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Music News: Monday 16th January 2012

Lisa Bentley



Brit Award Nominations Announced (for anyone who cares)

The annual Brit Award nominations were announced this week. You can vote for the winner of the British Single, British Group and British Breakthrough Act categories via the Brit Awards official site www.brits.co.uk. Please let us know who you think should win each category in the comments box below.

British Male Solo Artist – Ed Sheeran, James Blake, James Morrison, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Professor Green

British Female Solo Artist – Adele, Florence + the Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush, Laura Marling

British Breakthrough Act – Anna Calvi, Ed Sheeran, Emile Sande, Jessie J, The Vaccines

British Group – Arctic Monkey’s, Chase & Status, Coldplay, Elbow, Kasabian

British Single – Adele Someone Like You, Ed Sheeran The A Team, Example Changed The Way You Kissed Me, Jessie J ft Bob Price Tag, JLS ft Dev She Makes Me Wanna, Military Wives/Gareth Malone Wherever You Are, Olly Murs ft Rizzle Kicks Heart Skips A Beat, One Direction What Makes You Beautiful, Pixie Lott All About Tonight, The Wanted Glad You Came

Mastercard British Album Of The Year – Adele 21, Coldplay Mylo Xyloto, Ed Sheeran +, Florence + the Machine Ceremonials, PJ Harvey Let England Shake

International Male Solo Artist – Aloe Blacc, Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Ryan Adams

International Female Solo Artist – Beyonce, Bjork, Feist, Lady Gaga, Rhianna

International Group – Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, Jay – Z/Kanye West, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5

International Breakthrough Act – Aloe Blacc, Bon Iver, Foster The People, Lana Del Rey, Nicki Minaj

Outstanding Contribution To Music – Blur (WINNER)

Critics Choice – 1st Emile Sande, 2nd Maverick Sabre, 3rd Michael Kiwanuka

British Producer – Paul Epworth, Flood, Ethan Jones

Queen B Gives Birth

Beyonce and Jay-Z welcome new baby girl Blue Ivy Carter.

Gaga-gagging for a New Album

Lady Gaga has confirmed that she will be releasing a new album this year. The hardworking singer also has spoken of her desire to tour again and will hopefully doing so later this year.

Wiz Khalifa is Being Sued

Rapper Wiz Khalifa is being sued over ownership rights to the hit song Black and Yellow. The indictment comes from rival rapper Maxamillion who claims that it was taken from his song Pink and Yellow.

Black Sabbath Musician Ill

Tony Iommi, the guitarist with Black Sabbath is being treated for cancer. The band had recently reunited after a 33 year long sabbatical. We wish him well with his treatment.

Live Announcements

Alex Winston

After an impressive 2011, Alex Winston welcomes 2012 by announcing a European tour. UK dates are shown below.

20th March – Deaf Institute, Manchester

21st March – King Tuts, Glasgow

22nd March – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

23rd March Thekla, Bristol

4th April – XOYO, London

All The Young

All The Young are heading out on a tour in March. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

21st March – Cluny, Newcastle

22nd March 0 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

23rd March – Academy 3, Manchester

24th March – University, Keele

25th March – o2 Academy 3, Birmingham

26th March – Bodega, Nottingham

28th March – The Fleece, Bristol

29th March – Green Door Store, Brighton


Alt-J will be supporting Ghostpoet on tour. The details of dates and venues are shown below.

13th February – The Junction, Cambridge

14th February – The Waterfront, Norwich

15th February – KOKO, London

18th February – Sound Control, Manchester

19th February – Mojo, Liverpool

20th February – University of Surrey, Guildford

21st February – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

22nd February – Whelan’s, Dublin

23rd February – DQ, Sheffield

24th February – SWG3, Glasgow

25th February – Lancaster Library, Lancaster

27th February – The Cluny, Newcastle

28th February – Wrexham, Central Station

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird will be playing a handful of UK summer shows, the details of his live performances are shown below.

5th March – Barbican, London

2nd June – Field Day Festival, London

9th June – No Directions Home Festivals, Welbreck Abbey

Beth Jeans Houghton

New single Sweet Tooth Bird from Beth Jeans Houghton will be released January 20th. Make sure you get down to see her on her tour where she will be showcasing songs from her debut album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose which will be available February 6th.

24th January – Black Box, Belfast

2nd February – HMV Next Big Thing, Garage, London

17th February – The Captains Rest, Glasgow

18th February – St Andrews University, St Andrews

19th February – Westgarth SC, Middlesbrough

21st February – Erics, Liverpool

22nd February – Deaf Institute, Manchester

23rd February – Brudenell, Leeds

25th February – Old Town Hall, Gateshead

26th February – The Musician, Leicester

27th February – Buffalo, Cardiff

28th February – Louisiana, Bristol

29th February – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

1st March – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London


Bowerbirds will be playing in May. Details of the dates and venues are shown below.

3rd May – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (£8.50)

4th May – Deaf Institute, Manchester (£11)

5th May – The Haunt, Brighton (£9)

7th May – Cargo, London (£11)

Boyce Avenue

Make sure you get down to see Boyce Avenue on their summer 2012 tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

11th June – o2 Academy, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

12th June – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh (0844 499 9990)

14th June – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

15th June – o2 Academy, Liverpool (0844 477 2000)

16th June – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

18th June – o2 Academy, Leeds (0844 477 2000)

19th June – o2 Academy, Bristol (0844 477 2000)

20th June – Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

21st June – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London (0844 844 4748)

23rd June – Isle of Wight Festival (0844 499 9955)

26th June – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (3531 679 3323)

27th June – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (3531 679 3323)

28th June – Waterfront Hall Auditorium, Belfast (02890 334455)

The Cast of Cheers

Catch The Cast Of Cheers on their co-headlining tour with Theme Park throughout February and March.

27th February – Art School, Glasgow (www.gigsinscotland.com)

28th February – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (www.gigsinscotland.com)

29th February – Cockpit, Leeds (www.lunatickets.co.uk)

1st March – Bodega, Nottingham (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

2nd March – Charlie Browns, Luton (http://wegottickets.co.uk)

3rd March – Temple, Birmingham (www.gigsandtours.com)

4th March – Deaf Institute, Manchester (www.seetickets.com)

5th March – Louisiana, Bristol (www.seetickets.com) *** The Cast of Cheers Only ***

6th March – Lexington, London (www.gigsandtours.com)

7th March – Joiners, Southampton (www.crowdsurge.com)

8th March – New Slang, Kingston (http://www.banquetrecords.com/showsclubs)

The Cribs

The Cribs have announced an extra date to their tour. Ticket details are shown below.

28th February – ULU, London (0207 403 3331)

1st March – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh (0844 499 9990)

2nd March – Concorde 2, Brighton (01273 673 311)

3rd March – Metropolitan Uni, Leeds (0113 244 4600)

General Fiasco

New single from General Fiasco Don’t You Ever is due for release February 27th. They will be playing throughout February. Check them out.

7th February – Borderline, London (HMV Next Big Thing Festival)

20th February – Arches, Glasgow

21st February – Riverside, Gateshead

22nd February – Academy, Manchester

23rd February – Underworld, London

25th February – The Haunt, Brighton

Jamie N Commons

Catch Jamie N Commons on the debut UK tour in February and March. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

27th February – Playroom, The Arches, Glasgow (www.gigsinscotland.com)

28th February – Scared Trinity Church, Manchester (www.gigsandtours.com)

1st March – Hoxton Hall, London (www.gigsandtours.com)

2nd March – Unitarian Church, Brighton (www.ticketmasters.co.uk)

Lanterns on a Lake

Extra dates have been added to the Lanterns on a Lake tour. They will be supporting Explosions in the Sky for five dates towards the end of January. Full tour details are below.

13th January – Junction 2, Cambridge (£7)

19th January – The Static Gallery, Liverpool (£7)

20th January – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

21st January – Black Box, Belfast

22nd January – Mandela Hall, Belfast (with Explosions In The Sky)

23rd January – Academy, Glasgow (with Explosions In The Sky)

24th January – Academy, Leeds (with Explosions In The Sky)

25th January – The Sage, Gateshead (with Explosions In The Sky)

27th January – Brixton Academy, London (with Explosions In The Sky)

The Magnetic Fields

February 27th sees The Magnetic Fields new single Andrew In Drag released through Domino Records. They will be playing live throughout March and April.

11th March – ATP Festival, Minehead

24th April – Komedia, Brighton

25th April – Royal Festival Hall, London

27th April – RNCM, Manchester

28th April – The Olympia, Dublin

29th April – Opera House, Cork

The Rapture

The new EP Sail Away by The Rapture is available now. The band has announced plans to play two live dates in May. Ticket details are below.

1st May – o2 Academy, Oxford (0844 477 2000 – www.ticketweb.co.uk)

2nd May – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London (0844 477 2000 – www.gigsandtours.com)

Real Estate

Real Estate are set to play five dates in February. The band will be playing songs from their recently released album Days.

17th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester

18th February – The Arches, Glasgow

19th February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

20th February – Sebright Arms, London (Sold Out)

21st February – Koko, London (with Kurt Vile)

Simone Felice

Simone Felice will be heading out on an epic April tour. He will be playing 23 dates across the UK.

4th April – Komedia, Brighton (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

5th April – Chapel Arts, Bath (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

6th April – Railway Inn, Winchester (www.railwaylive.co.uk)

7th April – Jericho Tavern, Oxford (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

9th April – Glee Club, Birmingham (www.glee.co.uk/birmingham-music)

10th April – Cluny, Newcastle (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

11th April – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (www.gigsinscotland.com)

12th April – Oran Mor, Glasgow (www.gigsinscotland.com)

13th April – Arts Centre, Kendal (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

16th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester (www.seetickets.com)

17th April – Clib Ifor Bach, Cardiff (www.seetickets.com)

19th April – Auntie Annies, Belfast (www.openhousefestival.ticketsolve.com)

20th April – John Cleere, Kilkenny (www.cleeres.com)

21st April – Whelans, Dublin (www.ticketmaster.ie)

22nd April – Cyprus Avenue, Cork (www.cyprusavenue.ie)

24th April – The Chattery, Swansea (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/thechattery)

25th April – Lantern Theatre, Sheffield (www.lanterntheatre.org.uk)

27th April – Bush Hall, London (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

28th April – Colston Hall, Bristol (www.alt–tickets.co.uk)

29th April – Arts Centre, Pocklington (www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk)

30th April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (www.jumborecords.co.uk)

2nd May – Glee Club, Nottingham (www.glee.co.uk/nottingham-music)

3rd May – Junction, Cambridge (www.junction.co.uk)

Son Of Eagle

Check out Son of Eagle on their mini February tour.

16th February – Chapel Arts Centre, Bath (with Megan Henwood)

17th February – Eden Project Café, St. Austell (with Megan Henwood and Kezzi)

18th February – Miss Peapod’s, Penryn (with Megan Henwood)

21st February – The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham (with Elliot Morris)

25th February – Café Portico, Lincoln (with Elliot Morris)

26th February – The Bicycle Shop, Norwich (With Elliot Morris)

St Spirit

St Spirit will be performing four dates throughout February. Their debut EP Pigeon will be available February 20th.

2nd February – Camden Barfly, London

14th February – The Social, London

17th February – Amersham Arms, London

29th February – Buffalo Bar, London

Theme Park

Catch Theme Park on their co-headlining tour with The Cast Of Cheers throughout February and March.

27th February – Art School, Glasgow (www.gigsinscotland.com)

28th February – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (www.gigsinscotland.com)

29th February – Cockpit, Leeds (www.lunatickets.co.uk)

1st March – Bodega, Nottingham (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

2nd March – Charlie Browns, Luton (http://wegottickets.co.uk)

3rd March – Temple, Birmingham (www.gigsandtours.com)

4th March – Deaf Institute, Manchester (www.seetickets.com)

5th March – Louisiana, Bristol (www.seetickets.com) *** The Cast of Cheers Only ***

6th March – Lexington, London (www.gigsandtours.com)

7th March – Joiners, Southampton (www.crowdsurge.com)

8th March – New Slang, Kingston (http://www.banquetrecords.com/showsclubs)


Towns are on tour now so make sure you get yourself to their shows.

19th January – Milo, Leeds

20th January – Kasbah, Coventry

21st January – Indy Jax, Hemel Hempstead

23rd January – Barfly, London

1st February – Start The Bus, Bristol

2nd February – 10ft Tall, Cardiff

3rd February – Bunter’s Bar, Truro

17th February – Timepiece, Exeter

24th February – Lock 42, Leicester

25th February – The Castle, Manchester

Twin Atlantic

Tickets for Twin Atlantic’s April tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

14th April – Ironworks, Inverness (0844 499 9990)

15th April – Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

17th April – Koko, London (0844 847 2258)

19th April – Uni Solus, Cardiff (029 2078 1458)

20th April – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (0870 320 7000)

21st April – Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508 050)

22nd April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (023 9286 3911)


Hip Hop artist Wale will be playing three UK dates in March. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

27th March – XOYO, London (020 7403 3331)

28th March – HMV Institute Temple Room, Birmingham (0844 248 5037)

29th March – Club Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

Xiu Xiu

Check out Xiu Xiu on the live dates they will be playing throughout March.

12th March – The Fleece, Bristol (£9)

13th March – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (£9)

14th March – The Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (£9)

15th March – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton (£10)

16th March – Rich Mix, London (£12.50)

Zico Chain

Zico Chain are heading out on an epic tour. Check them out. Their new album The Devil In Your Heart is due for release April 2nd.

28th February – Fighting Cocks, Kingston (18+show) Doors 7:30pm

1st March – Watershed, Newport Pagnell

2nd March – Fibbers, York (14+ show)

3rd March – Parish, Huddersfield (18+ show)

5th March – Hydrant, Brighton (£4 adv £5 on the door)

7th March – Dry Bar, Manchester (£6 adv)

8th March – Square, Harlow (16+ show)

9th March – Finn Rocks Pub, Weymouth (Free Show – 18+)

10th March – Rock City, Nottingham (18+ show)

11th March – Nambucca, London

13th March – Flapper, Birmingham (18+ show)

14th March – The Well, Leeds (14+ show)

15th March – The Vic inn, Derby (16+ show)

16th March – Kasbah, Coventry (14+ show)

Zulu Winter

Zulu Winter have announced live dates for 2012, four of which will be in the UK. Make sure you get a ticket to seem them.

26th January – New To Q, XOYO, London

27th February – NME Awards Show, Cargo, London

2nd June – Field Day, Victoria, London

24th June – Isle of Wight Festival

Released This Week

A Flash Flood of Colour – Enter Shikari

Baby – Tribes

The Second Three Years – Frank Turner

Let’s Go Eat The Factory – Guided By Voices

Which Side Are You On? – Ani DiFranco

Future This – The Big Pink