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Music News: Monday 25th February 2013

Lisa Bentley



Brit Award Winners

The 32nd Brit Awards took place this week. Below is a list of all the winners.

British Breakthrough Act: Ben Howard

British Female Solo Artist: Emeli Sande

British Group: Mumford & Sons

Live Act: Cold Play

British Male Solo Artist: Ben Howard

British Producer: Paul Epworth

British Single: Skyfall Adele

Special Recognition Award: War Child

Brits Global Success (For international sales in 2012): One Direction

Critics’ Choice: Tom Odell

International Female Solo Artist: Lana Del Rey

International Group: Black Keys

International Male Solo Artist: Frank Ocean

Best Album: Our Version Of Events – Emeli Sande

Fearne and Jesse Welcome their First Child

Fearne Cotton and boyfriend Jesse Wood have welcomed their first child, a little boy called Rex. Cotton has tweeted “Jesse and I are over the moon to announce the arrival of Rex Rayne Wood born on the 21.2.13,” adding that they are “beyond in love”.

Festival News

Rumours are rife with the possibility of Arctic Monkeys headlining Glastonbury. More news to come.

It has been announced that Jake Bugg, AlunaGeorge and The Vaccines will be playing the Evolution festival in Newcastle.

Foals, David Guetta and Calvin Harris have been added to the T in the Park festival bill.

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are set to headline Wireless Festival.

Beacons Festival have included Solange and Local Natives to their 2013 line-up.

Ben Howard has been revealed as the second Green Man Headliner for 2013.

Steph Carter leaves The Gallows

Steph Carter, The Gallows guitarist has left the band. The Gallows have issued the following statement: “Steph has left Gallows and we wish him the best of luck with his future projects. We will be moving on as a four piece like the early days. First stop Australia.”

Fergie Pregnant

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has announced that she and her husband actor Josh Duhamel are expecting their first child.

Michelle Williams TV Show

Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams is set to have her own reality TV show. The show will follow Williams as she prepares to release her solo gospel album.

Kevin Ayers: 16th August 1944 – 18th February 2013

Kevin Ayers, the founder of Soft Machine has passed away.

Elton John to Play HMV In-store

Elton John, along with other celebrities, is set to play in-store gigs at HMV’s across the country to help keep the brand alive. HMV went into administration in January.

Prince Michael Becomes A TV Host

Prince Michael, the son of Michael Jackson has been given the job of on-air correspondent by Entertainment Tonight

Live Announcements


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

7th November – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

8th November – Parr Hall, Warrington

9th November- Town Hall, Cheltenham

10th November – King George’s Hall, Blackburn

11th November – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

12th November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

13th November – G Live, Guildford

14th November – Corn Exchange, Bedford

15th November – William Aston Hall, Wrexham

16th November – Guildhall, Portsmouth

17th November – Great Hall, Exeter

18th November – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

19th November – Cheese & Grain, Frome

20th November – De Montfort Hall, Leicester

21st November – Arts Centre, Aberyswyth

22nd November – Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

23rd November – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone


Beyonce has announced extra dates for the UK leg of her world tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

26th April – LG Arena, Birmingham

27th April – LG Arena, Birmingham

29th April – The o2, London

30th April – The o2, London

1st April – The o2, London

3rd April – The o2, London

4th April – The o2, London

5th April – The o2, London

7th April – Manchester Arena, Manchester

8th April – Manchester Arena, Manchester

9th April – Manchester Arena, Manchester

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg has announced details of a tour.

18th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

19th November – Assembly Rooms, Derby

20th November – Colston Hall, Bristol

22nd November – St Davids Hall, Cardiff

24th November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

25th November – Town Hall, Leeds

26th November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

27th November – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

28th November – The Sage, Gateshead

30th November – City Hall, Sheffield

1st December – Royal Festival Hall, London

2nd December – Guildhall, Southampton

5th December – Great Hall, Exeter

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is set to tour the UK as part of The Moonshine Jungle World Tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

5th October – Manchester Arena, Manchester

6th October – Hydro Arena, Glasgow

8th October – o2 Arena, London

11th October – NIA Arena, Birmingham

12th October – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

The Computers

Tickets for The Computers tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

7th May – Bucks Univeristy, High Wycombe

8th May – The 100 Club, London

9th May – The Harley, Sheffield

10th May – The Brickyard, Carlisle

11th May – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

14th May – B-Side @ Bunters, Truro

15th May – Finns, Weymouth

16th May – The Soul Cellar, Southampton

21st May – The Waterfront Studio, Norwich

22nd May – The Soundhouse, Leicester

23rd May – The Rainbow, Birmingham

24th May – The Compass, Chester

27th May – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

28th May – The Croft, Bristol

29th May – Red Room, Nottingham

30th May – Broadcast, Glasgow

31st May – Mello Mello, Liverpool

1st June – West End Centre, Hants

Crystal Fighters

Crystal Fighters have announced details of a world tour. Check out their UK dates.

23rd May – Koko, London (Sold Out)

21st November – Concorde 2, Brighton

22nd November – o2 Academy, Brixton, London

23rd November – Academy 2, Manchester

25th November – Leeds University, Leeds

26th November – Arches, Glasgow

27th November – Newcastle University, Newcastle

28th November – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool

29th November – Trinity, Bristol

30th November – Institute, Birmingham

Darwin Deez

Darwin Deez will be touring in April and May.

26th April – Ritz, Manchester

27th April – Rock City, Nottingham

29th April – Waterfront, Norwich

30th April – Leadmill, Sheffield

1st May – Academy, Bristol

2nd May – shepherds Bush Empire, London

4th May – Live at Leeds, Leeds

5th May – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

Egyptian Hip Hip

Egyptian Hip Hop are touring next month. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

1st March – Nice n’ Sleazys, Glasgow

2nd March – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

4th March – XOYO, London

5th March – Fleece, Bristol

6th March – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

8th March – Gorilla, Manchester


Fiction are due to tour in March. They will be playing one live date during the rest of February.

25th February – Electrowerkz, London

15th March – The Registry, Portsmouth

16th March – Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth

17th March – Boileroom, Guildford

18th March – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

19th March – Green Door Store, Brighton

20th March – Louisiana, Bristol

21st March – Rainbow 250, Birmingham

22nd March – Cockpit, Leeds

23rd March – The Soup Kitchen, Manchester

25th March – Think Tank @ Holts Yard, Newcastle

26th March – Broadcast, Glasgow

27th March – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

28th March – Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield

29th March – Spanky Van Dykes, Nottingham

30th March – Oakford Social Club, Reading

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg has announced details of an autumn tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

19th October – BIC, Bournemouth

20th October – Pavilions, Plymouth

22nd October – Brighton Centre, Brighton

23rd October – o2 Academy, Brixton, London

27th October – Oasis, Swindon

28th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham

31st October – o2 Academy, Glasgow

2nd November – Dome, Doncaster

6th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester

James Blake

Tickets for James Blake’s tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

26th February – ICA, London (Sold Out)

9th April – Heaven, London

10th April – Academy 2, Manchester

11th April – The Arches, Glasgow

John Grant

John Grant starts his tour next month.

13th March – Heaven, London

2nd May – Marquee, Belfast

3rd May – Vicar Street, Dublin

4th May – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

5th May – Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

7th May – Komedia, Bath

8th May – Academy 2, Oxford

9th May – Institute, The Library, Birmingham

11th May – Metropolitan University, Leeds

12th May – Queens Hall, Edinburgh

14th May – Ritz, Manchester

15th May – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

16th May – St Georges, Brighton

18th May – Junction, Cambridge

19th May – Norfolk & Norwich Festival @ Open Up, Norwich

Krystal Klear

Krystal Klear is currently touring.

26th February – Mint Club, Leeds

14th March – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

16th March – St Judes, Glasgow

21st March – The Zetland, Huddersfield

23rd March – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

28th March – Warehouse Project, Manchester

30th March – East London Hotel & XOYO, London

5th April – Motion, Bristol

13th April – Hideout, Norwich

26th April – Pleasure Principle, Newquay

18th May – The Button Factory, Dublin

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale have announced details of a tour. Tickets can be purchased via www.gigsandtours.com.

27th April – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

28th April – Palace Theatre, London

4th May – Arts Centre, Warwick

5th May – Palace Theatre, London

12th May – Palace Theatre, London

13th May – Opera House, Manchester

19th May – Palace Theatre, London

23rd May – Hay-On-Wye Festival, Hay

The Plea

The Plea have four dates left on their current tour.

10th April – Lucorum, Barnsley

11th April – Roadhouse, Manchester (with Echotape)

12th April – Barfly, London (with Echotape)

2nd May – Empire, Belfast (with Echotape)

Steve Winwood

Tickets for Steve Winwood’s tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

17th June – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

19th June – Dome, Brighton

20th June – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

22nd June – Colston Hall, Bristol

24th June – Lowry, Salford

30th June – Winter Gardens, Margate

The Stranglers

The Stranglers will be touring in March.

1st March – Picture House, Edinburgh

2nd March – Academy, Glasgow

4th March – Garage, Aberdeen

5th March – Fat Sams, Dundee

7th March – o2 Academy, Liverpool

8th March – Engine Shed, Lincoln

9th March – o2 Academy, Leeds

11th March – Assembly, Leamington Spa

12th March – G Live, Guildford

14th March –Dome, Brighton

15th March – Roundhouse, London

16th March – o2 Academy, Birmingham

18th March – o2 Academy, Oxford

19th March – Rock City, Nottingham

21st March – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

22nd March – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

23rd March – o2 Academy, Bristol

25th March – UEA, Norwich

26th March – City Hall, Salisbury

28th March – Sands Centre, Carlisle

29th March – o2 Academy, Newcastle

30th March – Academy, Manchester

31st March – Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Tom McRae

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

23rd April – Thekla, Bristol

2nd May – Bloomsbury Theatre, London

6th May – Sage 2, Gateshead

The Virginmarys

The Virginmarys are currently on tour.

25th February – 53 Degrees, Preston

26th February – Duchess, York

27th February – Rock City Basement, Nottingham

1st March – Cockpit, Leeds

2nd March – Think Tank, Newcastle

3rd March – Stereo, Glasgow

5th March – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

6th March – Barfly, London

7th March – Louisiana, Bristol

8th March – Academy 3, Manchester


Yellowcard’s tour is currently underway. Are you going to see them?

25th February – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (Sold Out)

26th February – Koko, London (Sold Out)

28th February – QMU, Glasgow

1st March – HMV Ritz, Manchester

2nd March – Kasbah, Coventry

3rd March – The Peel, Kingston (Matinee)

3rd March – The Peel, Kingston (Evening Show – Sold Out)

5th March – Waterfront, Norwich

Released This Week

Both Sides Now – Michael Ball

All That Echoes – Josh Groban

AMOK – Atoms for Peace

The Messenger – Johnny Marr

The Stand-In – Caitlin Rose

Lost In You – Petula Clark

Back Into the Woods – Ed Harcourt

Out of View – The History of Apple Pie

Theme Park – Theme Park