One Direction’s Niall Horan will swap the stage for the fairways when he joins the defending champion and World Number One, Rory McIlroy, in the BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am at Wentworth Club, on Wednesday May 20.

The 21 year old singer caddied for four-time Major Champion McIlroy in the pre-Masters Tournament Par 3 contest at Augusta National last month, and the pair will rekindle their friendship over Wentworth’s iconic West Course for the annual curtain-raiser to the BMW PGA Championship, The European Tour’s flagship event.  

The star-studded group, which will tee off at 8am, will be completed by Manchester United and England football legends Phil Neville and Paul Scholes who, like Horan, will be making his debut in the Celebrity Pro-Am, which has become one of the most popular dates in the golfing calendar.

Horan, who is an honorary life member of Mullingar Golf Club in his native Ireland, is used to performing in front of large crowds as part of the best-selling boy band One Direction, who released the first of their four albums in 2011 – the same year McIlroy won the first of his four Major Championships.

Speaking about playing alongside McIlroy, Horan said: “I can’t wait to play with Rory, Phil and Paul.  It’s going to be a great event. I know how prestigious the BMW PGA Championship is as The European Tour’s flagship event, so the opportunity to play in the Pro-Am with my mate Rory and two legends of football is going to be amazing – what a team!

“That said, I’ve heard there are pretty big crowds there on the day, I’m used to those but not when I’m on a golf course. I’ll probably be more nervous at Wentworth than I was performing in front of thousands with 1D, so I’m hoping Rory will give me a few tips on calming the nerves. I love golf, it’s a fantastic sport for all ages and I would urge young people to get out there and give it a go.”

McIlroy said: “Niall and I had a good fun together in the Par 3 contest at the Masters and I’m looking forward to seeing him again at Wentworth, without the boiler suit. It should be a great fourball with Phil and Paul playing too, and it should appeal to a wide range of fans.  

“The Celebrity Pro-Am is always one of the most enjoyable days of the year and I’m sure the guys will all have a great time.”

Neville added: “I played in the BMW Celebrity Pro-Am last year and it’s a great day.  We’re going to have a lot of fun with Paul, Rory and Niall – hopefully we can play some pretty decent golf too. I’ve heard there’s a great line-up of celebrities, sportsmen and leading golfers this year, so the pressure will be on!”

Jamie Birkmyre, Championship Director of the BMW PGA Championship, said: “We are delighted that Niall will be part of the BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am for the first time. Playing alongside our defending champion, Rory McIlroy, Niall will help showcase the tournament and game to a wider audience, which is great for growing the game of golf.

“The Celebrity Pro-Am is a fantastic family day out as under-16s can come for free if accompanied by a paying adult, with a maximum of four kids per adult. Niall, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville are among a host of celebrities we have lined up for the Pro-Am, and we will announce some more big names over the next couple of weeks.”

Tickets for the BMW PGA Celebrity Pro-Am day are still available, via here or via the ticket hotline on 0800 023 2557.

MOURNING BIRDS announce tour plus stream track

Mourning Birds have announced their debut tour of the isle:

25th April : This Feeling Club, Camden Purple Turtle. £3 before 10pm w/ Jordan Allen (“Manchester’s Jake Bugg”) +Broxton Hundred + Dexters DJ set 4th May : Maidstone Fringe Festival (main support to Slaves) - Rafters
10th May : Brighton The Great Escape Festival – Latesr Music Bar #TGE14 @AltEscape (Free for ALL with or without delegates/festival pass)
6th June : Keele, Karnage 2014 - University Horwood Bar, Staffordshire
21st June : Camden Crawl Festival – Belushi’s Bar #CC14
26th July : Tramlines FestivalThe Red House, Sheffield
27th July : Ashford, Create FestivalVictoria Park (Free Music Festival)


New Album Connector Out On Equal Vision Records June 2

New Headline Tour Dates Added

Today, I the Mighty has released  a brand new video, premiered exclusively via Alternative Press, for their song “Adrift” from their full-length album, Connector, which will hit streets June 2, 2015 via Equal Vision Records. The band has also announced new dates on their headline tour in June and July.  Fans can pre-order the album by going here:

Check out the new video by going HERE.

The footage accompanying new track “Adrift” is a dynamic montage of the band performing along with colorful bursts of both worldly and out of this world visuals which may seem abstract but do in fact relate directly to the song itself. It’s an emphatic yet whirlwind three minute journey. Vocalist/guitarist Brent Walsh explains “"Adrift” is one of the more meaningful songs on the record for me lyrically. I’m sure we’ve all had a day in which we were reading up on world events and got really down about the current state or direction much of our home is headed in. This song was written on one of those days.“  

I the Mighty released another song from Connector with another visually unique music video upon announcing the record’s release. The video for "Playing Catch With. 22” uses modern drone technology to capture aerial images of the band, making for a surreal and colorful video. Check it out here:

The forthcoming full-length will include 12 new songs of I the Mighty’s best work to date. Without a particular goal in mind, and effortlessly achieving a sound that combines pop, rock and heavy music into a flawless musical amalgamation, the four piece have brought an incredible new album that highlights their formidable skills as musicians and songwriters. Connector features soaring vocals with meaningful lyrics, and intricate guitar parts that are eloquently written and recorded with precision. The album was produced by Mike Green (Paramore, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low).

I the Mighty,  who have toured with Say Anything, Eisley, Coheed & Cambria, letlive., Balance & Composure and Architects UK, recently supported Enter Shikari on a two month US tour and they’re currently in the midst of a series of dates leading up to a full US headline tour with support from Hail The Sun and Too Close To Touch in June and July, to which additional dates have just been added. Tickets available here.

Tour Dates:

‘68 w/A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty
Apr 30 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
May 01 Lynchburg, VA @ Parkview Church
May 03 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (Showcase Lounge)
May 04 Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martiniere
May 05 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
May 06 Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern
May 07 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache

A Lot Like Birds w/I the Mighty
May 08 Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose
May 09 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
May 11 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
May 13 Tucson, AZ @ Gary’s Place
May 14 Riverside, CA @ Clash City Studios
May 15 Fresno, CA @ Strummers

I the Mighty w/ Hit The Lights, Belle Noire
May 31 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

I the Mighty w/Hail The Sun and Too Close To Touch
Jun 25 Orangevale,   CA @ The Boardwalk
Jun 26 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
Jun 27 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Jun 28 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot
Jun 29 St Louis, MO @ Firebird
Jun 30 St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam
Jul 01 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Jul 02 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot (Pike Room)
Jul 03 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
Jul 04 Montreal, QC @ L'Alize
Jul 05 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Jul 07 New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Studio)
Jul 08 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Jul 09 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Jul 10 Jacksonville, FL @1904 Music Hall
Jul 11 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Jul 12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Jul 13 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Jul 15 Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats
Jul 16 Houston, TX @ Walters
Jul 17 San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s Patio Bar
Jul 18 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
Jul 19 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
Jul 22 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Jul 23 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Jul 24 Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium


Nathan singing his debut single, #KissMeQuick tonight in London! 😘 ( via Twitter user _carlsss )

“As a first-time director, Russell Crowe’s challenges were formidable. ‘‪‎The Water Diviner‬ has war scenes, storms, locations in two far-flung countries, even extensive Turkish dialogue.’”

Read more from his interview with The Boston Herald here.