Annie Mac prepares to go on tour


British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) DJ Annie Mac has a new album and is preparing to go on tour early in November. She will tour several dates during the month in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The tour, by the DJ who is known for her intuition about good dance music deejays released the “Annie Mac Presents” compilation disc and will tour as a back up to the release of the album.

The tour will include acts such as Duke Dumont, Cyril Hahn, and Lulu James.

The first date for the tour is in Manchester at The Warehouse Project on Friday, November 8. It then moves to Sheffield on the 12th at the Foundry Studio Fusion, on Friday the 15th the tour moves to the O2 Academy in Bournemouth, then the following day at The Institute in Birmingham.

On Friday, November 22 the tour heads to Edinburgh, Scotland and The Picture House and goes back south to Bristol at the In: Motion on the 23rd.

The final two days of the tour will be on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 when it goes to the O2 Academy in Leeds and finally The Academy in Dublin, Ireland.


Manchester, culture at a cost

Manchester is a city in North West England in Greater Manchester. It was historically in the county of Lancashire.

One of the most important cities in the United Kingdom, Manchester is known for its architecture, culture, music, media, scientific, and sports.

The city is famous for its two football clubs and rivals Manchester United and Manchester City which are two of the biggest and richest football clubs in the world.

Among the city’s landmarks are the Manchester Town Hall which sits in Albert Square; the Beetham Tower; Piccadilly Tower; and Heaton Park. Albert Square boasts monuments to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria, Robert Peel, and the Duke of Wellington.

Interesting places to visit include the Imperial War Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, and the Manchester Jewish Museum.

The city is known for its music culture with the band Oasis and the Bee Gees hailing from the city.

Some of the recommended eating spots for those on a budget include Common known for its Turkish cuisine, Pancho’s Burritos, Gorilla, and Habeesha.

The city is served by the Manchester Airport.


Calvin Harris’s girlfriend doesn’t like his music

Rita Ora and Calvin Harris pictured leaving Nobu Berkeley restaurant and arriving at Proud Camden Galleries in Camden, London, UK

British artist Calvin Harris may be one of the most popular musicians right now and being requested to write songs by such artists as Rihanna and Kylie Minogue but his own girlfriend doesn’t seem to appreciate his music.

The Scotsman said his girlfriend, fellow musician Rita Ora, doesn’t like his music, which is dance music. He has said the two are unlikely to produce any songs together as they are trying to keep their business and personal lives separate.

Forbes magazine earlier this month named Harris the top-earning DJ of 2013 with $46 million. Tiesto was named number two on the Forbes list. Harris and Tiesto are to go on a UK Tour entitled “Greater Than” starting in December.

The tour will cover BelfastDublinLondonManchester, and Glasgow. Harris has the record for the most top 10 hits from a studio album in the UK. The previous record was nine held by Michael Jackson.

Harris, who was born Adam Wiles in Scotland, is also a songwriter and record producer. He released his first studio album in 2007 and had a follow-up album in 2009. The Albanian-born Ora had her first release in 2007 when she appeared on Craig David’s song “Awkward”.


British music taking on a South African flavour


House music is being described as the biggest thing in South Africa for young people and now it is catching on in Britain and influencing musicians in the UK.

House music is as big as hip hop used to be in South Africa and is very commercial heard in shops, taxis, bars, parties, and on mobile phones. Some of the biggest names include Brothers of PeaceOskidoBruce Sebitlo, and Black Coffee.

House music first evolved from the Chicago club scene in the 1980′s, made popular in discotheques catering to black and latino communities before moving to DetroitNew York CityNew Jersey, and Miami. It then made its way into Britain but now the music is taking on a different sound – the sound of South Africa.

Soul and funk are major elements but so are percussionbass drumsynthesizer bassline,electronic drumselectronic effectspop samples, and reverb.

In Britain the music was first influenced by black dancers doing a move known as “foot shuffling” or “cutting shapes”. It became part of mainstream pop and dance worldwide since the 1990s.

House music is very popular in the Midlands and north of England in Manchester,Birmingham, and Nottingham but has also gained a foothold in London clubs.