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Tom Robinson to perform Power In The Darkness at London show (2018)

Tom Robinson

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Robinson will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his classic album, Power In The Darkness, with a live London show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, February 23.

The Tom Robinson Band’s debut album, Power In The Darkness, was first performed 40 years ago in Victoria Park, London in front of 80,000 people at Rock Against Racism’s Carnival Against The Nazis alongside Steel Pulse, The Clash and X-Ray Spex.

The album was certified gold in the UK and Japan resulting in a major 28-date UK tour supported by Stiff Little Fingers in the Autumn of 1978.

When Tom performed the entire Power In The Darkness LP at London’s 100 Club last year, all three shows sold out almost instantly.

In October, to mark the album’s 40th anniversary, Tom will once again be performing it live on tour in the UK – culminating in a special headline show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday October, 27.

As ever his incendiary band features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips, keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons and Tom himself on bass and vocals.

Bjorn Again to perform Abba's greatest hits on 30th anniversary UK tour (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the huge 30th Anniversary of BJÖRN AGAIN, Australian Director and Musician Rod Stephen will be taking the internationally acclaimed show on tour throughout the UK and Ireland in November/December 2018.

The show was created and founded in 1988 in Melbourne by Rod Stephen. Designed as a rocked-up light-hearted satirical ABBA spoof, the show rapidly achieved worldwide Cult status and acknowledged for singlehandedly initiating the ABBA revival which brought about ABBA Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and MAMMA MIA!

Acknowledged by ABBA’s blonde vocalist Agnetha Fältskog, the ultimate aim, as always for Rod, is to keep his brand at the top and continue for as long as people want to hear the much-loved ABBA repertoire performed the way only the BJÖRN AGAIN show does.

Speaking on the tour, Rod Stephen said: “We are really looking forward to this 30th Anniversary tour. Come and join us for loads of great songs combined with tons of fun and antics.”

Performing all of the greatest hits from the past 30 years, this promises to be one of the biggest parties of 2018!

The UK dates are (all November and December 2018)

November
23 – Dublin Olympia
24 – Belfast Limelight
30 – Brighton Centre

December
1 – Birmingham O2 Academy
2 – Oxford O2 Academy
4 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
5 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
6 – Norwich UEA
7 – Leicester O2 Academy
8 – Newcastle O2 Academy
11 – Liverpool O2 Academy
12 – Glasgow O2 ABC
13 – Sheffield O2 Academy
14 – Leeds O2 Academy
15 – Manchester Academy
18 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
19 – Bristol O2 Academy
20 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday, February 23.

The Chemical Brothers announce huge night at Alexandra Palace (2018)

The Chemical Brothers

Story by Jack Foley

FOR the very first time The Chemical Brothers will be bringing their full live show to the iconic London Alexandra Palace this October.

For the past 20 years, The Chemical Brothers have redefined the idea of live electronic music.

In that time, their live show has evolved from humble beginnings in dank London nightclubs into one of the most in demand headline sets in the world. This new London date follows major summer festival appearances across Europe.

The Ally Pally gig takes place on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday, February 23 at 9am from all the usual outlets.

Katherine Jenkins, Jools Holland and UB40 to headline new A Boundless Summer festival

Story by Jack Foley

KATHERINE Jenkins OBE, Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis, UB40 (plus support ASWAD) and The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonnino Baliardo have all been confirmed to headline inaugural summer festival, A Boundless Summer.

Set to become a highlight of the UK festival calendar, with tickets starting at just £30 (booking fees apply), the festival will take place in the grounds of Borde Hill Garden, Hayward’s Heath on July 7 and 8, 2018, and Bowood House, Wiltshire on July 21 and 22.

UB40 (plus support ASWAD) and The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonnino Baliardo will take to the stage at Borde Hill Garden on July 7 and 8 respectively.

Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis, with special guest Chris Difford and guest vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall & Rosie Mae will take to the stage on July 21 at Bowood house, and the weekend will close with Boundless Summer Proms with Katherine Jenkins with The National Symphony Orchestra and special guest John Owen-Jones and conductor Anthony Inglis.

Bringing world-class acts to spectacular historical settings, A Boundless Summer is sure to give attendees a memorable and unique experience.

Guests making their way to Borde Hill Garden will be treated to a concert in front of the lakes within the beautiful parkland setting with the backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House, whilst at Bowood House; guests will be surrounded by a two-thousand-acre oasis of beautiful rolling landscape, set next to a large lake.

There will be a good quality range of catering and refreshments available to purchase on-site, and guests are able to pre-order a picnic hamper for collection on the evening of the show.

Carl Fillery, CEO of Boundless, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our first ever summer festival, A Boundless Summer, at Borde Hill Garden and Bowood House. The range of world-class acts on offer means there really is something for everybody.

“We’re a club dedicated to helping people get the most from their free time, so we’re delighted to be able to offer members of the public a chance to experience a Boundless event.”

Tickets for A Boundless Summer go on sale on Friday, February 23 at 9am, and can be purchased here

HAIM announce UK leg to Sister Sister Sister tour (2018)

Haim

Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING their win for Best International Band at Wednesday’s NME Awards and nomination for Best International Group at next week’s BRITs, Los Angeles trio HAIM are set to return to Europe for a highly anticipated run of headline dates this summer, bringing their Sister Sister Sister tour to these shores for Part 2.

The UK and Ireland leg will kick off at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on June 10, 2018, before finishing up at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace on Friday, June 15.

Tickets will go on sale from February 23 with a pre-sale from February 21.

The tour follows the band’s surprise Electric Ballroom date and triumphant sets at Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury festival last year.

Ahead of their UK run the Californian sisters – Danielle, Este and Alana – will perform across North America on the 21-date US leg of their tour, including a prestigious slot at this year’s Coachella festival on Saturday, April 14 and April 21.

Their UK/EU tour will be bookended by appearances at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound on Friday June, 1, following their surprise late night appearance at the festival last year, and Lisbon’s Rock in Rio on June 23.

HAIM’s critically acclaimed NO.2 UK and Top 10 US sophomore album, Something To Tell You, is out now on Polydor Records.

HAIM’s UK dates are as follows (all June 2018)

10 – Glasgow O2 Academy
11 – Manchester O2 Apollo
12 – Dublin Olympia
15 – London, Alexandra Palace

NME Awards 2018: J-Hus takes Best Album as Alt-J crowned Best British Band

J-Hus, Common Sense

Story by Jack Foley

UK hip hop star J-Hus has triumphed at the NME Awards 2018 by scooping Best Album in this year’s honours.

The rapper, whose album Common Sense was also nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2017, took the coveted award in what proved to be a good year for hip hop and grime in general.

Grime pioneer Wiley took the award for Best Book, for his Eskiboy memoirs, while Loyle Carner was honoured as Best British Solo Artist.

Of the other main winners on the night, Alt-J were crowned Best British Band, while Kasabian took the award for Best Live Artist.

Charli XCX’s Boys was named best track, while Stefflon Don was named best new artist.

All-girl band Haim were crowned best international band, while Lorde took best international solo artist.

The winners in full

Best British Band
Alt-J

Best British Solo Artist
Loyle Carner

Best New Artist
Stefflon Don

Best Live Artist
Kasabian

Best Track
Charli XCX, Boys

Best International Band
Haim

Best Mixtape
Avelino, No Bullshit

Best Album
J Hus, Common Sense

Best Collaboration
Craig David and Bastille, I Know You

Best Festival
Glastonbury

Best Film
Baby Driver

Best Music Video
The Big Moon, Sucker

Under The Radar Award
Pale Waves

Best Festival Headliner
Muse

Best International Solo Artist
Lorde

NME Icon
Shirley Manson

NME Innovation Award
Boy Better Know

Godlike Genius
Liam Gallagher

Best Book
Wiley, Eskiboy

Best TV Show
Stranger Things 2

Best Reissue
Radiohead, OK Not OK

Best Small Festival
Festival Number 6

Music Moment of The Year
One Love Manchester

Best Music Film
Gaga: Five Foot Two

Hero of the year
Ariana Grande

Villain of the year
Piers Morgan

Kylie Minogue announces intimate UK club shows (2018)

Kylie Minogue

Story by Jack Foley

KYLIE Minogue has announced a series of intimate club shows in the UK and Europe for later this year.

The singer will perform dates in London and Manchester in March, followed by dates in Barcelona, Paris and Berlin.

To be in with a chance of getting tickets, fans pre-ordering Kylie’s upcoming album Golden will receive pre-sale codes and an access link. If fans receive a unique code, they’ll be in with a chance of buying tickets from 10am on Thursday, February 15.

Kylie commented: “I’m so excited to perform songs from my new album Golden in these iconic European clubs. Each of these venues is very special and – just as I found making the new album in Nashville to be so energizing – these shows will be new, intimate and fun. I just can’t wait to bring these new songs to life and of course, throw in a few surprises for my fans.”

The full list of dates are (all March 2018)

13 – Café De Paris, London
14 – Gorilla, Manchester
16 – Bikini Club, Barcelona, Spain
18 – Café de la Danse, Paris, France
20 – Berghain, Berlin, Germany

Alanis Morissette announces intimate London show (2018)

Alanis Morissette

Story by Jack Foley

ALANIS Morissette has announced an intimate headline show at London Eventim Apollo this July.

The Jagged Little Pill singer will perform at the London venue on July 7 as part of the short run of dates across the UK and Ireland.

The singer has released five albums since Jagged Little Pill set her on the way to global stardom, with a new collection of songs expected in 2018.

Tickets for the shows go on sale at 10am on Friday, February 16.

The tour dates are (all July 2018)

4 – Cork, Live At The Marquee
5 – Dublin, Iveagh Gardens
7 – London, Eventim Apollo

Jorja Smith announces UK tour (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

JORJA Smith has unveiled a series of UK tour dates for October 2018.

The songstress, who recently won the 2018 Brits Critics’ Choice award, will play headline shows across Norwich, Bristol, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, and concluding with London’s O2 Brixton Academy – her biggest tour to date.

The tour follows her sold out UK tour this month, which will finish next week with two headline shows at London’s prestigious 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

To date, the songstress has received glowing live reviews across the board, cementing her as one of the most exciting artists to see live this year.

Jorja’s new single, Let Me Down, kick-started the New Year for the young vocalist. The frank and honest track also features an emotion-filled rap from British MC Stormzy, whose critically acclaimed album, Gang Signs & Prayer, hit the number one spot last year and went on to sell over 290,000 copies.

Having been tipped for success in 2017 by a plethora of publications including The Fader, i-D Magazine, Complex, The Guardian, and more, Jorja Smith went on to feature in the BBC Sound of 2017 poll, and completed her first US headline tour.

Jorja, who also recently supported mega-star Bruno Mars on the US leg of his world tour, has previously shared collaborations with global lyricist Drake (More Life) and Colombian songstress Kali Uchis (Tyrant).

The tour dates are (all October 2018)

4 – Norwich UEA
5 – Bristol O2 Academy
7 – Newcastle O2 Academy 1
8 – Glasgow O2 Academy
10 – Manchester Albert Hall
13 – Birmingham O2 Academy 1
14 – Nottingham Rock City
17 – London O2 Brixton Academy

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 16.

Michael Bolton announces first UK tour in over two years (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

GRAMMY Award winning Michael Bolton will return to the UK for the first time in over two years to perform his greatest hits and a selection of classic songs.

Bolton is the multiple award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, who has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and branded entertainment.

He also remains committed to social cause, especially to his foundation The Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 25th year.

Michael is currently completing a feature documentary film, American Dream: Detroit, which pays homage to the Motorcity and is set for release later this year.

Michael’s new dates follow two sold out tours across the UK and also two hit albums, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville USA and Songs of Cinema.

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, February 16 at 10am.

The tour dates are (all October and November 2018)

October
13 – Halifax Victoria Theatre
15 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
17 – Glasgow SEC Armadillo
19 – Blackpool Opera House
21 – Newcastle City Hall
23 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
25 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
27 – Bournemouth Int. Centre
29 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
31 – Sheffield City Hall

November
2 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
4 – London Royal Albert Hall