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Will Young at Delamere Forest, Cheshire – review and photos for eFestivals

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It was touch and go for a moment on Friday (June 6th, 2012), as to whether the heavy rain showers would cause Will Young ‘s Delamere Forest, Cheshire show to be cancelled. Luckily for his fans and for myself on reviewing duties, this eventuality never came to pass and Young finished his UK Forest Tour in trademark style.

Young confessed that he has three ages: 27 in public, 33 in private and 12 when dancing, then proceeded to twirl in manner of Billy Elliot with a hint of Louis Spence. This drew huge laughter from the crowd, an occurrence that was to become a regular event throughout the show. The atmosphere was one of being amongst friends; such is the easygoing nature of Young. He genuinely appears to be every bit as unassuming as his music videos portray and is clearly able and ever willing to laugh at himself.

If you would like to read my The Hills/reality tv-themed review and look at photographs from the show, please visit: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/foresttours/2012-willyoung/review-overview.shtml

and the photos are here: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/foresttours/2012-willyoung/photos-WillYoung-120706-SMH.shtml

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July 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

Where others see a mountain, I simply see a steep hill; Will Young @will_young31 at Delamere Forest, Cheshire

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I will be reviewing Will Young‘s Forestry Commission show tomorrow night (July 6th, 2012) at Delamere Forest, Cheshire.

My last trip to the Forest was to watch The Courteeners; a show which I later dubbed ‘Shameless: The Festival.’ Draw your own, rather obvious conclusions with that one.¬†I look forward to¬†a much more sedate, sophisticated and suitably regal experience courtesy of the sublime talents of Mr Young.

Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I regularly proclaim my love for Will, referring to him as my ideal man: intelligent, quick-witted, charming, handsome, good with animals…I have a few minor glitches to contend with I grant you, but where others see a mountain, I simply see a steep hill; I acknowledge my fear of steep hills and I power through. I’ll let you know how I progress with that…

 

I don’t think that I could pick a favourite Will track – I think that his back catalogue must surely be the envy of most male artists. ‘Who Am I?’ is a particular favourite though.

You will be able to read my review on www.efestivals.co.uk from Monday onwards (9th), but I will of course provide a link on here.

www.willyoung.co.uk

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July 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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BRIT awards; and the nominees are…lacking

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The full list of nominations for this year’s Brit Awards have been announced this week. The¬†always eventful, albeit recently rather predictable¬†ceremony¬†(Laura Marling, aside) will¬†be held at London’s O2 Arena on February 21st, 2012¬†and will be broadcast live on ITV1. I feel that the event organisers have made one rather startling omission – that of Will Young in the British Male Solo Artist category. For me, Young is the best British male solo artist around and his latest album ‘Echoes’ was typically brilliant, both vocally and creatively. For shame that he has been overlooked in such a way! I greatly doubt that it will have any kind of¬†detrimental impact on Young’s future career or popularity with the British public, but recognition should be paid all the same.

 

The nominees are as follows:

British Male Solo Artist

Ed Sheeran / James Blake¬† / James Morrison¬† / Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds / Professor Green

My tip: Ed Sheeran. Sheeran has been enjoying a soaring popularity of late and is very much the ‘in-thing.’ He’s also rather good and deserves to win against the other nominees.

British Female Solo Artist

Adele / Florence + the Machine / Jessie J / Kate Bush / Laura Marling

My tip: Adele. I would like Laura Marling to make it two in as many years, but I don’t think Adele’s star power and recent worldwide record of achievement will be overlooked this year.

British Breakthrough Act

Anna Calvi / Ed Sheeran / Emeli Sandé / Jessie J / The Vaccines

My tip: Jessie J. I enjoy a bit of Jessie J, but am not particularly wowed by this category in all honesty. Apart from Calvi, I find the nominations to be too commercial…not sure what I was expecting here.

British Group

Arctic Monkeys / Chase & Status / Coldplay / Elbow / Kasabian

My tip: Coldplay. I’d have liked to see Snow Patrol here and Noah and the Whale, but I would concede that Coldplay are probably the biggest and most consistently high-achieving band to come out of the UK in recent years.

British Single

Adele: ‘Someone Like You’

Ed Sheeran: ‘The A Team’

Example: ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’

Jessie J feat B.o.B: ‘Price Tag’

JLS feat Dev: ‘She Makes Me Wanna’

Military Wives and Gareth Malone: ‘Wherever You Are’

Olly Murs feat Rizzle Kicks: ‘Heart Skips A Beat’

One Direction: ‘What Makes You Beautiful’

Pixie Lott: ‘All About Tonight’

The Wanted: ‘Glad You Came’

My tip: Jessie¬† J. ‘Price Tag’ would be my favourite of the above tracks, though I am partial to a bit of JLS and I’m not afraid to show it.

Mastercard British Album Of The Year

Adele: 21 / Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto / Ed Sheeran: + / Florence + the Machine: / Ceremonials / PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

My tip: Ed Sheeran. A tough category as record sales would stand some nominees head and shoulders above the rest, but for achievement; both musically and commercially, I would have to say Sheeran.

International Male Solo Artist

Aloe Blacc / Bon Iver / Bruno Mars / David Guetta / Ryan Adams

My tip: Bruno Mars. I like Mars’ style and work, but Bon Iver would be my personal favourite of the bunch. I’d be surprised if he were to be acknowledged in this setting though.

International Female Solo Artist

Beyoncé / Bjork / Feist / Lady Gaga / Rihanna

My tip: Firstly, Britney Spears, (‘Femme Fatale’)? I would say that Beyonce might walk away with this one, in light of her Glastonbury spectacular.

International Group

Fleet Foxes / Foo Fighters /  Jay Z and Kanye West / Lady Antebellum / Maroon 5

My tip: Jay Z and Kanye West. A fan of neither, but I think their combined pulling power will prove victorious.

International Breakthrough Act

Aloe Blacc / Bon Iver / Foster The People / Lana Del Rey / Nicki Minaj

My tip: Lana Del Rey. The Brits have always hopped in to the sidecar of whatever is current and buckled up for the ride, so Lana Del Rey should walk away quite easily with this one. Glad to see recognition for Foster The People though.

 

British Producer: Paul Epworth /  Flood /  Ethan Johns

Critics’ Choice Emeli Sand√©

Outstanding Contribution To Music Award: Blur

Fear not Will, you remain and forever shall be, the rightful Red Rum of the British male vocalist steeplechase.

www.brits.co.uk / www.willyoung.co.uk

 

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January 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Great new tracks: Janelle Monae, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, Robyn.

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I’ve always been in to Electronic Dance music; Psychedelic, Chillout and House being my notable favourite sub-genres. In recent months my appetite has been whetted even further by the¬† increasingly creative and diverse offerings from such artists, and also their accessibility in the mainstream. After all, what is the spice of life if not variety?

Groove Armada ft. Will Young, ‚ÄėHistory‚Äô (released August 30th, 2010)

I’ve always had time for Will Young and liked the direction he’s taken with his music, so the combination of him and Groove Armada was not too shabby for me. Will’s vocals on this track¬†¬†have been likened to Jimmy Somerville of Bronski Beat and later, The Communards; High praise indeed; Somerville’s version of ‘To Love Somebody’ betters the original in my opinion, primarily due to his striking and instantly recognisable falsetto. ‘History’¬†wasn’t originally planned to be released as a single so I’ve heard, but after a number of compelling live performances and positive word of mouth and online referrals, the audience won through. This track is taken from Groove Armada’s latest album ‘Black Light.

Janelle Monae, ‚ÄėCold War‚Äô (released August 30th, 2010)

If you haven’t already heard of Janelle Monae, it’s only a matter of time. Signed in 2008 by P. Diddy and then described by him as¬†:

a true visionary, with an original sound and a mesmerizing presence…

Monae is obviously destined for big things and for the right reasons. Her debut album ‘The Archandroid‘ is a whirlwind ride of Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop and if you check out her live performances on YouTube, particularly on The David Letterman Show, you’ll see why her name is on the lips of many an industry insider and luckily now, the general music-loving public too.

Goldfrapp, ‚ÄėBeliever‚Äô (released September 6th, 2010)

This track is taken from Goldfrapp’s latest album ‘Head First’ and¬†hits another home¬†run for me. I don’t¬†actually¬†know what a home run is, I tended to be picked last in PE as I have a¬†motto in life; ‘you only need to run when a. you’re being chased by a masked killer or b. the ice cream man hasn’t seen you in his rear view mirror’, otherwise, nope, not for me…but I hear a home run is a good thing, hence the comparison.

Robyn, ‚ÄėHang With Me‚Äô (released September 6th, 2010)

There’s a really good acoustic version of this track on You Tube if you so fancy. This is taken from Robyn’s latest album ‘Body Talk PT. 1’ On the strength of this, I very much look forward to PT. 2. I think Robyn’s voice suits her genre perfectly; being both soothing and uplifting in¬†equal measure. I also think she’s a¬†great songwriter and contrary to popular belief, yes, dance music can contain stand-out lyrics, it just doesn’t happen that often.

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July 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm

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