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The Weekend Riot To Support Bailey McConnell on UK Tour

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The Weekend Riot will be embarking on a tour in the UK to support Britain’s Got Talent star Bailey McConnell on the Crystalise Tour. You can find a full list of tour dates below:

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August 16 – Glasgow O2 ABC2
August 18 – Newcastle O2 Academy2
August 19 – Belfast Sub Bar
August 20 – Dublin Academy
August 21 – Birmingham O2 Academy3
August 22 – London O2 Academy Islington
August 23 – Liverpool O2 Academy2
August 25 – Bristol The Fleece
August 26 – Manchester Sound Control

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Love Buzzard Unveil New Video, Announce Tour Dates & Album Release Date

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After plundering the underground live scene round the UK for the past 18 months and supporting the likes of Slaves, Cerebral Ballzy and God Damn, Leeds / Guildford based duo Love Buzzard are about to launch their debut album, ‘Antifistamines’ through the cult London based record label 1234 Records (The Buzzcocks / Babyshambles). 


The video for ‘Cash’ which has just been unveiled features wicked neon bright coloured sickly animations mashed over footage of the duo. As the track grinds, perplexes and hits hard with fuzzy thrash riffs and obscure chanting, the leather clad pair rampage through streets firing precious cash from super soakers, morphing passers by into gritty cartoon characters also.

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The album due out in August 2015 is a mixture of genre defying psychgaragepunk. Raw, feral, addictive and more aggressive than everything that has stood before it.

Video directed by Youth Hymns

Artwork and animation by Russell Taysom

Forthcoming Shows:

WEDS 24th June– Edinburgh, Bannermans

THURS 25th June– Glasgow, Broadcast

FRI 26th June– Sunderland, Independent

SAT 27th June– Grimsby, Anarchy Fest

Sat 25th July– Leighton Buzzard, The Wheafsheaf

SUN 9th Aug– London w/ Bad For Lazarus, ROADKILL ALL DAYER, Lock Tavern

FRI 23rd-25th Aug– London, FALL OUT FESTIVAL




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UK Singer Gabrielle Aplin To Release US Debut

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Last year, UK singer Gabrielle Aplin made her first waves in the US with her English Rain EP. Later this year, Aplin will be making her official US debut with the release of Light Up The Dark, on September 18th. The album comes after her massive overseas success, where she’s enjoyed #1 chart positions in both the UK and Australia, as well as 1.5 million in sales of singles from her international releases.

The new album’s title track, “Light Up The Dark,” was mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine) and is available now as an instant grat with a pre-order of the album, along with “Heavy Heart,” which will be available as an instant grat on June 24. You can pre-order the album HERE and view the video for “Light Up The Dark” below:


A self-taught musician, Aplin has been writing and recording songs since she was 15, and even began her own label to release three UK EPs, all of which charted on iTunes. By the age of 19, she hit her first #1 with “The Power of Love,” and has received 63.5 million Spotify streams, 80 million YouTube views, and 1.5 million total single sales. For more on Gabrielle Aplin, click HERE. To purchase concert tickets or to buy a CD, click HERE.

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Duran Duran Announce Title/Release Date of New Album, Tour Dates

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Pistel

Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran have announced that they will release their 14th studio album, Paper Gods in the U.S. on September 18th and in the rest of the world on September 11th through Warner Bros. Records. Simon Le Bon (vox), Nick Rhodes (keys), John Taylor (bass), and Roger Taylor (drums) recorded the album in London with producers Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Josh Blair,and Mr Hudson. The record features special guests Janelle Monáe (on the first single “Pressure Off”), former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Canadian Juno-Award winning singer Kiesza, British singer/songwriter Mr Hudson, violinist Davidé Rossi, and actress Lindsay Lohan. The album was mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent. Paper Gods will be available for pre-order and “Pressure Off” will be available for purchase at all participating digital retailers and DuranDuran.com this week.

Paper Gods is said to capture the duality and sense of conflict at the heart of Duran Duran’s music. “It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side,” John says.

“That’s something that’s essential to all of us,” Nick adds. “It’s great to be able to lift people’s spirits – and your own – with a strong shot of pure pop, but the world we live in isn’t all just made of that stuff, so it seems natural to me that we have kept one foot in the darker, more Gothic side of life.”

Early sessions for Paper Gods began in 2013, with Mark Ronson and engineer Josh Blair once again joining the band in their south London recording studio, as they had for 2011’s All You Need is Now, which was produced by Ronson. When Ronson was called away to begin working on his own album, Duran Duran and Blair hooked up with the Kanye West/Jay-Z collaborator Ben “Mr” Hudson, and the sessions caught fire.  In the summer of 2014, Ronson returned once more to the project, adding long-time Duran collaborator, Nile Rodgers to the mix for two of the album’s standout tracks.  The remaining songs were co-produced by Josh Blair and the band.

“We found a whole new level of inspiration on this album,” says Rhodes. 

“We’ve allowed ourselves the time to make music that we can be proud of,” adds Le Bon. “I judge what we release by my favourite albums – Horses, Harvest, Let It Bleed, Blue, Transformer, Aladdin Sane. Those are classic albums. The only rule is it’s got to be music you can live with for the rest of your life.”


In a collaboration overseen by China Chow, the band worked closely with Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel, who created the album’s cover art. It features a collage of images that reference the visual history of Duran Duran, each placed like a sticker on a reproduction of Israel’s “Sky Backdrop” painting.  The logo and graphic design are by Brian Roettinger. You can see the artwork below:

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Alongside news of the new album, Duran Duran have also announced that they will perform a series of summer festivals, as well as several shows in the U.S. in September and October, followed by a UK arena tour that kicks off in late November. Fan Community members (www.duranduranmusic.com) will have access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages.  Following the Duran Duran VIP member presale, in the UK, American Express Card Members will have the ability to purchase tickets before the general public on-sale. (See below for full details and dates).

Duran Duran’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

06/20  Barcelona, Spain                 Sonar by Night Festival

06/27  The Hague, Netherlands     Night At The Park

06/28  Kerry, Ireland                       Killarney Festival

08/05  Riverhead, NY                    FOLD Festival (Freak Out!  Let’s Dance Festival – Martha Clara Vineyards)

08/06  Bethlehem, PA                   Musikfest – ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

09/01  Ibiza                                   Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel

09/05  Gibraltar                             Gibraltar Music Festival @ Victoria Stadium

09/11  Isle of Wight, UK                Bestival @ Robin Hill Park

US Tour:

09/20  Morrison, CO                      Red Rocks Amphitheater w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit

09/23  Puyallup, WA                      Washington State Fair w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers

09/25  Reno, NV                            Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino w/ Clean Bandit

09/26  Las Vegas, NV                    Life is Beautiful Festival

09/27  San Diego, CA                    Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre w/ Clean Bandit

10/01  Los Angeles, CA                 Hollywood Bowl w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit

10/02  San Francisco, CA              The Greek Theatre, Berkeley w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit

10/03  Rancho Mirage, CA             The Show – Agua Caliente Casino w/ Clean Bandit

UK Tour: **

11/27  Manchester, UK                   Manchester Arena

11/28  Leeds, UK                            First Direct Arena

11/30  Cardiff, UK                           Motorpoint Arena

12/02  Brighton, UK                        Brighton Centre

12/04  Birmingham, UK                  Genting Arena

12/05  Newcastle, UK                     Metro Radio Arena

12/06  Glasgow, Scotland              The SSE Hydro

12/08  London, UK                         The O2

12/09  Bournemouth, UK                Bournemouth International Centre

12/11  Nottingham, UK                   Capital FM Arena

12/12  Liverpool, UK                       Echo Arena

** In the UK, thanks to American Express Invites®, all American Express Card Members get exclusive priority booking for tickets before the general public. American Express Invites priority booking starts 9am 16 June 2015 and ends 9am 19 June 2015. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.co.uk/amex.

For more on Duran Duran, to purchase tour tickets, buy CDs, and more, head to www.duranduran.com

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Enter Shikari Announce 2016 UK Tour w/ The Wonder Years

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The UK’s Enter Shikari have announced a homecoming tour for February of 2016, with direct support from The Wonder Years. The bands are both signed to Hopeless Records and will be touring some huge venues in the UK…and it sounds like it’s going to be amazing.

Tickets are going on sale on FRIDAY, JUNE 19th. You can see a list of dates below:

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Tour dates:

18 February – Glasgow – O2 Academy
19 February – Edinburgh – Corn Exchange
20 February – Nottingham – Capital FM Arena
22 February – Bournemouth – International Centre
23 February – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
25 February – Manchester – Victoria Warehouse
27 February – London – Alexandra Palace

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All Time Low Score First UK No. 1


It was announced that Baltimore rock band All Time Low’s sixth studio album, Future Hearts, has landed the band their very first UK Number 1. The band took to social media to express their gratitude to fans earlier today. Although, if you’ve heard the album, this may not be a surprise.

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VIDEO: Sami Switch – “Oh Why”

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UK-based artist Sami Switch returns with his new video for “Oh Why,” from his new EP, Solace. The EP takes listeners through the artist’s two-year absence that left him homeless, a dark time left behind thanks to the unexpected generosity of a stranger who still goes unknown. Utilizing a mixture of rap, spoken word, and melodic vocals, Switch has captivated both the media and listeners’ attentions. You can view the video below:

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Afrikan Boy Releases “Eje Aiye” as Part of Gemma Cairney’s ‘Body Of Songs’

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Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney has started to curate songs inspired by the mysteries of the human body to form her incredible new music project, Body Of Songs. The collection is a groundbreaking fusion of music and science, bringing together some of Britain’s most talented musicians to create a group of songs inspired by our inner workings.

All of the acts involved have met with specialists, doctors, et cetera, to explore the body and get inspiration for new musical projects. Check out more on the project below:

Afrikan Boy is the latest artist to unveil his track, featuring Bumi Thomas and Adio, for the project, inspired by blood. “Our song is named ‘Eje Aiye,’ which means ‘life blood or the blood of life’ in Yoruba, and is inspired by the three main functions of blood; protect, repair, and transport,” he explains.

You can stream the song below:

You can check out the Body Of Songs: 10 Major Artists, 10 Songs, 10 Body Parts, HERE.

The results of the experiment were incredible; from the moving, cinematic sounds of Dave Okumu’s “Grateful Heart,” to Afrikan Boy’s fusion of UK and Africa in “Eje Aiye.”

The artists’ scientific journeys have been guided with help from inspirational clinician, Professor Hugh Montgomery, Director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance.

With a line-up of incredible artists, curated by Gemma Cairney (Radio 1), Llywelyn Ap Myrrdin (composer) and Beth Clayton the remaining four songs and body organs from musicians at the peak of their creative powers will be released ahead of the final album in summer 2015.

Body Of Songs is supported by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England. With special thanks to University College London Hospital and the NHS.

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STREAM: CryBabyCry – “Spin City”


UK-based trio CryBabyCry just released their new single, “Spin City.” Following their accidental formation thanks to an empty gig spot, CryBabyCry came onto the Wakefield music scene in 2013. Comprised of Jonny Firth, Rosie Doonan, and Nici Todd are becoming quite the group to watch, even taking the stage at the 2014 Reading & Leeds Festival. Check out their new single below:

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Light You Up Debut Album Out NOW

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Hailing from Birmingham, UK, pop-punk five-piece Light You Up have got a point to prove with their debut album, All We’ve Ever Known, which was released via Reclaim Music Group/Ice Grills. With a wealth of experience working within other aspects of band life (Drew – Guitar/tour manager, Tom – Bass/ owns a tour bus company), these lads have a fair idea of how much work and perseverance is needed to create a successful band; a fact that is most evident when listening to their album!

The album, produced by Sam Pura (Basement, State Champs, The Story So Far, Man Overboard), has traveled backwards and forwards over the Atlantic, mixed by Romesh Dodengoda (Lower Than Atlantis, Decade, Kids In Glass Houses, Funeral For a Friend), mastered by Chris Gehringer (Katy Perry, Bayside, Gym Class Heroes), and even features guest vocals from Alan Day (Four Year Strong) and Matty Arsenault (A Loss For Words).
Tom Napier, Light You Up’s front man, is thrilled to be finally announcing the record that he and the band have poured their hearts into…
“We’ve put our everything into this album, so it feels great to finally be releasing new music. We couldn’t be more proud of this record and we can’t wait to see people out on this tour with Decade!”
To order the album head over to: http://www.lightyouup. bigcartel.com

LIGHT YOU UP have previously played and toured with bands such as The Wonder Years, State Champs, Handguns, A Loss For Words, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk & Roam to name but a few and are currently on tour with Decade and Hey Vanity across the UK! Look below for tour dates.

1. Breathe
2. It’s About Time
3. All We’ve Ever Known
4. Good Days
5. Always Wanting More (Featuring Alan Day – Four Year Strong)
6. Haven’t You Heard
7. Monsters
8. Foxfire (Featuring Matty Arsenault – A Loss For Words)
9. Waiting For A Train
10. Brother
11. We Were Young

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