ALBUM REVIEW: Aiden Grimshaw “Misty Eye”

The X Factor has not really been the biggest launchpad for credible acts in the UK. With a stigma attached to winning, and a loser attached to the other contestants, it makes it difficult for an act to succeed in the follow-up. Where so many have failed, a few have forged ahead. One Direction are currently the most successful boyband in the world, Rebecca Ferguson and Cher Lloyd have followed suit and cracked America, while Olly Murs currently dominates the screen and music scene in the UK. So, what of Series 7 barely ran Aiden Grimshaw, whose shock early elimination shocked TV audiences, but may have bought him a genuine shot at the big time.

Two years have flown by since Grimshaw’s appearance on X Factor and he has bided his time wisely. Rather than rush releasing a feeble cash-in, he has kept his head to the ground, building up a following on the live circuit and ensured his material is worth its salt ahead of release. The result is easily the most credible, entertaining, engaging and intelligent debut release by an X Factor alumnus.

Grimshaw’s vocal is colourful and alarming. It sends shivers down the spine, yet appears effortlessly considered. Though there are some mishaps along the way, notably the messy “Be Myself”, which is strangely the least open and honest of the album’s thirteen song, Grimshaw presents a cohesive and original album.

While lead single “Is This Love” is without hesitation the album standout, Grimshaw should further explore his sensitive side, given that his rendition of Sia’s “Breathe Me” is blissfully tender.

There is little doubt that Aiden Grimshaw deserves to make it big. “Misty Eye” is not the debut album of an X Factor nearly ran, but rather the debut album of one of the UK’s most talented and innovative performers. We just have to hope his association with Simon Cowell’s talent pool does not blind side the British public.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Olly Murs Announce 2013 Arena Tour

Following a hugely successful sold out arena tour this year, Olly Murs has announced a series of UK Arena dates for March 2013. His tour this year sold over 150,000 tickets and included two nights at London’s O2 Arena.
Olly, whose current album ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ has been certified platinum, is about to embark on a series of American dates with One Direction. His music will get its first release in the US later this year.
Olly is currently working on his third album, which is due for release later this year. He will star in the ITV2 documentary series ‘Life On Murs’ beginning this Thursday, which follows him on his sold our 2012 tour.
Tickets for the 2013 Arena dates go on sale Friday April 20.
 
MARCH 2013
 
Sat 2  Sheffield Motorpoint Arena  0114 256 5656
Sun 3  Nottingham Capital FM Arena  0844 4124 642
Tue 5  Brighton Centre  0844 847 1515
Fri 8  Bournemouth Int. Centre  0844 576 3000
Sun 10  London Wembley Arena  0844 815 0815
Tue 12  Birmingham LG Arena  0844 338 8000
Wed 13  Liverpool Echo Arena  0844 8000 400
Fri 15  Glasgow SECC  0844 395 4000
Mon 18  Aberdeen ECC  0844 477 9000
Thu 21  Manchester Arena  0844 847 8000
Sat 23  Newcastle Arena  0844 493 6666
Mon 25  Cardiff Motorpoint Arena  02920 22 44 88
Fri 29  London The O2  0844 856 0202
 

NEWS: Rizzle Kicks Add Dates To Winter UK Tour

A top 5 album, three top 10 singles, No.1 collaborative single with Olly Murs, a sold out headline UK tour, a certified gold selling debut album and a BRIT award nomination; Rizzle Kicks have well and truly cemented themselves at the top of the UK charts.

Landing on the music scene in 2011 the duo instantaneously shook things up with their very own nu school hip hop sound. With DIY beats and killer hooks, effortless swag and an abundance of charm the band breathed a breath of fresh-air into the airwaves. Rizzle Kicks represent a new breed of UK artists, self-created with unruly imaginations, the bands care-free lyrics and fun loving attitude has propelled them to the forefront of the UK music scene picking up a wealth of fans and support from fellow artists along the way.

Live, Rizzle Kicks have proven they’re a force to be reckoned with. Currently on their sell-out headline UK tour the duo recently stepped out for their biggest live performance to date at the 2012  BRIT awards performing No.1 single ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ with Olly Murs. With a plethora of upcoming festival dates including Wireless, T in the Park, V Festival andBestival, Rizzle Kicks are guaranteed to be the sound-track of the summer. In November they hit the road again for another UK headline tour, with extra dates added due to popular demand. Full list dates below:

November 2012

MON 05  Belfast Ulster Hall  028 9033 4455
THU 08  Bristol Colston Hall  0117 922 3686
FRI 09  Southampton Guildhall  02380 632 601
SAT 10  Norwich UEA  01603 508 050
MON 12  Carlisle Sands Centre  01228 625 222
TUE 13  Sheffield O2 Academy  0844 477 2000
FRI 16  London O2 Brixton Academy  0844 477 2000
SAT 17  Birmingham O2 Academy  SOLD OUT
SUN 18  Birmingham O2 Academy  0844 477 2000
TUE 20  Cambridge Corn Exchange  SOLD OUT
WED 21  Plymouth Pavilions  SOLD OUT
FRI 23  Swindon Oasis  01793 445 401
SAT 24  Manchester O2 Apollo  SOLD OUT
SUN 25  Manchester O2 Apollo  08444 777 677
TUE 27  Glasgow O2 Academy  08444 999 990
WED 28  Edinburgh Corn Exchange  08444 999 990
FRI 30  Aberdeen Music Hall  SOLD OUT

December 2012

 SAT 01  Newcastle O2 Academy  SOLD OUT
SUN 02  Leeds O2 Academy  0844 477 2000
MON 03  Nottingham Rock City  SOLD OUT
WED 05  Portsmouth Guildhall  0844 871 8803
THU 06  Brighton Centre  0844 847 1515
FRI 07  Brighton Centre  0844 847 1515

24 hour ticket hotline             0844 811 0051
Buy online: www.gigsandtours.com/tour/rizzle-kicks

VIDEO: Joe McElderry “Ambitions”

So Joe won X Factor but unlike Olly his debut single didn’t debut at number 1…That means the pressure must be on for his second single to get to the top. Having chosen to cover Donkeyboy’s massive Europop hit, the transformation from Geordie school boy to Britain’s Zac Efron is well underway as Joe proves he can take it all upbeat and even shake his booty…

VIDEO: Olly Murs “Please Don’t Let Me Go”

The video bit may be a lie – but I love this (and the X Factor) so much that I had to post Olly’s debut single. Whilst Joe is no doubt working towards an album of mega ballads, Olly’s debut pitch is perfect – Jason Mraz meets Will Young. Bright, breezy and demonstrating Olly’s rich vocal. Love it!

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