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


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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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.

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: Aphex Twin, Paul Weller and The Dirty Nil

This week is bonkers. Aphex Twin has returned with the ‘Collapse’ EP, while Paul Weller has followed up 2017’s ‘A Kind Revolution’ and Canadian Rockers the Dirty Nil have put out album #2.

If none of that piques your interest there’s loads more to check out below.

6LACK – ‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ (LVRN/Interscope Records)

Ann Wilson – ‘Immortal’ (BMG)

Aphex Twin – ‘Collapse’ EP (Warp)

Bob Moses – ‘Battle Lines’ (Domino)

Carrie Underwood – ‘Cry Pretty’ (Virgin EMI)

The Chills – ‘Snow Bound’ (Fire Records)

David Guetta – ‘7’ (Parlophone)

Dawn Landes – ‘Meet Me At The River’ (Yep Roc)

Dilly Dally – ‘Heaven’ (Partisan Records)

The Dirty Nil – ‘Master Volume’ (Dine Alone/Caroline)

Dreams – ‘No One Defeats Us’ (Virgin EMI)

Fatherson – ‘Sum Of All Your Parts’ (Easy Life Records)

First Aid Kit – ‘Tender Offerings’ EP (Columbia)

Ghetts – ‘Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament’ (GIIG/Caroline)

Good Charlotte – ‘Generation Rx’ (BMG)

Guerilla Toss – ‘Twisted Crystal’ (Dfa Records/Ada)

Hawkwind – ‘Road To Utopia’ (Cherry Red)

Jean-Michel Jarre – ‘Planet Jarre’ (Sony)

Jungle – ‘For Ever’ (XL Recordings)

Low – ‘Double Negative’ (Sub Pop)

Lyrics Born – ‘Quite A Life’ (Mobile Home Recordings)

Monster Truck – ‘True Rockers’ (Mascot)

Noname – ‘Room 25’ (Noname)

Orbital – ‘Monsters Exist’ (ACP Recordings)

Pale Waves – ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ (Dirty Hit)

Paul Weller – ‘True Meanings’ (Parlophone)

Petrol Girls – ‘The Future Is Dark’ EP (Hassle Records)

Sandro Perri – ‘In Another Life’ (Constellation)

Snakes In Paradise – ‘Step Into The Light’ (Frontiers Records)

Steven Page – ‘Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II’ (Warner Music Canada)

Thrice – ‘Palms’ (Epitaph)

Throbbing Gristle – ‘Journey Through A Body/Mission Of Dead Souls’ (Mute)

Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – ‘Love Is Here To Stay’ (Verve/UMG)

Uriah Heep – ‘Living The Dream’ (Frontiers)

Wale – ‘Free Lunch’ EP (Warner Bros)

We Were Promised Jetpacks – ‘The More I Sleep The Less I Dream’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Willie Nelson – ‘My Way’ (Sony)

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Things We Love This Week: Jungle, LUMP, Pip Blom

Instead of mentioning the new Arctic Monkeys album, which at this point on release day seems inescapable, here are some opinions about good music, and topics that matter just a little bit more.


Jungle – Happy Man & House In LA

Neo-soul is back, and I’d quite like it to stay, if that’s alright with you. There’s been very little from Jungle since 2014’s self titled release, but this week they hit back by dropping two new tracks.Happy Man is classic Jungle (#YouDoYou) with smooth, soulful, effects-laden vocals and a simple yet undoubtedly catchy bassline. “Buy yourself a car, and a house to live in,” Tom McFarland, the vocalist, tells us. I truly would if only I could, Tom.

The second track is far more laid back, perhaps an unexpected move from the band. It could be a really interesting watch as an organic live performance from the seven-piece backing band. Take a listen. There’s just one date left on their UK tour – but if you live in Birmingham you should definitely try and go.

Lump: Late To The Flight

I’m SO excited for the new LUMP album to be released (June 1). You should do anything you can to get your hands on tickets to their upcoming live shows. I’m not authorising breaking into a ticket office, hacking a website or becoming a 21st century Artful Dodger in pick-pocketing tickets from other fans, but sometimes needs must.

Late to the Flight is the second track from the duo – Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay – and it takes a really different direction from Curse of the Contemporary. It’s long. Coming in at just over an atmospheric six minutes, it could easily have started at the 3.50 mark for those more radio friendly vibes. However, I kind of love that it doesn’t. The song explores the ideas of lucid dreaming and the hyper reality of being trapped in a public persona. So interesting, and the layering of the vocal harmonies is extraordinary. What a singer. Check it out.

Pip Blom: Pussycat

I’ve been waiting for a new single by this band for a little while. Aside from members having the best first name collection of any band ever (Pip, Tender, Casper and Gini), they also make some really cool, lo-fi alt-rock jams. Following on from School and Babies Are A Lie (one of my faves from 2017), they’ve finally got a new track. Pussycat features all the scraping guitar riffs and repeated catchy melodies that you’d expect from Pip and the gang. It’s good.

They’re supporting The Breeders on their upcoming UK and EU dates, and head to Brighton for the Great Escape Festival this month.

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Things That Suck This Week

This comes about from heartbreaking news that Scott Hutchison, the lead singer from the indie band Frightened Rabbit, has died. It is tragic news, and has draped the week in a dark, dark cloud. Frightened Rabbit’s music, and specifically Scott’s lyrics, brought so much hope and comfort to people who needed it, helping a huge number of fans through dark times. He was a well-loved man by thousands and will be truly missed.

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Things We Love This Week: Courtney Barnett, Jungle, Albert Hammond Jr., Smashing Pumpkins

This week we shared one of the most special, loving days of the calendar. PANCAKE DAY!

Although, if you forgot to buy pancake ingredients and actually just ate your body weight in chocolate like I did, then praise be to you. When I wasn’t snacking, I was listening to some sweet new tunes and keeping an eye on the music news…here are some cool things I discovered.

Courtney Barnett

Oh, she’s a teaser. Although we had her Kurt Vile collaboration, ‘Lotta Sea Lice’, last year, we’re still waiting for more of that charming single-handed Barnett sound. Her last solo record was released back in 2015, so it’s about time we had some new stuff.

On Tuesday, a video hit the internet depicting the musician flitting around the studio, hitting toms, plucking at an acoustic guitar and sat at a piano, playing what appeared to be fresh material. Exciting stuff! Both at the end of the video and on her website she asked fans “Tell Me How You Really Feel”.

Then, in a not particularly surprising twist, we had Nameless Faceless dropped in our laps. It’s the first cut from her upcoming album, which will (shock!) be titled ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’. Start a countdown now – the record is due for release on May 18, and it’s going to be awesome. The track, meanwhile, boldly addresses and explores themes of misogyny and patriarchal structures, paraphrasing Margaret Atwood in the chorus: 

“Men are scared that women will laugh at them / I wanna walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them”. She’s not wrong.



The neo-soul band have announced a new tour to take place throughout America, Europe and here in the UK in May!

Their debut record dropped back in 2014 to positive critical reception, and a place on the Mercury Prize shortlist. Dripping like a magical musical faucet with bangers such as The Heat, Busy Earnin’ and (my personal favourite) Julia, the self titled album got a big thumbs up.

Tickets went on sale on Monday. The announcement of new tour dates came with the hint of new music, too. This is not a drill! Here’s the actual real-life proof.

Albert Hammond Jr – Far Away Truths

This new track by the Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr is the latest cut from his upcoming album, ‘Francis Trouble’, which is scheduled for release on March 9. 

I’m currently halfway through Lizzy Goodman’s revealing time-capsule Meet Me In The Bathroom and duly going through a big Strokes/Interpol/LCD Soundsystem/New York post-punk revival phase. This new track from Hammond Jr., although distinctly his, embodies the Strokes-esque choppy, tight guitar structures that fans have become obsessed with. Although perhaps not as intricate and detailed as some of the tracks on his last solo outing, ‘Momentary Masters’, Far Away Truths is catchy and perfect for the car.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Reunion Tour

What is going on with this!? Rumours are flying around the office and in the press. No D’Arcy? What’s up with those texts between her and Billy Corgan?

Yesterday the band teased big news with a countdown clock on their website, then at 5pm they announced their Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour for 2018. Reunion Time!

It’s all very mysterious and hazy as to whether Wretzky was officially asked to join in or not – and there must be more beneath the surface story – but three quarters of the classic line up will perform on the upcoming US tour: Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha, alongside Jeff Schroeder.

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Tour Of The Week: Jungle


The London synth-funk collective have announced a string of shows for a 2015 tour of the UK and Ireland. Jungle Tickets are on sale now, priced at £16.00 (£18.00 in London), plus fees.

The Mercury Prize nominated group will hit the road in February and March next year, including a visit to London’s Roundhouse on March 3.

Led by the mysterious duo known only as ‘J’ and ‘T’, Jungle also take to stages next month, visiting Leeds Met Uni, Manchester Ritz, Glasgow Arches, Birmingham Institute, Cambridge Junction, London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Brighton Concorde and Bristol’s Anson Rooms.

Jungle Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Thu October 23 2014 – LEEDS Metropolitan University
Fri October 24 2014 – MANCHESTER Ritz
Sat October 25 2014 – GLASGOW Arches, Glasgow
Mon October 27 2014 – BIRMINGHAM Library, Institute
Tue October 28 2014 – CAMBRIDGE Junction
Thu October 30 2014 – LONDON O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Mon November 03 2014 – BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Tue November 04 2014 – BRISTOL Anson Rooms

Tue February 17 2015 – PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre, Southsea
Wed February 18 2015 – BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Fri February 20 2015 – OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
Sun February 22 2015 – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy Liverpool
Tue February 24 2015 – DUBLIN Olympia
Wed February 25 2015 – EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms
Thu February 26 2015 – MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Fri February 27 2015 – SHEFFIELD Leadmill
Sat February 28 2015 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Mon March 02 2015 – BRIGHTON Dome
Tue March 03 2015 – LONDON Roundhouse
Thu March 05 2015 – LEAMINGTON SPA Assembly
Fri March 06 2015 – NORWICH U.E.A (University Of East Anglia)

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This Week’s New Releases: Morrissey Returns

Happy Monday, everyone. How’s the desk today? Just how much would you give to be Mario Götze this morning? Well…anyway. There are some great records out this week, from infuriatingly catchy future dance anthems to megastar miserablism. See below for just some of the albums you can get your grubby mitts on now!

Morrissey – ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ (Harvest/Capitol)

Rise Against – ‘The Black Market’ (Insterscope)

Jungle – ‘Jungle’ (XL)

Slow Club – ‘Complete Surrender’ (Caroline)

Judas Priest – ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ (Sony)

Suicide Silence – ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ (Nuclear Blast)

Pennywise – ‘Yesterdays’ (Epitaph)

Jason Mraz – ‘Yes!’ (Atlantic)


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