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Wilder Mind

We love an intimate gig and Mumford and Sons gave less than 400 of their excited fans just that when they played at London’s Oslo to announce their new album, Wilder Mind. Diabolical were on hand to offer our support in lighting up the venue with a giant blue neon sign, well, we didn’t want people getting lost!

Calling all artists

Laura Marling’s new album is a work of art, so much so that we’ve decided to turn five billboards into exactly that, individual pieces of art. The billboards advertising her new album, Short Movie, will be positioned around London and we are looking for artists to create unique and inspiring interpretations of the original artwork. We’re talking large scale, live art here, with all the installations being filmed to create…..you got it, a short movie!

If you’re are interested in getting involved or know someone who would be all over this get in touch now at sayhelllo@diabolical.co.uk

Parklife

Over the last few weeks Barclaycard presents British Summer Time have pulled name after name from their bag of musical tricks, from Taylor Swift to Miss Minogue, but the announcement that British legends Blur will headline the Hyde Park festival on 20th June has proved a huge hit, understandably. Last year saw The Libertines make quite the royal racket and we have no doubt the Blur boys will churn up a storm too. The announcement comes alongside the news that Blur will also be releasing their first album in 12 years. We wanted to welcome the boys back in style so we literally shouted it from the rooftops with some projections across London. Welcome back boys!

A cheeky little number

It might look like something from the latest Star Wars film but the new speaker from Devialet is already in such high demand that those trying to beat the rush and purchase online have had to register their interest to get their hands on one. The little guy boasts 3,000W, with zero distortion and zero background noise all for less than $2,000 (that’s around £1330 to those of us on British soil). Diabolical brought the same high-impact and low distortion to the multi-format campaign to announce the launch of the implosive sound centre in Harrods from February, featuring some ever so slightly risqué artwork, we ran a highly effective teaser campaign around key city centre locations. Keep your eyes peeled for that #PHANTOMRISING

If you can be patient, the Phantom will be available in Harrods from 9th February 2015.

Check out the the advertising video here.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

This poster campaign really puts the crown on the end of a great month for the Diabolical team. Sitting on our prime Camden Tube Station billboard, the ideal location for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, three London siblings whose fans are said to include Dustin Hoffman, Ewan McGregor and David Lynch. The siblings have a contagious rockabilly 1950’s sound and style, and they’re still only teenagers. Their brand new album is out today.

The Prodigy get nasty

It’s been a busy few days for The Prodigy, as news leaked that their first album in six years would be out in March, the posters went up and the gloves most definitely came off, not that we ever expected anything less. The Day Is My Enemy has been described as loud, obnoxious and violent, and that’s just by the band, who also recently claimed that they should be seen as just as an important cultural band as the likes of Blur or Oasis.

‘I don’t wanna pop up on a few more TV programmes saying ‘The Prodigy did this!’ I’m just telling people now that, yeah, I think we are important. When you trace the lines back to the Sex Pistols and the Clash, we are in that line.’ Liam Howlett, The Prodigy via NME.

The Prodigy’s album is out at the end of March followed by a UK tour starting in May.

Is this the end of Tin Pan Alley?

In recent months there has been a lot of talk about the widening gap of London’s affluent dwellers and us ‘ordinary’ people, but none more has come as a shock to the Diabolical office than the news regarding one of London’s most eccentric and enterprising streets. Plans to develop the north side of Denmark Street as part of the Crossrail development are on the table. Home to the many rehearsal rooms and recording studies over the years that have seen albums recorded by Bowie, The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath (to name only a few), while Elton John enjoyed coffee just down the road. Helter Skelter, Regent Sounds and many more independent music stores became the very reason to visit that end of town, along with The 12-Bar Club which opened its doors in 1994 in what was previously a set of stables (and is sadly relocating to Holloway Road at the end of this week). It will be a very sad day if Tin Pan Alley, which earned blue plaque status last year as home of British publishers and songwriters, is lost to luxury flats and retail outlets, but the redevelopment of some of London’s most historical areas seems to be a inevitability and a down right shame.

It’s The Girls

Bette Midler’s recent thoughts on the state of the pop scene have made a few ripples in the music scene over the last few days, but apparently once you’re old, you can say anything you damn well please. Lets hope she was pleased with the enormous banner advertising her new album, It’s The Girls, at the Arndale Centre in Manchester, we’d hate to get on her bad side!

Is this the last ever AC/DC album?

The band’s last live show, their Black Ice tour in 2010, was the fourth biggest-grossing tour of all time making around £258m, but with Malcolm Young sadly retiring with dementia and drummer Phil Rudd experiencing a difficult year with the fuzz, it’s rumoured that this could be the bands last ever album and live tour. The rockers, who have been together for more than 40 years, are set to play three dates in Glasgow, Dublin and at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, we’ll try to ignore the coincidence that this tour puts them in the UK at the same time as next year’s Glastonbury Festival, we’re sure it is just that, a coincidence.

George the Poet

He has a degree from King’s College, Cambridge and performed at the Albert Hall’s Elgar room as a student. George Mpanga AKA George the Poet started rapping at 15, he was the face of BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend and Sky Sports F1 commissioned him to write poems for the coverage of both the 2012 Formula One and the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix and he was a runner-up for the BRITs 2015 Critics’ Choice Award. He also counts legendary rapper NAS as a fan, has been described as one of London’s leading young wordsmiths and recently added a second London date as part of his 2015 tour, oh and he’s only 23 years’ old. We’re not the only one predicting great things from this London rapper.