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Gabrielle Aplin announces Birmingham show

March 1, 2017 in News

Following the release of her recent EP Miss You which marked a mature new sound and has thus far racked up an impressive 25 million streams online, Gabrielle Aplin has confirmed a UK autumn tour for 2017.

With three years of phenomenal success for an artist still aged only 24, including sales of over two million singles, 200 million Spotify streams and 150 million Youtube views, Aplin’s rap sheet of achievements is nothing short of remarkable.

Her debut album English Rain (2013), now certified Gold in the UK, contained a slew of UK top 10 singles, including ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’, ‘Panic Cord’, ‘Home’, ‘Salvation’ and Gabrielle’s unforgettable cover of ‘The Power Of Love’ which reached #1 in the UK chart. Her sophomore album Light Up The Dark (2015) displayed a maturing in Aplin’s sound and lead to eighteen months of international touring during which she enjoyed a taste of fan mania in Japan, Australia, The US and Brazil, Aplin racking up a further 3 #1 singles Worldwide.

The Miss You EP features three original tracks and a stripped back piano version of the single and title track. It will be available on Aplin’s own independent record label Never Fade Records; founded by Aplin to self release her own music and ‘in order to give young talent and unsigned artists their first stepping stone in the music industry’.

Gabrielle Aplin Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Gabrielle Aplin plays O2 Academy2 Birmingham on Fri 20th October 2017. Tickets available from 9am on Fri 3rd March 2017 here.

Watch the video for ‘Miss You’ below:

Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson & Hannah Grace live

February 2, 2016 in News


“Effortlessly switching form sultry, hypnotic sounds to more upbeat jazz melodies, Gabrielle Aplin’s second album is exactly what we wanted to hear.” – 5/5, Glamour

Following the positive reception that greeted her new album Light Up The DarkGabrielle Aplin approaches a major UK and Ireland headline tour that includes a Birmingham show at O2 Institute!

Light Up The Dark adds a new chapter to a career that has already delivered 80 million Spotify streams, 90 million YouTube views, 1.5 million sales of single, and #1 chart positions in the UK and Australia over the course of her debut album English Rain. Her second album has already received extensive Radio 1 support with a playlist for the title track as well as Huw Stephens’ Hottest Record followed by a second playlist for the recent single ‘Sweet Nothing’.

The new album was inspired by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder. “Her voice is just here, right at the front, and everything sits around it perfectly,” says Aplin. “I’ve also become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Gabrielle’s recent underplay show at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall sold-out in less than 24 hours. The Evening Standard’s review drew comparisons with Florence + The Machine and Feist, and concluded that it was “A mini-triumph; greater ones will come.”

Gabrielle Aplin Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

GABRIELLE APLIN PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 14TH FEBRUARY 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM LEWIS WATSON & HANNAH GRACE. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Sweet Nothing’ below:

Watch: Gabrielle Aplin – ‘Light Up The Dark’

May 20, 2015 in News

Following the success of her debut album English Rain, Bath-born songstress Gabrielle Aplin announces details of the release of her eagerly anticipated second album Light Up The Dark. 

New single and title track ‘Light Up The Dark’ sees Gabrielle adopt a much heavier, darker sound than the gentle folk-pop of her debut release. Influenced by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder, Gabrielle says:

“I’ve become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Light Up The Dark is released on September 18th and is available to pre-order now from here.

Watch the video for ‘Light Up The Dark’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 4th – 10th November

November 4, 2013 in News

Take a look at the host of live music events taking place in and around the city as we edge ever closer to the festive season.

TUESDAY 5TH

On Tuesday, stunning vocalist Gabrielle Aplin plays at The Institute in Digbeth as part of her second UK tour this year – the first having completely sold out. Responsible for that cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ which stormed to Number 1 in the singles chart last year, expect beautifully intricate vocals from this performance. Support on the night comes from husky-voiced Jack Savoretti and Birmingham-based 20 year old singer songwriter, Emma Crowder. To purchase your tickets, priced at £14 advance, check out the event page.

Listen to ‘Home’ by Gabrielle Aplin below:

 

Alternatively, London alt trio Bear’s Den play live at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Part of only their second ever UK tour, the trio describe their influences as Wilco and Ryan Adams and have toured with Ben Howard, Daughter and The Staves in the past. Support comes courtesy of Arcade Fire-esque London seven-piece, The Mariner’s Children and tickets are completely sold out. More information on the event is available here.

Listen to ‘Agape’ by Bear’s Den below:

 

WEDNESDAY 6TH

On Wednesday, North Wales’ psych-folk-popper Sweet Baboo calls in to the Hare & Hounds ahead of the release of his forthcoming concept EP, Motorhome Songs. Playing a selection of songs from his four album back catalogue, and celebrating his tenth year as a solo artist, Sweet Baboo comes highly recommended as does support for the evening, Birmingham multi-instrumentalists, Big Tent & The Gypsy Lantern & Rick Wellings. Tickets for this event are priced at £7 advance and can be found, along with further information, over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ by Sweet Baboo below:

 

THURSDAY 7TH

Two live music events to choose from on Thursday as raucous one-man blues show, Son of Dave comes to the Hare & Hounds to support the release of his forthcoming LP, Blues at the Grand. This is the  first night of the UK tour, which goes on to call at Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester, expect the jaunt to begin with a bang. Find out further information and purchase your tickets, priced at £10 advance, over on the event page.

Listen to ‘We Goin’ Out’ by Son of Dave below:

 

Alternatively, 25 year old singer songwriter Luke Sital-Singh, described as ‘the British Bon Iver’ plays what promises to be a beautiful set at The Glee Club in The Arcadian. Support comes from hotly-tipped Nottingham singer-songwriter, Ady Suleiman – find out more about both artists, and pick up your tickets, priced at £7 advance, here.

Listen to new single ‘Nothing Stays the Same’ by Luke Sital-Singh below:

 

SUNDAY 10TH

Round off your week of live music performances at the Sunday Social which this week features performances from alt acoustic rock songwriter, Riots; autobiographical folk singer, George Gadd; young pensive political storyteller, Connor Hemming and Wolverhampton’s Daniel Beckett. Entry to this event at The Yardbird is, as ever, free and you can find further information on all of the acts over on the event page.

Listen to ‘My Love’ by Riots below:

July Spotify playlists

July 6, 2013 in News

Our July Spotify playlists are now live! They feature some of the great acts we have playing over July, as well some other artists we have recently confirmed and stuff we are generally excited about. They’re split into two playlists, one indie/rock and one folk/singer-songwriters.

Our folk/singer-songwriters playlist features :
Josh Record
(playing 5th July, tickets)
Matt Sheehan
(playing 5th July, tickets)
Gabrielle Aplin (playing 5th Nov, tickets)
Sweet Baboo (playing 6th Nov, tickets)
Saint Raymond (playing 25th Sep, tickets)
Nadine Shah (playing 8th Oct, tickets)
Euros Childs (playing 29th Oct, tickets)
Sylvain Sylvain (playing 24th July, tickets)
Lumi HD (playing 14th July, info)
Honey Ryder (playing 9th July, tickets)

Our indie/rock playlist features:
The Weeks (playing 11th July, tickets)
New York Dolls (Sylvain Sylvain plays 24th July, tickets)
China Rats (playing 11th July, tickets)
Our Mutual Friend (playing 13th July, tickets)
Space (playing 6th Sept, tickets)
SKATERS (playing 1st Sept, tickets)
Peace (playing 13th Dec, tickets)
JAWS (playing 24th Sept, tickets)
Shatter Effect (playing 19th July, info)
Akron/Family (playing 22nd July, tickets)
Sharks (playing 2nd Aug, tickets)
Bleach Blood (playing 2nd Aug, tickets)

Listen to both playlists below

Gabrielle Aplin to headline The Institute in November

March 11, 2013 in News

Recently crowned Number 1 in the UK Chart with her astonishing cover of ‘The Power of Love’, Gabrielle Aplin returns to Birmingham following multiple sold out shows, Glastonbury performances and a triumphant John Lewis Christmas advert.

The 19-year-old internet sensation will embark on her 7th headline UK tour this November, taking her mesmerising voice across the length and breadth of the country. Gabrielle is no stranger to gigging. Having already played to sold-out audiences on multiple sold-out headline UK tours, she appeared at several festivals across last summer, including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party, and recently supported Ed Sheeran, Charlie Simpson and Gotye, on their respective Australian, UK and European tours.

Following the release of her previous 4 EPs Acoustic, Never Fade, Home and Please Don’t Say You Love Me – the latter having reached Number 1 in the iTunes Chart – and her aforementioned jaw-dropping Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover, Gabrielle returns with news of her much anticipated debut album, English Rain, set for release on 13th May 2013.

Gabrielle Aplin’s debut album English Rain is available for pre-order now.

“This is as close to perfect as anything you’ll hear … Her voice is more fragile than a china doll and has more soul than Adele”– MTV

GABRIELLE APLIN HEADLINES THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON TUES 5TH NOVEMBER 2013. TICKETS ON SALE FRI 15TH MARCH HERE.

Watch the video for new single ‘Panic Cord’ below:

Andreas Moe & Hannah Grace to support Gabrielle Aplin

March 6, 2013 in News

We are very excited to announce that the supports for Gabrielle Aplin’s sold out show at The Institute Birmingham on Thurs 14th March have been confirmed as Andreas Moe and Hannah Grace.

His looks have been compared to James Dean. His guitar playing has been compared to John Mayer. But Andreas Moe’s voice and songwriting are something to which nothing can be compared. Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, this 24 year old singer songwriter confesses that his journey has taken some unpredictable turns…

Andreas’ main inspiration when writing his current EP entitled My Side Of The Bed were artists like Beirut, Bon Iver, and even Kanye West, although he describes the final sound as The Script meets Robyn meets Prince. “Electronic but Organic.”  The songs he has written cover his experiences with love, both positive and negative and are all inspired by one girl.  The heart features heavily in every single song and forms the emotional thread of the EP.

2012 blossomed into a great one for Andreas as he has seen further work with Tiesto, Fedde le Grand, Quintino, Avicii with releases imminent. Andreas’s  2nd EP This Year is set for UK release shortly.

Welsh born Hannah Grace has been singing since the tender age of 3. Almost immediately she began developing her style of singing drawing from a soul, gospel, folk and jazz. Now an accomplished songwriter and about to embark on her first UK tour with Gabrielle Aplin, the 19 year old hopes to charm audiences with stunning vocals and enchanting songs. With her first release soon after the tour 2013 looks bright for this young singer.

ANDREAS MOE & HANNAH GRACE SUPPORT GABRIELLE APLIN AT THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 14TH MARCH 2013. TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. MORE INFORMATION HERE.

Check out Andreas Moe’s new video for ‘This Year’ below:

SELLING FAST: Gabrielle Aplin, Hadouken & Pigeon Detectives

January 31, 2013 in News

Very busy week here at Birmingham Promoters HQ so we thought we’d give you a heads up as to which events are close to selling out!

First up we have 19-year-old Internet sensation Gabrielle Aplin, who embarks on her 6th headline UK tour this March, taking her mesmerising voice across the length and breadth of the country – including The Institute Birmingham on Thurs 14th March.

Gabrielle has been riding high in the UK singles chart with her enchanting cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s classic track ‘The Power of Love’, which reached the Number 1 spot back in December. There are only a handful of tickets left for this event.

“This is as close to perfect as anything you’ll hear … Her voice is more fragile than a china doll and has more soul than Adele”– MTV

GABRIELLE APLIN PLAYS THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 14TH MARCH 2013. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Check out the video for ‘The Power of Love’ below:


Next up we have the return of the UK’s biggest underground band, Hadouken!, who on 18th February 2013 will release their third album ‘Every Weekend’ on their own imprint Surface Noise Recordings.

Hadouken! occupy a completely unique spot in modern British music. They’re at the very forefront of UK Bass, the most exciting and dominant sound of the era, but they’re also a hair-raising live act who can get a hall packed with teenagers moshing and raving – often at the same time. They’re the sound of every high street on a Saturday night, of every provincial rave, of a lunchtime Radio 1 tent at Reading Festival so full that the throng stretches out into the field, forcing elderly passers by to ask “who is that group?!”. But the kids know alright.

HADOUKEN! PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON TUES 23RD APRIL 2013. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Check out the band’s new YouTube compilation video, which features their latest single ‘Levitate’ below:


And finally, a band that need no introduction, West Yorkshire’s finest hitmakers The Pigeon Detectives are back in 2013 with a brand new album, single and accompanying May UK tour including Birmingham’s The Institute.

The band who have sold over 500,000 albums, played multiple Reading & Leeds festivals, and been championed by the likes of NME, Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley, return with new single ‘Animal’ taken from their upcoming fourth studio album. Premiered by Zane Lowe on 22nd January, the track is available to buy now via all good online retailers.

The Pigeon Detectives aren’t just still standing, they’re about to embark on their most honest, raw, real and exciting phase yet. Tickets are absolutely flying out for this show, so we suggest buying asap!

THE PIGEON DETECTIVES PLAY WED 1ST MAY 2013 AT THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for their classic track ‘I’m Not Sorry’ below:

Gabrielle Aplin reaches Number 1

December 5, 2012 in News

Gabrielle Aplin’s new single ‘The Power of Love’, which is also the soundtrack for John Lewis’s rather excellent Christmas advert, is currently at Number 1 in the UK Midweek Singles Chart! Check the full chart run down here.

19-year-old Internet sensation Gabrielle Aplin will embark on her 6th headline UK tour this March, taking her mesmerising voice across the length and breadth of the country. Gabrielle is no stranger to gigging. Having already played to sold-out audiences on five sold-out headline UK tours, she appeared at several festivals across last summer, including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party, and recently supported Charlie Simpson and Gotye, on their respective UK and European tours.

“This is as close to perfect as anything you’ll hear … Her voice is more fragile than a china doll and has more soul than Adele”– MTV

Gabrielle Aplin plays HMV Institute Birmingham on Thurs 14th March 2013. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘The Power of Love’ below:

Tickets on sale for Gabrielle Aplin

November 30, 2012 in News

Following two previous sell out shows, we are very excited to be welcoming back the incredible Gabrielle Aplin.

19-year-old Internet sensation Gabrielle Aplin will embark on her 6th headline UK tour this March, taking her mesmerising voice across the length and breadth of the country. Gabrielle is no stranger to gigging. Having already played to sold-out audiences on five sold-out headline UK tours, she appeared at several festivals across last summer, including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party, and recently supported Charlie Simpson and Gotye, on their respective UK and European tours.

Following the release of her previous 3 EPs ‘Acoustic’, ‘Never Fade’ and ‘Home’ – the latter having reached Top 10 in the iTunes UK Albums Chart – Gabrielle has released a jaw-dropping cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s classic track ‘The Power of Love’. The song is currently being used on John Lewis’s Christmas advert, and has rocketed Gabrielle into the top 5 of the UK Singles Chart.

‘The Power of Love’ single is now available to buy via EMI Music.

“This is as close to perfect as anything you’ll hear … Her voice is more fragile than a china doll and has more soul than Adele”– MTV

GABRIELLE APLIN PLAYS HMV INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 14TH MARCH 2013. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Check out the video for ‘The Power of Love’ below: