The UK’s premier festival for unearthing the best new talent, Dot To Dot Festival, returns to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham from the 26th-28th May for its 12th edition. After smashing record attendance, and marking a sell-out Manchester event in 2016, more of the same is expected for 2017, with a huge lineup of established performers and emerging artists from around the world. Dot To Dot, are delighted to reveal the second wave of artists to play this year’s festival, with more bands still to follow:
Hotly tipped four-piece THE BIG MOON open the list of new additions. Bold, articulate, and with an insatiable ear for melody, they are perfectly poised and ready for their Dot To Dot debut. With their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’, scheduled for release at the start of April through Fiction Records, we’re sure you’ll be hearing plenty about these girls over the next few months. Manchester’s own THE SLOW READERS CLUB are also set for their first Dot To Dot appearance. Currently halfway through a UK tour, with sell out shows in London and Nottingham, we can’t wait to see a series of imposing live sets at Dot To Dot by this much acclaimed band. They’ll be joined by Stockholm’s JOSEFIN ÖHRN + THE LIBERATION, whose brand of radiant psychedelia stands effortlessly apart from the increasingly staid, and often paradoxically predictable, modern take on the genre.
The second wave announcement also includes: ANNA STRAKER, ARTIFICIAL PLEASURE, ATLAS WYND, AVANTE BLACK, C. MACLEOD, CALLUM BEATTIE, CONFIDENCE MAN, ELLIE ROSE, EYRE LLEW, GOTHIC TROPIC, HANNAH GEORGAS, HOLIDAY OSCAR, HUSKY LOOPS, INDIGO LO, ISLAND, JACK LADDER, JAKL, JESSE TERRY, JORDAN ALLEN, KUDU BLUE, LITTLE CUB, LITTLE HOURS, MIYA FOLICK, MYSTIC BRAVES, PIXX, SONDRE LERCHE, SORRY and TO KILL A KING. They’ll be joining SUNDARA KARMA, AMBER RUN, THE GROWLERS, LOUIS BERRY, HONEYBLOOD, PINEGROVE, CHERRY GLAZERR, TOM GRENNAN, PICTURE THIS and lots more on this year’s Dot To Dot line-up.
Previous Dot to Dot line-ups have seen performances from The xx, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, The 1975, Frank Turner, Caribou, Wolf Alice, Jake Bugg, SBTKRT, Florence + The Machine, Peace, Courtney Barnett and many, many more. With the emphasis on showcasing the hottest new talent on the planet, there will be lots more exciting additions to be announced for Dot To Dot’s 2017 line-up. Make sure you keep checking www.dottodotfestival.co.uk for all the latest news and ticket info. Also subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to keep yourself in the loop for all things Dot To Dot. Tickets are priced from £12 and available now through https://www.alttickets.com/dot-to-dot-festival-tickets.
MUSICIANS!! How would you like to play on our hallowed stage?? Or the huge exposure of playing at Splendour Festival?? Make sure you check out the Future Sound Of Nottingham Competition, which is featured in this week's Nusic Podcast over at http://www.nusic.org.uk/wordpress/nusic-new-music-podcast-149-205-tracklisting/
Bona fide music legends and a multi award-winning band have been announced for Splendour today, Nottingham’s fantastic all-day summer music festival held at Wollaton Park on Saturday 22 July.
Busted, one of the biggest homegrown pop acts of the 21st century, will generate plenty of excitement joining Kaiser Chiefs as the next act confirmed for the Main Stage. Beloved by a whole generation of fans who grew up with them in the noughties, the double Brit Award winning band are sure to go down a storm playing a mix of their unforgettable hits and songs from their third studio album ‘Night Driver’. After a sell-out show at Rock City in February, expect to be taken to the “Year 3000” with a sing-along set from the band with an incredible five million record sales, platinum albums and hit singles, including “Crashed The Wedding”, “What I Go to School For”, “You Said No”, “Who's David” and “Thunderbirds”.
Tony Hadley, frontman of 80s phenomenon Spandau Ballet, will also make his mark on the Main Stage. Formed in 1978, Spandau Ballet had multiple chart topping singles and albums all over the world, including international number one “True”. Over the years, Hadley has earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. Expect an epic set from a back catalogue of memorable Spandau Ballet hits, including their well-known song “Gold”.
Headlining the Confetti Stage, powered by Nottingham Trent University, will be Grammy Award winning singer Billy Ocean. The “Caribbean Queen” star has sold more than 30 million records and collected a pile of gold and platinum records throughout his hugely successful career. With a string of hits, including “Love Really Hurts Without You”, “Suddenly” and “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going”, along with last year’s album ‘Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean’ soaring to number four, Ocean will be bringing plenty of crowd pleasers to his headlining set.
Next up, rock band Black Grape, formed by Shaun Ryder and Paul 'Kermit' Leveridge after the demise of Happy Mondays, will be bringing their Britpop canon to Splendour. Following a UK tour to mark the 21st anniversary of chart topping debut album ‘It's Great When You're Straight… Yeah’, and a fantastic show at Rock City in December, expect a lively set of catchy pop hooks including “In the Name of the Father” and “Reverend Black Grape”.
International treasures, British Sea Power have some remarkable admirers - the late, great David Bowie and Lou Reed were among them as well as ardent fan Daniel Radcliffe! They’ve played on ships at sea, deep inside Cornish slate mines and atop the Great Wall of China, and now, with brand new album ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’ due out at the end of March, the lustrous, panoramic art-rock stalwarts are a fantastic addition to the Confetti Stage line up.
Back over on the Main Stage is British singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin. Her unforgettable cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's “The Power of Love” for the John Lewis Christmas TV campaign reached number one in the UK chart. In the whirlwind that followed, Aplin’s debut album ‘English Rain’ charted at number two and has since been certified gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 copies.
Singer-songwriter Georgie has built a strong reputation over the years in the Nottingham music scene, making her first forays at the age of 14. Two years on from her last Splendour
appearance, and after supporting Jake Bugg on a triumphant UK tour, the local star is signed to Columbia Records and working on her debut album.
The festival will once again be championing local talent by offering the opening slot of the Main Stage to the unsigned act which tops the hotly contested Future Sound of Nottingham competition.
Headlining the Acoustic Rooms Stage will be musical duo and The Voice UK contestants, Into The Ark, who have been hotly tipped by coach Tom Jones. Further acts across the park will be announced shortly.
Over on the Funhouse Comedy Stage, acts will include: Jim Smallman, Wes Zaharuk, Jollyboat, Steve Royle, Scott Bennett and Barry Dodds.
George Akins, owner, DHP Family, said: “Feedback on the Kaiser Chiefs announcement was epic, with sales well ahead of this time last year. Once again we’re confident this line up, with a mix of music legends and mega bands, will satisfy the 20,000 strong crowd at the award-winning Splendour Festival. Get your tickets quick as we're expecting another sell out year!”
Organisers DHP Family in association with Nottingham City Council are keen to replicate the success of last year’s biggest ever Splendour - overall winner of ‘Best Festival’ (15,000-39,000) at the 2016 Live Music Business Awards, and recognised as Nottingham’s favourite family festival - which saw a sold-out 21,000 strong crowd watching headliners Jess Glynne, The Human League and UB40.
Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies are also confirmed as festival partners and will be providing invaluable technical, recording and programming support. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music
stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a kids' area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is a fantastic day out for all the family.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “Kaiser Chiefs are already proving a big draw for Splendour 2017 but I’m sure this exciting and varied line-up will attract even more people. But it will be more than just a concert, as Nottingham City Council is committed to providing a great day out for all the family, with free entry for children under 11. Don’t forget, everyone who lives in the City of Nottingham is entitled to a discounted ticket.”
Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham residents. A standard ticket is £46, coming down to £36 when the Nottingham City resident discount is applied. Tickets for young people aged 11-17 living in Nottingham are £20.
VIP packages are also available starting from £80. Ticket holders will enjoy a whole host of benefits including access to the VIP garden; a big screen with picnic and seating area; exclusive entertainment; gourmet food and a quality choice of drinks; luxury toilets plus access to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall.
Tickets can be purchased from splendourfestival.com or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre.
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DHP Venue Assistant Manager – Job Description
JOB TITLE: Venue Duty Manager
TEAM/DEPARTMENT: Rock City
REPORTS TO: General Manager
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Venue staff, Security
Rock City is one of the biggest names on the UK club and live music circuit and has been since it first opened its doors three decades ago. An exciting opportunity to be part of the team at Rock City has come up, and if you feel you have the expertise and drive to manage such a prestigious venue, we would like to hear from you.
To ensure the venue is operating at a safe and excellent level of service through management of venue staff and compliance procedures and to ensure the venue is operating at a profit through monitoring of controllable costs on a nightly basis. To ensure all venue staff are meeting the requirements set out for their particular job.
To provide support to the General Manager through duty shift management and any other duty as reasonably requested.
1. Duty & Shift Management of the Venues
Responsible for ensuring the venue is safe for staff and customers and completion of venue checklists and monitoring during opening hours. Responsible for delegated DPS role for the venue when the duty managing (DPS not present) and ensure that the venue is operating according to Licensing laws and conditions of the venue license. Briefing bar staff and security
Managing all venue staff’s performance at the event (including prep and end of night), including providing feedback to staff and relevant manager where required and taking any disciplinary actions where necessary.
High level of performance during clubnight operation
Dealing with bands and tour managers
Cashing up tills
Creating P&L’s and distributing internally
Alarming and securing both venues
2. Co-ordination of Bar Personnel
Production of rotas for bar personnel in a suitable time frame as requested by the General Manager
Production of rotas for cleaning personnel in a suitable time frame as requested by the General Manager
Bar personnel and cleaners to be rota’d in accordance with budget and financial targets as distributed by the General Manager
Venue Systems & Procedures
Liaising with Security on show days and club nights
Generating Security briefs to be presented to security staff on a nightly basis
Assistance to GM
Assist the General Manager in the venue operation, including staffing or systems as directed by the manager
Covering the work of other Assistant Managers during their absence (holidays, illness etc) as directed by the General Manager
Comply with and ensure that company financial procedures are kept to
Maintenance of venue accounts sheets: P&L
Responsible for production, completion and verification of venue compliance documentation (bar refusal sheets, bar hygiene checklists, club checks, closing club checks, toilet check sheets, housekeeping records, accident reports)
Responsible for the completion of the venue’s weekly filing system
Updating and monitoring the company’s accident management system
4. Payroll, Recruitment & Development
Responsible for inputting, checking and updating staff Payroll information and wages
Co-ordinating staff holiday requests
Ensuring all staff files are fully completed and all required documentation has been provided and correctly completed
Responsible for the recruitment, training, appraisal and development of venue staff (retail, reception, cloakroom, cleaners, maintenance)
Assistance to the General Manager in knowledge and development of personnel standards and execution of sales procedures; including food service, table service and bar service
Devising rota’s for retail and cellar staff
Responsible for producing and inputting data to security timesheets and liaising with security contract provider
HIM ANNOUNCE FAREWELL TOUR LOVE METAL LEGENDS HIT THE ROAD FOR THE LAST TIME THIS YEAR
Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.
"After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you." Says frontman Ville ValoFormed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde”Lindström and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album). Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo –a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music - HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA. Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.
"At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.”Says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty's service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration oflove metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!"
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