Our new album Can You Feel It is now widely available across the streaming and distribution platforms. Please visit our updated Releases page for more information, or have a listen straight away via the Spotify Player below!
It’s been a fantastic first two weeks at the Adelaide Fringe. We’re now half way through and our first couple of reviews are in totalling 14.5/15 stars! We had fun shooting this pic for the Adelaide Advertiser as well. It’s a hard life!
After a couple of warm-up shows last month in Germany, 2017 kicks into top gear for The Magnets this week with a double whammy; the launch of our Adelaide Fringe Festival run and the release of our new album Can You Feel It.
Our show at Adelaide’s beautiful Garden of Unearthly delights opens this Friday 17 Feb with a line-up of truly virtuosi vocal talent. Now also called Can You Feel It, it’s going to blow the roof off our venue until 19th March. Get tickets HERE.
We are also delighted to be releasing a fifth official album, our first since 2013’s All This Time. It’ll be for sale on CD for the first time in Adelaide and will be appearing online internationally (US and Japan excepted) from the end of this week – distributor efficiency permitting! The order link for iTunes is already available here.
The album features live classics recorded for the first time such as Smoke on the Water and Lost in Music plus the best from our current show, including Minnie the Moocher, Feeling Good, Jolene, Lay Me Down and Uptown Funk. It’s a feast of great singing with contributions from most of the boys who have peformed with us over the last 18 months; Damion Scarcella, Michael Conway, Duncan Sandliands, Hobbit, Ball-Zee, Nick Girard (also the producer), Cameron Jones (who we are proud to say is just about to make his West End debut in Motown) and of course stalwarts Michael Welton and Callum McIntosh. We’re really looking forward to everyone hearing them for the first time on a Magnets recording.
So who will you be seeing if you are lucky enough to be in Adelaide? From left to right on the poster…
Duncan Sandilands – Our bass-hunk, also a life-guard so he’ll be keeping the boys safe of those lovely Adelaide beaches!
Callum McIntosh – Once the new boy, now a veteran, Cal has been ever-present in our Adelaide Fringe shows and is even dating an Adelaide girl!
Billy Boothroyd – Billy first sang with us on our Adelaide 2013 run, and there are more than a few people looking forward to hearing his gorgeous tones on his return to the ranks.
Damion Scarcella – Damion’s from Melbourne so he’ll be right at home back in Oz, no doubt finding some good new lines for his trademark on-stage banter.
Michael Conway – Our squeaky, cheeky Welsh high-tenor with a voice worthy of his heritage. Michael’s lovely family are coming out with him so look out for his super cute son running riot in the Gardens
Ball-Zee – Nothing less than a beatboxing legend, Ball-Zee has myriad vocal effects at his disposal, with on-stage charisma to match. If you need proof just check him out on Facebook!
If you go early enough you might also see Nic Doodson lurking at the back in a production capacity. Mikey is sitting this one out at home with his family in freezing Manchester, writing posts like this!
2017 is gradually unfurling, We’ll be releasing information about trips to India and China soon, and this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe and hopefully more UK festival dates. In the meantime we hope you enjoy our new album. Keep an eye on our social media channels for release information!
A few days before Christmas, whilst on tour in Germany we decided to record our version of “Last Christmas” by George Michael. James Fortune, one our founder members who now is part of the management team had done an excellent arrangement that mashed the song with Joni Mitchell’s “River”. So after a hurried trip into Frankfurt to buy some festival decorations we sat down before our last show of the year to record the song. It took us a few takes to get it done what with some false starts, dodgy tuning and the occasional fit of the giggles, but we finished and were pleased with the result. As a final farewell to 2016 and a thank you to fans we put it up on Christmas Eve.
The very next day George Michael passed away at home in London.
Now we’re pretty sure it wasn’t our video that finally did for George (we can’t be sure though), but regardless we were very sad to see the passing of such a mercurial and special talent. For most of us in the group George Michael was the voice of our youth with his massive Wham! hits and songs from his solo career. Our video doesn’t really come close to being an apt tribute to the man, but it’s what we’ve got and we’re proud to put it out there.
So thank you George for sharing your amazing songwriting and very very special voice with all of us – you touched us all.
Welcome to Our New Website!
We’ve given ourselves a little early Christmas present in the form of this fresh new website. Hope you like it! Check out our new showreel of highlights from our Edinburgh 2016 show Audiocity. More content will be added over the next few weeks and watch this space for details of our plans for 2017, including gigs in Germany in January and an Adelaide Fringe, and also a brand new recording project. You’ll also see a tab for our new quartet, M4GNETS, who recently made their debut appearances and we hope will be M4gnetising audiences places where the full band can’t go!
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