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By The Sea Festival - Dreamland, Margate, Kent 30th September/1st October 2016

On the South East coast of England, in the once resplendent seaside resort of Margate, By The Sea Festival took up residency in the re-imagined heritage pleasure park, Dreamland. After the success of Foals and Hot Chip in its inaugural year By The Sea returned to a resurgent Margate to blend the established with the up and coming in an environment like no other. Amongst the helter skelter, big wheel, carousels and coasters the various artists took to the stages (and decks) in the wonderfully evocative Roller Disco, down at the dodgems or in the newly restored Hall By The Sea. With Kiss Me Quick cocktails and enough locally brewed cider to entice The Wurzels the amassed throngs were in for a very entertaining weekend.

By The Sea Festival - Dreamland, Margate, Kent 30th September/1st October 2016

Wild Beasts ("They're so f'ing sexy"-Blaine Harrison, Mystery Jets) got off to a cracking start in the Hall By The Sea with a pumped up version of 'Big Cat' and an impromptu birthday celebration for "ideosynchratic drummer" Chris Talbot before launching into a sizemic, shape shifting and floor shaking rendition of 'He The Colossus' and a wonderful working of 'Wanderlust'. The Kendal foursome sounded on top of their game, channelling circa '82 Simple Minds, ahead of their upcoming live set on 6Music.

In the shabby chic surroundings of the kitsch come cool Roller Disco, Mystery Jets got joyously playful with 'Flash A Hungry Smile'. After the initial grief imparted in 'Telomere' they ramped up the tempo and asked the assembled masses, "do you feel like dancing?" A blinding rendition of their single, 'Bubblegum', ensued. Taken from the band's latest album, 'Curve Of The Earth', it easily got the biggest interaction of the night so far. The Middlesex quartet followed up with another crowd pleaser, 'Young Love', and quite bizarrely another birthday shout-out, this time for Gary who did all of the MJ's art work! With apparently "too many tracks for just one album this year" the band took to a highlight off their new 5 track E.P, 'The Whole Earth', 'The World Is Overtaking Me' sounded spectacular, with front man Blaine and his three cohorts synched in tight unison, delivering a belting track replete with (Tubeway Army era) Numan esc keyboard loop, they sounded awesome; full of passion and presence as well as full of love for their fellow performers, especially The Big Moon, Wild Beasts and Meilyr Jones (at one time late on in his set striking a quick Bowie pose whilst teasing us with an all too brief classic Bowie riff) Mystery Jets pitched it perfectly in the Roller Disco with a short, sharp very entertaining set that left you just aching for a little more.

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Ed Sheeran Nominated For Ivor Novello Award

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Ed Sheeran is among this year’s Ivor Novello Award nominees in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category. The 25-year-old is nominated for his track ‘Bloodstream’ from his 2014 best-selling album x.

Ed SheeranEd Sheeran has received his third Ivor Novello nomination.

Sheeran faces some stiff competition as he is up against protege Jamie Lawson who is nominated for single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ and Wolf Alice who received a nod for ‘Bros’. It’s Sheeran’s third Ivor Novello nomination after he was named Songwriter of the Year in 2015 and won Best Song Musically and Lyrically for ‘The A Team’ in 2012.

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Chloe Dobinson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

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Drake, The Libertines, The Weeknd

10. Drake - If You're Reading This Then You're Too Late
Making an impromptu release of his 4th studio album Drake made a return proving why he is one of the most in demand rappers. Highlights of the album include opening track Legend -which features a long instrumental introduction with background vocals giving a harmonic feel to the track. Track Energy sees keys help make the track come alive with the Canadian rapper pushing himself as an artist and pushing the boundaries in the rap industry.

9. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
Released in September The Libertines marked a return to the music scene following their 2004 self-titled album. A decade on the band proves their songwriting skills never went away with tracks such Gunga Din a racous, fun indie track making fans of The Libertines feels as if they never went away. Athems for Doomed Youth is a softer album from a band who is constanlty in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Heart of the Matter is a highlight of the album catchy, light and will become a firm favorite when the band play summer festival next year.

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Dom Gourlay's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

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10. Girl Band - Holding Hands With Jamie
Possibly the most eagerly anticipated debut from an underground band in recent times. The Dublin foursome's first offering did not disappoint, if not quite matching the intensity of their live shows. Bristling with visceral brutality somewhere between the polemic racket of Whitehouse and awkward disdain of The Fall, 'Holding Hands With Jamie' is an uneasy yet rewarding listen.

9. Surf City - Jekyll Island
Despite having formed over a decade ago, this New Zealand outfit have been more about quality than quantity when it comes to releases. So it should come as no surprise that 'Jekyll Island', their third long player, represents arguably their finest body of work to date.

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Mercury Music Prize 2015 Nominations - Who's On The List?

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The Mercury Music Prize nominations for 2015 have been announced, and it’s a list with quite a few surprising omissions and inclusions.

The twelve artists fortunate enough to make the select list were announced over the course of Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Radio show on Friday (October 16th), with Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice being the biggest names among the dozen.

Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which reached Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year, is her second nomination after her debut Lungs in 2009, which was beaten by Speech Debelle. Wolf Alice’s first album My Love Is Cool came out in the same month and made Number 2 in the UK, winning rave reviews in the process.

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Florence + The Machine Edge Out Wolf Alice To UK No.1 Album Spot

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In a very close sales race, Florence + The Machine have pipped Wolf Alice to the summit of the UK Albums Chart this weekend. Following a last-minute sales boost courtesy of her Glastonbury headline set, Florence won out over the indie newcomers by just 528 copies.

According the Official Charts Company, Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful had been at Number 4 when the midweek chart was announced before the festival began, but the power of her performance, which was broadcast on the BBC, saw a surge in sales to reclaim the top spot that it had achieved when it was released originally at the start of June.

Florence + The MachineFlorence Welch performing at Glastonbury 2015

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Wolf Alice Unveil Major UK Tour Details And Summery New Single 'Bros'

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Currently selling out venues across North America, Wolf Alice gear up for a major tour of the UK in the Autumn; their biggest set of dates yet that will follow a full summer festival schedule and include a homecoming gig at Brixton Academy in London.

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We predicted that this year would be an incredible one for Wolf Alice and we weren't wrong. As well as a sell-out tour across the US and Canada this Spring followed by an entire summer of festival frivolities, the rock four-piece will be embarking on their biggest ever UK tour in September 2015, hitting up venues the likes of Brixton Academy, Manchester's Albert Hall, Bristol Academy and Birmingham Institute.

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Hype Hotel's Best Female-Fronted Bands Prove To Be SXSW Gold

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Wednesday night (March 18th 2015) was a female fronted assault with fantastic sets from both US and UK bands at SXSW's legendary Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat. The evening was a perfect example of why girl power is playing such an important role on modern music.

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Ryn Weaver proved to be an excellent up and coming live act

Getting the evening off to an unforgettable start was 22-year-old San Diego singer Ryn Weaver. Undoubtedly the talk of the night, Weaver poses something very different with her vivacious stage presence and distinctive pop vocal, bringing everyone to their feet with songs such as 'Promises', 'Sail On' and debut single 'OctaHate'. She even connected with her audience by sharing an anecdote about her late grandfather, who she describes as her 'muse'. Set to release her debut album 'The Fool' this summer, Weaver promises big things having already topped the US Heatseekers chart with her 2014 EP 'Promises'.

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5 Venues You'll Want To Visit At SXSW 2015

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SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.

First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.

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Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015

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Modest Mouse And Wolf Alice To Hit London's Calling Festival 2015

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Modest Mouse and Wolf Alice are the latest additions to the steadily growing line-up for Calling Festival 2015; a day festival that will see thousands flock to Clapham Common in London this summer to experience the latest and greatest in rock music.

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Washington six-piece Modest Mouse and North Londoners Wolf Alice hit the Calling bill alongside the likes of headliners Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and previously announced Ryan Adams and the Shining, The Hives, and Echo And The Bunnymen. The multi-stage festival is still to see further exciting line-up announcements in the coming weeks; the bill so far barely scrapes the surface of what to expect at this extraordinary event, which last year played host to more than 80,000 festival goers who congregated to experience Stevie Wonder and Aerosmith.

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SXSW 2015 Is Coming! And That Means More Blog-Worthy Talent At Hype Hotel

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Austin's 2015 SXSW Festival draws ever nearer, with a line-up already rich in upcoming talent and vibrant diversity. There's something for everyone at this iconic citywide musical celebration, and nothing encompasses that more than Hype Machine's Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat spot.

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Hype Hotel is set to return to SXSW for 2015

Now heading into its fourth year, we can expect Hype Hotel to be full of yet more talented new bands and artists for 2015. Selected by a variety of different music blogs, the line-up is awash with the very best of all genres including indie, rock, pop, electronic, rap and R&B, who entertain fans of different ages and cultures for five days during the event, which this year takes place from March 17th to 22nd.

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Wolf Alice: The Name That Will Be On Everyone's Lips In 2015

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If any band is blowing up in the UK right now, it's London rockers Wolf Alice. Hotly tipped by virtually everyone and having easily made it on to BBC's Sound of 2015 longlist, they've got a seriously heavy year ahead of them.

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Wolf Alice are planning their debut album

They've just come off of their UK Autumn tour, which included a hugely exciting show at Heaven in London, and it's definitely given them a taste for further shows. 'I still find it just amazing to see people who have taken the time and effort and sometimes the money to come down and see something we've been working on and something that we've always wanted to do and dreamt of', says lead singer Ellie Rowsell.

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SXSW 2014 Is Over, But Here's The Memories

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SXSW 2014 is over. We saw 2200 bands playing over 100 stages. Well, we didn't actually see all those bands with our own eyes, but we've done all the hard work for you and trawled the web for the best reviews of this year's spectacular. Here's what you need to know about the biggest sounds coming of Austin, Texas.

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New Yorkers Perfect Pussy played the Red 7 Patio on Friday March 17 and did nothing to dissuade critics labelling them the band to watch out for in 2014. Meredith Graves and co served up one of the most frenetic sets of the week and those in attendance were left with appetites well and truly whet for Perfect Pussy's debut full length album, due later this year. 

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Leeds & Reading Festival 2014 Announce Amazing Co-Headliners Queens Of The Stone Age & Paramore Plus 48 More Across All Stages

Posted on11 March 2014

Leeds & Reading Festival 2014 Announce Amazing Co-headliners Queens Of The Stone Age & Paramore Plus 48 More Across All Stages

SXSW 2014: 10 Acts You Cannot Afford To Miss

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Every year, hundreds of bands descend upon Austin, Texas to make the South by Southwest Festival one of the most anticipated of the year. Featuring musical acts from all over the world, the music section of this mammoth festival takes place from March 11th to 16th 2014. This year sees the festival get even bigger and better as a host of new acts showcase alongside some big name veterans to give an awesome lineup of over 2,000 acts. Anyone lucky enough to be making the trip to Austin next month is going to have a hard time deciding which bands to go see, so to help you make up your mind, here’s ten acts that we consider unmissable from this year’s lineup.

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London Grammar

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