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Music News: Monday 16th April 2012

Lisa Bentley



Robin Gibb in a Coma

Robin Gibb, one third of the band Bee Gees has slipped into a coma following a bout of Pneumonia. Gibb is currently undergoing cancer of the colon and the liver.

The Script Sales Increase

Due to Danny O’Donoghue, frontman of The Script’s appearance on BBC Talent Show The Voice, there has been a massive increase in downloads of The Script’s music on Amazon.com. The sales increased by 1,400% and has made its way back into to the bestsellers list.

On Direction in Name Dispute

An American band has filed a law suit with British boy band One Direction over the rights to the band’s name. The US One Direction are seeking $630,000 in damages. Since filing the law suit the American band have received death threats from the UK One Direction fans. In other One Direction news, their single What Makes You Beautiful has reached the one million mark for sales.

Emile Sande to Appear on The Voice

It has been confirmed that Emile Sande will be the first artist to perform live on BBC talent show The Voice.

Twitter Rant: Love vs Grohl

Frances Bean Cobain has spoken out against her mother, Courtney Love, and her recent accusations regarding Dave Grohl. Love has accused Grohl of “hitting on” her daughter. Frances Bean Cobain had this to say about the dispute – “While I’m generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn,” says Cobain. “I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I’m in a monogamous relationship and very happy. Twitter should ban my mother.” Dave Grohl has also spoken out about the allegations stating that they “are upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue.”

Charlie Simpson: Musician turned Actor

Charlie Simpson has taken on a role in a film with his fellow Fightstar band mates. The film is called In God We Trust.

Willy Nelson Statue

A statue to honour Willie Nelson has been erected in Austin, Texas. The bronze statue will be revealed on April 20th.

Joe Strummer Festival

A festival has been created to celebrate what would have been Joe Strummer’s 60th birthday. Whilst not all of the details of the festival have been released it is said that it will take place on August 17th – 19th at an undisclosed location. The festival is to be called Strummer of Love.

Jim Marshall: 1923 – 2012

The founder of Marshall Amplification has passed away. Jim Marshall’s amps are infamous in the music community and one of the best known and respected brands of amplification. An announcement made on his official website www.jimmarshall.co.uk to tell people of his passing. The statement later went on to say the following – “While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!”

LA Phil LIVE, featuring Gustavo Dudamel, LA Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra – European Cinema Event

The February 18th LA Phil LIVE performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony: the “Symphony of a Thousand,” featuring Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela will be screened in cinemas internationally.

You can catch it the following cinemas:

Apollo, Piccadilly Circus, London April 16th 2012 6.30pm

Vue Westfield, London April 16th 2012 7.30pm

Showcase CDL Bristol April 19th 2012 7.30pm

Showcase CDL Derby April 19th 2012 7.30pm

Showcase CDL Leicester April 19th 2012 7.30pm

Bluewater April 19th 2012 7.30pm

Reading April 19th 2012 7.30pm

Live Announcements

Bloc Party

Bloc Party have released dates for their comeback tour.

19th June – Garage, Glasgow

20th June – The Ritz, Manchester

21st June – Koko, London


Errors will be playing a European tour; they will be playing several live dates in the UK.

5th May – Skate Central, Sheffield

6th May – Simple Things Festival, Bristol

7th May – 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth

8th May – Jericho Tavern, Oxford

9th May – Central Station, Wrexham

11th May – The Arches, Glasgow

12th May – The Great Escape, Digital, Brighton

13th May – Boileroom, Guildford


Friends will be heading out on tour during May. Make sure you get down to see them.

5th May – Live at Leeds, Leeds

6th May – Digital, Newcastle

7th May – King Tut’s, Glasgow

8th May – Academy 3, Manchester

9th May – Scala, London

10th May – Great Escape, Brighton

11th May – Great Escape, Brighton

12th May – Academy 2, Birmingham

14th May – Thekla, Bristol

The Horrors

The Horrors will be touring in May. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

12th May – Dublin Academy, Dublin

13th May – Mandela Hall, Belfast

15th May – o2 ABC, Glasgow

16th May – Leadmill, Sheffield

18th May – HMV Institute, Birmingham

19th May – HMV Ritz, Manchester

20th May – Solus, Cardiff

23rd May – o2 Academy, Bristol

25th May – o2 Academy, Brixton

Kyla La Grange

Kyla La Grange will be playing throughout April.

16th April – Waterfront Studio, Norwich

17th April – The Cornerhouse, Cambridge

18th April – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

20th April – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

21st April – Leaf Tea Shop & Bar, Liverpool

22nd April – Head of Steam, Newcastle Upon Tyne

23rd April – The Musician, Leicester

5th May – Live at Leeds, Holy Trinity Church, Leeds

29th May – Village Underground, London

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has announced three live dates in the UK. She will be supported by The Darkness and Lady Starlight. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

8th September – Twickenham Stadium, London

11th September – Manchester Arena, Manchester

15th September 0 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland

Matthew P

Matthew P will be touring in May.

1st May – Epic TV Studios, Norwich

2nd May – The Silver Bullet, London

3rd May – Jericho, Oxford

4th May – The Winchester, Bournemouth

6th May – Barefoot Kitchen, Gunwalloe, Cornwall

7th May – Black Dog Barbers, Falmouth

Modern Faces

Modern Faces are on tour now. See them at the following venues.

20th April – Moho, Manchester

21st April – Erics, Liverpool

27th April – The Vic, Derby

28th April – Sumo, Leicester

12th May – Queen of Hoxton, London

8th June – Koko, London

Mumford and Sons

Mumford and Sons are heading out on their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour.

30th May – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

21st May – Leas Cliff Pavilion, Folkestone

2nd June – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, Huddersfield

4th June – The Apex, Bury St Edmonds

5th June – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

6th June – The Sage, Gateshead

9th June – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, Galway

Nanci Griffith

New tickets have been released for Nanci Griffiths upcoming shows.

21st July – The Stables, Milton Keynes (01908 280 800)

23rd July – Colston Halls, Bristol (0117 922 3686)

24th July – Town Hall, Birmingham (0121 780 3333)

25th July – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London (0844 477 2000)


See Off! on their upcoming tour.

18th June – Haunt, Brighton

20th June – Garage, London

21st June – King Tut’s, Glasgow

22nd June – Academy 2, Newcastle

23rd June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

25th June – Sound Control, Manchester

26th June – Rock City Basement, Nottingham


Orbital will be playing a 10 date UK tour. Tickets are available via www.ticketweb.co.uk and www.gigsandtours.com.

3rd December – o2 Academy, Bristol (0844 477 2000 – www.ticketweb.co.uk)

4th December – o2 Academy, Leicester (0844 477 2000 – www.gigsandtours.com)

5th December – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000 – www.gigsandtours.com)

7th December – 53 Degrees, Preston (01772 93 000 – www.gigsandtours.com)

8th December – o2 Academy, Sheffield (0844 477 2000 – www.gigsandtours.com)

9th December – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 477 2000 – www.ticketweb.co.uk)

11th December – Dome, Brighton (01273 709 709 – www.gigsandtours.com)

12th December – o2 Academy, Bournemouth (0844 477 2000 – www.ticketweb.co.uk)

13th December – o2 Academy, Oxford (0844 477 2000 – www.ticketweb.co.uk)

14th December – o2 Academy, Brixton (0844 477 2000 – www.ticketweb.co.uk)

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright has announced an autumn tour.

16th November – New Theatre, Oxford

17th November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

18th November – Hammersmith Apollo, London

20th November – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

21st November – Barbican, York

23rd November – Colston Hall, Bristol

24th November – Dome, Brighton

11th December – o2 Apollo, Manchester

13th December – Ulster Hall, Edinburgh

14th December – o2 Academy, Glasgow

We Are Augustines

2nd May – Academy 3, Manchester (SOLD OUT)

3rd May – Dingwalls, London (SOLD OUT)

5th May – Live at Leeds Festival

6th May – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

9th May – Academy 2, Liverpool

10th May – ABC 2, Glasgow

12th May – Psychosocial, Great Escape Festival, Brighton

7th July – T in the Park Festival, Kinross, Scotland

15th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold

Released This Week

Love Is A Four Letter Word – Jason Mraz

Sweet Heart Sweet Light- Spiritualized

California 37 – Train

The Pearl Sessions – Janis Joplin

Dead Set On Living – Cancer Bats

Northern Soul: 20 Original Classics Volume 2 – Various Artists