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 @gigsandtours 

Tuesday, 27 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:

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. 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Throwback Thursday - V Festival Over The Years

A Thursday wouldn't be a Thursday without a Throwback. As we count down the hours until the gates open at V Festival, we take a look at the headliners from all stages over the years. 

Virgin Media Stage 2011

Our first throwback goes to Eminem headlining 5 years ago. Coming off the back of his seventh studio album "Recovery", which featured hits such as "Not Afraid" and "Love The Way You Lie", Marshall Mathers took to the Virgin Media Stage for the first time to deliver a knock-out set. 

Justin Timberlake
Virgin Media Stage 2014

This year may mark Bieber's first V Festival appearance, but he's not the first Justin to headline. Justin Timberlake made the Virgin Media Stage his own in 2014, performing tunes off his third studio album "The 20/20 Experience" which included the smash hit "Suits & Ties". 

Kasier Chiefs
4Music Stage 2008

Back in 2008 the boys from Leeds headlined the 4Music Stage. After 2 albums which boasted an already outstanding catalogue of bangers like "Ruby", "I Predict A Riot" and "Oh My God", the Kaiser Chiefs played a legendary set. This weekend will mark the 8th anniversary since that performance, and what better way to mark it than a headline slot on the MTV Stage?

Virgin Media Stage 2003

They may have just headlined Glastonbury for the second time in their careers this year, but Coldplay headlined V Festival some 13 years ago. Chris Martin and co had only released two albums by this point, but what big albums they were. 

Virgin Media Stage 2013

Queen B headlined V Festival 3 years ago and certainly did not disappoint. Coming off the back of her self-titled fifth studio album (which earned her a fifth consecutive number 1 in America) Beyonce's performance lived up to her name. Performing tunes such as "Drunk In Love" and "Single Ladies" to her adoring crowd, the Queen's set went down a treat.

The Killers
Virgin Media Stage 2009, 2012 and 2014

How were we supposed to finish this blog without an anthem to blast out? Three-time headliners The Killers always put on an excellent show, with what seems like big-tune after big-tune. "When You Were Young", "Somebody Told Me" and "Human" are all anthems which must be shouted and not sung. 

Monday, 15 August 2016


Haley Reinhart is one of the most talented singers on the planet right now and her performances with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox is evidence of that.

Haley was always going to be a musician, its in her blood. She grew up in Chicagoland and started singing at the age of 7 after joining her parents' band of 30 years. From there, Haley went on to tour Europe with the Wheeling High School jazz band in 2009, performing at the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival and Umbria Jazz Festival. 

Two years later, Reinhart went on to compete on the tenth series of American Idol where she ended up with a third place finish and earning a deal with ole and red dot, enabling her to work with the best writers and producers across the globe.

In 2012 Haley Reinhart released her critically acclaimed debut album 'Listen Up!' which debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200 chart, while her single "Can't Help Falling In Love With You" achieved 19 million Spotify streams and reached #1 on Spotify's Global viral chart in 2015.

Recently, Haley Reinhart recorded with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, releasing covers of Radiohead's 'Creep' and White Stripes 'Seven Nation Army' which have been viewed over 28 million times on YouTube combined. 

Haley Reinhart is set for a very busy couple of months with her own headline European tour from September to October. She will be visiting the UK in mid-September, playing Glasgow on the 15th, Manchester on the 17th, London on the 18th and Birmingham on the 19th. 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016


With so much happening over the past couple of months, this year's summer seems to have flown by. From the muddiest ever Glastonbury to fully grown adults charging around the streets catchhing Pokemon. Its been pretty mad, and now entering the last few weeks of summer, it seems like its only just beginning. As we prepare to celebrate V Festival's 21st birthday, we will take you through this year's must see artists. So if you've got a ticket then listen carefully, and if you don't, then try not to get too jealous as we take you through V Festival 2016. 

Justin Bieber
Virgin Media Stage
Sat 20 Aug - Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Sun 21 Aug - Weston Park, Staffordshire

It was around this time last summer when Justin Bieber turned his Beliebers from screaming 12 year old girls to clubbers who dance the night away every weekend. With 4 UK number 1's, 10 UK top 10's and a combined total of 428 weeks in the top 75 charts, Justin Bieber will most definitely be a highlight of V Festival. 

Virgin Media Stage
Sat 20 August - Weston Park, Staffordshire
Sun 21 August - Hylands Park, Chelmsford

There's only one pop-star on the planet sassy enough, sexy enough and worthy enough to match Justin as a headliner, and Bad Gal RiRi is that one. After dropping her massive single 'Work' featuring Drake, the video has gone on to reach for than half a billion views on YouTube! With this song, and other countless hits, Rihanna is certianly set to but on a breathtaking show. 

Virgin Media Stage
Sat 20 August - Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Sun 21 August - Weston Park, Staffordshire

Making her V Festival debut appearance, Sia has earned a spot on the main stage after a massive 7th studio album. Although already a prolific song-writer, writing with artists such as Britney Spears and Beyonce, Sia has earned massive success with songs like 'Cheap Thrills' and 'Titanium' in collaboration with David Guetta.

Little Mix
Virgin Media Stage
Sat 20 August - Weston Park, Staffordshire
Sun 21 August - Hylands Park, Chelmsford 

Little Mix are the liveliest girl group in music today, and with the release of 'Hair' in April this year, they have certainly showed they can still release top tunes after last year's number one hit 'Black Magic'. If this year's performance at V Festival is only half as good as their performance at the Brits back in February, then we're in for a massive treat. Don't miss Little Mix this year! 

Troye Sivan
MTV Stage
Sat 20 Aug - Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Sun 21 Aug - Weston Park, Staffordshire

The past year or so has been absolutely manic for the 21 year old Australian singer. After releasing his first album 'Blue Neighbourhood', which features the hit singles 'Youth' and 'Wild', Troye Sivan's first performance at V Festival will be new, exciting and one not to miss. 

Craig David's TS5
Dance Arena
Sat 20 August - Weston Park, Staffordshire
Sun 21 August - Hylands Park, Chelmsford

The legend himself is back with his brand new TS5. Craig David is a multi-talented musician and his current life as a DJ has proven that. He's sold over 13 million albums worldwide and boasts 13 top hits, and with his latest singles 'Nothing Like This' and 'One More Time', he has certainly proved why he was named as the headline act in the Dance Arena. 

Rick Astley
MTV Stage
Sat 20 August - Hylands Park, Chelsmford
Sun 21 August - Weston Park, Staffordshire

Rick Astley is a name at V Festival that everybody will know. Whether that's because of his timeless classic 'Never Gonna Give You Up', or because of his latest album '50' which earned a number 1 spot in the UK top charts, Rick Astley is sure to have a blinder of a performance. So please don't turn around and desert us until you've seen him on the MTV Stage at V Festival... Sorry, couldn't resist! 

V Street Stage
Sat 20 August - Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
Sun 21 August - Weston Park, Staffordshire

Having sold over 8 million albums worldwide, JoJo's new album 'Mad Love', which is to be released later this year, is one of the most highly anticipated of 2016. The Massachusetts born singer has recently released 'F*ck Apologies' in collaboration with Wiz Khalifa which has already received a lot of praise from her adoring fans. She's definitely one not to miss at V Festival this year. 

Bill Bailey
The Glee Comedy Tent
Sat 20 Aug - Weston Park, Staffordshire
Sun 21 Aug - Hylands Park, Chelmsford

One of V Festival's funny guys this year, Bill Bailey will be sure to make your sides split. He is a natural born performer. He's an actor and a musician as well as a stand up comedian, and his vast knowledge of all things musical is cleverly intertwined with his comedy mind, making him one of the most most entertaining comedians in The Glee Comedy Tent. 

Zara Larsson
MTV Stage
Sat 20 August - Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Sun 21 August - Weston Park, Staffordshire

The Swedish born singer has become one of the world's biggest pop-stars after winning Sweden's version of 'Got Talent' at just the age of 10. 8 years, 3 top 10 hits and nearly half a billion views on YouTube later, Zara Larsson has a spot at V Festival and is one of our top picks for the weekend.

Dance Arena
Sat 20 August - Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Sun 21 August - Weston Park, Staffordshire

This deep house duo from Bristol are sure to make a big impact in the Dance Arena at this year's V Festival. Making hits with artists such as Melissa Steel, Craig David and Alex Newell, Blonde have become a big name on the house music scene. Their set will require you to bring your best dancing shoes, so get to the Dance Arena and don't miss Blonde! 

The Sugarhill Gang
V Street Stage
Sat 20 August - Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Sun 21 August - Weston Park, Staffordshire

I said a hip-hop... and that's about all I know. Anyway, The Sugarhill Gang are masters of old school hip-hop and disco, and their hit single 'Rapper's Delight' is one which everyone knows. So get your flairs on, perm your hair, and get down with The Sugarhill Gang at V Festival on the V Street Stage this year.