Over the years, musicians have found inspiration in all corners of the capital. From the housing estates of East London to Premier League football grounds, artists have had their imaginations stoked by the city’s various sights and sounds, creating some amazing music as a result. Here, we’ve picked out some of the finest examples of tracks and albums that wouldn’t exist without London’s influence. Browse the map to plan your musical pilgrimages and read on below for the stories behind the songs. Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks Much of this song was inspired by Ray Davies' own memories of Waterloo. As he explained in an interview with the Guardian, the area “always had a lot of significance” for Davies — whether that was going to the Festival of Britain with his father, gazing out over the river from his bed in St Thomas’ hospital, or changing trains at the station on his way to college. The song itself is tinged by woe as … [Read more...] about Seven London spots that have inspired great music
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Summers in Iceland are short and Icelanders like to make the most of them by touring the island and enjoying the nature. Coming up next weekend is the greatest travel weekend of Iceland, the Verslunnarmannahelgi, equivalent to the Bank Holiday or Labor Day, when Icelanders take to the roads and Reykjavik is virtually left empty. During this weekend there are music festivals and parties all over the country, the most famous (and infamous) one is in Vestmannaeyjar, the Westmann Islands, known as Þjóðhátíð, The National Festival in English, an annual outdoor festival where locals and guests gather in Herjólfsdalur valley on the island of Heimaey for four days of various events, most prominently big stage concerts, bonfires, fireworks displays and the festival’s signature Sunday night crowd singing at the slope, the single event of the weekend which draws the most attendees. Þjóðhátíð was first held in 1874 when … [Read more...] about Summer of music around the country
The MSG Sphere in London will be located next to Stratford station, close to where the city hosted the Olympics in 2012. Next month the company behind it, which owns the famous Madison Square Garden in New York, will be hosting public exhibitions in London and also launching an online consultation on a special website to find out what Londoners want from the venue. MSG say the new theaters in London and Las Vegas will be "groundbreaking" and will offer the most "immersive" experience ever but what can be so different about the venues acoustically? We gave @MayaJama a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking technology planned for @MSGLondon. WATCH her experience the future of live music and entertainment: pic.twitter.com/8LMGvWuiHJ — MSG London (@msglondon) 11 June 2018 MSG Sphere Will Use 'Beamforming' Chris Kyriakakis, Professor of Audio Signal Processing at the … [Read more...] about Will Spherical Music Venues in London and Las Vegas Really Produce Great Sound?
Plymouth is producing a raft of “world class” musical acts that are about to hit the big time, says one of the city’s up and coming troubadours. Gozer Goodspeed has become a festival live favourite and is gaining a huge amount of airplay including on radio stations abroad. The blues/folk singer/songwriter has just released his new four-track EP: Impossible to Pick Up, produced by Josiah Manning at Plympton’s Momentum Studios. Gozer is launching it at the Millbridge Inn on the evening of Thursday, June 14, 2018. Gozer, who has been played on US radio alongside tunes by Neil Young and Johnny Cash, is one of Plymouth’s rising musical stars. His champions include Jackson Cooper at Torbay’s Riviera FM, Artie Martello at New York’s WIOX 91.3FM and famous Berlin-based American radio broadcaster Jonathan L. Gozer’s songs even made it onto USA’s Out of the Woods Radio, a specialist in acoustic music. And Gozer, who has appeared on the … [Read more...] about The Plymouth music acts you need to know about
The festival season weds two of Finland’s strong points – music and nature – though summer festivals are increasingly urban and cosmopolitan. Of hundreds of summer music events, here are 10 picks to suit most tastes.JUNE6-10: Silence, KittiläYour summer could start with contemporary classical and circus performances in rough-hewn buildings and idyllic outdoor spaces in and around the village of Kaukonen, western Lapland. Some events take place in the home of visionary painter Reidar Särestöniemi, who died in 1981. Särestöniemi is the inspiration for a work featuring trapeze artist Matleena Laine, singer-cellist Anni Elif Egecioglu and trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, while Mexican clown Gabriela Muñoz performs to music by Dominican electronic producer Ernesto Paredano and violinist Pekka Kuusisto performs with live poetry at Kittilä Church.Story continues after photo8-10: Sideways, HelsinkiChallenging the larger Flow Festival with a … [Read more...] about Smiles of a summer night: 10 tantalising Finnish music festivals