This Week’s Top Tickets: Elton John, Architects, Groove Armada, Stefflon Don, The Wonder Years, Mayday Parade, Gladys Knight, Levellers and more

Elton John

The legendary singer-songwriter and musician will bring his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to the UK next summer, with new shows planned at Hove Central County Ground on June 9 and Cardiff City Stadium on June 15. The dates fall either side of his previously announced concerts in Dublin. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 14.

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Architects

Architects will return with their new album, ‘Holy Hell’, on November 9, followed by huge shows at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse, the O2 Academy Glasgow, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and London’s SSE Arena Wembley in January. Tickets go on sale at 9am on September 14, while Beartooth and Polaris are set to open (photo: Ed Mason).

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Stefflon Don

The London-based rapper and singer, who released ‘Secure’ last month, will call in Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Norwich, and London, where she’ll play Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo, during November. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 14.

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Groove Armada

The duo, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, will head to the Marble Factory in Bristol, SWG3 in Glasgow, London Electric and Manchester’s Store Street between November 29 and December 2 as part of their Twenty One Live tour. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 14.

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The Wonder Years and Mayday Parade

The bands will co-headline shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Bristol and London during February, following up the release of their albums, ‘Sister Cities’ and ‘Sunnyland’, which arrived in April and June respectively. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 14.

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Gladys Knight

The soul legend has lined up shows throughout June and into July, calling in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Nottingham and Glasgow either side of two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tickets are on sale now, priced £45.00/£50.00 plus booking fees.

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Levellers

The Brighton folk band, who released ‘We The Collective’ in March, will bring their 30th anniversary One Way Of Life tour to Cardiff, Brighton, Bristol, Norwich and Nottingham between November 21 and 25. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 14.

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Also announced this week:

The 1975, Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Nao, Lea Salonga, Headie One, 4U A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, Charles Esten, Wild Nothing, Jay Rock, Nicholas Allbrook, Peter Bibby, Villagers, the Armed, DMAs, Maribou State, Nadine Shah, Lawson, Stone Broken, Shakin’ Stevens, De Staat, Buckcherry, Hoobastank, Strictly Come Dancing, Bowling For Soup, David Duchovny, All Them Witches, Saint Raymond, Of Mice and Men, Amy MacDonald, Gerry Cinammon, Greta Van Fleet and more. Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s New Releases: Ariana Grande, Death Cab For Cutie and Mitski

The pace has picked up significantly compared to the last few weeks and there’s a buttload of new records for your listening pleasure! Ariana Grande has dropped her fourth album, while Mitski has put out her fifth, and Death Cab For Cutie have followed up 2015’s ‘Kintsugi’ with ‘Thank You For Today. It’s the first full-length to see Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr joined in the studio by Dave Depper and Zac Rae, who’ve been members of their touring band for since 2015.

Animal Collective – ‘Tangerine Reef’ (Domino)

Ariana Grande – ‘Sweetener’ (Republic/Island)

Austin Lucas – ‘Immortal Americans’ (Cornelius Chapel Records)

Blue October – ‘I Hope You’re Happy’ (Mri/Red)

Bugzy Malone – ‘B. Inspired’ (B. Somebody)

Circles Around The Sun – ‘Let It Wander’ (Rhino)

Col3trane – ‘BOOT’ Mixtape (TaP Records/Geffen Records)

Conner Youngblood – ‘Cheyenne’ (Counter Records)

Cullen Omori – ‘The Diet’ (Sub Pop)

Curse Of Lono – ‘As I Fell’ (Submarine Cat)

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Thank You For Today’ (Atlantic)

Dizzy – ‘Baby Teeth’ (Communion Group Ltd)

Example – ‘Bangers and Ballads’ Mixtape (AWAL)

Gabrielle – ‘Under My Skin’ (BMG)

Great Lake Swimmers – ‘The Waves, The Wake’ (Nettwerk Records)

John Butler Trio – ‘Home’ (Because)

Justin Hiltner and Jon Weisberger – ‘Watch It Burn’ (Robust Records)

Mitski – ‘Be The Cowboy’ (Dead Oceans)

Oh Sees – ‘Smote Reverser’ (Castle Face)

Papa M – ‘A Broke Moon Rises’ (Drag City)

Slaves – ‘Acts Of Fear And Love’ (Virgin EMI)

Stefflon Don – ‘Secure’ Mixtape (54 London)

Still Corners – ‘Slow Air’ (Wrecking Light Records)

Tom Baxter – ‘The Other Side Of Blue’ (The Orchard)

Trevor Powers – ‘Mulberry Violence’ (Baby Halo)

Yonaka – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ EP (Atlantic)

Yung Fume – ‘Too Much Wave 2’ EP (Payday Records)

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Festival Preview: What To Expect From All Points East

The festival market is HUGE. There are hundreds to choose from in the UK alone. So, taking a huge leap and starting a brand new one in the current landscape is a risky decision. How do you stand out?

Well, it helps to be backed by the organisers of Coachella, and to slot in at a venue that’s been part of the scene for a while. All Points East will take place in London’s Victoria Park this weekend, and it’s being pitched as a fest for discerning music fans.

It arrives complete with claims of the best sound the park has ever heard, along with the obligatory fairground rides and hipster street food vans. But the real answer to standing out? Same as it ever was. Get the right line up.

On paper, the All Points East bill is forward-thinking, eclectic, and most of all cool. Just like you, right? First up, comeback kings LCD Soundsystem take over the East Stage on Friday night. Last September saw the release of their critically acclaimed comeback ‘American Dream’, the first new material from the Brooklyn dance-punks since their 2011 Madison Square Garden sign off.

Frontman James Murphy will be hitting the decks throughout the weekend too, with his side project Despacio – a collaboration with David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax and 2manydjs.

The Saturday night headliners showcase smooth laid back beats, distinctive vocals, flawless productions skills and even a Mercury Prize – it could only be the XX. The idea will very much be to lose yourself in a concoction of Jamie XX, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s vocal plaits, delicate reverb and ambient backgrounds.

Sunday’s headliner might be one of the most eclectic singers of a generation, and one of the few genuine legends we have left. Björk will draw a line under things with colourful art-pop and avant-garde everything. There’s a decent gender balance on the bill – no, it ain’t a 50/50 split, we’re a long way off that yet – but it is far more diverse than some.

Across the weekend, expect to see performances from genre-spanning giants like Sampha, the international-pop-band-of-the-moment Superorganism, the returning shimmering indie band Friendly Fires, as well as the hugely popular Lorde, Father John Misty, Glass Animals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stefflon Don, Soulwax… you get the picture.

Thankfully, there isn’t too much overlap in terms of stage clashes – a sticking point often met with disappointment from die-hard festival-goers. On this bill, the most difficult decision you’ll make will be between Flying Lotus 3D and Father John, or Rex Orange County and Laura Misch.  

Possibly one of the most interesting parts of All Points East is the accompanying side shows. They make the festival feel like more of a sprawl, with an eclectic list of big names set to step in. On June 1, indie types Catfish and the Bottlemen like will be joined by fellow indie types Blossoms and the Hunna, while the National take over on Saturday June 2 with their biggest headline show to date.

Support there comes from from the War On Drugs, Public Service Broadcasting, This Is The Kit and loads more, while Nick Cave and some particular Bad Seeds close the entire event – after sets from none other than Patti Smith, St. Vincent and Courtney Barnett – on June 3.

All Points East is an interesting proposition. It could be big, judging from the organisers and stellar line up. By the time Björk is done with us, it might be one of those events that elicits a response of jealousy and awe from your mates.

But it if it sounds like an overload of great bands all in one go, you’re also possibly on the money. Like most festivals it’ll likely be chaotic, expensive, and difficult to see past the tall guy in front of you while Matt Berninger does his thing or the many colours of Beck pass you by.

These are the risks, but early suggestions are that All Points East will hand you some of the best around on a historical-park-shaped platter.

 

When? May 25 – June 3

Where? Victoria Park, London

How much? £39.95 – £169.95

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