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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

The Smashing Pumpkins announce new album, Shiny And Oh So Bright Vol 1

Smashing Pumpkins

Story by Jack Foley

GRAMMY® Award-winning alternative rock luminaries The Smashing Pumpkins have announced their highly-anticipated new LP, Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol 1/ No Past. No Future. No Sun.

Recorded at Shangri La Studios with legendary producer Rick Rubin, the LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, with long-time guitarist Jeff Schroeder and will be released on November 16, 2018.

Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol 1/ No Past. No Future. No Sun. will be released on Billy Corgan’s own Martha’s Music under exclusive license to Napalm Records via a strategic worldwide partnership. The LP is available for pre-order starting today HERE.

The Smashing Pumpkins have also released the LP’s second single, Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts). The track is available to stream and download now.

Album track listing:

  1. Knights of Malta
  2. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
  3. Travels
  4. Solara
  5. Alienation
  6. Marchin’ On
  7. With Sympathy
  8. Seek And You Shall Destroy

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons to release second solo LP, The Big Bad Blues

Billy Gibbons

Story by Jack Foley

BILLY F Gibbons, best known as the centrepiece and one third of ZZ Top, is set to release his second solo album in the shape of The Big Bad Blues on September 21, 2018, via Snakefarm Records.

Co-produced by Billy and Joe Hardy, and put to tape at Foam Box Recordings in the former’s hometown of Houston, it is just as the title suggests – a lovingly crafted collection fuelled by Billys’ lifelong love of the blues and rock ‘n’ roll, showcasing the unique vocals and guitar licks that have together informed his numerous hits over the past five decades.

The record features 11 tracks balancing classic covers, like Muddy Waters’ Rollin’ and Tumblin’ and Standing Around Crying, with some of Billy’s signature new blues originals. All of the tracks were recorded by a stellar line-up of musicians including Hardy on bass, Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver/The Cult) and Nashville session great Greg Morrow on drums, and Austin stalwart Mike ‘The Drifter’ Flanigin on keyboards; blues harp (harmonica) duties are handled by James Harmon as well as Billy who, of course, is the album’s vocalist and guitar slinger nonpareil.

In distinguishing The Big Bad Blues from its predecessor, Billy commented: “We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavour of [debut solo album] Perfectamundo and completed the journey.

“The shift back to the blues is a natural. It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form.”

Billy has long been one of the most important and influential artists to emerge from the blues tradition; a wellspring of what he likes to refer to as the ‘three Ts’: tone, taste and tenacity.

In 2004, he was inducted, along with ZZ Top, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but his deep love of the blues was there long before that, “right from the beginning – and it’s never let up.

“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” he continues. “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks!”

He notes it would take many hours just to scratch the surface surrounding this enduring love affair…

“I suspect Jimmy Reed did me in early on. The inventiveness of that high and lonesome sound remains solid and stridently strong to this day. We could go on to mention the line-up of usual suspects, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy, all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie). The lengthy list of champions is forever carved in stone.”

Further commenting on what to expect from the LP, Billy adds: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…. It’s no secret there are several favourites from the way-back starting with not one, but two, from the Bo Diddley catalogue (Bring It to Jerome and Crackin’ Up).

“We dusted off an old Gretsch Duo-Jet guitar which put it squarely with that infamous Bo Diddley sound. Once covered, we made way into another side – a much earlier number from Muddy Waters, Standing Around Crying. The ragged edges with the meanness of James’ bad self on harp seemed to fit the bill to enter the line-up.”

As for favourites, Billy notes, Missin’ Yo’ Kissin is a gift from Miz Gibbons. She knows what girls want and laid it out cold. And Second Line is a definite throwback to many good days and nights down New Orleans way.

Q Awards 2018: Arctic Monkeys, The 1975 and Janelle Monae among double nominees

Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

ARCTIC Monkeys, The 1975 and Janelle Monae are among several artists to have landed two nominations each at this year’s Q Awards (2018).

Now in their 28th year, this year’s ceremony will again feature a very special intimate post-awards gig. This year, the already sold-out show will see two top British acts take to the stage – London’s Wolf Alice and Bristol’s IDLES, who have both seen vast amounts of success over the last 12 months.

The awards and gig will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at Camden’s Roundhouse.

Heading into the ceremony, all eyes will be on the big name acts, such as Arctic Monkeys and The 1975, to see who will win.

The latter are shortlisted for their single Love It If We Made It as well as Best Act in The World Today, while Arctic Monkeys are in the running for their latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino as well as Best Act In The World Today.

Also vying for best track will be Girlfriend by Christine & The Queens, The Man by Goat Girl, Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae, Bells & Circles by Underworld & Iggy Pop and the provactive and enigmatic This Is America by Childish Gambino.

The Q Best Live Act features David Byrne, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Liam Gallagher, Stefflon Don, Taylor Swift and the Q Awards 2018 gig headliners Wolf Alice.

While this year’s Q Best Breakthrough Act is bursting with diversity, with the likes of punk band Amyl & The Sniffers, Brixton guitar gang Goat Girl, indie-soul newcomer Tom Grennan, Manchester grime rapper Bugzy Malone, indie four-piece The Magic Gang, LGBTQ trailblazer Nakhane and English grime MC and producer Novelist all on the shortlist.

Ted Kessler, editor of Q magazine, commented: “I love these shortlists and I love the Q readership even more for supplying them. We’ve thought for a while at Q that in a digital world where streaming music is so ubiquitous, the old barriers between musical genres are meaningless.

“All that matters is whether a song has power, or if an artist makes something to become lost within. These shortlists, where Janelle Monáe’s future-funk rubs shoulders with Goat Girl’s garage-punk in Best Track, or where Kendrick Lamar could just as easily be the Best Act In The World Today as Paul Weller, prove that.

“Unlike some music awards, artists are not nominated by their representatives, nor is there a fee to be paid upon entry. It’s decided by the readers and the writers of Q alone, and consequently these shortlists represent the very best of music now. I can’t wait for the winners to be revealed on October 17 at the Roundhouse.”

The public can cast their votes and choose the winners for the following categories over at www.Qthemusic.com – with voting closing on Thursday, October 5.

The nominees at a glance…

Q Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe
Amyl & The Sniffers
Goat Girl
Tom Grennan
The Magic Gang
IDLES
Bugzy Malone
Nakhane
Novelist
Nadine Shah
Jorja Smith
Rejjie Snow

Q Best Track presented by Firestone
Love It If We Made It – The 1975
This Is America – Childish Gambino
Girlfriend – Christine & The Queens
The Man – Goat Girl
Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae
Bells & Circles – Underworld & Iggy Pop

Q Best Album
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – Arctic Monkeys
Hunter – Anna Calvi
Who Built The Moon? – Noel Gallagher
Joy As An Act Of Resistance – IDLES
Marauder – Interpol
I’m All Ears – Let’s Eat Grandma

Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club
David Byrne
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Liam Gallagher
Stefflon Don
Taylor Swift
Wolf Alice

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Absolute Radio
Christine & The Queens
Drake
Noel Gallagher
Janelle Monae
Ed Sheeran
Sophie

Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Rocksteady Music School
The 1975
Arctic Monkeys
Florence & The Machine
Kendrick Lamar
St Vincent
Paul Weller

Q Best Festival/Event presented by Pretty Green Clothing
All Points East
British Summertime
Isle Of Wight Festival
Latitude Festival
RIZE Festival
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The 1975 announce January 2019 UK Arena tour dates

The 1975

Story by Jack Foley

THE 1975 have announced a string of UK and Ireland dates for early 2019.

The band, who release their third album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships on November 30, 2018, will play a total of 10 dates, including a night at London’s O2 Arena.

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

The dates are (all January 2019)*

9 – Belfast SSE Arena
10 – Dublin 3Arena
12 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
14 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
16 – The Brighton Centre
18 – London O2 Arena
21 – Exeter Westpoint
23 – Birmingham Arena
24 – Manchester Arena
25 – Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

DMA's announce December UK headline tour (2018)

DMAs

Story by Jack Foley

DMA’S have announced their return to the UK with a headline tour this December 2018, including dates at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse, Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom and the Kentish Town O2 Forum.

Tickets will be available for pre-sale on Wednesday, September 10 at 10am and go on general sale this Friday, September 14 at 10am.

DMA’S second album, For Now, was released this May and charted in the UK at No.13 in the official charts and #2 in the Independent charts, a significant achievement for the Sydney trio.

Produced by the band alongside Kim Moyes, of The Presets, For Now is being described as a gloriously uplifting album of beautifully honed, passionately emotive rock’n’roll songs.

DMA’S have been embraced by the UK audience, seeing their live shows consistently sell out and their performances going from strength.

As well as a UK tour earlier this year they’ve also supported acts such as Liam Gallagher, Richard Ashcroft, The Kooks and Kasabian and performed at various UK festivals, including most recently slots at Reading & Leeds festival & Bellahouston Park.

The DMA’s UK tour dates are (all December 2018)

5 – Anson Rooms, Bristol
6 – Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth
9 – Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow
10 – O2 Academy, Leeds
12 – O2 Academy, Leicester
13 – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
15 – Asylum, Hull
16 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
17 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

DMA’S are Tommy O’Dell (vocals), Matt Mason (lead guitar & backing vocals) and Johnny Took (bass).