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Music News: Monday 13th February 2012

Lisa Bentley



Whitney Houston: 9th August 1963 – 11th February 2012

American soul singer Whitney Houston died hours before her hotly anticipated performance at this year’s Grammy awards. The singer, who released her self-titled debut album in 1985 and has since released seven other albums including the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. Along with a music career that has spanned nearly three decades Houston had a successful movie career and starred in five movies.

Pulp Honoured at NME Awards

Brit Pop act Pulp are to be honoured at this year’s NME awards. The band will be award the gong for their outstanding contribution to music.

Killswitch Engage Announce New Singer

Killswitch Engage have announce the details of the new singer with the band. Jesse Leach, who was the vocalist on the bands’ first and second albums, has returned to the fold. The band had this to say about his return: –

“This change is very exciting. We know you’re going to love it. This is truly a new era in KsE history and it is ready to shred your face off. So, please help us in welcoming Jesse back into the KsE family; he is a rare and great talent, a fact that older KsE fans have known for years. Here is to a killer new record and a bright future. The five of us cannot wait to write this record and play shows together and bring that feeling to our fans. It’s been far too long.”

Jess Morgan’s Pledge Album

Folk singer Jess Morgan has sent out a plea to her fans to help raise the funds so she can independently release her album Aye Me. This is increasingly becoming a route which artists are taking rather than struggling to find record labels to take a chance on them they are pushing their own music with the aid of their followers. To watch the video of Jess Morgan requesting help from fans please go to the following website: – http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jessmorgan.

Latitude Line-Up to Be Revealed March 5th

The annual Latitude Festival will be revealing some of the acts performing there this year on March 5th. Tickets for the event will go on sale the same day. The festival includes many areas of performance such as Music, Arts, Comedy and Film among others. This years’ festival will take place at Henham Park in Suffolk from the 12th – 15th July 2012. For more information you can visit the festivals website www.latitudefestival.co.uk.

Dizzee Rascal to Support Foo Fighters

The support for Foo Fighters up-coming shows has been announced. Dizzee Rascal will be performing at the bands two stadium shows in Knebworth Park in Stevenage and the Stadium of Light in Sunderland in June this year.

Live Announcements

Alanis Morissette

International Alt-Pop star Alanis Morissette will be playing live in the UK. This will be the first time the Canadian singer has played in the UK in four years. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

25th June – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

26th June – o2 Apollo, Manchester (0844 477 7677)

27th June – o2 Brixton Academy, London (0844 477 2000)

Ben Howard

Tickets for Ben Howards Winter 2012 tour are available now via www.gigsandtours.com.

2nd November – The Dome, Brighton

3rd November – Pavilions, Ply,outh

4th November – Cardiff University Great Hall, Cardiff

5th November – Colston Hall, Bristol

7th November – Olympia, Dublin

9th November – Mandela Hall, Belfast

10th November – o2 Academy, Glasgow

12th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester

14th November – o2 Academy, Leeds

16th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle

17th November – Music Hall, Aberdeen

19th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

20th November – Engine Shed, Lincoln

21st November – o2 Academy, Leicester

22nd November – Rock City, Nottingham

24th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham

25th November – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

26th November – Guild Hall, Southampton

28th November – o2 Academy, Brixton, London

Best Coast

Tickets for Best Coast’s tour are available from February 13th. You can see the band perform on the following dates.

16th June – ABC 2, Glasgow

17th June – HMV Ritz, Manchester

18th June – Academy, Birmingham

20th June – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

21st June – Coalition, Brighton

22nd June – Isle of Wight Festival (The Garden Stage)

Deaf Club

Deaf Club will be playing throughout February and March.

23rd February – Trof Fallowfield, Manchester

24th February – Bungalow & Bears, Sheffield

25th February – Oakford Social Club, Reading

5th March – Undertone Basement, Cardiff

6th March – White Heat, Madame JoJo’s London

7th March – Queen of Hoxton, London (with Dry the River)

9th March – The Hope, Brighton

Eugene McGuinness

Check out Eugene McGuinness on any of his many up and coming live performances.

24th February – Junction, Cambridge (with Marina & The Diamonds)

25th February – St George’s Church, Brighton (with Marina & The Diamonds)

26th February – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (with Marina & The Diamonds)

20th April – Rock City, Nottingham (with Miles Kane)

21st April – Barrowlands, Glasgow (with Miles Kane)

22nd April – Fat Sams, Dundee (with Miles Kane)

23rd April – Iron Works, Inverness

25th April – Academy, Leeds

26th April – Academy 1, Manchester

27th April – Academy, Bristol

28th April – Forum, London

Happy Mondays

Extra dates have been added to Happy Mondays upcoming tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

3rd May – o2 Academy, Newcastle (Sold Out)

4th May – o2 Academy, Glasgow (Sold Out)

5th May – Manchester Arena, Manchester (0844 847 8000)

6th May – o2 Academy, Sheffield (Sold Out)

9th May – o2 Academy, Bournemouth (0844 477 2000)

10th May – o2 Academy, Brixton, London (0844 477 2000)

11th May – o2 Academy, Brixton, London (Sold Out)

12th May – o2 Academy, Birmingham (Sold Out)

14th May – Olympia, Dublin (00818 719 300)

15th May – Olympia, Dublin (Sold Out)

17th May – o2 Academy, Leeds (Sold Out)

18th May – Rock City, Nottingham (Sold Out)

19th May – o2 Academy, Brixton, London (0844 477 2000)

Katie Melua

Katie Melua will be performing her ‘Secret Symphony’ tour this autumn. Tickets are available vie www.gigsandtours.com.

8th October – Regent, Ipswich (01473 433 100)

10th October – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London (0844 844 4748)

11th October – Colston Hall, Bristol (0117 922 3686)

12th October – Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121 780 3333)

14th October – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (0161 907 9000)

15th October – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

16th October – The Sage, Gateshead (0191 443 4661)


Catch Kindness playing live in March.

21st March – XOYO, London

22nd March – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum will be playing gigs in the UK in July. Get down to their following shows. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

13th July – UK Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

15th July – Manchester Apollo, Manchester

16th July – Hammersmith Apollo, London


Madonna will be heading to the UK to play three live dates on her epic world tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

17th July – Hyde Park, London

21st July – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

24th July – Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland

Man Of The Hour

Man Of The Hour will be playing a handful of gigs throughout March. Check them out.

16th March – Hobo’s, Bridgend

18th March – The Full Moon, Cardiff

23rd March – Le Pub, Newport

7th July – Dare Valley Ink n Iron, Michael Sobell Sports Centre, Aberdare

Martin Stephenson and The Daintee’s

Marin Stephenson and The Daintee’s are heading out on tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

7th April – The Sage, Gateshead (0191 443 4661)

8th April – Varieties Music Hall, Leeds (0113 243 0808)

10th April – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool (0844 477 2000)

11th April – Lowry Quays Theatre, Salford (0870 787 5796)

13th April – Union Chapel, London (0207 403 3331)

14th April – St Georges Churhc, Brighton (01273 325 440)

15th April – o2 Academy 2, Oxford (0844 477 2000)

16th April – St Georges, Bristol (0845 4024 001)

Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius will be starting their European tour in the UK. Make sure they are on your “must see” list this year.

7th May – Lantern Theatre, Sheffield

8th May – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

9th May – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

10th May – St Pancras Old Church, London

12th May – Unitarian Church @ The Great Escape, Brighton

13th May – Chapel Arts, Bath

14th May – St Pancras Old Church, London


Placebo will be playing live in April. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

25th April – Picturehouse, Edinburgh (0844 499 9990)

26th April – Olympia, Liverpool (0151 263 6633)

28th April – Indigo2 at the o2, London (SOLD OUT)


Proxies will be supporting Hadouken! on their upcoming tour. You can see them perform on the following dates.

11th April – Phoenix, Exeter

12th April – Sub 89, Reading (14+)

14th April – Chinnery’s, Southend (14+)

15th April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (All Ages Show – 14+ unless accompanied by an adult)

16th April – Central Station, Wrexham (14+)

18th April – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton (16+)

19th April – Sugarmill, Stoke (14+)

20th April – 53 Degrees, Preston (16+)

21st April – Jailhouse, Hereford (18+)

23rd April – Fibbers, York (14+)

24th April – Engine Shed, Lincoln (14+)

25th April – Live Lounge, Durham (14+)

27th April – Pavilion, Weymouth (14+)

Reverend & the Makers

The Reverend and co will be heading out on a headlining tour. Tickets for their four date tour are available from www.gigsandtours.com.

4th May – Oran Mor, Glasgow

8th May – Club Academy, Manchester

10th May – Scala, London

11th May – Leadmill, Sheffield


Makes sure you add Scholars to your list of bands to see this year. Catch them on tour now.

13th February – 3 Lions Sports Bar, Hartlepool (14+)

14th February – PJ Molloy’s Dunfermline (16+)

15th February – Stereo, York (16+)

16th February – Avondale House, Southampton (18+)

17th February – Factory, Barnstaple (16+)

18th February – Cherries, Bridgewater (!8+)

19th February – Forum, Tunbridge Wells (16+)

20th February – Minister’s Bar, Stoke (14+)

21st February – Dry Bar, Manchester (14+)

22nd February – Karma Kafe, Norwich (18+)

23rd February – The Thekla, Bristol (18+)

24th February – Soundhouse, Leicester (16+)

25th February – Sanctuary, Basingstoke (18+)

Sound of Guns

Liverpool band Sound of Guns will be performing a March tour. The band will be performing tracks from their new album Angels and Enemies.

6th March – Academy 2, Newcastle

7th March – King Tuts, Glasgow

8th March – Ironworks, Inverness

9th March – Tunnels, Aberdeen

10th March – Doghouse, Dundee

13th March – Roadhouse, Manchester

14th March – Academy 2, Dublin

15th March – Belfast University (Radar), Belfast

16th March – Leadmill, Sheffield

17th March – Cockpit, Leeds

19th March – Bodega, Nottingham

20th March – Moon, Cardiff

21st March – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

23rd March – Hydrant, Brighton

24th March – Unit, Southampton

21st April – o2 Academy 1, Liverpool

Van Susans

The Van Susans are heading out on tour with The South. See them live at the following dates.

14th February – The Arc, Stockton on Tees

17th February – The Sage, Gateshead (Sold Out)

18th February – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

19th February – Arches, Glasgow

20th February – Ironworks, Inverness

2nd March – o2 Islington Academy, London

8th March – Live Lounge, Durham

10th March – Proud 2(o2), London (Headlining Gig)

Various Cruelties

April sees Various Cruelties head out on tour. This is one tour you will not want to miss.

17th April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

18th April – Bodega, Nottingham

19th April – ULU, London

20th April – Cockpit, Leeds

22nd April – Cluny, Newcastle

23rd April – ABC 2, Glasgow

25th April – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

26th April – Thekla, Bristol

The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years will be playing three UK dates on their European tour. You can see them at the following venues.

22nd April – Hit the Deck Festival, Nottingham

23rd April – The Peel, Kingston

24th April – The Peel, Kingston

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