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Interview with Violet Skies

21st April 2017 | Music

Whilst a new wave of electro-pop is taking over the music scene, from artists such as Justin Bieber to the Swedish and Nordic offerings of the likes of Tove Lo and Astrid S, one artist can say for sure that she’s been here for the long-haul.

Violet Skies hails from Wales and, simply put, we love her.

Her first single (Islands) from the upcoming EP This Was Us, wet our appetite, ironic considering it’s about the dry dry island sand. The song is about the need to be loved and it’s electrifying.

The follow-up, Burn confirmed her as genuinely one of the most exciting and freshest pop entries this year.

We caught up with Violet Skies to talk about music, her new EP and what’s to come…

Broadcasted exclusively on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Violet Skies

James Gilmore interviews Violet Skies about music, her new EP and what’s to come… (8 minutes)

Review: Jon Bellion at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

7th April 2017 | Music

Leading up to the release of Jon Bellion’s sophomore album (The Human Condition), it could be difficult to imagine how the electronically-fused pop-rap songs could be adapted for a live set.

Well… no need to fear!

Performing to a sold-out crowd at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Bellion brought all of the hits from his first two albums, as well as some surprise remixes as well.

Opening with He Is The Same from The Human Condition, we were introduced to Jon Bellion’s sprawling band (who, we later found out, are his friends from high school) as they performed an energetic, loud set.

Jon Bellion brings an energy to the stage which most artists wish they could have.

All Time Low was the second song of the set, perhaps somewhat disappointingly seeing as this is currently his biggest song. Like most of the songs during the gig, it was ‘remixed’ and re-arranged, although in the case of All Time Low, perhaps not for the best.

Highlights included Overwhelming, New York Soul, Pt. II which saw the band come together for a performance about their roots, and the closing performance of Jim Morrison (a classic Bellion song from 2013… not even on Spotify!) which saw mosh pits form and people FREAK THE $£!& OUT!

During the set, Bellion did his fair share of preaching about how ‘anyone can make it if you try’ (not too dissimilar from that time we went to a Justin Bieber gig) – but, his story is one that truly proves that.

For his first performance in the UK, Jon Bellion smashed it. An energetic, lively set that had everyone won over. If you had any doubt whatsoever: Jon Bellion is going to be massive.

Sundown Festival 2017 Is Coming...

28th March 2017 | Music

Last year’s Sundown Festival was nothing short of legendary, and we’re not just talking about our now infamous game of Quizzee Rascal (for more, click here)

With performances from the likes of Jason Derulo, Years & Years, Jess Glynne, Anne-Marie and Lil Kenny (if you don’t get that joke either, click here) – the whole world wished it was in Norwich come September 2016!

Well, now we have some very exciting news as far as your Summer 2017 plans are concerned…

Our favourite R&B smooth-talker Craig David will be headlining Saturday night whilst Pendulum will be returning to the live stage for Sunday night!

As well as those two massive headliners, there will be performances from the likes of Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Giggs, Wiley, AJ Tracey, RAYE, Tom Grennan, John Newman, Louisa Johnson, Stefflon Don, Youngr and Zak Abel…

and breathe

There’s also dance stages from Rinse, Hospitality, Together and UKF for those who like a slightly louder beat.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 31st March at 10am – click here to find out more

We’ll be there, will you?