LONDON, UK (Top40 Charts/ Dawbell PR)
Following the announcement of the MTV Brand
New for 2012 shortlist, MTV UK & Ireland announce two exclusive January gigs, showcasing nominated artists and established UK stars at London's KOKO. Indie rockers The Maccabees
will headline a show on Tuesday 24th January, supported by nominees Lana Del Rey
and Charli XCX. The next day, Wednesday 25th, rising star Emeli Sandé will headline a show supported by Delilah, with another nominee soon to be confirmed. Tickets go on sale from 11am 12/12/11 via: www.mtv.co.uk/brandnewtickets
TUESDAY 24th JANUARY - THE MACCABEES/LANA DEL REY/CHARLI XCX
Fresh from revealing their brand new single 'Pelican', The Maccabees, are set to release their highly anticipated new album 'Given to the Wild' on 9th January. Since the release of debut album Colour It In in 2008, the South London based band have earned themselves a devoted following, won widespread critical acclaim and have become one of the most popular bands on the live circuit. Due to tour the UK in January, theirs is a live show not to be missed.
In support, one of music's hottest new names, Lana Del Rey is a true internet sensation. Since exploding onto the music scene with her home-made track and video, 'Video Games', which entered the UK charts at number 9 in October, she has won universal acclaim throughout the UK music press and has firmly established herself as one of music's brightest new stars. She will be performing songs from her debut album, due for release in the same week.
Also performing on Tuesday night is the hugely talented Charli XCX. Having already supported the likes of Peaches and Robyn and played at notable festivals like Bestival, her electro-goth pop style has seen her championed by hipsters and tastemakers alike across blogs, style mags, and specialist radio. With a plethora of emotive dark pop songs, and backed by a growing army of top producers and worldwide fans, Charli is one of the most exciting new artists on the scene.
WEDNESDAY 25th JANUARY - EMELI SANDÉ/DELILAH/TBC
Emeli Sandé is one of the most exciting new UK music talents. An in demand songwriter, having penned hit tracks for the likes of Tinie Tempah, Professor Green and Cheryl Cole, Emeli also featured on Professor Green's number one single 'Read All About It' as well as Chipmunk's debut top ten track 'Diamond Rings'. Following the release of debut single 'Heaven' which entered the UK charts at number two, her much talked about solo record 'Our Version of Events' is set to be released on 13th February. She is currently on tour with Coldplay.
Supporting her will be hotly tipped MTV Brand New for 2012 nominee Delilah. Having already scored hits through collaborations with Chase and Status and her first solo single, 'Go', the stunning songstress has caused a huge stir since arriving on the scene earlier this year. Her strength and versatility as a songwriter and singer coupled with her unique sound sets her apart from her contemporaries.
Another nominee will support Emeli Sandé alongside Delilah - announcement is soon to follow.
On the 1st December, MTV Brand New for 2012 launched with a bang with Wretch 32 and nominees Clement Marfo and the Frontline and Angel performing to a sold out London KOKO where this year's shortlist was announced.
The nominees are (see below for more info on each):
CLEMENT MARFO AND THE FRONTLINE
LANA DEL REY
LIANNE LA HAVAS
This year, for the first time ever, one unsigned act will be added to the shortlist. Over 2000 unsigned artists entered the competition, which has now been whittled down to a longlist of over 500. Music fans can vote for their favourite now at http://brandnewunsigned.mtv.co.uk. A shortlist of 20 unsigned acts will be announced on January 8th with an overall winner being added to the Brand New for 2012 shortlist on January 9th.
With one of the most successful track-records for a new music poll, over the last 4 years MTV Brand New has identified international stars such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber & Ke$ha before their debut releases whilst also picking up top British music talent Tinie Tempah, Adele, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Friendly Fires, White Lies, Wretch 32 & Labrinth at the very start of their recording careers.
23 year-old West London singer-songwriter Angel has penned hit tracks for the likes of Roll Deep, Pixie Lott and Jason Derulo while honing his own unique sound. His soulful vocals and distinctive rapping style have already caused waves of excitement online and with a storming album featuring Wiley and Wretch 32 waiting in the wings and heavy support from the likes of Trevor Nelson, Angel is one of the hottest new UK talents around.
19 year old Charli has been in bands since she was 7 years old. Having already supported the likes of Peaches and Robyn and played at notable festivals like Bestival, her electro-goth pop style has seen her championed by hipsters and tastemakers alike across blogs, style mags, and specialist radio.With a plethora of emotive dark pop songs, and backed by a growing army of top producers and worldwide fans, Charli is not like your run-of-the-mill musician.
Clement Marfo & The Frontline
Having recently supported the likes of Plan B, Dizzee Rascal and Florence + the Machine, 7 piece hip-hop collective Clement Marfo and the Frontline have already earned themselves a devout live following. Formed only two years ago in South London the Warner Brothers Records signed act have since made a huge impact on the UK urban scene and with their highly anticipated debut album released early next year, they are set to smash into the consciousness of music fans everywhere.
Having scored over 40 million hits on YouTube, and amassed 150,000 Facebook followers before even releasing a debut single, 18-year old Brightonian Conor Maynard is a musical force to be reckoned with. His homemade videos and soulful vocals have turned him into an internet phenomenon and having recently signed to Parlophone, Connor Maynard's star continues to rise exponentially.
London-born and bred Delilah has proven pop star quality. Having already scored hits through collaborations with Chase and Status and her first solo single, 'Go', the stunning songstress has caused a huge stir since arriving on the scene earlier this year. Her strength and versatility as a songwriter and singer coupled with her unique sound sets her apart from her contemporaries.
West London singer/songwriter King Charles is a fascinating new artist. As a long term collaborator with Mumford & Sons and having toured with the likes of Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale, King Charles' bohemian flair and unique songwriting has garnered him a lot of tastemaker support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq. Signed to Island, King Charles is set to release his debut album in early 2012 through their popular Communion label to much anticipation.
Lana Del Rey
Lana is one of the hottest new talents around and a true internet sensation. Since exploding onto the music scene with her home-made track and video, Video Games, which entered the UK charts at number 9 in October, she has won universal acclaim throughout the UK music press and has firmly established herself as one of music's brightest new stars.
Lianne La Havas
Following a widely acclaimed performance on Later With Jools Holland, and a hugely successful Black Cab Session which racked up over 200k views online, Lianne has been steadily winning over high profile fans in the shape of Zane Lowe, Fearne Cotton, Mary Ann Hobbs and Rob Da Bank among others.With her incredible, soulful voice and no-gimmick style, Lianne is certain to be one of the stars of 2012.
British born Ugandan, Michael Kiwanuka is an outstanding natural talent. Already lauded by the critics and hand-picked by Adele as her only support act for her UK tour, there is huge anticipation for his debut record. With a classic sound that brings to mind the likes of Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, Michael's soulful tones and stunning songwriting projects him as one of the most exciting new talents to emerge this year.