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Death By Unga Bunga on tour October 2018

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Tour announcement: Death By Unga Bunga
Tour dates: October 2018
More info: Band website

Ash have just announced that the brilliant Oslo-based power-punks Death By Unga Bunga, will be joining them on their upcoming UK tour latest this month. The band will also be performing a headline show in Huddersfield in and amongst the dates with Ash.

The band have been handpicked by Ash for the dates as they are known for their wild live shows across Europe and the US.

Death By Unga Bunga recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary as a band by releasing the brilliant album 'So Far, So Good, So Cool' via Jansen. The band have been described by Brookyln Vegan as making "an infectious racket that recalls late ’60s Britpop and mid-’00s garage". In 2017, the band joined punk legends Stiff Little Fingers on their 40th Anniversary World Tour.

Find all upcoming UK live dates, below:

  • Oct 16th: Sheffield, Leadmill

  • Oct 17th: Glasgow, The Garage

  • Oct 19th: Bristol, SWX

  • Oct 20th: Birmingham, O2 Institute

  • Oct 21st: Norwich, Waterfront

  • Oct 22nd: Huddersfield, The Parish (without ASH)

  • Oct 23rd: Manchester, O2 Ritz

  • Oct 24th: London, O2 Forum

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Jeff Rosenstock UK and Ireland tour

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Tour announcement: Jeff Rosenstock (W/ Chris Farren)
Tour dates: October 2018
More info: Band website

Having released his brand new album ‘Post’ on Quote Unquote Records/Specialist Subject Records earlier this year, which received rave reviews almost everywhere imaginable Stateside (NPR, Pitchfork, Uproxx, The Ringer, Stereogum, MTV, VICE, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Paste, BrooklynVegan, Billboard, AV Club, the list goes on...) Jeff Rosenstock is now taking his own unique brand of punk, indie-rock and power-pop on tour across the UK and Ireland. Chris Farren supports on all dates.

  • Stream / download ‘Post’ LP here.

  • Stream ‘Yr Throat’ here.

  • Watch ‘Melba’ here

  • "One of the most important figures in modern punk" – Pitchfork

Further info on Jeff:

It's New Year's Day. You're still coming out of the haze of 2017. Maybe your New Year's Eve got a little crazy, maybe it got a little dark. You're not sure if you're going to actually get out of bed before noon, but you roll over and check your phone, just in case anything terrible has happened while you were sleeping.

Wait. What? Call your best friend. There's a new Jeff Rosenstock record.

Jeff Rosenstock wrote POST- in a double-wide trailer in the Catskill Mountain town of East Durham, the snow-covered hills surrounding him like a landscape of blank pages. The serene, empty space was a big change of scenery for a guy who bounces around the world like a human comet, playing super-catchy, super-devastating shout-alongs to dedicated fans around the world.

After playing with Bomb the Music Industry! for a decade, Jeff switched gears and produced records for The Smith Street Band, Dan Andriano, Mikey Erg and more, and started putting out records under his own name. After the release of WORRY., things started to get way more intense for Jeff and his band. They made their first TV appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, USA Today called WORRY the #1 album of 2016, and the band took to the road, touring endlessly for the past two years, taking breaks only to record new albums.

"2017 kinda felt like the year when we snuck in the back door," says Rosenstock, "We kept getting opportunities to do stuff - even though we take those opportunities to do stupid shit like say how much we made on stage." (This is the guy whose Pitchfork Music Festival performance last summer trended on Twitter after he took the stage and exclaimed, “Seventy-five hundred! Dollars! For us! To play! This festival!” Because, you know, he felt like he had to come clean about it.)

Written in the days after the 2017 Presidential inauguration, POST-'s lyrics get (really) heavy but the melodies are so catchy and the builds are so big and bright that the end result is more of a rallying cry than a surrender. The album was recorded in a one-week, 86-hour marathon recording session with Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven) at the Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA. "The four of us stood in a room without headphones on and just played the songs live to tape, and after that we had some friends (Dan Potthast, Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, PUP) fill out some of the sound," So, if the record feels even more unifying than usual, like a party that turns into a sleepover that turns into egg-n-cheese sandwiches on the beach that turns into a protest march that unites a gang of buddies for eternity, well, maybe that's why.

"Having channeled talent, depression and a pure love of music into something beautiful on debut album ‘Feel Something’, Movements became one of the standout new bands of 2018." - Rock Sound

"Stunning emo/post-hardcore quartet from Southern California" - Kerrang!

"Regardless of you experiences in life, with this record on you'd have to be made of stone to not 'Feel Something'" - Upset Magazine

Movements have announced that they will be returning to the UK in support of their debut album ‘Feel Something’ which was released to critical acclaim at the end of 2017 via Fearless. They and Tiny Moving Parts will support Knuckle Puck on the following rescheduled dates. Info here.

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Lonely The Brave new singer and live 13 October 2018

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New singer and live date announcement: Lonely The Brave
Live date: 13 October 2018
More info: Band website

Lonely The Brave - one of Britain’s most successful rock bands of the last few years, boasting two Rock Chart #1 albums – are today announcing the arrival of new vocalist Jack Bennett, a name more than familiar to the rock world for his solo work under the name Grumble Bee.

After the departure of co-founder and vocalist David Jakes earlier this year due to health reasons, Lonely The Brave stood together, supporting their friend but adamant that as one door was closing, they would very soon be opening a new one. They never stopped writing, never stopped creating, and instead started the search for a vocal talent that they could stand side by side with in their march toward album number three.

A short search led them to the door of Jack Bennett, and an instant connection was made as they traded stories, ideas and inspirations. He is noted for his strong and emotionally wrought vocal performances - qualities that have come to define the band’s live show - so it is with some excitement that their first live outing together is announced to take place at Omeara, London, on October 13th. Tickets will be available here and go on general sale from 9am Friday, August 17th. This will be a special headline show with no support act and an early 10pm curfew, so be sure to get down early to avoid disappointment.

The band had this to say about Jack’s arrival;

We don’t know where to start with everything that has happened over the last 12 Months or so, so first of all we all want to say thank you to every single one of you that has messaged us with your support during this period. Nothing worth doing is ever easy and your continued words of encouragement really have helped galvanise our belief that this band has so much more to give. It fills us with pride to say that this new chapter of our history will begin in earnest on the 13th October. The show is our way of thanking every single one of you for standing by us and understanding that this is a continuation; that the songs really are the most important part.

We hope to see friends old and new on the 13th

With love
Lonely The Brave

Join the band as they pen a new chapter together.

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IDLES pop-up art exhibition 30/31 August 2018

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Exhibition: Pop-up art exhibition to raise money for Samaritans
Date: 30/31 August 2018
More info: Band website

  • IDLES announce pop-up art exhibition to raise money for Samaritans
  • Live in-store dates to promote the new album
  • First ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner

IDLES have announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their second album 'Joy as an Act of Resistance' out on Partisan Records. Pre-order the album here.

Open for two days, between 12pm and 8pm, and curated by the band, the exhibition will take place at HM Electrics Gallery, 65 Nile St, London N1 7RD

The gallery will contain 18 pieces of work across several mediums, with contributions from:

  • Orlando Weeks
  • Nigel Talbot
  • Tao Lapsley
  • Russell Oliver
  • Robin Stewart
  • Tom Ham
  • Dapper Signs
  • Chris Nicholls
  • Ed Barrett
  • Beth Cater

The gallery will be free entry and artwork on display available to buy, with all proceeds going to the Samaritans charity. Watch the IDLES gallery video here.

The band have also announced a run of live in-store dates around the album:

  • 30 Aug UK London, Banquet Records, 9pm
  • 31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 3pm
  • 31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 7pm
  • 03 Sep UK Portsmouth, Pie and Vinyl, 1pm
  • 03 Sep UK Brighton, Resident, 6.30pm
  • 04 Sep UK London, Rough Trade East, 7pm
  • 05 Sep UK Sheffield, Record Junkee, 1pm
  • 05 Sep UK Nottingham, Rough Trade, 7.30pm
  • 06 Sep UK Leeds, Crash Records, 1pm
  • 06 Sep UK Manchester, FOPP, 5.30pm
  • 07 Sep UK Cardiff, Spiller Records, 7pm

Last week the band shared further new material in a searing takedown of toxic masculinity entitled 'Samaritans'. A live favourite for sometime, the Theo Watkins directed music video compiles archival clips displaying traditional masculine imagery. The FADER writes: ""The mask of masculinity is a mask that's wearing me," sings front man Joe Talbot over the top of a tight and anxiety-laced guitar riff. It's the third single... and one of their most confrontational songs to date." Listen/watch here and feel free to share.

Speaking of the song’s message, front man Joe Talbot says:

"There's been a long line of bullshit that has pushed men into a corner, where simple masking becomes a trope of masculinity and a catalyst for insanity. What we wear, what we eat, what razor we use, high performance chewing gum, go faster shampoo, how we treat women, how we treat ourselves, how we die. I truly believe that masculinity has gone from an evolution of cultural praxis to a disease. I wanted to encourage a conversation about gender roles by writing this song."

'Samaritans' is the third song to be released from IDLES's much-anticipated upcoming album 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance'. Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), The album takes aim at everything from nationalism and immigration to class inequality - all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

  • Read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins here.
  • Watch the video for album opener 'Colossus' here.

This autumn, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner yet at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 18th October. Their last London headliner, at Heaven, sold out nearly six months in front. Tickets are on sale now here.

  • Watch the video for pro-immigration anthem and current single 'Danny Nedelko' here.

"IDLES might just be the best live guitar band in Europe." - The Quietus

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Gomez UK Tour August - September 2018

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Tour announcement: Gomez
Tour dates: August September 2018
More info: Band website

  • Guestlist for new tour dates available on request. Contact Ellie at Prescription PR

Due to the huge success of their Spring UK tour, Gomez will be returning this August and September to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their Mercury Prize winning record 'Bring It On'. UMC have also released a super deluxe box set containing: 35 previously unreleased tracks. The collection features 25 demos & 13 songs never released in any form by Gomez, including covers of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend” and “T-Bone Walker’s Mean Old World” plus the band’s 1998 Glastonbury performance and BBC sessions. 

Package includes a 10,000-word essay by journalist Paul Stokes, with new interviews with the band and those close to them. Red & Yellow coloured vinyl edition are available + Standard black vinyl edition both in gatefold packaging.

U.K. fans - For sold out shows, please note that Gomez have appointed Twickets as their official ticket resale partner. Twickets enables fans to trade tickets for gigs at face value and helps fans avoid exploitation and overpricing on secondary ticketing platforms.

“No other record captures that period so perfectly,” says Elbow’s Guy Garvey. “The concerns of the songs. The stories, the experimental sounds. It was so brave for a band to record themselves at that time: it allowed a direct and undiluted account of the band as aspirational, big-hearted friends in love with making music and each other. It dared us to record ourselves. But they did it first. It’s the most deserving recipient of the Mercury Prize in its history: a breathlessly ambitious and lovingly crafted masterpiece. It should be called Bring It 'The Fuck' On.”

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize winning debut album, Bring It On has been re-mastered and reissued as a super-deluxe 4CD with an accompanying remastered double LP release. The 4CD 20th Anniversary edition of 'Bring It On' contains the original, classic album remastered by Frank Arkwright @ Abbey Road studios and 35 previously unreleased tracks including 25 demos (recorded between January 1996 and August 1997) - 13 of which are appearing on an official Gomez release for the first time.

The band have played the album in its entirety this Spring on their UK & Ireland tour, then going on to Australian and US dates.

Twenty years on, the debut album by Gomez sounds not of its time, but ahead of its time. You can hear its echoes in so much of the music that followed it: not just in Elbow, but in any artist who heard Bring it On and realised the possibilities of combining indie and roots music with lo-fidelity electronics: a modern experimental sensibility with a love of the past. 'Bring It On' was an album that synthesised styles in a way that seemed remarkable then, and now sounds utterly unforced and contemporary. Where so many of its contemporaries sound completely of their time, Bring It On sounds as if it could have come out to equal acclaim at any point over the past 20 years. It’s a record that thoroughly merits its expanded 20th anniversary edition.

'Bring it On' sounds as if it's been made by kids who’ve been exploring the outer expanses of Spotify, scouring it for unlikely sources, rather than four lads in a Southport garage, and the fella they met at university. Though, in a way, 'Bring It On' is the pre-streaming version of that very process, bringing together all the five members’ tastes, without ever allowing one style to dominate. You can hear their love of so much different music: Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Prince, Talking Heads, Johnny Cash, Portishead, The Chemical Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, jazz and folk and indie and the West Coast and classic rock. Between them, Ian Ball, Ben Ottewell, Tom Gray, Paul Blackburn and Olly Peacock created something that was far more than the sum of its parts.

In 1998, of course, it sounded revolutionary. “Gomez came along at exactly the right moment,” says the DJ Steve Lamacq, who championed the band on his Radio 1 show. “After Britpop had collapsed in on itself, there was a massive hole on the Evening Session, waiting to be filled. But what we found was, people reacting against the commerciality of the Britpop wave and heading off on all sorts of strange tangents. The audience was really receptive to sounds that maybe wouldn’t have fitted in a few years earlier.”

Gomez hadn’t even recorded with the intention of making an album, which is perhaps why it sounds so unforced. The basis of the album was seven tracks recorded on an ancient four-track recorder. The band’s label, Hut, had to use the home recordings – for practical reasons. “They couldn’t recreate those recordings because they’d done them in one of their dad’s garages on the four-track, and just after they’d finished doing the last one the thing broke,” says Hut’s David Boyd. “So we decided it needed a little bit of mixing and embellishment, but not a lot, and they trotted off to Liverpool to do the touch-ups, but to all intents and purposes that was 'Bring It On'.”

In Liverpool, engineer Ken Nelson awaited them, and helped them turn those seven tracks into a whole album. “They’d have an idea and would look to me to make it work,” Nelson says. “Their home-learned skills transferred well to the studio and I believe we learned so much from each other. I’d never worked with a band who were so creative before: it was truly exciting for me.”

The spectacular results had an immediate impact and influence, Chris Martin admired 'Bring It On' so much that Coldplay hired Ken Nelson to produce their first album (he went on to produce three for them). Indeed, without some of Gomez’s freewheeling influence, it's much harder to imagine the British music scene making a comfortable home for the innovating likes of Alt-J, Everything Everything & Field Music, or across the pond where subsequent harmony bands blending indie, antifolk and art rock have thrived.

'Bring It On' went on to win 1998’s Mercury Music Prize, beating Pulp, Massive Attack, Cornershop and The Verve, the judges describing the album as "an intriguing blend of swamp blues, bar-room rock and eerie power".

'Bring It On' remains the album Gomez are best known for in the UK, but it was only the starting point for a spectacular career. The band built audiences internationally, especially in the US and Australia. In the States, in particular, Gomez have become bigger and bigger, with their two most recent albums, 'A New Tide' (2009) and 'Whatever’s on Your Mind' (2011), becoming the highest-charting records of their career.

But 'Bring It On' remains the landmark: The introduction to their singular nature. Hence the deluxe reissue. Hence the anniversary tour in the Spring on which many of the shows – including an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall – sold out in moments. Hence more tour dates being added this August and September. Twenty years later? Once again, bring it on.

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Scott Matthews tour dates September - November 2018

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Tour announcement: Scott Matthews
Tour dates: September - November 2018
Label: Shedio
More info: Artist website

  • New album 'The Great Untold' out now
  • Listen to lead single 'Cinnamon' here.

There's no rest for Scott Matthews. 'After his Spring' tour earlier this year culminated in a sell-out show in Sheffield, the Ivor Novello-winning songwriter has announced new tour dates for this Autumn. Beginning in York and reaching out to places that might normally be left off the map, this 15-date UK tour is a second chance for those that missed Mathews first time around in 2018.

Also, the brilliant Jasmine Rodgers and Ady Johnson have been announced as support for selected shows, details on which can be found, here. The full list of dates announced can be found here.

Scott Matthews’ latest record, 'The Great Untold', deserves to be a career defining one. The sixth studio album by the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter (Best Song Musically & Lyrically for “Elusive”) is a master class in honesty, instinct and reflection. A largely acoustic recording, Matthews’ new record features sparse production after being recorded over a productive winter at home. His ten-song cycle is the sound of a man now entirely comfortable in his own skin, putting his neck on the line with a collection of quietly extraordinary songs.

The ghosts of Paul Simon, Ron Sexsmith, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and John Martyn loom large on a sixth record that revels in its stripped-back nature to show what an exceptionally strong songwriter Matthews really is. The absence of multi-layered instrumentation on The Great Untold, however, should not infer that it lacks depth. The richness in Matthews’ new work comes from the intricacy of his guitar work, influenced by the likes of Bert Jansch and Mark Kozelek, whilst showcasing again an otherworldly singing voice that betrays an everyman inflection and down-to-earth persona.

In many ways, 'The Great Untold' is the start of a new era for Matthews. Since his debut album, Passing Stranger, in 2006, the Wolverhampton-born artist has further refined his craft. Writing deft and sensitive songs during a trajectory that began with the ethereal ‘Elusive’, The Great Untold marks a new beginning on his own terms. The first great arc of his career was completed with his Home duology; a pair of records that reflected on his journey thus far. The Great Untold is the sound of that man moving on. Matthews is recently married, soon-to-experience fatherhood and has new hopes and fears, new stories to tell. “After Home Part 2 was finished, I was looking to move forward by marrying harmony with my experiences since the last record. The plan to write an acoustic record has always been there. And finally the time is right to do that.”

Matthews has tested himself as a songwriter. He started as a soloist and has gone full circle, again ready to fly alone. It opens new possibilities, a different type of challenge. “It takes me out of my comfort zone and has made me test myself. I’ve largely pared it down to guitar and vocals. At the beginning, there was nobody else. It’s time to surprise myself. It’s time to go back to my own world.”

Lyrically, 'The Great Untold' is a work with poetic intent. “It’s a collection of songs that lots of people will hopefully relate to. Naturally, my starting points are from a personal perspective but most times I have to broaden the idea so it's not so insular as a piece of music. It can be a challenge but I'm very proud of where I've ventured to and there's been a lot of soul searching woven into these songs that I hope people will appreciate. When I’m writing, I’m almost hearing voices from The Masters and thinking: ‘Would they approve?’”

The point is to make a connection. “I want to move somebody with the power of moods and music.” It is in the right hands. And that’s an opposite description for The Great Untold. It is a record written by a man at the peak of his powers – 'As The Day Passes', 'Something Real', 'Song To A Wallflower' and the stunning 'Cinnamon' are amongst the finest in his songbook – and by a musician able to channel great beauty in songs that reveal the most human of truths.

"...engagingly thoughtful and classy singer-songwriter" - The Guardian

"John Martyn’s true musical heir" - Folk Radio

"There is a purity to this record; Matthews seems to have returned to his roots" - No Depression

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LIFE new single out 15 June 2018 and UK tour dates

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Single release: 'Grown Up' by LIFE
Release date: 15 June 2018
Tour dates: May-August 2018
More info: Band website

Fresh from a typically raucous and sweaty week in Austin, Texas for SXSW where the band played for DIY, BBC 6Music & Fluffer Pit, LIFE announce their return with the anthemic and frenetic 'Grown Up', their first new material since last year’s breakthrough debut album “Popular Music”.

'Grown Up', the first single to be taken from their forthcoming LP, is a pounding slice of muscular indie-rock that plays with the theme of adulting – the concept of stepping up to your responsibilities and behaving in a mature fashion - and sees the band hone in on a bigger and more focused sound. Hear/share the single here.

Frontman Mez describes the new single:

“Grown Up is about getting to grips with adulthood and wanting to fall in love again. Seeing the decay of human life as it ages in a park with the dying swans. Is there hope between the space on your plate as you fork at your tea? Can you be too grown up for love?”

Described by DIY as “an unhinged depiction of modern day punk”, LIFE’s anti-establishment outlook and witty, off-centre social commentary underscores everything they do. Very much the antithesis of all things London-centric, the band hail instead from the current City Of Culture, Hull, and tackle the new wave of youth and working class discontent with both savvy and style.

Known for a strong community ethic, clever wordplay and energetic performances, ‘Popular Music’ made it onto BBC Radio 1’s best albums of the year list and gained multiple playlist adds on BBC6 Music. LIFE were also picked by the likes of DIY, Metro, So Young and Fred Perry Subculture as their ‘Ones to Watch’ at the start of last year and Steve Lamacq praised the band for being “...weirdly uncompromising and addictive” when placing lead single In Your Hands in his best of the year list.

LIFE were also invited to perform a live session for Huw Stephens at Maida Vale and to play at Radio 1's Big Weekend, where they were the only unsigned act on the line up. Further live credentials include performances at SXSW, Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape, as well as tours with Slaves, Nadine Shah and IDLES alongside significant headline shows of their own.

The band will play the following live dates:

5th May – Live At Leeds
6th May – Stag & Dagger, Glasgow
18th May – Black Lion (2.50pm) The Great Escape, Brighton
19th May – Komedia (2.30pm), The Great Escape, Brighton
20th May – Gold Sound Festival, Leeds
27th May – Bearded Theory
2nd June – Long Division, Wakefield
9th June – 53 Degrees North, Hull
14th June - The Lexington, London (single launch show)
15th June - The Shed, Leicester
16th June - ussex Arms Basement, Tunbridge Wells
17th June - Green Door Store, Brighton
20th July – Tramlines, Sheffield
28th July – Leopallooza
31st August – Electric Fields

'Grown Up' is the vibrant sound of a band who’ve already achieved so much - on their own terms, no less - who are now taking their next big leap forwards. No growing pains here, then.

Press reaction to date

  • “Brilliant” - The Guardian
  • “LIFE combine inescapable energy with unshakeable hooks” - Dork
  • “Whether they’re rallying against the establishment or helping us escape, LIFE’s debut provides comfort and support for us all” - DIY
  • “Singer Mez Green fully justifies his frequent Jarvis (Cocker) comparisons.” - DIY on SXSW

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Touché Amoré announce UK dates for July

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Tour announcement: Touché Amoré
Tour dates: July 2018
More info: Band website

 Los Angeles post hardcore band Touché Amoré announce new UK headline shows ahead of their appearance at 2000 Trees in July. Support on these dates comes from Brighton's Gender Roles:

  • July 10 – Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
  • July 11 – London, UK @ The Dome
  • July 12 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
  • July 13 - Cave Stage, Cheltenham, UK @ 2000 Trees

Formed in Burbank, California, across 2007 and 2008, the band’s urgent sound, with its melodic sonic assault and impassioned vocals, has grown tighter and more refined through a trio of full-length albums and a series of EP’s and releases. Since those early days, lead singer Jeremy Bolm, guitarists Nick Steinhardt and Clayton Stevens, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin have created a trajectory for themselves through hard work and dedication. And with 2016's Stage Four, their fourth and biggest album to date, they cemented their status as one of rock music’s most talented, relatable, and visceral acts.

“I don’t open up to people too much in regular life, but when I’m writing songs, I want to be as open and as honest as possible,” Bolm confesses. Touché albums have always served as an emotional outlet for Bolm. So when the time came to write Stage Four there was no question that it would be about passing of Bolm’s mother in late 2014. Stage Four was recorded in early 2016 in Studio City, CA with producer Brad Wood. Cathartic in delivery, highly sentimental, and sonically triumphant, Stage Four is an emblem of a band both living its dream and marred by loss. And with Stage Four, Touché Amoré unmistakably made the biggest, boldest, and most artistic statement of their career.

Praise for last album 'Stage Four':

“This thing is close to flawless” – Brooklyn Vegan
“A harrowing and unrelenting record, Stage Four is a glowing testament to the post-hardcore band’s melodicism, honesty and unconditional empathy” – Pitchfork – 8.1
“A songwriting maturity now marked by complex and soaring melodies.” – NPR
“Bigger, louder and grander.” – Stereogum - Album Of The Week
“An essential release.” – Metal Hammer
**** - DIY, **** - Upset, 8/10 – Rock Sound, KKKK – Kerrang!, **** - Dork, **** - Total Guitar

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Canshaker Pi announce tour for May 2018

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Tour announcement: Canshaker Pi
Tour dates: May 2018
More info: Band website

Canshaker Pi have released their new video for 'Put A Record Out' which Dork described as 'raucous' and have also announced their 'Naughty Naughty Violence' tour for this May, including a show at The Old Blue Last in addition to their previously announced set at The Great Escape. 

Full May tour dates
04 Skatecafe / Amsterdam (NL)
09 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut / Glasgow (UK)
10 Underground / Newcastle (UK)
11 The Old Blue Last / London (UK)
12 FOCUS Wales / Wrexham (UK)
13 Lending Room / Leeds (UK)
14 Southbank Social Club / York (UK)
15 The Adelphi / Hull (UK)
16 Jimmy’s / Manchester (UK)
18-19 The Great Escape / Brighton (UK)
21 Espace B / Paris (FR)
22 The Message / Troyes (FR)

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The Hold Steady add third London show on 11 March 2018

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Gig announcement: The Hold Steady at The Lexington, London
Gig date: 11 March 2018
More info: Band website

Following the news of their two now sold out shows at London's Electric Ballroom on Fri 9th and Sat 10th March, The Hold Steady have announced a third, very special London live date. On Sunday 11th March the band will host a special Sunday Roast Dinner at The Lexington, before playing the venue that night.   

The Sunday Roast Ticket is an exclusive opportunity to have a very British Sunday Roast with the band before the show. Food choices are organic pork belly, fire roasted free-range chicken or a vegan fruit and nut roast. Due to space these tickets are very limited, making this an amazing intimate opportunity to spend with The Hold Steady. Tickets go on sale HERE on Weds 14th Feb at 9am GMT. Here's a message from Craig:

“In 2007, before we went to tour the UK extensively for the first time, we did a bunch of interviews to promote the tour. We kept getting one question over and over: "Is THS too American to connect outside of the States?” After all, we were promoting a record called “Boys and Girls in America”.  I usually answered by saying that I hoped we were writing songs that used specific details to explain something universal and I hoped people would get that and react to it.

A few weeks later we were in the UK, and it most certainly felt like there was a reaction. It was a whirlwind in the best sense of the word- a very special time for the band that took us to a lot of cool places but none that have given us quite as much love as the UK has. Since then we’ve played a ton of shows over there, made amazing memories, and built friendships that have changed all of us for the better.

Thus, we are so excited to be back to play these shows in London in March, and quite excited to add another intimate performance to the weekend at The Lexington. Funny enough, the Lexington is just down the street from what was often our London home base - the Jury’s Inn on Pentonville Road (now a Doubletree I think). The bar at that hotel has seen THS at our best and worst, but certainly is part of the story. Very happy that the story continues and we are able to spend time and play music for the amazing community of our friends in London. We hope you’ll be a part of it.”
 
 

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Martha Reeves & The Vandellas London show 11 March 2018

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Concert announcement: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Concert date: 11 March 2018
Venue: Village Underground, Shoreditch
More info: Artist website

When looking for the perfect embodiment of the Motown sound and style, few fit the bill as well as Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. It was 1963 when they moved from being Marvin Gaye's original backup singers to stars in their own right with the trifecta of ‘Come and Get These Memories’, ‘Heat Wave’, and ‘Quicksand’. Over the next decade, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas would be a consistent presence on the music charts, as well as on television and top venues across the US and abroad.

In March 2018, they are headed to Village Underground to celebrate 50 years since the release of their hit single ‘Jimmy Mack’ with what promises to be a legendary live performance. The show will have support in the form of Butch Leake, of The Drifters, who themselves have had a myriad of unforgettable hits such as ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’, ‘Under The Boardwalk’, ‘Come On Over To My Place’, ‘On Broadway’, and many more.

Tickets on sale now

With the unmistakable voice that helped define ‘The Sound of Young America’, Reeves reigns as one of music's most beloved and acclaimed artists. Reeves and her Vandellas - her sisters, Lois (who joined the group in 1967) and Delphine (who came aboard in 1980) - have been recognised with the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award as well as a Grammy and induction to the Hall Of Fame for the signature track ‘Dancing In The Street’ which also made Rolling Stone’s ‘Greatest Songs Of All Time’.

Their hits are a thing of legend: In addition to the aforementioned, they include the gospel-tinged ‘Nowhere to Run’, the soul favourite ‘My Baby Loves Me’, the pop anthem ‘Jimmy Mack,’ and the classic ‘My Baby Loves Me’. While best known for up-tempo, foot-tapping, spirit-lifting tunes, Reeves' shows are often highlighted by beautiful renderings of Billie Holiday's ‘God Bless The Child’, her driving original blues ‘Watch Your Back’, and the perennial showstopper, ‘Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things’.

Martha Reeves and The Vandellas’ distinctive, upbeat, and uplifting music brought together pop and soul, white and black, old and young, like never before, and continues to do so to this day.

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Table Scraps on tour with Monster Magnet May/June 2018

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Tour announcement: Table Scraps
Tour dates: May/June 2018
More info: Band website

When Dave Wyndorf of the mighty Monster Magnet gets in touch personally to praise your band and invite you on a 14 date European tour - you know you've got to grab the bull by the horns and go for it!

Table Scraps will be travelling across Europe with the legends this May into June with stops in Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and back to the UK for two shows in Manchester and Glasgow. Tickets available here

To turn away from a record deal with a large label in your teens takes guts - especially when the fight for opportunities of that kind are so far and few between for rising bands. But when you feel like you're being kept out of the loop of your own life and one two many false promises are made, something has to change. Drummer Poppy Twist of Poppy & The Jezebels (Mute) made her choice and hasn't glanced back since. Forming the Midlands three-piece, Table Scraps, was a natural antidote and as with anything that comes with a DIY-sense of raw honesty, has had huge levels of support. Joining forces with two souls in possession of similar stories, TJ on bass and Scott Vincent Abbott on guitar, the band have become a storming unit of energy and defiance.

Their gripping new album 'Autonomy' is set for release on February 23rd 2018. The new single 'Sick Of Me' taken from it premiered at DIY and has since been spun by the likes of Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, and more on BBC 6 Music. Previous support has been found at Radio 1, Radio X, and from Idles' Joe Talbot, who recently declared on stage at a Birmingham gig, "if you don’t know Table Scraps, you’re a fucking idiot!".

Live, the trio have more than held their own alongside the likes of Fat White Family, Black Lips, and Yak, as well as being hand-picked to open for bands such as The Buzzcocks and The Gories. Table Scraps have also announced a handful of dates in the UK in February and March this year with stops in Sheffield, Bournemouth, Bristol, London, Brighton, and an album launch show in their hometown of Birmingham.

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Joan Baez 2018 tour and new album out 2 March 2018

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Album release: 'Whistle Down The Wind' by Joan Baez
Release date: 2 March 2018
Label: Proper records
More info: Artist website

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album 'Whistle Down The Wind' (Proper Records) on March 2 2018. Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, 'Whistle Down The Wind' gathers material by some of Baez’s favourite composers. Pre-order the album here.

In conjunction with the new album, Joan will undertake an extensive 2018 world tour, including UK and ROI dates in March and May. Speaking of the tour, which will begin on March 2 in Stockholm, Baez says “While 2018 will be my last year of formal extended touring, I’m looking forward to being on the road with a beautiful new album about which I am truly proud.  I welcome the opportunity to share this new music as well as longtime favourites with my audiences around the world.”

Joan last performed in the UK in 2014 when she sold out 4 nights at London’s Royal Festival Hall, following a sold out 21 date tour in 2012. Watch Joan Baez performing Diamonds and Rust.

'Whistle Down The Wind' is Joan’s first new studio album in a decade, since 2008’s critically acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated 'Day After Tomorrow', which was produced by Steve Earle.  Its release ignited an extraordinary decade of achievement by Joan, including: the PBS 'American Masters' series premiere of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound (2009), which underscored the 50th anniver­sa­ry of Joan’s debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.  Joan’s seminal debut album of 1960 was honoured by the National Academy of Record­ing Arts & Sciences in 2011, which inducted it into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame; and subsequently by the Library of Congress in 2015, which selected it to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. That same year, Amnesty International bestowed its highest honour on Joan, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights and she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2017.

Record-breaking years of touring in the recent past included Joan’s first tours in three decades in both Australia (2013) and South America (2014).  Joan’s 75th birthday was celebrated at New York’s Beacon Theatre in January 2016, where she was joined by Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and a host of others. 

Joan’s first solo exhibition of paintings was presented in Mill Valley, CA in 2018.  The collec­tion celebrated 'Mischief Makers' – portraits of risk-taking visionaries who have brought about social change through non-violent action.  The entire exhibit was subsequently purchased by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and donated to Sonoma State University, where it will eventually be displayed at an envisioned new social justice learning centre on campus.

Joan Baez remains a musical force of nature of incalculable influence.  She marched on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organised resistance to the Vietnam War, inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war, and stood with old friend Nelson Mandela in London’s Hyde Park as the world celebrated his 90th birthday. Joan’s earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963.  Thus began a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues on 'Whistle Down The Wind', and which will reverberate long into the future across Joan’s lifetime of recordings.
 
 

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Camel announce UK tour dates for September 2018

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Tour announcement: Camel
Tour dates: September 2018
More info: Band website 

Performing the whole of their 1976 classic album 'Moonmadness' plus other classic tracks.  
Tickets on sale Friday 1st December at 10am. 

Following the recent announcement that legendary prog-rock band Camel will bring their acclaimed live show to London’s Royal Albert Hall in September 2018, the band are happy to reveal that this will be preceded by an extensive run of UK tour dates. 

During what will be a very special run of shows – performed by Andrew Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals), Colin Bass (bass guitar, vocals), Denis Clement (drums), Peter Jones (keyboards, vocals) – the band will be playing the entirety of their 1976 album 'Moonmadness' plus plenty of other classic tracks.

Upon release 'Moonmadness' left its mark on the UK Top 20 albums chart, going on to become certified silver. In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album was included in its list of the best '40 Cosmic Rock Albums' and voted no. 58 in the Top 100 Prog Albums of All Time by readers of 'Prog' magazine in 2014. 
 
The full run of UK dates is as follows:
 
Fri 07 Sep 2018 Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK [buy tickets] 
Sat 08 Sep 2018 Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle, UK [buy tickets] 
Sun 09 Sep 2018 The Assembly, Leamington, UK [buy tickets] 
Mon 10 Sep 2018 Friars Aylesbury at The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, UK [buy tickets] 
Wed 12 Sep 2018 O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK [buy tickets] 
Thu 13 Sep 2018 Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK [buy tickets] 
Fri 14 Sep 2018 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham, UK [buy tickets] 
Mon 17 Sep 2018  Royal Albert Hall, London, UK [buy tickets] 
 
Listen to 'Moonmadness' on Spotify here

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The Young'uns announce tour for October 2017

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Tour announcement: The Young'uns
Tour dates: October 2017
More info: Band website

The Young'uns today share the video for 'Be The Man', a track from their acclaimed new album 'Strangers', out now on Hereteu Records. 'Be the Man' was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, who founded the Naz and Matt Foundation to tackle religious and cultural homophobia following the tragic death of his fiancé. Watch the video in full here.

The Young’uns Strangers album tour – October 2017

4  LANCASTER Dukes Theatre
5  SHEFFIELD City Hall (Memorial Hall)
6  GLASGOW Oran Mor
7  SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn
8  OXFORD The North Wall Arts Centre
9  COLCHESTER Arts Centre
10 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex
11 BRISTOL Colston Hall Lantern
12 LONDON Union Chapel
13 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre
14 LINCOLN Drill Hall
15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club
17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog
18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson
19 LEEDS City Varieties
20 MANCHESTER Home - Folk Festival
21 BIRMINGHAM Mac
22 CANTERBURY Cathedral Lodge
24 DUBLIN The Sugar Club
27 GATESHEAD Sage 1

Press reaction to date

"Exceptional songwriting - an album to match their formidable live reputation" - Mojo

"Joyous folk music sung with stirring urgency - and when the humour crackles these songs skyrocket" - The Guardian

"Hugely captivating - a brilliant folk act" - Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music

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Son Little on tour December 2017

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Tour announcement: Son Little
Tour dates: December 2017
More info: Artist website

Son Little has just announced an exciting UK and Euro 'New Magic Tour'. After the release of the brilliant 'New Magic' album via Anti- he will be hitting the road this December to perform across the UK and Europe. The tour begins in Manchester and includes a date at London's Omeara from which he will then be travelling on to dates in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and more.

The New York Times described Son Little’s singing as "a voice so careworn it’s almost otherworldly” while Culturefly called the Grammy Winning singer-songwriter and producer, “an Otis Redding for the 21st Century.” Son Little’s anticipated full length album New Magic has finally arrived in stores. 

UK tickets available here

DEC 3 SUN: Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK
DEC 4 MON: Hare & Hounds Birmingham, UK
DEC 5 TUE: Omeara London, UK
DEC 7 THU: Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld Cologne, Germany
DEC 8 FRI: BiNuu Berlin, Germany
DEC 9 SAT: Indra Club Hamburg, Germany
DEC 11 MON: Maroquinerie Lafayett Paris, France
DEC 14 THU: Botanique Wiltoofbar Brussels, Belgium
DEC 15 FRI: Bitterzoetstraat Amsterdam, Netherlands

Listen to his new single 'O Me O My' now via Soundcloud

Each of the tracks on New Magic’s draw from the diaspora of American blues and soul that includes not only modern R&B, but also rock & roll and hip-hop and transforms them into a singular sound that is propelled by his mesmerizing and soulful vocals and production that artfully balances between rustic immediacy and hip hop cut-and-paste. 

Son Little first came to the public’s attention through his collaborations with The Roots and RJD2, and has since toured worldwide with artists as diverse as Mumford & Sons, and Kelis, Shakey Graves and Leon Bridges.  In addition he won a Grammy for his work producing Mavis Staples.

Press reaction to date

“Superb follow-up to 2015’s eponymous debut by former Mavis Staples producer” – Mojo
“Swoonworthy” - No Depression
“Son Little is a genre-spanning virtuoso and a singular talent” - Mass Appeal
"Son Little does for the blues what Sharon Jones did for soul music. Like Jones, he can make old sounds like new by animating them with his own distinct and necessarily contemporary voice." - Paste

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Indigo Girls to tour the UK July 2017

Tour announcement: Indigo Girls to tour the UK
Tour dates: July 2017
More info / tickets: Band website

Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s. They are now proud to announce they will be touring the UK this July including dates in Manchester, Bristol, and London as well as a main stage slot at the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival on the 28th of July. 

After signing to Epic Records in 1988, the Indigo Girls released their critically acclaimed eponymous album to thunderous praise; it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 35 weeks, earned double platinum status, received a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” and won “Best Contemporary Folk Recording.”  They were overnight folk icons who continued to live up to the high standards they’d set for themselves: they’ve since released 14 albums (3 platinum and 3 gold), received six Grammy nominations and have won one. Indigo Girls have toured with innumerable star acts including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, R.E.M., Sarah MacLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Jewel and Mary Chapin Carpenter. 

The duo has balanced their long, successful musical career by supporting numerous social causes – the Indigo Girls don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk.  Having established an intensely dedicated fan base, the duo continues to remain relevant and attract new fans. With their latest release, 'Beauty Queen Sister', released on IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard Records, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have secured their spot as one of the most legendary musical acts of this generation. 

In 2015 Indigo Girls released their 14th studio album, 'One Lost Day', produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin and mixed by Brian Joseph. 

Press reaction to date

“The Indigo Girls operate as powerfully as at any time in their career, on a set of uncommonly strong songs performed with the kind of typically understated Nashville polish that affords their signature harmonies the full spotlight.” – The Independent (UK) 

“Along with Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rank at the very top of all-time great duos.” – The Boston Herald

‘Their voices soar and swoop as one, alternately raucous and soothing. When they sing together, they radiate a sense of shared purpose that adds muscle to their lanky, deeply felt songs.' - Rolling Stone
 

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Happyness new album 'Write In' due 7 April 2017

Album release: 'Write In' by Happyness
Release date: 7 April 2017
Label: Moshi Moshi Recordings
More info: Band website

When Happyness first burst into the public conscience with 2013’s debut single 'It’s On You', their spirited take on US college rock was as big a surprise as it was an instant hit. The resulting full length, Weird Little Birthday, went on to feature in many of 2014’s End of Year album lists. Worldwide tours, an NME Award, a re-issue on the much-loved labels Moshi Moshi Recordings (Bar/None in US), and millions of Spotify plays later, it is with some anticipation now that the band finally reveal the full details of the follow-up. 

Titled 'Write In', released on April 7th through Moshi Moshi Recordings (Bar/None in US) and featuring artwork from the band’s own Jon EE Allan, the record was made in the band’s own studio above a now-abandoned bookshop, then finished and mixed with Adam Lasus at his LA home studio. “Write In” sets its stall out as an outward looking, inventive, and thoughtful progression from their debut. Drawing on an array of influences including Roxy Music, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Sonic Youth, Big Star and Pierre Cavalli, the direction is best summed up by Jon EE Allan; “I’d like to think this record looks outside the little American alt-rock sphere we were looking in on. I think we used to be very afraid of being earnest. And now we’re able to be tender or heartfelt without feeling too guilty about it. This record cost us about £500 to make, and that was mainly spent on an 8 track tape recorder and a dehumidifier. We self-produced it in our studio [the affectionately named 'Jelly Boy Studios', where the band also recorded their debut, 'Weird Little Birthday']. The building's being redeveloped at the end of the year, so this is the last record we'll make there, which feels like the end of a chapter for us.” 

Ahead of the album release, new single 'Falling Down' now has an official video, a disorientating and retro 7-minute spectacle, as guitarist Benji Compston explains; “A friend of ours manages a cinema (shoutout Nyla!) and she gets free use of it every Monday night when the public have left. We showed up at midnight with an old TV and some musical equipment and a vague plan to shoot a Spiegel Im Spiegel effect with the cinema screens. Special credit should probably also go to the coffee machine.” Watch the video for Falling Down here.

Having already announced their biggest London show to date for April 28th, Happyness will also embark on a full UK & Ireland tour in April with tickets on sale from Friday 13th January 2017. Benji comments; “The April tour's our first UK headline tour for a while now, and for the first time we'll have two albums to play from so we're looking forward to it a lot. We've got a lot of expensive ideas for stage props that we probably won't be able to realise by April.”

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Happyness to tour ahead of recording new album

 

Tour announcement: Happyness with The Dandy Warhols
Tour dates: May 2006
More info: Band website

This May, Happyness take a break from writing new material in advance of recording their highly anticipated second album for Moshi Moshi/PIAS (and follow-up to the acclaimed 2014 debut Weird Little Birthday) as The Dandy Warhols take them out on tour across the EU and UK.

Not only that, the band return with their first taste of new music in 2016, in the shape of new song SB’s Truck. In their own words, the track “has something to do with [the late, famed, 80s wrestler and actor] André The Giant as a teenager having to be taken to school in Samuel Beckett's truck because he couldn't fit in his dad's car.” 

> Listen to SB's Truck here

As for touring with The Dandy Warhols, Happyness say; "We’re bringing a friend of ours along to play some of the parts that we can’t play with just three people. We’ll be playing a few songs from the first record that we haven’t been able to play before, and some of the same songs a little different to how people have heard them, and some new ones. So we’re going backwards and forwards in time, and we're excited to do it. And our friend's name is Paul. And thanks to The Dandy Warhols for having us on tour with them!" 

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Bellowhead – Final tour dates and CD/DVD release

Album release: 'Live - The Final Tour' by Bellowhead
Release date: 8 April 2016
Label: Navigator Records
More info: Band website

Bellowhead’s final set of live dates will be accompanied by the release of a CD / DVD release, ‘Bellowhead Live : The Farewell Tour’ on 8th April 2016 (Navigator Records). This deluxe 2 cd+DVD compilation features 52 tracks recorded during the band’s November 2015 tour, along with a 24 page booklet. 
 
Most dates on this last tour - which being on 13th April and finish on 1st May  2016 - were sold out soon after being announced last year, but a few extras are being released along the way and if you’re quick, there is still a chance to see one of the great live bands of the past decade. And you don’t have to take our word for it... 

Press reaction to date

"The greatest live act in Britain" - Simon Mayo / BBC Radio 2
"One of the best live bands in UK today, or anywhere" - Jeremy Vine / BBC Radio 2
“The biggest, rowdiest and quite possibly, best thing to have happened to English folk..” - Q
“Best live band we have. No contest” – fRoots
 

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