NEWS: Ellie Goulding Announces Tour And Album

Ellie Goulding has today announced she will play a tour of the UK in December. The tour, which takes in nine cities including a London show at Brixton Academy, marks a welcome return to UK venues for Ellie who has spent the last eighteen months touring in the US and recording her new album Halcyon, which is released on October 8th on Polydor Records. Every live show Ellie and her band have played in the UK has been sold out and her huge success in the UK is now matched Stateside, where her single Lights has sold 2.5 million copies, reached no.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and is enjoying its third week at no.1 on the Top 40 Airplay Chart.

The tour dates in December are:

Fri 7th                                 Bristol                                Academy
Sat 8th                                   Liverpool                          Academy
Tue 11th                             Nottingham                       Rock City
Wed 12th                           London                               Brixton Academy
Thu 13th                             Glasgow                             Academy
Sat 15th                                Leeds                                  Academy
Sun 16th                              Birmingham                      Academy
Mon 17th                             Manchester                      Academy
Tue 18th                              Southampton                   Guildhall

Tickets are priced at £22.50 for the regional shows and £25 for London and go on general sale from Friday 21st September at 9am.

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EXHIBITION REVIEW: Vanley Burke ‘By The Rivers Of Birminam’ (mac Arts, Birmingham)

Since the mid-1960s, Vanley Burke has photographed the Jamaican community in the Handsworth area of Birmingham. ‘By the Rivers of Birminam’ brings together 100 new and existing images for the first time, which explore the history of the Caribbean community in the city from 1967 to present day. Curated by Lynda Morris, the exhibition charts Vanley Burke‟s practice over the last 45 years, during which time he has produced what is considered to be the greatest photographic document of Caribbean people in post-war Britain, detailing the experience of Black people in  the UK and their community identity.

Not only photographs but also press cuttings telling the story of Jamaican immigration to Birmingham, tracking the story of a community that bring such a rich culture to our city. As a more recent migration to the U.K. this contemporary collection is both eye opening and meaningful that takes the viewer through a journey of the unknown migrant looking for a better life by allowing us to see part of their lives through their own eyes but in an environment that’s familiar to the a local Brummie.

Definitely a must see exhibition and best of as with all MAC exhibitions … it’s free! A piece of our history to help us understand the history of the people with live and work with more.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Eleni Kypridemos

The Kaje talks solo to Dan Le Sac

Daniel Stephen is better known as Dan Le Sac, who is better known for his work alongside Scroobius Pip (or David Peter Meads-whichever you prefer!), however having unleashed two supremely successful albums as a unit, the pair have gone on a temporary hiatus to explore the solo world. With his debut solo album ‘Space Between The Words” having more than proven he is a capable musician and engaging artist, Dan Le Sac is undertaking yet another challenge-the solo tour. As he prepares to hit the road, The Kaje caught up with the Essex’ innovator to find out how he was feeling…
You are best known for your work with Scroobius Pip-how nervous were you unveiling your solo work?
Really nervous but not because of what I’m known for, it was more about not being known as a solo artist. Hopefully I’ve acquitted myself well enough though!
What prompted the decision to go it alone?
Just time really, with Scroob of doing his “nu-metal” thing, his words not mine, I just started writing & after about 6 months or so I realised I had the foundations of an album. It took me a little longer to decide to actually put it out though!
Tell us some more about the album ‘Space Between The Words’…
It is a difficult beast to describe, it covers so many genres & styles that it has become hard to pigeon hole. The Dan & Pip records are eclectic but it gets to a new level when left to my own devices. I think that’s why I’ve used so many different vocalist on SBTW, it felt right to get B Dolan to share space with Emmy the Great or Merz.
While there aren’t Scroobius Pip collabs on the album, you have teamed up with an array of artists for the album. how do you choose who to work with?
It was fairly simple to be honest, most of the collaborators are friends & people I respect, and this album was a great opportunity to work with them all.
What makes a succesful partnership?
Just being honest, it makes no sense to go along with something for the sake of someone else’s feelings. You’ve both got to love what you do, or neither of you will end up happy.
Who out there do you dream of working with?
Thom Yorke, Cat Power, PJ Harvey, Bernard Sumner, Devendra Banhart to being with but I really like finding new voices to, Kid A on the 2nd DvP record is one of my favourite “finds”!
You are heading out on the road solo-excited?
Scared & excited! We did our first show at Bestival & it was great but I have never felt more nervous than I did on that stage. Even when walking out with Pip to play to 15000 people, I’m usually fairly relaxed but the solo thing is certainly a more raw experience for me.
 What can be expected from your solo show?
It’s a live show, no dj tricks, no just pressing play, it’s Sarah Williams White & myself smashing out these new songs with as many guest vocalists as I can find along the way.
with ‘Space Between The Words’ out there, what is next?
I’ve got to get through the tour first before I can answer that correctly but Pip & I are starting on our 3rd LP, so I’m guessing that’ll take up a lot of my time, although I have been putting together a little electro band, think Human League “Being Boiled” Vs A Certain Ratio’s “Do the Du”, but we’ll just have to wait & see how that pans out!

ALBUM REVIEW: Hey Sholay “((O))”

‘Buzz Band’ is a title that can kill a band before they have even had time to shine. While a group needs to garner attention as they are on the rise, to be suddenly awash with praise can be more than a little bit detrimental. A ‘buzz band’ often explodes, basks in the immediacy of success and glory, then fails to live up to the praise. Sheffield ‘buzz band’ Hey Sholay have done far from that. While they have clearly won over the music press, both at home and overseas, they have far from rush released a product to appease fans. Instead, the five piece have focused their energies on crafting a brief, but fully captivating and most mesmerizing debut album, “((O))”.

Clocking in at just over half an hour, and boasting only nine tracks, “((O))” is a short, sharp, well executed introduction as to what is to come.  Though there will be obvious comparisons to an array of other leading Sheffield acts, notably the jaunty indie pop of Alex Turner and his pals, Hey Sholay have produced a sound that has their signature all over it.

Lead singer Jono is a dynamic presence. His raw, rich vocal sends shivers down the spine. He delivers each line with an emotional punch, yet never overblows his point. With echoes of JJ72’s overwrought Mark Greaney and Starsailor’s commanding James Walsh, Jono is compulsive listening. Surrounded by a cacophony of sound, he takes you on a sweeping, moving journey that allows you lose your inner self along the way to the hypnotic beats and melodies.

Hey Sholay are a band who defy categorisation. Though they are a commercially entertaining proposal, with a radio friendly sound, they are far from pointed solely in that direction. At the core is clearly a love of electro, while the classical also rears its head with tender piano recitals. While “Burning” and “The Bears, The Clocks and The Bees” are easily the strongest contenders for the top of the pop charts, it is the dizzy “Dreamboat” that really gets you going.
‘((O))’ is a stunning debut, but it is also far too brief. While it wows and woos with every turn, you can’t help but want more as it comes to an early close.
Hey Sholay are so much more than a ‘buzz band’. They are a stunning, engaging sensory treat.
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Cody ChesnuTT Live And In Conversation At The Jazz Cafe

Soul troubadour Cody ChesnuTT will take to the stage of London’s Jazz Café on Thursday 20th September for a special night of live music and conversation ahead of the release of ‘Landing On A Hundred’ – his first full album of new material in a decade.
Universally acclaimed for his edgy, sprawling Shortlist Prize nominated 2002 debut, ‘The Headphone Masterpiece’, Cody ChesnuTT’s frank, socially conscious songs set the bar for what modern soul music can look and sound like: On every level – rhythm, song, subject matter, spirit – ‘Landing On A Hundred’ delivers massively, it’s message upbeat even as it reflects upon troubled times. Says Cody “This body of work is extremely meaningful to me – it represents the journey I have been on since I last released an album. Words cannot describe or express how excited I am about this music.”
Following a period of family-man retreat and reflection after his meteoric rise to near stardom via The Roots retooled worldwide hit, ‘The Seed 2.0, ‘Landing On A Hundred’’s vivid vignettes sketch out a man’s road to redemption after years of womanizing and crack addiction, and the power and labour of slow-burning marital love that eclipses mere material expressions of affection.
The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have — the rhythm tracks recorded with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the sonic birthplace of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al GreenBuddy Guy and Ike &Tina Turner. “The original tracks were cut on two-inch tape,” Cody explains. “My hands were tingling because I got to sing on the actual microphone that Al Green recorded with. Nothing has changed. The down-home acoustic treatments are still in place.”
Cody ChesnuTT – September 2012
Thursday 20th                                    Jazz Café, London
Tickets are onsale now priced at £11 (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk orwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

NEWS: Katie Melua Brings ‘Secret Symphony’ Tour To UK

To round off another wonderful year Katie Melua is embarking on an autumn tour across Europe beginning with a run of seven shows in Britain. Starting in Ipswich on October 8th 2012 and calling at London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, the UK leg will end in Gateshead on October 16th. The tour continues across the Channel with an extensive run of theatre and arena shows throughout Europe.

The 27 year old singer, who has sold more than 11 million albums and is one of Britain’s most successful artist of the last decade, will be performing songs from all five of her studio albums, including her latest album ‘Secret Symphony’ which was released in March to critical acclaim. As well as singing her more familiar tracks which made her famous worldwide, including ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’ and ‘Nine Millions Bicycles’, Katie is looking forward to performing the new songs for her UK fans: “I really enjoyed recording ‘Secret Symphony’, there is a simplicity to it that I love and the songs are beautiful to sing. Playing a song live on stage brings something new each time and it is exciting to share that unique performance, that special moment, with the audience.”

Katie has spent the summer performing at festivals and outdoor concerts at stunning venues throughout Europe, including appearances at Hampton Court Palace Festival in London, the Jazz Open Festival in Stuttgart, Den Fynske Landsby open air museum in the Danish district of Odense, and performing with the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg at the historic town square Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin.

Ahead of the autumn tour Katie has taken time out to marry former World Superbike Champion James Toseland. The ceremony was held on Saturday 1st September in the Nash Conservatory at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.

Secret Symphony Autumn Tour Dates

Mon 08-Oct-2012 – Ipswich Regent – 01473 433100
Wed 10-Oct-2012 – London Hammersmith Apollo – 0844 844 4748
Thu 11-Oct-2012 – Bristol Colston Hall – 0117 922 3686
Fri 12-Oct-2012 – Birmingham Symphony Hall – 0121 780 3333
Sun 14-Oct-2012 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall – 0161 907 9000
Mon 15-Oct-2012 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – 0844 499 9990
Tue 16-Oct-2012 – Gateshead The Sage – 0191 443 4661

 Tickets £32.50, except London £37.50 and Glasgow £30/£32.50/£35 – 0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826gigsandtours.com / ticketmaster.co.uk

NEWS: Tinchy Stryder To Support Cheryl On Tour

Cheryl has announced that hip-hop and pop star Tinchy Stryder will be joining her on her forthcoming UK arena tour. Tickets for Cheryl supported by Tinchy are on-sale now and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Tinchy Stryder was 2009’s biggest selling male solo artist in the UK and over the past two years the rapper has scored a string of hit singles, a top-selling album, and has embarked on nationwide sell-out headline tours. Tinchy also had the prize role of opening the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury in 2010 and provided the support on Akon and Rihanna’s UK shows, two of the UK’s biggest tours of 2011. After enjoying success with his three previous albums, his fourth ‘Full Tank’ will hit shelves in December 2012.

Cheryl’s single ‘Call My Name’ (11th June) shot straight to #1 within hours of release on iTunes, clocking up record breaking sales. Her third album ‘A Million Lights’ (18th June) and second single ‘Under The Sun’ (3rd September) followed suit in terms of chart success. The album follows Cheryl’s previous solo albums ‘3 Words’ and ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ both of which hit #1 in the charts. Cheryl will be performing songs from all three albums on the tour as well as some surprises.

Although this will be Cheryl’s first headline arena tour, she is certainly no stranger to the live circuit. She opened as special guest on the Black Eyed Peas European tour in 2010 and also played four sold-out arena tours as part of Girls Aloud.

CHERYL COLE TOUR

6 Oct Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
7 Oct 02, London
9 Oct Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
11 Oct Echo Arena, Liverpool
12 Oct LG Arena, Brimingham
13 Oct Manchester Arena
15 Oct SECC, Glasgow
16 Oct Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
17 Oct Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

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Tickets are on-sale now priced at London £40.00 / £35.00 London and £35.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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