This Week’s New Releases: Stormzy, Harry Styles And Stone Stour

This will be our last new releases blog post of 2019. As things wind down for Christmas, so do we. Lucky we’ve got some whoppers to finish the year with then isn’t it?!

Stone Sour have shared their first live record, while Stormzy has put out the follow-up to his Mercury Prize-winning debut and Harry Styles has dropped his second solo LP.

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

Blake Shelton – ‘Fully Loaded: God’s Country’ (Warner)

Duster – ‘Duster’ (Muddguts)

Free Nationals – ‘Free Nationals’ (OBE Empire)

Harry Styles – ‘Fine Line’ (Columbia)

KAYTRANADA – ‘Bubba’ (RCA)

Pink Floyd – ‘Later Years [Box Set]’ (Sony)

Stone Sour – ‘Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno'(Cooking Vinyl)

Stormzy – ‘Heavy Is The Head’ (Atlantic/Merky)

YFN Lucci – ‘HIStory’ (Think It’s A Game/Warner)

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Things We Love This Week: Phoebe Bridgers, LadBaby, Wille Edwards

Cheer up! There are so many more important things going on in the world than elections and Brexit. There are people less fortunate than you or I, struggling to keep the fridge full, find a roof, or have a doctor who cares. So this week’s blog post is dedicated to the musicians trying to make a difference in this mad, mad world. Cheers!

Phoebe Bridgers 

Last year, Phoebe Bridgers treated us to the beauty that was Christmas Song. This festive season, we’re getting another delightfully gentle holiday song, but 7 O’Clock News / Silent Night comes with a critical twist.

Along with help from the National frontman Matt Berninger and backing vocals from Fiona Apple, Bridgers’ take on Silent Night is a soft performance underneath a depressing news broadcast.

100%  of the profits will go to Planned Parenthood, and the track comes with a statement from Phoebe: “Happy Holidays to everyone whose family has been literally or figuratively torn apart by Donald Trump. And to my racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical family members, fuck you. Thanks Fiona, Matt, Simon, and Garfunkel.”


LadBaby

I’m not entirely sure who or what LadBaby is, but I couldn’t escape that name this week. Everywhere you looked, there was something about sausage rolls. More than anything, it was making me hungry.

Lunch over, and it turns out the comedy group, led by parenting YouTuber Mark Hoyle, hit the number one Christmas single spot last year with the charity single We Built This City On Sausage Rolls. They’re back with their love for savoury pastries in 2019.

I Love Sausage Rolls was recorded at Abbey Road (YEP!) and is as hilarious and silly as you might imagine. But it’s all in the name of a good cause, and that’s why we’re featuring it this week — proceeds from the track will go to the Trussell Trust, whose mission is to end the need for food banks in the UK. Watch and enjoy below.

Wille Edwards

It’s a bit grey outside, the rain hasn’t stopped for about eighteen weeks, and everything is cold. We all hate it, but think yourself lucky some people don’t have a cosy warm home to return to at the end of the day.

Wille Edwards (from Wille And The Bandits, who are on tour next year) is trying to raise awareness of the UK’s homelessness crisis with his new powerful, heartfelt anthem, Houses On The Sand.

The atmospheric track uses sparse guitars and the dramatic vocals of Wille to comment on “the system that has failed” and what it’s like to struggle in that broken system.

Do some good over the weekend by buying one of these singles or donating to a charity you believe in. Get in the Christmassy spirit!

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Aerosmith, The Eagles, Crowded House, Queen And Adam Lambert, Il Divo, Brockhampton, Greenwich Music Time Feat. Lewis Capaldi, McFly, Ms Lauryn Hill, Mrs Brown’s Boys and more

Aerosmith

The Boston rockers will celebrate their 50th anniversary with performances at London’s O2 Arena on July 15 and Manchester Arena on July 18. The brace of shows are part of a wider summer European tour, with tickets on general sale at 9am local time on December 13.

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The Eagles


Photo: Ron Koch

The Eagles will bring their Hotel California Tour to London’s Wembley Stadium next summer, performing the iconic 1976 album in full followed by a greatest hits set on August 29 and 30. The shows will mark the band’s only European concerts of 2020. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 14.

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Crowded House

Crowded House will reunite for their first European tour in more than 10 years, calling in Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Cork, Dublin, Manchester and London, where they’ll play two nights at the Roundhouse, between June 16 and July 5. The tour also heads to Berlin, Cologne, Zeeland, Landgraaf, where they’ll play Pinkpop Festival, and Werchter, where they’ll perform at TW Classic festival. Tickets go on sale on December 13, at 9am local time for the UK dates and 10am local time for the European shows. Tickets for the previously announced Irish dates are already on sale.

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Queen And Adam Lambert

Queen and Adam Lambert have added five extra London dates to the UK leg of The Rhapsody Tour next summer. In addition to their five previously announced shows at the O2 Arena, original members Brian May and Roger Taylor, plus longtime frontman Lambert, will also perform at the Greenwich venue on June 8, 17, 18, 20 and 21. Tickets are on sale now.

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Il Divo

The vocal group will bring their Christmas With Il Divo Tour to Southend, Bath, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Hull, Brighton, Bournemouth, and London, where they’ll perform a huge show at the SSE Arena Wembley on December 12, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

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Brockhampton

As part of their spring European tour, the rap troupe have lined up shows in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and London, where they’ll perform at the O2 Academy Brixton on May 19. Tickets go on sale at 10am on December 13.

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Greenwich Music Time Feat. Lewis Capaldi, McFly, Ms Lauryn Hill

Lewis Capaldi, McFly and Ms. Lauryn Hill have been confirmed for next summer’s Greenwich Music Time at London’s Old Royal Naval College on July 9, 10 and 11, respectively. Sarah Brightman will also perform on July 6, and Lea Salonga and John Barrowman will co-headline on July 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 13. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Mrs Brown’s Boys

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Live Show Encore Tour will take over UK arenas in summer 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

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Also announced this week:

Slipknot, Knotfest UK, the Who, IAMDDB, M Huncho, the Orb, New Hope Club, the Overtones, Longitude feat. Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, Duran Duran, Liam Gallagher, Fletcher, Go West, Paul Young, Madness, Amy Wadge, James Arthur, Beverley Knight, Thundercat, Lee Brice, Feeder, Lovebox feat. Khalid, Disclosure and Tyler the Creator, Rudimental, Ezra Furman, Tom Clarke, Chuck Ragan, Ellie Taylor, Dermot Kennedy, Bryan Ferry, Clutch, Boomtown Rats, John Bishop, Jonathan Pie, Nathaniel Rateliff, Pete Tong and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Lewis Capaldi, McFly, Ms. Lauryn Hill To Perform At Greenwich Music Time In London

Greenwich Music Time

Lewis Capaldi, McFly and Ms. Lauryn Hill have been confirmed for next summer’s Greenwich Music Time at London’s Old Royal Naval College on July 9, 10 and 11, respectively. Sarah Brightman will also perform on July 6, and Lea Salonga and John Barrowman will co-headline on July 7.

Pre-sale tickets are available now, pior to general sale at 9am on December 13.

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This Week’s New Releases: The Who, Camila Cabello And Liam Payne

In the run-up to Christmas new releases slow down, but there are some big names bringing this year to a close. The Who have put out their first studio record in 13 years, while Camila Cabello has dropped her second and Liam Payne has put out his first solo LP.

Not enough for ya? Take a look below.

Burial – ‘Tunes 2011 – 2019’ (Hyperdub)

Camila Cabello – ‘Romance’ (Syco)

Courtney Barnett – ‘MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne’ (Marathon Artists)

Czarface – ‘The Odd Czar Against Us’ (Silver Age)

Eric Clapton – ‘ Crossroads Revisited: Selections From The Guitar Festivals (Vinyl Box Set)’ (Rhino)

Foo Fighters – ‘01999925’ EP (Sony)

Gentle Giant – ‘Unburied Treasure (Box Set)’ (Madfish/Burning Shed)

Jack Savoretti – ‘Singing To Strangers (Special Edition)’ (BMG)

Lee “Scratch” Perry – ‘Heavy Rain’ (On-U Sound)

Liam Payne – ‘LP1’ (Capitol)

Mary J. Blige – ‘HERstory, Vol.1’ (Geffen)

Original Cast Of Superhero – ‘Superhero (Original Cast Recording)’ (Sony)

Pitbull – ‘Libertad 548’ (Mr. 305)

Q Money – ‘How U Gon Hate’ (Warner)

Walker Hayes – ‘8Tracks, Vol. 3: Black Sheep’ (Sony)

The Who – ‘Who’ (Polydor)

Yann Tiersen – ‘Portrait’ (Mute)

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Michael Bublé To Play ‘Beautiful Outdoor Venues’ On Second UK Leg Of An Evening With Tour

Michael Bublé

The Canadian vocalist has confirmed the second UK leg of his An Evening With Tour, with the new outdoor run taking in shows in Bath, Hatfield, Aylesham, Derby, Warwick, Durham, Leeds, Exeter, Cardiff and Hove during July and August.

Pre-sale tickets are available now prior to general sale at 9am on December 6.

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Taylor Swift, Stormzy, Michael Bublé, Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Pearl Jam, Faith No More, Deep Purple, All Points East Feat. Kraftwerk, Gerry Cinnamon, Michael Bolton, Jeff Dunham and more

Taylor Swift

The pop superstar is the latest headliner announced for next year’s BST Hyde Park, topping the bill at Hyde Park in London on July 11, with special guests to be announced in due course. Tickets go on general sale at 9am GMT on December 6.

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Stormzy

The grime star will bring his H.I.T.H. World Tour to Dublin, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bournemouth and London, where he’s lined up two nights at the O2 Arena on September 3 and 4, marking his first solo shows in the city since his three-night stand at the O2 Academy Brixton in 2017. The tour takes its name from the MC’s upcoming album, ‘Heavy Is The Head’, which is out on December 13. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 6.

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Michael Bublé

The Canadian vocalis has announced a run of shows at outdoor venues for the second UK leg of his An Evening With Tour. The new dates supporting 2018’s ‘Love’ kicks off on July 24 at Bath’s Royal Crescent and runs until August 7, wrapping up at Hove First Central County Cricket Ground. Head here for pre-sale tickets. Tickets go on general sale at 9am December 6.

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Dua Lipa

The pop vocalist will hit the road in support of her new album, ‘Future Nostalgia’, due out next year, with stops confirmed in London, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dublin between May 26 and June 19. Her plans also include stops across mainland Europe, with tickets for all dates on general sale at 9am on December 6.

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5 Seconds Of Summer

The Australian pop-rock quartet will return to the UK and Ireland in May for arena shows in Dublin, Belfast, London, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Liverpool as part of the European leg of their No Shame 2020 Tour. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 6.

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Pearl Jam

The Seattle grunge legends will be joined by Pixies and White Reaper at Hyde Park, London on July 10, for their only UK show of the year as part of the BST Hyde Park series. Tickets go on general sale from 10am on December 7.

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Faith No More

The experimental rock band fronted by Mike Patton will play Manchester’s O2 Apollo, O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 Academy Birmingham and the O2 Academy Brixton in London between June 10 and 16. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 6.

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Deep Purple

The legendary British rock band will be joined by Blue Öyster Cult at Manchester Arena, London’s O2 Arena, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, and Birmingham Arena. The new dates are part of The Long Goodbye Tour which kicked off in 2017 and stopped off in Europe, North America and Japan. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 6.

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All Points East featuring Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk will play a 50th anniversary show at next year’s All Points East in London, taking over the main East Stage with digital surround sound, 3D animations and robotics on May 29. They’ll be preceded by sets from Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr, the Orb, Chromatics, Anna Calvi, Kim Gordon, Grandmaster Flash, Jehnny Beth and John Maus, with more still to be announced.

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Gerry Cinnamon

The Scottish singer-songwriter will perform at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, Cardiff Castle, Brighton Centre, Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena, Alexandra Palace in London, Manchester Arena and Cork’s Irish Independent Park ahead of his previously announced hometown show at Glasgow’s Hampden Park on July 18. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 6.

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Michael Bolton

The American singer has lined up 13 shows during October and November, including stops at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, Hull’s Bonus Arena, Brighton Centre, Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo, Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 6.

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Jeff Dunham

The American ventriloquist will bring his Seriously? Tour to Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, London’s O2 Arena, and Leeds’ First Direct Arena between May 13 and 17. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 6.

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Also announced this week:

Robbie Williams, UB40, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Orbital, Simple Minds, Luke Evans, Noel Gallagher, Rick Astley, Polaris, Jack Savoretti, the Undertones, the Australian Pink Floyd Show, the Rifles, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Carly Rae Jepson, Diana Ross, McFly, Van Morrison, David Gray, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Paw Patrol Live!, Sinead O’Connor, the National, the Libertines, AMP London, the Hoosiers, John Grant, Rachel Parris, Phil X and the Drills, Fontaines DC and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Paw Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue Heading To UK And Ireland Arenas In Summer

Paw Patrol Live!

Paw Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue will tour the UK and Ireland in summer 2020, taking over arenas in Newcastle, Aberdeen, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Dublin, Cardiff, Brighton, Birmingham, London, Bournemouth, Belfast, Liverpool and Llandudno.

Pre-sale tickets are available at 9am on December 5, prior to general sale at 9am on December 6.

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Things We Love This Week: Soak, Cat Burns, Adwaith


Photo: Soak Twitter

You – yes, you! – are one of the individuals lucky enough to be reading this blog. Fancy that! As a reward, here’s some laid back tracks that allowed us to have a quick breather away from a stressful and busy week. Have a listen below, then we can all have a nice early night. Aah.

Soak

As we come to the end of another decade (where HAS the time gone?!), publications are starting to think not just about their album of the year, but some of the best LPs that have been released in the last ten years. One of those frequently mentioned is ‘High Violet’ by the National, which came out in 2010 and featured the epic track Bloodbuzz Ohio.

It seems Soak has also been re-listening to this cracker, as she’s released a cover of it. The beautiful new version is a simple guitar-and-vocals format, and respects the original by not putting too much of her own spin on things structure-wise. It’s beeea-utiful.

Cat Burns

Helping to keep us going with our soothing, de-stressing theme is Cat Burns, an emerging pop artist who’s just 19, though her mature vocals and sentimental lyricism place her as much wiser than her years. 

A delicately finger-picked guitar teams up with Burns’ distinctive South London accent to add familiarity, while some subtle, early Bonobo-style synths join in for a contemporary twist on the poignant narrative.

Adwaith

The Welsh Music Prize took place on Wednesday. If you’re not sure what that is, I like to tell people it’s the Welsh Grammys, a prize that rewards the sheer talent and creativity of a country thats music scene doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Among the nominees this year were HMS Morris, Estrons, Audiobooks, Cate Le Bon and more, but it was Adwaith who took home the prize, following in the footsteps of Boy Azooga, Gwenno, Meilyr Jones and Gruff Rhys.

Huw Stephens, who hosted the evening, described winning LP ‘Melyn’ as, “a very exciting and deserved winner from an exceptional shortlist,” and noted that it’s beautiful music, “captures what it’s like to be young, female, frustrated and bewildered at the world we live in.” Here here. Listen to Fel i Fod, a delightful and calming track from the album. 

Sweet dreams all!

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This Week’s New Releases: Prince, Kacey Musgraves And The Game

This week is another mixed bag. We’ve got a super deluxe reissue of Prince’s ‘1999’ featuring 35 previously unreleased tracks from the icon’s vault, the Game’s final album featuring Ed Sheeran, Miguel, and Travis Barker, among others, and Kacey Musgraves has released a star-studded Christmas album to accompany her Amazon Prime show of the same name.

Still want more? Head south.

Beat Happening – ‘We Are Beat Happening’ (Domino)

The Flaming Lips – ‘Soft Bulletin: Live at Red Rocks (feat Colorado Symphony with conductor André de Ridder)’ (Bella Union)

The Game – ‘Born 2 Rap’ (Entertainment One/5th Amendment/Prolific Records)

Jack Peñate – ‘After You’ (XL Recordings)

Jesper Lindell – ‘Everyday Dreams’ (Alive Records)

Joe Pesci – ‘Pesci… Still Singing’ (BMG)

Kacey Musgraves – ‘The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show’ (MCA Nashville)

Mapache – ‘Mapache’ (Yep Roc)

Pink Floyd – ‘The Later Years: 1987 – 2019’ (Parlophone)

Prince – ‘1999 – Super Deluxe’ (Warner)

Rick Wakeman – ‘Christmas Portraits’ (Sony Classical)

Various Artists for Sweet Relief – ‘If You’re Going To The City: A Tribute To Mose Allison’ (Fat Possum Records)

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