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Dashboard Confessional announce UK tour for November 2018

Dashboard Confessional

Story by Jack Foley

DASHBOARD Confessional have announced they will be returning to the UK for a full UK tour this November.

Starting in Dublin on November 7, 2018, the band will play 11 dates all over the country, before concluding the tour with a special show at London’s Koko on November 19.

Tickets will go on sale at 10am on June 22 and will be available here. Full tour dates below.

The band released their new album, Crooked Shadows, in February and this tour marks the first time fans in the UK will get the chance to hear the new tracks live.

Produced by Chris Carrabba with co-producer Colin Brittain, Crooked Shadows was the result of a near decade-long period of immense self-examination for Carrabba.

The album explored Carraba’s reclamation of the simple yet extraordinary moments in life that long stood as the unsung heroes of his songwriting, as he reflects on experiences of his own and those closest to him.

The result is a deeply cathartic body of work that traverses the complications and vulnerabilities of relationships while scrutinizing the possibility of self-improvement.

Dashboard Confessional’s UK tour dates are as follows (all November 2018)

6 – Dublin Academy
7 – Tramshead, Cardiff
8 – SWX, Bristol
9 – Pyramids, Portsmouth
11 – Digbeth Mill, Birmingham
12 – O2 ABC, Glasgow
14 – Riverside, Newcastle
15 – Academy 2, Manchester
16 – Becket Uni, Leeds
18 – Rock City, Nottingham
19 – Koko, London

Moonchild announce European tour (2018)


Story by Jack Foley

AFTER the success of their first European tour last Autumn, which included a sold out headline show at the Jazz Café and a captivating performance for Boiler Room, L.A-based trio Moonchild will return this summer on a whirlwind tour across six European countries.

Winning Jazz FM’s ‘Soul Act Of The Year’ award earlier this year, and surpassing 20 million streams on Spotify, the band have been making waves across the soul scene worldwide.

Moonchild’s performances will feature music from their third album Voyager, which combines their trademark style of soul and new-school jazz and has picked up praise and support from radio stations like BBC 1Xtra, BBC 6Music, Jazz FM and KCRW; a video premiere for the cinematic Cure from The Fader, and nearly 2-million video hits for The List.

Tipped as some of the soul scene’s brightest stars, Moonchild promise to stun audiences with their tender, heartfelt jazz and neo-soul enchantments.

Moonchild’s European dates are as follows (all July 2018)

1 – Love Supreme, Glynde
2 – Club Academy, Manchester
3 – King Tuts, Glasgow
4 – Thekla, Bristol
6 – KOKO, London
8 – Ghent Jazz Festival, Ghent, Belgium
13 – North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Holland
16 – Smolna (Patio Show), Warsaw, Poland
18 – Grelle Forelle, Vienna, Austria
20 – Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland

Andrea Bocelli announces new album, Si

Andrea Bocelli, Si

Story by Jack Foley

FRESH from winning his Classic BRIT ‘Icon’ Award and making a surprise appearance alongside Ed Sheeran at London’s Wembley Stadium last week, global superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli has announced his new album, – his first recording of all-new material in 14 years, to be released on Decca/Sugar on October 26, 2018.

The first single If Only has already been unveiled.

Bocelli’s humble manner belies his international status as one of the world’s biggest classical stars – he’s sung for Popes, Presidents and royalty, performed in many of the greatest concert halls and opera houses, and sold 80 million records.

Yet his new album sees him return to his roots, with an intimate collection of songs that celebrate love, faith and family. It was recorded at his home in Italy and was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed).

Says Bocelli: “I wanted to go back to my memories of being a young man, playing at a piano bar. Obviously since then, I’ve produced lots of albums, sung lots of covers, performed many other things. But at a certain point I said to myself: ‘Maybe the time has come to put my effort into finding new songs.’ Like starting all over again, as it were, in my career.”

A true international artist, Bocelli recorded his first track from the album in three languages. If Only was co-written by Francesco Sartori and the late Lucio Quarantotto – who helped pen one of Bocelli’s biggest hits, Con Te Partirò (Time To Say Goodbye), which was released over 20 years ago and has become one of the best-selling singles of all time.

The album also includes personal tributes to his family and reflects his spirituality.

Bocelli was born with a gift for music and has gone on to become one of the most renowned singers – performing at major international events including the Olympic Games and the World Cup, as well as his own sell-out arena shows. He has a Golden Globe, 7 Classical BRITs and 7 World Music Awards under his belt, plus a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Drawing millions in with his popular crossover appeal, Bocelli has collaborated with a host of A-list pop stars including Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Lopez, LeAnn Rimes, Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, and many more. He also wowed UK football fans with a performance for Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League-winning Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in 2016.

Bocelli will be back on the road later this year, touring worldwide with major US shows including New York, Las Vegas and LA’s Hollywood Bowl. There will also be concerts in Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Canada, Ireland and the UK where fans will have the opportunity to hear Bocelli’s new music.

is being billed as an album about heart and soul, positivity and family, melody and magic. And for that reason, Bocelli chose the strong, simple title.

“In this historical period we are going through right now, we too often say no,” he explained further. “But ‘yes’ is the word you say when you have your first kiss, when you agree with somebody, when want to make someone feel good. is the word you say every time things will end well. For a thousand and one reasons, sì is the expression of a positive, powerful, human word and feeling and emotion.”

And so, in his 60th birthday year, Bocelli is proud to return to where it all began. His uplifting new album is designed to give us a window into the world of this extraordinary singer and global icon.

Smashing Pumpkins announce London date for Shiny And Oh So Bright Arena Tour (2018)

Smashing Pumpkins

Story by Jack Foley

GRAMMY® Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock luminaries The Smashing Pumpkins have dropped Solara, the first recording in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin and longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist, Jeff Schroeder.

Recorded in Malibu, CA at Shangri La Studios with producer Rick Rubin, Solara is available now to stream and download on all digital music platforms.

This year, The Smashing Pumpkins will also embark on the Shiny And Oh So Bright Arena Tour, including a new UK date in London at The SSE Arena, Wembley on October 16, 2018.

The tour is the band’s first in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Corgan, Chamberlin, and Iha.

Long-time Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates, and keyboardist Katie Cole will also take part, as the band moves to a three guitar lineup to better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.

The Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour hits North American arenas on July 12, 2018 before heading its way to the UK this autumn. On August 2, the band will also perform a special 30th anniversary show at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.

Tickets for The Smashing Pumpkins London UK show go on sale on Friday, June 22 at 9am.

JET announce Get Born 15th anniversary UK dates (2018)


Story by Jack Foley

IT’S been 15 years since the now famous hooks and riffs of JET’s debut album Get Born were unleashed on the world, and in celebration the band will be heading to the UK in July on the JET Get Re-Born tour.

The band have just completed an Australian run performing better than ever to rave reviews.

Commenting on the tour dates, the band said: “We’re really excited to play Get Born in full for the first time ever.

“The idea of playing this album and celebrating 15 years since began our journey is something that’s very special to us, and we can’t wait to get out there and see old friends again, and meet plenty of new ones as well.”

Melbourne based JET – drummer Chris Cester, frontman Nic Cester, guitarist Cameron Muncey and bassist Mark Wilson – formed in 2001 and self-released their first EP, the vinyl only Dirty Sweet in 2002.

Get Born was released after their label deal with Elektra and was followed by the albums Shine On in 2006 and Shaka Rock in 2009. After riding a wide of international success, JET disbanded in 2012 before re-forming in early 2017.

To coincide with the tour, JET have announced the release of Get Born: Live At The Forum album, which is available here

JET’s UK tour dates are (all July 2018)

16 – 02 Ritz, Manchester
17 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
19 – The Academy, Dublin
20 – Limelight, Belfast

Cypress Hill announce Elephants on Acid UK tour (2018)

Cypress Hill

Story by Jack Foley

MULTI-platinum hip-hop group Cypress Hill have announced a major UK tour this winter, their first in over two years.

Across nine albums that have sold over 20 million copies worldwide, Cypress Hill redefined and shattered the boundaries of hip-hop, crafting gutter-dirty tracks that fused deep bass lines with blissful, stoned-out melodies and aggressive hard rock riffs.

Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album came out in 1991 and sold over 2 million copies. They followed that with the release of the triple platinum album Black Sunday, which saw the group crossing-over to mainstream with their mega-hit Insane in the Brain.

Being the first Latino-American hip-hop group to have RIAA Certified platinum and multi-platinum albums Cypress Hill is widely respected as one of the most important groups in Hip Hop history.

2016 marked the group’s 25th anniversary and saw them release a limited edition of their ground-breaking debut album. Cypress Hill have also been in the studio and have plans to release music soon.

Now joined by DJ Mix Master Mike, Cypress Hill hit the UK following major festival appearances across the US.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, June 15.

Cypress Hill’s UK tour dates are as follows (all November and December 2018)

30 – Manchester Academy

1 – Leeds O2 Academy
3 – Glasgow Barrowland
4 – Birmingham O2 Academy
5 – London O2 Academy Brixton

Ben Howard announces Noonday Dream UK tour (2018/19)

Ben Howard

Story by Jack Foley

BEN Howard has announced details of a winter headline tour.

Six new dates will go on sale on Friday, June 15 via Ben’s website

The shows take in arenas at Glasgow and Cardiff and two nights at the O2 Apollo, Manchester in December, and conclude with two nights at London O2 Academy Brixton in January 2019.

Later this week, Ben follows the release of his critically-acclaimed top 4, third album, Noonday Dream, by taking it out live across the UK for his first headline shows on British shores since April 2015. All dates are long since sold out. The tour then carries on to Australia, Japan, Canada & the US.

Recorded in numerous studios between South West France and South West England (including the legendary Sawmills) Noonday Dream was written and produced by Ben.

Noonday Dream is out now through Island Records

Ben Howard’s Winter 2018/19 UK tour dates are as follows…

December 2018
7 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow
8 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
10 & 11 – O2 Apollo, Manchester

January 2019
16 & 17 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

Nicki Minaj and Future announce co-headlining ickiHndrxx UK tour (2018/19)

Nicki Minaj and Future

Story by Jack Foley

GLOBAL hip-hop performers Nicki Minaj and Future have announced that they will be hitting the road together for the first time on their NickiHndrxx tour.

The tour will touch down in 50 cities across North America (produced by Live Nation) and Europe, kicking off on September 21 in Baltimore, USA. It will include stops in major markets at iconic venues throughout Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, London and more.

Tickets for the UK dates will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 15 at 10am local time here.

Upholding an unbreakable hot streak, Future just executive produced and curated the Superfly Official Soundtrack Album in addition to co-producing the film. The Atlanta hip-hop luminary and trendsetter is readying more new music for release very soon.

Minaj is set to release her anxiously awaited fourth full-length studio album, Queen, on August 10.

The NickiHndrxx US tour dates are

21 – Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena
23 – Washington, Capital One Arena
26 – Detroit, Little Caesars Arena
28 – Chicago, United Center
29 – Cincinnati, US Bank Arena

1 – Toronto, Air Canada Centre
2 – Buffalo, KeyBank Center
4 – Boston, TD Garden
5 – Uncasville, Mohegan Sun Arena
7 – Newark, Prudential Center
11 – Brooklyn, Barclays Center
14 – Raleigh, PNC Arena
16 – Charlotte, Spectrum Center
19 – Miami, American Airlines Arena
20 – Orlando, Amway Arena
23 – Memphis, FedEx Forum
28 – Nashville, Bridgestone Arena
30 – New Orleans, Smoothie King Center

1 – Dallas, American Airlines Center
2 – Houston, Toyota Center
4 – Kansas City, Sprint Center
6 – Denver, Pepsi Center
9 – Portland, Moda Center
10 – Seattle, Tacoma Dome
16 – San Jose, SAP Center
17 – Sacramento, Golden 1 Center
20 – Los Angeles, The Forum
24 – Las Vegas, MGM Grand

NickiHndrxx European dates

February 2019
21 – Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle
22 – Bratislava, Slovakia, Ondrej Nepela Arena
24 – Lodz, Poland, Atlas Arena
25 – Budapest, Hungary, Budapest Sportarena
28 – Berlin, Germany, Mercedes Benz Arena

1 – Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Arena
3 – Oslo, Norway, Spektrum
4 – Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson Globe
6 – Brussels, Belgium, Palais 12
7 – Paris, France, AccorHotels Arena
9 – Bordeaux, France, Metropole Arena

UK dates – March
11 – London, The O2
14 – Birmingham, Arena Birmingham
15 Dublin, 3Arena
17 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro
18 – Manchester, Manchester Arena

European leg – part 2 – March
20 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Rockhal
22 – Frankfurt, Germany, Festhalle
23 – Cologne, Germany, Lanxess Arena
25 – Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome
27 – Zurich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion
28 – Geneva, Switzerland, Arena Geneva

The Blinders announce headline UK tour (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

WITH their debut album Columbia dropping on September 21, 2018, The Blinders have announced they will follow the release with an extensive UK headline tour throughout October and November.

The 22-date tour, The Blinders second headline tour of 2018, kicks off in their adopted hometown of Manchester at Academy 2 on October 15 and includes a show at London’s The Garage on November 7.

The fast-rising alt-rock trio, whose current single L’Etat C’Est Moi has been playlisted at 6Music, played sold-out shows in London and Manchester last week.

The tour dates are (all October and November 2018)


15 – Manchester Academy 2
16 – Newcastle The Cluny
18 – Hull The Adelphi
19 – Cardiff SWN Festival
20 – Cardiff SWN Festival
22 – Stoke-On-Trent The Sugarmill
23 – Birmingham The Castle & Falcon
24 – Nottingham Bodega
25 – Derby The Venue
26 – Sheffield Plug
28 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
29 – Liverpool Buyers Club
30 – Aberdeen, Drummonds


1 – Preston The Ferret
2 – York The Crescent
3 – Lincoln 2Q Festival
5 – Oxford The Bullingdon
6 – Cambridge The Portland Arms
7 – London The Garage
9 – Southampton Heartbreakers
10 – Brighton The Haunt
11 – Bristol Thekla

Ticket pre-sale begins from tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12) from here

Tickets go on general sale from Thursday, June 14 from here

The Blinders are Thomas Haywood (guitar, vocals, word), Charlie McGough (bass guitar), and Matthew Neale (drums, backing vocals).

Growing up in Doncaster, the trio met at school and were originally inspired by local heroes Arctic Monkeys, though for Columbia, which was produced by Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton, they draw on influences as diverse as The Smiths, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kanye West.

Now based in Manchester, The Blinders have been picking up specialist radio support since their first DIY releases from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel P Carter, Radio X’s John Kennedy, and 6Music’s Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq, who recently had the band on his show for a BBC Music Introducing Session.

Jessie J announces R.O.S.E UK tour (2018)

Jessie J

Story by Jack Foley

JESSIE J has released tickets for The R.O.S.E. Tour across the UK this November.

Following a North America tour throughout October and the beginning of November, the tour will kick-off on November 8 at De Montford Hall in Leicester, and includes a date at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 13, before making its way across the UK including stops in Bournemouth, Sheffield, Bristol, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Norwich, Southend, Liverpool and Leeds and wrapping on November 28 at Glasgow’s O2 Academy.

The tour announcement comes after the release of her eagerly awaited four-part epic release, R.O.S.E. The four-part album comprises R.O.S.E. (Realisations), R.O.S.E (Obsessions), R.O.S.E. (Sex) and R.O.S.E. (Empowerment).

In the past week, Jessie J has celebrated the release of R.O.S.E. with performances of her empowering new single Queen on The Late Late Show with James Corden and Good Morning America.

Additionally, she shares a poignant, inspiring, and powerful music video for Queen celebrating a series of all women from multicultural backgrounds, including Lizzie Velásquez, star of the powerful documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story and Fullscreen’s Unzipped.

Jessie J first heralded R.O.S.E. with the single, Think About That, singing an honest lyric giving her heartbeats an insight into her new feel and sound. This was followed by the release of Not My Ex, which has already reached 7 million Spotify streams and 20 million YouTube/VEVO views.

In addition to working on the anticipated release, Jessie J also launched a sold out headline tour of intimate venues worldwide, and contributed I Got You (I Feel Good) to the Fifty Shades Freed Original Motion Picture soundtrack.

Most recently, she had tremendous success in China, joining the TV show Singer, a singing competition where she performed each week in front of a television audience of 250 million with a grand finale viewership of 1 billion. Not only was Jessie J the first international artist to ever compete alongside the biggest artists in Asia, but also the first to ever win.

Jessie J’s R.O.S.E. UK tour dates are as follows (all November 2018)

8 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
9 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
11 – Sheffield O2 Academy
13 – London Royal Albert Hall
14 – Bristol O2 Academy
16 – Manchester Academy
17 – Oxford New Theatre
19 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
20 – Birmingham O2 Academy
22 – Norwich UEA
23 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
25 – Liverpool Empire Theatre
26 – Leeds O2 Academy
28 – Glasgow O2 Academy

Tickets are available now.