The Stereophonics are set to release their 8th studio album, Graffiti on the Train, this coming Monday. Despite three of the songs being released as singles already, you can listen to the entire album on the Telegraph website.
Along with many other fans of the band, I have been waiting for a number of years since Keep Calm and Carry On for this new album and after listening to it online, I am not disappointed. The standard version, and the deluxe edition, are both on pre-sale in many places but In A Moment, Indian Summer and Violins and Tambourines are all out now and offer a great idea as to what the album entails.
The band are best known for hits including Dakota, Superman, A Thousand Trees, Vegas Two Times, Moviestar, Have A Nice Day and a duet with Tom Jones in his Mamma Told Me Not To Come.
Ever since I could remember, holidays took weeks if not months planning in advance. Flights had to be booked as early as possible. Up until now, the shortest time I’ve had to prepare for a holiday is somewhat four months. Up until now of course, where little over 48 hours was really the fine line.
I shall set the mood for you back to when the idea first came into question.
It was a drunken Monday evening and the four of us had been on the topic of Mickey’s monthly adventure and that was where, I think, the joking about began. I have a vague idea of what happened next but it resulted in the booking of a city break to Amsterdam, later that week. Continue reading
It is with great excitement that I can write about the upcoming Rock and Pop Festival this year organised by the Solihull Music Service.
Backstage at last year’s festival
The Midlands based festival is set up by music teachers in Solihull so that young musicians have a platform to build confidence under the limelight and there’s been no better venues than the ones this service has found.
Apart from the festival, smaller gigs are run throughout the year in preparation for the bigger stages. In the time that I was a member of the service, I was doing regular gigs at venues across Birmingham and some of them included the Town Hall and NEC. I was even lucky enough to travel to Liverpool a couple of times to take to the stage at the Cavern Club – famous for the Beatles.
With the economy being the way it is, the future for these gigs and the festival has been a slippery slope but to hear that the festival is returning this year is more than fantastic and the announcement of its new venue, the O2 Academy Birmingham, is excellent.
JULY 13th – 16th .
More information on the festival can be found on their website, and for the music service itself you can find that information here. Tickets for this years festival will be available to purchase for £9 (£7 concessions) very soon but keep that date free in your diary!
Oops indeed as it feels like a lifetime since I last wrote something and I have a variety of excuses too…
The dog ate my computer mouse
I was busy
My internet wasn’t working
My printer ran out of ink
I ran out of music
Okay, so the busy thing is at least half true. With university taking a slight decrease on the whole workload thing, ignoring the french and media law exams coming up, I’ve stepped up and began planning a brand new piece of radio with my friend who has recently joined the main news team with City OnAir. You can hear all of those programs here, but the new one will be epic. I hope. Continue reading
Something which I failed to mention in my previous article, which is slightly important and thats the whole business side of things.
Back in 2011, HMV had 19.1% of all music sales in the United Kingdom. At the same time, Apple’s iTunes had 17.9 – a close battle indeed but HMV were still ahead, just. Amazon managed to take up control of online CD sales by a LOT but these are companies that aren’t based in the UK, unlike HMV. Continue reading
Music is an industry that cannot die for many reasons – not just the fact that I love the stuff. Music is everywhere and as well as being a form of entertainment, it is used as a commodity, a way of messaging and a way of brainwashing people. Everywhere you turn, music is following your every move. It watches you sleep and is the hand that grabs you when you’re in the shower. It is everywhere.
Actually, unlike that creepy hand in the shower; it is in shops, on the bus, on the tube and in your head. It’s on the television, radio (of course), the laundrette and probably your mums kitchen too. Continue reading
Everyone loves muffins, and equally, everyone loves Tetris.
So why not combine them? I did.
I had seen this little gadget advertised around for a few months, waiting for its arrival in the UK after it took off over the great pond in America late last year, but I finally got my hands on one yesterday. Continue reading