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Take That Bring Their 2017 Wonderland Tour to Glasgow!

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Just over a week into their 2017 UK tour Take That brought their highly anticipated Wonderland tour to The SSE Hydro in Glasgow for 3 sold out shows. Somehow, I was fortunate enough to get hold of tickets for the Saturday night show considering just how crazy the disabled access ticket lines were, we spent over 2 hours glued to the phone constantly redialing the number. Thank goodness a third show was added or I might not have been so lucky!

Kicking off the show was the newly reunited girl band All Saints who are accompanying Take That as special guests throughout the 2017 UK tour. The group performed an energetic set filled of with all their hits including ‘Never Ever’, ‘Bootie Call’, ‘Lady Marmalade’ as well as one of their most recent numbers ‘One Strike’.

Take That are known for their spectacular and theatrical concerts and somehow manage to out do themselves in each tour so one couldn’t help but wonder what the ‘Wonderland’ tour would have in store. When you think of ‘Wonderland’ you think of colour, eccentricity and theatrics so how would Take That embrace the theme?

Unlike most tours the stage was situated in the centre of the arena giving it a more intimate feeling where everyone was at the centre of the action. Opening the show with a mysterious and mystical middle eastern vibe they told a story using spectacular video and animation combined with theatrics building on the audiences anticipation. As the title track of their latest album ‘Wonderland’ filled the arena three illuminated spotlights revealed each member of Take That on mini stages situated around the arena. Wonderland’s upbeat and funk groove proved a fitting first number which seriously had the audience grooving from the word go!

Following on from this was arguably one of Take That’s most popular hit ‘Greatest Day’ which saw the arena blasted with golden confetti. ‘Giants’ the first single from the new album again proved a real crowd pleaser showing just as much love for the new music as well as the older releases. However, ‘Kidz’ from the bands 2010 album release ‘Progress‘ took a more dark and gothic approach filled with theatrics, dance, drums and spectacular costumes featuring dancers on stilts and Mark Owen’s incredible steam punk inspired top hat.

Continuing with ‘Relight My Fire’ another upbeat and infectious number that had everyone in the room up on their feet dancing and singing along. ‘Hope’ on the other hand saw the use of aerial techniques through a stunning display of contemporary dance. Truly a breathtaking display of emotion using body and movement.

Taking a journey down memory lane the band revisited a number of songs from the earlier days some of which making their live debuts having never been performed on tour until the Wonderland tour. The medley consisted of songs such as ‘Beautiful World’, ‘Satisfied’ and ‘Lovelife’ as well as the ever so popular cover of the Bee Gees classic ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ which went down a real treat with the Glasgow audience.

‘New Day’ one of my personal favourites from the new album saw the band venture beneath the stage wandering through a mystical jungle featuring afternoon tea and a white rabbit as they embraced the mysterious world of Wonderland! Remerging from the storybook maze beneath the stage, the room was transformed into an enchanted world of colour and costume. It was like the pages of a children’s fairytale had come to life before our very eyes!

Of course the hits such as ‘Shine‘, ‘Back For Good‘ and ‘Pray‘ could not go as miss as well as an impromptu performance of the Scottish anthem ‘Flower Of Scotland‘ courtesy of the enthusiastic Glasgow crowd enjoying a fun-filled Saturday evening. Only in Scotland! And there’s no forgetting the incredibly theatrical production during ‘It’s All For You‘ which saw a spectacular array fairytale-esque props carrying the band and dancers into the air.

Ending the show with arguably two of the band’s greatest hits ‘Never Forget‘ and ‘Rule The World‘ which again are real crowd pleasers. The arena becomes alive as the crowd passionately sang along in unison to ‘Never Forget‘ before the room lit up like a thousand twinkling stars in the night sky as the audience waved their phones high in the sky above them. A breathtaking ending to a magical show!

What can I say? Take That never fail to impress with sensational performances and incredible production! One genuinely can’t help but feel like they’ve been to Wonderland and back when leaving the arena-worth every penny! If you’ve missed out on tickets for the phenomenal sold-out UK tour be sure to catch Take That’s live screening of the Wonderland tour at the O2 arena in London next Friday evening in cinemas up around the country! Or if you’re in Australia and New Zealand catch them down under live on tour later this year (more details below). It’s a show you certainly don’t want to miss!

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5 Prince Songs You Might Not Know

A year ago today the world lost one of its most iconic and influential performers; the legendary and extremely talented Prince. Best known for hit songs including Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret, 1999 and Kiss to name a few, there is no denying just how much of an impact Prince’s music has made in music history. Despite the endless number of hits residing in Prince’s music catalogue there is equally just as many unknown gems that somehow have gone unnoticed by the world.

So today in tribute to Prince let’s celebrate some of the incredible songs that you might not know. Perhaps one might even be your new favourite!

Starfish & Coffee (Sign ‘O’ The Times)

A track from the 1987 album Sign O The Times, Starfish & Coffee can only be described as complete and utter genius. Despite not being counted as one of Prince’s most popular recordings it is an underrated gem. Proving that inspiration for a good song can come from the simplest of things Starfish & Coffee shows just how unique, quirky and fun Prince was!

Breakdown (Art Official Age)

When asked in a rare interview with Arsenio Hall back in 2014 what was his favourite of all his songs Prince answered that usually he’d always say the next one but instead spoke of a newly written song titled Breakdown. This the very song later appeared on his  2014 album release Art Official Age which came as a surprise to fans alongside the release of the highly anticipated 3rd Eye Girl PLECTRUMELECTRUM.

She’s Always In My Hair

An incredible B side from the Around The World In A Day album era She’s Always In My Hair somehow went unnoticed by the world? The track exhibits a much rockier sound in comparision to many of Prince’s releases from around this time which often featured that iconic funk/pop sound that dominated some of his biggest hits throughout the decades. A psychedelic funk rock number with a slight Jimi Hendrix flare; this song is a must!

Sometimes It Snows In April (Parade)

A fitting yet beautiful ballad for today as it marks a year since Prince’s tragic passing. When planning my recent Prince radio special one song that was requested from fans time and time again was Sometimes It Snows In April yet this incredible piece of work is often forgotten about. The emotions within the song are raw and simply stunning to listen to!

Funk n’ Roll (PLECTRUMELECTRUM)

One of Prince’s newer numbers released on the 2014 PLECTRUMELECTRUM album alongside his fabulous band 3rd Eye Girl who Prince worked extensively with in recent years in both the studio and out on the road touring. A groovy funk number that soon became a personal favourite of mine! Alternatively Prince released the same track on his Art Official Age album with what can only be described as a more modern hip-hop track. It’s interesting to compare both versions of the track and how different they are in style.

What’s your favourite underrated Prince songs that you think everyone should listen? Let me know in the comments section below!

Introducing Spencer Ludwig’s ‘Diggy’

Forever on the look out for new music, I absolutely love coming across an exciting new artist! One of my recent discoveries is Spencer Ludwig, an up and coming artist based in Los Angeles, California who’s bound to go far in the music industry! In a couple of years time I’m pretty sure his music will be everywhere with those catchy grooves.

Today I want to share with you a track titled ‘Diggy’ released by Spencer last year and was featured in a Fall Fashion campaign for popular US supermarket chain Target. It’s both fresh and unique and already going down a treat judging by music lover’s reactions on YouTube.

Infectiously funky with a seriously good groove, Spencer channels that funk disco sound made famous by a number of iconic artists back in the 70s and 80s. Vocally, I was instantly struck by Spencer’s reminiscent tones of the late great Prince-have a listen and you’ll see what I mean! Instrumentally the track also reminds me a little of Prince’s extensive performances/recordings with The New Power Generation who were known for their musicianship; in comparison ‘Diggy’ features strong brass backing throughout the track taking on a similar sound. Yet it has that same charm and charisma as the likes of current artists such as Pharrel Williams as well as tracks produced by the incredible Mark Ronson. It’s got that perfect sound for the radio; all it takes is one listen and you’re bound to fall in love!

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Bruno Mars 24k Magic Review

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Released late last year (2016) Bruno Mars returned with his first album in four years titled 24K Magic. Until now, I’ve never been much of a Bruno Mars fans solely down to the fact that I wasn’t into his music style however after the release of his collaboration with famous producer Mark Ronson on ‘Uptown Funk’ my opinions drastically changed. Uptown Funk is without doubt a modern classic, I love its throwback feel and infectious groove! Curious to see if the new album would continue down a similar path, I was delighted to discover a 80s funk and disco vibe to the music yet still very current to today’s music. After listening to the album on a number of occasions since I purchased it, I can honestly say that there isn’t a single track that I don’t like!

The album kicks off with its first single and title track 24K Magic; a track that oozes the same charisma and funky groove that we all loved Uptown Funk for! This is closely followed by ‘Chunky’ which reminds me of song named ‘Baby Be Mine’ from the classic Michael Jackson album ‘Thriller’; go listen to both tracks and you’ll see what I mean! ‘Perm’ goes a little further into time sampling that classic 60s soul sound made famous by the legendary James Brown. The further into the album you dive it becomes evident that Bruno has been heavily influenced by a number of iconic artists from across the decades and incorporated it into his own music.

Up until just a few weeks ago I’d been a stranger to the albums most recent single; a song named ‘That’s What I Like’ and I must say it’s become one of my favourite numbers from the album. A catchy number that’s proved extremely popular across UK radio; it’s perfect to jam along to in the car with its fun and infectious groove.

Thrown into the mix is a selection of slower to mid tempo numbers creating a perfect balance all of which feature that fabulous 70s and 80s sound which travels throughout the album. There’s some cool and calming ballad-esque numbers such as ‘Versace On The Floor’ and ‘Straight Up & Down’ in which Bruno performs to perfection. Completing the track listing is ‘Too Good To Say Goodbye’ which easily could have found itself amongst Mars’ chart topping releases in one of his earlier albums.

24k Magic has received mix reviews since its release; some love it others aren’t as enthusiastic, personally speaking it’s by far my favourite amongst the 3 albums released by Mars. One word that comes to mind when describing the album is a popular expression in today’s society and that is ‘throwback’. The influence of 70s/80s funk works well with a modern twist; it’s fun, it’s different and has great groove! So all in all it’s a winner in my book!

 

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GOT7 Return With The Release Of ‘Never Ever’

K-pop group Got7 return to the music scene with their latest comeback; ‘Flightlog: Arrival’, a brand new mini album in the much-anticipated Flightlog series. Alongside Monday’s album release, came the group’s latest music video which accompanies a track titled ‘Never Ever’.

If you’ve been following the ‘Flightlog’ series since the release of the first mini album early last year, you’ll be aware of the series’ unique and developing storyline. The accompanying music videos serves as a visual insight into the story and has evidently caught fans of the groups’ attention as they attempt to piece the story together and search for conclusion. As a UK listener the concept of the trilogy is extremely diverse in comparison to anything I’ve seen over here; the storyline is gripping and leaves you searching for clues amongst the tiniest of details. It’s like combining a good book with music and in my opinion; you can’t get any better than that!

Without giving away too much about the trilogy’s concept as I urge you to go back in time and watch the videos; ‘Never Ever’ has a slightly different outlook to the previous videos. ‘Departure’ was notably lighter in both sound and image whereas ‘Turbulence’ much like its title was remarkably darker and more dramatic. From first glance ‘Arrival’ has seemingly familiar elements to its predecessor ‘Turbulence’ yet perhaps not quite as heavy?

The video is an exciting visual illustration of the albums opening track ‘Never Ever’ written by JYP Entertainment’s and Got7’s founder Park Jin-young. Looking at the song itself, it’s a catchy number with a unique sound that perfectly fits Got7’s image and style.

Serving as the final chapter, the video provides closure as it resolves unanswered questions from the previous instalments. Although not overpowering, the video’s setting  is effective and undeniably striking featuring a number of scenes situated in museum, underwater, hospital and industrial like locations.

As dancers ‘Never Ever’ allows each members Got7 to really shine. Despite having no professional knowledge on the subject, I have however been immersed into the world of dance as an onlooker at various events throughout my life and can certainly spot a good dancer when I see one. In my opinion one of Got7’s strongest points is without a doubt their dancing abilities which is apparent throughout the MV. The perfection in each move is impeccable as is the synchronisation of the group as they effortlessly bring the routine to life.

Never Ever proves to be a popular comeback with fans and feedback is positive across social media as listeners enjoy Got7’s latest release. Here in the UK the album is ranking in the iTunes charts and meanwhile Got7 were seen to be trending on the site. As a radio presenter I plan on airing the new track on my show later this week and look forward to hearing listeners feedback on the song!

What’s your thoughts on Got7s latest comeback and the brand new music video? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to show you support by checking out the new video and purchasing the new album!

Olly Murs Kicks Off UK Tour in Glasgow!

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Former X Factor contestant, Olly Murs kicked off his 2017 UK tour at The SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow last Friday night. The first of two sold out shows in Glasgow, I was lucky enough to bag a couple of tickets for opening night which both my Mum and I were extremely excited about! Having loved Olly’s music since day one we’d always wanted to see him live and thanks to SSE we finally had the opportunity!

Supported by a DJ set from Clyde 1’s George Bowie to kick off the evening, Olly took to the stage around half past 8. The show started off with a bang as the house lights faded and a countdown appeared on two large screens, seconds later Olly emerged to warm reception from an adoring crowd. Greeting the excitable Glasgow crowd, he immediately  broke into the hit single You Don’t Know Love which served as great opening to the show.

Throughout the evening Olly preformed a number of songs from his recent album ’24 Hrs’ including one of my personal favourites; the extremely upbeat and cheerful Grow Up which features that much-loved ‘Olly Murs’ sound. This was followed by a selection of other tracks from the new album including Back Around, Years & Years as well as a ballad called Flaws which saw the arena illuminated with phone torchlights resembling twinkling stars in the night sky.

As well as new additions from Olly’s latest album, there’s no forget the old favourites; the crowd pleasers. The set list featured everything from Dear Darlin’, which Olly reckons would fit perfectly into the ’24 Hrs’ album had the song be written today; Heart Skips A Beat, Troublemaker and Up the duet feel good duet featuring american pop star Demi Lovato which one just can’t help but fall in love with! However, my very favourite performance of the night was without a doubt one of his earliest hits Dance With Me Tonight, a fabulous pop song with a real swing vibe. The fun-loving atmosphere during this one was infectious, not that I really need any encouragement!

An exciting surprise for a first timer like myself was the medley of disco pop hits including covers of That’s The Way I Like It by The KC Sunshine Band as well as Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling. Being such a big fan of the disco genre myself, this was without a doubt another highlight for me! At this stage everyone was asked to put their phones away and just enjoy themselves; it was truly wonderful to look around the room and see that almost everyone had obliged besides a few exceptions. A refreshing sight indeed! It was a fun and vibrant performance; everyone was up on their feet dancing and evidently having a blast! It was apparent that Olly was loving it just as much as the audience as he spent the duration of the medley energetically dancing his way around the stage.

The show on a whole was filled to the brim with energy and made for a great night out for those on in attendance. It was great to see a full band complete with a brass section playing tirelessly alongside Olly; something that is extremely important to me as an onlooker. Olly himself is without a doubt a true entertainer; his renowned charisma shines as he performs and is evident in how he connects with the audience. Everything from the jokes, to the dancing and at one stage he bravely exited the safety curtain of the stage parading through the audience and greeting fans in the process; it’s clear that he genuinely loves what he does! A feel good night for all ages, one can’t help but leave the arena with a smile upon their face!


If you’re heading out to one of Olly shows in the coming weeks or plan on catching him later this year as he embarks on a Summer tour be sure to let me know down below in the comments section! And why not let me know what’s your favourite Olly Murs track!

BTS Breaks Personal Record With ‘Not Today’


Just over a week ago Kpop band BTS made their big return to the music scene with Spring Day the first music video release from their new album ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. A success within hours of release Spring Day proved to be popular with fans of the group. I for one love the track and have played it on my radio show in hope of introducing it to a few new listeners. Days later, Big Hit have released yet another music video by the group to accompany a brand new track titled Not Today.

Not Today is remarkably different in style to Spring Day, something that others have noted across social media. It’s notably upbeat and heavier in comparison to Spring Day which much like its name is more gentle and serene. If you’re a fan of BTS tracks such as Dope, War of Hormones and Fire to name just a few; then I can guarantee you’ll love Not Today!

Focusing on the accompanying music video for Not Today which I believe has already broken Spring Days’ record by becoming the fastest rising K-Pop video in history. Within just 12 hours the video had been viewed an incredible 6 million times and by the 24 hour mark had gained over 10 million views on YouTube! What an achievement for the group! It proves that there’s growing interest in the K-Pop genre and the fact that it’s beginning to gain widespread success.

Completely different from last weeks music video release; Not Today has a much edgier and modern vibe. It’s features an impressive dance sequence showcasing the Bangtan Boys impeccable talents. Pay close attention to the dance routines as you watch; everything from the timings, the way the group moves in unison to the standard and creative flare within each move is worthy of praise.

Not Todays’ video has that unique and striking flare that one has come to expect from each of BTS’ videos. Their videos never fail to capture the audience’s attention through their intriguing and dramatic concepts illustrating each tracks story. The colour scheme in Not Today is equally as interesting as Spring Day; this time round the tones are both darker and warmer which again adds to the overall result of the video and depicts the songs emotion.

Overall, BTS have outdone themselves yet again! The records they’ve broken during the past week or so is enough to justify this. I sincerely hope that they continue to receive such success towards their music. It is truly fantastic to discover something that little bit different, unfortunately the industry lacks unique artists at present so when a group like BTS makes a breakthrough we should hold onto them and support their music.

If you haven’t already checked out Not Today make sure to click on the video above and let me know your thoughts on the new song/MV! Get your copy of Not Today and the new album You’ll Never Walk Alone via one of the links below.

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