Kendal Calling: Apply To Play

Returning this July for its 15th year - Kendal Calling the award winning Cumbrian festival is looking for participants. Application Closing Date: 17th April 2020 Visit Kendal Calling to apply now.

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Musicvein Talks To Radio 5 Live About The Leeds Festival Line-up

If you didn't manage to catch the Musicvein interview on Radio 5 Live - Tuesday 11th February - around the Reading/Leeds Festival controversy, here's a recording! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTUz779aMLc&t=31s

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Ronan Keating: Twenty Twenty Tour Dates

‘TWENT TWENTY’ UK  & Ireland Tour: 5 June                    Live at Botanic Gardens - Belfast6 June                    Vicar St - Dublin, Ireland9 June                    Bridgewater Hall - Manchester10 June                  SEC Armadillo - Glasgow11 June                  Sage - Gateshead13 June                  BIC - Bournemouth14 June                  Motorpoint Arena - Cardiff15 June                  Cliffs Pavilion - Southend16 June                  Symphony Hall - Birmingham18 June                  Royal... Continue Reading →

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Slowthai Removed as Record Store Day 2020 UK Ambassador

Organisers of Record Store Day 2020 have announced their immediate withdrawl of Slowthai as their UK Ambassador 2020. In a statement released today they said of his inappropriate conduct at the NME Awards 2020; “You will have seen this morning’s reports of slowthai’s appearance at the NME Awards last night. The resulting reaction on social... Continue Reading →

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NME Awards Turns To Shambles As Slowthai Sexually Harasses Host and Attacks Audience Member

The NME 2020 Awards turned to shambles last night as British rapper Slowthai sexually harassed host Katherine Ryan on stage before going on to attack a member of the audience. In footage released online, the Reading and Leeds Festival headliner can be heard taunting comedian Katherine about being jealous, before forcing her to smell his... Continue Reading →

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Ronan Keating Releases New Single 'One of a Kind' ft Emeli Sandé

Exactly 20 years after the release of his self-titled, debut solo & No.1 album, Ronan Keating returns with an album that encapsulates his many musical achievements since the millennium. Entitled ‘Twenty Twenty’, and set for release on Decca Records on 1st May, Ronan describes his new record as“a greatest hits of brand new music”.  To help him celebrate, Keating made... Continue Reading →

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Reading Festival's Slap in the Face to Women

The Reading/Leeds Festival has come under fire recently after revealing the final lineup for their 2020 summer festival. The male heavy headline includes Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Migos and Rage Against the Machine - but on the headline bill every day, only ONE female appears. The lucky winners being Lady Leshurr, Mabel and female fronted band... Continue Reading →

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Together Ten Year Anniversary Headlined by Chase & Status

A new decade brings change to the White Isle, and 2020 sees Together celebrating their 10th Anniversary in Ibiza! Season headliners Chase & Status will bring with them a horde of hand-picked special guests and world exclusive debuts on their most ambitious season yet. Showcasing the best from their latest RTRN II JUNGLE project, Chase &... Continue Reading →

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Introducing Sahfy of Queendom

Last month news came about upcoming album Queendom, an album for women by women. Due for release on 6th March and coinciding with International Women's Day on 8th - Musicvein tracked down a few of its artists - Lekky, Sahfy and producer James Sewell to find out more. Today singer/songwriter Sahfy shares her story on... Continue Reading →

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In Conversation with Djinn – Exclusive Interview

Musicvein first met Djinn five years ago as the founding member of French Soul/Funk group And This Is Max. Since they parted ways, Raphael has been on an artist journey of discovery. Musicvein caught up with the artist now known as Djinn, to chat about his evolving and new music. Musicvein: Djinn Tell me what... Continue Reading →

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Rafiq Bhatia – In A Sentimental Mood

When you think of Duke Ellington's 'In a Sentimental Mood' you think of a bygone era, of summer garden parties with men whisking women off their feet for a twirl - but listening to Rafiq Bhatia's rendition is nothing of the sort. In fact if it wasn't for the title, you'd have no clue that... Continue Reading →

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Sophie Hutchings: Two Flames

Pic credit: Luke Dubbelde Australian pianist and composer Sophie Hutchings is back with a new album, since her debut back in 2010. Newly signed to Mercury KX, 'Two Flames' the first single from new album 'Scattered On The Wind' out April, is an indelible first taste of the album’s ambition, scale, and prowess, featuring Sophie's... Continue Reading →

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Austel Releases New Single Dry & Announces EP Launch

'Dry' the captivating and atmospheric new single by Austel is out now. With music often described as "haunting" that word couldn't be more true with new single 'Dry'. As listening ears feast on melancholic verses, Austel's intoxicating vocals meld with vacant ethereal notes to make a heady mix. The single follows on from her last... Continue Reading →

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Decca Records Celebrates 90 Years with Literati Event

JW MARRIOTT GROSVENOR HOUSE, LONDON’S EMINENT BOOK CLUB EVENT, LITERATI, WILL HOST DECCA RECORDS IN JOINT 90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION With Grosvenor House and Decca Records both established in 1929, Park Lane’s most iconic hotel and the legendary British record label are both celebrating their 90th anniversaries with a year-long programme of events. Literati is an intimate event where guests have... Continue Reading →

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Introducing StronK and Electric Dream

You may not of heard of him yet but Drum n Bass artist StronK is on the rise, and second single Electric Dream - is sure to put him on the map! Poised for release end of February, Electric Dream sees a different direction for the keen young artist. Once focused and disciplined in making... Continue Reading →

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Chassol Releases New Single – Savana, Céline, Aya (Pt.2)

Photo Credit: Flavien Prioreau French pianist and composer Christophe Chassol releases 'Savana, Céline, Aya (Pt.2)' from forth coming album Ludi - due out March 6. Having previously worked Frank Ocean and Solange, Chassol is known for bringing the outside world into his music - quite literally! On new single ‘Savana, Céline, Aya (Pt.2)’, the playground... Continue Reading →

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ReBalance Host Networking Event on International Women's Day

ReBalance are to host a networking event on International Women's Day, at Union Chapel, London for women seeking a career in music. ReBalance, which started in 2017, looks to bridge the divide between men and women in the industry by providing opportunities to create and perform. A pioneering 3-year programme was established in 2017, to... Continue Reading →

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Happy Birthday Musicvein!

Musicvein is celebrating 8 years of spreading joy about emerging and established artists, as well as reviewing albums, shows and reporting on industry news. The journey has been incredible so far and can only get better. Whether it be with meeting new artists and seeing some go on to become chart-toppers, or even just getting... Continue Reading →

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Glastonbury 2020 Emerging Talent Competition

As Glastonbury organisers gear up for their 50th Anniversary Festival this year, they've once again launched a search for an emerging act to play one of their main stages. The competition which opens from 9am today, for 1 week only - Jan 27th to 3rd Feb - encourages anyone from any music genre to send... Continue Reading →

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Showtek Present SKINK Radio

Dutch brothers Showtek presented a special episode on SKINK Radio, mixing their favourite tunes from the past decade. With a crazy and diverse 106 tracks, played over 3 pleasurable hours - featuring EDX, Karen Harding, Diplo, Tiesto and more - Episode 084 is a blood-pumping show not to be missed. https://soundcloud.com/skinkofficial/sets/skink-radio-episodes https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0Rz0fSrYHGnBhwlkbIx59Y

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Elderflower Fields Festival – Apply to Play Now

Emerging and Unsigned Acts are being encouraged to apply to play at the Elderflower Fields Festival this May. Festival organizers are keen to hear from artists of all music genres, street/walkabout performers, theatre groups and non-music performers. Applications are open until March 2020 to perform at either one of two sites; Stanford Hall - Leicestershire... Continue Reading →

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Royal Mint Launch New 'Music Legends Collection' Featuring Queen

The Royal Mint have today launched a new collection of coins entitled Music Legends - the first artists in this range being British Rock Legends Queen. Designed by Royal Mint Product Manager, Chris Facey, the £5 coins features elements of the bands iconic instruments. Freddie Mercury's grand piano - 'The Bechstein™' (which shows the opening... Continue Reading →

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Introducing ALA.NI and New Single: Papa

You may or may not have heard of singer ALA.NI but rest assured she is one to look out for in 2020! Born to Grenadian parents, and also the Great-niece of Leslie 'Hutch' Hutchinson - one of Britain's most popular 1920's pianists and singers- ALA.NI following her graduation from Sylvia Young Theatre School, went on... Continue Reading →

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Glasgow Free Music Conference Returns – Question Sessions

Glasgow Music conference - Question Sessions - returns on 8th February at The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane. Free to attend from 10am to 5pm, Question Sessions will feature workshops, seminars and panel talks - focusing on innovation, education and current issues. Industry experts aim to connect with delegates, sharing knowledge, demonstrating skills and partaking in... Continue Reading →

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iHeartMedia Investment in Artificial Intelligence Results in Job Cuts

In a Press Release this week, iHeartMedia announced it's significant investment in Artificial Intelligence and company reshuffling. This time last year the company announced it was on the road to recovery following it's financial troubles in 2018, now in the dawn of 2020 the investment announcement has resulted in just under 60 job losses. The... Continue Reading →

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Bruce Springsteen Brings Five Albums to Vinyl

21st February sees the first vinyl releases in over a decade of five Bruce Springsteen albums. The releases by Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings comprise the vast majority of Springsteen's recorded material from 2000 on wards. Each album has been transferred from the original source masters, allowing for the highest quality pressings.  '18 Tracks' (1999) is coming... Continue Reading →

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Gregory Porter Honours Freddie Gray in New Song Revival

Undeniably one of the best voices of our generation, Grammy award-winning singing sensation Gregory Porter has made his eagerly-awaited return to the studio with the uplifting new Political single ‘Revival’, out today on Decca Records/Blue Note. He also announces the release of sixth studio album ‘All Rise’ out 17th April ‘Revival’, sets the tone of the album, kicking off with Porter’s signature hand-clapping, some suppressive... Continue Reading →

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Musicvein Track of the Day: Latch by Scary Pockets ft Kenton Chen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJYDbOi4sGA Here's Scary Pockets covering Disclosure ft Sam Smith's hit 'Latch'. It's not often a cover is better than an original but dare I say it?...Yes I Dare! What a cover Scary Pockets! Totally got this booty shaking, funky/samba-esque, track on repeat all day. Definitely worth checking these guys out, especially their cover of Al... Continue Reading →

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The Sheku Effect Sees a Rise in Young Cellists

According to reports from the National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO), the ‘Sheku Effect’ is in full swing, seeing young people across the country picking up a bow and dusting off their sheet music. The orchestra, which offers a high-quality orchestral experience for young players aged 9-19, has seen an influx of new cello players signing up for the 2020... Continue Reading →

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'Those Words' by Anoushka Shankar, Shilpa Rao and Ayanna Witter-Johnson

The beautiful new single, 'Those Words' by Anoushka Shankar, Shilpa Rao and Ayanna Witter-Johnson is out now. Deeply evocative in its sound, 'Those Words' is based on an original poem written by Anoushka and Ayanna. Speaking of the track, Anoushka says, “It all started with Jamaican food. Ayanna came over with an open heart, a secret recipe... Continue Reading →

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Sitarist Anoushka Announces the Release of EP 'Love Letters'

Picture by Laura Lewis Six-time Grammy Award-nominated sitarist and composer - Anoushka Shankar - has announced the release of upcoming EP 'Love Letters' due out 7th February on Mercury KX. Anoushka widely known for pushing the boundaries of how the humble sitar is heard, has worked with artists like Sting, Herbie Hancock, Rodrigo y Gabriela,... Continue Reading →

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Queendom The Album Set to Empower Women

It's long been said that the music industry is very male dominated and the latest Brit Award nominees go some way in highlighting this. Now producer James 'JDS' Sewell is set to try and turn this around with the up-coming release of project Queendom - an album for women by women. The all female empowering... Continue Reading →

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Music Gateway Looking for new & Rising TV Stars

Global platform Music Gateway recently launched Rising TV and are on the hunt for new stars to feature on the show. Music Gateway which launched back in 2013, is an online one-stop shop for artists/musicians looking to do anything from collaborating with others to help with Music Promotion/Distribution/Sync Licensing and much more. Now Music Gateway's... Continue Reading →

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Sheddy Maria – High Life

Fans of Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie will adore Birmingham singer Sheddy Maria as she releases latest single 'High Life'. Taken from upcoming project Queendom, an album created by a collective of women, shining a light on their creativeness and power. Since her debut single 'Too Familiar' back in 2019, Sheddy's created a wave of excitement... Continue Reading →

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