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Calvin & Friends : Top 5 Collaborations

As Dumfries-born DJ, Calvin Harris prepares to bring “Outside” to Bellahouston Park’s “Summer Sessions” this weekend, we look back at some of the biggest and BEST collaborations of his career, to date.

5. “Dance Wiv Me” (With Dizzee Rascal)

Calvin Harris lent his vocals to Dizzee Rascal’s 2008 single; the track features on both Dizzee’s fourth LP, “Tongue ‘n’ Cheek” and Harris’ second LP, “Ready For The Weekend”. “Dance Wiv Me” scored the duo a UK number one single in June 2008, where it stayed for four consecutive weeks.

4.”Blame” (With John Newman)

John Newman joined Calvin Harris on this 2014 single, which gave Harris his seventh number one single last September. Newman is providing support at Bellahouston Park this weekend.

3. “Sweet Nothing” (With Florence Welch)

Florence Welch traded her machine for the Dumfries-born DJ in 2012 when she sang on this track; Harris had previously remixed Florence + The Machine’s, “Spectrum”. “Sweet Nothing” was the fifth single from Harris’ third LP, “18 Months” and scored the pair a UK number one single.

2. “I Need Your Love” (With Ellie Goulding)

Gal-pal, Ellie Goulding teamed up with Calvin Harris in 2013 with this smash-hit single. The accompanying video depicts Harris and Goulding as a lovey-dovey couple on holiday in Miami; it went to number one in The US Hot Dance Club Chart. With Goulding supporting Harris this weekend at Summer Sessions, it’s safe to assume that this track could be on the setlist!

1. “We Found Love” (With Rihanna)

The cream of the collaborations came in 2011 for Calvin Harris when he teamed up with pop princess, Rihanna. Harris wrote and produced the track; it features on both his “18 Months” LP and RiRi’s sixth studio album, “Talk That Talk”. The track went to number one in over 20 countries and the accompanying video scooped a Grammy Award.

Introducing : Into The Ark

“When we hear Otis Redding sing, it transport us to another realm. You can feel the pain, the passion and the soul in it. Music is the only thing that really gives us this feeling”.

Meet Into The Ark, a Welsh duo who came to be over bonding of their love for writing and passion for gigging. Hailing from Blackwood in South Wales, Dane Lloyd was just 14 when he met 18 year old, Taylor Jones; originally solo performers, it wasn’t long before the pair were bonding and blending and Into The Ark was born.

A 4-track EP and YouTube followed (with some travelling in between to Australia and Tunisia) and the pair were ready to hit the road and promote their unique harmonies and poignant lyrics in the “old school” style of a van, a mattress, their guitars and a little help from “The Bank Of Mum and Dad”, of course . . .

Into The Ark are currently on tour in Scotland, but have gigs coming up in Inverness, Edinburgh and Dundee, before coming to Glasgow for The Tenement Trail on Saturday 3rd October 2015.



Gutter Gig Guide : 26/08/2015

Gigs This Week

Tonight (Wednesday 26th August 2015) will see super-group FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) take to the legendary stage at The Barrowland Ballroom. The two bands have been collaborating since the mid-2000s, but their self-titled, debut offering didn’t drop until June of this year.

Tonight (Wednesday 26th August 2015) will also see pop-punk rockers, New Found Glory play at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room. The Florida-based quartet formed in 1997, and released their eighth studio LP, “Resurrection” in October 2014.

Welsh duo, Into The Ark play King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Thursday (27th August 2015). The gig is part of a current Scottish tour which takes them to The Loch Ness Inn in Inverness, The Electric Circus in Edinburgh and Dundee’s Buskers.

Dundee’s finest, The View are performing a very special DJ Set this Friday (28th August 2015) at The Record Factory in Glasgow. The band, who release their fifth studio LP, “Ropewalk” next week are scheduled to support Paolo Nutini at Bellahouston Park this weekend.

Hometown hero, Paolo Nutini kicks off 2015’s Summer Sessions this Saturday (29th August 2015) at Bellahouston Park. Paisley-born, Nutini released his third LP, “Caustic Love”, his first studio album in 5 years, in April 2014. Support comes from Grace Jones, The View, SOAK and Tuff Love.

Dumfries-born DJ, Calvin Harris plays the second Summer Sessions show on Sunday (30th August 2015). Harris released his debut album, “I Created Disco” in 2007; he has since collaborated with Ellie Goulding, Rihanna and Florence Welch and produced hit singles for Cheryl Fernandez Versini and Scissor Sisters. Harris’ latest LP, “Motion” was released in October 2014. Support comes from Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples and Burns.

Just Announced

Welsh rockers, Stereophonics have announced a 10-date UK Tour for December 2015, including a date at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on the 9th. “Keep The Village Alive Tour” is in promotion of their new LP of the same name which is released on Friday 11th September 2015.

Tickets on sale from Thursday 27th August 2015 @ 9am

The Charlatans have unveiled plans to play Scotland later this year, with Frankie & The Heartstrings as support. The band, who formed in 1989, will play at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Dundee’s Caird Hall on the 14th and 15th of December, respectively. The Charlatans 12th studio LP, “Modern Nature” was released in January of this year.

Tickets on sale from Friday 28th August 2015 @ 9am

The Kooks have announced a date at Glasgow’s Barrowland on 8th December 2015. The band, who formed in 2004, released their fourth studio album, “Listen” in September 2014.

Tickets available now





Kodaline Announce UK Tour

Dublin-born band, Kodaline have announced plans to tour the UK in December 2015. The band, who formed in 2005 and were known as 21 Demands up until 2011, released their second LP, “Coming Up For Air” in February of this year.

The band are also set to release their next single, “Love Will Set You Free” on Friday 9th October 2015; the track was written by Kodaline and Snow Patrol guitarist, Johnny McDaid, who also produced the single. McDaid’s fiancee and former “Friends” actress, Courtney Cox directed the video; the video has yet to be released.

Kodaline will kick off their tour at Birmingham’s 02 (Wednesday 2nd December 2015) before taking in shows at Cardiff’s Great Hall (3rd), Manchester Apollo (5th), Glasgow’s 02 Academy (6th), The Waterfront in Belfast (9th), Killarney’s INEC (10th), Dublin’s 3Arena (11th) and culminating with two gigs at London’s Shepherd Bush Empire on the 14th and 15th.

Tickets for Kodaline’s UK Tour are available now.


New Order Share Video For “Restless”

New Order have unveiled the video for the lead single from their forthcoming tenth studio LP, “Music Complete”, due for release on Friday 25th September 2015; their first LP with bassist, Peter “Hooky” Hook”.

“Restless” is a taste of what to expect from “Music Complete” which features guest vocals from The Killers Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop and Ella Jackson (aka La Roux). Directed by Spanish film-makers, NYSU, “Restless” tells a touching love story at the centre of raves, food fights and debauchery. 

New Order will be touring their new LP across November and December, including a date at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on 19th November 2015

“Restless” is available now as a digital download.

Gutter Gig Guide : 19/08/2015

Gigs This Week

Kasabian are at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on Thursday (20th August 2015) with support from Mancunian songwriter, Jeff Wootton. The Leicester-born band formed in 1997 and have released five studio albums to date, the latest being 2014’s “48 : 13”.

California girl, Yvette Young is at Glasgow’s Ivory Black’s on Thursday (20th August 2015). The singer/songwriter describes her music as “New Mexico thug pop” and released her EP, “Acoustics” in March 2014.

Glasgow’s Hard Rock Cafe play host to The Gramotones on Thursday (20th August 2015). The band draw influence from Squeeze and Elvis Costello and have become known (and loved) for their melodic vocal style. 

Home-town heroes, The Fratellis are set to celebrate the release of new LP, “Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied” on Friday (21st August 2015) with an intimate gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. The Glaswegian band  formed in 2005 and released two LPs before calling it quits in 2009. 2012 saw the return of the trio and the released third LP, “We Need Medicine” in 2013. “Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied” features the singles, “Me And The Devil” and “Baby, Don’t You Lie To Me!”.

2015 marks 40 years since Pink Floyd released their ninth studio album, “Wish You Were Here” and Scottish tribute, MacFloyd are giving fans the chance to relive the classic (and more) with a gig at The Village Theatre in East Kilbride on Friday (21st August 2015).

Pennsylvanian trio, Stray Birds are at St Andrews In The Square in Glasgow on Tuesday (25th August 2015). The band, who are all classically trained musicians, draw influence from childhood influences, The Beatles, The Carter Family, Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys and Jimi Hendrix. Stray Birds LP, “Best Medicine” is available now.

American pop punkers, All Time Low hit UK shores next week including a gig at The Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on Tuesday (25th August 2015). The Baltimore-based band are warming up for a slot at Reading & Leeds Festival 2015 next weekend. Welsh rockers, Neck Deep provide support.

Moonlandingz are bringing their blend of psychedelic pop to Glasgow’s Broadcast on Tuesday (25th August 2015). The band, who consists of Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer from The Eccentronic Research Council and Lias Saudi and Saul Adamczewski from The Fat White Family, will be supported by Laura St Jude.

Just Announced

Due to popular demand, The View have added a second date at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree; they will now play on 15th and 16th September 2015. The band, from Dundee, are scheduled to release fifth LP, “Ropewalk” in September.

Tickets are available now

Brixton-born, Alabama 3 have unveiled plans to play Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Friday 4th December 2015. The band are best known for signature song, “Woke Up This Morning”, taken from second LP, “La Peste” and the opening theme song to The Sopranos.

Tickets on sale on Friday (21st August 2015) at 9am

The Fratellis have added a second date to their upcoming November Tour; the trio will now play Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on the 7th. The Glasgow-born band release fourth LP, “Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied” on Friday (21st August 2015).

Tickets are available now

Bedford-born, rock band, Don Broco have announced a UK Tour for December 2015, including a date at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on the 6th. The band released their second LP, “Automatic” earlier this month.

Tickets on sale from Friday (21st August 2015) at 10am

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