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Royal Blood (formed 2013) Royal Blood are a British rock group best known for their self-titled début album, released in August 2014.

Formation: The band was formed in Worthing, West Sussex, UK, in 2013 by Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher and the duo played their first gig two days after Kerr returned from a 'working holiday' in Australia. During Glastonbury Festival in the same year, Matt Helders (the drummer for The Artic Monkeys), was seen wearing a t-shirt that promoted Royal Blood's debut single. Royal Blood: Career Royal Blood released their début single, 'Out of the Black' in November, 2013.

That same month, the band announced they would support The Arctic Monkeys at two shows in May, 2014. In February, 2014, Royal Blood released their second single, 'Little Monster' before releasing it and their first single (along with two other tracks) on a four track EP in March, 2014. In August, 2014, Royal Blood released their self-titled début studio album.



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Bonnaroo 2015 Is Here! Here's What The Rest Of The Weekend Has In Store


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Bonnaroo is in full swing and while we've seen some pretty impressive acts so far, the musical forecast shows things are not going to get quieter anytime soon. One of America's biggest and most diverse summer events, fans flock in their thousands to Tennessee this weekend to welcome some of the world's top entertainers.

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Friday's line-up is a particularly mixed bag; where you've got music veterans the likes of 80s new wave legends Tears For Fears and 70s R&B band Earth Wind & Fire, you also got newer names such as LA duo Mini Mansions, who recently won acclaim for their second album 'The Great Pretenders', and Brit award winning UK chart toppers Royal Blood. Making some noise on the main What Stage throughout though are house producer Deadmau5, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' rapper Kendrick Lamar and roots rock collective Alabama Shakes

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FKA Twigs, Wild Beasts, Royal Blood Up For Ivor Novello Awards


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Critically acclaimed artists FKA Twigs, Wild Beasts and Royal Blood have been nominated for Ivor Novello awards. Chart toppers including Sam Smith and Clean Bandit were also recognised for the prizes, which reward achievements in songwriting and composing.

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Sam Smith, Clean Bandit and George Ezra will be fighting it out for the PRS for Music Most Performed Work prize, while Clean Bandit also scooped a nomination for Best Contemporary Song for their monster hit Rather Be. Still, the Surrey-based outfit have strong competition in that category from FKA Twigs and the Mercury Music Prize winning group Alt-J.

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Bonnaroo 2015: More Thrills Added To The Summer Line-up


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More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.

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Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.

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Royal Blood - Shots of the winners from the 2015 The Brit Awards which were held at the O2 arena in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 26th February 2015

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Ed Sheeran And Sam Smith Win At Brit Awards


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Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were the big winners at the Brit Awards. The annual music industry spectacular rewarded the two biggest-selling artists of last year by bestowing two trophies on each on Wednesday night (February 25th).

Sheeran won the two biggest prizes for which he was nominated – those of British Male Solo Artist and Best British Album for his sophomore record X. He beat four other UK Number 1 albums to do so – rival Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, Royal Blood’s self-titled debut, indie stars Alt-J’s This Is All Yours and George Ezra’s slow-burning debut Wanted On Voyage.

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Ed Sheeran arriving for Wednesday night's Brit Awards, where he won twice

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The Brit Awards 2015

Royal Blood - A variety of stars from the music industry were photographed as they arrived at the Brit Awards 2015 which were held at the O2 arena in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th February 2015

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So What Can We Expect From Tonight's Brit Awards?


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Tonight Britain’s finest musical stars (plus a few from across the pond) will gather in London’s O2 for the annual Brit Awards ceremony. With Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Madonna all set to perform, this year’s awards looks to be one of the most star studded in recent years and perhaps even the most memorable.

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The big talking point of the night will probably be the return of the queen of pop Madonna, who will take to the Brits stage to perform ‘Living for Love’ after a 20 year absence from the awards. Always looking for a new way to shock an audience, a source close to the singer told The Mirror last month there was “no better place for a controversy-filled Madonna performance than the Brits.”

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Royal Blood Turned Down Chance To Perform On 'Band Aid 30' Record


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Chart-topping British rock stars Royal Blood have revealed that they were asked to appear on last year’s Band Aid 30 record for charity, but that they turned the opportunity down when they were told that they couldn’t sing Bono’s line.

The duo were being interviewed by The Telegraph when drummer Ben Thatcher said that the highlight of their meteoric rise was having a lengthy conversation with Bono at the MTV Music Awards. The ceremony took place on November 9th, in the run-up to the recording of the single when the cast was being assembled, and the conversation turned in the direction of Bob Geldof's famous charity song.

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Royal Blood in action: Mike Kerr (l) and Ben Thatcher (r)

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Royal Blood performing at the Barrowland Ballroom

Shots of British rock band Royal Blood as they performed live on stage at the Barrowland Ballroom in the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Monday 23rd February 2015

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Mike Kerr, Ben Thatcher and Royal Blood
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Mike Kerr, Ben Thatcher and Royal Blood
Mike Kerr, Ben Thatcher and Royal Blood

Alt-J, The Libertines And The Jesus And Mary Chain Among Best Kept Secret 2015 First Announcements


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The Netherlands' Best Kept Secret Festival won't be a secret for long if they keep introducing stellar acts such as this each year! The first line-up announcement includes Alt-J, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

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Joining the third line-up for Best Kept Secret this June is some of the finest indie, rock, punk and electronic artists the world has to over, with 35 more acts yet to be announced. Alongside newly reunited headliners The Libertines on Friday, June 19th 2015 are alt-rock veterans The Jesus And Mary Chain, playing the full tracklist of their 1985 debut album 'Psychocandy'. Aussie chart topper Chet Faker will also make an appearance, with Alabama's St. Paul & The Broken Bones who are currently on their 'Half The City' tour.

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Brit Awards 2015 Nominations Announced: Sam Smith, George Ezra And Royal Blood Are Major Contenders


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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.

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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.

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From Steely Dan To Raekwon And Ghostface Killah: Who's Been Announced For Coachella 2015?


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It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.

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Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.

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Kasabian Receive Eight NME Awards Nominations


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As if we didn’t know it already, it’s been a very good year for Kasabian. In addition to a chart-topping album and a headline performance at Glastonbury, the group have been nominated for an impressive eight NME Awards.

The Leicester-based band have become arguably the biggest alternative rock band in Britain over the last decade, and this status is reflected by this massive haul of nominations. The band are in the running for: Best Band; Best Live Band; Best Track and Dance Floor Filler (both for lead single ‘Eez-Eh’); Best Music Film (Kasabian: Summer Solstice); ‘Music Moment of the Year’ (for their Glastonbury performance); Best Fan Community and, perhaps most importantly, Best Album for their fifth record 48:13 which was released back in June.

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Kasabian (their lead singer Tom Meighan above) end a fantastic year with 8 NME Award nominations

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MTV EMA Awards 2014

Ben Thatcher, Mike Kerr and Royal Blood - MTV EMA Awards 2014 held at the The Hydro - Arrivals - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th November 2014

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MTV EMA 2014 - Arrivals

Ben Thatcher, Mike Kerr and Royal Blood - A variety if A-Listers from the music industry were photographed as they arrived at the MTV European Music Awards 2014 which was held at the The Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th November 2014

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