Covid-19 Event & Concert Update

Due to Covid-19 and the government imposed restrictions and guidance, a number of our events are being postponed and cancelled during April and May. If you have bought tickets for one of the shows that is being effected you will be informed by email, either by us directly or via the ticket agent you purchased through. Some shows are being postponed with new dates, so please keep hold of your tickets as they remain valid. If the show is outright cancelled, you will automatically be refunded.

Thank you for your patience and stay safe.

Injury Reserve

Rap trio from Phoenix have started the year off with a bang, dropping track ‘Jawbreaker’ in January and following it up with the release of their eponymous debut album – Injury Reserve.

In support of their latest releases, the band are set to embark on an extensive UK Tour. Catch them on 30th Oct at Phase One in Liverpool.


P.P. Arnold

Five decades after she became a ’60s icon with the timeless pop hit ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’, PP Arnold returns for a live performance at Liverpool Grand Central Hall on 18th October.

Grab your tickets HERE.

Female Voices of Metal


This November and December, a massive package headlined by LEAVES’ EYES (DE) and SIRENIA (NO) will tour all over Europe and the UK, joined by FOREVER STILL (DK), LOST IN GREY (FI) and supported by KASSOGTHA (CH).

LEAVES’ EYES has always been a band of superlatives: The international group has toured on five continents, playing concerts in more than 50 countries. Their live shows are spectacular events with breath taking stage scenery and Vikings on stage! The chart breakers LEAVES’ EYES just released their smashing single NIGHT OF THE RAVENS and a brand-new EP will be in stores at the start of the tour on November 22nd 2019!!! Welcome the Vikings!

Hitting the charts and selling out venues fully packed of happy crowds since 2001, SIRENIA is by now one of the most genre-defining bands of the gothic metal scene. The band will provide the attendees with some of the classical gothic metal masterpieces, as well as the freshest offerings from the Arcane Astral Aeons album.

FOREVER STILL, the fresh hope for Danish female metal scene, have cherished some of the most breath taking songs for every night of the tour. Currently, the band is crashing the listeners’ hearts with their last album Breathe In Colours, released earlier this year.

LOST IN GREY, a new name with yet so powerful and tight Finnish metal sound, are offering the solid melodic death metal foundation, skilfully mixed with lots of different elements ranging from symphonic to folk music. Check out their new album The Waste Land!

KASSOGTHA is hell of a groove machine from Switzerland ready to drop your headbanging faces to the stage front. The band will tour in support to their fresh EP The Call, a haunting mix of melodic, and not so melodic modern metal.

26th Nov – O2 Islington, London
28th Nov – Factory, Manchester


Judge Jules

one of the dance scene’s best-known names for more than three decades, Judge Jules for the first time ever, you’ll be able to experience the iconic tracks that have defined his career through a ten-piece live band.

22nd Nov – The Venue – LSESU, London
17th Jan – The Bread Shed, Manchester

Click HERE for tickets.

Live Forever

Live Forever (A Britpop Tribute Festival) Comes to London in November 2019

There will be Sets from some of the best tribute acts in the country including Definitely Oasis, Blur2, Pulp’d & Lucky Man with more acts to be announced over the coming months.

Definitely Oasis need no introduction and?are now, without doubt,?the best Oasis tribute act there is,?The band regularly?sell out top-class venues up and down the country and have a 5-star review rating from many Oasis fans & promoters alike?it is very clear to see why they are so highly regarded and will put on a show next November you won’t want to miss!

Expect to hear all the Oasis classics like Don’t?Look Back In Anger, Wonderwall, Rock N Roll Star, Supersonic and many more hits & b Sides.

Blur2 are the definitive tribute to Blur. Bringing you all the classic Britpop anthems you know and love like Parklife, Girls & Boys, Country house, Tender and many many many more!

This band will have you thinking its 90s all over again for more info visit:?

Pulp’d?are the Worlds number 1 tribute to Pulp! An authentic and explosive tribute to one of the biggest acts of the Britpop era!?

Featuring all the hits such?as Can You Remember The First Time, Common People, Disco 2000 and Babies with all the legendary attitude of Jarvis Cocker

Lucky Man has been performing all over the country of late to great acclaim from Richard Ashcroft & Verve fans, Andy’s, Ashcroft voice and persona on stage is uncanny, expect to hear all Richard Ashcroft & Verve classics.

Click HERE for tickets.

Sharon Shannon

Legendary Irish accordion maestro Sharon Shannon brings a new live show to Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds on 11th September 2019. Joined by her band, Jim Murray acoustic guitar, Jack Maher electric guitar, vocals and Sean Regan, fiddle, percussion and beatbox, Sharon will perform music from her many albums throughout the years, including 2017’s Sacred Earth.

Recorded at Real Worlds Studios and produced by Robert Plant producer, Justin Adams, Sacred Earth features many tracks with African influences and indeed African musicians as collaborators and guests.

Seckou Keita from Senegal playing Kora and percussion was one of the key collaborators. Now Seckou joins Sharon and her band, as a special guest on the Sacred Earth UK tour 2019.


Elephant Gym

Arguably one of the most important and representing band in Taiwan, Elephant Gym who are known for melodic and emotional bass-driven tracks filled with gentle, beautiful and rhythmic guitar and drum ensembles announced their first UK and EU tour.

19th August – Oslo – London
24th August – Factory – Manchester



Get on down to BATTS live London debut on 12th August at The Social.

BATTS is the project of Melbourne based musician and space enthusiast Tanya Batt. Creating a blend of folk and rock and blending samples collected from space missions courtesy of NASA throughout her music.

BATTS has spent the past 12 months touring Australia with Sharon Van Etten, Didirri, Oliver Tank, Timberwolf and nyck and has also played home town shows supporting The Teskey Brothers, Confidence Man, I Know Leopard, Abbe May and many more Australian favourites as well as American duo Lucius and the British rockers The Magic Numbers. Also in 2018 BATTS embarked on her first international tour to the UK supporting Cub Sport and playing shows with Communion Music and Sounds Australia.

A strong obsession with space and novels helps inspire the concepts and writing within BATTS music. Creating soundscapes that take you on a journey with relatable lyrics to help the listener in whatever way needed. BATTS debut album ‘The Grand Tour’ has just been released into the world on April 12th 2019 through THAA Records and is a concept album based around NASA’s 1977 ‘Voyager’ mission.

Supported by Brooke Bentham


LOVE (ft Johnny Echols)

Love ft. original guitarist, Johnny Echols reunite one final time for a farewell UK tour next June. This is your last chance to see them.

29th June – Liverpool Grand Central Hall
30th June – Òran Mór

Grab tickets for a date in a city near you HERE.

The Wildhearts

The Wildhearts play exclusive show at Liverpool Grand Central Hall on 18th July in support of their latest release ‘Renaissance Men’, their first full-length studio album in 10 years, on Graphite Records. Listen to the cathartic Dislocated above and on all streaming platforms now.

Tickets available HERE

Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan is best known for his award winning spoken word performances. With his rhythmic verse in high gear, he navigates his audience through social and political territory with a furious honesty and a tender humanity that has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Stockholm, and Los Angeles, to name a few. 

Catch him on one of the dates below:

8th June – The Bread Shed
11th June – Cecil Sharp House

Tickets available HERE.

Eagle Eye Cherry London Show

20 Years on, people are still yelling “Save Tonight!” at Eagle-Eye Cherry. A true testament to his impressive song writing abilities, after captivate the world with his huge pop smash back in 90s.


Cherry returns to London to play O2 Academy Islington on 30th May. Tickets available HERE.


Natalie McCool + Abbie Ozard

Two very exclusive shows with our favourite purveyor of pop, Natalie McCool, supported by the equally captivating Abbie Ozard.

Natalie McCool is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and a formidable front woman. She has amassed an army of fans and plenty of critical acclaim with her truly innovative and beautiful take on pop music. Her debut album ‘The Great Unknown’ was supported by BBC Radio 1 amongst a swell of UK press and was accompanied by two headline UK tours, a number of festival appearances (UK and Europe) and shows in South Korea, Japan, Russia and Australia.

Natalie recently completed work on her follow up. A collection of songs that capture and crystallise her memories from both childhood and adulthood, weaving deeply intimate stories that channel life’s most vital thoughts and feelings like love, jealousy and loss into a skewed mixture of lilting yet gloriously catchy pop songs. Her new album is a new beginning, having brought on board a label (Modern Sky UK) for the first time in her career, it sets an ambitious tone for this exciting artist.

Catch her on one of these dates:
25th Sept – Jimmy’s, Manchester
26th Sept – The Waiting Room, London


An Evening with David Rudolf from Netflix’s The Staircase.

Join David Rudolf, the defense attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series The Staircase, for an evening of discussion into the intimate details of case and the series on 25th May at Grand Central Hall in Liverpool.

David will discuss the conflicts he wrestled with in determining whether to let the filmmakers follow him, his client and his trial preparation, and his insights into the most curious and contentious issues in the case, including the blood spatter evidence, the bisexuality and Germany evidence, the discovery of the blow poke, and the genesis of the Owl Theory.



Idlewild are set to play huge show at Grand Central Hall in support of their new album, Interview Music. Catch them on 19th April in Liverpool.

Having taken a break in 2010 (the previous fifteen years seeing them turn from raucous cult curiosity to chart bothering national treasures) Friendship and the bind of their creativity brought Idlewild back together for 2015’s Everything Ever Written. With it, came critical praise, an album in the top 20, and the band selling out venues as large as they ever had. With new members Luciano Rossi and Andrew Mitchellon board, Roddy Woomble, guitarist Rod Jones and drummer Colin Newton felt a renewed sense of purpose. So much so that the week that Everything Ever Written was released, they were already back at the drawing board to start work on what would become the bold step sidewards, forthcoming album Interview Music.

Inspired, they later decamped at the end at the end of a US tour in 2016 to Los Angeles to flesh out their ideas, but it would be some years before they set themselves up at Jones’ own Edinburgh studio to finish the record. “A lot of the songs are about dreams and dreaming and the thoughts and ideas that come from this state,” says Woomble. I live in the Scottish Highlands, and between there and California you’ve got two locations that can put you in a dream like state – driving down Sunset Boulevard as the sun sets or driving over the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula as the sun rises. The world seems unreal, magical. You’re dreaming through a landscape.”

Before finishing the album, the band performed a run of shows to celebrate the anniversary for their seminal record The Remote Part. One of those shows would see them meet up once again with the producer of that record and 100 Broken WindowsDave Eringa, who would provide Idlewild with the grounding they needed to finish Interview Music. “Dave produced five songs on the album, but also brought a focus back to the band, and actually made us finish it!” admits Woomble “He made it sound like us,”

This is no more apparent than on opener ‘Dream Variations’; with its echoing, fever-dream melody, chiming fizzing riff, and vocal harmonies, before taking a surprise left-turn and drifting into a waltz-like trance. Much like the rest of the record, it has the indie-rock DNA of the band, but mutated in new and strange ways. ‘Same Things Twice’ takes the fire of the heavier highlights like ‘A Modern Way Of Letting Go’ or ‘Little Discourage’, but carries it with a more mature grace. Then ‘I Almost Didn’t Notice’ and ‘Mount Analogue’ make for record’s centre-pieces as playful, adventurous and strange – driven by abandon but still loyal to all that you want from Idlewild; not least for Woomble’s lyrics. Here you’ll find another tapestry of riddles written to “celebrate vagueness”. “What’s really important about Idlewild is that we are basically punk rock kids,” concludes Woomble. “No one ever taught us how to play anything. We formed a band and we learned. In our own way. We were inspired by the bands we saw just getting up on stage, making a noise and exchanging ideas, and trying to change your ideas. That’s principally what the band still do. I’m not a kid rolling around screaming into a microphone on the floor anymore, but that ideal is still at our core.”

Interview Musicis due for release on 5th April 2019via Empty Words.

Jake Shimabukuro Tour

Hawaii’s Jake Shimabukuro is renowned for his wholly unique approach to the ukulele to the world. Following an overnight viral reaction to his beautiful take on George Harrison classic ‘While my Guitar Gently Weeps‘, amassing an astonishing 16m views. Resulting in multiple Billboard World Music chart-topping record releases.

He is heading on a UK tour, be sure to catch him on:


10th Liverpool Grand Central Hall – TICKETS
13th Bush Hall, London- TICKETS

Art Brut

Art Brut was formed in 2003, after Eddie Argos met guitarist Chris Chinchilla at an afterparty hosted by London indie rock band Ciccone in 2002. Argos also invited Ian Catskilkin, whom he knew from the Bournemouth music scene, to join on guitars. They were joined by Freddy Feedback on bass guitar and Mikey Breyer on drums. The band played their first gig in May 2003.

The band recorded Brutlegs later in 2003, produced by Keith Top of the Pops, containing the first versions of ‘Formed a Band’, ‘Modern Art’ and ‘Moving to LA’ and made it available. Angular Recording Corporationput out a compilation featuring ‘Formed a Band’. NME journalist Anthony Thornton heard the song and sent an MP3 to Rough Trade, and the label offered Art Brut a deal to release it as a single.


‘Formed a Band’ was released in the UK, as a single, in May 2004 reaching No. 52 on the UK Singles ChartBlender described them as the best unsigned band in the UK. During the rest of 2004, they played gigs throughout the UK with The Fades including a first-anniversary gig at the Tate Britain.

Another bootleg EP Brutlegs 04 was recorded featuring ‘Good Weekend’, ‘Bang Bang Rock & Roll’, and an acoustic version of ‘Moving to LA’. A double A-side single of My Little Brother/Modern Art was released in December 2004 on Fierce Panda reaching No. 49 on the UK chart. The album Bang Bang Rock & Roll was released in May 2005 with ‘Emily Kane’ as the first single. The latter missed the UK Top 40 by two sales, yet remains the highest-charting single on Fierce Panda.

Catch them at Phase One in Liverpool on 19th February

Mamas Gun Exclusive London Show

Masters of modern soul, Mamas Gun announce exclusive London show at Nell’s Jazz & Blues on 8th February. Support comes from local legend, Kat Eaton who has received repeated support from BBC Introducing. Be sure to grab your TICKETS to the hottest show in town, as they wont be available for much longer.

Soak up their vibes in the video below…

Mumiy Troll

Mumiy Troll: The Most British Russian band


For the last 20 years Mumiy Troll haven’t stopped pleasing music lovers of all generations and ages. The band, who identify themselves as Evergreen Far Eastern Romantics, were founded in Vladivostok – a Russian port city on the Pacific coast.

When, in 1996 their 1st album “Morskaya” was released, everyone who was seeking revelations in Russian music, became obsessed with ‘Mumiy-mania‘ and became addicted to the album. The story began in London, at Alaska Studio under the Waterloo Station bridge, where the album was first recorded. The rest became legend.

Since then, they have played gigs across the globe: from clubs in Siberia to Baltic beach parties, festivals in Mongolia to cultural events in Greenland, Shanghai open-airs to St Petersburg’s Palace Square. They were the first Russian band ever to appear on MTV, represented Russia at Eurovision, and have won every award going in their native land. Furthermore, they are often called the “Russian Rolling Stones” — and with every gig and tour they prove that they are still the number one.

Now, Mumiy Troll in the 21st century, the most “maritime” group in the world, return to the UK with an anniversary show “Morskaya.20”. The program of these shows will include all the hits; as being a successful band, they have a long and fertile back catalogue to pull from. However, they are still fresh, hungry, and in search of new musical discoveries.

Live dates –

18 Jan – KOKO, London – TICKETS



Guitarnival 2018

Jon Gomm presents Guitarnival. A Travelling guitar festival, highlighting new, international guitar players, and of course, a performance from the man himself, Jon Gomm. This inaugural year also features Alexandr Misko (Russia), this years winner of the Total Guitar Guitarist Of The Year Award. In support there is Zac Hobbs in London, and Jamie Ferguson in Leeds.

There is also a master class from Jon in the afternoon at the venues. (These are separate tickets to the evening performances).

15 Nov  – 229 London – TICKETS
16 Nov – Leeds College Of Music Leeds – TICKETS


Masterclass Tickets are available separately here too:






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Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire in the UK, is an acoustic singer-songwriter with a revolutionary virtuoso guitar style, where he uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, bass lines and twisting melodies all at the same time. The emphasis is still on the soulful vocals and songwriting, and his original material is influenced by everything from Robert Johnson to Radiohead.His live shows combine deeply personal performances and a natural wit, with a once seen, never forgotten two-handed guitar style, both physical and complex, producing sounds people can barely believe are coming from a humble acoustic guitar.Jon first laid his hands on a guitar at the age of two (actually it was a ukulele – his parents couldn’t find a guitar small enough). He wrote his first song at the age of six, and was soon accompanying his father, a music critic, to gigs in his hometown of Blackpool. Touring musicians would often stay at the Gomm household on the understanding Jon would get a guitar lesson, meaning he had one-to-one instruction from such blues legends as BB King and Jack Bruce of Cream.Nowadays, Jon tours worldwide. In January 2012 his song Passionflower went viral online, with the video passing 6 million hits, resulting in national TV appearances in the UK, Portugal, Holland, Brazil and Turkey.
Suddenly being catapulted from cult obscurity to mainstream acceptance has been a strange experience for someone so devoted to his craft, and Jon is an unlikely star and remains very much true to his roots in the acoustic circuit of the North of England.Jon is a truly and fiercely independent artist, with his own label and no mainstream industry support, but using mostly online social networks for promotion, he has defied the odds with a huge, truly supportive fanbase resulting in headline tours on all 5 continents, from Australia, Canada and Europe to China and South Africa and South America. His debut CD Hypertension has sold over 50,000 copies at the time of writing, and his second CD Don’t Panic sold out within 3 days of appearing on Amazon. His videos are watched tens of thousands of times within minutes of appearing on Youtube.


Alexandr Misko


Zac Hobbs


Jamie Ferguson

Judy Collins

Judy Collins: Sondheim & Hits

Thrilling audiences with her unique blend of interpretive folk songs, award-winning American singer-songwriter Judy Collins is heading back to the UK with a great run of dates across the country.

19 January – st ann’s church, manchester  –  TICKETS
20 January – the mackintosh church, glasgow  –  TICKETS
24 January – cecil sharp house, london  –  TICKETS
29 January – glee club, birmingham  –  TICKETS

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music,won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums. Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.

Climax Blues Band

Renowned godfathers of blues, Climax Blues Band, are back in the UK promoting their new album, ‘Hands Of Time’.


Catch them at: 

21st Feb  – Factory Manchester – TICKETS

9th March – at Borderline London – TICKETS


The Climax Blues Band of today carries the same standard of quality as it did when the band formed back in the late 60s and achieved such great success and recognition through the 70s and 80s, huge selling albums like FM / Live and Gold Plated, the 1976 hit single Couldn’t Get It Right (from Gold Plated) and I Love You in 1981, the reputation carrying right through until the tragic death of founder member Colin Cooper in 2008.

Colin’s death could have meant the end of Climax Blues Band but his desire was for the band to continue creating the fine blues blend that the band has been associated with since its formation, and that desire has been accepted with relish by the remaining members of the band.

George Glover has been at the keyboards in Climax since 1981, very much part of the nucleus of the band, Lester Hunt on guitar joined in 1986, drummer Roy Adams in 1987 and Neil Simpson on bass in the early 90s.

This solid unit has flown the Climax flag with tremendous passion and style. Now there is a spring in their step, taking the band forward and already pleasing crowds throughout Europe, the ‘seamless’ transition in carrying on creating the unique Climax sound is the result of hard work, disguised by a band having a great time making music….

Graham Dee was recruited in 2012 to front the band. With his own distinctive style and a pedigree on the blues scene which included performing with The Blues Collective, The Red Lemons and joining ex-Feelgoods in The Lone Sharks as well as session vocals and voice coaching, at the same time Chris ‘Beebe’ Aldridge took on the saxophone duties with a fresh and exciting dynamic sound, both adding their own dimensions to the musicians that have carried the flag for Climax as a unit for over 20 years, in Les’s case over 30 years, and George for nearly 40 years!

Security Alert – The Official Live Bootleg was recorded live at Leek Arts Festival and released in 2015 on ATA. The album was mixed by Roy Wood (Wizzard, ELO, solo).

A brand new album of original songs has been recorded and will be released in January 2019.

Making a Murderer

Making A Murderer: False Confessions

Following the jaw dropping second series of the hit Netflix show Making a Murderer we welcome to the stage Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin, Brendan Dassey’s Layers as they discuss coerced and false confessions, interrogation tactics, and the wrongful conviction of Brendan Dassey, whose case and post-conviction process has captivated the world. 

7th December – Grand Central Hall, Liverpool  –  TICKETS

Laura Nirider is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. Nirider represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted of crimes when they were children or teenagers. Her clients have included Brendan Dassey, whose case was profiled in the Netflix Global series Making a Murderer, and Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, whose case was profiled in the documentary West of Memphis.  In addition to her courtroom work, Nirider regularly publishes scholarly and practitioner-focused articles on interrogations and post-conviction relief. In partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, she has co-authored one of the only existing juvenile interrogation protocols. She is also a frequent presenter on interrogations at defender and law enforcement training conferences around the country and has been featured in film and television programs on interrogations. Recently, she co-authored an amicus curiae brief that was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in J.D.B. v. North Carolina for the proposition that the risk of false confession is “all the more troubling…and all the more acute…when the subject of custodial interrogation is a juvenile.”


Steven Drizin is a Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law where he has been on the faculty since 1991. He served as the Legal Director of the Clinic’s renowned Center on Wrongful Convictions from March 2005 to September 2013. At the Center, Professor Drizin’s research interests involve the study of false confessions and his policy work focuses on supporting efforts around the country to require law enforcement agencies to electronically record custodial interrogations. Drizin co-founded the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) in 2008, the first innocence organization to focus on representing defendants who were only teenagers when they were wrongfully convicted. Drizin and former student Laura Nirider, who directs the CWCY, represent Brendan Dassey, a central figure in Netflix’s smash docuseries Making a Murderer.

*Portions of the proceeds with benefit the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

Bars & Melody

Bars & Melody

With their infusion of hip-hop, RnB and pop, ‘Britains got Talent’ favourites Bars & Melody (Leondre Devries)  (Charlie Lenehan) are still working hard and getting their show on the road. Catch them in Manchester in March.

23 March 2019 – Matinee  – Night People, Manchester  –  TICKETS

Hailing from Port Talbot, Wales and Bristol respectively, rapper Leondre Devries (13) and singer Charlie Lenehan (15) are known to UK audiences as Britain’s Got Talent finalists, but they have already acquired international attention appearing on the Ellen Degeneres show.

Bars & Melody’s assured and entertaining performances along with their anti-bullying message won the hearts of viewers all over the world, including Dubai’s royal family, who invited the boys to perform a private gig at their palace.

‘Hopeful’ is a reworking of a Faith Evans song, which Leondre adapted to include a strong anti-bullying message. The duo’s rapper had immersed himself in music to escape the daily reality of being bullied at school and hoped that sharing his experiences with other children would allow them to find a route out of similar situations.


Bars & Melody You Tube

Jeff Lang UK Tour 2018

Jeff Lang UK Tour 2018

Heading to The Slaughtered Lamb next month as part of his UK tour we have the ‘slide guitar king of the world’ Jeff Lang. The unique singer-songwriter-guitarist is taking to the road following the release of his new album ‘Alone In Bad company’.

24th July 2018 – The Slaughtered Lamb, London

Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalog of over 25 albums.

Alone In Bad Company, Jeff’s latest album, presents the most organic union of his talents and influences yet. It’s filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies, demonstrating that Jeff is nothing if not a lover of song. Each time he steps up to take a solo, his hard‐won style is unmistakable – fluid but with an edge‐of‐the‐seat recklessness. Acoustic fingerpicking, slide guitar, electric lead, banjos and mandolins drop into place like puzzle pieces. Though Jeff plays and writes nearly everything on the album, steadfast cohorts Danny McKenna and Alison Ferrier deliver on cue and master writer Don Walker shares his peerless wit on two songs.

As legions of journalists have written, Jeff is not one to be easily pegged, though in a general sense it’s fair to say he largely trades in roots-oriented rock; wider reaching in collaborations with the likes of roving guitar anthropologist Bob Brozman, American blues-rocker Chris Whitley, India’s desert-dwellers Maru Tarang and world music virtuosos Bobby Singh and Mamadou Diabate. Jeff’s work with the latter won the 2010 ARIA (Australia’s Grammy) for Best World Music Album, while he and Brozman took one home for Best Blues and Roots Music Album in 2002. Jeff received that same award on his own in 2012.

Jeff has mischievously called his music ‘Disturbed Folk.’ One writer referred to him as a “quiet achiever.” But the overall impression one has from observing Jeff’s lengthy career is that of a driven man who keeps his head down, playing and recording music as if his very life depends on it.

Check out his new single Burnside

Mamas Gun's Golden Days

Mamas Gun’s Golden Days

London’s own soul/funk outfit Mamas Gun are back with a brand new album ‘Golden Days’, their very fist self-produced album, and definitely their best. To celebrate this exciting event they are heading out on tour, catch them in London, Manchester and Brighton.

22 June – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
28 June – Rialto Theatre, Brighton
29 June – Omeara, London

Golden Days is the culmination of a musical journey that spans ten years and has helped fuel the vanguard of 21st century soul alongside the Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, and Mayer Hawthorne. Since 2007, group founder and frontman Andy Platts (singer, composer, producer) has piloted Mamas Gun with Dave “Eighties” Oliver (keyboards) and Terry “Spiller” Lewis (guitar), plus newest members Cameron Dawson (bass), and Chris Boot (drums). Their distinctive, full-band sound stems from a shared artistic vision among the five members in Mamas Gun. “The present lineup is the best version of the band to date, built on years of important creative exploration with previous lineups,” Andy declares. “Those experiences definitely paved the way for where we are now and the decisions we’ve made for the direction of this new album,” adds Spiller.

Produced by the band themselves for the first time, Golden Days captures Mamas Gun in peak form. “Everything is live on this whole album,” notes Cameron. “It’s all analog.” The album also features notable contributions from horn players Andy Ross and Dominic Glover, who’ve performed and recorded with Amy Winehouse and Incognito, songwriters Connor Reeves (Tina Turner, Joss Stone, Joe Cocker) and Christopher Braide (Sia, Lana Del Ray, Paloma Faith), and artist/producer Shawn Lee (Jeff Buckley, Kelis, Saint Etienne), who lent his genius to the album’s mix.

Check them out here

Brother Firetribe UK Dates

Brother Firetribe UK Dates

Finnish hard-rock 5 piece with former members of Nightwish and Leverage, Brother Firetribe are heading to the UK for 3 exciting dates this June as part of their 15th Anniversary tour. Catch the hook ladden melodic rock masters in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

11th June – The Garage, London
12th June – Actress and Bishop, Birmingham
13th June – Factory, Manchester

Check out there tour diary here:

Brother Firetribe take their name from an in-joke as a perfect description for their music is ‘tennis heavy’ and the name of a Finnish former professional tennis player Veli Paloheimo translates into English as ‘Brother Firetribe’. Their first album False Metal was released in 2006, it was later re-issued as Break Out.

Definitely Oasis Super Tour

Definitely Oasis Super Tour

A tour the length and breadth of the UK has been embarked on by the ultimate oasis tribute band, Definitely Oasis. Regarded as the best Oasis tribute band there is, this will be a series of not to miss events for all Oasis fans craving the nostalgic days of Britpop.

16/03/18 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

17/03/18 – Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
24/03/18 – Live Rooms, Chester
06/04/18 – The Exchange, Stoke-on-Trent
07/04/18 – The Met Lounge, Peterborough
27/04/18 – The Citadel, St Helens
28/04/18 – The Boileroom, Guildford
25/05/18 – Magnet, Liverpool
26/05/18 – Central Station, Wrexham
27/05/18 – Factory, Manchester
02/06/18 – O2 Academy Islington, London
08/06/18 – Georgian Theatre, Stockton
04/08/18 – Kiln Farm Pub, Milton Keynes
21/09/18 – Soundhouse, Leicester
22/09/18 – Patterns, Brighton
29/09/18 – Thelka, Bristol
19/10/18 – The Forum, Darlington
27/10/18 – Brickmakers, Norwich
10/11/18 – Joiners, Southampton

The band regularly sell out top class venues across the UK and were recently the first ever tribute band to sell out Glasgow’s iconic Garage Venue quite an achievement when you consider only 3 years ago the band played there first gig in Glasgow to less than 50 people to now playing closer to 1000 people shows how good this band is and how far they have come.

Everything the band does is all about what the fans want to see and hear a lot of hard work goes on in the background making sure that the look and sound are bang on so much so that the band were invited to play to play the iconic barrowlands venue on November 26th 2016 a venue loved by both Liam & Noel and where Oasis played arguably some of their finest ever shows and another first for an Oasis tribute band proves why they are the best Oasis tribute in the Business.

With the real Oasis on an extended break at the moment this is definitely the next best thing
Definitely Oasis do an amazing job of keeping the music alive and and set the bar high by re-creating the Oasis look, sound and feel of an Oasis gig that fans come to expect and are also the only Oasis tribute that have both a Liam and Noel sound alikes.

Emma Stevens On The Road Again

Emma Stevens On The Road Again

2018 sees a return to touring from the multi-talented and emotive songstress Emma Stevens after the release of her amazing album ‘to my roots’ last year. The inspired album is a collection of songs inspired by the eclectic mix of music she grew up listening to.

18 May – The Slaughtered Lamb, London

28 May – The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Life has been something of a whirlwind for the down to earth surfer chick from Guildford, since embarking on a solo career in 2012 and bursting onto the scene with her distinctively catchy pop melodies, fused with folk instrumentation and a touch of country. The increasing popularity of this uniquely versatile “what you see is what you get” artist (who counts BBC’s Chris Evans and the late Sir Terry Wogan amongst her fans) is now undeniable, thanks to almost three million in Spotify plays, and over a million video views on the back of four EP and two album releases, with four consecutive singles playlisted by Radio 2.

Emma’s voice is emotive, clear, effortless and uplifting. She has toured seven times (including three headline tours), performed at numerous festivals including Hyde Park, CarFest and Country2Co untry, and supported Simply Red, Passenger and Train.

Mamas Gun Back With New Album

Mamas Gun Back With New Album

London’s own soul/funk outfit Mamas Gun are back with a brand new album ‘Golden Days’, their very fist self-produced album, and definitely their best. To celebrate this exciting event they are heading out on tour and are kicking off with a very special pre-release warm London show!

8th February 2018 – The Social, London

Golden Days is the culmination of a musical journey that spans ten years and has helped fuel the vanguard of 21st century soul alongside the Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, and Mayer Hawthorne. Since 2007, group founder and frontman Andy Platts (singer, composer, producer) has piloted Mamas Gun with Dave “Eighties” Oliver (keyboards) and Terry “Spiller” Lewis (guitar), plus newest members Cameron Dawson (bass), and Chris Boot (drums). Their distinctive, full-band sound stems from a shared artistic vision among the five members in Mamas Gun. “The present lineup is the best version of the band to date, built on years of important creative exploration with previous lineups,” Andy declares. “Those experiences definitely paved the way for where we are now and the decisions we’ve made for the direction of this new album,” adds Spiller.

Produced by the band themselves for the first time, Golden Days captures Mamas Gun in peak form. “Everything is live on this whole album,” notes Cameron. “It’s all analog.” The album also features notable contributions from horn players Andy Ross and Dominic Glover, who’ve performed and recorded with Amy Winehouse and Incognito, songwriters Connor Reeves (Tina Turner, Joss Stone, Joe Cocker) and Christopher Braide (Sia, Lana Del Ray, Paloma Faith), and artist/producer Shawn Lee (Jeff Buckley, Kelis, Saint Etienne), who lent his genius to the album’s mix.



Renowned Dutch vocalist Anneke Van Giersbergen takes to the stage in the New Year with her shiny new band VUUR. The former ‘The Gathering’ singer and solo artist joins some of the best heavy metal players in The Netherlands to show a heavier side to her musical talents.

6th February 2018 – The Wardrobe, Leeds
7th February 2018 – O2 ABC2, Glasgow
8th February 2018 – Cluny, Newcastle
9th February 2018 – Factory, Manchester
10th February 2018 – Asylum, Birmingham

VUUR will release their full length debut in the fall of 2017 produced by Joost van den Broek, who will also be involved in some of the writing and arranging. From there the band will hit stages across Europe and beyond. Make no mistake: VUUR is a band and not a project, meaning that Anneke will focus on new material as well as the heavier side of her previous outings.

“I will always play songs from The Gathering and Devin Townsend because I love them,” she says. “I also know for a fact that people want to hear those songs, so I’ll never leave them out. I also have my absolute favourite songs from The Gentle Storm that I will keep playing. I have such a big outlet to choose from nowadays, it’s such a luxurious position to be in. We should look at VUUR as my ultimate heavy outlet. It’s not a project, which is why when we make the setlist it will include the new stuff and my favourites from my catalogue.”

Dirty Thrills Ends The Year With A Bang

Dirty Thrills Ends The Year With A Bang

Charismatic blues / rock quartet Dirty Thrills are ready to see out their exciting gig filled year with a UK tour to knock your sock off. The London foursome have not only spent this last year touring with Black Star Riders and Gun, but have also managed to release the fantastic new album ‘Heavy Living’. They have definitely had a busy year!

12 December 2017 – O2 Academy3, Birmingham
13 December 2017 – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
15 December 2017 – Factory, Manchester
28 February 2018 – Underworld, London

The band formed after a successful drunken jam night in a quiet village pub in Wiltshire, and what started out as an inconspicuous session, quickly birthed an ambitious group with the drive and determination to take the rock scene back to its glory days.

For those who say rock ‘n’ roll is gone and buried, Dirty Thrills are the miracle proving there’s life after death. For those who fear that the genre has been consigned to a place relevant only in history books and old scriptures, Dirty Thrills are the prophets of modernization, mixing old school style with electric flair.
Describe their rise to prominence however you like, but they’re here to stay and we’ll all bear witness to the elevation of the band now at the spearhead of the new era of rock ‘n’ roll….

Barbagallo Tours The UK

Barbagallo Tours The UK

French Indie pop with a hint of Psychedelia heads out on the road this February in the form of Julien Barbagallo. The eponymous side project of the Tame Impala drummer takes to the stage to showcase his new solo sound and a new exciting venture into the world of French songwriting.

12th February 2018 – The Borderline, London
13th February 2018 – Factory, Manchester
14th February 2018 – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

Pop institution Tame Impala’s master of toms and hi-hats, ‘Big Dog’ (as he is known down under) has taken advantage of his linguistic isolation to unshackle his tongue, words and ideas, and return to his past and roots.
In his side project: Barbagallo we find him reborn into the only artist of his kind, a major driving force in the world of a progressive French pop that is set to continue its pyrotechnics, letting fly with the words and accents of his mother tongue.

Mike Dawes U.K. Tour 2018

Mike Dawes U.K. Tour 2018

Mike Dawes (ENG) is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performers.

His acclaimed solo music has gained over 50 million hits on popular video sharing sites and since the release of his debut album in 2013 he has toured almost every continent on the planet, with an average of 150 concerts per year.

Mike needs to be seen live to be believed. His ability to create the most unusual tones and textures simultaneously from a single acoustic guitar leaves fellow musicians stunned. Bass, melody, harmony and percussion all seamlessly produced using his signature technical yet intrinsically musical guitar technique.

His show is not just for guitar fans however, his entertaining and humorous rapport transcends the traditional guitar concert. Extraordinary virtuosity meets Monty Python via a one-man rock show. Mike has recorded with and taught multiple grammy winning artists, appeared on film and TV soundtracks, released apps, written for the world’s best selling music magazines and in addition to his solo work, currently performs alongside and in support of the legendary frontman of The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, the debut live DVD of which entered the US Billboard charts at #2.

Musicians including John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Gotye, Billy Sheehan and James Valentine (Maroon 5) have all spoken of their admiration towards Mike’s work.

Beautiful and sensitively played arrangements and compositions
– Acoustic Magazine
A Young Virtuoso – Ken Bruce, BBC Radio 2

At 28 years of age, Mike has made a huge impact in a relatively short space of time. His persistent work ethic and entertainingly meticulous approach to composition and performance on a single instrument has seen raised smiles and dropped jaws all over the world. He is not a typical guitar player. On a single steel string guitar Mike is able to coax out the most unusual and subtle textures, whilst performing layers and layers of music simultaneously using complex micro-techniques led predominantly by the right hand.

In a style that is hard to illustrate, the young Brit combines rock, folk, funk and pop music in an instrumental concoction that leaves listeners both confused and intrigued. However, it’s his innate musicality and ear for melody that give listeners something different. Mike is able to utilise his advanced technical arsenal to achieve a musical and emotional end, a skill set often lacking in this instrumental category. In the live arena, his British humour and electric presence sprinkle an entertainment not uncommon in a comedy club. He does not take himself seriously, but the music is taken very seriously.

Mike is a rare breed of live musician. Without a spoken word he can evoke a rainbow of emotions with his music. With a spoken word he can brighten anyone’s day, English speaking or not. Throw in his staggeringly refined instrumental proficiency and you have a true, world class tour de force.

In June 2012, Mike Dawes released his first solo instrumental through the US label, Candyrat Records. This incredibly detailed arrangement of Gotye’s smash hit ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ took on a life of it’s own when it smashed through 1.5 million views in just one day online on YouTube. Since going viral, the video found itself on the front page of Reddit, Collegehumour and hundreds of popular blogging sites. MSN news featured Mike on the front of their US web browser whilst Gotye himself praised the arrangement as his favourite cover of the song, even inviting Mike to session at his studio in South Australia.

‘Astounding Virtuosity’ – Gotye

Before the release of his second full length LP ‘ERA’ in summer 2017, Mike released his typically intricate arrangement of Metallica’s ‘One’ through Metal Hammer magazine. This release smashed all previous expectations with a staggering 25 million views in just one week online.