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Thursday, 24 May 2018

James Bassett in the final Bents Park concert this summer

LOCAL YOUNGSTER JAMES BASSETT JOINS FINAL SUNDAY CONCERT


IT’S turned out nice again for a teenage George Formby impersonator after he was invited to perform in the final Sunday concert at Bents Park this summer.

James Bassett, 14, has been added to the star-studded line up on Sunday 29 July, which will bring the 2018 concert series to a close.

He will join Heather Small, Atomic Kitten, Lemar and Sam Lavery in the free outdoor show, held as part of the South Tyneside Festival.

James has become a familiar face around his home town thanks to his impersonations of the famous entertainer.

The Harton Technology School pupil has been playing the ukulele for a number of years, and is a member of The George Formby Society.

Last year, he appeared on ITV’s children’s talent show Little Big Shots, and recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the Queen’s birthday celebrations.

A big fan of wartime music, he will be bringing his ukulele skills to Bents Park this summer as a local support act to the big stars.

“I’m very excited to be appearing on the same bill as Heather Small, Atomic Kitten, Sam Lavery and Lemar, and I can’t wait for the concert,” he said.

“I love performing in public and it’s great to be invited to play at such a big show. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The Sunday concert series is supported by BBC Newcastle 95.4FM and sponsored by Port of Tyne and Colmans Seafood Temple, and runs across four consecutive Sundays in July.

Admission to all four concerts is free of charge, but fans can choose to upgrade to a Priority Plus ticket.

Priced at £5 each, these will guarantee earlier access to the park to pick the best spot, along with access to a dedicated bar area and toilets. However, there will only be a limited number available, and they must be bought in advance.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, is delighted with the new addition to the programme.

“James Bassett is a remarkable youngster who has already become a local celebrity thanks to his musical skills,” he said.

“One of the wonderful things about the Sunday concerts is that along with the big star performers there is a place for local, up-and-coming acts like James and it gives them the chance to showcase their talents to a huge crowd.”

Priority Plus tickets are available strictly on a first come, first served basis, and under- fives will be admitted free with a ticket-holding adult.

Tickets for this and all the other Sunday concerts are available to buy now from Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/southtynesidefestival or by calling 0844 844 0444.

They can also be purchased in person at Shop @ The Word in Market Place, South Shields.

For more information and full listings visit: www.southtynesidefestival.co.uk or follow the social media accounts on Twitter @stynesideevents and Facebook /southtynesideevents


Local newspapers are busy sacking all their culture writers..the printed word is on borrowed time..so it's down to blogs like us to spread the word. 

Check out our Theatre blog : www.northeasttheatreguide.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The Rise and fall of #ziggystardustandthespidersfrommars @TyneOperaHouse 12/6/19 Tickets on sale 25/6 Watch This Space!

Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti’s 
Holy Holy 
Tuesday 12th February 2019









Featuring Glen Gregory On Vocals
Performing Bowie’s
The Man Who Sold The World
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
Spiders From Mars
And other hits from the Bowie years of 1969 – 1973 

Tyne Theatre & Opera House are thrilled to welcome Holy Holy to their stage - probably the closest experience to a Bowie gig you can get! 

Holy Holy are Bowie’s drummer and Spider Man from Mars – Woody Woodmansey and producer Tony Visconti, who worked on many of Bowie’s albums and played Bass on the Man Who Sold The World.

Accompanied by an all-star band that includes glorious Bowie-esque vocals from Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, a Bowie fan and friend who also performed alongside Bowie on the original Band Aid single in 1984.  

The group perform Bowie’s material from the early years of ’69 – 73, upon which both Woody and Tony contributed at that time, making these exceptionally accomplished musicians and writers a long way from a Tribute band. They’re the real deal, original Bowie band members, bringing the magic back to life with one of the greatest synth pop front men of the 80’s joining the parade! 


Theatre Director Joanne Johnson says: “This is a very exciting gig for us, to have music legends like Woody Woodmansey, Tony Visconti and Glen Gregory performing on the Tyne Theatre stage is incredible. Bowie fans will not want to miss this experience! Our music programme is always expanding – we also have icons like Steve Harley and Alexander O’Neal coming up, and the wonderful acoustics in our auditorium will make these shows unmissable.”

Tickets are priced £45.50, £38.50 & £33

Friends of the Theatre ticket will have access to a ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 23rd May from 10am. The Friends Club can be joined via the Tyne Theatre website: www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk

Tickets on general sale Friday 25th May from 9am

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

New album to be released on @Cleopatrarecord by @ARMONITEmusic #progrock #gamingmusic #soundtrack #pop oh, and #modernclassical


ARMONITE SIGN WITH CLEOPATRA RECORDS
New Album
And The Stars Above released 25th May

Armonite, the instrumental rock collective led by composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi, signed with LA-based indie label Cleopatra Records for the release of their new album, “And the Stars Above”.

Armonite's instrumental music is perfectly in line with the spirit of the label, especially now that Cleopatra has expanded into the movie industry.


With the film division Cleopatra Entertainment, the company has distributed, developed, and produced several films most of which have a strong horror and/or music component, including The Devil's Domain (starring Michael Madsen), The Black Room (starring Lin Shaye), Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! (featuring the voice of Dave Mustaine from Megadeth), The 27 Club (featuring Todd Rundgren), England Is Mine (Steven Morrissey bio-pic), A Street Cat Named Bob.

“Working with Cleopatra has been great”, says Fosso, “They're skilled and competent, I'm sure they will take Armonite to the next level. I've always been a great lover of movies and videogames, I was just moving forward to the composition of soundtrack music, so this collaboration comes right on cue”.


As with the previous album, “And the Stars Above” is an instrumental mix of electric violin, keyboards, bass, and drums with focus on the amazing and powerful electric violin, performed by Jacopo Bigi. Interpreting the music composed by keyboardist Paolo Fosso, Armonite also performs with bassists Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and Alberto Fiorani, along with drummers Corrado Bertonazzi, Emiliano Cava, and Jasper Barendregt.

The sound of the album is more oriented to soundtrack music with textures that feel very immediate. “We consume tons of music every day, we can't just stick to one genre”, says Fosso, “generally speaking, the album is rock, but with this idea of soundtrack music”.

Throughout the album, lingers a ghostly female voice, appearing and disappearing here and there before fully emerging in the band's first song with lyrics, “Clouds Collide”. The track tells the story of a girl between time and memories, and is truly beautiful. We love it. 


“And the Stars Above” is a journey through 12 tracks, starting with “The March of the Stars” inspired by Dante's Paradise and ending with “Ghosts”. The album also features two bonus tracks: a polyrhythmic piece for piano solo, “The Fire Dancer”, and the String Quartet “A Playful Day”.

Armonite have been awarded an Honorable Mention both in the Instrumental and Performance categories at the International Songwriting Competition 2017 from a top level jury including Tom Waits, Lorde, Bastille, Billy Cobham, Ziggy Marley, Don Omar, and Keane. With over 16,000 entries from 140 countries, this is a remarkable achievement of which they are extremely proud.

“We're confident this is going to be a great release, with a rather peculiar view”, says Fosso, “"The Sun is New Each Day" had a heavy compact sound... "And the Stars Above" is groovy, with different vibes across a bunch of genres. There's something indie in this new sound that we've never explored before and it's kind of sexy for us!”...

“And the Stars Above” is set to be released on May 25 through Cleopatra Records.

Tracklist:
01. The March of the Stars
02. Next Ride
03. District Red
04. Plaza de España
05. Clouds collide
06. Blue Curaçao
07. By heart
08. Freaks
09. By the Waters of Babylon
10. The usual drink
11. What's the Rush?
12. Ghosts
13. A Playful Day (for Strings Quartet) [Bonus Track]
14. The Fire dancer (for Piano solo) [Bonus Track]

Original music composed and arranged by Paolo Fosso.

Performed by Armonite
Jacopo Bigi - acoustic and electric violin
Paolo Fosso - piano and keyboards

with
Colin Edwin (The March of the Stars, District Red, Freaks, By the Waters of Babylon, What's the Rush?, Ghosts); Alberto Fiorani (Next Ride, Blue Curaçao, By heart) - bass

Giacomo Lampugnani (Plaza de España, Freaks); Gianmarco Straniero (By the Waters of Babylon) - double bass

Corrado Bertonazzi (The March of the Stars, District Red, Blue Curaçao, Freaks, What's the Rush?, Ghosts); Emiliano Cava (Next Ride, Plaza de España, By heart); Jasper Barendregt (By the Waters of Babylon) - drums

Maria Chiara Montagnari (The March of the Stars, Clouds collide, By the Waters of Babylon) - voice

Diletta Fosso (Ghosts) - child's voice

Marcello Rosa (District Red); Gabriele Montanari (The March of the Stars, A Playful Day) - cello

Quartetto Indaco: Eleonora Matsuno, violin; Jamiang Santi, violin; Francesca Turcato, viola; Cosimo Carovani, cello (District Red) - string quartet

Jacopo Bigi also plays viola (District Red, Ghosts) and ukulele (By the Waters of Babylon). He whistles on 'Freaks' and plays both violins and viola on 'A Playful Day'.

ARMONITE

Website: http://www.armonite.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/armonitemusic
Twitter: http://twitter.com/armonitemusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/armonitemusic
Bandcamp: https://armonite.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/armonite
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc2jTstKBeJe0BI6o1pLGLA



CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com


Friday, 11 May 2018

MIDDLE KIDS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR "LOST FRIENDS" RELEASED VIA LUCKY NUMBER MAY 4

MIDDLE KIDS
ANNOUNCE UK TOUR 
LOST FRIENDS RELEASED VIA LUCKY NUMBER MAY 4, 2018
Think Tank Newcastle

Credit: Ellie Smith

“Led by the powerful vocals of Hannah Joy, the trio deal in infectious indie pop-rock.” – SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE

“Heartfelt, clever ruminations at the intersection of indie rock and alt-country” – ROLLING STONE

“Hannah’s voice is a little Stevie Nicksie and the jangly guitars sound like they’re lifted from an interstitial scene in Singles, but you know sometimes you hear a song and you just like it.  – NOISEY

“Middle Kids’ stellar debut Lost Friends is jam-packed with biting cuts and memorable hooks.” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“’Lost Friends’ is a cocktail of infectious indie-pop and alt-country that packs a punch.” – DORK MAGAZINE


Australian trio MIDDLE KIDS have just released their debut album Lost Friends, and today they announce a 19 date UK and European Tour for November.   All dates are listed below and tickets are on sale today.

Last week the band made their second and third appearances on U.S. television following on from their Conan performance. Middle Kids performed their brilliant single ‘Mistake’, and “On My Knees’, on Jimmy Kimmel, which you can watch HERE  and both songs again plus current single ‘Edge of Town’ on CBS This Morning, HERE. 

On Lost Friends, Hannah Joy, Harry Day and Tim Fitz bring back their knack for haunting hooks, lyrical poignancy and irresistible indie rock appeal that critics praised in their self-titled first EP, released in February 2017. This radiant collection of new songs conjures melodic nostalgia for some of songwriting's very best, rich in heartfelt build and beautiful simplicity.

The new album, Lost Friends, is the kind of album that sucker-punches you in the gut, revealing its nuances only after repeated listens. The songs’ edges are jagged, the production clean, stray imperfections imbue warmth and a human touch. Middle Kids craft classic hooks and riffs that tangle up in your brain like licorice and choruses that linger long after the song has faded. And they’ve bonded over a greater sense of what their music should accomplish.

Lost Friends was released on May 4th through Lucky Number and is available to order now HERE on limited lilac coloured gatefold vinyl, gatefold CD, and digital download.


UK Tour Dates

November 16 | Brighton, GB @ Sticky Mikes

November 17 | Bristol, GB @ Louisiana

November 18 | Glasgow, GB @ Stereo

November 20 | Manchester, GB @ The Deaf Institute

November 21 | Newcastle, GB @ The Think Tank

November 22 | Leeds, GB @ Brudenell Social Club

November 24 | Nottingham, GB @ The Bodega

November 25 | Leicester, GB @ The Cookie

November 26 | London, GB @ Village Underground


OS Mutantes Exclusive UK Tour "A head-turning comeback” BBC Music

OS MUTANTES

BRAZILIAN PSYCH-ROCKERS
TO PLAY EXCLUSIVE
UK TOUR IN MAY

TICKETS HERE for Cluny Newcastle




"A head-turning comeback” BBC Music

"There was nothing quite like Os Mutantes, and there still isn't" The Guardian 

“In nineteen-sixties Brazil, the band challenged the military class with experimental art. Now it has found relevance with a new generation” The New Yorker 

 "Kaleidoscopic, politically-charged rock" Billboard 

PRB is delighted to announce an exclusive and rare UK tour in May by OS MUTANTES, the hugely  influential Brazilian psych and experimental collective that Were instrumental in launching the Tropicália movement in the late '60s. Kurt Cobain, Beck,  David Byrne, Flaming Lips, Davendra Banhart and  Of Montreal have al  lauded Os Mutantes and cited their considerable influence. 

When Os Mutantes was formed, it combined influences from psychedelic acts from the English-speaking world like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly & the Family Stone with bossa nova, tropicália, samba and the cultural legacy of the Brazilian art vanguards from the modernist movement. 
 One of the most well-known and influential rock bands in Brazil, Os Mutantes are cited as a major influence to many contemporary underground or independent bands in the United States and Europe. Beck paid tribute to the group with his single "Tropicália" from the album Mutations. The Bees (UK band) covered "A Minha Menina" on their first album, Sunshine Hit Me. Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal cites Os Mutantes as an important influence. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has worked to publish and promote the group's music through his Luaka Bop label. Kurt Cobain publicly requested a reunion tour from the trio in 1993, writing a letter to Arnaldo Baptista, but the bands first live performance since 1978 was at London’s Barbican Arts Centre on May 22, 2006 - (though without Rita Lee, who was replaced with Zélia Duncan on vocals). This performance was followed by shows in New York City, Los Angeles (with the Flaming Lips), San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, and Miami. However in September 2007, both Arnaldo Baptista and Zélia Duncan left the band, each expressing wishes to continue with their respective solo projects. 

Sérgio Dias, however, vowed to keep the reformed band alive, not wanting to let "the giant sleep again", as he put it. And so, led by Dias with Esmeria Bulgari on vocals, Henrique Peters on keyboards, Vinicius Junqueira on bass and Claudio Tchernev on drums the band toured extensively enjoying some great highlights such as "A Minha Menina" featuring as the audio track for the McDonald's commercial “Victory” in June 2008, their first new release in 35 years, “Haih Or Amortecedor” (ANTI- Records) in September 2009. Extensive tours in support of the album including Glastonbury Festival in June 2010. In 2011, they collaborated with Of Montreal on the song "Bat Macumba" for the Red Hot Organization's most recent charitable album "Red Hot+Rio 2." and in 2013 the release of their album “Fool Metal Jack”. In 2017, Sergio Dias collaborated with the English singer-songwriter, Carly Bryant and subsequently she was put into the band’s line up on vocals, guitars and keyboards. Tres Olhos Music Festival quoted after her debut performance “"Packed with the new vocals, Carly Bryant took the audience to ecstasy, showing she’s here to stay.” The six piece released the single ‘Black and Grey’ in late 2017 and are currently working on a new studio album. 

May 2018 UK Tour

Fri 18th – Bristol – The Lantern

Sat 19th – Glasgow – SWG3

Sun 20th – Newcastle – The Cluny

Mon 21st – Manchester – Band On The Wall

Tues 22nd – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club

Wed 23rd – London – The Jazz Café

Tickets – http://bit.ly/OsMutantesEuroTour

https://www.facebook.com/osmutantes

Slayer's last TOUR

SLAYER ANNOUNCE FINAL UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2018 SPECIAL GUESTS: LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX AND OBITUARY METRO RADIO ARENA NEWCASTLE SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2018
Tickets available 
Friday 18th May 

From


 Having made some of the most brutally aggressive music ever created, being one of four bands that defined an entire musical genre and the band other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to…after nearly 37 years, having released 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts across the globe, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards, Gold certifications and other accolades…having its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute, gracing hundreds of magazine covers and experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, the age of SLAYER, one of the greatest and most legendary bands of all time, is coming to an end.

 Late last year SLAYER announced that it will undertake one last tour round the world to thank their fans for all of their support over the years. SLAYER will be playing the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday 10th November 2018 with special guests Lamb of God, Anthrax and Obituary.


 Tickets will go on sale 9am Friday 18th May 2018 and are available online, from 
the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or 
in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office.

 Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply. Tickets are available from:- • Credit Card Booking and Information Line 0844 493 6666 • The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle Box Office (Mon – Fri: 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sat: 11.00am – 2.30pm) • Internet Site:- www.metroradioarena.co.uk • Group Bookers should call (0191) 260 6006 • Accessible Bookings should call 0844 493 6666 for further details

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Swervedriver 25th anniversary tour TICKETS: http://bit.ly/SwervedriverNCL

Swervedriver
May tour 2018


To celebrate 25 years since the release of Swervedriver’s classic second album Mezcal Head, the band will be performing the record live forth first time throughput Europe and the UK in May 2018.

But more than that, the band  - comprising Adam Franklin, Jimmy Hartridge, Mikey Jones and Ben Ellis from Iggy Pop’s band (standing in for the on-sabbatical Mick Quinn) - will also be performing the band’s first album, the seminal Raise. Their show will comprise of two sets with psychedelia  interlude,

Swervedriver’s six album, Remembering Forward, is set to be released later in 2018

14th May - Hebden Bridge - The Trades Club
15th May Newcastle - 02
16th May Glasgow - ABC2
17th May Manchester - Band On The Wall
18th May London - Islington Academy
19th May Leicester - Dryden Street Social

In 1990 London's indie-rock guitar scene was developing a distinctive new psychedelic sound: swirling, dreamy, mysterious and very much of the British Isles. One band stood out by hot-wiring that sound with the subversive energy of some American bands of the era and that band was Swervedriver. They had the liquid distortion of shoegaze combined with the cool swagger of Hüsker Dü, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr - giving them a unique sound and attitude.

Relocating from Oxford to London, guitarists Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge, bassist Adi Vines and drummer Graham Bonnar debuted with a series of landmark Creation Records EPs, Son of Mustang Ford, Rave Down, and Sandblasted. Their full-length debut, 1991's Raise, to this day is hailed by Pitchfork as an album full of "muscular, scorching guitars" that "still bring the noise like nobody's business" with Mojo stating that Son of Mustang Ford "remains one of the most glorious tunes to emerge in the wake of the so-called grunge explosion of '89, matching Adam Franklin and Jim Hartridge's motorised guitar-weaving with a beguiling, below-the-line vocal melody and lyrics that celebrated the joy of wide-open American freeways."

The band toured the album extensively, including a lengthy US tour with Soundgarden that brought their wall of sound to thousands. However with both Bonnar and Vines leaving the band not long after, the 1992 EP Never Lose That Feeling looked like it might be Swervedriver's (albeit scorching) swan song. Then in late 1992, Franklin and Hartridge demoed a new tune Duress, recruited drummer Jez Hindmarsh and set about recording a second full-length album Mezcal Head with Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine/Led Zeppelin), which included their biggest singles Duel and Last Train To Satansville. Touring extensively again, this time with Smashing Pumpkins and Medicine and with new bass player Steve George onboard, their sound was further imprinted on people's minds.

More roadblocks came to be in their way though: highly revered third album Ejector Seat Reservation came out in 1995 but was never released or toured in the US and although the band returned strongly with their fourth full-length 1998's 99th Dream, the energy was dissipating and they imploded at the end of an Australian tour resolving to go on hiatus.

Going their separate ways - Franklin moved to the US and released solo albums with his band Bolts of Melody - no-one really knew if the band actually was on hiatus or had split entirely. Then came an announcement in late 2007 that they would be performing at the following year's Coachella and heading back out on the road. Originally reforming with Hindmarsh on drums followed briefly by the return of Bonnar, they finally settled on Mikey Jones of Heaven and Bolts of Melody and have continued touring and appearing at festivals internationally. 

In 2013 everything was ratcheted up several notches when Swervedriver released its first single in 15 years, Deep Wound. Spin Magazine called it a "warm, confidently roiling return" with Mojo adding "those same distorted pop sensibilities remain reassuringly intact" and the band debuted the song on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" in the States. 

Their fifth album I Wasn't Born To Lose You, recorded at legendary studios Birdland in Melbourne, and Konk in London was released worldwide in March of 2015.






Monday, 7 May 2018

#livereview Gary Lucas at The Cluny

Live Review: 
Gary Lucas at The Cluny, Newcastle

Still buzzing from a standing ovation in Liverpool the night before, Gary opened the show with a cover: I Remember.The rich sound came from his “distressed” acoustic guitar which he claimed was older than him



Gary filled in between songs with history and amazing anecdotes. He was an anglophile in New York.  He studied at Yale. He loved the Move. He reminisced about John peel breaking Beefheart in U.K. 

He saw Beefheart in New York. Interviewed Don Van Vliet for student radio whilst majoring in English Literature. Beefheart was bigger in Europe and Australia rather than in the US, but he knew then he wanted to perform with them.





The next song was on electric. Evening Bell was a finger-picking  master class. He’s kept the explosive, disjointed quality of the song as he was instructed to play it all those years ago. 



He talked about working as record company advertising executive. He come up with the straplines “Clash: The only band that matters.”, “Judas Priest British Steel. Can you take 12 inches of British Steel?” This role did not satisfy his need for creative expression so he went back to session work.
 After his come-back show 1988 as a solo, he got work on a  German film score. He then got a Columbia records contract. While he was working with Jeff Buckley,  Rise Up To Be was renamed Grace by Buckley.  This song was performed with synth and loop effects to make a very immersive sound. It was evident that Gary Lucas is more proud this he survived the University of Beefheart than having graduated from Yale.

During the break, Gary manned his own merch stand while video clips of his music with Beefheart and Buckley were projected onto the Cluny screen.

Lucas met Peter Hamill in London when he went to the Marquee Club. We were treated to the highly progressive The Kid from their album Otherworld

Edge Of Heaven was a version of a delightful Chinese pop song and The Road, an acoustic number from a film. He finished the set with a Kirsty Grainger arrangement of the folk song Children’s March: Over The Hills And Far Away.

This was much more than just a gig, and with 30+ albums to his name, under his own name or a collaborator, Gary Lucas had so much to tell us. And he’s a truly likeable chap. But in between the stories we were stunned by his virtuosity. This show is to be recommended to Beefheart fans, guitar enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates great musicianship. 



All photos copyright Jowheretogo 2018 contact office@jowheretogo.com


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

CARO EMERALD on tour

CARO EMERALD
LIVE OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2018



“As polished and classy as it can get” Evening Standard

"Everything about a Caro Emerald gig is cool" The Herald

“Caro Emerald lifts the spirits” – Daily Telegraph

“There aren’t many chances to watch genuine perfection take to the stage. Don’t miss Emerald” Metro



Following 5 star reviews and sold out shows across the board, the gorgeous and stylish Caro Emerald is back with a brand new live UK tour for 2018.



Since the release of the 2010 multi-platinum debut album ‘Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor’ Caro Emerald and producers Grandmono have fashioned their own niche, blending retro jazz with sampling and modern pop, starring Caro’s exceptional vocals. The result is a truly unique signature sound.



Second album ‘The Shocking Miss Emerald’ entered the Official UK Album Chart at No. 1 in May 2013, remaining in the chart for an entire year. With more than 2.5 million record sales, a host of awards (including an Echo, Goldene Kamera, Edison Award, EBBA & MTV Music Award), and a string of sold out tours and performances at festivals throughout Europe including Glastonbury and Isle of Wight, Caro has made her mark.



The vocalist is an original pop star with the look of a Hollywood icon of yesteryear and a voice that oozes warmth and vitality. Her live performance is not to be missed – as The Daily Telegraph noted “Caro Emerald had everyone in the palm of her hand’’ and her “infectious sense of fun and vintage charm can be relied on to lift the spirits”. This new tour follows her acclaimed Emerald Island tour in 2017. Prior to her 2018 headline tour Caro will be performing at Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May, at Quincy Jones’ 85th birthday concert at the O2 in June and Cornbury Festival in July.



Tickets on sale now from gigasandtours.com / ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826.



FRI 05 OCT      IPSWICH REGENT

SAT 06 OCT     HARROGATE INTL CENTRE

MON 08 OCT  LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL

TUE 09 OCT     MILTON KEYNES THEATRE

THU 11 OCT    GATESHEAD SAGE

FRI 12 OCT      GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL

SAT 13 OCT     EDINBURGH USHER HALL

MON 15 OCT  MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL

TUE 16 OCT     LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC

FRI 19 OCT      CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE

SAT 20 OCT     BRIGHTON CENTRE

MON 22 OCT  SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION

TUE 23 OCT     BATH FORUM

WED 24 OCT   CARDIFF ST DAVID’S HALL

FRI 26 OCT      BOURNEMOUTH INTL CENTRE

SAT 27 OCT     PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS

MON 29 OCT  NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL

TUE 30 OCT     BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

WED 31 OCT   LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL

FRI 02 NOV      LLANDUDNO VENUE CYMRU THEATRE

SAT 03 NOV     YORK BARBICAN

SUN 04 NOV    SHEFFIELD CITY HALL

caroemerald.com  @caroemerald  /caroemeraldofficial

Tom Bailey: New Album and joining Aha and Culture Club on their tours

Tom Bailey’s long awaited debut solo album
 ‘Science Fiction’ will be released in July 2018. 


Whilst Tom has been prolific in the genres of dub, world music and audio visual projects over the last 2 decades this will be the Thompson Twins front man’s first ‘pop’ record since Babble’s 1996 release ‘Ether’.

Science Fiction
Tom Bailey, front man from The Thompson Twins, releases ’Science Fiction’ available to pre-order now.


"Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the PledgeMusic page for my new album ‘Science Fiction’. I so much enjoyed playing concerts around the world over the last couple of years, that I began working behind the scenes on writing, recording and mixing the songs in this collection. As you know, I have concentrated on other areas of music for the past couple of decades – but I find it incredibly rewarding to be making pop music again. There’s something so special about the way this kind of music works and, for me, it’s like finding a long lost friend.



So I must thank you all for your amazing support: it’s your enthusiasm which has brought me back to this point. I hope you enjoying listening to it as much as I have loved making it.



With best wishes to all,



Tom"



Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey live dates:



May 19th Lets Rock the Moor Festival, Cookham
August 19th Rewind Festival, Henley-on-Thames


Tom will be joining a-ha on the UK leg of their 2018 Electric Summer World Tour


June 7th Canterbury. The Spitfire Ground.
June 9th Yeovil. Huish Park.
June 10th Cambridge. The Abbey Stadium.
June 14th Doncaster. Keep Moat Stadium.
June 16th Blackpool. Bloomfield Road.
June 17th Darlington. Mowden Park.


Tom will then join Culture Club and The B-52s for an extensive North American tour before returning to the UK to tour with Culture Club and Belinda Carlisle:


November 9th Nottingham Motorpoint Arena.
November 10th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena.
November 11th Bournemouth International Centre.
November 13th Brighton Centre.
November 14th London The SSE Arena Wembley.
November 16th Birmingham Arena.
November 17th Newcastle Metro Arena.
November 18th Manchester Arena.
November 20th Hull Venue.
November 22nn Glasgow The SSE Hydro.
November 23rd Leeds First Direct Arena.


Another amazing Duet from @weatheredman ..this time with the fantastic @DaniiRoundtree "Too Much To Say I Love You" #video

WeatheredMan +Danii Roundtree Too Much To Say I Love You WeatheredMan has been Nominated for “Best UK Solo Act 2018” by Pure M Magazine al...