Ticketmaster Best Live Act Award 2018 vote now

Nordoff Robbins the music therapy charity in the UK, is putting the call out to music fans everywhere to decide which live act should take home the Ticketmaster Best Live Act Award 2018 at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards on 6 July in London. This is the only fan-voted award.

The eleven nominees were chosen by a panel of music industry experts who sifted through Ticketmaster’s most searched artists who performed in the UK between March 2017 and March 2018. Jeff Lynne’s ELO was nominated along with Adele, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Harry Styles, Iron Maiden, Stormzy, The xx, and U2.

To vote, visit the Ticketmaster UK website: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/best-live-act

You can also vote by sending a tweet to @NordoffRobbins1 using the hashtag #BLAJeffLynnesELO or the other artists on the shortlist, excuse my ELO bias!

Voting closes June 25th


iCon Trilogy re-released with bonus tracks – out now

The John Wetton Estate and Geoffrey Downes are pleased to announce the re-release of the iCon Trilogy of albums, now remastered with bonus tracks in six panel digipacks.

The re-releases have been personally overseen by Geoff Downes and are intended to be a return to the marketplace of individual albums for fans who may wish to purchase a definitive edition.

Of his song-writing relationship and the formation of iCon, Geoff Downes says, “Throughout my entire career, there is no doubt in my mind, that some of my proudest achievements have been the songs that I wrote with the late John Wetton. Not only were we great friends, but also blood brothers in the song-writing department. His magic rubbed off on me immensely, and outside of the hugely successful Asia template, we decided to step out together with our Icon project. It was a ‘bromance’ made in heaven, because here we had the chance to expand our innermost thoughts and variety of influences, without interference. It was effectively ‘us’. We also had the luxury of working with some of the finest musicians in the world who were willing participants in the project.”

For fans of the whole iCon legacy, a box set is being planned out featuring these albums and all the other recordings of the iCon duo, including previously unreleased material.

Geoff Downes continues,“The Wetton Downes Icon catalogue spans across some 4 studio albums, this trilogy plus a prequel album called Zero and various live releases, and incorporates some of our greatest collaborations I firmly believe, and I am happy to impart the news that this entire body of work is being re-released with all of the bonus tracks and some previously unheard renditions of our classic songs. It is in fact Icon in its entirety. If you appreciate the music of John & I, then I sincerely hope you will appreciate these re-issues. Please sit back and enjoy. I know John would be equally proud to see these projects back on the market. All of these recordings mark special periods in our personal and creative lives.  

“’Icon 1′ was the foundation of the Asia reunion. ‘Rubicon’ is thronged with the mysticism, symbolism and multi layers that illuminate John’s lyrical prowess, virtually unrivaled in any era of creativity. John married events occurring in both our personal lives with Classical events in Roman History, crossing the Rubicon, the die is cast and some intensely personal reflections. His vocal performance is astounding. I look forward to discussing this amazing period in our lives at greater length in the box set planned for Christmas 2019.

“’Icon 3′ was a further milestone for us, with Dave Kilminster reuniting with John, a Japanese tour and possibly the most fulfilling DVD I have ever been involved in, Urban Psalm, filmed in St Mary Le Bow Church. I could reflect for hours and hours, take up the entire booklet, but for now…May our music live on forever.”

The albums are OUT NOW on the duo’s own Epicon Records via Cherry Red.

To purchase John Wetton & Geoff Downes iCon Zero:

iCon: http://geni.us/iCon1
iCon II Rubicon: http://geni.us/iCon2
iCon 3: http://geni.us/iCon3

A previous re-release of the Wetton/Downes recordings of the 1980s, re-vitalised and re-packaged as iCon Zero continues to be available on Amazon (http://geni.us/icon0) and iTunes (http://geni.us/icon0dig).

Official Websites: www.johnwetton.com and www.geoffdownes.com

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – ANDREW W.K.

Very honoured to have ANDREW W.K. as the patron of Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019. He is a perfect fit for helping promote the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity and musical therapy, with his stated eternal mission to defend and promote human joy, and the never-ending collective search to find truth through partying and music. His latest album ‘You’re Not Alone’ was released in March and below is one of the songs from it –

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – LETZ ZEP

Led Zeppelin tribute band Letz Zep play Vitoria in Spain on February 8 and will be plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins via their social media. They don’t half tour a lot as well as can be seen by the gigs list below…

June 22, 2018 WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23 United Kingdom
June 23, 2018 Hertford – Corn Exchange United Kingdom
August 16, 2018 CHEPSTOW – Monsters of Roc United Kingdom
August 17, 2018 Prestwich – Longfield Suite United Kingdom
August 18, 2018 LUSTADT, Open Air Germany
September 7, 2018 HULL – Welly Club United Kingdom
September 8, 2018 BRIGHOUSE – Venue 73 United Kingdom
September 22, 2018 REDDITCH – John Bonham – A Celebration United Kingdom
September 28, 2018 NEWPORT – Strings Bar Venue United Kingdom
September 29, 2018 EASTBOURNE – Bandstand United Kingdom
November 16, 2018 SEVENOAKS Stag Theatre United Kingdom
November 17, 2018 HASLEMERE – Haslemere Hall United Kingdom
November 30, 2018 COTTBUS, Gladhouse Germany
December 7, 2018 NEURUPPIN, Kulturhaus Stadtgarten Germany
December 8, 2018 ERFURT, HsD Germany
December 14, 2018 NURMBURG – Hirsch Germany
December 15, 2018 Vacha – Vachwerk Germany
January 8, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – Zenith Arena LILLE France
January 10, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – OLYMPIA PARIS France
January 13, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ZENITH CAEN France
January 15, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – BREST ARENA France
January 16, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – LE LIBERTE RENNES France
January 20, 2019 Rock LEGENDS – Kursaal Oostend Belgium
January 22, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – LES ARENES DE METZ France
January 25, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ZENITH – SAINT ETIENNE – France
January 26, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ARCADIUM – ANNECY France
January 27, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – L’ AXONE – MONTBELIARD France
January 29, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – LE SILO MARSEILLE France
February 2, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ZENITH D’AUVERGNE France
February 3, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS- SUMMUM – GRENOBLE France
February 5, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ZENITH DE DIJON – France
February 8, 2019 VITORIA – Jimmy Jazz Spain
February 9, 2019 PAMPLONA – Auditorio Burlada Spain
February 10, 2019 SANTANDER – Escenario Santander Spain
February 12, 2019 MADRID – Teatro Rialto Spain
February 14, 2019 VILLADOLID – Porta Caeli Spain
February 15, 2019 Lleida – Cafe del teatre Spain
February 16, 2019 BARCELONA – Barts Spain
March 2, 2019 HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome United Kingdom
March 7, 2019 BERLIN – Columbia Theatre Germany
March 9, 2019 REGENSBURG Germany
March 15, 2019 ONSABRUCK – Rosenhof Germany
March 22, 2019 DEAL – Astor Theatre United Kingdom
March 29, 2019 LONDON – Borderline United Kingdom
April 5, 2019 DRESDEN – Tante Ju Germany
April 12, 2019 AMSTERDAM – Melkweg Netherlands
April 26, 2019 LIVERPOOL – Epstein Theatre United Kingdom
April 27, 2019 MATLOCK BATH – Fishponds United Kingdom
May 3, 2019 MANSFIELD – The Diamond United Kingdom




Bad Touch are pleased to announce they have signed a worldwide album deal with Marshall Records. Their new album, “Shake A Leg”, will be released on Friday 5th October 2018. The band will support the release with their “Shake A Leg” 18-date UK headline tour that starts on Wednesday 14th October at Newcastle University Union.

Planet Rock will start a 48-hour ticket pre-sale for the tour on Wednesday 20th June via www.planetrocktickets.co.uk. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday 22nd June from www.badtouchrocks.co.uk/gigs-tours and www.seetickets.com.

The band’s highly anticipated third album, “Shake A Leg”, was recorded in their home county of Norfolk at Orange Tree Studios. Engineered, produced and mixed by Andy Hodgson, the new album follows the critically acclaimed 2016 release “Truth Be Told” which featured the rock radio hit “99%”.

“Shake A Leg” takes a more personal and ambitious approach in song-writing and production due to the bands choice to write more spontaneously within the studio itself resulting in more emotional ‘in-the-moment’ performances. The new album features hand-picked songs that originate from a collective of all the members influences which they proudly wear on their sleeve.


TICKETS: www.planetrocktickets.co.uk

Newcastle, University Union     Wednesday 17 October

Glasgow, Classic Grand                 Thursday 18 October

Inverness, Ironworks                     Friday 19 October

Edinburgh, Bannerman’s              Saturday 20 October

Manchester, Academy 3               Wednesday 31 October

Derby, The Flowerpot                   Thursday 1 November

Hull, Früit                                           Friday 2 November

Sheffield, Corporation                  Saturday 3 November

Leeds, The Wardrobe                    Monday 5 November

Stockton-on-Tees, ARC                 Tuesday 6 November

Stoke-On-Trent, Eleven                Thursday 8 November

Norwich, The Waterfront            Friday 9 November

London, ULU Live                            Saturday 10 November

Southampton, The 1865                Thursday 15 November

Bridgewater, Cobblestones        Friday 16 November

Saltash, Livewire                             Saturday 17 November

Oxford, The Bullingdon                Sunday 18 November

Wolverhampton, The Robin 2    Monday 19 November

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD

Delighted to have instrumental progressive band the Fierce and the Dead involved. Their latest album ‘The Euphoric’ is out now and below is ‘Truck’ from that album –

‘Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ Return in 2019 for a UK & European Tour

I saw them last year at the London Palladium and they are well worth seeing…

‘Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ Return in 2019 for a UK & European Tour to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s Debut Album

Marking fifty years since the release of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album – and its follow-up, Led Zeppelin II – Australia’s celebrated live concert event Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters will return to the UK for ten-dates in April 2019 as part of their European tour.

Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Vince Contarino and bolstered by the breathtaking might of the thirty-five-piece The Black Dog Orchestra, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters features no fewer than eighteen Led Zeppelin classics.

From the raw, metallic blues of Whole Lotta Love to the epic Stairway to Heaven and the sheer exhilaration of Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters celebrates the timeless musical legacy of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones with a no-holds-barred concert performing the masterpieces of Led Zeppelin.

Having performed numerous sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House and nationwide tours across Australia, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ debut UK tour in 2017 was so successful their 2019 return will preceded by eight dates in mainland Europe for the first time.

Vince Contarino said, “To be able to come back to the UK means the world to us. We were welcomed graciously and treated with the utmost respect when we toured the UK for the first time in 2017, despite being an unknown and unproven act in the UK. To be asked back for an even bigger tour is hugely gratifying. We are feeling the love, and we’re going to be coming back over to give it back by the truckload.”

Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ debut UK tour received glowing praise from both Led Zeppelin fans and the music critics alike – including Dave Lewis the editor of the world-famous Led Zeppelin fanzine Tight But Loose, who said the band’s performance of The Rain Song was “quite simply one of the best performances of a Zep song performed by a band that were not Led Zeppelin I’ve ever witnessed.”

Vince said, “We were taken aback by the reception we received. We loved that the UK audiences are so demonstrative – the energy is amazing. We are also still in disbelief when we look back at the reviews the press gave us throughout the first tour. They were so positive and encouraging. In fact, as the reviews were coming in we just kept trying harder and harder each night, so as to keep the standard up.

With the tour falling in between the anniversaries of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album and its follow-up, Led Zeppelin II, released in March and October of 1969, respectively, Vince admits the timing of the tour is a happy coincidence, “It was only when we saw the tour dates that we realised the timing was perfect. Look at it this way, spending time with friends is a blessing and a great thing to do, but if there is a good reason to celebrate, like a birthday or an anniversary, then crack out the champagne and let’s party!”

The ten-date UK tour will begin at Liverpool’s Philharmonic on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, and end at London’s Eventim Apollo on Sunday, 14th April.

Tickets are on sale now, available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Don’t miss this explosive celebration of the music of Led Zeppelin as one of the most ambitious concerts ever to meet the stage returns to the UK. Way, way down inside, you need it!

The full list of European tour dates for Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ is as follows:


Sat 23rd            Bergen             Grieghallen     (http://www.grieghallen.no/display.aspx?menuid=&prodid=1173)

Sun 24th           Oslo                 Konserthus     (https://www.oslokonserthus.no/program/led-zeppelin-masters/)

Wed 27th          Utrecht            Tivoli              (https://www.tivolivredenburg.nl/agenda/stairway-to-heaven-led-zeppelin-masters-27-03-2019/)
Thu 28th           Groningen       De Osterpoort (https://www.de-oosterpoort.nl/programma/led-zeppelin-masters/)

Sat 30th            Brussels           Cirque Royal   (https://www.ticketmaster.be/artist/stairway-to-heaven-tickets/492573?language=en-us)

Sun 31st           Eindhoven       Musiekgebouw (https://www.muziekgebouweindhoven.nl/Led_Zeppelin_Masters)

April 2019

Tue 2nd             Liverpool        Philharmonic              0151 709 3789            liverpoolphil.com

Wed 3rd           Cardiff             St Davids                     029 2087 8444            stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

Fri 5th               Newcastle       City Hall                       0844 811 21 21           theatreroyal.co.uk

Sat 6th              Edinburgh       Usher Hall                   0131 228 1155            usherhall.co.uk

Sun 7th            Manchester      Bridgewater                 0161 907 9000            bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Tue 9th             Nottingham     Royal Concert Hall     0115 989 5555            trch.co.uk

Wed 10th         Portsmouth      Guildhall                     023 9387 0200            portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

Fri 12th             Southend        Cliffs Pavilion            01702 351 135            southendtheatres.org.uk

Sat 13th            Birmingham    Symphony Hall           0121 780 3333            thsh.co.uk

Sun 14th           London            Eventim Apollo          020 8563 3800            eventimapollo.com