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50 years of record sleeves on show in Paris

50 years of record sleeves on show in Paris

Pop Music 1967-2017, Graphisme et Musique is a major exhibition in Paris, which opened on Thursday 14th June. Record sleeve designs by Stylorouge exhibited alongside work by Big Active, Form, Intro, Jean-Paul Goude, Laurent Fétis, LSD Studio, M/M, Malcolm Garrett, Martin Andersen, Matthew Cooper, Storm Studios, The Designers Republic, Tom Hingston, Vaughan Oliver and Zip Design.
Following its initial tenure at the Graphic Design Centre in Echirolles, the exhibition was hosted in the Galerie of the Cité internationale des arts in Paris.
https://www.citedesartsparis.net/fr/hlm-pop-music-1967-2017-graphisme-et-musique

DIME FOR AN UPDATE

DIME FOR AN UPDATE

The recruitment drive for September courses is under way for DIME Online, the remote education wing of the DIME Group, and Stylorouge have been asked to update the ‘Music education is a four-letter word’ campaign which we originally created for the Detroit-based music college. The first outing for the revised campaign appeared in trade magazine Music Week, which itself has undergone a successful editorial and visual overhaul in recent months. The ads will feature the work of illustrator Russ Mills.
For more info go to dime-online.org

The Cornbury Festival – Many happy returns…

The Cornbury Festival – Many happy returns…

Alanis Morisette, Squeeze and the The Hairy Bikers are among the main attractions at this years Cornbury Festival, which ended up having no ‘close season’ at all following the announcement of it’s premature retirement after last year’s spectacular weekender. Public demand dictated that the event be reinstated with due haste. Organiser and head honcho at Sound Advice Hugh Phillimore responded immediately by brokering deals for this year’s headliners. As guardians of the Cornbury Festival brand Stylorouge were appointed once again to update the campaign for this year’s festival which takes place in Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire from 13th to 15th of July.

Bottoms Up!

Bottoms Up!

Whilst managing a live stage at a local festival young entrepreneur Rob Salmons noticed the constant queues at the cocktail vendors, and vowed to launch a chain of mobile bars of his own. Later this spring the first of a fleet of converted horse trailers will take to the road to serve the thristy folk at a string of outdoor events. Naming the venture Bottoms Up! Stylorouge were approached to create a brand identity and develop a character that will be developed for use on a range of livery and merchandise items.

Mansun 20 years on

Mansun 20 years on

Record Store Day took place this year on 21st April. Having procured the masters of Mansun’s catalogue from Parlophone, Snapper Music has issued a highly collectable re-release of the band’s classic single Wide Open Space for sale on the day, in the original packaging designed at Stylorouge back in 1997. Its release preludes further Mansun re-issues including the lavishly re-package of the album Attack Of The Grey Lantern which will includes a book full of unseen photographs and even some unused artwork, with the whole process being overseen by Mansun’s Paul Draper.

Vicar’s Picnic getting bigger!

Vicar’s Picnic getting bigger!

Yalding’s own two-day music festival The Vicar’s Picnic is expanding for this years event which takes place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July. On it’s larger, more camping-friendly site, Starsailor, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Cast, Nine Below Zero and the Sex Pissed Dolls are among this years bands while Norman Jay MBE, Nightmares On Wax, Mr Doris and Crazy P will be on the decks in the dance tent. Add comedy, poetry, a vintage retail village and lashings of ginger beer and the weekend in Kent’s favourite creative village is complete!
Stylorouge have created the marketing campaign for the biggest little festival in Kent… For tickets: www.vicarspicnic.co.uk

Return of the serpent – John Butler’s rare solo

Return of the serpent – John Butler’s rare solo

For anyone who followed the career of Diesel Park West during their 1980’s heyday, the band have continued to make music together, albeit on an erratic basis, since they signed to Food Records over 30 years ago, thereby paving the way for subsequent signings Jesus Jones and Blur. During one of the band’s protracted breaks songwriter and lead singer/guitarist John Butler released a critically acclaimed solo outing, The Loyal Serpent, on CD only, courtesy of EMI Records. Texas-based label Palo Santo licensed the rights to the recordings in recent years and are re-issuing the album on double vinyl in early 2018 with additional tracks and a personal sleeve note by John himself, who has monitored the progress of the re-issue since the project was first mooted.

Stylorouge have remastered their original artwork for the album – the vinyl version is presented in a lavish gatefold sleeve

John Butler The Loyal Serpent

Black Deer Festival

Black Deer Festival

Eridge Park in Kent is the oldest deer park in the country set in one of the most beautiful parts of the south-east. This year it will play host to the inaugural Black Deer Festival of Americana and Country.
This newest of all the UK festivals which runs from 22-24 June 2018 has it’s heart firmly in the countryside – smokehouse barbecue cooking, camping (in all it’s guises), crafts and custom motorcycles will accompany the first class line-up of musical artists, of whom Iron & Wine, Passenger and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have already been confirmed.
Stylorouge have undertaken the ongoing visual marketing campaign for the festival, which was announced straight after the Christmas break and the campaign has already generated fantastic interest and ticket sales.
Find out more at: www.blackdeerfestival.com

Another Real Labour of Love for UB40

Another Real Labour of Love for UB40

UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey re-emerged as forerunners of the UK reggae scene when their Unplugged hits album was released by Universal at the end of 2016. Just over a year on they are back with an LP choc-full of cover versions of their favourite reggae plates from the 1980’s, the decade that really set them up as champions of disenfranchised youth and the standard bearers for home-grown, pop-friendly Jamaican music.
Following in the footsteps of the multi-million selling UB40 albums Labour Of Love and Labour Of Love ll, the new album has an art-based sleeve, designed by Stylorouge with illustration by Mark T Smith.

20th anniversary bash for Abbotsbury

20th anniversary bash for Abbotsbury

Show of Hands have hosted a one-day festival in the glorious setting of Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens in Dorset for the last 19 years… and in the process have championed a lot of young talented folk/roots artists.
This year’s landmark event takes place on Saturday 7th July and will feature Police Dog Hogan, Midnight Skyracer, Alden, Patterson & Dashwood and Kirsty Merryn. They’ve decided to commemorate this 20th year with a promotional poster and a range of merchandise for which they have commissioned Stylorouge to come up with the artwork.
Check out details of the event on the Show Of Hands website, which has undergone a recent Stylorouge refurbishment: https://www.showofhands.co.uk/show-of-hands-2018-dates

Shalisa’s debut

Shalisa’s debut

Not Alone is the first ever single release by Netherlands-born pop star of the future Shalisa van der Laan. Signed to Disney imprint Hollywood Records, Shalisa is known for winning the Junior Songfestival in the Netherlands in 2015. She participated in the contest with the song “A Million Lights”, which she wrote herself at the tender age of 15. She played the leading role in the Disney Channel series Just Like Me! and recorded the Dutch title track of the hit series Soy Luna. She also provided the voice of Princess Elena in the animation series Elena of Avalor, all while finishing high school.
Stylorouge’s Rob O’Connor was asked to take the photographs for Shalisa’s single sleeve, which was designed by her graphic designer mum Norma.

Shalisa
Shalisa

Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross

Ride Like The Wind, Sailing, Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) earned Christopher Cross a fistful of Grammy’s and even an Oscar back at the foot of the ’80’s and despite never reaching those heady heights since then, Christopher has continued to forge a career as one of the most highly regarded singer songwriters in ‘soft rock’ history. However, 2018 is set to be a big year for Christopher for reasons that will become evident as the months go by, and as something of a prelude to this he has just released his fifteenth solo album, Take Me As I Am and is putting the finishing touches to a single.
He asked Stylorouge to design a cover for both releases and we were delighted to immerse ourselves in his musical history as we considered ways to re-present his new material using his faithful talismanic icon – the flamingo.
You can check out the album at christophercross.com

Difford: The book, the tour and another packet of three…

Difford: The book, the tour and another packet of three…

Demon have now released Chris Difford’s 3 solo album collection Chris To The Mill on vinyl. The Squeeze legend has a busy year ahead, with a UK and US solo tour in support of his recently published biography Some Fantastic Place: My life in and out of Squeeze, which will see him supported on the UK dates by his old friend and colleague Boo Hewerdine, late of The Bible and a revered songwriter and solo performer in his own right. He and Diff created an embryonic musical, Fancy Pants, a year or so ago, and they will be performing some of the songs from this collection on the tour. A ‘Best of Fancy Pants’ single album, simply entitled Pants will be available in time for the tour which kicks off in Derby on 15th March.
Chris To The Mill comprises Chris’ solo outings I Didn’t Get Where I Am, The Last Temptation of Chris and Cashmere If You Can, all with covers fashioned by Stylorouge. We’re just getting into Pants now…

Robbie McIntosh plays Chet

Robbie McIntosh plays Chet

Robbie was in Paul McCartney’s band for six years before joining the touring outfits of Norah Jones, John Mayer and Tom Jones among others. He was a member of The Pretenders, has played on dozens of hit tracks, for the likes of Tears For Fears and the mighty Talk Talk… His early influences included George Harrison and the Country Gentleman himself, Chet Atkins.
Thanks Chet is his tribute to this pioneer of electric guitar, combining Robbie’s own compositions for solo guitar with covers of pop standards old and new, all appropriately played on a Gretsch Country Gentleman.
Stylorouge have delivered a photoshoot, an album sleeve and promotional EPK video clips for Robbie, whose album Thanks Chet will be released early in 2018.

Luke Fitzpatrick

Luke Fitzpatrick

Golf is the new rock’n’ roll! – at least according to experienced executive producer, music and artist manager Matthew Fletcher of Happy Entertainment. With this in mind he has taken on management of the extremely talented young pro golfer Luke Fitzpatrick.  Berkshire-based Luke has been playing the game since he was at junior school and has never lost sight of his great sporting ambitions.
The relationship between Happy and Luke represents a commitment for the company to golf, and sport in general as a crucial part of personal development for today’s and tomorrow’s youth. It also has enormous potential for growth into all areas of the media – and Happy intend to demonstrate this in the coming months.
Stylorouge have designed a logo for Luke Fitzpatrick and have been working alongside Happy to create PR tools for both Luke and the company’s vision for the future of golf itself