Tuesday, 25 November 2014

@Hazel_OConnor @HughCornwell in double headliner gigs at the @Sage_Gateshead and @arcstockton Thurs/Fri

Double Headliner Gig at the Sage Gateshead and the Arc Stockton
 Hazel O'Connor and Hugh Cornwell

Hazel will perform songs from her stunning back catalogue and her critically acclaimed recent material whilst Hugh’s electric performance will include a mix of solo and classic Stranglers catalogue.
Coinciding with the the 2014 release of the new album, Here She Comes, award-winning singer- songwriter Hazel O'Connor teams up with legendary performers - saxophonist Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. The superb blend of the three voices and musicianship adds a touch of class to their vibrant performance. Her unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother and If Only seem even more relevant in our present times.

“They were absolutely fantastic, bringing the entire audience roaring to its feet.”  - DAILY TELEGRAPH

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers.
As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he's enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA's musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun and Duchess.
Cornwell's latest studio album TOTEM AND TABOO was released to rave reviews. Recorded at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, the album was engineered and mixed by the legendary Steve Albini.

"His gnarliest record in over 30 years" – MOJO
"Ten songs, ten distinct sentiments, ten atmospheres, all unmistakably Cornwell and really, all pretty damn good"  - YOUR FLESH  
"He sounds more engaged and intense than he has in years" – CLASSIC ROCK
"Cornwell provides the goods In Spades" – VIVE LE ROCK    

@MW_Schenker is coming to the @o2academynewc on 10th December ..perfect #Xmasgift!

Michael Schenker 

Coming to the O2 Newcastle

On the 10th December

The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour at the Newcastle O2 Academy from 10th December. Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office 0844 478 0898 or from www.thegigcartel.com. Even better...walk to the box office at the O2, pay cash and avoid those pesky booking and credit card fees!
photo by Diana Fabbricatore
Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album "Bridge The Gap" which features the new single "Lord Of The Lost And Lonely".
Four days before his UK tour kicks off, Schenker will headline Planet Rockstock Festival at Trecco Bay in South Wales on Saturday 6th December

Bridge The Gap features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band, comprising ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

The new LP includes thirteen adrenalin-fuelled melodic rock’n’roll songs that showcase Schenker’s distinctive and explosive guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, marking the first time Schenker, Rarebell and Buchholz have appeared on the same album since the Scorpions’ 1979 Lovedrive. 
Photo by Steve Brinkman

Vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his enthusiastic personality with every note.  Wayne Findlay adds another dimension to the dynamic, classic Schenker sound with his Dean 7 string guitar and keyboard orchestrations.

Bridge the Gap is a thunderous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light.  Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by top drawer musicians.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Two ambitious gigs : @DiscoMoves #WhenYourMotherGoesHome VS @LadyGaga #ArtRave

Two Gigs on Two Consecutive Nights:
Peculiar Disco Moves: The "When Your Mother Goes Home" Launch
Lady Gaga : the ArtRave Tour


Peculiar Disco Moves: Not one but 2 venues consisting of the historic Castle Keep and the almost as historic Bridge Hotel, both across the cobbled road from each other in Newcastle. The beautiful vaulted high ceiling and sandstone block walls with all the little stairways and room made for a very niche venue. The Bridge Hotel has a cosy upstairs room with delicious, reasonable priced beer. Simple lighting, mic stands and the usual stage furniture.

Lady Gaga: only one venue, the Metro Radio Arena no less, with a capacity of of over 10,000 and most of those seats taken. Beer expensive and bland, soft drinks equally as expensive, and the food follows suit. The stage was extended into undulating runways into the crowd, some runways went over the heads of the standing audience. The lighting was sophisticated and everywhere. The speakers were huge and the stage set was from the imagination of someone who has seen too much Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. 


Peculiar Disco Moves: Well-crafted pop songs.

Lady Gaga: Well-crafted pop songs.

Support bands:

Peculiar Disco Moves had: themselves playing mother-themed covers in the Castle Keep, followed by the feisty, very talented and triply vocalising Iceni.

Lady Gaga had: Breedlove, who I thought at first was a parody act with his ridiculous song about wanting to meet us at "Sex O'clock". He grew on me, and some of his songs were catchy numbers. Breedlove was in retrospect really rather good once we had to sit through the loops of Lady Starlight. I'm not sure why she was there at all, twiddling knobs, turning loops up and down. She got irritating, and irritated by the crowd losing interest in her by the end.

Ticket Price:

Peculiar Disco Moves £3

Lady Gaga £35-100+ and additional inexplicably high booking and credit card fees. We bought direct from the box office, the day before the gig, paying cash. Often big gig tickets become available in the last week of sales.


Lady Gaga: We contacted her management months ago, but as we could see at the gig, there was no way a DSLR was getting anywhere near her. My phone camera sucks, badly. So Blogger has turned the poor photo into this:

Peculiar Disco Moves: 

Peculiar Disco Moves

The Gigs:

Lady Gaga: there is no doubt this was an enjoyable spectacle. The penultimate gig of the tour it held some "special" moments as Ms Germanotta shared anecdotes and her love of the LGBT community. Apparently a gay person designed the set. She can dance, and sing, backing tracks did help out at times, but lip syncing was not an issue. It was a fabulous show, great songs, big wigs, crazy dancing troupes, a Lady Gaga sideboob moment, cannons firing stuff into the audience and that paper confetti stuff they pump out. There were numerous costume changes. One noteable feature was the effect whenever Lady Gaga had a lying down moment on the runway. People would throw soft toys, letter, clothing, dildos, until she was just prostrate in  what looked like landfill contents.

Peculiar Disco Moves : After a cracking set by the very talented Iceni, PDM took to the stage.  Peculiar Disco Moves are coming on leaps and bounds as a live band. Not only as a group but every member seems to be growing as a performer with their other musical interests. The increased frequency of gigging in the last year has had a real positive impact on the way they gel onstage. The playlist has changed as new songs have been added and some old ones have had to make way. The May 2014 release Lost For Words (Please Don’t Tell Me Please Don’t Say) was rolled out alongside such “classics” as I Don’t Want The World To End On Tuesday and of course the manic Johnny Disco was the finale. The new single is another kitchen-sink comedy but this time an ode to the troublesome mother-in-law to be. When Your Mother Goes Home got the feet tapping and some people tempted into dancing. There was a lot of appreciative talk from the audience at the end and it has to be just a matter of time  before PDM get the recognition they deserve.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

#Newcastle #WhoKnew the #Musical needs musicians, cast, singers #audition details


 the P!nk musical

Coming soon to Newcastle

It's rare a new musical is developed and produced right here in Newcastle but Limelight Theatrical Services have taken the bull by the horns and created this, a family story built around the songs of P!nk. Check out the Facebook page.
Initially set to run from 19-21st February 2015, this production has ideas way beyond the Basement Cafe venue in Carliol Square. Although I've found the venue behind the cafe to be absolutely perfect for this kind of performance and a hidden gem in the Carliol Square crown.
The story is built around a cast of 5 players. We start with a headstrong 14 year old Alecia Hart struggling with the knowledge her parents' marriage is crumbling. We follow her through her life as a troubled teenager than as a young woman with the love of her life Tom, even if the love of Tom's life lies with the motors he works on as a mechanic. There is sadness, joy, a little domestic here and there, and of course love, all glued together by fantastic songs by P!nk.

Of course this musical will not happen without musicians and so David Oliver the company director invites local talent to come along on 28th November to show their mettle:

"We are pleased to announce official auditions for the musical. These will take place on the 28th November from 6pm for production and tech and crew meeting, 7pm for cast, and 8.30pm for band. If you are cast and or band, please bring something to use as your audition material. Auditions. Last no longer than 10mins. We can play back backing tracks and vocals. The venue is listed below. Please confirm attendance as soon as you get this.

David Oliver
Cornerstone Church Newcastle
9-11 Carliol Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 6UF"

More details as the production develops...we're looking forward to sharing rehearsal pictures.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Almasty Brewery open day! Beer! Sausages! In Shiremoor.

Brewery Open Day at Almasty!

There’s an open day at Almasty Brewery on Saturday 15th November between 12noon and 5pm. The brewery is at Unit 11, Algernon Industrial Estate, New York Road , Shiremoor. NE27 0NB (Near Cobalt Business Park )

There will be Almasty beers on sale plus guests, food from Utter Swine (Local Sausage Company) and coffee from Lola's Coffee (the events side of Flatcaps coffee). There will be a mix of cask and keg beers available to drink on site or purchase to take home.

The Free Trade Inn will be running a bus, leaving at midday and returning at 4:30 for anyone who cannot make it otherwise. For information on this please contact michael.t.potts@gmail.com or 07584636656

@DiscoMoves host double-venue single launch for "When Your Mother Goes Home"

Got the mother-in-law coming round this Christmas?

Is your home going to be some kind of festive "Dragon's Den?"

Available on Bandcamp as MP3 or limited edition CD
on 5th December

Forced to face 20 questions by your partner's disapproving mum? Peculiar Disco Moves release When Your Mother Goes Home, an addictive hook-littered pop rollercoaster to provide a light-hearted anecdote to this very situation that has haunted mankind since the dawn of time.

The single will be available to purchase via Peculiar Disco Moves' bandcamp page and will be supported by a special launch event at Newcastle's Castle Keep and the Bridge Hotel on Friday 21st November.

A very appropriate and yet surprising video is being prepared for your enjoyment right now.  We'll be in touch when it's ready to view.

When Your Mother Goes Home is simple in sentiment, based on young love struggling to blossom because of a mother's refusal to accept her daughter's foray into the world of relationships. It is a catchy pop narrative that conveys anger at a situation that can prove stifling and challenging, but unravels with Peculiar Disco Moves own indomitable quirky style.

Peculiar Disco Moves have had a successful year, following the release of their last single, Lost For Words, which featured a time machine video with the band revisiting past eras of musical significance. This song was also recently hand picked for inclusion on New York-label Factory Fast Records compilation release Pitch Black Heart. The band carried this momentum into a busy season of Festivals which took them to Manchester, Derbyshire and Yorkshire, as well as a clutch of local appearances including NARC Fest, Oxjam and supporting Voice Of The North choir at The Sage.

Peculiar Disco Moves have had widespread coverage and acclaim from their past releases, notably in the form of Chronicle and Journal Magazine features, BBC Introducing, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio play, a HMV in-store appearance, and a novelty video made for lead singer Alix's football team Bradford City reaching the Carling Cup Final in 2013, which spawned over 10,000 views on YouTube.

"a cross between Graham Fellows and The Divine Comedy" The Northern Echo

"a quirky mix of danceable pop tunes and colourful tales of British Life." The Northern Line

 "an intriguing listen and at the end of the day, we could all do with a little more positivity in our lives." Tune Army

"Incredibly off the wall and entertaining" The Handsome Press

"intricate and genre-spanning arrangements" The Evening Chronicle

Jo Oliver : Photos and words.

Peculiar Disco Moves

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

@DenatureMusic in the running for an @MMMClass prize...give them your vote for the video for #TIME

In "My Music Masterclass"

 Vote for "Time" Video for Denature by Chris Lavelle.

Denature are asking for your vote so that they can win some crucial new equipment to help them in their next musical project. They've entered their most recent single, "Time" with a video from award winning videographer Chris Lavelle.

Denature are signed to Music Panther and are currently working in Loft Studios on new music. Give this northeast band your support and help us help them to to next level.

Jo Oliver

Jowheretogo PR

MD Music Panther

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