Posted by Sandra on November 3 2017 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd, Photo gallery update, Tom Fletcher

This week three of the boys attended different events in London. Dougie attended the launch of a Nasty Gal pop up store and Harry and Tom were at the Pride of Britain Awards. Check the pics in our gallery below!

[x11]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > PRIDE OF BRITAIN AWARDS, LONDON – OCTOBER 30

[x14]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > NASTY GAL POP UP SHOP LAUNCH, LONDON – NOVEMBER 1

 
 
Posted by Sandra on October 31 2017 0 Comments Harry Judd, News, The Christmasaurus, Tom Fletcher

McFly band member turned children’s author Tom Fletcher has claimed a “world first” with a musical edition of his highly successful middle-grade novel The Christmasaurus.

Penguin Random House Children’s has described the concept as the “first time an author has written a soundtrack for their novel” . The book and 14-track CD will be released together next month (16th November) retailing at £14.99, with all the songs written and performed by Fletcher.

Meanwhile Fletcher’s wife, author Giovanna Fletcher, together with his McFly bandmate Harry Judd, Busted bandmate Matt Willis and sister Carrie Hope Fletcher will also appear in the ‘The Chistmasaurus – Live on Stage’. The show will run at the Eventim Apollo London from 21st to 28th December. The book is also being adapted into an animated film, by director Michael Gracey.

A partnership with Warburtons to offer “exciting and exclusive content” with the baking company is also on the cards, with details still to be announced.

Fletcher told The Bookseller how the idea for the accompanying CD began when he was writing The Christmasaurus, his first middle-grade children’s novel, published by Puffin in October 2016 – which has gone on to sell more than 163,281 copies according to Nielsen BookScan.

He said: “The whole idea for the book had stated because of a song I had written, ‘The Christmasaurus’. Because it had been inspired by a song, I carried on writing songs as I wrote the book. It helped me if there was a moment which matched a song, it felt natural to do that. When I finished the first draft, I had around nine or 10 songs and so I sent it to a few people including Michael Gracey. He contacted me a few days, and sent over some conceptual art, saying let’s make this into a film. I don’t think we had even done the deal with PRH yet.”

Fletcher believes the combination of music and books will provide a unique experience for the reader. He said: “It is really special to put the two things, [music and books], together. Books fire up your imagination and music touches your emotion in such a special way.”

The author and musician, who revealed a bookclub with WH Smith in September, described PRH Children’s m.d Francesca Dow as “amazing” because of how the publisher invested in the musical recording.

He said: “Francesca was amazing at being so accommodating about our vision. She came on board and invested in the music. I was so pleased that Francesca had shown such enthusiasm and believe in us.”

Dow told The Bookseller: “We are hugely excited about publishing The Christmasaurus, The Musical Edition – combining music and narrative to make a magical storytelling experience, we are so proud to publish this musical edition – a first for the industry – and another example of Tom’s incredible creativity for children. This is the latest in an exciting line up of Christmasaurus experiences that we know fans of the book and beyond will love.”

Fletcher also said the response from shops had been positive and The Bookseller understands that retailers have already ordered a high volume of copies, months before the announcement. He said: “The reaction from retailers has been overwhelming. I try not to pay too much attention but to have that faith in me is great, and this is before anyone has heart the recordings.

Fletcher described expanding into publishing as “refreshing” following his background in music, having first performed at the London Palladium aged nine. He said: “People can be jaded in music and there have been so many changes which have had a massive impact. We didn’t have the internet when we first started now school children can all download it onto their phones. It felt so fresh to come into the world of publishing. It felt like people really cared about what they do. People seem to care about my books as much as I do and I did not feel that in the music business. It is refreshing and now to have that same enthusiasm from publishing about music is amazing.”

He acknowledged that criticism can be difficult – he provoked the ire of some illustrators over copyright concerns in August and his inclusion in this year’s list of World Book Day titles, along with other celebrity authors, was slammed by some in the industry earlier this month.

Fletcher told The Bookseller: “I try not to think about winning the respect of the publishing industry. You invariably get people who are critical and it is really hard to read that and stay motivated. I try to avoid that as much as I can because no one liked to read negative stuff… But I completely understand that, from coming from a mainstream pop band, that I would need to earn the respect. I still feel I am proving myself but I hope people won’t judge the books before reading them.”

He added: “I had this when I was writing pop music and we had success but we never had the credibility people in rock bands had. We never had the recognition and that was frustrating but knowing kids who are seven or eight and reading it and love it, that is what it is all about.”

Fletcher’s latest book, The Creakers (PRH Children’s) was published on 5th October and has now 20,912 copies. The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet!, his World Book Day picture book with McFly bandmate Dougie Poynter, is his most successful, with 220,458 copies sold (all figures according to Nielsen BookScan).

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Posted by Sandra on October 31 2017 0 Comments Harry Judd, News, The Christmasaurus, Tom Fletcher

So finally Tom revealed who are going to be the special guests on The Christmasaurus Musical!! None others than Matt from Busted, Harry from a group you may know called… McFly? :P and his sister Carrie. Really great additions to the cast!
If you haven’t yet, you can still buy some tickets for The Christmasaurus!!

At a special preview event earlier today, musician, performer and writer Tom Fletcher announced the initial casting for The Christmasasaurus, his new family-friendly musical coming to the Eventim Apollo in December.

Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Willis, Harry Judd and Giovanna Fletcher will all star in the piece, directed by Derek Bond and adapted for the stage by Miranda Larson. The show will feature sleigh bells, dancing elves and a special appearance from Saint Nick.

Judd and Tom Fletcher are both members of the band McFly, while Willis performed in Busted. The trio combined to form a supergroup, McBusted, which toured the UK from 2013 to 2015. Willis’ further stage credits include Wicked, Flashdance and Footloose.

Carrie Hope Fletcher’s previous stage credits include Les Miserables and The Addams Family, which is about to conclude a UK tour, while Giovanna Fletcher made her concert debut in a one-off performance of Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum Theatre last year, also starring Carrie Hope Fletcher.

The musical is based on the 2016 novel of the same name, written by Tom Fletcher and nominated for the Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. The show follows the life of young boy William Trundle as he embarks on adventures across the North Pole.

Tom Fletcher says: “The book all began with a song, called “The Christmasaurus”! That song inspired this whole story and as I began writing the book I wrote more songs that helped me tell the story and bring the characters to life. The book was released last year but I wanted to get these songs out there too.”

Fletcher has also announced that The Christmasaurus will be adapted into an animated feature film, directed by Michael Gracey (who makes his directorial debut with The Greatest Showman on Earth which opens this Christmas and stars Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron).

The Christmasaurus runs at the Eventim Apollo from 21 to 28 December.

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Posted by Sandra on October 9 2017 0 Comments Harry Judd, News, Photo gallery update

[x5]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2017 > FABULOUS MAGAZINE

The former Strictly champ opened up to Fabulous about his mental health difficulties, and issues with drugs and alcohol.

Harry Judd arrives at our shoot still revelling in the hour or so’s peace the car journey here has just afforded him. With 20-month-old Lola and six-week-old Kit causing carnage at home, quiet and calm aren’t usually on the agenda these days.

“I love being with them and I’m so lucky, but god, it’s hard work!” he admits. “I don’t know how people have four of them. But it’s a crazy, wonderful thing.”

Despite the lack of sleep, Harry is remarkably bright-eyed and bushy-tailed today. He’s currently in a really good, healthy place. After years of battling debilitating anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, the demons are firmly at bay. Harry opens up about those mental health difficulties and issues with drugs and alcohol, plus how he overcame them through exercise in his book Get Fit, Get Happy, which is serialised in The Sun from tomorrow.

Part-memoir, part-fitness guide, it’s an uplifting and accessible read, full of photos of Harry demonstrating how readers can work out on the go – at the bus stop, in the office, in the shower (cue some gratuitous topless shots of a dripping wet Harry). It’s also intensely honest.

“It’s not a plan, it’s more: ‘Here’s my philosophy, here’s my story, here’s how fitness helped me,’ he explains. “My mental health has been up and down since I was 19, and I’m coming up to 32 now. It’s something I’m going to have to keep tabs on for the rest of my life, but exercise is something I can control. It focuses me, it’s productive and it makes me feel good. I’m happier in my job, my relationship, everything.

“I don’t drink alcohol any more, I quit smoking, I certainly don’t do any drugs – it’s been a long time since I touched drugs. Those were the reasons anxiety reared its ugly head.”

Harry has more incentive than ever to manage his mental health after the births of his two children – becoming a dad has played a significant role in helping him stay well. After turning to IVF to conceive Lola following two years of infertility issues, Harry and his violinist wife Izzy, 33, were prepared to undergo the whole gruelling process again for baby number two.

However, life is full of surprises. “We were planning another round of IVF for this summer, but Izzy was like: ‘Oh, let’s just see what happens’. And you know, as a husband after a nine-month pregnancy and a bit of a delay after that, I was like: ‘OK. Yes, let’s see what happens!’

“And then she was pregnant and part of me was like: ‘This is amazing’, but also… yeah.” Harry sighs wearily and then laughs, quick to clarify that he’s in no way moaning about his lot.
…keep reading.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on October 6 2017 0 Comments McFLY, Tom Fletcher

Yesterday Tom stopped by ITV’s Lorraine show to promote his new book The Creakers. Watch the interview below.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on July 28 2017 0 Comments Danny Jones, Photo gallery update

A little bit late but here are the scans of Danny and Georgia’s Hello Magazine where they announce they’re gonna be parents. Congrats to the happy couple!!

[x5]SCANS > MAGAZINES > 2017 > HELLO MAGAZINE – JULY 24

 
 
Posted by Sandra on July 27 2017 0 Comments Danny Jones, McFLY, News, Photo gallery update

[x4]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2017 > WONDERLAND MAGAZINE PHOTOSHOOT

McFly’s finest talks industry change and Saturday night tell

With five studio albums, 14 sellout tours, and over 30 different awards, you might best remember Danny Jones for his role in pop-rock band McFly, the four-piece responsible for keeping tracks such as “Five Colours in Her Hair” and “All About You” stuck in your head since the early 2000s.

Jones, however, has a lot more under his belt than a Smash Hits award for 2005’s “Most Snoggable Male” might suggest. After finishing McFly’s Anthology tour in late 2016 – the band’s first series of shows after two years of touring with James Bourne and Matt Willis as McBusted – the musician has been working on a number of solo projects including some exclusive writing and producing for One Direction. Most recent is Jones’ stint as a judge on The Voice Kids alongside Pixie Lott and will.i.am, the latest tear-jerking talent show to be aired on ITV.

Somewhere between the show’s finale earlier this month and preparing for his first child with former Miss England, Georgia Horsley, we managed to grab a few minutes with the man who helped score the soundtrack to the best part of our youth.

How was going back on tour last year with just the other members of McFly? Was it strange after touring for so long as McBusted?

No, not strange at all! Just a lot more room on stage as there was only three other dudes running around with guitars instead of five.

Fair enough. How do you think the industry has changed since your first tour in 2004?

The industry has changed a lot. Streaming has become huge and socials are now a vital part of promotion; we used to sell physical CD’s and do Saturday morning TV which was ace! It’s a super exciting time at the minute as consumers have their very own library of music that they can search and research whenever they want. I do think it has gotten harder for new artists to solidify a loyal, active fanbase though. It’s ok having a smash on Spotify or iTunes and be on all the playlists, but that can be short lived. It seems at the minute that we are a ‘skip’ nation and we don’t seem to even listen to a whole song without skipping onto the next without even knowing who it was. It’s the only downfall about having whatever music you want whenever and wherever.

You’ve done a lot of producing and DJing recently. How does that compare to writing and performing as a band?

They are all completely different. I DJ as a hobby, nothing super serious, but it’s ace fun. However, it doesn’t even compare to playing my guitar; the smell, the feel and the sound of an instrument always wins for me. Performing live, especially with the boys…there is nothing better. But I do like DJing, it’s a kind of escape for me. To go and play a show with your best bros is a superb feeling. Producing I also love, it’s a chance to start with nothing and end up with magic without any opinions. Getting something to sound sonically right is a challenge but it’s a challenge that I love.

Everyone has been loving The Voice Kids, how did you get involved with that?

I asked. I didn’t know they were doing a kids version and when they asked if I would be interested in a kids versions I said yeah! It was very exciting to think that you could find young undiscovered UK talent and help mould them into what they wanted to become. I’ve loved every minute of it.

Ok, quickfire round. Pixie Lott or will.i.am?

Ooh…both!

Backstreet Boys or Westlife?

Backstreet Boys.

McFly or McBusted?

If I had to decide…Mcfly.

Popstar or Opera Star?

Popstar.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks or 8 Out of 10 Cats?

8 Out of 10 Cats.

Favourite member of 1D?

Niall. His banter is on another level.

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Last night the world premiere of Dunkirk, aka the first Harry Styles Movie took place in London and the boys didn’t want to miss it! After the premiere Dougie also went to Lou Teasdale’s new store opening in London.

[x31]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > DUNKIRK WORLD PREMIERE, LONDON – JULY 13

[x6]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > BLEACH LONDON NEW COLLECTIONS LAUNCH PARTY, LONDON – JULY 13

 
 
Posted by Sandra on July 4 2017 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, Photo gallery update

Yesterday Wimbledon officially started and Dougie didn’t miss the opportunity to go and see some Tennis.

[x14]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > WIMBLEDON DAY 1 – JULY 3

 
 
Posted by Sandra on July 2 2017 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, Photo gallery update

Yesterday Dougie went to see Green Day perform in Hyde Park during the Britsh Summer Time Festival with Matt and Emma Willis, today he come back to the festival but for the Justin Bieber concert. You can check the pics from both days in our gallery below.

[x17]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > GREEN DAY CONCERT AT THE BRITISH SUMMER TIME FESTIVAL, HYDE PARK – JULY 01

[x4]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > JUSTIN BIEBER CONCERT AT THE BRITISH SUMMER TIME FESTIVAL, HYDE PARK – JULY 02

 
 
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