This Week’s New Releases: Pearl Jam, Dua Lipa And Waxahatchee

As the craziness around the world continues, the new releases are still rolling in and giving us some respite. Pearl Jam have finally followed up 2013’s ‘Lightning Bolt’, Dua Lipa has dropped her highly anticipated sophomore LP and Waxahatchee has put out her fifth.

Fancy some more new music? Head due south.

5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘C A L M’ (Interscope)

Basia Bulat – ‘Are You In Love?’ (Secret City)

Bon Iver – ‘Blood Bank’ EP (10th Anniversary Edition) (Jagjaguwar)

Brian Fallon – ‘Local Honey’ (Lesser Known Records)

The Chats – ‘High Risk Behaviour’ (Bargain Bin Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia)

Deeper – ‘Auto-pain’ (Fire Talk Records)

Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’ (Warner Records)

Half Waif – ‘The Caretaker’ (Anti)

In This Moment – ‘Mother’ (Atlantic)

Lilly Hiatt – ‘Walking Proof’ (New West)

Little Dragon – ‘New Me, Same Us’ (Ninja Tune)

Lizzy Farrall – ‘Bruise’ (Pure Noise Records)

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real – ‘Naked Garden’ (Concord Records)

Melt Yourself Down – ‘100% Yes’ (Decca)

Milk Teeth – ‘Milk Teeth’ (Music For Nations)

Nap Eyes – ‘Snapshot of a Beginner’ (Jagjaguwar)

The Orb – ‘Abolition Of The Royal Familia’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Parkway Drive – ‘Viva The Underdogs’ (Epitaph)


Pearl Jam – ‘Gigaton’ (Monkeywrench/Republic)

Roddy Woomble – ‘Everyday Sun’ EP (A Modern Way)

Sarah Peacock – ‘Burn The Witch’ (Road Dog Enterprises)

Skepta, Chipz and Young Adz – ‘Insomnia’ (SKC M29)

Solomon Grey – ‘Music For Picture: Vol. I (Parallels)’ EP (Solomon Grey)

Sorry – ‘925’ (Domino)

Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams – ‘Aporia’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Waxahatchee – ‘Saint Cloud’ (Merge Records)

Windy and Carl – ‘Allegiance and Conviction’ (Kranky)

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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


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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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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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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This Week’s New Releases: Slipknot, Marika Hackman, Feeder And Bon Iver

This week everyone is talking about the latest LP from masked fiends Slipknot, but face-melting records aside there’s plenty more to be getting on with this week. Feeder are back with the follow up to 2016’s ‘All Bright Electric’ and Marika Hackman’s highly anticipated new album has arrived.

It’s also worth noting that Bon Iver have dropped their new album, ‘i,i’, three weeks early. It was originally slated to arrive on August 30 but you can stream and purchase it in full now.

Head below to find out what else’s on offer.

Bon Iver – ‘i,i’ (Jagjaguwar)

Elvis Presley – ‘Live 1969 – 11 CD Box Set’ (RCA/Legacy)

Feeder – ‘Tallulah’ (Feeder/Believe)

half·alive – ‘Now, Not Yet’ (RCA)

Marika Hackman – ‘Any Human Friend’ (AMF Records/Virgin EMI)

PP Arnold – ‘The New Adventures Of…PP Arnold’ (EarMusic via Absolute)

The Regrettes – ‘How Do You Love?’ (Warner)

Rick Ross – ‘Port Of Miami 2’ (Epic)

Rudimental – ‘Distinction’ EP (Major Tom’s/Asylum Records)

Slipknot – ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ (Roadrunner)

Snow Patrol – ‘Reworked EP 1’ (Polydor Records)

Strung Out – ‘Songs Of Armor And Devotion’ (Fat Wreck Chords)

Tori Kelly – ‘Inspired By True Events’ (Capitol Records/Schoolboy Records)


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Things We Love This Week: Bon Iver, Stormzy, Roísín Murphy

Another week of Brexit chaos has come and gone and we’re still no further forward. Westminster is in turmoil and Theresa, undoubtedly, needs the weekend off. Step away from the political nightmares by checking out some things that we loved this week – with some interesting festival news first and foremost.

Bon Iver at All Points East

This is going to be MASSIVE. The folk hero turned electro-experimenter otherwise known as Justin Vernon has been incredibly busy this year – basking in the long glow of ’22, A Million’, taking part in Berlin’s collaborative PEOPLE festival and releasing a joint album with Aaron Dessner from the National – I wonder how he’ll find the time to rehearse for his headlining slot at Victoria Park’s coolest festival yet.

All Points East had an amazing debut this summer with the XX, Bjork, the National, Nick Cave and LCD Soundsystem all rocking up, and the line up for next year hasn’t seemed to waver. Bon Iver will be joined by Mac Demarco, First Aid Kit, John Grant, The Tallest Man On Earth, Julien Baker and Snail Mail on June 2, as well as Chemical Brothers headlining on May 24.

This week Bon Iver also revealed a song as part of the soundtrack for Creed II.

Stormzy at Glasto

You’re never too big for your boots! Stormzy has been confirmed as the first headliner for Glastonbury. The enormously popular grime MC will take over Worthy Farm’s Pyramid stage on Friday June 28, making a thankful change from the embarrassingly white line up of the festival’s previous undertaking in 2017. Here he is at the Brit Awards earlier this year.

Roísín Murphy – The Rumble

Due to the aforementioned chaos of the week, Roisin Murphy’s latest video for track the Rumble – which celebrates the halcyon days of ‘90s club culture – is a necessary antidote. You need a good beat, a good dance and a little bit of letting go. Have fun.

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Things We Love This Week: PEOPLE, Public Service Broadcasting, Idles, Interpol

Oh, hi there. I see you’re looking for some great new music? Well, you’ve come to the right place.


Seemingly coming out of nowhere on Wednesday, there is now an entirely new streaming platform in the world.

PEOPLE is based around a collection of artists, including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, members of the National, Kate Stables from This Is The Kit, Lisa Hannigan, Phoebe Bridgers, Sufjan Stevens and loads more (you can check out the full list of people involved here), all working collaboratively “for the benefit and development of the artists involved and just as importantly, for those who would like to access and enjoy the output.” Put simply, an enviable group of people who you’d love to be friends with. Wouldn’t it be great to nip to the pub for a cheeky pint with Justin?

It also boats zero commercial interest or sponsorship, which is great. Independent artists making music for making music’s sake. *Sighs dreamily*

One of the featured projects on the site comes from Vernon and Aaron Dessner from the National, Big Red Machine. The only trouble is, I want to be able to download or have physical copies of this four track EP because it is brilliant. With the guitar expertise of Dessner and the iconic vocals of Vernon, both of their creative minds work in harmony to make perfect rainy-day music. Listen hereThere so much music to get your ears around. Good job I have zero weekend plans…

Public Service Broadcasting

J Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth, plus full band, have announced they’ll finish touring their latest album, ‘Every Valley’ with a string of intimate Welsh shows.

Based on the coalfields of south Wales, the record follows the story of the rise, progress, fall, and strikes of the industry, from the perspective of workers, women, and politicians. It’s such an interesting idea. There’s no place better for such a tour than in the valleys themselves, but they’ll culminate with a huge show at the Royal Albert Hall in November. You can check for dates here.

Idles – Danny Nedelko

We’ve got the second cut from the Bristol post-punks’ new album! Danny Nedelko is fun, fast and perhaps too catchy, with a singalong chorus that goes “yadda yadda yadda yadda ay ay ay ay” – something you might not expect from a band who are used to pissing in the kitchen sink. But it’s great fun. I’ve just listened to it four times in a row and would advise you to do the same.

Idles have confirmed details of their sophomore LP, ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’, out on August 31 through Partisan Records.

Interpol – The Rover

I’M SO GLAD INTERPOL ARE BACK. After missing their ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ 15th anniversary shows last year, this news gives me hope that I will one day be able to cross off seeing Paul Banks and co. from my bucket list. They’ve announced a new album, and have shared the first cut. ‘Marauder’ is due for release on on August 24 via Matatdor Records, prior to a world tour – which includes a stop at the Royal Albert Hall.

The frontman has stated:

“’Marauder is a facet of myself. That’s the guy that fucks up friendships and does crazy shit. He taught me a lot, but it’s representative of a persona that’s best left in song. In a way, this album is like giving him a name and putting him to bed. This record is where I feel touching on real things that have happened to me are exciting and evocative to write about… I think in the past, I always felt autobiography was too small a thing for me to reference. I feel like now, I’m able to romanticise parts of my own life.”

Over and out. 👋

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Top Tours This Week: Noel Gallagher, Paloma Faith, Dua Lipa, Bon Iver, Machine Head, The Prodigy, Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides and more…

This week is definitely a mixed bag. Noel Gallagher will return to the road next spring in support of his upcoming new LP, ‘Who Built The Moon?’, The Prodigy will tour the UK this winter and Asking Alexandria will team up with Black Veil Brides for a co-headline run across the UK in January.  If none of that floats your boat there’s plenty more to choose from below.

Noel Gallagher

The former Oasis guitarist will again be backed by the High Flying Birds for spring dates in support of ‘Who Built The Moon?’, which is out on November 24.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 29.
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Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith has announced a March UK and Ireland arena tour to accompany her new LP, ‘The Architect’.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on September 29.
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Dua Lipa

The pop singer-songwriter, who put out her self-titled debut earlier this year, will call in Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and London next spring, following up a run of autumn dates.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on September 29.
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Bon Iver

Bon Iver will play four shows at the Eventim Apollo in London in February, replacing the slate of shows in the capital pulled earlier this year.
Tickets will be available to those who had tickets to the cancelled gigs first, with general sale following at 10am on October 3.
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Jake Bugg

The singer-songwriter, who recently released ‘Hearts That Strain’, has lined up shows in Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Carlisle, Douglas, Bristol, London, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, Margate, Warwick, Oxford, Southampton, Exeter and Brighton during February and March.
Tickets are on sale at 9am on September 29.
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Belle And Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian have announced plans to tour the UK and Ireland during March.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on September 29.
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Deacon Blue

The Scottish pop-rock band will bring their To Be Here Someday – 30th Anniversary tour to venues across the UK between November 13 and December 15 in 2018.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on September 29.
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Machine Head

Machine Head will bring their Catharsis tour to Southampton, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London, where they’ll play two nights at the Roundhouse, during March.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on September 29.
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The Prodigy

The dance legends will call in Manchester, Doncaster, Plymouth, Glasgow and Wolverhampton prior to three nights at the O2 Academy Brixton in London in December.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 29.
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Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria

Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria will bring The Resurrection Tour to Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London, where they’ll play the O2 Academy Brixton, between January 23 and 27.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 29.
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Also announced this week, so far

The Chainsmokers, Friendly Fires, Runrig, Michael McIntyre, Fast and Furious Live, Bowling For Soup, Jorja Smith, Megan McKenna, Callum Beattie, Tom Grennan, Cloud Nothings, Witchsorrow, Ray BLK, MiC Lowry, Shopping, Lisbee Stainton, All Tvvins, The Go Team, The Wonder Stuff, Kew The Music, Gypsy Kings, The Human League, Jools Holland, Stereophonics, Shed Seven, Tall Ships, Jim Jefferies, Seafoal, Venom Prison, Wild Beasts, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, Brave Giant, Celebrating David Bowie, Belly Squad, Wilkinson, Peach Pit, Beth Hart, Orange Goblin, Louise Redknapp, Game of Thrones Live, John Boden and more.

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Staff Picks: Liam Turner


The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’

‘I Like It When You Sleep…’ is an overproduced, overwrought and overindulgent mishmash of a thing. So, just how Matt Healey and co. have managed to take such inauspicious ingredients and turn them into the musical equivalent of a moreish Eton mess is all the more mind boggling. Indie-pop has never had it quite so good.

Bon Iver – ‘22, A Million’

Cryptic and convoluted, Bon Iver’s third full-length release may have lacked appeal on paper. However, on ‘22, A Million’ mainman Justin Vernon does what he does best by distilling raw human emotion into a delicate, finely crafted musical experience. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what the bloody hell he’s on about, only that you feel what it is that he’s saying.

Conor Oberst – ‘Ruminations’

Featuring just a guitar, harmonica, piano and, of course, Oberst’s voice, ‘Ruminations’ is easily one of the most sparse records of 2016. Such minimalism completely works in the record’s favour, though, as we are truly able to focus on the carefully-woven tales of heartbreak and tragedy that Oberst so plaintively tells. Sometimes the simplest music really is the best.

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’

From the epic grandiosity of opener Cold Little Heart, you know you’re in for a treat with Kiwanuka’s second full-length LP. The album certainly doesn’t hold back in terms of its scope, with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. But rather than its scale, its Kiwanuka’s increasing ability to blend sentiment with soul that truly sets ‘Love & Hate’ apart.

David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’

A swansong like no other, ‘Blackstar’ is Bowie’s final gift to the world.The record represents the singer’s unparalleled ability to turn even the most lamentable of circumstances into something worth celebrating, while simultaneously bookending what is an incredibly vast and varied body of work. An artist in the true sense of the word.

Honourable mentions: Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, Teleman – ‘Brilliant Sanity’, Metronomy – ‘Summer 08’, Green Day – ‘Revolution Radio’, C Duncan – ‘The Midnight Sun’.


Francis and the Lights – Friends (feat. Bon Iver)

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Warpaint – New Song

Christine and the Queens – Tilted

Honourable mentions: The xx – On Hold, VANT – PEACE & LOVE, Blossoms – Charlemagne, Mystery Jets – Bubblegum, Creeper – Suzanne

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Coldplay Hit #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart


Coldplay have knocked The Stone Roses off the top spot and down to #13.  While Still Game has entered the chart in second place, followed closely but the three Bs, Bros, Bieber and Bishop.

This week isn’t going so well for previous top spot holders though. Green Day, who last week were at #9, have fallen 10 places and Eric Clapton is down two. However, making a comeback we have Bon Iver, who has risen from last place to #14 this week.

If you thought last week was a tad ridiculous with how many big names announced tours, then this week will really blow your mind! Depeche Mode have announced a new album and tour and Drake is coming to the UK, as are Kings Of Leon.  Busted have also lined up a UK and Ireland trek, while Kylie is set to return to the Royal Albert Hall for two Christmas shows. Check back in with us next week to see if any have managed to steal the top spot.

1. Coldplay
2. Still Game
3. Bros
4. Justin Bieber
5. John Bishop
6. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
7. Elbow
8. Iron Maiden
9. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
10. Kraftwerk
11. Red Hot Chili Peppers
12. Jamie T
13. The Stone Roses
14. Bon Iver
15. Catfish and the Bottlemen
16. Eric Clapton
17. Disney On Ice
18. Twenty One Pilots
19. Green Day (Hyde Park)
20. Shawn Mendes

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Depeche Mode

2. Drake

3. Kings Of Leon

4. Busted

5. Kylie

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The Stone Roses Storm To The Top Of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart


The Stone Roses have stormed to the top of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart, knocking last week’s #1, Eric Clapton, all the way down to #14. Following closely behind we have chart newbies Good Mourning Mrs Brown and Kraftwerk, and Justin Bieber, who has slipped one place since last week.

Only just clinging onto a spot in the top 20 are Bon Iver, who have dropped seven places to come in last on the chart, while Strictly Come Dancing have gone down 13 and Korn (co-headline with Limp Bizkit) have fallen from #14 to #19.  However, it’s not all doom and gloom,  Jamie T is up seven places, David Gilmour has returned and Professor Brian Cox has joined the chart.

This week there has also been some massive news: Bros have reformed and announced a HUGE show, Coldplay will play Cardiff and Dublin shows as part of their 2017 European tour and Green Day are the first headliner to be announced for the British Summer Time series at Hyde Park. Add to that John Bishop‘s tour and the X Factor Live and you’ve got one hell of a week! Come back and see us next week to see if any of them have been able to steal the top spot.

1. The Stone Roses
2. Iron Maiden
3. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
4. Kraftwerk
5. Justin Bieber
6. Two Door Cinema Club
7. The Chainsmokers
8. Jamie T
9. Green Day
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers
11. Elton John
12. Olly Murs
13. Shakin Stevens
14. Eric Clapton
15. Professor Brian Cox
16. Strictly Come Dancing
17. Catfish and the Bottlemen
18. David Gilmour
19. Korn (co-headline with Limp Bizkit)
20. Bon Iver

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Bros

2. Coldplay

3. Green Day

4. John Bishop

5. X Factor Live

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Eric Clapton At #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart


Guitar legend Eric Clapton has risen to #1 on Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart, relegating last week’s top spot holders, Bon Iver, to #13. While making up the rest of the top five we have Elton JohnStrictly Come DancingJustin Bieber and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

This week we have some new entries on the chart, including  Shakin StevensAdam AntThunder and David Gray, who have caused a bit of a re-jig. Twenty One Pilots, who were circling the bottom of the top 20 last week, are now back in the top 10, while Green Day have dropped three places and Catfish and the Bottlemen two.

Over the next week there are a shedload of massive shows going on sale, including The Stone RosesThe Beach BoysTwo Door Cinema ClubElbow and The Chainsmokers. Check back in with us next week to see if any are able to steal the #1 spot.

1. Eric Clapton
2. Elton John
3. Strictly Come Dancing
4. Justin Bieber
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. Craig David
7. Shakin Stevens
8. Olly Murs
9. Adam Ant
10. Twenty One Pilots
11. Green Day
12. Yusuf Cat Stevens
13. Bon Iver
14. Korn (co-headline with Limp Bizkit)
15. Jamie T
16. Catfish and the Bottlemen
17. Shawn Mendes
18. Thunder
19. David Gray
20. Disney On Ice

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. The Stone Roses

2. The Beach Boys

3. Two Door Cinema Club (extra show)

4. Elbow

5. The Chainsmokers (extra show)

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