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Music News: Monday 20th February 2012

Lisa Bentley



First Names of Cambridge Festival Announced

Arguably the best folk festival of them all, Cambridge announce that Clannad, Joan Armatrading,The Proclaimers, June Tabor & Oysterband,  Loreena McKennitt, Nic Jones, and Billy Bragg will all be on this year’s bill. For more info and tickets, visit www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Hall of Fame Reunion

Guns N Roses are set to reunite in their original form for their indoctrination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They will be honoured in April. No details have been given as to whether they will perform at the ceremony however they will reunite to receive the award.

Sony’s Shame

Sony Music have been left hanging their head in shame as it has transpired that in light of Whitney Houston’s death and subsequent rise in the charts the music conglomerate increased the cost of her albums. The move to increase the download price from £4.99 to £7.99 has left MP’s, musicians and twitter users complaining about their shrewd financial move. Sony later issued the following statement after amending the price back to £4.99 – Whitney Houston product was mistakenly mispriced on the UK iTunes store on Sunday. When discovered, the mistake was immediately corrected. We apologise for any offence caused.”

Morrissey’s Record Store Day Release

Morrissey fans will be interested to know that the single will be releasing a reissue of Viva Hate in celebration of Record Store Day.

Baby Joy for Joy

Joy Williams, singer with Civil Wars has announced her pregnancy. The band is set to tour the UK next month but so far we have received no news of her pregnancy disrupting her live performances.

Grammy Winners

This years’ Grammy’s took place on February 12th, here is a list of the winners in some of the major categories.

Album of the Year: 21 Adele

Record of the Year: Rolling in the Deep Adele

Song of the Year: Rolling in the Deep Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

New Artist: Bon Iver

Pop Vocal Album: 21 Adele

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: Body and Soul Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Pop Solo Performance: Someone Like You Adele

Rock Song: Walk Foo Fighters

Rock Album: Wasting Light Foo Fighters

Rock Performance: Walk Foo Fighters

R&B Song: Fool For You Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash

R&B Album: F.A.M.E. Chris Brown

Rap Performance: Otis Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap Song: All of the Lights Kanye West

Rap Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West

Country Vocal Solo Performance: Mean Taylor Swift

Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Barton Hollow The Civil Wars

Country Album: Own the Night Lady Antebellum

Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album: Drama y Luz Mana

Jazz Vocal Album: The Mosaic Project Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists

Opera Recording: Adams: Doctor Atomic Alan Gilbert, conductor

Traditional Gospel Album: Hello Fear Kirk Franklin

Dance Recording: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites Skrillex

Dance/Electronica Album: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites Skrillex

Alternative Music Album: Bon Iver Bon Iver

Spoken Word Album: If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) Betty White

Lana Del Rey Album Tops Charts

Lana Del Rey is the latest artist whose presence seems to be saying more than her music. However in light of her elusive behaviour and sought after performances her album has managed to become the biggest selling of 2012 so far. The album has sales within the 38k region and still growing.

Dave Grohl Documentary Trailer Now Online

The trailer for Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City Studios has been posted online. No details have been made available as to the release date of the documentary. We will keep you posted on any changes in these details. You can view the trailer here – http://www.nme.com/news/foo-fighters/61992.

Dexy’s Midnight Runners Return

This year will see the first album from UK group Dexy’s Midnight Runners for nearly three decades. The new album One Day I’m Going To Soar will be the first release since Don’t Stand Me Down which was released 27 years ago in 1985.

Adele Joins the American 20 Week Club

Along with her impressive wins at this year’s Grammy’s, Adele has another milestone to be happy about. Her album 21 has made it to 20 weeks in the American Billboard Charts. It has been the first time an album has reached 20 weeks since Whitney Houston’s soundtrack to The Bodyguard.

Whitney Houston’s Funeral

The funeral of pop legend Whitney Houston became a televised event this weekend as the singer was laid to rest in her home town. Houston’s funeral took place in New Jersey. Kevin Costner, her co-star in the 1991 movie The Bodyguard spoke at the funeral. Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder were set to perform at the funeral however Franklin had to cancel due to bad health.

New App

A new app for your phone has been created. The app is called Band of the Day and will give you the chance to listen to a new artist each day. This is a great app which could potentially broaden your musical horizon. For more information please visit www.bandofthedayapp.com.

Paul Weller Releases New Single

The new single from Paul Weller That Dangerous Age is set for release March 5th. Arctic Monkey’s drummer Matt Helders and Ladytron both feature on the single, offering remixes of the track.

Slam Dunk Festival

Details of some the bands who will play this years’ Slam Dunk Festival have been announced. The following bands have made it to the line-up – Taking Back Sunday (headliners); Architects; Every Time I Die; Cancer Bats; Set Your Goals; Make Do And Mend; The King Blues; Mayday Parade; Forever The Sickest Kids; The Audition. Tickets are available now.

Live Announcements

Azealia Banks

Tickets for Azealia Banks’ tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com. Tickets cost £12.50 – £15.00.

28th September – Club Academy, Manchester (0161 832 111)

29th September – o2 ABC, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

1st October – o2 Academy 2, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

2nd October – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool (0844 477 2000)

3rd October – Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds (0113 244 4600)

5th October – HMV Library, Birmingham (0844 248 5037)

6th October – o2 Academy, Oxford (0844 477 2000)

7th October – Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508 050)

9th October – Junction, Cambridge (01223 511 511)

10th October – Concorde 2, Brighton (01273 673 311)

12th October – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (0844 477 2000)

The Birthday Suit

The Birthday Suit are playing the final few dates of their tour. Check them out on the following dates.

24th February – The Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

26th February – The End, Birmingham

27th February – The Garage, London

28th February – Fibbers, York

29th February – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

The Cribs

Details of the bands fifth album has been released this week. See the band back as the original Band of Brothers on their upcoming tour.

7th May – Rock City, Nottingham (0845 413 4444)

8th May – The Troxy, London (0207 403 3331)

9th May – o2 Academy, Bristol (0844 477 2000)

11th May – Barrowlands, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

12th May – Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

13th May – Winter Gardens, Manchester (01323 412 0000)


Feeder will be touring the UK in April. They will only be playing four live dates so make sure you grab your tickets early as they are bound to sell quickly.

23rd April – Leadmill, Sheffield

24th April – Parr Hall, Warrington

26th April – Waterfront, Norwich

27th April – Coal Exchange, Cardiff

The Futureheads

The Futureheads are set to release an a cappella album. The new album Rant will be released April 2nd. The band are also heading out on tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsantours.com.

3rd April – Colston Hall, Bristol

4th April – Union Chapel, London

5th April – Wardrobe, Leeds

6th April – Georgian Theatre, Stockton

8th April – Sage, Gateshead

9th April – Oran Mor, Glasgow

10th April – Glee Club, Birmingham

12th April – Glee Club, Nottingham

13th April – RNCM Theatre, Manchester

Hugh Laurie

It has been announced that Hugh Laurie will be playing three live dates in June and July. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

29th June – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

1st July – Lowry, Salford

2nd July – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

The Hype Theory

Check out The Hype Theory on their upcoming tour.

2nd March – The Vic Inn, Derby

5th March – Koopas, Swansea (co-headliner with Jet Pack)

6th March – Central Station, Wrexham (co-headliner with Jet Pack)

8th March – Soundhouse, Leicester (co-headliner with Jet Pack)

9th March – Club Revolution, Peterborough (co-headliner with Jet Pack)

10th March – The Krispin Klub, Kettering (co-headliner with Jet Pack)

28th March – The Regent, Ipswich (supporting McFly)

26th April – The Square, Harlow (co-headliner with Adelaise)

27th April – Stereo, York (co-headliner with Adelaise)

28th April – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh (co-headliner with Adelaise)

29th April – The Classic Grand, Glasgow (co-headliner with Adelaise)

30th April – The Intake Club, Mansfield (co-headliner with Adelaise)

1st May – Dry Bar, Manchester (co-headliner with Franko)

2nd May – The Picket, Liverpool (co-headliner with Franko)

3rd May – TBC, Newcastle (co-headliner with Franko)

4th May – Vudu, Birmingham (co-headliner with Franko)

5th May – Guildford Community Centre, Guildford (co-headliner with Franko)

6th May – The Hydrant, Brighton (co-headliner with Franko)

7th May – Upstairs at the Garage, London (co-headliner with Franko)


After a three year touring sabbatical Keane has announced they will tour later this year. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com from 24th February.

23rd May – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

24th May – o2 Academy, Glasgow (0844 4999 990)

25th May – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

29th May – o2 Academy, Leeds (0844 477 2000)

30th May – o2 Apollo, Manchester (0844 477 7677)

4th June – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (0844 847 1776)

5th June – o2 Academy, Bristol (0844 477 2000)

6th June – De Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116 233 3111)

9th June – o2 Academy, Brixton, London (0844 477 2000)

Kyla La Grange

Details of Kyla La Granges new single Vampire Smile will be released March 12th. You can catch her on her upcoming live dates.

29th February – Café Drummonds, Aberdeen

1st March – The Ironworks, Inverness

2nd March – The Arch, Ullapool

3rd March – Woodlands Centre, Stornoway

4th March – The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore

6th March – King Tuts, Glasgow

7th March – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Lonsdale Boys Club

Tour details for Lonsdales Boys Club’s tour are available now.

23rd April – Komedia Studio Bar, Brighton (www.seetickets.com)

24th April – Joiners, Southampton (www.seetickets.com)

25th April – o2 Academy 3, Birmingham (www.gigsandtours.com)

26th April – Roadhouse, Manchester (www.gigsandtours.com)

27th April – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool (www.gigsandtours.com)

29th April – The Globe Café, Newcastle (www.gigsandtours.com)

30th April – King Tut’s, Glasgow (www.gigsandtours.com)

1st May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (www.setickets.com)

2nd May – Borderline, London (www.gigsandtours.com)

Mac Miller

Mack Miller will be playing 3 live dates. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

24th May – HMV Forum, London (0844 847 2405) (£16.50)

25th May – HMV Ritz, Manchester (0844 248 5117) (£15.00)

27th May – o2 Academy, Bristol (0844 477 2000) (£15.00)

Marina & The Diamonds

Marina & The Diamonds are heading out in May for a tour. New album Electra Heart is due for release April 30th.

4th May – Cathedral, Manchester

5th May – Live In Leeds Festival, Leeds

7th May – Queens Hall, Edinburgh

8th May – ABC, Glasgow

10th May – Assembly Hall, Leamington

11th May – Institute, Birmingham

12th May – Leadmill, Sheffield

14th May – Waterfront, Norwich

15th May – Coal Exchange, Cardiff

Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade has released an extensive list of live dates that they will be playing over the coming months. Check them out.

13th March – Ulster Hall, Belfast

15th March – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

17th March – o2 Academy, Leicester

18th March – Rock City, Nottingham

20th March – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

21st March – Westland Centre, Yeovil

23rd March – The Great Hall, Cardiff

24th March – Liverpool University, Liverpool

25th March – Academy, Newcastle

27th March – SECC Hall 3, Glasgow

28th March – o2 Manchester Apollo, Manchester

29th March – o2 Manchester Apollo, Manchester

31st March – Ballroom, Birmingham

1st April – Birmingham, Ballroom

2nd April – o2 Academy, Brixton, London

3rd April – o2 Academy, Brixton, London

26th May – Leeds University, Leeds

27th May – Herts University, Hatfield

Michael Kiwanuka

Details of Michael Kiwanuka’s spring tour have been announced. See Kiwanuka perform at the following venues.

13th May – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

14th May – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

15th May – HMV Ritz, Manchester

17th May – ABC, Glasgow

19th May – Academy, Dublin

21st May – Leadmill, Sheffield

22nd May – Junction, Cambridge

23rd May – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire


Mmoths have a few dates remaining on their tour. You can see them at the following venues.

24th February – Glasgow Art School, Glasgow

1st March – The Kraak Gallery, Manchester

2nd March – Bungalows and Bears, Sheffield

3rd March – Shacklewell Arms, London

5th March – Rough Trade In Store, London

29th March – Roisin Dubh Pub, Galway

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner is embarking on an epic tour starting in April. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

23rd April – Pavilion, Falmouth

25th April – Glive, Guildford

26th April – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

28th April – Palace Theatre, Southend

29th April – Quarterhouse, Folkestone

1st May – Scala, London

3rd May – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

5th May – o2 Academy, Bristol (Bristol Folk Festival)

8th May – Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

9th May – Coal Exchange, Cardiff

10th May – o2 Academy, Oxford

12th May – Open, Norwich

13th May – Assembly, Leamington Spa

15th May – Picturedome, Holmfirth

16th May – Cockpit, Leeds

17th May – Leadmill, Sheffield

19th May – Academy 2, Manchester

20th May – Stanley Theatre, Liverpool University, Liverpool

22nd May – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

23rd May – Fat Sams, Dundee

24th May – Oran Mor, Glasgow

26th May – The Limelight, Belfast

27th May – Whelan’s, Dublin

Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep are heading off on tour. Check them out.

20th February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (with Field Music)

22nd February – Bodega, Nottingham (with Field Music)

23rd February – The Fleece, Bristol (with Field Music)

24th February – King’s College, London (with Field Music)

25th February – Servant Jazz Quarters, London

8th March – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

10th April – The Old Boot Factory, Oxford (with Sea of Bees)

11th April – Cockpit, Leeds (with Sea of Bees)

12th April – King Tuts, Glasgow (with Sea of Bees)

13th April – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast (with Sea of Bees)

14th April – Academy 2, Dublin (with Sea of Bees)

16th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester (with Sea of Bees)

17th April – Hare and Hound, Birmingham (with Sea of Bees)

18th April – The Haunt, Brighton (with Sea of Bees)

19th April – Hoxton Bar & Grill, London (with Sea of Bees)

Various Cruelties

Various Cruelties have had to change one of their live dates on their upcoming tour due to unforeseen circumstances. Details of date changes can be found on the list below.

17th April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

18th April – Bodega, Nottingham

20th April – Cockpit, Leeds

22nd April – Cluny, Newcastle

23rd April – ABC 2, Glasgow

25th April – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

26th April – Thekla, Bristol

3rd May – ULU, London

We Are Augustines

Brooklyn’s We Are Augustines are playing shows in the UK. Get down to their shows.

26th February – Thekla, Bristol (upstairs)

27th February – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

4th March – Night and Day, Manchester (Free Show)

5th March – The Lexington, London (album launch party)

We Are Physics

We Are Physics are heading out on tour. The tour starts in March and the band will be joined on their shows by Johnny Foreigner and The Plimptons.

3rd March – Victoria Inn, Derby *

8th March – Green Door Store, Brighton *

9th March – Legendary Labour Club, Northampton *

10th March – Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham *

11th March – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds *

16th March – Flapper, Birmingham *

31st March – Stereo, Glasgow **

7th April – Deathkill 4000 @ Bloc, Glasgow

21st April – Upstairs @ The Garage, London *

* with Johnny Foreigner

** with The Plimptons

Released This Week

Sweet Sour – Band Of Skulls

X5 – Simple Minds

Intersection – Nancy Griffith

The Something Rain – Tindersticks

Azari & III – Azari & III