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.

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Photo Credit: Freya Eirys Lees

WWE Evolution RESULTS

Warning: This Post Contains Spoilers

 

WWE, again made history on Sunday 28th October when they brought their first ever all Women’s PPV, Evolution, to The Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Nita Strauss performed a song to open the PPV.

Michael Cole is joined on commentary by Reneé Young and Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.

We also get a return from Lilian Garcia on ring announcing duties for some of the matches.

 

MATCH ONE:

Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss

This was a good back and forth match, Trish and Lita did look slightly rusty, but that is to be expected. Overall this was a decent match with Trish and Lita getting the victory with a Litasault followed by a Chick Kick.

Winners: Trish and Lita

Dan’s Prediction: Trish and Lita

Score: 1-0

Match Rating: 3/5

 

MATCH TWO:

20 Women Battle Royal (winner earns Women’s title match)

Alundra Blayze vs. Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Ember Moon vs. Ivory vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Lana vs. Mandy Rose vs. Maria Kanellis vs. Michelle McCool vs. Molly Holly vs. Naomi vs. Nia Jax vs. Peyton Royce vs. Sonya DeVille vs. Tamina vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Zelina Vega.

The IIconics were the last two to come out and berated the city they were in, they got in the ring and were eliminated immediately, this was a surpisingly short Battle Royal, which Zelina Vega thought she had won by throwing Moon and Jax over the top rope, only for both women to land on the apron, Nia then eliminated Vega meaning that the match came down to Nia Jax and Ember Moon, who looked like she had it won, but Nia Jax ended up eliminating her and setting up a future Women’s Championship match for herself.

Winner: Nia Jax

Dan’s Prediction: Asuka

Score: 1-1

Match Rating: 2.5/5

 

MATCH THREE:

Mae Young Classic Final

Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai

Last years Semi Finalist, 22 Year Old Aussie, and NXT UK performer Toni Storm battled The Genius Of The Sky: Io Shirai, in the final of the Mae Young Classic. This match was refereed by Jessika CarrNXT’s Female referee. This was a very good match, I’ve heard a lot about both of these female superstars, and the match didn’t dissappoint. It was a match that throughout seemed as though it could go either way, and in the end it was Toni Storm who ended up hitting her finisher The Storm Zero for the win and becoming the second Mae Young Classic Winner.

At the conclusion of the match, both women were presented by flowers in the ring by Stephanie McMahon, and Toni Storm presented with the MYC Trophy by Triple H.

Winner: Toni Storm

Dan’s Prediction: Toni Storm

Score: 2-1

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

MATCH FOUR:

Six Women Tag

Bayley, Sasha Banks & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad.

The Riott Squad started this match very strongly, and with not much Natalya action, was a lot of the time Sasha and Bayley tagging in and attempting to work together. Bayley sacrificed herself at one point to protect Banks from a Senton, and the match looked to be over when Nattie locked in a double Sharpshooter on Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan, only for Liv to make the save at the last second. This then led to Sasha hitting the Frog Splash, paying homage to her idol the late, Eddie Guerrero, to earn the W for her team.

Winners: Bayley, Sasha Banks & Natalya

Dan’s Prediction: Riott Squad

Score: 2-2

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

MATCH FIVE:

NXT Women’s Championship Match

Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler

I predicted that Shayna would win and that her ‘Four Horsewomen’ buddies would get involved and I was totally correct. Marina Shafir got involved and the match ended with Jessamyn Duke kicking Sane in the head and Shayna locking in the Kirifuda Clutch until Sane passed out.

Winner: Shayna Baszler – NEW Champion

Dan’s Prediction: Shayna Baszler

Score: 3-2

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

MATCH SIX:

Last Women Standing Match for SmackDown Live Women’s Championship

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

The match started very quickly and got very physical with the use of kendo sticks and chairs. Both women took it in turns to slam each other onto the pile of chairs in the ring. Charlotte attempted her Moonsault through a table on Becky, but the table didn’t break, she ended up doing a Swanton Bomb which did. Becky tapped out to a Figure 8 which Charlotte had used a ladder to apply, but as this is a Last Woman Standing match, it doesn’t matter. Becky breaks it with a chair and attempts to leave through the crowd. Becky ends up doing a legdrop off a ladder, through the announce table to Chharlotte who beat the count. The finish occured when Charlotte laid Becky on a table and went for a Moonsault, but Becky got up and Powerbombed Becky through the table and Charlotte was unable to answer the count of 10. The crowd gave this a standing ovation

Winner: Becky Lynch

Dan’s Prediction: Charlotte Flair

Score: 3-3

Match Rating: 4.5/5 – MATCH OF THE NIGHT

 

MAIN EVENT:

Raw Women’s Championship

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella

From the get go Ronda Rousey controlled this match, but Brie attempted to interfere when the referee wasn’t looking, attempting to help her twin sister. Nikki did manage to get some decent offence in during this match and even got a near fall with a springboard kick. When Brie again tried to interfere, Ronda ended up slamming both Bella’s simultaniously. Nikki got a couple more near falls off of an Alabama Sla and then the Rack Attack 2.0. But ultimately the Baddest Woman on The Planet locked in her patented Armbar causing Nikki Bella to tap out. Ronda hugged family and friends at ringside.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

Dan’s Prediction: Ronda Rousey

Score: 4-3

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

The PPV Ended with Rousey walking up the ramp and the entire Women’s division on stage in a huge show of unity, this was a fantastic PPV and goes to show that the days of using the Women’s matches as the ‘Piss Break’ are long gone.

A superb Effort from all involved

Overall Score: 3.5 out of 5

WWE Evolution PREDICTIONS

WWE Evolution Predictions

Evolution is WWE’s first all Women’s PPV and will be taking place at The Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York this Sunday (28th October). Dan looks at each match and gives his thoughts on what will go down at the event.

Tag Team Match

Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Mickie James & Alexa Bliss (or Alicia Fox)

Although this has been announced for a few weeks, there was a rumour that Bliss suffered a concussion over the weekend at a live event, and if this is the case then there is talk of her being replaced by Alicia Fox. I can see the Hall of Famer’s picking up the victory in this one, rolling back the years and pulling out all their old moves.

Dan’s Prediction: TRISH & LITA

Six Woman Tag Match

Riott Squad vs. Bayley, Sasha Banks & Natalya

I believe that WWE are grooming The Riott Squad as the first Women’s Tag Team Champions, and so I believe that this will be a big win on a big stage for the team. I can see there being some dissension in the ranks between Bayley and Sasha and this could indeed cost them the match

Dan’s Prediction: RIOTT SQUAD


Mae Young Classic Final

Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm

I’ll be honest here and say that I haven’t seen any of the Mae Young Classic this year, but having heard about a few of the ladies from this years tournament, I think it is going to be won by Toni Storm.

Dan’s Prediction: TONI STORM

Battle Royal – Winner Receives a future Women’s title match

Alicia Fox vs. Alundra Blayze vs. Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Ember Moon vs. Ivory vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Lana vs. Mandy Rose vs. Maria Kanellis vs. Michelle McCool vs. Molly Holly vs. Naomi vs. Nia Jax vs. Peyton Royce vs. Sonya DeVille vs. Tamina vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Zelina Vega.

So far, there have been 21 participants announced for this Battle Royal for the chance to win a future Women’s Championship Match, I am surprised at the lack of announcements of any NXT talents, and think that there may be some announced, and this will I think determine the winner of this match. I believe that Asuka will win if the current line up remains, and I think it will be won by NXT’s Nikki Cross should the NXT Superstars be added to the match.

Dan’s Prediction: ASUKA / NIKKI CROSS

NXT Women’s Championship

Kairi Sane (C) vs. Shayna Baszler

With Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir signing WWE Developmental deals, could this lead to The Four Horsewomen from UFC joining forces in WWE – With Rousey defending her championship on the same show, there could well be something special about this. I predict that WWE may well put the belt on Shayna again and have her UFC buddies in her corner, making her even more of a force in the NXT Women’s division, and in the process making history by becoming the first ever Two-Time NXT Women’s Champion. 

Dan’s Prediction: SHAYNA BASZLER (New Champ)

WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship

Last Woman Standing Match

Becky Lynch (C) vs. Charlotte Flair

WWE are currently pushing Becky as a super heel and Charlotte as a super face, and I can well see this match causing a ‘double turn’ with Rumours circulating that Old Man Flair will be in attendance backstage at this event, could Naitch play a part in this and help his little girl to regain the Women’s Championship? I believe he may, as much as I don’t want to see Becky lose the title this soon, this is certainly a feud which can run and run.

Dan’s Prediction: CHARLOTTE FLAIR (New Champ)

WWE Raw Women’s Championship

Ronda Rousey (C) vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella

Ronda will dominate from start to finish in this match, which I have a feeling is going to close the show. I think that this will be a quick match which will cause a retention for the Champ.

Dan’s Prediction: RONDA ROUSEY

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!

Guns N’ Roses to play London Stadium at the Olympic Park

You know where you are? Well, hopefully in a few months time you will be at the London Stadium because Guns N’ Roses have finally announced a London date on their “Not In This Lifetime” Tour. The show will mark the first UK performance with Axl and Slash together for over twenty years.

The band reunited with former guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan in 2015 after one of the most notable break ups in rock history and created a reunion that most fans never thought they would ever witness.

The Tour will see the band visit a number of US States and European countries starting in Dublin, Ireland on May 27th and finishing up in San Antonio, Texas on September 8th. But the date that we are most interesting in is at London’s former Olympic Stadium on June 17th. Tickets for the momentous concert will go on general sale this Friday at 10am and you can find them here.gnrtour2017


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More than 20 bands added to Download Festival 2017 line up

The Donington based Festival returns in 2017 with a bang, having already announced the likes of System of a Down, Prophets of Rage, Aerosmith and Biffy Clyro. The Download Festival team have now announced that Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Issues, Alter Bridge, Mastadon, Coheed & Cambria, Four Year Strong and Astroid Boys just to name a few.

This years line up already sees a fairly mixed bunch from the Rock/Alternative scene with Nu Metal, Pop Punk, Classic Rock, Thrash, Emo already all getting a heavy presence over the weekend.

Download Festival takes part between June 9th – 11th and there are plenty more acts to be announced so make sure you get your ticket here.

Don’t forget to check out our Queue & A feature from Download Festival 2015 as well as our interviews with some of the bands featured on the 2017 line up such as The One Hundred and Issues.

Have a look at the Official poster below to see who else has been added to the line up this time round and keep checking back to Rebellious Noise for more updates.

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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:

                                     July 2017

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

Download Festival announce first wave of bands including System of a Down

The Donington based Festival returns for 2017 with a bang having just announced that System of a Down will take the stage on the Friday Night. It will be the third time the band play Download Festival and joining them are some other pretty big names including Aerosmith, Biffy Clyro, Five Finger Death Punch and for the first time in the UK, the supergroup on the lips of rock fans, Prophets of Rage.

The festival will take place on June 9th, 10th and 11th and tickets will be on general sale at 10am on November 4th after the initial Pre Sale sold out.

Check out the current confirmed line up below;

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Also, check out our special episode of the Queue & A at Download 2015

 

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)