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Music News: Monday 21st November 2011

Lisa Bentley




John Lewis Christmas Album

A new Christmas album has been recorded exclusively for John Lewis featuring musicians such as Ellie Goulding, Fyfe Dangerfield and The Feeling performing songs featured in John Lewis adverts. A portion of the proceeds of album sales will go towards a children’s charity.

Friendly Fires Reschedule Dates

Friendly Fires have had to call off three of their live shows due to singer Ed’s bout of laryngitis. The dates have been rescheduled to December. The changes are shown below. All tickets remain valid and the band have offered their apologies for any inconvenience caused.
15th December – O2 Apollo, Manchester
18th December – O2 Academy, Newcastle
19th December – Rock City, Nottingham

Kylie’s Undies Bought for £5000

Kylie Minogue has sold a set of her underwear for charity. The bra and knickers set earned £5000 for charity Study Vox Foundation. The lucky recipient will also receive a signed copy of the Kylie calendar wear the singer sports the La Perla lingerie.

Win! Win! Win!

Boost The Music is offering musicians a chance to go to SXSW 2012. The prize consists of 1 SXSW pass for 2012, accommodation for the length of SXSW, travel from Dublin to the event, £100 spending money and help with how to promote your music whilst there. For further information please visit www.boostthemusic.com.

Tom Fletcher Pens Mascot Anthem

McFly’s Tom Fletcher has written a song for the mascots of the London 2012 games. Tom has said this of the release, “This is an amazing opportunity and it’s something I’m very proud to be involved in.”

The Bieber Paternity Suit Dropped

The claim that Justin Bieber fathered a child has been dropped and no paternity test will be performed. Claimant Mariah Yeater would have been facing charges of statutory rape had the claim been successful.

Competition Time

Do you fancy yourself a bit of a producer? Do you think you could mix a single for public consumption? Then this may just be the competition for you. Kamo and Crooked want a budding new producer to mix single Hot Pursuit to feature on their 2012 album. If you think you have got what it takes then go to the following site for more information – http://camoandkrooked.com/2011/11/hot-pursuit-remix-competition/.

Live Announcements


Catch Aliases on their November tour.

24th November – Joiners, Southampton
25th November – Garage, London
26th November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
27th November – Academy 3, Manchester
28th November – Cathouse, Glasgow
29th November – O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
1st December – O2 Academy, Birmingham
2nd December – The Haunt, Brighton

Beth Jeans Houghton

With two shows left for 2011 do not despair if you did not manage to see Beth Jeans Houghton. The singer has announced a new tour for 2012.

5th December – Dingwalls, London (with Vetiver)
8th December – Cargo, London (End of the Road Christmas Party)
17th February – The Captains Rest, Glasgow
18th February – St Andrews University, St Andrews
19th February – Westgarth SC, Middlesbrough
21st February – Eric’s, Liverpool
22nd February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
23rd February – Deaf Institute, Manchester
25th February – Gateshead Old Town Hall, Newcastle
26th February – The Musician, Leicester
27th February – Buffalo, Cardiff
28th February – Louisiana, Bristol
29th February – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
1st March – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London


Coldplay have added more dates to their tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

29th May – Ricoh Stadium, Coventry (Sold Out)
1st June – Emirates Stadium, London (Sold Out)
2nd June – Emirates Stadium, London (Sold Out)
4th June – Emirates Stadium, London
7th June – Stadium of Light, Sunderland
9th June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
10th June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester


Evaline will be supporting Bush on some of their upcoming shows. They will be playing further live dates until the end of the year. Check them out on one of the following dates.

21st November – Scala, London (supporting Bush)
22nd November – Garage, London (supporting Bush)
27th November – Louisiana, Bristol
28th November – Boiler Room, Guildford
1st December – Chinnery’s, Southend
2nd December – Club Fandango at the Bull & Gate, London

Francois & The Atlas Mountain

The new single from Francois & The Atlas Mountain Les Plus Beaux is due for release in January. Make sure you catch them at one of the following dates.

22nd January – Oran Mor, Glasgow
25th January – Slaughtered Lamb, London
26th January – Green Door Store (Viva la France Festival), Brighton (Free)
27th January – Motocycle Showroom, Bristol
28th January – The Sage, Gateshead
1st January – South Street, Reading
2nd January – Shepherds Bush Empire, London (supporting King Creosote & Jon Hopkins)

Laura Veirs

Laura Veirs will be heading out in January for a tour to brighten up the cold winter months. Check her out on one of the following dates.

30th January – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (£15 – £17.50)
31st January – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (£10)
1st February – Quay Theatre, Manchester (£12.50)
2nd February – Sage Hall, Gateshead (£12.50)
3rd February – Arches, Glasgow (£10)
4th February – The Library, Birmingham (£10)

Mayer Hawthorne

The new album from Mayer Hawthorne How Do You Do is out now. Check him out performing the songs in March when he will be performing two shows.

7th March – Scala, London (0207 403 3331) (£13.50)
9th March – Ruby Lounge, Manchester (0161 832 1111) (£12.50)

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka will be performing an extensive tour early in 2012. Make sure you get your tickets soon.

24th November – St John At Hackney Church, London (Little Noise Sessions) (Sold Out)
12th December – The Barfly, London (XFM Xposure Live) (Sold Out)
24th January – XOYO, London (New To Q)
10th February – Stiff Kitten, Belfast
11th February – Whelans, Dublin
12th February – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
14th February – Glee Club, Birmingham
15th February – Komedia, Brighton
16th February – Islington Assembly Halls, London
18th February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
19th February – Masque, Liverpool
20th February – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
23rd February – Cluny, Newcastle
24th February – King Tuts, Glasgow
25th February – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

NME Awards Show

The NME Awards Shows are heading out on tour featuring a plethora of artists. Check the following bands on the following dates. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

8th February – Lexington, London (Charlie XCX)
9th February – Heaven, London (Slow Club)
9th February – O2 Academy, Bristol (Justice)
10th February – O2 Academy, Brixton (Justice)
11th February – O2 Academy, Birmingham (Justice)
12th February – O2 Academy, Glasgow (Justice)
13th February – Academy, Manchester (Justice)
14th February – Bush Hall, London (Pure Love)
15th February – XOYO, London (Band Of Skulls)
15th February – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (tUnE-y-ArDs)
16th February – Heaven, London (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
17th February – Electric Ballroom, London (Cloud Control)
20th February – Garage, London (The Big Pink)
21st February – Koko, London (Kurt Vile)
22nd February – Boston Arms, London (Alabama Shakes)
23rd February – Heaven, London (Oh Land)
24th February – HMV Forum, London (Little Dragon)
26th February – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (Marina and the Diamonds)
27th February – Roundhouse, London (The Drums)

Red Enemy

Red Enemy will be heading out on tour this month. Catch them at the following dates…

22nd November – The Windmill, Brixton, London
23rd November – The Carlisle, Hastings
24th November – The Hobgoblin, Bicester
25th November – The Wheatsheaf, Banbury
26th November – White Horse, Aylesbury
27th November – The Haunt, Brighton
28th November – The Alma Inn, Bolton
29th November – River Rooms, Stourbridge

The Saw Doctors

The Saw Doctors are about to embark on their 20th Year Anniversary tour. They will be playing throughout November and December and you can purchase your tickets via www.gigsandtours.com.

24th November – Arc, Stockton on Tees
25th November – O2 Academy, Leeds
26th November – Picture House, Edinburgh
27th November – Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
29th November – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
1st December – Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
2nd December – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
3rd December – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
5th December – Colston Hall, Bristol
6th December – Lemon Grove, Exeter
7th December – Princess Royal, Port Talbot
9th December – O2 Academy, Oxford
10th December – City Hall, Salisbury
11th December – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
13th December – O2 Academy, Leicester
14th December – Plug, Sheffield
16th December – Barrowland, Glasgow
17th December – O2 Apollo, Manchester


To celebrate 25 years in the music industry Sting will be touring. His “Back To Bass” tour will see him play a stripped back set of some of the songs that have highlighted his career. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

5th February – The Sage, Gateshead
16th March – Apollo, Manchester
17th March – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
19th March – Hammersmith Apollo, London

Summer Camp

Summer Camp will be touring in February. Why not grab a ticket for the show and their latest album Welcome to Condale now.

13th February – Louisiana, Bristol
14th February – The Rainbow Birmingham
14th February – Arts Centre, Norwich
16th February – Night & Day, Manchester
17th February – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow
19th February – The Harley, Sheffield
20th February – Portland Arms, Cambridge
21st February – Scala, London

The Swellers

The Swellers are heading out in November and December. Make sure you get yourself down to their gigs.

29th November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
30th November – Cockpit, Leeds
1st December – King Tuts, Glasgow
2nd December – Academy 2, Newcastle
3rd December – Corporation, Sheffield
4th December – Academy 3, Manchester
5th December – Academy 3, Birmingham
6th December – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
7th December – Borderline, London
17th December – Peel, Kingston


New single from Swound In My Head is due for release November 28th. Check them out on their current stint supporting Electric Six and We Are Physics.

23rd November – The Ironworks, Inverness (supporting Electric Six)
24th November – O2 ABC, Glasgow (supporting Electric Six)
25th November – Spring and Airbrake, Belfast (supporting Electric Six)
26th November – Academy, Dublin (supporting Electric Six)
28th November – O2 Academy, Liverpool (supporting Electric Six)
29th November – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham (supporting Electric Six)
30th November – Fibbers, York (supporting Electric Six)
1st December – Club Academy, Manchester (supporting Electric Six)
2nd December – O2 Academy, Newcastle (supporting Electric Six)
3rd December – O2 Academy, Sheffield (supporting Electric Six)
5th December – Millennium Music Hall, Cardiff (supporting Electric Six)
6th December – Concorde 2, Brighton (supporting Electric Six)
7th December – O2 Academy, Bristol (supporting Electric Six)
8th December – O2 Academy, Islington, London (supporting Electric Six)
9th December – O2 Academy, Bournemouth (supporting Electric Six)
10th December – O2 Academy, Oxford (supporting Electric Six)
11th December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (with We Are The Physics)

The Tricks

Catch The Tricks on their latest tour.

30th November – Concrete, London
10th December – 93ft East, London
27th January – Band on the Wall, Manchester
28th January – Cox’s Yard, Stratford Upon Avon
29th January – O2 Academy 2, Oxford
31st January – King Tut’s, Glasgow
2nd February – O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
3rd February – O2 Academy 2, Sheffield
4th February – O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
6th February – Fruit, Hull
7th February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
9th February – Stereo, York
10th February – Fleece, Bristol
11th February – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Young Guns

Young Guns are stepping out this February to embark on their Bare Bones Club Tour. Make sure you get one of their tickets for the following dates.

2nd February – Bucks University, High Wycombe
3rd February – The Well, Leeds
4th February – Masque Loft, Liverpool
6th February – King Tut’s, Glasgow
7th February – Corporation 2, Sheffield
8th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester
9th February – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11th February – The Haunt, Brighton
12th February – Fighting Cocks, Kingston (Matinee Show)
13th February – Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
14th February – Livewire, Saltash
15th February – Moles, Bath
17th February – Academy 2, Dublin (Matinee Show)
18th February – Speakeasy, Belfast (Matinee Show)

Released This Week

Now That’s What I Call Music! 80 – Various Artists
Up All Night – One Direction
50 Words For Snow – Kate Bush
Greatest Hits – Westlife
Here And Now – Nickleback
Talk That Talk – Rhianna
On Your Radar – The Saturdays
Moonchild – Charlene Soraia
This Is Christmas – Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler
Oh Land – Oh Land

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