‘I Am Soldier’ – EP of songs from the feature film, by The Lowriders

Movie inspired EP release Out Now – Click here to buy

This is the opening/title track from the new EP from The Lowriders, a collection of songs written for the new feature film ‘I Am Soldier’. A brand of guitar laced indie rock that is proudly, and loudly, British, The Lowriders are a four piece from Essex who were specifically asked to write the tunes for the film based on their debut ‘Fury’.

The result is a fiery, testosterone fuelled collection of very good tunes that are well worth your time.

Open Mic UK 2014 – Singing competition audition dates announced

Open Mic LogoSinging competition audition dates have been announced for Open Mic UK 2014 – the nationwide singing competition searching for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists!


Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Luke Friend, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’sLucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music. Open Mic UK is an exciting competition to get involved in, and the singing competition audition dates for 2014 have just been announced!


Singing competition audition dates announced – Open Mic UK 2014


We’ll be holding singing competition auditions at the following regions for Open Mic UK 2014! Book your singing competition audition now to secure your place!


Saturday 23rd August at Concourse Suites 29-30, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham,B40 1NT.


Sunday 24th August at The Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HA.


Sunday 31st August at Vincent Harris Suite, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.


Sunday 31st August atDingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.


Saturday 6th September atStudio 1, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ.


Sunday 7th September atBritannic Suite, The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.


Sunday 7th September at Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road,  Southville,  Bristol, BS3 1TF.


Sunday 14th September at Palace Theatre, London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA.


Sunday 14th September at The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.


Sunday 14th September at Ferneham Hall, Fareham (near Southampton/Portsmouth), PO16 7DB.


Saturday 20th September atMilton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.


Saturday 20th September atCommittee Room 1, Hove Centre, Hove, Norton Road, Brighton, BN3 4AH.


Sunday 21st September atSub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.


Sunday 21st September atBoardroom, Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, London UB3 2UE.


Sunday 21st September atBritannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN.


Saturday 27th September at Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW.


Saturday 27th September at Kings Hall, Balmoral, Belfast, BT9 6GW.


The Open Mic UK singing competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, so get your singing competition audition booked now to avoid disappointment!


Get your singing competition audition booked here.

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL: Do you want to play at The Isle Of Wight Festival?

IOW flyerDo you want to play at the Isle of Wight Festival this summer? The line-up for the Isle of Wight Festival this year includes Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro and Red Hot Chilli Peppers! Would you like the chance to join them and perform at the Isle of Wight Festival?


Walkabout have teamed up with the Isle of Wight Festival and Future Music to run a Road to The Isle of Wight Festival Competition for musicians of all types to win a slot on this year’s Isle of Wight Festival which takes place on 12th-15th June. The Isle of Wight Festival competition is supported by Jack Daniels, so the winner will not only get a slot at the Isle of Wight Festival but they will also receive £500 expenses covered and lots of Jack Daniels goodies including limited edition Jack Daniels Guitars!


The Isle of Wight Festival competition runs nationally through May at every Walkabout venue, with the Grand Final taking place in London at Temple on Sunday 8th June to decide the winning act. Last year’s winning act FELLA came from Reading and performed on the Rising Stage.


For more information and to enter please email your name, number and closest Walkabout venue to office@openmicuk.co.uk. You can find all the Walkabout venues here.


Find more information about the Isle of Wight Festival Competition here.



Cherry Ghost, ‘Clear Skies Ever Closer’

CherryWith his much-anticipated third album ‘Herd Runners’ due for release next month on Heavenly Recordings, Cherry Ghost has shared the video for the excellent ‘Clear Skies Ever Closer’ and announced a string of UK tour dates in June. Actress Maxine Peake (Shameless, Silk) makes her directorial debut with the video, and stars alongside Shaun Evans (Endeavour).


Video: Fight Like Apes – Crouching Bees

Having karate-chopped their way through some spiky EPs and two Choice-nominated albums, which both charted in the top 3 in the Irish chart, Fight Like Apes are back with their first release since The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner.   About time for the band named the fourth best Irish musical act of their generation by The Irish Times in 2009.

FLApes have hooked up with UK indie label Alcopop! Records to release the Whigfield Sextape EP, offering four fantastic new tracks that manage to keep the band’s agit-pop edge whilst dispensing with some of their traditional distorted sound. The opening track ‘Crouching  Bees’ is a taster of what’s to come on the new album, set for release later in May 2014.

Stanley Odd, ‘Chase Yirsel’

Chase YirselIt’s not necessarily the genre you’d expect coming out of a new band from Scotland, but ‘Chase Yirsel’ is a brand new hip hop track taken from the upcoming Stanley Odd EP.

With an amusingly up to date satirical bent, this is definitely a song to enjoy – and if you do, there are live dates below.

Live dates

22 April – London, The Garage
01 May – Aberdeen, Tunnels
03 May – Inverness, Brew at the Bog Festival
04 May – Middlesbrough, SumDay Festival

‘Reverie’ – the new single from Resonance

Resonance_Rooftop700According to their press release, Resonance’s music is constantly finding new fans from the UK and beyond. And based on this new single, it’s not hard to see why.

Mastered by John Davis (Led Zeppelin, U2, Lana Del Rey, Paloma Faith), the track is an absolute treat. You sometimes get the idea that musicians take their songwriting too seriously. But playing instruments should be exactly that – playing. And that is the vibe you get from this song.

‘Reverie’ is a track suited to the oncoming summer, and something you might expect to hear at a place like the Notting Hill festival. With a strong South American feel, it makes excellent use of two interplaying (there’s that word again) guitars and some bright, metaphor laden lyrics.

You can enjoy ‘Reverie’ below, and download it from all good stores.

Ivan Moult, ‘Most of All’

Ivan MoultWith a quiet beauty akin to Ben Howard, Ivan Moult has a knack with his raw vocal and acoustic guitar. With over two years since his last release, he is readying himself for his new album (as yet unnamed) with a double free-download/single release.

Comprising ‘I Know I’ll Never Be Born Again’ and ‘Most of All’ (listen below), this is proof that Moult hasn’t lost any of the immediacy that makes him stand out.

So there you go, perfect listening for a Sunday afternoon, and a free download to boot. Aren’t we good to you?


You can find Ivan Moult live at these dates:

25th April 2014 – Four Bars at Dempseys, Cardiff w/ Steady Hands
13th June 2014 – Unearthed Festival, Solva
28th June 2014 – Snail Deli, Rhiwbina
12th July 2014 – Wakestock Festival, Llyn Peninsula

US sanctions against Russia set to disrupt Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus tours

Miley-Cyrus-Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake are waiting to find out of planned gigs in Finland, due to take place in June and May respectively, will contravene US sanctions against Russia.

As part of the dispute over Crimea, American businesses are forbidden from doing business with anyone in Vladimir Putin’s ‘inner circle’ – a list of 27 people known to have close ties with the Russian President. Helsinki’s Hartwall venue is owned by Gennady Timchenko and brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, three of the names on that list.

Also slated to appear this summer are Robbie Williams, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and Elton John – all of whom could also be affected due to their ties to US management companies.

No cancellations have been confirmed as yet, as the concerts’ US ticket promoter, Live Nation, could apply to the US Government for the concerts to go ahead. However, Live Nation has said it would work to ensure the US sanctions were upheld.

The situation hinges on whether or not money for the venue had already changed hands prior to the sanctions being put in place. If so, then no more money will change hands but the concerts may go ahead. If not, then the gigs are likely to be cancelled unless sanctions are lifted.