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The Parklife Weekender adds final acts

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The Parklife Weekender adds final acts

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Mizzle

Organisers of The Parklife Weekender have announced the final acts joining over 90 artists already set to wow its audience.

Two Door Cinema Club and Everything Everything have been confirmed to headline Saturday’s line-up at the two-day festival in Manchester on 11th and 12th of June.

Tickets for the festival are selling fast with 65 per cent already sold, so you need to be quick to take advantage of what promises to be a weekend to remember.

Priced at just £58.50 for a weekend pass, with a host of live acts, live theatre and workshops The Parklife Weekender has something for everyone.

Also included in the line-up are Chase & Status, Nero, Katy B and Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac.

For more information on line-ups and how to get tickets visit www.parklife.uk.com or call the Ticketline on 0161 832 111

Wolverhampton to board the Soul train with a new night out

Wolverhampton to board the Soul train with a new night out

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Mizzle

Asked to name some centres of soul music, you’d be forgiven for thinking of Wolverhampton last. New Orleans? Sure. Detroit? Naturally. But Wolverhampton? Actually, yes.

It may come as a surprise that this Black Country city seems to have set its sights on becoming the Memphis of the Midlands.

September will see the arrival of a whole chorus of celebrated DJs who will play a list of Soul and Jazz hits at the first Wolverhampton Soul Night Out. With a quarterly return of this event planned after that, the city may soon be one step closer to blowing its trumpet as the soul capital of the region.

The Wulfrun Hall will be the scene of the Soul extravaganza, seeing a host of DJs entertaining revellers until the small hours. The line-up reflects a mix of local and national musical talent, with confirmed DJs including Mike Hollis, Nige Brown, Sean Chapman and Little Scotty.

In what has been touted as a continuation of the city’s musical heritage, the night will conjure up fond reminiscence of Lafayette, Catacombs and Eve’s, popular local nightclubs which enjoyed success in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

The event is expected to attract music lovers from across the region and the country, and might just prove to be the much-needed spark to get Wolverhampton’s Soul train firmly back on track.

The Wolverhampton Soul Night Out will launch on 9 September 2011 at Wulfrun Hall, and take place quarterly therafter. The event will run between 8:30pm – 3:00am. Tickets priced £8.00 are available at 0870 320 7000 or online at www.wolvescivic.co.uk

Dion Roy speaks exclusively to Mizzle

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Dion Roy speaks exclusively to Mizzle

Posted on 30 March 2011 by Mizzle

A lot of artists have been on popular TV shows such as 90210, One Tree Hill etc, if you could have a guest star performance on a TV show, which one would you choose?

That would be interesting, I think I’d be most suited for Top Chef or maybe one of those shows where they tour the country finding the best local dives. That would probably make the most sense, since on the road that’s what I do anyway. Thanks for the idea – I should have been filming all the crazy places on tour where I went to eat. I’ll give you guys a shout-out on my first pilot.  On second thought,  maybe something like Shameless or Fringe. I tend to like the more eclectic shows, I’m just a nerd at heart so 90210 might be too cool for me.  

Who inspires you?

I just got back from SXSW, and I happened to see Duff McKagan from Guns N Roses play his own set. It was really amazing to see someone who’s been at the top and back a hundred times still playing music, and being passionate and thankful for the opportunity to do it.  Really inspiring to see. That would obviously be my musical answer, but personally my dad is recovering from a few rough patches and again – it’s inspiring to see. Go Dad!

You are compared to electronic bands such as Keane, Postal Service, and Snow Patrol if you did compare yourself to any bands or artists who would it be?

I think these days my sound is a bit closer to Pete Yorn, and Ben Gibbard, maybe even some early Smashing Pumpkins. My newest EP has all “real” drums, in addition to some of the more electronic type drums sounds.

Do you find it difficult running your Manhattan-based PR firm and being a singer/songwriter?

In the past it has been very difficult, but I actually did a pretty good job of making myself obsolete over the past 6 months, so the company for the most part is running itself while I am on the road touring.  Thanks to my trusty iPhone and Macbook – I really don’t miss a beat. In the past though, I was working a full day, then recording the rest of the night and finding scraps of time for other things – like eating on occasion :). 

 If you could cover any song in the world what would it be?

I think at some point I’d love to do a cover of some old “Morphine.” I started out on bass, and that guy was my hero for a long time. Unfortunately Mark Sandman passed away on stage some years ago – but he had a way of playing that was just soothing and rocking at the same time.  He played a 3 string fretless bass, tuned in some bizarre way. When I get some time after this release, maybe I’ll investigate exactly how he did it live.   ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphine_(band) )

What are your thoughts on Music Downloading?

 Tricky tricky… Generally, it would be cool to get paid for every download, but in this day in age I think that when people spread your music via email, torrents etc, it winds up bringing more people to the live show and it counter balances itself. I have a few good friends at Grooveshark.com, and I’m a huge fan of what they are doing for Artists as a streaming site – but not all of the streaming sites care about their artists quite as much as they do.

How are you finding touring with Tyler Hilton? Do you have any funny tour stories you would like to share?

Playing shows with Tyler was an amazing experience. This was my first tour on a tour bus, and I really had one of the best times of my life. It took a bit getting used to sleeping in your little bunk, but after awhile it becomes difficult to sleep without that rumbling of the road beneath you.  It was a bus with 9 dudes (including the Tour Manager, Driver, Papa Hilton, and the band, etc.) and at times it really looked and smelled like a bus that had 9 dudes living on it. It was basically summer camp for musicians.  The rest as they say, is under NDA 🙂

Are you single? (Question for all the girlies out there)

 There’s no ring on this finger, yet.

Have you been to the UK?

Yes – I have been a few times, I haven’t been back in a couple years, but when I was there I had an amazing time. The architecture is just incredible, and London might be one of the only cities to give New York a run for its money. I’d love to get back out there – maybe see Ireland and Wales, and visit the Guinness factory a couple times :). I wanted to maybe hit the UK for a couple shows, but this year just got too crazy, and I wound up booking a bunch of dates in Singapore instead – so that was my international craziness for last year.

What are your thoughts on the Japan tragedy do current issues influence and inspire your music or do you find you write more about personal life?

I am deeply, deeply saddened. It’s more tragedy than I think anyone can really internalize. My hearts and prayers go out to the people of Japan.  If you are reading this, open another window and go to https://american.redcross.org. DO IT!  If anyone donates anything at all to the red cross, I will send you a free copy of my album via email until the end of April. Just email the donation receipt to dionroymusic@amp3pr.com and you will get your copy.

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

Tacos.  Oh wait, you said pizza topping not food.  That would be Pineapple. Call it the South African in me making his presence known.

 

Dion Roy from US to UK

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Dion Roy from US to UK

Posted on 30 March 2011 by Mizzle

Having heard whispers about the singer Dion Roy, I just had to find out more. Born and raised in South Africa, he finally settled in the city of cities, New York.

Having played in several bands he decided to bravely branch out on his own. He has already released EP tracks and an album which I found on iTunes, Dion Roy already has a well established fan base in the US. It is clear to see why so many of his fans love him, as he clearly expresses himself through his music and lyrics.

The personal nature of his lyrics shows that he is not afraid to put himself and the situations he’s been in out there for the world to hear. Having visited his website and seen pictures of Dion Roy with his guitar, I half expected something a little more country, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear an upbeat melody with a rock twist on many of his tracks.

The mixture of these two reminded me of classic Lifehouse and The Goo Goo Dolls. Having read the interview done by Mizzle, he came across as a genuinely lovely guy. He seemed happy to spend time answering any questions in order to express himself, so that his fans and other people could really appreciate his music, and having read that (I’ve got to be honest) I like his music that little bit more.

However, having spent a fair bit of time researching Dion Roy, I came across a YouTube video of him singing Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars. This iconic song is one of my absolute favourites and whilst he is compared to Snow Patrol, I feel that this infamous song should never be covered.

With many other gigs and performances scheduled to take place this year, it looks like 2011 will be another hectic year for Dion Roy. I do have to say on behalf of all his international fans especially the British ones, we hope he comes across the big blue to visit us soon.

Adam Ant – 56 years young and back on the road

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Adam Ant – 56 years young and back on the road

Posted on 30 March 2011 by Mizzle

Eighties rock legend Adam Ant is set to join the string of artists making comebacks, with a new tour announced for the first time in 15 years, according to reports from the Daily Mail Online.

Once voted the sexiest man in America, Ant – real name Stuart Goddard – made the revelation onstage at Under the Bridge, a popular Chelsea nightspot.

The singer and strummer, who is famous for such hits as Stand and Deliver, and Prince Charming, is re-emerging in a new ensemble, The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse.

The group will launch a UK Greatest Hits tour in May, kicking off the action in Brighton before stopping by in Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Liverpool.

The 56-year-old is reported to be keen to get the show on the road once more, saying: ‘I’m really looking forward to it.’

He also batted away the idea that he might be too old, claiming that his game is better than ever ‘now that I know what I’m doing.’

The Greatest Hits Tour will begin in Brighton on May 16.

More than just a music festival

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More than just a music festival

Posted on 29 March 2011 by Mizzle

A brand new festival is coming to Hainault Forest Country Park this summer. The concept is pure and simple; Extalgic is about experiencing a festival from the inside out. Watch top international performers, perform on stage yourself and be part of the festival.

Many of the acts will give you specially prepared performances and have made special arrangements to attend the whole festival, so this is something not to be missed.

It’s no surprise people are already coining this festival as a ‘jam festival’, as there are a number of stages set up for you to perform. Set in 600 acres of London’s finest ancient forest, Extalgic will be an unforgettable experience.

The festival takes place from 8th – 10th July and will be exploring all genres including Rock n roll, 60’s/70’s/80’s and soul. This is a rare opportunity to experience music making, surrounded by a community of easygoing music lovers.

Over the 3 days there’ll be plenty to keep you going with a slick live music programme, insiders from the music industry hosting talks and workshops to take you closer to the music.

Extalgic is a new way of enjoying music, with fantastic spectators and friendly musicians of all abilities coming together for an action packed weekend.

For tickets and information on the line up, log onto http://extalgic.com

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Bill Bailey to headline at Sonisphere

Posted on 28 March 2011 by Mizzle

Bill Baily is set to headline the Saturn Arena Stage on Sunday for the largest ever live comedy performance at a UK rock festival.

Sonisphere Festival Knebworth has revealed their first batch of comedy acts for this year’s event. From the beginning, Sonisphere has proved that it’s more than just a rock festival. In its first year the mix of rock legends with Abba and Bjorn Again tribute acts with a hugely successful comedy line up, went down a real storm.

Headlining on the Sunday night is comedy hero and multi-instrumentalist Bill Bailey. Bill started out on the stand-up circuit, before having his own show commissioned by the BBC. He’s now a household name and has enjoyed great success through teaming up with Dylan Moran in Black Books.

Another comedy act at Sonisphere this year is Jackass superstar Steve-O. There are very few men who have inflected as much damage to themselves for entertainment as Steve-0. With his previous shows consisting of hilarious anecdotes and shocking stunts, including balancing knives on his face whilst squeezing fresh lime juice in his eyes, this is something not to be missed.

Sonisphere Knebworth Festival takes place 8th – 10th July 2011.

For more information on this year’s event log onto www.sonispherefestivals.com.

Late Night Sessions

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Late Night Sessions

Posted on 25 March 2011 by Glenn Tucker

The pure nature of a late night sessions album suggests the perfect setting to take in their latest compilation, so, after spending over 8 hours in downtown Digbeth (Birmingham) with a mix of intense dub step and drum & bass pounding away at my eardrums I finally staggered home in the early hours and settled down with a cold pizza to see what all the fuss was about.

After a couple of restarts (once the ringing in my ears stopped), I was able to pay considerable attention to the music. I found the hypnotic lyrics of Melody Day by Caribou drew me into the perfect mood to hear out the rest of the album which continued along the expected lines of uber chill while even prompting a couple of tear jerkers like To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra.

To hope to listen to both CD’s in one sitting was wishful thinking and as the morning sun broke through the blinds it reminded me of Elbow’s – On a day like this, unfortunately this did not appear on the track listings, even though it would have fitted right in with the mood, but it did get me to stick on CD2 while I brought myself back to life.

While the Osborne Remix of Take it In by Hot Chip did nothing to ease my aching head I found myself thinking how easily this album played the morning after as well the night before and it was only after the final track Further Away (Maddslinky Feat. Tawlish) played out its final chords that I realised I was well enough to start the late night session all over again…. and perhaps this time I could pay a little bit more attention.

Muse will headline at Reading and Leeds

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Muse will headline at Reading and Leeds

Posted on 24 March 2011 by Mizzle

Muse, The Strokes and My Chemical Romance have been confirmed as the headline acts at this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

My Chemical Romance front man, Gerard Way, spoke of his group’s enthusiasm for the other artists: ‘We’re honoured to be sharing headlines with them. The Strokes are one of our all-time favourite bands.’

Brit-pop band, Pulp, the latest in a string of group reunions, will also be performing as co-headliners at the popular summer festival.

Other bands granted a spot on the main stage include 30 Seconds To Mars, The Offspring, The National, Jimmy Eat World, Elbow and Interpol.

Revellers flocking to the two destinations can also expect to hear from the likes of Beady Eye (Liam Gallagher’s new project), White Lies, Jane’s Addiction, Crystal Castles, 2ManyDJs and The Streets.

These acts are set to appear on the NME/Radio 1 stage.

Reading and Leeds festivals will take place between 26-28 August 2011, at Branham Park, Leeds, and Little John’s Farm in Reading. Tickets are now on sale; weekend passes are priced at £192.50.

White Lies headline Beach Break 2011

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White Lies headline Beach Break 2011

Posted on 23 March 2011 by Mizzle

Organisers of Beach Break 2011 are proud to announce White Lies as their final headliner.

The London rockers are joining some of the finest artists in world music scene, playing alongside Magnetic Man, Tinie Tempah and We Are Scientists on the main stage.

This year’s Beach Break is at Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire from 16-20 June. Other groups taking the stage include: Newton Faulkner, Jamie Woon, The Chapman Family, ska group Babyhead and the Sub Motion Orchestra.

For the second consecutive year rap star Example is returning to Beach Break. He commented: “Absolute pleasure to be coming back to Beach Break. There’s a certain vibe about the place that means you don’t want to leave. I had to be dragged away from the partying last year!”

Tickets for this incredible event are now at £99 for the weekend plus camping.

For more information on tickets get online at www.beachbreaklive.com.