Dec 13, 2013
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Take a look at images from Union J’s 2013 merchandise shoot ahead of their debut album. See group and individual shots of Josh, George, Jaymi and JJ

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Nov 11, 2013
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The cheeky chap from essex knows how to entertain a crowd of screaming girls and guys for that matter. Olly has been up and down the country this summer performing all his hits and I had the pleasure to join him on a selection of dates.

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Oct 29, 2013
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British pop rock band Lawson are always a crowd favourite and nothing changed this summer whilst on the road. Here are a selection of images of the boys on and off stage…

One thing is for sure the boys do know how to have fun!

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Jun 26, 2013
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As part of Xfm Presents…. with Ford SYNCLewis 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

Dec 06, 2012
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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.

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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.”

Review by: Dave Newbury
Dec 06, 2012
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Grammy nominated Drake hit the stage at Birmingham’s LG Arena. Drake was accompanied by the very talented Labrinth. Here are a few shots I got whilst covering the gig.

Dec 05, 2012
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Dressed as futuristic gladiators, JLS quite literally descended on Birmingham’s LG arena. And with a note, word and beat-perfect performance, the fabulous foursome gave the crowd everything they were screaming for – and then some.

Dressed as futuristic gladiators, JLS quite literally descended on Birmingham’s LG arena.

And with a note, word and beat-perfect performance, the fabulous foursome gave the crowd everything they were screaming for – and then some.

Sporting everything from red leather to LED Matrix-style suits, the former X Factor runners-up led fans through a string of hits including Beat Again, Everybody In Love, The Club Is Alive and new single Proud when they performed as part of their 4th Dimension tour.

Fireworks, glitter and a floating steel pyramid all made an appearance in the fast-paced two-hour show.

With slick choreography, epic sets and 18,000 adoring fans they proved winning really isn’t everything when it comes to making the most of the X Factor experience.

Review by: Express and Star

Dec 05, 2012
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LG Arena, Birmingham

The screams from the thousands of female fans almost lifted the roof off Birmingham’s LG Arena.The Wanted were given a warm welcome into the region and lapped up the approval from their adoring fans.

This is their first UK arena tour which had been hotly anticipated by teenage girls nationwide and the band – made up of Tom, Max, Siva, Jay and Nathan – didn’t disappoint.

They wowed the with their hits including the dance number Glad You Came, Say It On The Radio and their number one hit All Time Low which got everyone on their feet and dancing. The boys kept it simple and proved that you do not need complicated dance routines, dozens of backing dancers and a state-of-the-art set to put on a good show.

The Wanted instead chose to be accompanied by a live band, and ditched the fancy footwork in favour of energetically jumping around the stage, and used special effects including flashing lights, fire works and flares to add drama to the show. The acoustic numbers also proved that they can do more than just cheesy pop. The boys surprised the crowd when they performed a Coldplay medley, which had everybody singing along and waving their hands in the air.

Throughout the set The Wanted boys involved the audience in the performance, and Gloucester-born Nathan told the crowd: “It’s so good to be at my local arena.”

The lads finished the show with the crowd pleaser Glad You Came.

By Naomi Dunning – Express and Star