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Lyle Bignon

Music PR // Music consultant // Music journalist // Visiting lecturer, music industries

Location icon United Kingdom

Current + previous: 5000 Management // 33RPM - Voices of the Revolution // Academy of Contemporary Music // Access Creative College // Alexandra Theatre // All Years Leaving // Area Culture Guide // Barbican Centre London // BBC Digital Cities // BBC Music // BBC Make It Digital // Birmingham Music Coalition // Birmingham Promoters // Birmingham School of Media // British and Irish Modern Music Institute // Brum Notes Magazine // Brum Radio // Celebrating Sanctuary // Chateau Impney Hill Climb // Delta Autumn // Dexys // DJ Growth Conference // Dubcherry // Eastern Electronic Festival // Electric Swing Circus // Eventbrite // Field Harmonics // Filthy Lucre London // Fused Magazine // Goodnight Lenin // God Is In The TV Zine // Highbury Studio // Home of Metal // James Summerfield // Juice Aleem // Leftfoot Venues // Lunar Festival // Metro // Metropolis Studios // Miss Moneypenny’s // Moseley Folk Festival // Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival // Night Time Industries Association // Oxjam // Pivotal Music Conference // Primitive London // Riffs Music Journal // Royal Birmingham Conservatoire // Roland Gift // Some Cities // St Patrick's Festival Birmingham // Surge In Spring Festival // The 405 // The Flapper, Birmingham // The Juke, Birmingham // The Rainbow Venues // The Ruin, Digbeth // The Trail of Thomas Love // Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham // Tunecore // We Are Eastside

Portfolio
God Is In The TV
03/27/2019
NEWS: Tributes pour in for 2-Tone pioneer and The Beat frontman Ranking Roger (news)

Artists, music industry figures and fans have paid tribute to 2-Tone pioneer Ranking Roger, vocalist with successful Birmingham ska bands The Beat and General Public, who has died aged 56. A statement from the band yesterday reported the artist, real name Roger Charlery, passed away 'peacefully at home...surrounded by family' on Tuesday 26 March.

Brum Notes Magazine
03/27/2019
Ranking Roger, 2-Tone pioneer and The Beat vocalist, dies (news)

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterestshares2-Tone pioneer Ranking Roger, who sang with successful Birmingham ska bands The Beat and General Public, has died aged 56. A statement by The Beat reported the artist, real name Roger Charlery, passed away 'peacefully at home...surrounded by family' on Tuesday 26 March.

Riffs Journal
07/31/2018
Volume 2, Issue 1 - Anna Palmer: The Write Club Remix (interview)

This interview was conducted by Birmingham-based music PR, consultant and journalist Lyle Bignon for this Riffs Vol. 2 Issue 2. Discussing the topic of music criticism and Anna Palmer's experience and opinions of being critiqued, this interview was undertaken during the cover shoot and was envisaged as being more of a conversation with disruptions and interventions, inviting contributions from both Anna and Ian Davies, the photographer.

Brum Notes Magazine
04/11/2017
New Birmingham city centre music festival announces location and lineup (news)

Ocean Colour Scene, Editors, The Twang, Higher Intelligence Agency, Victories At Sea, Dorcha, Jaws, Superfood, Goodnight Lenin, Health and Efficiency, Table Scraps, Blackash, and The Americas are amongst Birmingham acts confirmed to play a brand new city centre music festival later this year.

Metro
04/20/2017
Kasabian (review)

Kasabian live at O2 Academy Birmingham Thursday 13 April 2017 for Metro

Brum Notes Magazine
12/05/2016
Dollar Dim Sum Club to launch in Digbeth (news)

A new event aiming to bring together Birmingham's creative community, food lovers and free thinking individuals over good food, launches at the Zellig building in Digbeth on Saturday, December 10th.

God Is In The TV
04/21/2016
Pop genius Prince has died aged just 57 (news)

The US pop megastar Prince has died at his Minnesota home, aged 57. A statement from the artist's publicist confirmed the death in a statement to news agency Associated Press around 6pm GMT on Thursday 21 April. The tragic announcement follows the news earlier this week that the multi-instrumentalist and singer was rushed to hospital with flu following an emergency plane landing.

Brum Notes Magazine
04/21/2016
US megastar Prince has died, aged 57 (news)

The US music artist Prince has died at his Minnesota home, aged 57. A statement from the megastar's publicist confirmed rumours circling the web were true in a statement to Associated Press around 1815 GMT on Thursday 21 April 2016.

The 405
Teleman - Brilliant Sanity (review)

Album number two from Teleman delivers a few subtle but significant changes; essentially though, it's business as usual for the wonky-pop quartet. Happily, the quirky musical moments that characterised the London band's 2014 debut Breakfast are sprinkled over Brilliant Sanity, resulting in 11 pleasingly playful songs.

Brum Notes Magazine
09/03/2016
Digbeth venue Alfie Bird's and The Oobleck announces closure (news)

Digbeth live music venues Alfie Bird's and The Oobleck has announced it has closed with immediate effect. The venue, which opened in 2014, issued the following statement via Facebook late afternoon on Monday 7 March: "As some may have been aware by now, we have some bad news to communicate.

Brum Notes Magazine
01/11/2016
David Bowie (1947-2016) - tributes pour in for 'a true original' (news)

On the morning of Monday January 11, 2016, music fans woke to the news that David Bowie had passed away aged 69. The artist's official Facebook page was updated around 6.30am GMT with the short statement: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.

God Is In The TV
01/16/2016
Rest In Peace David Bowie, the man who changed the world (news)

The news that David Bowie passed away at the age of 69, surrounded by his family and friends, filtered through on Monday morning. It sent the internet into meltdown and spawned warm tributes from his fans in London, New York and right across the world.

The 405
The Best Places to Discover New Music in 2016 (feature)

Where will you discover most of your new music in 2016? Chances are that it will be a lot of places. Music discovery is as variegated as it has ever been, with music publications not necessarily dominating the fore in the wake of music streaming's growth (Apple Music, Spotify, and their respective playlists), global supra-word-of-mouth thanks to Twitter and Facebook in conjunction with YouTube and SoundCloud, and the continually spreading influence of forums and other similar media, like Reddit.

BrumNotes Magazine
12/04/2015
BBC Music: Live in Birmingham (liveblog)

We're reporting live from a week of BBC Music: Live in Birmingham music industry events across Birmingham, including workshops, panel discussions and live showcases.

Brum Notes Magazine
10/07/2015
New home for city reggae institution (news)

One of Birmingham's longest-running reggae events has announced it has relocated to a new home. Jam Jah Mondays, which was established in 2001, has relocated from The Bull's Head in Moseley to The Dark Horse nearby.

The 405
07/08/2015
Staff Picks: Albums of the Year (feature)

by The 405 ( Google+), 08 July 2015 What are the best albums this year so far? It's a question that evades even the most decisive of musical minds because, well, it's not an objective thing: how do you measure the "best"? Is it what most people like?

Brum Notes Magazine
06/02/2015
Hidden Spaces June programme revealed (news)

A month-long celebration of Birmingham's unseen rich and diverse architectural heritage has launched in the city. The 2015 Hidden Spaces 'Unlocked' programme offers a diverse range of events that aim to reconnect people of all ages with the city's rich heritage. A series of fascinating talks, over a dozen open buildings, a handful of walking tours and two ...

Brum Notes Magazine
06/02/2015
Supersonic, BCU and Moog artist residencies confirmed (news)

Birmingham future disco duo Free School, cutting-edge Brighton composer, producer and musician Gazelle Twin, and London-based roboticist and sound historian Sarah Angliss are among twelve artists selected to take part in a series of explorations around sound later this month. The Moog Sound Lab Residencies, hosted at Birmingham City University's Parkside campus in partnership with Supersonic ...

BrumNotes Magazine
01/06/2015
Northern Soul and Motown venue announces opening weekend line-up (news)

A Northern Soul and Motown bar thought to be the first of its kind in the UK for decades is set to launch in Birmingham with two all-nighters in mid-July. The Night Owl on Lower Trinity Street in Digbeth is the brainchild of superfan Richard Priest and business investor Arith Liyanage.

BrumNotes Magazine
05/05/2015
God Damn - Vultures (review)

It begins with the sound of guitarist Thom Edward unlocking the gates and doors to the lockup in Wolverhampton's Horsley Fields that he and drummer Ash Weaver have rehearsed in for the five years or so of God Damn's existence.

The 405
ESKA - ESKA (review)

In an interview last year, the singer and multi-instrumentalist Eska Mtungwazi described an exchange with the composer and producer Matthew Herbert in which he had laid down the challenge for her to 'go away and write music that sounds like what it feels like for ESKA to be alive today.'

Fused Magazine
04/28/2015
God Damn (interview)

As hard-working bands go, God Damn deserve a goddamn medal. Super industrious, with a ton of live shows in pubs, living rooms, festivals and record stores under their belt, the Wolverhampton sludge metallers have had just enough time to grab fresh pants before heading back out on the road following a gruelling UK, European and US tour.

The 405
In celebration of CrazySexyCool by TLC

1994 was a big year for music. The radio-friendly rock of Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Soundgarden had the edge in the US and UK charts; Kurt Cobain's suicide, Oasis vs Blur, Michael Jackson's marriage to Lisa Marie Presley and the Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge world tour all dominated the headlines that year.

The 405
Villagers - Darling Arithmetic (review)

If 2010 debut Becoming A Jackal was the occasionally naïve but unquestionably brilliant introduction to the talents of one Conor O'Brien, then 2013 follow up Awayland was the assured confirmation of a new exciting voice in Irish indie-folk.

Fused Magazine
11/11/2014
Sleaford Mods

"I'm on the number 36 - the bus of doom." Jason Williamson says when Fused gets through on a dodgy line. "It takes me to work and back every day...it's not exactly a fucking holiday camp is it?"

Guardian
04/20/2015
In a spin: Record Store Day 2015 (photo)

Saturday 18April marked the eighth annual Record Store Day, and we asked you for photos and experiences of the event. Here is a selection of our favourites

The 405
Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood (news)

On 2013's Big Inner, Matthew E. White distilled the diverse ingredients of funk, country, soul, gospel and pysch-rock into such a heady and astonishing record that it was difficult to imagine a follow up of equal value.

The 405
10 Years of LCD Soundsystem

An online search for LCD Soundsystem, their three studio albums or the film of the band's swan song Shut Up And Play The Hits turns up hours of lengthy soundbites on the influential musical project, along with pages upon pages of photos of the sole founding member and songwriter in his trademark white office shirt, suit jacket and unkempt hair - a figure of note in New York's rebirth as a global hub for leading edge music and culture during the 2000s.

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