Tuesday, 11 October 2016

American Music Awards


The nominations for the AMA awards have been announced with Drake leading the way with 13 nominations and also 20 first-time nominees including Chainsmoker's and Twenty One Pilots, the list of nominees reflects that the award ceremony is one to watch, airing on the 20th Nov. 


All eyes will be focused on Drake for the evening as people will be eagerly observing just how many out of the 13 awards he's been nominated for, he will win. The announcement of Drakes nominations come at a good time as his tour has just been announced, and with nominations under his belt such as 'Artist of The Year', 'Favorite Album–Pop/Rock' and TWO nominations for 'Favorite Album–Rap/Hip-Hop' the tour is set to be a good one and certainly one with high expectations. 
You can get tix to Drake's tour Here.


Impressively, Rihanna is the second most nominated artist this year with 7 nominations to her name, including 'Favourite Female – Soul/R&B' which she has previously won 5 times and won over Beyonce last year. This year she is up against Beyonce again, will Rihanna remain the reigning Soul/R&B Favourite Female or will Queen Bee swoop in and take the crown?


Not only are the bigger, more established artists achieving multiple nominations this year, but so are the more new artists such as Chainsmokers, having been nominated for three awards, 'Favorite Duo or Group -Pop/Rock' & 'New Artist of the Year;' (Unleashed by T-Mobile award) and 'Favourite Artist - EDM'. Not only have they impressed by being nominated for three awards, but they have also impressed by embarking on their own headline sold out tour this month! 

Country stars such as Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and Luke Bryan have all been nominated for AMA awards also, those of which have all performed at Country to Country Festival in the 02 London,the festival is set to return again next year. The list of nominee's for the AMA's is one that many could have predicted, but also all very well deserved

You can see the full list of nominee's: Here 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Le Butcherettes

Le Butcherettes Q&A

We caught up with Le Butcherettes for an exclusive Q&A following from the release of their 4th studio album 'A Raw Youth'. Also catch Le Butcherettes's brilliant new music video for 'My Mallely' below! 

Hey Teri, how are you? Can you start off by telling your English fans what ‘Le Butcherettes’ means literally and what it represents? 

Im very jet lagged but in life I am great. Thank you for asking. 

Le Butcherettes means The Butcher Women… women with power…hence the “ettes”. It could represent  many things but in my head the band name has been a sort of inner mantra to get me through rough patches… 

Having control within your hands, having the power and the strength to be able to  cut the scum up, butcher it up, motivated by love, of course,  by resilient untouched love. 

Your 4th studio album ‘A Raw Youth’ came out in May earlier this year, whats your favourite track off the album?

I love all of the album. You can’t just listen to one track without wanting to listen to the whole album………
Said not a voice inside of me ever. Hahaha! Nah… I really don’t know which one is a favorite because they all cause me a certain distress because they were inspired by pretty gruesome human-world experiences. Even the poppiest and sweetest child like sounding one is about a very dark issue. (Sold Less Than Gold).

 What was the thought process behind the new record?

You know it’s funny that you ask because sometimes you never really are 100 percent aware of what your actual thought process is.  Sometimes my thought process would be completely contaminated by self doubt, and in bringing out old songs that I had written years before, (two to be particular “They Fuck You Over” and “Reason To Die Young”) would reawaken old memories of situations I was going through when having the songs re-played, re-worked for the record. The feelings that would get invoked (which felt like reopening old wounds instead of old songs) were feeling of burning youth, of what it first felt like to feel passion over any matter that life has to offer you… 

My process was all too fleeting…went by too fast. Actually wish I could be back in there, recording A Raw Youth, go back to the past, because that is the one true moment were you feel like you are in the womb, and it’s okay to feel that disconnection from the world. Because you need that focus to connect the dots in the process of writing and recording.

I like to linger towards one general concept for a record. A knot that will hold the world that you want to build with music as a tool. It’s all about finding that focal point for me, like photography or like with cinema.

Overall I think my process in general is essentially a very solitary one. Sometimes I just can’t let my band mates go in with me, it’s a very vulnerable place but then you come off like an asshole…

It’s clear that Iggy Pop has been a massive influence on your music and you did a collaboration with him on your new album! What’s it like to work with someone who’s such an iconic name in music?                                  

It’s so fantastic that it’s normal for me… I say that at the fear of sounding arrogant, but it's about the spiritual fact that is just makes perfect sense. It didn't feel forced. The situation led to this miracle,
It just feels like this encounter was just supposed to be… 

There are very limited number of true artists in this industry, 
it’s only natural that we gravitate towards one another. So it feels like I’m at one with myself when I work with people that know what they are doing and that at the same time treat me with respect and acknowledge a good song when it’s a good song.

You’re coming to the UK in October, is there a certain date you’re especially looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to Cardiff., Wales. I’ve never been there before and it’s history fascinates me. Have always wanted to go and visit when I was little, wanted to drink the salts of the ocean there once when I was twelve, because of my obsession with Roald Dahl's books.

You’ve played countless gigs across America and the whole world since forming 9 years ago, but what the best concert you’ve ever played?

Recently we played a show in Las Vegas and it was one of the most emotionally giving crowds I have ever witnessed. 

I’ve been warned by friends that play in bands that Nevada is a hard place, because either people don’t show up to shows or because people are too drunk… Luckily for me, my experiences with the state of Nevada have been very, very good ones. 

Tokyo was also a great city to play…I don’t know. So many great places… some very low key places like Syracuse was a great and magical place to play in (with The Melvins)  from Guadalajara to Toronto are also very lively, people that go to a show to see us are very passionate art lovers, so our fans are very creative and loyal. They have helped keep this band rolling on it’s feet.

In between gigs and when you’re on the road, what’s your favourite pass time?

I love to sleep and to be able to dream. The mind is a slobbery little animal, it likes to roam around the four corners of the world… at the end of day, inspiring me to write more.

We’ve already established what influence Iggy Pop has had on you, but what other bands have influenced you on a personal level as well as musically?

The Melvins, Bratmobile, Otis Redding, Spice Girls, Violeta Parra, Selda Bag├žan, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, The Beatles and over-all the hysteria that is exploding from the the jar we like to call life. 

Have you seen any bands recently that have really impressed you on stage?

Kim & The Created, L.A Witch and Deap Vally. Word of mouth has flown into my ear making me hear really great things about the European band The Picturebooks’ live show. They will be our special guests for the upcoming month long A Raw Youth Tour.

And finally, after travelling the world and meeting so many people, what’s the most important thing you learned and what messages would you give to your fans?

Always be nice to people. The least thing you can do is is give 5 minutes of your time to people who go see your show. But I get it, not many people can do it… lots of artists are introverts…etc but I feel that at the end of the day introvert or not it’s important to be kind, not just to the people that go to your shows and support your dream but also to every person that crosses your path. Believe me, I’m an introvert and that doesn’t get in the way of shaking somebody’s hand.

Could you please choose 10 songs for our Spotify playlist?

Vanessa- (Album: Darkbloom-EP) Grimes
Impossible Tracks - (Album: Ash & Ice) - The Kills
Love & Anger- (Album: The Sensual World)- Kate Bush
Scream Feat. Aristophanes (Album: Art Angels) Grimes
Zapatos Viejos (Album: Mis Favoritas: Gloria Trevi) Gloria Trevi
Honey Bucket (Album: Houdini) The Melvins
Goldmine (Album: The Golden Echo)- Kimbra
Vowels= Space and Times (Album: Visions) Grimes
Dear Nora Feat. Meshell Ndegeocello (Albums: Language Barrier)- Shirlette Ammons
El Cristal (Album: Mon Laferte Vol. 1) - Mon Laferte

My brother got me into Grimes recently. 

The video for 'My Mallely'

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Why we are all for Tony Hadley’s tour with Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra

With a current trend in the industry at the moment being dance music incorporated with jazz instruments we are backing Tony’s choice to tour with Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra, especially with his performances being showcased in large venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall and Cliffs Pavilion, merged with his stunning rich voice you can only imagine what an atmosphere there will be created.

The trend is used all over the industry such as in Ibiza where you can hear ‘Lovely Laura’ perform her solo sax at Ocean Beach each week and also artists such as Clean Bandit using jazz instruments in their most well-known hits, the trend seems to be spreading through different genre’s.

Tony Hadley explains why he is enjoying performing with an orchestra, watch here

 Not one to be missed, there is still a chance to get tickets here:

Katie Melua's Video For 'Dreams On Fire'

Katie Melua's Video For 'Dreams On Fire' & Tour Dates

Good news for Katie Melua fans, not only has Katie three years after her last album release 
announced her new album ‘In Winter’, set to be released on October 14th this year. She has also released the official video for ‘Dreams On Fire’, a single off of her forthcoming album.

The video shows Katie on an acoustic guitar and members of Gori Women’s Choir performing in the historic Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tbilisi in Georgia, Katie’s explains her choice for the venue of the music video stating that “In 2014, during the renovations, I was shown round the theatre by Zurab Lomidze who was director of the opera house in 1991 at the time of the civil war. In many ways the theatre symbolises a new phase for the country. The beauty and opulence of the building was at odds with my childhood memories of Tbilisi and it gave me a great sense of hope for the country's future, that a place of art and culture has been so lovingly restored."

The video has an overall feeling of peacefulness yet joy rolled into one and as the song goes on, the choir become more hearable and notably louder which makes for a pleasurable listening experience, and an experience you really could imagine you and your family listening to in the colder months. Not only do we think that the song accompanied by the video is great but so does Michael Ball who premiered the song on Radio 2, saying at the time “what a lovely sound, very mellow, very evocative. The sound of the choir…utterly beautiful”.

Both the theme of the song and the video is a reflection of her album as a whole as the album is based around the theme of winter, a choice that was made simply out of a conversation she had with one of her friends, a conversation where they both agreed that there was a need for a seasonal album, she explains she wanted to create “an album that would fill the house with wonderful, warm, poignant sounds rather than the usual jingle-bells pop songs that tend to hit the airwaves during that time of year. Something we could listen to from start-to-finish rather than on a song-by-song basis.  So, that’s how the album was born – out of necessity!” 

The album includes the choir throughout, resulting in twenty-five female voices being blended together to create a sound that is both powerful and delicate.

If you like the sound of ‘Dreams On Fire’ and the idea of the choir accompanying Katie Melua’s soft voice then you’re in luck as this winter Katie Melua, her band, and the 24-piece Gori Women’s Choir will be embarking on a European tour performing the album in its entirety as well as a selection of classic songs from Katie’s catalogue. 

UK dates:

Wed      23 Nov 16           Guildford, G Live             
Thu        24 Nov 16           Bristol, Colston Hall
Fri          25 Nov 16           Southampton, O2 Guildhall
Sun        27 Nov 16           London, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Mon       28 Nov 16           Leicester, De Montfort Hall        
Tue        29 Nov 16           Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall      
Thu        01 Dec 16           Birmingham, Symphony Hall      
Fri          02 Dec 16           Manchester, Bridgewater Hall   
Sat          03 Dec 16           Glasgow, Old Fruitmarket 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Anne-Marie Headline Tour


This year’s matchless ‘One to Watch’

Following Anne-Marie’s success with ‘Alarm’ and previous songs such as ‘Rumour Mill’ with Will Heard she has announced that she is ready to grace her UK and Ireland fans with her own headline tour in the UK, running throughout November this year.

Her face may be recognisable after she toured with Rudimental during the festival season but by no means does that mean that Anne-Marie isn’t a great, standalone artist within her own right, proven by her recent nominations for her first ever MOBO and an EMA Award.

“She’s trying to carve out a place for herself on the music scene – and it seems like she’s not doing a bad job.” (The Haunt)

She is known for her superb connection with her fans as seen on her Instagram and Facebook @iamannemarie, she asks fans to send her’s of her song ‘Alarm’, therefore expect a tour with her fans in mind.

Feel free to add us on Snapchat and send us videos of you at the Anne-Marie shows @gigsandtour

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Wailers Q&A

The Wailers Q&A

Following the success of their huge sell out UK tour last year, legendary reggae artists The Wailers return to mark their highly celebrated and anticipated Legend tour.  The band will be performing the iconic album live on stage in its entirety plus all their greatest hits such as 'Three Little Birds', 'I Shot The Sheriff', 'Jamming' and many more. We Caught up with lead vocalist Dwayne "Danglin" Anglin to get the lowdown ahead of the UK tour. 

Hi Danglin, hope you're well. Are you excited for your upcoming tour of the UK in Novemeber after the sell out success last year?
Always a pleasure touring the UK. The fans are great, which makes shows very enjoyable. 

Are there any places this yeat which you're most looking forward to playing?
I enjoy all the venues. but London has a special vibe.

You're going to be playing the iconic album 'Legend' in its entirety plus other greatest hits, what songs are the best to perform live?
All of the songs are great to perform live. It all depends on what message you connect with the most. It's much like food, so it all depends on what thw audience is craving.

The Wailers have played to over 24 million people around the world, playing 200 gigs a year! What has been one of your most unforgettable gigs or the most special to you?
They all have their own significance, but one of my most memorable shows was Shillong, India. It felt a lot like where I grew up. 

You're a band that are always on the road, what are the 'tour essentials' you can't possibly live without?
Food, rest and herb. 

What is the key message you want people to take from your music?
Humanity over vanity.

Being masters of the live music circuit who is the best artist you've ever seen live?
Toots and the Maytals.

If you could only have one album on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
'Survival' by Bob Marley

What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We tour, that's all we do.. The UK, then Europe to finish the year.

Finally, have you go any messages for your fans out there?
Become part of the solution!

Tickets for the tour are on sale now and are available 

For more information please visit

Friday, 2 September 2016


What To Expect From The Final Wave Of Artists at Neighbourhood Festival 2016

One of the most eagerly anticipated festival line up announcements of 2016 is finally here. Blossoms and White Lies have been added to the top of the bill, and Fenech-Soler and The Pigeon Detectives also star in the already impressive line-up. As well as some of indie music's most current stars, the Neighbourhood Festival line-up also boasts some of the country's most impressive rising talents. Here we look at the new artists added to the line-up to give you a head's up on what not to miss at #NBHD16. 


Stockport's finest flower since Georgie Best graced the fields at Edgeley Park, Blossoms are the last headliners to be announced at Neighbourhood Festival. After the release of their debut self-titled album which sat pretty at number 1 for 2 weeks, Blossoms have been catapulted into the UK's limelight. Their announcement has definitely created a buzz around Manchester and their set will definitely be one not to miss.

White Lies

Ever since the release of their debut album 'To Lose My Life' in 2009, White Lies have been compared to the likes of Joy Division, The Editors and Interpol. With their post-punk sound and edgy image, their shows are always eagerly anticipated by their fans and media alike. Make sure you catch this lot at Neighbourhood this year.


Indie, pop, dance, alternative, Fenech-Soler have been described as them all. Combining the swagger of an indie rock band with big dance melodies, Fenech-Soler promise to deliver a knock-out set at Neighbourhood 2016.

The Pigeon Detectives

The Pigeon Detectives are back! Their indie anthems released nearly a decade ago have proven to be timeless classics as their fans continue to belt out the choruses to tunes like 'Take Her Back' and 'This Is An Emergency'. The lads from Leeds will certainly add a whole lot of rowdiness to Neighbourhood Festival this year. 


Manchester's very own Dantevilles make the line-up for the first ever Neighbourhood Festival. Their jangle pop guitar sounds and tight drum rhythms make their audiences move and dance. They have created a buzz around Manchester since they supported Blossoms at their debut launch night in Stockport Plaza back at in early August and will showcase their efforts at Nieghbourhood Festival in October. 

Liam McClair

Neighbourhood Festival will be presenting some of Manchester's finest new artists including singer-songwriter Liam McClair. Reigning from the same school as The 1975 and The Doves, Liam certainly wouldn't look out of place amongst names such as Matt Healy and Jimi Goodwin. Preparing for a huge gig at the O2 Ritz in September, Liam McClair will then focus on his spot at Neighbourhood Festival 2016. 

Lao Ra

Reigning from Columbia, dance singer Lao Ra will certainly bring the good looks and spice to Neighbourhood Festival. Her latest single 'Drum Machine' has created an excitement amongst her fans on her social media which will definitely show at Neighbourhood this year.