Björk announces 2023 European ‘Cornucopia’ tour

You can get tickets for the shows here from February 3 and check out the full list of dates below:

Björk 2023 Tour Dates:

SEPTEMBER
1 — Lisbon, PT – Altice Arena
4 — Madrid, ES – WiZink Centre
08 — Paris, FR – Accor Arena
12 — Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum
16 — Prague, CZ – O2 Arena
19 — Vienna, AT – Wiener Stadthalle
23 — Bologna, IT – Unipol Arena

NOVEMBER
18 — Krakow, PL – Tauron Arena
21 — Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena
24 — Leipzig, DE – Quarterback Immobilien Arena
28 — Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion

DECEMBER
2 — Nantes, FR – Zénith
5 — Bordeaux, FR – Arkéa Arena

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Last week, Björk shared details of her upcoming performance at this year’s Coachella, revealing that her set will feature a local orchestra and span her three-decade discography. 

“We are so excited to bring björk orkestral to [Coachella], the singer wrote on Twitter (January 25). “We will bring on the stage a local orkestra and play arrangements from 30 years”. The announcement was accompanied by the dates Björk is due to perform at Coachella, which are slated across the festival’s two weekends on April 16 and April 23.

Spanning the singer’s 10-album catalogue, it will include songs from latest album ‘Forrossa’, which NME described as “heavier – and more hopeful – than anything before” in a four-star review. “​​There’s a lot of pleasure in the album,” Björk said of ‘Forrossa’ in an interview with NME last year. “It’s about enjoying that space.”

Björk’s orchestral set will mark her first appearance at Coachella since 2007 when she headlined the Californian event alongside Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Rage Against The Machine. For this year’s line-up, the singer is billed beneath Frank Ocean, who will headline Coachella 2023 with Bad Bunny and BLACKPINK.

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Coldplay announce US ‘Music Of The Spheres’ tour dates

Tickets go on sale this Friday (January 27) at 10am local time. You can purchase tickets here. You can also view the new dates below.

A first come, first served pre-sale to past purchasers of their previously scheduled 2022 dates in Los Angeles will also be held for the LA date at the Rose Bowl with fans receiving an email notifying them of the presale which will take place on Thursday (January 26) at 10am local time. More information can be found here.

🇺🇸🇨🇦 NEW US & CANADA DATES ANNOUNCED
Music Of The Spheres World Tour 2023

SEPTEMBER
20: Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
22: Vancouver, BC – BC Place
27: San Diego, CA – Snapdragon Stadium
30: Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl

On sale 10am Friday https://t.co/OsnkikGE4m #MOTSWT pic.twitter.com/4R7wfuffEf

— Coldplay (@coldplay) January 23, 2023

The band will return to the live circuit with a series of forthcoming shows in Brazil in March, which were postponed last year after frontman Chris Martin came down with a “serious lung infection”. Support will come from Chvrches.

Across May, June and July the band will play Portugal, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and more, with two new UK dates also added in Manchester and Cardiff.

The band play two shows at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on May 31 and June 1. A date in Cardiff at the Principality Stadium is also set for June 6 before the European tour wraps up with two gigs at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on July 15-16. Tickets are available here.

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You can view the full list of dates of Coldplay’s world tour for 2023 below.

MARCH
10 – São Paulo Estadio do Morumbi
11 – São Paulo Estadio do Morumbi
13 – São Paulo Estadio do Morumbi 
14 – São Paulo Estadio do Morumbi 
17 – São Paulo Estadio do Morumbi
18 – São Paulo Estadio do Morumbi
21 – Curitiba Estadio Couto Pereira
22 – Curitiba Estadio Couto Pereira
25 – Rio De Janeiro Estadio Nilton Santos Engenhão 
26 – Rio De Janeiro Estadio Nilton Santos Engenhão
28 – Rio De Janeiro Estadio Nilton Santos Engenhão

MAY
17 – Coimbra, Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
18 – Coimbra, Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
20 – Coimbra, Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
21 – Coimbra, Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
24 – Barcelona, Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
25 – Barcelona, Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
27 – Barcelona, Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
28 – Barcelona, Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
31 – Manchester, Etihad Stadium

JUNE 2023
1 – Manchester, Etihad Stadium
3 – Manchester, Etihad Stadium
4 – Manchester, Etihad Stadium 

6 – Cardiff, Principality Stadium
7 – Cardiff, Principality Stadium 
21 – Naples, Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
22 – Naples, Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
25 – Milan, San Siro

26 – Milan, San Siro
28 – Milan, San Siro
29 – Milan, San Siro

JULY 2023
1 – Zurich, Stadion Letzigrund
2 – Zurich, Stadion Letzigrund 

5 – Copenhagen, Parken
6 – Copenhagen, Parken
8 – Gothenburg, Ullevi
9 – Gothenburg, Ullevi
11 – Gothenburg, Ullevi
12 – Gothenburg, Ullevi 

15 – Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA
16 – Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA
18 – Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA 

19 – Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA

SEPTEMBER
20 – Seattle Lumen Field (Support: H.E.R. + 070 Shake)
22 – Vancouver BC Place (Support: H.E.R. + 070 Shake)
27 – San Diego Snapdragon Stadium (Support: H.E.R. + 070 Shake)
30 – Los Angeles Rose Bowl (Support: H.E.R. +070 Shake)

Meanwhile, Coldplay were recently in the studio working on new music with Nile Rodgers, the Chic guitarist revealed.

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Arlo Parks announces new album ‘My Soft Machine’, shares first single ‘Weightless’

Speaking of the single, Parks said: “Weightless surrounds the painful experience of caring deeply about someone who only gives you tiny breadcrumbs of affection. It’s about suddenly realising that a person has dulled your edges and embarking on the slow journey back to being a brighter version of yourself.”

In addition to news about the album, Parks has announced a run of headline tour dates across the UK and Europe for September, which includes a show at London’s Eventim Apollo. See full dates below and access the pre-sale here.

SEPTEMBER
5 – Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre
14 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
15 – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
17 – Berlin, Huxley’s Neue Welt
19 – Milan, Alcatraz
21 – Paris, L’Olympia
28 – London, Eventim Apollo

‘My Soft Machine’ has been described as a “deeply personal body of work” which highlights Parks experiences of navigating life in her 20s. “The world/our view of it is peppered by the biggest things we experience – our traumas, upbringing, vulnerabilities almost like visual snow,” she said in a statement about the album.

“This record is life through my lens, through my body – the mid 20s anxiety, the substance abuse of friends around me, the viscera of being in love for the first time, navigating PTSD and grief and self sabotage and joy, moving through worlds with wonder and sensitivity – what it’s like to be trapped in this particular body.”

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In other news, Parks is set to perform at this year’s Primavera Sound Festival for both the Barcelona and Madrid editions. She has also been booked to headline this year’s The Great Escape festival.

this feels like the biggest secret I’ve ever had to hold in but I can finally announce that my sophomore album “My Soft Machine” will be released on 26th May 2023!! pic.twitter.com/OqGNhBSJCd

— Arlo Parks (@arloparks) January 18, 2023

Parks released her first new music for 2022, ‘Softly‘, in February. The single also marked her first release since her Mercury Prize-winning debut album, ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’, landed in 2020.

NME gave that record a five-star review, with Georgia Evans writing: “Arlo Parks may be the voice of Gen Z, but there’s no doubt that this is a universal collection of stories that’ll provide solace for listeners of all ages and backgrounds for decades to come.”

Last year, the singer cancelled a number of US tour dates to protect her mental health. “I am broken,” she said in a statement. Parks began a run of shows in the States at the start of September 2022 but said that her mental health had “deteriorated to a debilitating place” and left her “burnt out”.

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The National share new single ‘Tropic Morning News’, announce album and UK shows

Co-written with frontman Matt Berninger’s wife Carin Besser, the track takes its title from a phrase Besser invented to describe the regrettably routine practice of doomscrolling, according to a press release. “The idea of referring to the darkness of the news in such a light way unlocked something in me,” said Berninger. “It became a song about having a hard time expressing yourself, and trying to connect with someone when the noise of the world is drowning out any potential for conversation.”

According to Berninger, the record initially stalled as he navigated “a very dark spot where I couldn’t come up with lyrics or melodies at all. Even though we’d always been anxious whenever we were working on a record, this was the first time it ever felt like maybe things really had come to an end.”

“We managed to come back together and approach everything from a different angle, and because of that we arrived at what feels like a new era for the band,” added guitarist/pianist Bryce Dessner.

You can view the full track list below.

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‘Once Upon A Poolside’ (feat. Sufjan Stevens)
‘Eucalyptus’
‘New Order T-Shirt’
‘This Isn’t Helping’ (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
‘Tropic Morning News’
‘Alien’
‘The Alcott’ (feat. Taylor Swift)
‘Grease In Your Hair’
‘Ice Machines’
‘Your Mind Is Not Your Friend’ (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)’
‘Send For Me’

The National have also announced a full UK/EU and North American tour which includes a special show with Patti Smith on August 18 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and shows in Leeds, Glasgow and London’s Alexandra Palace in September.

Tickets go on sale on January 27 at 10am local time and can be purchased here and here. Support will come from Soccer Mommy, The Beths and Bartees Strange.

You view the full list of dates below:

MAY
20 – Chicago Auditorium Theatre *
21 – Chicago Auditorium Theatre *
24 – Washington The Anthem *
26 –  Boston Calling Festival
28 – Bottlerock Festival
30 – Los Angeles Greek Theatre *

JUNE
2 – Troutdale McMenamins Edgefield *
3 – Troutdale McMenamins Edgefield *
4 – Redmond Marymoor Park *
5 – Burnaby Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park *

AUGUST
1 – The Met Philadelphia ~
3 – New Haven Westville Music Bowl ~
7 – The Fillmore Detroit ~
8 – Madison The Sylvee ~
9 – Minneapolis The Armory ~
11 – Denver Mission Ballroom ~
15 – Nashville Ascend Amphitheater ~
16 – Atlanta Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park ~
18 – New York Madison Square Garden with very special guest Patti Smith and her band

SEPTEMBER
21 – Dublin 3 Arena *
23 – Leeds First Direct Arena *
24 – Glasgow OVO Hydro Arena *
26 – London Alexandra Palace *
29 – Amsterdam Ziggo Dome ^
30 – Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle ^

OCTOBER
1 – Munich Zenith ^
4 – Madrid WiZink Center ^
5 – Porto Super Bock Arena ^
6 – Lisbon Campo Pequeno ^

Support:
*Soccer Mommy
~The Beths
^ Bartees Strange

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Watch Madonna tease tour with NSFW game of ‘Truth Or Dare’

Later, when it’s Schumer’s turn to offer Madonna a dare, she says: “Madonna. I dare you to do a world tour and play your greatest mothafuckin’ hits.”

“Four decades? As in 40 years? We’re talking ‘Like a Virgin’?” asks Madonna before breaking into ‘La Isla Bonita’, which the rest of the table joins in with.

“Wait, hold up. That’s a lot of songs. You think people would come to that show?” Madonna asks. When the assembled stars all agree, she concludes, “OK, so the answer is … fuck yeah.”

Madonna then turns to the camera. “’80s. ’90s. 2000s. Four decades of music, avec moi. MLVC. Welcome to the party, bitches.”

Check the clip out below:

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Madonna will hit the road for the 35-date tour in July, which will have legs in North America and Europe. Per a press release, ‘The Celebration Tour’ will take fans on Madonna’s artistic journey through four decades and pay homage to the city of New York where her career in music began.

“I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for,” Madonna said of the upcoming trek in a statement.

She will be playing her only UK date of the tour at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday October 14.

Tickets for the tour go on sale at 10am tomorrow (January 20) and you can buy yours here (UK) and here (North America).

JULY
15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
18 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
22 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
25 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
27 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
30 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

AUGUST
2 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
5 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
7 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
9 – Chicago, IL – United Center
13 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
19 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
30 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

SEPTEMBER
2 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
5 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
9 – Miami, FL – Miami-Dade Arena
13 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center ATX
27 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

OCTOBER
4 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
7 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
14 – London, UK – The O2
21 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
25 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
28 – Stockholm, SE – Tele2

NOVEMBER
1 – Barcelona, ES – Palau Sant Jordi
6 – Lisbon, PT – Altice Arena
12 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
13 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
15 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
23 – Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum
28 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena

DECEMBER
1 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome

In a five-star review of one of her concerts in Brooklyn, New York in October 2019, NME praised “pop’s ultimate freedom fighter [for] putting on one of the most powerful, empowering, and stunning gigs of the year”.

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The Weeknd adds Wembley Stadium date to ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ tour

He also previously announced several dates in Europe and Latin America including shows at the Allianz Riviera over the weekend of July 22-23 and then two shows at the Stade de France in Paris the following weekend. He will be accompanied by Kaytranada and Mike Dean on most dates of the tour.

Other stops include Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and more before wrapping up in Santiago, Chile on October 15 at Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida. For tickets head here.

Meanwhile, The Weeknd recently teased some new music for the upcoming Avatar film in a cryptic social media post.

He is also set to star in his new series The Idol co-created with Euphoria helmer Sam Levinson.

Tesfaye himself will star as a self-help guru, club owner and leader of a modern-day cult who begins dating an up-and-coming pop artist played by Lily-Rose Depp. The series will also see BLACKPINK‘s Jennie make her acting debut in the series.

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The Weeknd will now play:

JUNE 2023
10 – Manchester, Etihad Stadium
14 – Horsens Nordstern Arena
17 – Stockholm Tele2 Arena
20 – Oslo, Telenor Arena
24 – Amsterdam Johan Cruijiff Arena
28 – Dublin Marlay Park

JULY
2 – Hamburg Volksparkstadion
4 – Dusseldorf Merkur Spiel Arena
7 – London Stadium
8 – London Stadium 

11 – Brussels King Baudouin Stadium
14 – Frankfurt Deutsche Bank Park
18 – Madrid Cívitas Metropolitano
20 – Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
22 – Nice Allianz Riviera
23 – Nice Allianz Riviera

26 – Milan Ippodromo La Maura
29 – Paris Stade de France
30 – Paris Stade de France 

AUGUST
1 – Bordeaux Matmut Atlantique
4 – Munich Olympiastadion
6 – Prague Letnany Airport
9 – Warsaw PGE Narodowy
12 – Tallinn Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
18 – London Wembley Stadium

SEPTEMBER
29 – Mexico City Foro Sol

OCTOBER
4 – Bogotá Estadio El Campín
7 – Rio de Janeiro Estádio Nilton Santos Engenhão
10 – Sao Paulo Allianz Parque
13 – Buenos Aires Hipódromo de San Isidro
15 – Santiago Estadio Bicentenario La Florida 

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Watch The Killers’ Brandon Flowers perform ‘Like I Used To’ with Sharon Van Etten

She wrote: “Thank you, @BrandonFlowers for being such a sincere, humble, beautiful person. Loved singing with you – and @AngelOlsen gave her blessing. Hope to do it again sometime.”

At a SVE concert, Brandon Flowers (The Killers) shows up and joins in on Like I Used To. Unbelievable. from sharonvanetten

Just went to see Sharon Van Etten and bonus Brandon Flowers came onstage. Epic pic.twitter.com/Zyg0xLQNkk

— Dame Carly (@carlyeastman) December 9, 2022

Van Etten recently released new single, ‘Never Gonna Change’, which featured on the deluxe edition of her latest album, ‘We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong’.

The track has been performed a number of times during her tour of Australia so far.

Had such an amazing 2nd show tonight here in Melbourne and the epic Northcote Theatre. Thank you, @BrandonFlowers for being such a sincere , humble , beautiful person. Loved singing with you – and @AngelOlsen gave her blessing. Hope to do it again sometime. X https://t.co/17LriMfIO6

— Sharon Van Etten (@sharonvanetten) December 9, 2022

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The Killers meanwhile, today (December 9) announced they will be returning to the UK and Ireland next summer for four shows including headline sets at Reading & Leeds on the weekend of August 25-27. The festivals’ line-up was announced this morning, with the band joined as headliners by Lewis CapaldiFoalsBillie EilishSam Fender and Imagine Dragons.

After those shows, the band will then play two headline gigs, at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre Showgrounds on August 29 and Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields on September 1.

On September 3, the short run of gigs will then conclude with a headline set at Ireland’s Electric Picnic festival.

Tickets for the gigs go on sale at 9am GMT on Monday (December 12). You can buy your tickets here.

See the full list of dates below.

AUGUST 2023
25-27 – Reading & Leeds Festivals
29 – Edinburgh, Royal Highland Centre Showgrounds

SEPTEMBER 2023
1 – Belfast, Boucher Road Playing Fields
3 – Stradbally, Electric Picnic Festival

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Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service announce joint tour

Pre-sale tickets go on sale next Wednesday (December 14) at 10am local time and continue through Thursday (December 15) to 10pm local. You can sign up for early access tickets here. Tickets will then go on sale on general sale on Friday (December 16) at 10am here.

Give Up & Transatlanticism 20th Anniversary Tour ticket presale starts on Wednesday 12/14 at 10am local. General onsale Friday 12/16 at 10am local. https://t.co/IyyZuisf5s

Art by Jason Munn pic.twitter.com/d2vZeZvlBN

— Death Cab for Cutie (@dcfc) December 8, 2022

“I know for a fact I will never have a year again like 2003,” Gibbard said in a press release. “The Postal Service record came out; ‘Transatlanticism’ came out. These two records will be on my tombstone, and I’m totally fine with that. I’ve never had a more creatively inspired year.”

Consisting of Gibbard along with Jimmy Tamborello and Jenny Lewis, The Postal Service released their debut and only album ‘Give Up’ in 2003. They reunited for an anniversary tour to mark a decade of the album in 2013 before they disbanded once more.

Last year, Gibbard downplayed the chances of The Postal Service reuniting to make any more new music together.

“I love Jimmy and Jenny so much, but the dream or idea of doing more music kind of died when we attempted to make the second record in 2004 and 2005,” he told NME at the time.

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“I was writing for [Postal Service debut] ‘Give Up’ and [Death Cab’s] ‘Transatlanticism’ at the same time in 2001 and 2002. The Postal Service obviously didn’t exist at that point, but Death Cab wasn’t touring a lot – we were still very self-contained as just four of us in a van with a merch person. The workload and expectations weren’t anything like what they became later so I had so much free time to have these things going at the same time.”

Meanwhile, Death Cab released their most recent album ‘Asphalt Meadows’ in September. Awarding the LP four stars, NME described the record as “a return to the college rockers’ best.”

Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service will play:

SEPTEMBER 2023
8 – PortlandCross Insurance Arena
9 – Kingston The Ryan Center
10 – New Haven Westville Music Bowl
12 – Boston Music Hall
13 – Boston MGM Music Hall
14 – Washington Merriweather Post Pavilion
17 – Detroit Meadow Brook Amphitheater
20 – New York Madison Square Garden
21 – Philadelphia The Mann Center
24 – Minneapolis Armory
26 – Denver Mission Ballroom
27 – Denver Mission Ballroom

OCTOBER 2023
3 – Phoenix Arizona Financial Theatre
4 – Las Vegas The Chelsea Ballroom
7 – Seattle Climate Pledge Arena
10 – Berkeley Greek Theatre 
13 – Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl

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The B-52s announce farewell 2023 Las Vegas residency

The group’s Las Vegas residency will cap off their ‘Farewell Tour’, which began last summer.

The B-52s’ Las Vegas residency dates 2023:

MAY
05 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre
06 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre
10 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre
12 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre
13 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre

AUGUST
25 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre
26 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre
30 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre

SEPTEMBER
02 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre
03 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Venetian Theatre

The band, best known for their hits ‘Love Shack’ and ‘Rock Lobster’, formed in October 1976 over a shared flaming volcano cocktail at the Hunan Chinese Restaurant. They released their self-titled debut album in 1979, which was produced by Chris Blackwell via Island Records.

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In 2019 they played a summer farewell tour in the UK after celebrating their 40th anniversary the year prior by co-headlining a North American tour with Boy George & Culture Club and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey.

The B-52s released their last studio album, ‘Funplex’, in 2008.

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The Weeknd announces 2023 UK, European and Latin America tour

Following the European dates, the tour will at several venues in Latin America including Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and more before wrapping up in Santiago, Chile on October 15 at Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida. For tickets head here.

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Meanwhile, The Weeknd is set to star in his new series co-creator with Euphoria helmer Sam Levinson.

Tesfaye himself will star as a self-help guru, club owner and leader of a modern-day cult who begins dating an up-and-coming pop artist played by Lily-Rose Depp. The series will also see BLACKPINK‘s Jennie make her acting debut in the series.

He also recently said he’s considering removing his compilation album ‘Trilogy’ from streaming services.

The Weeknd will play:

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JUNE 2023
10 – Manchester, Etihad Stadium
14 – Horsens Nordstern Arena
17 – Stockholm Tele2 Arena
20 – Oslo, Telenor Arena
24 – Amsterdam Johan Cruijiff Arena
28 – Dublin Marlay Park

JULY
2 – Hamburg Volksparkstadion
4 – Dusseldorf Merkur Spiel Arena
7 – London Stadium
11 – Brussels King Baudouin Stadium
14 – Frankfurt Deutsche Bank Park
18 – Madrid Cívitas Metropolitano
20 – Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
22 – Nice Allianz Riviera
26 – Milan Ippodromo La Maura
29 – Paris Stade de France

AUGUST
1 – Bordeaux Matmut Atlantique
4 – Munich Olympiastadion
6 – Prague Letnany Airport
9 – Warsaw PGE Narodowy
12 – Tallinn Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

SEPTEMBER
29 – Mexico City Foro Sol

OCTOBER
4 – Bogotá Estadio El Campín
7 – Rio de Janeiro Estádio Nilton Santos Engenhão
10 – Sao Paulo Allianz Parque
13 – Buenos Aires Hipódromo de San Isidro
15 – Santiago Estadio Bicentenario La Florida 

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N-Dubz to play five open air gigs next summer including London’s Gunnersbury Park

Bandmembers Dappy, Tulisa and Fazer are currently in the middle of an arena tour after reuniting earlier this year. The band’s first shows for 11 years were met with huge demand, with many dates completely selling out and six new dates being added.

The trio’s reunion was accompanied by a new single, ‘Charmer’, which was released in May. There has been no official word yet as to whether more music will come.

N-Dubz broke out in the late 2000s and released three studio albums, ‘Uncle B’ (2008), ‘Against All Odds’ (2009) and ‘Love.Live.Life’ (2010) before splitting up in 2011.

At the time both Tulisa and Dappy said that the break was only supposed to last for a couple of years, during which all three members carved out solo careers.

A reunion was originally pencilled in for 2015, with the band vowing to “come back like the Black Eyed Peas” but this never came to fruition. Fazer also told OK in 2017 that he believed they would reunite “really soon-ish”.

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N-Dubz play the following dates in summer 2023:

JULY
Friday 07 – Brighton, Stanmer Park
Saturday 08 – Margate, Dreamland
Thursday 20 – Scarborough, Open Air Theatre 

AUGUST
Friday 11 – London, Gunnersbury Park 

SEPTEMBER
Friday 08 – Cardiff Bay Series 

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The Big Moon talk new album ‘Here Is Everything’: “ I just couldn’t believe I would ever do anything creative again”

The album pulls from both of those strands, but is largely a document of the frontwoman’s journey through pregnancy. Most of the songs on it were written before she gave birth, with four more – including the new single ‘Wide Eyes’ – penned six months after.

“So much of the album I wrote while I was pregnant and basically just wondering what the hell this was going to be like,” she explained. “When I listen to it now, I can hear myself saying all these things and having all these anxieties. Those songs are a bit more floaty and just thinking about things and the songs I wrote after are more like the reality of extreme highs and extreme lows and the whole hormonal madness.”

‘Wide Eyes’ – a glittering, emotional and skyscraping ode to companionship and love – came at a time when Jackson was struggling to write. “I was a mess but I also felt this new kind of happiness that I’ve never felt before,” she said. “I felt like I just needed to write about it.”

Teaming up with songwriter Jessica Winter, the pair turned Jackson’s ideas into “a snapshot of insane, blissed-out, hormonal joy”: “I was just having absolutely huge feelings and I needed to write a huge song about it.”

The album’s title is similarly colossal – ‘Here Is Everything’. It’s a moniker Jackson said felt necessary for the record because of the mammoth experiences it documents: “I couldn’t have given any more to this album really.”

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The artwork too – shot by photographer Pooneh Ghana – captures the enormity of what was about to happen in her life. On the cover, the musician kneels on a bed, pregnant belly on display – a Beyoncé moment for the indie star. Empowering as the image may be, the singer had her reservations about that photo being put on the sleeve at first.

“I felt like I need to be very brave for that to be the album cover,” she said. “I just felt really exposed. Beyoncé is Beyoncé, but I’m just me and it takes a lot of confidence to just be there with all your skin out and be pregnant. It took a while to get used to the idea and then, when I did, I loved it.”

When the musician took the songs she’d been working on to her bandmates, they were “amazed”. Drummer Fern Ford and bassist Celia Archer (guitarist Soph Nathan is absent from our interview) said they were struggling to stay optimistic about the future of the band – or the world – during the pandemic. “The whole world felt like it was over,” said Archer. “Fern and I did a very similar thing of being like, ‘Let’s go get other jobs or do other things because we can’t rely on this’.”

Ford added: “I couldn’t believe Jules was able to seemingly whip these songs up, and then she goes and has a baby, doesn’t speak for months and then is like, ‘OK, here’s four more!’ It was really impressive.”

At the time, Jackson didn’t feel like she was making anything impressive, though, her head and body shaken up by the act of growing new life. “I was so tired and exhausted, hormonal and just breastfeeding like crazy, I just couldn’t believe I would ever do anything creative again or that I would do anything worthwhile,” she said.

Becoming a mum has made Jackson reconsider her role not just in life, but as a musician too. Now, being in the band feels like even more her own thing, removed from her home life. “It’s really wonderful that I’ve been able to come back from going through that journey and come back to something that feels like it’s really mine,” she said.  “Some of my friends who are parents have found it really hard to go back to work or what they used to do – sometimes you take a year off for maternity leave and you come back to your life and you’re like, ‘What is this? What’s the point of all this?’”

‘Here Is Everything’ could have been very different. The Big Moon had an album ready to go in spring 2021 and were setting the wheels in motion to launch it, but something was off. “The idea originally was to get it out before Jules had the baby,” Archer explained. “We were about to shoot the video for the first single and decided to put the brakes on and give it some breathing space.”

When they returned to the record, they did so in a way that took things back to the very basic ingredients of the band – no outside producers, no expensive studios putting time constraints on their work, just the four members in the studio Ford built in her spare room. “We all have different skills we can bring to the table so we returned to the four of us and opened up these tracks and went, ‘What does this song need?’” Archer said. “We didn’t think about anything else – where it would sit on the album, if it was going to be a single. Now it’s a really special album for us – I can hear everyone’s individual fingerprints on every part of it.”

In September, the band will finally get back on the road for a headline tour that has been rescheduled several times and includes some of their biggest shows to date. “We’re so excited – some of the new songs on the album, when I listen to them and imagine we’re going to play them live, I just cry,” laughed Archer. “My only hesitation is we’ve been here before – once it’s happening I’ll be really happy.”

The Big Moon release ‘Here Is Everything’ on October 14 via Fiction Records. Pre-order it here.

The band’s upcoming tour dates are below. Visit here for tickets and more info.

JULY
17 – Finsbury Park, London (w/ George Ezra)
22 – Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight 
23 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
24 – Leopallooza, Cornwall
29 – Kendal Calling, Cumbria
30 – Underneath The Stars, Yorkshire
31 – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
SEPTEMBER
19 – The Leadmill, Sheffield
20 – Concorde 2, Brighton
21 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
23 September – Oran Mor, Glasgow
24 September – Newcastle University
25 September – Academy 2, Manchester
27 September – Tramshed, Cardiff
28 September – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

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Arlo Parks forced to cancel appearance at Mad Cool festival

“We’ve been looking forward to playing this one for years, it’s so frustrating to have to do this but the health and safety of my band and crew, as well as all working staff and attendees, must always come first.

“I’ll make this back up to you I promise. Missing you Madrid – love AP.”

Arlo Parks Mad Cool announcement – CREDIT: Instagram

Recently, Lorde brought out Parks and Clairo as special guests during her Glastonbury 2022 headline set. 

The New Zealand pop-star was performing on the pyramid stage, Sunday (June 26). Clairo and Parks joined Lorde to sing along with her on the track ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’ from her 2021 album  ‘Solar Power’.

Clairo notably provided backing vocals for the record, on the songs ‘Solar Power’ and ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’. Both special guests performed their own sets on Worthy Farm this year, with Clairo taking the John Peel Stage earlier today and Parks playing The Park Stage on Friday.

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Parks also joined Phoebe Bridgers on stage at Coachella in April for a couple of tracks at the end of her set.

Towards the end of her performance, Bridgers brought out Arlo Parks – who performed her own set at Coachella – to collaborate with her on ‘Graceland Too’ and ‘I Know The End’ – both taken from Bridgers’ second album, ‘Punisher’.

Meanwhile, Parks will be embarking on a North American tour this autumn. You can buy tickets here and check out all the dates below.

SEPTEMBER 2022
2 – Place Bell – Laval, QC (w/ Florence + The Machine)
3 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON (w/ Florence + The Machine)
6 – Franklin Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA
8 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
12 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
14 – Roadrunner – Boston, MA
16 – The Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
17 – Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
18 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
20 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
21 – The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
23 – The Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
24 – Rockwell at The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
26 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
27 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA
29 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

OCTOBER 2022
2 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
4 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
10 – The Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA
12 – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA

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The Weeknd postpones opening show in Toronto: “This one hurts the most”

He added: “I’m crushed & heartbroken. Been at the venue all day but it’s out of my hands because of the Rogers outage. Operations and safety are compromised and I tried  my absolute best.

“This one hurts the most, and we will make this show happen, but unfortunately not tonight. I know how long you’ve been waiting and how hard a lot of you worked to make it to the show and experience this special moment with me. I can’t wait to see you all.”

A new date for Toronto has not yet been announced.

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— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) July 8, 2022

Earlier this week, The Weeknd announced new support acts for his upcoming North American stadium concerts – dubbed the ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ tour – after Doja Cat was forced to pull out.

Back in May, Doja Cat announced that she was to cancel all her 2022 live dates, including festival shows and the tour with The Weeknd, to recover from tonsil surgery.

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The tour will now see support on select dates from Snoh Aalegra, Kaytranada and Mike Dean.

‘After Hours Til Dawn’ will take The Weeknd next to Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.

See the full list of dates below.

JULY
Wednesday 8 – Toronto, Rogers Centre
Tuesday 14 – Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field
Thursday 16 – New York, Metlife Stadium
Tuesday 21 – Boston, Gillette Stadium
Friday 24 – Chicago, Soldier Field
Monday 27  – Detroit, Ford Field
Thursday 30 – Washington, FedExField Thursday

AUGUST
Thursday 4 – Tampa, Raymond James Stadium
Saturday 6 – Miami, Hard Rock Stadium
Thursday 11 – Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Sunday 14 – Arlington, AT&T Stadium
Thursday 18 – Denver, Empower Field at Mile High
Saturday 20 – Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium
Tuesday 23 – Vancouver, BC Place
Thursday 25 – Seattle, Lumen Field
Saturday 27 – San Francisco, Levi’s Stadium
Tuesday 30 – Phoenix, State Farm Stadium

SEPTEMBER
Friday 2 – Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium

According to a press release, the North American dates are just the first leg in a world tour that will also includes stops in Mexico, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and the Middle East which are yet to be announced.

The Weeknd’s latest album, ‘Dawn FM’, arrived back in January of this year. In a four-star review, NME said the follow-up to 2020’s ‘After Hours’ “feels like the first steps on a journey for The Weeknd to find peace with himself; perhaps next time we hear from him, he’ll be fully embracing the light of day”.

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The Weeknd announces new opening acts to replace Doja Cat on his tour

After its opening in Toronto, ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ will take The Weeknd to Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.

See the full list of dates below.

JULY
Wednesday 8 – Toronto, Rogers Centre
Tuesday 14 – Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field
Thursday 16 – New York, Metlife Stadium
Tuesday 21 – Boston, Gillette Stadium
Friday 24 – Chicago, Soldier Field
Monday 27  – Detroit, Ford Field
Thursday 30 – Washington, FedExField Thursday

AUGUST
Thursday 4 – Tampa, Raymond James Stadium
Saturday 6 – Miami, Hard Rock Stadium
Thursday 11 – Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Sunday 14 – Arlington, AT&T Stadium
Thursday 18 – Denver, Empower Field at Mile High
Saturday 20 – Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium
Tuesday 23 – Vancouver, BC Place
Thursday 25 – Seattle, Lumen Field
Saturday 27 – San Francisco, Levi’s Stadium
Tuesday 30 – Phoenix, State Farm Stadium

SEPTEMBER
Friday 2 – Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium

The Weeknd. CREDIT: Getty Images

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According to a press release, the North American dates are just the first leg in a world tour that will also includes stops in Mexico, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and the Middle East which are yet to be announced.

Additionally, the singer – real name Abel Tesfaye – has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to launch the XO Humanitarian Fund. $1 from each ticket sold on the tour will go towards the fund, which works toward ending the global hunger crisis. Tesfaye will also donate $500,000 to the fund.

“The goal with this fund is to provide immediate life-saving support to people who are on the brink of starvation,” Tesfaye commented in a statement. “I’m so thankful to have WFP as a partner and to further expand our reach to those who need it most.”

The Weeknd’s latest album, ‘Dawn FM’, arrived back in January of this year. In a four-star review, NME said the follow-up to 2020’s ‘After Hours’ “feels like the first steps on a journey for The Weeknd to find peace with himself; perhaps next time we hear from him, he’ll be fully embracing the light of day”.

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Rammstein’s huge Coventry gig heard over 10 miles away

“Some were confused at what the noise until others said it was the rock band’s gig.”

The outlet revealed that Facebook posts from local residents revealed that they could hear “loud thumping” and “a loud beat through their closed windows,” adding: “A loud boom was heard around 10:20PM as fireworks lit up the night sky to end the gig.”

See footage from Rammstein’s massive stadium show below.

The band’s new tour, which stretches throughout 2022, follows the release of the German rockers’ eighth album, ‘Zeit’, which was released earlier this year. As revealed last month, two sets of piano players, Duo Jatekok and Duo Abélard, are set to support the band’s shows in both Europe and North America.

Tickets for North American dates can be found here, while tickets for European dates can be purchased here.

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See the band’s full 2022 touring schedule below.

JUNE
30 – Cardiff, UK – Principality Stadium

JULY
4 – Nijmegen, NL – Goffertpark
5 – Nijmegen, NL – Goffertpark
8 – Lyon, FR – Groupama Stadium
9 – Lyon, FR – Groupama Stadium
12 – Turin, IT – Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino
16 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy
20 – Tallinn, EE – Song Festival Grounds
24 – Oslo, NO – Bjerke Travbane
28 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium
29 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium
30 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium

AUGUST
3 – Ostend, BE – Park De Nieuwe Koers
4 – Ostend, BE – Park De Nieuwe Koers
21 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau
27 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
31 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field

SEPTEMBER
3 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
6 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
9 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
17 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
24 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

OCTOBER
1 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
2 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
4 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol

In a four-star review of their latest record, NME wrote: “‘Zeit’ might be a more reflective album than previous Rammstein records, but it’s still an energetic, swaggering beast. Nearly 30 years into their career, the band remain as ambitious and as fiery as ever with their nightmarish, industrial rock sounding as daring as ever.”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea wants to play Popeye in a live-action movie

Although he’s predominantly known as the bassist for the California rock titans, Flea has been acting in TV shows and major motion pictures for decades.

Some of his most notable roles include Back To The Future II and III, The Big Lebowski, Baby Driver, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, The Chase, My Own Private Idaho, and he’s voiced characters in The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.

Created by E.C. Segar, Popeye initially started off in 1929 as a comic book. The character made its way to the big screen in a 1980 with the release of a live-action musical directed by Robert Altman and starring Robin Williams as the titular character.

Whether a new Popeye movie is in the works is not known at this point, but judging from the responses to Flea’s tweet it looks like people would be into the idea.

Hollywood Heights actor Meredith Salenger was among those in his replies, telling the bassist: “Robert Altman’s was one of my favs. Robin Williams. The set. The music – Harry Nilsson. Shelley Duvall singing ‘he needs me’ (later used in punch drunk love). Perfection. And yes… you would be perfect casting.”

Robert Altman’s was one of my favs. Robin Williams. The set. The music – Harry Nilsson. Shelley Duvall singing “he needs me” (later used in punch drunk love). Perfection. And yes… you would be perfect casting🥰

— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) June 20, 2022

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Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently in the middle of their world stadium tour in support of their new album, ‘Unlimited Love’, the band’s first since 2016’s The Getaway’ and the first to feature long-serving guitarist John Frusciante in over a decade.

You can check out the remaining dates below:

JUNE 2022
22 – Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford=
25 – London, London Stadium~
29 – Dublin, Marlay Park~

JULY 2022
1 – Glasgow, Bellahouston Park~
3 – Leuven, Rock Werchter
5 – Cologne, RheinEnergieStadium=
8 – Paris, Stade de France~
12 – Hamburg, Volksparkstadion=
23 – Denver, Empower Field at Mile High*
27 – San Diego, Petco Park*
29 – Santa Clara, Levi’s Stadium+
31 – Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium+

AUGUST 2022
3 – Seattle, T-Mobile Park^
6 – Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium^^
10 – Atlanta, Truist Park^
12 – Nashville, Nissan Stadium^
14 – Detroit, Comerica Park^
17 – East Rutherford, Metlife Stadium^
19 – Chicago, Soldier Field^
21 – Toronto, Rogers Centre^
30 – Miami, Hard Rock Stadium^

SEPTEMBER 2022
1 – Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium^
3 – Philadelphia, Citizens Bank Park^
8 – Washington, Nationals Park^
10 – Boston, Fenway Park#
15 – Orlando, Camping World Stadium^
18 – Arlington, Globe Life Field^

=with special guests A$AP Rocky and Thundercat
~with special guests Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat
*with special guests HAIM and Thundercat
+with special guests Beck and Thundercat
^with special guests The Strokes and Thundercat
^^with special guests The Strokes and King Princess
# with special guests St. Vincent and Thundercat

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Morrissey announces ticket details for upcoming 2022 UK tour

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

Morrissey UK and Ireland 2022 live dates:

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

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

Morrissey CREDIT: Jim Dyson/Getty Images

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

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

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

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

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

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Röyksopp announce ‘Profound Mysteries II’: “We want to get your senses going”

“For the keen ear, you’ll notice the heavy references. We’ve always had that in our music, but this time it’s more blatant. It’s meant as a tribute, not a rip-off. You’ll find things that could point to the likes of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, but also genres like Italo Disco and ‘90s UK rave.”

Berge explained how “the over-arching thing with ‘Profound Mysteries’ is to “trigger your imagination – to get your senses going” as well as posing “existential questions”. Many fans have noticed how the vivid lyricism and bittersweet sounds from ‘part one’ harked back to their seminal debut ‘Melody AM’, while also introducing new elements.

“It’s kind of what we do and what we always have done,” he said. “We hail from the club scene. The UK and mainland Europe was very influential on us in our teens – with the whole rave thing and so on; hence, the Ibiza warmth that one can detect. But also, we unintentionally have those vast soundscapes that come from the Nordic fjords and all the clichés. For whatever reason, we always return to that. We like that ambiguity in music where you’re being almost manipulated to feel happy and sad at the same time.”

Explaining how the first instalment of ‘Profound Mysteries’ was intended as Röyksopp “re-emerging”, Berge explained how ‘part two’ would develop those ideas further.

“The previous album was obviously ‘The Inevitable End’ [2014],” he said. “Although there are reoccurring themes throughout our discography, that album was dealing with loss, death and the final demise. From time to time, it was quite bleak. We wanted to have the gentle transition with ‘Profound Mysteries’ where we come out of the woods. That’s why we’ve made this project that’s this continuous, holistic experience.”

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Lyrically and in terms of songwriting, the new record sees the band reaching for something much “simpler” than their previous albums.

“In the beginning, and particularly on ‘The Understanding’ [2005], we wanted to do odd arrangements and be strange,” Berge explained. “We said, ‘Let’s be do indie that nobody gets’. On this project, we wanted to have those indie, creative pop moments, but also the more simplistic lyrical approach – accompanied by the vocal melodies.

“I don’t mean that it becomes so contemporary that it’s just one note and one word saying, ‘Gucci Gucci Gucci’, but definitely leaning more towards a simpler structure with the semantics and the vocals.”

He added: “They’re not all like that. There is one song called ‘Tell Him’ with Susanne, and that’s a bit more ‘traditional singer-songwriter’. It’s our little nod to the Fleetwood Macs and Neil Youngs of the word. It’s obviously not as good as that. It’s still Röyksopp, but it follows a more traditional recipe in terms of how to construct a track.”

Röyksopp (Picture: Stian Andersen / Press)

‘Profound Mysteries II’ is being previewed by the singles ‘Sorry’ featuring Jamie Irrepressible, and ‘Unity’ featuring Karen Harding. ‘Part two’ is another guest-packed record,  featuring collaborations with Pixx, Susanne Sundfør and Astrid S – who also featured on ‘part one’ alongside Alison Goldfrapp and Beki Mari.

“We want to work with these people because they are talented and exciting artists,” said Berge. “Some of them we haven’t worked with before, which is nice for getting a new spin on how to write music. Alison Goldfrapp doesn’t need any introduction – she’s great, fun and a thrill to work with. She has a place in electronic music history.”

He continued: “Then we have the returning Norwegian chartreuse Susanne Sundfør, who we’ve worked with in the past. I just find that when I write a certain kind of song – perhaps erring more on the more melancholic side – I tend to write them with Susanne’s voice in my head. She’s very often put to work on those tracks, because she has that vibe.

“She is just such an amazing artist in every way, shape and form. It’s so fun to work with her, because she might come across as this melancholic person, but she’s quite the opposite. She can just shift gears and put so much emotion into what she does.”

Astrid S (Picture: Press)

As for rising Norwegian artist Astrid S, Berge said: “She’s the one to have taken the most people by surprise. She comes from more of a pure pop background and is quite a lot younger than us.

“That was interesting because the people we work with, like Robyn and Alison Goldfrapp, usually have the same reference points – musically and pop-culturally. But Astrid, she comes from a different place. We like to mix it up to feel invigorated and not grow stale as artists. We need to be pushed.”

Berge explained how he came across Brit School graduate Pixx after discovering videos of her on YouTube and becoming “intrigued by her music writing and vocal talents”.

“I’ve always been a fan of most things to come from the label 4AD,” he said. “She had that 4AD-ness to her. She’s a unique talent in her own right, but she has that unusual quality. She’s a fun person with interesting takes on writing music and melodies. In my head, she has a mystic quality to her and is so enigmatic.”

Karen Harding, meanwhile, was brought on board to bring “that nod to the club scene that we grew up with”. “I use the word ‘rave’ loosely, but I mean a touch of The KLF and a touch of the classic house screamer – but dialled down,” Berge explained. “That’s why we wanted her voice for the song ‘Unity’. We actually wrote that track in 1992 in my bedroom. We thought it would be nice to bring it up and made it like we made it back then.”

Röyksopp, 2022. Credit: Angelina Bergenwall

The duo also have a number of live shows on the horizon, which Berge said they were hoping to make as “immersive as possible” having met some hiccups and logistical problems due to the COVID pandemic.

“We had to make some moves and do some adjustments, but I think we still have something that’s really nice and focusses on the full, immersive experience – rather than it being a case of, ‘OK people, here’s our next song’,” he said. “We’re leaning more towards a conceptual A-Z immersive experience that draws on club culture and the likes of Kraftwerk.”

Asked if they were planning any shows in the UK, Europe and beyond, Berge sounded optimistic.

“We’ve tried to bring something together outside of Scandinavia, and I hope that we get to do something before Christmas – otherwise it’s going to be early next year,” he said. “Currently it’s ill-shaped and half-baked, but we need to find a way to best do it.”

Röyksopp announce ‘Profound Mysteries II’

‘Profound Mysteries II’ is released on August 19. Check out the full tracklist below:

1. ‘Demiclad Baboons’
2. ‘Let’s Get It Right’ (feat. Astrid S)
3. ‘Unity’ (feat. Karen Harding)
4. ‘Oh, Lover’ (feat. Susanne Sundför)
5. ‘Sorry’ (feat. Jamie Irrepressible)
6. ‘Control’
7. ‘It Was A Good Thing’ (feat. Pixx)
8. ‘Remembering The Departed’
9. ‘Tell Him’ (feat. Susanne Sundför)
10. ‘Some Resolve’

Röyksopp will also be embarking on the below tour dates this summer:

JUNE
16 – Oslo PIP – Oslo, Norway
18 – Bergenfest – Bergen, Norway  

JULY
22 – MoldeJazz 2022 – Molde, Norway 
29 – Pørtor Pensjonat – Stabbestad, Norway

AUGUST
20 – Parkenfestivalen 2022 – Bodø, Norway
26 – Verket Festival –  Mo I Rana, Norway
27 – Rakettnatt – Tromsø, Norway

SEPTEMBER
3 – Cala Mijas 2022 – Mijas, Spain 
10 – Bolivar Beach Bar – Athens, Greece (DJ set)

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Carly Rae Jepsen announces dates for 2022 North American tour

General sale starts Friday (June 10) at 10am local time. Jepsen has partnered with PLUS1 so $1 from every ticket sold will go to The Ally Coalition’s work to support homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. Tickets will be available here.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘So Nice’ tour dates

SEPTEMBER
21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion w/Bleachers
22 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage w/Bleachers
24 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
26 – Boston, MA – Roadrunner
28 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
29 – Washington, DC – The Anthem

OCTOBER
1 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
2 – Norfolk, VA The – NorVa
4 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
5 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
9 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
10 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
12 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
17 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
18 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
20 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
21 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
23 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
29 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

NOVEMBER
2 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
4 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
5 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom

Last month, the singer shared a new sun-kissed video for her song ‘Western Wind’. Jepsen first debuted the track during her set at Coachella  after previously having teased the new track’s arrival on social media.

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Carly last released an album in 2020 with ‘Dedicated Side B’. She also released the standalone single ‘Me And The Boys In The Band’ later that year.

The “pick me up” track was written as an ode to life on the road, with Jepsen saying, “Here’s to all the shows we have played and have yet to play. The late-night dancers we turn into on the long bus drives and the tourists we become in the early mornings. Here’s to nostalgia city and keeping close the ones that know you best. Can’t wait for more.”

In 2020, Jepsen confirmed she’d made an “entire quarantine album” during lockdown. “It is very different,” she promised.

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Phoenix share ‘Alpha Zulu’ music video and announce new tour dates

Phoenix’s 2022 tour dates:

JUNE
08 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera In The City
10 – Lyon, France – Nuits de Fourviere
11 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound

SEPTEMBER
06 – St. Paul, Minnesota, US –Palace Theatre *
07 – Chicago, Illinois, US – Aragon Ballroom *
09 – New York City, New York, US – Radio City Music Hall *
10 – New Haven, Connecticut, US – Westville Music Bowl *
13 – Boston, Massachusetts – Roadrunner *
15 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US – The Fillmore *
16 – Washington D.C., US – Anthem *
17-18 – Atlanta, Georgia, US – Music Midtown
19 – Nashville, Tennessee, US – Ryman Auditorium *
20 – Indianapolis, Indiana, US – Egyptian Room *
22 – St. Louis, Missouri, US – The Pageant *
23 – Bentonville, Arkansas, US – FOR_MAT Festival

OCTOBER
06 – Los Angeles, California, US – YouTube Theater *
07 – Berkeley, California, US – Greek Theatre *
10 – Denver, Colorado, US – Mission Ballroom *
12 – Kansas City, Missouri, US – Arvest Bank Theatre *
14-16 – Austin, Texas, US – ACL
18 – Mexico City, Brazil – Pepsi Center

NOVEMBER
16 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
18 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz Club
20 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
23 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
29 – Paris, France – Olympia 

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The band are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to their last album, 2017’s ‘Ti Amo’.

‘Alpha Zulu’ is said to foreshadow the sound of Phoenix’s upcoming album, hinting at “bold new sonic horizons”.

The four-piece also shared a standalone single ‘Identical’ last summer. According to frontman Thomas Mars, ‘Identical’, which was released as part of the On The Rocks OST, will make it on a forthcoming album “somehow”.

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Listen to Phoenix’s turbulent new track ‘Alpha Zulu’

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The band from Versailles is currently on tour, will multiple festival dates on the horizon, including a homecoming show at Paris’ We Love Green Festival as well as a slot at Primavera Sound in Barcelona with more shows to be announced. Check out tickets here and view the current list of shows below.

Phoenix tour dates:

JUNE
1 – Nimes, FR – Paloma
3 – Saint-Brieuc, FR – Festival Art Rock
4 – Paris, FR – We Love Green
8 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera In The City
10 – Lyon, FR – Nuits de Fourviere
11 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound

SEPTEMBER
17-18 – Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown
23-25 – Bentonville, AR – Format Festival

OCTOBER
14-16 – Austin, TX – ACL

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The four-piece shared the standalone single ‘Identical’ last summer. According to frontman Thomas Mars, ‘Identical’, which was released as part of the On The Rocks OST, will make it on a forthcoming album “somehow”.

At the time of the song’s arrival, Mars offered an update on what the band’s upcoming seventh album might sound like: “There’s no coherence and it’s a little bit like our first record, maybe; ‘United’, which had songs that would explore heavy metal and then country music.” Mars added: “This is the same sort of weird Frankenstein of an album.”

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Gently Tender announce debut album, ‘Take Hold Of Your Promise!’

News of the album comes alongside new single ‘Love All The Population’. “This song was written in the first lockdown – like lots of people I had spent many hours reflecting on the togetherness of our existence pre-pandemic,” Fryer said in a statement. “I was thinking a lot about the now-empty spaces – empty music venues particularly – not only closing because of the pandemic! So this song was a bit of a lament to those.”

Watch the video for ‘Love All The Population’ below:

You can pre-order ‘Take Hold Of Your Promise!’ here – see the tracklisting below.

‘Home Anymore’
‘Dead Is Dead’
‘Love All The Population’
‘Ain’t No River Wide Enough’
‘Sunlight In Motion’
‘True Colours (Sometime I’ll Get Through)’
‘Ain’t No Valley Low Enough’
‘Heaven Ho!’
‘God Didn’t Leave The Factory’
‘Right Time’
‘Pointless Noise’
‘This Is My Night Of Compassion’

Gently Tender have also announced a headline London show for November 14, 2022. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (June 1) at 10am – get them here.

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The band were also recently announced as support for The Big Moon’s upcoming UK tour in support of their second album, ‘Walking Like We Do’, which was released in 2020. Remaining tickets are on sale here now. See the full list of dates below.

SEPTEMBER 2022
19 – Sheffield, Leadmill
20 – Brighton, Concorde 2
21 – Birmingham, Academy 2
23 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
24 – Newcastle, Newcastle Uni
25 – Manchester, Academy 2
27 – Cardiff, Tramshed
28 – London, O2 Kentish Town Forum

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Cassyette announces ‘Sad Girl Summer’ UK tour

Tickets for the tour go on sale Wednesday June 1 and will be available here. Check out her headline tour dates below:

SEPTEMBER
09 – Glasgow, Cathouse
12 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
14 – Sheffield, Leadmill
15 – Manchester, Manchester Academy 3
19 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
20 – London, O2 Academy Islington

Earlier this month, Cassyette released two new tracks (‘Sad Girl Summer’ and ‘Dead Roses’) alongside an acoustic version of previous single ‘Mayhem’.

“I absolutely love these songs, so much so that I was really torn between putting out something that’s more pop-punk like ‘Sad Girl Summer’ or a real heavy track like ‘Dead Roses’. In the end I thought, why not just give my fans both and a stripped back version of ‘Mayhem’,” Cassyette said in a press release.

She went on to add: “‘Sad Girl Summer’ is about being cheated on. It’s a ‘fuck you’ song and I want people to feel empowered by it. Anyone that’s ever been cheated on will understand that hurt. It’s a proper rager in the chorus. I was so fed up at the time I wrote this, and I was so over crying over them. I wrote it over two days and on the first day I felt so depressed, and by the second day I wanted to turn the song around and reclaim the power.”

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Speaking to NME about how TikTok encouraged Cassyette to embrace the more extreme ends of her sound, she said, “I just find TikTok so much fun. It’s really easy to find like-minded people on there, and there’s this new alt scene forming on the platform. We all encourage each other as well, which I’ve found really inspiring.

“The music I write covers such a spectrum, from pop-rock to hardcore, metal, and deathcore, and I used to be really worried about releasing those more extreme songs. TikTok has taught me you can be more than one thing.”

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Watch kid join Limp Bizkit to rap ‘Break Stuff’ on stage in Wisconsin

Before leaving the stage, frontman Durst told the audience: “I promised this young man a little favour,” pointing to a young boy on the stage. The two then proceeded to deliver an explosive rendition of ‘Break Stuff’, taken from the band’s 1999 album ‘Significant Other’.

Keeping up with Durst throughout, the young fan not only earned the respect of the band but received mountains of applause from the crowd. You can check out his performance below.

It wasn’t the first time Limp Bizkit have called a fan up on stage to collaborate with them. Earlier in their tour, they invited someone to join them for a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

The band are on the final leg of their North American tour, which wraps up on May 31 in Ontario, Canada. They will hit the UK in September for a string of shows, including two at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.

All remaining tickets can be found here. See the full list of dates below.

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SEPTEMBER 2022
7 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
8 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
11 – O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
12 – Manchester Academy, Manchester

In a three-star review of Limp Bizkit’s ‘Still Sucks’, NME‘s Ali Shutler wrote: “As much as ‘Still Sucks’ is Limp Bizkit getting back to frat-boy business, there are a couple of surprises to be found.

“‘Barnacle’ is a moody moment of grunge that showcases their versatility, while ‘Pill Popper’ might be one of the most direct critiques of the American healthcare system this side of the millennium, as spoken word intro warns: ‘The pharmaceutical industry does not create cures. They create customers’.”

The review concluded: “The band’s last album was 2011’s trashy and high octane ‘Golden Cobra’, before they spent the past decade talking up the follow-up, (tentatively titled ‘Stampede Of The Disco Elephants’).

“Despite that, this ain’t ‘Chinese Democracy’. ‘Still Sucks’ doesn’t feel laboured or overthought and never overstays its welcome. Limp Bizkit aren’t out to rewrite their history or reach a new generation. They don’t care if you still think they suck – they still know how to have a good time, and won’t stop rollin’.”

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Watch Yard Act’s James Smith and his grandad cover Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’

“Six pints of Guinness later, there he stood. He got a ‘Dave, Dave, Dave’ chant after and was absolutely buzzing. It felt good to be home, brief though it was.”

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The Leeds four-piece also recently shared a new video for their track ‘100% Endurance’, which featured on their debut album ‘The Overload’, which arrived back in January.

They are currently in the middle of a UK tour which ends at Norwich Arts Centre on Friday (May 27).

The band will perform at several festivals including Glastonbury before they hit the road for another UK tour in November. Tickets for their shows can be purchased here.

You can see Yard Act’s forthcoming UK tour dates below.

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MAY 2022
26 – O2 Academy, Leicester
27 – Arts Centre, Norwich (SOLD OUT)
28 – Wide Awake Festival, London

JUNE 2022
24-25 – Glastonbury Festival

JULY 2022
15 – Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirlingshire
21 – Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton
22 – Truck Festival, Oxford
22 – Standon Calling Festival, Hertfordshire
23 – Bluedot Festival, Cheshire
24 – Tramlines, Sheffield
27 – The Cluny, Newcastle
28 – The Caves, Edinburgh
29 – Deer Shed, Thirsk
30 – Ynot Festival, Derbyshire

SEPTEMBER 2022
4 – End Of The Road Festival, Dorset
16 – The Bullingdon, Oxford (SOLD OUT)
17 – Esquires, Bedford (SOLD OUT)
18 – O2 Institute, Birmingham (SOLD OUT)
21 – Sugar Mill, Stoke
22 – The Crescent, York (SOLD OUT)
23 – Polar Bear, Hull (SOLD OUT)

NOVEMBER 2022
22 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
23 – NUSU, Newcastle
24 – O2 Academy, Leeds
25 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
26 – Marble Factory, Bristol
27 – Tramshed, Cardiff
29 – 1865, Southampton
30 – Chalk, Brighton

DECEMBER 2022
1 – O2 Kentish Town Forum, London

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Conor Oberst reportedly walks off stage during Bright Eyes gig

In later tweets, Cruz said that the karaoke went on for a few songs before the venue cancelled the show and refunded tickets.

The group are scheduled to play New Orleans’ Orpheum Theater tonight (May 23) and a New York show is scheduled for June 3.

NME has reached out to representatives of Bright Eyes for comment.

Bright Eyes played two songs. Conor Oberst walked off. And now the band is suggesting Bright Eyes karaoke with Bright Eyes for the crowd…

— Caitlin Cruz (@caitlinrcruz) May 23, 2022

This is a disaster and I appreciate the attempt at triage but jesus pic.twitter.com/WIZDvXIs7C

— Caitlin Cruz (@caitlinrcruz) May 23, 2022

hope Conor is okay. @WhiteOakMH employees were such champs about an increasingly not great situation. gonna go watch some basketball from my big tv instead of my gf’s phone.

— Caitlin Cruz (@caitlinrcruz) May 23, 2022

Email from @WhiteOakMH: “Due to unexpected circumstances, Bright Eyes was unable to perform at White Oak Music Hall and the show has been officially cancelled.” pic.twitter.com/1r8Ssfu1ld

— Caitlin Cruz (@caitlinrcruz) May 23, 2022

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Last month, Bright Eyes stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to deliver a performance of ‘Dance And Sing’.

The song – which Oberst and co. performed with a full band and a miniature orchestra – features on the band’s 2020 album ‘Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was’, which marked their first full-length project in almost a decade.

The band are preparing to reissue all nine of their studio albums along with a ‘Companion’ EP featuring new recordings of songs from the original release plus a cover version from an artist they found particularly inspiring at the time.

They will kick off the campaign on May 27, with their first three albums – ‘A Collection Of Songs Written And Recorded 1995-1997’, 1998’s ‘Letting Off The Happiness’ and 2000 LP ‘Fevers And Mirrors’.

In February, the band shared new recordings of ‘Falling Out Of Love At This Volume’, ‘Contrast And Compare’ featuring Waxahatchee, and ‘Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh’ with Phoebe Bridgers from the six-track Companion EPs.

he band have also announced a series of UK, Ireland and shows in Europe kicking off in London on August 30. Their tour will also call at Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Dublin. You can purchase tickets here.

Bright Eyes will play:

AUGUST 2022
30 – London Eventim Apollo
31 – Manchester O2 Apollo

SEPTEMBER 2022
1 – Dublin Vicar Street
5 – Birmingham O2 Institute
6 – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland

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Special Interest share new video for “battle cry” single ‘(Herman’s) House’

“Despite the sadistic torture they endured, they continued their fight towards Black liberation behind the prison walls,” they said. “This song bears witness to our wonder and desire to dismantle the oppressive systems that hinder our possibilities towards true liberation, to annihilate, to destroy and to rebuild with one another.”

Logout and Elena continued: “It’s a battle cry for dreamers who persist in spite of and because. This song moves us and it grooves us towards this end, may we go forward but not by ourselves.”

The band is currently on tour, and are set to open for Turnstile at Brooklyn’s Knockdown Center on Sunday (May 22) before embarking on a UK and European tour. View ticket details here and the full list of dates below.

Special Interest tour

MAY
22 – Brooklyn, NY – Knockdown Center
27 – London, England – The Shacklewell Arms
28 – London, England – Wide Awake
30 – Paris, France – Point Ephemere
31 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – V11

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JUNE
1 – Antwerp, Belgium – Hetbos
2 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Kohi
3 – Hannover, Germany – Cafe Glocksee
4 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
6 – Leipzig, Germany – Institut Fur Zukunft
7 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotov
10 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound

SEPTEMBER
12 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
14 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
17 – Los Angeles, CA – Primavera Sound

The four-piece is also set to play Primavera Sound Los Angeles this year. The festival inaugural California line-up boast Lorde, Nine Inch Nails, and Arctic Monkeys as headliners.

The sold-out Primavera Sound LA festival will take place September 16 – 18 at Los Angeles’s State Historic State Park.

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Bring Me The Horizon announce US headline tour

SEPTEMBER
22 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival
24 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center 
25 – West Springfield, MA – The Big E Arena
27 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre 
28 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium 
30 – Orlando, FL – Addition Financial Arena 

OCTOBER
1 – New Orleans, LA – Emo Nite New Orleans Vacation 
3 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall  
6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Kia Forum  
7 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre  
9 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
12 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
14 – Chicago, IL – Wintrust Arena
15 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre 
16 – Pittsburgh, PA – UPMC Events Center 
18 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 
20 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium 
22 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival
23 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival
29 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival

Earlier this month, the band revealed that they’d recorded “about 45 songs” for their next release.

The band’s last project was their ‘Post Human: Survival Horror’ EP, released back in October 2020. The first of several releases, frontman Oli Sykes told NME last year they were “working on parts two, three and four simultaneously” and that they were hoping to “get songs out as soon as we can”.

The Sheffield rock giants then gave fans a taste of what they can expect from ‘Post Human 2’, sharing new single ‘DiE4u’ in September 2021.

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Speaking in a new interview, Sykes then shared an update on the record as well as their forthcoming schedule. “We’re doing lots of gigs hopefully, if the world goes alright,” he told BANG Showbiz (via Contact Music). “Lots of European festivals and we’re going to the States in September. And hopefully a new record.”

He continued: “We’ve been working on it for about a year now, we’ve got lots of music we’re just being quite picky about what we want to release. We must have about 45 songs.”

Last month, Bring Me The Horizon teamed up with Sigrid for a brand new track, ‘Bad Life’.

The song marks the latest in a strong run of collaborations released by BMTH. Prior to ‘Bad Life’, earlier in the month, the band featured on the Masked Wolf single ‘Fallout’, while March marked another team up with Machine Gun Kelly with the release of ‘maybe’.

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Arcade Fire bring ‘Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)’ to ‘Fallon’

The band then took to Fallon this week to share another track from the new record. For the rendition of ‘Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)’, the band were watched over by a giant eye, the same that hung above the stage for the band’s recent London gig at KOKO.

Watch the performance below.

Reviewing ‘WE’, NME wrote: “Our global journey from fear to appreciation is played out in what Arcade Fire themselves accurately describe as a ‘concise 40-minute epic’. Philosophically, they haven’t been so focussed since 2010’s ‘The Suburbs’, nor so musically dramatic since 2007’s ‘Neon Bible’. Subscribe.”

On the album’s release day, the band announced a massive 2022 world tour that Win told NME he hopes will be “the definitive Arcade Fire tour.”

Arcade Fire will be joined by special guest Feist for the UK and European dates, while Beck will join them to play acoustic sets in North America. UK dates take place in early September, and you can view ticket details and further information here for the UK and here for North America.

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Arcade Fire’s UK/Ireland 2022 schedule is as follows:

AUGUST 2022
30 – Dublin, 3Arena

SEPTEMBER 2022
2 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena Birmingham
3 – Manchester, AO Arena
5 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
8 – London, The O2

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