Ian Watkins
Welsh musician
Ian Watkins
Ian David Karslake Watkins is a founding member and the lead vocalist and lyricist of the Welsh alternative rock band Lostprophets.
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Ryn Weaver Performs At Stubb’s SXSW 2015 Showcase: 13 Photos
Idolator - almost 2 years
*NSYNC's 'No Strings Attached' Turns 15: Backtracking Relive your teen nostalgia with this modern pop classic! MORE >> Ryn Weaver has been on the music industry’s radar since her fiery debut last year, and was one of our artists to watch for SXSW! The California-bred popstress performed at various showcases throughout the music festival, but we caught her last night (March 19) at Stubb’s. She worked the major stage with ease and highlighted her quirky edge (which was backed by a thumping live band) with tunes like “Stay Low,” “Promises” and her weirdly catchy breakout tune — the Charli XCX co-written “OctaHate.” Weaver’s stage presence truly captivated the audience and showed just why her forthcoming d ...
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Rocker Ian Watkins admits to attempted rape of baby, other abuse offenses, reports say
Fox News - over 3 years
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Rocker Ian Watkins admits to attempted rape of baby, 10 other child abuse offenses, reports say
Fox News - over 3 years
The Lostprophets frontman, accused of more than 20 offenses involving child abuse, is awaiting his sentence upon further investigation.
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Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins guilty of attempted baby rape
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has pleaded guilty to 13 sex offences, including two charges of attempting to rape a baby.
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Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins denies raping a baby as he appears in court via ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 3 years
Kidderminster Shuttle Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins denies raping a baby as he appears in court via ... Daily Mail Ian Watkins, 35, allegedly twice raped the child who was under 12 months old at the time. The rape charges were revealed yesterday when Watkins appeared at court via video link from prison to deny a total of 24 sex offences. Watkins, a former boyfriend of ... Lostprophets' Ian Watkins Denies Raping BabySky News Singer denies child sex chargesKidderminster Shuttle Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins denies sexual offence chargesWalesOnline NME.com -BBC Bristol website all 18 news articles »
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Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins in court on child sex charges
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
Vocalist, who faces six charges, remanded in custody along with two women facing similar charges Rock singer Ian Watkins has appeared in crown court to face allegations of plotting to rape a child. The 35-year-old vocalist, whose band Lostprophets has sold more than 3.5m records worldwide, was arrested with two women earlier this month. As well as being charged with conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13, Watkins faces five other sex abuse charges. They include conspiring to engage in sexual activity with two children as well as making, downloading and distributing child pornography and accessing "extreme pornography" relating to animals. During a previous hearing at Cardiff magistrates court, Watkins' legal team said the singer would be denying the charges against him. He was remanded in custody over the Christmas period with two women – who face similar child sex charges. The pair, aged 20 and 24 from Doncaster and Bedford respectively, cannot be named for legal reaso ...
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REVIEW: Lostprophets, Rock City
Trader & Guardian - almost 5 years
THE Guardian’s Graham Smyth reviews Lostprophets at Rock City, Nottingham. Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s a full decade since I first saw Lostprophets play live, and on Monday night at Rock City in Nottingham they attempted to prove they can ‘still kill the old way’. Ian Watkins and company, decked in uniform work shirts and tshirts, have retained their ability to extract a fervent, almost hysterical response from their ever-devoted followers. And although many in attendance would have been in primary school when Thefakesoundofprogress was released, even the youngest in the pit appeared to know every word to every song. The set featured five tracks from new album Weapons, the fifth studio offering from the Welshmen, and they got a decent reaction. But the killer moments were all provided by older material. Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja was undoubtedly the highlight, the song that saw them explode in popularity just after the millennium, turning Rock City into a seething mas ...
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Lostprophets, 'Weapons' - Track By Track Guide
NME - almost 5 years
Today's the day Lostprophets release release their fifth studio album 'Weapons'. You can stream the full album, as well as read a track-by-track guide to 'Weapons' from Ian Watkins after the jump. Read more...
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Sutton singer songwriter Danny Apple ready for UK mini tour - Mansfield Chad
Google News - over 5 years
In the near future he will also be on radio at Mansfield 103.2 with Ian Watkins promoting his new single. Danny described what he felt was his best performance, at the y-not festival. “It was the best reaction I got,” he said
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Making of an icon - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Her fondness for music extends to British rock's frontmen; she has had a string of mop-haired, complicated rock star boyfriends from Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner to Lostprophets' Ian Watkins and the Horrors' Faris Badwan. The appeal?
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Skills boost for music festival - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
The festival opens on Friday with a DJ set from Ian Watkins of the Lost Prophets, who formed in Pontypridd in 1997 and have achieved huge success. Throughout recent weeks, local people have been able to take part in workshops designed to improve their
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ian Watkins
  • 2014
    Age 36
    Watkins was transferred to HM Prison Long Lartin on 25 January 2014, so that he could be closer to his mother after she had a kidney transplant.
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  • 2013
    Age 35
    On 31 December, he appeared at Cardiff Crown Court via video link from Parc Prison, Bridgend, and was remanded in custody until 11 March 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The case was adjourned until May, with the trial date set for 15 July. At a hearing on 3 June, he denied the charges via a video link. On 6 June, it was announced that the trial would start on 25 November and was expected to last a month. A previous application for the court venue to be moved outside Wales was denied. On 26 November, Watkins pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, but not guilty to rape. This was accepted by the prosecution. He further pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal. Watkins' victims included a baby boy, and he sent an SMS text message to the mother of one, saying: "If you belong to me, so does your baby." South Wales Police's investigation into Watkins, codenamed "Operation Globe", required the cooperation of GCHQ to decrypt a hidden drive on his laptop, which was then found to contain video of his abuses. It was later revealed that on 27 November, the day after his guilty plea had been accepted by the prosecution, Watkins had referred to his sex offences as being "mega lolz" in a recorded phone call made from Parc Prison to a female fan.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    On 19 December 2012, Watkins was charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a 1-year-old girl, and with possession and/or distribution of indecent images of children and "extreme animal pornography", charges which were heard at Cardiff magistrates court.
    More Details Hide Details He was remanded in custody as were his two female co-accused. His barrister said Watkins would deny the accusations.
  • 2008
    Age 30
    Watkins was transferred from HM Prison Parc, where he had been incarcerated while on remand, to HM Prison Wakefield to begin serving his sentence. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating allegations that three United Kingdom police forces failed to act on earlier allegations of abuse by Watkins, made between 2008 and 2012.
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    He has also released a free mixtape, which is available online, along with a free download of a song that was premiered at a fashion show in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Lostprophets recorded five albums: The Fake Sound of Progress, Start Something, Liberation Transmission, The Betrayed, and Weapons. They toured extensively in Europe and America, playing shows such as the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2004, 2007, 2009, and 2010.
    On New Year's Eve 2008, Watkins took part in a concert for Kidney Wales Foundation and stated that his reasons for being involved were as a result of his mother needing a kidney transplant: "Having that direct experience is why I wanted to get more involved with Kidney Wales and organise a fundraising concert on New Year's Eve."
    More Details Hide Details The concert featured Welsh bands the Blackout, Kids in Glass Houses, and Attack! Attack! Watkins was also featured in The Blackout's song 'It's High Tide Baby', and also accompanied them on tour. In 2009, Watkins started a remixing side project called L'Amour La Morgue. He has released 17 remixes by artists such as the Killers, Beyoncé, Young Guns, Magic Wands, Tears for Fears, and Bring Me the Horizon.
  • 1998
    Age 20
    In 1998, Watkins left Public Disturbance to concentrate on the newly named lostprophets (all lower-case letters).
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  • 1997
    Age 19
    By this time, Watkins and Gaze had left Fleshbind to create their own band, Lost Prophets, who made their live debut in May 1997 alongside Public Disturbance, with Watkins as the lead vocalist.
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  • 1995
    Age 17
    Watkins reunited with Mike Lewis as a drummer in a hardcore band called Public Disturbance, formed in 1995.
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  • 1991
    Age 13
    Lewis' and Watkins' mutual enjoyment of rock and metal music strengthened their friendship, leading them, as teenagers in 1991, to form a group called Aftermath, a thrash metal band that played in a shed in Watkins' garden.
    More Details Hide Details Whilst spending time in the local Ynysangharad Park, where (17 years later) Lostprophets would headline the Full Ponty festival, Watkins was introduced to future band mate Lee Gaze through a mutual friend. Having abandoned Aftermath, which made two live appearances in its lifespan of two years, Watkins and Gaze decided to form a new band called Fleshbind, based on their American hardcore punk influences. The band played several shows, including one supporting Feeder in London, but the group was short-lived.
  • 1977
    Born on July 30, 1977.
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