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Music News: Monday 11th March 2013

Lisa Bentley



Bonnie Tyler for Eurovision

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 Arrested

Rick Springfield was arrested March 8th due to missing an outstanding court date. Springfield was originally arrested under a DUI charge.

Jay Mehler Quits Kasabian

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.”

Randy Blythe Acquitted

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.

Album News

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: Gay Activist

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.”

New National Anthem?

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 Late for Gig

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 Performs in London School

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.

Live Announcements

Alicia Keys

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

Alison Moyet

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

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

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

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

Brantley Gilbert

Tickets for Brantley Gilberts Manchester performance are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

16th March – Club Academy, Manchester

Craig David

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

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

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

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

David Byrne & St Vincent

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

Deep Purple

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

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

Eleanor McEvoy

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

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

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

Lauren Aquilina

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

Little Green Cars

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

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

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 An On

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Released This Week

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