After 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.’
For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.viagogo.co.uk
Open 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 www.openmicuk.co.uk/enter-singing-contest
National 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.
NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS – TEENSTAR
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!
NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS TEENSTAR – Enter Now!
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!
Singing 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!
Check out singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend’s winning TeenStar performance here:
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.
The 5-piece will play a Christmas show for their home fans at the Portland Arms in Cambridge on Saturday 21st December, following a London show at the Old Blue Last on Friday 13th.
Back in May this year, Forest kicked off their musical quest releasing the self-produced ‘Sweetcure’ EP with four tracks of beautiful driving indie that was launched by Pitchfork and the band heralded as Ones To Watch from many. This slice of limited vinyl on Tip Top Recordings was followed by the equally acclaimed ‘Caramel Arms’ EP released on Indelabel in October that presented four blissfully arranged, fuzzed-out tracks lauded by the likes of Steve Lamacq, NME, Guardian, Fake DIY, Clash, Q, Noisey and many more.
2014 will see Forest release their debut album and see the band back on the road. Until then, see their final shows and await new music coming soon.
13th December: Old Blue Last, London
21st December: The Portland Arms, Cambridge
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Formed when three South Londoners (Jack Wharton, Adam Neal and Jim Cubitt) swapped the rainy streets of London for the icy terrain of Berlin in 2010, the current line-up wasn’t officially manifested until a chance encounter with jazz-trained drummer Alex Cumming in late 2012.
The result is a tight-knit collection of fun energetic pop songs and larger-than-life hooks have seen the band grow into key players in the Berlin rock scene. With their instinctive ability for catchy and playful melodies, the foursome have managed to effortlessly hone their innate knack for strong choruses after purposely locking themselves away in the 6th floor of an old DDR office block for months on end.
This close contact and constant experimentation gave birth to their first self-titled EP, released on August 23rd of this year. Lauded for its ability to mix unique and innovative sounds with classic retro Brit-pop influences, the EP seamlessly echoes elements of Jesus and The Mary Chain and The Cure with a distinctly British feel that could see them carry on the torch for big arena British exports.
It’s no surprise then that the band have gone on to support such exciting bands as Palma Violets, Citizens!, and Miles Kane. Now Big Skies are returning home to support the next wave of exciting British bands with a string of exciting UK tour dates to mark their homecoming.
Dec 10th – BRISTOL – Start the Bus
Dec 11th – READING– Oakford Social Club
Dec 12th – BOURNEMOUTH – 60 Millions Postcards
Dec 13th – LONDON –The Old Blue Last