Archive for April, 2017

  • Salute Music Makers Launches

    By Chris Wells on April 28, 2017
    TAKE PART IN SALUTE MUSIC MAKERS – A NEW COMPETITION TO FIND THE UK’S BEST NEW, UNSIGNED SONGWRITERS What is it? Salute Music Makers is a brand new online talent search, just launched, to locate our finest young, unsigned songwriters. It costs £20 per track to enter [up to a maximum of four], but there’s every chance you’ll at least […]
  • Top Of The Hill

    By Chris Wells on April 27, 2017
    Rap originals The Sugarhill Gang are about to embark on an early summer, eight-date trek across the UK, supported by The Furious 5 featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio. Kicking off on May 31 at The Welly in Hull, the schedule then runs: Norwich, Waterfront [June 1]; Sheffield, Foundry [2]; Leeds, Brudenell Social Club [4]; Manchester, Gorilla [6]; Liverpool, Hangar […]
  • Jacksons Summer Heat

    By Chris Wells on April 26, 2017
    Pop’s first family The Jacksons have scheduled a whole summer’s worth of live dates across the UK, celebrating an extraordinary half-century in the business. Catch them at: Scarborough, Open Air Theatre [June 17]; Woodstock, Blenheim Palace [18]; Glastonbury Festival [21-25]; Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena [25]; Newmarket, July Racecourse [30]; Glynde Place, Love Supreme Festival [June 30-July 2]; Greenwich Musictime Festival [July […]
  • Love Of The Common People

    By Chris Wells on April 24, 2017
    House of Common are delighted to confirm that Soul II Soul, Norman Jay, Dennis Bovell and Sherwood & Pinch will be joining the lineup at House Of Common 2017. They will play alongside previously announced acts, including festival headliners Madness, De La Soul, RAMJAM stage curator David Rodigan, Toddla T, Dawn Penn, Craig Charles, Hackney Colliery Band and very special guests […]
  • I Am Not Your Negro Showings

    By Chris Wells on April 24, 2017
    Currently picking up excellent reviews Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary based on the work of the groundbreaking author James Baldwin, is set for a an extended run at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, north London. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film has priceless archive footage of Baldwin discussing racial politics and Civil Rights […]
  • I Am Not Your Negro

    By Chris Wells on April 20, 2017
    Movie Review: I Am Not Your Negro Dir. Raoul Peck Such is the power of this extraordinary feature it would still work if the screen were blank and the voiceover the sole protagonist. Samuel L. Jackson’s reading of excerpts from Remember This House, James Baldwin’s unfinished yet illuminating analysis of race relations in America is so heavily freighted with significance, […]
  • MARCH 2017 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on April 14, 2017
  • Brass In Pocket

    By Chris Wells on April 10, 2017
    Check out Hot 8 Brass Band on tour during April and May, performing cuts from their new album On The Spot. 11 Apr   Liquid Room, Edinburgh (UK) 12 Apr   O2 ABC, Glasgow (UK) 13 Apr   The Wardrobe, Leeds (UK) 14 Apr   O2 Academy, Birmingham (UK) 1 May    Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham (UK) 2 May    O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield (UK) 3 […]
  • Two For Badu

    By Chris Wells on April 5, 2017
    Erykah Badu has announced two July shows in London. General-release tickets sold-out just five minutes for the July 6 date at the Hammersmith Apollo, but a second date, on the 7th, has quickly been added. Tickets for the new date are available to purchase now from the Neo Luv website.  Badu will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of her two-time Grammy-winning […]
  • Legend Of The Fall

    By Chris Wells on April 5, 2017
    Having wowed travellers at London’s St. Pancras International recently with an impromptu live performance on the station piano, the man John Legend has announced a nine-date Darkness & Light UK tour schedule, running from the beginning of September. Thus far the diary is: Glasgow, SSE Hydro [September 8]; Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena [9]; Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena [10]; London, O2 [12]; […]