Category Archives: music

NCS Live Music Event At The Brixton Academy – 1 March, O2 Brixton Academy

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On Saturday 1st of March, NCS is throwing an exclusive event with some of the hottest British bands of the moment at Brixton Academy and you can win yourself a pair of tickets!

The event is taking place on 1st of March at Brixton Academy, there will be live performances from a host of incredible artists including Neon Jungle, the four piece girl group currently storming the UK Charts, electro-pop band Swiss Lips, Elli Ingram and new R&B artist Joel Compass. The spectacular event will be hosted by two of the UK’s biggest YouTubers and NCS Ambassadors, Marcus Butler and Joe Suggs.

All you need to do to win tickets for you a friend is enter herehttp://bit.ly/NCSYesLive

NCS is a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15 to 17 year olds in England and NI. It’s a unique two or three-week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a community project. The programme is designed to help young people unlock their potential and fast track their future.  For more info on NCS, watch:  http://bit.ly/ItAllStartsAtYes

Vinzenz Stergin plays 7 days, 7 coffee shops, 7 concerts

Vinzenz Stergin is a musician from Austria living in London, it may be the first you’ve heard of him but if you like your music a little quirky and offbeat then be sure to check out one his shows out this December.  From December 1st to December 7th he will be playing a small intimate tour through 7 independent London coffee shops.

Besides songs from his upcoming album Grow, to be released in January 2014, he will be playing songs out of his Newspaper Article Of The Week Series where he put Newspaper Articles into music, and some unusual pop covers out of his Bathroom Session Series where he covered #12 of the US Billboard Charts for 12 weeks.

You can catch Vinzenz Stergin from December 1st – December 7th 2013 at these coffee shops:

Dec 1st Secret location – please e-mail info@stergin.com if you want to attend
Dec 2nd Notes Covent Garden 19:30
Dec 3rd #Guardiancoffee, Shoreditch 15:00
Dec 4th Royal Tees, Greenwich 16:00
Dec 5th Vintage Bean Cafe, Brick Lane 19:30
Dec 6th Kahaila, Brick Lane 17:00
Dec 7th Vinyl, Deptford 17:00

check out more of his music here: http://www.stergin.com/web/work/music-videos/

Date for your diary – You Need To Hear This Pop-up – 14th/15th Sept 2013

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Music collides with art in East London when eight conceptual art installations undergo an audio injection. 

 Talking benches…thinking mannequins…musical cash machines…just plug your headphones into over 40 audio jacks to experience a unique acoustic scenario or musical accompaniment. 

 The store is the brainchild of the creative team behind the music hub YouNeedToHearThis.com and will feature DJ sets from Toyboy & Robin, Cooly G and Ossie over the weekend.

The You Need To Hear This pop-up store will be at Shop 13, Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, on the 14th and 15th September from11am-7pm.

 

Date for your diary – Barclaycard British Summer Time Concerts in Hyde Park – July 2013

British Summer Time Hyde Park presented by Barclaycard is a ground breaking new summer concert series from Friday 5 July – Sunday 14 July 2013Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez will be one of a mega line up of musical artists that will be playing and I am lucky enough to be going to see them on the 14th July!

As well as music across Hyde Park, there will be four themed zones within the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park site, each with its own specially designed installations and entertainment including:

  • high quality restaurants
  • bespoke salons
  • pubs
  • cocktail bars
  • cafes
  • bistros
  • independent food stalls.

The line up is as follows:

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Bon Jovi Hyde Park – Friday 5 July

The Rolling Stones Hyde Park – Saturday 6 & 13 July

A Day at the Park with JLS and The Beach Boys Hyde Park  – Sunday 7 July

 

Sir Elton John Hyde Park – Friday 12 July

 

Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez – Hyde Park, Sunday 14 July

 

To book tickets for one of the concerts please visit: www.bst-hydepark.com

Date for your diary: Live By Lake at Kenwood House – 23rd Aug – 1 Sept 2013

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After a one year break, Live by Lake is back and will be held once again  in the stunning grounds of Kenwood House in Hampstead heath.  Who says that festivals mean you have to get dirty? 🙂

Concert goers are in for a treat this year with a  line up that will feature indie gods  Suede, an epic Choral Greats concert, established rock giants Keane supported by Laura  Mvula, a stunning outdoor live screening of Singin’ in the Rain featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Opera Alfresco. It’s sure to be an event that everyone will enjoy. Bring your own picnic or order one before and enjoy the last days of the summer in style.

If you’re lucky to live in one of these postcodes: N6, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5, NW6, NW8, NW11 you will qualify for a residents discount!  Click here to get yours now.

The line up:

Friday 23 August

Suede

With special guests (tba)

 

Saturday 24 August

Choral Greats Firework Spectaular

With The Royal Choral Society & The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

Plus Fireworks Spectacular

 25th of August

Keane

supported by Laura Mvula

Friday 30 August

Singin’ in the Rain

Live Musical Score and Film Screening

Featuring The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

 

Saturday 31 August

Opera Alfresco

Featuring English National Opera Orchestra

With special guests (tba)

 

Sunday 1st September

Summertime: An evening of Gershwin

Starring Michael Ball Gina Beck, Kerry Ellis and David Shannon

 

For and more information and to book tickets go to www.livebythelake.co.uk

Singing Masterclass with J Marie Cooper from ‘The Voice UK’

Fancy yourself as the next Jessie J? Well fans of the ‘The Voice’ will be able happy to know that on Saturday 23rd March, singing superstar and ‘The Voice’ finalist J Marie Cooper has joined forces with City Academy to launch a one day singing masterclass at Sadler’s Wells.
If you watched ‘The Voice’  you will remember how J Marie Cooper wowed Judges Will.I.Am and Jessie J when she sailed through her blind audition for her appearance on the BBC’s show.

The workshop is a rare opportunity and invites students to discover their vocal potential, enjoy performing and gain stage confidence.

This jam-packed day will involve a thorough warm-up focusing on breathing and technique, working on harmonies, practising performance and improvisation techniques, as well as a Q&A session on the industry.

Covering popular music by the likes of Rhianna, Jessie J and Jason Mraz (with a live pianist), this one-off class is suitable for both aspiring vocalists and those who want to try singing for the first time.

For more information please visit: http://www.city-academy.com/singing-masterclass-with-j-marie-cooper#-TimetableBooking

 

Free Gigs At Aloft London Excel this September and October 2012

Aloft Hotels have teamed up with indie rockers We Are Scientists on a search for the next hottest unsigned band. Over the last couple of months, bands have been submitting demos for the chance to play at one of three London gigs taking place at Aloft London Excel throughout September and October.

 

The winning band, together with We Are Scientists, will record a brand new track in a specially created hotel room studio. There will be a gig on 1st November with We are Scientists and the winning band.
Come down and check out the talent. Entry is first come first served but you can reserve your name on the guest list at playandstay@aloftlive.com.
Aloft London Excel, One Eastern Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1FR, London, UK
Date & time: 
  • 20th September 2012, 8:00pm
  • 11th October 2012, 8:00pm
  • 18th October 2012, 8:00pm
Price: 
FREE but it’s first come first served. Reserve your name on the guest list by emailing playandstay@aloftlive.com
 

Daily distraction – Empire Of The Sun – We are the people

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Don’t you just love it when you discover a new band that you didn’t know. I was sitting with a friend today in a very nice pub in Angel – The Canonbury ( put it on your list of new places to try) when Empire of  The Sun’s track We are the people started playing. Gripped by the catchy beat I asked my friend if she had the iphone app Shazam. Luckily she was able to download it and we found out what it was. Searching for the track on Spotify when I got home I found out that the album came out in 2009! Well I am a bit late discovering them but as the french say J’adore!

If you don’t already know them check out these two amazing songs:

We are the people

Walking on a dream

Daily Distraction – Jessie J

I am a bit late in discovering Jessie J the loud mouthed girl from Redbridge (the area I grew up in 🙂 who is currently  taking the charts by storm. Jessie is another Brits school grad (others being Jamie T and Kate Nash) who started her career in the music industry penning hit tracks for Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.

Watch her video Price tag below.