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Digital jukebox X Factor

Last week saw the return of ITV flagship music programme The X Factor. This, the ninth season of the Simon Cowell brainchild, began on Saturday as judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh started to sift through the thousands of performers vying for a record deal. There are high expectations surrounding the…


Britain’s toughest pub to benefit from background music system?

A pub in Greater Manchester, more commonly known as “Britain’s toughest pub”, is on the market after the owners took the decision to close the venue. The pub, The Flying Shuttle in Bolton, gained its hard reputation after reports from local police regarding ‘regular excessive drunkenness’. In a testament to the reputation of the outlet,…


Digital jukebox holograms?

The hologram of Tupac Shakur rapping on stage at Coachella was a landmark occasion in the history of live music. The incredible five minute performance saw the iconic rapper, who was killed in Las Vegas in 1996, on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre in front of a fanatical Coachella audience. The ‘appearance’, which…


Background music linked to memory functions in the brain

At Soundnet, we consistently stress the importance of having the right music. The appropriate background system music can shape the atmosphere of a pub, restaurant or spa. Songs have the power to influence the mood of clientele, while also creating the perfect ambiance for your drinkers or diners. But a new study from an American institution…


On the Live Music Act and background music systems

A new act of Parliament will soon allow pubs to hold small live music gigs without a license. The new ruling, passed in the Live Music Act, will give pubs the opportunity to hold performances of live music if the audience is fewer than 200 people. The legislation is set to come into force around…


Background music helps to soothe the soul

New research from Oxford has found that music helps reduce anxiety and improves the healing process. The investigation from Dr Apul Parikh, a cosmetic surgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, claims that music played to patients undergoing minor treatments helped ‘improve anxiety levels’. The trial of 100 individuals discovered that those patients played music under…


Pubs go online

Mitchells & Butlers, the managed pub and restaurant owner, has signed a deal with O2 to offer its customers free Wi-Fi across its 1,600 sites. The deal, which is set to last for three years, will allow restaurant and pub goers to access free Wi-Fi from their laptops and mobile phones, regardless of their provider….


Reading and Leeds line ups set to increase digital jukebox plays

The line ups for the Leeds and Reading Festivals were announced this week with Foo Fighters, The Cure and Florence and the Machine all set to appear during the infamous August event. The bill, which also included The Shins, Mystery Jets and Kasabian, was positively received by fans and sales were said to be strong…


More information on the revolutionary VHub digital jukebox app

Earlier this year, Sound Leisure and Soundnet unveiled the latest in digital jukebox innovation with the exclusive VHub app, a landmark development in music entertainment for pubs and their customers. The app, developed by Sound Leisure, offers pub goers the ability to enjoy their favourite tracks in a VHub venue of their choice. The app,…