The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Muse, Phil Collins, Blondie, Rag’N’Bone Man And Every Time I Die (Ed Sheeran On Saturday!)

MUSE

Muse have announced a one off intimate show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on August 19 in aid of the Passage, a homeless charity based in London. Tickets are on sale at 9am on July 7, priced £75.00 plus fees.

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PHIL COLLINS

After rescheduling two shows from his series at London’s Royal Albert Hall to November 26 and 27 due to an injury, Collins has confirmed additional shows at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield Arena, Manchester Arena, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena and Birmingham’s Genting Arena. Tickets for the additional shows are on general sale at 9am on July 7, prices start at £65.00 plus fees.

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BLONDIE

Fresh from their set at Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time series, the new wave legends have confirmed November shows in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and London. Tickets are on sale at 9am on July 7, prices start between £40.00 and £55.00 plus fees.

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RAG’N’BONE MAN

The London-based singer will bring The Overproof tour to Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester, London, where he’ll play two nights at the O2 Academy Brixton, Wolverhampton and Brighton between November 15 and 28. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 7, prices start at £22.50/£25.00 plus fees.

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EVERY TIME I DIE

Every Time I Die and Comeback Kid will hit the road together later this year.

Every Time I Die will play headline shows in Newcastle, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dublin and Nottingham between November 11 and 15 before joining Comeback Kid in Europe to begin their tour together, which will see them return to the UK on November 24 for a stop at London’s KOKO. Dates in Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester will follow. Support comes from Knocked Loose and Higher Power, while tickets are on general sale at 9am on July 7, prices start at £15.00/£16.00 plus fees.

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ED SHEERAN

The singer-songwriter, who released ‘÷’ in March, will call at Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Belfast’s Boucher Playing Fields, Pearse Stadium in Galway, Dublin’s Phoenix Park, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, Hampden Park in Glasgow, Newcastle’s St James’ Park, Wembley Stadium in London and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium during May and June. Tickets are on general sale at 10am on July 8 for the UK dates and 9am for the Irish shows.

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Things We Love This Week

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Hello, pop pickers. It’s been a bit of a weird week. I spent the first half of it overcome by post-bank holiday grief, while all around others wrestled with the aftermath of Reading and Leeds, often pretending that they enjoyed being surrounded by teenagers who are not only able to stay up past midnight two nights in a row, but have enough serotonin left to muster a smile.

Anyway, I digress. Here are a few of the things that made this week a lot more bearable at Stereoboard HQ.

Grimes – Go

This is how you do a music video. Directed by Grimes herself, in cahoots with her brother, Mac Boucher, it’s packing references to Dante’s Inferno and Korn’s Freak On A Leash and features its star sporting the sort of flip flops usually accessorised with your dad’s fungal nail infection. On the song front, why Rihanna passed this up is beyond me.

Comeback Kid – Rain City Recorders Live Session

This is a great watch in general, but the sight of the crowd trying not to wreck the place during an amazing rendition of Wake The Dead is sublime entertainment.

French Exit – It’s Not, I’m Not

Getting on for nine months since the release of ‘Guts & Black Stuff’, French Exit returned with another fuzzy alt-punk-pop-something gem.

Deafheaven – From The Kettle Onto The Coil

Quite what Deafheaven will do next is anyone’s guess. Following up a breakthrough record is always a tough gig and ‘Sunbather’ made a far bigger dent than was expected of it, making the task even more daunting. This is the first song to emerge from the band since its release and it doesn’t clear that much up as, aside from being pretty good, it sounds like it could have slotted onto ‘Sunbather’ without too much fuss. So, let’s just wait and see.

Oh and our marketing boss, Dani Hewitt, is super stoked about the You Me At Six/All Time Low tour. Not sure why.

That’s it from me, you ‘orrible lot. @huw_baines

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