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Neo and Co Set to Stun the Royal Albert Hall

October 23rd, film fans the world over will be flocking to London’s Royal Albert Hall to see a special screening of The Matrix with a live orchestral score.
 
For those who are travelling to London for the event, London hotels website LondonTown.com are offering discounted rooms at a number of top hotels in London, including several in the immediate vicinity of The Royal Albert Hall.
 
The film, which is widely regarded as a modern classic, will be shown in high definition on a huge screen, surrounded by the NDR Pops Orchestra from Hamburg, Germany. The recorded music, composed by Don Davis, has been removed from the footage to be replaced by a live orchestral version of the same score. It promises to be a hugely rewarding experience for any fan of the original film.
 
With its stunning Georgian facade, there can be few more elegant places to stay than the Baglioni Hotel on Kensington Road, which is also the nearest hotel to the venue. This immaculate hotel combines traditional British architecture with continental elegance, and can boast beautiful guest rooms, first class service, and a stylish modern Italian restaurant. Double rooms at this luxury London hotel are available from GBP194 during the week of this event, a saving of 60% on the list price.
 
For those on a tighter budget, the Fifty Four Boutique hotel is just a short walk from the Royal Albert Hall, and LondonTown.com are offering rooms from just GBP66 per night, 80% less than the usual price. Set in a traditional Edwardian townhouse, the interior is very modern, with black granite bathrooms and power showers, and some rooms have their own private balconies.
 
The Milestone Hotel sets new standards for luxury and comfort in one of London’s most desirable locations. Here, guests can luxuriate in large apartments and rooms overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, with all the facilities of a five star hotel, including 24 hour room service. The apartments are decked out with fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, and en-suite marble bathrooms, and there is plenty of space to entertain guests. Rooms start at GBP250 per night, a discount of 36%.
 
Go to LondonTown.com to find out more information about The Matrix Live at the Royal Albert Hall, and to discover more cheap hotels in London.

Joe Bonamassa heading to the UK

Joe Bonamassa heading to the UK

Joe Bonamassa heading to the UK

Joe Bonamassa heading to the UK . Championed by Eric Clapton and praised by B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa is currently being hailed as the hottest blues rock guitarist on the planet, and what’s more, he’s coming to the UK to perform four special concerts in May. Voted Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2009 Classic Rock Awards, Bonamassa will play the following shows – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo (Fri May 28), Rotherham Magna Centre, South Yorkshire (Sat May 29), Bournemouth BIC (Sun May 30) and Birmingham NIA (Mon May 31). Very special guest at all concerts is Sandi Thom. Box Office: 0871 230 1101. Online booking: SeeTickets – http://tinyurl.com/32wgmj2. The tour follows Bonamassa’s critically acclaimed new studio album “Black Rock” which entered the UK Album Chart at 14 and number 1 in the Independent Album Chart. The album includes the track “Night Life” featuring B.B. King. The upcoming UK tour also follows Bonamassa’s “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” DVD which features special guest Eric Clapton.

Maximo Park announce second tour

maximopark2Maximo Park have just returned from a stupendous weekend at Glastonbury, where they made festival history by having the largest attendance for an opening act, with more than 60,000 fans flocking to the Queen’s Head Stage on Thursday, June 24. Their second set, on Saturday, June 26 drew massive crowds as well, with the audiences chanting along to songs both old and new.  But then, they have had such a banner year already. Their third album, the critically acclaimed “Quicken the Heart” has debuted in the UK top 10, a special comeback show at Newcastle almost caused riots and made headline news, and they have since booked key slots at all the major festivals this summer, including Glastonbury, T-in-the-Park, Reading and Leeds and many more. Now, they are back to conquer the UK all over again with their own shows, playing songs off their new record.  Maximo’s Paul Smith states: “Glasgow Barrowland has been a favourite of ours, as has Manchester Apollo; there’s a real history to these music halls. In London we had a think about places we haven’t played before that had a different feel and the Royal Albert Hall is a beautiful venue that appealed to us on a number of levels.”

Maximo Park October UK Tour:

7th Glasgow, Barrowland. Tickets: £19.50
8th Manchester, Apollo. Tickets: £19.50
9th London, Royal Albert Hall. Tickets: £19.50 / £22.50 / £25.00 / £29.50

James Morrison New German shows announced

james-morrison231James Morrison – Broken Strings on RTV Channel

Following his recent sold out show in Frankfurt and following his 5 week run at No1 in the charts with Broken Strings (now on RTV Channel), James has announced the following German shows:
June 13 Papenburg / NDR 2 Papenburg Festival
Online ticketing:
www.eventim.de and www.hannover-concerts.de and www.nordwest-ticket.de
Ticket hotline: +49 (0)1805-570 000 (0,14 Euro / cent per minute, cell phone tariffs may vary)
+49 (0)1805-11 77 50  (0,14 Euro / cent per minute, cell phone tariffs may vary)
+49 (0)511 – 44 40 66

July 14 Köln / E-Werk
Online ticketing: www.eventim.de         
Ticket hotline:  +49 (0)1805-570 000 (0,14 Euro / cent per minute, cell phone tariffs may vary)

July 15 Hamburg / Grosse Freiheit
Online ticketing: www.eventim.de         
Ticket hotlines: +49 (0)1805-570 000 (0,14 Euro / cent per minute, cell phone tariffs may vary)
+49 (0)1805-62 62 80 (0,14 Euro / cent per minute, cell phone tariffs may vary)
+49 (0)40 – 413 22 60
+49 (0)40 – 34 30 44

July 16 Berlin / Huxleys
Online ticketing: www.eventim.de and www.trinityconcerts.de
Ticket hotlines:  +49 (0)1805-570 000  (0,14 Euro / cent per minute, cell phone tariffs may vary)
 +40 (0)30 – 780 99 810

July 22 Lörrach / Festival Of The Voices
Online ticketing: www.eventim.de and www.stimmen.com/de/tickets
Ticket hotline: +49 (0)1805-570 000 (0,14 Euro / cent per minute, cell phone tariffs may vary)
+49 (0)7621 – 94089 – 11
+49 (0)7621 – 94089 – 12

About James Morrison
A testimony to the strength of the songs on James Morrison’s debut album Undiscovered is that it yielded no fewer than five singles – You Give Me Something, Wonderful World, The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore, Undiscovered and One Last Chance. The songs were simple yet beautifully written, each giving James’s raw, bluesy voice a platform to work its powerful magic. There was no bullshit, no clichés, no schmaltz. And a lot of people liked that.

Undiscovered went to No 1 in Britain, Top 20 in America and won him the 2007 Brit Award for Best Male (he was also nominated for Best Single and Best Newcomer). James’s debut sold over two million copies worldwide and he became the biggest selling British male solo artist of 2006. He was just 21 – but had already accumulated enough life experience to give his candid folk-soul songs genuine emotional content. By many people’s standards he’d had a tough, itinerant childhood, a broken family and endless house moves – although he’d be the first to shrug and say it was no big deal. But he’d also admit that most of the emotion in his singing has come from his upbringing.

James’s reputation as a must-see live performer soared. Following his jaw dropping, first ever TV performance on Later With Jools Holland he went on to play amazing shows to adoring crowds: including the V festival twice in one day – in 2006 so many people came to see him in one of the smaller tents that he was invited to give an impromptu performance on the main stage; last year he played a full set on the main stage. Then there was the Royal Variety Performance, the Concert for Diana and the more traditional 3 sold-out UK tours. He did the Peace One Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall – and had one of those moments where he suddenly realised that his life had changed forever. “Just before I went on I was watching Yusuf Islam and I thought, I’m on after Cat Stevens! I remember being at home with my dad listening to his albums during the darkest times, the best of times…” James has subsequently provided vocals on Yusuf’s new album.

He toured Europe, Australia and Japan, did three separate tours of America, gigging coast to coast. He also supported John Mayer on his large outdoor ‘sheds’ tour in the US. He gave an acoustic rendition of You Give Me Something on national TV on NBC today as well as Jimmy Kimmel and performed on Jay Leno’s show twice at the host’s invitation. James loved the musical appreciation in the American South, in particular. “People were awesome in Alabama – really friendly, loud and lairy. Even if you play a quiet song, afterwards they just go YEAH!!!”

It was an amazing time. But sometimes, when he wasn’t onstage, or with the band, he’d feel an acute sense of being increasingly cut off from the people who mattered: his friends and family back in Cornwall – where his mother had finally settled with James, his brother Laurie and sister Hayley when James was 11, and where James had refined his self-taught singing and guitar-playing by busking in Newquay. Most importantly of all, he missed his long-term girlfriend Gill, who had inspired You Give Me Something and, during a rocky patch in their relationship, The Pieces Don’t Fit.

The further James Morrison travelled, both physically and career-wise, the more he craved the people he loved. “Everything I’d felt close to just disappeared,” he says. “You do lose your mind a bit; you haven’t got any routines. And sometimes all I’d think about on the road would be Gill – but we’d lose contact. So when I got home it’d feel like we were starting again.”

He finally stopped in August 2007. For two weeks. And then he sat down to write and record the Notoriously Difficult Second Album. And at first it did prove difficult. He tried to write rockier, harder tunes – as glimpsed on Undiscovered’s CallThe Police, which touched on the subject of domestic violence. “I went for something with a bit more electric guitar but in the end it just sounded contrived.”

The pressure was on and it was making him try too hard, too self-consciously. “As soon as I’d get something good I’d think about it and screw it up.” And then the penny dropped: “Just go for what you’re feeling at the time. That’s how I worked on the first album, and in a way I think that’s some of the reason why people liked it. It wasn’t trying too hard.”

And so the people who really made him feel, the ones who became the subjects of his songs on Undiscovered – his family and friends – his relationship with each of them, and the new chapters in all their lives, became central to the new album. James went with whatever and whoever was on his mind, and took it from there. The songs began to flow.

“I’ve called the album Songs for You, Truths for Me because that’s what I feel it is. It’s songs for Gill and everyone else. But for me they’re truths. They’re how I feel. I’ve got a song called Love is Hard. In fact, there are three songs with ‘love’ in the title – and I never thought I’d do that, but that’s the way it went. Love is Hard is about when you’re deep in it and it hurts a lot of the time. You’re fighting, or not always agreeing, you might be away from each other and you’ve still got to be strong. So the album’s a collection of truths I’d learnt in the previous year. It just turned out that way: I knew I didn’t want to write about being on the road. I can only write about what I feel.”

In the end, James enlisted many of the same collaborators from Undiscovered to work with him on Songs for You,Truths For Me hooking up once more with co-writers Martin Brammer, Steve Robson and Eg White.He also added a new fan, One Republic’s Ryan Tedder to that list. The Nashville string quartet feature once again. “I know we work well together now – it’ll take a lot for me to work with someone new.”

There is also a notable collaboration on this record, one of the only things his debut album didn’t have, a fantastic duet with Nelly Furtado on the epic Broken Strings (now playing on RTV Channel).

Songs for You, Truths For Me is a classic James Morrison record that once again showcases his distinctive, raw, soulful style – but takes it to the next level. “It’s less playful, more to the point,” he says. “But I haven’t consciously gone for a different sound. With me, it always comes down to the lyric, the melody, and the rest flows from that. But I’ve definitely tapped into my feelings about life more on this album, rather than writing about characters on the bus (Wonderful World), or whatever. I was just letting stuff flow through me.”

James Morrison’s big, unashamedly romantic heart and generous spirit shines through like a beacon. Songs For You, Truths For Me sees the wide eyed soul-boy become a wiser man. With this he shines once more on a brilliant new collection of songs and cathartic truths.

The Blackout new single and dates

the-blackoutThe Welsh boys The Blackout are back. The sextet will be exclusively releasing the first single off their Epitaph debut, ‘The Best In Town’ as a free download available only on Kerrang.com

The single, STFUppercut which is a hard-hitting rock n roll anthem, will be available to download on 25th and 26th March on the website. STFUppercut will then go on general digital release the following Monday, 30th March for those that missed it!

The single has already debuted on XFM and getting plays on Radio 1, Radio 6 and at specialist!

The Blackout will also be playing a very special gig that week for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside Bullet for My Valentine & Fightstar on Saturday 28 March.

More live dates below:

17 April London Brixton Academy GIAN London
19 April Manchester Academy GIAN Manchester

12-14 June Download. Alongside Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit, koßn and more!

Playing a hot-wired mixture of metal, punk and indie rock with melodies that only increase the music’s impact velocity, The Blackout are six young men hailing from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. Featuring Gavin Butler and Sean Smith on vocals, James Davies and Matthew Davies on guitars, Rhys Lewis on bass and Gareth Lawrence on drums, the Blackout came together in 2003; they cut a three-song demo EP, Pull No Punches, in 2004 and within two years they became a name to be reckoned with on the UK club circuit. In 2006, the Blackout were signed to Fierce Panda Records, one of London’s leading independent labels, and quickly released the single “Hard Slammin’”. A six-song EP, The Blackout! Blackout! Blackout, followed later that year, which featured the single “I’m A Riot? You’re A F—-ing Riot”. In the fall of 2007, the Blackout released their first full-length album, We Are The Dynamite, and the band was soon sharing stages with the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Avenged Sevenfold and Thrice as well as playing the 2008 Give It A Name festival in London and Sheffield alongside Paramore, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Alkaline Trio.

www.myspace.com/theblackout

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