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A big year ahead for Show Of Hands

A big year ahead for Show Of Hands

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As 2016 comes to a close, Show Of Hands will be ending a busy year on a UK tour, knowing that 2017 will be even busier. In Easter they will be filling the Royal Albert Hall for the fifth time in their 25 year career together (2017 is the anniversary of the best-loved folk/roots three-piece duo in the land! – Anyone who has experience a show by Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes will understand what we’re on about).

A commemorative hardback book is planned for a simultaneous release which will document their achievements in words and images. Stylorouge have been appointed to co-curate and design this 200ish page tome. More news on that soon… in the meantime, they will launch a new website in January, by which time tickets for their Royal Albert Hall will probably be sold out. Visit showofhands.co.uk for details of how to order new Stylorouge-designed merch.

Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

Hailing from Gibraltar, but based in London since 2001, Stephanie Rodriguez studied music and Italian at Anglia Ruskin University, and took her masters at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff – again specialising in Jazz voice. She discovered a love of music composition when she came to London and continues to evolve her own styling, marrying Jazz, Blues, Middle Eastern music, Latin Soul and Dance music. Her first EP ‘Crazy Game’ was recorded with producers TNR Productions and asked Stylorouge to set her up with a visual identity and a web presence to showcase her songs.

Check her music out at http://stephanierodriguezmusic.com

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K getting cooler

K getting cooler

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As Kula Shaker embark on a month of dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album K, the ultimate K experience gets a fan-only release; a boxed vinyl set of three albums – the original K, 2016’s studio triumph K2.0 and Kula Shaker Live In The East (End). Stylorouge have designed the collected package – titled Kompendium, the box is being launched exclusively through the band’s website in a strictly limited edition of 500. It doesn’t get much more kollectable than that…

Music really is Cool For Cats

Music really is Cool For Cats

You couldn’t make it up – an album of music written and recorded specifically for cats, and in it’s first week it keeps Michael Ball and Alfie Boe off the top spot in the classical album charts. This is a project that has completely captured the imagination of the (presumably cat-owning) public.

The brainchild of American classical composer and cellist David Teie, Music For Cats presented Stylorouge with an unique challenge; to produce a campaign to promote an eccentric musical proposition – no specific musical fan base, and in general, unknown territory – without losing its integrity (too much!). Fortunately, the project comes with the support of a well-researched background. Tests have shown that cats really do respond positively to the music, and cat-lovers do tend to be active online. We made TV commercials that were aimed at both the daytime televison viewer and social networks, and promotional video clips that presented some of the music in a more immersive form by extended the visual branding that we had devised for the album.

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As Seen on The Late Late Show

As Seen on The Late Late Show

Ireland’s legendary TV chat show The Late Late Show, hosted for the past 10 years or so by Ryan Tubridy is to release a double CD for Christmas in support of the charity SVP (Society of St. Vincent dePaul). The show has had guest performances by a host of musical artists over the years, so editing the final track list was something of a mission. Artists finally appearing on the album include Ed Sheeran, U2, Ellie Goulding, The Script and Michael Bublé.
Stylorouge were commissioned to create a sleeve for the charitable project.

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The pig flies again as Pink Floyd announce their V&A Exhibition

The pig flies again as Pink Floyd announce their V&A Exhibition

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Stylorouge were asked to create a website to launch Pink Floyd’s 2017 exhibition at London’s legendary V&A Museum. Following in the footsteps of the V&A’s major Bowie retrospective, Their Mortal Remains is described as a multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 60s through to the present day.

Opening on 13 May 2017, the show was launched to the media in a press conference at the V&A where the organisers re-enacted the album sleeve image of the band’s iconic Animals album, by floating an inflatable pig over the gothis splendour of the museum building, creating an unexpected photo-opportunity for unsuspecting tourists.

The small website includes all the pertinent information about the exhibition, built using the immortal visuals of Hipgnosis and adapting the branding designs of Peter Curzon. Stylorouge also created an animated version of the exhibition ident for presentation and viral use.

The Shires Go higher and higher

The Shires Go higher and higher

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It has been our pleasure to be involved in the latest chapter of The Shires meteoric success story.
We were asked to produce and art direct a photoshoot on location for the campaign for their forthcoming album My Universe. Pip took the shots over the two days in central Spain, and we returned to a gloomy UK with a wealth of sun-soaked visual material for the packaging – and video footage courtesy of James Moriarty’s video work.
News of the release of the first single from the album, Beats To Your Rhythm was drip-fed via video announcements on socials, and a pre-roll for the single, a sizzle reel and trailer for the album were all edited in-house at Stylorouge. Beats To Your Rhythm is already getting strong airplay, two months ahead of the album release date of October 7th and was immediately selected as Radio 2’s Record Of The Week.

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A new look for McFly

A new look for McFly

With a series of live dates lined up for September, McFly wanted a new logo, with a clean, fresh but classic look to it.
Working with Bass-man Dougie Poynter, we designed the logo and the posters for the gigs, which will celebrate their five-album back catalogue by showcasing all of them over 12 nights in four cities. The Anthology Tour kicks off in Manchester on September 12th. Photography by Louie Banks.

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Rob Richings

Rob Richings

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Swindon-based singer-songwriter Rob Richings releases his first album Parkas And Boots in November, having made the decision to change career following a life threatening illness. His songwriting took on a more poignant direction and the new album reflects that and touches on the strength of the relationships that helped him through his adversity. Stylorouge were asked to create the packaging for Parkas And Boots, and our customary good luck failed us when we scheduled the outdoor photoshoot on one of the greyest, rainiest days of the year. The long day presented us with a glorious finale though, and a front cover image that lent the album the thoughtful, natural narrative that was an important part of Rob’s initial brief.
Rob’s philosophy on performance is refreshing: “Standing in front of a crowd armed with an instrument and a set of songs – there’s a simple honesty about that. It’s what musicians have done for thousands of years and for me the simpler and more honest life is the more beautiful it becomes”.
The album release is preceded by the single Ten Seconds.
Photography by Rob O’Connor.

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Letting you know about Alex Maxwell 

Letting you know about Alex Maxwell 

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Hollywood Records introduced us to the lovely Alex Maxwell, whose third single, Letting You Know is released on August 5th and which comes accompanied by a Stylorouge designed cover. Alex is already something of a YouTube phenomenon, with both her previous singles clocking up around half a million views each. Her debut album will arrive in 2017. Photography by Rob O’Connor, assisted by Jack Breedon.