UK YEA OR NAY! Army of Freshmen frontman Chris Jay’s guide for American bands touring the UK

October 30, 2014

In a decade of touring the United Kingdom, as frontman for an American band that has played in front of thousands at festivals to 5 people in a pub, I’ve learned a few lessons about subjects an American shouldn’t bring up in your fine country. Here’s a brief guide about what to avoid, so perhaps future generations of Americans can be spared the the pain and shame I’ve experienced. As I am drug off to the Tower of London to pay for my sins, know one thing, I regret nothing!

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Barnum set to open at The Edinburgh Playhouse

October 27, 2014

Scottish theatre-goers are in for a treat this week when Barnum opens at The Edinburgh Playhouse on Tuesday. The popular show, which has already enjoyed a successful run at The Chichester Festival Theatre, will take up residence at The Edinburgh Playhouse until Saturday, November 1.


Kevin Bates – Lit Interview

October 25, 2014

We were delighted when we learned that legendary rockers Lit were heading over to the UK for a tour next month (Nov).

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Ozzy Osbourne to be declared a Global Icon

October 23, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne is set to have his legendary status cemented when he is declared as a ‘Global Icon’ at the 2014 MTV EMA’s next month.

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Alexandra Burke to star in The Bodyguard

October 23, 2014

Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke is set reprise her role as Rachel Marran in the the 2015 tour of The Bodyguard.


Calvin Harris to perform at EMA’s

October 23, 2014

Superstar DJ Calvin Harris is set to perform at the 2014 MTV European Music Awards in Glasgow next month, it has been announced.

Meet cutting edge comedian and her eclectic friends in “Nina Conti – Dolly Mixtures Live”

October 20, 2014

Comic phenomenon and internet smash hit, Nina Conti, launches her brand new comedy show, “Nina Conti – Dolly Mixtures Live” out on DVD 24th November and available on Digital Download from 3rd November.

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Jon Richardson to release new live DVD

October 20, 2014

2013 British Comedy Award Best Male Comic nominee, star of ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’, ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ and ‘Live At The Apollo’Jon Richardson is checking his tyre pressures, hoovering his floor mats and putting an emergency packed lunch in the boot of his car, ready to hit the stage again with his brand new DVD – JON RICHARDSON ‘NIDIOT’ LIVE.. Filmed at a sold out Hammersmith Apollo and released by Universal Pictures (UK) on Monday 1st December, ‘NIDIOT’ is the second DVD release from one of the UK’s brightest and most popular stand-up comedy and TV stars.

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Review: Harry Potter Dark Arts Tour Launch

October 19, 2014

Celebrities including Mary Berry, Amanda Holden, Simon Pegg, Jonathan Ross, Kirstie Allsopp, Conor Maynard, Jake Wood, Charlie Brooks and Gaby Roslin came out to celebrate the launch of a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, in what is Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter’s first permanent addition since opening.


Babies, bells & Buzzcocks – The Dollyrots Interview

October 16, 2014

It’s been two years since we last saw The Dollyrots, when they hit the UK for a tour with punk-rocker Bowling For Soup.

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Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic (review)

October 16, 2014

Of all the Disney on Ice shows that have toured the UK in recent years, 100 Years of Magic has to be the most spectacular. Featuring more than 60 different characters and stunning ice-skating routines choreographed to countless classic Disney songs, the show is an explosion of colourful cartoon magic from start to finish.

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Jersey Boys Review

October 14, 2014

From their meteoric rise to superstardom from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey to their equally startling fall and subsequent redemption, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were never a typical boy band. It’s fitting, then, that the stage adaption of their fascinating story doesn’t fall into the trap of following the same cookie-cutter-like formula that most jukebox musicals do.


Leighton Antelman – Lydia Interview

October 14, 2014

Lydia is an indie rock band from Gilbert, Arizona. Formed in 2003, front man Leighton Antelman along with a different array of band mates released three albums. The fact he always tours with different musicians is something Leighton thinks might be the reason Lydia have been around and doing so well for so long.

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Top Hat Review – Festival Theatre

October 10, 2014

From the magnificent art-deco sets to the stunning costumes and iconic songs, everything about Top Hat comes doused in 1930s glamour.


Pat Kirch – The Maine Interview

October 9, 2014

The last time we saw The Maine here in the UK they were supporting Deaf Havana, so we were delighted to learn they were coming back this month to headline the 8123 tour, supported by Lydia and Nick Santino.


Nick Santino Interview

October 7, 2014

Back in May of 2013, pop-rock four piece A Rocket To The Moon announced the end of the band. Fast forward just over a year later to today, and former frontman Nick Santino is celebrating the release of his debut full length as a solo artist. Santino worked with close friends and fellow musicians to create the album, Big Skies which was produced by Pat Kirch of The Maine at the 8123 Studios in Arizona.


6 unxepected things you should know before buying an iPhone 6 Plus

October 3, 2014

It’s a week today since I picked up my gold iPhone 6 Plus. After seven days of tirelessly trying to track one down, I finally managed to get my hands on one, reserving it in the early hours of the morning.

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 6 Plus is an amazing phone, but before you go out and buy one, you’d better prepare yourself for the following…


Happy Birthday to Us! Flecking Records is 8 today

October 1, 2014

Today Flecking Records turns eight years old – eight, can you believe it? If we were a child, we’d have just started Year 3. We’d probably be immature, wear far too much pink and be absolutely obsessed with Frozen… oh, wait a minute!

Yey! Queen & Adam Lambert to tour UK

September 30, 2014

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for Adam Lambert to come back to the UK. Well, good news – he’s not only coming back, but he’s coming back with Queen.

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Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic

September 30, 2014

Here at Flecking Records, we absolutely love anything related to Walt Disney. Whether it’s acting like five-year-old kids in the Magic Kingdom or singing along to the High School Musical soundtrack at the top of our lungs, we can always rely on Disney to put us in a good mood.

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