Dizzee Rascal and Bing have teamed up to launch a national photography competition. With the launch the Garage/Grime musician has included his own series of photographs exhibiting what he believes makes Britain beautiful. Different images from the collection will be showcased each day on www.bing.com. The winning photographer will receive £10,000 and a chance for the photograph to be included on the websites homepage. The competition closes on the 24th of June. For further information please visit www.bing.com or www.your-britain.com.
The Kinks are set to rerelease three of their classic albums next month. This comes after the successful venture last month where the bands first three albums became available as a special limited edition release. The albums included in this package (which also includes rarities and interviews) are Arthur, Face to Face and Something Else. Each CD comes as a double disc release and is a must for any fans of this classic 60s era defining group.
There are few independent record labels in Britain that covet as much respect of that of Domino Records. With a roster that has included artists and bands such as She and Him, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand to name but a few Domino Record has now moved a step in a likely yet unforeseen way. June the 6th sees the launch of Domino Radio. The station will be live 24 hours a day for one week only and will be hosted by artists and friends of the record label such as Anna Calvi, Smith Westerns, Wild Beasts and many more. To tune in set your radio to 87.7fm or tune in online at http://dominorad.io.
BBC2 plays host onn the 29th and 30th of May to a two part documentary marking the 40th year celebrations of rock band Queen. The documentary Queen: Days of our Lives is said to be a candid programme revealing the highs and lows of an epically long career of a much loved band. Queen is still cited as influencing many a bands sound thus proving their longevity and relevance today.
Due to phenomenal success and sell out screenings JLS have announced additional dates for their movie Eyes Wide Open. Advanced sales of tickets meant that a further 100 cinemas across the UK held screenings of the band’s debut movie. The movie, not yet released sees the band performing their songs and gives you a glimpse into the world of JLS. Due for release on June 3rd grab a ticket while you can.
Manchester’s Friends of Mine along with Liverpool Sound City and marked the beginning of the festival period. Keep your eyes on More than the Music features pages for more details of these amazing events.
The cast of Glee are set to tour the UK later in the year and this week the makers of the hit show announced rival Glee club The Warblers are set to join them, the news comes a few days after the two date solo tour of Darren Criss otherwise known as Blaine Anderson on the hit TV series sold out within minutes. You can buy tickets for Glee Live at www.livenation.co.uk.
June 22nd – Manchester MEN (sold out)
June 23rd – Manchester MEN (sold out)
June 25th – o2 Arena, London, matinee show (sold out)
June 26th – o2 Arena, London, matinee show (sold out)
June 26th – o2 Arena, London (sold out)
June 28th – o2 Arena, London (sold out)
June 29th – o2 Arena, London
June 30th – o2 Arena, London
July 2nd – o2 Arena, Dublin
July 3rd – o2 Arena, Dublin
With a recent sold out tour, the bands third album and anew EP due for release on June 13th indie-pop favourites The View certainly are working themselves to the bone. The five track EP includes three brand new tracks and two versions of album favourite Sunday. If you missed them on their recent tour then you still have chance to catch the bands festival sets. The View are a band not to be missed.
July 8th – T in the Park
July 10th – T4 on the Beach
August 26th – Leeds Festival
August 28th – Reading Festival
Brooke Fraser has announced 5 UK dates for later in the year. The New Zealand born talent released her UK debut Flags earlier this year. Fraser has had two previous albums released to much acclaim and praise and the accomplished musician has opened for international artists John Mayer and the legendary David Bowie. Flag one of these dates in your diary, Brooke Fraser is not to be missed. Tickets are available at www.livenation.co.uk.
October 4th – Concorde 2, Brighton
October 5th – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire
October 6th – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham
October 8th – Academy 2, Manchester
October 11th – Arches, Glasgow
Metronomy’s third album The English Riviera was released earlier this year to much critical acclaim, being described as ‘A fearless progression’ by NME before hailing it with a score of 9/10. Subsequently the band will be touring throughout the summer to late autumn, with many a festival appearance the band have landed a coveted place performing on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
20th June – Parklife Festival, Manchester
24th June – Glastonbury
29th June – Ibiza Rocks
3rd July – Wireless Festival, London
8th July – Oxegen Festival, Ireland
10th July – T in the Park
15th July – Love Box, London
6th August – The Big Chill
26/27th August – Reading/Leeds Festival
10th September – Bestival
20th September – Southampton Talking Heads
21st September – Leeds Cockpit
22nd September – Sheffield Leadmill
23rd September – Glasgow Oran Mor
24th September – Liverpool Kizimier
26th September – Manchester Academy 3
27th September – Birmingham HMV Institude
28th September – Bristol Trinity
Liverpool’s Miles Kane has announced a 10 date October tour. The 24 year old is no stranger to the rigours of touring having been part of several groups including DeltaSonic’s The Little Flames and later The Rascals, as well as being 1 half of the critically acclaimed duo The Last Shadow Puppets alongside Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner. However, Kane now takes to the stage as a solo artist on the back of the release of his recent album Colour of the Trap. Tickets are now available from £11.50 via www.gigsandtours.com.
Thu 13th MIDDLESBROUGH, Empire
Fri 14th SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
Sat 15th LEEDS, Met Uni
Mon 17th COVENTRY, Kasbah
Tue 18th BIRMINGHAM, HMV Library
Wed 19th GLASGOW, Garage
Fri 21st LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy
Sat 22nd MANCHESTER, Ritz
Sun 23rd CAMBRIDGE, Junction 1
Tue 25th LONDON, Electric Ballroom
Quirky ex X-Factor contestants Belle Amie have announced a special London gig at The Borderline on July 19th. Having worked diligently since their X-Factor appearance the girls are set to release single Girls Up later in the year, a song that has been produced by Chad Burnette who has worked with the likes of Rhianna and Beyonce. With tickets only costing £8 and available for purchase at www.gigsandtours.com why not get yourself one for a fun night of entertainment.
19th July – The Borderline, London
The Violet May’s tour kicked off this week, the band performing at London’s Heroes Bar. Back from supporting The Chapman Band across Germany and Italy. If you missed these shows, don’t worry, the Sheffield based quintet will be playing 10 more dates across the UK.
May 27th – Live Lounge, Blackburn
May 28th – Cedar Rooms, Barnsley
24th June – Plug, Sheffield (supporting Kate Jackson)
July 2nd – HMV Institute, Birmingham
July 16th – Night and Day, Manchester
July 22nd – Tramlines, Sheffield
July 23rd – Tramlines, Sheffield
July 29th – Koko, London (Club NME)
August 6th – The Underground, Stoke
August 14th – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
Various Cruelties a pseudonym masking singer Liam O’Donnell continues on his current tour. With new single ‘Neon Truth’ released today, O’Donnell will be showcasing his effortless vocals and beautiful lyrical style and we here at More Than The Music urge you to get a ticket for one of the dates.
May 28th – Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol
May 29th – Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham
May 30th – Dot To Dot Festival, Manchester
June 12th – Isle of Wight Festival
July 2nd – Blissfields Festival, Winchester
August 12th – Summer Sundae Festival, Leicester
August 14th – Standon Calling Festival
September 9th – Bestival, Isle of Wight
Domino signing Villagers are continuing their current tour. With recent success at the Ivor Novello award for single Becoming the Jackal off the album of the same name and a new single due out today, these are not a band you are going to want to miss. Grab your ticket while you can.
May 23rd – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
May 24th – Sound Control, Manchester
June 24th – Sea Sessions Festival, Donegal
June 25th – Open House Festival, Belfast (with Fleet Foxes)
July 1st – Eden Sessions, Cornwall (with Fleet Foxes)
July 9th – T in the Park
July 16th – Latitude Festival
July 23rd – Marlay Park, Dublin
July 31st – Folk Festival, Cambridge
August 6th – Field Day Festival, London
August 19th – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
September 2nd – Folk Festival, Mosley
Australian duo Tim and Jean have announced two UK shows and the release of new single. I Can is set for release on June 4th through Publica Records and is featured on the bands fortcoming album Like What which will be available June 27th.
June 9th – The Wheelbarrow, London
June 15th – the Wheelbarrow, London
Set to release a new album this year, American alt rockers Get Up Kids are set to play two UK dates later in 2011. With a career spanning 15 years band are certainly going to have their pick of tracks from any of their four previous albums along with staging a showcase for new tracks. Why not pick yourself up a copy of the bands previous releases and a ticket for the gig in preparation for what is looking likely to be an impressive show.
4th October – Cockpit, Leeds
5th October – Koko, London
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Celebration, Florida – The Felice Brothers
One Thousand Pictures – Pete and the Pirates
Sweet Defeat – Jon Allen
Brilliant! Tragic! – Art Brut
Gravity Happens – Kate Voegele