London Independent Market announces dates and line-up for summer event

For the first time this year, ILM will be introducing stalls from artists and makers including Colourbox Studio, Dan Jamieson, East London Printmakers, Hand Jazz and Kam Creates.

London Brewers’ Market is also set to return, with independent brewers Grain Cider, Brick Brewery, Five Points Brewing Co, Friendship Adventure, Gosnells Mead, London Beer Lab, Old Street Brewery, Standard Brew Co and more.

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The celebratory event will be soundtracked by ILM curated DJ sets and a special after party at Spiritland will follow.

Full Indie Label: London line-up:

[PIAS]
4AD
ATA
AD 93
Airbag
Apron
BBE Music
Blitzcat
Because
Bella Union
Big Dada
Brace Yourself
Brownswood
Burning Witches
Cherry Red
Chess Club
Clap Trap
Clay Pipe
Cold Blow
Counter Intuitive
Dead Oceans
Dirty Hit
Do Your Best
Drag City
Dynamite Cuts
Earth
Erased Tapes
Everything Sucks
Far Out
Fat Possum
Fika
Fire
First Word
Gare du Nord
Ghostly
Hand In Hive
Heavenly
Independent Musicians Collective
Jagjaguwar
Kit
Late Night Tales
LTR
London Recordings
Matador
Material Music
Mexican Summer
Mukatsuku
Mute
Music Declares Emergency
Neolithic
Ninja Tune
Numero Group
nonclassical
OTOROKU
Partisan
Precious Recordings of London
Psyché Tropes
Riddim Chango
Rough Trade
SA Recording
Sad Club
Secretly Canadian
Scratchy
Skep Wax
Slowdance
Slowfoot
Sonic Cathedral
Spinout Nuggets
Spiritmuse
State51
Sunday Best
TOT TAYLOR / TheCAMPUS
Time Capsule
Touchin Bass
Tru Thoughts
untitled (recs)
Upset The Rhythm
Wah Wah 45s
Wallen Bink
WIAIWYA

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Last year, ILM has announced its first ever market in Manchester which took place on December 5 as part of Tim Burgess’ Vinyl Adventures Record Fair.

The festive event included live performances, interviews and talks taking place across the city. Record shops involved in the festivities included Piccadilly Records, Mars Tapes, Vinyl Resting Place, Clampdown Records, Eastern Bloc Records Vinyl Revival, and Wax and Beans in Bury.

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UK Eurovision entry Sam Ryder announces 2022 London show

He will now play brand-new London venue Outernet on November 24. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday (May 20) at 9am here.

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In Ukraine meanwhile, their win was said to bring “incredible happiness” to a country under invasion by Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Instagram that the courage of the war torn country “impresses the world” and congratulated Kalush Orchestra on their victory.

He then went on to promise to host Eurovision in the future in a “free, peaceful and rebuilt” Mariupol, a city currently largely under Russian control. At the end of their performance at the show’s finale, Kalush Orchestra said: “I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, help Mariupol, help Azovstal right now.”

Speaking to NME this week, frontman Oleh Psiuk explained how their taking part was a “huge responsibility”, given the ongoing war with Russia.

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“To represent Ukraine in the international arena is always a responsibility, but to represent it during the war is just the highest responsibility possible,” he said.

“The song [‘Stefania’] was composed and dedicated to my mother, but after the war the song has acquired lots of nuances because a lot of people are perceiving it as if Ukraine is my mother,” said Psiuk. “That’s why the song has become so close to the Ukrainian people, and it is in the Ukrainian hearts.”

Watch NME‘s full video interview with Kalush Orchestra’s Oleh Psiuk below:

Reviewing last weekend’s Eurovision night, NME wrote: “Eurovision 2022 was all about looking forward: Sam Ryder reminding us that the UK can actually win this thing, and Ukraine showing the world just how much agency it has. Yes, the contest can be silly – hello, ‘Give That Wolf A Banana’ – but it’s also strangely and fundamentally profound.”

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Red Velvet, EXO’s Suho, and Chung Ha lead London’s MIK Festival 2022 line-up

More acts are still to be announced for the festival, which will run from 12pm to 9pm. Tickets are yet to go on sale but will be priced at £108 for general admission and £168 for golden circle, according to MIK’s Instagram.

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The festival will also feature K-fashion, K-lifestyle, K-culture, street food, drinks, dance, flash mobs and more. You can find more information on the MIK Festival website.

MIK Festival follows the announcement that HallyuPopFest, which launched in Singapore in 2018, will be held in London this year. That event will take place at the OVO Arena Wembley between July 9-10, with acts including Hwasa, Kai, KEP1ER, CRAVITY, EVERGLOW, P1Harmony and more.

Red Velvet released their latest mini-album ‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Feel My Rhythm’ in March. In a three-star review, NME said: “[The record] feels considerably substandard, if only because of its repetitive flavours and unimaginative spins on genres.

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“Compared to their earlier outputs, this one is less an inviting carnival and more a festival that you’ve been to one too many times – save for the occasional new attraction, it’s nothing you’ve never seen before.”

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Watch Snail Mail perform ‘Valentine’ highlight ‘Glory’ on ‘Fallon’

She opened up about her road to recovery last month, saying she was “silent for the entire month” following the surgery in December, and found the experience to be “really hard”.

Watch the passionate performance of ‘Glory’ on Fallon below.

In a five-star review of ‘Valentine’NME’s El Hunt wrote: “As a songwriter, Jordan continues to cut straight through to the messy, conflicted, hopelessly infatuated guts of life. It’s a rare skill to pull it off so flawlessly in a signature track or two – let alone across the space of two concise records.”

See Snail Mail’s forthcoming UK and European tour dates below.

JUNE 2022
6 – Gebäude 9, Cologne
7 – Knust, Hamburg
9 – Oceanen, Gothenburg
11 – Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm
13 – Columbia Theater, Berlin
14 – Groovestation, Dresden 
15 – Ampere, Munich
16 – Santeria Toscana 31, Milan 
18 – Bogen F, Zürich
19 – Le Trabendo, Paris 
21 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam
23 – The Ritz, Manchester
24 – QMU, Glasgow
28 – Marble Factory, Bristol
29 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
30 – Chalk, Brighton 

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JULY 2022
5 – Epicerie Moderne, Lyon

Back in March, t her first proper gig in nearly two-and-a-half years, Snail Mail treated fans to a riveting cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1995 gem ‘Tonight, Tonight’.

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Gogol Bordello announce one-off Ukraine benefit show in London

Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase them here.

LONDON – Tickets are on sale NOW for Gogol Bordello's show at Electric Brixton on Saturday, July 16. Get your tickets: https://t.co/et7Up7wV8W

£5 of each ticket purchased will be donated to https://t.co/KmMuBHOLRV’s Ukrainian Crisis Response.🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/eRWJcv5qAB

— Gogol Bordello (@GogolBordello) May 11, 2022

“London always responded raucously to what we do, perhaps because of its own class
struggles” frontman Eugene Hütz, who was born in Ukraine, said in a statement. “Punk and hardcore is like a cultural-humanitarian corridor between all countries that deals with those issues, and a lot of it developed and grew muscles here. We are always excited to energise that corridor.”

“Since the beginning of invasion, London has been a very central place of support for
Ukraine’s Victory – not only with fundraising events, but with every tangible kind of
support to bring about Ukraine’s Victory as fast as possible,” he continues. “We
appreciate it tremendously. Much respect for that.”

Recently, Hütz shared a tribute song to Eukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Called ‘Zelensky: The Man With The Iron Balls’, the charity track also featured Primus’ Les ClaypoolThe Police’s Stewart Copeland on drums, John Lennon’s son Sean on guitar and vocals, Hütz’s bandmate Sergey Ryabtseb on violin and Billy Strings on acoustic guitar.

Speaking about that track to Rolling Stone, Hütz said: “As soon as Russian aggression broke out, Les and I connected to address the catastrophe ASAP.

“We jumped on creating affirmative music that calls for unity and pays respect to the real doers in Ukrainian defence, such as President Zelensky, who demonstrated previously unheard of stamina and heroism.”

Claypool said the track “is not intended to be a song of condemnation,” but one of “unity.”

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Pale Waves announce third album ‘Unwanted’ and share new single ‘Lies’

The track was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Zakk Cervini, who has worked with the likes of Blink-182, Halsey and Machine Gun Kelly. It features crunchy guitars and a ripping, pop-punk backdrop.

“‘Lies’ is about someone who built up my trust and destroyed it like a wrecking ball,” frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie said of the track. “It caused some real trust issues, but fortunately for me that person is no longer in my life. Once you do me wrong you’re gone!”

Speaking of new album ‘Unwanted’, Baron-Gracie said: “It was really the only thing this album could be called. It’s bold and unapologetic, and that’s what the Pale Waves community is about. We don’t need to fit a perfect mould, we don’t need to apologise for being ourselves, and we won’t change for anyone. That acceptance is what connects us.”

Find Pale Waves’ ‘Unwanted’ tracklist below:

1. ‘Lies’
2. ‘Unwanted’
3. ‘The Hard Way’
4. ‘Jealousy’
5. ‘Alone’
6. ‘Clean’
7. ‘Without You’
8. ‘Only Problem’
9. ‘You’re So Vain’
10. ‘Reasons To Live’
11. ‘Numb’
12. ‘Act My Age’
13. ‘So Sick (Of Missing You)’

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The band have also announced a UK headline tour for November 2022, which follows a number of festival appearances including Neighbourhood Weekender, Community Festival, Y-Not, Kendal Calling, Boardmasters and Reading & Leeds.

Tickets will be available via fan pre-sale at 10am on May 18 and on general sale from 10am on May 20. See full dates below and buy tickets here.

NOVEMBER
25 – Albert Hall, Manchester
26 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
27 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
28 – Fat Sam’s, Dundee
30 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

In a four-star review of ‘Who Am I?’, NME wrote: “The band capture their optimism of a new life worth living, but never shy away laying bare the challenges of doing so in times like these.

“Just getting through the day or to the finish line is enough for most of us these days; Pale Waves ought to be proud of what they’ve achieved.”

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Ride to join Richard Ashcroft at South Facing Festival

At the event, Ride will celebrate the 30th anniversary release their classic 1990 debut album ‘Nowhere’ and will perform the album in full at the event.

Richard Ashcroft – Credit: Dean Chalkley

South Facing Festival, which launched last year, runs between July 29 and August 21. The open-air concert series will also host performances from the likes of London Grammar, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jungle and Becky Hill.

Tickets for the event are on sale now – buy yours here.

Last year’s inaugural South Facing Festival included sets from Dizzee Rascal, Supergrass and The Streets.

Ashcroft, who released his latest album ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol.1’ last October, is also due to perform at Millennium Square in Leeds this summer. You can find his full schedule and ticket details here.

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Back in January, the singer-songwriter shared a new remix of his track ‘C’mon People (We’re Making It Now)’ featuring Liam Gallagher.

In a three-star review, NME said that Ashcroft’s ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol.1’ – a re-imagining of “classic songs” from his back catalogue – was “well worth a listen, and an excellent reminder of some of both Ashcroft and The Verve’s finest work”.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Ride announced new reissues of their early albums and EPs to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut album.

The Oxford group, who formed in 1988, are set to re-release their seminal first album ‘Nowhere’ (1990) and its follow-up ‘Going Blank Again’ (1992) on November 4 via Wichita Recordings.

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Jamie T returns with ‘The Old Style Raiders’ and announces intimate London show

“It’s got hope in it,” T explained of ’The Old Style Raiders’ in a statement. “It’s fighting to find something that means enough to you that you love. The fight to find that, and to carry on striving, to find something you love enough to hold on to.

“Rather than kid love or movie love or gushy love or lust love, whatever you have when you’re younger – it’s actually trying to fight for something that means more than that. It’s the struggle to find that.”

As for how the single came to be on his long-awaited new album, T said: “I was struggling to find my direction with the record for a few years, really.”

He continued: “I went home one day, and I found this track that I had recorded, pretty much fully finished. And I was really upset, because I realised that I’d spent the last six months asking other people to tell me if something was good.

“Then I heard this track and I just immediately knew I’d kind of found my path.”

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The musician – real name Jamie Treays – has also confirmed that he’ll return to the stage for an intimate show at the Subterania venue in Ladbroke Grove, London next Wednesday (May 11). It’ll mark his first live appearance since 2017.

Tickets will be available to fans who pre-order ‘The Theory of Whatever’ from Jamie T’s official store by 5pm BST tomorrow (May 5).

Treays announced the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Trick’ last Wednesday (April 27) by posting an “album trailer brief” video on his official social media channels.

Earlier this year, Jamie T released a 15th anniversary reissue of his seminal debut, ‘Panic Prevention’.

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The Afghan Whigs announce new album ‘How Do You Burn?’ and share ‘The Getaway’

The Afghan Whigs have previewed ‘How Do You Burn?’ today (May 3) with ‘The Getaway’ – you can watch the track’s Philip Harder and Patrick Pierson-directed video below.

‘How Do You Burn?’ was given its title by the late Mark Lanegan, who contributed backing vocals to two tracks on the record before his death in February.

Other guest contributors to the record include Susan Marshall (who previously sang on The Afghan Whigs’ 1998 album ‘1965’), Van Hunt (a guest on 2014’s ‘Do To The Beast’) and Marcy Mays, who provided lead vocals on the Whigs’ ‘My Curse’ off their 1993 album ‘Gentleman’.

You can see the tracklist and album artwork for The Afghan Whigs’ ‘How Do You Burn?’ below:

  • ‘I’ll Make You See God’
  • ‘The Getaway’
  • ‘Catch A Colt’
  • ‘Jyja’
  • ‘Please, Baby, Please’
  • ‘A Line Of Shots’
  • ‘Domino and Jimmy’
  • ‘Take Me There’
  • ‘Concealer’
  • ‘In Flames’
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    The Afghan Whigs have also announced a trio of UK live dates for November in support of their new album. You can see the band’s upcoming UK gigs below, and find tickets here.

    July 2022
    23 – Concorde 2, Brighton
    24 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk

    November 2022
    4 – Cathedral, Manchester
    5 – St. Lukes, Glasgow
    6 – KOKO, London

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    Graham Coxon and Elinor Dougal’s The Waeve announce second London show

    “We are greatly looking forward to unleashing our new sound live at the Lexington,” the band previously said in a statement. “We’ve been locked away, busy translating the varied sounds of our songs into a dynamic live show, with the help of some great musician friends. We invite you to surrender to the world of The WAEVE.”

    The duo came together after exchanging messages during the lockdown Christmas of 2020. They soon started writing songs before their collaboration “gave rise to an unexpected sonic universe”, a statement explains.

    Inspired by “a shared love of English folk music, storytelling and the associated landscapes of this beleaguered island,” their music soon turned into something of their own, with “a cinematic breadth whilst maintaining an honest intimacy” and “guitars, saxophones AND strings lifting the songs into other stratospheres”. Their upcoming music is said to speak to “themes of oblivion and surrender, juxtaposed with suggestions of hopefulness and light”.

    Last year saw Coxon release the comic book score album ‘Superstate‘, as well as tease more activity from Blur. After bandmate Damon Albarn claimed that Blur had been in talks and “had an idea” of how to make their return, the guitarist told NME: “I was privy to that discussion. It started as a discussion, but didn’t really end as one.”

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    Asked if he was too busy with various projects to pursue a Blur reunion, he told us: “Having a lot on your plate is a sort of chaos. It’s like a massive English breakfast at the moment. If someone snuck on a grilled tomato I probably wouldn’t notice. I’m up for it if everyone digs the idea.”

    The WAEVE are also set to play The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on May 12.

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    New and improved KOKO re-opens: “This is great for London and for culture”

    Olly Bengough founded KOKO in 2004 after transforming the venue from the Camden Palace. Speaking to NME, he said that it the latest iteration “pieces together 222 years of London history” while “looking to the future” in taking in the neighbouring former Hope & Anchor pub at the rear (built in 1860) to become Cafe KOKO and a former piano factory from 1800 to become the new five-storey House Of KOKO members’ club.

    “In the ’60s you had the Stones play here, the ’70s it was The Clash and Sex Pistols, AC/DC and Iggy Pop, in the ’80s we had Madonna‘s first London show, Prince performed, we had the new romantics like Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and Boy George, then in the ’90s it was the likes of Blur,” he said of the venue’s legacy.

    “When I founded the theatre in 2003, Amy Winehouse was just coming through, we were lucky enough to do Coldplay‘s ‘X & Y’ album launch and Madonna came back for her ‘Confessions On A Dance Floor’ album. Regardless of who’s owned it, the theatre has always hosted amazing artists and represented both the world and London’s culture at its best. It’s never been corporate and always owned by independents and entrepreneurs. We’re always mindful of that.”

    CGI of KOKO theatre (Picture: Press)

    As for the main venue, Bengough said that many improvements had been made to satisfy gig-goers and audiophiles.

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    “We stripped back the theatre to its brickwork, which took three years because it hasn’t been renovated like this since 1900,” he said. “All of the bars are beautifully designed, and on the audio side we’ve got an amazing D&B 3D soundscape system. That’s the first time in the world that it’s been brought into a venue, so I think everyone is going to be surprised at the level of the audio and sound.”

    He continued: “During construction, we found a fly tower space. Every theatre has one, and it’s where stage-hands pull the scenography between scenes. It’s very tall but the public never see it. We’ve now built a gallery around it which, with the stage curtain, means that we can operate that as a 150 capacity venue. What’s fun is that now artists can play KOKO, they can play the fly tower, or some artists are talking to us about playing both in the round. That’s incredible for us – we now have three different performance set-ups.”

    An Arcade Fire fan pleads for a ticket outside KOKO on April 29, 2022 in London, England. CREDIT: Lorne Thomson/Redferns

    In bringing Cafe KOKO and the House Of KOKO into the realm of the main venue, Bengough said that they were able to welcome around 1,000 artists per year “in different spaces that everyone can be part of” through performances and livestreams.

    “It’s great for us, but it’s also great for London and culture,” he said. “KOKO’s always there and people can always buy a ticket to a show. The House Of KOKO gives our community the opportunity to become a member if they want to experience backstage and enjoy a little more luxury. That means there are five floors where they can entertain their friends and their guests, we’ve built a 40-cap jazz club speakeasy with Nick Lewis from Ronnie Scott’s programming that.

    “We’ve got this incredible townhouse where you can go and watch shows in the theatre, or you can go to our new small gig space Ellen’s and watch a show, you can go to the studio where we’ll have listening parties and events, radio station facilities to showcase emerging talent, plus we’ve got vinyl-listening booths for anyone who really enjoys and loves music.

    “Quite a few musicians, artists and actors have joined – so it’s great to have that artistic community support us.”

    The new rooftop of KOKO in London (Picture: Press)

    Music fans around the world can also now enjoy KOKO with 4K streaming enabled throughout the building.

    “Now an artist can play an analogue show where they don’t have to stream, or if they want to stream and distribute their show or backstage elements to their audience globally, they can now do it at the push of a button,” said Bengough.

    “They don’t have to bring in any production companies. We’ve increased artists’ creative perimeter, so they can come and perform big shows, small shows, they can stream and create limited edition content. We’re here to support them and make them look good at every level.”

    In the coming months, KOKO will see appearances from the likes of Pete Doherty, Jorja Smith, 2ManyDJs as the venue looks set to welcome around 45,000 fans in May alone. The venue’s head of music Nick Lewis told NME about KOKO’s mission to continue its role as “a cultural institution that supports all new music movements including genres that perhaps other venues might shy away from”.

    “KOKO has witnessed so many musical movements throughout its history which is really quite special,” he said. “From new wave and punk with seminal gigs by The Clash, The Jam, The Cure, to the new romantic era with Iggy Pop, Duran Duran, Ultravox, Boy George, and it was also a centre for the rave and acid-house scene in the late ’80s and ’90s.

    “Over the course of time KOKO has hosted some of the most iconic artists from Madonna and Amy Winehouse to Kanye, Stormzy and Dua Lipa, to name a few. When the theatre first opened in 1901, Charlie Chaplin performed on its stage, then later Monty Python and The Goon Show were broadcast from the building when it was owned by the BBC from 1945-1975. The Rolling Stones did their first ever live broadcast from the stage in 1964.

    “It’s such a special, majestic theatre where countless unforgettable music-loving memories have been formed.”

    A vinyl room in The House of KOKO. Credit: Lesley Lau

    Speaking of the “meticulous three year restoration process”, Lewis said that music fans would notice the years of love and effort that have gone into transforming the venue.

    “Fans watching a show at KOKO always felt the grandeur of the theatre, but when we re-open I think it’s going to be an even richer experience,” he said. “We’ve vastly improved the sound and lighting, added high spec viewing screens on the top floor, put in more bars to get a (good) drink, and with live streaming integrated throughout, we will be producing hybrid events for those who can’t make the gig in-person.  But most importantly, I’m proud of our eclectic opening music programme and I hope NME readers approve of it too!”

    As for the House Of KOKO and Café KOKO, Lewis said that they’d be looking to honour Camden’s “rich local history that’s synonymous with independent music”.

    “We’ll be doing that by supporting the most exciting, emerging, local talent throughout the building, including in the ground floor Café KOKO as well as our new stages in the members’ areas,” he said. “We want to ensure we’re working with the local community and doing justice to the venue’s history. Music fans should expect the best local and emerging live music and DJ’s throughout the building.”

    He continued: “Artists will have the option to make their visit really special in a number of ways. Maybe they want to take over our new KOKO shop for the day as part of their album launch, or livestream their performance to their fans worldwide, or perhaps create a VIP show to a select few fans in our new ‘fly tower’ venue within the theatre. Our new on-site studio ‘KOKO Studios’ will run live radio supporting new talent and will provide artists with filming and recording facilities so there’s also an option for artists to get creative with us.”

    Admitting that his dream night at KOKO would feature a Nick Cave solo piano set alongside performance from D’Angelo Quartet with Pino Palladino, Anderson. Paak , Kate Bush and FKA Twigs followed by a Brainfeeder Club Night, Lewis said that the venue’s mission in booking shows was to “honouring the theatre’s rich history whilst also innovating across all genres”.

    “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the artists, agents, promoters and managers who we’ve been working with and have booked one of the first shows back with us,” he added. “This whole thing wouldn’t work without them –not least Arcade Fire for being the first ones back!”

    Visit here for details of KOKO’s upcoming events.

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    Watch Arcade Fire play their first UK show in four years at London’s KOKO

    Arcade Fire kicked off their 20-song set by playing the as-yet-unreleased ‘Age Of Anxiety I’, which will appear on their upcoming sixth studio album, ‘WE’.

    “Hi London, we really fucking missed you a lot,” frontman Win Butler told the audience at the start of the show.

    Butler and co. also treated the crowd to new tracks ‘Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)’, ‘The Lightning I, II’ and their latest single ‘Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)’.

    As part of their second encore – which was not broadcast as part of the stream – Arcade Fire debuted ‘End Of The Empire I-III’ and ‘End Of The Empire IV (Sagittarius A*)’ from their new album.

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    Elsewhere, they aired fan favourites such as ‘The Suburbs’, ‘Ready To Start’, ‘Reflektor’, ‘Rebellion (Lies)’ and ‘Wake Up’, the closing song of the first encore. You can watch the performance in full above.

    Arcade Fire played:

    ‘Age Of Anxiety I’
    ‘Ready To Start’
    ‘The Suburbs’
    ‘The Suburbs (Continued)’
    ‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’
    ‘Generation A’
    ‘My Body Is A Cage’
    ‘Afterlife’
    ‘Reflektor’
    ‘Age Of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)’
    ‘Creature Comfort’
    ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’
    ‘Everything Now’

    Encore:
    ‘The Lightning I’
    ‘The Lightning II’
    ‘Rebellion (Lies)’
    ‘Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)’
    ‘Wake Up’

    Encore 2:
    ‘End Of The Empire I-III’ (live debut)
    ‘End Of The Empire IV’ (Sagittarius A*) (live debut)

    ‘WE’ is due for release next Friday (May 6) via Columbia Records. It was produced by long-term Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich along with the band’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.

    Arcade Fire recently spoke about Peter Gabriel and Father John Misty’s contributions to the record, which they explained was made during “a very uncertain but beautiful time”.

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    Watch Aitch and Griggs roam London streets in the video for ‘Just Coz’

    Smooth rhythms and an unassuming undertone complement the pair’s unabashed lyrics as they traverse London’s streets in the official music video.

    The release of ‘Just Coz’ follows Aitch’s latest solo single, ‘Baby’, which dropped last month. Prior to that, Aitch – real name Harrison Armstrong – teamed up with the fast-rising ArrDee to release ‘War’, a collaboration the latter artist told NME “just happened organically”.

    Aitch also teamed up with British-Gambian rapper Pa Salieu on the collaborative track ‘Bad’ back in October 2021. The rapper’s last full release was in May 2020 with his ‘Polaris’ EP, which featured a collaboration with AJ Tracey, ‘Rain’.

    Elsewhere, Giggs has delivered a handful of collaborative releases himself. Last year, Giggs dropped a double single, ‘Differences’ and ‘Innocent’, which saw him bring on Brooklyn rapper Rowdy Rebel.

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    Kaytranada announces second London date this summer

    The announcement follows the release of his recent single ‘Iced Tea’ and last year’s ‘Intimidated’ EP, a three-track project that features guest appearances from H.E.R., Thundercat and Mach-Hommy.

    He also joined forces with IDK earlier this month for a new track called ‘Taco’, the first single to be released from the Maryland rapper’s upcoming new album ‘Simple’.

    See Kaytranada’s second London show announcement below. Tickets are on sale now, which you can get here.

    2nd date added for London!
    tix: https://t.co/fy14e6uvii pic.twitter.com/zKE30ROvT1

    — k. (@KAYTRANADA) April 28, 2022

    Kaytranada was recently announced as one of the openers for Swedish House Mafia’s upcoming tour.

    The Scandinavian dance trio – comprising Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso – released their long-awaited debut full-length ‘Paradise Again’ earlier this month (April 15).

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    The group will be heading out on a world tour this summer in support of the album, with Alesso, Zhu, Vintage Culture, Grimes, and Kaytranada confirmed as opening acts at various dates. They’ve also added extra shows to the schedule – see full dates below and buy tickets here.

    JULY 2022
    29 – FTX Arena, Miami
    31 – Amway Center, Orlando

    AUGUST 2022
    2 – Madison Square Garden, New York
    3 – Madison Square Garden, New York
    5 – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
    7 – îleSoniq Festival, Montreal
    9 – TD Garden, Boston
    10 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
    11 – Capital One Arena, Washington
    13 – United Center, Chicago
    17 – Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
    21 – Ball Arena, Denver
    25 – Moody Center, Austin
    26 – American Airlines Center, Dallas
    27 – Toyota Center, Houston

    SEPTEMBER 2022
    2 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
    4 – Pechanga Arena, San Diego
    9 – Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles
    13 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver
    14 – Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle
    16 – Chase Center, San Francisco
    17 – Chase Center, San Francisco
    29 – AO Arena, Manchester
    30 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow

    OCTOBER 2022
    2 – The O2, London
    6 – 3Arena, Dublin
    8 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
    10 – Accor Arena, Paris
    14 – IFEMA Madrid Live, Madrid
    15 – Altice Arena, Lisbon
    18 – Mediolanum Forum, Milan
    19 – Hallenstadion, Zurich
    21 – Tauron Arena, Krakow
    22 – O2 Arena, Prague
    25 – Lanxess Arena, Cologne
    27 – Olympiahalle, Munich
    29 – Sportpaleis, Antwerp
    31 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

    NOVEMBER 2022
    3 – Stadthalle, Vienna
    5 – Festhalle, Frankfurt
    6 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
    8 – Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg
    9 – Royal Arena, Copenhagen
    11 – Telenor Arena, Oslo
    13 – Uros Arena, Tampere

    Swedish House Mafia. CREDIT: Alexander Wessely

    Swedish House Mafia headlined the third night of Coachella last weekend with The Weeknd, replacing Kanye West, who pulled out of his closing night headline sets earlier this month.

    The Weeknd opened his set with ‘Sacrifice’ and ‘How Can I Make You Love Me’, joined by Swedish House Mafia at the end of their own full-length set. His set then ended with a performance of their collaborative 2021 track, ‘Moth To A Flame’.

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    Superorganism share “deliciously obnoxious” new pop single ‘crushed.zip’

    Singer Orono Noguchi added: “I was thinking about Kanye [West] and Elliott Smith a lot (which is most of the time). I wanted to do like a really depressing and personal song but with the most deliciously obnoxious pop packaging. Stuart Price’s production really elevated it to the next level.”

    The London-based collective will release the follow-up to their 2018 self-titled debut on July 15 via Domino. You can pre-order/pre-save the record from here.

    It boasts contributions from Stephen Malkmus, Dylan Cartlidge as well as the Japanese musician and actor Gen Hoshino.

    Superorganism will showcase ‘World Wide Pop’ on a UK headline tour this autumn, which concludes with a show at Scala in London on September 21. Gigs will also take place in Europe and North America.

    Before that the band will hit the road for a series of UK instore concerts to celebrate the release of their new record, which includes a stop at London’s Rough Trade East on July 15. You can view the full list of dates below and purchase tickets here.

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    Superorganism’s 2022 UK tour dates are as follows:

    JULY
    15 – Rough Trade East, London
    16 – Resident instore, Brighton
    17 (afternoon) – Pie & Vinyl instore, Portsmouth
    17 (evening) – Rough Trade instore, Bristol
    18 – Rough Trade, Nottingham
    19 – Jumbo, Leeds
    20 – Pryzm, Kingston

    SEPTEMBER
    16 – Chalk, Brighton
    17 – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
    18 – SWG3 Warehouse, Glasgow
    20 – Gorilla, Manchester
    21 – Scala, London

    Reviewing the band’s self-titled debut album, NME‘s Thomas Smith wrote: “It’s full of colourful characters and, for the most part, each song plays its part in this ambitious and vibrant debut record. Little before has sounded quite as unhinged but fun.”

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    Bush announce first London show in five years

    Bush’s full 2022 tour dates are as follows:

    June 

    1 – Bremen, Aladin
    2 – Antwerp, Trix
    7 – Warsaw, Proxima
    8 – Berlin, Astra
    13 – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
    14 – Tilburg, O13
    15 – Munster, Skaters Palace
    19 – Padova, Hall
    20 – Rome, Orion
    21 – Milan, Magazzini
    23 – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
    24 – Madrid, Kapital

    July 

    3 – Grantville, PA, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

    August

    6 – Saint Michael, ND, Spirit Lake Casino
    7 – Sturgis, SD, Sturgis Buffalo Chip
    10 – Burgettstown, PA, Pavilion at Star Lake
    11 – Camden, NJ, Waterfront Music Pavilion
    13 – Syracuse, NY, St Josephs Health Amphitheater
    14 – Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre
    16 – Clarkston, MI, Pine Knob Music Theatre
    17 – Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Music Center
    19 – Bonner Springs, KS, Azura Amphitheater
    20 – Council Bluffs, IA, Westfair Amphitheatre
    22 – Milwaukee, WI, American Family Insurance Amphitheatre
    24 – Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    25 – Minneapolis, MN, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
    27 – Denver, CO, Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
    29 – Salt Lake City, UT, Usana Amphitheatre
    31 – Bend, OR, Hayden Homes Amphitheatre

    September 

    2 – Ridgefield, WA, RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
    5 – Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
    7 – Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheater
    8 – Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheater
    10 – Phoenix, AZ, Ak Chin Pavilion
    11 – Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
    14 – Austin, TX, Germania Insurance Amphitheater
    20 – Rogers, AR, Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
    21 – St Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    27 – Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
    28 – Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
    30 – Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

    October 

    1 – Palm Beach, FL, iTHINK Financial Amphitheater
    4 – Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
    5 – Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
    8 – Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center

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    Earlier this year, Rossdale revealed that he had already written 18 songs for the follow-up to ‘The Kingdom’. “We start [in the studio] on Monday with a producer,” he said in March. “[We’ll] rearrange — hopefully not too much — the stuff I’ve done. We choose the songs we’re gonna do. We either might use what I started, the tracks, or we might just try nixing them and doing it fresh.”

    He continued: “Each song will dictate that. But we go eight days [in the studio] before we come to Australia [for tour] then we do [several days] of rehearsal. And then when we come back from Australia, we’ve got a few days off and then we go back to finish it. It should be done by May.”

    Meanwhile, the band’s frontman is also set to launch a new cooking and entertainment show called E.A.T. According to Deadline, the rock star cum dinner host will “invite celebrities to his home in the Hollywood Hills where he will design, prepare and serve them a three-course meal”.

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    The Fratellis on first hearing the term “indie landfill”: “I thought, ‘I bet they’re referring to people like us’”

    “Some might think it’s snobbery, but let’s face it, we’ve all got a bit of the snob about us – I certainly have. ‘Chelsea Dagger’ produces this sort of total abandon that’s a pleasure to stand back and watch. Most nights you don’t even have to sing it ‘cause the audience will take care of that. It’s a song that’s never dipped below a level of sheer fucking happiness for us.”

    Last month, it was revealed that The Fratellis and The Sherlocks will be joining Kaiser Chiefs on a huge winter area tour. Tickets are available here.

    Speaking about the new tour, Kaiser Chiefs said: “It’s been a while but we’re going on tour in November and can’t wait to see you all again. We’re looking forward to putting on a big KC show. See you there!”

    The tour will begin in Cardiff on November 3, before heading to London, Newcastle, Hull, Liverpool, Glasgow, Leeds, Brighton, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Birmingham and  Nottingham. You can see the full list of dates below:

    NOVEMBER
    3 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
    5 – The O2, London
    7 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle 
    8 – Bonus Arena, Hull 
    10 – M&S Bank Arena, Hull 
    11 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow 
    12 – First Direct Arena, Leeds 
    14 – Brighton Centre, Brighton 
    15 – Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth
    17 – International Centre, Bournemouth
    18 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham 
    19 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham 

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    Reviewing The Fratellis last album, ‘Half Drunk Under A Full Moon’, which was released in 2021, NME said “album six proves that [they’re] still in possession of some decent tunes.

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    Hard-Fi announce special London reunion gig and hint at new music

    “You may have seen the signs around town – 1st of October 2022, we’re getting the band back together,” Archer began. “As if you hadn’t guessed.”

    Forgot to mention new website!! https://t.co/30o66kTA0t and we’ll be emailing our mailing list later tonight with details please check your spam folder, if not already signed up -sign up!! X x x https://t.co/NJMwt0NgZR

    — Hard-Fi💙 (@HARD_FI) April 24, 2022

     

    He went on to call the venue one of his favourites, saying: “I’ve seen some amazing gigs there and one of my favourite of our gigs we did there as well. So we’re gonna be going back there.”

    The singer continued: “Everyone’s back in – Ross is back, Kai, Steve. They should be here but apparently they’ve got something better to do. Anyway, everyone’s back in, 1st of October, it’s a Saturday night.”

    Archer also revealed that Hard-Fi will hold a special livestream performance on Facebook on Thursday night (April 28). “Any of you who have tuned in to any of our previous livestream attempts will know they’ve always been a slight, complete balls-up, but generally fairly entertaining hopefully,” he said. “So next Thursday we’re gonna do a full band from our Cherry Lips studio, livestream it, 9pm.

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    “We’re gonna play three or four numbers, maybe. Hopefully we can remember all the chords, hopefully I can remember all the words.”

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    He also asked fans to submit requests for the gig and suggested there was potential for a wider tour in the future. “If enough of you are up for this one, who knows?” he said. “Who knows, maybe we might do some more.”

    Archer also hinted at new music, saying: “We might through in a couple of new tunes while we’re there.”

    The gig will be officially announced by the promoter tomorrow morning (April 25) and tickets will go on sale on Friday (29) at 10am, while a pre-sale for O2 customers will be held from 10am on Wednesday (27). Tickets will be available to purchase here.

    Hard-Fi released their debut album ‘Stars Of CCTV’ in 2005, with the record going on to reach Number One and being nominated for that year’s Mercury Prize. It featured the singles ‘Hard To Beat’, ‘Cash Machine’ and ‘Living For The Weekend’.

    The band released two more studio albums – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ (2007) and ‘Killer Sounds’ (2011) – before going on hiatus in 2014.

    In April 2020, Archer told NME that Hard-Fi were considering a return to the stage to mark their first album’s 15-year milestone. “That album has defined people’s lives and when they were growing up,” he explained. “We’ll definitely do it at some point, but with new music too so we’re not just trading on past glories.”

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    Watch Foals play recent single ‘Looking High’ for the first time

    The trio returned to the venue the following night (April 21) where they debuted ‘Looking High’. Tune in here:

    ‘Looking High’, frontman Yannis Philippakis explained, “is looking back to a more hedonistic time in my life, and a more innocent time in society in general, pre-pandemic and before the existential threat of climate change”.

    He continued: “It takes place in an alley in Oxford with two clubs – The Cellar and The Wheatsheaf – that all the city’s nightlife gravitated towards.”

    Foals’ current run of UK gigs continues in Birmingham tonight (April 23) ahead of various festival appearances this summer. You can see their upcoming live schedule below and find tickets here.

    APRIL
    23 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham

    25 – Bonus Arena, Hull
    26 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
    27 – Centre, Brighton
    29 – Olympia, London
    30 – Olympia, London

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    MAY
    1 – Olympia, London
    2 – Olympia, London
    5 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
    6 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
    8 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
    29 – Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Coventry

    JUNE
    22–26 – Glastonbury Festival
    27 – Fairview Park, Dublin
    29 – Sounds of the City, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

    JULY
    8 – Sounds of the City, Millennium Square, Leeds
    9 – TRSNMT, Glasgow
    23 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk

    Speaking to NME about the forthcoming ‘Life Is Yours’ back in February, Philippakis said that “this is our idea of a going out record”. 

    “We were thinking about parties, club nights and being drunk on the bus at 2am trying to get home,” he explained.

    “All of it: the excitement before you go out, meeting up with your friends, the wild abandon. ‘Who’s got the pingers? Where are we going?’ This is all of that youthful excess of going out.”

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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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    Foals debut new songs ‘2am’ and ‘2001’ live as they kick off 2022 tour in Edinburgh

    You can see fan-shot footage from Foals’ Edinburgh show below.

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    — Doug (@douglashunter90) April 20, 2022

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    You can see Foals’ setlist from last night’s Usher Hall gig below.

    ‘Wake Me Up’
    ‘Mountain At My Gates’
    ‘The Runner’
    ‘Olympic Airways’
    ‘My Number’
    ‘Black Gold’
    ‘Exits’
    ‘2am’
    ‘In Degrees’
    ‘Birch Tree’
    ‘2001’
    ‘Late Night’
    ‘Spanish Sahara’
    ‘Providence’
    ‘Inhaler’

    ‘Black Bull’
    ‘What Went Down’
    ‘Two Steps, Twice’

    Foals’ UK tour continues in Edinburgh tonight (April 21) ahead of a run of festival appearances this summer. You can see their upcoming live dates below and find tickets here.

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

    May
    1 – Olympia, London
    2 – Olympia, London
    5 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
    6 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
    8 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
    29 – Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Coventry

    June
    22–26 – Glastonbury Festival
    27 – Fairview Park, Dublin
    29 – Sounds of the City, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

    July
    8 – Sounds of the City, Millennium Square, Leeds
    9 – TRSNMT, Glasgow
    23 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk

    Speaking to NME back in February about their upcoming new LP, Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis said that “this is our idea of a going out record”.

    “We were thinking about parties, club nights and being drunk on the bus at 2am trying to get home. All of it: the excitement before you go out, meeting up with your friends, the wild abandon. ‘Who’s got the pingers? Where are we going?’ This is all of that youthful excess of going out.”

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    LIFE announce new album and share frenetic single ‘Big Moon Lake’

    “We wanted ‘Big Moon Lake’ to acknowledge the lyrical social commentary that was littered throughout our first two records whilst expanding the experimental and personal sound that you will hear throughout the new record,” says frontman Mez Green.

    “The track is playful and teases everyday themes of missing out, numbness, drinking, smoking and eating badly and generally wanting more for yourself in life. Its resolve being that in hindsight everything is in front of you, it’s on your doorstep and in this case that’s the wondrous county of Yorkshire.”

    It follows previous single ‘Friends Without Names’, which was released last November.

    Speaking about their new album, Green added: “Hull and the surrounding area runs through our DNA and has shaped us, weathered us, empowered us, embraced us and made us feel accepted.

    “‘North East Coastal Town’ is our love letter to the city. The album is an ode to kinship and relationship with its musical and lyrical spine picking out themes of love, desire, beauty, horror, chaos, pride and most importantly the sense of belonging.”

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    The record will feature 11 tracks which you can view below:

    1. ‘Friends Without Names’
    2. ‘Big Moon Lake’
    3. ‘Incomplete’
    4. ‘Almost Home’
    5. ‘Duck Egg Blue’
    6. ‘Shipping Forecast’
    7. ‘Poison’
    8. ‘Self Portrait’
    9. ‘The Drug’
    10. ‘Our Love Is Growing’
    11. ‘All You Are’

    The band are also due to hit the road for a UK tour kicking off this week. You can purchase tickets here.

    LIFE will play:

    MARCH 
    4 – The Welly, Hull
    5 – Yes, Manchester

    OCTOBER
    3 – The Cluny, Newcastle
    4 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
    5 – Mash House, Edinburgh
    7 – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
    8 – Bodega, Nottingham
    10 – The Fleece, Bristol
    11 – Patterns, Brighton
    12 – Scala, London
    14 – Joiners, Southampton

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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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    Listen to Wet Leg’s trippy new track, ‘Angelica’

    It goes on to describe the song as a mixture of “the absurd”, “the sardonic”, “social angst” and “a a trippy, synth-kissed journey through parties and regrets.”

    Speaking about the new song, Teasdale said: It’s laced with disenchantment. Even though the chorus is ‘good times, all the time’. That’s just impossible, isn’t it?”
     
    Watch the video for Angelica here:

    The song will feature on ‘Wet Leg’, the group’s debut album which is set for release this April, alongside previous singles ‘Chaise Longue’, ‘Wet Dream’ and ‘Oh No’.

    To launch the album, the band recently announced several UK in-store performances and appearances. Several extra dates have been added due to demand.

    You can see the full list of dates here:

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    Upcoming live dates

    APRIL
    7 – Banquet at PRYZM, Kingston (early & late shows)
    8 – Rough Trade East, London (matinee & evening)
    9 – Resident, Brighton
    10 – Rough Trade, Bristol 
    11 – Rough Trade, Nottingham 
    12 – HMV, Birmingham
    13 – Bear Tree Records out-store at The Foundry, Sheffield
    16 – Newcastle University, Newcastle 
    17 – The Mash House, Edinburgh 
    19 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 
    20 – Gorilla, Manchester 
    21– Trinity Centre, Bristol
    23 – o2 Institute, Birmingham 
    24 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
    26 – Electric Ballroom, London
    27 – The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
    28 – Neighbourhood Weekender, Victoria Park, Warrington

    JUNE
    23 – The Louisiana, Bristol (for Independent Venue Week)

    Wet Leg have also been added to the line-up for SXSW Festival 2021. The event will return to Austin, Texas between March 14-20.

    They will also be seen at this year’s BBC Radio 6 Music Festival.

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    Japanese Breakfast reschedules UK tour dates to October

    “Due to lingering uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 travel protocols, we have decided to reschedule our UK and European dates from March to October 2022,” she said in a statement this afternoon (February 28).

    Zauner added that her planned gigs in Cologne, Hamburg, Antwerp, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Copenhagen had been cancelled: “I am truly devastated we can not make it work at this time but I promise we will be back as soon as possible.”

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    All tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled shows, though refunds are also available from the point of purchase.

    You can see Japanese Breakfast’s rescheduled UK and European tour dates below, and find more ticket information here.

    October
    20 – Marble Factory, Bristol
    21 – Brudenell, Leeds
    22 – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
    24 – Albert Hall, Manchester
    25 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
    26 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    27 – Gretchen, Berlin, Germany

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    Japanese Breakfast recently performed the track ‘Be Sweet’ live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US, which followed on from a performance of ‘Slide Tackle’ on The Late Late Show last month.

    Japanese Breakfast’s cover of Yoko Ono’s ‘Nobody Sees Me Like You Do’, meanwhile, recently featured on the tribute album ‘Ocean Child: Songs Of Yoko Ono’.

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    Ashanti announces UK arena tour with Trey Songz and Mario

    Her last album was 2014’s ‘Braveheart’, but she announced in December that she plans to re-record her 2002 self-titled debut album, explaining at the time that she made the move “so I can collect my coins”.

    The former Murder Inc. singer has become the latest in a growing number of high-profile artists to recreate their older work, in order to regain control of their master recordings.

    Ashanti has also starred in a number of films including Coach Carter, Resident Evil: Extinction, and John Tucker Must Die. Her most recent film was last year’s Honey Girls – she played Fancy G, a pop star who hosts a contest to find the next big solo artist.

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    See the full list of dates for Ashanti’s UK run with Trey Songz and Mario below:

    MAY 2022
    29 – OVO Arena, London
    31 – First Direct Arena, Leeds

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    JUNE 2022
    1 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
    2 – AO Arena, Manchester

    Sign up here for priority tickets, which will be available from Wednesday March 2. General sale tickets go on sale Friday March 4 at 10am – get them here. Meet and greet tickets will also be available.

    The tour comes as Trey Songz faces three sexual assault lawsuits. Earlier this month, Trey (real name Tremaine Aldon Neverson) was named in a $20million lawsuit filed by an anonymous woman who has claimed he anally raped her.

    Another accuser, basketball player Dylan Gonzalez, claimed last month that Songz raped her at a Las Vegas hotel. A third accuser, Jauhara Jeffries, alleged Songz violated her while partying with him in Miami during New Year’s Eve in 2017.

    Trey Songz has denied all of the allegations.

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    The Libertines share update on Pete Doherty’s health, confirm London shows will go ahead

    Though The Libertines are yet to advise Bristol fans on when (or if) their gig will be rescheduled, they posted on Instagram earlier today that Doherty’s treatment has thus far been successful, and that he “has been allowed to travel to London today and tonight’s show will therefore go ahead”.

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    “Our sincere apologies go to everyone who had tickets for Bristol, especially after all the disruption already caused by the pandemic,” they wrote. “We want to thank our fans for being so understanding and all the good wishes Peter has received.”

    The Libertines are currently wrapping up their rescheduled ‘Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour’, with London slated as the last stop. They’ll perform a second gig at the O2 Forum Kentish Tow tomorrow night (February 27), with limited tickets for both shows available via Ticketmaster.

    Earlier this month, Doherty revealed that he’s planning to sign a prisoner he met at a Glasgow jail to his record label, Strap Originals. The singer-songwriter met the prisoner while involved in a project that saw him playing to prisoners as part of a life-drawing class. Doherty would play guitar while the prisoners at Barlinnie Prison drew him.

    Elsewhere, Doherty and collaborator Frédéric Lo recently announced a UK and European tour. The Libertines and Babyshambles frontman teamed up with the French musician for a new joint album, ‘The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime’, which is due for release on March 18 via Strap Originals.

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    The Libertines recently announced a special show in Newcastle, set to take place this summer for the city’s Rock N Roll Circus festival. The band will headline it on Saturday June 11 as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of their debut album, ‘Up The Bracket’.

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    Porridge Radio announce new album and share ‘Back To The Radio’

    “The song grew out of a feeling of intense loneliness and being unprepared for what everybody was promising me was about to happen – and a strong desire to escape without knowing what I wanted to escape to,” she said in a press release. “To me, there’s a huge feeling of catharsis in this song, of letting go and letting it sweep you away.”

    The song comes with a video directed by Margolin’s sister Ella and finds the singer waking up in a room where papier-mâché furniture is slowly being removed one by one. Later, she joins the rest of Porridge Radio in a room decorated with landscape scenery as people dressed all in black move her around the space. Watch it above.

    ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’ is released on May 20 via Secretly Canadian.

    “With this album, the feelings of joy, fear and endlessness coexist together,” Margolin said of the record as a whole, adding that its title “symbolises the ups and downs of human life, of virtue and transgression”.

    ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’ artwork CREDIT: Press

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    ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’ tracklist:

    01. ‘Back To The Radio’
    02. ‘Trying’
    03. ‘Birthday Party’
    04. ‘End Of Last Year’
    05. ‘Rotten’
    06. ‘U Can Be Happy If U Want To’
    07. ‘Flowers’
    08. ‘Jealousy’
    09. ‘I Hope She’s OK 2’
    10. ‘Splintered’
    11. ‘The Rip’
    12. ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’

    In May, Porridge Radio will embark on a series of in-store gigs in support of the album. Five months later, they kick off their biggest tour to date. Tickets for the in-store gigs are available here, while tickets for the headline tour will be available to purchase here from 10am this Wednesday (February 23).

    Porridge Radio will play the following dates in 2022:

    MAY
    20 – Piccadilly Records, Manchester

    22 – Brudenell Social Club (Crash Records), Leeds
    24 – Rough Trade East, London
    25 – Resident, Brighton
    26 – Rough Trade, Bristol
    26-29 – Spring Gathering Festival, Derbyshire
    27-28 – Sea Change Festival, Totnes 

    JULY
    15 – Doune The Rabbit Hole, Cardross Estate

    21-24 – Blue Dot Festival, Cheshire

    SEPTEMBER
    01-04 – End of the Road Festival, Wiltshire

    OCTOBER
    20 – Foundry Sheffield, Sheffield

    21 – The 1865, Southampton
    22 – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
    24 – Metronome, Nottingham
    25 – Trinity, Bristol
    26 – Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
    28 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
    29 – Academy 2, Manchester
    30 – Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds

    NOVEMBER
    01 – The Old Market, Brighton

    02 – The Old Market – Brighton
    03 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – London

    Last year, Porridge Radio shared three cover: first, a take on Love Of Everything’s ‘Happy In A Crowd’ in June, then a tender, lo-fi version of The Shins’ ‘New Slang’ in July.

    Finally, in August, they delivered their spin on Wolf Parade’s ‘You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son’.

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    Sea Power lead a close race for this week’s Number One

    Bradford collective Bad Boy Chiller Crew and electronic group Metronomy make up the Top Five respectively with ‘Disrespectful’ and ‘Small World’.

    According to the Official Charts Company, there are just 1,000 chart sales between the Top Five, with plenty of time left for the order to change.

    #EverythingWasForever is out on 18th February 2022 ✨

    Pre-order on limited edition physical formats and pre-save on digital platforms now!

    https://t.co/zscw9VRzSo pic.twitter.com/HwBlkHLTi9

    — Sea Power (@SeaPowerBand) February 5, 2022

    In a four-star review of ‘Everything Was Forever’, NME said: “We may be living in shit times but in ‘Everything Was Forever’, Sea Power have produced an album that is both brutal and beautiful, and which offers us all some much-needed hope.”

    Sea Power are set to head out on a UK tour in April in support of the new album – you can see the band’s upcoming live dates below and find tickets here.

    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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    Last week, Frank Turner scored his first ever UK Number One album with ‘FTHC’, his ninth studio LP. The singer-songwriter’s record claimed the top spot with almost 90 per cent of physical sales, topping the UK Official Record Store Chart and the Official Vinyl Albums Chart.

    “Getting a Number One album is crazy, it’s not a thing I ever thought would happen to me and it’s happened on my ninth album,” Turner told the Official Charts Company.

    “That feels particularly crazy and awesome, and I’m proud of it. It feels quite fitting that, of all the records I’ve put out, this is the one that got the Number 1 trophy. I’m very proud of the record; it’s a more intense, more personal record.”

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    London’s The O2 to remain closed this weekend following Storm Eunice damage

    Winds caused by the adverse weather shredded parts of the white-domed roof of The O2, which is located near Greenwich in south-east London.

    Dome update – six panels shredded and counting ! pic.twitter.com/p2AVhf17Ly

    — Ben Hubbard (@BJFHubbard) February 18, 2022

    The O2 will remain closed for The Weekend
    Updated information for The O2 and upcoming shows will be available on our website https://t.co/HR1mpE3Ehp
    Stay safe and take care

    — The O2 (@TheO2) February 19, 2022

    In a statement, the venue confirmed that the venue will remain closed this weekend while “urgent repairs” take place to the roof.

    “Due to adverse weather conditions, we can confirm that there has been some damage caused to the tent fabric in our roof at The O2.

    “The affected areas have been cleared and The O2 will remain closed tomorrow morning whilst urgent repairs take place.”

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    An AP Dhillion show that was due to take place at indigo at The O2 has been rescheduled to February 22.

    The O2 have asked visitors to check their events page here for further information over the next few days.

    They added: “The safety of our visitors remains of paramount importance, and we continue to assess the ongoing situation and act accordingly.”

    The venue is set to host a pair of gigs by Dave next week, while shows by the likes of UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Simply Red and The Lumineers are booked at the venue over the next fortnight.

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