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Music News: Monday 15th September 2014

Lisa Bentley



Andrea Marongui: Unknown Circumstances of Death

Crystal Fighter’s drummer Andrea Marongui has died. At the moment the cause of death has not been revealed. The band issued the following statement:

“It is with deep regret and great sadness that we announce the tragic passing of our drummer and friend, Andrea Marongiu. Andrea was not only one of the most brilliant, skilful and charismatic drummers to have ever graced the stage, but also an incredibly kind, fun and loving friend to us all. Our condolences go out to anyone who was lucky enough to have known him, and most particularly to his family. We are all completely heartbroken by this news and we can’t hold back the tears as we write this message to you. Andrea, thank you for all the incredible joy and life you brought to this band and to our lives for the last four years. We love you and miss you more than words can say right now.”

Foo Fighters Secret Gig

The Foo Fighters played a secret gig under the pseudonym The Holy Shits. The show took place in London’s Queen Elisabeth Park.

Bad Week for Tom Clarke

The Enemy’s Tom Clarke has left Twitter following a host of abuse sent his way. The decision came after journalists called him a “hobbit”.

The Cockpit Closes

Leeds musical hotspot The Cockpit has closed its doors. A statement issued on the venue website explained the reasons behind the closure:

“It is with great regret that we have to announce the permanent closure of the Cockpit. After 20 great years as an integral pillar of the Leeds music scene we have decided that it is no longer viable to deliver you the level of service you deserve with the building in its current condition.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you who came to watch your favourite bands, danced, stage dived, crowd surfed, found your life partner and gave the Cockpit its reputation as one of the best live music venues in the UK.”

The Mercury Prize Shortlist Announced

The nominees for The Mercury Prize shortlist was announced this week. The nominees are as follows:

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Kate Tempest – Everybody Down

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

Nick Mulvey – First Mind

FKA Twigs – LP1

Jungle – Jungle

East India Youth – Total Strife Forever

Young Fathers – Dead

Polar Bear – In Each And Every One

Anna Calvi – On Breath

GoGo Penguuin – v2.0

Top Download for Pharrell

Good news for Pharrell Williams. His song Happy has become the most downloaded song in the UK.

Live Announcements

Nick Mulvey

Nick Mulvey is touring in October.

9th October – The Phoenix, Exeter

10th October – Princess Pavillions, Falmouth

12th October – o2 Academy, Oxford

13th October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (Sold out)

14th October – Komedia, Bath

16th October – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

17th October – Junction, Cambridge

19th October – Waterfront, Norwich

20th October – Komedia, Brighton (Sold out)

22nd October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (Sold out)

23rd October – Institute, Birmingham

24th October – Leadmill, Sheffield

26th October – Oran Mor, Glasgow (Sold out)

27th October – The Sage, Gateshead

30th October – Cathedral, Manchester

31st October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (Sold out)

Sam Smith

Due to extra demand, Sam Smith has added extra dates to his 2015 tour.

19th March – Apollo, Manchester

20th March – Apollo, Manchester

22nd March – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

23rd March – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

25th March – o2 Academy Brixton, London

26th March – o2 Academy Brixton, London

27th March – o2 Academy Brixton, London

Slow Coaches

Slow Coaches start their September tour this week.

15th September – Mello Mello, Liverpool

16th September – Castle Hotel, Manchester

17th September – The Great Gatsby, Shefield

18th September – The Chameleon, Nottingham

19th September – Bleach, Brighton

We Were Promised Jet Packs

We Were Promised Jet Packs are currently touring. Are you going?

17th September – Garage, Aberdeen

18th September – Non-Zero’s, Dundee

19th September – Caves, Edinburgh

20th September – Deaf Institute, Manchester

21st September – Komedia, Brighton

8th October – The Lexington, London

13th December – QU, Glasgow

Released This Week

Partners – Barbara Streisand

No Sound Without Silence – The Script

Bulletproof Picasso – Train

X – Chris Brown

Somewhere Under Wonderland – Counting Crows

The Balcony – Catfish and the Bottlemen

Dream Your Life Away – Vance Joy

Last Fair Day Gone Night – Katatonia

Kerry Ellis – Kerry Ellis