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Vision: Nadia Reid, The Arrow And The Aim.

What a cool sound, New Zealander, Nadia Reid has. This song The Arrow And The Aim is taken from her new album Preservation released 3rd March 2017 on Basin Rock The video shot in Mt Somers, just outside of Christchurch in New Zealand, starring Chris Parker and directed by Julian Vares in an abandoned house surrounded by stunning landscapes. “I guess there’s a lot left to the imagination with the video. I like that. The song is about reaching the very end of a relationship.”  Nadia Reid tells us. The album is an ode to self-reflection and self-betterment, Preservation is the sound...

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Vision: Gurr, #1985.

When two best friends start a band, songs get filled with inside jokes. Released last October, Gurr’s debut full-length In My Head took the listener on a journey of Andreya Casablanca and Laura Lee‘s friendship, their life, and a step further into their own world. Having met in an American Studies class in Berlin, and after spending time in the US together, the US West coast sound was an obvious influence on their music, but Andreya and Laura draw from a wide set of pop culture references and personal experiences for their debut album Andreya Casablanca told Rockshot Magazine that “#1985...

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Festival: Chagstock Festival Announce The Shires & Skinny Lister.

Chagstock Festival have announced that UK country superstars, The Shires will headline the main stage on Saturday night. Hailing from the Home Counties, The Shires made music history by becoming the first UK country act to score a Top 10 album. The duo are at the forefront of the British country music movement and the runaway success of their recently released album My Universe has made them not just the fastest selling UK country artist ever, but one of the biggest-selling breakthrough UK acts of any genre in recent years. Across their two albums, Ben and Crissie have had 5 singles...

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Festival: Wildlife For Damian Marley, Anne-Marie, Chaka Khan, Fatboy Slim & Pete Tong.

WILD LIFE Festival, the event created by Disclosure and Rudimental in 2015, announces second wave of its 2017 line up including GIGGS, JME, PETE TONG, DAMIAN MARLEY, DAVID RODIGAN, JAMIE JONES, ANNE-MARIE, HANNAH WANTS, TOM MISCH and many more, with final line up to be announced on 23rd February. Full line up listed below. Day splits and day tickets on sale on Friday 10th February from www.wildlifefestival.com. Acts confirmed today include UK rapper, hip-hop and grime artist Giggs, whose latest album ‘Landlord’ gained him critical acclaim and hit number two in the UK. Reggae and hip-hop artist and producer Damian Marley – the only reggae artist to win...

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Festival: Cornbury The Fabulous Finale, Bryan Adams, Pretenders, Jools Holland, Tom Chaplin & More.

A fantastic all-star line-up of artists will gather at Great Tew Park this July for Cornbury Music Festival’s Fabulous Finale. Joining Canadian superstar Bryan Adams for the Festival’s farewell weekend on 7-9 July, will be big band supremo and national treasure Jools Holland, Chrissie Hynde’s perennial Pretenders, and a host of Cornbury favourites including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jack Savoretti and Scouting For Girls.   Yorkshire rockers Kaiser Chiefs make their Cornbury debut headlining Friday night.  Recent No.1 country sisters Ward Thomas also make a welcome return, along with Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, festival darling Imelda May, and last year’s crowd pleasers, Australian troubadours The Pierce Brothers. Heading up the newcomers, and boasting an awesome live reputation, US soulsters St...

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Festival: Truck Festival 2017

Truck Festival announces first wave of artists: The Libertines, The Vaccines, and Franz Ferdinand headline. Celebrating an incredible 20 year anniversary the award winning Truck Festival has today announced its first wave of artists for this year’s festival with The Libertines, The Vaccines, and Franz Ferdinand headlining.  The Wombats, Slaves, Maximo Park, Nothing But Thieves, Hot 8 Brass Band and many more also confirmed in first wave of Truck to be held 21 – 23 July, 2017, at Hill Farm, Old Marston, Oxford. Topping the bill on Friday night are award-winning art-rockers Franz Ferdinand. Famous for a string of...

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 8 Week European Tour 2017

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have announced an 8-week European tour kicking off in the UK at Bournemouth’s International Centre on 24th September. The European shows follow dates across Australia and the USA. The tour will be the first time European audiences can experience live songs from new album Skeleton Tree alongside other Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classics. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds last toured Europe in 2014. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ eight piece touring line up features Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, Conway Savage, George Vjestica and Larry Mullins. Tickets go on sale at 9.00am GMT on 17th February and are available from: www.nickcave.com (except Oslo which goes...

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Vision: Tennis, Modern Woman.

Tennis have launched the video for new single Modern Woman from the forthcoming album Yours Conditionally out March 10 on Mutually Detrimental. The new record was composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. Upon returning, Tennis’ husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced the record in a small cabin in Fraser, CO. It was mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno at Public HiFi. The perfect song to interrupt the endless radio play of electro pop duo’s. Think Ella Henderson meets Joan as Policewoman meets Sarah Vaughan. The “round midnight” sound to brighten your day. This summer the group premiered...

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Festival: bluedot festival Orbital, Pixies and Alt-J headline

bluedot announces first wave of artists  Orbital, Pixies and Alt-J headline. Following an inaugural event last summer packed with incredible performances from across the musical spectrum, spectacular scientific happenings and a mind-expanding programme of arts and culture, bluedot, set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank,  has revealed the first wave of its musical line-up including all three headliners. bluedot is on 7/8/9 JULY 2017. After a five-year hiatus Orbital – the originators of live dance music – are back and headlining bluedot in their only northern show of the summer. Described by The Guardian and Q Magazine as one...

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All Quiet Now: John Wetton

Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31 January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer. John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat Of The Moment. (John Wetton by...

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Sound Premiere: The Imagineers, If I See You Again.

Scottish band, The Imagineers have just released their new single If I See You Again on Rockshot Magazine. The group have got a great response from The Late Late Show,The Scotsman, The Daily Record and The Evening Times as well as performing live at festivals T in The Park and Wickerman. Their new album, Utopian Dreams out on 24th February 2017 on Hit The Light Records. The album is full of melodic twists and turns throughout; taking in elements of west coast surf, baroque pop and singer songwriter, giving the album a film score feel. However, there is no denying a clear brill building...

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Festival: PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands Headline Green Man 15th.

Green Man 2017 (17th – 20th August 2017) will be their 15th birthday and to celebrate they bagged some of their most-loved musical heroes. Every year Green Man pull rabbits out of the hat as it to say ‘here is another magical line up..beat that!”  This year we would say they have even surpassed themselves with PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands leading the bill with a supporting line up that is just as awesome. PJ Harvey on the Mountain Stage is giving us goosebumps: having notched up two Mercury Prizes, plus album-after-album of inscrutable beauty, she’s a...

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Festival: Lost Village 2017 An Immersive Experience.

Following two sold-out years, the intimate forest festival Lost Village, held in Lincolnshire from 24th to 27th AUGUST 2017 returns with three days of immersive escapism, unexplored visions and an acclaimed music line-up headlined by Moderat and De La Soul. Lost Village, held halfway between Newark and Lincoln, has become a beacon for those longing for a weekend that combines an unrivalled programme of music, arts, food & drink, encompassed within an otherworldly theatrical experience. “Lost Village is a surreal world, inhabited by all manner of unusual beings. As you venture amongst the trees you’ll navigate through intricate pathways and hidden...

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Citadel Festival Announce Exclusive Foals.

Foals have been announced as a UK festival exclusive for the great “Sunday in the Park” event that is Citadel. London’s brightest new festival, Citadel has carved out its own, unique place in the music calendar. Aiming to deliver the ultimate summer Sunday with a combination of live music, good quality food and drink and unforgettable experiences, for one day of the year Citadel transforms Victoria Park into a sun-drenched (the weather has been brilliant the last two years) utopia. Marking the beginning of the countdown to 2017’s edition, Citadel has announced a massive headliner and a UK festival...

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Festival: The Killers, Elbow & Tears For Fears @ BST.

British Summer Time Hyde Park is delighted to reveal that the sixth and final headliner for 2017 is… The Killers! The Las Vegas group’s summer return will give fans an early glimpse of material from their hugely anticipated new album, alongside their much-loved classics, all in the unbeatable setting of Hyde Park in what will be a UK Festival exclusive. The Killers stormed into the UK with their 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, which went on to become one of that decade’s biggest selling albums and has since been hailed as one of the greatest debut albums of all time...

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Vision: Pillow Person, On Your Way.

Pillow Person, the solo project of Sarah Jones, has shared a video for her new single, On Your Way. The video, which veers between bubblegum-pop-pretty and fascinatingly gruesome, was filmed by Isaac Eastgate, who has directed videos for Dutch Uncles, LA Priest and Connan Mockasin. Sarah said the following about the video:“After making the video, I realised that I must have been inspired from a memory from many years ago when I saw Mortiis live and the lights were too bright.” On Your Way is the jaunty, effervescent follow-up to Pillow Person’s debut single Go Ahead. The track was written, recorded and produced by Jones and...

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Rock Media: George Harrison, The Vinyl Collection.

The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time. The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George’s classic live album Live In Japan (2LP), and two 12” single picture discs of When We Was Fab and Got My Mind Set On You. All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in...

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All Quiet Now: William Onyeabor.

Some sad new from the people at Luaka Bop record label that William Onyeabor has died. The people that discovered his music and know his mysterious history have put out this message: It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we have to announce that the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer William Onyeabor has passed away at the age of 70. He died peacefully in his sleep following a brief illness, at his home in Enugu, Nigeria. An extraordinary artist, businessman and visionary, Mr. Onyeabor composed and self-released 9 brilliant albums of groundbreaking electronic-funk from 1977-1985, which he recorded, pressed...

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Rock Show: Glenn Hughes UK Tour 2017.

Glenn Hughes has announced his UK tour dates for January and February 2017.   Tickets for his UK tour dates can be booked online from www.myticket.com and www.seetickets.com.  Special guests on all UK shows will be Stone Broken. Glenn told us“I’m thrilled to be coming over to tour the UK and Europe this month and February. My band will now be a four piece. On guitar is Søren Andersen, on drums Pontus Engborg, and on keyboards Jay Boe.  Song selections will be a mix from my new album Resonate, and from my well of historic songs through the decades. This tour is...

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Rock Show: Rotten Hill Gang & DJ Don Letts.

On 14th January 2017 West London band Rotten Hill Gang will be playing The Forum at Tunbridge Wells with a DJ set support from the legendary Don Letts.  Amazingly it is the Forums 24th Anniversary and they have asked the RHG to play in a special gig. Their new video, Submission, has just been released and Gary said this: “The video wasn’t planned. We were rehearsing and Paul Cook and Glen Matlock came to the studio. We started jamming and came up with that straightaway. With Reds rapping over the groove. We recorded and videoed it the next day ourselves and...

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Vision: Playlist January 2017

Dutch Uncles, Nadine Khouri, Israel Nash, Young Romance, Punctual, Migos, Nightlife, Red Faces, Alison Krauss, All Them Witches, Broken Forest, Taos Himm. Alex Maxwell, Parcels, Rotten Hill Gang, Tempers all on the RockShot January You Tube Playlist...

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Vision Premiere: The Luka State. Lies Lies Lies.

Cheshire Alt Rockers, The Luka State, are starting 2017 with a bang with the infectious, anthem  Lies, Lies, Lies.  The four piece band, who already have over three million views on You Tube, ring in the new year with their trademark sound of driving guitars delivered with raw intensity, the perfect backdrop to lead singer Conrad Ellis’s rousing vocal that rallies against us acting like sheep in the face of popular spin. Conrad told us: “I’m looking forward to seeing how people perceive the lyrics and the video. I get a real kick from seeing how people interpret the content...

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Festival: Handmade Festival 2017 with Frightened Rabbit, Honeyblood and British Sea Power.

Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2017 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 29th and 30th April 2017. As such, Handmade Festival are very excited to announce the first wave of bands for the 2017 music programme: Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses, Honeyblood, JAWS, Muncie Girls, Tigercub, Puppy and Idles Plus many more acts performing across multiple stages to be announced. Weekend tickets are on sale from: http://www.handmadefestival.co.uk. Tickets start at £40 for adults and for the first time the...

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Vision: Beachheads. Moment Of Truth.

Beachheads have unveiled the first single from their upcoming debut album. Moment of Truth is an honest and soulful track, perfect for cold days in Oslo, and the rest of the world. Beachheads will release their debut on Fysisk Format on February 3rd. The spark that became Beachheads was first ignited on a tour bus, as Kvelertak members Vidar (guitar) and Marvin (bass) fantasized about the endless potential of fuzzy guitars, energetic drums and strong melodies. The two hard-working Kvelertak musicians had little time off, and Beachheads endured as more of a dream for their days off, rather than...

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Playlist Of The Year 2016

Meshuggah, Lemon Twigs, Joan As Policewoman, Testament, Black Foxxes, David Bowie, Pixes, Thee Oh Sees, Bob Mould, Leonard Cohen, Anderson Stolt, Alicia Keys, Weezer, Solange and Blossoms. These are just a few of the artists who appear in our Albums Of The Year 2016. Now you can listen to the Playlist Of The Year 2016, it will keep you going for a few days.   [foogallery...

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Albums Of The Year 2016

At Rockshot Magazine we don’t review albums but we do listen to them and this is our list of Albums Of The Year 2016 chosen by our great team of photographers and writers. The albums are not in number order but the titles at the beginning appeared most in everyones top ten. Slaves. Take Control. Post-punk can be very hit and miss, but Slaves’ Take Control hits the mark perfectly with their defiant anti-establishment and less polished sound. Produced by Beastie Boy Mike D, you can hear slight similarities with License To Ill, if you squint a little. GM David...

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Festival: Cambridge Folk Festival, Bugg, Boden, Hayseeds & Oysterband.

Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to reveal the first artists for next year’s bill including one of Britain’s most exciting talents Jake Bugg, who the Festival have invited to return to headline Sunday night with an acoustic set. Jake’s progress from performing in 2012 at the Festival’s smallest stage, The Den, to headlining Stage 1 is a feat matched only by one other artist, Passenger. Also confirmed are: folk and roots pioneers Oysterband (Sunday), celebrating their 40th anniversary; multi-award winning, visionary folk trio Lau (Saturday), featuring Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke and US ‘rockgrass’ favourites Hayseed Dixie (Sunday).   They join previously announced Guest...

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