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Hughes that Tynesider touring Europe

At just 20-years-old most people coming out of their teenage years would still be struggling to find a career path, Tyneside’s Kyle Hughes therefore is something of an anomaly, or an enigma.

The past few years have been something of a whirlwind for the drummer from Rowlands Gill working with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls, Misanthropy UK and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal has meant he’s been kept busy.

Not shying from differing types of music either, Kyle is putting his drumming skills to use at differing ends of the music spectrum and followed up performing with Aurora and the Skulls at Glastonbury this summer with a trip Stateside with Ron, making new friends along the way.

Ron, of Art of Anarchy and Sons of Apollo fame, has enlisted Kyle’s services in part over the past two years, the drummer appearing on a UK mini-tour twelve months ago which included a date at Trillians in Newcastle. This year though has seen things taken up another level, Kyle travelling to America and appearing in New York City and New Jersey in August, before a whistle-stop tour of Romania the following month.

Next though sees Kyle on a Euro-tour, taking in dates in the Netherlands, France and Romania, eight dates in ten days, later this month.

“It’s always fun being with and playing alongside Ron,” began Kyle.

“I’m definitely looking forward at getting back out there and it’s an always an honour and privilege to do so; he definitely makes me up my game every time we perform.

“The trips I’ve done recently with him has been my first proper experience and I’m really happy as to how things have gone so we’re looking forward to bigger things to come.”

Kyle, who is also involved with local deathcore band, Misanthropy UK when on home soil, was involved with their recent release, Of Wolves (single), and their EP, Foot of the Mountain.

Touring though is something he’s experiencing properly for the first time, more so on foreign soils.

“This is my first time on tour in Europe with full dates,” continued Kyle.

“It’ll be my second time to Bucharest and Romania as well which is great as that has to be the best place I’ve ever performed a gig, the vibe created there was just amazing, and it was Ron’s birthday as well which added to the whole spectre.”

Having left the region on November 15 Kyle will be performing with Ron, and the New Jersey band, Thank You Scientist, in Heerlen and The Hague (Netherlands), Caen, Paris and Marseille (France) before the rock duo head back to Romania for a further three dates.

 

Look Hughes Living the Dream Stateside

A few weeks back Newcastle’s now famous session drummer, Kyle Hughes, headed Stateside for the second time this year.

At the turn of the year, along with Micky McCrystal (Tygers of Pan Tan Tang) Hughes attended the NAMM Show in California as the pair began to live the dream.

In Kyle, his began a few before when, as drummer for Twister, they supported Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal at the O2 Academy, Newcastle in 2015 then again at Trillians the following year.

From that day forth he has continued to push himself more than most teens of his tender age would dare dream.

November last year, and with Ron on a UK mini-tour, Kyle would join up with the Art of Anarchy star, along with some old friends – McCrystal, Ed Bell, and Coyote, to push out a couple of cheeky dates.

Kyle would continue working apace with Aurora Dawn and the Screamin’ Skulls which would see him perform at this years Glastonbury. A moment to cherish for the youngster who said: “Playing at Glastonbury is a pretty amazing thing.

“I’m honoured to have played at such an iconic festival at such a young age, and it’s my first time there but I’m just doing what I do best and that’s making music.”

(Above, Hughes and the legendary Jeff Scott Soto)

America though is just, different, and having been to NAMM, Hughes was invited back, to both LA and, once he’d heard of the impending brother of the little drummer boy, Bumblefoot wasted no time in adding him to his NYC/NJ gigs.

The legendary guitarist said of Hughes’ visiting: “KYLE-MANIA coming to the US shores!!

“America finally gets to enjoy what the UK has already witnessed

“I’ll be doing my Bumblefoot shows around NYC in August – wouldn’t want to do them with anyone else on drums.

“Kyle Hughes is a name the music world will be hearing more and more.

(Above – Hughes left, Bumblefoot centre, McCrystal right; Below – Hughes left, Bumblefoot centre, Peter Mann right both in November 2016)

“We met in Newcastle in 2015, his band took on the task of being my band as well, they were a great bunch and put on a great show, and nailed the music!

“Kyle and I have stayed in touch, and I’ve been happy to see continuing  opportunities coming his way, gear endorsements and gigs and recordings…  really, the guy can play anything, and groove with the best of ’em…!  And always with a smile…!

“We played an acoustic show earlier last year, and in November when we did a run of UK shows; and I’m sure there’ll be more to come.

“I just hope he’ll still have time for me when he’s on the cover of every drum mag and every band is knockin’ down his door.”

(Above, Hughes left at Epitaph Records)

Not much can contain the excitement of Hughes, who can already count on endorsements from Regal Tip and Natal moving forward and, with his name very much in the public eye, Bumblefoot’s awareness is with well-tuned nous for the industry.

“I was going out there (to America) anyway,” explained Kyle.

“It’s my first time not only being there but also to be able to perform and experience different types of audiences, as Bumblefoot’s drummer, In New York and New Jersey, is insane.

“Although there are potentially more shows to announce we’ll be doing these shows to promote Ron’s solo music.

“It’s certainly some five week trip!”

Anybody in the New York or New Jersey areas can see Bumblefoot, Kyle and company perform at Iridium (New York) on August 23, and at Mexicali Live (New Jersey) on August 25.

Any media requests for Kyle Hughes should be directed to his PR Management via petermann78@hotmail.com

Tyne to Rock the Foodbank

Throughout the summer break of the football season the Newcastle West End Foodbank has been looking at different ways of raising much needed awareness, funds, and more importantly, food, for their foodbank initiatives.

Now, on the night of Friday August 4, ahead of the new football season, the fans initiative brings their first ‘Rock the Foodbank’ to the Tyne Bank Brewery on Walker Road where an evening of live music will aim to continue the momentum moving forward.

Masterminded by two former NUFC fanzine writers, Steve Hastie and Peter Mann, the evening will be compered by Newcastle’s Sharon Percy (recently seen in I, Daniel Blake) and with music from the likes of Jesse Lowes, St Buryan, Jonathon Honour, The Red Jets, Papa Lazarou, 18-year-old Evie Lake, and a special appearance from Preston’s Breaking Waves, it promises to be a fantastic fundraising night.

Speaking of the event Ms Percy said: “I’m always happy to help out with anything and have been involved with the foodbank initiative from the early stages last year.

“It’s presence outside the football ground (St James Park on a match day) does help but we need more momentum with it all moving forward. There’s a number of collection points around the region but the problem doesn’t just go away after one, two, five sessions, hence why we need to keep it up.

“I’ve a good insight myself into how people end up in situations like food/clothing poverty, rent arrears etc and that suddenly turns into a greater problem.

“Now it’s the summer holidays as well the situation is even more important – don’t forget, there’s always somebody out there that needs support so we do need to keep these things going as much as we can.”

Breaking Waves meanwhile have just recently played a set at the city centre’s Trillians Rock Bar where they were supported by local band, Bitter Enemies. Heading back to the region Phil Ireland didn’t hesitate in agreeing to put the band on, and they’ll be the main support to Dave Burn and Papa Lazarou.

Phil added: “We don’t mind doing these types of events and with it being for a really good cause we jumped at the chance to come back to Newcastle.

“We don’t really play there that often, in fact before the Trillians gig it was nine months ago the last time we were over.

“However, this does tie in quite nicely with what we’re doing at present and Newcastle have been really good to us so it’s nice that we’re able to give something back.”

The event, ‘Rock the Foodbank’ takes place at the Tyne Bank Brewery on Friday August 4. Doors opening at 6:30pm the first act is scheduled for 7pm and will run overall until late; entry fee is either a cash or food donation on the door.

More information can be found on the event page ‘Rock the Foodbank.’

Press release on Chronicle Live 

North’s music community standing up to fight the black dog

On Sunday afternoon the region’s music community, and more, will gather at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle’s City Centre to not only honour the recent passing of both Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, but to ‘Fight the Black Dog.’

A lot of people have been affected by mental health, few stand up and talk about it and on Sunday, you can if you want, but you can also play some music and mingle with friends, whatever you’re feeling at the time.

Now, more than ever, there’s a growing need to break the stigma and talk about it, and where better place than where many feel at home and safe? This day is for everyone who feels alone, or feels that they can’t open up about their mental health.

Dave Hills, manager of Trillians was more than happy to welcome the event to his venue and, with MIND, Wandy UK, and the Jay Lennon Foundation all on-board, it has very much been an event taken to the hearts of the many.

A representative said: “From a little idea of a gathering we have this fantastic event.

“It all stemmed from a video on social media from one of the region’s rock artists after Chester’s unfortunate passing and it just went from there.

“The response has been amazing, both from the music community, and from local businesses, and with a venue like Trillians, a mainstay on the regional music scene for so long, we couldn’t really ask for any more.”

Of the artists performing on the day includes Steve Daggett, of Lindisfarne and The Velvets with acoustic sessions being the nature of the day; Steve will be joined on stage by the likes of the Front Step Collective, Jonathon Haigh, Craig Roddam and more.

Steve added: “I saw Dave (Hills) put a post out asking for people to perform so I contacted him as we’ve all been affected in some form or another.

“Something like this (Mental Health) affects and touches everybody whether personally, or in other ways.

“People need to reach out and make it known and hopefully not be affected by the stigma which surrounds it all and an event like this, it’s grabbed people’s attention from the off and was something I had to do.

“I’ve an acoustic slot at around half five and will probably play some of my own music, and some off Lindisfarne’s.”

Also on the day will be Gargoyle Beauty providing manicures and face painting, food will be available and funds raised will go to the designated charities; a raffle will also take place with some great prizes on offer including tickets for the O2 Academy, Riverside and Think Tank, a month subscription to Blyth Barbells and Fitness and much more.

The event starts at 2pm this Sunday at Trillians, Princess Square, and more information can be found on the event page ‘Fighting the Black Dog – Raising Awareness for Mental Health.

Press release on Chronicle Live 

Chloe Chadwick Presents – McDade Intends To Deliver

(Images courtesy of Elaine Whyman)

Tyneside artist, Lee McDade, is intent on continuous delivery as he follows up his own, recent, album launch at The Cluny, with support of Northern Country Queen, Chloe Chadwick, at hers at Think Tank.

McDade, who like Chloe has taken several years to release their debut, grew up on a diet of good ol’ rock n’ roll.

Unlike the rock stars though McDade prefers the shorter tracks in life, although his day job may suggest otherwise, and you’d also be forgiven for thinking that his ‘Greatest Hits’ was arrogantly titled, however it’s definitely more a tongue-in-cheek scenario.

“I recently released my own debut album, my ‘Greatest Hits,’ at The Cluny,” began Lee.

“It was cheekily called that and was just one of those moments but that’s what they are, they’re my greatest hits so far.”

McDade’s background in music though may cause surprise, in a roundabout way. That rock n roll diet could bode well for the future in the industry and, having looked more punk rock than country, the image may well have gone with the sound.

“I grew up listening to the likes of Elvis Presley, Queen and Bruce Springsteen, that’s what my early years were like.

“However, I prefer to keep my music short and sweet rather than those lengthier versions.

“It was my auntie that got me into country though when she gave me some Garth Brooks, but for me the influence has to be Steve Earle and it’s because of that I’d say my style is more Americana than country and I’ve probably been doing it this way for maybe five or six years now.”

With gigs aplenty McDade took a chance a couple of years ago, swapping, albeit briefly, Northern England for West Coast USA and New Jersey, performing a few gigs which can only have benefited any artist.

That, combined with an increasing number of dates on home soil, have instilled increasing confidence in the artist and helps him look forward to a more positive future.

“We’re always looking at what the next step will be and pushing things on,” he continued.

“I’ve an album to promote so we’ll certainly be doing something there.

“The support I’ve had from Stephen Cunningham and Boomchang Records has been great and I can’t thank people like him enough for that support and it’s just a case of taking chances when they present themselves.

“I’m happy to be a part of anything and that’s good whilst being realistic with what can be achieved.”

In supporting fellow Tynesider, Chloe Chadwick, it’s a prime example of McDade’s willingness to involve himself elsewhere.

Showing respect for Chadwick’s talent he concluded saying: “She (Chloe) is an immensely talented woman and an amazing talent.

“I’ve found it difficult meeting like-minded people who dig what I dig but I’d rather be a pioneer in the industry than anything else.

“There’s so much to be said in music that I, we, put out there and it helps with any kind of mood. To me it’s a gift that’s meant to be given.”

Lee McDade, and Freeman, support Chloe Chadwick’s debut album launch at Think Tank, Newcastle on June 30. Tickets are available from the artists priced at £7 or from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/400890.

Home Town Gal Returns for Americana Night

Country starlet, Chloe Chadwick, returns to Nantwich this weekend to perform at the Fat Pigeon Americana Night at The Studio alongside Angels with Dirty Faces and Christina Martin.

Miss Chadwick, 32, releases her debut album, Dustbowl Jukebox, at the end of the month in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where she has resided for nearly a decade, carving out a successful career in the music industry.

The album, which is a culmination of a number of years’ worth of hard work, sweat, and often tears either side of her 2015 self-titled EP was announced early last month with the release of the single Love Will Find A Way.

She said: “I can’t wait to come to Nantwich for what will be a special night of good music with fabulous people.

“This visit is made even more special as it comes a week before my debut album launch back in Newcastle so I’ll showcase a couple of tracks from my album as well.

“I spent a few years living here with my mother in my early twenties so you could say this is where my music career took off really so it’ll be nice to be back home.

“As for the acts, I’ve worked with Angels with Dirty Faces so it’ll be great seeing them, as for Christina, she’s over from Canada so I’m really looking forward to seeing what she can do and I guess she will be with us as well.”

In respect of Dustbowl Jukebox, the ten-track album will be available from all music outlets and via www.chloechadwick.com at the end of the month. It features a mixture of music to cater for all needs with standouts being Love Will Find A Way, Big River and Plain Old Jane. 

Nominated for the second year running for two awards through UK Country Radio, Chloe added: “This has been a labour of love more than twenty years in the making.

“The feeling is that I’ve delivered on my pledge to write the most authentic and personal account of an everyman’s journey through the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

“There’s more to this eclectic assortment than just songs from the sunbelt.”

Christina Martin is a multi-award winning, alt country/classic rock musician from Nova Scotia; with five albums to her name, her fifth and most powerful being It’ll Be Alright, Miss Martin is touring the UK promoting her latest single, Lungs Are Burning, beginning here in Cheshire.

Chloe Chadwick Presents – Ride Of The Freeman Fighters

(Images courtesy of EnA Photography)

Teesside trio, and 2016 award nominees, Freeman, are hoping that their impending EP launch, ‘Ride,’ is the launchpad for future success.

Presently signed with Mill Lane Artist Management the fledgling country rock trio were last December nominated for the Best Indie/Alternative Act at the Ubeat Music Awards, and now they are aiming to follow that up with an EP ride to the next level.

Consisting of Julie Diddams (vocals), Andrew Marron (lead guitar) and Steven Ovington (rhythm guitar) this trio are aiming to go somewhere, fast, and will be using the title, and reasoning of, their debut EP, to push them forward.

“We chose ‘Ride’ as the three of just go with the flow and we feel that this represents the start of a musical journey for us,” began Julie.

“Although the lads have been around the music for some time, I’m relatively new to it and we’ve only really been gigging as a trio for just over a year.

“It’s also about the same length of time we’ve been with Marcus (Summerfield) and Mill Lane and it’s a good deal we have as we’re all working from the same page which is fantastic for us.”

Having played Stockton Calling along with taking in dates at The Arc, Batley, Barnsley and Leeds in recent times, the band’s name is a memorable one that was quite easily arrived at, after all it is lead singer, Julie’s, maiden name – thanks to Angie Taylor.

“It’s because of people like Angie that we got going,” Julie continued.

“She helped to advise and guide us and also is ‘to blame’ for the name we have, it’s simple really as it’s my maiden name but we couldn’t think of one when we first began – we, as a trio, really enjoy working together though so long may that continue.”

Playing at home, for any musician, is a requirement as it helps to build a strong fan base in which to ride forward with, and, for Freeman, it’s pretty much the same, Stockton Calling and The Arc being played with immense pleasure and ease.

“Being at Stockton Calling was certainly a fantastic opportunity for us,” added Julie.

“We feel that it’s nice to do regular, local gigs as it’s important to create a fan base from home.

“Doing that, and playing at The Arc, only good things can come from it and, although we do like to go to different places, it’s to come back home, not just to Teesside, but to the northeast.

“That’s why, in supporting Chloe Chadwick on the 30 June, it’s another opportunity and we’re really looking forward to it – it’ll be a really great night I’m sure.”

Freeman, and Lee McDade, support Chloe Chadwick’s debut album launch at Think Tank, Newcastle on June 30. Tickets are available from the artists priced at £7 or from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/400890.

Glastonbury-bound for Tyneside drummer

Local session drummer, Kyle Hughes, 19, is Glastonbury-bound this summer when he joins up with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls.

The young drummer, who late last year performed on a mini-tour with former Guns n’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Tygers of Pan Tang hot shot, Micky McCrystal, is readying himself for what could be a massive few months ahead.

With two dates on The Spike Stage (22 and 24 June) Kyle, who has been with the Skulls for nearly two years, will warm-up for the big one with a gig at London’s Off The Cuff (OTC) Bar on Herne Hill just for good measure (support from Carpet Face and Rachel Darcy).

In an exclusive, and rare interview, Kyle, who has also recently been endorsed by Natal, said: “This really is all pretty amazing right now and I’m honoured to be playing at Glastonbury, more so at my age.

“It’s rather surreal so I’m just looking forward to it more than anything as I’m going to be playing at what is such a prestigious event.; I think I’ll just go and do what I do best and that’s make some noise.”

Kyle first across Ms. Dawn back in early-2015 when his previous band, Twister, were supporting Bumblefoot at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, Aurora being there as a special guest performer of the Art of Anarchy star. The drummer however, well it was the beginning of a rollercoaster ride that, right now, has no end in sight.

“When I first met Aurora I was sat in the hotel lobby in Newcastle waiting for Ron,” explained Kyle.

“Aurora approached me and asked if I’d be interested in working together on a few projects and the next thing you know I’m rehearsing with the Skulls. You could well say that that gig with Ron was my audition.

“Now it’s Glastonbury here we come, first stop the OTC, and I’m buzzing as it’s my first experience of it, in any capacity.

“As for Aurora, she’s amazing, a real talent in her own right and it’s great seeing the support she gets; for me she’s pretty much the real deal and that’s why people turn up and pay to see her.”

Kyle Hughes will be performing with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls at the OTC Bar in London on June 20, then they will rock up to Glastonbury for two dates, June 22 and 24, on The Spike Stage.

Welcome To The State Of Mind

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Rockers Twister went above and beyond at the O2 Academy on Sunday night when releasing their ‘Combined State of Mind’ album collection.

The lads, who had three supersized screens on stage, fireworks, plenty of tickertape and strobe lighting in effect certainly played to their adoring fans, Team Twister turning out en-mass – even the four support acts played a massive part.

Sam Gibson put on as an exhilarating opening as you could want; OffPeak performed magnificently; capital rockers, Judas, were as powerful as they were passionate; as for A New Nowhere, as chief support, they justified that role when setting up Twister as only a band can do, in style.

That main event though!

A combination of nearly a year’s work as Stevie Stoker, ever the perfectionist frontman, Matt, Jake, Joe, and additional members Paul and Michael, putting together two EP’s into one super album with Designed and Refined State of Mind’s completing the collection.

It’s hard to say which of the twenty plus tracks from their current, and back catalogue of music, received the better reception as the band reeled off some ninety minutes of pure, Twister, rock gold.

Even the new tracks, a few even unheard in a live setting until the night itself, were met with vigour and dance as the bar was well and truly risen.

As for what’s next from the lads, you’ll have to wait and see but for Twister, on Sunday night, and that incredible support they possess, they did it – O2 Academy main stage, done, and in some style that’s for sure.

Twister Ready For Major Headline On Tyneside

Rockers Twister are to headline the O2 Academy main stage in Newcastle this Sunday evening as Stevie Stoker and the lads take the next step on the rocky road to rock stardom.

The band, formed by Stoker near fourteen years ago, has come on leaps-and-bounds in the past few years, playing some high profile supports and selling out places like The Cavern Club in Liverpool and the O2 Academy (Stage 2).

In fact it was their last headline at Academy two, late last year, which saw the lads afforded the opportunity of the big one as Stoker, alongside bandmates Matt Whitaker, Jake Grimes and Joe Major, deciding to use the opportunity to capitalise and make it ‘The State of Mind Collection,’ full album launch.

Last time out they released the first half of the album, ‘Designed State of Mind’ in a packed out Academy when ably supported by Craig Roddam, Catalyse and Singapore Safehouse. Fast forward some seven months or so and they’re prepared to release not only the second half of the EP, ‘Refined State of Mind,’ but the complete collection, ‘Combined State of Mind.’

“We were absolutely over the moon to be able to sell-out Academy Two,” began Stevie.

“The response to the atmosphere and music on the night was great and then, to get the call from the Academy the following day asking if we’d fancy headlining the main hall, words can’t describe that.

“We’re aware as to how big a step up this is and the challenge that it presents but it’s a dream stage to play on and we’ve only been there once and that was a few years ago now (as support to Alarm).

“This is us, it’s something really, really special and we’ll certainly throw everything at it.”


“Playing the O2 is just surreal anyway and was packed out from start to finish, staying like that until the last song,” added Jake.

“So, already being on cloud nine with that, we get this as well. It brings back great memories for me going to gigs there as kids and the Ubeat Awards (last December when the lads collected a couple) was the perfect warm-up.

“Knowing it was Academy One from the off, we hope to sell it out, and although it could be seen as a bit of a risk, it’s now or never really. It’s the first step in the next big thing for us.”

In addition to their usual back catalogue of tracks, and the album being blasted out, Twister will also play two new tracks, opening with ‘Welcome to the State of Mind’ as well as ‘Mystery’ – which says it all really!

Supported by Sam Gibson, Offpeak, Judas, and A New Nowhere, tickets will be available for entry only, £8, on the night with VIP doors at 545pm and normal entry at 630pm.