence and energy. The London born singer stated that Corner “knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it”.
Numan’s new track sees him take on a heavier and darker sound, whilst still keeping his popular electronic and synthetic style intact.
Following a national UK tour, Numan will headline Alt Fest on 16th August and the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 28th November.
The I Am Dust EP is available on iTunes now.
MVOTW: Wrong Club -The Ting Tings
The Ting Tings have unveiled the new video for Wrong Club, which will be released as a single on August 18th.
The video, which was directed by French/Italian Lisa Paclet, was filmed in an old warehouse in Paris and sees front-woman Katie White perform a choreographed dance to the upbeat and 70’s disco influenced song.
The duo’s third album, Super Critical, was recorded in Ibiza and is set to be released on October 20th. Diana Ross and 70’s New York are said to have had a heavy influence on the new album’s sound, which sees a different direction for the band.
Super Critical is available for pre-order on iTunes now.
MVOTW:Dark Bits, The Mispers
Alternative rock band The Mispers have released the new video for Dark Bits, taken from the upcoming EP of the same name, which will be released on July 27th.
The music video sees the band throw the ultimate house party for their fans with all the usual party antics of dancing, drinks and having fun. The video, directed by Michael Holyk, fits the mood of the upbeat and energetic song, with frontman Jack Balfour-Scott stating that the song was written about ‘friends finding refuge in unlikely places’.
The Mispers are set to play numerous festivals across the summer including Kendal Calling and Secret Garden Party, so catch them whilst you can.
Dark Bits is available to listen to on Soundcloud now.
MVOTW: Fallout, Catfish and the Bottlemen
Four-piece garage band Catfish and the Bottlemen have released the video for their new single, Fallout.
The video is both uplifting and catchy, much like the single itself, which will be released on July 7th. The track features gritty guitar and memorable lyrics with the repetition of ‘test tube baby’ through frontman Van McCann’s ardent vocals.
The band will play their largest ever headline show at London’s Koko this November, alongside the release of their debut album, The Balcony, which will be released in September. The album was recorded and produced by Jim Abbiss who has worked with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club and Editors, and will be released through Communion/Island Records.
Catfish and the Bottlemen’s success over the last 12 months has seen them earn three Radio 1 playlist slots. At the beginning of summer the band played the introducing stage at Glasgow’s Radio 1 Big Weekend and the next couple of months will see the North Welsh band play over 30 festivals including T in the Park, Latitude and Reading and Leeds.
Fallout is available to download now.
iTunes Festival Returns for 2014
iTunes Festival will return this September for its eighth year at Camden’s Roundhouse.
The 30 night festival of free music will see the likes Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris and Kasabian play at the North London venue.
Last year’s event saw Arctic Monkeys, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake perform at the intimate venue to a small number of lucky ticket winners. Other acts set to perform this year include Kylie Minogue, Robert Plant and Five Seconds of Summer and, with a total of 60 acts yet to be announced, this year’s line up could be the best yet.
The festival will showcase some of the most popular artists in the world, along with up and coming bands and singers. Earlier this year the festival moved across the pond to the US, where the likes of Coldplay, Pitbull and Soundgarden performed a small series of gigs at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Fans can enter a ballot system through the iTunes website or keep updated throughout their Twitter page for which gigs they would like to enter. If they’ve been successful they’ll be notified a week before the event
For more information head to the festival’s website.
MVOTW: Break the Fall -Laura Welsh
Laura Welsh has unveiled the brand new video for Break the Fall, which is taken from her debut album, Soft Control, released later this year.
The video for the electro-pop track, which will be released on August 11th through Outsiders/Polydor, sees Welsh in slow motion black and white, as it tells the tale of betrayal. The track, which Welsh describes as coming ‘from a place she can’t explain’, refers to the breakdown of a marriage in her family.
Welsh has had a successful year following her recent collaboration with Gorgon City on Here For You, which she also co-wrote and performed at this year’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Isle of Wight Festival.
Break the Fall is available to download from iTunes.
Lily Allen Replaces Two Door Cinema Club at Latitude Festival
Two Door Cinema Club have pulled out of Latitude Festival, which is taking place this weekend (17th-20th July), due to illness. Frontman Alex Trimble was hospitalized with a severe stomach complaint, with Lily Allen stepping in as the replacement headliner.
After the announcement broke, the Smile singer received a fan backlash through Twitter, with Allen responding to criticism stating that she feels “exhausted by the nastiness”.
The London born singer will showcase material from her latest number one album, Sheezus, following her recent appearance at Glastonbury. The 29-year-old will join headliners Damon Albarn and The Black Keys, as well as a surprise guest performance for festivalgoers.
For more information about the headliner change head to the festival website.
Kasabian Announce 15-date UK Tour
Kasabian have announced that they will play a 15 date tour across the UK, kicking off in Glasgow on November 19th.
The news comes after the band closed the Pyramid Stage at last weekend’s Glastonbury with a thriving performance. The 19 song set, which featured covers of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy and Fatboy Slim’s Praise You, saw the band own the stage following their career which has spanned the last decade.
The UK tour will see Kasabian play five nights at London’s iconic venue Brixton Academy, which will be a great chance to catch the arena band in such a small venue playing their back catalogue of tracks. The UK tour will see The Maccabees support the L.S.F band on all their UK shows.
Kasabian’s latest album 48:13 is available to download now.
Kasabian’s UK tour dates are as follows:
|19/11/2015 Glasgow, The SSE Hydro|
|21/11/2015 Leeds, First Direct Arena|
|22/11/2015 Birmingham, LG Arena|
|23/11/2015 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena|
|25/11/2015 Bournemouth, Bournemouth International Centre|
|26/11/2015 Brighton, Brighton Centre|
|28/11/2015 Nottingham, Capital FM Arena|
|01/12/2015 London, 02 Brixton Academy|
|02/12/2015 London, 02 Brixton Academy|
|04/12/2015 London, 02 Brixton Academy|
|05/12/2015 London, 02 Brixton Academy|
|06/12/2015 London, 02 Brixton Academy|
|09/12/2015 Belfast, Odyssey Arena|
|11/12/2015 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena|
|12/12/2015 Manchester, Phones 4u Arena|
MVOTW: Over It -This Wild Life
Acoustic punk duo This Wild Life has unveiled the new video for Over It, the latest single taken from their debut album, Clouded.
The video takes a melancholy approach with a compelling acoustic guitar. It stars Zach Silverman and Allison Paige as a couple going through a break up and trying to get ‘over it’. Directed by Benjamin Disinger, the video combines clever camera work and continual editing to portray its emotional narrative.
The band’s debut album, Clouded, was released in May earlier this year, and they’ve achieved great success on the US Billboard chart, debuting as the #1 Top New Artist and #1 Top Alternative New Artist.
This Wild Life is currently embarking on the VANS WARPED TOUR, which will see the Californian band tour the US for the rest of the summer.
Clouded is available to download from iTunes.
Free Download of Calvin Harris’ Set At EDC Las Vegas
The Scottish DJ has carefully crafted a brilliant set creating an energetic and engaging performance, which he constantly experiments with. The EDC 75 minute slot, featured Harris’ chart topping hits We Found Love, Under Control and his recent UK number 1 single, Summer, as well as remixes from the likes of Fatboy Slim, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Martin Garrix.
Harris has been DJ-ing all over the world, most recently opening London’s Capital’s Summertime Ball. His popularity has seen him become one of the most in demand and well paid DJ’s of recent years. The set previews what to expect from the 30-year-old’s headline slot at next month’s T in the Park, which Harris will co-headline with Paolo Nutini.
The set is available to download through SoundCloud, whilst Harris’ current single, Summer, is available to download from iTunes.
MVOTW: LNOE, The High Wire
Three piece Canadian band The High Wire have unveiled the brand new video for their track LNOE, which is taken from their forthcoming album Found In Honey.
The video, which is directed by Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), stars British actor Ray Winstone and pays tribute to Whitecross’ contemporary film Ashes. The cinematic video syncs dramatically with the music, creating a dark and eerie feel to the track.
Found In Honey is the band’s third studio album following the release of their 2010 album, The Sleep Tape. It sees the London based band creating a more personal and emotive offering. Found in Honey was recorded at Coldplay’s Beehive Studio in London and was initially a solo process for frontman Tim Crompton. However after the completion of the debut album, new additions Alexia Hagen and Ross Forrest joined the lineup, forming a group songwriting project.
The High Wire’s album is released on 14th July.
The Libertines Announce European Tour
Recently reunited band The Libertines have announced that they will play a series of gigs across Europe this summer.
The shows, which will take place in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany, follow an announcement earlier this week that the band, fronted by Pete Doherty, is set to play Portugal’s Optimus Alive festival alongside Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys.
The Libertines will play a warm up gig in Glasgow, before they headline British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park this summer. It’ll be The Libertines’ first live show since their Reading and Leeds festival appearance back in 2010.
The string of shows kicks off at Paris’ Zenith on 30th September, marking The Libertines’ first European tour in over 10 years.
Following this announcement, fans of the Time for Heroes rockers are wondering whether the band will announce a full UK tour and if they will record any new music to accompany it.
Tickets for the European tour go on sale this Friday (20th) at 9am.
|30/09/2014 Paris, Zenith|
|02/10/2014 Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall|
|03/10/2014 Brussels, FN Club|
|04/10/2014 Berlin, Columbiahalle|
|05/10/2014 Dusseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle|
Music Video of the Week: Back In The World-David Gray
David Gray has unveiled the new video for his single, Back in the World.
The track, which is set to be released through Kobalt Label Services, was directed by Monty Whitebloom and sees Gray in multi-layered double-exposures. The video was shot in London and Romania, and makes clever use of graphic film title sequences reflecting Gray’s new sound and the track’s theme.
Back in the World is the first track from the singer-songwriter’s 10th studio album, his first in 4 years. In support of the new album, Mutineers, which is released later this month, Gray has announced an eight date UK tour which kicks off June 23rd and sees Gray headline London’s Royal Albert Hall on the 24th.
Mutineers is available to purchase.
David Gray’s 2014 tour dates:
|23/06/2014 Birmingham, Symphony Hall|
|24/06/2014 London, Royal Albert Hall|
|26/06/2014 Gateshead, The Sage|
|28/06/2014 Westport Festival Westport, Ireland|
|30/06/2014 Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall|
|02/07/2014 York, Barbican|
|03/07/2014 Manchester, Lowry Theatre|
|05/07/2014 Daytripper Festival, Waterford, Ireland|
|06/07/2014 Groove Festival County, Wicklow, Ireland|
|08/07/2014 Bristol, Colston Hall|
|09/07/2014 Bournemouth Pavilion|
Shownights.com PRESENTS The Ultimate Football Party
In celebration of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil The Ultimate Football Party is taking place at Indig02, the 02 Arena, on June 14.
Football fans can sit back, relax and watch England’s first match against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm. Pre-match entertainment starts at 8pm and features Bell and Spurling performing their hit anthems ‘Sven Sven Sven‘ and Goldenballs.
Doors open at 7:30pm with general admissions to the event £10. VIP tickets are also available for £25 which includes VIP seating and bar. This event will be the largest gathering of England supporters outside of Brazil with the atmosphere set to be electric.
MVOTW:West Coast -Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has unveiled the brand new video for her upcoming single, West Coast. The video, which sees Del Rey act seductively across a West Coast beach, was directed by Vince Heycock and produced by Geoff McLean.
West Coast is set to be released in the UK on May 25th and was written by Del Rey and songwriter Rick Nowels, who has previously written for artists such as Cee Lo Green and Madonna. The track is taken from Del Rey’s long awaited second album, featuring West Coast and ten brand new tracks.
Ultraviolence, which coincides with Del Rey’s Glastonbury festival debut, is released on June 16th and is produced by The Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach. The Video Games singer has teased fans about what they can expect from the new album, which was recorded in Nashville, stating that it’s ‘darker than her first’ album, Born to Die, which received critical acclaim and has sold over 1 million copies in the US alone.
West Coast will be released though Polydor Records and is available to pre-order now.
Longfellow Announces New Single Kiss-Hug-Make Up
Longfellow’s new single Kiss-Hug-Make Up is set to be released on the 19th May on Fierce Panda Records.
The track opens with slow, reflective lyrics developing into a charming chorus. It’s already received praise, gaining a ‘track of the day’ nod from Q magazine and winning the BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist.
The video for Kiss-Hug-Make Up will be released in the forthcoming weeks, having been filmed in an old theatre in Gloucester. A teaser still from the video can be seen below.
Formed in 2010, the five-piece band – hailing from London and the South East – has already achieved a lot of success in a short space of time. They supported Keane last October as well as receiving a considerable amount of radio airplay from stations XFM and BBC Radio 2. The indie pop band has also established initial support from the likes of Jo Whiley, Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq.
Longfellow will be performing in and around London over the next couple of months, kicking off at The Barfly on May 20th followed by a gig at this year’s Camden Crawl, which takes place on June 20th.
Fans Design The Family Rain’Bad Weather’ Tour Shirt
Following the announcement of their headline tour, The Family Rain have unveiled plans for fans to design their UK tour merchandise.
The six date tour, which will kick off in Birmingham on the 4th June and end at London’s Dingwalls, will see the trio decide on the best design which will then feature exclusively on the ‘Bad Weather’ tour.
Fans can upload their creations to social media sites with the hashtag #thefamilyrain or #badweathershirt with the winner being decided on the 23rd May. Once the winning design has been chosen and notified they will receive five copies of their designed shirt plus tickets to one of the upcoming shows from the band’s tour.
Speaking to drummer Tim Walter about the chance to design the band’s merchandise he said: ‘We are really interested in what designs people come up with. We have always designed our own t-shirts and wanted to see how talented everyone else is!’
The band have been busy touring relentlessly since in 2011, supporting the likes of Jake Bugg, Biffy Clyro, Miles Kane and Darlia. Coinciding with the release of their debut album Under the Volcano, the band are already working on new material following the release of their latest single Don’t Waste Your Time.
The Family Rain have already had a whirlwind few years getting signed to Virgin EMI and playing a gig in Shanghai for Burberry’s flagship store. This year will see the band play festivals all summer across Europe and they’re set to be working with Royal Blood and Band of Skulls producer Tom Dalgety.
The Family Rain tour dates are as follows:
|04/06/2014 Birmingham, Hare and Hounds|
|05/06/2014 Leeds, Cockpit|
|09/06/2014 Manchester, Night and Day|
|10/06/2014 Glasgow, King Tuts|
|11/06/2014 Bath, Komedia|
|12/06/2014 London, Dingwalls|
MWOTW: Stay- Lewis Watson
Singer-songwriter Lewis Watson has unveiled the music video for his latest single Stay, taken from his debut album The Morning, which is released on the 16th June.
The video, directed by actor Craig Roberts and produced by Keiran Mcgaughey, is set in an eerie graveyard and features Lewis as a ghost alongside a female protagonist. The single itself has a folk feel, showing the 21-year-old playing acoustic guitar accompanied by his heartfelt vocals.
Oxford born Watson has been touring the UK for the past couple of years and released five top ten EP’s on iTunes before being signed to his record label Warner Bros. Records. He looks “set to replicate Ed Sheeran’s success” [Sunday Times Culture] following the release of his debut album which features 11 brand new tracks.
Watson is near the end of his current UK tour but we’ll be seeing the up and coming talent return in September for a 12 date tour including a headline show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Stay is available now and The Morning is available to pre-order on iTunes.
MWOTW: Guilty All the Same-Linkin Park
This week’s video of the week comes from Californian band Linkin Park with their brand new song Guilty All The Same.
The track sees the US band take a heavier and darker sound than their last 2012 studio album, Living Things, and is set to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album The Hunting Party.
The video uses Project Spark and encourages Xbox gamers to create their own version of the video and share with users. The video is aesthetically designed and alternative to traditional music videos by using graphics that make the viewer feel as if they’re transported into the video.
The Hunting Party, which will be released on the 16th June is Linkin Park’s sixth studio album with Guilty All the Sameavailable to purchase on iTunes now. Watch the teaser trailer for the upcoming album below.
New Remix of Lana Del Rey’s West Coast
A new version of Lana Del Rey’s single West Coast has been unveiled, remixed by Dan Auerbach.
Auberbach, who is the frontman of Ohio duo The Black Keys, has remixed the version for a radio edit – working with Del Rey on this track and her upcoming album, Ultraviolence.
West Coast, which is available to listen to here, sees Del Rey give her breathy vocals and seductive tone to the song creating a slicker and bluesy feel to the track showcasing what Auberbach does best as a producer and what to expect from the new album, following the release of Del Rey’s 2012 debut album, Born to Die.
Both artists have been confirmed to play Worthy Farm at this year’s Glastonbury festival, which will see The Black Keys perform on Sunday’s Pyramid Stage and Del Rey making her debut at the legendary event which will take place on 27-29 June.
West Coast is released on May 18th and is available to purchase on iTunes.
MVOTW: House of Cards- Janet Devlin
Janet Devlin has unveiled her new single, House of Cards, which is set to be taken from her debut album titled Running with Scissors.
Henry Steedman directed the video for the song, with the concept originating from Devlin herself. It has an Alice in Wonderland feel as it features playing cards, keys and even Devlin herself having a Wonderland dress as it sees her getting over a break up and moving on.
House of Cards is a folk-pop song, with Devlin’s soft acoustic guitar and melancholy lyrics. Discussing her single, Devlin said the track was written “after a bad breakup 2 years ago” with the song “getting more impersonal as it goes on”.
Running with Scissors, which features 10 brand new tracks and is set to be released on the 9th June, is not an album full of break up songs but sees Devlin showcase her voice with power ballads and a mix of folk and pop. It also sees her work with the likes of Newton Faulkner and Jack Savoretti.
Devlin is due to tour the UK later this year, which will see her step away from the X Factor limelight with an announced date at London’s Hard Rock Café on 11th June, just after the release of her debut album. Tickets are available now.
The Black Keys Announce New Track
The Black Keys have unveiled a new track titled Fever, which is set to be the first single taken from their eighth studio album Turn Blue.
The track, which is available to listen to below, is the first piece of new material since the Ohio duo’s 2011 El Camino album and sees the band mix their traditional blues with psychedelic.
Announced earlier this week on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show was the news that the band were to play this year’s Glastonbury festival, which takes place on 27-29 June, with the band set to perform on the pyramid stage underneath the yet to be announced Sunday headliners.
The psychedelic theme influences their choice of swirling artwork, showcasing a preview for what’s to come from the album which is released on May 18th featuring eleven brand new tracks.
Turn Blue sees band members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney co-produce their new album with Danger Mouse, who has produced the duo’s last two studio albums.
The track listing for True Blue:
|1.Weight of Love|
|2. In Time|
|3. Turn Blue|
|5. Year in Review|
|6. Bullet in the Brain|
|7. It’s Up to you Now|
|8. Waiting on Words|
|9. 10 Lovers|
|10.In our Prime|
|11.Gotta Get Away|
Kendal Calling Announces First Two Headliners
Suede and Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls have been announced to headline this year’s Kendal Calling festival.
The music festival, which will be held at the Lowther Deer Park in the stunning Lake District, will see up and coming talent and established bands come together, to perform across 8 stages for 3 days from the 1st August.
The brilliant Suede are confirmed, performing their back catalogue of hits including their recent 2013 albumBloodsports. Also headlining is Frank Turner (and the Sleeping Souls) who has performed at the festival twice previously following his sold out arena tour and will be bringing his folk-punk to the district.
The winner of Best Medium Festival in 2013 sees bands and DJ’s perform across the weekend. Other acts confirmed are De La Soul, Miles Kane, Happy Mondays and Tom Odell.
Kendall Calling, which is in its ninth year, has seen previous headline performances from the likes Seasick Steve, Dizzee Rascal and Mumford and Sons. Tickets for this year’s festival are £119 and, with more acts to be confirmed, it’s promised to be the festival’s best line up yet.
For tickets and more information go to: http://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/tickets/
More Additions Added to Live at Leeds Line Up
50 more acts have been added to this year’s Live at Leeds festival, which takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend of May 2nd.
Newly announced acts including George Ezra, Tennis, Bipolar Sunshine and The Bug will play the metropolitan festival which takes place in and around various Leeds venues including The Cockpit, 02 Academy and Brudenell Social Club.
The festival showcases an array of up and coming talent as well an eclectic mix which will see headliners and chart toppers Clean Bandit, The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jnr and the brilliant new alternative band Wolf Alice perform.
The festival, which is in its sixth year, has seen the likes of Rudimental, Jake Bugg and London Grammar perform in recent years. With more acts yet to be announced and a total of 200 acts performing across 20 stages in one weekend, this year’s line up is looking to be the best yet.
Coldplay Announce New Album Details
Coldplay have announced the name of their new album which is titled Ghost Stories.
It will be the band’s sixth studio album, following 2011’s Mylo Xyloto, and will be released on 19th May, with the album being available to pre-order on iTunes and through the band’s website.
Last week the London born band revealed a new track and video online called Midnight, which showed an eerie and unusual side to the band. There were mixed reactions to the new song, leaving fans and music reviewers wondering if the band have changed their music direction completely and if the new album will have a similar sound. The track’s video was directed by May Wigmore and produced by fellow musician Jon Hopkins.
All five previous albums released by Coldplay have gone straight to number 1 in the UK charts.
Here’s the track listing for Coldplay’s new album, Ghost Stories, which features 9 brand new tracks:
|1. Always in my head|
|6. Another’s Arms|
|8. A Sky Full of Stars|
Why the 2014 Brit Awards were the best for Live Music….
The 2014 Brit Awards, which took place last Thursday at London’s 02 Arena, saw global acts come together to celebrate British music. There were surprise guests, live TV glitches and some of the best live music we have seen at the awards in previous years.
Kicking off proceedings was Sheffield’s finest Arctic Monkeys, who have surprisingly never played the awards show before. They provided a knee-jerking and raucous performance proving that they are one of the best British talents we have and one of the most in demand live acts in the world today. They performed R U Mine? from their fifth studio album AM, which was nominated for Best British album and won – providing a great start to the ceremony. For added drama and effects the band had an arena sized AM alight with the charismatic Alex Turner showing off his frontman credentials.
Another great performance came from the global superstar Beyoncé. Even though Queen B was not nominated for any awards, there was on-going speculation as to whether she would make a guest appearance at the ceremony and she didn’t disappoint. Performing her new track XO, which had not been performed live on TV before, Beyoncé gave a stripped back performance allowing her credible voice and her sparkling dress to provide the glamour she so easily exudes.
Next, an unlikely collaboration came from New Zealand singer Lorde and British dance newcomers Disclosure. Disclosure have collaborated with the likes of Sam Smith, London Grammar and recently Mary J Blige, proving that they can collaborate with just about any artist. The two artists combined genres to create a brilliant remix of Lorde’s Royals and Disclosure’s White Noise.
Another dazzling performance and unlikely collaboration came from Bastille and Rudimental. Bastille performed last year’s festival anthem Pompeii which showed how far the London band have come since 2010. Rudimental performed Waiting All Night, which was one of the most climatic performances from the night, showcasing how both bands will be at the top of the music scene for a long time to come.
Closing the 2014 ceremony were Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, who have both had a phenomenal year working with Daft Punk in addition to their own solo projects. There was a lot of excitement and anticipation to see the two of them perform together, promising they would have a surprise in store by performing a medley of hits. First they played Get Lucky, which got the crowd up on their feet going into Rodgers and Chic’s disco classic Good Times, before finally ending with Pharrell’s global hit Happy, which seemed like a fitting end to James Corden’s four year run as Brits host. Both Pharrell and Rodgers know how to put on a good performance, showcasing their back catalogue and playing songs that fans want to hear. This year’s Brit Awards not only displayed the amount of great talent we have in the music industry but also what great music British acts have produced within the last year.