This Week’s Top Tickets: Lana Del Rey, Björk, Melanie Martinez, A Bowie Celebration and more

Lana Del Rey

The American pop icon, who recently shared details of her new album, ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’, has lined up arena shows in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham as part of a spring European tour. The singer-songwriter’s plans also include North American shows this autumn, with tickets for all dates on general sale at 10am local time on August 9.

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Björk

Björk will bring her spectacular Cornucopia Tour to London’s O2 Arena on November 19, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on November 25 and Dublin’s 3Arena on November 28. The shows will feature her most elaborate stage design to date. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on August 9.

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Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez will bring her K-12 Tour across the UK and Ireland between December 2 and 12, North America in October and November, and Amsterdam and Hamburg on December 16 and 17 respectively. Tickets go on general sale from 10am on August 9.

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A Bowie Celebration

Key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s legendary backing band from across the decades, anchored by his longest standing member Mike Garson, will perform Bowie classics together at Manchester’s O2 Ritz on January 23 and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on January 25. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on August 9.

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Also announced this week:

Biffy Clyro, the Teskey Brothers, Funeral For A Friend, Mystery Jets, Peaky Blinders: The Legitimate Festival, Idlewild, Jack Savoretti, Get Loud for Nordoff Robbins featuring 10CC, Reef, MNEK, Louise, Frank Turner, Scouting For Girls, Sigala, Skindred, Nazareth, Hollie Cook, Fat Cops, and Akala, Sunset Sons, the Twilight Sad, Levellers, Poppy, Edwyn Collins, Battles, the Joy Formidable and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Things We Love This Week: Carly Rae Jepsen, Holly Herndon, Bjork

While the political turmoil we’ve all become numb to reaches critical stages of development, let’s all take a break by pondering some of the best of this week’s music news. Happy listening.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen is still doing crazy things with people she has just met. Or, in the case of her video for the new single Now That I Found You, animals she’s just met.

Finding a poor little kitty all alone in the rain, she adopts the feline and soon becomes obsessive. 20 cats later and she’s inhaling catnip through a bong. Shit gets weird, but it’s pretty great. 

Holly Herndon

Herndon’s announced a new album that isn’t about artificial intelligence, but was made in collaboration with her own AI ‘baby’. It even has a name: Spawn. 

With a whole ensemble of both contemporary and traditional folk vocalists, in addition to some pretty swanky tech to process it all, ‘PROTO’ references our current protocol era, compelling the listener to ask who we are, what we are, what we stand for, and what we’re headed towards.

So what is it? I’m not really sure. But I know that the single Eternal is definitely a grower. See for yourself below, live at Manchester International Festival on July 20 or find out more about the project here.


Björk

The one and only Björk has announced she is to reissue her back catalogue on colourful cassettes, and if that isn’t THE MOST Björk thing to do I don’t know what is.

Nine of her releases — 1993’s ‘Debut’, 1995’s ‘Post’, 1997’s ‘Homogenic’, 2001’s ‘Vespertine’, 2004’s ‘Medúlla’, 2007’s ‘Volta’, 2011’s ‘Biophilia’, 2015’s ‘Vulnicura’ and 2017’s ‘Utopia’ — will be available individually or as a bundle from April 26.

The reissue has inspired me to go back over the iconic Icelander’s (entire) discography over the weekend, so those are my plans. What are yours?

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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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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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This Week’s New Releases: Björk And Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

This week is all about one woman, Björk. The Icelandic artist has finally followed up 2015’s ‘Vulnicura’ and we, along with everyone else, couldn’t be happier.

You’ve also got a new record from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and plenty more to keep you busy below. Fill your boots!

Alexander Armstrong – ‘In A Winter Light’ (Rhino)

Almanac – ‘Kingslayer’ (Nuclear Blast)

Amy Macdonald – ‘Under Stars (Live In Berlin)’ (Virgin EMI)

Andre Rieu – ‘Amore’ (Decca)

BDY_PRTS – ‘Fly Invisible Hero’ (Aggrocat Records)

Björk – ‘Utopia’ (One Little Indian)

Bob Seger – ‘I Knew You When’ (Virgin EMI)

Daniel Alexander – ‘Unfree’ EP (Maison Ainsi)

Drahla – ‘Third Article’ EP (Blank Ad)

DRAM – ‘#1EpicHoliday’ EP

Elbow – ‘The Best Of (Deluxe)’ (Polydor)

Frank Turner – ‘Songbook’ (Polydor)

Matt Terry – ‘Trouble’ (Syco)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Who Built The Moon?’ (Sour Mash Records)

Ramones – ‘Rocket To Russia (40th Anniversary Deluxe)’ (Rhino)

Saxon – ’10 Years Of Denim And Leather – Live 1990′ (Demon)

SECT – ‘No Cure For Death’ (Southern Lord Recordings)

Sufjan Stevens – ‘The Greatest Gift’ mixtape (Asthmatic Kitty)

Wilson Pickett – ‘The Complete Atlantic Albums Collection’ (Rhino)

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Björk And Alex James!

On November 21, 1965 Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk was born. On the same day in 1968 Blur bassist Alex James came into the world. Happy birthday both!

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Morrissey, Rita Ora, Tears For Fears, Flight Of The Conchords, Franz Ferdinand, All Points East Festival and more…

MORRISSEY

The former Smiths frontman, who will release ‘Low in High School’ on November 17, will call in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dublin, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton and London, where he is set to play shows at the Royal Albert Hall and Alexandra Palace, during February and March. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 3, priced between £35.00 and £55.00 plus fees.

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RITA ORA

The pop vocalist, who recently put out Anywhere and Your Song, has now confirmed shows in Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bristol in May. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 3, priced £26.50/£29.50 plus booking fees.

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TEARS FOR FEARS

Tears For Fears have announced a spring arena tour of the UK and Ireland. Tickets are on sale at 9am on November 3, priced £35.00/£45.00 plus fees.

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FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS

Flight of the Conchords have extended their UK and Ireland tour due to demand, with extra shows confirmed at Dublin’s 3Arena on April 2 and London’s O2 Arena on April 3 alongside new dates in Portsmouth, York and Milton Keynes. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 3, priced £25.00 plus fees.

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FRANZ FERDINAND

The Glasgow quintet will release ‘Always Ascending’ on February 9 through Domino, with a UK and Ireland tour set to kick off the following day in Galway and conclude at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on February 24. Tickets go on sale at 9am on November 3, priced between £27.50 and £29.50 plus booking fees.

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ALL POINTS EAST Feat. LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk

LCD Soundsystem, The xx and Björk will headline a new London festival, All Points East. The 10 day event will take over Victoria Park between May 25 and June 3, opening with a three day music festival, followed by a four day community focused midweek event and culminating with three headline shows. Tickets on sale at 9am on November 3, priced from £59.95 plus fees.

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Also announced this week

The Vamps, Stereophonics, First Aid Kit, Sheridan Smith, A Perfect Circle, Kygo, The Temperance Movement, Trevor Noah, Isaac Gracie, Mo Gilligan, Baxter Dury, British Sea Power, Keywest, The Handsome Family, Frightened Rabbit, Black Label Society, Testament, Carnifex, Don Broco, Gnarwolves, Hed PE, Marmozets, Arcane Roots, The Wailers, Walking With Dinosaurs: Arena Spectacular, Big Business, Young Fathers, August Alsina, Ellie Goulding, Hollie Cook, Cassia, Big Thief, Gnarwolves, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hookworms, The Selecter, The Beat feat. Ranking Roger, Dreadzone, Pinegrove, Alvarez Kings, Tyler Childers and more.

For more information and to find your tickets visit: http://www.stereoboard.com/ticket-news

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Video Of The Week: Bjork – The Gate

Björk has released the video for her new single, The Gate, the first track to be shared from the Icelandic artist’s forthcoming ninth studio album, the follow up to 2015’s ‘Vulnicura’.

The track is available digitally, with a 12″ vinyl release set to follow on September 22 through One Little Indian. The video, meanwhile, was directed by Bjork’s long-time collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, with creative direction by Björk, Alessandro Michele and James Merry.

It premiered this weekend at a London Fashion Week installation by NOWNESS.

Head over to our music video page on the official Stereoboard website for the latest video releases.

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Björk And Alex James!

On November 21, 1965 Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk was born. On the same day in 1968 Blur bassist Alex James came into the world. Happy birthday both!

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Top Tours This Week!!

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Chase And Status

Chase and Status will tour the UK this autumn, taking in shows at the O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 Academy Newcastle, Manchester’s O2 Apollo, O2 Academy Birmingham and Portsmouth Guildhall between November 19 and 25, before closing the run at Alexandra Palace in London on November 26.
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Tickets go on general sale at 10am on August 19, priced from 26.50 (£29.50 for London), plus fees.


Laura Mvula

The Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter will call in Gateshead, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sheffield and Bristol between November 14 and 26.
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Tickets go on sale at 9am on August 19, priced from £19.50, plus fees.


Slaves

Slaves will support their new album, ‘Take Control’, out on September 30, with November shows in Bexhill-on-Sea, Truro, Cardiff, Cambridge, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester before two nights at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.
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Tickets go on sale at 9am on August 19, priced at £16.00/£18.50 plus fees.


Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes

The band, who put out ‘Blossom’ last summer, will call in Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol, London, Oxford, Brighton and Wolverhampton.
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Tickets are on sale at 10am on August 19, priced at £13.00/£15.00 plus fees.


Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest will tour the UK and Ireland this winter, including stops in Dublin and Belfast in late November before heading to Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, Norwich, Manchester, Bristol and Brighton, winding up at the Roundhouse in London on December 11. She releases her new album, ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’, on October 7 through Fiction Records.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on August 19, priced from £16.00 (£18.50 in London), plus fees.


Blossoms

Blossoms have announced a fresh run of UK shows this winter. The new run will build up to the indie band’s already announced December date at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, with new shows planned in Leicester, Hull, Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Middlesbrough, Oxford and Bournemouth between November 30 and December 14.
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Tickets are on sale now, priced at £14.00/£16.50 plus fees.


Pixies

The alt-rock legends have added three new dates to their winter UK tour plans, including a third night at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on December 6 plus new shows in Cardiff and Birmingham.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on August 19, priced at £32.50 plus fees.


Bjork

Björk has added a performance at London’s Eventim Apollo to her autumn tour plans, with the new show falling on September 24, following her date at the Royal Albert Hall.
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Tickets are on sale now, priced at £40.00 plus fees.


Also announced this week, so far

Joshua Radin, Brandy Clark, Sarah McQuaid, Sunset Sons, Skyharbor, Evil Scarecrow, The Hyena Kill, Flight Brigade, Hooten Tennis Club, Sun Kil Moon, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Joe Brown, Roam, SG Lewis, Joe Purdy, Gabriel Bruce, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Steve O, Goat, Dale Watson, Mick Jenkins, Desiigner, Yasiin Bey, Candlebox, The Cribs and many more!

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