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Kasabian and Courteeners confirmed for Teenage Cancer Trust shows (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

TEENAGE Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall turns 18 in 2018, with the first two huge headliners announced to celebrate a special birthday.

Manchester’s Courteeners are having one the biggest years of their life and return as headliners after supporting Noel Gallagher in 2010. They will play their debut album St Jude on Friday, March 23.

And one of the world’s biggest rock bands, Leicester’s Kasabian will return for the fourth time to continue their incredible support for Teenage Cancer Trust on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Since 2000, over 235 artists and comedians have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £27 million for young people with cancer.

These incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country.

But for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. Every penny they raise goes towards their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary frontman of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.

Daltrey commented: “I’m really pleased to announce the first shows for The Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall next March. This will be the 18th year of these concerts for the charity.

“Courteeners will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album St Jude by performing the album in full. They are doing one show in Manchester and we can’t thank them enough for choosing Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall as their London show. It’s going to be a very special night.

“It’s great to be welcoming back Kasabian, they have been fantastic supporters of this charity since they first headlined for us back in 2007.”

Kasabian singer Tom Meighan commented: “We love playing the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust. It is a show we have come back to throughout our career for the special atmosphere and the amazing cause. Our fans love it and we do too, it will be a highlight of 2018 for us.”

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

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats announce 21-date European tour (2018)

Nathaniel Rateliff

Story by Jack Foley

WITH over a million copies sold worldwide of 2016’s critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats have announced a huge, 21-date tour across Europe in Spring 2018, including three nights at London’s iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 11, 12 and 13.

The dates are the first live return of the Night Sweats after a triumphant set supporting Kings of Leon in Hyde Park in July and two sold out nights at the 9,500 capacity Red Rocks Amphitheatre in their hometown of Denver.
For two solid years, Nathaniel Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Patrick Meese (drums), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (keys) and Andy Wild (saxophone) have toured the globe relentlessly, headlining shows and major festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Newport Folk Festival, Monterey International Pop Festival, and dozens more.

As anyone who has caught the band live can attest to, this is a tour not to be missed.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are currently putting the finishing touches on their sophomore release, due in 2018.

Tickets for the tour go on sale from 10am on Monday, December 11 and are available HERE.

The tour dates are (all April and May 2018)

March
21 – Munich, Muffathalle
22 – Zurich, X-Tra
24 – Cologne, E-Werk
25 – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
27 – Berlin, Astra
29 – Oslo, Parkteatret
30 – Stockholm, Berns
31 – Copenhagen, Vega

April
3 – Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit
4 & 5 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
7 – Antwerp, deRoma
9 – Paris, Trianon
11, 12 & 13 – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
14 – Manchester, Albert Hall
19 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
20 – Belfast, Ulster Hall
21 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

Portico Quartet and Beth Orton to play In The Round 2018

Story by Jack Foley

NOW in its third year, London’s iconic Roundhouse presents In The Round 2018, a series of shows devoted to intimate performances set in the venue’s main space, staged in a rarely seen fully-seated concert set up.

Fast becoming a fixture of the music-lovers’ calendar, the series runs from January 31 to February 10, 2018, with a programme of 10 very special shows, including premieres and special sets from an eclectic mix of artists.

Confirmed to appear so far are Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré, whose soaring, powerful voice sits in stark contrast to the gritty unguarded voice of American songwriter-singer Jimmy Webb, who accompanies his best loved songs with compelling stories of his life.

Brightonian punk-folk-rockers Levellers perform a very special acoustic set while Chip, one of the UK’s most celebrated rappers returns to his grime roots to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of his breakthrough mixtape.

Known for their hypnotic, mesmerising mix of jazz and electronica, GoGo Penguin premier brand new music while Portico Quartet return to their signature cinematic, minimalist sound.

Geordie songstress Nadine Shah, known for her darkly powerful voice and bleak, yet compassionate lyrics and Beth Orton, one of the most unique and beguiling voices in British music, will also appear.

The line-up so far (all January and February 2018)…

January
31 – Oumou Sangaré

February
1 – Jimmy Webb
2 – Nadine Shah
3 – Portico Quartet
4 – Levellers Acoustic
8 – GoGo Penguin
9 – Chip
10 – Beth Orton

Roundhouse presents In the Round
January 31 – February 10, 2018
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Stars of TV's Nashville announce Farewell UK tour

Story by Jack Foley

THE stars of Lionsgate’s hit television series Nashville are set to play one final time for audiences in the UK during their Farewell Tour in April.

Launching April 14, 2018, in Birmingham, the tour will feature cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio.

Tour stops will feature songs from the series as well as artists’ original material and are set to include: Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and a final show at London’s The O2.

Tickets for all shows go on sale on Friday, December 8.

Nashville staged sold-out tours in the UK in 2016 and 2017.

Steve Buchanan, president, Opry Entertainment, commented: “The cast of Nashville have become tremendous ambassadors and representatives of a city that they now love. They carry with them the spirit of the city and its music.

“The 2018 UK Tour will be bittersweet for our cast of amazing actors, singers and songwriters as they share the stage together for one last farewell to the fans.”

The UK shows go on sale Friday, December 8 at 9am.

The UK tour dates are (all April 2018)

14 – Birmingham Genting Arena
15 – Leeds First Direct Arena
17 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
18 – Manchester Arena
20 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
21 – London The O2

Katie Melua announces Winter 2018 European tour featuring Gori Women’s Choir

Katie Melua

Story by Jack Foley

MULTI award-winning recording artist Katie Melua has announced an extensive European tour for winter 2018, including 13 UK dates.

Katie will be joined by a cast of stellar musicians, as well as members of Gori Women’s Choir who featured on the silver-certified 2016 album In Winter.

In Winter was recorded in Georgia, and commanded some of the finest reviews of her career. The associated 2016 tour, which saw Katie and the choir undertake 28 performances across eight countries, received universal acclaim from music critics and audiences alike.

Next winter will see another expansive set of live performances, which will include songs from In Winter alongside new recordings and catalogue classics adapted for the stage.

The announcement follows the release of the 2xCD Special Edition of In Winter, which includes the BBC Children in Need 2017 single Fields Of Gold.

The second disc, recorded at Admiralspalast, Berlin, includes live renditions of the entire In Winter album, as well as new choral arrangements of hits such as Closest Thing To Crazy, Nine Million Bicycles and I Cried For You performed with the Gori Women’s Choir.

The UK dates are (all November and December 2018)

November
28 – Bournemouth Pavilion
29 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
30 – Birmingham Symphony Hall

December
2 – Salford Lowry
3 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
4 – Guildford G Live
6 – Brighton Dome
7 – Bath Forum
8 – London Central Hall Westminster
10 – Liverpool Philharmonic
11 – Gateshead Sage
12 – York Barbican
13 – Edinburgh Assembly Rooms

Taylor Swift adds additional UK dates (2018)

Taylor Swift's Reputation tour

Story by Jack Foley

DUE to overwhelming demand additional shows have been added in Manchester, Dublin and London to Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour.

Tickets for the first shows in these cities went on sale earlier today. Tickets for the added dates go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 8, 2017.

Subscribers of TaylorSwift.com will have access to purchase tickets in advance beginning Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

*The new dates are (all June 2018)

9 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
16 – Dublin Croke Park
23 – London Wembley Stadium

The existing UK dates are (all June 2018)

8 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
15 – Dublin Croke Park
22 – London Wembley Stadium

Swift’s critically acclaimed sixth studio album, reputation, topped iTunes album charts in 111 countries and debuted at No.1 on the Official UK Albums Charts, the Official Irish Albums Charts and the Billboard 200 album chart.

Selling over 1.29 million copies in the US week of release, it is the highest selling album there this year.

Echo & The Bunnymen announce new LP and UK dates (2018)

Echo & The Bunnymen

Story by Jack Foley

ECHO & the Bunnymen have announced a new studio album, The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon, for 2018, along with a headline UK tour culminating at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

This new studio album will see The Bunnymen, still lead by the indominable Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, revisit some of their greatest songs to rearrange and transform them with co-producer Andy Wright and …strings and things. Fans can also expect a couple of new tracks to accompany the classics.

Echo & the Bunnymen’s dark, swirling fusion of post-punk and The Doors/The Velvets-inspired pop psychedelia has brought the group twenty top 20 hits and nine top 20 albums in the UK so far in their 40 year existence.

Their albums Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine, Ocean Rain and Echo & The Bunnymen have all been a major influence for groups such as Coldplay, The Killers and The Flaming Lips.

From now until 9am on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, fans can pre-order The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon here to receive priority access to tickets for the UK tour.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday, December 1.

The live dates are (all May and June 2018)

May
23 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
25 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
26 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
28 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
30 – Gateshead Sage

June
1 – London Royal Albert Hall

Taylor Swift announces UK dates for her reputation Stadium tour (2018)

Taylor Swift's Reputation tour

Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING the release of Taylor Swift’s critically-acclaimed UK No.1 album, Reputation, the 10-time Grammy award winner has announced UK and Ireland dates for her reputation Stadium Tour.

The run of dates will see Swift visiting venues in Dublin, Manchester and London.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 1, 2017. Subscribers of TaylorSwift.com will have access to purchase tickets in advance, beginning Wednesday, November 29.

The UK dates are (all June 2018)

8 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
15 – Dublin Croke Park
22 – London Wembley Stadium

Swift’s critically acclaimed sixth studio album, reputation, topped iTunes album charts in 111 countries and debuted at No.1 on the Official UK Albums Charts, the Official Irish Albums Charts and the Billboard 200 album chart.

Selling over 1.29 million copies in the US week of release, it is the highest selling album there this year.

Win JD & The Straight Shot's Good Luck And Good Night LP

JD & The Straight Shot, Good Luck and Good Night

Preview by Jack Foley

AMERICANA band JD & The Straight Shot have recently released their vibrant sixth studio album Good Luck And Good Night.

The band comprises of vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) and drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band).

Good Luck And Good Night was conceived as an all-acoustic record and was produced and mixed by Copely (Toby Lightman, Owen Danoff, Upright Man) and engineered by Chuck Ainley (Mark Knopfler, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) at the famous Soundstage Studios in Nashville.

Frontman Dolan said: “We pushed ourselves harder than ever before on this album and are so proud of the new music.”

Influenced by artists like The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and The Beatles along with traditional Irish folk music and classical music, Good Luck And Good Night delivers a huge sound steeped in the quiet fire of American roots music and the swagger of rock n roll.

The sparkling title track featuring a child chorus crescendo, is a thoughtful commentary on the divisive state of news reporting today, and scorching lead single, Run For Me showcases unbridled energy, galloping rhythms and expansive sonic layers.

Moonlight entrances with soaring melodies, while the banjo-and-fiddle-driven burner Ballad Of Jacob Marley re-tells the tale of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Story, about greed and the ability to change.

The beauty of Maya Angelou’s words shines in the contemplative Never Alone, based on her poem Alone; the gospel-infused, foot-stomping Redemption Train sings of salvation; the melancholy, moving Tonight touches on the terrors of domestic abuse, and the graceful ballad I Know, You Know, I Know addresses the secret passions of love that cannot be.

Good Luck And Good Night also boasts two memorable covers, including a rousing rendition of the Three Dog Night classic Shambala, chock full of vocal harmonies, and, in homage to friend Glenn Frey, a sweepingly stunning cover of the Eagles It’s Your World Now.

Win JD & The Straight Shot’s Good Luck And Good Night LP

To celebrate the release of JD & The Straight Shot’s Good Luck And Good Night LP, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Upon whose poem is the song Never Alone based?

Simply send the answer to JD & The Straight Shot’s Good Luck And Good Night LP competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Listen to Run For Me

Win Seth Ennis's Mabelle EP

Seth Ennis

Preview by Jack Foley

SINGER/songwriter Seth Ennis has released his first piece of work to the world. The five-song, Corey Crowder produced EP, Mabelle, is available to digital service providers now.

The inspiration behind Mabelle is footed deeply in Ennis’ love for Nashville, TN, which the Georgia native now calls home. The title Mabelle refers to the name of the apartment building where Ennis lived when he first moved to Music City.

It was in the one-bedroom apartment that housed four friends in multiple bunk-bed setups in the Mabelle Building where Ennis found the inspiration to pen his debut single, Woke Up In Nashville, which Ennis co-wrote, co-produced and played all instruments on the recorded version.

The EP also includes his latest single, Look At You.

Watch the video for Woke Up In Nashville

Win Seth Ennis’s Mabelle EP

To celebrate the release of Seth Ennis’s Mabelle EP, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What is the name of the lead single to be taken from Seth Ennis’s EP?

Simply send the answer to Seth Ennis competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Track listing:

  1. Play It Cool (Written by Seth Ennis/Femke/Phil Barton)
  2. Think & Drive (Written by Seth Ennis/Jonny Price/Emily Shackelton)
  3. Fast Girl (Written by Seth Ennis/Corey Crowder/Andrew Dorff)
  4. Woke Up In Nashville (Written by Seth Ennis/Blair Daly/David Hodges)
  5. Look At You (Written by Cory Crowder/David Hodges/David Ryan Harris)