A look at the Undiscovered Live Music Project 2019

The Undiscovered Live Music Project is a songwriting and performance competition that happens annually in Essex. Run by the Essex Music Development Agency, I’ve seen first hand how the Undiscovered Contest can help launch a music career.

The contest has run since 2009, and is split into bands and solo acts. The prize is 3 day’s recording time at Brentwood’s beloved youth club, The Hermit, a single release, and a music video. I’ve been following the project massively this year, attending all the heats as I took the crown as the Undiscovered Live Music Project’s Best Solo Act 2018, and so have had the privilege to play the heats across Essex this year as a guest act, as well as judging some of the band heats.

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My journey with Undiscovered began when I watched my favourite unsigned band, Dead Baby Birds, compete around 5 years ago, but I didn’t know fully what the project did. In 2017, I met a remarkable artist, Katy Forkings, who is the Undiscovered Best Solo Act 2017, and seeing how well she was doing post the contest, I applied.

I’m not sure how my 2018 would have gone without this contest. It has given me the chance to work with a band, including Dead Baby Birds’ Sam Laughlin and Tristan Embleton, who have now split. It’s also allowed me to network with musicians and I now have a guitarist, Nicole who also performed in Let’s Be Strange, a band who reached the final last year and who are competing in this year’s heats.

Nicole (Lets Be Strange)

I’ve released my debut EP ‘Anaphase’ on disc, and my debut single ‘Accessory’ with my next single, sponsored by undiscovered ‘Time’. I have attended most of the Undiscovered heats this year. I’m focusing on the Undiscovered Live Music Project Bands Final, which gained its last band on the line on Saturday 23rd February 2019.

Undiscovered travels across Essex to find its bands with heats in Chelmsford, Southend, Colchester, Basildon and for under 18s, Brentwood. I’ve been lucky to headline these nights as the Undiscovered Solo Winner 2018, and have also been asked to judge.

Our Undiscovered Live Music Project Band Final 2019 will be held at Colchester Arts Centre and will feature the following bands. The Waterfalls, from Southend, who raised the roof at their heat in the Chinnerys. An energised performance with a strong fan base gave them their ticket to the final. Rolled Up Sleeves, from the Basildon heat, create sophisticated rock music and have a stage presence I struggled to take my eyes away from. Unit 33, from Colchester’s Three Wise Monkeys, have a strong vocalist and rock arrangement behind them. Children of the Fuzz, took the last win for the final spot on Saturday 23rd February 2019. They’re a funky band with a strong rapport and image and I look forward to seeing them again in the final.

Finally, our wildcard this year is Vivacity, who also performed at the Southend Chinnerys heat. An indie and current band with a lead singer who plays an acoustic guitar, unlike the other bands in the final. I really enjoyed this band and have since listened to their recordings on Spotify which I found to be beautiful musically.

The Undiscovered Live Music Project’s Band Final will take place on Saturday 16th March at Colchester Arts Centre and the headlining guest act will be this year’s Undiscovered Live Music Project’s Solo Winner, my successor, Chameleon who I’m so proud of for gaining her title.

Chameleon

With this year’s competition still wide open, there is no saying who is going to be victorious this time around.

Buy Tickets To The Final HERE!

If you think you have what it takes to win, you can enter next year’s competition via the link below.

Click Here to Apply for 2020

 

Photo Credit: Freya Eirys Lees

REVIEW: Doyle + Generation Graveyard + The Dead XIII – The Underworld, London (06/02/17)

This was a show I had been looking forward to since it was announced. Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein finally touring the UK. I always wanted to see Misfits live but due to them breaking up before I was old enough, missed out. Worth the wait.

First up were openers The Dead XIII. Coming onstage with full make up on each member, I thought I was about to witness a black metal band but when they started playing opener “Frost Bite”, I found myself happily nodding along to a great mixture of electro/metal. Energetic onstage, they got the growing crowd going and shouting along (whether we knew the words or not). Personal favourite was the track “XIII”. Definitely worth checking out again. Their album “Catacombs” is available now.

Next, Generation Graveyard. Briefly battling technical issues, they came out strong. Their politically charged death punk is like a swift punch to the face compared to a lot of music out there. Really getting the crowd moving and singing along they put on a fantastic, energetic set. The intensity and energy they brought to the stage was eagerly reciprocated by an ever-growing crowd as they blasted through each song from the set, never slowing the aural assault. Fantastic set from a great bunch of guys. Their EP “Lonewolves” is available now.

20170206_212914 (2)Finally, the band we’d all been waiting for. From the opening howl of “Abominator” to the close of “Hope Hell Is Warm”, this band was on fire. A full hour set filled with tracks from their current album, interlaced with classic Misfits tracks. Doyle looked monstrous, stomping the stage in full beast mode and beating the hell of his signature guitar, not missing a beat. Match that with the extremely energetic and impressive vocals of AlexWolfman Story, you have an impressive combination.

A set that just couldn’t disappoint, they tore through each song with force and a quick intro in the form of the words “This is a love song, you can dance to it if you’re so inclined” from the Wolfman.

I was completely blown away by the performance and can’t wait till they come back. Personal favourites were “Valley Of Shadows” and “Drawing Down The Moon”. The Album “Abominator” is out now.


 

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REVIEW: Brutai & Wearing Scars – The Underworld, London (22/01/17)

On a freezing cold Sunday in Camden, the big story is the return of Howard Jones with Devil You Know. Sadly I had the misfortune to miss them but they brought some amazing openers with them that were worth the ticket price alone.

First up, with an  early opening set, were the hometown boys in Brutai. A surprisingly decent turnout for a young up and coming band. From the first chords of opening track “Of Ashes”, you could tell that these guys are definitely one to keep your eye on. To say they were tight is an understatement.

All the instruments come together in near perfect synchronicity and the dual vocal assault from singer Felix Lawrie and keyboardist Alex Lorimer add extra layers of melody and brutality to each song. My personal highlight has to have been the penultimate track ” Deep”.

If you know the band then this is most likely the song that stands out. Equal parts melody and crushing heaviness, strong vocals that you couldn’t help but sing along with, they had the crowd enraptured. Definitely a strong up and coming British band to keep your eye on. Their full album “Born” is available through Transcend Music.

Now on to a band that I have had my eye on for a while, Wearing Scars. You cannot fault the pedigree of this band, made up of former members of Sacred Mother Tongue and Mutiny Within.  Taking to the stage to near full crowd, they break into opener “Become Numb”.

It’s obvious from the start that the crowd is in for something special. The guitar work of the legend that is Andy James is wonder to behold. Note perfect for every song with solos that would melt even the stoniest of faces. Couple this with the astounding voice and presence of vocalist Chris Clancy and you get some of the most melodic sing along anthems going. Finish that off with the incomparable rhythm section of bassist Craig Dawes and drummer Lee Newell, you have the total package.

They blazed through a strong set, the crowd singing along with every word. My personal highlights were ” Stand Alone” and the closer “Butterfly”. If you get a chance to see this phenomenal band I suggest you do as I don’t see them playing smaller venues for much longer.

Wearing Scars album “A Thousand Words” is available now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As mentioned previously, Wearing Scars features former members of Sacred Mother Tongue, Check out this archive Rebellious Noise interview from 2013 with the some of the guys in their former band

 

REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold – The O2 Arena, London, (21/01/17)

BEST GIG EVER! That is the only way I can describe how incredible Avenged Sevenfold  were. Absolutely flawless from the first note of The Stage to the final note of Unholy Confessions. They spanned all 17 years as a band as they played hits from all of their albums, Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, Waking The Fallen, City of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare, Hail To The King and The Stage. They took the entire crowd, of 17,000 strong on a visual journey with their new CGI graphics, and in the form of a floating cube above the stage. New drummer Brooks Wackerman was that good, you would have thought The Rev was sitting back behind the kit.

The night started with me being ill in bed, and dragging myself up and out of the house unfortunately we missed InFlames but I hear they were great! We arrived in time to catch the last 30 minutes of Disturbed who were absolutely incredible! David Draiman had the audience in the palm of his hand, and his near perfect vocals sounded absolutely beautiful, Damn, that man can sing! The audience went nuts for Stricken and then for their final hit  Down With The Sickness. I would definitely go back to seeing them again.

Then come the band the entire crowd waited for. Avenged Sevenfold, a band I’ve been lucky enough to see now on three occasions. I think this may have been the best of the lot though. An incredible performance, from an incredible band. They are quickly showing why they are going to be one of those bands who stand the test of time, I, for one, hope this band stick around for a very long time, and don’t think it will be long before they’re playing Stadium shows.

Thank you A7X  for an amazing night, M Shadows, Johnny Christ, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Brooks Wackerman you all did Jimmy proud tonight!

Until next time!

Enter Shikari to headline Slam Dunk Festival

Enter Shikari have today been confirmed as the headliners for Slam Dunk Festival 2017, where they will be celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their landmark debut album Take To The Skies.

The festival will be showing signs of it’s continual growth as it has done in previous years and now in it’s 11th year with bigger venues as the multi locational festival will take place in Birmingham at the NEC on May 27th, Leeds at the First Direct Arena on May 28th, and Hatfield at The Forum on May 29th.

After unveiling their surprise new single Hoodwinker last month, the band said they are starting work on what they say will be a ‘new era’ and their ‘best album yet.’ whilst celebrating their first major breakout album with these special festival dates. The band have DJ’d Slam Dunk twice, and frontman Rou Reynolds said that it will be amazing to finally play it properly.

This is the first time the band are ever playing the festival, and festival director Ben Ray said that he is happy to welcome the band, and that it’s great to have another headliner from the UK, which shows how well British Rock music is doing.

Slam Dunk Festival 2017 is already shaping up to be a big one and certainly one that you do not want to miss, taking place across multiple venues throughout May. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday 11th November here.

blink-182 announce 2017 headline tour

blink-182 have today announced a headline UK tour, the tour will take place in July 2017

They have announced that they will be playing 10 headline dates, but we think that there may be more due to popular demand.

Tickets are on sale this Friday the 11th November at 9am.

The band will be playing the following venues:

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3 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
4 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
5 Leeds First Direct Arena
7 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
9 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
11 Glasgow SSE Hyrdo
14 Manchester Arena
15 Liverpool Echo Arena
17 Bournemouth International Centre
19 London O2 Arena

All Time Low announce Huge UK Tour

Following on from our announcement about All Time Low playing a one off show in London in March, they have now officially announced a huge UK/Ireland tour spanning 21 days, 17 dates, 16 different cities and 5 different countries.

The Maryland Pop-Punk quartet will be starting out on 10th March at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, and finishing in the same city but at a considerably bigger venue just 21 days later on the 31st March at Brixton Academy.

Tickets for this mammoth tour are on sale this coming Thursday, 20th October at 6pm (UK Time)

Sum 41 announce 2017 UK Tour

Sum 41 have announced a UK tour.

The Canadian Pop-Punk veterans are hitting up the UK at the following venues in February and March next year .

FEBRUARY

24 – BIRMINGHAM Academy
25 – MANCHESTER Academy
26 – LEEDS Academy
28 – GLASGOW Barrowland

MARCH
02 – LONDON Brixton Academy
03 – BRISTOL Academy
04 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
06 – SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall

Tickets for these shows go on sale this Friday 14th October at 9am.

Robbie Williams to play intimate one off show to celebrate BRIT Icon Award

The pop legend is back again, this time with his latest album “Heavy Entertainment show” which will be released on November 4th. To celebrate the new album and becoming the 2017 recipient of the BRIT Awards prestigious “Icon Award”, Robbie Williams is set to play a one off show at the legendary Troxy in the heart of East London on November 7th. Robbie does not play venues of the size much anymore and it  is sure to be a one of a kind experience with the boy from Stoke.

britsiconThe BRITS con Award celebrates artists that have made a huge impact on British music. The Robbie Williams website explains that the awards is presented “to artists whose writing, recording and performances have set them apart as having made a lasting impact on British culture, recognising the very highest level of British musical achievement”.

The statement goes on to give more details on the intimate Troxy gig, hinting at a few surprises and special moments such as “an interview with Robbie as well as interviews with key figures and friends who have influenced his life and career”.

The show is also planned to be recorded as part of a 90 minute special on the artist which will be featured on ITV later in the year. Tickets go on sale this coming Monday at 12pm.