Bon Jovi get One Republic support. Bon Jovi are thrilled to announce that US band One Republic will be special guests at The O2 on 17th, 19th and 20th June. As the latest band to join Bon Jovi as part of their special O2 residency, One Republic has sold over 2 million records since their debut album ‘Dreaming Out Loud’, in 2007, and have gone from strength to strength in the UK following their smash hits ‘Apologize’, ‘Mercy’, ‘Stop And Stare’ and Say (All I Need)’. Lead singer and song writer Ryan Tedder has recently written songs for Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Rhianna and Sugababes to name a few. The announcement follows the news that Kid Rock will be the special guest on 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th June. Set to be the music event of the summer, the world’s biggest live band are moving to London and staying even longer. The world’s most popular venue will be Bon Jovi’s house for 12 nights.
Swedish House Mafia announce biggest UK gig . On Sunday 30th May, house legends the Swedish House Mafia will play the most awe-inspiring venue of their live 2010 tour, at the spectacular Magna Science & Adventure Centre in Rotherham, making it their first northern date of 2010. The Swedish trio – aka Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello – will perform their impressive live show to a 3,500 capacity crowd in Magna’s Concert Arena, held together with unrivalled production to compliment this mesmerising show. Magna was once the largest steel mill in Europe making it unlike no other live music venue in the UK. Its cathedral like structure retains all its original features including elevated walkways, soaring ceilings, giant cranes, and huge argons once used to hold liquid steel. It’s a monumental setting for what is set to be the most epic date of the tour: think sci-fi cult classic Blade Runner! The Magna Live events team will transform the building’s complete 4,500 capacity space into an aesthetically amazing night to remember with help from illustrious local legends Kissdafunk, HABIT, and Candypants. Each a huge success in its own right, hosting weekly and monthly parties around the globe, Kissdafunk vs. HABIT will take over Magna’s Face Of Steel in a metallic, industrial setting, whilst Candypants will host a bedecked, exclusive VIP area. In the past, Magna has showcased numerous live music events from brands and acts including Gatecrasher, the Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Sugababes, and the Auto Festival where Pulp played their last ever gig. This is one of only a handful of chances to see all three of the Swedish House Mafia in the north of England this year. Combine this with the sheer magnitude and uniqueness of Magna – you’ve got a destination night out definitely not to be missed. Get your £17.50 early-bird tickets NOW www.magnalive.com Magna, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX | Bank Holiday Sunday 30th May | 10pm-5am | www.magnalive.com
Sugababes Founding Member Mutya Buena Applies For Band’s Name Ownership. Sugababes founding member Mutya Buena wants to own rights to the band’s name. The singer claims that the band has no founding members left; therefore, the ownership of the name should belong to the original members. Buena, 24, started the singing group with friend Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy. But after Buchanan, the last of the original line-up, left last year, Buena felt that the newly formed Sugababes – Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah, and Jade Ewen – should not be called Sugababes anymore. Her lawyers told BBC that the Buena applied to the European Trademarks Authority for permission. If her request is granted, she will own the rights to use the band’s name. She also named Buchanan and Siobhan on the document. Donaghy was the first to leave the group in 2001, while Buena left in 2005 to pursue a solo career. In September 2009, Buchanan said she was asked to leave Sugababes due to Range and Berrabah’s personal issues towards her. Ewen replaced her
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 www.vfestival.com. 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.
The British girl group – who have had a difficult year after the last remaining original member Keisha Buchanan left the band in September to be replaced by Jade Ewen – plan to launch a full blown assault on America in 2010. Heidi Range, 26, said: ‘We’re planning to go over there next year. We can’t wait. We don’t know when it will be as we have so much to do in the UK first, but it will happen.’ Heidi – who is also joined in the trio by Amelle Berrabah – believes the girls have as much chance as anyone to crack the US. She said: “There’s room for everyone in the US. We’ve delayed our new album until next year. Hopefully, by then, we’ll have all moved on and can just talk about music.”
JLS have beaten Robbie Williams to the top of the UK albums chart today (November 15) with their self-titled debut album. The boyband’s effort out-sold Williams’ new effort ‘Reality Killed The Video Star’ by around 2,000 copies, leaving the former Take That member at Number Two in the chart. Elsewhere in the chart Biffy Clyro went in at Number Eight with their new album ‘Only Continue reading →
The Noisettes & chart topper, Lilly Allen grab four nominations this year. Lilly Allen, who counts the worldwide web for her rise to fame, is up for Best Album, Best Music Video, and Best Female Act & Best Single for the 2009 hit ‘Not fair’. Florence & the Machine picked up double nominations for Best Album and Best Music Video whilst long running girl group Sugababes grab three nominations. Newcomers and Continue reading →
2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. To mark this milestone the label is entering into the world of book publishing. May 21st ’09 will see the publication of ‘KEEP ON RUNNING – THE STORY OF ISLAND RECORDS’ edited by Chris Salewicz (acclaimed author of recent best-selling Joe Strummer biog ‘Redemption Song’ as well as books on The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and many others) and produced by Universal Island Ltd. and The Island Trading Company Ltd.
‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ is a 226-page full-colour hard-cover commemoration of Island Records, started by Jamaican Chris Blackwell in 1959, the most illustrious record label that the British music business has ever known. Illustrated by copious rare images, including original artwork and photographs from the Island Records archives, ‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ will tell the story of this extraordinary label, its art and its artists, in a series of twelve essays by celebrated writers such as Paul Morley, Jon Savage, Sean O’Hagan, Vivien Goldman, Lloyd Bradley, David Katz, Robin Denselow, Sylvia Patterson, Richard Williams and Joe Boyd. Chapter headings include Out of Jamaica, The Pink Label, Season of the Witch, Glitterball, Roots-Rock Reggae, Singular Voices, The Tuff Gong, Globalisation, From Africa & Beyond, Re-birth Of The Cool and The New Millennium. Photographers include Anton Corbijn, Adrian Boot, Gered Mankowitz, Keith Morris, Andy Earl, Lawrence Watson, Maria Mochnacz, Jean-Paul Goude and Neville Garrick.
The book will be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Island Records in May ’09: these include a large-scale, month-long exhibition of Island artwork and memorabilia in London’s Soho; a week of concerts by key artists at Shepherds Bush Empire; a 90 minute TV documentary about the label; a Radio 2 documentary; and deluxe re-releases of many iconic Island albums, which will continue throughout 2009.
Chris Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 with capital of just £1000. Relocating to London in the early 60s Blackwell built the most diverse and enviable back catalogue of any independent record label in history. From Island’s early Jamaican roots in ska and rock-steady, through the label’s expansion to become the cutting edge of progressive rock in the late 60s, and then on to the signing of such international superstars as Bob Marley and U2, Blackwell brought to Island a unique vision and passion which still informs the label’s approach to this day.
The Island label has been responsible for the careers of some of the biggest stars in music including U2, Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, Traffic, Free, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Toots & The Maytals, John Martyn, Marianne Faithfull, Aswad, Tom Waits, King Sunny Ade, Third World, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, the B52s, Sly & Robbie, Melissa Etheridge, The Slits, Steel Pulse, Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Pulp, Baaba Maal, Tricky, Talvin Singh, and latterly Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, DJ Shadow, Sugababes, Keane, The Fratellis, Scott Matthews, Paul Weller, The Feeling, Portishead and Florence & The Machine.
The UK’s most beautiful boutique festival continues its eclectic musical tradition as it announces the line up for its 6th glorious year. With a fusion of indie pop Brit nominees Scouting for Girls and ‘Belle de Jour’ Imelda May, the stage is shared with inimitable girl group The Sugababes and Chrissie Hynde’s legendery rock outfit The Pretenders.
‘Cornbury is a unique experience in all manner of ways’, says promoter Hugh Phillimore. ‘We’re immensely proud of our musical diversity and family friendly ethos. Where else could you see The Damned and the Sugababes on one bill?’
The festival embraces the ‘something for everyone’ approach. From alt rockers The Magic Numbers and rising stars Teddy Thompson and Ava Leigh, to the retro classic chic of Sharleen Spiteri, Cornbury attracts festival goers from all age ranges and with all manner of tastes.
Cornbury is about its beautiful Cotswold location, fantastic food, hot air balloons, the madness of the many morris dance pageant, children’s theatre workshops, great festival shops and a huge fairground all held together by a carefully selected spectrum of top music talent. Typically English – eccentric, eclectic and inclusive – a farmers’ market with a dancefloor, a county fayre with a rock ‘n’ roll twist indeed!
Full line up:
Saturday, July 11thh:
Scouting For Girls
Boy Least Likely To
Relay (local school band comp win)
The Word Stage:
I Am Kloot
The Love Trousers
Sunday, July 12th:
Laura & The Tears
Oxford Folk Festival Stage:
3 Daft Monkeys
· For all ticket information please visit www.cornburyfestival.com
· Tickets prices:- Adult weekend with camping £110/under 16 £65, Day tickets – Adult £55/under 16 £27.50
· Cornbury Festival is promoted by Hugh Phillimore and is produced by Cornbury Music Festival Ltd and Music Producers Sound Advice Ltd
· Cornbury takes place on 11th and 12th of July 2009 at the Cornbury Park Estate, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, OX7 3EH.
· Cornbury Festival is 30 minutes from Oxford and 75 minutes from London
· Parking is free at the festival grounds
With multi-million sales and sold out tours, Sugababes has become synonymous with imaginative, cutting edge and effervescent pop music. Their recently released album ‘Catfights and Spotlights’ features the smash hit ‘Girls’ which continues on the success of a stash of classic pop singles like ‘Push The Button’, ‘Round Round’, ‘Ugly’, ‘Change’, ‘Freak Like Me’, ‘Hole In The Head’, ‘Too Lost In You’, ‘About You Now’, ‘Stronger’, ‘In The Middle’, ‘Red Dress’ and ‘Caught In A Moment’.
The Forestry Commission is committed to taking woodlands to new audiences and making them relevant to people in new ways. The forest tour is self-sustaining, paying for itself, and providing valuable revenue to plough back into the woodland in a variety of environmental and social projects.
Sugababes will be performing at:
Cannock Chase Forest, Nr Rugeley, Staffordshire, Saturday 27th June.
Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk, Saturday 11th July.
Tickets £28.00 (subject to booking fee) go on sale from 9.00am Friday 13th February from ticket hotline tel 01842 814612 or buy online at: www.forestry.gov.uk/music.