URN’s No Tomorrow Preview
9th April 2014
Stuck for post-exams plans? Wondering what the best way to kick off your summer is?
Well look no further, as on Saturday 7 June the sun-kissed surroundings of Nottingham’s own Wollaton Park will be transformed for the much anticipated No Tomorrow Festival.
Here on URN, we’ll be running you through the Headliners announced so far, and keeping you up to date as and when more are added to the most exciting summer event for Nottingham’s students in years.
Full Line Up:
About the Festival:
No Tomorrow is organised by the DHP Family, one of the UK’s leading companies in the Entertainment sector. They were established in Nottingham over thirty years ago, and now operate Nationwide. They’ve also won National Promoter of the Year for the past two years (2012, 2013) at the Live Music Business Awards. They’re the brains behind so much of what Nottingham has to offer in the music scene, being responsible for live events at Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Stealth and The Bodega amongst so much more. Their reputation suggests that this is an event not to be missed and we’re very excited about what No Tomorrow has to offer.
2014 marks the first year for No Tomorrow, and will be held in addition to the established annual Splendour Festival at Wollaton Park in July, which is also organised by DHP Family. Whilst the event is open to anyone 18 and above, it has been specifically curated for the Students of Nottingham.
Split so far into three ‘live’ acts and four ‘DJ’ acts, URN have provided you a brief summary on each of the Headliners to give you a clue as to what to expect. Given what has been announced so far, and the impact those announced are having on the industry in 2014, we can assure you it won’t disappoint!
As is common knowledge, London Grammar first met at the University of Nottingham in 2009 whilst all studying here. They’ve just finished a sold out UK Tour – which featured a similarly sold out date at Rock City – and their debut album, If You Wait peaked at Number 2 in the Album Charts. The Official Charts Company announced on April 1 2014 that the album was the fifth top selling album of 2013. Consisting of three members: Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic Major, the band are signed to USA-based Columbia Records and claim that their musical style is ‘emotionally affected,’ with all of their music based on personal experiences. It couldn’t be more fitting that London Grammar are coming back to Nottingham to headline the first student-orientated festival since the University of Nottingham’s Student’s Union Summer Party in 2012, and given their incessant rise to success since leaving University in 2011, anticipation could not be higher.
Although Sam Smith has been on our radar since late 2012, his career as a solo artist has only taken off properly since the beginning of the year. He famously collaborated with Disclosure on their breakthrough first single, Latch from their Platinum debut album, ‘Settle.’ He was then attached to his first number one single, when he added the vocals for Naughty Boy’s La La La, released in May 2013. His collaborative successes undoubtedly contributed to his nominations for the 2014 BRIT Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC’s Sound of 2014 Poll – both of which he managed to win. His single, Money on My Mind was released on 16 February 2014 and peaked at Number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. His debut album is due to be released on 26 May 2014 – tantalisingly close to the start of No Tomorrow. Boasting one of the most unique male voices in the industry at the moment, Sam Smith’s appearance at Wollaton Park in June will hopefully showcase his talent at the beginning of a very long and illustrious career for the 21-year-old.
As is proving to be a theme permeating throughout the initial stages of No Tomorrow’s lineup, Clean Bandit also met at University. Whilst studying as undergraduates at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, members Luke Patterson, Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Amin-Smith first thought of forming a band after Patterson began re-mixing Chatto and Amin-Smith’s string quartet with drum beats and other electronic music. Their chart-topping fourth single, Rather Be has spent a total of 11 weeks so far in the UK Top 40 Singles Chart, with that run set to continue for the foreseeable future. Their new track, Extraordinary, which will be released on May 19 through Atlantic Records, coincides with the band’s sold-out UK headline tour, which kicks off on April 30 and precedes their debut album ‘New Eyes,’ out on June 2. With their new album out a mere five days before No Tomorrow kicks off, the hype surrounding the band will be at its highest ever stage in time for their headline performance. Their unbelievably distinct sound and fusion of genres has gained immense popularity in 2014, and therefore we are expecting great things when the group grace Wollaton Park on June 7th.
Despite being active since 2007, Adam Dyment AKA Duke Dumont, is best known for his single Need U (100%) [Feat. A*M*E] which topped the UK Singles Chart in April 2013 and amassed over 14 million YouTube views. In his earlier career, he was mentored by Switch – who has previously produced Beyonce – with most of his production focused on remixes as opposed to original content. It wasn’t until 2011, that he decided to move away from London to focus entirely on material attributed to his own name. In early-2013, he was featured as Annie Mac’s ‘Future Star’ on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix. His success has carried through to 2014, with the second single off his much-anticipated debut album, I Got U (Feat. Jax Jones) also peaking at Number 1 on 24 March 2014. The track features a sample from Whitney Houston’s song My Love is Your Love. His album is due for release at some point in 2014, and given the spectacular timing of the Festival in coordination with the album releases of the other Headliners, you can bet that it will drop some time around the start of summer. Duke Dumont was last seen in Nottingham performing at Dollop Presents: Everywhere 2013, and given his continued success this year, we have no doubt that a special performance is in store for all those present.
Toyboy & Robin:
Taking influence from Garage and 90’s RnB & Hip Hop, London-based duo, Toyboy & Robin had a massively busy 2013, featuring on much of the festival circuit throughout last summer. Anyone who has seen them live will have admired their insistence on curating sets featuring the best in new house and techno, meaning they have gained quite a following both in production, and on the live-circuit. Unusually, neither member of the duo began to fully appreciate dance music until their late-teens, with Hip-Hop and RnB featuring at the forefront of their musical tastes. They also featured at Dollop Presents: Everywhere 2013, but also subsequently played at Stealth again in late 2013. Seen as very much riding the wave of the recent explosion of UK House Music, we’ve no doubt that Toyboy & Robin’s set should showcase a number of their influences, whilst staying true to the forward-thinking, ground-breaking music that has typified their sets of late.
Bristol-based Social Media and DJ fanatics Eton Messy have had one of the most amazing and unique rises to stardom in the music industry of late. What was initially set up as a private YouTube account, soon became a haven for new and innovative garage and bass music from artists all over the world. Adam, Charlie, Ed and Ross now all collaborate and work on what is one of the most famous brands of the underground electronic music scene. Their YouTube channel has launched the careers of names such as Az&Tor and Applebottom, with the biggest labels and names of the industry regularly scouring the Eton Messy archive for the freshest talent. Adam is one half of Blonde known most recently for their remixes of Corona’s Rhythm of the Night and Marlon Hoffstadt’s Shake That, but production is kept away from the Eton Messy brand for fear of losing the channel its credibility. Spring 2014 saw the channel put together its biggest tour to date, with DJs Charlie and Adam pushing the brand forward to extend beyond their YouTube subscribers, currently in excess of 175,000. This brought them to Nottingham earlier this year, where they packed out Stealth with Karma Kid supporting. There can be absolutely no doubt that Eton Messy’s set at No Tomorrow will be laden with the most innovative and bespoke music from the genre to date and is certainly one not too be missed.
You can check out their outstanding YouTube channel here.
The Golden Boy:
Dominic Hammonds AKA The Golden Boy grew up listening to pioneers of the electronic music scene The Prodigy and Daft Punk and was inspired by seeing them at festivals and wanting to emulate their success. Birmingham-based Hammonds, is another artist in the electronic scene greatly indebted to the Eton Messy boys with them featuring his tracks on their YouTube channel. He has supported the likes of Breach, Hannah Wants, Detroit Swindle and fellow No Tomorrow headliners, Toyboy & Robin and with a ridiculously exciting release schedule due over the course of the year, we’re hoping that his appearance at No Tomorrow will tie in with as much of this as possible. He has built a reputation for his heavily summer-influenced tracks, and is certainly one to keep an eye on as he rises through the ranks to the pinnacle of the UK House, Garage and Bass scene.
So we hope that has given you a little insight into what to expect on 7th June. Keep checking the URN website for the latest news surrounding No Tomorrow. If anything is going to get you through exams, it’s the prospect of these fantastic artists playing just down the road from Campus. We’re so nearly there…
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