All posts tagged 'Emeli-Sande'

Guess the celebrity luggage to win holiday to France

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Tuesday, June 19 2012

This week on kmfm Drivetime you could be winning a holiday to France with P&O as we play kmfm’s Celebrity Luggage.

All you have to do is identify the A lister by what they are packing and I could be sending you on a memorable getaway.

kmfm will also be getting you ready for the Kent County Show by giving you the chance to win your way to one of the big dates on the Kent summer calendar.

The whole radio team will be there from Friday to Sunday, July 13 to 15 with your chance to get interactive with us on our big kmfm unit.

Be listening to kmfm Breakfast with Rob Wills when you wake up for your chance to be there.

I hope you have been loving the music kmfm is playing you. Stooshe’s new single Black Heart has just been added to the playlist.

It’s only their second single, yet, it is their best so far. Alexandra from the group is from Chart Sutton and went to Invicta Grammer School.

With a catchy chorus and the vocal attitude of Mel B on the Spice Girls' debut No1 Wannabe, this will not go unnoticed.

Kelly Clarkson took a few years off and has come back with a couple of big sing-a-long pop tunes, such as Mr Know It All and more recently, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You). Now Clarkson releases Dark Side.

This is a more, well, dark tune that she opens her live shows with.

We have been playing Cheryl’s new single for about four weeks now. Finally you can download it or buy it from Monday, June 11.

This is followed a week later on Monday, June 18 by her anticipated album, A Million Lights. Expect a big sound as she has teamed up with producers who have worked Emeli Sande and Rihanna.

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Express Yourself with summer anthems

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, June 8 2012

Listen out for some big summer anthems on kmfm.

It is always going to be a hard thing to match the success of a mega hit and Maroon 5 know that.

Moves Like Jagger still is a mammoth anthem and I mentioned last week that they will be back with a new hit. Payphone will be exactly that.

I have three things to say about Katy Perry. One, I love her, two, I love her and three she does not stop giving us hit after hit. Her new offering is called Wide Awake.

It is about a break up and, of course, critics are automatically going to suggest the lyrics are about Katy’s ex Russell Brand.

Perhaps there are some elements as Katy says major life changes were an inspiration. Having said that, the song was specifically written for her forthcoming movie.

My new favourite song is from Labrinth. Express Yourself is one of those tunes with a ditty beat that will hook you in and have you turning it up loud.

I can hear the song right now as I am typing. “Exxxxpress, yourself.” You may remember he sang this song about a month ago on one of the Britain’s Got Talent shows.

The track samples an old Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band song from 1971. Quite a mouthful of band. Can you imagine the X Factor voiceover man introducing them? Express Yourself is also one of the big summer 2012 tunes.

This year is all about the anthem. Cheryl, Carly Rae Jepson, Tulisa and Train. Here are the 10 most requested songs that kmfm are playing you right now are:

1. Cheryl – Call My Name

2. David Guetta – Titanium

3. Fun – We Are Young

4. Jessie J – Laserlight

5. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

6. Train – Drive By

7. Katy Perry – Part Of Me

8. The Saturdays – Thirty Days

9. The Wanted – Chasing The Sun

10. Tulisa – Young

As well as the anthems, this summer is all about the big Kent concerts. The Hop Farm and Lounge on the Farm are both going to be two of the biggest talked-about musical events. Even Bruce Forsyth is in on the action with his own band at Paddock Wood and to have Emeli Sande in the county in Canterbury for Lounge on the Farm is going to cause a big buzz.

Bring on the summer!

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Coronation pomp left me turned off

by The Codgers' Club Friday, May 25 2012

by Alan Watkins

It can't be 59 years since the coronation – I remember it as though it was yesterday, for goodness’ sake.

It was a sunny day. The road was full of bunting and flags, and our council house was covered in St George’s flags. The local paper came along and took a photo of our house.

Dad had the day off and we had a new addition to the lounge – the first TV in the street. It had a 9in screen enclosed in a massive wooden cabinet, and all the furniture was re-arranged so that we sat with our backs to the window.

Well, we sat there for a short time, until the neighbours began to arrive. They all pushed their way into the house and sat on the seats until there were no spares. Then they sat on the arms of chairs, the floor, or simply stood as the TV flickered into life.

The curtains quickly had to be closed: you couldn’t see the blue and grey picture of the carriage as it made its way towards the Abbey. The sun burned the picture, which was full of snow from the poor reception from an aerial about 100 miles away in Wenvoe, near Cardiff.

The sandwiches and cakes, biscuits and drinks were soon being picked over, and just as quickly my friends and I became bored with the pretty young queen and the droning of the Archbishop, Dr Geoffrey Fisher.

Lots of shushes greeted protests about comfort (or lack of it), boredom and wasted opportunities. In fact we were turned off. We went into the back garden for a kickaround to the echoes of “Vivat! Vivat!”

It was much better to climb the wall, ride a bike, fight over the game rules, throw stones, and do what kids do when they are five and six years old.

Yet if we thought that was it, we were sadly mistaken.

Some time later – it may have been days or weeks, but it was certainly another sunny summer day – we all flocked to the city park. That was because our Queen and her handsome Duke were visiting us.

Most of my chums were in the park, but mum and dad opted to wait outside so we could see them when they arrived and left. We might have done – I don’t remember anything but flags. There were swings on the far side of the park.

I wasn’t allowed to go there, and instead was stuck in a crowd of sweaty people.

At last the coronation was over… or so I thought. Back at school in September we were suddenly ushered into the hall with our parents as guests, the curtains once more closed on a perfect Indian summer’s day, and we sat on unyielding benches to watch the coronation repeated.

It was enough to turn toddlers to republicanism! At least the film was in colour, but it went on, and on, and on.

Was it almost 60 years ago? Where have the boys in their thick woollen shorts and buttoned-up shirts gone? Those that scrapped in the sun – Ronnie and the two Peters, Alistair, Clive and the brainy brat across the road? Several are dead, the rest scattered to the winds.

I shall celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in the garden. I’ve seen too much pomp and majesty to thrill over it.

But, God Bless Her, she’s not been a bad monarch.

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Gig of the year will go in a Blur...

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, May 25 2012

Brit pop had a kickstart back in February when Blur were given an Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the Brits. That spurred further album sales for them and talk of them not splitting up after the Olympics concert.

Well that still has not really been answered but Blur have announced they will be performing at Margate Winter Gardens on Wednesday, August 1.

This is going to be the biggest band to perform there for some years. Expect a sweaty atmosphere and a self-made mosh pit. That is what happens at rock gigs. Totally different to pop.

Pop concerts are more about screaming, dancing, cheering and waving. Rock is about cheering, shouting and jumping! Those are your main ingredients. You can imagine the heights Blur fans will reach when the anthem Song 2 is played.

Next week on kmfm you could win afternoon tea at Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham, plus, by the end of the week, an overnight stay there.

Coming soon kmfm has your chance to win your way to Florida. We will also be at the forthcoming Dover Tattoo on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.

The Jubilee weekend is fast approaching and the kmfm Street Team plan to be out across Kent. If you are having your own street party let me know and the team could be coming to see you. Email

As summer approaches, the tunes are all big anthems and feel-good. Coldplay have duetted with Rihanna for Princess of China. Taken from the band’s album that no one still knows how to pronounce – Mylo Xyloto. The guys have produced a mix of rock, electro-pop and R&B. Listen to kmfm to hear it.

The very talented Emeli Sande has released her next single – My Kind of Love. Sande is very soulful and this song really expresses that side of her voice. She is going to be a massive pull at Canterbury’s Lounge on the Farm this summer. Oh, and if you want to be there stay, listening to Kent’s kmfm.

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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, 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

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