The Reads set to make waves with new album ‘Lost at Sea’

With a sound which has been compared to the likes of Elbow & Doves, The Reads look to build on successful 2011 LP ‘Stories from the Border’

After gaining support from Radio 2 and XFM and being named BBC Radio Wales single of the week four times with songs from their debut album, ambient-indie-electronica six-piece The Reads release follow up ‘Lost At Sea’ on April 21st.

Straddling the North Wales and England border, the band has grown from four members to six since their original founding in 2000. Working hard to find a distinctive sound, they spent years honing their material before finally releasing their debut album ‘Stories from the Border’ in 2011. It was time well spent, as their mix of spaced out production and indie-folk-rock melodies made an immediate impact.

Now they are ready to unleash the follow up, ‘Lost at Sea’, and although the individual songs are as strong as ever, it is very much written as a cohesive album. Keen not to let the album format fall by the wayside in a market dominated by singles and individual song downloads, this is the work of a band working hard to maintain a consistent sound throughout.

Produced and mixed by Jim Spencer (The Charlatans, The Vaccines, New Order) and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, The Smiths, Joy Division), this 10 song collection marks a genuine step forward for The Reads, who are working to ‘find a home’ for their distinctive sound. And with over a decade of strong songwriting behind them, we wouldn’t bet against it.

Listen to the lead track ‘Spitting Feathers’ here:

Key Dates

Album Launch: Sat 19th April, Telfords Warehouse Chester

Digital album release Monday 21st April


Other confirmed gigs

Sat 26th April – FOCUS Wales. Music Festival & Conference. Central Station, Wrexham

Sun 25th May – Audlem Music Festival, Audlem

Sat 19th July – Spitting Feathers Beer Festival, Waverton


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Post War Glamour Girls announce UK tour

PWGG_LoOff the back of their lauded debut album ‘Pink Fur’, released in late-February, Post War Glamour Girls have announced a series of UK tour dates this March and April.

Reminiscent of The Birthday Party with vocals evocative of Nick Cave crossed with Frank Black (if they both hailed from Leeds), Post War Glamour Girls have spent the past two years building up an impressive body of work, showcasing their innate knack for creating intricately layered and intelligent compositions with an almost theatrical Arcade Fire-like build up.

And while the mainstream has noticed, with the band already receiving heavy support from Clash, DIY, The 405, The Line Of Best Fit, and being invited to perform on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stages at the Reading and Leeds festivals, it’s the incredible amount of underground fan-driven support that has marked Post War Glamour Girls out as a major band to watch in 2014.

Last year also saw the band perform a series of shows at the likes of Live at Leeds and Long Division, tour supports with both PINS and I Like Trains, as well as performing to over 800 people at Leeds University Stylus.

The four-piece finally released their expansive and epic ten-track debut album, ‘Pink Fur’, this February. Recorded in break-neck speed with Lee Smith and Jamie Lockhart (The Cribs, Forward Russia) at Greenmount Studios, the new album has been winning widespread praise since its release.

Never short of theatrics, Post War Glamour Girls recently performed ‘Pink Fur’ in full at two packed-out launch events around Valentines Day at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Grill, featuring a choir consisting of members of Heart-Ships, The Witch Hunt, and Sam Airey. Expect more surprises and an unmissable live performance on their upcoming UK tour.

Full live dates for Post War Glamour Girls spring UK tour are below. Post War Glamour Girls debut album ‘Pink Fur’ is out now.



27th Mar – SUNDERLAND – Pop Recs Ltd (in-store)

28th Mar – NEWCASTLE – Cluny 2

29th Mar – SHEFFIELD – Bell Jar

30th Mar – MANCHESTER – Gullivers

02nd Apr – LONDON – Old Blue Last

04th Apr – CARDIFF – Clwb Ifor Bach

05th Apr – WAKEFIELD – The Hop

26th May – LEEDS – Gold Sounds Festival w/Sky Larkin (Brudenell Social Club)


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Alex’s antics the hit of the BRITs as Arctic Monkeys’ ticket demand soars

Arctic MonkeysAfter opening the show in a blaze of glory and going on to win two gongs at this year’s BRITs, the Arctic Monkeys proved to be the biggest hit of the night – despite Alex Turner’s acceptance speech antics. According to viagogo, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, demand for tickets for their upcoming London shows soared 195% overnight, by far the biggest spike of any of the night’s winners or performers.


One Direction’s fans proved as loyal as ever, securing the coveted ‘Best Video’ award, which was voted for on social media, for them and causing demand for tickets for their upcoming stadium tour to surge by 74% on viagogo.


Interestingly, viagogo’s data suggests that performing at the BRITs is a far more effective way to drive ticket demand than winning on the night. Beyoncé’s performance of XO was enough to drive a 104% increase in ticket searches for her current UK tour, despite not winning or even being nominated for an award. Similarly, Katy Perry may have lost out to Lorde for the International Female Solo Artist award, but her performance was enough to see an 86% surge in ticket searches.


A spokesperson for viagogo comments: ‘While Alex Turner appears to have taken a bit of stick across social media for his rock star posturing on the night, it clearly hasn’t dented demand for Arctic Monkeys tickets. For demand for the band’s gigs to be almost twice that of global super star Beyoncé and nearly four times that of Bruno Mars shows that a strong live performance combined with a touch of traditional BRITs controversy is the formula for success.’


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Previous Open Mic UK Winner Birdy receives Brit Award nomination!

BirdyOpen Mic UK’s previous winner Birdy’s career continues to fly from strength to strength! After being crowned Open Mic UK winner in 2008 at the young age of 12, Open Mic UK winner Birdy, aka Jasmine Van den Bogaerde has achieved an array of musical successes, the latest of which being a Brit Award nomination!


Since releasing her second studio album ‘Fire Within’ back in September, Birdy has sold out London shows, released a video for her single ‘Light Me Up’, performed with James Blunt in a Nelson Mandela memorial performance at the NRJ music awards and has begun 2014 as a Brit Award nominee for British Female solo artist – unfortunately losing out on the night to Ellie Goulding.


‘Fire Within’ has seen Open Mic UK previous winner Birdy mature into a songwriter in her own right, as she has writing credits on every track of the album. She has gained praise and respect for this achievement from critics, with Simmy Richman from the Independent saying ‘Fire Within is Birdy’s “she’s not a little girl anymore” album’, and Danielle Goldstein from Time Out London saying ‘the young singer finds her own voice on her second album of down-beat pop’. By graduating into a songwriter, Birdy has added another feather to an already impressive cap and 2014 looks set to be another amazing year for the former Open Mic UK winner.


Birdy will be embarking on an international tour which kicks off in the States on January 16th and makes stops in France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and finishes at the Kentish Town Forum in London on March 4th, a venue she sold out back in October 2013.



Previous Open Mic UK Winner Birdy receives Brit Award nomination!


It has been a whirlwind of success for previous Open Mic UK winner Birdy and the next chapter looks to be even more exciting.


Do you think you could be a future Brit nominee or Open Mic UK winner? If so, book your audition for Open Mic UK at


TeenstarNational singing competition for teenagers TeenStar have announced that due to massive demand for auditions in London, they have had to add an addition London date. The additional London date will take place on Saturday 8th March at Dingwalls in Camden.

TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music.

A national singing competition for teenagers, TeenStar is a one-of-a-kind singing contest looking to find the UK’s best teen singer, duo, vocal group or rapper to be crowned the UK’s Best TeenStar! With the addition of an extra London date due to popular demand, the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is already anticipated to attract over 10,000 entrants and with auditions taking place across the UK, now is the time to enter.



TeenStar has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music. Contestants in the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar also have the chance to win prizes along the entire course of the contest, such as recording studio time with some of the country’s top producers.

The contest is open to all with the auditions split into three age categories. There will be the late-teens, mid-teens and then a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow, the pre-teens.


TeenStar takes place at some of the best venues in the UK such as the Birmingham NEC and Sheffield City Hall and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including judges who work for BBC Radio, Kiss FM and Choice FM, regional press and record labels, with the judges getting more prestigious as the singing contest progress. The Grand Final of the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is the climax of the whole contest and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the UK – with last year’s Grand Final being held at The O2 in London!

The competition champion will be crowned winner in front of a capacity crowd, including industry insiders, celebrity guests, national press, A&R from record labels, industry and media representatives who have the capacity to change the winner’s music career forever!


Whether it’s a pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.

The national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is open to anyone aged 19 and under. Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, enter TeenStar now!

Teenstar winner & X-Factor finalist Luke Friend getting ready for The X Factor tour!

Luke FriendSinging contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend had a great 2013, topping his Teenstar victory by making The X Factor Final! The TeenStar winner battled his way through eight live shows and the Semi-Finals, competing against eventual winner Sam Bailey and Nicholas McDonald in The X Factor Final!


Luke Friend is now set to embark on a UK wide tour with The X Factor, which starts on February 15th in Dublin with 30 dates at prestigious venues from Wembley Arena to The O2 in London.


Reaching The X Factor Final wasn’t the first time West Country boy Luke Friend has had music competition success, after being crowned winner of TeenStar, the nationwide competition for teens and pre-teens, in July 2013.


The TeenStar singing competition’s Grand Final took place within The O2 in London and gave acts, including singing contest winner Luke Friend, the chance to play in front of a sold-out crowd and music industry judging panel.


Head of Future Music  Chris Grayston remembers Luke from the TeenStar singing competition, saying “It’s great to watch Luke’s development over the years and now he’s found his own image, sound and confidence there’s nothing stopping him!”


Singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend now on The X Factor tour!


To follow in singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend’s footsteps, get your audition for TeenStar booked here now! For more information on the X Factor tour click here.


Check out singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend’s winning TeenStar performance here:


BELLADONNA: live in London, new video and new song on free download

BELLADONNA-Borderline-flyerBELLADONNA are scheduled to play a very special showcase in London on the 26th of February.

The Italian rock noir band will play The Borderline, one of the world’s most legendary music clubs that has played host to R.E.M., Jeff Healey, Oasis and countless other illustrious artists.

This one/off show will support the release in all UK stores – distributed by Cargo, UK’s biggest indie record distributor – of BELLADONNA‘s latest album “Shooting Dice With God”.

Tickets will be on sale shortly.

BELLADONNA have also just released on SoundCloud as FREE DOWNLOAD from the album.
The song is titled “If I Was God”, it’s an acoustic Tale of Loss and Love, and it’s available as free download at this link:
The band has also just published a haunting video of the track, shot on location in Spain during a break of their recent tour there. You can watch the video here:

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