Music News: Monday 26th December 2011

Lisa Bentley


Headlines

Christmas Number One

The 2011 Christmas number one was announced on the official chart yesterday. The single Wherever You Are released by the Military Wives and Gareth Malone reached the coveted number one spot.

Oxegen Festival Cancelled

2011s Oxegen Festival has been called off. No information has been given as to why however the festival is said to return in 2013.

Standards Release For Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is set to release a standards album. The collection of songs will feature McCartney performing with other musicians.

McFly Go Nude

McFly have posed nude. The band are no strangers to stripping and have featured naked in some of their music videos. The latest reason for shedding their clothes came about due to a bargain the band made with fans to make Harry Judd – the bands drummer – the winner of the reality television talent show. Strictly Come Dancing. The picture has been featured on Twitter.

George Michael Home for Christmas

Having had to cancel his tour due to contracting pneumonia, George Michael has been released from hospital to spend the holidays at home.

Apple Like Bjork’s App

Bjork’s Biophilia App has been named one of the top apps of the year by Apple. It has been an impressive year for the Icelandic singer who pushed the boundaries on musicianship and art to include modern day technology.

Live Announcements

Awolnation

Awolnation will be playing four live dates in February. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

7th February – Night & Day, Manchester (£7.50 – www.gigsandtours.com)

8th February – Arches, Glasgow (£10 – www.gigsandtours.com)

9th February – HMV Institute, Birmingham (£7.50 – www.gigsandtours.com)

10th February – HMV NBT, The Garage, London (£10 – www.hmvtickets.com)

Deer Tick

Deer Tick’s new album Divine Providence is released March 26th. You can see the band perform tracks from their new album on their 2012 tour. They will be playing one UK date. Ticket information is below.

4th April – Garage, London

Diana Vickers

Diana Vickers has announced two live dates for early 2012. The ex X-Factor contestant failed to take the prize of winner in 2008 but in what is becoming a grand tradition Vickers is making remarkable developments in her career unlike some of the winners. Make sure you check out her solo shows. Details of her performances are below and tickets can be purchased via www.gigsandtours.com.

8th February – Ruby Lounge, Manchester (£12.50)

9th February – Cargo, London (£15.00)

Django Django

Django Django’s self-titled debut album drops January 30th and to celebrate this event you can see them on tour in February performing tracks from the album.

17th February – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

19th February – Stereo, Glasgow

20th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester

21st February – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

23rd February – Crawdaddy, Dublin

24th February – Bodega, Nottingham

25th February – Cooler, Bristol

27th February – XOYO, London

Field Day 2012

Details of 2012’s Field Day have been announced. Artists gracing the stage this year include Mazzy Star, Com Truise, Beirut, Spector, Franz Ferdinand among many others. Early Bird Tickets are available for £39.50. More information about the line-up and ticket prices then visit www.fielddayfestivals.com.

2nd June – Victoria Park, London

Foster The People

Foster The People will be heading out on tour in April. Make sure you get down to one of their three live dates.

25th April – Manchester Academy, Manchester

27th April – o2 Brixton Academy, London

28th April – o2 Brixton Academy, London

Juicehead

Juicehead are due to release their new album How To Sail A Sinking Ship on February 14th. Check out Juicehead live as they support The Misfits on their February tour.

1st February – o2 Academy, Islington, London

2nd February – Sub 89, Reading

3rd February – The Ballroom, Birmingham

4th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle

5th February – Concorde 2, Brighton

6th February – The Fleece, Bristol

Korn

Tickets for Korn’s 2012 tour are available now costing £29.50 (regional) and £32 (London). They are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

25th March – o2 Academy, Brixton

26th March – o2 Academy, Birmingham

28th March – Academy, Manchester

29th March – o2 Academy, Glasgow

31st March – Mandela Hall, Belfast

1st April – Olympia, Dublin

3rd April – o2 Academy, Bristol

Lianne La Havas

Forget is the new EP from Lianne La Havas and will be released February 13th. Check her out on her early 2012 live dates.

17th January – The Social, London (Sold out)

24th January – The Social, London (Sold out)

31st January – The Social, London (Sold out)

7th February – The Social, London (Sold out)

8th February 0 HMV Next Big Thing Festival, Borderline, London

8th March – Coalition, Brighton

9th March – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

10th March – Sugar Club, Dublin

12th March – Glee Club, Birmingham

13th March – The Scala, London (Sold out)

Sinead O’Connor

The new album from Sinead O’Connor How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? will be released February 20th 2012. The Irish singer will be touring in March.

9th March – St Georges Church, Brighton (www.ticketweb.co.uk)

10th March – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (www.ticketweb.co.uk)

12th March – St Georges Hall, Bristol (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

14th March – Oran Mor, Glasgow (www.pclpresents.com)

15th March – Manchester Cathedral, Manchester (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

Summer Camp

After an impressive year which saw Summer Camp tour and release debut album Welcome to Condale, the band has announced details of a 2012 tour. Check them out at the following March dates.

13th March – Louisiana, Bristol

14th March – The Rainbow, Birmingham

15th March – Arts Centre, Norwich

16th March – Night and Day, Manchester

17th March – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

19th March – The Harley, Sheffield

20th March – Portland Arms, Cambridge

21st March – Scala, London

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