The Selecter Celebrate 35 Years in the Business

The Selecter

Iconic Ska Legends The Selecter have announced that they will celebrate their 35th anniversary with an extensive 26-date UK tour in February, March and April 2014, performing their seminal debut album ‘Too Much Pressure’ in its entirety for the first time ever.

The band pay Sheffield’s o2 Academy a visit on Sunday 2nd March, a welcome return to the region following their triumphant headlining slot at the city’s major music festival, Tramlines in 2013.

Released on the legendary 2-Tone label, ‘Too Much Pressure’ was a Top 5 selling album featuring a host of timeless classics, including ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Missing Words’ and course ‘Too Much Pressure’ – all of which were released on Top 40 charting singles.

The ‘Too Much Pressure’ 35th Anniversary Tour will also feature an extended encore of hits and live favorites from across The Selecter’’s extensive 35-year spanning back catalogue, including their timeless debut 1979 Top 10 smash hit, ‘On My Radio’, right up to the this year’s critically acclaimed ‘String Theory’.

Pauline Black says, “We thought our 35th anniversary would be the perfect time to revisit our very first album Too Much

Pressure and perform it in full…for the very first time! We can’t wait to get on the road to bring our message of multiculturalism from across 4 decades to venues up and down the land.”

The past few years have seen a huge resurgence in the popularity of The Selecter, with new material being released alongside a relentless touring schedule which has taken the band play numerous gigs and festivals across Europe, undertake no less than 3 trips to the USA (including being picked as the Desert Sun’s highlight of the 2013 Coachella Festival) and even performing as far afield as Australia and Canada.

Still as outspoken and politically articulate as ever, The Selecter are both tied to, and very proud of, their past, to the acknowledgement of 2-Tone and all that it meant to their fans and the wider music community.

Tickets on sales from


Interview with the bands of the ‘Satellite Tour’

Satellite TourThree bands, embarking on a 14 date tour of the UK’s smaller venues are promoting the more intimate gigs outside of the major cities. Sons and Lovers, Eliza and the Bear and Fred Page will be stopping by Rotherham Trades Club on the 8th February. Each act took the time out to talk to our editor Charlie Barker about the upcoming tour dates.


You’ve just finished an arena tour with Paramore and you’re embarking on a tour of smaller venues now, how do you think you’ll adjust to the change?

James Kellegher: We love playing smaller venues, when you are playing inches from the audience you have a connection and really feed off the energy. You’re playing to individuals as opposed to a mass at arenas.

What advice would you give to bands starting out in the UK and playing outside the main cities?

Try and play anywhere you can, a lot of these smaller towns get neglected by larger touring parties. If you put the work in on the smaller towns and cities the main cities will fall into place.


You’re embarking on the Satellite Tour in February covering most of the UK. Where are you guys from and how long have you been together?

Tom: Dan and I grew up near Windsor, Tim near Brighton and Josh near Exeter. We’ve all lived in London for the past few years though.

We played our first gig together in August 2012 and have been playing as much as possible since then.

You must be on the road a lot these days. Where’s the most memorable place you’ve been on tour?

We’ve been lucky enough to play some great places! For me, the most fun was playing the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery in Northern Ireland, was a really interesting place!

We haven’t been to lots of the towns that are part of the Satellite tour, so we’re really looking forward to playing in and exploring some new places!


Tell us about your musical influences.
I’m really into Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley, Conor oberst and anything that Justin Vernon touches.

How did you come to join the Satellite Tour?
They asked me if I would be up for it and I jumped at it!

Tickets are on sale now at

‘Satellite Tour’ Bringing New Bands To South Yorkshire

The ‘Satellite Tour’ brand new live music experience showcasing the best up-and-coming artists, is coming in February 2014.

Eliza And The Bear

Eliza and the Bear

Pioneering a new touring circuit, this is one of the few to visit all corners of the UK. With 14 dates on the tour across the UK, it lands in Rotherham, South Yorkshire on 8th February at the Trades Club.

The tour visits some of the best small venues the UK has to offer, bringing the hottest new artists to a town near you. This will allow dedicated music fans in the regions the opportunity to see these breaking acts at intimate venues.

The bands partaking in the tour have been hand picked as those surely to make waves throughout 2014 and beyond. The bands have been announced as…

Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

SONS AND LOVERS (Polydor Records) have just supported New Zealand’s THE NAKED AND FAMOUS on their latest UK tour. The four piece have released their track ‘Ghosts’ which is currently available as a free download.

ELIZA AND THE BEAR (Capitol Records) are fresh off the PARAMORE arena tour, and have received recognition from radio across the board including plays from the likes of Fearne Cotton and Zane Lowe on Radio 1.

FRED PAGE (Virgin EMI Records) is a singer/songwriter who made his name playing independent nights across the capital.


5th       Canterbury               The Ballroom
6th       High Wycombe       Bucks New Uni SU
7th       Ipswich                       The Malthouse
8th       Rotherham               The Trades
10th     York                            The Duchess
11th     Carlisle                       Brickyard
13th     Ayr                               The Basement Coffee House
14th     Dumfries                   The Venue
15th     Durham                      The Fishtank
17th     Preston                       The Ferret
18th     Conwy                         The Departure Lounge
20th     Aberystwyth            Aberystwyth Uni SU
21st      Witney                        Fat Lils
22nd     Exeter                        The Cavern

Tickets cost £4 and will be available from 9am on Monday 13th January via the tour website:

Fred Page

Fred Page

Single Review: Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely On You

Label: RCA Records
Released: 23/02/14

Paloma Faith returns with the release of her new single from her forthcoming third album A Perfect Contradiction.

Its a soulful, funky, upbeat track with heaps of attitude and a strong vocal performance from one of the UK’s finest and unique female vocalists.

One to never disappoint, Paloma throws herself into the character of a woman scorned by her unreliable lover. “You got that good stuff, but that don’t last. Ain’t good enough for me”, she sings.

With a distinct American soul feel, its not surprising to learn that the track was written and produced by Pharrell Williams, who achieved worldwide acclaim as the frontman in N.E.R.D. and more recently as a solo artist in his own right. He also appears as a backing vocalist on the track.

As expected Paloma can take a song, regardless of genre and carry it off with grace, charisma and her characteristic individual style. You can hear all her early soul influences within this record, mixed with a modern twist. Without a doubt this single whets our appetite for what is sure to be another well-crafted album release for her later this year.

– Charlie Barker

The Search Begins for Wath Festival’s Young Performers Award 2014

South Yorkshire’s prestigious festival of music and dance is once again looking for young performers to enter their annual performers competition.

After launching in 2011, the competition has seen the likes of Rose Redd, Luke Hirst & Sarah Smout and soloist Sunjay Brayne take the trophy and go on to further success in the music industry.

Luke and Sarah have continued to work as a duo playing festivals and now have their own solo projects, Rose has also branched out to work with nationally acclaimed music producers to release her latest single and Sunjay has joined folk stalwarts Steeleye Span on their last UK tour playing theatres throughout the country.

Wath Festival is keen to nurture young performers and support those who may be the next household names in folk, roots and acoustic music.

In 2011, the festival teamed up with local musician, Charlie Barker and her company The Partnership Media to start a search for young performers aged between 16 – 24 for the Wath Young Performers Award to win the trophy, open up for the main headlining act and take away a cash prize.

After months of searching and listening to submissions three acts are chosen as finalists to perform in front of a panel of industry professionals on the festival weekend, who then select the finalist. Previous judges have included award-winning musicians John McCusker, Kris Drever and Lucy Ward, record label director and agent Tom Sweeney and local radio broadcaster Dave Eyre. Each performer takes away a cash prize, as well as prizes donated from sponsors.

If you’re a musician aged between 16 – 24 years old and play either folk, roots or acoustic music as a soloist, a duo or trio this is your opportunity to get involved. For more information on how to apply visit the festival website and follow the instructions: