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Music News: Monday, 14th January 2013

Lisa Bentley



The Brit Awards Nominees

The Brits are nearly upon us. Below are a list of the nominees for each category.

Best British Album: Emile Sande – Our Version of Events, Mumford & Sons – Babel, Plan B – Ill Manors, Alt-J – An Awesome Wave, Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace

Best British Female: Emile Sande, Amy Winehouse, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Bat For Lashes

Best British Male: Olly Murs, Plan B, Calvin Harris, Richard Hawley, Ben Howard

Best British Group: Mumford & Sons, Muse, One Direction, Alt-J, The XX

Best British Breakthrough Act: Rita Ora, Jake Bugg, Ben Howard, Alt-J, Jessie Ware

Best British Live Act: Muse, Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, The Vaccines

Best British Single: Olly Murs – Troublemaker, James Arthur – Impossible, Robbie Williams – Candy, Rita Ora & DJ Fresh – Hot Right Now, Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump, Emile Sande – Next To Me, Jessie J – Domino, Labrinth ft. Emile Sande – Beneath Your Beautiful, Stooshe – Black Heart, Coldplay & Rihanna – Princess of China, Florence + The Machine – Spectrum, Rudimental – Feel The Love, Alex Clare – Too Close, Rita Ora – RIP, Adele – Skyfall

Best British Producer: Paul Epworth, Damon Albarn, Jake Gosling

Best International Female: Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Lana Del Rey, Cat Power

Best International Male: Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, Michael Buble, Frank Ocean, Gotye

Best International Group: Fun, The Black Keys, The Killers, The Script, Alabama Shakes

Bad Week For Britney

The Toxic singer has announced that she won’t be returning for the next season of X Factor. The news comes amidst the celebrity gossip that she and her boyfriend have also parted ways.

Album News

Daughter is set to release their debut album. The album will be called If You Leave. The band will start their UK tour this week. A new album from Devendra Banhart is due for release March 11th; the album will be called Mala. Bastille’s first album will be called Bad Blood.

Hackers Avoid Prison

Two internet hackers who managed to hack into Sony’s music databases and pilfer unreleased songs from the deceased king of pop Michael Jackson have been sentenced. James Marks and James McCormick both have been given suspended sentences but handed 100 hours of community service.

Presley’s Rhythm Guitarist Dies Aged 67

John Wilkinson has passed away aged 67 due to cancer. He was the rhythm guitarist with Elvis Presley’s TCB band playing with them from 1968 up until Presley’s death.

New Music Streaming Service To Launch

Dr Dre has setup a streaming company which will provide music to people who pay a subscription fee. The streaming site will be called “Daisy.”

Justin Bieber Sued By Former Bodyguard

Justin Bieber’s former bodyguard Moshe Benabou has sued the teenage pin up for $420,000 due to unpaid overtime and physical abuse that he received from the pop star. Benabou claims that Bieber attacked him after one of the performances in October.

No Big Chill For 2013

The Big Chill has been cancelled for the second year. The festival was cancelled last year due to the festival organisers worrying that the clash with the Summer Olympics would reduce the festival goers numbers. However organisers of The Big Chill, Festival Republic have confirmed that they have no plans for the festival to take place this year either.

Live Announcements

The Black Crowes

Tickets for The Black Crowes tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

24th March – Academy, Manchester

25th March – o2 Academy, Birmingham

27th March – o2 Academy, Glasgow

29th March – Forum, London

30th March – Forum, London

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will be touring in March.

24th March – HMV Ritz, Manchester

25th March – o2 ABC, Glasgow

26th March – HMV Institute, Birmingham

27th March – o2 Academy Brixton, London

29th March – Rock City, Nottingham

30th March – o2 Academy, Leeds


CHVRCHES have announced four live dates for 2013. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

25th February – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

26th February – Thekla, Bristol

27th February – ICA, London

2nd March – Arches, Glasgow

Django Django

See Django Django as part of the NME Tour.

7th February – o2 Academy, Newscastle

8th February – Academy 1, Manchester

9th February – o2 Academy, Leeds

11th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow

12th February – Rock City, Nottingham

13th February –o2 Academy, Liverpool

15th February – UEA, Norwich

16th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham

17th February – Uni Great Hall, Cardiff

19th February – o2 Academy, Bristol

20th February – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

21st February – Dome, Brighton

23rd February – o2 Academy Brixton, London


Fiction has announced details of their upcoming tour.

25th February – Electrowerkz, London

15th March – The Registry, Portsmouth

16th March – Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth

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 – Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield

29th March – Spanky Van Dykes, Nottingham

30th March – Oakford Social Club, Reading


Flume will be touring this month. Make sure you check out new track Left Alone featuring Chet Faker; released February 18th 2013.

16th January – The Button Factory, Dublin

22nd January – Green Door, Brighton

24th January – XOYO, London (Sold Out)

Funeral For A Friend

Funeral For A Friend will be touring this year.

19th January – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells

23rd January – Limelight, Belfast

24th January – Nerve Centre, Derry

25th January – Cypress Avenue, Cork

26th January – Fibber Magees, Dublin

28th January – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

29th January – The Fleece, Bristol

30th January – White Rabbit, Plymouth

31st January – Cavern, Exeter

2nd February – Sound Circus, Bournemouth

3rd February – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

4th February – The Haunt, Brighton

6th February – Westcoast Bar, Margate

7th February – The Junction, Cambridge

8th February – Waterfront, Norwich

9th February – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

11th February – The Duchess, York

12th February – Cockpit, Leeds

13th February – King Tuts, Glasgow

14th February – Newcastle Uni SU, Newcastle

16th February – NQ Live, Manchester

17th February – Stoke, Sugarmill

18th February – Garage, London

19th February – Asylum, Birmingham

1st March – Arts Centre, Colchester

2nd March – Roadmender, Northampton

3rd March – Academy 2, Oxford

5th April – Chinnerys, Southend

18th April – Academy 2, Leicester

19th April – The Welly, Hull

20th April – Warehouse, Wakefield

21st April – 53 Degrees, Preston

Heidi Talbot

Heidi Talbot’s new album Angel Without Wings is due for release on February 18th. Check her out on her tour which starts later this month.

26th January – Tolbooth, Stirling, Scotland

27th January – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow (Angel Without Wings Album Launch)

15th February – The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, Scotland

16th February – The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

17th February – Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

19th February – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

20th February – Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, Wales

21st February – Cecil Sharp House, London

22nd February – Royal Native Oyster Stores, Whitstable

23rd February – Forge at Anvil, Basingstoke

24th February – Subscription Rooms, Stroud

25th February – Artrix, Bromsgrove

27th February – Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield

28th February – The Barn, Baston

1st March – The Met, Bury

2nd March – Hepworth Village Hall, Hepworth

3rd March – Darwin Suite, Derby

4th March – Rodewald Suite, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

5th March – Pocklington Arts Centre, Pocklington

7th March – Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

8th March – Eden Court, Inverness

9th March – Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles

10th March – The Woodend Barn, Banchory

Ian Skelly

Tickets for Ian Skelly’s tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

1st February – Leadmill, Sheffield

2nd February – Cockpit, Leeds

7th February – Zanzibar, Liverpool

8th February – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

9th February – Bush Hall, London

Major Lazer

Major Lazer has announced four live dates in May. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

1st May – Plug, Sheffield

2nd May – o2 Academy, Oxford

3rd May – o2 Academy, Bristol

4th May – Roundhouse, London

Miles Kane

Miles Kane’s tour starts in February. Are you going?

4th February – Central Station, Wrexham

5th February – Sub89, Reading

7th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle

8th February – Academy, Manchester

9th February – o2 Academy, Leeds

11th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow

12th February – Rock City, Nottingham

13th February – UEA, Norwich

16th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham

17th February – University Great Hall, Cardiff

19th February – o2 Academy, Bristol

20th February – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

21st February – Dome, Brighton

23rd February – o2 Academy, Brixton

Neon Trees

Neon Trees will be playing three live dates in February.

4th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester

5th February – King Tuts, Glasgow

7th February – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London


OMD’s tour starts in April.

28th April – Winter Gardens, Margate

29th April – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

1st May – Royal Centre, Nottingham

2nd May – Regent Theatre, Ipswich

3rd May – Roundhouse, London

5th May – Colston, Hall, Bristol

6th May – New Theatre, Oxford

8th May – City Hall, Sheffield

9th May – Academy, Leeds

10th May – Academy, Manchester

12th May – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

13th May – Sage, Gateshead

14th May – Empire, Liverpool

Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil will be touring in May and June.

15th May – The Hanut, Brighton

16th May – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

17th May – KOKO, London

18th May – The Fleece, Bristol

20th May – Academy 1, Dublin, Ireland

21st May – Nerve Centre, Derry, Ireland

22nd May – Mandela Hall, Belfast, Ireland

30th May – Sugarmill, Stoke

31st May – Corporation, Sheffield

1st June – Academy 2, Newcastle

3rd June – The Ritz, Manchester

4th June – Sub89, Reading

5th June – Waterfront, Norwich

The Plea

The Plea will be touring in February.

19th February – Undersolo, Hoxton, London

20th February – Dublin Castle, Camden, London

21st February –  The Fishpond, Matlock, Bath

23rd February – Empire, Leeds

24th February – Pivo Pivo, Glasgow

Post War Years

Post War Years are playing a handful of dates in February and March.

16th February – Leadmill, Sheffield (with Everything Everything)

17th February – Academy 2, Liverpool (with Everything Everything)

18th February – Whelans, Dublin (with Everything Everything)

20th February – Oran Mor, Glasgow (with Everything Everything)

21st February – Academy 2, Newcastle (with Everything Everything)

22nd February – Academy 2, Manchester (with Everything Everything)

23rd February – Oakford Social, Reading

26th February – Cargo, London

27th February – Komedia Studio Bar, Brighton

1st March – The Registry, Portsmouth

2nd March – Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth


Stornoway’s tour starts February 8th.

8th February – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

9th February – Arts Centre, Pocklington

10th February – Westgarth SC, Middlesbrough

11th February – Oran Mor, Glasgow

12th February – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead

14th February – Town Hall, Oxford

15th February – Town Hall, Oxford

16th February – Quarterhouse, Folkestone

18th February – New GReenham Arts, Newbury

19th February – Mr Kyps, Poole

20th February – Arts Centre, Pontardawe

21st February – New Slang/McCluskys, Kingston

11th March – Kazimier, Liverpool

12th March – Band On The Wall, Manchester

13th March – Cockpit, Leeds

15th March – Open, Norwich

16th March – Leadmill, Sheffield

17th March – 53 Degrees, Preston

19th March – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

20th March – Concorde 2, Brighton

21st March – Komedia, Bath

23rd March – Assembly, Leamington Spa

24th March – Phoenix, Exeter

25th March – Guildhall, Gloucester

27th March – Forum, London

Theme Park

Theme Park will be touring in March. They will be releasing their debut self-titled album on 25th February. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

11th March – Louisiana, Bristol

12th March – Joiners, Southampton

13th March – The Haunt, Brighton

14th March – Heaven, London

15th March – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

16th March – The Cluny, Newcastle

18th March – King Tuts, Glasgow

19th March – The Harley, Sheffield

20th March – Waterfront Studio, Norwich

21st March – HMV Temple Rooms, Birmingham

22nd March – Spanky Van Dykes, Nottingham

Vinnie Caruana

Vinny Caruana, the front man from I Am The Avalanche has announced details of a solo tour and his solo debut EP. The EP City By The Sea will be released February 4th.

17th January – The Macbeth, London

18th January – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

20th April – Hit The Deck Festival, Bristol

21st April – Hit The Deck Festival, Nottingham

22nd April – Cluny, Newcastle

23rd April – Brudenell, Leeds

24th April – Sacred Trinity, Manchester

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice has announced a tour for February.

11th February – The Waiting Room, London (NME Awards Show)

15th February – Registry, Portsmouth

16th February – The Hope, Brighton

20th February – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds

21st February – TROF Fallowfield, Manchester

22nd February – The Great Gatsby, Sheffield

23rd February – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

ZZ Top

ZZ Top are set to play two live shows in June. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

24th June – Hammersmith Apollo, London

25th June – o2 Apollo, Manchester

The 1975

Tickets for The 1975’s tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

22nd January – Think Tank Hoults, Newcastle

23rd January – Fibbers, York

24th January – Cockpit 2, Leeds

25th January – Full Moon, Newcastle-U-Lyme

26th January – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

27th January – King Tuts, Glasgow

28th January – Soyo, Sheffield

30th January – Exchange, Bristol

31st January – Boileroom, Guildford

1st February – West End Centre, Aldershot

2nd February – HMV Temple Room, Birmingham

4th February – Portland Arms, Cambridge

5th February – Cavern, Exeter

6th February – Hooga, Chelmsford

7th February – New Slang, Kingston

8th February – Green Door Store, Brighton

9th February – Lennons, Southampton

11th February – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

12th February – Mixtape @ Keys, Middlesbrough

13th February – Bodega, Nottingham

14th February – The Compass, Chester

15th February – 53 Degrees, Preston

16th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester

18th February – Borderline, London

Released This Week

Les Miserables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack – Various Artists

Lost Sirens – New Order

Arc – Everything Everything

Awayland – Villagers

Fade – Yo La Tengo

Lysandre – Chris Owens

The First Ten – Jack Day

Fall Into Me – Katie Armiger