What happens when two genre defying forces of nature come together for a common cause? The answer is that, on 27th October, an incredible collaboration of talent will come to fruition when we see the release of ‘Stand By Me’ on Under The Apple Tree Records. It will be released in aid of something this pandemic can only have made more important. It will raise funds for ‘Help Musicians’, a 99 year old charity, that continues to provide vital support to thousands of music creators during this unprecedented time.
Back in June we introduced you to The Smiling Sessions, a group run by a non profit organisation, who go into community centres for the elderly each week, where they host sing-a-longs for the residents and members. During the lockdown period, The Smiling Sessions certainly didn’t let their mates down, and instead went fully-virtual, with celebrities popping by to lead the sessions online.
Following the extraordinary response to the online streaming event in July, audiences will have another chance to experience ‘Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace’ as it screens in cinemas globally via Trafalgar Releasing from 5 November. The cinematic release of this remarkable and compelling film will be followed by an album on 20 November, available on vinyl, CD and streaming services worldwide.
COVID-19 has seen a lot of innovation and creativity rise up out of necessity, and one such example is The Wheelblocks, a supergroup comprising various members of already amazing heavy rock bands. They’re not simply together for the duration however: The Wheelblocks have decided this is a good thing, and they’re planning to continue playing together once quarantine is over.
Metallica’s first show of 2020 will be part of the all-new Encore Drive-In Nights, on August 29. For one night only Metallica will be performing at Drive-In Theatres Across North America. Four digital downloads of their album, ‘S&M2’ will be included with each ticket purchase. Special guest performance will be by Three Days Grace.
Sergio Myers is a multi-genre artist, who has been making an impact with his emotional hip hop tracks, which closely examine and pull apart his personal life. His catchy and charismatic sound has seen him work with Grammy Award winning producer Arden Altino, as well as MTV, for whom he created the reality TV series, ‘Sorority Life’.
Hailing from the Australian state of Tasmania, pop singer songwriter Nuria writes music about the human experience; her latest single, ‘Touch’, released July 31, took its inspiration from those feelings of longing that have been brought about by the enforced isolation of COVID-19 lockdown. The song was recorded in her caravan home studio, and with further production work by Dave Crowe (aka Resin Moon), based in Alice Springs, The Northern Territory.
Jedward star John Grimes last week released a stunning acoustic cover of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, dedicated to his best friend Tara Reid, who had told him it was her favourite song. The track, based on the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole arrangement, comes ahead of tomorrow’s release of the music video for Jedward’s song, ‘Taste The Heat’.