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To dance, to serenade, to camp

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I just love over the top, sometimes ridiculous, oftentimes extremely camp dance sequences in films.

Two of my favourites happen to feature two of my favourite actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (from (500) Days of Summer) and Heath Ledger (from Ten Things I Hate About You).


The Collins English Dictionary defines serenade as:


1. (Music, other) a piece of music appropriate to the evening, characteristically played outside the house of a woman.

What would you call a piece of music played outside the house of a man, I wonder? The key difference in a court of law between a murder and a manslaughter charge, I’d imagine. I have been serenaded on the street by a James Blunt impersonator, but never outside my house. I feel that this is a wrong which must be put right and to that end I invite impersonators, lookalikes and caricaturists to feel free to pitch up outside my digs and give it their best shot.

If you happen to look like Levitt or Ledger, all the better.

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


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Ready to jump start your heart back to its evergreen state: New Build @newbuildband and Ladyhawke @ladyhawkeforyou

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The final week of the seemingly longest and most spiritually challenging month of the year, has kindly delivered some electro thrills for the financially-bereft music-loving masses. Your Nordman Firs may be long since dead, but this voltaic pair are ready to jump start your heart back to its evergreen state.

New Build is a musical merger consisting of members from Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem (Al Doyle, Felix Martin) and studio engineer, Tom Hopkins. The band are releasing music on their own label, Lanark Recordings, and their debut album ‘Yesterday Was Lived And Lost’ will be released in March, 2012. A new single, ‘Do You Not Feel Loved’ is also set for release on February 20th, 2012.


Ladyhawke delights fans with the much awaited follow-up to her debut album this year, before embarking on a major tour of the UK. ‘Anxiety’ is set for release on March 19th, 2012, with a new single ‘Black, White & Blue’ coming just before on February 19th, 2012.


Ladyhawke has said of her second album:

The tone of it is definitely darker. It’s still poppy and fun, but I listened to a lot of guitar rock when I was writing it, stuff like Pixies, Blur, Nirvana and I’ve always wanted to make a guitar record. There’s no synth, but there’s some organ. It’s more of a straight-up rock record.

Her New Wave roots still come through, as sure and certain as ever, which makes this slight yet marked genre shift less disturbing and more exciting for me. Ladyhawke plays The Ruby Lounge, Manchester on May 2nd, 2012 and tickets are available from this Friday (January 27th, 2012) via

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January 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

UK Festival Awards 2011 @festival_awards ; out with the old and in with the new?

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The 2011 UK Festival Awards were announced last night, in a suitably snazzy ceremony at London’s Roundhouse. There were a few surprises amongst the winners; perhaps a glimpse of the shift that’s set to come this year from folk choosing their festival allegiances more carefully, in light of the current economic climate. For me, size and status are irrelevant; if you have what I want, I’m there.

Following acclaimed performances at Glastonbury, Reading, Bestival and Jersey Live, Ed Sheeran was named ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ (in association with Brothers Cider), beating off competition from Bruno Mars, Jessie J and The Vaccines.


‘Headline Performance of the Year’ (in association with Jagermeister) was awarded to Paolo Nutini at Latitude Festival, Nutini’s fellow nominees included Metallica, Magnetic Man and Chase & Status. Chase & Status didn’t go home empty- handed however, as they walked away with the award for ‘Anthem of the Summer’ for ‘Blind Faith.’

Rob Da Bank’s ever-popular Bestival was honoured in a new category for 2011: ‘Fan’s Favourite Festival’. This year, the festival welcomed some of the biggest names in music, consequently drawing the biggest crowds, and featured artists such as Bjork, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson and Public Enemy.

The awards for ‘Best Major’ / ‘Medium’ / ‘Small’ Festival, ‘Best Metropolitan’ Festival, ‘Best New’ Festival and ‘Best Family’ Festival were decided upon by a judging panel of journalists and reviewers. The winners included: ‘Best Major Festival’ (in association with The Ticket Factory) went to the godfather of festivals, Glastonbury, whose headline performances from Beyonce, U2 and Coldplay dominated our TV screens over the summer. ‘Best Medium-sized Festival’ was awarded to Secret Garden Party, which this year featured acts including Marcus Foster, Yasmin, Leftfield and Ghostpoet. End of The Road was awarded with ‘Best Small Festival’ (in association with Doodson); the North Dorset event featured live sets from Laura Marling, Joanna Newsom and Mogwai this year. This is definitely one which I would like to experience some time soon.


‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ was awarded to Sheffield’s Tramlines, which beat off competition from The Great Escape, Dot to Dot and Gaymer’s Camden Crawl.

‘Best New Festival’ (in association with Access All Areas) went to Wilderness, a new ‘celebration of the arts and outdoors’ in Oxfordshire, which The Observer described as a ‘bohemian haven’; Oxford and bohemian – sounds right up my street!  ‘Best Family Festival’ (in association with Showsec) was awarded to Beautiful Days.

‘Best Dance Event’ (in association with Peppermint Bars) perhaps predictably, went to Creamfields, with this year’s event featuring fan favourites Chemical Brothers, Katy B and Kissy Sell Out. I’m not sure that any other festival could beat Creamfields in this genre, there certainly does not appear to be any strong contenders to its crown at the moment. Croatia’s Outlook was honoured with ‘Best Overseas Festival’.

Finally, ‘Line-Up of the Year’ in association with XL Video was awarded to Sonisphere, for a staggering bill in 2011, which saw the Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth unite for what was widely described as, ‘heavy metal heaven’.

Congratulations to all the 2011 UK Festival Awards winners and let’s hope that the 2012 season exceeds those highs and lessens the lows. /

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize – nominations announcement

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2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize – nominations announcement

Lauren Laverne has officially announced the nominations for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London.

The nominations are:

Anna CalviAnna Calvi
ElbowBuild A Rocket Boys!
Everything EverythingMan Alive
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock – Good Days At Schloss Elmau
James BlakeJames Blake
Katy BOn A Mission
King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
MetronomyThe English Riviera
PJ HarveyLet England Shake
Tinie TempahDisc-Overy

Critics are citing Adele and PJ Harvey as the front-runners of the competition and debate has already centred around whether a win for Adele would have any real impact for the artist; 21  has sold over 8 million copies worldwide since its release on January 19th, 2011. The Mercury Prize has always been considered to provide a huge platform for artists who perhaps might not have otherwise gained the recognition they deserve for their work; might it be said that Adele has surpassed such a point and therefore a win for her would be unfair to the other nominees, or should it be about the best album overall; musically and lyrically?

I would personally love to see Metronomy or Everything Everything do well here, but we shall have to wait and see. The awards ceremony takes place in London on September 6th, 2011.

Good luck to everyone!


Together in electric dreams; watch out for Metronomy and The Sound of Arrows

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Metronomy are an electronic-pop band, originally formed by Joseph Mount in Devon, in 1999.  The band now consists of four members: Mount, Anna Prior (drums), Oscar Cash (saxophone and keys) and Gbenga Adelekan (bass guitar and vocals). Their early work (pre – ‘Nights Out‘, their second album, released in 2008) consisted mainly of instrumental electronic music; following through with vocals and then branching out in to the remix arena, working with artists such as Klaxons, Gorillaz, Goldfrapp and Ladytron. More recently, Mount has hit the headlines for his work with Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts, on her upcoming debut album said to feature a mix of electro-synth tracks; the track Mount  penned, widely claimed to be the best on the album.

Metronomy released their third studio album ‘The English Riviera‘ in April 2011 and the third track to be released from the record is ‘The Bay.’ The cinematography is awesome in the accompanying music video and was unbelievably filmed in Torquay, Devon…you’d be forgiven for mistaking the landscape for the hazy hues of the Mediterranean, it is simply stunning. I must get myself down there for a holiday pronto! After a widely praised performance at Glastonbury this year, I predict that Metronomy’s star will continue to rise for a long time to come. / @metronomy

The Sound of Arrows are a Swedish electronic duo, consisting of Oskar Gullstrand and Stefan Storm. Being a big fan of Robyn and Miike Snow, I have long been of the opinion that when it comes to electro-pop, the Swedes can rarely be beaten. You may be familiar with a couple of early tracks from the band: ‘Nova‘ and ‘Into the Clouds‘, both of which received widespread critical acclaim and the latter of which being amongst the most downloaded songs in the UK in September, 2009. Their new track ‘Magic‘ is featured on a popular automotive commercial, but the music video to the track is a sight to behold in itself. The video takes the form of a mini foreign language film and features dreamy landscapes and heavenly wishes; it’s the best video I’ve seen so far this year. The band have a scarily similar sound to Pet Shop Boys, which is no bad thing but I would say that their sound is slightly less synth and slightly more electrically serene. Looking forward to seeing much more from these guys when their debut album is released later this year.  /  @soundofarrows

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July 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

From Bombay to Louisiana, via Manchester; my top music picks of the week

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In honour of my favourite season: that of the summer holiday,  I have compiled a selection of hot and hazy tracks worthy of inclusion in any First Class music lounge…so sit back,  put on your fuzzy felt eye mask and allow yourself to be whisked away from Bombay to Louisiana, via Manchester.

Bombay Bicycle Club, Shuffle

A Different Kind of Fix‘ is the upcoming third album from London-based alternative folk-rock band Bombay Bicycle Club. ‘Shuffle is the first track to be released from the album, which follows on August 29th, 2011. Following the acoustic and accolade-laden offering of second album, ‘Flaws‘, the four-piece have returned to their electric-stringed roots, whilst never straying too far from their trademark blissful electronic- folk leanings. The soaring and atmospheric synth sounds of ‘Shuffle‘ are the perfect soundtrack to a lazy day on a sundrenched beach, or indeed a lazy afternoon indoors after getting drenched down your local high street…this is the ‘great British summer’ after all.

Michelle Branch, Loud Music

My love for Michelle Branch all started in Season 6, Episode 8 of one of my favourite TV series, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘. Branch makes an appearance at the end of the highly emotive episode, to perform her track ‘Goodbye to You‘ as Giles leaves for England, Tara leaves Willow and Buffy leaves her senses, embarking on a doomed affair with resident badboy vamp Spike. I loved the track and Branch’s raspy and powerful country-tinged vocals, so I set about researching the artist and have never looked back. After two top selling albums, ‘The Spirit Room‘ and ‘Hotel Paper‘, Branch moved in a more defined country direction to form a duo with friend and fellow musician, Jessica Harp; The Wreckers. But now, fresh from putting down roots both family and home, she is back with the perfect summertime roadtrip track ‘Loud Music.’

The track documents the history of a relationship, starting with the first meeting and going through all of the highs and occasional lows, all the while using artists such as Hendrix and Zeppelin as flags or pinpoints throughout the narrative. Branch has always managed to successfully translate her great love of music through her own lyrics and regularly cites her influences through this medium. So if a destination only reachable via a trip down a few dusty highways is more your idea of a perfect holiday, then be sure to wind the windows down and blast out this perfect slice of American pop-rock.

The Travelling Band, Sundial

I recently reviewed Friends of Mine Festival for and had the pleasure of catching a performance by The Travelling Band whilst I was there. Cited as the best folk band to emerge from Manchester, the five-piece performed their upcoming single ‘Sundial‘ which was definitely a hit with the somewhat windswept and watery crowd. The orchestral splendour of this track cannot be underestimated and is truly addictive; I think this band will be filling headline slots on the folk circuit very soon. It’s nice to see some local folkies flying the flag for the genre up North.

Patrick Wolf, House

Patrick Wolf intrigues me; he is an intriguing character, one that you could listen to and watch for hours almost as if in a daze. His vocals intrigue me; the depth of his tone commands that you listen and his lyrics command that you hear. He cites poets and speaks romantic declarations and all of this set against an epic and enticing melody. I’ve said enough, I implore you listen and you start with ‘House.’

Friendly Fires, Hawaiian Air

Pala‘ is the recently released second album from alternative dance trio, Friendly Fires. ‘Hawaiian Air‘ is the second track to be released from the album. This band just keep going from strength to strength and have just this week released more dates on their biggest headlining tour of the UK, coming in the autumn. With its holiday flight-inspired music video, ‘Hawaiian Air‘ is all set to be the scorching hit of the summer radio waves. The rest of the album is just as good I might add, so I’d definitely recommend that it feature on your holiday pool-side playlist.

Britney Spears, I Wanna Go

Ah, Britney. Where do I start…well, I’m a huge fan and have loved every track that the Louisiana popstrel has ever released so I’m just putting it out there – if you’re looking for an unbiased review of the artist, scroll up and scroll out! ‘I Wanna Go‘ is genuinely one of my favourites off Spears’ new album ‘Femme Fatale‘, my other pop pick being the Will.I.Am penned track ‘Big Fat Bass.’ The video to accompany this track has just been released on Spears’ official website and on YouTube/Vevo and is a lot of fun. I think Spears has reached the point – perhaps understandably – were she just wants to enjoy herself in her career and this translates in her work; the videos aren’t meant to be groundbreaking, they’re meant to highlight the light-hearted, cheeky and self-depracating character of the performer and that they do. The new album is a dancer’s dream, filled with huge basslines, biting beats and catchy choruses. I’ve just secured myself tickets to see Spears in Manchester on her upcoming UK Tour…needless to say, I am just a little excited!

That’s all for now, happy holidays! 🙂

56th Ivor Novello awards – nominations just released and common sense has prevailed

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The nominations for the 56th Ivor Novello awards have been released today and common sense appears to have been restored. After Lily Allen’s triple win last year, I found myself uttering my trademark catchphrase of late; “I’m lost, if I’m honest?!” There will no doubt be countless fans of Allen who agreed wholeheartedly with the judges’ choices, but I unfortunately was not one of them.

The Ivors are presented annually:

to celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British music writing. The awards either celebrate artistic excellence in a specific work, exceptional performance figures in the award year or recognise the outstanding achievements of a particular songwriter or composer throughout their career.

There are seven categories in total, as well as a number of special prizes to be announced on the night (May 19th, 2011 at London’s Grosvenor House), that include: ‘International Achievement‘, Ivors Inspiration Award‘, ‘Outstanding Songwriter/s of the Year‘ and ‘Lifetime Achievement.’ The top songwriting gongs are:

Best Song Musically and Lyrically(2010 Winner – Lily Allen, ‘The Fear‘)

The nominations are:

Villagers, ‘Becoming a Jackal‘, written by O’Brien, published by Domino Publishing Company.

Everything Everything, ‘MY KZ, UR BF‘, written by Higgs, Pritchard, Robertshaw and Spearman, published by Universal Music Publishing.

Foals, ‘Spanish Sahara‘, written by Bevan, Congreave, Gervers, Philippakis and Smith, published by Universal Music Publishing.

‘Best Contemporary Song’ (2010 Winner – Bat for Lashes, ‘Daniel‘)

The nominations are:

The xx,Islands‘, written by Croft, Qureshi, Sim and Smith, published by Universal.

Katy B,Katy on a Mission‘, written by Benga, Katy B and Geeneus, published by EMI.

Tinie Tempah, ‘Pass Out‘, written by McKenzie, Okogwu and Williams, published by EMI/Stellar Songs Ltd.

Album Award‘ (2010 Winner – Paolo Nutini, ‘Sunny Side Up‘)

The nominations are:

Bombay Bicycle Club, ‘Flaws, written by Jack Steadman, published by Imagem Music.

Everything Everything, ‘Man Alive‘, written by Higgs, Pritchard, Robertshaw and Spearman, published by Universal.

Plan B, ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks‘, written by Benjamin Drew, published by Universal.

For more information on the other award categories, please visit

I have a  few favourites amongst these and it is very pleasing to see a bit of folk-rock included in the proceedings; Villagers and Bombay Bicycle Club would be my top choices, so I shall have everything crossed for Conor and the boys on the night itself.

That is all 🙂

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