The Colossal Heads prepare for colossal new EP ‘Mammoths’ New Orleans rockers resurrect Grunge with new release on April 29th Revelling in the heavier side of indie rock, The Colossal Heads are a group on the rise who have been compared to artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Modest Mouse and Nirvana. These are not bands whose names should be taken lightly in terms of comparison – thankfully The Colossal Heads do them justice.

Those bands rose in the 90’s and early 2000’s due to a rock genre that had gone from being anti-establishment to part of the norm. In recent years the cycle has started again, and The Colossal Heads are here to shake things up once more. To offer further proof, check out the album lead track ‘Mammoths’. Engineered by Louis Cressy, the EP (and single) are a timely reminder of the power that rock music can have.

Another vital part of any musical success is a propensity for hard work, an area in which The Colossal Heads excel almost as much as their song writing. In a prime example, they toured from New Orleans to California from May-June 2015, living out of their Toyota and sleeping on floors along the way. This grass roots approach carries over to their methods of promotion as well. Relying on Facebook, local radio and word of mouth, the band has continued to develop and grow their fan base as their music has become increasingly assured. ‘Mammoths’ is the final result of this evolution, an EP which steps outside of the box and shows how complacent rock music has become in recent times.

Check out The Colossal Heads performing on a heli pad in New Orleans on Balcony TV: Links:

Ireland's Kolumbus Releases 'Leave The Light On' After Reaching Google Play No. 1 at Christmas

"A sound that’s simultaneously stirring and soothing. The whole thing maintains a mellow mood as it paces placidly towards a pleasant but powerful climactic chorus before fading out faintly" - Pure M Magazine

"Fantastic show. Great songs. Great voice. Highly endearing and remarkable spirited performer with Class A songmanship and wise lyrics" - The Record Stache

"‘Leave the Light On’ – the latest single by Wicklow-based singer songwriter Kolumbus – succeeds where many songs about heartbreak fail. From the opening guitar riff and gentle weaving lyrics the listener is pulled into the song" - The City Dublin

"A remarkable single... This melody is so emotional that it caresses the soul upon first listen. This is a single that helps connect with the deepest memories of our mind. Excellent work" - Zone Nights

Irish singer-songwriter Kolumbus is gearing up to release 'Leave The Light On', the first single from his debut EP 'Give Them Life'. Kolumbus is a musical project representing the solo journey of Irish songwriter Mark 'Cappy' Caplice,

This song tells the story of a heart clinging to a fading promise - a promise that a love would never die. "People can make a promise and completely mean it, but keeping it isn't always in their power," explains Kolumbus. "Sometimes things change and promises go by the wayside, even though you may not want them to."

Earlier, Kolumbus' Christmas single 'You Know It's Christmas' hit the No.1 spot on the Google Play Music Charts and Top 20 on iTunes, ahead of heavy hitters Adele and Justin Bieber, with all proceeds going to Inner City Helping Homeless and Baltinglass Lions Christmas appeal. That song also features the West Wicklow Voices and Chorus Kids Choir.

Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, at a young age Mark Caplice moved to Wicklow, where he still resides. His performance name Kolumbus derives from the fact that he has always had a passion for travel and exploration, even from a young age. The 26-year-old believes life is too short to dwell, so his philosophy is to do.

Kolumbus was also influenced by artists such as Ben Howard, Elbow and Fleetwood Mac. His output exhibits clever craftsmanship both lyrically and melodically, blending several different styles to create his own unique brand of energetic captivating music.

Of course it helps that this track was produced by Gavin Glass, the music director for John Carney's new film "Sing Street", and engineered by Scott Halliday, previously a guitar tech with Prince and James Vincent Mcmorrow. Several other notable musicians make contributions here: drummer Graham Hopkins, who plays with Irish folk legend Glen Hansard, and organist Conor O'Reilly, who has recorded with U2 and has had his music performed in Carnagie Hall.

2016 is proving to be a very busy year for Kolumbus, having already toured through Germany and Austria, traveling over 4000km on 2 planes, 17 trains and 1 bicycle. This year, Ireland, England, Germany and the U.S.A are all set to figure on his tour schedule.

Coverage highlights include being featured on Ireland's TV3, Irish TV - Sky channel 191,, Classic Hits 4FM, KCLR, Dublin City FM and East Coast FM. Mark also featured on The Late Late Show as part of Gavin Glass's band and a March episode of TheCityDublin's Music From The Alley.

"Part of the motivation behind my music and travel is the fact.that I have lost a number of people close to me," explains Mark Caplice. "Many people, both friends and family, have passed away in the last few years and this just reminds me how short life really is... so If you want to do something, you should do it. That is the inspiration behind the forthcoming EP title "Give Them Life" and you'll see that the cover image represents this really well."

Kolumbus currently has several tracks on his website for free download. "At this point, I just want to get my music out there as much as possible. Ideas are thought's with potential. I have hundreds of songs. Now it's time to Give Them Life."

Video for 'Goodbye'
'Leave The Light On' & The City Dublin interview



28TH - 30TH JULY 2016



LeeFest Presents: The Neverland continues to take flight, with the magical land welcoming Circa Waves as Friday Night Headliners to its kingdom of kaleidoscopic dreams.

Emerging as indie-guitar music’s brightest lights, Circa Waves have rapidly become one of the most acclaimed young bands in the country with their infectious sunshine-drenched indie-pop. Liverpool’s favourite sons have enjoyed a huge 12 months which included the release of debut LP “Young Chasers” and a celebratory UK tour. Circa Waves will be making their UK Festival Headlining Debut at LeeFest Presents: The Neverland, as another exciting chapter in the band and festivals ascendancy unfolds.

Speaking about their landmark performance, Circa Waves frontman Kieran Shudall says: "So excited to headline our first festival! It's going to be big. It's going to be awesome. The Neverland won't know what's hit it."
They’ll be joined on the bill by art-rock pioneers Everything Everything whose critically acclaimed recent LP “Get To Heaven” drew plaudits from across the musical spectrum for its daring electronic edges and the distinctive vocal range of frontman Jonathan Higgins. With three revered albums in their back pocket, their set at LeeFest Presents: The Neverland will showcase one of the most creative names in modern British rock.

Hotly tipped, garage rockers VANT and cult drum and bass hero DJ Marky + MC GQ bring their unique styles to The Neverland, with the latter taking to the Electric Circus & Innersoul curated evening at Skull Ridge with A.Skills and more. Skull Ridge will also welcome acclaimed club night Percolate presenting an incredible evening in the Ridge with chameleonic DJ Midland and Horse Meat Disco amongst others. These all join an extensive lineup of new musical talent, continuing the revered LeeFest tradition of bringing through and championing the brightest names in music. Alongside Saturday night headliner Lianne La Havas, the weekend sees performances from Ghostpoet, Shura, Roots Manuva, The 2 Bears, Submotion Orchestra, Little Simz, Loyle Carner, Formation, Clean Cut Kid, Spring King and many more.

On joining the lineup, VANT said: “Looking forward to LeeFest Presents: The Neverland, a festival like no other… Created and maintained by one dude and his ever expanding garden. Hopefully we will get to meet the mystery man himself. See you all in the sun (fingers crossed)!

The Neverland is an immersive, kaleidoscopic world of creativity, reckless abandon and the undiminished desire to never grow old. Across 3 Main Stages, 12 Music Venues and 6 Immersive Venues, The Neverland has it all, whether that be the pesky pirates patrolling Skull Ridge with its decadent Bomb Crater Rave, the lunatic lost boys in The Neverwoods Treehouse Stage or mesmerising mermaids glistening through Mermaids Lagoon with its decked real life beach party, there’s a story and an experience around every corner of The Neverland.

From the no-nonsense Drag Queens to the notorious Glitter Wrestling The Neverland is filled to the brim with unimaginable exuberance. Regular Paint Fights, Secret Parties and Cabaret ensure the inhabitants of The Neverland are set for an immersive and unparalleled weekend of culture and partying, whilst in the Gaming Arcades islanders jump back to childhood through the glitchy viral screens...

A mecca of debauchery and darkness, Skull Ridge lies in the shadows of The Neverland with vivid Burlesque displays, Adult Cinema and seedy Casinos where dwellers take one last roll of the dice. Corruption and lawlessness are rife and mob rule is ever present in this unforgiving part of The Neverland.

Sanctuary awaits at the picturesque vistas of Mermaid’s Lagoon where a sunshine-soaked lake is the centre piece and the beautiful people reside. Tropical beats come courtesy of The 2 Bears and DJ Luck & MC Neat and cocktails, swimming and massages await at the Holistic Hot Tubs and Tranquillity Spa.

Experience the unimaginable, dive into The Neverland and pursue the dream to never grow old.

Jay Fisher has been performing as Apple Rabbits since 2004; releasing two albums: 'King of Anglia and 'Kilburn State'. Previous to this, his debut album 'The Velveteen Ear' was released on Mike Howlett's Mauve Records label in 1994, followed by a tour supporting John Martyn. Since then he's been a member of dance, dub & electronica band Canteen (1995-2002), and was the vocalist on Dave Randall's (Slovo, Faithless) 2004 album 'Eight Stories'.

Apple Rabbits returns with the first in a series of EPs. Cut by Gearbox Records, the first "Oberkampf" is musically compelling and blends exquisite string combinations of classical sounds with contemporary and vintage electronic sounds. This can be heard especially in first three tracks, of this four track EP. Unlike Apple Rabbits’ previous releases: The vocal work has a pure, sometimes mournful, and unadulterated quality; which complements and blends with the arrangements. In ‘Coup de Chapeau’, haunting voices fade to a single ‘chorister-like’ voice, before experimental sounds creep in, in opposition to the voices; the strings respond stridently in a contradictory, both melodic but discordant resolution.

Want to come to the album launch?
At the Tin Tabernacle, Kilburn (nearest station Kilburn Park Tube or Kilburn High road, Overground) on the 23rd April 2016.with special guests support by Dave Randell (Faithless/Slovo) performing a solo electronic set. Tickets £5 from Profits from launch 10% of album sales go to Aisling Return to Ireland Project

Out April 16th, it is the lead track from upcoming EP ‘Mainstream Propaganda’

Set for release on Record Store Day 2016, ‘Tear It Up and Start Again’ is the out of this world new single from technologically mindful new-waverz BIG ZERO. Released through Do Yourself In Records on a split 7” vinyl, alongside weirdo-pop legends Bis, the single will also be available to download and finds the band on typical strange territory. They've also been asked to play Are You Listening! Festival in Reading by ArtRocker, playing alongside Steve Lamacq.

Influenced by New Wave Punk Rock from the late 70s/early 80s BIG ZERO are infiltrating the latest wave of guitar bands such as Slaves, Vant, Puppy and Wolf Alice like time travellers in a Synth Punk Trojan Horse, they blend an off-kilter retro sensibility with a modern sound; their unique production is thanks to their recording technique - recording everything in a home studio, as live, onto an 8-track cassette to give them a raw feel on final release.

You can hear the results on the video here:

Already building a devoted cult following, BIG ZERO have so far enjoyed radio play from BBC Introducing as well as playing sold out shows at their favourite Reading underground venue.

In keeping with their symbiotic relationship with lo-tech equipment for recording, the band’s music is inspired by something of a distrust for how humans are utilizing technology in the modern age. The forthcoming digital EP ‘Mainstream Propaganda’ is all about corporate brainwashing and marketing, a modern world which BIG ZERO observes through protective goggles.

Even their videos set them apart. Referred to by the band as ‘no budget movies’, they are shot on old school VHS cameras and crammed with classic movie references from the past. While many bands treat their video clips as a tool with which to sell a song, BIG ZERO view them as a product in their own right – a separate release which happens to be soundtracked by their music. Their next collection of videos are to run like a television mini-series, mashing together influences from The Beatles movies, The Monkees and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

In the meantime, ‘Tear It Up and Start Again’ is being readied for release on April 16th, following by the upcoming EP out in May.

Live dates:

April 23rd - Are You Listening! Festival, Reading
May 21st - Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading,
May 27th - The Deaf Institute (playing with Bis), Manchester
June 10th - Sub89 (playing with Bis), Reading


Guitarist Jim Palmer had this to say on the album and its title "This album seems like a true reflection of everyone's input, a slice of all of us, if you will. It has those typical Speedhorn, pumping rock n roll moments, and some much darker ones too. Sound wise, it's got all the feedback, distortion, bad attitude and in-your-face antics you'd expect with a sound that should be more familiar to Speedhorn fans, but with a twist.

The title of the album, “Lost Ritual”, came initially from the artwork. It just seemed to fit perfectly with the image. Subconsciously though, I think maybe the title fits even better than that, as the mojo in the band seems to be back. Speedhorn have finally returned. We are really excited for everyone to hear the new album; you won’t be disappointed!"

Fans still wanting to Pledge on the new record can do so here -

“Lost Ritual”, which was produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts), is their first record with original vocalist Frank Regan since “How The Great Have Fallen” in 2005, the band’s first record since “Before The Sea Was Built” in 2008, and the first with their new line up.

Raging Speedhorn formed in 1998 and went on to release four records, the most successful being their second release “We Will Be Dead Tomorrow”, recorded by Billy Graziadei & Danny Schuler of Biohazard fame. The band achieved chart success with ‘The Gush’ in 2001, toured globally with the likes of Slipknot, Ill Nino, Rammstein and Will Haven, and performed at countless festivals around the world, including main stage at the inaugural Download Festival in 2004. They split in 2008 following the release of their last record “Before The Sea Was Built” and a subsequent tour of Japan.

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limited edition 7” single
Solo tour

In April Wayne Hussey will be playing a handful of South American & European shows to promote the release of a limited edition double A side 7 ‘’ vinyl single in conjunction with Record Store Day!

The single features Wayne’s stunning and haunting re-working of the classic Sisters Of Mercy song, Marian, a song originally co-written by Wayne with Andrew Eldritch.
The other A side is a brand new song entitled ‘My Love Will Protect You’, a song that was co-written by Wayne with Rebeca Y. Casanova as part of the Canciones De Cuna benefit album. The lyrics for the album are all written by homeless children in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which are then worked into songs by established national and international artists and recorded as an album of lullabies, all proceeds going to help finance culture centres in Buenos Aires that offer art, music, theatre, and photography classes to homeless children. For more info go to:

Wayne will be supported by Evi Vine on the tour.

Wayne Hussey April Tour dates
20th Bristol Bierkeller

21st Winchester Discovery Centre
Box Office 01962 873603

22nd Birmingham Alfie Birds & The Oobleck

23rd Whitby Goth Weekender, Headline*

24th Sheffield The Leadmill
• Evi Vine not appearing at the venue


Mark William Lanegan (born November 25, 1964) is an American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Lanegan began his musical career in 1984, forming the grunge band Screaming Trees with Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel. During his time in the band, Lanegan also started a low-key solo career and released his first solo studio album, The Winding Sheet, in 1990. Since 1990, he has released a further six studio albums.

Dates and tickets





All European dates and tickets can be found here :



The 10th anniversary of SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL has just announced a further 8 bands to the lineup.

After splitting up in 2012, THE KING BLUES will be making a welcome return to the festival. The political punk/ska band were an important fixture on the UK scene and 2016 sees a welcome return for the band to be a vital voice in the scene. “We're super excited to be back and playing Slam Dunk for the first time in years. We can't wait to get back and party for 3 days straight with you all.” says singer Itch

If anyone will bring the party to Slam Dunk Festival, it will be a DJ set from SHIKARI SOUND SYSTEM. Normally known for Enter Shikari, frontman Rou Reynolds says they "can't wait to introduce Slam Dunk to Shikari Sound System. If you like low frequencies, the ones that make your innards quiver, and you like high energy electronic music come down and jive. Maybe even pull out a foxtrot".

MOOSE BLOOD are one of the most beloved bands since releasing "I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time." Their upcoming UK tour in April saw London selling out in a matter of hours, with other cities following suit. Slam Dunk festival will be one of the only places you'll be able to see them this Spring. "We loved playing Slam Dunk last year, it was crazy for us. We feel so fortunate and excited to come back this year" says the band.

Another band to fly the international flag will be THE AMITY AFFLICTION, an Australian force to be reckoned with. Having 2 ARIA number 1 albums in their homeland, this will be the bands first appearance at Slam Dunk festival. Melodic singer Ahren Stringer said they are "super excited to play Slam Dunk and share the stage with so many bands we've grown up listening to and playing with! Keep on rockin' in the free world!

Other bands announced are Ska legends CATCH 22, their first performance in the UK in many years, Arizonan metalcore quintet THE WORLD ALIVE, who will release new album this Spring along with pop-punk label mates CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!
Finally, punk band GNARWOLVES, who recently put out 'Adolescence', their heaviest release to date will be causing havoc like only they know how; "We're really looking forward to coming back to play Slam Dunk for the third time this year" says the band. "It's always boozy and brilliant, plus we get to watch Capdown and hang out with our mates. See you in the car park!"

The bands will join the headliners Panic! At The Disco and the likes of Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory and many more for the May 2016 bank holiday weekend.

The dates and sites for next years' SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL are:
Saturday 28 May 2016 - SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL North - Leeds City Centre Sunday 29 May 2016 - SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL Midlands –Birmingham, NEC Bank Holiday Monday 30 May 2016- SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL South – Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire
Tickets are on sale now and priced at £42 or £47 including afterparty. The festival is for Age 14 + (festival only) or 18+ for the afterparty tickets.

For the first time, due to popular demand, there is also a limited edition Mega Ticket on sale for £150. This ticket includes admittance to all 3 events and includes afterparties, wristband exchange queue jumps and a limited edition t-shirt.
Visit for all ticketing links.

This year will see some huge upgrades to the event, continuing the huge year on year growth the festival has experienced. Following the success of last year the Leeds site will remain in the City Centre, with a new site being announced at the Birmingham NEC and the Southern date will remain in Hatfield, at the University of Hertfordshire campus for the fifth year. This will bring the capacity up to a huge 40,000 fans across the weekend.

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL has won ‘Best Festival’ at the Kerrang! Awards in both 2014 and 2015. Widely regarded as the biggest awards in rock, the festival beat strong competition from major events such as Reading /Leeds and Download. Slam Dunk has also been in the final shortlists for ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards, in 2013, 2014 & 2015, and ‘Best Festival’ (up to 15,000 daily capacity) at The Live UK Awards 2015.

Two music legends, Lenny Fontana and D-Train, have joined forces to create a classic New York dance-floor hit with crisp beats and infectious melodies wrapped around a vocal that could only ever be recognised as the power-tones of James himself.

Check it out here:

Brooklyn singer James ‘D-Train’ Williams is famous for eighties electrofunk hits such as ‘You’re the One for Me’ and ‘Keep On’ and has toured with an extensive list of renowned musicians including Shania Twain, Steve Winwood, Sheila E, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Austin and Earth Wind And Fire. Meanwhile, International Dj and Dance Music Producer Lenny Fontana is known primarily for forging the hit 1999 single ‘What You Need’ with Duane Harden as part of the duo Powerhouse and "Chocolate Sensation". Fontana has worked alongside artists from Norma Jean from Chic, Crystal Waters and Byron Stingly from Ten City and runs his own record label Karmic Power Records.

D-Train now lives in Brooklyn and regularly practices martial arts, yoga and meditation; whilst Lenny Fontana is busy running his own label (under which this track is produced), as well as being an avid collector of toy trains. Both have scored number one hits and appeared on Top of the Pops.

‘When You Feel What Love Has’ has already achieved over 111k plays on Soundcloud and is set to be a dancefloor hit this summer. Five mixes and a music video are in production.

The single is out now having dropped April 3rd.


When You Feel What Love Does
Up-and-coming Italian singer and songwriter, 1ofUs delivers his debut EP, CIRCLES, a stunning electropop record themed around his life’s journey.

Having attempted to pursue a career in music over two decades ago (he was signed to Warner at one point), the artist was forced to abandon his dreams after his project due to ‘reasons not pertaining to the music, regrettably, in the end, never eventuated’.

Pouring his creative energy into a career in Architecture, he opened his own studio in Frankfurt, Germany where he spent the next three years. He then moved back to Northern Italy where he continued to work for the next 20 years projecting buildings and vast urban areas across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Listen to 'Home' here:

This long overdue EP sees the artist finally returning to music, reflecting on his experience with a newfound wisdom.

‘This is the origin of the EP title, CIRCLES,’ he explains. ‘Everything in life comes back somehow, like a circle.’

No longer young, CIRCLES nonetheless feels surprisingly fresh in sound, sporting some very flashy and modern electronic instrumentation courtesy of producers Andy Whitmore and Matt Knight. Born on the border between Italy and Slovenia, his music also contains a touch of Italian/Balkan influence. The album was recorded and produced in London. Lead single ‘Home’ takes inspiration from the November 2015 Paris bombings, reflecting on the need for home as a place of peace for oneself and for others. It is a topical and highly relatable song that proves Francesco’s musical relevance and his talents as a lyricist. As he further explains: ‘the song touches on the difficulties of being free, of loving, of being together, and the fact that this hardship must not stop the journey towards our soul.’

A music video is in the works scheduled to be finished by mid-April.



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