Oliver Heldens, born in 1995, is a Dutch deep house producer. He began his professional music career when he signed to Spinnin’ Records last year. His song, ‘Gecko’ – originally an instrumental – caught the attention of Tiësto, and he signed the track to his label Musical Freedom. The track peaked at number 1 on the DMC Buzz Chart and was named ‘Essential New Tune’ by Radio One’s Pete Tong in January this year. For over a month ‘Gecko’ remained #1 in the Beatport Deep House chart, and after six months is still in the Beatport Top 100.
For this UK chart number 1 version of the track, Oliver teamed up with hot new talent Becky Hill, who co-wrote and provided her unmistakable vocals to the topline – the result being ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’. A Parlophone artist, Becky is set to release her own solo material later this year but is still also very much in demand for her writing skills here in the UK and the US. Becky has previously written for chart favourites Rudimental (‘Powerless’) and scored her first UK hit last year with drum n bass anthem Wilkinson’s ‘Afterglow’.
Wow, I’m so honored, says Oliver Heldens, I was already so happy with the reactions on the original track, but this is amazing! Very proud to be working with the talented Becky Hill, great vocals and great teamwork!
Becky Hill: “I can’t believe it! Made it to number one! Thank you to everyone for all the support & love for Gecko Overdrive, feel very blessed right now”
In January 2014, Heldens launched his Heldeep Mixtape on his official soundcloud page, creating extended mixes which incorporate different genres of electronic dance music including different types of deep house and tech house. The first mixtape included his remix of label mate, Martin Garrix’s ‘Animals’ which was largely well received by the press who described the new version as, ‘leaving us with a completely new anthem with a notable melody left intact’.
Heldens also released a remix of Robin Thicke’s ‘Feel Good’ in 2014 and will be touring the summer festival and night club circuit with appearances at EDC, Amnesia Ibiza, Tomorrowland, Departures Ushuaia Ibiza, Creamfields, and Electric Zoo Festival.
Henley Festival goes Digital with Will Young & Beverley Knight
For 2020 Henley Festival has announced that it will be going digital, presenting a 2-hour evening concert, streamed on the Henley Festival website with performances from the Hurley House Hotel.
Popstar Will Young will perform some of his classic hits including Love Revolution, Joy and Light my fire. He says: “It’s a pleasure to be able use a home filmed show, the band and I have been working on during lockdown for Henley, a place I’ve performed in and loved. I grew up not too far from there, so it is almost a virtual home-town show.”
Soul singer Beverley Knight will perform a 40 minute concert of her top hits. There will also be performances from classical pianist Hao Zi Yoh, and number one Jazz musician Joe Stilgoe. Comedy will be provided by Rory Bremner who will perform some new topical material whilst being interviewed by cricket commentator David Gower. David Gower who has said “As a guest in previous years I have grown to love the atmosphere and diversity of the many talents on show at the Henley Festival so it is a great pleasure to add a little something back with this year’s digital event”
Festival goers can watch the digital concert from the comfort of their own homes, with tickets starting from £10.10 each and available from www.henley-festival.co.uk.
All ticket sales will help to support the not-for-profit festival to continue in 2021. Established 38 years ago as a classical music charity event, Henley Festival continues to be run on a not for profit basis. supporting charitable projects at both a national and local level.
Henley Festival announced back in April that this year’s five day black-tie Festival will be postponed in its entirety to July 2021, moving the full 2020 line up to next year including headliners James Blunt, Madness, and Sophie Ellis Bextor. Anyone who holds tickets to the 2020 festival will be able to use them in 2021.
Henley Festival CEO Nick Mattingley said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer a digital version of Henley Festival for 2020 with some of the UK’s best loved performers. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to experience the festival from the comfort of their homes.”
Classic Ibiza partners with Isabel Hospice for Concert
This summer’s Classic Ibiza at Hatfield House on Saturday 29 August will be supporting a local charity that helps people and families in eastern Hertfordshire with life-limiting illnesses.
Isabel Hospice provides free end of life care and support for patients and their families living with cancer and other illnesses, such as MND, end-stage renal, heart conditions and respiratory conditions or other complex neurological conditions. The population they serve is almost 370,000 and last year they cared for 1,855 people.
Care is based on the simple idea that patients are ordinary people living with physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. The Hospice provides enormous support to families and friends, caring for the patients and all those around them.
There will be various fundraising initiatives taking place on the evening, including a £1 donation from every programme sold, a recommended £5 donation from press and guest-list entries, as well as collection points at all onsite retailers and exit points. On-screen video and an Isabel Hospice marquee, where audience members can find out more about the work that they do, will also aid in raising the charity’s profile.
Adam Brockett, Head of Community and Events at Isabel Hospice. comments: “We need to raise £17,000 every day to keep our Hospice running and events like this will help enormously towards that goal. Our In-Patient Unit is a safe haven for people as they reach the end of their lives, but the Hospice is so much more than a building. We care for the majority of patients in their own home and across eastern Hertfordshire in the Living Well with Isabel Hubs where activities include Feel Good Singing, art and gardening sessions to promote well-being and independence for people living with a life-limiting condition. We’d like to thank Classic Ibiza for supporting us, in what promises to be a brilliant event.”
Lisa Ward, organiser of Classic Ibiza, adds: “Giving something back to the local communities that host our concerts across the UK has always been important to us and our audience. Classic Ibiza is a concert for all the family, so it’s fitting that we are working with Isabel Hospice to help people and their loved ones living with life-limiting illnesses in the region. The show is due to sell-out again, so we hope to raise significant funds and boost awareness of this extremely worthy cause.”
Classic Ibiza begins with a ‘Chill-out DJ set’ performed by former Pacha Ibiza and Ministry of Sound London resident, Jose Luis. The Urban Soul Orchestra and vocalists then take to the stage with Goldierocks for the ‘Sundowner set,’ with tracks from Orbital, Paul van Dyk, Roger Sanchez and many more. The rhythm builds further during Goldierocks’ ‘House DJ set’, which is packed full of stone-cold dance anthems. The concert then reaches a crescendo during the ‘Dance set,’ when the orchestra and vocalists return to the stage as night falls and the grounds of Hatfield turn into an alfresco nightclub with accompanying lasers. Expect tracks from The Prodigy and The Shapeshifters, to Faithless and Underworld.
Programme: 5:30pm: Car parks and gates open; 6:00pm: ‘Chill-out DJ set’ (Jose Luis); 7:30pm: ‘Sundowner set’ (Urban Soul Orchestra and Goldierocks); 8:30pm: ‘House DJ set’ (Goldierocks); 9:00pm: ‘Dance set’ and laser light show (Urban Soul Orchestra and Goldierocks); 10:15pm: Concert finishes.
Information and tickets: Visit: www.classicibiza.co.uk
Hip Hop dance show Father Figurine debuts at The Hat Factory, Luton
Oxford-based Hip Hop dance theatre company Body Politic is raising awareness about the UK’s current mental health epidemic in adolescent boys and men through their show Father Figurine at The Hat Factory, Luton on Friday 20th of September as part of their second national tour.
With the current climate of mental health discussion, Father Figurine talks about the fragilities and vulnerabilities in men and young boys. This piece combines poignant spoken word poetry with hip hop dance, to explore the fractured relationship between a father and his son and their inability to healthily deal with a traumatic event.
Will they be able to share their emotions with each other? Or will they fall into the statistic of nearly half of men believing they can’t express their feelings?
Figures show that 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adults begin before the age of 15. Father Figurine combines poignant spoken word poetry with hip hop dance with the drive to bring these figures to light and empower men and boys.
Emma-Jane Greig, the Artistic Director of Body Politic, is looking forward to sharing Father Figurine and engaging in a post-show discussion with a panel of local mental health professionals at The Hat Factory, Luton on Friday 20th of September at 19.30.
She said: “I feel very honored to be touring Father Figurine for the second time this year. Earlier this year, this powerful piece of work was described as “meaningful” and “important” by health care professionals and audience members. I am really looking forward to continuing conversations around men’s mental health this Autumn, and using our work as a catalyst for change.”