ST ALBANS, AL3 7PT
Pioneers of the 80s Romantic movement, Spandau Ballet formed in 1978 and had numerous chart topping singles and albums all over the world, some of the most memorable being the singles ‘Gold’, ‘Only When You Leave’, ‘Lifeline’, the epic ‘Through the Barricades’ and of course the international number one ‘True’; the latter famously sampled by PM Dawn in 1991 and featured on Paul Anka’s Rock Swings album in 2005.
As lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley has, over the years, earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. In addition to all the band’s songs, many will remember his prominent vocal contribution to the Band Aid UK charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and subsequent 1985 London appearance at Live Aid. He also performed solo at the Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley in June 1988.
Former Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle became a bona-fide global pop sensation during the mid-1980s, with hits that included ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’, ‘Circle in the Sand’ and ‘Leave a Light On’. Belindacarlisle.tv
THE GLORY DAYS of top vocal group Odyssey, one of the most successful soul/disco acts of their era, culminated in the early 1980’s when they topped the charts with “Use It Up And Wear It Out”, scoring several other Top Ten hits in Britain and throughout the world. The group actually started out being billed as “The Lopez Sisters” when there were three of them – Lillian, Louise, and Carmen. An agent spotted them at a concert and booked them for a five month European tour. When they returned to the States, Carmen left the trio to marry, but Lillian and Louise resolved to continue, and so recruited Tony Reynolds as a replacement.
From their debut album emerged their first smash single – “Native New Yorker”, an international hit late in 1977. Additionally, Lillian’s eldest son, Steven Collazo had become part of Odyssey behind the scenes, recording as a background vocalist, journeyman session musician and musical director for their live performances and tours. A couple of years later, the group cut their “Hang Together” album. It contained “Use It Up And Wear It Out”, while the flipside, “Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her” received major airplay on US Black Radio. In the UK, “Use It Up” shot to the top ten, followed by “If You’re Looking For A Way Out”, “Inside Out”, and the Lamont Dozier classic “Going Back To My Roots”, among others.
Performing around the UK, Europe and The Middle East through the 80’s and into the 90’s, the journey continued. In 1994, Steven moved up to co-front the group and produce new versions of the Odyssey classics while appearing with Lillian on television, touring the arenas, top hotels, clubs, major holiday resorts and festivals throughout the UK and Europe.
The founder and first voice of Odyssey, Lillian Lopez-Collazo Jackson, died of cancer on September 4th, 2013. Louise Lopez passed away from natural causes January 28th, 2015. Former members Billy McEachern and Al Jackson have either retired or acquired new interests and directions. Tony Reynolds, an early member of the group died February 2nd, 2010.
Steven Collazo continues the family legacy, taking their “odyssey” forward and further with an array of talented singers, musicians, DJs and producers. Sharing the stage with Steven are: Romina Johnson, who’s known her own success with producer Artful Dodger on the hit single “Movin Too Fast” and Kate “KJ” Sutherland, music industry veteran who has performed worldwide with many top artists including Alexander O’neal and Leee John of Imagination as well as her own club hit “Weekend”.
It’s said that “old school” is today’s “new school” and Steve’s been working to combine the best of both worlds into today’s Odyssey. Currently, Mr Collazo has teamed up with co-producer Andy Williams of YamWho? and ISM records. YamWho’s? impressively extensive track record of re-mixes and old school live recording with modern treatment, have introduced Odyssey to a whole new generation of enthusiasts who grew up with their music while remaining faithful to the group’s more mature, core audience. With remixes from such superstar DJs as John Morales, Rahaan, Louie Vega, Ashley Beedle and others, the journey continues into the 21st century while keeping an eye towards the classic sound which made ODYSSEY famous.
A teen heartthrob through the 80s and a celebrated star of stage and screen in the decades since, Jason Donovan has remained a pivotal figure in British pop culture for over thirty years. He’ll be performing all of his biggest hits at Meraki, including ‘Too many Broken Hearts’ and ‘Especially for You’.
The sound that Angie Brown is famous as an all-powerful dynamite house, soul and gospel diva one which can also translate down to a beautiful refreshing almost childlike airy voice but with a touch of smokiness that works on ballads and jazzier tracks.
Angie’s big break came in the early nineties when she was freelancing for an agency in an attempt to become known. Then came Bizarre Inc. who were looking for a big voice to perform their next track following the success of “Playing with knives”. One audition and three months later, “I’m Gonna Get You” was mixed and the pre-sales were 45,000 – it went straight into the UK National charts at #17 and finally rested at #2.With the success of this track, Angie was able to launch a full time career as a vocalist and now appears sometimes as a featured artiste and more recently on all-new projects, she actually co-writes tracks with the DJ or producer as well as performing them. Examples of her more recent work can be heard on various labels including Hed Kandi, Milk & Sugar and Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records.
Angie has performed at some of the most prestigious parties for some of the world’s most rich and famous, including the King of Morocco’s Birthday party and Kate Driver’s wedding (sister of Minnie Driver). As a live PA, Angie has played clubs that vary from Space (Ibiza), Heaven (London & Gran Canaria) to venues in New York, Golden Gate, San Francisco, Dubai, India and Europe, and she has been the headline guest for the UK’s biggest Mardi Gras parties both in Manchester and London for the past ten years.
Angie’s portfolio in the studio reads like the who’s who of the music industry with some of the finest artiste’s in the world calling on her vocal ability. Names such as Beverley Knight, Chaka Khan, Fat Boy Slim, Lisa Stansfield, Courtney Pine, Mark Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Kate Bush, Culture Club, Kate Bush, Jocelyn Brown, Sybil, Desmond Decker, Shola Ama and the Stereophonics have all been synonymous with Angie over the years and these are just the ones she could remember.
Without the usual patronising 3rd party plaintiffs and historical diatribe K-Klass need no introduction, they are still one of the biggest producers of house music ever!! They are responsible for some of the biggest house tracks ever made. K-Klass are all about entertaining and playing for the crowd. They play at various events and venues all over the world on a weekly basis, which means it is important that they adapt their music to suit each venue.
Nights out at the legendary Hacienda“Nude”nights in 1988 led to the meeting of minds and the beginnings of the K-Klass phenomena that lead to regular performances at the Hacienda.From there K-Klass became residents for the worlds biggest dance brand “Cream”, playing guest slots all over the world at some of the most prestigious and biggest dance events. K-Klass had already gained underground support for their acclaimed“Wildlife E.P”released in 1990 before they unleashed their sound onto a nationwide audience with the release of “Rhythm is a Mystery” (No.3 in U.K.Top 40) and the huge“Let Me ShowYou” (No.13 in U.K.Top 40) With countless remixes/ productions under their belt it comes as no surprise that K-Klass won the International Dance Awards in 1995 & were nominated for the USA Grammy Awards in the 2002 remix category.
When K-Klass are not behind the decks they spend their time in the studio and have worked alongside most of the biggest and most established artists around,some of these include:The Pet Shop Boys,Kathy Brown,Shake Down,Whitney Houston,Gerri Halliwell,Blondie,Bobby Brown,M-People,Level 42,Kylie Minogue,Rozalla,Sunscreem,Frankie Knuckles,Bizzare Inc,Kathy Sledge,New Order,Janet Jackson,Luther Vandross, Lisa Stans eld and Candi Staton plus many many more.
This year they continue to create and release big tunes with their latest track“Capture Me”which came out on Nocturnal Grooves (Shapeshifters label) plus K-Klass have just signed another new track to Stealth Records titled‘Right & Exact’which will feature as Stealth Records leading track on their forthcoming Miami Winter Music Conference sampler followed by a full release. K-Klass have also been busy collaborating with two artistes, rstly a tune with Reza titled‘Inside My Head’ and another track with Sonny Wharton titled ‘Rush hour’. If this is not enough the boys have two tunes pending release on Mjuzieek called“Breaking Away”& the classic“Everybody Dance”
Recently the K-Klass boys have started their own label MUZIK-K which will feature releases from up and coming producers and all new K-Klass material.
With plenty of releases lined up for 2011 for the label and K-KLASS still in demand on the production,remix and DJing front, K-KLASS are set to make their 21st year in dance music as successful as the previous 20 years!
Ultimate DJ Moment: “with over a decade of memories to choose from,two of our high light’s that spring to mind would have to be when Graeme Park dropped “Rhythm Is A Mystery” at the world famous Hacienda nightclub back in 1991, and when we where very honored to play the nal
set in the main room at Cream’s last weekly night in Liverpool which was the 10th birthday. The last record we played was “Let Me Show You”, the Cream self made anthem”
Iain Hornal’s music betrays a lifetime of such artistic diversity that it’s hard to pin him down. He’s played on the world’s largest stages as a sideman with the likes of Jeff Lynne’s ELO and 10cc, but his talents as a multi-instrumentalist and writer are equally impressive.
A deep well of influences seep through his music – flashes of classic 80’s intelli-pop that suggest Bowie, Elvis Costello and Peter Gabriel blend with the lush harmony and rich textures of The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. It is undeniably pop, but drawn from an era when pop music had a brain, a soul, and a heart. hornal.net
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 club 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!
“Fancy dress, theatrics and a downright shameless music policy” Evening Standard
As a turntabalist for over a decade, Andy Woods has always been a dedicated followerer of the art of DJing. From early days as a vinyl DJ in his birthtown of Cleethorpes, right through to warming up for the DJ elite in Ibiza’s super clubs and rocking festivals arenas. Growing up in a musical house with parents who collected northern soul vinyls, his true introduction to Djing came through close friends in his home town. Back in his teen years he was lucky to have a handful of dedicated local DJ’s who were committed to the art and willing to pass on their skills. His education was watching other DJ’s play and every weekend he would be the one peering into the DJ booth to see what new tip or trick could be applied at home.
He has played some of the most desired dance floors in the world, been a regular at Ministry Of Sound, played multiple seasons at his favourite club Amnesia, warming up for UK super brand Cream (on nights with DJ’s including Sasha, Nick Warren, Popof, Style Of Eye, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz) and even held a 4 year residency at Creamfields.
Tom Billington & Sinead Quinn came together over a shared love of the Country & Americana music. Together, they make a sound that is as old as the waves that brought their influences here, but as fresh as the wind that carried them. It rolls and it rocks, swings and sings, and is as honest as the day is long.
Their band features drummer Paul Stewart & bassist Ciaran Jeremiah (both of mega-pop band The Feeling) pedal steel virtuoso Matt Park (The Mystery Jets) Mandolin supremo Stuart Wilkinson, (Andy Burrows… and more recently David Brent’s ‘Forgone Conclusion’) and are rounded out by the fabulous Sam Willcock on guitar. billingtonandquinn.com
Tommy T and The Belle Tones are not just a band, but an energetic, spellbinding, slick-as-grease fully choreographed show that rocks, rolls, and fires up your soul! Their large eclectic repertoire spans many decades and styles including pop rock, R&B, Motown, soul, 80s smash hits and the latest music from the charts. From Diana Ross to Duffy, this band appeals to all age groups from nine to ninety, and beyond! Featuring three lead vocalists, (one male and two female) backed by a world-class band (drums, bass, keyboards, guitar and a two-piece brass section), this show will set the stage alight!
Individual band members’ credits include working with Amy Winehouse, A-HA, Alexandra Burke, ACM Gospel Choir, Beverly Knight, Brian Eno, Katherine Jenkins, Cee Lo Green, Eric Clapton, Ed Harcourt, Enrique Iglesias, Gabrielle, Gareth Gates, Girls Aloud, Jason Donovan, Joss Stone, JLS, Kym Marsh, Kim Mayzelle, Lady Ga Ga, Lionel Richie, Lucie Silvas, Leon Jackson, Lemar, Leona Lewis, Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet), Ms Dynamite, Mica Paris, Nelly Furtado, Phil Collins, Pixie Lott, Peter Andre, Rachel Stevens, Randy Bachman, Russell Watson and The Saturdays. Band members have also appeared on many TV shows including, Later with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops, CDUK, This Morning, Des & Mel, Loose Women, Blue Peter, Popworld and GMTV; and played at venue’s such as Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena, The O2, Party In The Park, Glastonbury, The Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Cafe De Paris, Cafe Royale, The Dorchester, The Grosvenor House Hotel and The Royal Lancaster.
From sweet and soulful one minute, to a hard-edged rasp the next, Abi Murray’s voice sets her apart from her contemporaries. Born and raised in Hertfordshire, Abi has performed at some of the UK’s top festivals, including the Isle of Wight, Wilkestock and V-Dub Island, as well as doing shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Currently working on their debut EP, Kavalla’s songwriting draws as much from the elegance of classic American R&B as from the grit of contemporary rock, creating a sound that is filled with soul, energy and passion. facebook.com/KavallaOfficial
The Dirty Hands blends 70s style AOR with contemporary rock to create catchy songs filled with lyrical bite.
Decosta Boyce, A Hertfordshire born singer/songwriter, is currently on tour singing with the legendary ‘Heatwave’ and writing/producing his debut 11 track album Electrick Soul (18/08/17). You may have also heard his voice and remix of Bill Withers’ hit ‘Lovely Day’ on the Haven 2015/16 national TV advert. He performed as part of a choir for Adele At The BBC, Britain sings Christmas (ITV Special) and supported many big American artists such as Jazmin Sullivan, Alexander O’Neil, Leela James and Melanie Fiona.
“There’s only about twenty percent good music out there today. The rest (in my opinion) is all churned out cloned plastic wrapped nonsense that makes a quick buck! I’m Heavily influenced by D’angelo, Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, David Bowie, Terence Trent D’arby, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Donnie Hathaway and Sly & the family stone. I want this album get into that twenty percent”
Artist Details coming soon…
Timeless Lizards formed in early 2016 after meeting at a gig. We’ve grown up listening to everything, old and new, and try to put everything we love into our songs;
Influences: Top of the tree are obviously The Beatles, but very much in there for us are Bombay Bicycle Club, Tame Impala,The Foo Fighters, Superfood, and it goes on. We are twin brothers Ollie and Eddie Taylor (guitar, vocals / bass guitar), Aaron Burke (guitar) and Jordan Dendy (drums). So far we’ve gigged loads in a 50 mile radius and featured on two BBC Introducing sessions. timelesslizards.com
Mark Sullivan is a well accomplished singer/songwriter from Hitchin, Hertfordshire with a massive voice and an ear for writing memorable and immediately familiar sounding songs. He is a Master of the loop pedal and expertly executed guitar solo’s with string destroying showoff Pieces.
After learning to play guitar Mark formed his first band ‘Gekko’ at the young age of 15. Gekko went on to become one of the best, most accomplished local bands over the next few years playing shows at some great venues/festivals including Dublin Castle, Bulldog Bash and Rock In The Park as well as performances on local BBC Introducing shows. When the band split in later years Mark continued to play as frontman of ‘The Marksman’ acoustic duo with percussionist Clint Henderson. In January 2013 he decided to pursue his dream of his originals career as a soloist under management and started performing solo as Mark Sullivan.
With the solo career starting well and his fanbase growing Mark was starting to play some good venues and getting booked around London a lot more, playing shows at venues such as the 12 Bar Club, Alleycat Bar and Proud, Camden. In August 2014 Mark was booked to perform at Osfest, a growing festival which now boasted a 10.000 attendance which marked the first stepping stone to bigger things. With London shows now a weekly thing Mark was getting booked for special events such as venue launch nights in the city. Off the back of the performance at Osfest the start of 2015 Mark was booked to play a show at The Troubadour, London which in turn secured him a small UK tour with London based music agency Live and Loud. This made way the chance to play at some great venues around the country including Elland Road Stadium, Ricoh Arena, Bolton Arena and Wembley Arena through the start of 2015. Whilst on tour we received confirmation Mark had been selected as a finalist for Government backed ‘Rock The House’ which was a scheme aimed at finding the best emerging musicians the UK had to offer. Mark performed and won soloist category at The Bedford, London and went on to play at the Houses Of Parliament Guest Rooms, followed a few months later with an exclusive VIP show at the US Ambassadors residence at Winfield House, London.
This raised Mark’s profile higher again and went on in the second half of 2015 to play shows at The Water Rats, Ronnie Scotts, The Bedford, Farr Festival, Marylebone Summer Festival, Rhythms Of The World and also supporting artist Kelvin Jones several times at shows. At the end of 2015 Mark was booked to play a new night at London’s 02 Brooklyn Bowl, ‘New Blood’ which again highlighted the very best emerging musicians on the scene.
Starting 2016 strong he was being booked at some top venues including, The Garage, The Hard
Rock Cafe and Century Club, Soho. With his career now progressing it was time to start recording some new music and after speaking with several top producers, Mark flew out to America (NJ) to record the next EP with grammy nominated producer Steve Greenwell, and was lucky enough to have some great session players feature on the tracks including Jack Daley on bass. On return from America and the new tracks being prepared for release Mark was invited to London TV to talk about his music and blossoming career which then led to a slot at the first Major festival, Isle Of Wight 2016. After this, booking agency Coallition Talent booked Mark for the well recognised Coffee House Sessions tour around London and were so impressed they booked Mark for two festivals following this, The Big Feastival (20,000) and Camper Calling (6,000).
With the new tracks mixed and ready for release Mark has now secured one of the top London PR and Radio teams for the release of the first single which commences in January 2017 alongside a small UK Tour and BBC Radio appearances.
Singer Songwriter Jessica Murae has performed in numerous notable venues such as The Islington 02 Academy, 229 the Venue, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Bar, the 100 Club and more.
Last October, she released her self titled debut EP and her single ‘Still Cold’ was named track of the week by BBC Introducing Bed, Bucks and Herts. Following the release she played two sold out shows at Kensington Roof Gardens and Spice of Life, Soho. Her self-titled EP will be played in every Caffe Nero store in the UK at the start of 2017 and is now available to purchase on iTunes and Spotify.
‘The Herts based singer/songwriter has a knack of painting musical pictures full of mysticism and dream like playfulness’ – The Unsigned Music Awards
Wild: ‘a beautifully enticing introduction to her artistry’ – Clash Magazine