All posts tagged 'Coldplay'

Who's got the easiest job in the world?

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, August 17 2012

I have been having a discussion in the office about easiest jobs. My friend was telling me that when she moved to France, one of her first jobs was in a factory watching biscuits on a conveyor belt.

She then moved to another factory and watched sweetcorn. That was her entire responsibility. She was in unfamiliar territory and was simply making some money – she is now a qualified teacher.

The easiest job I ever had was delivering leaflets when I was around 13 or 14. I was paid £5 and half-way through, I got bored and threw the rest away.

Rob Wills from kmfm Breakfast used to be a barman at a Harvester restaurant and producer Aaron worked on the shop floor of BHS.

Station producer at kmfm, Jon Young, sprung up and told the office he was in charge of the pizzas at Pizza Hut. I didn’t know there were such job divisions. So someone is entirely in charge of the salad?

Mid-morning presenter Garry Wilson caused controversy when he said a paper round was hardly a tough job. I disagreed. If you were on the Sunday morning round the bag was weighed down with magazines and supplements inside the newspapers.

I was sacked from my paper round as I asked the newsagent if it would be OK not to do the Sunday round as it was hurting my shoulder. He took the bag from me and asked me to leave. My mum rang him up – not happy – and the newsagent said I could have the job back if I wanted on Monday. I did not return.

I’ve just returned from Boston where I presented kmfm Drivetime as part of Live in Boston, I’m still reliving how great Coldplay were. The prize was to see the band live at the TD Gardens. They were beyond brilliant.

When flying somewhere, do you notice that when you land you are allowed to walk through first class, but not at the start of the flight? It is if to say, ‘Look where you could have been sitting,’ with all that leg room staring at you. One day I’ll be in there.

This weekend is your chance to win your child the best ever back-to-school package. They will get an electrical notebook, plus we will kit them out ready for their big day back in September. Be listening all this weekend. Good luck!

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Shipping out to Boston...

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Monday, August 13 2012

kmfm Drivetime broadcast from Boston last week. What a city. Beautiful parks, historic and some of the friendliest people.

A policeman – sorry, a cop – was chatty when we wanted to know directions. He even talked about the Olympics.

“You’ve left London to come here whilst the Olympics are on?"

“We watched the opening ceremony” was our response. I found them to be very patrotic. One man I overheard at a breakfast bar even said that he had recorded eight hours of the Games and watched them back when he got home from work. That is quite a dedication.

The reason we were in the States was for our massive kmfm competition – Live in Boston. We gave you the chance to see Coldplay at the famous TD Gardens.

Winner Harry Blackley, from Sevenoaks, was listening at work when he texted in. He never thought in a million years that he would win, so when I called him back he was more than shocked. He brought his dad Nick with him and both loved their time in the city.

Coldplay were amazing. Stunning to watch live.

Every song had the crowd on their feet - singing, dancing, cheering, clapping and at times emotional, especially during Fix You. I interviewed a few fans after the show and the overall opinion was that track brought a tear to the eyes.

If you ever get the opportunity, visit Boston. You will love it. You should take a Duck Tour which is a land and sea Second World War amphibious vehicle, which takes you through the streets and into the river.

Along the way, you learn about Boston and are encouraged to randomly quack at passing pedestrians. Duck Tour – quack? It is well thought out.

For dinner I recommend the Cheesecake Factory. These are all over America and serve the biggest portions that I have ever, ever seen. Wow. One really needs to visit to experience the cheesecake deserts. Every mouthful makes you “mmm” and “ahhh”.

My personal favourite is the banana cheesecake. Yum.

On our last day in Boston we had to watch a Red Sox game. Baseball is America’s No1 sport – as huge as football. It seems that one in every 10 people you walk past is wearing a Red Sox cap or T-shirt. It was brilliant fun with the whole stadium clapping and cheering on their players.

I was looking up some of the local lingo in Boston. Ba ghan means you have bought a bargain from a basement store. A skidder is someone who borrows money from friends and can you guess what a grinder is?

If you do, email me at andy@kmfm.co.uk - I would be interested to know.

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Don't give up on male version of Adele

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Monday, March 19 2012

If you have anything planned for the next two weeks, cancel it!

All your attention needs to be on kmfm as we want to send you and a friend to Boston – the largest city in Massachusetts and one of the oldest in America – to see the amazing Coldplay, live.

All you need to do is listen out for Coldplay songs on kmfm when the competition starts on Monday. March 19. The final draw will be made on Friday, March 30 when one winner will take the prize… but there is a twist! Good luck!

We all know Adele, the global mega star who writes and sings amazing songs but what about her male equivalent? Jason Mraz has recently been called the male version of Adele. Jason has been around for a while – he is not a new artist. He is American and you may remember his biggest UK hit – I’m Yours, back in 2009.

He is back with a beautiful new single called I Won’t Give Up. For me, this is his best single so far. It’s captivating from the start as he strums his acoustic guitar. If you loved Damien Rice’s Cannonball, you will fall in love with Mraz’s new offering. His vocal is so pure and he takes you on a journey with lyrics which you know are from real life experiences. Hence the comparison to Adele. Tune in to kmfm to hear the song.

You can also hear Madonna’s new tune too, called Masterpiece. What I like about this is it reminds you of Madonna in the early 1990s. Her vocal is reminiscent of Dear Jessie and This Used To Be My Playground. Even that pure element that was evident on her Evita album.

I am a fan of Madonna’s dancey tunes, but it is also nice to hear her more melodic efforts. It is part-produced by William Orbit who Madge seems to have a great relationship with. He worked on her Ray Of Light album. Masterpiece is taken from Madonna’s forthcoming album, MDNA.

There has been more news on the summer concert front since I mentioned last week about Emeli Sande performing at Lounge on the Farm in Canterbury and Steps headlining in Rochester. It has been announced that legends Alexander O’Neal and Billy Ocean will complete the Rochester Castle Concert line up this year. Now that is going to be a big few days.

Speak to you on your way home on kmfm Drivetime from 3pm.

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Get ready for a summer of stars

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, March 9 2012

The Critics Choice winner at this year’s BRIT Awards, Emeli Sande, will be performing at Lounge on the Farm in Canterbury this summer.

Emeli has stormed into the charts with her debut single, Heaven and now Next To Me. Her real name is Adele but of course there can only be one Adele in the music business.

Also announced on the bill so far are The Wombats, Chic, Mystery Jets, former headliner Roots Manuva, David Rodigan and Goldie.

News of the other summer concerts are starting to filter out. Rochester Castle Concerts are back this year with Steps headlining on Thursday, July 19. Jools Holland is playing the evening before. It will be great to see Steps back on the main stage blasting out their big classics that we remember back in the 1990s.

As the weather has been mild recently and the nights are lighter, now feels right to write about what is coming for Summer 2012. Cheryl Cole will be back with a new album and it is said she will mark her return by performing on new TV talent show, The Voice. Her American manager, will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas is a judge, so it makes sense.

You may have been to see Kylie Minogue in concert last year. Well, expect another concert and another album from her, celebrating 25 years in the music business. I can confirm she puts on a brilliant show.

Mariah Carey and Beyoncé may have recently had babies, but that has not stopped them making music. Beyoncé has already spoken about releasing new material. She has been writing with Ryan Tedder who is the lead singer from band One Republic. He also co-wrote with Adele on her record-breaking second record 21. Mariah already has new songs ready to go – one of which she is about to debut in America, so expect to hear it here soon.

The last few weeks I have been teasing you by saying that coming soon you could be seeing Coldplay live. So, get ready to win one of the biggest ever prizes on kmfm. Win your way in to see Coldplay... live... in... Boston! We could be flying you and your other half or friend to America to see one of the world’s biggest rock bands

Make sure you are listening to kmfm in March!

Speak to you on your way home

Coldplay tickets up for grabs

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, March 2 2012

Are you ready for more new music on kmfm? Now all of the musicians have returned back from their one-month holiday in Barbados and their tans have faded they are back making music.

I do not think Madonna really had any time off. She has been working out harder than her biceps do. Her 12th studio album entitled MDNA comes out on Monday, April 2, and first off is her new single – Give Me All Your Luvin.

The Queen of Pop delivers a fusion of dance, pop with her first offering. You may have seen her performance online at the Super Bowl last month. One thing Madonna does is she will give you 100% every time. You have to admire that.

Aside from picking up a Brit Award for Best Single last week, it seems One Direction have been a little quiet on our shores of late.

They have been taking on America, and they seem to be winning. They have a female fan base which has grown almost overnight and have been on tour supporting an American boy band Big Time Rush.

Back here and they are releasing their next single, One Thing. There is an added rocky feel to their new song, which Brit Award winner What Makes You Beautiful did not have. That was more of a pop sound. So already the lads are evolving their sound and not sticking to one type of sound. It sounds like another hit.

One of my favourite artists, both on the ear and the eye is Katy Perry. She just keeps on giving us the hits. Her next single is Part of Me. It is a pop-dance track and comes from the re-released version of her Teenage Dream album. Perry changed the lyrics during her live performance of the song at the Grammy’s – aiming at ex-husband Russell Brand with the words, “keep your diamond ring”.

Be listening to kmfm to hear these songs and more – as well as the tunes you love from the 1980s and 1990s.

Oh, and standby to win your way to see Coldplay. I could be sending you to see one of the world’s biggest rock bands at a destination which will blow you away.

That is all for now, my lips are sealed.

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