This Week’s New Releases: Suede, Rina Sawayama And The Mars Volta

This is the busiest week for new records we’ve had in a while. Suede have finally followed up 2018’s ‘The Blue Hour’, Rina Sawayama has dropped her sophomore LP, and The Mars Volta have returned with their first new album in a decade. Ringo Starr has also put out a four-track EP.

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Behemoth – ‘Opvs Contra Natvram’ (Nuclear Blast)

Bent Arcana – ‘Live Zebulon’ (Castle Face)

The Beths – ‘Expert In A Dying Field’ (Carpark)

Clutch – ‘Sunrise On Slaughter Beach’ (Weathermaker)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – ‘At The Royal Albert Hall (April 14, 1970)’ (Concord)

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Asphalt Meadows’ (Atlantic)

The Devil Wears Prada – ‘Color Decay’ (Solid State)

Djo – ‘Decide’ (Djo/AWAL)

ELIZA – ‘A Sky Without Stars’ (LOG OFF/ Different Recordings)

Fletcher – ‘Girl Of My Dreams’ (Capitol/EMI)

Hauser – ‘The Player’ (Hauser/Masterworks/Sony Music)

Jesca Hoop – ‘Order Of Romance’ (Memphis Industries)

Jessie Reyez – ‘Yessie’ (Polydor)

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – ‘Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years’ (Casbah/Dark Horse/BMG)

Kings Elliot – ‘Bored Of The Circus’ EP (Verve)

Lang Lang – ‘The Disney Book’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

LeAnn Rimes – ‘God’s Work’ (EverLe Records/Thirty Tigers)

Lissie – ‘Carving Canyons’ (Lionboy)

Little Big Town – ‘Mr. Sun’ (Capitol Records Nashville/UMG)

Little Dragon – ‘Opening The Door’ EP (Ninja Tune)

Maggie Lindemann – ‘SUCKERPUNCH’ (Swixxzaudio)

Marcus Mumford – ‘(self-titled)’ (Capitol/UMG)

Marina Allen – ‘Centrifics’ (Fire Records)

The Mars Volta – ‘The Mars Volta’ (Clouds Hill)

Marxist Love Disco Ensemble – ‘MLDE’ (Mr. Bongo)

Michelle Branch – ‘The Trouble With Fever’ (Audio Eagle/Nonesuch)

Mura Masa – ‘Demon Time’ (Polydor)

NCT 127 – ‘2 Baddies’ (SM Entertainment)

No Age – ‘People Helping People’ (Drag City)

No Devotion – ‘No Oblivion’ (Equal Vision)

Noah Cyrus – ‘The Hardest Part’ (Records/Columbia)

Ondara – ‘Spanish Villager No. 3’ (Verve Forecast)

Rina Sawayama – ‘Hold The Girl’ (Dirty Hit)

Ringo Starr – ‘EP3’ (UMG)

Smith/Kotzen – ‘Better Days…And Nights (Live)’ (BMG)

Status Quo – ‘Quo’ing In – The Best Of The Noughties’ (earMUSIC)

Steve Aoki – ‘HiROQUEST: Genesis’ (DJ Kid Millionaire Ltd)

Suede – ‘Autofiction’ (BMG)

Turin Brakes – ‘Wide-Eyed Nowhere’ (Cooking Vinyl)

What So Not – ‘Anomaly’ (Counter)

Whitney – ‘Spark’ (Secretly Canadian)

Wunderhorse – ‘Cub’ (Communion)

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Top Tickets This Week: The Pussycat Dolls, Kings Of Leon, The Black Crowes, Skunk Anansie, Suede, A Day To Remember and more

The Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls will play a series of UK racecourse shows in July. Tickets go on general sale at 8am on February 7. The quintet also embark on their first tour in 10 years this spring, calling at arenas. Tickets for these dates are already on sale.

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Kings Of Leon

The Nashville rockers will return to London for their first gig in three years, taking over Finsbury Park on June 28, joined by special guests Courteeners, Cage The Elephant, Inhaler, Soccer Mommy and the Big Moon. Following the London show, the quartet will play the Newcastle Utilita Arena on July 7 and the Leeds First Direct Arena on July 8. Pre-sale tickets are available at 9am on February 6, prior to general sale at 9am on February 7.

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The Black Crowes

Photo: Josh Cheuse

Chris and Rich Robinson are reuniting to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Black Crowes’ debut album, ‘Shake Your Money Maker’. The band will play the record in full, plus the hits, at huge shows in Dublin, London, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds, Paris, Amsterdam, Bochum, Berlin, Antwerp, Munich, Zurich, Milan, Madrid and Lisbon. Tickets go on sale on February 7 at 9am for the UK and 10am local time for the rest of Europe.

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Skunk Anansie

The band will continue their 25th anniversary celebrations with summer shows in Norwich, Sheffield and Birmingham, and a winter UK tour. Tickest go on general sale at 9am February 7.

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The band will run though their 1996 Mercury-nominated third LP, ‘Coming Up’, at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on October 22, Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse on October 23 and London’s Alexandra Palace on October 24. As well as performing the album in full, the band will play other tracks from their back catalogue such as Animal Nitrate, Metal Mickey and So Young. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 7.

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A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember have announced UK arena shows as part of their spring European tour, calling in Hertford, Leeds, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham in May, following performances in Hannover, Bochum, Brussels, Stuttgart, Vienna, Milan, Zurich, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Tilburn and Luxembourg. Tickets go on sale from 10am local time on February 7.

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Also announced this week:

Justin Bieber, the Strokes, DMA’s Supergrass, Sting, Beardyman, Noel Gallagher, the Streets, Royal Blood, Becky Hill, the Puppini Sisters, Black Pumas, Neha Kakkar, Boardmasters Festival, Adam Lambert, Bastille, Pet Shop Boys, Jools Holland, Joker Live In Concert, Angel Olsen, GZA, Roddy Woomble, Jack Garratt, Al Murray and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Cher, Janelle Monáe, Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Westlife, Stereophonics, Suede, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, Newton Faulkner and more

Iconic superstar Cher will return to the UK and Ireland in 2019 for her first live dates in over 14 years, Westlife have added two extra Cardiff dates to their Twenty tour and R&B star Janelle Monáe has announced a trio of massive shows for next summer, calling at London’s SSE Arena Wembley prior to nights at Dublin’s Trinity College, as part of the venue’s Summer Series, and the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester.

Jess Glynne has expanded her summer tour plans with huge shows in Colwyn Bay and Swansea, with South Wales also hosting Stereophonics next summer for a 20th anniversary celebration of the Welsh rockers’ landmark gig at Swansea’s Morfa Stadium. They’ll also mark 20 years since the release of their second album, ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

Maverick Sabre and Newton Faulkner have both lined up headlining tours, while Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have announced a massive date at Stockport’s Edgeley Park. Swedish heavy metal icons In Flames have also confirmed they’ll grace the UK in April.


Cher will bring her Here We Go Again world tour to the UK and Ireland with shows confirmed at London’s O2 Arena, Manchester Arena, Birmingham Arena, the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Leeds’ First Direct Arena and the 3Arena in Dublin in October and November. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 14. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Janelle Monáe

On the road in support of her ‘Dirty Computer’ opus, the R&B star has announced shows at London’s SSE Arena Wembley prior to nights at Dublin’s Trinity College, as part of the venue’s Summer Series, and the Castelfield Bowl in Manchester. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 14.

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Jess Glynne

The pop vocalist has announced new summer dates at Colwyn Bay’s Stadiwm Zip World, Singleton Park in Swansea and Sandown Park racecourse in Esher alongside her existing Forest Live dates. She also joins the line up for next year’s Kew The Music series. Tickets are on sale at 10am on December 14.

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The dance outfit will play a DJ set at Newmarket Racecourse on July 26, as part of the Newmarket Nights series. Tickets are on sale at 8am on December 14. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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The boyband have added extra shows at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on July 1 and 2. Their Twenty tour also features stops in Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Dublin and London. Tickets go on sale at 9am on December 14.

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The Welsh rockers, who put out ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ last year, will play a one-off outdoor show at Singleton Park on 13 July 2019. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 14 (Photo: Andrew Whitton).

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The indie veterans, who released ‘The Blue Hour’ in September, have lined up stops in Newcastle, Blackburn, Nottingham, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, Leeds, Cardiff, Southampton and Cambridge during April. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 14.

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

The duo will take over Stockport’s Edgeley Park on June 21 and perform Heaton’s career-spanning collection, ‘The Last King of Pop’, in full. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on December 14, priced from £30.00 plus fees.

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Newton Faulkner

Faulkner will follow up the release of ‘The Very Best Of Newton Faulkner…So Far’, out on March 29, with UK and Ireland shows in April. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 14.

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Also announced this week:

Hugh Jackman, Snow Patrol, Kip Moore, Wildwood Kin, In Flames, Paul Weller at Greenwich Music Time, Styx, Normandie, Pixar in Concert, Self Esteem, As It Is, Monster Truck, Holding Absence, Children on Zeus, Kew The Music, Midge Ure, Alice Merton, Mr Eazi, George Benson, Ferris and Sylvester, Lanco, We Love the 90’s Christmas Show, Russell Howard, LP, Grace Carter, Watsky, Tom Grennan, Aldous Harding, Hampton Court Palace Festival with the Jacksons and Tears for Fears, the Raven Age, Yak, Al Stewart, Marc Almond, Oh Sees and more. Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s New Releases: Christine And The Queens, Slash And Suede

The bombardment of new albums continues this week. Christine And The Queens, for this record just known as Chris, have released their second LP, Suede have followed up 2016’s ‘Night Thoughts’ and Slash has put out a new solo record featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

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Aborted – ‘TerrorVision’ (Century Media)

Amy Helm – ‘This Too Shall Light’ (Yep Roc)

Beak> – ‘>>>’ (Invada Records/Temporary Residence)

Billy Gibbons – ‘The Big Bad Blues’ (Concord)

Christine and the Queens – ‘Chris’ (Because/Caroline)

Joe Bonamassa – ‘Redemption’ (Provogue/Mascot)

Josh Groban – ‘Bridges’ (Reprise)

Joyce Manor – ‘Million Dollars To Kill Me’ (Epitaph)

Macy Gray – ‘Ruby’ (Mack Avenue)

Mandy Barnett – ‘Strange Conversation’ (Dame/Thirty Tigers)

Metric – ‘Art Of Doubt’ (BMG/MMI/Crystal Math)

Mountain Man – ‘Magic Ship’ (Bella Union)

Mutual Benefit – ‘Thunder Follows The Light’ (Transgressive)

Prince – ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’ (NPG/Warner Bros)

Say Lou Lou – ‘Immortelle’ (A Deux)

Slash – ‘Living The Dream (featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators)’ (Snakepit/Warner)

Suede – ‘The Blue Hour’ (Warner Bros)

Therapy? – ‘Cleave’ (Marshall Records)

Villagers – ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ (Domino)

Voivod – ‘The Wake’ (Century Media Records)

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, The Streets, Anne Marie, Father John Misty, Mariah Carey, Suede, Years & Years, Matt Goss, and more…


Biffy Clyro will embark on an acoustic tour to accompany their ‘MTV Unplugged’ album this September, with the trio confirming stops in Dublin, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and London. Tickets go on sale at 9am on May 11.

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Tickets for production holds at Ed Sheeran’s forthcoming Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, London and Cardiff stadium shows will go on sale at 10am on May 11.

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The Streets have announced extra shows in Birmingham and Manchester plus a fifth and final date at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 7, as part of their early 2019 UK tour. Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on May 11.

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Following up the release of her debut LP, ‘Speak Your Mind’, the pop vocalist has inked in stops in Manchester, London, Glasgow and Birmingham in November. Tickets are on sale at 9am on May 11.

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The singer-songwriter, who is set to release ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ on June 1, will call in Gateshead, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Leicester and Bath during October, alongside dates across the US and Europe. Tickets are on sale at 10am on May 11.

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Mariah Carey will headline this year’s Livewire Festival in Blackpool on August 24, with tickets on general sale at 10am on May 11.

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Suede will play London’s Eventim Apollo on October 12 as their final stop on their autumn European tour. Support will come from Gwenno on all dates, and the Horrors for London only. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 11.

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The synth-pop trio will take over the Roundhouse in London on July 10, following up the release of ‘Palo Santo’ on July 6. Tickets are on sale at 9am on May 11.

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Matt Goss has announced a show at the London Palladium on August 26, with tickets for the show on general sale at 10am on May 11. Goss also joins Boyz II Men as headliner of this year’s Livewire Festival in Blackpool.

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Also announced this week

Shawn Mendes, John Butler Trio, Brothers Osborne, Marcus King Band, Sleeper, Haggard Cat, Newton Faulkner, White Denim, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Shakey Graves, Kamakaze, Boyz II Men, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Hudson Taylor, Sports Team, Flatbush Zombies, Mel Brookes, Stephen K. Amos, Adam Ant, Middle Kids, Paul Carrack, 65daysofstatic, Elle Exxe, Petal, Gomez, Satellite Stories, Shoreline Mafia, Deadmau5, Nines, Graveyard, Sea Girls, Hippo Campus, Saint Sister, Laurel, The Lovely Eggs, The Shires, The Vryll Society, Wye Oak, Cancer Bats, The Beths, Hell Is For Heroes, The Wedding Present, Beoga, Gruff Rhys, Skating Polly, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Rifles and more.

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday To Suede’s Brett Anderson!

On September 29, 1967 Suede frontman Brett Anderson was born. Happy birthday Brett!

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Staff Picks: Graeme Marsh

It’s been a funny old year. One memorable for the wrong reasons in many households, what with Brexit and Trump dominating the news at every turn. And then there are the deaths, of course. David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and Pete Burns were just four of many music icons to pass away but there were endless other greats wherever you looked. Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Ronnie Corbett, Victoria Wood, Muhammed Ali, Caroline Aherne, Gene Wilder and Andrew Sachs were all great losses in their fields. It seemed at one point that you couldn’t turn on the TV or radio without hearing about the latest celebrity death.

As always, though, music proved to be a safe haven where you could escape the madness of the world and retreat into a secluded place. Having spent 2015 being whisked back to Planet Vinyl, an extended hospital stay and subsequent recuperation period in 2016 reaffirmed the necessity and value of MP3s and CDs (let’s ignore the dreaded streams, shall we?). All formats enjoyed a considerable share of the overall playing time. Indeed, a pie chart would probably have portrayed an even spread between the three for the first time ever from a personal perspective.

So here we go, once again into the fray of lists – and who can resist a good, or even bad, list, eh?

Albums of 2016:

  • Suede – Night Thoughts
  • White Lies – Friends
  • Black Mountain – IV
  • The Veils – Total Depravity
  • Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love And Hate
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  • FEWS – Means
  • Garbage – Strange Little Birds

Songs of 2016:

  • Suede – I Don’t Know How To Reach You
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost
  • White Lies – Hold Back Your Love
  • TOY – Clear Shot

Most Awesome Of Awesome Gigs:

  • Ride – Brighton Concorde 2: Simply amazing. First of a two night stint. Unfortunately lack of babysitters prevented attendance at the second show. Ecstatic and gutted all at the same time.
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Brighton Concorde 2: Almost as amazing as Ride. First of a two night stint once again, and yes, no babysitter for the second night. Gah!
  • The Cult – Brixton Academy: At last, a chance to see the incredible Rain and She Sells Sanctuary, two of the greatest songs in history. I can play ‘em on the electric too (but admittedly, they sound like shit).
  • Black Mountain – Brighton Concorde 2: Brilliant, first class performance and Amber’s vocals were tremendous.
  • The Cure – SSE Arena Wembley: Simply incredible, another band from my youth that I had for whatever reason never been able to see previously. And fellow Crawley-ite Robert Smith proved that his voice has not aged one iota. Superb.


  • AC/DC’s Brian Johnson losing his voice and being replaced by Axl Rose. Ahem, Wembley tickets sold in a flash, thanks all the same.
  • Most annoying song was easily Mr Birdsong by Arbor Labor Union. Check out the vocal performance, possibly the most irritating like, ever.
  • Biggest let down – the Dandy Warhols’ Distortland being way short of what they’re capable of yet people were still swooning over it. Not me.
  • On the plus side, rediscovered Brighton’s Resident Records, a treasure trove of vinyl. Get your ass to Brighton, you won’t be disappointed. If new records aren’t your thing, cross the street and go into the wonderful Snoopers Paradise instead. Sublime.

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday To Suede’s Brett Anderson!

On September 29, 1967 Suede frontman Brett Anderson was born. Happy birthday Brett!

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This Week’s New Releases: Savages, Suede And Megadeth


Now we’re talking turkey, as the kids say! Or maybe the former kids that are now thirty-somethings say? Anyway, what I mean is that this week sees us get well and truly back into the swing of things in terms of releases. We’ve got  12 for you below, but there are many more out there so be sure to keep your ear to the ground.

We’ve got And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead… frontman, Conrad Keely, offering up his debut solo LP, Savages dropping their sophomore album and Suede racking up album #7, and their first in three years, with ‘Night Thoughts’. Make sure to check below for what else is out today.

Aidan Knight – ‘Each Other’ (Full Time Hobby)

Coasts – ‘Coasts’ (Warner)

Chairlift – ‘Moth’ (Columbia)

Conrad Keely – ‘Original Machines’ (Century Media)

Eleanor Friedberger – ‘New View’ (Frenchkiss Records)

John Cale – ‘M: Fans / Music For A New Society’ (Double Six/ Domino)

Megadeth – ‘Dystopia’ (Universal Music / Tradecraft / T-Boy Records)

NZCA Lines – ‘Infinite Summer’ (Memphis Industries)

Savages – ‘Adore Life’ (Matador)

Suede – ‘Night Thoughts’ (Rhino)

Tortoise – ‘The Catastrophist’ (Thrill Jockey)

Ty Segall – ‘Emotional Mugger’ (Drag City)

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Suede, Little Mix, Elvis Costello, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis And Chris Cornell



Suede will showcase their new album, ‘Night Thoughts’, out on January 22, across Europe early next year, including stops at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, Manchester’s Albert Hall and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, on February 8, 9 and 10 respectively, following two premiere events at London’s Roundhouse in November. Tickets are on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced from £26.50 and £28.50 plus fees.

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Little Mix have extended their Get Weird tour, adding extra arena shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham and Newcastle in April. Tickets are on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced at £25.00 plus fees.

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Elvis Costello has announced a further series of Detour solo shows, with a four night stand at London’s Palladium and a stop at the Warwick Arts Centre in May next year. Tickets are on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced at £48.00 plus fees.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who are currently preparing for the release of their second album, will head to arenas in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and London between April 12 and 27, 2016. Tickets on sale at 9.30am tomorrow, priced at £30.50 (£38.00 in London), plus fees.

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The Soundgarden frontman will bring his Higher Truth tour to Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham prior to a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall next spring. Tickets are on sale at 10am tomorrow, priced at £25.00 plus fees.

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Check out Stereoboard’s event pages for a full list of latest announcements.


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