Lauren Laverne says music is the closest thing we have to magic 

added: 3 Dec 2013 // by: Newsdesk 

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Lauren Laverne and Stuart Maconie recently hosted a celebration of music to launch Anthem of the Seas, a new ship from Royal Caribbean International, which has music at its heart.

Speaking at the launch of the ship, DJ Lauren Laverne commented, 'Bob Geldof once said that everybody talks about the power of art, but you don't often stand in front of a painting and cry, but music has that power over us. It's the closest thing we've got to magic'.

Music industry expert, author and DJ, Stuart Maconie was tasked with researching what makes a song an anthem and what is it about an anthem that gets under people's skin. As part of the research, Stuart, put together a list of songs with anthemic status ' both recently popular and traditional ' and asked the nation to choose the song that makes them the happiest.

Especially composed versions of the top 5 anthems were performed on the night by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. They are;

1. "It's a Beautiful Day" by U2
2. "Hey Jude" by The Beatles
3. "Jerusalem" by Parry
4. "Angels" by Robbie Williams
5. "Nimrod" by Elgar

Time was that if you were looking for amazing music on holiday, you'd be looking at a city break in the likes of New York or Berlin.

However, that's set to change with the announcement that new ship, Anthem of the Seas, will become the most entertainment-dedicated and technologically advanced cruise ships ever to be based in the UK when it launches in spring 2015, taking in the sights of the Mediterranean.

As the name suggests, Anthem of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International will include some of the most technologically advanced music and entertainment spaces in the world. This includes Music Hall at the heart of the ship's music scene and built to showcase the best in live music, and venue Two70°, named for its magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views provided by vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Featuring a three storey bar, and huge entertainment spaces, Two70° offers entertainment technology so advanced that it is only found in two other locations in the world.

For more information on Anthem of the Seas, and Royal Caribbean International's award-winning holiday and entertainment experiences, please visit

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