Kele Okereke

Tiësto and Nelly team up

Tiësto

Tiësto

Tiësto and Nelly team up. When Nelly Furtado attended the Miami Winter Music Conference in 2008 with her producer Timbaland she was so blown away by Tiësto’s performance that she instantly agreed to record a track with him.  To coincide with this release Tiësto will be bringing his Spectacular ‘Kaleidoscope’ tour to the UK, promising to be one of the most extravagant tours that the UK has ever seen.  These shows are no-holds-barred, off the wall productions hosted by the world’s premiere electronic artist. In fact, they don’t exceed expectations so much as blow them wide open.

LIVE DATES IN MARCH:

5th – Sheffield Arena
6th – Edinburgh Ingliston Highland Hall
11th – London O2 Academy Brixton *
12th – Cardiff International Arena
13th – Liverpool Echo Arena
19th – Dublin O2 Arena
20th – Birmingham LG Arena

Tickets are all priced at £27.50 (except *Brixton at £32.50)

Tiësto’s fourth studio album ‘Kaleidoscope’ featuring collaborations with an all star cast including Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Jonsi (Sigur Ros) and Calvin Harris is out now on Musical Freedom.

Bloc Party cancel US gig

 bloc-partyBLOC PARTY were forced to scrap an performance in Miami after Kele Okereke fell ill with a throat virus. The singer contracted viral pharyngitis – an inflammation of the throat as they were due to play at the Ultra Music Festival on Saturday. The group apologised for the cancellation and assured fans they will return to Miami to play in the near future. A statement on their website said: “Kele has contracted viral pharyngitis and is unable to perform today at the Ultra Music Festival in beautiful Miami, FL. “We send our heartfelt apologies to all our fans and the Ultra Music Festival organisers. We hope to return to Miami, FL, at our earliest opportunity.” 

Equally inspired by Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Cure, East London art punkers Bloc Party mix angular sonics with pop structures. Consisting of singer/guitarist Kele Okereke, guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist/singer Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong, the band was formerly known as Angel Range and Union before settling on Bloc Party. Okereke and Lissack met each other through mutual friends at the Reading Festival, and discovered that they had musical tastes as well as friends in common. Tong and Moakes soon joined their collaboration, and under the name Union, the quartet issued a demo in early 2003; later that year, they switched their name to Bloc Party.

The group’s demo and concerts began to attract attention from both the press and their peers; Okereke sent a copy of the demo to Franz Ferdinand, who invited them to play at the Domino tenth anniversary bash in fall 2003. Early the following year, the band released one of the demo’s tracks, “She’s Hearing Voices,” as a single on Trash Aesthetics. A few months later, Banquet/Staying Fat arrived on Moshi Moshi. That spring, Bloc Party signed to Wichita to release their full-length album in the U.K., and to Dim Mak for U.S. distribution. The band spent summer 2004 recording and touring. Late that summer, Bloc Party, which collected the band’s first two singles, arrived in the States. Their debut album, Silent Alarm, appeared early in 2005 and was released by Vice Records in the States to widespread acclaim. Later that year, Silent Alarm Remixed capitalized on the band’s burgeoning popularity, as did the 2006 EP Helicopter. A Weekend in the City, Bloc Party’s second proper album, followed in 2007. A Weekend in the City leaked onto the Internet months before the album’s street date, which inspired Bloc Party to issue their third album, Intimacy, online in late summer 2008; the album was released on compact disc that fall

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