TeenstarNational singing competition for teenagers TeenStar have announced that due to massive demand for auditions in London, they have had to add an addition London date. The additional London date will take place on Saturday 8th March at Dingwalls in Camden.


TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music.


A national singing competition for teenagers, TeenStar is a one-of-a-kind singing contest looking to find the UK’s best teen singer, duo, vocal group or rapper to be crowned the UK’s Best TeenStar! With the addition of an extra London date due to popular demand, the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is already anticipated to attract over 10,000 entrants and with auditions taking place across the UK, now is the time to enter.




TeenStar has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music. Contestants in the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar also have the chance to win prizes along the entire course of the contest, such as recording studio time with some of the country’s top producers.


The contest is open to all with the auditions split into three age categories. There will be the late-teens, mid-teens and then a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow, the pre-teens.


TeenStar takes place at some of the best venues in the UK such as the Birmingham NEC and Sheffield City Hall and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including judges who work for BBC Radio, Kiss FM and Choice FM, regional press and record labels, with the judges getting more prestigious as the singing contest progress. The Grand Final of the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is the climax of the whole contest and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the UK – with last year’s Grand Final being held at The O2 in London!


The competition champion will be crowned winner in front of a capacity crowd, including industry insiders, celebrity guests, national press, A&R from record labels, industry and media representatives who have the capacity to change the winner’s music career forever!




Whether it’s a pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.


The national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is open to anyone aged 19 and under. Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, enter TeenStar now!


MARCUS O'NEIL 'REGRETS, SECRETS'“Regrets, Secrets’ is the first single from “Way Beyond The Sugar Beet”, the new album by former Big Strides front man  Marcus O’Neill.

Big Strides were signed to EMI, toured endlessly, and had their own Paul Smith clothing range in Japan ! Tired of touring, and having suffered a mental breakdown, Marcus set about recording this delicate and intimate collection of songs playing all the instruments himself. The result is a mysterious and moving album, which can be both uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time. Lead track “Regrets, Secrets” is an infectious little song which treads a fine lyrical line between despair and hope.

As well as his usual guitar, vocals and song writing , Marcus stepped out of his comfort zone to play piano and double bass on several of the tracks:

“I was staying with friends in Austin, Texas, which is a really inspiring musical town, and someone had moved to LA and left behind a big old grand piano. So we wired up the room and I plinked away on it, and that pretty much transformed this album. I had never really played the double bass before though. I borrowed one off a guy called Thin and dragged it across London to the studio. As well as cutting your fingers to shreds, it’s quite amazing how many people stop you in the street to say stuff like ‘that’s a big guitar’. I’ve got a lot of respect for double bass players”.

The video for “Oilseed Fields And Innocent Dreams” features Marcus’s new backing band, ranging from an 8 year old drummer to a 3 year old guitarist. As great as they look on film, he insists that it is currently not practical to tour.

“Way Beyond The Sugar Beet” is out on 12th May 2014. /

Nude set to release ‘Oh My Lady’ single on March 24th

Off-kilter four piece release single from ‘The Rockfield Live Demonstrations’ EP

With an upbeat indie-soul sound, Nude are a four piece set to explode onto the UK scene with debut single ‘Oh My Lady’.

You can hear the track here:

The single – a pacy, technically astute track with a solid mixture of rhythms melodies and distinctly reedy-tight vocals over light guitar licks – is taken from a collection of recordings captured at Rockfield Studios in Wales. For two days the band worked hard to create a clean, studio sound to compliment their more raw, live sound, and the results have been brought together for debut EP ‘The Rockfield Live Demonstrations’, tracks from which can be found on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Having come from all over the UK to the Northern College of Music in Manchester, the four members of the band each have their own backgrounds and influences which feed into the band’s positive indie sound. They also each come with unusual stories which hint at an offbeat creative collaboration between the band members.

Bassist Frank Morgan (Cardiff) once fell down a shallow mine outside of Newport only for his bass to break his fall and potentially save his life. Meanwhile drummer Will Jaquet (Edinburgh) turned to music when a promising football career with Celtic Youth FC was cut short thanks to a number of consecutive red cards, while vocalist Inigo Ford (London) has his placenta bottled in formaldehyde at home and is also the grandson of author Beryl Bainbridge…. Finally, and perhaps less frightening, guitarist Jonny Smale (Manchester) has previously supported Ian Brown with former band Carpe Diem, playing with elusive Manchester drum legend ‘Funky Si’ Simon Wolstencroft (The Fall, Ian Brown and original member of what were to become The Smiths).

It all makes for an interesting cocktail of input for this promising UK band. You can find them at a number of gigs in the UK and Europe in the coming months:

Gig Dates

21st February – The Betsey Trotwood, London

28th February – The Royal Oak, Manchester

7th March – Park Range, Manchester

29th March – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

8th April – Dynamo, Zurich

18th April – The Troubadour, London

25th April – RNCM Opera Theatre, Manchester

18th June – Cambridge University Summer Ball


Masked Musicians, Freddie Fiction Release Debut Single ‘I Don’t Dream’

Mysterious London/LA singer hits the UK with new band and video

















New band Freddie Fiction hit the UK with debut single ‘I Don’t Dream’. Fronted by a very successful artist, he is currently keeping his identity under wraps, or should I say mask?

The dark, soulful acoustic number is a melancholic ‘anti-love song’ with the sound of a mournful Jose Gonzales. You can see the video here:

Soon to be followed by the satirical tracks ‘Pistol Pete’ and ‘Big Corporation’ – songs stacked full of wit and strong social messages – ‘I Don’t Dream’ serves as a gentle but shadowy introduction.

The band might remain very much a mystery at the moment, but fans of their music will have the chance to find out more by participating in an exciting treasure hunt to reveal the man behind the mask and the identities of the rest of the members. Some fantastic prizes are also available, so stay tuned!



Den Haag head into the ‘Bleak Unknown’ with their 2nd release

Den Haag Bleak UnknownFollowing the release of EP ‘Trials & Tributes’ in 2012, Post-Punk/Coldwave devotees Den Haag closed 2013 by announcing the arrival of their new album ‘Bleak Unknown’.

Available January 2014, the album sees the return of their varied take on punk etiquette, from the straight up energy of ‘London Way’ to the more spaced out likes of ‘Nobodyism’. The nine song collection represents a real step forward for the South East four piece, bringing their trademark cynicism to a varied collection that is, by turns, both contemplative and balls out rock.

Haunted video:

Founded on a mutual love of 80’s New Wave music, Den Haag are a band who are sure of their core sound but not afraid to explore new territory as well, making for a varied and compelling album.

Released through Zorch Factory Records and Kroosafix records, the album will be available to stream for free, with a higher quality version available for purchase on iTunes. It’s a double release method that worked well with ‘Trials & Tributes’, and stands the band in good stead as they continue to grow.


Space Elevator – Debut album out in March

Space Elevator band shotAimed at bringing back the golden days of rock, Space Elevator are a five piece of veteran rock musicians who are paying tribute to the likes of Freddie Mercury and Fleetwood Mac – artists they grew up admiring.

Fronted by the outrageous ‘The Dutchess’, they are perhaps the best nod to the era since The Darkness, and have every chance of breaking through in the same way. Debut single ‘Elevator’ (above) is a real mission statement, full of solid rhythms and melodies, and for a full round up preview of the 11 track album, due in March, check out the video below.