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Music News: Monday 24th December 2012

Lisa Bentley



Justice Collective Number 1

Justice Collective have reached the coveted Christmas number one spot with the song He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother. The song features artists Paul McCartney, Paloma Faith. Robbie Williams, Shane Macgowan, and Mel C. The money raised will be donated to the 96 Liverpool Football fans who died in 1989 during the away match at Hillsborough Stadium.

The main contender for the top spot was X Factor winner James Arthur and his cover of the song Impossible. Earlier this week James Arthur tweeted “Platinum single baby! Not a bad start 🙂 thanks to all who bought it now make sure the hillsbrough tune is number 1!! #LOVE

Benefits for Music Addiction?

A Swedish man is claiming benefits for his addiction to heavy metal. Roger Tullgren, 42, has been diagnosed by three psychologists who have confirmed that this addiction renders him unable to successfully work.

Rapper Nas Sued

Nas has been sued for $10 million by a music promoter. The promoter claims that Nas was responsible for him being kidnapped for 50 days.

Leona Lewis Fails to make Top 200

Previous X Factor winner Leona Lewis has failed to break the top 200 with her latest single Lovebird.

Rihanna Donates Money to Hospital

Rihannna has donated $1.75 million to a hotel in Barbados in honour of her grandmother who passed away due to her battle with cancer.

Album News

Pharrell Williams is currently producing Miley Cyrus’ new album and has promised fans that it is unlike anything that you would expect from the pop princess.

The Editors have revealed that they are going to record their fourth album.

The new EP by Dizzee Rascal will be available in January. The EP will include six tracks.

Civil Wars have been talking about new music even after announcing a hiatus last month due to musical differences.

Sonisphere Cancelled for 2013

Metal festival Sonisphere has been cancelled in 2013. It is believed that the festival will return and its cancellation isn’t a permanent thing.

More Festivals Cancelled

2013s Summer Sundae Festival has been cancelled. The director  of the festival Rob Challice has stated that they are planning to host the festival in 2014 but it has been cancelled for the 2013.

Watkins Six Charges Over Child Sex Offences

Ian Watkins, the frontman with the Lost Prophets has been arrested on six charges of child sex offences. The other band members have issued the following statement.

“Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers. Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu.”

Ronnie Wood Weds Sally Humphreys

Ronnie Wood has married theatre producer Sally Humphreys this week. Rod Stewart stood as Woods best man.

Music Stars for New Bank Notes?

Some of the UK’s greatest musicians are currently being considered to be printed on the new banknote; the artists under consideration include Mick Jagger, The Beatles and Robbie Williams.

Lee Dorman: 15th September 1942 – 21st December 2012

Lee Dorman, the bassist with Iron Butterfly has died aged 70.

Mike Scaccia: 14th June 1965 – 22nd December 2012

Mike Scaccia, the bassist with rock band Ministry has died after collapsing on stage. He was 47.

Live Announcements

Amy McDonald

Amy McDonald has announced a tour for 2013.

1st March – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

2nd March – Barbican, York

3rd March – Palladium, London

5th March – Picture House, Edinburgh

6th March – Music hall, Aberdeen

7th March – The Sage, Gateshead

9th March – City Hall, Sheffield

10th March – Brighton Dome, Brighton

12th March – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

13th March – Colston Hall, Bristol

Biffy Clyro

Tickets for Biffy Clyro’s 2013 tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

20th March – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

21st March – LG Arena, Birmingham

22nd March – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (Sold Out)

23rd March – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

25th March – MEN Arena, Manchester

26th March – International Centre, Bournemouth (Sold Out)

28th March – The o2, Dublin

29th March – Odyssey Arena, Belfast

31st March – AECC, Aberdeen (Sold Out)

1st April – SECC, Glasgow (Sold Out)

3rd April – The o2, London

Bruce Springsteen

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s upcoming Wrecking Ball Tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

15th June – Wembley Stadium, London

18th June – Hampden Park, Glasgow

20th June – Ricoh Arena, Coventry

23rd July – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry starts his tour in October.

26th October – Salford Lowry Theatre, Manchester

28th October – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

29th October – Regent Concert Hall, Ipswich

31st October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

1st November – De Montford Hall, Leicester

3rd November – New Theatre, Oxford

4th November – Royal Concert Hall, London

6th November – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

7th November – City Hall, Sheffield

9th November – Sage, Gateshead

12th November – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

13th November – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

14th November – Barbican, York

16th November – Colston Hall, Bristol

17th November – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

19th November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

20th November – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

22nd November – Dome, Brighton

23rd November – Pavilions, Plymouth

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owen’s tour starts in February.

25th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester

26th February – Broadcast, Glasgow

27th February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

28th February – Thekla, Bristol

29th May – Union Chapel, London


Tickets for Delphic’s 2013 tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

10th February – Cockpit, Leeds

11th February – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

12th February – Junction, Cambridge

14th February – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool

15th February – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

16th February – Sugarmill, Stoke

18th February – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

19th February – o2 Academy, Leicester

20th February – Komedia, Brighton


Example will be touring in February.

11th February – BIC, Bournemouth

12th February – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

13th February – Echo Arena, Liverpool

15th February – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

16th February – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

17th February – SECC, Glasgow

18th February – AECC, Aberdeen

20th February – Odyssey Arena, Belfast

23rd February – Earls Court, London

25th February – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

26th February – Brighton Centre, Brighton

28th February – LG Arena, Birmingham

1st March – Manchester Arena, Manchester


Check out Halestorm on their upcoming tour.

6th March – Waterfront, Norwich

7th March – o2 Academy, Oxford

8th March – Electric Ballroom, London

10th March – Solus, Cardiff

11th March – Rock City, Nottingham

12th March – o2 Academy, Birmingham

13th March – o2 Academy, Glasgow

15th March – o2 Apollo, Manchester

16th March – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

17th March – Roundhouse, London


Hurts start their European tour in February.

7th February – Heaven, London

1st April – Academy 2, Manchester

2nd April – Garage, Glasgow

Johhny Marr

Johnny Marr’s tour starts in March. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

10th March – o2 Academy, Oxford

11th March – Waterfront, Norwich

12th March – Junction, Cambridge

14th March – Concorde, Brighton

15th March – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

16th March – HMV Institute, Birmingham

18th March – Leadmill, Sheffield

19th March – ABC, Glasgow

20th March – o2 Academy, Liverpool

22nd March – HMV Ritz, Manchester (Sold Out)

23rd March – HMV Ritz, Manchester (Extra Dates)

Lewis Watson

Tickets for Lewis Watson’s tour will be available via www.gigsandtours.com.

5th March – Bodega, Nottingham

6th March – Fruit, Hull

7th March – Duchess, York

9th March – Think Tank, Newcastle

10th March – King Tut’s, Glasgow

11th March – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

14th March – Arts Centre, Norwich

15th March – Engine Shed, Lincoln

16th March – Portland Arms, Cambridge (Matinee Show)

17th March – Guildhall Cinema, Gloucester

18th March – Moon Club, Cardiff

20th March – Joiners, Southampton

21st March – KCLSU, London

22nd March – Academy 2, Dublin

23rd March – Cyprus Avenue, Cork (matinee show)

24th March – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Little Green Cars

Little Green Cars are set to tour in February 2013.

26th February – Hoxton Hall, London

27th February – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

28th February – Louisiana, Bristol


Tickets for Meatloaf’s final tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

5th April – Metro Arena, Newcastle

7th April – SECC, Glasgow

10th April – o2 Arena, London

12th April – LG Arena, Birmingham

14th April – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

17th April – Manchester Arena, Manchester

19th April – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

21st April – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Pure Love

Tickets for Pure Love’s tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

1st February – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

2nd February – Kasbah, Coventry

3rd February – Portland Arms, Cambridge

6th February – Deaf Institute, Mancehster

7th February – King Tuts, Glasgow

8th February – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

9th February – Duchess, York

10th February – 53 Degrees, Preston

12th February – Bodega, Nottingham

13th February – Arts Centre, Norwich

14th February – XOYO, London

18th February – Haunt, Brighton

19th February – Joiners, Southampton

20th February – Le Pub, Newport

21st February – Croft, Bristol

22nd February – HMV Temple Rooms, Birmingham

23rd February – Esquires, Bedford

Rita Ora

Rita Ora starts her tour at the end of January. Make sure you get tickets.

28th January – Academy, Manchester

29th January – Academy, Newcastle

30th January – Academy, Glasgow

1st February – Academy, Sheffield

2nd February – Great Hall, Cardiff

5th February – Shepherds Bush, London

8th February – Academy, Bournemouth

9th February – Academy, Birmingham

Tom O’Dell

Tickets for Tom O’Dell’s tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

1st March – The Rainbow, Birmingham

2nd March – Cockpit, Leeds

3rd March – King Tuts, Glasgow

5th March – Night & Day, Manchester

6th March – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

8th March – Thekla, Bristol

10th March – Komedia Studio Room, Brighton

11th March – Joiners, Southampton

12th March – Dingwalls, London

23rd May – Electric Ballroom, London

Twisted Wheel

Twisted Wheel will be heading out on tour in March.

3rd March – Venue, Derby

4th March – Cluny, Newcastle

5th March – King Tut’s, Glasgow

6th March – Queens Social Club, Sheffield

7th March – Academy 2, Manchester

8th March – Rainbow, Birmingham

9th March – Borderline, London

Valerie June

Valerie June’s tour starts in February.

12th February – o2 Academy, Liverpool

13th February – 53 Degrees, Preston

14th February – o2 Academy, Manchester

15th February – Rock City, Nottingham

17th February – UEA, Norwich

18th February – Dome, Brighton

19th February – HMV Institute, Birmingham

21st February – o2 Academy, Oxford

22nd February – Solus, Cardiff

23rd February – Westlands, Yeovil

25th February – Corn Exchange, Cardiff

26th February – Guildhall, Southampton

27th February – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

28th February – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

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