Gregory Porter, Madeleine Peyroux plus many more set for Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Highlights of the 2013 programme include Van Morrison, who will return to Cheltenham to play classic songs from his award-winning back catalogue alongside material from his Blue Note debutBorn to Sing: No Plan BMadeleine Peyroux will introduce her new album The Blue Room, which sees the genre-blending songstress rework landmark musical gems from legendary artists Ray Charles, Buddy Holly and Leonard Cohen; exclusively for the festival, Noisettes – described as “the best live band in Britain” by The Guardian last year – will perform a stripped back session of sleek soulful pop-songs inspired by jazz and blues greats; universally acclaimed singer Gregory Porter is the festival’s Artist in Residence and will be performing tracks from both his Grammy-nominated debut Water and latest album Be Good; and shows from stars of tomorrow Laura Mvula and Lianne La Havas will demonstrate why the future of British music is brighter than ever

BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night will once again broadcast live from the festival and this year will honour the legendary Georgie Fame at 70. Fame will perform with The Guy Barker Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra and will be joined by special guests Alan Price, Zoot Money and Madeline Bell for a truly unique birthday celebration.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and his superb quintet will present music from Grammy-nominated album Spirit Fiction; seven-time Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton will present his latest group comprised of guitar protégée Julian Lage, bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Antonio Sanchez; trumpeter Dave Douglas will be bringing his quintet and guest vocalist Heather Masseto perform material from his album Be Still ; whilst Mike Stern, Dave Weckl and Tom Kennedywill all be on stage together as part of the Mike Stern and Bill Evans Band

Mercury Music award nominees Roller Trio will feature in a double bill with Polar Bear, and Seb Rochford of Polar Bear will also be appearing with Sons of Kemet, a post-jazz ensemble that features saxist/clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings, tuba virtuoso Oren Marshall and the stunning double-drum team of Tom Skinner and Rochford. The Edition Records Quartet, an exciting new Anglo-Norwegian collaboration that features Dave Stapleton, Neil Yates, Marius Neset and Daniel Herskedal will showcase music from their hotly-tipped debut album, whilst revered composer and band leader Mike Gibbs and his stellar 12-piece ensemble led by keyboardist Hans Koller are also set to entertain the Cheltenham crowds.

Following the huge success of 2012, the Festival will once again take place in Montpellier Gardens in the heart of Cheltenham. The tented festival village will feature a 1300 seat Big Top, which will play host to some of the Festival's biggest names, and the 630 seat Jazz Arena will welcome both established acts and emerging artists. In addition, concerts will also take place in the beautiful Parabola Arts Centre, just minutes from the main festival site. The site in Montpellier Gardens will also be the place to soak up an outstanding festival atmosphere, with free outdoor music, a selection of food and drink stalls, fun family activities and a host of talks and workshops which explore the music industry, it's the perfect place to spend the Bank Holiday weekend. 

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2013 runs from 1-6 May and will take place at Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham.


Blissfields Festival adds Guillemots, Clock Opera and more to lineup

Also confirmed is Josh Kumra, NZCA/Lines, Pete Roe, SixNationState, Wave Pictures, Dog Is Dead, Artrocker DJ, paradYse and Transgressive Records DJ, comedian Phil Ellis, and first winners of the festival’s regional talent search Road To Blissfields – Flashfires, Half Crown, and Ben Goddard & The Heartbeats.
These new additions join acts such as headliners Noisettes and Patrick Wolf(performing a special grand piano acoustic set), Spector, Man Like Me, Lucy Rose, Charli XCX, Crazy P (Live), Toddla T, and many more live music acts, DJ sets, comedy performances, art installations, and a sports day to end all sports days at The Park, Hampshire on the weekend of 29th June to 1st July.
Nominated for Best Live Act at the 2007 BRIT Awards, Guillemots’ beautiful live set will soundtrack the sun going down on Friday, while currently play-listed across radio with ‘Shotgun’, Eugene McGuinness will demonstrate why he’s one of the most acclaimed new songwriters of the past few years on the Saturday evening. Getting nods from taste-makers this Spring, London’s Citizens! will bring a sense of theatre with their 80’s-onica, and multi-instrumentalist Clock Opera sets to deliver one of the most intensely upbeat shows of the weekend. Theme Park’s fun, groove-filled set and the return of Blissfields favorites SixNationState, add only more excitement to this year’s already swelling bill of artists.

Blissfields Festival 2012

The festival has been applauded over the past 11 years for its attention to detail, creativity, family friendly atmosphere and wide-ranging musical and arts bill, but above all, for remaining at an intimate 2,000 capacity, following years of critical praise, stellar live performances from some of the country’s biggest live music acts, and sell-out crowds.
In 2012, Blissfields nod their school cap to the world of sport, offering a dandy revival of the Great British Summertime and a golden age of playground camaraderie and frivolity. With a full program of sports day shenanigans, a school disco and late night ballyhoo, expect your mischievous tutors to be on fine form as they guide you through the most fun you’ll have with your chums all year. Hoorah! Hoorah, indeed!
This year you’ll have the opportunity to represent your House, as well as vote for House Captains, once again giving fans of the festival another way to be a part of the makings of the event. Although Blissfields will not be strict on the dress code, they warn that Hall Monitors may have to be assigned to make sure you are all upholding the Blissfields reputation.
Grab your jolly hockey sticks and catch us round the back of the bike shed for the best “last day of term” style fun you ever had.
This year’s full line-up of activities will be announced shortly.

Ticket Info and Full Line-Up

Weekend Adult: £74.00 + Booking Fee
Weekend Youth: £49.00 + Booking Fee
Weekend Under 6: Free and No Booking Fee (Please note a nominal fee of 1p is charged to register the purchase)
Weekend Family Ticket (2 Adult & 2 Youth weekend tickets): £210.00 + Booking Fee
Weekend 10 Adult tickets for the price of 9: £666.00 + Booking Fee
Thursday Camping: £16.00 + NO Booking Fee
Live-in Vehicle Pass: £35.00
Car Park: £10.00

All tickets available via:

Main Stage
Noisettes [Saturday Headline]
Patrick Wolf [Acoustic Grand Piano Headline Set]
Guillemots ~ Spector ~ Lucy Rose ~ Charli XCX
Eugene McGuinness ~ Man Like Me ~ Josh Kumra
Dub Pistols ~ Dreadzone~ Pronghorn
Fleetwood Bac ~ Subgiant ~ The Mini Band
Second Stage
Toddla T ~ Clock Opera
Dog Is Dead ~ Toy ~ Theme Park ~ Crazy P (Live)
Imperial Leisure ~ Citizens ~ Cashier No.9 ~ NZCA/Lines
Wave Pictures ~ Passenger ~ AlunaGeorge ~ Beans on Toast ~ Skinny Lister
Cut Corners ~ Eighteen Nightmares at the Lux ~ Arp Attack  ~ Bear Cavalry
Kill Em Dead Cowboy ~ Little Chief ~ Live Like Kings ~ Melodramas ~ Oresteia
 Reventure ~ Pussy Cat and the Dirty Johnsons ~ Sean McGowan
Smokey Bastard ~ Stinger ~ Stone Them Crows
The Lost Souls Club ~ The Queue ~ Flashfires ~ Half Crown
Ben Goddard & The Heartbeats ~ Tropics
The Hidden Hedge
Mary Miss Fairy ~ Kursa
DJ Envious Mind ~ Alex the Kidd ~ Andy Oliver ~ Dan Munrow
DJ Jet Pack Assassin ~ Dan Hayes Remnant Psyche ~ Science of Eight Limbs
Transend ~ Dr. Strangelove's Burlesque Discotheque ~ Amongst The Pigeons
Shuddervision Soundsystem featuring Digits Mcphee ~ Heath:Ward
+ Chillout and Visuals by Magnetic Mirror (VJ),
Wub World (VJ) and VJ Visualante
+ Installations and artwork by Coalescence Collective
The Hidden Hedge: Presents
(Express FM / Blissfields Festival / Turf Records /
paradYse Records / Beans On Toast)

Huw Olesker and the Barebackers ~ ME
Bebe Black ~ I Dream In Colour ~ Colourmasks ~ Sam McCarthy
Will McNichol & Jack Palmer ~ Leigh Mary Stoke ~ Luke Ferre
Owen Hackett ~ Bryony Marie Fry ~ Jonny P Taylor ~ Stir of Echoes
We Spies ~ Laura Boyle ~ Charley Farley Sunday Four
Rose Bradshaw
Olly Salter & Benzo ~ The C90s ~ Ridney
Artful ~ Bitr8 ~ thequickandthedead ~ Kiwi ~ Frankie Aglow ~ Jafr0 ~ Tanka
Soundtracks ~ Artrocker DJ ~ paradYse Records DJ ~ Transgressive Records DJ
Luca Pilato ~ Loveless DJ's ~ Psychadelia DJ's ~ MASS_IVe ~ Diska Tek ~ Ally Wolf
 Rockfeedback DJ ~ Super Vs Pavilion DJs ~ Seb Marx ~ Ally Wolf ~ Matt Clark
Cholombian ~ Morgan Hislop ~ Yes Tom! ~ Deadproud & JayB ~ MattyLAH
 WILLOW ~ Side A ~ Charlie Fox ~ Grrrl Scout ~ Paul Saunders
Lexy SNS ~ Little Chief Z ~ DJ Grey Jumps ~ DJ Hammy ~ Handsome Dave Rocker
Giles W & Mr Toad Z ~ The Great One
Comedy Stage
Andrew O’Neill ~ David Morgan ~ Phil Ellis
Marc Burrows ~ Bob Slayer ~ Danny Sutcliffe ~ Ed Easton ~ Tony Basnett
Fern Brady ~ Owen Niblock ~ Peter Philiipson ~ Red Redmond
with Ruth E Cockburn (compere)

Get Loaded in the Park is now SOLD OUT!

There will be a very limited number of tickets at the Box Office from midday on Sunday.

Get Loaded in the Park will see Razorlight leading a London festival exclusive show, they will play alongside The Cribs, Noisettes, Darwin Deez, British Sea Power, Patrick Wolf, Johnny Flynn, Slow Club, Los Campesinos!, The Rifles, About Group, Connan Mockasin, Spector, Six Nation State, Yelle, O.Children, Alpines, Sound of Rum, Babeshadow, The Agitator, Beans on Toast, Dark Moon and The Joker & The Thief.


Noisettes and more confirmed for Greenwich Summer Sessions

Staged over six nights at the spectacular and historic riverside location of the Old Royal Naval College, the Greenwich Summer Sessions (part of The Greenwich Festivals: Music, supported by Greenwich Council) takes place from 26 to 31 July.
The locally based band Noisettes will be supporting BRIT Award wining Mark Ronson and his groundbreaking new band The Business Intl. Noisettes first propelled to fame with the catchy hit “Don’t Upset The Rhythm” in 2009. Since then the group have been unstoppable with their acclaimed debut album ‘What’s The Time Mr Wolf?’ spawning five singles. Two years on from a second album, ‘Wild Young Hearts’, awash with stomping electro-rock and galloping funk grooves, the band are set to return with their third album, a set of sleek pop songs steeped in soul, dizzy on disco and harking back to the days of blues and jazz greats. With their undeniably infectious tunes, Noisettes are set to put on an electrifying performance at Greenwich Summer Sessions.
Announced as support act for local heroes Squeeze are the folk pop duo Turin Brakes with their live band. Their debut album “The Optimist LP” was nominated for the Mercury Prize and spawned hit single “Underdog (save me)”. The boys have since produced four critically acclaimed studio albums and toured the world.
Punk icons Buzzcocks, confirmed as support for Irish punk folk heroes The Pogues, have thrilled audiences for over thirty years. They have a track record spanning eight studio albums, over twenty singles and EPs, a staggering collection of compilations, covers by other bands and songs on film soundtracks and advertisements. Their latest album ‘A Different Compilation’ (released 27 June) brings together 24 of the band’s bestloved and iconic songs ensuring their timeless anthems continue to delight audiences into the 21st century. The once called ‘Beatles of punk’ have always delivered undiminished passion and energy and will make for a great addition to the Saturday night.
It has also been announced that top DJ’s Emma B and Ross Allen will be DJing at the Sessions for The Divine Comedy and Mark Ronson, respectively
Set in a beautiful and intimate open-air atmosphere, the GSS is set to become one of the most established live events in London’s music and cultural calendar. Staged in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College on the River Thames, in the centre of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, this six-night run of concerts, is a high quality event that is the highlight of the borough’s cultural programme as part of The Greenwich Festivals.
As well as experiencing these top class acts in this amazing location, the audience will also have the chance to explore everything else that is on offer at the Sessions. Food and refreshments at the event will be available by a vast array of outlets including Yo Sushi!, who will be making their first festival appearance at the event, the wholesome and fresh Soulful WrapPie Minister who will be brining The PMobile (pies on the move) to the Sessions as well as the famous Jimmy’s Farm, as featured on BBC2.
Furthermore, joining us at the Sessions will be the British Music Experience Bus. The British Music Experience, presented by The Co-operative, is Britain’s’ museum of popular music and is located just across the river at The O2. They will be setting up camp throughout the concert series to bring the audience elements of their thriving music programme forthem to interact with.  The ‘British Music Experience on Tour’, is a nationwide music education tour, in partnership with The Co-operative,showcasing a slice of the museum itself. It’s it intial send off took place in Trafalgar Square by musician Kate Nash. The tour, in the form of a traditional 1968 Routemaster London bus, has been created as a mobile replica of the music museum. Throughout spring it has visited schools up and down the country with the aim of inspiring young people to engage with music.
Local residents can purchase tickets for GSS, minus booking fee, at the Bull Frogs Clothing Co, 22 Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BJ, 020 8305 2404.
26 July – The Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon solo)/José González, Emma B to DJ
27 July – Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. + Noisettes. Ross Allen to DJ 
28 July – Status Quo + Nine Below Zero
29 July  - Squeeze + Turin Brakes
30 July – The Pogues + Buzzcocks
31 July – “Songs of the Key in London” curated by Chris Difford, acts to be announced shortly
Tickets are on sale now and are priced as follows:
Tuesday July 26th / The Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon Solo) + José González / Standing from £27.50 / Seated from £42.50 / VIP tickets available + booking fee
Wednesday July 27th / Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. + Noisettes / Standing from £27.50 / Seated from £42.50 / VIP tickets available + booking fee
Thursday July 28th / Status Quo + Nine Below Zero / Standing from £35.00 / Seated from £50.00 / VIP tickets available + booking fee
Friday July 29th / Squeeze + Turin Brakes / Standing from £32.50 / Seated from £47.50 / VIP tickets available + booking fee
Saturday July 30th / The Pogues + Buzzcocks / Standing from £35.00 / Seated from £50.00 / VIP tickets available + booking fee
Sunday July 31st / “Songs in the Key of London” curated by Chris Difford / Standing from £25.00 / Seating from £40.00 / VIP tickets available + booking free


The Mars Volta, Seasick Steve and more for Bilbao BBK LIve

seasick steveSeasick Steve and The Mars Volta, both about to release new albums, will be performing new material at the festival that has already confirmed the likes of Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, The Black Crowes, 30 Seconds to Mars and Kaiser Chiefs as sole Spanish performances and Kasabian, Beady Eye, Blondie, TV on the Radio, Crystal Castles and The Chemical Brothers amongst others.
Bilbao BBK Live once again offers one of the strongest line-ups across the European festival circuit. Previous editions of the festival have included headliners such as Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, Faith No More, Jane’s Addiction, RHCP and Primal Scream.
One Day tickets have now been made available to purchase on See, Ticketweb and Lastminute and three day tickets are currently on sale for just £96 including camping.
The line-up isn’t closed yet so stay tuned to our website!
Bilbao BBK Live is a three day festival that takes place in the outskirts of Bilbao. The festival site, located on top of a hill and surrounded by mountains, offers breathtaking views over the city of Bilbao.
This fuss free festival, with an uncomplicated layout and easy access from the city and the airport, has proven to be a huge success with national and international festival goers. The two main stages and the schedule, guarantees that acts never overlap, so you get everything you have paid for!
While in the festival, take the opportunity to visit the city, just 10 minutes bus ride from the festival site. Bilbao is a modern city famous for its architecture, museums and gastronomy, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the beach.