Watch Wet Leg’s debut appearance on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’

The rising group’s first Tiny Desk appearance comes after they announced their self-titled debut album, which is due for release on April 8, 2022 via Domino.

Aside from the aforementioned songs, the record will include tracks such as ‘Ur Mum’, ‘Piece Of Shit’, ‘I Don’t Wanna Go Out’ and ‘Supermarket’.

Wet Leg have also confirmed a new run of UK dates as part of Independent Venue Week 2022 in January and February. The duo were unveiled as IVW ambassadors back in October.

Speaking at the time, the group explained: “We grew up in a place where we had no music venues at all and after living in Bristol and London, it’s been incredible to experience what it’s like to be a part of a scene; to feel that sense of community that you can pinpoint geographically to a place, to a venue, I think is quite important and quite special particularly for emerging bands and artists.

“It’s a bit of a delicate ecosystem – music makers and lovers are supported by the venues and in turn the venues are supported by bands/artists and their fans passing through. The way I see it is this – No Independent venues = No music scene. No community. And to me, I feel that that’s something worth continuing to preserve and nurture.

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You can see Wet Leg’s full 2022 live schedule below.

JANUARY 2022
28 – Yes Pink Room, Manchester
30 – The Joiners, Southampton 

FEBRUARY 2022
01 – Elsewhere, Margate 

02 – 100 Club, London
03 – The Louisiana, Bristol

APRIL 2022
16 – Newcastle, St Doms
17 – Edinburgh, The Mash House
19 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
20 – Manchester, Gorilla
21 – Bristol, Trinity Centre
23 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
24 – Norwich, Arts Centre
26 – London, Scala
27 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

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Adele announces 12-week Las Vegas residency in 2022

Fans are already being encouraged to sign up for pre-sale tickets from today at 6am PST using Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan service.

Adele. CREDIT: Apple Music.

The Verified Fan Presale will begin next Tuesday, (December 7) at 10am PST. Fans can register here.

Rumours of a Las Vegas residency had been circulating in recent months, with the star said to be deciding between either the Park Theater at the Park MGM Las Vegas or the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Reports of Adele’s potential Las Vegas residency first emerged in August, with a source telling the Mail On Sunday that the shows would be “hugely lucrative” for the singer. “It would make her a lot of money but it would also mean she could have a routine,” they said.

But she recently shot down rumours that she would be embarking on a Las Vegas residency in an interview with Rolling Stone, claiming at the time that there was “fucking nothing available” anyway.

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Meanwhile, the singer-songwriter’s new album ’30’ has opened at the top of the US charts, with 839,000 equivalent album units sold, according to MRC Data.

Adele will play:

JANUARY
21 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
22 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
28 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
29 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum

FEBRUARY
4 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
5 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
11 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
12 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
25 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
26 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum

MARCH
4 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
5 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
11 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
12 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
18 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
19 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
25 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
26 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum

APRIL
1 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
2 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
8 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
09 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
15 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum
16 – Las Vegas, The Colosseum

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Stormzy is hosting a Christmas party for Croydon residents

The party will include games, performances, workshops, a tombola and the chance to win special prizes.

The #Merky books team are also donating 500 copies of their first children’s book, Superheroes: Inspiring Stories Of Secret Strength.

The comic strip-style book is a celebratory collection of modern-day heroes curated by Stormzy, including athlete Dina Asher-Smith, comedian Mo Gilligan, writer Candice Carty-Williams, Great British Bake Off star Liam Charles, and former footballer Ian Wright.

Tickets are only available to Croydon residents and there’s a limit of four tickets per household here.

Stormzy launched his charity in 2019, which followed the Stormzy Scholarship, an annual grant to fund black British students to go to the University of Cambridge.

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Meanwhile, the rapper rescheduled his UK and Ireland dates on his ‘H.I.T.H World Tour’ to 2022, last month.

The London MC had initially been set to tour in support of his 2019 second album ‘Heavy Is the Head’ in September 2020 but those dates were moved to April 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Those April dates were, however, postponed earlier this year due to the pandemic, and Stormzy has now confirmed that the gigs will take place in 2022.

Original tickets will remain valid for the new dates, with final and limited tickets available now from here and here. You can see Stormzy’s rescheduled live dates for 2022 below.

MARCH 2022
13 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
15 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne
16 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
18 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield
19 – AO Arena, Manchester
20 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
21 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
23 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
24 – BIC, Bournemouth
27 – The O2 Arena, London [tickets from April 12, 2021 are valid]
28 –The O2 Arena, London [tickets from April 13, 2021 are valid]
29 –The O2 Arena, London [tickets from April 14, 2021 are valid]

APRIL 2022
01 – 3Arena, Dublin [tickets from April 2, 2021 are valid]
02 – 3Arena, Dublin [tickets from April 3, 2021 are valid]
04 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow

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Wet Leg announce debut album and share two new songs ‘Too Late Now’ and ‘Oh No’

“It is about sleepwalking into adulthood,” says Rhian Teasdale of the track ‘Too Late Now’. I never imagined that my adult life would look the way it does and I guess this song reflects on some of the pressures and pulls of life.

“Sometimes I get really inside my head and everything can feel very overwhelming. I think this song is about accepting that life can feel a bit shit from time to time. Maybe don’t indulge that thought too much though. Just take some time for yourself. Take a breath. Have a bath. It might make you feel a bit better.”

The full tracklisting for Wet Leg’s debut album is:

1. ‘Being In Love’
2. ‘Chaise Longue’
3. ‘Angelica’
4. ‘I Don’t Wanna Go Out’
5. ‘Wet Dream’
6. ‘Convincing’
7. ‘Loving You’
8. ‘Ur Mum’
9. ‘Oh No’
10. ‘Piece Of Shit+’
11. ‘Supermarket’
12. ‘Too Late Now’

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The band have also announced a new set of tour dates as part of Independent Venue Week, which will kick off in Manchester on January 28 before wrapping in Bristol on February 3, 2022.

Wet Leg album artwork Credit: Press

Tickets go on pre-sale on Wednesday (December 1) and general sale on Friday (December 3) and can be purchased here.

Their tour dates for 2022 are now:

JANUARY
28 – Yes Pink Room, Manchester
30 – The Joiners, Southampton 

FEBRUARY
1 – Elsewhere, Margate 

2 – 100 Club, London
3 – The Louisiana, Bristol

APRIL
16 – Newcastle, St Doms
17 – Edinburgh, The Mash House
19 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
20 – Manchester, Gorilla
21 – Bristol, Trinity Centre
23 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
24 – Norwich, Arts Centre
26 – London, Scala
27 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

It comes after the duo were recently unveiled as next year’s ambassadors of Independent Venue Week.

The 2022 event, which champions the annual celebration of independent music venues, will take place across the UK from January 31 to February 6.

Speaking about the news at the time, the group said: “We grew up in a place where we had no music venues at all and after living in Bristol and London, it’s been incredible to experience what it’s like to be a part of a scene; to feel that sense of community that you can pin point geographically to a place, to a venue, I think is quite important and quite special particularly for emerging bands and artists.

“It’s a bit of a delicate ecosystem – Music makers and lovers are supported by the venues and in turn the venues are supported by bands/artists and their fans passing through. The way I see it is this – No Independent venues = No music scene. No community. And to me, I feel that that’s something worth continuing to preserve and nurture.

“That’s why we’re super stoked and very, very proud to be ambassadors for this year’s Independent Venue Week.”

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Royal Blood to open new Swansea Arena with 2022 show

“Royal Blood are absolutely incredible and their stage shows are renowned for being full of energy and light.”

Other shows confirmed for 2022 at the arena include Will Young and Alice Cooper.

See Royal Blood’s full 2022 UK tour dates below:

MARCH 2022:
8 – Swansea, Arena

25 – Bournemouth, International Centre
26 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
27 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
29 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
30 – London, The O2

APRIL 2022:
01 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
02 – Manchester, AO Arena
03 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro

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The gigs will be in support of the band’s latest album, ‘Typhoons’, which was released in April.

In a four-star review of the album NME‘s Andrew Trendell wrote: “‘Typhoons’ is not only their best work to date, but all the better for Royal Blood being free to explore what they’re capable of. The album ends with their biggest sonic departure yet: the airy and reflective John Lennon-esque piano ballad ‘All We Have Is Now’ closes proceedings with a breath of fresh air and produces a clear horizon for the future.

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The Wombats announce intimate UK tour for 2022

The Wombats are due to round off the stint with a homecoming midnight album release show in Liverpool. See the full schedule below.

We hope you survive the extra 7 days without it, but not to worry…we’re going to be playing it live for you a week early as a treat ❤️ https://t.co/Un0GjB6i8f pic.twitter.com/pWk4tJJUTc

— The WOMBATS (@thewombats) November 26, 2021

Announcing the gigs today (November 26), the group confirmed that the release date for their new record has been pushed back by one week (from January 7) “due to ongoing pandemic-related issues”.

“We hope you survive the extra 7 days without it,” they wrote.”But not to worry…we’re going to be playing it live for you a week early as a treat.”

The new dates give fans the chance to see The Wombats in more modest settings ahead of the band’s 2022 UK headline tour, which begins in April.

The Wombats’ 2022 UK tour dates are as follows:

JANUARY
6 – Banquet Records at PRYZM, Kingston (8pm)

7 – Pie And Vinyl at The Gaiety Bar, Southsea (7:30pm)
8 – HMV at The Empire, Coventry (7:30pm)
9 – Rough Trade (Acoustic & Signing), Nottingham (12pm)
9 – Rough Trade at The Level, Nottingham (7pm)
10 –  Truck at O2 Academy 2, Oxford (7:30pm,)
11 –  Rough Trade (Acoustic & Signing), Bristol (12pm)
11 –  Rough Trade at The Marble Factory, Bristol (7:30pm)
12 –  Rough Trade (Acoustic & Signing), London (12:00pm)
12 – Resident at The Chalk, Brighton (6:30pm)
13 – Jacaranda at The Invisible, Liverpool (23.59pm) Midnight Album Release Show

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APRIL
14 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
15 – The O2, London
16 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
18 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
19 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
21 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool
22 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool

23 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool
26 – Open Air Theatre, Scarborough

So far, The Wombats have previewed ‘Fix Yourself…’ with the singles ‘Everything I Love Is Going To Die’, ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’‘Method To The Madness’ and ‘Ready For The High’.

Speaking to NME at Reading Festival 2021, frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy said of the LP: “With our fourth album, I put a lot of pressure on it and I knew I had to do something really great, and so for me this album was just to focus on the energy that we were given from the fourth album and just shift it across a few more years.

“And if it’s better than that, then so be it – and it might just be, actually.”

You can watch NME‘s full video interview above.

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MØ announces third album ‘Motordrome’, shares two new songs

Speaking about the tracks, Andersen explained that “both songs are, in each their way, about remembering who you are. Remember that you can shine? Remember there’s a chance of breaking out of the prison that is your mind? To actively move your body out of the loop and into the world”

‘Motordrome’ is the follow-up to MØ’s 2018 ‘Forever Neverland’.

Andersen said: “I hope that people will feel that (this album) is genuine and that there are stories there that they can connect with. For me this album represents a huge change in my life. Even though I’m still doing what I love doing, it does feel like a new chapter. An era of my life is over and I’m entering a new one. That is scary, but it’s freeing.”

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The release of ‘Motordrome’ will be followed by a world tour, with tickets on sale November 17.

MØ’ will play:

FEBRUARY 2022
04 Parkteatret, Oslo
05 Debaser, Stockholm
08 NIEBO, Warsaw
09 Kesselhaus, Berlin
11 Le Trabendo, Paris
13 Orangerie – Botanique, Brussels
14 Melkweg Oz, Amsterdam
15 Heaven, London

APRIL
07 Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill
09 Sound Money Festival, Miami
10 Jannus Live, Tampa
11 Variety, Atlanta
13 Union Transfer, Philadelphia
14 Webster Hall, New York
15 Royale, Boston
17 9:30 Club, Washington DC

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Listen to Baby Queen’s new “underdog anthem” ‘Wannabe’

“That changed when I became Baby Queen,” she continued. “I found a place I belonged and people who fully accepted me for who I am. By the standards of the people I grew up with, or used to try so hard to be friends with, I might be weird or crazy or ‘the girl who kisses other girls; or a total wannabe, but by the standards of my people, I am great just the way I am.”

She added: “The song is an invitation to accept yourself and embrace the labels that are given to you by small minded, boring people. If this is what it means to be a loser, then I hope I’ll be a loser for the rest of my life.”

Earlier this week, Latham played her first ever headline show at London’s Omera and has recently announced details of her debut UK headline tour, taking place in April 2022. Tickets are available here and here.

Baby Queen will play:

APRIL
19 Brighton, Patterns
20 Manchester, The Deaf Institute
21 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
23 Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
24 Newcastle, The Cluny
27 London, Electric Ballroom

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Baby Queen has also launched a podcast on BBC Sounds about video games.

Gameplay With Baby Queen features soundtracks from games, with the first volume available now. It features tracks from The Legend Of ZeldaSable, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Each volume will run for an hour, and will be available online for 30 days after broadcast. The second volume “Power up your energy levels” is being broadcast on November 20. The second volume will include tracks from Chrono TriggerThe Last Of Us, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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Listen to The Lathums’ uplifting new Christmas single ‘Krampus’

He continues: “I am not a massive Christmas fan, but always eventually get my paper hat on and join in the fun, I can’t help it. After the year we’ve had we’ve got so much cause to celebrate, so this single is one last ‘thank you’ to everyone that’s supported us for the year. See you all, even bigger and better, in 2022”

The Lathums recently beat Drake to the Number One spot with their debut album ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be‘ last month.

Reviewing the record, NME awarded it four stars and dubbed it a “charming debut from Wigan’s finest”.

It added: “The four-piece deliver a spritely debut that pays tribute to their existing guitar heroes.”

The band are currently in the middle of their UK tour which culminates in a show at Blackpool Empress Ballroom in April 2022.

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They Lathums will play:

NOVEMBER 2021
12 – Hull, Social 
14 – Leicester, O2 Academy 2 
15  – Stoke, Sugarmill 
16  – Cardiff, Globe 
17 – Oxford O2 Academy 2 ]

DECEMBER 2021
3 – Dunfermline, PJ Molloys
4  – Dundee, Fat Sam’s
6 – Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree 
7  – Edinburgh, The Liquid Room
18 – Liverpool, St Brides Church
20 – Glasgow, Saint Lukes

APRIL 2022
9 – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom 

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Foals add extra dates to their 2022 UK tour

The tour will wrap up at Millennium Square in Leeds on July 8.

Foals’ full list of UK dates are below:

APRIL 2022
21 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
23 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
25 – Bonus Arena, Hull
26 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
27 – Brighton Centre
29 – Olympia, London
30 – Olympia, London

MAY 2022
1 – Olympia, London
2 – Olympia, London
5 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
6 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
8 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

JUNE 2022
29 – Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

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JULY 2022
8 – Millennium Square, Leeds

Speaking about the tour in a new interview with NME, frontman Yannis Philippakis said: “Honestly, once this new music comes out, it’s just solid good times – an explosion of energy and emotion. Come with your friends, lose your mind, enjoy the live music and fucking get down. That’s going to be the vibe.”

He also spoke about their recent single, which the band said was inspired by the “antithesis” of the lockdown blues.

“It was quite a long road, with the pandemic winter and all of that in England,” Philippakis said. “It was everywhere, but it felt especially bleak and encroaching in the UK with the weather, no pubs and how bad COVID got. When we were writing [‘Wake Me Up’], it was almost like wishful thinking that we’d ever come out; that there would be a world to return to. At certain points, it felt unremittingly bleak.

“We’re just super-excited that it can come out. We’re just psyched on it.”

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Ned Flanders-themed metal band Okilly Dokilly announce farewell tour

“When we started Okilly Dokilly, our goal was to play maybe two shows,” frontman Head Ned said in a press release. “We imagined being the third or fourth band on a seven-band metal show. We would step out in our sweaters and confuse the 12 or 13 people in attendance, and then have a great story. Things turned out a little differently.”

The band initially formed somewhat half-earnestly in 2015, breaking out as a viral sensation before they’d even played their first show. They minted two albums over six years, with 2016’s ‘Howdilly Doodilly’ followed up in 2019 with ‘Howdilly Twodilly’.

Okilly Dokilly made their UK touring debut in 2018, with their ostensible peak coming less than a year later when their single ‘White Wine Spritzer’ was featured in the Simpsons episode ‘I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say D’oh’. At the time, Al Jean, the show’s executive producer, said: “We saw the video and knew they had to be on the show.”

“Okilly Dokilly did way more than I ever expected,” Head Ned continued in his statement. “I’m really grateful for all the people who have been part of it. And especially to everyone who came out to our shows to say howdilly doodilly. We’ve been touring pretty relentlessly since 2016 and, last year, I became a dad. So it’s time for a break. It’s time for me to shave off the Ned mustache and grow the dad mustache.

“We just want to let everyone know that we won’t be touring or making any new music in the next few years. I’m not sure if or when we’ll be back, but for now, it’s ‘toodilly do.’”

Okilly Dokilly’s 2022 US tour dates are:
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APRIL
Thursday 14 – Tulsa, The Shrine
Friday 15 – Memphis, Hi Tone
Saturday 16 – Nashville, EXIT/IN
Sunday 17 – Greenville,The Radio Room
Tuesday 19 – Durham, Motorco Music Hall
Wednesday 20 – Vienna, Jammin Java
Thursday 21 – Brooklyn, Kingsland Bar & Grill
Friday 22 – Boston, Hard Rock Café Boston
Saturday 23 – Rochester, Montage Music Hall
Sunday 24 – Pittsburgh, The Crafthouse Stage & Grill
Tuesday 26 – Columbus, Rumba Cafe
Wednesday 27 – Cleveland, Grog Shop
Thursday 28 – Fort Wayne, The Brass Rail
Friday 29 – Indianapolis, HI-FI Indy
Saturday 30 – Chicago, Beat Kitchen

MAY
Sunday 1 – Cudahy, X-ray Arcade
Tuesday 3 – St. Louis, Red Flag
Wednesday 4 – Springfield, Front of House Lounge
Thursday 5 – Oklahoma City, 89th Street
Friday 6 – Dallas, Three Links Deep Ellum
Saturday 7 – Austin, Empire Control Room

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Charli XCX announces fifth album, tour dates and shares new single ‘New Shapes’

“I was able to possess and persuade an incredible group of producers and collaborators to contribute to ‘CRASH’ by using my femme fatale powers and a multitude of dark spells and curses.”

The album’s contributors include: A.G. Cook, George Daniel, Deaton Chris Anthony, Lotus IV, Caroline Polachek, Christine And The Queens, Oscar Holter, Digital Farm Animals, Rina Sawayama, Ian Kirkpatrik, Jason Evigan, Justin Raisen, Ariel Rechtshaid, Ilya, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jon Shave and Mike Wise.

News of the album comes alongside the release of Charli’s brand new single, which was first teased on Twitter earlier this week.

It follows September’s ‘Good Ones’, the first single of a “new chapter” that “embraces all that my life has to offer in today’s world – fame, glamour, inner demons and global hits”, Charli said at the time of release. You can pre-order ‘CRASH’ here and listen to ‘New Shapes’ above.

Charli has previously worked with Christine And The Queens on 2019’s ‘Gone’, which featured on her third album ‘Charli’. Meanwhile, Polachek featured on two ‘Pop 2’ tracks; ‘Tears’ and ‘Delicious’.

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In addition, Charli has also revealed a 2022 European and North American tour, with shows in Los Angeles, London, Paris and more. General tickets go on sale next Friday (November 12), with ticket pre-sales beginning on Wednesday (November 10).

Get your tickets here and see the full list of tour dates below.

MARCH 2022
26 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
29 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

APRIL 2022

1 – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
3 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
6 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
8 – ACL Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
9 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
10 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
12 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA
13 – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA
15 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
16 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
18 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
20 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
22 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
23 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
25 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
26 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
28 – Palace Theatre – Saint Paul, MN
29 – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

MAY 2022
13 – Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland
15 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
17 – Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK
18 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
19 – Alexandra Palace – London, UK
21 – UEA – Norwich, UK
22 – O2 Academy – Sheffield, UK
23 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
25 – Trianon – Paris, France
27 – La Madeleine – Brussels, Belgium
28 – TivoliVredenburg (Ronda Hall) – Utrecht, Netherlands
30 – Astra – Berlin, Germany
31 – Carlswerk Victoria – Cologne, Germany

JUNE 2022
2 – Primavera – Barcelona, Spain
4 – Fabrique – Milan, Italy
7 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
9 – Primavera – Barcelona, Spain

Last month, Charli indicated what fans could expect from her upcoming album, telling InStyle the record is “kind of all about sex and sexuality” and “can make people dance and cry at the same time”.

The singer elaborated on those comments a week later, telling fans they can expect “an overload of sexiness” during a recent appearance on The Chart Show on Apple Music 1.

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Foals share sneak peek of new video for comeback single ‘Wake Me Up’

It comes after the band confirmed details of their comeback single yesterday (October 29) and shared a snippet of ‘Wake Me Up’, which is due to arrive next Thursday (November 4).

You can watch a short teaser of the song’s video below:

@foals

sneak peek of WakeMeUp.new song out next Thursday, presave it now 🌺 link in bio #FOALS

♬ Wake Me Up – Foals

Foals have been at work on the follow-up to their 2019 sister albums ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part One’ and ‘Part Two’.

‘Wake Me Up’ will also mark the group’s first new material since the departure of their keyboardist Edwin Congreave last month. In a statement at the time, the musician told fans he’d “heard the new album – it is of course brilliant”.

Speaking to NME in August, frontman Yannis Philippakis explained: “We can see what the record is, and the future looks fantastic.”

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He continued: “We’ve been working away and writing all year. We’re just in the last stages of it and it’s feeling like a more optimistic record than the last two. It’ll be a more physical record. We’re really excited to have a record that’s almost ready, but not quite.”

Elsewhere, Foals debuted a new track called ‘Novo’ during their first live show in 18 months.

Foals are due to hit the road next April – check out the full list of dates below:

APRIL 2022
 21 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
23 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
29 – Olympia, London
30 – Olympia, London

MAY 2022
1 – Olympia, London
2 – Olympia, London
5 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
6 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
8 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

JUNE 2022
29 – Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

JULY 2022
8 – Millennium Square, Leeds

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Wet Leg named ambassadors for Independent Venue Week 2022

“We grew up in a place where we had no music venues at all and after living in Bristol and London, it’s been incredible to experience what it’s like to be a part of a scene; to feel that sense of community that you can pin point geographically to a place, to a venue, I think is quite important and quite special particularly for emerging bands and artists,” Wet Leg said.

“It’s a bit of a delicate ecosystem – Music makers and lovers are supported by the venues and in turn the venues are supported by bands/artists and their fans passing through. The way I see it is this – No Independent venues = No music scene. No community. And to me, I feel that that’s something worth continuing to preserve and nurture.

“That’s why we’re super stoked and very, very proud to be ambassadors for this year’s Independent Venue Week.”

Three additional ambassadors for the remaining nations for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be announced on Friday (October 29). This year Amy Macdonald and Jordan Adetunji were among the ambassadors for the UK.

Details of shows, tours and ticket links for next year’s event are available here.

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Meanwhile, Wet Leg recently announced details of a 2022 UK headline tour. They will play:

APRIL
16 – Newcastle, St Doms
17 – Edinburgh, The Mash House
19 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
20 – Manchester, Gorilla
21 – Bristol, Trinity Centre
23 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
24 – Norwich, Arts Centre
26 – London, Scala
27 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

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Foals tease their return with mysterious ‘Wake Me Up’ video

Tune in here:

#WakeMeUp pic.twitter.com/ZcIflEaKKG

— FOALS (@foals) October 27, 2021

Foals have been at work on the follow-up to their 2019 sister albums ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part One’ and ‘Part Two’. Today’s teaser suggests that we’ll hear the first music from their new era next week.

‘Wake Me Up’ will also mark the group’s first new material since the departure of their keyboardist Edwin Congreave last month. In a statement at the time, the musician told fans he’d “heard the new album – it is of course brilliant”.

Speaking to NME in August, frontman Yannis Philippakis explained: “We can see what the record is, and the future looks fantastic.”

He continued: “We’ve been working away and writing all year. We’re just in the last stages of it and it’s feeling like a more optimistic record than the last two. It’ll be a more physical record. We’re really excited to have a record that’s almost ready, but not quite.”

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Elsewhere, Foals debuted a new track called ‘Novo’ during their first live show in 18 months.

Foals are due to hit the road next April – check out the full list of dates below:

APRIL 2022
 21 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
23 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
29 – Olympia, London
30 – Olympia, London

MAY 2022
1 – Olympia, London
2 – Olympia, London
5 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
6 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
8 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

JUNE 2022
29 – Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

JULY 2022
8 – Millennium Square, Leeds

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Metallica announce rescheduled South American tour dates: “Third time is the charm”

“For those of you who have hung in there with us over the last 18 months since the original shows were supposed to happen, thank you for your tremendous patience! We truly cannot wait to finally visit South America for the first time in almost five years in April/May of 2022 as we head back for the originally planned six headlining shows, including two Brazilian cities we have never played in: Belo Horizonte and Curitiba. Still on board for the ride to open the show are our friends in Greta Van Fleet.”

The band continued: “Hang on to your tickets from those originally scheduled shows way back in April of 2020, as they will be honoured for the new dates. Where applicable, refund information is below; we encourage you to visit the website or location where you purchased your tickets for additional details should you be unable to join us in the spring of 2022. Please note that the Buenos Aires show is back to the original location of Campo Argentino de Polo, and tickets are still available for most shows.”

SOUTH AMERICA! The re-rescheduled tour dates you’ve been waiting for are finally set. We’ll be playing six shows with stops in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil in April and May of 2022.

Get more info at https://t.co/0hn6e2TKn9. pic.twitter.com/DRGGd28lEN

— Metallica (@Metallica) October 25, 2021

“We wish you, your families, and your loved ones good health as we turn the page to the next chapter of this difficult time,” the band concluded. “We cannot wait to spend time in person with our extended Metallica family next year!”

You can see the rescheduled South American dates below:

APRIL 2022

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27 – Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile
30 – Campo Argentino de Polo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

MAY 2022

5 – Estacionamento da Fiergs, Porto Alegre, Brazil
7 – Estádio Couto Pereira, Curitiba, Brazil
10 – Estádio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 – Estádio do Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Back in June, Metallica filed an insurance lawsuit against Lloyd’s Of London over losses suffered as a result of postponing the original South American tour dates.

Filed on June 7 in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the lawsuit alleged breach of contract, with the band seeking unspecified compensatory damages, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The lawsuit further detailed that Metallica bought a standard “cancellation, abandonment and non-appearance insurance” policy in order to cover their losses if any portion of the tour was postponed or cancelled, and that the band “timely turned to [Lloyd’s] for the promised and reasonably expected coverage for their losses”.

It also alleged that Lloyd’s Of London cited the policy’s communicable disease exclusion and “denied any coverage obligation whatsoever based on an unreasonably restrictive interpretation of the policy”.

Meanwhile, Metallica fans now have the opportunity to own a figurine of the statue that appears on the band’s ‘…And Justice For All’ album cover.

Only 1,988 copies of Lady Justice will be created, tying in with the album’s release date of 1988.

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Coldplay add fifth and sixth Wembley Stadium shows to 2022 world tour

As such, the band have now confirmed that they will also play the venue on August 17 and 20 next year

🚨 5th and 6th @WembleyStadium, London shows on sale now
🎟️ https://t.co/8g4RmOWSGp#MusicOfTheSpheresWorldTour #MOTSWT pic.twitter.com/2folcJnQAv

— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 22, 2021

See Coldplay’s full 2022 world tour schedule, including the newly-announced extra Wembley shows, below:

MARCH 2022
18 – San Jose, Costa Rica – Estadio Nacional
22 – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Estadio Olímpico
25 – Monterrey, Mexico – Estadio BBVA*
29 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Estadio Akron*

APRIL 2022
3: Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol*
23: Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium*
26: Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium*

MAY 2022
3 – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium*
6 – Dallas, TX – Cotton Bowl Stadium*
8 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium*
28 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field*

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JUNE 2022
1 – Washington, DC – FedExField*
4 – East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium*
8 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field*
11 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium*
14 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium*

JULY 2022
2 – Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park*
3 – Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park*
8 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy*
10 – Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion Berlin^
12 – Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion Berlin*
16 – Paris, FR – Stade de France*
17 – Paris, FR – Stade de France*

AUGUST 2022
5 – Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium*
6 – Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium*
12 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
13 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
17 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium* (new date)

16 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium^
19 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium^
20 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium^ (new date)

23 – Glasgow, UK – Hampden Park Stadium*

SEPTEMBER 2022
10 – Rio De Janeiro, BR – Rock in Rio Festival

*with H.E.R.
^with London Grammar

After the announcement of the tour, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) urged the band to only serve vegan food at the shows in order to further drive down the carbon footprint of the tour.

“As you may know, animal agriculture contributes to many of the serious environmental problems the planet is facing,” PETA Director Elisa Allen wrote.

“It’s little wonder, then, that the United Nations states that a transition to vegan eating is urgently needed to prevent the worst effects of the climate crisis. And this can be as simple as swapping beef burgers for bean burgers.”

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The Wombats share frenetic new single ‘Ready For The High’

The Liverpool-formed band’s fifth album arrives on January 7, 2022 via AWAL.

The band have also added two new shows to their forthcoming arena tour in April 2022.

They will play extra dates at Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow on April 19 and Mountford Hall in Liverpool on April 21.

The Wombats updated UK arena tour dates in 2022 are as follows:

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APRIL
14 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
15 – The O2, London
16 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
18 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
19 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
21 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool
22 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool

23 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool
26 – Open Air Theatre, Scarborough

Speaking recently to NME about their forthcoming album, Murph said: “With our fourth album, I put a lot of pressure on it and I knew I had to do something really great, and so for me this album was just to focus on the energy that we were given from the fourth album and just shift it across a few more years. And if it’s better than that, then so be it – and it might just be, actually.”

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Wet Leg announce run of 2022 UK headline tour dates

Wet Leg’s complete run of headline dates are as follows:

OCTOBER
23 Manchester Night & Day
24 Glasgow McChuills
26 London Omeara

DECEMBER
8 Brooklyn, Union Pool
9 Brookly, Baby’s All Right
14 Los Angeles, Moroccan Lounge
15 San Francisco, Rickshaw Stop

APRIL
16 Newcastle, St Doms
17 Edinburgh, The Mash House
19 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
20 Manchester, Gorilla
21 Bristol, Trinity Centre
23 Birmingham, O2 Institute
24 Norwich, Arts Centre
26 London, Scala
27 Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

Attention! this is a wet leg announcement 📢 sign up to our newsletter should you like to have pre-sale access this weds💗 https://t.co/qvWlMljcN6 pic.twitter.com/8BLNz6IHP7

— Wet Leg (@wetlegband) October 4, 2021

Tickets for the April tour go on sale Friday (October 8) with a pre-sale taking place on Wednesday (October 6) available to members of their mailing list – sign up here.

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The news comes one week after Wet Leg released their second single ‘Wet Dream’, which follows on from their debut track ‘Chaise Longue’.

Speaking to NME about their sudden success, Hester Chambers said: “We could have never predicted this. We do feel really lucky – but we still have no idea what’s happening. I think we’re just going to live in the moment as much as we can. I just can’t imagine things ever getting better than they are now.”

“We’ve been playing big stages that we haven’t properly grown into yet,” Chambers adds. “Even on a practical level it’s been a challenge; I’ve struggled with asking for what I want in my monitors and coping with the size of the crowds that have come to see us. But that’s OK. We’re always learning.”

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Listen to Feeder’s storming new track ‘Magpie’

“The lyrics were mainly written on my daily walks and runs to Finsbury Park during lockdown. It was a very observational process for me and mentions my childhood superstition for Magpie birds that I had spotted every day.

Nicholas added: “The song’s chorus touches on the frustration that I think we all feel, and especially felt at that time, about the future in general. It also addresses the impact social media and how it can affect peoples’ belief, dreams and mental wellbeing.”

“We are all kind of servants to the system in some way and our own feelings and emotions – it’s just how each person deals with them in their own way. It’s definitely one of my favourite tracks on the ‘Torpedo’ album and was fun to write and record some big riffs.”

The band are set to tour behind ‘Torpedo’ next year, with dates beginning in Bexhill on April 23. The dates will then run into May and finishing with a huge London gig at Brixton Academy on May 6.

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See Feeder’s upcoming tour dates below:

APRIL 2022
23 – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
24 – Oxford, Academy
26 – Southampton, Guildhall
27 – Bristol, Academy
29 – Manchester, Academy
30 – Glasgow, Barrowlands

MAY 2022
2 – Newcastle, University
3 – Nottingham, Rock City
5 – Birmingham, Institute
​6 – London, Brixton Academy

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Shawn Mendes announces huge ‘Wonder’ world tour for 2022

King Princess will appear as the opening act at the UK/European concerts.

At the end of June, the singer’s ‘Wonder’ tour will resume for the first of two North American legs. Dermot Kennedy is set to support on the first stint, with Tate McRae opening during the second.

Running until late October, the US tour includes shows in Portland, New York, Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Houston, Montreal and other cities.

Tickets for the UK dates go on general sale on October 8 at 10am BST. A Europe and UK general fan presale and London Amex presale begins at the same time on October 5. You can find the full ticket details here – see the UK dates below.

April 21 – London, UK – The O2
April 27 – Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
April 29 – Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro
May 2 – Sheffield, UK – Utilita Arena
May 4 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena

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Mendes has also shared a dramatic official trailer for the ‘Wonder’ world tour – check it out above.

Shawn Mendes will also play the following European/North American dates:

MARCH 2022

14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
16 – Stockholm, Sweden – Avicii Arena
18 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
21 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclays Arena
24 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
28 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
30 – Budapest, Hungary – Papp László Budapest Sportaréna

APRIL 2022

02 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
04 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
06 – Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
07 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
09 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
11 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
14 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome

MAY 2022

07 – Paris, France – La Défense Arena
10 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
12 – Bordeaux, France – Arkéa Arena
14 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
18 – Lisbon, Portugal – Altice Arena
20 – Madrid, Spain – WiZink Center

JUNE 2022

27 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
28 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
30 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center

JULY 2022

02 – Vancouver, BC – Venue to be announced
05 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
09 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
12 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
15 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
19 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
20 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
22 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
23 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
27 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
29 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun

AUGUST 2022

02 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
05 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
12 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
15 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
19 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

SEPTEMBER 2022

07 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
09 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
15 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
17 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
24 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
26 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
27 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center

OCTOBER 2022

01 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
03 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
04 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
08 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
11 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
12 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
14 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
19 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
22 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
24 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life FieldHouse
26 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

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Alt-J share new single ‘U&ME’ from upcoming fourth album ‘The Dream’

The track emerged during soundchecks for Alt-J shows across the globe, with frontman Joe Newman saying that it then “gathered momentum on its own”.

As for Alt-J’s upcoming record, ‘The Dream’ presents “both beauty and darkness […] often seamlessly merging on the same track, a purposeful choice that pays dividends across the record”.

The project will feature “true-crime inspired stories and tales of Hollywood and the Chateau Marmont”, while offering fans some of the trio’s “more personal moments to-date”.

‘The Dream’ is set for release on February 11 – you can pre-order/pre-save it here and see the official artwork below.

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Alt-J have also announced a North American headline tour for 2022, which will kick off in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 25.

The full schedule is as follows:

FEBRUARY 2022
25  – Pittsburgh – Petersen Event Center
26  – Washington DC – The Anthem

MARCH 2022
01  – Nashville TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
02  – Atlanta GA  – State Farm Arena
04  – Tampa FL – Yuengling Center
05  – Hollywood FL – Hard Rock Live
06  – Orlando FL – Orlando Amphitheater
09  –  Dallas TX-  The Factory in Deep Ellum
12  – Austin TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
13  – Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall
15  – St Louis MS – Chaifetz Arena
16  – Detroit MI – Masonic Temple Detroit
19  – Chicago IL – Credit Union 1 Arena
20  – Minneapolis MN – The Armory
23  – Denver CO – 1STBANK Center
25  – San Diego CA – Pechanga Arena San Diego
26  – Santa Barbara CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
27  – Los Angeles CA – Staples Center
29  – Seattle WA – Wamu Theater
30  – Vancouver VA – Pacific Coliseum

APRIL 2022
01  – San Francisco CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
03  – Las Vegas NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
05  – Salt Lake City UT – UCCU Center
07  –  Kansas City KS – Cable Dahmer Arena
08 – Cincinnati OH – PromoWest Pavillion at Ovation
09  – Columbus OH – Schottenstein Center
11  – New York NY – Madison Square Garden
13  –  Philadelphia PA – TC Pavilion at The Mann
14  – Boston MA – Agganis Arena
15  – Montreal QC – Place Bell
17  – Toronto ON – Coca-Cola Coliseum

Alt-J teased their comeback last week, sharing the ‘U&ME’ title and release date on social media.

The band’s previous album, ‘Relaxer’, came out in 2017. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “[It’s] a tight 40 minutes of music that builds a very modern wall of sound. Great album, if not entirely relaxing.”

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Peter Hook And The Light announce new ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’ shows for 2022

They will also play rescheduled shows in Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and London in January, as well as shows in Belfast, Dublin and Limerick in November 2022.

The shows will also see Hook and his band play a special opening set of New Order material. Full tour dates are as follows.

Peter Hook And The Light will play: 

JANUARY 2022
11 – Leeds, O2 Academy
12 – Glasgow, Barrowland
14 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
15 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
APRIL
7 – Brighton, Concorde 2
8 – Colchester, Arts Centre
9 – Norwich, UEA
16 – Nottingham, Rock City
18 – Bristol, Marble Factory
21 – Oxford, O2 Academy
22 – Holmfirth, Picturedrome
28 – Gloucester, Guildhall
29 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
NOVEMBER
10 – Limerick, Big Top
11 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
12 – Belfast, Limelight

In October next year, Hook will also play rescheduled ‘The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated’ shows with Manchester Camerata.

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Hook first collaborated with the chamber orchestra back in 2019 for a trio of gigs, including a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which saw the musicians “revisit the post punk elements that shaped Joy Division’s ground-breaking sound, aligned with a full orchestra to reflect and respect the spirt which defines their heritage”.

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Watch Royal Blood’s quirky new video for ‘Hold On’ starring Colin Hanks

He added: “I don’t think we have anything else like that. The message is about being there for someone and letting them know that they’re not alone.”

Royal Blood have accompanied the release with a new video directed by and starring Colin Hanks. Besides being known for his roles in Dexter and Fargo – and for being the son of Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks – Hanks also directed the music documentaries Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) and All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records.

In the video for ‘Hold On’, Hanks stars as Roy Boulders, a motivational speaker who uses the song’s lyrics for his latest seminar. While the majority of the small audience is captivated, two doubters stand unimpressed at the back of the room: Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders.

Watch the video for ‘Hold On’ below:

Meanwhile, Royal Blood have announced that they will play a homecoming gig in Brighton next week.

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The duo, who are playing a handful of UK dates this autumn before their biggest European tour to date next year amid UK arena shows, will now perform at the Brighton Centre on September 15.

“Almost four years later and for our last show of the year, playing our shared hometown, Brighton is going to be pure glory. See you there,” the band said in a statement.

The Brighton date adds to their upcoming touring schedule, which also features an Eden Project show (any remaining tickets available here) and an intimate show in Lincoln.

See Royal Blood’s UK tour dates 2021-2022 below. European dates are listed here.

SEPTEMBER 2021:
13 – Lincoln, Engine Shed
14 – Eden Project
15 – Brighton Centre

MARCH 2022:
25 – Bournemouth, International Centre
26 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
27 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
29 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
30 – London, The O2

APRIL 2022:
1 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
2 – Manchester, AO Arena
3 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro

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Craig David announces massive Sunderland Herrington Park show

The Sunderland show comes ahead of David’s rescheduled ‘Hold That Thought’ UK arena tour which is now set to kick off in April next year.

The new list of dates are as follows:

APRIL 2022

07 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
09 – BIRMINGHAM Utilita Arena
10 – BIRMINGHAM Resorts World Arena
12 – PLYMOUTH Pavilions
13 – BRIGHTON Centre
16 – LONDON O2 Arena
17 – LONDON O2 Arena
19 – BOURNEMOUTH Int’nl Centre
20 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
22 – LEEDS First Direct Arena
23 – MANCHESTER AO Arena
24 – LIVERPOOL M&S Bank Arena
26 – HULL Bonus Arena
28 – GLASGOW O2 Academy
29 – NEWCASTLE O2 City Hall

For more information, visit Craig David’s official website.

I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to this tour as I knew it would be our chance to celebrate together again after so long apart💫. https://t.co/ZaDddBrkdo pic.twitter.com/rEIRNp065K

— Craig David (@CraigDavid) December 1, 2020

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Earlier this year, David performed ‘Born To Do It’ in its entirety for the first time with a live band and in the original track-listing order for a livestream event.

He had originally planned to celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary last August, but he was forced to cancel touring plans due to the coronavirus.

“This album means the world to me,” he said in a statement. “I wanted to do something to celebrate the 20th anniversary and as touring live isn’t possible, I couldn’t let the anniversary go by without marking it in some way.

“Sharing this album with you has been one of the highlights of my career and I never thought I would get the opportunity to do the whole album in full like this – It’s going to be really special.  Thank you for all the love and support these past 20 years…wow!”

In a four-star review of the livestream gig, NME‘s Ben Jolley said: “More of an intimate studio jam session than a full-on gig, David’s live set-up is cleverly staged and filmed; the camera’s shakiness fluctuates to match each track’s energy.”

The review added: “There might not be a lockdown-led baby boom just yet, but Craig David just upped the odds.”

Meanwhile, Craig David has been given an MBE as part of the Queen’s annual New Year’s Honours list.

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John Mayer shares comically nostalgic video for new song ‘Wild Blue’

Much like the videos for his previous two singles – ‘Last Train Home’ and ‘Shot In The Dark’ – Mayer turns up the nostalgia, playfully poking fun at music videos from the ’80s.

The video begins in a swimming pool before a door at the bottom of it opens to reveal the song’s title. Rocking a tan trench coat, cowboy boots and tortoiseshell sunglasses, Mayer performs in front of a green screen as various symbols, animals and other items float across the backdrop.

Like a mashup of Prince‘s ‘Raspberry Beret’ and Deee-Lite‘s ‘Groove Is In The Heart’, you can watch the video for ‘Wild Blue’ below:

Mayer recently announced a North American tour in support of ‘Sob Rock’ which kicks off next year.

Beginning in Albany on February 17 and ending in Chicago on April 28, the tour will include stops at New York City’s Madison Square Garden (February 20), and two nights at the Forum in Inglewood, California (March 13 and March 15), among others. You can see a full list of dates below.

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See Mayer’s upcoming tour dates below. Visit here for any remaining tickets and more information.

‘SOB ROCK’ NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2022 DATES:

FEBRUARY 2022
17 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
23 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
25 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
27 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

MARCH 2022
1 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
4 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
11 – Las Vegas, NV – Grand Garden Arena
13 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum
15 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum
18 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
22 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
27 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

APRIL 2022
2 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
5 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
8 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
11 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
13 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
20 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
23 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
24 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
28 – Chicago, IL – United Center

In a four-star review of ‘Sob Rock’, NME‘s Will Lavin said: “Mayer’s willingness to poke fun at himself lends itself perfectly to the satirical foundation of ‘Sob Rock’. It is by all means a stimulating body of work with ample substance, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

The review added: “Less focused on his innate individuality, it’s a John Mayer passion project that toasts to the good old days, when musicians were more inclined to follow instincts and feelings than clicks and likes.”

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The Wombats announce new album ‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ and UK arena tour dates

‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ was recorded remotely during various coronavirus lockdowns (pre-order here). It’s produced by Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers), Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey), Paul Meaney (Twenty One Pilots, Nothing But Thieves), Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag‘n’Bone Man) and Mike Crossey (The 1975, The War on Drugs, Yungblud).

The three bandmembers were never in the same room during the album process, as Matthew “Murph” Murphy is based in Los Angeles, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen is in Oslo and drummer Dan Haggis is in London.

Each day, the band discussed a daily plan via Zoom, recorded their parts separately and then sent individual files to their producers. “It was pure madness, to be honest,” Murphy said in a statement.

He added of the band’s new single: “I noticed that 2020 and 2021 put some serious strain on interpersonal relationships, it felt like people around me were really struggling. For me, ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’ taps into all of that and asks the question…is it the circumstances putting undue stress on people? Or have the circumstances shed light on people’s incompatibility with one another?”

‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ track list:

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01. ‘Flip Me Upside Down’
02. ‘This Car Drives All By Itself’
03. ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’
04. ‘Ready For The High’
05. ‘Method To The Madness’
06. ‘People Don’t Change People, Time Does’
07. ‘Everything I Love Is Going To Die’
08. ‘Work Is Easy, Life Is Hard’
09. ‘Wildfire’
10. ‘Don’t Poke The Bear’
11. ‘Worry’
12. ‘Fix Yourself, Then The World (Reach Beyond Your Fingers)’

‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ album artwork. CREDIT: eboy

Tickets for The Wombats’ upcoming tour go on sale this Friday (August 20) at 9am BST. Head here.

The Wombats UK arena tour 2022:

APRIL
14 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
15 – The O2, London
16 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
18 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
22 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool
26 – Open Air Theatre, Scarborough

The group also play this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival and the Neighbourhood Weekender.

Read NME‘s chat with The Wombats about their forthcoming show at The O2 here.

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Crowd goes wild for Yungblud as he kicks off UK tour

More footage from the gig, which had COVID entry requirements in place, has surfaced on YouTube. See some of the clips and the show’s setlist below.

‘Occupy The UK’ setlist – Rock City, Nottingham, August 6, 2021

‘Strawberry Lipstick’
‘Parents’
‘I Love You, Will You Marry Me’
‘Anarchist’
‘mars’
‘Weird!’
‘Fleabag’
‘Loner’
‘Ice Cream Man’
‘Casual Sabotage’
‘love song’
‘I Think I’m OKAY’ (Machine Gun Kelly cover)
‘god save me, but don’t drown me out’
‘the freak show’

Encore:
‘Machine Gun (F**k the NRA)’

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The singer will head out on another tour, dubbed the ‘Life On Mars’ tour, later this year, beginning in Brighton at the end of September.

See Yungblud’s full list of upcoming tour dates below:

‘OCCUPY THE UK’ TOUR

AUGUST 2021

7 – Nottingham, Rock City
9 – London, Kentish Town Forum
10 – London, Kentish Town Forum
12 – London, Kentish Town Forum
13 – London, Kentish Town Forum
14 – London, Kentish Town Forum

DECEMBER 2021

7 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
8 – Glasgow, Barrowlands

‘LIFE ON MARS’ TOUR

SEPTEMBER 2021

27 – Brighton
28 – Bournemouth
29 – Plymouth

OCTOBER 2021

1 – London
2 – Portsmouth
4 – Bristol
5 – Bristol
7 – Manchester
8 – Manchester
9 – Doncaster
11 – Edinburgh
12 – Newcastle
14 – Birmingham
15 – Birmingham
16 – Leeds
18 – Liverpool
19 – Liverpool

APRIL 2022

30 – Lisbon

MAY 2022

3 – Barcelona
5 – Paris
6 – Paris
8 – Esch-sur-Alzette
9 – Berlin
10 – Warsaw
12 – Hamburg
13 – Brussels
14 – Amsterdam
16 – Munich
18 – Milan
19 – Zurich
21 – Vienna
24 – Moscow
25 – St Petersburg
26 – Helsinki
28 – Stockholm
29 – Oslo
30 – Copenhagen

JUNE 2022

1 – Prague
2 – Prague
4 – Cologne
10 – Dublin

Yungblud released his second album ‘Weird!’ last December.

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The Twang announce December 2021 ‘Twangmas’ tour

“The Twangmas experience is usually exclusively a Brum thing,” frontman Phil Etheridge said of the tour. “With everything we’ve all been through in the last 18 months we wanted to bring the Twangmas vibe to as many people as possible this year and take it around the country.”

He added: “We’ll be making up for the last year by going twice as hard. Complete unadulterated, organised chaos – the only way we know.”

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Tickets go on general sale at 10:00am on Friday (July 30) here – see the full list of ‘Twangmas’ dates below.

DECEMBER 2021

3 – Stoke, Sugarmill
4 – Derby, Venue
5 – Glasgow, Garage
6 – Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
9 – Sheffield, O2 Academy Sheffield
10 – Liverpool, O2 Academy Liverpool
11 – Manchester, O2 Ritz
13 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
16 – Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
17 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Riverside
18 – Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham
22 – London, O2 Academy Islington
23 – London, O2 Academy Islington

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The band, who dropped off acoustic EP ‘Amsterdam’ in February last year, will also head out on their rescheduled ‘A Month of Sundays Acoustic Tour’ in 2022. You can see the dates below.

MARCH 2022

13 – Birmingham, Glee Club
14 – Birmingham, Glee Club
20 – Manchester, Academy 2
27 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Boiler Shop

APRIL 2022

3 – London, Bush Hall

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Yungblud shares COVID entry requirements for ‘Occupy The UK’ tour

Earlier this evening (July 27), the Doncaster rocker updated fans with information regarding entry into the shows on the tour, revealing that each date will offer free complimentary masks that are “fookin sick”.

“august tour news!!! ive waited for 18 months for this moment but as always safety and well-being is always my priority,” Yungblud said on Twitter. “these shows are gonna be fookin history, let’s do it right !!! you’re my blood and guts. i love you!!! are you fookin ready?!?”

august tour news!!! ive waited for 18 months for this moment but as always safety and well-being is always my priority. these shows are gonna be fookin history, let’s do it right !!! you’re my blood and guts. i love you!!! are you fookin ready?!? 🖤🩸🖤 pic.twitter.com/T42L8LeRTc

— YUNGBLUD’s on mars (@yungblud) July 27, 2021

One of the following criteria will be accepted in order to gain entry to the shows:

  • Proof of a negative NHS COVID-19 lateral flow test, taken within 24 hours of entry
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, both doses received at least 14 days before entry
  • Proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test, taken within 180 days of the show (including 10-days self-isolation following the result)

The singer will head out on another tour, dubbed the ‘Life On Mars’ tour, later this year, beginning in Brighton at the end of September.

See Yungblud’s full list of upcoming tour dates below:

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‘OCCUPY THE UK’ TOUR

AUGUST 2021

6 – Nottingham, Rock City
7 – Nottingham, Rock City
9 – London, Kentish Town Forum
10 – London, Kentish Town Forum
12 – London, Kentish Town Forum
13 – London, Kentish Town Forum
14 – London, Kentish Town Forum

DECEMBER 2021

7 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
8 – Glasgow, Barrowlands

‘LIFE ON MARS’ TOUR

SEPTEMBER 2021

27 – Brighton
28 – Bournemouth
29 – Plymouth

OCTOBER 2021

1 – London
2 – Portsmouth
4 – Bristol
5 – Bristol
7 – Manchester
8 – Manchester
9 – Doncaster
11 – Edinburgh
12 – Newcastle
14 – Birmingham
15 – Birmingham
16 – Leeds
18 – Liverpool
19 – Liverpool

APRIL 2022

30 – Lisbon

MAY 2022

3 – Barcelona
5 – Paris
6 – Paris
8 – Esch-sur-Alzette
9 – Berlin
10 – Warsaw
12 – Hamburg
13 – Brussels
14 – Amsterdam
16 – Munich
18 – Milan
19 – Zurich
21 – Vienna
24 – Moscow
25 – St Petersburg
26 – Helsinki
28 – Stockholm
29 – Oslo
30 – Copenhagen

JUNE 2022

1 – Prague
2 – Prague
4 – Cologne
10 – Dublin

Yungblud released his second album ‘Weird!’ last December. Last month, he played a free, last-minute show in Los Angeles.

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