City Reign’s ‘Anchor’ played on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music show

ImageNew music champion Steve Lamacq lent his support again to Manchester’s  City Reign by closing his 6 Music show (28th Jan ’13) with ‘Anchor’ from their soon-to-be-released debut album ‘Another Step’. You can hear the clip of them on air below!

Hear their new single ‘Making Plans’ here  – it is released on Car Boot Records on February 25th.

 

City Reign – Making Plans

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Impact date: 11th March 2013

Label: Car Boot Records 

Strongly-tipped Manchester indie rockers, City Reign, have announced the first single ‘Making Plans’, from their forthcoming debut album ‘Another Step’.

BBC 6 Music‘s Steve Lamacq loved ‘Making Plans’ so much that he played the demo on his show as soon as he heard it – and interviewed the band on the show shortly after.

The single follows taster tracks the band offered as free downloads ‘Ahead of Ideas’ and ‘Retaliate’.

First taster ‘Ahead Of Ideas’ propelled them on a UK tour and led to Clash Magazine asking them to open their inaugural issue launch gig in Manchester, recognising them as one of the best bands on the circuit, naming them “One of the best new young bands to follow.”

The band teamed up with Mancunian-based producer Sam Jones (Bromheads Jacket, Alex Turner) to record and re-work the album. He took the band into Sacred Trinity Church in Salford – choosing the church for its rich natural reverb, which helped to bring depth to the band’s classic guitar sound.

The sound builds on the raw energy and exciting promise of the early demos, including the demo version of ‘Making Plans’ which caught the ears of The Independent in late 2011.

The video was shot in Manchester’s legendary Night and Day venue, where the band played their first ever gig.

City Reign are song-writing pair Chris Bull and Mike Grice with Duncan Bolton on drums.

The album, ‘Another Step’, is due for release the same day (25th February).

February Live Dates:

Thursday 14th – Edinburgh – Bannermans
Friday 15th – Glasgow – Buff Club
Wednesday 20th – Cardiff – Buffalo Bar
Thursday 21st – Bristol – Golden Lion
Friday 22nd – London – The Garage
Saturday 23rd – Manchester – The Castle

March Live Dates:

Friday 15th March – London Bull & Gate.

 

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Darktown Jubilee – Stay

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Impact date: 11th March 2013

Label: Parade Recordings 

‘Stay’ is the emotionally charged follow up to 2012’s ‘Breakdown’ and was mixed for radio by world renowned engineer Cenzo Townsend (Vaccines, Maccabees, U2, Snow PatrolEditors et al).

Taken from the forthcoming album The World, The Flesh & The Devil (Feb 25th), ‘Stay’ is Influenced as much by Springsteen and The Doors as they are by contemporary artists like The Temper Trap and The Killers, Darktown Jubilee’s core resonates with a fundamental knack for melody, timing and simplicity.

David Boardman from the band comments:

“Stay is the most emotionally direct song on the record and has always connected with audiences so it became an obvious choice when we were considering singles. It was a dream to get Cenzo to remix it for us. He has mixed some of the greatest records of the last 10 years and I think brought out the best in the track, bringing to it an increased energy and dynamic range”.

“For the video, however, we were keen to show another, more playful, humorous side to the band whilst still remaining true to the essence of the song. The initial idea was to have the lead character enter a surreal, dreamlike scenario in which a procession of weird and wonderful characters were singing the song in karaoke style.”

“Finding the venue (a karaoke bar in Manchester’s Chinatown) was key to the look of the finished film and once Emmerdale‘s Emma Atkins agreed to play the lead role, it all began to take shape. It was a cool video to make which included nods to some favourite films and formative influences!”

LIVE DATES:
Sat Feb 9th – Manchester, Night & Day
Fri Feb 15th – Newcastle, The Cluny 2
Thurs March 7th – London, Nambucca

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BIMM TO OPEN £3M MANCHESTER MUSIC COLLEGE CAMPUS

INTRODUCTORY OPEN DAY FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY 3pm-5pm

Budding musicians and industry professionals are to be offered a top class contemporary music education in Manchester.

The award-winning BIMM Group is opening a state of the art £3M campus in the city this September, and has just appointed former EMI CEO Tony Wadsworth CBE as a director to the board.

Recent success stories from BIMM include 2013 BRIT Critic’s Choice Award Winner Tom Odell, who studied on the Professional Diploma in Songwriting course in 2010.


The college is open for applications now and to celebrate, is hosting an open day on Friday 25th January, from 3.00pm (doors open at 2.00pm). BIMM Manchester will take over Gorilla bar and live venue around the corner from the BIMM Manchester campus for the afternoon.

Guests on the day will include Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Richard Jupp (Elbow) and recent BIMM graduate, Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club), who will be talking to Jake Shillingford (Head of Music Business and My Life Story frontman) about their varied and extensive knowledge of the music industry during a live Q&A session and will be taking questions from the audience.

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There will also be live performances from former BIMM students; Sam Kelly (Britain’s Got Talent Finalist) and Tiny Dragons.

Sam adds:

“During my time as a student at BIMM Brighton I acquired many skills key to becoming a successful musician that I would never have had access to anywhere else. I had a great time honing these skills in the local music scene. 

“The key to a successful contemporary music college is being in a city with a thriving music scene, and the music scene in Manchester is nothing short of legendary. Any young musicians like myself who are looking to learn their craft – and learn from people who have really been there and done it – should definitely consider applying.”

Manchester Evening News feature: http://bit.ly/UUABor

Two Door Cinema Club ticket give-away: at the Open Day, Ben Thompson will be giving away 6 pairs of tickets for the band’s Manchester Apollo gigs that weekend to a few lucky attendees.

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BIMM Manchester Open Day event schedule – times subject to change

3.00pm Welcome from BIMM Brighton College Manager Adam Bushell

3.05pm Live performance from Sam Kelly (Britain’s Got Talent finalist), accompanied by fellow BIMM Brighton graduate Jamie Francis

3.10pm BIMM Principal Vaseema Hamilton to present introduction to BIMM Manchester

3.20pm  Mike Joyce, Richard Jupp and Ben Thompson live Q&A session.

4.00pm Performance from Tiny Dragons.

4.50pm Presentation to end.  Drinks and snacks to be served for a ‘meet and greet / networking reception.

For more information please see BIMM Manchester website: bimm.co.uk/manchester

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  • The Open Day will be held at Gorilla (54-58 Whitworth St, Man, M1 5WW)
  • The new BIMM Manchester campus will be located on Gt Marlborough St in Manchester City Centre, to open in September 2013.
  • BIMM Manchester is now open for applications through UCAS and courses on offer for 2013 are: BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship (Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting, Bass) plus BA (Hons) in Music Business Management and Music Event Management.
  • Courses at BIMM Manchester are fully validated by the University of Sussex, currently ranked in the UK’s top 20 Universities at number 13 and within the International top 100.

About BIMM

  • BIMM (Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester and Tech Music School London) is the UK and Ireland’s leading provider of contemporary music vocational and higher education courses.
  • In 2012 BIMM was awarded ‘highly trusted status’ by the UK QAA Agency and is fully accredited for International student enrollment.  Also in the same year BIMM became a member of UCAS.
  • BIMM Group offers its students a broad range of course levels, from diplomas through to BA (Hons) degrees across all five colleges.  Its 2000 students can study guitar, bass, drums, vocals, song writing, live sound and tour management and music business.  Delivered by 100 trained active professional tutors, all of whom have touring, performing and session experience and a background in the professional music industry.
  • BIMM colleges enjoy outstanding retention and achievement rates, excellent student feedback and a strong track record of alumni success; students have scored an unprecedented thirty UK Top 40 singles and have been involved in successful UK Top 20 albums including The Kooks (2 million+ album sales), Beth Rowley and Kate Walsh
  • Other student successes include Ben Thompson, currently on a world tour with Two Door Cinema Club and BIMM Bristol musician Steve Sparrow who is signed to Parlophone Records/EMI with his band Morning Parade. The band is recording their debut album with producer Jason Cox (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Blur) at Damon Albarn’s Studio 13.

BIMM Manchester music college arrives – Open Day Wed Dec 5th

BIMM Manchester building.jpgThe UK’s leading contemporary music college group is coming to Manchester and is enrolling for 2013. The BIMM Group already has colleges in Brighton, Bristol, Dublin & TMS London, it’s hard to believe it has taken so long to arrive in Manchester with its incredible musical heritage.

www.bimm.co.uk/manchester.

If you are considering a career in the music business then a course at BIMM is for you. There is a free Open Day on Wednesday 5th December being held at Gorilla on Whitworth St, facing The Ritz. Come along to one of the two sessions and find what a BIMM course has to offer. All you have to do is register in advance via the link below.

http://www.bimm.co.uk/manchester/about-bimm#open-days

The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce will be present at the morning session that begins at 11am and Elbow’s Richard Jupp  with be joining for the afternoon session at 2pm.

Spotify list most streamed artists of 2012

Most-streamed tracks of 2012 (global)              

  1. Gotye featuring KimbraSomebody That I Used To Know
  2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  3. Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
  4. Flo Rida – Whistle
  5. Flo Rida featuring Sia – Wild Ones
  6. Train – Drive By
  7. Nicki Minaj – Starships
  8. Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa – Payphone
  9. David Guetta featuring Sia – Titanium
  10. Loreen – Euphoria

Most-streamed tracks of 2012 in the UK

  1. Gotye featuring Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
  2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  3. David Guetta featuring Sia – Titanium
  4. Fun featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young
  5. Nicki Minaj – Starships
  6. Flo Rida featuring Sia – Wild Ones
  7. Rihanna – We Found Love
  8. Alex Clare – Too Close
  9. Train – Drive By
  10. Jessie J – Domino

Most-streamed albums of 2012

  1. David Guetta – Nothing But The Beat
  2. Gotye – Making Mirrors
  3. Drake – Take Care
  4. Lana Del Ray – Born To Die
  5. One Direction – Up All Night
  6. Fun. – Some Nights
  7. Rihanna – Talk That Talk
  8. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  9. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  10. Flo Rida – Wild Ones

Most-shared tracks by Spotify users (the most-shared tracks to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Spotify user’s Inboxes)

  1. Gotye Somebody That I Used To Know
  2. Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
  3. Fun. We Are Young – feat. Janelle Monáe
  4. Flo Rida featuring Sia Wild Ones
  5. David Guetta Titanium – feat. Sia
  6. Flo Rida featuring Sia – Whistle
  7. Train – Drive By
  8. Maroon 5 – Payphone
  9. Rihanna – We Found Love
  10. Michel Teló – Ai Se Eu Te Pego – Live

Most-streamed female artists

  1. Rihanna
  2. Nicki Minaj
  3. Adele
  4. Lana Del Ray
  5. Katy Perry
  6. Carly Rae Jepsen
  7. Beyonce
  8. Taylor Swift
  9. Loreen
  10. Kelly Clarkson

Most-streamed male artists

  1. David Guetta
  2. Flo Rida
  3. Eminem
  4. Skrillex
  5. Gotye
  6. Drake
  7. Pitbull
  8. Jay-Z and Kanye West
  9. Chris Brown
  10. Avicii

Most-streamed bands

  1. Coldplay
  2. Maroon 5
  3. Fun.
  4. Mumford and Sons
  5. Florence and the Machine
  6. Linkin Park
  7. LMFAO
  8. One Direction
  9. Train
  10. Glee Cast

Most popular apps by usage

  1. TuneWiki
  2. Soundrop
  3. We Are Hunted
  4. Last.fm
  5. Pitchfork
  6. Digstr
  7. musiXmatch
  8. Billboard
  9. Filtr
  10. Moodagent

Sigur Rós premiere the Valtari Film Experiment ~ Saturday 8th December

At 5:30pm on Saturday 8th December, Sigur Rós fans from around the world can gather together at the unique Small Cinema in Moston (Manchester, UK) for a special programme of short films, featuring music from the band’s Valtari album.

The Valtari Film Experiment Programme includes at least 17 commissioned (both official and fan-created) short films to coincide with the album Valtari. The programme will be screened on all seven continents over the weekend of 7th -9th December. Venues will include cinemas, cinema-like spaces, rock clubs, hardware stores and hairdresser salons.

Upon the release of their album Valtari in May 2012, Sigur Rós gave 12 filmmakers an equal budget and asked them to create whatever came into their heads when they listen to songs from the album. The idea was to bypass the usual artistic approval process to allow people the utmost creative freedom. The filmmakers include: Alma Har’el, Andrea Arnold, John Cameron Mitchell, Ramin Bahrani and Floria SigismondiSigur Rós also invited fans to contribute their own personal creations to the project.
Fans will receive a secret URL and a password, so they can enter a competition to win a Valtari prize package.
 
Tickets for the Valtari Film Programme are £6 + booking fee & available through Eventbrite
A complimentary mug of (brandy) hot chocolate will be given out to all. Please wear warm clothing because it can be chilly in the cinema.
Presented by Buddleia and Small Cinema Moston.
Running time: approximately two hours
The Small Cinema is based at The Miners Community Arts & Music CentreMoston, Teddington Rd, (off St Marys Rd), Moston, Manchester M40 0DJ. It is a permanent 70-seater cinema space in a former miners’ washhouse that has been taken over and run as a community café by father and son team Sam and Lou Beckett, in the heart of a housing estate. 
The best ways to get to the Miners from town are the buses (88 from the end of Oldham St in town, which takes you to the crossing of Lightbowne Rd and Nuthurst Rd). Or you can get the Rochdale train from Manchester Victoria to Moston station, which is on Hollinwood Avenue. Finally, the Metrolink has opened! Get a tram to Oldham Mumps from Victoria, and get off at Newton Heath, then walk up St Mary’s Rd (approx 10mins) and turn right onto Teddington Road.
 

Music for Cities – Tim Burgess, Peter Hook, Puressence…

Tim Burgess, Peter Hook and Puressence will play a SOLD OUT unique concert at Manchester Cathedral on Thursday November 15th. The evening is called ‘Music for Cities’ and is a charity concert to help young people living on some of the area’s most disadvantaged estates of Greater Manchester.

Tim will be will be accompanied by musicians from the Chetham’s School of Music, alongside bandmate Mark Collins (The Charlatans) on guitar, Martin Duffy from Primal Scream on keyboards and the musical arrangements have been created especially by the celebrated local composer Joe Duddell. Tim says “We heard about the plans at Manchester Cathedral and it was too good to miss. Such an iconic venue and a brilliant idea for a gig, I love gigs in churches but the Cathedral is another notch up. Normally the atmosphere is helped along by the audience enjoying a drink beforehand. I take it there’ll be some altar wine for everyone.”

The night also includes a one off chance to hear Peter Hook and the Light perform the mesmerising music of Joy Division’sUnknown Pleasures,’ to the haunting backing of a 16 piece choir put together specially by Choral Director Greg Batsleer. Hooky’s set is being arranged by film and theatre composer Alex Baranowski. Peter commented “There’s a real detachment from local government in some of these areas. It’s wonderful that local people are being given the opportunity to rise to the challenges. The fact the inspiration for this concert is coming from within these communities is truly awe inspiring. Joy Division’s music is grandiose – just imagine how atmospheric it will sound with those acoustics and the choir.”

Fans of Manchester band Puressence are also in for a treat, listening to the soulful voice of lead singer Jimmy Mudriczki with the choir as part of a full band performance in the 800 year old Cathedral setting.

The line up will be completed by Norway’s Silvert Hoyem and Bad Lieutenant’s Jake Evans, making this an incredible evening of music.

Clare Moreland, the head at Chetham’s School of Music says: “Music for Cities is a superb opportunity for the musicians of Chetham’s to work with some very well known names in the popular music world, sharing their skills and inspiring other young people who are performing and watching the concert.”

Joe Duddell, Professor of Music at Bath Spa University says: “Music enriches all our lives and is not just the preserve of the privileged. For Chets to engage in outreach projects in more disadvantaged communities in and around Manchester and Salford is great. The other charity beneficiaries, United Estates of Wythenshawe and Reclaim directly engage disadvantaged youngsters in creative projects, giving them a vital form of self-expression and keeping them off the streets and away from drugs and gun crime. Some of these youngsters will be performing on stage between the major acts.”

7.00pm Doors Open

7.20pm Jake Evans

7.45pm Sivert Høyem

8.20pm Puressence

9.10pm Peter Hook & The Light

10.05pm Tim Burgess
11.00pm Curfew

All profits will be split three ways; between the charities Reclaim, and the United Estates of Wythenshawe and Chetham’s School of Music.

Reclaim has won many awards both nationally and locally and is now recognised as one of the core projects delivering quality youth opportunities across Greater Manchester. The project is about helping young people build self confidence and reliance on their own inherent talents that even they may not have realised.

United Estates of Wythenshawe are a charity and social enterprise based who help young people to build opportunity, confidence and sustainable futures that do not involve gang membership, violence or substance abuse.

Chetham’s School of Music will use their share of the profits to help fund their new School Building – an incredible new resource for the city of Manchester where there will be free concerts for the public, a new Outreach and Community Centre to benefit children and adults from all backgrounds and abilities across the region and beyond, and a Music Technology Centre with facilities for everyone too.

Joe Duddell is the composer behind the celebrated collaboration between Elbow and The Hallé for Manchester International Festival back in 2009, and recent broadcast of Richard Hawley & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on BBC 6 Music. He has also worked with Jimi Goodwin (Doves), James and dubstep pioneers Nero. Joe is also a classical composer with commissions from The BBC Proms.

Alex Baranowski is a film, theatre and dance composer who has worked with the likes of Danny Boyle on Frankenstein, Nicholas Hynter on Hamlet and Ballet Black at The Royal Opera House. Alex recently branched out into the pop world with ‘The xx Symphony’ – a collaboration between The xx and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

City Reign – Ahead of Ideas

Label: Car Boot

Impact Date: NOVEMBER 12 th 2012

Manchester indie-rock trio, City Reign, have announced the release of the first single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Another Step’. ‘Ahead of ideas‘ builds on the raw energy and exciting promise of their early demos, including ‘Making Plans’ which caught the ears of BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq in late 2011.

The band teamed up with Manchester-based producer Sam Jones for the album, who took the band into Sacred Trinity Church in Salford to record. Jones chose the church for its natural reverb, which added more depth to the band’s classic guitar sound. City Reign’s vocalist and guitarist, Chris Bull, said: “I think we’re taking a risk with this single, it’s one of the most ambitious tracks we’ve recorded. The church was a great venue to record in and we have Sam to thank for that. We’re really happy with the rich and atmospheric sound we achieved on the album.”

Using the church as a venue wasn’t without its drawbacks, with the band once having to clear out in the middle of a crucial session recording the string quartet after realising that the church had been double-booked, allowing some confrontational locals to attend a memorial service.

City Reign are song-writing pair Chris Bull and Mike Grice with Duncan Bolton on drums. The album, ‘Another Step’, is due for release in early 2013 and you can catch the band at the following live dates in support of the single:

October 6th – The Deaf Institute – Manchester – Clash Magazine Launch w/ Jim Noir
November 2nd – Belushi’s – Edinburgh
November 3rd – Audio – Glasgow
November 7th – Viper Rooms – Sheffield
November 8th – Lomax – Liverpool
November 9th – Escobar – Leeds
November 20th – Pop In – Paris
November 22nd – Winstons – Amsterdam
November 24th – The Castle Hotel – Manchester

Check out the video for Ahead of Ideas below:

Blind Atlas – These Days

Label: Fallen Swine

Impact Date: 19th November

Fresh from their recent session for  Whispering Bob Harris’ Radio 2 show, Blind Atlas release ‘These Days’, taken from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Kodiak Bear‘. As we’ve come to expect from the band, there’s a brilliant video to accompany the single too:

“Mancunian country blues grooving to a Burritos beat…Kodiak Bear brooding and reflective…hints of Exile on Maine Street, Calexico and Frontier Ruckus…” Classic Rock Magazine: 7/10