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Monday, 29 June 2015

GLASTONBURY 2015: BEST BITS


This weekend has absolutely flown by with Glastonbury captivating eyes from all across the globe. There were so many amazing moments during the festival but we have worked hard to pick out the most captivating ones to make sure you guys haven't missed all the best bits, whether you were there or not!



Lianna La Havas 
What You Don't Do 

This girl blew everybody away with her astonishing performance. You do not want to miss her playing with Paolo Nutini this Thursday at Summer In The City, Manchester. Tickets available HERE.


Alvvays 
Archie, Marry Me 

Alvvays are tipped to be the indie band of the moment, and what way better to prove this than a knockout set at Glastonbury? Luckily for you, Alvvays are touring this year and tickets are available HERE


Gregory Porter
Liquid Spirit 

We told you not to miss him. If you were foolish enough not to take our advice then we will forgive you... IF you watch this mind-blowing performance from one of the great modern day jazz artists. He is quickly becoming a must see on the festival scene, so make sure you get your tickets to V Festival to watch him and many others HERE. 


Slaves 
The Hunter

The power generated from this heavy rock duo is second to none. The frontman, also the drummer, Isaac Holman, has the audience in his hands, and his sticks, as his energy is transferred to everybody who witnessed the carnage of this set at Glastonbury. Witness for yourself and get your tickets for their upcoming tour HERE.


George Ezra
Did You Hear The Rain? 

Possibly the hottest singer/songwriter at this very moment, and his performance on the biggest stage of all justifies this. If he can repeat this performance as half as well as he did last weekend at V Festival then you will be in for a treat. Get your tickets HERE


Leon Bridges
Coming Home

Leon has the smoothest voice in the business which can change anyone's mood in a second. GET YOUR TICKETS for his tour, which promises one not to be missed. 


Hot Chip
Need You Now

They came back, and they promised not to disappoint... A promise they certainly took seriously. They were awesome. Do not miss out on their tour, you'll thank us for this one. Get your tickets HERE


Courteeners 
Not Nineteen Forever

 On the back of a great concert at Heaton Park earlier in June, they took off from where they left at Glastonbury this year. God bless the band. Tickets to their V Festival performance are available HERE.


The Vaccines 
Dream Lover 

The Vaccines are an inspiring indie-punk band who have matured fantastically over the years. With influences of early Ramones, they have grown into their own style which was so clearly visible at Glasto. Do not miss the chance to see them on tour. Tickets HERE.


Steel Pulse 
Chant A Psalm

For many, Bob Marley's favourite band Steel Pulse provide the sound track for summer. Their groovy rock-steady beats were perfect for a Sunday afternoon at Glastonbury. 


Mark Ronson
Uptown Funk

Mark lit up Glastonbury this year, and of course, possibly the most famous song he's ever produced 'Uptown Funk' was one of the highlights of his set. Guest appearance after guest appearance kept his performance one you could not take your eyes off and promises to be just as mesmerizing at V Festival this year. 
GET YOUR TICKETS.


Circa Waves
T-Shirt Weather 

Happy chord sequences, joyful lyrics and twangy guitars can only mean one thing. Circa Waves. They were brilliant this year and their tour promises great things. Get your tickets HERE


The Chemical Brothers
Saturate

Everybody who saw these were dancing. From the party goers in the front row to those sat at home in their front room, The Chemical Brothers' tunes and production to match was one of the best sights of the festival. 


Florence And The Machine 
Ship To Wreck

The stand-in headliners certainly looked like no substitute as Florence and co completely owned the stage on Friday night. The first headline performance of the festival is always a tough one, but The Machine made it look like a piece of cake. 



Catfish And The Bottlemen 
Pacifier

After the release of their first album, 'The Balcony', Catfish are definitely one of Britain's biggest talents right now. Vann McCann is an energetic frontman who adores his fans as much as they adore the band. He can adore you too, tickets to their tour are available HERE


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

GLASTONBURY 2015: ONES TO WATCH

GLASTONBURY 2015: ONES TO WATCH

Photo: FACT MAG

The pinnacle of the Great British summer is dawning upon us, and we cannot wait! The most iconic festival that Britain and probably the rest of the world has ever seen is just around the corner and we are counting down the days until we get witness the best acts on the grandest, and possibly the muddiest, stage of all. This year promises to be one not to miss with headline performances from rock gods The Who, the queen of the music festival Florence and the Machine and also from Kanye West. Performances from Courteeners, Peace and Lionel Richie himself are not to be missed by those who are lucky enough to be partying in the fields of Sommerset this weekend. The vast amount of talent available to view at Glastonbury almost makes it impossible to see the artists you CANNOT miss... almost. Thankfully, we have put together the acts you have to watch to make the most out of one of the greatest weekends of your lives.

GREGORY PORTER
Saturday, West Holt Stage, 17:00

This Grammy-award winning Jazz artist has one of the best voices in the business!





JESSIE WARE
Saturday, John Peel Stage, 18:15

An act worthy of a call up to a festival of this magnitude.



COURTEENERS
Friday, Other Stage, 19:30

One of Manchester's and Britain's most exciting indie rock bands to both listen to and adore live. A great show which will require you to sing your heart out.




RUN THE JEWELS
Friday, West Holts Stage, 19:00

After releasing one of the best albums of 2014, don't miss their incredible live show!



CLEAN BANDIT
Saturday, Other Stage, 17:35

A really clever act that has managed to blend classical music elements with dance music. 

  


YOUNG FATHERS
Saturday, Other Stage, 14:45

What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon experiencing one of the world's most experimental groups: Young Fathers. For those old fathers in the crowd, we're afraid Dad dancing is banned. 




HOT CHIP
Friday, West Holts Stage, 22:15

The original Electro-indie pioneers are back and bring their new live show for a headline slot at Glasto!






GLASS ANIMALS
Friday, The Park Stage, 15:30

After releasing their incredible critically acclaimed debut album 'Zaba', the band bring their equally special live show to Glasto.





LEON BRIDGES
Friday, John Peel Stage, 14:00

Raw talent. Influenced by Marvin Gaye himself, his music has a welcoming vibe which anyone will fall in love with.






FFS (FRANZ FERDINAND & SPARKS)
Sunday, John Peel Stage, 22:05

Contemporary art rockers Franz Ferdinand have teamed up with legendary duo Sparks to create this super-group and earn a headline spot on the legendary John Peel Stage.




ANDREYA TRIANA
Saturday, Greenpeace, 17:00

This girl has come a long way since her appearance on the BBC introducing stage in 2009, Andreya will bring her stunning vocals to the famous Greenpeace stage.




FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE
Friday, Pyramid Stage, 22:15

Florence has a huge statement to make after the original headliners Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl took the term 'break a leg' too literally. No doubt though that Florence and co will smash it. 





WILKO JOHNSON
Friday, Acoustic Stage, 18:30

Not bad for an old man who stared death in the face and told it where to go without the use of medicine. Go and boogie 60's style to the great Dr. Feelgood's Wilko Johnson.





GRAND MASTER FLASH
Sunday, Sonic Stage, 23:00

Dududududududududu... BASS. Old school. Probably worth seeing them for the iconic track 'White Lines' alone.




HANNAH WANTS
Sunday, Arcadia, 19:00

One of the biggest in the house game right now, Hannah Wants blows up every stage she plays! 







Monday, 15 June 2015

Father's day is fast approaching...



Father's day is fast approaching and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift then don’t worry… Gigs and Tours have got your back!

This year we’ve got an eclectic mix of shows ranging all the way from Paddy McGuinness to The Prodigy, as well as everything in between. We’re going to make sure you’re #1 son or daughter in your fathers life this weekend with a ticket to his favourite show… And you don’t even have to move off your couch. Boom!

All tickets are available from Gigs and Tours...



Badly Drawn Boy
Badly Drawn Boy is back this July and touring one of his most iconic albums The Hour of the Bewilderbeast. 



The Charlatans
The Charlatans return to Manchester for what looks like an incredible live show. The guys will be taking to the stage this July at the Castlefield Bowl with support from Super Furry Animals and Blossoms.



Gaz Coombes
Supergrass front man and BRIT and Ivor Novello award winner returns to perform tracks his latest album Matador this October which includes singles such and 20/20 and Buffalo.




The Prodigy
Arguably the biggest dance act in the world will be bringing their explosive live show back across the UK at the end of this year with tour support from the amazing Public Enemy.




Imagine Dragons
Grammy award winners Imagine Dragons return to the UK with their biggest shows yet. They will be taking over the arenas in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle this November!




Shed Seven
Shed Seven make a glorious return this year with a huge UK tour this December with support from the amazing Inspiral Carpets.



Simple Minds
Scottish rockers Simple Minds take on 3 huge live dates this November at the O2 Arena in London, First Direct Arena Leeds and finally The SSE Hydro Glasgow.




Squeeze with Dr John Cooper Clarke
Squeeze are set to embark on a huge tour this September and October and they’re brining the legendry John Cooper Clarke with them!




Simply Dylan
No frills, no gimmicks, no pretence SIMPLY DYLAN is John O'Connell's personal exploration and celebration of the rich and diverse work of Bob Dylan.




TNA Wrestling
Total Non-Stop Action Wresting will be embarking on its next UK tour in January 2016 and will be stopping in Manchester, London and Birmingham!




Paddy McGuinness
After numerous sell out tours and best-selling DVD's one of the UK's best-loved and popular comedians Paddy McGuinness returns for another hotly anticipated live tour, Daddy McGuinness. Back this year with a huge 50- date run of shows all over the UK he brings us one of the biggest stand-up tours this year.



Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Q&A || Justin Nozuka

Q&A with Justin Nozuka


Ahead of his headline show at London’s Bush Hall on 9th June, we caught up with rising Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Nozuka.

You’ve been writing music since you were 12 years old, how would you describe your growth in songwriting and your sound?
I suppose subject matter and my songwriting approach has changed since I was younger. Now when I write songs I think about them more intently and how they will go over in a live setting as well as how the recording sounds/feels. I think about living with them more than I did in the past. These days I'm more interested in the uplifting and comforting aspects of music.

You will be playing in London at Bush Hall on 9th June, are you excited to be coming to the UK?
The UK is actually where I signed my first deal with a label called Relentless in 2006. I did my first proper tour here, had my first tour manager, and had my first beer here. I'm always glad to be playing the UK when there's the opportunity.



You released your new album Ulysees last year, how does this album differ from your previous ones?
Ulysees is a departure from my previous works. It's the first time I've been conscious of maintaining an aesthetic throughout as well as the first time I've produced my own music. It is much more spacious than anything else I've done and I don't think I ever imagined creating something like it.

I read that your brother is in music too, do you come from a musical background?
I have a few brothers who write music. My father grew up dreaming to be an opera singer and my mother writes and plays songs as a hobby. As far as I know, that's the extent of it.

Have you got a favourite track to perform?
I enjoy playing a song called September Grass these days. Discovered this song on a more recent James Taylor album.

What was it like supporting the likes of Stevie Wonder and Mary J. Blige?
Stevie Wonder was the equivalent of how it would feel to score a goal at the Stanley Cup finals. It was truly a surreal experience.

What is the best piece of advice that you’ve been given and from who?
A dear friend gave me the advice that if something's not clear, it's probably a good idea to take time away from it.

What’s the most exciting thing you are looking forward to this year?
I'm excited to be in Europe this month and looking forward to playing Squamish in Vancouver.

Have you got any messages for your fans?
Thank you for your support and I hope to see you soon.

Tickets for the show are on sale now and available at HERE


For more info visit www.justinnozuka.com

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

TRACKS ON TOUR || Q&A: YAK


London trio YAK kick off their UK tour in London tonight (TICKETS), so we thought what better time to have a quick chat with them! 

The band quickly drummed up a lot of attention on the blogosphere in 2014 and you couldn't bump into any music fan in the capital without them drawing your attention to "that new band Yak." Their tracks 'Hungry Heart' and 'Something On Your Mind' met rave reviews online and the band have secured some exciting shows off the back, supporting The Strokes in Hyde Park and heading out on tour with Peace (TICKETS). Their new track 'Plastic People' has once again affirmed Yak as serious ones to watch in 2015.


Hey, what have you been up to today? 
It’s currently 6:30AM so mainly dreaming but I thought I would do this interview quickly before 7am when my favourite cafĂ© opens called E Pellicci (plug - not that it needs it...)

Your track ‘Hungry Heart’ has had a massive reaction online, was it expected?  
We didn't really have any expectation for it. All we knew was that we really liked the song and wanted to share it. I'm not sure what equates a MASSIVE reaction but I'm happy it’s out there and people have listened to it. 

Why did you choose to cover Karen Dalton for the B-side?  
I wanted to do a version of it for my own amusement and then forgot about ever doing it until we started putting our first single together. I wasn't interested in doing a straight cover of it as I can’t sing anything like Karen Dalton but I thought the contrast between the Suicide-esque backing and that song would be interesting to do. 


So you’re supporting The Strokes this summer…. bet hearing confirmation of that was a nice feeling?  
Yes it was. I think we have been confirmed for a few more festivals this year too. It’s a real treat for us as fans to be able to catch some bands we like along the way too. 

What can we expect from new material?  
The unexpected and the expected. 

Are you looking forward to getting back on the road? 
Yes, which reminds me I must put a wash on as we leave tomorrow  

What can we expect from the tour?  
I suppose the romance is the not knowing so you should pop along and find out for yourself 

How did it come about that it would be a joint tour with The Big Moon? Do you know those guys well?  
We have met them a few times out and about and they are lovely so we are looking forward to hanging out.

Are there any cities your particularly look forward to playing?   
Bristol on the top of my head…. we have played there a few times and they get it, but I’m hoping there will be some surprises along the way.

What are your plans for the rest of this year? 

Gigging / recording  

What tracks will you be listening to on tour?

One I put in the over earlier...
Listen to YAK's TRACKS ON TOUR playlist HERE.




Thursday, 9 April 2015

Q&A: Megadog

Q&A with Megadog


As part of Manchester Academy’s celebration of their 25 year anniversary the legendary Megadog party series returns to Manchester on Saturday 21st November with guests Dreadzone, Eat Static and System 7. Ahead of the show we caught up with head honcho Michael Dog.

Firstly can you tell us how Megadog started and how you began putting on parties?

Megadog started in 1985 as a weekly multimedia club night based in North London that was known as Club Dog. The club ran every Friday between September and June for 7 years and was based around trying to recreate the vibe of the free festivals that we and many of our audience went to over the summer months. We featured an eclectic range of bands initially drawn from the space rock, psychedelic and reggae scenes prevalent at the festivals, along with performances by visual performance artists as well as the odd film screening and theatre performance. All this took place in a venue that we completely covered with hangings, false ceilings and projection screens lit with psychedelic oil wheels and cine film loops. As time went on, we expanded the music styles and range of bands that we booked to include world music, all kinds of experimental weirdness and eventually, the new and fast-growing live electronic music scene of the early 1990’s. In 1991 we started promoting occasional events at a bigger venue in North London, which we called ‘Megadog’ to delineate them from our weekly club night. Megadog eventually became a well-attended regular monthly event in it’s own right and consequently we stopped running the weekly Club Dog in 1992. In 1993 we were invited to host the UK’s first live electronic music tour which was known as the Midi Circus. The success of this tour and the solid support that we had at our monthly London event led to us putting together a touring show, which in various forms we toured all over the UK, across Europe and eventually in the US and Japan as well throughout the rest of the 1990’s.

What is your inspiration and vision behind Megadog, what do your parties represent?

The vision for Megadog was to combine the best of the live electronic music scene, with an upfront and eclectic DJ soundtrack, circus performance, state of the art lighting and a high standard of decor production to create a kind of travelling ‘psychedelic circus’. In the early 1990’s, the (live music) gig scene and the DJ-based dance scene were generally separate entities. We felt that there were lots of gig fans who liked dance music but didn’t feel comfortable going to ‘hip’ clubs or raves and lots of dance music fans who were looking for something a little more engaging than just dancing to DJ’s all night! The Midi Circus tour showed us that there was an interest out there for this sort of grand-scale electronic cabaret and that by bringing the show to people’s local venue rather than making them travel to their nearest big city, we seemed to inspire a genuine party vibe amongst our audiences who looked forward to the psychedelic circus coming to their town. If Megadog represented anything at all, it was that like the free festivals that had originally inspired us, the essence of a memorable and uplifting event is the people who are there - musicians, performers, technical crew and audience. Each of us relied on and required all the others to be there to make it feel special and for us, it was never about bigging-up ‘Superstar DJ’s’ and wannabe ‘Rockstars’.

Megadog returns to Manchester Academy in celebration of the venues 25th Anniversary on November 21st. What can we expect from the night?

Hopefully, a faithful recreation of the Megadogs of the 1990’s! A combination of live bands, DJ’s and visual performance coupled with venue decor on a grand scale and a spectacular lighting and video show. Not forgetting of course, the fantastic ‘up for it’ vibe that the audience could always be relied upon to bring with them.


How important has Manchester Academy been in the history of Megadog, what has been one of your favourite shows that you have put on at the venue?

Though we were always based in London and our regular monthly show there was hugely popular, the regular monthly shows in Manchester became a kind of ‘spiritual home’ for us. The fantastic atmosphere and vibe that the Manchester audience brought with them was unique and that in turn, inspired us to keep trying to put together top class shows. So the Manchester Academy shows were for us, hugely important and some of the most memorable of the hundreds that we did. There were so many ‘favourite’ shows because there was such a brilliant array of artists to choose from, many of whom were doing their best work at that time. One of my personal favourites was the show we did with The Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia, one of the most original and creative electronic live acts of that era.

The party series was a formidable force during the 1990’s and was a night that was never afraid to move ahead of the times and push boundaries. Do you think taking risks paid off?

I don’t think we ever thought that we were taking risks! We just programmed the sorts of shows that we’d like to see ourselves and they seemed to always be the sorts of shows that other people wanted to see too.

You have had everyone from Underworld, System 7 and Aphex Twins all headline your shows, who would be your dream headliner?

We were consciously trying to offer a change from the traditional ‘headline’ and ‘support band’ rock music scenario, so we never really saw it that particular bands were the ‘headliners’. We only put bands into our shows that we believed in ourselves, so they were in essence, all headliners. Of course, some bands were better known than others and SOMEBODY always had to play first, but for us, everyone who appeared was an important part of the show that they appeared in.

In fact, the worst people that we worked with were the ones that really did think that THEY were the headliners and that the audience was only there to see THEM! Following on from that, I doubt that I could think of a ‘dream’ headliner as such, but the nearest thing to that would be to put together a bill featuring some of the great bands that we worked with that have since split up. Psychick Warriors of Ov Gaia, Spooky, Earth Nation, Drum Club and Children of the Bong would be quite a nice lineup!

You must have seen a lot of changes in electronic dance music over the years, what has been the one that has made the biggest impact?

The rise and rise of David Guetta, Calvin Harris and EDM.....but not in a good way!

Can you tell us one of your favourite Megadog memories?

Looking down at the dancefloor from the balcony at a gig in Hull whilst The Aphex Twin was playing full pelt madness onstage and Haydn our lighting designer seemed to have turned every strobe in the room up to ’11’ to match the mayhem coming from the stage. I glanced at one of the PA stacks and there was a guy with his top off, hugging the speaker stack in absolute ecstasy, with his head actually inside one of the speaker horns. We used to get quite an enthusiastic sort of audience!

What does the future hold for Megadog?

A regular schedule of tours of retirement homes playing to old ravers in the 2030’s and 2040’s!

Is there anything you would like to say to all your loyal party goers that have supported the shows throughout the years?

Absolutely. A million thank you’s to everyone who supported us over all of those years. The people who came to the shows WERE the shows and without them, there would have been no point in us being there. We wouldn’t have kept on doing Megadog for so many years had it not been for the fantastic and loyal support that we got from so many lovely people.


MEGADOG – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21st 2015 @ MANCHESTER ACADEMY
Live performances from System 7, Dreadzone and Eat Static
DJ Michael Dog and MC T Bag
Doors 9.00pm – 4.00am

Buy tickets for the show HERE

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Q&A: 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