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The Essential Weekly Playlist of: Chris Ilett

Chris Ilett is a singer songwriter and instrumentalist whose new album ‘Wayward Fires’, is set for release on March 28, 2018. Chris’s playlist is both very interesting and varied, with artists as diverse as Sia, Elvis Costello, Skylar Grey, and Little Green Cars. You can check out Chris online on his official website, Twitter, and Facebook, and his music is available on Spotify and Bandcamp.

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Robert Plant Reveals Live Video For ‘Carry Fire’ Recorded Manchester Apollo November 2017

Recorded at Manchester Apollo in November on his 2017 sell-out UK tour, Robert Plant has revealed the live video for the title track of his critically acclaimed album ‘Carry Fire’, which went top 3 in the UK last year. Robert kicked off his massive North American tour in North Carolina last week.

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John Prine New Album ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ Out April 13th Plays Cambridge Folk Festival 5th August

Legendary singer, songwriter and performer John Prine will release his highly anticipated new album, ‘The Tree of Forgiveness’, April 13 on his own independent label, Oh Boy Records (pre-order now HERE). Produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb, the album is Prine’s first featuring new material in over 13 years.

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MAROON 5 Releases Video For New Single ‘Wait’

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum band Maroon 5 debut the official music video for their new single ‘Wait’ (222 Records/Interscope) TODAY. Directed by David Meyers (Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake) and starring actress Alexandra Daddario (The Layover, Baywatch, American Horror Story), the track is the second single from Maroon 5’s new hit studio album, ‘Red Pill Blues’.

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LIVEWIRE Festival To Return To Tower Headland Arena Blackpool 23rd-26th August 2018

After a massive inaugural year, which saw unforgettable performances by a host of UK and international acts including Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Jacksons, LIVEWIRE Festival announces it will return to the famous seaside resort for the August bank holiday. From Thursday August 23rd – Sunday August 26th Blackpool’s Tower Headland Arena will once again welcome some of the world’s biggest music stars, this year increasing the festival from three to four nights.
Tickets are priced from £40 and go on sale this Friday 16 th February at 10am LIVEWIRE Festival.
The first headline artists to be announced are Boyz II Men, and Matt Goss who will be performing on Thursday August 23rd. For both artists this will be their only UK shows in 2018.

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Jon Grayson Is Anything But A ‘Stranger’ With Release Of New EP

Jon Grayson is a singer songwriter originally from the Medway Towns region of Kent, but now living in London, whose ‘Stranger’ EP was released late last year. The 4 track record has a pop-rock flavour with touches of reggae in parts.
Catch Jon Grayson performing tonight at The Islington with his full band headline show.

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Fifi Rong – ‘Awake’

London-based vocalist, songwriter and electronic music producer Fifi Rong is back with her new EP, ‘Awake’.

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The Essential Weekly Playlist of: Peppermint Heaven

We’ve had a good working relationship with Peppermint Heaven for several years now, and they even did an Essential Weekly Playlist for us back in 2016. The duo comprising Juno and Spark, based in Los Angeles, are strongly influenced by the likes of Tears For Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, New Order, Howard Jones, Psychedelic Furs…..among others – so it’s no surpise to see a few of those names turn up in their Essential Weekly Playlist.

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‘SYRE’, Jaden Smith’s debut album which was released on November 17, 2017 via the artist’s own MSFTS Music/Roc Nation label through their Interscope Records partnership has reached over 100 million streams on Spotify.

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When pop moves on, it leaves some stars behind. For others – the ones who were in it for the music – it opens new avenues.

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The Essential Weekly Playlist of: Jess And The Bandits

We’ve been proud to support Jess And The Bandits pretty much from the start, and we love how far they’ve come and how far they’ve still to go. JATB are about to tour the UK and we caught up with them for their Essential Weekly Playlist.

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Cub Sport Release Video For New Single ‘Good Guys Go’ Plus Announce UK Show At The Waiting Room May 9

Australian alt pop group, Cub Sport, have recently released the video for their song, ‘Good Guys Go’. It’s the third release from their second studio album, ‘BATS’.

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Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Announces First Album In Four Years, ‘Young Adult’

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’s first album in four years, ‘Young Adult’ is out now on Xtra Mile Recordings.
With the immediate release of two brand new singles, ‘Adults’ and ‘Always’, and the promise of live appearances to come, Sam Duckworth and his cape-crusading nom-de-plume is back.
Though sonically worlds-apart, both tracks are wrapped-up in the thoughtful lyricism and cerebral arrangements that hallmark the many treasures of Get Cape Wear Cape’s rich and varied trove.

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Nick JD Hodgson – ‘Tell Your Friends’

Founding and former member of Kaiser Chiefs and songwriter Nick JD Hodgson has released his debut solo album, ‘Tell Your Friends’.

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Wildwood Kin Release New Single ‘Steady My Heart’

Acclaimed indie alt folk band Wildwood Kin released their new single, ‘Steady My Heart’ on January 26, through newly relaunced Sony Music imprint, Silvertone. The track comes form their debut album, ‘Turning Tides’, and the single is a newly recorded version, produced by Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) and mixed by Dave Bascombe.

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Superstar country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton joined Justin Timberlake on his new song ‘Say Something’ released today, with their collaboration following their famous performance of Chris’ version of George Jones’ ‘Tennessee Whiskey’, and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Drink You Away’ at the 2015 CMA awards, which helped launch Chris into the music stratosphere. The striking one-take music video/short film directed by Arturo Perez Jr, dropped this week and sees Chris join Justin towards the middle of the video, it was an instant hit with Rolling Stone describing it as “stunning”.

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