BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter, Ellie Goulding, gave two of her biggest fans the surprise of a lifetime when she joined them on stage for a live, impromptu duet of her latest single, Army.
As part of MasterCard’s Priceless Surprises campaign, best friends Martha and Lucy, 20 year-old King’s College students, believed they were recording their cover of Ellie’s new track Army for a documentary about music super-fans. During their recording, a curtain lifted on their recording booth to reveal they were actually on stage, performing in front of a live audience. The biggest surprise was yet to come, when Ellie herself stepped out on stage to perform the track alongside them.
Martha described the experience as:
“The best moment of our lives! I can’t believe it really happened. There was a time when I thought I would never be able to sing again because of medical problems, and I’ve just sung on stage with Ellie! Ellie is amazing, and a huge influence for Lucy and I. When we first heard ‘Army’, we felt like it was written about us. It means so much that we got a chance to meet Ellie and perform it with her.”
“It was amazing to surprise Martha and Lucy. They are so talented and nailed some tricky harmonies. I was impressed. Army is about my best friend, so it was great to surprise two best friends. Their reaction was so worth it."
Shaun Springer, Head of Brand and Sponsorship, MasterCard UK & Ireland, said:
“Ellie is one of the biggest and most talented artists in the UK right now, and we’re proud to be working with her. Her new track epitomizes everything that our Priceless Surprises campaign is about, sharing your love of music with the people around you. Music fans should keep their eyes peeled for more surprises to come this year.”
A full-length version of the performance can be viewed below
Ellie’s surprise was a part of MasterCard’s Priceless Surprises campaign in celebration of the 2016 BRIT Awards. The songstress joins other global artists, including Mark Ronson, in an ongoing series of surprises and secret gigs, helping MasterCard cardholders share their love of music. Fans should visit PricelessSurprises.co.uk to be the first to find out about upcoming Priceless Surprises with their favourite artists.
Ellie has been nominated for British Single at the BRIT Awards 2016 with MasterCard, which take place Wednesday 24th February at The O2 and will be exclusively broadcast on ITV.
Since their 2011 inception, Gainesville's Frameworks have quietly become a favorite of many in the emotional hardcore scene. The band creates music in the vein of Touché Amore, Explosions in the Sky, Envy, and other powerful artists and have been hailed by critics and fans alike as "an intensely sincere heart-on-sleeve sort of post-hardcore" (Stereogum).
After a string of EP's in their early years, Frameworks released their Loom album on Topshelf Records in 2014. Recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor), the album was well-received worldwide and the band toured relentlessly in support of it. Most recently, Frameworks released the "Time Spent" EP (also on Topshelf), which shows a darker side of the band as they incorporate experimental instrumentation into their sound.
Later this year, Frameworks will release their debut full-length for Deathwish, which sees the band digging further into the depths of experimental post-hardcore. More news on this new album will be announced soon. For now, catch Frameworks on tour in February, March, and April.
FRAMEWORKS, ON TOUR:
2/25 Bloomington, IN @ The Brick House *
2/26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs *
2/27 Columbus,OH @ Ace of Cups *
2/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
3/01 Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar *
3/02 Cambridge, MA @ Out Of The Blue Gallery *
3/03 Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus *
3/04 Philadelphia,PA @ The Pharmacy *
3/05 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall *
3/07 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
3/08 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Purgatory *
04/09 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen ^
04/10 Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar ^
04/12 Lakewood, OH @ Mahalls ^
04/13 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe ^
04/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy ^
04/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^
04/16 Buffalo, NY @ The Studio at Waiting Room ^
04/17 Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^
* with Donovan Wolfington
^ with O'Brother
Raving Wild is set to release contemplative indie EP ‘Kolmanskop’, a cathartic project that deals with life lessons learned from past mistakes.
Having appeared on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 show and BBC Introducing Three Counties among others, Raving Wild is one of the most intriguing and riveting singer songwriters on the indie scene at the moment. Signed to Coffee Jingle Records, the musician has earned praises from media platforms such as The National Student declaring that Raving Wild aka. Graham Iddon is “crafting a sound that is delicate yet powerful, embedding subtle instrumental intricacies within hook-heavy ballads.” Other people who complimented his music includes Liz Mitchell of Boney M.
With a touch of Jeff Buckley and City and Colour, the EP and eponymous single ‘Kolmanskop’ is an ode to an abandoned mining town in the Namib desert which Raving Wild used as a symbol for the EP’s concept “Lessons learned in the desert”, an inspiration that derived from a soul searching mission in which the artist wanted to understand how he could learn from past mistakes and understand the world around him better. The lead single, ‘At The Crossroads’, sets the perfect mood for the life journey that the singer describes in the record.
Check out ‘At The Crossroads’ below
Having lived in a miner’s town himself during his early childhood years (albeit not in the desert but in the North East of England), Raving Wild has managed to mix concept with personal experience. To make the recording process as authentic and ‘desert-like’ as possible, the singer dehydrated himself 24 hours prior to the making of ‘Kolmanskop’. He also explains: “This is, to my knowledge, the only track in the world where a pickaxe makes part of the percussion.”
Raving Wild has recently had the opportunity of playing at the film set of the latest Star Wars movie at the prestigious Pinewood Studios in London as well as in front of a couple of thousand people at Parklife Festival in Aylesbury last year.
Apart from being a talented songwriter and lyricist, Raving Wild’s interests range from attempting to break the record in the land speed of an office chair or eating a tin of hot dogs in the fastest time possible. He’s managed eight in 16 seconds which means he did not break the record.
We might not read about Raving Wild in the Guinness Book of Records, but it is more than likely that he will gain growing attention for his music in the world’s entertainment sections.
The EP "Kolmanskop" is out on 28th March 2016
Pre-order ‘Kolmanskop’ here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kolmanskop-ep/id1082191006
The 2016 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy storms Columbus, Ohio - July 18th at the Schottenstein Center
Last year, rock music's newest and most popular awards show - the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy - shut down rock n' roll city, taking over Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena with ground-breaking performances and an exciting, star-studded red carpet, all with the support of devoted alternative music fans from across the globe. With the Republican National Convention taking over Cleveland this summer, the Alternative Press Music Awards was forced to find a new home for this year's show, and in what better place than the state capitol of Columbus, Ohio. Continuing their endless support of the genre and its community, Alternative Press will stage their own Punk Rock Convention.
The Alternative Press Music Awards are pleased to announce this year's event broadcast live from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus (555 Borror Dr., www.schottensteincenter.com) on the evening of July 18, 2016.
"We are honored and thrilled to have been chosen as the host city of the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards show. Columbus has a vibrant cultural community, and we are excited for this opportunity to show off our thriving arts and music scene." - Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
"We are beyond thrilled to be hosting the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards and would like to officially welcome AP and all of their guests to Columbus. We look forward to being a part of what is going to be an amazing night for music and the local community."
- Mike Gatto, general manager of Schottenstein Center
The 2016 APMA's will go head to head - live on TV and via social media - against the Republican National Convention. Although many of Alternative Press' young readers may not be able to vote in the upcoming U.S. election, those same readers can let their voices be heard by voting for their favorite artists for the Alternative Press Music Awards.
Tickets for the third annual Alternative Press Music Awards will be available through Ticketmaster. Details regarding tickets and VIP packages, nominees, honorees, performers, voting, pre-show parties, red carpet appearances, and more will be available soon via www.altpress.com/apmas.
When it came to selecting the hosts for the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards, the choice was obvious. After last year's non-stop volley of infectious jokes, witty anecdotes and charming introductions, it was clear Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat - eight-time AP cover stars and now presidential nominees - of All Time Low could not be topped. The APMA's proudly welcomes the duo back to host this year's main event!
"We are so happy to be returning to the APMA's this year to host. Last year we didn't make a lot of new friends (sad face emoji), so this year - we're coming back as something no one can hate, politicians! We look forward to being part of this Punk Rock Convention. Get ready to vote - Stay tuned." - Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of All Time Low
Each Alternative Press Music Awards show has featured some of the greatest artists in modern music, ranging from today's biggest rock stars such as Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Panic! At The Disco and Weezer, to musical legends such as Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Slash, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Smashing Pumpkins and Ice-T. Countless renowned artists such as Rob Zombie, Blink-182, Twenty One Pilots, Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, Motionless In White, Run of RUN DMC, Bring Me The Horizon, and beyond have appeared at the APMA's, with spectacular performances from artists including (but not limited to) New Found Glory, Yellowcard, A Day To Remember, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, Motion City Soundtrack and more. Additionally, the APMA's is recognized for presenting collaborative cover performances unlike music fans have ever seen before, like Joan Jett and Slash teaming up to perform "Star Star" by the Rolling Stones, Asking Alexandria performing Duran Duran's "Hungry Like The Wolf" with Jonathan Davis of Korn, Halestorm and Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor covering Temple Of The Dog's "Hunger Strike", and many more.
Last year's event - which took place July 22, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland - was a massive victory for the music community, garnering unprecedented support demonstrated by a staggering 15.7 billion total media impressions (over seven times the impressions of the 2014 show). Last year's event also earned the title of "The GRAMMYs of Alternative Music" by TIME Magazine. The 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards achieved over 1 million views on AXS TV, and over 3 million views on YouTube. Re-live 2015's best moments via the highlight reel here.
"Fans are going to be blown away by all of the surprises we already have planned for this year's APMA's. We've been working on the 2016 show since right after last year's ended, and I already cannot wait to start announcing the initial line-up in the upcoming weeks."
- Alternative Press Founder and CEO Mike Shea
Building upon the success of last year's event, the APMA's is thrilled to once again be supported by returning title sponsor Journeys, a leader in the teen specialty retail scene focused on lifestyle-driven branded footwear and accessories in over 800 stores across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.
"Journeys is excited to return as the title sponsor for the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards. Music has been in our DNA since we opened our first store in 1986. Through our partnership we're able to capture exclusive content and customize unique campaigns and contests - all to support our employees, our core consumers and a talented community of artists. We've worked with AltPress for several years as an advertiser and are looking forward to building upon an already strong relationship." - Jim Estepa, president and chief executive officer, Journeys.
In addition to Journeys, the APMA's welcomes back fellow sponsors Monster Energy, CreativeLive, DW Drums, CD Baby, and Disc Makers.
Don't miss the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards and your chance to cast your vote for your favorite bands! Check www.altpress.com/apmas over the coming weeks for new announcements and information.
The APMA's are produced by Mike Shea, Joe Scarpelli, Josh Bernstein, Kevin Lyman and Marc Grant.
BBC Sound Poll long-list and Brits Critics’ Choice finalist Izzy Bizu has released stunning single ‘Mad Behaviour’. First revealed during a breathtaking performance on Later..with Jools Holland last year, which Holland described as ‘wonderful’, the track is an overwhelmingly personal song for Izzy.
Watch the live video here
Being voted the ‘#1 Freshest Faces for 2016’ by the Evening Standard, and tipped as ‘One To Watch’ in the Guardian, Independent, The Times, Daily Mail, The Sun, Grazia, and Noisey, the 21-year-old South London born singer and songwriter is quickly proving herself as one of the most exciting breakthrough British artists of 2016. The anthemic White Tiger has now garnered over 4.4M Spotify streams and 800k video plays, with Izzy playing three sold out London headline shows and receiving a 4 star Guardian live review. This is certainly Izzy’s year as she is set to release her highly anticipated debut album ‘A Moment of Madness’ in June.
Born to an Ethiopian mother and English father, Izzy’s rich cultural tapestry has informed her soulful indie soundscape. Growing up on a diet of Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Marvin Gaye, Izzy’s delicate acoustica threads those nostalgic funk-and-soul elements with a genuine indie spirit.
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