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17 April 2014

Steelhouse Festival adds Sebastian Bach, Toseland, Electric Boys and The Amorettes

Steelhouse Festival Sebastian Bach, Toseland, Electric Boys The Amorettes

Steelhouse Festival adds Sebastian Bach, Toseland, Electric Boys and The Amorettes


Sebastian Bach, Electric Boys, Toseland and The Amorettes join headliners Europe and Black Star Riders at The Steelhouse Festival from Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th in the beautiful countryside at Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm in Ebbw Vale, South Wales. 

Now in its fourth year, Steelhouse continues to build its reputation as one of the best classic rock music festivals in the UK.  Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach and the critically acclaimed Swedish rock band Electric Boys have been added to the Saturday July 19th line-up, headlined by Black Star Riders.  Toseland and The Amorettes join Swedish rock headliners Europe on Sunday July 20th.

Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide, and releases his new album Give ‘Em Hell on April 22nd.  Stockholm’s Electric Boys  are best known for their debut 1989 album Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride and their rock anthem All Lips N’ Hips.  Former world superbike champion, James Toseland is best known for his critically acclaimed debut album Renegade, while Scottish female power trio, The Amorettes first came to prominence with their 2011 debut album Haulin' Ass.

We are incredibly excited to announce these additions to this year’s festival line-up,” says Steelhouse Festival’s co-founder Sally Ann Evans. “The Steelhouse Festival is now in its fourth year, and the quality of artists keeps getting better and better.  To have Europe and Black Star Riders headline this festival after only three years is quite some achievement, but then to add a world-renowned rock icon like Sebastian Bach as special guest is really a massive testament to the loyal following  the festival is attracting.”

To order tickets visit the official festival website: www.steelhousefestival.com.

Ibiza Rocks House at Pacha Ibiza - Celebrating 20 years

Ibiza Rocks House Pacha Ibiza

Ibiza Rocks House at Pacha Ibiza - Celebrating 20 years


Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes and Pacha Ibiza are teaming up to give the party back to the people this summer. Ibiza Rocks started out of the back room of the world’s biggest club, Manumission and has escalated into a global phenomenon that knows no boundaries.  The offshoot boutique after party destination of Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes is now one of the true stars of the show.  Having revived an authentic, unique, creative hub of entertainment and hospitality, it’s now truly at the heart of Ibiza nocturnal activity for those in the know.  It’s now time let more people in on the fun as Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes announces a weekly residency to bring the daddy of all ‘House’ parties to the daddy of all clubs on Monday nights.  For 20 weeks, Ibiza Rocks House at Pacha Ibiza from 26th May to 6th October.

Ibiza Rocks House at Pacha Ibiza will welcome party people into a world of more individuality, more attitude, more atmosphere, more theatre and ultimately more authentic fun!  A breathtaking spectacle encapsulating extravagant performances and signature old school special effects, the club will transform and the performers will tempt, tease and delight as the heavy breath of hedonism fills the air. Sets from the godfathers of house music, the best of the new breed, local legends and one off live performances married with fantastical fancy dress and elaborate wardrobe saturated in surreal theatrical performance, all set to a timeless soundtrack.  Monday nights will be filled with unforgettable moments. 

From arriving on the inspiring island of Ibiza 20 years ago, Andy McKay and wife Dawn Hindle made up one half of the incredibly successful team behind Manumission, creating mind blowing large-scale parties that were amongst the most attended, most hedonistic and most talked about in the world.  Challenging the status quo to reflect the festival generation and the shift in the music landscape, Andy & Dawn launched the dominant youth lifestyle brand Ibiza Rocks in 2005.  In 2011, the unstoppable pioneers took over iconic Ibizan institution Pikes – the hotel of choice for the rock ‘n’ roll elite of the 1980’s.  Guests including Freddie Mercury, Grace Jones, Julio Iglesias and Naomi Campbell would stay at Pikes and party at Pacha.  Within a very short space of time, Andy & Dawn have once again rekindled the real island party scene by breathing fresh life into Pikes, recreating its incredible history and hosting some of the islands most memorable parties in recent years.

Andy McKay, CEO, Ibiza Rocks Group said: “This has been a long time coming and we’re delighted to be working with Pacha and the Urgell family.  It’s the coming together of two families who have known, admired and respected each other for 20 years and wanted to work together for 20 years!  Both sides are incredibly invested in and incredibly passionate about Ibiza and its future.  The parties will continue to revolve around amazing guests, friends, family, artists and residents that reflect the real Ibiza.’

All the elements that make the intimate parties at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes will be turned up and transported to the world’s most decadent club, Pacha.  From the fabulously flamboyant umbrella-filled outdoor lounge terrace to the famous, playful Freddie’s suite where Freddie Mercury celebrated his legendary 41st birthday, to the secret Potting Shed where the light is blacked out and gay abandon rules, to turning a corner and stumbling across stand-out, spontaneous rock ‘n’ roll guitar and piano solos, eccentric charm will be fully fused with the glamour of Pacha.  The parties will celebrate the individualistic, non corporate, surreal and eccentric, from Tony Pikes casting couch, aerialist Empress Star’s stunning laser show to the gigantic Wheel of Fortune that will decide guests fate upon entry. First and foremost, it will all be about fun.

Francisco Ferrer, General Manager, Pacha said: “We’ve been waiting a long time to unite with Andy and Dawn and the desire to work together has grown stronger since we’ve witnessed the spirit, energy and authenticity of the parties they host at Ibiza Rocks House.  They fit perfectly into Pacha, our ethos and our history.  Two brands entwined and two families with a deep love of this incredible island united.”

The spirit of the party will allow for mixed styles and give the DJ’s more freedom, inspired by what’s been happening musically at the Ibiza Rocks House parties and amplified.  Crate digging sets where new and old school stars of the scene will let the people of the party hear DJ’s fantasy playlist as they pull hidden gems from the record collection that they love. An anything goes musical landscape that focuses on the cool without taking itself too seriously; Ibiza Rocks House at Pacha Ibiza will provide the ultimate fun playground to showcase a deep and genuine love of music from multi genres.

Pacha’s Funky Room will be renamed  ‘Freddie’s’ after the private disco at Ibiza Rocks House, with original Manumission resident Griff and Island favourite Antz at the helm. The main room will feature hugely influential original house pioneers such as Derrick Carter, Kenny Dope, Kevin Saunderson and DJ Pierre, alongside the best of the new breed of Djs and producers including Shadow Child, Claptone, Jesse Rose, The Magician and Jaymo and Andy George. Long standing Rocks resident Doorly will drive the nu skool element, whilst Basement Jaxx will bring the full carnival vibe and honorary members of the wider Rocks family 2manydjs and Groove Armada will burn down the house, all with multiple shows.    Across the summer there will be special guest appearances from artists that guests won’t expect to see in a club environment, but that they would expect from Rocks!

Following on from the afterhours parties at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes that offer authenticity to a bygone island where individuality is crowned king, hedonism rules and anything goes, VIP stands for Very Interesting People and Ibiza Rocks House at Pacha on Monday nights will allure them all, all summer long.

Eccentric, enticing and putting real atmosphere back into the big club, this is not following the crowd or clubbing by numbers, this is a deep desire to put the people back at the heart of the party, where individuality, personality and eccentricity are what’s celebrated.

With Pacha Ibiza and Pikes entwined, a twisted love story that sees no boundaries begins and a summer of special moments and magical memories at Ibiza Rocks House at Pacha awaits.

16 April 2014

Jesus Jones celebrate 25th Anniversary with The Doubt Tour

Jesus Jones 25th Anniversary The Doubt Tour

Jesus Jones celebrate 25th Anniversary with The Doubt Tour


Jesus Jones exploded onto the music scene with the release of their single “Info Freako” 25 years ago, but it was with the release of their second album “Doubt”, in 1990, that they hit paydirt. Just 18 months after appearing at the bottom of the bill at London’s Bull and Gate club, and playing to a dozen people, they now found themselves catapulted into the spotlight. “Doubt” quickly became a phenomenon, entering the UK charts at No. 1, and spawning 4 UK Top 40 hits. Worldwide, it was the same story, as the band toured the record relentlessly, from Canada (where it quickly went Platinum), to Europe, Japan, and Australia.

The band’s biggest success however came in the US, as the album went Gold, and then Platinum, selling well over a million copies. Their single “Right Here Right Now” became a huge hit, eventually topping the US charts. “Real Real Real” followed it straight into the US Top 5. They played to sold out venues, and ecstatic crowds wherever they went.

Now, it’s time to revisit the album that made them famous, for the first time. This comes on the back of their self-released DVD “Liquidizer - Live!”, where they played their iconic debut album in full for the first time in a special one-off gig at the Bull & Gate, before the legendary club was bulldozed last year. Says singer Mike Edwards: “We had never played any of our albums in full before, ever. So, when we did “Liquidizer”, it was a great experience - we discovered songs we’d forgotten, that we absolutely loved. We can’t wait to get out there and do the same with “Doubt”

The tour will have added significance, as it sees the entire original line up of the band back together for the first time in fifteen years. Original drummer Simon “Gen” Matthews has rejoined the band he left back in 1997. Says Edwards: “It’s great having Gen back, as it means for the tour, when people come to see us, they can see the same band they saw all those years ago. No changes, no stand-ins, we’re the same five guys. After 25 years, it’s just us. That feels really good”



FULL UK TOUR DATES
07-Sep-14 UK - Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire, The Woolley Festival
08-Sep-14 UK - Birmingham, O2 Academy3
09-Sep-14 UK - Sheffield, O2 Academy2
10-Sep-14 UK - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
11-Sep-14 UK - Liverpool, O2 Academy2
13-Sep-14 UK - London Indie Daze - Forum
14-Sep-14 UK - Bristol Fleece
15-Sep-14 UK - Newcastle, O2 Academy2
16-Sep-14 UK - Glasgow, O2 ABC2*


Sienna Confirmed for Liverpool Sound City 2014

Sienna Liverpool Sound City 2014

Sienna Confirmed for Liverpool Sound City 2014


Sienna today have been announced to perform at the upcoming Liverpool Sound City lineup on Saturday May 3rd playing the headline slot at Studio 2 on Parr Street. Alongside this further dates have been announced in Scotland including Nice and Sleazy in Glasgow on 7th May, The Beat Club in Gourock on 8th May, as well as the main support for Scouting For Girls Perth Concert Hall on 30th May.

The dates follow the upcoming release of Wandering Star due April 27th, an evocative track demonstrating their signature upbeat rootsy playful nature.  Clear are the influences across the spectrum from singer songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Neil Young to the 60’s rock and roll of The Beatles, with a songwriting maturity that defies their teenage years. The track has been receiving strong support from John Kennedy at XFM.

Since forming in Summer 2012, six-piece Sienna have been quietly making quite a noise in their native Scotland. From Kinross, known to most as home of T In The Park – they are the first band from their hometown to have performed at the legendary festival, where they packed out the T Break tent (a feat unheard of for an unsigned band), following in the footsteps of fellow Scots Biffy Clyro.

Their debut EP “Give Me Your Love” released last year received vital support from Amazing Radio and In:Demand Scotland whilst they sold out Glasgow’s King Tut’s twice and also supported Nina Nesbitt. The band also performed at This Feeling Club Night in London as well as a having their first headline show at Camden’s Proud Galleries.

Sienna consist of singer/songwriter Danny McAtear, multi-instrumentalist Ross Mathieson, guitarist/songwriter Andy Clarke, Ben Watt on bass, and Calum Anderson on drums, with Ian Dunnett on sax.




UPCOMING DATES:

19 April            Edinburgh, Sneaky Petes
26 April            Kinross, Milnathort Town Hall
3 May              Liverpool Sound City – Headline Slot Studio 2 / Parr City        
4 May              Edinburgh, The Three Sisters Bar (The Old Town Street Food Festival)
7 May              Glasgow, Nice and Sleazy
8 May              Gourock, The Beat Club
16 May            Edinburgh, The Mash House
30 May            Perth, Concert Hall *Supporting Scouting For Girls
14 June           Eden Festival
19 July            Hebridean Celtic Festival
14 Sep            Bath, Smoked and Uncut

The Voice UK Winner Jermain Jackman To Perform with Mitch Winehouse at The Hippodrome

The Voice UK Winner Jermain Jackman Mitch Winehouse The Hippodrome

The Voice UK Winner Jermain Jackman To Perform with Mitch Winehouse at The Hippodrome


The Voice UK winner Jermain Jackman has been confirmed as special guest for Mitch Winehouse’s show at The Hippodrome in Leicester Square this Friday April 18th. He will perform at the first of the venue’s monthly concerts hosted by Winehouse, which aim to raise funds for The Amy Winehouse Foundation. The Foundation helps vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and Jackman will show his support for this great cause and follow in the footsteps of the likes of previous special guests Joss Stone and Mica Paris when he performs two songs with Mitch and the band.

Watched by over 6.5 million viewers, Jackman beat stiff competition to be named champion of the BBC One show last week and the soulful Hackney-born singer, who has received support from Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, has been rewarded with a major recording contract and has his sights set on becoming Prime Minister. This performance presents a rare opportunity to catch a true rising star in an intimate environment.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation concert takes place at The Hippodrome in Leicester Square this Friday 18th April. Tickets are priced from £20 and are available from http://www.hippodromecasino.com.

Peter Hook and The Light to headline Livestock at Farm Feast

Peter Hook and The Light headline Livestock Farm Feast

Peter Hook and The Light to headline Livestock at Farm Feast


Joy Division and New Order’s Peter Hook, along with his current band The Light, will be heading to Wirral’s Claremont Farm on Sunday May 25 to headline Livestock, a festival-style evening music event which will run alongside Farm Feast – a fully-fledged festival of food and drink, music and farming fun. 

Bassist, musician, singer, DJ, nightclub owner, record company mogul and author Peter Hook, co-founder of the post-punk band Joy Division, is renowned as one of music’s seminal bassists, playing a pivotal part in the success of both Joy Division and New Order, the latter of which he played bass and provided the backing vocals for until his departure in 2007. Since this departure, Peter has recorded an album with Revenge, two albums with Monaco and one album with Freebass as bassist, keyboardist and lead vocalist.

In this headlining slot, ‘Hooky’, along with The Light, will play a hybrid set of Joy Division and New Order tunes, reinvented to suit their innovative playing style; bringing a raw edge and powerful punk ethos to these classic works through Peter’s mercurial driving bass and brilliant vocals. This reinvention has garnered praise from leading music critics including BBC 6Music DJ Mark Radcliffe, ensuring these classics remain as fresh and relevant as ever.

Members of The Light include Peter’s own son Jack Bates and former Monaco members, Andy Poole (keyboards) and Paul Kehoe (drums) and David Pott.

Supporting Peter Hook and The Light will be Dan Croll, Stealing Sheep and Soho Riots.

Singer songwriter Dan Croll - who prior to achieving chart success studied at LIPA, Liverpool’s performing arts school - will also play Livestock. Croll’s music, an uplifting mixture of folk, classic pop melodies, catchy guitar hooks and electronic beats, has become a firm favourite on the likes of BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, and his self produced debut album Sweet Disarray garnered favourable reviews from the national music press upon its release in April 2014. 

Liverpool acoustic three-piece Stealing Sheep comprises Rebecca Hawley (vocals, keyboards), Emily Lansley (vocals, guitar) and Lucy Mercer (vocals, drums) who’ve already made waves on the indie-folk scene with their melodic and haunting brand of dreampop . Drawing influences from Captain Beefheart, Bjork, Yes, Lykke Li and Metronomy, the trio’s first album 'Into the Diamond Sun' received widespread critical acclaim and with a live set on the cards, festivalgoers can expect whirling and spiralling guitars, thunderous and mesmerising drums, hypnotic and infectious synths and enchanting three part harmonies.

Farm Feast and Livestock are delighted to announce an up and coming addition to the Livestock line-up  -  Merseyrail Sound Station winners of 2013, Soho Riots, a band with a stunning live reputation - fostered thanks to their standout shows with The 1975 and Jaws – which piqued the interest of Bido Lito!, Liverpool’s influential music zine, who basked in the band’s ability to “seamlessly transform a delicate melody into a frenzied assault full of determination and spirit”.

As well as a stunning evening of live music, the site will include all the best food traders from Farm Feast’s International Street Food Court, a fantastic cocktail bar and a Beer and Cider Festival tent. Tickets are currently available at a £15 advance price. Livestock, like Farm Feast, is open to all ages but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Farm Feast will run during the May Bank Holiday weekend from and will be held in the lush green fields of Claremont Farm. The Farm is located in beautiful countryside in the heart of the Wirral and famous for its asparagus, strawberries and potatoes. This idyllic setting is the perfect backdrop for this exciting event.

For more information please visit www.farmfeast.co.uk | Tweet @FarmFeastFest | Facebook.com/FarmFeastFest


Claremont Farm is situated on Old Clatterbridge Road, Bebington, Wirral CH63 4JB

Directions and public transport information can be found here: http://www.claremontfarm.co.uk/contact.html

Seething Akira Release New Video for Paralysed and Reveal Debut EP Details

Seething Akira New Video Paralysed Debut EP

Seething Akira Release New Video for Paralysed and Reveal Debut EP Details


Yesterday saws the release of post hardcore quartet SEETHING AKIRA's new single 'Paralysed', the first single to be taken from their new EP 'Aggro Vito'. The EP also features remix's from the likes of The Algorithm and more.

The band have released their video for 'Paralysed' exclusively via Ourzone Magazine. You can watch it HERE.

This quartet began making waves after the release of some material early last year. Their video for single release ‘Firepower’ was aired on Scuzz TV and went on to play support slots for the likes of Sonic Boom Six, as well as appearing at some awesome festivals both in the UK and in Europe.

SEETHING AKIRA are highly motivated, and are determined to show the world their style. This quartet breathes new life into an increasingly growing underground scene. Their primary influences are blatant, with hooking beats like The Prodigy and an unique style like Enter Shikari, this band create something personal but show the ability of becoming front runners in an ever growing popular genre.

‘Aggro Vita’ is released on 2 June 2014. 

Iggy Azalea announces Shepherd's Bush Empire show

Iggy Azalea Shepherd's Bush Empire show

Iggy Azalea announces Shepherd's Bush Empire show


Iggy Azalea will be bringing her phenomenal live show back to the UK with her newly announced show at Shepherd's Bush Empire on Wednesday 17th September - click HERE from 9am tomorrow to get access to pre-sale tickets.  Iggy recently stormed into the UK top 5 on Sunday with her latest single ‘Fancy ft. Charli XCX’. The video for the single paid homage to the 90’s cult-classic film ‘Clueless’ igniting the online sphere within minutes and has since received an impressive 14 million YouTube views. 

This weekend Iggy performed at Alexander Wang’s exclusive Coachella party before hitting the red carpet and presenting Ellie Goulding to the stage at the MTV Movie Awards in LA.

Iggy’s highly anticipated debut album ‘The New Classic’ releases globally next week and is an impeccably produced record; driven by beats of epic proportions and laced with Iggy’s unmistakable lyrical prowess, her signature double-time flow showcasing a class, intellect and maturity beyond her tender years.  Keeping it in the family, the album features guest vocals from close friends including the likes of Rita Ora, T.I. and dancehall legend, Mavado.  Iggy Azalea also worked with legendary producers Stargate and Timbaland as well as co-writing ‘Black Widow’ with global superstar, Katy Perry.

Iggy will also be performing at Wireless Festival this July alongside the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Basement Jaxx.



Pre-order ‘The New Classic’ on iTunes now – http://po.st/TNCdlx