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Dan Croll live review Bodega 24/3/14

posted 30.03.14 at 7:26pm by The URN Music Team

Dan Croll-Live Review at Bodega 24/3/14

"delicious pop nuggets not a well planned three-course meal"

A cold Monday in March saw Dan Croll return to Nottingham for the third time, and first time embracing the Bodega as a headliner. It’s a testament to Croll’s increased popularity over the last few months, to see as he takes to the stage, adoring fans fill the room wall-to-wall, awaiting the first summer tinged vibes we have come to associate with debut album “Sweet Disarray”. The crowd are willing but it’s not until “Thinkin Aboutchu’s” chorus that venue and Croll feel more comfortable with smiles peppering the chirpy organ that begins the first genuinely rhythmically movement from the crowd.

Nottingham Community Lunch: Is the Advantage Award worthwhile?

posted 29.03.14 at 3:00pm by The Pulse

Your Friday Pulse team reflected on the Universities' Nottingham Advantage Award, following last weekend's Nottingham Community Lunch event.

The Nottingham Community Lunch brought together students from the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Samworth Academy in conjunction with Nottingham City Homes' Tenant Academy, as event organiser Talia Samuelson explains:

Considering events like these bring students and the local community together, the team discussed whether they thought these were important and if similar events should be held more often in future:

The Nottingham Community Lunch was held under a module of the Nottingham Advantage Award, and having spoken to Talia Samuelson and Rachel Van Krimpen (from UoN Off Campus Student Affairs) earlier in the week, we asked them to explain the benefits of completing the Award:

Having heard this clip, the team then discussed the benefits of the Nottingham Advantage Award and whether the University should be doing to promote it, and other extra-curricular activities on campus:

The Miami Music Week Lowdown (Friday)

posted 28.03.14 at 6:31pm by Web Team

Miami Music Week is taking its toll as 3 DJs end up in hospital

We promised to bring you the latest developments and gossip from Miami Music Week; well here are some juicy bits straight out of the Sunshine State!

Twitter erupted night last in the wee hours as party-goers at the SLS Hotel in Miami were told that Avicii would not be performing his scheduled headline set because he had been taken to hospital with a mysterious illness.The Hotel had pulled out all the stops for the massive pool party, even replacing their usual logo on the side of the building with 'AVICII' - awkward!

Very few details have emerged as to why he was rushed to hospital and many are speculating on Twitter as to what is wrong with Ultra’s Saturday night headliner. We hope the Swedish superstar DJ recovers in time to wow the crowd on Saturday night but unbelievable, Avicii wasn’t the only DJ visiting A&E yesterday.

The Miami Music Week Lowdown (Thursday)

posted 27.03.14 at 4:54pm by Web Team

Ultra Debuts

On the eve of Ultra Festival, the greatest concentration of dance music artists and fans anywhere in the world, we take a look at who will be making their debuts at this year’s festival!

Ultra has stepped it up with a bumper line-up for 2014 and by adding phenomenal new stages to Bayford Park, including a live stage. The new live stage features many debutants and offers an eclectic selection of artists ranging from drum and bass kings Chase & Status, to electronic pop Aussies, Empire of the Sun.

French artist Gesaffelstein is headlining the opening night of the live stage and will be bringing his hard hitting techno beats to the ears of the Ultra crowd for the first time. However, the must see act of the first night has to be Basement Jaxx, who are also taking their carnival-like live show to the festival for the first time. Basement Jaxx are a British dance institution and with a back catalogue jam packed with hits such as Where’s Your Head At?, Good Luck and Bingo Bango, expect this debut to be one of the liveliest sets of the weekend.

The Miami Music Week Lowdown (Wednesday)

posted 26.03.14 at 4:16pm by Web Team

5 tunes that are going to go off at MMW

Of course, so many new tunes are going to emerge throughout the week that’ll blow the ravers away, but we here at URN predict these 5 tunes will become certified anthems of Miami Music Week 2014.

Oliver Heldens – Gecko

This absolute anthem has been knocking around since before Christmas and has had great support from the world’s biggest DJs and is sure to feature in many sets across the week. Depressingly for the rest of us, Heldens is only 17, so expect to be hearing his name for years to come.

Diplo, Deorro, Steve Aoki – Freak

If I had to name 3 artists that are none for their enormous and sometimes unusual bass lines, these 3 would certainly spring to mind. Freak is a dream collaboration for bass lovers and it certainly doesn’t disappoint, I expect this to be booming from Ultra’s main stage speakers on the reg!

R3hab & Deorro – Flashlight

Recently number one on Beatport, this incredible song has an atmospheric progressive house build up before slapping you in the face with a ferocious EDM drop.

Eric Prydz – Liberate