The Psychedelic Defence League NEEDS YOU. Never heard of the PDL? Don't worry, those nice boys from Peace explain it all in. As well as their drug-munching manifesto, they also tell us the full story of how they dreamed up 'In Love' and made the finest British debut of the year.
Ellie Goulding: Her former school
Pop star ELLIE GOULDING has been left furious after her luggage was misplaced on a flight for the second time this month. The star jetted to America last week to shoot a new music video, but was left without her possessions after her baggage was left behind in London. Goulding was forced to ask her U.S. fans to lend her clothes for the promo of her track with Calvin Harris, I Need Your Love, which the pair filmed in Miami, Florida.
Ellie Goulding and John Legend will also perform at 'The Sound of Change' concert in London.
Cher Lloyd talks about X Factor
SHE is famed for having legions of 'Brats' as fans and now Cher Lloyd is one of the most popular Brits on Twitter. The 19-year-old singer, from Malvern, now has more than four million followers on the micro-blogging website, becoming only the 20th British person to break the barrier. On Monday, she took a moment to show her appreciation for the support from her army of 'Brats', the collective term for her fans, who now number more than the populations of Kuwait, Albania and Jamaica.
Russell Crowe has teamed up with The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde on a new single and video. The pair have joined forces on the song Never Be Alone Again and shot their parts for the promo separately: Crowe performed his parts around a campfire on what appears to be his property near Coffs Harbour, while Hynde walked the busy streets of London.
Matt Woosey on his European tour
AN extremely busy musician is returning home to showcase his new album before carrying on with a hectic touring schedule. Matt Woosey has been gigging five or six nights a week for five years and a Malvern double header on Saturday, April 6 finds him amid a non-stop 32-date tour. During this he will perform a solo show and album signing at Carnival Records, Church Street, ahead of a full band at the Great Malvern Hotel, Graham Road, from about 9pm. It is all in the name of promoting his new album, On the Waggon with the Matt Woosey Band, which is his sixth studio longplayer since leaving popular local band Taxi. GHANDI'S Walrus are bringing their brand of electric music tinged with jazz, blues, and Eastern incense for the mind, heart, soul and body to Malvern's Re-Con on Monday, April 1 from 9pm. These old beatniks mix inventive cover versions with their own unique material involving cross-rhythms, time changes, freak beat energy and laughter.
GHANDI'S Walrus are bringing their brand of electric music tinged with jazz, blues, and Eastern incense for the mind, heart, soul and body to Malvern's Re-Con on Monday, April 1 from 9pm. These old beatniks mix inventive cover versions with their own unique material involving cross-rhythms, time changes, freak beat energy and laughter.
U2UK are widely recognised as Europe's top U2 tribute band. They are a rock band whose attention to detail and ability to recreate the mighty U2 is renowned throughout Europe and never fails to amaze. They bring all the most memorable moments from the ground-breaking world tours from the early years of Rattle and Hum, through the Joshua Tree, Pop Mart, Zoo TV, Elevation, Vertigo and most recently the 360 tour. Described as a show not to be missed, always with surprises in store, U2UK will be at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, April 6.
Babajack's BBC Introducing session
WHILE all here at home shivered in the arctic winds and battled through snow blizzards, Babajack were enjoying glorious sunshine, warm 'early summer' temperatures, with only a sniff of the wet stuff in the early hours of Saturday morning. I know, because fortunately I had boarded the same plane bound for Toulouse and the European Blues Challenge. The difference was I only had to watch, as Blues bands from all over Europe musically jousted for the crown; a sort of Eurovision Song Contest, only talented musicians, without the razzmatazz, TV orchestrated, politically weighted, clap trap we all love to hate?
Lauren Wright's BBC Introducing session
THE debut single of a singer from Kidderminster has been receiving regular airplay on a national radio station this week. Kiss Me by 19-year-old Lauren Wright was included on the BBC Radio 1 playlist after being named as the BBC Introducing record of the week. The track was produced in Nashville by Derek Garten, who has worked with Taylor Swift and was keen to work with Lauren following her performance at the Texan annual music conference SXSW in 2011. She has provided acoustic support to Britney Spears, The Saturdays, JLS and Kelly Clarkson at the LG Arena in Birmingham, while the video for Kiss Me was directed by award-winning director Steve Graham, who has worked on promos for the Eurythmics and Lenny Kravitz.
A roundup of news stories about local music news from our local newspapers
COUNTER tenor Sebastian Field and pianist Martyn Lane will give a recital of Shakespeare Songs old and new on Thursday, April 11, at 7.30pm in St Peter's Church, Hereford.
THE popular Rail Choir is this year hosting its annual concert at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford on Saturday, April 13 at 7.30pm. This year's concert will feature the acclaimed four part harmony group Bella Acappella from Ludlow. This 20 strong women's choir is led by Amy Evans and was well received recently at the Last Choir Standing event held at the Courtyard in Hereford in 2012.
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