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Up-and-coming rock band All the Young played a special acoustic gig at Stoke-on-Trent College at the end of March. It was a triumphant homecoming for the Potteries group who recently signed a six album deal with Warner Brothers.

The four-piece also played a gig at Keele University as part of a UK tour to promote their debut album Welcome Home.

Formerly called New Education, the band is made up of brothers Ryan (who studied music at the college) and Jack Dooley, Will Heaney and David Cartwright.


In the next few weeks, local independent label SONS Records will be helping The Novellos re-release their single The Lady Is Not For Turning on vinyl, followed by new material in the form of the single, All You Need.

The Lady Is Not For Turning first reared its head in 2008, pushing the band to the No.3 spot of the Indie Charts thanks to support and radio play from BBC's Steve Lamacq, including a session at the Maida Vale studios for his "In New Music We Trust" programme later that year.

With near future collaborations between SONS Records and Lamacq - and also his BBC colleague Chris Hawkins - it seems The Novellos will get the radio play desired to help push the new releases.


Lesbian Bed Death's new album Riot Of The Living Dead has finally been recorded, mixed and mastered and is set to be released worldwide next month on Monday 28 May.

But the goth-rockers from Stoke-on-Trent have said that any fans who took part in the pledge campaign will be able to download it much sooner than that, and will have their physical CD/DVD posted out as soon as the discs are pressed at the factory.

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