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Blind Children at Wuhan City School in a rock band established by teacher Zhang Long

Beijing, China, Jul-19-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Wuhan School for The Blind is the only school of its kind in Hubei province, central China. Not only does it cater to pupils who face enormous challenges because of their disabilities, but it is also proud to have a star teacher who has given new hope to the pupils.

China, with its huge population, has a large number of blind people. More than 5.5 million people are registered blind, among them, some 120,000 children. Though there are more than 50 special schools in major cities catering to the needs of these individuals, the task is never easy. Special facilities and teacher training is hard to come by and the children often feel alienated from society and lack ambition.

Zhang Long, born in 1975, volunteered to teach at Wuhan City School for the Blind in 2011. Though she had no experience teaching children with visual impairment, after seeing the difficulties faced by pupils there, she decided to change the course of her life and accept the challenge of making a difference to their future.

It wasn’t long before the gravity of the situation sunk in. As a music teacher she discovered many pupils at the school of 150 lacked the motivation to even turn up to class, believing their only career option would be to become a massage therapist, a common occupation for blind people in China.

Persevering, Zhang Long established a school radio station, a rock band for the most talented children, and invited performances from other schools. Eventually, the children responded to this new approach revealing both passion for music and hidden talent. One student, Gan Wenjun, proved gifted at piano, for which he won several national awards and even played with famous pianist Richard Clayderman in concert.

Among other successes, Zhang Long was awarded titles such as “Most Admirable Teacher in Wuhan” and a national honor “The Most Beautiful Teacher of China”,“I’ve never treated them as blind children,” says Zhang of the pupils. “It doesn’t matter that those kids can’t see. They can use their own ways to express themselves. I’ve never lowered my standards for them because they are blind, because to me they are just children.” Her approach seems to have worked and now pupils harbor ambitions such as to become a teacher, a professional singer and even an astronaut.

Wuhan City School for the Blind holds the belief that blind children are perfectly capable of the same achievements as sighted kids, given the right guidance and a little courage. Since its establishment, it has helped over 500 children pursue their dreams and been a cradle of many rising stars in music, sports, teaching and other fields. It aims to keep making contribution to China’s endeavors in special education.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Behind the Lyric

Richmond, Texas, 2017-May-02 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — “Go Away” A song that is available on itunes and amazon.com was written after the incident where Rapper Fifty cent mocked an autistic man. It was out of empathy for that man intertwined with my own hurt, that this song was written.

I was struggling emotionally and solicited the help of an ex-coworker. Instead of responding in a respectful manner, he berated me. I was in a difficult situation and had ongoing health issues. I reached out believing he would surely help or offer advice, but I misjudged who he was as a person and his response was unexpected.

That was emotionally difficult for me although, I was not publicly humiliated the way Andrew that autistic man was but because of my experience, I could empathize.

That lead to the creation of the lyrics to the song, “Go Away.”

I keep hearing the mean things you said.
Your words keep repeating, they play in my head.
I had nowhere to go but you made me wanna hide.
Because of struggles, many days I curled up and cried.
Go away, go away, but don’t fill me with shame.
I’m nothing more than a pawn in your game.
Go away, go away, I’m just trying to survive.
But hash words and bullying has claimed many lives.
I didn’t want to live life locked in.
You formed your conclusion without question.
You believed I chose to look the way that I do.
I didn’t and I wouldn’t choose to behave like you.
I’m grown up but inside I’m a kid.
And that doesn’t cause some to bat an eyelid.
You need to know that’s how it’ll always be for me.
With Autism, I’ll live and I’ll never be really free.

My hope is that this song might help to curb insensitive obnoxious individuals, and somehow soften the way we respond to others.

Available on line from itunes at (http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1178363030?ls=1&app=itunes)
And also from Amazon.com

Other song and lyrics written by Author Ruth Garnes were carved from love, hurt and sorrow. At times, it was my own, other times, I echoed the pain of the world around me.

A poet and advocate of hurting children, my author’s profile and poetic anthologies are available on line at (https://www.amazon.com/Ruth-Garnes/e/B00T6H1I2C)

Contact-Details: Ruth Garnes
1810 McCrary Rd, Richmond Texas
713-562-7904 at https://soundcloud.com/ruth-garnes/garnes-ruth-go-away
https://www.amazon.com/Ruth-Garnes/e/B00T6H1I2C

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British pop act OMYO to use Blingby’s ad technology to turn its music videos into unique shopping experiences

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Blingby has today announced a cutting-edge partnership with emerging British pop act OMYO, which sees its patented advertising technology turn the band’s music videos, concerts and more into unique shopping experiences for consumers around the world.

As part of the deal, the innovative advertising and marketing omnichannel platform will curate a series of unique videos that lets viewers shop the stars’ styles as they see them with its ‘bbstream technology’ – a portable scrolling selection of fashion, products and destinations as seen in the videos. Viewers can watch and purchase the styles or book a flight or hotel inspired by the video with the click or tap of a button.

Oxfordshire-born urban pop act OMYO found fame last year when they provided the soundtrack to New Look’s Autumn/Winter fashion campaign with critically acclaimed single ‘Lady’. They have since gone on to become BBC Introducing favourites and receive plays from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Charlie Sloth.

OMYO’s close links to fashion retailers – ranging from New Look to Ellesse – made the band a natural fit for Blingby’s advertising capabilities. As fans watch their music videos, live performances and more, they can simultaneously watch and shop interactively through the bbstream.

At a recent headline show in New York, OMYO also became the first band to use Blingby’s Live technology – the world’s first real-time consumer shopping experience designed for concerts, fashion shows and more.

OMYO and Blingby will also be collaborating on the duo’s next music video for their upcoming single, ‘Days With You’. The video will be bbTagged by Blingby and will feature items of clothing from fashion retailer River Island.

Founder and CEO of Blingby, Marcia Favale, commented on the partnership: “OMYO is right there fusing the boundaries of music and fashion. They have worked with some absolutely aspirational fashion brands – ASOS, Adidas, Ellesse, Blood Brother and more. They know exactly what their fans want to wear and OMYO is inspiring new trends. Through Blingby, OMYO can promote labels whilst maintaining creative integrity. Blingby is the platform designed to bridge that gap and make a connection between music fans and what the stars are wearing.”

OMYO added: “We are always looking for brand new ways of engaging with our fans and followers and Blingby adds a whole new dimension to our videos. Incorporating the Blingby videos into our Facebook page and posts is especially helpful as it is so difficult to stand out on social media these days, but having a video that doubles as an interactive browsing experience provides exactly that.”

SOURCE: EPR RETAIL NEWS

Norwegian rock legend Gudny Aspaas to launch her new album in Oslo on April 5 at the Rockefeller Music Hall

OSLO, Norway, 07-Jan-2017 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Tickets for the concert are now on sale, and can be ordered through www.gudnyaspaas.com which also features samples from “No Stranger”. The concert will also feature tracks from Gudny’s back catalog.

“The concert and album are the culmination of several months of work – and I’m thrilled with how “No Stranger” has turned out,” said Gudny. “I was lucky to work with some incredibly talented musicians and a wonderful team, and the result is, I think, the best work I’ve ever produced. I’m really looking forward to being back on stage, and I can’t wait for people to hear the new album in April.”

“No Stranger” is representative of the eclecticism of Gudny’s extensive career in music, with all of her – and her musicians’ – many talents represented in tracks such as the vocally complex “Galactic Child” (which allows her to show off her distinctive voice) through the eloquent piano/vocal piece “Hello Again” to the classic rock ‘n’ roll of “You Can Run”. From haunting simplicity to wall of sound, “No Stranger” fully demonstrates the breadth and depth of Gudny’s musical genius and her pioneering versatility as a composer and performer.

Gudny represented Norway four times in the Eurovision Song Contest, and fronted iconic progressive rock group Ruphus in the 1970s, returning for a reunion in the 1990s and again in 2010 – also at the Rockefeller Music Hall. Ruphus’s “New Born Day” was voted as one of the top 50 best Norwegian albums ever made. She has also released numerous solo singles and albums.

Originally from Meråker but now living in Oslo, Gudny comes from a musical family in which almost every member could play an instrument. Singing shyly for her family from the age of four, she and three friends formed “The Singing Goats” at the age of 12, supporting their vocals with guitars and tambourine. Having won a music competition, she released her first single in 1969.

Gudny is also a supremely talented creative artist, working mainly in silver jewellery. She graduated from the Statens Kunst og Håndverksskole (State Academy of Craft and Art Industry) and now has her “Silverland” gallery/workshop in the centre of Oslo near the Slottsparken.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Christmas Around The World music CD

Four (4) generations of international music artists, from 9 countries around the world, performing your favorite Christmas songs in English & their native languages, including some NEW original Christmas songs, on a never before undertaken magical Christmas Music CD!

Northridge CA, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Network/ — The Paris5000 Media Entertainment Group and Paris5000 Music & Film Production Company are extremely proud, to release their “Christmas Around The World” CD.  Consisting of 14 music artists/singers, from around the world, spanning four generations of talent, this CD is sure to be a collector’s item. The music has been wonderfully arranged and mixed, by industry professional, multi-instrumentalist, music composer/producer, Michael “Mickey” Durio. From Motown To Christmas Town.

Amazing singers like Pat Boone, Dave Crosby ( The Grandson of Bing Crosby), Ambrosia, Freda Payne, Mario Max (Germany), Egberto Garcia (Ecuador), Kayla Bohan (China), Abby Cubey (Philippines), Angel Ray (Mexico), to name but a few of the artists on this magical Christmas CD.

A portion of all sales proceeds will go to support MusiCares, Safe Passage and Make-A-Wish – Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

The “Christmas Around The World” music CD is available online on the Paris5000 special Christmas website: www.christmasmusicstars.com, Amazon.com, under Christmas Around the World CD 2016, and soon ITunes. Sales begin immediately!!

MEDIA CONTACT:
Russ Neibert
Paris Media Ent.
Phone: (818) 251-0641
Office: (818) 833-1905
parismedia5000@gmail.com

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Confirmed Featured Creators for first-ever VidCon Europe in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM, 02-Nov-2016 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — VidCon (vidcon.com), the world’s largest online video conference for fans, creators, and industry professionals, today announced a teaser list of Featured Creators for the first-ever VidCon Europe, which will take place in Amsterdam, April 7-9, 2017, at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.

The inaugural VidCon Europe will include over 100 international, regional, and local Featured Creators whose content spans numerous online video verticals. During the event, these creators will collaborate to celebrate the industry of online video through connection, content, instruction, and hilarity. Highlights of VidCon Europe will include panels and performances from some of the following confirmed Featured Creators:

Hannah Hart
Mamrie Hart
Gigi Gorgeous
Swoozie
Andrea Russett
Benny & Rafi Fine
Fleur de Force
Freddie Wong
Joey Graceffa
Jon Cozart
– Oli White
Sarah Close
BibisBeautyPalace
Défano Holwijn
Julian Claßen
Scola Dondo

As guests continue to confirm their attendance at VidCon Europe, the Featured Creators list will regularly update at vidconeurope.com.

The long-awaited VidCon Europe — with its Australian counterpart, VidCon Australia, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, September 9-10 — will welcome approximately 7,500 fans and creators, with a custom experience designed to celebrate the unique online video ecosystem of those regions.

VidCon programming and tickets follow a three-track format, designed to appeal to everyone from the most passionate fans to the biggest media companies. The Community Track engages attendees interested in experiencing the online video culture through Q&As, discussions, concerts, interviews, movie nights, meetups, signings, and games. The Creator Track serves attendees looking to make better content, grow their online presence, enter the industry, meet fellow creators, and learn the ins-and-outs of online video culture. The Industry Track features keynotes, fireside chats, seminars, and product demonstrations geared toward attendees working in the online video industry.

This three-day celebration in Amsterdam will feature programming exclusive to the Industry track on Friday, shifting focus to Community and Creator activities and entertainment throughout Saturday and Sunday. Similar to the 8th Annual VidCon (in Anaheim, California, June 21-24), VidCon Europe will feature a variety of endemic and non-endemic sponsors and exhibitors. As veteran VidCon fans know well, these events are packed with robust content, performances, and high-energy celebration, and the VidCon team is determined to continue this tradition overseas. Attendees of the first-ever VidCon Europe in Amsterdam should expect an online-video celebration of global proportions.

As part of their expansion into Europe, VidCon will be partnering with VEED Festival (veed.nl), a 3-day event focusing on the Dutch online video community, planned for April 6-8. VidCon and VEED will collaborate to bring international, regional, and local online video creators together for networking and celebration.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

TORONTO’S THE NURSERY RELEASE NEW EP PACKED WITH DYNAMIC AND AMBITIOUS SYNTH-POP COMPOSITIONS

Toronto, ON, Canada, 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Toronto’s synth-pop foursome The Nursery are back with a new EP entitled Digital Ashes. Recorded in a converted monastery in Buffalo, NY by Justin Rose (James Taylor, Lil’ Wayne), the dramatic space left its mark on the tracks.

Chartattack.com has been streaming the EP, describing the sound as “big and glossy, 3D-modelled, rose quartz and serene-colored pop music”.

The band recently released a video for the title track, Digital Ashes, exploring the paradoxical fragility of digital data through dizzying glitch sequences, post-internet visuals and virtual reality.

They will be touring this fall in support of the EP before releasing their debut full-length LP.

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/thenursery/sets/digital-ashes-ep

EPK: http://www.thisisthenursery.com/epk

Contact-Details: Genevieve Blais
Blais Marketing
416.389.5181
gblais@thisisthenursery.com

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Fresh new artist TinaMazyck releases her EP “Mazyck”

Montclair, NJ, 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Network/ — TinaMazyck is a Bronx raised R&B artist with an Alternative-pop twist. Her newest single “Musik” has been released from the upcoming EP titled “Mazyck”. Reactions from a very diverse group of fans were all very positive. Some of the reactions are; “This is a classic” ; “You are a breath of fresh air” ; “I can leave this song on repeat all day and not get tired of it”. The single has gained a lot of attention on social media platforms, complemented by top producers and has even been picked up by internet radio stations. Eager fans are now anticipating more music from the budding vocalist. Listen to the classic Single titled “Musik” right here (https://soundcloud.com/tinamazyck)

mazyck

Whats sets “Mazyck” apart from the bunch is its fun, classic and unique sound that jerks emotion from listeners. The EP to come, embodies the spirit of a rebel and gives off positive vibes. This EP encourages young adults to stand tall and be themselves. It gives encouragement to un-apologetically do what feels right and embrace confidence.

“The world can never have enough positive role models and thats what our music scene needs” TinaMazyck expressed in an interview. Collaborating with the multiplatinum producer, Sean Gill who is represented by celebrity manager Bernadette Brennan has worked close on TinaMazyck’s EP. The talented, well known, R&B producer- Mookie has leant a hand on piano and in production. Lastly, Ari Freedman teamed up on bass, putting the final touches on her songs. TinaMazyck works diligently to deliver expressive and well crafted songs.

With a drive to continue the line of great music, TinaMazyck will officially be releasing her EP, “Mazyck” on 6/17/16. You can now purchase it on Band camp here (https://tinamazyck.bandcamp.com/album/mazyck)
It will be available on iTunes, amazon, spotify etc. very soon.

It will undoubtedly be an EP to remember.

Please get in touch with TinaMazyck for inquiries and interviews at:

Email: cemazyck@gmail.com

Website: (tina-mazyck.com)

Social Media: (https://www.facebook.com/tinamazyck/)

Contact-Details: Christina Mazyck, 5 Carlton Drive Montclair NJ, 3479725148, cemazyck@gmail.com, tina-mazyck.com

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Lua Hadar with Twist Swings it in French at Society Cabaret Bastille Party

San Francisco, CA, July 03, 2015 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — To celebrate French Independence Day, Lua Hadar with Twist returns for an encore performance of their popular French Music Hall show, “C’est Magnifique!” This Bastille-Day-with-a-Twist features Lua on French and English vocals, Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums, and special guest Dave Sturdevant on guitar and harmonica. Saturday, July 11 at 8pm (seating from 7pm) at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Tickets start at $25 (NO FEES) at Ticketmaster or societycabaret.com Or call 415-857-1896. Full bar, great food. More info at www.luahadar.com.

The show presents a variety of songs from the popular traditions of Paris, including those of American songwriter Cole Porter; hence the title “C’est Magnifique!” a song from Cole Porter’s 1953 musical, Can-Can.

Dave Sturdevant’s harmonica brings a Toots Thielemans-style to the show, in addition to the gypsy sound of his swinging guitar.

French songs by Charles Trenet, Maxime LeForestier, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg round out the set list, and as ever, Lua’s fun and quirky stories provide her personalized bridge to the songs, whether you speak French or not.

Hadar is no stranger to France or French music, having just returned from teaching a master class in France on American Jazz Standards.

[VIDEO: https://youtu.be/EuohiSigShk]

[TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/229943/1911076?Brand=societycab]

ABOUT TWIST:
Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s cosmopolitan jazz ensemble TWIST has developed a multi-lingual world jazz fusion that twists the styles of international standards and brings new material into the jazz idiom.

Lua has charmed audiences from New York’s Iridium Jazz Club to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris, where, on a return engagement, she previewed “C’est Magnifique!” to an enthusiastic full house before bringing it to San Francisco’s Society Cabaret for its first run in November 2013. The show was reprised last year and became a Society Cabaret tradition, presented each time with a different featured instrumentalist.

Hadar has released three CDs with Music Director Jason Martineau and Twist. The most recent, “Like A Bridge,” was recorded in 2012 as the centerpiece of her Bridges Project. The “Like A Bridge” DVD was nominated for an Independent Music Award and was released at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland in September of 2013 after its premiere at San Francisco’s Historic Balboa Theater.

“…such a lovely variety of songs from cabaret traditions of Paris (and beyond), that we might as well have been in a brick-walled basement room in the Quartier Latin.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“First call band of international talent and an innate gift of swing.” – Critical Jazz

For more information on Lua Hadar with Twist, see luahadar.com, iTunes, youtube, facebook, twitter and most major music sites.

ABOUT THE HOTEL REX AND SOCIETY CABARET:
The Hotel Rex is San Francisco’s answer to New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel, located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. Surrounded by 1920’s and 30’s style artwork and glamour, guests can linger in the Library Bar for cocktails and conversation. A menu of American classics with a European influence is available in the cabaret room as small plates or dinner. Society Cabaret patrons are immersed in an ambiance of arts and culture, in a true cabaret setting. Society Cabaret has received acclaim from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and has expanded this year with venues in San Diego and San José. (http://societycabaret.com)

Contact-Details: Lua Hadar

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The Smash Group Releases 18 Year Old Artist, Dylan Hartigan and Love Seems To Be Awake Video

New York, NY, November 25, 2014 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — The Smash Group is proud to announce the release of Dylan Hartigan, a young successful actor and musician. At the age of 3 he booked his first acting gig for a nationwide commercial. Soon after, he was cast in 2004 in his first film, “The Stepford Wives”, playing Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick’s son. At 14 Dylan booked his first lead in a major motion picture as Andy in “The Funeral Kings” and most recently he was featured in “Unforgettable” on CBS. In 2014 he launched his music career, produced by Clay Sheff and The Smash Group. Dylan Hartigan music is groove pop with a rock edge and his style on his recordings are only rivaled by his flair on stage.

In association with the Dylan Hartigan Release, The Smash Group also has released Dylan’s First music video, Love Seems To Be. The video is directed by Andrew Wilson (creative director of The Smash Group) and produced by Clay Sheff. The song was written by Dylan Hartigan and Nunzio Signouri. Love Seems To Be Awake features beautiful model Brookelyn Kelly in intimate scenes with Dylan Hartigan. Shot on a Bridgehampton estate, the video depicts young love in a fantasy world.

For more on Dylan Hartigan go to www.dylanhartigan.com or contact the Smash Group at 212-244-9066.

Contact-Details: Clay Sheff
The Smash Group
Phone 212-244-9066
Fax 212-244-6268
info@smashny.com

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Orange County Band “Moxy and The Influence” (ages 17 – 21) Wins 2014 HMMA Award for Rock Song of the Year

On behalf of the OC rock band “Moxy and The Influence,” 17-year old vocalist Moxy Anne accepts the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Award at the Fonda Theater on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for the original song “Vampire Valentine.”

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 11, 2014 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Since 2009, the Annual Hollywood Music in Media Moxy And The Influence Logo Awards have attracted Music Supervisors, Composers, Recording Artists, Songwriters, and other music industry professionals from around the globe, honoring mainstream and independent artists who have contributed to the creation, placement, and supervision of the music featured in visual mediums such as television, film, and video games.  This year marks the 5th Annual HMMA Awards Banquet and Red Carpet Gala, which was held at the Fonda Theatre on November 4th, 2014.

Over the past 9 months, HMMA judges have accepted submissions and narrowed the selections with their monthly nomination reveals.  In February 2014, Orange County teen rock band Moxy and The Influence received recognition from the HMMA panel, being selected as a nominee in the Rock genre for their recently released single “Vampire Valentine.”

Moxy and The Influence is a female-fronted rock band whose members range in age from 17 to 21 years.  Vocalist Moxy Anne (17) hails from Costa Mesa, while lead guitarist Sydney Ellen (19) and drummer Ignacio Barrientos (21) are from Huntington Beach.  Bassist Carly Wasserman (17) from Mission Viejo rounds out the band.

Moxy and The Influence formed in 2013 and hit the OC music scene with a vengeance.  In 2013 the band received their first HMMA Award nomination for the single “Take Me Down.”  At the end of 2013, they won a contest with the website Big and Famous, for which the Grand Prize was a $100,000 fully-produced music video; this video was released in August of 2014 for the band’s original single “ME4ME.”  In early 2014, Moxy and The Influence was nominated for an OC Music Award in the People’s Choice Award category.  The band has played at iconic venues such as The Whisky A Go-Go, The Orange County Fair, The House of Blues Anaheim, M15, The Coach House, and Chain Reaction.  The band’s 80’s Rock & Roll sound infused with current modern elements captures the attention of various demographics of music lovers and industry professional with an appreciation for solid rock.

For media requests and interview opportunities, please contact jason@StarCrossedArtist.com.  To book Moxy and The Influence, visit www.MoxyAndTheInfluence or email booking@MoxyAndTheInfluence.com.  For additional details about the HMMA awards, please visit www.HMMAwards.org.

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Orange County Band “Moxy and The Influence” Wins 2014 HMMA Award for Rock Song of the Year

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LondonTown.com: Victoria Park set for The Pixies as Field Day returns

Now into its eighth year, Victoria Park’s Field Day Festival has become something of an institution in London’s live music calendar and one of the capital’s best loved festivals.

Taking place over the weekend of April 7th and 8th, this year’s Field Day returns to Victoria Park in East London with arguably its finest line-up yet. As ever the festival prioritises indie credibility over mainstream pop and it doesn’t get much more indie or credible than Sunday’s headline act, Boston’s proto-Grunge legends the Pixies.

Having just release Indie Cindy, their first full album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, the Pixies are reportedly in the finest live form of their hugely influential career and promise to deliver blistering renditions of much-loved classics like Where Is My Mind?, Debaser and Bone Machine as well as numbers from their hugely anticipated new record.

Joining the Pixies on the Field Day bill will be Saturday’s headline act Metronomy, who return to the festival after a memorable main stage performance in 2012 in support of new album Love Letters. Psychedelic rock outfit Temples, livewire rapper Danny Brown and Drenge, NME’s recently crowned Best New Band, are among a wonderfully eclectic array of acts filling out the bill.

Tickets are available at £48.50 for Saturday, £38.50 for Sunday or £78 for a weekend pass. Attendees looking for handy accommodation in the area will be pleased to learn thatLondon events and hotels specialist LondonTown.com is supporting the festival by offering a selection discounted hotels within easy walking distance of Victoria Park.

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: The Eagles Bring their Story to London

Rock stalwarts the Eagles are bringing their ‘History Of’ tour to London with a hotly-anticipated one night stand at the O2 Arena on June 16th. The show will feature original members Glenn Frey and Don Henley trawl their considerable back catalog, interspersing hits such as ‘Desperado’ and ‘Witchy Woman’ with anecdotes about their long, fruitful career.

The tour has attracted widespread critical acclaim for the intimate approach it takes to the Eagles’ canon. Henley and Frey open the show with nothing but a pair of acoustic guitars and stools. The two perform early hits and explain the founding of the band and the introduction of key members. The excitement builds with each addition to the stage: Timothy B. Schmit, a small drum kit, Joe Walsh, a bigger drumkit – so it goes on until the stage is filled with the supporting musicians and lavish sound associated with the Eagles’ hitmaking latter 70s heyday.

The live performance is accompanied by video content charting the evolution of the band, and the Eagles do what they do best, bringing the show to a thrilling climax with two encores. For eager British audiences, the £ 50+ ticket prices are well worth it to see bona fide 20 th century rock aristocracy in action.

Many will travel from across the country (and beyond) to see their heroes, and a number of London hotels have teamed up with LondonTown.com to offer fans the chance to stay close to the 02 without paying full room rates.

Some of the best hotels in the capital are situated in the Docklands area, close to the arena, and LondonTown.com is offering special rates on many of them, exclusively for guests who book through the site.

For more information on the 02 Arena, the History of the Eagles Tour, and to see moreLondon hotels, visit LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: The Spitalfields Music Summer Festival livens up London

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival brings together world class artists and local people to celebrate music in all its forms. The festival transforms the iconic and hidden spaces of east London through a range of quirky and diverse musical experiences.

The festival offers over forty different musical events, from contemporary and classical music to jazz and folk. Performed at an array of contrasting venues, the festival’s diverse programme has brought music to Tower Hamlets since 1976, and this year, music lovers are again spoilt for choice. A sample of the programme shows just how eclectic the festival is: visitors are invited to climb into Folk in a Box for an intimate, one-to-one performance from a surprise artist, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play at Shoreditch Church, the Seavaigers ensemble bring a fresh perspective on Scottish music, and Wilton’s Music Hall hosts the 5-piece minimalist folk collective, Firefly Burning. Adventurous fans of classical music can visit Toynbee Studios to watch Death Actually, an irreverent and invigorating celebration of death. The festival organisers have also put together a number of talks and debates, walks and visits, and interactive workshops. For example, Uluzululalia allows children aged 6-11 to experiment with and invent new sounds and how to explore the sounds their voices can make and the science behind it. There are numerous cheap London hotels in the East End so music lovers can stay in the area for several nights and enjoy the eclectic mix of shows and events on offer.

The festival will run from 6th to 21st of June 2014. Visit LondonTown.com for more information on the festival and about Spitalfields.

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: Elvis Spotted Live in Hammersmith

The legend of Elvis Presley lives on at the Hammersmith Apollo this May with a two remarkable concerts that will give London a taste of the great man in his prime. Elvis Presley – On Stage promises to wow modern audiences with a technology-driven taste of prime-time Elvis.

With live musical backing from Presly’s band these innovative concerts will take video recordings of some of his most incendiary concerts and strip them back so all that remains is Elvis’ voice. The rest of the performance comes courtesy of a live band, singers and an orchestra, giving the audience a unique flavour of Vegas-era Elvis at his most thrilling.

Utilising innovative multi-media technology and brilliant concert footage from the Las Vegas–shot documentary “Elvis: That’s the way it is” to create the impression that Elvis is actually on stage, these concerts will recreate the epic razzmatazz and musical drama of Elvis at the height of his Vegas pomp, complete with hits like That’s Alright Mama, Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, In The Ghetto.

Elvis Presley – On Stage, which hits the Apollo on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May, is certain to draw fans of The King from far and wide. London events and accommodation experts LondonTown.com are doing their bit to make finding accommodation in the area as easy and affordable as possible. Visitors to the website will find a broad selection of hotels in London at discount prices, including many within easy walking distance of Hammersmith Apollo.

The Novotel London West Hotel is just five minutes from Hammersmith Apollo and similarly convenient for the Earl’s Court Exhibition centre. With a 26% discount rooms start at just £75. The ibis London Sheperds Bush Hotel is not much further afield and currently offers rooms from just £44 thanks to a 25% discount.

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About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: Country legend Rosanne Cash announces UK date

Country legend Rosanne Cash has announced she will be playing the Barbican Centre on 30th April in celebration of her new album, The River & The Thread, which was released on 10 th February 2014 on Decca/Blue Note and has already been hailed as the best of her career. The Barbican Centre is located in the heart of London, close to both the West End and the City, and is surrounded by great hotels, restaurants and bar. Anybody hoping to find a cheap hotel in London close to the Barbican or in any other London location should visit LondonTown.com, London’s most reliable website for the latest information on room rates and hotel bookings.

Cash, the eldest daughter of American superstar Johnny Cash, wrote and recorded The River & The Thread with her husband and producer John Leventhal. Many of the songs concern life and history in the American south, and feature varied musical styles, from blues and gospel to folk, country and rock. It has been hailed as the best album of her long career and features guest appearances from great American singer-songwriters such as Alison Moorer, Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and Tony Joe White. It is her 15th album.

Cash was born in Memphis and raised in California. She has had 21 Top 40 country singles, including 11 No 1s. She has received 12 GRAMMY nominations, winning in 1985 and has also published four books. Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times,Rolling Stone and   New York magazine, among others. Her concert at the Barbican on 30 th April is likely to be a must-see event for fans of country rock and tickets will be priced from between £10 and £35 for An Evening With Rosanne Cash. For more information on concerts at the Barbican and other London venues, visit LondonTown.com.

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“Daughter of the Struggle” featuring Ayanna Gregory

Atlas Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce a special performance of living history by Ayanna Gregory, daughter of civil rights activist, Dick Gregory. Hailed as a “perfect alignment of social consciousness and entertainment” by the  Examiner.com, this one-woman show will take audiences on an intimate journey through the personal sacrifices of the Gregory family and the families of other freedom fighters.

Showing on the eve of the celebration of the  50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Ayanna’s poignant stories and captivating songs will transport viewers to the life of a little girl finding her true purpose amidst death threats, social change, and above all the love of her father. She said “My father reminded me that Martin (Luther King, Jr.) and Malcolm X never got the chance to hear their children talk about them, and It is so important to do this so people would know the kind of phenomenon that he really is. I want the world to really know Dick Gregory.” An intimate Q&A sessionwith the living legend, Dick Gregory and Ayanna Gregory, will follow the performance.

“Daughter of the Struggle” has been moving audiences since January 2011 and the special performance for this historic weekend will be presented by Politics Unusual, the premier Washington DC “edutainment” company specializing in artistic, socially conscious event production and digital storytelling.

For press passes contact, Michele Townes at michele.townes@gmail.com

About Ayanna Gregory
For this singer, dramatist, educator and activist, music and art are more than entertainment; they are her mission. While growing up as the daughter of celebrated Comedian and Human Rights Activist Dick Gregory, she was blessed with the opportunity to interact with such mega talents as Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. But the glamour of the entertainment world isn’t what resonated most with her. Raised with a deep awareness and concern for Human Rights, Ayanna’s musical roots are steeped in the struggle of the “Freedom Movement”. Her newest creation is the powerful One Woman Show, “Daughter of the Struggle”, which recreates Ayanna’s beautiful and inspiring journey as the daughter of a freedom fighter. Learn more at  www.ayannagregory.com.

About Politics Unusual
Politics Unusual  was established in 2013 as the premier Washington DC “edutainment” company specializing in artistic, socially conscious event production and digital storytelling. They combine education, performance art, and political awareness to give people the tools, motivation, and support needed to take action. Their mission is to create opportunities for all to learn about social and political issues of the day in a format that is engaging, accessible, and most of all, action inspiring.

EVENT INFORMATION

Ticket Prices:
Regular: $25 in advance $30 at the door
Groups: Group of 10 or more receive 10% discount
When: Friday August 23, 2013
Showtime 7:30pm
Where: Atlas Performance Arts Center
1333 H Street, NE,
Washington, DC 20002
Box office:  202.399.7993

To purchase tickets visit:
http://atlasarts.org/events/2011/07/politics-unusual-presents-daughter-of-the-struggle/

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Zoli’s Virtual Fans Catapult New Single “Like A Star”

Hungarian pop sensation ZOLI launched his latest single “Like a Star” this week on the shoulders of virtual fans across the globe.

On Aug. 8, ZOLI concluded a Facebook contest where fans voted “Like a Star” to the first of three singles released – a unique, fan-focused approach that is paying off.

ZOLI’s work is a soulful pop-fusion. A trained jazz singer, classical pianist, songwriter, and a pop idol in his native Hungary, ZOLI formed his own record label, Z Music Entertainment, in 2012 and works with an international team, including noted LA-based mixer Rudy Haeusermann (K$esha, Hanson, En Vogue and Tupac).

“Making music has to be a fun process,” ZOLI said in a recent interview. “And using tools like Facebook (www.facebook.com/zolimusic), my website (www.zolimusic.com), Jango, electronic polls, online contests and email to include my fans was very new and exciting.”

“Admittedly the hardest part of this kind of development is trying to keep the personal connection in a virtual world,” ZOLI said. And while it is the reaction of live audience that inspires him, social media and the Web transcends borders and brings ZOLI’s work to the wider world with this latest release.

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Bruce Springsteen encabezará el Hard Rock Calling 2013

El Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, en pleno corazón del parque olímpico de Stratford (Londres), albergará su primer gran evento desde los Juegos del año pasado. Hard Rock Calling, uno de los festivales más importantes de Londres, regresa este año con un cartel realmente atractivo.

De este modo, el festival se traslada al este de Londres tras siete años celebrándose en Hyde Park. Para celebrar la ocasión, la edición de este año contará con un gran elenco de leyendas del rock durante el fin de semana del 29 y 30 de junio.

La sola presencia de Bruce Springsteen y la E Street Band en el cartel de este año debería ser suficiente para que los fans del rock pongan a punto sus guitarras imaginarias, pero este año el Hard Rock Calling subirá el volumen unos decibelios con un cartel que también incluye a Paul Weller, Kasabian, Alabama Shakes y The Black Crowes. No es de extrañar que este festival atraiga a más de 150.000 melómanos a la capital cada año.

El Hard Rock Calling se situará en el recinto ocupado el verano pasado por la pista de hockey. De este modo se trata de reconvertir el legado post-olímpico del Queen Elizabeth Park en un flamante nuevo espacio para eventos de este tipo en la capital.

Aquellos que planeen una visita al este de Londres no tendrán problema en encontrar alojamiento en esta rejuvenecida parte de la ciudad. Además, el portal de reservas de hoteles y eventos en Londres más importante de Internet, LondonTown.com, ofrece en su página una gran selección de hoteles en Londres a precios reducidos durante el fin de semana del festival.

The RE London Shoreditch hotel está situado a 3 kilómetros del parque olímpico y ofrece además excelentes conexiones con el centro de la capital. Reservando a través de LondonTown.com se obtiene hasta un 68% de descuento en habitaciones con dos camas individuales, con precios desde las 74 libras.

Por su parte, el Holiday Inn Express Stratford, sito a sólo 11 minutos del Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ofrece ofertas muy similares: hasta un 63% de descuento disponible a través de LondonTown.com, con precios desde las 91 libras.

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Michael Bublé ofrecerá diez actuaciones en el O2 Arena

El canta-autor canadiense Michael Bublé volverá al Reino Unido a finales de junio para instalarse en el O2 Arena de Londres durante 10 días. Estas actuaciones, desde el domingo 30 de junio hasta el sábado 13 de julio, será la vez que ningún cantante masculino actúe tanto tiempo, solo excedido por Prince.

El cantante galardonado con premios Grammy y número uno en las principales listas, interpretará temas de su último álbum “To Be Loved”, además de los clásicos de su amplio catálogo de álbums; “It’s Time” (2005), “Call Me Irresponsible” (2007), “Crazy Love” (2009) y “Christmas” (2011). Bublé ha vendido más de 30 millones de discos en todo el mundo y esta es la oportunidad perfecta de presenciar al melódico cantante en vivo con temas como “Haven’t Met You Yet”, “Some Kind of Wonderful” y “Me and Mrs Jones”.

En lo referente al auditorio para tal estrella, el O2 Arena de Londres es realmente la opción número uno. Como pieza central del reformado Millennium Dome, el O2 es el primer auditorio de música de Londres construido para tal efecto, y tiene un aforo de 23.000. Durante estas fechas Bublé hará historia al intentar igualar previas actuaciones continuas de las leyendas de la música. Prince alcanzó el récord de 21 noches en el 2007, el fallecido Michael Jackson iba a hacer un maratón de 50 días en el 2009 pero no pudo llevarlo a cabo, y Roger Waters actuó seis noches como parte de su gira “The Wall Live” del 2011.

Encontrar un Londres hoteles para alojarse después del concierto no supondrá ningún problema con las ofertas que LondonTown.com tiene junto al O2. Ahora se puede reservar una doble con un fabuloso descuento del 64% en el Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf desde 217 libras la noche. Si se busca algo más módico, el Ibis London Docklands, a unos diez minutos del auditorio, ofrece dobles con dos camas desde tan solo 73 libras la noche (incluye un descuento del 33%).

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