This Week’s Top Tickets: Liam Gallagher, Lizzo, Rammstein, Ghost, The Neighbourhood, Royal Blood, Derren Brown and more

Liam Gallagher

The former Oasis frontman, who puts out his new solo album ‘Why Me? Why Not.’ on September 20, will call at arenas in Cardiff, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Dublin, Nottingham and London, where he’ll play the O2 Arena, during November. Tickets on sale at 9am on July 12.

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The American vocalist will bring her Cuz I Love You Too Tour to the O2 Academy Brixton in London, O2 Academy Glasgow, Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and O2 Victoria Warehouse between November 6 and 11. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 12.

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Rammstein will bring their unholy live spectacle back to the UK in summer 2020, taking over Coventry’s open-air Ricoh Arena on June 20. The industrial heavyweights previously confirmed a show at Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields on June 17. Tickets for the new date go on general sale at 10am on July 12.

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Ghost are set to haunt some of the biggest indoor venues the UK has to offer this autumn, calling at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, Dublin’s 3Arena, London’s SSE Arena Wembley and Leeds’ First Direct Arena this November on The Ultimate Tour Named Death. Support will come from All Them Witches and Tribulation. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 12.

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The Neighbourhood

The Californian alt-rock band will play London’s Alexandra Palace and Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse in early March. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 12.

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Royal Blood

The Brighton duo will be joined by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and the Mysterines at shows in Southampton, Newport, Dundee, Nottingham, and Margate before their appearances at Reading and Leeds in August. Tickets are on sale now, with a portion of the profits benefiting War Child UK.

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Derren Brown

Derren Brown will return with his first new UK theatre show in five years in 2020. The Showman Tour is currently scheduled to run between March 27 and August 2, with tickets for the shows on sale now.

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Also announced this week:

Seth Lakeman, Gruff Rhys, Babeheaven, Pumarosa, Sampa The Great, Pip Blom, Metronomy, Versatile, Dream State, Lucy Spraggan, Cultdreams, Dragonforce, Snapped Ankles, Lewis Capaldi, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jack Savoretti, Lauren Daigle, Jay 1 and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Childish Gambino, Ghost, Mabel, Andy C, Brian Fallon, Coheed And Cambria, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Rolo Tomassi and more…


Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, will play London’s O2 Arena on November 4, following up his summer set at Lovebox Festival. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 29.

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Fresh from the release of ‘Prequelle’, Ghost have lined up a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 9. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 29.

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The Gaslight Anthem frontman will bring his Songs From The Hymnal tour to Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, London, Cambridge, Brighton and Bath between February 5 and 24. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 29.

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Coheed and Cambria will accompany the release of ‘The Unheavenly Creatures’, out on October 5, with shows in Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and London between October 9 and 16. Support will come from Chon. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 29.

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Fun Lovin’ Criminals will tour the UK and Europe next year in support of their upcoming album, ‘Another Mimosa’.  The New York trio will kick off the tour on January 31 in Birmingham, with dates in the UK and across the mainland lined up into spring, culminating at the O2 Academy Leeds on March 30. Tickets go on sale at 10am on June 29

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Rolo Tomassi have announced a fresh run of UK shows for the autumn, with stops planned in Nottingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Norwich and their biggest headline set to date at London’s Scala. Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 29 (Photo: Ellie Mitchell).

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The R&B artist will call in Dublin, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Bournemouth and London, where she will play the O2 Academy Brixton, between November 29 and December 12. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 29.

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The drum and bass DJ will take over the SSE Arena Wembley on November 17, with tickets on general sale at 9am on June 29.

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Also announced this week

Hudson Taylor, Yungblud, Tom Odell, Thunder, Becky Hill, Rufus Wainwright, Fatherson, Deaf Havana, Mabel, G Flip, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Ezra Collective, Culture Abuse, Reef, Kyle Falconer, Gryffin, Ruts DC, Cam, Loreena McKennitt, Noah Kahan, Death Grips, Cavetown, Tove Styrke, Cellar Darling, Belako, The Regrettes, Dan Reed Network, INK, Mt. Joy, The Slow Readers Club, Bakar, We Are Scientists, Ian Felice, Lucy Dacus, Charley Crockett, Robert White, Wild Youth, Belle and Sebastian, Joyner Lucas and more.

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This Week’s New Releases: Father John Misty, Neko Case And Natalie Prass

The craziness continues! We’ve got another eclectic week of new releases. Father John Misty has put out the follow up to last year’s ‘Pure Comedy’, Neko Case has released her first solo album in nearly five years and Natalie Prass’ sophomore LP is finally here!

Nothing tickling your fancy? Head below for some more.

Albin Lee Meldau – ‘About You’ (Astralwerks/Caroline)

Ben Howard – ‘Noonday Dream’ (Island)

Charlotte Gainsbourg – ‘Syliva Says’ Remix EP

Father John Misty – ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ (Bella Union/Sub Pop)

The Flaming Lips – ‘Greatest Hits – Vol.1’ (Rhino/Warner Bros)

Ghost – ‘Prequelle’ (Spinefarm Records)

Jack Carty – ‘Hospital Hill’ (Gilded Lily (via Absolute))

Joan of Arc – ‘1984’ (Joyful Noise Recordings)

Lump – ‘Lump’ (Dead Oceans)

Mazzy Star – ‘Still’ EP (Rhymes of an Hour Records)

Natalie Prass – ‘The Future And The Past’ (ATO)

Neko Case – ‘Hell-On’ (Anti-)

Oneohtrix Point Never – ‘Age Of’ (Warp Records)

Owl City – ‘Cinematic’ (Owl City)

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – ‘Apart’ (Capital Records)

Richard Edwards – ‘Verdugo’ (Mariel Recording Company)

Roger Daltrey – ‘As Long As I Have You’ (Polydor)

Sons Of An Illustrious Father – ‘Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla’

ZZ Top – ‘Cinco No.2’ (Rhino/Warner Bros)

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Video Of The Week: Ghost – Rats

Ghost have returned with Rats, the first single from their newly announced fourth studio album ‘Prequelle’.

The follow up to 2015’s ‘Meliora’ and its accompanying ‘Popestar’ EP is set to arrive on June 1 through Spinefarm/Loma Vista Recordings and will see Cardinal Copia taking over vocal duties. Head here to take a look at the record’s cover art and tracklist.

Prior to the album’s arrival the band will head out on their Rats! On The Road Tour in the US. Tickets are on sale now.

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This Week’s New Releases: Ghost, Hawkwind And QTY

Everyone may be preoccupied with that white stuff falling from the sky, but we’re going crazy for the new live album from Ghost, which they surprise released today! Legendary space-rockers Hawkwind also have a new live record out and New York duo QTY have offered up their debut LP.

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Barbara Streisand – ‘The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!’ (Live) (Columbia)

Creeper – ‘Christmas’ EP

Dua Lipa – ‘Live Acoustic’ EP

Ghost – ‘Ceremony And Devotion’ (Digital Release) (Loma Vista Recordings)

Grimtone – ‘Memento Mori’ (Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records)

Hawkind – ‘At The Roundhouse’ (Cherry Red)

Jim James – ‘Tribute To 2’ (ATO)

K. Michelle – ‘Kimberly: The People I Used To Know’ (Atlantic)

Roy Blair – ‘Cat Heaven’ (Roy/Empire)

QTY – ‘QTY’ (Dirty Hit)

Various Artists – ‘Control The Streets Volume 1’ (Quality Control)

Scanner – ‘Fibolae’ (Pomperipossa Records)

Tom Rogerson and Brian Eno – ‘Finding Shore’ (Dead Oceans)

Walker Hayes – ‘boom.’ (Sony)

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Video Of The Week: Ghost – He Is

Ghost have unveiled a music video for He Is.

The track features on the shrouded Swedish band’s third album, ‘Meliora’, which was released in 2015, while the video arrived with the following statement posted to Ghost’s official Facebook page:

“We wish to inform you that you can view the official music video for He Is, directed by Zev Deans. Now we bid adieu to our third psalm…. the party is over.”

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Talk Of The Devil: Ghost Hold Black Mass In Cardiff

Hype is a strange beast. It conjures memories of the times when the next big thing has fizzled into little more than a puff of smoke. But striding through the fog in Cardiff, Jon Stickler finds Ghost – a band who won’t be destroyed by any sort of expectation laid on their shoulders…

Ghost have long resembled one of Tim Burton’s wet dreams since emerging in 2010, but the commercial success of last year’s ‘Meliora’, paired with notable performances on the North American leg of the Popestar tour, has led to the mysterious cult act being praised one of the best bands of metal’s modern era.

Following a short set spanning several looping, multi-layered compositions from Zombi’s recent album ‘Shape Shift’, the Pennsylvanian, John Carpenter-influenced synthwave duo leave the stage with the lights reduced to two red glows from the side of a stage shrouded in thick smoke from incense burners.

The haunting choral strains of Miserere mei, Deus by Gregorio Allegri echo throughout the room, signalling the beginning of Ghost’s unholy mass. The Masked Ball from Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut plays over the PA while the ghouls: Fire, Water, Wind, Earth and Aether take their positions on stage. The music fades and the roar goes up for the punchy start of Square Hammer from their current ‘Popestar’ EP as Papa emerges from the darkness in a flash of light, clad in full blasphemous robes and complete with Mitre and skull painted face.

The bassline to Pinnacle To The Pit is something straight from the deepest circles of hell, while other big moments include Secular Haze, complete with swinging Thurible, Con Clavi Con Dio, the thumping Grammy-winning Cirice, and Body And Blood, with the latter introducing us to the sisters of sin, two questionable nuns tasked with sharing Communion with the front row.

Around the halfway point the beguiling Papa swaps his papal regalia for spats and a tailcoat before taking us through Mummy Dust, making it rain confetti and Papa-branded dollar notes. The singalongs to He Is and the overtly satanic Year Zero are ear-shattering but it’s Absolution that steals the real ‘holy fuck’ moment of the night.

When Papa asks the clergy who has seen the band before there is a deafening cheer, while the newly converted are equally as loud when he asks who hasn’t. The crowds sing back the riff and lyrics of Ritual before the band close the show with the refrain of “come together, together as one, come together, for Lucifer’s son” from Monstrous Clock. We’re plunged into total darkness as The Host of Seraphim, from the 2007 film The Mist, plays out on the PA for one final spine-chilling moment.

If you look past the mystique, the Danny Elfman overtones, the elegance of the Nameless Ghouls, the devilish charisma from Papa and the tongue-in-cheek themes of a coming Antichrist, Ghost are a band fully invested in what they do. They know their shit. Any rubbish about gimmicks should make way for talk of not if but when this band will start headlining major festivals. Hail Ghost!

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Staff Picks: Jon Stickler


  • Airbourne – Breakin’ Outta Hell
  • Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake
  • Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
  • Gojira – Magma
  • Metallica – Hardwired… To Self Destruct
  • Anthrax – For All Kings
  • Grand Magus – Sword Songs
  • Black Peaks – Statues
  • Crobot – Welcome to Fat City
  • Whiskey Myers – Mud

Best Song

  • Ghost – Square Hammer

Best Gigs

  • Airbourne, Y Plas at Cardiff University
  • Skindred at Download Festival
  • Terrorvision at Steelhouse Festival
  • Clutch, Great Hall at Cardiff University
  • The Sheepdogs, the Globe in Cardiff

Best of 2016

Spotify Release Radar, Metallica return, Avenged Sevenfold surprise release, Guns N’ Roses announce Not in this Lifetime tour, Ghost’s ‘Popestar’ EP, Creeper, Music Venue Trust’s Fightback, Lemmy’s statue at the Rainbow, Download festival, Steelhouse festival, Ed Force One lands at Cardiff Airport, Stranger Things, #TeamNegan, Westworld, Danny Dyer on Who Do You Think You Are, Green Room, Deadpool, The Magnificent Seven, Star Wars, Tim Peake, Wales at the Euros, the Warnock Effect.

Worst of 2016

Trump, Brexit, Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Harambe, death everywhere, Brian Johnson steps down, goodbye Twisted Sister, venues closing, touts, Team Rock goes bust, Metal Hammer shuts down, Lemmy’s statue at the Rainbow, a year without Motörhead, Nick Jonas guitar solo, fuck Vodafone, Pokemon Go, hold the door, Glenn’s eyeball.

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Top Tours This Week!!


Mumford And Sons

Mumford and Sons head to arenas in Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham, Dublin, Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow and London, where they will play two nights at the O2, between November 28 and December 13. Jack Garratt will open – aside from the second London show.
Tickets are on sale at 9am on Friday, prices start at £25.00 plus fees.

The Libertines

The recently reformed London band will play a short run of shows starting this week, calling at Glasgow O2 Academy on September 6, Nottingham Rock City on September 7, O2 Academy Bristol on September 8, London’s Electric Ballroom on September 10 and The Ritz in Manchester on September 11.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, priced at £27.50, £28.00 and £30.00 plus fees.

The Maccabees

The Maccabees hit the road this winter, with a UK tour set to spill over from November into the new year. The indie quintet will play Nottingham, Newcastle, Norwich, Cambridge, Brighton, Southampton, Leeds, Reading, Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester, culminating in two nights at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.
Tickets are on sale at 9.30am on Friday, priced at £23.00, £25.00 and £27.50, plus fees.

Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon, will be joined by Neck Deep and Pvris for November shows in Edinburgh, Docaster, Cardiff and London, where they will play the Alexandra Palace.
Tickets are on sale at 9am on Friday, priced at £22.50 and £25.00, plus fees.

All Time Low

All Time Low will bring their Back To The Future Hearts tour to arenas in Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Dublin, as well as a huge show at The O2 Arena in London on February 11.
Tickets on sale at 9am on Friday, priced from £27.50 (£31.00 in London), plus fees.

Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots have announced a full 2016 tour around their previously scheduled date at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 25. The pop-rap duo hit Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol and Portsmouth, as well as an extra night in Brixton on February 24.
Tickets are on sale at 9am on Friday, priced at £16.50 (£21.00 in London), plus fees.


Ghost, who put out ‘Meliora’ last week, return to the UK this December for shows in Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London.
Tickets on sale at 10am on Friday, priced at £16.50 (£18.00 in London), plus fees.


Hozier returns to UK venues early next year, calling in Edinburgh, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Cardiff across January and February.
Tickets on sale at 9am on Friday, priced at £22.50 (£26.00 in London), plus fees.


The Scottish indie-rock troupe, who released ‘Everything Ever Written’ in February, visit Perth, Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Wakefield, Newcastle, London, Bristol and Nottingham in November and December.
Tickets on sale at 9am on September 4, priced at £20.00 (£22.50 in London), plus fees.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott tour the UK this November and December, with shows in Colne, London, Sheffield, Middlesbrough, Scunthorpe, Norwich, Oxford, Kilmarnock and Glenrothes.
Tickets are on sale at 9.30am on Friday, priced at £23.50 plus fees.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart brings his What Now? tour to the UK early in January next year, calling at Manchester Arena, the SSE Arena Wembley and O2 Arena in London.
Tickets on sale at 10am on Saturday.

Also announced this week, so far

Alt-J, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Flux Pavilion, Oliver Heldens, Brian McFadden, Loyle Carner, Tori Kelly, Runrig, Wolf, Cyclamen, Storms, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Eternal Summers, Queen Kwong, Silent Screams, Tragedy, The Cribs, Bloc Party, Wavves, Craig Finn, Richard Hawley, Fekky, Hop Along, David Sedaris, Bill Bailey, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac and many more!

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