Young hopefuls will be making their way to Belarus this November to take part in the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. A record-breaking 19 countries will participate in Minsk - the most in the history of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest - celebrating the extraordinary young musical talent across Europe.
Belarus’ public broadcaster BTRC (Belarusian Television and Radio Company) will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which will take place at the Minsk Arena on Sunday 25 November, the second time the contest has been held at the 15000 seat stadium in the Belarusian capital.
Following their triumph with Polina Bogusevich winning at last year’s contest Russia return to defend their title in Belarus, facing tough competition for the accolade from previous winners Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Italy, Malta and The Netherlands plus the rest of the 2018 contenders Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, France, FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Wales.
Young contestants will look to emulate the success of previous Junior Eurovision contestants, including Ieva Zasimauskaitė who performed for Lithuania in 2007 and went on to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. As in previous years, the winner of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be invited to perform at the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.
Having won the competition twice before Belarus are among the few countries who have won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest multiple times along with Russia and Malta who have also won twice, and Georgia who have won a record three times. Kazakhstan and Wales will both take part for the first time.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s head of Live Events and Executive Supervisor of the JESC said “We are delighted to have a record-breaking 19 countries taking part at the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Since the contest began in 2003 we have been thrilled to see a wealth of young talented performers take to the stage, some of whom have gone on to represent their countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. We are looking forward to seeing the next generation of young musical talent shine in the 2018 contest at the Minsk Arena in Belarus”
The following countries (and EBU Members and Associates) will participate in the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Belarus:
Australia (ABC / SBS)
France (France TV)
FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
Kazakhstan (Khabar Agency)
The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
Continue to JuniorEurovision.tv
The mighty Like Thieves have returned to the Australian music scene strongly in recent weeks with the release of their latest single "Never See it Coming" and the announcement of their national run of live shows. Now, they are doubling down on what has been a huge response to the song and tour, with the release of a film-clip for the prog / rock track, and the announcement of all support acts for the tour.
The video-clip was shot in Brisbane's CBD in March - and it is a frantic, intense, black-and-white clip and matches the attack & pace of the song. Clint Gough, bassist for the band and director of the stark and striking film-clip, says that "This video is a about mental illness. For some people, getting out of bed or walking down the street can seem like an impossible task. And unfortunately, many people choose to pay the ultimate price to escape from their own thoughts. We want to confront people about this issue and the devastating effects it can have. Because the sad fact is, you can never see it coming."
Check the video out here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb4PX0PkG-0&feature=youtu.be
Like Thieves are bringing their new, heavier sound out on the road and they are taking Khan out on all dates, and joining them on individual shows are: in Canberra at The Basement May 11th - Immorium, Sydney's Red Rattler Theatre May 12th sees Sanity's Collision, Adelaide's Enigma Bar on May 25th will get Colibrium, Red Lotus will support at Melbourne's Evelyn Hotel on May 26th and Brisbane's The Zoo June 2nd will be with Jabberwooky Down in support.
Tickets are on sale for Like Thieves' "Never See It Coming" National tour now - with all links at facebook.com/LikeThievesOfficial. Single "Never See it Coming" is out now in all good digital stores and streaming outlets.
For more information, go to facebook.com/LikeThievesOfficial
English pop rockers The Gospel Youth unveil 'Bloodlines' music video ahead of tour with Tonight Alive
The Gospel Youth have released a brand new video for 'Bloodlines' ahead of the UK tour with Tonight Alive which starts next week.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE
6th March - Ritz Manchester
8th March - Koko London
10th March - QMU Glasgow
11th March - Rock City Nottingham
12th March - Stylus Leeds
13th March- Motion Bristol
Formed in 2014, the five-piece has previously shared stages with the likes of We Are The Ocean, Mallory Knox, Deaf Havana, Hands Like Houses and many more. In 2016 the band launched a campaign that saw them release 12 crowdfunded singles in 12 months, putting their future in the hands of their fans and opening up the opportunity to write month on month about live experiences as they happen.
Australia's The Creptter Children premiere 'Asleep With Your Devil' in full; out now on Imminence Records
Australian gothic / industrial hard rock outfit The Creptter Children has premiered their label debut in full. Asleep With Your Devil EP features five tracks, with one being a new version of their 2016 single "Watching You," and is out today on Imminence Records.
"Asleep With Your Devil to me is just the beginning of oeuvre and artistic expression that will follow. This new EP offers fans a tantalising sample of the direction The Creptter Children’s musical journey will take them too in the future. After spending many long nights working very hard in the studio on this EP, I was quite pleased to hear the end result. As an artist I can be my own worse critic and will always pick out my flaws. However, I can say I was rather content with the final product and look forward to the next endeavour. My mind never sleeps and I ‘am putting together new song ideas as we speak.” - Iballa Chantelle (Vocalist)
The Creptter Children are a gothic / industrial hard rock band currently based in Melbourne, Australia. They originated from Perth in 2006 by founding members Iballa Chantelle (vocals / guitars) and N8oR (guitars / synth). They released their debut album, entitled Possessed, back in 2010 before touring in the US during 2011. Shortly thereafter they took a hiatus before reappearing in 2016 and quickly catching the attention of American label Imminence Records. They announced their signing with the release of their “Watching You” music video on Halloween of that year.
Renowned for their catchy hooks and dark fashion sense, which stem from the dark and twisted mind of Iballa Chantelle, the band brings to their fans (also known as “Freaks”) her message of creativity, open mindedness, and positive reflection towards spirituality and the supernatural. With influences from Behemoth, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie while being endorsed by Ibanez Guitars and Vampress Fashion, The Creptter Children are ready to take 2018 by storm with a new EP and a label backing them.
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Tonight Alive is celebrating the release of their album Underworld today. Full of unique melodies, heavy hitting rock sounds and the undeniable vocal magic of singer Jenna McDougall, this album marks a turning point for the band both sonically and personally. It is full of moments that pushed the band to express the best and worst parts of themselves and features guest vocals from Lynn Gunn (PVRIS) and Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour.) Already heralded by press as some of the band's best work to date, Underworld is available today on Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes. Physical albums and merchandise bundles are available at http://smarturl.it/TAUWmerch.
On the release, McDougall shares "Underworld is a record about meeting and making peace with your dark side. Writing it required a journey into the uncharted territory of the Shadow Self; all that has been neglected and abandoned. It's essence says that ultimately our deepest healing happens in the most painful periods of our life."
The band's latest single, "Disappear" premiered last week as Annie Mac's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. The super-charged track joins previously released singles "Crack My Heart" and "Temple." All three tracks have been seeing incredible streaming success with adds to Spotify's Rock This, Femme Fatale, The Scene, Pop Punk's Not Dead and Crash Course Playlists in the US, coveted New Music Friday adds in Thailand, Mexico and Italy, an appearance on Google Play's Today's Top Alternative Hits chart, as well as spots on Apple Music's Best of the Week and A-List: Rock Playlists in the UK.
Tonight Alive, the now 4 piece since departure of guitarist & writer Whakaio Taahi is composed of vocalist Jenna McDougall, rhythm guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cameron Adler and drummer Matt Best. After self-releasing the EP's All Shapes & Disguises and Consider This in 2010, Tonight Alive released What Are You So Scared Of? in 2011/2012. In 2013 the band released The Other Side. The band also contributed the song "The Edge" to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack before releasing their third full length album, Limitless in 2016.
Tonight Alive is celebrating the release of the music video for their latest single "Disappear" today. The super-charged track features Lynn Gunn (PVRIS) and is the third single from their upcoming album Underworld. On the track and collaboration, singer Jenna McDougall shares "Disappear is a song about the escapist inside all of us. As you can expect from Tonight Alive, the lyrics discuss freedom, but this time with a flavour of anonymity and detachment. Disappear was written with the intention of sounding neither like Pvris or Tonight Alive, and aimed to capture the sonic imagery of a long straight highway out of your comfort zone." The video is currently streaming here: http://smarturl.it/disappearmusicvideo.
Musically, the upcoming album gives fans unique melodies and heavy hitting rock sounds. Lyrically, it is the most personal work they have ever put forth. It is full of moments that pushed the band to explore every aspect of themselves both creatively and emotionally. Due out January 12th, 2018 via Hopeless Records, Underworld is available for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/TAUnderworld.
"Disappear" premiered earlier today as Annie Mac's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 and joins previously released videos for "Crack My Heart" and "Temple," both of which have been seeing incredible streaming success with adds to Spotify's Rock This, The Scene, Pop Punk's Not Dead and Crash Course Playlists in the US, coveted New Music Friday adds in Thailand and Italy as well as spots on iTunes' Best of the Week and A-List: Rock Playlists in the UK.
Tonight Alive will be returning to the United States for a Co-Headlining Tour with Silverstein later this month to perform these tracks live for the first time. With support from Broadside and Picturesque, The Get Free Tour will kick off in Cleveland, OH on January 19th and travel to cities all around the United States before wrapping up on March 1st in Pittsburgh, PA. Tickets are on sale now at http://tonightalive.com/.
Upcoming Tonight Alive Tour Dates:
1/13 - South Gippsland - Unify 2018
1/19 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *
1/20 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's *
1/21- Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe *
1/23 - St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room *
1/24 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre *
1/26 - Denver, CO @ Summit *
1/27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
1/28 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
1/30 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
1/31 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims *
2/1 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues *
2/2 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent *
2/3 - Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl *
2/5 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee *
2/6 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre *
2/8 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall *
2/9 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey *
2/10 - Houston, TX @ White Oak *
2/12 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham *
2/13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
2/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
2/16 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground *
2/17 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club *
2/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
2/19 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents *
2/20 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage *
2/23 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot *
2/24 - Chicago, IL @ Concord *
2/26 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
2/27 - Boston, MA @ Paradise *
2/28 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
3/1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls *
3/6 - Manchester, UK @ The Ritz ++
3/8 - London, UK @ Koko ++
3/10 - Glasgow, UK @ QMU Glasgow ++
3/11 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City ++
3/12 - Leeds, UK @ Stylus @ Leeds University ++
3/13 - Bristol, UK @ Motion ++
3/15 - Cologne, Germany @ Luxor ++
3/16 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg ++
3/17 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset Club ++
3/18 - Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopela ++
* - Co-Headlining Tour with Silverstein
++ - UK Headline Tour with Support from ROAM and The Gospel Youth
The band also recently announced a special run of U.S. acoustic in-stores and signings happening on the East Coast later this month. Fans who pre-order the album directly from the store will receive guaranteed entry to the acoustic set and signing. Limited space is available. The participating stores include F.Y.E. in Hanover, MA, Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY, Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ and Sound Garden in Baltimore, MD.
Big news as the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is taking shape. During a press conference in Lisbon, where the upcoming contest will take place, the list of participating countries was released and the slogan and theme artwork was officially unveiled. Drum roll..!
All aboard! for Eurovision 2018
Portugal as a country has always connected Europe to the rest of the world through the ocean, and 500 years ago Lisbon was the centre of many of the world’s most important sea routes. Today, Lisbon is using the ocean’s connectivity as inspiration with the slogan All Aboard!, inviting you and the international community to come together for this year’s competition.
More about theme and artwork for Lisbon 2018
Lisbon 2018: These countries will participate!
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will see 42 countries participate:
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