This Week’s Top Tickets: My Chemical Romance, Kendrick Lamar, Noel Gallagher, The National, Morrissey, Dave Chappelle and more

My Chemical Romance

The recently reformed My Chemical Romance will take over Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on June 20 for their first gig together on this side of the Atlantic Ocean since 2011. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on January 24 and will be limited to six per person for standing and four per person for seating.

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Kendrick Lamar at BST Hyde Park

The award-winning rapper will top the BST Hyde Park bill on July 5 with support from special guests James Blake and Brittany Howard, plus more that are yet to be confirmed. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 24.

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Noel Gallagher


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The former Oasis guitarist and band will play two hometown gigs at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on March 24 and 25 before heading to London’s Royal Albert Hall for a performance in aid of Teenage Cancert Trust on March 27. Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on January 24.

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The National

The band, who released ‘I Am Easy To Find’ in 2019, will perform two unique sets at O2 Academy Brixton in London on June 1 and 2. They’ve also lined up a Paris show at Salle Pleyel on June 10. Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on January 24.

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Morrissey

The former Smiths frontman will perform at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on March 6, Cologne Palladium on March 9, Salle Pleyel in Paris on March 11 and the SSE Arena Wembley in London on March 14. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on January 24.

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Dave Chappelle

The award-winning American comedian and actor will take over Leicester Square Theatre in London for five nights between February 9 and 13. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 24.

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Also announced this week:

Alicia Keys, BTS, Milk Teeth, the Chats, Twinnie, Stereophonics, Groove Armada, Nile Rodgers, Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, Ella Eyre, Manic Street Preachers, Whitesnake, Fatboy Slim, Madness, Hi-Tide Festival, Foals, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jessie J, Bastille, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein In Conversation, Real Estate, Suzanne Vega, Belinda Carlisle, Rufus Wainwright, Van Morrison, Yusuf Cat Stevens, KT Tunstall, Rick Astley, Richard Hawley, Primal Scream, King Creosote, the Jesus And Mary Chain, Edwyn Collins, Summer Nights at the Bandstand, Ozuna, Lupe Fiasco, the Slow Readers Club, Crash Test Dummies, Weyes Blood, the Fratellis and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Barry Manilow And Kendrick Lamar!

On June 17, 1943 legendary crooner Barry Manilow was born. On the same day in 1987 American hip-hop and rap star Kendrick Lamar came into the world. Happy birthday both!

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Glasgow Summer Sessions, Kendrick Lamar, Garbage, James Bay, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, James Taylor, Michael Bolton and more…

GLASGOW SUMMER SESSIONS with Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar will perform at Bellahouston Park on August 29 as part of this year’s Glasgow Summer Sessions , with further acts to be announced in due course. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 16 priced £59.50 plus fees.

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GARBAGE

Garbage have added additional dates to their ‘Version 2.0’ anniversary tour, with new stops confirmed in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and Newcastle prior to their previously announced two night stand at the O2 Academy Brixton on September 14 and 15. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 16, priced £32.50/£38.50 plus fees.

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JAMES BAY

The singer-songwriter has announced his new single, Wild Love, plus details of a London show at Electric Brixton on March 15 and a date as part of Cork’s Live at the Marquee series on June 27. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 16, priced £27.50 plus fees.

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DEMI LOVATO

Demi Lovato has announced a UK arena tour, with stops planned in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester during June. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 16, priced £37.50 plus fees.

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CAMILA CABELLO

The former Fifth Harmony member will call at the O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 Academy Birmingham and O2 Academy Brixton in London on June 5, 6 and 12 respectively. Tickets go on sale at 9am on February 16, priced £29.50/£32.50 plus fees.

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JAMES TAYLOR

The legendary singer-songwriter will be joined by Bonnie Raitt for dates in Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds during July, coinciding with Taylor and Raitt’s opening for Paul Simon as part of his farewell tour, with stops planned at London’s Hyde Park and the 3Arena in Dublin. Tickets for Taylor’s headline shows go on sale at 9am on February 16.

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MICHAEL BOLTON

The American singer will bring his Time, Love & Tenderness Greatest Hits tour to venues between October 13 and November 4, including stops in Birmingham, Glasgow, Blackpool, Newcastle, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and London, where he’ll perform at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10am on February 16, priced from £25.00 plus booking fees.

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Also announced this week

Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Jungle, Haçienda Classiçal, Peace, Emeli Sandé, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, NOFX, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude and Longitude Festivals, Star Shaped Festival, Livewire Festival, Lovebox Festival, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Texas, Feis feat. Van Morrison, Alfie Boe, Jurassic Park Live In Concert, Vance Joy, The Lovely Eggs, Waxahatchee, Lo Moon, Kaiser Chiefs, Toots and the Maytals, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, Jorja Smith, The Go Team, John Buckley, Broadside, Indian Queens, Boy Azooga, Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals, The Hold Steady, Mr. Jukes, Pendulum, Okkervil River, Amanda Palmer, Alanis Morissette, Saxon, Skyline Series feat. Echo and the Bunnymen, Bananarama, James Arthur, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Wayward Sons, Tune Yards, Mallory Knox, the Blinders, Wild Child, Gerry Cinnamon, Rachel Parris, Dead Swans, Sarah Blasko, Rufus Wainwright, American Nightmare, Damian Marley, Carmody, the Skids, the Exploited and more!

For more information and to find your tickets visit: http://www.stereoboard.com/ticket-news

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Roger Waters, British Summer Time Hyde Park, Kendrick Lamar, Fatboy Slim And Monster Jam

ROGER WATERS

The Pink Floyd bassist will bring his Us + Them tour to the UK in summer 2018, including a date at London’s Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time series plus arena shows in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 6, priced £65.00/£69.50 plus booking fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.

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KENDRICK LAMAR

The rapper, who put out ‘Damn’ in April, will be joined by James Blake for February shows in Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London, where he’ll play two nights at the O2 Arena. Tickets go on sale at 9am on October 6, priced £50.00 plus fees.

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FATBOY SLIM

The DJ will takeover Alexandra Palace in London on February 24. Tickets are on general sale at 9am on October 6, prices start at £37.50 plus booking fees.

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MONSTER JAM

Monster Jam will head back to Cardiff for its only UK date in 2018, returning to the Principality Stadium on May 19. Tickets go general sale at 9am on October 6, prices start at £15.00 plus fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.

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Top Tours This Week: Roger Waters, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie Lawson, The Fratellis, The Sherlocks, Rejjie Snow, The Waterboys, Fatboy Slim and more…

Another mixed bag this week. Roger Waters will bring his Us + Them Tour to the UK in summer 2018, which includes a date at Hyde Park in London as part of the British Summer Time Hyde Park series, Kendrick Lamar will be joined by James Black for arena shows in February, Jamie Lawson will support his new album with March shows, The Fratellis will also play shows next spring in support of their new album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ and Fatboy Slim will takeover Alexandra Palace in February. Check out the rest of our pick of this week’s tour news below:

Roger Waters

The Pink Floyd bassist will bring his Us + Them Tour to the UK in summer 2018, including a performance at London’s British Summer Time Hyde Park series confirmed on July 6 plus arena shows in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 6, priced £65.00/£69.50 plus booking fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.
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Kendrick Lamar

The rapper, who put out ‘Damn’ earlier this year, will be joined by James Blake for February shows in Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London, where he’ll play two nights at the O2 Arena.
Tickets are on sale at 9am on October 6.
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Jamie Lawson

Jamie Lawson will return to the road in March, with stops planned in Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton, and London, where he’ll play the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire,  in support of his new album, ‘Happy Accidents’.
Tickets go on sale at 10am October 5.
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The Fratellis

The Fratellis will tour the UK in March following the release of their sixth album, ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 6.
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The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks, who released their debut album ‘Live For The Moment’ in August, will embark on their biggest tour to date in February.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 6.
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Rejjie Snow

Rejjie Snow has announced the Dear Annie tour, with shows planned in Leeds, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Dublin and London between February 23 and March 14 as part of a wider European tour.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on October 5.
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The Waterboys

Led by Mike Scott, the Scottish rockers will support their new album, ‘Out Of All This Blue’, with shows in Bournemouth, Cambridge, Watford, Cardiff, Guildford, Nottingham, York, Oxford, Liverpool, Halifax, Hull, Leicester and Coventry between April 26 and May 13.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on October 6.
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Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim will take over London’s Alexandra Palace on February 24.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on October 6.
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Also announced this week, so far

Billy Joel, Monster Jam, Pulled Apart By Horses, Ryan McMullan, Apologies, I Have None, Kamikaze Girls, Miss May I, Christy Moore, Natty, Anne Marie, Holiday Oscar, Rag N Bone Man, Jade Jackson, Daphni, Glen Hansard, Suggs, Strong Asian Mothers, Don McLean, Roam, Soulwax, Nitro Cirus Live, The Oh Hellos, This Is The Kit, Phoenix, Estrons, Breakfast Muff, Propagandhi, Blue October, Space and more.

For more information and to find your tickets visit: http://www.stereoboard.com/ticket-news

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Barry Manilow And Kendrick Lamar!

On June 17, 1943 legendary crooner Barry Manilow was born. On the same day in 1987 American hip-hop and rap star Kendrick Lamar came into the world. Happy birthday both!

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This Week’s New Releases: Kendrick Lamar, Little Dragon And Will Joseph Cook

This week the conversation has revolved around Kendrick Lamar, who has announced his new record, ‘Damn’, the follow up to ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ and the ‘Untitled Unmastered.’ compilation. But there are a buttload of other awesome records coming out this week. Little Dragon are putting out LP #5 and Will Joseph Cook is releasing his highly-anticipated debut album.

Not enough for you? Check out some of the other new releases below.

Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasians – ‘Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions’ (Raisin’ Records)

Fionn Regan – ‘The Meetings Of The Waters’ (Abbey Records)

John Mayer – ‘The Search For Everything’ (Columbia)

The King Blues – ‘The Gospel Truth’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN’ (Aftermath/Interscope)

Leslie Mendelson – ‘Love And Murder’ (The Royal Potato Family)

Lillie Mae – ‘Forever And Then Some’ (Third Man Records)

Little Dragon – ‘Season High’ (Because)

Little Hurricane – ‘Same Sun Same Moon’ (Mascot)

Part Chimp – ‘Iv’ (Rock Action)

Splashh – ‘Waiting A Lifetime’ (Cinematic)

The String Cheese Incident – ‘Believe’ (SCI Fidelity Records)

Tinie Tempah – ‘Youth’ (Disturbing London/Parlophone)

Will Joseph Cook – ‘Sweet Dreamer’ (Atlantic)

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Staff Picks: Jonathan Rimmer

My Top 10 Albums of 2016

If ever there was a year for artists to get angry and radical, 2016 was obviously it. Surprisingly, though, some of my favourite records have been introverted, escapist affairs. There’s not a single EDM album on my list this year – either it’s been an underwhelming year for electronic music or I’m already a miserable bastard in my mid-20s… Anyway, my top ten:

10. Mitski – ‘Puberty 2’

Although ‘Puberty 2’ is moody and ‘90s grunge-inspired, there’s something transcendental about Mitski Miyawaki that sets her apart. Even when this album is at its heaviest and most intense – like on lead single Your Best American Girl – her voice stands out above everything.

9. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Untitled Unmastered’

Kendrick’s last project, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, remains one of the finest musical achievements of the 21st century to my mind, so it’s little surprise that I loved this wee appendix. These cuts might sound raw and unfinished, but they’re all still insights into the mind of a genius.

8. Katatonia – ‘The Fall of Hearts’

My favourite Swedish doom merchants returned to form on this one. They’re characteristically gloomy, with Jonas Renske’s vocals a particular standout. But the album also showcased a new found depth to their songwriting, both lyrically and structurally.

7. Money – ‘Suicide Songs’

‘Suicide Songs’ is quite a misleading title for a record that’s cathartic and melodramatic but never quite despondent. The psychedelic guitar leads clash beautifully with meticulously arranged strings, making for an otherworldly feel.

6. Law Holt – ‘City’

One of the most visceral and hard-hitting records I heard this year was made by an ‘R&B singer’. It’s a messy, difficult project full of fuzzy beats, sure, but it’s steered by an absolute titan in the form of Law Holt. Her booming vocals cut through the static, quite literally.

5. Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Okay, so this album didn’t get me in the gut in the same way that some of their albums do, but it’s still a gripping reminder that they remain the best band in the world. Taking things in a chamber pop direction, this record is fresh, well-structured and technically brilliant.

4. Schoolboy Q – ‘Blank Face’

I’d never previously warmed to Schoolboy Q’s music, despite his obvious presence and rapping abilities, but ‘Blank Face’ blew me away. It’s more than just a gritty, atmospheric gangsta record; it’s full of gripping narratives, delivered by the most convincing protagonist imaginable.

3. Three Trapped Tigers – ‘Silent Earthling’

The most daring and ridiculous instrumental rock record you’ll hear this year. Packed with retro synths, blaring keys and syncopated rhythms, ‘Silent Earthling’ grabs you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on an exciting, albeit terrifying, journey.

2. Frank Ocean – ‘Blonde’

Frank Ocean responds to overwhelming expectation by making a record that’s even more reserved and lo-fi than his debut, but it works remarkably well. ‘Blonde’ is a unique album precisely because it manages to be both lush and melodically unpredictable.  

1. Noname – ‘Telefone’

I heard a lot of people describe Noname’s style as ‘cute’, which does her a huge disservice. While the lyrics are nostalgic and the vibe is mellow, it’s Noname’s playful, poetic delivery that makes ‘Telefone’ such a gorgeous collection of tracks.

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Barry Manilow And Kendrick Lamar!

On June 17, 1943 legendary crooner Barry Manilow was born. On the same day in 1987 American hip-hop and rap star Kendrick Lamar, born Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, came into the world. Happy birthday both!

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Staff Picks: Jonathan Rimmer

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By Jonathan Rimmer

Rounding up my favourite albums in a year is always a difficult task in general, let alone for one genre, but I thought it’d be fitting after I wrote Top 10s the last two years. As it turns out, this year had one stand out record (one which I’ll be writing about in more detail). So, without further ado, my top 10 hip hop albums of 2015 (I’ve also cheated by including my favourite mixtapes):

1 Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

An album that will deservedly establish the Compton emcee as one of the all-time great American artists. Even if you take away his unbelievable rapping ability – his cadence, his flow, his use of multisyllables, his breathless switch between vocal styles – this is still a genre-melding piece of art that asks serious questions/poses serious solutions to the problems facing urban America in the 21st century.

2 Vince Staples – Summertime 06

Possibly the most addictive rap album of the year. Tastefully employing production from No ID and Clams Casino, ‘Summertime 06’ has a grimy, almost suffocating aesthetic to it. Staples’ cut-throat lyrics only add to the sense of realism.

3 Injury Reserve – Live From the Dentist Office

Incredible debut mixtape from an underground Arizona trio. The two emcees boast a lot of character, with relatable lyrics and lots of energy. Meanwhile, the producer takes influences from all over the shop – there’s old-school boom bap, trap hi-hats, jazzy samples, and it all works within context.

4 Triple Darkness – Darker Than Black

Triple Darkness members M9 and Cyrus Malachi have made the two best UK hip hop records of the 2010s, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been waiting for a record from the whole crew. The release didn’t receive much fanfare, but it’s everything you’d expect: dusty ‘90s-styled beats, complex lyricism and some ridiculous syllabic acrobatics from virtually every member.

5 Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$

Joey is one of the most talented young rappers in the game and I’ve been anticipating his full debut since his amazing ‘1999’ mixtape. The final product isn’t wildly experimental but it doesn’t need to be – Joey’s strengths lie in his creative wordplay and his old-school flow.

6 The Four Owls – Natural Order

The Owls managed to get DJ Premier on board for this album’s single, ‘Think Twice’, and it’s not hard to see why. The London crew are conceptually creative and masters of flow and cadence.

7 Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Say what you like about the meme-baiting pop star, this “mixtape” is the project where Drake grew up. Matching punchy writing with minimalist production proves to be a winner. He’s not lost the ability to craft a good hook either.

8 Reppatwa – Reppalations

Even though no British ‘rappers’ enjoyed mainstream success like Grime stars Stormzy or Skepta, emcees like Reppatwa confidently announced themselves. Reppalations is an experimental effort that combines old-school flows with modern messages and production techniques.

9 Freddie Gibbs – Shadow of a Doubt

Alongside Madlib, Gibbs released my favourite album of 2014 with the ambitious ‘70s-inspired ‘Pinata’. His gangster persona and menacing delivery are no less appealing here, although the Trap-by-numbers style of production isn’t quite as memorable.

10 Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth

Okay, it’s a bit long, but this was a massive return of form for Lupe after the lacklustre ‘Lasers’. Conceptually, the album tries for grandeur, but the most enjoyable thing about it was hearing Lupe finally rap with a bit of venom again.

Honourable mentions: Mac Miller, Dr. Dre, Mog, Spee Six Nine v Bigg Taj, Onoe Caponoe, Nickelus F

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