NEWS: Lawson To Busk In Birmingham Today!

As a special thank you to fans for placing them at #4 in the midweek chart, Lawson can announce that they will be putting on a free show in St Martin’s Square, Birmingham today (31/05) before their SOLD OUT gig at the Temple Institute!

The show will kick off at 5.30, and it’s absolutely free. All details are available on their facebook event:

Lawson are Andy Brown (vox/guitar), Joel Peat (lead guitar), Adam Pitts (drums), and Ryan Fletcher (bass).  Respectively from Liverpool, Mansfield, Brighton and Chesterfield, Lawson formed in 2009 and spent over two years gigging and writing songs before signing to Polydor/Global Talent in autumn last year.  They have just finished recording their debut album in London and Los Angeles with John Shanks, the Grammy Award winning producer of Take That’s albums ‘Beautiful World’ and ‘The Circus’.

NEWS: Take That Announce Progress Tour

Today, the most exciting reunion in British pop history gathered speed as dates for a brand new Take That Tour, Progress Live 2011, were announced at a press conference in London. Gary, Howard, Jason, Mark and Robbie confirmed that they will hit the road next year for a monumental 14-date summer stadium tour around the UK before heading to Europe for a further six shows. Progress Live 2011, is the band’s biggest tour yet and will be the first time they have toured together as a five-piece since 1995.

Progress Live 2011 will be a feast for the imagination, charting the evolution and progress of Take That and Robbie Williams through their extraordinary 20-year history. The spectacular live shows will celebrate Take That’s biggest hits from the last two decades and, will also see Robbie take to the stage to perform songs from his incredible chart-topping solo career.

Between them, Take That and Robbie Williams have sold over 80 million albums, had 13 number one albums, 17 number one singles, played to over 14.5 million people live, won 19 BRIT Awards, eight MTV awards and five Ivor Novello awards; and the list goes on.

Progress Live 2011 follows the band’s time-honoured tradition of starting in the UK’s North East , kicking off at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on the 30 May, then heading to The City of Manchester Stadium, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Dublin Croke Park, Glasgow Hampden Park, Birmingham Villa Park and finally London’s Wembley Stadium for four nights.  The band then head to Europe for shows at Milan’s San Siro Stadium, Copenhagen Parken, Amsterdam Arena, Hamburg Imtech Arena, Dusseldorf Esprit Arena and Munich Olympiastadion.

UK Tickets go on sale at 09.00, Friday 29 October 2010

European Tickets go on sale Friday 5 November 2010 (see timings overleaf)

Samsung Electronics is proud to announce that it has become the Presenting Partner of Take That’s Progress Live 2011 (UK only), a partnership that will allow Samsung to showcase its latest technology and enable millions of fans to capture and share exclusive footage from the tour. In announcing its headline sponsorship, Simon Stanford, Managing Director of Samsung Mobile UK and Ireland said:

“Samsung is thrilled to come on board as the Presenting Partner for the Take That Progress Live 2011 UK Tour and we are very enthusiastic about working with one of the biggest and best names in the music world. We intend this partnership to take Samsung’s position in mobile entertainment to new heights and allow us to market our leading mobile technology and brand to millions of Take That fans, whilst adding value to and enhancing their overall anticipation and enjoyment of the tour. Samsung’s loyal customers can look forward to enjoying money can’t buy experiences and offerings, and an extensive range of exclusive content.”

Take That also release their brand new album Progress on 22 November, with the first single, The Flood, released on 15 November. The album, which has been produced by Stuart Price, comes 20 years after the band first sang live as a group on the TV show The Hitman & Her in 1990.

Progress Live 2011 Presented by Samsung full Tour Dates:

Monday 30 May 2011             Sunderland Stadium of Light
Friday 3 June 2011                  City of Manchester Stadium
Saturday 4 June 2011             City of Manchester Stadium
Sunday 5 June 2011                City of Manchester Stadium
Tuesday 7 June 2011              City of Manchester Stadium
Tuesday 14 June 2011            Cardiff Millennium Stadium
Saturday 18 June 2011           Dublin Croke Park
Wednesday 22 June 2011      Glasgow Hampden Park
Thursday 23 June 2011          Glasgow Hampden Park
Monday 27 June 2011            Birmingham Villa Park
Friday 1 July 2011                    Wembley Stadium
Saturday 2 July 2011               Wembley Stadium
Sunday 3 July 2011                  Wembley Stadium
Tuesday 5 July 2011                Wembley Stadium
Tuesday 12 July                         Milan San Siro
Saturday 16 July                        Copenhagen Parken
Monday 18 July                          Amsterdam Arena
Friday 22 July                             Hamburg Imtech Arena
Monday 25 July                          Düsseldorf Esprit Arena
Friday 29 July                             Munich Olympiastadion

Progress Live 2011 Produced By SJM Concerts and KSE


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VIDEO: Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow “Shame”

So Robbie is rejoining Take That eh? Who didn’t see that coming the moment “Reality Killed The Video Star” proved a relative flop? Stage one is the below duet with former sparring partner Gary Barlow. But as you can see their undying love won out in the end!  Credit where credit is due – the pair deliver a ballad without a sentimental sap overload, though the “Brokeback Mountain” spoof should have surely taken a few more risks? Shame…

NEWS: The Q Awards turns 21, Al Murray confirmed to host for the second year & 3 new awards categories!

For the second year running, the inimitable Al Murray – The Pub Landlord will take on hosting duties of what has become one of the most prestigious and raucous events on the music calendar. 
Speaking of his eagerly awaited return to Q Awards duty, The Pub Landlord says:
“This is the music event of the year, everyone wants a Q Award, and if they’re truly lucky, like Muse last year, they might win a frozen chicken too”
The 2010 event will mark the 21st anniversary of The Q Awards. Throughout its history The Q Awards have welcomed and celebrated the biggest stars in music – with the likes of Oasis, U2, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Damon Albarn, Lily Allen, Kate Bush, Elton John, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Take That and Muse among the glittering names to have attended the event.
This year the Q Awards will add 3 new categories to its roll of an honour. Two new categories – Best Female Artist and Best Male Artist – will be added to the 7 existing awards that are voted for by the public. The third new award will be for Next Big Thing, which will highlight the single most exciting musical talent of the year ahead and will be hand-picked by a specially selected panel of music industry experts and Q Magazine.
The much coveted award of Best Act In The World Today is presented by Russian Standard Vodka.
The always hotly contested Best Track is presented by Barclaycard Unwind.
Q Editor-In-Chief Paul Rees says: “Q firmly believes that music now is as exciting and vital as it’s ever been and that it continues to be consistently refreshed by new talent. The extra awards this year recognise Q’s ongoing commitment to the best things in music right now and in the future.
“In addition, Q has also always been about celebrating music’s great success stories. And, as ever, our collection of merit awards will recognise the heroic achievements and ongoing influence of music’s true icons.”
The Q Awards are unlike any other UK music ceremony – with only 450 guests, the event is a unique and intimate celebration that attracts arguably the world’s highest concentration of musical talent and fame.
Fans can vote for their favourite acts online at
The Q Awards with Russian Standard Vodka’s chosen charity is YOUYOU
YOUYOU’s aim is to provide practical mentoring help to young people who are disadvantaged due to their circumstance or disability, to enable them to gain invaluable experience and succeed in the turning their interests into a career.
YOUYOU’s approach is practical and focuses on getting young people further along their chosen career paths, with the mentoring experiences leading to further education or training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities. It creates a valuable piece of work to add to their CV or portfolio – a soundtrack, review of a music gig, recipe or menu for example, which they can present alongside the important personal selling point of having worked with a renowned name in their chosen industry
Brenda Ramsey, CEO of YOUYOU Mentoring commented “We are grateful to Q magazine for choosing to support YOUYOU Mentoring and our work in helping disadvantaged young people, especially those who are not in education, employment or training to realise their career dreams, by connecting them with  inspired mentors, individuals who will help develop their potential and aspirations in their chosen career industry.  We would personally like to thank Paul Rees, Editor in Chief of Q magazine for his generous support and becoming a YOUYOU mentor.”

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