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Michael Bolton Returns to UK

Grammy Award winning Michael Bolton will return to the UK for the first time in over two years to perform his greatest hits and a selection of classic songs.

Michael Bolton is the multiple award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and branded entertainment.  He also remains committed to social cause, especially to his foundation The Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 25th year.

Grammy Award Winner

In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

To date, Michael has seen 9 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with 9 #1 singles.  His most recent album Songs of Cinema, a selection of iconic film soundtrack songs, was released alongside an original Netflix production Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special, which ranked among the network’s best comedies upon debut.

Michael is currently completing a feature documentary film, “American Dream: Detroit”, which pays homage to the Motorcity and is set for release later this year.

Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics, his timeless charm and good looks have also earned him several comedic appearances on Saturday Night Live, Two and a half Men, Fresh off the Boat, Glee and hit series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. In his recent autobiography, “The Soul of it All” (Hachette/Center Street), Bolton states he is just teeing off on the back nine of his career.

Chart Topper

Bolton’s signature success was seized with the album Soul Provider, selling more than 12.5 million copies world-wide, and showcasing several chart-toppers including the #1 hit single “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” which earned Michael his first Grammy.  This pivotal album also includes the hit singles “When I’m Back on My Feet” Again,” “How Can We Be Lovers,” “Soul Provider,” and of course the Grammy-nominated “Georgia on My Mind.”

Soon after, Bolton released the #1 album Time, Love & Tenderness, which has sold over 16 million copies world-wide, and features his Grammy Award-winning vocal performance of the #1 blockbuster hit “When A Man Loves a Woman.”  This album also produced the hit singles: “Love Is a Wonderful Thing,” “Time, Love and Tenderness” and “Missing You Now,” as well as the Bob Dylan co-write “Steel Bars.”

Michael’s new dates follow two sold out tours across the UK and also two hit albums “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville USA” and “Songs of Cinema”.

Tickets for Michael Bolton’s tour go on sale Friday 16 February @ 10am  – www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk. VIP Packages are also available at www.sjm-vip.co.uk

 

UK Tour Dates

Saturday 13 October              Halifax Victoria Theatre

Monday 15 October                Birmingham Symphony Hall

Wednesday 17 October         Glasgow SEC Armadillo

Friday 19 October                   Blackpool Opera House

Sunday 21 October                Newcastle City Hall

Tuesday 23 October               Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Thursday 25 October              Cardiff St David’s Hall

Saturday 27 October              Bournemouth Int. Centre

Monday 29 October                Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Wednesday 31 October          Sheffield City Hall

Friday 02 November               Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Sunday 04 November            London Royal Albert Hall

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Alt-J Announce Telegraph Building Concert

The Mercury Prize-winning, chart-topping band alt-J have shared their heartfelt new track “Get Better”, the second glimpse into their forthcoming album The Dream, set for release on February 11, 2022 via Infectious Music/BMG. The band have also announced the UK & Ireland dates of their 2022 world tour. 

“Get Better” is the stirring centrepiece of The Dream, and one the band’s most emotionally resonant songs to-date. alt-J peel away the dense layers of sound that they are known for, leaving lead singer Joe Newman’s vocal next to a plaintive solo guitar and harmonies from bandmate Gus Unger-Hamilton. 

The single arrives alongside an equally heartbreaking animated music video, made by Hamburg-based award-winning pixel artist Stefanie Grunwald. She entered the pixel art space in 2016 and has quickly gained recognition for her detailed nighttime animations, which caught the eye of Newman and led to the collaboration.

Going deeper into the process of creating the track, Newman says, “ ‘Get Better’ is the union of two songs. The first was an improvised song I sang in 2018 to my partner who was suffering from period pain. To her I sang ‘Get better my Darcy, I know you can’. She filmed it and I kept revisiting the fragment with a plan to write more. The second was a chord structure I worked on in lockdown that focused on someone living through a bereavement. I felt a nervous heat when writing ‘Get Better’. The context of the Coronavirus pandemic lent my words a chilling weight and gave me a new sense of responsibility as a lyricist. Whilst the direct events described are fictional, I believe – or I hope – that it’s emotionally the most honest song I’ve written.”

On describing the experience of first hearing the demo, Newman’s band mate Unger-Hamilton said, “when Joe first played it to me I didn’t just get a bit tearful, I broke down. A big, big cry. A cry of the year.”

The band have also announced a prize draw to win a Larrivee P-05 guitar, the same model of guitar that Newman wrote most of The Dream on and used in the recording of ‘Get Better’, which he has inscribed with handwritten lyrics from the track. All proceeds from the draw will go to Plan International – a global children’s charity working in over 50 countries to create lasting equality for girls and protect the rights of all children. Fans can enter the prize draw here.

Speaking about the band’s support for Plan International, Newman says, “After becoming a father a friend told me about the charity Plan International. My partner and I strive for our daughter to be happy, safe, loved and reassured every moment of every day. 

“To know there are countless children that don’t have the care and support from parents, communities and governments is heartbreaking. Plan International are doing incredible work throughout the world transforming children’s lives, making sure they have access to the education, health care and future opportunities they need to thrive.”

“Get Better” follows “U&ME”, which was premiered by Clara Amfo on BBC Radio 1. It was the band’s first new music since their acclaimed third album RELAXER, released in 2017. The band also shared the details of their North American leg of their 2022 world tour which will see them play at arenas across the United States and Canada in 2022. For full routing, visit: https://www.altjband.com/#tour.

Today, they announce the UK & Ireland dates of the tour, includinga date at the legendary O2 Academy Brixton as well as shows at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, Belfast’s The Telegraph Building and other venues throughout the UK. For full routing see below. 

There will be an exclusive ticket presale open to fans who have preordered The Dream from the official album store. The presale will run from November 10 at 9am GMT until the general sale begins on November 12 at 9am GMT. If fans have already preordered the album from the official store they will already be eligible for the presale. General sale begins November 12, 9AM via https://www.altjband.com/#tour.

alt-J are one of the most successful British bands of the millennium. Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green have released three studio albums that, between them, have sold in excess of two million copies and their songs have been streamed over two and a half billion times. Their 2012 Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut An Awesome Wave, was followed two years later by their number one, GRAMMY and BRIT Award-nominated album This Is All Yours. Released in 2017, RELAXER flew straight into the top 10 of the UK album chart ahead of a summer of major international shows – including a headline show at London’s O2 Arena; and headline performances at numerous festivals – and became their second album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Alt-J UK & Ireland Tour 2022

  • 07 May 2022  – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom
  • 09 May 2022 – Leeds, England –  O2 Academy Leeds
  • 13 May 2022 – Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
  • 18 May 2022 – London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
  • 22 May 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – Olympia Theatre
  • 25 May 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
  • 27 May 2022 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham 

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Chloe Moriondo Set for Oh Yeah Centre Gig

US singer-songwriter Chloe Moriondo is pleased to announce a headline Belfast show at Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast on Tuesday 01st March 2022, In celebration of the release of her major label debut, Blood Bunny.

The 13-track Blood Bunny features previously released singles “Manta Rays,” “GIRL ON TV,” and “I Want To Be With You,” the latter of which was lauded by The New York Times as “acutely observed bedroom pop … served with a side of arena-emo triumph”. Recently labelled one of 2021’s Artists To Watch by PEOPLE and NME, Chloe has racked up critical praise from Billboard, UPROXX, Refinery29, E!, and more. The artist has also become a sought-after collaborator, recently appearing as a featured artist on tracks with Frances Forever, mxmtoon and Ricky Montgomery.

Last year, Chloe shared the Spirit Orb EP – a four-track collection produced by Cavetown. Single “Kindergarten” premiered via FLOOD Magazine, who praised the artist as “a force to be reckoned with.” The EP followed Moriondo’s 2018 offering – her debut album Rabbit Hearted., a self-produced, entirely D.I.Y. effort centred on her understated vocal work and graceful ukulele strumming, which has garnered over 60 million streams.

At age eighteen, Chloe Moriondo professes to be an “internet kid,” yet she tackles overwhelming infatuation, listless daydreams, and first love with keen empathy that’s unsearchable online. With her relatable, confessional lyrics and idiosyncratic humor, the singer-songwriter has built a devoted fanbase of millions, sharing her authentic self to create a genuine connection with her listeners.

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