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All Saints to headline Meraki Festival August Friday 10th!!
The group’s debut album, All Saints (1997), peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and went on to become the third best-selling girl group album of all time in the UK. The album contained three UK number ones: “Never Ever”, “Under the Bridge”/”Lady Marmalade” and “Bootie Call”. “Never Ever” is the second best-selling girl group single of all-time in the UK, behind the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe”.
It also won two Brit Awards: Best British Single and Best British Video, and the group were nominated for Best British Breakthrough Act. Their second album, Saints & Sinners (2000), became their first number-one album and achieved multi-platinum success. It included the UK number one singles “Pure Shores” and “Black Coffee”.
Multi Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Pixie Lott will play main stage on Saturday 11th August.
Pixie Lott has enjoyed a hectic career so far. Having emerged in 2008 with two multi-platinum selling albums (2009’s Turn It Up and Young Foolish Happy in 2011) plus a portfolio of hit singles, including 3 #1’s, she followed with her self-titled third album in 2014 which spawned her 7th Top 10 single. Along the way Lott has been nominated for 4 BRITs (including British Female and Breakthrough Act) and won 2 European Music Awards (including Best UK & Ireland Act).
In 2016, Lott took a different direction for her premier role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. The play, which included a long stint at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, proved to be both rewarding and emotional.
To prepare for her creative splurge, Lott often booked studio time whenever she was able, “working constantly” on tracks and demos throughout 2016 and 2017. On her time off she would travel to LA to record new material, “being creative and getting down new ideas.” Without a deadline to work to, she has found the process exciting. Meanwhile, a huge batch of recorded songs could arrive on an album next year.
“Whenever I had a few weeks here and there I would go back into the studio to write. I just wanted to keep it up in the gaps between performing.” She’s excited with the results, too. “There are loads of new tracks,” she explains. “It might seem to some people that I’ve been quiet, but I’ve actually been working so hard.”
“I’ve also learned loads,” she continues. “I’ve grown as an artist and a person. When I first started working with a manager I was 14; I signed a deal at 15, and I was on tour at 18. I’m 26 now and it feels like I’ve been involved in music all my life. But that has given me confidence, experience. As a writer working in the studio I’m more inclined to say what I think, sing what comes to mind, and try out new melodies. When I’d just started I’d think, ‘Oh my gosh, my ideas are stupid, I can’t say it out loud because the other people in the room will be like, What is that all about?’ Not anymore. And after working so hard on Breakfast At Tiffany’s I think, If can do that, I can do anything.’”
There have been exciting changes behind the scenes as well. Lott has moved from Mercury Records to 3 Beat Productions, a “cool, boutique label” working under the Universal umbrella. She’s operating in prestigious circles, too: 3 Beat have previously released hits by the likes of Mercury Prize-winning grime artist Skepta and Romanian singer songwriter Inna. “I love a lot of their mainstream stuff too, like Sigma,” she says. “They released This Girl by Cookin’ On 3 Burners, which was my favourite record last year.” In 3 Beat, Lott seems to have found a spiritual home.
Fresh beginnings are something Pixie Lott understands all too well. Her career has already been a scrapbook of reinventions and redesigns on a thrilling pop blueprint. The latest chapter in her story came with the release of Won’t Forget You and it should reach its thrilling endpoint with an album of new cuts sometime next year. Watch this space: one of the year’s most-eagerly awaited pop albums is in the making. Life is about to get a whole lot busier for Pixie Lott.
Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc are one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure. Testament to 10cc’s ongoing appeal, the band can count a generation straddling array of fellow artists, everyone from Chrissie Hynde to The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie and Axl Rose to Sophie Ellis Bextor, among their many millions of fans.
I’m Not In Love, co-written by Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart, features prominently in the soundtrack to the 2014 blockbuster film Guardians of the Galaxy, which grossed $635 million in its first two months in US cinemas and spawned a No 1 album. Meanwhile, a key element of the soundtrack to 2010’s Facebook feature film The Social Network is Dreadlock Holiday, which is also the Sky Sports cricket reports theme in Australia.
10cc has sold more than 30 million albums around the world and the band’s longevity is testament to their timeless songs, and reflecting Gouldman’s status as one of the world’s leading songwriters, he was inducted into America’s Songwriter’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York in June. Previous inductees include Noel Coward, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Elton John and Sting.
The band continues to traverse the globe and play countries as disparate as Iceland and South Africa, Latvia and Japan, as well as across Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the US. Gouldman attributes 10cc’s lasting appeal to the quality and individuality of the band’s songs. “They don’t seem to date; they are original, we never followed any trend we simple wrote for our own pleasure. The fact that the songs are being played as often on the radio today as they ever were shows how true that is,” he says.
10cc ruled the pop world at a time – the 1970s – when the charts were dominated by some of the most creative and colourful artistes in pop history. Unlike David Bowie, Queen, Elton John or Rod Stewart – all of whom they stood shoulder-to-shoulder with for a decade – 10cc’s energies were not centred on image or celebrity-status, but on creating highly sophisticated rock masterworks with mainstream appeal.
Early influences on the band included The Beatles and the Beach Boys, but their palate proved wide. Says Gouldman: “For me it was people like Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Jimmy Webb, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers. Eric [Stewart] was more rock ’n’ roll, the blues and R&B; while Kevin [Godley] and Lol [Creme] were into more artistic and avant-garde acts including Jacques Brel. It’s what happened when we put all those things together that made 10cc.”
The result was some of the greatest pop records of the 20th Century. From breakthrough hit Donna in 1972 to their final No 1, Dreadlock Holiday in 1978, via landmark releases including 1975 worldwide hit I’m Not In Love, 10cc stood for the kind of heightened pop sensibility achieved only by the very greatest music practitioners. As Rolling Stone magazine put it in 1975, ‘There is more going on in one 10cc song than on the last ten Yes albums.’
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Gabrielle is back! The record-breaking, chart-topping singer songwriter returns this Summer with the album, Under My Skin, her first studio record in 11 years. The album drops on 17th August and can be pre-ordered now from here. The first single from the album, Show Me, premieres on Thursday and can be listened to here.
Last year, Gabrielle connected with Grammy-nominated producer Steve Chrisanthou to write the comeback single, Show Me. Clicking instantly, Gabrielle describes Show Me: “‘When Steve first played me the music to Show Me, I knew I had to write to it. It excited and inspired me. I feel like it’s me, it’s classic Gabrielle and I love it’”.
The release of Under My Skin will mark 25 years since the release of her debut single, Dreams. The #1 single stormed the charts all over Europe and Australia, going Gold in the UK and cementing Gabrielle as one of the most exciting new names in pop music. Two and a half decades later, Under My Skin is sure to remind the world of Gabrielle’s signature, heart-warming, soul-stirring voice. Under My Skin is released through BMG and will be available on CD, Vinyl and all digital and streaming platforms.
Nik Kershaw signed with MCA Records in 1983. His debut album ‘Human Racing’ gave Nik his first UK top 5 singles with the hits ‘I Won’t let the Sun Go Down on Me’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ and launched his career worldwide.
The equally successful ‘The Riddle’ followed with the title track, ‘Wide Boy’ and ‘Don Quixote’ all reaching the UK top 10 and in 1990, after four MCA albums and sales of over 8 million, Nik left the spotlight to concentrate on song writing and producing.
The following years saw him working with many artists including Elton John, Chesney Hawkes, Ronan Keating, The Hollies, Colin Blunstone, Imogen Heap & Gary Barlow. Nik rekindled his recording career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album ‘15 Minutes’ and has subsequently released three further albums: ‘To Be Frank’ in 2001, ‘You’ve Got To Laugh’ in 2006 and in 2010 the solo acoustic album ‘No Frills’.
August 10th / Simon McBride
Ireland has produced it’s fair share of Guitar legends and Northern-Irish virtuoso Simon McBride is without doubt the rightful heir to a throne first vacated by Rory Gallagher, and more recently by Gary Moore.
He is unquestionably one of the finest blues-rock guitarists playing in the world today, combining lightning speed with a level of expression and inventiveness that few can match. Add to that a soulful, gravelly voice and self-penned songs that speak of love, loss and righteous defiance, and you have a 21st century blues-rock icon, in the flesh.
Sunday 12th / Pearl Handled Revolver
‘Imagine a late night tavern, exotically scented smoke in the air, Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey in the corner booth, with Absinthe and out of body experiences on the menu. Pearl Handled Revolver would be the house band.’ – Rhythm Magazine
What started as an experiment in playing ‘Filthy Blues’ has over the years, expanded to incorporate all manner of sonic whims and fever dreams. For a substantial portion of the time they’re under the distinct impression that they are perhaps chasing the dragon down whichever darkened alleyway it thinks it might find musical treasures to feed upon.
Their desire to experiment mean the results are never predictable. Whether it be in concert or on album, an encounter with Pearl Handled Revolver will leave you dancing to a new set of tunes that you knew existed, but had never dared to seek out before.
‘People often deride the blues as static, but this psychedelic stew of rock and kaleidoscopic blues shows the medium can be progressive if bands sprinkle invention on it as well as this British outfit do.’ – Powerplay Magazine
Saturday 11th / Annabel Williams
Described by Jamie Cullum as ‘the best live vocalist I’ve heard in a long time’, Annabel Williams is one of the U.K’s most respected singers and it’s busiest Vocal Coach. Hailing from Harpenden, Annabel has over 15 years in the music industry under her belt and has sung with and taught some of the biggest names in music, including Al Jarreau, CeeLo Green, Nicole Scherzinger, Michael Bolton, Amy Winehouse, Katy Perry and Alison Moyet, to name a few.
Currently in her 7th Year as the Vocal Coach on X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, Annabel can also frequently be seen appearing at London’s most celebrated venues, including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Performing a selection of classic soul and blues, by artists such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin, Annabel and her band promise to deliver a power house and accomplished set which is sure to have you singing along.
FRIDAY 10 AUGUST: THE MADONNA SHOW
VOX Collective is a dynamic group of top UK session musicians, including vocalists, drummers and guitarists, horn players, MDs and string ensembles. In it’s first year, VOX Collective has put together a large variety of shows honoring musicians like Outkast, Madonna & Carole King, and has sold out numerous shows at London’s legendery venues like Jazz Café and XOYO, as well as venues across the country.
Members of the collective have had the honor of performing with artists that include Justin Timberlake, Rag’n’Bone man, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith, Joss Stone, Laura Mvula, Jason Derulo, Beverley Knight & Nicole Scherzinger to name a few.
Take two great voices – hers, warm, rich and soulful – his, heartfelt and bittersweet… mix together and stand well back. Jess Greenfield and Gavin Conder became a couple well before they became a duo. They first met twelve years ago, but only stumbled on their unique musical chemistry much later on. Both had already established themselves as must-see live performers by the time they met, supporting a roll call of big names, including Brian Adams, Imelda May, Rod Stewart, Rudimental, Professor Green, Take That and Sam Smith.
Both had also long been writing and recording their own material, drawing on a host of influences from Sam Cooke, Connor Reeves and Marvin Gaye (Gav) to Dusty Springfield and Tina Turner (Jess). It was only when they decided to record Jess’s song, Forgiveness, singing together for the first time, that they discovered the spine-tingling effect of their voices combined. Producer Steve Brown (Rumer and Laura M’vula) stepped in to take their raw, organic sound to the next level – and the breathtaking vocal personality of The Kondoors was born. The Kondoors
In a galaxy not so far away, in a time not that long ago – legendary music mogul Simon Cowell said of Britain’s Got Talent “If we could find Stormtroopers who could dance … then this show is going into a different league” – then once Boogie Storm had finished their now legendary audition and he had used his golden buzzer without hesitation: “My dream has come true, thank you”.
It’s an accolade that few can match, and even fewer can beat – but for Boogie Storm, it was the beginning of what has since been a rollercoaster of a journey.
Dressed head to toe in iconic white Stormtrooper outfits, the six members of Boogie Storm are a force to be reckoned with. Crushing dance routines so tight they’d impress Yoda himself, the group have accumulated over 50 million YouTube hits to date, and there seems to be no sign of them slowing down. Having reached the live final and finished third in Britain’s Got Talent’s 10th anniversary in 2016, the troop have now been nominated for the best performance of 2016 at the National Reality Television Awards, as the accolades just keep on coming.
Being invited to dance at the official Star Wars wrap party with Ellie Goulding is now seen as just a scratch on the surface for Boogie Storm; they have had the honour of performing at Anfield in front of nearly 50,000 people in their home city of Liverpool, and with their reputation reaching galactic proportions, they also unleashed an interstellar performance at the AEO awards in London.
You could say that the force is strong with Boogie Storm, and you’d be right.
Friday 10th / McGoozer
McGoozer (aka McGoo) is a Scottish singer/songwriter whose voice you’ll have heard a thousand times before. You might recognize his vocals from McDonalds’ I’m Lovin’ It campaign, or when he starred in The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers multi-year tour of Europe or maybe when he toured relentlessly with Mike & the Mechanics – which included being the opening act for Phil Collins on his world tour. So if you think his voice sounds familiar, it’s because he’s been singing to you anonymously for years! Now he steps into the limelight as himself: Welcome McGoozer.
In September 2017 his first solo album, Songs from the Mirror, hit number 5 on the Itunes UK Singer/Songwriter charts. The album is now available via Right Track Records and distributed worldwide by Universal Music Group. The music of McGoozer is immediately relatable and speaks from the heart and for the heart. Creating positive music about universal experiences, filled with astonishing soaring vocals and beautiful melodies. McGoozer’s voice will make your soul smile. Enjoy!
On Saturday afternoon, you’ll have the chance to take centre stage and perform with the legendary Rockaoke! We’ll invite audience members to take to the stage and perform your favourite songs – This is your chance to perform at a festival!
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Welcome to the legendary Club De Fromage. Started by ex-gangster Fat Tony and now run by his half-wit son, Slow Alfie, this is the DJ set that time forgot. Bring your dancing shoes (you will need them) and let Slow Alfie and the Club de Fromage performers entertain you on a bumpy trip through the musical decades!
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Smiley & The Underclass are a punky reggae explosion from London Town. Think Bob Dylan meets The Clash and King Tubby in a dark alley with baseball bats. Razor-sharp guitars collide with intense, climate-conscious lyrics and melodies to move your mind, soul, body and feet. With their new album: “REBELS OUT THERE” out now (recorded with Mick Jones of The Clash and legendary UK Reggae producer Nick Manasseh), Smiley & The Underclass are quickly becoming the hottest rebel sound in the UK.
The revolution is here. All you have to do is tune in…
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Amelia Lappert is a fresh and exciting new talent to emerge on the singer/songwriter scene. Her writing contains elements of country and folk conveyed soulfully yet with a commercial vibe. The lyrics and melodies resonate deep into the hearts of her audiences, her beautiful tone reaching exquisite heights with clarity and ease. Born and raised in Hertfordshire, she has been gigging in St Albans and around London since graduating in June 2015. Studying music/popular music at Liverpool University gradually helped to bring her out of her shell having been too shy beforehand to really go for the music career she so desperately wanted. At last, her debut EP ‘Game of Life’ was released in June 2017 and is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and Deezer. Her brand new single ‘Gone Away’ will be out on 23rd February 2018. Visit the Amelia Lappert website.
Surrender The Night are an alternative / indie rock band from St Albans, who have been playing together for over three years and have been regularly gigging for almost a year. The lineup features Zack Rowe is on lead vocals and rhythm guitar / bass guitar, Jacob Holmes on backing vocals and keyboard, Lucas Horner on lead guitar / bass guitar and Chris Gurney on drums.
Jack Hobbs is a truly versatile talent. He’s released albums, produced original music for performing artists, written hundreds of songs, engineered established shows, composed numerous original scores, shot and edited music videos and established his own record label – Jacket Records. Visit the Jacket Records website.
Seb Wesson’s acoustic folk stylings hint at an alternate reality where the nimble fretwork of Richard Thompson found itself on the American alternative rock scene of the 90s. Sweetly sung melody and beautiful harmonies drag over effortless guitar picking with the fragility and laid-back cool of a romantic slacker dream. A unique fusion of styles, his songs are a soundtrack to love, loss and watching moments pass across a lazy, hazy summer.
Seb plans to release the follow up to the Tigers EP (released in 2017 after a successful Kicksarter campaign) later this year and the debut album the following year in 2018.
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When young London-based singer/songwriter Hope sings her songs, you hear a wealth of life experience far beyond her years.
Accumulating over 15 million hits and 65k subscribers on her Youtube channel, Hope’s voice is heard by people all over the world and her songs pull on your heart strings. Her acoustic cover of Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ was used for the 2016 Dog’s Trust #SpecialSomeone ad campaign, aired on prime time ITV throughout the year. She has release 2 highly successful acoustic EPs in both 2014 & 15, ‘Optimist EP’ reaching #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts.
Hope’s latest release soothes you to the soul. Recorded fully live at Jacket Records studio in Hertfordshire. The full band and string arrangement sweep you off your feet, and the weight just drops off your shoulders. If there ever was a song that instilled calm into your ears and released stress. This is it.
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APRIL BLUE’s songs of life, lust and loneliness spring from a bed of brooding electronic soundscapes. Ozz LP’s soulful vocals drive the music through scenes of lullaby and desperation, finding their perfect compliment in the deep rhymes of rapper Ian Morcher. Meanwhile, the sultry grooves of the band masterfully walk the line between laid back sleaze and gritty Rock. They have earned recognition as ‘Best Pop Artist’ at the NMG awards and ‘track of the week’ at BBC Introducing. APRIL BLUE are a Rock band with an R&B heart. Let yourself be seduced.
‘The Wicked Jackals’ (formerly Guns of Anarchy) are a Watford-based melodic hard rock band formed in early 2013 by Frontman/Guitarist Ollie Tindall and Drummer James Norkett after a chance encounter outside a local nightclub. Within weeks, the lineup was complete with both Lex Gifford and Marty Venus on board. Fast forward and the duo-now-turned-foursome had a repertoire of songs ready to gig. Having opened for acts such as Guns 2 Roses, Meanstead, New Device, Metalworks, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Damn Dice (to name but a few), they continue on, dazzling audiences with a sound which almost disappeared from UK stages…
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Acclaimed in the UK & US media from the tabloid pop pages to the teen press, from Curve Magazine to a brace of prestigious appearances on the BBC Radio 2 playlist, Scarlette is constantly looking to expand her musical horizons and her eclectic and infectious music is all the better for it. After touring with Mike and The Mechanics, Robbie Williams, Ollie Murs & Caro Emerald to name but a few, Scarlette was aptly dubbed as ‘Janis Joplin without the crack’. Her raw, honest rocky performances are a treat not to be missed. Visit the Scarlette Fever website.
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy foot stompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond!
The band have been relentlessly touring through 2017, stompin’ their way round the British folk scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’. As well as this, Noble Jacks have appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and main stage Beautiful Days – to name but a few! The band headed to Costa Del Folk in Portugal in October 2017 shortly before their November run – with incredible demand for 2018 already rolling in.
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Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved nothing more than jumping around to Drum & Bass. That little girl grew up and wanted to show the world how a little pinch of dub and a bucket full of bass could be just the recipe for a perfect workout class. Drum n Bounce will be helping to kick off your day in the right way – with heaps of energy, some classic aerobic moves and banging tunes!
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From Matthew Lowe (Keston Cobblers Club) and Daniel Trenholme, comes the new alt-folk duo Stables.
Stables was formed in January 2016 during late night drinks between Matthew and Daniel in London. Matthew was working on a new project idea at the time and, after playing through what was to become their first single, ‘Steam’, at 5 am, the duo was born, and quickly went public four months later. ‘Beyond Brushes’ (their debut album) was released to critical acclaim just nine months after, in August 2016, and was championed by the likes of BBC’s Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, and BBC6 Recommends amongst others, soon establishing them firmly on the circuit, with a growing fan base.
Just a month after the release Matthew and Daniel embarked on their first UK headline tour, followed by a small French headline. Stables put emphasis on ‘energy’ when playing live; switching instruments and producing the sound of a full band, with big harmonies and varied styles. Matthew says; ‘I always wanted to create a simple sound that could then be taken further when needed, from a small folk club, to a large festival stage’. Stables have gone on to tour the UK further, performing at major festivals including Glastonbury Festival, and now have a full European headline tour announced for Autumn 2017.
Stables’ second album, ‘Reverie’, has been announced for release at the end of February 2018, and has been tipped to surpass their debut. ‘We’re incredibly proud of this record and can’t wait for people to hear it’. Matthew calls it an ‘almost break up album’ that he wrote whilst in a ‘period of relationship unrest, which resolved during the process’. ‘This is the album we always wanted to release when we first imagined Stables. We love our debut, but this feels like the sound we always set out to produce’. Visit the Stables Website.
He’s one DJ that has been there, done that and done it all again, and for almost three decades Judge Jules has led the way in the world of dance music. Since hitting the decks in 1987, Judge Jules has influenced an entire generation on Kiss FM and Radio 1 and continues to be on the playlists of millions with his weekly radio show The Global Warm Up, which notches up 750,000 downloads every single week via his podcast and is broadcast on over 80 stations around the world.
As a pioneer of the club scene, passion and persona behind the decks coupled with crowd connection and unrivalled mixing has earned Judge Jules unforgettable sets at the world’s most iconic clubs and festivals including Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Global Gathering and Creamfields.
In the studio, Judge Jules has released over 100 tracks of which ten have reached the top 40 in the UK national charts with countless more gracing the upper reaches of the dance charts. He’s mixed compilations for Ministry of Sound, Universal and Warner Bros, which have racked up over 3 million sales, and he’s currently in the studio gearing up to drop a whole host of new beats for 2017. Earning his place amongst DJ legends, Judge Jules has received accolades such as #1 DJ (Mixmag), Best International DJ (Dancestar Awards), Best Radio DJ (Smirnoff’s Dancestars), and has consistently featured in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, peaking at #3 in the world, alongside the industry’s greatest.
Jules’ presence and reputation in Ibiza is legendary, and his famous brand, Judgement Fridays (formerly Judgement Sundays) is the longest standing DJ residency in Ibiza history. The night continues to pack out its Balearic home week in, week out over the summer season, totting up 16 years of events on the island.
Judge Jules is not planning on slowing down. Instead, he’s continuing to innovate and lead as he always has done taking the ‘Judgement’ brand to the next level in the form of a record label, and UK tour to influence a whole new generation of dance music lovers. Having spent plenty of time locked away in the studio, 2016 saw a serious return to form in terms of productions with the launch of his own ‘Judgement Recordings’ and releases on Coldharbour Recordings, Sirup Music and more. With tracks like ‘Turn On The Lights’, ‘Burn In The Sun’, ‘With A Song’ and ‘Te Quiero’ all gaining high profile support and on chart placements on Beatport, Jules is still very much at the top of his game both behind the decks and in the studio.
With his early ambitions earning him the name Judge Jules, the legal world has become something of a backbone throughout his entire career and having re-trained whilst on tour, during part of the week, in addition to his DJ travels, Jules is a music lawyer with Sheridans, advising labels, DJs, artists and a wide range of other music industry folk. Jules has also lent his expertise in the legal field to a regular ‘Industry Insiders’ column in Mixmag offering advice to up and coming DJs and artists.”Phases come and go, genres are born and laid to rest in the blink of an eye, but one thing is for certain… Judge Jules is here to stay.
Danny Rampling is one of the first Superstar DJs. A true Pioneer and Visionary of the Dance Music scene that we know today.
Through his legendary Acid House club Shoom in the 1980’s, and his Radio shows with BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM, Danny became a catalyst that has helped to shape Dance Music and Radio for over 25 years, and has paved the way for the likes of David Guetta to be who they are today.
Voted #1 Dj by DJ Magazine in their first ever top 100 poll ; MIx Mag/DMC World Awards : ”Best Radio DJ” – 1992 ; Music Magazine : ”Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music Award” – 1998 ; Ibiza Music Awards : ”Best Radio DJ” and ”Outstanding Achievement Award” – 2000 ; Ibiza Music Award : ”Lifetime Achievement” – 2005 ; DJ Mag : Nominated for ”Best of British Outstanding Contribution Award” – 2012
Danny Rampling has sold over a Million compilation albums, presented with an array of Gold Discs, is also regularly featured on TV documentaries for C4 National Geographic, BBC, MTV, and The Gadget Show for his music knowledge and expertise. He has become a household name in the UK and has become a brand unto himself – building an army of fans. Rampling was the mastermind behind adopting the Smiley Face logo to represent the Acid House / Rave movement, which has become one of the most recognisable symbols of Dance Music Culture we know today.
His show ”Love Groove Dance Party” on BBC Radio 1 ran for 7 years on a Saturday night in the UK, and attracted Millions of global listeners every weekend. Danny Rampling’s radio presence was also instrumental in turning Kiss FM from a pirate radio station into the main player that it is today with his influence over Dance Music and changed the attitudes of young London in the 90’s. Danny was the first British DJ to play at the Miami Winter Music Conference, and was one of the first DJ’s to play in South Africa. With past Ibiza Residencies in Pacha, Amnesia, and Privilege, he has helped shape the Dance and Club scene on the island of ibiza and in the UK as we know it over the years.
Seb Fontaine is one of the most recognized DJs on the international club scene. Through his high profile and long-standing residencies, radio shows and compilation CDs, Seb has been at the forefront of the scene for many years and continue to showcase his electronic house grooves at high-profile gigs around the world.
Initially playing soul, funk, rare groove and hip-hop, Seb started DJing at venues in West London in the late 1980s. After discovering house music, Seb progressed through a number of high profiles residencies at clubs such as the Hanover Grand, Ministy Of Sound and Cream. With these high profile residencies came the opportunity to work with KISS FM and later Radio One – where he presented a weekly Saturday night show to a worldwide audience. As an elite international DJ, Seb has also released a number of best-selling compilation albums for Global Underground (‘Prototype’), Ministry Of Sound, Cream and Positiva.
More recently, Seb Fontaine has hosted Type @ The Cross – a long-standing monthly night that was considered one of London’s best nights during its 8 year tenure. Since the closure of The Cross, Seb has continued to play shows throughout the world and is now as happy playing to the glitterati in Monaco as he is rocking underground dance floors. He is set to continue his residency for Contact @ Amnesia this summer – a club at which he has played regularly throughout the summer months for 10 years – where he appears alongside the likes of Mark Knight, ATFC and Kurd Maverick.
On the production front, Seb has recently hit #1 on the Cool Cuts and Buzz Chart with ‘Need to Feel Loved’ as Reflekt. Originally released on Postiva in 2004 and produced by Seb Fontaine and Julian Peake, ‘Need To Feel Love’ is now setting dance floors alight once more in 2009 with a re-release, featuring remixes from the likes of Adam K & Soha, forthcoming very soon. The original release of this track was a massive international success and featured on the award-winning movie ‘It’s All Gone Pete Tong’ in 2005. Seb continues to run his own Mono-Type label which has released a number of his own productions such as ‘Do The Do’, ‘Gimme More’ and ‘Shine’ – the follow-up to ‘Need To Feel Love’ as Reflekt. Additionally, Seb has recently released remixes on Hussle Recordings and Floorplay while also working on a host of new productions.
Seb Fontaine has been at the pinnacle the dance scene for over 10 years and maintains his status as one of the world’s best DJs. With the continuation of his international DJ schedule and a high-profile gaining massive support and set for release on Positiva, 2009 looks to be another successful for this world-beating DJ and producer.
Legendary DJ Tall Paul, began his career in the late 80s, playing for private parties at his family’s venue, Turnmills. At the same time Paul started working with pirate radio stations Touchdown FM and the capital’s seminal pirate Sunrise FM. From there he went on to get residencies at Trade, Zap Club in Brighton and from there met up with Shelley Boswell, which lead to regular slots at the Gardening Clubs’ “Club For Life”.
In 1992 Paul put out his first vinyl offering – the white label ‘Love Rush’, a Trade anthem. He then hooked up with Hooj Choons’ Red Jerry and came up with the dance classic “Rock Da House,” and then went on to produce numerous top 20 hits including the club anthems Escrima “Deeper” and “Train of Thought”, and his highest entry to date, Camisra “Let Me Show You”, which entered at No. 5. All this lead to a series of remix projects for artists such as New Order, Stone Roses, Erasure, Human League, K Klass, Wild Child, Energy 52, Duran Duran, Nalin & Kane, Blondie, Bizarre Inc, Keane and The Killers.
Paul has won Paul has also sold over 1 million compilation albums including Virgin’s The Gallery Modern Masters, Club Nation 1998 and Cream Anthems, as well as winning numerous awards in his career, both from DJ Mag as Best Producer, and from Muzik Mag who awarded him DJ of the year. His enduring popularity has seen him DJ worldwide travelling to the U.S., Canada, Japan, South America, Asia, India, Dubai, South Africa and all over Europe.
Russell Small is one of the very few DJs to have had multiple top ten hits and several chart-dominating remixes across two decades, and he can uniquely claim to have done it as different artists. Russell’s first extremely successful career was as Phats & Small, and his second was with the Freemasons.
He started DJing in Brighton in the early 1990s, until one track transformed his life forever. ‘Turn Around’ became a huge hit, climbing to number two in the UK charts and spreading like wildfire all over the world. The track launched Russell on the global stage as a recording artist and one of the world’s most exciting DJs.
Two albums followed, as did more hits including ‘Tonite’, ‘This Time Around’, and ‘Feel Good’. Russell then teamed up with James Wiltshire to embark on a recording partnership under the name Freemasons. The duo’s ‘Love On My Mind’ was a slow burner, taking over a year to climb the charts, but once it did, it became an evergreen clubbing anthem.
Over the next few years Freemasons was the hottest dance act in the world. Their own tracks ‘Rain Down Love’ and ‘Uninvited’ dominated the clubs, and remixes of songs by Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Kelly Rowland were picked as the lead radio edits across Europe.
This success led to gigs all over the world, with the duo headlining Mardi Gras twice, and playing everywhere from Rio to Seoul. In 2010 the boys embarked on a ‘Summer of Pride’ tour, headlining every major Pride festival in the UK and the USA.
By 2014, Freemasons decided to take some time out. In, 2016 Russell teamed up with Dino Psaras (DNO P) to release ‘Listen’. Their next track ‘She’ is due out soon. His latest artistic venture is sure to be Russell’s third success in a row, scoring him the ultimate musical hat trick.
Jonathan Ulysses is a force to be reckoned with – as the longest standing resident DJ of the now closed “Space Ibiza” with 19 seasons under his belt, playing music for respectable brands like We Love, Cafe Ole, La Troya and Ibiza Calling and also playing music alongside some of the worlds biggest DJs, including Eric Morello, David Guetta, Sven Vath, Roger Sanchez and Steve Lawler.
His thirst for the world’s greatest stages in his performances doesn’t end in Ibiza. His recent global calendar has seen him stretched from Sandance in Dubai to M.O.B Festival and the Edge in Brazil, to Sounds of the Summer in New Zealand, The Space Ibiza Festival in Sydney, Club Space in Miami, and on to Ministry of Sound in London. You can find Jonathan featured in DJ Magazine, MixMag, Tilllate, Essential Magazine and he was also nominated for ‘Best Ibiza DJ’ on almost every quality dance music-focused website on the internet. Jonathan has even made an appearance on Pete Tong ‘Essential Mix Show’.
The Jonathan Ulysses discography is filled with tracks that have hit the top spot on iTunes, Beatport, Traxsource and Track It Down with Collaborations with Prok and Fitch, Matt Schwart, Tom Starr, Futuristic Polar Bears, Juan Kidd, Peter Brown, Hoxton Whores and Jay C and Vocalists Lisa Williams and Lizzie Curious. As well as being CEO of his own label Ulybug Music, Jonathan has had releases on various labels throughout the years like Toolroom, Wormland, Nervous, Zulu, Hotfingers, Azuli, Oxyd to name a few.
Jonathan Ulysses has mixed three of the Space compilations and many other compilations for In Bed With Space, HatClub and Ministry of Sound.
George Kafetzis, born in Birmingham and one of the cities best kept secrets. He broke into the scene over 10 years ago and going from strength to strength. For people who know him he is respected highly for his technical abilities and pure showmanship whilst behind the decks. For those that don’t, upon witnessing one of his stomping sets, both ears n feet shall be satisfied undoubtedly so . His unique sound consists of smooth house, rocking electro and deep jacking beats with a relentless mix of acapellas thrown on top just for good measure!! This guy does things with tracks you never thought to be possible.
Over the past 10 years he has played at nights/venues across the country including; Cream Bugged Out, Miss Moneypennys, Coca Loco, The Canal Club and GodsKitchen and Gatecrasher Birmingham/ Nottingham just to name but a few in doing so he has had the opportunity to play alongside some of the worlds best djs..and hold residency for Cream Tours in Birmingham .
Currently he is working in the studio as a producer and had success with many remixes over the past 3yrs. He has a unique sound which can/does lend itself to a variety of genres/projects. For over a year he has been one of the chief remixers for Miss Moneypennys music working on most of their current and future projects. Since starting out as a producer he has been fortunate enough to work alongside 80s soul legend Roachford , Mobo award nominee Nate James and ‘thee remixing man of the moment’ Will Bailey.
George is co-owner of Red/Yeloleather Records and Discover International Records which was founded by himself and Jonze with support from the likes of Martijn Ten Velden, Mark Knight, Nick Bridges, Micky Slim, Filthy Rich and is becoming one of the UKs great independent labels.
His excellent productions and remixes are starting to pathe the way to his well deserved success, George is a major talent, with energy and drive like no other. Watch out for this continuation and a number of his own productions forthcoming in the very near future, he is set to be the household name you cant pronounce!