So something a bit different to my normal work of pop music, arena tours, live lounge coverage etc… I had to opportunity to work with the beautiful Myleene Klass as she presented and hosted ‘A Night at the Movies’ with Sky Movies.
Movie soundtracks from Harry Potter to Back to the Future ; fromThe Artist to Pirates of the Caribbean and composers including James Horner and Hans Zimmer
This exclusive event took place at the beautiful Cadogan Hall in Chelsea, one of London’s leading concert venues
To see more images from this event visit the Classic FM website
As part of Xfm Presents…. with Ford SYNC, Lewis Watson performed a very intimate gig in front of just 30 people.
The 20-year-old from Oxford gained a massive underground following based on offering up his music online – and then bolstered it by building a formidable live reputation.
His debut EP It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW topped the iTunes singer-songwriter chart when it was released – outselling the likes of Adele, Madonna and Ed Sheeran – and The Wild EP has just made its way into the world.
Here are some shots from the night.
You can also check out some of the video footage of the live performance. http://vimeo.com/66716436
A small set from my behind the scene shoot for Classic FM on their new state of the art studios inside their media HQ hub in Leicester Square, London. The station which is owned and operated by Global Radio have revamp all of their studios to these new state of the art all singing all dancing studios’
Louis Smith, Denise Van Outen, Dani Harmer, Lisa Riley and Fern Britton in the line up for Strictly Come Dancing in Birmingham.
Dust off those sequins, get out the fake tan and hang up the glitter ball – Strictly Come Dancing is back in Brum!
The TV show’s live tour kicks off at Birmingham’s NIA on Friday night giving fans chance to see the celebrities and their professional partners strutting their stuff.
Reigning champion, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, will be there, along with one of the runners-up, TV presenter Denise Van Outen.
Actress Lisa Riley will be performing, as will TV presenter Fern Britton, cricketers Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan, and actress Dani Harmer.
Louis, who is partnered with Ola Jordan because TV partner Flavia Caccacia is performing in her own show with Vincent Simone, said he was hoping to repeat his success and be voted the winner every night.
He also told the Mail how he was now best known for Strictly – and not his Olympic bronze medal.
“When people come up to me now it’s all Strictly Strictly Strictly, that’s all they want to talk about,” he said.
“But I don’t mind because, if I’m honest, I found the training much harder for Strictly than for the Olympics.”
But Louis pledged that when the tour finishes on February 10 he will resume his gymnastics training, but admitted that at this stage, he was unsure if he would compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Review: Birmingham Mail
It was all kinds of awesome, with some uniquely brilliant versions of favourites such as Days Are Forgotten, Goodbye Kiss and the classic L.S.F. Plus, an amazing cover of You Give A Little Love from the Bugsy Malone soundtrack, which has never been played on these shores!
And, if that’s not all, we have chant and banter with your host Eoghan McDermott. Nice. Listen via the links below.
A trip to Camden on a weekend requires a zen-like tolerance at the best of times, but during Camden Crawl weekend taking a deep breath before counting to ten is essential currency. Not only is NW1 awash with the usual stag dos and tourists with unnecessary DSLRs, but there’s the added legion of indie types staring at huge line-up sheets, left to fend for themselves.
Camden’s relevance as an alternative hub is a memory on par with Empire and red telephone boxes, yet there’s still a hubbub of mystique about it. Yes, East London is where the Macbook posing hipster-blogs like to buy their lattes and listen to Soundcloud, but Camden has the golden touch.
You see, it still feels like a place where a young musician can turn up with a guitar and a crumpled fiver, and within three months be on a stage with the next band to change the world. Despite the crowds and generic MSG noodles, if you think of London’s music scene, Camden comes to mind first.
Camden Crawl was the original urban multi-venue festival, a model which has been regurgitated to tedium. While SXSW and The Great Escape are wonderful for The Biz, and Dot to Dot caters for the provinces, Camden Crawl is for the fans and retains its excitement.
If there’s one thing Camden does well it’s carefree fun, so Imperial Leisure are the prefect start to the weekend with ska horns and sing-a-long punk anthems feeding our inner Madness. Eight members on a tiny Wheelbarrow stage may have been a bit tight, but it’s surely a bridge to bigger platforms. The anti-fun, however, should have been standing at the drizzly, Red Bull Jam outdoor stage, for Japanese noise rock sludgers Bo Ningen, but their psychedelic stoner drone was truly energising.
Returing indoors, watching Three Trapped Tigers in a sparse Koko is a unique experience. The level of tight musical proficiency between their raging synths and Bonham drumming is unparalleled and produces a rampant thunder akin to a jazz-metal Battles or F*ck Buttons.
In need of aural recuperation The Monarch gifts the Crawl Brighton’s Fear Of Men and our own Echo Lake, both purveyors of art school lo-fi shoegaze yet with their own lofty sentiments. Echo Lake adopt a dreamlike approach to their ethereal guitars and gentle keyboard soundscapes, which allows their music to weave you in cloud of dust like a late 80s 4AD record. Fear Of Men, however, use soft jangly guitars to build an image of hazy afternoons in an indie pop meadow, which is delightfully uplifting.
The stars of the day are the solo artists, modern day one-man bands confidently doing it themselves. This is literal with Sweden’s Loney Dear; the sole presence on Dingwalls’ stage, with a guitar, bass drum and hi-hat, all playing consecutively. No, it isn’t a drum on the back and cymbal on the head affair, rather he overdubs live loops, to create mountainous aural collages which sweep and swoon. My Heart is gradually built up and sounds astonishing. Swayat Jazz Café doesn’t bother with such subtleties, a DJ and the fastest tongue in the (north)west is all he needs to create a frenzy of arm waving, bass bouncing and smiles all round.
Kwes, although solo, is backed with a drummer and synth-master allowing his bass to pulse and gentle voice to thrive. Live he lacks the enthralling layering of his records, but this is made up for by the sheer simplistic majesty of his songs which develop their own life live. The crammed Black Cap audience are captivated by Bashful’s elegance and confirms his as the rightful owner to Ghostpoet’s crown.
Unfortunately traditional bands can’t live up to the level set by soloists. Koko hosts the most tedious of the weekend’s music, first with The Big Pink playing their first home town show in months. From the whining bagpipes of opening track Gold they are nothing but insipid. Their anthemic mid-tempo stadium rock is more akin to The Script than their electro-noise peers and lack any imagination, even Robbie Furze’s crowd hugging is from the How-To-Be-A-Rockstar 1987 handbook. It is, however, surprising how many songs are recognisable and Hit The Ground is truly thunderous.
Even for The Futureheads the Crawl failed them. They bravely preform a capella, with minimal acoustic instruments, in promotion of their excellent record Rant. But, come on, this is Koko, in Camden, on a Saturday night, it’s not the time to show off how clever you are, nor win people over. A drunk swagger lad at the side correctly summed it up, heckling: “Boo, plug yer guitars in ya northern buggers.”