GIGSANDTOURS Archive

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...

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.