Things We Love This Week: Bjork, The National, Ms Lauryn Hill

It’s been one hell of a week. I managed to get in to Snail Mail’s sold-out (nay, sweaty) Bristol show on Monday, sort out attendance to All Points East, and bribed my friends with cake to let me stay with them in London all weekend. While you read this, I’ll probably be sipping an overpriced cider and chilling out in the sun (update: potential thunderstorms) watching some awesome indie-electro band at the festival. So, to cleanse the FOMO, here’s some other cool stuff that went on.

Bjork on Jools Holland

A few episodes in to the 52nd series of Later With… Jools Holland, BBC viewers were treated to a rare performance from the legendary Björk. In her first television appearance in eight years, the Icelandic singer, artist, and all round hero definitely gave us something to talk about (as all of her performances do). Surrounded by a jungle of green plants and leaves framing the set, a masked Björk and her army of flautists played dressed in all kinds of surreal outfits. It’s so wacky, and so magical, and so awesome. Watch her play Courtship, from last year’s ‘Utopia’, and The Anchor Song from the 1993 album ‘Debut’ at either end of the programme.

Like what you see? Of course you do. She’s the coolest lady in the world. You can catch her play a bunch of shows across Europe over the summer, the Eden Project in Cornwall in July, or headlining All Points East festival this weekend. I’ll be at the front – say hi (-perballad).

The National – ‘Boxer Live In Brussels’

If you’re not a vinyl type, Record Store Day must’ve been a total bummer. This live recording of the National’s 2007 album was pressed on limited edition clear vinyl for the event, but luckily your favourite boys have come through.

The album is set for both CD and digital release on July 13 through 4AD. To celebrate, they’ve given us a sneak preview of the opener, Fake Empire. Check out that brass section. Phwoar.

The National will play an All Points East Presents show next week before heading to Dublin for two nights at Donnybrook Stadium.

Ms Lauryn Hill – 20th anniversary of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

Everyone in the office was making fun of me because I’m too young to remember this album. I listened to it, and it is pretty great (and I did actually know some of the songs, so there!).

Ms Lauryn Hill will embark on arena shows around the UK, Ireland and Europe in December to celebrate two decades since the album’s release. Two decades! Where does the time go?!

Ms Lauryn Hill isn’t playing All Points East this weekend, which is a shame because it would have rounded off the whole column quite nicely.

I may have accidentally mentioned All Points East a little too much in this week’s episode of your favourite blog. But c’est la vie. I’m excited.

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This Week’s New Releases: Shawn Mendes, Chvrches And Biffy Clyro

It’s another busy one this week. Shawn Mendes has put out LP #3, Chvrches have finally followed up 2015’s ‘Every Open Eye’, and Biffy Clyro have released their MTV Unplugged album, which was recorded at London’s Roundhouse last November.

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A$AP Rocky – ‘Testing’ (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records)

The Beat – ‘Here We Go Love’ (Here We Go)

Biffy Clyro – ‘MTV Unplugged: Live At Roundhouse, London’ (14th Floor/Atlantic)

Calypso Rose – ‘So Calypso!’ (Because/Caroline)

Chad Valley – ‘Imaginary Music’ (Cascine)

Chvrches – ‘Love Is Dead’ (Virgin EMI)

Dear Nora – ‘Skulls Example’ (Orindal Records)

Hoobastank – ‘Push Pull’ (Napalm Records)

Inner Tongue – ‘Favours’ (Mount Silver/Caroline)

Jennifer Warnes – ‘Another Time, Another Place’ (BMG)

Jonathan Davis – ‘Black Labyrinth’ (Sumerian)

Jo Passed – ‘Their Prime’ (Sub Pop)

Judith Owen – ‘RedisCOVERed’ (Twanky)

Lindi Ortega – ‘Liberty’ (Shadowbox)

Luke Howard – ‘Open Heart Story’ (Mercury KX/Decca)

Mt. Desolation – ‘When The Night Calls’ (Island)

Parliament – ‘Medicaid Fraud Dogg’ (C Kunspyruhzy Records Inc.)

Pusha-T – ‘Daytona’ (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings)

Rene LaVice – ‘Far From Perfect’ (RAM via Absolute)

Shawn Mendes – ‘Shawn Mendes’ (EMI)

Snow Patrol – ‘Wildness’ (Polydor)

Tracyanne & Danny – ‘Tracyanne & Danny’ (Merge Records)

Thunderpussy – ‘Thunderpussy’ (Virgin EMI)

Wand – ‘Perfume’ EP (Drag City)

Wooden Shjips – ‘V’ (Thrill Jockey)

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On This Day In Music: Paul Weller And Lauryn Hill Were Born

On May 25, 1958 mod legend Paul Weller was born. On the same day in 1975 solo artist and Fugees member Lauryn Hill came into the world. Happy birthday both!

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Ms Lauryn Hill, Morrissey, Passenger, First Aid Kit, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jack White and more…


Ms Lauryn Hill will bring The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour to Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin and London, where she will play the O2 Arena, between November 23 and December 3. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 25. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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The former Smiths frontman will perform homecoming concerts at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl on July 7 and 8, with tickets on general sale at 10am on May 25 priced £65.00 plus booking fees.

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The singer-songwriter, who recently returned with new single Hell or High Water, will call in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Brighton. Tickets are on sale at 9am on May 25.

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First Aid Kit have announced the Rebel Heart UK tour, with stops confirmed in Belfast, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Perth, Glasgow, Brighton, London, Newcastle, Cardiff, Birmingham and Leeds between October 22 and November 8. Support will come from the Staves. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 25.

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The British singer will perform her hits accompanied by a full orchestra and band at London’s Royal Festival Hall on October 3, which coincides with the release of her orchestrated Greatest Hits album, ‘The Song Diaries’. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on May 25, priced from £30.00 plus booking fees. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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The White Stripes frontman will play Brighton Centre, the O2 Academy Birmingham, the Venue in Hull, Liverpool’s Echo Arena and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, following dates in Russia, Latvia, Poland and Germany. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on May 25.

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Also announced this week

Parquet Courts, The Joy Formidable, Echo and the Bunnymen, Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood, Mac DeMarco, Holy Holy featuring Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey, Brent Cobb, Nerina Pallot, Power Trip, Knocked Loose, The Black Queen, The Picturebooks, The Sonics, Anne Marie, Yellow Days, Eden, Black Honey, WHY?, Jessie Reyez, Gomez, Striking Matches, Barry Adamson, Billy Ocean, Beth Rowley, BC Camplight, Tide Lines, Clean Cut Kid, Jake Shears, Darwin Deez, Yxng Bane, Rob Lynch, Her’s, Dermot Kennedy, Bodega, Mercury Rev, Our Girl, HRVY, Within Temptation, Sigala, Adam Ant, Bill Bailey, Adam Rowe, Mo Gilligan, Ozomatli, Welshly Arms, Sleep and more!

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On This Day In Music: Bob Dylan Was Born

On May 24, 1941 folk legend Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, was born. Happy birthday!

Unfortunately, this day is also the anniversary of the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who passed away on May 24, 2010.

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Festival Preview: What To Expect From All Points East

The festival market is HUGE. There are hundreds to choose from in the UK alone. So, taking a huge leap and starting a brand new one in the current landscape is a risky decision. How do you stand out?

Well, it helps to be backed by the organisers of Coachella, and to slot in at a venue that’s been part of the scene for a while. All Points East will take place in London’s Victoria Park this weekend, and it’s being pitched as a fest for discerning music fans.

It arrives complete with claims of the best sound the park has ever heard, along with the obligatory fairground rides and hipster street food vans. But the real answer to standing out? Same as it ever was. Get the right line up.

On paper, the All Points East bill is forward-thinking, eclectic, and most of all cool. Just like you, right? First up, comeback kings LCD Soundsystem take over the East Stage on Friday night. Last September saw the release of their critically acclaimed comeback ‘American Dream’, the first new material from the Brooklyn dance-punks since their 2011 Madison Square Garden sign off.

Frontman James Murphy will be hitting the decks throughout the weekend too, with his side project Despacio – a collaboration with David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax and 2manydjs.

The Saturday night headliners showcase smooth laid back beats, distinctive vocals, flawless productions skills and even a Mercury Prize – it could only be the XX. The idea will very much be to lose yourself in a concoction of Jamie XX, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s vocal plaits, delicate reverb and ambient backgrounds.

Sunday’s headliner might be one of the most eclectic singers of a generation, and one of the few genuine legends we have left. Björk will draw a line under things with colourful art-pop and avant-garde everything. There’s a decent gender balance on the bill – no, it ain’t a 50/50 split, we’re a long way off that yet – but it is far more diverse than some.

Across the weekend, expect to see performances from genre-spanning giants like Sampha, the international-pop-band-of-the-moment Superorganism, the returning shimmering indie band Friendly Fires, as well as the hugely popular Lorde, Father John Misty, Glass Animals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stefflon Don, Soulwax… you get the picture.

Thankfully, there isn’t too much overlap in terms of stage clashes – a sticking point often met with disappointment from die-hard festival-goers. On this bill, the most difficult decision you’ll make will be between Flying Lotus 3D and Father John, or Rex Orange County and Laura Misch.  

Possibly one of the most interesting parts of All Points East is the accompanying side shows. They make the festival feel like more of a sprawl, with an eclectic list of big names set to step in. On June 1, indie types Catfish and the Bottlemen like will be joined by fellow indie types Blossoms and the Hunna, while the National take over on Saturday June 2 with their biggest headline show to date.

Support there comes from from the War On Drugs, Public Service Broadcasting, This Is The Kit and loads more, while Nick Cave and some particular Bad Seeds close the entire event – after sets from none other than Patti Smith, St. Vincent and Courtney Barnett – on June 3.

All Points East is an interesting proposition. It could be big, judging from the organisers and stellar line up. By the time Björk is done with us, it might be one of those events that elicits a response of jealousy and awe from your mates.

But it if it sounds like an overload of great bands all in one go, you’re also possibly on the money. Like most festivals it’ll likely be chaotic, expensive, and difficult to see past the tall guy in front of you while Matt Berninger does his thing or the many colours of Beck pass you by.

These are the risks, but early suggestions are that All Points East will hand you some of the best around on a historical-park-shaped platter.


When? May 25 – June 3

Where? Victoria Park, London

How much? £39.95 – £169.95

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Ms Lauryn Hill And Sophie Ellis-Bextor


Ms Lauryn Hill will bring The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour to Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin and London, where she will play the O2 Arena, between November 23 and December 3.

Pre-sale opens at 9am on Thursday, prior to general sale at 9am on Friday, May 25.

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The British singer will perform her hits accompanied by a full orchestra and band at London’s Royal Festival Hall on October 3.

Pre-sale tickets are available now, prior to general sale at 10am on May 25, priced from £30.00 plus booking fees.

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On This Day In Music: Iron Maiden Score Third UK #1 Album With ‘Fear Of The Dark’

On May 23, 1992 Iron Maiden scored their third UK #1 album with ‘Fear Of The Dark’.

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On This Day In Music: Morrissey Was Born

On May 22, 1959 Morrissey, born Steven Patrick Morrissey, solo artist and frontman for the Smiths, was born.

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Tour Of The Week: Slayer

Slayer will bring their farewell tour to the UK and Europe this autumn. Slayer tickets are on sale now, priced from £40.00 plus fees.

Following their summer North American run, the thrash legends will play their last ever shows in Dublin, London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow this November before heading to the continent. Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary will open.

Slayer Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu November 01 2018 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Sat November 03 2018 – LONDON SSE Arena, Wembley
Mon November 05 2018 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Wed November 07 2018 – BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Fri November 09 2018 – MANCHESTER Arena
Sat November 10 2018 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Metro Radio Arena
Mon November 12 2018 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro

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