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LET’S ROCK UNVEIL THEIR AMAZING SUMMER 2020 LINE-UPS

THE UK’S BIGGEST RETRO FESTIVAL SERIES WILL BE

HEADLINED BY ADAM ANT, OMD, UB40 & WET WET WET

 OTHER PERFORMERS INCLUDE ABC, TONY HADLEY, KIM WILDE, HOWARD JONES, SISTER SLEDGE, MIDGE URE’S ELECTRONICA & MANY MANY MORE

 TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Let’s Rock, the UK’s biggest retro festival brand, have announced the headliners and performers for nine of next year’s summer 2020 festival series.

In a line-up packed with Eighties icons, Let’s Rock 2020 headliners include Adam Ant, OMD, UB40 and Wet Wet Wet. Other performers include ABC and Howard Jones – exclusives for Let’s Rock, you won’t see them at any other UK festival next summer – plus Tony Hadley, The Boomtown Rats, Kim Wilde, Sister Sledge, Midge Ure’s Electronica, Toyah, T’Pau, Go West, Nik Kershaw, Chesney Hawkes, Betty Boo, Heaven 17 and many more.

“Really looking forward to performing at the Let’s Rock festivals in 2020,” says Martin Fry of ABC. “Sunshine guaranteed. Last time round was incredible from the audience through to every act involved. See you there.”

Wet Wet Wet’s Graeme Clark says, “We’re looking forward to playing three decades worth of hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s for you”. Frontman Kevin Simm adds, “We’ve never played Let’s Rock before, but we’ve heard wonderful things so we’re excited to be a part of it!”

Let’s Rock legend Kim Wilde comments, “We’re privileged to play shows all over the world, but there’s very little that can match the warmth and fun of a Let’s Rock crowd. We always have an amazing time and enjoy watching the other acts just as much as the audience does! Bring on 2020!”

A celebration of all things pop and 80s, Let’s Rock offers gloriously unpretentious non-stop fun, with legendary artists performing hit after hit to a crowd of all ages, many of whom embrace the throwback vibe by dressing in their finest retro fashion. 2019 was the most successful summer series in Let’s Rock’s eleven-year history, with twelve festival locations and a total audience of over 150,000. With their brilliant summer 2020 line-up, next year’s Let’s Rock series promises to be even bigger and better.

Let’s Rock organisers Nick Billinghurst and Matt Smith also commented, “We’re thrilled that’s Let’s Rock is able to attract headliners of the calibre of Adam Ant, OMD, UB40 and Wet Wet Wet. That we’re able to provide such an incredible line-up and to grow Let’s Rock every year is down to our amazingly loyal and up-for-it audience, and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for a fantastic 2019 season. Roll on summer 2020!”

Let’s Rock works with many amazing charities including Child Bereavement UK, who support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a family is facing bereavement. During 2019, Let’s Rock has raised almost £125k for Child Bereavement UK.

LET’S ROCK – SUMMER 2020 LINE-UPS:

MAY 16             LET’S ROCK THE MOOR, MARSH MEADOW, COOKHAM, BERKS
HEADLINER: UB40
+ ABC, HOWARD JONES, TONY HADLEY, KIM WILDE, MIDGE URE’S ELECTRONICA, THE ART OF WHAT?! (ART OF NOISE CO-FOUNDERS JJ JECZALIK & GARY LANGAN), TOYAH, THE UNDERTONES, WANG CHUNG, THEN JERICO + THE RETROBATES PARTY LIVE feat SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, ROZALLA, MARI WILSON, TENPOLE TUDOR, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE + BLACK LACE’S CONGA PARTY
Full line-up and tickets: https://letsrockthemoor.com/

MAY 23             LET’S ROCK NORWICH, EARLHAM PARK, NORWICH
HEADLINER: WET WET WET
+ THE BOOMTOWN RATS, ABC, HOWARD JONES, TONY HADLEY, KIM WILDE, SISTER SLEDGE,
BETTY BOO, THE UNDERTONES, HUE & CRY, THEN JERICO, ALTERED IMAGES + THE RETROBATES PARTY LIVE feat SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, MARI WILSON, TENPOLE TUDOR, MODERN ROMANCE, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE + BLACK LACE’S CONGA PARTY
Full line-up and tickets: https://letsrocknorwich.com/

MAY 30             LET’S ROCK WALES, TREDEGAR PARK, NEWPORT
HEADLINER: ADAM ANT
+ OMD, ABC, HOWARD JONES, KIM WILDE, T’PAU, CHESNEY HAWKES,  THE ART OF WHAT?! (ART OF NOISE CO-FOUNDERS JJ JECZALIK & GARY LANGAN), BETTY BOO, HUE & CRY, WANG CHUNG + THE RETROBATES PARTY LIVE feat SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, MARI WILSON, TENPOLE TUDOR, MODERN ROMANCE, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE + BLACK LACE’S CONGA PARTY
Full line-up and tickets: https://letsrockwales.com/

JUNE 6             LET’S ROCK THE NORTH EAST, HERRINGTON COUNTRY PARK, SUNDERLAND
HEADLINER: OMD
+ BILLY OCEAN, ABC, HOWARD JONES, SISTER SLEDGE, GO WEST, MIDGE URE’S ELECTRONICA, NIK KERSHAW, TOYAH, ENGLISH BEAT, PETE WYLIE + THE RETROBATES PARTY LIVE feat SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, MARI WILSON, TENPOLE TUDOR, MODERN ROMANCE, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE + BLACK LACE’S CONGA PARTY
Full line-up and tickets https://letsrockthenortheast.com/

JUNE 13           LET’S ROCK SCOTLAND, DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK, MIDLOTHIAN
HEADLINER: ADAM ANT
+ OMD, ABC, HOWARD JONES, TONY HADLEY, SISTER SLEDGE, GO WEST, NIK KERSHAW, MIDGE URE’S ELECTRONICA, CHINA CRISIS, ENGLISH BEAT, TOYAH + THE RETROBATES PARTY LIVE feat SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, ROZALLA, MARI WILSON, TENPOLE TUDOR, WANG CHUNG + BLACK LACE’S CONGA PARTY
Full line-up and tickets: https://letsrockscotland.com/

JUNE 20           LET’S ROCK LEEDS, TEMPLE NEWSAM, LEEDS
HEADLINER: OMD
+ ABC, HOWARD JONES, TONY HADLEY, KIM WILDE, SISTER SLEDGE, HEAVEN 17, NIK KERSHAW,
T’PAU, BETTY BOO, ENGLISH BEAT + THE RETROBATES PARTY LIVE feat SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, ROZALLA, MARI WILSON, TENPOLE TUDOR, WANG CHUNG + BLACK LACE’S CONGA PARTY
Full line-up and tickets https://letsrockleeds.com/

JUNE 27           LET’S ROCK EXETER, POWDERHAM CASTLE, KENTON, EXETER
HEADLINER: ADAM ANT
+ WET WET WET, ABC, HOWARD JONES, TONY HADLEY, KIM WILDE, MIDGE URE’S ELECTRONICA,
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT, T’PAU, ENGLISH BEAT, TOYAH + THE RETROBATES PARTY LIVE feat SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, ROZALLA, MARI WILSON, TENPOLE TUDOR, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE + BLACK LACE’S CONGA PARTY
Full line-up and tickets: https://letsrockexeter.com

JULY 4             LET’S ROCK SOUTHAMPTON, SOUTHAMPTON COMMON, SOUTHAMPTON
HEADLINER: OMD
+ WET WET WET, ABC, HOWARD JONES, KIM WILDE, GO WEST, MIDGE URE’S ELECTRONICA,
THE ART OF WHAT?! (ART OF NOISE CO-FOUNDERS JJ JECZALIK & GARY LANGAN), T’PAU, TOYAH, ENGLISH BEAT, THEN JERICO + THE RETROBATES PARTY LIVE feat SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, MARI WILSON, TENPOLE TUDOR, MODERN ROMANCE, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE + BLACK LACE’S CONGA PARTY
Full line-up and tickets https://letsrocksouthampton.com/

JULY 11            LET’S ROCK SHREWSBURY
                          HEADLINER: ADAM ANT
+ OMD, ABC, HOWARD JONES, TONY HADLEY, MIDGE URE’S ELECTRONICA, GO WEST, NIK KERSHAW, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT, PETE WYLIE, THEN JERICO + THE RETROBATES PARTY LIVE feat SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, MARI WILSON, TENPOLE TUDOR, MODERN ROMANCE, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE + BLACK LACE’S CONGA PARTY
Full line-up and tickets: https://letsrockshrewsbury.com/

Further Let’s Rock summer 2020 festival locations will be announced in the near future


CELEBRATE 40 ICONIC YEARS WITH HUGE WORLD TOUR IN 2020

EUROPEAN LEG INCLUDES HOMECOMING SHOW AT GLASGOW SSE HYDRO ON 25th APRIL 2020

NEW LIVE ALBUM ‘LIVE IN THE CITY OF ANGELS’ IS OUT 4th OCTOBER 2019 (VIA BMG)

+ CAREER-SPANNING COMPILATION ‘40: THE BEST OF 1979-2019’ FOLLOWS ON 1st NOVEMBER

Simple Minds celebrate 40 iconic years in music by embarking upon a major world tour in 2020. Today the band, fronted by founder members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitar), announce details of the tour’s European dates, which covers 38 shows across 12 countries and culminate with a homecoming show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on April 25th.

Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Friday 4th October and will be available from www.simpleminds.com.

“Simple Minds are different now,” says Jim Kerr. “We’re not a stock rock band, but we haven’t changed our line-up to be cool. We’ve done it because it’s great to have so many amazing players on board. I’m grateful for the career we’ve had, but I’m mad enough to think we can still hit new levels. This is what we do – write, record and play live.”

“The perception that we’re now gathering pace is down to our attitude to playing live,” adds Charlie Burchill. “There have been lots of different incarnations of Simple Minds, but we’ve always kept our identity. A legacy can be a burden if you allow it to be. For us, it’s been empowering.”

Simple Minds’ new live album ‘Live In The City of Angels’ will be released via BMG this Friday (4th October) and is available to pre-order here.

In addition, the band will further mark their 40th anniversary celebrations with the release of the career-spanning compilation ‘40: The Best Of – 1979-2019’ on November 1st via UMC. Collating their early fan favourites with their era-defining hits and their essential recent material, the album is now available to pre-order. The collection also includes a gloriously euphoric new track – a cover of King Creosote’s celebration of weekend revelry, ‘For One Night Only’.

Simple Minds have experienced a remarkable journey since releasing their debut album ‘Life in a Day’ in 1979. Constantly evolving, the band’s rousing choruses and booming atmospherics made them one of the most iconic bands of the Eighties. Along the way, they’ve landed five UK No.1 albums, topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic, sold over 60 million albums and packed stadiums the world over.

But the story didn’t end there. After taking some time out, they returned revitalised and resurgent with the 2014 album ‘Big Music’ and have maintained that upward momentum ever since. They claimed the Q Inspiration Award that same year, which was followed by an Ivor Novello in 2016. And when last year’s ‘Walk Between Worlds’ album crashed into the UK charts at No.4, it represented their highest position in 23 years. No wonder that the Manic Street Preachers, Moby, Primal Scream and many others cite Simple Minds as a vital inspiration.

The new 2020 European live dates announced today are as follows (tickets on-sale Friday 4th October at 9am):

FEBRUARY
28th – Norway, Stavanger, Zetlitz (Stavanger Konserthus)
29th – Norway, Bergen, Forum

MARCH
2nd – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
4th – Sweden, Gothenburg, Partille Arena
6th – Sweden, Stockholm, Annexet
8th – Sweden, Malmö, Live Concert Hall
10th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Store Vega
11th – Denmark, Herning, Concert Hall
14th – Germany, Münster, Halle Münsterland
15th – Germany, Cologne, Palladium
16th – Germany, Hamburg, Sporthalle
18th – Germany, Hannover, Swiss Life Hall
19th – Germany, Berlin, Columbiahalle
20th – Germany, Efrurt, Thüringenhalle
21st – Germany, Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
23rd – Germany, Offenbach, Stadthalle
24th – Germany, Erlangen, Heinrich-Lades-Halle
25th – Switzerland, Zürich, Hallenstadion
27th – Germany, Aurich, Sparkassen Halle
28th – Germany, Bremen, Pier 2
29th – Germany, Bielefied, Ringlokschuppen
31st – Germany, Freiburg, Musikklub
 
APRIL
1st – Germany, Ravensburg, Oberschwabenhalle
2nd – Germany, Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle
4th – France, Paris, La Seine Musicale
6th – France, Bordeaux, Arkéa Arena
7th – France, Lyon, Halle Tony Garnier
8th – France, Lille, Zenith Arena
10th – The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
11th – Belgium, Antwerp, Sportpaleis
14th – UK, Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
15th – UK, Bournemouth, International Centre
17th – UK, London, The SSE Arena, Wembley
18th – UK, Leeds, First Direct Arena
20th – UK, Brighton, Centre
22nd – Ireland, Dublin, 3Arena
24th – UK, Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
25th – UK, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro


Exclusive Band Feature – Wild Youth

Four-piece band “Wild Youth” stormed the Spotify Viral Charts and held the #1 spot for two weeks with their first single. With influences ranging from Imagine Dragons, to The XX, The Script, and The 1975, they play a melodic brand of pop-rock with electronic touches. After a freak accident left Conor O’Donohoe, songwriter and keyboards, with a prolonged period of rehabilitation he took up the guitar to pass the time.

His new passion caused him to shift his focus from college and sports to composing songs in his shed with childhood best friend Dave Whelan, singer.

With the recruitment of guitarist Edward Porter and drummer Callum McAdam, Conor found two musicians that could breathe new life into the songs he had composed. The four then locked themselves away for a year writing new songs and developing their sound. In 2017, they emerged with “All or Nothing”, which amassed over half a million Spotify streams.

Their second single, “Lose Control”, received heavy rotation on radio stations and led to sold out headline shows in Dublin and London. They soon found themselves invited to support artists such as Niall Horan, The Script, and Zara Larsson on arena sized shows, and drawing huge crowds to their festival slots across Ireland and the UK. Currently splitting their time between Dublin and London, writing and recording their first album, Wild Youth look set to big one of the biggest acts of 2018 and for many years beyond.

For up to date info please check out www.facebook.com/bandwildyouth/

 


Exclusive Artist Feature – McGoozer

The high note. The bass line.
The words that send a shiver of recognition down your spine. A rush of dopamine. Thousands of hairs standing on end. An emotion recognized and released. Your mind knows what to react to. Your heart knows what connects. It has been said that music feeds the soul, so give it something good to feast on. Give it McGoozer…

With a vocal range that will astound you and lyrics that will remind you of a life well lived, McGoo sings both from the heart and for the heart. He isn’t just a remarkable musician: he is a storyteller, a performer, and an authentic human being who believes that music exists to be experienced and shared.

What you put into your ears does matter, so fill it with music that motivates, invigorates, and resonates. McGoozer makes positive music about universal experiences. They are personal, relatable, and beautiful, creating a soundtrack for your life that’s as compelling and complex as you are.

Whether you’re craving a sweet melody or a rock anthem you can sink your teeth into, McGoo and his crew have you covered.

In an industry with a lot of noise, listen to music that speaks to you. Your heart has a beat, but if it had a voice, it would sound like McGoozer.

Paul McGee, known widely as McGoo, embraced music from an early age. His siblings had a major impact on his love for music along with the influences that abound in his native Scotland. With his brother Brian being a founding member of Simple Minds and his other brother Owen (AKA Owen Paul) having a UK summer smash in 1986 with “You’re My Favourite Waste of Time”, it is no surprise that McGoo has spent his entire life immersed in the music industry and yet still feels like this is just the beginning.

His career in music began with “The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers”, where he alternated between playing the parts of both Jake and Elwood Blues as he toured with this theater production. In the three years that he was engaged in this production, McGoo toured Europe twice, toured the UK for a full year and participated in a six-month long residency in London’s West End.

These years were extremely important in the fledging years of his own band, McGoozer, as they offered him widespread exposure as well as experiences with which he could base future songs upon. As his time touring with the “Blues Brothers” production slowed down, he focused on creating his own music and honing his craft into the melodic anthems that his name is becoming synonymous with.

Another early career highlight was recording and touring with Mike and the Mechanics. McGoo sang on their studio album “Rewired” and toured all round Europe as the opening act for Phil Collins on his world tour, performing to festivals and stadiums of over 70 thousand people at a time. “It was truly fantastic to get to work with, and get to know, such musical giants as Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack”, notes McGoo.

McGoo’s manager, Steve Shippee of ShipWright Productions, discovered McGoo by accident – an accident they have since recognized was more destiny as their combined, complementary talents have created the perfect foundation from which McGoozer can launch.

“Paul McGee is a singer/songwriter with a vocal range that is reminiscent of Axl Rose and a tone/melody often described as that of a male Adele. He tells a story with his rock/pop styled music that elicits a feeling of positivity and personal connection. He can cover the likes of Aha, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift with his unique interpretation of their music, however his original tunes are his true works of art.” Steve Shippee, CEO of ShipWright Productions

McGoo’s passion continues to be funneled primarily through McGoozer where he is constantly inspired and feels some of his best music moments have been born. McGoo is also regularly sought after to collaborate with other artists as there is an increasing desire for his talents in all aspects of the music industry.

For more Information including tour dates please visit www.mcgoozer.com


Kris Barras

UK guitarist Kris Barras is known for his high-energy hybrid of no-nonsense rock, blues and country. winners of ‘best new band’ in the 2018 planet rock awards, the Kris Barras band have become one of the UK’s fastest rising acts.  Recently voted one of the ‘top blues guitarists in the world’ (music radar) and winning the ‘best album’ accolade in the European blues awards, perhaps best demonstrates the band’s fluidity and appeal to fans of different genres.

2019 has seen the band already complete a near sell-out UK tour, going from playing to an average of just 50 people per show in late 2017, up to selling out 400-500+ capacity venues, all in the space of just over one year. Plans for the rest of the 2019 include a main stage appearance at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival, main support to Black Stone Cherry on their UK/Ireland dates and a spot on the ‘Rockin the Blues’ tour. This will be several dates across Europe alongside label mates Jonny Lang and Walter Trout. With a brand new album scheduled for release later this year, the band will have extensive UK/european tour plans for the autumn.

After a self-released debut in 2016 (Lucky 13), The release of the much anticipated second album, ‘The Divine and Dirty’ is when Kris really started to turn heads. Released in March 2018, the album headed straight to Number 1 in both the Amazon Bestseller’s and the iTunes Blues Charts. The album also reached number 3 in the Official UK Blues charts.

As a side project, Kris Barras is the frontman for USA super-group, Supersonic Blues Machine. The band feature’s legendary artists such as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather (Toto), Eric Gales, Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule) and Walter Trout. Kris is currently working on new material with the band and will feature on all upcoming releases.

Kris is signed to world-renowned record label Provogue/Mascot Label Group. He joins a roster that includes names such as Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter Trout.

For more Information including tour dates please visit www.krisbarrasband.com

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