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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 – but be quick, tickets are selling like hotcakes, Tom Jones & Paolo Nutini have already sold out! Subscribe now to the Little Noise Sessions website 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

Sneaky Sound System to release self-titled debut album

sneaky-sound-systemSneaky Sound System will release their self-titled UK debut album on 20 April 2009 through 14th Floor Records. The album will feature hits such as forthcoming UK single ‘I Love It’, which holds the record for the longest charting single in Australian history at 73 weeks; ‘UFO’, which became Radio 1′s Weekend Anthem; and ‘Pictures’, which was made Radio 1′s Record of The Week by Jo Whiley and was described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blast of sugar-rush electro, stealing hearts’.

Sneaky Sound System are Sydney trio Miss Connie (Connie Mitchell), Black Angus (Angus McDonald) and MC Double D (Daimon Downey). Their origins lie in the hugely successful club night ‘Sneaky Sundays’, whose guest DJs have included Tiga, LCD Soundystem and Hot Chip. In Australia, their new album ’2′ has debuted at the top of the album chart. This follows the success of their first album, which has now gone triple-Platinum and spawned four hit singles. They’ve also won four ARIAs (Australian Recording Industry Awards – the Aussie version of The Brits).

On Wednesday 11 March, Sneaky Sound System will headline London’s Shepherds Bush Empire as part of a UK tour. The new live dates follow three sold-out London shows for Sneaky in 2008, including Koko in November.

Tracklisting for ‘Sneaky Sound System’:

1. I Love It
2. Pictures
3. UFO
4. 16
5. It’s Not My Problem
6. Kansas City
7. When We Were Young
8. I Just Don’t Want To Be Loved
9. Because Of You People Say I’m Crazy
10. Lost In The Future
11. Don’t Get You
12. I Want Everything
13. Where Do I Begin?

Annie Mac Presents tour is back bigger and now international

anniemacAnnie’s got her motley crew together, a few special surprises and her passport packed and is taking this fourth tour around the country and across the waters to the U S of A for a right royal ruckus, stopping in Miami for the WMC at the Gansvoort Hotel, then onto the legendary Webster Hall in NYC, rounding it off Westside to LA to the world famous Avalon. Its gonna be big!

Plus, the London date on this tour has grown into an almighty show taking place at Camden’s Koko. This gig features Little Boots, Chase & Status feat. Takura, Rage & Plan B, The Count & Sinden, Mujava, and the mighty Toddla T.

Once again the AMP camera crew, Us3 Productions, will be there every step of the way, stopping for no man.

Dates are:

March 20th OXFORD – Simple @ Academy
Annie Mac, Hervé, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

March 21st GLASGOW – Death Disco @ The Arches
Annie Mac, Mystery Jets DJ Set, Optimo, Frankmusic

March 27th MIAMI WMC – Gansvoort Hotel
Annie Mac, A Trak & DJ Mehdi, Fake Blood, Rusko, Toddla T, Riton

April 10th NEW YORK – Webster Hall
Annie Mac, Crookers, JDH & Dave P

April 11th LA – Avalon
Annie Mac, Axwell, plus more to be announced

April 18th LIVERPOOL – Chibuku @ Barfly
Annie Mac, A Trak, Andy C, Toddla T, London Elektricity, Brookes Brothers

April 23rd DUBLIN – Mr Jones @ Twisted Pepper
Annie Mac, plus more to be announced

April 25th LEEDS – Wax:On @ Stylus
Annie Mac, DJ Mehdi, Rusko live, Doorly, Plastician

April 30th LONDON – KOKO
Annie Mac, Little Boots, Chase & Status feat. Takura, Rage & Plan B, The Count & Sinden, Mujava feat. MC Mzura, Toddla T, Rachel Barton

May 2nd DERRY – Deep Fried Funk @ The Nerve Centre
Annie Mac, Rusko (live), Toddla T

May 3rd BIRMINGHAM – Eclectricity @ The Custard Factory
Warehouse: Calvin Harris (Live), Friendly Fires (Live), Annie Mac, Boys Noize, Rachel Barton. Marquee: Steve Angello, Scratch Perverts. Factory Club: Chase & Status, Fabio (Radio 1), Mary Anne Hobbs (Radio 1)

Annie also has a new mix available for download through the site. Its called Annie Mac’s Man Mix, and here is how Annie explains it coming together.

‘This mix was done one hundred per cent live in my little studio. There were lots of ups (raving around in my dressing gown) and downs (throwing CDs at walls and potty mouth expulsions of frustration) but I’m generally happy with it. The title came from a conversation with Toddla T after I DJ’d at the Warehouse Project in Manchester where he asked me why I ‘man’ it. You can hear the conversation at the top of the mix. It’s also a little audio rant on how there’s ‘too many men’ and not enough girls in the dubstep raves. Thanks to MC Spitfire for gracing the cover with his tattoo. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.’ 

Annie’s Biography
Born and bred in Dublin to a family immersed in musicality, Annie left home at 17 to attend Queens University in Belfast, where she was bitten by the clubbing bug after visiting the city’s legendary Shine club nights. Inspired to purchase her first set of decks, Annie taught herself to mix using old funk and soul records bought from local charity shops. Following a stint as part of Shine’s marketing team and four months living in Manhattan, Annie made the move to London, working simultaneously as a TV & Radio plugger, a freelance Broadcasting Assistant and a presenter for the SBN, before she approached Radio 1. Initially employed as a BA, her natural flair got her noticed by management and she was soon standing in for Mary Anne Hobbs.

Annie’s show on Radio 1 began in July 2004, when, working as a assistant producer on Zane Lowe’s show, she impressed Radio 1 bosses with her demos and her determination.

Since then her show has gone from strength to strength. Annie Mac’s Mash Up on Friday nights on Radio 1 has attracted a host of loyal followers from around the world and sees Annie play the cutting edge dance music which she has become known for. Annie has established herself firmly as part of Radio 1′s specialist output.

Annie is also a talented club DJ and is booked regularly to play the UKs most credible clubs. Annie has just completed her annual DJ tour ‘Annie Mac Presents…’ which she has hosted for 3 years running. Annie personally chooses the line-up of DJs for her tour, both established and up-and-coming to play in her favourite clubs across the UK. 2007 has seen Annie DJ at more festivals than ever, plus regular dates in Ibiza and around the world.

Her TV work has seen Annie contribute regularly to BBC2′s The Culture show, reviewing new music releases. She has also done work for MTV2 presenting ‘Gonzo’. In October 2007 Annie helped launch BBC Switch, the BBC’s offering for 12-16 year olds. It was announced that Annie would front Switch, a brand new Sunday night Radio 1 show, and co-host a new weekly music TV show ‘Sound’ alongside Nick Grimshaw on BBCTWO every Saturday afternoon.

Since her show began, Radio 1 have been working Annie hard. She has stood in for Jo Whiley, Pete Tong and most recently Zane Lowe in January 2008 co-hosting alongside the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Kasabian and Radiohead. From the end of February 2008, Annie Mac will host Saturdays and Sundays 1pm-4pm, covering the slot during Sara Cox’s maternity leave.

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