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04 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure Supports Soundtrack to Sports Charity

Pure Supports Soundtrack to Sports Charity – GB 365

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Pure is pleased to announce our support today for the official sound track for sports charity Sports Traider. The single, “GB 365”, by singer/ songwriter Alexander Joseph, will be launched officially at Hoops Aid, a major sporting event for the British Basketball League.

Hoops Aid will be held in the 02 Arena, featuring exhibition matches from the Paralympians, Battle Back Heroes and the Pro Celebrity All Stars.

GB 365 is being supported on Pure’s music streaming service, Pure Connect, available to listen to now with a Pure Connect subscription.

Says Paul Brown, Head of Media, Sports Traider: “We’re really pleased that a brand like Pure is able to support a sound track that embodies the passion we have for this charity. The songwriter himself shares our passion for sport and understands how motivational music can be in sports. The fact that this track is now available on a mainstream music streaming service like Pure Connect gives this track even more potential to reach and inspire others.”

Artist Alex Joseph explains: “The power of music in sport should not be underestimated, and neither should the benefits of sport for young people regardless of background and ability. Pure’s support for GB 365 not only raises awareness of Sports Traider’s fundraising by association, it helps to extend the track’s potential reach and spread this message further.”

More about the songwriter…

Alexander (Alex) Joseph is an established artist but has enjoyed many successes in both music and sport. As a musician he cut his teeth as a singer/ songwriter in the open mic scene in Bath, combining playing solo with a covers band that provided the platform to experiment and grow as an artist.

Alongside this he was juggling a career as a burgeoning tennis player, from which he moved into sports coaching, enjoying time working with the England Netball and British Skeleton teams, tennis, badminton, wheelchair basketball and, more recently, wheelchair tennis. Knowing that music burned in him just as passionately as sport, he has sought to combine these two motivations.

Alex left a full time role working in sport to make room for his growing musical ideas which is where the idea for the song GB 365 blossomed. The women’s GB Wheelchair basketball team picked up on the song as something of a “war cry” curing a recent world championships and excitement about the track has since been quickly growing in momentum.

More about Sports Traider…

UK charity Sports Traider is a youth-focused charity offering young people the kit and support they need to discover and fulfil their sport ambition and potential, whatever their background, ability or disability.

Sports Traider will be featuring GB 365 by Alexander Joseph across its platforms over the next year in preparation for the Olympics and also in its bid to encourage more grass roots level involvement in sport among children.

Proceeds from the single will go to Sports Traider to be channelled back into funding sports coaching, access to facilities such as gyms and sports clubs and even transport required to get talented but disadvantaged athletes to training.

 

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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.

ENDS

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:

Pure

Sophie Spooner

Sophie.spooner@pure.com

t: +44 (0)1923 277646

m: +44 (0) 7827 778182

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23 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

English Language Radio Stations around the World

In celebration of United Nations’ English Language Day

In celebration of United Nations’ English Language Day, we wanted to share a few of our favourite global English language radio stations. Whether you’re an expat, studying abroad, travelling around the world or even trying to learn the language, English language radio stations are a great way to connect with the rest of the world.

 

English Language Day is celebrated annually on 23rd April – the date when tradition says the master of the English language and playwright William Shakespeare was born. His plays continue to be published, performed in theatres and seen in films almost 400 years after his death.

 

The United Nations celebrated its first English Language Day on 23rd April 2010. That day, a number of events were held at the U.N.’s headquarters in New York City.

 

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WWSN Radio

http://wwsnradio.com/

 

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

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BBC World Service

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

 

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Riviera Radio, Monaco

http://rivieraradio.mc/

 

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

 

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Energy FM Tenerife

http://www.internet-radio.com/station/energy106/

 

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

 

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Rocket FM Stockholm

http://www.rocket.fm/

 

Stockholm’s rock station

 

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

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23 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Celebrating English Music Artists this St George’s Day

To celebrate St George’s Day we’ve created our own Pure Connect track list of iconic English Artists.

 

The Kinks – All day and all night

 

Oasis – Morning Glory

 

Arctic Monkeys – R u mine?

 

The Who – My Generation

 

The Rolling Stones – Rocks Off

 

London Calling – The Clash

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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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Pure
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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.

McBusted

McBusted

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.

 

Press contact:

Pure

Vicky Hewlett

Vicky.hewlett@pure.com

t: +44 (0)1923 277531

m: +44 (0)7810 808 516

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