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16 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure welcomes Norway’s commitment to a digital radio migration date

 

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London, 16th April 2015: Pure announces its full support for Norway’s commitment to a digital radio migration and FM switch-off date. The Norwegian Ministry of Culture announced today that national FM networks will be switched off during 2017 to complete a transition to digital radio.

Paul Smith, Pure’s general manager, says: “As one of the original digital radio pioneers, this announcement is music to our ears and gives clarity to consumers and the radio industry in Norway allowing us to push ahead our digital radio plans with certainty. We look forward to working closely with radio industry stakeholders in Norway to ensure a smooth transition by continuing to stimulate the market with new and innovative products.

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”This announcement, along with the recent confirmation of the winner of the bid for the UK’s second national digital radio multiplex, and the ongoing progress in Germany, shows that there is a huge amount of momentum and appetite for digital radio across multiple countries.”

In addition to its wide range of domestic digital radios, Pure is also working on expanding its in-car digital radio range and will be working with Digital Radio Norway to ensure there are accessible in-car adapters in the market in readiness for digital radio migration.

For more information, please visit www.pure.com or call +44 (0) 845 1489001.

 

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06 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Against Me! Review

 

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Taking to the stage first is Billy The Kid, a one woman act with just her voice and a guitar. With songs that reach out, grab you by the heart and reel you into the storytelling she’s crafted. Her voice is one that is so powerful, even away from the microphone you can hear her loud and clear. She hits, and holds, notes to die for. Although her guitar isn’t even plugged in for the first song, the audience seem to fall a little bit in love with her from the get go. Every track is heartfelt and beautiful, leaving the crowd spellbound.

With the crowd palpably excited for Against Me!, they really do live up to the hype. Laura Jane Grace is the frontwoman all other frontwomen should aspire to be – engaging, energetic and passionate. She smiles through every song, playing like her life depends on it. Looking around the venue, it becomes obvious that to most of the crowd this is more than just a gig, it’s somewhere they fit in. The world outside melts away until there is only now, this place, this moment. When Billy The Kid joins them onstage for ‘Borne On The FM Waves Of The Heart’ the energy increased tenfold. And ‘True Trans’ sounds more akin to a battle cry for everyone that’s ever felt lost in their own skin.

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02 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Top Music Picks for this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

In order to make the most of 2015’s first bank holiday weekend, here’s our top live music events taking place over the weekend.

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This mash-up of the noughties’ two most adored punk-rock boy bands are playing two nights at the O2 this weekend:  Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April. If you’re feeling nostalgic this super group is bound to put on an energetic performance. Tickets are available here.

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Afrojack

Dutch music producer and DJ, Afrojack, is one of the most influential names in house and electronic music. He has worked with well-known music artists from Beyonce and David Guetta to Madonna, and has even won two Grammy Awards for his work. As well as his own shows, Afrojack is a frequent festival headliner and guarantees an explosive show. If house music is your vibe, then head over to the Electric Brixton on Sunday 5th April. To catch Afrojack performing live.

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London International Ska Festival

This long weekend hosts the fifth London International Ska Festival, a multi-venue event set to showcase all that is good about the world of Ska – starting with its roots in American Rhythm & blues to more modern day Ska sounds. With a line-up featuring reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry plus many more, you’re guaranteed a weekend full of sweet sounds. One wristband gets you entry to all acts and venues over the 4 day festival. More information can be found here.

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Wolf-Alice

North London indie foursome Wolf Alice formed in 2010 and has since released two Eps as well as three singles. Named Best Breakthrough Act in 2013 at the UK festival awards, their debut album, My Love is Cool is set to be released in June. If you fancy a sneak peak you can catch them at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday April 3rd.

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The Lock Tavern Festival

This is the second year running of the Lock Tavern Festival in Camden, which is a free entry, four day event of live music and merriment. Featuring many different artists and genres, information regarding the line-up can be found here as well as how to get a ticket. As well as great music, the Lock Tavern Festival also promises some fantastic street food, courtesy of various London pop-ups.

Let us know if you’re going to any of these events or if you have other plans for the Easter bank holiday weekend – we’d love to hear!

 

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31 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Top 5 Soundtracks from the National Film Award Nominees

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2015’s National Film Awards take place in London tonight with high-profile films, actors and actresses all up for nomination.  Sadly, there’s no soundtrack award, so we decided to pay homage to the shortlisted films’ great music scores with our top five soundtracks from the shortlisted movies.

The Fault in Our Stars

Big names such as Jake Bugg, Charlie XCX, Ed Sheeran all contributed to the soundtrack for this blockbuster. The album was put together by indie band Bright Eyes’s Nate Walcott and Mike Mogis. The lead single from the album Boom Clap by Charli XCX managed to get to number 6 in the UK top 40. Have a listen to the soundtrack here.

Guardians of the Galaxy

This movie soundtrack was the US’s second best-selling soundtrack album of 2014 (beaten only by Frozen, of course) and is full of previously released hits including music from David Bowie and the Jackson 5. Full track list can be found here.

Selma

Selma, a historical drama based on real life events, was nominated for a total of four Golden Globe nominations and won the award for best soundtrack. The song Glory by John Legend and Common (who also stars in the film) also won this year’s Oscar award for best original song. Listen to the track here.

Annie

A remake of the Broadway play and 1999 Disney film, this movie features a brand new, and surprisingly good, soundtrack. The album producer Gerg Krustin (who has worked with a number of successful artists such as Lilly Allen and Tegan and Sara) has collaborated with pop star Sia Furler to re-create three of the Broadway play’s songs as well as original ones. Listen here.

Beyond the Lights

The song Grateful from this soundtrack, performed by Rita Ora and written by Diane Warren, was nominated for an Oscar at the beginning of the year. The rest of the soundtrack consists of RnB and soul music and includes the songs performed by the fictional characters in the movie. The full soundtrack can be found here.

 

What’s been your favourite movie soundtrack this year? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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30 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure Pop family of digital radios wins Red Dot Award for design

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30th March 2015, London, UK –Pure’s Pop family of digital radios has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award for product design. The Pop family, which is made up of three digital radios, is designed to reinvent digital radio and is based on insights from extensive research with radio listeners.

The Pop range from Pure succeeded in convincing the jury members, deservedly winning the sought-after Red Dot seal of quality.

 Says Nick Hucker, Pure’s senior marketing director: “We are extremely pleased that our new Pop range of digital radios has secured such a respected product design award. This recognition endorses the time and effort we dedicated to product design and user experience, specifically for this range, which focused on direct feedback from customers on what they were looking for in the next generation of Pure radios.”

Radio listeners were asked about key design and usability elements and how they want to use and interact with their radios. The result is a trio of products, Pop Mini, Pop Midi and Pop Maxi, delivering high quality audio, with instant access and ease of use at the forefront of its design.

Instant access to radio content was a key requirement, so the Pop’s controls are centred on a large button on the top of the radio. Users can now turn on their radio at the ‘pop’ of the button and the radio will automatically revert to the previous station and volume. In addition, there are easy access presets to quickly change station. There is also strong support for Bluetooth across the range in response to many customers wanting dual functionality and access to wireless streaming.

 For more information on Pure’s Pop range, please visit www.pure.com

About the Red Dot Award:

In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept.

The Red Dot Award was created by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and with around 17,000 entries each year is one of the best-respected design competitions in the world. In 2015, it is celebrating its 60th anniversary: It was in 1955 that a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. The sought-after award, the “Red Dot”, is the revered international seal of outstanding design quality.

Award-winning designers, manufacturers and agencies use the Red Dot winner label and receive numerous other winners’ privileges, such as the presentation of the award-winning product on Red Dot Online, in the Red Dot Design Yearbook, the Red Dot App and on Red Dot 21. Additionally, the winning products are communicated in the international PR activities of Red Dot and exhibited in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen for a whole year.

More information is available at www.red-dot.org/press.

 

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Vicky Hewlett

Vicky.hewlett@pure.com

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23 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is Today’s Generation of Music Lovers Missing out on True Audio?

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According to recent figures, today’s generation of young music fans are moving away from downloads in favour of streaming; figures compiled by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) shows music streaming services grew by 65% in 2014, while revenue from music downloads in the UK declined by 15%. It’s clear that the internet has had a noticeable impact on our lifestyle and, in particular, how we listen to music. As music records have evolved over the years, from vinyl, to CD, to MP3, what impact has this had on audio quality? And, perhaps more pertinent, does it really matter?

Vinyl – outdated or retro?

For the 90s child, it seems vinyl and high end audio technology has largely become associated with DJs and audiophiles, but even the best DJs’ music is ultimately compressed into MP3 files for quick and easy consumer download.

According to the stats from the Official Chart Company, it seems there’s still a hunger for real high quality audio, with sales of vinyl records hitting an 18 year high last year. More than one million vinyl records were sold in the UK by November in 2014 – the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.

While vinyl is experiencing resurgence, it’s still the super-compressed MP3 files that continue to dominate. Vinyl may still be regarded as the Holy Grail of audio, but it comes with its own disadvantages, mainly its bulk, fragility and inconvenience, which are the very reasons MP3 became so popular.

The case for digital

With instant access to our favourite artists, and more music than ever before available just a click away, is there any wonder that internet streaming services are the first port of call? The importance of ownership is being displaced in the industry by accessibility, a point which TechRadar’s Duncan Geere explored recently. The trend towards streaming has been growing and shows no sign of stopping, but it also means that today’s generation of music listeners are more accustomed to listening to compressed MP3 files via YouTube, smartphones or even straight from their laptops.

Quality Vs Quantity

Currently, when recordings are compressed into a convenient file format, i.e. for streaming and downloads, some of the clarity and resolution of the recording is lost. Not only is the track compressed in size (and information) to make it fit onto an MP3 file, an audio technique called “amplitude compression” is often used to squeeze more volume out of the recordings. Unfortunately, this often removes the dynamics from the track and causes what’s called “audio clutter”. The songs aren’t actually louder – just dynamically flatter; the loud parts and the quiet parts have the difference between them reduced so the average amplitude is increased, which makes the overall volume of a track appear higher.

How technology is reminding people how music should be heard

Audio engineers across the world are developing an alternative way to deliver music as it was meant to be heard and the way the artist originally intended. High end audio is essentially about the ability to reproduce the fidelity of the original artist’s recording.

There have been a few signs, which have sparked hope that true quality audio may be set to stage a comeback. For example, Meridian Audio’s MQA, which promises to deliver studio quality “high res” audio via everyday speakers and headphones, with a downloadable and fully compatible file. Potentially, this could mean that the everyday music fan would not only have easier access to better quality audio, but that high res quality could become the norm. Instead of the music industry making everything both smaller (for download convenience) and louder (to compete in the mass market) the real differentiator will be quality.

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11 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Congratulations to Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon on taking home Best Digital Radio Programme at yesterday’s TRIC Awards

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The Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) Awards 2015, which was held at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, was attended by delegates from the radio and television industry along with some famous faces.

We were proud sponsors of the Best Digital Radio Show, won by the deserving duo, Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon on Capital Breakfast who fought off strong competition from 5 Live Breakfast and The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

The host for the event, Sandi Toksvig OBE, did a fantastic job at entertaining the star studded audience.  Other winners on the day included, Chris Evans for Digital Radio Personality, A Question of Sport, Carol Kirkwood, Susanna Reid, Coronation Street, Celebrity Juice, Silent Witness, Goggle Box, Danny Dyer, Downton Abbey, Pointless and Strictly Come Dancing.

Why not catch the 95.8 Capital FM Breakfast show with Dave Berry & Lisa Snowdon Monday-Friday from 6am, and Saturday’s from 8am, they are the industry’s favourite after all.

 

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11 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

UK’s parent bloggers share music nostalgia for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend (Sunday 15th) we thought it would be a nice idea to revisit the music that we remember sharing with our mums growing up.

To do this, we’ve asked some of the UK’s favourite parenting bloggers to share their music memories, as well as the music that gets their little ones on their feet.

Why not share your musical memories with us, use the hashtag #mumsmusic

 Jo Middleton

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“I quite often think about what music my children are going to remember from their childhood. I don’t play loads of music just around the house but we do listen to more in the car. It’s the weird things though isn’t it that kids remember? For example, I once got sent a random CD in the post. It was a gift from a stranger, an album of Italian songs that they had found in a hire car! It had this track on it and for some reason we loved it and would drive around with the windows down playing it really loud” – http://slummysinglemummy.com/

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Hayley McClean

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“I always remember Living Doll by Cliff Richard being played when I was a kid and my dad used to say it was about me! *Cringe!* Because of those kinds of memories, I do like to make sure I play music a lot at home and encourage my son to enjoy music as much as I do. The song I play the most at home is actually Something Kinda Ooh by girls aloud – random I know, but when my son was a few months old, I was playing it and he started smiling, so I made up a little dance that he “did” to it and we never stopped doing it! Silly!” – http://www.sparklesandstretchmarks.com/

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Kerry

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“Although I don’t really listen to a lot of music myself, my partner is the music lover of the house. Waterfall by Stone Roses gets played very often and it just so happened to be the song playing on the radio when my daughter was being born. Most of the time though we are dancing to the Frozen soundtrack or Disney Junior. I always remember listing to Rotterdam by The Beautiful south growing up as a kid as my mum would always listen to it whilst doing the housework.” – http://www.ohsoamelia.com/

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Jen Walshaw

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“My mum always loved Del Shannon, Runaway.  She and my Dad did jive dancing and I have so many found memories of the two of the wowing the dance floor at family weddings, christenings etc.” – http://www.muminthemadhouse.com/

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08 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

International Women’s Day – Women in Music who make a difference

To mark International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating female singers who use their status to make a difference.

Beyoncé

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Queen of pop Beyoncé’s dedication to charity is inspiring, with her greatest contribution being the Survivor Foundation, an organisation she founded with fellow Destiny’s Child member, Kelly Rowland, to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The foundation’s accomplishments include the Music World Cares Christmas Carnival, which enabled over 300 low-income households to enjoy a day of food, entertainment, a visit from Santa, as well as some free toys. Beyoncé is also co-founder of Chime for Change, a platform designed to empower women and girls through education, health and justice. Beyoncé is known for being vocal about feminism, using her platform and her talent to empower women and encourage her fans to follow in her example to promote equal rights for women and better social attitudes. In January last year, she wrote an entire essay on the subject of gender equality on behalf of the Shriver Report’s findings

Annie Lennox

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As well as selling 80 million albums worldwide, singer Annie Lennox, has been internationally recognised for her contribution to charities and is set to receive a lifetime achievement prize at the Inspiration Awards for Women. In June, Lennox was appointed an OBE for her work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa. Known for her peace activism, Lennox also took on the role as UN Aids goodwill ambassador for Oxfam. She also founded the Sing campaign in 2007 to raise awareness of Aids in Africa.

 

Madonna

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When she’s not dodging accidents on stage or wardrobe malfunctions, Madonna uses her platform to support numerous AIDS foundations, most notably, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR). While there has been a lot said in the media about how active she is in Africa, this unwanted attention hasn’t dissuaded her from pursuing issues she cares passionately about. Madonna actively campaigns for safe sex education in third world countries and donates to organisations such as the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In addition, Madonna founded her own charity, Raising Malawi, which supports community-based and non-government organisations in the impoverished country. Madonna – we salute you!

Pink

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When P!nk isn’t flying around as a trapeze artist during live shows, she’s zealously campaigning for animals rights, agreeing to becoming the face of Australia’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) campaign to encourage teenagers to be kinder to animals. She also bare all for PETA, in a campaign against fur. Combining activism and singing, Pink even headlined a concert in Cardiff, Wales on August 21, 2007, called PAW (Party for Animals Worldwide).

Jesse J

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It’s always inspiring when we see talent helping nurture young talent. When Jesse J isn’t working tirelessly on her next album or on tour, she’s working with Save the Music Foundation – a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of education in America’s public schools by restoring music programs in cities across the country. Possibly the most dramatic statement the singer has made, and one that most will remember, is when she shaved her entire head for Red Nose Day back in 2013. Another organisation The Price Tag, singer works hard to support, is the Small Steps Project, a humanitarian organisation and UK registered charity dedicated to supporting children around the world who live on rubbish dumps and survive from scavenging. Small Steps Project aims to raise awareness, through filming of the unacceptable hardships that they face.

 

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27 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Seven of the Coolest Live Music Venues from Around the World

One of the best things about music is that it’s international; wherever you go in the world, music is a constant that can bridge culture gaps and cross language barriers. What makes a gig special is its atmosphere, acoustics and aesthetics, as well of course, the performers. With venues being such an important aspect of a concert, we’ve shared our top eight live music spots from across the world.

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre, USA

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a rock structure 10 miles away from Denver in Colorado, and has been hosting private, public and organisational performances for over 100 years. It has the capacity for 9,540 people and due to its unique beauty it has been a favoured gig spot for many famous musicians such, as Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead.

 

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Slane Castle, Ireland

The sloping lands of this venue within the Boyne Valley in Ireland, forms a natural amphitheatre and has grounds that can hold over 80,000 people. Slane Castle has been hosting rock bands since the 1980s and can be found just an hour outside of Dublin.

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The Caves, Edinburgh

Hidden within the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s old town lies, The Caves. This venue can be hired out for a number of different events, but is most popular as a small, live music spot. The history of this venue is slightly sinister. For around 30 years the vaults were used to house a number of tradesmen as well as storage for illegal items. Reportedly, some of these ‘illegal items’ were bodies, including the victims of infamous Scottish serial killers Burke and Hare.

 

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The Marvelous Floating Stage of the Bregenz Festival

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly a live music venue, as it’s built specifically for a festival that takes place every year but it definitely deserves a mention. The stage is a masterpiece on Lake Constance in Austria and plays host to many elaborate opera productions. Often the performances are original and innovative takes on classic opera. The surrounding waters are also frequently used as an extension of the stage.

 

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Hollywood Bowl, USA

It’s unsurprising that this is one of the most famous amphitheatres in the world, due to its superb location in the hub of the entertainment industry and its spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills. With the capacity for a whopping 17,376 people, the Hollywood Bowl has attracted a horde of famous performers throughout the years including; The Who, The Beatles and The Doors as well as playing host to the annual, Playboy Jazz Festival.

 

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Sultan’s Pool – Jerusalem

The Sultan’s Pool is an ancient water basin on the west side of Mount Zoin and is one of Jerusalem’s most popular venues for concerts and cultural events. As well as accommodating talented artists including, Bob Dylan, the site also kicks of the Jerusalem film festival with a screening in skylight.

 

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Dalhalla Amphitheatre – Sweden

This summer concert venue is located in a former limestone quarry in the town of Rattvik. It was the Scandinavian equivalent of the Greek Olympus back in the day. With seating for up to 4,000 people, Dalhalla hosts between 20 and 30 events each summer with an array of different musical and theatrical performances. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery and even has its own moat, which separates the audience from the stage.

Although these are the eight that impressed us most, there are plenty more incredible concert venues across the globe. We’d love to hear your suggestions or pictures of you at your favourite music venue.

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