Top Tickets This Week: Beartooth, Digga D, Jungle, Girl in Red and more

Beartooth

Beartooth have confirmed three UK shows for 2022. The Ohio band will play the O2 Academy Birmingham, Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse and London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 18, 19 and 20, respectively, as part of The Below Tour across Europe.

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Jungle

Alongside news of their new album ‘Loving In Stereo’, Jungle have confirmed an extensive run of worldwide tour dates, including two shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton and a performance at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse during September.

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Girl In Red

Girl In Red will support her debut album, ‘If I Could Make It Go Quiet’, with the Make It Go Quiet Tour of the UK and Europe in spring 2022.  She’s lined up stops in Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester and London, where she’ll perform at the Roundhouse on May 5.

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Digga D

Digga D has confirmed the Made In The Pyrex Tour for the autumn. The British rapper will support his mixtape of the same name with shows in Glasgow, Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham and London during October and November.

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Also announced this week:

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race UK have added even more extra dates to their 2022 UK tour due to huge demand.
  • Stereophonics will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.
  • The inaugural YAM Carnival will take over Clapham Common, London in August.
  • Experimental rockers Black Midi will take over Alexandra Palace on November 11.
  • Super Furry’s frontman Gruff Rhys will support his new solo album with an autumn UK tour.
  • Alestorm will tour the UK and Ireland in late 2021 with Gloryhammer and Aether Realm.
  • Idles have announced a huge homecoming concert in Bristol for September.
  • Anne-Marie has confirmed two outdoor UK shows for the summer.
  • Mclusky will celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Do Dallas’ with a UK tour in April 2022.

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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.

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This Week’s New Releases: Deftones, Idles And Public Enemy

The ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus has ramped up this week, but the calibre of new releases is more than high enough to combat the Covid blues.

Deftones have released the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Gore’, Idles’ third LP has arrived, and there’s a new Public Enemy album in the world.

Head below if you fancy some more, including new records from Fleet Foxes, Sad13, Surfer Blood and Machine Gun Kelly.

A Certain Ratio – ‘ACR Loco’ (Mute)

Action Bronson – ‘Only For Dolphins’ (Loma Vista/Concord)

Anna von Hausswolff – ‘All Thoughts Fly’ (Southern Lord)

Bad Boy Chiller Crew – ‘Full Wack No Brakes’ (Bad Boy Chiller Crew/House Anxiety)

Bob Mould – ‘Blue Hearts’ (Merge)

Cayucas – ‘Blue Summer’ (Park The Van)

Deftones – ‘Ohms’ (Reprise)

Dyble Longdon – ‘Between A Breath And A Breath’ (English Electric Recordings)

Fleet Foxes – ‘Shore’ (Anti-)

Hen Ogledd – ‘Free Humans’ (Domino)

Idles – ‘Ultra Mono’ (Partisan)

Jamie Lenman – ‘King Of Clubs’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Lou Red – ‘New York (Deluxe Edition)’ (Warner)

Machine Gun Kelly – ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ (Bad Boy/Interscope)

Marie Davidson / L’Œil Nu – ‘Renegade Breakdown’ (Ninja Tune)

Mint Field – ‘Sentimiento Mundial’ (Felte)

The Neighbourhood – ‘Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones’ (Columbia)

Night Shop – ‘The Fountain’ (Night Shop/Salinas Records)

The Ocean – ‘Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic/Cenozoic’ (Metal Blade)

Prince – ‘Sign O’ The Times (Super Deluxe)’ (NPG/Warner Bros)

Profligate – ‘Too Numb To Know’ (Wharf Cat)

Public Enemy – ‘What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?’ (Def Jam)

Rituals Of Mine – ‘Hype Nostalgia’ (Carpark Recordings)

The Rolling Stones – ‘Steel Wheels Live’ (Eagle Rock)

Sad13 – ‘Haunted Painting’ (Wax Nine)

Shy Boys – ‘Talk Loud’ (Polyvinyl)

Sleeper and Snake – ‘Fresco Shed’ (Upset The Rhythm)

Sufjan Stevens – ‘The Ascension’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

SuperM – ‘Super One – The 1st Album’ (SM Entertainment)

Surfer Blood – ‘Carefree Theatre’ (Kanine Records)

Thurston Moore – ‘By The Fire’ (Daydream Library)

Tim Heidecker – ‘Fear Of Death’ (Spacebomb Records)

Wax Chattels – ‘Clot’ (Captured Tracks)

Will Butler – ‘Generations’ (Merge)

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Things We Love This Week: Free Money, Brittany Howard, Squid, Idles

Hello! Firstly in this week’s schedule of quality content is the news that Stereoboard are doing a competition to win £100 worth of vouchers to spend on gig tickets, concerts, festivals, theatre, or whatever else you can get your dirty paws on. I like to think of £100 in terms of actual experiences: potentially one arena concert, two academy-sized gigs, and possibly a few tiny venue shows. Or, if you’re not selfish like me, the chance to take all your mates to see your fave band. Imagine! That, my dear, is what they call the DREAM. Enter here!

Brittany Howard

You know Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes. You know, that song that goes “I don’t wanna fight no more, IIIIIII don’t wanna fight no moooreee” in an incredibly high pitch? That’s her. 

Howard has gone off in a solo direction with a new album, ‘Jaime’, due for release on September 20, which she’ll accompany with UK, European and North American live shows. One of the record’s first singles, Stay High, dropped this week. It’s a lovely, easygoing song that sounds like the soundtrack to a really good mood. Happy days.

The video features actor Terry Crews (who, BT Dubs, is great in everything he does) playing a factory working father and husband, and singing along as he goes about his suburban life. 

Squid

The Cleaner is the latest track from the band that brought you HOUSEPLANTS! HOUSEPLAAANTS! It’s funky, punky, and all round… crunky? Clunky? Anyway, it’s a new one from former Brighton resdients Squid, who got inspiration for the song upon moving to the Big Smoke.

It comes from the group’s upcoming EP, ‘Town Centre’, which arrives in September through Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label, which is hands down one of the best record label names out there (aside from maybe Handsome Dad, Fierce Panda or Fat Possum).

Squid have several summer festival dates remaining in the diary, including Bluedot this weekend plus sets at Latitude, Green Man and End of the Road, to name a few. They also have a handful of headline dates confirmed for the autumn.

Idles

Ever wanted to know what Joe Talbot would look like as a cartoon character? Same, dw. We’re in luck though, as their new video fulfills just that. Never Fight A Man With A Perm comes off their 2018 album ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ and they have Al Brown, Russell Taysom and Stella Belle-Hex at the Fluffer Records team to thank for its vibrant accompanying video.

Complete with his plethora of tattoos and ready-to-pop blood vessels, it’s a take on a classic arcade game that gets a distinctly Black Mirror-esque twist at the end…

Idles will release their latest track Mercedes Marxist as a 7” single on August 2, backed with another new song, I Dream Guillotine.  It will arrive ahead of their North American and UK tour dates, with the latter run including a massive show at Ally Pally on December 7.

See ya later, crocodile.

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This Week’s Top Tickets: The Libertines, Idles, The Damned, Killswitch Engage, Skepta, Van Morrison, Dita Von Teese and more

Indie royalty the Libertines will tour the UK this winter, including a date at the O2 Academy Brixton, London on December 18. Bristol punks Idles, meanwhile, will also hit the road in December, wrapping up with a massive London gig at the iconic Alexandra Palace. Punk pioneers the Damned will team up with Hammer House Of Horror and Circus of Horrors for an immersive, theatrical live experience at the London Palladium in October and American metalcore heroes Killswitch Engage will return with a new album this summer, followed by a UK tour in the autumn.

Grime godfather Skepta will follow up his European festival performances with UK and Ireland headline shows during November, legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison has lined up a round of dates for later 2019 and early 2020, and burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese will bring her Glamonatrix Tour to the UK in spring 2020.

The Libertines

The band have confirmed performances in Bournemouth, Leeds, Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol and London, where they’ll finish up the run at the O2 Academy Brixton on December 18. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 28.

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Idles

The Bristol quintet will perform at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, Manchester Academy, O2 Academy Leeds, and Alexandra Palace in London for their biggest headline show to date this December. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on June 28.

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The Damned

The punk pioneers have combined with Hammer House Of Horror for a theatrical live experience at the London Palladium on October 28, bringing together the band’s love of horror with a punk rock show. It will also feature cabaret and a supporting cast from Circus of Horrors. Tickets go on sale at 9am on June 28.

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Killswitch Engage

The Massachusetts metalcore quintet, who will return with ‘Atonement’ this summer, will tour Europe in the autumn including shows in Norwich, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, and London, where they’ll play the O2 Academy Brixton on October 20. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 28.

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Skepta

The grime artist, who recently released an album of the same name, will follow up his European festival performances with headline shows in Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin, Glasgow and London, where he’ll play Olympia, during November. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £38.50 including fees.

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Van Morrison

The legendary singer-songwriter, who released ‘The Prophet Speaks’ last year, will perform in Bournemouth, Cardiff, Oxford and Nottingham in October, Brighton in early December. He’s also lined up three consecutive nights at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast between December 31 to January 2, 2020. Tickets for Belfast are on sale now, while tickets for the rest of the new dates go on sale at 9am on June 28.

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Dita Von Teese

The burlesque superstar will bring her Glamonatrix Tour to the UK in spring 2020, with performances confirmed at Brighton Dome, Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre, Edinburgh Playhouse, Manchester’s O2 Apollo, and the London Palladium, where she has lined up four shows, during April. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 28.

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Also announced this week:

Metronomy, Rammstein, Burna Boy, Bjorn Again, Kojo Anim, Grease Live in Concert, the Phantom of the Opera, Jaden Smith, Anderson .Paak, K Trap, the Interrupters, James Arthur, the Warehouse Project, Wet Wet Wet, Black Peaks, Pulled Apart By Clothes, Yonaka, the Chats, Rhod Gilbert, Queen Symphonic, Russ MB, Mabel, Mahalia, Roam, With Confidence, Thursday, Inglorious, Kaiser Chiefs and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Spice Girls, The Chemical Brothers at All Points East, A-Ha, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice In Chains, David Gray, Paul Weller, Idles, Russell Howard and more

Spice Girls

So, tell me what you want. What you really, really want. Tickets to see the Spice Girls, right? Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Melanie C will reunite and perform at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, Edinburgh’s BT Murraryfield Stadium, Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium and London’s Wembley Stadium during June. Victoria Beckham won’t be joining them, though, due to her business commitments. Tickets go on sale at 10.30am on Saturday, November 10, while Jess Glynne will support.

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The Chemical Brothers at All Points East

No sooner have you removed the mud from your wellies, than 2019’s festival season is starting to heat up. Only a small number of festivals have started showing their hands, with All Points East confirming the Chemical Brothers as their first headliner. The dance legends will take over the event at Victoria Park in London on May 24 with Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Little Simz and Ibibio Sound Machine also on the bill. Tickets are on sale at 9am on November 9.

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A-Ha

A-Ha will celebrate ‘Hunting High and Low’ with shows at Dublin’s 3Arena, the SSE Arena Belfast, Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Brighton Centre next November. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 9.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

The legendary southern rock band will return to UK arenas next summer for their Last Of The Street Survivors farewell tour, calling in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London, where they’ll play the SSE Arena Wembley on June 29. At their final UK shows they will be joined by special guests Status Quo. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 9.

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Alice In Chains

The Seattle grunge icons will play Glasgow’s Braehead Arena on May 23, the Arena Birmingham on May 24 and the SSE Arena Wembley in London the following day, joined by special guests Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 9.

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David Gray

The Babylon singer-songwriter will release his first collection of new material in four years, ‘Gold In A Brass Age’, on March 8 through IHT Records/AWAL Recordings, accompanied by an extensive 17-date tour across the UK and Ireland. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on November 9.

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Paul Weller

The legendary singer-songwriter, who recently returned with ‘True Meanings’, is set to call at Westonbirt Arboretum, Bedgebury Pinetum, Thetford Forest, Delamere Forest, Dalby Forest, Sherwood Pines and Cannock Chase throughout June and into July as part of the Forest Live series. Tickets are on sale at 9am on November 9.

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Idles

The post-punks, who are on the road supporting ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’, have lined up spring shows in Sheffield, Cardiff, Norwich, Brighton, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester and London, where they’ll play two nights at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. Tickets are on sale at 9am on November 9.

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Russell Howard

The comedian will return with his biggest globe-spanning Respite tour in 2019, launching at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena before additional arena shows in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Bournemouth, Manchester, Liverpool and London, where he’ll take over the SSE Arena Wembley. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £35.00 plus fees.

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Also announced this week:

Muse, Rammstein, Elton John, Jingle Bell Ball, 80s Symphonic Live, H E R, Ghetts, Professor Green, The Good The Bad And The Queen, Saint Raymond, The Horrors, Crystal Fighters, Sundara Karma, Cancer Bats, the Snuts, Marvel Universe Live, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, FKJ, Jack and Jack, Kathryn Joseph, The Tiger Lillies, Fatherson, Gentlemans Dub Club, Worriers, Boyz II Men, Mario Rosenstock, The Orielles, Eagle Eye Cherry, Dream State, Ant Middleton and more. Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s New Releases: Alkaline Trio, Anna Calvi And Idles

This week is chock-full of high quality releases. Alkaline Trio and Anna Calvi are back with their first new albums for five years, while Idles have put out the highly anticipated follow up to 2017’s ‘Brutalism’. Head below to check out the rest of what this week has to offer.

Aaron Lee Tasjan – ‘Karma For Cheap’ (New West)

Alkaline Trio – ‘Is This Thing Cursed?’ (Epitaph)

Amos Lee – ‘My New Moon’ (SPV)

Anna Calvi – ‘Hunter’ (Domino)

Beanpole – ‘All My Kin’ (Chimera Music)

Big Red Machine – ‘Big Red Machine’ (Jagjaguwar)

Emma Blackery – ‘Villains’ (RWG)

Idles – ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ (Partisan Records)

Juanita Stein- ‘Until The Light Fades’ (Nude)

The Kooks – ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’ (Lonely Cat)

Mass Gothic – ‘I’ve Tortured You Long Enough’ (Sub Pop)

Meghan Trainor – ‘Treat Myself’ (Epic)

Menace Beach – ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ (Memphis Industries)

Muncie Girls – ‘Fixed Ideals’ (Specialist Subject)

Passenger – ‘Runaway’ (Cooking Vinyl/Black Crow Records)

Rebecca Dale – ‘Requiem’ (Decca Classics)

Saintseneca – ‘Pillar Of Na’ (Anti Records/Ada)

Sophie Hunger – ‘Molecules’ (Caroline)

Spring King – ‘A Better Life’ (Universal/Island)

Sulpher – ‘No One Will Ever Know’ (Oblivion)

Tash Sultana – ‘Flow State’ (Sony/Lonely Land)

Thou – ‘Magus’ (Sacred Bones)

Troye Sivan – ‘Bloom’ (Universal/Polydor)

Two Circles – ‘The Underworld & You’ (Unravelling)

Why Don’t We – ‘8 Letters’ (Atlantic)

Wild Nothing – ‘Indigo’ (Secretly)

WSTR – ‘Identity Crisis’ (Hopeless)

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Things We Love This Week: PEOPLE, Public Service Broadcasting, Idles, Interpol

Oh, hi there. I see you’re looking for some great new music? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

PEOPLE

Seemingly coming out of nowhere on Wednesday, there is now an entirely new streaming platform in the world.

PEOPLE is based around a collection of artists, including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, members of the National, Kate Stables from This Is The Kit, Lisa Hannigan, Phoebe Bridgers, Sufjan Stevens and loads more (you can check out the full list of people involved here), all working collaboratively “for the benefit and development of the artists involved and just as importantly, for those who would like to access and enjoy the output.” Put simply, an enviable group of people who you’d love to be friends with. Wouldn’t it be great to nip to the pub for a cheeky pint with Justin?

It also boats zero commercial interest or sponsorship, which is great. Independent artists making music for making music’s sake. *Sighs dreamily*

One of the featured projects on the site comes from Vernon and Aaron Dessner from the National, Big Red Machine. The only trouble is, I want to be able to download or have physical copies of this four track EP because it is brilliant. With the guitar expertise of Dessner and the iconic vocals of Vernon, both of their creative minds work in harmony to make perfect rainy-day music. Listen hereThere so much music to get your ears around. Good job I have zero weekend plans…

Public Service Broadcasting

J Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth, plus full band, have announced they’ll finish touring their latest album, ‘Every Valley’ with a string of intimate Welsh shows.

Based on the coalfields of south Wales, the record follows the story of the rise, progress, fall, and strikes of the industry, from the perspective of workers, women, and politicians. It’s such an interesting idea. There’s no place better for such a tour than in the valleys themselves, but they’ll culminate with a huge show at the Royal Albert Hall in November. You can check for dates here.

Idles – Danny Nedelko

We’ve got the second cut from the Bristol post-punks’ new album! Danny Nedelko is fun, fast and perhaps too catchy, with a singalong chorus that goes “yadda yadda yadda yadda ay ay ay ay” – something you might not expect from a band who are used to pissing in the kitchen sink. But it’s great fun. I’ve just listened to it four times in a row and would advise you to do the same.

Idles have confirmed details of their sophomore LP, ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’, out on August 31 through Partisan Records.

Interpol – The Rover

I’M SO GLAD INTERPOL ARE BACK. After missing their ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ 15th anniversary shows last year, this news gives me hope that I will one day be able to cross off seeing Paul Banks and co. from my bucket list. They’ve announced a new album, and have shared the first cut. ‘Marauder’ is due for release on on August 24 via Matatdor Records, prior to a world tour – which includes a stop at the Royal Albert Hall.

The frontman has stated:

“’Marauder is a facet of myself. That’s the guy that fucks up friendships and does crazy shit. He taught me a lot, but it’s representative of a persona that’s best left in song. In a way, this album is like giving him a name and putting him to bed. This record is where I feel touching on real things that have happened to me are exciting and evocative to write about… I think in the past, I always felt autobiography was too small a thing for me to reference. I feel like now, I’m able to romanticise parts of my own life.”

Over and out. 👋

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Snow Patrol, Mariah Carey, Rick Astley, Jessie J, Janelle Monáe, Lily Allen, Anna Calvi, Idles, Nothing But Thieves, Blue Planet II Live In Concert and more…

SNOW PATROL

Snow Patrol, who recently put out ‘Wildness’, will hit the road in December for arena shows in Newcastle, Belfast and Dublin, followed by stops in Birmingham, London, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow in January 2019. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 8.

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MARIAH CAREY

The vocalist will bring her All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour to Nottingham, Leeds and London in December, with sets also planned in Stavanger, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 8.

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RICK ASTLEY

The pop vocalist will hit the road for shows in October and November, with stops lined up in Hull, Gateshead, Plymouth, Cardiff, Brighton, Southend, Cambridge, London, Bournemouth, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool. Tickets are on sale at 9.30am on June 8, while Astley’s new LP, ‘Beautiful Life’, is set to follow on July 20 through BMG.

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JESSIE J

Jessie J will tour the UK this November in support of her latest album, ‘R,O.S.E.’, including Leicester, Bournmeouth, Sheffield, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich, Liverpool, Glasgow and London, where she’ll play the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 8.

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JANELLE MONÀE

Following up the recent release of ‘Dirty Computer’, Monáe has confirmed in September stops at Manchester Academy and London’s Roundhouse. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 8.

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LILY ALLEN

With her new record, ‘No Shame’, out this week, Lily Allen has inked in December stops in Dublin, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London. Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 8

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ANNA CALVI

The singer-songwriter will support her upcoming album ‘Hunter’, her first LP since 2013’s ‘One Breath’, with shows in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Hove and Bristol between September 27 and October 6. She also plays a show at the Roundhouse in London on February 7, 2019. Tickets for all dates go on sale at 10am on June 8.

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IDLES

Following the release of their second album, ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’, the Bristol post-punks embark on their first world tour this autumn, including their biggest London headline show yet at the O2 Forum on October 18. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 8.

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NOTHING BUT THIEVES

The band, who released ‘Broken Machine’ last year, are set to play Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and the Alexandra Palace in London in November, alongside stops in Manchester, Glasgow, and Birmingham. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 8.

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BLUE PLANET II LIVE IN CONCERT

The BBC television series, which is presented by Sir David Attenborough, will be transformed into a stage show and accompanied by a full symphony orchestra at venues in Bournemouth, Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield between March 13 and 28. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 8.

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Also announced this week

My Bloody Valentine, Fever Ray, Dan Owen, Mahalia, Alex Clare, Saxon, The Dead South, Pale Waves, Paul Young, Black Peaks, Chelsea Grin, Crossfaith, The Amity Affliction, Girli, Roam, Jo Passed, Hogjaw, Nils Frahm, Funeral Shakes, Frown Upon, Rex Orange County, Estere, Richie Hawtin, Slowthai, Harlem Globetrotters, Public Service Broadcasting, Oscar Jerome, WSTR, Joshua Hedley, Wand, Rufus Du Sol, Kranium, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bad Sounds, Chase Rice, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Duane Eddy, Rat Boy, Julian Clary, Katherine Ryan, Jay Prince, Airways, Wardruna, Findlay, Bernhoft, Bo Ningen, Half Waif, Mikaela Davis, Ross From Friends, Daughtry, The Parlotones and more.

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

I’ve survived another year! In the process I’ve gained a few pounds and new friends, lost my voice after screeching along at numerous gigs and a shedload of money by spending way more than I should on fantastic records and merch.

It may be a sombre subject, but I didn’t feel I could reflect on the year without commenting on how I’ve been inspired by the strength of the victims who have stood up against their abusers within the music industry, and elsewhere, throughout this year, and many more prior. It is heartbreaking that we cannot go a day on Twitter without another instance surfacing, but I am glad that the true extent of the problem is finally beginning to be seen and challenged.

That being said, I refuse to let those awful humans detract from what has been an otherwise great year for new music. Check out what caused my ears to prick and heart to swell, Grinch-like, below.

ALBUMS

Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’

Beth Ditto – ‘Fake Sugar’

Bully – ‘Losing’

Diet Cig – ‘I Swear I’m Good At This’

Downtown Boys – ‘Cost Of Living’

Idles – ‘Brutalism’

Japandroids – ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’

Kamikaze Girls – ‘Seafoam’

Sacred Paws – ‘Strike A Match’

Weaves – ‘Wide Open’

Worriers – ‘Survival Pop’

GIGS

Beach Slang – The Exchange, Bristol – January 20

Petrol Girls – Le Pub, Newport – March 16

Idles – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – April 5

Meat Wave – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – April 24 (pictured at the top of the page)

Japandroids – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – May 6

Kamikaze Girls (supporting Gnarwolves) – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – May 17

HCBP (debut headline show) – The Moon, Cardiff – June 1

Sad13 – The Big Top, Cardiff – June 25

Ho99o9 (ArcTanGent Set) – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 18

HCBP (ArcTanGent Set) – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 19

Asphalt (Japan) – Le Public Space, Newport – August 28

Dead Arms/Twisted Ankle/ Eva Bartok/ Salt Bath – The Moon, Cardiff – September 15

Sacred Paws – Transport Club, Cardiff – September 22

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Bournemouth International Centre – September 24

Baby In Vain – The Moon, Cardiff – October 13

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – O2 Academy Bristol – December 1

Marilyn Manson – Newport Centre, Newport (Wales) – December 8

DIY Cardiff’s Third Birthday feat Apologies, I Have None/Kamikaze Girls/The Doublecross/Masts/Esuna- Cathays Community Centre, Cardiff – December 16

THE WORST OF ALL THE AWFUL BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR

Yes Lad

Elephant Stone

Evil Triplet

Mr Irish Bastard

Bum Freak In Egypt

Exactly Violent Style

Rat In  A Bucket

Spunk Volcano and the Eruptors

Hello Moth

The Buttery Trio

Warcrab

Incontinence

Cocaine Piss

Mexican Chili Funeral Party

Drug Honky

Prosthetic Cunt

Corpsefucking Art

Egomunk

Henry Metal

Soul Enema

Terror Pigeon

Glory Hole Guillotine

Spiritual Bat

Teen Mortgage

Dildo’s Panda Fight

Bed Wettin Bad Boys

Infected

Torso Murder

Septic Flesh

Pile Of Priests

Cyanide Sundae

Infected Syren

Fistula

THE BEST OF THE AMAZING BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR

Foetal Juice

Tyrannosorceress

Hallouminati

OTHER STUFF I’VE ENJOYED THIS YEAR

SONG: First Aid Kit – You Are The Problem Here

TV: Big Mouth

PODCAST: My Brother, My Brother And Me – I don’t listen to nearly enough podcasts so feel free to send me recommendations!

MERCH: Kamikaze Girls’ ‘Nervous Millennials’ t-shirt and ‘I’m not your fucking sweetheart mate’ tote bag.

FOOD: Red’s Devil Wing BBQ Sauce

DRINK: Almond Butter Crunch Shake from Anna Loka in Cardiff

COMEBACK: Me: “Dad, when you die if we cremate you we can put your ashes into a vinyl record of your favourite song if you want? A band called Idles did it recently!”

Dad: “Are you joking? I don’t want to be going around in circles forever!”

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