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What better way to spend a Monday evening than to see Californian pop star, Taylor Grey, perform live? She is currently supporting The Vamps on their ‘Four Corners’ UK tour and we caught her at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.

Taylor started her set with the upbeat, ‘Back To Bite’ then she sang the bittersweet ‘Poison’ before performing her latest single – the infectious ‘Intentionally’, which is self-penned. ‘Intentionally’ is sassy and full of attitude from a confident Taylor.

She says of her new single which is a contemporary twist on a classic love song, “I’ve had this song in my back pocket for over a year and a half, always playing it live at shows, just waiting for the right moment to officially release it. Now, on the Four Corners Tour with The Vamps, couldn’t be a better time to do so.”

One of the songs Taylor also performed, ‘Fallin” was even co-written by The Vamps’ Brad Simpson. The young pop star captivated the audience with her energetic performance and impressive vocals.

The Vamps also gave an incredible show, full of their hits such as ‘Somebody To You’, ‘All Night’ and ‘Hair Too Long’. It was loads of fun for everyone there, especially judging by the screams for the audience!

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“All I have is a spiritual journey from the dark to the bright. The music grows when the mind flows. The hard-hitting drums and atmospheric vocals lead a ritual dance in the dark forest.
Let it go, after they take all you have.”

As I sit in my parked car, I look around at my surroundings. The dark night sky seems to hug the stars, making them shine brighter, and the cool night’s breeze whistles through my windows. As I click onto YUN SEN’S new music video ‘All I Have’, it immediately matches the peaceful evening I’m experiencing.

The music video opens with a beautiful tree landscape, with a peaceful chime sound making an entrance – it makes me feel safe. My eyes are immediately glued to the screen as the song and video picks up, to reveal a girl alone in a forest, with a man slowly following behind. The hard-hitting drums match her footsteps as she walks, and YUN SEN’S youthful, vocals keep you focused. It seems as if their voices follow through the trees, through the ocean, and through the snow – their mysterious tones seem to echo across the earth. The visuals reflect the hypnotic mood and were shot in Switzerland and directed by Sophie Berset.

YUN SEN - All I Have (Official Music Video) - YouTube

‘All I Have’ is the fourth single from London duo YUN SEN and features different sounds and textures to keep you on your toes. I wouldn’t be surprised if this track is used as a theme tune in a dramatic TV show in the future as it’s so cinematic and atmospheric. Producing electronic Alternative Pop Music in the West London caves, YUN SEN has created a magical, addictive track and a visual spiritual journey. Make sure you listen and watch if you want to give your ears and eyes a treat.

The music video for ‘All I Have’ is out on May 24th.

Stream ‘All I Have

All I Have - SoundCloud
(216 secs long, 102 plays)Play in SoundCloud

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If you haven’t listened to Bess Atwell before then you are in for a treat. Her latest single ‘Harvested’, taken from her accompanying EP ‘Big Blue, is as easy to sink into as your sofa and a cool glass of wine after a long day at work. Her vocals are pure and mesmerising – her music, exploring themes of identity, romanticism, and reality – is tragic and beautiful.

‘Harvested’ takes you on a tranquil walk through budding nature with a lullaby-like intro, pulse-like drum and Atwell’s exquisite voice with accompanying male harmony. Bess comments on her new single, “I wrote ‘Harvested’ about a very complicated friendship; Two people whose overwhelming similarities could comfort and cripple the other in equal measure.”

With a sweetly innocent indie-folk feel, the EP explores various themes from female empowerment in ‘Swimming Pool’ to a darker tone discussing human sell-by dates in ‘Cherry Baby’. Each track flows smoothly to the next and Bess Atwell plants her unique stamp on each song. It’s only on the first few notes of the hazy finale, ‘Ventnor Villas’ I pick up tones comparable to Lana Del Rey.

Singles from ‘Big Blue’ have been playlisted by BBC Radio 6 Music and live performances have been championed by the likes of The Guardian and The Independent and paved the way for live sessions on Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley’s shows. ‘Big Blue’ was produced by Giles Barrett (Johnny Flynn, Marika Hackman, Goat Girl) and follows acclaimed debut album ‘Hold Your Mind’ released in 2016.

Bess Atwell is returning to festival favourites such as Dot To Dot and Green Man as well as performing a headline UK tour. I would catch her while you can and listen to this stunning EP live.

Live Dates:
24th May – Dot To Dot, Manchester
25th May – Dot To Dot, Bristol
26th May – Dot To Dot, Nottingham
1st June – Rough Trade East, London
26th July – Deer Shed Festival, Yorks
27th July – Farm Fest, Bruton
4th August – Underneath The Stars Festival, Barnsley
15th August – Green Man Festival, Glanusk Park
7th October – Bodega, Nottingham
8th October – Broadcast, Glasgow
10th October – Omeara, London
11th October – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
12th October – Louisiana, Bristol
13th October – Hope and Ruin, Brighton
20th October – Swn Festival, Cardiff

Bess Atwell’s new EP ‘Big Blue’ is released on May 24th via Mother’s Milk Records.

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Lewis Capaldi has been enjoying an extraordinary year with mainstream success, sold-out shows, a long-standing number one single and the release of his debut album and today Vevo has revealed he is its second LIFT act of 2019.

The Scottish singer-songwriter’s LIFT series begins with not just one but two exclusive performances of ‘Someone You Loved’ and ‘Hold Me While You Wait’ available to watch now. They feature his distinctive honest and heart-felt tone.

Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (Live) | Vevo LIFT - YouTube

This will be followed by a special ‘Becoming’ video with Lewis Capaldi, in this series of brand new and original content filmed exclusively with Vevo.

Last week, Lewis Capaldi released his much-anticipated debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’. Along with a BRIT’s Critics Choice nomination, a headline tour (which sold out in less than one minute, no less), platinum-selling singles and hundreds of millions of plays across streaming services, it’s easy to see why he is the artist of the moment.

Lewis Capaldi - Hold Me While You Wait (Live) | Vevo LIFT - YouTube

Vevo’s artist development programme LIFT was launched in 2011 and highlights fresh new talent in Britain. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Jorja Smith, Years & Years and Rag‘N’Bone Man who all released a series of Vevo videos to mark their success.

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“Gloria is an addict. Her character was inspired by a member of my family, and no amount of love or resources could save her” – Lead Vocalist, Wesley Schultz

The Lumineers has released a poignant new music video today called ‘Gloria’ and it’s the first single from their upcoming full-length visual album ‘III’, out 13th September on Decca/Dualtone. The album is being released in three chapters in a cinematic, visual format where songs from each chapter focus on a primary character from the three generations of the fictional Sparks Family. Each chapter will be released as an audio EP within the full-length album. The 3-song Chapter I audio EP was released in full on Friday and revolves around the family matriarch, Gloria Sparks.

Themes include subjects which are very meaningful to The Lumineer’s lead vocalist, Wesley Schultz. He explains, “Gloria is an addict. Her character was inspired by a member of my family, and no amount of love or resources could save her. She’s now been homeless for over a year. Loving an addict is like standing among the crashing waves, trying to bend the will of the sea.”

The visuals are very hard-hitting and dramatic. The actress Anna Cordell plays Gloria and Josh Close plays Gloria’s husband, William. ‘Gloria’ is cinematic and passionate showcasing the lyrics:

Gloria, I smell it on your breath
Gloria, booze and peppermint
Gloria, no one said enough is enough
Gloria, they found you on the floor
Gloria, my hand was tied to yours
And, Gloria, did you finally see that enough is enough?

As well as the heartbreaking visuals for ‘Gloria’, videos for the remaining Chapter I songs ‘Donna’ and ‘Life In The City’ will be released tomorrow (21 May) and Wednesday (22 May) respectively.

The subsequent chapters focus on Gloria’s grandson Junior (Chapter II), and then her son Jimmy Sparks (Chapter III). The visuals are directed by Kevin Phillips (known for his indie movies ‘Super Dark Times’ and ‘Too Cool For School’) and produced by Neighborhood Watch.

The Lumineers - Gloria (Part 3 Of 10) - YouTube

‘III’ is the third album by two-time GRAMMY-nominated band The Lumineers. It follows two platinum albums, their self-titled 2012 debut, which stormed into the Top 10 of the UK Official Album Chart (and was certified triple-platinum in 2018), and their second album, ‘Cleopatra’, released in 2016, which hit No.1 in both the UK Official Album Charts and No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 in its week of release.

Later this year, the band will be touring across the US and Europe as well as shows at three UK arenas including a date at London’s O2 Arena.

Tour dates:

November 1 Campo Pequeno Lisbon, Portugal
November 2 WiZink Center Madrid, Spain
November 4 Alcatraz Milan, Italy
November 6 Halle 622 Zurich, Switzerland
November 7 Zenith Munich, Germany
November 9 Gasometer Vienna, Austria
November 10 Forum Karlin Prague, Czech Republic
November 13 Sporthalle Hamburg, Germany
November 14 Verti Music Hall Berlin, Germany
November 16 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
November 18 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
November 19 Palladium Cologne, Germany
November 20 Le Zénith Paris, France
November 22 The SSE Hydro Glasgow, UK
November 24 Manchester Arena Manchester, UK
November 27 The O2 London, UK
November 29 3Arena Dublin, Ireland

The post ‘Gloria’ Is A Heartbreaking New Music Video From The Lumineers appeared first on Neon Music.

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Lina Hansson of Violet days delivered a pitch-perfect set Tuesday night having flown in from the US only 2 days before. “I was worried about my voice tonight, but this is our last gig before we go home to Sweden for a few days so I can rest,” Hannson says, talking to Neon Music after the gig.

Any personal worries from the band’s lead singer pre-show were proved needless, as Hansson delivered a synth-pop eruption, not missing a note.

The band looked perfectly at home in front of the industry insider heavy crowd at Hoxton’s own Gold Dust Club night and were happy to hang out and have a beer post set watching the next acts on stage.

Tonight’s gig comes after a busy year for the band which saw shows across the US, including stops in both New York & LA and the release of their EP ‘Made in my Head’. Taking inspiration from the sound of Michael Jackson and 60’s comic books, this alternative pop machine looks more than at home on the stage delivering a set of strong material.

Band drummer and producer Kris Eriksson (the man behind The Chainsmokers 2017 monster hit Paris) was wild, oozing an air of confidence and charisma, commanding his own space on the stage.

Da Vinci’s quote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” rings true here, as the band closed their set with standout track ‘Just A Little’, a perfect storm of pop and electro production.

If you haven’t had a chance to see this band live yet, make sure you do.

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Each year sees the music industry taking a long weekend in May to take over the coastal city of Brighton. Drinking copious amounts of their chosen poison and networking like never before, you can queue to watch the hottest tipped acts of the music industry from the U.K. and more. This weekend is known as The Great Escape Festival.

Arriving on Wednesday night I had a heavy few days ahead of me. Showcase festivals are infamous for late nights, early starts and a whole lot of talking and I can confirm that The Great Escape 2019 was no different to those expectations.

Playing my own sets on Thursday I was excited to be immersed in this industry festival and catch some rays as well as my favourite acts over the weekend in one of my favourite cities. With a diverse mix of acts including people that we had covered on Neon Music and even some friends, I spread myself out wide across the city travelling to a mix of venues including churches, theatres, bars, and clubs to explore the city known as London by the sea.

My list would be endless if I was to go through everything so to start with here’s a summary of firstly the positives and best moments of my weekend.

Discovery. Isn’t the main reason to go to The Great Escape to find music? I loved being led around to see bands I’d never heard of but certainly should have. Californian artist Still Woozy and his band probably had the most character in a live setup that I have EVER seen with dance breaks and more playing on the seafront.

All about Female power. Emily Burns put on a killer show downstairs at Patterns as well as Scottish rising-star Tamzene at One Church. Having caught Norwegian songstress Iris a week before in Denmark I was sad to miss her but great to see her on the line-up as someone who is set to make a mark.

Having talked myself into oblivion it was refreshing to go off alone and catch a number of sets including Oh Land at St Mary’s Church. Sometimes you just need some breathing space and there was nowhere better than inside the beautiful church in Kemptown where Oh Land was lucky enough to play within a wondrous building that resembled the inside of a Cathedral.

On Saturday as I started to feel the late nights; I took myself down to The Great Escape beach site which in itself almost seemed like its own mini-festival. With Sounds Australia showcasing 30 acts from the country; I saw acts including Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Confidence Man from a musical culture and country I adore.

But not every festival can go to plan; my week certainly wasn’t without its own issues and some acts were seemingly better than others.

As usual, England put on a weather show that included storms, sunbathing and windswept moments that kept everyone on their toes in a classic English fashion.

Photo by Luis Kramer

As The Great Escape consists of mainly a majority of industry members, the crowds were certainly tough to handle. Crowds consisted of conversation during performances; not much engagement or communication and whilst being transfixed by Maisie Peters’ voice I listened in dismay as the whole back of the Komedia sounded like a dinner party.
In a performance by the electronic pop artist BEA1991, the young singer got herself to a point where she had rightly had enough as she asked the crowd why there were talking. Sadly this made the situation perhaps even more awkward than it already was.

Photo by Luis Kramer

There were SO many venues. I had so many acts I wanted to see like Westerman, AltoPalo, and LEISURE, but alas time is minimal and I couldn’t run fast enough. Next year!

A weekend of discovery and riding the buzz of success to come this year; The Great Escape was a chance to become a part of the industry wave into the next big thing. Perhaps it was going to the many networking drinks and meeting a future collaborator or catching a variety of shows of talent showcasing their music in the hopes of taking their act to the next level. Either way, the atmosphere of the festival was at times a difficult terrain to navigate but ultimately a place where careers get made and sometimes perhaps even broken.

You can pretend you were there and picture the beach and the bands while listening to the playlist of my favourite picks at The Great Escape.

See the full lineup.

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Linda Hannson of Violet days delivered a pitch-perfect set Tuesday night having flown in from the US only 2 days before. “I was worried about my voice tonight, but this is our last gig before we go home to Sweden for a few days so I can rest,” Hannson says, talking to Neon Music after the gig.

Any personal worries from the band’s lead singer pre-show were proved needless, as Hannson delivered a synth-pop eruption, not missing a note.

The band looked perfectly at home in front of the industry insider heavy crowd at Hoxton’s own Gold Dust Club night and were happy to hang out and have a beer post set watching the next acts on stage.

Tonight’s gig comes after a busy year for the band which saw shows across the US, including stops in both New York & LA and the release of their EP ‘Made in my Head’. Taking inspiration from the sound of Michael Jackson and 60’s comic books, this alternative pop machine looks more than at home on the stage delivering a set of strong material.

Band drummer and producer Kris Eriksson (the man behind The Chainsmokers 2017 monster hit Paris) was wild, oozing an air of confidence and charisma, commanding his own space on the stage.

Da Vinci’s quote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” rings true here, as the band closed their set with standout track ‘Just a little’, a perfect storm of pop and electro production.

If you haven’t had a chance to see this band live yet, make sure you do.

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“London to Lagos, our journey made us”

Alora blends a melting pot of genres and cultures in her music. Her recent release ‘The Homecoming’ fuses gritty wordplay and soft RnB over a chilled electronic beat. The East Londoner explores her heritage and travels through her lyrics and visuals. Her flair for performing earned her a weekly residency at the Moxy Hotel where she also hosted a showcase with up and coming musicians. She has also performed live at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Hackney Empire for the Black Magic Awards among the likes of Stormzy and Che Lingo.

Spending half of the year in her family hometown of Lagos, Nigeria inspired Alora in her recent release ‘The Homecoming’ and the music video was shot there. During her time there she was influenced further by the sights, sounds, and people of Lagos – she rediscovered a love for Afrobeats and her culture.

Alora - The Homecoming [Music Video] | GRM Daily - YouTube

Alora spoke to Neon Music exclusively about her latest release and what she has planned next:

How would you describe your sound to new listeners?
Urban soul

Tell me about your latest single ‘The Homecoming’
‘The Homecoming’ tells a story about a woman taking that extra mile to reconnect with her roots and rediscover her purpose. She is bold and her fearless approach helps her reach new heights. When I wrote the homecoming I was capturing the hustle and bustle of a up and coming artist making efforts to establish their name in the music industry, “give me space give me room lemme see” which is me saying, “Everyone listen, I’ve got something worth listening to”.

The song then goes on to show my confident, witty persona “Pretty face but lyrically I’m a beast”. Nearer to the end of the song I sing “All night going hard where’s the car, next location” This is because during my stay in Nigeria I attended many music festivals, shows bar and parties and Nigerians can really party. I found myself joining other artists for consecutive nights of partying all in the name of trying to show people my social fun side but always keeping my business and brand in mind. I can be quite private always forgetting to post my adventures on Instagram so me putting out this song was to show my audience what I had been up to for those 2 months in Lagos.

What do you find are the differences between the music scene in Nigeria compared to the UK?
I feel that the difference is Nigerians love Nigerian music, or should I say Afro music. We are very enthusiastic people and we love to dance so always pick the music we can dance to over pretty much everything else. The UK scene prefers music from other countries over our own but the UK scene is expanding rapidly so that could change.

How has your time spent in Lagos influenced your music?
I would say content wise. I feel it’s so important to travel because it always gives you different things to talk about in your music

Your stage presence has been compared to J Hus and UK artists are really making waves in music – is there anyone who is particularly inspiring you at the moment?
I would say, Mahalia, I love her vibe she portrays through her music videos. And Ama Lou.

Is there a particular message or theme in your music you would like to get across to listeners?
Know yourself and stay positive.

You have three sisters – did you grow up in a musical household?
Not at all. My dad sang in the bathroom and my mum loved buying us Westlife, The Spice Girls and Britney Spears cassettes but that’s as far as it went haha.

Dream musical collaborations?
Alora ft Sam Smith

Which 3 songs are the soundtrack to your life (yours or someone else’s)
Kehlani – Distraction Marvin Sapp – Best in Me Mariah Carey – Like that

Tell me something our readers would be surprised to learn about you?
From the bottom of my heart, I hate custard creams

What do you find are the biggest challenges being in music?
Am I thinking deeply or overthinking?

Dream venues / festivals to perform at?
Coachelllaaaaaaaaa. I want to headline just like my Aunt Beyonce

Guilty pleasures?
Brownie and ice cream

Who would play you in a movie and why?
Teyana Taylor

What’s next for Alora?
THE ENDS FESTIVAL! And one hell of a journey

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Californian pop star Taylor Grey is opening for The Vamps during their UK Four Corners Tour this May. You and a friend could win tickets to see Taylor and The Vamps perform live at Leicester De Montford Hall on Monday, May 20th 2019.
To enter the competition, all you have to do is:
1. Like the photo about the competition and follow our Instagram page
2. Follow Taylor Grey on @iamtaylorgrey 
3. Tag 2 friends in the comments section
The winner will be chosen at random by midnight on Saturday 18th May and will be contacted via DM.
‘Space Case’ was Taylor’s first studio album and it featured songs with The Vamps’ Brad Simpson and Spencer Kane, and won the Independent Music Award in 2018. She has worked with some of pop’s finest collaborators; the album was executive produced by a and it ward winning producer Josh Abraham (Justin Bieber, P!nk, Kelly Clarkson) and produced by Nico Stadi (Justin Bieber, Lindsey Stirling), and also featured production with Dave Kuncio (Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys). Taylor Grey’s most recent release, EP GREY, has been featured on some of Spotify’s major playlists such as Pop Sauce and supported by a multitude of tastemakers. It was produced by Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein (Foster the People, Christina Aguilera, Flo Rida, Ellie Goulding) and executive producer, Josh Abraham.
For the last 3 years, the 21-year-old Northern California native has been balancing her music career with a degree in Psychology/Neuroscience at Stanford University. Despite her tough academic schedule, Taylor is excited to finish her mid-terms and reunite with The Vamps on their 2019 ‘Four Corners’ UK Tour after sharing the stage with them in her hometown of San Francisco and Los Angeles during their USA 2018 Tour. Taylor has also shared the stage with the likes of Flo Rida, Fall Out Boy, Walk the Moon, Sabrina Carpenter, Jake Miller, O-Town, and Ryan Cabrera, amongst many others.
Find out more about Taylor Grey.

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