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Delighted to return to The Hard Rock Cafe for Youth Music's Give A Gig Week 2019.
Success Express prresents a very special lineup celebrating Rock with a super special lineup of four amazing and varied Rock Bands, with special sets just for Hard Rock Cafe:
London rockers KILLIT have been bringing their brand of modern edged classic rock to the UK, playing Ramblin Man Fair, Hard Rock Hell, Giants of Rock, o2 academy, electric ballroom and sell out shows at London’s Underworld. A recent tour with metal legends Diamond Head introduced the band to new fanS AND UPCOMING SHOWS INCLUDING a support for skid row in 2019 will showcase material from the upcoming album.
“...rocks heavy and rocks hard, but also brings the melodies, the vocals (such vocals!), and lyrics to prove that there’s more going on under the hood here than just rock and roll brawn...” - Realrockandroll
“...there’s a lot to like here and this band do have something different to offer.” - Metaltalk
Vambo’s inspiration stems back to the hard rock of the 70s, at the same time they remain contemporary in both songwriting and recording.
Their material is organic, dynamic and overflowing with raw energy and power reflecting the outstanding musicality within the band. Great, original rock music performed by 4 musicians of the highest calibre.
London based, Yorkshire raised artist Izzy Thomas flaunts a fresh sound of alt pop/rock, blended by powerhouse blues vocals and a fusion of hip hop beats.
Izzy has left her mark in venues around the world, gracing iconic stages from UK Arenas, to LA's Hotel Cafe, to Nashvilles Tootsies, and many more. The BBC have also supported, with interviews/radio plays (BBC Asian Network & West Yorkshire).
The artist is set for an exciting 2019, with the release of her debut single ‘Trouble (Pull That Trigger)’ premiered by the official Billboard, and now available to purchase worldwide, along with a string of full band shows to follow this year.
THE DARK LIGHT
he Dark Light are a Rock and Roll band based in London. They meld the best elements of The Stooges, Rolling Stones and The Beatles, then mix in a myriad of mesmerising melodies along with singer Gerard Edwards’ distinctive, raucous vocals to create their singular sound.
Lisa Canny + Daisy Chute LIVE at The Green Note
Lisa Canny + Daisy Chute LIVE at The Green Note TALENTBANQ presents... Lisa Canny supported by Daisy Chute Born and bred in County Mayo, Ireland, LISA CANNY is a notably talented musician; best known for her enchanting covers, sold out live performances and stunning debut album.
Lisa has performed to crowds of 50,000 and has toured all of the U.S., Canada, Europe & Russia as lead singer with Celtic Crossroads & The Young Irelanders.She had a Top ten hit with Lifeline Ireland 2015, written with grammy-winning songwriter Jodi Marr and won UK Future Musics 'Songwriting Champion' in 2016.Other notable awards:-7-time All Ireland champion on harp and banjoEvent Industry Award Winner 2015Appeared on 2 PBS Specials, and 'Celtic Gold' to air later in 2018Endorsements:-"Watch Lisa reinvent harp-playing" - Sen Rocks, RTE Arena"Top ten of Irish acts you dont want to miss - BBC America Edinburgh-born, half-American, hyphen-loving
DAISY CHUTE is a folk songstress and multi-instrumentalist with a particular penchant for the banjo. Formerly of Deccas platinum-selling classical group All Angels, she is excited to be working on her dbut album of original songs with producer and songwriter Tim Baxter (Andy Burrows, Editors, Nick Mulvey, Jasmine Thompson).A regular in the London music scene and an award-winning singer and songwriter having just been awarded first place in the Coffee Music Project singer-songwriter competition,
Daisy has been taught and mentored by rock royalty Sir Ray Davies, featured as a vocalist on Radiohead's latest album A Moon Shaped Pool, and even got the thumbs up from Sir Paul McCartney after a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.One of Paul Sexton's 'top music tips' for 2018, Daisy's music has been compared to Simon and Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell (BBC Radio Kent) and her voice has been described as Exquisitely delicious. Delicate, like a gossamer-winged creature made out of spun gold." Tony Moore (Soho Radio, The Bedford)
Roadkill Records once again team up with ECubed to raise vital funds for Solace Women's Aid. Rock Against Violence is Solace's flagship live music event and Aprils show features prominent and powerful women from the countries vibrant DIY punk scene. Special guest DJs We Can Do It will spin garage, psych and riot grrrl between bands. With live performances from: Dream Nails Sit Down ARXX Photos my be reposted with written permission. Sunday April 7th • 8-11
Roadkill Records are very proud to be hosting the debut album launch for London's premiere synth-pop sleaze trio HOTGOTHIC at The Shacklewell Arms, and we've got a quality line-up on to make it a night to vaguely remember.
Support comes from electro garage-rockers Super Paradise and synthwave retrofuturists Violet Haze.
Guest DJs Medium Wave will be taking you places between bands.
Saturday April 6th • 8-11
We Can Do It releases new single 'Sip The Thrill' with the dark, psych trio Something Leather. After a short time together they've already nabbed themselves some great support slots with Phobophobes, Black Midi, Throw Down Bones, Madonnatron and Saint Agnes. Their live shows are an unmissable fire of psych goodness with a wall of sound that reverberates through you. Very special support for this show from Cosmic Strip & Junodef
"We’ve had the sounds of Brighton-based Something Leather swirling round our skulls. Their “Dark Trippy Alternative Rock” tunes have kept us in a sultry haze, fuelled by jagged keys and brooding bass" - Get In Her Ears
"A slice of sparkling, shoegaze-y psychedelia" - DIY
"Crunching indie rock with some heavy psych vibes..." Clash Magazine
“You better be sitting down for this next tune because it isn’t meant for long drives at sunset. Rather it’s meant for dimly lit rooms and requires your utmost attention. With the stark, brooding nature of Icelandic bands Samaris and Mammút coupled with strong doses of Björk and Zola Jesus, Swedish quartet Junodef deliver a spine-tingling, eerie spell" - The Revue
Lisa Canny and Megan O'Neill performing at the London Irish Centre. for TalentBanq
Kick off St Patrick's weekend the right way at the London Irish Centre, and experience the best in modern Irish folk music from Lisa Canny and band, with support from Megan O'Neill.
Following a storming first headliner gig here in December, Lisa Canny returns with her full band to take London by storm with her unique and extraordinary fusion of Irish folk and hip-hop.
Born and bred in County Mayo, Ireland, Lisa Canny is a notably talented musician; best known for her enchanting covers and captivating live performances. Canny is gifted with empowering confidence and a charming sense of honesty.
Crowned UK “Future Music’s” Songwriting Champion in 2016, followed closely by a Late Late Show performance, a top 5 debut E.P. release and a sell-out UK and Ireland tour in May 2018 the most exciting and consummate stage of Lisa Canny’s career is now pouring vehemently over the horizon.
Lisa is supported by chart-topping and multi-award winning Irish-born singer/songwriter Megan O’Neill; certainly one of the most exciting Americana artists on the UK - Irish scene. A long-time musician and song-writer, Megan has previously lived in Nashville but now resides between Ireland and London.
Expect a night of extraordinary music from these artists, and bring your dancing shoes!
Photo's by Rupert Hitchcox LRPS
The Wildhearts 25th Anniversary tour supported by the Amorettes and Ferocious Dog at Koko in Camden , London
Camden Rocks Festival proudly presents an all-day punk-rock bonanza feat. Towers of London, Healthy Junkies, Seasonal, Thousand Thoughts, Dead At Eleven, The Filthy Spectacula, Marty Broke My Heart, Dive Exit, Last Hounds and Cross Wires live at The Monarch.
Since the continued success of Camden Rocks Festival, we're running a string of 'presents' shows to give you some of the best new alternative, indie, rock & metal music about!
Tickets - http://camdenrocks.seetickets.com
Age - All Ages until 7:00pm, 18+ beyond.
Towers of London - www.facebook.com/towersoflondonband
Towers Of London are a band that wear their influences of their hearts. 2019 sees them bending rock, alternative and indie into a melting pot, emerging with a brand new sound that defines them as a band that are inclusive to all kinds of music and exclusive of none. Their hedonistic reputation precedes them but they've grown into something more. The bands new dawn sees them here seeking to make a difference with the music they make. Rock and Roll, Spirit and Soul.
Healthy Junkies - www.facebook.com/healthyjunkiesband
Punk Rock / Grunge / Psychedelic phenomenon Healthy Junkies continue on their quest to stimulate and celebrate the great rock'n'roll lifestyle. Promoting their 4th studio album out now on Cargo Records, they will be performing new songs off the album along with old faves in their own unique way. Expect melodic chaos and theatrical mayhem...
Houndstooth EP launch at The Bedford.
Ferocious Dog at Koko supporting Wildhearts
The Widows EP launch at the Moth Club with Lulalong, Graves and Hot Gothic supporting.
The 'Songs of War' live show at the Hard Rock Cafe London on Thursday November 29th.
6:30 - 7:15pm Complimentary food served (meat & veggie options)
7:15pm - James Walsh, Starsailor
8pm - Samuel Jack
8:25pm - Winner introduced by war photographer and author of Under The Wire, Paul Conroy
8.30pm - Grey Areas (Winner)
9pm - Lucy Spraggan
10pm - Jack Savoretti
11pm - Ends
The winning song was chosen from 500+ entries by a panel of high profile music industry judges:- Joss Stone, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Jeremy Vine (BBC Radio 2), Eddy Temple Morris (Virgin Radio FR), Sunta Templeton (The Chris Moyles Show On Radio X), Nicky Bignell (Head of Music BBC), Chris De Burgh and more!
On the winning song, Dave Stewart said: “The gentle piano approach to the song is alluring, the second verse in this song is lyrically strong, honest and compelling with her vocal intensifying just enough to feel her anger and get the listener emotionally involved. I chose this song because of the honesty in the vocals and the lyrics mixed with the minimalist approach to the recording, God is there in the space between the notes.“
Songs of War is organised by Soundcheque and sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe London, in support of War Child UK and in partnership with BASCA, SYNCR Music and Virgin Radio UK
Cooper Phillips and Chaz Mason Cooper Phillips and Chaz Mason perfoming at The Rat Bar, 26 Leake Street.
Cooper Phillip // Saturday 20th October At The Rat Bar, on 26 Leake Street Graffiti inspired pop-up bar in Waterloo, showcasing original Banksy work.
Russian born, Los Angeles based pop soul artist Cooper Phillip succeeds in capturing the undivided attention of listeners across the globe. With her intense drive, soaring vocals and passionate songwriting, Phillip is elevating herself to the top of her genre with her highly anticipated upcoming release, ‘Speak In Tongues’. Cooper Phillip has seen success with her previous single garnering over 10 million listens online. She has also developed an impressive and loyal fanbase, particularly on social media and has performed at some of Los Angeles most prestigious venues.
Continuing her musical endeavor, ‘Speak In Tongues’ is due for release late summer 2018.
Watch her latest music video of ' Speak in Tongues ' here: https://youtu.be/XUFyqJXWdMY Talentbanq Presents: Cooper Phillip // London 20th Oct
BBC MUsic and BBC Introducing at Victoria Station
1pm. Natalie Shay
2pm Zoey lily
Instagram - mezoeylily
Four bandmates. Three guitars. One wagon. Dusty Wagons are an original, live energetic band. Their music has compared to Passenger and Fleetwood Mac
Two Ways Home
When a male and female vocal blends harmoniously, the result can often be life-affirming. Isabella Mariee from Austria and Cotswolds lad Lewis Fowler are Two Ways Home.
Backwoods Creek is a five piece Country Rock band from the UK’s deep south that brings a fresh, exciting take on the genre to a part of the world that had forgotten just how much it loves it!
Discovered as a teen by the son of the late great American Country Music Producer, Paul Cohen (MCA Nashville) ; Penny spent formative years in Nashville, London, Sydney, Melbourne and Toronto training under the mentorship of a host of classic rock and country stars. Mid-way through her development she suffered from acute anxiety issues which forced her to come home and seek treatment. At the time she says it felt like the whole world had fallen in around her, but now she uses her experiences (and the tools that she learned to help her deal with these ups and downs) to help others; most recently fronting a concert for mental health organisation Retune.org, advocating the importance of talk therapies for those suffering with anxiety and depression.
Eager to make up for lost time, Penny Riviera has been on a ride of momentum for the past 18 months! She has released two singles in the past 18 months to acclaim by the UK country and performance scene and has been featured on London Live TV, Chris Country Radio and more. She has been performing across London to crowded venues including the Hard Rock Café, Mahiki, The Bedford and The Islington and was recently invited to open for multi-award winning, triple-platinum selling Irish band KEYWEST when they played in London.
Known by some as 'the girl with the blue hair,' Lucy Blu is a British Country singer and songwriter who's sincere lyrics, soulful vocals, and unusual hair colour choices are grabbing people's attention in the UK and beyond.
Recently cited as 'the UK's answer to Linda Ronstadt,' - Lucy draws her inspiration from older acts - like Linda herself, as well as more recent Country artists including Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Cam.
"From a young age I was exposed to a wide variety of musical genres, you could go from one room to another in my house and hear the likes of The Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Motley Crue and Michael Jackson all at the same time! Country music is where my true love and passion lies, but I am so thankful to have been brought up respecting and appreciating music in all its forms. "
With her recent single 'Worse Than Whiskey' reaching #7 in the iTunes Country chart on it's release day, her music being added to a number of Spotify and Apple Music playlists, and several scheduled appearances on the Country Music Festival circuit this summer, Lucy Blu is well on her way to carving out her place in the UK Country music scene.
An awesome night of live music with Stone Jets , SoulMaze, JVCK and Big Peyote!
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Hard Rock Cafe Fashion and Music Show at Hard Rock Cafe Old Park Lane London
Music from The Bad Day Blues Band, Anita Sylph, Hannah Paris and Nadia Sheikh
Where have all the great bands gone ?
That's the big question
And here's the big answer
TALENTBANQ presents three of the hottest bands on the live circuit today.
Woodley Taylor - with echos of Credence, they have a big blues rock sound.
The Second Sons - Nominated “Best Rock Band 2018” by the Unsigned Music Awards
Houndstooth, formerly known as Coffeepot Drive - The most dynamic mix of blues, funk and rock you are EVER likely to witness.
Steve Young UK - Album Launch
"A Little North of Nowhere"
With opening set by Lisa Wright
Ticket price includes signed copy of new album !
Steve Young UK :
“A top talent” says Radio 2’s Bob Harris, “Sublime & Beautiful” according to Radio 2’s Janice Long
Steve Young is a globe trotting session guitarist, teacher & entertainer turned Singer/Songwriter. Early TV appearances with Lionel Richie & Peter Andre soon led to full time touring duties with world famous artists - most notably ex Savage Garden front man Darren Hayes which took Steve on trips around the world performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, Brisbane QPAC, LA Roxy and many more concluding as co-writer on Darren's last album in 2012
Since writing and releasing the ‘Little Things EP' in 2014, and crowd funded debut Album ‘Troubadour' in 2016, Steve has performed at The London O2 - Country 2 Country Festival. Time Out London's 'Rising Stars of UK Country' Multiple shows at the Edinburgh Free Fringe, recorded live for Bob Harris' - Under The Apple Tree Sessions, opened for Carlene Carter (daughter of Johnny Cash's wife June Carter) as well as opening sets for Broadway Star - Ramin Karimloo, UK Blues Artist - Jo Harman, Brit Award winner Tom Odell (Help Refugees), folk singers Charlie Dore, Reg Meuross and many solo gigs & tours around the UK
His songs have enjoyed radio play around the world including BBC Radio 2, BBC Regional Stations, Radio Caroline, Chris Country Radio and 100's of community / online stations as well as a live performance on BBC Radio 2 to an audience of approx 7M listeners in Nov 2017
Last year, Steve was Caffe Nero’s ‘Artist Of The Month’ playing over 45 in-store-performances from Scotland down to Portsmouth. Tracks are still play listed in all 850+ shops UK wide. Recent appearances include: Country 2 Country, The Cornbury Festival, Buckle & Boots, TogFest 2017, Ventnor Fringe 2017, Liverpool’s Folk On The Dock with future bookings at The Black Deer Festival, Millport Country Music Festival, Togfest 2018, The Little Rabbit Barn, Hard Rock Cafe, The Great Escape and a UK Tour in Apr/May 2018
The 'Great North Road EP’ was released in May 2017 after a 2nd successful Pledge Music Campaign and Album #2 ‘A Little North Of Nowhere’ is due for release in September 2018. Featuring many of the UK’S rising country session players and artists, the album will hopefully prove to be Steve’s strongest songwriting offering yet
More Information: www.steveyounguk.com
At first glance; Lisa Wright is a 5ft, blonde, Essex girl who seemingly charms her way into the audiences’ affection by cracking jokes and telling stories but then she begins to play... and the room goes silent.
BBC Introducing announced her as one of their emerging ‘Sound of 2017s’ and was handpicked by BBC 6 to represent the BBC at Latitude Festival 2017.
Described as ‘Carole King meets Patty Griffin meets John Mayer’, Lisa was championed by the Nashville Songwriters Association as their ‘One to Watch’; after she impressed the transatlantic audience with her unique and intelligent songwriting. She was also selected as a Song Suffragette songwriter in Nashville's female-only singer-songwriter showcase.
Lisa has released two EPs which both entered into the iTunes Country Charts at No.3 - making Lisa the only independent, female artist in the Top 30 at the time.
It’s understandable to see why Lisa has often been described as “the UKs best kept secret”, but that’s all set to change ........
Rock Against Violence, this year was held at Dingwalls in Camden. with :-
Exhibition of photos taken in Roadkill Record’s spiritual home of the Lock Tavern in Camden,
Talentbanq's Katie plus Juan celebrate the launch of their brand new EP ‘Equals’
Joined by their fantastic full band and with very special guest support set.
Expect a night packed with some old favourites from their recent album ‘Tom’s Garden’ and lots of new material.
John Robertson was supporting having us all in hysterics.
Dan Owen Album launch at The Jazz Cafe with Joe Slater and Hollie Rogers supporting.
The Ned Monday 10th September 2018
Talentbanq - TalentBanq.com presidents New Music Monday at The Ned
Lauren Ray 7.30pm
With Lauren’s velvety smooth and effortlessly sultry tones, highlights on the album include singles ‘Come To Me’ and ‘Drive’ which received big UK regional radio support as well as support from BBC introducing.
The King's Parade 8.20pm
Since the formation of The King’s Parade on a Hawaiian cruise liner in 2015, the four-piece’s assured touch of classic Detroit blues with melodic, crossover pop has the band evoking the crafted sounds of The Black Keys, Michael Kiwanuka and Alabama Shakes.
Georgia & The Vintage Youth 9.10pm
Georgia & The Vintage Youth At just 22 years of age, Georgia has already mastered a retro jazz/swing style of music that is both vintage and fresh (hence the name of the band). It's contagious and subconsciously gets you tapping your feet (think Jools Holland or Paolo Nutini).
Belle Roscoe 10pm
With their new wave indie folk/rock sound this independent and international band; hailing from Melbourne Australia has been building a solid underground buzz worldwide.
The View from the Shard in central London
The Sahara desert is only 100 miles off the east coast of Gran Canaria, when sand storms blow they quite often dump a bit of sand here. It’s spectacular and very hot, as the hight of the dunes blocks the sea breeze, leaving you in a cauldron of of sand with the sun beating down.
Coffee Pot Drive, Woodley Taylor, The Second Sons performing at Hard Rock Cafe, Presented by Talent Banq
The Monthly Colour fashion walk in Londons, Spitalfields Market