Top Tickets This Week: Little Mix, Keane, K.S.I, Becky Hill, Róisín Murphy, Haim and more

Little Mix

The British group will take their Confetti Tour to arenas in Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and London, where they’ll play The O2 on May 28 and 29. The spring trek shares its name with their upcoming album, which is set to arrive on November 6. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 25.

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Keane

As part of the Forest Live series, the four-piece will be joined by Flyte for performances at Westonbirt Arboretum on June 11, Cannock Chase Forest on June 12, Thetford Forest on June 18, and Delamere Forest on June 19. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 25.

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K.S.I

The YouTube star turned rapper will be joined by special guests in Birmingham, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow during May, with tickets on general sale at 9am on September 25. He put out his debut album, ‘Dissimulation’, in May.

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Becky Hill

Becky Hill has added new shows in Liverpool, Lincoln and Oxford to her UK and Ireland tour, which will now take place in May and June 2021 in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Original tickets are valid, and the remaining tickets are on sale now. Tickets for the new dates go on general sale at 10am on September 25.

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Róisín Murphy

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The Irish singer-songwriter will perform at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on September 19, 2021. The announcement comes as Murphy prepares to release her new album, ‘Róisín Machine’, on October 2 via Skint/BMG. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 25.

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Haim

The sibling trio will perform at Leeds’ Millennium Square on June 24 as part of their The One More Haim Tour. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 25, priced £41.25 including fees.

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Also announced this week:

  • Clannad have added new dates to their rescheduled In a Lifetime Farewell Tour.
  • Daniel O’Donnell has added new shows to his rescheduled autumn tour.
  • Idles have lined up an intimate record store tour for spring 2021.
  • You Met At Six have announced a UK tour for May 2021.

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Things We Love This Week: Tom Aspaul, Keaton Dekker, HYYTS

Buckle up and get those headphones plugged in — it’s time for another edition of Things We Love This Week! This week’s roundup is a doozy, and features three rising artists that are more than worthy of a coveted spot on your Spotify new music playlist(s). 


Tom Aspaul – ‘Black Country Disco’

Strap in and fill up the fuel tank for the M6, we’re heading to the Black Country, baby! Across 10 dusky, confidently understated disco-pop bangers, the triumphant debut LP from Tom Aspaul explores the formative – and often heartbreaking – moments that accompanied the Wolverhampton native’s return to the West Midlands after a decade-long stint in London. 

The Sam Sparro hat-tips are glorious, especially on tracks like the slinky, tip-toeing breakup bop Tender, or the irresistible hometown ode W.M., a song animated by Aspaul’s shape-shifting vocal. Built on ironclad hooks, razor-sharp songwriting and nary a skippable track, ‘Black Country Disco’ is a solid contender for album of the year. You’d be a fool to think otherwise. 


Keaton Dekker – ‘The Unwelcome Series’ EP

A luminous collection of songs that traverse heartbreak, selfhood, purpose and everything in between, Keaton Dekker’s ‘The Unwelcome Series’ EP is a beauty. Delicately working with a palette of skittering, twinkly electro beats and shadowy backing vocals, Dekker crafts tracks that play with synthetic, ’80s pop textures and paints them over with a glistening, modern finish.

The heartrending ITYK transforms its narrative of a fragmented relationship into a soaring, earworm melody, and Makeup possesses a glow that is inviting and familiar, much like LANY’s youarefire.  Heart-swelling and heart-draining in equal measure, this five-track collection could be the catalyst for a glittering future for one of the UK’s most promising pop stars.


HYYTS – Lonely People 

If you’re a sucker for a chunky synth melody and some EDM-pop bounce, steer your attention in the direction of HYYTS. The latest offering from the Glaswegian duo, the shimmering Lonely People, vaunts an addictive, slow-building chorus and sequences of squelchy beat breaks, with coming-of-age themes of growing up and acceptance that are sure to tug on a few heartstrings.

Filmed with longtime collaborator Jordan Macrae at Glasgow’s Govan Shed, the neon-hued track’s accompanying live video is all flashy, Instagram-worthy club lights and passionate fist pumping, and encourages the imagination to conjure up images of togetherness, euphoria and all those other delirious feelings that only the dance floor will continue to provide, post-pandemic.

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This Week’s New Releases: Keith Urban, Fenne Lily And Napalm Death

The new releases are continuing to roll out. Keith Urban’s new record featuring P!nk, Eric Church, Nile Rodgers and Breland has arrived, while Fenne Lily has released her second LP and Napalm Death have dropped their 16th.

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

A.G. Cook – ‘Apple’ (PC Music)

Cindy Blackman Santana – ‘Give The Drummer Some’ (Copperline Records/Present Future)

Cults – ‘Host’ (Sinderlyn)

Dan Weiss – ‘Natural Selection’ (Pi Recordings)

Ed Harcourt – ‘Monochrome To Colour’ (Point Of Departure)

El Ten Eleven – ‘Tautology’ (Joyful Noise)

Fenne Lily – ‘Breach’ (Dead Oceans)

Gus Dapperton – ‘Orca’ (AWAL)

Jealous Of The Birds – ‘Peninsula’ (Atlantic)

Keith Urban – ‘The Speed Of Now, Part 1’ (Hit Red/Capitol/UMG)

Napalm Death – ‘Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism’ (Century Media)

OSees – ‘Protean Threat’ (Castle Face)

Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts – ‘Nowhere To Go But Everywhere’ (Wicked Cool)

Steve Arrington – ‘Down To The Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions’ (Stones Throw)

Yusuf Cat Stevens – ‘Tea for the Tillerman²’ (Universal)

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Pre-Sale Tickets: John Bishop Announces Right Here, Right Now Stand-Up UK Tour

John Bishop

Jhn Bishop has lined up over 100 dates for his Right Here, Right Now Tour, which will get underway in Peterborough on September 21, 2021 following Work In Progress dates rescheduled from this autumn. In addition to stops at theatres and concert halls, the tour’s 2022 dates include massive arena shows in London, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Cardiff. Pre-sale opens at 10am on September 16, prior to general sale at 10am on September 18.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: James Blunt Announces Summer 2021 Heritage Live Show At Audley End House

James Blunt

James Blunt has announced an outdoor performance within the grounds of Audley End House in Saffron Walden, Essex on August 13, 2021. The show will be part of the Heritage Live concert series with support from special guests the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show as well as the Hackney Colliery Band. Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 9am on September 16, prior to general sale at 9am on September 18.

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Things We Love This Week: Eades, Will Joseph Cook, Declan McKenna vs The Rolling Stones

Guess who’s back, back again… it’s me, Sophie Williams, Stereoboard’s resident new music obsessive. Welcome (back) to Things We Love This Week, my weekly round-up of the latest tunes that you should be wrapping your ears around, and the viral moments that you need to know about right now. 

Eades – I Want More

If you haven’t already heard, buzzy up-and-comers Eades have dropped an absolute scorcher this week. Their latest single, the woozy I Want More, swiftly follows the Leeds quartet’s debut EP, July’s ‘Microcosmic Things’, and its slow-burning, light-speckled riffs make for a sweet tribute to the lo-fi punk haze of the Velvet Underground’s seminal self-titled album.

It’s got a killer chorus that becomes more addictive by the listen, as its chugging rhythm section of soft drum beats and breathy vocals gives way to a downward spiral of tilting guitars. Stunning stuff: Eades can go anywhere from here.


Will Joseph Cook – Be Around Me

He’s a charmer, our Will. Be Around Me, the latest cut to be taken from the singer-songwriter’s forthcoming second LP, ‘Something To Feel Good About’, is a sickly sweet slice of bubbly indie-pop that revels in its cutesy sentiments, toe-tapping beats and the 23-year-old’s ability to ricochet between a warbling, swoon-worthy falsetto and characteristic, multi-layered vocals.

Be warned: the dizzying — almost headache-inducing, Bertie Gilbert-directed video is not for the faint-hearted; the clip sees the camera spin uncontrollably as Cook sings along to the track’s poppy melody. In the words of our saviour Kylie Minogue: “I’m spinning around, Move outta my way…”


Declan McKenna vs the Rolling Stones

2020: the year of coronavirus and…chart battles. Yes, you read that right. This year has played host to a series of nail-biting races for the top spot on the Official UK Albums Chart between ballsy indie heroes and pop superstars. Fontaines D.C. vs Taylor Swift! Sports Team vs Lady Gaga! DECLAN MCKENNA VS THE ROLLING STONES!!!

The indie-pop troubadour spent the past week rallying up his 145,000 Twitter followers (and beyond) in a daring attempt to to take down the Rolling Stones, whose reissue of ‘Goats Head Soup’ (first released in 1973) ended up neck-and-neck in a tight race with his new LP, ‘Zeros’, for number one. As the last-minute panic from his septuagenarian rivals — who haphazardly flogged their “luxury” CDs for a fiver — proved, it’s simply McKenna’s world and we’re all living in it.

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This Week’s New Releases: Marilyn Manson, Paul Epworth And Everything Everything

This week sees some highly anticipated records being released. Marilyn Manson’s concept album that he produced with Shooter Jennings has finally arrived, while Everything Everything have followed up 2017’s ‘A Fever Dream’ and award-winning producer and songwriter Paul Epworth has released his debut album under his own name, which features collaborations with Jay Electronica, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, Lianne La Havas and Kool Keith, among others.

Head below if you fancy some more new music.

Delta Spirit – ‘What Is There’ (New West)

Doves – ‘The Universal Want’ (EMI/Heavenly)

Everything Everything – ‘Re-Animator’ (Infinity Industries/AWAL Recordings)

The Flaming Lips – ‘American Head’ (Bella Union/Warner)

The Heliocentrics – ‘Telemetric Sounds’ (Madlib Invazion)

Marilyn Manson – ‘We Are Chaos’ (Loma Vista/Concord)

Mastodon -‘Medium Rarities’ (Reprise)

Matt Costa – ‘Yellow Coat’ (Dangerbird Records)

Paul Epworth – ‘Voyager’ (Columbia Records)

PJ Harvey – ‘To Bring You My Love – Demos’ (Island/Universal)

Roachford – ‘Twice In A Lifetime’ (BMG)

Sally Anne Morgan – ‘Thread’ (Thrill Jockey)

Stray Cats – ‘Rocked This Town: From LA To London’ (BMG/Surfdog Records)

Suzanne Vega – ‘An Evening Of New York Songs and Stories’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Texas – ‘Southside Demos’ (Mercury)

Uniform – ‘Shame’ (Sacred Bones)

 

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Top Tickets This Week: The Specials, The Music, Beabadoobee, Nines, Amy MacDonald, Dead Can Dance and more

The Specials

The ska legends are set to tour the UK in 2021, kicking off the run in Swindon on August 31 before heading to Plymouth, Bournemouth, Brighton, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, Hull, Blackpool, Birmingham, Nottingham and Doncaster. The trek also includes a hometown date at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and will culminate with two London shows at the Camden Roundhouse. Tickets for all dates go on general sale at 10am on September 11.

In June, the band rescheduled their performances at Halifax’s Piece Hall and Dublin’s Trinity College to summer 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Music

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The Music are to reform for an outdoor show at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds on May 28, joined by special guests the Cribs, the Coral, the Snuts, and the Skinner Brothers. Tickets for the one-off performance go on general sale at 10am on September 11, priced £49.50 including fees.

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Beabadoobee

The indie-pop artist has lined up a UK and Ireland tour for September 2021, with shows planned in Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leicester, Bristol, Oxford, Dublin, Belfast, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, where the 20-year-old will play the O2 Forum Kentish Town. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 11.

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Nines

The chart-topping London rapper has lined up shows in Dublin, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and London, where he’ll headline the O2 Academy Brixton, between April 29 and May 9. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 11.

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Amy MacDonald

The Scottish singer-songwriter has confirmed a performance at the London Roundhouse on May 6, as part of her spring 2021 European tour. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 11.

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Dead Can Dance

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Dead Can Dance will take over London’s Eventim Apollo on April 5 and 6, followed by two nights at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 8 and 9. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 11.

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Also announced this week:

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This Week’s New Releases: Hurts, Tricky And All Them Witches

It’s been a while! We all know what’s been going on, let’s not continue to talk in circles about it. Let’s take some time for ourselves and let our focus shift to new music, even if just for a moment.

Hurts have returned with their fifth studio album, while All Them Witches have put out their sixth, and Tricky has released his 14th LP.  Not your bag? Head below for some more new releases.

All Them Witches – ‘Nothing As The Ideal’ (New West)

Annie Taylor – ‘Sweet Mortality’ (Taxi Gauche)

Bill Callahan – ‘Gold Record’ (Drag City)

Emily Barker – ‘A Dark Murmuration Of Words’ (Everyone Sang/Thirty Tigers)

Hannah Georgas – ‘All That Emotion’ (Brassland)

Hayes Carll – ‘Along Together Sessions’ (Dualtone Music)

Hurts – ‘Faith’ (Lento)

Josiah Johnson – ‘Every Feeling On A Loop’ (Anti-)

Mary Coughlan – ‘Life Stories’ (Hail Mary Records)

Michael Rother – ‘Dreaming’ (Groenland)

Naked Roomate – ‘Do The Duvet’ (Upset The Rhythm)

OZUNA – ‘ENOC’ (Aura/Sony)

The Rolling Stones – ‘Goats Head Soup (2020 Deluxe)’ (Universal)

Throwing Muses – ‘Sun Racket’ (Fire Records)

Tricky – ‘Fall To Pieces’ (False Idols)

 

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Top Tickets This Week: Erasure, Reading and Leeds Festival, Chase and Status, The Hunna, Blossoms, Sea Girls, Jenny Eclair and more

Erasure

The synth-pop duo, who recently put out ‘The Neon’, will hit the road in October 2021 for shows in Glasgow, Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Brighton and London, where they’ll play the O2 Arena. Tickets for The Neon Tour go on general sale at 10am on September 4.

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Reading and Leeds Festivals

Following its cancellation this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Reading and Leeds Festival will return to Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park over 2021’s August bank holiday weekend.  The festival has added a second main stage to each site, meaning they are able to host six headliners: Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Disclosure, and Queens of the Stone Age. Head here for the full line up so far. Tickets are on sale now.

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Chase And Status

Chase and Status will top the bill as part of the Virgin Money Unity Arena series on September 17 with Sammy Virji supporting.  The Virgin Money Unity Arena is based at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park and operates a drive-in system permitting people from the same household to watch the shows from a viewing platform. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 4.

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The Hunna

The Hunna will headline the Virgin Money Unity Arena series on September 14 with special guests Jaws and Bare Roots.  The Virgin Money Unity Arena is based at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park and operates a drive-in system permitting people from the same household to watch the shows from a viewing platform. Tickets are on sale now.

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Blossoms

The indie quintet, who put out ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ in January, will now get their spring UK tour underway at the Engine Shed in Lincoln on March 17 and Victoria Hall in Stoke on March 19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on September 4.

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Sea Girls

The London indie four-piece have rescheduled their autumn shows to April 2021 and added new dates in Liverpool, Newcastle, Leicester, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Oxford, Cambridge and Leeds to their itinerary, which runs into May. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 4.

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Jenny Eclair

The comedian has lined up over 50 dates for her SIXTY! (FFS) Tour, which gets underway on March 4 in Havant, Hampshire and runs through to July. Tickets for all dates go on general sale at 10am on September 4.

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Also announced this week:

  • Lucy Spraggan has rescheduled her UK tour to April 2021.
  • Il Divo have rearranged their Christmas tour to December 2021.
  • With Confidence have confirmed rescheduled UK shows for spring 2021.
  • Idles have added a handful of extra dates to their 2021 UK tour.

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