Newmarket Nights is a great idea for a fun trip out – an evening of horse racing followed by live music. When I saw The Kaiser Chiefs name crop up, I was drawn to the occasion. I’d seen them supporting Green Day at The Emirates a couple of months ago with my Kaiser mad cousin, and the fact is that lead singer Ricky Wilson is adorably crackers. As Yorkshire lasses we take clan pride in this nuttiness. It’s only a year since the People’s Republic of Yorkshire came tenth in the medal table at the Olympics. The fact is (puffed out chest) the Yorkies are good at stuff.
Paul Liddell has become something of an international act. He is currently playing gigs in Germany and Belgium and recently crossed the pond to play in the USA. By all accounts it's going very well. Hardly surprising, given his reputation as a superb live musician and his absolute artistic integrity. I've seen him perform live just once when he supported Matt Cardle in Birmingham. It isn't nearly enough.
Paul has a new single coming out in early September. It's called THE ENDS OF THE EARTH and is his first with new label Regulus. He isn't one for mushy love songs, preferring to take a wry, yet entertaining look at what is happening around him and shine a spotlight on injustice and society's other ills.
When Matt Cardle wrote LOVING YOU, he intended to record it solo. That was before he ran into Melanie Chisholm at this year's Isle of Wight Festival and was struck by the notion that it could be tweaked to make a great duet. Melanie (Mel C. of Spice Girls fame) has duetted successfully before, most notably with Bryan Adams on their 1998 hit When You're Gone. She has a voice that lends itself to harmonies and the collaboration with Matt works extremely well.
Almost 30 years since their last show in Belfast, The Boomtown Rats – Bob Geldof on vocals, Pete Briquette on bass, Simon Crowe on drums and Garry Roberts on guitar – have confirmed a return to the city to play the Ulster Hall on Friday 18 October. Tickets go on sale Friday 21 June at 9.00am.
Parkwood Entertainment today announced that The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyoncé kicks off in Europe on April 15, 2013. With stops in twenty European cities, including Dublin, Ireland; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France and a four-night stint at The 02 in London, UK, this is Beyoncé’s first multi-city tour in over three years.
I went to see Jason Mraz last month at the O2 Arena when his world tour, whimsically named Tour is a Four Letter Word, hit the UK for its final night. The tour is to support his latest album, Love is a Four Letter Word, which has spawned various other "is a four letter word" themes, including a bonus album, Live is..... and then there's the tree planting scheme, Tree is.... well, you get the idea.
He may be 63 but Lionel Richie was not lacking in energy when he performed in Belfast's Odyssey Arena this week.
The concert had previously been cancelled and rescheduled due to health issues so our expectations had dropped a little when we travelled down to see the US star sing, but the crooner was all fired up and brought out the big guns for the latest leg of his his Tuskegee tour.
We are huge fans of Lionel's most famous work and his chart topping 80's hits and were slightly worried that we would be a little bored when listening to his newer material taken from his most recent album 'Tuskegee.'
Talented live performer Gabrielle Aplin has released a new single, a cover of the 1984 Frankie Goes to Hollywood number 1 THE POWER OF LOVE. It is the theme tune for the John Lewis advert this Christmas and is doing nicely, currently number 5 in both the Amazon and I-tunes download charts. Production is rather simpler than the original with little more than Gabrielle's beautiful bell-clear voice and a piano played softly. As the festive season approaches, I predict that this will continue to sell well. Lovely, lovely version of a beautiful song.
Live albums can be a bit of an adventure. Some are great, but many don't work, not least because quite a few successful artists should really stick to the studio where there's a super powerful auto tune to edit out all those bum notes. They can be a good way to decide whether or not to pay money out to see an act live. As you listen, ask yourself this: are you making allowances for it being a live set, or are you bopping your socks off to an outstanding performance?