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:
Gorillaz share a surprise new track, Garage Palace featuring Little Simz. The song has already been raucously received at their live shows and now it comes accompanied by a brilliantly retro 8-bit video game visualiser. Collaborating with Little Simz’ illustrator McKay Felt and director Noah Harris, this video adds to their long run of innovative and ground-breaking work, with the game ingeniously following Simz through dark alleys and cloudy skies on a series of combats, missions and obstacles to reach the top of a tower block for her final battle, but not without the collective muscle of Gorillaz behind her. Level UP!
Even more excitingly, Little Simz will be supporting Gorillaz on the Humanz tour across European and U.K. dates this Autumn/Winter. European dates commence in November which will lead to their homecoming gigs in London’s O2 Arena on December 4th and 5th, with their usual line up of surprise special guests.
The Super Deluxe Vinyl Boxset consists of Gorillaz’ new album Humanz, presented across 14 individual pieces of 12-inch different coloured vinyl, packaged in individually art-worked sleeves. All tracks on Humanz are backed with a non-album bonus track, most of which are previously unreleased. The Boxset also Includes a 54-page, cloth-bound, foil-blocked, hardback book of Gorillaz artwork by Jamie Hewlett and a download card, all housed in a bespoke 12-inch vinyl carrying case.
A1. Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
A2. Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
B1. Long Beach
A1. Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
A1. Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
A1. Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
B2. Midnite Float (feat. Azekel)
A1. Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath
A2. Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
B1. Grilling With His Face
A1. Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
B1. Charger (Alternative Version feat. Pauline Black)
A1. Interlude: Elevator Going Up
A2. Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
B1. Andromeda (D.R.A.M. Special)
A1. Busted and Blue
B1. Busted and Blue (Faia Younan Special)
A1. Interlude: Talk Radio
A2. Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
B1. Carnival (2D Special feat. Anthony Hamilton)
A1. Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
B1. Five Whales In A Dream
A1. Interlude: Penthouse
A2. Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
B1. Garage Palace (feat. Little Simz)
A1. She's My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
B1. She's My Collar (Kali Uchis Spanish Special)
A1. Interlude: The Elephant
A2. Halleujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
B1. Phoenix On The Hill (feat. Sidiki Diabaté)
A1. We Got The Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)
Gorillaz live shows – which all sold out in record time - have already been met with a rapturous response. The band headlined the inaugural Demon Dayz festival in Margate earlier this summer and most recently continued their Humanz world tour across dates in the US. They will return to UK shores later this year for headline shows in November and December, be sure not to miss out.
The full list of EU/UK dates on the Humanz Tour:
1 ESCH SUR ALZETTE, LUXEMBOURG – Rockhal
2 VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Wiener Stadthalle
4 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Royal Arena
5 OSLO, NORWAY – Oslo Spectrum
6 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Hovet
8 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND – Samsung Hall
9 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Arena de Geneve
11 MUNICH, GERMANY – Zenith
13 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Arena
14 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – 02 Arena
17 BERLIN, GERMANY – Max-Schmeling-Halle
18 DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
19 HAMBURG, GERMANY – Sporthalle Hamburg
21 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – Ziggo Dome
22 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – Forest National/Vorst Nationaal
24 PARIS, FRANCE – Zénith de Paris
25 PARIS, FRANCE – Zénith de Paris
27 BRIGHTON, UK – Brighton Centre
29 GLASGOW, UK – The SSE Hydro
1 BIRMINGHAM, UK – Arena Birmingham
4 LONDON, UK – The 02 Arena
5 LONDON, UK – The 02 Arena
13 MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – Vélodromo Municipal
Anton Du Beke will release his much-anticipated debut album From The Top on November 24th through Polydor. One of the nation's best-loved stars and most well-known as the celebrated ballroom dancer of Strictly Come Dancing, Anton was a key player in the phenomenon that brought dancing not only back in favour, but onto prime time ratings-topping television, entertaining 11 million+ audiences since 2004. From The Top will feature the classic songs which have inspired him throughout his illustrious career. “I’ve been singing for almost as long as I’ve been dancing," says Anton. "I’ve sung at my dance shows and I’ve sung on Strictly but I never believed I would finally get the chance to make an album."
From The Top sees Anton backed by the successful vocal harmony quintet The Overtones and Lance Ellington from the Strictly Come Dancing band. The album is a joyful celebration of pure old school swing. From The Top is a tribute to both his beloved wife Hannah and his close friend, the late Bruce Forsyth. “Bruce was always a huge hero of mine and I was lucky enough to call him a friend. We’d play golf, we’d have a laugh and we both loved all the old stars like Fred Astaire and Sammy Davis Jnr. He was so supportive. When I did a tiny show at the Hippodrome in London, he did me the greatest honour by coming down and singing with me.”
One of the songs they sang – Me And My Shadow – is featured on the album alongside other crooning greats including Putting On The Ritz, It Had To Be You, Fly Me To The Moon and Something Stupid. “All these songs are hugely emotional to me,” says Anton. The album also includes an inspired reworking of the Arctic Monkeys hit I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and an original composition Nothing But Love.
Grammy award-winning producer, Brian Rawlings (Tina Turner, Enrique Inglesias and One Direction) collaborated with Anton to create a unique big band sound. For Anton, the album is a lifelong dream come true. “I spent my twenties and thirties penniless with just a lot of dreams. This album is for everyone who loves swing, who loves romance and who believes dreams come true.”
Album pre-order link - https://antondubeke.lnk.to/FromTheTop
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