WAYNE HUSSEY
announces
Marian
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: http://www.cacuca.org.ar/

Wayne will be supported by Evi Vine on the tour.

Wayne Hussey April Tour dates
20th Bristol Bierkeller
http://www.seetickets.com/event/wayne-hussey/bierkeller/938961

21st Winchester Discovery Centre
Box Office 01962 873603

22nd Birmingham Alfie Birds & The Oobleck
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/210717

23rd Whitby Goth Weekender, Headline*
http://shop.whitbygothweekend.co.uk/tickets.htm

24th Sheffield The Leadmill
http://theleadmill.seetickets.com/event/wayne-hussey/the-leadmill/940251/
• Evi Vine not appearing at the venue

AN EVENING WITH MARK LANEGAN + SUPPORT FROM DUKE GARWOOD

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

APRIL

19/04 | UK, MANCHESTER, CATHEDRAL
22/04 | UK, AMBERDEEN – THE LEMON TREE
29/04 | UK, BRISTOL - ST GEORGES CHURCH
30/04 | UK, BRIGHTON - ST GEORGES CHURCH

MAY

02/05 | UK, BIRMINGHAM – GLEE CLUB
03/05 | UK, LONDON – ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

All European dates and tickets can be found here :http://marklanegan.com/european-tour-dates-added-go-on-sale-5-feb

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL
CELEBRATING 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FESTIVAL

8 MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED
THE KINGS BLUES, SHIKARI SOUND SYSTEM DJ SET, MOOSE BLOOD, THE AMITY AFFLICTION, THE WORLD ALIVE, CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!, CATCH 22 ADDED TO THE FESTIVAL LINEUP WITH HEADLINERS PANIC! AT THE DISCO



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.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED- PANIC! AT THE DISCO TO HEADLINE, OF MICE & MEN, NEW FOUND GLORY, FOUR YEAR STRONG, EVERY TIME I DIE, ISSUES, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, REAL FRIENDS, MALLORY KNOW, THE STARTING LINE, SET YOUR GOALS, ZEBRAHEAD, CAPDOWN, WE CAME AS ROMANS, MISS MAY I, THE STORY SO FAR, YELLOWCARD, MAYDAY PARADE, HIT THE LIGHTS, ROAM, NORTHLANE, HACKTIVIST, CANCER BATS & NORMA JEAN.
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 www.slamdunkmusic.com 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: https://soundcloud.com/karmicpowerrecords/lenny-fontana-feat-d-train-when-you-feel-what-love-has-original-mix

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.

Links:
www.lennyfontana.com
https://www.facebook.com/lennyfontana/
https://soundcloud.com/karmicpowerrecords

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: https://soundcloud.com/user-584708832

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.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/1ofUsUk/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
https://twitter.com/1ofUs_Music

1ofUs
A London four piece on the rise ready for March 12th album launch

Album teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad9NFL9NEHQ
Album teaser full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQt6hR6e--c

When a new band are being compared to the finest in British indie over the last two decades, then you should already know that they will be a force to be reckoned with. Lazlo Device are a four piece from London who have already been likened to Elbow, Arcade Fire, Alt J, Blur, Tool, Joy Division, Radiohead and more. With their very own brand of hypnotic, ethereal indie-rock, they are quickly picking up momentum and new fans in equal measure.

Having already supported the likes of 10cc and Finley Quaye in huge UK shows, Lazlo Device are now ready to make their mark. It all started with two previously released EPs, which quickly established their subtle, infectious sound. Now, following the ‘Looking Glass’ single release (see the video below), their ‘Duelism’ album is set to take them to new heights.

‘Looking Glass’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_WqIeYOQRA

The album launch on March 12th at the Barfly, London will be the final culmination of what the band describe as “4 years of hard bloody work”. That hard work has resulted in a well-rounded blend of melodic guitar, distinctive vocals and superb production which makes up the ‘Duelism’ album.

On first listen, it’s immediately clear that this album comes from a confident band sure in their footing. From the very first melodic guitar tones of opening track ‘Gunslinger’, this is dripping with swagger and style. And once those drums kick in, a motor is underway that doesn’t stop until the final chords of the excellently twisted ‘Raining Sun’, complete with electronica overtones. In a way, these bookends typify the variety on offer from Lazlo Device – from straight up rock to 80s tinged synth sounds.
In between tracks like ‘Uncertain Beginnings’ show a lighter side thanks to the classical style piano section overlaid with that superb distinct vocal. Then later there’s ‘Momo’, which is almost surf rock in its laid back nature. These are just a few examples from an album chock full of creativity, ideas and quality.

It’s an LP that’s made to turn heads, and with the likes of Dominic Howard (Muse) and Howard Donald (Take That) already among their fans, the scene is set for the album to make a real impact. If further proof is needed, they have also garnered the attention of pop legend Neneh Cherry, who recently attended one of their gigs. Their music is also about to be featured on a forthcoming BBC documentary about the Black Panthers.

It’s all set up to be a huge year for Lazlo Device, and it all starts with the ‘Duelism’ album.

Links:
http://www.thelazlodevice.com/videos.html
https://soundcloud.com/the-lazlo-device
https://twitter.com/thelazlodevice
https://www.facebook.com/thelazlodevice/


Portsmouth rockers Free From Gravity are about to release their wonderfully positive message of overcoming life struggles in a melodically addictive new song called “The Long Road”.

Blending in perfectly elements of classic rock from the 60s and 70s with the more chilled out 90s interpretations a la Bluetones the song has already become quite a sensation in the online community. Music blog Go Hard Magazine has described the lyrics as “emotional, compassionate and inspirational” while music website JamSphere reads: “I don’t know if Vince Barnes has studied music, but he is clearly evolving from a songwriter into a true composer, and the result is extremely satisfying.”

Listen here: https://youtu.be/8jpiyLJqR8A

“The Lond Road” was inspired by Vince’s mum’s battle with cancer which she bravely overcame. As a reminder of the hardships life can put on people, it is ultimately a confirmation of positivity and optimism, encouraging anyone who is in recovery to stay strong. Many of the band’s fans can relate to the lyrics and singer Vince remembers a sober alcoholic coming up to him once after gig, telling him how much the song means to him.

Free From Gravity are no strangers to great live performance, having played in front of up to 4000 people in the past and getting a couple of hundred Spanish fans singing along to their songs at a gig abroad. Apart from the success they have accomplished with their own concerts, the four-piece, consisting of Vince Barnes, TJ Jackson, Jason Gray and Lewis Trickett, has supported bands such as the Pat McManus Band or Mark Morris of Bluetones and worked with people such as Andy Mitchel of The Yardbirds.

The band, whose name was inspired by a WonderBra advert which said “Free Yourself From Gravity”, is showing resemblance to some of the major players in 20th century music ranging from The Eagles to The Who. Next to being excellent songwriters, instrumentalists and performers Free From Gravity are a group that adopted an approach to getting their music heard which is driven by passion and a go-getting spirit. “We perform guerrilla gigs where we pitch up and play at a venue or on the street. We are handing out flyers as we play”, explains Vince who is a professional when it comes to DIY and self-promotion.

With a combination of this kind of work ethic and a dedication to good songs the lads are on a steady and way up!

Live Dates: April 6th at The Bedford Tavern in Balham, London July 2nd - Hoefest in Waterlooville (near Portsmouth)

LINKS:
https://soundcloud.com/freefromgravityband
https://www.facebook.com/freefromgravitymusic/

https://soundcloud.com/rachelmyall/two-sides-of-me-1

With the release of her first solo EP ‘Science’, singer-songwriter Rachel Myall has managed to transform emotionally challenging past encounters into a sound that takes inspiration from some of the biggest folk and blues legends.

Lyrically, Rachel Myall impresses with emotional storytelling à la Dolly Parton and the melancholic romanticism of songwriters like Tim Buckley, while her sublime vocal maturity reminds of singers such as Laura Marling. Her new single ‘Two Sides of Me’ is an emotional portrayal of the inner struggles and strains that relationships can cause. Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Science’, Rachel’s vocal perfection and lyrical sharpness form a beautiful sonic experience that the singer herself likes to describe as melancholic folk blues.

“I have taught myself how to write songs over the years“, she says, “it starts with me writing the lyrics and working out the melody/rhythm/structure. Usually a line or two goes round my head for ages then the rest comes together pretty quickly after that. I then build up the music in my head. I can hear the instruments that I want, the harmonies, the riffs. I work with other musicians to bring the song to life, singing the parts and explaining what I want, working together to tease out what I’m looking for. So it can be quite a long creative process, piecing songs together bit by bit, but a very interesting and collaborative one.”

The Single ‘Two Sides of Me’ is out on 26th February and the EP ‘Science’ is out on 18th March 2016.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/rachelmyallmusic/?ref=hl
http://www.rachelmyall.com/
https://rachelmyall.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/rachelmyall
https://www.instagram.com/rachelmyallmusic/
https://twitter.com/rmyallmusic
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLoRSmEsd6lORxWaOlHWbcg




Magnificent counter-tenor Iestyn Morris, nominated as ‘Best male in an opera production’ in the 2016 Wales Theatre Awards, is about to release more English song; Roger Quilter’s mystically romantic “By a Fountainside”.

Described as “a gifted ‘all-rounder’” by Digital Journal, the musician and actor is one of the brightest stars shining in the contemporary world of classical music. “By a Fountainside” is taken from his upcoming EP release in which he recorded a collection of 19th and 20th century settings of Jacobean texts.

2016 is marking Iestyn’s 10 year anniversary as a professional opera singer which has led him to start recording some of the songs that were part of his journey throughout the last decade. His latest single release is an introduction to a romantic world of nostalgia, taking on a Jacobean text by Ben Johnson. He explains: “Listening again to live recordings of concerts I’ve performed over the years, I feel that many of these songs deserve a proper studio recording.”

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/quitegreatpr/by-a-fountainside

Having had extensive experience on the world’s opera stages, one of his latest successes was his role as Peter Pan in the eponymous opera at the Royal Opera House in London last year. His extraordinary interpretation earned many praises in the media such as The Birmingham Post writing:”A new counter-tenor role on this scale is something rather special; Morris was both physically and vocally agile, with a charisma that, at crucial moments, held the whole theatre rapt.”

Winner of awards such as the Tracey Chadwell Award for contemporary song or the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, the counter-tenor has performed in various high profile venues around the world. Born and raised in London, Iestyn has had an unusual start to his career having studied Mechanical Engineering at University before going on to study early music and then opera at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In his spare time he is creative in a somewhat different aspect; as a self-taught upholsterer, he is currently refurbishing a late French chaise long.

The Single “By a Fountainside” is out on 1st April 2016.
The EP “Iestyn Morris” is out on 15th April 2016

Links:
www.twitter.com/iestyncounter
https://www.facebook.com/Iestyn-Morris-1561738167419807/timeline/?ref=br_rs
http://iestynmorris.com/

“Raving Wild has all the seriousness of good indie folk music but is very pop-alt relevant!”
-Jamsphere-

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 amongst 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 include 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’ here: https://www.reverbnation.com/ravingwild/song/25219893-at-the-crossroads?0

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

Links:
www.twitter.com/ravingwild
www.soundcloud.com/ravingwild
www.ravingwild.co.uk
www.facebook.com/ravingwild


The Truebelles are ready to shake up the pop scene with plenty of soulful energy while aspiring to remodel the traditional image of femininity in today’s world of media and music.

After having been able to gain experience singing with Stevie Wonder’s musical director and bass player, Nate Watts, and doing backing vocals for Coree Richards of Damage, lead singer Grace has now started her own musical project with friends Talullah and Lorena. With the help of producers Steve Snead and Mat Condon, who has previously played keyboard in Katie Melua’s band, the newcomers comprise remarkable vocal skills with the spirit of rebellious girl power. Their funky debut single ‘If Your Heart Is There’ is a melodic bubble gum explosion that creates the kind of buzz that makes you get out of bed in the morning. The track features rapper XYM who is known for having played alongside Colin Farrell in the film London Boulevard.

Click here to listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBLqQWamFMg

The London based group combines their music with a world view that sees women stepping out of a narrowly defined image which reduces them to merely being pretty, as Grace puts it: “Sometimes people like to see a woman with balls. The masculine side of women is not so often portrayed in the media. Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, Madonna have done it. It makes pop art more interesting.” Grace started singing at the age of seven. She used to be in a girl gang in high school and kept skipping classes to make videos as part of a production company she created with two of her friends in which they “used to run around screaming creating Blair Witch Project type scream flicks.” She says: “They used to call us the Kill Twins.”

The Truebelles are a band, an art collective and a feminist statement about the differences between men and women when it comes to communication – which, ideally, they’d like to overcome with their work. Difficulties of communication between the two sexes has been part of the story of how ‘If Your Heart Is There’ and the entire project, in fact, has come to life. The narrative of their song writing is specifically pro-female and committed to the idea of presenting women as fun and exciting. When Grace first moved to London and met producer Steve she initially refused to work with him because she “thought he was a weirdo”. It took another two years to get her in the studio to record the track.

Having been able to overcome their very own communication problems, The Truebelles are now ready to revive modern feminist pop with their debut single taken from the upcoming album ‘Truebelles Coming’.

The single ‘If Your Heart Is There’ is out on 12th February 2016.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/The-Truebelles-920344594701415/
https://twitter.com/ttruebelles
http://thetruebelles.com/

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