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Music: The under-valued secret weapon of the gambling world

Music: The under-valued secret weapon of the gambling world

Background music is always there for a reason. Be it to provide entertainment and encouragement, or simply to create an atmosphere of calm, it’s an incredible tool for affecting people’s behaviour and habits. Shops use...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 18th August 2021

The Chosen: A Biblical TV drama like no other

The Chosen: A Biblical TV drama like no other

When it comes to entertainment, in the secular society we live in most people don’t immediately think of Biblical tales as being desirable content, despite the Bible being one of the most remarkable books ever...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 1st August 2021

Music To Gamble By: 'Double up or quit, double stake or split?'

Music To Gamble By: 'Double up or quit, double stake or split?'

Whilst you may think that you're forever in control of your destiny and that you have every aspect of your life sewn up, you may be surprised to find out that your decisions are being...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 19th April 2021

Tom West talks to us about Kermit The Frog, ancient history and cracking his own code ahead of a June album release [EXCLUSIVE]

Tom West talks to us about Kermit The Frog, ancient history and cracking his own code ahead of a June album release [EXCLUSIVE]

Australian singer-songwriter Tom West has just released his first single of 2021, Can You Hear The Birds Calling?, the follow up to his 2020 album, Antarctica. The tender folk song exposes West's distinctive vocal as...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 22nd March 2021

Mick Dimitri chats to Contact Music about his new track 'End Of The Ride', creative control and the possibility of working with Ed Sheeran [EXCLUSIVE]

Mick Dimitri chats to Contact Music about his new track 'End Of The Ride', creative control and the possibility of working with Ed Sheeran [EXCLUSIVE]

To coincide with the release of his new single End Of The Ride, Mick Dimitri talks to Contact Music about the new track as well as Brexit inspired hostility towards him and his still surreal...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 5th February 2021

The Actions talk the importance of short-term goals in times of uncertainty and a struggling industry [Exclusive]

The Actions talk the importance of short-term goals in times of uncertainty and a struggling industry [Exclusive]

With the release of their debut album Flourish set for February 15th 2021 via Niteo Records, Bristol electronic duo The Actions open up to ContactMusic about their hopes for the future and the inspirations behind...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 30th December 2020

DD Darillo give their honest opinions on musical "struggles" and what it means to "make it" [Exclusive]

DD Darillo give their honest opinions on musical "struggles" and what it means to "make it" [Exclusive]

'Time Will Tell' is the debut single of this unique but somewhat retro four-piece led by Dylan Morgan of Boy Azooga. While they don't presume to think they've struggled as much as some people in...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 29th December 2020

Jack Stark opens up about his love of Sigur Ros and the importance of creative control [Exclusive]

Jack Stark opens up about his love of Sigur Ros and the importance of creative control [Exclusive]

Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Jack Stark has the perfect single to get us through the Winter, his calming deep vocals making 'As Feathers' one of this songs imbued with cosiness and warmth. As he revealed to us...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 28th December 2020

Cristina Hart talks about being a music graduate, her hopes for a record deal and a mysterious missing toothpick [Exclusive]

Cristina Hart talks about being a music graduate, her hopes for a record deal and a mysterious missing toothpick [Exclusive]

Having dropped her debut EP Sell a Dream earlier this year, up-and-coming pop artist Cristina Hart has plenty of dreams on the horizon. Not only is she determined to be able to finally give up...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 25th December 2020

Chris Short talks about the importance of that sense of "achievement" [Exclusive]

Chris Short talks about the importance of that sense of "achievement" [Exclusive]

A new Irish singer-songwriter has caught our attention with his beautiful new single Higher, released through Beardfire Music. In an exclusive interview, he spoke about making short-term goals, his Foy Vance inspiration, and what we...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 14th December 2020

Bad Love talk to us about the power of Manchester and their desire to play live again [EXCLUSIVE]

Bad Love talk to us about the power of Manchester and their desire to play live again [EXCLUSIVE]

Manchester's silky smooth synth-pop band Bad Love talk exclusively to Contact Music about their love of LANY, Lauv and Muna and how they are channeling the power of The Happy Mondays through Bez's old rug!...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 4th December 2020

Bengal Lancers talk Josh Homme, sex robots and burlesque [Exclusive]

Bengal Lancers talk Josh Homme, sex robots and burlesque [Exclusive]

Indie four piece Bengal Lancers return to the musical fray having recently released thier latest single, Morning Light. The nostalgia driven track, harking back to simpler times, and "night's that you barely remember and some...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 25th November 2020

Camden Place share their collaborative dreams and future aspirations [Exclusive]

Camden Place share their collaborative dreams and future aspirations [Exclusive]

Contact Music caught up with Seán Silke from the electro dance act Camden Place ahead of their exciting period of imminent releases and future projects. Seán talks us through his writing process, his preference towards...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 24th November 2020

MC Salum talks to Contact Music following the release of his latest single, Kaiba [Exclusive]

MC Salum talks to Contact Music following the release of his latest single, Kaiba [Exclusive]

Following the recent release of his latest single, Kaiba, MC Salum talks to us about Drake, Dundee and desire among many other interesting things. Kaiba is Salum's third single this year and he's got plenty...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 6th November 2020

A.S. Fanning talks to Contact Music ahead of the release of his latest album, You Should Go Mad [Exclusive]

A.S. Fanning talks to Contact Music ahead of the release of his latest album, You Should Go Mad [Exclusive]

Ahead of the release of his second album Stephen Fanning talks exclusively to Contact Music about his music, his inspirations and his aspirations. The Dubliner, formally of Porn Trauma and The Last Tycoons, follows up...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 6th November 2020

Little Suspicions give the best description of their sound we've ever heard [EXCLUSIVE]

Little Suspicions give the best description of their sound we've ever heard [EXCLUSIVE]

British indie-rock four-piece Little Suspicions give a unique insight into their sound in a new interview with Contactmusic. They also open up about COVID-19 has affected their musical plans, and release a new single entitled...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 27th October 2020

Dan Sumner talks about his latest album 'Ebb and Flow' and being a control freak [Exclusive]

Dan Sumner talks about his latest album 'Ebb and Flow' and being a control freak [Exclusive]

We caught up with British indie singer-songwriter Dan Sumber to talk about his journey as a DIY musician, and what we can expect from his forthcoming album 'Ebb and Flow', featuring his newest single 'Let...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 28th September 2020

Kaia Vieira talks about her 90s inspirations, band break-ups and the problems with perfectionism [Exclusive]

Kaia Vieira talks about her 90s inspirations, band break-ups and the problems with perfectionism [Exclusive]

Trip hop artist Kaia Vieira dropped her debut EP Vikara earlier this year through These Furious Recordings, and now we release an interview with her discussing her biggest influences and how she's overcome creative challenges.Kaia...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 13th September 2020

Emily Magpie opens up about the difficulties of being a DIY musician and the importance of collaboration [Exclusive]

Emily Magpie opens up about the difficulties of being a DIY musician and the importance of collaboration [Exclusive]

Dream-pop artist Emily Magpie dropped her debut album Let's Talk About the Weather earlier this year, and we got to speak to her about her DIY aesthetic and how she's handled her creative ventures so...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 12th September 2020

Soumik Datta talks finding your tribe, Indian inspiration and his love of Marvel [Exclusive]

Soumik Datta talks finding your tribe, Indian inspiration and his love of Marvel [Exclusive]

Indian-electronica artist Soumik Datta opens up about the importance of autonomy in production and all the things that inspire his unique sound. Plus, he reveals how the pandemic has affected his creativity and productivity over...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 7th September 2020

Top 10 Bingo Movies

Top 10 Bingo Movies

You might think that Bingo is the past-time of your grandparents in the local care home, but nothing could be further from the truth. Bingo is so cool, so on-trend, so cutting edge that it...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27th May 2020

BBC to air documentary about model-turned-war photographer

BBC to air documentary about model-turned-war photographer

The BBC is set to air a documentary about a woman who went from working as a model to capturing the liberation of Europe at the end of the Second World War as a photojournalist.Lee...

News posted in on 27th May 2020

BBC reports ‘record-breaking’ start to new education service

BBC reports ‘record-breaking’ start to new education service

The BBC has said it has had a "record-breaking" start to its new education service after its online learning resources were viewed 8.7 million times in the first four days they were available.The Bitesize Daily...

News posted in on 27th May 2020

Gemma Collins compares herself to Marilyn Monroe ahead of new TV show

Gemma Collins compares herself to Marilyn Monroe ahead of new TV show

Gemma Collins has compared herself to Marilyn Monroe ahead of the launch of her new TV programme.Diva On Lockdown, a rebrand of the Only Way Is Essex star's Diva Forever, will capture her life at...

News posted in on 27th May 2020

All-star Live Lounge charity song in pole position in singles chart

All-star Live Lounge charity song in pole position in singles chart

An all-star BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance featuring musicians including Dua Lipa, Chris Martin and Ellie Goulding is on course to become the second consecutive charity number one single.The song, which is a cover...

News posted in on 27th May 2020

Brad Pitt plays US health expert in Saturday Night Live sketch

Brad Pitt plays US health expert in Saturday Night Live sketch

Brad Pitt has played a US health expert in a sketch on Saturday Night Live.The Hollywood actor took several swipes at President Donald Trump during the segment on the programme, in which he impersonated Dr...

News posted in on 27th May 2020

Race Across The World winners reveal surprise donation

Race Across The World winners reveal surprise donation

Race Across The World winners Emon and Jamiul have pledged GBP 10,000 of their prize money to help children sleeping rough in the countries they passed through on their journey across South America.Business owner, Emon,...

News posted in on 27th May 2020

Newsreader Sarah-Jane Mee planning home birth due to coronavirus

Newsreader Sarah-Jane Mee planning home birth due to coronavirus

Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee has revealed that she is planning to have a home birth because of the coronavirus pandemic.In an interview with Hello! magazine, she said that she wanted to make sure that...

News posted in on 27th May 2020

Professor Green and Katie Piper to speak in new radio mental health initiative

Professor Green and Katie Piper to speak in new radio mental health initiative

Rapper Professor Green and TV presenter Katie Piper are set to feature in a radio campaign to support the nation's mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.The 60 Second Support series will offer radio listeners advice...

News posted in on 27th May 2020

Christopher Eccleston says The A Word has ‘connected’ him with the public

Christopher Eccleston says The A Word has ‘connected’ him with the public

Christopher Eccleston has said that the BBC One series The A Word has "connected" him to the public.The drama tells the story of a family who have a son who has autism.The actor said that...

News posted in on 27th May 2020

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On the same day that Glastonbury welcomed back Margate's adopted sons, The Libertines, Margate itself put on it's very own Leisure Festival as it...

Pretty Fierce talk to us about collaborating with Doja Cat, emetophobia, arena tours and staying

Pretty Fierce talk to us about collaborating with Doja Cat, emetophobia, arena tours and staying "true to yourself" [EXCLUSIVE]

Sheffield's very own all girl group Pretty Fierce are still on a high after the recent release of their debut single - 'Ready For Me'.

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Three nights before the end of his current tour Will Varley returned to his home town of Deal to delight a sold out crowd in The Astor Theatre.

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WYSE talks to us about her "form of synaesthesia", collaborating with Radiohead's Thom York and the prospect of touring with a band [EXCLUSIVE]

With only a few days to go before Portsmouth based songstress and producer WYSE releases her new single, 'Belladonna', we caught up with her to find...

Bay Bryan talks to us about being a

Bay Bryan talks to us about being a "wee queer ginger", singing with Laura Marling and being inspired by Matilda [EXCLUSIVE]

Colorado raised, Glasgow educated and Manchester based Bay Bryan is nothing if not a multi-talented, multi-faceted artist performing as both...

Keelan X talks to us about staying true to

Keelan X talks to us about staying true to "your creative vision", collaborating with Giorgio Moroder and being "a yoga nut" [EXCLUSIVE]

Former Marigolds band member Keelan Cunningham has rediscovered his love of music with his new solo project Keelan X.

Luke De-Sciscio talks to us about having the courage to be yourself, forgiving that which is outside of one's control and following whims [EXCLUSIVE]

Luke De-Sciscio talks to us about having the courage to be yourself, forgiving that which is outside of one's control and following whims [EXCLUSIVE]

Wiltshire singer-songwriter Luke De Sciscio, formally known as Folk Boy, is set to release is latest album - 'The Banquet' via AntiFragile Music on...

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Annie Elise talks to us about the challenges a female producer has to face and

Annie Elise talks to us about the challenges a female producer has to face and "going through a year of grief and sickness" [EXCLUSIVE]

Electronic music pioneer and producer Annie Elise says that the release of her first EP - 'Breathe In, Breathe Out' feels "both vulnerable and...

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