There are some big names releasing new music this week. The Boss has put out a collection of “15 soul music greats”, Louis Tomlinson has shared his second solo album, and Christine and The Queens have released ‘Redcar les adorables étoiles’, which sees vocalist and songwriter Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier embodying a new character called Redcar.
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Aled Jones and Russell Watson – ‘Christmas With Aled and Russel’ (BMG)
Black Eyed Peas – ‘ELEVATION’ (BEP/Epic/Sony)
The Bloody Hell – ‘Nobody Cares’ (The Bloody Hell)
Breanna Barbara – ‘Nothin’ But Time’ (Fuzz Club)
Bright Eyes – ‘Digital Ash In A Digital Urn: A Companion’ (Dead Oceans)
The alt-pop band will headline London’s Finsbury Park on July 11, joined by special guests Charli XCX, Clairo, Pale Waves, Phoebe Bridgers, and Cavetown, with more acts to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on January 31. Pre-sale tickets are available now.
Nas will be joined by DMX, the Lox and Gang Starr will come together at Manchester Arena, London’s O2 Arena and Birmingham Arena on April 23, 24 and 25, respectively on the second Gods Of Rap UK tour this April. All shows will be hosted and presented by Just Blaze. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday, January 31.
The legendary band, who released ‘From Out Of Nowhere’ in November, have lined up arena shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow and London, where they’ll play two nights at the O2, during October. The From Out Of Nowhere Tour also includes performances in Oslo, Stockholm, Herning, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Amsterdam between September 19 and October 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on January 31.
The former Police vocalist will bring his My Songs Tour to the London Palladium for three nights, performing on September 17, 18 and 19. Support will come from Cruel Hearts Club. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on January 31.
The legendary vocalist will call in Hull, Darlington, Plymouth, Inverness, Telford, Paddock Wood, Newmarket, Carlisle Edinburgh and Norwich between June 13 and August 16. Tickets go on sale at 9am on January 31, except for Newmarket which goes on sale the same day at 8am. Head here for pre-sale tickets.
The Kentucky Rockers have announced a UK tour for October, calling in Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham and London, where they’ll perform at the Royal Albert Hall on October 14. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 31.
Lauv will bring his How I’m Feeling World Tour to the O2 Academy Birmingham, O2 Academy Glasgow, Manchester Academy and O2 Academy Brixton in London during November. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 31.
My Chemical Romance, Massive Attack, All Points East festival, Queen and Adam Lambert, the Fratellis, Keane, Yungblud, Sparks, the Used, Belle and Sebastian, Viva La Divas, Tom Rush, Passenger, the Stranglers, the Von Bondies, Royal Blood, Gerry Cinnamon, Sam Fender, Toots and the Maytals, Edinburgh Summer Sessions, Parklife Festival, Wireless Festival, Nerina Pallot, Cast, Alan Carr, Dead Ringers Live and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.
There are some big records out this week! Florence + the Machine have followed up 2015’s ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’, Drake has put out his highly anticipated fifth album, while Gorillaz have offered up LP #6.
Not quite floating your boat? Head below for more new releases.
Beth Rowley – ‘Gota Fría’ (Stoopnik)
Bruce Dickinson – ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ (BMG)
Buffalo Springfield – ‘What’s That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection’ (Rhino)
Download festival will make its grand return to the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington this weekend. Clearly there is something about standing in the sunshine* and watching the hardest hitting bands that rock, metal and punk have to offer that brings out an overwhelming desire to become one with the dirt in people.
With over 100,000 people expected, Download organisers have cranked things up to 11 for 2018’s edition. Avenged Sevenfold, arguably the biggest band of their generation, return to top Friday’s line up, while two titans of the festival’s Monsters of Rock days – Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne – will headline the Saturday and Sunday night respectively.
Naturally, some will already be muttering ‘worst line up ever’ to themselves, but here we go with our pick of the bands that will tread the boards across the weekend. Horns at the ready.
(*doubtless it will be pissing down with rain)
Cancer Bats – Avalanche Stage, Friday
Everyone’s favourite Canadian hardcore punks recently kickstarted the newest chapter of their career in sonic carnage with the sudden release of ‘The Spark That Moves’, their best album in a decade. Reinvigorated and raising a middle finger to any doubters who thought their spark had gone out, they return to these shores just months after a run of London dates celebrating the 10th anniversary of their second album ‘Hail Destroyer’.
The Bronx – Avalanche Stage, Friday
The Los Angeles party starters will wreak havoc upon anyone in earshot during their second to last slot on Friday night. Their fifth studio album and most visceral to date, ‘V’, made a huge impact with fans last year and with 16 years of experience battering the ear canals you can expect to see some of the most gnarly circle pits of the weekend.
Marmozets – Avalanche Stage, Friday
This Yorkshire outfit are one of a handful of young British bands making a giant leap forward in 2018. Having made their debut at Donington in 2014, there are few groups on the line up more deserving of a slot on the Main Stage. Riding the success of this year’s statement of intent, ‘Knowing What You Know Now’, their second LP on Roadrunner Records, Becca Macintyre’s trademark screams, distorted guitars and a smattering of blastbeats will get you talking about their pop-tinged anthems for the rest of the weekend.
Employed To Serve – Avalanche Stage, Friday
The British extreme metal scene has been well and truly spoiled for choice when it comes to exciting releases in recent years. This Woking hardcore quintet are leading the charge and will make their Download debut, capping an incredible 12 months since they unleashed their brutal 2017 sophomore record, ‘The Warmth of a Dying Sun’.
Napalm Death – Dogtooth Stage, Friday
To the untrained ear a set from the godfathers of grindcore can be quite the oppressive experience. Whether you’re a dedicated follower or an inquisitive first-timer, their short and not so sweet set is going to be something to remember. Their intense and angry music, accompanied by frontman Barney Greenway’s sociopolitical lyrics, make them one of the most brutal and relevant bands on the bill even though they formed over 30 years ago.
Knocked Loose – Dogtooth Stage, Saturday
The Kentucky natives have become one of the most talked about hardcore bands around since the release of their 2016 full length ‘Laugh Tracks’ and you can’t help but feel they’re on the edge of something huge. That’s why they’re here at Download, right? Numbers such as Deadringer and Counting Worms will tick all the boxes if you’re into bands who go in, smash faces and leave.
Shvpes – Dogtooth Stage, Saturday
The band’s vocalist Griffin Dickinson might be descended from Rock Royalty (his dad’s a certain singer from Iron Maiden) but the buzz around these Birmingham sonic alchemists hasn’t come from simply trading off famous parentage. This year’s debut ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair’ has marked them out to be real contenders and with their upcoming trio of EPs giving them an opportunity to grow creatively, Shvpes’ future looks set to be something really special.
Rolo Tomassi – Avalanche Stage, Saturday
Since returning to Holy Roar Records, this creative force from Sheffield have continued to refine their sound into a heavier and darker beast. ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’ is one of the best albums of the year so far and has gained them a significant increase in recognition. The band have come a long way since their debut at Download a decade ago and their set on the smallest stage could deliver the biggest slap in the face of the weekend.
Parkway Drive – Zippo Encore Stage, Saturday
Byron Bay’s merchants of mosh are no strangers to ripping apart Donington and are already tipped to deliver THE performance of the weekend. Returning to headline the second stage, having previously performed in 2009, 2013 and 2015, their no bells and whistles approach dropped jaws on their recent sixth full length, ‘Reverence’.
Greta Van Fleet – Zippo Encore Stage, Sunday
You’re going to need something pretty special to pull you out of a four-day hangover and you’ll struggle to find a more talented, rising young band than these Michigan-based throwback phenoms. They’re uncannily reminiscent of early Led Zeppelin but even with their roots planted deep in rock ‘n’ roll’s deepest traditions, their enthusiasm on stage, massive hooks and wailing vocals have made them a genuinely exciting prospect. Their debut album will arrive later this year.
All Them Witches – Dogtooth Stage, Sunday
Having emerged from the Nashville underground scene in 2012, the psych-rock band spun many a head with the spacey, hard-rock sounds on last year’s ‘Sleeping Through the War’. Their music is bluesy, trippy, littered with fuzzed-up riffs and will make for a welcome change to hurtling around in circle pits all weekend.
Hatebreed – Main Stage, Sunday
Led by hardcore godfather Jamey Jasta, Hatebreed last destroyed Donington nine years ago, which is madness when you consider the increased hardcore representation at the festival in recent years. They’ve spent the last two years celebrating the 20th and 15th anniversaries of ‘Satisfaction is the Death of Desire’ and ‘Perseverance’, so naturally you can expect a jolly good throwdown.
Zeal and Ardor – Dogtooth Stage, Sunday
If you think you’ve heard everything modern music has to offer, you might want to catch up with Manuel Gagneux. The brainchild behind this one-man project fuses black metal, delta blues, jazz, hip-hop beats, spiritual chants, soul and gospel to create a truly unique sound that will send the purists into meltdown. But who’s here to put a limit on imagination and combinations anyway?
Baroness – Dogtooth Stage, Sunday
Beautiful, brutal and heavy as balls. You should never miss a chance to see these Georgia sludgelords. Having brought us some of the 21st century’s finest albums, including the progressive-metal masterpiece ‘Purple’ in 2015, they’re back to get spacey at Donington.
Puppy – Avalanche Stage, Sunday
Rising from the ashes of vocalist and guitarist Jock Norton and drummer Billy Howard’s previous band, Polterghost, Puppy have earned a rep as an alt-rock trio who can win over any metal crowd with their heavy yet melodic riffs and grungy tunes. Their Download set is going to be the first chance people will have to hear songs off their upcoming album and if you like what you hear, you’ll be pleased to know they’re touring the UK in August with Grove Street Families.
Milk Teeth – Avalanche Stage, Sunday
Having toured for most of 2018 off the back of last year’s EP pairing of ‘Be Nice’ and ‘Go Away’, their rise continues with a step up to the Avalanche Stage for their second visit to Download. Not the heaviest band of the weekend but they sure know how to get a riot going with their grunge and punk ragers such as Owning Your Okayness, Brickwork and Nearby Catfight.
At the bottom of this month’s chart we have Giggs, who last month completed his spring Landlord tour, The Next Step, which will see the live accompaniment to the CBBC TV show take in dates across the UK and Ireland, Bob Dylan, who will tour North America this summer, Steps, who hit the road in November and December for the Party On The Dancefloor arena tour, and Tori Amos, who will return to the UK and Europe this autumn for the Native Invader tour.
Check back in with us next month to see if the below are able to keep hold of their top 40 positions or if we’ll be welcoming some new names to the chart.
Thrash legends Metallica have hit #1 on March’s Hot Ticket Chart, bumping Ed Sheeran into second place. Following closely behind are Steps, who hit the road in November and December for the Party On The Dancefloor arena tour, Eminem, who will headline Reading and Leeds and perform as part of the Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park in August, and Little Mix, who will kick off their Summer Shout Out tour at the end of May and head out on their Glory Days arena run in September, October and November.
At the bottom of this month’s chart we have Ricky Gervais, Wireless Festival, Eddie Vedder, The xx and Elbow. Come back and see us next month to check if they’ve been able to cling on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be waving them goodbye and welcoming some new blood.