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Friday 2nd June 2017 – Friday night LAUNCH PARTY

 
Friday night is for weekend ticket holders and campers only.

MIDGE URE

Midge-UreAn artist who has received Ivor Novello, Grammy and BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs no introduction.

Musical success is seldom measured in time spans of more than a few years so the fact that by the time Midge’s single “If I Was” went to number one in 1985 he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10-year professional career speaks volumes – Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous one off group in musical history Band Aid had be then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation.

Ultravox was a major influence on the new romantic and electro-pop movements of the early 80s and many an open-minded studio and bedroom experimentalist since. Their successful trademark was combining Midge’s powerful guitar riffs with sweeping synthesiser motifs, enigmatic imagery and state-of-the-art visuals. Throughout the first half of the 80s, they brilliantly combined the responsibilities of top 10 chartmakers and innovative style-makers.

Then came November 25, 1984, a historic day for Midge and all of pop music, as 36 artists by the collective name Band Aid gathered at SARM Studios in West London under Ure’s production. They recorded “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” a song he had just written with Bob Geldof as the industry’s heartfelt and eloquent contribution to Ethiopian famine relief. 600,000 copies sold in its first week in the UK alone was only the beginning: 800,000 more were bought in the second week, more than three million world-wide, and the unstoppable emotion engendered by the project led to Live Aid, the summer 1985 global concert that, all exaggeration aside, spoke for a generation.

As summer 2017 beckons, it’s business as usual in camp Ure . . . which means busy busy busy!

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MODERN ROMANCE

ModernModern Romance emerged in the summer of 1981, and achieved 8 UK hit singles and 3 albums.

Appearances on all the major UK TV entertainment shows of the time, including The Russell Harty Show, Des O’Connor Tonight and The Kenny Everett Show, were a regular occurrence, as were slots on Top Of The Pops and various Royal Variety Performances.

Modern Romance were extremely popular on an international level. Amongst the countries to be drawn to the Latin sound for which the band became know, were Spain, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Belgium and Greece.

Since reforming in 2001, the band has performed in various UK venues. They appeared with The Human League and Limahl (Kajagoogoo), at a special look back at the 80s night, in conjunction with BBC’s UK Horizons TV, and went down an absolute storm. Following on from that, they performed at many 80s themed shows, featuring the likes of ABC, Howard Jones and Marc Almond and other names from the era, which have proved to be a massive success.

Despite the passing of time, the band has maintained its reputation for being very lively and for having fun on stage, whilst also being superb musically.

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Saturday 3rd June 2017 – Best of the 80s

 

GLORIA GAYNOR

GloriaGaynor“I Will Survive” was recorded in 1978, as Gloria Gaynor’s tale of personal strength and was soon to become the greatest disco anthem of all time. (Gloria was in a back brace when this song was recorded!) In 1979, “I Will Survive” climbed to the top of Billboard’s Pop Charts and claimed the #1 position on two different occasions. Little did Gloria know, the song would grow into the banner for social survival which is still relevant after three decades of international airplay. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the song which itself has survived in various forms and has been re-recorded over 200 times by various artists such as Gladys Knight, Chantay Moore, Diana Ross and Cake.

She was only 19 when she signed her first record contract with Columbia Records, and in 1975, Gloria made history when Billboard gave birth to the „Disco Action Charts.‟ Gaynor’s version of “Never Can Say Good-Bye” became the first Dance Song to reach #1 status in dance music, in 1980, “I Will Survive” won the Grammy for Best Disco Song and, in 1984, Gloria recorded “I Am What I Am,” which reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Dance Disco Hits.

Now, more than 30 years later, Gloria continues to set the standard, and her popularity continues to flourish into the new millennium. In March of 2001, “Just Keep Thinkin’ About You,” topped the Billboard Dance/Club Charts at #1, while Gloria’s international hit “Last Night” with Giorgio Moroder debuted at #1 throughout Europe. Gaynor was also the first artist to record an album especially for clubs, and the first to do a mega-extended dance medley party mix, releasing 12″ dance singles that are now high-end collector’s items.

In 2002, Logic Records/BMG released the highly anticipated U.S. LP entitled “I Wish You Love.” That was her first worldwide release in 15 years. It gave birth to 4 #1 dance singles on Billboard’s Dance Charts and “I Never Knew” (radio version) made the top ten on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Charts. She also recorded a new version of “I Will Survive” in Spanglish, recorded live in Brazil. During the same year, she was honoured at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo with the coveted LEGEND award presented by long time fan Prince Albert and was the featured artist in the Tom Ford Tribute hosted by Tom and Rita Hanks. Gaynor made a splash on Broadway in the longest running musical revue, “Smokey Joe’s Café,” and on national TV, as a guest star on such popular programs as “That 70’s Show,” “Ally McBeal,” “The Wayans Brothers‟ Show,” “Don’t Forget The Lyrics,” and more, introducing her to a whole new generation of fans.

Live concerts are an integral part of Gloria Gaynor. She has touched audiences in more than 80 countries with her electrifying performances. On September 19, 2005 Gloria, along with her hit song “I Will Survive” were inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony that took place in New York City. “I Will Survive,” has been featured on the soundtrack of more than a half dozen major motion picture releases, and VH-1 honoured Ms. Gaynor with the number one spot during their countdown of the Top 100 Dance Records of All Time. Most recently, Gaynor travelled to Nashville to record a gospel version of “I Will Survive” entitled, “He Gave Me Life, I Will Survive.”

In between Gloria’s busy touring and personal appearance schedule, she managed to pen an autobiography, appropriately entitled, “I Will Survive” (St. Martin’s Press) which offers the reader a revealing incite into the artist’s exciting yet somewhat turbulent life. Additionally, Ms. Gaynor lends her support to numerous charities including the Susan G. Comen Breast Cancer Foundation (North Jersey Affiliate), the Hellenic Times Foundation, The Revlon Walk For Women and the Christian Broadcasting Network. Ms. Gaynor is a member of the United Cerebral Palsy Hudson County Board of Directors, financially supports Save the Children, sponsors three children through the Christian Children’s Fund, is a Chairholder for the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center, was 2008 Honorary Chair for the New York Diabetes Association and supports Denise Rich’s Angel Ball, a foundation for Melanoma research.

More recently, Gaynor participated in the Mandela Day Celebration at Radio City Music Hall where she performed “I Will Survive” and “Oh Happy Day” with the Soweto Gospel Choir to honour Nelson Mandela‟s 91st birthday. Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and many other artists also graced the stage. A day “intended to call on and awaken each person’s individual power to promote positive change with small actions.”

Among one of her most prestigious honours, in 2011 Gloria was awarded the Golden Camera Award in Europe for her Lifetime Achievement in Music.

Says Gaynor, “I Will Survive should remind us to be proactive in this world. In trying times, people are always looking for answers and direction of what to do and where to go next. So is it really so hard to believe that I Will Survive has more relevance now than it did in 1979? Through this song, we can relate to a woman who has faced the same struggles and summoned the strength to rise above and survive. When you are knocked down you get back up, shrug off the hit and survive – don’t be afraid of the future!”

Gaynor has had an exciting year as she appeared in NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”, “The Last Comic Standing” and an upcoming performance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. She was recently honoured at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles where again she performed several of her hit songs and was interviewed by Billboard magazine’s Gail Mitchell about her career, her life and the ever-changing future of the music industry. This holiday season she will embark on a Christmas symphony tour in Italy and Croatia and will ring in the New Year 2011 with a concert celebration in Las Vegas.

Earlier this year Gloria travelled to Nashville to record a gospel song for her forth-coming Gospel CD entitled, “He Gave Me Life (I Will Survive).” The future holds many new opportunities as Gloria will launch a new skincare line for women of multi-hued skin tones called Specific Beauty. She has also inked a new endorsement deal with Euflexxa®, a new pain reliever prescription for osteoarthritis, a condition in her knees Gloria has suffered with for nearly 20 years (www.Gloriasknee.com). She’s near completion of college courses needed for her degree in psychology. As Gloria forges ahead in this next decade, the journey continues to unfold as she tells the world how she is continuing to survive.

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VILLAGE PEOPLE

VillagePeopleVILLAGE PEOPLE is a one of-a-kind act synonymous with dance music. These six men provide high-energy choreography with fun and lots of singing and dancing, providing great entertainment for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

VILLAGE PEOPLE have performed at fairs, festivals, universities, casinos, public and private functions around the globe. They have sold more than 100 million recordings and are known for such hits as “Macho Man”, “Can’t Stop the Music”, “Go West”, and of course “YMCA”.

In 2013 VILLAGE PEOPLE recorded “Let’s Go Back to the Dance Floor” which was written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band. The single has been added to their live performances and the sound is classic VILLAGE PEOPLE.

Recently VILLAGE PEOPLE have been seen in commercials for American Express (with Beyonce and Ellen Degeneres), Wonderful Pistachios and Miracle Whip (with Susan Boyle, Lance Bass and Wynona Judd). Their recent television appearances include The Arsenio Hall Show, Fox’s Wendy Williams Show, NBC’s Singing Bee (with Joey Fatone) and Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are They Now? Past television performances include The Bob Hope Special, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Rosie O’Donnell Show, Oprah, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve, Love Boat and Married with Children.

VILLAGE PEOPLE starred in a semi-autographical major feature film Can’t Stop the Music which co-starred Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine, and Bruce Jenner.

On September 12, 2008 VILLAGE PEOPLE received a “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group has won many awards including an American Music Award – Favorite Music Group, AGVA’s Georgie Award, West Germany’s Gold Lion Award for Music Excellence and Brazil’s Award for Best Act, to name just a few.

Their music can be heard in dozens of major motion pictures including Down Periscope, Wayne’s World II, Addams Family Values and In and Out. Their film Can’t Stop the Music continues to be celebrated as a world-wide cult classic. VILLAGE PEOPLE were also featured in the advertisements for “Trivial Pursuit’s 20th Anniversary Edition” and were also featured as one of the question in the game.

They performed half-time entertainment for Australia’s Rugby Grand Finals which is seen by more people than the Super Bowl in the USA. Their music is played during the seventh inning stretch at major league baseball stadiums and often they entertain sports with live performances following basketball, soccer and hockey games. At the final All-Star Game in the “old” Yankee Stadium, they performed “YMCA” with the groundskeepers.

VILLAGE PEOPLE are Raymond Simpson (Cop and lead singer), Felipe Rose (Native American), Alexander Briley (GI/Military), Eric Anzalone (Biker), Bill Whitefield (Construction Worker) and Jim Newman (Cowboy).

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HOWARD JONES

HowardJonesIt was in 1983 that Howard Jones released his first single New Song in the UK. The expectation was that it might sell a few thousand copies and introduce his fresh new music to an unsuspecting world. The reality was quite different. The single steadily climbed the UK chart to peak at number 3.

Then came the second single What Is Love? which reached number 2 in the UK and the third single, the enigmatic Hide and Seek which showed the spiritual side of Howard Jones’ writing. This was followed by the first album Human’s Lib which came straight in at number one in the UK in April 1984, eventually going platinum and which took the synthesiser and Howard to a new plateau. This success spread across the globe with Human’s Lib going gold in the USA, Japan, Germany, Italy and Australia.

With a large and loyal fanbase and album sales now exceeding eight million, this consummate musician and writer has maintained an admirable independence, writing, recording, performing and touring in the way only he knows how. He has proved that he is one of the most talented writers and performers out there. His independent attitude and his ability and willingness to take risks ensure that he continues to operate on the cutting edge of today’s music.

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KIM WILDE

KimWildeKim Wilde was born in Chiswick, West London to legendary 1950’s British Rock’n’Roll singer, Marty Wilde, and his wife Joyce – a member of the singing group, The Vernons Girls. Her first single release, ‘Kids In America’ in 1981, was a worldwide hit paving the way for a recording career which has so far yielded twelve studio albums and in excess of thirty singles, bringing success in every major record market and sales of 10 million and 20 million respectively.

Single successes included ‘Chequered Love’, ‘Water On Glass’, ‘Cambodia’, ‘View From A Bridge’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ – a worldwide success and a number one in the USA – ‘Another Step (Closer To You)’ (a duet with Junior Giscombe), ‘You Came’, ‘Never Trust A Stranger’ and ‘Four Letter Word’.

In 1983 Kim was voted Best British Female Singer at the BPI Awards, while “live” highlights include performing to over 2 million people on a five month European stadium tour with Michael Jackson in 1988, and supporting David Bowie across Europe on his 1990 Greatest Hits Stadium Tour.

A sabbatical from the music industry – prompted by marriage and motherhood – gave Kim’s passion for horticulture an opportunity to ‘blossom’, leading to the publication of two books (‘Gardening With Children’ and ‘The First Time Gardener’), numerous gardening columns and yielded a Gold Medal and Best in Show in 2005 at The Chelsea Flower Show

After a huge hit duet single with the German vocalist, Nena, in 2003 Kim was encouraged to make a new solo album and, having signed to EMI Germany in 2005, she enjoyed a Top 20 Album (‘Never Say Never’) and single (‘You Came 2006’) in the summer of 2006.

In 2007 she took this project “on the road”, performing over 50 live concerts – including two solo tours – with dates in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland and Denmark and numerous Festival appearances across Europe. In December 2008 Kim appeared alongside Robin Gibb, Tears For Fears and 10cc – with a 40 piece orchestra and the Angels of Harlem Gospel Choir – in 20 arena shows for the annual ‘Night Of The Proms’ tour in Germany, and she completed another solo European Tour in April 2009.

In September 2008 Kim was signed up by the UK’s number one London commercial radio station, Magic 105.4; five years later she still presents a weekly show, “Secret Songs” every Sunday from 10am-2pm.

Kim’s first album of entirely new and original recordings in 15 years, ‘Come Out & Play’, was released across Continental Europe in September 2010 and attained Top Ten status in Germany and Switzerland and the ‘Come Out & Play Live’ Tour performed to packed houses in February-March 2011.

A new album, ‘Snapshots’, comprising cover versions of Kim’s favourite songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and noughties was released in late 2011. Again a Top 20 album, Kim took the ‘Snapshots & Greatest Hits’ show on the road in 2012.

2013 saw the re- packaging and re-release of a collector’s bonus edition of Kim’s biggest-selling album, ‘Close’ – which celebrated it’s 25th Birthday earlier that year – and the year ended with the release of album number thirteen; ‘Wilde Winter Songbook’ is a collection of Christmas classics plus brand new original seasonal songs.

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TIFFANY

TiffanyOnce upon a time in the 80s a little girl in Norwalk CA, had dreams of becoming a Country singer. She started singing the songs of her favourite country artists Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Emmylou Harris. By age 9 she was performing with her own band. The following year she was discovered by Legendary Country music songwriters Hoyt and Mae Axton, who first brought Tiffany to Music City, Nashville TN. She opened for Country Stars and performed on Various Nashville TV Shows. Unfortunately, labels were not interested in signing the young singer because of her age.

She returned to Los Angeles, and within 4 years she began an International Pop Superstar going on to sell over 16 Million Albums. She achieved Two International #1 Hit Singles, “I Think We’re Alone Now”, and “Could’ve Been”, & continued to have chart topping success with her singles “I Saw Him Standing There”, “All This Time”, & “Radio Romance”.

After Two World Tours & achieving widespread fame, it was time for Tiffany to start a family. At age 21 she gave birth to her son Elijah and took a back seat from the music spotlight; Enjoying motherhood & family life, but also nurturing her songwriting talents.

“I wanted to write songs but I was very shy about it and needed to build my confidence in that area”. Tiffany later broke out the shyness and accomplished two critically acclaimed albums: 2000’s “The Color of Silence” (Billboard – Top Ten Best Albums of the Year) and 2007’s “Just Me”. Tiffany also had massive #1 success throughout Asia with her single “If Love is Blind”. She later released three Top 20 US Billboard Dance singles, which she co-wrote.

Tiffany moved back to Nashville with her family in 2008. “It feels great to be back, I love it here. Being part of the songwriting community is very special to me, Its truly an honor.”

In 2011 she recorded “Rose Tattoo” a country pop EP. “I’ve always wanted to do a country project that would show my love for country music. And open the door to tell stories of my earlier experiences in the music biz before i was successful in my pop career”.

Tiffany continues to write & record, and has been seen by millions of viewers on such reality TV Shows as: “Rachael Ray VS. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off” (Food Network), “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC), “Celebrity Fit Club” (VH1), “Celebrity Ghost Stories” (A&E), & “Food Network Challenge”. She was also invited to Headline the GMA “Good Morning America ~ Summer Concert Series”.

Tiffany also partnered with SyFy Channel, Starring in “Mega Piranha” (Highest Rated Movie of 2010) and the highly publicized “Mega Python vs Gatoroid” alongside Debbie Gibson, which was top Rated & received the most press in the history of the network!

Tiffany is very involved in the local community. She mentors young singer/songwriters, produces charity concerts for the Humane Society, and is also the Official Spokesperson for American Heart Association in Nashville. “Charities and local community needs are something I love helping with, its very fulfilling” says Tiffany.

Opening TIFFANYS BOUTIQUE in East Nashville in 2012 was a dream fulfilled. “Having a store that caters to women of all sizes, all ages, and from all walks of life, was very important to me”. She has poured her heart and soul into finding pieces from all around the world, as well as working with local designers and reworking vintage pieces.

Tiffany continues to Tour the world, from night clubs to festivals…from Nashville to Singapore… Tiffany is a power house and multi talented artist.

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NICK HEYWARD

NickHeywardWhen Haircut 100 burst energetically onto the pop scene in 1980 with their bright and innovative sound, Nick Heyward was the boy that every girl wanted to see.
Haircut 100 became as well-known for the preppie outfits they wore as much as MTV bubblegum like Love Plus One and Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl), two of the most endearing songs of the ’80s. Both singles hit the Top Ten in Britain in 1982. Other hits included Fantastic Day, Nobody’s Fool and Prime Time.

Nick Heyward (vocals, guitar) left Haircut 100 just when they were cruising through the pop charts in the U.K. Instead of destroying his career, the move actually provided him with more artistic credibility. Once on his own, Heyward’s work lost much of Haircut 100’s teen gloss; the music was still catchy, but the lyrics were more adult and introspective, as displayed on tracks like Whistle Down the Wind from his 1983 solo debut North of a Miracle. Other tracks from Nick’s solo days included Take That Situation, Warning Sign and Blue Hat for a Blue Day. In 1994, the Beatles-like Kite on From Monday to Sunday was a smash hit on American modern rock stations.

Hearing his music on the radio still makes the sun shine so, when Nick takes the stage at Lets Rock Bristol! prepare to be up-lifted.

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HEAVEN 17

Heaven17Heaven 17, please remember, were not even intended to be a group. In the beginning was the British Electric Foundation, or B.E.F., for short. Born out of the collapse of the original Human League, and the brainchild of Martyn Ware, that band’s leader, B.E.F. was less a record label, as a portfolio of future musical projects of which Heaven 17 would be just one. Ian Craig Marsh, co-founder of the Human League, would join Ware along with Glenn Gregory as lead vocalist the man who would have been the original Human League singer had he not been unavailable.

B.E.F. would produce the now iconic Music For Stowaways, and Music Of Quality and Distinction 1, and provided a template that subsequent artists would use from The Assembly in the Eighties, Electronic in the Nineties, and most recently, the Damon Alban and Jamie Hewlett project, Gorillaz. But its Heaven 17 which would endure and help shape the future of modern music for over thirty years. Their first album, Penthouse And Pavement, is, and remains, a modern classic.

It felt like a race to get the thing done really. There was no mediation involved. It literally was a lot of ideas coming out simultaneously but also with an intensity which meant that you could realise them very quickly. So it wasn’t just like a million ideas and actually three quarters of them were shit when you looked at them on the day – they were all pretty good I have to say. It was like opening a giant tap for a hose and it was just blasting out. (Martyn Ware)

Within a week, they had written and demoed a new song, ‘(We Don’t Need That) Fascist Groove Thang.’ Listening back to a song written in late 1980, it’s astonishingly prescient. The purely electronic template, the driving musical philosophy of the Human League, had been modified with the addition of funky slap-bass guitar, and treated dance-floor piano. Released as a single, it became NME’s record of the week. The song managed to mention the words ‘fascist’, ‘Hitler’, ‘racist’ and was promptly banned from being played by the BBC. ‘One of the reasons the BBC said it couldn’t be played was they thought Ronald Reagan could sue them over it’, said Ian Craig Marsh in 1981 about the song’s most controversial couplet: ‘Reagan’s president elect/Fascist god in motion.’

Penthouse and Pavement is a musically schizoid slab of modern art. Side 1 fires off in the new, funky direction, whilst Side 2, the all-synth side gives a taste of what a third Human League album with Ware and Marsh on-side might have sounded – wonderful melodies and audacious arrangements with tracks such as ‘Let’s All Make A Bomb’ and ‘Song With No Name’ the very best of British electronica.

A defining feature of Heaven 17 was their total artistic control over their music. Whereas the sound and the success of the Human League’s Dare was very much a collaboration between the band and Martin Rushent, Heaven 17 were performers, writers and designers creating not just their own music but every aspect of the music’s presentation and packaging.

It was written into our contract that we had complete control over the content of what we presented. Each stage of production was integral to the band’s ethos, from cover artwork to their own sartorial elegance in video and on photo shoots. We were influenced by Kraftwerk because what they presented was this world view of which the music was an integrated part. (Martyn Ware)

Heaven 17 and B.E.F. were unique and completely radical. Simultaneously, a critique and a postmodern embodiment of early-Eighties corporatism, they were too clever by half for many who didn’t get the joke. B.E.F., and Heaven 17 made it all into a straight-faced spoof of oppressive and unimaginative corporate industry, by creating one based on fun and intelligence’, says John Foxx, another electro pioneer of the Eighties:

No-one else was operating like that at the time. The nearest in spirit were perhaps the Residents or Devo, but they weren’t co-opting classic pop performers into their records. I was pleased they used my studio as base for a while – great to meet Tina Turner and Hank Marvin – and Sandie Shaw, too. Weird juxtapositions that made everyone look again. It restarted Tina Turner’s career right away. What a marvellous woman – dirtiest laugh I’ve ever heard. They’d effectively deconstructed the notion of a band and thrown the door open to include everyone they admired, bringing all those genres into their world, and onto their records. A very bright notion. Generous and open hearted too. Not something you get a lot of in popular music.

Their next album, The Luxury Gap, was their pop masterpiece, the moment when everything just clicked into place to devastating effect. The bands favourite-ever song, ‘Let Me Go’ so nearly broke them into the UK Top 40. There would be no such disappoint with its follow up. The band convinced their sceptical record company that ‘Temptation’ had to be the next single. A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure which just kept building and building, Escher-like to an electric orgasm that seems never to come, it reached Number 2 in the UK charts in May 1983. Martyn Ware:

Every gig we do, in any circumstances with any demographics, that song always works. I could play it on a guitar in a local pub and it would work. I could do it on a tin whistle in St Kilda and it works! I can talk to anyone I’ve never met before, any age almost, and they all know what it is. It’s just bizarre. You would be Abba if you could continue writing that over and over again.

In September 1983, Heaven 17 appeared on the front cover of Smash Hits, the teen pop bible, and now, sure evidence that they had now become part of the pop firmament. ‘Come Live With Me’ the tale of a doomed love between a thirty-something and a teenager, and ‘Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry’, a sardonic look at mass unemployment set to a party beat cemented Heaven 17 as one of Britain’s most important post-punk bands.

For their next album, Heaven 17 pulled off that most difficult of tricks. How Men Are was a set of experimental tracks which were also pop songs. Although it spawned hits ‘Sunset Now’ and ‘This Is Mine’, the band’s popularity had peaked, and although they remained productive and always intelligent, Pleasure One (1986), and Teddy Bear, Duke, and Pyscho (1988) lacked direction.

With Ware now a successful producer for the likes of Tina Turner and Terrence Trent D’Arby, Heaven 17 was put on hold. Bigger Than America, released in 1996 showed their muse returning, but it would be Beforeafter in the Noughties which would show the band back on top form. ‘Hands Up To Heaven’ was a huge US Dance smash.

By the late 2000’s, Heaven 17 were down to two of their original members, Ian Craig Marsh having left the band to take a degree course in Psychology. Yet demand for Heaven 17 live which had run dry a decade earlier had now picked up dramatically. A whole new generation of artists began to sight Heaven 17 as prime influences, not least La Roux who would join Heaven 17 for a storming session for Six Music in 2010.

Heaven 17 then toured their classic album Penthouse and Pavement, with a power and fidelity, yet a contemporaneity which made the music as alive today as it was in 1981 with soul singer Billie Godfrey now an essential part of the live dynamic. Heaven 17, who had largely refused to play live during the Eighties had re-invented themselves as a powerful live act. Glenn had never sung better in his life. On some nights, he would even play a cheeky acoustic version of that other Sheffield band’s biggest hit, ‘Don’t You Want Me.’ ‘Don’t tell anyone I can play the guitar; it’ll ruin me electronic credentials’, Glenn told the audience at the Magna Centre in 2010.
The band would also play on Later…with Jools Holland to a rapturous reception, and would appear on BBC Children In Need. The band’s highest profile year since the Eighties was capped off by a tongue-in-cheek appearance for Plusnet, a Sheffield-based broadband provider.

In October 2011, a reconstructed Music Of Quality And Distinction concert at the Roundhouse on night one (featuring original artists from the projects such as Sandie Shaw, and new talent such as Polly Scattergood) would be followed on the second by a dramatic reconstruction of their biggest commercial success, The Luxury Gap.

The Luxury Gap has never been more relevant. Written during the height of Thatcherism by three Left-leaning young men against a backdrop of over 3 million unemployed the parallels with the Austerity Britain of today are obvious. Today with a Millionaire cabinet, bankers’ bonuses, yet with once again three million unemployed and doom and depression everywhere, Heaven 17’s sly, post-modern critique of modern society has never sounded so resonant, nor been so necessary.

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NIK KERSHAW

NikKershawNik Kershaw was born in Bristol in 1958. His formative years were spent in Ipswich where he discovered his love for music. In 1978, after three years working as a civil servant, he turned professional, serving his apprenticeship playing guitar in jazz fusion and functions bands.

He signed with MCA Records in 1983 and released his debut album “Human Racing” in 1984. It achieved multi platinum sales and launched Nik’s career worldwide.

The equally successful “The Riddle” followed and, in July 1985, he took the Wembley stage to perform at Live Aid.

In 1990, after four MCA albums and sales of over 8 million, Nik left the spotlight to concentrate on song writing and producing. The following years saw him working with Elton John, Chesney Hawkes, Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, Lulu, Ronan Keating, Jason Donovan, Tony Banks, Michael W Smith, Connah Reeves, Nick Carter, The Hollies, Colin Blunstone, Imogen Heap, Gary Barlow and Let Loose.

He rekindled his recording career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album “15 Minutes” and has subsequently released three further albums: “To be Frank” in 2001, “You’ve got to laugh” in 2006 and recently the solo acoustic album “No Frills” in 2010.

He has received accolades from such legends as Eric Clapton and Miles Davis and has been nominated for four Brit Awards.

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T'PAU

TpauT’pau burst onto the music scene in 1987 with the hit “Heart & Soul” reaching No. 4 in both the UK & US charts. Taken from the debut album “Bridge Of Spies,” it’s innovative use of a rap verse by a white female vocalist introduced the world to the distinctive lead vocals of Carol Decker & the song writing talents of Carol & Ronnie Rogers.

“Heart & Soul” led to a meteoric rise in T’pau’s fortunes both at home & in the USA, where the track stayed on the US billboard chart for 6 months. After a UK arena tour supporting Bryan Adams, the band immediately toured UK City Halls as headliners to tie in with the next single, the classic ballad “China In Your Hand.” Nobody could have predicted the enormous impact of “China” which stayed at No. 1 for 5 weeks – the longest serving No. 1 of the year! simultaneously Bridge Of Spies occupied the number1 album slot for 2 weeks .Keeping George Harrison off th number 1 single slot & Paul McArtney off the number1 album slot.Two Beatles trounced! ?

To date, “China In Your Hand” has appeared on more than 150 compilations, and has become one of the most played songs of the 1980’s. After further hits such as “Valentine,” “I Will Be With You,” and “Sex Talk,” the “Bridge Of Spies” album was certified quadruple platinum in the UK, selling 1.2 million copies. ‘Rage’ the 2nd album also went platinum.

The original line up of T’pau split in 1991 after the final hit “Whenever You Need Me” (No. 16)

The final album, “Heart & Soul: The Very Best Of T’pau,” was released in 1993. Ron Rogers returned to production and studio work, whilst Carol embarked upon a co-writing career, occasionally performing solo and on other projects. Carol also address The Oxford Union in a Q& A about her career & take on the music business, plus an acoustic performance.

By 1997, Carol had taken the decision to build a new T’pau around her, and get back on the road after assembling a massive amount of new material. A 25-date UK tour in the summer of ’97, including some festivals, preceded the release of a brand new version of “Heart & Soul” on the band’s own Gnatfish label. Encouraged by the response, Carol embarked upon recording ‘Red’ the first new T’pau album for 6 years, After 6 months in the studio, T’pau performed an orchestrated version of “China” with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Princess Diana Tribute Concert at Althorp in June 1998. It was broadcast live around the world, and later in a BBC primetime show. All this no mean feat as Carol had been pregnant throughout the recording of the album and gave birth to her first child, Scarlett Olivia, just 3 weeks before the Diana concert! Business as usual as T’pau quickly joined Status Quo on the European Tour.

In 2004 Carol released The ‘T’pau Live’ album & appeared in the West End cast Of ‘Mum’s the Word’ at The Albery Theatre with Patsy Palmer, Imogen Stubbs & jennie Éclair. Other acting opportunities offered were’ Doctor’s’ for BBC One, ’Star’ with Nicolas Hoult for Children’s BBC Two. Uk films ,’Nine Dead Gay Guys‘ with Steven Berkoff, Fish & Michael Praed. ’Running Time, the first UK Interactive Film & BAFTA nominated.

Recent TV appearances include Buzzcocks, Trigger Happy TV, Hit Me Baby One More Time, Just The Two of Us & The Mathew Wright Show .Carol has always been a regular& popular guest on radio, including Ken Bruce & Steve Wright , Claudia winkleman & Sara Cox .Carol has presented shows for Absolute 80’s, LBC & BBC Radio Berks & is a regular contributor to Sky News

Carol continues to perform live in concert regularly to huge crowds on the UK at the hugely popular 80’s festival circuit .

In 2013 Carol completed a 28 date T’pau tour, celebrating 25 years in the business,culminating in a packed out Big Top tent at IOW Festival.

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TECHNOTRONIC

TechnotronicThe act that first rocked the international dance community to its core in 1989. The collaboration of unique musical talent that unexpectedly pushed house music into the mainstream; it is the band behind the house anthem Pump Up The Jam.

Aiming to fuse hip-hop and house, Technotronic was the brainchild of the Belgian producer Jo Bogaert who collaborated with the vocal talent of Manuela Kamosi (Ya Kid K) to devastating effect. Their first single was the groundbreaking Pump Up The Jam – a track that took the world by storm and one which is now considered a seminal house classic.

Originally recorded as an instrumental, Pump Up The Jam hit #2 in the UK sales chart and the US Hot 100 and follow up singles such as Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over), This Beat Is Technotronic and Move This all enjoyed extensive chart success throughout the world. Technotronic debut album titled Pump Up The Jam was also a major success and their total record sales are now somewhere in the region of 14 million.

At the peak of the their original success, Technotronic played live shows opening for the likes of Madonna as well as making TV appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Arsenio Hall Show and It’s Showtime At The Apollo. Throughout the 1990s Technotronic went on to release four albums and further singles such as Move It To The Rhythm while their music also featured in a number of high profile Hollywood films.

Technotronic remain in huge demand and are destined to reclaim their ownership of the dance floor. A truly talented and innovative act with a legendary status at the heart of dance floor culture; this is an opportunity that should not be missed.

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A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS

FlockOfSeagullsA Flock Of Seagulls was started by Mike Score in 1980 in Liverpool. The name was taken from The Stranglers song “Toiler on the Sea”,. The inaugural line-up of the band featured Mike, who was previously a hairdresser, on keyboards and lead vocals.

A Flock Of Seagulls are an English new wave and synthpop band Mike Score Keyboards, Vocals, and his brother Alister “Ali” James Score Drums, with most famous line-up consisting of the Score brothers along with Francis Lee “Frank” Maudsley Bass, and Paul Reynolds Guitar.

They began to release singles through Jive Records. The Group released their debut single `Talking` (Produced by Nelson), on Bill Nelson`s Cocteau label. They were then signed to major label Jive, distributed through CBS records, where they released their second single `Telecommunication` The single was also produced by Nelson and became a club hit. Their third release was the EP `Modern love is Automatic`. Originally released as a 4 track EP on both 7” and 12”, the 12” edition was soon reissued adding `Telecommunication`. This 5 track EP was also their first release in the US. In 1982, the groups fourth single `I Ran (So Far Away)`, produced by Mike Howlett, the former bass player of the band Gong, became a worldwide hit, reaching number 1 in Australia and the Top 10 in both the US and New Zealand. Their debut album and another single, `Space age Love Song`, were both also successful. In late 1982, the band finally found major success in their home country with “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)`, the first single from their next album Listen, which reached the Top 10. Later the band was praised for having broken the ground for other musical acts during the advent of the video music area, but as it turned out, 1982 was the year of their commercial success.

The group had a string of international hit singles including “I Ran (So Far Away)” 1982, “Space Age Love Song” 1982, “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)” 1982, and “The More You live, the More You Love” 1984. The became notable in the 1980`s for their video for “I Ran (So Far Away)”. The band has also won a Grammy Award.

Brothers Mike and Ali Score decided that they wanted to base the band out of Philadadelphia, Pennsylvania. With past success in the USA, both brothers thought leaving the UK and a new life in America was a perfect solution. With the popularity of first two albums and the name “A Flock Of Seagulls” still having some equity, they had 4 straight sell-out shows in Philadelphia.

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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE

CaptainSensibleBest known as a co-founder (with Chris Miller, aka Rat Scabies) of the punk band the Damned, Raymond Burns, aka Captain Sensible, is one of the most beguiling and talented individuals to emerge from the punk era. Ironically, he never sought a separate career from that of the Damned, but success with a series of singles, coupled with extended periods of inactivity by the band, made it a foregone conclusion that he would become a star in his own right. In the early ’80s, Captain Sensible put together a group of his own called King, which lasted all of three months before breaking up. He later sang on the single “Jet Boy Jet Girl” and appeared on Johnny Moped’s Cycledelic album. He was signed to A&M as a solo artist, and had a number one British hit with the old musical number “Happy Talk.” He followed it up with an original, “Glad It’s All Over,” an antiwar song about the Falklands; for a time, he was also hooked up with Robyn Hitchcock. By this time, his status as a member of the Damned made him a regular topic of coverage in the British music press, and he became well-known for various beliefs, including devoted vegetarianism and an opposition to war, which he presented in bitingly satirical fashion.

Captain Sensible proved more charming than any other veteran of the punk scene. His 1985 vegetarian-oriented single “Wot! No Meat?” was a success, and over the years he also recorded a series of albums, The Power of Love(1983), Revolution Now (1989), and The Universe of Geoffrey Brown (1993), that were good sellers and critical favorites, though only in England — in an era in which the Damned were little more than a cult act on the other side of the Atlantic, Captain Sensible barely registered on anyone’s radar screen in America. He and his band — Paul Gray on bass, Malcolm Dixon on organ and synthesizer, and Garrie Dreadful on drums — became famous for the reckless abandon and prodigious musicianship of their live shows, which were spiced by the Captain’s savage wit. In 1994 he released Live at the Milky Way, the best album of his solo career and one of the finest live albums of the era, followed by Meathead in 1995 and Mad Cows & Englishmen in 1996.

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BLACK LACE

BlackLaceThe Black Lace phenomenon has risen from the ashes and the party is raging like never before! With no less than 10 chart singles, 7 mega party albums and a string of Gold, Silver and Platinum discs, Black Lace are unparalleled in the party market! Recently reformed, this 80’s duo with their big specs, rock guitars and Hawaiian shirts are raring to push their pineapples and pass on their coffee grinders to a new generation of Party People. Playing all their hits from Agadoo to Superman, Do the Conga to The Music Man, Black Lace are guaranteed to give all you festival people a party to remember.

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Sunday 4th June 2017 – Best of the 90s

 

HAPPY MONDAYS

HappyMondaysHappy Mondays formed in 1980 in Salford, Greater Manchester. The original line-up – Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, with brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark ‘Bez’ Berry later joined the band onstage during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer and percussionist. Rowetta then joined the band to provide backing vocals in the early 1990s.

Their first official release was the ’Forty Five EP’ on Factory Records in September 1985. Tony Wilson discovered them and they signed to Factory Records. Their first album ‘Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile’ (White Out) released in 1987 and was produced by John Cale. This was followed by two classic albums, ‘Bummed’ in 1988, produced by Martin Hannett.

‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches in 1990 produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne which went platinum in the UK selling more than 350,000 copies. This put the band firmly on the map as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK in the early 1990s. The album was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Singles ’Step On’ and ‘Kinky Afro’ from this album both reached number 5 in the UK singles chart. ‘Yes Please!’ followed in 1992, produced by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, recorded at Eddy Grant’s studio in Barbados. By the late 1980s the Happy Mondays were an important part of the Manchester music scene. Numerous world tours meant the band had international success as well as massive success in their home country.

The line up of the band during this first and most important ten year phase never changed, and the six original members Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Gary Whelan, Paul Davis, Mark Day and Bez remained together until the first incarnation came to an end in 1994.

In 1999 Happy Mondays re-formed with founding members Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Gary Whelan and Bez minus Paul Davis and Mark Day. In the place of Day and Davis were Wags and a number of other session musicians including Ben Leach, percussionist Lea Mullen and rapper ‘Nuts’. Also joining the new line-up was soul singer Rowetta Satchell who sang on Pills, Thrills, and Bellyaches. The band toured extensively in the UK and internationally, selling out the 20,000 capacity Manchester Arena and released of a new single, a cover version Thin Lizzy ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’. They also provided support for Oasis on their ‘Standing on the Shoulder of Giants’ arena tour, as well as playing numerous festivals worldwide. The band again ceased their activity in 2001 following the departure of bass player and founding member Paul Ryder.

2004 saw another re-formation, comprising original members Bez, Whelan and Shaun Ryder along with another group of musicians – bassist Mikey Shine, keyboard player Dave Parkinson and guitarist Jonn Dunn. Dave Parkinson was later replaced by Dan Broad. In 2007 they released their first album in fourteen years ‘Uncle Dysfunktional’ produced by Sunny Levine and Howie B and released on Big Brother Records. The band played Coachella Music Festival in California and toured throughout the summer of 2007. In 2009 they toured the USA and Canada with The Psychedelic Furs. This version of the band continued until 2010. Members Mikey Shine, Jonn Dunn & Dan Broad continued to back Shaun Ryder for his solo tour until 2011, surrounding the release of his autobiography.

In 2012 the band returned with a definitive line up of Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Mark Day, Gary Whelan, Rowetta and Paul Davis and played a thirteen date UK touring a number of European Festivals and a best of album ‘Double Double Good’ was released along with a live recording of the band’s May 2012 gig in Brixton. Followed in 2013 with more international dates and a UK tour celebrating their second album ‘Bummed’.

In the summer of 2015 the band played several UK festivals as well as shows in Japan, Hong Kong and China. In September the Watch Channel broadcast ’Singing in the Rainforest’ a programme which followed the band as they travelled to Panama to compose, record and perform a brand new song ‘Oo La La to Panama’ with an isolated tribe called the Embera. This was followed with a twenty two date UK tour in November to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the release of their album ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’.

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CAST

CastOriginally formed in 1992 from the ashes of two of the most legendary and lauded guitar bands of all time, The La’s and Shack, Cast released four albums, the second ‘Mother Nature Calls’ also went platinum (three of them top 10), and had ten top 10 singles, before disbanding in 2001. During that time, Noel Gallagher described watching Cast play live as “a religious experience”, and ‘All Change’ became the biggest selling debut album of all time for Polydor Records. After the band’s split, John Power released three solo albums, and has played intermittently since 2005 with the reformed La’s.

A decade later, and the original line-up of John Power (guitar/ vocals), Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson (lead guitar), Pete Wilkinson (bass) and Keith O’Neill (drums) have reunited with original producer John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Fall) for ‘Troubled Times’. The reinvigorated band have produced an album full of the anthemic, melodic and beautifully written songs for which they have always been loved by their fervent fanbase.

John Power says of the reformation:
“Getting back with the band and working with John Leckie again after all these years apart was just how I envisioned it when I started writing the songs for this album. Then it was all about putting into words what it was I was feeling, about all the things I was seeing all around me and troubled times is what we found.”

Labelled ‘The Who of the 90’s’, Noel Gallagher once described watching Cast play live as “a religious experience.”

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STEREO MCs

StereoMCBorn out of the mid 80’s inspirational Hip Hop scene and the DIY UK acid house/club scene , Stereo Mc’s reputation grew slowly throughout the late 80’s. They started an underground dance label, releasing diverse artists from Richie Rich to the Jungle Brothers as well as their own records before being picked up by Island Records. They performed live extensively and supported groups such as De La Soul, A Certain Ratio, EMF and U2 and did US and UK tours with The Happy Mondays.

After early chart success in America for their second LP Supernatural, they recorded the Album ‘Connected’ which became an international hit. They embarked on a huge touring schedule including memorable appearances at Glastonbury and many other festivals worldwide. This period culminated with a Mercury prize nomination and 2 Brit awards for Best Album and Best Live Act. Aside from following on their remix activity with mixes for Tricky ,Madonna and Quannum Mc’s amongst others, a period of relative silence followed. They emerged 7 years later with their K7 DJ Kicks LP, followed quickly by the top 20 LP and single ‘Deep Down and Dirty’.

A return to independent labels in 2005 rejuvenated the band and has seen them making new LP’s and performing live regularly.

2014 saw a return to the roots ,releasing underground dance music leading to many collaborations including ‘Place’ with Adam Port on the Berlin (Keinemusic) label and longtime friends Terranova releasing the classic ‘Tell Me Why’(KomPakt) a firm fixture in the club charts in 2015. This has led to a joint venture label http://connected.co.com/ with Terranova and distributed through Kompakt Records , the main purpose for release new Stereo Mc’s records starting in 2016.

2015 also saw a flurry of live shows mainly in the UK , with a stronger bolder electronic slant to brilliant effect and response.

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TOPLOADER

ToploaderSince forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka,’ sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations.
In 2000 the single ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a house- hold name. In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weeks, an incredible thirteen years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.

Their second album ‘Magic Hotel’ reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and saw Joseph Washbourn (singer), Dan Hipgrave (guitar), Matt Knight (bass) and Rob Green (drums) embark on the biggest tour of their careers playing to over 100,000 people in the UK alone.

In 2013 Toploader released two singles ‘Turn It Around,’ co-written with Eg White (Adele, James Morrison) and produced by Andy Green (Keane, Scouting For Girls) and ‘This Is The Night,’ produced by Tim Bran (London Grammar). Both tracks were excellently received by the press and gained strong support with BBC Radio 2 with placements on the ‘A’ Playlist. ‘This Is The Night’ gave them their first No.1 in the Radio 2 Airplay Charts.

With a reputation as a genuine crowd pleasing live band Toploader have backed the likes Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, where they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium. They have also appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V-Festival, T In The Park and Chris Evans’s Carfest.

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ATOMIC KITTEN

ATOMIC-KITTENAtomic Kitten first found fame in the late 90’s with their debut single ‘Right Now’. Throughout the noughties the band flew the flag as THE biggest girl group in Europe selling over 8 million records and selling out arenas globally. Popular hits include ‘See ya’ ‘Whole Again’ and ‘It’s Ok.’

The British public have always been great supporters on Atomic Kitten and showed a great response to the bands performance on ITV 2’s The Big Reunion in 2013.

Current members Kerry Katona, Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon are constantly in the public eye, all the girls take on solo projects along side raising families and working with the band.

The girls busy 2017 schedule includes Atomic Kitten tours in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Australia and New Zealand.

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EMF

EMFBritish dance-rock quintet EMF formed in Cinderford, England in October 1989. All five original members — vocalist James Atkin, guitarist Ian Dench, keyboardist Derry Brownson, bassist Zac Foley and drummer Mark DeCloedt — were veterans of the local music scene before founding EMF, whose name supposedly stood for “Epsom Mad Funkers” (although it was widely speculated that the initials instead represented “Ecstasy Mother Fuckers”). Within two months of formation, the group played its first gig; after unearthing a Casio sampler and sequencer in a local thrift shop, a light techno element was added to their rock-oriented sound.

Their debut album, SCHUBERT DIP, was released in May 1991. It was certified platinum (over a million copies sold) in the US in September 1991. It had reached a peak chart position of #3 in the UK and #12 in the US, as well as finishing the year at #57 overall.

By the end of 1991, their infectious debut single “Unbelievable” had conquered the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 in the UK. The single was certified gold (over 500,000 copies sold) in the US in May 1991. The song was in such heavy rotation for most of the year in America, that it finished as the #6 single overall for the year. Further hit singles that succeeded “Unbelievable” included “I Believe,” “Children” and “Lies.”

In 1992, EMF returned with the Unexplained EP and the much darker full-length effort STIGMA; STIGMA peaked at #19 on the UK charts, and the band toured extensively to promote it. It produced hit singles and EMF live set favorites, “They’re Here” and “It’s You.”

The band released their final full-length album of new material in 1995 with CHA CHA CHA. After a successful European tour, they teamed up with comics Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on a cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” which reached number 2 on the UK charts.

The band reunited in the summer of 2001 and released a Greatest Hits CD that coincided with a mini European festival and UK tour. The Greatest Hits CD, called THE BEST OF EMF: EPSOM MAD FUNKERS, featured 2 discs: the first had a collection of singles and fan favorite album tracks, along with 2 brand new tracks: “Incredible” and “Let’s Go.” The second disc had popular remixes.

The band were primed to write new material and tour more extensively but the sudden passing of bassist Zac Foley on January 2, 2002 shocked the band into silence. The remaining 4 original members spent several years focusing their time on personal projects and their families.

The band reunited at a private function in 2007 which lead to a string of live shows in 2007 and 2008. Then in 2012, EMF decided to perform some shows again which honored their smash hit debut album. The year closed out with the band playing SCHUBERT DIP and STIGMA front to back at a hometown show in Gloucester, England. That show was filmed and produced into a live Bluray/DVD combo called LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH.

2016 marked the 25th anniversary of SCHUBERT DIP. The band once again hit the festival circuit and played to thousands of loyal fans in person and broadcast live via social media.

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B*WITCHED

BewitchedB*Witched are a hugely successful Irish girl group who were originally active between 1998 and 2002. They enjoyed success in the UK, throughout Europe and North America, releasing two albums and eight singles, all of which made the UK Top 20 including four singles which topped the UK charts, securing them a place in the Record Books! The original lineup comprised of twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch, Sinéad O’Carroll and Lindsay Armaou. The group went on to sell a remarkable 6 million records worldwide, touring the States with N*Sync and Britney Spears….. Alas in 2002 the band split

In 2013 the original members of B*Witched reunited for the hit ITV2 series, The Big Reunion, along with other pop super groups of their time which defined the late 90’s pop era, including Liberty X, Five, Atomic Kitten, and Blue. They embarked on 2 sell out arena tours that year playing to a combined audience of 250,000, and have since been busy recording, and playing live across the world.

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SPACE

SpaceAnd so to 2015 and after the release of their latest album “Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab” – their first new album for nine years. Tommy’s influence for the new songs stemmed from his famous fascination with science and horror films, and he likens the album to a ‘Fifties B-Movie’ for the ears. The band continue to tour the UK performing at festivals.

Proud to note how Space have always stood out from the ‘normal’, Tommy concedes that their latest album has the usual signature Space quirkiness, with some extra ingredients added to the mix – he describes the songs as a mish-mash of SKA, punk and the classic Space sound. “ When we tour, we love playing the old stuff, but I always knew I wanted to record some new material. We know the fans like to hear the old classics from our multi-million selling albums “Spiders” and “Tin Planet”, but we wanted to give them something extra.

“The title track on the album is my favourite song, and is the story of how a fifty foot kebab from a side street takeaway shop wreaks its revenge on the ailing high street. It’s a message about survival in a tongue-in-cheek way.”

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REPUBLICA

RepublicaRepublica dominated the charts in the Nineties and exploded back in 2013 with a new EP, UK tour and festival slots. The band’s iconic and fiery frontwoman, Saffron, Tim Dorney (keyboard), Johnny Male (guitar) and Conor Lawrence (drums) rode the Britpop wave of female-fronted rock bands like Sleeper, Elastica, Garbage and Lush, injecting it with their self-dubbed “techno-pop, punk rock” sound. Between 1996 and 1999, Republica sold an incredible 3 million albums and clinched Top 5 slots in the UK, America and Europe with platinum sales across the globe, while their hit single Ready to Go soared to Number One in many countries.

The band has never really been away, with their music becoming the soundtrack to the past few decades – Ready to Go featured on more than 300 films and adverts and Wes Craven selected their hit single, Drop Dead Gorgeous for the soundtrack to his hit movie Scream and invited them to perform at its Hollywood premiere.

With her unique sound and iconic image, it is only natural that Saffron has been in demand from a host of the world’s biggest music acts, including The Prodigy, who used her vocals on Fuel My Fire from their critically-acclaimed Fat of the Land album. Saffron also worked with The Cure on single Just Say Yes; collaborated with Junkie XL f or his 2003 album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin and scored a number one dance single with him; she duetted with Gary Numan, recorded Pork-u-Pine with Jeff Beck f or his album, Jeff; worked with DJ Carl Cox on Get What You Paid 4 and also worked with artists including Jah Wobble – who wrote World of You for her – N-Joi – performing on their hit, Anthem – Mark Moore, St Etienne and The Shamen.

And in April 2013, the band returned with the release of their eagerly-awaited ‘Christiana Obey’ EP and sold out UK tour. The new material is a welcome return to the gritty, electronica sound which set them apart from fellow Britpop titans, Republica performed at many festivals tlast summer including The Isle of Wight, Norway, Germany etc. to share the well-loved tunes that won the hearts of the nation, as well as this exciting, new material.

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SHOLA AMA

SholaAmaShola Ama is one of the UK’s most successful RnB singers to date.

Discovered in 1994 when she was still in school by Kwame Kwaten of D-influence, whilst walking through Hammersmith tube station. She then went on to record demos with the band until she signed to WEA a few years later.

Her debut album ‘Much Love’ was released in 1997 and earned her the top ten hits ‘You’re The One I Love’ and ‘You Might Need Somebody’. The album sold over 1 million copies and was top 10 in the UK album charts and went on to achieve platinum success in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Japan.

Shola was then nominated for 4 MOBO awards which she went on to win two for ‘best newcomer’ and ‘best R&B’. She also received 2 Brit award nominations where she picked up the award for ‘Best British female’

In 1998 Following the success of her debut album Shola toured the UK and Europe extensively whilst recording her sophomore album ‘In Return’ working with producers Rodney Jerkins, Ali Shaheed Mohammed (of tribe called quest fame) Soulshock and Karlin, Stargate and Babyface to name a few.

The album took off in France where Shola enjoyed the huge success of the first single from the album ‘Still Believe’.

Shola went on to record her 3rd studio album entitled ‘Supersonic’ with Japanese label Pony Canyon and French label Inca the album was done exclusively for the French market. After a long hiatus Shola has collaborated with and written for many other artists both in the UK and internationally. Becoming part of the ‘Toddla T sound’ in 2013 Shola collaborated with producer/DJ Toddla T on the single ‘Take It Back’. With many collaborations and writing projects under her belt Shola continues to be a prominent figure in UK music to this day.

Currently finishing her very long awaited fourth studio album, Shola is and will remain one of Britain’s most cherished artists.

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BABY D

BabyDMobo award winner and dance sensation Baby D is one of the UK & Europe’s Biggest dance success, with more than a million single sales worldwide and a chart topping #4 debut album ‘Deliverance’, 4 top hit singles ‘I Need Your Loving (Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime)’, ‘So Pure’, ‘Take Me To Heaven’ and the no.1 hit ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’.

‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’ stayed in the national charts for over 2 years and sold over in excess of 400,000 copies in its 1st week of release alone and peaked at the no.1 national chart position for 2 weeks on 24th Nov 1994.

The name Baby D originated from Dee herself. She is very tiny at around 5ft1 hence BabyDee to the abbreviated ‘Baby D’. Baby D has constantly been playing live since the band was formed at the beginning of the 90’s and appear live all over the UK, Europe and Middle East including Spain, Poland, Cyprus, Germany, Greek islands and Dubai.

Performing live for events such as Global Gathering, Raveology, Kisstory, Dance island, Raindance, Epidemik, Earthquake, Radio 1 Live, MTV’s Most Wanted and Moondance naming just a few.

Baby D has been involved with many other artists including ‘The Prodigy’ and featured on their ‘Music For A Jilted Generation’ album on the track ‘Break & Enter’; this track used a sample from Baby D’s ‘Casanova’ track.

The Prodigy then remixed this track in their own unique style and was released on the Casanova cd single as the ‘Prodigy Pump Action’ remix and the limited edition 2CD ‘Deliverance’ album. Other artists Baby D has been involved with include The Ratpack, The Chemical Brothers and Goldie.

In 2011 Baby D Collaborated with ‘Emalkay’ on the Dubstep track, ‘On and On’.

She has received unprecedented support from her fans both newcomers and original and remains music industry gold.

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SL2 LIVE PA

Slipmatt-Press-PhotoSL2 aka DJs Slipmatt & Lime aka Matt Nelson & John Fernandez are one of the biggest original early rave names in the business, and they are still going strong. They have performed all over the world in front of crowds up to 100,000 people, playing all the major raves in the early nineties and also spinning the decks across every continent all over the UK. Their tunes still get played everywhere from the most underground rave events right through to the commercial clubs and still get regular plays on Radio 1 and prime time T.V.

SL2 started making music way back in 1986 when they bought their first drum machine, a Roland TR505, and teamed up with North London rap duo Gino & Mikey. This music was very raw and basic back then but after endless blagging they still managed to get played in their local nightclub in Tottenham. In 1988 Matt & John met a crew from Ilford which included Devious D and the man who went on to be SL2’s MC, the man like Jay J. They produced a variety of rap and Hip House recordings together but this was more of a learning curve for the team rather than serious production.

After countless trips to Noise-gate Studios in New Cross, South London and hours of drum programming in the bedroom, SL2 eventually released their first single in 1989 called Do That Dance / It Ain’t Nothing which was signed by Simon Gough of B/Ware Records. Again this was a learning curve for SL2 as they never saw a penny even though the record sold thousands. The duo recorded the single engineered by the late Michael Menson who was famous for his work with Double Trouble & Mike West (aka Rebel MC).

After the Simon Gough experience, Matt and John decided to fund their own follow up in 1990 called The Noise/Bassquake and which was recorded at Watershed Studios in Wood Green. They released on white label and the record flew off the shelves. With the taste for the record business now, they decided to start their own label Awesome Records and gave The Noise/Bassquake a full release. Awesome Records number 2 was DJs Take Control / Way In My Brain which they engineered themselves with the help of Alan Zippo from New Age Studios in Whetstone North London. The 500 promos they pressed sold within a couple of hours and within a week SL2 had an incredible 8 offers on the table for a record deal!

The boys decided to go with XL Recordings and subsequently went on to experience untold success with DJs Take Control / Way In My Brain when it hit number 11 in the national chart and earned then a slot on Top Of The Pops. They then followed up with ‘On a Ragga Tip’ which in April 1992 hit number 2 in the national charts and the number 1 spot in the Network Charts, staying in the top 7 for an incredible 8 weeks. At this time, Slipmatt and Lime were propelled into the media spotlight with many TV appearances including 2 more appearances on Top of the Pops as well as Dance Energy on BBC2 with Normski.

Longtime friend Jay J toured with SL2 (and still does to this day) as their live MC, alongside dancers Kelly and Jo who also appeared with the group at their shows all over the world and who are now retired from dancing. Their current dancer Rachel was a massive fan of SL2 in her early teens.

More recently, Slipmatt and Lime have been recording again and have also remixed a few of their old hits and had great success with the latest versions with Ministry Of Sound on their compilation albums. The lads released re-recordings of their biggest singles in 2015 on the World of Rave label and are currently working on new tracks which will also feature Jah Screechy, the voice of ‘On A Ragga Tip’.

This year the SL2 schedule has been busy with many festivals, club events and Rave appearances around the whole of the UK.

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