GIGSANDTOURS Archive

Thursday, 22 January 2015

TRACKS ON TOUR || Q&A: Florrie


Florrie is a lady of many talents, known as much for her fashion presence and modelling as she is for her music. The Bristol born star is also a very accomplished musician having played drums and guitar live and on record for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud and Pet Shop Boys. 

After signing a major deal to Sony in 2014, she played a live show in London in April to follow up her acclaimed Sirens EP. But 2015 is set to be her year and it kicked off with her premièring her new track on H&M (below) and she told us that it will be the year she releases her highly-anticipated debut full length album as well!

So ahead of her special one off show at The Borderline, London on 29th January (Tickets HERE), we caught up with Florrie...

Click HERE to WIN 2x Tickets & a limited edition Florrie tote bag on Twitter! Competition closes 9am, Mon 26th Jan. 

What are you up to this very moment?
I’m in LA. I’ve just woken up and am about to go for a run in the sun. Then i'm going to the studio to work on a new track!

Very nice!... What can we expect from your London show at the end of the month?
The set up is going to be different from any show I’ve done before. We’re going to be trying out a few new things which I’m really excited about! Lots of new material, and some old favs too.

How will it differ to your last London show in April last year?
I’m still going to be playing the guitar and drums, but I’m also going to get more involved electronically than I have done before. I think there may also be an acoustic surprise…

You’ve just premiered your new track/video Too Young To Remember on H&M, how has the reaction been?
It was really nervous about this track and video coming out as the song means so much to me. I’ve loved it for so long and couldn't wait for all my fans to hear it. The reaction from new and old fans has been amazing, so many really lovely comments.

Does your work as a session drummer influence the end product of your music?
I think it’s impossible for my drumming not to influence any track I work on. I have strong opinions about what I want a track to sound like, both the top line and music, which probably stems from my musical background.  The drum sound is always very important to me. When I listen to a track it’s always what I focus on first without even realising.

Your music is a real mix of styles, if you had to define it, what would you definition be?
Eclectic, emotive, evolving

Which other artists are influencing you and your music at the moment?
As far as new music goes I think how Taylor Swift has evolved as an artist has been incredible to watch, and her latest album ‘22’ is great - so many catchy, fun pop songs.  I think Rhodes is brilliant live, and I think his EPs released to date are also brilliant.

Is there a date set for your full album yet?
I can’t say the exact date, but later this year it will be coming..

Which tracks are you currently listening to?
Follow the playlist HERE.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

10 Questions with Rockstar Spud (TNA Wrestling)

TNA returns to Glasgow, Manchester and London this month for their seventh anniversary tour with the Wembley event including a double TV taping with an Ultimate X match - TNA’s fan favourite speciality bout full of high-flying and death-defying action!


MAXIMUM IMPACT 7 Tour tickets are available: HERE

So we got to ask 10 questions to one of TNA Wrestlings most exciting prospects Rockstar Spud: 

1.    TNA Wrestling Maximum Impact is returning to the UK for its 7th Arena tour this January, what can the audience expect? 

They can expect what they always get - The best wrestling product in the entire world today in the best arena's across the UK.  Not only that but this year we are bringing even more stars and The Final 6 from the British Boot Camp 2 television series.  It's going to be incredible!

2.    What has been your favourite country or city to visit and which are you most looking forward to coming back to?  

Well I really loved performing in my hometown last year in Birmingham but now because we're not going back there EVERYWHERE on the tour is my hometown!  Glasgow, Manchester, London are all now THE ADOPTED HOME of Rockstar Spud

3.    When you’re not wrestling what do you do to keep yourself busy when you’re on tour / on the road? 

I'm always busy.  I continue to make myself busy.  When I'm not on the road I'm on commentary.  When I'm not on commentary I'm filming my web show "I'm With Spud WEDNESDAY".  When I'm not filming my web show Im Tweeting, I'm Facebooking, I'm Instagramming. I'm always building the brand of IMPACT Wrestling and Rockstar Spud

4.    Where has been your favourite match you’ve ever seen?  

I'd have to say Bobby Roode vs Lashley 1 from New York City was an incredible match.  Love it.  New York loved it.  The people at home loved it.  Great pro wrestling match.

5.    How has British Boot Camp winner Mark Andrews fitted into the organisation?

Mark has fit in great.  Such a nice humble kid and talented as hell.  I think he will do wonderful things here and I think he will be a huge star and I hope to help him any way I can.  There's already a Rockstar Spud so lets help make a MANDREWS!

6.    Which other up and coming wrestling star should we look out for in the future? 

The stars in TNA of the future for me are the Robbie E's, the Magnus', the DJZ's, the Bram's, the Jessie Godderz, the Crazzy Steve's the Rockstar Spud's and (pains me to say it) the EC3's.  Everyone of them are going to go on to do amazing things with the company and keep it going forward for a long time to come.

7.    What’s the best match you’ve ever won? 
I haven't won one yet....Maybe on the UK Tour huh?

8.    If you could go back in time, who would you most like to team up with in a tag team?
I think it would have always been a natural fit with EC3 but now that has gone sour I'm going to go out the box and say Robbie E.  The antics we could get up to would be insane.  Mark Andrews is a great kid though so you never know down the road maybe the two British Boot Camp boys could stand side by side.

9.    Which music artists are you listening to at the moment?

I'm a huge 80/90's fan and always on my playlist is a mix of everything.  Metallica, Tina Turner, Offspring, Kenny Loggins, Limp Bizkit, Steve Winwood, Rob Zombie, REO Speedwagon...I could go on lol
 
10.  Plans for the rest of the year?

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I'm going to make EC3 pay, I dont care where it is but I will stand up for everyone and everything that he deems "The 99%" and I'm going to be a champion in IMPACT Wrestling!

Monday, 19 January 2015

10 Questions with Mark Andrews (TNA Wrestling)

TNA returns to Glasgow, Manchester and London this month for their seventh anniversary tour with the Wembley event including a double TV taping with an Ultimate X match - TNA’s fan favourite speciality bout full of high-flying and death-defying action!


MAXIMUM IMPACT 7 Tour tickets are available: HERE

We caught up with TNA British Boot Comp Winner Mark Andrews ahead of the shows:

1.    TNA Wrestling Maximum Impact is returning to the UK for its 7th Arena tour this January, what can the audience expect?

The TNA fans in attendance are in for a treat! They get to be some of the first people who see what TNA have in store for 2015, and over the space of 3 TV tapings in the UK, there's sure to be some crazy stuff happening throughout the tour!

2.    What has been your favourite country or city to visit and which are you most looking forward to coming back to?

I love going stateside, and I tend to favour towards going to quite unconventional places like Ohio, or Philadelphia, as opposed to typical touristy places!
I'm especially excited to perform in such a big venue (Wembley) in London though. I've wrestled quite regularly in London over the past few years, so to be on a show of this size there is incredibly exciting!

3.    When you’re not wrestling what do you do to keep yourself busy when you’re on tour / on the road?

I tend to listen to music if there's ever a dull moment, but if you're travelling with close friends then travelling is never boring. You can normally find something interesting to do at venues or in new cities!

4.    Where has been your favourite match you’ve ever seen?

This is kind of a bizarre answer, but on a local show I helped promote, I saw the Hunter Brothers wrestle each-other in the main event, both dressed as the Super Mario brothers, for our annual video game themed show. The atmosphere was electric, and they put on an incredibly creative wrestling clinic! That's a personal favourite of mine.

5.    After winning British Boot Camp, how are you fitting in to TNA?

I'm fitting in well, I hope! Everyone is really nice, and it's a great atmosphere backstage. I'm happy to be apart of the team.

6.    Which other up and coming wrestling star should we look out for in the future?

Here's a few - Pete Dunne from Birmingham, Louise Lyndon from Indiana, Andy Wild from Scotland, and a hell of a lot more on the UK wrestling scene.

7.    What’s the best match you’ve ever won?

I'm not entirely sure what the best match i've ever won is, but i'll give special mentions to my match with Kris Travis at York Hall, my first match with William Ospreay at PROGRESS Wrestling, and my match with Pete Dunne at ATTACK! Pro's first show in my home town of Cardiff. These are some of my favourites.

8.    If you could go back in time, who would you most like to team up with in a tag team?

Shawn Michaels, or Marty Jannetty.

9.    Which music artists are you listening to at the moment?

Right now exactly?! Daftpunk. Other than that - Have Mercy, Falling With Style, Pentimento, Avicii, The Hotelier, Seaway, Neck Deep.

10.  Plans for the rest of the year?

I want every year to be better than the last, and 2014 was rad! So i'm gonna keep progressing both in and outside of wrestling. Watch this space!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

10 Questions with Robbie E (TNA Wrestling)

TNA returns to Glasgow, Manchester and London this month for their seventh anniversary tour with the Wembley event including a double TV taping with an Ultimate X match - TNA’s fan favourite speciality bout full of high-flying and death-defying action!


MAXIMUM IMPACT 7 Tour tickets are available: HERE

We caught up with TNA wrestler Robbie E ahead of the shows:

1.    TNA Wrestling Maximum Impact is returning to the UK for its 7th Arena tour this January, what can the audience expect?

Hello?? What they always get!! An amazing show and experience like no other !! Tna brings the best action and a fan friendly experience like no other bro!

2.    What has been your favourite country or city to visit and which are you most looking forward to coming back to?

I love being in London and wrestling at Wembley.  The energy is like no other and even though I don't speak there language I know they love me!

3.    When you’re not wrestling what do you do to keep yourself busy when you’re on tour / on the road?

I love the gym at home where I'm not on the road and in a rush. Also love spending time with my girl and watching movies!! Normal stuff!! Oh and eyebrow threading!!

4.    Where has been your favourite match you've ever seen?

My favourite match ever to watch was .. Well... Myself and Jessie (the BroMans) vs. the wolves this past year in an U forgettable ladder match!!

5.    How has British Boot Camp winner Mark Andrews fitted into the organisation?

I haven't met him yet but he better be ready to spray me and Jessie's back with spray tan bro!

6.    Which other up and coming wrestling star should we look out for in the future?

A young guy named Robbie E.  He is a huge reality star and former x division, television and two time tag champ!!

7.    What’s the best match you've ever won?

Winning the tag titles with Jessie at bound for glory 2013 in San Diego!!! 

8.    If you could go back in time, who would you most like to team up with in a tag team?

My team would never change. BroMans for life bro!!


9.    Which music artists are you listening to at the moment?

I am listening to my theme song as I workout!  

10.  Plans for the rest of the year? 


To become three time tag champions with Jessie and at some point focus on becoming a world champion!! That way I can say I held every title in Tna!! Boom!!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

50 artists to watch out for in 2015!

50 artists to watch out for in 2015!

2014 was a big year for new music with brilliant début albums from the likes of Alvvays, Future Islands and Glass Animals and a high calibre of artists breaking through such as Jack Garrat, Lapsley, Circa Waves and many many more.

2015 looks no different as we anticipate debut albums from some of 2014's bigger names such as James Bay, Circa Waves and Rae Morris. We also look forward to new material from newcomers Jack Garratt, Ibeyi, The Mispers and Blossoms. If that's not enough to get you excited about what musical treats 2015 has in store then we don't know what is!

For those of you who love discovering new music... Here are our 50 artists to watch out for in 2015, in a handy playlist:

Follow the playlist HERE.




Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Our Top 40 Albums of 2014!

It's that time of year again where we reflect on the musical gems that have made 2014 such a sparkly musical year. 2014 hasn't disappointed, it's been such a big year for music with many new artists paving themselves a path and old artists showing they've still got what it takes to stay on top. With the last 12 months being so massive for music we've decided to share our top 40 albums with you guys. As hard as it was to whittle it down, we think we've managed to come up with a dazzling concoction of this years greatest albums.

So without further ado, in no particular order, here's our take on 2014's finest musical offerings. 


1. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!




2. Caribou - Our Love



3. FKA Twigs - LP1



4. Young Fathers - Dead




5. Alt J - This Is All Yours




6. Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow




7. Kaiser Chiefs - Education, Education, Education & War




8. Temples - Sun Structures



9. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2



10. The Horrors - Luminous




11. Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything


12. Kasabian - 48:13



13. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - What Have We Become



14. The Courteneers - Concrete Love



15. Nick Mulvey - First Mind




16. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology




17. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business




18. Black Keys - Turn Blue



19. Aphex Twin - Syro



20. Royal Blood - Royal Blood



21. Interpol - El Pintor



22. Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World



23. Hozier - Hozier




24. Ben Howard - I Forgot Where We Were




25. Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love




26. TV On The Radio - Seeds




27. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways




28. Freddie Gibbs/Madlib - Pinata




29. Future Islands - Singles




30. St. Vincent - St. Vincent




31. Todd Terje - It's Album Time




32. Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband




33. Women's Hour - Conversations




34. Alvvays - Alvvays

 



35. War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream




36. Jessie Ware - Tough Love




37. SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land




38. Banks - Goddess




39. Jungle - Jungle




40. Kate Tempest - Everybody Down


Here's some tracks taken from our top 40 albums  to listen to over the New Year too:



Thursday, 18 December 2014

Give the Gift of Tickets this Christmas!

Christmas is approaching fast and like many of us you will undoubtedly still need to buy some or all of your Christmas presents. So let us give you a helping hand this year with some of our picks for all the family!...

FOR MUM

KAISER CHIEFS 

OLLY MURS

TAKE THAT

THE SCRIPT

FOR DAD

SIMPLE MINDS

PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT

MRS. BROWNS BOYS LIVE

SANTANA

FOR SIS / DAUGHTER

NICKI MINAJ

BEN HOWARD

JESSIE J

S CLUB 7

FOR BRO / SON

ANNIE MAC

WU-TANG CLAN

MARMOZETS

RYAN ADAMS