HADAR MANOR: The Year and Now

ImageCounting Ed Sheeran amongst her many fans and having supported the likes of Beth Rowley and Ehud Banai, and winning the ‘Queen Of The Underground’ title, are only a few of the things along the journey Hadar embarked on since leaving the Negev Desert in Israel, after completing a compulsory service as a medical officer at the age of 20, and moving to London in the early 00’s to pursue her dream of performing.

Crowned ‘Queen of The Underground’ by the London Underground’s licensed buskers, singing songs of the life of an ‘urban gypsy’ with a voice not dissimilar to that of Joni Mitchell’s, Hadar Manor certainly knew how to brighten up the dull monotonous commute of many London workers.

With previous experience collaborating with award-winning producer Youth, DJ Sandy Riviera and experimental band ‘Oi Va Voi’, and no stranger to performing at Glastonbury, Hadar has already made an impact on the music industry, even performing on Radio 2 and being asked to tea at number 10 Downing Street.

When her son was born in 2011, she took all her busking earnings and innovatively built her own home studio, so she could still follow her passion for music. Despite not knowing how to produce records, Hadar took her first step to becoming a completely independent musician by deciding to teach herself, and vowed to write, record and produce a song for each month of her life, starting with the January Song.

Judging by the success and phenomenal reviews for her last album, Crossing London, Hadar’s next album, The Year And Now, is highly anticipated by her fans and the media, from whom she has already gained glowing reviews:

A Prodigy’ – The Observer

An Outstanding Talent’ – Melvyn Bragg

We thoroughly recommend listening to her album, ‘Crossing London, to soak in her storytelling lyrics recounting busking journeys from the Judas mountains to Charing Cross station’ – Recognise Magazine

Hadar has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise funds towards completing her brand new album, The Year And Now which will be released in January, following up her latest single My Wish. You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/hadar-manor/my-wish-hadar-manor

Join Hadar’s journey and help make her album possible: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hadar-manor-the-year-now-album

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Open Mic UK winner Hatty Keane to support JLS on farewell tour


Open Mic UK winner Hatty Keane is to support JLS on their Farewell Tour! Since beating thousands of applicants across the UK to take the title of Open Mic UK winner in 2011 within The O2 in London, it’s been announced that Hatty Keane will support the pop world giants on all 19 of their Farewell Tour dates throughout December 2013.


After her success in the Open Mic UK competition, Hatty Keane signed to Michael King’s BGM Entertainment Ltd, and since then she has skyrocketed in the industry. Keane has completed four tours including one headlining tour, has been invited to the MOBOs where she handed out an award alongside Pixie Lott in front of Prince Harry for his charity ‘Wellchild’, and has also opened for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Wiley and Pitbull.


Hatty Keane’s performances are nothing short of wild and spectacular with a hint of ‘sugar sweetness’ which keep her fans, including over 20,000 Facebook followers, wanting more.


In May 2013, Keane finished writing her debut album ‘Pick N Mix’ which is now due for a February release and includes the new hit single ‘Siren’. She is now working on her second album due for release in the summer of 2014.


Open Mic UK winner Hatty Keane’s hard work, dedication and passion for music has earned her the well deserved support act slot for JLS’ Farewell Tour in December 2013, performing on 19 tour dates in the biggest arenas around the country. It has also led to partnerships with brands such as Lipsy and ASOS.


It looks as though the undeniably talented Hatty Keane is set to hit the big time, so look out!


For your chance to support acts such as JLS, Ed Sheeran, Wiley and Pitbull like Open Mic UK winner Hatty Keane, enter Open Mic UK now!


Alternatively, if you are a pre-teen or teenager, check out singing competition TeenStar!

Budding young vocalists – TeenStar singing audition dates now released


TeenStar singing audition dates are now released! TeenStar, the UK’s only singing competition exclusively for pre-teens and teenagers, have now released their TeenStar singing audition dates for their next singing competition starting in January 2014.

The TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers consists of a UK-wide search for the finest young talent the UK has to offer, with TeenStar singing audition dates being held across the country. The competition culminates in a spectacular National Grand Final, with last year’s event being held within The O2 in London. The TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers attracted over 9,000 entrants to apply for the 2013 TeenStar singing audition dates in its first year, but it was the uniquely talented Luke Friend who was crowned the winner in an impressive showcase of the nation’s future stars.

Watch Luke Friend’s winning performance on the Teenstar YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TeenStarComp?feature=watch

TeenStar singing audition dates are now released.

The TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music, and Luke Friend who’s currently storming his way through The X Factor!

The TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music as well as a chance to feature in top teen magazine Shout Mag. Contestants of the TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers also have the chance to win prizes throughout the competition, such as recording studio time with some of the UK’s top producers, singing lessons and extensive promotion on YouTube.

The TeenStar singing auditions dates and competition events take place at some of the best venues in the UK including Birmingham’s NEC, Sheffield City Hall and Camden’s Dingwalls and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including DJs who work for radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Kiss FM, Choice FM, plus national and regional press, local studios and record labels. The National Grand Final is the climax of the whole competition and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the country, with last year’s event held within The O2 in London!

The TeenStar singing auditions dates and competition events are split into three age categories – the ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), the ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow; the Pre-Teens! Whether it’s pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, the singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers TeenStar singing auditions dates have been released to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. The singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.

TeenStar singing auditions dates are available across the UK, so if you’re a pre-teen or teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, for more information and to enter go to: www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk

Nina Persson – Animal Heart

One of Sweden’s biggest, brightest pop stars, Nina Persson, is about to release her first solo album under her own name. The hotly anticipated “Animal Heart” will be released in the UK on the Lojinx label on February 10th 2014.

The title track “Animal Heart” is the first taster from the album and is available as a single now.

This is the first solo release from Nina, and her first album out since she, Niclas Frisk and Nathan Larson released “Colonia” as A Camp in 2009. Her other band, The Cardigans, have not released an album since 2005. “Animal Heart” was written and produced by Nina along with her husband film composer & novelist Nathan Larson (A Camp, Shudder To Think) and Eric D. Johnson (The Shins, Fruit Bats).

“The most difficult and maybe also the best thing about going solo is probably all the decisions you make alone. Somewhere inside, I have a very clear clock, a gut feeling, that says what I think. I have forced myself to just keep going and follow only my gut with this album. I have simply no time to dwell on things anymore which I did a lot before,” says Nina.

Since The Cardigans’ last album and the two critically acclaimed albums by A Camp, Nina has performed as part of The Citizens Band, featured on the Sparklehouse/Danger Mouse collaboration “Dark Night Of The Soul” and started a family.

The goods news is that “Animal Heart” – the album and single – see Nina back on form with the return of her wonderfully distinctive voice carrying finely crafted songs. Perhaps unsurprisingly, themes include moving forward without getting caught in the past in addition to the perennial topics of relationships and alienation.

Nina has recently been playing a few select shows with The Cardigans in various parts of the world and will be over to the UK to play solo dates in early 2014. Meanwhile, “Animal Heart”, the album, is something truly exciting to look forward to in 2014.

Guitar Sensation ‘Daryl Kellie’ to Release New Album ‘Wintersong’


To find your first guitar at the young age of eleven in the attic of your parent’s new house is a lucky find, but for Daryl Kellie, it can only be described as fate. Self taught for most of his life, he is undeniably one of the most talented fingerstyle guitar players in the UK, with influences ranging from Queen to Django Reinhardt. Daryl has combined his unique talent with his mesmerising vocals, and he will be releasing his highly anticipated album ‘Wintersong’ on 10th February 2014.

By the age of sixteen, Daryl was gigging every weekend, with his younger brother Nick on drums. He moved to London when he was nineteen to study music, and hasn’t looked back. Living in his van, with a bed, camp-stove and of course, a guitar in the back, this was when he really started to develop as an artist. He was even taught by Jazz guitar legend Martin Taylor. Despite attracting lots of attention from music managers, Daryl decided to remain completely independent and release his own music without the help of a label. Daryl’s message to others who may be in this predicament is “figure out what you really love and concentrate on that, if you try to do something else, your heart won’t be in it”. His ever-growing fan-base means he can also tour without the involvement of big promoters.

Daryl has toured constantly for the past 2 years and supported a massive range of acts, from Toploader to Carl Palmer of Emmerson Lake and Palmer fame, plus notorious American blogger Perez Hilton has also raved about him….”So clever! So good! And, the fact that he’s gorgeous doesn’t hurt either!”.

Here are just a couple of the many outstanding reviews he has received:

‘Daryl Kellie is a brilliant and exciting new musical talent’

– Richard Chapman, (Author of the million selling classic ‘The Complete Guitarist and ‘The New Complete Guitarist’)

‘To call Daryl a guitarist would be a bit of an over simplification. A million miles away from that guy who used to walk around college twanging his way through Green Day covers to anyone who’d listen, Daryl treats his guitar like a mix between a drum kit, a keyboard and a guitar. Utilizing an oft attempted (but rarely mastered) ‘tapping’ technique along with ‘body percussion’ as employed by fellow guitarists such as Eric Roche and Tommy Emanuel, Daryl dropped jaws with his cheeky cover of Beyonce’s omnipresent ‘Single Ladies’ and literally melted minds with an extended Michael Jackson medley. Anything that makes hearing ‘Single Ladies’ for the billionth time a little less ear-stabbingly repetitive deserves the highest praise imaginable.

–Sternberg Clarke

If you can’t wait to hear the album, Daryl is releasing a cover of the Beyonce hit ‘Single Ladies’ on December 16th.

Have a listen: https://soundcloud.com/daryl-kellie/single-ladies-put-a-ring-on-it

Or watch a live session: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1UnylkE-LI

He will also be releasing his own single ‘Would’ on January 20th 2014!


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Pale Green Things – the next big thing for Brit-Pop?


Multi-instrumentalist set to release eponymous debut EP in January 2014

With plans to become a 21st century one-man band entitled ‘Pale Green Things’, Jack Traynor has revealed plans to provide audiences with a unique performance experience, using a fusion of live instruments, djing equipment and analogue effects.

Jack has an impressive performance history, supporting acts such as ‘The Riffles’, ‘Dave Mcpherson’, ‘The Coral’ (at Noel Gallaghers after show party) and ‘Dirty Sanchez’. He has also played several times alongside ‘The Virginmarys’, an exceedingly popular band in the US.

Jack’s personal interests have obviously inspired his song-writing on his EP, those being a love of the Icelandic language, global population and world history. Blending a fusion of indie/punk with brit-pop, with lyrics depicting his interest in geography and global-warming, Jack certainly has a knack for captivating his audience.

His song ‘Captain Planet’ is the lead song on the EP, and the incredibly catchy chorus has a very similar sound to ‘The Wombats’. It is based around a relationship going south, whilst also being a fun tribute to the TV show Captain Planet. Jack says he alludes to this because “it had a hippy mentality for kids all over the world, uniting to beat global warming/pollution”.

Pale Green Things new EP will be released 20th January 2014, and will be accompanied by several gigs with several still to be announced.

Upcoming gigs:

25th January- Castle Rock, Alderly Edge

22nd March- The Kings Arms, Manchester

More gigs TBC

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Characula, the ‘Monster Mol’, releases disturbing new video


Soul sucking, tarantula munching she-demon does the erotically charged ‘Mummy Dance’

Defying explanation and categorisation, Characula is a horror rock goddess with a difference. Currently living in Southern California, she is neither vampire, nor werewolf, mummy nor any other creature known from myth and folklore. Part sci-fi, part horror and all glamour, she-demon Characula is an entity to behold –and hear!

When she’s not devouring tarantulas or sucking the souls from the anciently departed, Characula has built herself a reputation as an ardent participant in ménage-a-monsters, scouring the streets for creatures and taking them to her bed. She is a black widow and seducer of B-movie incarnates. A literal lady of the night.

The video for her new song ‘Mummy Dance’ is a startling, frightening introduction to the character, showing the ghoulish temptress in full flow.

Uber-eccentric and a progenitor of sizzling sci-fi seduction, Characula is the alter-ego of singer-songwriter Cheri Anaclerio, who is looking to make the rock-horror character into an edgy, memorable reflection of her own spiralling imagination.

It’s a truly unique musical project, produced by renowned rock specialist Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Great White, KISS, Motley Crue). With an album on the way, ‘Mummy Dance’ is our first glimpse into the unknown – a fever dream the likes of which we’ve not seen before.

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Luke Friend: X Factor 2013 hopeful & TeenStar 2013 Winner admits “I just don’t use shampoo”


17 year old teen star Luke Friend has hit the headlines again – in ITV’s The X Factor! The X Factor judging panel praised the star, including Sharon Osbourne saying “Luke I am crazy about you! You are quite fabulous.”


West Country boy Luke Friend has just come off the back of being crowned the winner of the singing competition TeenStar, the nationwide competition for teens and pre-teens. The TeenStar singing competition’s Grand Final took place within The O2 in London and gave acts the chance to play in front of a massive crowd and music industry judging panel. Here, Luke tells us about himself in his own words….


To kick things off, can you give us a funny fact about Luke Friend?

I’m an unintentional comedian and I haven’t washed my hair for quite a long time (I just don’t use shampoo, because I don’t feel the need to)


Describe yourself in three words?

Crazy, laidback, hippie kid


You look very different to when you entered Open Mic UK, do you think image plays an important role for any musician?

I think image plays a very important role, it expresses what you like and what you’re like! It sounds odd I know but it shows your attitude whether your wild or calm


So, what’s life been like for you since winning TeenStar?

It’s been awesome, I’ve had so many people congratulating me which is really lovely and everything’s now on a whole new level and I’ve got loads of new gigs to play


Do you think TeenStar has helped you gain confidence as an artist?

Teenstar does so many things for an artist, helps you gain confidence, connect with an audience, build up your emotive process in a song. Yes, definitely


Did you think you had a good chance of winning?

Never ever! It was an amazing feeling, at the time I was just enjoying the whole amazing experience and meeting some great musicians! Winning it was a massive bonus


Were you nervous?

A bit, everyone was, but at the same time it was such an exciting feeling


You entered Open Mic UK in previous years, do you think that has really helped develop you as artist?

Over the years I have developed my own style and image as a musician, these competitions certainly help recognize your own personality and skills that you’re good at and not so good at. Yes it’s helped so much


What other things have you done to develop your music career?

Songwriting is one of the main aspects of music I have really focused on and this has helped me to develop myself and my music career because, you never realize until you share a song with an audience that, the song relates so much to them too, creating the performance to be personal between you and the crowd


What’s been the single most important thing to date, musically?

Musically, has to be writing and recording my own songs to share with an audience! I love that.


As a result of winning TeenStar you’ve played and impressed at a few festivals this summer?

I adore playing at festivals, they’re always a great time, I was so happy that people enjoyed my own songs at the festivals as well as the covers I did, I can’t wait to play even more in the future!


Which festival was your favourite?

Loose Music Festival, I mean The Darkness and Reef are playing, that’s gonna be so rad! Including loads of other artists, as well as playing music I love watching, being inspired


Which would be your ultimate festival to play at?

Main Stage at Glastonbury or Leeds festival, I would love that so much, plus Leeds is my birth town so that would be a lovely feeling to play at such an awesome event there. Would mean so much to me personally


Do you feel being based in the south West has been a help or hindrance?

It’s hard to say because wherever a teenager lives, they always want to be somewhere else sometimes! But songwriting here is so great, as the scenery is just too great to miss for inspiration


How difficult is it to get your name known as an unsigned performer?

It is a really difficult thing to do but if you want it enough, work hard and passionate enough about playing to an audience and sharing music, you will succeed


What importance do you place on your social networks to increase your fan base?

High importance, social media in this day and age is really key to getting a positive and dedicated fan base from around the world!


What tips would you give to those who are trying to get their name out there?

Be yourself and make sure you talk with other musicians who have more experience than you to help you understand more about what to do, keep in touch with people who enjoy your music as much as you can


Who are Luke Friend’s favourite artists?

Pearl Jam is my main love, Bob Marley, Cyndi Lauper, Matt Corby, Ben Howard, loads of artists!! All music inspires me in some form


Describe your music in three words?

Personal, meaningful, happy


People you respect and admire?

Friends, family and fans!


If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?

Pearl Jam or Jeff Buckley

Check out Luke Friend’s winning TeenStar performance above



Anglia Band set to release debut UK EP ‘Nothing I Can Do’


EP available from January 6th

It’s been a long time coming, but after 7 years of creating fantastic mainstream rock music and filling their website with music, Russian band Anglia are finally looking to come to the UK for a debut British release.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Nickie Sallivan, Anglia are a three piece which also includes drummer and songwriter Dimitri Stocchi and guitarist Eugine Drytine.

A huge fan of the UK Rock music scene, Sallivan writes songs which capture elements of Brit-pop, soft rock and UK indie, all with a mainstream pop flavour which gives the band a truly commercial sound.

The three track EP captures this range perfectly, from the balladeering of title track ‘Nothing I Can Do’ to the looped acoustic lines and huge rock chorus of ‘Little Happiness’, via the brit-pop stylings of ‘Mother Song’.

With a music career that has seen Anglia work with promoters, record labels and management companies across the UK and Russia, the new EP promises to be another step forward for this hard working outfit.

Band website: http://angliaband.com/

Fudge & the Frequency plug in to ‘Planet Radio’ for new single

What do you get if you cross Daft Punk and Alex Clare with the vocal stylings of Jamiroquai and Maroon 5? Not the start of a bad joke, the answer is the new single from futuristic funksters Fudge & the Frequency.

Released on November 16th, ‘Planet Radio’ is a funk track with an electro lilt that can’t fail to get your toes tapping and your head nodding. You can hear it here:

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Built around a funky bass line written and performed by John Blackburn (Skunk Anansie), it’s no surprise to learn that Stevie Wonder, having heard their music, is a fan of their sound. It’s immediately infectious, and as effective live as it is recorded.

After only two performances, booking giants all around London picked up the collective for their rosters. Since then, Fudge & the Frequency have headlined some of the top live music spots in the city, including Kensington Roof Gardens, The Clapham Grand, The Notting Hill Arts Club, Camden Barfly, Cargo (Shoreditch) and The Social (Oxford Street).

The band returns to Kensington Roof Gardens for their single launch show on Saturday, November 16th.

Their current success is a testament to their independent spirit, and a rallying call to other unsigned bands who fear they may have to compromise on their sound to make their mark. Having turned down investment opportunities of £70,000 because they felt backers would become to controlling of their approach, Fudge & the Frequency are forging ahead with their own undiluted sound. Their debut EP title, ‘Futuristic Funk’ was the fitting, two word phrase the band would use to describe their music.

Band links:

Website: www.fudgeandthefrequency.com

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/fudgeandthefrequency

Twitter: @fudgeofficial & @fudgeandthefrequency

Instagram: www.instagram.com/fudgeandthefrequency

iTunes EP Download: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/futuristic-funk-ep/id614737605

Electronic Press Kit: www.fudgeandthefrequency.com/EPK