15.11.13 Caro Emerald "Thrilled And Honoured" by Royal Variety Performance Debut
"This is so huge! I feel very, very honoured to be invited to take part in the show. I appreciate how important it is and how many great entertainers have taken part over the last 100 years. I'm also thrilled to perform for the Royal Family" said Caro today.
The star studded spectacular, hosted by award winning comedian and actor John Bishop, takes place at the London Palladium on Monday 25th November and will be screened on ITV in December. Caro will join a host of stars including Mary J. Blige, Dame Edna Everage, Gary Barlow, Jimmy Carr, Chas & Dave, Torvill & Dean, Britainís Got Talent winners, Attraction, and the cast of the hit West End musical Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
The event is staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund, whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen. The money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.
08.11.13 Within Temptation - Hydra - Pre-order live
It's official: Within Temptationís sixth studio album is called 'Hydra' and will be released on the 4th of February, 2014 in the UK and Ireland.
The album will be available in several luxury formats. Read more about the special guests on the album and check out the official artwork by Romano Molenaar (X-men, Batman, The Unforgiving) and designing agency Das Buro, as well as different editions of the album, below! The Hydra Pre-order starts today.
French pop/gypsy-jazz chanteuse Zaz (real name Isabelle Geffroy) brings her unique vocals and combination of jazz manouche and chanson Franaise to Britain. Established as an accomplished star in her native France Zaz is truly a musical renaissance woman assimilating a wide range of influences with unfailing flair, moving from jazz to blues to pop, and French song to African, Andalusian, Brazilian and Latin genres, all with a joyful, poetic enthusiasm and a passion for song.
Her debut UK album Zazí will be released on September 30th on Dramatico. The 12 track CD will comprise songs from both her eponymous French debut and second album On Ira including the hit single Je Veux which has amassed more than 30 million youtube views. Zaz will be performing on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One on Sunday October 6th.
Born in Indre-et-Loire and raised in Bordeaux, Zaz studied violin, piano, guitar, and choral singing before a scholarship enabled her to attend the CIAM of Bordeaux (Centre for Musical Activities and Information). Having played and sung with various blues, jazz and Latin groups Zaz moved to Paris where she would regularly be seen performing on the streets of Montmartre.
Now her stage is more international whether singing to a crowd of 10,000 at the Hendaye Stadium in Southwest France, performing Edith Piafís greatest classics in the heart of Siberia, appearing at the Japanese festival Fuji Rock, headline tours throughout the world or a free concert in a Colombian salt mine. The multi-platinum status of her debut album cemented the French sensation as one of Europe's finest new artists whose life is built on song. Determined and puckish Zaz thrives on spontaneity, simplicity and good humour, and will sing anywhere, as long as she can express herself without constraints, in words that echo daily life with its sorrows and joys.
Following her sold out XOYO show and acclaimed performance at the Royal Albert Hall supporting Caro Emerald in March, Zaz returned to London in June for a sold out show at Scala.
Despite not speaking or even singing in English, [Zaz] captured the true creativity and fun of musicianship, gripping the audience to her very last note. JazzFM (Royal Albert Hall, 12/03/2013)
13.09.13 New Katie Melua video 'Love Is A Silent Thief'
From Katie: "This is a video that I have edited together with help from Michael Dunne from the record company using the footage from 'The Color of Pomegranates' by the Georgian/Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov"
13.09.13 Within Temptation - Single and Live Dates
Within Temptation is joining forces with Tarja for their new single ìParadise (What About Us?)î. The EP, including three demo versions of brand new songs in addition to the single, can be pre-ordered now : http://smarturl.it/WT-Paradise-iTunes
They will be touring the UK next year.
April 11, 2014 | UK | MANCHESTER | APOLLO
April 12, 2014 | UK | LONDON | WEMBLEY ARENA
April 14, 2014 | UK | NEWCASTLE | ACADEMY
April 15, 2014 | UK | GLASGOW | ACADEMY
April 16, 2014 | UK | BIRMINGHAM | ACADEMY
Katie Melua jumped 13,000 feet for an airborne picnic in support of The Royal British Legionís new summer fundraising campaign Poppy Picnics.
Katie performed the daredevil stunt in support of the Legionís vital work for the Armed Forces and their families. The jump with the Legionís extreme human flight team, Jump4Heroes, took place at Netheravon, the home of the Army Parachute Association.
Katie said: ìIt was an incredible experience. Even though it wasnít my first ever jump, itís certainly my first ever picnic in the sky! I still find it really scary before jumping but love overcoming that fear.
ìIím proud to be supporting Poppy Picnics for our Armed Forces and their families. With this fantastic weather, what better way to make a contribution than by turning your summer event into a Poppy Picnic to be proud of.î
Whilst Katie, who was joined by her husband, former World Superbike champion James Toseland, opted for the sky-high setting to have her picnic, the Legion is calling on people to hold a Poppy Picnic in any kind of setting to celebrate the invaluable contribution made by our Armed Forces community, and to raise money for the Legion.
Whether itís a games day, a themed event or just an opportunity to show off some serious baking skills, a Poppy Picnic is the perfect way to make any get-together more meaningful this summer.
A Poppy Picnic is not only an opportunity to celebrate and honour those who serve; itís also a chance to show solidarity with Armed Forces families, who hold the fort until their loved ones return home.
Charles Byrne, the Legionís Director of Fundraising said: ìArmed Forces families are a key focus for the Legion this year, whether it is employment support, crisis grants or benefits and money advice, we care for people in desperate need.
ìThe fundraising from our new Poppy Picnics campaign is vitally important, and will make a real impact on the lives of those we help.
ìWe spend £1.6 million each week providing social, emotional and financial care to the whole Armed Forces community ñ serving, ex-Service people, and their dependents too.î
To register an event, order a Poppy Picnic pack and get inspiring picnic ideas, please visit www.poppypicnic.org.uk.
12.05.13 The Shocking Miss Emerald - Number 1 album!
Grandmono and Dramatico Entertainment are delighted to announce that Caro Emerald has entered the UK charts at Number 1 today (May 12th 2013) with her second album 'The Shocking Miss Emerald'.
Speaking from her home in Amsterdam, Caro said today "I'm humbled by this exciting news. It's such a huge recognition for the hard work we've put in to this record. I want to give a big thank you to all the fans and everybody who has supported us over the last few years. Thank you!!!!!"
This is Caro's highest UK chart position - her debut album, 2010's 'Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor' peaked at number 4. Released jointly in Britain by UK independent label Dramatico and Grandmono, the Dutch label set up by Caro and her producers & songwriters David Schreurs & Jan van Wieringen, 'The Shocking Miss Emerald' contains 14 of Caro's trademark retro-pop songs, a winning formula that has connected with fans throughout Europe. 'The Shocking Miss Emerald' also entered the Dutch charts at number 1 this week, following the precedent set by 'Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor' which subsequently spent a record-breaking 30 weeks at number 1.
Reacting to the UK chart news David Schreurs (songwriter/producer and head of Grandmono) said "It's just unreal, the biggest imaginable crown on all the hard work we did since we started this project! Now it finally makes sense that we never sleep, always work and continuously focus on tiny little details. This is massive, we've always looked at the UK music scene with so much respect, and now it feels like we're a small part of it!"
The second single from the album 'Liquid Lunch' will be released on June 17th. Schreurs, van Wieringen and Caro's regular songwriter Vince Degiorgio team up with her guitarist Wieger Hoogendorp & Robin Veldman to deliver a perky, witty slice of fun that Caro performs in her distinctively sassy style. Having sold out her March UK tour (including a night at the Royal Albert Hall) Caro recently announced a 14 date September tour which is already sold out. Caro will be appearing on BBC Breakfast on May 14th before performing at Hello Magazine's 25th Anniversary celebrations in London this week.
23.04.13 Zaz to play Scala, London
Zaz to play at Scala in London on June 12th, more information and tickets here: Click here
18.04.13 Caro Emerald live at the BBC
10.04.13 Caro Emerald UK tour in September
Caro Emerald announces the UK leg of her European autumn tour. Starting in Sheffield on September 6th the fourteen date tour calls at Liverpool, Gateshead, Salford, Glasgow, London, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Southend, Leicester and Ipswich before ending in Portsmouth on September 25th.
Multi-platinum selling artist Caro Emerald announces the UK leg of her European autumn tour. Starting in Gateshead on September 10th the eleven date tour calls at Glasgow, Manchester, London, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Southend, Leicester and Ipswich before ending in Portsmouth on September 25th.
Having sold out her March dates, including London's Royal Albert Hall ("a finger-clicker of the highest order" - Evening Standard), Caro is set to dazzle and delight with her sassy blend of big band jazz, swing and pop. In addition to favourites from her debut hit album, the award-winning The Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor', Caro will be performing songs from her sophomore record ÔThe Shocking Miss Emerald' (released May 6th).
06.03.13 Paul Kelly UK live date
Paul Kelly will be coming to the UK for a show at Cadogam Hall, London, in April. Click here for info and tickets:
01.03.13 Katie Melua Afghanistan Vlog
After returning from a trip in Afghanistan, we have compiled Katie's footage into a Vlog, you can watch it below
01.03.13 Fletcher - Open Up
Fletcher's excellent new video for 'Upon Up' can be seen on his website: Click here
It features a second of video from every day of his life for 240 days!
25.02.13 Caro Emerald - Tangled Up
'Tangled Up', the first single from Caro Emerald's new album is available to buy: Click here
18.02.13 The Shocking Miss Emerald
Following the first UK Radio play from Caro's new album, we can now show you the cover image.
14.02.13 First single 'Tangled Up' from the new album 'The Shocking Miss Emerald' released February 25th 2013.
On February 25th Caro Emerald will be releasing 'Tangled Up', the first single from her long awaited second album 'The Shocking Miss Emerald'. 'Tangled Up' will have its world premier play on national radio in Caro's native Holland on February 18th.
A hooky, hip-hop tango, 'Tangled Up' is stylish, classy and sassy pop - Caro's trademark - and is a delicious appetiser for the new album. Where 'Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor' took its inspiration from the Hollywood cinema and the glitz and glamour of the jazz scene, 'The Shocking Miss Emerald' is inspired by the epicentre of style, romance, excitement and dangerous liaisons -- Paris.
'Tangled Up' is written by Vince Degiorgio, David Schreurs and Guy Chambers, with production by Caro's steady production team of Schreurs and Jan van Wieringen, and features the renowned bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof.
Smouldering, charismatic and with an appealingly aesthetic eye for presentation, Caro Emerald is a truly original pop star. 'Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor', so joyful and overflowing with retro-loveliness, sold more than 1.3 million copies across Europe, dominated the charts for 30 weeks in Holland, and in Britain spent nine weeks in the top 10 and was certified platinum. Caro performed on UK TV shows including Jools Holland's Hootenanny, Strictly Come Dancing and BBC's Children In Need and her music became a permanent fixture on the airwaves with Radio 2 adding all five singles to the A List and making the record Album Of The Week. Caro's live performances included an astonishing set in London's Hyde Park and at the Isle of Wight Festival and her sold out headline UK tour garnered rave reviews.
Caro has also dominated the German music scene, and recently picked up the prestigious Golden Camera Award for 'Best International Music Artist', the 'International Newcomer Award' at the Echo Awards and was nominated for the Swiss Music Award 'Best Breaking Act International'. More recently, America has discovered Caro and in January she played sold out shows in Los Angeles and New York to great acclaim. Her live performance is not to be missed - reviewing the show at The Roundhouse, The Times declared the atmosphere to be "part carnival, part high-school prom", praising her "magnificent vocals" and concluding that "When she finally bounced off stage, punching the air, it felt like a whirlwind had hit North London."
In March Caro will be in the UK for three shows. Her shows in Brighton (March 8th) and Bournemouth (March 9th) are completely sold out with just a few tickets left for her Royal Albert Hall debut on March 11th. "Britain has always been so extremely supportive! Coming back again is something I'm so looking forward to. It feels heart-warming and super exciting at the same time to play again for the UK crowd, especially in these legendary venues. The Royal Albert Hall is a dream come true, I still have to pinch myself when I come to think about it."
05.02.13 Sarah Blasko - Live stream
On Monday Feb 18th Sarah Blasko will be playing a concert at Sydney Opera House, the gig will be shown live on YouTube.
This will be the link: Click here
Sarah will be on stage at 10am UK time and 11am CET
28.01.13 New Sarah Blasko video - God Fearing
22.01.13 Fletcher 'Upon Ayr' Debut UK Album release April 8th 2013
'Upon Ayr', the debut album by Fletcher, is a compelling, storytelling record that opens with an ode to the sadness of Jack Kerouac's legacy, closes with the creak of the foot driven mechanical pump of an 1840s western Harmonium and paints scenes of Polynesian whale myths, 1920s synchronised swimming mermaid's dream and the death throes of a love affair.
Written and produced by Fletcher, 'Upon Ayr' was recorded in Sydney ('stolen' studio time in a university), London (his bathroom and Urchin Studios) and Stockholm (Decibel Studios), with the record mastered in Berlin. Written over two years, while Fletcher was on tour playing bass, guitar and keyboards with friend and fellow Australian artist Sarah Blasko (who features on backing vocals), this is the multi-instrumentalist's first album
A founding member of Bluebottle Kiss and, later, The Devoted Few, Fletcher joined Blasko's band in 2005 moving to London in 2010 to continue touring Europe and the US with her. This time on the road proved to be the perfect environment for Fletcher to write this collection of pictorial tales in what has been, as he explains, a natural and surprisingly simple process:
"What you're listening to is demos; fleshed out demos. Throughout 2010 I was on a world tour with the beautiful, Australian singer Sarah Blasko. We played almost 200 shows that year and most of the songs on this record were written during that period. They developed in sound checks, in band rooms, in hotels, on trains, in vans, or humming into iPhones. In early 2011, while still on tour in Australia, I got together with two of my mates to sneak into a university studio where a friend of ours had been studying musicology. Our friend's course had finished months ago but he still had the keycard and security code that opened the doors to the studio. We snuck in around 11pm and would record all night till 4am or 5am, turning off the lights and hiding every 2 hours while the security guard cruised by. We did this for three nights and I recorded the guitar and vocals for around 14 songs.
2011 saw more touring and a little more writing. I recorded more songs in London, this time in my bathroom, two of which (Here Stands The Broken & Swim Through The Mouth Of The Whale) ended up on this album. I thought these and my Uni studio sessions would just be demos, but they sounded pretty good and everyone I played them to said, you should use them as your album. So I did.
Not to say I recorded this whole album in the shower. These songs needed a little more rhythm and pulse, so when I finally got off tour in early 2012 I went into Decibel Studios in a snowy Stockholm to record some extra bits, including bass, drums and the amazing voice of one of my best friends: Sarah Blasko.
I brought my album back to London to mix at Urchin Studios in May 2012, and there you have it. Simple and easy, like I've always wanted but never fully achieved in my past recordings. Most of what you hear is first take, all the vocals were done either in a bathroom on a borrowed mic that would sometimes electrocute my lips, or in a little wooden room I had to hunch to fit into. I've always felt like I've been guilty of over thinking my recordings but this all happened without me even realising it.
So you're hearing the first album from me as Fletcher. Upon Ayr is the album title - a nod to one of first recorded uses of the name Fletcher, in a south-western town of Scotland, Ayr."
09.01.13 Katie's French shows rescheduled
It has been decided that it is undesirable to concentrate so many French concerts within a short time, and so therefore some of the dates have been rescheduled for later in the year. The fact that the later shows will coincide with the release of a new studio album will add a special flavour to them and Katie is very much looking forward to using these postponed shows to debut some of the new material. Katie and the promoter jointly apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision.
KATIE MELUA souhaite reporter sa tournée de ce début d'année à l'automne prochain afin de vous offrir un concert inédit, en vous faisant découvrir sur scène les titres issus de son nouvel album, à paraître à l'automne 2013.
Katie Melua est très impatiente de retrouver son public français à la nouvelle date prévue et s'excuse pour le désagrément et la gêne occasionnés.
For more information see the live page:
21.12.12 Sarah Blasko 'I Awake' Album & Tour
We are pleased to announce the release of Sarah's new album, and European tour.
09.11.12 Congratulations to Mark and Michael from everyone at Dramatico!
Mark Grose & Michael Hohnen named Northern Territory Australians of the Year 2013
In an unexpected honour, Skinnyfish Directors Michael Hohnen & Mark Grose were awarded the prestigious title of NT Australians of the Year at the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards presented in Darwin last night.
It has been a huge year for the pair, being named in the AMID Power 50 of influential music industry identities at #21 as well as consolidating the success of their artists, including a performance for Gurrumul at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a platinum award for his album Rrakala, the successful launch of a grassroots campaign against cyber-crime featuring Tiwi Islands band B2M and the debut of new artist Dewayne Everettsmith in a $250 million tourism Australia campaign.
For 14 years Hohnen and Grose have mentored bands through business development, connected the most remote communities with mainstream music markets and made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of lndigenous language and culture. Their work with artists including Nabarlek, Saltwater Band, George Rrurrambu, Tom E Lewis and Gurrumul Yunupingu has brought a new generation and genre to the world's attention.
"I look at the list of finalists and I see a large group of people contributing to the community" said Michael Hohnen. "That's what we are trying to do - to help support and sustain a greater community. It feels rewarding and it's something we will always do. It's an honour that our contribution is now acknowledged."
"Music is the key to unlocking potential," said Mark Grose. "It has the power to motivate a new generation to pursue careers that offer economic independence, benefitting individuals, their families and the communities of remote Northern Australia. Our business is established on a platform of building long term relationships with remote musicians and a business philosophy based on a community development approach. A social as well as an economic agenda are of equal importance to Skinnyfish Music. This award is a great honor and we are privileged to work with the artists and communities we work with."
As state winners, Mark and Michael now enter the National finals of Australian of the Year which will be announced at Parliament House in Canberra on 25th January 2013.
02.10.12 Pre-order for Secret Symphony Bonus Edition
You can now pre-order your copy of Secret Symphony Bonus Edition here: Click here
26.09.12 Double Deadly Awards for Gurrumul
Congratulations to Gurrumul who won 2 Deadly Awards this week.
More info: Click here
25.09.12 Caro Emerald announces March 2013 UK dates
Caro Emerald will return to Britain in March 2013 with her energetic blend of big band jazz, swing and pop. The Dutch singer and her fabulous band promise a "classy show, with a jazz club feel, and of course some fabulous outfits!"
Friday 8th March Brighton, Dome - 01273 709 709 - tickets from £28.50
Saturday 9th March Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre - 0844 576 3000 - from £28.50
Monday 11th March, London, Royal Albert Hall tickets - 020 7589 8212 - from £22.50
Tickets on sale at 10am Friday 28th September 2012
24hr cc hotline 0844 811 0051 / direct ticketing link: Click here
24.09.12 Katie's European tour starts soon
Katie's European tour starts in 2 weeks in at the Ipswich Regent, you can check out the dates here: Click here
We are pleased to announce that the Bonus Edition of Katie's latest album will be released very soon. It includes 4 bonus studio tracks and a second disc which contains a recording of Katie's recent concert in Berlin.
18.09.12 New Katie Video: Walls Of The World
17.09.12 New Release: Katie Melua - The Walls Of The World
Katie's latest single from 'Secret Symphony' is now available, fans from the UK may have heard it on BBC Radio 2 over the last few weeks.
Available on iTunes: Click here
17.09.12 Katie on The Alan Titchmarsh Show
Katie made an appearance and performed her new single 'The Walls Of The World' live on the Alan Titchmarsh Show today. You can see the performance here:
10.09.12 New Release: Dewayne Everettsmith - It's Like Love
Today marks the release of Dewayne Everettsmith's first European single 'It's Like Love' which you may recognise as it features heavily on the Australian Tourism Board adverts.
You can download this from iTunes: Click here
10.09.12 New Release: Alistair Griffin - Always No.1
Alistair's latest single 'Always No.1' is now available, along with the fantastic new mixes from Ash Howes.
The single is available on iTunes: Click here
02.09.12 Congratulations to Katie and James
Dramatico would like to congratulate Katie Melua and James Toseland, who were married Yesterday!
You can read a little bit about it here: