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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Green Day dig out 1998 performance of ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ – listen

Other performances from their 1998 session include the songs ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’ ‘Prosthetic Head’ and ‘Redundant’, all from the band’s 1997 album ‘Nimrod’.

Listen to ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ below.

Last month the band shared their 1994 ‘Basket Case’ performance. The band also released the second part of a limited edition 7″ vinyl, which is available exclusively to subscribers to their coffee company, Oakland Coffee Works.

‘The BBC Sessions’ is available in multiple physical formats, including CD and limited edition 2LP vinyl versions, including a Sea Blue/Hot Pink edition exclusive to the band’s online webstore, and a Milky Clear version that’s being sold at indie record shops.

Meanwhile, Green Day still have a number of remaining UK and European Hella Mega Tour dates with Fall Out Boy and Weezer next year.

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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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Placebo share video for ‘Surrounded By Spies’ and announce UK and Ireland tour

“I then began to ponder the countless ways in which our privacy has been eroded and stolen since the introduction of worldwide CCTV cameras that now employ racist facial recognition technologies; the rise of the internet and the cellphone, which has turned practically every user into a paparazzo and spectators in their own lives, and how we have mostly all offered up personal information to enormous multinationals whose sole intent is to exploit us,” he said.

As you’d expect, the video is filled with a sense of ominous paranoia and shot using hidden cameras. Watch it below:

The lyrics were written using the “cut-up technique” that William S Burroughs came up with and was at one time used by David Bowie. “It’s a true story told through a lens of paranoia, complete disgust for modern society’s values and the deification of surveillance capitalism,” Molko added. “The narrator is at the end of their tether, hopeless and afraid, completely at odds with our newfound progress and the god of money.”

‘Surrounded By Spies’ will feature on Placebo’s eighth studio album ‘Never Let Me Go’, which will be released on March 25, 2022. See the album’s tracklist below:

‘Forever Chemicals’
‘Beautiful James’
‘Hugz’
‘Happy Birthday In The Sky’
‘The Prodigal’
‘Surrounded By Spies’
‘Try Better Next Time’
‘Sad White Reggae’
‘Twin Demons’
‘Chemtrails’
‘This Is What You Wanted’
‘Went Missing’
‘Fix Yourself’

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The band will take the album on a tour of the UK and Ireland in November and December 2022, including two dates at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. The tour dates are as follows:

November 2022

18 – Portsmouth, Guildhall
19 – Brighton, Centre
21 – Liverpool, Eventim Olympia
22 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
24 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
26 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
27 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
29 – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
30 – Leeds, O2 Academy

December 2022

2 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
3 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
5 – Dublin, 3 Arena
7 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
8 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

Tickets are onsale now.

Speaking to NME in September, Molko explained that the band had finished work on their new album before the coronavirus pandemic hit in early 2020. “We had a lot of get-up-and-go, and then everything that happened, happened, so everything is sort of delayed by about two years now,” he said.

“I know it was frustrating for the fans. It was certainly very frustrating for us as well, the interminable wait to put out new music, but at least it was there. We knew we had it.”

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Alt-J add more shows to their 2022 UK and Ireland headline tour

Alt-J will play:

MAY
7 – Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom

9 – Leeds, O2 Academy
13 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
18 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
19 – London, O2 Academy Brixton *just added*
22 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
23 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre *just added*
25 – Belfast, The Telegraph Building
27 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

We've added extra London and Dublin dates to our UK and Ireland tour, available on the link here: https://t.co/BAbKVPrhYO pic.twitter.com/UUp3g7vcQp

— Δ (alt-J) (@alt_J) November 12, 2021

Alt-J have already released a couple of singles from the record, with ‘U&ME’ coming in September and ‘Get Better’ being released last week.

Speaking about the record, frontman Joe Newman explained how it’s been influenced by “a lot of harrowing things” that have happened to the group.

During the interview, Newman explained how one unreleased track, ‘Losing My Mind’, sees him delving into the mind of a serial killer.

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“I try to avoid talking about it too much, but a friend of mine’s sister was murdered,” he explained. “It was really a horrible thing to go through as a group of friends, but I think I’ve always been kind of drawn to that in some kind of weird, traumatic way.”

Elsewhere ‘U&ME’ is about “having a good time, togetherness, and the feeling in life that nothing could be any better than it is right now” while ‘Get Better’ is about “the true horrors of what COVID-19 could do”.

Alt-J’s previous album ‘Relaxer‘ was released in 2017 and a remix version followed in 2018.

Earlier this year, the band formed part of an “isolation choir” to raise money for the Help Musicians charity alongside London-based vocal collective Shards.

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Freddie Gibbs announces UK and Ireland shows for spring 2022

Tickets go on sale on November 12 at 12pm for Manchester and London, and 11am for Dublin. You can get them here.

See the full list of dates below:

Europe ‘22 🐰🥕

w/ @SENSEIAPEX & @binkerandmoses

Tickets on sale Friday at 12 GMT pic.twitter.com/cpj50eov0k

— Big 🐰 (@FreddieGibbs) November 8, 2021

Freddie Gibbs UK and European tour dates:

MARCH 2022

24 – Metropol, Berlin, Germany
26 – Melkweg Main, Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
29 – Elysée Montmartre, Paris, France
31 – Academy 2, Manchester, UK

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APRIL 2022

01 – Roundhouse, London, UK
04 – Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland

Gibbs’ forthcoming fifth solo studio album, ‘Soul Sold Separately’, is on its way but is yet to receive a release date.

In September Gibbs appeared to take a shot at Kendrick Lamar on a freestyle called ‘Vice Lord Poetry’.

Rapping over the beat for Drake‘s ‘Champagne Poetry’, Gibbs spits: “The earth ain’t big enough for both of us, you gotta get done/ They say they smokin’ top fives, but you ain’t burnt up the one.”

He adds: “Fuck n***as talking ’bout?/ Like every time I hit the booth I don’t leave that bitch with a body count.”

The bars seem to address some lines that Lamar said on his cousin Baby Keem’s recent single, ‘Family Ties’, which arrived August.

Lamar rapped: “The Elohim, the rebirth/ Before you get to the Father, you gotta holla at me first, bitch/ Smokin’ on top fives/ Muthafuck that album, fuck that single/ Burn that hard drive (Burn that shit).”

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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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Alt-J share moving new song ‘Get Better’ and announce 2022 UK and Ireland tour

The track also pays tribute to frontline workers during the pandemic, with Newman singing: “I’ll start the day with tiramisu/ Raise a spoon to frontline workers/ An underfunded principle/ They risk all to be there for us.”

In a press release, Newman said of the track: “‘Get Better’ is the union of two songs. The first was an improvised song I sang in 2018 to my partner who was suffering from period pain. To her I sang ‘Get better my Darcy, I know you can’. She filmed it and I kept revisiting the fragment with a plan to write more.

“The second was a chord structure I worked on in lockdown that focused on someone living through a bereavement. I felt a nervous heat when writing ‘Get Better’. The context of the coronavirus pandemic lent my words a chilling weight and gave me a new sense of responsibility as a lyricist. Whilst the direct events described are fictional, I believe – or I hope – that it’s emotionally the most honest song I’ve written.”

Keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton added: “When Joe first played it to me I didn’t just get a bit tearful, I broke down. A big, big cry. A cry of the year.”

Alt-J have also announced a prize draw in which one fan could win a Larrivee P-05 guitar – the same model used by Newman when writing ‘The Dream’ and recording ‘Get Better’ – with the lyrics to the band’s new single written on it by their frontman.

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Alt-J, 2021. CREDIT: Rosie Matheson/Press

All proceeds from the draw will go to Plan International, a global children’s charity that operates in more than 50 countries to create lasting equality for girls, while also protecting the rights of all children. You can enter the draw here.

The band have also confirmed a slew of tour dates due to take place in the UK and Ireland next year. ‘The Dream Tour’ will kick off in Glasgow on May 7, before concluding in Birmingham at the end of the month.

Tickets for the tour will be available in an exclusive presale – for fans who have pre-ordered ‘The Dream’ from the official album store – from 9am GMT on November 10 until the general sale begins at 9am on November 12. You can find tickets and more info here.

Alt-J will play:

May 2022

7 – Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
9 – Leeds, O2 Academy
13 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
18 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
22 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
25 – Belfast, The Telegraph Building
27 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

The UK and Ireland dates follow the trio’s previously confirmed North American tour, which is due to begin in February.

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JoJo announces UK and European headline tour for 2022

The news comes after JoJo had planned to embark on a UK and European headline tour this year, but in January cancelled the dates due to coronavirus concerns.

“Performing live is one of my favourite parts of being an artist,” JoJo said in a statement. “It felt so right being back onstage for those dates in October, and I can’t wait to do it on a bigger scale in more cities next year!”

LFG 2022🔥🔥🔥
Presale’s begin tomorrow in select markets. Please check IG story for more details. General on-sale is this Friday, October 29th at 10:00am local time 💙 https://t.co/ny8D1ZwfCW pic.twitter.com/VDCmcau4ua

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) October 25, 2021

Tickets go on sale on Friday (October 29) at 10:00am local time – you can get them here. Take a look at the UK and European dates below.

MAY 2022

3 – The Roundhouse, London, UK
6 – Academy, Dublin, Ireland
9 – O2 Ritz, Manchester, UK
10 – The Garage, Glasgow, UK
12 – Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
13 – O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK
15 – Alhambra, Paris, France
16 – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
18 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
21 – Grelle Forelle, Vienna, Austria
23 – Santeria Toscana 31, Milan, Italy
25 – Lido, Berlin, Germany
27 – DR Concert House, Studio 2, Copenhagen, Denmark
28 – Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway
30 – Fryshuset (Klubben), Stockholm, Sweden

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Back in May 2020, JoJo opened up about the support she received from Taylor Swift during the protracted legal battle she had with her former record label several years ago.

“I was literally being completely silenced,” she explained. “Taylor is in a different position in her career. I was really sidelined, and it was pretty hurtful.”

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Lil Tecca announces 2022 UK and Ireland headline tour

The ‘Tecca Loves You Tour’ will head to North America in February, beginning with a concert in Boston, Massachusetts on February 14. Gigs are also scheduled for Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and other cities.

That leg will conclude with a performance at Terminal 5 in New York City on April 8.

Lil Tecca’s 2022 UK/Ireland tour dates are as follows:

JANUARY 2022
12 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
14 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
15 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
16 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

A deluxe edition of ‘We Love You Tecca 2’ – boasting five new songs – came out last month (September 1).

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Lil Tecca’s music was described as “a hazy smokescreen of trip-hop, skittering beats and wryly-written raps” in the NME 100 list for 2020.

“Tecca’s rap-into-song-into-rap method of autotuned delivery is clearly a creation that appeals to the masses (hello, Post Malone),” the entry added.

“The jittery trap beats which lay the foundation for his raps to bounce off will also keep energy levels high at his live shows.”

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Confidence Man reschedule UK and Ireland tour, add new dates

They’ve also added additional dates now in Brighton, Nottingham, Norwich and Cambridge. Their planned show in Belfast has, however been cancelled.

Speaking about the move, they said: “UK/EU news for you! Due to the situation in Australia we’ve had to reschedule to 2022. New dates and a glowed up new year. Our sex drive is unquenchable, and we’re ready to fuck. Some updated venues and some brand new shows, looking at you BRIGHTON, NOTTINGHAM, NORWICH, CAMBRIDGE.”

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t replace our Belfast date. Refunds for this show are available via the ticket provider. Buckle up.”

All original tickets for the gigs remain valid and tickets for new dates are on sale now.

UK/EU! We've had to reschedule to 2022. Our sex drive is unquenchable and we're ready to fuck. Some updated venues and some BRAND NEW SHOWS (but we couldn't replace our Belfast date). Refunds for this show are avail via the ticket provider. Buckle up. Tix https://t.co/1gDanRmAKS pic.twitter.com/QSwCXf9ad1

— Confidence Man (@confidencemanTM) September 16, 2021

MAY 2022
3 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
4 – Concorde 2, Brighton
5 – O2 Forum, London
7 – Liquid Room, Edinburgh
8 – SWG3, Glasgow
10 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11 – Waterfront, Norwich
12 – Junction, Cambridge
13 – Marble Factory, Bristol

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JUNE 2022
16 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
17 – Vicar Street, Dublin

Confidence Man released single ‘First Class Bitch’ last year and it was the duo’s first new original music release in 2020.

Speaking about ‘First Class Bitch’, singer/songwriter Janet Planet said: “I’d been thinking about this for a while now… It all started in London, when I saw a pair of socks with the words ‘first class bitch’ embroidered on them, hanging in a shop front window. I suddenly realised, I too was a first class bitch.

“I rushed back to the penthouse and penned this hit. Ever wondered what you hear when you die? This is it.”

Confidence Man released their debut album ‘Confident Music For Confident People’ back in April 2018.

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Tommy Genesis shares new album trailer, UK and Ireland tour dates

“Goldilocks is that feeling when things feel “just right”. Like you’re entering a space that makes sense, you just can’t put your finger on why but it just does,” she explained in a press release. “You don’t know why you like it but you do. The X is the unknown factor, the experimental element, the punk.”

Tommy Genesis’ upcoming 2022 tour dates are:

April 29 – Dublin, Green Room at The Academy
May 01 – Glasgow, SWG3
May 02 – Manchester, YES (The Pink Room)
May 04 – London, Village Underground

In a 2019 interview with NME, Genesis wrote about coining the genre term “fetish rap”: “I think it would be limiting if fetish rap existed before but I literally just made the term up and now I see other people using it, which I love. I used to be paranoid that it was limiting because someone told me it was and then I realised the only thing that’s limiting is saying it is.

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“I also think people misunderstand what I meant by it because for me fetish obviously implies something sexual but it also just means that it’s not for everyone. But if you fuck with it, you really fuck with it.”

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The Magic Gang talk “dream” Blossoms tour and reveal plans for new EP

Plans to connect with gig-goers extend to meet and greets, which the band said they are happy to do providing fans feel comfortable enough to step forward following the recent rise in UK COVID rates.

“Whoever’s comfortable and feels safe coming forward to say hello, we’ll be there; that’s just the way we are,” Kaye said. “I don’t think we can shy away from that because when you’re there and it’s happening it feels unnatural to hide away and not say hello to the people that have come to see you.”

Kaye added: “We’re being responsible. We’re testing every morning so we’re doing what we can to be safe.”

The Blossoms tour, which concludes at Manchester’s AO Arena on September 18, will include stops in Leeds, Birmingham, Leicester, with three nights scheduled at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town.

“I think there’s a bit more appreciation for where we’re actually playing because they’re such big venues,” Magic Gang drummer Paeris Giles told NME. “It’s like, wow, we’re playing three nights at Kentish Town Forum and then the big show at Manchester Arena. We feel very grateful to be able to do that.”

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Kaye added: “The idea of playing venues to that many people feels like a dream.”

After the run of Blossoms dates, The Magic Gang will head out on their own UK and Ireland tour in October to support their second album, ‘Death Of The Party’, which was released in August last year. Speaking on the difficulty of not being able to tour the album until now, Kaye said the whole process was tough but that he found joy in other things.

“I find being a musician when you’re not touring is a little tough anyway because you have to maintain a bit of discipline and structure in your day-to-day. Whether you’re writing music consistently or whatever it is, you have to implement your own structure,” he said. “So being in that period for a year and a half was pretty stressful and you do a lot of navel-gazing and thinking about yourself.

“You’ve got to find purpose in other things really. I definitely started to find joy in other day-to-day things.”

Having already played a few pre-tour gigs at Tramlines Festival and Boardmasters Festival, as well as a run of National Lottery funded shows, Kaye said the band’s new material is going down better than he thought it would with the fans.

“When we were rehearsing for these early shows I was a little bit nervous about playing the newer stuff,” he admitted. “I was like, ‘Maybe we should put a few more old ones in there.’ But as soon as we started playing the shows the response was really warm for the new ones. Weirdly they’ve been going off more than the first album, which is really cool.”

To follow on from the album, The Magic Gang have revealed that they’re about to start work on another new project. “We’re writing,” Kaye revealed. “I think the next thing’s gonna be an EP.

“We’ve written loads but what we’re trying to figure out – because pretty much all of us write – is what the sound is going to be moving forward and what we wanna do.

He continued: “So it’s not that we need more time to write, we need more time to figure out what we like about what we’ve already written. So rather than just coming out and doing another album straight away we wanna find our feet a little bit within the band.”

CREDIT: Press

The forthcoming EP will be the band’s fourth and the follow-up to 2017’s ‘EP Three’, which they put out to whet the appetites of fans ahead of their self-titled debut LP. “That was sort of our strategy in order to build a following for the first album – and it worked,” explained Giles.

Asked when they hope to start recording the new EP, Kaye replied: “We’re gonna start in September.”

Blossoms UK tour dates can be seen below. The Magic Gang will support on August 30-31, September 9-15 and 18.

August 2021
30 – Bonus Arena, Hull
31 – O2 Academy, Glasgow

September 2021
2 – Engine Shed, Lincoln
3 – Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent
4 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
7 – Junction, Cambridge
9 – O2 Academy, Leeds
11 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
13 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
14 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
15 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
17 – O2 Academy, Leicester
18 – AO Arena, Manchester

See The Magic Gang’s own upcoming tour dates below. You can get more information and buy tickets here.

October 2021
6 – Academy 2, Dublin, Ireland
7 – Old Fire Station, Carlisle, UK
8 – Arts Club, Liverpool, UK
10 – Tramshed, Cardiff, UK
11 – O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford, UK
12 – The 1865, Southampton, UK
13 – Chalk, Brighton, Brighton, UK
14 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
15 – Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester, UK
17 – O2 Institute2 Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
18 – Riverside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
19 – Beat Generator, Dundee, UK
20 – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK
21 – SWG3, Glasgow, UK
22 – Waterfront, Norwich, UK
24 – Leadmill, Sheffield, UK
25 – O2 Ritz Manchester, Manchester, UK
26 – London EartH, London, UK

In a four-star review of ‘Death Of The Party’, NME‘s Will Richards wrote: “Here The Magic Gang have acted on pure instinct and feeling. This is an album that, despite its recognition of the downside of things, ends up as a more reassuring – and more real – listen than their debut. With its collage of genres and refusal to co-opt modern trends, album two finds the band moving towards something timeless.”

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Palace announce UK and Ireland 2022 tour and share new single ‘Gravity’

“It’s been a while…but we are so happy to share the announcement of our new track ‘Gravity’. Go check it out,” the band wrote on their Instagram.

“It also feels very surreal and amazing to be able to say that we’re also announcing a new tour across UK/Europe in February 2022! It’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster when we finally get back out there to play for you guys.”

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Palace continued: “We are also now at last allowed to tell you all that we have a new album coming that’s been a long time in the making. We are so so proud of this one, our third record, and we honestly cannot wait for you to hear it.”

UK fans can get early access to tickets for the band’s upcoming tour by pre-ordering their new album here; European fans can sign up for Palace’s mailing list for priority access.

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Palace’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are as follows:

FEBRUARY 2022

03 – GLASGOW SWG3
04 – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
05 – BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
06 – LEEDS Stylus
08 – DUBLIN Vicar Street
10 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
11 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

 

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Rejjie Snow announces 2021 headline UK and Ireland tour

Tickets for the tour go on general sale at 9am on Friday (July 9) and will be available from the following: Gigs And Tours, Ticketmaster UK, Ticketmaster IRL, and Snow’s official website.

You can see the full list of dates below:

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SEPTEMBER 2021

25 – Brighton, Chalk
26 – Cambridge, Junction
27 – Cardiff, Tramshed
29 – Bristol, SWX

OCTOBER 2021

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1 – Birmingham, Institute
2 – Glasgow, SWG3
3 – Liverpool, Sound City
4 – Manchester, Academy 2
6 – London, Electric Brixton
7 – Leeds, Beckett University
11 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre

Speaking on his upcoming new album, Snow said: “I approached [the album] light heartedly from the point of view of making a short film through music. I always loved Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. I watch it all the time. I thought of Baw Baw Black Sheep like a soundtrack to it. I put the movie on with my album, and they synced up perfectly.

“I tried to tap into all of these feelings. The music is really colourful, and the lyrics are often happy, because that was my state of mind.”

The album includes Snow’s 2020 collaboration with the late MF DOOM and Cam O’bi, ‘Cookie Chips’.

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Girli announces ‘Damsel In Distress’ 2021 UK and Ireland tour

She added: “It’s gonna be raucous, high energy, wild and I’m so ready to see all my fans on the road!!”

I’M GOING ON TOUR AGAIN!!!! Damsel in Distress tour tickets are on sale this Wednesday at 9am bst 🎟🎟🎟 pic.twitter.com/b7craoehJy

— GIRLI (@GIRLImusic) June 21, 2021

Tickets go on sale from Wednesday (June 23) – get them here. You can see a full list of dates below.

NOVEMBER 2021

7 – Bristol
8 – Cardiff
10 – Guildford
11 – Portsmouth
15 – Tunbridge Wells
16 – Brighton
17 – London
18 – Norwich
21 – Birmingham
22 – Leicester
24 – Sheffield
25 – Newcastle
26 – Belfast
30 – Glasgow

DECEMBER 2021

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1 – Leeds
2 – Manchester
3 – Liverpool

Girli will also play a socially distanced show at Bush Hall in London on July 9 as part of the venue’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

In May, Girli released an emotive new song called ‘More Than A Friend’ – you can listen to it here.

It arrived after she released a new EP, ‘Ex Talk’, earlier in the year, the follow-up to her debut album ‘Odd One Out’ which arrived in 2019.

Speaking about the reaction to the album from her fans at the time, Girli told NME: “It was great. My fans all loved it, and I think I made a lot of new fans, which was cool. And it was crazy – we played a show the day the album came out, and people in the crowd already knew the lyrics. The whole crowd knew lyrics to songs that had come out that day!”

Speaking about her personal lyrics and how they relate to fans, she added: “I’ll get DMs and YouTube comments where people really open up and get personal and it’s kind of amazing.

“It actually reminds me constantly of the responsibility that I have with the kind of people who listen to my music who are very young and are probably going through a lot, so they’re listening to this music and sometimes I’ll get messages saying my song has changed someone’s life, and that’s really overwhelming, but in an amazing way.”

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Marina announces 2022 UK and European spring tour

Marina noted on Twitter that the tour artwork was done by Slick Satan – a member of her fan community “who *also* happens to be an awesome graphic designer”.

Tour poster is created by Slick Satan, a member of this fan community who *also* happens to be an amazing graphic designer! 🎨🖌 pic.twitter.com/RlYrxlMr4X

— Marina (@MarinaDiamandis) June 11, 2021

You can see Marina’s upcoming UK and European tour dates below:

MAY 2022

9 – Copenhagen Vega, Denmark
12 – Den Hague Amare, Netherlands
14 – Brussels La Madelaine, Belgium
15 – Paris Bataclan, France
17 – Edinburgh Corn Echange, UK
20 – Manchester O2 Apollo, UK
21 – Leeds Refectory, Leeds University, UK
22 – London O2 Academy Brixton, UK
25 – Dublin Olympia, Ireland

Tickets go on general sale at 10am BST/11am CET on June 18, and will be available here.

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Marina’s new album ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’ was released on Friday (June 11). In a four-star review, NME‘s Nick Levine wrote: “12 years after the tracks ‘Obsessions’ and ‘Mowgli’s Road’ introduced us to a singular musical talent, Marina’s melodies and vocal hooks still don’t sound like anybody else’s. Nothing in this world could change her, and for that we should all be damn grateful.”

Last month, Pussy Riot remixed Marina’s ‘Purge The Poison’, the original version of which feature on her new album.

“Catchy and contagious, ‘Purge The Poison’ is an ear-worm, and it feeds your brain with the right questions and encourages you to think,” the band’s Nadya Tolokonnikova said. “I was blown away by this track, and it’s my pleasure to be on ‘Purge”s remix.”

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Less Than Jake announce 30th anniversary UK and Ireland tour

The tour will conclude with a performance at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London on April 9, 2022. Skinny Lister, The Toasters and Millie Manders will appear as special guests throughout the stint.

Less Than Jake’s UK/Ireland shows will follow a run of European concerts scheduled for October and November this year, with dates booked for Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin and other cities – check out the full schedule here.

Tue March 29 2022 – DUBLIN Voodoo Lounge
Wed March 30 2022 – BELFAST Limelight
Thu March 31 2022 – GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Fri April 01 2022 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 City Hall, Newcastle
Sat April 02 2022 – LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Sun April 03 2022 – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Tue April 05 2022 – LEICESTER O2 Academy Leicester
Wed April 06 2022 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Thu April 07 2022 – BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy Bournemouth
Fri April 08 2022 – BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Sat April 09 2022 – LONDON O2 Forum Kentish Town

Ahead of their in-person tour, Less Than Jake will perform two live-streamed shows this coming Thursday (May 27) and Friday (May 28) following their first-ever virtual gig back in December – find further details here.

An official description reveals that the stream will feature airings of new and classic tracks as well as “more of what made the original live stream great with an energetic live performance, hilarious content + more”.

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Eagles Of Death Metal announce 24th anniversary UK and Ireland tour

Eagles Of Death Metal UK/Ireland tour 2021:

NOVEMBER
22 – Brighton – CHALK
23 – Cardiff – Tramshed
24 – Newcastle – University
26 – Birmingham – O2 Institute
27 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy
28 – Belfast – Limelight
29 – Glasgow – SWG3 Galzanisers

DECEMBER
01 – Leeds – Beckett University
02 – London – Roundhouse
03 – Nottingham – Rock City
05 – Manchester – O2 Ritz
06 – Bristol – O2 Academy

Frontman Hughes said: “Having been stuck in and around the house for over a year has had me pacing like a caged animal. I cannot wait to let loose and get back out on stage to do my thing for all the lovely people around the world.

“Rock ‘n Roll is meant to be shared, and I can only shake my dick around the house and perform for my cat for so long before she starts flat-out ignoring me.”

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Last November, France marked five years since the Paris terrorist attacks which, among other incidents, saw 89 people murdered at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert held at the city’s Bataclan venue.

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