Dizzee Rascal, Chase and Status, Friendly Fires, Nero, Labrinth and more set for Beach Break Live 2012

February 21, 2012

Beach Break Live, the much loved UK student festival, announce their biggest ever line-up with Chase and Status [live], Dizzee Rascal, Friendly Fires, Nero, Maverick Sabre, Labrinth, Wretch 32 and many more.

DJ Fresh will be performing live as well as Ben Howard, Delilah, Ghostpoet, Skream, Benga [live] Mistajam, The Whip, Scroobius Pip, Toddla T, The Milk, Clement Marfo & The Frontline and the legendary Hostpitality will be bringing their artists to Beach Break Live 2012

Beach Break Live has today announced its biggest, best and boldest line-up to date, which features some of music’s brightest stars and hottest new talent. Taking place from 14th – 18th June in Pembrey Country Park the four-day extravaganza will welcome the mighty Chase and Status, who will be performing live on Friday, grime maestro Dizzee Rascal who will be topping Saturday’s bill and Friendly Fires, who will raise the roof on Sunday, closing what is without doubt the most exciting festival line-up of the summer. With tickets priced from just £109, Beach Break Live will be buzzing with festival goers enjoying the epic line-up and four fun-filled days in the sun which will see everything from Roller Disco’s to The Celtic Games.

After Beach Break Live gave Chase and Status their first ever headline show in 2010, the duo have risen to global stardom pioneering drum and bass in the UK singles chart and bringing the genre to the forefront of the music industry. They will be joined by multi-talented producer and artist in his own right Labrinth, who shot to fame in 2011 with his numerous collaborations and hugely successful singles ‘Let The Sun Shine’ and ‘Earthquake’. BRITs Critics Choice-nominated Maverick Sabre will stun the crowds with his beautiful voice while hotly tipped London band Clement Marfo & The Frontline will be skanking down in their uniquely urban style. The coveted Delilah will no doubt be performing her single ‘GO’ which has received huge critical acclaim and resonated with fans across the UK. Dubstep chart toppers Nero will bring hits such as ‘Me And You’ and ‘Promises’ to the Beach Break Live Dance Stage.

As with Chase & Status, Beach Break Live is hugely excited to be welcoming the return of another festival favourite, BRITs awards winner Dizzee Rascal who will headline The Dell Main Stage on Saturday. Having stuck with Beach Break through the infamous 2009 site move to perform his first ever headline festival show, Dizzee returns as the notorious icon of the UK grime and urban scene to blow the minds of 20,000 festival goers in Wales. Festival goers will be going ‘Bonkers’ for everything Beach Break this year, from Zorbing down the 8-mile beach to horseriding through the waves, this festival offers everything fun in one place.

DJ Fresh, who has just reached No. 1 in the UK singles chart, will be showcasing his new live tour, which includes a full band and a tonne of technology as a back drop to his hard hitting bass lines. Since 2010 Wretch 32 has been steadily rising up the charts thanks to breakthrough singles from his hugely successful album ‘Black and White’. 2012 is set to continue that trend, if not garner even more success for the grime MC when he performs at this year’s Beach Break Live 2012. Embarking on UK tours this February, Beach Break is delighted to be welcoming both Manchester indie rockers The Whip and lyrical genius Ghostpoet to the festival for the first time while the newly appointed BBC Radio 1 contingent Benga [live] and Skream will be offering up the kind of cutting edge drum ‘n’ bass that has seen them become two of the most talked about DJs and producers in the business.

The infamous Ghetto Blaster stage is returning yet again to Beach Break Live, true to form artists will be keeping festival goers up into the small hours with a mash up of unique dubstep from Toddla T, Rinse FM’s very own Oneman and Glasgows champian DJ and Numbers label founder, Jackmaster, will be spinning the decks with a frenzy of electronic bass and beats. Blawan will also be joining the boys on the Ghetto Blaster stage, hotly tipped producer of 2011 will no doubt be bringing even more to the dance table in 2012. Festival circuit pros DJ Parker, DJ Cheeba and DJ Moneyshot will be spinning the decks in Chai Wallah whilst rising talents Mystery, SDM, MTD and Dutty Dan will also be performing around the site. Propaganda will be starting the post main stage party in the ActionAid tent every night, with some secret DJ sets to top it off!

With the highly anticipated second album from Friendly Fires tantalisingly close to being released, there’s little doubt that the St. Albans trio will be a festival highlight for many a Beach Breaker in 2012 when the boys close proceedings on the Dell Main Stage on Sunday. They will be joined by Beach Break regular and rapidly rising singer songwriter Ben Howard while Merlin’s Forest is set for the ultimate drum ‘n’ bass takeover when the one-and-only Hospitality unleash their collective on Sunday. High Contrast, Netsky, Camo & Krooked, Danny Byrd and more will take to the decks for what promises to be a unforgettable show.

Editors Notes

Beach Break Live has become the destination for thousands of Students over the last five years, now in its sixth successful year the team are still striving to make it bigger and better than ever. A brief foray in TV stardom on the Dragons Den to the near miss of the infamous ‘Zoo Break Live’ has lead to a sell-out 20,000 student celebration of the end of exams and the beginning of the summer.




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February 21, 2012

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
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


February 20, 2012



Earlier on there were rumours of us splitting up, but I mean – f*** ‘em – how can you split up when you have an audience like this.”  
Freddie Mercury. Knebworth Park, August 9, 1986

With a quarter of a century having since passed, rock legends Queen are to return to play a second concert at the venue that provided them with the setting for one of their biggest and most historic concerts.

Queen’ Brian May and Roger Taylor today confirmed the band will headline the second day of this year’s Sonisphere Festival appearing at the festival home ground Knebworth Park, Stevenage, on Saturday July 7.

Knebworth was the setting for Queen’s final concert with Freddie Mercury in August 1986.

May and Taylor also confirmed that for this special one-off concert they will be joined by US singer-songwriter Adam Lambert.

Since first encountering each other during American Idol Season 8 in May 2009 where Lambert joined the band to perform We Are the Champions the two have repeatedly hinted at a future collaboration, most recently with Taylor telling Billboard Magazine “He (Adam) has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that’s great. We would like to work with him again. There’s nothing signed just yet but …it could be very exciting.”

After their brief meeting on American Idol, the potent chemistry between Queen and Lambert finally broke the surface when at the invitation of Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor Lambert joined them for the closing showcase at the recent MTV Europe Awards where Queen were present to collect their Global Icon award.

Their eight minute MTVE set ignited an immediate reaction across the internet with social network sites buzzing with excitement and campaigning for a more formal union between Queen and Lambert. The Sonisphere 2012 Knebworth stage will at last provide an eager public the opportunity to see May, Taylor and Lambert delve deeper into exploring their very evident artistic appreciation of one another.

Says Brian May: “Judging by my incoming mail, this decision will make a lot of people very happy. It’s a worthy challenge for us, and I’m sure Adam would meet with Freddie’s approval! And what better place to revisit, and walk those emotional paths than Knebworth? It will be a rush.”

Lambert adds: “I’m completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon. The thought of sharing the stage for a full set is so beautifully surreal. I’m honoured to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory. He’s a personal hero of mine and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know the evening will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band I know magic will be on display.”

Queen’s previous performance at Knebworth Park, close on twenty-six years ago ,  August 9, 1986, was set up to be the glorious last stop for the band’s monstrously successful Magic Tour which had spread out across Europe over eight weeks of that summer.  Over a million people had already paid to see them.

Now riding one of the highest crests in their career, Queen drew a record crowd of 120,000, their biggest ever UK audience.  Coming on the back of two stunning shows at Wembley Stadium – to this day regarded as among their finest performances – anticipation was high.

Queen delivered the goods, winding up the crowd by arriving above their heads in a custom decorated helicopter, and then going on to perform a Queen textbook set to a deliriously enthusiastic audience, winding up with an emotional ‘God Save the Queen’ and Freddie wishing his audience ‘sweet dreams’.

What no-one in that Knebworth Park audience, and as far as we know, not even the band could anticipate that day, was that a new chapter in Queen’s history was being written: after more than 700 concerts together, what was taking place was the very last live concert of Freddie Mercury with Queen.

With the exception of an appearance in 1988 with Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballe to launch Barcelona’s successful bid for the 1992 Olympic Games performing their duet ‘Barcelona’, Mercury would never again be seen performing to a public audience.

On what will undoubtedly rate as one of this summer’s most highly anticipated and emotionally charged concerts Queen’s Roger Taylor says: “I remember Knebworth as being the most incredible gig, with the most amazing audience and the sound on stage was utterly perfect. It was a fitting last stand before a live audience for Freddie. It will be a real challenge to complete the circle by returning with Adam.”

Shooting rockets. Blood spitting. Face Paint. Shiny Boots and utterly jaw dropping triumphant live shows: SONISPHERE is proud to announceKISS as Friday’s headliner. With a reputation for being perhaps the most flamboyant and entertaining band on the planet, the American Kings will bring their stage extravaganza to SONISPHERE as their only European performance of 2012.

For the final, Sunday night, SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH is proud to announce the legendary FAITH NO MORE as the headline act on the APOLLO stage. Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton are poised to set KNEBWORTH on fire when they close the last night at SONISPHERE with their only UK appearance in 2012. Of their set Gould comments:“It was over 2 years ago when we decided to reform and play those amazing UK shows. The good news is, we’ve had a couple of years to improve our skills; moving our song to error ratio down 3.5 full percentage points. Watch out UK, we’re going to do it right this time!!”  

Joining the three superb headliners are some of the biggest names from the world of rock and metal including:

WITHIN TEMPTATION – only UK show of 2012, EVANESCENCE – only UK show of 2012,THE DARKNESS,INCUBUS – only UK show of 2012, MARILYN MANSON – only UK show of 2012, ANDREW WK – only UK festival show of 2012, REFUSED – only UK show of 2012,MASTODON – only UK festival show of 2012, THE BLACKOUT and more.

As well as the exciting names from the world of rock, SONISPHERE once again shows it’s forward thinking nature, and invites musician/comedian TIM MINCHIN to headline the Saturday night on SATURN. Since his first appearance at SONISPHERE back in 2010 theTIM’s success has gone from strength to strength, resulting in his first UK arena tour, his first West End Musical (Matilda The Musical) and numerous high profile TV appearances. After the astounding success of Bill Bailey’s SATURN slot last year, TIM – with full backing band in tow – is bound to deliver a much talked about and highly memorable show atSONISPHERE.

Tickets on sale to the public from 9:00am Thursday 23rd February fromwww.sonispherefestivals.com / 0844 871 8803priced at £145 for a weekend ticket (£180 with 4-day camping, £170 with 3-day camping), with a very limited number of day tickets available for £75.

To spread the cost of the festival customers can pay a non-refundable deposit of £50 to secure their weekend tickets and then pay the balance off anytime before 30th April 2011.


On top of the host of talent on offer at SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH, organisers are offering the first weekend ticket buyers a very limited number of tickets to SONISPHERE MADRID, which takes place 25th and 26th May. Headliners METALLICA – who play their Black album in its entirety – are joined by an impressive cast featuring the likes of SOUNDGARDEN, andSLAYER and many more. Two Sonisphere festivals for the price of one!


Headline sets from:

KISS (European Exclusive) – QUEEN (World Exclusive) – FAITH NO MORE (UK Exclusive)- TIM MINCHIN


*denotes exclusive festival appearance
**denotes only UK show of 2012

Ticket info:

Fan Club presale starts 8:00pm Monday 20thFebruary, tickets on sale to the public from 9:00am Thursday 23rd February fromwww.sonispherefestivals.com/ 0844 871 8803 priced at £145 for a weekend ticket (£180 with 4-day camping, £170 with 3-day camping), with a very limited number of day tickets available for £75.

Venue info:

Knebworth Park

Contact info:

Music Press:
Adam Sagir
020 8202 4314
Music Radio/TV:
Nelly Liger
020 8202 4314
All news / mainstream media:
Sean Harwood
07912 756 444

Gloucester Guildhall Presents – THE MILK

February 20, 2012

Gloucester Guildhall Presents




“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”

“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.



February 7, 2012

Madonna World Tour 2012

Tour Starts May 29th In Tel Aviv

Two UK Dates: London Hyde Park July 17th
Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium July 21st

London, Tuesday 7th February – Madonna is having a huge party and everyone’s invited! The Madonna 2012 WorldTour begins May 29th 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel, it was officially announced by Live Nation Entertainment, the tour’s international promoter. The shows will include arenas, stadiums and special outdoor sites including the Plains of Abraham in Quebec and a return visit to South America and Australia where she has not performed in 20 years. The tour will stop in 26 European cities including London, Edinburgh, Paris, Milan and Berlin.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday February 10th and will be available from http://www.livenation.co.uk


Tickets prices (subject to booking fee) are as follows:
London Hyde Park July 17th £125 and £70
Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium July 21st £125/£80/£75/£70/£60/£45

The announcement of Madonna’s 2012 World Tour follows an extraordinary week which along with Madonna’s Bridgestone Super Bowl halftime performance saw the release of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin” from her highly anticipated new album MDNA on Live Nation/Interscope Records – scheduled to be released on March 26th. MDNA is already No. 1 on iTunes in many countries including the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The single’s video which stars Nicki Minaj and MIA previewed last Friday on her YouTube channel. The Madonna directed Golden Globe Award winning film “W.E.” is on general release.

Madonna’s phenomenally successful “Sticky & Sweet” Tour reaffirmed her status as one of the most successful touring artists of all time. The historic tour included such incredible touring feats as a 70,000 seat sell-out in Werchter, Belgium, a 76,000 seat sell-out in Helsinki (the largest show ever in Finland by a solo artist), 40,000 tickets sell-out in Oslo, Norway, and 72,000 tickets sold out in one day in Tallinn Estonia. Other record breaking ticket sales around the globe include 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates, 72,000 tickets at Zurich’s Dübendorf Airfield – the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland, 75,000 tickets in London and four sell outs in New York’s Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets).

“Madonna’s track record as a world class entertainer and touring artist speaks for itself. Her artistry, talent and creative productions get bigger and better with each tour and Madonna 2012 will be no exception. We are thrilled to have her back on the road and know her fans feel the same,” commented Arthur Fogel, CEO Live Nation Entertainment Global Touring and Madonna tour promoter.

In the course of her phenomenal career, Madonna has a record breaking 37 Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart along with a record breaking 40 Number 1’s on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Song Charts. No other act has more Top 10’s on the Hot 100 or Number 1’s on the Club Chart. Madonna has sold over 300 million albums and holds the record for the most successful tour by a solo artist in history. She is a seven time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, producer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Her last CD “Hard Candy,” debuted at Number 1 in 37 countries including US, UK, Canada, France and Australia. Madonna 2012 World Tour is the Material Girl’s 9th Tour. Her first tour was the 1985 Virgin Tour.

Madonna’s recent Golden Globe winning song “Masterpiece” from The Weinstein Company film ”W.E.” as well as “W.E. Music From The Soundtrack “W.E.” film have both recently been released digitally on Universal’s Interscope Records. A physical release is to hit stores in the UK on February 13th.

Icon is Madonna’s official fan club. Lifetime Legacy members of Icon will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages starting February 7, 2012. Registered free Icon members will have the opportunity to purchase an “Icon Live Pass,” which gives them access not only to ticket & VIP Package pre-sales, but also to a tour devoted forum and an exclusive tour gift. Sign up for a free Icon membership at Madonna.com today.

VIP packages will be available through Live Nation Experience.
For VIP Experiences and Hospitality buy online at http://www.LiveNationExperience.co.uk or call 0207 009 3484

viagogo, Europe’s leading secondary ticketing company (www.viagogo.co.uk), has been named as the Official Premium and Secondary Ticketing Partner for Madonna’s 2012 summer tour dates across Europe. viagogo will handle premium tickets for select Madonna European shows this summer, offering fans the chance to see one of the most anticipated concert tours of the year. Fans that can no longer use their tickets will be able to resell them to other fans through viagogo’s secure online platform, and, as always, all tickets are guaranteed.




Tue 29th Tel Aviv, Israel, Ramat Gam Stadium


Sun 3rd Abu Dhabi, Yas Arena
7-Jun Istanbul, Turkey Turk Telecom Arena On sale soon

Mon 11th Zagreb, Croatia, Maksimir Stadium
Thu 14th Milan, Italy, Stadio San Siro
Sat 16th Florence, Italy, Stadio Franchi
Wed 20th Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Sun 24th Coimbra, Portugal, Estadio Cidade de Coimbra
Thu 28th Berlin, Germany, O2 Arena


Mon 2nd Copenhagen, Denmark, Parken Stadium
Wed 4th Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Thu 12th Brussels, Belgium, Stade Roi-Baudouin
Sat 14th Paris, France, Stade De France
Tue 17th London, UK, Hyde Park
Sat 21st Edinburgh, UK, Murrayfield Stadium
Tue 24th Dublin, Ireland, Aviva Stadium
Sun 29th Vienna, Austria, Ernst-Happel-Stadion


Wed 1st Warsaw, Poland, National Stadium
7-Aug Moscow, Russia Olimpiski Arena On sale soon.
8-Aug St. Petersburg, Russia SKK Arena On sale soon

Sun 12th Helsinki, Finland, Olympic Stadium
Wed 15th Oslo, Norway, Telenor Arena
Sat 18th Zurich, Switzerland, Stadion Letzigrund
Tue 21st Nice, France, Stade Charles-Erhmann
Tue 28th Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
Thu 30th Montreal, QC, Bell Centre


Sat 1st Quebec City, QC, Plains of Abraham Site
Tue 4th Boston, MA, TD Garden
Thu 6th New York, NY, Yankee Stadium
Mon 10th Ottawa, ON, Scotiabank Place
Wed 12th Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
Sat 15th Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
Wed 19th Chicago, IL, United Center
Sun 23rd Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
Sat 29th Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena


Tue 2nd Seattle, WA, Key Arena
Sat 6th San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion
Wed 10th Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
Sat 13th Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand
Tue 16th Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
Sat 20th Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
Wed 24th Houston, TX, Toyota Center
Sat 27th New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena
Tue 30th Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center

Thu 1st St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
Sat 3rd St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
Sat 10th Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
Thu 15th Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
Sat 17th Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
TBC Miami, FL, To Be Confirmed

The tour will also visit South American and Australia.


Additional cities and venues to be announced. Itinerary subject to change.

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
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.
Issued by Idea Generation IG Contact Details
T. +44 (0)20 7749 6850 Ella McWilliam: ella@ideageneration.co.uk
http://www.ideageneration.co.uk Sarah Barns: sarah.barns@ideageneration.co.uk
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.
Issued by Idea Generation IG Contact Details
T. +44 (0)20 7749 6850 Ella McWilliam: ella@ideageneration.co.uk
http://www.ideageneration.co.uk Sarah Barns: sarah.barns@ideageneration.co.uk
Ticketing Information
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
5th – 8th July 2012
Bignor Park
West Sussex
For Further Information / Use of Pictures / Interviews
Idea Generation: +44(0)20 7749 685
Ella McWillam: ella@ideageneration.co.uk
Sarah Barns: sarah.barns@ideageneration.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/novafestival
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/novafestival
Nova Line-Up
To be announced January 2012

Gloucester Guildhall Presents KAI FISH (MYSTERY JETS)

November 24, 2011

Gloucester Guildhall Presents




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.



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