Conservation biologist Jukka Salmela of Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland recently discovered a new insect species in his home country and while remembering Tuomas Holopainen's love for nature, he decided to name it "Sciophila holopaineni" after Nightwish's keyboardist and songwriter. After the release of the band's latest album 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' in 2015, Holopainen has been known as person being highly interested in evolution and the diversity of nature.
"I am very, very touched. This is the highest honour a nature nerd like me can receive”, Tuomas Holopainen commented after being contacted by Salmela, who asked for permission to name the insect after him.
So far, this particular fungus gnat has only been spotted in eastern Lapland, Finland, and lives in shadowy environments.
After releasing their double-DVD 'Vehicle Of Spirit', Nightwish are currently taking a year off to find inspiration and write new songs. For 2018, the symphonic metal legends plan their return.
With a long and rich history within London’s live music and nightlife scene, The Garage in Islington has always been regarded as one of the city’s landmark venues. Now, relaunching in February 2017, under new ownership and following an extensive refurbishment, The Garage will be transformed into a destination venue and its iconic reputation reignited.
As well as housing the legendary music venue, the building will also be home to a daytime coffee spot, craft beer and cocktail bar, a cutting edge nightclub and an exciting new programme of live
concerts and immersive club nights.
Having recently been acquired by DHP Family, the dynamic team behind Oslo in Hackney and
Nottingham’s Rock City, every element of The Garage will be dramatically updated. In addition to refurbishing the main music venue and adding a brand new sound system, three new spaces have also been created within the building, united thematically under the Garage concept.
The centre piece of the redevelopment is the venue itself; The Garage. This 600 capacity room will be restored to former glories, with a brand new PA and lighting install from our long-term audio visual partners’ SSE and a refurbished bar area with a wider range of quality drinks. The refurbishment also takes in improvements in the customer bathrooms as well as better backstage facilities for the artists playing at the venue.
At the front of the building, the former “Mini-Bar” will hark back to the filling station stores of small-town America with The General Store, an all-day café and bar serving craft beer and cocktails. The design of The General Store will feature reclaimed gas pumps, huge beer fridges and superlative coffee. Expect a great range of contemporary cocktails and a changing selection of American and British craft beer.
Upstairs, Thousand Island will be an intimate space hosting breaking and specialist forward-thinking acts most evenings, and late-night socials later in the week featuring an unpretentious programme anchored by collaborative club nights and Thousand Island presents shows. Operating independently from the rest of the space, the room will feature a mirror ball-filled ceiling, faces of friends of the venue across one wall, and a well-stocked bar.
Since opening in 1993, The Garage has hosted artists as diverse as Radiohead, Lil Yachty, Mogwai, Bring Me The Horizon and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to name a few. DHP Family will retain this history while also programming the stars of tomorrow and a roster of leading clubnights, ensuring that the overall experience is at the high level expected of a world class venue.
“The Garage has been on my radar for about 10 years now when I first looked to buy it. For one reason or another we have just missed out on taking over this iconic venue and breathing new life into it. Its location layout and history are perfect for what we are looking for in a venue and we look forward to reinventing the space for a new generation.” – George Akins, Managing Director
Periphery, who released their fifth album Periphery III: Select Difficulty in July, have partnered with DC-based Vigilante Coffee Company for a special limited edition coffee, dubbed “Flatline” (a reference to the song of the same name).
“Being the coffee junkies that we are, the band and I jumped at the opportunity to develop and release our own branded coffee with Vigilante, who kept us over-caffeinated for the Periphery III recoding sessions,” explains guitar player Mark Holcomb.
“When we saw what Vigilante founder Chris Vigilante was doing and tasted the coffee they were brewing, we were floored; it was easily the best coffee I had tried in my years of living in D.C., and the band made it our go-to coffee spot. This past winter, Chris invited us into the shop for a lengthy tasting where we sampled over a dozen coffees and picked what would become “Flatline” coffee.
Aside from being excited to release such a great coffee, we’re also proud to say that a portion of the proceeds from sales of this coffee are going directly to Ecuador’s earthquake emergency relief for the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador in April 2016.“
Bags of “Flatline” coffee are available now via Periphery’s webstore (Periphery.net). The coffee is described as featuring chocolate notes and a lasting mouthfeel. As it cools, its creaminess is almost chewy, with delicate earthy and toasty notes. The beans come from the Rio Intag valley of Ecuador, which, while spared a direct impact from the April earthquake, the coastal areas of the country have been deeply affected. A portion of all sales will be directed to the Catholic Relief Services, earmarked for Ecuador Earthquake Relief.
“The motivation behind this collaboration was simply to share something cool with the fans of Periphery and make a positive impact on the coffee world,” said Vigilante Coffee Company. “The rock stars of this coffee are the farmers and we're grateful to share their passion for growing great coffee with the passionate fans of Periphery and the passionate coffee lovers of Vigilante Coffee.”
Imminence Records will be fundraising this year during the 2016 edition of Extra Life. Extra Life is an event where gamers usually stream themselves playing games for 24 hours, usually on the official Game Day which is November 5th this year, in support of their chosen Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. While Imminence Records currently has no plans set for the streaming portion, they have set a donation goal of $500 by November 5th to support their local CMN hospital of James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital.
“Imminence Records has always cared about a lot more than just music. That along with the fact I am a gamer has led us to decide to take part in this year’s Extra Life event. It also lets us give back to our local community which was just ravaged by Hurricane Matthew and is currently expecting flooding not seen since Hurricane Floyd.” – Ryan Williford (Owner)
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Villa 40/RCA Records announces the pre-order for Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available at all digital retailers now. Those that pre-order a copy of the soundtrack will receive an instant grat of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick’s special performance of “True Colors.” The soundtrack, which was executive produced by Timberlake, will be available on September 23rd and features new music from Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick & Gwen Stefani.
The first single, “Can't Stop The Feeling!,” which was co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, has dominated all over the world. In the U.S. the track debuted #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, is certified double Platinum and is the best-selling single for 2016 of tracks released this year. Overseas, the single is currently 5x Platinum in Sweden, 4X platinum in Canada, 3x platinum in Australia, 2x PLATINUM in Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, and Norway and platinum in New Zealand, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. The official music video, directed by groundbreaking and multiple award winning director Mark Romanek has over 220 million views.
DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls is set to hit theatres on October 21st.
Alpha Omega Headcourt in Italy and its Office in the USA are extremely thrilled and honoured to welcome KEITH ROWLEY, as their new team member! Furthermore, in close synergy, together with David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group and Keith Rowley's Shred Head Inc. ALPHA OMEGA announce the launch of new services: ALPHA OMEGA TOURS, creating the worldwide touring structure, both for upcoming bands and more!
KEITH ROWLEY, With his 30 plus years of experience in the music business, Keith has worked shows with elite acts such as METALLICA, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, GUNS N' ROSES, BONNIE RAITT, DEF LEPPARD, SCORPIONS, just to name a few of his extensive list from over 3 decades of career. From Light Directing to Tour Management, Booking Tours & Building Stages, Keith has worked venues ranging for Stadiums, Arenas, Amp theaters to the favorite venue down on the corner, Keith also owns and operates Shred Head Inc. (A Booking Agency) in which will be in collaboration with Alpha Omega in booking the Alpha Omega / EMP rosters as well as the Shred roster. Shred Head Inc. is a national booking agency in the U.S.A and has ties with many agencies in the EU.
Keith Rowley comments:
"I have the honor of joining the Alpha Omega Family as an A&R rep. With offices in Italy and here in the USA, this opportunity will give me a further reach worldwide to seek out deserving hard working up and coming bands and take them from the local club and build them to the world stage. With the Alpha Omega alliance with Dave Ellefson’s (Megadeth) EMP Label Group, just makes perfect sense to work with the top industry pros within these two companies. Shred Head, Inc. just got busier as well and will be heavily in the mix booking tours for all three rosters, (AO, EMP, SHI) I would like to thank Alex, Tim, Bill & Roberto and the rest of the Alpha Omega family for giving me this exciting opportunity!"
ALPHA OMEGA Management states:
“We are extremely delighted to announce Keith Rowley joining our Alpha Omega Team! This new synergy with Keith and his Shred Head Inc. (together with our recently born alliance with David Ellefson's EMP Label Group) makes us increasingly proud to be more and more complete and competitive each day that passes! Said this, the right moment has come to launch our new brand of services: ALPHA OMEGA TOURS! This new alliance is already working hard for our roster bands, who now have totally new horizons ahead bringing us all to the next level. Stay tuned, big things are to be announced soon!"
ALPHA OMEGA USA's head Timothy Joel Shearn adds:
"I have been working with Keith a bit over the past few months. It is very rare that you see a booking agent with his high level of experience who is still excited about what is still possible. I am very pleased to be working alongside this fine gentleman and looking forward to big things to come"
The new season 6 Game of Thrones® soundtrack is now available for pre-orders from the HBO Shop. The album features music from the award-winning HBO® Series Game Of Thrones® by composer Ramin Djawadi.
The album is currently available at digital retailers and will be purchasable on CD from 29 July, and on a 3-disc vinyl set 30 September.
Seven bonus tracks are available on the digital and vinyl configurations for a total of 26 tracks. The CD includes 19 songs and a code to download the bonus tracks. Additionally, the vinyl set features exclusive etched vinyl art.
Composer Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Person of Interest), has written the music for the entire series, and was once again brought in to create the musical landscape for Season 6. “ Season 6 of Game of Thrones has been incredible,” he enthusiastically explained. “I’m excited to be able to now share the music on this extended album.”
The Game of Thrones (Music from the HBO® Series) Season 6 soundtrack can be pre-ordered at HBO Shop (www.hboshopeu.com) for £12.99
The full track list is as follows:
Blood of My Blood
Light of the Seven
Feed the Hounds
My Watch Has Ended
The Red Woman
Hold the Door
A Painless Death
Let's Play a Game
Trust Each Other
Winter Has Come
Hear Me Roar
The Winds of Winter
Lord of Light (Bonus Track)
Service of the Gods (Bonus Track)
I Need You by My Side (Bonus Track)
The Tower (Bonus Track)
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (Bonus Track)
I Choose Violence (Bonus Track)
Hodor (Bonus Track)
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, the action‐packed, free‐to‐play mobile game where players take on
the role of the band’s iconic mascot, Eddie. Available from today for iOS and Android devices, the teams at Nodding Frog, 50cc Games and Roadhouse Interactive have created a new and unique gaming experience in close collaboration with the band and its management team, Phantom Music Management.
The game is set in a visually stunning universe, comprised of an ever expanding series of worlds
derived from Iron Maiden's music and art. Fans of the band and RPG gamers alike will battle and
strategize as Eddie and his allies. Inspired by themes from the songs, and set against a powerful and
atmospheric Maiden soundtrack, players will journey on epic quests to reclaim the shards of Eddie’s
shattered soul as he faces his most challenging adversaries.
James Hursthouse, CEO of Roadhouse Interactive comments, “As a lifelong Maiden fan, I am exceptionally proud of Legacy of the Beast and excited to launch it globally. It has been a privilege to
work so closely with Maiden and their management. With this game I believe that we have created an
outstanding, authentic RPG experience to appeal to all mobile gamers, including those discovering the band for the first time.”
Steve Harris, Bassist and founder member of Iron Maiden comments, “We've always wanted to make
a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited ‐
and it’s a great way to get our music out to a new audience! When the opportunity arose to make a
mobile game which our fans, along with hopefully a lot of the gaming community, can play pretty well
anywhere in the world, and download for free at that, we jumped at it. The whole band visited
Roadhouse while touring through Vancouver back in April and we were so impressed by the creativity,
enthusiasm and passion of the team there. Visually, the worlds and character designs do us proud and the music just ties it all together.”
Llexi Leon, Interactive Director of Phantom Music Management adds, “Eddie is constantly evolving;
he’s a globally recognizable character that resonates with fans of all ages, and has taken on a life of
his own beyond the album covers where he first appeared. This game gives players a chance to step
into Eddie’s world and experience an odyssey across space and time. In this incredible RPG adventure, we’re able to explore the origins of Eddie’s power and test the limit of his abilities, bringing new mechanics to the mobile RPG genre, and creating a truly unique gaming experience for everyone to enjoy."
In Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, players control Eddie’s destiny across a spectacularly diverse
array of worlds by travelling through time in captivating 3D environments. Eddie appears in many forms, each a part of Iron Maiden’s rich history, and each with a set of special powers and abilities.
Players will amass an army of powerful allies to battle alongside Eddie and face the onslaught of foes
hell‐bent on destroying him. Legions of unrelenting enemies are commanded by the Agents of Control, including The Beast, The Wicker Man, Horus and The Axis General, all drawn from the
expansive catalogue of Maiden’s albums and artwork.
The game offers over 40 different Talisman sets to choose from, which all add to characters’ vital abilities. With each battle, players will evolve their armies, take on ever‐increasing challenges to
reclaim the facets of Eddie’s soul, and ultimately defeat the Agents of Control. Gameplay is enhanced by a blistering soundtrack that features songs spanning the band's entire career. Players will hear rare, previously unheard live recordings of Iron Maiden classics adapted for the game under the close scrutiny of bassist and founding member Steve Harris.
The game is now available for free on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. For more information about
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, please visit www.ironmaidenlegacy.com
The 'United Kingdom Extreme Metal' record label has decided to launch their own loyalty scheme as laid out below:-
The decision has been taken to launch a customer loyalty scheme, used as a ‘thank you‘ to everyone that shops in the web-store. It’s a very basic scheme in that for every order placed points are earned. Once a customer reaches 10 points they are entitled to a FREE cd with a value of anything up to £10. If you are a vinyl collector, save your points up and when you get to 20 points, chose a FREE vinyl!The software installed into the store keeps a count of points earned each time a customer buys from the store, so its going to be very easy. I will also ensure that every customers points total is being counted correctly and kept up to date.
Even if you don’t realise you have reached a total which earns a FREE title, don’t worry, you will be contacted via email reminding you that you can chose your FREE item
This is brand new and is a work in progress so i will be developing things in the coming weeks. Hopefully there wont be any ‘teething problems’, but if there are I will endeavour to resolve any issue immediately.
Any questions or concerns, please feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support and Happy Collecting!
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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.
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