You can call me strange, but as venues go, the Cockpit in Leeds really excites me. Firstly, you’re inside a fucking railway bridge - that’s pretty awesome. Secondly, the venue’s shape not only allows for ace acoustics, but its size creates an incredible intimacy between the audience and the performing act. As expected, the atmosphere rippled with waves of anticipatory energy as a varied crowd waited to see what London Grammar had to offer. In the last year, singles ‘Hey Now’ and ‘Wasting My Young Years’ have launched their début album If You Wait into a seductive spotlight of success, so I was eager to see how the album would translate into a live performance.



Avalon Landing have arrived from across the pond, and that's exactly how they sound - this album is as American as it gets. Think High School Musical, but perhaps a soundtrack to their college years. Okay, that's maybe an insulting comparison. Avalon Landing came together over a shared love for music and released their first record 'Demos, Dead Ends & Do Overs' in late 2011. The quartet originate from Las Vegas and have gained popularity through touring in support of Imagine Dragons. 

We've watched the likes of Ed Sheeran and Bon Iver grow from boys to men, here's a look at some of the new faces and fresh talent starting to emerge on the UK music scene...



If you're yet to visit the place, Leeds City Varieties Music Hall is nestled in the heart of Leeds' city centre and serves as a charming little venue for music and theatre. It's rather fancy, especially in comparison to The Cockpit - so much so that it left Dan from The Feeling wishing he had brought his tap shoes! The Feeling formed in 1995 and scored their first chart topping success with Fill My Little World Right Up in 2005, before releasing their album of greatest hits a decade later. Irrespective of this, the band have been fairly worn out news. Until now. 

James Blunt is very similar to the common cold. He keeps on appearing every now and then. He isn't a pain in the arse, just a mere irritation that you could do without in your day-to-day life. Now, before you start shouting at me saying that I am just hating on the man because, very much like Coldplay, it is 'cool' to hate James Blunt. As a man he does seem like a very genuine and nice man to talk to, but his music is more drippy than the crappy tap in my kitchen. However, unlike the crappy tap in my kitchen, this problem can't be fixed by phoning up the landlady - because, very much like the common cold, the man just doesn't disappear.

As soon as someone plants the seed of stardom in an aspiring performers head, X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and even Pop Idol are likely to burst into their brain. Many participants, supporters and viewers see these shows as the only shortcut to fame. But… are there any alternatives? The answer is...

ANOTHER COMPETITION I HEAR YOU CRY?!? Yes you are not mistaken, we are running another competition, and this time its for pop giant Will.i.am!

 

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