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23 April 2014

Weatherbird to release single King Gluttony and summer tour/festivals announced

Weatherbird single King Gluttony summer tour/festivals announced

Weatherbird to release single King Gluttony and summer tour/festivals announced


The angst, aggression and cultivated sound of 'King Gluttony', the new single from Weatherbird, totally belies the band's teenage years, showing why there is such widespread excitment surrounding the Shropshire-based four piece right now. BBC Radio 6Music Tom Robinson's recent comment, "a band that is supporting a rebirth of grunge/alternative rock", seems entirely justified based on this latest musical deliverance.

Picking up accolades as they go - Artrocker New Blood, "Impressive" - Gary Crowley (BBC London), "Fist pumping rock N roll through a younger, more fresh faced filter" (This Is Fake DIY) and acclaimed "Festival Ready" by Amazing Radio and "Excellent" by BBC 6Music's Fresh On The Net, Weatherbird's fans additionally The Guardian (who have featured them), Jim Gellatly, Supa Jam, Subba Cultha, BBC Introducing and KYEO TV. 

Weatherbird look set to join the current swell of incredible young UK bands who have the knack for writing unforgettably melodic tracks that songwriters twice their age would kill for.

Hard workers, Weatherbird have a list of live dates across the UK that already includes multiple slots at The Great Escape, Camden Rocks, Liverpool Fringe Festival and Tramlines.

Fri 9th May - The Great Escape Festival
(Pav Tav 6pm and 10pm)
Sat 10th May - The Great Escape Festival 
(Latest Music Bar 12pm mid day)
Thur 29th May - Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Fri 30th May - Fringe Festival, Liverpool
Sat 31st May - Camden Rocks Festival
Sat 31st May - Carpe Diem - Leeds
Wed 4th June – Proud Gallery, Camden
Fri 6th June - Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham
Sat 21st June - This Feeling Club, Birmingham
Sun 22nd June - Old Brown Jug, Stoke On Trent
Sat 12th July - The Lomax, Liverpool
Sat 19th July - Properstock Festival, Milton Keynes
Sat 26th July - Coalfields Festival, Barnsley
Sun 27th July - Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

Blissfields festival unveil 2nd wave of acts for 2014

Blissfields festival 2014

Blissfields festival unveil 2nd wave of acts for 2014


Following the announcement of 2ManyDJs, Hercules and Love Affair, Tune-Yards and many more diverse acts for its 2014 event, the festival is now pleased to unveil its second wave of artists for this July 3rd to 5th in Hampshire. Spector, Bipolar Sunshine, Johnny Flynn, Thumpers, Éclair Fifi, Years And Years, and Laurel, lead the announcement for the award-winning and intimate family-friendly festival for forward-thinking music fans. Also unveiled is the sophomore Blissfields Independent Film Festival, offering the chance for budding film-makers to screen their short movies during the event, as well as info on all areas of Blissfields 2014. Tickets are available now via www.blissfields.co.uk.

Spector make their welcomed return to Blissfields, bringing the Roxy Music-esque sharp pop of debut record Enjoy It While It Lasts – which reached #1 on the Official Record Store Chart on release – back to the main stage, no doubt previewing new material already destined for the climax of indie discos across Britain. They’re joined on the main stage by Bipolar Sunshine, tipped by Fader Magazine as “primed for big things” and cited by The Guardian as “confusing, but in a good way” his music is quickly picking up adulation for incorporating influences as diverse as Arctic Monkeys and Kanye West.

Few solo artists have captured the folk imagination over the past few years as much as Johnny Flynn, making his much anticipated and long overdue first appearance at Blissfields following the release of greatly admired albums A Larum and Been Listening which positioned Flynn at the center of nu-folk alongside contemporaries and sometimes collaborators Marcus Mumford and Laura Marling.

To complete a special Friday night dance takeover line-up of Snakehips and TCTS - KYAN is now confirmed, fresh from touring with London Grammar, joining Kidnap Kid, who’s recently been on the road with Disclosure - crafting a tastemaker bill for summer 2014.

As well as the Fields Of Bliss Spa, which is new for 2014, a new stage has also been launched. Taking its cue from the acoustic stage of 2013, The Larch is the place to be in 2014 for the best merging folk and acoustic acts by day, and by night this venue turns into a lively, late-night dance hall for swingers, flappers and vintage ravers.

In usual Blissfields tradition, this second wave includes some of the most acclaimed artists from a varied spectrum of music including the world of pop, indie, folk - and with the addition of Radio 1 “In New DJ’s We Trust” presenter Éclair Fifi – dance music as well. The festival’s mission to bring a truly eclectic event, without compromise, to an intimate setting is once again at the core of its 2014 ethos.

Also announced now is information on all of Blissfields areas including Electric Dreams Cinema and Independent Film Festival, Angel Gardens Family & Kids Area, The Fields Of Bliss Spa, Amoeba To Zebra area, Blissfields Beer Festival, Craft Area, Sports Day Arena, and much more… making this without doubt the most packed Blissfields festival ever programmed


The Sonic Revolvers reveal New Single Wishing Well

The Sonic Revolvers New Single Wishing Well

The Sonic Revolvers reveal New Single Wishing Well


The Sonic Revolvers deliver a modern twist on the classic grunge sound of the 90’s.

Having gigged extensively to develop their signature live sound the band entered the studio to record new material with award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, Bullet for My Valentine.)

Wishing Well’ is the latest offering from these studio sessions and perfectly captures the energy and lyrical intensity of band’s sound.

Richey Jones the band’s songwriter and guitarist describes the ‘Wishing Well’ sessions as the band expanding their sonic palette and trying something a little different; " Lyrically it’s about the loss of dreams, giving up on something you once believed in, but it’s also not devoid of hope, and is not about throwing everything away."

Richey formed The Sonic Revolvers in 2010 with a view to creating a band who could not only deliver a blistering live sound, but one with the ability to record anthemic rock in the vein of such influences as Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Manic Street Preachers.

The band consists of Darrell Tinsley: Vocals, Mike Jones: Drums, Richey Jones; Guitar and Phil Mealing; Bass.

The Sonic Revolvers are set to release 'Wishing Well’ on Monday 2nd June 2014 via iTunes.  

Bestival unveil heavyweight line-up for Red Bull Music Academy stage

Bestival line-up Red Bull Music Academy stage

Bestival unveil heavyweight line-up for Red Bull Music Academy stage


A takeover by Glaswegian electronic music Mafiosi Numbers, who return to Bestival for the fourth time, kicks things off on Thursday, with Jackmaster and Oneman Present Can U Dance showcasing their four-deck manoeuvres, live sets from Redhino, and Kool Clap and Spencer going back to back with Optimo.

Commenting on his return to Bestival Jackmaster said: “We've started thinking of Numbers at Bestival as a bit of a tradition within our ranks, as have myself and Oney with our b2b sets at the festival. Heavy looking forward to taking that to the next level with our 4 deck Can U Dance set and also welcoming two of our favourite DJs on the planet!

Friday sees Harvey’s Discotheque taking charge, channelling the same wide-grinned disco as his sell-out UK comeback gig with RBMA in 2012. Techno DJ du jour Daniel Avery joins in, alongside stalwarts of the sunrise anthem Pachanga Boys, while Eric Duncan brings the party-throwing antics of his NYC outfit Rub N Tug to the fray, and the ever-charismatic Berlinite Hugo Capablanca goes maximal. The Red Bull Music Academy alumni corner is repped by Jolly Mare and Andre Laos, both from the 2013 edition in New York.

Speaking about his Red Bull Music Academy appearance at Bestival, Harvey said: “Having been a regular guest DJ at Rob’s original Sunday Best Party almost 20 years ago, it's a real treat to come full circle and curate my own Discotheque at Josie and Robby's Bestival, and what a theme! “We've put together a really great line-up of DJ's, some you will have heard and others that have blown my socks off when I've seen them DJ on my travels. It's an honour to play with them all for you all. I can't bloomin' wait”.

Saturday’s line-up comes packing some urban heat, headed up by Boy Better Know’s JME, Skepta, and ex-Kiss FM DJ Logan Sama. They’re joined by garage poster boy Preditah with regular collaborator C4, Rinse co-founder and “Godfather of Grime” Slimzee with Riko Dan, and dubstep pioneer and early FWD fave Plastician. Saturday’s special guest comes in the form of garage royalty DJ EZ, while RBMA alumni Elijah and Skilliam go b2b for an alumni hat-trick.

Bringing the weekend to a close, Sunday sees Diplo and friends take the headline slot, with appearances through the night from seasoned beatmaker Kaytranada, enigmatic remix artiste Trippy Turtle, dubstep originator Artwork and sublime selector Martelo. Rounding up Sunday’s roster, 2013 RBMA alumni DJ Slow and Sinjin Hawke weigh in.

Supplementing the music, the stage will be brought to life along a ‘dance temple’ design theme, complete with totem poles and resplendent tribal miscellanea inside and out – a fitting testament to the pantheon of talent on offer. Cranking out sermons of hip-swaying hedonism, the roster brings together acts from across the spectrum, giving Academy alumni the chance to share the bill with legends for a party to end all parties, at our Desert Island Disco.


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22 April 2014

Newcastle based ICENI release new single Drive

ICENI new single Drive

Newcastle based ICENI release new single Drive


The Newcastle-based ICENI are true purveyors of disco- infused power pop. They’re a female trio who run almost entirely on good vibrations, keyboard riffs and cups of tea. Having already supported Jamie Cullum, Maximo Park, The Stranglers and Aswad, Lindsay, Liz and Caroline have decided to finally release their much anticipated debut single Drive.

Drive begins with a lead piano part and main vocal line which are both subtly  supported by an intimate and continuous backing harmony. Together with the stripped down drum beat it creates a lenient and intimate yet powerful intro.

The overall production generates a sonic journey traveling between Kate Bush, Haim, Vampire Weekend and Fleetwood Mac, and focuses on songwriting, harmonies, energy and authenticity. The arrangement is very meticulously constructed and keeps on building from start to finish rapidly pacing from part to part.

Filled with tantalizing hooks, melodic surprises and unexpected plot twists, Drive creates an eccentric yet appealing treat for every listener, and will be available for sale and download 2nd June.


John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) Heads To The Kazimier Liverpool

John Bramwell I Am Kloot The Kazimier Liverpool

John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) Heads To The Kazimier Liverpool


Mellowtone and Ceremony Concerts have a treat in store on Saturday 17th May as John Bramwell, singer-songwriter and frontman of Manchester's I Am Kloot, plays an intimate solo show at the Kazimier.

I Am Kloot have been performing since 1999, and in that time have garnered major critical acclaim; retained their credible, cult status and developed a legion of devout fans 'dedicated to spreading the gospel of I Am Kloot'.

It's been an incredible couple of years for John with the band, with highlights including picking up a Mercury Music Nomination for Sky at Night, and a number 10 entry into the UK Album Charts for this year's studio album, Let It All In.

In 2014, John is performing an exclusive set of intimate solo gigs at some of the country's best loved venues.  The tour is also the only place where fans can buy solo record 'John Bramwell Live At the Trades' - a one hour recording of John's legendary gig at the Trades Club in summer 2013.

This promises to be a very special show for fans old and new.

Highasakite release debut album and announce UK tour dates

Highasakite debut album UK tour dates

Highasakite release debut album and announce UK tour dates


Highasakite’s highly anticipated full-length debut Silent Treatment is out now. The band, which recently wrapped a US tour with London Grammar, has been earning praise worldwide. In America, NPR’s All Songs Considered included them in their SXSW round-up of “Favorite Discoveries and Memorable Moments,” noting that “This five-piece Norwegian band makes music with a hint of pop, powerful vocals and booming percussion”. Over in Australia, the band have been playlisted on Triple J, while in Norway, the band went to #1 in the album charts and are currently accounting for around 2.5%-3% of all airplay throughout the country.
Press support has been excellent in the UK, as well as encouraging airplay, including spins from Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne and John Kennedy. The album premiered last week on Nylon magazine, who said “...there’s no real way to pin down their sound--and this individuality, along with the layered melodies and captivating vocals, is what will stand the test of time. This is an album that’s dense, jam-packed with intimate ballads and rousing choruses and everything in between.”
APR 30TH // Cargo, London
MAY 1ST // The Castle, Manchester 
MAY 2ND // Liverpool Sound City
MAY 3RD // Live at Leeds

21 April 2014

Select All Delete Save As release their second album Ultra Cultura

Select All Delete Save As second album Ultra Cultura

Select All Delete Save As release their second album Ultra Cultura


Following debut single “Modern Life Is War” which received airplay on XFM, Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music show and Amazing Radio, Jersey band Select All Delete Save As release their second album ‘Ultra Cultura’ out 21st April.

The band started when duo Antony Walker and Terry Emm met at University and started recording experimental rock music in their halls. A series of EPs were produced and distributed about the campus, becoming legendary for their spontaneity and odd subject matter.  As a culmination of these recordings and their time at University the band released their almost self-titled debut album ‘Selectalldeletesaveas’ in 2011. The band’s sound has developed significantly since their Uni days and their debut album, with the addition of Rachael McVay adding an emotionally charged female vocal and mixing and percussion maestro Jono McMillan fine tuning their palette of instrumentation, although the under current of odd off kilter in jokes and eccentricities still runs throughout.

From the bizarre “Human Error”, a story of a robotic life style resulting in a suicide attempt ending on a trampoline to the stoner rap of “The Sun and His Sunglasses”, the band have a punky attitude which sees them let loose into territory other bands would hold back on.  There is a tongue in cheek element but you sense deeper motives also present. “Modern Life Is War” has a haunting aspect and conjures up Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse and At The Drive In, whilst spoken word pieces like “Nectar Of Instruction” and the slow building “Service Of The Lord” seem to provoke spiritual issues whilst poking fun at them. On the album, principal band member Antony Walker postulates, 'Culture fired through a rainbow cannon exploded into radiant shards on the wall... it could no longer be referred to as culture… rather Cultura'”. 'it is this Cultura we seek to showcase with Ultra Cultura'. 'Theres just a lot of it' he adds, with a look of confusion.

The album is an exciting follow up for a band that have developed themselves naturally and organically over time and are creating new music echoing an array of quality influences and who are not afraid to write about a wide array of subjects and taking in different genres into their style. Their music comes from a background of collaborative experience and has grown through into something uniquely engaging and rightfully their own.