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Pet Shop Boys to support Take That.

Pet Shop Boys to support Take That

Pet Shop Boys to support Take That

With only weeks to go until the start of the most highly anticipated tour of the year, Take That have announced that Pet Shop Boys are to be very special guests on the Progress Live 2011 Tour presented by Samsung.

Pet Shop Boys are the most successful duo in UK music history, having sold 50 million records. With classic hits such as ‘West End girls’, ‘It’s a sin’, ‘Go West’ and, more recently, ‘Love etc.’, they have crafted a unique and hugely influential sound which has seen them achieve seven platinum, two gold and four silver albums in the UK alone. In 2009 they won the ‘Outstanding Contribution To Music’ award at the Brit Awards. Their ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, recently completed a sold-out, two-week season at Sadler’s Wells in London.

Pet Shop Boys said today: ‘We are delighted to accept Take That’s invitation to be part of their Progress show and tour which is undoubtedly going to be one of the most exciting events of 2011. We look forward to every night being a huge celebration of pop music.’

Pet Shop Boys 40-minute set will include highlights of their recent Pandemonium tour which was designed by Es Devlin who is part of the creative team working on the Progress Live 2011 tour.

Progress Live 2011 Presented by Samsung full Tour Dates

27 May – Sunderland Stadium of Light
28 May – Sunderland Stadium of Light
30 May – Sunderland Stadium of Light
31 May – Sunderland Stadium of Light

03 June – City of Manchester Stadium
04 June – City of Manchester Stadium
05 June – City of Manchester Stadium
07 June – City of Manchester Stadium
08 June – City of Manchester Stadium
10 June – City of Manchester Stadium
11 June – City of Manchester Stadium
12 June – City of Manchester Stadium
14 June – Cardiff Millennium Stadium
15 June – Cardiff Millennium Stadium
22 June – Glasgow Hampden Park
23 June – Glasgow Hampden Park
24 June – Glasgow Hampden Park
27 June – Birmingham Villa Park
28 June – Birmingham Villa Park
30 June – Wembley Stadium

01 July – Wembley Stadium
02 July – Wembley Stadium
04 July – Wembley Stadium
05 July – Wembley Stadium
06 July – Wembley Stadium
08 July – Wembley Stadium
09 July – Wembley Stadium

Pet Shop Boys to celebrate a special Christmas Big Noise Session.

Pet Shop Boys to celebrate a special Christmas Big Noise Session.

Pet Shop Boys to celebrate a special Christmas Big Noise Session.

Pet Shop Boys to celebrate a special Christmas Big Noise Session. Mencap is proud to announce that Pet Shop Boys will be performing a very special Christmas Big Noise Session show on 8th December, at HMV Hammersmith Apollo. The legendary dance-pop duo will be presenting a one-off UK theatre performance of their ‘Pandemonium’ show which has toured the world and was a huge hit at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and at the O2 Arena last year. They will also be joined by a number of support acts who will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are priced at £50.00* and all proceeds from the night will go to learning disability charity Mencap. To be in with a chance to get your hands on tickets ahead of general release on 5th November, subscribe now at Mencap’s Big Noise Session is a new addition to the much-loved Little Noise Sessions, curated and hosted by the legendary DJ and Mencap ambassador Jo Whiley. Last year’s inaugural event saw bonafide superstars Coldplay perform a one-off homecoming gig in Exeter and now it’s the turn of Pet Shop Boys to bring their magic to Big Noise as it makes its London debut. Get in quick for a chance to buy tickets ahead of general release. Subscribe now, for just £6 for six months at and have exclusive access to a host of great content including; priority ticketing, backstage footage, audio, photos and all the latest news from the Big Noise backstage blog. Pre-sale tickets will be available for subscribers to purchase from 3rd November, ahead of general release on 5th November

Lady Gaga to release ‘The Remix’

Lady Gaga to release 'The Remix'

Lady Gaga to release 'The Remix'

Lady Gaga to release ‘The Remix’ .  Lady Gaga will release The Remix on 10 May, a 17-track album of rare and hard-to-find versions of songs from her six-times platinum album The Fame Monster, including remixes by Pet Shop Boys, Stuart Price, Passion Pit and Chew Fu feat. Marilyn Manson, as well as new reworkings by Sound of Arrows and Monarchy.

The tracklisting is:

1 Just Dance – Richard Vission remix
2 Pokerface – LLG vs GLG Radio Mix remix
3 Love Game – Chew Fu Remix feat. Marilyn Manson
4 Eh Eh – Frankmuzik remix
5 Paparazzi – Stuart Price remix
6 Boys Boys Boys – Manhattan Clique remix
7 The Fame – Glam As You Remix
8 Bad Romance – Starsmith remix
9 Telephone – Passion Pit remix
10 Alejandro – Sound Of Arrows remix
11 Dance In The Dark – Monarchy remix
12 Just Dance – Deewaan Remix
13 Love Game – Robot To Mars remix
14 Eh Eh – Pet Shop Boys remix
15 Pokerface – Live From The Cherrytree House
16 Bad Romance – Grum remix
17 Telephone – Alphabeat remix edit

The three-times BRIT Award-winning New Yorker brings her critically acclaimed Monster Ball arena tour to the UK for a second time in May/June. Support comes from Semi Precious Weapons:

27 May Sheffield Arena*
28 May LG Arena, Birmingham
30 May O2 Arena, London
31 May O2 Arena, London
02 Jun MEN Arena, Manchester
03 Jun MEN Arena, Manchester
04 Jun Nottingham Arena*

* rescheduled show, original tickets still valid

The Remix is out 10 May
The Fame Monster is out now as a 2xCD package

Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V .  V Festival kicks off its 15th anniversary celebrations by announcing a world class line up for this year’s festivities on the 21st and 22nd August 2010 – to be headlined by Kings of Leon and Kasabian.  The summer spectacular, held across two sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, will be crammed with the hottest names in music. Joining the headliners over the weekend will be favourites Stereophonics, Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Cheryl Cole, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Paolo Nutini, and 2010 BRIT award winner Florence And The Machine. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 5th March and festival organisers are advising fans to purchase them quickly to avoid disappointment, but only from official outlets listed on  Headliners Kasabian said: ‘We can’t wait. We feel it’s the right time for us to headline a festival. We’ve been playing so many festivals for so long, years and years. I think the moment is right. It’s just a wonderful thing to be doing.  ‘Our fans are going to love the show. They’ll really enjoy it.’

Fans will also experience sets from Madness, Editors, Mika, White Lies, Groove Armada, The Courteeners, Goldfrapp, The Charlatans, Scouting For Girls, Chase And Status, The Temper Trap, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, La Roux, Sugababes, Pixie Lott, Skunk Anansie, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Shed Seven, Imogen Heap and Plan B.

Suddenly Lady Gaga The Fame Monster is everywhere!

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Suddenly she’s everywhere: Performing on “Gossip Girl.” Writing a song for Michael Bolton. Immolating a polar bear in the “Bad Romance” video. Unburdened by fears of overexposure, or pants, Lady Gaga is pop’s newest shiny thing, a real-life kewpie doll weaned on a steady diet of Wagner and Ecstasy.   You have to hand it to Lady Gaga: She wasn’t really a superstar until she started acting (and Continue reading →

Welcome to the world of frYars.

frYars A universe of dueling strangers, deserted lakehouses, speeding cars, and a lonely mail-order bride. A place of violent encounters with bakers, where simpletons and the treacherous mingle in a dreamland of the absurd. A place where a blissfully infectious electro-pop song can hide dark and turbulent lyrical depths under it’s glistening surface. The visionary behind this vivid, abstract world, is 19-year old Ben Garrett, a self-taught musician who is living years beyond his peers in both talent and creative scope. Having already been called upon to Continue reading →

Reality Killed The Video Star….

robbiewilliamsWe’re very excited to announce that Robbie Williams will be releasing his much-anticipated new album, Reality Killed The Video Star, on November 9th, 2009. However, ahead of that, the first single to be released will be Bodies, on October 12th, with the digital version available one day earlier on the 11th. Robbie, he has been Continue reading →

2 Many DJs and James Morrison added to Oxegen 2009

miss-kittin-and-the-hackerWith a line-up already crammed full of fans’ favourites OXEGEN 2009 is shaping up to be the music event of the summer. The great and good of Rock ‘n’ Roll are coming from all over the world to play for you this July. Today, we are delighted to announce the latest star players to be added to the musical team sheet.  Turntable-maestros 2 Many DJs have been added to Friday’s line-up. Renowned for pioneering the mash-up scene, the Belgian duo have recently been busy working with the likes of Daft Punk and Gorillaz.

Fans can also look forward to the soulful and bluesy vocals of James Morrison. Still only 24, he’s already been compared to the likes of the mighty Otis Redding and Van Morrison.  Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai bring their own wall of sound to Friday. This critically acclaimed 5 piece always deliver an outstanding, often deafening live show.  Regina Spektor is a unique singer songwriter that cannot be pigeonholed. Her undoubted talent embraces influences as diverse as folk, punk, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Check out a virtuoso at work on Saturday. With 18 top 20 singles including classics such as ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘The Riverboat Song’, Ocean Colour Scene will need no introduction to the OXEGEN masses on Friday.  It’s a big welcome back to Maximo Park who last rocked out in 2007. Their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Quicken the Heart’ is due out on May 11th and OXEGEN is the place to experience it live on Saturday.  The Hours have an enviable music pedigree, with members Antony and Martin having worked with Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape and UNKLE. Now they have teamed up with their pal artist Damien Hirst on his new label,check out their cracking new single,’Big Black Hole’, due out today. A big, fresh sound for Friday night.  Fresh from starring at SXSW and riding their ever-growing wave of buzz, You Me At Six will bring their provocative punk metal sound to the up for it OXEGEN crowd on Sunday.  Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Fawn and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth. Catch them on Saturday. Having supported Kings of Leon and The Killers on tour M83 come highly recommended. Jump into their dream pop sound on Friday.  Described by The Guardian as an ‘Irish Outkast’, the Republic of Loose define themselves without any reference to anyone else other than a respectful nod to James Brown and The Rolling Stones. Nominated for 2 Meteor Awards this year, they add their funk-filled sound to Friday’s line up.  BBC Sound of 2009 hot tip La Roux will go ‘In For The Kill’ on Sunday this year. Following their current support slot on Lily Allen’s UK tour and the forthcoming headline gig on NME’s 2009 Radar Tour, the annual new talent showcase will lead them nicely into their summer slot at OXEGEN.

OXEGEN artists announced so far:

Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Eagles of Death Metal, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane, 2 Many DJs, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene, The Hours, M83, Republic Of Loose

Kings of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, The Saturdays, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism, Gary Go, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Maximo Park, Crystal Castles, La Roux

The Killers, Razorlight, Nine Inch Nails, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live), Hudson Mohawke, Wallis Bird, You Me At 6

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 price freeze of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.

Pet Shop Boys announce live dates

pet-shop-boysAfter the Pet Shop Boys won the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award at the Brit Awards and played a hit-packed medley as the closing set of the show.

Today they announce two very special UK live shows for June:


Buy tickets here.

Pet Shop Boys were joined onstage at The Brits by guests Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Lady Gaga; they have also remixed Lady Gaga’s track ‘Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)’, which is available to download free from

Pet Shop Boys release their new album ‘Yes’ on March 23, preceded by the single ‘Love etc’ on March 16. The track is currently Radio 2’s Single of the Week.

The duo’s dynamic live shows have seen them work with artists, designers and directors such as Sam Taylor-Wood, Zaha Hadid, Derek Jarman and, latterly, opera designer Es Devlin, with whom they collaborated on last night’s Brits performance.

All The Winners at The Brit Awards 2009!

elbow_banThe winners room at the Brit Awards was taken over by bands this evening. Girls Aloud were incredibly excited to win Best British Single for “The Promise” and Kings of Leon picked up two gongs, for Best International Group and Best International Album. I was pleased to hear them dedicate their award to England, as I mentioned in my live blog with Scandalist earlier tonight. Katy Perry was there to pick up her Best International Female award, but Best International Male Kanye West couldn’t make it. Duffy was the big winner of the night and had her arms full with three awards for Best British Female, Best British Breakthrough Act and Best Album. Coldplay, on the other hand, didn’t get a single award but still wandered in to share in the others’ glory. Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

At 2009 BRITs, Duffy grabbed Best Female Solo Artist, MasterCard British Album and British Breakthrough Act, while Kings of Leon got two nods; International Group and International Album.

Winners for this year’s BRIT Awards have been announced at a ceremony taking place on February 18 at London’s Earls Court. Duffy was revealed as the one who led the pack, walking away with three trophies out of four categories she was nominated at the awards.

Bagging an honor as Best Female Solo Artist, Duffy won over Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and M.I.A.. She added another prize to her collection in MasterCard British Album for her debut effort “Rockferry” after a stiff competition against Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”, Elbow’s “The Seldom Seen Kid”, Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” and The Ting Tings’ “We Started Nothing”.

Duffy got her third award in British Breakthrough Act, once again pushing aside Adele and The Ting Tings in addition to beating down The Last Shadow Puppets and Scouting for Girls. “Oh my gosh, I don’t mean to be greedy,” so she said after she was presented with the award by Blur’s bassist Alex James.

Following Duffy’s domination were Kings of Leon with two kudos. The Grammy Award-winning rock band from Nashville received two prizes, bagging International Group and International Album, the latter they got for their fourth studio album “Only by the Night”. In those two categories, they beat down AC/DC, Fleet Foxes, The Killers and MGMT.

Winners list of 2009 BRIT Awards:

British Female Solo Artist: Duffy
International Female Solo Artist: Katy Perry
British Breakthrough Act: Duffy
International Group: Kings Of Leon
British Male Solo Artist: Paul Weller
International Album: Kings Of Leon – “Only by the Night”
British Live Act: Iron Maiden
British Group: Elbow
Critics’ Choice Award: Florence and the Machine
International Male Solo Artist: Kanye West
British Single: Girls Aloud – “The Promise”
MasterCard British Album: Duffy – “Rockferry”
Outstanding Contribution to Music: Pet Shop Boys

Brit Awards 2008: The winners


This year’s Brit Awards have been handed out at Earls Court in London.


Best British male: Mark Ronson
Also nominated: Jamie T, Mika, Newton Faulkner, Richard Hawley

Best British female: Kate Nash
Also nominated: Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall, Leona Lewis, PJ Harvey

Best British album: Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Also nominated: Leona Lewis – Spirit, Mark Ronson – Version, Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion, Take That – Beautiful World

Best British group: Arctic Monkeys
Also nominated: Editors, Girls Aloud, Kaiser Chiefs, Take That



Best British breakthrough act: Mika
Also nominated: Bat For Lashes, Kate Nash, Klaxons, Leona Lewis
(Winner chosen by BBC Radio 1 listeners)

Best British live act: Take That
Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Klaxons, Muse
(Winner chosen by BBC Radio 2 listeners)

British single: Take That – Shine
Also nominated: Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love, Mika – Grace Kelly, Mark Ronson Ft Amy Winehouse – Valerie, The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
(Winner chosen by a live public vote on the night)

International male solo artist: Kanye West
Also nominated: Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble, Rufus Wainwright, Timbaland

International female solo artist: Kylie Minogue
Also nominated: Alicia Keys, Bjork, Feist, Rihanna

International group: Foo Fighters
Also nominated: Arcade Fire, Eagles, Kings of Leon, White Stripes

International album: Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Also nominated: Arcade Fire – Neon Bible, Eagles – Long Road Out Of Eden, Kings of Leon – Because Of The Times, Kylie Minogue – X

Critics’ choice: Adele

Outstanding contribution to music: Sir Paul McCartney

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