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Music News: Monday 18th June 2012

Lisa Bentley



One Dead as Stage Collapses

Tragedy struck ahead of Radiohead’s performance in Toronto on Saturday as the stage that the band were due to perform on collapsed injuring three and killing another. The show, due to be performed in Downsview Park, Toronto was cancelled.

Polaris Music Prize Nominees

The list of nominees in the running for this year’s Polaris Music Prize has been announced. The list of nominees can be seen below. Who do you think should win? Let us know.

A Tribe Called Red – ‘A Tribe Called Red’
Marie-Pierre Arthur – ‘Aux alentours’
Rich Aucoin – ‘We’re All Dying To Live’
Avec pas d’casque – ‘Astronomie’
Azari & III – ‘Azari & III’
Bahamas – ‘Barchords’
The Barr Brothers – ‘The Barr Brothers’
Blackie And The Rodeo Kings – ‘Kings And Queens’
Cadence Weapon – ‘Hope In Dirt City’
Kathryn Calder – ‘Bright And Vivid’
Cannon Bros. – ‘Firecracker/Cloudglow’
Coeur de pirate – ‘Blonde’
Leonard Cohen – ‘Old Ideas’
Cold Specks – ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’
Rose Cousins – ‘We Have Made A Spark’
Mark Davis – ‘Eliminate the Toxins’
Drake – ‘Take Care’
Kathleen Edwards – ‘Voyageur’
Feist – ‘Metals’
Fucked Up – ‘David Comes to Life’
Great Lake Swimmers – ‘New Wild Everywhere’
Grimes – ‘Visions’
Handsome Furs – ‘Sound Kapital’
Japandroids – ‘Celebration Rock’
Dan Mangan – ‘Oh Fortune’
Mares Of Thrace – ‘The Pilgrimage’
Ariane Moffatt – ‘MA’
Lindi Ortega – ‘Little Red Boots’
Parlovr – ‘Kook Soul’
Sandro Perri – ‘Impossible Spaces’
Joel Plaskett Emergency – ‘Scrappy Happiness’
PS I Love You – ‘Death Dreams’
John K. Samson – ‘Provincial’
Shooting Guns – ‘Born To Deal In Magic 1952-1976’
The Slakadeliqs – ‘The Other Side of Tomorrow’
Patrick Watson – ‘Adventures In Your Own Backyard’
Bry Webb – ‘Provider’
The Weeknd – ‘Echoes of Silence’
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – ‘YT//ST’
Yukon Blonde – ‘Tiger Talk’

Nicole Scherzinger teams up with X Factor

It has been announced that former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will become the new X Factor judge for this year’s UK TV talent show competition.

R Kelly: Tax Evader

Looks like Lauren Hill isn’t the only American musician who is in trouble with the government. It seems that R Kelly has also been evading taxes and owes nearly $5 Million.

Shane Felin Files for Bankruptcy

Westlife star Shane Filan has filed for bankruptcy. The singer had reportedly invested his earnings into various business ventures and properties which have led to this claim.

Ringo Starr’s Birthplace Saved

The birthplace of Ringo Starr, the drummer with The Beatles has been saved from demolition. Starr grew up in the Dingle area of Liverpool which has, over recent years the area has fell further into disuse however it has been saved from demolition by music fans who are trying to preserve the rich musical heritage.

WOWfest Cancelled

Another festival has taken a hit this week. WOWfest, due to happen in the Isle of Wight in August has had to be cancelled due to financial conditions set by the local council. Ticket holders will have their money refunded.

Tragedy at Rockness

The Rockness festival was marred by tragedy as drug use and a coach crash left three dead and 16 injured. A coach carrying festival goers crashed which cost the lives of two patrons. A further death was caused by a drug overdose from one of the revellers. Rockness has a strict anti-drug policy but sadly it is only too easy to slip narcotics past festival security.

Live Announcements

Animal Collective

The UK dates on Animal Collectives upcoming tour are shown below.

4th November – Roundhouse, London

6th November – Vicar Street, Dublin

7th November – ABC1, Glasgow

8th November – The Warehouse Project, Manchester

Arrows of Love

Check out Arrows of Love on their upcoming tour.

9th July – The Kasbah, Coventry

2nd August – Geekout @ The Wheelbarrow, Camden, London

17th – 19th August – Strummer of Love Festuval

1st September – 1234 Festival, Shoreditch Park

Bat For Lashes

Bat For Lashes will be touring later on this year. They are currently playing some festival dates.

15th July – Latitude Festival

9th September – Bestival

18th October – Ironworks, Inverness

19th October – Picture House, Edinburgh

21st October – o2 ABC, Glasgow

22nd October – Cathedral, Manchester

25th October – Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

26th October – University of East Anglia, Norwich

28th October – o2 Academy, Leicester

29th October – Forum, London

1st November – HMV Institute, Birmingham

2nd November – Anson Rooms, Bristol

3rd November – Pyramids, Portsmouth

4th November – Dome Concert Hall, Brighton

Ben Howard

Ben Howard has added three dates to his tour.

16th June – Goldcoast Oceanfest, Devon

24th June – Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, London

7th July – T In The Park, Kinross

15th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold

18th August – V Festival, Chelmsford

19th August – V Festival, Stafford

6th September – Bestival, Isle of Wight

2nd November – The Dome, Brighton (Sold Out)

3rd November – Pavilions, Plymouth (Sold Out)

4th November – Cardiff University, Cardiff (Sold Out)

5th November – Colston Hall, Bristol (Sold Out)

7th November – Olympia, Dublin (Sold Out)

9th November – Waterfront, Belfast (Sold Out)

10th November – O2 Academy, Glasgow (Sold Out)

12th November – O2 Apollo, Manchester (Sold Out)

14th November – O2 Academy, Leeds (Sold Out)

16th November – O2 Academy, Newcastle (Sold Out)

17th November – Music Hall, Aberdeen (Sold Out)

19th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge (Sold Out)

20th November – Engine Shed, Lincoln (Sold Out)

21st November – O2 Academy, Leicester (Sold Out)

22nd November – Rock City, Nottingham (Sold Out)

24th November – O2 Academy, Birmingham (Sold Out)

25th November – O2 Academy, Bournemouth (Sold Out)

26th November – Guildhall, Southampton (Sold Old)

28th November – O2 Brixton Academy, London (Sold Out)

29th November – O2 Brixton Academy, London (Sold Out)

30th November – O2 Brixton Academy, London (Sold Out)

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole’s new album is out today. You can see Cheryl Cole live on her upcoming tour.

6th October – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

7th October – o2, London

9th October – Metropolitan Arena, Sheffield

11th October – Echo Arena, Liverpool

12th October – LG Arena, Birmingham

13th October – Arena, Manchester

15th October – SECC, Glasgow

17th October – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Conor Maynard

Tickets for Conor Maynard’s upcoming tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

26th July – o2 Academy, Liverpool (U14 accompanied by adult)

27th July – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh (14+)

30th July – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth (U14 accompanied by adult)

31st July – Princess Pavilions, Falmouth (U14 accompanied by adult)

1st August – Concorde 2, Brighton (U16 accompanied by adult)

Emile Sande

Along with playing festival dates Emile Sande will end the year playing a small tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

6th November – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

8th November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

11th November – Royal Albert Hall, London

12th November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester


Folks are currently touring. Check them out.

18th June – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

22nd June – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

5th July – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

17th July – Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

18th July – 13th Note, Glasgow

10th August – Live Lounge, Bradford

17th August – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Francois & the Atlas Mountains

Check out Francois & the Atlas Mountains on their upcoming tour.

15th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk

20th July – The Away Game Festival, Isle of Eigg (Sold Out)

17th August – Summer Sundae Festival, Leicester

1st September – End of the Road Festival, Dorset

24th October – South Street Arts, Reading

25th October – Village Underground, London

26th October – Venue TBA, Bristol

28th October – The Paisley Spree, Paisley

29th October – Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, Belfast

30th October – Academy 2, Dublin

Lawrence Arabia

Make sure you get yourself a ticket for Lawrence Arabia’s upcoming tour.

31st August – End of the Road Festival

12th September – Lexington, London


Tickets for Lights tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

2nd July – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

3rd July – Academy 2, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

4th July – Arches, Glasgow (0141 565 1000)

5th July – Corporation, Sheffield (0114 276 0262)

6th July – Cardiff University, Cardiff (0292 078 1458)

27th September – Electric Ballroom, London (0844 811 0051)

Paloma Faith

Tickets for Paloma Faith’s upcoming tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

21st January – Vicar Street, Dublin

23rd January – o2 Apollo, Manchester

25th January – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

27th January – o2 Academy, Leeds

28th January – o2 Academy, Glasgow

31st January – o2 Academy, Newcastle

1st February – Barbican, York

2nd February – Wolves Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

4th February – Brighton Centre, Brighton

5th February – Guildhall, Portsmouth

7th February – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London


Seal will be touring later this year. Tickets will be available via www.gigsandtours.com.

5th November – BIC Pavilion, Bournemouth (0844 576 3000)

6th November – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London (0844 844 4748)

8th December – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (0870 320 7000)

9th December – o2 Apollo, Manchester (0844 477 7677)


Trivium will be playing several UK dates on their upcoming European tour.

15th October – HMV Ritz, Manchester

16th October – o2 ABC, Glasgow

17th October – HMV Institute, Birmingham

19th October – Academy, Bristol

20th October – UEA, Norwich

21st October – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Released This Week

A Million Lights – Cheryl Cole

Believe – Justin Bieber

Oceania – Smashing Pumpkins

Apocalyptic Love – Slash

Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple

We’ll Be The Moon – Fixers

Return To Paradise – Sam Sparro

Mutual Friends – Boy

Whitechapel – Whitechapel

The Band Called Out For More – Gabby Young & Other Animals