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Splendour backs local talent in Future Sound of Nottingham

Splendour, the hugely popular music festival held at Wollaton Park, is to spur on local, unsigned musicians with an opportunity to open the event in front of a crowd of up to 20,000 people.

The Future Sound of Nottingham, organised through the community project NUSIC, will give one lucky act the chance to perform the opening slot of the main stage, when the festival returns on Saturday July 19th. The first round of the contest, which launched yesterday, Monday 14th April, invites local bands and artists to send in demos to be considered by an expert panel.

Entries for the first round will close on May 5 and finalists will be expected to battle it out in a showdown on the main stage at Rock City on Sunday, June 22nd, where the public and an independent panel of judges will decide the winner.

Run by DHP Family, Splendour saw a strong showing from Nottingham artists last year, including Indiana, who played her first ever public gig after entering the FSN competition in 2012. Now managed by DHP, the singer-songwriter has gone from strength to strength. On track to release her first album, she’s also been playlisted on Radio One and performed to a sell-out home crowd on Saturday April 12th at Rescue Rooms.

Mark Del, of NUSIC, says: “It’s always exciting to give an unknown musician the chance to play the main stage at Splendour. The competition is about discovering the act no-one has heard of before and every year someone brilliant comes out of nowhere. We’ve had so many success stories, when Indiana came through two years ago, no-one had ever seen her play in public and look at her now! I can’t wait to find out who it will be this year.”

Splendour recently announced headliners as no.1 artist Tom Odell and Manchester legends The Happy Mondays, who will be joined by Reverend and the Makers and the Boomtown Rats. Promoter DHP Family is promising a line up of more than 30 top acts playing across three stages with other artists to be announced in the next few weeks. The festival's fringe entertainment will also include a comedy stage, a children’s fun fair, and dozens of market stalls.

DHP Family’s George Akins added: “As well as national and international acts, Splendour celebrates the real strength and depth of the Nottingham music scene. Last year’s event, led by the phenomenal success of Jake Bugg, really proved what the city has to offer but this year’s event also promises to showcase some really exciting home grown acts. The Future Sound of Nottingham plays a huge role in supporting new artists and it provides a fantastic opportunity to play in front of thousands of people.”

NUSIC is dedicated to all things ‘Notts, Musical and New' and aims to support unsigned musicians from the county. Last year’s competition winners The Gorgeous Chans have also gone on to headline gigs, with a sell out show at Bodega already under their belts.


Tickets for Splendour are on sale now and start at just £15.


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New PUSA album to drop in Feb 2014

Big, BIG! News from the guys of Presidents Of The United States Of America. The announcement of their brand new studio album!
Click the link below to see full write up and video coverage from the band!



Dry The River // Benjamin Francis Leftwich // Lucy Rose // The 1975 // Chapel Club // Little Green Cars // Wave Machines // MØ // Wolf Alice // Bo Ningen // PINS // Teleman // Golden Fable // Only Real // Black Books // SKATERS // Satellite Stories // Night Engine // Gavin James // The Bots // Story Books

Now in its ninth year, Dot To Dot Festival is established as the UKs best festival for unearthing the hottest new talent around, alongside established acts from all over the globe. Touring Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham, three of the UKs more savvy music cities, from the 24th to the 26th May, Dot To Dot’s ever eclectic line-up, crossing numerous genres is set for its biggest and best year to date.

Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood (Of DHP Group) said: ‘At Dot to Dot Festival we pride ourselves on bringing you the very best in emerging talent. 2013 is set to be no exception with Dry the River, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Lucy Rose leading the charge. Stay tuned for many, many more exciting artists to be announced.’

First up for line-up announcements is Dry The River. With their critically acclaimed record ‘Shallow Bed’ the Stratford-based five-piece produced one of 2012’s greatest bodies of work and played countless sold-out gigs throughout the UK. They are set to work on their new record and will surely be one of the highlights of this year’s festival. One of the events finest acts in 2011 makes a welcome return in the shape of Benjamin Francis Leftwich. The singer-songwriter delivered one of the most intense performances in Dot to Dot history. Darling of the NME and Radio 1 Lucy Rose also joins the bill. The indie-folk starlet has wowed crowds all over with her finely crafted, emotive songs that reveal a unique talent for storytelling.

With a sold-out UK tour under their belt recently a band on everyone’s lips are The 1975. Radio 1 A-listers are riding a wave of success spear-headed by the massive single ‘Chocolate’. They are joined by the return of pop noir five-piece Chapel Club. Little Green Cars are one of the most exciting acts from the BBC Sound of 2013 poll and their live performances have drawn heavy-praise from The Guardian, NME and more. Critically acclaimed electronic, pop-funk act Wave Machines have created one of the albums of the year in debut ‘Pollen’ and are an exciting addition to the festival. London-based acid punk band Bo Ningen will also be bringing their incredible live show to the proceedings. Danish sensation MØ is certainly not to be missed. Her layered, gloomy output has had music journalists falling over themselves to sing her praises. Another hyped band on the first wave of acts is Wolf Alice, whose shoegaze inspired songs have received avid support from Huw Stephens amongst others.

Some of the other rising-stars on the bill are New York City’s best new indie band SKATERS, Irish folk-popster Gavin James, hotly-tipped post-punk act Night Engine, Finnish upstarts Satellite Stories, Marc Riley-championed indie band Teleman, brooding Bella Union-signed four-piece PINS, Californian punks The Bots alternative-indie band Story Books and folk duo Golden Fable.

Previous Dot to Dot line-ups have seen performances from The xx, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Beach House, Jake Bugg, SBTRKT, Ed Sheeran, Laura Marling, Wild Beasts, The Cribs 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 2013 line-up. Make sure you keep checking the website


Tickets are now on-sale at £20

Jake Bugg Returns to his Home City to Headline Splendour

Artist of the moment Jake Bugg has been announced today as the headliner for Nottingham’s summer music festival Splendour. Fresh from playing sell out tours around the UK and gigs in Europe and America, the singer-songwriter is relishing the opportunity to play in front of a huge home crowd in Wollaton Park on July 20.

Jake said: “"It's great to be headlining Splendour in my hometown and it'll be my biggest crowd to date. It's hard to believe I was playing the courtyard stage two years ago! Thanks to everyone in Nottingham for their support.”

Excitement is already building for this year’s festival staged by music promoter DHP - working in partnership with Nottingham City Council – as the last 12 months have seen the Nottingham music scene go from strength to strength. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly once they go on sale on Feb 22.

KT Tunstall, Squeeze and Maximo Park are also in the family friendly line up, with several other up and coming local artists playing over the three stages to be announced in the coming months.

DHP and Nottingham City Council are once again teaming up with, which helps young Nottinghamshire musicians get exposure and experience within the music industry, with a competition for a local act to take the opening slot on the main stage at Splendour.

DHP has supported Jake over the years from his first proper gig aged just 15 to playing Splendour on the courtyard stage and an afternoon main stage slot in previous years, so this year’s festival is a great opportunity to spot the next breakthrough artist.

DHP’s George Akins said: “Jake is literally the hottest new artist in the country by a mile at the moment so it’s a real coup to have him headline the biggest gig in his home city this summer. The whole of Nottingham will be turning out in their thousands to watch the most successful musician we’ve ever had play his homecoming gig at the Splendour festival.”

Aged just 18, Jake has gone from playing an intimate gig at the Acoustic Rooms, the weekly slot for budding amateur artists at the Rescue Rooms, to becoming the first Nottingham artist to sell out the iconic Rock City with his gig tonight (Feb 15) in the space of months. Now Jake is set to bring his precocious talent to the city’s biggest stage in front of tens of thousands at the Splendour festival.

DHP’s Rescue Rooms promoter Ben Ryles remembers booking Jake for that first gig; “It was late 2009. He was 15, so I had to accompany him and make sure he didn't drink anything alcoholic! It was obvious even then that he was an incredible talent.”

Jake went straight to no1 in the album charts with his self titled debut released last year, sold out two UK tours and supported Noel Gallagher and The Stone Roses. He’s playing Reading and Leeds festivals this summer and is also nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at The Brits. Jake signed to Mercury in 2011, and is described by the label as the most exciting new singer and songwriter in the UK.

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Alt J wins Mercury Pirze

Congratulations to Alt-J who have been named winners of the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, with their debut album An Awesome Wave.


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Alt J on Jools Holland

Alt-J (∆) who will be playing Rock City next May was featured on 'Later With Jools Holland' this week.


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Thin Lizzy will playing right here at Rock City on Sunday 9th December 2012 and after this announcement your not going to want to miss out, you can still get tickets from Here

The announcement...

After a very successful 2 year run with the current line up. Thin Lizzy have made a decision to not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name.

Scott Gorham "Out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created, we have decided that we should not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name. It was a very difficult decision as we put a lot of time and effort into re-building the Thin Lizzy brand over recent years. Releasing a new album was the only way to continue this success. We all know how much Phil meant to this band and the fans. We have written 20 songs that we all feel very strongly do the band and Thin Lizzy name credit. We believe Phil would have been proud of them. We always knew a new record was a touchy subject with some people and as such really want the quality of these songs to be heard by everyone without any judgment or prejudice. To that end, we have decided not to release these songs under the name Thin Lizzy. We want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the years and to all our fans. We will release this material soon and you will be hearing some great new music with the classic Thin Lizzy sound intact. We will announce future plans early in the new year."

Ricky Warwick "Our plan always was to put out new music to keep the name Thin Lizzy alive and fresh with all the band’s fans – old and new. Nobody respects Phil as much as I do and singing his songs for the past 2 years has been an incredible honor and something I will never forget. Our plan was to always keep the band on top of their game, with great shows and great production to honor all that was Phil Lynott and his iconic body of work. Without a new album to gain new press and keep the momentum we have built up over the past two years, we are worried the Thin Lizzy brand and all it stands for will diminish to a point we would never want to see. Therefore our regular touring as Thin Lizzy will cease at the end of this year after our European tour. I do want to stress that this does not necessarily mean we will never play together again as Thin Lizzy. If there are options for other parts of the World, in territories that this line up has never visited then, we may still play odd shows in 2013 and beyond if people want to see us."

From all the band and associated personnel, we THANK EVERYONE OF OUR FANS & SUPPORTERS for making these past 2 years so incredible and we look forward to seeing you all on the Nov / Dec Tour."

MAGNUM's 18th Studio album smashes into the Charts



‘On The 13th Day’, the eighteenth studio album from hugely influential British melodic hard rock group Magnum, crashed in to UK national album chart today at number 43, simultaneously debuting at number 3 in the Rock & Metal chart and at number 5 in the Indie chart.

‘On The 13th Day’, boasting 11 soaring, brand new totally epic rock songs packed with hook filled choruses, glorious flowing melodies, luscious keyboards and flowing guitar licks, charted twelve places higher than 2011’s ‘The Visitation’, which peaked at 55 in the UK national album charts at the end of January 2011.

‘On The 13th Day’, released on SPV/ Steamhammer, has already won numerous rave reviews in the UK rock press, not least Powerplay’s Dave Cockett, who awarded 10/10, asking “How come they can still find it within themselves to deliver an album as good as the impending ‘On The Thirteenth Day’? I’ll tell you why, Tony Clarkin is a genius… an under-appreciated, all too modest genius, but a genius nonetheless! A keen enthusiast of the ‘less is more’ principle, his innate musicality and unerring ability to pen great hooks and thought provoking lyrics are the cosmic glue that binds it all together….Deceptively simple yet deliciously overblown in all the right places, ‘On The Thirteenth Day’ is a rare precious jewel that deserves to be cherished.”

Don’t miss the chance to catch the mighty Magnum live juggernaut play ‘On The 13th Day’, the band’s highest charting album since 1992, live at Rock City on the 25th November. Get your tickets Here

NUSIC October Spread The Love Competition

A Little competition from our friends over at Nusic...

SPREADING THE LOVE has been our theme for twenty twelve, and we’ll be living that philosophy throughout our October activities.

We said in our earlier Editorial how important it is for us all to get behind DOG IS DEAD, JAKE BUGG and NATALIE DUNCAN. How it is in everyone’s interests for those artists to succeed. Our OCTOBER SPREAD THE LOVE competitions hope to spread the word of these three artists and the scene more generally, rewarding you with some ace stuff for being a nice person and spreading the love.

THE PRIZES – A pair of tickets to see DOG IS DEAD (Oct 8th – yes the sold out Boat Club Show!), NATALIE DUNCAN (Dec 5th at Nottingham Arts Theatre) AND JAKE BUGG (Feb 15th 2013 at Rock City which has already sold out!), this is winner takes all! We did try and get a pair of Rescue Rooms tickets but they’re harder to get hold of than a moment of humility from Sir Alex.


- Take a photo of yourself (and friends, family, pets ) with one of the below:

+ Our October Banners*

+ Any advert/ banner/ billboard for DOG IS DEAD, JAKE BUGG or NATALIE DUNCAN.

+ Proof of pre-order for DOG IS DEAD or JAKE BUGG.

+ NATALIE DUNCAN’s album ‘Devil In Me’.

- Post that photo online.

- Tag us so we can see it (either on facebook where our page is called ‘ – 100% New, Notts Music‘ or twitter where our tag is @FeelTheNusic)

- All names will be put in a hat and a winner picked at random.

WINNER WILL BE – Notified Monday (8th) 5pm in time for the DOG IS DEAD gig. We will DM you via the social media platform you posted your photo on.

EXTRA PRIZE – The most entertaining/ fun pic will receive an extra ticket for the sold out DOG IS DEAD gig.

*The banners and car park posters around town proclaiming how amazing Nottingham’s music scene is, like THESE.


- No limit on how many times you enter but each photo must be different.

- We’ll operate this just like a professional broadcaster would so no members of the Nusic team or their family can win, they’re obviously welcome to Spread The Love!

- Please remember the spirit here, we’r trying to help our musicians, if we’ve missed something we apologise in advance!

New Found Glory perform 'Sticks & Stones' Road To Warped Tour!

New Found Glory will playing their awesome, seminal, critically acclaimed 2002 album 'Sticks & Stones' on the Road to Warped Tour!

Tickets are still available! Click Here to get some!

Having last week announced their “Sticks & Stones” US Anniversary tour, melodic punk heroes NEW FOUND GLORY now reveal that UK fans are in for a similar treat this winter.

The Florida fivesome will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their fan-favourite album by performing it in full during the ROAD TO WARPED TOUR shows ahead of the one off VANS WARPED TOUR show at London’s Alexandra Palace on November 10th (which will be a regular “hits” set). Expect other familiar faves as well as tracks from their latest album “Radiosurgery” which is out now on Epitaph Records.

The anniversary serves as a trip down memory lane for frontman Jordan Pundik, who recalls in a recent interview with Kerrang! Magazine:
“When we recorded that album I was in my early 20s and I hadn’t really experienced life all that much. We all moved out of our homes to California to record it. Before Sticks And Stones, I was still living at home!”