CHARLOTTE CHURCH’S Late Night Pop Dungeon
Charlotte Church’s ‘Late Night Pop Dungeon’ dubbed ‘The Choice of an Angel’ features on Lead Vocals Welsh Superstar Charlotte Church.
The singer with the Voice of an Angel takes on everything from Britney Spears to Radiohead in this pop mash-up and headline set. Few artists have been through as many musical reinventions as Charlotte Church by the age of 29, but then few had a platinum-selling debut album by the time they were 13.
Even through her deliberately targeted chart-pop phase in the mid-noughties, which saw her release the mainstream-ready Tissues and Issues as well as sit as a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Over the Rainbow talent show, you always suspected her heart lay elsewhere.
A feature on her favourite records that ran on alternative-driven site The Quietus back in 2013 confirmed as such, as she picked the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. Playfully, the article ran with the header Choice of an Angel.
Since the turn of the decade, she’s journeyed further down that road. A string of adventurous new EPs have earned rave reviews from indie blogs like The 405 and The Line of Best Fit.
The natural progression from that, it seems, is her Late Night Pop Dungeon. Debuted last year at Glastonbury and Wales’ Green Man festival, it sees Church and an expansive backing band rattle through the last couple of decades’ worth of pop hits, from Basement Jaxx to 10cc.
The show itself more than makes up for it. This is a devastatingly vital run through two decades of pop majesty, executed with real love and understanding. Church is joined by a full band and a clutch of backing singers. Members of the latter occasionally take centre stage, most notably on a memorable version of M.I.A.’s Paper Planes. Elsewhere, what Church has clearly mastered is an understanding of when to move swiftly through the gears and when to take her foot off the gas.
DAVE FINNEGAN’S COMMITMENTS
THE ORIGINAL: Man himself from the blockbuster film that played the character of ‘Mickah Wallace’ The head butting bouncer & drummer.
The man who’s fronted the touring band for the last ten years; appearing in countries such as Brazil, USA, Canada, all over Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa, The Middle East, India, Japan, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand – the last guesstimate being that he performed to an excess of a couple of million people!
He has performed alongside such legendary artists as James Brown, Wilson Picket, Edwin Starr, Steve ‘The Colonel’ Cropper, Dennis Edwards (The Temptations), BB King, Sam Moore, Dan Ackroyd and many, many more. It was Sam Moore who questioned, ‘how can a little white guy have a soul and a voice that’s so black!’
Now with his NEW SENSATIONAL SHOW & his own 8 PIECE BAND performing all the hits from the film & much, much, more!
DAVE FINNEGAN’S COMMITMENTS feature the same commitment to their music, with the instantly recognisable horn section, and that sweet Soul rhythm section. On their ongoing journeys they undoubtedly continue where the film left off, still spreading the word of Otis Redding, Wilson Picket and the other apostles of soul, and in doing so enabling us all to experience the essence of ……………….…..SWEET SOUL MUSIC.
Hear all the hits from the film performed by one of the stars of the movie, songs like: ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Take Me To The River’, ‘Chains Of Fool’, ‘The Dark End Of The Street’, ‘Try A Little Tenderness’, ‘Mr Pitiful’, ‘In The Midnight Hour’, ‘Hard To Handle’ and many more!
PHATS & SMALL
Phats & Small are the Multi Platinum selling, multi award winning, Brit Award Nominated Dance Music Collective responsible for the global smashes ‘Turn Around’, ‘Feel Good’ and ‘Tonite’. Since their return to producing & touring in 2016 they have amassed millions of radio plays, streams, views & likes proving their place within the dance music & DJ, Live Performance scene.
Phats & Small appeared on the scene in 1998 with “Turn Around”, a track that featured sampled Toney Lee’s “Reach Up”. The song debuted at number three in the UK Singles Chart, before climbing to number two, with career sales of this hit amassing them £5,000 in total due to their recording contract. Singer Ben Ofoedu appears in the video for the track miming to the vocals. Future releases featured his voice but ‘Turn Around’ did not; it featured Lee’s voice instead. However, Ofoedu has been known to perform the track live.
In 1999, they also released their first album, Now Phats What I Small Music, a play on their name and the compilation series Now That’s What I Call Music! Ofoedu sang on two tracks, “Feel Good” and “Tonite”, which were also released as singles. In 1999, Phats & Small also achieved notoriety for remixing the Earth, Wind & Fire track, “September” and Simply Red’s “Ain’t That a Lot of Love”. Other remixes around the same time included PJ “Happy Days”, Space Raiders “I Need The Disko Doktor”, High Steppers “I Will Follow” and pop group A1’s single Be The First To Believe.
Ofoedu left the group to pursue a solo career as singer, songwriter and producer, and his backing vocalist Tony Thompson, was promoted to main vocalist. He sang on most tracks in Phats & Small’s second album, This Time Around, released in 2001, which featured an eponymous single, as well as “Change” and “Respect The Cock” (which was supposed to feature the phrase uttered by Tom Cruise in the film Magnolia). The second album was co-produced by Jimmy Gomez.
After a few years away from the recording studio, Phats & Small returned in 2005 with a new vocalist, Ryan Molloy, and a new album, Soundtrack to Our Lives, featuring the single “Sun Comes Out”, this track sung by a returning Ofoedu and a new female vocalist, Carrie Luer.
Their song “Turn Around” was on the CD of the computer game K.S.-n-Kickin.
LINDY LAYTON – BEATS INTERNATIONAL
Lindy Layton is the founding member of, and vocalist for, Beats International (along with Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim). She has released a number of solo albums and singles, and worked with other musicians, more recently including Hardknox and Dub Pistols.
Her group, Beats International, released a couple of singles in the early 1990s in the UK, including the number-one hit “Dub Be Good to Me”. Beats International’s debut album, Let Them Eat Bingo, sold well in the UK.
Following the success of her singles with Beats International, in 1990, Lindy signed a solo deal with Arista, and released her version of Janet Kay’s hit, “Silly Games”. The single was a notable hit, and further releases followed from her debut album. In Japan, she released a pop-reggae album, entitled No Other Star in 1996, and went on to release other work as Hardknox with fellow DJ Steve Proctor the same year. They were signed to Skint Records and released their debut single “Coz I Can” which was given “Single of the Week” honours by NME.
The group’s second effort, the “Psychopath” EP, received the same recognition. After various performing remixes for artists such as Orgy, Crystal Method, and Faith No More, plus appearing on a various compilations and mixes, a self-titled LP was released in 1999 by Jive Electro.
In 2013 she had a daytime radio show on Kane Fm with Mel Foster entitled The Mrs, which ran for about year. She is now a songwriter and writes with writing partner Matt Kootchi, who owns and runs house label Good Lucky Recordings.
Georgia Box is an English R&B, pop, and folk singer and songwriter. A social media sensation as well, she has been tipped to be the next Rita Ora.
A native of Essex, Georgia started to sing even before she could properly talk. She has always loved music and performing for others. As a child, she was a fan of the British television talent series ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ and used to dress up like the celebrities who appeared there and put on performances for her family. Box accumulated professional experience by doing gigs, radio shows, and TV shows, and by singing backing vocals for other artistes.
After receiving a three-year degree in professional performance from a prestigious college, she started making videos of herself singing and uploaded them on Facebook (nearly 500,000 likes) and YouTube. As of March 2018, she has garnered over 90 million views on her content and has emerged as one of the most promising stars in the industry today. In August 2016, Box released her debut Extended Play, ‘Love Languages’.
Since the release of her EP, several management companies and renowned songwriters have shown interest in working with her. She was courted by the creators of both ‘The Voice’ and ‘The X Factor’ for an appearance on the respective shows but she declined both offers, preferring to work her way to success in a more traditional route.
Georgia Box debuted on stage in 2003 with a Royal Opera House London’s production of Leoš Janáček’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’. Her television debut came about in the same year, in ITV’s ‘The Pride of Britain Awards’. In the subsequent years, she appeared in productions of Bedřich Smetana’s ‘The Bartered Bride’ (2015) at the Royal Opera House London and the musical ‘Move It’ (2013) at London Olympia. She was also active as a solo performer, singing at various festivals and award ceremonies.
THE NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION (The Music of Prince)
New Purple Celebration faithfully recreates the music of Prince.
New Purple Celebration is a world-class live celebration of the life, legacy and music of Prince.
This full nine piece live band delivers a non-stop, hit packed show complete with backing vocals, horn section, keys and of course Jimi Love as the unsurpassed Prince. Expect to see, hear and feel all of the hits from one of the most loved Artists of all time. 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds And Pearls, Raspberry Beret, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry, Cream, I Wanna Be Your Lover and so many more.
With 5 star reviews from live shows the length and width of the UK in 2018, the NPC are pleased to announce an additional run of shows in 2019 due to phenomenal public demand which will include a performance at Abergavenny Castle for Inspired 2019.
Hailed by original Prince and the Revolution drummer Bobby Z as “authentic and on the money”, these guys are a must see – even people who didn’t like Prince’s material have been known to have been converted after watching them!
RUSSELL JONES JR
Russell Jones, 25, grew up in Pontypool and is no stranger to television talent shows. He appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 as part of the group Only Boys Aloud coming in third place that year.
In 2017, Russell then went on to get four Yesses from the X Factor Judges singing his Jazz adaptation of the Disney Jungle Book Classic ‘I Wanna Be Like You’; mid song during the audition Russell took the chance to ask judge Nicole Scherzinger out on a date!!! Russell began singing in care homes for the elderly when he was 17, this started to give him confidence, and the more he preformed the more confidant he became. Russell started singing at gigs and even joined ‘Only Boys Aloud’. His gigs became bigger and he started to meet people that had a big influence on his career. Russell has performed in music videos with big names like; The Saturdays, Ellie Goulding, Mary J Blige and Conor Maynard. Russell’s talent has helped charities such as, St David’s, CLIC Sargent, Macmillan and Dyslexia Wales to raise over £200,000. It has also led him to Essex, to perform at the opening of Amy Child’s Salon and Gemma Collins plus size women shop. Russell now plans to keep going with his music career and hopes that 2019 he will be talking to young people about how he got into music.
Recently Russell also performed at London’s Ideal Home Show; where he was working along side brands such as Lexus and stars such as Katie Piper, Alan Titchmarsh and Gregg Wallace from MasterChef. He also performed at an event with London’s Fashion week called the ‘Royal Fashion Day’; he also performed on the cobbles of Coronation Street for the Christmas Special.
Russell also has just performed at Towie Big Brother star Gemma Collins surprise birthday party in Essex where he was performing with Towie cast members Amy Child’s, James Locke and XFactor’s Chico. In 2018 Russell also performed at the annual guide dog awards working alongside Towie stars Lydia Bright and Debbie Bright also supporting Peter Andre on his “Come Fly With Me” Tour.
THE WILL SMITH EXPERIENCE – SHAD ELLIS
Shad Ellis our host on the 3rd is Wicked Will. As an award winning Will Smith lookalike he has toured the globe performing and launching products for the past 8 years.
As an avid follower of Will Smith’s progress he takes his work seriously researching and fine-tuning his abilities at all times.
Lookalikes are a serious business, which is why Shad go a long way to ensure the work he does is both professional and beneficial to those he encounters and for the image of Will Smith.
These are some of the events Shad has performed at over the last few years:
Appeared on the BBC’s “Dragons Den” Icons Famous Reflection Shows, Las Vegas USA, Planet Hollywood in Cannes at the Motorola World Congress, Hitch Promotion in Rome, Italy Cell C commercial in Johannesburg, South Africa Appeared on the motion picture “Seeing Double” Appeared on Billboards for UK nationwide promotion for Sky Movies LG in Seoul, South Korea Performed on the Gala de la Publicista in Spain and collected an award for “Best Actor in a Commercial” Promotions for Chrysler PT in Dubai and Middle East Promotions for the new Mercedes C Class Hitch DVD Promotion Amsterdam, Netherlands Fame anniversary in Amsterdam TGI Fridays Launches
With Will Smith constantly bringing out first class movies which break box office records Shad Ellis is always going to be stopped and asked for an autograph or a photo for as long as Will Smith stays in the limelight.
Calling himself Wicked Will, Shad is guaranteed to raise the roof of any dance floor with a strong party vibe and his explosive energy. His set list includes the hits: Miami, Men in Black, Wild Wild West, Will 2K, Freak It, Gettin Jiggy Wid It, & the classic Boom Shake The Room.