It seems we’ve got a week of debuts! The Gaslight Anthem’s frontman Brian Fallon is putting out his first solo record, Norwegian singer Aurora is also offering up her first LP, along with Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara. Meanwhile, Massachusetts metallers Killswitch Engage are racking up record #8 with ‘Incarnate’.
Make sure to check out the rest of this week’s new releases below.
Alessia Cara – ‘Know It All’ (Virgin EMI)
Aurora – ‘All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend’ (Decca)
Brian Fallon – ‘Painkillers’ (Virgin EMI)
Into It. Over It. – ‘Standards’ (Triple Crown Records)
So, it’s a new year, which means there’s a whole 12 months of gigs to look forward to. Check below to make sure you don’t miss out on what could be your only chance to see some of these artists. Would you forgive yourself? I wouldn’t. Get booking.
So, it seems Adele’s talk of her aversion to touring during her ‘25’ publicity trail was a ruse as the Tottenham-born singer announced at the end of November that she would be embarking on a world tour in 2016. As expected, demand in the UK was phenomenal and extra dates were added all over the place, resulting in an impressive run of eight shows at the O2 in London alone. In fairness to fans, the trek is well overdue as the last time she hit the road was in 2011. Having gathered so much momentum with the release of ‘25’, world domination was clearly the next step.
Bring Me The Horizon
Some may say that 2015 was BMTH’s year, with their main stage slot at Reading and Leeds, second on the bill only to Metallica, and going gold in the UK with their fifth album, ‘That’s The Spirit’. However, as our writer Alec Chillingworth predicted, this was only a taste of things to come. It was only four days into the new year before the Sheffield quintet announced their biggest headline tour to date, which will see them take on arena shows in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow in November.If that wasn’t enough they’ll be playing the Royal Albert Hall, alongside a full orchestra, in April, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
When we caught up with The Used in early 2015 they said they were planning something special for their 15 year anniversary. True to their word they’ve lined up four UK dates, two in London and two in Leeds, as part of their ‘2 Nights And 2 Albums’ tour across the US, UK and Europe. On one night the band will play their self titled debut and the other their sophomore LP, ‘In Love And Death’.
In July 2015 the Gaslight Anthem, the band Fallon fronts, announced that they were taking a break to focus on other projects. They followed the news with a headline show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire sandwiched between main stage sets at Reading and Leeds in August. It wasn’t long, two months later in fact, before Fallon confirmed his solo album would arrive in 2016 and he would be touring to support it. ‘Painkillers’ is set for release on March 11, following which the New Jersey singer-songwriter will return to the UK for shows between April 5 and April 10.
After numerous statements that he will be taking a break from touring to focus on time with his children, we think it’s best you catch Elton while you can. The man who never stops will release his 33rd studio album, ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’, on February 5. Following which he’ll gear up for his summer dates, expected to be his last for the foreseeable future.
Black Sabbath will headline this year’s Download festival as part of their final ever tour, The End. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will top the bill on Saturday June 11 at Donington Park. The appearance is flanked by an extensive run of shows in North America, which has them on the road throughout January, February, August and September, amidst which they’ve been confirmed for a mix of summer festival performances throughout Europe. If you want to see Sabbath, it’s pretty much a now or never type situation!
Funeral For A Friend
Talking of final tours, after 15 years together the Welsh post-hardcore troupe will call it a day following their Last Chance To Dance tour in April. For the UK leg of the trek the band will make stops in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London, playing two shows in each city. Similar to the Used, FFAF will play their ‘Hours’ album in full on one night, followed by ‘Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation’ the next. Support will come from Zoax and Shai Hulud.
The Stone Roses
The story of the Stone Roses is a bit of a roller-coaster. They formed in 1983, pioneered the ‘Madchester’ movement, broke up in 1996, announced their reformation in 2011, played three reunion shows in 2012 and in 2013 the Shane Meadows documentary The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone came out. Then nothing, nothing until November 2015, when the band announced they would take to the stage together again for four nights at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in June, and a headline slot at Scotland’s T In The Park and one Dublin date in July. It seems the ‘mad for it!’ spirit is back.
Coheed & Cambria/Glassjaw
Having released their first non-concept and eighth studio album, ‘The Color Before The Sun’, in early October, Coheed And Cambria are keen to take the record on the road. But not content with an arsenal of new material the New York-based four-piece have decided to bring with them post-hardcore legends Glassjaw, who will no doubt draw a crowd in their own right. Also going along for the ride will be Cheltenham five-piece Crooks.
It’s safe to say that 2015 was a good year for Grimes. She released ‘Art Angels’, the highly-anticipated follow up to 2012’s ‘Visions’, to critical acclaim and appeared on many an end of year list as a result. She also supported Lana Del Rey on her US Endless Summer Tour. However, it’s time for Grimes to take centre stage on a headline slot, and that’s exactly what she’s going to do in 2016 when she hits the road in March for her Acid Reign tour. The Canadian artists will call in Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin. Support will come from LA pop-artist HANA.
Everyone loves a bit of RiRi but that lady does love to make us wait. It’s been nearly three years since she popped across the pond for her Diamonds World Tour and despite a few teasers, the follow up to 2012’s ‘Unapologetic’ is yet to be seen. So, who wants to place a bet on if ‘Anti’ will arrive before Rihanna does in June? I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but we recommend you grab those tickets while you can because you won’t want to wait another three years to see pop’s favourite bad girl in the UK.
The Stone Roses will reunite for a trio of huge summer shows next year, including two hometown shows at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in June and a headline set at Scotland’s T in the Park festival in July. Tickets are on sale at 9.30am tomorrow, priced from £59.00 plus fees.
Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas and Little Mix are among the latest acts confirmed for this year’s Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball, while also joining the bill for the Sunday are Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Sigma and Charlie Puth, with Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, David Guetta, Years & Years, Jess Glynne and Nathan Sykes playing the Saturday. The Jingle Bell Ball takes over the O2 in London on the weekend of December 5 and 6. Tickets on sale at 8am tomorrow, priced at £50.00 plus fees.
The Gaslight Anthem frontman will call in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Bristol next April, in support of his first solo record, ‘Painkillers’, set for release early next year. Tickets are on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced from £20.00 plus fees.
Adam Lambert will hit up Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo in London and the Academy in Manchester on April 14 and 16 next year, following up the release of album three, ‘The Original High’, earlier this year. Tickets are on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced from £21.00 plus fees.
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will play a one-off show at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on June 25. The full line up for Blackmore’s band is set to be announced on November 4, with a new vocalist set to take the stage. Tickets are on sale at 10am on November 6, priced at £45.70 plus fees.
Il Divo will take their Amor & Pasión tour to UK arenas next spring, including stops in Glasgow, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Leeds, London, Manchester, Brighton and Belfast. Tickets are on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced at £35.00 plus fees.
The Stone Roses will reunite for three huge shows next summer, including two hometown shows at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in June and a headline set at Scotland’s T in the Park festival in July. http://www.stereoboard.com/the-stone-roses-tickets
Tickets for all dates are on sale at 9.30am on Friday, priced from £59.00 plus fees.
Il Divo will take their Amor & Pasión tour to UK arenas next spring, including stops in Glasgow, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Leeds, London, Manchester, Brighton and Belfast. http://www.stereoboard.com/il-divo-tickets
Tickets are on sale at 9am on Friday, priced at £35.00 plus fees.
The Gaslight Anthem frontman will play shows in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Bristol next April, in support of his first solo record, ‘Painkillers’, set for release early next year. http://www.stereoboard.com/brian-fallon-tickets
Tickets are on sale at 9am on Friday, priced from £20.00 plus fees.
Adam Lambert will head to London’s Eventim Apollo and the Academy in Manchester on April 14 and 16 next year, following up the release of his third album, ‘The Original High’, back in June. http://www.stereoboard.com/adam-lambert-tickets Tickets on sale at 9am on Friday.
Beverley Knight will return with a new album and tour in 2016, including shows in Ipswich, Southend, Bournemouth, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Birmingham, York, Gateshead, Bristol and Brighton, between May 21 and June 7. http://www.stereoboard.com/beverley-knight-tickets
Tickets are on general sale at 9am on Friday, priced between £25.00 and £45.00, plus fees.
Bloc Party/NME Awards Tour 2016
Bloc Party will headline the NME Awards Tour 2016, along with sets from Drenge, Ratboy and Bugzy Malone at shows in Cardiff, Southampton, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, London and Birmingham between January 29 and February 12. http://www.stereoboard.com/nme-awards-tour-tickets
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday, priced from £25.60 plus fees.
Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball
Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Little Mix are among the latest acts to be announced for Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball, with Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, David Guetta, Years & Years, Jess Glynne and Nathan Sykes playing the Saturday and Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Sigma and Charlie Puth playing the Sunday. The Jingle Bell Ball will take over the O2 in London on the weekend of December 5 and 6. http://www.stereoboard.com/capitals-jingle-bell-ball-tickets
Tickets go on sale at 8am on Friday, priced at £50.00 plus fees.
The folk-rock troupe will support their upcoming new album, ‘Lost Property’, with a UK tour in early 2016. Stops include shows at London’s Union Chapel, Pontardawe Arts Centre and Edinburgh’s La Belle Angele, between February 18 and March 13. http://www.stereoboard.com/turin-brakes-tickets
Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday, priced at £20.00 (£26.00 in London), plus fees.
Also announced this week, so far
Quadrophenia Live, Tonight Alive, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Disney On Ice Silver Anniversary Celebration, Hans Zimmer, Lianne La Havas, Anderson Paak, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Kalin And Myles, Memphis May Fire, The Crookes, Izzy Bizu, Enter Shikari, Lucy Spraggan, Bridget Kelly, Ensiferum, Billy Lockett, Therapy?, Tori Kelly, Andy C, Walk The Moon, Sunset Sons, Shuggie Otis, C Duncan, Jack And Jack, Geko, Battles, Future, Baby In Vein, Paul Kalkbrenner, Grave, Malevolent Creation, Petite Noir, Galantis, Amber Run, Grandmaster Flash, Kevin Bloody Wilson, Aiden and many more!