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Preview: Tennent’s Vital Festival 2016

By on Friday, 8th July 2016 at 10:00 am

For my first official article as a full-time Irish writer at There Goes the Fear, I felt it was only fair to contribute in the best way I can: by introducing our readership to the vast amount of musical shenanigans within the small but deceptively massive Emerald Isle. I’m beginning with a preview of Tennent’s Vital (T Vital for short), a festival that has been held in Belfast for the past 12 years. This year’s event takes place the 25th and 26th August 2016.

Tennent’s Vital began in 2002 when C&C Group plc and MCD Productions teamed up to bring Belfast City’s first major music festival. In its first year, they brought in heavy-hitters Primal Scream, Idlewild, Snow Patrol and Fatboy Slim. Throughout its existence, the event has moved location 3 times: from the city Centre, to Ormeau Park a little further out, then further to Bangor, finally resting in Boucher Road Playing fields, where it still resides today. Despite the minor setback of going on hiatus between 2008 and 2010, nothing else has stopped it from growing in size and popularity. It has attracted attention from a huge range of artists through the years in many different genres. Some of these include Jurassic 5, The Darkness, David Guetta, Kings of Leon, Tinie Tempah, The Script, Pigeon Detectives, The Killers and Foo Fighters.


This year Tennent’s Vital takes place on Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th of July. It continues its long history of bringing along monstrous acts. Industry veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers will be ripping it up as the headliners for day 1. Well, when they’re not too busy saving children during a carpool karaoke with James Corden and joining street performers in London. Following the release of their new album ‘The Getaway’ in June, the funky monks have embarked on an extensive world tour, with stops at a number of the UK’s top music festivals, including Tennent’s Vital.

Red Hot Chili Peppers will be supported by Fall Out Boy, who stormed back into the mainstream following the release of their 2013 comeback album ‘Save Rock and Roll’. Additional support will come from the ever-striving Cage the Elephant, rounding out what is sure to be a great first day.


If the alternative scene isn’t your thing, never fear, as day 2 is chocked full of the best of pop, r&b and EDM acts. And who better to headline than global superstar DJ and two-time Tennent’s Vital headliner in the last 3 years, Avicii (pictured at top). He has topped the charts on numerous occasions since his introduction in 2011 and performed at major festivals across the world. However this time Avicii (aka Swedish electronic musician and DJ Tim Bergling) has announced his retirement in a letter on the front page of his website, stating this tour to be his last, so whether or not you’ve seen Avicii before, book your ticket fast and don’t miss out on seeing the incredible DJ one last time.

Jess Glynne will take her spot as top support on day 2 of the festival. After gaining instant success for providing the lead vocal track to Clean Bandit’s 2014 banger ‘Rather Be’, she has received nothing but praise and attention for her work, including a Grammy award for Best Dance Track, as well as a nomination for Song of the Year at the BBC Music Awards. She recently wowed crowds and critics at Radio One’s Big Weekend in Plymouth in May, so we can’t wait to see what she has planned for Belfast. With three further support slots awarded to the best up and coming dance acts Duke Dumont, Galantis and Zak Abel, day 2 of Tennent’s Vital is sure to be bouncing from start to finish, so be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes.


Two days, seven huge acts, one field: don’t miss out! Tickets available now from Tickemaster.


Preview: Live at Leeds 2016

By on Tuesday, 15th December 2015 at 9:00 am

For a festival that was first created to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the fine city that houses it, Live at Leeds has managed to survive – no, thrive – and will be in its 10th year in 2016 (30 April). Which makes this one rather special. The recently announced first acts, which include pop songstress Jess Glynne (pictured at top) and madcap indie duo We Are Scientists, are the first of what will is sure to be many more recognised names and even more unsigned, local faces.

A metropolitan festival can be a strange affair: whereas the norm at a festival is to get lost in a field for a few days, when it comes to a metropolitan one, you’re encouraged to explore the city itself, take part in various activities that are normally happening, all the while being within walking distance from any amenity a city can offer. Metropolitan festivals have seen a great increase over recent years, with another Northern festival, Beacons, being moved to urban areas around Manchester and Leeds after receiving feedback from attendees that attending a tent and field festival is increasingly more expensive due to transport and other costs. Not to mention the idea that if – and we are talking about the North of England here – the weather were to take a bad turn, the venues are all indoor, so there’s no worry about it being cancelled or acts being rescheduled. There are many positives to a city festival, and while you can’t replace the ‘drunk in a field’ feeling, it’s possible to get close.

2016’s Live at Leeds, for the first time, will feature a program of digital events, a la SXSW or The Great Escape. This is a strong move for the festival: it will draw in professionals, as well as music fans, and gives the event even more credibility. More information about these events and more will be announced in due course.

Looking back at acts who previously played the festival, one can’t help notice names such as Catfish and The Bottlemen (2014), who have seen their career expanded exponentially this year after a Glastonbury appearance, not to mention Ed Sheeran (2010), one of British music’s current biggest stars. Live at Leeds has a great track record of signing bands who are heading for great futures, as well as those who are far more than established in smaller circles. With 200 acts being announced for last year’s festival, it’s bound to be an even bigger affair this year.

Jess Glynne, who had us all singing last summer with an appearance on Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ and has her own fantastically bright solo career, will be a perfect artist to watch at this year’s event, along with the aforementioned duo of We Are Scientists, who are a staple in any independent festival lineup. They have the same draw now as they did when they first rose to prominence after releasing ‘With Love and Squalor’, which was 10 years old this year, pretty apt. Along with Band of Skulls, the ferocious rockers who brought us ‘Death By Diamonds and Pearls’ and more recently released their third album in 2014, ‘Himalayan’, and Circa Waves, the relatively new band from Liverpool, we’re looking strong already and the lineup is bound to get even stronger.

Tickets are on sale now via all good ticket sellers, which are listed on the festival’s official Web site.


Jess Glynne / February 2016 UK Tour

By on Friday, 18th September 2015 at 8:00 am

Pop diva Jess Glynne recently released her debut album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’, which reached the top of the UK charts with tracks like ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’.  Glynne is currently touring the album in North America, and her previously scheduled November tour of the UK has already sold out.  But if you missed your chance at those shows, don’t fret, as Glynne has just announced another short run of shows for early next year.

Tickets for the following February tour dates will be available for general sale this very morning, Friday the 18th of September, at 9 AM.  Previous TGTF coverage of Jess Glynne can be found here.

Wednesday 17th February 2016 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Thursday 18th February 2016 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 20th February 2016 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 26th February 2016 – Birmingham Academy


Album Review: Jess Glynne – I Cry When I Laugh

By on Friday, 4th September 2015 at 12:00 pm

Jess Glynne. If you aren’t familiar with the name, you’ll almost certainly be familiar with her voice. The 25-year-old has received credits as a featured vocalist for Route 94 (on ‘My Love’), Clean Bandit (‘Rather Be’) and Tinie Tempah (‘Not Letting Go’), all of which topped the Official UK Singles Chart. Riding high on her success, Glynne launched a successful solo career, which has led to the release of ‘I Cry When I Laugh’.

As the name suggests, Jess Glynne’s debut album is a mixed bag of emotions, with lyrics about heartbreak and pain combined with uplifting melodies. The vast majority of the record consists of piano-heavy, clap-driven tracks, each of which would achieve phenomenal chart success, from the lively, upbeat ‘Ain’t Got Far to Go’ to the chilled, relaxing vibes of ‘Gave Me Something’ and ‘You Can Find Me’. Also dotted throughout ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ are Jess Glynne’s singles, including the infectious ‘Right Here’, pop anthem ‘Hold My Hand’, the second Clean Bandit collab ‘Real Love’ (review here) and ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’, which gave the singer her fifth #1 single, a feat previously achieved by Cheryl.


In addition to the dancefloor fillers, ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ also showcases a softer side to Jess Glynne through Adele-esque ballads such as ‘Take Me Home’: a powerful track with melancholic lyrics (“Would you take the wheel, if I lose control? If I’m lying here, will you take me home?”). Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for ‘Saddest Vanilla (ft. Emeli Sande)’. Despite Jess infusing the gentle number with valiant passion, the track feels like a weak inclusion, especially in comparison to the rest of the album.

Having worked with a range of producers, including Starsmith (Ellie Goulding, Kylie Minogue), Naughty Boy (Emeli Sande, Leona Lewis) and Knox Brown (Beyonce, Jay-Z), it’s difficult to pinpoint Jess Glynne’s sound. As a result, the album feels particularly dysfunctional as a whole. However, as a collection of singles, ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ is a great showcase of Jess Glynne’s immense talent and her vocal range, which meanders from dancefloor anthems to power ballads. A solid debut, but you can’t help but feel the best is yet to come.


Jess Glynne’s ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ is out now on Atlantic Records. The record will be released in America on the 9th of November.


Video of the Moment #1851: Jess Glynne

By on Saturday, 11th July 2015 at 6:00 pm

Even if you’re not a fan of hers, I’m sure you’ve heard Jess Glynne‘s voice before: she lent her vocals to Clean Bandit‘s mega hit ‘Real Love’. The pop princess will be releasing her debut album in late August and 1 week before on the 14th of August, she will drop her new single ‘Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself’. The message in its accompanying promo video is one of hope, taking the idiom of “marching to the beat of a different drummer” quite literally. Watch it below.

Jess Glynne’s debut album for Atlantic Records, ‘I Cry When I Laugh’, will be out in the UK on the 21st of August. (So much for new initiative New Music Fridays and all albums being released on the same day: the LP won’t be available in America until the 9th of November.)



Ed Sheeran named as most streamed artist of 2014

By on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 5:30 pm

Ed Sheeran has been named as the most streamed artist worldwide in 2014, with his album ‘X’ being streamed over 430 million times since it was released in June.

Music streaming service Spotify revealed that the singer/songwriter beat the likes of Eminem and Coldplay to the top spot, based on data collected from over 50 million users across the world. Calvin Harris and Katy Perry make up the remainder of the top five. Speaking about his achievement, Sheeran said, “It’s a great thing to be above so many amazing artists who I’d assume would be streamed more than me.”

However, despite his successes in the streaming charts, Ed Sheeran failed to make the top five tracks globally. Singer/songwriter, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams took the top spot with ‘Happy (from Despicable Me 2)’, which beat off competition from Clean Bandit‘s ‘Rather Be (ft. Jess Glynne)’ and Calvin Harris’s ‘Summer’. Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ and John Legend‘s ‘All of Me’ complete the top five.

Steve Savoca, head of content at Spotify, said: “This has been a phenomenal year for a rich variety of amazing artists on Spotify. Over 50 million dedicated music fans listened to more than 7 billion listening hours in 2014 alone.” He added: “Huge congratulations to Ed Sheeran on achieving most-streamed album on Spotify for the wildly successful ‘X’, and also for earning the overall most streamed artist of 2014 thanks to his dedicated fans on Spotify.”

Ed Sheeran’s success in the streaming chart is largely down to timing. His album X, which is available on Spotify, was released a couple of weeks before he took to the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2014. In the same month, it was announced that the Official Charts Company would be counting audio streams within their chart data. Following his performance on “The X Factor” on Sunday, October 26th, 2014, the singer’s third single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was streamed over 1,638,000 times in a week. Not bad, eh?

However, not all artists have been as supportive of music streaming services. Quite famously, Taylor Swift made the move to withdraw all of her music from Spotify at the start of November 2014, as she believes artists don’t receive enough money from the service. Other famous artists who are missing from such services include AC/DC and The Beatles.

The streaming results, which includes artists we’ve written a lot on TGTF about including Coldplay, Glass Animals and Hozier, in full:

Top five global artists

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Coldplay
4. Calvin Harris
5. Katy Perry

Top five global males

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Calvin Harris
4. Avicii
5. David Guetta

Top five global females

1. Katy Perry
2. Ariana Grande
3. Lana Del Rey
4. Beyoncé
5. Lorde

Top five global groups

1. Coldplay
2. Imagine Dragons
3. Maroon 5
4. OneRepublic
5. One Direction

Top five global tracks

1. Happy (from Despicable Me 2) – Pharrell Williams
2. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
3. Summer – Calvin Harris
4. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
5. All of Me – John Legend

Top five global albums

1. X – Ed Sheeran
2. In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
3. The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
4. G I R L – Pharrell Williams
5. My Everything – Ariana Grande

Top five global viral tracks

1. Take Me to Church – Hozier
2. Gooey – Glass Animals
3. Ojos Color Sol – Calle 13
4. Coffee – Sylvan Esso
5. Hey Mami – Sylvan Esso

Most streamed artists in UK

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Arctic Monkeys
3. Eminem
4. Sam Smith
5. Coldplay

Most streamed tracks in UK

1. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
2. Happy – Pharrell Williams
3. Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – M Probz
4. All of Me – John Legend
5. Stay With Me – Sam Smith

Most streamed albums in UK

1. X – Ed Sheeran
2. In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
3. Wanted On Voyage – George Ezra
4. The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
5. G I R L – Pharrell Williams

Top viral tracks in UK

1. Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Baz Luhrmann
2. Gooey – Glass Animals
3. Everyone Is Gay – A Great Big World
4. Take Me To Church – Hozier
5. Far From Any Road – The Handsome Family


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