Sam Branson, son of Sir Richard Branson is making a guest appearance on Virgin Radio tomorrow (Sunday 26 June) from 10am – 1pm, where he’ll be taking command of the newly launched music radio station, which recently returned to the UK airways for the first time since 2008.
Sam is a major music fan and also has his own band – Samson and Delilah. He will be taking to the airwaves to play listeners his own song choices during the three hour session. He speaks about the influence of his mum on his musical tastes, the song that featured in the first dance at his wedding, his father’s free gig for Queen in Hyde Park, and his life and work as founder of his own production company, Sundog Pictures. He also chats to one of his friends Michael Franti, about his new song.
Hear Sam Branson on Virgin Radio from 10am - 1pm this Sunday 26 June – listen on digital radio, online at virginradio.co.uk or via the Virgin Radio app.
SharpTone Records launches as a label and will encompass many multitude of genres and subgenres in rock music. SharpTone is co-founded by Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger and Shawn Keith. The new music company’s headquarters are located in Los Angeles with satellite offices in the UK, Germany and Australia.
The label’s roster is quickly taking shape and expect new releases from these artists in the upcoming months:
Attila - new album 2016.
We Came As Romans - new music 2016.
Miss May I - new album 2017.
Loathe - releasing “Prepare Consume Proceed.” July 8th. https://youtu.be/JBsijrAFpVM
Pre-order here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/prepare-consume-proceed/id1122015456
Fronz (vocals) from Attila states: "We are really excited to announce that we have officially signed to SharpTone! We are at an amazing point in our career and we know that these guys have the power that we need to take things to the next level. We're ready to dominate the planet with our brand new album. SharpTone is a label that shares our enthusiasm and understands who we are and what our vision is. So let's fucking crush the world and spread party metal to the masses!”
Keith states “Developing this label has been very exciting for me. The opportunity to partner and cultivate new and established artist working towards broadening their global potential is thrilling. SharpTone will continue to diversify and evolve as a brand for music fans to truly identify with. We are not just another record label, we are new music company, allowing artists to be as creative and passionate as they choose to be.”
For news and music visit: sharptonerecords.co
Ellefson Coffee Co, the premium coffee brand of Java connoisseur, author, and rock star David Ellefson of Megadeth, has officially unleashed it’s second blend Kenya Thrash. Packaged in a distinctive red metallic bag, Kenya Thrash is a bold high-octane blend of 90% Kenya-Kichwa Arabica Beans, and 10% India Robusta, roasted with a kick, for a high blend of flavour and function. An “Earthy and Savory” blend, with distinct notes of Grapefruit and Black Pepper, Kenya Thrash is a guaranteed wake up call to body, mind, and taste-buds.
“Thrash” is the follow-up to Roast In Peace, the highly celebrated original Dark Roast Blend, small-batch roasted from 100% Brazilian Arabica, with distinctive notes of “Chocolate, Dark Caramel, and Roasted Nuts”, already receiving high praise from coffee lovers and media alike. With features on major web outlets like Blabbermouth, Brave Words, a segment with Ellefson on Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante’s Coffee podcast, and a feature in the July issue of Revolver Magazine, and high profile artists like Hellyeah, Sevendust and Lamb of God publicly singing it’s praises, Roast In Peace has already become a staple in the mugs of the Rock N’ Roll elite.
But, says Ellefson, Roast In Peace is more than just a distinctive coffee offering, but also a mission statement.
“My love for coffee has accompanied me around the world for my entire musical career. Just like the spirit of a culture or the melody of a song, the enjoyment of coffee brings people together and creates harmony among us. The beans in this bag are traceable to their global origin and exemplify the spirit and culture of the people who grew them."
"It is my aim to bring this roast to our tables and awake our taste buds, fire up our rock n roll spirits and continue the global fellowship of music, art and coffee. May you, Roast in Peace!"
Ellefson Coffee Co blends are artfully small batch roasted by Parliament Coffee Roasters, and the blends hand picked by Ellefson himself. Both blends are available in 12 OZ Whole Bean (or Ground) bags directly from empmerch.com.
"Thanks to Virgin Radio for this!"
Virgin Radio Breakfast Show presenter Edith Bowman is a true festival veteran, having attended and broadcast from almost all of the major music events of the year, including Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight Festival, T in the Park, Reading and Leeds Festivals. Her experience is such that she has even published a book on the subject, Edith Bowman’s Great British Festivals, which delves into the festival scene and explores some of the less known festival delicacies on offer across the country in the search for the ‘ultimate festival’.
Armed with impeccable music knowledge and a thirst for discovering new bands, Edith is ready for another summer of partying hard and… eating doughnuts, and wants to share her top tips for enjoying the best of British music festivals this summer:
1. Don’t mention the weather or the toilets. We live in Britain, the weather is unpredictable and the sooner you get your head around that the better. It’s probably going to rain but if you are prepared for it then you will have a better time. Toilets, get over any kind of cleanliness OCD, just have some hand sanitiser and try the she-pee – it’s quite empowering!
2. Although there are obviously bands and artists you want to see, don’t make too many plans. Allow yourself some wander time. This is where I’ve discovered some of my favourite bands by just going blind into tents and to stages to check out things I’ve never heard of. Also allow yourself to have a wander yourself - it’s really healthy and forces you to communicate with people in that old fashioned way of talking.
3. Travel light. Most probably anything you need you can get there. Take the basics that cover you for all weather and with that I’d suggest layers, a good Mac, a good pair of boots that don’t have to be wellies, good sunglasses and hat, dry shampoo and most definitely a high factor sunscreen.
4. Pace yourself. I have learnt from experience that you can get a little overexcited by the whole thing of being at a festival with mates, but losing a whole day is never a good look, trust me.
5. Doughnuts. These will keep you going. Make sure you find your nearest fresh doughnut stall, it might just save your life.
6. Challenge your mind and be adventurous. Step outside your comfort zone and go and see something maybe non-music related that is something you have never seen before. Festivals can be a wonderful place to expand your mind to explore new and exciting art forms.
7. Meeting point. Work out a meeting point with your mates and maybe a certain time you all meet up so that if you do get separated you know where and when you can all touch base.
8. Charging. There are loads of charging locations at festivals so try and not get to the point where your phone is totally out of charge.
9. Camping. You’re either into it or you’re not. I think it's a lot of fun, especially if you can create a commune area where you can have your own little party. I remember one Glasto where we all cooked breakfast before heading out to start another day, which was a great way to wake up. Late night drinks and singalongs and chats – it’s lovely.
10. But if you’re not into the camping thing then there are plenty other options for accommodation, you now can't use camping as an excuse not to go!
Edith Bowman presents the breakfast show on Virgin Radio, weekdays from 6am – 10am
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Details of the 'Lo Sound Desert' documentary about the Californian desert music scene have been announced
Lo Sound Desert provides a deep, intimate look into the Low Desert music scene’s history with never-ending jams in the middle of the desert which continues to live on with the same vitality, authenticity and resilience as two decades ago. Lo Sound Desert is narrated by Josh Homme (Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures), Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Orquestra del Desierto, Ten East, The Perfect Rat) and many other from bands like Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Mondo Generator, Dali’s Llama, Hornss, Slo Burn, Unida and Fu Manchu.
What was started by revolting punk rock kids throwing parties in the middle of the desert - hidden from narrow-minded authorities of suburban America in the early 80s, became a movement
over the years.
From endless jams in unconditioned rehearsal garages to wasteland venues to smoked-up European backstage rooms: ‘Desert Rock’, a specific vibe of pure analog rock music, was fostered by the beauty of a surrounding that naturally provides a lot of space. Until nowadays it continued its slow-moving underground spread and became international treasure. In a way Desert Rock never reached extreme popularity like simultaneously grown, commercially hyped Grunge Rock in the early 90’s. But it still seems to be around and inspires new generations of rock bands to carry on.
A release party in Berlin will be held on June 24th 2016 at Kino Zukunft, presented by Rock/Squad, SOL, DesertFest, RockHard, Visions and Monduo Films. Lo Sound Desert will screen at 8pm, followed by concerts of Powder for Pigeons, Vic Du Monte’s Persona Non Grata, Operators, Jan Schwarzkamp, Dj Eggs Delicious and more to be announced.
Info can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/235970100099603
On July 1st 2016 and with the help of UK promoters Desertscene and Desertfest they're celebrating Lo Sound Desert's release and the London premiere with a screening of the long 2-part version (incl. bladder-friendly intermission) at one of the The Desert Fest location's The Black Heart, featuring bands live on stage after the screening and a getting out of hands DJ-party afterwards.
More details here: www.facebook.com/events/1405498493082052
It started with a small idea from a small indie publisher but the Rogue Radio mod for Fallout 4 is currently under development and looking to be released cross platform in July.
Rogue Records America crossed over into the digital media of video games earlier in the year with their ARK Survival Evolved mod Thieves Island, loosely based off the San Francisco rock band Amongst Thieves but with this upcoming radio station mod Rogue Radio for Fallout 4, Rogue is planting a flag in the video game world and looking to expand its game side with this Fallout 4 mod.
Rogue Radio will be available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and will be a mod that anyone with the game can download for free. Once downloaded, the players Pip Boy will have the Rogue Radio station in their Radio list playing the best heavy metal and hard rock. The radio station will feature all of Rogue's artists as well as many other National and Emerging artists.
"We saw that the opportunity was not only there for OUR artists, but we had room to add other artists. Bands we admire and bands who wanted a chance to increase their reach to hopefully obtain new fans," says a spokesman for the label.
The mod will feature 44 songs by 38 bands and have 2 DJ's each with their own style and playlist. Johnny Rogue is the 1st Dj, a survivor from the publisher (the actual real life internet mascot for the publisher) who has started to go insane and Fearless Jes Fama played by Jes Fama of the Radio Podcast Almost Fama.
The publisher will be posting in game footage of the development on its YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages if anyone wants to follow along on the progress and get a sneak peek.
The Bands on Rogue Radio (Bold = Rogue Records America artist)
Lies of Nazca
Black Crown Initiate
The Five Hundred
Humanity's Last Breath
Ghost in the Machine
A Mirror Hollow
All Hail the Yeti
The team at Rogue are hard at work putting the mod together and are hoping for a release in time for the 4th of July. "We are aiming for the 4th but we have to take a few things into consideration, like compatibility on all platforms. Testing is what will take the longest on here but we need to get it right so everyone can enjoy what we have done."
For more information on the ROGUE RADIO Fallout 4 mod, please visit Rogue's social sites.
UK entertainment retailer HMV estimates that an incredible 1.5 million LP's will be sold in HMV stores in 2016, the biggest year to date since 1997. HMV has responded to the UK’s renewed love affair with vinyl by expanding its turntable and speaker ranges significantly from two to ten by December 2016 and increasing its vinyl offer in all stores nationwide.
From 13th – 19th June, the UK’s leading entertainment retailer will celebrate its annual ‘Vinyl Week’ by offering up to 50% off selected titles.
On Saturday 18th June, a number of exclusive limited edition vinyl pressings will go on sale across HMV stores and online, there are:-
HMV will also have an exclusive release window on several vinyl reissues from Saturday 18th June which, along with the limited edition pressings, will not be available to buy anywhere else. These are:-
The retailer, which has 128 stores nationwide and online store hmv.com, reports that the top performing regions for vinyl are the North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.
The top 5 performing LPs at HMV in 2016 so far:
Official Charts data for 2016 shows that LP's are on track to smash through the three million unit mark for the first time in more than 20 years.
Gennaro Castaldo, Director of Communications at BPI, said:
“Sales of vinyl have risen dramatically since their low point in 2007, with over 2 million LPs purchased last year for the first time in more than two decades. With no let-up in sight, the BPI has every expectation this trend will continue, and estimates that up to 3.5 million LPs or more could be purchased during the course of 2016”. The major investment we are seeing in vinyl from HMV and other retailers alongside the commitment of labels and the artists themselves, can only add further impetus to this remarkable growth.”
Ian Topping, Chief Executive of HMV said:
“As the UK's largest vinyl retailer, HMV has expanded its offer considerably in 2016 due to the ever-growing demand from our customers. The strong resurgence of vinyl is set to continue as the highlight of the UK entertainment industry - expect vinyl to be top of the Father's Day gift list this year”
Adam Teskey, Manufacturing Director of The Vinyl Factory commented:
"The demand for vinyl has been booming over the past few years and show no sign of slowing down. Our pressing plant is running 50% more records now than in 2014 and our projected forecasts allow for this very positive trend to continue.”
Art Nation was founded by singer and frontman Alexander Strandell in 2014 and have since then worked really hard towards breaking out on the National and International music scene.
During 2014 they released their second single "One is Better than No One", which was the official charity song for Medicins sans Frontieres (Läkare utan gränser). The release of this song launched the writing of their debut album "Revolution" which was released in 2015.
After the album was released, success was knocking at their door. They were nominated for "Swedish breakthrough of the year" by GAFFA, placed on "Best this year" in AFTONBLADET and "Best album of the year" by Powerplay.
This time they have been selected to write the Official Gothia Cup song 2016. The song is called "We Are Better Together" which they have written themselves and are performing at the premier of Gothia at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg.
Listen to "We Are Better Together" here:
Rob da Bank says:
“I’m not sure if there’s an emoji for ‘wetting yourself laughing’ yet but we need one for the Chuckle Brothers. I booked them as a bit of a laugh last year but they drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend and had to do about 1000 selfies afterwards for some rabid fans. I’m still not sure I understand it all but i do love ‘em, and had to get them for all of our shows this year!”
Paul Chuckle says:
“Thanks for this great tribute but I have to say our time at Bestival last September was one of the best days we've ever had. We've done and appeared in many things including the Children's Royal Variety show, but can honestly say this matched anything. The day was amazing and we can't wait to do it all again this year. Great crowd, great guys to work with all round, and memories that will last for ever. See you all soon.
“PS. Can't wait”.
One of the country’s best loved double acts, The Chuckle Brothers are the premier slapstick team that kept generations of kids entertained with perfectly timed pratfalls in 22 series of their acclaimed ChuckleVision television show. Launching the catchphrases “to me, to you” and “oh dear, oh dear” into common parlance, their influence on youth culture shouldn’t be underestimated.
They’re a canny pair too, as well as getting in on the current grime revival right from the word go with ‘To Me, To You (Bruv)’ their collaboration with Tinchy Stryder, last year also saw the pair make their festival debut at Bestival in front of 14,000 people. We like to think we know a thing or two about festivals after 12 years out in the fields, but we can honestly say that the crowd reaction to the Chuckle Brothers was utterly astonishing, to say the least. What can only be described as unbridled joy filled the Big Top and a huge outpouring of emotion from the capacity crowd turned their 15-minute slot into one of the highlights of any Bestival. Ever.
And so, in celebration of their much-anticipated appearances this year, at not only Bestival but also Camp Bestival and Common People, 5th May has been declared 'Chuckle Brothers’ Day'. Join us in a gleeful celebration of a truly influential comedy duo who we think are criminally unsung. Take to the streets proclaiming ‘TO ME, TO YOU’ with all your heart, and make sure you honour Chuckle Brothers’ Day with some DIY slapstick fun.
The Chuckle Brothers will appear at:
Bestival Party – Bussey Building, London – 6th May
Common People – Southampton & Oxford 28th & 29th May www.commonpeople.net
Camp Bestival – Lulworth Castle Dorset – 28th – 31st July www.campbestival.net
Bestival - Robin Hill, Isle of Wight – 8th-11th September www.bestival.net
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, 37, and his glamorous model beau Elle Evans, 26, took some time out from the gruelling Drones Tour to enjoy some immersive horror at Secret Cinema’s 28 Days Later production on Saturday evening in London.
The British rocker was joined by his support acts from his tour including Som Wardner of My Vitriol and Sarah Barthel of Phantogram on Saturday for the latest offering from Secret Cinema.
2016 has been a busy year already for Bellamy who won a Grammy for Best Rock Album in February, announced as a Glastonbury headliner and now in the midst of a huge world tour. With only one day off in London, you might expect him to relax and unwind, but instead he took his rocker pals to don doctors scrubs and run away from zombies in the latest offering from Secret Cinema.
Muse, winners of umpteen best live band awards, would have been used to the huge spectacle, but the frightening scenes in the production caused Evans and Barthel to scream on numerous occasions as they raced around the secret location. Ever the British gent, Bellamy held Evans' hand throughout as their blossoming romance continues.
Matt Bellamy said after the show:
“That was brilliant, it was just the escape we needed, I love the film and Secret Cinema's production was great."
28 Days Later is a post apocalyptic thriller, often attributed to reinvigorating the entire zombie genre on a whole, starring Cillian Murphy as Jim, a bicycle courier who awakes from a coma to find that a virus has spread amongst the population, all but resulting in complete societal collapse.
The narrative then unfolds to follow the journey of Jim as he struggles to come to terms with what has happened and, ultimately, survive in a London that has been torn apart by the infected.
Secret Cinema presents 28 Days Later is on now until 29th May 2016 with tickets starting from £40. For more information visit www.secretcinema.org/tickets.
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