Wednesday, 28 May 2014

MTV Soundchain Announce Headliners (QOTSA / Chase & Status / Kasabian)




So the DJ and presenter, Zane Lowe has landed my dream job....again!! The renowned tastemaker is set to host a brand new seven part TV series, Soundchain, featuring live performances and in-depth interviews with some of the biggest and most exciting names in music. Created in partnership with Relentless Energy Drink, the music chat show will premiere on MTV UK’s flagship music channel, MTV Music on Sunday 6th July at 9.30pm, with each 30 minute show focusing on one featured artist.

In a musical landscape where fans rarely gain in-depth, up-close and personal insights into their favourite artists, Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain celebrates today’s most influential music talent through a mixture of captivating interviews, exclusive live performances and videos. While shining a light on today’s most important new musical talent, these shows also provide a fascinating platform for host Zane Lowe to discuss each artist’s influences and the next generation of emerging artists who they’ve inspired.




Each show in the series will focus on a different artist, telling the story of their personal journey from grassroots to global stardom, the key events that shaped their career and the obstacles they have had to overcome and commitment they’ve made to reach the very top of their game. As well as the inspirations behind their craft and success, each artist will also discuss the next wave of emerging acts who are keeping them passionate about new music, providing a fascinating insight into the musical heroes of the future.

Underpinning the breadth and diversity of musical genres featured on Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain, the artists confirmed to appear range from across the spectrum of rock, hip-hop and dance. Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran will be performing three brand new songs from his eagerly anticipated forthcoming album ‘x’. Platinum selling Glastonbury headliners Kasabian and electronic dance duo Chase & Status will also be performing live and discussing their musical inspirations past, present and future with Zane. The line-up for the seven-part series is completed by Queens of the Stone Age, legendary rapper Nas, singer songwriter and BRIT nominee, Jake Bugg and Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro. Shows will be filmed in unique studio settings around the world including Los Angeles, London, Slovenia and New York.

As part of his interview, Ed Sheeran reveals:

“In primary school I had Slipknot records and Limp Bizkit, Soil, Tool, I was like a Proper ‘Kerrang!’ Kid. As soon as I got to secondary school my record collection started off with Guns n' Roses and then I bought ‘Justified’ in 2002 and everyone thought I was bit odd for that. All the girls loved Timberlake but if you’re a guy and someone’s just come out of *NSYNC when you’re 11…”

No-one on the UK music scene better encapsulates the genres, styles and musical excitement showcased by Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain than the UK’s number 1 tastemaker and international new music champion Zane Lowe, who has been an intrinsic part of the UK music scene over the past decade. Zane’s passion and credibility as a music broadcaster, DJ and record producer will ensure an openness and honesty with his guests that very few other broadcasters can reach.

Zane Lowe comments;

“I’m excited! This is the type of TV show I’ve wanted to do for a really long time. We’re attempting to re-create some of the amazing journeys that these artists have been on, as they tell us about the people, the records and the experiences that have brought them to where they are today. We are going to travel the world looking for the best stories from some of the best musicians around, who will also be giving us some incredible live performances.”

For more information, visit
MTV.co.uk/soundchain
www.relentlessenergy.com

As well as tuning in to Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain on MTV Music, viewers will also be able to interact with the #Soundchain experience via  MTV and Relentless social media channels, including ‘tweet to win’ prizes: -

Facebook.com/mtvuk
Twitter.com/mtvmusicuk
Twitter.com/mtvuk
Instagram.com/mtvuk
Twitter.com/relentlessdrink
Facebook.com/RelentlessEnergy

Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain airs on MTV Music on 6th July at 9.30pm followed by MTV Rocks on 7th July and MTV Live on the 9th July.
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Monday, 26 May 2014

Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat Review


Moddershall Oaks is an awarding winning hotel, spa and restaurant just 2 hours 45 minutes drive from my house in Weybridge. This spa review couldn't have come at a better time with my partner and I both feeling particularly drained with work stress and the everyday anxieties of twenty somethings in 2014.

This was the first lengthy car journey that my boyfriend and I haven’t fallen out with each-other… for a long time. The usual order of events is that I ask if he’s planned the route before we leave, he says yes, then during the journey it turns out he hasn’t. I am then expected to be able to map read! (I know! Ridiculous!) This also tends to lead on to my frustrated ‘Why don’t you have a Sat-Nav?’ rant. So I suppose this means that Moddershall Oaks is relatively straightforward to get to from our home in Surrey. It’s a pretty nice journey too, with plenty of reminders of the UK’s stunning countryside. A few hundred metres from the destination you pass a pub (The Boar Inn), so charming it looks like its been cut out of a postcard or from the set of a film like ‘The Holiday’. Opposite a pond and surrounded by quacking Mallard ducks it served as a great reminder of how far we were from the
stress of the city.


Soon after we greeted by the Moddershall Oaks signs and we traverse down a bumpy pot hole ridden mud hill flanked by building paraphernalia. I have to admit I started to worry that it wasn’t going to be the picturesque retreat I’d hoped for. Once we got to the bottom and drove into the resort I felt comforted. Situated down a valley you feel wonderfully cut off from the outside world and it’s accompanying hassles (and noise).





The Room

As we headed to the reception we passed the reason for the slightly rough and ready aesthetic of the approach to the resort. They are in the process of building an outdoor spa area complete with spa deli, which I believe will be a spectacular addition to their existing facilities. There was further disruption in terms of getting to the reception because of the building work, but everything was signed so it was no problem at all (apart from when it was raining). The young staff on reception greeted us with lovely big smiles and were extremely helpful…something which would continue throughout our stay. I’m used to someone helping to carry luggage to our room, but it didn’t matter that this wasn’t offered, to be honest it made it feel more like we were in a temporary home rather than at a hotel.
Our room had a definite wow factor with a massive four poster bed, gorgeous Moroccan style lamps, and a gleaming wooden floor. The bathroom had a shower which was so glorious you’d end up basking for an amount of time that would aggravate your waiting partner. Like the shower, the jacuzzi bath was accessorised by some lovely Elemis products. There is a phone situated by the toilet  - I guess it has its uses, but I personally wouldn’t want to call anyone while sitting on the loo!

When I do reviews I almost want something to go wrong so I can see how well the staff deal with any issues. In our zombified post spa state we wanted to flake out on our massive bed and watch some TV. At this point a cable error was showing on our TV. During a brief moment of panic my fella confused me with someone with technological knowhow….once he pulled himself together he realised a call to reception was the best move. Within a few seconds a lady was in our room seeing what she could do to rectify the problem. A quick trip upstairs to reboot our system and our trashy TV session was ready to commence. That’s what I call efficient!



The shared hot-tub was situated outside our room. My partner is someone who likes to chat to people (EVERYONE) when we are on our breaks. I’m someone that likes to keep to myself and zone out. So our views on the communal nature of the hot-tub were different. We did agree however that it was a little awkward when people were in the hot tub when we were relaxing in our room. It meant we had to shut the curtains so we maintained our privacy - particularly as my partner likes to strut around scantily clad a lot of the time!


The Good

Clean and well appointed.

The most amazing bed I have slept in.

Elemis products.

Fantastic bath and shower.

Magazines in the lounge area

Great plasma TV

The high tech do not distrub lit button




The Bad

Would have been nice to have some basic refreshments and snacks in the room (that said there are some drinks at the end of the corridor, where the retreat trusts you to donate the fee).




No shower cap

My biggest hotel/spa pet peeve - the hairdryers that are attached to the wall with the button you have to press when you use. I have weak fingers!

Shared hot-tub outside our room (some sort of shield round the hot tub would be beneficial).




Lunch

It was a gloriously warm day so we sat outside of the restaurant looking out on the view of the beautiful lake and its surrounding Spring foliage. To attract the waiters attention you have to ring a buzzer at the bar, which lacks a bit of sophistication, and seems strange considering that the amount of guests at the retreat is so small. I presume that it is because staff have multiple roles and jobs that need to be done elsewhere at the resort. It would feel somewhat more professional if there was someone always on the bar - but I can see why they do it like this ( it would be a very slow work day for someone). For me there was a great selection of yummy lunch options. My partner, who is on a major health kick at the moment, was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more salad and light options. This was quickly forgotten once his healthy smoothie arrived and he tucked into his Salmon and potatoes meal. He’s never been so quiet….so thank you! My duck salad was incredible. I could have had it three times over, but I guess that isn’t in keeping within the ethos of a health improving spa break. Our lunch definitely made us incredibly excited for our dinner in the restaurant later that day.

The Good

The stunning view of the lake.
The food was faultless.
The relaxed feel.

The Bad

Lack of small dishes and salad options.
The ring the buzzer system. Before we realised we sat for a while outside without any service.

The Treatment

We were both booked in for a neck, shoulder and back massage. In recent months my partner has become accustomed to regular shoulder massages and back scratches. It used to be a treat for for when he’d had a stressful day, but now most days he requests/begs with puppy eyes and droopy bottom lip. I was just extremely grateful to simply have a day off from my usual pampering duties. To get a treat of my own was a very welcome bonus.
I couldn’t wait to completely zone out and most probably snooze during my treatment. I should have known when I invited my partner along that relaxation time was going to be limited. I was just starting to drift when I heard the wall shaking sound of a laugh much like Lou Carpenter’s from Neighbours - you can guess who it was. This continued throughout what would otherwise have been a blissful 25 minutes. I’d say that the spa area needed to invest in thicker walls, but lets face it, I just need to think more carefully about who I invite with me on relaxing getaways! I also had to stifle a giggle when the M&S advert music came on. Lying down covered in aromatic oils and being rubbed, I couldn't help but feel like a joint of meat being marinated. An extremely content bit of meat though!

The Good

The massage itself - enough pressure that you feel it is doing some good, but not too hard that it isn’t relaxing.

Punctual start time.

Lovely Elemis products.

The therapist put you at complete ease.

The Bad

I prefer treatment rooms not to have windows. It can be distracting seeing the outside world.

The waiting area, the stairs and area leading to treatment area could be a bit prettier - feels a bit office-like.



The Spa

Compact but perfectly formed. I made myself at home in the hydrotherapy pool while my partner poached himself in the steam room. I’m a bit prone to lightheadedness so tend to avoid steam/sauna rooms, but I was assured by the sweaty red figure that emerged that it was a winner. To try and return to his normal hue he then went under the experience shower, which although a bit of a shock to the system, gave him a much needed shot of energy.
Within the pool there is a slope that you can lie on, which I did so while looking up at the lights which twinkle like stars - quite therapeutic. Afterwards I got back in my snuggly dressing gown and relaxed on the heated tile lounger and drifted off to dreamworld. The spa definitely did the trick!

Dinner

The vibe of the dining room was a bit different come evening time, less towelling dress gowns, more smart casual and glowing faces. Despite being in the same room as lunch, dinner felt more of an occasion as we were escorted to our seats for some pre dinner drinks. Looking out on the lake as the sun went down while we were sipping in our drinks was bliss and having the company of a nosey signet was a nice addition. The menu was full of so many to die for dishes we were undecided for an embarrassingly long time. We turned to our waiter for help, and he informed us of his favourites from the menu. He seemed very confident and knowledgeable about the dishes so we were happy to go with his recommendations, while trying desperately to avoid dribbling at the prospect. It’s amazing how doing nothing taxing can build an appetite!
So after a few more minutes of enjoying our view and our new feathered friend we were escorted to our table.
When our starters arrived we were first struck by the presentation and beautiful colours. This is when our two part harmony of oohs and ahhs began. We were in ecstasy from here on in. Although content with our own choices we did’t want to miss out on further delight so both sampled each others choices along the way. It was immediately clear why the restaurant had received so many awards over the years. The way the servers dealt with us, wearing their white gloves and addressing us like sophisticated adults made the whole evening feel like an absolute treat.
We were full to the brim after our delicious main courses but when a dish called Chocolate Rehab features on a menu, you needn’t ask if I have room for dessert. It is happening. Of course Simon said he was full, which as usual, meant he would be stealing from my dish. I didn’t make it easy for him though!

 Piri piri marinated chicken fillets, sweet potato wedges, mango salsa
 Blow torched Scottish scallops, pea veloute, pancetta crisp, pea shoots, crème fraiche
Lemon Sorbet
 Pancetta wrapped pork fillet, crispy roast belly pork, sweet braised carrot, spring greens,boulangère potatoes, Perry gravy, warm apple gel
 Char grilled dry aged sirloin, slow cooked steak & ale pie, béarnaise sauce,charred asparagus, gratin potato, red wine jus
  Chocolate Rehab; soft chocolate fudge cake, fresh vanilla custard, white chocolate panna cotta

The Good

The best table service I have had in a long time

The food in general - outstanding!


The Bad

If I had to pick a low point from the food it was the White Chocolate Pannacota ( a tad bland)

The Menu design. I think they are doing the quality of the service and food a dis- service with the rather casual,budget feel coated cardboard menus. I’d like to see it in an embossed leather book, or on high quality parchment. A silly detail I know, but these things completely change your perception.

We heard the same CD three times over. Luckily I like Kodaline.

That I can’t have the chef cook for me every day…..

That my stomach isn’t bigger….

To sum up….

I hope that when the Moddershall Oaks staff read this they will know that any negatives written here are just minor details/potential changes that would make a stay perfect. Even though we attended the retreat during a slight time of disarray we still had a wonderful time and we can’t wait to return once the new facilities have opened. As well as making use of the new outside areas I would want to make use of the various opportunities for fitness next time (the tennis courts and the nature trails). Although my partner made use of the rather swanky looking wood-panelled gym this time round, I decided that anything that required effort was firmly off the agenda. When/if I get engaged I will also be dropping subtle hen do hints about the retreat’s Snug -  perfect for girlies looking for an allover makeover session accompanied by an alcoholic bevarage or two. There are only ten rooms at the retreat, so if you are a social bunny you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the other guests (via the hot-tub or spa area). But, if like me, you like to keep to yourself this is attainable too.
This is an ideal tranquil destination for groups, couples, and mums and daughters, and nothing is too much trouble for the friendly and attentive staff. It truly feels like an escape from real life...so much so that people will have trouble contacting you on the phone. If you are someone that needs to keep in regular contact with the normal world you should be made aware of the lack of signal at Moddershall. I was actually pleased to have the excuse to be aloof for a couple of days though.

Thank you to all the staff... and see you soon hopefully!

Check out the website to see what else the retreat has to offer and to find out what package suits your desires. 


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Friday, 23 May 2014

Hawsmoor Sevel Dials - Review


Last Friday I took Simon out for dinner for his 30th Birthday... I thought I'd let him review the night....

Tonight, my girlfriend surprises me on a pre-birthday meal in town, and I'm pretty stoked when I see I'm being taken out for a steak at Hawksmoor, even more so as it's a first time at this restaurant.

First impressions? As soon as you step in to the restaurant, you are immediately greeted by warm, polite and friendly staff. The decor is what you would expect from a high end steak restaurant; Copious amounts of wood flooring, modern but traditional stylings from the tables, to the bar area, to the brick curved ceilings and black painted metal fastenings. I really like how they have kept a lot of the original features of the old Watney-Combe brewery as it really blends well with the atmosphere of the restaurant. Looking over at what people are eating, I get excited about what the menu has to offer.

First up, we get drinks. Soph get's the Green Apple and Mint Sizzler, and I get the Classic Old Fashioned. The house bourbon is Wild Turkey, which is the one used in my Old Fashioned and it goes down a right treat with the fresh orange rind. The sizzler is zesty and refreshing with the taste of green apple coming really coming through.

On to the Steaks. It's nice to see a lot of choice on the boards and on the menu, and if you're a proper steak guru, you would probably appreciate the vast amount of choice given in this restaurant, but I stick to the individual pre-selected choices on the menu, and go for the 300g Rib Eye. Definitely getting my fair share of beef with this beauty! The waitress recommends sharing the sides, as they apparently quite generous in the servings. There's 3 of us, so we get the Triple Cooked Chunky Chips, Baked Sweet Potato, Creamed Spinach and the Herb Garden Salad. It also has to be said at this point, it was apparent that our waitress, Louise seemed very helpful and informative, without being forceful or annoying. So far, no criticism whatsoever.


Food comes out within 20 or so minutes from ordering which was pretty impressive considering it was peak time on a Friday night, and all signs showing that it was getting busier by the second. SO, it looks amazing, and on first bite you know it's first grade beef as it melts in your mouth. The next 10-15 minutes, I'm literally in beef heaven. I know it may seem exaggerated, but this is probably one of the best steaks I've ever had. Not just the meat, the sides are equally enjoyable. The triple cooked chips, are soft inside and crunchy on the outside, the baked sweet potato with the sweet taste of maple on the skin, creamed spinach seasoned well and creamier than you would expect, and the mint/parsley garden salad is refreshing and compliments the richness very well. Also, we managed to get the perfect amount of food. If I had gone for a starter, I would have probably felt pretty horrendous at this point.

Slightly off topic, but earlier in the evening I ask my girlfriend if she has any unexpected surprises up her sleeve as I'm nooooo a fan of them. She and mum assure me, there aren't any and told me not to worry and to enjoy the evening. I trust them. So after my thoroughly enjoyable main meal, this happens...


Despite having to endure 30 seconds of birthday humiliation in front of the whole restaurant, and a breakout of nervous forehead perspiration, I am blown away by this insane cake! The biggest bacon cheeseburger cake I've ever seen which get's everyone looking around to see what it actually is. I notice some people actually looking over and asking the waiters what it is I'm having! Brilliant. We put this aside, and ask for the desserts. Out comes the salted caramel tart, and it's a rich and heavenly as you can probably imagine.


After tucking into this little bit of heaven, I am definitely on the verge of exploding. I ended up having to share this out as I pussied out, a third into the dessert and had to get everyone else to help.
On the whole, this was probably one of the best steak restaurants I've ever been to, insanely good actually. However, you wouldn't really expect anything less when your faced with the hefty bill at the end but worth every penny based on the food/service/atmosphere and the location of the restaurant. It's the kind of place you wanna go to on rare occasions, to really treat yourself or someone else when you can, so you can really appreciate it. A great night. A big shout out to Lucy Hand @Handmadecakes for the incredible burger cake!
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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Malibu X Eliza Doolittle - BESTSUMMEREVER


Readers of my blog will have probably gathered that I don't drink - for various health reasons. That said, when summer arrives I do lament about those heady alcoholic days. There's nothing like a refreshing shandy, cocktail or Malibu and coke on a sunny day...I digress. So my old partner in party crime, Malibu, have some news.....

Summer 2014 sees Malibu, the coconut-flavoured rum, launching ‘The Best Summer Ever Project’ inspiring and inviting others to create a summer they’ll never, ever forget.

Sharing the true spirit of summer, everyone’s invited to join The Best Summer Ever Project via the competition hub www.MalibuBestSummerEver.co.uk. To ensure that everyone is in with the chance to make this summer the most memorable ever, prizes can be won all summer long including Ibiza Rocks holidays, UK festival tickets, The O2 concert tickets, Vevo gig tickets, Spotify Premium subscriptions, Funkin Piña Colada cocktail kits, Slug & Lettuce bar tabs and heaps of Malibu goodies!

Kicking off the campaign Malibu have teamed up with  Eliza Doolittle to create a film that talks about her best summer ever and what she plans to check off this year from her ultimate summer wish list.







Eliza invites Malibu into her gorgeous home for this exclusive fly on the wall film as she chats away to MTV presenter Lilah Parsons and best pals Jessica Napier and Violetta Thalia. Sipping on Pina Colada’s they discuss Ibiza memories, their summer playlists, past summer romances gone wrong and road trips.

Malibu will be following Eliza throughout the summer as she goes about making sure this is the Best Summer Ever.

Eliza says; “Malibu always reminds me of summer.  Summer is my season - I love it.  All the sunshine and good vibes - gets me in the zone!”

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ADIDAS ORGINALS X RITA ORA

 
I feel like Rita is everywhere at the moment. Every morning, when I go through my ritual of  checking the Daily Mail Online (against my better judgement) there is an article about her latest daring fashion choice. Okay, so she doesn't always find herself in the best dressed list, but there is no doubt she has fun with her fashion and is definitely a clothes horse people watch with antisicpation.
It is not surprising to me that Adidas has chosen her for their latest exciting collaboration.  We won't just get one take on the killer combo, we will have 3 seasons of rebelious offerings. 

Rita says: "The collaboration came about through mutual love and appreciation. I have always been a fan of adidas Originals and respect what they stand for in their fearlessness and originality. I worked very closely with adidas Originals to put a personal touch in every piece with connections to my music, my career and my life. I’m really proud of the collection and beyond excited for my fans to get their hands on it!"

For FW14, expect heritage classics carved up, recut and emblazoned in bold graphics and vibrant colours, brought to life by the hottest name in music at the moment. I need to get my grubby mits on the above jacket - I'm obsessed!

www.adidas.com/RitaOra 
#unstoppable




 
Of the collaboration, Ora says:
"The collaboration came about through mutual love and appreciation. I have always been a fan of adidas Originals and respect what they stand for in their fearlessness and originality. I worked very closely with adidas Originals to put a personal touch in every piece with connections to my music, my career and my life. I’m really proud of the collection and beyond excited for my fans to get their hands on it!"


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Drop Dead Clothing X Itchy and Scratchy


Sheffield's premier casual wear brand Drop Dead announces the launch of their latest fun collaboration, The Itchy & Scratchy Show Collection.  Inspired by the brand’s original Kitty Mascot logo and years of watching The Simpsons, Drop Dead has developed a collection featuring the iconic characters Itchy & Scratchy. The Simpsons inspired capsule collection uses a mix of classic Itchy & Scratchy illustrations, alongside Drop Dead’s eye for detail, unique fits, prints and washes.  From hoodies and t-shirts to leggings and a holdall, this range has everyone covered. I personally have my eye on the grey sweater top right...it's definitely love. 


Growing up watching The Simpsons, working together on this project was a no brainer,” says Oli Sykes, founder of Drop Dead. “The dark humour in Itchy & Scratchy can already be seen in Drop Dead designs past and present.
The Drop Dead X Itchy & Scratchy Collection is available exclusively on the 31st of May in-store in London at Drop Dead, 8 Kingly St, Soho, W1B 5PQ. The collection will be also be available online at www.dropdead.co from Monday 2nd June and in-store in Sheffield at Drop Dead, 4A Rutland Way, S3 8DG. *dates subject to change, check blog for details.

Sadly I won't be able to attend the press preview on the 30th as I will be watching Katy Perry at the O2... I know, poor me!!

I reckon this is going to sell out fast so make sure you keep your diary free to either head down to the stores or log on to the website!

Can't wait to see what collaboration they'll come up with next! 
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Monday, 19 May 2014

Here To Be Heard Blogger / DJ / Band / Photographer - A ‘money can’t buy’ opportunity



Relentless Energy Drink is on the lookout for talented creatives - Bloggers, DJs, Bands, and Photographers - that have the energy, commitment and passion to Be Relentless.

Here To Be Heard – the ultimate and unrivalled ‘money can’t buy’ opportunity, offers anyone the chance to showcase their talent. If you are relentless at what you do, this could become your once in a lifetime moment. 
Are you a talented BLOGGER? You could win the chance to be the official Relentless Energy Drink writer and event blogger for the whole year!
Ever wanted to show a huge crowd your DJ skills? Win the chance to open the Relentless Stage at Leeds Festival, on the Saturday night line-up with Zane Lowe.
In a BAND that needs that extra ‘push’ and exposure to get out there? Be in with the chance to play a set at Relentless LIVE – an all star London gig with headliners including Zane Lowe and many others still to be announced.
Or are you a budding PHOTOGRAPHER? Win the chance to have your own photo gallery on NME.com and a display of your work at venue, Relentless @No.5.
Relentless ambassador and world renowned DJ Zane Lowe will act as our program figurehead, offering some great tips and advice on how to impress the judges on the ‘Here to be Heard’ journey. Winners will be chosen by a judging panel consisting of industry experts:

Matt Wilkinson – NME’s new music section Editor for Radar
Dean Chalkley – a photographer responsible for some of the world’s most iconic album artwork
Jon Mclldowie – Head music booker for Reading and Leeds Festivals
Sam Grant - Head of Relentless Energy Brand Marketing

The Relentless judges will be looking for music enthusiasts that have the right drive and upmost passion to get their style known above the rest. 

Visit www.relentlessenergy.com/HTBH for further information and to enter. Be Here to be Heard.
Notes to Editors
          Email the following in as a formal submission:
         Personal details
         60 second video submission that will answer 3-5 pre-determined questions. This piece will give us rich consumer generated content for use in our content and will allow us to see how they perform on camera
         Pillar based submission:
          Blogger – written review of a gig they have been to in the past
          DJ – 10 minute mix – uploaded to their personal Mixcloud / Soundcloud and sending us a link
          Band – 1 song that best shows off their sound and skills
          Photographer – ‘one shot’ that they have taken that captures the passion, commitment and emotion of a gig
·         To qualify for this competition you must own or control 100% of the master rights and the publishing rights to the songs you perform / submit.
·         If you are under contract with a label or are performing someone else's songs then you don't qualify.
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Red Bull Studios X Download - Interview with Vanity Draws


KERRIE:
Potted history of the band...

Formed in late 2010 by a group of mates influenced by the current state of metal were eager to crack the music scene and make their own mark. 
Changes of band members resulted in the current line up since 2012. We released our debut ep 'I Witness' on the 28th January 2014 and a video for the single release 'Greed' on March 31st 2014. Shared the stage with Silent Screams, Malevolence, Heights, Polar, No Consequence and more. Now focusing on booking gigs and touring as much as possible to spread the word.

Mission statement of the band?

We want to continue playing to new audiences and with bands who inspire us. Also we focus our aim to create music for fans that is unique and refreshing.

Dream collaboration?

Matty Mullins, Memphis May Fire vocalist 

Stage you’d most like to play?

KoKo, Camden

Recently played on your iPods? 

Northlane - Dispossession

Song that changed your life or made you want to go into music…

Nirvana - Aneurysm. Such a raw powerful song that completely changed my perspective on what music can potentially be! 

Favourite lyric (by another artist)?

Wake up from the nightmare and become the dream - Northlane. 

Best lyric from one your songs?

My time has come to fall and it’s by the hand of someone I once knew

Who would you most like to tour with and why?

Sworn In, a band that have created music like no other I can think of.

Most likely headline to accompany a story about your band

Cutting silence with a hammer...

Least likely headline……

Band decide jazz funk is their calling

Sum up your sound in one sentence…

Melodic guitars layered over bouncy breakdowns create an upbeat movement inducing sound accompanied with catchy choruses.

An interesting fact about you….

Broke my nose running into a lamppost once

Dream rider requests….

Bowls full of bubblegum and cinnamon jelly beans, a simple but beautiful dream

If we play Download we will (finish the sentence)

Prove that we can put on a professional and entertaining show that people will remember and want to come back a see again !

LUKE:

Dream collaboration? 

Periphery would be amazing, i have massive respect for them and they have had a big influence on my style.

Stage you’d most like to play? 

It would have been awesome to play the Astoria is London before it got shut down, I saw a lot of my favourite bands there otherwise it would have to be the 02 arena.

Recently played on your iPod? 

Souvenirs - Novalists. My favourite song at the moment, huge sound with some equally big vocal lines and guitar melodys.

Song that changed your life or made you want to go into music… 

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication was the first song I ever learnt on guitar, a friend of mine taught me a few chords and once I had that down i decided to give it a try, it was fun to play and quick to learn. I progressed from there, playing Red Hot Chili Peppers and then tried more heavier music like Linkin Park (Hybrid Theory Album) and Korn.

Favourite lyric (by another artist)? 

A Day To Remember - "Disrespect you surroundings!" Good song, good times, good memories.

Best lyric from one your songs? 
"We won't retreat, we won't taste defeat" - Purgatory. This is one of my favourite lines as its gang vocals. and recordng and performng it live makes me feel proud of what we have achieved, as we all chant it together. It gives a feeling of unison and that we are all in this together.

Who would you most like to tour with and why?
I would really like to tour with While She Sleeps, they are another band that has had influence in my music and seeing them live they know how to get the crowd going and have fun, and to have that kind of experience would be fantastic.

An interesting fact about each member
I have 13 guitar hero controllers, one of them is a full sized BC Rich Warbeast guitar controller and all the games that were released on playstation as well as drums and mics........ i really liked guitar hero.


FRAZER:

Dream collaboration...
Roughton reynolds. 

Stage id most like to play...
Koko camden. 

Recently played song on my iPod...
Playma, Crackdown. 

Songs that changed your life and made you want to get into Music....
Brian Eno (An ending). 

Best lyric by another artist...
You point the finger but the failure is your own, you bite the hand that fucking feeds you !!!!!! 

Best lyric from one of your songs 

This war with yourself is taken control, and the air that im breathing is taking its toll

iwould love to tour with enter shikari as they seem like a good bunch of guys and share the same passion we do....MUSIC

I like to have candles lit whilst I sleep
RYAN:

Dream collaboration: SCROUBIOUS PIP 

Stage I'd most like to play..
Brixton academy 

Last playes on the iPod..
Emerald Blue - For The Fallen Dreams

Song that got me in to heavy music...
Hells Bells: ACDC

Song that changed my life...
Everlong - Foo Fighters 

Favorite lyric..
Zak Brown Band - "the bar tender told me it was time to go, I told him that he could lick my sack"

Dream tour...
I would love to tour with Parkway Drive because they have been instrumental in getting in to heavy music since an early age

Interesting fact: I sell houses and I have webbed toes

CHARLES:

Dream collaboration?
Intervals, loving their new take on the progressive scene so it would be a dream to work with such talented musicians! 

Stage you'd most like to play?
Definitely London Koko!! Beautiful venue, big sound! 

Recently played on iPod? 
Shades Of Black - Face of the skies. Loving the Arabic feel of this guys music at the moment!

Favourite lyric?
Sworn in - hypocrisy. "The sympathy symphony never seems to end" 

Most like to tour with..
Betraying the Martyrs, serious love for their music right now!!

An interesting fact about you...

My nipples face inwards and only come out when it's cold...

Dream rider...
200 bananas so I can build a fort around luke whilst he sleeps (he really really doesn't like bananas!!)

ELLIOT:

Dream collaboration?
After the burial

Stage you’d most like to play?
Koko in camden or 02 islington main stage

Recently played on your iPods?
Heart of a coward - Monstro

Song that changed your life or made you want to go into music…
As blood runs black - my fears have become phobias

Favourite lyric (by another artist)?
Northane - Genesis "I can be the dreamer I can, I am"

Best lyric from one your songs?
Its like a swarm of vultures have come to collect the pickings from the dead.

Who would you most like to tour with and why?

Northlane

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Red Bull Studios X Download - Interview with They Say Fall


Potted history of the band…

We started out as our current line-up in early 2011, and for the last three years we've travelled across the UK, relentlessly shifting between playing shows wherever and whenever we can, and locking ourselves away for days on end, working tirelessly on new songs and ideas. Along the way we've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with bands we've idolised and aspired to be like, and to meet and perform with them is something we're going to be eternally grateful for.

Mission statement of the band?

To prove that variety and versatility shouldn't be frowned upon, and passion for music is universal. 

Dream collaboration?

Finch, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Norma Jean. We're greedy and we'd want to collaborate with all three!

Stage you’d most like to play?

The Main Stage at Download. Looking out at the tens of thousands of people gathered would be something truly unforgettable. 

Recently played on your iPods?

Norma Jean's 'Wrongdoers', Curtis Stigers self titled album, and Panic! At The Disco's 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'. All three are impeccable records without flaw, and we'd highly recommend them to everyone reading this!

Song that changed your life or made you want to go into music…

Kehn : Fall Out Boy - 'Sugar We're Going Down'
Kyle:  Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Dani California'
Brad: Slipknot - 'Wait And Bleed'
Joe: Blink-182 - 'Feeling This'
Tom: System of a Down - 'Chop Suey!'

Favorite lyric (by another artist)?

"All this eighties indie sounds like shit to me...'Cos I don't like Joy Division. I don't like Morrissey or their new Impersonators, Kings of MTV, suckling at the teat of the fucking enemy." - Reuben, 'Crushed Under The Weight Of Enormous Bullshit'

Best lyric from one your songs? 

"And so my path unfolds, and I am defeated, livid with desire, the process has completed. Eyes sunken blots, it happens tragically, lost to a discordant melody. Don't want to freeze in time, but the clock has stopped, I claw at the face, that my mind has forgot. Writhing from the floor, to a contorted stance, I am become death, no longer a man." - A Satire For The World

Who would you most like to tour with and why?

Firstly, the recently reformed Finch. We're big fans of the band and we feel that musically we'd appeal to their audience, and it'd be a great honour to support them. Secondly, Fearless Vampire Killers. They're band that started out similarly to us, and they've worked hard from the ground up to achieve their current level of ever growing success. They've got a dedicated fanbase, and it stems from the fact they're all passionate, humble people who appreciate everything that comes their way. It's incredibly reassuring to see good people enjoy success.

Most likely headline to accompany a story about your band...

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Rock Band Lose Drummer In Horrific Car Accident. Cause Being Treated As "Suspicious" Say Investigators

Least likely headline……

BELIEVE IN MIRACLES: Rock Band's Drummer Wins Spanish Grand Prix. No One Injured.

Sum up your sound in one sentence…

Like laying back in a deck chair, immersed in the explosion of an atom bomb, whilst enjoying the refreshing, crisp taste of a Coors Light.

An interesting fact about each member….

Kehn: Knows the 'Pokérap' word for word, which enables him to recite all 151 original Pokémon.
Brad: Can list every country in the world in just over two minutes.
Kyle: Nails Scotty 2 Hotties 'The Worm' flawlessly.
Joe: Can pull off an uncanny Tyrannosaurus Rex/Raptor impression, walk and all.
Tom: Never misses an episode of his favourite show 'Murder, She Wrote'.

Dream rider requests….

Just like Ozzy Osbourne in 'Wayne's World 2', we'd ask for "A thousand brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass."

If we play Download we will (finish the sentence)


If we play Download we will not only feel incredibly privileged at being able to list it at the top of our current achievements as a band, we'll also know that together we can truly achieve any goal that we work for. 

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