Coldplay announce extra London and Paris shows for 2022 world tour

Today (October 20), Coldplay announced a fourth night at London’s Wembley Stadium on Friday, August 19. Special guests London Grammar will open the show, having previously been confirmed for the August 16 date.

Coldplay have also added a third Paris performance on July 19. Tickets for the UK/European dates go on general sale at 10am local time tomorrow (October 22). You can see the announcement tweets below.

🚨 FOURTH #MusicOfTheSpheresWorldTour London date just added // Friday 19 August 2022, @WembleyStadium, with special guests London Grammar // All four Wembley shows on general sale 10am tomorrow

Ticketmaster: https://t.co/i7dLgrY3yq

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— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 21, 2021

🚨 THIRD #MusicOfTheSpheresWorldTour Paris date just added // July 19, 2022, @StadeFrance // All three Paris shows on general sale tomorrow at 10am from https://t.co/fiyr89rvP4 and usual outlets. pic.twitter.com/uVRokc0z4X

— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 21, 2021

Discussing the idea behind the upcoming eco-friendly tour, Coldplay said in a statement: “Playing live and finding connection with people is ultimately why we exist as a band. We’ve been planning this tour for years, and we’re super excited to play songs from across our whole time together.

“At the same time, we’re very conscious that the planet is facing a climate crisis. So we’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible, and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward.”

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They added: “We won’t get everything right, but we’re committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn. It’s a work in progress and we’re really grateful for the help we’ve had so far. If you’d like to come to a show and sing with us, we’re so excited to see you.”

During a Big Read interview with NME, the band’s Guy Berryman said: “I think we’ve made a great start at the moment. Whatever we end up doing, will be a Phase One, but there always has to be an improvement and a continual cycle.

“If you want to pick holes, and I’m sure someone can and will, I think that’s fine: what you have to do is embrace the idea of continued progress. It has to be an ever-evolving situation.”

Meanwhile, PETA has urged Coldplay to serve only vegan food on their 2022 world tour.

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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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Taking Back Sunday share cover of Weezer’s ‘My Name Is Jonas’

Speaking on their cover, Taking Back Sunday frontman Adam Lazzara told Consequence: “In 2019 we were on tour… a lot! Over time soundcheck got pretty laborious. One day before a show in Cincinnati, OH somebody started playing the opening chords to My Name Is Jonas…

“We all grew up listening to Weezer. Playing this song together was so much fun and broke up the monotony of day to day touring life. We started adding the song to our setlist and recorded it on a day off in Buffalo NY. We love this song and we hope our rendition does it justice.”

You can listen to Taking Back Sunday’s take on ‘My Name Is Jonas’ below:

Taking Back Sunday are due to hit the UK next year for a tour with Alkaline Trio – you can see the dates below.

MARCH 2022

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1 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle 
3 – O2 Academy, Glasgow 
4 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester 
5 – O2 Academy, Birmingham 
6 – O2 Academy Brixton, London 

Weezer will also perform a run of dates in the UK and Ireland next year with Green Day and Fall Out Boy for their Hella Mega Tour – you can see the dates below.

JUNE 2022

24 – London Stadium, London
25 – John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
27 – Venue TBA, Dublin
29 – Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

Last month, Green Day pranked Weezer by storming on stage in strange costumes at the end of one of the latter’s sets.

The two bands have been touring together with Fall Out Boy for the rescheduled ‘Hella Mega Tour’, and look to be making as much fun as possible about life on the live circuit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Listen to Sea Power’s new “singalong apocalyptic anthem” ‘Folly’

“You might find yourself standing up on the South Downs, up on the fells or the dales, looking down at the world, a world where we seem to avoid the decisions and changes to stop the rot. It’s all folly, but in this case set to some pretty life-affirming music – good stuff underpinning the donut vibes and maybe making you think it’s not all over, not quite, not yet.”

Vocalist/guitarist Neil Hamilton Wilkinson added: “I was thinking of things like greedy overlords playing fart games on the lawns of their great dominions, the enclosure of common lands, bodies, minds, the fantastical gusto of doom and frivolity that feeds the world, me included.

“I was feeling all on edge, paranoid like the old vampire in Nosferatu when I got into this song.”

Sea Power will head out on a UK tour in April 2022 in support of ‘Everything Was Forever’ – you can see the band’s upcoming live dates below and find tickets here.

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April 2022
Tuesday 12 – 1865, Southampton
Wednesday 13 – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
Thursday 14 – Roundhouse, London
Tuesday 19 – O2 Academy, Bristol
Thursday 21 – Leadmill, Sheffield
Friday 22 – St Lukes, Glasgow
Saturday 23 – Albert Hall, Manchester

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Cate Le Bon announces new album ‘Pompeii’ with lead track ‘Running Away’

“The subtitle is: You will be forever connected to everything. Which, depending on the time of day, is as comforting as it is terrifying. The sense of finality has always been here. It seems strangely hopeful. Someone is playing with the focus lens.”

She continued: “The world is on fire but the bins must go out on a Tuesday night. Political dissonance meets beauty regimes. I put a groove behind it for something to hold on to. The grief is in the saxophones.”

Le Bon performed every instrument on ‘Pompeii’ (except drums and saxophones) while alone in an “uninterrupted vacuum”. Although she was mostly by herself, the artist was joined by her longtime collaborator/co-producer Samur Khouja for sessions in Cardiff.

An enforced period of downtime due to the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a “more extreme version” of Le Bon’s studio process, making way for a collection of “playful, satirical and surreal” songs.

‘Pompeii’ also features the tracks ‘Dirt On The Bed’, ‘Moderation’ and ‘Wheel’ – check out the full tracklist below.

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1. ‘Dirt On The Bed’
2. ‘Moderation’
3. ‘French Boys’
4. ‘Pompeii’
5. ‘Harbour’
6. ‘Running Away’
7. ‘Cry Me Old Trouble’
8. ‘Remembering Me’
9. ‘Wheel’

Cate Le Bon will take the record out on the road in 2022, with UK and Ireland dates set to kick off in Southampton on March 12. Tickets go on general sale here this Friday (October 15) at 10am BST.

The full schedule is as follows:

March
12 – Engine Rooms, Southampton 

15 – Hackney Empire, London
16 – Albert Hall, Manchester
17 – Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow
18 – Empire Music Hall, Belfast, IE 
19 – The National Concert Hall, Dublin, IE 
21 – UK Arts Club, Liverpool 
22 – Irish Centre, Leeds
23 – The Mill, Birmingham

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Queen unveil limited seven-inch vinyl releases for London’s Carnaby Street pop-up store

Its first – for drummer Taylor – was released last Friday and has since sold out. It features ‘Radio Ga Ga’ on its A-side and ‘I’m In Love With My Car’ on the B-side on blue vinyl.

🚨ON SALE NOW Exclusive Roger Taylor 7" Blue Vinyl!🥁
A side: Radio Ga Ga / B side: I’m In Love With My Car
The first exclusive #QueenTheGreatest Pop Store 7" vinyl is on sale both in-store & online 💙
@ 57 Carnaby Street, London
Online: https://t.co/rjpdGOPhwb @OfficialRMT pic.twitter.com/hdC5q4skHT

— Queen (@QueenWillRock) October 8, 2021

As revealed in a press release, the remaining seven-inch releases will be issued weekly, with one for Freddie Mercury releasing this Friday (October 15). Mercury’s release features ‘Somebody To Love’ and ‘You Take My Breath Away’ on yellow vinyl.

John Deacon’s release, due October 22, will feature ‘Spread Your Wings’ and ‘One Year of Love’ on green vinyl. The series will conclude with a release for May on October 29, featuring ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Sail Away Sister’.

All four editions have been printed at 1000 copies – 500 available at the pop-up store, and 500 online at its official website.

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Queen The Greatest opened at Carnaby Street last month (September 28) and also features a range of exclusive merchandise for sale.

Last week, it was revealed that May had begun working on a new Queen song but then “suddenly lost interest”, according to Taylor.

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IDLES announce new album and share first single ‘The Beachland Ballroom’

The album’s announcement comes alongside the release of its first single, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, an “honest-to-goodness soul song” named after the iconic Ohio venue.

“It’s the most important song on the album, really,” IDLES frontman Joe Talbot said of the track. “There’s so many bands that go through the small rooms and dream of making it into the big rooms. Being able to write a soul tune like this made me go, fuck — we’re at a place where we’re actually allowed to go to these big rooms and be creative and not just go through the motions and really appreciate what we’ve got.”

He added: “The song is sort of an allegory of feeling lost and getting through it. It’s one that I really love singing.”

Bowen chimed in about the track, adding: “I didn’t know Joe could sing like that. He’s been trying to write ‘Be My Baby’ since the very beginning, but he didn’t want to be the punk guy wearing the Motown clothes. He wanted it to feel natural, and this song is.”

‘CRAWLER’ arrives on November 12 – see the tracklisting below and pre-order it here.

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1. ‘MTT 420 RR’
2. ‘The Wheel’
3. ‘When the Lights Come On’
4. ‘Car Crash’
5. ‘The New Sensation’
6. ‘Stockholm Syndrome’
7. ‘The Beachland Ballroom’
8. ‘Crawl!’
9. ‘Meds’
10. ‘Kelechi’
11. ‘Progress’
12. ‘Wizz’
13. ‘King Snake’
14. ‘The End’

IDLES are gearing up to head out on a sold-out 23-date North American tour that begins on October 7. They will then play a run of sold-out UK and Ireland shows throughout January and February 2022 including a four-night stretch at O2 Academy Brixton in London. See the UK and Ireland dates below:

JANUARY 2022

16 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
17 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
18 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
19 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
21 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
22 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
24 – Vicar Street, Dublin
25 – Vicar Street, Dublin
26 – Vicar Street, Dublin
28 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
29 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
30 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

FEBRUARY 2022

01 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
02 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
03 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
04 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
05 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Meanwhile, IDLES have been announced as one of the main headliners of Creation Day Festival 2022.

The festival is being curated by Creation Records co-founder Alan McGee, and had been set to debut this year before coronavirus-enforced restrictions forced its cancellation.

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The Darkness explore “unrequited desires” on new track ‘Jussy’s Girl’

He continued: “It’s about an unspeakable longing, but sounds like a bloke walking around in his 501s on a sunny day. It’s sad, but also carefree.”

Going on to discuss the sound of the new track, Hawkins added: “Sonically we were aiming for somewhere between Def Leppard and Billy Ocean. Well, I was. There’s a helicopter in it and an awesome guitar solo. What more could you ask for?”

Arriving with a comical video that sees Hawkins channel his inner Bill & Ted, the frontman journeys back through time in a telephone box to the days of black and white silent movies. You can watch the Arepo-directed clip below.

‘Motorheart’ is set to be released on November 19 via Cooking Vinyl. You can pre-order the record here.

The group recently announced details of a 22-date headline tour in November and December 2021. Tickets for the gigs are available here and the full list of tour dates can be seen below.

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MOTORHEART UK TOUR DATES 2021:

November
17 – Brighton Dome, Brighton
19 – Winter Gardens, Margate
20 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
21 – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
23 – UEA, Norwich
24 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
26 – The Hexagon, Reading
27 – The Great Hall, Cardiff
29 – The Great Hall, Exeter
30 –  G Live, Guilford
 
December
2 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
3 – Academy, Manchester
4 – Bonus Arena, Hull
6 – The Victoria, Stoke-on-Trent
7 – O2 Academy, Bristol
9 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
10 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
11 – O2 Academy, Leeds
13– Rock City, Nottingham
14 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
16– O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
17 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Speaking about the tour last month, Hawkins said: “The time has come, the walrus said…to put your fookin pants on your head and rock like Satan is eating your private parts with a pointy fork! Yes, we, The Darkness, are the fuck back on tour, praise Satan’s better half…come and party with us like it’s the last orders at the last chance saloon.

“Which it may well be, but I wouldn’t like to comment any further on that. Get in kids, it’s the Darkness, wot you knows and luvs, plus British Lion – Steve Harris’ top rock band who are guaranteed to blow your socks straight up your welcoming arses. What a night! Delirium! Outfits, including hats! Denim that smells of hamsters! Who doesn’t want that? See you down the front, connoisseurs of the finest that life has to offer…”

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Watch Charlotte Hatherley reunite with Ash at London show

“Oh what fuuuuun!” Hatherley wrote on Instagram alongside footage of the ‘Burn Baby Burn’ performance.

“So great to join Ash on stage last night at The Roundhouse for a few songs in the encore. Amazing crowd. ENERGY!!!”

See footage of Hatherley’s cameo during the show below:

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Ash played:
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‘Goldfinger’
‘Wildsurf’
‘Shining Light’
‘A Life Less Ordinary’
‘Arcadia’
‘Orpheus’
‘Sometimes’
‘Darkest Hour of the Night’
‘Confessions in the Pool’
‘Oh Yeah’
‘Jack Names the Planets’
‘Another Girl, Another Planet’ (The Only Ones cover)
‘Buzzkill’
‘Kung Fu’
‘Cocoon’
‘Angel Interceptor’
‘Girl From Mars’

Encore:
‘Walking Barefoot’ (with Charlotte Hatherley)
‘Projects’ (with Charlotte Hatherley)
‘Lose Control’ (with Charlotte Hatherley)
‘Burn Baby Burn’ (with Charlotte Hatherley)

During the show, the band also paid tribute to late booking agent Steve Strange, who passed away this week aged 53.

After the show, they tweeted: “We had a difficult job to do last night but I think last night at the Roundhouse would have made our dear friend very proud.

“In fact I’m beginning to suspect it went exactly how he planned it. He really was there every step of the way. Love you mate. Xxx”

We had a difficult job to do last night but I think last night at the Roundhouse would have made our dear friend very proud.
In fact I'm beginning to suspect it went exactly how he planned it. He really was there every step of the way.
Love you mate. Xxx https://t.co/ACfEeYqEit

— ASH (@ashofficial) September 26, 2021

Others sharing tributes to the beloved Strange, who co-founded the X-Ray Touring booking agency in 2005, and worked as the booking agent for international acts including but not limited to Queens Of The Stone AgeColdplayEminemSnow PatrolJimmy Eat World and more, were GarbageFrank Turner and Eminem’s manager.

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Jack White arrives in London to open new Third Man Records Store

Located on 1 Marshall Street in Soho, London (W1F 9BA), the new store officially opened to the public earlier this afternoon (September 25), with hundreds of people queuing around the block to get in.

White, donning blue hair, was on hand to oversee proceedings – which are still going on – and there are rumours he will be performing on a neighbouring rooftop shortly.

See some of the pics of White in London and the opening of the Third Man Records Store below:

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In celebration of the store’s opening, Third Man Records have released a host of new or previously unreleased records by the likes of Paul Weller, David Ruffin, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cornershop, Gina Birch of The Raincoats and the ‘lost’ Manchester group The Magic Roundabout.

London’s Third Man Records Store triples up as a two-level retail space, an intimate live music venue named “The Blue Basement” and Third Man Records’ European HQ.

The store feature a Third Man Records token-operated lucky dip book machine, the ‘Literarium’, which was designed by the Toronto-based artist Craig Small. A Third Man Records token-operated recording booth is also in operation, where artists and the public can record their own music straight to vinyl.

In July, Jack White launched Jack White Arts & Design to showcase his non-musical creative work.

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Parcels announce four-date global tour set for later this year

“Can not wait to be in a venue with all you beautiful people! CAN NOT WAIT!”

See that post below.

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The band added that “Parcels Pop Shop members will get early access to tickets” while general tickets go on sale on Friday (September 24) at 10am. You can see the full list of tour dates below.

NOVEMBER 2021

2 – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
5 – La Cigale, Paris, France
6 – Metropol, Berlin
19 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg, New York, US

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News of the tour comes after Parcels recently announced details of their second album ‘Day/Night’ and shared their most recent single ‘Somethinggreater’.

Set to be released in November, the follow-up to their 2018 self-titled album is made up of “two self-contained albums” and was recorded at Paris’ La Frette Studios. It was produced by Parcels, with James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals) on mixing duty and string arrangements handled by Owen Pallett.

The record will be comprised of 19 tracks, including previous singles ‘Free’, ‘Comingback’, and the song ‘Somethinggreater’.

In 2018, NME awarded Parcels’ debut album five stars, saying: “In a time when new acts are pressured into releasing as much music as possible, it’s commendable that Parcels have taken control of their destiny with a project that’s well-thought-out and engaging from start-to-finish. It feels both timely and from a different era – a very rare feat.”

Since that record’s release, the five-piece band have also put out a live album, called ‘Live Vol. 1’, which was recorded live on tape at the iconic Hansa Studio in Berlin. Before that, they also shared the EP ‘IknowhowIfeel’.

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The Darkness share riff-roaring new song ‘Nobody Can See Me Cry’

‘Motorheart’ is set to be released on November 19 via Cooking Vinyl. You can pre-order the record here.

The group have also announced details of a 22-date headline tour in November and December 2021. Tickets for the gigs are available here and the full list of tour dates can be seen below.

MOTORHEART UK TOUR DATES 2021:

November
17 – Brighton Dome, Brighton
19 – Winter Gardens, Margate
20 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
21 – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
23 – UEA, Norwich
24 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
26 – The Hexagon, Reading
27 – The Great Hall, Cardiff
29 – The Great Hall, Exeter
30 –  G Live, Guilford
 
December
2 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
3 – Academy, Manchester
4 – Bonus Arena, Hull
6 – The Victoria, Stoke-on-Trent
7 – O2 Academy, Bristol
9 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
10 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
11 – O2 Academy, Leeds
13– Rock City, Nottingham
14 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
16– O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
17 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Speaking about the tour last month, Hawkins said: “The time has come, the walrus said…to put your fookin pants on your head and rock like Satan is eating your private parts with a pointy fork! Yes, we, The Darkness, are the fuck back on tour, praise Satan’s better half…come and party with us like it’s the last orders at the last chance saloon.

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“Which it may well be, but I wouldn’t like to comment any further on that. Get in kids, it’s the Darkness, wot you knows and luvs, plus British Lion – Steve Harris’ top rock band who are guaranteed to blow your socks straight up your welcoming arses. What a night! Delirium! Outfits, including hats! Denim that smells of hamsters! Who doesn’t want that? See you down the front, connoisseurs of the finest that life has to offer…”

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London nightclub Egg lost £20,000 per night during COVID lockdowns

Since reopening on July 19, Egg has required a negative COVID test result for all those wanting to enter the venue, which Hans said “works really well”.

Among other measures, Egg has installed air conditioning for proper ventilation, new coronavirus-proof hand dryers and temperature checks at the door as well as training up staff on COVID protocol. Hess claimed that the club hasn’t had issues with spikes in infections so far.

Clubbers at Egg nightclub hug each other on ‘Freedom Day’, July 19, 2021. CREDIT: Rob Pinney/Getty Images

“We’re happy. We’ve been quite busy. People have been getting down and the vibe has been really good,” Hess explained. “We’ve had lots of young people, which is really good for the younger generation and those who haven’t experienced nightlife before.”

But he added that “bills are adding up and authorities are not helping with the guidelines and restrictions. It’s been a nightmare”.

“It will be really difficult for us,” Hess said in light of the new COVID passports, which will require anyone wanting to enter a nightclub to be double vaccinated. “I’m feeling a bit apprehensive.”

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Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association said last Wednesday (September 1), that the government’s decision to proceed with the move “is disappointing as it will cripple the industry”.

“Surely the government can see this is not workable. The challenges are endless, and the sector will be hit extremely hard by this decision, embroiled in discrimination cases, staffing and supply chain shortages, tourism and so on,” he said in a statement.

Other environments are also to be included in the government’s new plan to help curb the spread of the virus. Full details are expected to be announced soon.

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Watch Girl In Red and her massive bus take over Boxpark for surprise London fan event

Girl In Red and her big black bus take over Boxpark in London for a special London fan event. Credit: NME/Still

“My week in England has been really good,” Ulven told NME before she arrived at Boxpark. “I’ve been having a lot of English breakfasts at 1am, and a lot of beer at 1am with those breakfasts.”

She continued: “We started with a little riddle – an anagram – and I didn’t know what it was until recently. Then a lot of people figured the anagram out right away. We have this gigantic-ass bus with my name on it, people found the bus and I know there’s a lot of people outside there right now for a fact.”

Ulven added: “I’m going to have a megaphone, I’m going to be screaming ‘I love you and thank you so much for showing up!’ I’m also going to be shooting people with t-shirts and merch through a cannon. I just wanna hang out, take some pics and just feel the love.”

Watch the NME video above for a lowdown of what went down, as we go on Girl In Red’s bus in Shoreditch and meet a few of her fans.

Girl In Red at Reading 2021. Credit: Emma Viola Lilja for NME

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Check out our interview with Girl In Red from Reading Festival 2021 here, where she told us about the new songs she’s writing, sliding into Taylor Swift‘s DMs, and supporting Billie Eilish at an upcoming London gig.

Girl In Red will head out on an extensive UK and European tour in 2022.

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Girl In Red announces free London show and meet and greet event

The meet and greet event where fans can pick up their tickets for the free show – which is yet to reveal its location – takes place at 2:00pm at Boxpark Shoreditch in East London.

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Earlier this year, Girl In Red unveiled details of a new 2022 US tour.

The singer will travel to North America for the first time next year, in support of her debut album, ‘If I Could Make It Go Quiet’.

The tour begins in Nashville on March 8 2022 and concludes in San Francisco on April 12.

In a four-star review of Girl In Red’s debut album, NME wrote: “A cinematic widening of scope, ’If I Could Make It Go Quiet’ occasionally leans back on some blockbuster tropes, but in the stand-out moments Ulven proves that she’s more than capable of rabble-rousing indie-rock and slow-burning yearning alike.”

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Meanwhile, Girl In Red was announced among the support acts for the UK and Ireland dates of Billie Eilish’s forthcoming tour.

Jessie Reyez, Jungle and Arlo Parks will also join the star for the gigs, which begin in June 2022.

News of the gigs’ support acts comes along with a newly-added date for the otherwise sold-out shows. Eilish will now perform an additional London set on June 26.

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Supergrass announce huge London show for December

Tickets for the new date go on general sale at on Friday (September 3) at 9:00am – you can get them here.

We are excited to announce our show at London's O2 Academy Brixton on December 20th with special guests Ash! 🎸
Make sure you grab your tickets at 9am on Friday: https://t.co/utqOEceAGx pic.twitter.com/9KFcoY8uwf

— Supergrass (@SupergrassHQ) August 31, 2021

Supergrass will play Isle Of Wight Festival later this month, followed next year by shows in Nottingham, Isle of Man and Reading.

The latter is the band’s rearranged Heritage Live show that was postponed due to COVID-19. They will play Englefield House in Theale, Berkshire on July 22; they’ll be supported by Feeder and Sports Team.

Supergrass’ upcoming tour dates are as follows:

SEPTEMBER 2021
19 – Isle of Wight Festival, Isle Of Wight

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DECEMBER 2021
19 – O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
20 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

JUNE 2022
9 – Villa Marina, Isle Of Man
22 – Englefield House, Reading

Last week, Supergrass released an expanded and remastered version of their second album, ‘In It For The Money’.

Reissued in three different formats, it will be the first time it’s been made available on vinyl since its original release in April 1997.

The album, which was voted in NME’s Top 10 Albums of 1997, reached Number Two on the UK chart and spawned the hits ‘Going Out’, ‘Richard III’, ‘Sun Hits the Sky’ and ‘Late In The Day’. It has since sold over one million copies worldwide.

Supergrass reunited back in 2019 to perform at Glastonbury’s annual Pilton Party, before announcing their own string of 2020 dates, including a pair of massive London shows at Alexandra Palace.

Discussing their comeback last year, frontman Gaz Coombes told NME: “I find the music industry quite exciting at the moment because it’s so new and embryonic in so many ways. It’s quite mad. Where the fuck is it going to go? I’m quite interested to be on that journey and see where it goes.

“I’m fascinated to see where Supergrass fits in with all that next year. We’re going to have a laugh and bring that Supergrass energy and joy into a slightly disturbed world.”

Last year, the band released a new live album to help support the #SaveOurVenues campaign.

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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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Haim postpone UK tour due to COVID travel restrictions

As per an official updated poster, Georgia will fulfil her previously announced “special guest” slot on next year’s tour. An extra date for Dublin has also been added for June 28 as part of the city’s Trinity Summer Series.

“We can’t wait to bring wimpiii to the stage and we’re going to go even harder as soon as we’re allowed to play for you!!!” Haim wrote on Instagram. “Until then, everybody stay safe and we love you.”

You can see the band’s announcement and the full list of concerts below.

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June
28 – Trinity College, Dublin

July
13 – Millennium Square, Leeds
14 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
16 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
17 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
19 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
20 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
21 – The O2 Arena, London

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Next month’s shows would have seen Haim showcase their acclaimed third album ‘Women In Music Pt. III’, which came out in June 2020, to UK audiences for the very first time.

The sisters have, however, appeared in various live-streamed settings over the course of the pandemic – including on Glastonbury’s Live At Worthy Farm, which was broadcast back in May.

Reviewing the show, NME wrote: “[Haim played] a gorgeous sunset slot and mark the long-awaited live debut of their huge level-up of a third album, ‘Women In Music Pt. III’. From ‘Summer Girl’ to ‘Don’t Wanna’, Haim’s newest songs feel tailor-made for sunset on the Pyramid Stage, a setting that will surely await them at – fingers crossed – a full-scale Glastonbury in 2022.”

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

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

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

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

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

‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ track list:

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

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

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

The Wombats UK arena tour 2022:

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

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

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

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Brian May wants to leave London after losing personal possessions in basement flood

“It’s what it does to your soul to lose your possessions, to see them swimming about in it. I had to tear up all my old photograph albums, the very first ones I ever had when I was eight years old, to try to save the photographs.”

May, who was born in the outer London suburbs, and has had a home in the city all his life, said he’s now thinking about leaving as he’s had enough.

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“I think London is wrecked,” he said. “It’s brutal, it’s noisy, it’s polluted. Nobody has any consideration. So we’re feeling like we want to get out. That is very wounding: I love London, I grew up here. But I don’t think I can deal with it any more.”

Last month, May said he believes late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury would still be playing with the legendary band if he was still alive today.

Speaking to Simon Mayo on Greatest Hits Radio, May insisted that Mercury, who died of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS in 1991, would still be a part of the Queen family had he not passed away.

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“He would still be saying ‘Oh I need to do my solo stuff’, but he would be coming back to the family to do what we do,” May said.

Meanwhile, May has shared a new reworked version of his 1992 single ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’.

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Crowdfunder launched for new Keith Flint mural in London

“The purpose of the mural is to raise awareness of mental health text message support service, Shout 85258, and the charity’s logo and text support number will feature prominently on the artwork,” a statement reads.

“The mural will be created to coincide with World Suicide Prevention day on 10 September 2021 – a date that falls just a week before what would have been Keith’s 52nd birthday.”

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint. CREDIT: Getty

The message goes on to explain that the funds raised will go towards “the artist’s time, materials, travel, accommodation and support crew, and will also help us cover hard costs such as scissor lift hire, Public Liability Insurance, Pavement Licence and Heath & Safety management.”

Keith Flint died on March 4, 2019 at the age of 49. It was subsequently confirmed that he had taken his own life.

Headstock previously collaborated with Akse P19 on a mural of Ian Curtis, which was unveiled by the late singer’s former Joy Division bandmate Peter Hook to mark World Mental Health Day 2020.

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Last month, the Manchester-based artist restored his mural of footballer Marcus Rashford after it was defaced following England’s loss in the Euros 2020 final (via BBC).

Back in March, the surviving members of The Prodigy marked the second anniversary of Keith Flint’s death. “It’s been 2 years. We miss you so so much brother, Your light burns bright, Your energy will never fade, Keep it real Keep it punk rock We live forever! LH & MAXIM,” they wrote.

For help and advice on mental health:

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The Offspring take on James Corden by launching ‘Cockpit Karaoke’

“Since I’m a pilot, we thought it would be great if Noodles and I had some fun and got to sing along to some of our many hits.”

You can watch the first ‘Cockpit Karaoke’ clip below:

The Offspring are scheduled to head out on a UK and Ireland arena tour this November, with The Hives set to support.

The veteran band will hit the road in support of their latest album ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’, which was released on April 16. The tour will visit Dublin, Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds. You can see the full list of dates below.

November 2021
21 – 3Arena, Dublin
23 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
24 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
26 – The SSE Wembley Arena, London
27 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
29 – AO Arena, Manchester
30 – First Direct Arena, Leeds

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You can get tickets for the tour here.

Meanwhile, new footage has emerged of the Friends cast performing the sitcom’s famous theme tune in Friends: The Reunion on James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’.

The clip featured as part of the full Late Late Show segment with James Corden but never made the final cut in the show’s recent comeback on HBO Max in May.

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Chartreuse announce new EP, ‘Is It Autumn Already?’

1. ‘Feed Be Fed’
2. ‘Things Are Changing Too Quickly’
3. ‘Swedish Water’
4. ‘Don’t Exit’
5. ‘Deep Fat’
6. ‘Only You’

Due to arrive on November 19, the EP is previewed by new single ‘Things Are Changing Too Quickly’. The poignant, mid-tempo indie toe-tapper is accompanied by a Fred Qvortrup-directed video – watch it below.

Made up of Hattie Wilson, Mike Wagstaff, Rory Wagstaff and Perry Lovering, Chartreuse have also announced a mini headline tour which will take place after a run of festival performances.

Kicking off at The Lexington in London on November 30, the tour will take in Green Door Store in Brighton, The Cluny in Newcastle, Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds and finishing up in Dublin on December 7. You can buy tickets here.

See the full list of Charteuse’s upcoming live dates below:

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SEPTMEBER 2021

25 – Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol
26 – Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham

OCTOBER 2021

16 – Live at Leeds
17 – Wild Paths Festival, Norwich

NOVEMBER 2021

13 – Stag and Dagger Festival, Glasgow
14 – Stag and Dagger Festival, Edinburgh
30 – The Lexington, London
29 – Green Door Store, Brighton

DECEMBER 2021

1 – The Cluny, Newcastle
3 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
7 – Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin

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Watch Holly Humberstone debut new track ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’

“One of the biggest crowds of the weekend AND @HolHumberstone debuted a new track ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet!’ Such a treat,” Tramlines tweeted, sharing a clip of Humberstone’s performance.

One of the biggest crowds of the weekend AND @HolHumberstone debuted a new track ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet!' Such a treat ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pAlexorRkR

— Tramlines Festival (@tramlines) July 25, 2021

The new song is set to appear on Humberstone’s forthcoming new EP, which she first mentioned when previously she spoke about ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’ during an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

Rumours of the track first surfaced back in February after the song was registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Humberstone will head out on a UK and Ireland headline tour later this year, taking place in October and November. The tour includes a number of gigs that have been rescheduled, including stops in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham.

You can see details of Humberstone’s upcoming headline tour dates below.

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AUGUST, 2021
15 – Omeara, London (SOLD OUT)
16 – Omeara, London (SOLD OUT)
17 – Omeara, London (SOLD OUT)
18 – Omeara, London (SOLD OUT)

OCTOBER, 2021
26 – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
27 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [rescheduled]
28 – Yes (The Pink Room), Manchester (SOLD OUT) [rescheduled]
30 – Whelan’s, Dublin
31 – Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

NOVEMBER, 2021
2 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow [rescheduled]
3 – O2 Institute 3, Birmingham
4 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (SOLD OUT) [rescheduled]
8 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
10 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham [rescheduled]

Humberstone has also been announced on the bumper line-up for Primavera Sound Festival 2022.

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Listen to Connie Constance’s upbeat new single ‘Prim & Propa’

“It’s about looking at that big white house and the perfect grass and saying ‘Yeah, nah, not for me, mate – not without my people enjoying it with me’.

“It’s an anthem for everyone that feels betrayed and let down by this country,” she continued. “It’s for the single parents, the people that work their arses off every single day and can barely get their head above water.

“It’s a reminder that we’ve got what’s important right here with us: ‘When you want more then look around, if you’ve got love you know you’re good / Cause when the grass is greener, the people are meaner.”

Constance will embark on a UK and Ireland headline tour this September in support of her ‘Prim & Propa’ EP – see the full schedule below.

September
23 – The Louisiana, Bristol
24 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
28 – Oslo, London
29 – YES, Manchester
30 – Workmens Club, Dublin

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Back in March, Connie Constance performed as part of the virtual SXSW 2021. Reviewing her set, NME wrote: “[Her] eclectic, conversational pop can switch between the quivering, quiet power of ‘WOAH’ and the swaggering disco-punk belter of ‘Monty Python’ with ease.

“Constance’s set is a frustratingly brief display of her energetic, personality-driven tunes – but she does a fine job of making the format work for her.”

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A pop-up record store with free vinyl is coming to London

David Bowie. CREDIT: Bob King/Redferns

Rest assured, however, there’s still a chance of picking up a gem. Records from the likes of AJ Tracey to David Bowie are all up for grabs, alongside special editions and rare, collectible albums.

Customers will also be able to take advantage of listening stations to enjoy their newly-acquired vinyl, as well as an in-store DJ.

The SMARTY Disc-overy store will be open from 11am-7pm BST on 16 July at 19 Air Street, London, W1B 5AG.

Meanwhile, Amazon has launched a new subscription service that focuses on “the golden era of vinyl” from the 1960s and ’70s.

The new ‘Vinyl Of The Month’ club offers music fans “must-haves” delivered to their door for $24.99 (£18.58) per month, handpicked by the Amazon Music team.

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“Start or grow an enviable collection with some of the greatest albums ever,” a statement reads, adding that the new Amazon service is “a great gift for anyone who’s just fallen in love with vinyl”.

Last month, fans from all over the UK flocked to record stores for the first Record Store Day event of 2021.

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Listen to Demob Happy’s “inter-dimensional” new single ‘Sympathy Boy’

“It has been ready – gestating, growing and germinating – for a little while now,” he said. “But because of the last year, and the foundation having been ripped from the music industry, we’ve been stuck in a kind of limbo, neither coming nor going really, constantly at the whim of other people’s plans.

“But it’s sounding wonderful, and is, quite frankly, the best stuff we’ve ever done.”

‘Sympathy Boy’ comes ahead of Demob Happy opening the main stage at next month’s Reading & Leeds festivals, where they’ll perform alongside Sam Fender, Sports Team and headliners Catfish & The Bottlemen.

SYMPATHY BOY – New Single – Broadcasting NOW on all good streaming services – https://t.co/Bfdo3Hw1q3

Written by Demob Happy.
Produced and Recorded by Matthew Marcantonio.
Mixed by Dom Craik.
Mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road pic.twitter.com/MHHCjiuHpu

— Demob Happy (@DemobHappy) July 7, 2021

The group will also embark on a UK headline tour, with shows scheduled for Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, London, Brighton and other cities throughout August and September – find tickets here.

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Demob Happy’s London performance (Scala on September 9) will mark their biggest headline show to date. “It’s gonna be special. Our last London show at The Garage was pure electricity + one of the most joyous, insane gigs we’ve done. Lets fuckin top it,” the band wrote on Twitter.

Demob Happy will play:

2021

AUGUST
25 – Cavern, Exeter
26 – Thekla, Bristol
27 – Reading Festival
28 – Leeds Festival
31 – O2 Academy, Oxford

SEPTEMBER
01 – Club Academy, Manchester
02 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
03 – Newcastle, Northumbria Uni
04 – Broadcast, Glasgow
06 – Bodega, Nottingham
07 – O2 Institute 3, Birmingham
09 – Scala, London
10 – Patterns, Brighton
11 – Patterns, Brighton

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Enter Shikari announce new live film and UK warm-up shows

You can view a trailer for the film below and tickets are available here.

The band are set to hit the road for a series of UK dates in December and they’ve now announced four warm up shows ahead of the jaunt in November, taking in Exeter, Northampton, Brighton and Bexhill.

Tickets for the shows go on general sale this Friday (July 9) at 10am and can be purchased here.

The full list of Enter Shikari’s UK shows now read:

November 2021
24 – Exeter Great Hall
25 – Northampton Roadmender
26 – Brighton Chalk
27 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion

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December 2021
4 – Alexandra Palace, London
5 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
7 – Engine Shed, Lincoln
8 – Asylum, Hull
9 – O2 Academy, Bristol
11 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool
12 – O2 Academy, Leeds
13 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
15 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
16 – Great Hall, Cardiff (SOLD OUT)
17 – O2 Guildhall, Southampton
19 – Town Hall, Middlesbrough
20 – Rock City, Nottingham (SOLD OUT)
21 – Rock City, Nottingham (SOLD OUT)

The band were due to release 2xLP / 2xCD deluxe editions of ‘Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible’ and its companion piece ‘Moratorium (Broadcasts From The Interruption)’, which is made up of tracks recorded during livestreams over the last year, on July 16.

But that’s now been put back to August 27.

Speaking about the latter album, frontman Rou Reynolds recently told NME: “It’s a load of sessions that we did from the first lockdown onwards throughout the year – the ones that felt special.

“I think one of the most special ones was recorded on this hallowed nature reserve near me in North London in the middle of the woods. I really enjoyed those renditions. At a time when everything was quite manic and difficult to deal with, these made for nice moments of calm.”

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Villagers share gospel-like new song ‘So Simpatico’ and announce in-store gigs

Director Rosie Barrett added of the video: “’So Simpatico’ is a journey of awakening and self-reflection of a sad clown finding love within himself and sparking that zest for life that was lost some time ago. Creating a visual narrative for this beautiful song was a joy as I have been long admiring Conor’s music. I had the pleasure of working with a brilliant cast and crew in the making and I am very excited to see this video out in the world.”

Additionally, Villagers have announced a run of UK in-store shows for August before they head out on a headline Irish and UK tour this autumn – find tickets here.

Villagers 2021 live dates:

JULY
24 – Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Suffolk

AUGUST
19 – Banquet Records, Kingston – Evening
20 – Rough Trade East, London – Sold out
21 – Relevant Records, Cambridge – Lunchtime
21 – Resident Records, Brighton – Evening
22 – Rough Trade Bristol, Bristol – Lunchtime
22 – Truck, Oxford – Evening
23 – Rough Trade Nottingham, Nottingham – Lunchtime
23 – Vinyl Tap, Huddersfield – Evening
24 – Jumbo Records, Leeds – Lunchtime
24 – Action Records, Preston – Evening
27 – Down the Rabbit Hole Festival, Beuningen, Netherlands
28 – Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands

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OCTOBER
12 – SWG3, Glasgow
13 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
15 – Albert Hall, Manchester
16 – SWX, Bristol
17 – Junction, Cambridge
18 – The Glee Club, Birmingham
20 – Chalk, Brighton
21 – Roundhouse, London

NOVEMBER
2 – Opera House, Cork
3 – Set Theatre, Kilkenny (sold out)
4 – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick (sold out)
5 – Black Box, Galway (sold out)
7 – Empire Music Hall, Belfast

DECEMBER
11 – Vicar Street, Dublin (sold out)
12 – Vicar Street, Dublin (sold out)
13 – Vicar Street, Dublin

Reviewing Villagers’ last album ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ upon its release in 2018, NME wrote: “Villagers’ 2010 debut ‘Becoming A Jackal’ came out at a time where acoustic guitar music was in vogue and the charts were flooded with the likes of Mumford and SonsEd Sheeran and Ben Howard.

“Eight years on, singer-songwriter Conor O’Brien has proved he’s not a one-trick pony, capable of making more than just dainty guitar music. ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ is the band’s most ambitious record to date.”

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