Indiana, the British singer, songwriter and social media provocateur, has announced and released a new EP titled ‘I Like Drinking’. The title track, an uplifting pop anthem dedicated to the art of boozing, is lifted from Indiana’s current album ‘Not Girlfriend Material’, which was released in August. The EP also includes a remix by fast-rising UK producer Adam Turner, an acoustic version of the song, and a brand new track ‘Wasted On You’
“I was drinking heavily at the time of writing it and didn’t give a fuck what people thought. I genuinely like drinking. In fact, I love drinking and that’s OK as far as I’m concerned. There are millions out there that feel the same. It’s a song for them.”
Indiana’s album ‘Not Girlfriend Material’, like it’s creator, is sultry, heartfelt, eclectic and sometimes controversial. The album was recorded at a time of significant change in Indiana’s life - the end of a relationship and a moment of self discovery.
"Entering the dating scene was a wake-up call. It never satisfied me…. guys are attracted to me, and want to f*ck me…. but in terms of continuing a relationship, they have issues with who I am, and why they were attracted to me in the first place."
And so came the life-changing revelation: “I’m not girlfriend material, but I’m OK with it.”
The revelation became a life statement and since then, has become a mantra. Indiana has created a clothing line called ‘Sex Leisure’, which sells a range of t-shirts bearing the slogan ‘Not Girlfriend Material’. In what has now become a signature look for the artist, an oversized t-shirt coupled with sports socks and trainers, she says it is “a cute exterior but with a bit of filth.”
Having previously released an acclaimed album via Sony, since leaving the label Indiana has become a social media provocateur in her own right - her instagram account @indianathegirl has thousands of followers who signed up for her sultry yet artistic selfies, tongue-in-cheek commentary and controversial moments.
‘I Like Drinking’ EP Track Listing:
1 - I Like Drinking
2 - I Like Drinking (Adam Turner Remix)
3 - Wasted On You
4 - I Like Drinking acoustic
'I Like Drinking' is available here: http://smarturl.it/ILikeDrinking
Robbie Williams has released a trailer video to give fans a glimpse of what to expect from his first ever Las Vegas residency next year. Watch the video here.
The global music superstar will perform a run of spectacular must-see shows in March and June 2019 at Wynn Las Vegas on the city’s famous strip. Fresh from his 2017/2018 world stadium tour, the UK’s best-selling solo artist will perform his biggest hits, some swing songs and a few special surprises in the shows.
After the March dates sold out in just a couple of hours once they went on general sale last week, Robbie yesterday announced six more shows to take place in June 2019 due to overwhelming demand.
The full ‘Robbie Williams Live in Las Vegas’ dates are:
Wednesday 6th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Friday 8th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Saturday 9th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Wednesday 13th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Friday 15th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Saturday 16th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Wednesday 19th June 2019
Friday 21st June 2019
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Wednesday 26th June 2019
Friday 28th June 2019
Saturday 29th June 2019
Tickets for all June 2019 shows go on general sale on Tuesday 20th November at 15.00 GMT/07.00 PT, with prices starting at $59.50 and official VIP packages available from robbiewilliams.com/tickets.
The Las Vegas residency follows another successful year for record-breaking 18-time BRIT Award winner Robbie. This summer he performed at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow and on Saturday he played his final show of ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour’ playing to 85,000 adoring fans in Mexico City – he has played to more than 1.4 million people on this sell-out tour.
Robbie has just landed back in the UK to return to our screens this weekend as a judge on this year’s The X Factor alongside wife Ayda Williams. This week he’ll be working hard to help his last remaining act, Acacia & Aaliyah, get to the final.
For further information on artist pre-sale and general on-sale, and official VIP, please visit robbiewilliams.com/tickets. For travel and VIP packages for Las Vegas please visit eventtravel.com or call +44 (0) 1223 506560.
Ellie Goulding announces 'Streets Of London' charity concert at the Wembley SSE Arena on 20th December
Ellie Goulding has announced her annual charity concert to raise money for London homeless charity “Streets of London”. This year Goulding, who is an ambassador for the charity, will be joined by the likes of Dua Lipa, Bastille, Sigrid, Mabel, Grace Carter, Jax Jones, Dermot Kennedy and many more on stage at Wembley SSE Arena on 20th December. Pre-order tickets here: https://ellie.lnk.to/SOL
Since 2014, Global UN Ambassador Ellie Goulding's annual Christmas gig for Streets of London has raised more than £300,000, which has helped the charity to fund dozens of projects that are helping homeless people turn their lives around.
Speaking about the concert and her work with Streets of London, Ellie Goulding explains:-
“Every year the event we’ve done for Streets of London has been absolutely magical and moving, I know this year will be the greatest yet.”
Homelessness is a major problem in London today. On any given night in London, there are likely to be more than 1,000 people sleeping out on the streets (nearly treble the number there were in 2010) many more are in hostels or temporary accommodation and don't have a home to call their own. This can be incredibly damaging, and the average life expectancy of a homeless rough sleeper is just 47 years old.
Streets of London are currently funding twelve projects providing specialist support to get people off the streets and make a fresh start. Projects include a winter night shelter for vulnerable rough sleepers, a rehab hostel for people recovering from addictions, also several employment support projects, which help homeless people to look for jobs and then find and keep work.
People end up homeless for many different reasons and many need specialist help to get back on their feet and find a secure home. Those who have been homeless can require a lot of different types of support beyond help with securing housing, such as with mental health and addiction issues, understanding their rights, and with building their employability, skills and self-confidence.
With the right support, people who are homeless can turn their lives around. There are lots of great charities throughout London that work hard to provide these services; many of them are small and not very well-known and funding can be hard to secure.
The UK is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and London one of the wealthiest cities - no one should be spending night after night sleeping on the street. By working together we can make a real difference and help support those who are struggling to get off the streets for good.
The involvement of Ellie, and the many stars who have generously supported Streets of London by giving their time and talents, also helps raise awareness about homelessness, particularly among young people, engaging them in the issue and the need to work for change.
For more information on Streets Of London: http://www.streetsoflondon.org.uk/
Following on from the critical and commercial success of their Grammy® nominated 2015 album, ‘Born In The Echoes’, the band’s 6th consecutive UK number 1, The Chemical Brothers today announce their ninth studio album, No Geography.
No Geography is set for a Spring 2019 release and includes the latest single ‘Free Yourself’, a favourite of the band’s spectacular new live show experienced at festivals across Europe this Summer, and dubbed “a euphoric, multi-faceted odyssey of blistering synths and deep grooves” by Rolling Stone. Free Yourself is accompanied by a groundbreaking video directed by long time creative collaborators, Dom&Nic. Watch the video here.
Following the recent announcement of a headline slot at London’s All Points East Festival and hot on the heels of two sold out shows at Alexandra Palace (their fastest ever selling tickets), The Chemical Brothers today also announce details of their biggest UK Arena tour to date scheduled for November 2019 with shows in Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and Birmingham. Further dates have also been announced for North America in May 2019.
UK fans can pre-order a copy of the album No Geography via The Chemical Brothers official store now to get exclusive access to a UK ticket pre-sale: https://TheChemicalBrothers.lnk.to/NoGeography
Additional details for No Geography including artwork, track list and U.S. album pre-order are forthcoming.
In 2015, the legendary duo – comprising Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons – released their GRAMMY® nominated album, Born In The Echoes, which featured collaborations with such artists as Q-Tip, St. Vincent and Beck, videos from the Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, The Green Hornet) and award winning director duo Dom&Nic (Oasis, David Bowie & Trent Reznor, Supergrass), plus experimentation in virtual reality with Chris Milk. Pitchfork praised Born In The Echoes as “some of the best pure pop songs Rowlands and Simons have ever made” while NME declared it “a bold reinvention of the Chemical Brothers’ sound”. The Chemical Brothers have sold more than 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide. They have had six No. 1 albums in the U.K. and were the first electronic act ever to receive a GRAMMY, winning in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ – the first of their four GRAMMY wins.
The Chemical Brothers UK Tour Dates:
24th May 2019 Headline slot at All Points East Festival, Victoria Park, London Tickets
21st November 2019 Leeds First Direct Arena
22nd November 2019 Manchester Arena
23rd November 2019 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
28th November 2019 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
29th November 2019 Birmingham Arena
WATCH THE UK TOUR TRAILER: https://TheChemicalBrothers.lnk.to/2019UKTourTrailer
UK fan pre-sale: 9am GMT Tuesday 27th November 2018.
UK tickets go on general sale at 9am GMT on Friday 30th November 2018.
The Chemical Brothers North American Tour Dates:
12th May 2019 Mexico City, MX – Pepsi Center WTC
15th May 2019 Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall *
16th May 2019 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre *
17th May 2019 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
*With The Black Madonna
US fan pre-sale: 10am PST Tuesday 4th December 2018.
US tickets go on general sale at 10am PST on Friday 7th December 2018.
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19 year-old South Coast newcomer Megan Bird releases her infectious debut single 'Affirmation' today.
Having worked closely with GRAMMY and Ivor Novello award winning songwriter Eliot Kennedy (Spice Girls, Bryan Adams, Gary Barlow), Megan proves herself to be a surefire one to watch, possessing an infectious sound that shines through more so than ever in ‘Affirmation’, her first official musical offering.
Much like female figureheads Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato who Megan considers hugely influential in her musical journey, lyrically they share similar running themes of self-assurance and empowerment. Growing up on pop-rock royalty Paramore and All Time Low have also played an important role in moulding her sound over the years.
On both the making and meaning behind the debut single, Megan says of ‘Affirmation’ -
“This song was the very start of my debut album, the first song I wrote up in Sheffield with Eliot and Jim, and it made me excited about writing music again. I had just started college and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, I was doing a music course but wasn’t that interested and couldn’t find something that I could fully relate to. I was 16 when we first wrote it, and hearing the change in my voice and confidence over the past three years is crazy.“
On the meaning of the song -
“Within these last few years there’s been different situations in my life where I can really relate to the lyrics, and that’s something I always want to achieve with songwriting - that you can always relate in some way to what’s being said, and I love the timeline within the song itself. It’s based on a one sided relationship, which can also reflect on friendships. This has been a recurring theme for me and is the best way to let that frustration out, through music and especially lyrics.”
Bursting at the seams with energy and attitude, ‘Affirmation’ boasts the perfect blend of cinematic chords and anthemic drums, all brought together by Megan’s sharp melodies.
Alongside her full band, Megan presents the opportunity to experience the new music live with a headline homecoming show in Winchester on October 12th.
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You Me At Six have announced a week-long run of UK in store performances and signings, beginning October 4th, to mark the celebrations of their forthcoming new album, ‘VI’, due for release this October 5th via Underdog Records/AWAL.
With new single ‘Back Again’, and album standouts ‘IOU’ and ‘3AM’, You Me At Six are showcasing a multi-dimensional evolution with their forthcoming sixth album. Replacing what was once distortion and big rock riffs, for indie-pop prowess and a set of explosive new live favourites.
The band have notched up a list of considerable achievements since forming as teenagers in Weybridge, Surrey, including four UK Gold Records, four Top Ten albums in the UK including Number One album ‘Cavalier Youth’, three sold out arena shows, sold out UK headline arena tours, an unparalleled 15 consecutive A-List singles on BBC Radio One, multiple sold-out US headline tours, a Number One rock song in the UK & Australia and Top Five Rock Radio track in North America in ‘Room To Breathe’.
You Me At Six have also set out plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’. Due to phenomenal demand, the band added seven additional dates to the initial three that sold out in just twenty minutes. These special one-off events will see the acclaimed five piece play their seminal genre-classic ‘Take Off Your Colours’ in its entirety. Alongside the anniversary shows, the band are playing five UK headline shows.
After selling over 65,000 tickets in the UK this year, You Me At Six are undoubted heavyweights in the live arena. Their phenomenal career speaks for itself, having sold out arena tours in the UK, headlining both the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading & Leeds in 2017 and the second stage at Download Festival this year. These upcoming sold-out shows give You Me At Six the chance to road test their explosive new set, creating a new batch of future live classics for fans in the process.
Catch them live in store, and on tour, at the dates below.
UK OCTOBER IN STORE PERFORMANCES & SIGNINGS
Oct 4th - New Slang at Przym, Kingston-Upon-Thames. All ages and 18+ show's. (Full band)
Oct 6th - London, Rough Trade East (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 7th - Marlborough, Sound Knowledge (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 8th - Birmingham, HMV (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 8th - Liverpool, Jacaranda (Phase One) (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 9th - Manchester, HMV (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 9th - Preston, Action (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 10th - Leeds, Jumbo (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 11th - Glasgow, HMV (Signing + Acoustic)
UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
Nov 21st - Leeds, O2 Academy (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Nov 22nd - Birmingham, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
Nov 23rd - Manchester, Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)
Nov 24th - Manchester, Victoria Warehouse (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Nov 26th - Newcastle, O2 Academy (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Nov 27th - Glasgow, Barrowland (SOLD OUT)
Nov 28th - Glasgow, Barrowland (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Nov 30th - London, O2 Academy Brixton (SOLD OUT)
Dec 1st - Cardiff, University Great Hall (SOLD OUT)
Dec 2nd - London, O2 Academy Brixton (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Dec 3rd - London, O2 Academy Brixton (TOYC)
Dec 6th - Bournemouth, O2 Academy (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Dec 7th - Sheffield, O2 Academy (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Dec 8th - Norwich, UEA (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Dec 9th - Nottingham, Rock City (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
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Art School Girlfriend is the moniker of Polly Mackey, a producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Wrexham, North Wales. Her upcoming second EP ‘Into The Blue Hour’ tracks her move from London to a tightly knit creative community in the seaside town of Margate. After trading the intrusive city skylines for an endless horizon by the sea, Mackey’s forthcoming music has a new sense of space, depth and introspection. The EP’s lead single ‘Distance (Blank)’ is available to buy and stream on all platforms.
The founding member of Welsh shoegaze outfit Deaf Club, Mackey spent time immersed in East London’s creative ecosystem before moving south of the river. Since the group disbanded, Mackey became enamoured with London’s pirate radio networks and began making electronic music with an experimental focus, releasing her debut ‘Measures’ EP as Art School Girlfriend in late 2017. Now expanding on those electronic blueprints, the ‘Into The Blue Hour’ EP sees Mackey further develop her production tool kit and mastery of negative space. The beat-driven lead single ‘Distance (Blank)’ explores Mackey’s fatigue with crowded city living, feelings of claustrophobia and the desire to be out in a wide open space. The single is soon to be paired with visuals directed by Tom Dream.
Art School Girlfriend embarks on her first full UK tour in October, beginning with a performance at London’s St Pancras Old Church on the 5th. Full details follow. The ‘Into The Blue Hour’ EP will be released in full on September 28th via Wolf Tone.
UK Tour Dates
05/10 London St Pancras Old Church
06/10 Southsea Dials Festival
07/10 Hare & Bounds Birmingham
08/10 Hug & Pint Glasgow
10/10 Sneaky Petes Edinburgh
11/10 Underground Newcastle
12/10 Now Wave Venue Manchester
13/10 Sound Basement Liverpool
14/10 Tom Thumb Margate
15/10 The Hope Brighton
16/10 Hy Brasil Bristol
Friday October 19th sees the release of Dua Lipa – Complete Edition – a new extended version of her debut album that includes “Electricity” her brand new collaboration with Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo), her previous collaborations with Martin Garrix and Sean Paul, fan favourites “Want To” and “Running” and a new track “Kiss and Make Up” with k-pop superstars Blackpink.
After a year of #1 hit singles, sold out shows and record breaking streaming figures, Dua Lipa has become the biggest breakout artist in the world. Dua is the #1 most streamed female artist on Spotify and is the first and only female artist in history to have 4 lead songs with over 500 Million Spotify streams. She has also just spent 8 weeks at #1 in the UK this summer with her million plus selling hit “One Kiss” – the most weeks at number one for a female artist this century. The video for her smash hit single “`New Rules” is now sitting at over 1.3 billion views on YouTube. Already collecting major accolades at the top of 2018, Dua scooped two BRIT Awards after being nominated in five categories, performed to 85 million people at the UEFA Champion League Football final and has sold over 3 million albums and 32 million singles worldwide.
Dua Lipa - (Complete Edition) will be available on digital, streaming and CD.
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South London indie pop band Wolf Girl have announced that their second album ‘Every Now & Then’ will be released via Everything Sucks Music on 19th October. The announcement comes alongside a new single ‘Toast For Dinner’. Healey from the band, who is on lead vocals and guitar for this song but also handles bass duties and back-up vocals on various other tracks on the record, says:-
“This song is a tribute to my love of amateur magic, dual guitar riffs and toast. Toast is maybe the greatest food of them all and it is also my go-to if I’m burnt out and can’t find the energy to eat/cook a meal. This song is about a point where I was finding it hard to say no to things and ended up constantly feeling physically and emotionally drained. Sometimes I fantasise about there being multiple versions of myself like in Fantasia’s ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ so I can invest myself fully in everything that I do.”
‘Every Now & Then’ consists of nine hook-laden tunes about queer feelings, coming out and dealing with social burnout and marks a real period of growth for Wolf Girl. With Healy helming the majority of the songwriting, each track acted as a strange kind of therapy and catharsis, exploring sexuality, gender identity and anxiety. The album was recorded with Mark Jasper of Sound Savers and the band really focused on capturing the energy shown in their live shows.
New single & music video ‘Toast For Dinner’ out now:
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There are a lot of firsts on this record. Christabel gets her first songwriting/lead vocal credit in the form of 'Dream Partner'. She’d chosen a deliberately ‘50s/’60s pop chord sequence and song structure so the band tried to emphasise that in the studio with handclaps and Wall of Sound/Joe Meek type reverbs. ‘Breaking News' also sees the addition of saxophone played by Phil Whaite of Guttfull. “Being fans of X-Ray Spex, Roxy Music and Downtown Boys, we knew we wanted to include horns on this track,” enthuses Healey. “It’s about "choosing to come out when you want", in a society where queer people are forced to do so repeatedly.”
In the two years since the release of their much-loved first album ‘We Tried’, Wolf Girl have shared bills with the likes of The Spook School, Girl Ray, and Worriers. They’ve also branched out into other music projects, from The Whooperups (Healey’s collaboration with AC from the Spook School) to Suggested Friends (where Christabel also takes up the drums).
The crunching, distorted guitars and catchy melodies that fans will remember from the band’s first album can still be found on ‘Every Now & Then’. But this new album is a bigger, braver and, at times, completely heart-breaking collection of songs and experiences – political, poignant, yet perfectly pop.
Tuesday 24th July - Acoustic Indietracks warm up, Waterintobeer, London
Sunday 29th July - Indietracks Festival, Midland Railway Butterley, Derbyshire
Friday 3rd August - Viral Nights, The Lock Tavern, London
Sunday 5th August - How To Make Friends All Dayer, The Sebright Arms, London
Saturday 15th September - Loud Women Fest, Tufnell Park Dome, London
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Healey – Bass, Guitar, Vocals (Pronoun – They)
Christabel Williams – Drums, Vocals (Pronoun – She)
Carl Farrugia – Guitar, Vocals (Pronoun – He / They)
Christopher Wood – Guitar, Bass (Pronoun – He)
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Read between the lines of a familiar fairytale and you may stumble across a rabbit hole you never noticed before. Those curious enough to follow their ears into the black will be met with a world of escapism, narrated by the weird and wonderful music of Alice’s Night Circus.
Ringmaster Julia Scott orchestrates the magnificent sounds of Alice’s Night Circus. Juggling a smorgasbord of influences with a pop sensibility, the Sheffield-born artist walks the tightrope between her theatrical world and the mainstream sound-du-jour. Eccentric single ‘Curious World’ is the ultimate demonstration of this: what begins as an off-kilter waltz that harbours her eccentricities eventually bursts into a grandiose chorus, showcasing her earworm hooks.
Listen to 'Stand Up (Final)' here - https://soundcloud.com/user-30071441/stand-up-final
The main attraction of Alice’s Night Circus is undoubtedly her staggering vocals, which have evoked favourable comparisons with powerhouse vocalists such as Florence and the Machine and Shirley Bassey. The classical training she received whilst growing up has informed both her singing and her music, which bears traces of opera, musicals, jazz and symphonic metal.
But, perhaps her biggest influence has been drawn from the world of Steampunk. She made her debut live appearance under the Alice pseudonym at the world’s largest and longest running Steampunk festival called The Asylum in Lincoln, where she now resides. Having taken inspiration from the awe-inspiring visuals and beguiling theatrics of the community, Julia begun to create her own costumes and accessories for live shows and Steampunk events. Furthermore, she’ll appear as herself and Alice as part of Gary Nicholls’ Imaginarium trilogy, a photography project centred around Steampunks.
Like Panic! At The Disco who married debauchery and cabaret with pop prowess, and Muse who converted a fascination for space into cabinets of album awards, Julia is attempting to lure the mainstream into her conceptual world of circus and theatrics. With an abundance of tricks up her sleeve, we have every reason to believe the ringmaster can draw a crowd to Alice’s Night Circus.
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