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Written by Administrator Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:00
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NEWLY ANNOUNCED PANELLISTS INCLUDE:

JOHN BISSELL MUSIC SUPERVISER MOTHLIGHT MUSIC.  SYNCS INCLUDE UGLY BETTY, SHREK AND COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGNS FOR AMERICAN EXPRESS, CADILLAC AND TOYOTA

MATT RILEY DIGITAL MARKETING AND SYNC LICENSING HOSPITAL RECORDS. THREE TIMES BT DIGITAL AWARD WINNER HAS RECENTLY LICENSED TRACKS TO DISNEY, EA GAMES AND MICROSOFT XBOX.

JONATHAN TESTER HEAD OF CREATIVE BUCKS MUSIC REPRESENTS ARTISTS SUCH AS BRETT ANDERSON AND PROFESSOR GREEN. SYNCS INCLUDE THE OC, CSI NEW YORK AND GOSSIP GIRL

MARK GORDON SCOREDRAW MUSIC.  SYNCS INCLUDE BBC, ADIDAS, MINI, AND CHANNEL 4

JEZ PATTERSON MD VISION NINE. CLIENTS INCLUDE RELENTLESS ENERGY AND COCA COLA

SAM STONE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR BIG FISH PARTNERING BRANDS WITH CLIENTS SUCH AS V FESTIVAL AND ISLE OF WHITE FESTIVAL 

DAVE BIANCHI ARTIST MANAGER / VISION ENTERTAINMENT.  CLIENTS INCLUDE THE ENEMY, CHARLIE XCX, NANDOS AND 02

NATALIA ROMINESKI DIRECTOR OF MUSIC STRATEGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MAN MADE MUSIC.  CLIENTS INCLUDE CBS, NBC, HBO AND AT&T

ROGER APPLETON PRODUCER / DIRECTOR BRIGHTMOON MEDIA. CLIENTS INCLUDE BBC 4

THE ANFIELD WRAP PANEL ON FANZINES AND PODCASTING

FURTHER KEYNOTES AND PANELISTS STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

A KEYNOTE FROM ROCK N’ ROLL ROYALTY ANDREW LOOG

TRACEY THORN AND THE WOMBATS IN CONVERSATION

‘SOCIAL MEDIA HELLRAISER’ JON MORTER’S INSIGHTS INTO THE MOST INNOVATIVE DIGITAL CAMPAIGNS

360 DEGREE MARXISM WITH ENTER SHIKARI

REVERED ARTIST PHOTOGRAPHER IAN TILTON HOSTS ‘SET IN STONE’ A DEFINITIVE STONE ROSES PHOTO EXHIBITION

OVER 360 ARTISTS IN OVER 25 VENUES INCLUDING

NOAH AND THE WHALE / DEXYS / THE WALKMEN / BASTILLE / ENTER SHIKARI / EVERYTHING EVERYTHING / THEE OH SEES / DARWIN DEEZ / MOUNT KIMIBIE / ALUNAGEORGE / DELPHIC / ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER / DUTCH UNCLES / MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER / UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA / STEALING SHEEP / DRENGE / PINS / SAVAGES / WAVE MACHINES AND MANY MORE

3 DAY DELEGATE PASS GUARANTEES ENTRY TO CONFERENCE AND ALL SHOWS - £120

www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk  

Sound City returns with a convention brimming with the most forward thinking innovators in music, digital, art and film.  Featuring exclusive keynotes, Q and A’s and panels with those who have changed, shaped and documented the entertainment industry and those who have pioneered the technology and shaped the future of discovery, delivery and consumption, Sound City’s peerless convention programme is a key highlight in the international business calendar for the entertainment industry.  The music programme features over 360 artists in over 25 venues over 3 days and nights bringing breakthrough artists from around the globe to the festival, giving the city an opportunity to see tomorrow’s major acts up close and personal, before anyone else.

New panels are announced today covering the most engaging and challenging topics for the modern industries.

PITCH AND TOSS - See how the experts tackle their syncs! Join a number of the world’s top Music Supervisors and Content Owners describe how they interpret a brief, and watch as they work through the process!

Panellists Matt Riley / John Bissell / Jonathan Tester / Mark Gordon / Natalia Romineski – Moderator Adrian Cooke 

WE ARE ALL PROSTITUTES – I WANNA BE IN A ROCK N’ ROLL BAND - Gone are the days when it is not cool for bands to be associated with brands. This may have something to do with the fact record labels are skint and artists will take their money from wherever they can get it!

Panellists Jez Patterson / Sam Stone

CAN YOU REALLY MANAGE -  With revenue streams more varied in the digital age and artists confused as to where they should be focusing their efforts can artist’s really mange themselves and make the correct decisions around who should be in their ‘team’? With so many discussions centred on the golden goose of significant sync deals are we losing site of the basics? This panel reminds us that managers will always steer the career of the most successful artists, and what they have to do to ensure their clients get the best deal wherever that may be.

Panellists Dave Bianchi / More TBC (In Association with Generator) 

YOU’LL NEVER TALK ALONE - Football and music go together like artists and drugs! This lively panel will be hosted by The Anfield Wrap and will feature the cream of the UK and European fanzines. It offers a rare insight into this world and will also open up the vast opportunities that artists have to connect their music with the millions of football fans out there.

Panellists Andy Heaton / Neil Atkinson / John Gibbons / Peter Hooton / Andy Mitten / Iain Macintosh 

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

Key note with music industry legend Andrew Loog Oldham, former PR man for The Beatles and credited with establishing the Rolling Stones’ reputation as the bad boys of the British Invasion and orchestrating their ultimate rise to prominence as the "world's greatest rock & roll band

Tracey Thorn whose music career spans three decades and takes in the defining genres of recent decades: post-punk, indie, pop, trip hop and dance is confirmed for a Q and A.

Enter Shikari are one of the hardest working bands in Britain and the Enter Shikari In Focus panel will provide valuable insights into the life of a touring band with the key personnel that work with them on a day to day basis.

Liverpool’s biggest music export of the last decade are The Wombats and lead singer Murph and manager Simon Bobbet will be giving a candid insight into the unique relationship between a band and its manager.

Ian Tilton, a much revered award-winning rock photographer will host Set In Stone an exhibition of Stone Roses photographs from the last 25 years, many of which have never been seen before.

Described as a “Social Media Hellraiser” by The New York Times, Jon Morter is best known for his gatecrashing of the music industry in 2009 with his phenomenal ‘Rage Against The X Factor’ campaign, sweeping Rap/Metal band Rage Against The Machine into the sought after UK Christmas No.1 spot. This success opened the door for Jon to work on campaigns for some big artists in the industry including Nirvana, Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart, a No.1 album for The Rolling Stones, plus the 2012 Christmas No.1 campaign for The Justice Collective in aid of the Hillsborough families.  Jon was also instrumental in the campaign to save BBC 6 Music.

 

Every year Sound City take pride in bringing some of the most exciting breakthrough artists to the festival, giving the city an opportunity to see tomorrow’s major acts up close and personal, before anyone else. Previous years have seen the likes of Florence And The Machine, The Maccabees, Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg and Alt-J take to local venues and converted urban spaces as part of the festival.  A multitude of forward thinking acts have already been confirmed across multiple genres and Sound City have just announced 150 brand new artists to perform in Liverpool in May.

 

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Noah and the Whale / The Walkmen / Dexys / Bastille / Everything Everything / Enter Shikari / Thee Oh Sees / Darwin Deez / Delphic / Mount Kimbie / Reverend and the Makers / AlunaGeorge / Dutch Uncles / King Krule / Oneohtrix Point Never / Future Of The Left / Toy / Wave Machines / Egyptian Hip Hop / Stealing Sheep / Drenge / Savages / Melody’s Echo Chamber / Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Ian Prowse & Amsterdam / Darkstar / Outfit / Swim Deep / Alessi’s Ark / The 1975 / PINS / Wolf People / Theme Park / Jetta / Hawk Eyes / Bipolar Sunshine / Loom / Deep Sea / Arcade / The Family Rain / Blackeye / Skaters / Splashh / Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs / Dan Croll / Soley / Lulu James / Arcane Roots / Still Corners / Luls / Hands / Wild Smiles / Mikill Pane / Bebe Black / Jacob Banks / Murkage / Bo Ningen / Big Deal / Amateur Best / Night Engine / Fossil Collective / Marmozets / Hacktivist / Brolin / Mind Enterprises / Golden Fable / Neck Deep / Likely Lads / On An On / Temples / The Tea Street Band / Duologue / Loved Ones / By The Sea / All We Are / Broken Men / Bird / Nadine Carina / Ady Suleiman / Concrete Knives / Sun Glitters / Mutiny On The Bounty / Afternaut / Silent Sleep / 16 Hole Boots / Abandon Silence DJs / Acrobat / Aeroplane Flies High / Alex Hulme / Ali Ingle / Allie Bradley / Alpha Male Tea Party / Anna Corcoran / Apollo 18 / Astroid Boys / Bad Guys / Bad Meds / Baltic Fleet / Bantam Lions / Best Friends / Black Moth / Blacklisters / Blank Maps / Bleech / Blizzard / Boats / Brave Young Red / Broken Twin / Brown Bear & The Bandits  / Brown Brogues / CANDIDATE23 / Cats Park / Chloe Howl / Christine and the Queens / Clang Boom Steam / Clock Work Of The Moon / CMWMSMDM / Cold Shoulder / Collectors Club / Common Tongues / Cub Scouts / Cut / D'lyfa Reilly / Dead Rabbit / DJ DKHT / Dominoes / Echo / Ed Black / Eden Royals / Eliza and the Bear / Eric Fuentes / Fire Beneath The Sea / Fist City  / Franco & His Dreadnaught / French Films / Galaxy Express / Gate Flowers / Gatsby's Green Light / Ghostchant / GlassCaves / Goonamguayeoridingstella / Hands / Highfields / Ilona / Iron Witch / Iyes / Jazzhands / Jethro Fox / Johnnie Selfish and The Worried Man / Johnny Sands / Kamp! / Karpia / Kepla / Killaflaw / Kof / Korda Marshall / Last Days of 1984 / Laura J Martin / Leanne Robinson / Lewis Berry / Liberty Vessles / Lolito / Lunar Modular / Mara and the Inner Strangeness / Mark Magill / Matzka / Memory Men / Mercury 13 / Mickey 9's / Mise en Scene / Miss Stylie / Mitzi / Moats / Mono LP's / Moulettes  / Muto Leo / Nadine Carina / Natalie McCool / Natasha Haws / Nately’s Whores Kid Sister / Ninetails / Noble Thiefs / Ofeliadorme / Owls* / Oxygen Thieves / Palm Reader / Persian Pelican / Police Squad / Popstrangers / Rachael Wright & the Good Sons / Red House Glory / Redolent / Richard Walters / Rob Vincent / Ruby Ann Patterson / Sankofa / Sansa / Say Yes Dog / Sea Of Keys / Secret Rivals / Serious Sam Barrett / Sheepy / Sienna / Skubas / Sonny Green / Splintered Ukes / Spring Offensive / Springtime Anchorage / Stafrænn Hakon / Stereo Virgins / Sugarmen / Sun Glitters / Sunfields / Sweet Jane / Swimming Lessons / Taylor Fowlis / TearTalk / The Bazaars / The Blaconies / The Boy Royal / The Chapman Family / The Cheap Thrills / The City Walls / The Cold One Hundred / The Dirty Rivers / The Excitements / The Flamin ' Mamies / The Formby Band / The Kill Van Kulls / The Lines / The Mono LP's / The Not Amused / The Oreoh!s / The Penelopes / The Ramona Flowers / The Red Suns / The Science of the Lamps / The Thespians / The Tom Waitresses / The Tribute Band / The Troubadours / The Trouble With Temptation  / The Wild Eyes / These Monsters / These Reigning Days / Tibi & Her Cello / Tizzy Bac / Towns / Tripwires  / Two Hours Traffic / Tying Tiffany / Vasco Da Gamma / Voo / Whales In Cubicles / Witch Hunt

 

Website and ticket link: http://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liverpoolsoundcity

Twitter: @SoundCity

 

 
Written by Administrator Friday, 20 July 2012 09:24
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We were invited to a premiere of the latest and eargerly anticipated Batman film, Dark Knight Rises, at Nottingham Cineworld in the Cornerhouse on Wednesday night a full two days (count them) before general release.  Without giving away the film's plot or reviewing it in its entirety here's a few things to look out for when you go and watch it at Cineworld.

The Dark Knight Rises follows the storyline 8 years on from its prequel.  Bruce Wayne has become a recluse, Wayne Enterprises is suffering and Batman is no more.  The people of Gotham have enjoyed 8 years free from serious crime and have not needed The Batman.  Until now.

Tom Hardy showcases his flexibility playing Bain, it was always going to be a hard role to live up to after Heath Ledger's stunning interpretation of the Joker but those characters are so far apart no comparison can really be made.

The physique change from Warrior is mind blowing. At times the voice of the character can be hard to understand, the mask preventing viewers from seeing any lip movements teamed with the vocal effects is a bad combination and there were a few times I wanted to turn to my neighbour to ask what he said!

Anne Hathaway takes on the role of Catwoman with a light hearted mischievous approach, which is refreshing compared to the heavy emotional aspects of the other main characters.  She most definitely pulls off the cat suit (not literally), which will undoubtedly please some viewers.

The old Wayne Manor is back which is a relief after it being out of The Dark Knight; the breathtaking backdrop of Wollaton Hall adds some much needed period charm to the otherwise concrete jungle of Gotham City.

The story takes us on a rollercoaster ride of extremes in genre, one minute you're watching Wayne deal with the complex emotions surrounding the fall of Batman and the loss of his lifelong love, Rachel, and the next is a visually mind blowing action sequence.  It is a welcome addition to see the emotional side of Bruce Wayne and nice development of the character which moves him away from his previous playboy image. There are some highly charged scenes between Alfred (Michael Cain) which stretches the Butler/Boss relationship beyond what was hinted at previously.

The moments when Bain brings Gotham to its knees provide some worryingly realistic special effects that spark thoughts back to real terrorism and devastation witnessed on 9/11, touching on the threat to economy and financial crisis this part of the story offers viewers food for thought.

This is easily one of the most anticipated films this year and it does not fail to disappoint.  It is a shame to see the back of the Batman trilogy but all good things must come to an end and it does not leave any stone unturned.  Viewers will come away completely satisfied yet still waiting in anticipation but saying anything further would spoil the surprise!

Be prepared with refreshments and toilet visits; at 2 hrs 45 minutes it's longer than expected.

 
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Written by Administrator Saturday, 07 April 2012 20:12
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The fairytale upsets that no-one really expected never materialised as Hull Stingrays were brutally despatched by Nottingham Panthers setting up a final with Cardiff Devils who squeezed past Belfast on penalty shots in the earlier game.

The 10-3 defeat left Hull’s player coach Sylvain Cloutier struggling to hold back the emotion in the post game press conference and Man of the Match Jason Silverthorn had to step in to field questions from the assembled media.

He composed himself to later say that he wasn’t sure if there would be a team in Hull next season as the management are looking to sell the club and it certainly seemed that many of the players were saying their goodbyes to the travelling fans at the end of the game.

What is certain though is that Nottingham will not face anywhere near as easy a game in the final on Sunday.

Player Coach Corey Neilson dismissed the first question in the press conference, about why he hadn’t won the league title, in his traditionally dry and offhand approach.  The attitude that wins him as many friends as it does detractors.  He even openly admitted that it was perhaps his own comments that stoke up opposing teams into playing better against Nottingham.

Corey and hat trick hero David Clarke appeared very relaxed, having been able to ease off in the third period and conserve energy.  Answering the key to tonight’s victory Neilson explained it was due to “untimely goaltending on [Hull’s] part, I don’t think Boucher was very strong, he let a lot of shots in early and that’s tough to deal with when you’re already short.

“The first period was tough and then they ran out of gas.”

We asked how do you go from that game to the game tomorrow that will be most likely a little bit closer?

Corey replied with his customary dry wit. “Most likely.  No, it will be a lot closer.  For sure.  Cardiff’s a fantastic team, another trapping team like Belfast they like to slow you down in the neutral zone and keep it very tight in front of goal and hope you make mistakes and try and beat you on the counter.  So like they did to Belfast today it was pretty evident that Belfast got a little aggressive so we’ve got to be wary of that.”

And when asked whether the history of the finals with Nottingham only ever winning against the Devils plays on his mind he responded: “We’ve only won this twice?  That’s it?  I’m just so used to winning… 

“No, it doesn’t.  We’ve had a great team, great season.  It’s been a team that’s really played well each and every night they’ve worked hard.  It hasn’t been this great sexy team we’ve had in the past.  I don’t think we’re quite as top end explosive as we normally are and we’re obviously much better defensively and the goaltending’s strong and we’ve tried to change a lot of things in our game over the past few years, especially as each year I keep learning so this team’s really been a workmanlike team.”

The Panthers were able to conserve some energy for tomorrow with David Clarke admitting that they sat back for about 15 minutes in the third period as they didn’t want to ‘embarrass’ Hull before explaining the game plan was to get the second wave to the net to pick up the rebounds from Boucher.  Corey credited the win in part to the luck of the bounce with several of the goals being rather fortunate

On the spread of goal scoring throughout the side Clarke went on:  “I think we’ve got depth.  We’re not top heavy as much as we have been over the years.  There’s not one line we lean on to get us goals every line kind of contributes night in night out. 

“Marc Levers came off the bench and scored a big goal for us when we were at one nothing and that was his first shift of the night and I think on his first shift he was involved with two goals he had one goal and one assist.”

Sunday will definitely be a bigger test for Nottingham and the hope is they can raise the game once more to send the Panther fans home happy with another 2 trophy season.  Who’s taking bets on whether Corey will be here next season to settle that ‘unfinished business’ of the league title?

 
Written by Paul Hinchliffe & Susan Luya Saturday, 25 June 2011 21:26
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glasto2011_midlanderswebMeeting great warm people is a huge part of Glastonbury.  Midland cool cats Deb, Ruth, Mick and Cathy.  Beautiful people taking in Paulo Nutini in the sunshine. Check out their facebook page at fizzog.
 

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