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Xfm announces New Music Award shortlist

NewsXfm announces New Music Award shortlist

NewsXfm announces New Music Award shortlist

Today, Xfm, the station that brings you music that rocks, announces the ten shortlisted albums that are now eligible to win the Best British Debut Album of the Year at the station’s fourth consecutive Xfm New Music Award. The winner will be announced at the Xfm New Music Award gig on Wednesday 9th February at The Borderline. Following thousands of votes from the great British public, the Xfm New Music Award shortlist comprises:

Delphic ‘ ‘Acolyte’
Dinosaur Pile-Up ‘ ‘Growing Pains’
Everything Everything ‘ ‘Man Alive’
Fenech-Soler ‘ ‘Fenech-Soler’
Hurts ‘ ‘Happiness’
Kele ‘ ‘The Boxer’
Marina And The Diamonds ‘ ‘The Family Jewels’
Sound of Guns ‘ ‘What Came From Fire’
Stornoway ‘ ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’
Two Door Cinema Club ‘ ‘Tourist History’

Selected by a panel of industry experts – including new addition Snow Patrol front-man Gary Lightbody and Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder ‘ this year’s winner will be announced on the evening of Wednesday 9th February.

On the same night the station presents an Xfm New Music Award gig at The Borderline in Central London. Hosted by Xfm Breakfast’s Dave Berry and a part of HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival, the intimate invite-only event will feature performances from Wolfgang, Romance, and Luna Belle ‘ acts hotly tipped as potential winners for next year’s award.

Previous winners of the award are The Enemy with ‘We’ll Live and Die in These Towns’ (2007), Glasvegas with ‘Glasvegas’ (2008), and The xx with ‘XX’ (2009).

The full judging panel for this year, chaired by Xfm’s Deputy Programme Director/Head of Music Mike Walsh, includes:

Andy Ashton (Xfm) Ben Cardew (Music Week)
Brett Anderson (Suede) Clint Boon (Xfm)
Craig Potter (Elbow) David Mogendorff (MTV)
Dom Howard (Muse) Dave Berry (Xfm)
Frank Turner Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
Gordon Smart (The Sun ‘ Bizarre) John Kennedy (Xfm)
John Leckie (producer) Peter Hook (Joy Division)
Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays) Tim Burgess (The Charlatans)
Gary Warren (MD of Content and Talent at MAMA Group)

For more information, visit www.xfm.co.uk/nma

The ultimate winner will be announced on Xfm on Wednesday 9th February.

The Kooks and Ellie Goudling join Little Noise Sessions.

The Kooks join Little Noise Sessions.

The Kooks join Little Noise Sessions.

The Kooks and Ellie Goudling join Little Noise Sessions. Mencap’s much loved Little Noise Sessions today announce two more nights to this year’s eclectic line up. Indie icons The Kooks plus special guests and singer-songwriter Ellie Goudling plus special guests join Tom Jones, Paolo Nutini and Hurts for the 5th birthday celebrations. Islington’s Union Chapel plays host to the annual series of intimate acoustic gigs, curated by Jo Whiley, taking place between 15th and 20th November. All proceeds from the gigs go to learning disability charity Mencap and to be in with a chance to get your hands on tickets ahead of general release on Friday 22nd October subscribe now at www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk – but be quick, tickets are selling like hotcakes, Tom Jones & Paolo Nutini have already sold out! Subscribe now to the Little Noise Sessions website www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk to get access to a host of exclusive content including; priority ticketing, backstage footage, audio, photos and all the latest news from the daily Little Noise backstage blog, all for only £6 for six months. Subscribers will also be able to pick the best pew in the Chapel with priority entry to the gigs. Curated by Mencap Ambassador Jo Whiley, 2010′s Little Noise Sessions will bring some of the hottest names in music, over six very special nights, to perform acoustically in the exquisite surroundings of the Union Chapel. The stripped back music mixed with the intimate venue gives the audience the chance to see something truly unique each night – this year with balloons and some cake thrown in too! Returning to the Union Chapel for their second appearance at Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions and bringing some special guests with them is The Kooks, on Thursday 18th November. Joining the Brighton four piece, is man of the moment Example along with New York rockers We Are Scientists, John Bramwell of the Mercury prize nominated I Am Kloot, and rising star Leah Mason, all sure to help celebrate Mencap’s 5th Birthday in style. Last but certainly not least, closing this years spectacular Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions on Saturday 20th November is golden girl Ellie Goulding, plus special guests. Sure to leave the crowd starry eyed she will be joined by one of Britain’s most talented young bands Stornoway and the signature vocal of Tinashé – the perfect way to end the Sessions. THE LINE UP SO FAR:
Monday 15th November: Tom Jones Presents Praise and Blame with friends and Lauren Pritchard

Hurts announce October tour dates

Hurts announce October tour dates

Hurts announce October tour dates

Hurts announce October tour dates. After headlining the NME Radar tour last month, Manchester duo Hurts will tour the UK this Autumn with seven dates throughout October. The tour will commence in Brighton on 2nd October with the final night at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 9th October, before they embark on a massive European tour. Hurts released their debut single and live favourite ‘Better Than Love’ last month, described by Hurts themselves as ‘dance music for depression’. They will release their second single ‘Wonderful Live’ on August 16th with their debut album to follow a week later on 23rd August. Hurts are Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson and are currently finishing their debut album in Gothenberg and Manchester.

October 2010:
Saturday 2nd Brighton Concorde
Sunday 3rd Leeds Cockpit
Monday 4th Glasgow Oran Mor
Tuesday 5th Manchester Ritz
Thursday 7th Birmingham The Library
Friday 8th Bristol Trinity Church
Saturday 9th London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

www.informationhurts.com

Hurts announce UK tour

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Hurts announce UK tour. After headlining the NME Radar tour last month, Manchester duo Hurts will tour the UK this Autumn with seven dates throughout October.  The tour will commence in Brighton on 2nd October with the final night at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 9th October, before they embark on a massive European tour. Hurts released their debut single and live favourite ‘Better Than Love’ last month, described by Hurts themselves as ‘dance music for depression’. They will release their second single ‘Wonderful Live’ on August 16th with their debut album to follow a week later on 23rd August. Hurts are Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson and are currently finishing their debut album in Gothenberg and Manchester. Full live dates are as follows:

October 2010:
Saturday 2nd Brighton Concorde
Sunday 3rd Leeds Cockpit
Monday 4th Glasgow Oran Mor
Tuesday 5th Manchester Ritz
Thursday 7th Birmingham The Library
Friday 8th Bristol Trinity Church
Saturday 9th London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

www.informationhurts.com

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