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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Things We Love This Week: Bombay Bicycle Club, Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith, Sleater-Kinney

Happy Friday you lovely readers. It’s the start of the weekend! The pinot grigio is in the fridge ready and waiting, the sun is *trying* to shine, and Nicki Minaj has supposedly retired from music. Does it get better than this? You bet…

Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club have FINALLY confirmed what we all knew was coming: an album! Tour dates! Thank the indie-pop Gods for this special moment in all of our lives. About the new record, the band poignantly stated:

“This is an album for anyone who’s ever turned to music in a time of crisis, whether personal or political. It’s about the solace one can get from listening to music or playing music when everything else in your life or the world has gone wrong. It’s about finding kernels of hope and renewal in dire situations.”

Feel ya, guys. I’m ready. However ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ isn’t coming until JANUARY. How will we cope? With singles, that’s how. We were treated to their first new song in five years, Eat Sleep Wake, earlier this summer, and now it has an accompanying tongue-in-cheek video. Watch below, then check out their newly announced tour dates for March 2020, which go on sale at 10am on September 13.

Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith

Now for something a little different. And when I say different, I think I mean a little bit hippy-dippy. Patti Smith has teamed up again with Soundwalk Collective for something very interesting indeed.

‘Mummer Love’ is the second in a three-part series of albums inspired by French poets. For this body of work, due on November 8 via Bella Union, Soundwalk Collective traveled to Africa to explore a period of work by Arthur Rimbaud, and its release will coincide with the anniversary of his death. Heavy stuff, but important. The first track, Eternity, features some rhythmic chanting and spoken word. Delightful.

Sleater-Kinney

Sleater Kinney released ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ last month. Their new album was produced by St Vincent, and it shows, taking the riot-grrl band into intelligent pop territory. Sadly, it’s the last with drummer Janet Weiss, who left the band in July.

Today saw the release of a video from the gang to accompany Can’t Go On. It features Lauri Guzda and Mami Kimura as a pair of serious ladies, whose afternoon tea turns into a crazy mud fight involving spilled drinks and smashed plates. Sleater-Kinney also have what can only be described as a butt-load of tour dates in both 2019 and 2020. You should get tickets.

Gros bisous, à la prochaine xo

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Things We Love This Week: Bombay Bicycle Club, Frank Turner, Bonobo

Hey hun, u ok? Glad to have you back with us for another exciting edition of Learn To Cook With Coriander. This week, we’ve got some interesting recip… Oh wait. I’m at the wrong class. You’re here for music you say? Well I’m sure I can rustle something up.

Bombay Bicycle Club

This iconic indie band are back from a five year hiatus, and it’s the best news. They’ve been relatively active since January, teasing new music and announcing various shows all very far away from the Stereoboard office — Who’s got time to go all the way to Cork? I wish!

Fortunately, this year also happens to coincide with the release of their debut (and in my opinion, best) album. ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ is a lesson in emotional guitar playing while still leaving the listener absolutely hooked, and varies from delicate finger picking to almost grunge-like distortion at times. That combined with Jack Steadman’s vulnerable vocal style is what makes their record one I hold dear to my heart.

I can imagine your excitement when this week the Bombay gang announced they’d be playing the LP in full on tour in November. Tickets are on sale now, and you should definitely get one,  or two, or seven. To get you in the mood for the long, long wait for the concerts, listen to some rare demos and previously unheard material that’s been shared to coincide with the announcement.


Frank Turner

Frank Turner’s latest album is inspired by women who’ve been overlooked throughout history. Right on!  He worked solely with female musicians to record it, and production comes from 2018 Producer Of The Year winner Catherine Marks, who’s worked with the likes of Wolf Alice, Foals, the Wombats, the Amazons, the Big Moon, Manchester Orchestra, St Vincent, Frank Carter and the Rattle Snakes… the list goes on.

Turner suspects that if these stories had male protagonists they’d probably be more widely known — his heart is in the right place, but some still aren’t happy with him. Addressing these critics who posit it’s not his place to be writing about such topics, he stated: “It’s not telling anyone what to do or how to live or how to be. If there was a crowded field of people writing songs about Princess Kassiani then I would see the argument for me bowing out, but there isn’t. No-one else is writing these songs right now. That’s why I want to share these stories.” 

While I’m not fussed about the actual song, I like the sentiment. Such influential women need to be celebrated, even if one of them is a murderer… maybe let’s not celebrate that one. But women in general, hell yeah!

Frank has UK tour dates planned this month. Find tickets here.

Bonobo

Lastly, it’s FRIDAY of course! So it’s time to get your club on, courtesy of my main man Simon Green, who you might know better as that musical magician Bonobo. The Los Angeles-based producer has shared a new track, Linked, that is his first new material since January. It could soundtrack a montage video of the wild night out you’re about to have this evening. I know what you’re planning. Where was my invite?

A six-minute long build up transports you to a place of hedonism and revelry, and its laser synths and ethereal vocal flourishes makes you want to lose yourself in darkness and dancing.

While you may not get a chance to see him in the UK any time soon, Bonobo does have a long list of festival sets planned for the summer, including OUTLIER, Mad Cool and Shambala, as well as various other shows dotted around the US.

Alas, dear reader, I am off next week. Good news for me, but how will you cope without your weekly dose of music news?! See you on the other side. 

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Elton John, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Rammstein, The Cult, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Overtones and more

Elton John

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will now take over London’s O2 Arena for a seventh night on December 2, 2020, in addition to his previously announced performances there on November 4, 6, 7 and December 9, 14 and 16, 2020. Tickets for the new date go on sale at 10am on July 5.

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Catfish And The Bottlemen

The Welsh band, who released ‘The Balance’ in April, will perform at Aberdeen’s P&J Live on November 7 and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow the next day, as part of their autumn tour. Tickets go on sale at 10am on July 5.

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Rammstein

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Rammstein have lined up a huge summer show in Belfast, where they’ll take over Boucher Road Playing Fields on June 17, 2020. The date forms part of their 2020 European stadium tour behind this year’s untitled seventh studio album. They play their only UK date of the year at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes this weekend. Tickets go on general sale at 11am on July 5.

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The Cult

The Cult will perform ‘Sonic Temple’ in full plus a second set of fan favourites from the rest of their back catalogue at shows in Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Portsmouth, and London, where they’ll play Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on October 27. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 5.

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Bombay Bicycle Club

The indie band, who reformed in January after a five year hiatus, will play ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ in full at Liverpool’s Olympia, Caird Hall in Dundee, Nottingham’s Rock City, Bath Pavilion, and London’s O2 Academy Brixton during November. Support will come from Gengahr. Tickets go on sale at 10am on July 5.

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The Overtones

The vocal group, featuring new member Jay James, will play “classic songs and good time greats” at shows in Gateshead, Birmingham, Leicester, Southend, Liverpool, Salford, Sheffield, Glasgow, Harrogate, Nottingham, Cardiff, Guildford and London between December 2 and 18. Tickets go on sale at 10am on July 5.

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Also announced this week:

Liam Gallagher, Sabaton, Mahalia, Burna Boy, Slade, Babymetal, Lewis Capaldi, Samantha Fish, Laura Marling, Heaven 17, Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Emeli Sande, Dragonforce, Starset, Johnny Marr, Bear’s Den, Blade Runner Live, Explosions In The Sky and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Things We Love This Week: Bombay Bicycle Club, Foals, the Antlers, Little Simz

This week’s blog post has done its absolute best to transport me back to my high school days. Everything going forward contains news from bands I loved when I was about 15. #Throwback

Bombay Bicycle Club

…have teased a comeback! It’s been five long years since ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ – in the gap of which we’ve heard albums from front man Jack Steadman as the R&B-come-jazz-come-hip hop-genius Mr Jukes, and the softer indie side of bassist Ed Nash as Toothless. But now Bombay are getting the band back together for new music in 2019, and I can’t wait.

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Hello, With a new year ahead of us, we thought now would be a good moment to give you a bit of news about what the four of us have been up to recently and what we have planned. Since late last year we’ve been getting back into the swing of playing music together. We were initially a little rusty but also nostalgic playing songs that have been around since we were teenagers. More than anything it just felt great to be in the same room playing again. It made us realise what a good thing we have and has given us renewed energy and enthusiasm for the future. The joy we were getting out of playing the old songs seemed to naturally lead us onto working on new material, so we’re becoming immersed in that as we speak. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we have something new for you guys to hear. We’re also planning some shows for later this year and beyond. We’ll have news on that front over the coming months. Can’t wait to see you all. We’ve missed you. Jack, Ed, Jamie, Suren x

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Foals

The saga continues. Last week the album was announced, now we have exact dates. ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ Part 1 is due on March 8. From the teaser clip, it sounds like the new music is going to be much the same heavier sound as ‘What Went Down’ rather than the math-rock intricacies of earlier ‘Antidotes’. Can’t you go back to that, Foals? Please? For me!?

The Antlers

Peter Silberman released a solo album last year, but it just did not cut with the same heart-stricken grief as the Antlers’ work. Luckily, they celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘Hospice’ (THE saddest album in existence, in case you were wondering), at UK shows in April. They’ll play the album in full, acoustically. Bring your tissues. *Sniffs*

Little Simz

Okay, so I wasn’t into rap when I was in high school. But! After listening to this earlier in the week I couldn’t not include it. Little Simz is a rapper from London, and she is fiiiireeee. After the bold Offence dropped last year, we couldn’t get enough of her beats in the office, so here’s her latest.Selfish will feature on her upcoming album, ‘GREY Area’, due March 1.

‘Till next time, bros.

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Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: The Black Keys, The National, Interpol, Bombay Bicycle Club & Frank Turner

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THE BLACK KEYS

Ohio’s Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, aka The Black Keys, will hit up four UK arena shows early next year. The duo, who play a headline set at this weekend’s Latitude Festival, will take center stage at Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena, Birmingham’s LG Arena in February, followed by shows at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, London’s O2 Arena and Leeds’ First Direct Arena in March.

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THE NATIONAL

The National have confirmed a one-off show at London’s O2 Arena, having opened for Neil Young at Hyde Park last weekend as part of the British Summer Time music series. The indie quintet will hit the iconic Greenwich venue on November 26, bringing their Trouble Will Find Me tour to a close. Wild Beasts provide support.

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INTERPOL

Interpol have confirmed three UK and Irish shows for early next year. The New Yorkers release their fifth album ‘El Pintor’ on September 8 and hit up London’s Roundhouse, Manchester’s Albert Hall and Dublin’s Olympia on February 6, 8 and 10, respectively. The UK dates are part of a European trek that also visits the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Denmark.

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BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

Ahead of their Latitude Festival appearance this weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club have announced a show at London’s Earl’s Court for the winter. Having topped the album charts earlier this year with their latest album, ‘So Long See You Tomorrow’, the indie troupe will cap another successful year headlining the iconic arena on December 13. The quartet also play the Reading and Leeds Festivals next month.

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FRANK TURNER

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls have announced a string of dates for the autumn, confirming a tour of venues a little off the beaten track. The folk-punk star, who hit the road for an arena run earlier this year, will play shows in Norwich, Leicester, Salisbury, St Albans, Cambridge, Northampton, Bath, Yeovil, Looe, Exeter, Hartlepool, Dunfermline, Warrington, Hull, Wakefield and Oxford, in addition to a set at London’s On Blackheath.

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Check out Stereoboard’s tour pages for a full list of latest announcements.

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Throwback Thursday: Bombay Bicycle Club

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Having hit #1 on the UK album charts earlier this year, Bombay Bicycle Club will take another huge step in December by headlining a night at the iconic Earls Court.

The indie troupe will also turn out at Latitude this weekend, with ‘So Long See You Tomorrow’ proving to be a breakthrough of sorts after a few years of experimenting with their sound.

In the latest edition of Throwback Thursday we focus in on Jack Steadman during the band’s stop at Cardiff University in October 2011, when they were on the road in support of that year’s ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’.

Photo by Craig Thomas (tallboyimages.co.uk) for Stereoboard.com (c) 2011. No unauthorised use without permission.

 

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Bombay Bicycle Club Post Spoof Video For Earls Court Show

Bombay Bicycle Club have posted a spoof documentary video for their Earls Court, London show on December 13.

The video depicts a band looking back 30 years from now on the show, with a special appearance by ‘Fan Club President’ Guy Garvey. Check it out above.

Tickets for Bombay Bicycle Club at London’s Earl Court are on sale at 9am on July 18, while the band will also play sets at Latitude and Reading and Leeds this summer.

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