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

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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 – SPACE ELEVATOR

SPACE ELEVATOR – their second album ‘II’ is out now and they will be spreading the word about Nordoff Robbins via social media on the day. They mix pop and rock in their sound led by the flamboyant The Duchess.

‘II’ album review

ELO ‘Secret Messages’ vinyl only re-issue plus six added songs

The secret messages are calling to me endlessly
They call to me across the air
The messages across the atmosphere
They whisper in your ear, they’re calling everywhere…

Today, June 5, marks the 35th anniversary of Secret Messages. To celebrate, here’s a “secret message”:

For the first time ever, ELO’s Secret Messages will be released as a double album on August 3rd! This 2LP release adds six tracks to its running order, all with cutting-edge synthesizers and up-front guitar mastery. Listen as Jeff Lynne’s eclectic creation of self-written, self-produced songs come to life as originally conceived in 1983.

Pre-order here: https://lnk.to/SecretMessages

Note: This is a vinyl LP release. It will go up on streaming services on release day.

The Rockin’ Chair Spotify playlist

A Spotify playlist to reflect the current tunes I am enjoying via reviewing for Get Ready To Rock! plus a few past gems. I have a wide ranging musical taste as for me the melody is king 🙂 Hopefully you will find a few tunes you like…

FIVE GRAND STEREO tour dates & new single ‘Anyone Can Be a Star’

LONDON 28 March, The Islington – buy on night
LEICESTER 7 April, The Musician* –
buy tickets
DUBLIN 10 April, Grand Social – buy tickets
LIMERICK – 11 April, Dolan’s (Kasbah) – buy tickets

* Supporting The Della Grants
The new single ‘Anyone Can Be A Star’ is out now
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLX2m6wEcIM

KIM WILDE’s new single ‘Kandy Krush’

Following the declaration of intent of lead single ‘Pop Don’t Stop’ Kim Wilde releases the thrill ride of raucous second single ‘Kandy Krush’.

‘Pop Don’t Stop’ was playlisted on BBC Radio 2, declared “a huge pop anthem” by the Express and a “pop wrecking ball that’s about to smash its way through your brain” by Popjustice and included the prescient lyrics “The seasons come and go again and what was old is new again.”

Kim Wilde’s return to recording isn’t a comeback, but it does mark a fresh start in the iconic singer’s extraordinary career. Proud of her past, but focused on the future, Kim has never stopped singing or selling out tours – she has played more shows in the past decade than ever before, finding fans in countries she never dreamed she’d visit and turning new generations on to her songs – such huge hits as ‘Kids In America’, ‘Chequered Love’, ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ and ‘Cambodia’.

Named after a real-life Close Encounter that occurred in Kim’s back garden in 2009, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ contains 12 tracks of swagger and sweetness that delve in to disco, new wave, electro and glam rock, but are really just smart, stylish, arms-aloft pop. From the slinky, stomp-along opener 1969 and the electro monster ‘Stereo Shot’ to the shimmering ballad ‘Solstice’, the addictive, riff-drenched ‘A Different Story’ and the boisterous ‘Birthday’, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ pairs Kim’s trademark lust for life with the strongest set of songs of her nearly 40 year career.

Vocally, Kim has never sounded better, the result of a hectic gig and festival schedule that has taken Kim and her six-strong band around the world for the past decade, playing not only her classic ‘80s tracks, but the hits she has continued to enjoy throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Asia up to the present day. In fact, it’s in Britain where Kim has been off the road the most.

“I’ve played more in the past 15 years than I did in the first two decades of my career,” says Kim, the UK’s most successful female pop star of the 80s, whose early tours included opening for David Bowie and Michael Jackson. “My band and I have headlined several tours abroad, but this is the first one for almost 30 years at home. But I’ve had fantastic experiences here touring with Rewind and Let’s Rock so our fans know that they have a very special place in my heart. I cannot wait to see them all up close and personal.”

A true family affair, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ was largely co-written by Kim and Ricky (who produced the record) and also features her niece Scarlett, who has played in the band for a decade and sings and songwrites on the album. The multi-talented Scarlett is also responsible for the album’s phenomenal artwork.

Here Come The Aliens tracklisting
1 -1969 – written by Kim Wilde & Ricky Wilde.
2 – Pop Don’t Stop (duet with Ricky Wilde) – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
3 – Kandy Krush – written by Kim, Ricky, Frederick Thomander & Anders Wikström (‘Epicentre’).
4 – Stereo Shot – written by Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
5 – Yours Til The End – written by Ricky Wilde & Neil Jones.
6 – Solstice – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
7 – Addicted To You – written by Sean J Vincent, Ricky, & Roxanne Wilde.
8 – Birthday – written by Ricky, Scarlett Wilde & Shane Lee.
9 – Cyber.Nation.War – written by Kim & Ricky.
10 – Different Story – written by Kim, Frederick Thomander & Anders Wikström (‘Epicentre’).
11 – Rock the Paradiso – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
12 – Rosetta (duet with Frida Sundemo) – written by Kim & Ricky.

Here Come The Aliens tour dates:
March 2018
30th Fri Ipswich Regent Theatre
31st Sat Southend Cliffs Pavilion
April 2018
2nd Mon Glasgow Old Fruit Market
4th Wed Bath The Forum
5th Thu Torquay Princess Theatre
6th Fri Yeovil Westlands
7th Sat Bournemouth The Pavilion Theatre
11th Wed Wrexham William Aston Hall
12th Thu Preston The Guildhall
13th Fri Sheffield Plug
15th Sun York Barbican
16th Mon Gateshead The Sage
19th Thu Halifax The Victoria Theatre
20th Fri Buxton Opera House
21st Sat Birmingham Town Hall
22nd Sun Salisbury City Hall
24th Tue Hastings The White Rock Theatre
26th Thu London Koko
30th Mon Salford The Lowry