VALENTINE’S DAY PLAYLIST

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This Sunday is Valentine’s Day.

So, whether you’re spending the day with the person you love or with your Netflix account, here’s the perfect playlist for you! (Kind of)

SINGLE AS A PRINGLE VS PEACE IN LOVE

SINGLE? Why not grab a pot of Ben and Jerrys’ and give these a listen x

  1. BROS – WOLF ALICE

Let Ellie & Co make you feel better and cry about your mates.

2. THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER – TAME IMPALA

The seventh track taken from the band’s second album, ‘Currents’, released last year. It has been nominated for ‘Best Music Video’ in the NME awards.

 

3. IF YOU WANNA – THE VACCINES

Have a dance.

 

WHY ARE YOU SO IN LOVE WITH A NOTION?

  1. LOVESICK – PEACE

I DON’T WANNA GO TO SCHOOOOOOOL

 

2. I WANNA BE YOURS – ARCTIC MONKEYS

Alex’s take on John Cooper Clarke’s famous poem

3. BEAUTIFUL HEAD – COURTEENERS

Fall in love with Fray’s voice.

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Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles @ Night & Day – 05/02/16

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Last night, ex-Catfish and The Bottlemen lead guitarist Billy Bibby brought his new band, The Wry Smiles, to Manchester’s Night and Day Café. On the launch night of his debut EP, ‘Bide Your Time’, Bibby was joined by support from 21-year-old Ryan Jarvis and Carjack Mallone.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Jarvis welcomed those escaping the rain outside to a charming acoustic set. Jarvis, from Gorton, supported The Courteeners in December during their epic seven nights at the Apollo. The talented musician, who’s debut single ‘Moving Far Too Fast’ was played by Clint Boon on Radio X, treated the intimate venue to his own songs, opening with ‘Busking Tune’, before ‘How Did We Get Here My Dear’ and ‘Never’’. Jarvis continued with a beautiful stripped back version of The Stone Roses’ ‘Waterfall’, before finishing his set with ‘Outside This Town’.

Manchester trio Carjack Mallone made the stage their own, descending into loud guitar riffs and heavy drum beats. The rock band, who sight Nirvana and U2 as major influences, opened their set to a roar from the crowd. The bands formed almost ten years ago, and since then have cemented themselves as one of Manchester’s finest unsigned acts. Animated frontman Daniel Hughes commanded the stage, encouraging the crowd to move to their new single ‘Drinking By Myself’, before playing ‘Moonshine’ and ‘Paolo’s Town’. The lively band finished by dedicating their last track of the night to the late Sir Terry Wogan. They will be supporting Turrentine Jones in April.

After introducing himself to the excited audience, Bibby and The Wry Smiles kicked off the second night of their 19 date UK tour. The band, who haven’t played together in Manchester before, engulfed the cosy venue in a distinct Indie Rock sound. Bibby finished ‘This Kind Of Summer’ with a stunning guitar solo, before playing straight into a sound reminiscent of the swinging 60s, perhaps a nod towards one of his influences, Elvis Presley. Billy, Rob, Matt and Mike continued to enjoy the crowd’s attention from the stage to the bar, before Bibby picked up his electric guitar to introduce his next song. The band took a break as Bibby played ‘Pacifier’, a track taken from ‘The Balcony’, the debut album from his former project Catfish and The Bottlemen, who he spent seven years with. The crowd sang back the lyrics to Bibby’s own take on the record, before he was joined by his band mates for ‘Believe Me’, included on their debut EP, now available on Itunes and Spotify. The lads from Llandudno finished their set with the rockabilly sounding ‘Waitin For You’, released late last year and one of the first songs Bibby wrote post-Catfish. The night finished with the front man dedicating the last song to his sister, an upbeat tune which the venue proceeded to dance along to. The future of this band is very promising.

Radio 1 Big Weekend Announcement

The station’s annual Big Weekend will be held at Powderham Castle in Exeter this May.

Nick Grimshaw announced a handful of acts who will be playing at the festival, which moves to a different location each year.

Coldplay, Bring Me The Horizon and Chase & Status were the first artists to be announced this morning.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin told the BBC of his excitement to headline the festival in his hometown of Exeter.

“Guy, Will, Jonny and I are honoured to be on the bill and we’re looking forward to a very special show”

The breakfast show host and X Factor judge also confirmed that Ellie Goulding and Craig David will join the line up on 28 and 29 May.

The Big Weekend is Europe’s largest free festival and has previously been held in Derry, Maidstone, Bangor and Glasgow.

Last year, the station welcomed Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters and Muse to perform in Norwich.

As usual, the majority of tickets will be allocated to those in the local area.

Radio 1 and BBC Learning will again produce Radio 1’s Academy, which is intends to inspire young people to move forward in their careers.

Special events in April and May in the lead up to the festival will include: radio shows, gigs, masterclasses and Q & A sessions with industry professionals.

More artists are to be announced in the forthcoming weeks, with ticketing details being revealed on 21 March.