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The Proclaimers, Richard Thompson, Beth Orton & Big Country Headline 54th Towersey Festival

The Proclaimers, Richard Thompson, Beth Orton and Big Country are among the acts headlining the 54th Towersey Festival (24-27 August 2018, Thame, Oxfordshire). Joining them at one of the UK’s longest running festivals are Fishermen’s Friends, the Sharon Shannon Band and Daphne’s Flight. It’s been 31 years since Scottish twins Charlie and Craig Reid, aka The Proclaimers, came to widespread public attention. Calling on folk, country, rock’n’roll and punk, the brothers have built up an impressive back catalogue, with such hits as I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Letter From America, King Of The Road, and more. They’ve even inspired a musical, the play and film Sunshine On Leith....

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Aerosmith Might Be Recording New Material On The Eve Of 50th Anniversary

Despite where your loyalties may lie as a fan, we all concede that there are a handful of bands that are true rock legends and Aerosmith is definitely up there among them. Created in the ’70s in Boston, MA, USA, the “Bad Boys from Boston”, as they are sometimes called, managed to catapult to superstar status by giving us rock gems like Cryin’, Crazy and the timeless classic ballad I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing. Now, founding member Joe Perry says he wants Aerosmith to join forces again and record new material, so could this be what die-hard fans have...

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Bestival 2018, Chaka Khan, Grace Jones, MIA, First Aid Kit & Sonic Souls

Behold the most audacious performers to ever have graced Bestival’s green fields. From UK festival exclusive headliners, soul divas and sonic heroes to the ‘must see’ acts of 2018, these are the sights and sounds that will define four days of mind-altering music and circus trickery on over 20 stages and micro-venues in eight unique arenas, at the most colourful show on Earth, now in the heart of the summer, on the Lulworth Estate, Dorset.  There’s no shortage of heroes, legends and bona fide superstars full of circus-themed swagger with standout sets from Grace Jones, Plan B, Chaka Khan and First...

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Field Day @ Brockwell Park

Erykah Badu is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, and her headline performance on Friday 1st June in Brockwell Park will be an emotional foray into her soulful musical talent. The Grammy-winning soul singer is one of the most celebrated performers of the modern era since her seminal debut album Baduizm earned her legions of loyal fans, sold millions of copies – and in 2017 celebrated its 20th anniversary. Friday’s line-up also features Stones Throw’s prolific beatmaker Madlib; multi-talented jazz saxophonist Masego; and Ninja Tune’s Jordan Rakei with his soulful, jazz and hip-hop driven sound. Lambeth local Loyle Carner will also perform. When told...

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Neverworld

Clean Bandit are to headline Neverworld 2018, also on the bill are  Rae Morris, Sub Focus, We Are Scientists, Denis Sulta, Tom Grennan and more who will join revellers to a spectacular kingdom of music, party and wonder Neverworld will take place 2nd – 5th August 2018  at John Darlings Farm near Hever in Kent. Headlining Neverworld is chart topping trio Clean Bandit, preparing to wow audiences with fan favourites as well as tease brand new tracks from their upcoming new album. Amassing hundreds of millions of Spotify streams, the Cambridge group bagged the number on spot in no less than 13 countries for smash...

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Cool Britannia

Cool Britannia is a new summer festival that harks back to the golden days of Britpop in the widest sense. It will be held at the famous Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire on 31st August – 2nd September 2018. It will feature some of the best of British rock and dance music. The Main Stage will be headlined by Happy Mondays and Ocean Colour Scene — with amazing supporting artists including Embrace, The Lightning Seeds, Peter Hook & The Light, Cast, Heather Small, Dodgy, Space, Toploader, The South and more acts still to be announced.   The festival will also...

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Eight European Festivals To Try In 2018

From discovering the best new bands, to dancing poolside or on a beach, partying in a fortress or experiencing the surreal midnight sun, wallet friendly European hotspots and amazing city festivals to combine with long weekends of culture, gastronomic delights and sightseeing, there’s something for everyone. Get ready for a festival holiday of a lifetime in 2018!  There’s a festival something for every festival adventurer, are you ready? Here’s 8 unforgettable festivals not to miss in 2018. ENJOY THE POOLSIDE PARTIES AT SEA STAR FESTIVAL IN CROATIA After an electric premiere edition Sea Star festival is set to return...

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Photo Story Frank Turner @ Tunbridge Wells Forum

The Forum at Tunbridge Wells has an enviable reputation for booking the next big thing before it’s the next big thing.  This has resulted in it surviving far longer than most small venues. Being able to get a slot to play there is seen as an endorsement and a possibly a predictor of things to come. Now in its 25th year of operation a few names have been invited back to celebrate this success and to promote grass roots venues and talent. Frank Turner first played here years ago as a member of Million Dead before embarking on a...

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bluedot with Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips & Future Islands

  Award winning festival bluedot returns to the incredible Jodrell Bank Observatory, home of the iconic Lovell telescope for a weekend of deep space discovery and superlative sounds. A truly stellar line-up of music featuring 2018 headliners The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Future Islands compliments a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks for one of the most unique festival experiences in Europe. 19-22 July 2018. The Chemical Brothers have soundtracked countless euphoric nights for nearly three decades and play a very special UK show at bluedot. Born out of the late-80s Manchester...

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60 More Big Bands For Download Festival

Download Festival has made its biggest announcement by adding over 60 of the world’s biggest rock acts to its unparalleled bill. This includes gigantic arena fillers Shinedown, You Me At Six, Black Stone Cherry, legendary metal outfits Hatebreed, Cradle Of Filth, plus Kerrang! Radio Fresh Blood returns to host The Avalanche Stage with seminal bands such as The Bronx, Less Than Jake and Cancer Bats among many more. The three-day festival takes place 8-10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now atdownloadfestival.co.uk/tickets. Download Festival is pleased to welcome back Kerrang! Radio Fresh...

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Catfish And The Bottlemen Headline Indie Day At All Points East

Catfish and the Bottlemen will be bringing their classic alternative rock to East London’s Victoria Park as the final stand-alone headliner to be announced for All Points East on Friday 1st June alongside a supporting lineup including Blossoms, The Hunna, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Neighbourhood and The Amazons with more to come. Since bursting into the public consciousness with their debut platinum album The Balcony, Catfish and the Bottlemen have grown to become the UK’s biggest guitar band to break through this decade. Their sophomore effort The Ride topped the UK Album Chart and saw them step up to...

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All Quiet Now: Hugh Masekela

Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”. Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues. The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid...

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The Final Straw For Plastic @ Bestival

Bestival promoters have today announced plans to ban plastic straws from their events, which include Bestival, Camp Bestival and Common People, for 2018, and are working to make the practice a UK festival standard. The initiative will then extend to include all single-use plastics, including drinks bottles and bar cups. Following a successful trial at 2017’s Bestival, when biodegradable paper straws replaced plastic, promoters Josie and Rob da Bank are launching The Final Straw campaign to purge plastic straws from the festival landscape. Northamptonshire’s Shambala, Kendal Calling and Cheshire’s bluedot have already signed up, and now Josie and Rob...

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Andy White Still A Troubadour After All These Years

Belfast singer-songwriter Andy White is writing songs about politics again. Did he ever stop? In the early 1980s Andy took his guitar in its old bashed up case to the North London folk clubs following in the footsteps of Billy Bragg and then, later, trading alternative nights with him at the likes of the Red Rose in Seven Sisters. You can see the video for the third song released from the album Very Fine People below: Andy has written and recorded ten powerful songs and will be releasing them digitally as well as on limited edition vinyl on November...

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Bearded Theory 2018 With Robert Plant Jimmy Cliff, Jake Bugg & Sleaford Mods

Multi-award winning West Midlands festival Bearded Theory, 24-27 May Catton Hall, Derbyshire, have announced an astonishing line-up for 2018, securing a rare festival performance by one of the world’s greatest rock and roll voices, Robert Plant, to headline on Saturday night. The former Led Zeppelin frontman will be bringing his band The Sensational Space Shifters, who have been selling out venues around the world and will be performing a set full of classic hits and new material. In 1967, Robert Plant formed a group called the Band of Joy with drummer John Bonham. Soon, Bonham, Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page,...

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Black Deer An Americana & Country Festival With Passenger & Iron & Wine

Bringing you an experience like no other, Black Deer Festival promises you a jam-packed weekend of celebrating all things Americana and Country!  Black Deer mixes a fantastic music line-up backed with food, workshops, special curated area’s including one from Bolt motorcycles and more! Taking place on June 22nd-24th 2018 in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park, located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, just a mere 50 minutes outside of London.  You can expect an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers, not to mention the incredible...

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Cambridge Folk Festival Sparkling Line Up for 2018

Cambridge Folk Festival has announced the first headliners for the 2018 line-up. Saturday night’s headline slot will see the iconic Patti Smith and her band onstage while Sunday night’s headliner is the legendary John Prine. performing over the August 2-5 weekend.   Joining the diverse line-up and appearing as a UK Festival exclusive is singer/songwriter Janis Ian, along with Rosanne Cash and a full supporting line-up of musicians and artists including Kate Rusby & Friends, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band plus blues legend Eric Bibb. The highly acclaimed Americana pioneer Rhiannon Giddens, will be performing on Stage...

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Leicester’s Handmade Festival Goes From Strength To Strength

Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2018 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 5th & 6th May 2018. As such, Handmade Festival have announced the first wave of bands for the 2018 music programme including Circa Waves, Idles, Little Comets, Dinosaur Pile Up, Get Cape.Wear Cape, Fly,  Grace Petrie, She Makes War and The Orielles. Other bands announced are Protomartyr, Future Of The Left,  Delta Sleep, Her’s, Dream Nails, Peaness, Magique, Mellow Gang, Rascalton, Rattle, Crosa Rosa, Eyre Llew...

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Titus Andronicus Shift Up In The Messy Environment

Since debuting in 2008, Titus Andronicus, also know henceforth as +@,  has been conditioning faithful listeners to always expect only the unexpected, consistently zigging where others would zag and maintaining a steadfast dedication to fearless ambition. With the March 2nd release of the new studio album A Productive Cough on Merge Records, +@ has executed the most shocking departure yet but only if, as ever-mercurial singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles told us, “you haven’t been paying attention.” A Productive Cough finds +@ setting aside the leadfooted punk anthems of yesteryear in favour of a subtler, more spacious approach that pushes Stickles’...

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Albums Of The Year 2017

In a bumper year of great albums it has been so difficult for every one of our photographers and journalists to choose their best albums of the year. 2017 saw album releases from Bleachers, Noel Gallagher, Perfume Genius, St Vincent, Lorde, Killers, Liam, Arcade Fire, Bjork, Prophets Of Rage, Frank Carter, Lucas Nelson, Ibibio Sound Machine, Laura Marling, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Jessie Ware, Kevin Morby to name but a few. Those albums are very good indeed but did they make the list of our Albums Of The Year 2017. Here are our favourites. Courtney & KurtREWS  ...

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Scorpions, Yes, Roger Hodgson & Joanne Shaw Taylor For Stone Free Festival

Stone Free Festival will return on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018 at The O2, London. Now in its third year, Stone Free Festival has become a firm fixture on the live calendar and next year’s exciting event is set to be the biggest and best yet. Headlining the arena on the Saturday night in a UK live exclusive for 2018 are legendary German rockers Scorpions, who have to date sold more than 100 million records worldwide over the course of their 50-year career and have not played in London since 2007. Joining them will be thrash titans...

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Nick Cave All Points East, Along With Patti Smith, St Vincent & Courtney Barnett

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will be bringing their incredible live show to East London’s Victoria Park to headline a UK Exclusive stand-alone APE Presents… concert alongside very special guest Patti Smith . Regarded as one of the most intense and exciting live acts on the planet, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ’ recent sold-out run of headline shows saw them step up another gear to become bona fide arena headliners, garnering some of the best reviews of their decorated career in the process. Performing their newest album Skeleton Tree alongside the much-loved classics on the recently...

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Best Songs Of 2017 Playlist

To play our Spotify best songs playlist, go to the bottom of the playlist and open up Spotify, then simply sign in to to your Spotify account and then return and press play. You can also use these links: RockShot Mag 2017 Playlist Of The Year It will open in a new window....

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Guns N’ Roses Final Headliner For Download Festival.

Download Festival has today announced its final headliner as the legendary Guns N’ Roses, alongside the previously announced Ozzy Osbourne, and Avenged Sevenfold. The three day festival takes place 8 – 10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now atdownloadfestival.co.uk/tickets. On the road since April 2016 and over 100 shows later, the resurgent Guns N’ Roses are back and coming to Download Festival. Reuniting last year for the first time since 1993, the inimitable Axl Rose, guitar legend Slash and original bassist Duff McKagan, plus Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus,...

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Paul McCartney & Little Steven Surprise At Roundhouse

Saying “he wanted to “finish some unfinished business,” Steven Van Zandt invited friend Sir Paul McCartney onto the stage at his Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul concert at The Roundhouse, Nov. 4.  This was Little Steven’s first Uk concert tour in twenty five years, They then performed The Beatles song I Saw Her Standing There together. The last time they performed together was at Hard Rock Calling in 2012, where the power was unexpectedly shut off due to the council’s curfew. The London show kicked off a European tour by legendary Springsteen guitarist Little Steven and his band the Disciples of Soul. The band are also touring...

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Ozzy Headlines Download Festival 2018

Ozzy Osbourne is the first headline act announced for 2018 Download Festival. He heads the bill for the first time as a solo artist. Download Festival, the world’s premier rock and metal event, has announced musical icon Ozzy Osbourne as the first of its three heavyweight headliners. The three-day festival takes place 8 – 10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets available now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets. No stranger to the hallowed grounds of Donington, The Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne will headline the Sunday night. Having previously graced the main stage in previous years fronting...

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Childcare Debut Video For Getting Over You

The debut video by Childcare for Getting Over You (By Dressing Up Like You). Directed by Danny Nellis (directs all Wesley Gonzalez videos) and produced by CHILDCARE guitarist Rich Le Gate. The video for is a surreal homage to the hollow, naff brilliance of stock photography. From the bizarre (Trout Hand) to the classic (Lovers Hold Hands On Deckchairs). Singer Ed Cares eloquently explains: “After being the victim of a polite yet painful breakup, I found myself later that same day wearing one of the skirts of my former inamorata for a video shoot the band was filming. Realising this...

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Flight Brigade, Sophie & The Giants & Keith Christmas @ #blogtober Festival

Keith Christmas, Sophie & The Giants and Flight Brigade were the acts chosen by Rockshot Mag for their night of music at #blogtober held at The Finsbury Pub in north London. This was the second #blogtober Festival, a different online blog or magazine curates a night of live music in association with Lost In The Manor and Dice FM. Thirty one different online tastemakers, including Clash, Louder Than War and Gig Slutz got to take over the venue in October to “show off” new, unsigned acts and some real discoveries. Keith Christmas falls into that last category. He played acoustic guitar...

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Let’s Dream About Bishop Briggs

Teleport/Island Records artist Bishop Briggs, whose massive RIAA-certified gold single River amassed over 40 million global streams and soared to #3 on the Alternative chart, releases her new video for her single Dream. Directed by Dano Cerny (credits: The Chainsmokers’ Closer featuring Halsey, Elle King’s “Good Girls”, and many more) and shot on location in Los Angeles, the Wes Anderson-inspired video follows Bishop through a never-ending dream where she finds the strength to overcome depth and darkness.  Watch the official video for Dream here.   Dream will also  be included on Bishop’s highly anticipated debut album, due in Spring 2018.  Bishop Briggs told  us...

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Otherkin Up Close & Personal

The garage rockers, Otherkin, continue to tear through 2017, setting stages alight with their own brand of adrenaline-pumping joyful chaos. Championed by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on his Beats1 radio show and having completed three UK tours this year – one headline, one with The Amazons and a third with punk legends the Dead Kennedys.   Otherkin are one of the most fun, gritty and absorbing new live acts around. They are always determined to put on a real show for you, often including stage diving, crowd surfing and lots of jumping around in general…oh and sweat! Their songs are...

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The Streets Reform For “One-Off” 2018 Tour

Mike Skinner and The Streets have today announced a very special one-off UK tour The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light for April 2018. He will perform six dates across the UK including two huge shows at London O2 Academy Brixton. Making his highly anticipated return to the live music circuit The Streets will perform all the greatest hits from his extensive back catalogue of iconic albums including The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living, Everything is Borrowed, Computers and Blues, A Grand Don’t Come For Free and Original Pirate Material Having last toured back in 2011 with the...

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Music Legends & Casino Themed Songs

Over the years, our ears have been blessed to hear some amazing rock songs by great artists. Many of these great artists were asked to write or sing songs featured in movies, with some songs featuring themes from popular culture including casinos and games. Such artists like Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, and so many more. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember some of these great artists and their themed songs. Since we mentioned him first, let’s look at Paul McCartney, founding member of the Beatles & Wings. Let’s start by saying he is considered...

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Lights: Skin & Earth & Four Great Videos

Canadian alt-pop Lights’ fourth studio album Skin&Earth is out today, via Warner Bros. It is her most ambitious project yet, releasing alongside a companion comic book series of the same name, created written and illustrated in full by Lights. You can listen to it here. Lights has revealed videos for album tracks Skydiving, Giants, Savage and more recently New Fears. Not only is she celebrating the album’s release tonight, but Lights is also kicking off her U.S tour with PVRIS at The Novo in Los Angeles. We think that she may have just created one of the most perfect...

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Upcoming Festivals

  1. Live @ Leeds 2018

    May 5
  2. Bearded Theory Spring Gathering

    May 24 - May 27
  3. Catfish & The Bottlemen @ All Points East

    June 1
  4. Field Day 2018

    June 1 - August 2
  5. Festival Of Voice Cardiff

    June 7 - June 17
  6. Download Festival

    June 8 - June 10
  7. Love Supreme Jazz Festival

    June 29 - July 1
  8. bluedot

    July 19 - July 22
  9. Cool Britannia

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