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Thirty six years after releasing their iconic debut album, Raintown, Deacon Blue, last month, released All The Old 45s – The Very Best of Deacon Blue together with a career-spanning anthology box set You Can Have It All – The Complete Albums Collection.
Both new releases chart the band’s multi-million selling history – from bringing Chocolate Girl and Dignity to life in the corner of a Glasgow basement, to stadium-filling hits like Wages Day and Real Gone Kid, their swoon-inducing tribute to Bacharach and David I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and 2012’s The Hipsters.
“It feels like the right time to celebrate that; to release something that’s a true compilation of our music so far,” said songwriter and vocalist Ricky Ross.
“We’ve added so many songs, albums and EPs which have become a strong part of Deacon Blue and our live repertoire since The Hipsters.”
Ross, co-vocalist Lorraine McIntosh, Dougie Vipond (drums), Jim Prime (keyboards), Gregor Philp (guitar) and Lewis Gordon (bass) are now on the road breathing new life into well-loved songs.
And the response to their current arena tour has garnered a stream of fantastic reviews from press and fans alike, setting the scene brilliantly ahead of next summer’s must-see outdoor shows.
At the age of 83, Sir Tom has received some of the best reviews of his career for his most recent Ethan Johns-produced albums “Surrounded By Time”, “Long Lost Suitcase,” “Spirit In The Room,” and “Praise & Blame.” Critics praised both the recorded material and his performances, highlighting his undeniable and unique talent in both the studio and on stage.
Sir Tom’s career kicked off in the early 1960s when he signed with Decca Records in London. He had a string of hit songs including “It’s Not Unusual,” “What’s New Pussycat?” “Delilah,” and “Green, Green Grass of Home” which sat alongside his hugely popular 1969-1971 cross-continental TV show, “This is Tom Jones“.
He has always had a fundamental interest in a wide range of music, leading him to work with dozens of iconic collaborators over the years, ranging from Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin to Van Morrison, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran, and many more.
Away from the stage, Sir Tom’s career has been filled with numerous honours and accolades, including a deeply cherished knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2006, multiple BRIT Awards, a Silver Clef Award, the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award and a Hitmaker Award from the US Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Along with his yearly touring, he has continued to be active in the industry as a longstanding coach on the TV show The Voice UK. His recent autobiography “Over The Top And Back” was a rollicking best-seller, and his 2021 album release “Surrounded By Time” made him the oldest male to claim a Number 1 spot on the UK Official Albums Chart with an album of new material, overtaking Bob Dylan.
Sir Tom has cemented his place in music history as one of the most successful artists of all time, traversing musical eras and genres, cutting across class divides, and appealing to all genders and ages, mainstream and cutting edge.
Founding member and songwriting genius of The Smiths, superstar collaborator and sensational solo artist, Johnny Marr is rightly regarded as a bona fide British music icon.
He has just released Spirit Power: The Best of Johnny Marr, a collection of songs curated from the last 10 years of his sublime solo output, together with a pair of new tracks, Somewhere and The Answer.
The album, which debuted in the UK Top 10, came hot on the heels of Marr’s last studio album, Fever Dreams Pts 1-4and 2023 photography book Marr’s Guitars.
His live shows include songs from across his whole career, from classic Smiths and Electronic hits, to his lauded and diverse solo work such as fan favourites Easy Money, Night and Day, Spirit, Spiral Cities and Power and Soul.
For more than 30 years, The Charlatans have been an inspirational force in British music notching up 14 Top 40 studio albums – three of them number ones – alongside 22 Top 40 singles, four of them Top 10 hits.
The band – Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Martin Blunt and Tony Rogers – remain one of the most brilliant live acts around, a finely honed musical powerhouse the world adores.
Their back catalogue is a non-stop jukebox of indie rock’s greatest hits including the unmistakable sound and swagger of The Only One I Know, Weirdo, Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over, One to Another, How High, North Country Boy and Come Home Baby.
Gregory Porter has become known as the UK’s favourite contemporary American jazz artist. His last five albums have all reached the Top 10, with ‘Take Me To The Alley’ (2016), ‘Nat King Cole & Me’ (2017) and ‘All Rise’ (2020) hitting the Top 5. A double Grammy-winner (Best Jazz Vocal Album for ‘Liquid Spirit’ (2014) and Best Jazz Vocal Album for ‘Take Me To The Alley’) and seven-time Grammy nominee, the singer and songwriter has amassed cumulative streams of 1.6 billion and counting.
Staxtonbury Family music festival is back! 5th – 7th July. Weekend Camping, Live Music, Family Fun and Entertainment! Head on over to the website to buy your tickets!
Fresh from his unforgettable Glastonbury debut and the success of incredible new album Are We There Yet?, Rick Astley today confirms a new headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Arguably Britain’s most beloved pop star, Rick will headline the historic Yorkshire coast venue on Friday July 5. He will be joined by special guests Lightning Seeds.
It has been 36 years since Rick first shot to fame, yet he is now a more prominent force in popular culture than he ever was.
The endearingly boyish 57-year-old is still winning over new fans, performing with Foo Fighters, Take That, Blossoms, becoming an unlikely social media sensation and simply embracing the unending love that greets his era-defining smash Never Gonna Give You Up.
Indeed, since returning to #1 in 2016 with his album 50, Rick – who this year took his first ever bow on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage and headlined two nights at the Royal Albert Hall – has enjoyed the strongest run of album chart success of his career to date.
His long-awaited ninth studio album Are We There Yet? was released to much acclaim in October, debuting at #2 on the UK Album charts. The chart topper has now sold 40 million records worldwide.
Are We There Yet? is the sound of Rick reflecting and building upon the experiences he’s gone through since the release of 2018’s Beautiful Life. Some of the new songs were started during lockdown in 2020, but he decided to leave them deliberately unfinished until it was feasible to play them live again.
As well as the sound of his unmistakable voice, Rick performed almost all instruments on the record. As a result, Are We There Yet? shows that Rick is still pushing to reach even greater musical heights.
Rick’s live shows are incredibly joyous affairs as he beautifully mixes songs old and new, such as Together Forever, Keep Singing to Angels On My Side as well as incredible covers including the likes of Harry Styles’ As It Was and AC/DC’s barnstorming Highway To Hell.
It is 35 years since special guests Lightning Seeds first hit the charts. The 6,000-strong audience can expect to singalong to a string of hits including Life of Riley, Lucky You and football anthem Three Lions.
Rick Astley joins Tom Jones, Becky Hill, Madness, Anne-Marie, Paul Weller, Fatboy Slim, Deacon Blue, JLS, Jess Glynne, Status Quo and Busted among the headliners announced for Scarborough OAT’s 2024 summer season of shows, presented by Cuffe and Taylor
Norman Cook – aka Fatboy Slim – said: “Here we go again everyone… This tour covers some stunning locations, many of which I’ve never played before and I’m really excited about it. Roll on the summer!”
Today’s tour announcement arrives on the heels of the 25th anniversary reissue of Fatboy Slim’s legendary album You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby.
First released in 1998, the album became one of the defining records of the 1990s, irrespective of genre. Swinging from hip-hop, to reggae and jangle pop, with this record Norman Cook broke stylistic ground and delivered a wildly original album, filled with imagination, huge hooks and infectious beats.
The album that spawned era-defining singles Rockafeller Skank, Gangster Trippin, Praise You and Right Here Right Nowwas bigger than just a dance album, You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby was a genuine phenomenon, enjoying huge critical and commercial success; reaching Number One in the UK album charts, it contains four UK Top 10 singles, and earned Norman a BRIT Award for best producer and two further nominations (Male Solo Artist and British Single) along the way.
The 25th anniversary reissue album has been remastered at half speed at Abbey Road Studios for the best available audio quality possible and is available to buy here.
Two decades after those historic, era-defining tunes and huge live gatherings, Fatboy Slim continues to push the envelope and remain one of the most in demand DJ’s and purveyor of quality beats in the world.
Few artists have had as great an influence on the British music scene as Paul Weller.
As frontman of The Jam, he spearheaded the Mod revival in the late 1970s and early 1980s, scoring a string of hits before forming The Style Council and then embarking on a stellar solo career.
And the last few years have seen an incredible creative output. Weller’s 2022 compilation Will of the People, a mix of non-album rarities and an array of B-sides, remixes and live recordings, followed his stunning 17th solo album An Orchestrated Songbook.
Recorded with award-winning arranger Jules Buckley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the album reimagined his vast catalogue including such classics as English Rose, Broken Stones, You’re the Best Thing, Wild Wood and You Do Something to Me.
It followed highly acclaimed Fat Pop: Volume 1 – his second Number One album in 12 months – which itself came hot on the heels of the success of fellow chart-topper 2020’s On Sunset.
Weller’s live shows remain the stuff of legend, mixing his unstoppable brand of high adrenaline rock with beautiful acoustic moments.
Special guests Stone Foundation are long-time friends and collaborators with Weller.
The 8-piece Midlands-based soul band recently celebrated an incredible 25 years of success with the release of the retrospective anthology Standing In The Light, which featured a number of songs with Weller on lead vocals. He has worked with them frequently across the last decade, on both the Stone Foundation catalogue and his own solo work.
The 2008 X-Factor runner ups have sold over six million records; two million live tickets; are the first X Factor act to win a prestigious BRIT Award (2010), five MOBO Awards, four Digital Music Awards and three Urban Music Awards. Their first four albums all went multi-platinum and they have headlined London’s 02 Arena 20 times.
It’s now time for JLS to air 2.0 in all its glory, with a brand-new live show bursting with fresh elements as well as their hits including No 1 Everybody in Love and Beat Again
Madness famously emerged from the backstreets of Camden Town in the late 70s and recently released a three-part original docu series with TV channel AMC about the beginnings of the band in the area. Before We Was We: Madness by Madness, chronicles the rise of one of the most loved bands in British culture.
Throughout their career, Madness have had one no.1 UK Official Charts No.1 album, 10 UK top ten albums, 15 top ten singles and have won a multitude of awards including a prestigious Ivor Novello. They’ve performed on the top of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and set the record for the biggest ever audience for the BBC’s Live New Year’s Eve Broadcast – the most watched TV music event of 2018.
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