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Bastille (formed 2010)
Bastille is a British rock band famous for their hit single 'Pompeii'.

Formation: Bastille began in London as a solo project of Dan Smith, before turning into a band with Chris Wood, William Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. The name comes from Bastille Day, which is celebrated on Smith's birthday. Bastille was signed to Virgin Records in 2010.

Musical career: Bastille's first single was 'Flaws'/'Icarus', independently released through the Young & Lost Club label. In 2011, they released their 'Laura Palmer' EP, the title track of which was re-recorded for 'The Sims 3: Supernatural'. After gaining much recognition, they appeared at UK festivals such as Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. Their debut single 'Overjoyed' was released in 2012 and was soon followed by their first chart entry 'Bad Blood'; the title track of their 2013 debut album which topped the UK Album Chart. The album was later re-released as 'All This Bad Blood' with additional tracks. In 2012, they toured alongside Emeli Sande and played their first headline tour 'Flaws Tour'. From 2012, they released a series of mixtapes entitled 'Other People's Heartache', as well as another EP entitled 'Haunt'. In 2013, they released the single 'Pompeii'. It went multi-platinum and reached number two in the UK. Other singles included 'Things We Lost in the Fire', 'Of the Night' and 'Oblivion', the latter of which appeared in 'The Vampire Diaries'. They were nominated for four Brit awards in 2014 and won one for British Breakthrough Act. They appeared on the Band Aid 30 rendition of Bob Geldof's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.



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Dan Smith and Kyle Simmons of Bastille seen performing at Coachella Week 1 Day 2 - Indio, California, United States - Sunday 16th April 2017

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Our Guide To Record Store Day 2017


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Much has been made of the ‘vinyl revival’ in albums sales over the last five years or so, with old-fashioned records going ever upwards while CD sales and download sales plateau or tumble. The upsurge in the format’s popularity is in part because of Record Store Day.

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Taking place on a Saturday every April, RSD is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, after it was founded to help out struggling independent record stores that were struggling to compete with supermarkets and the likes of HMV (now, streaming and downloads).

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Bastille's Chris Wood Believes Music Is 'important' In Everyone's Lives


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Bastille's Chris Wood believes music is an ''important'' in everyone's lives.

The band's 31-year-old drummer has urged schools to put more emphasis on teaching music in schools because he thinks it plays a vital part in people's lives; whether a song can be a soundtrack for a momentous occasion or as a way to express one's feelings.

Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, he said: ''I'm obviously coming a very biased angle in that I pursued a career in music but I feel that the importance of creative arts cannot be underestimated.

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Dan Smith Opens Up About Mental Health


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Bastille's Dan Smith doesn't want to have a ''false rock star image''.

The 30-year-old British singer and songwriter - who makes up one quarter of the band alongside Kyle Simmons, Will Farquarson, and Chris Wood - has opened up about his battle with mental health and he wants to be ''honest'' about his anxiety because he doesn't want to give the perception he is someone who is not.

Speaking in an interview with Channel 4, which has also been reported in NME magazine, he said: ''[Mental health] definitely become normalised, but needs to be more so.

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Bastille seen on the red carpet entering The Brit Awards 2017 held at the O2 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 22nd February 2017

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Bastille arriving at the VO5 NME Awards 2017 held at O2 Academy, Brixton - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 15th February 2017

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Dan Smith and the rest of Bastille perform at the SSE Hydro, SECC, Glasgow, Scotland - Sunday 18th December 2016

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Dan Smith and the rest of Bastille perform at the SSE Hydro. The band are touring their new album 'Wild World' released in September - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Saturday 12th November 2016

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Bastille Don't Want Fame


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Bastille don't want to be famous.

The 'Good Grief' hitmakers - comprised of Dan Smith, Chris 'Woody' Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons - have no interested in being in the limelight and would rather people just focus on their music rather than their private lives.

Frontman Dan, 30, said: ''We feel very lucky, we love making songs, but have no interest in being famous at all. It's great when we play festivals and then be anonymous.

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"The Pound Kept Tumbling Down" Bastille Change Lyrics After Referendum Result


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British group Bastille have expressed their dismay over Britain choosing to leave the EU following yesterday’s referendum. The five piece even changed the lyrics to their hit ‘Pompeii’ this morning, during an appearance on BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge.

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When performing ‘Pompeii’ frontman Dan Smith sang: “And the pound kept tumbling down on the weekend that we love.” Yesterday, ahead of the referendum vote, the band had spoken out in support of the remain campaign.

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Lowlands 2015! We Have Good News And Bad News...


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The 23rd edition of the Netherlands' Lowlands Festival sees yet another wave of incredible artists hit the bill ahead of the date this summer. Hot Chip and Kendrick Lamar are among the major new additions, with seventeen more acts also announced.

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Following the enormous success of his worldwide number one third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', Kendrick Lamar is bringing his hip hop talent to the festival circuit with Lowlands just being the latest in a string of gigs this summer; he will also be playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Outside Lands and Reading Festival in the UK. Hot Chip will be supporting their own new album, 'Why Make Sense?', which is set to be released on May 15th 2015.

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The Act That Should Have Won A BRIT Award, London Grammar


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Bastille may have walked away with the BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Act, but were they the most deserving winners of the gong? Their 2013 debut album ‘Bad Blood’ did reach number one in the UK music chart, but so did Eughan Quigg’s self-titled album in 2009. We’re definitely joking here, Bastille is in no way comparable to Eughan (no disrespect, Eughan), but number ones have been misleading indicators of quality music in the past!

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Bastille have produced some catchy and very popular tracks over the past couple of years and are certainly owed some recognition for this. They’re talented musicians who we envisage having the long lifeline of super band, Arctic Monkeys, especially since ‘Bad Blood’ has returned to the number one spot since their BRIT win. The problem is the deflated feeling we’ve had since they bagged the award. Not because Bastille didn‘t deserve to win, but because there was another act in the running who really blew us away in 2013.

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Coachella Festival 2014: Your Guide To This Year's Lineup


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The Coachella festival always manages to bring out the big names for its annual two weekend spectacular in April. This year, organizers have outdone themselves with a feast of big name acts that will take to Coachella’s sun soaked stage. From the relatively new wave makers like Lorde and Bastille to heavyweights such as Muse and of course the reunited Outkast there is something for everyone in the Californian sun. In order to really whet your appetite, we’re running down the 10 acts you simply cannot afford to miss at this year’s Coachella Festival.

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One Direction, Justin Timberlake Rack Up Brit Awards Nominations


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We are again right in the middle of awards season, and that doesn't just mean the Oscars. The Brit Awards have announced their 2014 nominations, and there aren't many surprises.

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The two leading artists are, as they should be, British acts. According to MTV, Disclosure and Bastille were each nominated for four awards, but the rest of the nominations were for artists all over the world.

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