GREENBELT 2012-LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

February 23, 2012

 

Widely regarded as the leading family festival of arts, music and spoken word in the UK, Greenbelt is delighted to be able to announce that Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle; audience favourite Bruce Cockburn; live folk sensation Bellowhead and the fantastic, sell-out OperaUpClose are among the first clutch of acts to be confirmed for 2012. Hosting a rich programme of visual and performing arts, spirituality, comedy, talks and debate Greenbelt takes place from 24th-27th August at Cheltenham Race Course. Tickets are on sale now and available from the festival website.


MUSIC
This year, Greenbelt will offer festival goers the richest and most diverse cultural programme available anywhere on the UK festival circuit in what will be a triumphant celebration of the arts, music, justice, tolerance and community. Critically acclaimed South London artist, Speech Debelle will bring her soulful and raw blend of poetic and powerful rhymes to the Greenbelt mainstage, combining tracks from her Mercury Music Prize-winning album with the recently released new album ‘Freedom of Speech’. With her devotion to politics and social issues and musically inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson, Tracy Chapman and Meshell Ndegeocello, this South London wonder is the perfect act to join the Greenbelt party this summer.

Canadian-born Bruce Cockburn brings his ever-evolving folk brilliance to Greenbelt’s Friday mainstage. Having been compared to the likes of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, Cockburn is known for his virtuoso guitar playing and powerful political lyrics including hits “If I Had A Rocket Launch” plus “Wondering Where The Lions Are”. Joining Cockburn, fellow folk sensation Seth Lakeman will bring his bow-shedding violin riffs and driving tenor guitar rhythms, creating a magical atmospheric vibe filled with charismatic and passionate energy. Bellowhead will perform for the first time at Greenbelt with their “full throttle…rare and exhilarating” (Q Magazine) live showcase, rousing crowds to their feet in what is set to be a sensational performance. Described by the Daily Mirror as “one of the country’s greatest live outfits”, the 11-piece collective are previous winners of the Best Live Performance award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and have recently returned from their sell-out UK tour. Audiences should prepare to dance like they’ve never danced before!

Further additions to the line-up include BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners The Imagined Village plus “hot property” (The Guardian) folk revival band Megson with their infectious sounds and heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Thomas Traux will stun festival goers by using his bespoke inventions of strange self-made instruments in a surprising spectacle. Last but by no means least for the festivals music stage, Brooklyn-based, multi-instrumentalist and former member of American indie rock band The Hold Steady, Franz Nicolay, who is famed for combining the accordion and piano in unique way, will be making his debut at Greenbelt in 2012.

KEYNOTES & SPEAKERS
Greenbelt cements its firm reputation as offering much more than any other festival experience in the UK by today announcing the first of its speaker programme. Former University lecturer Dr. Andrew Tate joins the festival to discuss his reflective interest in postmodern fiction, theory and spirituality, Professor Mary Grey will offer insight into her vast knowledge of Feminist Liberation Theology and Spiritualities, Editor of New Humanist and former music journalist Caspar Melville will also be part of the 2012 offering.

Esteemed lecturer in philosophy and author of several books on the modern world, Giles Fraser will speak at Greenbelt and after his recent, highly publicised departure from St Paul’s in October 2011, Fraser is an exciting addition to the speaker programme. Nationally acclaimed magician and author Mark Townsend will be part of the 2012 bill using his magic and mind-reading to unlock people’s inner wonder. This astonishing, slightly unsettling but life-affirming act is not to be missed.

The “articulate, charismatic…and sophisticated operator” (Daily Telgraph) that is Rose Hudson Wilkin, who is tipped as the leading contender to become Church of England’s first female bishop joins Greenbelt’s speaker programme. Having fought for equal rights throughout her life, Wilkin’s talk will be both engaging and thoughtful revealing what it’s really like to live a double life in a parish where gang members roam, contrasted to her time spent as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. Ruth Gledhill will also speak and as a prestigious and longstanding correspondent for The Times, her appearance at Greenbelt will be both informative and tantalising.

Reverend Richard Coles, broadcaster, writer and priest, is best known for being one half of 1980s band The Communards who enjoyed three UK Top Ten hits including ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ and ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’. Coles’ multi-talented reputation meant he was an obvious addition to Greenbelt’s diverse offering. Radical partner of The Simple Way, Shane Claiborne will also engage audiences with his fascinating experiences ranging from spending ten weeks alongside Mother Theresa in Calcutta to his recent three weeks spent in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team. Plus BBC Radio 2 Presenter Simon Mayo will be speaking about his debut children’s book Itch, a fantastic action-packed thriller. A sure hits with the kids at Greenbelt this year.

THEATRE & COMEDY
Greenbelt is excited to be welcoming OperaUpClose, the boutique opera company who will be bringing their experimental but hugely popular sell-out production of La Bohème to the festival. Having wowed audiences and reviewers alike and recently awarded the prestigious accolade of the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Opera Production, OperaUpClose unique approach to their discipline firmly embraces the thos of Greenbelt.

Kevin Tomlinson’s Kepow Theatre returns to Greenbelt for a show-stopping performance of improvisation and comedic hilarity. Having received five star reviews at Edinburgh Festival this year followed by a sell out tour, this is one show not to be missed, while fellow award-winner Tayo Aluko will also perform in the play “Call Mr Robeson” accompanied by an orchestra propelling his unusual baritone voice across the fields.

“We’re thrilled to announce the first names to Greenbelt’s 2012 Programme. With such diverse acts from the likes of Speech Debelle, OperaUpClose and Bellowhead, this year’s offering really does set Greenbelt aside from others on the festival calendar. This year we’ve developed the line-up to offer credible acts from around the world showcasing the best in the arts, music, visual and performing arts, comedy, talks and discussion. We look forward to seeing you in the field.”Paul Northup, Festival Director.

Greenbelt 2012 – Saving Paradise – takes place 24th-27th August on Cheltenham Racecourse. Celebrating 39 years on the festival calendar, year-on-year over 20,000 people enjoy the fantastic offering. Delivering a rich and diverse programme, Greenbelt committed to its support of the arts while encouraging and embracing the values of tolerance, dialogue, justice, faith and hope. A festival that gives so much, Greenbelt provides all that attend with a spellbound and life-affirming experience.

Tickets are now available from the Greenbelt festival website or via 020 7374 276. Prices are fixed until 30th April 2012 and adult weekend tickets are £99.00; adult concession weekend tickets are £68.00; under 18 weekend tickets (5 to 17 years) are £55.00; family weekend tickets (2 Adults, 2 Under 18s) are £259.00; single parent family weekend tickets (1 Adult, 2 Under 18s) are £165.00 and infants (0-4 years) go for free.

- QUOTES -
“No matter who you are or where you come from or what you believe in, if you’re open-minded and care about the arts, or think for yourself and forge your own opinions, you’ll be at home in this place.”
Art Rocker

“Britain’s greatest festival… The content, the opportunities to be challenged, affirmed, welcomed and angered as well as entertained and introduced to new things… it’s enough to make me nostalgic the day after it finishes.” The Huffington Post

“I believe in dialogue, and that’s what Greenbelt is all about.” Peter Tatchell

“Have to say, Greenbelt totally surprised me… after Glastonbury, my favourite festival this year.”
Mark Thomas

“I was deeply impressed by the mood and spirit of the festival. Most people were Christians and almost all had some religious faith but there was absolutely no dogmatism. Everyone was welcome and there was a shared spirit of belief in justice and caring.” Clare Short

“I believe in dialogue, and that’s what Greenbelt is all about.”Peter Tatchell

“People here are very questioning, not merely of other people, but of their own thoughts and beliefs too. It’s a very thoughtful festival.” Robin Ince

“Greenbelt was an eye opening experience. Here was a Christian festival where I was made to feel welcome and included. Here were people, like me, committed to a better world, where poverty and injustice were no more and who were prepared to put their faith into action.” Mohammad Imran

 

Editors Notes

Greenbelt Festival takes place annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, gathering together artists, musicians, speakers and performers, alongside 21,000 festivalgoers at Cheltenham Racecourse. Celebrating 38 years on the festival circuit, Greenbelt is firmly rooted within a Christian tradition that is politically and culturally engaging. The festival is a family-friendly celebration, inclusive and accepting of all, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, background or belief.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased directly from the festival website:
www.greenbelt.org/festival/tickets

Or by calling the booking hotline:
020 7374 276

Greenbelt 2012 Weekend Tickets (Price until 30th April)
Adult Wknd Ticket:
£99.00
Adult Concession Wknd Ticket:
£68.00
Under 18 Wknd Ticket
(5-17 years) £55.00
Family Wknd Ticket
(2 Adlts, 2 Und. 18s) £259.00
Single Parent Fam. Wknd Ticket
(1 Adlt, 2 Und. 18s) £165.00
Infant Wknd Ticket
(0-4 years) £0.00

Contacts

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07817739905

Line Up

Bruce Cockburn,
Bellowhead,
Seth Lakeman,
Speech Dabelle,
Andrew Tate,
Casper Melville,
Giles Fraser,
Mark Townsend
Imagined Village ,
Kepow Theatre,
Mary Grey,
Megson,
OperaUpClose,
Richard Coles,
Shane Claiborne,
Tayo Aluko,
Thomas Truax,
Simon Mayo,
Ruth Gledhill,

Links

Website:
http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/GreenbeltFestival

Twitter:
twitter.com/greenbelt



KANYE WEST & JAY Z CONFIRM 1ST DATES FOR EUROPEAN “WATCH THE THRONE” TOUR

February 21, 2012
KANYE WEST AND JAY Z CONFIRM FIRST DATES OF EUROPEAN ‘WATCH THE THRONE’ TOUR
AWARDED GRAMMY FOR ‘BEST RAP PERFORMANCE’ FOR ‘OTIS’

It’s rare that a show of this magnitude lives up to its hype, but Kanye and JAY Z actually managed to exceed it. From the Tron-inspired laser show to the hydraulic-powered stages at either end of the ACC to the pyrotechnics, it was a visual masterpiece. And then, of course, there was the music.” -National Post
Tuesday 21st February 2012– After the phenomenal success of their chart topping album WATCH THE THRONE, a 35 date sold out, critically acclaimed North American tour and hot on the heels of their huge success at the 2012 Grammy Awards, winning the award for ‘Best Rap Performance’ (for their track ‘Otis’), superstars Kanye West and JAY Z’s collaboration ‘The Throne’ have today announced that they will be bringing the WATCH THE THRONE tour to Europe in 2012. The European leg will visit arenas in the UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Belgium, Germany and Ireland. JAY Z and Kanye West WATCH THE THRONE tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 24th February priced at £60.00/£49.50/£39.50 London and £55.00/£47.50 Regional (subject to booking fee) and will be available from http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/jay-z-and-kanye-west-watch-the-throne-tickets?c=pr_ext_watchthethrone_150212
For this project, music icons and pop culture visionaries JAY Z and Kanye West joined their extraordinary talents to form the group ‘THE THRONE’ and released the most anticipated album event of 2011, WATCH THE THRONE. On Monday, August 8th last year, THE THRONE’S extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime, Platinum selling Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam Recordings / Roc Nation album collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE, debuted at number 1 and has garnered several Grammy nominations.
The longtime friends and music innovators inspired each other to new heights with their collaboration on WATCH THE THRONE recorded in person at various locations around the world. Over a year in the making and a truly global affair, the duo recorded in London and Bath in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris, and New York City. The album features production from The RZA, The Neptunes and Kanye’s longtime collaborator Mike Dean. The short list of featured vocals includes Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Curtis Mayfield and Mr. Hudson. The lead track, “OTIS,” brilliantly weaves Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.”
The production is classic Kanye West soul, with the two MCs trading couplets over a sample manipulated the way only West can. “Sounds so soulful, don’t you agree?” intones JAY Z, and the two launch into a treatise on swagger, claiming their rightful place at the top. Since the track’s release, the flood of praise for the track has been nothing short of deafening. Entertainment Weekly declares the track “the most well-executed rap song of the year.” “Otis” can be streamed at watchthethrone.com/otis.
Both JAY Z and Kanye West have each appeared as guests on the other’s stage, and now they come together for never-before-seen performances not only from their collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE but also songs from their classic catalogue.
“This show demonstrated how much can be accomplished with a few small decisions: as on the album, JAY Z and Mr. West worked smart, not big.” “The collaboration isn’t merely a power-sharing arrangement or a union of equals but an application to be rap’s greatest duo.” New York Times
“It’s a wonder to behold — and a throne well worth watching.”LA Times
WATCH THE THRONE EUROPEAN 2012 TOUR
MAY 2012
Sunday 20 O2 Arena London
Thursday 24 Zurich Hellenstadion, Switzerland
Saturday 26 Herning Arena, Denmark
Monday 28 Oslo Telenor Arena, Norway
Tuesday 29 Stockholm The Globe, Sweden
JUNE 2012
Friday 1 Paris Bercy, France
Saturday 2 Paris Bercy, France
Sunday 3 Antwerp Sportpaleis, Belgium
Tuesday 5 Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
Friday 8 Dublin O2 Arena, Ireland
Monday 11 Manchester Arena
Wednesday 13 Birmingham LG Arena
Additional dates to be added
Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 24th February priced at £60.00/£49.50/£39.50 London and £55.00/£47.50 Regional (subject to booking fee) and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/jay-z-and-kanye-west-watch-the-throne-tickets?c=pr_ext_watchthethrone_150212

Gloucester Guildhall Presents – THE MILK

February 20, 2012

Gloucester Guildhall Presents

                   

THE MILK

 

“Pure fire and skill…an immersive experience you don’t want to end” The Guardian


“This is the next band you all should be paying attention to”
NME


“Straitjacket-tight…influenced by classic soul, punk and reggae, but defiantly un-retro”
Time Out, Ones To Watch For 2012


“Irresistibly infectious”
The Sun
The Milk’s contemporary twist on classic soul, hip-hop and ska has already won a wealth of support. With fans everywhere from NME, The Guardian and Neon Gold to Zane Lowe, Huey Morgan and The Sun, the band are sure to be one to watch throughout 2012.

The Milk have announced news of a brand new single – ‘Broke Up The Family’ – in conjunction with a massive UK tour (Sign Of The Times / Sony).  ‘Broke Up The Family’ is an exhilarating and infectious follow-up to the hip-hop-infused groove of ‘B-Roads’, which cemented The Milk’s reputation as one of the major new acts of 2012. A mix of classic, contemporary soul, taut guitar-rock and an effortless ear for pop melodies, the single is also a darker, more personal turn for the band, written in response to broken homes. It was also produced by the boys’ long-term collaborator, celebrated DJ and remixer Brad Baloo (The Nextmen). The Milk recently completed recording their debut album with Brad, of which ‘Broke Up The Family’ is just the tip of the iceberg. The as-yet-untitled record will see a release later this year.
Of this newer material, ‘Broke Up The Family’ perhaps best encompasses the diverse sounds and small-town stories that have shaped The Milk. Having been friends since school, the boys began life as a teenage punk band: after some disastrous efforts to act rock-and-roll, the group soon split, though lead-singer Rick’s belting soulful voice arguably benefited from these loud, formative years. Sometime later, the boys revisited the classic Motown, Stax and Trojan Records that had soundtracked their teens, intent on putting on a club night. Instead, they hit a creative breakthrough. Holed up in the shed at the bottom of their garden, all new songs and sounds were experimented with, which were written in-between and sometimes in response to a series of make-do jobs in Wickford, Essex.
Surrounding the release of ‘Broke Up The Family’, The Milk will take their fearsome live reputation on the road for the very first time. They have already been nominated for the 2011 Festival Awards, and prior to the Scala date on April 4, have also sold out an impressive run of London shows (see Dingwalls, Hoxton B&K, Jazz Cafe, Camden Barfly and XOYO). With this first nationwide trek selling fast, this year should see The Milk prove beyond doubt that there is more to Essex than that reality TV show may have suggested…
More information about the band can be found at their web site: www.thisisthemilk.com

 

 

Saturday 10th March // Tickets £5 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s

 

For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at http://www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.

 


NOVA Festival of Arts and Music launches for 2012

November 30, 2011

NOVA Festival of
Arts and Music
launches for 2012
2012 welcomes Nova – a small,
intimate and independent arts and
music festival set in the stunning
West Susses estate at Bignor
Park from 5th-8th July
Early Bird Tickets on sale NOW
http://www.ticketline.co.uk/nova-festival
The first ever Nova Festival is brought to you by two of The Big Chill’s cocreators
– co-founder Katrina Larkin and creative producer Victoria Burns.
Set in the stunning West Sussex countryside estate at Bignor Park, Nova is
a small, intimate and independent arts and music festival built on
consideration and care for the smallest details and with the biggest ideas.
From 5th to 8th July, Nova will host inspiring artistic offerings to delight and
captivate audiences plus a music programme featuring both established
and up-and-coming acts expected to propel onto the music scene in 2012.
Nova Festival is set to become the UK’s leading bijous festival for 2012.
Nova Festival is a new kind of festival setting its sights on becoming the leading bijous festival in the UK. Taking the
biggest ideas and building a festival dedicated to those who love art and music, it is small, intimate and independent.
Nova’s estate home is carefully positioned in West Sussex, easily accessible yet hidden away behind towering trees,
tranquil lakes and undulating meadows. Four days will captivate festival-goers with excellent music offerings and a
fervour of artistic talent to satisfy all and ensure Nova Festival will be revisited year on year.
Gates open on Thursday 5th July allowing visitors to stroll to the camping area, pitch up tents and be greeted with the
festival’s very own pub, The Nova Arms, where afternoons can be spent watching a mad medley of pub
entertainment, evenings filled with campsite campfire sessions plus a chance to see classic film screenings at the
dedicated outdoor cinema.
Friday morning, Nova opens its gates to the enchanting Zen Gardens offering therapies and a hot tub experience
beneath the trees and surrounded by the UK’s finest immersive and interactive outdoor art. By night the gardens take
on a new dimension – bathed in artful illuminations and the perfect place for mischief amongst the woodland terrain.
Throughout the day and into late evening there will be foraging, campfire cooking sessions, night walks and strange
guided tours.
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Friday sees the festival leap into life. The Valley Stage offers a line-up of brilliant, eclectic break-through new music
alongside more established favourites. The Super-Nova DJ Bar will serve specially created cocktails to keep all
moving to top class DJs spinning an array of dance floor styles. The Fearless Theatre plays host to wildly creative
and fantastically eccentric comedy, cabaret and theatre. There will be opportunities to take part at The Public Art
Studios and display works in the People’s Gallery or join the village choir. And when all that matters is a cup of tea,
head to the Tea Dance for a cup of rosie lee and do a turn around the floor.
More music and curios will spring up among the trees and performers will take to the stage on the lake. Children will
be enchanted at The Land of The Bumbley Boo and The Wordsmithy will engage minds and spark imaginations with
lively debates, authors’ talks, readings and spoken word performances.
Every bar at Nova Festival will be fairly priced, well stocked with local liquor, ciders, ales and champagne, as well as
everything needed to make generous cocktails. An array of handpicked stalls offering delicious food will be scattered
across the beautiful site and there will be no shortage of beautiful places to picnic.
Nova Festival of Arts and Music takes place from Thursday 5th July till Sunday 8th July.
Line-up to be announced January 2012. Please visit http://www.novafestival.co.uk/ for full information.
Zen Gardens Kids Area A Temple of Words
Editor’s Notes
Nova Festival of Arts & Music
Deep in the valley and gardens of a beautiful West Sussex estate,
a re-imagining of the great British festival experience from the
ladies behind the original boutique festival. Nova will showcase
some of the most exciting outdoor visual art in the UK and provide
a platform for break-through new music alongside your favourites.
Nova will entice your revelry, embrace your participation and
enthral you with a playground of interactive art, theatrical
inventiveness, literary exploration, gastronomic excitement,
secluded picnic spots, night-time illuminations, bonfires and
musical treats. This intimate and independent festival is handcrafted
by a dedicated team who have unparalleled experience in
‘making it happen’. Nova is about big ideas and little details that
will make your festival fabulous.
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Ticketing Information
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
http://www.ticketline.co.uk/nova-festival#tour
0844 888 9991
Adult Tier One: £80 SOLD OUT
Adult Tier Two: £100
Adult Tier Three: £139
13-17 Tears: £60
Student: £100
Under 12s: FREE
Tickets include a camping pass
Dates:
5th – 8th July 2012
Location:
Bignor Park
West Sussex
Website:

http://www.novafestival.co.uk/

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Nova Line-Up
To be announced January 2012
Ends


Gloucester Guildhall Presents KAI FISH (MYSTERY JETS)

November 24, 2011

Gloucester Guildhall Presents

 

KAI FISH (MYSTERY JETS)

 

Life In Monochrome is the debut album of in-demand writer, and member of indie-pop royals Mystery Jets, Kai Fish.

His first solo endeavor is a highly personal record of sweeping, cinematic, pop, which sees Fish coming firmly into his own as an accomplished artist and songwriter.

As bass player and one of the creative driving-forces in the Mystery Jets throughout the bands three acclaimed albums, Fish has always been a prolific songwriter in his own right, having written or co-written many of the bands most well-known tracks, as well as independently penning tunes for the likes of Mark Ronson and The Count & Sinden. While the songs on Life In Monochrome communicate with some of the Jets’ signature traits of expertly crafted melody and a quirky playfulness, they are also of a distinctively personal and introspective nature, drawing influence from a wide lineage of great British songwriters, from the likes of Ray Davies to Damon Albarn.

The album was born out of a period of great change and turmoil in Fish’s life, having gone through the breakup of a 6 year relationship, and into a one which quickly led to marriage and a relocation to Paris, a place he dreamed of living as a teenager, within the span of 3 months.
There, driven by an outpouring of inspiration (most of the albums lyrics were written during a single train journey) and an urge to bring his recent experiences and reflections to expression, he set up shop in a small, intimate studio, with the help of friend and mentor Hervé, where he was joined by a host of guest musicians and friends to help realize his vision, including Californian producer Dean Reid, Mystery Jets members William Rees and Kapil Trivedi, Lisa Wisznia of French group Elephant and singer Sophie-Rose Harper.

An ambitious and sonically inquisitive record, Fish reveals himself as a versatile pop maverick, from the blues-tinged country rock of Dig Your Own Well, Gorillaz-echoing acoustic melancholia turn anthemic rocker of Real Life, to the soulful, backyard lament and cathartic guitar assault of album centerpiece Cobalt Cheeks.

 

Saturday 10th December // Tickets £7.50 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s

 

For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at http://www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.

 

 


Gloucester Guildhall Presents FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

November 24, 2011

Gloucester Guildhall Presents

 

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

 

Following a massive sell-out show in May of this year, Welsh rockers Funeral for a Friend prepare to storm Gloucester Guildhall a second time.

 

Funeral for a Friend, named after a song by Planes Mistaken For Stars rather than the Elton John instrumental, came together in Bridgend in 2001. They started off by recording four tracks for a proposed self-funded EP but as soon as Mighty Atom Records heard the tracks they signed the band up for a two-album deal, from which came their debut EP Between Order and Model. Before its release in 2002 the majority of the band actually quit, but this didn’t deter the remaining members and they re-recruited and recorded their second EP, Four Ways to Scream Your Name, the following year. Thanks to their dedicated fan base, the band won the Kerrang! award for Best UK Newcomer in 2003, beating The Darkness and Million Dead. They followed up their success by playing at Reading and Leeds the same year.

 

With expectations building, Funeral for a Friend released their first full-length album, Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation, to critical acclaim in October 2003, which produced three Top 20 singles. The band extensively toured the album, including opening for Iron Maiden in a series of European dates. Going from strength to strength, and with their fan base steadily growing, they went on to release three more albums and a greatest hits compilation entitled Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009. They toured internationally, landed themselves a support slot for Guns N’ Roses, picked up another Kerrang! award, this time for Best British Band, and notched up more six Top 40 singles.

 

Funeral for a Friend’s eagerly anticipated fifth album, Welcome Home Armageddon, was released earlier this year through Pledge Music. Speaking to the BBC, singer Matt Davies said, “2011 will be the year of Funeral for a Friend so you all better be prepared for it!” Make sure you don’t miss out on what is guaranteed to be an exciting, high-energy show.

 

 

Thursday 15th December // Tickets £14 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s

 

For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at http://www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.

 

 


SHAUN RYDER -MUSIC LEGEND AT GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER

November 23, 2011

SHAUN RYDER

www.shaunryder.net

+ SUPPORT FROM DIXIE & MODERN MEDICINE

                                www.myspace.com/dixiemusic

Friday 2nd December 2011 7.30pm

Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester

Tickets £18 adv.stbf. From Box Office 01452 503050

www.seetickets.com            www.gigantic.com

 

MUSIC LEGEND AT GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER

 

Shaun William George Ryder is a Singer, an Author, a Father, an Actor, an ex-Heroin addict, a lyricist and a King of the Jungle..

 

He also fronted two of the most important, generation-defining bands that Britain has seen in the last 20 years.

 

The Happy Mondays are widely credited with innovating the “Madchester” movement that shook the UK music to it’s core and saw the end of hair metal and synth pop in the mid to late 80’s. They were a band that never did things easily – once promoting their own show at the G-Mex venue in Manchester and selling out to 10,000 capacity within a week because their promoter at the time wasn’t confident in the show!

 

After headlining Glastonbury Festival, producing albums with Paul Oakenfold, touring the world and selling millions of records the band split in 1993. Never one to be kept down though – Shaun Ryder returned in 1995 with Black Grape – an immediate success co-fronted by former Monday’s man and close friend Bez.

 

The years after this have seen Shaun undertake a relentless schedule – a Happy Mondays re-union and subsequent world arena tour was coupled with collaborating with Gorrilaz, appearing on I’m a celebrity, get me out of here! a bizarre duet with Russel Watson, voiceovers for the Grand Theft Auto videogame, becoming essentially the leading role in the classic film “24hour party people” and now the author of a bestselling autobiography about his life called “Twisting my melon.”

 

Interviews & Comp Tickets Available.

 

For more information please contact:

Simon Peacock      peacocksimon@virginmedia.com

SNG Promotions    07531 826081 / 01179 551457


BRUCE FORSYTH – BRUCE LIVE THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL Thursday 3rd May 2012

November 23, 2011
BRUCE FORSYTH – BRUCE LIVE
THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Thursday 3rd May 2012
23rd November 2011 - In the Spring of 2012, Sir Bruce Forsyth will have been working in show business for 70 years. To celebrate the occasion, he returns to the London stage for the first time in more than a decade in a spectacular one-off performance of comedy and music at The Royal Albert Hall.
Says Bruce “I can’t believe it’s been such a long time since I last did what I love best – working to a live theatre audience. It’s how I started and what I did for so many, many years. Television is great but for me as a performer nothing compares to a live theatre show.”
Bruce will be accompanied by an orchestra under the direction of Strictly Come Dancing’s Dave Arch and the show will feature songs from his critically acclaimed EMI album, “These Are My Favourites”.
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.livenation.co.uk or www.royalalberthall.com
Contact:
Ian Wilson or Naomi Corrin at IMWP
Office: 020 7223 7112
Ian: 07850 317749 / imwpuk@aol.com
Naomi: 07584 413862 / naomi.imwpuk@gmail.com PRESS INFORMATION
SIR BRUCE FORSYTH CBE
Bruce Forsyth is one of the U.K.’s most loved and durable stars and has now been in showbusiness for eight decades! It is a career begun very young when, in the middle of World War Two, he left school and aged 14 began performing professionally billed as “Boy Bruce The Might Atom”. Sixteen years later in 1958, he became an “overnight” star when he was chosen to host “Sunday Night At The London Palladium” and for fifty years he has remained one of the most influential and popular performers on British television. In 1998 he was awarded the O.B.E., in 2006, the C.B.E. and in 2011 a Knighthood for his services to the entertainment industry. In 2008, as well as celebrating his 80th birthday, Bruce was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow. In 2011 he presents Series 9 of Strictly Come Dancing and returns to his musical roots with the release of his album “(These are) My Favourites” on EMI.
Theatre
Little Me (Original London Cast) 1964, Travelling Music Show 1978, One Man Show (Winter Garden New York & Huntington Hartford Los Angeles 1979), London Palladium numerous, plus extensive tours UK, New Zealand & Australia).
Films
Star 1968 (with Julie Andrews), Can Heironymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness 1969, Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971, The Seven Deadly Sins 1971, Pavlova 1984.
Television
Series include: Sunday Night At The London Palladium 1958-63, Piccadilly Spectaculars, Bruce Forsyth Show (ATV), The Generation Game (BBC 1971-77 and 1990-94), Bruce’s Big Night (LWT 1978), Play Your Cards Right (LWT 1980-87, 1994-99) Slingers Day (Thames 1985-6), Hollywood Or Bust (Thames 1984), Hot Streak (ABC USA 1984), You Bet! (LWT 1987-89), Takeover Bid (BBC 1990-91), Bruce’s Guest Night (BBC 1992-93), Bruce’s Price Is Right (ITV 1994 – 00), Tonight At The London Palladium (ITV 2000), Didn’t They Do Well (BBC1 2004), Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 2004-
Numerous specials include: The Canterville Ghost, Bruce Meets The Girls, Bruce And More Girls, The Forsyth Follies, The Muppet Show, The Entertainers (with Rita Moreno), Sammy and Bruce (with Sammy Davis Jnr.), The Mating Season, Sunday Night At The London Palladium 70th Birthday Special, Bruce and Ronnie (with Ronnie Corbett) An Audience With Bruce Forsyth, Bruce Forsyth On Bruce Forsyth, Brucie Goes To China, Bruce Goes Dancing, Bruce On Vegas, Who Do You Think You Are and twelve Royal Variety Shows as compere or star.
Awards
Include: Daily Mirror National TV Award 1961, Variety Club Showbusiness Personality Of The Year 1975, TV Times Favourite Male TV Personality 1975, 1976 and 1977, The Sun TV Personality Of The Year 1976 and 1977, TV Times Favourite Game Show Host 1984, BBC TV Personality Of The Year 1991, British Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, 1995, Royal Television Society Lifetime Achievement Award 1997, Top Television Personality Radio Times 75th Anniversary readers award, 1998. Lifetime Achievement Award Comic Heritage 2002, BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award 2004, Loaded Laftas Lifetime Achievement 2006, BAFTA Fellowship 2008, Special Recognition National TV Awards 2011.
Tickets on sale now priced from £30 – £65 (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND TO RETURN TO THE UK IN 2012

November 21, 2011

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND TO RETURN TO THE UK IN 2012

Monday 21st November – Live Nation are thrilled to announce that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will be returning to the UK in 2012 for 3 very special headline performances at Sunderland Stadium of Light, Manchester Etihad Stadium and London’s Hyde Park as part of Hard Rock Calling.
These dates will be the first in the UK since Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band headlined Hard Rock Calling in 2009 to huge acclaim from both critics and fans alike. Expect some of their biggest and most loved hits and a few surprises too.
Live Nation’s Vice President of Promotions, Toby Leighton-Pope commented: “It’s great to welcome Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band back to the UK, they always put on a fantastic show.”
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
JUNE 2012
Thursday 21 Sunderland Stadium of Light
Friday 22 Manchester Etihad Stadium
JULY 2012
Saturday 14 Hard Rock Calling, London Hyde Park
Tickets go on sale 10am on Saturday 3rd December priced at £60 London and £55 Regionally (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

CONFIRMED! MÖTLEY CRÜE HEADS TO UK BRINGING TOMMY LEE’S 360 DEGREE DRUM ROLLERCOASTER

November 11, 2011

CONFIRMED! MÖTLEY CRÜE HEADS TO UK BRINGING TOMMY LEE’S 360 DEGREE DRUM ROLLERCOASTER

Mötley Crüe are excited to announce that Tommy Lee will be bringing his mind blowing 360 degree drum roller-coaster to the UK for their December co-headline tour with Def Leppard!
The wonders of the wheel will be spectacularly unveiled during Tommy Lee’s thrilling drum solo where he is launched into multiple loops and pyrotechnics while continuing to perform.
Not one to keep the fun to himself, the drummer also hand picks a fan from the audience to join him for his crazy ride at every show.
Check out just a tease of what to expect this winter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO7k1eMuTxo
Daredevil, Tommy Lee says “This idea came about from when I was a kid going to concerts. Whenever the drummer started his drum solo, I wondered why people would leave to go get a beer, buy a t-shirt, restroom, whatever!! I wanted to show people what happens behind the drum set, so I decided to expose it all by flipping the drums vertical, upside-down making them disappear and fly over the audiences heads! Mötley Crüe brings you on a thrill ride, jump on the 360! Let’s do this! By the way, it’s really f*****g difficult playing while on this ride!
The band’s highly anticipated tour kicks off next month in Birmingham. Witness the insanity for yourself at the following dates:
DECEMBER 2011
TUESDAY 6 BIRMINGHAM LG ARENA
THURSDAY 8 NOTTINGHAM ARENA
FRIDAY 9 GLASGOW SECC HALL 4
SUNDAY 11 MANCHESTER ARENA
TUESDAY 13 SHEFFIELD ARENA
WEDNESDAY 14 WEMBLEY ARENA
Tickets are on sale now priced at £47.50 London / £45.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) via www.livenation.co.uk.
Mötley Crüe are also about to re-issue their core catalogue on CD and vinyl after a long absence in the market place.
The following albums will be re-released as limited edition Vinyl replica CDs with a 16 page booklet, regular CD’s with a 5 page booklet and on 180g vinyl in a 4 colour Gatefold sleeve: ‘Too Fast For Love’, ‘Shout At The Devil’, ‘Theatre of Pain’, ‘Girls Girls Girls’ and ‘Dr Feelgood’. They will be available November 14, 2011 on Eleven Seven Music.
This will be followed by ‘Motley Crue’s Greatest Hits’ package in CD, Deluxe (CD with DVD) and 180g Vinyl formats on December 5, 2011.

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