Nova Twins Write To MOBO Awards To Suggest The Add A Rock/Alt Category

Nova Twins have written an open letter to the MBO Awards to suggest that they Rock/Alternative category in their 2021 ceremony.

The awards are predominantly rap and pop at the moment and the duo are looking to change things there, where they say the addition to the award would be celebrating the best new wave of artists in the scene today, whilst paying tribute to the POC originators and founders of Rock’n’Roll and Rhythm’n’Blues”.

You can read the full letter below.

Dear MOBO Awards,”

We are Nova Twins, a band of two mixed race girls from South East London and Essex who shout through distorted mics and play gnarly bass riffs. 

We are writing this open letter to ask you to help pave the way for Alternative and Rock POC artists. We believe that you can widen the representation that ourselves and so many others didn’t have growing up. Rock’n’Roll is of black origin but because of the systemic issues that we still face today, POC contributors to the genre have been lost along the way.

We have a proposition: we would love for you to consider adding a Rock/Alternative category to your 2021 award show, celebrating the best new wave of artists in the scene today, whilst paying tribute to the POC originators and founders of Rock’n’Roll and Rhythm’n’Blues.

We grew up watching the MOBO Awards, feeling grateful for its CEO and Founder Kanya King MBE, who pushed boundaries and helped bring black music and culture into the mainstream. We want to use our platform to raise the voices of the unheard, diversifying the space for Alternative POC bands but we can’t do it alone. We need trailblazing, influential platforms like the MOBOs to back us and look ahead to a more diverse future for music.

People often don’t know that Rock’n’Roll was in fact largely originated by a black woman. Starting her career in the 1930s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe went on to inspire household names through the decades. You can see and hear her influence in the works of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix for instance, who then went on to shape the musical world we live in. Her guitar playing technique also had a major influence on the development of British Blues in the 1960s. We all owe her a huge debt and with the help of others, we want to continue the pioneering work she started. We feel strongly that this needs to be represented in the MOBO Awards.

This is more than just a category, it’s a message to all young black people, letting them know that they can do and be anything that they choose. That they have more creative options available to them, other than the ones society has offered them. It’s up to us all to give the new generation the tools and encouragement to do so. It’s time to create a different landscape to the one we entered.

2020 has been a time for us all to reflect and re-educate ourselves. Let 2021 be the year we all take action. 

Much love, 
Amy & Georgia
(Nova Twins)”

Since then, the Mobo’s have replied and acknowledged what they’ve said, replying with:

“We see you Nova Twins! Rock and the alternative music genre certainly has its roots in black music and the contributions of talented musicians in this field deserve to be further celebrated. The MOBO Awards Judging Panel have actually discussed this and we will continue to review potential category expansions for future Award ceremonies. We will always do our best to represent Black music talent across a variety of genres”

Tigress Announce New EP.

Essex based band Tigress (formally The Hype Theory) have announced a new EP. It’s going to be called ‘Like It Is’, and it’s set to be released on May 12th through LAB Records.

Their latest song ‘Power Lines’ was released back in October and is going to be a part of the EP.

Here’s the tracklisting.

01.) Give Me A Chance
02.) Power Lines
03.) Headaches
04.) Shockwave
05.) Temper, Temper

Power Lines can be streamed below.

And here’s the artwork.


Pre-Order information is yet to be confirmed but the link will be posted when it is live.

All Time Low Announce Australian Tour

All Time Low have announced an Australian tour, Neck Deep and The Maine are supporting and the world is jealous! Just when people are getting over one tour heartbreak because they live in another country, another pops up and the balance is broken. Oh well, if you live in any of the tour dates on the poster below, you’re in for a treat!


YMA6 Announce Tour!


18 months is a long time. It was the last time You Me At Six played a gig and since then they said they have been making a new album. Now that album will hopefully see the light of day to which they think it’s “their best yet”.

Now today, they have announced a tour, with some places they either haven’t ventured or haven’t played for a long while.

Here are the Dates/Venues.

Tue October 04 2016 – BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Wed October 05 2016 – FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall
Thu October 06 2016 – SWANSEA Brangwyn Hall
Sun October 09 2016 – BELFAST Limelight
Mon October 10 2016 – DUBLIN Academy
Thu October 13 2016 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Fri October 14 2016 – OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
Sat October 15 2016 – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Mon October 17 2016 – INVERNESS Ironworks
Tue October 18 2016 – LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Wed October 19 2016 – LIVERPOOL Guild of Students
Thu October 20 2016 – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy Sheffield
Fri October 21 2016 – MIDDLESBROUGH Empire
Sun October 23 2016 – SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
Mon October 24 2016 – LONDON O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire


Tickets on sale 9am Wednesday 24th August on the bands website.

Aersosmith, Yellowcard call it a day

Well.. I never expected this news today. Not one but two bands have decided to call it a day.

Firstly Aerosmith, who have spent over forty years together are going on one last tour next year before calling it a day.

Steven Tyler confirmed this news on Howard Stern’s radio show stating “We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time.”

I can see where he’s coming from because of the sheer length of time the group have been together but the accomplishments that Aerosmith achieved in just under half a century will never be forgotten by their fans. Who knows though? They could always come back, Kiss said they would pack it in, but they’re still going strong, tour after tour. Bowling for Soup told the UK they’d never return and less than two years later they did. the point being, nobody knows what the future will hold.


Coming to Yellowcard, two decades in who knew they’d still be here? Two decades in, who knows if any band will still be together right? I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to see the band grow and evolve and hopeful that they continue to make music wherever their lives take them.

They’ll be around the UK in December to say goodbye to us Brits, see you then Yellowcard for the last time.

Here’s the band’s full statement:

“Putting this into words hasn’t been easy. When saying farewell, it is hard to know where to start, especially when there are so many reasons not to say it, but the time has come to share this news. After countless discussions and months of thought, we have decided that it is time for Yellowcard to come to an end. This will be our last album and our final world tour.

“The decision was an incredibly difficult one for us to make. We considered so many things – our families, our health, our future endeavors. In the end we realized that this was the right time to step away and preserve the legacy and integrity of the band. It is with you, the fans in mind, that this decision was made. We wanted to have the chance to share our farewell with as many fans around the world as we could, and now is the right time to do just that.

“We went into this record knowing it would be the last, which is why we chose to have Ryan Key and Ryan Mendez produce it. The motivation behind this was to make sure these songs came from a place that was deeply rooted in us. We wanted to push ourselves to create a lasting finale for this incredible story on our own. It is also why we chose to self-title the album. We were lucky to still have our friend and mentor, Neal Avron, on board as Executive Producer and mixer and we’ve made one of the strongest records of our career and a fitting final creative piece.

“Once this final chapter for Yellowcard comes to a close, we will all be heading in new directions in our lives, but these memories will never leave us. We can only hope that the memories we have made together with you will stay in your hearts as well. You have stood by us through all of the highs and lows on this unbelievable journey.

“We will be forever grateful to Yellowcard fans all over the world for the opportunities you have given us. We have played shows for nearly two decades on six continents, and had the chance to keep recording the music we love year after year. While it is with sadness that we say goodbye, it is with gratitude and amazement that we look back on a career we can be proud of, and were so very lucky to have had.”

“Please come and join us on our last trip around the globe. We hope to share this final record and tour with each and every one of you.

“I won’t be with you, but I won’t be far away and this is goodbye.”

-Ryan, Sean, Ryan, and Josh”