Things We Love This Week: Green Day, Field Music, Mercury Prize

Happy Friday! We are SO close to leaving work, getting our pyjamas on, curling up with a pizza and watching that new Zach Galifianakis Netflix film purely for the Phoebe Bridgers/Matt Berninger collab. ‘Til then…

Green Day

Pop punk troubadours Green Day want you to dance. More specifically, they want you to “lose your shit, scream like no one is listening and dance like your hair is on fire.” Then they want you to “crawl on the dancefloor”, “spit in the air” and “get weird.”

We likey. Can do, Billie Joe. Especially with the help of your new chaotic video for Father Of All… as well as tickets to the Hella Mega Tour, featuring co-headliners Fall Out Boy and Weezer, no less.

Field Music

It’s time for a song about sanitary towels! Perhaps the first in its existence that wasn’t written for advertising purposes, Field Music’s latest single delves into why period products are projected onto women in a way that makes them feel ashamed of that monthly, normal thing that happens to literally billions of us.

It’s the first taste of a concept album looking at the after-effects of the First World War that’s due on January 2020 via Memphis Industries. The Brewis brothers and band will perform the record in full on tour in the UK in February 2020, and tickets are on sale now.


Mercury Prize 2019

I don’t know about you, but I spent a large portion of yesterday evening watching the Mercury Prize enjoying the performances, speculating potential winners, and generally being agog during Black Midi’s set. You need to check out their performance right now, as it was both mesmerising and “what the f**?!!”-inducing. Are they even speaking in English? Is the guitarist doing backflips?!

It was confirmed at the end of the night that South London rapper Dave was to take home  the gong for his debut album ‘Psychodrama’, a well-deserved award for an important record.

 

Until next time, my amigos. ✌️

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This Week’s New Releases: Liam Gallagher, Blink-182 And Brittany Howard

This week there are some big hitters at play. Liam Gallagher has dropped his second solo LP, Blink-182 have put out the highly anticipated follow up to 2016’s ‘California’, and Alabama Shakes’ vocalist Brittany Howard has shared her debut solo album. What a week to be alive!

Still want more? Fill your boots below.

Blink-182 – ‘NINE’ (Columbia)

Brittany Howard – ‘Jaime’ (Columbia)

Cashmere Cat – ‘Princess Catgirl’ (Mad Love/Interscope Records)

Chastity Belt – ‘Chastity Belt’ (Hardly Art)

Efterklang – ‘Altid Sammen’ (4AD)

Fitz and the Tantrums – ‘All The Feels’ (Elektra Records)

Fly Pan Am – ‘C’est ça’ (Constellation)

Hiss Golden Messenger – ‘Terms Of Surrender’ (Merge Records)

Keane – ‘Cause and Effect’ (Island)

Liam Gallagher – ‘Why Me? Why Not.’ (Warner)

Ludovico Einaudi – ‘Seven Days Walking [Box Set]’ (Decca)

M83 – ‘DSVII’ (Naïve)

One True Pairing – ‘One True Pairing’ (Domino)

Pleta Brown – ‘Freeway’ (Righteous Babe Records/United For Opportunity)

Reverend and the Makers – ‘Best Of’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Robbie Robertson – ‘Sinematic’ (UMC)

Samantha Fish – ‘Kill Or Be Kind’ (Rounder)

Skyzoo and Pete Rock – ‘Retropolitan’ (Mello Music Group)

Vivian Girls – ‘Memory’ (Polyvinyl Records)

Zac Brown Band – ‘The Owl’ (BMG)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Westlife, Barry Manilow, The 1975, McFly, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, The Who, Simply Red, Strictly Come Dancing Live and more

Westlife

Westlife will be joined by James Morrison and All Saints for their biggest UK concert to date at London’s Wembley Stadium on August 22. The Irish group will also be joined by Emeli Sandé at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork for the first time on August 28, 2020. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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Barry Manilow

The legendary performer will call in Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow and London, where he’ll play the O2 Arena, between May 28 and June 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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The 1975

The 1975 have announced a UK and Ireland arena tour for 2020, calling in Nottingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dublin and London, where they’ll play the O2 Arena, between February 15 and March 3. The band are touring in support of their anticipated new album, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, which is out on February 21. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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McFly

The pop-rock band, who recently announced a show at London’s O2 Arena, will call in Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Brighton, Birmingham, Nottingham and London, where they’ll play the SSE Arena Wembley, between April 26 and May 10. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer

Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer are to play four huge shows in the UK and Ireland in summer 2020. The pop-punk show of the decade, dubbed the Hella Mega Tour, will hit Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park on June 24, London Stadium on June 26, Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium on June 27 and Dublin’s RDS Arena on June 29. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 20.

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The Who

The Who will release their new album ‘WHO’ on November 22, supported with shows in Manchester, Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and London between March 16 and April 8. The legendary British rock band will perform with a full orchestra, with tickets for the shows on general sale at 10am on September 20.

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Simply Red

The soul-pop group will play arenas in Newcastle, Hull, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff, Brighton, Bournemouth and London, where they’ll perform at the O2 Arena, between October 6 and 23, 2020, before more dates across Europe. Tickets go on sale at 10am on September 20.

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Strictly Come Dancing Live

Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing favourite and reigning series champion Stacey Dooley, the tour will open at the Arena Birmingham before waltzing around the country for 32 shows, culminating with five huge shows at the O2 Arena in London between February 7 and 9. Tickets for all dates go on general sale at 9am on September 20. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Also announced this week:

Stereophonics, Nick Mason, Parkway Drive, Bombay Bicycle Club, Gabrielle Aplin, Elvis Costello, Bat For Lashes, The Hu, Machine Head, Elvis Costello, Status Quo, ScHoolboy Q, Tove Lo, Wilkinson, Supergrass, Evanescence, Within Temptation, And So I Watch You From Afar, Vant, Field Music, DIIV, Ruby Wax, Jack Whitehall and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Kidz Bop Tour UK In Spring Ahead Of Album Release

Kidz Bop

Kidz Bop tour the UK in April 2020 as part of a world tour supporting their new album, due in November!

Pre-sale tickets are available at 10am on September 19, prior to general sale at 10am on September 20.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: John Barrowman Announces Christmas Tour Supporting Festival Album ‘A Fabulous Christmas’

John Barrowman

The Glasgow-born actor, TV personality and singer will put out ‘A Fabulous Christmas’ on December 6, with an accompanying eight-date trek of the same name lined up between November 30 and December 14, calling in Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, London, Harrogate, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Oxford.

Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase now, ahead of general sale at 10am on September 20.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Strictly Come Dancing Live Returning To UK Arenas In 2020

Strictly Come Dancing Live

Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing reigning series champion Stacey Dooley, Strictly Come Dancing Live will return to arenas around the country in 2020, including five huge shows at the O2 Arena in London between February 7 and 9.

Pre-sale opens at 10am on September 17, prior to general sale at 9am on September 20.

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Things We Love This Week: The Who, Lucy Dacus, Noel Gallagher

It’s time for some more #WholesomeContent from me, your friendly neighbourhood blogger. Welcome! Chance The Rapper is at it too, having recently postponed some tour dates to spend more time with his family. Cute huh? Here’s some more…

Lucy Dacus

Dacus. Springsteen. Two great musicians in two pretty different worlds. But what happens when they cross? Well, here’s your chance to find out. Lucy Dacus has covered Dancing In The Dark, somehow managing to make a great song even MORE special. Goddamn Lucy, you absolute hero.

Dacus’ version features a typical indie-rock band setup with delightfully twanging, slightly distorted guitars and her soothing vocal tone, which works for both lullabies and covers of the Boss. She dedicated the song to her father, a big Springsteen fan. Told you there’d be wholesome content! We love.

The Who

Who? The Who, that’s who! The seminal English rock band have announced a UK and Ireland tour with a full orchestra for spring 2020. THIS IS HUGE NEWS. They’ll take over arenas in Manchester, Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and London. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday September 20. I suppose we can expect some big old booing when they play Boris the Spider after the chaos in parliament over the last few weeks. Pete Townshend said:

“This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice. Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today. I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl………maybe even some cassettes……ready for release in November”.


Pardon me? New album?! You heard correctly, my friend. ‘WHO’ is out on November 22, containing 11 brand new tracks, including first cut Ball and Chain. Roger Daltrey even said it’s their “best album since Quadrophenia”. Woah!

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher’s description of his latest track is what makes it. “To my ears,” he says, “it sounds like one of those iconic B-sides by The Smiths, only obviously not as good. A song that was born very quickly which is always a good sign… like it’s always existed… somewhere… Manchester probably.”

To my ears, All I Need To Get By, although featuring a vocal line identical to every other Gallagher brother-made track, has a really interesting array of backing instruments, including various worldly rhythms and percussion. Production wise, we’re talking bass high up in the mix and a full kit that sounds as if the microphones were placed deliberately a little far away to further the spacey, buoyant vibes of the whole thing. How pleasant.

Happy Friday x

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This Week’s New Releases: Charli XCX, Pixies and Korn

Following some big releases last week, things have not slowed down AT ALL this week! Pixies, Korn and Charli XCX have all dropped new records, with the latter being a star-studded full-length boasting more collaborations than we’ve had cups of coffee today.

If none of those float your boat, there’s plenty more to dig into below, including new music from Chelsea Wolfe, Alice Cooper and Kojey Radical.

Alice Cooper – ‘Breadcrumbs’ EP (earMUSIC)

Belle and Sebastian – ‘Days Of The Bagnold Summer’ (Matador)

Charli XCX – ‘Charli’ (Atlantic)

Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Birth Of Violence’ (Sargent House)

Emily Sandé – ‘Real Life’ (Virgin EMI)

The Faim – ‘State Of Mind’ (BMG)

Ghostface Killah – ‘Ghostface Killahs’ (Now Generation Music Corp)

Goo Goo Dolls – ‘Miracle Pill’ (Warner Records)

Hobo Johnson – ‘The Fall Of Hobo Johnson’ (Reprise)

JPEGMAFIA – ‘All My Heroes Are Cornballs’ (EQT Recordings)

Kojey Radical – ‘Cashmere Tears’ (Asylum/Atlantic Records)

Korn – ‘The Nothing’ (Roadrunner)

Lambert -‘True’ (Mercury Classics)

The Lumineers – ‘III’ (Decca)

Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier – ‘Corpse Flower’ (Ipecac Recordings)

Milos – ‘Sound Of Silence’ (Decca)

Pixies – ‘Beneath The Eyrie’ (BMG)

(Sandy) Alex G – ‘House Of Sugar’ (Domino)

Various Artists – ‘Top Boy (A Selection of Music Inspired By The Series)’ (OVO Sound)

Vitto Meirelles – ‘Da Hora’ (Cooking Vinyl)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: McFly, Craig David, Bon Iver, FKA Twigs, Pet Shop Boys, Supergrass, James Arthur, Editors, Bombay Bicycle Club, Andrea Bocelli, Jake Bugg, Five Finger Death Punch and more

McFly

Having recently hinted at their return with social media posts, the pop-rock band have ended a three-year hiatus by confirming a headline performance at the huge London venue on November 20. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Craig David

The singer, DJ and producer will celebrate the 20 year anniversary of his debut album ‘Born To Do It’ with performances in Cardiff, Bournemouth, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Brighton, Nottingham and London, where he’ll play the O2 Arena, during April. Tickets for the Hold That Thought Tour go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Bon Iver

The experimental indie-electronica band will head to London’s SSE Arena Wembley, Arena Birmingham, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Manchester Arena, SSE Hydro in Glasgow and Dublin’s 3Arena between April 26 and May 3, 2020, after a stint in Europe. Tickets  go on general sale at 9am on Friday September 13.

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FKA Twigs

Fresh from revealing details of her second album, ‘Magdalene’, the London artist has announced a show at the O2 Academy Brixton on November 25 as part of a European tour behind the record’s release. Her plans also include stops in Cologne, Zurich, Milan, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam, with tickets for the shows on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys will bring their first greatest hits-focused tour to arenas in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Newcastle and Glasgow between May 28 and June 6. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Supergrass

The Oxford Britpop greats have announced dates across the UK, Europe and North America to celebrate 25 years since the release of their seminal debut album, ‘I Should Coco’. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 13.

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James Arthur

The singer-songwriter and former X-Factor winner, who releases his third album ‘You’ on October 18, will perform in Cardiff, London, Birmingham, Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Editors

The British band will perform at Arena Birmingham, London’s SSE Arena Wembley, Manchester’s O2 Apollo, Vicar Street in Dublin and Glasgow Barrowland between February 27 and March 3. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 13.

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Bombay Bicycle Club

Between January 20 and February 12, 2020, the indie-pop band will perform in Cambridge, Bournemouth, Leicester, Cardiff, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast and London, where they’ll take over Alexandra Palace. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13, and support will come from the Big Moon and Liz Lawrence.

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Andrea Bocelli

The Italian tenor has confirmed shows at the O2 Arena on October 16 and 3Arena on October 21, 2020. Tickets go on general sale on September 13, from 9am for the Irish date and 10am for the UK show.

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Jake Bugg

The Nottingham singer-songwriter, who put out his latest album ‘Hearts That Strain’ in 2017, will kick off the run on November 16 with a hometown show at Rock City before stops in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and London, where he’ll play the Roundhouse. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Five Finger Death Punch

The Las Vegas metallers will be joined by thrash legends Megadeth and breakout rockers Bad Wolves at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on January 30 and London’s SSE Arena Wembley on January 31. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Also announced this week:

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Ronnie Wood, GOT7, Muna, Collabro, Tegan and Sara, Deaf Havana, Bat For Lashes, the Coronas, Clannad, Jon Hopkins, Firedance, the Maine, Turnover, Ocean Wisdom, Skindred, John Barrowman, BBMAK, Randy Newman, Set It Off, Gabrielle Aplin, the Wildhearts, Backyard Babies and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s New Releases: Iggy Pop, Bat For Lashes And Mahalia

What a week! Iggy Pop and Bat For Lashes have both put out new records, while Mahalia has finally shared her debut album with the world.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there’s plenty more new releases to fill your boots with below.

Aitch – ‘AitcH20’ EP (Since 93)

Alessia Cara – ‘This Summer’ EP (Def Jam Recordings)

Barb Jungr – ‘Bob, Brel and Me’ (Kristalyn via Absolute)

Barns Courtney – ‘404’ (Virgin EMI)

Bat For Lashes – ‘Lost Girls’ (Bat For Lashes/AWAL)

Black Star Riders – ‘Another State Of Grace’ (Nuclear Blast)

Chrissie Hynde – ‘Valve Bone Woe’ (BMG)

Christof van der Ven – ‘You Were The Place’ (Planet Zog Records)

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘The Blue’ EP (Atlantic)

Dunes – ‘Take Me To The Nasties’ (Sapien)

Flor – ‘Ley Lines’ (Fueled By Ramen)

Foy Vance – ‘To Memphis’ (Gingerbread Man/Asylum)

Frankie Cosmos – ‘Close It Quietly’ (Sub Pop)

Grayscale – ‘Nella Vita’ (Fearless)

The Highwomen – ‘The Highwomen’ (Low Country Sound/Elektra)

Kindness – ‘Something Like War’ (Female Energy)

Mahalia – ‘Love and Compromise’ (Warner)

Melanie Martinez – ‘K-12’ (Atlantic)

The Messthetics – ‘Anthropocosmic Nest’ (Dischord)

Muna – ‘Saves The World’ (RCA)

Professor Green – ‘M.O.T.H.’ EP (Gang Green)

Roam – ‘Smile Wide’ (Hopeless)

Royal Trux w/ Ariel Pink – ‘Pink Stuff’ EP (Fat Possum)

Sleeping With Sirens – ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’ (Sumerian)

Status Quo – ‘Backbone’ (EarMUSIC via Absolute)

Tinariwen – ‘Amadjar’ (Wedge [PIAS])

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