Chris Hornsby – ‘Human, Too Human’ EP out May 22nd

Promo shoot

There’s something immediately warm about the music of Chris Hornsby. A songwriter from the North of the UK who specialises in acoustic folk, his songs conjure images of cosy pubs, fine ales and folky singalongs. The music itself, in Hornsby’s own words, is designed to ‘have the smell of leaves and mud about them’.

This combination of leaves, mud, warm pubs and possibly open fires is exactly what makes his new EP ‘Human, Too Human’ such a winner. Gently mounted but pointed in some of its lyrics, it’s almost like a reboot of an age old genre.

Impressively, not only are all these songs self-written and recorded, but every single instrument (15 in total) is played bu Hornsby himself. So, he might need to put a band together to take his show on the road in this form, but we’d settle for a pint and an acoustic guitar.

Music competition: auditions for Open Mic UK 2015 are announced

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions for Open Mic UK 2015! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 15 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups!


Enter the Open Mic UK 2015 singing auditions now for your chance to perform on stage in front of music industry judges!




Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Luke Friend and Karen Hardy both of which have had chart success this year, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music. Open Mic UK is an exciting competition to get involved in, and the music competition auditions for 2015 have just been announced!




Open Mic UK will be holding music competition auditions at the following regions for 2015! Book your audition now to secure your place! Enter Open Mic UK 2015 now!


Saturday 8th August 2015 National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT.


Sunday 9th August 2015 Studio 25, 25 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PE.

Sunday 23rd August 2015 Marconi Social Club, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FH (If using Sat Nav; CM2 9RX).


Sunday 23rd August 2015 Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.


Sunday 30th August 2015 The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.


Sunday 30th August 2015 Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.


Saturday 5th September 2015 TouchBase, 43 Middlesex Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, G41 1EE.


Saturday 5th September 2015 The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Brighton, BN3 1AS.


Sunday 6th September 2015 Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF.


Sunday 6th September 2015 Engine Rooms, West Quay Road, Southampton, S015 1GZ.


Sunday 6th September 2015 The Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.


Saturday 12th September 2015 Milton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.


Saturday 12th September 2015 Britannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN.


Sunday 13th September 2015 Sub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.


Sunday 13th September 2015 Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, London, UB3 2UE.




The Open Mic UK music competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, so get your audition booked now to avoid disappointment!


Enter Open Mic UK 2015 now here!

New album: The Lowriders

Streaming now online (above), The Lowriders are an Essex based band whose debut album – self-titled – is extremely exciting. Their music, while containing production techniques which are identifiably modern, draws on rock and indie touches all the way through from the 1960s to the present day, setting them apart with an album which builds into a massive range of eclectic songs.

All drawn together but an earthy vocal which sounds just as gruff in falsetto as it does in bellowing chest voice, the songs sweep from huge choruses in the likes of ‘I Am Soldier’ to lighter moments such as ‘Beg & Steal’. Imagine an album that manages to envelope the power of early U2 with the subtle notes of Simon and Garfunkel and you’re close to getting it right.

The trick is to do that without jarring with the changes of pace. It’s hard to put your finger on how they’ve done it, but in the case of the Lowriders it all just knits together and sounds right somehow. Huge credit is due for that, and the next challenge will be coming up with a potential second album which can outshine this first one.