WIN! Tickets To See Paul Weller Live For The Abbey Road Acoustic Session!

Abbey Road Studios are offering three lucky winners the chance to bring themselves and a friend to see Paul Weller perform an intimate, acoustic set and Q&A at this legendary musical location on 29th May.

Tickets are not available for purchase. To win one of three pairs of tickets. Simply click here: to enter.

Absolute Radio and Abbey Road Studios, the most famous recording studios in the world, proudly present the second in a series of music events – The Abbey Road Acoustic Sessions with Absolute Radio, with Paul Weller.

Studio Three at Abbey Road Studios, which will host the session with the musical legend on 29th May, is perhaps best known as the location of many of Pink Floyd’s great recordings and more recently recordings from Florence and the Machine, Paul McCartney and the final recording by Amy Winehouse. Future sessions over the next twelve months will feature both signed and unsigned bands performing in front of a small audience in the studios and a specially refurbished space in the studios bar.

The session will played out on Absolute Radio as a Sunday Night Music Special and will include a Q&A session with the audience.

Absolute Radio Hometime show host Geoff Lloyd said “This is the easily the hottest ticket in town. As well as being a British icon, Mr Weller’s a dapper man so I’m off to have my suit dry cleaned so I’m not shown up!”

Abbey Road Studios are the  home of recordings by many ‘Made in Britain’ artists that sit at the very core of Absolute Radio’s playlist including Radiohead, Oasis, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Travis, Florence and the Machine, Sting and Paul McCartney. The studios also have an established reputation in the world of film with Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Lord of Rings and The King’s Speech amongst the award-winning scores recorded there.

WIN!! Signed Juan Zelada Album!

Madrid born, London based musician Juan Zelada has not only captured The Kaje’s heart with his beautifully breezy debut album “High Ceilings And Collarbones”, but proved himself a generous man, offering any audience member a full refund if they did not enjoy his performance on his latest UK tour. To boot, Zelada has signed a copy of his debut album for The Kaje  to giveaway to one of his fans. If you’d like to be the lucky recipient, simply tell us the country that Zelada was born in… Email answers to by May 18th.

WIN! Signed Ane Brun Albums!!

As you may have noticed here at The Kaje we are more than a little enamoured with Swedish songstress Ane Brun. There is no easy way to describe the way in which Ane Brun moves us. Ane Brun is simply something else. Something more. More than just a musician who moves her audience, Brun is able to compel through her implicit connection with her own compositions. Having polled “It All Starts With One” within our Top 20 Albums of 2011, our fascination has increased ten-fold with the release of the inexplicably beautiful double disc deluxe edition last month. Spellbound, we are thrilled to announce that Brun has kindly given us a handful of signed albums to help spread the word. If you would like to get your hands on one, simply tell us the title of the Ane Brun and Jose Gonzalez duet as featured on “It All Starts With One”… Answers to

WIN! A Pair Of Tickets To See Niki & The Dove!

Formed in February 2010, Swedish future-poppers Niki & The Dove were hailed as one of this year’s upcoming acts by the BBC Sound of 2012 crew. With the spotlight shining firmly in their direction, the electropop trio are heading out on the road in the UK and to help celebrate their success, they have kindly given The Kaje a pair of tickets to catch them in action at the HMV Institute in Birmingham on May 22nd. To get your hands on tickets simply tell what position Niki & The Dove ranked in the BBC Sound of 2012 poll… Competition closes  May 10th.

If you aren’t lucky enough to live in Birmingham, or to get your hands on our freebies, then you can still check out Niki & The Dove on the following dates…

27 Sheffield Bungalow & Bears
28 Reading Oakford Social Club

Coventry Kasbah
Leeds Live At Leeds
Southampton Joiners
21 Newcastle Cluny
22 Birmingham Institute Temple
23 Cardiff Full Moon
30 Manchester Ritz (with Miike Snow)
31 London Brixton Academy


WIN! Scissor Sisters Goodies!!

Scissor Sisters are back! And about bloody time too! And as if the stonking “Only The Horses” were not reward enough-those fab Sisters have given The Kaje a fabtastic set of Scissor Sisters goodies:

  • 1 rare shady love 12” vinyl
  • 1 pair of SS earrings
  • 1 SS T-Shirt
  • 1 SS bandana
  • 1 SS iPhone cover

So if you would like to get your hands on the collectables then tell the title of the Scissor Sisters debut album…

‘Only The Horses’ is taken from Scissor Sisters’ brand new album ‘Magic Hour’, out May 28th through Polydor. They’re also playing two intimate shows at Shepherds Bush on May 16th and 17th.

WIN! Signed Il Divo Album!

To celebrate the fact that multi-national Classic chart stars Il Divo are currently undertaking the UK leg of their World Tour, the lovely boys have given The Kaje a signed copy of their latest album “Wicked Game” to give away. All you have to do to get your hands on it, is tell us who originally sang “Wicked Game”. Answers to by April20.

The Kaje talks stadium success to Il Divo

Il Divo were the creation of Reality Talent Show Guru Simon Cowell. Having noted the popularity of Andrea Bocelli and the second place ranking of G4 on the X Factor, he decided to mastermind a Three Tenors of the noughties. Little did he realise back in 2004 just how powerful the quartet of French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler would become as a combined unit. Having unleashed their sixth studio album “Wicked Game” last year, the quartet are about to embark on the UK section of the immense global tour. With the rain pouring fast and hard in Belfast, The Kaje checked in with Carlos Marín to see how it was all going…

Are you enjoying the tour so far?

Very much. It has been amazing since we started in January in South Africa. It has been a real journey from South Africa to Japan to Australia to China and South East Asia. It has been absolutely amazing. The reaction from the audience has been fantastic everywhere. This show that we are bringing is a 37 piece Orchestra on stage, which makes it feel a little bit more intimate even if we are playing big venues. We are always trying to be closer to the audience.

How do you create a sense of intimacy even when playing larger venues?

The good thing is that we have cameras in front of us capturing every moment which can be projected on to big screens and fill a big venue. We want to try be as close as possible as it shows our passion in our songs. The people’s reaction is amazing every night. We always get a standing ovation, which is really touching because you see each time younger people coming to fill the audience. We have a meet and greet every night before the show to have photos with us. In big venues with 7000 to 12000 people. In Madrid it will be 16000 people. It is just one of the most amazing tours.

Do you prefer smaller venues? Or do you get a kick out of arena shows?

Sometimes it is much more difficult to play for a smaller audience. Of course we are still talking 2000 people when we say a small venue. I don’t know why it just feels like you are ever closer to them. It is a different experience. I don’t know how to explain it. In a big venue it is a much bigger sound, but it is a totally different experience. Which do I prefer? Obviously I prefer both. Once you have the audience there clapping and giving their support, then we are happy about it.

Is there one venue in the world that you really feel a connection with?

I don’t know really. Obviously the Royal Albert Hall is a fantastic venue to perform, but it was also amazing at the o2. Every single country has something special. Every single night something special happens on stage. The people react differently. Every night there is something new. For example it was really funny in Korea, we were singing “La Vida Sin Amor” and I was talking to the audience asking if anybody wanted to dance with me. Suddenly a girl jumped on stage and started to dance with me. At the beginning it was funny, then she was getting closer and closer. The security eventually helped her go off the stage.

The audience means a lot to you. Do you feel that the intimacy of an Il Divo concert relies on the two-way relationship between audience and performer?

It is a really amazing relationship we have with the audience. You see people crying suddenly, so you really get touched every night. Every night there is a new story. We had a letter from one woman who came to a meet and greet, she told us that she was in a coma for a long time and woke up to our music-that is just so touching.  It is just amazing. It is amazing what we can do with our music. We find it unbelievable.

Before Il Divo you were already very succesful. You have recently returned to projects outside of Il Divo, how do you strike a balance between personal ambitions and group ambitions?

Right now we do not have much time to think about our solo careers. Obviously I have done things solo. I am a workaholic, so if we have one month off, I will rest for a week then I will see what I can do in the other weeks. For example last June we had a month off and I prepared my own show. It was a jazzy Frank Sinatra kind of show. It was an amazing experience with 25 other musicians on the stage. Those are things that I love to do, but being on tour our mind and full being is in Il Divo. We all think Il Divo has a long life ahead of us.

Having taken three years to record and make our latest album “Wicked Game”, which I think is our best record, was really good for us. We feel really strong and are having such a great time on this tour. We have always had a really great time, but right now we are having a really great time too.

“Wicked Game” contains perhaps your most diverse material to date, how do you select songs for a record?

It was quite difficult. This album we wanted to not make an obvious Il Divo album. We were trying to choose songs that would not have a typical formula. Take “Wicked Game” for example, Chris Isaak didn’t want us to cover this song because no one had done it before. He just didn’t want us to cover it. But we got lucky. His Mum is a very big fan of Il Divo and is Italian, she suggested that if we sang it in Italian then he should say yes. So we recorded it, sent it over and we had the blessing of both him and his Mum. That is why we called the album “Wicked Game”.

The other songs just took a lot of research. We wanted to give something different to our audience. “Crying” for example was another song that we thought about but did not know how to approach. We listened to Rebekah Del Rio, the American singer, and her haunting voice just touched us. So we approached her and asked her to sing the song as a duet.

What we would do typically is put a list forward and the record company put a list forward,then we go to the studio and record about 40 songs. We then just choose which should be in English, which in Spanish and which in Italian. So it is quite a long process.

There was quite a long break between “The Promise” and “Wicked Game”-are you already planning a follow-up?

We are going to release a new record this year, then we hope to release a new record every year. Obviously I cannot tell you what the new record is going to be as it is a surprise. With each record we will head out on the road. We are live singers, that is what we love.  Recording is an amazing experience but you don’t get the closeness to your audience. That response, that applause is what we all love.

WIN!!!!! If you would like to get your hands on a signed copy of “Wicked Game”, simply tell us who performed “Wicked Game” originally… Answers to by Friday 21st April.

Words: Jeremy Williams

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