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Liam Gallagher announces intimate Union Chapel gig for December (2018)

Liam Gallagher

Story by Jack Foley

LIAM Gallagher has announced details of an intimate acoustic gig at London’s Union Chapel in December (2018).

The former Oasis singer turned solo star will be playing the one-off show in aid of homeless charity Shelter’s annual Christmas gig on Thursday, December 13.

In a statement, Gallagher said: “No child should have to wake up homeless on Christmas Day, which is why I’ll be playing a very special acoustic gig this December. This gig will be a one-off; a chance to raise some money for all the great work Shelter does to stop homelessness.”

Fans hoping to attend can enter a ballot for a chance to purchase tickets here.

Tickets cost £40, plus booking fee. The closing date for entry will be 12pm on September 28, 2018. After this date, no further entries to the ballot will be permitted.

Successful applicants will be informed from 10am on Monday, October 1, when they’ll be able to purchase a ticket.

Gallagher released his acclaimed debut album As You Were in October 2017 and is already at work on the follow-up, which he hopes to have completed by the end of the year.

Catfish & The Bottlemen announce UK arena tour for 2019

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Story by Jack Foley

CATFISH and the Bottlemen have announced a new set of UK and Ireland arena tour dates for early 2019.

The Llandudno four-piece will kick things off on February 19 at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, before also visiting venues including Plymouth, Hull and Dublin before culminating in Belfast on February 27 at Ulster Hall.

They were set to play a big show at London’s SSE Wembley Arena on November 2 this year but that date has now been pushed back to coincide with the newly-announced string of arena shows. It will now take place on February 22, 2019.

Tickets for the new tour will go on sale on Friday, September 28 at 10am.

All tickets for the previously-announced Wembley show remain valid for the new date (February 22) – or you can get a full refund from the point of purchase. Extra tickets will also be made available for the London gig.

The dates are (all February 2019)

19 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
20 – Plymouth Pavilions
22 – London SSE Arena Wembley
23 – Hull Bonus Arena
26 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
27 – Belfast Ulster Hall

Catfish and the Bottlemen’s most recent album was their May 2016 sophomore LP The Ride.

Metallica announce two huge UK shows as part of 2019 European tour

Metallica

Story by Jack Foley

METALLICA have announced details of a massive European tour – including shows in London and Manchester for 2019.

The metal icons will play Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 18, before heading to London’s Twickenham Stadium on June 20.

In addition, the band will be bringing Ghost and Bokassa with them on their 25-date trek across 20 countries.

Posting on their website, Metallica wrote: “We promised we would be back… it’s the return of the European summer vacation. Following the attendance breaking indoor arena run that ended in May of this year, we are psyched to announce that we will be returning to Europe in May of next year to do an outdoor run of our own shows, primarily in stadiums, but also the occasional park and even a castle thrown in for good measure!”

The summer tour kicks off May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal and it wraps up a couple of months later on August 25 in Mannheim, Germany.

Fan club tickets for the band’s upcoming tour go on sale September 25 at 10am, while general admission tickets go on sale on Friday, September 28 at 10am.

Take That celebrate 30 years with Greatest Hits UK tour (2019)

Take That

Story by Jack Foley

2019 marks Take That’s 30th Anniversary, so to celebrate this milestone, the band have announced a massive UK arena and stadium tour performing all their much loved greatest hits live.

The tour will see the band play shows in many towns and cities that they have never played before. Plus, they will be joined by special guest Rick Astley.

Take That have also confirmed the release of Odyssey, a re-imagined greatest hits album that takes the listener on a journey through the incredible musical history of one of the UK’s most successful bands of all time.

Ahead of the Album release, fans will get a taster of what’s to come when the band release Pray (Odyssey Version) on September 21, to coincide with their UK Tour announcement.

The Odyssey album – produced by Stuart Price – kicks off celebrations on November 23 and features 27 tracks spanning three decades of the band’s history from their 1992 debut Take that and Party, right up to the present day.

The album will also feature a host of special guests as well as three new tracks. The full track listing will be revealed at a later date.

Odyssey is both a celebration of Take That’s past and present, an emotional journey through all their incarnations. The album is peppered with soundbites from their life, building a historical narrative around the songs – the story of five Northern teenage lads, who went on to become one of the biggest boy bands of all time, before splitting up and reforming again nine years later.

The accompanying tour dates will see the band playing throughout April, May and June 2019 and includes six nights at London’s O2 Arena.

The tour dates are (all April, May and June 2019)

April

15 – 16 – Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
18 – 20 April – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
22 – 27 – Manchester Arena
29 – Dublin 3Arena

May
2 – 8 – London The O2
12 – 18 – Birmingham Arena
23 – Milton Keynes Stadium MK
25 – Southampton St Mary’s Stadium
28 – Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
30 – Norwich City Carrow Road Stadium

June
1 – Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium
4 – Huddersfield John Smith’s Stadium

Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Friday, September 28.

Ticket prices:

Arenas – £55, £70, £85, £99 + booking fees (VIP packages at £199 + booking fees)
Stadiums – £55, £65, £85, £99 + booking fees (VIP packages at £199 + booking fees)

Mercury Prize 2018: Wolf Alice win for Visions of a Life

Wolf Alice, Visions of a Life

Story by Jack Foley

LONDON four-piece Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Hyundai Mercury prize for their second album, Visions of a Life.

Released in 2017, the album debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, selling 19,333 copies in its first week. It includes the tracks Heavenward, Yuk Foo, Don’t Delete The Kisses and Space & Time.

Upon being named as winners, frontperson Ellie Rowsell said: “This means so much to pick this up with my three best friends.”

Bass player Theo Ellis then went on to recall how certain industry executives had initially cast doubt on them in the early days.

“‘You lot don’t look like a band at all’,” he remembered them saying. “We never really figured it out but here we are… Big up everyone who was nominated. This means the world.”

Ironically, this was Wolf Alice’s second Mercury Prize nomination. Their debut album, My Love Is Cool, was shortlisted in 2015 but lost to Benjamin Clementine.

And heading into the ceremony, it had been Nadine Shah as the bookmakers’ favourite to win for her third album, Holiday Destination – although the Mercury Prize has a history of defying the bookmakers.

They also beat Arctic Monkeys, winners in 2006 for their debut, who were nominated for a fourth time for their sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

Wolf Alice were presented with the £25,000 prize at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, and said they were going to spend the next few hours celebrating and deciding what to do with the money.

Wolf Alice are the first female-fronted act to win the award since 2011, when PJ Harvey won for a second time with her eighth album, Let England Shake.

Formed in 2010, the band was initially a duo comprised of Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie. Drummer Joel Amey and bassist Theo Ellis joined the band in 2012. They then signed to the independent British label Dirty Hit, also home to the 1975.

The full list of this year’s nominees was…

Lily Allen, No Shame
Arctic Monkeys, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Everything Everything, A Fever Dream
Everything Is Recorded, Everything Is Recorded
Florence + the Machine, High as Hope
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Who Built the Moon?
King Krule, The Ooz
Novelist, Novelist Guy
Nadine Shah, Holiday Destination
Jorja Smith, Lost and Found
Sons of Kemet, Your Queen is a Reptile
Wolf Alice, Visions of a Life

Embrace announce The Good Will Out 21st anniversary UK tour for 2019

Embrace

Story by Jack Foley

EMBRACE will celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut album The Good Will Out with a 10-date UK tour next year, including a prestigious show at the London Roundhouse, playing their seminal album in full.

Released in 1998, The Good Will Out became one of the fastest selling debut albums by a British artist, certified Gold on day of release and charting at number 1 in the UK album chart.

The album achieved Platinum status in the year of release and has gone on to sell over half a million copies in the UK alone.

The album spawned three Top 10 singles, All You Good Good People, Come Back To What You Know and My Weakness Is None Of Your Business together with two other Top 40 hits, One Big Family and Fireworks.

Critically acclaimed across the board, NME said of the album “It’s hard to think of any other contemporary group who could match the emotional clarity and wavering romance which pierce the spine of these songs” declaring The Good Will Out “one of the great debut albums of the past decade.”

Danny McNamara, from Embrace, said of the anniversary tour: “I don’t think any of us could have guessed 21 years ago when we released The Good Will Out what an incredible rollercoaster ride it was going to be.

“A lot has happened in that time, but the songs on that album mean more to me now than they ever have. They were life changing songs for me, literally, and to be allowed to celebrate them after all this time is a real honour and a privilege.”

Embrace have scored three No.1 albums and six Top 10 singles in their career to date, selling over two million albums in the process. The band’s seventh studio album, Love Is A Basic Need, was released earlier this year and reached No.5 in the UK charts.

The Good Will Out tour dates are as follows (all March 2019)

5 – Aberdeen Music Hall
6 – Glasgow Barrowland
7 – Newcastle 02 Academy
8 – Manchester Albert Hall
9 – Sheffield O2 Academy
11 – Bristol O2 Academy
12 – Nottingham Rock City
14 – Leamington Assembly
15 – London Roundhouse
16 – Leeds O2 Academy

Tickets for the tour go on sale at 10am on Friday, September 21.

The Stranglers announce Back On The Tracks UK tour dates (2019)

The Stranglers

Story by Jack Foley

THE Stranglers have announced a new UK tour for February and March 2019.

The Back on the Tracks 19-date UK tour kicks off in Belfast on February 28, culminating in what is bound to be another rousing finale in Manchester on Saturday, March 30, 2019. It includes a date at London’s Brixton Academy on March 22.

During a hectic year of touring the Southern Hemisphere, Europe and the UK, The Stranglers have also been busy writing and rehearsing new material so audiences can expect to experience some of these new cuts, alongside classic favourites and lesser performed numbers drawn from their eloquent and extensive catalogue spanning over forty years.

First formed in 1974, the band’s no bullshit attitude was embraced by the punk movement of the late’70s, with their first three albums (Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black And White) being released within an astonishing 13 months of each other, scoring hit singles such as Peaches, No More Heroes and Walk On By.

Further success was to follow with ,I>Always The Sun, Strange Little Girl and the mercurial Golden Brown, among many others, earning the group 24 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 40 albums.

Special Guests on the 2019 dates are Britain’s finest rhythm and blues band, Dr Feelgood.

The tour dates are (all February and March 2019)

February
28 – Belfast Ulster Hall

March
1 – Dublin Olympia
5 – Scunthorpe Baths Hall
7 – Aberdeen Beach Ballroom
8 – Dunfermline Alhambra
9 – Glasgow O2 Academy
11 – Nottingham Rock City
12 – Reading Hexagon
14 – Newcastle O2 Academy
15 – Leeds O2 Academy
16 – Birmingham O2 Academy
19 – Guildford G Live
21 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
22 – London O2 Academy Brixton
23 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
25 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
26 – Brighton Dome
28 – Bristol O2 Academy
30 – Manchester O2 Apollo

KT Tunstall announces UK and Ireland tour for 2019

KT Tunstall

Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING three sold out intimate rock club shows this September, Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer and songwriter KT Tunstall, who is about to release her 6th studio album WAX, has announced a full UK and Ireland tour for March 2019.

Touring for the first time with an all-female band, KT will be performing at venues including The Roundhouse in London.

This month KT has released lead single The River, taken from her forthcoming album WAX, which will be released October 5 on Virgin Records.

WAX was entirely self/co-written and is produced by Nick McCarthy, founding member of multimillion selling band Franz Ferdinand, with co-production from duo MyRiot (London Grammar, Birdy).

The album also features co-writing contributions from her frequent creative collaborator Martin Terefe and Kings Of Leon producer/ mentor Angelo Petraglia.

Drumming duties from seasoned LA-based musician Denny Weston Jnr, and guitar from longstanding friend and collaborator Charlotte Hatherley amongst others, with KT on guitar, synths and vocals throughout.

Following the success of 2016’s Top 10 album KIN, forthcoming album WAX is the second of a trilogy which explores themes of spirit, body, and mind. This album focuses on the body, and our complex relationships with physicality.

The tour dates are (all March 2019)
4 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
5 – Belfast Elmwood Hall
7 – Dunfermline The Alhambra Theatre
8 – Aberdeen Music Hall
9 – Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
11 – Sage Gateshead
12 – Northampton Royal & Derngate Theatre
14 – Cambridge Junction
15 – Bath The Forum
16 – Cardiff Tramshed
18 – Brighton Dome
19 – Leeds O2 Academy
20 – Birmingham Town Hall
22 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
23 – Manchester Albert Hall
25 – London The Roundhouse
26 – Guildford G Live

Bryan Ferry announces Royal Albert Hall date as part of 2019 tour

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH musical icon Bryan Ferry has announced a very special date at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of his brand new World tour for 2019.

The date is Monday, June 17, 2019.

Since the release of his first record with Roxy Music in 1972, Bryan Ferry has been internationally acclaimed as one of the most innovative and stylish musicians, songwriters and singers to emerge in pop and rock music. Widely regarded as the embodiment of the glamorous and romantic worlds evoked by his songs, Ferry is also lauded as an icon of sartorial and personal cool.

A former student of Fine Art, and as involved in the visual aspects of his work as he is in the composition and performance of the music, Bryan Ferry has conceived and directed some of the most original, controversial and critically applauded album sleeve artwork of the last four decades.

As an artist and musician, Bryan Ferry possesses the rare distinction of being regarded as both classic and timelessly contemporary – an accomplishment achieved by both his recordings with Roxy Music and the range and intensity of his solo albums.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 21 at 9am.

Hozier announces run of December UK shows (2018)

Hozier

Story by Jack Foley

HAVING just completed a small run of intimate, acclaimed and sold-out charity shows last week, Hozier has announced his forthcoming tour of Europe and the UK – beginning in Lisbon on November 11 and concluding with a run of shows in the UK in December.

The tour will see Hozier and his band perform at venues across the UK and Europe – his biggest shows in over four years – and his first tour since releasing his celebrated new EP, Nina Cried Power.

For tickets, please visit hozier.com.

The full tour schedule is as follows (all November and December 2018)

November
11 – Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal
12 – La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
14 – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
15 – Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
18 – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
19 – X-Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
21 – Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
23 – Verti Music Hall, Berlin, Germany
25 – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
26 – Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden
28 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
30 – Mehr! Theatre, Hamburg, Germany

December
3 – Palladium, Cologne, Germany
4 – TivoliVredenberg Ronda, Utrecht, Netherlands
6 – O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
7 – O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
9 – O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
11 – Eventim Apollo, London, UK