Top Tickets This Week: Foals, Idles, DMA’s, Sounds Of The City, The Flaming Lips, Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour, D-Block Europe, Headie One, Billy Bragg, Fisherman’s Friends, Katherine Ryan and more

Foals

Foals have confirmed three summer shows, with performances lined up at Swansea’s Singleton Park on June 4, London’s O2 Academy Brixton on June 29 and Leeds’ Millenium Square on July 9, with the latter forming part of the Sounds Of The City series. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 16. The dates will follow their previously announced rescheduled spring tour.

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Sounds Of The City (Leeds) Featuring Foals, Idles And DMA’s

Idles (pictured), Foals and DMA’s will headline Sounds Of The City 2021 in Leeds. Idles will top the bill at Millenium Square on July 8, joined by special guests the Big Moon, Foals will headline the next day and DMA’s on July 10 with support from the Lathums. More acts and special guests are due to be announced. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 16.

The series will also take over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl next summer, after this year’s dates were postponed in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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The Flaming Lips

Fresh from releasing ‘American Head‘ in September, the band have confirmed a show at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town on July 23. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 16. The performance falls in between rescheduled dates in Galway, Liverpool, Leeds, Aylesbury and Bexhill-on-Sea that were postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour

Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour will return to arenas around the UK in early 2022, including three huge shows at the O2 Arena in London between February 11 and 13. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, prior to general sale at 10am on October 16.

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D-Block Europe

The London hip hop duo will bring The Blueprint Tour to Dublin, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and London, where they’ll perform at the O2 Arena, during May. Tickets are on sale now.

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Headie One

The grime MC will embark on his biggest headline UK and Ireland tour to date in May, calling in Bournemouth, Bristol, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham and London, where he’ll perform at the SSE Arena Wembley. Tickets are on sale now. Headie One hits the road in support of his recent debut full-length, ‘Edna’.

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Billy Bragg

The singer-songwriter and activist will hit the road for an extensive UK and Ireland tour in autumn 2021, kicking off in Gateshead on October 21 and wrapping up at the Roundhouse in London on November 27. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 16.

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Fisherman’s Friends

The Port Isaac vocal group have confirmed shows across the UK for their Unlocked And Unleashed Tour in 2021, with stops lined up during spring, September, October, November and December. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 16.

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Katherine Ryan

The comedian and star of Netflix hit The Duchess has announced an initial 50 dates for her Missus Tour of the UK and Ireland, which gets underway on September 2, 2021 in Crawley and runs through to the end of May 2022.  Pre-sale tickets are available now, ahead of general sale at 10am on October 16.

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Also announced this week:

  • Magician duo Penn and Teller have confirmed extra shows in Manchester and Birmingham due to demand.
  • Bring Me The Horizon have lined up UK arena shows for their 2021 Post Human Tour.
  • Maxïmo Park will support their upcoming LP, ‘Nature Always Wins’, with a UK tour in summer 2021.
  • Manic Street Preachers have rescheduled their two Cardiff arena shows in of the NHS to summer 2021.
  • Niall Horan has announced a virtual concert from London’s Royal Albert Hall.
  • Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes have shared details of a livestream event at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.
  • John Cooper Clarke will take his I Wanna Be Yours Tour across the UK in spring 2021.

Head here for a full list and to find your tickets. Check our rolling guide to cancelled and postponed events here.

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This Week’s New Releases: Foals, Jimmy Eat World And Battles

Things are not slowing down this week. Foals have released their second album of the year, Jimmy Eat World have put out their tenth LP, and Battles are back with their first full-length in four years.

Head below for the rest of today’s new releases, including Refused, Alter Bridge, Kash Doll, Rob Halford, Common Holly, and loads more.

A Killer’s Confession – ‘The Indifference Of Good Men’ (Wake Up! Music Group)

Alter Bridge – ‘Walk The Sky’ (Napalm)

Ariel View – ‘Until My Lungs Are Cleared’ (Epitaph)

Battles – ‘Juice B Crypts’ (Warp)

Carla dal Forno – ‘Look Up Sharp’ (Kallista)

Clipping. – ‘There Existed An Addiction To Blood’ (Sub Pop)

Common Holly – ‘When I Say To You Black Lightning’ (Dalliance Recordings)

Dead Soft – ‘Big Blue’ (Arts & Crafts)

Deux Furieuses – ‘My War Is Your War’ (Xtra Mile)

Foals – ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2’ (Warner)

Foxes In Fiction – ‘Trillium Killer’ (Orchid Tapes)

Garcia Peoples – ‘One Step Behind’ (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)

Gucci Mane – ‘Woptober II’ (Guwop Enterprises/Atlantic)

Homebody Sandman – ‘Dusty’ (Mello Music Group)

Hovvdy – ‘Heavy Lifter’ (Specialist Subject Records)

Jacques Greene – ‘Dawn Chorus’ (LuckyMe)

James Arthur – ‘You’ (Columbia)

Jim James, Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra – ‘Order Of Nature’ (Decca Gold)

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Surviving’ (RCA)

Kash Doll – ‘Stacked’ (Republic Records)

The Magpie Salute – ‘High Water II’ (Eagle Records)

Mark Lanegan Band – ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ (Heavenly)

The Milk Carton Kids – ‘The Only Ones’ (Milk Carton Records)

Patrick Cowley – ‘Mechanical Fantasy Box’ (Dark Entries)

Patrick Watson – ‘Wave’ (Domino)

Refused – ‘War Music’ (Spinefarm)

Rob Halford – ‘Celestial’ (Sony Music)

Sorry Girls – ‘Deborah’ (Arbutus Records)

Sufjan Stevens and Timo Andres – ‘The Decalogue’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Tourist – ‘Wild’ (Monday Records)

Vagabon – ‘Vagabon’ (Nonesuch)

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This Week’s New Releases: Amanda Palmer, Sigrid And Stella Donnelly

Happy International Women’s Day! There’s some great new releases to wrap your listening gear around this weekend. The Dresden Dolls singer and pianist Amanda Palmer has put out her third solo LP, while Norwegian vocalist Sigrid and Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly have both released their debut albums.

Head below to check out what else is on offer.

Amanda Palmer – ‘There Will Be No Intermission’ (8ft. Records)

Buckcherry – ‘Warpaint’ (Century Media Records)

David Gray – ‘Gold In A Brass Age’ (IHT Records)

Dido – ‘Still On My Mind’ (BMG)

Flight Of The Conchords – ‘Live In London’ (Sub Pop)

Foals – ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1’ (Warner Bros)

Gesaffelstein – ‘Hyperion’ (Columbia)

Helado Negro – ‘This Is How You Smile’ (RVNG INTL.)

Juice WRLD – ‘Death Race For Love’ (Grade A Productions/Interscope Records)

Light Conductor – ‘Sequence One’ (Constellation)

Malihini – ‘Hopefully, Again’ (Memphis Industries)

Meat Puppets – ‘Dusty Notes’ (Megaforce)

Patty Griffin – ‘Patty Griffin’ (Pgm)

SASAMI – ‘SASAMI’ (Domino)

Sigrid – ‘Sucker Punch’ (Island)

Stella Donnelly – ‘Beware of the Dogs’ (Secretly Canadian)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: The Who, The Strokes Headline All Points East, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Foals, Parklife Festival Feat. Cardi B, George Ezra, The Streets and more

The Who are back! The Strokes are back! Foals are back! Stray Cats are back! That’s right bands old and new are dusting themselves down for massive shows in 2019. Legendary British rock act the Who will take over London’s Wembley Stadium in July with special guests Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder and Kaiser Chiefs, while New York City band the Strokes will play their first UK show in four years headlining London’s All Points East festival in May.

After a break from touring, Foals will return with a new two part album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ as well as summer tour dates, there’s also another round of dates announced by Catfish And The Bottlemen. Other big shows confirmed this week include Paul Weller at Cardiff Castle, Noel Gallagher’s take over of Bught Park in Inverness and the return of Parklife festival at Manchester’s Heaton Park featuring Cardi B, George Ezra, Solange, Migos, Khalid, the Streets and more.

The Who

Fresh from unveiling plans for a new album, their first LP of new songs in 13 years, the Who will perform at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 6 accompanied by an orchestra. Speaking about the massive show, vocalist Roger Daltrey added, “Be aware Who fans! Just because it’s The Who with an orchestra, in no way will it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music. This will be full throttle Who with horns and bells on.” Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 1, priced £70.00 plus fees.

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The Strokes Headline All Points East

The Strokes will top the bill at this year’s All Points East festival in London’s Victoria Park on May 25, marking their first UK show in four years. They’ll be joined by the Raconteurs, Interpol, Johnny Marr, Parquet Courts, Jarvis Cocker, Courtney Barnett, Connan Mockasin, Anna Calvi, Bakar, the Nude Party, and Viagra Boys. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 1, priced £65.00 plus booking fees. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Catfish And The Bottlemen

The indie quartet have announced a fresh round of tour dates between April 28 and May 8, following the release of their upcoming third full length ‘The Balance’. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 1. The new dates will follow on from the band’s imminent sold out arena tour which commences in Nottingham on February 19.

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Foals


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The Oxford band will follow up the release of the first instalment of their new double album project , ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1’, with a UK and Ireland tour in June and July. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 1, prices start at £35.00/£37.50 plus fees.

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Parklife Festival Featuring Cardi B, George Ezra, Solange, the Streets, Migos

Cardi B, George Ezra, Solange, Migos and the Streets are among the first wave of acts announced for Parklife festival which will return to Manchester’s Heaton Park for its tenth edition in June. Head here to stay in the loop for further Parklife news. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 1.

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Also announced this week:

Mark Knopfler, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Apollo Nights Summer Series featuring Burt Bacharach, Joss Stone, George Benson, Marc Almond, BlackPink, Stereophonics, Vant, Ten Tonnes, Madness, Lea Salonga, Boyce Avenue, Devin Townsend, Peter Doherty, Wireless Festival featuring Cardi B, Migos, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky, Eels, Fat White Family, Stray Cats, Gov’t Mule, Jools Holland, Dean Lewis, These New Puritans, Bear’s Den, John Robins, Ruby Wax, Stewart Francis, C Duncan, Picture This, Damian Marley 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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Things We Love This Week: James Blake, Potty Mouth, Foals

Good afternoon dear music lover. The new year is upon us and, in all honestly, is leaving us in its tracks, racing ahead faster than we can blink into the winter sun.

No doubt you’re back to setting stupidly early alarms and running off coffee fumes, but now you’ve made it. ‘Tis Friday! Congratulations. Reward yourself by catching up on some of our favourite new tracks and music news from this week.

James Blake – ‘Assume Form’

James Blake has been teasing us for a while now. We knew that the follow up to ‘The Colour In Anything’ would be out soon – but nobody thought it’d be THIS soon. There’s been posters in South Kensington, projections in Times Square, leaks on Amazon and even a mysteriously vague website. Now, everything has been confirmed.

‘Assume Form’ is out on Friday January 18 (NEXT WEEK!), and it’s set to be pretty epic. I mean it features Travis Scott, André 3000, Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney, and ROSALÍA. Fiiire.

He’s coincided this announcement with UK tour dates, which are a long time coming. Catch him in Manchester, Bristol and London in April. Don’t miss it.

Potty Mouth – 22

Potty Mouth are a punk rock trio from Western Massachusetts. They arrived onto the scene in the early 2010s, though they sound just like the attitude that ’90s punk thrived on; not caring about anything, but kinda actually caring quite a lot.

After six long years, the band are finally ready to release their second album. ‘Snafu’ is out on March 1 through Get Better Records and comes with a shiny and new punk rock single, 22. This is one for the millennials.

“Don’t you think it’s strange, that number’s just an age, but a change is good.” Preach sister.


Foals – ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’

There seems to be a running theme with bands teasing things lately. After a countdown clock on their Instagram Story, Foals have finally confirmed a new album is on the way.

But wait! It’s not just one new album, oh no. This year fans will be treated to TWO LPs: ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, Parts 1 and 2. But what can we expect from this new material? Their sound has changed so dramatically since 2008’s indie-math-rock ‘Antidotes’. Will it be a continuation of their heavier, more rocky sound? Here’s a teaser clip to keep your little ears well and truly pricked.

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Bob Dylan And Neil Young at BST Hyde Park, The 1975, The Chemical Brothers, Lenny Kravitz, Rod Stewart, Little Mix, Foals, Sounds Of The City, Diversity and more

Legendary artists Bob Dylan and Neil Young have been announced for next year’s British Summer Time series at London’s Hyde Park, while the 1975 will perform a massive show at Bellahouston Park in August as part of the Glasgow Summer Sessions series.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Rod Stewart and Little Mix have added arena dates to their 2019 tour plans, the Chemical Brothers have announced a new album and accompanying tour dates, Lenny Kravitz will return in the summer and Foals have announced their first show of 2019, confirming a headline performance at next year’s This Is Tomorrow festival! Head below for more.

Bob Dylan and Neil Young at BST Hyde Park

The legendary singer-songwriters will share the bill at next year’s British Summer Time series at London’s Hyde Park on July 12, with Dylan being joined by his band and Young arriving backed by Promise of the Real. Further acts are set to be added to the line up in the coming months. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 30. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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The 1975

The alt-pop band will perform a huge show as part of the Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park on August 25, with support from Twin Atlantic, You Me At Six, Pale Waves, Ten Tonnes and No Rome. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 30.

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The Chemical Brothers

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons will release ‘No Geography’ next spring followed by a UK tour in November. They also headline an All Points East show at Victoria Park in London on May 30. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 30.

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Lenny Kravitz

The US rocker is set to take over London’s O2 Arena on June 11 supporting his recent record ‘Raise Vibration’, while the line up is also set to feature openers Corinne Bailey Rae and Brass Against. General sale begins at 9am on Friday, November 30. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Rod Stewart

The legendary singer has added four arena shows to his 2019 tour, calling at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena on November 28, Liverpool’s Echo Arena on December 10 and the O2 Arena in London on December 17 and 19. The new dates will follow up his recently confirmed run of open air concerts during summer, his first UK tour in three years. Tickets for the new dates go on general sale at 9am on November 30 (photo: Sean Hansford).

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Little Mix

The pop group, who recently released ‘LM5’, will now kick off the run on October 4 at the TECA in Aberdeen and have announced two more nights at the SSE Arena Belfast on October 6 and 7 and a third show at Dublin’s 3Arena on October 8. Tickets go on sale at 9am on November 30.

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Foals

The Oxford band will top the bill at This Is Tomorrow festival at Exhibition Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne on Friday, May 24, following sets from You Me At Six, Nothing But Thieves, the Pale White, Bad Sounds, Anteros, Kawala and Wild Front.

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Sounds Of The City featuring the Wombats, Elbow, the National, Kylie, the Kooks, Haçienda Classical)

The National, Elbow and Kylie are among the acts announced for Manchester’s Sounds Of The City 2019. Also set to head to the city centre’s Castlefield Bowl are Haçienda Classical, the Wombats and the Kooks, with tickets for all shows on general sale at 9.30am on Friday, November 30.

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Diversity

Diversity will celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a huge UK tour in autumn 2019, kicking off the 36 show run at the Regent Theatre in Stoke on September 21 and it will conclude at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre on November 23. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on November 30.

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Also announced this week:

Lytham Festival with Rod Stewart, Kylie, the Human League, Michael Ball and Sheridan Smith, Hugh Jackman, Manic Street Preachers, Jawbreaker, Papa Roach, Vein, Shvpes, Weezer, Craig David, Stormzy, Slash, Hozier, Tiësto, Paul Young, Razorlight, Tears for Fears, Eddie Izzard, Josh Widdicombe, Danny Baker, Jonathan Pie, Jax Jones, the Zutons, Yasiin Bey, Lisa Stansfield, Squeeze, Armin Van Buuren, Alesso, Gerry Cinnamon, Eagles of Death Metal, King No One, Robert Forster, Stealing Sheep, the Selecter, King Crimson, Keywest, Average White Band, Jaws, Island, the Slow Readers Club, SWMRS, the Virginmarys, Songhoy Blues, Jake Isaac. Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Deadmau5, South West Four Festival, The Killers, British Summer Time Hyde Park, Foals, Citadel Festival, Little Mix And Status Quo

DEADMAU5 AT SOUTH WEST FOUR FESTIVAL

Deadmau5 will headline the Sunday night of London’s South West Four festival with Marco Carola, the Martinez Brothers, Gareth Emery, Nicky Romero and more joining his on the bill at Clapham Common on August 27. Further acts are to be announced in the coming months, while tickets are on pre-sale at 9am on January 25, prior to general sale at 9am the following day, priced £49.50 plus fees.

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THE KILLERS

The Killers have been confirmed as the final headliner of this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park series. The Las Vegas quartet will give fans an early glimpse of material from their upcoming new album at London’s Hyde Park on July 8 with special guests Elbow, Tears For Fears and White Lies. Tickets for the show are on pre-sale at 9am on January 25, prior to general sale at 9am on January 27, prices start at £59.90 plus fees.

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FOALS

Foals will headline London’s Citadel Festival at Victoria Park on July 16, with their set representing a UK festival exclusive. Tickets are on pre-sale at 12pm on January 27, prior to general sale at 12pm on January 30, priced at £39.50 plus fees.

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LITTLE MIX

Little Mix have added a show at the Twickenham Stoop to their Summer Shout Out tour plans, with the group set to perform at the home of Harlequins rugby club on June 25. Tickets are on pre-sale now, prior to general sale at 9am on January 27, priced £35.00/£50.00 plus fees.

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STATUS QUO

Status Quo have announced Aquostic Live shows at York’s Barbican and the UEA in Norwich on June 21 and 25, respectively. Tickets for the York date are on pre-sale now, prior to general sale at 9am on January 27, priced £45.00 plus fees.

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Staff Picks: Milly McMahon

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Best Albums of 2015

Jamie Woon – ‘Making Time’

A irreverent and experimental progression from his outstanding debut LP, Woon’s sophomore album is a life-enhancing experience. Fusing international rhythms and flavours, Woon invites his listeners to explore beyond the boundaries of what they have come to expect from chart music. Disregarding any musical trends or pre-determined expectations that may have affected his creative freedom, ‘Making Time’ is original and brave. Woon is an artist in every sense of the word.

Tame Impala – ‘Currents’

Creating music exciting and interesting enough to satisfy his die hard fans and those new to his expertly crafted sound, Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ album is Kevin Parker’s greatest to date. Representing just how magical his signature psychedelic aesthetic can feel, ‘Currents’ presses the pause button on time past and present, hypnotising and then guiding listeners softly away from reality.

Lana Del Rey – ‘Honeymoon’

The most exotic and timeless creature of current chart music coined an album more ethereal and ambitious than her previous three LPs for 2015. Including a Burnt Norton interlude from T S Eliot, the epic and opulent offering Salvatore, inspired by her Italian lover, and unforgettable High By The Beach, Del Rey reinstates herself as the pioneer of cinematic romance. Like some character from a dark David Lynch film, Lana fearlessly throws herself into a make believe world of sadness and seduction.

The Weeknd – ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’

Abel Tesfaye is unstoppable with his salacious, powerful R&B anthems. ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ paired him with Lana Del Rey, Sia and Ed Sheeran, introducing a more reflective and wide spanning arrangements of songs that reflect a confident sound engineered for a bigger audience. Still hedonistic as hell, I love Abel’s ability to say the most gnarly of things in the most beautiful of ways.

Florence and The Machine – ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’

If Foals created one of the best orchestral albums of the year with ‘What Went Down’ flame haired Flo most definitely created the most accomplished instrumental LP of 2015. Charged with a ferocious array of fury, angst and elation, Flo howls with elegant emotion on this quintessentially British compendium of crashing melodic tides. Conjuring an existential experience, ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ is fuel for running, crying, kissing, screaming and just sitting quietly.

Best Songs of 2015

Selena Gomez feat. A$AP Rocky – Good For You

Selena steps up her game, collaborating with the illest rapper in the industry, the inimitable A$AP Rocky. Seductive and intriguing, the simple structure of Good For You builds with a distinct and sinister playfulness, capitalising on Selena’s innocence and Rocky’s uncensored sexual desire. The stripped-back sound and understated video make the song difficult to forget. Mesmeric and affecting, Good For You was a love it or hate it moment for the ex-Disney starlet. I LOVED it.

Drake – Hotline Bling

Arguably the best styled music video of the year, Drake’s Hotline Bling cast a magical spell over us all. Inspiring countless memes, copycat dances and slogan tees, Hotline Bling is Drake at his best, salsa-ing brazen in the face of his haters. Completely addictive, the lyrics run incessantly through the mind, on loop when experienced just once. Drake is a concept, a brand, a movement and so much more than just an artist. Hotline Bling epitomises his aesthetic, which is a luxe lifestyle we’re all busy buying into right now

Years and Years – Shine

Years & Years coined the most phenomenal pop album of 2015. Their debut LP ‘Communion’ is a truly brilliant body of work. Bursting with romantic optimism, Shine feels like a flash of melodic euphoria, dripping in colour and bursting with happiness. Transporting listeners to a place a of beauty, Shine is a serotonin-drenched gift of a track.

Foals – What Went Down

Stepping back up to the microphone to reclaim ownership of their vast international arena crowds, Foals unleashed a powerful thrash of a track in What Went Down. Unmatched by any other band attempting to rival their high octane productions, the poetic lyrics, deeply stirring vocal and instrumental arrangements are potent. The orchestra of anarchy Foals conjure is a dark, heady storm of provocative crescendos. This is fight music.

Adele – Hello

It is only good, right and true that the queen of hearts should return to our airwaves with a song so intense it quickly conjures memories of each profound moment our hearts have ever broken. Adele’s Hello tells the tragic story of romance wrecked and forgotten, the tear-stained losses we have all endured. Adele’s rich and bold vocal tones scream with passion, expressing the frustration we have all felt and struggled to repress. Adele liberates our hurt, with an effortless finesse so delicate it is truly masterful. Hello is the heart’s swan song, sung without fear that lovers past might hear.

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The Stone Roses Hit #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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The Stone Roses reunion has proved popular over the last week, as we’ve seen the Manchester four-piece to rise to the top of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart, beating off stiff competition from the Jingle Bell BallU2 and Rod Stewart, who have come in at #2, #3 and #4, respectively.

New entries to the top 20 this week also include Hans ZimmerStereophonicsEllie Goulding and Il Divo. Only just holding on to their chart positions are Foals, who have risen from #20 to #17, and Twenty One Pilots, who have gone from #19 to #16.

This week is another huge one for tickets going on sale, I mean massive! We’ve got Take ThatBustedJeff Lyne’s Electric Light Orchestra, Nothing But Thieves and The Who. Will reunions prove popular again next week and see Busted steal the #1 spot? Or will one of the other tours top the ticket chart? Come back next week and find out!

1. The Stone Roses
2. Jingle Bell Ball
3. U2
4. Rod Stewart
5. Dynamo
6. Il Divo
7. Hans Zimmer
8. The Vamps
9. Kevin Hart
10. The 1975
11. Disney On Ice
12. Little Mix
13. Jess Glynne
14. Catfish And The Bottlemen
15. WWE
16. Twenty One Pilots
17. Foals
18. Stereophonics
19. Madonna
20. Ellie Goulding

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

1. Take That

2. Busted

3. Jeff Lyne’s Electric Light Orchestra

4. Nothing But Thieves

5. The Who

 

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