2015 was a bit of a blur for Gavin James. He lost count of how many gigs he played, couldn’t say how many countries he visited and hasn’t a clue how few days off he got. The highlights, however, he will never forget.
Signing to a major label in January was the first. Seeing the live album he’d recorded at his local pub Whelan’s for next to nothing take off across the world was another. Supporting friend and fan Ed Sheeran for two nights at his hometown’s huge Croke Park (75,000), spending the summer supporting Sam Smith in the States and opening for Taylor Swift in Hyde Park were among them. There was sizzling on stage at a sun-soaked Red Rocks, a concert in South Carolina where the size of the crowd scared him and selling out his debut New York show at Mercury Lounge.
Last year was a blast, but it was only the beginning for the toweringly-tall, down-to-earth Dubliner whose heavenly voice, heart-warming, spine-tingling songs and habit of jumping in to audiences to start sing-alongs has won him an army of fans around the world. 2016’s schedule is already full. The sold-out shows – headline this time – have already begun, with a three-night run at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre – as has platinum Top 5 sales for his debut album, Bitter Pill, in his native Ireland, where he was awarded Song Of The Year for the album’s title track at the Choice Music Prize.
And now comes Bitter Pill’s global release. Several of its songs will be familiar to fans of Live At Whelan’s, the intimate live album the singer released at the start of last year as a calling card, but didn’t expect to connect beyond his homeland. On Bitter Pill, those songs have been given the grand setting and loving attention they deserve. Gavin’s raw delivery remains, as does his powerful falsetto, but now there are strings, choir-like backing vocals and electric instruments that add drama to the uptempo tracks.
Gavin James is BBC Radio 1's Track Of The Day, AGAIN!
Gavin James' is BBC Radio 1's track of the day with Nervous (The Ooh Song Remix - Blue Lab Beats) by Mark McCabe Tune in to Radio 1 today or check it out below!
Indie Label Market 2016
We had an awesome time at Independent Label Market on Saturday! Thank you to those that came and listened, bought or just checked out our stall! Below are some pictures and videos from the weekend! See you next year!
Check out our updated Best of Believe Recordings playlist!
We have updated our 'Best of Believe Recordings' playlist on Spotify. It now features new music from Meadowlark, The Age of L.U.N.A. and more! Check it out below:
Gavin James & James Vincent Mcmorrow added to 'This Is Ireland' Playlist
Two of our brilliant artists, Gavin James AND James Vincent McMorrow have been added to Universal Music Ireland's 'This Is Ireland' Playlist. Our lads are featured with legends like Two Door Cinema Club, U2 and Sinead O'Connor amongst others!! Check it out below...
Gavin James is Zane Lowe's Next Hype
Our boy Gavin James was featured as Zane Lowe's Next Hype with his cover of 'Book Of Love' last night on BBC Radio 1. Listen again here.
Gavin James' biggest show to date at Live At The Marquee
Our very own Gavin James is playing his biggest show to date tonight at Live At The Marquee in Cork, Ireland. You can get tickets for the rest of his UK/IRE tour HERE
NEW ‘NERVOUS’ – GAVIN JAMES REMIX
Last month Gavin James played his biggest show to date (of course bigger ones to come in October - you can buy tickets here) Live At The Marquee to 5000 people. Below is a glimpse of the magnitude of the show. It also serves as a preview for the new remix of his track 'Nervous' which you can check out here.
Gavin James' 'Bitter Pill' named Irish Song Of The Year
Gavin James' title track 'Bitter Pill' has been named 'Irish Song Of The Year' at the Choice Music Awards. Congratulations Gavin, you deserve it!
Gavin James speaks to the Independent Online & announces Ryan Keen support tour
Gavin James talks to the Independent Online about gigs in hotels and "learning how not to f*** up my voice." Read the full interview here. Gavin will also be supporting Ryan Keen on his extensive UK tour in October, including London's Scala on October 21, 2013. 5th October - Plymouth University 6th October - Brighton, The Concorde 2 8th October - Preston, 53 Degrees Club 9th October - Manchester, Academy 3 10th October - Leeds, Cockpit 12th October - Birmingham, Institute Temple 13th October - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms 15th October - Bristol, Fleece 16th October - Swansea, Sin City 17th October - Norwich, Waterfront 18th October - Southampton, Joiners 21st October - London, Scala 22nd October - Guildford, Boileroom 24th October - Stoke on Trent, Sugarmill 25th October - Newcastle, Academy 2 26th October - Glasgow, The Garage 2 28th October - York, The Duchess 29th October - Hull, Adelphi Tickets are available here.
Ciaran Lavery & Gavin James at Seasessions
Two of our amazing artists, Ciaran Lavery & Gavin James are joining an amazing line up at Seasessions festival on Bundoran beach in Donegal, Ireland later this month. You can buy tickets here
Gavin James to headline Shepards Bush Empire & 3 Arena
Gavin James has just announced a show at London's Shepards Bush Empire! It comes days before his HUGE headline show at 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. We couldn't be any more proud of Gav! You can get your tickets HERE! 7th December 2016 - Shepards Bush Empire, London, UK 8th December 2016 - 3 Arena, Dublin, Ireland
Believe Presents @ The Alternative Escape 2014
Believe Recordings and Believe Digital have teamed up with bureauexport and Kartel to showcase an eclectic mix of up-and-coming live acts and DJs from their collective roster. The event will take place on Friday 9th May at 10 Below, Brighton, as part of the official Alternative Escape 2014. Doors @ 3pm. Entry is free to all those on the guestlist as well as official Great Escape wristband and delegate pass holders. http://bit.ly/BelievePresentsTGE2014
Gavin James in Session with The Mahogany Blog
Gavin James has performed 'Remember Me' in a session with The Mahogany Blog. The 'Remember Me' EP came out yesterday and is available on iTunes here: Remember Me - EP - Gavin James
Gavin James plays at the "Night For Christy" concert this Friday (Live Stream)
Gavin James will be playing at the sold out concert "Night For Christy" concert this Friday 21st June at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin. The one-off event will see stars coming together to perform a handpicked selection of Aslan's songs, including Ryan Sheridan, The Coronas' Danny O'Reilly, Bressie and U2 taking part from a studio in New York, to show their support for Christy Dignam. The concert will be streamed live in venues worldwide. Confirmed venues for the live stream can be found here. More information can be found here.
Believe Presents - Showcase at The Great Escape 2013
We're very excited to announce our showcase Believe Presents on Friday 17th May at Fortune Of War, as part of The Great Escape. The line-up includes Gavin James, The Rumour Said Fire, Emperor Yes, Secret Son, Hjaltalín,Washington Irving and Whales in Cubicles. Live music starts from 1pm, with DJs from 6:30pm until late - entry is FREE. Hope to see you there!
Gavin James wins Song of the Year at Meteor Choice Award, Peter and Kerry on tour with Lucy Rose and more
Hello all, Wow - the first three months of 2013 have completely flown by! Here’s a quick round-up of what we’ve been up to: Our very own Gavin James won the coveted Song of the Year Award at the Meteor Choice Awards for Say Hello. You can watch his performance at the ceremony here. Since then Gavin has been busy in the studio recording new material, as well as performing alongside Lianne La Havas, Beth Orton and Lewis Watson – he’ll be supporting Kodaline on their UK tour from 24th March, and will be playing the Dot to Dot Festival at the end of May. You can find his latest tour dates here.
---Black Books will also be playing at Dot to Dot Festival, and we’re excited to announce that they will also be supporting The Flaming Lips at the Roundhouse on 20th/21st May, as well as playing their first UK headline show at The Barfly on 22nd May! Tickets for their headline show are available here.
---Peter and Kerry recently embarked on a European tour with Lucy Rose, playing to packed out venues in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Holland. Check out their Instagram account for photos from their travels.
---Wild Swim were invited in to do a live session for Simon Raymonde at the Amazing Radio studios in December, which you can listen to here. They also recently played at Red Bull Studios as part of a live stream for Sony Music Entertainment’s Music Unlimited Showcase with Josephine and Duologue (watch their performance here), and performed alongside fellow Oxfordians Spring Offensive and Olympians at a sold out show at The Lexington this week!
---The Rumour Said Fire are currently in the middle of a mammoth 19-date tour across Denmark, and soon after that they’ll be joining us in the UK to play at The Great Escape in May. Their second album, Dead Ends, will be out on 10th June – you can have a taster of what’s to come in the video for their next single, The Oracle - click here to watch.
---We recently released Mina Tindle’s “Lovely Day – EP”, a remix package of the title track and two other stunning tracks off the album by the likes of Amateur Best, Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains, Breton Labs and Typesun. You can check it out here. Hope to see you at some of the gig dates – let us know if you’re coming!
It's fast approaching the end of 2012, and what a year it's been! We released six stunning debuts this year - Mina Tindle's album "Taranta", The Rumour Said Fire's well-received album "The Arrogant" over here in the UK, Laurel Collective's "Heartbeat Underground" and Peter and Kerry's "La Trimouille" (the latter two as joint ventures with Tape Club Records), Wild Swim's debut single "Echo" (also available on 7" vinyl) and Gavin James's debut EP "Say Hello" (available in Ireland only). We've also signed Austin dream-pop five-piece Black Books, whose EP "Aquarena" we are releasing early next year and a debut album to follow. Listen to "White Noise" here: In recent news: - Wild Swim and Peter and Kerry were both chosen as The Guardian's New Band of the Day - "Ghosts" by James Vincent McMorrow was included on the official soundtrack for "Breaking Dawn - Part 2", the final installment in the Twilight Saga. - Peter and Kerry and Laurel Collective headed off on a Tape Club Records label tour around the UK with fellow Tape Club label-mate Dogtanion, powered by Soundcloud, Focusrite and Novation - the artists created, finished and uploaded songs from the road using Focusrite and Novation equipment. The tour ended on a high with a great gig at London's celebrated 100 Club.
Jul 21 - Cafe Rosenberg - Reykjavik, Iceland
Jul 23 - Bræðslan Festival - Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland
Aug 12 - A Summer's Tale - Luhmuhlen, Germany
Aug 17 - Kiewit - Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 18 - Pukkelpop - Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 20 - V Festival - Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Aug 21 - V Festival - Shifnal, United Kingdom
Sep 02 - Electric Picnic - Stradbally, Ireland
Oct 07 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire - London, United Kingdom
Oct 27 - Café De La Danse - Paris, France
Dec 09 - 3Arena - Dublin, Ireland