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  1. A New Festival is Coming to Town

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    TDM Festival

    A new festival is taking over Leicester and it’s ready to blow everyone away. This new festival goes by the name TDM (which stands for Truly Diverse Music) and it’s allows you to be introduced to world music and to celebrate it all at once.

    The festival is taking place inside the Cultural Quarter in Leicester from 26th-28th of May 2017. The first set of tickets are going on sale on Friday 3rd March 2017.

    History

    The festival is a great way to hear new music and celebrate something that is Leicester born and bred. The origins of the festival stem from when the TDM coordinator was studying at the De Montfort University and put together a world music event with fellow students, which had the name Tour De Music (TDM). This inspired the coordinator to keep doing this after graduation.

    TDM Festival, is powered by Horus Music.

    Venues

    Tickets will be released on Friday 3rd March for 5 of the festival events, to be held across 3 venues. 4 of the events will be hosted by The Exchange and Manhattan34 who will run events back to back across Saturday and Sunday. The 5th event that is hosted by The Peepul Centre, who will close the festival with an India focused event. This is to celebrate the 70th year of independence for India.

    More venues and events will be added at a later date, along with line-up announcements through the month of March.

    Variety of Genres

    What is so special about this festival, is that it isn’t bound to just one genre. The line-up will have a variety of genres such as brass band, reggae, hip-hop, electronic, rock and so much more.

     

    Tickets

    Tickets are out now and are available here http://tdmfestival.seetickets.com/tour/tdm-festival

    For more information and news, you can take a look at the following links:

  2. Looking back on our 10 year history!

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    horus music turns 10Horus Music is 10 years old this year, and what better way to celebrate than to look back on what we have been up to over the 12 months. In addition to opening an office in India, we have attended several industry events and welcomed many new faces to the team.

    The biggest and most exciting event of the past year has been the opening of our new office in India! Setting up shop in Mumbai, we can now bring our expertise in music distribution and other services to Indian artists while retaining a local feel. The new members of our Indian team came to our Leicester office to visit in early June and it was a great opportunity to learn more about Indian music and culture for the rest of the team.

    In addition to our Indian venture, we have kept ourselves busy in the UK too. This year Horus Music were sponsors of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s Free Stage, where we helped to bring free jazz music to over 14,000 people over the course of the weekend. The event was a huge success and showcased some great up and coming jazz artists as well as established acts. Among some of these acts were Jamie Cullum, Corinne Bailey Rae and Beverly Knight. Beverly previously distributed music through our service in 2015. Horus Music also was a sponsor of this years Midem conference in Cannes. As the worlds biggest music industry conference, we have been attending Midem ever since the company began and have some great relationships with other attendees and organisers of the event. Being a sponsor was a great way to celebrate our 10th year as a company as well as a decade of attending Midem, which has always been a rewarding event for us and continues to be.

    In other industry events we sponsored the Brighton Music Conference, which showcases the latest in dance music technology and DJ equipment. There were also a number of industry talks and panels, one of which we organised ourselves called ‘Downloads, Streaming, Vinyl and Record Labels: Navigating the Next 10 Years’ which was very well received. In May we attended The Great Escape Festival, also in Brighton, and attended various industry talks as well as meeting some great companies and see some up and coming UK artists.

    We also had the long awaited visit of our Web Guru’s from Croatia to our Leicester office. It was a great experience to have the full team together and discuss upcoming improvements to our system that you can all expect to see in the near future. It was fun giving our foreign visitors a taste of English culture and food too, in addition to allowing them to meet the new members of our growing team.

    As a celebration for our 10th birthday party, we will be inviting plenty of old and new friends, as well as some of our clients to join us in reflecting on the past decade as well as looking forward to the future of Horus Music.

    In the mean time take a look at this video that shows some of the milestones from our humble beginnings in Birmingham to where we are now. Here’s to the next 10 years!

  3. Interview with The Fores guitarist Liam Hopkins

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    Liam, The Fores

    Currently collaborating with Horus Music, alternative-rock ’n’ roll band The Fores are working hard towards their upcoming presentation at Midem festival in February. The event located in Cannes, France will hopefully open a lot of doors for The Fores and is something guitarist and founding member Liam Hopkins is very excited about. He says, ‘It’s a pretty big deal and we’re enthusiastic. We’re just trying to provide Horus with everything they need for Midem. We’re recording some new songs at the moment so we can put a CD together and send it out there.’

    With all the possibilities Midem offers up-and-coming bands, it’s no wonder the band will be pulling out all the stops for it. In the eyes of Liam, the future is bright, ‘we see ourselves becoming a successful band you know, hitting the charts eventually and a band who can do some good live gigs. The sky’s the limit is what we’re aiming for basically.’

    Although in this business, he is very much aware of the odds being against many new bands, ‘it’s all about sort of climbing the ladder as I say. But with success you know it’s rare, but it does happen. We all kind of knew it was a case of building it up which is what we’re doing. The thing is we all sort of have fun with it anyway, there’s a great spirit amongst the band as well. We’re a bunch of mates so it’s all good. You’re not expecting to walk into all the best venues and stuff, you have to be patient.’

    The Fores

    The band themselves are influenced by artists from The Rolling Stones and Coldplay, to Oasis, The Verve and Kasabian. To emulate even a quarter of those bands’ success would be an achievement for The Fores in itself. Liam says, ‘everyone’s got the same attitude, we’re just gunning for it and it’s what we want to do.’ It’s an approach that’s definitely helped them out so far. Highlights of the past year include a performance at The National Reality TV Awards in London, performing to a star-studded crowd from shows such as The X Factor, The Voice and The Only Way Is Essex. Also on The Fores’ list of credentials is an award for Best Newcomers from The Independent International Download Awards for their single ‘Let Go!’ ‘We’d like to have that sort of thing more often’, Liam beams.

    It’s seriously impressive and the people from Horus can’t wait to show them off at Midem. They said, ‘we’re really happy to be representing The Fores at Midem 2014. They’re a really interesting band and I believe their music has great potential. I look forward to working with them on this as well as on future projects.’

    Obviously grateful of their experience so far with Horus, Liam has nothing but thanks for them. Looking ahead Liam ponders, ‘we’re kind hoping even beyond Midem that we’ll keep in touch and just helping us further. So it’s brilliant, it’s really cool. We’re really grateful that they took an interest in us.’ Why wouldn’t you be struck by The Fores anyway? With their undeniably appealing rock’n’roll edge, they’re heading for the top.

    What’s really the trick to keeping this ball rolling though? Liam says The Fores ‘don’t get put down by anything because life’s too short. You only live once, that kind of thing, so go for it. I think probably that’s the best piece of advice. Just trust your ear and your instinct.’

    The Fores – Let Go!

    Written by Sam Johnson