GIGSANDTOURS Archive

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Q&A with James Arthur


Ahead of his May 2015 UK tour, we caught up with James Arthur for a quick fire Q&A session!


You’re going on tour soon what can the audience expect? 
A high energy performance of a collection of my life's work.

Will you be playing any new material or a mixture of your back catalogue?
I'll be playing a mixture of both.

What is your favourite song to perform live?
Definitely supposed or suicide



When you’re not performing what do you do to keep yourself busy when you’re on tour / on the road?
Writing keeps my mind active during the rigorous your schedule. I also like to play some FIFA with the best and crew when I'm relaxing

Where has been your favourite gig?
I enjoy every show I play, however there was a very special feeling in the air at the Hammersmith Apollo, it's just such a historic venue for me

Which song do you wish you had written?
New Radicals- I Don't Wanna Die Anymore

What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
V festival as I felt like we turned around the opinions of a lot of uk fans, also capital ball as the chance to play in such a vast venue was an honour

Which other artists are you listening to at the moment?
Lots actually I'm on a real 90's/bands vibe right now, New Radicals, Brand New, The Dykeenies, Taking Back Sunday, Catfish and the Bottle Men, Karima Francis, Lianne Lahavas, and of course Sia, Drake and Kanye are staples for me.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Sia definitely, I'm a huge fan of her new album

Plans for the rest of the year?
Release my second studio album, do some more touring and shows, travel as much as I can to reach more people and spread more love



Catch James Arthur at a venue near you this May - BUY TICKETS HERE



Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall


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If you didn't know already, this week marks the 15th anniversary of the always anticipated Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall which includes a star-studded line up of music and comedy. The week long celebration of the incredible work that the Teenage Cancer Trust does every day for young people suffering with cancer, is set to be as impressive as ever with loyal artists like Noel Gallagher, Sterephonics, Paul Weller and of course Roger Daltry CBE returning to perform in front of the sold out crowds. The event has become more than a highlight in Britain's musical calendar with more than 200 artists having graced the legendary stage since the single night that started the fundraising back in 2000. 

The line-up for the week is set to fulfil the expectation of previous years as charity ambassadors take the stage once again to bring awareness of the Teenage Cancer Trust and appreciation for the specialist care that they provide. Last night saw Stereophonics with special guests Gaz Coombes take to the stage with the rest of the schedule as follows:

Tuesday 24th March - An evening of comedy hosted by KEVIN BRIDGES plus very special guests:
JON RICHARDSON, KERRY GOLDLIMAN, DOC BROWN, FRANKIE BOYLE, NOEL FIELDING


Wednesday 25th March - VAN MORRISON plus very special guests


Thursday 26th March - THE WHO plus very special guest WILKO JOHNSON


Friday 27th March - PAUL WELLER plus very special guest JOHNNY MARR


Saturday 28th March - NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS plus very special guests FUTURE ISLANDS


Sunday 29th March - FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS plus very special guests IDLEWILD

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Tonight is set to be a specific highlight with the likes of our favourite comedians Noel Fielding, Jon Richardson and Kevin Bridges taking a break from their hectic tour life to put on an unforgettable show once again. It will be Noel Fielding's fifth show since becoming an ambassador in 2009, showing that it is an electric experience not only for the audience but the performers as well. It's sure to be a night you can't miss.

The concerts will definitely end on a high note as Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls will take the stage to produce an electrifying performance as usual, one that will have to be savoured as there doesn't seem to be another UK show lined up as of yet. If his Olympic Games opening ceremony performance is anything to go by then we are bound to be in for a treat. It makes the shows even more valuable to the artist's when, like Turner, he experienced the incredible work at that the Teenage Cancer Trust does in one of their many specialist units for all the young people, many of whom will be in the audience enjoying each and every moment.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TEENAGE CANCER TRUST HERE

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

GIG REVIEW: DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER



GIG REVIEW: DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER

Loud, Fuzzy and a hell of a lot of energy, that’s exactly what you’d expect from a show from Death From Above 1979 and their latest Manchester visit did not disappoint. The show at one of Manchesters most charismatic venues, the Ritz, was full of atmosphere from the get go. The support band Turbowolf set the night off with a powerful and melodic set, setting the scene for a night full of fuzzy power chords and robust choruses.

As the Canadian rock duo hit the stage, it was clear the crowd were ready for the bands first time back in Manchester since their reunion. Their opening track causing a huge pit to open in the middle of the floor and multiple bodies to run in showing a crowd up for a good time.  The tightness and precision of their live performance meant that fans had the opportunity to really get lost in the music, track after track was played with no deviation from the studio versions. Although no fault could be found with the bands energy and musical it seems as though they were slightly rusty in terms of delivering on point banter in between songs, often opting for silence or an awkward comment or two. However momentum was kept with some songs bleeding into the next which was an effective atmosphere and energy builder.


Although lacking the ability to carry a crowd in the traditional sense Death From Above 1979 do put on a good show. Although slightly rusty in between songs they do have an awkward charm that did keep the crowd laughing. Their music speaks for itself and it is their ability to play it so well that brings people to their shows, which is something you can’t really argue with.  

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Get your mum an experience to remember this Mother's Day!



It’s that time of year again where Mothers day is slowly sneaking up, but don’t panic! With minimal effort you can give your mum an experience to remember. This year you won’t be caught in its midst’s for we have the perfect gift ideas in the form of tickets to some amazing gigs! Blow your siblings gifts of petrol station flowers and bath bombs out of the water with tickets to see one your mums favorites, new and old. 

So pay attention, because a happy mum means a happy you!

TAKE THAT

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Introducing... WOLF ALICE


Wolf Alice formed in 2012 and quickly grabbed the attention of the influential world of music blogging in 2013 with their Blush EP. Suddenly there was a serious buzz and this led to impressive support slots with the likes of Peace, Manic Street Preachers and The 1975.

From 2013 the band slowly rose to prominence, gathering a decent support and following along the way but it was only towards the end of 2014 when they really started to get noticed and hit the levels most anticipated from day one. The end of 2014 saw them short-listed for BBC's Sound of 2015 poll and sell out shows in Manchester and London before winning 'Best Breakthrough Band' at the UK Festival Awards after a string of stunning festival performances in the summer.

Now the band have announced that their first full length album will be called 'My Love Is Cool' and although there is no release date pencilled yet, they have premièred the first track from it and it's a stunner! Listen below...


The band head out on their biggest UK tour to date next month, the perfect chance to here some new material ahead of release. You can get tickets HERE.


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Q&A: Collabro


2014 was a huge year for Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro, not just winning UK's biggest talent competition but numerous TV appearances including their much talked about Royal Variety Performance and some huge outdoor shows at Windsor Castle and in Brighton.

And now the four-piece group head out on their first full UK tour with fellow BGT star and runner-up Lucy Kay. Having already played a few venues the gleaming reviews have been flooding in! You can get the last few tickets for none sold out venues here: http://gigst.rs/collabro

So we caught up one quarter of Collabro, Matthew Pangan about his tour routines, music choices and more...

1. Since Britains Got Talent whats been the best experience youve had?

There has been so many but one that really stands out is Brighton Pride where we performed in front of 50k people. To have that many people sing Let It Go (Frozen) back to us was just incredible. We performed at Windsor Castle in front of Prince Andrew and Fergie. We also performed in front of Prince Harry and Jonny Wilkinson.  We also performed at the Queens Theatre.

2. With your musical theatre style, would you ever like to do a residency in the West End and Broadway?

Yes definitely, we want Collabro to last as long as we can, but obviously all good things do come to end eventually, but we would all love to do West End or Broadway.

3. As a Group do think you will ever change up your style or would you stick to this genre?

The beauty of musical theatre is that there is so many songs, but then again there only so many songs a musical theatre boy band can do, so what we love doing tis he pop cross overs as well.

4. Whilst on tour do you have any pre dressing room rituals or routines as yet?

Before we go on stage we all put our hands in the middle and shout 1, 2, 3 COLLABRO as our good luck charm. We will always warm up together and have a bit of a team talk. We get on so well, we are always supportive of each other.

5. What do you to keep yourself busy when not on the road?

We all go to the gym. We will also often meet up outside of Collabro and go for a meal/drinks. I like to go out and see a show. Whether its with Collabro or not, we always spend time with each other.

6. Do you have a dressing room playlist? Or are there any artists you are listening to at the moment?

Well actually leading up to a show, we do A-capella and make up harmonies together before we go onstage. If there is a piano, Jamie will sit down and play too. We are however big fans of pop. We like Ed Sheeran, which we think is amazing. One Direction too. There are quite a few artists we love at the moment.


7.  So what can the audience expect on your headline tour?

An all-round massive show.  Its all about songs from the first album and special addition, with a couple of surprises. Weve also got Philippa Hannah opening for us and of course Lucy Kay, which is going to be such a laugh. Lucy is just one of the lads really and youll see that with the banter between us on stage.

8. Whats your favourite song to perform live?

Personally my favourite song to perform live is Anthem from Chess. With it being such a big song and all about your country, its a big number. We stand there and sing it really proudly.

9. Whats your favourite West End Show youve been to or concert?

My favourite show at the minute is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Our vocal arranger Richard John works on this show. Robert Lindsay is incredible.  Collectively though I would say Les Miserable.

10.  Tell us about the best gig youve played so far?

Obviously performing in front of royalty is moments that you cherish, but Brighton Pride was incredible as we performed in front of such a massive crowd and seeing everyone sing back to us was just a great feeling.

11. In the future who would you most like to collaborate with?

Mine personally would be a guy call Ramin Karimloo. Hes insane. He performed in the 25th Anniversary of Les Miserable as Enjolras.

12. The lovely Lucy Kay is joining you on UK tour, have you seen each other much since BGT?
           
Yes, we have done a few gigs together including Windsor Castle where we sang Come What May which we will be doing on tour. We are always in contact with her.

13. Will Lucy Kay be taking you out In Glasgow and Edinburgh whilst on tour for a proper Scottish night out?
           
Oh god, I hope so. No probably not, there isn't going to be room for that carry on.

14. So youve had your album Stars which featured a few festive tunes, have you got over the festive period yet?

Vocally yes. I think we are trying to work hard at the gym to work off some of the xmas dinners. Apart from that we are all good. All fit, healthy and raring to go.

15. Finally following the tour, what plans have you got for the rest of the year?

We have a book coming out called Collabro: Our Story on March 5th about us growing up as individuals and how we got together as a band and our journey. We have a new album released 1st June and well be back on BGT performing in May. 


Plus we will be heading Japan, Australia and America in 2015!  Exciting Times ahead!!

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...

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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.