For the fifth consecutive year, the Beland events are presenting The Beland Music Festival in aid of Puttinu Cares. From the 27th till the 30th of May 2015, at Bulebel Zejtun. Four jam-packed festival dates. The festival has now made a name for itself as one of Malta’s main music events, bringing together a number of full blown concerts attracting thousands to the normally quiet area of the outskirts of Zejtun.
The event will kick off with a special concert by Airport Impressions on Wednesday 27th May where they will be supported by MilkMi and Xarulù.
All Pink Floyd fans will surely not want to miss the show on Thursday by the UK’s Number 1 Pink Floyd Tribute band - Think Floyd, with a brand new show featuring a complete performance of the 1975 album “Wish You Were Here”, arguably one of the band's finest albums, along with the whole range of classic Pink Floyd ranging from “The Dark Side of the Moon”, “The Wall”, “Animals”, “The Division Bell” and much more. Think Floyd will be supported by the band Paradox.
Ira Losco, together with her band, are preparing for another one of their unforgettable concerts on Friday 29th May. This is planned to be the greatest show of one of a limited number of appearances Ira will be doing this year – It is surely not to be missed. Ira Losco will be supported by Funk Initiative and Infinite Loop.
Europe's No.1 Tribute To Bon Jovi, Dream Company will be closing the festival with another one of their massive concerts – with a set list of more than 3 hours featuring all the Bon Jovi classics. It’s going to be one wild night!
The whole event is being held at Bulebel, Zejtun and is on a free entrance basis while donations will be collected in aid of Puttinu Cares. Whilst urging you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter, we would like you to check out the full programme of events at www.belandevents.com
Source: Press Release
Airport Impressions have launched the new music video for their latest single ‘Star Signs’ taken from their 2nd album ‘Mariette’. The launch was held yesterday (Thursday 9th April) at Ryan’s Pub St. Julian’s ,where the band performed a live set to an electrified packed venue.
The music video for ‘Star Signs’ was produced and directed by locally renowned Director Jean Pierre Gatt who had also produced and directed the band’s popular music video for their previous hit single ‘Walk With Me’. Malcolm Debono and Darryl John Ellul were responsible for the filming.
The Music video is set in a State penitentiary reflecting a time period in the 70s where a musical relation is built between the guard and the 3 inmates played by the band, alongside other cast members. Jean Pierre Gatt, the director commented “I am honoured to have worked with the band once again alongside a professional team and I would like to thank every single one of them for going the extra mile to make this happen. Seeing all this put together makes it all worth the effort…’’
Star Signs, the third single from the album 'Mariette' is one of the most powerful tracks in the album and features an up-beat country rock tempo including also some vintage rock elements. Errol, the lead singer of the band said: ‘We were all eager to release this powerful song which has also a special meaning to the band. It is in fact inspired by the positive energies transposed through our musical journey and which also features in the music video. We would also like to thank everyone involved in this music video for their hard work and constant dedication.’
Previous releases from this studio album included ‘Hymns of June’ and ‘Berlin’. The latter was a first place recipient in the AAA (adult album alternative) in the internationally acclaimed US based ‘Unsigned Only’ competition which included entries received from over 100 countries. Since its release in mid 2014, the album Mariette has received international praise from most renowned musical regions including the UK and the US. In particular US based album review website evor.com has rated Mariette with a rating of 11 from 10 and also included the album in its top twenty five of the best CD's reviewed during 2014. Other salient reviews included that from Liverpool Sound and Vision by Ian D. Hall.
The album including the latest single ‘Star Signs’ is also available in local music stores and can be downloaded from iTunes at http://smarturl.it/AIMarriete. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Press Release
ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity. Following the inauguration of the autumn/winter schedule, the programme made a much anticipated return, and later on, will be welcoming the foursome known as Airport Impressions.
Errol Sammut, Johann Schembri, Chris Curmi and Steve Farrugia come together as a known foursome, with two studio albums; "Minutes of a Lifetime" and "Mariette", both successful, yet different in genre. Earlier this year, they also gave a national concert at the Greek Theatre in Ta' Qali, as a support platform for their sophomore release. The concert, well attended by masses of fans from all around the country went down like a treat and showed the respect that Airport Impressions command.
"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.
Source: ONE Television, ONE Radio 92.7
Philippa & Bettina Cassar, Kurt Vella, Sean Borg, Pete Farrugia and Ryan Paul Abela are collectively known as The New Victorians, a new age project managed by Howard Keith of Jagged House Studios, the same individual responsible for acts such as Airport Impressions, Tribali, The Rifffs and Ira Losco. In releasing their first original single, The New Victorians have gone for a quirky sound, an equally intriguing music video and lyrics which at first might not make sense, but the whole package is one which brings up a sense of professionalism, awaiting for comes next.
"Dustpile" was officially launched during the Farsons Great Beer Festival where The New Victorians were the supporting act of international singing sensation Lauren Aquilina, who has recently signed with a major record label in the United Kingdom, following the success of her three extended-plays. Howard Keith has gone on to state on several occassions that The New Victorians are a professional bunch to work with and people will enjoy listening to the sound they create once the debut album is released. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: The New Victorians (Facebook)
Claudia Faniello, a female singer/songwriter and three-time runner up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has released a new single entitled 'One Fine Day'. The song, co-written with Errol Sammut, lead vocalist of Airport Impressions comes following a short absence from the local music scene, and sees Claudia experiment with a new musical genre, focusing mainly acoustic guitars, piano and a jovial melody.
She commented “It is nothing like I’ve done in the past, it has a feel-good factor which I love and it talks about situations that everyone can relate to. I have taken my time to concentrate on how I want my sound to be like and especially what stories I want to tell through my music. This is a taste of what I’ve been working on and evolving into.” A music video accompanying the song will be available in the coming weeks whilst a lyric video has already been uploaded for public viewing. More information about Claudia Faniello on her Official Facebook Page as well as her official website, which will be launched soon. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter, as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Press Release
Errol Sammut, Johann Schembri, Chris Curmi and Steve Farrugia are a foursome who came together in a bid to redefine the music scene, releasing their debut album 'Minutes of a Lifetime' back in 2010. The journey did not stop there though, and with a loyal fan-base following their every move, a sophomore album entitled 'Mariette' was released earlier this year. Recorded and produced by Howard Keith of Jagged House, it quickly found it's way up to number #1 on the Digital iTunes Chart, even prior to official release.
It has been a long time in coming, but the group are ready to entertain massive crowds once more, this time in support of their recent release. A concert will be staged on the 7th June 2014 at the Greek Theatre in the Ta' Qali National Park with tickets being sold through the engine, Ticketline. Amongst the hit tracks off 'Mariette', one would surely denote 'Hymns of June' and 'Berlin', both of which have been released as singles with official videos. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Airport Impressions, a band which features; Errol Sammut, Johann Schembri, Chris Curmi and Steve Farrugia redefined the music scene with their debut album Minutes of a Lifetime back in 2010, giving the general public a feel of what proper pop/rock should sound like, has decided to rebrand themselves with a more folk/pop type of sound in the genre made famous by Mumford and Sons. In the past couple of days, a second album entitled Mariette, recorded and produced by Howard Keith of Jagged House was launched to positive acclaim by both members of the media and the public.
The release, preceded by their first single Hymns of June was given a boost by virtue of a first live performance at the Malta Music Awards early in February, where the band were nominated for a variety of awards missing out to their former record label mates Red Electrick. A digital copy of this album may be purchased through iTunes, where it has managed a top three placing on the charts for the past couple of weeks, whilst it could also be streamed through Spotify. We urge you to support the local music scene in the best possible way, especially with talented acts such as Airport Impressions. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.
Airport Impressions, a band which features; Errol Sammut, Johann Schembri, Chris Curmi and Steve Farrugia redefined the music scene with their debut album Minutes of a Lifetime back in 2010, giving the general public a feel of what proper pop/rock should sound like, without having the added twists or turns that the foreign music industry might sometimes apply. As a result, this genre has become extremely popular and has also led to the creation of new bands and groups such as Cryptic Street, The Crowns and Planet Seed amongst others.
In music, a hiatus could mean one of two things, the first one being a period of coming together to re-group and ultimately come back with a bag of tricks and the second one is some downtime which lets the ideas flow to the mind. Airport Impressions seem to have combined the best elements of the two possible options leading to the release of their highly anticipate sophomore album Mariette which will be officially launched on the 9th April 2014. Led by the release of the first single Hymns of June, the album sees the band with a mature sound, keeping their pop/rock touch on music with an additional folk feel, a sound which has been endorsed by Of Monsters and Men as well as Mumford and Sons.
The flair for performing has never gone away, and neither has the one for songwriting with band members showing their true creative skills when giving performing in front of the masses as seen earlier this year during the Malta Music Awards held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. escflashmalta.com will be reviewing the album when released, and is looking forward to hearing what lies ahead from this band which has grown in our eyes as the most progressive, and fresh sounding act to feature in the local music scene. Stay tuned for all the latest news from the local music scene.
Whilst the focus of the local music industry and most of the continent is on the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, it is worth pointing out that this years' edition of the Malta Music Awards are set to take place on Sunday 9th February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali. Therefore, escflashmalta.com got in touch with Noel Magri, from Mega Music Management to oversee the preparations whilst having a look at former editions of the prestigious event.
On the 20th October 1995, Mega Music Management organised the first edition of the Malta Music Awards, a different time in the local music scene with the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest considered to be the elite point a vocalist or a songwriter could reach at the time. Looking back, why did you feel that such recognition had to be given, and was it too late a start?
At that time, efforts were being made by local singers and musicians to improve their standard and although many countries were honouring their artists for their achievements, there was nothing similar in Malta, and I thought of creating an Awards show giving due recognition to artists for their work throughout the past year, and to motivate them to better their standards. The first edition was a huge success and all artists and those involved in the music scene wanted this kind of event be held yearly.
It is fair to say that the professional jury behind the choices made at the Malta Music Awards have been rather on the money in their choices for the Best Newcomer with recipients including; Olivia Lewis, Glen Vella, Miriam Christine, Hooligan, Red Electrick and Mikaela amongst others. How rewarding is it to see that artists who are bestowed this prestigious honour succeeding in their career?
Our intention has and will always be, to award the best talent at the time, and to help them succeed in their musical career. It is rewarding to see artists who have won awards, being successful over the years, and that the MMA’s has given them that much needed confidence to move forward and improve their all round performance.
In 2013 and 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services decided to conduct an experiment, and hold the Malta Music Weekender, which basically features a weekend of local talent, kicking off with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and then following it up with the Malta Music Awards. This experiment has been seen to be extremely positive and has generated interest amongst both local and international audiences alike. What was your initial idea to such a proposal and will you be implementing any changes this time round?
From the very first edition, my aim was to help better the standards of local music in general, and to help artists succeed in the International scene. Having a sound backing is important to hold such a professional show, and the idea of holding the PBS Music Weekender has been very successful. Holding two major local events in one weekend has helped to attract more attention from the Maltese general public, and give the local artists a major platform to showcase their talent.
Cliff Richard, Blue, Peter Andre, Robin Gibb and Bob Sinclar have all been invited to Malta on behalf of Mega Music Management, making the Island a better attraction in the entertainment scene. It has become somewhat at the best interest of everyone to denote the best possible attractions that such events can promise. Should the public be expecting any foreign special guests during this years’ edition of the Malta Music Awards, possibly even performing at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?
There will be foreign guest singers performing during the Eurovision Festival, coming from the Eurovision background, however this year’s edition of the MMA’s will see a very strong local line-up with 14 top performing acts, plus an after show concert by Xirka Rock which is expected to blow the roof down. Certainly, not to be missed.
Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was selected by the Public Broadcasting Services to represent Malta following her International Achievement Award at the Malta Music Awards last year. Would you go as far as to predicting the artist who might be doing the same honour for the country in a couple of months time and how proud as a company were you to be recognised in such a manner?
Last year, we recognised Gaia’s talent and we honoured her for her achievements. PBS decision to select Gaia reaped benefits and I would go as far as proposing the same method be used to select our Eurovision representative in the coming years. We are honoured to have exposed such young talent who achieved such a huge success. There are various young promising singers who, if they are well looked after, can achieve success Internationally.
The Rifffs, Airport Impressions, Red Electrick, The Crowns, Norbert, Plan Zero, Andi, Sophie, The New Victorians, Ira Losco, Gaia and Winter Moods are all being given the opportunity to perform during this years’ edition of the Malta Music Awards. What should the public be expecting from these acts, and will there be any special surprises, maybe which you could reveal?
All the major artists will be performing their songs for the first time in public, and obviously having such a majestic set-up and stage, we will be looking forward to their performances. It is worth mentioning the new talent who will be exposed in this show and who I’m sure, will go down very well with the crowd. People hear their music on Radio stations, but probably are not aware that these are Maltese!
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
The MMA’s have always been very well attended by the public, and my appeal is to keep on supporting this show which is promoting local music and motivating artists to improve their product. Ticket prices are only Eur 10.
Source: Official Page on Facebook
On the 9th February, the Public Broadcasting Services in collaboration with Mega Music Management will be hosting this years' edition of the Malta Music Awards at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. In line with last years’ proceedings, the Malta Music Weekend will return, with the event coming hot off the feel of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which in turn would have taken place on the previous two (2) nights. During the course of the evening, six (6) awards will be given; Best Album, Best Song, Best Band, Best New Artist, Best Solo Artist and Best Video with a number of artists taking to the stage for a series of special performances.
In an exclusive announcement, escflashmalta.com is proud to present the nominations of this years’ edition of the Malta Music Awards prior to their respective announcement on Mixage, a television programme hosted by Peter Cossai on Television Malta which is set to air at around 22:30 CET. The showcase, for which you may purchase tickets here, has also finalised the line-up of performers with Airport Impressions, Gaia Cauchi, Plan Zero, Winter Moods, The Crowns, NORBERT, Red Electrick, Sophie, The Rifffs, The New Victorians, IraLosco and Andi all taking to the stage.
Best Solo Artist
Best New Artist
escflashmalta.com is also in a position to reveal that some of the performers during the course of the evening will be unveiling some brand new material or rather performing live for the very first time. As a matter of fact, The New Victorians will be performing an original track off their upcoming studio album for the very first time, whilst Airport Impressions will give their first live rendition of Hymns of June. For the first time on television, The Rifffs will perform Start the Revolution and Ira Losco will be performing the brand new single The Way It’s Meantto Be whilst also airing the music video shot in London. Stay tuned to this portal for all the latest news.