FRONTIERS MUSIC presents NEW BREED NIGHT featuring DOOMSDAY OUTLAW/ DIRTY THRILLS/THE BRINK at The Black Heart, Camden 26.04.18

Frontiers Music srl is proud to present the next generation of rock legends. The first edition of ‘Frontiers – New Breed Night’ features three of the label’s recent UK signings and takes place at The Black Heart in Camden, North London on 26th April. An eclectic triple bill is co-headlined by DOOMSDAY OUTLAW and DIRTY THRILLS, with support from THE BRINK.

DOOMSDAY OUTLAW is a ten-legged hard rock, blues tinged juggernaut based in darkest Derbyshire. Coupling huge riffs and killer grooves with soaring, soulful vocals to deliver timeless tales of heartbreak and redemption, the group is set to show off its distinctive sound to the legions of hard rock faithful around the globe via a new album, ‘Hard Times’, which is set for worldwide release via Frontiers in May 2018. A song from the album entitled ‘Spirit That Made Me’ can be heard here : bit.ly/2nAXuSu

Dirty Thrills are a young, exciting and charismatic London based hard rock quartet who play bluesy rock ‘n’ roll with an appealing filthy edge, churning out endless crowd pleasers that make guitar music sound sexy again. Each member’s influences combine to produce a sound reminiscent of Queens Of The Stone Age, The Black Keys and Rival Sons. Their acclaimed second album, ‘Heavy Living’, was released in October 2017, subsequent to which they have toured extensively.

Producing a vibrant new 21st Century form of balls-to-the-wall Rock n’ Roll, and with a reputation as one of the hardest working young bands around, The Brink will release their debut album in late Weaving delicate vocal and instrumental harmonies around hard, driving riffs, they have created a fresh new style and already enticed fans of several rock sub-genres. Armed with fist-pumping anthems and solid ballads befitting of early Def Leppard and Bon Jovi, backed up with an exciting live show full of youthful vivacity, The Brink surely belong on the stadium stage.

A video for a song from early 2017 entitled ’Never Again’ can be seen here : bit.ly/2EICAM2

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Cool Britannia festival

Feeder and Razorlight have been confirmed to play the new music festival Cool Britannia. The festival will take place at Knebworth — the stately home of rock – from Friday 31st August–Sunday 2nd September.

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The bands join the stellar line-up including headliners Happy Mondays and Ocean Colour Scene as well as supporting artists Embrace, The Lightning Seeds, Peter Hook & The Light, Cast, Heather Small, Dodgy, Space, Toploader and The South on the main stage.

The festival will also see the premier of ‘Britpop Classical’ which will feature a full orchestra together with rock band and guest soloists including The Farm’s Peter Hooton, Republica’s Saffron and Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, with others to be announced, performing unique versions of Britpop classics.

Cool Britannia has also teamed up with the legendary Ministry of Sound. Housed in the Big Top, they will feature some of the best club DJs of the era including Todd Terry, Brandon Block, Jazzie B and Alfredo.

Outside the rocking arena, Cool Britannia will be tending to the needs of rock & dance music fans with camping, glamping, street food, themed bars, street entertainers, funfairs, kid-zone, fireworks, trade stands, karaoke and much more.

Tickets are on sale via the official festival website http://www.coolbritanniafest.com

Fifty Gigs In A Day – thank you for your support :)

Fifty Gigs In A Day was a great success with over £190 raised and lots of interest and awareness raised in the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity. There was an acoustic gig on Facebook by Paul Stead of the Darker My Horizon (which can still be viewed here), mentions at shows by Fairport Convention, Erasure (who’s tweet about Fifty Gigs raised lots of responses and retweets), Will Lawson, the Tannahill Weavers and Josh Taerk, plus Michael Armstrong with his wonderful cover of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’, which was number 1 back in February 1968. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, discovering some wonderful new music along the way including Will Lawson, Josh Smith and Dorja and most importantly getting Nordoff Robbins and their amazing work in musical therapy more widely known.

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A BIG thank you to my daughter for the Fifty Gigs logo; my wife for her patience and support as this idea started back in June last year and Mark Shaw for helping drum up some support amongst musicians and to all the musicians and comedians who supported Fifty Gigs In A Day, namely –

Accept, Michael Armstrong, Tim Arnold, Bill Bailey, Alistair Barrie, Black Moth, Brad Mitchell and Bread Over Bombs, Alex James Brierley, Ed Byrne, John Coghlan’s Quo, Credo, The Darker My Horizon, Dorja, Erasure, Fairport Convention, Fisherman’s Friends, Five Grand Stereo, Steve Hackett, Half Man, Half Biscuit, Dave Hanson, Richard Herring, India Electric Co, IT,  The Jive Aces, King’s Singers, Will Lawton, John Young/Lifesigns, Mama playing the music of Genesis, Marillion, Massive Wagons, Moon Safari, PictureHouse, Progressive Gears, Eddi Reader, Josh Smith, Josh Taerk, The Tannahill Weavers, Steve Vantsis/Tilt, Uncle Sid, Rufus Wainwright, Adam Wakeman  & Damian Wilson, Dan Walsh, Yes. Y&T

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

Thank you all for your support be it by reading these emails, the blog posts, visiting the artists and Nordoff Robbins websites, making a donation or going to/watching one of the gigs.

KINO announce new single ‘The Dead Club’

Last week, Kino announced the release of their new album ‘Radio Voltaire’, arriving 13 years after the band’s much-loved debut ‘Picture’ back in 2005. Out on the 23rd March 2018, it sees John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot) & Pete Trewavas (Marillion) teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums & John Beck (It Bites) guesting on keyboards.

Now they are pleased to reveal ‘The Dead Club’, the first track to be taken from the album, and you can listen to it now here:

John Mitchell comments: “Ladies and gentlemen!…Welcome to the Dead Club! Here is where all the wannabe rock stars hang out. It’s a place where petulant arrested development is encouraged, and to overdose makes you an iconic martyr in a rather timeless clichéd fashion. Beware false idols and remember at all times…..it’s only music….it’s light entertainment, nothing deserving of too much merit, much less a medal J”

The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download. Digital pre-orders on iTunes and Amazon receive ‘The Dead Club’ immediately. Pre-order now here: https://kinomusic.lnk.to/RadioVoltaire

Recorded at the end of 2017, writing began at the end of that Summer. “We actually began the writing process in late August” says John Mitchell. “Pete had a few tunes and so did I, and we went from there.” Mitchell and Trewavas were both a crucial part of the original band more than a decade ago, with the former providing lead vocals and guitar parts, while the latter played his trademark bass lines and also contributed backing vocals.

Keyboard player John Beck, who is also a bandmate of Mitchell’s in It Bites, has been brought back. But while he was fully involved on the debut album, this time his role is that of a guest musician. “Yes, I am delighted to say we’ve got John on board. His keyboard playing is splattered throughout the album, and I’ve also done the odd keyboard part myself.” The task of drummer this time fell to Craig Blundell, as Mitchell explains: “This time around Craig was the obvious choice to be the drummer, as far as I was concerned. I have worked with him so much that there was nobody else in the frame.”

Of the albums direction, Mitchell illustrates: “The title sounds very cool and obviously there’s a connection with the band Cabaret Voltaire. But Voltaire himself (the 18th century French philosopher) had a fascination with death, which appealed to me. He also stood for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. On top of that, I love the idea of a radio station that would reflect his views on life and cut through the bullshit which seems to be all over politics. Now, that is the type of radio station I think would reflect what a lot of us want to hear.”

The Darker My Horizon acoustic gig 8 Feb 2018

Next week a live acoustic Facebook gig in aid of Nordoff Robbins, please watch and support if you can…

On Thursday 8th February at 8pm (UK time) we are streaming a live acoustic performance by Paul Stead from our official The Darker my Horizon Facebook page.

It’s for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

It’s free to watch, and your support – and knowing you are tuned in – would mean the world to us.

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Paul will be playing songs from #Acquiesce#NoSuperhero and#PhoenixVol1.

Watching & interacting would be extremely cool of you, but if you could donate just a couple of £€$ to the cause as your concert ticket price we’d be extremely grateful, as would Nordoff Robins. Thank you kindly. #TDmHfamily#NordoffRobbins

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Fifty Gigs In A Day: ALEX JAMES BRIERLEY

Up and coming singer songwriter Alex James Brierley is kindly supporting Fifty Gigs with social media posts on the day. His new EP ‘Listen’ is reviewed here.

Fifty Gigs In A Day: MASSIVE WAGONS

mwHard rock ‘n rollers Massive Wagons are appearing at the Rockmantic weekend in Carlisle on Feb 9th and are kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day.