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Peter Crouch – the DJ :)

Posted in indie, News, rock n roll, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Peter Crouch will be taking over the weeknight Radio X Evening Show between 7pm and 10pm from Monday 24 July for a fortnight. He will also host the listeners’ Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm while regular host Gordon Smart is on holiday.

Crouch told the station’s official website: “I love Radio X and the music the station plays so I’m excited about being in the hot seat. I have a few stories I’m looking forward to sharing, and some visitors I’m looking forward to welcoming to the studio. All will be revealed next week.”

Virgin Radio is back on air

Posted in Classic albums, hard rock, indie, News, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , on April 5, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I was a regular listener to Virgin Radio when it first launched back in 1993 as it played a wider range of music and a lot of indie rock. Back then the choice of radio stations was still very limited, not like the overwhelming choice of digital and online radio stations we have now.

It was taken over by new owners and re-branded as Absolute Radio. Since then I have not been a big fan of that station, you can set your watch on the time of day a song would be played each day.

So I was surprised to see Virgin Radio back and part of the revamped group of radio stations owned by the Wireless Group (Talk Sport/Talk Radio). The demographic they are aiming for is 25-44 year olds and it has already been dubbed Radio 1 1/2 as it aims to sit between Radio 1 and Radio 2’s audience. It is online and digital only, no MW or FM presence this time around.

You can see the playlist below, a mix of indie and mainstream rock, plus some more dance/beat orientated tunes. The Stereophonics still make the playlist – a staple of the original Virgin Radio:

http://virginradio.co.uk/highlights/playing-now-check-out-virgin-radio-playlist-1603251950

I will give it a listen and be nice to alternate between this and online rock radio stations for a bit of musical variety.

Shiiine On Weekender 2016

Posted in festivals, gigs, indie, Music for 2016, News, pop with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Echo & The Bunnymen, Shed Seven, Cast, Black Grape, The Wonder Stuff, The Bluetones, Paul Hartnoll (Orbital) & many more announced for Shiiine On Weekender 2016

11 – 14 Nov 2016 – Butlin’s, Minehead Arena

“Shiiine On as a festival didn’t just try to meet expectations but went above and beyond to deliver in all categories: from the artists booked, the great sound and stage systems to the restaurants, site and security staff. Each and every one of you is a rock star and we thank you all. Glastonbury pfft you can keep it.”  – Louder Than War

Following the sell-out success of the 2015 Shiiine On Weekender, the festival which showcases the best of indie and dance music, alongside some of the best up and coming new bands, returns in 2016 with another stellar line up.

The 2016 edition sees Echo & The Bunnymen, Shed Seven, Cast, Black Grape and The Bluetones play the event for the first time whilst one of the stand out performers from last year, The Wonder Stuff, triumphantly return. The main stage also sees performances from very special guests House of Love with further announcements to come over the next few months.

The dance stage once again hosts some mouth-watering acts. Paul Hartnoll will be closing the event, playing a 90-minute set of new material and Orbital classics. Paul will be joined by Utah Saints and the main man himself Eddy Temple Morris. Bentley Rhythm Ace make a live return on the Saturday joined by DJ sets from Will White (Propellerheads) and King of the beats Cut la Roc.

Other acts announced include Echobelly, Marion, The Frank & Walters, CUD, Thousand Yard Stare, Space Monkeys, Credit to the Nation, Great Scott, Symphonica featuring DJ Switch, The Railway Children , The Sex Pissed Dolls, The Clone Roses, The Smyths, Oasis UK and S*M*A*S*H.  New bands confirmed include Deja Vega and Psyence and the amazing UKE2 who wowed the crowd last year with their Ukulele based interludes.

Exhibitions and Pool Parties are to be announced in due course too with a lot to live up to following the now legendary Bez’s Pool Party and Pete McKee’s Thud Crackle Pop exhibition. Tickets at early bird prices are on the verge of selling out and with the latest line up announcements a sell-out is expected.

There are two warm up events in Liverpool and London at the start of March 2016 showcasing a number of the bands that played last year including The Winachi Tribe, Tram Beat and Deja Vega.

Festival tickets can be purchased HERE

Visit the Shiiine On Weekender on Twitter

Music for 2016: MOUNTAIN JAM

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, Modern rock, Music for 2016, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 15, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Another band that followed me on Twitter and following back was invited, nay challenged, to given them a listen. Mountain Jam hail from Hinckley and Tamworth and are named after a classic Allman Brothers Band song. This song reminds a of the Stone Roses and Oasis (in the guitar sound), with a definite nod to the psychedelic sounds of the late 60’s. Have a listen well worth it!