Hampshire trio Blaenavon have delighted fans with newsthat their sophomore record is nearly complete. The band are currently workingwith Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice, St. Vincent), whowas recently voted the prestigious Music Producer Guild’s Producer of the Year.
Today Blaenavon announce a runof intimate shows across the UK where they’ll be showcasing the new materiallive for the first time, taking in towns and venues that the band has nevervisited before.
Discussing the upcomingtour and album with DIY, frontman Ben Gregory offered the following;
The dates will mark theband’s first tour since winter 2017, a breakthrough year which saw them performstunning sold out shows across both side of the Atlantic - including amomentous headline performance at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire - and releasetheir critically acclaimed debut album on Transgressive Records.
Keepan eye out for further news on the new album.
Oas-is - The UK's BEST Oasis tribute band.
Oas-is are five Oasis fanatics who live and breath Manchester's finest band and are now dedicated to giving you the best look and sound that you should expect from an Oasis tribute band.
HEROES WORLD TOUR 2018
“STARMAN are so much more than a mere tribute act who ‘look and sound a bit like the original band’.
The first time I saw and heard them play was a real shivers-down-the-backbone moment. I witnessed the
real thing around the world, many times: it couldn’t be, could it?
Superlative musicianship, skilled interpretation and irresistible exuberance guarantee the closest possible
alternative to a genuine Bowie gig.
Honouring his distinctive sound and unique presentation, STARMAN perform their hero’s best-loved songs
with wit, respect and tongue-in-cheek.
David would have loved them”
Lesley-Ann Jones 2017
Long time friend and on tour with David
Author best seller ‘HERO: David Bowie’
How can a show that isn't an impersonation bring you closer to David Bowie than any other?
Awesome musicianship, great vocals, state of the art media and lighting plus a heartfelt and genuine respect for the
man and his music. All performed in a style fitting to the creative genius that is David Bowie.
Simply the best Bowie sounds you will hear performed by the worlds finest Bowie band.
“A night of breathtaking Bowie brilliance, forget anything you've seen before”
“Bowie Starman is simply on another level"
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues when the highly-charged show Starman comes to town. Packed with
songs from all eras of Bowie’s celebrated career from Rebel Rebel and China Girl to Let’s Dance, Young
Americans, Ashes To Ashes and Life On Mars.
Performed by 'Blackstar' the world's finest Bowie band
“David’s musical legacy could not be in safer hands”
If you only get to see one Bowie show this year, do not miss it..
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The Karpets are an Inspiral Carpets tribute band, but a tribute band with a difference: their lead singer Tom Hingley was actually the lead singer with Inspiral Carpets from 1989-2011. Tom sang on all the Inspirals chart hits,including This is How it Feels, Saturn Five, Dragging Me Down, I Want You, She Comes in the Fall and all the songs on the bands four Major label albums - Life(1990) The Beast Inside (1991) Revenge of the Goldfish (1992) and Devil hopping(1994).
Formed in 2016, The Karpets have played barnstorming sets at Shine On Weekender,Embrace’s Secret Festival , Readipop Festival, Vicars Picnic, Rochdale Live, Darwen Live, Festival Too & headlinesets at the 100 Club, Audio in Glasgow and over thirty other UK clubs to date.
The band comprises: Tom Hingley (lead vocals), Dickon Kyme Wright on keys & backing vocals, Philip McIntyre on guitar & backing vocals, Ste Pearce on bass and drummer Malcolm Law.
The Karpets can play all of Inspirals Greatest Hits as well as the whole of theband’s Revenge of the Goldfish album and a healthy selection of obscure B-side and fan favourites.
The live experience is raw, dynamic, punky & energetic. The band play like their very existence depends on it with humour, skill and volume.
BLACK GRAPE could only have been made in Manchester. The swagger, fun and cryptic humour seem hewn from a city historian AJP Taylor once described as offering an archetypally different wayof English urban life to London. Both Shaun Ryder and Paul Leveridge, known as Kermit, came from edgy-but-cool parts of the city. In Shaun’s case Salford, with Kermit originating Moss Side.
So we have two restlessly creative men, both from the wrong side of the tracks, neither inclined to go to art school or enrol on an MFA programme, yet loaded with street smarts and musical talent, and wanting the world. Good old punk had told every scally they could have it, and a generation of us went for it in our own ways, with varying degrees of success. Shaun’s astonishing rise and fall with the Happy Mondays is the stuff of legend.
As the friendship developed, so too did a stunning collaboration. It’s Great When You’re Straight...Yeah,the ironically entitled album, which gave a nod to their hook up as drugs buddies around the grizzled fag end of Happy Mondays and Kermit’s band The Ruthless Rap Assassins. It was a storming phoenix rising from the ashes of theother projects that seemed to have run their course.
It’s Great When YourS traight...Yeah wa sone of my favourite albums of, well I’m calling Shaun from the airport in Milan, and he’s assuring me it was over twenty years ago. Black Grape followed this up with Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, which, while not hitting the giddy heights of its predecessor, had enough moments to cement the band as a fixture.Then...nothing. Till now.
Shaun’s triumphs, struggles and diversions have been well documented. The usual contract and money hassles, abest-selling account of life in the Mondays, a stunning electropunk album from nowhere in Amateur Night in the Big Top, a serious and informativeinvestigation of UFO’s as an author and broadcaster, a reality TV bon vivant and finally, a life as a clean-living family man, which has supplanted hisold ways. And of course, there was the reformation of the Happy Mondays.
Years of hard living, however, had taken their toll on Kermit. He would develop health issues making a remarkable recovery from his life-threatening condition and operation, and this would bethe catalyst for another Black Grape collaboration.
Black Grape are back on the road,and with new album Pop Voodoo that really does rock the **** out of the discotheque. It’s a rewind to over twenty years ago and the glory days. Shaun’s word play has never been deployed to such devastating effect, and he scores a bullseye whether he hits the obvious targets (Trump), and the more obscure ones...well, find out for yourself. The world is in a bit of a state right now,and bull reigns more than ever, and perversely disguised as candour. We need Manc street sass, intelligence and wit more than ever right now. This album has that in spades.
Pop Voodoo was released on 4thAugust 2017 on UMC.
‘Pop Voodoo’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6A96gcAL_I
‘I Wanna Be Like You’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miN10i08I78
‘Nine Lives’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJLePBg0DVU
The Floyd Effect - "The Pink Floyd Tribute Show"
The music of Pink Floyd as it was meant to be heard
Pink Floyd’s recording career spanned almost three decades and, for its 10th Anniversary, The Floyd Effect has chosen two of the band’s most remarkable albums to create The Bell And The Moon tour 2018. Spotlighting the music of The Division Bell (1994) and a complete, unbroken performance of the iconic Dark Side Of The Moon (1973), concerts will also include tracks from Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall, delighting Pink Floyd fans everywhere.
The Floyd Effect is renowned for the remarkable accuracy with which it performs the music of Pink Floyd. All of the band’s members are top quality musicians with pedigrees that stretch across all manner of musical genres, and they faithfully recreate the music and intensity of a Pink Floyd concert without recourse to backing tracks, racks of computers, or other technological wizardry. Every note that you hear is played and sung by the band, making each concert a genuine ‘live’ experience; powerful, immersive and emotional. And, of course, the music is supported by a dramatic light show that incorporates the iconic circular screen, two sets of projections, smoke and lasers.
Sit back and enjoy The Floyd Effect as the band takes you on a journey through the music of Pink Floyd. Unless you were there the first time around, it was never as real as this.
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Twitter Fan Feed: @FloydEffectFans
Direct link to promo reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ_zBQpclMw
In August 1968 fouryoung musicians convened in a small rehearsal room in London and performed anold Johnny Burnette song ‘Train Kept A-Rollin’.
This was the birth of Led Zeppelin.
Little did Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant or John Bonham realise atthe time what the future held for them but within a very short period of timethey were the biggest band in the world and despite disbanding in 1980 theystill are.
Throughout 2018 Whole Lotta Led will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of thebirth of Led Zeppelin with a show that will include songs from all of theirstudio albums, ranging from their beautiful acoustic songs to the huge anthemswe have come to know and love.
Now in their 22nd year, Whole Lotta Led are widely regarded as the closest tothe original that you will ever hear with their five piece line-up reproducingthe songs as near to the album versions as possible.
50 years on Led Zeppelin’s influence and importance is as strong as ever, WholeLotta Led are here to demonstrate why.
BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry &Blondie tribute band, the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB’s inNew York City before it's demise in 2006 and to have the honour to be mentionedon Blondie’s 11th album ‘Pollinator’. Debbie Harris and BootlegBlondie have played the Isle Of Wight Festival, the 100 Club, the HammersmithPalais, The Electric Ballroom in London, and Eric’s in Liverpool. Having openedfor amongst others Tony Hadley and David Essex, they have built up theirreputation and fan base, headlining their own tours and can be seen at all themajor venues and festivals around the UK and Europe. ‘Thank you for your support’ CHRIS STEIN 'Hey Debbie and Andy congratulations, rock thehouse!' DEBBIE HARRY AND BLONDIE
Lead vocalistDebbie Harris appeared on two shows for BBC1 when she was picked out of 15,000applicants to represent Debbie Harry on ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’hosted by Paddy McGuinness.
The show drew in nearly 4 million viewers on the pilot episode alone.
Debbie Harris and the boys have met the REAL Blondie and are officiallyendorsed by the band. Debbie Harry got in touch in 2006 when she heard we wereplaying CBGB’s in New York City to wish us good luck with our show and whenClem Burke, Blondie's charismatic drummer, found out that we were making areplica of his Premier drum kit, he arranged a meet up to sign the Bootleg’sbass drum skin. ‘During the 2010 Blondie tour of the UK we took Clem out for atrip around London in our tour bus, he signed that too!!!!’
In 2014 Clem invited Debbie and Andy to a recording session at the FooFighters’ famous 606 Studio in Los Angeles, where they saw Clem and the awesomeNeve mixing desk in action!
Debbie and Andy got married in March 2016 and to their great delight receivedtwo video clips from both Blondie and Debbie Harry herself congratulating themon their wedding day. What a wedding present!
And probably the best Xmas present in the world ever was in 2016 when ClemBurke came along to a Bootleg Blondie gig and actually got up and played drumson stage with the band! He said afterwards that watching and playing withBootleg Blondie was very emotional. Well Bootleg Blondie were very touched byClem’s presence!!!
Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice andthe attitude of the original Blondie bombshell and like her heroine istypically outrageous on stage. She has been known to wear dustbin liners, thighlength boots and t.shirts with more holes than t.shirt! Debbie's pride & joy is her guitar whichshe plays at every show and is signed by all the Blondie band members.
Debbie Harris is the niece of the celebrated singer and actress Shani Walliswho played Nancy in Lionel Bart’s musical film 'Oliver'!
‘Good luck with your show!’ DEBBIE HARRY
'Playing with Bootleg Blondie wasvery emotional' CLEM BURKE
BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry &Blondie tribute band, the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB’s inNew York City before it's demise in 2006 and to have the honour to be mentionedon Blondie’s 11th album ‘Pollinator’.
Debbie Harris and BootlegBlondie have played the Isle Of Wight Festival, the 100 Club, the HammersmithPalais, The Electric Ballroom in London, and Eric’s in Liverpool. Having openedfor amongst others Tony Hadley and David Essex, they have built up theirreputation and fan base, headlining their own tours and can be seen at all themajor venues and festivals around the UK and Europe.
‘Thank you for your support’ CHRIS STEIN
'Hey Debbie and Andy congratulations, rock thehouse!' DEBBIE HARRY AND BLONDIE