TeenstarNational singing competition for teenagers TeenStar have announced that due to massive demand for auditions in London, they have had to add an addition London date. The additional London date will take place on Saturday 8th March at Dingwalls in Camden.


TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music.


A national singing competition for teenagers, TeenStar is a one-of-a-kind singing contest looking to find the UK’s best teen singer, duo, vocal group or rapper to be crowned the UK’s Best TeenStar! With the addition of an extra London date due to popular demand, the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is already anticipated to attract over 10,000 entrants and with auditions taking place across the UK, now is the time to enter.




TeenStar has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music. Contestants in the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar also have the chance to win prizes along the entire course of the contest, such as recording studio time with some of the country’s top producers.


The contest is open to all with the auditions split into three age categories. There will be the late-teens, mid-teens and then a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow, the pre-teens.


TeenStar takes place at some of the best venues in the UK such as the Birmingham NEC and Sheffield City Hall and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including judges who work for BBC Radio, Kiss FM and Choice FM, regional press and record labels, with the judges getting more prestigious as the singing contest progress. The Grand Final of the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is the climax of the whole contest and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the UK – with last year’s Grand Final being held at The O2 in London!


The competition champion will be crowned winner in front of a capacity crowd, including industry insiders, celebrity guests, national press, A&R from record labels, industry and media representatives who have the capacity to change the winner’s music career forever!




Whether it’s a pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. 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.


The national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is open to anyone aged 19 and under. Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, enter TeenStar now!


Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ – March 1st and 2nd 2014, 7pm

Albert LeeALBERT LEE has played with pretty much everyone. No surprise as he’s just about one of the best guitarists…ever.


From Eric Clapton to Emmylou Harris, from Vince Gill to James Burton, from Jools Holland to Joe Bonanassa, everyone sings his praises.


As Clapton succinctly put it “he’s the greatest guitarist in the world…the ultimate virtuoso”….a sentiment endorsed by Vince Gill,  “he’s one of the finest guitar players who ever walked this earth.” The accolades are huge, many and extraordinary.


So no surprise to find the celebrations for Albert’s 70th Birthday crammed with top drawer musicians wanting to pay their respects.


Amongst those joining Albert on stage at London’s prestigious Cadogan Hall on March 1st and 2nd are the following:


Joe Brown, Chas and Dave, Gary US Bonds, Gary Brooker, Marty Wilde, Bruce Welch, Chris Farlowe, Brian Bennett, Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders, Shakin’ Stevens, Ralph McTell, Dave Edmunds, The Robert Wells Trio….just some of the artists scheduled to appear.


Partner for the concerts, Yamaha, will be providing many of the instruments on the night including piano and sound desk as well as ground breaking THR amplifiers for backstage.


The shows will be compered by DJs  Bob Harris on March 1st and Mike Read on March 2nd. The artist line-up varies each night. Although sold out immediately the promoters plan to release a further small allocation of £40 tickets just before the dates.


The 70th birthday celebrations will be followed by the release of a new single from Albert, “Spellbound” and an album , “Frettening Behaviour”, both out of March 3rd. A tour with his band, Hogan’s Heroes, kicks off around the UK on March 7th.


Albert Lee has spent the last 50 years making music. A double Grammy Award-winner, he has worked with many of the world’s top stars – Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, the Everly Brothers to name but a few. He played at George Harrison’s Memorial Concert and has featured on various occasions at Clapton’s Crossroads Festival. A member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, he has also been a member of Hogan’s Heroes, one of the best country rock bands in the world, since 1987.

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ


March 1st and 2nd 2014, 7pm

MC Fangol – ‘

Now one of UK grime’s most promising artists, Midlands’ MC Fangol was in a very different place in 2012. Embroiled in UK gang culture at the time, Fangol hit a turning point at age 19 when two of his friends – one in Nottingham, one in London – were shot and killed.

Just two years later, Fangol tells the motivational story of how he’s turned his life around with debut album/mixtape ‘Wake Up’.

With lyrics inspired by his colourful transition from UK street life to musical ambition and success, he is an artist who is working to prove that with the right motivation people can get work to get themselves out of difficult situations. By focussing fully on the music and film industry in the last couple of years, Fangol has gone from living in danger every day to producing some of the most promising Hip-Hop in the industry at the moment.

Set for individual release on 18th April – his music blends underground grime sounds with R&B and hip-hip styles, specialising in tight melodies and rhythms. Rooted in the reality of his previous situation, the overall tone is an uplifting one, aiming to inspire others in difficult situations that they can change their path with the right motivation and positive action.



Savvy to Release New Single ‘Powerskills’ on 6th April

SavvyHuddersfield’s very own Brit hop hero Savvy is set to release the new single ‘Powerskills’ on 6th April.

The ultra-catchy tune produced by Camp America sees Savvy collaborate with Athlete’s Joel Pott, who lends his vocal talents and Russell Lissack from Bloc Party who is on guitar duty.  The result is a unique fusion of jazz-spiced indie Brit Hop that will please fans of both hip hop and indie guitar music.

Savvy has already had the support of DJ Sarah Love (BBC 1Xtra), DJ MK (Kiss FM / Roots Manuva) and Laurent Garnier to name a few.  Under his previous moniker of Asaviour, Savvy has a rich history of critical acclaim going back to 2001.  Through the 2005 album ‘Borrowed Ladder’, 2008’s ‘Play to Win – Volume 2 and 2009’s ‘The A Loop Theory’, Savvy has gathered an impressive list of radio and press support (Gilles Peterson, Ras Kwame and many more), “The production shows deft touches” – Q Magazine.  New single ‘Powerskills’ looks set to keep Savvy’s career on an upward trajectory.

A seasoned live performer with his band The Savoir-Faire, Savvy has performed alongside acts like De La Soul and KRs One, Groovrider, Goldie Lookin Chain and Jehst.

“It all started with a random email from Athlete about working on some side project stuff that never actually saw the light of day in the end.  But I guess they liked my style and recommended me to a producer call Camp America.


He sent me the original track and I really liked it!  I wrote it and sent them a really really badly recorded demo, but somehow Joel (lead singer of Athlete) dug it and despite the hiss and crackle he invited me to come down to his studio in South London to record.


When I first heard it I don’t think Russell (lead guitarist of Bloc Party) was on it but by the time I got to Deptford he was and his parts brought the track together nicely.” – Savvy on working with Athlete and Bloc Party.

The package includes remixes by Masters of None, Noji and Sticky Edit and is available on pre-order 23rd March (exclusive to iTunes).



Savvy – Powerskills feat Bloc Party & Athlete

Savvy – Powerskills EP snippets

Savvy – Twitter

Previous Open Mic UK Winner Birdy receives Brit Award nomination!

BirdyOpen Mic UK’s previous winner Birdy’s career continues to fly from strength to strength! After being crowned Open Mic UK winner in 2008 at the young age of 12, Open Mic UK winner Birdy, aka Jasmine Van den Bogaerde has achieved an array of musical successes, the latest of which being a Brit Award nomination!


Since releasing her second studio album ‘Fire Within’ back in September, Birdy has sold out London shows, released a video for her single ‘Light Me Up’, performed with James Blunt in a Nelson Mandela memorial performance at the NRJ music awards and has begun 2014 as a Brit Award nominee for British Female solo artist – unfortunately losing out on the night to Ellie Goulding.


‘Fire Within’ has seen Open Mic UK previous winner Birdy mature into a songwriter in her own right, as she has writing credits on every track of the album. She has gained praise and respect for this achievement from critics, with Simmy Richman from the Independent saying ‘Fire Within is Birdy’s “she’s not a little girl anymore” album’, and Danielle Goldstein from Time Out London saying ‘the young singer finds her own voice on her second album of down-beat pop’. By graduating into a songwriter, Birdy has added another feather to an already impressive cap and 2014 looks set to be another amazing year for the former Open Mic UK winner.


Birdy will be embarking on an international tour which kicks off in the States on January 16th and makes stops in France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and finishes at the Kentish Town Forum in London on March 4th, a venue she sold out back in October 2013.



Previous Open Mic UK Winner Birdy receives Brit Award nomination!


It has been a whirlwind of success for previous Open Mic UK winner Birdy and the next chapter looks to be even more exciting.


Do you think you could be a future Brit nominee or Open Mic UK winner? If so, book your audition for Open Mic UK at

Masked Musicians, Freddie Fiction Release Debut Single ‘I Don’t Dream’

Mysterious London/LA singer hits the UK with new band and video


New band Freddie Fiction hit the UK with debut single ‘I Don’t Dream’. Fronted by a very successful artist, he is currently keeping his identity under wraps, or should I say mask?

The dark, soulful acoustic number is a haunting melancholic ‘anti-love song’ with the sound of a mournful Jose Gonzales. You can see the video here:


Soon to be followed by the satirical tracks ‘Pistol Pete’ and ‘Big Corporation’ – songs stacked full of wit and strong social messages – ‘I Don’t Dream’ serves as a gentle but shadowy introduction.

The band might remain very much a mystery at the moment, but fans of their music will have the chance to find out more by participating in an exciting treasure hunt to reveal the man behind the mask and the identities of the rest of the members. Some fantastic prizes are also available, so stay tuned!


Emperor The Stag to release new album ‘Fantasy to Bleak’ – Feb 3rd

EmperorTStagFantasyToBleakWith little concern for budget (or lack of) or the fact that some of the songs on this highly anticipated debut effort are just polished up ‘first demos,’ Emperor the Stag, confidently kick off 2014 with ‘Fantasy to Bleak’.  A four piece guitar band from Eastbourne, East Sussex (of all places) who could happily stand on the side of any high speed scene, much like The Cure did. Who some say are their vocal West Sussex counterparts.


If anything Fantasy to Bleak demonstrates Emperor’s solution to the long lost melody. The one that isn’t cut/pasted and complicated. This isn’t computer music and Emperor have gained a good deal of praise for that.( Introduced by the BBC radio and praised by Brighton Source for their 2013 appearance.)


Opener Swan feels like a wet flannel during a boxing match, full of conflict but enough self-belief to carry through to the next 3 songs. The first being Leaves (the single) a catchy little ditty that runs with optimism only to crash into a glimmer of belief surrounding grey scepticism of Glue and Animals. At the end of this back and forth, non-stop conflict (there is deliberately little time or space between any of the tracks) the ref counts to 10 and the band transforms into something more submissive with ‘Blushing Bride,’ a song written and recorded in 3 hours. Speirs and Webb’s finest moment.


The love child of Death Cab for Cutie and Doves say bloggers but this is a match only suitable for the less specific online dating sites. When in full limbo, Emperor write and sing songs that could be festival sing-alongs on either side of the pond. And at the moment that is all they care about.


Fantasy to Bleak is available now in all reputable digital download stores.

The Hosts – September Song

Sheffield’s The Hosts are set to release their debut album Softly, Softly via fierce panda next Monday (10 Feb). Led by Tom Hogg, the frontman of garage rock nearlymen Hoggboy, The Hosts’ album smoulders with the lush romanticism of Roy Orbison, who’s ‘In Dreams’ appears as the one non-original song here.

Lead single ‘September Song’ (out Monday 17 Feb), a Q Track of the Day, is currently riding high on the playlists of both BBC 6 Music and Radio 2.

The band have performed live in support of Richard Hawley, Paul Weller, The Walkmen and Cold War Kids, amongst many others.
‘September Song’ public video:

Upcoming shows:
Fri 7 Mar @ The Lexington, LONDON (w/ Goldheart Assembly)
Thu 14 Mar @ Gullivers, MANCHESTER
Fri 15 Mar @ Leadmill, SHEFFIELD

Neuronspoiler ‘Take the Stage’ In New Release!

Neuronspoiler ‘Take the Stage’ In New Release!

 Taken from their most recent album Emergence (2013) the single was created by the then newest member of the band, Dave Shirman. He came up with all of the music for this track almost entirely as it appears on the album and JR wrote the lyrics and melodies in a matter of days.

Listen to the track here:

Neuronspoiler website:

Neuronspoiler have recently massively gained in popularity having been praised by the likes of Herman Li (Dragonforce), Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) and Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden) who actually said he wanted to break David del Cid’s fingers because he would put him out of a job!

The legendary rock and metal journalist Malcolm Dome has also praised the band, he recently put them in a list of bands which could transform your life in the next 12 months, and said of them that “they can really play” and that “there are truly rich passages of guitar interplay” in their music.

Lyrically ‘Take the Stage’ is about the desire to perform on stage and the fact that the band feel most at home on in front of a crowd. It relates to their love of live music and the fact that they revel in the energy created by a pumped up crowd at a gig.  In their own words it represents “the desire to achieve something greater than the ordinary…be cast in the starring role in your own life and to inhabit the special moment when you’re doing what you love”.

They are already well known around Europe: in the past 3 years they have headlined at the Summer Fall Festival in Poland and at the 02 Academy, they have also played at Hard Rock Hell in Ibiza and Camden Underworld. As a result of their international fame they regularly get fans travelling to see them from countries like Poland and Austria.

Neuronspoiler have also played with some massive acts in the world of metal such as Wolf, the Quireboys, Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden) and Metal Works (featuring Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest).

A particularly interesting aspect of the band is their approach to music and technology. Like any top notch musicians they are, by their own admission, fairly obsessed with music. JR (vocals), David del Cid (guitar), Tim Barclay (drums), Erick Tekilla (bass) and Dave Shirman (guitar) are all interested in intellectual pursuits like philosophy, history, science, social justice and technology. Shirman in fact recently released an iPhone app called ‘Metal Venue Guide’ that lists metal venues around the world – for the dedicated fan.

Get some more info on Neuronspoiler here: