It has been announced that Bonnie Tyler will be this year’s representative for the Eurovision Song contest. England has had a streak of poor entries in the past and the baton now falls to Tyler to help raise the profile of England’s involvement in Eurovision.
Rick Springfield was arrested March 8th due to missing an outstanding court date. Springfield was originally arrested under a DUI charge.
Kasabian’s Jay Mehler has quit the band. Not one to rest on his laurels he has joined the Beady Eye line up. Kasabian posted details on their Facebook page offering their well wishes to Mehler “Jay is our bro we’re all good and the last six years have been mega. He’s moving on and will be incredible in Beady Eye. We thought posting an awesome video was the best way to let you guys know that he will be missed, but here it is in black and white too.”
Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe has been acquitted of Manslaughter charges that were brought against him in Prague. Blythe has issued this letter since his acquittal.
I am leaving Prague now – I hope not to return for a long while. This has nothing to do with this city, the people who live here, or the Czech Republic itself at all. This is a wonderful place, and many people have been kind to me. Not a single soul here has been rude or mean to me at all, nor done me any harm – in fact it is quite the opposite. I have grown to love this city, for it is a marvelous, magical town. I encourage everyone to come visit here, to see this lovely country. But for me it is a place of great sadness.
While I am relieved that my innocence was proven and apparently I shall not be going to prison, I am in no way shape or form a happy man right now. The small inconveniences I have been through since my arrest are not noteworthy. People go through much worse daily and still keep a smile on their faces, but currently my smiles are far and few between. A young man is still dead, and his family still suffers. Please remember that fact. This family did no wrong, and have shown me great kindness – with silence, with actions, and finally with words – they spoke on my behalf to the court, and we had a private talk afterwards. All I will say about that is that they were very kind to me and displayed the utmost strength and class, and wished me a good life. They just want to get on with their lives the best they can. I wish them only the best, and will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. Please do the same – think good thoughts of them and healing thoughts for them. Trust me, they are good people, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. They did NOTHING wrong.
This picture is from Kutna Hora, at the Sedlec Ossuary. I was there yesterday – like Prague, it is an amazing place. About this city, Kafka wrote: “Prague doesn’t let go… This old crone has claws. One has to yield, or else.” I have found this to be true. I am yielding, I am leaving a part of myself here, I think. Some bit of me will always roam these streets at night, and that is only fitting. Now I will go home and try to see what good I can make come out the destruction that occurred here – it is the only correct thing to do. Rest in peace, Daniel Nosek.
Big Deal has confirmed that they will be releasing their second album in April. The album is set to be called June Gloom.
Laura Marling has released details of her new album. The 16 track album is called Once I Was an Eagle and is due for release in May.
Indicud, the new album from Kid Cudi is due for release in April.
Carly Rae Jepson has cancelled her gig with the Boy Scouts of America because she doesn’t agree with their anti-gay policy. The Call Me Maybe singer released the reasons behind the cancellation of the concert. “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer. I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.”
A petition is set to be put forth to Barack Obama to change America’s national anthem from the Star Spangled Banner to R Kelly’s hit single Ignition (Remix). The petition needs over 100,000 signatures before April second. If enough signatures are obtained, the petition will be sent to President Obama with the following accompanying letter.
“We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognise the need for a new national anthem. One that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out of the kitchen. America has changed since Francis Scott Key penned our current anthem in 1814. Since then, we have realised that after the show, it’s the afterparty, and that after the party, it’s the hotel lobby, and – perhaps most importantly – that ’round about four, you’ve got to clear the lobby, at which point it’s strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody. President Obama: we ask you to recognise the evolution of this beautiful country and give us an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become.”
You can sign the petition at the following address – https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-national-anthem-r-kellys-2003-hit-ignition-remix/Rm8SC7FP
Justin Bieber angered UK fans this week by being two hours late for his concert in London’s o2 Arena. He has since been fined £300,000 by the local council due to noise pollution after exceeding the curfew set for concerts. Bat times for Bieber.
Will Smith took to the stage in a London school this week and performed the infamous rap from the TV show Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Labour MP Chuka Umunna invited Smith to visit the school.
Alicia Keys is touring in May.
18th May – Echo Arena, Liverpool
19th May – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
24th May – Manchester Arena, Manchester
25th May – NIA, Birmingham
28th May – Nottingham Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
30th May – The o2 Arena, London (Sold Out)
31st May – The o2 Arena, London
Tickets for Alison Moyet’s tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
30th September – Opera House, Cork
1st October – Waterfront Hall, Belfast
2nd October – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
4th October – Royal Court Concert Hall, Glasgow
5th October – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
6th October – The Sage, Gateshead
8th October – City Hall, Sheffield
9th October – Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl
10th October – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
12th October – Derngate Theatre, Northampton
13th October – Regents Theatre, Ipswich
15th October –Royal Festival Hall, London
16th October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
17th October – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
19th October – Colston Hall, Bristol
20th October – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
21st October – The Dome, Brighton
23rd October – Barbican Theatre, York
24th October – The Lowry, Salford
25th October – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
27th October – Royal Centre, Nottingham
28th October – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
29th October – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
31st October – Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
The American Scene are supporting The Story So Far on their upcoming tour.
30th April – Old Blue Last, London
1st May – The Croft, London
2nd May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
3rd May – White Rabbit, Plymouth
4th May – Asylum, Birmingham
5th May – Corporation, Sheffield (Small Room)
6th May – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
7th May – Star and Garter, Manchester
8th May – Tunnels, Aberdeen
9th May – King Tuts, Glasgow
10th May – Trillians, Newcastle
11th May – Basement, Nottingham
12th May – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
13th May – Joiners, Southampton
14th May – Fighting Cocks, Kingston
Amplifier start touring the UK this week.
16th March – 53 Degrees, Preston
17th March – The Fleece, Bristol
18th March – The Duchess, York
19th March – King Tut’s, Glasgow
20th March – Rock City, Nottingham
21st March – The Garage, London
Beaty Heart will be touring the UK in April.
12th March – Notting Hill Arts Club, London
9th April – White Heat, London (Single Launch Party)
10th April – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
13th April – Start The Bus, Bristol
18th April – Servant Jazz Quarters, London
Big Deal are playing two live dates in May.
4th May – Sound City, Liverpool
5th May – YO1 Festival
Blue are playing a live one off show in London. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.
3rd May – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Tickets for Brantley Gilberts Manchester performance are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
16th March – Club Academy, Manchester
Craig David will be touring in May. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
19th May – Institute, Birmingham
20th May – Ritz, Manchester
21st May – Guildhall, Southampton
22nd May – Indigo2, London
Dance Gavin Dance are set to tour in May.
7th May – Sub 89, Reading
8th May – The Peel, Kingston
9th May – The Haunt, Brighton
10th May – White Rabbit, Plymouth
11th May – Takedown Festival, Southampton
12th May – Hobo’s, Bridgend
13th May – The Vault, Rugby
14th May – NQ Live, Manchester
16th May – The Classic Grand, Glasgow
17th May – Rock City, Nottingham
18th May – The Garage, London
19th May – The Westcoast Bar, Margate
Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards will be touring in April.
4th April – Electric Palace, Bridport
6th April – The Junction, Cambridge
8th April – Mill Volvo Theatre, Newcastle
9th April – Liquid Room, Edinburgh
10th April – Irish Centre, Leeds
13th April – o2 Academy, Oxford
15th April – St Georges, Bristol
16th April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
17th April – Royal Festival, London
Darwin Deez start touring in April.
26th April – Ritz, Manchester
27th April – Rock City, Nottingham
29th April – Waterfront, Norwich
30th April – Leadmill, Sheffield
1st May – Academy, Bristol
2nd May – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
3rd May – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool
4th May – Live At Leeds, Leeds
5th May – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Tickets for the UK dates of David Byrne and St Vincent’s tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.
27th August – Roundhouse, London
28th August – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
29th August – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Tickets for Deep Purple’s tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.
12th October – o2 Apollo, Manchester
13th October – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
15th October – NIA, Birmingham
16th October – Roundhouse, London
Devendra Banhart will be playing three UK dates as part of her European tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
28th June – The Old Market, Brighton
17th July – The Ritz, Manchester
18th July – Barbican, London
Catch Eleanor McEvoy on her tour that starts in April.
11th April – The Brook, Southampton
12th April – Cadogan Hall, London
14th April – The Arches, Glasgow
16th April – Unitarian Church, Dublin
22nd May – The Glad Café, Glasgow
23rd May – Berits and Brown, Motherwell
25th May – Haal Festival, Portsoy
26th May – Haal Festival, Portsoy
23rd June – Wivenhoe House Hotel, Colchester
17th August – Forever Sun Festival, Dorchester
1st November – Denholm Folk Festival, Scotland
2nd November – Denholm Folk Festival, Scotland
7th November – The Artrix, Bromsgrove
8th November – Gala, Durham
9th November – City Varieties, Leeds
10th November – Gulbenkian, Canterbury
12th November – Courtyard, Hereford
13th November – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
14th November – Elgiva, Chesham
15th November – The Atkinson, Southport
19th November – Cecil Sharp House, London
Fiction are currently touring. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
15th March – The Registry, Portsmouth
16th March – Sixty Million Postcards
17th March – Boileroom, Guildford
18th March – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
19th March – Green Door Store, Brighton
20th March – Louisiana, Bristol
21st March – Rainbow 250, Birmingham
22nd March – Cockpit, Leeds
23rd March – The Soup Kitchen, Manchester
25th March – Think Tank @ Holts Yard, Newcastle
26th March – Broadcast, Glasgow
27th March – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
28th March – Bungalow & Bears, Sheffield
29th March – Spanky Van Dykes
30th March – Oakford Social Club, Reading
Funeral For A Friend start touring the UK in April.
5th April – Chimnerys, Southend
18th April – Academy 2, Leicester
19th April – The Welly, Hull
20th April – Warehouse, Wakefield
21st April – 53 Degrees, Preston
25th April – University of Surrey, Guildford
6th June – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
7th June – Boiler Room, Guildford
15th June – Uni Summer Ball, Reading
16th June – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
17th June – Tunnels, Aberdeen
19th June – Ironworks, Inverness
20th June – PJ Malloys, Dumfermline
21st June – The Brickyard, Carlisle
22nd June – Leopard, Doncaster
23rd June – The Venue, Derby
27th June – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
4th July – Arts Centre, Colchester
5th July – Academy 2, Oxford
6th July – Roadmender, Northampton
10th July – Independent, Sunderlamd
11th July – Tokyo, Lincoln
12th July – 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
13th July – Tricky Disco @ Kasbah, Coventry
31st July – The Box, Crewe
1st August – West End Centre, Aldershot
Jake Bugg is touring in the autumn. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
19th October – BIC, Bournemouth
20th October –Pavilions, Plymouth
22nd October – Brighton Centre, Brighton
23rd October – Pavilions, Plymouth
24th October – o2 Academy Brixton, London
27th October – Oasis, Swindon
28th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham
29th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham
31st October – o2 Academy, Glasgow
1st November – o2 Academy, Glasgow
2nd November – Dome, Doncaster
6th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester
7th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester
9th November – Dome, Doncaster
10th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham
12th November – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
13th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester
K-X-P are touring Europe this summer.
22nd April – Snobar, Milton Keynes
24th April – Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
25th April – Whelan’s, Dublin
26th April – Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
27th April – Sandrinos, Derry
28th April – Broadcast, Glasgow
1st May – Corsica Studios, London
Tickets for Lauren Aquilina’s tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
6th July – Barn on the Farm Festival, Gloucestershire
5th September – Fleece, Bristol
6th September – Sound Control, Manchester
7th September – Beanscene, Glasgow
8th September – Red Bar, Northumbria University, Northumbria
10th September – Cockpit, Leeds
11th September – Temple Room, Birmingham Institute, Birmingham
12th September – Borderline, London
14th September – Academy, Dublin
You can see Little Green Cars on their upcoming tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
11th May – Vicar Street, Dublin
18th May – The Great Escape @ The Warren, Brighton
20th May – Institute Temple, Birmingham
21st May – Dingwalls, London
22nd May – Cockpit 2, Leeds
24th May – Dot to Dot @ Zoo, Manchester
25th May – Dot to Dot @ Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol
16th May – Dot to Dot @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Matthew E. White will be touring in April.
21st April – Thekla,Bristol
24th April – Arches, Glasgow
25th April – Sound Control, Manchester
26th April – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (Sold Out)
4th September – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
The Mezingers are touring in August.
3rd August – Hevy Festival, Folkestone
4th August – Fighting Cocks, Kingston
5th August – Fighting Cocks, Kingston
6th August – Cockpit 2, Leeds
7th August – Bannermans, Edinburgh
8th August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
9th August – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
10th August – Cypress Avenue, Cork
11th August – Fibber Magees, Dublin
On and On are touring in May. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
2nd May – Rainbow, Birmingham
3rd May – Sound City, Liverpool
4th May – Live at Leeds, Leeds
5th May – Deaf Institute, Manchester
6th May – Louisiana, Bristol
16th May – Great Escape, Brighton
17th May – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
20th May – Cargo, London
Scholars are currently touring. Check out the dates below.
11th March – Cellar Bar, Oxford
12th March – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
13th March – The Roadhouse, Manchester
14th March – The Compass, Chester
15th March – Lock 42, Leicester
16th March – The Stanley Arms, Norwich
17th March – The White Lion, Watford
17th March – Roadmender, Northampton
4th April – Beacon Court Tavern, Gillingham
10th April – Camden Barfly, London
11th April – Cellars, Portsmouth
Senses Fail will be touring in May and June.
18th May – The Peel, Kingston
19th May – Talking Heads, Southampton
20th May – Thekla, Bristol
21st May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
22nd May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
23rd May – King Tuts, Glasgow
24th May – Academy 2, Newcastle
25th May – Slam Dunk Fest, Leeds University, Leeds
26th May – Slam Dunk Fest, Herts University, Herts
27th May – Slam Dunk Fest, Civis, Wolverhampton
28th May – NQ Live, Manchester
29th May – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
30th May – Underworld, London
31st May – Cavern, Exeter
1st June – o2 Academy 2, Oxford
Story Books are touring in April and May.
22nd April – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
17th May – Great Escape Festival, Brighton
24th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester
25th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol
26th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham
Teen are touring the UK. Make sure you have your ticket.
30th March – Shacklewell Arms, London
31st March – Broadcast, Glasgow
1st April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
2nd April Start The Bus, Bristol
3rd April – The Haunt, Brighton
Tom Odell will be touring the UK in October. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
11th October – Guildhall, Southampton
12th October – Uni Great Hall, Cardiff
13th October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
15th October – o2 Academy, Leeds
16th October – o2 Academy, Glasgow
17th October – Picture House, Edinburgh
19th October – Academy, Manchester
20th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle
22nd October – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
24th October – UEA, Norwich
26th October – Institute, Birmingham
27th October – Rock City, Nottingham
29th October – o2 Academy, Bristol
30th October – o2 Academy, Sheffield
31st October – o2 Academy, Liverpool
Tony Hadley will be touring in October. He will be performing songs from his career in Spandau Ballet. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
13th October – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
15th October – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
16th October – Royal Albert Hall, London
Unknown Mortal Orchestra are touring in May.
1st May – King Tuts, Glasgow
2nd May – Academy 2, Dublin
3rd May – The Garage @ Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool
4th May – The Cockpit, Leeds
6th May – Deaf Institute, Manchester
7th May – Thekla, Bristol
8th May – Temple Room, Birmingham
10th May – ATP Festival
16th May – Village Underground, London
Wolf Alice are heading out on tour.
2nd May – Birthdays, London (with Peace)
4th May – Live at Leeds, Leeds
16th May – Great Escape Festival, Brighton
23rd May – Think Tank at Hoults Yard, Newcastle
24th May – Dot to Dot, Manchester
25th May – Dot to Dot, Bristol
26th May – Dot to Dot, Nottingham
4th June – The Lexington, London
28th July – Secret Garden Party
17th August – Beacons Festival
30th August – End of the Road Festival
Wolf People will be playing a handful of live shows this month.
28th March – Esquires, Bedford
29th March – The Continental, Preston
30th March – Detestival At Queens Social Club, Sheffield
10th April – Sebright Arms, London
The 1975 will be touring in May and September. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
22nd May – Northumbria University, Newcastle
23rd May – Queens Social Club, Sheffield
27th May – Oran Mor, Glasgow
28th May – Institute, Library, Birmingham
29th May – Heaven, London (Sold Out)
31st May – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
20th September – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
21st September – The Ritz, Manchester
The Next Day – David Bowie
What About Now – David Bowie
Pale Green Ghosts – John Grant
Sound City – Real to Reel – Various Artists
Exile – Hurts
Tales from Terra Firma – Stornaway
Payola – The Cribs
Love Makes Monsters – My First Tooth