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22 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

May Bank Holiday Weekend

Another bank holiday means another three day weekend and with the weather heating up there is plenty to do – from music festivals, food festivals to street parties galore. So, if you were planning on setting up camp on the sofa with some box sets, think again…

As always we like to suggest some of our favourite live music events, so here are our top recommendations for the weekend across the UK:

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Hozier

On Friday 22nd May, Irish musician Hozier will be playing the O2 Academy in Newcastle. His self-titled debut album was released just last year and was met with great success. If you’re an indie fan this is a gig not to be missed.

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Take That

Take That are playing shows all weekend at the Manchester Arena as part of their Arena 2015 tour. With support from former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson this will be an incredible event. If you were a fan back in the 90s and are feeling a little nostalgic take yourself down to the Manchester Arena on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.

 

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Eric Clapton

As part of his 70th birthday celebrations, guitarist legend Eric Clapton is playing a series of shows at the Royal Albert Hall one of which is taking place this weekend, on Saturday 23rd May. He will be performing with his band members; Paul Carrack, Michelle John, Chris Stainton, Sharon White, Nathan East and Steve Gadd and will no doubt wow his audience as he has done time and time again.

 

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Paul McCartney

 

Former Beatles star is playing The London O2 on Saturday and Sunday night. It’s been more than 50 years since he started in the music business and Sir Paul McCartney is still putting on a great performance for all his fans. With his most recent single, fourfiveseconds, collaboration with Kayne West and Rhianna receiving rave reviews, he doesn’t seem to be fizzling out any time soon.

 

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Foo Fighters

 

Foo Fighters, one of the world’s most popular rock acts are playing the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Monday. You may not have the next day off work, but the Foo Fighter’s are sure to put on a performance not to be missed.

 

Let us know if you’re planning on attending any of these gigs, or any other gigs you’ve got lined up this weekend! Have a great bank holiday weekend!

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21 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

This week’s Mio mood board – Raspberry

This week’s Mio mood board features our vibrant Raspberry Evoke D4 Mio. We thought this would add great pop of colour to any bedroom. This week we’ve paired our Raspberry trimmed radio with a mixture of white and oak furniture. What would you pair yours with?

 

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All products available here:

Scented Candle: Liberty of London

Cushion: John Lewis

Mirror: The Lollipop Shoppe

Drawers: Nest

Bedside Table: Dwell

Bed: Made

Plant: Ikea

 

Don’t miss out on our Mio promotion this Spring, where you can claim a free interchangeable coloured trim and ChargePAK on your purchase of an Evoke D2 Mio or Evoke D4 Mio, worth up to £59.

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20 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure drives away with another award from Auto Express for the Highway 300Di

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Pure’s Vicky Hewlett and Jasper Wybrants collecting their award from Auto Express’s Steve Fowler

We are delighted to announce that the Pure Highway 300Di has been awarded the Auto Express Product Award for In Car Adaptor for the third year running. Highway 300Di is a revolutionary product that, with professional, installation allows users to listen to high quality DAB digital radio in their car. It was first launched in 2011 after the roaring success of Pure’s original Highway and has been met with fantastic reception ever since. Take a look at more of the reviews here.

More information on the Highway 300Di is available on our website.

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14 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

This week’s Mio mood board

The brilliant thing about our Evoke D2 and D4 Mio digital radios with Bluetooth is that they come in seven different interchangeable colours, which makes them perfect for mixing and matching with your home décor. Our favourite colour this week has to be cerulean, a beautiful deep blue which would look perfect in a coastal inspired room. We’ve shared a few gorgeous home wares that we think fit perfectly with the Evoke D2 Mio in Cerulean.

Mio Mood Board Cerulean

 

All products available here:

White Sofa – Ikea

Wooden Bookcase – Marks & Spencer

Printed Rug – French Connection

White Coffee Table – Loaf

Printed Cushion – Etsy

Antique Wash Wicker Basket – The Basket Company

 

Don’t miss out on our Mio promotion this Spring, where you can claim a free interchangeable coloured trim and ChargePAK on your purchase of an Evoke D2 Mio or Evoke D4 Mio, worth up to £59.

http://www.pure.com/miocolour/?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=miocolour

 

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30 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure’s Pick of Bank Holiday Gigs

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This Monday (4th May)   is the early May bank holiday which means an extra day off to do whatever you please. If you fancy seeing some live music this long weekend, you’re spoilt for choice. We’ve put together a list of the UK’s top gigs and music events to help you have a fantastic May-day weekend.

 

Friday 1st May

Olly Murs, Nottingham – Join former X-Factor contestant on his latest tour this Friday at the huge Capital FM arena. With support from the brilliant Ella Eyre, it’ll be a great way to kick of your three-day weekend.

Olly Murs is also performing shows at the O2 in London on Sunday 3rd May and Monday 4th.

Odesza, London Odesza are an American music duo well known in the underground electronic music scene. They’re playing intimate East London venue The Laundry which has hosted its fair share of house and electronic artists.

 

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Saturday 2nd May

The Vamps – LondonThe Vamps, with support from Union J, will be headlining London’s famous O2 arena on their first UK and Ireland arena tour. They have already received great reviews for their tour thus far, so if pop music is your vibe this is the concert for you.

Southampton Soundclash FestivalThis is perhaps one of the biggest events taking place this weekend. The Southampton Soundclash Festival has a huge line up including Gorgon City, Hannah Wants and DJ EZ. Taking place at Silverlake Stadium there are four stages with an army of house, trance and DNB artists.

 

Sunday 3rd May

Land of Kings Festival – London – This is a multi-venue mini music festival in Dalston, East London. The line-up includes artists such as The 2 Bears, Waze and Odyssey and Nathan Fake and promises some great funk, electronic and indie tunes.

Purity Ring – Bristol – If you feel like something a little different on Sunday night, check out synth-pop band Purity Ring. This Canadian duo is known for their trance-like music and have two studio albums under their belt.

UB40 – Newcastle – What better way to celebrate having Monday off than a night with one of Britain’s most iconic reggae bands? UB40 will be playing a mixture of their greatest hits and new tracks from their latest album, Getting Over the Storm.

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Monday 4th May

Laura Marling – Bristol – Folk singer songwriter, Laura Marling, is performing at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton on Monday and will be showcasing music from her most recent album, Short Movie.

Charley Pride – Birmingham – If you’re a fan of country and western music, 60s and 70s hero Charley Pride is playing the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

Ugly Duckling – Birmingham – This hip-hop trio from California are playing the Hare and Hounds in Birmingham. Their music style is old-school hip-hop and they’ve been likened in the past to bands such as Beastie Boys and Run-DMC.

Going to any music events this long weekend? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

 

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29 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure partners with Volkswagen Group to drive DAB adoption

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London, 29th April 2015: Pure in collaboration with Volkswagen Group today launches Drive Digital, an in-car digital radio adapter designed and approved especially for VW group vehicles.

The Drive Digital, powered by Pure, has been designed to fit seamlessly in most vehicles within the Volkswagen Group, with four colour Illumination backlight settings to suit each environment and dashboard.

Drive Digital offers the ultimate in-car digital radio experience, with excellent reception, Pure’s signature high-quality sound, a wide choice of stations and a host of handy features like pause and rewind. The unit is also Digital Tick approved meaning that it is future proofed and ready for a digital radio switchover.

David Morgan, product development manager at Volkswagen Group, says: “Pure is the ideal partner for this project as their reputation as leaders in digital radio is unrivalled. The new Drive Digital adapter allows all of our customers to add an approved digital radio to their existing car audio system. The upgrade means you can keep your existing radio and add the magic of live digital radio.”

Nick Hucker, Pure’s senior marketing director, says: “We are proud to be powering the new Drive Digital and bringing our considerable digital radio experience to Volkswagen Group customers.“This is an important step forward for the uptake of in-car digital radio adapters and will be a significant catalyst in driving a digital radio switchover.”

In addition to delivering best-in-class digital radio, the Drive Digital also offers the option to connect an iPod, iPhone or iPad and listen back via the car speakers. Not only will it play music but it charges at the same time.

Other features include:

USB Port

Allows users to navigate and listen to tracks from a USB flash drive, mobile phone or MP3 player with USB connection

Dual Tuner

Removes the need to keep re-tuning during a journey

Pause and Rewind Live Radio

Gives users the ability to simply pause live radio and continue to listen later, exactly where they left off, or rewind at 15 second increments

The Drive Digital adaptor is available through all VW, Audi, SEAT, SKODA and VW commercial vehicles dealers across UK, priced from £279.50.

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About Pure

Pure is a world leading consumer electronics manufacturer and leads the way in music streaming and radio systems, multiroom audio and entertainment cloud services with the Pure Connect portal www.pureconnect.com as well as innovating in new areas. Designed and engineered in the UK, all of Pure’s products are manufactured with the environment in mind and at ethically audited facilities. Pure is a division of Imagination Technologies Group plc. See www.pure.com.

Press contact:

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Sophie Spooner

Sophie.spooner@pure.com

t: +44 (0)1923 277646

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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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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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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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