proclaimerspicStrikingly individual, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have over the years enjoyed huge success across the globe as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness of their songs and their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans new and old.

The Proclaimers have carved out a niche for themselves in the netherworld where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide. In the process they have enjoyed Gold and Platinum singles and albums in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The boys are currently in the middle of the UK leg of their tour, MusicRiot will be at their Cardiff gig and a review will be available soon after.

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michael_jackson_1441303cI suppose it was kind of unlikely that Michael Jackson would be allowed to rest in peace, even by members of his own family.  So here we go with a low-brow MJ-themed talent show…

Jackson 5 legend Jermaine Jackson is to be one of the judges on brand new BBC Three entertainment series “Move Like Michael Jackson”.

Celebrating the greatest pop icon of our time, this six-part dance series will see a nationwide search to find Britain’s most talented and original dancers who can demonstrate they have the spirit, showmanship and technical ability of the great man.

Back in the studio, Jermaine and the rest of the panel will be seeing who can put their true versatility and ingenuity to the test as they perform to classic Michael Jackson tracks.

Aimed at finding dancers who best embody the spirit of Michael Jackson on stage, the show will include competitors from all backgrounds, individuals and group performances.

Here is the trailer for the film about Michael Jackson’s final few days of preperation for concerts in London – before which he sadly died.

Up until now INME have always divided opinion. The band’s 4th album, “Herald Moth” is a record which reveals a band matured, one who’ve clearly shaken off the early ‘emo’ trappings of their 2003 debut. First single ‘Single Of The Weak’ is a real hybrid of sounds from early ska rhythms to + metal, ‘All Terrain Vehicle’ reveals Dave McPherson’s vocals at the top of his game, and similarly ‘The Art of Moderation’ and ‘Happy to Disappoint You’ reflects his under rating as a guitarist for the more technical progressive side, whilst ‘Nova Armada’ just about encapsulates everything the band is currently about. 

“We wanted to create lots of technical layers with an edge; to heavy, melodic tunes,” opens lead vocal/guitarist Dave McPherson. “With Daydream Anonymous we established a more mature sound and pushed our abilities as musicians. Now we’ve really stepped that up. The new album is darker, more epic and grander than we’ve ever been.”

Here is the video to ‘Single of the Weak’.

InMe are also touring, gig dates below: Read more

garygo-albumGary Go hit the music press headlines when he was confirmed as the official opening act for Take That’s UK tour this June – a dream opportunity for any new artist (at least one who doesn’t mind Take That).  And now, with perfect timing, comes his self-titled debut album.

I feel bad about knocking it – it’s a good first album, but not much more than that.  It’s very commercial, the comparisons made by Q magazine calling Gary Go ‘a one man Coldplay’ are justified, and I thought I detected a hint of Snow Patrol in there as well. 

The first half of the album has a fairly routine selection of songs with slow build-ups to punchier choruses, the second half  seems a little more downbeat, but then after “Wonderful” little else could be more upbeat.  I was able to catch some intelligent lyrics in there, but generally the whole album is not a long laster.

Self-taught, self-produced – you’ve got to hand it to him, he’s made it a long way through his own persistence.  Fingers crossed he can get to a more interesting second album.  It’s an assured first album, and hints at great potential.

radio1weekendBBC Radio 1 has announced that 16 unsigned bands from the South West of England are being given the opportunity to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend Fringe which runs in the week leading up to the main weekend event in Swindon.

From Monday 4 to Thursday 7 May the Fringe takes place at four live music venues across Swindon town centre. Each venue hosts the festival for one night and four bands will play at each.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend Fringe delivers a specific focus to supporting live music in the Swindon and surrounding area.

And the best thing is – All the gigs will be free of charge. Further details can be found at

Last Friday the hugely successful U2 played a (mildly) secret gig outside Broadcasting House in Central London. Despite being secret the short session was watched by ….. fans, some of whom had been waiting around for hours beforehand waiting for a glimpse of their heroes.

Here is some footage from the gig. The next two parts are access by clicking the “read the rest of this entry” link.

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MaccabeesSouth London 5-piece The Maccabees ended 2007 on a wave of praise for their “consistently excellent, willfully eccentric debut” (The Observer). “Colour It In” was hailed by NME as “The best alt.pop record of 2007. No contest” and crowned Album of The Year by Artrocker magazine.

Now the celebrated gang of musical romantics are back. They have finished work on their new album and, as a taster, are giving away a track hot from the studio. “No Kind Words” is available to download from The download is being given away as a present for patient fans eagerly anticipating the follow-up to their debut.

The celebrated five-piece play their first live dates of 2009 with two club shows in London in February and an Xfm Presents at the Barfly on 5th March prior to their headline tour. They will play London’s Electric Ballroom, their first London headline since the triumphant sold-out Roundhouse show at the end of the “Colour It In” tour in 2007. Read more

Gary GoGary Go is confirmed to support Take That on their record breaking UK tour playing to over a million people including the venue at the end of road that he grew up – Wembley Stadium.

It has to be the most enviable support slot a new artist or band could ever dream of…  To play live in front of over a million people in the space of a month, at venues like Wembley Stadium and Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. This is about to become a reality for 24-year-old Wembley raised singer-songwriter Gary Go who has been confirmed to do just that when he joins Take That on their entire record breaking UK summer stadium tour.

It’s even crazier for Gary Go seeing that he grew up in Wembley on the road that leads to the Stadium and spent many a day with the window open hearing the huge roars from various concerts or football matches. Now he’ll be watched and heard by 72,000 people a night for four nights at the very same place. Read more

Flamboyant Bella - 2MusicRiot favourites and early “MusicRiot Presents.. ” podcast featured band Flamboyant Bella are continuing their inevitable journey to the big time with a headline gig at London’s Islington Academy.

The gig on 19th February is being helped to be promoted by FB’s fanbase who are able to get free tickets by demonstrating how they have spread the word about the gig.

Check out Flamboyant Bella’s website for full details, or just get some tickets to the gig.