Yes. Yes. YES.

It was bound to happen, wasn’t it. While most people leaked with excitement on hearing hype machine’s very own golden child, Frank Ocean was performing in London, I held my girlish excitement.

Since the Amsterdam date was announced, I could only hope the Godfather would bless our capital city. Answered prayers and ecstatic screams later, it has been announced that D’Angelo will be at the Brixton Academy come February 3rd.

PSA: Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 25th November here. Until then, I will proceed to listen to his two albums, watch this (Damn, he gets me everytime!)and wait.

Coco and Robin Hannibal are getting me through the winter months nicely. From their various individual projects, to their self titled album, I can’t get enough of the duo.

So of course I am most pleased that the Danish pair are coming back to London again. This time in the east of London at CAMP, tickets are on sale now and an advanced price of £8.50 can be bought here. Otherwise £12 on the door. Missed the last one, so there is no way I’m missing this show… see you there!

1 night. 30 Gigs. 30 streams.

Last night’s London Eye takeover, held by RBMA’s International Festival was arguably one of the biggest music events of the year and most certainly one of the most memorable. Red Bull and it’s worldwide tour took over the EDF London Eye for one night only – each pod hosted by a different DJ/collective/artist.

Our crew was split across two pods – the Deviation pod and the Andreya Triana pod.

Floating above the city lights while Andreya Triana (supported by Tanya Auclair) sang songs off of her critically acclaimed Lost Where I Belong album was both surreal and serene. With London as her backdrop she fully embraced the electric and jovial atmosphere created by just 20 people inside a capsule. The connection between her and those gazing in adoration was simply beautiful. Not to mention, unforgettable.

The Deviation pod, spearheaded by tastemaker extraordinaire Benji B featured a string quartet (a stroke of genius which once again separates this movement from any other around). While Benji played Soulful grooves from the likes of Erykah Badu and Dwele the quartet accompanied – their sonics engulfing the capsule and all within it. But in true Deviation style, the tempo was upped with some classic Garage & Hip Hop bangers. MJ Cole / Lil’ Wayne with strings = winning.

Everyone, in every pod (artist and guests alike) came out with glowing smiles, all fully realising that they had just experienced what will probably be a once in a lifetime event.

This type of feat is only achievable by a forward thinking, innovative company like the ones hosting. I want to go again!

Our girl Azealia is making her London debut at Hoxton Sq Bar & Grill on November 6th. We first told you about this talented young femcee from New York when we posted her ‘212’ (the video for which has been taken down due to a copywrite claim), we followed that up with her (bad ass) collaboration with Lunice on a track called ‘Runnin’.

… And we told you to keep a close eye on here – with good reason too. I think this young has a lot of potential at becoming a successful recording artist. Not only because there is (still) a massive gap in the market (despite what the mainstream media would suggest – one successful female emcee is not enough – remember the 90’s?) but because she’s also got a killer flow and a seemingly firm grasp on ‘what’s hot’.

Buy your tickets (£11) here now.

See you there.

Massive massive shout to PinBoard friend Jono McCleery for selling out his album launch a month in advance. Just so those of you who slept on buying tickets the first time get to see Jono perform in London before galavanting around the globe, he has added another date to be played at the 100 Club on 30th November (You can get early bird tickets HERE) . He has been for me the most excited artist to make his stamp on 2011 thus far and we are really happy to see it all progressing so well. Make sure you pick up a copy of his amazing Ninja Tune debut ‘There is’ and check out what happened when we got Jono into our ‘Rehearsal Rooms’ here.

In what is probably their biggest live event to date (and with Red Bull, that’s saying something) RBMA will be taking over the London Eye on October 13th 2011 to present ‘Revolutions in Sound’ – the worlds first music festival in the sky. Each pod on the capital’s largest wheel will be taken over by a crew or artist. As you would imagine, space is very limited but for those not lucky enough to have been allocated a ticket – the audio will be streamed online for all to enjoy.

Acts taking part include: Wretch 32, Skream & Benga, Benji B/Deviation, Rodigan, Metalheadz, Ms Dynamite, Kano, Digital Soundboy Soundsystem (Shy FX, Breakage, Donae’o), Andreya Triana, Ben Westbeech, Zinc and a whole heap of others.

Mind blowing. It’s hard to fathom how this will work, but if anyone can pull it off – it’s these guys.

Tickets can be applied for via RBMA’s website. Apply quick because these will go.

See you there.

September. Here we are.

The ninth month of 2011 and summer has officially finished. As the final few festivals make use of the last ounce of confidence people have in the great and unpredictable British weather, so much so they choose to sleep outside and enjoy some live music.  Bar the few left, it’s all about getting to know those cosy venues throughout the autumn season.  And I have plenty of those waiting for you over the jump.

The big hitter of this month definitely has to be Adele. And if you’re lucky enough to have a spare ticket, maybe you want to bring your favourite live reviewer with you… Just maybe.

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Massive props to the good peoples over at PMOI for this one. The new monthly night down in the C.A.M.P basement is going to go off with a bang. Featuring a stellar line up with the legendary Dego performing his new album with full live band!!! Lets not forget about PinBoard favourites Tanya Auclair and Eric Lau in the mix too and we have ourselves one hell of a night! Just to take the biscuit, like the music wasn’t enough, we will also be treated to Mrs Mck and her Pudding Club from Relay Boutique providing amazing cake!  Sri McKinnon is launching her new art show “Mindscapes” upstairs on the same night and United 80 will be selling vinyl and other treats in their pop up shop. Oh Lord. I have already copped my tickets and I suggest you do the same for the (utterly bonkers) price of £5….right here. Tickets are selling fast so don’t sleep on this one!

No one can ever say this guy doesn’t put in the work. After the internet blow up of his mixtape releases, a debut album on the way and the generous Sunday giveaway these past few weeks, we now are treated to a world tour.

I don’t use the word ‘treat’ lightly either. After seeing him at his first solo UK show in the UK back in January, the charasmatic rapper convinced us all then why Cole World is about to take over. 3 months solid touring from August 23rd  to December 12th, I’m sure Cole will surely be able to spread his gospel to the masses.

Peep the dates over the jump, make sure you see him in a city near you soon.

 

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Major supporters of the masked wonder,  SBTRKT and after seeing him and side kick Sampha support Friendly Fires a couple weeks back at the Roundhouse, I highly recommend you check out one of the live dates that have been announced. Get your tickets for one of the following.

4TH OCT – XOYO – LONDON
5TH OCT – AUDIO – BRIGHTON
6TH OCT – THEKLA – BRISTOL
7TH OCT- HIFI CLUB – LEEDS

SBTRKT LIVE SUPPORT FOR FRIENDLY FIRES DATES

10 NOV – 02 ACADEMY  – BRISTOL
11 NOV – 02 ACADEMY  – BIRMINGHAM
12 NOV – GUILDHALL  – SOUTHAMPTON
12 NOV – THE BLOCK PARTY (DJ) – BOURNEMOUTH
14 NOV – ROCK CITY  – NOTTINGHAM
15 NOV – 02 ACADEMY  – NEWCASTLE
17 NOV – 02 APOLLO  – MANCHESTER
18 NOV – BARROWLANDS  – GLASGOW
19 NOV – 02 ACADEMY – LEEDS
21 NOV – CORN EXCHANGE – CAMBRIDGE
22 NOV – ENGINE SHED – LINCOLN
25 NOV – BRIXTON ACADEMY  – LONDON

You will definitely catch the PinBoard crew at a couple of those dates at least.

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