Ghetts announces ‘Conflict Of Interest’ livestream show

“Levels are being set this Sunday 11th April at 8pm (pun intended),” the rapper wrote on Twitter. “Come and bear witness… And imagine what it’s like when you’re able to be here with us. Conflict of Interest is being performed in stride cinematic fashion, directed by @charlie_______s.”

Levels are being set this Sunday 11th April at 8pm (pun intended)

Come and bear witness… And imagine what it’s like when you’re able to be here with us.

Conflict of Interest is being performed in stride cinematic fashion, directed by @charlie_______s pic.twitter.com/fJ25qgQ6JY

— GHETTS (@THEREALGHETTS) April 6, 2021

The livestream performance will be available to view globally for free via Ghetts’ YouTube channel – watch it here.

Conflict Of Interest, Live In London acts as a precursor to Ghetts’ forthcoming UK and Ireland tour, which kicks off on November 13 in Dublin – see the full list of dates below.

NOVEMBER, 2021

Saturday 13 – Academy, Dublin
Sunday 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Wednesday 17 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Thursday 18 – SWX, Bristol
Saturday 20 – Roundhouse, London

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‘Conflict Of Interest’ reached Number Two in the UK albums chart in February following a well publicised campaign against Mogwai, who eventually landed their first Number One.

In a five-star review of the album, NME‘s Kyann-Sian Williams wrote: “The rapper’s third studio record and first on a major label, showcasing his growth over nearly two decades in the game, proves lyricism is in rude health.

“It’s a rare achievement to make an album as thoughtful and transparent as this; you need real lyrical talent to do so. Therefore – despite the little snub at poor old NME – ‘Conflict Of Interest’ could sit on the same shelf as Dave’s ‘Psychodrama’ as an album that depicts honest tales of London through the art of true lyricism, a tradition that will never die out.”

Meanwhile, Ghetts has spoken about collaborating with Ed Sheeran on his new album, revealing the pop star went out of his way to find a studio while he was in Japan.

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London’s The Crobar is launching the world’s first digital pub

Today (March 31), The Crobar launched an online pub which owner Richard Thomas saw as “an opportunity to help his customers and anybody else who wants to join in by creating a secure and controlled space where anybody is welcome to have a natter, lift their spirits and be themselves”.

The Crobar (Picture: London Snapper)

The Crobar Virtual Party Room will run every Friday from 3pm to 3pm BST every Saturday.

Customers only need to register once in order to gain unlimited entry to any Friday event.

“My customers are my priority and without them we’d not have reached the fantastic amount of £70K- that’s £30K since January 29 – which is no mean feat!” said Thomas.

“But since we closed down our physical location and started this crowdfund, the amount of people who have shared how much loss they’ve felt since that fateful facebook post is immeasurable.

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“It’s why, with the help and hard work of some techy fans, we were able to set up an online pub to recreate that ‘safe zone’ where people can chat, giggle and share stories – without judgement – and reattune their social skills again! They are free to create their own tables or float around other tables with groups of up to 8.

“Our three pilot tests before the launch worked so well because we’re all dealing with practically the same struggles. I am so grateful to be of some service to the punters who require this outlet; furthermore, the feedback I’m getting is that it’s fun and people are making new friends!” Thomas added.

As well as Dave Grohl, other artists who visited Crobar over the years include SlashAlice CooperSlayer’s Kerry King, Gwar, and pop stars Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

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Listen to All Time Low’s hopeful new single ‘Once In A Lifetime’

According to frontman Alex Gaskarth, ‘Once In A Lifetime’ is about “loss and dealing with loss, facing harsh realities and coming out the other side stronger for it.”

“We wrote this song in bleaker times, in a world still asleep at the wheel that left us all relearning how to navigate the uncertain roads ahead, but ultimately there is a hopeful undertone to the entire sentiment,” he continued. ​

“Things can only be so bad and once it’s over, it’s over; there’s room to start rebuilding. This song feels like it’s cut from the same cloth as [2020 single] ‘Monsters’: a progression and continued evolution from the celebration of All Time Low that was ‘Wake Up, Sunshine’.”

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Further information on a potential new album or EP is not yet known.

All Time Low will hit the road for a string of UK headline shows this September. You can purchase tickets from here and see the full schedule below.

September 2021
22 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

23 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
26 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
27 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
28 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Back in January, All Time Low announced a new graphic novel based on their 2017 album ‘Last Young Renegade’.

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New outdoor club Ernie’s Yard coming to London this summer

The venue, which will be set across 12,000 square feet of land and will host 12-hour open air parties until 11pm, will feature stacked shipping containers to create a clubbing space and will be equipped with stretch tents and clear roofing so partying can continue even when it rains.

Explaining how the club came to be, Ernie’s Yard co-founder Stuart Glen said: “Back in 2019 we walked past a huge street food & drinks venue built from shipping containers and decided to have a pint. As we walked in, the bartender explained the lease was up on the site. I immediately thought this structure would be amazing for a party, maybe I can buy it and find some land to move it to. Two weeks later we’d agreed to buy it, put a deposit down and had three months to seal the deal on some land I was after.”

He continued: “Long story short. Two sites fell through and we’ve been juggling where to put nineteen 40 foot shipping containers for two years. It’s been a sticky situation to say the least but somehow we’ve managed to pull in some favours, met an East End legend called Ernie and Bob’s your fathers brother – ‘Ernie’s Yard’ was born – a killer new daytime space for London.”

To find out when tickets go on sale, you can sign up for updates on the Ernie’s Yard official website.

Meanwhile, Fabric has announced that it will be hosting a 42-hour reopening weekend in June.

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The London nightclub is set to reopen on June 25, with its Friday session running from 10pm-10am and its Saturday (June 26) session running from 10pm right through until 4am the following Monday (June 28).

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London’s The Black Heart reaches 100 per cent of its fundraising target

The Black Heart has now announced that it has reached its final target with five days to spare.

“Goddamn, not even half an hour later and WE REACHED THE TARGET!” the venue tweeted an hour after sharing an update that the fundraiser was 99 per cent completed. “Wow wow wow, we’re beyond thrilled and grateful! What a relief! Can’t freaking wait to welcome you all back! Black Heart, SAVED!”

Goddamn, not even half an hour later and WE REACHED THE TARGET! Wow wow wow, we’re beyond thrilled and grateful! What a relief! Can’t freaking wait to welcome you all back! Black Heart, SAVED! 🖤🖤🖤 https://t.co/5VCJAeGQb2

— The Black Heart (@Theblack_heart) March 18, 2021

The Black Heart is on the Music Venue Trust’s ‘red alert’ list of UK venues that are in a critical situation in terms of their survival post-coronavirus.

Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be permitted to open from May 17 under the government’s proposed four-stage ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. Hospitality settings can serve customers outdoors from April 12.

Live shows, however, are unlikely to return until at least June 21 – when it’s hoped all remaining COVID restrictions will be lifted.

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“We want to reopen safely and we want to do what is right for our staff, customers, artists and society in general – but every week we remain closed or restricted, we build up thousands more in debt,” The Black Heart explained earlier this month.

“The £150,000 we need to raise is simply to cover the build-up of debt – the bills that have been mounting up while closed or heavily restricted for over a year. It is impossible for us to trade profitably until all restrictions are lifted.”

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Blondie are set to appear in their very own graphic novel ‘Against The Odds’

The graphic novel, artwork of which you can view below, is set to arrive in the autumn.

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Z2 Comics have worked with a number of musicians on graphic novels including Cypress Hill for the 30th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, Machine Gun Kelly for his Hotel Diablo album, The Doors and Graham Coxon.

Meanwhile, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry recently praised Miley Cyrus‘ cover of Blondie‘s ‘Heart Of Glass’, saying that the singer made the classic single “uniquely hers”.

Speaking to NME, Harry was asked whether she’d had a chance to speak to Cyrus about the cover.

“No, we haven’t actually spoken, but we’ve written back and forth and I congratulated her on doing something that was uniquely her with ‘Heart of Glass’,” she replied.

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“I thought she did a great job and I liked the way the performance looked and she’s a force to be reckoned with. I’m really proud of the fact she did our song and made it uniquely hers.”

Shortly after the performance was shared online, Harry took to Twitter to say she thought Cyrus had “nailed it”.

Blondie recently announced a run of UK arena shows with Garbage. The ‘Against The Odds’ tour is due to begin in Liverpool in November 2021, and you can see the full schedule below.

NOVEMBER

Saturday 6 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Monday 8 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Tuesday 9 – AO Arena, Manchester
Thursday 11 – Bonus Arena, Hull
Friday 12 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Sunday 14 – The Brighton Centre
Tuesday 16 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Thursday 18 – The O2 Arena, London
Saturday 20 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sunday 21– First Direct Arena, Leeds

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Watch Arab Strap’s disturbing video for new single ‘Here Comes Comus!’

“It takes place in a pub, a club, and city alleyways, all the places I’d hoped we’d be able to enjoy again by now – but it’s been so long since I’ve had a big night out that listening to it now seems almost nostalgic,” the musician added, referencing the impact the coronavirus crisis has had on nightlife.

“He still pops round to see me at home now and again, but I know he’s holding back and planning for the future, and one day soon we’ll dance again.”

‘Here Comes Comus!’ is accompanied by a dark official video, which was directed by Bryan M. Ferguson and explores the song’s themes of overindulgence.

“When I first heard Aidan’s lyrics on the track, my mind was quickly flung into a murky pit of complete debauchery,” Ferguson explained. “And I really wanted the video to be a story of excess to match not just the lyrics but the whole mythology of Comus being the rebellious god of festivity who pretty much represents anarchy and chaos.”

Upon the announcement of ‘As Days Get Dark’, Moffat revealed that the record is “about hopelessness and darkness. But in a fun way.”

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He added: “It’s definitely Arab Strap, but an older and wiser one, and quite probably a better one.”

Arab Strap are due to embark on a UK headline tour this September. At the time of writing, the dates remain unaffected by the current lockdown restrictions – you can see the schedule below.

September 2021
4 – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester
5 – Dublin Vicar St, Dublin
6 – The Mill, Birmingham
7 – SWX, Bristol
8 – Electric Ballroom, London
9 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle upon Tyne
10 – Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow

 

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Pale Waves “defeat evil cycle” of relationships on new single ‘Fall To Pieces’

“This isn’t just a completely negative song – like, ‘How long until we essentially break apart?’ – it does have a glimpse of hopefulness and it does wanna defeat that evil cycle. But it’s sort of just [about] getting stuck in that same pattern.”

Baron-Gracie sings of being “full of regret“, seeking forgiveness and questions whether she and her partner are “about to break” in ‘Fall To Pieces’. Later, she pleads: “Can we fix it and make it right?/ You’re the best part of my life“.

Following on from 2018’s ‘My Mind Makes Noises’, ‘Who Am I?’ will also feature ‘Tomorrow’, which was performed by the band during their 2019 UK headline tour. Other song titles include ‘Odd Ones Out’, ‘Run To’ and ‘Wish U Were Here’.

The new album “acts as the Pale Waves manifesto – inspiring inclusivity, self-discovery, and the notion of being whoever the hell you want to be”. The lyrics on the album deal with Baron-Gracie’s experiences of depression, distraction, and feelings of darkness.

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Pale Waves recently announced a UK and Ireland headline tour for 2022. They’ll hit the road next February for a run of dates that includes a show at The Roundhouse in London – you can see the full schedule below.

February 2022
11 – O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
12 – University Great Hall, Cardiff
13 – Rock City, Nottingham
14 – O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
16 – O2 Academy Bournemouth, Bournemouth
17 – O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds
19 – Limelight, Belfast
20 – Academy, Dublin
21 – O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
23 – O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield
25 – O2 Academy Leicester, Leicester
26 – O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford
28 – Roundhouse, London

March 2022
1 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

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Joe Strummer greatest hits album set to be released next month

In addition to tracks such as ‘Coma Girl’, ‘Johnny Appleseed’, ‘Yalla Yalla’ (with The Mescaleros) and a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Assembly’ will also feature three unreleased versions of classic tracks by The Clash, including the never-before-heard ‘Junco Partner (Acoustic)’.

The album’s liner notes have been written by lifelong Strummer fan Jakob Dylan.

‘Assembly’ tracklisting:

01 ‘Coma Girl’, ‘Johnny Appleseed’, ‘I Fought The Law’ (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 24 November 2001)
02 ‘Tony Adams’
03 ‘Sleepwalk’
04 ‘Love Kills’
05 ‘Get Down Moses’
06 ‘X-Ray Style’
07 ‘Mondo Bongo’
08 ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’ (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 24 November 2001)
09 ‘At The Border, Guy’
10 ‘Long Shadow’
11 ‘Forbidden City’
12 ‘Yalla Yalla’
13 ‘Redemption Song’
14 ‘Junco Partner’ (Acoustic)

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Last Christmas, a 2021 calendar featuring an array of images of the late Joe Strummer was released.

The new offering arrived courtesy of The Joe Strummer Foundation, an organisation set up in the singer’s memory to develop new music talent in the U.K. and overseas.

Meanwhile, Rafferty Law has said that he would love to play Joe Strummer in a biopic.

Speaking to NME, the actor and son of Jude Law and Sadie Frost said The Clash have been a big band in his life, adding “I love the way they dress and their music. Joe Strummer could be a wicked person to play.”

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Virtual hybrid clubbing and gaming events are coming to London’s Tobacco Dock venue

Pre-parties and after-parties will surround the yet-to-be-announced main shows, and a number of gaming options will be on offer as a hybrid music-gaming experience. Livestream and media partner Beatport will also broadcast sets across Facebook, Youtube, Twitch and Beatport.com.

Details for the opening weekend will be posted on February 16 which, as MusicWeek reports, is set to feature major party brands and a programme of big acts.

The idea is that once venues can reopen safely after the coronavirus pandemic improves, events will take place across the physical and virtual venue simultaneously. Multi-platform parties that take place in real time are also included in the initiative’s vision.

Tobacco Dock commercial director Jonathan Read said: “Tobacco Dock is excited to be working alongside our long term partner LWE to develop a cutting-edge virtual venue that will enable remote audiences to have a truly immersive, rich experience with the attributes of being present without the travel.

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“It is a bold new step on our journey to make Tobacco Dock a global destination for music, cultural, fashion and tech events.”

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Squid announce debut album ‘Bright Green Field’ and share new single ‘Narrator’

Squid have previewed ‘Bright Green Field’ today (January 27) by releasing the Felix Green-directed video for its lead single ‘Narrator’, which you can see below.

Speaking about ‘Narrator’, Squid said in a statement: “‘Narrator’ was inspired by the 2019 film A Long Day’s Journey Into Night. The song follows a man who is losing the distinction between memory, dream and reality and how you can often mould your memories of people to fit a narrative that benefits your ego.

“Martha Skye Murphy, the track’s guest vocalist, made the point that the unreliable narrator is, more often than not, a male who wishes to portray women as submissive characters in their story.

“After some discussions with Martha she thought it’d be a good idea that she play the part of the woman wanting to break free from the dominating story the male has set.”

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Squid are set to embark on a UK, Irish and European tour in September, having rescheduled a number of those dates from March. You can see the band’s upcoming tour schedule below.

September
7 – Concorde 2, Brighton
9 – Marble Factory, Bristol
10 – Albert Hall, Manchester
23 – Printworks, London
24 – The Crossing, Birmingham
25 – Rock City, Nottingham
27 – NUSU, Newcastle
28 – SW3, Glasgow
29 – Empire, Belfast
30 – Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland

October
3 – Tramshed, Cardiff
4 – 1865, Southampton
5 – The Phoenix, Exeter
7 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
8 – Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
9 – Trabendo, Paris, France
11 – Bumann & Sohn, Cologne, Germany
12 – Molotow Skybar, Hamburg, Germany
15 – Plan B, Malmo, Sweden
16 – Hus 7, Stockholm, Sweden
18 – Berghain Kantine, Berlin, Germany
19 – Underdogs, Prague, Czech Republic
21 – Heppel & Ettlich, Munich, Germany
23 – Bogen F, Zurich, Switzerland
24 – Bad Bonn, Dundingen, Switzerland
25 – Magnolia, Milan, Italy
26 – Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy
28 – Upload, Barcelona, Spain
29 – Independence. Madrid, Spain
30 – Mastercar, Vigo, Spain

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Tinie announces London show to mark 10th anniversary of ‘Disc-Overy’

“I can’t wait to see you all it’s gonna be crazy,” Tinie wrote above an official poster for the event. You can see that tweet below.

Catch me live celebrating 10 Years of Disc-Overy 🪐 @RoyalAlbertHall in 2021. I can’t wait to see you all it’s gonna be crazy.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (11th) at 10AM: https://t.co/M6zDCNMd05 pic.twitter.com/MBpSLqoDoh

— Tinie (@tinie) December 9, 2020

Tickets to the ‘Disc-Overy’ concert go on general sale here this Friday (December 11) at 10am GMT.

“My album ‘Disc-Overy’ is officially 10 years old,” Tinie tweeted in October. “It was a life-changer. Just wanna say thank you to all of you guys for the support through the years. It’s been a crazy journey.”

Back in March Tinie released his first new material in three years with ‘Top Winners’. His latest studio album, ‘Youth‘, was released in April 2017. News on a potential follow-up has not yet been announced.

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“I made this record with Not3s because it’s about a ‘Winners’ mindset and mentality,” Tinie explained of ‘Top Winners’. “Having that outlook has kept us focused – it’s the reason I am where I am, and the reason Not3s is where he is.

“It’s all about striving to achieve more and continue to do better for yourself.”

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Richard Ashcroft announces pair of London shows for next year

Tickets for the gigs go on general sale on Friday (December 11) from 9.30am – you can get them on Gigs And Tours and LW Theatres.

Richard Ashcroft is set to make a long awaited return to live shows next year, with two full-scale shows at the London Palladium on May 21st and 22nd 2021.
Tickets go on general sale from 9.30am this Friday, December 11th here: https://t.co/8hG2lRPUP7 pic.twitter.com/N8ujfkm4Hm

— Richard Ashcroft (@richardashcroft) December 7, 2020

 

Back in September, Ashcroft revealed that he’s set to release an acoustic album comprised of some of his greatest hits.

The former Verve frontman, whose fifth solo album ‘Natural Rebel’ arrived in 2018, was recently speaking to Radio X when George Godfrey quizzed him on what fans could expect from his next project.

“Yeah, at the moment I’m set to start on an acoustic set of some of the best tunes […] and stripping them back and laying them bare basically, so that will be my next thing. I’m excited about that,” Ashcroft replied.

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“I’ll be recording, I’m carrying on, moving on. So that will be my next record and from there when that comes out, that mythical night in my mind will take place.”

Meanwhile, a manager of Ashcroft has revealed how the songwriter managed to win back the rights to ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ from The Rolling Stones.

Speaking to Billboard in an interview published yesterday (June 24), John Kennedy – one of two managers Ashcroft hired last year – shone a light on the process of approaching Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the return of the publishing rights of the ‘Urban Hymns’ classic.

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Black Country, New Road announce collaborative show to help save The Windmill venue

All proceeds will go to The Windmill’s crowdfunder to help keep the venue open. It has suffered financially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, Black Country, New Road recently announced that their debut album ‘For The First Time’ will be released via Ninja Tune on February 5, 2021.

Shortly after the record’s arrival, the band will embark on a UK and Ireland headline tour.

The full schedule is as follows:

FEBRUARY, 2021

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Thursday 18 – Junction 1, Cambridge
Friday 19 – The Loft, Southampton
Saturday 20 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Monday 22 – Brudenell Social Club, leeds
Tuesday 23 – Future Yard, Birkenhead
Wednesday 24 – Gorilla, Manchester
Thursday 25 – Oran Mor, Glasgow
Saturday 27 – Whelan’s, Dublin

MARCH, 2021

Monday 01 – SWX, Bristol
Tuesday 02 – Chalk, Brighton
Wednesday 03 – Electric Ballroom, London

Black Midi meanwhile, are also set to perform at The Jazz Cafe in Camden on December 12.

Referring to the new coronavirus restrictions implemented in the capital, the band recently explained that those hoping to secure tickets will not be able to attend the gigs with anyone from outside their household or support bubble.

Over the summer, Black Midi shared a new jam and spoken word album called ‘The Black Midi Anthology Vol. 1: Tales of Suspense and Revenge’. The collection features four short stories read by the band as well as three instrumental mixes.

In February, the group released the slow-burning 11-minute single ‘Sweater’, their first new music since their debut Mercury Prize-nominated record.

In a four-star review, NME hailed ‘Schlagenheim’ as “an engaging piece of work that will reveal its true nature over time, perhaps. Black Midi are making music like no other band in the world.”

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London to gain brand new 4,400 capacity venue as part of Olympia renovations

Described as a “state-of-the-art, purpose-built live music venue,” the new site will be located above the Olympia’s west exhibition hall, and open in 2023.

Steve Homer, CEO of AEG Presents, commented: “This is a very exciting opportunity. Olympia is steeped in British music history as far back as Jimi Hendrix in the 60s. AEG Presents are delighted to be part of the new development and we plan to create more iconic shows for London audiences.”

Originally opened in 1886, the Olympia exhibition centre has previously hosted gigs by the likes of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Cure, Bloc Party and The Chemical Brothers.

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon and Noel Redding backstage at Olympia in 1967 CREDIT: James Andanson/Sygma via Getty Images

Also among the newly announced tenants are two hotels, operated by Hyatt and citizenM respectively.

Chairman of Yoo Capital, John Hitchcox, said: “It’s been a challenging year for the events, live entertainment, retail and hospitality sectors – but having these three partners on board is a real positive for London and a clear indication of confidence in both the city and this iconic landmark as a destination for culture and creativity.”

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“The Olympia project will give a real boost to the local economy, bringing in an extra £9m per year in consumer spending to Hammersmith & Fulham, so we are very pleased to be taking another big step towards the realisation of a new vision for this area.”

Yoo Capital and DFI have also announced that they are in “advanced talks” with other potential occupiers, with “strong interest” being shown for a four-screen arthouse cinema,  a 1,500-seat theatre, and other restaurants, shops, cafés and hotels.

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Arab Strap announce first new album in 16 years, ‘As Days Get Dark’

Middleton added: “We’ve had enough distance from our earlier work to reappraise and dissect the good and bad elements of what we did. Not many bands get to do this, so it’s great to split up.”

You can listen to the new song below:

The duo have also announced a UK tour for September 2021. Tickets go on sale on Friday (November 27) from the band’s official site.

September 2021
4 – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester
5 – Dublin Vicar St, Dublin
6 – The Mill, Birmingham
7 – SWX, Bristol
8 – Electric Ballroom, London
9 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle upon Tyne
10 – Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow

Back in September, the group spoke about their long-awaited return in a new interview, saying that there was “no point getting back together to release mediocrity”.

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The Scottish duo teased their comeback earlier this year, revealing they were “back from the grave and ready to rave”. On September 1, they shared their first new material in 15 years with ‘The Turning Of Our Bones’.

Speaking to The Guardian, the group looked back on going their separate ways in 2006, while hinting at what fans can expect from their future output.

“It’s about making new music with new tools,” Middleton told the outlet. “There’s no point getting back together to release mediocrity.” Elsewhere, Moffat said that Arab Strap were “not trying to recapture the ’90s” with their new material.

Reflecting on the “fiery” studio sessions prior to their break-up, the group revealed their reunion has been like putting on “a pair of dirty old slippers,” and that they’ve experienced a “zen-like calm and focus” while working on new music.

A reunion tour followed the band’s initial breakup, which came after the release of their 2005 album ‘The Last Romance’. After the split in 2006, the band then reformed in 2011 for a one-off gig, and then got back together properly in 2016 for a run of festival dates and a remix of their single ‘The First Big Weekend’, titled ‘The First Big Weekend Of 2016’.

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Headie One and Tion Wayne “filmed fighting” on flight from Dubai to London

It was subsequently claimed that both men were arrested in the wake of the incident, but Wayne has denied the claims.

“Ain’t no one been arrested, stop listening to lies,” he wrote on Instagram.

Lmaoo nah Tion Wayne & Headie one are they not embarrassed 🙆🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/yM4w5bH2dx

— ️ (@Soundclashfever) November 17, 2020

The cause of the clash remains unclear, but representatives for Wayne and Headie One have both been contacted for comment by NME.

It comes a month after Headie One released his chart-topping debut album ‘Edna’, named after his late mother.

In a four-star review, NME wrote: “Headie One is the kind of MC who can compare himself to Filipino boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao one minute, and slip into slinky R&B on ‘You Me’ with Mahalia the next.  ‘Edna’ is proof that he’s the unmistakeable, global ‘King of drill’, and much more besides.”

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Wayne, meanwhile, scored a top 10 hit with ‘I Dunno’, alongside Dutchavelli and Stormzy.

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Dua Lipa and Angèle explore London after dark in ‘Fever’ video

“Loved it so much I wanna do it all over again!!!!” Lipa tweeted when the video was released. Watch it below now.

Before the release of ‘Fever’, the singer released a new version of ‘Future Nostalgia’ track ‘Levitating’ featuring rapper DaBaby. In August, she put out a remix version of her second album in collaboration with The Blessed Madonna.

Meanwhile, Lipa is set to host a virtual livestream concert later this month (November 27). Dubbed ‘Studio 2054’, the show will see the singer perform “a brand new multi-dimensional live experience” in a warehouse.

The event will also see the singer “move through custom-built sets, surreal tv shows, roller discos, ecstatic raves, trashy rocker hangouts, voguing ballrooms and diva style dressing rooms” according to a press release.

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Her upcoming UK and European tour was recently rescheduled as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The star had originally postponed it until January 2021 but has now pushed it back again until September of that year.

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Black Country, New Road announce debut album ‘For The First Time’

Frontman Isaac Wood explained that ‘For The First Time’ “is basically representative of [the group’s] first 18 months”, with saxophonist Lewis Evans adding: “We wanted it to sound exactly how we love to sound live.”

Wood continued: “I’ve always been interested in a really honest portrayal of what a band is and what they’ve been working on. I think it’s really nice if people can see an artist like: this was them in the early days, this was their next phase and that they’re quite clear and honest about genuine progression as people and musicians.”

Check out the ‘For The First Time’ tracklist below, and pre-order/pre-save the album here.

1. ‘Instrumental’
2. ‘Athens, France’
3. ‘Science Fair’
4. ‘Sunglasses’
5. ‘Track X’​
6. ‘Opus’

Shortly after the album’s release, Black Country, New Road will embark on a UK and Ireland headline tour. Next month, they’ll perform two socially distanced gigs at Islington Assembly Hall in London.

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The full schedule is as follows:

NOVEMBER, 2020

Friday 20 – Islington Assembly Hall, London
Saturday 21 – Islington Assembly Hall, London

FEBRUARY, 2021

Thursday 18 – Junction 1, Cambridge
Friday 19 – The Loft, Southampton
Saturday 20 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Monday 22 – Brudenell Social Club, leeds
Tuesday 23 – Future Yard, Birkenhead
Wednesday 24 – Gorilla, Manchester
Thursday 25 – Oran Mor, Glasgow
Saturday 27 – Whelan’s, Dublin

MARCH, 2021

Monday 01 – SWX, Bristol
Tuesday 02 – Chalk, Brighton
Wednesday 03 – Electric Ballroom, London

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Black Midi announce socially distanced London shows for 2020

“If London is moved to level 3 then any dates that fall under those restrictions will not go ahead,” Black Midi wrote.

You can see the announcement post below and find ticket details here.

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tentatively announcing 3 socially distanced shows at the jazz cafe on the 12th/25th of november and the 12th of december. the level 2 restrictions placed on london mean that you can't attend with anyone outside your household/support bubble and you must wear a face covering indoors as long as you aren't eating, drinking or exempt from wearing one due to a medical condition. if london is moved to level 3 then any dates that fall under those restrictions will not go ahead. ticket link in bio

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Over the summer, Black Midi shared a new jam and spoken word album called ‘The Black Midi Anthology Vol. 1: Tales of Suspense and Revenge’. The collection features four short stories read by the band as well as three instrumental mixes.

In February, the group released the slow-burning 11-minute single ‘Sweater’, their first new music since their debut Mercury Prize-nominated record.

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In a four-star review, NME hailed ‘Schlagenheim’ as “an engaging piece of work that will reveal its true nature over time, perhaps. Black Midi are making music like no other band in the world.”

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Foals announce London screening of ‘Rip Up The Road’ documentary for charity

Today (October 19), Foals announced a special screening of the film that will take place November 5 at Broadgate’s Everyman Cinema, featuring a Q&A with director Toby L.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Help Musicians, an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres and career stages.

“LONDON! Come out to experience Ally Pally once again!!” the band tweeted, before sharing details of the screening.

LONDON! Come out to experience Ally Pally once again!!

Watch the special screening of RIP UP THE ROAD at @EverymanCinema Broadgate on 5th November. Plus Q+A with director @MrTobyL.

Tickets available now🏴‍☠️ https://t.co/WYEAsXGudc

All proceeds to benefit @HelpMusiciansUK pic.twitter.com/oHvrvkTl7i

— FOALS (@foals) October 19, 2020

Tickets are available now and can be purchased here.

In a four-star review, NME‘s James McMahon said of the film: “Rip Up The Road is a film where we get the opportunity to understand Foals in a way we’ve never done before.

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“Simultaneously it gives the band a canvas to do the same about themselves. It is a film that asks why we love music and why music is made and shows us the men behind the melodies.”

Meanwhile, Foals have added three more dates to their rescheduled ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ UK tour, which has been moved to April-June 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Foals’ newly added shows will take place in Swansea (Singleton Park, June 4), London (O2 Academy Brixton, June 29) and Leeds (Millennium Square, July 9, as part of the ‘Sounds Of The City’ series).

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Listen to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s ‘Hesitating Nation’ and ‘Thousand Oaks’ from new album ‘New Fragility’

“These songs are politically motivated, which is unusual for me,” Ounsworth said in a statement about the songs. “The only other politically motivated song I’ve written is ‘Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood’.”

You can listen to ‘Hesitating Nation’ and ‘Thousand Oaks’ below.

Produced by Ounsworth with additional production from Will Johnson, the frontman explained that the title ‘New Fragility’ was “a pretty personal” choice.

“It’s about what I think we’re all experiencing at the moment, certainly here in the United States, anyway — trying to move forward amidst an almost cruel uncertainty.”

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You can see the tracklist for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s ‘New Fragility’ below.

1. ‘Hesitating Nation’
2. ‘Thousand Oaks’
3. ‘Dee, Forgiven’
4. ‘New Fragility’
5. ‘Innocent Weight’
6. ‘Mirror Song’
7. ‘CYHSY, 2005’
8. ‘Where They Perform Miracles’
9. ‘Went Looking For Trouble’
10. ‘If I Were More Like Jesus’

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will embark on a UK and European tour in autumn 2021 – you can see the UK and Ireland dates of the run below.

September 2021
21 – Thekla, Bristol
22 – Portland Arms, Cambridge
23 – YES (The Pink Room), Manchester
24 – Whelans, Dublin
25 – District, Liverpool
26 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
28 – Scala, London

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WizKid is leading mass protests against Nigerian police brutality in London

Recording artist WizKid is also present, definitely excited the crowd who have refused to go home despite pleads from organisers. #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/7guCF3VHQH

— Ade Onibada (@SincerelyAde) October 11, 2020

WizKid later tweeted: “This is just the beginning!! We won our fight to #ENDSARS .. now Reform the Nigerian police!! #Endpolice brutality! We deserve good governance.
“Now my people .. you see what our voices did…this is the beginning of a new Nigeria! Nigerian youths!! Know your rights and fight for it ! You deserve it. We all deserve it!!”

He added: “This is not about me/You or any individual !! This is for us and the next generation to come! Love everybody!”

This is just the beginning!! We won our fight to #ENDSARS .. now Reform the Nigerian police!! #Endpolice brutality! We deserve good governance! #Endpolicebrutality

— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) October 11, 2020

Now my people .. you see what our voices did…this is the beginning of a new Nigeria! Nigerian youths!! Know your rights and fight for it ! You deserve it. We all deserve it!!

— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) October 11, 2020

This is not about me/You or any individual !! This is for us and the next generation to come! Love everybody! ❤️

— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) October 11, 2020

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Speaking of the decision to disband SARS, Amnesty International Nigeria director Osai Ojigho said: “The Nigerian authorities must go beyond lip service and ensure there is real reform.”

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Working Men’s Club announce two socially distanced London shows

Ticket and album bundles are “extremely limited” due to coronavirus restrictions, with both shows being held in line with current government guidelines. Check out the official poster for the gigs below.

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LONDON! We are playing 2 real life (socially distanced) gigs at @oslohackney this THURSDAY (yes in 2 days!!). Ticket and signed album bundles are extremely limited, and due to Covid guidelines are being sold in pairs. There are 2 show options, 6.30pm or 8.30pm. On sale now via link in bio. All events will take place within current government guidelines so please make sure you have read and agreed to the venue policy, more information on tickets.

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Working Men’s Club have also scheduled a string of instore appearances for next March – see the full tour dates below.

24.03.21 – Crash – Leeds, The Brudenell
26.03.21 – Jacaranda – Liverpool
27.03.21 – Vinyl Tap – Huddersfield
27.03.21 – Piccadilly – Manchester Night & Day
28.03.21 – Resident – Brighton
29.03.21 – Banquet – Kingston, Pryzm

In May 2021, the group will appear at the new Sheffield festival Get Together alongside the likes of Tim BurgessSelf Esteem and The Murder Capital. The two-dayer will take place at the Sheffield University Students’ Union.

Back in July, Working Men’s Club performed a live-streamed gig filmed in Manchester. In a four-star review of the broadcast, NME wrote: “The band’s full-throttle nine-song set comes across as a joyful shock to the system — a sensation that this gang are very capable of creating.

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“Innovative, entertaining and full of wondrous surprises and hair-raising risks, there’s no one quite like Working Men’s Club – even on a livestream.”

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Ian Curtis’ ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ guitar is up for sale at London auction

The Vox Phantom VI Special Guitar owned by Ian Curtis. CREIT: Bonhams

Natalie, a professional photographer, was just one year old when Curtis committed suicide aged 23 in 1980. She said in a statement: “The guitar came to me at a time in my life when I was keen to learn more about my late father. I’m not at all musical, yet it is fascinating to see my father’s guitar, I mean, it’s such a personal thing. Since I’m a visual person, the Phantom is especially interesting to me, as the design is rather unusual.

Ian Curtis performing live onstage at the Lantaren, 1979 Credit: Getty/Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

“I grew up around and have worked with musicians, and although I’ve seen a lot of guitars, I’ve never seen anything like this. From everything I’ve been told about my father, he was very obsessed with how things looked, and so to me the Phantom makes sense as it very much feels like Ian Curtis’s guitar.”

The music video for ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, a non-album single released by the band weeks after Curtis’ death, was filmed by the group shortly before the singer died. Curtis was not known for playing guitar, but he used the Vox Phantom when regular guitarist Sumner was busy performing keyboard parts.

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Curtis also used the guitar on stage during the band’s 1980 European tour as well as on the recording of their box set recordings collection ‘Heart And Soul’.

Also on sale at Bonhams auction in London next month is a rare Bartell fretless electric guitar that was owned by George Harrison and played by John Lennon, which is estimated to sell for £200,000-£300,000.

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#WeMakeEvents plan Newcastle to London ‘survival’ charity bike ride

Cyclists kick off the ride on October 3 and will complete the journey over two weeks, concluding on October 18 in London. The route is split up into daily stages ranging from 60km to 100km and cyclists will stop off at each venue in a bid for media coverage.

CREDIT: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images

The fundraiser, dubbed ‘The Survival Tour’, will send all donations to Backup, which supports people affected by the coronavirus pandemic who’ve worked in the entertainment technology industry for at least five years, reports iQ.

Cyclists kick off the ride on October 3 and will complete the journey over two weeks, concluding on October 18 in London. The route is split up into daily stages ranging from 60km to 100km and cyclists will stop off at each venue in a bid for media coverage.

Participants will sleep in a tour bus sponsored by Crossland each night, which will follow them on their journey. The general public is encouraged to ride with the professionals or join them at a venue or the finishing line.

“Events are all about bringing people together and we hope in this dark hour we can help bring the event community together as part of the #WeMakeEvents campaign,” said Proper Productions’ Mark Ward.

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“The events industry is a powerful, vibrant and hugely viable sector that is critical to maintaining the cultural fabric of our society, and we want to shine a light on the fact that we have been forced to shut with no meaningful support mechanism.”

“To be honest I’m fucking furious that live gigs and events, indeed the culture ‘en masse’, have been cast aside – so best to direct my energy towards this positive way of getting the plight of our industry noticed and hopefully we can accelerate getting back to business.”

More than £4,500 has been raised so far for the initiative – donate here.

Tomorrow is the day!

The Global Day of Action, when the live event industry in over 25 countries will make itself heard and seen through creative activations. It's not too late to get involved!
Click here https://t.co/TDbW4wqaui to register.
Get involved today! pic.twitter.com/6L7AheZa0I

— #WeMakeEvents Campaign (@WeMakeEventsoff) September 29, 2020

The #WeMakeEvents/Red Alert protests launched in the UK in August in a bid to draw attention to the struggling freelancers who work across the live events and entertainment sector. France, the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Spain have hosted similar events.

The news comes the day before the UK prepares for round two of the #StandasONE: a silent, socially distanced protest that takes place in London’s Parliament Square at 12.20pm tomorrow (30 September). The #WeMakeEvents banner will be displayed across other participating cities for a global day of action.

NME filed a dispatch from the organisation’s Manchester protest in August – read about that here.

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Skunk Anansie announce rescheduled tour dates plus additional London show

They include an added show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton in July, as well as two extra shows in Poland.

The band’s rescheduled UK shows are as follows:

June
07 – Cardiff University, Cardiff
08 – Rock City, Nottingham
09 – The Engine Shed, Lincoln
11 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
13 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
14 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
15 – The LCR, UEA, Norwich
17 – Meltdown Festival, London
18 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
19 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
21 – The Dome, Brighton
22 – G Live, Guildford
23 – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
25 – O2 Academy, Leeds
26 – O2 Academy, Bristol
29 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
30 – O2 Academy, Leicester

July
02 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

“This might not come as a surprise to many of you, but with everything going on in the world we’ve of course been forced to reschedule our UK and European shows,” the band said in a statement on social media.

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“We’re gutted, but it’s the right decision to make sure everyone involved stays as safe as possible.”

Earlier this month, meanwhile, the band’s lead singer Skin recalled her historic headline slot at Glastonbury 1999, saying that she received more backlash than Jay-Z, also describing it as “one of the best moments of my life”.

She was the first black British headliner of the festival, something that was not achieved for another 20 years until Stormzy took the main stage in 2019.

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Thundercat moves tour to 2021, upgrades London show to Brixton Academy

Thundercat’s latest album, ‘It Is What It Is’, was released in April and boasts collaborations with Childish Gambino, Kamasi Washington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox.

In a four-star review, NME wrote: “The jazz-fusion bassline don reins in the funk to honour his fallen friend, though also lets loose with the likes of Childish Gambino by his side”, adding that the “versatile superstar mediates on life and death with a tribute to Mac Miller”.

“‘It Is What It Is’’s magic moment comes as Thundercat links up with Steve LacyChildish Gambino and ‘80s funk hero Steve Arrington on ‘Black Qualls’; the disco-funk tune should be up for consideration as the best song of 2020. Its inclusion here gives a comforting indication that, for all of the album’s heavy rumination on life, death and healing, Thundercat can still kick back when required.”

In 2016, Thundercat won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance for his work on the track ‘These Walls’ from Kendrick Lamar‘s multiple Grammy award-winning 2016 album ‘To Pimp a Butterfly‘.

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London’s Ace Hotel and Miranda venue to permanently close

“Thank you to our dream team, to fellow travellers and to our steadfast neighbours for embracing Ace and making it your own. In the words of David Bowie, ‘It was rugged, it was naive, it was heaven.’ (That quote is inscribed, in perpetuity, on the walls of Ace Hotel London.)

“We love you. We’re celebrating every incandescent second. You’re burned in our hearts, ad infinitum. London, you’re a dream.”

The Miranda venue added: “We want to thank all of the creators, collaborators, party partakers and cosmic dancers who made our little celestial outpost in the basement a living, breathing beacon.

“We were always you, and it was always an honour.”

The hotel’s operator, Lore Group, has added that they will take over management of the building and re-open following investment.

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A spokesperson said: “Given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, the Ace Hotel and its outlets will remain closed so that we can invest in significant renovation that will both refresh and enhance the guest experience.

“We are also taking over direct management of the hotel, consistent with the other premium hotels in our collection. We are grateful to Ace for helping us make the hotel what it is today and look forward to welcoming guests back once the work is complete.”

This week, a new petition has been launched to urge the UK government to extend the furlough scheme for members of the live music industry.

The new petition arrives after claims from many in the live music industry that, despite socially distanced indoor gigs being allowed in the UK from mid-August, the vast majority of venues are not viably able to host events with restrictions in place.

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London’s The Jazz Cafe announces socially-distanced reopening this month

Gigs until mid-October have also been announced. The full listings are as follows:

SEPTEMBER

18 – Sierra Band Present A Night Of Southern Soul
19 – Dele Sosimi & Friends
20 – Anime Film Scores performed by Piano & String Quintet
21 – Anime Film Scores performed by Piano & String Quintet
23 – Sierra Band presents Neil Young – After The Goldrush 50th Anniversary
24 – Live For Beirut
25 – Light of The World
26 – Osibisa
27 – Sunday Soul
28 – Havana Música: A Celebration of Cuban Music With The Latin Bridge
29 – James Copus And Joe Downard
30 – Cubafrobeat: Cuban-Afrobeat Explosion

OCTOBER

02 – PBUG
03 – The Music Of Otis Redding with Reuben Richards And The Jezebel Sexted
04 – Beat Of Brazil
08 – Lola Young
09 – Tony Momrelle
10 – Cuban Independence Day With Sambroso Afro-Cuban All Stars
13 – The Howl & The Hum
14 – Fela Kuti’s Birthday With Bukky Leo & Black Egypt
15 – Balcony + Tayo Sound
16 – Jay Phelps’ Afro Cuban All Stars / Pyjaen Play Roy Hargrove
17 – Etta Bond
19
– A Night Of Whitney
20 – Loathe
21 – Howie Payne

On the reopening, head booker Ruari Frew said: “We’re still a long way off where we need to be, and it will be very difficult to operate financially but we owe it to all the people who make the live industry tick to give this a go.

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“Our world is largely made up of freelancers, many of whom fell through the gaps of any government support. It’s crucial that we get as many people as possible working again in a safe environment. Although it’s not sustainable in the medium or long term, for now it’s exciting to have musicians on stage in front of an audience, engineers in booths and bar staff serving drinks again.”

Venues were officially allowed to host socially-distanced gigs from August 15, following the British government’s relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Shortly after the announcement, however, the Music Venues Trust told NME that socially-distanced gigs are “not viable” for around two thirds of venues.

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