Jay McAllister AKA Beans On Toast released his tenth studio album, A Bird In The Hand, on 1st December. For those that know of Beans On Toast, this is not a surprise as the 1st of December is his birthday and he has released an album, on this date, every year since his debut offering, Standing On A Chair, back in 2009.
Accompanying the album release is a video for his third single release from A Bird In The Hand. Beans chronicles life’s experiences in his music and Magic is all about the miracle of life and the suspenseful, emotional, but totally wonderful journey that delivers it. Magic puts to song the heart melting account of the arrival of Beans’ firstborn baby. It is an earnest and beautiful song that finds the songwriter at his most touchingly vulnerable and relatable, Magic will resonate with anyone who has experienced bringing a new child into the world.
All about the miracle of life and the suspenseful, emotional, but totally wonderful journey that delivers it, Magic puts to song the heart melting account of the arrival of Beans’ firstborn baby.
Speaking about the tender topic of this track, Beans says: “I like my songs to tell stories, but also to draw from real life emotion and experience. This song, about the birth of my daughter in January this year has all three in abundance. I wanted to get across the excitement and the nervousness of the by-standing father and the admiration of the female body, but most of all, this is a love song. A song about the unconditional love between a parent and child. I’ve never known anything quite like it.”
The video was directed by longtime friend and collaborator (and father of two) Jem Mitchell, a talented videographer who very much ticked all boxes for the job. Looking to lovingly emulate the golden memories we all share of capturing those classic family portraits together, Beans invited his close friends and relations with young children down to a studio where they could hear the new song and enjoy their time together. The result is a video that is full to the brim with love, life, tears and happiness and fits this wonderful new single like a glove.
A Bird in The Hand has been produced by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett at London’s legendary Church Studios.
Looking to share his milestone new release with the people who have supported him throughout the last decade, Beans on Toast will be popping up at independent record shops across the nation for a series of intimate In-Store Shows and Signings, plus hosting a free album launch party at Queen’s Hall in Nuneaton, which is the most central, accessible and inclusive location for a party in all of England, of course.
Beans On Toast will tour the new album with a Full Band UK Tour in 2019 – all dates and details are listed as below.
British Summer Time Hyde Park announces its first headliners for 2019 – two of the greatest musicians of all time on one night. Bob Dylan and Neil Young are joint headliners on Friday 12th July 2019.
Bob Dylan by Simon Jay Price
Bob Dylan’s impact on popular music and culture is immeasurable. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, he is responsible for some of the most influential albums of all time including, Highway 61 Revisited, Blood On The Tracks and Blonde On Blonde. He continues to be vibrant and on the cutting edge, Bob Dylan has received 10 Grammy Awards (including wins for Love And Theft, Modern Times and the Album of the Year Grammy for Time Out of Mind), as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Things Have Changed in 2002.
Neil Young remains the only artist of the rock era to compare to Dylan. Classic albums like Harvest, After The Goldrush and On The Beach are some the best in the whole genre. But Young remains hugely relevant and prolific, releasing 2 albums within months of each other in 2017/2018, as well as a stream of archive albums from classic live shows over the years, underlining his incredible live legacy. This time, he brings Promise Of The Real, with whom he recorded 2017’s album The Visitor, their second studio album together and this year released the soundtrack album Paradox. The band features Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah. They also star in Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga acclaimed new movie A Star Is Born, with Lukas as musical consultant.
This will be a unique occasion, perhaps never to be repeated. Considered the greatest songwriters of their generation, their contribution to the history of rock music puts them above even their most legendary peers.
Last year continued the tradition of must-see experiences that has seen The Rolling Stones return to Hyde Park, Carole King play her classic album Tapestry in full for the first time ever, comebacks for The Strokes and The Libertines, Stevie Wonder play Songs in The Key Of Life and many more. 2018 saw amazing sold out shows with Roger Waters, Bruno Mars, Michael Bublé, The Cure, Eric Clapton and Paul Simon’s last ever UK concert.
Reading & Leeds Festivals today reveals Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots,The 1975 and Post Malone as its 2019 headliners – and just four of twenty-two names announced to play at Reading’s famous Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ legendary Bramham Park next August bank holiday weekend from 23rd -25th. Tickets go on sale Friday 23rd November at 9am, available here.
Foo Fighters @ Glastonbury 2017 (Kalpesh Patel)
Following up their sold out shows at the London Stadium (twice) and Manchester’s Etihad, the world’s biggest rock band, Foo Fighters, will make their triumphant return to headline Reading and Leeds in 2019. With nearly 30 million records sold, and fresh from packing out the world’s biggest venues – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will bring their three-hour-plus rock marathon master class back to headlining Reading/Leeds, a tradition they began in 2002. Expect every one of the tens of thousands voices in attendance to be raised with every deafening chorus as Foo Fighters run through dozens of classics spanning their massive catalogue, from their 1995 debut through 2017’s ‘Concrete and Gold’ which went to Number 1 in more than a dozen countries including the UK and US.
21 Pilots full on show with lights, CO2 and confetti for a packed Portsmouth crowd
Grammy Award-Winning Twenty One Pilots (Ohioans Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) will be bringing their incendiary live show to Reading and Leeds fresh off the back of their worldwide Bandito tour and career-defining show’s at London’s Wembley Arena. The alternative, electro-rockers have inspired a global movement with their flair for dramatic spectacle and world conquering ambition. The duo, now in their Trench album era of their career, have seen fans become super fans and set the bar high for a new generation and definition of pop and rock crossover stars.
Making their Main Stage headline debut are The 1975. The Manchester four piece have had a phenomenal rise to fame over the past few years, selling out shows across the world and releasing their critically acclaimed second album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and the US. The album was also nominated for the Mercury Prize Album of the Year and was the catalyst to their 2017 BRIT Award win for Best Group, sealing their status as international superstars.
Their new album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is out this month with the second in the two-part release planned for Summer 2019. Following a run of UK arena shows in January, Reading & Leeds will be another chance for their loyal legion of fans to see the band’s now iconic live show. Following on from their landmark performance headlining the BBC Radio 1 Stage in 2016, this is set to be another milestone performance, cementing their status as one of the biggest and most exciting bands in the world.
Undoubtedly one of the hottest names in the world right now, Texan superstar Post Malone returns to headline Reading & Leeds on his second ever appearance. ‘Posty’ has been on an unprecedented trajectory of success, this year drawing some of the biggest crowds over the entire festival weekend and is now the first act since Nirvana to go from afternoon to top of the bill with a sophomore album in consecutive years. Since being catapulted into fame, the post-modern popstar has had hit after hit including the inescapable Better Now, Psycho and the aptly named Rockstar and is ready to claim the headliner status.
Tom Ogden of Blossoms performing at The Roundhouse Camden on 23 March 2017
Stockport’s finest heroes of northern indie rock Blossoms are back with a bang, following their recently released album ‘Cool Like You’ which has been dominating the charts. The Amazons who hail from Reading itself have been riding a huge wave of success, with a swelling fanbase and critical acclaim they’ve graduated from ones to watch to festival favourites. They’ll also be joined by The 1975 label mates Pale Waves who are set to get the crowd dancing with their glistening, wistful goth-pop following the outstanding critical success for their debut album My Mind Makes Noises.
Dan Smith fronts the band Bastille live at Redfest 2013 on Saturday 27th July.
London alternative-rock quartet Bastille will be storming the stage with hits from their two Number 1 albums, Bad Blood and Wild World, including the trailblazing single Pompeiiand current global smash Happier, as well as songs from their hotly anticipated forthcoming album Doom Days. In addition, YUNGBLUD will be returning to the festival after a rave performance in 2018 and is sure to bring something even more exhilarating to fans next summer.
Marking their first European announcement, The Distillers return to Reading and Leeds in 2019. They will be joined by Boston based rock trio PVRIS led by frontwoman Lynn Gunn. Other Stateside stars joining the bill are Texan pop-punk pioneers Bowling for Soup who have delivered infectious power pop music to the world for over two decades.
Lynn Gunn, Singer of PVRIS
With hundreds of acts set to play, Reading and Leeds will again be the unmissable festival weekend of the summer – defining and celebrating the sounds of modern ground-breaking music, as well as a world-class comedy line up.
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Cambridge Folk Festival has announced the first 15 names confirmed for 2019’s line-up, with legendary artists joining relative newcomers to take to the stages of Cherry Hinton Hall.
Kicking off proceedings and headlining Thursday night on Stage 2 will be Ralph McTell and cranking up the excitement levels as Saturday’s headliner will be Lucinda Williams. The Festival’s headlining slots for Friday and Sunday are still to be announced.
Lucinda Williams – emerging from Louisiana, Lucinda blends rock, folk, country and blues. A multi Grammy Award winner, her songs have been recorded by fellow Americana peers and she has performed alongside Elvis Costello, Don Henley and Steve Earle.
Swedish-Argentinian singer songwriter José González will bring his beautiful, classically-inspired indie-folk to Cambridge Folk Festival. A deep, artful thinker whose singular approach to song writing sets him worlds apart, José González is set to be a crowd favourite at Cambridge this summer.
Nick Mulvey is 2019’s Guest Curator. Taking over the reins from Rhiannon Giddens, he will be selecting his favourite artists to join him at the Festival as well as taking to his hometown stage throughout the weekend.
Heavily influenced by early country blues players, Ralph McTell is a songwriter who needs no introduction. His TV theme work in the ‘80s alongside his biggest hit Streets Of Londonmean that he is a household name to CFF fans. This will be McTell’s return to his spiritual home after 15 years.
Another legend of the folk scene returning to Cambridge as a solo acoustic act is Richard Thompson. From his debut as a member of Fairport Convention to being awarded the OBE for services to music, Thompson has always personified folk music. His recent album 13 Rivers was a critical and commercial success.
Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill is well known for marrying beautiful traditional Irish folk music with historical and contemporary storytelling.
Since their 2010 album Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends was certified Gold, Fisherman’s Friends became the first traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album. They sang for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebration, released an additional two hit albums, played for hundreds of thousands of fans including a performance at Glastonbury Festival in 2011 and were honoured with the Good Tradition Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 folk Awards. December will see the release of the film version of their story starring Daniel Mays, Noel Clarke and James Purefoy.
Described as ‘experimental-folktronica’, London-based collective Tunng are renowned for their live shows (including covers of Bloc Party and Tim Buckley). Their show at Cambridge will include tracks from their recent album Songs You Make At Night.
From north of the border comes Scottish singer-songwriter (and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Folk Singer of the Year winner 2018) Karine Polwart, who brings her hard-hitting folk and roots songs to the audience of Cherry Hinton Hall. Also hailing from Scotland are Glaswegians Talisk. The gifted trio have been thrilling live audiences with their fiery sets since 2015, culminating in a win for Folk Band of the Year at the 2017 Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and a nomination for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Completing the Scottish triumvirate of artists announced comes one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene, the multi award-winning Rura. Stalwarts of Celtic Connections for the past seven years, Rura were firm Stage 1 favourites when they last played Cambridge and will return in 2019.
From shot-gun shacks and cotton-fields to festival main stages, the prodigious talents of Lil’ Jimmy Reed have taken him a long way from the Mississippi river. One of the last surviving performers of classic Louisiana down-home blues, Lil’ Jimmy’s stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica have been taking Europe by storm. His music has won him many awards and in 2014 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He is accompanied by the ‘A’ Team, comprising pianist Bob Hall, widely regarded as the UK’s finest blues and boogie exponent, and diminutive dynamo Hilary Blythe on rock steady bass.
A veteran of the mighty Bellowhead’s domination of British folk for ten years, artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music, Sam Sweeney is a true musical polymath.
Nancy Kerr, James Fagan & Friends have been on the International folk circuit for well over two decades and worthy winners of Best Folk duo at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards twice. They bring a captivating live sound, mixing their Northumbrian and Australian roots and also present incredible masterclasses playing along with some very special guests. Definitely one to watch at Cambridge Folk Festival 2019.
Another artist from across the Pond is Texan, Jarrod Dickenson who will follow his spring UK tour with an appearance at Cambridge. Straddling Americana styles, Dickenson’s slightly eerie melodies and lyrics evoke a nostalgic America. His reflective and soulful lyrics, almost like hand-written letters, remind us that human stories of lost love, sudden fortune, and abiding mystery transcend the decades.
Full festival ticket: (£179), Thursday (£29.50), Friday: (£73.50), Saturday (£73.50), Sunday (£73.50).
Camping at Cherry Hinton Hall and Coldham’s Common is available. Glamping at Coldham’s Common is also available. Concession tickets (disabled access and carer, Under 21, Cambridge City Resident) are available. Please see the website for more information and full ticket prices: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk
Field Day have unveiled a pretty mega game change for the festival for 2019. Four huge warehouses and an expansive ten-acre outdoor space provide an unrivalled city setting for the festival to go bigger and later than ever before for the event that will run from 7 – 8 June 2019 at Meridian Water, Enfield, North London. Pre-sale tickets on sale 22 November 2018. Sign up for access via fielddayfestivals.com
Field Day 2019 will mark an evolution of gigantic proportions as it moves to a ground-breaking new location in Meridian Water, North London. Situated next to Tottenham Marshes at an old gas works, the new site is made up of an enormous ten-acre outdoor space with four giant, interlinked warehouses, the largest of which will be the biggest warehouse venue for music in the city (7,500 cap). The move will allow Field Day to go later than any other festival in London and present its biggest line-up to date. Sign up for exclusive access to tickets. Pre-sale tickets go on sale 22 November 2018 sign up for access via fielddayfestivals.com
As London evolves and the city’s music culture changes, the experience of festival goers remains Field Day’s priority. The new location will give Field Day the platform to reinvent what a London festival is with never-before-seen staging and structures, state of the art production and the finest sound quality. Field Day will be turning it up and keeping the doors open for an unrivalled UK city festival experience.
Over the past 12 years, Field Day has hosted some of the world’s most iconic artists, alongside the very best in up-and-coming talent including Aphex Twin, Erykah Badu, Patti Smith, Loyle Carner, Skepta, PJ Harvey and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Having resided in Victoria Park for 10 years, before moving to Brockwell Park last year, Field Day will embark on a new chapter in 2019.
Luke Huxham, Festival Director, Field Day said: “2019 will mark the start of a new chapter for Field Day and a completely new type of festival for London. This new site will allow us to break down the restrictions that London festivals are normally faced with and deliver an unrivalled experience. It’s hugely exciting to be working with such a pioneering council, who support our ideas and are focused on creating a new cultural hub for London. We can’t wait to unveil more of our plans in the coming weeks”.
Field Day are working closely with Enfield Council, who are leading a 20-year regeneration of the Meridian Water area as they aim to create a true 24-hour neighbourhood – a new destination to enjoy nightlife, music, theatre, cinema and much more, all year round.
Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Leader of Enfield Council said: “Enfield Council is hugely ambitious for Meridian Water – a major £6bn, 20-year London regeneration programme led by Enfield Council, which will bring 10,000 homes and thousands of jobs to Enfield, north London. Meridian Water will be a truly vibrant neighbourhood and new destination to enjoy nightlife, music, theatre, cinema and much more, all year round. Bringing the sheds back into use to deliver high quality leisure, arts and cultural facilities and events is part of our drive to bring life and activity into the area and create a new 24-hour London destination. It also reflects the Council’s commitment to pursue meanwhile use for some sites on Meridian Water so that we generate income for the Council”.
Bradley Thompson, Broadwick Live Venues, said: “‘Broadwick Venues are extremely excited and proud to be embarking on a new and exciting journey and hosting one of our own festivals, Field Day at our new permanent venue and site. There couldn’t be a more important time to focus on and replenish London’s music and nightlife culture, and this truly allows us to break the boundaries on what metropolitan festivals should be and perfectly compliments our other London location and venue the Printworks.”
Field Day will be a short walk from the new Meridian Water station which will be open from May 2019, which will reach Liverpool Street in 24 minutes and Stratford in 17 minutes. It is also within walking distance from Tottenham Hale Station which is connected by the Victoria Line (24hr) and Lee Valley Rail. Clapton, Stoke Newington or Dalston are a 20-minute drive away.
Set to be Field Day’s most exciting edition ever, the first line-up announcement is coming soon. Pre-sale tickets go on sale 23rd November 2018. Sign up for exclusive access via fielddayfestivals.com
Foo Fighters have announced a 2019 European tour with two huge dates in Belfast and Dublin. The end of the tour is very close to Reading & Leeds Festival leaving fans wondering if Dave Grohl & Co will be playing the pair of iconic summer festivals once again.
The group have just finished their massive Concrete & GoldTour and are next set to appear at I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell on 16th January 2019. The event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles and will feature members of Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, Audioslave, with special performances by Metallica and Ryan Adams alongside Foo Fighters.
Foo Fighters 2019 European tour dates Jun 19: Pula Arena, Croatia
Jun 25: Horsens Faengslet, Denmark
Jun 27: Bergen Koengen Fortress, Norway
Aug 19: Belfast Vital festival, UK
Aug 21: Dublin RDS Arena, Ireland
Tickets go on sale on Friday 23rd November at 10am.