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04 Nov, 2003:  Sonique playing live at The Cross in London 22nd of Nov.!

Sonique will be playing live for Prologue at The Cross in Kings Cross, London, on the 22nd November. Sonique says, «I hope people will make it down to Prologue at The Cross to hear me play my fresh new funky set as previewed when I played the terrace for the closing of Space in Ibiza - it's gonna be funkee!»

Event: Prologue
Venue: The Cross
Date: 22nd November 2003
Times: 10pm 6am

Music: A unique blend of Deep House & Smooth Tech sounds in Arch 1, Funky Chunky house in Arch 2 and Club Classics in Arch 3.

DJs Arch 1: Luke Brancaccio, Ashley Casselle, Matt Elston, Tom Saunders, Kevin Miller
DJs Arch 2: Sonique (funky house set), Justin Ballard, Therapy DJs - Nick Dare & Matt Jacks, Toneen
DJs Arch 3: hosted by Love to Lounge (brings you a night of hedonistic house music), Eddy Kruger, Lloyd Cornish, Raymundo Rodriguez

Admission: £15/£12 Concession

This is an over 18s event !!!

More information: +44 (0)7960 137 649 or +44 (0)207 837 0828

Venue: The Cross
Kings Cross Goods Yard
York Way
London N1

web resource:    www.the-cross.co.uk         e-mail:  info@the-cross.co.uk
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27 October, 2003:  Sonique DJ'ing at Penzance's Barn Club, 8th November

Forget the cold weather and enjoy this hot clubbing night! Win a pair of tickets to see top female DJ Sonique making a rare appearance in Cornwall - Penzance's Barn Club there has done it again. After a hot summer bringing DJs like Judge Jules, Tim Westwood and boxing legend Frank Bruno down to west Cornwall clubbers, the darker nights and shorter days bring Sonique to the county! She will be coming down to The Barn to do a special DJ set on Saturday 8th November! Admission is £5 all night.
Sonique will be mixing up the best tunes and you can win a pair of tickets for this night at the BBC's website. The closing date is Thursday 6th November 2003. Please make sure you are able to attend the gig before you enter as there is no alternative prize. The BBC will ring the winner on Friday 7th November.
Click here to enter the competion ...

web resources:    BBC Cornwall     Penzance based nightclub "The Barn"

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17 Sep, 2003:  Management's announcement about «Alive» and a 3rd single release

A guest entry as indicated made by Sonique's Manager appeared on the message board of www.sonique.co.uk. This is the text: «Sonique's 2nd single of 2003 is 'Alive' and has just recently entered the top 75 this follow on from her massive top 20 hit 'Can't Make Up My Mind'. Sonique is currently taking a break, but will be back at the end of this year with a 3rd single, watch this space [The Sonique Message Board].
Take Care xxx. »
Sonique at Top of the Pops 2000

Meanwhile «Alive» fell out of the UK singles chart after entering only at #70 the week before (update: 14 Sept., 2003). After doing pretty well in the German dance charts (peaked at #21 a couple of weeks ago), now «Alive» climbed from #19 to #10 in the German airplay charts. Will the massive rotation on the radio in Germany lead to a commercial chart success there? 22nd of September is announced as the street day for «Alive». The album will follow there on 6th of October. Since the first single «Can't Make Up My Mind» was not released there in spring, «Alive» may break the market for the album in Germany.



A great Sonique fan from Finland, 41-year-old songwriter Arto Laine, composed a song called «Keep on sweet dreaming» for Sonique's next album (this is his proposal). This is his message:
«Dear Sonique,
I composed the song for your next album. You can listen it on http://www.rarevinyl.de/music/t64_mono.mp3    [2.1 MB duration 4:26]
It's registered but unpublished.
Waiting for your feedback!
Sincerely
Arto Laine »


web resources:    The Sonique Message Board     www.musikwoche.de

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01 September, 2003:  2nd Single «Alive» from the new album released today

The single has already romped to the top of the club charts for a 2 week residency at the top, powered by a stunning array of re-workings courtesy of the current scene mix kings; Tomcraft, Benny Benassi, Yomanda, Pete Martine, Soca plus The Conducter & The Cowboy!
For more details about this single, tracklistings and lyrics click here ...

web resource:    Ministry of Sound on Sonique's new single release (incl. about 15-seconds-clip of the video)

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14 August, 2003:  Sonique at Destiny / Cambridge Street club, 16 August

It's a double date for divas at Destiny this Saturday, 16 August, when two ladies of dance bring their bodies and their beats to the Cambridge Street club.
Sonique, who has just completed her second album, «Born to be free», and is about to release her new single, «Alive», next month, is the first of the fine femmes of dance to top Sonique the bill.    
At 6ft 2ins tall with her heels on, Sonique's stature and strong personality means she towers head and shoulders above most dance world divas.
Despite once saying she'd give it all when she grew bored with the scene, she is back with a vengeance to play and perform. She told Beverley Lyons of the Evening Times: "I've been DJing every weekend for the last two years and have been around the world. I wanted all the people who have bought my records all over the world to hear my DJing."
From Egypt to Israel, Romania to Russia and Singapore to South Africa (where she recently drew a 30,000-strong crowd), clubbers everywhere have been dazzled by her turntable skills.  
With little time for a social life, she likes, when she gets the chance, to drive her Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, walk her dog - a much pampered pet who even gets his own hotel room if reports are to be believed - ride her bike and play on her PlayStation.
Somewhere along the line she found the time to write her second album, «Born to be free». Produced by Graeme Pleeth, who has produced for Peter Gabriel, Billy Ocean, Kim Wilde, and Appleton, and Robin Barter, who has worked with Freddie Mercury, Kylie Minogue, and Norman Jay, the new album shows a more grown-up side to Sonique.
Lucy Carr Sonique says: "I hope I've made something people can keep, something that'll never go out of style." Excerpts from the album will feature in Saturday night's show.

The second lady to take to the stage at Destiny this weekend is Sonique's support act Lucy Carr. Lucy, for those of you not familiar with her face, is the voice behind top dance tracks «Missing You» and «This is Goodbye», released at the end of last month.
«Missing You» was nominated by Dave Pearce as his Record of the Week on his Radio 1 show and has also featured on many of the top compilation albums of 2003. Lucy cuts quite a figure in the club world.

web resource:    The Evening Times

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22 July, 2003:  Next single due September / Sonique DJ's at Hyde Park

Sonique's new single which is the second one from her second album «Born to be free» will be it's opening track «Alive» - a wise decision of her record company because it is one of the strongest songs on her new album and ever recorded. Most of her fans prefered this track as the new single release too. The announced release date in the UK is September 1st. It is strongly expected to have a more successful run at the charts as «Can't make up my mind» had. This first single stayed 4 weeks in the UK singles top 75 (no. 17 - 33 - 37 - 57 in May and June 2003).

Sonique will be playing a guest DJ set for BBC Radio 1 Live on Saturday the 26th July between 7 and 8 pm. The set at Hyde Park is part of London's Gay Pride events that day.

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19 May, 2003:  New Single - New Album - UK Website launched

The eagerly anticipated second album from British singer/songwriter Sonique is finally announced for release on June 2nd, 2003. It is called «Born To Be Free». The first single to be released from the album today is the hauntingly beautiful track «Can't Make Up My Mind» which features an unforgettably poignant melody accompanied by lushy textured sweeping strings. For tracklistings and lyrics click here ...

UK Mix.org wrote about the single: "Although it may not be as instantly catchy as her huge No. 1 «It Feels So Good», this record still has the ability to continue the success she found three years ago. It has a fantastic video too. Look out for her new album out soon." We surely do.

Keen to maintain a degree of consistency to her music, whilst simulteanously delivering a fresh sound, Sonique enlisted the expertise of producers Graeme Pleeth, and Robin Barter, who have also worked on «Hear My Cry» already. The new album «Born To Be Free» shows a more grown up side to Sonique. Seriously song-orientated, it blends her diverse influences whilst cohering seamlessly as a whole. Each song contains powerful and emotive lyrics inspired by Sonique's own life experiences, showcasing her trademark sounds, whilst demonstrating an unmistakable development in her music. With her new album Sonique concludes, "I hope I've made something people can keep for the whole of their lives, something that will never go out of style." With the opening track «Alive» you can hear immediately one of the strongest songs of the album, a really hot candidate for the next single ...   For more info about the album click here ...

Definitely worth to mention is the launch of Sonique's UK based official website www.sonique.co.uk these days. Click the link below and visit the site. You will find some tracks of the new album as Windows Media/Real Media streams there. You may also download Sonique ringtones, a screensaver and wallpapers.


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web resources:    www.sonique.co.uk

Ministry of Sound on Sonique's new single release (full video clip + interview)

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14 May, 2003:  Sonique and Javine Hylton join London Box Live show

Sonique, Popstars runner-up Javine Hylton and ex member of 5ive, Abs are to join the Box Live tour for one show.
Promoters of the event, which will feature different artists at each show, have announced the singers will be appearing at Wembley Arena on Friday, May 30.
They join Mis-Teeq, Dannii Minogue, Blazin' Squad, Craig David and Big Brovaz who have already been confirmed for the London show.
The 10-date tour kicks off at the Blackpool Opera House on May 2.
Box Live is also promising fans a variety of interactive events "to allow the audience to get closer to the stars".
One Blazin' Squad fan will have a song dedicated to them at the Wembley gig. They will be given texting details from the stage on the night.

Further details are available at the at:    www.boxlive.co.uk

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10 Apr, 2003:  Sonique at Tabu in Great Yarmouth

Sonique DJ Sonique will be finding out why it feels so good in Norfolk with her DJ set at Tabu on Friday, April 11.
BBC Norfolk caught up with Sonique ahead of her Yarmouth visit, to fire some short and sweet questions about her new album, her favourite Ibizan club and previous trips to Norfolk. Read the interview (click link below)!

web resource:    Sonique interview

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27 Feb, 2003:  Sonique performs in Moscow

Sonique will perform in Moscow! DJSOUND.RU informed us about the place of the Sonique gig in Moscow on March 8, 2003: club ROXY. She's supposed to play with a complete backup band. Do not miss this absolutely brilliant night!

Sonique at Club Roxy, Moscow

web resources:    www.djsound.ru     Sonique @ Afisha.ru



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