BIRD TO BEAST TO HEADLINE BBC’S “ROCK THE DOCK” AT MEDIA CITY, SALFORD

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Bird To Beast have rightly built themselves a reputation as a must-see live act, as their whistle-stop tour around the UK this summer has proven.

They’ve been asked to alight on the 31st July at Salford’s Media City – home of the BBC – by BBC 6 Music DJ and long-term supporter, Chris Hawkins. 

And, armed with a raft of wildly addictive, quirky folk-pop tunes and a captivating stage presence, they’re sure to win over the crowd of media professionals and music-loving public alike!

Praise for Bird To Beast:

“Elephant – we’ve been playing a lot and enjoying!” - Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“I love this – so I’m going to play an album track from Bird to Beasts’ debut album” - STEVE LAMACQ, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“Lovely and pastoral – they know how to do harmonies!” - Elizabeth Alker, BBC RADIO6 MUSIC
“Suggesting Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys and Rufus Wainwright at his most beautifully opulent, theirs is a flowing psych-pop folk hybrid that overflows with prettiness, engulfing the listener in rapture”- MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

ANIMAL MUSIC GRAB PRIME DJ SLOT ON BBC RADIO 1′S HUGE IBIZA DANCE RADIO EVENT – AND MDNGHT GET A GUEST SLOT

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BBC Radio 1 has long supported new dance artists – and have chosen up-and-coming dance collective Animal Music to be part of their huge Ibiza event, R1 Dance Radio.

It’s a huge honour for Animal Music, and recognises the hard work the band have put in whilst they have blended their mix of raucous live shows and heavy dance beats into one frenetic aesthetic.

And recognition of the breadth of new talent on Manchester’s MUK record label comes in the shape of labelmates MDNGHT being asked to do a 15-minute guest mix within Animal Music’s slot.

They will be DJing in between Radio 1′s infamous Dance Anthems show and Hospital Records’ takeover – a highly prestigious two-hour slot.

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There are a host of huge names DJing across the week-long, 24-hour-a-day event, including Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Defected Records, Resident Advisor and Food Music.

R1 Dance Radio is deserved front-and-centre attention for Animal Music and it be the focus of the Radio 1 homepage for the whole week – check out the full schedule here!

MDNGHT BILLED ALONGSIDE FOXES, MNEK, ANASTACIA AND ALL SAINTS AT MANCHESTER PRIDE!

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MDNGHT‘s heady and euphoric house-pop songs have been making waves for a while – and now their burgeoning reputation as an excellent live act is growing.

After a thrilling performance at the Big Weekend in Glasgow, the Manchester dance collective have been billed alongside some huge acts at the forthcoming Manchester Pride, on the 24th August.

MDNGHT’s fantastically sultry summer sounds will get the crowd partying on the same bill as multi-million-selling stars All Saints and Anastacia, other hot new acts MNEK and Foxes, and Eurovision winner Conchita.

Their brilliant new, end-of-summer, post-holiday single, Breeze, is released on the 8th September 2014.

The huge Manchester Pride festival and parade is one of Europe’s longest-running and biggest LGBT events, attracting tens of thousands to the city every year.

THE TRAVELLING BAND RELEASE GLORIOUS NEW SINGLE; ANNOUNCE UK-WIDE TOUR

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“The sounds they generate took me back to my musical roots… Marvellous music to savour and enjoy”

– Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival

The Travelling Band are the kind of group people long to be part of – the kind that stirs deep-set emotions in fans who would dance over hot coals to see this most remarkable of live bands.

Their new single, Passing Ships, is everything The Travelling Band are, and everything their fans adore: bittersweet stories planting little flags in the mind and claiming attention for days, woven in and out of melodies you’ll think you grew up with.

Recorded with a panache to thrill existing fans and tease new ones into exploring much further, Passing Ships is typically-euphoric, carefully-crafted, always-rousing: a hallmark of all the band’s music.

Passing Ships has already been met with breathless praise:

“The track blows by in the best possible way, leaving you a little breathless and wanting even more” - Indieshuffle
“A unique soundexpansive and poppy” – Earmilk

As usual, the band’s huge and loyal following demanded a UK-wide tour, and were of course rewarded with one – with yet more dates to be announced. The song is taken from their new LP, The Big Defreeze, which is released on the 25th August.

Passing Ships is a free download, and is for fans of beautiful, storytelling music like Calexico, Iron & Wine, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frightened Rabbit and Elbow.

“They produce an inventive brand of guitar-­laden cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage” Clash Magazine
“If you consider the term ‘Mancunian Americana’ to be an oxymoron… try listening to The Travelling Band. Brilliant” -­ Marc Riley, BBC 6Music
“Their harmonies are tight, guitar picking deft and tunes melodic” Q Magazine
“It all here, passionate yet delicate vocals, deep forceful drumming, jangly guitar, fluctuating stings, everything you could ask for from a song that oozes summer” The 405

The Travelling Band live:

July
12th – Triumph Live Festival

August
8th – Cropredy Festival, Nr. Banbury
16th – Undressed Festival, Halle St. Peters, Manchester
23rd – Green Belt Festival, Northamptonshire
30th – Off The Tracks Festival, Derbyshire

September
7th – Sc4m Festival, The Railway, Winchester
12th – The Institute, Kelvedon, Essex
14th – Shrewsbury Fields Festival

October
2nd – Kendal, The Brewery
3rd – Leeds, Brudenell
8th – Liverpool, The Kazimier
9th – Edinburgh, Voodoo Room
10th – Glasgow, Broadcast
11th – Letham, Letham Hall
22nd – London, The Lexington
24th – Oxford, Arts Bar (Bullindon Arms)
25th – Bristol, The Louisiana

November
28th – Hurst Green, Village Hall

The Travelling Band online:

thetravellingband.co.uk
facebook.com/thetravellingband
twitter.com/travellingband
youtube.com/thetravellingband

HEYROCCO FOLLOW ACCLAIMED FIRST SINGLE WITH “MELT”

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After their first free download, Virgin, sped to tens of thousands of plays via word-of-mouth in just a couple of weeks, HEYROCCO are stepping straight back into their new fans’ affections with their new single, Melt.

It’s another grungy and immediately catchy pop song from the South Carolina boys; it’s a wry song on a subject that… well, let’s say it’s one that many teenagers will have prematurely experienced.

And just as Virgin drew many flattering comparisons with rock giants of the early 90s - Melt shows off their ability to straddle the line between the twin thrills of killer melodies and fuzzy guitars.

Melt has been met with breathless praise from highly-respected sources:

“You know those perfect songs that soundtrack your summer of late nights, romance and hedonism? Well, HEYROCCO have just dropped one.” - Gigwise

“Heyrocco’s new single launches us right into 90′s teenage movie nostalgia. Like these Southern sweethearts, we admittedly might not have been the coolest kids in high school—but at least we can pretend like we were while listening to some 90′s inspired rock and roll.” - NYLON

” A darkly nostalgic vibe – worthy of, say, Radiohead’s much neglected Pablo Honey- CLASH

HEYROCCO have the tunes, poise and musical chops to back up their sky-high ambition.

THE MINX TO RELEASE THEIR BRILLIANT POWER-POP SINGLE
 “NO FRIENDS”

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IMPACT DATE- 1st September 2014
LABEL- Queen Street Records

 

Real rebel rockers! Johnny Marr, The Smiths
The best new band in Manchester! - John Robb, Louder Than War

“Why so serious?” Guitar music doesn’t have to be po-faced; and The Minx’s happy-go-lucky sense of fun makes them spiritual successors to carefree power-poppers Supergrass – and, as pointed out by Steve Lamacq – Buzzcocks and The Undertones.

 

No Friends is a direct descendant of The Undertones’ My Perfect Cousin - with a youthful spirit and the bounciest Hammond hook you’ll have heard in years.

The crowd favourite has been given a fresh lick of paint by award-winning producer Cenzo Townshend (Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand) for this release.

Stars of a forthcoming documentary on underground music scenes by The Street‘s Mike Skinner (who enthused about them being “modern Skindom!”), and having appeared in Dr Marten’s TV ad campaign, The Minx’s music, look and exuberance go pleasingly against the grain.

The band continue to sell out every increasingly big show they headline, and are heading further afield to play more packed venues around the UK – including a show at the Brixton Windmill on 22nd August – confirmation of their rapid ascent.

The band‘s biggest headline gig yet, at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge, is on Saturday 23rd August.

The most exciting new band I’ve heard in years! - Pete Jobson, I Am Kloot

Who are The Minx? Andy Evans (Drums), Chris Haddon (Vox/Guitar), Paul Robinson (Guitar), Steven Stuttard (Bass) & Kieran McIntyre (Keys)

THE MINX live:

27th July – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
22nd August – Brixton Windmill, London (Headline Show)
23rd August – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (Headline Show)
30th August – The Rocking Chair, Sheffield (Headline Show)
19th September – Ramsbottom Festival (Headlining second stage)
20th September – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge (Headline Show)

theminx.co.uk
facebook.com/theminxband
twitter.com/TheMinxBand 

Photo: Dean Chalkley

MDNGHT SET TO RELEASE PRISTINE SUMMER SINGLE “BREEZE”

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IMPACT DATE: 8th September 2014
LABEL: MUK Records

 

MDNGHT’s star keeps rising at a dizzying pace. They played to an enthusiastic crowd at Radio 1′s Big Weekend – immediately getting them to their feet and partying to their new single Breeze (Nothing Really Matters).

Breeze is MDNGHT at their lithe best, melding contemporary dance and shimmering house with a glossy, sweet falsetto: encapsulating the euphoria of a late-summer sunset party – making this single a perfect post-holiday soundtrack.

 

Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens was won over by their performance, recognising MDNGHT’s dancefloor potential: “This’ll get the whole place bouncing… sounding wonderful!”

It’s the perfect follow-up to previous single, Into The Night, which hit the UK Club Chart top ten and was BBC Introducing Single of the Week on both Radio 1 & 1Xtra.

Sultry, warm and addictive: this is a song that harnesses warm grooves, house beats and a bright, sunny hook – and MDNGHT will be winning over more new fans via a series of UK-wide late-summer gigs.

MDNGHT are: J (vocals), Will and Ant (guitars) and Lloyd (DJ and percussion). They signed an album deal with Manchester-based MUK Records in late 2012.

See MDNGHT live:

2nd August – Kendal Calling Festival
8th August – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London
9th August – Thorpe Park, Surrey
23rd August – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
24th August - Pride, Manchester
30th August – Feel Good Festival, Rochdale
13th September – Shrewsbury Fields Festival
11th October – Gorilla, Manchester
25th October – Night and Day, Manchester

mdnght.co.uk
twitter.com/mdnght_music
facebook.com/mdnght.music

BERLIN BERLIN’S HUGE, HEARTFELT NEW SINGLE “BE HERE”

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IMPACT DATE- 1st September 2014
LABEL- MUK Records

 

Following the wide praise of their debut single Josef, which grabbed the attention of the Huffington Post, the Daily Mirror, Yahoo OMG, and Digital Spy, BERLIN BERLIN return with another sky-scraping single, Be Here.

A glorious paean to faith, devotion and love, Be Here is another huge indicator of the band’s ability to write stadium-sized, heartfelt pop – and shows why the band were quickly invited by Google to shoot a video session in London for the internet giants.

 

The video from the session will be published on the week of the single’s release.

Be Here is backed by a transformative, shimmering rework of Furniture‘s 1986 classic Brilliant Mind. It’s simply a must-listen, and the band performed it live in the BBC Introducing Manchester studio for 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker, who said it sounded “spectacular.

BERLIN BERLIN’s mantra is ‘dark beauty on epic scale’, and their sound is immediate, vast and driven, combining brooding 80s/90s electronica with contemporary rhythms – to fashion something truly vast, life-affirming and euphoric.

“Are these the new Killers?” – The Huffington Post
“Gritty, electro-infused rock that invokes moody New Wave influences” - Idolator
“Stadium-rousing electronica” - Digital Spy

The band is: Jonny Holland (vocals/keys), Stuart Winnington (guitar/keys) and Jordan Hunstone (drums). They signed to Manchester’s MUK Records in January 2014.

See BERLIN BERLIN live:

2nd August – Kendal Calling Festival
19th September – Ramsbottom Festival
25th October – Night and Day, Manchester

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facebook.com/berlinberlinmusic
twitter.com/berlinberlinmcr

MUK RECORDS’ CLEAN SWEEP ON BBC INTRODUCING MANCHESTER!

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Yet more confirmation that the waves being made by Manchester’s MUK Records are having a bigger impact and wider reach; as four of their incredibly diverse signings were played on BBC Introducing Manchester by BBC 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker.

Berlin BerlinMUK’s purveyors of euphoric, stadium-sized pop were also in the studio – talking extensively before playing a fabulously glossy live cover version of Furniture’s cult classic Brilliant Mind, which Elizabeth described as sounding “absolutely wonderful – spectacular!”

She was no less impressed by the other MUK artists on the playlist: identifying Red Sky Noise‘s eclectic and powerful sound as “dance-y, jazzy, soulful… an absolute joy… ones to keep an eye on!” – and favourably compared singer Mica’s vocals to Emili Sandé.

Meanwhile, MDNGHT‘s ability to deftly recreate the feel of a sultry summer night’s party in their music was spotted – “perfect for a Saturday night,” whilst Bird To Beast‘s growing musical renown was just as clear: “lovely and pastoral – they know how to do harmonies!”

  • BERLIN BERLIN’s Brilliant Mind cover is the B-side to their fabulous new single, Be Here – impact date 1st September.
  • MDNGHT’s perfect end-of-summer single Breeze is released on 25th August.
  • Red Sky Noise‘s video for their huge, soulful Only You has soared to over 20,000 views on Youtube.
  • Bird To Beast are touring extensively all summer and have just released the poignant video to Catacombs.

Photo: Matt Visser

SOUTH CAROLINA’S HEYROCCO HAVE DEBUT SINGLE “VIRGIN” BACKED BY BOTH XFM’S JOHN KENNEDY & CLASH MAGAZINE

johnkennedy_Clash_HEYROCCO Two of the UK’s most renowned spotters of new talent, Xfm’s John Kennedy and Clash Magazine, have recognised HEYROCCO’s enormous potential and knack for writing huge, exciting rock songs.

John has made their new single, Virgin, the Xfm X-posure Big One, and Clash has premiered the single’s video.

The Xfm honour follows John’s debut play of the track, and the Clash article spots some sharp, positive comparisons with Radiohead’s debut release.

It’s just another sign that HEYROCCO are not merely another band – but ones to watch closely.