Things We Love This Week: Tacocat, Nile Rodgers, The Dirty Nil

Has anyone else noticed that it’s no longer DARK ALL THE TIME? Driving to work in daylight is a godsend. Smiles and sunshine all round from now on, please. It’s almost the weekend, and your favourite blog post is strictly POSITIVE VIBES ONLY.

Tacocat – Grains of Salt

“Don’t forget to remember who the fuck you are!” Wise words from vocalist Emily Nokes of the indie surf-pop band Tacocat — one of the best names in the business. The twangy guitar-led track is the first cut from their upcoming album, ‘This Mess Is A Place’, which will arrive on May 3.

And, if room temperature milk, dyed blue, stood in giant wine glasses while some of Seattle’s best performers bust a move is your thing — because why wouldn’t it be? — be sure to check out the colourful video!

Nile Rodgers Curating Meltdown Festival

It’s time to freak out. The funk legend has been confirmed to curate the 2019 instalment of Meltdown Festival, and it’s gonna be huuuugeeeeee. The 26th edition of the event will take place at the Southbank Centre in London, with acts selected especially by the producer, songwriter, musician, composer, guitarist and sonic trendsetter Mr Rodgers himself, of course synonymous with the 1970s disco band CHIC.

Meltdown has previously been helmed by Robert Smith of the Cure, M.I.A, Guy Garvey, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, and Massive Attack, to name a few.

Of this prestigious position, he noted:

“To be able to curate and produce nine days of live music for the city of London, the UK and music enthusiasts visiting from all over the world is truly a dream come true. Anyone who knows my career knows that Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul, Classical, POP, New Wave, R&B, Fusion, Punk Rock, Afrobeat, Electronic and Dance music all play a role and you can expect that to be reflected in the performances we are planning.”

The Dirty Nil – Pain of Infinity Video

The Canadian punk trio have released another wacky video. If you like punks playing guitars and eating doughnuts, I’m sure you’ll like grim reapers playing guitars and eating doughnuts. Struggling at work to get their soul count up, the slackers end up hotboxing and playing their catchy song in the woods rather than doing any work. Don’t go getting any ideas, though…

Unless the idea is making a last minute trip to London tonight to catch their headline show at the Moth Club, which unbelievably is not yet sold out.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Nile Rodgers And Chic Announce Summer Haydock Park Racecourse Show

Nile Rodgers And Chic

Nile Rodgers and Chic, who put out ‘It’s About Time’ last year, will perform at Haydock Park Racecourse on June 22.

Pre-sale tickets are available now, ahead of general sale at 8am on February 8, priced £37.50 plus fees.

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This Week’s New Releases: Paul McCartney, Chic And Spiritualized

This week there are some big hitters coming out to play. Paul McCartney has put out his first solo record for five years, Chic and Nile Rodgers have returned with their first since 1992 and Spiritualized have finally followed up 2012’s ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’.

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Adult. – ‘This Behavior’ (Dais Records)

Boston Manor – ‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’ (Pure Noise Records)

Chic – ‘It’s About Time’ (EMI)

Chilly Gonzales – ‘Solo Piano III’ (Gentle Threat)

Clutch – ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ (Weathermaker)

Eric Bachmann – ‘No Recover’ (Merge Records)

Happy. – ‘Cult Classic’ (Rude Records)

JEFF the Brotherhood – ‘Magick Songs’ (Caroline Interational)

Joey Purp – ‘Quarterthing’ (Joey Purp LLC)

Lenny Kravitz – ‘Raise Vibration’ (BMG)

Mirah – ‘Understanding’ (K Records)

MNEK – ‘Language’ (Virgin EMI)

Mothers – ‘Render Another Ugly Method’ (Epitaph)

Paul McCartney – ‘Egypt Station’ (Capitol)

Paul Simon – ‘In The Blue Light’ (Sony)

Rae Spoon – ‘Bodiesofwater’ (Coax Records)

Rudimental – ‘Toast To Our Differences’ (Asylum)

Ruston Kelly – ‘Dying Star’ (Decca)

Sauna Youth – ‘Deaths’ (Upset The Rhythm)

Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (Bella Union)

St. Paul & the Broken Bones – ‘Young Sick Camellia’ (Columbia)

Swamp Dogg – ‘Love, Loss And Auto-Tune’ (Joyful Noise Recordings)

Teleman – ‘Family Of Aliens’ (Moshi Moshi)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Ozzy Osbourne, Fatboy Slim, Wolf Alice, Ms Lauryn Hill, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Katherine Jenkins, Steely Dan, Tim Minchin and more

Ozzy Osbourne

The Prince of Darkness will be joined by legendary British metallers Judas Priest for the UK leg of No More Tours 2 in 2019, with arena shows lined up in Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, where he’ll take over the O2 Arena on February 11. Ozzy is currently on the road in North America, while tickets for the new UK dates go on general sale at 9am on September 7.

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Fatboy Slim

The Brighton DJ will call in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Nottingham early next year, promising: “I’ll be slap bang in the middle of the dance floor, right up close to you all at every show!” Tickets go on sale at 10am on September 7.

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Wolf Alice

The indie quartet will draw a line under touring in support of their ‘Visions of a Life’ album with shows at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse and the O2 Academy Brixton in London on December 18 and 19 respectively. Tickets are on sale at 9am on September 7.

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Ms Lauryn Hill

The singer-songwriter and former Fugees member has added a second London show to her ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ 20th anniversary tour, with a new stop lined up at the SSE Arena in London on December 17, following her previously confirmed date at the O2 Arena on December 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 7.

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Nile Rodgers and CHIC

The legendary disco outfit have lined up stops in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and London in December, following up the release of their long-awaited new LP ‘It’s About Time’. Tickets are on sale at 9am on September 7.

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Katherine Jenkins

The Welsh vocalist will support her new record, ‘Guiding Light’, with a UK and Ireland tour next spring. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 7.

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Steely Dan

Donald Fagen and band will be joined by Steve Winwood for performances in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Dublin in February. Tickets are on sale at 10am on September 7.

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Tim Minchin

The Australian comedian and composer will bring his Back tour to venues across the UK in 2019, including multiple dates in London. Tickets are on sale now.

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Also announced this week:

Chase and Status, Raleigh Ritchie, Skid Row, Neil and Liam Finn, Yo La Tengo, WSTR, Big Tobz, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Wilko Johnson, Ben Ottewell, the Magic Numbers, the Lemon Twigs, Turnstile, John Grant, SG Lewis, Pagan, Rufus Du Sol, Low, Julia Holter and more. Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Strictly Come Dancing And Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers

STRICTLY COME DANCING – THE PROFESSIONALS

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals tour will stop at venues across the UK in 2019, bringing together a selection of the Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers, kicking off at the Lowry Theatre in Salford on May 3 and culminating at the Sunderland Empire on June 2.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 9am on February 13, prior to general sale at 10am on February 15.

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CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS

Chic and Nile Rodgers will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Alnwick Castle and Belvoir Castle in Grantham in June and July as part of a run of summer shows.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 9am on February 15, prior to general sale at 9am on February 16.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers

Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers

The disco pioneers will play Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher on August 9 and Newmarket Racecourse the next day as part of the Jockey Club Live series.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 8am on February 7, prior to general sale at 8am on February 9.

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Top Tours This Week: Phil Collins, Blondie, Rag’N’Bone Man, Muse, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers and more…

Having entertained London’s Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time series last weekend, legendary singer-songwriter Phil Collins has confirmed a further round of UK shows for the end of the year. Blondie will continue to rack up the miles behind their new LP, ‘Pollinator’, with November stops in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and London. Muse, meanwhile, will play an intimate show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on August 19 in aid of the Passage.

Phil Collins

After rescheduling two shows from his series at London’s Royal Albert Hall to November 26 and 27 due to an injury, Collins has confirmed additional shows at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield Arena, Manchester Arena, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena and Birmingham’s Genting Arena.
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Tickets for the additional shows are on general sale at 9am on July 7.


Blondie

Fresh from a set at Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time series, the new wave legends have confirmed November shows in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and London.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on July 7.


Rag’N’Bone Man

The London-based singer will bring The Overproof tour to Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester, London, where he’ll play two nights at the O2 Academy Brixton, Wolverhampton and Brighton between November 15 and 28.
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Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 7, prices start at £22.50/£25.00 plus fees.


Muse

Muse will play an intimate show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on August 19 in aid of the Passage, a homeless charity based in London.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on July 7, priced £75.00 plus fees.


Chic featuring Nile Rodgers

The disco legends will play a BluesFest show at the O2 Arena in London on October 27, joining the line up that will also feature shows by Hall and Oates, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. They also perform at Dublin’s 3Arena on October 25.
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Tickets are on sale now, prices start at £45.00 plus fees.


Also announced this week, so far

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, Starsailor, Kodaline, Nothing But Thieves, Mike and the Mechanics, Van Morrison, The Damned, Pretty Vicious, Cattle Decapitation, Fleet Foxes, Mac Demarco, Will Joseph Cook, Imelda May, The Breeders, Skid Row, The Skids, Fredo, J Jus, Together PANGEA, Clay, Flyte, Stick To Your Guns, Royal Blood, Busted, Every Time I Die, Comeback Kid, Switchfoot, Jake Clemons, Stone Foundation, Tourist, DZ Deathrays, Yassassin, Shellac and more.

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

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