The line up for the June 2021 Download Pilot ah been announced, with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Bullet For My Valentine, and Enter Shakari set to headline the historic event. Taking place at Donington Park from 18 - 20 June, the 3 Day Festival forms part of phase 2 of the UK Government's Scientific Event Research Programme.
As the world slowly comes out of lockdown, rock group THE DEAD DAISIES today blasts out of the gates with a smorgasbord of treats for rock fans all over the world. Releasing their latest single and using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine (best known for the hit game Fortnite), the band worked with Creative Works London to create the video and its own mobile game DAISYS REVENGE.
Download Festival has announced that a special 10,000 capacity pilot event will take place at Donington Park from 18 - 20 June 2021. The special 'camping only' test event will be used to "understand and study the safe return of large-scale festivals with no social distancing or facemasks", according to organiser Melvin Benn.
Following the success of his debut single, ‘Time Out’, London-based pop singer-songwriter AJ Wander has now released the follow up, ‘Eye To Eye’ via Elevation. Since November last year strong Spotify editorial play listings have allowed music fans worldwide to discover this talented young musician.
"Eye To Eye" sees him return with an electric ballad detailing the difficult side of relationships. Produced by Brad Mair (Dean Lewis, Jamie Cullum, Kygo), with a video directed by Louis Berry (JP Cooper, Emily Burns), the song is a real-life take on the hard-charged emotions that eventually surface in romantic relationships. AJ says:
“I wrote Eye to Eye whilst sat on my bed in the middle of the night last year. My girlfriend and I we’re fighting a losing game and we couldn’t pretend to be OK anymore. It was a moment of realisation, we we’re broken, and the pieces couldn’t be glued back together.”
Prior to the ongoing pandemic, AJ had been running himself ragged playing covers at piano bars and hotels across the UK. Once lockdown hit, he turned all his energy and focus into creating his own music and pushing forward his solo career. Wander’s drive paid off as his new music led him to sign a management and recording deal with Elevation, a USA-based music company that specializes in artist development, and a publishing deal with BDi Music, administered globally by Bucks Music Group. With more music to come, Wander is poised as one of the British artists to watch in 2021.
Wander, the son of a pianist father, had music in his genes from an early age. Varying instruments were scattered around his childhood home in the suburbs of south-east London; a musical landscape that inspired a young AJ to sing, play and eventually to write. He grew up listening to his parent’s favourites and was influenced by some of the greatest songwriters of all-time including The Eagles, Elton John, Carole King and The Beatles.
Following some time living in Sydney, Australia; Wander decided to listen to his heart and return home to pursue music. He enrolled at ACM in Guildford where he joined indie band Tors. He spent 2 years with the band before leaving to chase more creative fulfilment as a solo artist.
While his songs tackle relational pain lyrically, they are uplifting and not despairing. They carry a more cinematic, inspiring quality that stays with the listener in the truest sense of pop traditions. Wander’s emotionally engaging tenor and melodic piano riffs provide a warmth and depth rarely seen from a young songwriter.
Check out 'Eye to Eye' below.
Mercury Studios much loved Classic Albums series is returning for three new episodes. Premiering on Sky Arts on 23rd April 2021 with a look at The Who's 'The Who Sell Out', it's followed by Soul II Soul's 'Club Classics Vol 1' on 30th April, and Suede's 'Coming Up. on 7th May.
Legendary rock band Status Quo are coming back to reclaim their position on the live circuit with a brand new tour - The ‘Out Out Quoing’ Spring Tour in 2022 will stop off at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast on 27th February and at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on 28th February.
Shadow Puppet Theatre, (or ‘SPT’ for short), is a 4-piece Malaysian rock band based in Kuala Lumpur. From a musical perspective, they amalgamate both narrative and what they call "the feels": a quintessential element that adds a little sparkle of life into each, and every, musical note they play.
Known for his soulful voice and insightful lyrics, Manchester based singer-songwriter Kirk McElhinney's releases his highly anticipated second album ‘You Are Not Your Past’ on 4th June 2021. The first single from the album ‘Ticking Clock’, is out now across all download and streaming platforms.
Black Sabbath continue their Super Deluxe campaign with the third in the series, 'Sabotage', which is released in 4-CD And 4-LP + 7-Inch Versions on 11th June 2021, via BMG. The updated version of the band's sixth album follows on from 2020's 'Paranoid' and 'Vol.4' upgrades, and features a newly remastered cut plus a complete live show recorded during 1975 tour.
Voodoo Bloo, a powerful NZ based alt-rock act unveil a dark and energetic (part) live performance video to their latest single ‘Her Name Was Human’. Out now via Plastic Groove Records, the track has some notable credentials having been worked on by Gregory Haver (Manic Street Preachers/ Super Furry Animals/Bullet for My Valentine) as mix production adviser.