Watch Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover a Mötley Crüe classic

Check out the performance below:

 

Willcox and Fripp’s Mötley Crüe cover is the latest in a long line of metal reworkings. Last week, the pair took on the KISS classic ‘I Was Made For Lovin You’ while previously the likes of Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’, Korn’s ‘Blind’, Megadeth’s ‘Holy Wars’ and Metallica’s ‘Seek And Destroy’ have all had the Sunday Lunch treatment. 

Back in 2021, the pair covered Mötley Crüe’s ‘Girls Girls Girls’.

Sunday Lunch kicked off in 2020, with Toyah Willcox explaining the following year that she started the videos to help Fripp power through the COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Last year, Fripp revealed that the series had upset some King Crimson fans. “My wife insists performers have a responsibility to lift people’s spirits in hard times. Do I respect that? My answer is yes, completely and utterly I do,” Fripp said in response.

Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp covering ‘White Wedding’. Credit: YouTube.

Later this year, Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe are set to tour the UK and Ireland together, including a show at London’s Wembley Stadium. Tickets are onsale now.

“We had an incredible time playing ‘The Stadium Tour’ in North America this summer and we truly can’t wait to take the show around the globe with The WORLD Tour in 2023,” said Mötley Crüe. 

Check out the dates below.

May
22 – Bramall Lane, Sheffield

July
1 – Wembley Stadium, London
2 – Lytham Festival, Lytham
4 – Marlay Park, Dublin, Ireland
6 – Hampden Park, Glasgow

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil has also revealed that the band are planning a 2024 tour and intend to complete a third Las Vegas residency.

The band have also confirmed dates in North America, Europe and South America. 

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Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett announces 2023 solo UK and Ireland tour dates

Chris Shiflett will play the following dates:

MARCH
21 – Dublin, Whelan’s 
22 – Glasgow, St. Lukes
24 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
25 – Manchester, Band On The Wall
26 – Bristol, Thekla
28 – London, Scala 

Shiflett released two new songs, ‘Born & Raised’ and ‘Long, Long Year’, in 2022, which were his first new solo releases since his 2019 album ‘Hard Lessons’.

He is also set to play numerous gigs with Foo Fighters this year, including appearances at Sonic Temple, Boston Calling, Bonnaroo and the Harley Davidson Homecoming. Today, they also announced their return to Europe, where they will play Rock Am Ring and Rock Am Park in Germany on June 2 and 4 respectively.

These shows will be the band’s first live appearances since the pair of tribute concerts held in London and LA for drummer Taylor Hawkins, who was found dead in a hotel room in Colombia in March 2022. He was 50 years old.

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Foo Fighters confirmed on New Year’s Eve that they would be continuing without Hawkins. “Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were – and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward,” they acknowledged in a statement.

Shiflett had previously said that he anticipated the band would continue. “Most people that I’ve encountered have been respectful about it or try to avoid it,” he said in an interview in September when asked if other interviewers had brought up Hawkins’ passing or left it unacknowledged. “It probably will be [more of a thing] when we ever get around to putting out another Foo Fighters record and go back into the promo boogie woogie,” he added.

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Snoop Dogg reschedules UK and Ireland tour to 2023

All tickets from his original tour dates, which were postponed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remain valid. The reminder will go on sale tomorrow (December 22) at midday – you can buy yours here.

Snoop Dogg will play the following shows:

MARCH
14 – Belfast, SSE Arena 
15 – Manchester, AO Arena
16 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
21 – London, O2 Arena
26 – Dublin, 3Arena
27 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
28 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena

Snoop Dogg (CREDIT: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for E11EVEN).

Elsewhere, Snoop Dogg has also revealed he used to write his lyrics on a typewriter in the early days of his career, which he borrowed from  2Scoops of G-funk group The Dove Shack. He said that 2Scoops was “organized and shit”, so concluded he was “just gonna type my shit up”, adding “I used to type like 65 words a minute”.

Earlier this month, Snoop and hip-hop veterans Ice Cube, Too $hort and E-40 released their new album under Mount Westmore, ‘Snoop, Cube, 40, $hort’.

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In a three-star review, NME described the record as a “muddled, but sometimes brilliant, cruise down Sunset Boulevard”.

It continued: “‘Snoop, Cube, 40, $hort’ isn’t completely devoid of praise; having to accommodate four distinct styles and personalities is no simple task. But while there are moments of brilliance, it’s clear there are too many chefs in the kitchen.”

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Orbital announce 2023 UK and Ireland tour, share single ‘Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)’

The pre-sale will begin on Wednesday (December 14) at 10am before general on-sale commences on Friday (December 16), also at 10am. You can see the full list of dates below and buy your tickets here.

MARCH 2023
15 – Belfast, Mandela Hall

16 – Dublin, National Stadium
17 – Dublin, National Stadium
18 – Limerick, The Big Top
28 – Glasgow, SWG3
29 – Newcastle, NX
30 – Manchester, Albert Hall
31 – Bristol, O2 Academy

APRIL
1 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
5 – Leeds, O2 Academy
6 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
7 – Nottingham, Rock City
8 – Brighton, Brighton Centre

Orbital have also released the second single from ‘Optical Illusion’, ‘Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song’. The song features The Mediaeval Baebes and offers something of a modern reworking of the nursery rhyme ‘Ring O’ Ring O’Roses’, which is heavily associated with the Black Death.

Listen to the track below:

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The song is the second to be taken from ‘Optical Illusion’, following Sleaford Mods collaboration ‘Dirty Rat’. Per a press release, the band’s Paul Hartnoll described the track as “a giant capital letter, like in the Book of Kells, where the very first letter always gets the big treatment from the monk when he’s doing his illustrated borders.”

“It’s got that old school dance music vibe with bits of Cabaret Voltaire in there, even bits of The Shamen. It’s a little bit punk rock, nice and loud,” continued Hartnoll. A really refreshing, ‘wake up’ kind of track. And Jason is just brilliant!”

He added: “I guess it’s about telling people to take responsibility for their own actions,” added Phil Hartnoll. “You know, all these politicians don’t come from out of nowhere. Somebody keeps voting them in. So who might that be…?

“The ongoing culture of non-thought mostly exists because of a lack of education into critical thought,” said Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods. “How do you mobilise a people firmly imprisoned by a concrete system?”

‘Optical Illusion’ will be released on February 17, 2023.

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Kasabian announce huge UK and Ireland shows for summer 2023

The newly announced date at Leeds’ Millennium Square – which has featured some huge recent performances, including Richard Ashcroft back in July this year – will take place on July 7 2023, and promises some “very special guests”.

Kasabian have also shared details of their rescheduled Dublin date, a show at Limerick’s King John Castle, and an appearance at Sea Sessions in Bundoran, all taking place in June.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday (December 8) at 9.30am GMT, and will be available to buy here – see details of the new dates via the band’s recent tweets below.

PLUS
☄️June 13 Ireland, Dublin, 3 Olympia Theatre (Rescheduled)
☄️June 14 Ireland, Limerick, King John Castle.
☄️June 16-18 Ireland, Bundoran, Sea Sessions.
🎫Tickets Friday 9th December via https://t.co/3x7pubdP7a🎫 pic.twitter.com/vWuVRDSGrJ

— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) December 6, 2022

In a four-star review of ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’, NME wrote: “Kasabian have always been about having a good fucking time, and although this is understandably their most introspective record yet, it does point to euphoria ahead.”

“Back in May, the frontman told NME: ‘This album was just us saying, ‘Let’s see what we can do – let’s see where we can take this’.’ On the evidence of this surprising, eclectic and intimate record – which still finds time for the anthems of old – the answer is: as far as they want to.”

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Bonnie Kemplay to support The 1975 on 2023 UK and Ireland arena tour

Kemplay previously covered the band’s 2020 hit ‘If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)’ in the BBC Radio 1 Introducing Live Lounge – check out the clip below.

from covering them in the live lounge to supporting them on tour 👏@BonnieKemplay's going on the road with @the1975 🥰 pic.twitter.com/abSEi7wIEt

— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) November 25, 2022

The 1975’s ‘At Their Very Best’ tour kicks off on January 8 in Brighton, taking in many of the country’s arenas before finishing in Belfast on January 30. You can see the full list of dates below and buy tickets here.

JANUARY 2023
Sunday 8 – Brighton, Brighton Center
Monday 9 – Bournemouth, International Center
Tuesday 10 – Exeter, Westpoint Arena
Thursday 12 – London – The O2
Friday 13 – London, The O2
Sunday 15 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
Monday 16 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday 17 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Thursday 19 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro
Friday 20 – Manchester, Manchester Arena
Sunday 22 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Monday 23 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
Wednesday 25 – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
Thursday 26 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
Sunday 29 – Dublin, 3Arena
Monday 30 – Belfast, The SSE Arena

Elsewhere, The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy recently gave a shout out to a fan in the audience at their show in Washington who had gone to their gig to celebrate being elected to Congress.

Maxwell Frost, 25, became the first Generation Z Congressman in the US midterm elections. Pointing out Frost in the audience, Healy said: “I think it’s about damn time that we have some 1975 fandom representation in Congress!”

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Madness announce UK and Ireland shows for summer 2023

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday, (November 18(, with tickets for the Middlesbrough and Swansea following the same day at 10am. See full dates below and find tickets here.

Is it summer yet?
Here’s something to look forward to… ☀️ pic.twitter.com/JHAzAO4QH0

— Madness (@MadnessNews) November 14, 2022

Last month, it was announced that Madness would be playing as part of a special charity gig in London celebrating the 90th birthday of iconic artist Peter Blake, which has been curated by Paul Weller.

The show will also feature Noel Gallagher, The Who‘s Roger DaltreyBaxter Dury and Chrissie Hynde alongside Weller himself. It will take place at the Royal Festival Hall in London on December 2.

Earlier this year, Weller teamed up with Suggs from Madness for a new collaborative single called ‘Ooh Do U Fink U R’.

The stomping ’60s R&B-inspired number delves into Suggs and Weller’s upbringing in Britain’s ’70s comprehensive school system in London and Woking respectively, according to a press release.

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Madness summer 2023 tour:

JUNE
8 – Cannock Chase Forest, Rugeley
9 – Albert Park, Middlesborough
15 – Delamere Forest, Cheshire
16 – Piece Hall, Halifax
30 – King Johns Castle, Limerick

JULY
1 – Trinity College, Dublin
21 – Singleton Park, Swansea

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Macklemore shares details of new album ‘BEN’ alongside 2023 UK and European tour

Tickets go on general sale here from 10am local time this Thursday (November 10).

Album artwork for Macklemore’s ‘BEN’. CREDIT: Press

Macklemore’s ‘The BEN’ tour dates 2023:

APRIL
Tuesday 04 – Dublin, Ireland 3Arena
Friday 07 – Glasgow, UK O2 Academy
Sunday 09 – Manchester, UK O2 Victoria Warehouse
Tuesday 11 – Birmingham, UK O2 Academy
Wednesday 12 – London, UK O2 Academy Brixton
Sunday 16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands AFAS Live
Monday 17 – Brussels, Belgium Forest National
Tuesday 18 – Paris, France Zenith
Friday 21 – Cologne, Germany Palladium
Saturday 22 – Berlin, Germany Verti Music Hall
Monday 24 – Munich, Germany Zenith
Tuesday 25 – Offenbach, Germany Stadthalle
Thursday 27 – Hamburg, Germany Edel Optics Arena
Saturday 29 – Warsaw, Poland EXPO XXI Hall 1
Sunday 30 – Vienna, Austria Stadthalle

MAY
Tuesday 02 – Zurich, Switzerland Samsung Hall
Thursday 04 – Milan, Italy Alcatraz
Sunday 07 – Copenhagen, Denmark Vega Main Hall
Tuesday 09 – Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene

Macklemore’s return to the European live circuit comes off the heels of his latest release, ‘FAITHFUL’ featuring NLE Choppa. He also recently supported Imagine Dragons on their North American tour.

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Last year, the rapper revealed in an interview that he relapsed on drugs during the COVID pandemic.

Appearing on the Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard, the ‘Thrift Shop’ rapper explained that he relapsed in 2020 after 12 years of sobriety.

Opening up on the brief blip in his sobriety, Macklemore said that he’d been inspired to speak out after Shepard admitted in a September 2020 episode that he too had relapsed after 16 years.

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Paramore add extra London date to 2023 UK and Ireland tour

Bloc Party will support the Tennessean trio on their first shows in the UK since 2018.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am tomorrow (October 28) – you’ll be able to purchase them here.

Tickets for our UK/IE Tour go on sale tomorrow, Oct 28 at 10AM local + second London show added. https://t.co/5A70MNWwNk pic.twitter.com/UUqePeq62U

— paramore (@paramore) October 27, 2022

A portion of ticket sales for these shows will be donated to Support + Feed, a charity that “takes action action for a global shift to an equitable, plant-based food system to combat food insecurity and the climate crisis”.

See the full list of Paramore’s UK and Ireland tour dates below:

APRIL 2023
Thursday 13 – Dublin, 3Arena
Saturday 15 – Cardiff, International Arena
Monday 17 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
Tuesday 18 – Manchester, AO Arena
Thursday 20 – London, O2 Arena
Saturday 22 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
Sunday 23 – London, O2 Arena *NEW DATE*

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In other news, Paramore opened their headline set at When We Were Young Festival last weekend by giving ‘All I Wanted’ its live debut.

The emotional track featured on Paramore’s third album, 2009’s ‘Brand New Eyes’, but has never been performed live before.

Elsewhere during Paramore’s closing set they played ‘Here We Go Again’ from their 2005 debut ‘All I Know Is Falling’ and ‘Paramore’ track ‘Last Hope’ – both for the first time in four years.

When We Were Young Festival continues this weekend, with Paramore, My Chemical Romance and more set to return on October 29.

The festival will then return to Las Vegas next October, with its 2023 bill headlined by Blink-182 and Green Day.

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bbno$ announces UK and Ireland shows for 2023

The viral artist’s tour announcement comes days after he released his latest album, ‘Bag Or Die’, which dropped last Friday (October 21). The LP is the follow-up to his 2021 project, ‘eat ya veggies’, and features collaborations with Yung Gravy, Diplo and Rich Brian.

Speaking in a new interview with NME, bbno$ described the record as being “me, saying absolutely nothing on all these songs”. While the album doesn’t convey a message, he did say many of the lyrics are centred around capitalism.

“We live in a capitalist society, so either you play the game or the game plays you,” he explained. “Typically, in a nice life, you play the game, you have money and you live life. That’s always been my perspective because I understand that, systemically, some shit you can’t win. Then that’s just the end of the game.

“But the one thing you can do is work your ass off. Typically, when you work your ass off, the majority of the time you get rewarded via success. Success is typically going to increase your quality of life – because money increases your quality of life. Unfortunately, that is the case.”

The LP follows on from a year of sell-out US and European shows for bbno$, including opening the main stages at Reading & Leeds Festival.

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He is on tour in North America throughout 2022 and has plans to drop “a shitload of music” next year.

“I’m going back to my independent route where I just drop a shitload of music,” he told NME. “It starts out with me doing a ballad project (me singing on beats with literally no drums), then I do drum‘n’bass, and then ‘Baby Gravy 3’, which is another EP with Yung Gravy, then I’m going to do another project myself.”

See the full list of bbnos$’ UK and Ireland tour dates below.

April 20235 – O2 Academy Brixton, London6 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester7 – Glasgow Garage, Glasgow9 – 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin

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Wunderhorse announces UK and Ireland tour for 2023

Slater has now confirmed a UK and Ireland tour for next year, which will kick off in Southampton on March 26, before heading to cities like Newcastle, Glasgow, Brighton, London and Dublin. The tour finishes on April 16 in Galway.

Tickets go on general sale on October 28 at 9am and can be found here. A pre-sale will be available and can be accessed by signing up to the mailing list.

We are pleased to announce our first headline tour around the UK and Ireland. Sign up to our mailing list https://t.co/TI7w3pXSBe for early access. General sale Friday 28th October from 9am. pic.twitter.com/XotUZpGi2s

— Wunderhorse (@wunderhorse) October 21, 2022

Speaking to NME earlier this month, Slater said of his debut solo album: “I found it more interesting to write about other people than me. A lot of these songs were written in my late-teens and early-20s, and I wasn’t sure if I had a specific voice to tell those stories.

“I thought it’d be better to look at people around me who’d impacted my life rather than running the risk of sounding up my own arse, or looking back and not being happy with what I said. I don’t know what my feelings are half the time.”

In a four-star review, NME described ‘Cub’ as “a goodbye to the Jacob Slater we previously knew, and a hugely exciting welcome to a songwriter finally becoming himself. You can envisage him making records like this for decades to come.”

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Wunderhorse 2023 tour:

MARCH
26 – Joiners, Southampton
27 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
28 – The Cluny, Newcastle
30 – King Tuts, Glasgow
31 – Deaf Institute, Manchester

APRIL
01 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
02 – Bodega, Nottingham
04 – The Bullingdon, Oxford
05 – Green Door Store, Brighton
06 – Electric Ballroom, London
08 – Dead Famous, Newquay
09 – Cornish Bank, Falmouth
11 – Louisiana, Bristol
12 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
14 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin
15 – Kasbah, Limerick
16 – Roisin Dubh, Galway

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Paramore announce 2023 UK and Ireland tour with Bloc Party

Tickets will go on general sale at 10am next Friday (October 28) – you’ll be able to purchase them here.

Venue pre-sales will begin on Wednesday (October 26). Fans who have already pre-ordered the album will get a code to access the pre-sales.

A portion of ticket sales for these shows will be donated to Support + Feed, a charity that “takes action action for a global shift to an equitable, plant-based food system to combat food insecurity and the climate crisis”.

The band have also confirmed they will be working with environmental nonprofit REVERB on the tour “to create positive impacts for people and the planet.” They have teamed up on “a comprehensive tour sustainability programme” and will be hosting an “eco-village” at each stop on the tour to shine a light on important environmental and social causes.

See the full list of dates below.

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APRIL 2023
Thursday 13 – Dublin, 3Arena
Saturday 15 – Cardiff, International Arena
Monday 17 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
Tuesday 18 – Manchester, AO Arena
Thursday 20 – London, O2 Arena
Saturday 22 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena 

Over the summer, frontwoman Hayley Williams spoke about how Bloc Party had influenced the forthcoming ‘This Is Why’.

“From day one, Bloc Party was the number one reference because there was such an urgency to their sound that was different to the fast punk or the pop punk or the like, loud wall of sound emo bands that were happening in the early 2000s,” she explained.

Paramore are currently on tour in the U.S. and are set to perform at the inaugural When We Were Young Festival in Las Vegas this weekend (October 22-23) and next (October 29).

‘This Is Why’ is due for release on February 10, 2023.

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Blink-182 add second London show to 2023 UK and Ireland tour

It’s now been announced that Blink will play a second date at The O2 in London on October 12, 2023. Tickets for all shows go on general sale at 10am BST on Monday (October 17) – buy yours here.

Just announced 🆕 @blink182 add a second date at The O2 On Thursday 12 October 2023🙌

On O2? Get Priority Tickets now ⬇️https://t.co/AKUh6m7Pa9

General on-sale Monday 17 October at 10amhttps://t.co/xfo5J6jCU9 pic.twitter.com/H4XDniiqBT

— The O2 (@TheO2) October 13, 2022

Additionally, Blink-182 are scheduled to visit North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as performing their first-ever shows in Latin America. You can find the full live itinerary here.

Meanwhile, DeLonge has expressed his appreciation for Blink-182’s departing guitarist Matt Skiba – who replaced him in the band in 2015 – in a post on social media.

“I wanted to take a minute and say thank you for all that you have done to keep the band thriving in my absence,” he wrote. “I think you are enormously talented (I still love and listen to your band to this day).

“You have always been so kind to me, not only in the press, but also to others. I really noticed. Emotions between the three of us in blink have always been complicated, but Mark’s cancer really put things in perspective. But to be honest, the band would not even be here today if it were not for your ability to jump in and save the day.”

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DeLonge concluded: “So from my heart to yours, thank you for being a member of our band.”

Tom DeLonge has teased that Blink-182’s forthcoming record is “the best album of our career”.

The group’s most recent studio album, ‘Nine’, came out in 2019. It was the second record to feature Skiba, following on from 2016’s ‘California’. Prior to ‘Edging’, DeLonge hadn’t contributed to a Blink project since 2012’s ‘Dogs Eating Dogs’ EP.

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Watch Maggie Rogers’ vibrant new video for ‘Horses’

“I was at Real World Studios with my dearest collaborator, Kid Harpoon. On day one, I sat down at the piano and he sat down at the drums and ‘Overdrive’ came pouring out.  I knew immediately it would be the opening track of the record. We started day two with ‘That’s Where I Am,’ caught ‘I’ve Got A Friend’ after lunch, and came back for ‘Horses’ after dinner and a glass or two of wine. Tom started playing guitar and immediately I started writing. I looked up to ask him what he thought and he simply said, ‘keep going.’ I wondered if maybe it was time to call it a night and he simply said, ‘keep going.’

She added: “When I finished the words, I suggested we record in the morning and he said, ‘give it one take.’ That take is ‘Horses.’ It’s a song about letting go. About wanting to feel free in a time where I felt an overwhelming amount of numbness. Sometimes I’m singing to a loved one, sometimes a friend. Sometimes I think I’m singing to myself. And I love that I can’t always tell the difference.”

Watch the ‘Horses’ video below.

Last month, Rogers shared dates for a UK and European tour on the back of ‘Surrender’. Find ticket details here and see all upcoming dates below.

Ahead of the tour, she will play Latitude Festival next weekend (July 22).

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JULY 2022
22 – Latitude Festival, Southwold, UK

OCTOBER 2022
31 – O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

NOVEMBER 2022
1 – O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
2 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
4 – O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
5 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK
7 – O2 Bristol Academy, Bristol, UK
8 – Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK
10 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
15 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
17 – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
19 – Komplex, Zurich, Switzerland
21 – Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany
22 – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
23 – Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
25 – TAP1, Copenhagen, Denmark
27 – Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
28 – Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden

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Morrissey announces ticket details for upcoming 2022 UK tour

It’s now been announced that tickets for the UK dates go on general sale this Thursday (June 23) at 9.30am BST here, with tickets for Killarney, Ireland available via here.

Morrissey UK and Ireland 2022 live dates:

SEPTEMBER 2022
Saturday 24 – Killarney INEC Arena
Wednesday 28 – Blackpool Opera House
Friday 30 – Doncaster Dome

OCTOBER 2022
Sunday 02 – Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Tuesday 04 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Wednesday 05 – 2022 Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 07 – Stockton Globe
Sunday 09 – The London Palladium
Tuesday 11 –  London O2 Academy Brixton
Friday 14 – Brighton Centre

Morrissey CREDIT: Jim Dyson/Getty Images

Meanwhile, last month Morrissey played the first night of his 2022 US tour and debuted his new single ‘I Am Veronica’ as well as aired some rarely played solo and Smiths tracks.

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Fans of the singer were eager for news on new music after it emerged that ‘Bonfire Of Teenagers’, Morrissey’s album first since leaving his label deal with BMGwill be sold to the highest record label bidder.

Announced via the singer’s website, ‘Bonfire Of Teenagers’ has 11 tracks and was completed in Los Angeles.

“The worst year of my life concludes with the best album of my life,” a quote from Morrissey states of the album, with a note adding: “Morrissey is unsigned. The album is available to the highest (or lowest) bidder.”

Details of a label and firm release date for ‘Bonfire…’ are yet to emerge.

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Inhaler drops new single ‘These Are The Days’

The band is set for a round of festival dates this year, including their first Glastonbury performance, Pinkpop, Lollapalooza and more. The band will also support Arctic Monkeys across mainland Europe on the Sheffield group’s first live shows in three years. View their full itinerary below and purchase tickets here.

Inhaler CREDIT: Lewis Evans

Inhaler tour

JUNE
7– Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
8 – Dolan’s Warehouse (2 shows), Limerick, Ireland
9 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin, Ireland
11 – Summer Sessions, Dundee, Scotland (Noel Gallagher Support)
13 – Arena, Birmingham (Kings Of Leon Support)
15 – Bergenfest, Bergen, Norway
17 – Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
18 – Southside Festival, Neuhausen, Germany
19 – Pinkpop, Landgraaf, Netherlands
22 – Cambridge Junction, England
24 – Glastonbury Festival, England
25 – Fairview Park, Dublin, Ireland
26 – The SSE Arena, Belfast (Kings Of Leon Support)
29 – Open’er Festival, Poland

JULY
1– Rock Werchter, Rotselaar, Belgium
2 – La Nuit De L’erdre, Nort-Sur,Erdre, France
5 – AO Arena, Manchester (Kings Of Leon Support)
7 – Nos Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
8 – Bilbao BBK Live, Bilbao, Spain
14 – Slottsfjell, Tonsberg, Norway
16 – Colours of Ostrava Festival, Czech Republic
17 – llosaarirock Festival, Joensuu, Finland
23 – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, England
24 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire, England
27 – Subterranean, Chicago, USA
28 – Lollapalooza, Chicago, USA
31 – Osheaga Festival, Montreal, Canada

AUGUST
1 – The Sinclair, Boston, USA
2 – The Sinclair, Boston, USA
9 – Zorlu Centre for Performing Arts, Istanbul, Turkey (Arctic Monkeys Support)
10 – Zorlu Centre for Performing Arts, Istanbul, Turkey (Arctic Monkeys Support)
12 – Port o Burgas, Burgas, Bulgaria (Arctic Monkeys Support)
13 – Summer Well Festival, Buftea, Romania
15 – Sziget Festival, Hungary
16 – Pula Arena, Pula, Croatia (Arctic Monkeys Support)
18 – Vystaviste Praha, Praha, Czech Republic (Arctic Monkeys Support)
20 – Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka, Japan
21 – Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan
25 – Rock En Seine, Saint Cloud, France
27 – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, England

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SEPTEMBER
1 – Cala Mujas, Sol, Spain

Inhaler will play a huge outdoor homecoming gig in Dublin at the city’s Fairview Park on June 25. Support will come from special guests Wet Leg and NewDad.

‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ became the fastest-selling debut album on vinyl by any band this century. It also saw Inhaler become the first Irish group to top the Album Charts with a debut in 13 years – a record previously held by The Script.

In a four-star review, NME described the LP as being “full of defiance, optimism and plenty of guitars”.

“[It’s] teeming with nervous energy over trying to find balance in a world turned inside out, while flashes of more mature reflections on saints, sinners, kings and dreams are also promising.”

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Watch Maggie Rogers dance in a karaoke bar in ‘Want Want’ video

“‘Want Want’ started in Maine during the pandemic in a small studio assembled over my parents’ garage,” Rogers wrote about the track. “I wrote and produced it with my old bandmate, Del Water Gap. It was really just about the fun of it all. Some bubblegum world to escape to in the middle of the isolation and darkness. The song found its final form over the next year and a half, editing and re-editing with Kid Harpoon until we found the perfect knock-your-teeth-out drums, the right growl of the guitar tone.”

Rogers continued: “That roaring synth, it’s just a Prophet stock sound, but it always reminded me a little bit of the intro to ‘Iron Man’ by Black Sabbath. The right amount of bite that still invites you in. The video is about sensuality. About embodiment. About freedom. It was shot in one of my favorite karaoke bars. Sticky floors and fluorescent lit bathrooms. Everything in its right place.”

The track is the latest teaser from Rogers’ ‘Surrender’ which will be released by Capitol/Polydor Records on July 29.

Rogers has also shared dates for her UK, Ireland, and Germany tour. View ticket details here and upcoming dates below.

see you this fall 🤍

uk, ireland, germany – pre-order ‘Surrender’ in my store before tuesday for early pre-sale access to tickets. rest of EU can sign up for pre-sale at https://t.co/mNmtBro2qZ pic.twitter.com/n3im4W9YaZ

— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) June 1, 2022

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JULY
22 – Latitude Festival, Southwold, UK

OCTOBER
31 – O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

NOVEMBER
1 – O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
2 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
4 – O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
5 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK
7 – O2 Bristol Academy, Bristol, UK
8 – Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK
10 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
15 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
17 – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
19 – Komplex, Zurich, Switzerland
21 – Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany
22 – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
23 – Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
25 – TAP1, Copenhagen, Denmark
27 – Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
28 – Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden

‘Surrender’ which was co-produced by Kid Harpoon and Rogers, is the follow-up to, ‘Heard It In A Past Life‘, which was released in 2019. Her last single release was  ‘Love You For A Long Time‘ from the same year.

At the time of its announcement, a statement said the upcoming release “fully captures the frenetic intensity of the last two years of her life, bringing her bracing honesty to stories of anger and peace and self-salvation, transcendence through sex and freedom through letting go.”

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Rina Sawayama shares euphoric new single ‘This Hell’ and UK tour dates

She added: “It’s an important song for me given the human rights that are being taken away from minorities at a rapid rate in the name of traditional religious beliefs, more specifically I was thinking about the rights being taken away from the LGBTQ community when I wrote this song. When the world tells us we don’t deserve love and protection, we have no choice but to give love and protection to each other. This Hell is better with you.”

The track will feature on the pop star’s follow up to her 2020 debut ‘SAWAYAMA’, which is out on September 2, via Dirty Hit.

She has also announced a new UK and Ireland tour which kicks off in October with two nights at Glasgow’s SW3 before calling at Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham, and Brighton. It finishes up at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on October 26.

Tickets will go on pre-sale from 10am next Wednesday (May 25) before going on general sale from 10am next Friday (May 27). Pre-sale access will be given to fans who pre-order ‘Hold The Girl’ via the Dirty Hit Store by 3pm next Tuesday (May 24).

All other tickets will be available to purchase here.

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Rina Sawayama’s UK and Ireland tour dates are as follows:

OCTOBER
12 – Glasgow, SWG3
13 – Glasgow, SWG3
15 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
18 – Nottingham, Rock City
20 – Manchester Academy
21 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 
23 – Brighton Dome
26 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

Meanwhile, Sawayama, performed as part of the BandLab NME Awards 2022 earlier in March, where she was also awarded the iconic middle finger for Best Live Act Supported By Grolsch.

In her acceptance speech, Sawayama spoke of how she posted an ad in the back of NME trying to get some bandmates when she was 15 years old. “Those bandmates didn’t exactly work out,” NME‘s Will Richards noted in his review of Sawayama’s performance, “but those joining her on stage tonight are a perfect fit.

“Everything revolves around Sawayama though, a genre-fusing, always surprising, boundary-breaking star of the future.”

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Listen to Sinead O’Brien’s new song, ‘There Are Good Times Coming’

“A mantra anchors me as I spin and fall in an alternate space. Watch the ripple effect of things play out; life, ideas, episodes. A subtle movement makes the biggest tremors.

“There are moments where the music is sparse and the lyrics hang around a while. It’s a strange space, warmth and coolness in the air. Full moon, dogs barking in the distance and an empty railway station.

“‘There Are Good Times Coming’ is not a dream, it’s a restless night.”

‘Time Bend And Break The Bower’ album tracklisting:

1. ‘Pain Is The Fashion Of The Spirit’
2. ‘Salt’
3. ‘Girlkind’
4. ‘End Of Days’
5. ‘Like Culture’
6. ‘The Rarest Kind’
7. ‘Holy Country’
8. ‘Spare For My Size, Me’
9. ‘There Are Good Times Coming’
10. ‘Multitudes’
11. ‘Go Again’

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Speaking about the upcoming album, O’Brien added: “The story of the album is built up in layers; one song giving context to the next.”

“I thought about becoming undressed; testing my ideas, my voice. Working myself out across themes of identity, curiosity, creative process. Experimenting with the form and shape of language, using tone and delivery to get to the immediate centre of what I am saying.

“The record opens and closes with poems, these tracks have a really clear direction – a form which is set apart from the ‘songs’. I hold stops in different places, moving emphatically through the lyrics, changing the meaning. No punctuation – only the voice mapping out the way.”

“The album title ‘Time Bend and Break The Bower’, from the song ‘Multitudes’, came into my head and made its demands, an idea that pressed on me throughout the record. It has a very active role. The clock symbol is enlarged, it looms like a moon over my activity watching, counting me down to zero. Dripping with self-sabotage and the feeling of being chased; it pulls and pushes against the verses which talk of ’Multitudes’; the things that faithfully come back – the images, the words, creativity. It is creativity itself.”

O’Brien will play a full UK and Ireland tour this autumn – check out the dates below and buy tickets here.

October 2022
9 – Cluny 2, Newcastle, UK
10 – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
11 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
12 – Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
14 – Bodega, Nottingham, UK
15 – Future Days, The Crossing, Birmingham, UK
17 – Lafayette, London, UK
19 – Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
20 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, UK
21 – Exchange, Bristol, UK
26 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
27 – Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
28 – Black Box, Belfast, UK
29 – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland

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Fontaines D.C. add further dates to 2022 UK and Ireland tour

The band will now also head to the O2 Academy Leeds on November 9, O2 Academy Glasgow on November 18, London’s Eventim Apollo for a third night on November 26, and finish up the run with a second night at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on December 8.

“We’re pleased to announce a second night in Leeds, Glasgow and Belfast and a third night in London on our UK & Ireland Tour this November,” the band wrote in a social media announcement.

Tickets for the newly announced shows go on sale tomorrow (April 20) at 10am here. You can see the full list of tour dates below.

We’re pleased to announce a second night in Leeds, Glasgow and Belfast and a third night in London on our UK & Ireland Tour this November. Tickets on sale now (Belfast on sale tomorrow at 10am). https://t.co/1Mo2NPDH8Q pic.twitter.com/kpRynCoqRh

— Fontaines D.C. (@fontainesdublin) April 19, 2022

Earlier today (April 19), Fontaines D.C. shared a brand new single called ‘Roman Holiday’.

The song is the fourth to be lifted from the Irish band’s upcoming new album, ‘Skinty Fia’, which is set for release on Friday (April 22) via Partisan Records, following previous singles ‘I Love You’, ‘Jackie Down The Line’ and the album’s title track.

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Last month, Fontaines D.C. covered The Cure‘s ‘Just Like Heaven’ during a livestreamed St. Patrick’s Day set in Dublin.

That cover came in the same week that CHVRCHES once again performed their version of ‘Just Like Heaven’, two weeks after they first performed the song with Cure frontman Robert Smith on stage at the BandLab NME Awards 2022.

Fontaines D.C. also recently shared a new cover of U2‘s ‘One’.

Meanwhile, the group bagged the award for Best Band In The World at last month’s BandLab NME Awards 2022, beating Amyl & The SniffersBen&Ben, Bring Me The HorizonCHVRCHESGlass AnimalsHAIM, MåneskinNova Twins and Wolf Alice to the gong.

By clinching Best Band In The World, Fontaines D.C. won the sole award that they were nominated for at the BandLab NME Awards 2022.

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PUP share new single ‘Matilda’ and announce UK and Ireland tour

“She was a gift from my friend Ryan, after watching me accidentally break the only guitar I owned in the middle of a long tour,” Babcock said. “I had no money to buy a replacement, and Ryan’s act of kindness is up there on my list of ‘nicest things anyone’s ever done for me’.

“I played Matilda nonstop for 7 years at every PUP show, even when my bandmates started complaining that she sounded like shit. As the band got bigger, the pressure to sound better was building and so I bought a ‘good’ guitar and played Matilda less and less. Before I knew it I hadn’t played her in over a year.”

Babcock went on to explain that the idea to write ‘Matilda’ came from an “intense feeling of guilt and sadness and shame and nostalgia and regret, watching her rot away in a corner”.

He continued: “I love this guitar and I love Ryan and wanted to do right by them, and I felt like I’d failed them both. I convinced the band that Matilda deserved one last rip on a PUP record, and I played her during the bridge of this song. It sounds so shitty. But good shitty. Great shitty.

“For me, it was the most joyful and cathartic moment in the entire making of this record.”

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The official ‘Matilda’ video, directed by Jefferson Dutton, follows the journey of the beaten-up instrument in question – you can tune in above.

PUP have also confirmed a run of UK and European headline shows, which will take place between October and November. Tickets go on general sale at 10am GMT this Friday (March 4) – purchase yours from here.

PUP’s 2022 UK and Ireland dates are as follows:

OCTOBER 2022

12 – Leeds Beckett Students Union, Leeds
13 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
14 – The Roundhouse, London
16  – SWG3 Galvanizers,  Glasgow
17 –  Academy 2, Dublin
19 – Chalk, Brighton
20 – SWX, Bristol
21 – O2 Institute,  Birmingham

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Watch Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama turn cult leaders in ‘Beg For You’ video

In the Nick Harwood-directed clip, Charli and Sawayama lead a cult through the lonely plains of Lancaster, California, accompanied by two characters depicting Jesus and Satan.

Towards the end of the video, the two pop stars perform a joint ritual on a raised platform as the cult dances around them in a circle. Charli then cuts her hand and squeezes the blood into a pool, which Jesus drinks from using a ladle. The cult then pass out leaving just Charli, Sawayama, Jesus and Satan.

You can watch the video below:

Charli has previously shared two other singles from ‘CRASH’: ‘Good Ones’ (which she later had remixed by Perfume Genius) and ‘New Shapes’ (which featured Christine And The Queens and Caroline Polachek).

The pop star has promised that her new record will sport “an overload of sexiness”, and teased that it will “make people dance and cry at the same time”.

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Shortly after the album’s release, Charli will take ‘CRASH’ on the road for a world tour through North America, UK and Europe.

You can pick up remaining tickets here and see a 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

Charli is also gearing up to release a documentary about the making of her last album, ‘How I’m Feeling Now’, titled Alone Together. The first trailer for the film was released last month, following November’s announcement that it would be coming to cinemas this month.

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Fleet Foxes announce new UK dates as part of 2022 world tour

Robin Pecknold and co. then travel to London for a show at All Points East in support of The National before they play four more UK shows in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and as a headliner of End Of The Road.

The tour then heads to mainland Europe, wrapping up with a Berlin show on September 11.

Watch a trailer for the tour and see the full schedule below. Get ticket information for individual shows and sign up for an artist presale here.

JUNE 2022
27 – Salt Lake City, Sandy Amphitheater
28 – Denver, Mission Ballroom

JULY 2022
1 – Dallas, The Factory in Deep Ellum
2 – Houston, 713 Music Hall
3 – Austin, Moody Amphitheater
5 – Phoenix, Arizona Federal Theatre
6 – San Diego, Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
8 – Los Angeles, Greek Theatre
9 – Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Bowl
10 – Berkeley, Greek Theatre
12 – Portland, McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
15 – Seattle, King County’s Marymoor Park
29 – Raleigh, Red Hat Amphitheater
30 – Atlanta, Coca-Cola Roxy
31 – Pelham, The Caverns

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AUGUST 2022
2 – Minneapolis, Surly Brewing Festival Field
3 – Chicago, The Salt Shed
5 – Detroit, Masonic Temple Theatre
6 – Toronto, Massey Hall
9 – Columbia, Merriweather Post Pavilion
10 – Boston, Leader Bank Pavilion
12 – Philadelphia, The Mann Center
13 – New York, Forest Hills Stadium
26 – London, All Points East
28 – Dublin, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
30 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
31 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

SEPTEMBER 2022
2 – Dorset, End Of The Road
3 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
5 – Paris, Salle Pleyel
6 – Antwerp, De Roma
7 – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
9 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
10 – Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg (Ronda)
11 – Berlin, Columbiahalle

Last December, Fleet Foxes released a new live album called ‘A Very Lonely Solstice’, a recording taken from a livestream concert at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn, New York last year.

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Brooke Scullion to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2022

Scullion initially found fame as a finalist of The Voice UK 2020 where she was mentored by Meghan Trainor.

According to the BBC, the singer has received well-wishes from celebrities such as Trainor, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell from Channel 4’s Derry Girls, and former Eurovision winner Dana.

In other news, Mika was recently announced as one of a trio of hosts for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. He’ll be joining renowned Italian singer Laura Pausini and TV personality Alessandro Cattelan on presenting duties.

Meanwhile, Daughters Of Reykjavík are among the acts competing in Söngvakeppnin, Iceland’s talent competition dedicated to deciding who will represent the country at Eurovision.

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The 2022 competition will take place at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy, with the Grand Final set for May 14.

Last year’s Eurovision was won by the Italian band Måneskin, who recently made their Saturday Night Live debut.

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The Cure add third London date to 2022 UK and Ireland tour

Tonight (February 3) it’s been confirmed that the group will take to the stage in the capital for a third consecutive performance on Tuesday, December 13. As with the previously announced shows, support will come from The Twilight Sad.

Tickets for The Cure’s extra Wembley concert go on general sale at 10am GMT tomorrow (February 4). You can purchase yours from here, and see the announcement in the tweet below.

THIRD SHOW ANNOUNCED AT THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY, LONDON ON DEC 13TH. SUPPORT FROM @THETWILIGHTSAD – TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW AT 10AM VIA https://t.co/1SuB6eYouw pic.twitter.com/DXvPBDSgMj

— The Cure (@thecure) February 3, 2022

A second London date was added back in December due to an “overwhelming demand” for tickets.

Fans will be treated to a 135-minute show on the forthcoming tour. Upon the gigs being announced, a press release mentioned a “67-minute” new album that is yet to be confirmed. The Cure’s latest studio effort, ‘4:13 Dream’, came out in 2008.

In 2020, keyboardist Roger O’Donnell described the long-awaited follow-up as the band’s “most intense, saddest and most emotional record” yet.

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Speaking to NME the previous year, frontman Smith said The Cure were looking to finish their “merciless” new album that year. He said the project had the working title of ‘Live From The Moon’ and explained that it was one of three new Cure albums in the works.

Robert Smith then revealed at the NME Awards 2020 that “there are only really two [new records]”, calling the reported third instalment “literally just an hour of noise”.

“The first one will definitely be out,” he told NME. “We’re just wrapping it up now, it’s going to be mixed. Until it’s out, no one will believe me. I look forward to it coming out, more than anybody else – trust me.” You can watch the full video interview above.

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Olly Alexander on Years & Years becoming a solo project: “Pop became a dirty word”

“We could never really agree on what we liked in the music and what direction we wanted to go in, so that made the songwriting process difficult,” the singer told NME of the experience of working as a trio.

“It was never lyrics; [Goldsworthy and Türkmen] would never touch lyrics. It was just, like, general direction: how ‘poppy’ something was gonna be. Pop was, like, a dirty world, which is a little crazy.”

Alexander did, however, go on to concede that “arguments over music can really help you make something good, and I think it did with us”. He added: “Like, I really love all the music we made, but it always came with its own complications.”

Years & Years on the cover of NME

Despite not being involved with the creative/writing process this time around, Goldsworthy is due to tour as part of Years & Years’ live band. Alexander said the reunion won’t be “weird”, but instead “like having your bro back”.

“Mikey’s just the best person to have on the road because he just plays his Switch and has bants with the lads,” he told NME before reflecting on the “huge adjustment” of going it alone on ‘Night Call’.

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“You’re kind of in a relationship when you’re in a band,” Alexander told NME. “I mean, I’m still in a relationship with these people, but it’s just a different one now. It was like a break-up, and then you have to speak about it in interviews.”

Elsewhere in the Big Read cover feature, Alexander spoke about his turn in the hugely successful It’s A Sin, how the series informed the sounds of ‘Night Call’, and said that Lil Nas X has “completely changed the game” in terms of artists being more openly queer.

He also talked about collaborating with “legend” Kylie Minogue on a remix of ‘Starstruck’ and the disco-inspired single ‘A Second To Midnight’.

In a four-star review, NME‘s El Hunt hailed Years & Years’ latest album as a “collection of well-crafted bangers, most of which are begging to be blasted out of a subwoofer as debauchery rages”.

Years & Years will hit the road for a UK tour this May – check out the full schedule below.

MAY 2022
19 – Brighton, Centre
20 – Bournemouth, International Centre
21 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
26 – London, Wembley Arena
28 – Manchester, AO Arena

JUNE 2022
24 – Dublin, National Museum of Ireland
25 – Glasgow, Bellahouston Park

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Kae Tempest announces 2022 UK and Ireland tour

Tickets go on sale 10am GMT next Friday (January 31) and can be purchased here. You can view the full list of tour dates below.

I am going on tour! Been so long and I can't wait to be out there with you all again.. Here's the dates! If you've never seen a show or if you're been with me since the busking days, come be a part of it. It's new levels this time out. https://t.co/L4NlCRGcFZ pic.twitter.com/hKeE8LhwLo

— kae tempest (@kaetempest) January 14, 2022

“I’m really excited about the tour and I think it will be a step up for me,” Tempest said in an interview with NME earlier this week. “It’s been incredible to have had this time off touring and to reassess what I want from a performance and what I can give to it and try and get myself strong in body and mind so that I can really enjoy touring. Because it’s the most beautiful and incredible thing to stand up in front of people and play your music. I’m pretty sure I won’t be the same after it – that’s how it feels when I embark on a tour.”

It comes after the writer and musician also shared the first taster from their upcoming fourth studio album ‘The Line Is A Curve’ with new single ‘More Pressure’.

The track is an up-tempo, synth-infused groove featuring the writer and musician’s incisive lyricism front and centre, with a guest appearance from Kevin Abstract of LA hip-hop collective Brockhampton.

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Aside from Abstract, ‘The Line Is A Curve’ includes numerous guest spots from the likes of Grian Chatten of Fontaines D.C., Lianne La Havas, ássia and Confucius MC.

‘The Line Is A Curve’ is released on April 8 via Fiction Records. You can pre-order the album here.

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Green Day celebrate 30th anniversary of ‘Kerplunk!’

While bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Cool simply shared the LP’s artwork, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has dug deep in the archives for some throwback photos from that era, which you can check out below.

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Armstrong also reached out to Lookout! Records co-founder Larry Livermore to write a retrospective piece for the anniversary entitled: I Am The Disappearing Boy: 30 Years Of Kerplunk.

Reflecting on the band’s success, Livermore said he knew that big things were coming for Armstrong and co. from the very time he laid eyes on them. “What made me so sure?” he wrote. “Part of it was just a gut instinct, the same sort of feeling that had prompted me to ask Green Day (still Sweet Children at the time, strictly speaking) to do a record within minutes of seeing them play for five teenagers in a candlelit cabin in the middle of a mountain wilderness.

“Billie and Mike were only 16 at the time, and their then-drummer, Al Sobrante was all of 18. It was only their third or fourth show ever, but there was no doubt in my mind that their music was ready for the world. It might have taken the world a little while to catch on, but three years later, it felt like that was about to happen.”

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Revisiting the band’s attitude towards their craft as young upstarts, he added: “But when it came to music, they were Very Serious Indeed. I was working with a lot of young bands in those days, and one thing I constantly struggled with was getting musicians to strike the right balance between having fun and making the most of their musical abilities.

“That was never an issue with Green Day. Other musicians would say things like, ‘We’re just a dumb punk band anyway, nobody’s gonna care what we do, so we might as well have fun.’ Green Day had plenty of fun, as anyone who knew them in those days can testify, but they also wrote and played music with the quiet, exuberant confidence of artists who didn’t need anyone else’s opinion to validate them.”

Happy dirty thirty to Kerplunk! 💥🎂🎉 @LarryLivermore https://t.co/C9lDIaiXgR

— Green Day (@GreenDay) December 16, 2021

Green Day will be coming to the UK and Europe next year to fulfil the rest of their Hella Mega Tour dates with Fall Out Boy and Weezer after the tour was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can see the remaining dates below.

Green Day Hella Mega Tour dates 2022:

JUNE
19 – Ernst-Happel Stadion – Vienna, Austria
21 – Antwerps Sportpaleis – Antwerp, Belgium
22 – Stadspark – Groningen, Netherlands
24 –London Stadium – London, UK
25 – John Smith’s Stadium – Huddersfield, UK
27 – Venue TBA – Dublin, Ireland
29 – Bellahouston Park – Glasgow, UK

JULY
02 – Paris La Defense Arena – Paris, France

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100 Gecs postpone 2022 UK and European headline tour

According to the band’s official website, those shows will now take place in late August and run into September. Their European tour has also been delayed until the summer – see the full revised list here.

100 Gecs’ rescheduled UK and Ireland 2022 tour dates are as follows:

AUGUST 2022
30 – O2 Forum – Kentish Town, London


SEPTEMBER 2022

1 – Academy – Dublin, Ireland
4 – O2 Ritz – Manchester
5 – SWG3 – Glasgow

While an official announcement is yet to be made, it’s likely that the postponement is due to the spread of the new Omicron COVID variant. Acts such as Sam Fender, The Charlatans and Supergrass have also pushed back gigs recently as a result.

The government is attempting to suppress the strain by triggering ‘Plan B’ measures in England, which include COVID passes and the use of face coverings in certain settings. Additionally, there’s been a push for everyone to come forward for their booster jab.

Elsewhere, it’s been reported that up to 40 per cent of fans are not showing up to scheduled UK concerts over safety concerns. The Music Venue Trust, meanwhile, found that 61 per cent of grassroots venues were forced to cancel at least one event over the course of one week.

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Watch Years & Years’ fantasy-themed new video for ‘Sweet Talker’

You can watch the video here:

Speaking about the new video, its director Sophia Ray said the video was: “inspired by iconic fantasy films like Labyrinth and Gretel and Hansel: a sickly sweet but dark take on a fairytale, where superstar Olly Alexander finds himself trapped in an enchanted castle by a mysteriously sexy beast.

“The concept behind the video takes the Greek mythical tale of King Midas, and turns it on its head, where Olly finds a magic sword in his escape through this castle, that turns anyone he slays into candy. Olly had some amazing references and a real clear aesthetic style when it came to the brief for this video, full of whimsy, fashion and fantasy – it got me excited straight away to start coming up with ideas from his mood boards.

“Olly and I then developed the concept and creative for the video together to really bring it to its full fruition.”

Speaking earlier this year about his new album, Alexander said in a statement: “I was writing from a fantastical space, stuck in the same four walls. I wanted to have as much pleasure as possible in the music.”

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Last month Alexander shared details of a new UK and Irish arena tour next year – see the full list of dates below.

MAY 2022
19 – Brighton, Centre
20 – Bournemouth, International Centre
21 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
26 – London, Wembley Arena
28 – Manchester, AO Arena

JUNE 2022
24 – Dublin, National Museum of Ireland
25 – Glasgow, Bellahouston Park

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