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Dark & Beautiful Secrets

Normandie Dark & Beautiful Secrets Album Cover
Normandie – ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’

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Normandie – Dark & Beautiful Secrets – Album Review

Normandie are a band that has been showing great potential for a few years now from across Scandinavia in Sweden. UK audiences have welcomed them with open arms on various tour and festival bills and have been patiently waiting for the band to explode.

Normandie – ‘Babylon’

That time may have finally arrived as the band release their latest album ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’. The singles released ahead of time teased that this may be a very important release for the band. It is pretty clear from the opening notes of ‘Babylon’ that the band have created something special.

Both ‘Hostage’ and ‘Jericho’ sound absolutely huge and ensure that this album has your full attention. There comes a time in all successful bands careers when they hit their stride and you know that they have found their distinct sound. This certainly feels like that time for Normandie.

Listen to ‘Hostage’ on our Spotify Hot List!

By the time you take in ‘Holy Water’, ‘Mission Control’ and ‘Bury Me Alive’, you are fully absorbed by the mix of heavy hooks and catchy sing-a-long pop vocals. Let’s be honest, there are many bands that have seen the success of this hybrid and have tried to capitalise on it. Let’s be even more honest, most have failed miserably and their careers have taken a hit for it.

On ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’, Normandie sound natural and not forced as some others have. Where others careers have nosedived, Normandie are sticking their head above the parapet and showing how to create a masterpiece in the genre.

Many bands will feel a hit from not being able to tour new albums, and Normandie are a formidable live act. The fact is that with the release of ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’, Normandie deserve to fulfil the prophecy and become massive. Hopefully we can hear these songs live soon as they promise to take the band to another level.

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News Report

We roundup the best music news from the past week!

Full Pelt Music's Weekly Music New Report Roundup

Every week we roundup the best music news from the past week in our News Report. To stay up to date with the biggest news be sure to follow us on our social channels:

Serj Tankian presents ‘Elasticity’

Serj Tankian – ‘Elasticity’

This week saw System of a Down singer Serj Tankian announced the upcoming release of his new EP ‘Elasticity’. The EP will arrive on March 19, and you can pre-order your copy here.

Tankian also delivered a video for the single of the same name, which you can check out above.

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Skindred drop ‘It’s A Crime’ ahead of album re-issue

Skindred – ‘It’s A Crime’

Skindred are re-releasing their second album ‘Roots Rock Riot’ on 23 April. The album will be available on vinyl for the first time, and you can pre-order your copy here.

As the band prepare for the release they have dropped a new video for ‘It’s A Crime’ which previously only featured on the Japanese release. You can check it out above.

We Are The Ocean to re-issue ‘Go Now & Live’

We Are The Ocean Go Now And Live
We Are The Ocean – ‘Go Now And Live’

To celebrate the albums 10th anniversary, We Are The Ocean and Hassle Records are re-releasing ‘Go Now And Live’. This is another album arriving on vinyl for the first time. Pre-order your copy here.

Pale Waves announce huge UK Tour

Pale Waves Tour

As Pale Waves gear up for the release of their new album ‘Who Am I?’ on February 12th, the band have announced a huge UK Tour for early 2022. Pre-order your copy now here. Order from the Dirty Hit store before 5pm on February 9th for access to pre-sale tickets.

Grab your general sale tickets from February 12th here.

The Wildhearts prepare monster UK Tour

The Wildhearts Tour

The Wildhearts have announced a new monster tour of the UK. Made up of various re-arranged shows with a handful of brand new shows added in, the band will hit the road in September. For more information and to get tickets head here.

Normandie unveil new single ‘Hostage’

Normandie – ‘Hostage’

This week saw Normandie unveil their latest single ‘Hostage’, which you can check out above. The single comes ahead of their new album ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’ which arrives February 19th. You can pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Hostage’ on our Spotify Hot List!

The Treatment return with new album and single

The Treatment Waiting For Good Luck
The Treatment – ‘Waiting For Good Luck’

This week The Treatment have announced their latest album ‘Waiting For Good Luck’ will be released on April 9th. You can pre-order your copy here.

Alongside their album announcement the band also released the accompanying single ‘Rat Race’, which you can check out here.

King Creature & Blind River team-up for socially-distanced tour

King Creature Blind River Tour

Finally this week, King Creature and Blind River have teamed up together for a special socially-distanced tour in the spring. Grab your tickets here.

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Live Reviews


Friday 18th – Saturday 19th December 2020

Five4Five Fest makes triumphant return to help #SaveOurVenues!

Back at the height of the initial national lockdown, a streamed festival entitled Five4Five Fest did two things. It provided much needed entertainment to struggling music fans and raised money for heroic NHS workers.

Now in Lockdown version 364 or something like that, the festival returns to once again provide an escape from the horrors of real life. This time the event is raising money for a cause close to home for music lovers, the Music Venue Trust and the Save Our Venues campaign. We recently wrote about the reasons why this support is desperately needed in our blog Why We Need To #SaveOurVenues.

As with the May event, Five4Five Fest takes place over a Friday and Saturday night with an array of musical talent performing from their homes/garages and this time even a school! The festivities are streamed across multiple channels and at present you can still catch up on demand on Youtube here.

There are probably fewer ‘household’ names on the line-up this time around, but there is no lack in talent. The Friday kicks off with a gentle performance from Paper Mill who include former Lower Than Atlantis guitarist Ben Sansom. There are more sombre moments to follow with both Holiday Oscar and Rob Lynch serenading us with emotionally charged songs including Lynch’s hauntingly festive school assembly set.

There is plenty of rocking to be done too however, with headliners Yonaka particularly bringing the party with the likes of ‘Rockstar’ and ‘F.W.T.B.’. Yonaka are stars and deservedly close the Friday night. To end night one, we are treated by the band to a festive outing of ‘Last Christmas’.

Both nights include afterparty DJ’s for those at home looking to continue the party. In true festival fashion there is also merch available at There are also numerous raffle prizes all raising money for the Save Our Venues campaign.

Onto Saturday and the lineup for day two is certainly louder with the fantastic Haggard Cat blowing away any cobwebs. Nova Twins and Hacktivist both also deliver the goods before a slight change in pace with the brilliant Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

The event is closed out by two fine young bands Normandie and finally Holding Absence. Again both performances provide great entertainment for those watching from home and whet the appetite for the return of live music.

The sad reality is however that many of the venues that these bands will frequent may not be around when music can finally return. They haven’t been properly supported by the government and they desperately need support. The good news is that you can help, by donating to the #SaveOurVenues campaign.

Once again Five4Five Fest has been a massive success and over the two evenings has showcased some amazing young talent. With your support and with hopes of battling this virus raised by recent vaccine announcements, lets hope and pray that soon enough we are able to return to watching these bands in our favourite venues!

You can still watch Five4Five fest and until Monday 27th December 2020, you can still donate, buy merch and enter raffles at


Weekly Music News – W/C 30/11/2020

FIVE4FIVE Fest announces return with stunning lineup

Five4Five Fest Lineup announcement

Following a highly successful debut in May, the charity festival Five4Five Fest has announced its return. The May event saw the likes of Enter Shikari, Don Broco and Deaf Havana raising money for the NHS Charities Together.

Now, the two day event is set to return on 18th & 19th December. This time around the event will be raising money for the #SaveOurVenues campaign by the Music Venue Trust. To learn why the campaign is so important for the future of live music, you can read our recent blog Why We Need To #SaveOurVenues.

The lineup has been announced for the event and will see headline performances from Yonaka and Holding Absence plus the likes of Normandie, Nova Twins and Haggard Cat. More details on the event can be found at

110 Above Festival Announce 2021 Lineup

110 Above Lineup Announcement

Another festival announcing their lineup this week is Leicestershire event 110 Above. Featuring headline performances from Sports Team, The Amazons and Sundara Karma, this promises to be a very special weekend.

Joining the lineup over 12-15th August 2021 are Yonaka, Vistas, The Snuts, Zuzu, Paris Youth Foundation, Lauran Hibberd and more. If you want to celebrate the return of live music with 110 Above, tickets are available here.

BST Hyde Park add Duran Duran

Duran Duran to headline BST Hyde Park

Our third and final festival lineup announcement this week comes from British Summer Time in Hyde Park. BST this week revealed that Duran Duran will headline Sunday 11th July 2021 with special guests Nile Rodgers & Chic plus Grace Jones. Tickets are available here.

Metallica unveil 2nd edition of Monopoly board game

Metallica Monopoly anyone?

If you are still looking for Christmas present ideas, look no further! Metallica have unveiled their 2nd edition of the board game Monopoly. Pick yours up here.

Greta Van Fleet announce new album and single

Greta Van Fleet – ‘Age of Machine’

Greta Van Fleet are back with their new single ‘Age of Machine’ ahead of the release of their newly announced album ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ on 16th April 2021.

Independent Venue Week is back

Independent Venue Week returns in 2021

As we discuss in our blog Why We Need To #SaveOurVenues, our independent venues require our support. The always brilliant Independent Venue Week returns in 2021 from 25th – 31st January to help raise awareness. For more information visit