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BBC Children in Need Rocks Manchester / November 2011

 
By on Friday, 16th September 2011 at 2:30 am
 

A special concert to benefit BBC Children in Need will take place in Manchester’s MEN Arena on Thursday the 17th of November 2011. So far, the line-up include the following spectacular names in music, according to the BBC Press Office:

Michael Buble
Coldplay
Elbow
JLS
Lady Gaga
Hugh Laurie
James Morrison
N Dubz
Snow Patrol
Ed Sheeran

The event will be hosted by Radio1’s own Chris Moyles and Fearne Cotton, along with former Timelord David Tennant and will be broadcast on BBC1 between 8 PM and 10 PM the night of, as well as be simulcast on Radio1. Tickets are on sale Friday morning (16 September) at 9 AM and are priced at £95, £85, £75, £65 and £55.

 

Live Review: The Monster Ball Tour starring Lady Gaga at the Verizon Center, Washington, DC – 6th September 2010

 
By on Monday, 13th September 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Lady Gaga is a rock star, an enigma, a cultural phenomenon and a chameleon. She’s also an incredibly talented musician and performer, and her concerts are said to be spectacular, even life-changing. And I imagine that the Washington, DC, stop on the Monster Ball Tour would have been, had I actually been able to see anything. As a devoted Gaga fan (or “little monster,” as she calls them), months ago I braved Ticketbastard.com and shelled out nearly $75 (about 50 quid) for what was quite possibly the worst seat in the history of mankind. It was so far up I was almost worried if I stood up I’d get a nosebleed or fall down hundreds of feet to my death. And I was directly to the side of the stage, so half of the view was obstructed by scaffolding for the lights. The large screens, usually the saving grace for unfortunately-seated punters like myself, weren’t even visible, as I was directly side-on to them as well. It was frustrating, to say the least.

Equally frustrating was opener Semi Precious Weapons, although perhaps I should be happy my view of THEM was limited. They are vying for the top spot on my list of opening acts I’ve liked the least, and I’ve seen some bad ones. To begin with, despite provocative fashion choices like vocalist Justin Tranter wearing tights and heels (perhaps the only thing I liked about the band), their music had nothing in common with Gaga’s. The only reason for them being on the tour seems to be that they’re old friends of Gaga’s, a fact they mentioned at least every 2 songs — on a couple of occasions they even had the crowd chant her name.

Despite their use of over-exaggerated flailing, they still didn’t muster enough stage presence to fill the massive stage. In fact, everything about them came off as posing.  Aspiring rock stars, please note: constantly informing the audience  just how rock ‘n’ roll you are is NOT rock ‘n’ roll. When he wasn’t assaulting our ears with what was closer to shouting than singing, Tranter managed to drop the F-bomb so much you’d think he had Tourette’s, and called the mostly-female audience sluts on more than one occasion. At one point he shouted “Don’t hate Semi Precious Weapons, thank us for exposing your children to real rock ‘n’ roll” — no thanks, I’ll be taking option A.

Continue reading Live Review: The Monster Ball Tour starring Lady Gaga at the Verizon Center, Washington, DC – 6th September 2010

 

MGMT talk about Congratulations, Futureheads discuss Lady Gaga

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd March 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

MGMT (pictured top) are very much attracting the headlines at the moment with their new album, Congratulations, available for stream now on their official website and dividing opinions. Personally, they’re sounding a bit too “out there” for my liking from a first listen, but they’re sure to be one of this summer’s festival darlings.

They spoke to Zane Lowe on Gonzo’s brown couch the other day, musing their planning on the album. “We didn’t really have a big plan, we just wanted to sit down and write songs, and this is what happened” says frontman Andrew Van Wyngarden, clearly a fan of the forward planning, whilst Ben Goldwasser explains the fuller sound we get from Congratulations. “It was a group effort. Andrew and I still spent some time before we got the whole band together, writing stuff and kind of starting to figure out what it was going to sound like. Definitely felt like the whole band was part of making it”.

As you’d expect, recording their album inevitably bought up a few “interesting” experiences – though admittedly not the drug-fuelled ones I was expecting – “I saw [Mel Gibson] eating a beigel one day, he puts a beigel in his mouth one bite at a time, just like everyone else”. Insightful Andrew, fascinatingly insightful.

Meanwhile, in another high-brow conversation, The Futureheads‘ brothers Barry and Dave discussed the merits of a certain Lady Gaga. “I hate her music, I don’t dislike her personally, I think she’s quite interesting… her music’s awful” Dave commented, whilst his Barry disagrees “I think she’s a breath of fresh air at last, we’ve been waiting. Compare her with Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake, they’re just dancers. She is a musician and an artist.” Could this mark a fascinating new twist in the Futurheads saga? A split due to their differing Lady Gaga opinions? You heard it here first…

If you want to hear more from MGMT or Futureheads, you can catch them on Gonzo on MTV Rocks tonight at 10pm.

 

Lady Gaga / February and March 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 28th October 2009 at 10:55 pm
 

Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Lady Gaga is kind of a big deal these days.

She’s further cemented this by announcing some pretty huge shows for February and March next year. Catch the Poker-faced star at:

Thursday 18th February 2010 – Manchester MEN Arena
Wednesday 24th February 2010 – Liverpool Arena
Friday 26th February 2010 – London O2 Arena
Monday 1st March 2010 – Glasgow SECC
Wednesday 3rd March 2010 – Cardiff CIA
Thursday 4th March 2010 – Newcastle Arena
Friday 5th March 2010 – Birmingham LG Arena
Sunday 7th March 2010 – Sheffield Arena
Monday 8th March 2010 – Nottingham Arena

 

Isle of MTV

 
By on Sunday, 21st June 2009 at 7:34 pm
 

Black Eyed Peas (side)MTV know how to put on a good party. I think we can all agree on that. So when they announce that they’re organising a huge party in Malta for 50,000 people and it’s free, you know it’s going to be good before you even hear who’s playing or any of the important details.

This year’s Isle of MTV is hoping to capitalise on the success of the two previous years’ events, which saw the likes of Akon, Enrique Iglesias, Maroon 5 and The Kooks all play the event. For 2009, The Black Eyed Peas (pictured right), Lady Gaga, Metro Station and Esmée Denters all play the gig this year on Wednesday July 8th, just over two weeks time.

The four hour live event takes place in Malta’s Il-Fosos Square and will be turned into a 90 minute TV special, which is possible thanks to the support of Air Malta, Grand Hotel Excelsior and the tourist board, Visit Malta. They’ve all made it possible collectively for locals to experience world-class bands that normally they wouldn’t have a chance to see, something that I’m quite keen on – Radio 1 have done it with their Big Weekends, bringing big bands to towns in the UK that don’t normally have great music scenes, and MTV are doing it for Malta.

So, if you’re looking for a last minute summer break with some great music, or just something to catch on MTV later in the summer,  be sure to check out Malta and Isle of MTV.

 

Preview: V Festival 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 18th March 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Oasis (live, V Festival, credit)It’s undeniable that V Festival is a lot more commerical than other music festival’s across the country, and while the bash has certainly recieved the odd bit of criticism for it’s uber radio-friendly line up, the fest is no less fun in our eyes. Certainly – going by the awesome line-up, it’s unsurprising that the event managed to sell out in just two hours this year.

The summer bash – which is happening on Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd August – will be taking place across it’s two usual sites this ’09: Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.

Oasis (pictured right) and The Killers are the two big name headliners confirmed to be playing the festival’s top spot this year. Other major acts gracing the fest’s main stage (aptly titled ‘V Stage’) across the weekend include Razorlight, Snow Patrol, The Specials, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Lily Allen, James, Seasick Steve and, intriguingly, Taylor Swift.

The smaller sized ‘4Music’ stage will also be featuring further super cool artists including Fatboy Slim, Pendulum, The Ting Tings, The Wombats, Keane, The Enemy, Katy Perry and Dizzee Rascal.

If nothing has still managed to catch your eye (or ear!), why not head over to ‘The Arena’ where you can check out a varied selection including MGMT, Lady GaGa, Happy Mondays, The Streets, Pete Doherty, and latest girl band sensation, British Sea PowerThe Saturdays.

If that’s still not enough, the festival has another 50 acts up its sleeve to announce in the coming few weeks. Exciting!

As I told you earlier, tickets for the Chelmsford leg have sadly sold out. There are still some available for the Staffordshire event, however. For more information regarding ticket outlets, check out V Festival’s website.

Top photo comes from stevec77’s flickr stream, and side photo from John Griffiths’ flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

 
 
 

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