Music News: Monday 14th November 2011

Lisa Bentley



George Michael Slams Eastenders

Singer George Michael has lashed out at Eastenders and their portrayal of the gay community. He has been quoted as saying “Message to gay kids in Britain. The East End of London is one of the best places on earth to be a modern gay man or couple. The relationship between Sayed  and Christian is the most insulting piece of b****** on British television right now.”

Heavy D: 24th May 1967 – 8th November 2011

Heavy D, lead singer with Heavy D and the Boys passed away on Tuesday aged 44. Dwight Arrington Myers was born in Jamaica in 1967 and throughout his career was considered one of the nicest people in rap music. Now That We’ve Found Love was his biggest hit with his band Heavy D and the Boys.

Michael Jackson’s Doctor found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal doctor has been found guilty on the charge of involuntary manslaughter of the Prince of Pop. He will be sentenced for the crime on November 29th. Michael Jackson died 29th June 2009, aged 50, at his home in Los Angeles, California.

TOWIE Cast Release Christmas Single

The cast of reality TV programme The Only Way Is Essex are set to release a Christmas single. The cast have recorded a version of Last Christmas, originally performed by Wham. It currently holds 6/1 odds at being Christmas number one.

Crunch 2011

November 18 to November 20th sees the annual Art and Music Festival at Hay. A diverse selection of artisans from across the wide spectrum will be gathering for debates, workshops, live performances and much more. Get yourself down there to see a special acoustic performance from British Sea Power. Make sure you check out others on the line up and for more information visit It is set to be a very special event.

The Cure Bestival Release

The Cure are set to release double album of their performance at this year’s Bestival. The album, titled Bestival Live 2011 will be released December 5th in aid of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust and contains 32 live tracks including classics Just Like Heaven, Friday I’m In Love, Inbetween Days and Boys Don’t Cry. It is a must for fans of The Cure.

Frankie Kicked Off X Factor

Frankie Cocozza, the bad boy of this year’s X Factor has been ousted due to his use of drugs and being boastful of this backstage. The contestant who was part of Gary Barlow’s group has continually received backlash from the public and press due to his lacklustre performances and rock and roll antics. As an added twist, the four contestants who were axed in week one have now been asked to rejoin the show, given an extra chance to win the recording contract prize. This has also led to Frankie being skilfully edited out of the current Marks and Spencer’s Christmas advert. The commercial saw the current contestants singing a festive song bringing the festive spirit. The newly edited advert will be sans Mr Cocozza.

EMA’s Hit Belfast

The EMA’s took place this week in Belfast and saw performances from the likes of Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. The evening saw Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga pick up multiple awards. Winners from the event are listed below.

Best Song – Born This Way by Lady Gaga

Best Live Performer(s) – Katy Perry

Best Pop Act – Justin Bieber

Best New Performer – Bruno Mars

Best Female – Lady Gaga

Best Male – Justin Bieber

Best Hip Hop – Eminem

Best Rock – Linkin Park

Best Video – Born The Way by Lady Gaga

Best Alternative – Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best World Stage – Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Push – Bruno Mars

Biggest Fans – Lady Gaga

MTV UK & Ireland/Best UK & Ireland Act – Adele

Best Worldwide – Big Band

Live Announcements

Ben Howard

Ben Howard will be touring throughout December and February. Make sure you get down to one of his gigs.

6th December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

7th December – Junction, Cambridge

8th December – Tokyo, Lincoln

9th December – Sin City, Swansea

13th February – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

14th February – Pyramids, Portsmouth

15th February – Concorde 2, Brighton

17th February – Ritz, Manchester

18th February – Queens Hall, Edinburgh

19th February – Oran Mor, Glasgow

20th February – Northumbria University, Newcastle

22nd February – Waterfront, Norwich

23rd February – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

24th February – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

25th February – Academy, Oxford

27th February – Cockpit, Leeds

28th February – HMV Institute, Birmingham

29th February – Academy, Bristol

Big Country

Big Country are heading out on tour to perform their debut album in full. The tour is set for February and tickets are available via

3rd February – Academy, Manchester

4th February – o2 Academy, Liverpool

6th February – Barrowland, Glasgow

7th February – Alhambra, Dunfermline

8th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle

9th February – o2 Academy, Leeds

11th February – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

12th February – Hexagon, Reading

13th February – UEA, Norwich

15th February – o2 Academy, Bristol

16th February – Rock City, Nottingham

17th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham

18th February – o2 Academy, Sheffield


Having recently released new album Mylo Xyloto Coldplay have now announced a tour. Tickets are available via

29th May – Ricoh Stadium, Coventry

1st June – Emirates Stadium, London

2nd June – Emirates Stadium, London

7th June – Stadium Of Light, Sunderland

9th June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Dot Rotten

Dot Rotten is heading out on tour with J Cole and Dappy. Check him out at the following events.

19th November – o2 Academy, Sheffield (with J Cole)

23rd November – Indigo, London (with J Cole)

26th November – Waterfront, Norwich (with J Cole)

27th November – Koko, London (with J Cole)

28th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham (with J Cole)

9th December – UEA, Norwich (with Dappy)

10th December – HMV Institute, Birmingham (with Dappy)

11th December – Academy, Manchester (with Dappy)

12th December – The Plug, Sheffield (with Dappy)

13th December – o2 Academy, Liverpool (with Dappy)

15th December – o2 ABC, Glasgow (with Dappy)

16th December – o2 Academy, Bristol (with Dappy)

17th December – o2 Academy, Oxford (with Dappy)

18th December – The Junction, Cambridge (with Dappy)

19th December – Indigo, London (with Dappy)


Catch D/R/U/G/S on their final few dates of the year. They will be playing the following dates and venues.

11th November – Liverpool Music Week, Liverpool

9th December – Warehouse Project, Manchester

17th December – Brixton Electric, London


Feist will be heading out on a European tour. Her latest album Metals is currently available. The tour will be supported on selected dates by M Ward. Tickets are available via

25th March – Royal Albert Hall, London (

26th March – o2 Apollo, Manchester (

27th March – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (


Fixers have live performances in abundance coming up. Make sure you get down to one of their shows whether it be one of their solo shows or their slots support Kaiser Chiefs.

11th November – Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (with Teed)

12th November – Paradiso, Amsterdam

17th November – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds

19th November – Start The Bus, Bristol

23rd November – Forum, Sheffield

25th November – Green Door Store, Brighton

26th November – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

1st December – The Horn, St Albans

3rd December – Independent, Sunderland

5th December – Kasbah, Coventry

2nd February Assembly Rooms, Derby (supporting Kaiser Chiefs)

14th February – Academy, Newcastle (supporting Kaiser Chiefs)

15th February – Auditorium, Grimsby (supporting Kaiser Chiefs)

18th February – Academy, Manchester (supporting Kaiser Chiefs)

19th February – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (supporting Kaiser Chiefs)

21st February – Guildhall, Portsmouth (supporting Kaiser Chiefs)

22nd February – Colston Hall, Bristol (supporting Kaiser Chiefs)

23rd February – Hammersmith Apollo, London (supporting Kaiser Chiefs)

Justice Tonight

A series of concerts in aid of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign are to be performed before the year ends. The concerts will feature performances from Mick Jones from The Clash, Pete Wylie of The Mighty Wah!, The Farm and other guest yet to be announced. The gigs are in memory of the 96 Liverpool fans that lost their lives April 15th 1989 and for their families who are still actively seeking justice. Tickets cost £17.50 and are available via

1st December – Uni Solus, Cardiff (0292 078 1458)

2nd December – HMV Ritz, Manchester (0844 248 5117)

3rd December – Leadmill, Sheffield (0114 2212 828)

8th December – Scala, London (0207 403 3331)

9th December – Liverpool University, Liverpool (0844 477 2000)

10th December – o2 ABC, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

Little Comets

Little Comets are back with new single Worry and have announced details of a 2012 tour. Why not get yourself an early Christmas present and buy a ticket.

21st April – Oran Mor, Glasgow

22nd April – Academy 2, Manchester

23rd April – Cockpit, Leeds

24th April – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

26th April – Scala, London

27th April – Arts Centre, Norwich

28th April – The Haunt, Brighton

The Maccabees

The Maccabees have announced a mini tour in 2012. Check the Toothpaste Kisses singers out at the following dates. Tickets are available via

23rd January – QMU, Glasgow

24th January – o2 Academy, Newcastle

26th January – o2 Academy, Brixton

27th January – HMV Institute, Birmingham

28th January – HMV Ritz, Manchester


Check Metronomy out on their tour. They will be heading out on the NME Awards tour.

8th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow

9th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle

10th February – Academy, Manchester

14th February – Rock City, Nottingham

15th February – o2 Academy, Leeds

17th February – UEA, Norwich

18th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham

19th February – University, Cardiff

20th February – o2 Academy, Bristol

22nd February – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

23rd February – Dome, Brighton

25th February – o2 Academy, Brixton

Motley Crue

Motley Crue are intending to bring the 360 drum kit on their co-headlining tour with Def Leppard in December. This is one tour not to be missed.

6th December – LG Arena, Birmingham

8th December – Nottingham Arena, Nottingham

9th December – SECC Hall 4, Glasgow

11th December – Manchester Arena, Manchester

13th December – Sheffield Arena, Sheffield

14th December – Wembley Arena, London

NME Awards Tour

The NME Awards tour has been arranged for February. Ticket holders will be lucky enough to see performances from Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, Tribes and Azaelia Banks. Tickets are available now via For more information just tag your tweets with #nmeawards.

8th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow

9th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle

10th February – Academy, Manchester

14th February – Rock City, Nottingham

15th February – o2 Academy, Leeds

17th February – UEA, Norwich

18th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham

19th February – University, Cardiff

20th February – o2 Academy, Bristol

22nd February – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

23rd February – Dome, Brighton

25th February – o2 Academy, Brixton

Roderigo Y Gabriela

Tickets for Roderigo Y Gabriela’s tour are available now. Get yours while you can.

19th February – The Olympia, Dublin

21st February – The o2 Academy, Glasgow

22nd February – HMV Ritz, Manchester

24th February – The o2 Academy Brixton, London

Snow Patrol

The band that brought you Chasing Cars and Run are back this week with new album Falling Empires and a tour announcement which includes support from Everything Everything. Tickets cost £22.50 – £32.50 and are available via You can check them out at the following dates and venues.

20th January – The o2, Dublin

21st January – The o2, Dublin

23rd January – The Odyssey Arena, Belfast

24th January – The Odyssey Arena, Belfast

25th January – The Odyssey Arena, Belfast

27th January – SECC, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

30th January – AECC, Aberdeen (0844 499 9990)

31st January – Echo Arena, Liverpool (0844 8000 400)

1st February – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (0844 4124 624)

3rd February – MEN Arena, Manchester (0844 847 8000)

4th February – LG Arena, Birmingham (0844 338 8000)

5th February – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (0844 493 6666)

7th February – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield (0114 256 5656)

8th February – BIC, Bournemouth (0844 576 3000)

10th February – The o2 Arena, London (0844 856 0202)

Son Of Eagle

Catch Son Of Eagle on their final performances of 2011. Details of when and where you can see them can be found below.

17th November – The Shoreditch, London

24th November – Bodega, Nottingham (with Marcus Foster)

2nd December – Guildhall, Derby (headline show with Boat To Row, Fontana Instincts & Jo Lewis)

4th December – Troubadour, London (Show and Tell, with Felix Fables)

Spank Rock

Spank Rock are heading out on a European tour and will be playing two live dates in the UK. Make sure you get your tickets.

5th December – Scala, London

6th December – Ruby Lunge, Manchester


Stereophonics will be playing four intimate dates in December. Three of the dates have sold out completely however you can still get tickets for their Bournemouth gig. Tickets are available via

17th December – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

19th December – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (Sold out)

20th December – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (Sold out)

21st December – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (Sold out)


Catch Tribes as part of 2012s NME Awards Tour. Tickets are available now.

8th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow

9th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle

10th February – Academy, Manchester

14th February – Rock City, Nottingham

15th February – o2 Academy, Leeds

17th February – UEA, Norwich

18th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham

19th February – University, Cardiff

20th February – o2 Academy, Bristol

22nd February – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

23rd February – Dome, Brighton

25th February – o2 Academy, Brixton

The Whip

Tickets for The Whip’s 2012 tour cost but a mere £10, why not grab one for you and a friend and check them out on one of the following dates.

24th February – Riverside, Newcastle (

25th February – Cockpit, Leeds (

26th February – The Rainbow, Birmingham (

27th February – Green Door Store, Brighton (

28th February – XOYO, London (

29th February – Club Academy, Manchester (

Released This Week

Jukebox – JLS

Fallen Empires – Snow Patrol

Young Foolish Happy – Pixie Lott

While Mortals Sleep – Kate Rusby

Glee – The Music: The Christmas Album Volume 2 – Glee Cast

Walkin’ Man: The Best Of Seasick Steve – Seasick Steve

Quadrophenia (Super Deluxe Edition) – The Who

Get Along – Tegan and Sarah

Parade – Parade

If… – Bill Ryder Jones

Hello Sadness – Los Campesinos!

O, Devotion! – Liz Green