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James Bay (born 1990) James Bay is British singer and guitarist.
Musical career: James Bay released his first EP 'The Dark of the Morning' in 2013 through Republic Records, and released two follow up Eps the following year entitled 'Let It Go' and 'Hold Back the River'. The latter's title single reached number 8 in the UK charts. Debut album 'Chaos and the Calm' was scheduled to be released in March 2015 and also featured the single 'Let It Go'. The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by Jacquire King. In 2014, he toured alongside Hozier and performed a live show on a Burberry runway. James Bay won the Brit's Critics' Choice award and was nominated for the BBC Sound Of 2015 the same year.
Personal life: James Bay was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire where he went to Hitchin Boys' School. He moved to Brighton as a teenager and went to the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. He has been playing guitar since the age of 11 and was in various bands before deciding to become a solo artist.
It's perhaps fitting that my prevailing memory of this year's Isle of Wight Festival will be guitars. This was after all the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance on the Island, something that was being widely celebrated by festival organiser John Giddings and his team across the site. Fender, for example, brought some specially designed guitars to the party for artists including You Me At 6 to play, and there was also a world record attempt for the most number of people in one place to be wearing a mask, the face in question was naturally Hendrix himself. Despite that backdrop, it was some of the guitarists who played across the weekend that demonstrated the power of the instrument and reinforced that guitar based rock isn't on its last legs as some have speculated over the past few years.
The festival got into full swing with a Stones-esque swagger on Friday afternoon when The Struts took to the Main Stage. Their enthusiasm signalled a continuation of their set from the previous year's festival, indeed they are an ideal opening act when you want to energise a crowd. Their appearance at Download the following day, will no doubt have had a similar effect. There seemed to be a Rolling Stones theme to many of the acts getting the festival underway. Over in the Big Top The Ruen Brothers covered 'Miss You' during their rousing set that was well received.
The first moment that sent a shiver down my spine this year was the Counting Crows though. The guitar line to 'Round Here' sent a wave of excitement across the main arena. It was a strong opening statement in a nine song set that featured the likes of 'Mr Jones', 'Miami', and 'Rain King' into which singer Adam Duritz dropped some Elbow lyrics as a nod of the hat to Guy Garvey. If Counting Crows' guitars weren't haunting enough, it was actually The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach whose riffs were the most powerful and elemental of the day. The dirty Blues grit of Auerbach's playing was like a roll of thunder that saw the heavens open to drench the crowd in torrential rain. While much of the set was dedicated to material culled from 'El Camino' and 'Brothers', rather than recent record 'Turn Blue', the band's graduation to a headlining slot was well deserved and warranted. The final song of the set 'Little Black Submarines', which builds from a delicate solo performance to a dramatic climax, utilised every trick in the book for The Black Keys' expanded touring band. If Patrick Carney's drums and Auerbach's guitars are the perfect union on record, it seems their live shows rightly now have the power to command top billing with the inclusion of bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist John Clement Wood.
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We preview some of the top acts on the bill this year.
Summer festival season kicks into high gear this weekend with the first big event of the calendar taking place on the south coast. Tens of thousands of people will be heading to Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight for a bill, which is top heavy on heritage acts that bring with them a sense of nostalgia. While recent years have welcomed the likes of Jay-Z, Calvin Harris and Kings Of Leon to headline, this time round it seems big names with an even bigger back catalogue are being used as the main attraction.
However, many of the headline acts seem to be experiencing a renaissance of sorts. For example, Blur, whose new album 'The Magic Whip', their first since 2003, has won critical acclaim. The former Britpop poster boys will take to the Main Stage on Saturday night in the knowledge that this is one of the first times that UK crowds will get to see this new material given the live treatment. You can expect a set heavy on those new songs, but peppered with all the classic singles, certainly a formula for a memorable festival appearance. It's a similar story for The Prodigy who'll headline the Main Stage on Friday after The Black Keys. Both acts have played the festival in recent years and here they're repeating the joint top billing that was given to Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris last year. As with Blur, The Prodigy's new album, 'The Day Is My Enemy', has revived interest in the band following an extended period out of the spotlight. Elsewhere, Fleetwood Mac will bring proceedings to a close on Sunday, bolstered by the return of Christine McVie to the band, a set covering Rumours era gems like 'Don't Stop' and 'Songbird' is a strong possibility.
Ben E. King has died at the age of 76. Dozens of celebrities have paid tribute to the late soul singer on social media and have mourned the loss of "one of the greats".
Ben E. King, the soul singer best known for the 1960 hit single 'Stand By Me', has died at the age of 76. King died on Thursday (30th April), his publicist confirmed to NBC. Details regarding his cause of death are yet to be released.
Ben E. King has died at the age of 76.
The singer was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina. Born in 1938, King moved to Harlem, New York at the age of nine. At the age of 20, King joined a doo-wop group which became known as the Drifters. King fronted the band and they had a number of R&B hits including 'There Goes My Baby' in 1959.
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Elton John and Mumford And Sons are leading the line-up.
Outside Lands organisers have finally unveiled the spectacular 2015 line-up for their eighth year, featuring headliners Elton John and Mumford And Sons. The event is set to bring its usual combination of music and munchies to San Francisco this August.
Joining Elton and Mumford are a range of equally exciting acts, both of the veteran and the up-and-coming variety. Man of the moment Sam Smith - whose already bagged a total of six awards this year, including four Grammys - will bring his pop genius to the stage, alongside The Black Keys who released their first chart-topping album last year, and Kendrick Lamar whose highly anticipated third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sailed to number one in both the US and the UK last week.
New additions add to the excitement of this already highly anticipated Nottingham festival.
No Tomorrow Festival 2015 welcomes a handful of further additions to their already exciting line-up; Milky Chance, Gorgon City and Nick Mulvey are the latest to join the ever-growing bill for Nottingham's most unmissable weekend of the Summer.
They will be joining with the likes of already announced artists James Bay, John Newman, Jessie Ware and MNEK for the second year of No Tomorrow Festival, which is taking place at Nottingham's Wollaton Park from June 6th to 7th. Other new announcements were SOAK, Karen Harding, JP Cooper, Zak Abel, My Nu Leng, Justin Martin and Grades.
Which are the best venues to visit this SXSW?
SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.
First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.
Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015
Continue reading: 5 Venues You'll Want To Visit At SXSW 2015
Kasabian and Calvin Harris are heading to V Festival 2015
Calvin Harris and Kasabian have been announced as headliners for this year's V Festival. The Scottish DJ and Leicester rockers were head up the bill at Hylands Park and Weston Park and will be joined by Sam Smith, James Bay, Ellie Goulding, The Script, George Ezra, Stereophonics, Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, Kodaline and Cvhrches.
Kasabian will headline this year's V Festival
Simon Moran, V Festival director, said: "We wanted to champion British talent at this year's festival and with the likes of Calvin and Kasabian leading the way we don't think it'll disappoint. The eclectic mix of established artists and rising stars, with a few more in the pipeline, means that once again there is something for everyone at V Festival."
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This year's Brit Award nominations features a few surprises...
The 2015 Brit Award nominations have finally been announced with, it seems, a few surprises alongside the obvious candidates. There's no prizes for guessing who's come out on top for this year's list of award-winning possibles.
Sam Smith leads nominations
Awards season rears its ominous head for another year, with some major ceremonies - in both film and music - having already taken place. We've seen prizes sent out for 2014's films; I.e. Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards, People's Choice Awards, AFI Honours; and now it's time for music, with the BBC Sound of 2015 having already taken place and now The Brits and the Grammys have unveiled their candidates.
UK songwriter James Bay talks about going solo.
If there's anyone we're seriously excited for this year, it's James Bay. With his debut album 'Chaos And The Calm' due out this Spring, this UK singer-songwriter spoke out about the coolness of being a solo musician.
James Bay is set to release his debut album
The 24-year-old from Hitchin, Hertfordshire revealed last year that his enjoyment of some of the world's greatest rock bands led him to form various groups himself before finally settling down as a solo act after moving down to Brighton at the tender age of 19. Playing guitar since he was 11-years-old, he's had plenty of experience to weigh up the pros and cons of working in bands and working alone - but why is it he decided going solo was for him?
Continue reading: James Bay: Why The 'One Man And His Guitar' Ethos Is 'A Little Bit Cool'
Following the success of his 'Hold Back The River' EP, James Bay reveals how it all began.
With his debut album on the way as well as a major European tour, it's safe to say that James Bay has skyrocketed to success - and with such incredible talent at singing, songwriting and guitar playing, we can't say we're surprised.
James Bay first started playing at the age of 11
'Music, playing, singing, writing: It all works like a muscle. I suppose the more you use it the stronger it gets' - these are the wise words from the 24-year-old Hertfordshire singer-songwriter, who's set to unveil his highly anticipated debut album in the coming months. But just how did it all begin for this smalltown boy? Let's just say he's had plenty of time to flex his musical biceps.
Continue reading: James Bay Explains How He Began Honing His 'Musical Muscles'
Date of birth
4th September, 1990
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