Heavy metal band Orange Goblin tear up The Yard in Cornwall

The first of nine videos from London-based heavy metal band Orange Goblin performing Live at the Yard, goes live on RouteNote Sessions.

Over the past 26 years, the legendary heavy metal band have toured around the world, playing shows and festivals with the likes of Alice Cooper, Queens of the Stone Age, Slayer and Ozzy Osbourne.

Nine studio albums down, each bringing something new to the table, Orange Goblin’s latest tour saw Cornwall’s metal fans come together at The Yard for a night of headbanging heavy metal, supported by bands White Raven Down and Raging Speedhorn. Orange Goblin’s set in Cornwall marks the first performance with bass player Harry Armstrong, after the departure of founding member Martyn Millard last year.

The first of nine performances from the band is now live on YouTube. Taken from their 1998 second album Time Travelling Blues, “Solarisphere” is 7 minutes of metal galore. Turn up the headphones and enjoy!

RouteNote Sessions will be uploading the next eight videos from Orange Goblin’s set over the coming weeks. These cover both new and classic songs from their back catalogue. Subscribe to RouteNote Sessions for “The Ballad Of Solomon Eagle”, from 2007 album Healing Through Fire, coming later this week.

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Watch Raging Speedhorn’s The Hate Song, Hard To Kill, and Spitfire live at The Yard

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RouteNote Sessions release the final three live performances from British heavy metal band Raging Speedhorn at The Yard.

After Hammer Down and Dogshit Blues earlier this month, RouteNote Sessions are back again with another live performance from Raging Speedhorn at The Yard, this time with The Hate Song, Hard To Kill, and Spitfire. You can find Raging Speedhorn on Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram and all major stores here.

As if five killer tracks from Raging Speedhorn wasn’t enough, check out the performances from heavy rock band White Raven Down playing Broken Door, and Salvation. What’s more, RouteNote Sessions have got some headbanging tracks from heavy metal band Orange Goblin coming soon! Find all RouteNote Sessions on YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and all major stores here.

Raging Speedhorn return with Dogshit Blues

We have another killer video for you from Raging Speedhorn’s explosive performance at The Yard.

Hey, you! Yeah, you! Does your mind feel disappointingly un-blown right now? Well no worries, because RouteNote Sessions have just dropped the next track in Raging Speedhorn’s earth shattering performance at The Yard and Dogshit Blues manages to be even harder, heavier, and heinous than Hammer Down.

With the incredible performance of White Raven Down also live on RouteNote Sessions you can get your heavy metal fix from their YouTube right now. Keep your eyes peeled for even more from Raging Speedhorn and soon the un-quenchable Orange Goblin!

RouteNote Sessions presents Raging Speedhorn playing Hammer Down at The Yard

Raging Speedhorn took to the stage at The Yard recently for a mind-blowingly heavy performance.

We’re so thrilled that RouteNote Sessions are back bringing you the best in independent artists and major performances. They recently attended The Yard to record the heavy, earth-shaking riffs of Orange Goblin, Raging Speedhorn, White Raven Down, and Mother Vulture.

The latest from that incredible day of metal militia taking to the stage sees the release of Raging Speedhorn’s Hammer Down. Hold on to your heads as they’re about to be blown away by this intense performance from the untameable hard rockers.

Keep your eyes peeled to the RouteNote Sessions channel for many more performances from this day of heavy hitters. After you’ve watched Raging Speedhorn (at least 10 times, let’s admit it) then head over to listen to the incredible performance from White Raven Down.

White Raven Down tear up The Yard with Salvation (video)

The second RouteNote Sessions video is now up for you to get your headbanging on.

Last week we had the pleasure of bringing you the first track from White Raven Down‘s incredible performance at The Yard. RouteNote Sessions had the pleasure of recording the day meaning we get to bring you the action from metal legends Orange Goblin joined by the frenetic Raging Speedhorn and the fantastic rockers in Mother Vulture.

Enjoy the second track from White Raven Down’s huge performance and lose yourself in heavy riffs with the huge ‘Salvation’. now on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

RouteNote Sessions return with an explosive performance from White Raven Down (video)

The unstoppable four-piece of rockers took to the stage at The Yard for a huge gig alongside Orange Goblin, Raging Speedhorn, and Mother Vulture.

Returning to the stage, White Raven Down blew the socks off of hundreds when they played at The Yard recently. RouteNote Sessions was along to capture the fun and here they triumphantly return with the release of the first of many tracks from the headbanging, face melting, electrifying evening of hard rock and metal.

Broken Door marks the first of three massive tracks coming out from RouteNote Sessions over the next week. Stay tuned for Mind Reader and Salvation dropping later this week. But in the meantime, play this track until your ears grow weary and your eyes go tired because you’re not going to want to stop listening until you physically can’t watch it again.

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for more performances from Mother Vulture, Raging Speedhorn, and then the unmissable Orange Goblin.

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Deezer pressing play on live stream of music, investing in live stream services

Get ready for Deezer live sessions as they invest in their second live streaming platform this year, acquiring a minority stake in Driift.

In May this year Deezer tipped their hat towards to the burgeoning world of live media with an investment in Dreamstage, a streaming startup responsible for bringing numerous live shows into the homes of music fans in the last year. Particularly since the start of 2020, live music has been in short supply but artists and fans alike have turned to the digital world and found solace in live streaming concerts online.

Deezer are expanding their position in the area with a new investment in Driift, an award-winning company producing and promoting live streamed events. Driift have been responsible for live streamed events from huge acts around the globe including Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue, Niall Horan, Kylie Minogue, Biffy Clyro, Andrea Bocelli, Laura Marling, Dermot Kennedy, Courtney Barnett, and Sheryl Crow.

The company also has a collaborative approach, working with some of the biggest events and venues in the world like Glastonbury Festival. The UK based company will accelerate their growth with Deezer’s support, meanwhile Deezer will aid the rolling out of new products and offerings from the company.

Driift’s CEO, Ric Salmon said: ““We are delighted to have received investment from a global player such as Deezer. The investment highlights the value of Driift’s offering and confirms that live streaming will be a major new component of the music industry going forwards.

“What Driift has achieved artistically and commercially under lockdown conditions has really only scratched the surface. I believe that with Deezer, alongside our existing shareholders Beggars Group and ATC, we have the perfect partners to help us capitalise on new opportunities as the long-term potential of live streaming becomes more and more apparent.”

Deezer’s first foray into live music began earlier this year when they announced a series of exclusive, invite-only events called ‘LIVE‘. The events were based on some of their most popular playlists including Rocket, Popstar, and Certified with exclusive performances from the featured artists in special venues. Following the live events, recordings become available exclusively on Deezer.

Neither Deezer nor Driift have confirmed whether their partnership will see live streamed concerts coming to the platform or whether Deezer will begin hosting their own live stream events. The last year has proved that being apart won’t stop the music and that there is in fact a huge audience for it, so a live stream offering on their platform could become a roaring success.

Deezer’s CEO, Jeronimo Folgueira added: ““Live streaming is a rapidly growing industry that is redefining how fans engage with their favourite music. Companies like Driift help artists reach people all over the world to generate new revenue streams. Deezer has been a music industry innovator since the very beginning.

“Our investment in Driift is the next step in our expansion in this exciting and fast growing space. It also follows our strategic investment in the live streaming platform Dreamstage in May this year. I look forward to working with Ric and Driift’s management team.”

For advice about taking your own music live online, check out our guide for musicians on the best apps for live streaming. We also have an article of tips on going live once you’re ready to stream to the world.

7 indoor concert safety tips to help you put on a safe show

Hosting a concert? Check out these ideas for making your indoor music event as COVID-safe as possible in these pandemic times.

Now that the summer festival season has ended – in the northern hemisphere at least – so will most outside concerts. Unfortunately the pandemic isn’t over, and outdoor events are considered safer than indoor crowds.

But there are ways to make your indoor concert COVID-safe. Whether you’re hosting a festival in several venues across town or a gig in your living room, check out the suggestions for hosting a safe indoor concert we’ve gathered below.

Open some windows

Make sure the venue is well ventilated. Opening windows and doors helps keep airflow moving through, spreading out any virus particles.

Limit numbers

Keeping the concert small lessens the amount of contact between different households. Equally, you could choose a larger venue – a bigger venue means better ventilation.

If possible, hosting two concerts would be safer than one with the same amount of audience members.

Ask for proof of a negative COVID test at the gig

COVID passports are a touchy subject, but consider requesting everyone attending takes a COVID test on the day – band and all – to help reassure concert-goers that everyone is staying safe. Temperature checks on the door are another possible measure.

On a similar theme, you could make the concert only open to vaccinated attendees. That’s a move guaranteed to ruffle some feathers – but it’s your show, and you call the shots. (Pun intended.)

Switch to a seated show

If you’re worried about close contact in a crowd, consider making the gig a seated show. The less people moving around the room passing each other in close proximity, the better. Make sure there’s also visible directions and signs around the venue to help everyone social distance on their way to the bar or bathroom.

Alternatively, you could make like Flaming Lips and put everyone (including the band) in Zorb-like inflatable balls.

Face mask requirements in the audience

You can either insist on masks at your show or state that face masks are preferred, which leaves it up to the audience to decide. If you’re asking people to mask up, you could also ban food and beverages in the crowd, removing the excuse of taking off face coverings during the set.

Wash those hands

We’re all well used to hand sanitiser now. Make sure there’s plenty available around the venue, especially near touchpoints like doors and the all-important bar area. Check that the venue is cleaned regularly.

Be flexible

Keep an eye on the changing situation and be ready to impose or relax restrictions depending on coronavirus cases in your area and new variants. Have some backup plans in place like switching to a seated event or having an extra matinee show planned to spread out audience numbers.

No indoor event is free of risk, but putting at least some measures in place will reassure your audience and help to keep everyone safe from coronavirus. That way, everyone can relax and enjoy the music.

Are vaccine passports the future of live music? Gigs are returning but with conditions

Vaccine passports, negative lateral flow tests, temperature checks on the door; concerts are coming back but we haven’t left the COVID-19 pandemic behind just yet.

As live music returns after what feels like forever, the industry is discovering how to make it work in a post-pandemic world. A year of lockdowns have devastated the music industry which relies so heavily on live concerts for income. Venues, managers, roadies, and of course the artists themselves have faced a struggle like never before. Whilst more time at home has given listeners the opportunity to stream music more than ever, giving artists and labels a much needed boost, the effects of a near-total end to live music has been huge.

However, the sun is appearing behind the clouds and vaccine roll outs are helping bring about the return of the experiences that we’ve missed so much in the last year and a half. No matter how excited we may be getting about all of the upcoming gigs and the festivals which have helped to reinvigorate our Summer, we have to remember that we’re not out of the woods just yet.

What will be required to go to events now?

Live Nation and AEG have both recently announced the upcoming requirements to attend any of their festivals or event at their venues. They will require event-goers to show proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID, or alternatively they can show proof that they’ve tested negative within 72 hours leading up to the event.

Live Nation intends on implementing their requirements from October 4th whilst AEG will be putting the rules in place a little earlier on October 1st. Live Nation’s president, Michael Rapino confirmed that the requirements won’t necessarily be enforced at third-party venues where they’re promoting, saying that they “can only commit to what we control right now”.

There is no blanket rule for what live events should be doing and it of course varies from location to location and depending on the size of concerts. For example, the requirements for a local band playing at a bar is going to be different to a stadium gig on an international tour or the management of a festival that sees thousands mixing and camping together for multiple days.

Ultimately it is up to each individual event organiser how they intend to approach the allowance of attendees and whether they put any requirements in place to attend. Vaccine proof and negative tests are becoming a standard but there are a number of organisers who are not putting any restrictions in place, particularly at smaller venues with quieter gigs.

Do vaccine checks and negative test results really stop the spread at events?

When Live Nation announced their upcoming admission requirements, they touted the success of the recent Lollapalooza festival as informing their decision. The world-renowned festival went ahead for it’s 30th anniversary with strict enforcement of point of entry checks in place, demanding that each attendee showed proof of a negative test or vaccination.

Nicole Haiimpoor, writing for Digital Music News, said: “Leading up to the festival, people were wary if there would be an actual check or not. As I attended the festival myself, I witnessed people getting turned away from the gates multiple times if they did not have the proper documents.”

With hundreds of thousands of attendees mixing in tents across four-days, the potential for spread was huge. In the ten days after the festival, Chicago health officials reported only 203 cases of COVID-19 that they reckoned to be linked to the event. Considering its size, that is considerably low and not what we would call a “superspreader event”. In other words, a success and testament to rigorous checks.

That’s not to say that checks are the b-all and end-all, allowing us an assured safe return to events. The recent seaside festival Boardmasters in Cornwall had demanded proof of vaccination or negative tests upon entry in hopes to prevent spread of the virus. The festival saw considerably less traffic than Lollapalooza with roughly 50,000 attendees but reports suggest that nearly 5,000 cases of COVID may be linked to the event.

Whether Boardmasters was as rigorous in their checks as Lollapalooza, we can’t know. However, it is evidence that putting these checks in place is not a definitive solution to stopping the spread. The success of Lollapalooza shows that it can work and ultimately, if we want live events to return then we have to be willing to risk some spread. Vaccine proof and negative tests are probably the best solution to managing the spread until we’re in a more comfortable place with the virus.

I for one am thrilled to see the return of live music and believe that if we all act as honestly as we can in what events are asking of us, then we have the most reasonable route to bringing back the entertainment that we love so much in-person.

Get back to playing live shows again with new tools from Spotify for Artists

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Spotify’s Back to Live initiative aims to give artists the tools they need to safely and successfully return to playing live music after pandemic restrictions lift.

Spotify for Artists has announced some useful tools to help artists booking shows again in 2021. When COVID-19 shut down music venues, artists around the world lost not only a vital source of income but an important in-person link to their fans. Now, in places like the US and UK, things are starting to open up again.

Artists are beginning to book and play shows for the first time in a year and a half. Some are raring to go whilst other artists are more nervous about going back to playing gigs. Will anyone show up? Will too many people show up?

Recognising this, Spotify has announced the roll out of tools and resources to help artists safely get back into the swing of playing live. Check out some of the new Spotify for Artists features below.

Concerts Hub

Spotify is moving the Concerts Hub to the Home screen of the platform to put shows centre-stage. Here users can find personalised concert information by location and their most-listened to artists.

In-app messaging will also guide users to the Hub for extra promotion of gigs.

COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Program

A big source of worry around playing live again is safety at venues, for both artists and fans. Spotify says it’s working to share accurate information around vaccines to try and combat vaccine hesitancy through education. That includes in-app notifications and billboards.

Promo Cards
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Promo Cards can now be used to advertise tours and show where artists are playing next. Artists can select “Live show” as a focus and download a Live Promo Card to share on their socials, to let everyone know they’re back on the road.

Co.Lab event series, videos, podcasts

A Back to Live Col.Lab event series is due to launch this summer, highlighting the experience of touring artists as they resume life on the road. There’ll be advice on Spotify’s social media and blog too.

The Co.Lab events from Spotify for Artists generally focus on artists networking and sharing advice with each other, as well as getting career advice from industry experts.

Fans First
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Since 2017 marketing program Fans First has let artists connect to their most dedicated Spotify fans, alerting them to unique offers like presales and merchandise.

After pausing last March, Fans First returned in June 2021 and, anticipating a rush of pent-up demand, will expand to run 35% more pre-sale campaigns than back in the “normal times” of 2019.

More resources will be launched over the next few months. The extra effort by Spotify into promoting live performances and reassuring fans that it’s safe to return to concerts will hopefully make the transition into playing shows less stressful for everyone involved, so artists and fans can focus on getting hyped for the return to live.

Itching to play live music again? Check out our tips for booking a gig here.