NEWS: Alanis Morissette Announces November UK Tour

Multi-platinum, Grammy winning artist Alanis Morissette has just released her highly anticipated seventh studio album, HAVOC AND BRIGHT LIGHTS, on 27th August with Columbia UK and will return to the UK this November starting with a huge show at London The O2.

Produced by Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Madonna, Seal) and Joe Chiccarelli (Tori Amos, Elton John, My Morning Jacket, U2) and recorded in Los Angeles, the new album marks the songstress’ first release in four years.  Fans will be able to purchase the album’s first single, “Guardian,” on 26th August.

“This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at 4 in the morning in my most introspective moments,” says Morissette. “It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song. I can’t wait to share it with this fun and funny planet, and to tour, and can’t WAIT to have the lively, engaging and challenging conversations that these songs may invite.”

Following a string of sold out shows in June Alanis will return to the UK this November:

Weds 28th            London                         The O2                                                0844 856 0202
Thurs 29th             Nottingham             Capital FM Arena                         0843 373 3000
Fri 30th             Liverpool             Echo Arena                                     0844 8000 400

Tickets available from 9.00am on Friday 31st August from<http://www.gigsandtours.comand from 24hr CC Hotline: 0844 811 0051

LIVE REVIEW: Madonna, NIA (Birmingham), 20/07/2012

In the eyes of the press Madonna is the devil’s spawn. Having dominated the headlines since the mid 80s it seems that the press have a message which they want her to receive loud and clear – MOVE ON! However, as the sold out NIA proves, Madonna still boasts a dedicated following who hang on her every word and are unwilling to write her off as past it. In amongst them am I, a Madonna latecomer. Not old enough to remember Madonna in her ‘hey-day’, I really discovered Madonna circa “Ray Of Light” and only then fell in love with her diverse back catalogue. With her latest release “MDNA” proving her least accomplished to date, if the reviews are the be believed, the excited audience anticipate how Madonna will structure the evening’s setlist.

As the hungry fans await The Queen of Reinvention, they are treated to the worst opening act ever witnessed. There is no denying that Swedish DJ Alesso is able to mix, but his lack of presence, unimaginative song selection and sheer nonchalance ensure that barely a shoulder is shrugged during his everlasting 45 minute set. Unimpressed many of the crowd opt for the bar, giving the NIA a distinctly empty feel.

Disappointed as Madonna’s choice of support, an unease sets through the patient punters, who opt for an inevitable Mexican Wave as they await the Queen of Pop. In true Madonna style, the set starts 45 minutes late, but as the impressive set is unveiled, a chant of Madonna results in euphoria as Madonna launches into recent single “Girl Gone Wild”, accompanied by sensational choreography, that immediately proves Madonna is far from the fuddy duddy of recent press reports.

Cleverly mixing “MDNA” material with her classic hits, Madonna ticks all the boxes. This is no “Greatest Hits” tour, but fans wanting the classics are far from disappointed. While “One More Chance” is a little shaky, and the over performed, sexually charged ballad version of “Like A Virgin” provide the set lowlight, “Vogue” and “Hung Up”  are performed with clear relish, while “Express Yourself” is fused with Lady Gaga’s copycat track “Born This Way”.

Though the classics provide the clear set highlights, “MDNA” also proves its worth. The Oscar nominated “Masterpiece” is a tender addition to Madonna’s ballads, while the riotous “I Don’t Give A *” prompts chants and applause. Most reminiscent of her sadly overlooked “American Life” phase, “I Don’t Give A *” is an overlooked anthem that warrants celebration. But it is the psychedelic “I’m A Sinner” that easily levels with Madonna’s bigger hits.

With flawless production values, Madonna ensures her audience leave on a high. Stunning set, sensational routines and an energetic star centre stage, Madonna effortlessly silences the critics and wows those that really matter-the fans. Madonna may not be as young as she once was, but who can name one young upstart who can deliver live vocals, dance moves and sheer entertainment in Madonna’s league?

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Live Nations And The Royal Parks Forced To Cancel The Hit Factory Live

Live Nation and The Royal Parks have today announced that they have been forced to cancel The Hit Factory Live concert tomorrow (Wednesday 11 July).

Following the severe and unprecedented weather conditions across the country the site was declared unfit this morning to host the concert. The decision was made following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities and the safety advisory group. The safety of our customers, performers and production crew is of utmost importance and the decision was made unanimously. The potential risk to staff and music fans was too great for the event to go ahead.

Live Nation and The Royal Parks sincerely regret the disappointment caused by this cancellation.

John Probyn, Live Nation COO said, “The moment the Wireless Festival ended, we put in place a massive plan to prepare the site for tomorrow. Eight thousand cubic metres of wood chip is currently being put in place and over the past 24hours crews have started to make the site safe for our customers. Despite best efforts time has beaten us, but I want to reassure that Hard Rock Calling concerts with Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon, plus Madonna on 17 July and the BT London Live Opening Ceremony Celebration concert and the events will go ahead.”

Steve Edwards, Hyde Park manager, said: “Woodchip is being laid on the concert site as part of plans to ensure concert goers can be welcomed back as soon as possible. We are confident that the action being taken will enable Hard Rock Calling and the remainder of the summer concert series to go ahead as planned.’

Ticket purchases made through Ticketmaster and See Tickets will be automatically refunded. For purchases made through all other vendors, please contact your point of purchase.

These are the scheduled events:
Hard Rock Calling – 13, 14, 15 July
Madonna – 17 July
BT London Live Opening Ceremony Concert – 27 July
BT London Live – 28 July – 11 August
BT London Live Closing Ceremony Concert – 12 August

VIDEO: The Sea “New York”

Many a musician has been inspired by the Big Apple. From Sting’s laidback “Englishman In New York” to Madonna’s frenetic “I Love New York”, the tracks are as diverse as the bustling cultural hub itself. London based two-piece The Sea are the latest to issue their take on “New York”, a riotous chant-along classic, The Sea’s impression is immediate and addictive.

NEWS: AVICII Announces Debut UK Tour

22-year-old Swedish megastar AVICII is, without question, the biggest DJ on the planet at this moment in time. Having recently headlined the world famous Ultra Mainstage with none other than Queen of Pop MADONNA, he truly has arrived at nothing less than GOD status in just two short years. Travelling the length and breadth of the globe brandishing his insanely popular and uniquely captivating take on harmonious, pounding, stadium-driven house music, there’s just a couple of very special places that’ve been kept waiting…until now that is…
On the 3rd and 4th June, Avicii will descend upon DUBLIN and LONDON respectively to headline two of the biggest, most prestigious venues going – THE O2, LONDON & THE O2, DUBLIN!
It doesn’t take a fool to work out that these two dates are certainly NOT to be missed. As this will be the first time many Brits or Irish will have had the chance to see the Swedish icon LIVE in action, and with a surprise production that is quite simply out of this world, AVICII @ The O2 will no doubt be the hottest ticket in town on the most important weekend of the year – our Queen’s forthcoming Diamond Jubilee weekend. Get your tickets now, before it’s too late!
3rd June 2012 – Avicii @ The O2, Dublin – Buy Tickets
 4rd June 2012 – Avicii @ The O2, London – Buy Tickets
Tearing up parties at the biggest festivals and most prestigious super clubs across the globe has become Avicii’s modus operandi. Recent highlights include a breath-taking show at the ‘one night only’ re-opening of New York’s legendary Studio 54, spellbinding headline stints at colossal events such as Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Dance Valley, Street Parade, and IDentity Festival, the biggest New Year’s Eve party NYC has ever seen (officially) at Manhattan’s Pier 94, and of course his show-stopping collaboration with Madonna on the 2012 Ultra Music Festivalmainstage. As MTV news wrote, following his mesmerizing stage time with the pop legend;
“Swedish house music producer Avicii is currently one of the most popular artists working in music — yes, in music, not just his native EDM. And that star standing was only reinforced on Saturday night when he headlined a gig on day two of this year’s Ultra Music Festival”
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