JUAN ZELADA AT GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL

March 10, 2012

 

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JUAN ZELADA
‘High Ceilings & Collarbones’

BBC Radio 2 Album of the Week

Release date 16th April 2012

Juan Zelada will be the first musician ever to offer a money-back guarantee to the audiences on his 26 date tour of the UK.  Times are hard and people want to know they will get value for their money, few people are taking chances spending on the unfamiliar.  What’s an artist to do?  How about guaranteeing them a good time or they’ll get their money back in full. 

Hotly  tipped Juan is already a favourite at radio making it onto radio A-Lists throughout the country.  His sold out shows have built through rave reviews and word of mouth, the BBC have tipped him as one to watch. Juan’s fanbase was recently widened when he was the guest artist for Mumford & Sons nationwide tour, says Ben Lovett of M&S Juan Zelada is without question one of the most exciting live acts of 2012. We challenge you to leave without a smile on your face!”

 

Juan who played in Amy Winehouse’s band on her infamous Back in Black tour is serious about the money back guarantee.  Says Juan, “I think people are reluctant to spend money doing things they wouldn’t normally do, I love new people coming to my shows, this is a great way to encourage them, I know they will have a great time.  This way they have nothing to lose, I’m guaranteeing it.  Shops guarantee stuff you buy, people send back food in restaurants if it’s not good, why shouldn’t they be able to get their money back if they feel my show wasn’t good enough? 

Juan’s spreading his money back guarantee message through a national press ad in The Guardian on March 1st and social networking.

Juan, who can count Paul McCartney and Paloma Faith amongst his fans, transforms any room into a wild party. Throwing heart and soul into every performance, his joy is infectious, spread through a simple smile, a head-nod, or dancing with abandon. Nobody can remain seated during his gigs; Juan gets everyone on their feet, singing and dancing.

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UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL 2011

August 23, 2011

Gloucester Guildhall Presents

UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL 2011

Following the huge success of its launch last year, Gloucester Guildhall is excited to announce that the Underground Festival, Gloucester’s only festival for unsigned and emerging bands, will return in September. Dedicated to bringing the best up-and-coming national talent to the city for the weekend, this year promises to be better than ever, with a line-up to rival more established festivals such as Dot to Dot in Bristol and The Great Escape in Brighton. Entry to the festival is free and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis on both days. Demand is expected to be high so festival-goers are being advised to turn up early!

Acts announced so far include Main Stage Saturday headliners, Essex five-piece Morning Parade. Signed to Parlophone, the same label responsible for breaking some of Britain’s biggest bands such as Radiohead, Coldplay and Blur, they are being lauded as the next big British guitar band. Support on the Main Stage comes from Dog Is Dead who have been making big waves in the industry since appearing on the final episode of ‘Skins’ earlier this year and have since penned a deal with Atlantic. They are joined by Londoners Lonsdale Boys Club, who have also recently signed to Future Music – an imprint of Universal being run by Gary Barlow – before even releasing their first single.

Headlining the main stage on Sunday are Francesqa, supported by Blitz Kids, both of whom were recently nominated in the Best British Newcomer category of the 2011 Kerrang! Awards.

Stagecoach appeared on the soundtrack for recent British comedy ‘Killing Bono’, and have also had their music used on Channel 4’s ‘Skins’ and the final two episodes of BBC One’s ‘Gavin and Stacey’. The frontwoman of Ramona is fronting the new advertising campaign for Burberry.

In an addition to last year’s festival, Gloucester Guildhall have teamed up with BBC Introducing, meaning that a larger number of local bands will be given the chance to perform via the BBC Introducing Stage, alongside hotly tipped acts. Saturday headliners Trophy Wife are part of the Blessing Force scene, a vibrant collective of bands and musicians from the Oxford area, including the well-known Foals, who are setting the trend for inter-band collaboration, lending each other band members, sharing studio space and making videos for each other’s songs, as well as putting on live music in unusual and unconventional locations. And on the Sunday we have Big Deal, a dreamy duo from London, who are about to release their debut album.

A third stage line-up, curated by music and culture zine Risk and Consequence will be announced in the next few days, with some real treats and surprises being lined up to appear.

As the festival is all about bringing the best new and unsigned music to Gloucester it’s satisfying for organisers to note the success bands from last year’s line up have gone on to enjoy. Viva Brother, who recently returned to Gloucester Guildhall next week as part of a headline tour, appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman in New York (one of the most watched TV shows in the USA), following three sold out shows there.  Buckinghamshire rock band Futures have since recorded their album with legendary producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World), Underground headliners The Joy Formidable open the main stage at Reading this year and Gallops’ track Miami Spider has been used by O2 in a European advertising campaign. It seems Gloucester Guildhall’s Underground Festival really is the place to be to catch the next big thing.
 

Bands announced for the festival so far:

Saturday

Main Stage
Morning Parade
Dog Is Dead
Lonsdale Boys Club
Ramona
Theme Park
Polarsets
The Suzikis

BBC Introducing Stage
Trophy Wife
Dirty Goods

Sunday

Main Stage,
Francesqa,
Blitz Kids,
Young Legionnaire,
Holy State,
The Computers,
Stagecoach,
Delta Alaska,

BBC Introducing Stage,
Big Deal,
Nicholas Stevenson,

www.undergroundfestival.co.uk

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September / 12pm / Free entry (first come first served) / Over 14s only


GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL PRESENTS : ATHLETE: THE HITS – STRIPPED BACK

May 24, 2011

ATHLETE: THE HITS – STRIPPED BACK

With four studio albums and 14 singles under their belt, Ivor Novello Award winners and undisputed indie giants Athlete return to Gloucester Guildhall as part of a unique unplugged tour.

Friends since the age of 14, Athlete shot to fame with their first single Westside, which broke them onto the wider music scene with strong support from Radio 1. They signed to Regal Recordings and released their debut album, Vehicles and Animals in April 2003, which earned them a Mercury Music Prize nomination and went on to sell over 250,000 copies. The band’s popularity rocketed with the release of single Wires, their highest charting single to date, in 2005, and consequently their second album, Tourist, flew off the shelves, entering the UK album chart at #1. A year later Wires secured the band an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song.

Athlete’s third album, Beyond The Neighbourhood, released in September 2007, was a departure from their previous releases with self-produced collection of low-key songs. Despite being met by mixed reviews from fans and critics the album still charted at #5. In 2009 the band parted company with Parlophone Records and signed instead to Fiction Records, swiftly releasing fourth album Black Swan. They also signed a deal with Original Signal Recordings to release Black Swan in America

Athlete’s songs have been used in numerous films and TV programmes, the most recent of which was Light The Way, taken from Black Swan, which was used in a recent Co-Op advert. The band are rumoured to be working on a fifth album as well as dabbling in various solo projects – this stripped back tour brings to the stage a side to Athlete you may not have seen before and should be a real treat for fans.

Saturday 16th July // Tickets £18 adv, £20 door // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s

TICKETS ON SALE 10AM ON FRIDAY 27TH MAY

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 : STEVEN SEVERIN: BLOOD OF A POET

February 7, 2011

STEVEN SEVERIN: BLOOD OF A POET

Punk hero-turned-composer Steven Severin comes to Gloucester Guildhall with an avant-garde musical and cinematic treat.

 

Steven Severin is probably best known for being one of the founding members of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Featuring on all 16 albums and 30 singles as co-lyricist and songwriter, Severin remained with the Banshees in a career that lasted two decades until their demise in the mid-90s. Since then, he has stayed firmly within the arts, working on a variety of solo projects and collaborations, writing for several newspapers and even publishing a collection of erotic poetry called The Twelve Revelations.

 

Severin started his own record label, RE, through which he released three albums of commissioned music: Visions, a reworking of the soundtrack to Nigel Wingrove’s Visions of Ecstasy; Maldoror, the score to Brazilian theatre troupe Os Satryas’ performance of Lautremonth’s Chants de Maldoror; and The Woman in the Dunes, which provided the accompaniment for Indo-Japanese dancer Shakti’s dance show at he Edinburgh festival in 2000.

 

In 2003 Severin was asked to provide the entire soundtrack to British independent supernatural thriller London Voodoo. As a result of this he wound down his record label to concentrate exclusively on writing music for film and TV.

 

Interest in Siouxsie and the Banshees continued, however, and their long-awaited b-side box set Downside Up was released in 2004, with the band’s first four classic albums, The Scream, Join Hands, Kaleidoscope and Juju, being reissued, expanded and re-mastered in 2006. Steven’s 1983 collaboration with Robert Smith as The Glove also received the same treatment.

 

Severin continued his foray into the world of writing music for film and TV, scoring a six-part documentary for Channel 4 on the history of finance and, in 2006, recording the soundtrack to Paul Burrows’ psychological thriller Nature Morte.

 

It makes perfect sense then that one of the most innovative forces in alternative music would apply his talent to one of the most innovative forces in cinema. Blood of a Poet, Jean Cocteau’s surrealist 1930 debut, was scandalous in its time. Commissioned by the same person who commissioned Bunuel’s L’Age D’Or, it features a young poet whose drawings instigate strange events, such as a statue coming to life and a mirror leading to a corridor, in a film about the complex relationship between an artist and his creations, reality and the imagination.

 

Severin will be performing his score live alongside the film, his dark and emotive intelligent electro soundscapes a perfect accompaniment.

Long-time fans of Severin and those that appreciate good, challenging and revolutionary cinema will find many things to rave about here.

Sunday 26th March 2011 // Tickets £10 adv, £12 door // Doors 7.00pm // All ages

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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Gloucester Guildhall Presents FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

December 17, 2010

Gloucester Guildhall Presents

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

Welsh rockers Funeral for a Friend prepare to storm Gloucester Guildhall.

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, is due to be released next 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 7th April // Tickets £12 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s

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

 

Get in touch for press passes etc.

Kind regards,

Chloe

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Gloucester Guildhall Presents LOS CAMPESINOS!

December 17, 2010

Gloucester Guildhall Presents

LOS CAMPESINOS!

EMBARGOED UNTIL FRIDAY 17TH DECEMBER

Poster children for the modern disenchanted, Los Campesinos! bring their wryly uproarious indie-pop to Gloucester Guildhall in an NME tour warm-up show.

Once described as what would happen if you gave ‘every member of Belle & Sebastian a dangerous dose of Sherbet Dip and Red Bull’, Los Campesinos! are a Welsh band without any Welsh band members. They got together at Cardiff University (all seven members of the band eventually left with a degree) and proceeded to gig around the area and post their music on the internet until they were enthusiastically picked up by Bethan Elfyn and Huw Stephens and featured on their Radio 1 Wales show. The band’s reputation continued to grow and in August 2006 they landed a support slot with Broken Social Scene. A few months later they signed to Wichita Recordings and by February 2007 they had released their first single, double A-side We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives/Don’t Tell Me To Do The Math(s). In October that year they embarked on their first full UK tour.

Debut album, Hold On Now, Youngster, was released in February 2008 to glowing praise from critics. Lauded as a ‘giddy, tuneful love note to individuality, pathos, silliness and everything else indie-pop built its name on’, it features crescendos, hooks and clever turns of phrase in all the right places to perfectly complement the emotional vividness of the poetic lyrics. In August that year the band released another record entitled We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, proclaiming that there were not going to be any singles released from it and there would be limited distribution. Though many consider it to be an album due to its length, the band have always referred to it as an extended EP, citing ‘artistic reasons’.

With the band’s songwriting skills on a steady upwards trajectory, the second official album, Romance Is Boring, was released in February 2010, and they recently announced the launch of their quarterly fanzine, Heat Rash, which is intended to ‘allow us to act in the moment, to talk about what we want to, as a platform for other mediums of ‘art’, and to write and release songs in a more spontaneous way. This will hopefully allow a less formal, more fluid, DIY vein of work to develop alongside, and outside, of our album releases.’

Colourful and energetic, this is a show not to be missed!

Tuesday 1st February // Tickets £10 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 17TH DECEMBER FROM 2PM

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.

Get in touch for press passes etc.

Kind regards,

Chloe

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Chloe Homer

Marketing Officer

Gloucester Guildhall                   T:  01452 396390

Gloucester City Council               F:  01452 396202

23 Eastgate Street,                     chloe.homer@gloucester.gov.uk

Gloucester.  GL1 1NS www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

 

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Gloucester Guildhall Presents KATE NASH (2011)

December 17, 2010

Gloucester Guildhall Presents

KATE NASH


 

Kate Nash needs little or no introduction. Charming her way into the hearts of music fans the world over with her vocal eccentricity and blasé grasp of the Queen’s English from the moment she first appeared on the scene, two albums on she’s still producing songs full of her trademark wit and personality, with just a sprinkling of anarchy. And now she is bringing her thoroughly British pop music back to Gloucester for what will prove to be a fantastic night at the Guildhall.

It almost seems that Kate Nash came to music entirely by chance. Originally aiming for a career in theatre and studying at the infamous BRIT School, a fall down a flight of stairs and a broken foot left her housebound and with nothing to do except write songs. And it went from there. As soon as she was back on her feet she started booking gigs, found herself a manager and a then producer for her songs. Her debut single, Caroline’s A Victim, was released through Moshi Moshi Records in February 2007, and sold out all 2000 copies that were made, with the video receiving airplay on MTV2. Signing to Fiction Records two months later, Nash’s first full release, Foundations, entered the UK single chart at #2, with her first album, Made of Bricks, reaching the heady heights of #1 in the UK album chart. A year of festival appearances followed, including Glastonbury and Latitude, as well as world-wide releases of three more singles from the album.

In 2009 Nash teamed up with Bernard Butler, producer of Duffy’s Rockferry album and former guitarist with Suede, and in April 2010 the first single from the resultant album, titled My Best Friend Is You, was released. The single, Do-Wah-Doo, was hyped as having a more “girl group” sound and gained Nash her second-highest chart position of #15. The album charted at #8.

As a performer, Nash is generally hailed as one of those artists who really puts some effort into building a rapport with the audience, and with big sound and catchy melodies what more could you want from a show? This is guaranteed to be a sell-out.

Sunday 3rd April // Tickets £12.50 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 17TH DECEMBER FROM 12PM

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.

 

Get in touch for press passes etc.

 

Kind regards,

Chloe

 

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Chloe Homer

Marketing Officer

Gloucester Guildhall                   T:  01452 396390

Gloucester City Council               F:  01452 396202

23 Eastgate Street,                     chloe.homer@gloucester.gov.uk

Gloucester.  GL1 1NS www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

 

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