We’ve had The Essential Advent Calendar for a few years now and usually when it comes to December 25 we summarise the songs we’ve featured over advent. This year is going to be different. It’s the end of the decade. When we go back to reality after the Christmas/New Year period, and work out how to remember how to write the date, it’s no longer going to be the 20-teens, we’ll have entered the 2020s. And ultimately, it’s up to us to decide whether it’s going to be a time of prosperity and positivity or not: will we have a Roaring 2020s, or will we just go along with whatever is given to us, accepting it as our lot in life, no matter how miserable it makes us feel?
George and Esther Longworth, originally started writing music as teenagers, before forming the band Dirty Blonde while studying at Cambridge University. Now the brother and sister are embarking on a new journey with their new project WOLF, and recently visited LA, where the pair worked on their debut EP, ‘You, Yourself, And Me’, alongside Joe Kiely, with whom George studied at the Royal College of Music. First single, ‘Set Yourself Free’, will be released on November 26.
Jedward will be releasing deeply sensual ‘Bodies In Action’ this Thursday 13 June, alongside the already announced ‘Soul Crushing’. The songs are the first two tracks on their upcoming fourth album, ‘Voice Of A Rebel’, which comes out June 27, via Universal Music. ‘Soul Crushing’ is already available across Asia.
Having signed with Universal Music Asia earlier this year, Jedward today announced that first single from upcoming fourth album, ‘Voice Of A Rebel’, will the song, Soul Crushing’. The track will be released across Asia tomorrow June 6, and in the rest of the world on June 13. ‘Voice Of A Rebel’ comes out June 27.
It’s hard to believe but the undisputed classic album, ‘Starfish’, from legendary Australian band The Church, commemorates its 30th anniversary this year. To celebrate the occasion, The Church will be touring the UK this June, including a weekend of shows at London’s Bush Hall, as well as appearances at Manchester’s Club Academy, and La Belle Angele, in Edinburgh.
Riding high after their performance as one of the showcasing artists at the AmericanaFest in London in January, British Americana duo The Luck have returned with their first release of the year ‘If This is Love’. We caught up with the brother sister duo ahead of #NationalSiblingDay to talk all things family, inspiration, and the pros and cons of working with someone who often knows you better than you know yourself….
‘Fashion Slayer’ from HEЯITAGE – aka Gianluca Gibbons and Hannah Eggen – is the follow up to their previous release, ‘Speak Life’, their gorgeous cover of the Damian Marley song. Now the Bermudians who make their home in Los Angeles, are feeling good in their “Chelsea suedes, skinny jeans and Armani shades”.
Skyfever are back with the latest release from their EP, ‘Rear View Mirror’. ‘Kings’ is a hard rocking track from the Dublin band whose music has been been played in the stadiums of Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC, Tennessee Titans, New York Yankees, and the 75,000 seater Bank Of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, the home ground of Carolina Panthers.
It’s been nearly 7 years since Jedward released the concept album, ‘Young Love’. Their third album, it signalled the end of their relationship with former label, Universal Music Ireland, but significantly, not the end of their career. Since that time, they have worked hard at establishing themselves as independent artists, releasing 12 stand alone, self-written singles, starting with ‘Free Spirit’, back in July 2014.
With Ireland today finally revealing that they’re sending Sarah McTernan as their entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, two time entrants Jedward – to date the holders of the best result this century for Ireland – have announced they will be performing 6 UK concert dates this May. Further dates, including the possibility of Dublin shows, are yet to be confirmed.