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After a quiet winter, buried in their Deep South London studio, laying down tracks and winding their live set so tight it hurts, AOM emerge into proto-spring with two singles (one frustratingly on hold with a host of legal-beagles in tow…) & the first of a plethora of live shows with which to awaken the winter-weary masses. The first fruits appear in March – a single & download entitled ‘Loosen Up’, backed with 4 London live shows in quick succession…
11th march – single launch. Lord Nelson, Southwark.
14th march – the finsbury
21st march – rhythm factory – charity
4th june – the white lion – charity
‘Loosen Up’ was recorded aboard a red trawler aka studio Lightship95… it has a tight pop structure and is both angular & edgy – bringing to mind very early Cure – but combines rock elements with the syncopated rhythmns more often associated with samba. Fusing these tight elements into a 3 1/2 minute pop song suggests a band in tune with their influences and a combined love of New Wave, Indie, Post-Punk, Dance & Pop. The Ambassadors import the very best of the 80’s guitar-led pop sound and embellish it with 20 years of further musical progression & knowledge to create their own sound.
The band thrive in a live environment however & previous festivals (Guilfest saw their fanbase expand to include Roger Daltry & various Bunnymen…), a residency at Proud in Camden, cherry-picked support slots & sell-out London Shows plus a glut of National (BBC One/ 6/ XFM etc) & International Radio support has seen the boys return, keen for much more in 2013.
Following ‘Loosen Up’, should be (the youtube smash) ‘Push It’ which blurs a splash of the Kinks into the Salt & Pepa classic. Currently (forbidden on youtube) spending time with M’lud and various wigs in a fancy courtroom, we’re hoping it’s set free for summer… In the meantime, with these all-corrupted, tie-straightened, credit-crunched times, what could be more appropriate than the Ambassadors message… ‘Loosen Up’.
‘Peppered with grunge, Brit-pop and rock with influences ranging from classical to funk, their fresh, bold sound and dynamic live shows attract interest and audiences all over the country’ LONDON DAILY NEWS
LOOSEN UP :: YOUTUBE http://bit.ly/AOMyoutube
Threshold Festival 2013: Making a Scene with an Enormous Array of Music & Multi-Arts
The Full Line-Up is here. Threshold Festival, March 8th, 9th and 10th will take place in The Baltic Triangle for the 3rd year running, taking over Camp and Furnace, The Picket, Elevator Bar and many more venues. The programme is complete and it’s packed full of goodness with over 180 performers and artists.
“We don’t do anything by halves. This has been a joy to piece together and my only regret is that I won’t possibly be able to see everything. It’s our best festival yet by a long way.” – Kaya Herstad Carney, Festival Director.
On the Mainstages in Camp & Furnace, the line-ups are the usual blend of the unusual suspects and newcomers to the Threshold Festival experience. JC Villafan is over from LA as part of his European tour, to top a superb Soul Inspired line-up including the hypnotic Coffee & Cakes For Funerals who were named repeatedly as a band to watch this year.
“This festival has been putting The Baltic Triangle on the map for musicians and music lovers for years now and this year will not disappoint.” – ManGoneBlog
Coffee & Cakes For Funerals….and a Dog.
Friday’s opening party will be a carnival of escapism with shows by Bring the Fire Project, Mr Wolf Collective & The Lemon Collective. The party will continue with Me & Deboe among many more alternative delights and be rounded off by Johnny Panic & the Fever a band that is gaining a reputation for great stage performances.
Graham Massey will perform with Paddy Steer’s purpose built ‘Three Pronged Audio Bath’ on Saturday 9th in the Blade Factory
Big news for ‘Paddy Steer’s 3 Pronged Audio Bath’ specifically put together for Threshold Festival 2013 at Saturday’s ‘A Culture Less Ordinary’ stage. The outfit will include electronic pioneer co-producer of Bjork’s ‘Debut’ album & 808 State founder Graham Massey as well as John Ellis of the world renowned Cinematic Orchestra.
Threshold welcome back for the 3rd year running their rogue arty cohorts The Roost. They will bring their usual display of art-rock electro and irreverent, provocative installations in the vast Gold Room deep within Camp and Furnace.
On Sunday Little Panther productions will head up a stage of metal and classic rock to rival any in the country with a great band of the scene Guardians promising to be a particular highlight.
Other notable events over the weekend include a MelloMello take over of the Picket. This will include the MelloMello Kitchen which is committed to creating delicious, healthy & hearty homemade veggie cuisine, improper interjections from resident improvised comedy experts Impropriety & also poetry from the truly great Gerry Potter.
The music will come from a Louis Barabbas curated stage of alt-folk and gypsy punk pariahs from Debt Records & the local scene, headlined by a Liverpool debut from Beans on Toast.
After-parties include a big treat from Milk Presents on Friday and on Saturday a massive Drum N Bass/Dubstep shakedown programmed by Sleep Less Records, led by Liverpool club scene veteran MC SAS with a headline set from Kumarachi. In the Waxxx run Haus venue there will be some hip goings on as well as the Stankh Jam & Disco party in Camp & Furnace with Yum Yum DJs, Mike Zar, Detuned Radio, CMWMSMDM vs Kid Blast and Monkey DJ.
“For the first time ever, every venue in the Baltic Triangle will be alive with parties all on the same night. This is what this area is made for.” – Chris Herstad Carney, Festival Director
Expect some furious, melodic sounds from Me & Deboe at Friday’s Launch party in Camp.
On the Sunday there will be an exclusive and first collaboration with award nominated production company Little Atom Productions. They welcome back their stage the great Paul Du Noyer, talking about his best selling book, ‘Liverpool: Wondrous Place’, with some bespoke inspired performances from Natalie McCool and Thom Morecroft.
Liverpool: Wondrous Place by Paul Du Noyer is regarded by many as THE Liverpool music book.
The Threshold Festival ‘Spark’ workshop and panel program will boast a wide range of accessible industry focussed and entertaining sessions.
For the first time since the magnificent Giant Spectacular: Sea Oddyssey of 2012, key team members will come together at Baltic Creative to discuss, reflect and answer your questions about working on one of the most exciting pieces of street theatre the world has ever seen. Panel members include Andy McNicholl, the brains behind the event management and Polly Moseley, the interpreter to the great dock jumping eccentric Jean-Luc Courcoult.
On a slightly different but if anything, more impressive odyssey, Graham Hughes, the local born adventurer will talk exclusively at Threshold Festival about his recent record breaking achievement of visiting every single country in the world without the aid of aviation, or a safety net.
The full Spark schedule is listed below.
Efterklang frontman Casper Clausen on the island Piramida
Threshold Festival 2011 saw an exclusive official screening of the Vincent Moon, Efterklang film, An Island. This year they have their hands on the new offering from the band, by Danish director Andreas Koefoed. ‘The Ghost of Piramida’ is a documentary about the recording of their 4th studio album on an abandoned Russian mining island.
“This comes highly recommended.” – Seven Streets
The visual arts program is full to the brim with first views and site specific commissions.
The wonderful, Liverpool Art Prize winner Robyn Woolston is again returning to her favourite festival with an exciting, new, top-secret installation ahead of her forthcoming exhibition at The Walker Art Gallery.
“It’s been our goal to bring our visual arts program up to the same profile as the music and that’s been our role in this year’s planning. we’re very proud of what we have to show you.” – Emilia Eriksson, Visual Arts Curator
Noted artists Charles Holden & Sam Skinner have been working collaboratively on some incredible building transformation projects in London and they will create a bespoke exhibition at Threshold which they describe as “echoing Arnold van Gennap’s tripartite concept of liminality”.
An example of their recent work in North Cheam, London is on the right.
Egg Cafe residing curators HeadSpace return again with some exciting new work including an interactive moveable art wall that, in-tying with the theme’s of the festival, will metamorphisise as the weekend progresses. Artists are still being encouraged to participate!
Jazamin Sinclair is creating a new piece that explores the Big brother/1984 society we live in and the extent to which we are increasingly under constant surveillance.
Local artist Pam Sullivan of Arena Studios will revisit her brilliant Biennial piece Unterschlupf from last year at St Lukes Church. The forest of found items will this time create a tunnel through which the festival goers will travel from Camp & Furnace to the Blade Factory. While Vicki Lucas le Bon & Anna Ketskemety will take over the gallery space at Arena with a new piece called ‘Disquiet and Surrender’.
Pam Sullivan & Carol Ramsey’s Unterschlupf at St Luke’s last year.
Meanwhile, over at Elevator Bar an absolutely sterling line-for each day of the festival will mean packed out crowds at the smallest but friendliest of the festival venues. Liverpool Acoustic will again bring the finest from the local scene to the stage while later on the likes of Milk Records signed indie band Broken Men & the sonic stylings of Book Thieves. Robert Vincent will headline on Saturday night.
The full line-up is below, see you there.
For More Info: www.thresholdfestival.com
Tickets for Threshold Festival work as follows:
Weekend Tickets: £20
Student Weekend Ticket: £15
Friday Tickets: £10
Saturday Tickets: £10
Sunday Tickets: £5
62 Pieces of Lego
A Ray Of Charles
Alabaster DePlume’s Copernicus Trio
Alright the Captain
Beans on Toast
Beaten Track DJs
Bring the Fire Project
CMWMSMDM vs Kid Blast
Coffee and Cakes for Funerals
Creative Community Choir
Dead Hedge Trio
Felix Hagan & The Family
Fire Beneath the Sea
Gary Edward Jones
Hated til Proven
Hope and Social
Ioisis Aerial Performance
Joe Symes & The Loving Kind
Johnny Panic & the Fever
Long Finger Bandits
Man Get Out
Masters of the Radio
MC’s SAS, Nicky Talent, 2K
Me & Deboe
Michael Seary (DnB Dubstep Set)
Milk DJs & VJs
Mr. Wolf Collective
Paddy Steer’s Three Pronged Audio Bath
Paul The Doorman
Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies
Piagull & Cosmic Girl Visuals
Rachael Wright and the Good Sons
Richard Barry and the Chaps
Science of the Lamps
Sense of Sound Singers
Sound & Fury DJs
Synne and the Sunbeams
The 69 Watts
The Fall of Kings
The Gastric Band
The Mono LPs
The Roughneck Riot
The Singing Bowl Orchestra
The Soul 4 Soul House band
The Southbound Attic Band
The Tin Foil Hat Brigade
The Wretched Pearls
Three Minute Hero
We the Undersigned
Wired to Follow
Yum Yum DJs
“The GIT Award – what a blast! A great way for a city bursting with talent to show off its wares and make sure it holds its crown as the most innovative and original musical conglomeration in the UK.” – The Guardian.
GIT AWARD 2013 TO TAKE PLACE AT LEAF ON BOLD STREET, FRIDAY APRIL 19, £1000 PRIZE MONEY TO WINNERS, LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE NOMINEE DESIGNS AWARDS & CHARITY PARTNER CALM CONFIRMED LIVERPOOL’S GIT (Getintothis) Award 2013 will take place at Leaf on Bold Street on Friday April 19, where the shortlisted artists are expected to perform – with the winner collecting £1000 in prize money on the night.
The GIT Award, dubbed ‘the Scouse Mercury Prize,’ enjoyed a hugely successful inaugural year in 2012 and the stakes will be even higher when the 2013 winner of this now established award is revealed later this year.
The evening at Leaf, which also played host to last year’s ceremony, is invite only and will include performances from those shortlisted. The shortlist, which will be announced in March, will be devised by a 12-strong judging panel including 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, Q editor Andrew Harrison, NME radar editor Matt Wilkinson plus the cornerstones of the Liverpool music scene.
The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 while a special Inspiration Award, recognising significant outstanding achievement to Liverpool’s music industry (won last year by the team behind Liverpool venue, The Kazimier), will also be presented.
Natalie Haywood, owner of Leaf said: “We are delighted to host the GIT Award at Leaf for the second year running. It is a highlight of our events and Liverpool’s music calendar. We can’t wait to open up the doors and the stage to Merseyside’s hottest artists. Last year’s showcase was such a fantastic party and we are ready for round two!”
GIT Award organiser Peter Guy said: “I couldn’t be happier to be working with Leaf again. Last year’s event was a stellar night with respected industry figures from around the country travelling to Liverpool to see our very best musicians performing live. Leaf and their staff played a significant part in ensuring a spectacular first year for The GIT Award.”
Former Liverpool Art Prize nominee, Jayne Lawless, will design and make this year’s GIT Award and The Inspiration Award.
Jayne, a fine art graduate from Anfield, has exhibited work in London, New York and Poland, said: “I’m really pleased to have been asked to make this year’s Awards. After meeting with Peter I had a good sense of the ethos of the awards and felt inspired by a fellow ‘doer!’ I am passionate about music and art so it was an easy decision. I am a sculptor that has worked in many different materials, from welding steel to painting nylon tights with yacht resin. I respond to the environment and individual project I’m working on and am looking forward to this challenge.”
Liverpool-founded charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) has been chosen as the official charity partner of the GIT Award, fresh from winning a Guardian Charity Award and announcing its three new Merseyside Music Ambassadors; GIT Award nominee Esco Williams, Stephen Langstaff and Anton Powers.
Merseyside CALMzone co-coordinator Simon Howes said: “Music is one of the most powerful outlets there is. The region’s music scene expresses heartache, worries and innermost thoughts every night of the week in rehearsal spaces, bedrooms, studios and stages to audiences of thousands and in private. To be the charity partner for an event as iconic as the GIT Award is a privilege for us and a testament to the long love affair we’ve had with Merseyside music since our launch in 2000.”
GIT Award organiser Peter Guy adds: “Adding a charity partner to the development of the GIT Award is a natural step for us to take. We couldn’t ask for a better fit, the guys at CALM do a first class job and work tirelessly within the local music sector helping so many get help and support. We’re really excited to be working more closely with them.”
Since its inception the GIT award has captured the music industry’s attention, becoming the first regional award of its kind to champion new and emerging music and garnering national and international industry and press recognition.
Liverpool has long been considered a hotbed of musical talent and The GIT Award is committed to putting the city’s most innovative new bands and artists on the national and international stage. The closing date for entries is February 28 2013.
To enter this year’s prize musicians are asked to send four tracks to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Peter Guy, The GIT Award, Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB.
Businesses who would like to get involved can email email@example.com for more information.
Following her success on The X-Factor USA with runner up Carly Sonenclar and being the highest paid female musician of 2012, Britney Spears has a new song out with Will.I.Am and is back where she belongs – in the public eye.
To celebrate Britney Spears’ successful re-emergence we bring you some brand new pictures from 2013!
Moth Poetic Circus is proud to present The Cirque Side of the Moon: A Voodoo Mardi Gras Masquerade February 8th, 2013 at Casselman’s Bar & Venue, Denver, CO. A Wild Mardi Gras Party infusing DJ’s, live music, and contemporary circus!
The theme of this year’s party will be The Cirque Side of the Moon. 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s timeless album Dark Side of the Moon.The album will be played live in its entirety by Wish We Were Floyd, and will be fully choreographed with elite level modern circus artists. Circus artists will include world class aerialists, acrobats, dancers, fire, burlesque, trapeze, and contortionists.
Voodoo and Mardi Gras appear to intersect since gatherings in Congo Square in 1884 were forcibly ended and then remerged as processions. Traditional voodoo costumes and décor reminiscent of death will warn the audience to live their lives freely, full of life and expression, or death may loom. This will be an event of irreverent self-expression and excess. The audience is invited to participate and dress in Voodoo Mardi Gras attire, beads welcome of course!
World-renowned Lance Herbstrong will be performing live electro dub sounds along with DJ Danni G, DJ Fubari, and DJ Walt White creating a full evening of dance music, circus, and entertainment. This will be a time of self-expression, dance, music, lights, voodoo, and excess…Voodoo Mardi Gras!
Tickets can purchased here – https://holdmyticket.com/checkout/event/124828
21st century Troubadour Sam Sallon releases a new EP called Kathy’s Song, featuring his idiosyncratic take on the Paul Simon classic, plus three other songs, two of which are from his new album One For The Road which is due out in early 2013 on indie imprint Indigo-Octagon.
Sam’s soaring voice is reminiscent of Mark Hollis, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, and Michael Head – haunting and passionate, a perfect foil to his intricate and driven songwriting. The Kathy’s Song EP was recorded with One For The Road album producer David Watson (Bert Jansch, Eric Clapton), and features a stellar line-up including Neil Cowley and Evan Jenkins from the Neil Cowley Trio.
There is something keeningly fresh and original about Sam Sallon’s songwriting, never one to shy away from a desire to write songs that are memorable, classic even, he retains originality and poise in his work. Covering topics such as war, relationships, love, the grinding toil of work, as well as the everyday nuances of life.
Sam has been playing and performing since the age of 15, most recently sharing the stage with Pete Doherty at The Royal Albert Hall, Lyle Lovett, Dot Allison, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Nouvelle Vague and the Neil Cowley Trio. He has made an impact at a number of festivals including the Cheltenham Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party, Big Chill, Bestival and Wilderness.
The Kathy’s Song EP is a powerful taster of the sound of things to come. Look out for his brilliant new album One For The Road in May 2013. A full tour and media campaign will be rolling out in its support in 2013.
Two Months To Go, First Acts Announced
Threshold has released some exciting confirmed acts and promoters for the 2013 Festival. Liverpool’s favourite grass-roots event which takes place in venues Camp and Furnace, The Picket, Elevator Bar & Baltic Creative on March 8th-10th includes some of the best music and arts around.
Confirmed Liverpool acts include award winning Americana artist Rob Vincent enjoying a recent four star review in Mojo, the delightful rising star Natalie McCool, post-rock scene leaders Kusanagi & Phonetics, the sweet swinging Rumjig, bluesman Dave O’Grady (just back from his second tour with Black Crowes frontman Rich Robinson) and noise machine Jazzhands
“Liverpool is really coming into its own, and after playing at Threshold last year (The Picket) we had such a fantastic response.” – Natalie McCool.
Rob Vincent is a hit with Mojo Magazine (Photo by Rebecca Cresta)
From the farther reaches of the globe they welcome acclaimed sweary folk poet Beans on Toast, the eclectic innovative Paddy Steer, supreme guitarist John Fairhurst, Manchester synthed out post-punk disco outfit Silverclub (fresh from supporting Matthew Dear), and the star of BBC show ‘The Voice’ Frances Wood who will play on the North West Cancer Research stage.
North West Cancer Research are one of the biggest and most influential charities in the North West for understanding cancer. With its increased strength and size it leads the way in the fight against cancer where only world-class research will do.
The Anarchic Beans on Toast is a legend among festival veterans.
Some of the collaborators bringing their unique vibes to the festival will include: Headspace, Liverpool Acoustic, Newpath, Antipop, Liverpool Live, Milk Presents, A Culture Less Ordinary, Debt Records, The Roost and Soul Inspired (curators of the brilliant Soul4Soul events)
“Submissions have poured in this year and we’ve had a high calibre of applications, it’s gonna be huge in March. My route-planner is going to be hectic, but fun.” – Chris Carney, Festival Director
In visual arts Threshold will welcome back the ‘Liverpool Art Prize’ Winner 2012, Robyn Woolston. At the last two events, Robyn has created great site specific installations which captured the imaginations of festival goers and critics alike. Her proposed installation in the Camp and Furnace ‘Blade Factory’ for March is Top Secret for now but promises to be yet another superb asset to the festival.
‘Smart Price’ by Robyn Woolston. Threshold Festival 2012 (Photo by Brian Plumridge)
To compliment a packed music and visual arts programme, the usual blend of industry panels and workshops, pop up performances, films, gaming, comedy, crafts, vintage from Pillbox, guerilla knitting and surprises will be as prominent as ever.
The Advance weekend ticket priced at just £15 (a saving of £5) are on sale until February 1st:
For more info go to:
Coventry based rockers ‘This Broadcast’ will be stopping off in the nations capital to host a pre-season showcase gig and your invited! Due to pressure from our London based colleagues to see ‘This Broadcast’ up close and personal we’ve organised the perfect setting for you to enjoy this years next big thing. Find out if they are worthy of the hype as they descend upon Camden on the 16th of January 2013.
There is a storm rising in the midland territories not seen since the days of the last recession in the late 70s with the ‘Two-Tone’ movement that brought us the likes of ‘The Specials’ and ‘The Selecter’ among others. A generation of kids who taught themselves guitar, busked the streets and discount shopping centres, real people paying their dues the old fashion way, built out of a desperation to be heard, to express themselves. An opposing force to the art school mediocrity of the middle classes stirs in again. ‘This Broadcast’ personify through their music the daily struggle of the average person on the street. Reminding us of our rebellious roots and our right to question. Adding volume to that voice, increasing the gain, making music precious and powerful again. This broadcast are a midlands based band who have been playing the northern bars and clubs for the last few years, they have a dedicated fan base and are regulars on the live circuit. Their music is a collection of influences from ‘The Verve’, ‘The Stone Roses’, ‘Joy Division’. Their lyrics speak of a working mans struggle, unemployment, that deep-set depression that oozes melancholy desire for change and upheaval, a sound that recognises the pain and the struggle of the man on street. They have been called Council House Rockers and hailed as Tenement Building Prophets.
Live Wednesday Jan 16th 2013
55 CAMDEN HIGH STREET, LONDON, NW1 7JH
Bringing you yet another cracking music video, this time by a really talented band going by the name of Hologram. The single is called Fight or Flight and they’ve definitely got a bright future ahead of them!
See what you think for yourself:
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