Bryan Ferry announces European tour in 2017

Bryan Ferry will be returning to Europe for live dates in May and June 2017.

The European tour calls in at six cities in Germany and will also see Ferry perform in Poland and Austria.

During this tour, he will be performing a varied set list, including highlights from Roxy Music, hits from his solo back catalogue as well as fresh new music from his critically-acclaimed album Avonmore.

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Courteeners announce Manchester outdoor show 2017

Courteeners have announced details of their biggest headline show to date at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club on 27 May 2017.

Following on from their Heaton Park show (all 25,000 tickets sold out in an hour) and their record breaking seven-night run at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, the band will play the 50,000 capacity homecoming show next spring.

Joining the Manchester outfit will be a trio of celebrated local special guest artists: The Charlatans, Blossoms and Cabbage.

Tickets are on sale from Friday 21st October at 9am.

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Steve Zapp named Agent of the Year 2016

Congrats to ITB senior agent Steve Zapp, along with SJM Management – Courteeners‘ management company – who received Live UK Music Business Awards 2016. Now in its seventh year, the awards recognise excellence in the country’s contemporary live music industry.

  • Agent of the Year – Steve Zapp
  • Artist Manager of the Year – SJM Management (Simon Moran, Conrad Murray & Dave Salmon)

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Steve has been an agent at ITB since 2002 and in addition to Courteeners, his diverse roster of around 55 artists includes: Biffy Clyro, Editors, Public Service Broadcasting, Rival Sons, Rumer, The Lemonheads, Fatherson, The LaFontaines, Soulfly, The Xcerts and hotly tipped new band October Drift, amongst many others. See his full roster here. He is ably assisted by his hard-working team consisting of Amber McKenzie and Olivia Sime, aka ‘Team Zapp’.

The awards were announced at a gala ceremony at London’s Radisson Blu Portman Hotel on October 12th 2016, as part of the Live UK Summit conference and networking event. Congratulations to our friends and colleagues in the industry who won awards. All winners here.

Check out Steve’s artists’ forthcoming tour dates here.

See the feature in the recent issue of IQ Magazine celebrating Steve’s incredible 25 years in the music industry.

Biffy Clyro nominated for Q Magazine Awards 2016

Congrats to Biffy Clyro who are double Q Awards nominees 2016:

  • Q Best Track for ‘Howl’
  • Q Best Act In The World Today

The Scottish trio, who headlined festivals including Reading & Leeds this summer, have won the Q Award in 2013 for Best Album (Opposites) and in 2011 for Best Live Act.

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Jagwar Ma announce March 2017 UK dates

Jagwar Ma have added further dates to their spring 2017 tour plans. Having already confirmed a March show at London’s O2 Forum, the band will now also play shows in Brighton, Nottingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Tickets for the new shows are on sale at 9am on October 18.

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Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize 2016!

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 has been awarded to Bob Dylan today (13 October 2016) “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Dylan is the first songwriter to win the award.

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After the announcement, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said it had “not been a difficult decision. We hoped the news would be received with joy, but you never know,” she said, comparing the songs of the American songwriter to the works of Homer and Sappho.

“We’re really giving it to Bob Dylan as a great poet – that’s the reason we awarded him the prize. He’s a great poet in the great English tradition, stretching from Milton and Blake onwards. And he’s a very interesting traditionalist, in a highly original way. Not just the written tradition, but also the oral one; not just high literature, but also low literature.”

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Some of Dylan’s many accolades include:

  • Grammy Awards (12)
  • Academy Award
  • Golden Globe
  • Pulitzer
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • National Order of the Legion of Honour
  • Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan has toured almost non-stop since 1988 and last weekend he played the inaugural Desert Trip festival in California, alongside other 1960s legends including the Rolling Stones, the Who, Paul McCartney and Neil Young.

In April of 2016 he toured Japan, and in 2015 he toured Europe and the UK extensively, including an incredible five sold-out nights at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

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Adele receives five American Music Awards nominations 2016

Congratulations to Adele who received five American Music Awards (AMA’s) nominations today, October 10th 2016. The four times AMA winner is nominated in the following categories this year:

  • Artist of the Year
  • Favourite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
  • Favourite Album – Pop/Rock
  • Favourite Song – Pop/Rock
  • Favourite Artist – Adule Contemporary

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Max and Iggor Cavalera announce ‘Return To Roots European and UK tour

Max and Iggor Cavalera will bring their ‘Return To Roots’ tour to Europe and the UK this November and December 2016.

The duo will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sepultura’s legendary Roots album by playing it in its entirety each night. The extensive tour across Europe calls in at London’s O2 Forum in Kentish Town on November 30. All dates and ticket info here.

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Watch the official Sepultura video for ‘Roots Bloody Roots‘, from the Roots album.

Agent contact: Steve Zapp

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ITB artists nominated for Classic Rock Awards 2016

The  Classic Rock Magazine Roll Of Honour Awards 2016 are just a month away! Congratulations to our nominated artists:

Album of the Year:

Band of the Year:

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Jagwar Ma’s new album, ‘Every Now And Then’, out next week

Jagwar Ma‘s sophomore album, Every Now & Then, will be released on October 14th, 2016 via Mom+Pop/Marathon Records.

The record was self-produced and recorded in the United Kingdom, Australia and France, then tweaked and mixed with the assistance of some of their brightest contemporaries, James Ford (Florence and The Machine, Arctic Monkeys), Blue May (Kwes, Kindness), Ewan Pearson (LCD Soundsystem, Chemical Brothers) and David Wrench (Caribou, FKA Twigs, Glass Animals).

After having dropped the first single called OB1 in July, a month later the band released the second track from this album, Give Me A Reason, followed by the latest track Slipping, which was premiered by Billboard Magazine.

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